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a ny people who g rew up i n t he 1980 s still look ba ck fond ly on the decade’s cultural moment: big hair and shoulder pads, iconic movies, and a spectrum of music from punk to hard rock that molded a generation. Standing the test of time, the ‘80s rock ‘n’ roll genre is one that still can trigger a memory for anyone who was around for its inception. In Albuquerque, ‘80s rock ‘n’ roll is still alive and well, thanks to local rock band Tommy Trash & The Alley Cats, who blast out ‘80s nostalgia before enthused crowds. Forming in January of 2017, group leader Tommy “Trash” Vigil first recruited his bandmates to play some old AC/DC hits. The lineup now includes Tommy Vigil on lead guitar, Eddie Bortot on lead vocals, Kevin White on bass guitar, and Clay Trujillo as their drummer. Both Vigil and Bortot have roots in Gallup, but now call Duke City their home. The band is headed to Gallup March 10, to play during downtown’s ArtsCrawl. The Sun interviewed vocalist Bortot to find out more about the band, and why the ‘80s have a such a big influence on their sound. Sun: Hey Eddie, thanks for taking the time out to do this, I really appreciate it. Bortot: Oh no problem. Glad to do it, Tommy of course you know is under the weather so he told me about it, so glad to do it. Sun: Cool. Tell me, how
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Tommy Trash & The Alley Cats perform at “The Bird” in Albuquerque New Year’s Eve. The band pounces on ArtsCrawl March 10. Expect to hear the early hits of 1980s mega bands, such as AC/DC, a finicky Alley Cat favorite. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Tommy Trash & The Alley Cats did you guys come up with the name? Bortot: Well, it’s Tommy’s band and he basically recruited everybody in the band. We had all played in different bands before. He invited us one day to jam some old Bon Scott tunes you know from the earlier AC/DC days. We all live in Albuquerque currently but Tommy and I are originally from Gallup, so we already knew each other. He asked what should we call the band; pretty much we all gave our input and we said, “hey it’s your band so why not after you,” and that’s how we came up with the name. We then acquired a gig and started playing in January 2017, and pretty much just playing in New Mexico. Pretty much the “bread and butter” is playing AC/DC songs. Sun: I’ll be honest with you, now when I first saw you guys on YouTube you guys didn’t look like a rock ‘n’ roll band, if all else perhaps a band that played Santana and music
along that genre. Is that the same reaction you get when people hear you the first time? Bortot: Well, it depends on the venue where we’re playing. We do have a small following. We have a “Blues Brothers” image you know from the movie, and when we do play our ‘80s music they begin to like us even more. We want to keep the ‘80s alive with our music. Sun: I was blown away that you guys play a lot of cover songs that some bands don’t, like Saxxon, The Cult, and Krokus. I mean you just don’t do the ordinary, but I also noticed you do cuts from bands like, Ratt, Van Halen, Scorpioins, Black Sabbath, Dio, Iron Maiden, and of course AC/ DC. You guys are definitely ‘80s metal heads. Bortot: I don’t know how we got into it, we just started singing them and at first we had a playlist but over the course we started doing other songs. Some of these songs are hard
to sing and put a lot of strain on my voice. Tommy and Kevin have been very supportive and told me to not give up, so they kept pushing me. So, 80’s metal is pretty much what we do, a lot of Bon Scott and Brian Johnson songs from earlier AC/DC stuff, we try to do the AC/DC stuff later on in the set because it does put a strain on my voice. But the core is mostly from the ‘80s; we focus on this genre and pretty much stick to it. But you never know what we are going to play. We have people asking ‘are you going to play this song or that.’ We have over 50 songs. We sometimes may play something different. Just like I said, it depends on the venue. Sun: That is way cool! I always like to ask this question because each answer is unique and there’s a reason behind it. How did you get into music and who were your biggest influences? Bortot: My mom is my biggest influence, she would
come home and bring these vinyls with the scariest album covers on them [laughing]. She bought me my first KISS albums, I grew up listening to Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, and AC/DC. I listened to AC/ DC and my mom bought me the albums. I favor Bon Scott over Brian Johnson. I was hooked into the ‘80s metal. Sun: Have you personally had the privilege of meeting any of these bands that you play? Bortot: I’ve seen AC/DC twice and recently seen Iron Maiden. I’ve been to a lot of concerts here in Albuquerque, I’ve seen Danzig and different types of genres. It’s awesome to see these types of things. But as for face to face, I haven’t had that chance yet. Sun: If you weren’t doing this what would be your second dream? Bortot: I have no idea,
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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: Tommy Trash & the Alley Cats, from left, Tommy Vigil (lead guitar/ vocals), Eddie Bortat (lead vocals), Clay Trujillo (drums/ vocals), and Kevin White (bass/vocals). Photos courtesy of the band. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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Rehoboth Christian School: New high school building nears completion A CUTTING EDGE CAMPUS FOR TODAY’S MODERN STUDENT
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ehoboth Christian School invites students and parents to visit the campus, and consider enrolling for the coming school year. Executive director Bob Ippel said he has been with the school for more than 25 years and he has seen plenty of improvements in that time. “I have been able to see a lot of growth, in terms of not only the number of kids that we’re serving, but also some really incredible facilities that we now have,” he said. T welve yea r s a go, t he school unveiled their new sports and fitness facility and middle school. This August, Rehoboth will unveil their new high school and complete the puzzle. “It w i l l be a beaut i f u l building,” Ippel said. “We will need more students to fill it.” As a private school, tuition amounting to $7,575 for K-8 and $7,975 for high school is charged to each student. Depending on income, families are eligible for scholarships to cover costs. Ministry partners, includi ng i nd iv idua ls, fa m i l ies, churches and foundations provide assistance for students each year. “We have top quality education and college preparatory curriculum,” Ippel said.
An artist’s rendering of how the new Rehoboth Christian High School campus will appear once construction is completed. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rehoboth Christian School
Rehoboth Christian School’s Executive Director Bob Ippel. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rehoboth Christian School “Ou r k ids receive academic support.” Students also have the benefits of school programs in fine arts including music, choir, cantabile band, jazz band, art, drama, and debate club. The school athletic program also boasts sports such as soccer, basketball, volleyball, cross-country, softball, baseball, and track and field. The student-faculty ratio is 12:1 and there are 24 fulltime teaching staff members. There are 11 part-time teaching staff members with masters, including other advanced degrees. “Ou r cla ss sizes a re smaller, which mea ns the chance of kids getting lost is minimized,” he said. “The
relationships between teachers and students are amazing.” Ippel said there are 400 students currently attending Rehoboth Christian School. He would like to see those numbers increase anywhere between 475 to 500 students, especially since they have the space. Maintaining the school’s benchmark for excellence mea n s t a k i ng i n novat ive approaches such as the interdisciplinar y collaboration between high school students mentoring elementary students. “We have a 70 percent Native American population. About 117 years ago, this was started as a school and mission for Native Americans,” Ippel said. In addition to the high percentage of Native American students, about 18 percent are Caucasian and 12 percent Hispa nic, A sia n a nd African-American.
Storm clouds above as construction continues on the new Rehoboth high school building Feb. 15 at the Rehoboth campus in Gallup. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo
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The school transports students to and from surrounding communities through six bus routes to Crownpoint, Sa nder s, A r i z., Tohatch i, Window Rock, Ariz., and Zuni. Rehoboth Christian School occupies more than 700 acres on the eastern edge of Gallup and offers Christian chapel ser v ices, da ily devotions, Bible st ud ie s a nd prayer enrichment. “We have donor s from around the country,” Ippel said, referring to donations for student scholarships. “We want kids to experience this type of education to transform their lives and community, to make a difference in the world,” Ippel said. “Tuition shows commitment by the pa rents who va lue education. They are willing to make a sacrifice.” The older students who tutor the younger ones add to the equation. “We have intergenerational
cross -grade relationsh ips with our tutoring program,” he said. “We also have a Big Brot her s a nd Big Sister s program.” Over the years Rehoboth Christian School has produced a nu mber of wel lknown community leaders, tribal leaders, Gates Millennium scholars, military volunteers, and students pursuing careers in welding and other vocations. In this day a nd age of school shootings, Rehoboth is prepared to respond to such emergencies. “Rehoboth looks at the college model because we’re a campus,” Ippel said. “Our ca mpus atmosphere presents challenges on how to do things like locking doors, communications and emergency drills.” He noted that the school
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Two construction workers work on the inside of the new Rehoboth high school building Feb. 15 at the Rehoboth campus in Gallup. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo GALLUP FUN!
