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NEWS Bail bondsmen suffer from new court ruling

NO-SHOWS IN MAGISTRATE COURT HAVE INCREASED FROM 18 TO 48 PERCENT SINCE RULING Staff Reports

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he life of bail bondsmen in Gallup and other pa r ts of the state has gotten a lot harder since a New Mexico Supreme Court decision last year made it easier for people who were arrested and were facing charges to get out on their own recognizance. Ger a ld Ma d r id, a ba i l bondsman who operates out of Albuquerque and has a branch office in Gallup, said last week that ever since that decision came down, the number of cases where judges released someone on their own recognizance instead of placing them on bond has sharply increased to the point where it is difficult for a bail company to survive. Madrid said he has had t o r ely on i ncome f rom other businesses to keep his

company afloat. But the problem is even more serious, he said, because it has resulted in a shar p increase in the number of people who have failed to show up for hearings, forcing judges to issue more bench warrants. Before the Supreme Court decision, Madrid said, the number of no-shows in magistrate court cases was about 18 percent. Since then, it has increased to 48 percent. Gallup, like other cities in the state, has seen more bench warrants being issued, according to local court records. “The situation now is that most people who are arrested and then released on their own recognizance see no consequences if they don’t show up for a hearing,” Madrid said. This has become a public safety concern in the past year, Madrid said, as people who

Duane Lee Chapman, better known as Dog the Bounty Hunter, said states throughout the country are making it easier for people to get out of jail on their own recognizance. Photo Credit: Courtesy A&E Networks

The McKinley County Courthouse. Bondsmen say that a decision made by the New Mexico Supreme Court has made their job more difficult, and put public safety in jeopardy. Photo Credit: gallupARTS.org

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have committed domestic violence and similar crimes are released back on the streets without having to worry about losing their bail money if they are rearrested. The bond system works, he said, because if someone doesn’t show up for a hearing and has been placed on a bond that was arranged through a bail bondsman company, the company joins in the effort to track that person down. Duane Chapman, better known as Dog the Bounty Hunter because of his popular television show by that name, said that the problem isn’t only found in New Mexico. Many states throughout the country are making it easier for people to get out of jail on

their own recognizance. ”Many judges are now beginning to see the light,” Chapman said. “The people they are letting out without bond are not boy scouts.” Madrid said that judges in the state are beginning to be aware of the high number of no-shows for court hearings and have been requiring ones to be posted on more cases. On the day he was interviewed, Madrid said he had three cases where he provided bond money to get someone released from jail, and he said he hoped this may be an indication that things are getting back to the way it was before the Supreme Court issued its decision.

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BED BUGS NOT INCLUDED! Richard F. Kontz,

Executive Director, Gallup Housing Authority

Remember the cute little saying: “Sleep tight don’t let the bed bugs bite”. Well, it isn’t so cute anymore when the little creatures invade your house. Occasionally, in Public Housing we have that problem. PLEASE don’t go into a panic. Bed bugs exist wherever humans and beds exist. The key to keeping them out is PREVENTION.

Some facts about BED BUGS: Bedbugs are parasitic bugs [basically a tick] who “highly” prefer to

feed on human blood. They typically hide in mattresses, bed frames, bedding, furniture, carpets, baseboards and bedroom clutter. They are most commonly found in seams of mattresses or inside box springs. They hide by day and come out at night.

How Do they get into your House? When we at Gallup Housing Authority prepare a unit for leas-

ing we make sure there are none in the dwelling. So, when you rent from us “Bedbugs are not included”. Assuming they are not there to begin with how do they get there? They “hitch hike” into the premises. When a family moves in they may come in with them. Or, we have seen where a family doesn’t have much furniture when they move in and they go to the local used furniture stores and buy couches, beds, mattresses and low and behold a few weeks later they are calling us complaining about Bedbugs. We had one elderly who got them and we treated her unit then a month or so later she had them again. So, when questioned she had relatives from the reservation come and stay a few days. Then a couple of months later she had them again. Now she wanted to move to another unit. We said no – because if you do you are just going to take them with you to another unit. Once, again visiting relatives brought them in. By the way we told her if she gets them again we will charge you $500 to $600 for the treatment because we can’t keep letting her or her guests bring them in. Believe me she was not a happy Camper.

The two main things we recommend to people is: [1] Wash your bedding and clothing on a regular basis [weekly] with hot water. Heat kills them. [2] Watch where you buy your bedding, mattresses, bed frames, furniture, etc. Unfortunately used products seem to be one main carrier of bedbugs locally. Comments are welcome.

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Becenti-Aguilar running for PRC seat By Bernie Dotson For the Sun

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OYOTE CANYON, N. M . — Theresa Becenti-Aguila r wants to become a member of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, which, if successful, would make it the second time around for the Coyote Canyon native. Becenti-Aguilar made the announcement to run last month. “I believe that I can serve the people and I have proven that I am capable of serving the people,” Becenti-Aguilar said. “I am again ready to start the

Becenti-Aguilar PRC job.”  Becenti-Aguilar grew up in Coyote Canyon, on the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation, without electricity or running

water, and was appointed to PRC in July 2010 by then Gov. Bill Richardson. She served out the remainder of a term that was started by Carol Sloan. She outright won the PRC election the following year and ended up making history as the first PRC panel that included three women in the history of the agency.  As far as platform, BecentiAguilar said she’d like to concentrate on improving wireless telephone line service in places like Bread Springs, N.M. She said she doesn’t believe District 4 is in “a right sense of ethics.”  “I feel that there is more structure needed with respect

Churchrock man sentenced to prison for voluntary manslaughter Staff Reports

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L BUQU E RQU E – Randy Payton, 35, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Churchrock,

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N.M., was sentenced March 8 in federal court in Albuquerque to 137 months in prison for his voluntary manslaughter conviction. Payton will be on supervised release for three years after completing his

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prison sentence. Payton was arrested on Oct. 19, 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with killing a

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to what the District 4 commissioner should be doing,” Becenti-Aguilar said. The election is June 5. Becenti-Aguilar is a Democrat and the District 4 seat is currently occupied by Lynda Lovejoy of Crownpoint.   L o v e j o y i s a fo r m e r member of the New Mexico House of Representatives (Democrat) and first attained a PRC seat 11 years ago with former state rep Sandra Jeff as a staff assistant. BecentiAguilar has also served as a state Senate floor worker at the state legislature a few years ago.  Becenti-Aguilar ran for a Navajo Nation Council Delegate

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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: A fan holds up a sign in support of a Tse Yi’ Gai Lady Warriors player during their state championship game against Fort Sumner at Bernalillo High School March 6. Warriors came up short, 59-48. Photo by R. Hudgeons The Gallup Sun, published Fridays, is not responsible or liable for any claims or offerings, nor responsible for availability of products advertised. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. The Gallup Sun distributes newspapers in McKinley, Cibola and Apache counties. Office: 102 S. Second St., Gallup, NM 87301 The Gallup Sun, pending USPS number 1, is mailed weekly. Application to mail at periodical rates is pending in Gallup NM. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Gallup Sun, PO Box 1212, Gallup, NM. Mailing Address: PO Box 1212 Gallup, NM 87305 www.gallupsun.com Phone: (505) 722-8994 Fax: (505) 212-0391 gallupsun@gmail.com Letter to the editor/guest column ACCEPTED BY EMAIL ONLY. State full name and city/town. No pen names. ID required. All submissions subjected to editor’s approval. Guest columnists, email Sun for submission requirements.

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New Mexico State Police investigation leads to conviction in DWI homicide case su r veilla nce footage from severa l locations, some of which showed K ing getting i nto t he d r iver’s seat at a ga s s t a t ion, ju s t m i nut e s before the crash. A f t e r e x t e n s i ve i nt e rv iew s, i nve s t iga t ion, a nd fol low u p, of f ic e r s we r e a bl e t o p r o v e w i t h o u t a doubt King was the driver at

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n M ay 1, 2 017, a tragic rollover cra sh happened on NM State Road 118 i n Ga l lup. T wo adu lt s were killed and three children were seriously injured. T he d r iver of t he veh icle, Elijah K ing, was suspected of being dr unk at the time of t he cra sh. K i ng wa s detained at the scene; however, he cl a i med a not her man was driv ing. New Mexico State Pol ice of f icer s i n Ga l lup responded a nd conducted an extensive investigation. T hei r ef for t s produced solid evidence showing that K ing wa s dr iv ing dr unk at the time of the crash. This ev idence later led to K ing’s conv iction. I m me d i a t ely a f t er t he crash, NMSP officers obt a i ned a blood d raw from K ing, took pictures of his injuries, obtained some i ncr i m i n at i ng st at ement s

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the time of the crash. K ing pleaded guilty in McK inley Cou nt y D i s t r ic t Cou r t t o t wo c o u n t s of Ho m ic i d e by Veh icle f rom DW I a nd three counts of Child Abuse Resu lt i ng i n Great Bod i ly Har m. On March 5, he was sentenced to ser ve 15 years in prison T he New Mex ico St at e

Police would like to tha nk t he 11t h Jud icia l Di st r ic t A t t or ney ’s O f f ic e a nd Dist r ict At tor ney Pau la Pa k k a l a for t hei r pa r t i n br i ng i ng t h i s ca se to ju s tice. The New Mexico State Pol ice i s com m it t ed t o ser v ing the citizens of New Mexico, working for justice, and fighting to ENDWI.

