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urely, pinning up flyers of missing and murdered indiv iduals in local communities helps get the word out there, but for the family of victims, waiting on some type of resolution can feel like torture. In the case of unsolved murders, for victims’ families, emotions scar and frustration runs high. Such as the case of Leland Antonio Tso, 37, of Wheatfields, Ariz., who was murdered July 5, 2016. Tso’s niece, Tiara Shorty,


a lso from W heatf ields, and her family participated in the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Men and Women awareness drive at Red Rock Park in Gallup Feb. 3. Tso’s family mingled with other families facing similar pain – no closure and an ongoing mystery surrounding the murder or disappearance of a loved one. “It wa s over whel m i ng because when you go through this, you think, this is affecting me and my family, but you don’t realize that there are other families out there that are experiencing the exact same thing you are,” Shorty said. Participants brought their signs, flyers, posters and banners to raise awareness and focus on the missing and murdered indigenous men and women in the United States. Meskee Yatsayte, founder of Navajo Nation Missing Persons

Families join hands in prayer at the start of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Men and Women awareness drive at Red Rock Park in Gallup Feb. 3. Families with missing or murdered relatives taped posters on their cars and drove in a processional through Gallup. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo Updates, said the organization was launched in May 2013, but recently became fully active in July 2017. The awareness drive

seemed like a natural step to take in moving the organization forward. “I wanted to bring it here [awareness drive] to Gallup because we really don’t see too much of that,” she said. “We are just now waking up the public because a lot of people don’t realize how many people are missing.”


Meskee Yatsayte, the founder of Navajo Nation Missing Persons Updates, gives a talk before the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Men and Women awareness drive Feb. 3 at Red Rock Park in Gallup. Yatsayte led the procession of cars through Gallup on a white truck adorned with all of the posters of the current known missing persons cases for Navajo. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo

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For the Navajo Nation, there are 28 missing persons: 17 males, 11 females. There are three unidentified; and for the Missing Persons of the 21 Pueblos across Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, there are five currently missing. Yatsayte believes there are two more. Not to mention Nava jo Nation Police Officers that were murdered in the line of

duty. There’s over 100,000 missing on an average, yearly, and over 40,000 unidentified, Yatsayte said. And only 6,000 out of the 100,000 are reported and submitted to the National Crime Information Center. Why? Some police officers don’t enter missing person reports into the NCIC, Yatsayte claims. “There’s so many people out there that if it’s not in the database, nobody else is going to know they’re missing,” she said. “It’s really important for future missing reports that they get entered into the data base.” If an individual has been missing for more than three weeks, Yatsayte said they get


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and keeping an educated workforce from leaving the state in pursuit of employment opportunities elsewhere. Raising the minimum wage, Pearce said, is not the answer. “I would rather improve the number of jobs,” he said. “What I would do is make it to where

entry level workers progress up and get into higher paying jobs. The minimum wage was never meant to be a living wage, it was just a starting point.” Bolstering middle college opportunities for students, i nclud i ng apprent ice sh ip programs and training is the


n a day w he n mo s t A mer ica ns across the country were spending time with family and friends while cheering on their respective football teams, Congressman Steve Pearce was in northwestern New Mexico to talk about his gubernatorial campaign. His Feb. 4 visit to Gallup focused on the economy, education, poverty and crime in the state, including solutions to the inter-related issues. At the core of these matters is strengthening families and protecting natural resources,


answer, he said. The same opportunities can be applied to the underlying problems of crime, he added. “We’ve lost the mobility from the minimum wage into the higher paying jobs and that’s what I’d try to re-establish,” Pearce said. With 30 to 32 percent of the state’s economy dependent upon the oil and gas markets, it’s time to find other sources of income, he explained. At one time, there were more than 120 mills operating in the rural areas of New Mexico, he said.

THANK YOU ADVERTISERS Rep. Steve Pearce poses for a photo at El Rancho Hotel in Gallup Feb. 4. Pearce, a Republican representing New Mexico’s second congressional district, came to Gallup for an interview regarding his upcoming gubernatorial campaign. The New Mexico gubernatorial election will occur Nov. 6. As of the interview, Pearce is the only Republican candidate declared in the election. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo

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“I would definitely start cutting trees again,” Pearce said. “In doing that, (we will) improve our watershed and make it to where our streams


Gallup Sun Publishing, LLC Publisher/Editor Babette Herrmann Editorial Assistant Abigail Rowe Correspondents Rick Abasta Boderra Joe Deswood Tome Calendar Editor Lealia Nelson Photography Cayla Nimmo Knifewing Segura Design David Tsigelman On the Cover: Peter Charley hugs Lela Mailman. Her daughter Melanie James went missing April 20, 2014. Mailman attended a missing/ murdered event at Red Rock Park Feb. 4. Photo by C.Nimmo Top Right: Coach Chuck Padilla helps Jetton Mark with his hand wraps during boxing class in Gallup Jan. 25. Photo by C.Nimmo The Gallup Sun, published Fridays, is not responsible or liable for any claims or offerings, nor responsible for availability of products advertised. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. The Gallup Sun distributes newspapers in McKinley, Cibola and Apache counties. Office: 102 S. Second St., Gallup, NM 87301 The Gallup Sun, pending USPS number 1, is mailed weekly. Application to mail at periodical rates is pending in Gallup NM. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Gallup Sun, PO Box 1212, Gallup, NM. Mailing Address: PO Box 1212 Gallup, NM 87305 www.gallupsun.com Phone: (505) 722-8994 Fax: (505) 212-0391 gallupsun@gmail.com Letter to the editor/guest column ACCEPTED BY EMAIL ONLY. State full name and city/town. No pen names. ID required. All submissions subjected to editor’s approval. Guest columnists, email Sun for submission requirements.


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given 18-months’ probation. The second case was dismissed when it was revealed that the bus stop where the student was kidnapped was on the Navajo Reservation. This is the case that Detwiler has now been sentenced. On Aug. 11, 2016, Detwiler pled guilty to a felony information charging him with abusive sexual contact and kidnapping.  In entering the guilty plea, Detwiler admitted that in November 2013, he engaged in sexual contact with the victim and acknowledged that the victim was under the age of 16 years.  Detwiler further admitted that on a date between Aug. 1, 2014 and Sept. 30, 2014, he kidnapped a different Indian child under the age of 16 years.

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pol ice that she had been drinking with Martinez earlier that evening and they had gone to the motel room where he became upset because they ran out of liquor. He then allegedly attacked her and kept her from leaving the room. A f t er t he t h i rd r a pe, Spencer said the victim was able to escape and make her way to the front desk. She suffered bruising to her left eye and abrasions to her right eye and knee, as well as various scratches, Spencer said. Martinez is being held at the McKinley County Adult Det ent ion Cent er on no bond, according to the arrest warrant.

