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NEWS Gallup man with rare disease feels support of friends, family at recent fundraiser

A tear rolls down the face of Julie Gonzales as she listens to her husband, Jimmy Gonzales, talk about being diagnosed with Myasthenia gravis and the subsequent outpouring of love and support he received from the community at their home in Gallup Feb. 10. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo

At his home in Gallup Feb. 10, Jimmy Gonzales tears up as he talks about the support he and his family received from the community after he was diagnosed with Myasthenia gravis January 2017. Gonzales must travel to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz. To help with medical and travel expenses, family and friends have organized numerous fundraisers. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo

the $20,000 goal in 21 days. The campaign is trending and there is still time to contribute. On May 20, 2016, Gonzales was diagnosed with Stage II AB

By Rick Abasta Sun Correspondent


immy and Julie Gonzales appreciated the support of city residents and others from the region for attending their recent enchilada fundraising event at the Community Pantry in Gallup, which began Feb. 5 and is ongoing. The fundraiser was held to cover Jimmy Gonzales’ medical treatment costs at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz. Friends and family coordinated the fundraising activities, which also included a raffle and softball tournament. A GoFundMe page, titled “Help Jimmy Get to Mayo,” was also established. As of Feb. 14, 138 people have raised $9,606 of

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Jimmy Gonzales wears a teal awareness bracelet with the phrase “For a World Without Myasthenia Gravis,” while sitting for an interview at his home in Gallup Feb. 10. Gonzales was diagnosed with Myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune disease where communication between the muscles and nerves breaks down, in January 2017. There is no known cure. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo


thymoma and underwent surgery a month later. Numerous rounds of radiation therapy and an intense fight with his body followed. In January of 2017, it was revealed that Gonzales had Myasthenia gravis. “It is an autoimmune disorder. I’ve been dealing with it all my life,” Gonzales said of the condition. In sixth grade, Gonzales began to lose his hair. What was thought to be tape on the back of his head was actually the start of Alopecia. Gonzales was healthy for the most part, but his health began to take a turn a couple of years ago. Julie Gonzales said that in the spring of 2016, her husband wasn’t feeling well, so they visited a local doctor who increased Jimmy’s asthma medication for about six to eight weeks.



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Gallup firefighters report accomplishments to city councilors By Rick Abasta Sun Correspondent


he Gallup City Cou nci l convened Feb. 13 for their regu l a r me et i n g a nd

honored loca l firefighters ser v ing the community. A number of firefighters were in attendance, including the fire chief and police chief for fire department related items on the agenda.

Approval of the collective bargaining agreement w it h t he cit y a nd Ga l lup F i re F ig ht er s Un ion, t he Inter nationa l A ssociation of Fire Fighters Local 4296 started the meeting.

K lo Abeita , huma n resources director, presented the settlement agreement. The city clerk handed out the current contract to the councilors. “ The ba rga i n i ng u n it d id not come for wa rd to open negot iat ion s du r i ng the period of time that was allowed for them to do so… the par ties went back and forth to try and settle this matter,” Abeita said. D u r i ng t h a t per iod of time, the contract expired and raised the question of


A large number of city firefighters were in attendance Feb. 13 at the regular City Council meeting for two fire department related issues on the agenda. Photo Credit: Rick Abasta


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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: Julie Gonzales helps with her husband’s enchilada fundraiser at the Community Pantry in Gallup Feb. 9. Bottom Left: To go boxes of 12 enchiladas are assembled at the Community Pantry Feb. 9 for the fundraiser. Photos 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 Phone: (505) 722-8994 Fax: (505) 212-0391 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.


Prosecutors in two Gallup woman kidnapped, counties weigh raped at gunpoint Westman case SUSPECT REMAINS AT LARGE Staff Reports

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yan Westman, who is facing charges in both McKinley and San Juan counties, remains incarcerated in the San Juan County jail as of Feb. 14, as the courts in both counties decide who will try him first. Since he is facing first-deg re e mu rder ch a r ge s i n McKinley County as opposed to charges dealing with a police pursuit in San Juan County, McKinley County is expected to get the first bite. But when that will happen is still undetermined. It a l s o a p p e a r s t h a t Westman, 25, will have to get new legal representation since his current attorneys with the Law Offices of the Public Defender are saying it will pose a conflict of interest for the Gallup agency to continue representing him. John Bernitz, who has represented Westman in the past, said attorneys there have previously represented Mark Chavez, the man he allegedly killed by hitting him over the head with an axe. Still others have represented witnesses in the case. To continue representing Westman in his cases in Gallup magistrate and district courts

L Ryan Westman could result in him charging that these other representations prevented attorneys there from giving him their best effort. As a result, Bernitz said he was contacting the Farmington office to see if someone there was willing to take over his defense. Another matter that has come up concerns the accusations that Westman tried to set up a situation where he could have a chance of escaping custody. He has already escaped once f rom t he McK i n ley County jail, although he was recaptured within hours. At a court hearing before McK inley County District


ocal law enforcement officials are looking for a tall, heavy-set man in his forties in connection with a sexual assault that occurred Feb. 9, north of Gallup. According to a report from the Gallup Police Department, the victim was leaving the Octavia Fellin Public Library at about 8:15 pm when a man approached her and asked for a ride. She told police she ignored the man but when she opened her door he pushed an object against the right side of her back and told her not to scream. The assailant then allegedly pushed her into the passenger side seat and pointed a handgun at her, telling her to give him her phone. She described the weapon as a silver handgun with a black handle. Once he had her phone, the man drove north to the T&R Market, where the man told her to get out of the car and began asking her questions about her name and her family. He also told her “everything would be ok.” She said he then raped her. Later the victim estimated that the assault lasted about five minutes. After the assault, she said

the man threw the phone at her and began walking north on U.S. Highway 491, towards Tohatchi. Before walking away, he told her not to scream or he would kill her. The victim then got into her car and drove to her mother’s house to call police since her phone had lost batter power. When she finally reached police, the woman estimated about 30 minutes had passed since she saw the man begin his walk. The McKinley County Sheriff’s Office was contacted and conducted a search along Highway 491 but could not find the suspect. Sher i f f Deput y Ja me s Garylle said he started out looking for the suspect, as described by the victim, along Highway 491 about 3:30 am the next morning. He stopped in at the Shell Station at Tohlakai and asked the clerk if she had seen a Hispanic male in his 40s, heavy set, wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, white shoes and a black beanie come in during the past two hours. The clerk said she saw no one matching that description. Garylle then came back south and went west on State Highway 264 in case the suspect went that way. As he was going past the Sagebrush Inn, he said he was

informed that the assault took place on the Francisco Pond Road just after the bridge so he proceeded there. When he got to the baseball park off of Francisco Pond Road, he found some fresh tire tracks coming from the east and found where it parked near the baseball dugout. He said he also found some fresh shoe tracks leading up to the vehicle. The victim said the man appeared to be intoxicated. She said once in her car he put on a ski mask, adding that she did not know him. When police arrived to take her statement, the victim declined medical assistance, telling officers that her mother would take her to the hospital. The victim reported being bitten on the neck by the man, and officers obser ved red marks on the side of her neck at the scene. The woman also had pain in both her biceps and on her knees. Officers observed abrasion marks on her knees but said they could find no marks on her biceps, according to the police report. The v ictim told police she did not hit or scratch the suspect. A s of Feb. 13, pol ice reported having no suspects in the case.

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Man found dead on I-40 median ID’d Staff Reports


ma n fou nd dead on the Interstate 40 median Feb. 9 has been identified as Wil Begay, 25, of Chinle, Ariz. His body was discovered near mile post 19, and he was hit sometime during the dark, early Friday morning hours. Gallup Police Department Capt. Marinda Spencer said two calls came

in about the body, with the first call coming in shortly after 6 am. The first caller had reportedly passed through the area by the time they called police, saying there was a dead body on the median. An officer searched the area, but couldn’t locate Begay. Begay was discovered by a tractor-trailer driver about an hour after the first call. The driver stayed on scene

The body of Wil Begay was discovered on the median of Interstate 40 near the Allison crossing Feb. 9. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura until police arrived. Spencer said the lack of daylight likely hindered the officer’s search earlier that morning.