Elijah King from h i m du r i ng a n i nterview, and also arrested him for vehicular homicide. The New Mexico State Police Crash Reconstr uction Unit r e c o n s t r u c t e d t he c r a s h s ce ne. A s e a r c h w a r r a nt was obtained and executed t o o b t a i n DNA e v i d e n c e f r o m t he v e h ic le . I n t he days fol low i ng t he cra sh, NMSP off icer s a nd agents i n t e r v i e we d s e v e r a l ke y w itnesses a nd gathered

The car Elijah King drove at the time of the crash. King, who was intoxicated behind the wheel and caused the death of two adults, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Photo Credit: Courtesy NM State Police

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Weekly Police Activity Report Staff Reports

A BURNING QUESTION 3/6, Iyanbito McKinley County Sheriff Dep. Monty Yazzie apparently had no questions as to what started a fire Monday on Red Sage Loop in Iyanbito that caused severe damage to a house in that Navajo community. As he was headed to the scene of the fire, Metro Dispatch informed Yazzie that “an intoxicated person at the residence poured gasoline on the residence and lit [the house] on fire.” When he arrived at the scene, the first thing he saw was that the living room was on fire. He also saw family members carrying buckets of water trying to out the fire out but it was having no affect. He then noticed that on one side of the house, other family members were waving at him and pointing to a man who they had hog tied. At about the same time, a Navajo police unit showed up, as

the house was located on reservation land. Yazzie said he helped the officer, Israel Tsosie, detain the suspect and take him to his unit. He placed the suspect, identified as Justin Tsosie in the back seat of the Navajo police unit. Volunteer firefighters from the Fort Wingate area then arrived on scene and were able to put out the fire before the residence was totally destroyed. The suspect showed signs of being intoxicated and possibly on drugs, so he was taken to an area hospital to be checked out. Yazzie said in his report that Tsosie continued to be uncooperative and was yelling as he was being transported from the scene. At that point, he turned over the scene to Navajo police.

UNGODLY VANDALS 3/4, Gamerco T he McK i n ley Cou nt y Sheriff’s Office was called to the Gamerco Church of God, 206 Ray Avenue in Gamerco, twice in three days to take a vandalism report. The second report was taken about 8:50 am by MCSO Dep. Ivan

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Tsethlikai, who reported that someone had shattered two double panel windows at the church. When talking to the church’s pastor, John B. Thumma, he was told that the two panes of glass had just been repaired two days before because vandals had scattered the original panes of glass on Saturday. Thumma told Tsethlikai he found the same windows shattered March 2 by rocks. He had to spend $160 each to get new glass put in. When he returned to church two days later, he found the new panes had been shattered by rocks. Thumma said he had no suspects but wondered if the children who played in the nearby playground could have been responsible. Tsethlikai said he saw one piece of rock still embedded in the window frame and also noticed a lot of shattered glass on the inside of the building. Deputies checked the outside of the building but could not find any footprints. Church person nel had checked the building and had found nothing missing and

Pastor Thumma requested that the sheriff’s office do security checks on the church for the next few days.

A $1,500 SWINDLE 3/1, Gamerco McKinley County Sheriff deputies were dispatched to Gamerco to fill out a report from Chanel Kinsel, who said she had been swindled out of $1,500 in a car purchase that went bad. Kinsel said she had been in contact with a woman on Craigslist concerning the purchase of a 2001 Chevy Silverado. She and her fiancé were emailing and phoning the woman, identified as Christine Edwards, back and forth to arrange for the purchase of the vehicle. At Edward’s request, the two sent her $1500 in eBay gift cards to purchase the vehicle from eBay Motors but Kinsel has since found out that the entire transaction was a scam. Kinsel told MCSO Dep. Jonathan Todachine Jr. that she had contacted eBay officials and they said they don’t do eBay gift cards for the purchase of a truck.

Company officials said, however, that they would investigate the situation and get back to her. In the meantime, Todachine said he searched the address in Billings, Montana where the woman, who Kinsel said spoke with an east India accent, lived and found a one story house. He said he also called the number Kinsel had for the woman but no one answered. Kinsel told Todachine that eBay officials said their investigation would take about two weeks. Speaking of scams, the sheriff’s office is also investigating a report from another county resident who said that when she did a credit report, she found out that three credit cards had been taken out in her name over the past 10 years without her knowledge. The Vanderwagen resident said she contacted the banks in question but was told she needed a police report before they could undertake an investigation which is why she contacted the sheriff’s office. She said she has also reported the identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission showing

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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports Darryl Bluehorse, 51 March 3, 1:46 am 3rd DWI, Aggravated Gallup P o l i c e O f f i c e r A d r i a n Quetawki was on patrol on west Highway 66 a bout 1:4 6 am when he saw a car traveling the opposite direction with no headlights on. He immediately turned around and conducted a traffic stop. He told the driver, Bluehorse, 61, of Window Rock why he stopped him. Bluehorse said he wasn’t aware that his lights were off. By this time, Quetawki said he noticed signs that Bluehorse may be intoxicated, so he asked him where he was coming from. Bluehorse responded that he was going home after getting something to eat. He also admitted to having had three or four drinks during the evening. Since he admitted to drinking, Quetawki had him take field sobriety tests, including one in which he was asked to recite the alphabet beginning with D and ending with Q. After being told he had failed the tests, Quetawki reported Bluehorse as saying: “Yeah, I am impaired.”

Bluehorse then agreed to take a breath alcohol test and was taken to state police headquarters where he posted two samples of .16. Anson Shirley March 2, 6:33 am DWI McKinley C o u n t y Sher i f f ’s Office Dep. J. Bowman spotted a car driving i n s id e t he median on State Highway 491. When he attempted to stop the car, the driver continued on to turn into T&R Market, stopping inside the parking lot. Bowman approached the car and saw the driver move from the driver seat to the passenger seat, though his leg was caught by the gear shift and the dash panel, according to the police report. Shirley, 27, opened the car door and Bowman could smell alcohol coming out of the car, according to his report. Bowman saw a 12 ounce can of beer spilled on the floor of the car and on Shirley’s shirt. When Bowman asked for his license, Shirley replied that he didn’t have one. The car belonged to his girlfriend. Shirley was hesitant to leave the vehicle, but then agreed to field sobriety testing. He performed poorly and argued with the officer throughout the test.

Bowman then placed Shirley under arrest, and Shirley said: “Why are you arresting me, I wasn’t even the driver,” according to the report. Shirley blew a .26 and a .27 on his breath test before booking. Kirk Pensyl, March 2, 12:11 am 1st DWI, Aggravated M C S O D e p . Johnson Lee w a s he a d ing south on Mu noz Overpass when he saw a speeding car, traveling 70 miles per hour on a 40 MPH road. Lee pulled the driver over, then encountering Pensyl, 18, who “was slurring [his words] and had blood shot watery eyes,” according to Lee’s police report. Lee asked Pensyl if he had been drinking. Pensyl said he hadn’t been, but that his passengers had. Pensyl said he had been smoking. Lee aked Pensyl to participate in field sobriety testing, and Pensyl agreed. He performed poorly on the tests and was then arrested for DWI, soon after blowing a .14 and a .16 on a breath test. Marilyn Dixon March 1, 12:00 am 3rd DWI, Aggravated Just after midnight, GPD Officer Steven Eldridge was dispatched to the 3400 block of East Highway 66 because

van. When he got to the area, he saw the van head into a Giant gas station near the 26-mile marker and went over to do a welfare check. He asked Dixon, 60, of Churchrock to step out from behind the wheel and noticed she had bloodshot eyes and other signs of being intoxicated. She admitted to drinking a can of beer 15 minutes before the traffic stop and then agreed to take field sobriety tests, which she failed. She was then placed under arrest and Eldridge said he noticed an open beer can near the driver’s seat, and he charged her with possession of an open liquor container as well. Eldridge said he was also informed by Metro Dispatch that Dixon had a suspended driver’s license because of two previous DWI convictions. She was charged for that as well. The DWI charge was later changed to aggravated DWI when she agreed to take a breath alcohol test and posted two samples of 17. Freddie James Feb. 28, 11:00 am 1st DWI Met ro Dispatch received a c a l l a bout 11 am of a driver in a red car seen