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f ter scour ing the area for alleged rapist Julian Martinez, who had a warrant for his arrest signed by a judge Feb. 6, Gallup police received a tip that he was staying at the Red Roof Inn Hotel. Police quickly closed in and arrested Martinez Feb. 8 for an alleged rape that occurred at a different hotel, about a mile west of Red Roof Inn. Mar tinez, 32, has been charged with three counts of criminal sexual penetration in the first degree using force or coercion and causing great bodily harm or mental anguish and one count of false imprisonment. Gallup Police Capt. Marinda Spencer sa id T hu r sday morning that police officers

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L BUQU ERQU E – William Detwiler, 68, who resides in Vanderwagen, N.M. was sentenced Feb. 7 in federal court here, to 150 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for his conviction on child sexual abuse and kidnapping charges. Detwiler, an Anglo man, will be required to register as a sex offender after completing his prison sentence. Detwiler, who has a prior conviction for criminal sexual contact with a minor, was arrested on May 31, 2016, on a four-count indictment, charging him with two counts of aggravated child sexual assault and two counts of kidnapping.  According to the indictment, Detwiler kidnapped an Indian child under the age of 16 years and sexually abused the victim on two occasions between November 2013 and June 2014.  Before he was charged in federal court, he was charged in state court on two separate occasions on sexual molestation charges and kidnapping. In the first case, according to New Mexico court records, he pleaded guilty and was

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Julian Martinez searched throughout Gallup Wednesday night but were unable to find him. The alleged victim called police the evening of Feb. 4 from the front desk of the TravelCenters of America, 3404 W. Highway 66, Spencer said, and reported the rapes. Spencer said the victim told

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County. I would like to take this opportunity to commend you for the good work you did on March 11, 2017. W h i l e o n d u t y, y o u responded to the scene of an officer involved shooting and successfully apprehended a suspect who killed Navajo Nation Police Officer Houston Largo.

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This letter is to formally and publically commend Deputy Nocona Clark for the excelle n t s e r v ic e h e has provided to the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office and more importantly t he citizens of McK i n ley

On March 11th you, Sgt. Robert Turney a nd D e pu t y James arrived on scene and were soon able to track the suspect, Kirby Cleveland, who was concealing himself in the area. This was done after

Sheriff Steve Silversmith, Deputy Nocona Clark, and Inv. Merle Bates. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons numerous attempts by other law enforcement personnel trying to apprehend the suspect. Your dedication and your perseverance to find the suspect

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COMMUNITY OUTREACH Yatsayte encourages people to get involved with the organization, which responsibilities would include helping to maintain the Facebook page by posting missing individuals, and creating and distributing flyers. “You got to want to make a change,” Yatsayte said. She encourages people to like the orga nization’s Facebook page, and share the postings of missing and murdered people. But, while social media is a fast and active way to notify the community, not everyone has access to the Internet. Yatsayte said she posts flyers “anywhere there’s a waiting room” and works to forge connections with local law enforcement. Yatsayte and other advocates go out ever y other

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While the grief-stricken, Tso’s family remains dedicated in their quest to find justice. There’s a killer still out there afterall. “Now that I have been touched by this tragedy, my family and I are doing everything we can to get awareness out there,” Shorty said. “It’s big once you get affected by it. It changes you.” Being around other people at the awareness drive, going through similar pain, br ou g ht com for t , S hor t y explained. It was also uplifting to feel support from the community. “We got a lot of responses driving through town,” Shorty said about participating in the awareness drive. “People were slowing down. People were honking.” The organization has certainly been doing its part as Yatsayte and other advocates travel to different locations to raise awareness by taking flyers to chapter houses, churches, detox centers and shelters. In addition, Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez, stands behind the organization, and because of him, awareness of the crisis has grown, Yatsayte noted. The organization also collaborates with Strengthening Fa m i l ie s, Nav a jo Nat ion Council Delegate Amber Crotty, Sexual Assault Prevention Subcommittee and Human Trafficking.

t r a f f ick i ng. Others may be suicidal or suffer from mental illness. “People ask ‘how is that possible?’” Yatsayte said. “It is possible. I have at least five or six of them that may be domestic grounds related and a lot of them are drug and alcohol abuse related.” She hopes to continue to open the eyes of the community and let everyone know that people are still missing. And those who have been murdered, the family deserves justice. “I hope that anyone that knows any information will come forward,” she said. “Or for those individuals who had part in it … to turn themselves

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“When you go to Walmart, to the post office, all you see are missing and murdered flyers,” Yatsayte said. “That’s not how is should be. People know stuff and they should share it.” Those flyers pinned up in local gas stations, post offices, restaurants, are kept in a booklet that Yatsayte created. “Something needs to be done about this [missing/murdered] because the numbers are rising. And nobody talks about this,” Yatsayte said. “I don’t want their faces or names to be forgotten. They need justice. That’s our main focus.” For Shorty’s family, finding Tso’s murderer has become a part of their everyday life. “My family and I have been trying to get justice and closure for my uncle,” Shorty said. “There are people out there that have information.”

Saturday in the surrounding communities, and stand beside the road with their missing person flyers and signs. “We hope to spread more awareness that way,” she said In addition, according to NNMPU Facebook page, they have an “Unofficial NNMPU Text Alert System.” It’s a sign-up system that allows the organization to send out text alerts to cellphones when someone goes missing or believed to be endangered. So far, more than 16,000 people have signed-up for the service.


entered into the data base under the National Missing a nd Unidentif ied Persons System. “We use that [NamUs] a lot for our research,” Yatsayte said.


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Rosie Tso, 89, attends the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Men and Women awareness drive Feb. 3 at Red Rock Park in Gallup in honor of her grandson Leland Antonio Tso. Leland Tso was murdered in Tsalie July 5, 2016 and his murder remains unsolved. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo

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t the end of last year, t he New Mex ico Athletics Association voted to make major changes to the way schools are classified statewide. The NMAA voted to collapse the existing six class structure down to five for all sports except football. Asked during Monday’s schoolboard meeting how this would impact Gallup McKinley Cou nt y School s, d i st r ict Athletic Director Ben Chavez said, “this will directly impact ever y school in McK inley County.” In addition to concerns on the impact of the new classification system, Board Member Priscilla Manuelito asked question on behalf of some curious parents. “One of the concerns I heard going to the games was ‘Why was a 3A school playing a 5A school?’” Chavez ex pla ined how scheduling is more art than science, and many factors are considered, including the strength of a schedule. However, he reiterated, scheduling control ultimately rests with the local athletic directors.

NEW ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY STANDARDS STATEWIDE The NMAA also decided, via a vote by athletic directors and coaches, to modify the eligibility standards for the 201819 school year. Per a handout provided by the NMAA, there are four key provisions of these new standards. Use of semester grades only Eligibility will be determined

GMCS Board of Education Member Priscilla Manuelito by a student’s semester grades. Importantly, “Fall 2018 eligibility will be based on second semester grades from the 20172018 school year,” the handout states. Additionally, if a student is ineligible at the semester, they will undergo checks at designated marking periods, and if they are passing they will again become eligible. However, Chavez emphasized that the reverse is not the case. “Students that are passing at the end of the semester will not have to undergo additional checks until after the end of the semester,” he said. Students are no longer allowed an F Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA in addition to no F’s. This is a change from the past where a student was allowed one F. Summer course policy change Beginning the summer of 2018 students may take make up multiple courses to attempt to gain eligibility. But, the caveat is that it must be the same class as the one failed.

“I f you fa i led A lgebr a I, you would have to take Algebra I again, you couldn’t just take any math class,” Chavez said. This rule applies next year, but will use this year’s grades. Cumulative provision This provision may only be used at the beginning of the semester and needs to include all semester grades starting with the ninth-grade year. This provision may be used if the student has no more than one “F” grade at the semester. “My concern is how are we getting this out there,” Manuelito said. “This is information we need to get out there.” Gallup McKinley School Superintendent Mike Hyatt agreed with Manuelito on the importance of getting the word out. “We will also be putting this out on social media and (this) is something I think would be appropriate to put in newspapers,” he said.

