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rtisans express their talent through various emotions they feel, see, and experience, whether it’s harmonious or dramatic episodes in their life. It’s these life moments that make each artist unique and we as the viewers get a moment to delve into the artist’s creative mind. One artist that truly shares his past experiences, in so much as shocking the viewer, is Arnulfo Pena, who does this through the touch of paint to canvas. Born in Corsicana, TX, 72-year-old Pena has seen his fair share of dramatic experiences directly tied to his Native American roots, more exactly from the Mescalero Apache tribe. Having recently moved to the area September, Pena says he feels welcomed here along with his paintings that depict

When you love to paint just paint away, do what you want to do and don’t let people restrict your creativity.” Arnulfo Pena

strong messages of the treatment of Native Americans. “I’m a n i mpre s sion i s t painter and I like to paint the injustice of how Native Americans were treated and treated now,” he said. “I want to shock the person who sees my paintings and to focus in on the meaning of them.” One painting entitled “John Smith Never” does just that. The painting depicts a Native American warrior with bloodshed eyes and his mouth completely shut because he could never speak his language. “I painted this because no matter how hard they (the white man) tries to make us white it will never happen,” he said. “They can cut our hair,

Arnulfo Pena’s painting “Grandmother’s Wisdom” is on display at Art123 gallery, 123 W. Coal Ave., Gallup. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura they may change us physically but mentally we will always be Native Americans and we can never forget who we are. We

Arnulfo Pena’s painting “White Buffalo” is on display at Art123 gallery, 123 W. Coal Ave., Gallup. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura


DINE POET’S FIRST BOOK Tacey Atsitty shares her publishing journey



will not be John Smith ever.” Pena’s interest in painting began in the fifth grade and has continued for the past 65 years. He entered a city painting contest and won. An interested art lover saw his work and offered him a scholarship to pay for his art school. As a sixth grader, he held his first exhibit featuring seascapes paintings. “I’ve always liked painting and always wanted to do it, even though later on in life I became a banker,” he said. “I still had this passion even coming back from the Vietnam War. I decided to enter in art school for two years.” Pena was offered a scholarship to go to Rome, Italy for three weeks. While there saw his hero – Michelangelo the Italian Renaissance artist whose works include the marble sculpture David. “I liked his movements and the fact that it’s all realism to express in his portraits,” he

said. Pena says this helped him connect with his heritage and the realism of what he really wanted to do with his paintings. This included a painting of running horses, in essence to capture the spirit of running horses and his Apache heritage. “Realism was very strong with me. I did paintings of Native American women who were forced to get sterilize,” he said. “I tell it like it is and I don’t hide the truth. Some people like it and some people don’t.” Pena has sold paintings for as much as $2,000 and has painted murals that have went for $17,000. Pena has moved outside of the traditional paintbrush and has used spray paint to create eclectic pieces. Currently living in the Pueblo of Zuni, he was



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Diné poet’s first book to drop in February ATCITTY SHARES HER JOURNEY TO PUBLICATION

By Boderra Joe Sun Correspondent


iné poet Tacey M. At sit t y, 35, f rom Cove, Ariz., has published her first book of poems, Rain Scald, from the University of New Mexico Press in Albuquerque. After six and a half years of constant revisions and organizing, Atsitty finally got her first published book in her hands this past month. “It was a long journey, to be honest,” Atsitty said. “It was 2011 and now I finally received my book in my hands January 2018.” There’s no doubt that the process was arduous, as the poet encountered some personal obstacles between the time of sending off her manuscript to UNM Press and her time at Cornell University, where she received her Master’s of Fine Arts in creative writing. “Having to go back and try and go back to that space emotionally was the hardest (sic) for


me,” she said. “Trying to be true and keep the work true to that time was the hardest thing I had to do in order for the book to get publish.” Sure enough, the poet planted her feet and joined the ranks of distinguished Diné poets.

“I was fortunate enough to have a circle of friends and writers who cared about my work,” Atsitty said. “Laura Tohoe [Diné poet] was the editor at UNM Press and she reached out to me, so I took my manuscript and sent it to UNM Press (for her) to go through.”

Her book, Rain Scald, is expected to be released Feb. 15.

WRITING WAS NATURAL At sit t y’s pa rent s, lat e Carmelita Atsitty of Toadlena, N.M., and George Atsitty of Cove, Ariz., and her grandmother, Linda Hatch, were the foundation of the poet’s success. “I always attribute the fact that my mother wrote in journals daily,” Atsitty said. “She would sit down and write. I was 3, so I couldn’t write, but I would draw as she was


Diné poet, Tacey M. Atsitty, from Cove, Ariz., is set to release her first book, Rain Scald, on Feb. 15. Published by the University of New Mexico Press in Albuquerque. Photo Credit: Dorothy Grandbois

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allup ArtsCrawl, a monthly event that is held in downtown Gallup on the second Saturday of the month, showcases the region’s mix of talented artisans from all walks of life. It’s a n event that a lso enriches the community with its display of culture and diversity. Artisans come to ArtsCrawl in hopes of displaying their talent to the admiring eyes of the public. Many also hope to sell their work so they can keep painting, sculpting, and/ or shaping new masterpieces. But there is much more to this behind the scenes, such as attracting new artists and themes to keep ArtsCrawl fresh and original. The 2nd Annual ArtsCrawl Community Brainstorm is an opportunity for ArtsCrawl coordinators to gather input from the community by hosting the interactive event. The meeting was held a few weeks back, on Jan.13, at El Morro Theatre and Events Center. Different tables featured pop up cards, listing the main

topic to which a group of people would discuss with one another at the table. Each session would last about 15 minutes and then they would head to another table and do the same thing over again. Everyone in attendance seem to have fun, and a wide range of people attended the event, ranging from business owners to artists, and everyone in between. ga l lupA RTS Execut ive Director Rose Eason was impressed with the turnout and the ideas brought to the table. “Last year this group generated hundreds of ideas for ArtsCrawl and we actually implemented over 50 of them,” she said. “So, I think it’s a great chance for people to make an impact on this event and contribute in a really meaningful way.” An agenda was set out at each table for ArtsCrawl 2018 dates and themes: March 10 – Time Travel April 14 – Say What?! May 12 – Pop! For the month of April “Say What?!” ideas that were presented were possibly having a poetry month, street graffiti, and poetry in one’s own native language.

gallupARTS Executive Director Rose Eason gathers ideas at the 2nd Annual ArtsCrawl Brainstorm meeting Jan. 13. Photo Credit: Dee Velasco Shirlene Rogers Cheramiah loved the idea of a poetry done in one’s own language. “My family and I love the ArtsCrawl, and just decided to

Community members share concepts to bring to this year’s ArtsCrawl events at the El Morro Theatre and Events Center Jan. 13. Photo Credit: Dee Velasco

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g a l lupARTS received $3 0,0 0 0 Dig it a l Projects for the Public “Discovery” grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This grant will fund the planning of a virtual art exhibit featuring Gallup’s collection of 90+ New Deal/Works Progress Administration (WPA) artworks, one of the largest such collections in the State. Currently, Gallup’s collection of WPA architecture, Spanish Colonial-style tinwork, oak furniture, murals, prints, western American paintings, Native art and contributions to the Index of American Design, is housed in four different locations, which are not all open to the public. Through a multi-faceted, interpretive website, gallupARTS hopes to restore the legacy of the WPA, unifying the collection, making it widely

The old McKinley County Courthouse is a New Deal project and houses a large portion of Gallup’s WPA art collection. Photo Credit: available as a unparalleled artistic and historical resource, and using it to promote community building. The proposed website will contain both academic information as well as creative content, being developed by experts and designers in collaboration with Gallup’s artists and community members. The following teams, with gallupARTS The planning of the website will also involve opportunities for the community to learn more about Gallup’s WPA art

collection and contribute to the website in the form of public tours and talks. “Gallup’s WPA art collection is perhaps its best kept secret,” gallupARTS Executive Director Rose Eason said. “This planning grant is the first step towards shedding light on our impressive collection, breathing new life into it and giving it back to the community

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Mud (Hashtł’ishnii) makes postSundance premiere in Gallup Staff Reports


he City of Gallup and the Gallup Film Festival are honored to showcase the 2018 Sundance Institute “Indie Episodic, Shorts and Special Events” selection Mud (Hashtł’ishnii) at the El Morro Theatre and Events Center on Feb. 9 at 7 pm. Mud (Hashtł’ishnii) is about Ruby, a young Navajo mother, who faces the inescapable remnants of alcohol, family and culture on the last day of her life. This story explores the overwhelming control that addiction holds over the addicted and those who love them, and the powerlessness of individuals and society to cure this illness. The film features Navajo actress Trini King, from Shiprock, N.M., and

residing in Albuquerque as Ruby. Forrest Goodluck, of the Diné, Mandan, Hidatsa and Tsimshian tribes, plays the role of Joseph, and also stars Ernest David Tsosie of Fort Defiance. The nine-minute short film received its 2018 Sundance Film Festival premiere in Park City, UT, Jan. 20 - 25. Doors open at 6 pm and the program featuring Mud (Hashtł’ishnii) will begin at 7 pm. Additional meet and greet details will be available during the evening event. For more information, visit www. or Additional questions or press requests may be directed to Knifewing Segura at (505) 722-8982. GALLUP FUN!

