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NEWS Gallup honors MLK with march, music, speeches ‘BECOMING THE BELOVED COMMUNITY: UNITY IN DIVERSITY’ THIS YEAR’S THEME By Rick Abasta For the Sun
ommunity members from various backgrounds and ethnicities gathered at the Gallup Cultural Center Jan. 15 to honor Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on his birthday. The event included a march from the train station to the Larry Brian Mitchell Recreation Center. “Becoming the Beloved Community: Unity in Diversity” was the theme for the Gallup tribute to the late civil rights leader who would have turned 89 this year, if not for his untimely death. Fo r m a ny p a r t ic i p a t ing, like Ettie Anderson, the march offered a platform to protest racism and the current president. “I wanted to participate in the march because of my frustration with the current administration,” she said. “We need to stand together right now for change.” Representatives from the Bahá’í, Christian, Jewish and Native American faiths shared prayers during the “Interfaith Litany for Peace and Justice,” which included a reading of the “The Inner Truth,” a speech given by King at the Riverside Over
The banner for the McKinley Worker Justice Coalition was proudly on display at the front of the Jan. 15 march. Community members represented many causes, including the environment and civil rights. Photo Credit: Rick Abasta Church in New York City on April 4, 1967. “The oceans of history are made turbulent by the ever-rising tides of hate. History is cluttered with the wreckage of nations and individuals that pursued this self-defeating path of hate,” King said in the address. The Ga llup Police Depa r t ment , Ga l lup F i re Depa r t ment , Com mu n it y Ser v ice A ide a nd Ga l lup Express participated in the march, blocking traffic to the front and rear of the marchers. A nna Rondan and others carried a banner for the McK i n ley Worker Just ice Coalition at the front of the group. Others carried placards
with an image of King. Activist Kim Wahpupah carried a sign that read “Protect the Sacred” on one side and “We Stand for Bears Ears NO DAPL” on the other. When the group of 50-plus marchers reached the Larry Brian Mitchell Recreation Center, the “City of Gallup Tribute to Rev. Martin Luther
King Jr.” began inside the facility, with a huge American flag as the backdrop. For this event, “Celebrating Diversity in McKinley County” was the theme. It featured entertainment by the Miyamura High School Choir and the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church Choir. Steve Rogers, retired Gallup
teacher, provided the welcome address to an emotional crowd. “On behalf of the city of Gallup, we want to welcome you to this event to honor and celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday,” he said. “Our world seems to be going
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Ettie Anderson, a Gallup resident, said she was marching Jan. 15 because of her frustration with the current presidential administration. Photo Credit: Rick Abasta
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Legislators approve new anti-harassment policy By Matthew Reichbach NM Political Report
aw makers voted to update the State Legislature’s sexual harassment policy, the first such change in a decade. The 15-0 Legislative Council vote came a day before the start of the 2018 legislative session. The council adopted the policy crafted by eight legislators who rewrote it at a time where many industries and organizations, including political institutions, are grappling with sexual harassment. The policy allows for an outside investigator to look into allegations of sexual harassment against legislators. It also calls for “outside counsel who is experienced in harassment matters” to determine in consultation with legislative leaders if a complaint merits an investigation. If leaders decide an investigation is necessary, a subcommittee of the chamber’s ethics committee will hire outside counsel. The counsel will give suggestions to the
New policy allows for an outside investigator to look into allegations of sexual harassment against legislators. Photo Credit: Laura Paskus, NM Political Report subcommittee, which will determine if probable cause exists to send the allegations to the full ethics committee. Then, the ethics committee could vote to send the case to the full chamber, with recommendations on punishment. Reps. Debbie Armstrong and Gail Chasey, Democrats from Albuquerque, expressed concer n over the leng thy process and how many people will be told about the
complaint before an investigation occurs. “It just seems like a lot of people,” Armstrong said. “Everyone in the Legislature from a defensive point of view may want that, but from the point of view of the person reporting, it can have a chilling effect.” Speaker of the House Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, said only a limited number of people in leadership would know in the
initial stages. Rep. Jim Dines, R-Albuquerque, was a member of the group who helped write the new policy. He said the Legislature itself will make any final decisions. This is because legislators are the only ones who can levy punishment on other legislators. The policy also outlines policies for complaints against legislative staff and those not employed at the Legislature, such as lobbyists. For those offenders, punishments could include denial of access to legislative buildings or activities. Staff members could be fired. The group also changed the portion of the policy that initially referred to “false
reporting.” The new language says a complaint “that is found to be intentionally or recklessly dishonest or malicious” would be a violation of the policy. The final policy also took out a provision that would have required a victim to report harassment within a certain time period after the alleged
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Takes from the ‘State of the State’ PHOTOS BY RYAN HUDGEONS
Gov. Susana Martinez addressing the House and the Senate in her State of the State Address in Santa Gov. Susana Martinez (left) stopped to say hello to LilyJean V.K. Hudgeons (center) before her State of the State Address outside of Fe Jan. 16. the House chamber as mom Ana Hudgeons (right) looks on Jan. 16, at the state Capitol roundhouse in Santa Fe.
Gov. Susana Martinez giving her annual address, as members of the House and Senate listen on Jan. 16
Gov. Susana Martinez applauds State Police Officer Dwayne Simpson after handing him the badge that saved his life. In August, a routine traffic stop nearly turned deadly for the officer when he pulled over a car with three fugitives inside. One of them open fire on Simpson, but it wasn’t his day to go down. His badge stopped the bullet from entering his body.
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N.M.’s Senators won’t back spending bill without DACA fix By Matthew Reichbach NM Political Report
ew Mexico’s two U.S. Senators oppose any funding bill that does not include a fix for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy. The program, known as DACA, has been debated since September when President Donald Trump announced he would he end the Obama-era program. Trump also stopped the federal government from processing new applications. The shor t-ter m spending bill proposed by House Republicans lacks immigration provisions. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, a Democrat, announced on social media he opposed the
short-term 30-day spending bill. In a statement, he added the effort “only spreads chaos once again.” Heinrich voted for a short-term spending bill in December, that extended the deadline to this Friday. “Members on both sides of the aisle have been working to reach agreement and meet our basic responsibilities, including veterans funding, disaster relief, and finally passing the Dream Act, but President Trump and his right-wing supporters in Congress seem intent on steering the country off a funding cliff,” Heinrich said. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall called the bill “irresponsible.” “We need to stop kicking the can down the road, vote on a bipartisan Dream Act, and work together on a responsible
bipartisan budget agreement that adequately funds our national security and the needs of our communities—in New Mexico and across the nation,” the Democrat said. “So President Trump and the Republicans have a choice: they can either come to the table and negotiate in good faith on a responsible funding agreement and protection for DREAMers – or they can cause a government shutdown.” Trump has blamed a possible shutdown on Democrats, t houg h Republ ica ns hold majorities in both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate. The White House, meanwhile, is pushing for the passage of the temporary funding measure. Even some Republicans in the Senate are balking at the
U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (left) and Martin Heinrich (right) bill. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, mentioned the lack of a DACA provision as one reason why he would not vote for the spending bill. In New Mexico, immigration rights activists praised Udall and Heinrich for their announcement. “I am incredibly proud of my community for advocating for undocumented families, including
mine,” Gabriela Hernandez said. “Both Senator Udall and Heinrich did the right thing today by declaring that they would use their leverage to protect New Mexico’s immigrant youth.” Hernandez is a potential Dream Act beneficiary and is the executive director of the NM Dream Team. Visit: NMPoliticalReport. com
Navajo Nation discusses anti-cyberbullying measure Staff Reports
INDOW ROCK – On Jan. 16 during a special meeting, the Law and Order Committee received a
report from the Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President, and the Navajo Nation Peacemaking Program, regarding cyberbullying on the Navajo Nation.
During the report, the committee also raised concerns regarding a bill that seeks to amend several sections of Title 17 of the Navajo Nation Code to define and criminalize cyberbullying, and to implement
penalties. On Jan. 11, the Naabik’íyáti’ Committee issued a “do pass” recommendation for the bill. The Navajo Nation Council will next consider the bill, which would also require
consideration by the Navajo Nation president. LOC member Council Delegate Kee Allen Begay, Jr. (Low Mountain,
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Democratic Caucus name Sen. Mimi Stewart majority whip Staff Reports
ANTA FE – Members of the New Mexico Senate Democratic Caucus met Jan. 15 to select the senate majority whip.
The Senate Democrats chose Sen. Mimi Stewart, D-17Bernalillo, as their new majority whip. Stewart served as a representative in the House from 1995-2014 and has served in the Senate since 2015. “I appreciate the confidence my fellow Senators have placed
in me,” Stewart said. “I stand ready to work with the Caucus and look forward to continuing the work we do for the families of New Mexico.” Stewart started her tenure as majority whip effective immediately. The legislative session began Jan. 16.
