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A downtown fixture passes GALLUP MEMORIALIZES BERNHARD SCHULZE
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ometimes a kind word or gesture goes a long w ay t ow a r d b ei n g remembered. A Gallup man wise in the ways of the street passed recently a nd wa s remembered by those whose lives he touched through the years. Dozens gathered in his honor. The memorial service for Bernhard Schulze was held at the Gallup downtown Courthouse Plaza Jan. 23. Schulze was born on Aug. 4, 1957 and passed on Jan. 12, 2018. He has lived in Gallup since the 1970s. Rev. Lorelei Kay began the service with a story about the first time she met Schulze. She was at a community event when he approached and asked her what her name was. “I recognized his German accent and thought he might recognize the story of my name,” Kay said. She noted that her name was from the Lorelei, which according to German legend were sirens who sat upon rocks in the Rhine River. Sailors would sail up and down the river and occasionally crash
on the rocks. The sailors told stories of enchanting beauties sitting upon the rocks, combing their long, golden hair and singing. Bewitched, the sailors would crash their ships on the rocks. “When I said my name to him, Lorelei, Bernhard looked at me and kind of smiled and said, ‘Oh, you cut your hair,’ ” Kay said. The introduction captured Schulze’s innate cerebra l personality. “So many people cared about him. So many people have stories to tell about Bernhard’s wit, his kindness, his quick temper and his ability to survive, almost in spite of himself,” she said. Kay recited scripture in honor of Schulze’s Catholic fa it h a nd recou nt ed t he efforts to contact his family in Germany to apprise them of his passing. Born and raised in Otzberg, Germany, Schulze was the youngest of four children. His three elder siblings were all girls and Brigitta, the eldest, had the most responsibility toward raising her brother. “ She t ook h i m ever ywhere with her, which, as you
Elizabeth Warner left gifts at the memorial for Bernhard Schulze at the Courthouse Plaza in Gallup Jan. 23. “He was a good friend,” Warner said. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo can imagine [was] probably kind of irritating,” Kay said. “Nevertheless, she did her best to show him a good path and she is clear that he grew up in a good home.” As a young man, he was called to military service by the German government and instead left his homeland for America
with some friends. The irony, she said, was that Schulze served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Kay said he often told the story of how he came to Gallup. “After serving in the militar y, he was working for the famous musician Barry White,” she said. “They had a cross-country tour and one of
A COMMUNITY’S EMBRACE About 30 years ago, Brigitta flew to Los Angeles and took the bus to Gallup and spent a week visiting with her brother. It would be the last time they saw each other. “She was thankful to know that he would have this service in his memory and that people would show up to honor his life. Thank you for being here,” Kay said. Dav id Conejo, CEO for Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services, spoke next and said the Bernhard he knew would not want people to
People left gifts at the foot of a photo of Bernhard Schulze during his memorial service at the Courthouse Plaza in downtown Gallup Jan. 23. Schulze, a long time resident of Gallup, died Jan. 12. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo
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their stops was in Gallup. “Bernhard enjoyed the local scene a little too much and he missed the band’s departure in the morning. He’d been in Gallup ever since,” she added.
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McKinley County Board of Commissioners supports Superfund NPL designation By Rick Abasta Sun Correspondent
he McKinley C o u n t y B o a r d of Commissioners convened Jan. 23 for their regular meeting. Included on the agenda was a proposal to add the San Mateo Creek Basin uranium legacy site to the Superfund
National Priorities List. Brenda Cook, NPL coordinator for the U.S. EPA joined by phone, along with colleagues LaDonna Turner, site assessment manager, and Adam Wiesce, community involvement coordinator. “I apologize for us not being able to come, but because of the [federal] shutdown, they cancelled all travel,” Cook said.
The San Mateo Creek Basin is approximately 321 square miles within the Rio San Jose drainage basin in McKinley and Cibola counties. Numerous legacy uranium mines with recorded production a nd four legacy uranium mills are located within the basin. Thousands of exploratory boreholes provided a conduit between different aquifer
formations in the area. Turner explained the significance of this point at the meeting. “More than 150 billion gallons of water were pumped from aquifers between 1956 and 1982,” Turner said. She said uranium-mining operations have contributed to the degradation of groundwater quality for private wells whose guidelines are above federal drinking water standards. “Mine discha rge water infiltrated into the soils and sediment, significantly re-saturating portions of the shallow and underlying bedrock
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aquifers,” Turner said. “Tailing liquids from the former uranium mills also seeped downward into the shallow and underlying bedrock aquifers… Based on this information,
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Feb. 9 Issue Only! Wish Customers or Loved Ones a Happy Valentine’s Day With a By Corner Ad! Babette $45 + tax Herrmann Sun Editor This is a developing story, please check our website and Facebook page for updates. local Gallup man, Ryan “Bama” Westman, is wanted for allegedly beating a man on the head with a blunt object, according to McKinley County Sheriff’s Department investigators. At press time Jan. 25, MCSO Inv. Merle Bates said police caught up with Westman in Gamerco Jan. 24 and pursued him on northbound U.S. 491 to the Shiprock, N.M. area. New Mexico State Police and San Juan County law enforcement took charge from that point. As of 3:45 pm, Jan. 25, Bates said Westman is still “at large.” The reported assault to 57-year-old Mitchell Chavez occurred at #15 Zeta St. around 8:30 pm, Jan. 22. Chavez sustained severe head injuries and was airlifted to Flagstaff where’s he’s listed in critical condition. The affidavit for arrest warrant states “the victim would die
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from his head injuries as soon as he was extubated.” Witnesses told investigators that Chavez was sitting on a couch at the residence when Westman, 25, struck him on the head multiple times. He then asked the witnesses for help in dragging the victim’s body out of the home, but they reportedly refused to help Westman with the deed. Westman said in front of the witnesses that he “knocked that n--ger out and was leaving to Albuquerque to pick up his girlfriend,” the warrant states. Witnesses also told investigators that they weren’t sure what sparked the fight, but Chavez and Westman arrived at the residence together and were attempting to sell a handgun to a neighboring home on Zeta Street. Westman faces charges of aggravated battery, assault with intent to commit a violent felony (with intent to commit murder), aggravated assault (use of a deadly weapon), and tampering with evidence. If Chavez passes away from his injuries, MCSO Sgt. Robert Turney said charges against Westman will be upgraded to murder. Westman’s no stranger to trouble, and had a slew of warrants for his arrest during the summer of 2015. He scaled the fence of McK i n ley C ou nt y Adu lt Detention Center along with
eports of a burglary on #800 Draco St. Ja n . 2 3 , br ou g ht McK i n ley Cou nt y Sheriff’s Officers to the scene shortly after 1 pm, where a number of people were found crowding in front of the house. Dep. Jonathan Todachine Jr.
Ryan Westman another inmate June 23, 2015, but was caught five hours later. W hen pol ice a r re st ed Westman, just days before his thwarted escape, he was exiting a stolen vehicle and was booked on three outstanding warrants, receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle, possession of a firearm by a felon, and concealing his identity. Additionally, during his summertime 2015 stint in jail, Westman was served an arrest warrant for a violent home invasion, in which he allegedly tied up and battered the homeowner and burglarized the residence. And he was served with another warrant for reportedly kidnapping a man by gunpoint, tying him up, and leaving him in the remote McGaffey area, east of Gallup. Turney said to immediately call 911 if you spot Westman. Do not approach, he’s considered armed and dangerous.
witnessed as one woman, the daughter of the victim, began yelling at a man and accusing him of breaking into her mother’s home and stealing money from a safe, along with medication and jewelry, according to the police report. The money in the safe totaled $3,000. The woman, 37, pointed officers to the suspect’s shoes, which matched prints in the snow leading up to the window of the residence. T he s u s p e c t , A nd r ew Falcon, 41, was allegedly standing in the front yard of the burgled home, saying: “I didn’t do it… I didn’t do it…” according to the report. Todachine handcuffed Falcon and secured him in the back of his
patrol car. Based on disturbances in the snow on the roof of the home, the victim’s daughter told officers that she thought the safe was perhaps taken up there before being handed off to a second thief on the other side of the fence.
COLLECTING EVIDENCE Todachine asked a passing Comcast worker if he had seen anyone leaving the residence on Draco street, but he had seen nothing. A neighbor offered more help. Though he did not see the faces of the men who entered the residence, he thought one of them could be Falcon, as he had seen him frequently smoking cigarettes outside of the residence prior to the burglary. Todachine returned to the scene of the crime to look for shoe patterns on the floor, though he found none. The lack of physical evidence, and the fact that no witnesses had positively identified Falcon, made the incident tricky to investigate. Still, the daughter of the victim was certain it was him. She claimed that he was waiting at her home after she discovered the burglary, and that he was vacuuming the rugs and “acting kind of weird,” according to the report. The officer did notice some muddy shoe prints by the front door. Todachine was booked for burglary and an outstanding warrant.
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Weekly Police Activity Report Staff Reports
DRUG BUST 1/23, Gallup McKinley C o u n t y Sher i f f ’s D e p. Iv a n Tsethlika i Jr. was dispatched to 3 0 0 We s t Nizhoni Blvd. after reports of a man in the area with meth in his possession. After arriving, Tsethlikai met Justin Pemberton, 32. There were no other drugs on Pemberton, according to the police report. He was booked for possession and an outstanding bench warrant.
DOUBLE-TAKE TASER 1/18, Gallup As Gallup P o l i c e Department O f f icer Ter ra nce Peyket ewa r e s p onde d to a call of a male drunk driver that was donning a checkered shirt and staggering into the 49er Lounge, he found only the dark pickup truck matching dispatch’s description. But it wasn’t long before the man staggered out of the lounge, located at 2009 2009 W. Highway 66. Peyketewa approached the man later identified as Bernabee Gomez-Martinez as he went to open his car door. GomezMartinez quickly stashed the keys in his pocket. Peyketewa noted the knife tucked in his belt, so he took it and placed it on the truck’s bumper. Gomez-Ma r tinez, 43, claimed that he wasn’t driving, so the officer decided to take him to detox, but the 6’2”, 215 lbs. intoxicated man pulled away and headed back towards his truck. Peyketewa “decided to take him down,” according to the report. But it was a struggle, and was seemingly time for some taser action. He gave Gomez-Martinez a five-second jolt, but it had no effect. The second drive stun to the stomach did the trick. NEWS
Gomez-Martinez refused to give his name, but the jail staff knew his name. He was arrested for resisting, evading, or obstructing an officer and concealing identity.