staggering at a Conoco gas station on West Highway 66. A l it t le l a t er, G a l lu p Patrolman Norman Bowman called in, saying he spotted a vehicle of that description heading north on Twin Buttes Road heading back to Highway 66. He said he watched the vehicle as it stopped at the intersection and just sat there despite the fact that there was no traffic on Highway 66. A f ter about a m i nute, Bowman said he saw the vehicle turn east on Highway 66 and he began following it until he saw the car had no license plate so he conducted a traffic stop. He then talked to the driver, James, 38, of Window Rock, who informed him he had no driver’s license. Smelling the odor of intoxicating liquor coming from James, Bowman asked if he had anything to drink that day and James admitted to having had two beers earlier in the morning. After James refused to take a field sobriety test, he agreed to allow Bowman to take a breath alcohol sample using his portable breathalyzer. He posted a sample of .24. Bowman said he noticed an open beer can in the vehicle so he was charged with that as well. Thee were two passengers in the vehicle and they were also found to be intoxicated so they were taken to NCI while James was transported to the McKinley County Adult Detention Center for booking.

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Balderas opposes Trump effort to sabotage the Affordable Care Act Staff Reports

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L BUQU E RQU E – At tor ney Genera l Hec t or Ba lder a s, part of a coalition of 17 attorneys general, filed comments March 6 opposing the Trump Depar tment of Labor’s Proposed Rule, which seeks to expand the criteria for forming association health plans (AHPs) in order to evade the consumer protections enshrined in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and sabotage the ACA. AHPs have a long history of fraud, mismanagement, and abuse, with millions in unpaid claims for policyholders and providers, often leading to consumer bankruptcies. “President Tr ump is directly threatening the health of hundreds of thousands of New Mexico children, parents and senior citizens with his reckless rule,” Balderas said. “The President himself admitted that this is just an attempt to sabotage the Affordable Care Act. All New Mexicans

deser ve access to quality, affordable health care and we will continue to stand up to President Trump to protect that access.” Trump himself cited the sabotage of the ACA as the clear purpose of the Proposed Rule, stating while signing the order that he was “taking crucial steps towards saving the American people from the nightmare of Obamacare,” and tweeting the following day that “ObamaCare is a broken mess. Piece by piece we will now begin the process of giving America the great HealthCare it deserves!”

Over the last few decades, Congress ha s legislated – including through the ACA – to protect health care consumers from AHPs’ fraudulent conduct. The Proposed Ru le wou ld u ndo cr itica l consumer protections and u ndu ly ex pa nd access to AHPs without sufficient justification or consideration of the consequences. T he a t t or ney s gener a l c a ut ion t h a t pr oje c t ion s forecast that the Proposed Rule, if finalized, would lead to several million enrollees sh i f t i ng out of t he ACA’s individual and small group markets into AHPs with far fewer hea lth benef its a nd that the Proposed Rule would increase premiums for those remaining in the individual ACA market. State attorneys general have extensive experience protecting individuals and small employers from predator y entities that seek to defraud or deceive customers through the use of AHPs.

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Body found in Mentmore area Staff Reports

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cK i n ley Cou nt y Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the Mentmore area around 7 pm Feb. 28 in connection with a report of a body found under the bridge near the Mentmore Road. W hen officers a r r ived, they found the body of Ernest Bilagody, 35. They also found a red Volkswagen parked near the body, which was in a fetal position. Deputies found a pack of beer nearby with one can

opened. The police repor t said Bilagody was on his knees with his face wedged in the ground face down. The body was cold to the touch, according to the report. There had been a report earlier in the evening of a man dressed similarly to Bilagody leaning over the bridge. Merle Bates, the chief investigator for the sheriff’s office, said March 8 that his office is still waiting for autopsy results but at the current time the case is not being investigated as suspicious.

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he man suspected of stealing a revolver from Ted’s Pawn has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound March 8. Gallup Police Department released an “attempt to locate” bulletin to the Sun shortly before noon Thursday. The bulletin stated that the man, who was described as Native American and being about 5 feet 5 inches tall wearing a red pullover, entered Ted’s Pawn Shop on Maloney Avenue at about 10 am and asked to see a .357 magnum revolver. When he was given one, the

CHURCHROCK | FROM PAGE 6 Navajo man on the Navajo Indian Reservation in McKinley County on Oct. 14, 2016. According to the criminal complaint, Payton killed the victim by hitting and Over

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officials there what information she has about the credit cards taken out in her name.

A SCHOOL SHOOTING MYSTERY 2/27, THOREAU McKinley County Sheriff officials still don’t know what happened Feb. 27 at 7:30 pm when shots were reported near Thoreau High School. A security guard at the school had called in the report and when deputies arrived at the school, they talked to the security guard, Logan Littlefield, and advised him to evacuate anyone in the building, which included school officials, students and parents. In the meantime, MCSO Dep. Paul Davis Jr. went to the area near the baseball field where the shots were coming from and he talked to Littlefield who said security guards heard about 30 shots being fired accompanied by light flashes after every shot. Littlefield told Davis that it was possible what they heard might have been fireworks, but an examination of the area as well as a nearby shed found no evidence of bullet casings or fireworks. Davis found a trailer nearby the scene. He watched the trailer for several minutes but saw no activity around it. By that time, there were three or four deputies at the school and they decided to wait for Navajo police to arrive before checking out the trailer. Two Navajo police officers showed up and the group walked on foot to the trailer and talked to a man who lived inside. He told the officers he did not know what was going on and added that he had not heard any shots. They then walked back to the school and told the security guards as well as the school officials there that they could not find any evidence that guns had

LARCENY REPORTS 2/26, Bluewater T he McK i n ley Cou nt y Sheriff’s Office is investigating two larceny reports filed in the last few weeks. The first came from officials for the Rutherford Construction Company who reported that a 20-volt battery was taken from a backhoe that had been at a highway construction site on Highway 602 near the 13-mile marker. The theft occurred either on Feb. 26 or 27, when the constructi on crew had left for the night. The toggle switches for the four-wheel vehicle were also taken. There are no suspects. On Feb. 28, sheriff deputies also received a report from Lindsay Tillian who said that a trailer had been stolen from his property on Garcia Road in Bluewater. He said he found the fence cut but had no suspects. A neighbor said he saw a red truck in the area when the trailer may have been stolen.

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However, admitting officials there refused to take him in, saying he had no concept of where he was or time so Bowman had to take him to the Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital for a medical clearance. W hen t hey got t here, Bowman said he had to assist him in walking to the emergency ward because he was unsteady on his feet. Bowman said he stayed with him until he received medical clearance and then transported him back to the jail. Robert Tso, Feb. 27, 11:03 am DWI, Aggravated MCSO Dep. J. Bowman arrived at State Highway 566 and Challenger Road after reports of an accident there, and then found Tso, 51, sitting in the driver seat. Tso left the vehicle and admitted to not

having a driver’s license or ID on him. Tso told Bowman: “ I ’m go i n g to admit. I’m top out. I’m guilty. I was driving,” according to the police report. When asked if he would agree to field sobriety testing, Tso said: “I’m going to fail. I’m full bar… I can’t pass it.” Tso was only able to take one of the field tests, and showed all signs of intoxication. He was transported for booking and blew a .30 twice on his breath test. Shiela Silversmith Feb. 26, 3:38 pm DWI MC S O D e p. B r a n d o n Salazar was dispatched to State Highway 400 nearby Painted Horse Trail Road over a crash in the area. Upon arriving, Salazar met Silversmith, 39, standing on the side of

the road. Silverman s m e l l e d strongly of a lc o h o l , according to the police r e p o r t . Silversmith told Bowman that another person was driving, but when Bowman spoke to that person he was told it was Silversmith who was responsible for the crash. Salazar returned to speak to Silversmith, and found she was the registered owner of the car involved in the crash. Salazar asked Silversmith if she would take field sobriety tests for him, and she said she would not, as she had been drinking, according to the police report. Silversmith admitted to drinking “roughly a 12 pack” of beer, according to the police report. Silversmith blew a .13 and a .13 on her breath test before being booked.

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Water and Energy Awareness Day gets learning flowing at Red Rock Park THE INTERACTIVE LEARNING EVENT IS IN ITS THIRTEENTH YEAR

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ince Gallup is the central location for schools in the McKinley County, practicing good water conservation and energy saving is a matter of routine. The City of Gallup and Gallup McKinley County Schools teamed up March 7, giving students a hands-on lesson on how to conserve water and energy at the Water and Energy Awareness Day event at Red Rock Park.