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ree paid college bound opportunities are on the horizon for Gallup McK i n ley Cou nt y Schools students. That was the takeaway from a meeting recently held

from the students’ high school to UNM-G, where the academy would be situated in Calvin Hall. If the student needs a laptop then we will issue them to those students who would need them.” Students will be bused in from Crownpoint, Ramah, Navajo, Thoreau, Tohatchi, Tse Yi Gai. Transportation will be

A crowd of over 200 gathered at the auditorium of John F. Kennedy Middle School in Gallup Jan. 21 to hear about the opportunities offered by a new high school program, McKinley Academy. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo One student who felt she is ready for this new program is 16-year-old Miyamura High student Johannah Castillo. “It seems like a good experience to get ready for college and

Alan Bingham, college and career coordinator for McKinley County Schools gives an overview of McKinley Academy to the crowd of parents and students at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Gallup Jan. 21. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo regarding a new program called “McKinley Academy Accelerating Futures.” The meeting was held at JFK Middle school auditorium Jan. 15 to a packed house of interested students, parents and local school teachers, and administrators. Starting in August 2018, GMCS will partner with UNM-G to provide McKinley County students a pathway to pursue an Associate’s Degree. Students will able to pursue a degree while earning a high school diploma, and tuition would be paid by GMCS. The payment for tuition, books, and technology will be handled through Gallup-McKinley County Schools General Fun, according to GMCS College and Readiness Coordinator Alan Bingham. “All tuition would be paid by the district to which the money would come out of the general fund. Free breakfast and lunch would be provided,” he said. “This will include transportation GALLUP FUN!

made available for all McKinley Academy students in county areas. One question asked was what if the student does not attend GMCS, will they be able to attend? According to Bingham, all students are welcome to apply. “We want to eliminate previous reasons why college was one goal hard to reach, economics, demographics,” he said. “We want first family generations to have a better chance to succeed in obtaining and finishing college degrees.” Although it may be open for every student, Bingham says it may not be a fit for every student. “We have students that can achieve more than what they can do, and we want to give them that opportunity,” he said. “It’s not for everyone, not every student that comes into this academy is going to be successful … it may not be their interest, or they may be not ready for this type of experience, but we do have some students that are.”

to be more prepared, as versus those kids who go into college, and not even know about college,” she said. “So, I just want to be prepared.” Curious parents had their

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INDOW ROCK—An intricate network of trails across the Navajo Nation are leading to healthy pathways for tribal members and others mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. In 2016, the Navajo Nation Trails Initiative was created and was spearheaded by Vice President Jonathan Nez and Navajo Youth Empowerment Services. “(We have) been honored to provide oversight, technical assistance and hands-on support for the effort,” said Tom Riggenbach, executive director of Navajo YES. Office of the President and Vice President, Division of Natural Resources, Engineers Without Borders, Indian Health Ser vices, Southwest Trail Solutions, local communities and various tribal entities have also provided support. A task force was created and

began work on community trails, trails in the parks, long-distance routes, and pump tracks/skills parks. Riggenbach said the trails initiative began in response to interest from various tribal communities to develop trails and restore historic routes in their respective areas. The task force tackled issues such as permitting, funding and educating communities on the benefits of trails across the Navajo Nation. The result was new projects in Beclabito, Chuska Mountains, Cove, Dilcon, Four Corners Monument, Kayenta, Pinon, Rainbow Bridge, Tsaile, and Window Rock to name a few. There is an opportunity for the public to learn more. Riggenbach invites the general public to attend the Navajo Nation Trails Conference on Feb. 20 in Window Rock to learn more about how they can participate in the trails revolution. The all-day event will be held at the Navajo Nation Museum and begins at 8 a.m.

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Feb. 10. Other events on the series include the Monument Valley Ultra, Shiprock Marathon, Asaayi Mountain Runs and King of the Mountain Challenge, 12 Hours of Asaayi, Code Talker 29K and 10K, Natsisaan Trail Ultra, Monument Valley Marathon, and Four Corners Quad Keyah Marathon Series. Riggenbach said two new races have been added to the series this year – 12 Hours of Asaayi and Monument Valley Ultra – and continue the legacy of healthy, active lifestyles. The 12, 6, or 3-hour timed event on a 2.5 mile trail at Camp Asaayi promises to be a challenge while elite runners can now challenge themselves on the 50-mile, 50K and half marathon distances for the Monument Valley Ultra. “The Navajo Parks Race Series has been an awesome project and a beautiful collaboration of so many folks,” Riggenbach said. Lace up those running shoes this year and hit the trails on the Navajo Nation. Information:

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Daniel Lopez, left, and AJ Johnson laugh as they talk about life and haircut styles at the Ho’zho center in Gallup Jan. 27. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo

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around Gallup periodically and serves food to homeless people, said the amount of people wanting haircuts dwindled as the 3 pm hour approached. She said those who showed ranged from homeless wayfarers to couples who’s fallen on hard times. “For me it’s a way of giving back” Chris Wahpepah, the husband of Kim and a barber, said. “In doing this, I’m helping somebody.”  Chris Wahpepah said no style cuts were given, just basic cuts. No one was turned

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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Feb. 2, 2018 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


lright, it’s time for another look at new arrivals on Blu-ray and DVD. There’s lots of interesting stuff coming in a wide variety of genres. So, if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!

BIG NEW RELEASES! Boo 2! A Madea Halloween - Tyler Perry returns in this holiday-themed sequel. This time out, the lead’s 18-year-old granddaughter heads out to a frat party at a campground. Madea does not approve and heads out with her friends to retrieve the youngster. Upon their arrival, a gaggle of monsters are unleashed and go on the rampage... that is, until they run into the protagonist. Reaction from the press was extremely negative towards this comedy. They claimed it regurgitated the same crude jokes from previous installments and the feature came across as sloppy and uninspired. It stars Tyler Perry, Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely and Yousef Erakat. Last Flag Flying - The latest from director Richard L i n k l a t e r (D a z e d a n d Confused, Boyhood) is a drama about three Vietnam veterans who reunite after many years apart. When one reveals that he is in town to pick up and transport the body of his son killed in the Iraq War, the other two decide to offer their assistance and come along. The group discuss their lives and frustrations over the course of the journey. Reaction towards the feature was generally positive. Some didn’t buy into the movie’s tone and interchanges between the characters, but more complimented the actors and found the feature funny and touching. It stars Bryan Cranston, Lawrence Fishburne and Steve Carrell. Legend of the Naga Pearls - This action fantasy flick from China involves an ancient winged tribe who have lost the ability to fly after a war with humans. A revenge-seeking leader in the flying community decides to seek out legendary magical pearls. However, the item is discovered by outcasts


within the tribe. They find themselves being hunted down by the power-obsessed leader. There hasn’t been much of a reaction to the film in this part of the country, with only a few reviews. A couple stated the film was a CGI-heavy but a fun romp, while just as many suggested that the writing wasn’t sharp enough to engage viewers. The cast includes Darren Wang, Tianai Zhang and Simon Yam. Napping Pr incess - In this fantasy, a high school student begins to notice that her dreams have a correlation to events in her actual life. When her father is arrested for stealing technology, the teen escapes into her dream world where she is a princess. Once there, she begins to learn secrets that may answer questions about her family and the arrest. Critics gave this animated film from Japan decent marks. There were a few complaints that the visuals were more impressive than the story, but several said it was enjoyably kooky and would certainly garner the approval of animae fans. For those curious, this title was released in some parts of the world as Ancien and the Magic Tablet. Old Stone - This independent, foreign-language drama is a China/Canada co-production and details a taxi driver who accidentally hits a motorcyclist while on the job. He does the right thing and calls for assistance, but is soon ensnared in bureaucracy that tears his life apart; it becomes clear to him that the law criminalizes those who help a victim more than those who simply drive away and leave the person to die. The press responded very favorably to the feature. They called it a striking and compelling effort that decries the loss of compassion in the modern world and spins its protagonist (and the audience) into a Kafka-esque nightmare. It features Gang Chen as the driver with a problem. Professor Marston and the Wonder Women - Harvard professor Dr. William Marston is the subject of this biopic. While the figure assisted in creating the modern lie detector, the focus of this story is his relationship with his wife and the pair’s romantic partner. It details their polyamorous relationship and how it inspired the

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professor to create the famous Wonder Woman comic book character. Reviews for the drama were quite strong. There were a couple of naysayers who found it a little too subdued, but the vast majority complimented the film as a sensitively portrayed, boundary-pushing tale with phenomenal lead performances. The movie stars Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall and Bella Heathcote. Rendel: Dark Vengeance Also known simply as Rendel, this Finnish superhero movie adopts a grimmer approach than the typical Marvel film. The story involves a masked vigilante out for vengeance who sets out to take down a c r i m i n a l or g a n i z a t ion using any means necessary. Naturally, the violence causes things to escalate, with the villains hiring international mercenaries to assist in eliminating the threat. One guesses it might have the a low-budget, Scandinavian Deadpool sort of feel. The movie came out in the fall of last year in its homeland, but is premiering on disc in these parts, so there aren’t any notices as of yet. It features Kristofer Gummerus, Bianca Bradey and Alina Tomnikov. The Square - This Swedish effort from the director of Force Majeure tells the story of an art museum curator striving to generate publicity and donations. Of course, his personal behavior doesn’t necessary follow some of the altruistic ideals presented in the gallery’s newest exhibit. The movie earned an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film and has generated plenty of positive praise. However, those who don’t like it absolutely hate it. Those persons wrote that it was overlong and stated that its many parts never came together in a meaningful way. Still, most found it a daring and satirical button-pushing exercise that inspires plenty of thought about our inhumanity towards each other. The cast includes Claes Bang, Elizabeth Moss and Dominic West.