GMCS Superintendent Mike Hyatt During the board meeti n g, Hy a t t a l s o prov ide d an update on the planning a nd proce s s of McK i n ley Academy, which allows for go-getter students to get a jump start on college. “We have had four community meetings totaling 700 people that have attended those community meetings thus far, and we have three more scheduled in the next week,” Hyatt said. “I have met with the governor, several legislators,” adding that he also met with several other state and local officials

to discuss the vision for career pathing for students. Accord i n g t o a pre s s release, McKinley Academy is an early college program and “students in an early college program will earn a high school diploma along with the opportunity to earn an Associate’s Degree from local college institutions.” There’s an existing high school to college program at UNM-G, the Gallup Middle College. It’s unclear at this juncture how the McKinley Academy will parallel their curriculum.


CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM As before, the new classification system is based on student enrollment counts. The following is a breakdown of what the student counts are for each class. All sports except for football A 0-99 2A 100-234 3A 235-549 4A 550-1299 NEWS

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2018-2019 Scholastic Eligibility 1. Use of Semester Grades Only: Scholastic eligibility will be determined by semester grades. Eligibility checks for those deemed unable to participate at semester will undergo checks at designated marking periods (6/9 weeks) during that semester. If they are passing at the 9 week marking period, they are eligible for immediate participation that semester. If they are eligible at the 6 week marking period, they are eligible immediately and will undergo an additional check on the next 6 week marking period as well. Fall 2018 eligibility will be based on 2nd semester grades from 2017-2018 school year. 2. No F’s: A student must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and NO F’s in order to be eligible to participate in activities/athletics. This is a change from the past where a student was allowed one F. 3. Summer Courses: Beginning in the summer 2018, students may make up multiple courses to attempt to gain eligibility. Any class eligible for replacement based on local district policy can be taken and have the grade replaced to gain eligibility. The replacement classes are required to be the exact course that was listed on the official transcript (i.e. AP English must be replaced with AP English, etc.). 4. Cumulative Provision: The cumula tive provision may only be used at the beginning of the semester and must include all semester grades beginning with the 9th grade year. This provision may be used if the student has no more than one F grade at the semester.

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GMCS 2018-2020 Sports Classifications Baseball

District 1-4A

District 1-3A

District 1-2A

Gallup Miyamura

Thoreau Tohatchi

Navajo Pine

District 1-4A

District 1-3A

District 1-2A

Gallup Miyamura

Crownpoint Thoreau Tohatchi

Navajo Pine Ramah Tse Yi Gai

Cross Country

District 1-4A

District 1-3A

District 1-A/2A

Gallup Miyamura

Crownpoint Thoreau Tohatchi

Navajo Pine Ramah Tse'Yi'Gai


District 1-5A

District 1-4A

District 1-3A




Crownpoint Thoreau Tohatchi


District 1-4A

District 1-3A

District 1-2A

Gallup Miyamura

Thoreau Tohatchi

Navajo Pine

District 1-4A

District 1-3A

District 1-2A

Gallup Miyamura

Crownpoint Thoreau Tohatchi

Navajo Pine Ramah Tse'Yi'Gai

District 1-4A

District 1-3A

District 1-2A

Gallup Miyamura

Crownpoint Thoreau Tohatchi

Navajo Pine Ramah Tse'Yi'Gai



District 1-4A Gallup Miyamura


District 1-4A Gallup Miyamura



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OPINIONS Letter to the Editor January 30, 2018 Dear Editor: There are several races in the 2018 New Mexico elections that are wide open. It offers us the opportunity to get our government back on track of providing service to improve the lives of the residents of New Mexico. First, I want to state the obvious. We must change our dirty underwear. That, being the Republican Administration who has lowered the standard of our State and Country

through bigotry and hatred. Frankly, I am embarrassed by the Republican Party’s racial demagoguery as their political strategy. As President Donald Trump promotes racial stereotypes, his fellow Republicans’ silence and defending him only discredit themselves. And it stinks! The Republicans have no business oppressing and alienating Hispanics, Blacks, Arabs, Native Americans and other Minorities who make up New Mexico and America. Trump

has shown us that he is morally corrupt, so I ask, “Are the Republicans really like that as well?” And I ask the Churches, “Is this the image of God?” A pol it ica l Pa r t y t hat alienates people is what we must get beyond. We must get back to the respectfully St at e / T r iba l relat ion sh ip which the current Republican Administration greatly undermined. It is an opportunity to turn New Mexico away from the Republican veto pen which took away the trust Native Americans had for the State. Democrat Candidate for Governor of New Mexico, Mr.


Jeff Apodaca is providing a new leadership that intends on getting the trust of Native Americans back into State government. He intends on being a friend of the Navajo people. M r. A p o d a c a i n for m s the Navajo voters that he supports the WIND System agreed to by New Mexico and Navajo governments. This is an ordered system of funding or match-funding on the five priority capital outlay projects of every Navajo Chapters in New Mexico. It is the funding for these projects that Republican Governor Susana Martinez has no conscience in vetoing.

Mr. Apodaca also informs the Native communities that projects that received prior funding will be completed. He intends on appointing a Representative from Indian Country and Northern New Mexico to the State Public Education Department (NMPED) Ta sk Force on Capital Outlay Projects for our State schools. This matter of the Gallup-McKinley Co. and Zuni School Districts lawsuit against NMPED must be properly resolved. All our school



Happy Valentine’s Day! If you’re single or just hate the silly ‘Hallmark invention’ just smile and congratulate yourself on not wasting money—on a half-na­ ked baby holiday. If you’re in love for the first time, or in second grade, bust out the red paper and glue. Madame G recommends that you take it all in stride. Why get mad? Your energy and time are precious. Peace and joy!

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

What’s up buttercup? Don’t need to fret your life away. This is a dark and mysterious planet that is also beautiful and kind. Many dangers exist, and yet safe havens can also be found. Remember that every person carries a shadow and it’s neither good nor bad. Shadows are light that have been blocked by an object and are unable to reveal their light. Step out of your own way.

What will come next? Don’t get stuck on the chicken or egg situation. It doesn’t really matter. You need both, and can’t have one without the other. Stop wasting time doubting yourself, or wondering if there is something better out there. Remember, the most important part is to keep moving forward. You don’t need to have all the answers right now. Focus on one thing.

Where will you go from here? That’s the answer you need. Don’t hesitate to keep looking. You may think that you’ve learned all you can, but there is even more out there than you realize. The world is open to you and you’re open to it. What’s left over will shock and awe you. But, the first step is to put out one foot and start walking. All you need to do is take one step then another.

What did you do? If you enjoyed yourself this weekend, good for you. There’s nothing like spending hard earned money on something that is unimaginably beautiful. You can thank your family for kindness and recognize that you always have something special when you imagine good things. The world is only as good as you give it so start giving out some love.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Dear, dear, dear, what have you done? This is a nasty place to find yourself in. You might say, “you’re a hot mess.” That’s perfectly acceptable. This first step is to admit that you have a problem. You might be your own problem. In fact, you might not allow yourself to do anything. If you’re caught up in perfection—you’ll lose the war before you begin. Ease up!

What will you think of next? You’ve got a million balls up in the air and that’s the way you like it. Life would be boring if it were easy. There’s nothing mysterious about routine. Yuck! Who needs it! You’re a mover and shaker and you can’t wait to conquer the mighty mountain and strap yourself into whatever contraption you’ve invented. You only live once.