JERKY PANTS 1/17, Gallup A man on a mission for some beef jerky muchies got caught redhanded as he stuffed two bags of the salty dried meat down his pa nts at the local Walmart on West Maloney Avenue. GPD Officer Julio Yazzie met up with store security who proceeded to tell him that Robert Shorty stuffed the bags of jerky down his pants in the men’s clothing department. He then exited the building with a weight lifting belt and hair products concealed in his bag. Shorty, 52, was arrested for shoplifting and for a warrant out of Bernalillo County.
GUNPOINT ROBBERY 1/16, Gallup GPD officers Dominic Molina and K9 Diezel were dispatched to 2824 E. Highway 66 after reports of an armed robbery at Front Row Seat, a DVD store. Molina met with one of the victims, also an employee at the shop, who said that two skinny men, about 5’11” tall, entered the store with handguns. One of the suspects fired a shot into the air, and told patrons “Everyone get on the ground, now!” according to the police report. Another victim said one of the men approached him then and pointed the gun at his face. The armed suspect demanded he give him money, but the suspect told him he had none. The men fled from the store after stealing an undisclosed amount of cash. While no one in the store was injured, all were shaken.
MEN’S ROOM CRASH 1/15, Gallup A car heading into a parking space outside Carl’s Jr. on
405 Kachina St. collided with the side of the building after the driver mistakenly hit the gas instead of the brake pedal. The driver was unharmed, but both the front of the car and the building experienced heavy damage. As a result of the hit, the men’s room at Carl’s Jr. was left exposed.
COMPLEX CRIMES 1/15, Gallup The office of the Villa de Ga l lup apa r tment complex on 325 Klagetoh St. was burgled, a nd GPD of f icers arrived to find a damaged entryway–and the burglar still on the premises. GPD Officer Francis Collins spotted the suspect, who was wearing dark pants and a grey sweatshirt, and had a white box under one arm, according to the police report. Collins approached the suspect and identified himself
as an officer, but the man would not slow his walk away from the scene. Officers began to run after him, covering about a quarter mile before finally apprehending the suspect. After handcuffing him, officers identified the man as Tyler Sam, 20. Officers found several small items on Sam, including a phone charger and someone’s keys. The damage to the building added to a far greater total, with a broken glass door that measured 72 inches tall completely shattered. Other objects from the office were found on Sam, though officers were unable to locate a missing envelop filled with money orders. The manager of the complex con f ir med that Sa m lived in the complex with his mother, in a building on the northwest side. The manager
also told officers that Sam had previously gotten into trouble over consumption of alcohol and meth. Sam was booked for burglary, criminal damage to property, and resisting an officer.
DRUNKEN COLLISION 1/13, Gallup A crash between a car and a pedestrian occurred in the parking lot of Giant Conoco Gas Station on 3302 W. Highway 66, leaving the pedestrian pinned under the wheel of the car. The man was awake and talking at the scene, having suffered road rash and scrapes. The man was intoxicated, according to the police report. The driver, who was found to be sober, was unharmed.
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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports Anna Antonio Jan. 14, 6:48 pm DWI, Aggravated A hit and run crash at Big Cheese Pizza on 1516 E. Highway 66 broug ht Gallup Police Off icers to t he s c e ne , where they spoke with the victim. He told officers that a woman in a lifted GMC truck backed into his vehicle, and that she was drunk and slurring her words, according to the police report. GPD Officer Charles Steele tracked down the offending truck, and encountered Antonio, 33. Steele noticed she was “staggering,” according to his report, and “had a lost expression to her face and was looking back and forth… mu mbl i ng word s.” Steele noticed a smell of alcohol on her, and asked her for information regarding the crash at Big Cheese Pizza. Antonio denied being the one behind the wheel during the hit and run, although Steele could see that her truck was damaged. Antonio then admitted to driving, and to drinking beer prior to getting in the car. Steele then booked her for her
second DWI. Moonique Shontel Williams Jan. 13, 10:24 pm 1st DWI, Aggravated GPD Officers were dispatched to a fight at 1600 S. Second St., where they found Williams, 17, sitting on the ground next to a damaged vehicle. The car was parked with four flat tires, and the front passenger wheel was dangling off broken. Witnesses had seen Williams hit a curb, and speculated that she might be intoxicated. GPD Officer Victor Madrid approached Williams and asked if she would do field sobriety tests for him. Williams “was hysterical,” according to his report, and refused to stand up when asked. Williams did comply at first with field sobriety testing, but the tests were stopped after she allegedly grew defiant and unresponsive. Williams blew a .18 on two breath tests before being released to her mother with DWI charges pending. Falgoon Patel Jan. 13, 10:05 pm DWI G P D Officer Justin Benally was d i spatched 914 E. Highway 66 over a drunk
driver asleep at the wheel. Benally pulled up to the vehicle and then encountered Patel, 31, “slumped over the drivers seat,” according to the police report. Benally attempted to wake Patel up by knocking on the car window, but he wouldn’t budge. Benally then attempted to open the doors, but finding them locked, finally rocked the car back and forth to rouse the sleeping Patel. Patel fumbled getting his license and registration to the officers. When he exited the car, Benally noticed that Patel appeared intoxicated, with bloodshot eyes. Benally had Patel take part in field sobriety tests, which he performed poorly on. Benally attempted a breath test on Patel, but the sample was insignificant and Patel requested a blood draw sample instead. After the blood was drawn, Patel was booked for his second DWI. John Toadlena Jan. 13, 3:21 pm 5th DWI, Aggravated Toadlena, 43, was pa ssed out behind the wheel of his ca r wh ile visiting the Taco B el l d r i ve through, 914
E. Highway 66, according to a police report. An employee called police to the scene. GPD Officer Andrew Thayer arrived to find Toadlena unresponsive, and his car was still running. The doors to the car were unlocked, so Thayer was able to open them and shut the engine off himself. Thayer asked Toadlena if he was ok and if he required medical attention. Toadlena “kept falling asleep,” according to the police report. Thayer saw vodka in the passengers seat and smelled alcohol coming off of Toadlena. He “seemed highly confused,” according to the report. He yelled expletives at the officer and “grew increasingly belligerent,” according to the report. Toadlena attempted to kick out the windows of Thayer’s squad car after being handcuffed and placed inside of it. Toadlena refused to take a breath test or any field sobriety testing, but he did say “yes” when asked if he was too intoxicated to drive, according to the report. Hubert Smith Jan. 13, 12:15 am 6th DWI Two cars cra shed i n the A ztec Laundry parking lot a t 110 5 E . Aztec Ave., after one of the drivers had just left a bar across the street. GPD Officers spoke with the intoxicated driver, Smith, 51, at the scene. Smith appeared intoxicated,
Chinle man sentenced after sexual contact with a minor Staff Reports
LAGSTAFF, Ariz. –Judge Stephen M. McNamee has sentenced Gary Cody Francis, 55, of Chinle, Ariz., to 156 months in
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according to the police report, w it h slu r red speech a nd bloodshot eyes. Smith agreed to field sobriety testing, and performed poorly on three of them. Smith, who had five prior DWI charges, was arrested and agreed to take a blood draw test. He was booked for his sixth DWI, as well as charges related to the accident and driving without a license. Mariana Shipley, 40 Jan. 5, 2:20 pm DWI A n accident off of 3006 E. Highway 66, brought GPD officers to the scene, a nd t he d r i ve r was thought to have been intoxicated. GPD Officer Victor Rodriguez met with a witness who said that a black Chevy truck had rolled and struck a parked car. The husband of driver Shipley, 40, claimed that the brakes stopped working and that was why the car rolled. Rodriguez asked Shipley to tell him if she had been drinking, and she said that she was. She said she was wiling to do a breath test. She blew a .31, a .28 and a .29 before being booked. Leonard Smiley Sept. 11, 4:16 pm 1st DWI G P D Officers w e r e warned of a black vehicle d r iv ing r e ck le s s ly, speeding and passing cars improperly. Officer Cindy Romancito was near Mesa View Plaza when she saw a car matching the description driving south on U.S. 491. The car was briefly lost in the crowd, but other concerned drivers did their best to point Romancito to the reckless car. R om a nc it o c a u g ht up to the vechicle and made a traffic stop at the 711 on West Maloney Ave., where she encountered Smiley, 55. Smiley’s speech was slurred and his eyes appeared watery, according to the report. Smiley refused to partake in field sobriety testing. Romancito saw open containers of beer in his car and placed him under arrest. On a breath test, Smiley blew a .23. NEWS
Speaker Bates highlights state legislative priorities in Winter Session report Staff Reports
INDOW ROCK – On Jan. 22, the 23rd Na v a j o Na t io n Cou nci l u na nimously accepted Speaker LoRenzo Bates’ (Nenahnezad, Newcomb, San Juan, Tiis Tsoh Sikaad, Tse’Daa’Kaan, Upper Fruitland) report for the 2018 Winter Council Session with a vote of 17-0. A large portion of Speaker’s report focused on the Navajo Nation’s legislative priorities for the states of Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona as legislators from each state continue with their annual legislative sessions. “Through the Council’s State Task Force we have been able to meet with various state legislators and introduced legislation to outline the Nation’s priorities for each state’s legislative session. In the following report, I have provided an overview of the priorities and
Speaker LoRenzo Bates presents his report to the Navajo Nation Council during the opening day of the 2018 Winter Council Session at the Council Chamber in Window Rock, Ariz. Jan. 22. Photo Credit: Courtesy Navajo Nation Council objectives that we along with our lobbyists will continue to promote,” Bates stated in the written report. On Jan. 17, the Council’s Na a bi k ’íy á t i’ C om m it t e e adopted the Navajo Nation’s leg i sl a t ive pr ior it ie s for the 2018 New Mexico State Legislative Session, which began on Jan. 15. Among the
FBI releases crime stats for 2017 Staff Reports
tatistics released Jan. 23 in the FBI’s Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report revealed overall declines in the number of property crimes and violent crimes reported for the first half of 2017 when compared with figures for the first half of 2016. The report is based on information from 13,033 law enforcement agencies that submitted three to six months of comparable data to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program for the first six months of 2016 and 2017.
