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JEAN WHITEHORSE SPEAKS OUT ON HER EXPERIENCE WITH STERILIZATION of Health, Education and Welfare, had their target, the target was the unborn Native children. The money was funded and allocated through the state and it went into the clinics. The more women they sterilized, the government gave them more money, that’s how it worked.” According to Whitehorse, the government at the time said Native women were incapable of bringing in their own kind into this world, incapable of taking care of our own children: “They said we were poor, uneducated, we’re on welfare, that’s how the

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he Octavia Fellin Public Library hosted Jean Whitehorse, a specialist with the Crownpoint Outreach center, for a discussion on forced sterilization March 13. Government sterilization programs have affected many indigenous women – including Whitehorse herself. The daughter of Navajo Code Talker Edmund J. Henry Sr., Whitehorse was taught the Diné way of life, which was the Hozho, or the Navajo way of thinking. Her grandmother taught her to understand harmony, balance, and traditional ways. But this education ended as she was forced to attend a boarding school. “I and my brother were sent off and we didn’t know why, we couldn’t speak our language and often we were punished for it,” Whitehorse said. “I didn’t understand what the dorm martinet was saying, and I would turn to the child next to me and ask in my own language.” After finishing boarding school she was given a one-way ticket to Oakland, Calif., to attend vocational training. She was taught to be a secretary, and efforts were made to keep her from going back home to Smith Lake. It was in Oakland that Whitehorse learned of Alcatraz, and how it changed the origin and concept of Indian self-determination. She was there November 9, 1969, during the American Indian Movement

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government looked at us. So the DOHEW had funding to start this sterilization, to me or anybody that had family it was like genocide, trying to get rid of people–and this was in the 1970’s.” Whitehorse described the deceitful circumstances that led to her own sterilization. “Some of the women tried to take this to court, but the doctors and attorneys covered up everything,” She said. “When I went through this procedure


Presenter Jean Whitehorse at the Octavia Fellin Public Library March 13 speaks about the forced sterlization of indigenous women, including herself. Photo Credit: Dee Velasco Alcatraz takeover. She marched on Berkley, witnessed the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and 70s coast to coast. With her eyes wide open, she learned about the assimilation efforts of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. This was another way of taking away the language, culture, and traditions of indigenous people,


Whitehorse thought, another way for her people, she said, “to disappear.” It was then that Whitehorse f i r s t le a r ne d of for c e d sterilization. “The first target were the Native American women, we were the first ones – I was one of them,” she said. “The Department

Whitehorse explains the Navajo Hozho and traditional ways the Diné were taught in order to live in harmony at the Octavia Fellin Public Library March 13, and how government efforts for assimilation hurt her and her people. Photo Credit: Dee Velasco


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he March 13 regular meeting of the Gallup City Council began with an ordinance seeking criminal penalties for violators

of the property maintenance code. Curtis Hayes, city attorney, said the property maintenance code was to address homeowners who do not maintain their property. “The purpose of this is

twofold,” Hayes said. “One is to make the property maintenance code consistent with the fire code and building code, which already have criminal provisions. More importantly, is to put more teeth in the property maintenance code.”

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He noted that issues such as overgrown weeds, trash, abandoned cars and dilapidated billboards had to be cleaned by the city, which contracted out these services. Notices were sent to homeowners to pay the past due invoices or face a lien imposed by the city upon the property. The International Maintenance Code was adopted, which provides that violations are a misdemeanor civil infraction as determined by the municipality. “We put a lien on the property. The problem is that unless the person attempts to sell that property or refinance that

property, those liens just sit there over at the county clerks office and after a four year period, they expire,” Hayes said. Councilor Allan Landavazo asked if the proposed statute


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he pr i m a r y e le c tion filing deadline occurred March13, and as usual there will be no Republican candidates. So, the primary election will determine the final winner in the county races. The most contested race is for county sheriff where the incumbent, Ron Silversmith will be facing a former sheriff, Felix  T. Begay, as well as four other challengers: Robert C. Mazon, Benjamin L. Benally, Matthew K. Hughbanks, and Kenny A. Carabajal Sr. Candidates running for other county races as follows: County Commission District 1 - Billy Moore, Sonlatsa JimMartin, Olin Kieyoomia and George H. Tolth. County Commission District  2- Tommy L. Nelson and Walt Eddy. County Assessor - Kathleen Arviso (unopposed)

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ONUMENT VALLEY, Utah – During a public meeting on March 12, Navajo Nation leadership stood united in opposing House Bill 4532 sponsored by U.S. Rep. John Curtis, R-Dist. 3, of Utah, which seeks the approval of congress to confirm and codify President Trump’s 2017 proclamation that reduced the size of the Bears Ears National Monument by 85-percent and divided it into two smaller monuments. On Dec. 4, 2017, the Navajo Nation filed a lawsuit challenging President Trump’s action. Speaker LoRenzo Bates, Vice President Jonathan Nez, several members of the Navajo Nation Council, and local chapter presidents voiced their opposition to the bill during a public meeting with Curtis and Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert March 12, at the Monument Valley Welcome Center. The Nation’s leaders also called upon Herbert and Curtis to work cooperatively with the Navajo Nation to develop solutions to address the Bears Ears National Monument. Council Delegates Davis Filfred, Herman Daniels Jr., and Nathaniel Brown, who each represent Utah chapters, respectfully asked Curtis to withdraw the bill and sit down together to discuss other possibilities to

Bears Ears National Monument. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management address the concerns of both sides. Speaker Bates said that while it is clear that Utah leadership and Navajo leadership differ in their positions on the Bears Ears National Monument, it is important for the two sides to sit down, talk, and try to find some middle ground on the issue. “If there is middle ground, it has to start at the local level. The Navajo Nation Council took a position and we won’t change our position unless the local Utah chapters want that,” said Bates, who also acknowledged support from the Navajo Utah Commission. Nez requested that Herbert and Curtis uphold a provision that was included in former

President Obama’s proclamation that designated the original Bears Ears National Monument, which allowed tribes to co-manage the national monument. “Before this area was a state, our people resided here and in the Bears Ears area,” Nez said. “Native peoples know what is best for the land because we’ve taken care of the land since time immemorial.” Herbert said that in his view there are three possible outcomes that include having the court decide in favor of the Navajo Nation and other tribes, or having the court rule in favor of Trump, or working together on


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Family, friends gather at candlelight vigil for Officer Houston James Largo

Photographs of Officer Houston James Largo on display March 12 at a candlelight vigil honoring his passing in March 2017. He was gunned down while investigating a vehicle parked in a rural area. Photo Credit: Officers, family and friends gather to honor Navajo Police Department Officer Houston James Largo at a candlelight vigil in Knifewing Segura Gallup March 12. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura

Boy shot in connection with crossbow theft Staff Reports


14-year-old Gallup boy was in critical condition at a Gallup hospital March 12 after being shot in the stomach in what police say is connected to the theft of a crossbow on March 7. The name of the juvenile has not been released, since he is a suspect in the theft of the crossbow. The name of the suspect in the shooting also has not been released because he had not been charged as of March 14. Gallup Police Department Capt. Marinda Spencer did say, however, that the shooting and the burglary are connected. What is known at this time is that police were dispatched to a house on Parmelee Street around 7 pm on March 7 in connection to a report of a stolen crossbow. Officers spoke with Michael Shain, who is not a suspect in the shooting. Shain told police that his crossbow had been stolen earlier that evening from his house. He also said he saw a juvenile in the area of his house at the time of the theft. There were two attempts made that day to steal the crossbow. The second was NEWS

successful. Shain said he had been practicing with the crossbow earlier in the day and laid it down on the ground before going back into his house. When he returned, he discovered that the crossbow was gone. He saw a juvenile by his shed and yelled at him and the boy ran away. Shain said he did not see the juvenile running with a crossbow but when he searched he found it in the bushes. Later that day, he went back to his house and found the door unlocked and his crossbow as well as three arrows missing. He suspected that the juvenile had come back and stolen the crossbow. W hen Sha i n gave t hat report to police, he was told that a juvenile matching that description had been reported missing by his parents who live a block away from Shain. Police went to the home of the juvenile and talked to the parents who said they still had not heard from their son. Police told them if their son returned to contact police as soon as possible. During a search of the outside of the parent’s home, police found parts of the crossbow but not the crossbow itself.