Where is your heart? Are you living life to the fullest? If you’re trapped in an office or in the middle a 9 to 5, don’t despair. Deep worlds can be conquered and loved within the night shadows. The moon may offer solace and understanding. You may also find that the stars have greater beauty when you start asking the right questions of yourself and them.

What’s up Doc? You don’t have to be a wiley rabbit to discover your enemies are not as bright as they think they are. Never underestimate yourself and overestimate others. You’re capable of so much more than you’re letting yourself believe. You may be your worst enemy. If you find it difficult start writing down your thoughts and read them back. WOW!

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

Will you, or won’t you? If you haven’t decided yet that’s okay. You have your head and heart in a variety of places. At some point, you’ll have to make a decision. But, stop asking if it’s the right one. Is it the right one for you? That’s all that matters. Consider this: “if it’s not a HELL YES! Then it’s a no.” You don’t need any more than that.

How long is a mile? If you find yourself asking yourself, small but important questions, don’t wait around—get back to school. There’s a big wide world out there just ready to give you some answers. Some will be good and others will be way off the mark, but you could get a heck of a lot out of the equation. Consider your options. What’s out there?

Hope is only hope, if you allow it room to bloom. You can’t squash it at every turn and expect it to take you to the best place. You must feed and water hope with the love and care of a newborn or plant. If you fail in your duty to honor the wisdom of such a pure form then you’ll suffer the consequences. If this is you, don’t lose hope. Take a breath and relax—it’s okay to be happy.

What’s holing you back? Don’t let your past dramas and memories hold you back. Stop living in the closet! Whatever you’re hiding it’s going to come out eventually. Start designing the life that you want to live. You must live a life that you’re proud of, not other people. Stop looking for approval and start taking action. Ask for forgiveness and not for permission.


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COMMUNITY Black Heart Saints include Gallup date for west coast winter tour By Rick Abasta Sun Correspondent


ock and roll is alive and well today and his name is Black Heart Saints. Black Heart Saints stopped in Gallup for a show at Juggernaut Music on Jan. 31. The Austin, TX quartet was wrapping up a west coast winter tour when they stopped in town for their only New Mexico date. Lead vocalist Josh Ross said the group has been together for about four years after their first live performance at the prestigious South By Southwest. “We’ve just been kicking butt since then,” Ross said. “We are wrapping up a tour and we’ve been on the road for about a week-and-a-half. We’ll regroup in Austin and begin planning for the next tour.” The band features the classic rock sheen and a commanding stage performance. “We’re classic rock meets more modern stuff like Guns N Roses and Led Zeppelin. We’re the classic four-piece with vocals, guitar, bass and drums,” he said. “Put those ingredients together and you

have loud rock and roll.” The band is still paying dues and Ross knows they will be playing for audiences of varying size, including small ones, before it’s all over and done. “Whether there’s one person or 1,000 people … everyone’s putting their time into it, investing their time and money,” he said. “I think that’s very important. You have to cherish that and always put on the best show you can,” he said. The band played “Touch The Sky,” “Gasoline” and “All Night Long” off their debut album, “Alive,” which was released in July 2017. Ernie Santiago, owner of Juggernaut Music, said the allages venue is going to continue hosting national acts like the Black Heart Saints for 2018. Local musicians will also be featured. “We are going to try and feature local musicians at least twice a month. We support the local music scene and we encourage people to come out to the shows,” Santiago said. He said the business has opened a recording studio as well and the plans are underway for music production and

Josh Ross, left, lead vocalist for Black Heart Saints, said giving the best performance no matter the size of the crowd is a personal responsibility for the benefit of the fans. Ettie Anderson, right, is a newfound fan of Black Heart Saints after the Austin-based band’s performance in Gallup on Jan. 31. Photo Credit: Rick Abasta distribution. The Black Heart Saints were travelling from the west coast in a 15-passenger van that had the two back seats removed for equipment storage. “We’re tired. We’re beat up. But that shouldn’t stop us from putting on a great show and giving the people what they

Black Heart Saints stopped in Gallup for their only New Mexico date during their west coast tour which included a show at the famed Viper Room in Los Angeles. Photo Credit: Rick Abasta want,” Ross said. His wailing vocals and serpentine movements a la Axl Rose certainly didn’t show any signs of fatigue during the Over



Juggernaut Music will continue hosting national acts like Black Heart Saints in 2018. The all-ages venue will also feature local acts. A new recording studio has also been completed for the independent music store. Photo Credit: Rick Abasta COMMUNITY

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REP. STEVE PEARCE | FROM PAGE 6 and aquifers are just recharged naturally. Water is a huge problem for the future.” Building a refinery for oil and gas would keep those industries from leaving the state and improve the economy, he contends. “We ship our oil to Houston and make it one of the richest cities on earth,” he said. “I think we should be helping our people instead of helping Houston.”

Manufacturing copper and keeping the precious metal from leaving the state is another area of pursuit the lawmaker believes will help turn the economy around. Pearce also supports uranium mining. “Those are some of the rural aspects of the economy. I would also get a hi-tech component that would (include) the spaceport and the film industry,” Pearce said. “The main objective in all of this is to keep the next generation here.” Poverty is not the root issue of crime, he said. Instead, he believes that getting

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people off of drugs will begin dealing with the underlying issue: addiction. “I think getting people back in the workforce is going to help and again, the apprenticeship program is going to be key,” he said. “Getting a job when you get out of jail is one of the best indicators that you’ll stay out of jail.” Pearce has a wealth of knowledge from his various life experiences aside from representing the 2nd District of New Mexico. He served in combat as a pilot during the Vietnam War and flew more than 518 hours of combat flight and 77 hours of combat support. Pearce was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Air Medals and seven other medals and exceptional service awards and attained the rank of captain during his military service. Pea rce sa id a cor nerstone of American life was the key to building wealth. “I’ve been taking the lead nationwide on Native American housing,” he said. “That’s how my family made our way out of the pit, one little old house at a time. And if it worked for us, I believe that we can help alleviate poverty and get people basic living conditions.” Pearce was referring to HR 3864, the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Reauthorization Act of 2017, which he sponsored and introduced in the House on Sept. 28, 2017. He said New Mexico tribes must diversify the holdings and not rely solely on gaming revenue.

“I think that one of the tremendous things, one of the unique things about New Mexico is this unique mixture of Tribes, Hispanics, Anglos, whatever. We just seem to get along for the last 400 years,” Pearce said. “There have been some ups and downs, but basically, I think we can set a tone for the entire nation on working together across political lines, racial lines, cultural lines, religious lines,” he added. In another effort to support tribes in the region, Pearce said he pushed for the distribution of Ft. Wingate. “The Department of Defense was stalling that out for years. So we put in language last year, again into the National Defense Authorization Act, to distribute this land,” he said. “That’s economic vitality along the interstate. “One tremendous aspect is that for Zunis, it’s their only touch on an interstate in their whole tribal holdings. For them, it has opportunity,” Pearce said. “I think that it’s a magnificent spot for the Navajos, too.” Hailing from a district that touts 34 percent Republicans, Pearce’s uncanny ability to win is again rooted in his hardworking blue-collar ethic. “I win because I show up. I have a good heart for the rural areas.” Traveling the state and speaking to constituents along the way, Pearce said he has 150 pages of single spaced issues that he is prepared to resolve as governor of the Land of Enchantment. Information: www.peoplefor­ pearce.com