VIOLENT CRIME Three of the offenses in the violent crime category — rape (revised definition), robbery, and aggravated assault — showed decreases when data from the first six months of 2017 were compared with data from the first six months of 2016. The number of rapes NEWS
(revised definition) decreased 2.4 percent, robbery offenses fell 2.2 percent, and aggravated assaults were down 0.1 percent. The fourth offense in the violent crime category, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, increased 1.5 percent when data from the first six months of 2017 were compared with data from the first six months of 2016. There were both increases and decreases in the overall number of violent crimes among the city population groups. Law enforcement agencies in cities with populations of 500,000 to 999,999 reported the largest increase, 1.2 percent. Law enforcement agencies in cities with populations of 1,000,000 and over reported the largest decrease, 3.3 percent. Violent crime decreased 6.1 percent in non-metropolitan counties and fell 1.5 percent in metropolitan counties. Violent crime decreased in
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priorities include securing additional 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 Nava jo Nation, and advocating for measures to address hate
crimes and discrimination, sexual assault prevention, and human trafficking. Among the priorities for the state of Arizona include modernizing the gaming compact between the state and the Navajo Nation to ensure greater profitability, a longer duration, and greater security to improve and sustain the Navajo Nation’s economy. Other priorities include lobbying for a fairer distribution of the state’s Transaction Privilege Tax revenue for road improvements and to benefit capital projects for Diné College and Navajo Technical University. Bates noted that the Office of the Speaker continues to work with the Navajo Utah Commission on important Utah policy priorities including, local transportation priorities, Utah Navajo Trust Fund, Nava jo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act, Bears Ears Nation Monument, and
redistricting for the San Juan County Utah Commission and the San Juan County School Board. Other items covered in speaker’s report include the Navajo Generating Station, Nava jo I nd ia n I r r igat ion P rojec t , prog re s s of t he Sexual Assault Prevention Subcommittee, housing programs, housing in the Former Bennett Freeze A rea, ta x recovery claims for veterans in Arizona, and community outreach efforts. Prior to accepting Speaker’s Report, the Navajo Nation Council provided time for President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez to present the State of t he Nat ion Add re s s. T he Council voted 11-9 to accept the report. To view the full report from Speaker Bates, visit the Navajo Nation Council’s website at www.navajonationcouncil.org.
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NPL DESIGNATION | FROM PAGE 5 we went to the state of New Mexico and asked them if they would consider looking at the Superfund as a potential way to cleanup the contamination.” Phase I of the San Mateo Creek Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act investigations was completed in 2016 and focused on groundwater. Phase II, involving fieldwork for the groundwater investigation, has been completed and a report is anticipated to be released in early 2018. Numerous issues were discovered through these investigations. Uranium and gross alpha were present in private drinking water wells at levels above drinking water standards. Documented contamination of the shallow aquifer included migration of hazardous substances to underlying aquifers. “ T he h a r z a rdou s sub stances may impact public water supplies within the district in the future,” Turner said.
T he benef it s of getting added to the NPL are numerous. “[NPL] will give us a mechanism to address large scale impact of mine water discharge. Currently, there’s no other state or federal program available,” Turner said. Benefits include providing a comprehensive framework to address the groundwater contamination and allowing for multiple parties to participate in site investigation and clean up. Currently, the site is being evaluated for NPL consideration. The EPA is seeking input from communities, including state y-owned and tribal governments. The EPA the way received a letter of support for the designation from the state of
McKinley County Attorney Douglas Decker and County Manager Anthony Dimas provided additional information to the commissioners as needed throughout Board of Commissioners meeting Jan. 23. Photo Credit: Rick Abasta New Mexico Jan. 12. “This site is a very complex site,” Turner said. “It will take many years before it goes from NPL phase to remedial phase. This is why we want to build strong community relations as we move forward because we know that we’ll be partners throughout this process.” Wiesce expanded on potential next steps. “The most important thing is to build a strong working partnership with the community,” he said. “We want to give the community opportunity to voice their concerns.” He said the agency would look at newspaper, radio, email and postal service mediums to disseminate the information. Once consultation with the state and tribal communities is completed, publication of the proposed rule and public comment will be the next step. Publication of the final rule and responses to the comments will follow. “What are we looking at in terms of a timeline? How long from where we are to getting listed as a Superfund site to access funds and cleanup?” asked Commissioner Bill Lee. Cook said the NPL is updated twice a year and the listing was recently updated on Jan. 18. “ T he upd a t e s a re si x
months apart, typically. More likely, the fall of 2018 will be the first opportunity to propose this site to the NPL. Approval would be until early the next year,” Cook said.
EDUCATION The meeting continued on to cover other topics. Superintendent Mike Hyatt of Gallup-McKinley County Schools presented information on the proposed McKinley Academy. “In the last few years, we have outpaced the state with respect to math and reading improvement. Our students are performing better,” Hyatt said. While the district is committed to student success, he said providing students with an education that is relevant for their lives and career goals is now a reality. “Our vision is to improve instruction by creating programs of study, pathways. It is a program of study with an outcome of certification, licensure, or dual credit,” he said. “We want to provide other opportunities, not just a diploma.” GMCS currently has a 65 percent graduation rate. The superintendent noted that students on pathways education programs have a 20 percent greater chance at graduating. The McKinley Academy
is an early college pathway opportunity that would allow students to earn an associates degree while earning their high school diploma. GMCS is pa r t ner i ng w it h UNMGallup and Navajo Technical University. “We will be providing transportation, food in the form of breakfast and lunch for all students at our seven major communities,” Hyatt said. “We want them all to have the opportunity to participate.” The memorandum of understanding with UNM-Gallup is complete and the district is working with NTU to complete their agreement. Three community meetings have been conducted and more than 700 people attended. “It’s about time. I really like the fact that you’re working with NTU and that you’re providing food and transportation,” Commissioner Genevieve Jackson said.
ON THE RISE Other areas of the county are looking equally impressive. Sara Keeler, finance director for McKinley County, was pleased to report to the board that fiscal year 2017 final audit report for McKinley County was completed. “I wanted to thank my staff and every department in the county. It was a long road. I’m very proud of this audit. It was a long time coming,” Keeler said before introducing Farley
Vener of Hinkle & Landers. Vener is president a nd a m a jor pa r t ner for t he Albuquerque-based CPA firm. He said an audit of the county’s financial statements were done in compliance with generally accepted accounting standards within the U.S. Management has numerous responsibilities, he said, adding that maintaining the books and records for a county is labor intensive. “In summary, we gave an unmodified clean opinion. There were no material weaknesses, no significant deficiencies, no non-compliance material to the financial statements,” Vener said. Com m issioner Ca rol Bowman-Muskett motioned to accept the report and Lee seconded. The commission accepted the report by a vote of 3-0. Mayor Jackie McKinney spoke in support of adopting Ordinance No. Jan-18 - 001. The ordinance was for placing restrictions on the hours during which a dispenser or retailer my sell alcoholic beverages in unbroken packages for consumption. “ T he cit y adopted t he same ordinance in August. We [believe] that it is important for the safety of our citizens of this area,” McKinney said. Bowman-Muskett motioned to accept and Jackson seconded. The vote passed, 2-1. Lee voted in opposition. The ordinance becomes effective 30 days after it is recorded.
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DOWNTOWN | FROM PAGE 4 be sad at his service. “He’d work a smile into your face, every day,” Conejo said. Schulze called Conejo one day and said he was ready to be admitted to behavioral health services at the hospital. Conejo picked him up and began driving toward the hospital. Along the way, Schulze asked for a favor and asked Conejo to stop at Walgreens for some reading glasses. Soon after, he asked for a pack of cigarettes and then a meal before he was admitted to the hospital. “I leave and I’m about a half hour down the road before the phone rings. They said, your friend, your buddy, he’s walking toward your way right now,” Conejo said. The experience illustrated Schulze’s free will lifestyle, he said, noting that his personality captured the essence of what it means to be on the street. “He was always looking past his own problems and bringing people f lowers or a kind word,” he said. “In that sense, this memorial service isn’t just for him, but also
the others who died because he w a s a lw ay s t her e for them.” Sanjay Choudhrie, executive director of Community Area Resource Enterprise, said, “Bernhard’s death is so much about who we are as a community, it’s about who we are as a people and who we want to be. He didn’t need to die, I don’t think.” Choudhrie said in Gallup, citizens are scared of homeless people and blame them for problems here. We all have some level of imbalance that makes us unique, he said. “Bernhard got worse over the years. He’s been in and out of our shelters. He had a job
at Chuska Apartments. This is the second death we had this year with one of our clients,” he said. “We have to figure out the future so that people have an opportunity to get a home and so that people can have full lives. There is a way to do it, we just have to figure that out together,” Coudhrie added. When the memorial concluded, people gathered at the Lexington Hotel for coffee and cookies and their opportunity to share their stories about Schulze. His kind words and gentle heart touched many who gathered to remember his life in the high desert town of Gallup, N.M.
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OPINIONS Familiarity doesn’t have to breed contempt in intimate business partnerships cause work-force demoralization, legal problems and even failure. The trick to making a small venture succeed is to acknowledge these risks from the start and institute processes to contain or minimize them. Conflicts are inevitable, so prepare for them: Disputes arise in all businesses, but they’re harder to conceal in a small
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ne advantage of running a small business with family or friends is that the principals know and are committed to one another and the success of their enterprise. But intimate partnerships also have potential relationship-based perils, some of which could
operation that doesn’t have a formal complaints-resolution process or human resources personnel. Business disagreements can carry over from the partners’ private lives, with long-standing feuds, rivalries and disagreements poisoning business decision-making. Partners should
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GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF JANUARY 26
Once in a blue moon… On Jan. 31, we’ll experience the second Full Moon in January (the first was on Jan. 1). This will also be a Full Lunar Eclipse. The Moon represents our emotional state, so be prepared to face your deepest fears. Madame G recommends that you act like a warrior and face those fears with strength and bravery. You’re primed and ready. It’s time.
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Don’t let petty things hold you back. It speaks highly of your intellect and personality that you want to be the best and do the best job you can. But we’re all human beings and liable to make mistakes. How we handle these mistakes is the greatest show of strength. You can prove your greatness by showing humility and learning from the process. Keep asking: how can I do better?
Is that the freak show? Well, you should know. You are the King/ Queen of all you see and you’re damn proud of it. You may be a unique and singular sort of person, but you know your strengths and weaknesses. The only reason people think you’re borderline scary is that you make crazy look good. Well done. Enjoy this week. You’ve earned it.
You can’t wait for the next expedition. Will it be to the moon or across the ocean? Only you know the details. This life is for living and you can make the choice to live well or waste. Either way, we will cease to exist, so it’s better to live how you’ve always wanted. It’s important to balance your desires and consider what’s best for you. Needs and wants aren’t always the same.