BLASTS FROM THE PAST! This week sees plenty of interesting old films making their high-definition debuts. Arrow Academy have a Bluray of Viva L’Italia (1961). Also known as Garibaldi, this

is director Roberto Rossellini’s biopic of Giuseppe Garibaldi, a famous Italian historical figure known for taking Sicily and Naples during a military campaign. This release features a 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative, a shorter cut of the film made for the US market, a new interview with Rossellini’s assistant on the movie (Ruggero Deodato, who became a B-movie director), a visual essay on the movie, and other bonuses. If you grew up in the 80s, then you surely got the wits scared out of you by the 1983 TV-movie The Day After. It depicted nuclear war and its effects on the population. In the UK, Threads (1984) was the movie that terrified a generation. And where I originally came from, it was a double blast, with both productions terrifying viewers. Truth be told, Threads is even more effective at depicting the horrors of a nuclear holocaust. It uses documentary techniques to show the event and then follows it up with society slowly falling to pieces as radiation sickness takes its toll. This is an incredibly effective feature that really nails the absolute devastation these weapons can create. Severin are putting out a new Blu-ray of telefilm with a director audio commentary, cast and crew interviews and other features. It’s a great movie and one that will ensure that you don’t sleep for days. If you want something goofier, LionsGate’s Vestron line of releases should do the trick. They have the a Blu-ray of the sci-fi action flick, Class of 1999 (1990). This is a semi-sequel to Class of 1984 (1982), that flips the original formula. Its predecessor was about teachers being tormented by nasty students. In this follow-up, the teens are being menaced by sinister cyborg teachers. Amusingly enough, the villains are essayed by Malcolm McDowell, Stacey Keach and Pam Grier. I don’t remember it well, but the casting alone makes me want to revisit the film. This marks the movie’s hi-def debut, and the disc includes an audio commentary with director Mark Lester, as well as interviews with the filmmaker, the producer, screenwriter, special effects team and cinematographer. It also comes with publicity

materials. Might provide some pulpy fun for viewers in the right frame of mind. They’re also putting out a Blu-ray of Gothic (1986). This one is from director Ken Russell (The Devils, Altered States, The Lair of the White Worm) and is an exaggerated depiction of a real life event in which a group of visitors at a manor challenge themselves to write a horror story. Their stay is said to have inspired guests Mary Shelly to write F r a n k e n s t e i n a nd Joh n Polidori to create the vampire. This disc includes a historian audio commentary with Russell’s daughter, an isolated score and interview with composer Thomas Dolby, as well as interviews with cast and crew. Warner Archive are releasing DVDs of a pair of Lucille Ball/Desi Arnaz comedies. They include Forever Darling (1956) and The Long, Long Trailer (1954). Appropriately enough, the latter features the pair traveling for their honeymoon in a ridiculously oversized trailer. The studio also have the Charles Bronson action picture, Telefon (1977). In this one, Bronson plays a Russian spy out to eliminate a sleeper agent who is about to be set off by a special code word. Finally, Kino are putting out a DVD of the Australian low-budget thriller, Savage Attraction (1983) aka Hostage. It’s about a runaway who marries the wrong guy (in this case, a Nazi) and tries to escape from his clutches.

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NN branches sign proclamation recognizing Diné College’s 50th Anniversary Staff Reports


INDOW ROCK — The Navajo Nation Council declared 2018 as a celebration of “The 50 th Anniversary of Diné College,” at the Jan. 23 Winter Council Session. A proclamation was signed by Nation Nation President Russell Begaye, Navajo Nation Speaker Lorenzo Bates, Diné College President Charles Roessel and Interim Chief Justice of the Navajo Nation Thomas J. Holgate. Among those attending the signing were Greg Bigman, Theresa Hatathlie, Felisha Adams, Nelson BeGaye and Tommy Lewis of the Diné College Board of Regents.  “This is an acknowledgement of the 50 th anniversary of Diné College,” Bigman said. “Diné College, which was originally called Navajo Community College, was an experiment to other Native A merican tribes who started community

colleges themselves.”   The proclamation references the start of Diné College in 1968 as Navajo Community College. In 1971, reads the procla mation, the federal Navajo Community College Act authorized “grants to the tribe for the construction, maintenance and operation of Navajo Community College and that it be designed and operated by the Navajo tribe to ensure that qualified Navajo and other applicants have educational opportunities.”  W hen the College wa s called Navajo Community College, classes were conducted in mobile homes in Many Farms, Ariz. The College later moved to Tsaile.   “Fifty years is quite an a c h ie ve me nt ,” P r e s ide nt Begaye said upon signing the proclamation. “We’re really proud to have a College of our own. “We still hear the (Diné College) name all over the country, and it reminds us of our legacy and our commitment

Diné College’s Felisha Adams, Greg Bigman and Theresa Hatathlie, join Navajo Nation Speaker Lorenzo Bates and fellow Diné College Board of Regent Nelson BeGaye in the signing of a proclamation recognizing the college’s 50th anniversary. The signing took place Jan. 23 at Navajo Nation Council Chambers. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Diné College to move forward.” The timing of the 50th anniversary is significant, Roessel said. The College was founded on the centennial anniversary of the Treaty of 1868. While

the Navajo Nation prepares to commemorate 150 years since its ancestors returned from Hwéeldi, Diné College is honoring its past and preparing for the future, he said. “We established the first tribal college press and began working on a history of the treaty at 100 years,” Roessel

said. “One of the first books we published was about the Treaty of 1868.” The main campus of Diné College in Tsaile broke ground in April 1973 and there grew five additional campuses after that in Crownpoint, Chinle, T uba Cit y, Sh iprock a nd Window Rock.

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said. “In Texas it’s just windmills, longhorns, and coming here seem to fit my world. I felt welcomed here and people welcomed my spectrum of art. They appreciated the fact of what I was doing and welcomed me.” As a disabled veteran he says being here he feels no

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pressure at all to paint, and suggests for inspiring artists to simply paint for fun if that is your forte. “When you love to paint just paint away, do what you want to do and don’t let people restrict your creativity,” he

said. “Don’t let it become just a living, it causes stress and you’ll find no joy in it. Do what you love to do just go for it.” For more information on Arnulfo Pena visit his webpage: arnulfopena


from what I heard tonight,” De Santis said. Calvin Quimayousie, a concerned parent asked about the funding. “It was interesting wondering about where the funding will come from and sounds like they will be using school district money,” he said. “If they are going to have enough funds to operate this extra program they are talking about, it’s interesting and might possibly work. But, they may be biting off more than they can chew.” McK inley Academy launches in August. Applications must be picked up and filled out according to each student’s grade level. Eighth graders applications due April 13; ninth-11th graders applications due Feb. 2. Visit: www.gmcs.k12. and GMCS Facebook page for more information.

Quimayousie, who herself holds Bachelor and Master degrees. “I wanted to find out more about this academy pathway so that my son has some options for the next school year to pursue an Associate’s degree,” she said. “It would be really helpful with college tuition for one thing.” The more heavy duty questions came from local teachers and administrators such as Miyamura school counselor Lucia De Santis. “It was somewhat informative, but many questions still need to be answered,” she said. “Such as financial aid funding, scholarships, the lottery, how will they handle the transportation from the schools back and forth. There still a lot of questions. If it was my child I would have to have a more information


NEWS Ryan Westman faces Giant east robber murder charges bested by K9 cop R Staff Reports


By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor


effrey Denton thought he could get away with intimidating a Giant east clerk by shooting into the ceiling and making off with cash from the till, rolled coins, and some expensive bottles of liquor around 1 am Jan. 19. Gallup Police Department O f f ic er C h avo C h i s c i l ly responded to the call. The clerk said the two men donned in black headed east as they exited the store. Meanwhile, GPD Officer Adrian Quetawki reviewed the store’s video surveillance tapes and identified the suspect’s getaway car – a silver Chevy Impala with chrome rims. It wasn’t long before GPD Officer Justin Benally located the vehicle and noted that it was picking up speed as it headed into the Stagecoach area. T he d r iver pu l led t he Impala into a dirt lot, and a total of five people exited the

Jeffrey Denton vehicle and scattered in different directions. Three headed towa rd Chapa r ra l Mobile Home Park, and two into the hills. Law enforcement showed up in force to search for suspects, including Sgt. Terrance Peyketewa and K9 Jayco. With the help of night/thermal vision, Peyketewa and Jayco caught up with Denton, 33, near Aztec Avenue and Dani Drive. Peyketewa asked Denton to show his hands. He

kept a right hand in his pocket, and refused to cooperate with police. K9 Jayco quickly diffused the tense situation. Denton “was bit twice on the butt cheeks” by Jayco, the warrant for arrest states. A second man, Rory Yazzie, was found located near the First Church of the Nazarene, 1801 W. Highway 66. He too refused to cooperate with Peyketewa and Jayco, and the loyal K9 bit Yazzie’s right hand, quickly ending his attempt at a standoff. The Impala was searched, and cops located seven penny rolls and a bottle of Tequila Casa Noble, which matches the description of one of the bottles of booze stolen from Giant. Denton was book on the charges of armed robbery, aggravated fleeting from a law enforcement officer, tampering with evidence, conspiracy, and resisting, evading, or obstructing an officer. He’s being held on no bond at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center.



participants joined in this year, and that keeps it fresh, Eason explained. “The vast majority weren’t here last year, so we don’t have a lot of repeats,” she said. “We have a lot of new people here, so that is awesome; it just expands our networking and it expands our pool to draw from, and ideas to be inspired by.” The proof is in the pudding, according to Eason, who says the ideas from brainstorming sessions implemented at ArtsCrawl results in positive feedback. “The feedback has been great,” she said. “We did a longitude survey each month and

yan Westman remains in the custody San Juan County Adult Detention Center, and while he faces a slew of charges in Farmington for his dramatic flee from police, he’s also facing a capital murder charge here in McKinley County for the death of Mitchell “Mark” Chavez. After a few days on the lam, Westman was located in Gamerco and was pursued by local law enforcement to the San Juan County line. San Juan law enforcement caught up with him Jan. 25 at a Valero gas station, 4913 E. Main St. in Farmington. The scene quickly took a violent turn when a U.S. Marshal’s Service agent and San Juan County Sheriff’s Deputy Chad Langley approached Westman. Westman, 25, struck the agent with his car, and Deputy Chad Langley fired at the vehicle. Westman sustained minor injuries to his arm, but fled the scene. New Mexico State Police caught up with Westman, and rammed the vehicle to put a stop to the chase. Westman was treated at a Farmington-area hospital prior to being booked into jail.

Meanwhile, the reported assault to 57-year-old Chavez occurred at #15 Zeta St. around 8:30 pm, Jan. 22. Chavez sustained severe head injuries and was airlifted to Flagstaff where he was taken off life support and passed away earlier this week. Witnesses told investigators that they weren’t sure what sparked the attack, but Chavez and Westman arrived at the residence together and were attempting to sell a handgun to a home on Zeta Street. Westman allegedly attacked Chavez with a blunt object as he sat on a couch. It’s not clear when Westman will be extradited to McKinley County to face a slew of charges in addition to first degree murder. But once extradited, he will be held on “no bond.”

the comments were people were impressed by the events.” Eason added that the community has been supportive of the monthly event, and she’s thankful for the support. “It’s really reflective of the community, and its inclusive and representative, and we really couldn’t do it without the community,” she said. gallupARTS Board Secretary Carol Sarath shared in Eason enthusiasm for the annual brainstorming event. “I think the meeting was great,” she said. “… We’re looking forward to another fabulous season of ArtsCrawl.” New com mu n it y member and artist Arnulfo Pena attended the meeting and was blown away when he first witnessed ArtsCrawl.