As for the shooting, Spencer said officers were still working

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PEDESTRIAN | FROM PAGE 5 covered the issues of non-payment and compliance. “Do we have enough teeth in this?” he asked. Hayes said there was no way of knowing until some cases go before a municipal judge. “For now, we can get the word out that we are serious about code enforcement and that there will be actual criminal prosecution, something other than the lien process,” he said. Councilor Yogash Kumar motioned to accept the report and Councilor Linda Garcia seconded. The action passed by a vote of 5-0. The city council returned to the first action item on the agenda, acceptance of the fiscal year 2017 audit report. As required by state law, the city underwent an audit by the Albuquerque CPA firm of Hinkle + Landers. The city received an unmodified report with no material weaknesses. Patty Holland, chief financial officer for the city, said the audit was filed on time and that the finance department cleared prior year findings. “The state auditor has approved the report and the

overall opinion is unmodified, which is something to be quite proud of,” Holland said. She was proud of the “no material weaknesses” status from the report, which Holland said was something the department focused on since joining the team. The audit for the current year is expected to be better than the 2017 report, she added. FY 2017 ended on June 30, 2017. Farley Vener, president and managing shareholder of Hinkle + Landers, summarized the report and said he was the partner in charge of the audit, which was conducted with two other associates from the firm. “Our main job is, we look at two areas: financial statements, and our job is to determine if the financials are materially correct,” he said. “We audit the balance sheets and the balance sheet of transactions to see if we need to make adjustments anywhere.” Vener summarized that the city received an unmodified report, which meant the audit was clean and that the numbers are materially correct. “There were no significant findings or other material findings,” he said, noting that the city’s financial awards from the federal government (HUD, DOT, and DOI grants) were also

included in the audit. While the city did receive an unmodified opinion for the 2017 audit, a finding from the city landfill remained a concern from a special audit that was initiated by the city. Councilor Fran Palochak motioned to approve and Landavazo seconded. The action passed 5-0. An ordinance amending the city code by enacting the pedestrian safety was next on the agenda, highlighting the need to address aggressive panhandling and other solicitation on the street. Palochak said, “When I open the back of my van and I’m putting in groceries somebody will walk up to me, panhandling. It freaks me out. You’re kind of vulnerable.” Hayes said the city will cease enforcement of the current solicitation ordinance because it is not defensible under the First Amendment. He reviewed cases in South Carolina, Arizona, Colorado, Santa Fe and Albuquerque and modeled the Gallup ordinance accordingly. “You cannot be in the roadway in an unsafe manner,” Hayes said. “Doesn’t matter why you’re there, whatever reason. You cannot obstruct a sidewalk or building entrance.”


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La ndava zo commented about travelers on the north side of town. “You see them with signs asking for gas money. Do we arrest and charge them or tell them they need to leave?” he asked. The new ordinance covers the roadway, which means if panhandlers are in the roadway in an unsafe manner, it is a violation of the law. Mayor Jackie McKinney supported the ordinance. “It’s good that we’re getting into compliance,” he said. “We don’t want other people being harassed.” Landavazo motioned to approve and Garcia seconded the action before it passed by a vote of 5-0. Item number four on the agenda involved repealing the city solicitation ordinance.

Kumar motioned to approve and the action was seconded by Palochak before passing by a vote of 5-0. Another ordinance was for creation of the Indigenous Peoples Commission. The mayor spoke in further detail about the proposed commission’s role. “I felt the need and I was committed to visiting with Indigenous people and different ethnicities of the area and other communities in and out of state,” McKinney said. “I’m looking to assign 25 people to this commission to be a liaison to the city.” Ga r c i a mot ione d a nd the action was seconded by Palochak before passing by a vote of 5-0. Five individuals were also approved to serve on the commission, including non-Gallup residents.


trickery. Children before 1978 were adopted out and placed with non-Native families, some of these children never knew who they were and some tried to make their way back home. Whitehorse also spoke of the continuing injustice of the government in ways of taking land, resources, water, and other Indigenous topics. Jean Whitehorse of Smith Lake, is Dzilt’aadj (Near the Mountain Clan), born for To’djch’jjnjj (Bitter Water Clan). She has been recognized for her training of Native people at various chapter houses on the Navajo Nation. She has also advocated for Native American rights and was present at the Indians Of All Tribes (IOAT), occupation of Alcatraz. For more information on upcoming events at the library contact (505) 8631291 or email tmoe@gallupnm.gov.

I had only one daughter, I went in one day to the clinic in Crownpoint for an infection on my appendix, they told me to go to the main clinic in Gallup. I went in and was handed a bunch of papers to sign, I thought I was signing just for the operation, but they put in a paper for sterilization. I didn’t know this happen to me until I went to the doctors two years later and they told me I couldn’t have any more babies, I was in complete shock.” Whitehorse often wonders how many children she would have had, and tells the audience that children are a blessing and to enjoy them. She referenced the idea of “Lost Birds.” A Lost Bird is the name that Native Americans give their missing children: the daughters and sons who are still being taken from tribal reservations by theft or

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HOENIX – On March 12, Bennie Lee Holtsoi, 27, of Chinle, Ariz., wa s sentenced by U.S. District Judge Douglas L. Rayes to 59 months’ imprisonment. Holtsoi had previously pleaded guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury. I n Ju ne 2 016, Holt soi assaulted his then girlfriend, a

member of the Navajo Nation, resulting in multiple lacerations and abrasions to her scalp and body. Holtsoi is also a member of the Navajo Nation. Navajo Nation Criminal Investigations and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation. The prosecution was handled by Kiyoko Patterson, Assistant U.S. Attor ney, Distr ict of Arizona, Phoenix. NEWS

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THWARTED ESCAPE 3/12, Gallup McKinley C o u n t y Sher iff ’s Dep. Nocona Cla rk wa s d i s pa t ched to Coal Basin R o a d ove r reports of a domestic disturbance, leading her to a woman and a “highly intoxicated” man. The man, Gerreitt S. Lansing, 29, claimed that his wife “was crazy and tried to run him over,” according to the police report. The man had bloodshot, glassy eyes and slurred speech, and smelled strongly of alcohol, according to Clark’s report. Lansing’s wife told the other officer at the scene that she had become scared of Lansing, and told her children they were leaving. Lansing became increasingly angry while she was packing a bag to leave, he braced himself against the door to block her exit, according to the police report. She was able to sneak past Lansing after he turned to reach for something, and ordered her kids to get in the car and lock the doors. Lansing then allegedly began punching the passenger window as she pulled away, and then Lansing jumped onto the hood of her car. Lansing was booked on charges for false imprisonment.

FAMILY CAR PROBLEMS 3/10, Mentmore MCSO Dep. Johnson Lee was dispatched to the 20 block of Blue Eyed Hill Road at 7:40 pm March 10, after a woman there reported that her daughter in law stole her car. The woman gave officers the car’s information, and they confirmed that it was registered in her name. The woman was confident that her daughter in law, Amber Yazzie, 22, would not bring the car back and needed it to be reported stolen. The woman told officers that the car had a damaged rear bumper and tinted windows, hoping it could be more NEWS

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ANIMAL CRUELTY 3/9, Gamerco Both animal control and MCSO officers arrived at the scene on the 600 block of Rust Avenue over reports of a deceased pit bull. MCSO Dep. Ivan Tsethlikai met with the woman who reported the dog’s death, and who believed the dog had been killed at a different location and then abandoned on the property. The dog appeared to have been hung by its neck, according to the police report. A red tie was found on the dog’s neck at the scene. The woman reporting the dog’s death said she was unable to fit a finger between the tie and the dog’s neck because it was tied so tightly. The rest of the dog hung loosely off of a gate railing, according to the report. The woman’s neighbors explained that the dog was very friendly, and was last seen alive the evening before on March 8. No footprints or clues were found in the area.