Get creative! What’s holding you back? You don’t have to stay stuck in a rut—just clear out the mess and go for it. You don’t need another thing to make you happy. You can create worlds within the walls of your home. Create what you’d like to see in the world. Express yourself with words, paint, or papier-mâché. Don’t limit yourself.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
It can’t be easy to hold the burden of the world. Do yourself a favor and let it all go. Release yourself of this damaging self-neglect. You don’t get any more points for martyrdom. You can help others while taking care of yourself. Take a moment to breathe and consider your dreams for a moment. All it takes is a little patience and the time to think. You have 5 minutes, do it.
What’s up doc? You know those people who’re grasping for everything—they’re hilarious. You accomplish more in a day than most in a year. For that reason, you’ve earned a break. Bust out the horses or take a drive in your favorite truck. Smell that fresh cold air and have a good laugh at the expense of those tottering fools reaching for gold when you have the sun.
It’s amazing what quiet time and reflection solves. You don’t need more—you need less. Consider the less is more philosophy. Instead of grasping for every shiny thing learn how to maximize your best assets and roll with it. You’ll never be a perfect individual, but you do some things very well. Take those and start living the dream, pay others to handle your weak spots.
What’s this crazy life about? What’s your purpose? Your heading for a breakthrough and it will get harder before it gets easier. You can lead others while you’re at it. Just don’t be afraid of the responsibility. You’re more than capable and others will enjoy your quiet and resolute strength. This is the time for living to your fullest. You can totally do this.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
You may find that the energy right now is both terrifying and exciting. That’s dualism for you. And that’s life. You may be a little afraid of following your heart, but you know it’s going to be an awesome show if you do. So what are you waiting for? Get up off your butt and start rapping, singing, writing, or inventing. Start doing what makes your heart sing with joy. Why wait?
It’s better to live the life of your dreams in the gutter than live well in someone else’s hell. There’s always a balance, the choice is rarely clear… But, if you have to choose, Madame G hopes you chose your own heaven. You don’t need to live like everybody else in order to be happy unless that’s what you want. Just be you. You’re enough exactly as you are.
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Where will this lead? Are you sure that it’s the best course of action? It’s always advisable to be the best parent, spouse, or friend you can be. But don’t let that get in the way of your dreams. One should enhance the other. You may not be a pro ball player, but you can teach your kids how to pitch. You may not see Mars, but you can teach science. All is well that ends well.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) So much to learn and so little time…Stop asking if others approve of your appearance. If you love your new haircut and color, then it’s a win. Don’t listen to the haters. Tell them to back off! They’ll always stand in the way of your happiness. The only one who needs to approve of you and your life is you. If you don’t like something, change it. If you love it—great! Do it. OPINIONS
CRIME STATS | FROM PAGE 9 three of the four regions of the nation. These crimes were down 4.1 percent in the Northeast, 0.7 percent in the Midwest, and 0.2 percent in the West. Violent crime increased 0.1 percent in the South.
PROPERTY CRIME In the property crime category, offenses dropped 2.9 percent. Burglaries were down 6.1 percent, and larceny-thefts declined 3.0 percent. However, motor vehicle thefts increased 4.1 percent. Among the city population groups, there were both increases and decreases in the overall number of property crimes. Law enforcement agencies in cities with population of 1,000,000 and over reported the largest increase, 0.5 percent.
FINANCE NM | FROM PAGE 12 refrain from taking sides in a business dispute based on loyalty or emotion; only facts should matter when deciding a course of action. Structure brings professionalism to problem solving. To prevent conf licts from evolving into chronic dysfunction that turns the workplace into a battlefield and undermines profitability and productivity, companies that are too small to warrant a fulltime HR person should consider consulting or retaining a third-party mediator to help the owners resolve problems they can’t fix internally. Some small businesses run by families or friends meet regularly in councils to collectively address personal or business matters, to conduct strategic planning, and to discuss big matters of succession, investment or selling the business. Don’t show favor itism t owa rd fa m i ly member s or friends. It’s natural to be chummy with relatives or friends, but partners in small-business partnerships will lose talented employees if they treat those outside the inner circle as second-class citizens. Showing favoritism also kills any incentive left-out employees have to give the job their best effort. In a professionally run organization of any size, discipline and rewards are meted out based on merit, not OPINIONS
Law enforcement agencies in cities with populations from 10,000 to 24,999 inhabitants reported the largest decrease, 5.2 percent. Property crime decreased 6.9 percent in non-metropolitan counties and 5.4 percent in metropolitan counties. Property crime decreased in all four regions of the nation. Reports of these offenses declined 4.8 percent in the Northeast, 2.8 percent in the Midwest, 2.6 percent in the West, and 2.5 percent in the South.
ARSON In the UCR Program, arson offenses are collected separately from other property crimes. The number of arson offenses decreased 3.5 percent in the first six months of 2017 when compared with figures for the first six months of 2016. Three of the nation’s four regions reported decreases in the number of personal connections. Everyone on the payroll should be contributing to the business. Family members and friends should not be hangers on; they need to earn their salaries for the work they do to make the business grow. Those pulling their weight in a small enterprise will notice and resent slackers or underperformers who play no definable role in the company. Responsibilities and job duties and titles should be transparent and everyone should be held to fulfilling them. Even better: The company should have a performance evaluation system for everyone onboard, even if it’s a simple one, to maintain credibility and trust. Keep personal matters and business matters separate. When couples, families or friends go into business together, it’s in their financial and personal interest to establish boundaries and stick to them. While it might be unrealistic to expect that business issues will never arise at home or when socializing, partners should agree to limit shop talk to 10 or 15 minutes and save anything more substantial for the office. Muddying that line can have a corrosive effect on relationships at work and home. Finance New Mexico connects individuals and bu sinesses with skill s and funding resources for their business or idea. To learn more, go to www. FinanceNewMexico.org
arsons. Arsons were down 12.5 percent in the Northeast, 5.9 percent in the Midwest, and 4.4 percent in the South. However, arson offenses rose 2.0 percent in the West. Arson offenses were down 6.9 percent in cities with populations under 10,000, the largest decrease within the city groupings. Cities with populations from 500,000 to 999,999 experienced the greatest increase of arson offenses, 4.8 percent. Arsons decreased 19.4 percent in non-metropolitan counties and 9.2 percent in metropolitan counties.
REVISED DEFINITION OF RAPE In 2013, the FBI’s UCR Program initiated the collection of rape data under a revised
definition within the Summary Based Reporting System. The term “forcible” was removed from the offense name, and the definition was changed to “penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.” In 2016, the FBI Director approved the recommendation to discontinue the reporting of rape data using the UCR legacy definition beginning in 2017. Therefore, this report shows only the rape data submitted by those agencies using the UCR revised definition of rape. Caution Against Ranking: When the FBI publishes crime data via its UCR Program, some entities use the information to compile rankings of cities and counties. Such rankings,
however, do not provide insight into the numerous variables that shape crime in a given town, city, county, state, tribal area, or region. These rankings lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that can create misleading perceptions that adversely affect communities and their residents. Only through careful study and analyses into the range of unique conditions affecting each local law enforcement jurisdiction can data users create valid assessments of crime. The data user is, therefore, cautioned against comparing statistical data of individual reporting units from cities, metropolitan areas, states, or colleges or universities solely on the basis of their population or student enrollment. For more information, visit www.fbi.gov
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COMMUNITY Gallup Mid School student wins spelling bee By Rick Abasta Sun Correspondent
he 2017-2018 McKinley County Spelling Bee went for 23 rounds before Ta Sheen a Thompson, an eighth grader at Gallup Middle School, was declared the winner after correctly spelling the word “trespasser.” The district spelling bee wa s held at the Ken neth Halloway Auditorium at Gallup High School. Three judges sat at a table front and center of the stage and the pronouncer, Wade Bell, Gallup McKinley County Schools Director of Instruction, sat at the podium left of the stage. Thompson a nd second pla ce cont e st a nt Jerome Rabaya, a fifth grader from Red Rock Elementary, will represent the district at the New Mexico Spelling Bee at Sandia Preparatory School in Albuquerque on March 24. Thompson said she has been participating in spelling bees since the third grade and that she has qualified for the state spelling bee since fourth grade. Her confidence showed on stage, where she often spelled her words quickly and with conviction. Her message to aspiring spellers: “Read more.” A member of the Navajo Nation, Thompson said she is Tábąą há (Water’s Edge Clan), born for Tsi’naajinii (Black S t r e a ke d Wo o d Pe ople). Her maternal grandfathers are Kinyaa’áanii (Towering House People) and ’Ásh įį hí (Salt People) are paternal grandfathers. Thompson resides in Twin Lakes, N.M. with her parents, Melinda and Emerson. “Her first time participating in the spelling bee was in second grade,” Melinda said. “From there, she pushed herself to win and read a lot.” Thompson’s family studied with her for at least three hours during the week and for 10 hours on weekends. Tashina is the eldest of four children and the only daughter. She plays point guard on the school
basketball team. On the court or off, she is a competitor. Competing at the state spelling bee four consecutive years has captured the attention of many. Last year, she placed seventh from a field of 85 and placed ninth the year before. This year is her last opportunity to reach national competition. TaSheena’s family supports her dreams of competing in the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., where she could follow the footsteps of another young Navajo woman who found herself on the national stage. On April 6, 1991, Velma Kee became the first Navajo to win the Arizona Spelling Bee and went on to compete at the national spelling bee. She went through six rounds and tied for fourth place from a field of 277 contestants. Thompson has a chance to become the first Navajo to win the Scripts National Spelling Bee, which is celebrating its 90th year of competition. The second place winner for the McKinley County Spelling Bee was equally excited to compete and move on to the next level of competition. “I was nervous. But I felt calm and relaxed at the end of the round,” Rabaya said. His parents, Joseph and Amelia, said their son has been competing since the third grade. “He m i s s e d l a s t ye a r because we went back to the Philippines,” Joseph said. Jerome studies spelling with his family anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour each day. Although he is a good speller, his favorite subject in school is math. “Reach for your dreams and never give up,” he said as a message to future spellers. Thirty-one students from 16 schools competed in the McKinley County Spelling Bee this year. The Elementary Principals Association organized the competition. Cindy Arsenault, principal at Crownpoint Elementary School and Jeff Hartog, principal at Stagecoach Elementary
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The final three competitors in the McKinley County Spelling Bee, from left, TaSheena Thompson, Jerome Rabaya and Joshua Jones wait for round six to begin at Gallup High School in Gallup Jan. 18. Thompson placed first, Rabaya second and Jones third acting as an alternate if either Thompson or Rabaya are unable to attend the state spelling bee competition held in Albuquerque March 24. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo
Lyric Burson, fourth grade student from Ramah Elementary, begins round two of the McKinley County Spelling Bee by correctly spelling the word ‘canine’ at Gallup High School in Gallup Thursday Jan. 18. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo School coordinated the spelling bee. The competition began with a practice round consisting of words like “made,” “show,” “ring” and others. The first official round began with the word “vampire.” Compet it ion wa s st i f f through six rounds. By the seventh round, only three students remained and they battled head-to-head for 13 rounds
until third place contestant, Joshua Jones, a seventh grader for m Rehoboth Ch r istia n School, stumbled on the word “memorandum.” In round 21, Thompson misspelled “whittle” and Rabaya misspelled “sustenance,” so they moved on to the next round. In round 22, Thompson spelled “lading” and Rabaya misspelled “mouthiness.” In
round 23, Thompson spelled “trespasser” for the win. “The kids did a phenomenal job representing our county. The state spelling bee will send two students from New Mexico to compete at the national spelling bee,” Arsenault said. “Never give up, even when life’s hard. Always try,” she said. C-O-N-G-R-A-T-U-L-A-T-I-ON-S! COMMUNITY
A language arts teacher helps students find their voice ERIKA PRENDAS IS CAMILLE’S SIDEWALK CAFE’S TEACHER OF THE MONTH
important. “I want them to learn how, and to see how important it is,” she said. ”I want them to see that language can help them, I have several shy students but eventually they open up and talk to me at the end of the year.” Prendas says having a connection with her students is very important, and makes it a point each day to positively impact student’s life. She recalls her own schooling many years ago. “Being from the area, I know what the students are talking about. I like to talk to my kids who are having a difficult time and let them know that they can be someone,” Prendas said.