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Maxine Scott, in front, held her 95th birthday party at McDonald’s east Jan. 27, and then moved her guests to Earl’s for breakfast. Seated behind Maxine is Roberta Wolthers, and on the opposite side of the table, at left, is Scott’s niece from Florida, and Tina Mattis from Wyoming (Joe Zecca’s daughter) on the right. Standing is Franklin Zecca, a longtime Gallup friend. Maxine moved to Gallup in 1963 to work at El Rancho in the restaurant and is a well-known character around town. Her two surviving children, one in Salt Lake City and the other in Texas, were unable to attend, as was her grandson Marvin Gray, his wife Rachel, and their two children Brandon and Marissa. Other guests at the party were Norman Wolthers and the photographer. Photo Credit: Tom Hartsock COMMUNITY

The 15:17 To Paris use of non-actors’ derails film RATING: « OUT OF «««« RUNNING TIME: 94 MINUTES By Glenn Kay For the Sun


he 15:17 to Paris is a biopic that chronicles the actions of three US military servicemen who thwarted an assailant on a passenger train bound for Paris in 2015. Of course, the three men involved: Spenser Stone, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos acted bravely and showed incredible heroism under great duress. However, their real-life exploits would have been served much better by a documentary. As a narrative feature, this movie is dramatically flat and completely ineffective. Director Clint Eastwood chooses to focus on the three men, beginning with their childhoods a nd how they became friends, before detailing their adult career path and the trip that preceded the notable event. The filmmaker has the men portraying themselves onscreen for much of the movie (and taking part behind the scenes in order to get the

Spencer Stone and Alek Skarlatos star as themselves in The 15:17 to Paris. Now playing. Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures details right). Unfortunately, it leads to all sorts of problems from which the feature never recovers. Whether this was a casting experiment or just an attempt to pay homage to the persons involved, the director mistakes his leads for professional actors. Sadly, these guys aren’t used to being on camera, leading to some remarkably stiff performances ... although to be fair, the time spent with the characters as children feels no less phony (even if the events themselves might be accurate). Over the course of events, viewers don’t feel like they’re

getting to know any thing about these people. There’s no insight, internal struggle or turmoil. Stone is one who is emphasized, as sections of the film present him as a well-meaning kid who loves the military, but tends to act before he thinks. Stone has no arc or change in his personal perceptions and there is no detail or nuance in the storytelling. There is an attempt to add some drama into the proceedings via brief shots of the confrontation on the train. However, the clips are so short and infrequent that they do little to build tension. Instead,

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the film focuses on the men’s holiday across Europe. In doing so, it feels like watching home movies or photos from a relative’s vacation. None of this is relevant story-wise, with many of the scenes having little to no purpose. And the semi-scripted discussions aren’t compelling. Early parts of the movie see the guys talking about college basketball. Later, the trip, we see them visit places like Venice, only to simply look around and enjoy the scenery. Viewers must endure the characters ordering food, or going to a gelato shop, making their dessert selections and then leaving

the establishment with little else in the way of conversation. It’s just the guys going about their business and frankly it gets tedious. The movie breaks away from the food orders periodically so that Stone can repeat his feelings that, “... life is pushing us towards some greater purpose.” An A-list actor would have difficulty selling these lines. While the serviceman may have really felt this, the blunt screenwriting doesn’t do him any favors. It just comes across in a forced, eye-rolling manner. Again, these are probably very nice people, but they have nothing to work with and performing on the big screen is something they’re just not up to. When the confrontation finally occurs, it is effectively shot and disturbing to witness. It’s also less than five minutes in length. That means that viewers will have to endure nearly 90 minutes of stilted conversations that one wouldn’t take the time to overhear at the table next to you in a restaurant. Again, these men are all heroes for what they did, but the material here isn’t nearly enough to justify a feature film. Ultimately, The 15:17 to Paris doesn’t offer anything new and isn’t worth your time.

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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Feb. 9, 2018 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


elcome back to another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. This edition is one of the busiest in quite some time, with all sorts of intriguing fare. 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! 24 Hours to Live - This independent, multi-national production involves a hired assassin who is killed on the job. However, technolog y allows for the hitman to be resurrected for one full day. Brought back to life he sets out to right some wrongs and make up for his mistakes in the limited time he has left. Reaction towards this action flick wasn’t exemplary. A few called it ridiculous B-movie fun that works as long as you don’t think hard about it, but most complained that the writing and events were too juvenile and silly to recommend

to paying audiences. It stars Ethan Hawke, Xu Qing, Liam Cunningham and Rutger Hauer. A Bad Moms Christmas - This sequel to the 2016 hit Bad Moms finds its parental figures dealing with the holidays. The three leads not only have to contend with satisfying their children’s expectations, but also manage to entertain their own visiting mothers. Critics weren’t as impressed with this follow-up, giving it mostly negative notices. A minority believed the talented cast eked out enough laughs to earn it a pass, but many more complained that movie simply repeated familiar, stale jokes and came across as a hastily thrown together sequel. It stars Mila Kunis, Kristin Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Jay Hernandez, C her yl H i ne s , C h r i s t i ne Baranski and Susan Surandon. Batm an: Goth am by Gaslight - Batman returns in this animated, R-rated, directto-disc feature. Set in an “Victorian Age Gotham City”, the Dark Knight investigates the famous Jack the Ripper murders. Along the way, he encounters familiar characters from the comic book world taking

on slightly altered roles in this alternate universe. Again, this feature is premiering on disc and so there are no official reviews of it currently in the press. Online there have been a few write-ups that say it looks good, but grumbled that the mystery itself isn’t all that well handled. It should at least be interesting for fans of the character, one assumes. The voice cast includes Bruce Greenwood and Jennifer Carpenter. Day of the Dead: Bloodline - George A. Romero’s 1985 zombie classic Day of the Dead gets a remake in this direct-to-disc horror flick. It involves the last remaining survivors (including members of the military and scientists) of an undead apocalypse, now holed up under the ground and fighting over how to handle the situation. A few reviews have popped up over the past couple of weeks and reaction has been absolutely terrible. It was called an forgettable, unremarkable cash-in of a remake. They claimed that unlike the original, this one doesn’t even appear to be certain of what it’s trying to say. The cast includes Sophie Skelton, Johnathon Schaech and Jeff Gum.


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LBJ - This biopic follows US President Lyndon B Johnson through his term as frustrated, sidelined Vice President to JFK and depicts his unexpected ascendancy after Kennedy’s assassination. Now leading the country, he sets out to honor and complete his friend’s legacy by passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The drama earned split notices from the press. Half felt that the material was told in a by-the-numbers and generic fashion, but a few more found the lead performance so compelling, they still felt that the movie was worth seeking out. It stars Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rich Sommer, Bill Pullman, C. T hom a s Howel l , Jef f r ey Donovan and Richard Jenkins. Only the Brave - Here’s another true story adapted for the big screen. This time out, the subject is the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of elite firefighters who were sent out to help contain the notorious 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire. Viewers witness how the group came to earn their ranking, the stress placed on their families, and the events culminating in the devastating blaze. The press praised the film. A few had issues with the personal squabbles and some of the details of what really occurred, but the majority complimented the movie as an effective tribute to the real life figures. It features Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jeff Bridges and Taylor Kitsch. The Stray - This faith-based family feature involves a lost dog who ends up finding a family. Seemingly putting Lassie to shame, the pooch saves an infant, restores a marriage and brings estranged members of the clan together. It soon becomes apparent that the dog might be a guardian angel. Reviews were pretty tepid for this drama. There were a couple who described the Colorado locations as pretty and felt it might work for its target audience, but far more groused that the movie tries an everythingbut-the-kitchen-sink approach to eliciting an emotional reaction. Some even suggested that it may end up upsetting dog lovers. The cast includes Sarah Lancaster, Michael Cassidy and Scott Christopher. Suburbicon - Set in the late 50s, this tale follows a home