DOG PROTOCOL 3/8, Vanderwagen No charges were filed but a Vanderwagen man received a lesson in what he can and cannot do if a neighbor’s dog wanders into his property. Mark Sutcliffe called the sheriff’s office on March 8 complaining that his neighbor, John Wood, had texted him that his dog had managed to get around an electrified fence and had wandered onto his property. Wood got his shotgun and fired off a warning shot and the dog left the property. MC S O D e p . B r a n d o n Salazar went over to talk to

Wood who asked him if it was all right to shoot at a stray dog and Salazar told him that was okay. Wood then talked to his department supervisor who informed him that it was not all right and that Wood should have called animal control. Salazar said he went back and told Wood of the proper way to handle the situation. Salazar then left but was later told that Wood was in the wrong for firing his shotgun, so Salazar went back to Wood and informed him that he was not allowed to fire his shotgun in that type of situation. Wood then informed him he was going to file a complaint

3/6, Thoreau MCSO Dep. Ivan Tsethlikai responded to a report of a missing teenage boy, who had a fight with his guardian before fleeing home. The boy was upset with his guardian after she told him to return home early from school. The woman is the boy’s biological grandmother, and is in the process of getting legal guardianship over him from his biological mother. The boy’s mother currently lives in Albuquerque and is possibly homeless, according to the police report. The boy threatened his guardian with a knife, causing her to fear for her life and leading her to consider pressing charges. The boy had recently stopped taking his depression medication. The boy was found by a relative several days after


DRUNK ROLL OVER 3/9, Gallup A roll over cr a sh near the intersection of Highway 188 and Highway 566 brought officers to the scene, who found “numerous open beer containers inside the vehicle and the passenger,” according to the police report. The driver, identified as Irene Peterson, 52, was receiving medical attention. She spoke incoherently, according to the police report, and was unable to answer questions. Peterson’s passenger was transported to the hospital with a broken femur in his right leg, and a dislocated right hip. The vehicle had crashed after Peterson failed to slow down and made a left turn into a ditch. Peterson had five prior DWI arrests, and was on the DWI felony list. Peterson was flown to a hospital in Flagstaff. Peterson was in critical condition, but stable.

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isa C. Nunoz, 47, of Ga merco i s fa ci ng cha rges for a g g ra vated battery against a household member after getting into a domestic dispute with her boyfriend. McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Morales said he was dispatched to Ray Avenue in Gamerco around 7 pm March 13 in connection to a domestic dispute. When he got there, he found Clifford McAdams, 45, of Gamerco outside the building picking up items on the ground. McAdams told Morales he and Nunoz had gotten in an argument after she claimed he was messing around on her using the Facebook messenger app. As he was attempting to leave, McAdams said Nunoz maced him, threw coffee in his face, hit his right arm with a fire place poker, and cut up his suitcase with a knife or box cutter.

Lisa Nunoz Morales observed injuries on McAdams that went along with his report. He then went inside and talked to Nunoz, who said the two began arguing about one of her friends. She said she had told McAda ms to leave, and when he refused, she attempted to spray him with mace but nothing came out. She said McAdams then threw her against the wall, and then down on the ground.

Mora les had t rouble breat h i ng becau se of t he presence of mace in the room, according to his report. He also said he saw no injuries on Nunoz or any indication in the house that there had been a struggle. Nunoz also said she grabbed the poker to defend her sel f aga i nst McAdams. With all of the evidence pointing against Nunoz, she was arrested. Once she realized she was being arrested, Morales said, Nunoz started screaming and yelling and dema nding that they wa it until state police arrived. Morales refused to wait, a nd a s Nu noz wa s bei ng transported to jail, she continued to yell and said she needed to be taken to the hospital because she had a headache. Morales instead took her to the McK i n ley C ou nt y A d u lt D e t e nt io n Center where she was seen by medical staff and given a medical clearance.

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By Abigail Rowe Sun Editor CSO deputies Johnson Lee and Rox a n ne Sl i m were dispatched to 1267B Highway 122 March 9 over reports of a man who had fired a gun. The report to officers advised that the suspect was yelling and driving in his CMV truck, and it was unclear whether or not he was under the influence of drugs. As the two were on their way to the scene, they were informed that the suspect had left the scene and was driving east on Highway 122. Lee and Slim attempted to locate the vehicle but were unable to. Fortunately for officers, the reporting caller found the suspect’s driver’s license, and asked they meet him at their home. The witness told officers he had heard two shots go off and then saw a man in his shed, who was carrying a bucket and a hose. The man was asking where his kid was, according to the police report. The witness said he didn’t know and the man then drove off. The driver’s license identified the ma n a s Melv in McFadden of California. Police collected his information and asked that the witness call back if he return. Officers then received a call from a man on Old Landfill Road, who claimed he saw someone on his own property asking about a son. Assuming the two calls were related, officers headed towards the scene, and upon arrival spotted a man matching the first caller’s description, carrying a black handgun. Officers ordered the man to move and searched him for other weapons, but found none. The man told officers he was looking for his son and wife. He also told officers that his wife was from California and his son was from Florida, and that he himself was from South Dakota. When asked why his son might be on Navajo land, he said it was because of text messages he received. When he showed the texts to

Melvin McFadden officers, they appeared not to make sense, and had all been sent by him in incomplete words, according to the police report. McFadden “appeared to be very worried and not in his right mind,” according to the police report. He told officers the radio was telling him where to go. Officers placed McFadden in the back of their patrol car, and attempted to get information on his mental status from his wife. In the meantime, Lee contacted Sgt. Bennett to advise him of the situation. Lee took the man to the hospital, where he was kept under watch. A behav iora l hea lth employee spoke w ith McFa dden but su g ge s t ed against submitting him to a psychiatric ward, because he did not have a history of menta l hea lth issues, a nd t h at h i s er r at ic beh av ior was due to narcotics in his system, and lack of sleep. McFadden was not able to ex pla i n t o of f icer s when or where he took the drugs affecting his behavior. MCSO Dep. Tset h l ika i transported McFadden from the hospital. McFadden told him: “I remember you from somewhere,” according to the police report, and asked if he was taking him to jail. Tsethlikai informed him he was being taken to a detox shelter. W hen McFa dden arrived at the shelter, he told Tsethlikai: “Thank you.” McFadden was later booked with a charge of negligent use of a deadly weapon. NEWS

WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports Johansen Keeto March 3, 4:59 pm 1st DWI Gallup P o l i c e Depar tment O f f i c e r N o r m a n Bow ma n stopped a car on U.S. Highway 491 and Coal Basin Road after hearing reports of a drunk driver in that area. GPD Officer Francie Martinez arrived shortly after to assist in the investigation, after the driver, Keeto, 24, admitted to Bowman that he had been drinking. Keeto told Martinez he had consumed two cans of beer before driving, according to the police report. Martinez could smell alcohol coming off of Keeto, and wrote that he had “glossy red blood-shot eyes” on his report. Keeto performed field sobriety tests for Martinez, and showed signs of intoxication throughout. Keeto blew a .08 and a .08 on his breath test. Antone Billy Jr. Feb. 25, 2:11 am DWI G P D O f f i c e r Terrance Peyketewa said he was assisting another officer a s he administered a field sobriety test when he heard a loud noise that sounded like metal scraping on pavement. As he looked toward where the sound was coming from, he saw a grey pickup with extensive front end damage and following it was a plume of smoke. He got into his unit and began chasing the vehicle, which was speeding north on Second Street. He chased him to a house on Marcy Lane, where he stopped in a driveway and got out of his car. Peyketewa said he then put the driver, Billy, 29, in his unit. After making sure he was okay, Peyketewa began questioning Billy who he said showed signs of being intoxicated. Antoinie agreed to do a field sobriety test, which he failed. He then agreed to take a breath alcohol test, which resulted in NEWS

samples of .19 and .17. He was then booked for DWI and careless driving. Peyketewa said he later learned that Billy had hit a New Mexico highway sign and dragged it for a short distance before leaving it behind. Sam Langford Feb. 24, 3:35 pm DWI, Aggravated Langford, 34, was driving d o w n U. S . Highway 66 when reports ca me i n to officers that he was likely intoxicated. GPD Officer John Gonzales spotted the vehicle in question pulling into a McDonald’s, and pulled him over, explaining that someone in the area had reported his car. Langford denied having been drinking, and refused to participate in sobriety tests. When Gonzales asked if Langford had anything in his pockets, Langford said he had drugs and a knife in his pocket, according to the police report. Gonzales found a pocket knife and two small bags of what appeared to be marijuana, according to the report. Langford was booked for DWI, and blew a .23 twice on his breath test. Alonzo Dennison Feb. 24, 4:51 am DWI, Aggravated G P D Off icer Joe Roa nhorse said he was d ispatched to a house on Verdi Drive because of a woman who reported that there was a car parked in her driveway with the engine running. As he was headed to the address, he received an update stating that the vehicle had