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rika Prendas, eighth grade language arts teacher at John F. Ken nedy Midd le School, attended the school herself as a girl, and believes teaching is her destiny. Now, she has been selected as Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe’s Teacher of the Month. Hearing news of the win surprised Prendas, but she was even more shocked and delighted that someone had nominated her in the first place. M idd le school st udents a re taught by ma ny t e a cher s , s o t he po ol of potential honorees is large, making her selection all the more special. “I honestly was surprised and thought they were kidding when I was given the news. I was shocked and then felt honored,” Prendas said. Prendas has been exceptional since long before her Teacher of the Month designation. She was the first in her family to graduate from high school, and then from college, receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at UNM Gallup. She began her teaching career as an education assistant at Turpen Elementary School, where she earned valuable experience and worked her way into the field that she loves. “I always wanted to be a teacher. In my culture teachers were always looked up to,” Prendas said. “This is what I always wanted to do ever since I was a little girl, nothing else.”
TEACHING COMMUNICATION Having taught the art of reading and writing for the past seven years, Prendas has worked with many students, and is in tune to their needs. She said this particular generation of students finds it hard to grasp language arts. Being the only bilingual COMMUNITY
Erika Prendas, who attended John F. Kennedy Middle School as a child, is now its teacher of the month! Prendas is the only bilingual Spanish-speaking teacher at the school, and guides her students in the valuable art of communication. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura Spanish-speaking teacher at school, Prendas can relate to the difficulties many students face communicating with teachers and peers. She also understands how hard it can be for a child to speak on behalf of others. Born in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, Prenda s’ pa rents made the move to New Mexico to build a better life for their daughter. Her parents only spoke their native language, and they soon had young Prendas communicating for them. “My parents never had a voice, and I wanted to be that voice,” she said. “They didn’t have to hide from not knowing English and they could defend their children. At home my life was always Spanish and at school it was in English, when I was younger my parents wouldn’t come to school functions for that very reason and I felt at times teachers thought they didn’t just care, but it was the merely the struggle to communicate.” Prendas is often called to the office to be the voice for others who face this dilemma; she says she wants her students to see how language is
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Maze Runner: The Death Cure puts action over character By Glenn Kay For the Sun
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nother Young Adult book-to-film series is set to come to a close this week with Maze Runner: The Death Cure. You’ll be forgiven for having forgotten about the previous features; it has been nearly two and a half years since the last installment in the franchise (due to a horrible on-set accident in 2016 early into the production that put its star out of commission for several months). This finale arrives chock full of action and explosions, although from a story perspective this feels like both a blessing and a curse. This chapter resumes with Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) having long escaped the mazes, survived travel across a sun-battered, dystopian world ravaged by a zombie-like virus and joining a revolutionary faction. He vows to bring down the sinister organization WCKD, run by scientist Ava Paige (Patricia Clarkson) and official Janson (Aiden Gillen). In doing so, he hopes to free fellow maze
The latest in this YA franchise is overlong and underdeveloped, though fans will still enjoy plenty of action. Now playing. Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox runner Minho (Ki Hong Lee) who is having his antibodies harvested to be used for a proposed cure. This film dispenses with talk from the onset and is all about physical conflict. In fact, for a casual viewer it’s hard to catch up with who is who and the details of the story. The movie opens with an elaborate train chase, with the heroes attempting to free a group of hostage children with natural immunity to the disease. The
action itself is well-handled, with the hero jumping onto the train and avoiding gunfire from soldiers and flying warplanes. It’s an impressive opening sure to wow fans of the series. Along the way, there are further stunts as the protagonists make their way towards a walled-in city housing members of the WCKD team. As expected, they end up storming the castle (or in this case, labs), leading to more violence,
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moments between the blasts, with persons simply delivering basic exposition about what they need to do to stop WCKD. Gillan makes for an intimidating foe, but he’s so sinister that even his nefarious snarls start to get old. A s bat t le a f t er bat t le unfolds a nd the inva sion begins, the action itself really becomes tiresome and drawn out. The movie runs over two hours and twenty minutes, and it doesn’t need to. Sure, this is the big finale and it’s important for the kids to be in over their heads. Still, this viewer got worn-out watching the characters struggle and stumble their way past to rescue points. The final hour seems like nothing but an extended skirmish, with the characters drawn into more unnecessary side trips to make their way to the same destination. That all being said, it’s impressive to see the makers of this series try to go out on a bang. Maze Runner: The Death Cure will certainly appeal to many within its target demographic thanks to its not-stop barrage of action. It certainly provides a definite close for those following the series. Yet for this viewer, one could have done with fewer explosions and more conversations to get its central themes across. Visit: Cinemastance.com 207 WEST COAL GALLUP 505.863.1250 www.elmorrotheatre.com Facebook @elmorrogallup
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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Jan. 26, 2018 By Glenn Kay For the Sun
ello again for another look at the latest Blu-rays and DVD arriving on shelves. There’s a good mix this week of awards bait and, well, some not-so-great features. 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! Ch a sing th e D ragon Based on a true story, this Hong Kong/China crime thriller set in 1963 involves a Mainland China immigrant who sneaks his way into the British colony of Hong Kong. Once there, he establishes himself as a ruthless drug kingpin and secures a notorious police detective to help him maintain control. However, when the cop eventually retires and new laws are established, the crook finds his power diminishing. The movie was released last fall in its homeland but is premiering on disc in this part of the world, so there aren’t any reviews in these parts as of yet. The cast includes Donnie Yen, Andy Lau and Philip Keung. Félicité - A woman earning a living as a singer in a bar finds her life turned upside down after her 14-year-old son has a terrible motorcycle accident. Living in Kinshasa (the largest city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo), she is forced to find her injured child and come up with a way to pay for their expensive medical treatment. This arthouse feature earned a lot of raves from members of the press. They were impressed with the performances and also complimented the work of the filmmakers in using hand-held cameras in a compelling and artistic manner. It features Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu, Gaetan Claudia and Papi Mpaka. Geost or m - A satellite designer who saved the world by creating a climate-control system is called back into action when strange storms begin occurring around the globe. He and his politician brother learn that a conspiracy may be causing weather to cha nge, resulting in a world-ending disaster. This big-budget epic was shot back COMMUNITY
in 2014, but it hit lots of production snags before finally arriving at cinemas a few months ago. Reaction to the movie was terrible. The movie wasn’t previewed for critics and when they finally got around to seeing it, they called it preposterous, dull and corny. It stars Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Daniel Wu, Eugenio Derbez, Andy Garcia and Ed Harris. G o o d b y e C h r i st o p h e r Robin - The life of author A.A. Milne, who created Winnie the Pooh, is chronicled in this biopic. It follows the writer as he struggles with PTSD from the war and becomes intrigued with his son’s stuffed animals and other toys. However, the massive success of his books causes tension and resentment within the family. Critics gave the drama decent marks, but they didn’t rave about it. They appeared to like the efforts to show the inspiration behind the books as well as the media circus that surrounded the family. However there were comments that the melodrama was overplayed and that some elements fell f lat. The cast includes Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie and Kelly Macdonald. Jigsaw - Many may have thought that the Saw franchise had wrapped up long ago, but this eighth installment attempts to resurrect the series. Continuing events a decade after the previous chapter, a new group of individuals find themselves placed in death traps and must complete tasks in order to survive. At the end, the mastermind and reasoning behind the elaborate plot is revealed. The horror flick didn’t garner much appreciation from critics upon its return. It was described as more of the same, and a film now lacking the shock factor that, if nothing else, managed to set its early predecessors apart. It features Matt Passmore, Callum Keith Rennie, Cle Bennett, Hannah Emily Anderson and Tobin Bell. The Killing of a Sacred Deer - This follow-up from the director of The Lobster is another eccentric, arthouse effort. It follows a doctor who lavishes gifts upon a young man who often shows up at the county hospital. As the boy insinuates himself into the lives of the doctor and his family, the kid’s strange
and horrific motivations are revealed. Like the filmmaker’s previous effort, this title earned strong reviews. It has been called eerie, cold as well as compelling and hypnotic in its oddness. However, those who didn’t like it absolutely hated everything about it. Depends on if you have a taste for incredibly dark humor. It stars Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan and Alicia Silverstone. My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea - When a disaster at a high school causes the building to fall into the sea and slowly sink into the ocean, the student body form cliques and struggle to find a way to survive. A group of friends involved in the school paper team up with the school lunch lady to save whomever they can. This animated comedy earned solid reviews during its release. While some found it repetitive and didn’t think it took full advantage of it fun concept, the majority enjoyed the eccentric visuals and humor on display. The voice cast includes Jason Schwartzman, Lena Dunham, Reggie Watts, Maya Rudolph a nd Susa n Sarandon. Thank You for Your Service - A group of US soldiers returns home from Iraq and has difficulty trying to restart their lives as a consequence of past events on the field of battle. The group attempts to communicate and deal with their PTSD issues alongside their family and friends. Members of the press were generally positive about this drama. Some commented that the plotline was a bit too familiar to really make a big impact, but most felt that its intentions were good and the performances helped elevate the film above many others of its ilk. It features Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Joe Cole, Keisha Castle-Hughes and Amy Schumer. Red Trees - This documentary traces a Prague-based filmmaker as she creates an “impressionistic visual essay” about her relatives during WWII. Specifically, their journey as one of a mere 12 Jewish families who survived the Nazi occupation of the Czech city. Using her father’s own written words as narration, the film details the events, suicides and atrocities that he witnessed
during this turbulent period. Reaction to this effort was surprisingly mixed. More than half called it beautiful and moving, but the artistic approach taken turned off many other viewers, who didn’t feel as emotionally attached to the material as they wanted to be.