Don Whitesinger of Spider Rock, Ariz., and Peterson Yazzie of Greasewood Springs, Ariz. Photo Credit: Courtesy Diné College
Diné College exhibit shows Whitesinger, Yazzie as multitalented artists
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SAILE, Ariz. — Artists Don Whitesinger and Peterson Yazzie first started drawing as kids, illustrating people and things that spontaneously came to mind. Both studied concepts of art at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and went on to receive graduate degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design and the University of New Mexico. Whitesinger teaches studio art at Diné College and Yazzie is an art instructor at Northern Pioneer College in Holbrook, Ariz. The two recently put on loan to Diné College’s Ned Hatathli Museum more than 30 paintings characteristic of the Navajo experience — something each is very proud of. The exhibit includes original sketches and runs through the month of March and includes splendid images of hogans, Navajo families and artifacts. Whitesinger and Yazzie are Navajo, and are from Spider Rock and Greasewood Springs, Ariz., respectively. Stylistically, both consider themselves abstract expressionists. “I approach each project with an open mind,” Yazzie said. Not long ago, Yazzie illustrated a ch ild ren’s book ca l led, T h e Hog a n t h at GALLUP FUN!
G reat-grandfather Built, which is a series showcasing home life on the reservation. Homage to Picasso is a vividly and somewhat linear work by Whitesinger that is a tribute to the 19th Century Spanish painter, sculptor and ceramist. “It was something I just felt worthwhile to do,” Whitesinger said. The exhibit has already left impressions on onlookers. The art show opened Feb. 7 and is titled, “Contemporary and Traditional Innovations in Rez Paint.” “What makes the work of both of these artists notable is their dedication to Navajo culture,” Hatathli Museum Curator Nonabah said. “Their styles are creative and remarkable and people have given them a lot of positive comments.” Whitesinger noted the start of a baccalaureate of fine arts program at Diné College and the appeal it has for students. The program began Spring of 2018. “It’s a new program, and one that is gaining popularity,” Whitesinger said. “I think everyone is pleased with it.” Whitesinger added, “Art is the greatest asset Indian people have in our communities, yet it is the most underdeveloped.” Yazzie is a former student of Whitesinger’s from when the two were at Holbrook High School. Yazzie is a member of the B.F.A. advisory council. Gallup Sun • Friday March 2, 2018
President appoints new director of NN Veterans Administration Staff Reports
I N D OW RO CK , Ariz. – President Russell Begaye has appointed Lt. Col. Tracey Clyde as the new director of the Navajo Nation Veterans Administration. Clyde served for 28 years in the United States Army. He returns to the Navajo Nation with considerable experience in policy development, management, recruitment and human resources. His first day on the job was Feb. 26. “Lieutenant Colonel Clyde is
capable of moving projects forward. His experience and rank in the military will bring tremendous integrity to the administration,” Begaye said. “It’s an honor for us to have a lieutenant colonel serve as director of the NNVA.” Clyde graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., in 1989 and received a degree in applied science. He later attended Central Michigan University and received a master’s degree in human resource management. Vice President Jonathan Nez commended Clyde for his military service and dedication to
Maj. Gen. Kevin O’ Connell, commanding general, U.S. Army Sustainment Command, presents Lt. Col. Tracey Clyde, First U.S. Army and guest speaker, a plaque in appreciation for his participation in the Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, National American Indian Heritage observance in Heritage Hall at the Arsenal Nov. 21. Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class Shannon Wright, ASC Public Affairs Office the country. “We are hopeful that as a high-ranking officer, Lieutenant Colonel Clyde will maintain high expectations for his staff and that the veterans will maintain respect for the chain of command,” Nez said. Clyde’s overseas assignments included one combat tour to Iraq, a deployment to
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Haiti and multiple tours in Korea. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal. His military decorations are the Army Staff Identification Badge, the Recruiter Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Parachutist Badge and the Ranger Tab.
“After closing out 28 years in the U.S. Army, I am honored to be appointed as the director of the NNVA,” Clyde said. “I look forward to serving the military veterans on the Navajo Nation.” Clyde is from Shiprock, N.M. and grew up herding sheep in the Tolikan Chapter area. He graduated from Shiprock High School in 1985.
Red Sparrow doesn’t sing By Glenn Kay For the Sun
RATING: «« OUT OF «««« RUNNING TIME: 140 MINUTES Based on a bestselling spy book, the new film Red Sparrow seems to hark back to Cold War thrillers of the past, although with one novel little twist. The operative is a Russian woman who uses the power of seduction to woo her targets before striking. It’s an interesting concept with a lot of potential, but this adaptation ends up looking and feeling too slick for its own good. It’s so polished, that ultimately it lacks the necessary gravitas or even provide pulpy thrills to grip viewers. Dominika Egorova (Jennifer Lawrence) is a Bolshoi ballet dancer who is struggling to make ends meet and care for her mother. An on-stage accident quickly ends her career. Soon, she is war ned that she will lose her home and be unable to pay for her parents’ health care. Thankfully, Dominika’s slimy uncle Vanya (Matthias Schoenaerts) is a high-ranking government official involved in a clandestine spy program. He recruits the woman for a Sparrow program that teaches students to use particular persuasion
Jennifer Lawrence plays Dominika Egorova, a former ballet dancer turned Russian spy. The movie, while beautiful, fails to hit the right notes. Photo Credit: Courtesy 20th Century Fox skills to ensnare enemies of the state. The ex-dancer’s first undercover operation is to find a mole within the Kremlin who is reporting to CIA operative Nate Nash (Joel Edgerton) and report to General Korchnoi (Jeremy Irons). This is a very good-looking movie, with lots of beautiful locations and impressive photography as the characters move around Eastern Europe from the snowy streets of Moscow to Hungary, Turkey and England. When activities revolve around characters
moving through outdoor locations trying not to attract attention, the imagery is striking. However, at times the glossy and polished appearance of the film works against its dead serious attempts to detail the unseemly inner workings of the icy outfit and the dehumanizing techniques used on the students. Much of the first half of the feature involves Dominika’s recruitment and training process from stern instructor Matron (Charlotte Rampling). It’s a pretty thankless role for
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believable or authentic tone. Later sections of the movie involving actual espionage do add some tension a nd intrigue to the proceedings. Unfor tunately, the second half is still hampered by the main relationship between the protagonist and her CIA lead. Nash is essentially a goody two-shoes. He’s unwaveringly earnest, heroic and unwilling to succumb to Dominika’s techniques. Naturally, the spy immediately falls for him, leading to suggestions that she might be willing to turn double-agent. Sadly, there isn’t a whole lot of onscreen chemistry between the two and the romance comes off in an eye-rolling manner. This important connection falls flat and ends up dragging down the pace. In the end, even the final reveal isn’t all that surprising. Perhaps this all worked as an engaging thriller on the printed page, but this adaptation has tonal issues and bizarre moments that, between the onscreen brutalities, may earn more guffaws than chills. Frankly, I never expected to hear an Oscar-winning actress have to utter the line, “You sent me to whore school!” but that’s one of the many strange, borderline comical outbursts that occurs in this film. I admire the boldness of the performers for taking on such an unusual project, but Red Sparrow never manages to sing. Visit: CinemaStance.com 207 WEST COAL GALLUP 505.863.1250 www.elmorrotheatre.com Facebook @elmorrogallup
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Q&A EXCLUSIVE | FROM PAGE 4 when I lived in Gallup I did mixed martial arts, that was kind of my first dream and when this opportunity came I took advantage of it. At first it didn’t almost happen because of a death in my family but luckily the opportunity came again. Sun: If you had a chance to hang out with one of your favorite musicians, who would it be and why? Bortot: I would have to say Ace Frehley of KISS, he’s been my childhood hero and I can identify with him more than any of the other members. Sun: When you told me this earlier I couldn’t believe it but right now you are working in Albuquerque as a principal at Kennedy Middle School. I thought that was so cool to have a heavy metal principal and I have to give you props for what you’re doing. Bortot: Thank you, yes I
love what I am doing and it’s funny when the kids come up to me and tell me, “Mr. Bortot I saw you on YouTube singing away to AC/DC.” They do freak out when they see me on there. I tell them it’s never too late to follow your dream, to believe in yourself and follow your passion. Sun: That is so way cool! I wish I could chat with more but I know you have a busy schedule. But you guys will be here in Gallup performing in front of Quintana’s Music and Native Indian Jewelry on Saturday, March 10 right? Bortot: Yes, that’s correct, we’ll be jamming March 10 in front of Quintana’s. We would like to thank Ryan and Rhonda Quintana for bringing us back to Gallup. We love it and always a good time. We are looking forward to play in our hometown and seeing old friends. For more information on Tommy Trash & The Alley Cats visit Facebook: Tommy Trash & The Alley Cats.
MOUNTAINFILM | FROM PAGE 5 beyond the theater audiences. Mountainfilm for Students is a free educational outreach initiative that introduces students in K-12 public schools to essential environmental, cultural and social issues with age-appropriate film programs. This year Mountainfilm will be holding educational events at both Gallup High School and Del Norte Elementary School. These events are led by professional educational staff from the Mountainfilm organization working with teachers in the schools to bring home the powerful messages of the films.