STUDENTS For the past 13 years, Water and Energy Awareness Day has had success in educating over 13,000 fourth and fifth grade students, along with teachers and high school volunteers. Participating elementary schools included: Jefferson Element a r y, T w i n L a kes E l e m e n t a r y, R e d R o c k

Elementar y, David Skeets Elementary, Ramah Elementary, Navajo Elementary, Thoreau Elementary, and Crownpoint Elementary. Each group had roughly 15 to 25 students and were chaperoned by teachers and high school volunteers.

MAIN EVENT The city’s environmental program coordinator, Elizabeth Barriga, is the director of the event, which teaches the importance of conserving water and water-reducing routines in a fun atmosphere. Barriga said that the outdoor event provides important context for students who learn visually, and have trouble in classroom environments. The hands-on approach is helpful when teaching science, water and electrical safety education. “Interactive atmosphere is what most kids will love,”

Natural Resources Conservation Service “Rolling River Trailer” presenters April Forman, right, and Josh Forman, left, discuss the flow of water in the ground with Gallup McKinley County Elementary students at the Water and Energy Awareness Day at Red Rock Park in Gallup on March 7. Photo Credit: Boderra Joe Barriga said. “[They] learn things in a different fashion.” Barriga keeps busy outside of organizing the yearly event. She writes grants, updates water

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topics i nclud i ng erosion, conservation, ground water, and the water cycle. The presenters demonstrated how students and the community could improve their water usage, suggesting changing out water wasting fixtures to lower flow models, turning off the water when brushing your teeth, and practicing sustainable landscaping. The City of Gallup presenter demonstrated to students how to see and understand leaks inside the city’s water pipes, which use portable cameras to locate where a leak is coming from. Fred Johnson, an environmental specialist from the Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency, discussed the waters of the Navajo Nation and their water quality standards, which include domestic water supplies,

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OPINIONS Tax law doesn’t alter definitions of independent contractor themselves as independent contractors. But employees who wish to serve their former employers as independent contractors should know that even though tax laws have changed, the rules governing working relationships have not: Independent contractors still must meet the criteria that distinguish them from employees.

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he new t a x law passed by Congress i n December 2017 aims to lower taxes for everyone, but proponents cite its overwhelming benefits to businesses. Under the new law, companies — including sole proprietors and workers in the gig economy — can deduct 20 percent of their revenue from taxable income. T h i s p r o v i s io n a lo n e could disrupt formal relationships between employers

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GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF MARCH 9

The Last Quarter Moon occurs on Friday, March 9. Consider this an excellent time for rest and reflection. You may notice some residual energy from the Full Moon, but this will only cause anxiety. Look towards your future while focusing on the path in front of you. Put one foot in front of the other and keep walking. Madame G wishes you a fair evening with a little mischief.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

What’s that whisper on the wind? You may feel a hint of fear at the opportunity about to come. Instead of wallowing in the unknown and blindly fighting your way through a paper bag, take a deep breath. You can’t always win by strength alone. Instead take a moment to consider the situation. Do you really kill a fly with a hammer on a stained glass window? No, no you don’t.

You’re on the right path to your goals. It’s important to stop and smell the sage brush. Be thankful for whatever you see around you. Start showing appreciation for the people who mean the most to you. If you’re in a relationship, remember to tell your partner you care. Tell them about their excellent features and characteristics. Then watch your relationship shine.

Don’t be nervous Libra. People are taking notice of your extra efforts. You’re doing a bang up job. They’re proud of you and they want you to know it. It’s one thing to lead people by force—it’s another to help them through the fire by walking with them. You’re capable of ripping tin from a roof with your hands. But, it’s not necessary. Walk softly. You have friends.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

The world is full of the ungrateful and ingrates. Don’t become one. If you want to see change in the world, you must become the leader you’ve always wanted. Start by taking care of yourself. Lean into what you’d really like to do in this life and live free of constraint. What’s one dream you had as a little boy or girl? Are you living that dream? If not, it’s time for some fun. GO!

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

You’re putting up walls! If it’s a structure to your house— Excellent work! The best place to rest is in the comfort of your own home. You’re working toward your goals and keeping a healthy perspective on the outcome. Life is all about making plans and watching your perfectly wellgroomed ideas turn into reality. You may have to bend, but use a measuring compass.

Changes are coming. But you’ve been prepared for this. Even as the dust settles and the action has occurred, dear little Scorpio is looking further. Remember to take time for yourself otherwise you’ll get trapped into a deep sleep at a bad time. Instead take simple moments for yourself each day. Don’t forget the gym. Plan for the future, while living fully in the present. This is your time.

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What else can you do? You must live your life, not as god intended, but as you intend. This doesn’t mean you can’t take inspiration from on high. You must look towards the divine for inspiration on how to live well and fully. But, only you can define what living on high means to you. You must live this life—for you’ll only have yourself to blame.

What’s in a name? You have no idea. You just want your paycheck and to go home. This is a bit of a mess, but it’s of your own creation. You miscalculated. But, this doesn’t have to be the end of the road. Look into a mirror and look at yourself—really look. What do you see? Who are you? Who are you meant to become? Are you there yet? Why not?

Have you made a mess of it yet? You may think you’re heading down the right path. Are you? Only you really know. It’s on you to take charge of yourself and learn what you must to be all you can be. Don’t make this a contest of words. Stop talking about what you’d like to do and just do it. NO one is stopping you except for you. You don’t need permission.

Well, here we are and there we go. You don’t have to make huge moments out of pitiful moments. But, stop to consider that our lives are really just a bunch of little moments that are stacked up together. Define significant moments with the ones you love and appreciate them. You have nothing left to fear if you face each day with an open heart and a free mind. Go you!

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) You can do this! Whatever you fear to face or whatever decision has left you on the side of a ditch puking your guts out—you’re going to be fine. This too shall pass (as does everything). Don’t forget to breathe. You’re more than capable of taking on the ancient ghosts of your past and the much scarier ghosts of your future. Meet them as friends and they’ll treat you with respect. OPINIONS

All’s well that ends well. You never know if the person who pisses you off is really a good friend in the making. Sometimes, enemies make the best of friends. They tell you what you don’t really want to hear or acknowledge about yourself. It can be annoying at first, but you must let go of your anger and stop holding grudges. They don’t suit you.

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TAX LAW | FROM PAGE 13 tax on the revenue they receive. And while the Affordable Care Act is no longer a federal mandate, contractors shoulder the costs of their health insurance and retirement plan contributions. Employees also lose the job security provided by companies that retain workers when revenue dips: Contractors are usually the first to feel the effects of economic downturns because they are the easiest to terminate

POLICE ACTIVITY | FROM PAGE 11 there was a man, later identified as Chee, inside the building. He said he saw two windows at the

— and to replace when the economy starts moving again. Companies that knowingly misclassify — or have no reasonable basis for treating a worker as a contractor — can be liable for retroactive employment taxes and overtime pay if the worker exceeded the maximum number of hours allowed by law.

According to the Internal Revenue Service website, the general rule is that “an individual is an independent contractor

if the payer has the right to control or direct only the result of the work and not what will be done and how it will be done.” But the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division, which protects workers’ rights under the Fair Labor Standards Act, cites additional factors that govern the relationship, and only one involves degree of control. Other factors include whether the worker’s managerial skills affect his or her profit and loss, the extent to which the work is integral to the employer’s business, the worker’s skill and initiative, the investments

made and risks shared by each, and the permanency of the relationship. No one factor outweighs the rest, and the Labor Department urges a qualitative rather than quantitative analysis. Workers who apply their skills to multiple entities and can increase their contractual relationships can probably be considered sole-proprietor independent contractors. But workers with a single contract should review the criteria to determine if they are properly classified. Businesses should conduct periodic reviews of

their worker relationships to ensure that circumstances haven’t changed and they haven’t inadvertently moved workers into a different category. For more information, visit https://www.dol.gov/ whd / regs /compliance / whdfs13.htm or https://www. irs.gov/businesses. Finance New Mexico connects individuals and bu sinesses with skill s and funding resources for their business or idea. To learn more, go to www. FinanceNewMexico.org.

church broken and Chee kicking the front door. He saw Chee begin to walk away from the building and arrested him. A witness came up to him and said he heard the

windows being broken and saw Chee. Since Chee had cuts to his hand, he was taken first to a local hospital to get the cuts treated before he was transported to the McKinley County

Adult Detention Center and booked.