No identification was found on Begay’s body, but detectives were eventually able to identify him and notify his next of kin a few days later.

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covering his face, grabbed a 20-inch Husqvarna 372XP priced at $999.99 and ran out of the store. At the same time, the woman, dressed in a grey sweater and Levi pants grabbed a 20-inch Husqvarna 562XP priced at $799.99 and ran out of the store. The two got into a black Nissan SUV and fled south on Highway 491 before anyone could get the vehicle’s license plate number. Anyone with information about the robbery or the suspects is urged to contact Crimestoppers at (877) 722-6161. Callers do not have to give their names, and if their information leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspects, the caller may be eligible to a reward of up to $1,000.

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he robbery was evidently well planned. On Feb 10, a male and female suspect managed to get away with two chainsaws before anyone had a chance to catch them. The theft happened about 6:11 pm at the T&R Feed and Pawn Store, 667 U.S. Highway 491. McKinley County Sheriff Deputy Ivan Tsethlikai Jr. talked to one of the store clerks who told him that a Native American man and woman came into the store and went immediately to the chainsaw display. The man, dressed in a grey hoodie and black pants with a surgical mask

PROSECUTORS | FROM PAGE 7 Court Judge Lindy Bennett on drug possession charges Feb. 12, Westman was accused of removing stitches he received when he was shot during the vehicle pursuit in an effort to be sent to the hospital where he would have a better chance of escaping.

Bernitz said he was skeptical of these accusations since they were based on hearsay. As for the drug charges, Bennett decided to postpone the hearing on these charges until March 12. By then prosecutors are hoping to have a better idea of how the various other charges against Westman will be handled.

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NO LOVE 2/11, Gallup A man had just a r r i ve d i n Ga llup at a bout 6:15 pm when he spot ted his father’s ca r, wh ich had been stolen, driving on Aztec Avenue. He followed it and called police, telling them the vehicle had gone into the Colonial Motel parking lot. Gallup Police Officer John Gonzales responded, and after confirming that the vehicle had been stolen, arrested the driver, Tyrell Austin Lee, 19, of Vanderwagen, for receiving or transporting a stolen vehicle. Lee also had an outstanding bench warrant.

DOG ATTACK 2/9, Iyanbito A m a n t old McK i n ley County Sheriff Deputy Ivan Tsethlakai that he was bicycling near the Lighthouse Church when he and his three emotional support ser vice dogs were attacked by two other dogs. He said one of the attacking dogs managed to grab one of his dogs by the neck, and he had to throw that dog into the bed of a passing truck. Tsethlikai managed to find the owner of the attacking dogs and animal control later gave him several citations, including having a dangerous dog, letting him run at large, no vaccination and a dog bite.

UNWELCOMED GUEST 2/8, Gallup Darrell D. Hardy, 38, of Brimhall was arrested for fa l sely obtaining ser vices, resisting arrest and possessing drug paraphernalia after a motel reported finding him in a room that he had not paid for. When police arrived, Hardy was seen leaving the room. He then ran from police, almost getting hit by traffic. When he was caught, he reportedly had a clear smoking pipe stuffed in his sock.

t he De ser t Rose Trailer Park on 2500 Ea st A ztec Avenue. He and a 17-ye a r- old juvenile were found by city police running from the trailer. Johnson told police it was his fault, adding he was homeless. When he was asked how he broke in, Johnson asked for a lawyer.

METH LADY 2/2, Gallup Gallup Police were called to the Trails West Trailer Park on 3649 West Historic Highway 66 because of a complaint against Taneisha W h itma n, 24, who wa s

reportedly causing problems at the park. According to the criminal complaint, Whitman was intoxicated and wanted to fight with her sister. When police arrived they found drug paraphernalia on the couch near her. Family members told police she was taking meth and wanted her removed. She was charged with possession of controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia.

SHOTS FIRED 2/10, south of Gallup A Fa r m i ng t on wom a n called Metro Dispatch as she was heading north on State Highway 602 toward Gallup to report a threatening vehicle. When sheriff deputies got in contact with her, she reported a car tailgating her. When she slowed down, the car passed and she said she heard a gunshot and saw a man in the driver’s seat waving a shotgun. The victim said she was so scared she did not get his license plate number. Deputies were not able to find the vehicle.

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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Jennifer Reeder Feb. 10, 10:19 pm DWI, Aggravated Gallup P o l i c e Department O f f i c e r A d r i a n Quetawki w a s he a d ing south on South 2nd Street when he saw a car driving without its headlights on. Quetawki caught up to the offending vehicle and followed the driver to 2nd Street and Coal Avenue, where the car came to a stop. Quetawki then encountered Reeder, 45, and informed her that her lights were off. Reeder was slurring her speech, according to the police report, and appeared intoxicated. She hesitated at first to undergo field sobriety testing, but then agreed. She performed poorly on the tests, and then was placed in the back of Quetawki’s patrol car, where she allegedly began to spit at him.

Reeder blew a .18 and a .19 on her breath tests before being booked. Wallace Saavedra Feb. 7, 10:19 pm DWI, aggravated G P D Officer Victor Madrid said he not iced S a a v e d r a’s vehicle striking a curb as it left a parking lot next to the Sports Page. Madrid conducted a traffic stop and noticed Saavedra, 61, of St. Michaels was showing signs of being intoxicated. S a aved r a t old M a d r id that he only had a Bloody Mary before he was stopped but Madrid questioned this because he was slurring his words and he could smell the odor of intoxicating liquor coming from his body. After failing field sobriety tests, he posted samples of .22 and .21 on his breath alcohol test.

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Mitchell Chee Feb. 6, 12:11 am 1st DWI, Agg. G P D O f f i c e r A n d r e w T h a y e r got beh i nd Chee’s GMC at Aztec Avenue and Boardman Drive. He noticed the driver attempting to make a left turn, then nearly striking the curb as he overcorrected. Thayer followed the vehicle down Aztec to Patton Drive, where Chee began to accelerate in speed. Thayer initiated a traffic stop, but Chee sped onwards. Other police units joined in the chase, which reached speeds of 80 mph. Chee, 40, came to a stop at Gallup Indian Medical Center. He showed the signs of intoxication with bloodshot watery eyes, and his breath reeked of alcohol. He refused to take field sobriety and breath tests,

earning the additional aggravated charge. Sherry Begay Jan. 29, 2:48 pm 2nd DWI, Agg. B eg ay ’s decision to d r ink a nd drive again la nded her into some hot water when she repor tedly crashed into a fence near the Hampton Inn on West Maloney Drive. GPD Of f icer Ad r ia n Quetawki arrived on scene at the hotel, and had to search the area before catching up with Begay. She admitted to hitting the fence and drinking, according to the report. Begay, 27, took the field sobriety test, and Quetawki noted in his report that she has an outstanding warrant for her arrest. No breath test results were noted in the report. Rey J. Cowboy Jan. 26, 10:47 pm 1st DWI, Aggravated McKinley C o u n t y Sheriff’s Sgt. Ta m my S. Houghtaling responded to a call for a ssista nce in a case involving a driver who could not stay in his lane. He was also tagged as going 90 miles per hour on State Highway 566 near the Deadhorse Saloon. Cowboy, 25, of Crownpoint said he did not realize he was going that fast after deputies clocked his speed at 90 miles per hour. When asked if he would take field sobriety tests, he at first refused and admitted he had been drinking so he would fail. Houghtaling, however, convinced him it was worth trying but when he did he failed and was arrested. He later blew a .23 and a .21 on breath alcohol tests. Jacob E. Salabiye Jan 19, 11:37 pm DWI, Aggravated G P D O f f i c e r A d r i a n Quetawki said he saw S a l a bi ye’s v e h i c l e s p e e d th rough a yellow light which turned red before he made it across the intersection.