NON-PROFIT EXPO The Gallup and McKinley County area is home to many amazing non-profit organizations. The Mountainfilm movies are exciting and inspiring and people generally leave wanting
to get involved in outdoor activities or the issues touched on in the films. So the Thai Burma Border Initiative will use this event to pull together of our local groups at the El Morro Event Center Saturday March 10 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm during Artscrawl. This way people attending can start getting involved on their way in or out of the film screenings. The Expo will, of course, be open to the general public so that those attending Artscrawl can stop by as well. Tickets for Mountainfilm on Tour will be $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and u nder. Discou nts w i l l be available for those wishing to attend both shows. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance at: w w w.eventbr ite.com /e/ mountainfilm-on-tour-gallupnm-tickets-43039327788. Mou nt a i n f i l m on Tou r in Gallup is hosted by the Thai Burma Border Health Initiative in partnership with Roseborough & Fowles, P.C.;
the Business Improvement District; and Gallup Arts.
MOUNTAINFILM FESTIVAL Mountainfilm began in 1979 and is one of America’s longest-running film festivals. The festival is best described by one word: inspiring. In addition to screening leading independent documentary films from around the world, the festival includes a full-day symposium on a contemporary issues, art and photography exhibits, early morning coffee talks, outdoor programs, a book-signing party, an ice cream social, student programs and a closing picnic/awards ceremony. Presentations and panels are scheduled throughout the weekend event with a wide diversity of special guests, ranging from artists to adventurers and academics to activists. To learn more about the festival, visit www.mountainfilm. org.
Navajo basketball teams win 1A, 3A Ariz. state championships Staff Reports
LENDALE, Ariz. – President Russell Begaye a nd Vice President Jonathan Nez celebrate the success of Navajo basketball players who competed in the 2018 Arizona state high school basketball tournaments. Both attended games for the 1A Conference and 3A Conference tournaments this past week. “It’s an honor to be here watching so many of our Navajo athletes compete at this level,” Begaye said. “To see them doing so well goes to show you their commitment and dedication. I’m proud to see them representing our people.” For the 1A Girls Cha mpion sh ip ga me, t he Saint Michaels Lady Cardinals defeated the Baboquiva r i Lady Warriors 60-44 to win the state title for the second year in a row. After the game, both Begaye and Nez carried the Navajo Nation flag onto the court to celebrate and congratulate the girls on their victory. “Congratulations to the Lady Cardinals!” Nez said. “Back-to-back Championship wins are not easy and you’ve
earned this tremendous honor along with your coaches.” For the 3A Boys Final Four Championship games, which took place last Friday on Feb. 23 at the Gila River Arena in Glenda le, the Winslow Bu l ldog s a nd t he Ch i n le Wildcats faced off and the Bulldogs won 68-57. “I’m glad to be pa r t of the reservation and to show the rez that we can ball!” said Ricardo Villanueva (40), for wa rd for t he Wi n slow Bulldogs. The Winslow Bulldogs then advanced to the championship game on Feb. 26 against the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets where they won the state title 79-63. “The main key to winning this game was defense,” said Darius James (10), point guard for the Winslow Bulldogs. “This season we’ve been working hard every day in practice and it finally paid off.” Regarding the 3A Girls Fina l Four Cha mpionship games on Feb. 23, Begaye mentioned the significance of having all four teams hail from the Navajo Nation. They were the Page Lady Sand Devils, the Window Rock Lady Fighting
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Page Lady Sand Devils celebrate after winning the 2018 3A Girls State Championship on Feb. 26 at the Gila River Arena in Glendale. Photo Credit: Courtesy of OPVP Scouts, the Monument Valley L a d y Mu s t a n g s a nd t he Ganado Lady Hornets. “We have all four teams here that a re Nava jo a nd that’s truly something special,” Begaye said. “No matter who wins, who loses, the nation is watching and cheering all of you.” In the end, the Page Lady Sand Devils beat the Window Rock Lady Fighting Scouts
66 - 47 a nd t he Monu ment Valley Lady Mustangs beat the Ganado Lady Hornets 38-32. After the game between Monument Valley and Ganado, Lady Mustang Briana Gillis said about Navajo, “It’s where I come from, it’s my family. And we’re here to represent our tribe and that’s what I’m proud of.” T he Page L a dy Sa nd Dev i l s fa ced of f a ga i n s t
the Monument Valley Lady Musta ngs in the 3A Girls Cha mpion sh ip ga me. For much of the game the teams were neck-to-neck, then Page pulled forward in the fourth quarter and won 44-41. “I’m proud I had an opportunity to play with [my teammates] this year—we’re state champs,” said Mikala Benally (10), guard for the Page Lady Sand Devils. GALLUP FUN!
Hundreds compete in the Navajo Nation Science Fair at Red Rock Park
Ceanna McCray, bottom right, a student from Atsa’ Biya’ A’ZH Community School located in Shiprock has her science fair project judged during the Navajo Nation Science Fair held at Red Rock Park in Gallup Feb. 28. McCray conducted her behavioral health project on “Comparing Gender and Short Term Memory.” She is one of the 266 students from fifth and six grade throughout the Navajo Nation to compete in the science fair finals. The top two students from all participating schools were invited to show their projects at the Red Rock Park Navajo Nation Science Fair. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo
REHOBOTH | FROM PAGE 6 has strong relations with the Ga llup Police Depa r tment a nd that the school practices different drill scenarios from different times of the day. In March, staff will also undergo safety training for rural schools. The commitment to excellence can be found in the school curriculum, the modern facilities and learning aids in the form of laptop computers and other innovations like 3D printers. “We will have a 3D printer
class for high school next year. Kids manipulate technology like never before,” he said. The invitation for students to visit Rehoboth Christian School remains open. Do not let the tuition deter you from investing in your students’ educationa l needs. About $4,500 in tuition assistance is available for the average family. “We invite students to visit and shadow our students,” Ippel said. “Follow them and see what it’s like to go to school here.” For more information, visit www.rcsnm.org.
Tyric Dodson, right, of Tuba City Junior High explains his project on “Cat Treats: Which Flavor do Cats Prefer?” to volunteer judge Nathaniel Natonabah, left, from the Office of Diné Youth during the Navajo Nation Science Fair at Red Rock Park in Gallup Feb. 28. The fair invited the top 266 students from schools throughout the Nation to compete in a final round against each other. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo
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Baker to Vegas run honors fallen officers MARATHON RUNNER TO REPRESENT NAVAJO POLICE TEAM
By Rick Abasta For the Sun
elson McCabe, 56, of Coyote Canyon, N.M. is training for the 2018 Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay. Now in its 34th year, two Los Angeles Police Officers first started the annual run, which honors the fallen in law enforcement. The upcoming race is scheduled for March 17-18, and features 120 miles of pavement spread over 20 stages with a field of 8,000 runners. The run begins in Baker, California and ends at Las Vegas, Nevada. The course runs through Death Valley and is considered one of the most grueling challenges around. “Baker to Vegas pertains to all of the fallen officers from around the country and the Navajo Nation,” McCabe said of the race’s mission. “It’s to honor our fallen officers.” McCabe has participated in the run with Navajo Nation law enforcement officers for the past three years, and noted that his team placed first in their division last year. His involvement began in 2016, when a phone call at work caught him off guard. “I was at work and they said a criminal investigator is calling for you,” McCabe said.
Nelson McCabe of Coyote Canyon is gearing up for the 2018 Baker to Vegas Challenge, which kicks off March 17. McCabe will run with the Navajo Police Team, as he has since 2016. Photo Credit: Rick Abasta “I picked up the phone and he said he was a criminal investigator with the Navajo Police in Shiprock. I got scared and wondered what happened.” It turned out the police officer was recruiting McCabe to join the Navajo Police Team for the Baker to Vegas Challenge. “I joined the team and Vice President Jonathan Nez’s office sent over a waiver,” he said. “It’s an honor to run, I really have great respect for [police officers].” On July 17, 2017, the participants of the Baker to Vegas Challenge for the Navajo Police Team were honored, including Nez. The vice president also
joined the Navajo Police for the 2017 run and helped the team place first in their division. “We honor our fallen police officers during this event,” Nez said. “They have reached the end of watch and we will never
his favorites are the Just Move It events because he gets outdoors and participates with family and friends. “In the summer, we like to go out there and do a lot of Just Move It runs,” McCabe said. “We really enjoy it. I teach my grandkids to exercise with me.” Staying physically active has been beneficial for McCabe, who said his classmates from high school often remark about his youthful appearance. For the pa st 40 yea rs, McCabe has worked at Coyote Canyon Rehabilitation Center as a job coach. He mentors clients who work at the post office in Window Rock and Fort Defiance. “We’re teaching them to become independent,” he said of his clients. They often join him for running events like Just Move It. McCabe is a role model for
“One guy tells me he’s going to have perfect attendance like me at the Just Move It events. He went to JMI all last summer.” Since beginning his running career at the age of 16 on the Hopi Reservation, McCabe has run 32 marathons, more than 50 half marathons and countless 10K and 5K events. “I’m still running strong,” he said. When he was 17, McCabe clocked his fastest mile at 4:49. His best pace was 5:48 per mile and these days, it fluctuates between seven minutes and 7:30. “My PR for a marathon is two hours 46 minutes,” he said “For the half marathon it’s one hour 35 minutes.” In 2000, his time of 2:46 at the Duke City Marathon in Albuquerque qualified him for the Boston Marathon. In
Roadrunner reappears in Gallup
The roadrunner recently raced through Gallup’s north side on the railway next to the flea market. The roadrunner had disappeared for months before making a reappearance in town again last weekend. Photo Credit: Rick Abasta forget their sacrifice.” The Baker to Vegas run is one of many events that Mc C a b e p a r t ic i p a t e s i n throughout the year. By far, Over
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Boston, his time was 2:48. “It was a great experience for me,” he said of the Boston Marathon. “In high school, I always used to say that I was going to run the Boston Marathon. That dream came true.” McCabe has run the Los Angeles Marathon numerous times and sees running as the solution to diabetes and obesity. “It doesn’t hurt to exercise or just walk,” McCabe said. “You don’t have to go out there and run hard, just get out and walk. You’ll feel good.” GALLUP FUN!