“ We mov e d he r e l a s t September and fell in love with the talent here, and I’m an artist myself … and seeing all this made me feel at home,” he said. “It’s nice to meet people who appreciate what you do and it’s a great feeling to be a part of it.” Tosawi Pena, A rnulfo’s w i fe, c a me a cro s s t he ArtsCrawl by means of a flyer. “I saw a flyer and we fell in love with the Arts123 gallery, and the people are just great … we fell in love with the area,” she said. “We wanted to be a part of it, so here we are throwing out some ideas.” For more information on ArtsCrawl or becoming a member of gallupARTS vi sit website

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Kayenta man sentenced to 20 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter FAMILY OF FIVE KILLED BY DRUNK DRIVER Staff Reports


HOE N I X – Ja me s R ober t son You ng, 2 9, of K ayent a , Ariz., and a member of the Nava jo Nation, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Steven P. Logan to 240 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release Jan. 30. You n g h a d pr e v iou s ly pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault.  The case involved Young dr iv ing his vehicle with a BAC level of between .171 and .20, causing a head-on collision with another vehicle carrying four minor children (aged 8, 9, 10, and 14) and their grandparents. 

The victims, all of whom are members of the Navajo Nation, had been traveling to the Grand Canyon to vacation and sell hand-made Navajo jewelry. The collision killed five of the family members and seriously injured the sixth (the 14-year-old girl). At sentencing, the surviving victim spoke about the physical and emotional injuries she had sustained as a result of the incident. O t her fa m i ly member s spoke about the deceased grandparents’ many contributions to their community, and the mother of the deceased children ta lked about her children, their short lives, and how much they will be missed. 

Before imposing sentence, Judge Logan told the defendant: “It is now 12:07. The boys that you killed should be at school a nd in lunch hour, wondering if they are going to get chocolate milk or pizza in their lunches.  That’s what they should be thinking right now, but you took all of that away from them when you drove drunk and killed them.” The i nvestigation i n t h i s ca se wa s conducted by the Federa l Bu reau of I nvest igat ion, t he Nava jo Nation Depa r tment of Law Enforcement, and the A r izona Depa r t ment of Public Safety.  The prosecution was handled by Sharon K . Sex ton, A ssista nt U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona.

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AG announces man to serve two years for probation violation, extreme cruelty to animals Staff Reports


L BUQU E RQU E – At tor ney Genera l He c t o r B a l d e r a s announced Jan. 30 that Shaun Anaya, who was on probation for an Office of the Attorney General case and is a 13-time convicted felon, was found by Second Judicial District Judge Angela Jewell to have violated his probation for committing extreme cruelty to animals and possession of marijuana. Balderas asked Jewell to impose the maximum penalty of 1,421 days in prison which included habitual enhancements. Anaya was sentenced to two years in the Department of Corrections for the violations. “Violence against animals is so many times directly linked to domestic violence and can never be discounted,” Balderas

Shaun Anaya will spend two years in jail for injuring a puppy. said. “My office is committed to holding violent, repeat offenders accountable.” Shaun Anaya was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty in June of 2017 when he was accused of brutally attacking a puppy leaving the three-monthold dog bloody, with a broken tooth and other injuries.

BLM and Forest Service announce 2018 grazing fees Staff Reports


ASHINGTON, D.C. – T he Fe der a l gra zing fee for 2018 will be $1.41 per animal unit month (AUM) for public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and $1.41 per head month (HM) for lands managed by the USDA Forest Service.  The 2017 public land grazing fee was $1.87. An AUM or HM—treated as equivalent measures for fee purposes—is the use of public lands by one cow and her calf, one horse, or five sheep or goats for a month.  The newly calculated grazing fee was determined by a congressional formula and takes effect March 1, 2018.  The fee will apply to

nearly 18,000 grazing permits and leases administered by the BLM and nearly 6,500 permits administered by the Forest Service. The formula used for calculating the grazing fee was established by Congress in the 1978 Public Rangelands Improvement Act and has remained in use under a 1986 presidential Executive Order. Under that order, the grazing fee cannot fall below $1.35 per AUM/HM, and any increase or decrease cannot exceed 25 percent of the previous year’s level. The annually determined grazing fee is established using a 1966 base value of $1.23 per


Previously deported Mexican national sentenced to prison for drug trafficking, firearms conviction heroin. During a search incident to arrest, the detectives found a bag conLBUQUERQUE – Moises taining 21 grams of methamphetamine Jimenez-Salas, 40, a Mexican in Jimenez-Salas’ pocket and a firearm national illegally in the United and ammunition on his waistband.     States who previously has Jimenez-Salas subsequently was been deported three times, was sen- charged in a four-count indictment on tenced Jan. 25 in federal court in Santa May 25, 2016.  The indictment charged Fe, to 60 months of imprisonment for Jimenez-Salas with being an alien illehis conviction on drug trafficking and gally in possession of a firearm and firearms charges.  Jimenez-Salas will be ammunition, possessing heroin and deported following his prison sentence.   methamphetamine with intent to distribJimenez-Salas was arrested on May ute, and using and carrying a firearm in 12, 2016, and was charged in a crimi- relation to a drug trafficking crime.  T nal complaint with possessing methhe indictment alleged that Jimenezamphetamine and heroin with intent Salas committed the crimes on May 11, to distribute, and using and carrying a 2016, in Bernalillo County.   firearm and ammunition in relation to On June 27, 2017, Jimenez-Salas a drug trafficking crime.  pled guilty to possession of heroin Court records reflect that on May 11, with intent to distribute, and using and 2016, detectives of the Bernalillo County carrying a firearm in relation to a drug Sheriff’s Office responded to a motel at trafficking crime.  Coors Boulevard NW and Interstate In his plea agreement, Jimenez40 in Albuquerque after receiving a tip Salas admitted that on May 11, 2016, about drug trafficking activity occur- he was in possession of a firearm and ring at the motel.    ammunition, approximately 484 grams At the motel, the detectives observed of methamphetamine and 16 grams Jimenez-Salas carrying a cardboard of heroin when he encountered BCSO box that contained 463 grams of officers outside of an Albuquerque-area methamphetamine and 16 grams of motel. Jimenez-Salas further admitted Staff Reports


Former MDC guard sentenced to 10 years for raping, assaulting inmates Staff Reports


LBUQUERQUE – Attorney General Hector Balderas a n nou nced Ja n. 30 that Enock A r v i zo wa s sentenced to 10 years in prison for raping and assaulting female inmates in his custody at the Bernalillo County District Court in 2015 when he was a Metropolitan Detention Center guard. Arvizo was convicted in September of raping an inmate, and in August he was found guilty on two counts of assault against a different female inmate. The Office of Attorney General Hector Balderas asked for the maximum penalty and Judge Briana Zamora granted the state’s request for the maximum of 10 years in prison. “Prosecuting sexua l v iolence against women and holding those who abuse their power accountable will continue to be priorities for my office,” Balderas said. “This Defendant preyed on the most vulnerable women in his care and abused the power entrusted in him to keep New Mexicans safe.” B a l d e r a s a t t e n d e d t o d a y ’s NEWS

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Mexico Heroin and Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) Initiative. The HOPE Initiative was launched in January 2015 by the UNM Health Sciences Center and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in response to the national opioid epidemic,


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Spotlight on government accountability: McKinley County audit COUNTY OFFICIALS DISCUSS FINDINGS

She said the department began preparing for the audit in early July, during the county’s year-end close out process for the fiscal year, which ended on June 30. “We started getting requests from our auditors. They sent us 125-line item requests,” she said. “Our final audit report was due on December 1, 2017.” County manager Anthony Dimas commended the finance department for their diligence during the audit process and for showing marked improvement. “For half the year, our finance department is working on our audit plus the regular dayto-day stuff,” Dimas said. He noted that the 2016 county audit had nine findings and 14 findings for the year prior.

There was one finding in the “other matters” category within the 2017 county audit, regarding controls over reimbursement and mileage rate. The county did not verify the mileage rate for the current year and was reimbursing 45 cents instead of 42 cents for mile for travel. The oversight was corrected. Dimas said the reimbursement mileage rate changes in January each year and the team will now track the rate and make the adjustments, if necessary. “It’s just like the tax tables update each year. Now we have it on our calendar to check for the standard mileage rate, so this won’t come up as a finding again,” Keeler said. McKinley County operates on

an annual budget of $78,943,965. This equates to approximately 150 budgets that must be accounted for and tracked by the finance department. Fifty of these budgets are the responsibility of the grants department, which is headed by Muriel Plummer, county grants manager. She said there are numerous funding sources for the county, ranging from the federal government to state agencies. “Our grants include (funding from) CDBG, forestry, CDFI, task force, severance tax bond, capital outlay, aging and long term, U.S. Marshal’s Office, FEMA, Homeland Security,” Plummer said. Eighteen months ago, when Dimas became county manager, he created an internal audit team that metevery two months. The group focused on different audit finding findings from such areas such as accounts receivable, accounts payable, grans, reimbursements, p-cards, and travel. “We would pick issues at random and go through them as a group, what’s wrong and what’s working. Then we’d correct it,” he said. “We’re looking at ourselves to make sure we’re held accountable in using the public’s money in trust.” The unmodified opinion goes a long way to showing federal and state agencies that McKinley County is fiscally responsible. “We want to continue moving the county forward in a positive direction. A good audit speaks volumes for our staff, it speaks well of our commissioners for allowing us to do the job we need to do,” Dimas said.


strong relationships with the ra nch i ng com mu n it y a nd work closely with permittees to ensure public rangelands remain healthy, productive working landscapes.   Fifty percent of the collected grazing fees deposited into the U.S. Treasury are returned to the Range Betterment Fund for on-the-ground range improvement projects. Portions of collected fees are also returned to the states for use in the counties where the fees were

generated. The grazing fee applies in 16 Western states on public lands administered by the BLM and the Forest Service. The states are: Arizona, California, Colorado, Ida ho, Ka nsa s, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.  Permit holders and lessees may contact their local BLM or Forest Service office for additional information.