Quetawki told Salabiye, 27, of Gallup that because of his slurred speech and blood shot eyes, it was evident that he had been drinking. He admitted to having a beer about 35 or 40 minutes prior to being stopped. When he questioned why he should take field sobriety tests, Quetawki pointed out that he had already admitted to drinking. Salabiye agreed to take the tests and then failed. He registered a .17 and a .15 for his breath test. Vincent Begay Jan. 19, 10:08 pm DWI, Aggravated GPD Officer Francis Collins was about to conduct a traffic stop after seeing a car fail to stop at a stop sign when the driver sped off down Highway 66. Collins caught up to the driver, Begay, 34, outside of the Red Lion Hotel. Collins noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from the truck. Begay was avoiding eye contact and “seemed nervous,” according to the police report. Begay consented to field sobriety testing, and admitted to drinking alcohol prior to driving. He performed poorly on field sobriety tests before being arrested. Begay blew a .23 and a .21 on his breath tests. Daniel Benally 1st DWI, Aggravated Oct. 18, 12:16 am G P D O f f i c e r Timothy Hughte was d ispatched to the Giant C o n o c o on East Highway 66 after receiving reports of a driver sitting at one of the station’s pumps. The man was reportedly entering and exiting the vehicle before speeding off upon Hughte’s arrival. The car nearly hit a concrete pillar before exiting the parking lot and violating several traffic laws once on the highway. W h e n Hu g h t e f i n a l l y made the stop, he encountered Benally, 28, who nearly fell f lat exiting the car. He agreed to field sobriety testi ng, a nd Bena l ly showed signs of intoxication on each. Hughte arrested Benally, who then demanded he wanted to talk to his lawyer, using and expletive. Benally refused breath testing before being booked. NEWS

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I N D OW R O C K – On Feb. 12, the Nav a j o Na t io n won an important victory in its fight for fair compensation for the harms caused by the U.S. EPA and its contractors from the devastating Gold King Mine spill of August 2015. The United States District Court for the District of New Mexico denied contractor Environmental Restoration, L LC’s mot ion to d ism is s the Nation’s claims, instead upholding all claims, including CERCLA claims, and claims for negligence, gross negligence, trespass, and nuisance. The Court also refused Environmental Restoration’s demand to strike the Nation’s request for punitive damages. The case arose because the U.S. EPA, its contractors, and other responsible parties recklessly contributed to the buildup of contaminated water at the Gold King Mine and caused a catastrophic blowout that released at least 880,000 Over




pounds of toxic, heavy metals into waters they knew would reach the Navajo Nation. “We will continue to fight for justice for the Navajo people and the Navajo Nation,” said Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye. “Our people have suffered greatly and must be compensated fairly.” Navajo Nation Attorney Genera l Ethel Bra nch continued. “This is an important landmark in our fight to hold the parties responsible for the harms caused by their negligent and reckless conduct,” Branch said. “We will continue to push ahead with renewed strength and resolve.” John Hueston, the Navajo Nation’s outside counsel, added: “We can now proceed to prove what the Navajo Nation has known from the beginning — that Environmental Restoration blatantly ignored warning signs, disregarded serious risks, and recklessly burrowed into the wrong elevation of the mine without proper equipment or an emergency response plan in place.”

L BUQU ERQU E – Elmira Curley, 22, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Navajo, N.M., pleaded guilty Feb. 13 in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to assault and child abuse charges. Curley entered her guilty plea under a plea agreement that recommends a sentence of 120 months of imprisonment followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court. The FBI and Navajo Nation Div ision of Public Sa fety arrested Curley on July 6, 2016, on an indictment charging her with abusing a child resulting in great bodily harm. The indictment alleged that Curley committed the crime on the Navajo Indian Reservation in McKinley County on March 14, 2016.

Elmira Curley During the Feb. 13 change of plea hearing, Curley pled guilty to a two-count felony in for mation cha rging her with assault resulting in serious bodily harm and child abuse. In her plea agreement, Curley admitted that on March 14, 2016, she committed the crimes of assault and child abuse in Navajo, N.M., which is on the Navajo Indian Reservation.

Curley admitted committing these cr imes by putting the legs and feet of a nine-month-old infant into a bathtub of sca lding hot water and causing the infant t o su s t a i n severe bu r n s. Curley acknowledged that the infant-victim was hospitalized for several weeks for medical treatment and received skin grafts to repair some of t he second- a nd third-degree burns she sustained as the result of the assault and abuse. Curley is in federal custody and remains detained pending her sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled. T he Ga l lup, N.M., a nd Phoenix, Ariz., offices of the FBI and the Window Rock, Ariz., office of the Navajo Nation Div ision of Public Safety investigated this case, which is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Marshall.

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Beloved K-9 Arras passes away Staff Reports


L BUQ U E R Q U E T he New Mex ico State Police is very sa d to a n nou nce the passing of K-9 Arras. K-9 Arras passed away yesterday in Albuquerque from complications related to an unexpected medical event. He nobly served the State of New Mexico from April 2012 up

until his death. During his service with the Department he was responsible for the seizure of 294 pounds of methamphetamine, 133 pounds of cocaine, eighty-two pounds of heroin and 1,218 pounds of marijuana. He also apprehended fleeing felons on two separate occasions in his career. He is survived by handler and friend Sgt. Ronald S. Wood.

From left, Tabby Trahan, Julia Plummer and Ella Jones assemble cheese enchiladas for the “Help Jimmy Get to Mayo” fundraiser at the Community Pantry in Gallup Feb. 9. Jimmy Gonzales was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease Myasthenia gravis and needs to travel to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz. for treatment. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo


K-9 Arras and handler Sgt. Ronald S. Wood. Photo Credit: NM State Police

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when they found a softball-sized tumor in his chest.” One of Gonzales’ lungs was completely flattened by the tumor, which was also pressed up against his heart. The hospital flew him to Albuquerque for a higher level of medical treatment than what could be provided locally. After several days in the hospital and a biopsy, the couple found out that the growth was a thymoma tumor, a cancer of the thymus gland. “With the auto immune [disease], basically my body is fighting against itself,” Gonzales said. His immune system, instead of fighting viruses and foreign objects in the body, fights along with the viruses to attack his body. “Basically, my body doesn’t have a defense mechanism,” he said. Because of this, staying away from sick people and large crowds is crucial, especially with the severe flu season this year. If he goes outdoors, covering up and wearing a mask is necessary. Gonzales’ underwent a sternotomy in June 2016, which cracked the sternum apart for access to his chest cavity. His wife spoke to Gonzales’ physical reaction to the surgery. “He did really well after surgery, he was up and walking a mile within about a week. He did great,” Julie Gonzales said. But when the pathology came in, there were still signs of the thymoma, and Jimmy had to undergo 28 rounds of radiation

in the fall of 2016. He suffered through lung failure. MG is often referred to as the “Snowflake Disease” because no two people ever have the same treatment plan for the illness. Gonzales has had his own struggles trying to match the right treatment to his body. “There’s different treatments with different dosages. Getting the right treatment is the trick,” he said. “We want to bring awareness to this disease. It gets swept under the rug because there’s no known cure.” The ability to swallow and speak comes and goes. Gonzales was getting fatigued during the interview and said it takes him an hour or longer to eat a meal. Although he has medical insurance, the required healthcare costs are expensive. The Mayo Clinic is not in the couple’s medical network; only 50 percent of the costs are covered. Julie Gonzales is realistic about what adequate healthcare entails for their family. “You must have cash in hand if you show up at the Mayo Clinic,” she said. Jimmy plans to fight MG every step of the way, and is determined to overcome the disease through prayer and help of families and friends. “The Mayo Clinic gives us hope. We want to thank our friends and family. Thank you to everybody who came together in this huge effort,” Jimmy said. For more information, visit jimmytomayo NEWS


The empty cup, a Valentine’s Day story to and the temperature of their home is now slightly above freezing inside. Do they really make love anymore, or should they call it something else like duty or obligation? She is sad, frustrated and depressed. She has carried these feelings for so long it feels like she’s given birth to a child she never conceived. She puts her makeup on without ever seeing what she looks like in the mirror. How can he not know how she feels or the things she has given up to bind her life to his? That bastard! Without realizing it they egin yelling and screaming at one another. The