Secu r it y of f icia ls had watched Cantu remove a cell phone from its packaging at the store and then walk out with it. He was followed to the Applebee’s Restaurant just east of the store and police found him there trying to get the cell phone to work. He wa s a r rested a nd t a ken t o t he cou nt y ja i l where he wa s booked on shoplifting charges.

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A SHOPLIFTER CAUGHT 2/16, Gallup Fabian Jose Cantu, 32, of Gamerco was caught with the evidence on Feb. 16 after Gallup Police responded to a phone call from a security guard at WalMart of a possible shoplifter.

PAWN | FROM PAGE 10 suspect took a bullet from his pocket, put it in the revolver and pointed it at the clerk. He then fled the pawn shop and got into an older model Ford pickup. GPD Capt. Marinda Spencer said police found the pickup truck matching the description

parked at American Heritage Plaza. Police initiated a traffic stop, but the suspect ignored police commands to exit the vehicle. “The next thing they hear is a gunshot,” she said. Paramedics arrived and pronounced him dead at the scene. The name of man is being withheld until the next of kin is notified.

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COMMUNITY Christopher Trujillo is Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe’s ‘Teacher of the Month’ FORMER BASEBALL ATHLETE CHANGES CAREERS TO HELP MATH STUDENTS By Dee Velasco For the Sun

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a m i l le’s Sidewa l k Ca fe’s ha s na med Christopher Trujillo, a ninth and eleventh grade teacher at Gallup High School, their Teacher of the Month for March. Trujillo, like many teachers who have been nominated in the past, expressed surprise that the community recognized his hard work and dedication as a teacher. “I was really excited when you guys called and told me, I thought that was awesome,” Trujillo said. “We work so hard and it’s good to be noticed about that, so I appreciate that. It never entered my mind and I thought this would never ever happen.” H a i l i n g f r o m G a l lu p, Trujillo received his Bachelor’s degree in secondary education at Grand Canyon University. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education. Trujillo is currently pursuing his master’s degree in special education. Trujillo began college on a baseball scholarship, intending to go professional with the

sport. He played well at Gallup High School but struggled to make a team after graduation. It was after taking education classes in college that Trujillo knew where his path in life would take him. “I thought since I couldn’t become a professional baseball player, I’ll be a professional teacher instead,” Trujillo said. “I want to work my hardest and get to the top where teaching can take me in education and help the students. That’s my number one goal.” Trujillo teaches resource math, a class for students who have trouble with mathematics. Trujillo says it’s his job to move students past that struggle and advance them in the subject. He wants his students to do a lot more in math, and bring them up to a level they never thought they could reach. “Right now I believe we are keeping up with the regular class so that’s really good, so when testing comes they will be ready to go,” Trujillo said of the progress his class has made this year.

Christopher Trujillo, a resource math teacher, poses for a photo at Gallup High School in Gallup March 1. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe selected Trujillo as their Teacher of the Month, gifting him with a basket of supplies and a gift card to the restaurant. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo

A FAMILY AFFAIR Trujillo began his teaching

Christopher Trujillo, a resource math teacher for Gallup High School, talks about his passion for teaching and the path that lead him back to his alma matter during an interview held at Gallup High School in Gallup March 1. Trujillo graduated from the school in 2011 and now has been teaching there for one year. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo

Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe presents Christopher Trujillo with a basket of gifts, including school supplies and a gift card to the restaurant, at Gallup High School in Gallup March 1. Trujillo, a math teacher for Gallup High School, was selected as the Teacher of the Month in the monthly contest held by Camille’s. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo COMMUNITY

career at Gallup Middle School, and has been teaching at Gallup High School for just over a year. He says his mom, Debbie Trujillo, deserves all the credit for his carreer success. “My mom is a teacher and when I was at Grand Canyon University, I really wasn’t aware of this education field because I went there to go play some baseball,” he said. “One day I showed up to a couple

education classes and my mom told me that I was going to be a teacher because of those education classes. I took them and really enjoyed them and told my mom thank you for inspiring me that I was headed on my way to become a teacher.” Trujillo studied for four years to become a teacher like his mother, who has been teaching for over 33 years at Gallup High School.

Along with his mother, Tr u jillo also sites school administrators as inspiration, who push him with their leadership. “I’m not just saying that because I’m here,” he said with a laugh. “But I feel I can learn from them and grow in their leadership, which means a lot to me.”

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Rocky View Elementary School hosts Family Math Night STUDENTS LEARN FUN, EASY TOOLS TO IMPROVE THEIR MATH SKILLS By Dee Velasco For the Sun

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arents, family, friends a nd students were invited to Rocky View Elementary School’s Family Math Night March 1, where they learned fun techniques to handle tricky problems. Parents felt encouraged as they were shown the math learning skills their children are being taught. T he event wa s hosted by Empower Educationa l Consulting, an educational consulting firm based out of Chandler, Ariz. Jennifer French Crone and Laura Moore gave the presentation, two educators with the firm who travel throughout the United States discussing and applying new ways for students to learn math. Crone and Moore emphasized that the way students were taught in the past fails to prepare today’s students for the higher demands of college and careers. With efforts like Family Math Night, schools like Rocky View are working to improve teaching and learning

to ensure that all children will graduate high school with the skills needed to be successful. In mathematics, efforts to prepare students involve three major changes. Teachers will concentrate on teaching a more focused set of major math concepts and skills, allowing students time to master key math concepts and skills in a more organized way throughout the year and from one grade to the next. This reworked curriculum will also call for teachers to use rich and challenging math content to engage students in solving real-world problems, which the school hopes will inspire greater interest in the subject. At Fa mily Math Night, Ga me - ba s ed educ a t ion a l materials were handed out to students from Pre-K through fifth grade to take home and practice what they had learned. These consisted of simple addition and subtraction games like Butterfly, in which a player draws three cards from a deck and finds their sum. Crone wants the students to overcome their fear of math,

Parents engage in math games with their children during Rocky View Elementary School’s Family Math night March 1. Parents said they felt excited by the chance to help their children succeed in dificult subjects. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura and also for parents to get excited and motivate the students. She described how Math Night came to Rocky View. “Family Math night came about because this school does a lot of work with families that try to encourage them to be a part of their kids’ education,”

Crone said. “Lots of parents have a phobia of math and we want to empower them to understand how to help their student with math. So, we wanted to have this math night so that parents can learn a little bit of how math has changed since they were in school and

to get them to the classes for their kids to show off some of the games they have been learning, and show them how math is fun.” Moore, who was thrilled

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Diné College veterans Jeremiah Holiday, Scott Morgan and Franklin Sage, Ph.D, pose for a photo while attending a recent meet-and-greet veterans session at the College. Photo Credit: Courtesy Diné College

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Ed Cur tis, an academic and veterans advisor at Diné College, said the Tsaile gathering went well. That gathering featured three veteran representatives who fielded q ue s t ion s on e ver y t h i n g

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A Wrinkle in Time lacks darkness to balance the light By Glenn Kay For the Sun

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h e 19 6 2 b o ok , A Wrinkle in Time, was one that completely passed me by growing up. However, it has developed a fervent following, now large enough to warrant a $105 million dollar cinematic adaptation. What transpires is noble in its intentions to promote love and a positive approach to life. However, as a drama and adventure that spans the universe, it never manages to build up a great deal in the way of thrills. Meg Murry (Storm Reid) is a young girl whose schoolwork and attitude change for the worse when her astrophysicist father (Chris Pine) disappears. After four years, her child prodigy brother, Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), believes he has found a lead in locating their dad. It comes in the form of three eccentric, costumed space-beings na med Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling) and

Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey). They explain that Meg and Charles Wallace’s father has gotten lost traversing the universe and agree to assist the kids and their pal Calvin (Levi Miller) in finding the missing scientist. These guides are a force of light, encouraging the children to ward off the evil darkness that is expanding from world to world. The kids are fine in their roles, if written a bit too perfect to be believed. I suppose in a kid’s film, one has to be open to the idea of a 6-ish-year-old child prodigy solving the mystery of a disappearance well before his scientist mother (who happened to be working on the very same project as her husband). The movie does boast some elaborate and colorful special effects as the leads use the “tesseract” to locate him. This amounts to traveling billions of miles through time and space by using their minds. A couple of the strange worlds offer some interesting imagery; in particular, a sinister environment that looks like a suburban tract out of the 1950s. Unfortunately, there are some serious story issues that diffuse much of the excitement. There’s a lot of set-up establishing the astral visitors as personifications of light and

The new children’s feature has a good message, but clunky dialogue and a lack of energy weigh the picture down. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Disney positive energy, promoting individual strength and attempting to instill pro-activeness in the heroine. The attempt is admirable, although some very clunky humor is used to make the point. Mrs. Who only speaks in inspirational quotes and Mrs. Whatsit openly voices doubts about Meg (which seems like a contrast to what the character actually stands for). Many of these gags fall flat. But the ma jor problem is the villain of the piece. Eventually referred to as IT, the being is visually portrayed

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the action is oddly scored with pop tunes. As a result, there is no drama or anxiety generated. Finally, while earnest, the denouement resorts to too many saccharine hugs, cornball sentiment and clunky exchanges between the characters. The ideas are certainly there, but the screenplay never really does the drama any service, leading to an adventure that is entirely underwhelming. I admired individual scenes in A Wrinkle in Time, but as a whole the movie doesn’t provide the sense of wonder and excitement hoped for.