NEWS Bounty hunters catch fraud crooks in Gallup Staff Reports
he search for the two fugitives wanted for cred it c a rd f r aud began on Feb. 23 with a phone call from Dog the Bounty Hunter. Duane Chapman, who is better known as Dog because of his popular cable television program of that name, had called Alex Wooten for help in finding Jeffery Rees, 34, of Honolulu, and Joshua Kingsley, 33, of Waipahu, Hawaii. Wo ot e n a nd h i s w i fe Hermicia started a branch of the Gerald Madrid Bail Bond Company in Gallup about two years ago, and besides tracking down people who skipped out on bail in the area, Wooten has also done some bounty hunting and helped track fugitives being sought by other bail bondsmen. Chapma n ha d t ra cked
the two from Las Vegas to Anaheim, Calif. before receiving a tip they were in Gallup. Where in Gallup, he had no idea. So Wooten, working with his wife and two other men, began searching for the two, working 12 to 16 hours a day to find them. FInally, with the use of confidential informants and some detective work, he
tracked them down to a house in the Mentmore area and contacted the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office for help. Wooten said he usually does the takedown himself but in this case, the two men were considered to be armed and dangerous so for everyone’s safety, he called in law enforcement. Using the Gallup Police
Department’s Rapid Response team, the police went to the house and found one man outside armed with a gun. He was taken into custody without incident while the other fugitive, along with a woman, blockaded himself inside the house. It took police more than two hours to get into the house where they found Kingsley and the woman hiding under a table. For Wooten, this was one of his most trying searches with Chapman keeping in touch with him, calling him as many as 20 times a day to get updates. In fact, Chapma n sa id he had been in contact with Wooten a s the ta kedow n occurred and then, in the middle of it, he became worried when Wooten didn’t answer his phone. And as time progressed with no update, he said he became even more worried because the men being
sought were considered to be dangerous. Finally, Wooten called back and said everyone was in custody and no one was injured. Both Chapman and Madrid, who spoke by phone from his Albuquerque headquarters, credit Wooten with doing a great job in tracking down the fugitives and getting them arrested with no one getting injured. “At the time the police got involved Wooten had been without sleep for more than 48 hours,” said Chapman, praising his dedication to the task. But Wooten said his job was not over. The two are fighting extradition and as their case goes through the Gallup judicial system, Wooten will continue to keep Chapman updated. Until then, Rees is being held under a $100,000 bond, and Kingsley twice that much.
Police chief loses dispute suit against city Staff Reports
istrict Court Judge Robert Aragon ruled in favor of the city of Gallup in the city’s dispute with Gallup Police Chief Phillip Hart over use of community service aides to pick up drunks. Aragon held a day-long bench trial on the issue Feb.
28 rejecting Hart’s interpretation of state laws dealing with placing intoxicated persons in detox centers like NCI. Hart has been fighting with the city since last summer over this issue, claiming that state law requires a certified police officer or a doctor to sign someone in to a detox center. He argued that community service aides don’t have that authority.
The city, however, argued that under state law community service aides are considered peace officers and do have that authority. The issue has become somewhat moot in recent months since Hart has been assigned a certified police officer to be available to sign in people to NCI, thus maintaining the state law as he sees it.
Chinle man sentenced to 9 years for abusive sexual contact with a minor Staff Reports
HOEN I X– Ea rl son Tso, 39, of Chinle, Ariz., was sentenced by U. S . D i s t r ic t Judge Douglas L. Rayes to 108 months’ imprisonment Feb. 26. Tso had previously NEWS
pleaded guilty to abusive sexual contact with a minor. In June 2016, the victim, a minor and member of the Nav a jo Na t ion , r epor t e d inappropriately being touched by Tso while sleeping. Tso is also a member of the Navajo Nation.
Navajo Nation Criminal Investigations and t he Federa l Bu reau of I nvest igat ion s conducted the investigation. The prosecution was handled by Kiyoko Patterson, Assistant U.S. At tor ney, Distr ict of Arizona, Phoenix.
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Chinle man stabs No charges yet in dispute between Gallup officer and wife girlfriend in stomach, neck Staff Reports
Chinle man is facing aggravated battery charges after reportedly holding a knife to his girlfriend’s throat in the bushes near a Walmart. Gallup Patrolman Douglas Hoffman was dispatched to the Walmart area about 3:44 pm Feb. 21 in connection with a report that a domestic dispute involving weapons was currently happening. When he got to the area, he found a man and woman matching the description given to him walking into the parking lot at Home Depot. When he got in front of the man, identified as Stevenson Gorman, 33, he said the man dropped a large knife to the ground and began walking away from him. Hoffman said he detained the man and put handcuffs on him. As he did, he noticed the man had wet blood on his
fingers. He asked him if he was injured but the man said no. Another officer at the scene was interviewing the woman, Charmayne Begay, 26, who had blood dripping from her fingers. Hoffman said he called for an ambulance. Hoffman said he talked to Begay while they waited for the ambulance to arrive. She said she had told Gorman she wanted to break up with him when he pulled out the knife from his backpack and stuck it in her stomach. Gorman started to stab her in her stomach, she said, when she grabbed it to pull it away from her, she got a cut on one of her fingers. Gorman then pushed her causing her to fall into the bushes, she said, adding that he then got on top of her and placed the knife to her
CHINLE MAN | SEE PAGE 15
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he wife of a Gallup police off icer wa s questioned Feb. 27 after she had a confrontation with her husband in the police department parking lot and reportedly slapped him. Because a Gallup policeman was involved, the report was taken by a deputy for the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office, Lorenzo Guerrero. The incident occur red just after midnight. Guerrero arrived there about 1 am and he talked to a Gallup police officer who said he was going into the police station when he heard a female in the parking lot yelling. When he went to investigate, he found Colton Lee and his wife, Kayla, standing next to a police patrol unit. He separated them. When Guerrero arrived on the scene, he placed Colton Lee in the back seat of his unit and asked him what happened. He said he was cleaning out his unit when his wife showed up
and they started yelling at each other. It was all verbal, he said. But Kayla Lee’s story of what happened was different. She said her husband was scheduled to get off work at 4 pm and she received a number of text messages saying he was going to work a little longer. But when she came to the police department about 5:40 pm, she was told her husband got off at 4 pm. She said she continued to call and text her husband throughout the evening and got no response. Finally, she received a text around midnight from her husband, saying he was ready to be picked up. When she got to the police station, she said she saw her husband’s police unit parked where it had been earlier in the day and when she saw him, she began yelling and demanding to know where he had been since 4 pm. She told Guerrero that she a nd her husba nd got into verbal arguments often, adding that she thought he was with Demetra Henry, an
ex-girlfriend of her husband’s. She said when her husband refused to answer her questions, she slapped him. That was when the other officer came and separated them. Guerrero then went back to Colton Lee and told him that his version and his wife’s version of what happened didn’t agree. But Colton Lee stuck by his earlier story saying that the confrontation was only verbal and nothing happened. He also told Guerrero that he would not be a witness against his wife and would not press charges. Henry was still at the police department, so Guerrero went to her to get an account of what happened earlier that evening. She said she and Colton Lee went to the Rocket Cafe and he went into the package liquor section. She said she did not know if he purchased anything. When they left the package liquor store, the two hung
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Weekly Police Activity Report Staff Reports
STRUCK BY CAR 2/26, Grants A McKinley County man was taken to the hospital Feb. 26 after he was struck by a car as he was walking along the road. Juan Garcia, 52, was transported to the hospital in Grants with head injuries. The driver of the vehicle, McLane Antone, said he was driving southbound on Highway 371 about 9:21 pm near the six-mile marker when he saw Garcia walking alongside the road. He said he had just dimmed his headlights because of an oncoming vehicle when he saw the pedestrian and tried to avoid hitting him. Garcia was hit, however, by the vehicle’s side passenger window. Antone said he immediately stopped his vehicle and went back to check on the pedestrian who was laying on the shoulder of the road with his legs in the roadway. Garcia was not cited for the accident but did get a citation for having an expired driver’s license.