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Fatal crash takes life of Nageezi man
ANTI-CYBERBULLYING | FROM PAGE 7 Many Farms, Nazlini, Tachee/ Blue Gap, Tselani/Cottonwood) questioned whether or not the Judicial Branch would have the resources and personnel to prosecute offenses related to cyberbullying. “The Judicial Branch lacks prosecutors and judges, which raises concerns if the Nation’s courts are ready to prosecute cyberbulling offenses. Add re s si n g c yber bu l l i n g through the offenses of manslaughter, stalking, and harassment also needs to be analyzed carefully,” Begay said. L OC mem ber Cou nc i l Delegate Otto Tso (Tó Nanees Dizi) said that offenses related to cyberbullying must be prosecuted to deliver justice for victims and to deter such offenses. “I hope the new policy would also keep parents of juvenile offenders accountable. The teachings of respect, love, and integrity should be taught at the home. Parents need to take responsibility if their child commits cyberbullying because it can cause dangerous consequences, such as suicide and physiological distress,” Tso said.
INVESTIGATORS SAY ALCOHOL MIGHT HAVE BEEN A FACTOR Staff Reports
S Ac c or d i n g t o N N D O J attorney Daniel Moquin, parents under the Navajo Nation Álchínií Bi Beehaz’áanii Act of 2011 may be civilly liable for the actions of their children if they fail to provide adequate supervision and are bound by clear and convincing evidence, which would include cyberbullying. LOC vice chair Council Delegate Raymond Smith, Jr.
(Houck, K lagetoh, Nahata Dziil, Tsé Si áni, Wide Ruins) s a id t h at i f t he Cou nci l approves the bill and it is signed into law, the stakeholders need to provide extensive education a nd awa reness of the new policy regarding cyberbullying on the Navajo Nation. T he L aw a nd Order Committee approved the report with a 3-0 vote.
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AN JUAN COUNTY, N.M. – On Ja n. 15, around 8:49 pm the New Mex ico S t a t e Police investigated a fatal crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian on U.S. 550 near milepost 113, approximately 38 miles south of Bloomfield, N.M. Upon arrival at the scene, of f icer s le a r ne d a 2 0 0 6 Chevrolet sedan was driving north on US 550 when it made contact with a male dressed in
dark clothing walking in the roadway. Subsequently a second vehicle also made contact with the pedestrian after the initial collision. Andrew Thompson, 29, of Nageezi, N.M. sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Office of the medical Investigator. Indicators show that alcohol may have been a contributing factor. This case remains under investigation and no further information is available at this time.
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f i g ht ou t s id e of Smokey’s Jan. 12, on 505 N. Hwy 491, resulted in one man being stabbed. T he s u s p e c t f le d t he scene, and the victim, who was stabbed in the arm, was airlifted to Albuquerque for treatment. Gallup Police Department Capt. Marinda Spencer said the call came in at 9:21 pm. The Native American male suspect fled on foot. He was reportedly wearing a blue or black jacket with a light blue
ANTI-HARASSMENT | FROM PAGE 5 incident occurred. The new language calls for the allegations to be reported “as soon as possible.” Legislators and employees will be required to go through at least four hours of training every two years.
shirt over it, black shirt, and blue jeans. He is about 6 ft. tall, 170 lbs. Condition of the victim is u nk now n at t h is t i me, but Spencer sa id t he cut to the arm was severe. It’s unclear whether either man was inside of Smokey’s prior to t he a ltercat ion, wh ich occurred in the restaurant’s west parking lot, facing Rio West Mall. The suspect was last seen heading northwest on foot. Spencer asks that anyone with information on the suspect to call Metro Dispatch at (505) 722-2002. So far, no sitting legislator has been publicly accused of sexual harassment. However, lobby i s t Va ne s s a A l a r id accused former Democratic State Rep. Thomas A. Garcia of asking her to trade sex in exchange for a vote on a bill she lobbied for. Visit: NMPoliticalReport. com
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Jeff changes party registration to Libertarian, eyes Secretary of State position
Sandra Jeff changed her political party from Democrat to Libertarian. She’s hinting at running for Secretary of State. Photo Credit: Courtesy of NM Political Report
and I feel that I have every right to work with the constituents within the state of New Mexico to bring forth a new horizon because that is what is needed in this state in order for us to move forward,” Jeff told NM Political Report. Jef f repre sented Hou se Di st r ict 5, wh ich i nclude s a la rge por tion of the Nava jo Nation in New Mex ico, for t wo t er m s before she wa s k icked of f t he ba l lot du r i n g her r u n for a t h i r d t er m b e c a u s e she d id not col lect enoug h
violence and crime,” Jijon said. The blessing of heroic teachers shaped her life, she said, adding that media coverage on school shootings and other violence was non-existent in Compton, because nobody cared about the poor people. “The schools I attended in Compton, [shootings] happened all the time. We regularly had bombings at our schools. Not bomb threats, but bombings, and we’d have to be evacuated,” Jijon said. When she was 13, she witnessed a murder during a gang war on campus. The daily support of her teachers protected her during those times. The assassination of King, however, brought the possibility of race riots. “It was one of the great American tragedies,” she said. “What we educators call a teachable moment. The seed was planted and from that day forward, I decided to become a teacher.” She has now taught for more than 40 years. Rogers, who grew up in a small, rural, all-white town in Iowa, spoke next. His father was a minister and his mother home schooled him. “I found it kind of ironic that when I tried to talk about [civil rights] with my friends, they didn’t understand because there was no experience,” he said. However, the speeches of King on television made an impact on his heart and in college, he volunteered to go to McComb, Mississippi.
questionnaires for the residents. Their houses were riddled with bullet holes, too. “Teenagers from the other side of town, white kids, they come over and target practice on our house. The police won’t come,” Rogers quoted the residents as saying. The experience impacted Rogers’ life and he continued to support the civil rights movement through the years. Rev. Fredrick Davis also delivered a f ier y speech. He is the pastor of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Gallup. “My mother always told me don’t let what people do or say
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ormer State Representative and former State Senate c a nd id a t e S a nd r a Jeff can now add one more “former” before her name: former Democrat. Jeff updated her voter registration to the Libertarian Party Thursday afternoon at the Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office with the intention of r u n n i ng for S ecret a r y of State. “I want to stop corruption,
MLK | FROM PAGE 4 through some drastic changes lately and now, more than ever, we need to take action to remedy some of the problems we see coming up with regard to racism, materialism, and sexism.” Cal Curley, field representative for Sen. Tom Udall, D-NM, addressed the audience next and shared a message from the senator. “Dr. King’s dream was that we could emerge from the battles of marches of the civil rights movement as a better nation,” Udall’s message read. “He and others sacrificed so that African Americans and people of all races and backgrounds could live together as equals.” Udall’s comment addressed the racist, derogatory remarks made by the president and said such actions demand people to stand up and make it clear that the American people will not tolerate racism and accept hate. Com mu n it y member s offered personal reflections on the influences of King. Laura Jijon, adult education director at the UNM Gallup North Campus, thanked the audience for participating. She grew up in Compton, Calif. and her Jewish background kept her grounded during one of the most violent times of the civil rights era. “It was a very poor community, a very violent community and we struggled with a lot of issues that we struggle with in Gallup, of addictions, domestic NEWS
va l id sig nat u res. As a Representative, she sometimes voted against fellow Democrats on key issues, most not ably when she skipped a vote to raise the minimum wage in 2014, even after then-Vice President Joe Biden called her personally and asked her to vote in favor of it. Jef f sa id it wa s t he Democratic Pa r t y of New Mexico that changed, not her stance on the issues.
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Larry Rogers, a retired Gallup teacher, welcomed the crowd during the Jan. 15 tribute to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. He said he traveled to Mississippi when he was in college and witnessed the violence of the civil rights era firsthand. Photo Credit: Rick Abasta Upon entering the town, all seemed quiet. The streets were well lit, the houses neat with freshly mowed lawns. “And then we drove across the railroad tracks. Suddenly there were no lighted streets. The streets were not paved. They were dirt roads,” he said. They found the house they were to stay at easily enough, however, because it was lit up with spotlights. This was because the home had recently been riddled with bullet holes. “This was America, the land of freedom. I was in shock,” he said. T h e n e x t d a y, t h e y went house-to-house with
cause you to go down to their level, raise them up to yours,” he said. “She said everybody’s green, we just have some light greens and dark greens. Everybody’s got two eyes, two ears, two arms, two legs. Everybody’s got a beating heart and kidneys. Everybody, if we cut our hand, we would bleed red.” We are all the same, Davis said in conclusion, adding that racist thinking is something that is taught by the parents. His message was clear: don’t teach your children to hate. The City of Gallup sponsored the Jan. 15 tribute and events.