By Rick Abasta Sun Correspondent


he recent 2017 McKinley County audit summary report is a clear indication that the county is headed in the right direction when it comes to fiscal accountability. There were no major findings in the report. Farley Vener, president and managing shareholder of Hinkle & Landers, an Albuquerquebased CPA firm, presented the report during the Jan. 23 regular meeting of the McKinley County Board of Commissioners. “We conducted an audit of financial statements according to generally accepted accounting standards within the United States,” Verner said. “We’re required to give opinion on the single audit.” He said the engagement team for the audit looked at internal controls, weaknesses and audit compliance. “In summary, we gave an unmodified, clear opinion: there were no material weaknesses, no significant deficiencies, no non-compliance material to the financial statements,” Verner said. The report was good news

McKinley County had no major findings for the fiscal year 2017 audit. Finance manager Sara Keeler, left, discussed the findings. County Manager Anthony Dimas, center, said the clean audit shows the fiscal responsibility of county staff. Grants manager Muriel Plummer, right, said the multiple funding sources are a big part of the audit, 40 percent of which were audited in 2017. Photo Credit: Rick Abasta for one county employee who worked closely with the auditors. “An unmodified opinion is the best opinion (an entity) can receive,” County Finance Manager Sara Keeler said. “It means that the auditor can rely on our information and that there was no material misstatements of financial information.”

AUM/HM for livestock grazing on public lands in Western states. The figure is then calculated according to three factors—current private grazing land lease rates, beef cattle prices, and the cost of livestock production.  In effect, the fee rises, falls, or stays the same based on market conditions. T he BL M a nd For e s t Ser vice are committed to


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AG issues consumer alert regarding Equifax data breach Staff Reports


L BUQU ERQU E – At tor ney Genera l He c t or B a ld e r a s issued a Consumer Alert Jan. 30, targeting New Mexico consumers who were affected by the recent Equifax data breach. The Attorney General is asking New Mexicans to contact the Office of the Attorney General if they have been a victim of the Equifax breach, and additionally, if they have received any correspondence from Equifax since the breach. “We are working on gathering more information about how Equifax is responding to New Mexicans who were victims of the data breach,” Balderas said. “The more documentation we have, the better we can protect our citizens by ensuring that they are being given consistent, legal, and helpful responses by Equifax.” If you have a new complaint regarding the Equifax breach please contact the Consumer a nd Fa mily Advocacy Services Division at (505) 717-3500 extension 5 in Albuquerque; (505) 490-4060, extension 5 in Santa Fe;  (575) 339-1120 extension 5  in Las Cruces or 1-844-255-9210 tollfree statewide.

Attorney General Hector Balderas. Photo Credit: Babak Dowlatshahi If you have received correspondence related to a complaint you have already filed with the Office of the Attorney General, please note that you are sending new information for a complaint already on file with this office. If you have received any kind of correspondence from Equifax, whether it be about the data breach, an offer of products (free or otherwise) to protect your credit, or any other kind of communication from Equifax, please forward copies to our office. You may send t hem elect ron ica l ly to or by mail to: P.O. Drawer 1508, Santa Fe, NM 87504-1508.

DINÉ POET | FROM PAGE 4 grandmother to write stories. “That always stuck all these years. I always enjoyed language and writing,” she said. “I lean towards poetry. I had a great love and affinity for it.”

EXPERIENCES INTO LANGUAGE The Diné poet spoke on why she chose this genre. “I believe this world was created with language,” she said. “Everything that we see and that we are, was created with language. And the power that comes with language.” In her perspective and journey through writing poetry, she said. “I believe words and language have the ability to heal, that’s what I use my poetry for. I use it to help me heal. I use poetry to help me understand and part out the experiences I had.” It also helps the artist to understand the world, and to process life events and experiences into creative works. “I use poetry to convey messages,” she said. “I use poetry to emulate beauty. Translating experiences into language.”

FOUR CORNERS TO ACROSS STATES At sit t y g rew up i n K i r t la nd a nd is Tsénabahiłnii (Sleep Rock People) and born for Ta’neeszahnii (Tange People). She attended Navajo Preparatory High School in Farmington, where she was part of the Slam Poetry Team and competed across states such as: Connecticut, California, and New Mexico. She holds two bachelor’s degrees from Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, and from the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, N.M. In addition, she holds a master’s in creative writing from Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. She currently resides in Salt Lake City, and is the coordinator at Native American Village: This Is the Place Heritage Park. It’s where she researches, sets curriculum development for the culture and history of the tribes in the state of Utah, and recruits and trains a team to share information with the public during fall and spring seasons.

INFLUENCING ACHIEVEMENT Of course, the poet wouldn’t be where she is today, and her book wouldn’t have received any notice if it wasn’t for those who believed in her,


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which has had a disproportionately devastating impact on New Mexico. Opioid addiction has taken a toll on public safety, public health and the economic viability of our communities. Working in partnership with the DEA, the Bernalillo County Opioid Accou ntabi l it y I n itiative, Healing Addiction in our

Rain Scald book set for release Feb. 15. Diné poet, Tacey M. Atsitty from Cove, Ariz. adds to the list of published Diné poets and writers. Photo Credit: Tacey M. Atsitty encouraged her, loved her and her work. From high school teachers such as Scott Nicolay and Jim Barnes (Choctaw) to mentors and support system such as: Luci Tapahonso (Diné), Laura Tohe (Diné), Arthur Sze (ChineseAmerican), Mark Turcotte and Evelina Lucero (Isleta/Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo) are whom she mentioned in part of her writing journey and encouraged her, in addition to numerous other people.

WORDS FOR ASPIRING WRITERS “Keep writing,” Atsitty said for those who would like to become a writer. “Be open to revision,” she said. “I think that’s one of the hardest things for any of us [writers] to take is criticism. Take what you can and make it better. Always make it better.” She continues, “Find those people who are invested in your work and who know you, who love you and your work. And keep writing.” Atcitty’s work has emerged or is forthcoming in POETRY Magazine, Kenyon Review Online, Prairie Schooner, Crazyhorse, Literary Hub, New Poets of Native Nations, New Orleans Review, Crab Orchard Review, and other publications. Visit:

Community, the Albuquerque Public Schools and other community stakeholders, HOPE’s principal goals are to protect our communities from the dangers associated with heroin and opioid painkillers and reducing the number of opioid-related deaths in New Mexico.   This case is also being prosecuted under a federal anti-violence initiative that targets “the worst of the worst” offenders for federal prosecution. 

Under this initiative, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and federal law enforcement agencies work with New Mexico’s District Attorneys and state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to target violent or repeat offenders primarily based on their prior criminal convictions for federal prosecution with the goal of removing repeat offenders from communities in New Mexico for as long as possible.

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here is an expression that says, “No matter how far you travel down the road you ca n a lways tur n a round?” When I first heard the statement my immediate thought was this is a gentle way of correcting men who struggle to accept the fact they took a wrong turn somewhere on the road. However, the more I reflected on the expression

It’s okay to turn around

the more I realized this is really a statement about the courage it takes to change the way we think or behave when a better alternative has been presented to us. I trust the following examples w ill ma ke th is poi nt clear for you. 1958 Do you know that since 1958 it has been known that supplemental chromium (a minera l) will prevent a nd t reat d iabetes a s wel l a s

hypoglycemia? Walter Mertz (the director of the U.S.D.A. f ield ser v ice s) publ i shed the facts a ssociated w ith chromium and diabetes in t he Fe der a l P r o ce e d i n g. I n 19 8 5 , 27 ye a r s l a t e r, the medica l school at the Un i ver s it y of Va ncou ver in BC, Canada stated that vanadium (another mineral) will replace insulin for adult onset diabetics. Did you know this? According to best-selling


author of ‘Dead Doctors Don’t Lie,’ and Nobel Prize finalists, Dr. Joel Wallach states, “Diabetes is the number one shame of the orthodox doctors in the 20 t h centu r y… Here is the ultimate case of a whole specialty of medicine which could be wiped out by universal chromium supplement at ion. Never t hele s s, these facts are kept secret


and away from the public for purely economic reasons.” Think about this for a second, the natural cure for diabetes has been known in the United States since the 1950’s but it was hidden from you. Minerals Did you k now that the body is composed of exactly 102 organic minerals? The 102 minerals found in the body is the sa me nu mber of minerals you find in the soil, native plants, water and


Happy Groundhog Day! Will the little rodent see his shadow or not? Folklore says if he sees his shadow (6 more weeks of winter) and if not, we’ll have an early spring. For many of us, we’re still waiting for winter, so maybe we should hope for a long shadow. Reflect on what this teaches us--nothing. Read a science book kid. Madame G says: get outside and have some fun.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

What’s in a name? No, I don’t mean Shakespeare. You have certain ideas in your head and you’re ready to take off in the right direction. Don’t give up. You can do what the other people do and stare at the Sun and hope for the best or you can take action. The right answer is getting ready and running. Don’t hesitate. This is the world saying: GO!

What’s you time worth to you? You can hide away in the shell of your mind (if that’s working for you) or you can try a new tactic. Others may not appreciate your talent, but if enough people start saying the same thing—look for a common pattern. What are they trying to tell you? Maybe you really do need to ease up and get more experience or be more patient.

You’ve got your purple lipstick on and a foot on the accelerator racing down success highway. No one can stop you or force you down the limited path. You won’t stop for anyone. But, hang on. Didn’t you just run a bunch of people over? At times it’s uncomfortable to name your mistakes and yet it’s necessary. Show your human side and others will respond.

What’s your favorite time of year? Maybe you’ve been enjoying what you’re doing and that’s great. What would you like to do? If you’re a creative person, this may mean taking time out for your art. If you enjoy computers, consider taking courses or learning something interesting that intrigues you. You don’t have to wait for the perfect time—it’s now.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Don’t get your hopes up. Get your standards up. This doesn’t mean saying: you’ll only date Channing Tatum and eat caviar. Those are not standards—that’s more like a lifestyle. Standards are the expectations we’ve set for ourselves. Don’t look outside of yourself. You must become better in order to have better. Recreate yourself and start acting as if you’re already there.