FACEBOOK THREATS 2/26, Thoreau T he McK i n ley Cou nt y Sheriff’s Office is investigating a threat placed on a Facebook
page saying that two brothers are planning to shoot up a school in Thoreau sometime this week. The threat was brought to the school’s attention by a student at Thoreau Elementary Feb. 26. After seeing the post on Facebook, school administrators put the school on yellow alert and asked sheriff deputies to be available to monitor the students when they were released from school for the
rest of the week. Navajo police were also contacted and they also agreed to provide assistance.
NERVOUS ON INTERSTATE 40 2/25, outside Gallup A Gallup man was arrested on drug possession charges after a routine traffic stop ended up in a search of a vehicle and the discovery of heroin. McKinley County Sheriff
Dep. Lee Johnson said he was patrolling Interstate 40 near midnight on Saturday when he checked on a car in front of him and discovered that the owner had allowed the insurance to lapse. He conducted a traffic
stop and talked to the driver, Devin Masci, 24, of Gamerco and a passenger, Josue Garcia, 32. Both the man and woman appeared to be nervous, said Johnson, who said when he looked into the vehicle he saw several pieces of foil used to smoke narcotics. He explained to Masci why he stopped her and gave her a citation for lack of current insurance. As she was headed back to her vehicle, Johnson said
he asked her if he searched her vehicle, would he find anything illegal. She said no and Johnson then asked if she would allow his canine partner to walk around the vehicle and make sure. She said there may be some drug paraphernalia in the vehicle but refused to give her consent to any kind of search. Johnson then told her she was being detained and then went and asked Garcia to get out of the vehicle. He then asked Masci again if he could search the vehicle and she kept quiet, Johnson
said. He asked for a third time and this time she said yes. When he searched the vehicle, he found an uncapped syringe containing a brown substance, which he believed to be heroin. He also found a glass pipe used to smoke methamphetamine along with other pieces of drug paraphernalia. He then was led back to Masci and asked if the item belonged to her and she said no, they belonged to her boyfriend. When he was asked, Garcia admitted the items belonged to him and he was arrested.
CHINLE MAN | FROM PAGE 14
was when police arrived. When MedStar personnel arrived on the scene, they found that the knife had not punctured her stomach but she was treated for cuts to her finger and a small one to her neck. Gorman was charged with aggravated battery on a family member and false imprisonment.
throat. He then told her if she made a sound or tried to move, he was going to cut her up. After a few minutes, he got up and allowed Begay to get up and they began walking to the Home Depot parking lot, which
GALLUP OFFICER | FROM PAGE 14 out as she took care of some personal business. All during this time, she said she noticed Colton Lee was getting calls and text messages, which he ignored. When she asked if he planned to answer them, she said Lee told her “she can wait.”
The two returned to the police station about 11:30 pm and Henry said Colton Lee told her to wait for him and he would come back. However, he never returned, she said. No charges were filed at that time, said Guerrero, adding he did send the report to the district attorney’s office to be reviewed and to determine if charges should be filed.
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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports Tyler Thomas Begay Feb. 21, 5:18 am DWI Gallup P o l i c e Department Officer Victor Madrid was dispatched to 3016 Belle Dr. after another officer reported a man throwing rocks at houses. Madrid encountered Begay, 25, at the scene, who was sitting in the driver seat of his car and appeared intoxicated, according to the police report. Begay admitted to drinking “three shots a while ago at the movies,” according to Madrid’s report. The officer could smell alcohol coming off of the man. Madrid had Begay participate in field sobriety testing, in which he showed signs of intoxication. Madrid asked Begay if he had only had the shots to drink, and Begay then admitted to going to the Fire Rock Casino and drinking two cocktails. Begay refused breath testing but consented to a blood
test. He was transported to the medical center before being booked. Kevin Bowman Feb. 20, 5:34 pm 5th DWI, Aggravated G P D Officer John Gonzales was informed of a drunk driver heading west on Aztec Avenue towards Second Street. Gonzales pulled over the driver, who he noticed was swerving and unable to maintain his lane, according to the police report. Gonzales encountered Bowman, 40, after Bowman pulled into the Goodyear parking lot. Bowman “stumbled toward [Gonzales],” and denied drinking any alcohol prior to driving. Gonzales pointed out the bottle of vodka in Bowman’s pa s senger side seat , but Bowman said it was his sister’s. Bowman refused field sobriety and breath testing. At that point, Gonzales received notice that Bowman had four prior DWIs, and he received
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a warrant for his blood draw, before Bowman was booked. Delmar Ralph Roanhorse Feb. 18, 6:04 pm 1st DWI, Aggravated G P D O f f i c e r Julio Yazzie a r r i ve d a t 614 We s t Maloney Av e . a f t e r r e p or t s of an accident at that address. Yazzie spoke with one driver, Roanhorse, 23, who claimed he was the driver but that his brother grabbed the wheel and caused the crash, according to the police report. Roanhorse admitted to being drunk, and said he “would take the blame for what happened and did not want to get his brother in trouble.” When Yazzie tried to bring Roanhorse into his car, Roanhorse “was getting disorderly and [refused] to get back into the unit,” according to the police report. Roanhorse blew a .21 and a .22 on his breath tests. He agreed to field sobriety testing, and showed signs of intoxication during them. He was
booked following the failed sobriety testing. Lionel Bahe Feb. 17, 11:51 pm DWI, Aggravated G P D O f f ic e r A nd r ew T h a y e r a r r ived at the McDonald’s d r ive -th r u after reports of an intoxicated driver there, who had traveled from 2009 W. Highway 66 to 220 Verdi Dr. while under the influence. Two witnesses on the road had called in the driver, Bahe, 37, who was failing to maintain lanes and nearly struck one of the witnesses. When Thayer caught up to Bahe at the McDonald’s, Bahe was unconscious behind t he wheel, a nd appea red confused when he did wake up, according to the police report. Thayer asked Bahe if he was alright, and Bahe said that he was, but had too much to drink, and accounted for five Bud Lights prior to driving, according to Thayer’s report. Bahe agreed to field sobriety testing and showed clear signs of intoxication. He blew a .22 twice on his breath test. Alcohol was also found in his car prior to booking. Rolanda Tom Feb. 16, 5:30 pm 1st DWI, Aggravated G P D O f f ic e r N i c o l e Diswood said she was d ispatched to the 3000 block of East Aztec Ave. to interview Tom, 40, of Window Rock, who had been stopped by another officer after a report was called in that she had been driving recklessly. Tom admitted to drinking a pint of vodka before being stopped but when asked if she would take field sobriety tests, she refused. She also told Diswood that she refused to take breath alcohol test. But as she was being transported to the McKinley County Adult Detention Center for booking, she said she changed her mind and agreed to take the breath test. The officer made a detour to the state police headquarters, where Tom took the test and posted samples of .28 and .27.
Katherine Nadine Smith Feb. 15, 9:00 pm 1st DWI, Aggravated McKinley C o u n t y Sheriff Sgt. T a m m y Houghtaling said she was traveling north on U.S. Highway 491 in the left lane when she noticed the pickup to her right beginning to drift into her lane, so she sped up to avoid being hit. As she got past the pickup, Houghtaling saw that the driver’s side headlamp was not working properly so she slowed down. After the vehicle passed her, she conducted a traffic stop. When she talked to the driver, Smith, 36, of Shiprock, she noticed signs that the driver was intoxicated. Smith told her that she and her boyfriend were going from Show Low, Ariz. to Shiprock and admitted having a drink about an hour earlier. She also admitted going into the left lane and said she knew the headlamp was not working properly. She agreed to take the field sobriety tests and when she failed, she was arrested. Later she was given a breath alcohol test and posted samples of .27 and .26. Benjamin Ahasteen Feb. 15, 2:52 am 1st DWI, Aggravated M C S O D e p . Johnson Lee was headed north on U. S. Highway 4 91 a b o u t 2:52 am when he noticed a car parked on the side of the road about three miles north of Gallup. As the driver exited the vehicle, Lee made a U-turn and was going back to the vehicle when Metro Dispatch informed him that the vehicle had just been involved in an accident. When he reached the car, he saw the driver, Ahasteen, 29, of Gallup, sitting in the driver’s seat. Lee also noticed several shots of 99 Black Cherry, an alcoholic drink, on the floor next to him. Lee said in his report that Ahasteen showed signs of being intoxicated as he got up and started walking around the
DWI REPORT | SEE PAGE 18 NEWS
OPINIONS Healthcare or CPT codes (What are you getting?) the country, but unfortunately there are an equal number of healthcare professionals entirely focused on meeting patient quotas, writing prescriptions and getting you out the door as quickly as possible regardless of the questions you have unanswered. Recently a dear friend and client shared with me a frustrating experience she had at one of the local hospitals here in town. My client told the doctor that she was experiencing pain from her bunion. As she
By Greg McNeil For the Sun
hen we go to the hospital we do so because we need supportive healthcare, but we also need reliable and credible information, feel a sense of being cared for, and if it’s not too much to ask, an examination to help us thoroughly understand our present condition. Now let’s be clear there are excellent stewards of your health in hospitals across
recounted the experience to me she said the doctor recommended a number of options such as orthotics, Nonsteroidal A nti-In f la m mator y Dr ugs (NSAIDS), a bunion splint and surgery if the other options didn’t work. I asked my client if the provider ever examined her feet. My client said, “No, she didn’t.” If you have ever seen a person with a bunion (sharply curved big toe) you would recognize it right away even if you did not know the medical term for it. A bunion
is a deformity of the joint connecting the big toe to the foot, where the big toe often bends toward the other toes and the joint becomes red and painful. Bunions typically develop between 20 and 50 years of age and they tend to affect women more than men. My client is in her 50’s with toes as straight as a ruler and good space in between. If the physician had taken
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GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF MARCH 2
Don’t let the quiet fool you. Instead be the wary wise man. Take a few deep breaths and meditate. Use the quiet of this week to rest and reflect. There’s nothing like a little nap to refresh your mind, body, and soul. Madame G recommends that you consider the needs of your body, and listen. What’s yours saying? Start jogging or a read a good book. You’ve earned it.