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Weekly Police Activity Report
man doing renovations discovered an unfamiliar firearm in the crawlspace of his home Jan. 16. When he went to secure the weapon, his 16-yearold relative arrived home and began to argue with him about taking the gun. The argument escalated and the teenager snatched the gun, then fled from the residence with his friend. McKinley County Sheriff’s Officers arrived to the scene just after 4 pm. Dep. Brandon Salazar was given information from the suspect’s family about where he might have gone, but was he was unable to locate him. The family grew uncooperative as the investigation continued, according to the police report, and police presently have no further information about the crime. Two strange individuals were looking inside of cars around Bishop Drive Jan. 13. MCSO Dep. Roxanne Slim met y-owned up with the man in the area the way who called in the report, who had left his car unlocked and
was missing a green Royby saw from his backseat. Nothing else appeared to be stolen, and no other cars in the area were affected. An accident on Highway 371 Jan. 13 left two cars with heavy damage. Around 7:30 pm, the driver of the second car allegedly did not stop at a stop sign, and the two slammed into each other repeatedly. All the occupants of the cars were ok, but did sustain injuries. A 67-year-old man was on his way to breakfast the morning of Jan. 13 when he discovered his black Chevrolet had gone missing from West Green Avenue. Thieves also stole his workbag out of another vehicle. The cars had both been left unlocked the night before. A grim scene met officers earlier in the morning on Jan. 16. At around 10:22 am, MCSO Deputies found the body of a deceased man on the 20 block of Dusty Road, lying under a tree. Officers found two packages of meat and a loaf of bread beside the body, along with two bottles of bourbon – one empty, the other half full. The man was identified by
his son as Hoskie Chee, 92, of Gallup. Chee’s son, 61, said he had been looking for him since the morning before. According to the police report, Chee’s son told officers: “I told [Chee] to go back into the house, because it was cold. He just told me ‘I’m going to sit right here first.’… That was the last time I spoke to my dad.” A supplementa l pol ice report also noted the temperature on the night of Chee’s death, which was 25 degrees just before midnight and 21 degrees just before 2 am. MCSO Officers arrived on the scene in Gamerco Jan. 12, after a woman 61, reported her home was broken into. The woman identified a suspect for police, telling them “he was probably looking for money,” according to the report. While the victim did not have any video evidence of the likely suspect, she allegedly told officers he had a drug problem. Although MCSO Dep. J. Todachine Jr. did later find evidence of drug paraphernalia in the suspect’s home and the suspect later admitted to breaking into the residence in order to
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secure money for drugs, officers were unable to make an arrest. A no t he r car theft took pla ce on Jan. 11, this time on Lewann Dr ive. T he woman lent her c a r t o Adriana Estrada her daug hter Adriana Estrada, 27, who took t he c a r t o Albuquerque. The woman’s other daughter informed Amanda Romero her that Estrada was allegedly using the car to steal from other cars, and that she had stolen a gun and a stereo deck from a vehicle, according to the police report. Officers located the car off of U.S. Highway 491, with E s t r a d a i n side. A not her woman, Amanda Romero, 28, was in the driver seat. Romero was booked for possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and Estrada was arrested for unlawful taking of a motor vehicle. A man pulled a k n i fe out at Bishop O p t ic a l on South S e c o n d Street Ja n. 11, bringing Edward Perales of f icer s to t he s c e ne. By the time they arrived, the suspect was gone. Witnesses said that the business has had problems with the man in the past, and that they asked him to leave that day. Upon hearing this, the man became aggressive and took out his knife,
telling one woman “I will stab you,” according to the police report. Witnesses identified the man as Edward Perales, 56. After speaking to those on the scene, Perales walked by the store, and GPD Officer Norman Bowman was able to arrest him for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. MCSO Officers were sent to #12 Red Rock Ave in Thoreau Jan. 4 at roughly 10 :4 6 a m over reports of a break in. At the scene, MCSO Dep. Duane Yazzie Frank Villa Jr. met the victim, 85. The window to his art gallery in Thoreau was broken, and some pieces of pottery were stolen. Villa found a rock that was used to shatter the window and allow the burglar entry. The victim further told Villa about other pieces of art that had been stolen. A neighbor walked over to scene and asked about what had happened. When the victim explained the situation, the neighbor, 38, said he thought he might know who was responsible. He left and then returned, telling Villa that he saw the man he believed to be responsible walking a short ways away, carrying items in a bag. Villa caught up to Duane Yazzie, 47, and discovered that the suspect did, in fact, have the stolen property inside of his bag. According to the prices listed on the police report, the total amount of property stolen was valued at $10,000. Unfortunately for the victim, the total amount recovered only came to $3,500. Yazzie was booked for burglary and possession of stolen property.
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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports Jesse Kyle Moore Jan. 14, 6:48 pm 1st DWI, Aggravated McKinley C o u n t y Sheriff’s Sgt. Ta m my S . Houghtaling a r r ived t o the scene of an accident on Interstate 40, where a potentially intoxicated man had rolled his Ford pickup. A witness told officers at the scene that the truck cut off another vehicle attempting to pass it, when the driver lost control. Houghtaling met the driver Moore, 26. Moore said he had been drinking with friends, but claimed to only have drunk a little bit. Moore accounted for the smell of alcohol coming from him to a friend who spilled beer on his clothes. Houghtaling performed three field sobriety tests on Moore. Nearly all signs of intoxication were present on each test. Moore was placed under arrest and performed a breath test. He blew a .17 twice before receiving his medical clearance and being booked. Charles Kasey Benally, 19
Jan. 14, 12:06 am 1st DWI M C S O S g t . Ta m my S. Houghtaling was traveling north on Boardman Avenue when he saw a car crash into a traffic pole on the intersection of Boardman Avenue and Highway 118. Houghtaling made contact with the driver Benally, 19, who said he had left McDonalds and had turned too quickly, causing him to hit the pole. Houghtaling could smell alcohol on Benally. There were other occupants in the car, and one was bleeding from the chin, due to the accident. Houghtaling had Benally exit the car so he could assess him for drunkenness. He performed field sobriety tests on Benally, who showed signs of intoxication on each test. Benally later blew a .12 on two breath tests before being booked. Vernon Eugene Long Jan. 12, 10:14 pm 4th DWI MC SO Sg t . Ta m my S. Houghtaling went to assist Dep. Johnson Lee with a traffic stop
on Metro Avenue. The driver they stopped had be en t r aveling on the wrong side of the road and into oncoming traffic, according to the police report. Officers made contact with the driver Long, 50, in the parking lot of Tractor Supply Company. The smell of alcohol was com i ng f rom L ong’s ca r. Houghtaling began a DWI investigation, and Long admitted to drinking a can of beer before driving. His eyes were bloodshot and watery, and his speech was slurred, according to Houghtaling’s report. Houghtaling administered three field sobriety tests, and Long performed poorly on each. Long was booked after blowing a .27 and a .25 on a breath test. After running his name, Houghtaling found that Long was on the felony list and had three prior DWI arrests. Officers found vodka in his car. Michelle Lonjose 1st DWI, Aggravated Dec. 31, 12:16 am A defunct headlamp on a white Dodge Caravan traveling eastbound on Highway 66
caught the attention of MC SO L t . Eric Jim as the vehicle turned south onto Dea n Street. Jim tailed the vehicle all the way to Chaparral Trailer Park, and signaled for the driver, Lonjose, to pull over. But Lonjose, 47, kept going until she parked the vehicle outside of a mobile home, according to the police report. Jim asked her why she didn’t stop, and Lonjose replied that “she was going home.” She told Jim that she was awa re of the non-working headlamp, but Jim focused on her red watery eyes, “and strong odor of intoxicating liquor coming from her person.” She admitted to having a few beers at the local casino. Lonjose failed field sobriety tests, and blew a .17 twice during the breath test. Wade T. Wilson 1st DWI, Aggravated Dec. 30, 5:37 pm M C S O Lt. Jim was patrolling t h e T& R Market area when she was waved down by a woman driving a Chev y Traverse. It was parked behind a Mitsubishi Eclipse, and three
men were congregated around the driver’s door. The woman said that she was sideswiped by the Eclipse. Her husband tailed the car to the T&R Market. Jim noticed the driver, Wilson, 23, was showing all the signs of intoxication. He said he knocked back two beers, but Jim noticed a large whiskey bottle and open package of Budweiser beer in the car. He failed field sobriety tests and blew .20 and .21. Calbert Brown 1st DWI, Aggravated Dec. 30, 6:32 pm As MCSO D e p u t y Lorenzo Guerrero patrolled U.S. Route 491 nor t hb ou nd , he noticed at the three-mile marker, a white passenger car pass him and driver onto the shoulder of the roadway, and cross over the road lines. He signaled for the vehicle to pull over that was driven by Brown, 36. Guerrero immediately noticed several open containers of booze on the f loorboard, under Brown’s legs. He admitted to consuming two drinks, the report states. When Brown stepped out of the car per the deputy’s request, he nearly lost his balance. He failed field sobriety tests and blew .24 twice.
Navajo Nation adopts new legislative priorities Staff Reports
INDOW ROCK – On Jan. 17 during a special meeting, the Naabik’íyáti’ C om m it t e e u n a n i mou sly approved legislation adopting the Navajo Nation’s legislative priorities for the 2018 New Mexico State Legislative Session, which began Jan. 15. Legislation co - sponsor Cou ncil Delegate Dw ig ht Witherspoon (Black Mesa, Forest Lake, Hardrock, Pinon, Whippoorwill), who also chairs the Naabik’íyáti’ Committee’s State Task Force, explained that the State Task Force met with the Nation’s lobbyists to discuss and develop the list of priorities contained in the legislation. A mo n g t he pr ior it ie s include securing additional NEWS
Dwight Witherspoon state funding for Capital Outlay projects if more funds are available, increasing Navajo Nation representation on the Tribal Infrastructure Fund Board, lobbying for additional funds to improve school bus routes on the Navajo Nation, and advocating for measures to address hate crimes and discrimination, sexual assault prevention, and human trafficking.