drove through her yard and hit a building. When he got there, he found the vehicle parked between two buildings with its engine running. He talked to the driver, Dennison, 27, and asked him if he was all right at which time Dennison put the car in reverse and tried to back up. Roanhorse told him to put the car in park, which he did. Roanhorse said Dennison struggled as he got out of the vehicle and showed signs of being intoxicated. Roanhorse said as he assisted Dennison, he looked inside the vehicle and saw a half empty bottle of Fireball whisky on the front passenger seat. He agreed to take field sobriety tests and failed the first test. He then complained of being cold – it was 22 degrees at the time – and when offered a chance to do the test indoors at police headquarters, he refused. He did agree to take a breath alcohol test and posted samples of .23. .21, and .19. He was then charged with aggravated DWI, failure to report striking a fixture and having an open liquor container in his vehicle. Danica Lynn Yazzie Feb. 24 1:55 am DWI, Aggravated G P D Officer Steven Collins was dispatched to Boardman Drive in connection with a repor t of a reck less driver. A community service officer then reported that he was following the vehicle, which eventually ended up at the Casamera Apartments on Basilio Avenue. Collins said he told the driver, Yazzie, 25, of Gallup, to stay in her vehicle. When asked

if she had a driver’s license, she said no and then told Collins she was on probation. After noticing signs of Yazzie being intoxicated, he asked her if she was willing to do field sobriety tests. She agreed but then failed the tests and was placed under arrest. Collins the said Yazzie began to get disorderly and continued to be disorderly and used profane language as she refused to take a breath alcohol test. She continued to be disorderly as she was transported to the county jail and as she was being booked on charges of aggravated DWI, driving on a suspended license and having an open liquor bottle in her vehicle. Tyson George Feb. 22, 1:46 am 1st DWI, Aggravated G P D Officer Adrian Quetawki was dispatched to Twin Buttes road over reports of a drunk driver there. Quetawki spotted a car on the road with a license plate matching that of the report. The officer kept his eye on the car, which turned onto State Highway 602 and then sped past a stop sign. Quetawki pulled over the driver, George, 33, who denied drinking alcohol before driving. Quetawki disputed this, pointing to the cans of beer he could see on the floor beside

the passengers seat, according to the police report. George claimed the beers belonged to his friends. Quetawki could smell alcohol coming from George, and asked he perform field sobriety testing. He showed signs of intoxication and was booked, blowing two samples of .17 on his breath test. Tawnia Lynn Bitsui Feb. 21, 11:11 pm DWI, Aggravated G P D O f f i c e r F r a n c i s Collins was dispatched to the a rea a r o u n d We n d y ’s Restaura nt because of a report of a reckless driver. The driver was not at the scene but was spotted by another police officer at the Heritage Plaza off of Metro Ave. The driver, Bitsui, 45, of Brimhall, gave off the odor of intoxicating liquor from her person, according to the police report. She admitted drinking that evening. When asked if she would do field sobriety tests, she said she had a medical condition but agreed to do one of the non-physical tests. When that was done, she refused to take any additional tests, and she was arrested for DWI. Bitsui refused to take a breath alcohol test and was booked on a charge of aggravated DWI.

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OPINIONS Secretariat: The horse that built a community apply to the lives we live here in Gallup and our surrounding communities. If you are familiar with the story of Secretariat then you’ve probably heard of his jockey, Ron Turcotte, Lucien Laurin, the famous trainer and Penny Chenery, Secretariat’s owner, but have you ever heard of Eddy Sweat? I’ll come back to Eddy Sweat in just a moment but for now allow me to continue. When we walk into a professional establishment like the bank, restaurant, hospital,

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ecretariat is considered the greatest racehorse in American history. In his book, author Law rence Sca n la n ca lled Secretariat The Horse God Built. Indeed, if you haven’t seen Disney’s Secretariat I highly recommend this powerful and enjoyable movie. However, as a matter of practice I tend to look for the hidden elements in stories that


airport, the mayor’s office, community chamber of commerce or museum we are immediately drawn to the symbols of power, the individuals whose names are on the plaques or those in the stories we read. However, we seem to forget the staggering amount of activity that goes on behind the scenes to produce the enjoyment and sense of confidence we feel receiving service. Yet, without



The New Moon or “Wishing Moon” emerges on March 17. So in addition to drinking green beer and clipping four leaf clovers, maybe make a little wish with your libations. This is a most excellent time for taking stock of the last month. Are you aligned with your goals? Are you living as you wish? Madame G suggests that you think this through now and take action.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

There’s no time like the present. You can’t keep waiting for others to see the good in you. You must own the good and bad in yourself, as must we all. You are not better or worse than anyone. Look deeply into your heart and dreams. What do you really want? It’s okay to dream big and think outside the box. Show no fear. Stare down your enemy and be brave even with yourself.

Love hurts and bites back. You’re not easy either. You may think the fault belongs to your loved ones, but that’s not true. In fact, you know it’s not. It’s very hard to admit when you’ve done wrong and it may hurt your pride. But, you’ll survive. The rewards for compassion are limitless. You can be right and alone or forgive and be happy. The choice is yours.

The clock is ticking and you just don’t know what to do. This is how life is and you can’t change the facts. But, that doesn’t mean that you can’t take care of yourself and your family. If you have a team or just a bunch of kids, you’re the leader of a group. You must work on communicating your feelings and thoughts with your team or miss out altogether.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

The heart is a lonely hunter on this mortal coil. But, don’t let that get you down. It’s up to you to live the life you’ve always wanted. You can’t expect others to help you. Who do you think helps them? God helps those who help themselves. So, stop asking what others can do for you. Stop asking how you can be helped. Instead start looking after yourself.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

This may feel like a curse, this burden for perfection, and it may be difficult, but you’re up to the challenge. Stop arguing with yourself. Sometimes, you’re going to fail. It feels awful. In fact, failing never gets better. But, you are better. You have infinite growth potential. Don’t get lost in the mundane. Focus on what is important in the here and now and move out. You’ve got this.

What’s up Doc? Do you have little bunnies eating up your yard? Perhaps you have little critters that enjoy the fruits of your labor. Instead of just exterminating those animals consider working with them. You may not be able to afford losing your crops all together, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try to get along with them. Maybe just think about it. Come on give it a try.

You’re well on the road to success. You just can’t see the horizon. It might be all the smoke, steam, and puss oozing from your metaphorical wounds. Yes, you’ve worked hard to accomplish all you can. But, this is the part where you can’t give up. You must look towards the future and start heading towards the horizon. You’re almost there. GO!

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Stop wasting time. You’ve made your decision. You’re bored and things are getting interesting. You don’t want to spend the next 30 years of your life locked in a windowless closet. Get your hands dirty and get out there. Start taking action before you are lost. Now is the time to decide what you want. Only you can make the choice to stay or go, commit or leave.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

Courage hurts. But, fear is debilitating. You may imagine yourself on the precipice of a great place. But, you don’t know what you’re doing or how you’ll get there. You must use your brain. Don’t trust blindly. You also can’t remain standing waiting for the worst to happen. So, stop feeling sorry for yourself and get up and move around. You’re capable of more than you know.

When you wish upon a star… Do you love Disney? If not that’s okay (but what’s wrong with you) and if you do, yay! Madame G admires your good taste. You may want to take this time and reevaluate your life. Now is the perfect opportunity to use some New Moon magic to make your dreams come true. Focus your intention towards taking care of those dreams.

What the hell are you doing? Do you even know? This may seem like a bright idea, inspired even, but is this what you truly want? You have commitments, but don’t get lost in the petty dramas. You can do so much more than you ever imagined, if you just try to succeed. You don’t need to do any more than simply try. You are capable. Good luck!