Do you remember Freud? The Ego, Superego, and Id may be debunked science now, but you’re noticing a pattern with a few dodgy looking people. Don’t be afraid to say you need alone time. You may also notice that your ego is getting in the way of helping others—maybe you can’t tell. All in all, don’t lose sight of your own desires. What are you worried about? Live a little.

Where are you? What are you doing? If these are the questions you find yourself asking, do something about it. You have so much potential and it’s lost amid the indecision. Stop worrying! You might make a mistake. Oh dear me… And that’s very human too. But, you can’t keep putting off your dreams for something that doesn’t exist like perfection.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Act like a Queen and others will treat you with respect. This doesn’t mean acting like a four letter word for a female dog. Instead consider watching, Netflix’s the, Crow. Conduct yourself with dignity, quality, and grace. Show compassion and kindness at all times. When necessary be firm and display strength through reason. You’re no one’s pushover. But, you’re dignified too.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

If you’re feeling lonely and lost you know what to do—get out there and mingle. If you need structure and purpose join the Army. If you need love and compassion, volunteer at an animal shelter. You can find the answer to almost any question on Google except: what should I do with my life? That’s entirely up to you. Narrow it down and start thinking about it clearly. Do it now.

You’re misunderstood. Don’t play that card. Welcome to the club. You don’t need the appreciation of others to get going where you want to be. All you need is a little pluck and an iron will. Start living the life you’ve always wanted and stop asking for permission. Start heading off in the direction of the sun and chase those dreams girl! It’s now or never.


So this is love? Are you fulfilling expectations? Maybe you’ve hit on the perfect career. Maybe you’re heading for greatness. Perhaps not… Who can tell? You can. If you’re feeling a little down in the dumps, consider that you may be noticing a bad smell. Don’t doubt yourself—you may be standing in manure. This is no cause for concern if you’re a farmer. If not, look out.

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Well, the day has arrived. What will you do? Will you run from the necessary work of life or will you cry like a baby? The choice is yours and you can make any decision you want. This is how life works. Take time to reflect on your actions and take others at their word. If they say they’re unreliable---they probably are. The same applies to you.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)


FINANCE NM | FROM PAGE 18 natural animals everywhere on the planet. I specifically used the word native a nd natural because plants and a n i m a l s creat ed t h rou g h genetic engineering have a different molecular str ucture that is not complete and the nutrition received from these sources a re greatly minimized. The other minerals found in the soil, about another 40 or so are inorganic and not intended for human and animal consumption. So what exactly are miner a l s? St r ic t ly s pea k i ng,

minerals are naturally occurring chemical compounds (iron, copper, carbon etc) found in the soil. Organic minerals carry an electrical charge and produce electricity. Since all life on the planet is composed of minerals every living creature on the planet, including human beings produce electricity – we have an electric body. Plants convert the minerals in the soil so they can be used by the people and animals that consume them. Minerals are to the body, as a batter y is to the car. A nima ls a nd people need minera ls to live long a nd healthy lives. When minerals

Letter to the Editor: Concerns over public safety during Arts Crawl


his letter is to inform you a nd seek a ny feedback on the city’s intention to step up public safety measures during Arts Crawl. In the past we have used we have used saw horses to block city streets. This of course is easily moved which has allowed traffic to pass through streets places pedestrian at risk. Arts Crawl draws up to 1,000 visitors throughout the evening to our city streets. There isn’t a day that goes by in both small and large towns where someone has intentionally cause harm to people in public places. So, the City of Gallup Office of Emergency Management, working in conjunction with Gallup Police and Roads Department effective 10 March 2018. We will stop blocking streets with saw horses and switch to heavy equipment, such as snow removal vehicles during all Arts Crawl Events.  Business ow ners were given letters of intent and advised what to do if they had an expected delivery during these times.  The City of Gallup Streets Department will be placing large vehicles such as snow removers on the corners of Coal and 1st Street, Coal and 3rd Street, 2nd and Aztec, and 2nd and Route 66. They will have drivers assigned during the entire event to ensure expedient movement in the event of an emergency. This action is only to reduce the risk of injury to pedestrians OPINIONS

are absent or deficient in our diet illness and disease will occur. For example, when calcium, the most abundant mineral in the body is deficient in our diet we can experience osteoporosis, kyphosis & lordosis (curvatures of the spine), compression fractures, osteoarthritis, hypertension, i n som n ia , k id ney stones, bone spurs, sciatica, low back pain and many other medical issues. Keep in mind that we’re talking about just one of the 102 minerals the body requires for optimum health. Without realizing the origin of their illness the majority of people that go to the hospital and pick up prescription drugs do so without the knowledge of what they can do for themselves. Many of us have traveled

the road of li fe for ma ny yea rs, in some ca ses, decades. Without fully grasping how it happened we have been conditioned to believe

that the diagnosis we receive is incurable, our current state of health is uncha ngeable or through discouragement incorrectly assume that the quality of our lives can never be as good as we desire it to be. When we find ourselves thinking this way it is important to remember that with cou r a ge a nd w i l l i n g ne s s we can always turn around, think differently and produce the health we all seek. Coach G G reg McNeil is a S t r o n g F i r s t In s t r u c t o r, P rofe ssio n a l Stre n gth & Conditioning coach, Licensed Clinical Counselor (LPCC), Life Coach, Author, an d th e owne r of Gal lup School of Strength (www.

For each requester form returned, the Gallup Sun will donate 75 cents to Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Gallup. We need 3,500 filled out and returned to the Sun by March 30 (extension). Limit: One per person. Please don’t submit another if you have submitted one in the past.


walking in and around Coal Street. It is our intention to ensure everyone can  truly enjoy the Arts Crawl Event.  The alleys between 1st and rd 3 street will be blocked with smaller barriers, along with access to the market place. Each and every vehicle used to block the streets will have a driver present during the hours of 6 pm- 9 pm. This will ensure expedient moment of their vehicles in case of an emergency.  If you a re ex pecting a deliver y during this time, plea s e c a l l my of f ice i n advance at 505-722-4195 to make arrangements to move any vehicles or barriers to support your need. It is only our intentions to reduce the risk of injury to the public by taking these steps. Thank you for your patience in this matter. Eric G. Babcock F ire Chief, Emergency Manager City of Gallup

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SPORTS 360 Aztec girls overpower Gallup, 52-40 GILLENTINE, MCCASKILL TOO MUCH FOR GALLUP

By Bernie Dotson For the Sun


he Aztec Lady Tigers sat back and took it relatively easy during the early part of the first quarter, but didn’t decide until later to make a definitive scoring move against Gallup in a 52-40 5A win Jan. 27 at Gallup High School. As a result of the win, the Lady Tigers improved to 7-10, 1-3 in district play and Gallup fell to 13-7, 2-2. Both teams are in the midst of the season-ending

stretch of 5A contests. Gallup was coming off a 49-48 road win against Bloomfield (16-4, 3-1) on Jan. 25. That game was the first district loss for the Lady Bobcats. Gallup controlled Saturday’s game for the better part of the first quarter. But they seemed to have no idea that senior guard Myra McCaskill and junior guard Jessi Gillentine were laying back and waiting to get things started on Aztec’s end. The Lady Bengals won the first quarter 14-5 behind a variety of scoring from junior guard

Ashia Smith and sophomore forward Laila Etsitty. Etsitty hit a 3-pointer late in the opening quarter and it looked like lights out for Aztec. Junior for wa rd A shley Antone hit seven straight points in the first two quarters, but unexplainably went ice cold after that. Antone, Gallup’s leading scorer over the 2017-1018 basketball season, hit a few free throws later, but wasn’t her versatile and roving self throughout the latter parts of the game. A ztec used junior forward Reigan Weaver — at

6-feet-1-inches the tallest player on the court — to score early inside points against the Lady Bengals in the first half, but Weaver fouled out later and, in spite of that, Gallup simply had no answer for McCaskill and Gillentine. “Our two guards are very capable and very intelligent when it comes to reading offenses and player style,” Aztec head coach Robert McCaskill said afterward. “They relied on (Reigan) early on, but when she went out they basically rallied and took things amongst


THE SECOND QUARTER To say the least. Both teams battled back and forth with lead changes taking place at least three times in the second quarter. Weaver got more aggressive on the offensive and defensive boards and McCaskill started driving the ball, and when there were not chances to score


Gallup girls’ basketball sophomore players Cearra Williams (10) and Laila Etsitty (25) jump to grab possession of a rebound from Aztec players Jan. 27 during a game at Gallup High School in Gallup. Photo credit: Cayla Nimmo

Gallup girls’ basketball player junior Kamryn Yazzie (20) pushes past Aztec player junior Jessi Gillentine (10) to maintain possession of the ball during the third quarter of the game held at Gallup High School in Gallup Jan. 27. Photo credit: Cayla Nimmo

Gallup girls’ basketball player junior Ashley Antone (1) is blocked by two Aztec players junior Hannah Valenzuela (25) and senior Sierra Sanders (15) during the game hosted at Gallup High School in Gallup Jan. 27. Photo credit: Cayla Nimmo

Gallup girls basketball players Journey Gillson (4), senior, and Ashia Smith (5), junior, cover Aztec player senior Sierra Sanders (15) blocking her pass Jan. 27 during the game hosted at Gallup High School in Gallup. Photo credit: Cayla Nimmo

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January 30, 2018 McKinley County is now accepting applications for the following positions: POSITION Licensed Practical/Registered Nurse DEPARTMENT Adult Detention Center CLOSING DATE Open Until Filled Applications and additional information regarding positions can be found on the County web site Dezirie Gomez CPO Human Resource Director REPORTER WANTED The Gallup Sun has an opening for a regular freelance reporter. Plenty of great stories to delve into for the curious minded. Please send resume your resume with 3-5 samples to: ON-CALL COPYEDITOR The Gallup Sun is looking for a relief pitcher of sorts. Someone who can fill in when we need help on production days Tue. - Thurs. Job entails editing, in addition to formatting stories and writing briefs. Must have newspaper experience and AP Stylebook savvy. Hours will vary. Email resume to: HOMES FOR RENT Unfurnished Rental Available 2 bedroom apartment. 1 year lease required. Utilities not included. No pets. Call 863-4294 for information before 8pm. PLACE YOUR REAL ESTATE AD HERE! FIRST 25 WORDS FREE. LOGO and/or PHOTO $5 EACH. APPEARS ON GALLUPSUN.COM FOR FREE! EMAIL: CALL: 505-728-1640 CLASSIFIEDS