BLASTS FROM THE PAST! Shout! Factory also has some noteworthy Blu-rays. T hey i nclude t he Rober t E n g lu nd t h r i l ler, D a n c e Macabre (1992). This one is about an American ballerina in a Russian dance school and is a nod to genre films like Suspiria. The disc comes with an interview with Englund, a trailer and a commentary track with writer/director Greydon Clark. They also have a Blu-ray of Rappin’ (1985). This flick was produced by the Cannon Group and features Mario Van Peebles as an ex-con who steps up to rap and save the neighborhood from a sinister developer. Ice-T also appears. And Shout! is also releasing a high definition version of the buddy action flick, Shakedown (1988). This one stars Peter Weller and Sam Elliott as a lawyer and unorthodox cop who team up to take down a New York drug lord. The release includes a new director commentar y and introduction to the film, as well as interviews with the filmmaker and promotional materials. Having mentioned Suspiria a couple of paragraphs back, horror fans will be happy to see a new Blu-ray restoration of a Dario Argento film arriving. This time Scorpion is bringing Opera (1987) aka Dario Argento’s Opera to Blu-ray. It’s about a maniac murdering the cast and crew doing a stage production of Macbeth. The film has been given a new 2K scan (that apparently looks quite stellar) and comes with a lengthy interview with Argento as well as one of the male leads. And that’s not all. VCI has a Blu-ray of the cheesy post-apocalyptic sci-fi/action flick, The Aftermath (1982). Sid Haig appears. They also are putting put The Twilight People (1972). It’s a riff on The Island of Dr. Moreau, in which involves a crazy doctor attempts to create super people. Unfortunately
for him, he isn’t a particularly good scientist and his experiments result in revenge-seeking monsters. Pam Grier makes an appearance as a “panther woman.” On a cla ssier note, ClissifFlix is distributing Blurays of a pair of Gary Cooper romantic comedies. Along Came Jones (1945) finds the actor playing a tramp who is mistaken for an outlaw. In Casanova Brown (1944), Cooper plays a concerned parent who accidentally kidnaps his own child. Warner Archive appears to be getting in on the Gary Cooper business too. The actor stars in the western, The Hanging Tree (1959). He plays a doctor who saves the life of a man wanted by a gang. He then realizes he has the person’s life in his hands and turns nasty, manipulating him into doing his bidding. This one arrives for the first time on Blu-ray. The same studio are also putting out DVDs of the out-of-print action/thriller, Judgment Night (1993), with Emilio Estevez, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jeremy Piven and Stephen Dorff. Perhaps most not ably, Warner Archive is also releasing SubUrbia (1996) on DVD. This drama from Richard Linklater (Dazed & Confused, Boyhood) has impossible to get since it was released on VHS not long after playing in cinemas. Reports suggested that music licensing issues were the cause for the extended delay. Now you can finally pick it up as a made-to-order disc through the Warner Archive site. Finally, they also have the Joe Pesci comedy, The Super (1991) as a DVD reissue.
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Gallup Sun • Friday January 26, 2018
Australia sends student, professional group to Diné College Staff Reports
SAILE, Ariz. — A little more than a week into 2018, Diné College opened its doors to an educational touring group from Down Under. The mix of five students and professionals visited the main campus’s “Hogan Room,” toured nearby Canyon de Chelly and walked the halls of the Ned Hatathli Building at the Tsaile campus. The visit was set up so that the group could learn more about education methods around the Navajo Nation and acquire ideas about applying that knowledge to the Aboriginal Australians. Note: Australia is commonly referred to as “Down Under,” a term recognizing the country for its position in the southern hemisphere. The Aborigines are descended from groups that existed in Australia, and the country’s surrounding islands, prior to British colonization. “The visit went well and we already want to put Diné College on our agenda again as soon as we can,” Scott Miller,
The visit introduced new education methods from the Navajo Nation that the Aborigines could use back “Down Under.” Photo Credit: Courtesy Diné College an international student advisor with Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo, said. Fort Lewis sponsored the tour. “The people in the group were really impressed with the College and the people.” Diné College Interim Director of Marketing Ed McCombs, a 30-year plus employee of the College, said the Jan. 9 visit wasn’t the first by a traveling
educational group from Australia. McCombs said such visits bode well with respect to the marketing of Diné College. “To a large degree, this is something that the College advocates,” McCombs said. “In more ways than one, visits like this put [Diné College] on the international map.” Gary Knight, a retired education instructor at Fort Lewis College who came along as a chaperone for the group, said additional visits were made to the Toadlena Trading Post, the Shiprock Flea Market and at the Aztec Ruins in San Juan County. “It was terrific,” Knight said of the travel excursions. “For a lot of the people that were here with the group, it was their first time experiencing Navajo culture.”
SOME BACKGROUND Fort Lewis College is a public liberal
ERIKA PRENDAS | FROM PAGE 15 Being able to relate personally to students, to their struggles and also their sense of fun, is why Prendas truly stands out in her role. “I still have that drive inside myself since I began teaching,” she said. “I shake their hands at the door every morning and even high-five them because it changes the atmosphere of the classroom. I always make it personal with them and make them feel important about what’s going on in their lives.” Prendas said it’s funny that some
arts and former boarding school that used to be a military fort. Approximately 16 percent of baccalaureate degrees earned by Native Americans around the U.S. come from Fort Lewis. The Hogan Room at Diné College is a place where moccasin-making, weaving and cultural lectures take place. It is also where a lot of art work hangs that was done by Navajos over the years. Besides Miller and Knight, among those who attended the educational tour were Lawrence Cole, Stacey Paull, Madeline Kappler, Jessica Frost, Steven Sizgoric and Yuriko Miller. Paull, a college student studying teacher education, said she picked up pointers on Native instruction and methodology. Sizgoric, a marketing representative, said the tour was eye-opening. “It was amazing, amazing,” Sizgoric said. “It was definitely a learning experience. Everyone enjoyed the people and the places we went.” of her past teachers are now her colleagues. Being a teacher is her calling, and she said she wouldn’t change a thing. “This is my calling,” she said. “Otherwise I would feel worthless. One day I hope that one student will come up to me and say, ‘hey I’m a teacher because of you.’ If you want to teach just do it…it’s worth it honestly. ‘Till then I’ll keep doing this until they carry my cold dead body out of the classroom.” When she isn’t teaching, Prendas likes to read, workout, and spend time with her 9-year-old daughter Annabelle, and her husband Carlos.
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SPORTS 360 Miyamura High School student selected to represent New Mexico in Australia By Boderra Joe Sun Correspondent
he 30 th Annual Down Under Sports competition announced their selection of Miyamura High School junior student Elijah Begay, 16, to represent New Mexico on the 2018 Cross Country Team in Queensland, Australia. So what is Down Under Sports? The organization, based in Utah, provides exceptional athletes “with the opportunity to experience the culture, beauty and grandeur of the land down under all within the framework of spirited and intense competition,” according to a press release. Begay, of Gallup, said, “It’s a real special honor to get invited [by Down Under Sports] and to represent New Mexico.” Growing up, Begay never thought he would be a runner. His father, Emerson Begay, was a basketball coach, and while he ran himself he preferred to teach his son basketball. “I always thought I would play basketball throughout high school. But I stopped and tried cross country,” Begay said. “I never stopped since.” At first, running was just a sport to him. But recently, Begay has found himself turning running into a lifestyle. “He [Emerson Begay] always used to tell me stories of how he competed in high school in running. It motivated me to try and be like him,” Begay said. In his years as a freshman and sophomore, he heard of other athletes being selected to participate in the Down Under Sports. “I always thought it would be cool to go,” Begay said. “I always talked to my mom if I ever got invited, would she let me go.” Sure enough, his dream came true when he received his letter.
FUTURE GOALS Begay plans on attending SPORTS
Elijah Begay wears a smile with his Down Under Sports shirt. Begay was selected by the organization to represent New Mexico on the 2018 Cross Country Team in Queensland, Australia. Photo Credit: Boderra Joe college and hopes to receive a scholarship for running. Undecided of where he would like to attend, he said any college would be great for him. Begay also plans on becoming a professional runner and hopes one day he can compete in the Olympics to represent the United States. In preparation for Down Under, track and field will help keep his momentum high. Daily runs will also hone Begay’s self-discipline, increasing the mileage and speed of his workouts.
INSPIRATION TRAIN Begay’s parents are Eunice Begay, mother, and Emerson Begay, father. They are originally from Jones Ranch, N.M. and Pinon, Ariz., respectively. Begay is the second youngest out of seven children. Coming from a big family, Begay’s older sister, Dianna George, and their father both played a huge role in Begay’s life as a runner. Both have experience as runners and are always there motivating, supporting, and pushing Begay to become a better person and athlete. Not to mention his mother, who is proud of her son and glad he
chose to run. Begay will be leaving the country, and though his mother is nervous about him departing, she would like her son to experience the world. She hopes for Begay to meet new people and to run with other nationalities, and to explore a different part of the world that she might not get to see herself. George, who ran track and field during her years in high school, said she’s very proud of her brother’s accomplishments for the past two years he has been running. “He [Begay] put in a lot of work, especially this past year,” George said. “We’ve talked with him about being serious with his running because it will take him places, so him being able to go to Australia, it will add to his accomplishments of ‘I did it.’” Begay is certainly blessed with an enormous support system behind him and has definitely set an example for his siblings and the younger generation. From his parents and sister’s experience, they encourage other families to be very supportive with their own children and siblings in whatever they are passionate about. “We’re really proud of him
Miyamura High School junior Elijah Begay, 16, holds his fourth place individual medal and second place team medal at the Miyamura Cross Country Invitational Sept. 9, 2017. Begay will head to Australia for the 2018 Cross Country Team Down Under Sports competition in June. Photo Credit: Dianna George and excited he was selected,” Eunice Begay said. Even though Begay’s parents and sister have been his inspiration, there is another person he admires. That person is Steve Prefontaine, a long-distance runner who ran for the University of Oregon and competed in the 1972 Olympics. “I look up to him because he was an amazing runner,” Begay said of his idol. Begay encourages aspiring runners to keep working hard. Keep putting in the miles. Keep the mind set on getting faster and stronger. And sooner or later, goals will be accomplished.