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hey heard the voice say, “It’s hard to fill a cup that’s already full.” The couple could no longer hear each other. Their relationship had become one responsibility after another. A mortgage must be paid, there were meetings to attend, children must be looked after and aging parents cared for. When was the last time they really looked at each other? He notices that she no longer has the figure she used


names they used, the intense criticism and the threats. Sometimes it was worse… They loved each other once, or at least they thought they did. Now their relationship feels like two mules pulling a plow, both with blinders continuously plowing the fields of duty and responsibility with love somewhere in the distance. The children…oh, let’s not forget about the children - selfish, entitled and disrespectful. It’s hard to believe



This week is going to be a wild ride. Madame G recommends you put on your sunglasses and lean back, because we’re cruising. You don’t need the perfect solution for everything, all you need is the perfect solution for the problem – this varies. Get creative. The entire point of existence is to learn to live with the fact that you’re going to die. You might as well have a little fun and enjoy the sun.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

What’s up Doc? Don’t go chasing waterfalls—you’re better than that. Instead take a long hike and enjoy the benefits of nature. You may come across a waterfall in your travels, and if you don’t that’s okay too. There’s no need to focus on the negative when you have so much energy to focus on the positive aspects of your life. Where your focus goes, energy flows.

What does the fox say? You may not know the answer. If so, you’ve been living under a rock or were born after 2014. In either case, stop worrying about the stuff that’s not important. Unless you’re a zookeeper or a zoologist, do you need to know the answer? If yes, search on Google. Then get back to work because Google can’t and won’t do your work for you. Nice try though…

Live and learn. There is no right life and there certainly isn’t the “wrong” career choice. We are all living the lives we are meant to live. But, that doesn’t mean we can’t be better and learn more. There’s a lesson in every situation. True intelligence is taking what you’ve learned and using it. You don’t have to be perfect. Make mistakes and learn, learn, learn. Try it.

For the love of money… What are you doing? You can’t run into the next stage naked. You’ll get cold. You don’t need to start over or from scratch. Take the lessons you’ve learned and apply them to yourself. You are capable of living large and having an amazing life experience. Be bold! Be powerful! Try something new. Get a facial and have some fun.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

What’s up pussycat? You might not be looking for adventure, but it’s going to find you. There are several ways this can end. You can choose to be happy about it, or not. In the end, your attitude will make all the difference. You may not like what’s happening. You may not like the people you’re with, but you can be the pleasantest asshole in hell. Have fun!

What if God was one of us? You may not see miracles every day, but you experience the power of life each day. If you find yourself in a slump, then you need to get out and try something new. Each day is an opportunity to live the life you’ve always wanted and to be the person you’ve always dreamed of. It’s never too late and you’re never too young or old to live joyously.

Well, here we are. You may find that you can’t work yourself up into quite the tizzy anymore. This is called growth and maturity. It may take time to develop better strategies, but you’re capable of doing it. Take what you’ve learned and take one step in the right direction each day. The rest of your life will follow with grace. You are making the right choices for you.

Out of curiosity, have you lost your mind? I’m asking for a friend. If you feel relatively sane, you might want to check the mirror. That’s a sign you’ve lost it. However, if you feel insane— you’re not insane. So, the good ol’ Catch-22 is well in place. You’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t. You may just need to choose one and move on or whatever.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

Hickory dickory dock…Do you own a clock? If not, you may need to invest in a special one because your time is up. You need to make a decision and you need to make it now. The time for waiting, agonizing, and crying is over. Get over it. Just take a deep breath and jump in. You’ll figure out the rest when you get there. So, stop making excuses and just do it. Now!

Ready or not here it comes… What is it? Life! It’s here and ready to make a statement. Instead of just sitting there thinking about what you’d like to do. It’s time you get ready and take some action. The best part of life is doing what you love. The second best part is getting paid to do what you love. Be one of the lucky ones and live large while doing what you love (and get paid).

Okay sugar cakes, let’s talk strategy. Do you know what you’ll wear? If not, you have a problem. It’s one thing to have all the skills and talent in the world and know how to use them. But it takes another, nearly equal talent to use them and market them and yes that means marketing yourself. This may require you to shave, wash your hair, and pretend to smile. It won’t kill you.

Do you even care? If you’re working very hard towards a goal that is not of your own creation, do you even care if it fails? You may feel like getting worked up, but it’s not worth it. You don’t have to hang on the words of others to feel better or look for praise. It’s always better to keep seeking and learning before you change directions. This isn’t failure. It’s tactical success.


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FIREFIGHTERS | FROM PAGE 6 negotiation of the contract. Event ua l ly, we ag reed to extend this current contract

that you have before you for one year and to include a provision that would have the firefighters to participate in a safety incentive program,” Abeita said.

At the conclusion of the annual report by the Gallup Fire Department Feb. 13, the Gallup City Council rose in honor of their successful year in 2017. Photo Credit: Rick Abasta

Councilor Yogash Kumar mot ioned to approve a nd Councilor Linda Garcia seconded the action. The item passed by a vote of 5-0. Fire Chief Eric Babcock of the Gallup Fire Department presented the department’s annual report. “Tha nks for hav ing us, this is a good news story. I’m ver y proud of this group,” Babcock said before introducing a group of firefighters. Deputy Fire Chief Jesus Morales shared 2017 highlights. “We did bring most of our administration here today. We’re pretty excited with all the content in this report,” he said. Operations Bat t a l ion Chief Jonathan Dayton spoke next about various fire calls.

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“Ga l lup i s s t a r t i n g t o make some great progress. We’re graduating a lot [of EMTs] from our own community from within and we’re also employing from within,” he said. Assistant Chief Michael Hoffma n spoke about

training. He was very proud of one particular statistic. “For 13 4 ,42 0 hou r s of wo r k , we o n l y h a d o n e reported injury. That’s just amazing. That’s something I’m very proud of. We have a culture of safety at the firehouse,” he said.


ever yone in that horr ibly wrecked vehicle heard the voice say, “It’s hard to fill a cup that’s already full.” The couple looked at each other in amazement, wondering if they both heard the voice or if they were imagining this due to shock. Then they heard it again. “It’s hard to fill a cup that’s already full.” This time the children spoke. “Mom, dad we heard the voice too.” They were still in shock from the rollover accident but the voice they all heard frightened them more. “Your lives have been a construction of your own making. You set it up based on things that were never required of you and in so doing you have continued to fill your life with things that have choked the love from your relationship, your family and now your lives.” The husband was broken and began to sob uncontrollably. Before he knew it he answered the voice out loud. What can I do, he asked. “Remember what is important to you both. You did not start your relationship with thoughts of meetings, bills and obligations that have nothing to do with the formation of your relationship. Your cup was empty so you could always hear the dreams and the love of each other. Now your children have become a reflection of your distractions. You will always work and you will always have obligations to fulfill, but you will not always have love.” When the voice stopped they suddenly realized that rescue personnel were banging on the window attempting to get their attention. The fa mily knew what they had to do. They had just received the gift of a lifetime. Happy Valentine’s Day. 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 ssion a l Stre n gth & Conditioning coach, Licensed Clinical Counselor (LPCC), Life Coa ch, Auth or, an d the owner of Gallup School of Strength (

that couplehood and family life can be reduced to this. No one was happy and their hearts ached but they lacked the ability to change the course they unknowingly chose for themselves. Family and couples therapy was an option floating in their heads but someone had to admit wrong-doing or neglect, right? Who would that be? With so much frustration mounting neither one could bear the thought that they had made mistakes or neglected the other. It was too much to take on so the idea of therapy of any type would just have to wait. Besides, all couples deal with stuff like this, it’s called marriage. With the holiday season upon them they could muster up enough energy to travel and see relatives, get through the holidays without revealing to the unsuspecting the turbulence that has become their relationship. So they set off on a crisp winter day with light snow fall, but rapidly dropping temperatures. The husband and wife were silent while the sound of children’s iPhones played in the background. It was hard to make small talk for fear of starting an argument. We have to get through the holidays. Looking out the window, down the road and counting the hours until family distraction would provide relief. Then it happened. Before they knew it their SUV had hit a patch of black ice and the vehicle skidded out of control and began to roll over, off the highway and down the gorge. The couple was in shock, the children were crying but miraculously no one was hurt, barely even a scratch on any of them. As they sat frozen from the experience, one by one they began to realize their lives had been spared. They collectively recognized there was nothing more important than this. The couple looked at each other and started to cry. Through their tea rs