The resolution also authorizes Navajo Nation leaders to lobby against potential efforts to remove the existing tribal exemption in any “Gas Tax at the Rack” bill that may be introduced during the session, and to lobby against any attempt to introduce “fantasy gaming” bills that would violate the Nation’s gaming compact with the state of New Mexico. State Task Force member Council Delegate Seth Damon (Bááháálí, Chichiltah, Manuelito, Tsé Lichíí’, Rock Springs, Tsayatoh) said the resolution would serve as a template and provide guidance for the Nation’s leaders when they meet with state legislators during the session. During the Jan. 17 discussion, Council Delegate L eona rd Tsosie (Baca / P rew it t, Ca sa mero Lake, Counselor, Littlewater,
Ojo Encino, Pueblo Pintado, Torreon, Whitehorse Lake) proposed an amendment to include more information in order to make the listing more comprehensive and informative for state leaders. Additionally, he recommended that the Nation include the need to eliminate dual taxation and the need for Medicaid for Navajo constituents on the list of priorities. Naabik’íyáti’
Committee members approved the amendment by a vote of 13-0. At the conclusion of the discussion, the Naabik’íyáti’ Committee voted 13-0 to the legislation, and serves as the final authority for the bill. State Task Force members are scheduled to meet with New Mexico state legislators throughout the duration of the ongoing 30-day New Mexico State Legislative Session.
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STATE POSITION | FROM PAGE 9 “I see myself a s a Libertarian because of me being a moderate Democrat, working with both parties,” she said Thursday. In a 2016 inter v iew with the Albuque rque Jour n al, Jeff said she might suppor t legalizing recreational cannabis, took a neutral stance on right to work legislation a nd sa id she would vote in favor of ma k ing abor tions i l leg a l a f t er 2 0 we ek s of p r e g n a n c y. O f c o u r s e , those issues are not related to the Secreta r y of State’s off ice. In the last two elections for Secretar y of State, the m a i n i s s ue w a s whet her New Mex ic a n s shou ld be required to prov ide photo identif ication to vote. Current Secretar y of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver ran a nd won on her ca mpa ign t o no t r e q u i r e vo t e r I D, something with which Jeff disagrees. “I do support voter ID,” Jeff said on Thursday. Jeff hasn’t had success in
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GALLUP POLICE DEPARTMENT Monique Shantel Hoskie; Rufus Ronnie Foster; Lionald T. Miller; Jonathan Eric Mann; George F. Curley; James H. Lange; Ra ndy Ka suse; Sha nna Nelson; Jorda n Becenti; Shane Williams; Ron D. Hudson; Chad Alvin Begaye; Ryan Harvey; Stewart Willis; Jessica D. Mercale; Leonard Begay; Gilbert D. John; Rochelle R. Yazzie; Eric R . Spencer; Sonya A . A ngeles; Melv i n Begay; John Patrick Toadlena; Adreanna
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OPINIONS NM KIDS COUNT data book shows some improvement, some decline in child well-being
HIGH RATES OF CHILD POVERTY CONTINUE TO HAMPER FURTHER PROGRESS That is the overall conclusion in the 2017 New Mexico KIDS COUNT Data Book, released Jan. 16 by New Mexico Voices for Children at 10 am at the Roundhouse to coincide with the star t of the legislative session. The theme of this year’s report is “At a Crossroads: Choosing the Path to Child
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ANTA FE — Several i nd icator s of ch i ld well-being are showing improvement in New Mexico, but a persistently high rate of children living in poverty continues to cast a pall over the state.
Well-being in New Mexico” to ref lect u nprecedented changes at the federal level as well as the fact that this year New Mexico voters will elect a new governor because the current one is term-limited. “The data book has always been an exercise in looking at where we stand in terms of ch i ld wel l-bei ng,” sa id
Amber Wallin, who is deputy director of NM Voices and oversees the organization’s KIDS COUNT program. “But this year we really wanted to emphasize that the state needs to be looking forward a s well. There a re proven
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GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF JANUARY 19
Welcome Aquarius! Today the Sun enters the fixed air sign. This marks an exciting time. Expect the pull towards progressive, original, independent, and hu manitarian causes. You may also expect some resistance from friends and family over confronting emotionally driven conversations. Madame G recommends patience and perseverance. Have fun and create!
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
You have so much enthusiasm and energy. It’s time to put it to good use. This is the time to try out new things and reach for the stars. Don’t get trapped in the nitty-gritty. Follow your bliss. You have a limited time on this Earth (as do we all). Don’t wait to find your dreams during retirement. Jump up and head out the door at full speed. Use your energy to your advantage.
Madame G suggests you take time to think this through. Your dreams can’t wait. They deserve your attention and focus. If you don’t take time to address your fears they’ll remain forever. The only thing holding you back is your sense of dread. Have you ever thought that maybe the only person getting in your way is you? You’re capable of more than you think. Do it!
Don’t show fear, dear Libra. Yes, it’s a terrifying time and the world seems more unstable than ever. So, ask yourself—if the world should end tomorrow, are you doing what you want? If you’re not, then take some action. Look towards your heroes and if you don’t have one, find one. Start taking action over your life and don’t wait for things to happen. You must act. Do it now.
What’s in a name? It’s easy to get stuck in the past and stagnate over the wrongs done to us. Instead, try letting go of one little thing each day. It doesn’t have to be big, it can be the loser that cut you off in traffic, or that time your spouse was mean to you. Breathe in deeply and then gently say: “I forgive myself.” Repeat that over and over. Eventually you’ll forgive them too.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Run don’t walk out of our comfort zone. You may start to feel the urge to try something new. Don’t hesitate! Keep an eye on the end zone and don’t get lost in the minutia. You’re capable of more than you think. In fact, instead of just dreaming about doing something extraordinary just do it! Each day try something that scares you a little even if your voice shakes. You can.
Your heart is in the right place. Keep it up! Rest is always important. Consider learning a new skill. What have you always wanted to do? It’s never too late to learn the guitar or how to tattoo. You’re never too old or busy. If you don’t do it now, you may never do it. Following your dreams is more important than not taking action. Now is the time to do as you’ve always wanted.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
It’s time for adventure. What have you always wanted to do? Perhaps you’ve always wanted to swim in the Mediterranean, take a safari, or flirt with a hot guy or girl in Hawaii. Whatever your dreams are, don’t wait for the last second. It’s time to live the life you’ve always wanted. You can’t get everything you want unless you take time to try. Get going and take the first step.
Are you living the dream? If you’re not, then you certainly should. Don’t take no for an answer. Keep your dreams in mind and look forward. You can accomplish anything if you want to. In this life, you can do anything you want to do (just don’t give up). No matter how great or small your dreams are—keep going. This is the time to do it. Live large and have fun. Do it!
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again. You can’t blame others for your missteps or failures. You’ll notice a drive towards innovation and increased creativity. It’s important to think and plan, but there is a time when you must start. You can’t wait for the perfect, time, day, or to feel ready. You’ll never feel ready. You don’t have to act totally impulsively, but do start.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You may wish for things to be different, but they’ll never change unless you do. When you feel the push to take action just do it. When you feel like staying tucked into the corner of the house, try inching your way out. Every time you take a step it gets easier. Do your best. You don’t have to be perfect to be good, happy, and successful. Just try it.
Your time is here and you’re feeling that little extra push. Don’t ignore this. The Universe will not be kind to those that don’t pick up the pen of innovation and creativity when offered. Heed the call and take action immediately. Consider changing up how you do everything. Streamline your life, so that you can take action easily. You’ll find that this is easier than you think.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) It’s hard to sort through the big things, if you don’t take care of the little things. Try something new that bothers you just a little every day. This may mean talking to the cute guy or girl at Starbucks or moving to a new city. You may feel yourself cringe away from the challenge, but think about how proud you’ll be when you succeed. All it takes is a little extra effort. You got this.
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NM KIDS | FROM PAGE 13 policy solutions to our challenges, and the elections are a chance to demand that we treat our children better, to demand that policymakers fully commit to improving opportunities for our kids to thrive,” she added. The annual report takes a more in-depth look at the 16 indicators that are covered in the nationa l K IDS COUNT Data Book, which is released by the Annie E. C a s ey Fou nd a t io n e ver y summer. The New Mexico repor t a lso i ncludes dat a on additional indicators of ch i ld wel l-bei ng, dat a by race and ethnicity, and data at the state, county, tribal, a nd school distr ict levels.
Along with data, the report presents policy recommendations in each area of child well-being. “We rea l ly hope leg i s lators will take the policy recommendations to heart, because they can make an extraordinar y difference,” said James Jimenez, executive director of NM Voices. “We all know that children are our future. But so much of their future is determined by the investments we make in them today. We’re all in this together, a nd if, a s a society, we fail to make those investments now we will all pay the price down the road,” he said. A mon g t he i nd ic a t or s showing improvement are: the percent of young child r e n i n s c ho ol ; r e a d i n g
proficiency; on-time graduation rates; and the teen birth rate. Indicators show ing decline include: the percent of children living in poverty; child and teen death rates; and single-parent families. The 2017 New Mex ico KIDS COUNT Data Book is ava i lable on l i ne at w w w. nmvoices.org/archives/9728. Much more data on child well-being can be found at the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Data Center at http://datacenter.kidscount.org. New Mexico Voices for Children is a nonpartisan, nonprof it organization advocating for policies to improve the health and well-being of New Mexico’s chil dren , famili es an d communities.