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
You always hit the ground running and you sprinted at a dead run for miles. Yes, you’re a beast. But, you’re only mortal. Take a few days off, or if that’s not in the cards take small breaks throughout the day. Don’t forget to eat and take care of yourself. If you feel compelled to keep working—that’s fine—just don’t neglect your health. Breathe deep and smile. You’re on it.
That’s how the story goes… Don’t hang onto your baser instincts. You may wish to put an end to your enemies, but is this wise? Your spark to anger is dangerous—mainly to yourself. You may become so wrapped up in a drama that doesn’t exist, that your hunting skills come back to burn your ass. You can’t destroy people—only relationships. Caution, danger lies there.
Miles and miles to go before you sleep… If this is true for you, don’t despair. Use your down time wisely and rest whenever you can. The Romans said: “don’t stand when you can sit or sit when you can lie down.” In other words, rest! You’re not the energizer bunny and you’ll burn out if you’re not careful. Take moments from every day for yourself. It’s not selfish.
The world is your oyster, only you can limit your impact. Stop focusing on what you can’t control. Only fools and thieves attempt to manipulate time for their own ends. You’re not the master—you’re a bystander and sometimes actor in this great world. Try something new that sets your heart aflame. Do something that scares you before it’s too late.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
You’re not sure if this is the way out or not. It may not be the way forward. However, please consider that it may be a sideways move. Think outside the box. Okay, pretend there isn’t a box. Maybe you could imagine that it’s an active volcano and you’re hopping on cool stones to get away from it. Whatever the case, there is a solution you just need to find it. Maybe stop looking.
Orale! So, are you having fun yet? If not, why not? You should be having the time of your life. You don’t need to work your fingers to the bone. You can take time for yourself and your family. In fact, this is the perfect week to try out something that’s very selfindulgent. Perhaps you need new shoes or a fun trip to a new place. Whatever the cost go out and have some fun.
Patience is a virtue, dear Scorpio. Though the world may see a tough exterior, you know what lies beneath. You’ve thought about it for months, plotting, and planning. But, the timing is just not quite right. Therefore, you wait and think. Your patience is wearing thin, and you’re at the point you’d rather the challenge of starting over than finishing. But, patience is a virtue…
So many thoughts running around in your head, it’s like having 10,000 bunnies hopping from one stray thought to another. Stop the madness! Take a moment to enjoy your life, and take care of yourself. It’s never too late to try to do something new or to be the best. It’s also okay to rest and take a moment for yourself. You can’t blame others for failing when you don’t try.
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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
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Where will you go from here? You’re not like other signs. Your active imagination and fiery temper are tempered by compassion. In fact, you might get trapped into saying you’re angrier than you are. You’re not one to carry a long standing grudge— you just can’t work up the energy. And really that’s the best game anyway—your enemies will fume and you’re unaware.
You’re hanging fast to your dreams and not letting go. You’ve never been a fan of convention or how “everybody else” does things. You want to make a mark on the world, and have fun doing it. You hate the rat race and what it’s done to people and the planet. If you have fire in your belly, now is the time to show what you’re made of. Get out there and make a difference.
What will you do? Is this the best plan? It may have flaws that you can’t see. Instead of running into the fire, consider asking a trusted friend or mentor about your plan. It doesn’t hurt to run it by a disinterested party. Be cautious! Not everyone will give you good advice—they may try to harm you. Speak with someone you can trust and who doesn’t have a stake in it.
Well, that happened. You don’t know what to make of it. Are you delusional or happy? You really don’t know and that’s okay. You may find that your life is slipping into an abysmal hell. But, it’s of your own creation. You can’t keep holding yourself back and expecting different results. The world will not be kind, if you don’t make a good effort to try your hand at life.
Gallup Sun • Friday March 2, 2018
Threats to GMCS By Mike Hyatt
eb. 23, 2018 McKinley County Community Members, Across the United States school districts are dealing with an increase in shooting threats toward their schools since the Parkland High School tragedy. Unfortunately, GMCS has not been excluded from these threats. We take all threats seriou sly no mat ter how t he t h r e a t e n i n g i n for m a t io n comes to us. When a shooting or bomb threat is made we
HEALTHCARE | FROM PAGE 17 a quick look at her feet and considered her age she would have known instantly that something else was afoot, but not bunions. Instead of healthcare the doctor gave my client the Current Procedural Terminology or (C.P.T) code used to generate your medical bill. The other issue we face routinely with our medical system is the myth of diabetes as the irreversible chronic disease. Opps, did I say myth? Yes, I did. In the column ‘It’s Okay to Turnaround’ written for the Gallup Sun, I addressed the fact that it was known and published in 1916 by Dr. Elliot P. Joslin, 1958 by Walter Mertz director of field services - United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and 1985 by the medical school at University of Vancouver, British Columbia and countless credible physicians such as Dr. Jason Fung and wellness practitioners since that diabetes has always been curable, that diabetes is not a chronic disease that cannot be reversed. When you hear the word
immediately call law enforcement and follow their lead on the investigation. If a student is found to be the perpetrator involved in the threat we will remove that student from our school and use the extant of the law to deter their reentrance. In addition, if an adult is found to be the perpetrator of a threat against our students we will use all legal resources to pursue action against that individual. GMCS i s cont i nuou sly focused on increasing the safety of our schools. We have, and will continue, to implement
preventative measures to protect our students, staff and community members. Over the past year we have done the following to help better protect our schools: • Continually working w it h l aw en force ment in improving ou r sa fet y protocols • Requiring an increase in number of lockdown drills in schools • Increased number of security guards at schools • Installation of 3.2 million
“chronic” it implies that once you get diagnosed with a disease that you will always have the disease until the day you die. When it comes to Type 2 Diabetes this is not true. However, there is essential information that must be clarified to increase your understanding. Elevated blood sugar (A1c above 6.5) and diabetes are not the same thing. Elevated blood sugar is a symptom of diabetes like sneezing is a symptom of allergies, but elevated blood sugar is not your diabetes. Your caregiver needs to tell you this. Diabetes is a disease of insulin resistance, or too much insulin. This means insulin is not working efficiently in the body to remove sugar (glucose) from your blood. Diabetes is a dietary disease caused by too many carbohydrates and is only cured t h roug h d iet a r y l i fest yle changes. If you start with a drug such as Metformin (or equivalent) but you do not change your dietary patterns you will eventually be prescribed insulin in small doses, before being prescribed greater units of insulin
later on. Insulin will not cure your diabetes. Insulin prescriptions will help control your blood sugar (A1c) for a time but if you do not change dietary habits your diabetes will continue to get worse until you to experience the serious complications of your diabetes. Within the United States the CPT codes generating your healthcare costs and medical insurance will continue to increase at an alarming rate as long as those who take care of you remain focused on quotas and prescription drugs. However, if you follow the guidance of dedicated healthcare professionals it will lower your medical bills; decrease your dependency on prescription medications that don’t cure disease and restore to you control over your health. Coach G Greg McNeil is a StrongFirst Instructor, P r ofe s si on a l S t r en gth & Conditioning coach, Licensed Clinical Counselor (LPCC), Life Coach, Author, and the owner of Gallup School of Strength (www. gallupschoolofstrength. com)
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dollars in interior and exterior security cameras in schools, electronic and remote controlled exterior door security and significant increase in video access control to recognize visitors before openi ng elementar y schools to visitors. We are already working to add more of these security devices this coming year. • L aw en forcement h a s increased their presence at our schools. In addition to these actions,
DWI REPORT | FROM PAGE 16 car. Lee ordered him to stop but he kept on going so Lee said he grabbed his arm. “He began to tense up and tried to pull his arms forward,” Lee said in his report. Lee said he grabbed his handcuffs and placed them on him and then put him in the backseat of his vehicle while he questioned a passenger in his vehicle who also appeared to be highly intoxicated and had to be awakened. Lee took the female passenger to his unit and placed her in the backseat after having Ahasteen get out. Ahasyeen admitted to having a couple of shots about four hours earlier in the evening. He agreed to take field sobriety tests but failed, and Lee arrested him. He later agreed to take a breath alcohol test and posted samples of .20 and .19. He was also booked for having an outstanding bench warrant. Darrell Davis Feb. 14, 3:00 pm 1st DWI, Aggravated GPD Officer Julio Yazzie was dispatched to an accident on U. S. Highway 491 at the intersection of West Jefferson
we are continually looking for other ways to protect our schools. One of the most effective ways to protect our schools is to have all McKinley County residents alert to threats. If you witness any threatening behavior, then please contact the law enforcement authorities immediately. We appreciate your support of our students and staff and want to thank you for your efforts in working together with us in supporting safety in our schools. We also appreciate our law enforcement fro the incredible support they provide to our schools and community. Respectfully, Mike Hyatt Street. The ve h ic le involved in the accident was not there but Yazzie said he found it a little later in the parking lot of Castle Furniture, on 1308 Metro Ave. When Yazzie came upon the vehicle, Davis was in the front passenger seat. Yazzie informed him he was under arrest for leaving the scene of an accident. Since he showed signs of being intoxicated, Davis was taken to the state police headquarters where he posted two samples of .26. Davis then agreed to take field sobriety tests but was unable to complete them because of reported problems with his knees. D a v i s t h e n i n fo r m e d Yazzie that he had not been dr iv ing the vehicle at the time of the accident. The dr iver had r un off before police arrived. Ya zzie, however, went ahead and booked him on the aggravated DWI charge as well as careless driving, no driver’s license and failure to give an immediate notice of an accident.