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

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e l l o a g a i n . I t ’s another busy week with plenty of new releases arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. Once again, they include blockbusters and Oscar nominees. 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 Breadwinner - A f t er her father is taken away and put in prison by members of the Taliban, a young girl is forced to find a way to prov ide for her mother and siblings. She does so disguising herself as a boy and trying to make ends meet without being discovered for who she really is. This animated tale was nominated for an Oscar and earned impressive marks from almost all critics. The overwhelming majority complimented the gorgeous imagery on display and found the themes both stirring and compelling. Saara Chaudry, Soma Chhaya and Noorin Gulamgaus provide the voices. The Clapper - This romantic comedy follows a pair of individuals who earn their living as infomercial audience members. The host of a spot takes a personal interest in one of the men and decides to use

DINÉ COLLEGE | FROM PAGE 16 from how to get VA loans, homeless and mental health concer ns a nd hea lth ca re questions. “It went well,” Curtis said. “There was some wr itten information handed out on a variety of topics and the reps were able to answer all kinds of questions.”  C u r t i s not e d t h a t on ha nd at the Tsa ile event were Rober tson Yazzie of Farmington and Shawndin Tracy of Prescott, Ariz. Yazzie

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public media to find out who he is. Her actions, however, put a great strain on the man’s current relationship. Reviews weren’t very complimentary towards this independent film. A few found the cast charming enough to earn it a pass, but most felt the humor fell flat and that the story simply wasn’t interesting enough. It stars Ed Helms, Amanda Seyfried, Tracy Morgan, Adam Levine and Russell Peters. The Man Who Invented Christmas - Charles Dickens is the subject of this holiday-themed biopic which adds fantasy elements to a true story. It goes into the mind of the financially-strapped writer as he begins and tries to land a publisher for A Christmas Carol (which would eventually become one of his best known works). In doing so, he ends up interacting with a version of Ebenezer Scrooge existing in his head. Notices were quite positive. A few criticized it as being decent but unmemorable, but many more complimented the movie, calling it amusing, likable and well-performed. It features Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce and Miriam Margoyles. Novitiate - The story of this drama set in the late 1950s and early 60s follows a young woman fascinated by the Catholic church. As she trains to become a nun, she deals with many extreme ideas from persons in power. The protagonist begins to experience conflicting feelings about her calling and what the future will hold for her. Reviews were very good for this independent

drama. A few thought it was too long for its own good, but the consensus was that it featured strong performances and asked interesting questions about faith, without providing direct answers or sermonizing. The cast includes Margaret Qua lley, Melissa Leo a nd Julianne Nicholson. T h o r : R a g n ar ok The biggest release of the week is this Marvel superhero sequel. The third Thor f lick finds the Norse god imprisoned in a faraway world while an evil force threatens to bring a world ending cataclysm Ragnarok to Asgard. While finding his way home, the protagonist teams with some eccentric space creatures and a familiar face or two. The press was extremely taken by this entry, calling it the best of the series starring the character. They appreciated the elaborately staged action and stated that addition of quirky humor made the experience all the more enjoyable. The cast includes Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett, Anthony Hopkins, Benedict Cumberbatch, Idris Elba, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Taika Waititi and Jeff Goldblum. Wonder Wheel - The latest from Woody Allen is a drama set in the 1950s at a Coney Island amusement park. When the carousel operator’s troubled daughter arrives from out of the blue, his wife is longs for her days as a young woman and actress. Feeling jealous of

Lots of interesting classic titles arriving in high definition this week. Arrow Video is releasing a two-disc (Blu-ray and DVD) limited edition of The Cat O’Nine Tails (1971). This is the second film of Italian horror filmmaker Dario Argento and involves the investigation of a string of murders at a scientific institute. The release includes a new 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative, a film critic audio commentary, new interviews with Argento, co-writer Dardano Sacchetti, actress Cinzia De Carolis and production manager Angelo Iacono. It also comes with the script pages for the original ending, the Italian and international theatrical trailers and other bonuses. Arrow also has a Blu-ray of Donnie Darko (2001). This was released as a 4-disc limited edition (with multiple versions of the film) some time ago but sold out. Now, the 4K restoration is being made available again as a single disc that features the

is a U.S. Army veteran and Tracy is an outreach coordinator in Prescott, Ariz., who works specifically with veterans.   Diné College also hosted a vetera ns event on their Shiprock campus Feb. 28. There, Diné College disability and veterans coordinator Rosa lind Russell sa id upwards of a dozen people engaged in conversion with the veteran reps.  “There were a little more than a dozen people who came out,” Russell, the parent of a U.S. Navy enlistee, said. “It was a very informative event.” 

Ru s sel l sa id t here a re about 18 student and staff vets who take classes or work at the Diné College Shiprock site. She said Commander Lloyd Begay informed about Sh iprock chapter meetings and Everett Howe of E Security of Shiprock was on hand to talk about the firm a nd screen potentia l new hires.   Ester Paul, a recruiter at Diné College who works out of the Shiprock site, said she gave an introduction about the College and handed out complimentary pins and coin purses. Paul sa id the age

range of people at the event was between 18 and 65. Diné College was founded a s t he V iet n a m Wa r wa s being fought in 1968. One of the reasons why the College wa s creat ed wa s t o help Navaho veterans who were returning home who wanted to at tend col lege w it hout having to leave the Navajo Reservation. A n orga n ization ca lled t he Di né Col lege St udent Ve t e r a n s A s s o c i a t i o n i s starting back up after seve r a l ye a r s of i n a c t i v it y. The orga nization is worki n g t owa rd be com i n g a n

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her step-daughter, she decides to drastic action in order to improve her own situation. Critics weren’t as taken with this picture as with previous entries from the writer/director. They complimented the photography and some of the performances, but felt others were miscast and that the film had some strange shifts in tone. It features Jim Belushi, Kate Winslett, Justin Timberlake and Kate Winslett.

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theatrical cut, multiple audio commentar ies, bra nd new interviews, a short film from the director and 20 deleted scenes with optional director commentary. Jim Henson enthusiasts will be happy to learn that Sony has given the puppet fantasy flick The Dark Crystal (1982) a new release. It’s been a new 4K restoration from the original camera negative. There’s also a new documentar y that goes behind-thescenes during production. The disc also includes previously releases features including a commentary, deleted scenes, featurettes and of making-of documentaries. Finally, Code Red has a double feature B-movie Bluray that includes the Italian horror/thriller, House on the Edge of the Park (1980), along with Last House on Massacre Street (1973).

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! He r e a r e s ome t it le s that may be of interest to youngsters. Blue Planet II Paw Patrol: Sea Patrol (Nickelodeon) Teen Titans Go! Pumped for Spring

ON THE TUBE! And these are the TV highlights arriving this week. Blue Planet II Campfire Kiss (Lifetime TV-movie) Crossbow: The Complete Series Newton’s Law: Season 1 officially recognized chapter for the Student Veterans of America. “We’re making progress,” Jeremiah Holiday, a transfer and career specialist at the College and a U.S. Army veteran, said. “We prov ide ser v ices to ex tend to ou r veterans to help them succeed academically. We also ex t end t ho se ser v ice s t o t he fa m i l ies a nd peer s of veterans.” Holiday estimated that there are some 50-plus veterans at Diné College. He said the number fluctuates, based on enrollment. COMMUNITY


SPORTS 360 McKinley County teams move through state tournament GALLUP GIRLS MAKING PROGRESS

By Bernie Dotson For the Sun

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ANTA ANA PUEBLO, N.M. — Tohatchi beat Tula rosa 78 - 43 a nd advanced to once again play in the New Mexico 3A state girls championship basketball game. The game is March 9 at 1:30 pm at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. To get to the championship game, Tohatchi (24-6, 8-0) eliminated Loving 69-51, Dulce 67-45 and Tularosa. The Lady Cougars are led by all-state point guard Kalian Mitchell, who is averaging double figures for the state tournament.