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haandiin Tome is a young lady of many pursuits. In addition to being a n honors graduate of the University of New Mexico, the Navajo-born Tome is also a filmmaker who possesses Sunda nce Film Festival experience — including a Sundance Full Circle Fellowship.   T he Red Va l ley, A r i z., native debuted her short film “Mud,” last month at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The showing drew a packed house, which included film aficionados from around the world. “Mud” made its local debut Feb. 9 at Gallup’s historic El Morro Theatre and amid a standing room only audience. These days, though, Tome is swamped overseeing scheduled showings of “Mud,” shot in Gallup, Lupton, Ariz., and

We all struggle w ith something.” — Shaandiin Tome

Black Hat, N.M., and gearing up for film festivals in California, Connecticut and New Zealand. Years in the making, “Mud” boasts a Native American cast and was one of two selections at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival Native Film Lab. The film’s producer is Aroonsri Khamsamran of Taos, N.M. Tome is the “Mud’s” writer and director. “The film is doing great,” Tome said after the El Morro show i ng. “It ’s exceed i ng expectations and people are really interested in it.”  

ABOUT THE FILM The star of the just under 10-minute film is Ruby, an alcoholic mother played by Trini King (Edge of America 2003). Ruby seeks to remedy the

relationship she has with her son, Joseph, played by Forrest Goodluck (T h e Re ve n ant 2015). Ruby’s cousin, Harold, is the perfect “side” character, and is played by Ernie Tsosie (Turquoise Rose 2007, Drunktown’s Finest 2014,

From left, Producer Aroonsri Khamsamran, Director Shaandiin Tome and actor Trini King take pictures with fans at the Downtown Conference Center for the Gallup premiere of Mud. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura COMMUNITY

Legends From the Sky 2015) of the Ernie & James comedy duo fame.   K ing is from Shiprock, Goodluck is an Albuquerque native and Tsosie hails from Fort Defiance, Ariz. King and Tsosie are Navajo. Goodluck’s ancestry includes Hidatsa, M a nd a n , Ts i m s h i a n a nd

Navajo. “Making the film was a vey rewarding thing to do,” Tsosie said. “This is social commentary to a large degree. There is a very real message in the film.”


Shaandiin Tome of Red Valley, Ariz. Photo Credit: Courtesy Gallup Sun • Friday February 16, 2018


Sheriff’s deputies of various ranks honored at ceremony Courtesy Reports


cK i n ley Cou nt y Sher i f f ’s Of f ice awarded “Letters of Commendation” to law enforcement deputies of all ranks that went above and beyond the call of duty. The ceremony took place Jan. 31 at MCSO headquarters in Gallup. Below are the actual letters that each deputy received for their good work.

DEPUTY JAMES This letter is to formally and publically commend Deputy Garylle James for the excellent service he has provided to the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office and more importantly the citizens of McKinley 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. On March 11th you, Sgt. Robert Turney and Deputy Clark arrived on scene and were soon able to track the suspect, Kirby Cleveland, who was concealing himself in the area. This was done after numerous attempts by other law enforcement personnel trying to apprehend the suspect. Your dedication and your perseverance to find the suspect with your fellow deputies is truly admirable.

DEPUTY LEE This letter is to formally and publically commend Deputy Johnson Lee for the excellent service he has provided to the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office and more importantly the citizens of McKinley County. At 1:27 in the morning on November 5, 2017 you were patrolling the community of


Gamerco when you heard a male and female arguing. You heard the female yell “call 911.” After locating the individuals arguing outside of an apartment you noticed the male bleeding heavily from his left arm. Also noticing his left side was drenched in blood you alerted Dispatch to call out an ambulance. As you exited your vehicle you quickly identified from the statement of the female that the male subject had punched a window and his arm had several large lacerations with blood running down it. You noticed the male swaying from side to side and as you reached out to grab him he collapsed to the ground. As his eyes rolled back in his head you reached for your tourniquet and placed it on the upper portion of his left arm above the lacerations and tightened it to stop the bleeding. You noted the time it was applied and stood by with him until medical staff arrived to take over. Although this individual was the suspect of a crime you took swift lifesaving action and saved this man’s life. On behalf of the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office and the Citizens of McKinley County, we applaud your effort and dedication to our community.


Deputy Garylle James received a Letter of Commendation, presented by Chief Investigator (Lt.) Merle Bates. Sheriff Ron Silversmith, left. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons

Deputy Johnson Lee received a Letter of Commendation, presented by Lt. Eric Jim. Sheriff Ron Silversmith, left. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons

This letter is to formally and publically commend Deputy Nocona Clark for the excellent service he has provided to the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office and more importantly the citizens of McKinley 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


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Deputy Nocona Clark received a Letter of Commendation, presented by Lt. Eric Jim, for the “good work” he carried out while on duty March 11, 2017. Sheriff Ron Silversmith, left. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons COMMUNITY

DEPUTIES | FROM PAGE 16 Nation Police Officer Houston Largo. On March 11th you, Sgt. Robert Turney and Deputy 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 numerous attempts by other law enforcement personnel trying to apprehend the suspect. Your dedication and your perseverance to find the suspect with your fellow deputies is truly admirable. Deputy Nocona Clark received a Letter of Commendation, presented by Chief Investigator (Lt.) Merle Bates, for the “good work” he carried out while on duty Jan. 1, 2017. Sheriff Ron Silversmith, left. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons

Sgt. Robert Turney received a Letter of Commendation, presented by Chief Investigator (Lt.) Merle Bates. Sheriff Ron Silversmith, left. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons

‘MUD’ | FROM PAGE 15 The fiction film offers a definitive look into the histor y and ongoing struggle with identity as it pertains to Native Americans. Tome, who went through family experiences of alcoholism while growing up, notes that a lot of folks are tangentially familiar with Native Americans — associating tribal culture with alcoholism and other social ills. Ruby succumbs to alcohol in the film, seemingly struggling with identity as it relates to being a Native female. “Who are Native American women in our society when you’re talking about life off of the reservation?” Tome mused during a question and answer session after the El Morro showing. “Ruby str uggles with identity. Ruby is a caring COMMUNITY

mother. She is challenged by identity and culture. We all struggle with something.” There are more films in the works, Tome said. Alison Smith, 35, of Smith Lake, N.M., said she’s eager to see another Tome film, no matter the subject. “I thought it was a well-made film,” Smith said. “You can tell a lot of thought went into it.” Tome summed up the purpose of her film.

DEPUTY CLARK This letter is to formally and publically commend Deputy Nocona Clark for the excellent service he has provided to the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office and more importantly the citizens of McKinley County. At 1:33 in the afternoon on New Year’s Day 2017, you were dispatched to a residence in Gamerco requesting medical assistance. W hen you a r r ived you noticed 2 women waiving you down, one of them holding an infant. Despite both ladies emotional distress you were able to take control of the lifeless infant. You immediately started CPR on the infant, after 6 full compressions, the infant opened her eyes twice and cried out a faint whimper. Med

Star Ambulance arrived shortly after and took over medical treatment. Your swift action and lifesaving skills saved the infant’s life. On behalf of the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office and the Citizens of McKinley County, we applaud your effort and dedication to our community

SGT. TURNEY This letter is to formally a nd publ ica l ly com mend Sergeant Robert Turney for the excellent service he has prov ided to the McK inley County Sheriff’s Office and more importantly the citizens of McKinley 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. On March 11th you and your subordinates Deputy James and Deputy Clark arrived on scene and were soon able to track the suspect, Kirby Cleveland, who was concealing himself in the area. This was done after numerous attempts by other law enforcement personnel trying to apprehend the suspect. Your dedication and your perseverance to find the suspect with your fellow deputies is truly admirable.