What’s in a name? You may think you’ve discovered the secret and you may have. Is it worth it? You need to focus on yourself and not others. Stop looking for approval and letting others treat you with contempt. At some point, you allow others to treat you as you do. This is not about tough love this is about respecting yourself before others can, you must.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)


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SECRETARIAT | FROM PAGE 12 those who are the backbone of organizations we couldn’t enjoy the countless services available in our community. Enter Eddy Sweat. Eddy Swe a t wa s S e c r et a r i a t ’s groomer, handler, horse whisperer and the one everyone counted on the make sure Secretariat was healthy and ready to run. No one spent more time with Secretariat than Eddy Sweat. Eddy Sweat

was the secret to Secretariat’s Triple Crown success. The most famous line in the movie was said by Mrs. Chenery’s father, played by actor Scott Glenn, who said, “Let him run his race darling.” I’ll admit to getting choked up when I heard this because it spoke directly to the power and possibility of great leadership and how dreams are built. Mrs. Chenery owned Secretariat, but she was no jockey and certainly not a horse trainer. What Mrs.

Chenery did was allow those she hired to effectively run their race or perform in the capacity they were hired for. The result was the fastest racehorse in history. As a business owner in Gallup I have had opportunity to meet other business owners and professionals, some native to Gallup and those who came to Gallup from other places. In every encounter there is the discussion on what it takes for Gallup to grow in ways that will allow the city to fulfill its


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highest mission; to support those that make up its community in addition to the thousands of tourists that come to Gallup every year. The first thing that comes to mind is to recognize that no matter where the employee is on the rung of power every community is composed of thousands of characters like Eddy Sweat, the employee no one knows yet they are instrumental to the community we enjoy. The other idea is far more fundamental – remember

that we only hire individuals with the capacity to elevate our community and when we do this we simply need to allow them to run their race. 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)


general obligation bonds, 18 are around the Navajo Nation and total $11.9 million. Navajo Technical University, whose main campus is in Crownpoint, received $3.7 million toward the construction of a new academic building and site improvements. Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye lauded state lawmakers and Martinez for supporting big-ticket tribal projects. “These funds will allow the Navajo Nation to move forward on projects that benefit senior citizens and students,” Begaye said. “Youth and elders are two of our Nation’s priorities, and through the sale of bonds we can ensure brighter futures for both.” Diné College was started in 1968 as the first tribally-controlled institution of higher learning in the U.S. The College’s main campus is located in Tsaile, with satellite campuses in Chinle, Window Rock, Tuba City — and Crownpoint and Shiprock in New Mexico.

and makes things much more convenient for students and teachers.” Bauer said new labs are something that will be welcomed, noting Diné College’s recently established bachelor’s degree program in public health. He said the new building could lead to more students and offerings in more courses related to the College’s bachelor’s of science degree in biology. D i r e c t o r o f P r oj e c t s Operations at Diné College Delbert Paquin said the proposed building measures about 17,000-square-feet and will be one-story and sit on the South campus directly west of an already existing classroom building. He said a bidding process for construction should start around May 2019. “It’s something that we’re looking forward to,” Paquin said. “It will be a tremendous addition to our campus.” Of the 112 capital outlay projects OK’d by Martinez for

POLICE ACTIVITY | FROM PAGE 9 the initial repor t. He had attempted to find his mother i n A lbuquerque, but wa s unable to. After their reconciliation, his guardian chose not to pursue charges against the boy.




Wilenger Cha rl ie’s ma in prob lem may not be that he t r ied to steal a pair of shoes

from a store inside the Rio West Mall. I nstead, when he wa s arrested, police discovered he had 12 warrants out for his arrest from the Gallup Municipal Court. It all began about 2 pm on March 5 when a clerk at the Shoe Store inside the mall saw a man running out of the store wearing a new pair of Nike shoes he had not paid for. She called mall security, who caught him before he could get out of the premises. The shoes were recovered but Charlie remained uncooperative and refused to answer any questions, according to the city police report. That’s when they discovered his outstanding bench warrants.

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COMMUNITY Guitarist Derek Miller rocks out with Gary Farmer and The Troublemakers at Gallup show By Dee Velasco For the Sun


ary Farmer and The Troublemakers came to Gallup and once again brought blues and indigenous music to the Southwest. Performing at the Downtown Gallup Conference Center March 9, Farmer and his fellow musicians brought longtime friend Derek Miller with them to show off the talented guitarist’s shredding skills. Farmer has toured Gallup numerous times. Miller, who is from the Six Nations tribe in Ontario, is an Aboriginal Canadian singer-songwriter. Farmer says he loves coming back to this area and thought it would be nice to bring Miller with him. “We love jamming here and bringing our blues music to the area,” Farmer said. “We wanted to introduce Derek and have him jam with us here and see why we like coming here.” Knifewing Segura of the Downtown Gallup Conference Center says the group consistently puts on an excellent show, a nd i s never disappointing. “Gary has been here about three times and he’s been doing nothing but great shows and it’s even shocking that he just keeps getting better,” Segura said. “And to add on Derek Miller, who is an awesome guitar player and has got to be one of the best out there.” Miller has appeared on national television, received two Juno Awards, and has per for med at the Closing Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics with Eva

Derek Miller performs during the 2015 Gallup Film Festival. Miller came to Gallup once again March 9, along with Gary Farmer and The Troublemakers for a performance at the Downtown Gallup Conference Center. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura Avila and Nikki Yanofsky. Segura says Miller is definitely one of the hot shots on the indigenous music scene. “He’s really big time and he’s one of the best no doubt,” Segura said. “He can definitely shred on the guitar and this guy is very talented.” Miller has been playing music for 30 years. He has won Native American music awards, played with the Double Trouble, which is Stevie Ray Vaughan’s old band, and even sang a duet with Willie Nelson. Miller spoke about his involvement in Rumble: The Indians W ho Rocked T he Worl d, a Ca nadia n documentary film by Catherine B a i n br id ge a nd A l fon s o Maiorana. Rumble looked at the impact of indigenous

musicians in Canada and the United States on the development of rock music. “I had a little part in it and that was kind of fun, I’m just glad that I have that story out and can show the younger people that ancestors have been contributing greatly to American Rock and Roll,” Miller said. “That was a cool project to be a part of.” Miller also has his own television show in Canada called “The Guilt Free Zone,” which he says he’s been working on for the past three seasons. He’s trying to go for season number four. “Other than all that, I’ve just been tooting around making music you know, making a living and giving people some medicine,” he said. “I’m always working on new stuff. I’m

getting ready to start releasing singles in Canada and my television show songs I’ve been writing. I’m also trying to get into the studio and do another new record, that’s one of main priorities right now. I have a lot of songs written, it’s just a matter of getting into the studio and the time to do all this. I’m looking forward to doing that in the near future real quick.” Farmer and Miller have been friends for a long time. Miller says Farmer has been a tremendous support in his life. “Ga r y a nd I have been friends forever. He used to pick me up and we’d head off to the casinos,” Miller said, laughing. “Gary has always been a supportive person in any kind of indigenous art,

and him being from where I am from, he would come home and we hang out. I would show him some of my new music, and we would always keep in contact and I would watch him try to play blues for a long time. Eventually, he started getting better and better, so I would go out and hang with him. He wanted me to play guitar with him. Here I am out on the road with him and it’s always been a hoot and a holler.” With regards to indigenous music, Miller says there will always be a need for it. The indigenous influence has always been there, whether in blues or rock n’ roll. To Miller, indigenous music is more than just music: it’s healing medicine for all. “There’s always been a need for it, that’s a part of our healing,” Miller said. “It’s our medicine for indigenous artists like Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, all these cats like who paved the way for us. In essence, indigenous music has always been there in American contemporary music fabric, it’s great that it’s being acknowledged more, there’s more young guys coming up and doing a lot more great things. I’m really stoked about the future of indigenous music, I think it’s an exciting time and I can’t wait to see what people come up with.” For more information on Gary Farmer and The Troublemakers visit website Facebook page, and information on Derek Miller, visit their Facebook pages, @troublemakersyeahyeah and @DerikMillerLive.