invasion and its effects on a family. As more is revealed, it suddenly seems like the attack may have been an inside job, leaving that head of the family scrambling to tie up all kinds of loose ends. The movie was directed by George Clooney ba sed on a n u nproduced script from the 80s by the Coen Brothers, but it didn’t end up going over well with reviewers. They commented that significant changes made from the original screenplay, like the addition of a second plotline, created a tonal jumble that negatively impacted the final product. However, a small concentration enjoyed sections of the film enough to give it a pass. It stars Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac and Glenn Fleshler. Walking Out - A teenager from the city decides to head out with his dad to Montana and try to reconnect while big game hunting. As we all know in these types of features, traveling to remote areas with estranged family members is always a bad idea! An accident leaves the pair wounded and trapped in the snowy wilderness, struggling to get to safety and survive the ordeal. This independent film didn’t get much press during its limited release, but reviews were quite strong. Several called it a good-looking film featuring excellent performances that may even draw a tear or two from viewers. Matt Bomer, Josh Wiggins, Bill Pullman and Lily Gladstone headline the movie.

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Lots of material for youngsters coming this week. The highlights are listed below. Benji (1974) (Mill Creek) The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!: Season 2, Vol. 1 Duckman: The Complete Series Mir a c u l o u s: Ta l e s Of Ladybug & Cat Noir: Season One Rugrats: Season 3 Scooby-Doo and the Movie Monsters S him m e r a n d S hin e: Beyond the Rainbow Falls (Nickelodeon) Woody Woodpecker (Directto-DVD live-action/animated feature film) COMMUNITY


By Bernie Dotson For the Sun


EHOBOTH, N.M. — The Tohatchi Lady C ou g a r s a nd t he Rehoboth Lady Lynx played one of the most evenly matched basketball games anybody has ever seen, at least in the first half, some people mused after the Feb. 6 game. It was near the end of the second quarter that enabled the Lady Cougars to pull away and beat Rehoboth 68-46 at Rehoboth Christian School.

The game was a much-hyped contest with Tohatchi (18-6, 5-0) ranked No. 1 in District 1-3A and Rehoboth (14-9, 2-2) sitting at No. 3. The Newcomb Lady Skyhawks (12-11, 4-1) are ranked at the No. 2 spot in 1-3A. Tohatchi is undefeated in district play. “We knew (Kalian Mitchell) could beat us if we didn’t play tough defense against her,” Rehoboth head coach Adrian Pete said. “She’s a very good player. We were focused in the first quarter, but their other players just stepped up and caught us by surprise and we

had some defensive lapses.” Mitchell is an all-state senior with “looks” from a variety of colleges and universities around the United States. The cupboard at Tohatchi definitely isn’t bare as sophomore guard Cameron Tsosie demonstrated in Tuesday’s game. Tsosie exploded for 28 points and, literally, shot the ball every time it came her way whether for inside or outside shots.   Tohatchi won the first quarter 10-8 in what was a relatively slow scoring session for both teams.

THE SECOND QUARTER Bot h tea m s heated up in the second quarter with Mitchell driving the ball more and senior forward Voneisha Cecil and sophomore guard Samantha Belone positioning themselves for shots or passes. Neither team missed much in the second quarter, but it was Tsosie who emerged as the go-to player for Tohatchi. Tsosie moved well without the ball and received passes from Mitchell and other players like

Cecil. For the Lady Lynx, senior guard Halle Lizer was her usual unstoppable self, creating shots off the dribble and driving at random on the Tohatchi defense. Tohatchi outscored Rehoboth 23-17 at the end of the first half, but it was the Lady Cougars that took momentum into the locker room. “We took our time getting set and focused,” Tohatchi head coach Tanisha Bitsoi said


Rehoboth junior Rachael Martin (42) shoots a ball past two Tohatchi senior Voneisha Cecil (22) and junior Gabrielle Thomas (32) during the game hosted at Rehoboth Christian School in Gallup Feb. 6. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo

Rehoboth player senior Halle Lizer (14) dribbles down the court during the game against Tohatchi Feb. 6 at Rehoboth Christian School in Gallup. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo

Rehoboth player junior Kennedi Chapman (41) attempts a pass before Tohatchi sophomore Samantha Belone (40) blocks her shot Feb. 6 at Rehoboth Christian School in Gallup. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo

Rehoboth junior Jayme Daniels (33) dribbles past Tohatchi sophomore Samantha Belone (40) at the varsity girls’ basketball game at Rehoboth Christian School in Gallup Feb. 6. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo


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TOHATCHI | FROM PAGE 19 of her team’s first half play. “We knew they were gearing up to stop (Kalian). Other players stepped up.”

THE THIRD QUARTER Tsosie was shooting the l ig ht s out from long a nd short distances no matter who was guarding her. After both teams exchanged leads at the latter part of the second, Mitchell took things to another level. Mitchell made back-toback steals and converted each to layups. Tsosie hit from long range and Cecil got key rebounds and hit a few put backs. From an opening third quarter lead of 33-25, Tohatchi built on that margin and never looked back. R e h o b o t h j u n i o r fo r w a r d Ke n ne d i C h a pm a n rebounded well and hit some inside shots and Lizer continued to hit jumpers. Junior for w a r d E me r a ld To d d y made plays on the defensive end for Rehoboth, which led to easy baskets by Lizer or Chapman. Lizer hit the sole 3-point shot in the game for Rehoboth. Tohatchi led 44-26 with 5:32 left in the third quarter. By that time Mitchell was in a scoring frenzy as were Tsosie and Cecil. The third quarter ended with the Lady Cougars leading 58-37.

‘THE SECRET WEAPON’ Bitsoi emptied the bench at the sta r t of the four th qu a r t er. T he player who showed a lot of offensive and defensive ability was senior forward Kalista McCorkey. McCorkey proved difficult to handle for Rehoboth as she was rebounding and hitting mostly inside shots and going to the free throw line after getting fouled. “She’s our secret weapon,” Bitsoi said after the game. Tsosie scored a game high 28 points and Mitchell scored 19 in the win. McCorkey put in 8 points from the interior. Cecil scored a quiet six points and Belone had 4. L izer h it a tea m h ig h 17 points and was the sole Rehoboth player in double-digits. Toddy scored 9 points and Chapman recorded 8.