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Heinrich urges reform of Gov. surveillance By Martin Heinrich Senator for New Mexico
A SH INGTON, D.C. — On Jan. 17, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, D -N.M., a member of t he Senate Select Com m it tee on Intelligence, spoke on the Senate f loor to express concer n w ith Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Sur veillance A mendments Act and urged his Senate colleagues to oppose the statute’s reauthorization until necessary privacy reforms are included. S en a t or Hei n r ich i s a cosponsor of t he Un iti ng and Strengthening America by Reforming and Improving the Government’s High-Tech Surveillance (USA RIGHTS) Ac t , i nt r o duc e d by U. S . Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) a n d R a n d P a u l ( R - Ky.), t hat refor m s Sect ion 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to end warrantless backdoor searches of Americans’ calls, emails, and other communications that are routinely swept up under a program designed to spy on foreign targets. The sweeping authority has been clouded in secrecy, i n pa r t becau se t he government refuses to answer essentia l questions about how it impacts Americans, including how ma ny American communications the government collects. B e l ow a r e H e i n r i c h’s rem a rk s a s prepa red for delivery: The Senate will be voting soon on a bill to reauthorize the FISA Amendments Act. Most Americans likely do not recognize the name of the bill, but they probably know what this bill addresses – our government’s surveillance of communications. As a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, I have lear ned a great deal about our post-9-11 surveillance laws and how they have been implemented. And I have deter mined that there are reforms that
Martin Heinrich need to be made to the FISA Amendments Act – specifically Section 702 – before we renew this law. The biggest f law in Section 702 is in how it has been interpreted. The language of the law – the collection of foreign intelligence of U.S. persons reasonably believed to be located outside the United States – anticipates that in cid e nt a l or a ccid e nt a l col l ectio n of Am e r i can s’ e m ai l s a n d p h o n e c a l l s would occur. But under the FISA Amendments Act as written, there is nothing to prohibit the intelligence community from searching through a p i l e of c o mmuni c ati o n s collected under this statute to deliberately search for the phone calls or emails of specific Americans. This is not what Congress intended when the law was written. And now we are being asked to vote on this law at the last minute with no amendments allowed. Many of us have called this the “back door search loophole” – since it allows the gover nment to search for Americans’ communications without a warrant. The USA Rights Act – of which I am a cosponsor – includes a fix to this loophole. It also includes other key reforms to the statute th at I sup por t . But th at commonsense bill isn’t on the f loor today.
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Sonlatsa Jim-Martin, left, and her daughter Zunnebah, the current Miss Ceremonial, have been involved with the McKinley Community Health Alliance since its inception. Miss Ceremonial shared a presentation on her foreign exchange program experience in New Zealand during a recent meeting. Photo Credit: Rick Abasta
Kim Wahpupah said she was homeless and living in a shelter before joining the McKinley Community Alliance, and credits the alliance for changing her life. As the mother of a six-year-old daughter with autism, she said activism at a young age is important so the younger generations can understand issues like uranium and fracking. Photo Credit: Rick Abasta
Community Health Alliance tackles more than medicine A COLLABORATIVE ENVIRONMENT CONNECTING MCKINLEY, NAVAJO NATION AND ZUNI PUEBLO By Rick Abasta For the Sun
he McKinley Community Health Alliance celebrated its twentieth anniversary Jan. 10 at the New Mexico Cancer Center. For two decades, the alliance has
collaborated with various entities in McKinley County, Navajo Nation and Zuni Pueblo to address health disparities across the region. Starting in 1998, the MCHA began with the mission of promoting the health and well being of all people in the county and neighboring
area. Today, their mission is to affect and facilitate change in systems. Building the alliance up to the position it holds today took decades of work and planning. Dr. Jana Gunnell and Jeff Kiely of the Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments were among its original founding
Sonlatsa Jim-Martin (standing) said she worked with the National Indian Youth Leadership Project 20 years ago and was directed to attend the McKinley Community Health Alliance meeting. At the time, her daughter Zunnebah was only an infant. They pair continued to grow and work with the group throughout its existence. Photo Credit: Rick Abasta COMMUNITY
members, and they shared an overview of those early efforts. “This stared as a defensive body. There were some decisions made in Santa Fe that had a profound impact on our communities, but there had been no consultation,” Gunnell said. Medicaid reform was the heart of the issue. Concerned citizens met for the first time as a group to oppose the reform. People from various backgrounds attended that initial meeting and began working together. The decision was eventually overturned and the group decided to continue meeting. K iely com mende d t he growth of the alliance and recalled its early days of collaboration. Crucially, he cited their decision not to utilize Robert’s Rules of Order, a rulebook frequently used to structure organizations, for facilitating the meetings. “We talked about how we would be non-hierarchical: we would not be north-to-south,
we would not be top-down, we would not have unnecessary formalities. We would be on a first name basis, there would be no chairperson or vice chairperson,” he said. The decision was made to have the meetings facilitated to ensure it was participatory and gave everyone a voice. “We were building a culture together, a ver y conscious and intentional culture not adopted or adapted from any particular tradition, but our own sharing of each other so that we would be incredibly diverse around the table,” Kiely said. Today, the collective is looking at leadership development, diabetes prevention, addressing legacy uranium mining a nd sa fe dr inking water. Other issues include access to health care, school performance, affordable housing and solid waste disposal. Gu n nel l sa id t he w ide range of topics illustrates that
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Welding program at NTU awards professional certifications to nine students Staff Reports
ROWNPOINT - The welding program at Nav a jo Tech n ic a l Un iver sit y concluded the 2017 fall semester with nine of its students ea r n i ng t hei r A mer ica n Welding Society (AWS) certifications and seven graduating with a certificate in Welding Technolog y. The students who successfully completed the AWS exa m i nclude E r ic s on C h ave z , Shawndell Fra ncis, Elway Gordo, Livia Garcia, Ulrich Morga n, Da r yl N. Ya zzie, Julio Sombrero, Victor Billy, and Hector Lapahie. “These students showed their commitment to this program and their work is a good example of what we have here for students wanting to be professional welders,” said Christopher Storer, instructor for the Welding Technology program at NTU. “Why would students want to go to Tulsa when you can learn it all and more right here at Navajo Tech?” Mr. Storer arrived at NTU’s welding facility as an instructor for the program in spring 2017,
HEALTH ALLIANCE | FROM PAGE 15 health is about much more than medicine. “It’s about pover ty and asset inequity,” she said. “It’s about institutional racism. It’s about multi-generational trauma. Twenty years ago, people were not talking like that very much. The meetings were an important opportunity for me to look at my own layers and layers of white privilege and racism.” MCHA has worked with t he U. S . Con g r e s s , New Mexico Legislature, Gallup City Council and New Mexico County Commission to affect change in such areas as suicide prevention, predatory lending, community training and workshops, and securing funding that amounted to approximately $3 million to support health improvement programs in McKinley County. Ch r i st opher Hud son,
and has since reconstructed the learning and demonstrational facility by building welding bays with individualized ventilation ducts. The upgrades to the learning site created more opportunities to reinforce student learning, while also expanding NTU’s capacity to award certifications through the AWS. “The previous learning and welding classes were inadequate for students to properly learn the techniques necessary,” Storer said, who did the facility upgrades with the help of students. “They did a good job of creating a space they can engage and demonstrate what they are here for - to learn how to weld.” T he Bu r e a u of L a b or Statistics has concluded that career pathways in Welding Te c h nolog y w i l l h ave a job growth in the years to come, while the New Mexico Workforce website lists potential career fields in welding to include: support activities for mining; construction of buildings; petroleum and coal products manufacturing; and oil and gas extraction. NTU developed its welding program in 2015 to meet the
demand from these industries, which it hopes will translate to students earning gainful employment. NTU’s certificate in Welding Technology requires 32 credit hours, with 20 credits of core welding courses. Students gain an overall understanding
of welding machines, welding processes, and hands-on welding proficiency, but they also develop skills in blueprint reading, welding inspection, destructive and non-destruct ive t e s t i ng, met a l lu r g y, computer-a ided d ra f t i ng, and precision machine tool
operation. For more information about the welding pro gram at Navajo Technical University contact Chris Storer at cstorer@nava jotech.edu or visit NTU’s website at www.navajotech. edu.
facilitator and coordinator of MCHA, said he began participating with the group after his aunt asked for help taking notes at the meetings about a year ago. “I know the future is uncertain in the current administration and whether or not this alliance will last. I’m pretty sure it will, if we’ve weathered storms before,” he said. He said the group is currently working with Strong Families, New Mexico Social Justice, Behavioral Health Collaborative and Behavioral Health Investment Zone. “My hope is that we really get down to our base this year, our grassroots people,” Hudson said. One woma n ident i f ied herself as a community member and represented people at the grassroots level. Kim Wa hpupa h s a id her c u rrent work with the MCHA and the Seven Indigenous Communities is a big change
from where she was at a few years ago. “Before I started out here, I was homeless. [Living in a] shelter and it seemed like my voice didn’t matter,” she said. Over the past six years, she pushed her daughter’s stroller through town with a boxful of food and made the rounds to distribute food to those in need. “I thank the health alliance for giving me that voice,” Wahpupah said. “I’m getting back on my feet again and it’s been a fight. There was a lot of adversity out there, the words, the criticism, the low self-esteem that I had to endure. Getting more involved, that’s all I wanted to do.” The MCHA meets monthly at the New Mexico Cancer Center and public is invited to join. The group convenes on the second Wednesday of the month from 11 am – 1 pm. For more information call (505) 906-2671.