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EMERGENCY JEFFERSON AVE. SEWER LINE REPLACEMENT N. 2ND ST. TO VICTORIA AVE. CITY OF GALLUP EMERGENCY PROJECT NO. JU1850 Notice is hereby given that the City of Gallup, New Mexico will receive sealed bids for construction of CITY OF GALLUP Emergency Jefferson Ave. Sewer Line Replacement N. 2nd St. to Victoria Ave. until the hour of 2:00 p.m., local time, February 7, 2018 at the office of the Procurement Manager at City Hall, 110 West Aztec Avenue, Gallup, New Mexico. Bids will be opened, read and tabulated at that time. No bids will be received or considered if received after the time stated above. The project consists of installing approximately 385 linear feet of 8-inch SDR35 sewer line, the transfer and extension of existing sewer services and connections to existing sewer manholes/lines. Work will also include installation of three (3) new precast manholes, trenching, backfilling and compaction. Work will include in-place abandonment

of approximately 370 linear feet of 8” sewer line by filling with 750 psi grout. Asphalt pavement patch removal and replacement and rock excavation will be required. Maintaining traffic control and coordinating material testing will also be required. This project is located in Gallup, New Mexico within Jefferson Avenue from North 2nd Street to Victoria Avenue. Plans, Specifications and Bidding Documents may be examined at the office of the Purchasing Director 110 West Aztec, Gallup, NM 87301, (505) 863-1334. Additional information regarding this bid may also be viewed at Plans, Specifications and Bidding Documents may be obtained from DePauli Engineering and Surveying, LLC, 307 S. 4th Street, Gallup, New Mexico 87301, (505) 863-5440, upon deposit of $250.00, all of which will be refunded upon return of the documents within ten (10) days after bid opening. Dated the 30h day of January 2018 By: /S/ Jackie McKinney, Mayor Legal Advertising Publishing Date: Gallup Sun: Friday, February 2, 2018 *** ADVERTISEMENT PROPOSALS


Request for Proposals (RFP) No. 2017/2018/04/P The City of Gallup is soliciting statements of qualifications and experience to be used a selecting a principal firm to provide Architectural, Engineering and Planning services for the following anticipated FAA and/or NMSHTD-Aviation Division funded projects at the Gallup Municipal Airport, as well as other Airport projects that may be approved over the four-year period of this contract. Submittals are due in the City of Gallup Purchasing Department; P.O. Box 1270 (87305); 110 West Aztec (87301); Gallup, New Mexico no later than February 28, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. local time. Copies of the proposal may be obtained by contacting Frances Rodriguez; Purchasing Director; City of Gallup Purchasing Department at (505) 863-1334. Copies are also available for viewing and download on the City of Gallup website at Possible Future Projects:

· Airport Master Plan update including updating the Airport Layout Plan. · Wildlife Mitigation Plan, categorical exclusions, and other environmental assessments. · Land acquisition as needed. · Airport storm drainage improvements. · Runway 6-24, Taxiway A, and apron reconstruction and rehabilitation · Pavement Preservation including crack sealing and seal coating. · New Airport Terminal. · Terminal Parking Lot reconstruction · Upgrading airport electrical services. · Upgrading runway and PAPI lighting systems. · Upgrade wildlife, security, and perimeter fencing. · Other projects that may be approved over the term of this contract Services to be provided and selection processes are outlined in FAA Advisory Circular 150/5100 – 14E (Chapter 1) include, but are not limited to, A/E services for all phases and necessary incidental services for projects which may be funded by FAA grants within a four (4) year period of consultant’s contract as more particularly laid out in the proposal documents. A schedule of fees will be negotiated with the successful offeror. The contract is subject to the provisions of Executive Order 11246 (Affirmative Action to Ensure Equal Employment Opportunity) and to the provisions of the Department of Transportation Regulations 49 CFR Part 26 (Disadvantage Business Enterprise Participation) and to foreign trade restrictions. Dated the 30h day of January 2018 By: /S/ Jackie McKinney, Mayor Legal Advertising Publishing Date: Gallup Sun: Friday, February 2, 2018 *** ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS CITY OF GALLUP SKY CITY PHASE IV - PUBLIC HOUSING VISTA AVENUE RECONSTRUCTION Formal Bid No. 1801 CDBG No. 15-C-NR-I-01-G-15 Notice is hereby given that the City of Gallup, New Mexico will receive sealed bids for construction of SKY CITY PUBLIC HOUSING VISTA AV-

ENUE RECONSTRUCTION, PHASE 4 until the hour of 2:00 p.m., local time, February 27, 2018 at the office of the Procurement Manager at City Hall, 110 West Aztec Avenue, Gallup, New Mexico. Bids will be opened, read, and tabulated at that time. No bids will be received or considered if received after the time stated above. This project is located at Vista Avenue in a US Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Public Housing area within the Northside Community in Gallup, NM. The project consists of the following main items: Lot 1 – Roadway reconstruction · 2,333 square yards of street reconstruction · 700 square yards of new asphalt along with 700 square yards of Type II base course · 950 linear feet of curb & gutter · 615 square yards of new concrete sidewalks · 110 square yards of new concrete ADA ramps · 360 linear feet of 3’ high retaining walls and 100 linear feet of 6’ high retaining walls, and Lot 2 – Water and Sewer · 660 linear feet of 8” both water and sewer lines along with · 300 linear feet of water service line. · 430 linear feet of sewer service line Lot 3 – Public Housing Authority (Non-participating) · 600 linear feet of 4” sewer service line · 1000 linear feet of ¾” water service line · 400 square yards of replaced concrete sidewalks All quantities listed above are estimated quantities only. This project is to be funded in part by a Community Development Block Grant. Lot 3 – Public Housing Authority are included as non-participating. A mandatory pre-bid conference, is scheduled for Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 10:00 am at the Sky City Public Housing Dwellings, located at the Eastside of Vista Ave; Gallup, NM 87301. Plans, Specifications and Bidding Documents may be examined at the office of the Purchasing Director 110 West Aztec, Gallup, NM 87301, (505) 863-1334. Additional information regarding this bid may also be viewed at Plans, Specifications and Bidding Documents may be ob-


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CLASSIFIEDS | FROM PAGE 21 tained from DePauli Engineering and Surveying, LLC, 307 S. 4th Street, Gallup, New Mexico 87301, (505) 863-5440, upon deposit of $250.00, all of which will be refunded upon return of the documents within fifteen (15) days after bid opening. Dated the 30h day of January 2018 By: /S/ Jackie McKinney, Mayor Legal Advertising Publishing Date: Gallup Sun: Friday, February 2, 2018 *** PUBLIC NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the McKinley County Board of Commissioners will hold a regular meeting on Tuesday February 6, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. among other items, the Commission will consider granting relief to Sacred Wind Enterprises Inc. for certain items including the application fee amount of a permit for a communications facility. A Special Work Session will follow immediately after the regular meeting to receive training on the McKinley County “Code of Conduct, P-Card and Per Diem” policies. This meeting and the subsequent work session will be held in the Commissioner Chambers, Third Floor of the McKinley County Courthouse, 207 West Hill, Gallup, New Mexico. A copy of the agenda will be available 72 hours prior to the meeting in the Manager’s Office and the County Clerk’s Office. Auxiliary aides for the disabled are available upon request; please contact Michelle Esquibel at (505) 722-3868 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting to make any necessary arrangements. All interested parties are invit-

ed to attend. Done this 30th day of January, 2018 McKINLEY COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS /S/ Carol Bowman-Muskett, Chairperson Publication date: Gallup Sun February 2, 2018 *** PUBLIC NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Local McKinley County Labor Relations will hold a regular meeting on Tuesday February 6, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. among other items, the Commission will consider granting relief to Sacred Wind Enterprises Inc. for certain items including the application fee amount of a permit for a communications facility. This meeting will be held in the Commissioner Chambers, Third Floor of the McKinley County Courthouse, 207 West Hill, Gallup, New Mexico. Among other things the Board will consider publishing notice on adoption of the Rules and Regulations. A copy of the agenda will be available 72 hours prior to the meeting in the Manager’s Office and the County Clerk’s Office. Auxiliary aides for the disabled are available upon request; please contact Michelle Green at (505) 722-3868 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting to make any necessary arrangements. All interested parties are invited to attend. Done this 30th day of January, 2018 McKINLEY COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS /S/ Genevieve Jackson, Chairperson Publication date: Gallup Sun February 2, 2018 *** LEGAL NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Gallup Planning and Zoning Commission will participate in a Commissioner Training Ses-

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sion, which will be facilitated by The City of Gallup Planning & Development Department. The training will take place on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 4:00 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall located on the corner of South Second Street and West Aztec Avenue. A quorum will be present however; no official action will be taken. City of Gallup, McKinley County, New Mexico By: /S/ Alfred Abeita, City Clerk PUBLISH: 2 February 2018 *** LEGAL NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Gallup Planning and Zoning Commission will consider the following action at its regular meeting to be held on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018. The meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall located on the corner of South Second Street and West Aztec Avenue. ITEM ONE: CASE # 1800600001: Request by Nizhoni Self Storage, Inc./Kevin Taira, property owner, for the Rezoning of approximately 2.59 acres FROM Rural Holding Zone (RHZ) TO Heavy Commercial District (C-3A). The properties are located north of Nizhoni Boulevard, between 1733 S. Second Street and 211 E. Nizhoni Boulevard; more particularly described as: Lot 1-A, Bertinetti Addition

AZTEC GIRLS | FROM PAGE 20 she dished to Weaver or found Gillentine or senior guard Sierra Sanders for shots. To Gallup’s chagrin, both hit their shots. McCaskill hit a long 3-point shot to start the second quarter, but the shot didn’t give the Lady Tigers the lead. Antone hit some foul shots midway through the second quarter, but was otherwise quiet. That was the time in which Aztec made runs, outscoring the Lady Bengals 15-4 by the end of the second. Antone hit a jumper later in the second, but Gillentine was just getting warmed up.