“I wrote “Mud” to capture a mother-son relationship and how a mother is striving to tell her son she loves him,” Tome explained. “This film serves as a reality that a lot of Native people face, but it is also a conversation-starter to how we as a people can strive towards a life where we are able to discuss the harshness of addiction and the impact it has on not only those addicted, but the community as well.”

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Black Panther adds some energy to the Marvel formula By Glenn Kay For the Sun



t seems like it has been only a short time since a superhero film opened in cinemas... wait, it has only been a few months since the last title. Regardless, audiences should prepare to be inundated once again with the arrival of the first of three Marvel Comics adaptations coming this year. Thankfully, Black Panther is a solid addition to the franchise cannon and one that should provide viewers with plenty of action and thrills. The stor y involves the African nation of Wakanda. After the passing of King T’Chaka (John Kani) in a bombing (depicted in the Captain America: Civil War film), Prince T’Challa (Chadwick Bosema n) a scends to the throne and inherits the superhero identity of Black Panther. It is revealed that despite its outward appearance as a poor farming country, Wakanda is the most technologically advanced nation in the world. It reportedly all has to do

This new origin story will wake audiences up from the same-old style Marvel often relies on. Now playing. Photo Credit: Courtesy Marvel Studios with a mineral called vibranium found beneath the surface of the earth. The new King sets out to find the nasty Klaue (Andy Serkis), who not only wants to steal vibranium but is also the man responsible for the death of T’Chaka’s father. However, in hunting Klaue down, the hero encounters a bigger foe in the form of Erik “Killmonger” Stevens (Michael B. Jordan). His plans involve usur ping T’Challa, taking power for himself and starting a worldwide revolution. While this is largely a comic book character origin story, one of the benefits in this instance is

the relative newness of the character. Comic fans may already be familiar with Black Panther, but for those like myself who aren’t up on all the heroes, a completely new addition to the line-up adds a great deal of freshness to the proceedings. There’s a remarkable, unseen world to explore in the hidden kingdom of Wakanda as well as several original characters that keep the events vibrant and help the plotting from feeling too familiar. Of course, the downside to setting a foundation is that there are multiple people,

positions and powers to introduce and it often takes a while for things to really get going. This movie is slightly overlong and does take a bit of time to get the basic information out and find its rhythm, but certainly improves as it progresses. T’Challa is a charismatic and likable hero and even the fury of villain “Killmonger” Stevens should be relatable and understandable, adding some additional layers to the superhero shenanigans. And the female protagonists of the Wakanda, including operative/love interest

Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), warrior Okoye (Danai Gurira) and teenage inventor/sibling Shuri (Letita Wright) are involved in all of the action. While there is some overuse of CGI during a car chase and a climactic fight, the fisticuffs and physical battles are dynamic and well-handled, with these conflicts thrown in just when the Game of Thrones-esque exposition and talk of kingdoms and thrones begin to weigh the pace down. Truthfully, not all of the one-liners work either, but enough of them hit the mark to lighten the mood and keep the tone from getting too bogged down in seriousness. Black Panther isn’t perfect, but it is a solid and entertaining superhero movie. The energy and passion on the part of the cast and crew is visible and they add a welcome jolt of liveliness, as well as something new and vibrant, to the very familiar Marvel Universe. In the end, superhero fans should be happy with what they see. NOTE: And yes, there are two post credit scenes. They aren’t as memorable as some of the others we’ve seen in past features, but the latter does involve the reintroduction of a character seen in previous Marvel films. Visit:


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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Feb. 16, 2018 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


t’s time for another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray on DVD. There are some very interesting new releases coming your way, as well as a massive amount of older flicks making their high definition debuts. 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! T h e Bal la d of Lefty Brown - This western involves a kindhe a r t e d but slightly slow-witted cowboy who works a ranch with his lifelong friend. When his pal is elected to the Senate and promptly murdered, Lefty sets out to take revenge for his buddy’s death. However, the lead finds the task more difficult than anticipated after he ends up blamed for the murder. Reviews were quite good for this little independent feature. There were a few who found it a bit too old-fashioned. Still, most were greatly impressed by the lead performance and enjoyed the novelty of telling a story from the point-of-view of what would typically be a supporting character. It stars Bill Pullman, Kathy Baker, Jim Caviezel and Peter Fonda. B l a d e of th e Immortal - Cult f ilm director Takashi M i i k e (Au d i t i o n , Ichi the K i l l e r, 13 A s s a s s in s) ret u r n s w it h another blood-soaked tale, this time set in feudal Japan and based on a comic book. It follows an immortal assassin who takes on the position of a bodyguard to a young girl determined to avenge the death of her parents. Critics were generally positive about the samurai action picture. There were a few criticisms revolving around the extended length and repetition in the story. COMMUNITY

Those write-ups didn’t rank this title with the filmmaker’s best work. Yet many found the high energy, over-the-top bloodshed well-handled and enjoyable to watch. The cast includes Takuya Kimura and Hana Sugisaki. D e a l t - This documentary det a i ls t he life of one of the greatest card magicians in the world. What makes this person’s story all the more remarkable is that the showman is completely blind. The feature shows how he developed his skills over the years, overcame various hardships and rose to become one of the best in his field. Reviewers really enjoyed what they saw. They called the subject a fascinating and talented magician and felt that his life and accomplishments would serve as an inspiration to a great many. Not only that, but they were also impressed with the card tricks on display. Nocturama - A group of teens are the focus of this F r ench for ei g n - l a n g u a ge drama. The camera follows the cha racters as they move about the streets of Pa r i s , s et ting out to accomplish a planned task. Once all is revealed and the incident takes place, the group takes refuge in a lush shopping center, hoping to wait out and escape oncoming forces. Writeups were quite strong for this thriller. Just about everyone was impressed with the technical skills on display. As for the script, a minority found the cold approach filled with artifice that didn’t grip them emotionally. Others found it fascinating, suggesting that style left its meaning open to interpretation. Finnegan Oldfield, Vincent Rottiers and Hamza Meziani headline the feature.

BLASTS FROM THE PAST! Holy cow, there are so many classic releases in high definition it’s hard to know where to start! Arrow Video is putting out a Blu-ray of The Bird With

the Crystal Plumage (1970). Yes, this was actually released a few years back but it sold out and went out-of-print in no time. The company is re-releasing it in a one disc, Blu-ray only version so fans of the influential Italian thriller can pick it up. A r row Academy has a Special E d it io n of Federico Fellini’s Orchestra Rehearsal (1978). It’s a pseudo-documentary about a film crew interviewing members of an orchestra and discovering tensions within the group. This Blu-ray release offers a 2K restoration of the film, a conversation with a film scholar about Fellini and the movie’s significance, a visual essay on the movie and a gallery of promotional materials from around the world. Shout! F a c t or y i s putting out a Blu-ray of the thriller, G a m e s (1967 ). It ’s about a pair of t w i s t e d socialites who play horrible games on visitors. When one of their targets exhibits psychic abilities, the tables are turned and they become the ones being ma nipulated. The Blu-ray comes with a trailer and still gallery. The studio is also putting out Night of the Seagulls (1975) in high definition. This is the fourth and final title in the Spanish Blind Dead zombie series. This chapter follows a new doctor and his wife in a cursed village that comes under assault from the undead. It’s a goofy little flick that should provide some B-movie thrills for zombie flick fans. The release includes an audio commentary along with a theatrical trailer. A n d t h e r e ’ s plenty more. Criterion is relea si ng a Blu-ray of what is perhaps the ultimate zombie feature,