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this law provides. But I also strongly believe th at we need to balance the civil liberties, embodied in our Constitution, with our national security imperatives. It is the responsibility of Congress to find that balance. The bill that is before us today could come closer to that standard if we improve it through the adoption of amendments that I and my colleagues would offer if we had the opportunity. But this bill is being fasttracked and we are left with only the choice of an up or down vote. The American people deserve better than the legislation put before us today. I urge my colleagues to consider the gravity of the issues at hand and to oppose reauthorization until we can have an opportunity for real debate and real reform. Visit www.heinrich.sen ate.gov.
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The bill before us today would actually take us backward. It doesn’t require a warrant to search for Americans’ communications. It makes it quite easy to resume the “about” collections on Americans, a practice that the government has abandoned. It grants new authorities to allow Section 702 data to be used in domestic criminal prosecutions of Americans. I strongly believe that the federal government needs a way to monitor foreign communications to ensure that we remain a step ahead of terrorists and those who threaten our national security. The FISA Amendments Act has been beneficial to the protection of our national security. I don’t question the value of the foreign intelligence that
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RANTS – The City of Gra nts will be ho s t i ng t he New Mexico Film Office in two open meetings, Jan. 25 at 6 pm and Jan. 26 at 8 am. Both will be held at the Cibola County Convention Center, 515 West High Street. At these meetings participants will be discuss how residents can list homes or businesses for use in the film industry. In a recent meeting, the Film Office stated that when a production comes to a city they try to source locally as much as possible. Some sources required for the industry are accommodations, catering, dry cleaners, alterations, tires, doctors and dentists, automobiles, CPA’s, beauty and barber services, med ia ser v ices, secu r it y, transportation, banners to list a few. The City of Grants hopes that welcoming this industry will foster new economic developments for its citizens and businesses. This industry
could be an economic boost, and much needed job opportunities to the area. The City hopes that by meeting with the New Mexico Film Office and beginning these conversations, it could collaborate with the Village of Milan and Cibola Cou nt y to become entirely film friendly. With the City of Grants just 78 m i les west of Albuquerque, all of the city’s great scenery, historic buildings, neon signs and open landscapes we have plenty to offer the film industry. These meetings have been set up to let citizens and business owners know how they can become film friendly. T he New Mex ico F i l m Office continually searches for new locations to add to their online location database. Anyone interested in hav i ng t hei r New Mex ico home, business, ra nch, or property listed as a potential location to film, television and commercial productions can do so, free and easy. This will get the word out to productions that the city
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Cheap thrills delivered in Den of Thieves RATING: «« OUT OF «««« RUNNING TIME: 140 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun
ately, it seems the early part of the year has been turning into something of a home for crime pictures. In the last couple of years, we’ve seen titles like Triple 9 and Blackhat released to modest fanfare. Den of Thieves certainly falls into this category. It’s a heist picture that aspires to greatness, but doesn’t quite hit the heights hoped. At least there are a few B-movie thrills here and there to make it a diverting if less-than-exceptional entry in the genre. The focus of the story is Nick Flanagan (Gerard Butler), an LA sheriff obsessed with taking down the city’s most elite gang of robbers. Led by Merrimen (Pablo Schreiber), the criminal and ex-Marine details an elaborate plot to steal $30 million in untraceable bills from the Federal Reserve Bank with the assistance of pal Levi Enson (50 Cent) and a crew of ruffians. When Flanagan gets wind of an imminent heist, he and his team take their own extreme means. They forcibly attempt to manipulate the bartender/getaway driver team member Donnie (O’Shea Jackson Jr.) into helping them. As expected, the cast does
This crime flick feels like an homage to other, better movies in the genre. Now playing. Photo Credit: STX Entertainment their hard-boiled best to try and keep things tense. These aren’t the nicest people with Flanagan in particular coming off worse than most of the criminals. He flies off the handle readily at home and with coworkers. However, one assumes that this is the point and that we’re all supposed to be having some fun watching the bad behavior on display. The action scenes are competently handled as well, with plenty of ways in which this overly elaborate robbery could go awry. When the heist is on, it’s all reasonably diverting. However, the feature isn’t without problems. Frankly, it’s way too long for its own good. The movie approaches two and a half hours and it could easily do with losing about 207 WEST COAL GALLUP 505.863.1250 www.elmorrotheatre.com Facebook @elmorrogallup
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Still, as mentioned, the heist itself is capably handled and there is an attempt to throw something of a left turn towards the close. The payoff feels like an homage to other, better crime films, but the attempt to lay in some kind of a surprise is still welcome. Truthfully, it’s the most memorable thing about the flick. In the end, there’s too much unnecessary material in Den of Thieves, and it’s really not that good. However, it has a couple of amusing moments and tries its hardest to entert a i n. You probably won’t remember anything about it in a week or two, but if you’re stuck it may provide some B-movie yuks. Visit Cinemastance.com
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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Jan. 19, 2018 By Glenn Kay For the Sun
elcome back to another edition of new releases coming your way. Once again, there’s plenty of fun stuff to choose from in a variety of genres. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!
BIG NEW RELEASES! Beyond Skyline Anyone out there clamor ing for a sequel to the 2010 alien-inv a s i o n sci-fi f lick, Skyline? If so, then today’s your lucky day. This follow-up involves a detective who finds that most humans on planet Earth have been sucked into the spaceships of invaders. He decides to storm his way through a alien craft and free his young son. The original was widely derided but this chapter has earned better notices, although with caveats. Most suggest that it works better than its predecessor, but some maintain that events are quite dopey and it is really only enjoyable as absurd B -mov ie fodder. The cast includes Frank Grillo, Bojana Novakovic, Jonny Weston and Iko Uwais. Blade Runner 2049 - Here’s another sci-fi sequel, this time to a genuine classic. It is set 30 years after the events of the first film, with a new blade runner retiring rogue replicants. While on a case, he discovers strange evidence that reveals a remarkable secret. In order to discover the truth, he sets out to find and question original blade runner Rick Deckard. Reviews were positive overall. There were a few who found it too long, ponderous and somber for its own good, but the majority thought the movie was a technical marvel. They also felt it possessed plenty of intriguing subtext about whether a machine’s lifespan can have meaning and value. It stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Robin Wright and Jared Leto. Cook Off! - This COMMUNITY
mockumentary follows a group of amateur chefs competing to win a prize of a million dollars. As the competition begins to heat up, the contestants start taking extreme measures in order to win the prize. One thing this comedy didn’t earn was the affection of critics, who strongly disliked the movie. While they commented that the stars were all talented performers, the story succumbed to low-brow gags and stereotypes. It features Cathryn Michon, Wendy McLendon- Covey, Melissa McCarthy (who reportedly only appears briefly), Ben Falcone, Niecy Nash, Jack Plotnick, Diedrich Bader and Louie Anderson. Crooked House Based on the Agatha Christie novel, t h i s myster y i nvol ve s a diplomat turned detective. When a wealthy tycoon is found dead, the lead is called in to help with the investigation. Things get complicated when a prime suspect in the case turns out to be the sleuth’s former lover. In order to get to the truth, the protagonist realizes he must tread very carefully. Reaction was complimentary towards the crime flick. Those who complained said the source material the filmmakers were working with was a little dry and slow-moving. However, most gave the production design high marks and called it an enjoyable little thriller. The cast includes Christina Hendricks, Gillian Anderson, Glenn Close, Max Irons, Terence Stamp and Julian Sands. Happy Death Day - A college student is brutally killed by a masked assailant in this horror/comedy. But that isn’t the end of her existence; she soon discovers that she is doomed to relive her final day over and over. Determined to find out who is responsible for her murder, the woman begins hanging out with various suspect in the hopes the villain will reveal themselves. The press gave this feature good notices. Some commented that it didn’t make the most of its Groundhog Day premise and had little to say thematically,
but more found it zippy and enjoyed enough of its gags to recommend. It stars Jessica Rothe, Isreal Broussard and Ruby Modine. I, Daniel Blake - This UK production won the BA F TA awa rd for Best British Film last year and t ook home the Palm d’Or at Cannes, but has taken quite a while to get noticed in North America. Criterion is finally giving the film its due with an extraspacked release. It tells the story of a 59-year-old carpenter who suffers a heart attack and can’t find work after being released from hospital. The film chronicles his struggles to receive health benefits and assistance from the government as well as his attempts to help a single mother in his neighborhood. Based on the awards it earned, the movie received nothing but praise during its original run for its great performances and important message. Dave Johns and Hayley Squires headline the feature. Loving Vin ce nt - This remarkable animated film examines the death of famed artist Vincent Van Gogh, exclusively using oil painted animation. A young man sets out to deliver the final letter written by the painter before his death and becomes obsessed with determining what caused the man’s untimely demise. Critics were very taken in by what they saw. There were a couple of naysayers who thought the visuals took them out of the experience emotionally, but the majority were wowed by the overwhelming imagery and ambition of the project. The voice cast includes Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Chris O’Dowd and Saoirse Ronan. The Snowman - Norwegian detective Harry Hole (yep, that’s the character’s actual name) is faced with hunting down a serial killer with a bizarre modus operandi... taking victims during snowfalls and building a snowman at the scene of his crimes. The hero teams with a new recruit to study the deaths and try to find a connection. Sadly, this thriller got panned by reviewers. They called it a
preposterous effort more likely to earn baffled expressions from viewers than any thrills or chills. Some claim it to be one of those so-bad-it’s-good kind of disasters. Other simply found it dull and ineffective. It stars Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Val Kilmer, J. K. Simmons and Chloë Sevigny.