FUNDRAISE, DONATE The opportunity to travel is an exciting one – and a rare one. Begay said the farthest he’s been away from home was to San Diego, Calif. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to travel overseas, to try new things and meet new people. If all goes according to plan, Begay will depart for Australia this summer, leaving June 26. But travel, as much as it is exciting, is also an expensive opportunity.
Begay’s family encourages anyone who can to help donate to his adventure, which would not only represent New Mexico, but Gallup as well. So far, the main source of funding has come through the generous contributions of family, friends, teammates, and community. Pizza 9 in Gallup will contribute their sales towards Begay’s fundraising on Feb. 7. His parents encourage anyone and everyone to help make it possible for their son to compete in Australia.
OTHER WAYS TO DONATE Pay on l i ne at ht t ps:// Dow nUnder S por t s .com / payment/CFD1-0075-9B73 Make check payable to “Down Under Sports” and mail to: Down Under Sports PO Box 6010 North Logan, UT 84341 Along with sponsorship letter Or, pay by phone, by calling (435) 753-4732 For more information on donating, contact Dianna George at (505) 879-4135 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gallup Sun • Friday January 26, 2018
Gallup Bengal Zakarri Fields (22) and Bloomfield Bobcat Bryce Betoni (4) go head-to-head at the 5A conference game Jan. 23. The game played at Gallup High School, the home base of the day’s winning team. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura
Gallup Bengal Quincy Smith (20) presses Bloomfield Bobcat Rogelio Gonzalez (1) during a heated game that ultimately went to Gallup Jan. 23. Bloomfield put up a good fight but the Gallup defense proved too strong for them to break through. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura
Gallup boys beat Bloomfield, 60-45 GALLUP DOMINATES GAME ON DEFENSE
By Bernie Dotson For the Sun
he Ga llup Benga ls st a r ted slow on offense, but kept the defensive pressure on the Bloomfield Bobcats for long periods of time and came away with a 60-45 decision Jan. 23 in a boys 5A conference game played at Gallup High School. The Bengals (12-7, 3-0) are in the midst of district play, having started Jan. 16 with a 61- 47 home win against Farmington (7-12, 2-1). Tuesday’s game saw five turnovers in the first six minutes, thanks to some heady defense by both teams. The Bengals went ahead, though, by the score of 4-0 on shots by senior forward Zakarri Fields
and sophomore shooting guard Quincy Smith. Bloomfield (6-14, 1-2), challenged Gallup throughout the first quarter, but couldn’t get shots to fall and the Bengals won the quarter, 19-9. There weren’t points on the board in the contest until about eight minutes had come off of the game clock.
THE SECOND QUARTER The second quarter began with senior Bloomfield big man Jaime Duhon getting a lot more aggressive on offense and defense for the Bobcats. At 6-feet-6-inches tall, Duhon was clearly the tallest player on the court. The versatile Duhan attempted shots mostly from the
inside, but at times squared up for some short and long jumpers. Still, the Gallup trap defense was everywhere and the Bobcats weren’t able to hit shots. “They played very good defense in the opening two quarters,” Bloomfield head coach Randy Crockett said. “We missed some shots, but there were a lot of early turnovers because each team was swarming on defense.” Fields hit a 3-pointer to start the second quarter. He then got a rebound off of a shot by junior guard Tyrell Begay and the Bengals were suddenly up 27-12. The game continued to proceed at a slow pace, but Gallup had the momentum going due to the fact that it was a home game and the Bengals were hitting
Bloomfield Bobcat Jaime Duhon (12) misses a dunk at the Jan. 23 game that went to Gallup 60-45. Duhon, a formidable player, was easily the tallest on the field, standing at 6-feet-6-inches tall. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura
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shots and hustling on both ends of the court. When the Bengals went cold, which was rare, sophomore forward Johnny Blueeyes, Begay and Fields were ferociously crashing the boards and keeping scoring and fast break opportunities away from Bloomfield. “Get back, get back,” Gallup head coach James Voight consistently told players on the defensive side. “Watch the cuts, look out for the cuts.”
THE THIRD/ FOURTH QUARTERS The third quarter started slow for both teams. Fields put down 10 points in the first half and that included 3 3-point shots. Both teams recorded 6
team fouls at the close of the first half. Duhon and junior guard Rogelio Gonzales tried to work some pick and rolls, but the Gallup defense was there to prevent things. Meanwhile, Smith and junior forward Josh Lynch were running back-toback give and go’s. The last play put the Bengals up 37-26 and Gallup never looked back. A 45 -32 lead by Gallup heading into the fourth quarter allowed Voight to play reserves. Begay was still terrorizing the Bobcats on the offensive boards and Fields was moving and cutting on offense. Fields finished with 16 points and Josh Lynch scored 11. For the Bobcats, Duhon scored 15 and was the sole Bobcat player in double figures.
Gallup Bengal Quincy Smith (20) scores. Gallup totaled 60 points during the Jan. 23 conference game, beating out Bloomfield on home turf. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura SPORTS
UFC Women’s Flyweight Champion Nicco Montano with the St. Michael High School volleyball team at the Navajo Nation Council Chamber on Jan. 22. Photo Credit: Courtesy Navajo Nation Council
Navajo Nation Council honors UFC Women’s Flyweight Champion Nicco Montano Staff Reports
INDOW ROCK – On the opening day of the 2018 Winter Council Session, the 23rd Navajo Nation Council recognized and congratulated Nicco Montano, a member of the Navajo Nation from the community of Lukachukai, who recently won the Ultimate Fighting Championship inaugural Women’s Flyweight Title. The UFC Champion was joined by family members on the Council Chamber floor as Council Delegate Tom Chee (Shiprock) and Speaker LoRenzo Bates (Nenahnezad, Newcomb, San Juan, Tiis Tsoh Sikaad, Tse’Daa’Kaan, Upper Fruitland), presented her with an honorary plaque and thanked her serving as a positive role model for all Navajo people, particularly Navajo youth. Chee thanked Montano for being an inspiration for the Navajo people in a time when the Navajo Nation is dealing with many challenges economically, socially, and culturally. “In the midst of all of our challenges, there are always special people who find a way to inspire and uplift us,” said Chee. “It is an honor to have the UFC Champion with us today and it warms our hearts to know that you come from Lukachukai – from the Navajo SPORTS
Nation.” Montano became the firstever UFC Women’s Flyweight Champion when she defeated UFC fighter Roxanne Modaferri by unanimous decision on Dec. 1, 2017. Speaking on the Council floor, Montano thanked all of her supporters and her family for providing the inspiration and ambition for her to pursue her goals, which ultimately led to her achievement. Bates presented a gift to Montano and congratulated her and her family on behalf of the 23rd Navajo Nation Council. Dur ing the opening of the session, the Council also honored and recognized the St. Michael High School girls volleyball team for winning the 1-A State Championship, two-time A merican Youth Bullriding Champion Jacob David from Grand Falls, the family of the late Verner V. Duus, and the family of David and Darlene Peshlakai. In partnership with the Office of Broadcast Services, the Navajo Nation Council is live-streaming the Winter C ou nc i l S e s s ion on t he Council’s designated Ustream channel. To view live-proceedings, visit ustream.tv and search for ‘Navajo Nation Council’ in the search box. For news on the latest legislative branch activities, please visit www.navajonationcouncil.org
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Public notice is hereby given that the City of Gallup, New Mexico, desires to purchase the following: FOR SALE 1999 Monaco Diplomat RV 38’ diesel pusher with a 13’ slide. Cummins engine, Allison transmission, Onan generator, 4 door refrigerator/ freezer w/ice maker, automatic satellite dish, solid wood cabinets, queen bed, custom storage for books/ electronics, and washer/dryer. Excellent upkeep & maintenance. $59,000. (505) 879-8901 SERVICES Drone video and photo. We help with lost livestock, roof inspections, outdoor events, land surveying, weddings, etc. FloDrone.com: 727-776-2266 or message at 505-722-2217 LEGAL/PUBLIC NOTICES Pursuant of the New Mexico Self Storage Lien Act, the following items will be sold or disposed of in order to satisfy a lien for delinquent rent and/ or related charges. Property is located at: Sunrise Self Storage 2610 E. Hwy 66 and Sunrise ll Self Storage 3000 W. Hwy 66 Gallup, NM 87301. Sale will take place TBD. Please call 505-722-7989 for time or more information. Last Known Address of Tenant Stephanie Brown 200 S. Strong Dr. Gallup, NM 87301 Shampooer, Grill, Luggage, Bench, Car Seat, Christmas/ household Boxes and Bags of Misc. Items. Hailey Laughter 3300 Box Canyon Ave. Gallup, NM 87301 Bike, Mattress, Shelves, Boxes & Bags of Misc. Items. Calvin Holliday 2305 E. Main St. #139
Water/Wastewater Systems Maintenance Material Multi-Term Contract As more particularly set out in the bid documents, copies of which may be obtained from the City of Gallup Purchasing Department, 110 W. Aztec Ave., Gallup, New Mexico 87301; or contact Frances Rodriguez, Purchasing Director at (505) 863-1334; email firstname.lastname@example.org Copies of bid may be accessed on the City of Gallup website at http://www.gallupnm.gov/bids Sealed bids for such will be received at the City of Gallup Purchasing Department until 2:00 P.M. (LOCAL TIME) on February 22, 2018 when they will be opened and read aloud in the City Hall Purchasing Conference Room. Envelopes are to be sealed and plainly marked Formal Bid Number 1803. NO FAXED OR ELECTRONICALLY TRANSMITTED BIDS nor bids submitted after the specified date and time will be considered and will be returned unopened. Dated the 23rd Day of January, 2018 By: /S/ Jackie McKinney, Mayor CLASSIFIED LEGAL COLUMN: Gallup Sun Publishing Date: Friday, January 26, 2018 *** ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS CITY OF GALLUP, NEW MEXICO
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COUNTY ASSESSOR ODER NO. 17-27 AMENDED NOTICE OF REQUIREMENTS TO REPORT CERTAIN MATTERS RELATING TO PROPERTY VALUATION AND CLAIMING EXEMPTION FROM PROPERTY TAXATION
Sealed bids for such will be received at the City of Gallup Purchasing Department until 2:00 P.M. (LOCAL TIME) on February 22, 2018 when they will be opened and read aloud in the City Hall Purchasing Conference Room. Envelopes are to be sealed and plainly marked Formal Bid Number 1804. NO FAXED OR ELECTRONICALLY TRANSMITTED BIDS nor bids submitted after the specified date and time will be considered and will be
The County Assessor hereby publishes notice to property owners, pursuant to Section 7-38-18 NMSA 1978, as follows: 1. All property subject to valuation for property taxation purposes not valued by the Assessor in 2017 for property taxation purposes must be reported to the Assessor no later than the last day of February 2018, unless it is not subject to valuation for property taxation purposes in 2018. The report must contain
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the required information and be on a form that is obtained from the Assessor’s office. Section 7-38-8, NMSA 1978. 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 7-388.1 NMSA 1978. 4. If you own property that has decreased in value during 2017, and that property is subject to valuation for property taxation purposes, you must report the decrease in value to the Assessor no later than the last day of February 2018. The report must contain the required information and must be on a form that is obtained from the Assessor’s office. Section 7-38-13, NMSA 1978. 5. If you believe that your real property is entitled to head-of-family exemption, veteran exemption or disabled veteran exemption from property taxation, you must apply to the Assessor for exempt status no later than thirty (30) days after the mailing of the County Assessor’s notices of valuation in order to be entitled to the exemption from taxation in to 2018. Exceptions: If an exemption from taxation was in effect for 2017 and the basis of the exempt status or use is unchanged from that year, application for exemption need not be made for 2018. If you have previously been granted an exemption and now have a change in ownership or status you must notify the Assessor of the change no later than the last day of February 2018 of the change. If required, application for exemption must contain the required information and must be on a form that is obtained from the Assessor’s office. Section 7-38-17, NMSA 1978.