Night of the Living Dead (1968). The George A. Romero classic introduced the modern flesh-eating zombie to the world and still stands as one of the greatest horror films ever made. It has been given a new 4K restoration and that was supervised by Romero before his passing and arrives with numerous extras. This includes multiple commentary tracks featuring the film’s director, cast and crew. It also contains archival interviews, newsreels and publicity material. If you’re looking for more thrills, then you can also pick up The Silence of the Lambs (1991) on Blu-ray. It’s another great film about a young FBI recruit and her attempts to track down a serial killer. She ends up visiting a brilliant psychopath in an asylum and attempts to earn his trust to assist her with the case. Criterion are delivering this Best Picture winning title with a new 4K restoration supervised by cinematographer Tak Fujimoto. It also comes with a 1994 commentary with director Jonathan Demme, Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins and the screenwriter. It also includes 38 minutes of deleted scenes, hours of interviews with the cast and crew and other bonuses. A n d there’s more. Kino has the cheesy family flick, Baby: Secret of the Lost L e g e n d (19 8 5), a bizarre effort that features William Katt, Sean Young, Patrick McGoohan and a really fake-looking rubber dinosaur. Now you can watch it on Blu-ray with the best picture quality available, making the clumsy effects look even more amusing. This edition also includes some interviews with cast and crew as an added feature. They’re also putting out a Grindhouse double-feature that includes Chaos (2005) with Sage Stallone and Don’t Look in the Basement (1973). They’re also putting out a Blu-ray of the Italian action

B-movie T he Last Hunter (1980), about a soldier who gets trapped behind enemy lines. Finally, Mondo Macabro is distributing a Blu-ray of the low-budget horror pic, The Blood Spattered Bride (1972).

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Here are some titles the kids might enjoy. B a b y : Secret of the Lost Legend (1985) B e n 10: Season 1, Vol. 1 Dinosaur T r a i n : Big Pond Adventures Garfield: Nine Lives Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie (Nickelodeon) PBS Kids: Outer Space Adventures Poke mon the Movie: I Choose You!

ON THE TUBE! And here are the week’s TV-themed releases. Adam-12: Season 1 Animal Kingdom: Season 2 Ben 10: Season 1, Vol. 1 Broad City: Season 4 The Deuce: Season 1 Doctor Who: The Complete Peter Capaldi Years Doctor Who Special: Twice Upon A Time Dragnet 1967: Season 1 F u l l H o u s e : Seasons 1 - 4 T h e Gilmour G i r l s : Seasons 1 - 4 H e y Arnold! The Jungle Movie (Nickelodeon) The Kids in the Hall: The Complete Collection T he Lazarus Man: The Complete Series Mystery Science Theater 3000: Vol. XII Quincy, M.E.: Season 1 The Sinner: Season 1 T hree’s Company: The Complete Collection The Waltons: Season 1 - 4

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SPORTS 360 No. 2 Bloomfield sends No. 4 Gallup packing, 60-40 ALCANTAR, PAYNE, QUINTANA TEAR DOWN GALLUP  

By Bernie Dotson For the Sun


he Bloomfield Lady Bobc at s ex ploded in the third quarter and clamped down profusely on defense a nd beat Gallup 60-40 Feb. 10 in a District 1-5A girls basketball game at Gallup High School. Both teams were competitive in the opening quarter, a s the Lady Benga ls won the first quarter 13-12. Each team appeared to be defensive-minded in the first quarter, but one could see that it was a matter of time before Bloomfield’s Brandi Alcantar, Halle Payne and Alyssa Quintana got things together enough to stick it the Lady Bengals.  Alcantar and Quintana are seniors, Payne a sophomore. The lead in the opening quarter changed six times, with a variety of players getting points. Gallup junior forward Ashley Antone rebounded well and chipped in short jump shots in the first. But even in the opening quarter, Alcantar was getting the entire Lady Bobcats offense involved in set plays, like give and go’s to either Quintana or fellow senior Sierra Ortiz.  “I really think she’s the best point guard in the state,” Bloomfield head coach Tom

Adair said. “She plays the complete floor game. And she plays well on both ends.”

THE SECOND QUARTER Payne came alive in the second quarter. She didn’t play many minutes in the first quarter, but made her presence known in the second. Payne and senior forward Mattie Waresback scored on inside and outside shots for Bloomfield in the latter part of the first half, and appeared to allow Alcantar run the show. Both teams maintained a consistent scoring pace, albeit against a defensive backdrop. The game was a relatively low-scoring game in the first half.   Bloomfield (20-4, 7-1) won the second quarter 14-8, and that set the tone for future quarters. Gallup (15-9, 4-4) committed four straight turnovers in the first minute of the fourth quarter. Gallup junior guard Hanna Toledo, who usually scores a lot, had her hands full with Alcantar. That left the scoring punch to guards (junior) Amanda Mitchel and (senior) Lanae Smith. Ashley and senior forward Journey Gillson were forced to rebound and score when possible, due to the fact that Gallup’s guards where neutralized by Payne

Gallup junior Hanna Toledo (13) steals a rebound from Bloomfield senior Mattie Waresback (5) during the girl’s basketball game held at Gallup High School in Gallup Feb. 10. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo and Alcantar. “Get back, get back on defense,” Gallup head coach Todd McBroom said to his players multiple times. “Move the ball.”  Moving the ball was what Alcantar did a lot at the start of the third quarter. There were times when Bloomfield players touched the ball at least five times on offense. Antone, one of Gallup’s leading point getters on the 2018 basketball season, scored six points in

the first half. Quintana scored 8 in the first half. Quintana and Alcantar brought loud cheers from the Bloomfield crowd when they blocked shots on Gallup. Senior guard Lanae Notah opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer and that gave the Gallup team some momentum. Then Ortiz and Gillson traded shots. Gillson put Gallup up 30-28 with three minutes gone off the game clock in the third quarter. To a large degree it

was Gillson’s rebounding and inside play that kept Gallup in the game in the latter part of the second and beginning part of the third quarters. Bloomfield answered every time Gallup scored, such as the put back by Quintana after the shot by Gillson in the early part of the third. There were five lead changes in the third quarter and it was also a time when the Lady


Gallup players senior Leona Smith (33) and junior Amanda Mitchel (3) attempt to block Bloomfield sophomore Halle Coach Todd McBroom of the Gallup High School girl’s varsity basketball team watches the game between Gallup Payne (21) Feb. 10 at the girl’s basketball game hosted at Gallup High School. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo and Bloomfield Feb. 10 in Gallup. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo

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NFL referee shares endearing stories, importance of education at annual Rotary scholarship banquet By Jonathan Gregg Sun Correspondent


n e st i m at ed several hundred people turned out Feb. 8 for the annual Rotary club scholarship fundraiser. The keynote speaker was longtime NFL referee Ed Hochuli. Most NFL fans would recognize the name, but for the casual fan, he’s the one with biceps of steel, who wears his tight-fitting number 85 jersey and likes to explain the simplest penalties in a length that would rival War and Peace. He also happens to be one of the most distinguished referees in the NFL, having offici-

scholarships are the reason we are here.” That really was the story of the night, the amazing turnout not only from Gallup, but from Albuquerque, Colorado, Arizona, and throughout the Southwest and beyond. There were representatives from many local businesses, from the Armed Forces, the Nava jo Nation, a nd from the Duke City Gladiators (Albuquerque’s professional indoor football team). Even James Malm, CEO of UNM-G, was in attendance. The pride in the community and what the Rotary Club was doing for it was palpable. When asked why he believed in