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SPORTS 360 Rehoboth girls outpace Zuni, 61-50 LADY LYNX NOW FACE TOHATCHI ON FEB. 24
By Bernie Dotson For the Sun
EHOBOTH, N.M. — The Rehoboth Lady Lynx hit 15 consecutive shots over the course of the second and third quarters and got past Zuni 61-50 Feb. 22 in a District 1-3A semi-final girls basketball game. The win means the Lady Lynx, who are the No. 3 seed, advance to play Tohatchi Feb. 24 in an away game for the 3A district championship.
Tohatchi is ranked No. 3 in the state. The winner of that game goes on to play the opening round state playoff game at a site yet to be determined. The Lady Cougars beat the Lady Lynx twice this season by scores of 61-23 and 68-46. “We made shot s when we needed to make shots,” Rehoboth head coach Adrian Pete said. “The game was pretty much even in the first quarter. We got some runs going and were able to play sound defense in the latter
quarters.” Rehoboth (19-9, 6-3) won the first quarter 11-9 behind the overall court play of senior guard Halle Lizer. Lizer scored a game high 17 points, hitting an assortment of layups and short jumpers in the opening quarter. Junior forward Kennedi Chapman was instrumental early on in getting offensive and defensive rebounds for the Lady Lynx, which led to second chance points. The Lady Lynx exploded in the second quarter, going on
an offensive tear and ended up winning the second quarter 18-9. Zuni senior guard Alexis Leekela was aggressive on offense for the Lady Thunderbirds (9-14, 1-8), but not a lot of shots were falling. Freshman point guard Kaitlin Romancito ran Zuni’s offense superbly and penetrated for points, in some instances getting to the foul line for points. Zuni made runs in the latter part of the second quarter, bringing the score to 24-18 with 2:09 left on the game clock.
The runs were at a time when Rehoboth junior center Rachel Martin was not in the game. The score was 29-18 at the end of the second and it looked as though anybody could surge ahead. “We made runs and we made some very good runs,” first-year Zuni head coach Rhonan Begay said. “We just couldn’t hit the shots that we needed to hit.” Lizer opened the third
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Rehoboth player junior Rachael Martin (42) tosses the ball to a teammate as she falls before two Zuni guards can steal possession of the ball Feb. 22 at Rehoboth High School in Gallup during the girl’s basketball 3A semi-final game. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo
Zuni players freshmen Kaitlin Romancito (4) and Shelby Lalio (11) try to steal possession of a rebound from Rehoboth player senior Halle Lizer (14) during the girl’s basketball 3A semi-final game hosted at Rehoboth High School in Gallup Feb. 22. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo
Rehoboth player junior Kennedi Chapman (41) catches a rebound surrounded by Zuni players senior captain Courtney Lementino (20) freshman Kaitlin Romancito (4) and junior Kylie Tsikewa (15) Feb. 22 at the girl’s basketball 3A semi-final game at Rehoboth High School in Gallup. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo
Zuni player freshman Kaitlin Romancito (4) dribbles past Rehoboth player junior Kennedi Chapman (41) Feb. 22 at Rehoboth High School in Gallup for the girl’s basketball 3A semi-final game. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo
Gallup Sun • Friday March 2, 2018
Tohatchi girls blast Rehoboth, 80-34 LADY COUGARS TO FACE LOVING AT TOHATCHI MARCH 2 AT 6 PM
By Bernie Dotson For the Sun
OH ATCH I , N.M . — Do -it-a ll senior point guard Kalian Mitchell tore through Rehoboth Feb. 24 and catapulted the Lady Cougars into a first round state playoff game against Loving (14-11, 3-5). That game is March 2 at Tohatchi High School at 6 pm. Tohatchi won the state 3A girls basketball championship last year. The Lady Falcons are coming off a 53-44 District 4-3A tournament loss to Dexter on Feb. 20, which was Loving’s last game of the season. The Rehoboth game was Tohatchi’s last game of 2018. During the Feb. 24 District 1-3A championship, Mitchell scored a game high 26 points and was a difference maker in the outcome of the game. Mitchell was named district tournament Most Valuable Player and Tohatchi head coach Tanisha Bitsoi was named 3A Coach of the Year — the second consecutive year Bitsoi has received the honor. “I think this came down to defense,” Bitsoi said. “We were good on defense the last three quarters. But [Kalian] played a very good game and that helped us a lot.” Mitchell, an all-state guard since the 8 th grade and a top player in the Four Corners, scored the first two points of the game for the Lady Cougars, which came as the result of a steal. Rehoboth answered with
a 3-point shot by junior guard Jayme Daniels who was hot from the field early-on, only to cool off later. Mitchell went on to score the next seven points for Tohatchi — and the score stood at 9-4 with 5:33 left in the first quarter. T h e L a d y Ly n x hu n g around as long as they could in the first quarter, but steals, t u r nover s a nd d r ive s by Mitchell killed any momentum Rehoboth attempted to create. Also, Rehoboth senior guard Haile Lizer was kept in check by a swarming Tohatchi defense. Lizer finished with 2 points in the game — one of her lowest point totals this season.
THE SECOND QUARTER The Lady Cougars went into the sta r t of the second qua r ter leading 22-9, with junior forward Sherika Watchman hitting back-toback 3 pointers. And it was Mitchell who created the space for Watchman to get open and nail the shots. Rehoboth junior forward Kennedi Chapman hit inside shots frequently, but that was short-served due to the Tohatchi defense. Kennedi grabbed key rebounds and some led to second chance points for the Lady Lynx, but Tohatchi scored nearly every time it had the ball in the second quarter. “We couldn’t hit shots,” Rehoboth head coach Adrian Pete said. “Give Tohatchi credit. We tried to play up
Tohatchi Cougar Kalian Mitchell (5) handles the ball for the winning team at the Feb. 24 game against Rehoboth. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura close on their guards, but (Mitchell) is simply a very good player.” Turnovers plagued Rehoboth toward the end of the second quarter and the Lady Cougars were able to get points off the turnovers. Daniels continued to get open “looks,” but not much else was flowing for the Lady Lynx. Pete called consecutive time outs within the time span of seven minutes, for what it seemed like to break Tohatchi runs. But Mitchell was, again, too much. On one play Mitchell stole the inbounds pass and set up sophomore teammate Cameron Tsosie for an easy layup. The play repeated itself
Tohatchi Cougar Kalian Mitchell (5) and Rehoboth Lynx Patricia Chavira (22) battle for a runaway ball at the Feb. 24 game that went to Tohatchi. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura
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several more times throughout the game, albeit with a different recipient from Mitchell.