Gallup girls run away from Farmington, 82-54 By Bernie Dotson For the Sun


he Farmington Lady Scorpions opened the scoring Feb. 3 against Gallup with a free throw shot, but that was the sole moment that the 5A foe led the Lady Bengals in the girls basketball game played at Gallup High School. The Lady Bengals won the matchup 82-54, rebounding from losing two of their last three 5A games. Gallup (148, 3-3) beat Farmington Jan. 18 by the score of 59-54 in a game that developed into a nail-biter. “I thought we played very ha rd,” Ga llup head coach Todd McBroom said. “This was a very good effort on our part.” The Lady Scorpions hit a free throw to jump out to a 1-0 lead. But Gallup ultimately went up 20-10 behind the scoring duo of junior guard Hanna Toledo and sophomore forward Laila Etsitty. Toledo played stellar defense on the other end, holding the Farmington guards to very few touches of the ball. The Lady Bengals led the game 37-23 at halftime. “We fell behind early and it wasn’t easy trying to make a comeback,” Farmington head coach Brady Rivers said. “Give credit to a very good Gallup team.” Gallup outscored Farmington (8-14, 1-5) in the third quarter and by the time the quarter ended the Lady Bengals were up by a substantial margin, having gone

LETTER TO EDITOR | FROM PAGE 14 district asks for is equality. Mr. Jeff Apodaca a lso informs the Navajo Chapters that he supports the New Mexico/Navajo Water Rights Settlement. He supports the completion of the NavajoGallup Waterline Project and the Cutter Lateral Waterline Project. He is in support of the Crownpoint Lateral Waterline Project which is set to begin. These waterline projects are

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on a 26-8 run. Junior forward Ashley Antone scored eight points in the run and the Lady Scorpions had no answer for the versatile Antone. A ntone scored a ga me high 20 points. Toledo put down 13 points and Yazzie and Smith scored 11 points apiece. Sophomore forward Chloe Finch and junior guard Jordan Vasquez of Farmington each hit 16 points. The game saw two technical fouls called on Farmington. One wa s against for wa rd Philinda Nez for swinging an elbow on a rebound and another called against Rivers for objecting. The Lady Bengals were coming off back-to-back losses against Aztec (52- 40) and Kirtland (66-65 ). The Kirtland game went into overtime.

Gallup guard Kamryn Yazzie looks to pass against a Farmington player in the Feb. 3 basketball game against the Lady Scorpions. Gallup won the game 82-54 at Gallup High School. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura

A Farmington player goes up in a crowd for a shot in the 5A girls basketball game between Gallup. The A Farmington player goes up in a crowd for a shot in the 5A girls basketball game between Gallup. The Lady Bengals are 3-3 in 5A play. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura bringing water to numerous Navajo communities in New Mexico. This collaborative effort greatly enhanced trust between New Mexico and Navajo governments. Mr. Apodaca also opposes the efforts of the Republicans; to d isen f ra nch ise Nat ive American’s right to vote, to cut the Medicaid Health Programs, the Senior Citizens Centers, to cut the school lunch program and the food stamp program. My gosh, the food stamp funding is less than 1% of the federal

budget, yet the Republican Party blame it for the federal budget deficient. These are programs that provide ser vices to Native Americans. They attempt to cut these programs because the Republica ns say that Native Americans will never vote for them. That is totally wrong. Mr. Jeff Apodaca is the Democr a t Ca nd id a t e for Governor that is listening to the concerns of Navajos and other Indian Tribes. He is not

embroiled in the toxic political atmosphere of Washington but is concern for the citizens of New Mexico. His campaign theme “Turn around New Mexico” is definitely something we need to support. And so, I am asking everyone to support and vote for Jeff Apodaca for Governor of New Mexico. He is our friend. Thank you, Albert Shirley, Former NM State Representative McKinley County SPORTS

Gallup Youth Boxing Program keeps area kids on track By Rick Abasta Sun Correspondent


or more than 20 years, t he G a l lu p You t h Boxing Program has been providing the community with free training in basic boxing techniques. The program began as a part of the New Mexico Police Athletic League. When the state PAL folded a few years ago, the volunteer trainers, Chuck Padilla and Frank Diaz, struggled to keep the program afloat. Having a facility to operate the program was the biggest concern. Suppor t from the city now has the program under Gallup Parks and Recreation Department. The boxing program is headquartered at the former fire station on the north side of town at 204 W. Maloney Ave. Most recently, the building was home to the non-profit veterans organization, Brothers in Arms. The Veterans Helping Veterans mural is still proudly displayed on the building edifice and is a fitting tribute the trainers (both combat vets) volunteering to teach the kids. Mayor Jackie McKinney said he was a member of the board when the boxing program was still funded by PAL about 10 years ago. McKinney explained that he wanted to continue the program because of the positive impact it’s had on the community’s

youth. “(The city) received legislative appropriation to setup the program in Gallup and to buy the boxing ring,” he said. “It’s a very professional boxing ring.” Padilla agrees the training has positive outcomes, and has volunteered his time to the program for more than 15 years. “It’s good for the kids. It gives them self-confidence,” he said. Padilla served in the U.S. Army from 1966-69 and was in combat in Vietnam with the 9th Infantry Division. The tenets of the program reflect military values, such as self-discipline, motivation and honesty, he said, adding that participants must have their grades up-to-par before participating. On average, the program has anywhere between 25 to 30 kids participating, including a number of female boxers learning the secrets of the sweet science. The newfound support from the city saved the program, which had to close for about a month because there was no facility for training. The program was formerly located at Rio West Mall for a short time before the city integrated the program into the parks department. “We were making due with duct tape and what have you. The city got this building for us and we will have a small budget for equipment,” Padilla said.

Salid Rashid, left, practices his jabs in the ring with Sebastian Olivas at the community boxing class in Gallup Jan. 25. The class is free to the public and open to anyone age 9 and up. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo “We need to grow programs like this for the community. “These kids need something to do. (The program) helps the parents. It helps the kids,” he added. The Gallup Youth Boxing Program is open to area youth from age nine on up. The program does not accept kids that are in trouble with the law or participants who have substance abuse problems, including smoking cigarettes. Dia z bega n volu nteering with the program about five years ago, when Padilla approached him after a veterans

Alexis Henderson works on the speed bag during boxing class Jan. 29 in Gallup. Henderson is the granddaughter of volunteer coach Chuck Padilla. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo SPORTS

meeting, asking for assistance. Diaz is a U.S. Army veteran and saw combat in Iraq. He is disabled and said his volunteerism is a means of giving back to the community. “We’re teaching basic boxing, trying to give the kids something positive to do,” he said. Kids are trained in use of the heavy bag, boxing mitts and speed bag. Sparring is also taught. “We have a lot of students who come in and workout,” he said. “This is what we practice here: self-discipline, pride, self-motivation, teamwork, and

leadership.” The perils of alcoholism, drug abuse, gang violence and juvenile delinquency are real world problems that kids are exposed to daily, he said, adding that keeping youth out of trouble with programs like boxing is important. “It’s not about us, it’s about making our youth better. We’re just doing a small part to keep these kids productive. Boxing keeps them out of trouble,” Diaz said. The boxing program is open to the public Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 7 pm.