BLASTS FROM THE PAST! It’s a fun week for older titles arriving on disc too. In honor of its 15th anniversary, Mill Creek is releasing a Special Edition Blu-ray of S.W.A.T. (2003). This was a film adaptation of the TV series and starred Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, Michele Rodriguez and LL Cool J. This release includes two previously unavailable commentary tracks from the cast and crew. But the big new thing is that they also have a 35th anniversary edition Blu-ray of the goofball action/sci-fi flick, Yor, the Hunter from the Future (1983). For those who missed it during its original run, the story involves prehistoric man who sets out on a quest to find the meaning of a medallion given to him long before he can remember. Our hero fights ape-men, dinosaurs, romances women and eventually faces off against alien invaders. This low-budget Italian production was based on a comic book and appeared to be attempting to mash-up elements of Conan the Barbarian with Star Wars. Of course, the results were totally ridiculous. The movie earned plenty of Razzie nominations during its release, but has made fans over the years who have enjoyed its bad acting, effects and generally cheesy charms. This is the first time the film is being released on Blu-ray and it comes with a brand new commentary track from Yor himself, actor Reb Brown. Shout! has some no t a ble titles arriving as well. They include t he q u i rk y thriller, Eye of t h e Cat (19 6 9). It features Michael Sarrazin as a greedy crook trying to get his hands on his aunt’s
inheritance. Unfortunately, he’s afraid of cats and must plot his way through a house full of felines. They also have the dr ive -in f lick, Ma con County Line (1974). It’s about a pair of brothers traveling through the country who are mistaken for killers and pursued by a crazed lawman out for vengeance. This Blu-ray features a director commentary, an interview with the editor, a vintage featurette and theatrical trailer. Kino has plenty of interesting titles arriving as well. They include The Cemetery Club (1993), a comedy featuring a group of widows who get together to reminisce and get involved in each others lives. It stars Olympia Dukakis, El len Bu r st y n a nd Dia ne Ladd. The Blu-ray includes an interview with director Bill Duke and a trailer. They also have the Ken Wahl action picture, The Taking of Beverly Hills (1991). A notable extra on this release is a commentary track with film historian. Finally, they are also putting out t he M ichael Mad sen / Patricia Arquette/Billy Bob Thornton crime flick, Trouble Bound (1993). And ClassicFlix has a Bluray of Raw Deal (1948) for any film noir collectors out there.
YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Here are some releases that might appeal to youngsters. Caillou: Caillou’s Kitchen Horseland: The Complete Series Rusty Rivets (Nickelodeon) Street S h ark s: The Complete Series
ON THE TUBE! And you’ll find this edition’s TV-themed releases listed below. Alibi (Mini-series) Better Call Saul: Season 3 T h e Co mm an d e r : The Complete Series The Doctor Blake Mysteries: Season 4 Horseland: The Complete Series T h e St or y of Us with Morgan Freeman (National Geographic) Street S h ark s: The Complete Series S.W.A.T.: The Complete Series (1975-76, 2 Seasons)
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SPORTS 360 Gallup girls crush Grants, 74-29 LADY BENGALS GET BIG LEAD, DON’T LOOK BACK
By Bernie Dotson For the Sun
he Ga llup Lady B en ga l s blew out Grants Jan. 12 74-29 in a basketball game played at Gallup High School, but couldn’t muster the same wherewithal against Cibola 24 hours later. T he Gra nt s ga me saw Gallup get out to big leads, before the team went ultimately ahead by a large margin toward the end of the first quarter. Grants never led the entire game. The Lady Bengals led after the first quarter by the score of 24-4. Grants wasn’t able to establish a fluid offensive flow in the first half and that continued into the second half. The Lady Bengals started the game with a 3-point shot by junior guard Amanda Mitchel. Senior guard Lanae Notah followed with another 3-pointer for Gallup. It was pretty much all downhill from there for Grants until sophomore forward Angel Valdez got the Lady Pirates on the scoreboard with a short
jumper. “Sometimes you have these kinds of games,” Grants head coach Jackie Sanchez said. “We missed a lot of shots. We also had a few defensive breakdowns.”
THE SECOND QUARTER Grants (6-10) got back in the game at the start of the second quarter, though. Junior forward Kaylee Morris was aggressive on the offensive and defensive boards and hit six quick points. Morris was active inside, at times grabbing her own rebounds off of missed shots. But ever y time Mor r is scored, Gallup was there to respond. Gallup’s defense enabled the Bengals to get points off of turnovers. The Lady Bengals (11-5) led 50-14 at the close of the first half. “We were very precise in the plays we ran on offense and we played tough on defense,” Gallup head coach Todd McBroom said. “I was pleased with our effort in the whole game.”
Grants Lady Pirate Angelica Nanez (4) is run down by Gallup Lady Bengals Kamryn Yazzie (20) and Laila Etsitty (25) at the Jan. 12 game that went to Gallup. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura A huge pa r t of Gra nts’ problem was handling the red-hot Notah. When the Lady Pirates were able to converge on Notah and prevent a long or short jumper, junior forward Ashley Antone was roving and
Grants Lady Pirate Lauryn Griego (20) and Gallup Lady Bengal Laila Etsitty (25) go head-to-head at the Jan. 12 game. Gallup took home the win 74-29, thanks to the team’s defensive strength. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura
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picking and looking for passes from junior guards Hanna Toledo or Kamryn Yazzie. Antone finished with 15 points and Notah scored 18 in the win for Gallup. The Lady Pirates were led by senior
guard Devyn Griegom, who scored 9 points. Gallup lost the next day’s game to Cibola High by the score of 42-24. Gallup plays 5A foe Farmington this week at Farmington.
Gallup Lady Bengal Kamryn Yazzie (20) moves in to score. The Lady Bengals enjoyed a decisive victory Jan. 12, but their luck ran out during a game against Cibola High the very next day. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura SPORTS
To’hajiilee wins Rehoboth basketball tournament MAES, HARRISON, TOLEDO TOO MUCH FOR LADY LYNX By Bernie Dotson For the Sun
EHOBOTH, N.M. – The Rehoboth Lady Lynx entered the Jan. 13 Rehoboth Girls Basketball Tournament with a reputation for tenacity and nerves of steel. But the 2A To’hajiilee Lady Warriors (6-9, 1-0) managed to cut through that Rehoboth veneer and beat the Lady Lynx 60-53 in the championship game in which superstars emerged on both sides. And it wasn’t just the players that stepped up to the plate, the head coaches made their presence known right down to the wire with some crafty decision-making. “This is who we are. It’s what type of team we are,” To’hajiilee head coach Daniel Gallegos said afterward. “I just told the girls to stick to the game plan and play together and play smart. Give a lot of credit to Reboboth.” The game saw the Lady Warriors take the lead at the onset on a 3-pointer by senior guard Mariah Maes. Maes, the team’s leading scorer, definitely came to play and it showed throughout the game. Rehoboth (10-6) tied the game 5-5 in the opening quarter on a put back shot by Kennedi Chapman. Chapman was tough on the boards in the first half, which allowed senior guard Halle Lizer and junior guard Jayme Daniels to get loose for jumpers and back door cuts.
THE BACKGROUND Lizer and Daniels became
household names as a result of the championship game and Maes, junior center Audrey Harrison, senior guard Trista Apache and senior point guard Alexis Toledo put the state on notice that the small Navajo Nation school near Albuquerque is for real. The 3A Lady Lynx ended the first quarter ahead 15-8, but one got the feeling that the Lady Warriors were sitting back and waiting to make a move. “They are a very good team,” Rehoboth head coach Adrian Pete said. “They went to a spread offense toward the end of the fourth quarter. That may have been the turning point in the game, considering they were protecting a small lead.” The versatile Harrison got aggressive on the offensive and defensive boards in the second quarter and Maes continued to hit shots from everywhere. Harrison set picks, rolled when there was an opening and the steady and smart Toledo — she’s weighing collegiate decisions on attending Stanford University in California, Smith College in Massachusetts or Duke University in North Carolina — ran a near perfect offense from the point guard spot. By the time the first half was over, Maes tallied 10 points and Harrison was not far behind with 9. By the same token, Lizer, a multiple sport athlete for the Lady Lynx, was heating up with 12 points.