Diné College speaker: ‘…get back to yesteryear’ By Bernie Dotson For the Sun


SAILE, Ariz. — Descendants of Navajos in the Four Corners are continuing


the battle to keep their sovereignty alive — a daunting task that at times seems fruitless. What some see as progress, others see as encroachment as the outside world brings changes to a culture deemed

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sacred a long time ago. There are those who fear that the unique Navajo culture and heritage could be overrun and lost. That was the thesis of a 90-minute lecture March 6 by Manley Begay Jr., Ph.D., a

tenured professor at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff who se speech wa s ent itled, “Cultural Resources: Traditional Navajo Thinking on Sovereignty.” Begay holds adva nced

degrees from Ha r va rd University in Massachusetts and grew up in Wheatfields and Tuba City, Ariz., on the Navajo


HERstory honors women’s history month at UNM-Gallup The AAUW is a non-profit organization that expands across equality for women and girls through advocacy, education and research. Lassiter mentioned that some of their aid comes from UNM-Gallup itself to host and plan events for the students, the community and other organizations. She also mentioned that some of their other aid comes from “in-house,” meaning from their own pocket.

HER STORY COMMEMORATION Lassiter and Heying hope that at next year’s HERstory commemoration there will be even greater numbers of students, community members, speakers a nd other

HERstory event organizers and assistant professors at the University of New Mexico Gallup, Shirley Heying, left, and Dr. Tracy Lassiter, right, joined together to celebrate Women’s History Month by showing a series of STEM oriented films and hosting presentations of “unsung women heroes” at the college throughout the month of March. Photo Credit: Boderra Joe By Boderra Joe Sun Correspondent


arch marks Women’s History Month, which highlights women’s contributions to American society, both past and present victories. Two women, of course, wanted to do more than to celebrate as they began HERstory to shed more light on Women’s History Month at the University of New Mexico Gallup in March 2017. T he t wo women a re HERstory organizers are assistant professors at UNM-Gallup. Dr. Tracy Lassiter, an English professor, and Shirley Heying, an anthropology professor, came up with the idea for the month-long series of events event to highlight women’s

contributions and sacrifices to American society. Heying conveyed the purpose behind the ongoing events at the college. “It’s about unity, bringing people together, spirit of collaboration of support, encouragement, empowerment,” she said. “And really celebrating the achievements and contributions that women have made to society in the past, the present and the future.” Lassiter said that idea became the operative theme along the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, also known as STEM careers. “We are honoring the past, but we are helping to show how women can lead the way into the future,” Lassiter said. “And how we can grow women’s

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opportunities in some of these other fields that they have been unrepresentative for a long time.” Lassiter, originally from Cleveland, has been teaching for around 20 years, and began working at UNM-Gallup in August 2016. Heying, originally from Minnesota, has been teaching for around nine years, starting at UNM-Gallup in August 2015. After Lassiter and Heying started HERstory at UNMGallup, they joined together with the American Association of University Women in New Mexico.

organizations present to come together to learn. “We really look forward to celebration, community, bringing people together and having those conversations and hearing those voices,” Heying said.

EVENTS Students a nd the community can engage with the HERstory commemoration through a series of films about women in STEM fields, which will be playing throughout the month of March in the Ingham Chapman art gallery at the UNM-Gallup campus. All events will take place at UNM-Gallup campus. For more information, visit: https://www.facebook. com/unmgallup/

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH EVENTS Films include: March 19: Outlawed in Pakistan March 20: Pocahontas Revealed March 21: DNA Secret of Photo 51 M a rch 2 2: A mer ic a n Revolutiona r y – The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs March 23: Kind Hearted Women Kind Hearted Women March 26: Silent Spring March 27-30: A Series of Ted Talks on Rotation Screenings are scheduled Monday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm. Live presentations: M a r c h 21 : Wo m e n’s

Resource Fa ir – Over 25 loca l non-prof it com munities, health, service and educational organizations will present infor mation i n t hei r prog ra ms a nd services. March 22: Self-defense demonstration class. March 27: Allies Panelist Presenters – Men who wish to speak out and show how they are allies, helping to change the conversation about how women are treated and viewed in society. March 29: In hopes of hosting a vigil for the Missing Indigenous Men and Women.

White Cliffs Water Fact of the Week We have a water saving message for you: Leaking toilets are responsible for most indoor water leaks. You can test your toilet by putting 10 drops of food coloring in the tank. Don’t flush for 15 minutes. If the colored water shows up in the bowl, the tank is leaking. This is a message from White Cliffs Water users.

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Love, Simon is a sweet, predictable coming of age story By Glenn Kay For the Sun

RATING: ««« OUT OF «««« RUNNING TIME: 109 MINUTES This reviewer is now at an age where he’s seen more teen coming-of-age movies than he can possibly remember. Love, Simon is yet another entry in the genre that, story-wise, is formatted exactly like others of its ilk. The exception in this case is the sexual orientation of the lead character. Admittedly, it isn’t the funniest teen comedy that has ever been produced, but the cast is charming and the subject matter well-handled with earnestness and sensitivity. As a result, the final product is exceedingly likable. Simon (Nick Robinson) is a high school student in a nice suburban neighborhood. However, the young adult is tormented about coming out and how that might change his relationship with friends Leah (Katherine Langford), Abby (Alexandra Shipp) and Nick (Jorge Lendeborg Jr.), as well as with his parents (Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel). When someone in his area

In Love, Simon, starring Nick Robinson, a boy struggling with his sexuality seeks solace through an anonymous online pal. Now playing. Photo Credit: Courtesy 20th Century Fox posts an online message about grappling with a similar issue, Simon invents a profile and the two begin anonymously communicating their feelings and concerns. Unfortunately, he forgets to log out of his account one day, revealing his secret to awkward classmate Martin (Logan Miller). As Simon wonders who his online friend might be, Martin uses blackmail to make the protagonist set him up with Abby. The movie gets most of its comic mileage from Simon attempting to figure out the 207 WEST COAL GALLUP 505.863.1250 www.elmorrotheatre.com Facebook @elmorrogallup


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and inner-thoughts of the characters aren’t issues that would have immediately leapt to mind, so the film deserves credit for its thoughtful treatment of the subject matter. It also helps that the young cast is so amiable, helping the film float through slower, more routine passages. The story itself is, admittedly, fairly predictable. It certainly follows a glossy Hollywood formula and not all of the jokes always result in big laughs. The movie also wants to tie up all of its story threads up a little too cleanly, with every relationship and conflict resolved by the close in a positive and upbeat manner. Truthfully, the film could have added even more authenticity had it left some unresolved drama and conflict for its protagonist. However, there’s a lot of charm on display and the end results are enjoyable. Love, Simon certainly has more on its mind than the typical teen flick and addresses its themes in a sweet and compassionate manner. Based on the reaction of youngsters around me at the preview screening, it’s going to be very successful with its target audience and provide them with plenty to think about as they leave the theater. Visit: CinemaStance.com

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elcome back to another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. It’s a busy week with several well-received features in a wide variety of genres. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!

BIG NEW RELEASES! Ca l l Me B y Yo u r Name - Set in Italy during t he 19 8 0 s , a 17- y e a r old student and son of a professor befriends and embarks on a romantic relationship with his father’s research assistant. They travel the countryside as the young man attempts to process his feelings. This Oscar-winner for Best Adapted Screenplay earned raves from the press. There were a couple of criticisms directed at the film’s leisurely pace, but almost all thought it was an excellent coming-of-age tale with a powerful ending that encapsulated many relatable thoughts and experiences about first love. It stars Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg and Amira Casar. Children of the Corn: Runaway - Believe it or not, this is the ninth film in this horror franc h i s e (n o t including a TV-movie remake of the original feature). The plot of this straight-to-DVD entry involves a young mother who escapes a cult and begins a new life elsewhere. One day, she ends up passing through an Oklahoma town populated by violent children who serve a mysterious force known as, “He Who Walks Behind the Rows.” As of right now, no one has seen the film, so there is no word on the quality of the production. I wouldn’t expect too much from it though. The cast includes Marci Miller, Mary Kathryn Bryant and Molly COMMUNITY