6. Property subject to valuation is presumed to be nonresidential and will be so recorded by the assessor unless you declare the property to be residential no later than the last day of February 2018. If your property has changed in use from residential to nonresidential or from nonresidential to residential use you must declare this status to the Assessor no later than the last day of February 2018. The declaration must contain the required information and must be in a form that may be obtained from the Assessor’s office. Section 7-38-17.1 NMSA 1978. 7. If you are a person who is sixty-five (65) years of age or older or disabled, and whose “modified gross income” was not greater than $32,000 in 2017 and you own and occupy a single-family dwelling you may be eligible for a limitation on the taxable value of your residence. The limitation of value specified in Subsections A, B and C under Section 7-36-21.3 NMSA 1978 shall be applied in the tax year in which the owner claiming entitlement files with the county assessor an application for the limitation. The application must contain the required information and must be on a form that is obtained from the Assessor’s office. Section 7-3621.3 NMSA 1978. 8. If your land was valued in 2017 in accordance with the special method of valuation for land used primarily for agricultural purposes, and the land is still used primarily for agricultural purposes, you need not reapply for that special method of valuation in 2018. If your land was valued in accordance with the special method of valuation in 2017, but it is no longer used primarily for agricultural purposes, you must report the change to the Assessor no later than the last day of February 2018. If you land was not valued in accordance with that method of valuation in 2017 and it is no used primarily for agricultural purposes, application must be made under oath, in a form and contain the information required by department rules and must be made no later than thirty (30) days after the mailing of the County Assessor’s notices of valuation in order to be entitled to the exemption from taxation in 2018. Section 7-36-20 NMSA 1978. 9. If your own “livestock” that is subject to the valuation for property taxation
purposes, you must report such livestock to the Assessor. All such livestock present in the county on January 1, 2018 must be reported to the Assessor no later than the last day of February 2018. If the livestock is transported into the county after January 1, 2018, it must be reported to the Assessor no later than the first day of the month following the first month in which the livestock has been present in the county for twenty (20) days. The report must contain the required information and must be on forms obtained from the Assessor’s office. Section 7-36-21 NMSA 1978. 10. If you own a manufactured home [that was no previously assessed] and it was present in the county on January 1, 2018, you must report it to the Assessor no later than the last day of February 2018. The report must contain certain required information and must be on a form obtained from the Assessor’s office. Section 7-36-26 NMSA 1978. THIS NOTICE IS ONLY A BRIEF STATEMENT OF THE PROVISIONS OF SECTIONS 7-38-8, 7-38-8.1, 7-38-13, 7-38-17, 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. 26-FEB. 1, 2018 FRIDAY, Jan. 26 TECH TIME: USING GOOGLE APPS 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) 8631291 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call (505) 863-1291 libtrain@ gallupnm.gov. This week: Interview Assistance. TUESDAY, Jan. 30 TECH TIME: BASIC TABLET SKILLS 3-5 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: libtrain@gallupnm. gov.
MAKER ZONE (ALL AGES) 2-3 pm @ Children’s Branch. We provide supplies, you provide ideas.
MAKER ZONE (6 AND OLDER) 4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch. We provide supplies, you supply the ideas.
GET UP AND GAME 4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch. Join us for a family-friendly video games Friday afternoon.
GALLUP RELAY KICK-OFF Let’s Can Cancer! Come to the “Gallup Relay For Life Kick-Off.” Enjoy can games and learn how to get involved in this year’s relay event. Join a team or learn how to start a new team. Location: Community Pantry, 6:30-8:30 pm. Call (505) 863-3075.
SATURDAY, Jan. 27 STORY TIME (AGES 2-4) 11 am @ Children’s branch. An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement, rhymes, and stories. TECH TIME: JOB ASSISTANCE WORKSHOPS 3-5 pm @ Main Branch. The Library will provide job assistance workshops for those seeking employment. There will be resume assistance to help with creating and revising resumes, an interview workshop to help relieve the anxiety of job interviewing, and City of Gallup online application assistance. Workshops will run in two hour sessions. Computers and technical assistance will be available for these sessions. Please bring all work-related documents. Call (505) 863-1291 email@example.com. This week: City of Gallup Online Application Help. MONDAY, Jan. 29 TECH TIME: JOB ASSISTANCE WORKSHOPS 5-7 pm @ Main Branch. The Library will provide job assistance workshops for those seeking employment. There will be resume assistance to help with creating and revising resumes, an interview workshop to help relieve the anxiety of job interviewing, and City of Gallup online application assistance. Workshops will run in two hour sessions. Computers and technical assistance will be available for these sessions. Please bring all work-related documents. CALENDAR
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31 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. TRADITIONAL NAVAJO STORY TELLING 4-6 pm @ Crownpoint Department of Behavioral Health Services. Open to the public. Everyone is welcome. Snacks will be available. Door Prizes. For more information, please call Crownpoint DBHS at (505) 786-2111. WEDNESDAY NIGHT FILMS: AWAKE 5:30-7 pm @ Main branch. This week’s movie, Milagro Beanfield War. Free popcorn provided. THURSDAY, Feb. 1 CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) 4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch. Fun crafts for the whole family. This week’s activity: TBD. ONGOING CITY OF GALLUP’S SUSTAINABLE GALLUP BOARD Meets on the first Monday from 3-5 pm at the Octavia Fellin Library. When those Mondays are holidays, the
meetings are on the following Monday. Community members concerned about conservation, energy, water, recycling and other environmental issues are welcome. Call (505) 722-0039 for information. CO-DEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS Meets Wednesday, 6-7 pm, at First United Methodist Church, 1800 Redrock Dr. (in the library). All are welcome. COMMUNITY PANTRY The Hope Garden offers organic produce for sale from 10 am-noon, Tue-Fri., 1130 E. Hassler Valley Road. All funds go to helping feed local folks. Call (505) 7268068 or when visiting, ask for Vernon Garcia. FRIDAY NIGHT HOOTENANNY Gallup’s longest-running live show! Every Friday night from 7-9 pm. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. Second St. GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY Wednesdays are low-cost Spay and Neuter Days, at the Gallup-McKinley County Humane Society. For more information, please call (505) 863-2616, or email: gmchumanesociety@gmail. com. Location: 1315 Hamilton Rd. GALLUP SOLAR Gallup Solar is hosting community conversations about all things solar Wednesdays from 6-8 pm at 113 E. Logan. Call: (505) 728-9246 for info on topics and directions. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Habitat for Humanity yard sales are held every Saturday, 9 am-noon on Warehouse Lane, weather permitting. Volunteers wishing to serve on construction projects may sign up there or call (505) 722-4226. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY - WORK SESSIONS Habitat for Humanity work sessions held each week. Volunteers to serve on decision making meetings or wish to volunteer at or help fund construction projects. Call Bill Bright at (505) 722-4226. 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.
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.
OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Overeaters Anonymous 12step meetings. Held every Saturdays 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) 8701483.
PREGNANCY CENTER PANCAKE BREAKFAST On Feb. 10, join your family, friends, and neighbors at the Hands of Hope Pregnancy Center Pancake Breakfast, 8-11 am. Location: PeeWee’s Kitcehn, 1644 S 2nd St. Tickets are $5 and are available at Hands of Hope, 120 S. Boardman or from volunteers. Donations accepted. Call: (505) 722-7125.
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, 6:30-8:30pm @ 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 6:30-7pm then share original or inspiring work in an Open Mic from 7-8:30pm. MCKINLEY CITIZENS’ RECYCLING COUNCIL The monthly meeting of the McKinley Citizens’ Recycling Council will be held on Sat. Feb. 3. Regular meetings are held at 2 pm.
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 GALLUPARTS ANNOUNCES ARTSCRAWL LINEUP gallupARTS is excited to announce the next season of ArtsCrawl, which kicks off on Saturday, March 10 from 7 - 9pm with the theme “Time Travel.” The entire 2018 lineup is outlined below: March 10 – Time Travel; April 14 – Say What?!; May 12 – Pop; June 9 – Out of Hand July 14 – Up in the Air; August 11 – Road Trip; September 8 – On the Wild Side; October 13 – Sixth Sense; November 10 – In Black & White; and December 8 – Let’s Have a Ball. 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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