THE THIRD QUARTER. Aztec led 20-18 going into the third quarter. The Lady Tigers were fierce on defense and Antone went out of the game for a short period, which allowed Weaver to make some

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All interested parties are invited to attend. City of Gallup, McKinley County, New Mexico By: /S/ Alfred Abeita, City Clerk PUBLISH: 2 February 2018 *** ATTENTION TO ALL INTERESTED INDIVIDUALS THE CANVASS for the February 6, 2018 Zuni Public School Capital Improvements Tax Election The Canvass for this election will begin at 10:00am Thursday February 8, 2018. This canvass will be conducted in the commission chambers, 3rd Floor, McKinley County Courthouse 207 W. Hill Ave. Gallup NM 87301. Anyone interested in observing this process is invited to attend. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT THE MCKINLEY COUNTY BUREAU OF ELECTIONS noise. The scoring pace was slow in the first and second halves, but the Lady Tigers managed to hold onto leads, up 26-21 with 6:22 left on the game clock in the third quarter. Gallup went flat on offense, which didn’t help the cause going forward. “We can’t get behind and expect to come back strong,” Ga llup head coach Todd McBroom said. “We had some breakdowns on defense, but also went into moments where we couldn’t find the basket.” Meanwhile, Gillentine was running the offense alongside McCaskill. At one point, the Lady Tigers went into a 4-corners offensive set, with Gillentine, McCaskill or Sanders shooting at the first opportunity. Aztec led 32-27 with 1:16 to go in the third. Gallup’s Smith tried to make things happen with jumpers and inside shots, but nothing fell.


*** ATENCIÓN A LAS PERSONAS INTERESADAS El escrutinio 6 de Febrero de 2018 para la elección de la Escuela Pública de Zuni para el Capital Electoral Mill-Levy El escrutinio para esta elección comenzará a las 10:00 a.m el Jueves 8 de Febrero de 2018. Este escrutinio se llevará a cabo en las cámaras de la Comisión, del 3er piso de la Casa Corte en el Condado de McKinley, 207 W. Hill Ave. Gallup NM 87301. Cualquier persona interesada en observar este proceso está invitada a asistir. PARA MÁS INFORMACIÓN, COMUNÍQUESE CON LA OFICINA DE ELECCIONES DEL CONDADO DE MCKINLEY 207 W. Hill Avenue, Gallup NM 87301 o llamar al 505-722-4460 o 1-800245-1771 Harriett K. Becenti Escribana del Condado de McKinley

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QUARTER The Lady Tigers were leading 32-29 at the start of the fourth quarter. Aztec later led 40-32, and Weaver fouled out with 3:38 to go in regulation. That’s when the intelligence and foresight of McCaskill and Gillentine kicked in. The two seemed to have things figured out down the stretch. Gillentine drove at-will on Gallup and so did McCaskill and they scored or dished most of the time. When neither scored on drives, they went to the line and hit foul shots. The Lady Tigers committed just 12 fouls in the game. Aztec also hit four 3-pointers to Gallup’s 2. Gi l lent i ne ended w it h a game high 18 points and McCaskill poured in 13. Weaver chipped in 12 points and garnered six rebounds. Gallup’s Antone scored 13 points, including the seven straight in the first half. Antone was the sole Gallup player to score in double-digits. CLASSIFIEDS

COMMUNITY CALENDAR FEB. 2-8, 2018 FRIDAY, Feb. 2 TECH TIME CLASS: INTRO TO COMPUTER SKILLS 10:30am-12:30 pm @ Main Branch. Free computer classes are available every week. Class size is limited to 10. No registration is required. Call (505) 863-1291 libtrain@ MAKER ZONE (ALL AGES) 2-3pm @Children’s Branch. We provide supplies, you provide ideas. GET UP AND GAME 4-5pm @ Children’s Branch. Join us for a family-friendly video games Friday afternoon. GALLUP POETRY SLAM: AN ODE TO ALL WE LOVE 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. SATURDAY, Feb. 3 STORY TIME (AGES 2-4) 11am @ Children’s branch. An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement, rhymes, and stories. MCKINLEY CITIZENS’ RECYCLING COUNCIL The monthly meeting of the McKinley Citizens’ Recycling Council will be held today. Regular meetings are held at 2pm. MONDAY, Feb. 5 TECH TIME: ONE-2ONE TECH HELP 6-7pm @ Main Branch. The library is offering one-on-one technology assistance. Bring your personal technology devices or software questions to one of the scheduled sessions and our technology trainer will help guide you through the process. One-2-One Tech Help is on a first come first serve basis. Call (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@ SOUND THE ALARM 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. TUESDAY, Feb. 6 TECH TIME CLASS: INTRO TO THE INTERNET 3-5 pm @ Main. Branch. Free CALENDAR

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: MAKER ZONE (6 AND OLDER) 4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch. We provide supplies, you supply the ideas. AFRICAN INSTRUMENTS 6 pm @ Main Branch. The Library will host Camilla Dodson and her African instruments. Dodson will share the stories and cultures of Africa through music and audience participation using a variety of drums and other instruments. Learn about these amazing instruments and try one for yourself. Dodson is the daughter of a Lesotho Chief and was one of five people invited to speak when Nelson Mandela returned to Cape Town after 27 years in prison. Call the library at (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@gallupnm. gov. GUYS NIGHT OUT 6-7 pm Roosevelt Elementary. Join us for “Guys Night Out” at the Book Fair, shop, play, and snack. WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7 STORY TIME (AGES 2-4) 10:30-11am @ Children’s Branch. An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement, rhymes, and stories. WEDNESDAY NIGHT FILMS: AWAKE 5:30-7pm @ Main branch. This week’s movie, Ladder 49. Free popcorn provided. GIRLS NIGHT OUT 6-7pm @ Roosevelt Elem. Join us for “Girl’s Night Out” at the Book Fair. Come to have fun. Get your nails painted , find a great boo and get a snack. THURSDAY, Feb. 8 GMCS Red Rock 5th Grade Play @ 1:15pm. TECH TIME CLASS: IMMEDIATE MS WORD 3-5 pm @ Main Branch. Free computer training is available each week. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. No registration


CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) 4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch. Fun crafts for the whole family. This week’s activity: Tissue Roll Love Bug Valentine. 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 ar on the following Monday. Community members concerned about conservation, energy, water, recycling and other environmental issues are welcome. Call (505) 722-0039 for information. CHURCHROCK CHAPTER Churchrock Chapter is now accepting toy donations for the Christmas toy drive until Wed. Dec. 20. The toys will be distributed at the annual community Christmas dinner on Thursday Dec. 21. Please drop off an unwrapped toy for distribution at Churchrock Chapter. Let’s spread the Christmas cheer by giving. Call (505) 488-2166. Churchrock Chapter Adminsitration. CO-DEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS Meets Wednesday, 6-7 pm, at First United Methodist Church, 1800 Redrock Dr. (in the library). All are welcome. COMMUNITY PANTRY The Hope Garden offers organic produce for sale from 10 am-noon, Tue - Fri., 1130 E. Hassler Valley Road. All funds go to helping feed local folks. Call (505) 726-8068 or when visiting, ask for Vernon Garcia. FRIDAY NIGHT HOOTENANNY Gallup’s longest-running live show! Every Friday night from 7-9 pm. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. Second St. GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY Wednesdays are low-cost Spay and Neuter Days, at the Gallup-McKinley County Humane Society. For more information, please call (505) 863-2616, or email: Location: 1315 Hamilton Rd. GALLUP SOLAR Gallup Solar is hosting community conversations about all things solar Wednesdays from 6 to 8 pm at 113 E. Logan. Call: (505) 728-9246 for info on topics and directions. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY  Habitat for Humanity yard sales are held every Saturday, 9 am-noon on Warehouse Lane, weather permitting. Volunteers wishing to serve on construction projects may

sign up there or call (505) 7224226. 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-1pm at the New Mexico Cancer Center across from UNM-Gallup. Everyone is welcome to attend and engage in discussions about health, education, economic, and environmental inequities and to help facilitate change in those systems. Call (505) 906-2671. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Overeaters Anonymous 12step meetings. Held every Saturday at 10 am. The First Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Drive. Open to anybody who has a desire to stop compulsive eating. Contact info. (505) 307-5999, (505) 721-9208, or (505) 870-1483. RECYCLING COUNCIL McKinley Citizens Recycling Council is a local nonprofit working to increase recycling through education, community outreach, and partnership with local government agencies. MCRC meets the first Saturday of the month at 2 pm, at Red Mesa on Hill St. For more information, please call (505) 722-5142 or visit The monthly meeting of the McKinley Citizens’ Recycling Council regularly scheduled for 2 pm on first Saturdays at the Red Mesa Center is cancelled for November. MCRC encourages the community instead to come celebrate America Recycles Day at the Arts & Crafts Fair and Recycling Jamboree on Nov. 4 at the Gallup Community Service Center from 9 am - 3 pm. Contact: Gerald / Millie (505) 722-5142 SUPPORT EARLY LANGUAGE AND LITERACY FOR SCHOOL SUCCESS! Gallup McKinley County Schools is currently recruiting pregnant women and teens in McKinley County with children from birth to 5 years of age. There are no income guidelines and services are free to ALL community members. Learn more about this opportunity by contact-

ing BeBe Sarmiento at (505) 721-1055. TURQUOISE NATION LITTLE LEAGUE (REGISTRATION) Please bring: original birth certificate, immunization record, money order payable to: Turquoise Nation Little League. Call (928) 309-0215. Sat., Feb. 3—Window Rock Flea Market Sat., Feb. 10—Window Rock Flea Market Sat., Feb. 17—Window Rock Flea Market Sat., Feb. 24—Window Rock Flea Market SAVE THE DATE PREGNANCY CENTER PANCAKE BREAKFAST On Feb. 10, join your family, friends, and neighbors at the Hands of Hope Pregnancy Center Pancake Breakfast, 8-11am. 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. SHOW OPENING: DAVID MONTELONGO: AN ARTISTIC JOURNEY On Feb. 10, 6-8pm @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. 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 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: or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.

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