Nikki Anderson. T h e Disaster Artist - This comedy/ dra ma wa s also an Oscar nominee for Best Adapted Screenplay. It tells the true story of aspiring actor Greg Sestero and his friendship with eccentric Tommy Wiseau. Together, they help each other strive to make it in Hollywood as they shoot The Room, an over-thetop melodrama now considered one of biggest cult films of recent years. The movie received excellent notices. The lead performance earned praise and the film was complimented for not only its funny tone, but for providing an oddly touching tribute to its subject. It features James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Ari Graynor and Alison Brie. Ferdinand - Here’s another Academy Award nominated film, this time for Best Animated Feature. L oosely based on the c h i ld r e n’s book, the story involves a pacifist bull. Unfortunately, he’s mistaken for a violent beast and must escape his captors before he is put in the ring to take on a bullfighter. Reaction to the picture was good. Some of those familiar with the source material complained that the movie added a lot of filler to expand the running time to feature length, but most found it a genial kid’s film with a nice message about treating animals with compassion. The voice cast includes John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Bobby Cannavale, Gina Rodriguez, Daveed Diggs and Gabriel Iglesias. I, Tonya - T h e l i fe of figure skater Tonya Ha rd i ng i s the subject of this biopic. It t r a ce s her early years, as well as the woman’s difficult relationships with her mother, boyfriend/

husband and US skating committee. It all culminates in a bizarre incident on the ice that developed into a media circus. Reaction to the drama and dark comedy was extremely positive. A few reacted with some disdain for the violence on display, but the overwhelming majority were stunned by the incredible performances and wrote that it offered an enlightening take on a woman who had been vilified by many. It was nominated for several Academy Awards and won for Best Supporting Actress. The movie stars Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan and Allison Janney. Justice League T h is f l ick m a rk s t he first team-up for the superheroes of the DC com ics universe and includes the likes of Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg. When they aren’t fighting among themselves, they join forces to take on a villain known as Steppenwolf. Critics weren’t wild about what they experienced. A percentage did think that it was an improvement over some of the previous films, but the consensus was that this movie still didn’t make much sense, the special effects were less-than-spectacular (despite it being the second most expensive movie ever produced) and that it was inferior overall to its Marvel competition. It features Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa and Jeremy Irons. T h e Shape of Water Finally, the release of the week may be t he big Best Picture Win ner at last week’s Academy Awards. It’s a period fantasy that takes the tone of an adult fairy tale. A mute woman who works in a government laboratory discovers a captive Gill-man creature in the depths of the building. She befriends and forms a romantic bond with the aquatic figure, deciding to help break him out

of the institute. There were a few who found the message a bit heavy-handed, but everyone enjoyed the performances, found it visually spectacular and appreciated the well-intentioned themes and ideas. It stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg and Octavia Spencer.

BLASTS FROM THE PAST! A few months back, Arrow Video released the impressive box set, George A. Romero: Between Night and Dawn, which presented three films from the early part of his career. Now, the distributor is making each of those titles available individually. You can now buy a Blu-ray of There’s Always Vanilla (1971) on its own, as well as Season of the Witch (1972) and The Crazies (1973). A G F A is relea si n g a Blu ray of T h e Soultangler (1987). This i s a not her B-movie about , you guessed it, a mad scientist who discovers a powerful drug. This one can move a person’s consciousness into a dead body and turn them into a rabid maniac. Sounds like important work! The movie has been transferred from the original 1” master video tapes that it was edited together on and comes with extras that include an alternate cut, a director commentary, behind-the-scenes footage, trailers and a music video. Not to be outdone, Synapse also has some Blu-rays of note. Path of Blood (2013) is a paper stop-motion animated film that takes inspiration from the Japanese Lone Wolf and Cub series. It’s about a samurai who takes the titular route and must battle supernatural creatures. The disc includes the original short film that inspired the feature and other bonuses. And that’s not all. Warner Archive is releasing made-toorder DVDs of The Original Nancy Drew Movie Mystery Collection (featuring 4 films dating around 1938), as well a s Posse ssed (1947), T h e Three Musketeers (1948) and

The Woman (1939). The studio is also making t wo t it le s directed by F r it z L a ng a nd sta rring Dana Andrews available to Bluray. They include the thrillers Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956) and W hile the City Sleeps (1956).

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Here are some titles that kids may enjoy. Best of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Recipe for Fun Collection Lego DC Superheroes: The Flash Peg + Cat: The Big Dog Problem

ON THE TUBE! A n d these a re some highlights of the week’s TV-themed releases. Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 1 Fear the Walking Dead: Season 3 T h e Good Fight: Season 1 T h e Handmaid’s Tale: Season 1 Into the Badlands: Season 2 Knightfall: Season 1 Majo r Cr im e s: The Complete Series Major Crimes: Season 6 The New Adventures of Old Christine: Season 1 (Warner Archive DVD) The Oblongs: The Complete Series ATTENTION NEWS HOUNDS!

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SPORTS 360 Tohatchi falls to Texico in 3A championship, 48-47 MITCHELL GOES FOR 28 IN LOSS

By Bernie Dotson For the Sun


ANTA ANA PUEBLO — Toh atch i sen ior guard Brianna Denetso na iled a 3-pointer with just seconds left in the game but the Lady Cougars couldn’t connect on a subsequent shot and fell to Texico 48-47 in the state 3A

girls basketball championship March 9 at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. Tohatchi’s 47-46 lead with 13 seconds left in regulation came as a result of a long jumper by Denetso. It was player s like Denetso that stepped up to aid the Lady Cougars in getting through the 3A tournament the past s e v e r a l ye a r s . To h a t c h i

won the 3A state championship last year after beating Eunice. “I’m proud of my girls, very proud,” Tohatchi head coach Ta nisha Bitsoi said after the game. “We fought. We played well on offense and defense. It just wasn’t our game this time around.”  Tohatchi all-state point Kalian Mitchell was superb

Tohatchi Lady Cougar Brianna Denetso (24) shoots a basket as a Texico Lady Wolverine tries to block her during the state 3-A Basketball Tournament March 9 at Dream Style Arena in Albuquerque. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons

Tohatchi Lady Cougar Sherika Watchman (44) looks for an opening to shoot the ball during the state 3-A Basketball Tournament March 9 at Dream Style Arena in Albuquerque. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons

The Tohatchi Lady Cougars holding the state runner up trophy after the state 3-A Basketball Tournament March 9 at Dream Style Arena in Albuquerque. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons


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for the Lady Cougars (24-7, 8-0), scoring 28 points in the game, including an eye-popping 18 in the first half. The Lady Cougars led the game at halftime, 23-20, and the Lady Wolverines seemingly had no answer for Mitchell.   Maryelle Dickerman of the Lady Wolverines scored after a tea mmate took the ba ll full court off of a rebound and Dickerman scored and gave Texico the victory with less than five seconds on the ga me clock. Texico (26 - 4, 7-0) has been in the championship game two out of the past three years.  The winning play was to go as far down the court as possible and look for a pass, Texico head coach Richard Luscombe said. When that happened, ju n ior poi nt gua rd Baylee Souls found Dickerman for the winning shot, in spite of the fact that Tohatchi had converged on Texico’s ball handlers in the back court.  “It was just a great shot and a great play,” Luscombe said. “Baylee got down court

ver y fast. Mar yelle hit the shot. Give credit to Tohatchi. T h a t ’s a g re a t t e a m a nd Mitchell is a special player.” Mitchell put Tohatchi up 6 -2 on a 3 -point shot a nd a nother shot whereby she was fouled in the opening minutes of the game. Mitchell went on to shake and bake through the Texico defense for an assortment of inside and outside shots during the first half. Sophomore for wa rd Sa matha Belone scored a ju mper for Toh at ch i a nd Mitchell hit two inside shots to bring the Lady Cougars to 28-25 with about two minutes left in the second quarter.  Unfor tunately for Tohatch i, M itchel l fou led out after attempting a drive to the basket in the fourth quarter. It was the third time in the game that Texico successfully drew an offensive foul from Mitchell.   Dickerman finished with 20 points in the game and Sours recorded 14 for Texico. The loss snapped a 17-game winning streak for Tohatchi.   SPORTS

Coach Wes Shank leaving Miyamura for Valencia By Bernie Dotson For the Sun


ith a record that consists of more wins than losses, Miya mura High School Athletic Director Linda Anderson knew head football coach Wes Shank would get “looks” from schools near and far away from the Indian Capital. That notion proved true over the past few months w it h S h a n k a cce pt i n g a he a d c o a c h i n g job w it h Valencia High school — a school looking to capitalize on Shank’s proven record of accomplishment.   Shank leaves the Miyamura athletic department in May. A replacement hasn’t yet been named.  “I just felt it was time to go,” Shank, 48, said. “My primary reason is I’m looking for another challenge. I’m looking to meet new people and just take on bigger challenges.”  Va le nc i a of f ic i a l s a n nou nced t he new h i re Feb. 5. A native of Arlington,

BEARS EARS | FROM PAGE 6 a “legislative fix” that allows for the protection of the Bears Ears area and gives Native Americans more control over the management of the land. “I think there’s been a lot of misunderstanding, some miscommunication, and I think we could’ve done a better job in

Texas, Shank led the Miyamura Patriots to the playoffs in three of the last four years. He amassed a 54-51 overall record and was the only coach the Patriots ever had since the District 1-5A school opened in 2007. The Boardman Drive school is located at the site of the former Gallup Junior High School.