Volunteer coach Chuck Padilla, left, works with Jetton Mark on his punches at the community boxing class in Gallup Jan. 29. Photo by: Cayla Nimmo Gallup Sun • Friday February 9, 2018




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GALLUP NEIGHBORHOOD SENIOR CENTER REMODEL Sealed Bids will be received by the City of Gallup, New Mexico at the Purchasing Department located at 110 West Aztec, Gallup, NM 87301 no later than Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 2:00 P.M., at which time the bids will be opened and read aloud. Envelopes are to be sealed and plainly marked Formal Bid No. 1805. No faxed or electronically transmitted bids nor bids submitted after the above date and time will be considered, and will be returned unopened. DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: The Project consists of Bid Lot #1: Exterior Stucco Patch & Repair; Bid Lot #2: New Handicapped Ramp at Entry and reconfiguration of the Pan-

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capital of music in Texas, if the success of SXSW and Austin City Limits is a ny indication. “(The scene) is strong, it’s steadily growing. There’s a lot of competition out there, which is good. It makes you hungry,” Ross said. He said competition leads to personal introspection and challenging each other in the studio, practice space and

try, Laundry & Supply Rooms and Bid Lot #3/Alternate #1: installation of an Electric Snow Melt System under the new Ramp and sidewalk. A Mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting will be held at the Neighborhood Senior Center, 607 North Fourth Street, Gallup, NM 87301 @ 11:00am on Thursday, February 15, 2018. For instructions to bidders, including proposal forms, contract documents, etc., to be used in connection with the submission of bids, the bidders may obtain a bid package, for a $100 refundable deposit at Albuquerque Reprographics, 4716 McLeod Rd. NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Albuquerque NM 87109, (505) 884-0862. Any questions concerning the General and Contractual Conditions of the bid shall be directed to Frances Rodriguez, Purchasing Director at (505) 863-1334, frodriguez@ gallupnm.gov. Questions regarding the specifications and scope should be directed to the Architect, Howard Kaplan, Wilson & Company Project Manager at (505) 348-4011, Howard. Kaplan@wilsonco.com. Documents may also be examined at the following Plan Rooms: · Construction Reporter, 1607 Second St. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107, (505)243-9793 · Builders News & Plan Room, 3435 Princeton NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107, (505)884-1752 · Reed Construction Data, www. reedconnect.com, (800)4243996 for user name & password · Plan Room at Sun Glass, 602 W. Main, Farmington, NM 87401 (505)327-0700 · FW Dodge, 1615 University Blvd., N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87102 (505)243-2817 Plans, Specifications and Bidding Documents may also be during live performances. “That should only motivate us. It’s good competition. It makes everyone a little bit better and I love being in Austin and having that,” he said. Covers of “Come Together” by the Beatles and “Rock And Roll” by Led Zeppelin was well received by the Gallup crowd before Black Heart Saints packed up their gear and headed east on Route 66, bound for Texas. Information: www.black­ heartsaints.com

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9am-3pm @ UNM (room GH1124).


10am-12pm @ Main Branch. The Library will provide job assistance workshops for those seeking employment. This week: City of Gallup Online Application Help. All sessions will be drop-in. Call (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@gallupnm.gov.


2-3pm @Children’s Branch. We provide supplies, you provide ideas.


4-5pm @ Children’s Branch. Join us for a family-friendly video games Friday afternoon.


6-7pm @ Roosevelt Elementary. Come and listen to your favorite story, while enjoying hot cocoa and cookies. SATURDAY, Feb. 10


10am-12pm @ Main Branch. The Library will host Madrona for three knitting lessons running on consecutive Saturdays. Discover European style knitting to create a cozy scarf. Learn how to cast on and off, as well as, how to knit and purl. This program is free of charge and all supplies will be provided. If you like to knit, join the fun and inspire a beginner! To register, contact the library at (505) 863-1291 or email libsuper@gallupnm. gov.


Join your family, friends, and neighbors at the Hands of Hope Pregnancy Center Pancake Breakfast, 8-11am. Location: PeeWee’s Kitchen, 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.


11am @ Children’s branch. An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement, rhymes, and stories.


3pm @ El Morro Theatre. The Library will screen the film, I Am Not Your Negro. This documentary is based on the unfinished manuscript by James Baldwin. His book was going to be a personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. The CALENDAR

film is narrated by Samuel L. Jackson and explores the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin’s reminiscences of the civil rights movement. Call (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@ gallupnm.gov. Location: 207 W. Coal Ave.


6-8pm @ART Gallery. See a lifetime’s worth of watercolors, ceramics and drawings and meet the artist. MONDAY, Feb. 12


5-7pm @ Main Branch. Free computer training is available each week. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. No Registration required. Free.


Parent Advisory Committee 6-8pm. GMCS Student Support SSC Boardroom. Parents matter! Call (505)721-1021. Refreshments will be provided. Location: 640 South Boardman Drive. TUESDAY, Feb. 13


3-5 pm @ Main. Branch. Free computer classes are available every week at the Main Library. Class size is limited to 10. No registration required. Call (505) 863-1291 or email: libtrain@gallupnm.gov.


Sweeten up your Valentin’s Day by winning a giant Hershey’s Kiss and a 10 Punch Pass to the Farmington Recreation Center. Stop by the Farmington Recreation Center and enter the Valentine Trivia contest. Whoever is the first to answer all eight (8) trivia questions correctly wins! Play February 13 from 6am-10pm and Feb. 14 from 6am-5pm. Call (505) 599-1184.


4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch. We provide supplies, you supply the ideas. WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14


10-11am@ Main Branch. The Library is offering one-on-one technology assistance. Bring your personal technology devices or software questions to one of the scheduled 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@ gallupnm.gov.


10:30-11am @ Children’s Branch. An active and energetic program for toddlers,


featuring music, movement, rhymes, and stories.


5:30-7pm @ Main branch. This week’s movie, The Big Stick. Free popcorn provided. THURSDAY, Feb. 15


4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch. Fun crafts for the whole family. This week’s activity: Foam Cup Craft


5:30-7 pm @ Main Branch. The Library will screen the film, The Most Dangerous Man in America. This documentary is about Daniel Ellsberg, a leading American military strategist who leaked the Pentagon Papers. Call (505) 863-1291 or email tmoe@gallupnm.gov. ONGOING


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 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.


Meets Wednesday, 6-7 pm, at First United Methodist Church, 1800 Redrock Dr. (in the library). All are welcome.


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.


Gallup’s longest-running live show! Every Friday night from 7-9 pm. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. Second St.


Wednesdays are low-cost Spay and Neuter Days, at the Gallup-McKinley County Humane Society. For more information, please call (505) 863-2616, or email: gmchumanesociety@gmail.com. Location: 1315 Hamilton Rd.


Gallup Solar 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 yard sales are held every Saturday, 9 am-noon on Warehouse Lane, weather permitting. Volunteers wishing to serve on construction projects may sign up there or call (505) 722-4226.


Habitat for Humanity work sessions 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 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 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.


McKinley Citizens Recycling Council is a local nonprofit working to increase recycling through education, community outreach, and partnership with local government agencies. MCRC meets the first Saturday of the month at 2 pm, at Red Mesa on Hill St. For more information, please call (505) 722-5142 or visit Recylegallup.org. The monthly meeting of the McKinley Citizens’ Recycling Council regularly scheduled for 2 pm on first Saturdays at the Red Mesa Center is can-

celled 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


Gallup McKinley County Schools is currently recruiting pregnant women and teens in McKinley County with children from birth to 5 years of age. There are no income guidelines and services are free to ALL community members. Learn more about this opportunity by contacting BeBe Sarmiento at (505) 721-1055.


Please bring: original birth certificate, immunization record, money order payable to: Turquoise Nation Little League. Call (928) 309-0215. Sat., Feb. 10—Window Rock Flea Market Sat., Feb. 17—Window Rock Flea Market Sat., Feb. 24—Window Rock Flea Market SAVE THE DATE


On Feb. 22, 6-9 pm @ART123 Gallery. Register at www. galluparts.org.


On Feb. 28, 1-4 pm@ ART123 Gallery. Get pointers on starting an art business and business basics from Teddy Draper. Register www.galluparts.org


gallupARTS 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: gallupsunevents@gmail.com or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.

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