Sammy Chioda, Rotary Club committee chair for the speakers banquet, speaks alongside Hochuli at the Feb. 8 banquet to promote scholarships for students in need. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons ated two Super Bowls, and in 2008 was voted “best referee” in an ESPN poll. However, what isn’t widely known is that Hochuli is also a great speaker. He lead off the night with a hilarious story about when he was a child and he asked his dad “Dad, was I adopted?” And his dad replied, “‘yes son’ you were ... but 6 months later they brought you back.’” The audience was roaring, and an enthralling speech followed However, as Rotary Club Committee Chair for the speakers banquet, or as most of us know him “Sammy C” Chioda said, “remember, the speaker is not the reason we are here, SPORTS

what the Rotary Club mission, Malm said, “I am an educator… this is not just for a charity, but a charity to help our students pursue education, which makes it doubly special to me.” There was strong representation from the Albuquerque sports community as well, including head coach Dominic Bra ma nte a nd Genera l Manager Matt Caward of the Duke City Gladiators. For those that don’t know, the Gladiators are Albuquerque’s indoor professional football team, and they play in the Champions Indoor Football league. When asked why he traveled to Gallup for this event, Bramante said he came to

support a great cause, and to support Chioda. When discussing the event a couple of days later, Chioda described Bramante as “just a great human being.” Many of the Rotary Club members in attendance have been members for 30 to 40 years. Mark Gartner, of Gartner Insurance in Gallup, is one such member. “We do important work, but we also have fun doing it,” Gartner said, when asked about his reasons for staying with the club. That theme of doing important work while having fun was evident though the entire night, with both kids and adults laughing, swapping stories, and having a blast. Bra ndon Everet t f rom Boulder, Colo. was first tipped off to the occasion from an old football buddy. “I have been coming to these for the last five years, and each one is better then the last,” he said. Of course, it didn’t hurt that there was an amazing buffet of appetizers provided by the students from the Navajo Technical University culinary arts program. From shrimp cocktail to pot stickers with three different dipping sauces to a mushroom covered crostini, the guests were treated to a feast .... before the main feast even started. But as Chioda said, this event was about the scholarships, and when it came to those, the efforts of the Rotary

NFL referee Ed Hochuli, who has officiated two Super Bowls, attended the Feb. 8 Rotary Club scholarship banquet in Gallup and spoke to the enthusiastic crowd. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons club have been a resounding success. Through 2017, the Rotary has awarded over $410,000 in scholarships to area students, including $28,000 in 2017 alone. For this event, scholarships were awarded to the senior of the year from area schools. For those that are not familiar, each area school nominates a senior of the month throughout the school year. After that is done, the senior of the year is chosen from the pool of monthly winners. The process doesn’t stop there though. After the senior of the year is chosen, each of those candidates has do go

through yet another competitive process involving writing essays and a Q&A session with judges for come up with the winner for the scholarships. Due to the success of the event, this year the scholarships were $6,000 for first place, $5,000 for second, and so on, with sixth place and after receiving $1,000 each. The process was very competitive, but as Hochuli said in his speech “don’t be average, don’t let yourself. Don’t be satisfied with ‘good enough’, or doing just enough to get by. Make the choice.” The scholarship winners made that choice.

The crowd at the Feb 8. Rotary Club scholarship fundraiser dinner drew supporters from Albuquerque, Colorado, and Arizona, as well as Gallup. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons Gallup Sun • Friday February 16, 2018





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A lcantar a layup and the Lady Bobcats led 44-36 with 5:59 left in the game. Gallup’s Bobcats began a streak of 19 defense couldn’t handle what consecutive points. The third Bloomfield threw at them. quarter ended with a 36-36 tie.   “This was a fantastic effort Pay ne scored the first as far as our defense goes,” points of the fourth quar- said. “Just a great game down ter and Payne had physical the stretch on defense for us.”   exchanges with Gallup junior Adair credited the hot guard Kamyrn Yazzie going for shooting and the guard play of steals and getting rebounds. Alcantar in the win. By the time Bloomfield started to pull away the game was over, Bloomfield in the fourth behind the play of ended with hitting 22 straight Alcantar, Payne and Quintana. shots.  The Lady Bobcats Pay ne h it a 3 -poi nter, also hit their foul shots when

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they went to the free throw line. Gallup recorded 29 turnovers in the loss. Quintana scored 17 points in the win and Payne recorded 16. Alcantar played the complete floor game and scored 12 points and was instrumental in causing Gallup — the Lady Bengals beat Bloomfield 49-48 at home on Jan. 25 — turnovers. Gallup played a box-and-1 defense on Alcantar throughout most of the second half. Gillson led Gallup with 10 points. CLASSIFIEDS

COMMUNITY CALENDAR FEB. 16-22, 2018 FRIDAY, Feb. 16 TECH TIME CLASS: PINTEREST 10:30 am12:30 pm @ 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) 8631291 or email libtrain@ CELEBRATE LUNAR NEW YEAR! 2-4 pm @ Children’s Branch. There will be stories and activities for the whole family for a Lunar New Year Celebration. Free. MAKER ZONE (ALL AGES) 2-3 pm @Children’s Branch. We provide supplies, you provide ideas. GET UP AND GAME 4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch. Join us for a family-friendly video games Friday afternoon. FORGIVENESS: A LENTEN STUDY Westminster Presbyterian Church will begin a Lenten study, using the book, Forgiveness: A Lenten Study. The first meeting and potluck will be at the home of Pastor Kay. 6:30 pm, 509 Cactus Road. SATURDAY, Feb. 17 LEARN TO KNIT! 10 am-12 pm @ 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. STORY TIME (AGES 2-4) 11 am @ Children’s branch. An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement, rhymes, and stories. CALENDAR

MONDAY, Feb. 19 OCTAVIA FELLIN LIBRARY Closed for Presidents Day TUESDAY, Feb. 20 TECH TIME CLASS: POWERPOINT FOR BEGINNERS 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: MAKER ZONE (6 AND OLDER) 4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch. We provide supplies, you supply the ideas. WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21 STORY TIME (AGES 2-4) 10:30-11 am @ Children’s Branch. An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement, rhymes, and stories. TECH TIME: ONE-2-ONE TECH HELP 10-11 am @ Main Branch. The Library is offering oneon-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@ FIRED UP FILMS 5:30-7 pm @ Main branch. This week’s movie, The Hundred Foot Journey. Free popcorn provided. FORGOTTEN HEROES The Zollinger Library and the Veterans Resource Center are proud to present a book talk and signing, with Edward Lee Smith. 5:30-7pm, Zollinger Library Reading Room. Members of the local community are invited. Parking is free. Light refreshments will be available. THURSDAY, Feb. 22 CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) 4-5 pm @ Children’s


Branch. Fun crafts for the whole family. This week’s activity: Rock Painting WINE & PAINTING 6-9 pm @ ART123 Gallery. Register at 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) 7220039 for information. CO-DEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS Meets Wednesday, 6-7 pm, at First United Methodist Church, 1800 Redrock Dr. (in the library). All are welcome. COMMUNITY PANTRY The Hope Garden offers organic produce for sale from 10 am-noon, TueFri., 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 6-8 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-1 pm at the New Mexico Cancer Center across from UNM-Gallup. Everyone is welcome to attend and engage in discussions about health, education, economic, and environmental inequities and to help facilitate change in those systems. Call (505) 906-2671. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Overeaters Anonymous 12step meetings. Held every Saturday at 10 am. The First Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Drive. Open to anybody who has a desire to stop compulsive eating. Contact info. (505) 307-5999, (505) 721-9208, or (505) 870-1483. RECYCLING COUNCIL McKinley Citizens Recycling Council is a local nonprofit working to increase recycling through education, community outreach, and partnership with local government agencies. MCRC meets the first Saturday of the month at 2 pm, at Red Mesa on Hill St. For more information, please call (505) 7225142 or visit Recylegallup. org. SUPPORT EARLY LANGUAGE AND LITERACY FOR SCHOOL SUCCESS! Gallup McKinley County Schools is currently recruiting pregnant women and teens in McKinley

County with children from birth to 5 years of age. There are no income guidelines and services are free to ALL community members. Learn more about this opportunity by contacting BeBe Sarmiento at (505) 721-1055. 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. 17—Window Rock Flea Market Sat., Feb. 24—Window Rock Flea Market SAVE THE DATE 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 7-9 pm 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. SPRING CAREER FAIR UNM Gallup will host a Spring Career Fair 2018. 10am-1:30pm at Gurley Hall Commons. Call (505) 863-7682. 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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