“We still have another game to play,” Tohatchi head coach Tanisha Bitsoi said. “The girls have played hard and have played together in the tournament. I was very happy with the way our defense has played the last few games.” The Lady Cougars held the Lady Wildcats to 20-second half points. The score in the Tularosa game was 45-23 at halftime.

3A LOVING 69-51 Senior point guard Kalian Mitchell torched Loving for 27 points March 2 and the No. 2 Lady Cougars beat No.

15 Loving 69-52 in a girls first round state playoff game at Tohatchi High School. In the subsequent quarterfinals playoff game against Dulce at the Sana Ana Star Center, the Lady Cougars sent the No. 7 Lady Hawks packing by the score of 67-45. Mitchell hit 22 points in that game and the win earned the reigning state 3A champs the right to play Tularosa (20-7). Dulce beat Cuba 74 - 69 March 2 to go into the second round of play.  As the reigning 3A state champions, the Totatchi team has made the post-season in each of the past five years. 

Mitchell hit a game high 22 points in the Dulce game, which about equals what she’s putting up in post-season play recently. The Lady Cougars canned nine 3-pointers in the first half, with Mitchell getting two of them. In the Loving game, junior guard Chastidy Onsurez helped carry the scoring load for the Lady Falcons and chipped in 12 hard-earned points in the game. Onsurez was mostly guarded by Cecil and junior forward Genae Morris of the Lady Cougars.

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The No. 3 Gallup Lady Bengals are also making headway through the 5A state playoffs. Gallup beat local rival Miyamura 61-52 in the quarterfinals of the state tournament. The Lady Patriots were seeded No. 11. Miya mura led 26 -22 at halftime and still led 42-39 at the end of the third quarter. Sophomore guard Kamryn Yazzie hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Lady Bengals a lift late in the fourth quarter. After the shots, Gallup was able to maintain the lead until

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Tse Yi’ Gai Lady Warrior Tianalee Jim (14) goes for a shot against Fort Sumner/House Vixen Keeli West (11) at Bernalillo High School during the NMAA State Basketball Tournament March 6. The Lady Warriors came up short, 59-48. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons

Tse Yi’ Gai Lady Warrior Melody Toledo (23) shooting a free throw during the Fort Sumner/House Basketball Game during the NMAA State Basketball Tournament March 6. Tse Yi’ Gai lost to Fort Sumner House. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons

Vice President of the Navajo Nation Jonathan Nez shows his support to Tohatchi Cougars at the NMAA Girls State Basketball Tournament at the Santa Ana Star Center March 6. Tohatchi defeated Dulce, 67-45, to move on in the tournament to the Class 3A Championship final March 9. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons

Tohatchi Lady Cougar Krystal Benally (3) runs the ball past Dulce Lady Hawk Tayeshaun Largo (23) during the NMAA Girls State Basketball Tournament at the Santa Ana Star Center March 6. The Lady Cougars play for the championship March 9. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons

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TOURNAMENT | SEE PAGE 19 the end of the game. Senior guard Amanda Mitchel scored 14 points and four assists for Gallup (20-10) in the game. Tia

Washburn of Miyamura (14-16) ended with 11 points.

GALLUP/ BLOOMFIELD Gallup Lady Bengals took

the court March 8, but were bested by Bloomfield by a score of 59-56. Bloomfield goes on to play against Los Lunas for the Class 5A Girls championship March 9.

TRUJILLO | SEE PAGE 20 Trujillo, who says he loves being a teacher, offered advice to others thinking about joining the field: “One of the biggest things I feel is don’t do it for yourself but do it for others. Your goal should be that you want to be the best teacher that out there. Stick to that and you can help so many people become more than they have dreamed of.” Trujillo continued to say that the success of a student takes more than just good

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Miyamura Lady Patriot Odessa Begay (55) goes up for a shot at Dream Style Arena (aka The Pit) March 6. Gallup Lady Bengal Amanda Mitchell (3) attempts to block during the NMAA State Basketball Tournament in Albuquerque. Gallup Lady Bengals won the game to advance in the tournament. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons

recreation, fish and wildlife, livestock watering, agriculture, and irrigation. Johnson discussed a variety of expansions pertaining to pollution that generates on the Navajo Nation. This includes pollution from unmanaged grazing, off road travel, construction activity, irrigated agriculture, and illegal trash dumping. “Once you make the tracks other people will follow,” Johnson said. “Pretty soon wind and water will erode the soil, create big gullies, and disrupt the land’s water flow.” He also said that if water is diverted due to unnecessary dirt roads, it will give less water to plants and will cause grazing issues that will then lead to other problems, like unmanaged grazing, pollution and lowering the water table.

VOLUNTEERS

It was the Gallup show down, as Gallup Lady Bengal Ashley Antone (1) goes up for a shot as the Miyamura Lady Patriots try to block her during the NMAA Girls State Basketball Tournament at Dream Style Arena (aka The Pit) March 6 in Albuquerque. Gallup won the game, 61-52. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons

White Cliffs Water Fact of the Week White Cliffs Water Users want you to know you can save lots of water by flushing the toilet at home less. Nearly 40% of our water gets flushed down the toilet. Leaking toilet flappers can easily triple your household water use.

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Coordinators, volunteers, and escorts offered assistance to the presenters and the young students throughout the event. About 70-plus high school students from Gallup High School and Miyamura High School volunteered assist Buffie Klumpenhower, a teacher at Miyamura High School.

PROFESSIONAL RESOURCES Professional resource organization presenters instructed a wide-range of educational classes, which focused on pollution, water conservation, and understanding the importance of water. Each professional resource organization was funded by their own staff to present at the event. These organizations included:

teachers. Parental involvement is also crucial for a a child to succeed. “Once the pa rent is involved this makes our job a lot easier, because once the student realizes that they can’t mess around it really cha nges the atmosphere,” Tr u jillo sa id. “So, pa rent involvement is huge. I noticed that sometimes the teacher is always the one to be blamed for the academic failure of the student, but if we can just get the parents involved again, this would make a huge difference.”

The City of Gallup The National Oceanographic& Atmospheric Administration Sandia National Laboratories The Bureau of Reclamation from Farmington & Phoenix, Ariz. COPE-Community Outreach Patient Empowerment Carollo Engineers Cibola National Forest ­– Mount Taylor District The City of Gallup Water The New Mexico Environment Department Surface Water Quality Bureau

T-SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST The event also included a design contest. An online application was sent to all GMCS art teachers and their classes to participate. Prizes were awarded to the winning designs.

THANKS & ADMIRATION The event and its organizers thanked the sponsorship of the following organizations: New Mexico Water Conservation Alliance, which gathered sponsorship support from the McCune Foundation, Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems, City of Gallup, Papa John’s, Subway, Sonic, S&B DES., and Lowe’s Shop N’ Save. The event organizers also appreciated the efforts of the artists who created and submitted their T-shirt designs, along with the local high school student volunteers from Gallup, Miyamura, and Rehoboth Christian School. For more information, contact the City of Gallup, 110 West Aztec Avenue. Call: (505) 863-1220. Or visit: https://www.gallupnm.gov/421/Water-andEnergy-Awareness-Day SPORTS


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Empower Educational Consultants Laura Moore, left, and Jennifer French Crone, right, visit with students on Family Math Night March 1 to see the impact of math and games combined. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura

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so many parents showed up to support the students, echoed Crone’s position on the family’s role in a child’s education – particularly in tough subjects like mathematics. “Bringing [the parents] here was just an awesome thing, because it tells the child that school is important,” Moore said. “I think any time we can get parents involved and understanding math and what their child is learning, it’s a plus-plus for the parents, kids, and the entire school. “ Beyond their work with students and parents, Moore and Crone also coaches teachers. The consultants offer instruction help in English Language Arts, supplying teachers with adv ice a nd techniques to become better resources for their students.

*** Pursuant of the New Mexico Self Storage Lien Act, the following Items will be sold or disposed of in order to satisfy a lien for delinquent rent and/or related charges. Property is located at: Sunrise Self Storage 2610 E. Hwy. 66 & 3000 W. Hwy 66 Gallup, NM 87301. Sale will take place TBD Please call 505-722-7989 for more information.