THE SECOND HALF The lead changed several times in the third quarter, with To’hajiilee going up 37-36 with
2:10 left on the clock. Lizer put Rehoboth ahead a few more times on long-range jumpers. Junior guard Wylencia Weaver got in on the action toward the middle and end of the third quarter, nailing a 3-pointer to give Rehoboth a 42-37 lead going into the fourth. That’s when the Lady Warriors gelled. Harrison was on fire with rebounds and put backs. Maes hit shot after shot and Toledo committed just one turnover in a 10-minute offensive stretch. Harrison connected on some foul shots and made some steals. Apache made a few steals, as two were back-toback — and hit four foul shots for To’hajiilee. Lizer hit a layup and two consecutive long jumpers and Rehoboth went up 48-45 with 5:45 left in the game. Maes got free inside on a cut for a 50-48 Warriors lead. Rehoboth got new life when the reliable Toledo threw an errant pass with 3:10 left in the fourth quarter. When To’hajiilee got the ball back, the team went into a four-corners offense and Rehoboth could only watch as Maes, Apache, Toledo and Harrison ran Boston Celticlike plays. Maes scored 19 for the Lady Warriors and Harrison hit 18. Apache scored 12 and recorded six steals. For Rehoboth, Lizer scored a game high 24 points and Daniels put in a silent 8. Besides Rehoboth and To’hajiilee, the teams in the tournament included Native American Community Academy, Zuni, East Mountain, Navajo Pine, Ramah and Academy of the Classics.
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Mariah Maes of To’hajiilee guards Hallie lizer of Rehoboth. The lady warriors won the game 60-53. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura SPORTS
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2. If you have made improvements to real property during 2017 and the improvements cost more than Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000), the improvements must be reported to the Assessor no later than the last day of February 2018. The information required and the form may be obtained from the Assessor’s office. Section 7-38-8 (C), NMSA 1978. 3. All real property owned by any nongovernmental entity and claimed to be exempt from property taxation under the provisions of Paragraph (1) of Subsection B of Section 7-36-7 NMSA 1978 shall be reported for valuation purposes to the appropriate valuation authority. If a change in eligibility status or ownership of the property has changed, the change shall be reported no later than the last day of February 2018. Section 7-38-8.1 NMSA 1978. 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.
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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.
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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 re-
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
10. If you own a manufactured home [that was no previously assessed] and it was present in the county on January 1, 2018, you must report it to the Assessor no later than the last day of February 2018. The report must contain certain required information and must be on a form obtained from the Assessor’s office. Section 7-3626 NMSA 1978. THIS NOTICE IS ONLY A BRIEF STATEMENT OF THE PROVISIONS OF SECTIONS 17, 7-38-17.1, 7-36-21.3, 7-36-20, 7-36-21, AND 7-36-26 NMSA 1978, and related Taxation & Revenue Department Regulations. It is not intended to reflect the full content of these provisions, which may be examined at the office of the County Assessor. Done this 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
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR JAN. 19-25, 2018 FRIDAY, Jan. 19
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 24
TECH TIME: FACEBOOK FOR BEGINNERS 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 email@example.com.
BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS CLASS FOR SENIORS 10 am-12 pm @ Northside Senior Citizens Center. The Gallup Senior Citizen’s Center will host a basic computer class presented by the library. The class is specially designed for seniors and will teach the basic skills needed to access a computer. To register please contract the Senior Citizens Center (505) 7224740. Call (505) 863-1291 or email: 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. 20 STORY TIME (AGES 2-4) 10:30-11am @ Children’s branch. An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement, rhymes, and stories. MONDAY, Jan. 22 TECH TIME: MS EXCEL FOR BEGINNERS 5-7 pm @ Main Branch. Free computer classes are available every week at the Main Library. Class size is limited to 10. No registration required. Call (505) 863-1291 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. TUESDAY, Jan. 23 TECH TIME: ONE-2-ONE TECH HELP 3-4 pm @ Main Branch. The library is offering one-onone technology assistance. Bring your personal technology devices or software questions to one of the scheduled session and out technology trainer will help guide you through the process. One-2-One Tech Help is on a first come first serve basis. Call (505) 8631291 or email: libtrain@ gallupnm.gov. MAKER ZONE (6 AND OLDER) 4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch. We provide supplies, you supply the ideas. CALENDAR
welcome. Call (505) 7220039 for information. CO-DEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS Meets Wednesday, 6-7 pm, at First United Methodist Church, 1800 Redrock Dr. (in the library). All are welcome. COMMUNITY PANTRY The Hope Garden offers organic produce for sale from 10 am-noon, 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.
STORY TIME (AGES 2-4) 10:30-11 am @ Children’s branch. An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement, rhymes, and stories.
FRIDAY NIGHT HOOTENANNY Gallup’s longest-running live show! Every Friday night from 7-9 pm. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. Second St.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT FILMS: AWAKE 5:30-7 pm @ Main branch. This week’s movie, Rise. Free popcorn provided.
GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY Wednesdays are low-cost Spay and Neuter Days, at the Gallup-McKinley County Humane Society. For more information, please call (505) 863-2616, or email: email@example.com. Location: 1315 Hamilton Rd.
THURSDAY, Jan. 25 WINE & PAINTING: SNOWY BIRD Have a creative night out with ART123 Gallery, 6-9 pm. Register at www. galluparts.org. ART123 Gallery. CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) 4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch. Fun crafts for the whole family. This week’s activity: TBD. BUSINESS AFTER HOURS OPO GALLERY 5:30-8 pm @ OPO Gallery (located across from Camille’s on South Second Street). Free to everyone. 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
GALLUP SOLAR Gallup Solar is hosting community conversations about all things solar Wednesdays from 6 to 8 pm at 113 E. Logan. Call: (505) 728-9246 for info on topics and directions. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Habitat for Humanity yard sales are held every Saturday, 9 am-noon on Warehouse Lane, weather permitting. Volunteers wishing to serve on construction projects may sign up there or call (505) 722-4226. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY - WORK SESSIONS Habitat for Humanity work sessions held each week. Volunteers to serve on decision making meetings or wish to volunteer at or help fund construction projects. Call Bill Bright at
(505) 722-4226. MCKINLEY COUNTY HEALTH ALLIANCE McKinley County Health Alliance convenes on the second Wednesday of the month from 11 am-1 pm at the New Mexico Cancer Center across from UNM-Gallup. Everyone is welcome to attend and engage in discussions about health, education, economic, and environmental inequities and to help facilitate change in those systems. Call (505) 906-2671. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Overeaters Anonymous 12step meetings. Held every Saturday at 10 am. The First Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Drive. Open to anybody who has a desire to stop compulsive eating. Contact info. (505) 307-5999, (505) 721-9208, or (505) 870-1483. RECYCLING COUNCIL McKinley Citizens Recycling Council is a local nonprofit working to increase recycling through education, community outreach, and partnership with local government agencies. MCRC meets the first Saturday of the month at 2 pm, at Red Mesa on Hill St. For more information, please call (505) 722-5142 or visit Recylegallup.org. SUPPORT EARLY LANGUAGE AND LITERACY FOR SCHOOL SUCCESS! Gallup McKinley County Schools is currently recruiting pregnant women and teens in McKinley County with children from birth to 5 years of age. There are no income guidelines and services are free to ALL community members. Learn more about this opportunity by contacting Bebe Sarmiento at (505) 721-1055. SAVE THE DATE GALLUP POETRY SLAM: AN ODE TO ALL WE LOVE On Feb. 2, 6:30-8:30 pm @ ART123 Gallery. Try your
hand at a love poem (to whatever your love, be it a person or chocolate ice cream!) in a Workshop with poet Masha Deykute from 6:30-7 pm then share original or inspiring work in an open mic from 7-8:30 pm. KIWANIS PANCAKE BREAKFAST Feb. 3 @ Miyamura High School. Funds to be used to support Kiwanis Youth Activities. $5 per-person for a breakfast of pancakes, eggs, beverage, bacon or sausage. Serving times from 8 am-1 pm. Tickets may be purchases from a Kiwanians, Key Club members, i Heart Media, Big Brothers Big Sisters or at the door. For Information contact: John Lewis Taylor (505) 8633770. SOUND THE ALARM On Feb. 5, (one day only) the City of Gallup Office of Emergency Management, Gallup Fire Department and the American Red Cross will be teaming up to ensure you and your family are sage in 2018. If you currently live in the city limits and don’t have a smoke detector or are not sure is working properly, call (505) 722-4195. Supplies limited. SHOW OPENING: DAVID MONTELONGO: AN ARTISTIC JOURNEY On Feb. 10, 6-8 pm @ ART Gallery. See a lifetime’s worth of watercolors, ceramics and drawings and meet the artist. WINE & PAINTING On Feb. 22, 6-9 pm @ ART123 Gallery. Register at www.galluparts.org. ARTIST BUSINESS MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP On Feb. 28, 1-4 pm@ ART123 Gallery. Get pointers on starting an art business and business basics from Teddy Draper. Register www.galluparts.org To post a nonprofit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.
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