THE THIRD/ FOURTH QUARTERS Mitchell scored 9 points in the first half, but got hot even more in the third quarter. Pete called two straight time outs at the start of the third, apparently sensing that the tide was turning for the worse. Mitchell hit a 3-pointer Tohatchi senior forward Voneisha Cecil stole a Rehoboth pass for a conversion. The score was 59-28 with less that five minutes on the game clock in the third
quarter. Bitsoi, an all-state player for the Lady Cougars back in the early 2000s, emptied the bench at the start of the fourth quarter. Sophomore center Sarah Begay got rebounds on offense and put back in a few missed shots. Begay ended with four points and Watchman was the closest player besides Mitchell in double figures with 9 points. Daniels led Rehoboth with 11 points and was the sole opposition player to hit in double-digits. Tohatchi goes into Friday’s game with a record of 21-6, 8-0. Rehoboth is 19-10, 5-3.
Tohatchi Cougar Kalian Mitchell (5) scores against Rehoboth. The winning Cougars will continue on to the first round state playoff game against Loving March 2. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura SPORTS
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quarter with a steal and a layup for a 31-18 Rehoboth cushion. Leekela and Romancito responded with jumpers. As a team, Zuni rebounded well, and the sole primary players who got in position to score were Leekela and Romancito. Lizer, Chapman and Martin kept pouring it on offensively, and in spite of Romancito’s passing and driving, the Lady Lynx simply demonstrated too much firepower at the other
end. The third quarter ended with the Lady Lynx leading 45-31 and Pete experimented with a spread offense. Rehoboth sophomore guard Patricia Chavira played the complete floor game for the Lady Lynx, diving for loose balls and hitting put backs and garbage points. When Lizer went cold, Chavira was there to pick up the offensive and defensive slack. Romancito led Zuni with 15 hard-earned points against a Rehoboth defense that did not give up easy points. Both teams were 6-of-16 from the free throw
stripe. Zuni recorded 6 3-point shots and Rehoboth 3. Rehoboth won the battle of the boards 34-25.
WHO’S GOT NEXT? Rehoboth will have its hands full against the defendi n g 3A s t a t e ch a mp s i n Tohatchi (20-6, 8-0). Tohatchi senior point guard Kalian Mitchell is one of the state’s strongest players. The Lady Cougars are riding a 13-game winning streak going into the March 3 district championship game. CLASSIFIEDS
COMMUNITY CALENDAR MARCH 2-8, 2018 FRIDAY, March 2 BOOK ADOPTION Gallup-McKiney County Schools will adopt Health Textbooks for K-12. 9 am-4 pm, call (505) 721-1158. Ramah High School.
March 6-10, for a different creative tech project. MAKER ZONE (6 AND OLDER) 4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch. We provide supplies, you supply the ideas. WEDNESDAY, March 7
MAKER ZONE (ALL AGES) 2-3 pm @ Children’s Branch. We provide supplies, you provide ideas.
TEEN TECH WEEK 10 am-7 pm @ Children’s Branch. Stop by the Octavia Fellin Library Children’s Branch every day during Teen Tech Week, March 6-10, for a different creative tech project.
GET UP AND GAME 4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch. Join us for a family-friendly video games Friday afternoon. Gallup Poetry Slam Celebrate women’s history month with poems by women, about women, for women. 6:30-8:30 pm. ARTS123 Gallery.
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.
SATURDAY, March 3 WPA ART TOUR Learn about Gallup’s 1930s/1940s-era WPA Art Collection on a free public tour. 11 am-12 pm. STORY TIME (AGES 2-4) 11 am @ Children’s branch. An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement, rhymes, and stories.
THURSDAY, March 8 TEEN TECH WEEK 10 am-7 pm @ Children’s Branch. Stop by the Octavia Fellin Library Children’s Branch every day during Teen Tech Week, March 6-10, for a different creative tech project. CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) 4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch. Fun crafts for the whole family. This week’s activity: TBD Wine & Painting 6-9 pm @ART 123 Gallery
SATURDAY, March 3
LIBERTARIAN PARTY MEET-UP Libertarian Party of New Mexico is hosting a candidate meet and greet on March 3 from 9:00-11:00 am at the Double Tree Hotel, 201 Marquette Ave NW, Albuquerque NM 87102. Come meet Libertarian candidates for statewide and local races.
CITY OF GALLUP’S SUSTAINABLE GALLUP BOARD Meets on the first Monday from 3-5 pm at the Octavia Fellin Library. When those Mondays are holidays, the meetings are on the following Monday. Community members concerned about conservation, energy, water, recycling and other environmental issues are welcome. Call (505) 7220039 for information.
MONDAY, March 5 GMCS DATA DAY No School for students. TUESDAY, March 6 TEEN TECH WEEK 10 am-7 pm @ Children’s Branch. Stop by the Octavia Fellin Library Children’s Branch every day during Teen Tech Week, CALENDAR
CO-DEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS Meets Wednesday, 6-7 pm, at First United Methodist Church, 1800 Redrock Dr. (in the library). All are welcome. COMMUNITY PANTRY The Hope Garden offers organic produce for sale from 10 am-noon, Tue Fri., 1130 E. Hassler Valley Road. All funds go to help-
ing 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: email@example.com. Location: 1315 Hamilton Rd. GALLUP SOLAR Gallup Solar is hosting community conversations about all things solar Wednesdays from 6 to 8 pm at 113 E. Logan. Call: (505) 728-9246 for info on topics and directions. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Habitat for Humanity yard sales are held every Saturday, 9 am-noon on Warehouse Lane, weather permitting. Volunteers wishing to serve on construction projects may sign up there or call (505) 722-4226. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY - WORK SESSIONS Habitat for Humanity work sessions held each week. Volunteers to serve on decision making meetings or wish to volunteer at or help fund construction projects. Call Bill Bright at (505) 722-4226. MCKINLEY COUNTY HEALTH ALLIANCE McKinley County Health Alliance convenes on the second Wednesday of the month from 11 am-1 pm at the New Mexico Cancer Center across from UNM-Gallup. Everyone is welcome to attend and engage in discussions about health, education, economic, and environmental inequities and to help facilitate
change in those systems. Call (505) 906-2671. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Overeaters Anonymous 12step meetings. Held every Saturday at 10 am. The First Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Drive. Open to anybody who has a desire to stop compulsive eating. Contact info. (505) 307-5999, (505) 721-9208, or (505) 870-1483. RECYCLING COUNCIL McKinley Citizens Recycling Council is a local nonprofit working to increase recycling through education, community outreach, and partnership with local government agencies. MCRC meets the first Saturday of the month at 2 pm, at Red Mesa on Hill St. For more information, please call (505) 722-5142 or visit Recylegallup.org. SUPPORT EARLY LANGUAGE AND LITERACY FOR SCHOOL SUCCESS! Gallup McKinley County Schools is currently recruiting pregnant women and teens in McKinley County with children from birth to 5 years of age. There are no income guidelines and services are free to ALL community members. Learn more about this opportunity by contacting Bebe Sarmiento at (505) 721-1055. SAVE THE DATE 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. MOUNTAINFILM ON TOUR The Thai Burma Border
Health Initiative presents: Mountainfilm on Tour. March 9: Student film events at Gallup High School and Del Norte Elementary. March 10: Main event film screenings at 4:30 and 8:30 pm; Non-profit expo 6:30-8:30 pm. Tickets go on sale the day of the event at the El Morro Theatre. Tickets: $8 per adult and $5 per child or student. Call (971) 5700704. BENGALS RELAY FOR LIFE Team Bengals Relay for Life Team will be holding a fundraiser at the northside Denny’s Restaurant on Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm each day. Students will wait tables, and greet customers, and earn 10 percent of register receipts during those times and all tips. Proceeds will be donated to Relay for Life/The American Cancer Society. For more information, contact Pam at (505) 870-6205. A PI/PIE DAY FUND RAISER March 14, let’s be irrational! There will be a Pi/Pie Day Fund Raiser for cancer research. Eat pie for breakfast, lunch, coffee break, or a midnight snack. Time: 10 am-2 pm (or until sold out). Location: Camille’s Sidewalk Café Patio Room, 306 S. 2nd Street. Purchase a slice for $3, or a pie for the family $15. Call (505) 722-2175. DEADLINE FOR ARTISTS On March 16, deadline for artists to apply for gallupARTS paid Native Artist-in-Residence program. SPRING CAREER FAIR UNM Gallup will host a Spring Career Fair 2018. 10 am-1:30 pm at Gurley Hall Commons. Call (505) 863-7682. To post a nonprofit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm
Gallup Sun • Friday March 2, 2018
Enrolling PreK -11th Grade!
Second grade teacher Lorrinda Horace and students
tour the school ⋅ meet our staff ⋅ receive tuition assistance information Saturday
10 am to Noon
Sports and Fitness Center
MARCH 1, 2018 · ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR! FEB. 16 TO MAY 11, 2018 · LYNX FRIDAYS · SCHOOL TOURS EVERY FRIDAY AT 8:15AM OR 1:00PM For more information contact: Rehoboth Admissions Office 505.863.4412 • www.rcsnm.org 24 Friday March 2, 2018 • Gallup Sun