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Debbie Arthur, the principal of Rocky View Elementary School, was pleased with the event and its turnout. “It was a great success,” A r thu r sa id. “Math is so important, it’s a skill that all kids need for great opportunities for a good job when they get out of school. We just want to give every kid that opportunity, with the participation of the parents and the kids, it was a great success.” Like Arthur, Brooke, who teaches first and second grade math at Rocky View Elementary School, was excited about the math skills her students were already learning and showing their parents. “We had such a lovely turnout and I am so proud of our kids,” Brooke said after the event. “They are teaching their grownups so many great math games. We’ve been focusing on math fluency and it’s so nice

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that The Gallup Housing Authority will conduct its monthly Board of Commissioners meeting to be held on Friday, March 16, 2018, at 1:00 PM MST, at the Gallup Housing Authority board room, 203 Debra drive, Gallup, New Mexico 87301. The agenda will be available to the public at the Gallup Housing Authority office. All interested parties are invited to attend. Gallup Housing Authority Gallup, McKinley County, New Mexico By:/S/ Alfred Abeita, Chairman of the Board

for our kids to show that off. The math games are simple addition, subtraction games that can be done with a deck of cards or dice, even simple household items.” Parents also spoke optimistically of the students’ performance on Family Math Night. Briana Yazzie, whose son Kayden Yazzie is in the second grade at Rocky View, came to see what additional methods she could utilize to help her son. “I came because I know my son was having improvement in his math skills and the more I’m interested in it, the better he learns,” Yazzie said. “I wanted to support him tonight and come for the Family Math Night.” Students as well showed pride over their achivements. Kayden Yazzie spoke excitedly about taking the games home and bettering his math. “I’m good at math and I’m kind of having problems in subtraction, but with the games they gave us I can’t wait to play them over the weekend,” Kayden Yazzie said. Family Math Night left parents with some suggestions on how to be more engaged in their children’s school life. To start, instructors said to partner with your child’s teacher. Parents were reminded to reach out to teachers, as parents are an important part of a child’s education. Other suggestions included asking to see a sample of your child’s work, or to bring a sample with you, and to always ask questions. F o r m o r e i n fo r m a tion on helping your child learn mathematics, visit: www.2ed.gov/parents/academic/help/math/index.html. CLASSIFIEDS


COMMUNITY CALENDAR MARCH 9-15, 2018 FRIDAY, March 9 TEEN TECH WEEK 10 am-6 pm @ Children’s Branch. Stop by the Library every day during Teen Tech week March 6-10 for a creative tech project. MAKER ZONE (ALL AGES) 2-3 pm @Children’s Branch. We provide supplies, you provide ideas. COMPUTER CLASS 3-5 pm @ Main Branch. Free computer training is available each week. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. No registration required. This week: MS Word for Beginners. TECH TIME: ONE-2-ONE TECHNOLOGY HELP 3-4 pm @ Main Branch. The Library is offering one-on-one technology assistance. Bring your personal technology devices or software questions to one of the scheduled sessions and our technology trainer will help guide you through the process. One-2-One Tech Help is on a first come first serve basis. Call (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@ gallupnm.gov. GET UP AND GAME 4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch. Join us for a family-friendly video games Friday afternoon.

Award winning film: Suffragette. Refreshments will be served. Call (505) 863-1291 or email tmoe@gallupnm.gov. DORDT COLLEGE CHOIR CONCERT The acclaimed Dordt College Choir from Iowa will perform a concert at 7:30 pm. Rehoboth Christian Reformed Church. 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.

slice for $3, or a pie for the family $15. Call (505) 7222175. 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 3-4 pm@MainBranch. The Library is offering help using our open source software. This week: LibreOffice. Call (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@gallupnm.gov. WEDNESDAY NIGHT MOVIES 5:30-7 pm @ Main Branch. Every Wednesday at 5:30 pm watch different “Air” themed film at the Main Branch of the Library. During the month of March, we explore the basic element of air in cooking and culture.

MONDAY, March 12

IGNITE GALLUP 2018 Be heard. Sign up now and tell us what you are passionate about at the first Ignite Gallup. Talks are limited to five minutes and 20 slides. Topic proposals are due March 15th. For more information or to submit a topic visit octaviafellin.libguides. com/ignitegallup or call (505) 726-6120. TECH TIME: ONE-2-ONE TECHNOLOGY HELP 3-4 @ Main Branch. The Library is offering one-on-one technology assistance. Bring your personal technology devices or software questions to one of the scheduled sessions and our technology trainer will help guide you through the process. One-2One Tech Help is on a first come first serve basis. Call (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@gallupnm.gov. CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) 4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch. Fun crafts for the whole family. This week’s activity: St. Patrick Necklace.

TECH TIME 5-6 pm @ Main Branch. The Library will provide job assistance workshops for those seeking employment. Call (505) 863-1291. REHOBOTH HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR Rehoboth Christian School Choir and Gospel Artist CJ Grier invite you to an hour of worship. Call (505) 863-4412.

SATURDAY, March 10

TUESDAY, March 13

ART CONTEST 9 am-6 pm @ Children’s Branch. Stop by Library to pick up an entry form for the 2018 Library Card Art Contest. The winner will have their artwork featured on special edition library cards for the 2018 Summer Reading Program: Libraries Rock! Deadline to submit artwork is March 10. TEEN TECH WEEK 9 am-6 pm @ Children’s Branch. Stop by the Library every day during Teen Tech week for a creative tech project. RELAY FOR LIFE FUNDRAISER Join the Gallup High School Team Bengals Relay For Life team at the Northside Denny’s Restaurant 3-6 pm. Raise money for the American Cancer Society. The students will earn 10 percent of register receipts and all tips during those times. Location: 836 U.S. Highway 491. FILM 3-5 pm @ Main Branch. The Library will host Academy

MAKER ZONE (6 AND OLDER) 2-3 pm @ Children’s Branch. We provide supplies, you supply the ideas. COMPUTER CLASS Free computer training is available each week. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. No registration required. This week: Intro to the Internet. MAKER ZONE (6 AND OLDER) 4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch. We provide supplies, you supply the ideas. ASSIMILATION AND MUTILATION 6-7 pm @ Main Branch. The Library will host Jean Whitehorse as she details the life of a boarding school student, and how forced sterilization came about. Call (505) 863-1291 or email tmoe@ gallupnm.gov.

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WEDNESDAY, March 14 A PI/PIE DAY FUND RAISER 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

THURSDAY, March 15

ONGOING CITY OF GALLUP’S SUSTAINABLE GALLUP BOARD Meets on the first Monday from 3-5 pm at the Octavia Fellin Library. When those Mondays are holidays, the meetings ar on the following Monday. Community members concerned about conservation, energy, water, recycling and other environmental issues are welcome. Call (505) 722-0039 for information. CO-DEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS Meets Wednesday, 6-7 pm, at First United Methodist Church, 1800 Redrock Dr. (in

the library). All are welcome. COMMUNITY PANTRY The Hope Garden offers organic produce for sale from 10 am-noon, Tue - Fri., 1130 E. Hassler Valley Road. All funds go to helping feed local folks. Call (505) 726-8068 or when visiting, ask for Vernon Garcia. FRIDAY NIGHT HOOTENANNY Gallup’s longest-running live show! Every Friday night from 7-9 pm. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. Second St. GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY Wednesdays are low-cost Spay and Neuter Days, at the Gallup-McKinley County Humane Society. For more information, please call (505) 863-2616, or email: gmchumanesociety@gmail.com. Location: 1315 Hamilton Rd. GALLUP SOLAR Gallup Solar is hosting community conversations about all things solar Wednesdays from 6-8 pm at 113 E. Logan. Call: (505) 728-9246 for info on topics and directions. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY  Habitat for Humanity yard sales are held every Saturday, 9 am-noon on Warehouse Lane, weather permitting. Volunteers wishing to serve on construction projects may sign up there or call (505) 722-4226. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY - WORK SESSIONS Habitat for Humanity work sessions held each week. Volunteers to serve on decision making meetings or wish to volunteer at or help fund construction projects. Call Bill Bright at (505) 722-4226.  MCKINLEY COUNTY HEALTH ALLIANCE McKinley County Health Alliance convenes on the second Wednesday of the month from 11 am-1 pm at the New Mexico Cancer Center across from UNM-Gallup. Everyone is welcome to attend and engage in discussions about health, education, economic, and environmental inequities and to help facilitate change in those systems. Call (505) 906-2671. 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) 7219208, 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. RECYCLING DEPOT The Recycling Depot will now be open from 12-1:30 pm on the first Saturdays of the month. Educators and artists are encouraged to come by and see what’s available. Volunteers will accept some items, such as paper towels and toilet paper rolls. This is a free service of the McKinley Citizen’s Recycling Council. Call (505) 722-5152. 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. DEADLINE FOR ARTISTS On March 16, deadline for artists to apply for gallupARTS paid Native Artist-in-Residence program. TWO-DAY OPEN STUDIO ARTWALK EVENT On March 17, Zuni Pueblo Artists announce a two-day Open Studio ArtWalk Event. 10 am-5 pm on Saturday and Sunday. For more information visit: zunipuebloart.org. To post a nonprofit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: gallupsunevents@gmail.com or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm

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