THE VALENCIA JAGUARS Coached by Collin Justiss, the District 5-5A Jaguars went a dismal 1-9, 0-4 in 2017 having just solely beaten Alamagordo 34-12, before falling bad — 55-point blow out losses twice — to consecutive teams after that. In four seasons, Valencia went 4-25. Asked if he anticipates the same success at Valencia that he produced at Miyamura, Shank said it’ll probably take a while to get used to the new territory. The Jaguars and Patriots were once housed in the same athletic district.   “I’ve seen them a few times over the past year or two,”

Shank said of the Jaguars. “I feel positive about what we can get accomplished.” Shank, who played high school footba l l i n Texa s, said he’ll remember the big wins Miyamura had against

Fa r m i ng ton a nd Godda rd over the years. The Goddard game was a recent playoff victory. Miyamura went 30-16 in Shank’s last four years and the Patr iots were 9 - 3 la st year.

Anderson said the school will “definitely miss everything Shank brought to the table.” She said Shank hinted at leaving the past year, saying the search for a new head football coach is ongoing.  

working together to get where I think we all want to be on this issue,” Herbert said. “As we go forward let’s make sure the communication is better — it ought to be open, it ought to be honest, and we ought to deal with the facts and not what we wish the facts were. I want to see us be proactive and work together to do something better. I’m ready to do it.”

Curtis also expressed optimism that solutions could be developed through the legislative process. He added that he wants to protect the Bears Ears area from looting, drilling, and mineral extraction, and allow Navajo people to gather wood and herbs as they have done for centuries. “I do not have the ability in any way, shape, or form to give

you what President Trump took away – I cannot do that. I just don’t have that ability. I do have the ability to give you a legislative answer that I think is even better than what President Trump took away,” added Curtis. “I would hope and ask of all of you is that you give me that opportunity to do all of these things that we agree are important. I need to hear specifically what you want to see differently in my bill. I’m willing to make changes. I’m anxious to make this a better bill. I

invite all you to think about how we accomplishment what is most important to all of us.” The March 12 meeting marked the second time that Navajo Nation leaders have met with Curtis and requested him to withdraw his H.B. 4532. At the conclusion of the meeting, Herbert and Curtis pledged to continue meeting with leadership of the Navajo Nation and working toward solutions that address the Bears Ears National Monument.

Miyamura High, head coach Wes Shank, left, stands with three of his players from the 2017 football season – quarterback Matt Chavez, middle linebacker Shawn Yazzie, and outside linebacker Ty Taylor. File Photo



HOME OF: From left, Council Delegate Davis Filfred, U.S. Rep. John Curtis (R-Dist. 3), Vice President Jonathan Nez, Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert, Speaker LoRenzo Bates, Oljato Chapter President James Adakai, Council Delegate Herman Daniels, Jr., and Council Delegate Nathaniel Brown in Monument Valley, UT on March 12. Photo Credit: OPVP SPORTS

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Gallup dancers shine bright in Santa Fe Manley Begay giving his speech at Diné College March 6. Photo Credit: Courtesy Diné College

DINÉ COLLEGE | FROM PAGE 14 Nation Indian Reservation. A 1975 graduate of Navajo Community College (now Diné College), Begay speaks fluent Navajo and graduated from Tuba City High School. “Were living in an era of tremendous self-determination,” Begay said. “More so than what we’d like to acknowledge. We have to get back to yesteryear. There are more powers of sovereignty at our disposal right now.” Begay told the several dozen members of the audience gathered that there exists a neo-sovereignty among the Navajo people and such a thing is evident within the judicial branch of tribal government. In a practical sense, he said Diné College — then and now — “represents traditional Navajo thought,” and that the College is steeped in Navajo tradition, suggesting identity, or “Navajoism,” is an indispensable element that students take with them upon graduation. That is what makes Diné College distinct, he stressed, and that is part and parcel of what makes Diné College graduates successful. “You have something special

here,” Begay said, noting Diné College’s myriad of course offerings in Navajo language and history. “It was (Diné College) that started me on my journey. It will forever be a very special place.” Begay said the Navajo people have gone through Spanish and Mexican colonialism and have come out with a strong sense of identity. He said current laws are supposed to help, but there is a certain amount of hozho (harmony and balance) that is absent in Navajo culture. Initially, Begay flunked out of NAU when he started there as an undergraduate years ago, but got back on track and went on to graduate from Brigham Young University, the University of Arizona and Harvard. The March 6 event was the third in the College’s speaker series highlighting the 50th anniversary of Diné College. Tommy Lewis, Ed.D., a former president at Diné College and former Arizona state senator Jack Jackson, Sr., were the first two speakers of the series. “He is an amazing person,” Miranda Haskie, Ed.D., a sociology professor at Diné College and the organizer of the speaker series, said of Begay. “His message was well-received.”


Mia Carbajal performs her first-place solo at the Santa Fe Dance Festival at St. Michael’s High School March 10. Carbajal won her age division and participates in Starlette Dance March 10. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons

Anissa Garcia lands her head spring at the Santa Fe Dance Festival at St. Michael’s High School in Santa Fe March 10. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons


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CLASSIFIEDS | FROM PAGE 21 will receive competitive sealed bids for IFB #2018-08 Soil Stabilizer until Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 2:00 P.M., Local Time, at which time bids will be opened and publicly read aloud in the County Commission Chambers, and as more particularly set out in the specifications, copies for such may be obtained from the Purchasing Department, 207 West Hill Street, Gallup, New Mexico, 87301, or McKinley County website: www. co.mckinley.nm.us . McKinley County reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids and to waive informalities. For more information please contact Hugo G. Cano at (505) 722-3868, Ext. 1010. The Procurement Code, Sections 13-1-28 Through 13-1-199, NMSA, 1978 imposes civil and criminal penalties for code violations. In addition the New Mexico criminal statutes impose felony/ penalties for illegal bribes, gratuities and kickbacks. DATED this 16th day of March 2018 BY:/s/ Genevieve Jackson, Jr. Chairperson, Board of Commissioners PUBLISHED: Friday, March 16, 2018, The Gallup Sun

*** NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS SPECIAL LEGAL COUNSEL SERVICES FOR OPIOID INVESTIGATION/LITIGATION RFP NO. 2018-07 The McKinley County Attorney’s Office is requesting proposals from qualified Offerors to provide Special Legal Counsel For Opioid Investigation And/Or Litigation. All proposals submitted shall be valid for 90 days subject to action by the County. McKinley County reserves the right to reject any and all proposals in part or in whole. A completed proposal shall be submitted in a sealed container indicating the proposal title and number along with the Offeror’s name and address clearly marked on the outside of the container. All proposals must be received by 2:00 PM Local Time on April 24, 2018, at the McKinley County Purchasing Department, 207 W. Hill Avenue (Third Floor), Gallup, NM 87301. By submitting a proposal for the requested services each Offeror is certifying that their proposal complies with regulations and requirements stated within the Request for Proposals.

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Request for Proposals are available by contacting Ronald M. Caviggia, Procurement Manager at 207 West Hill Avenue, Gallup, New Mexico 87301; by telephone at (505) 722-3868; or by email at rcaviggia@co.mckinley.nm.us . Copies of the solicitations are also posted on the County’s website at http://www.co.mckinley.nm.us/Bids.aspx .


PROPOSALS RECEIVED AFTER THE DATE AND TIME SPECIFIED ABOVE WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED AND WILL BE REJECTED BY MCKINLEY COUNTY. DATED this 16th day of March, 2018 BY: /s/ Genevieve Jackson Chairperson, Board of Commissioners PUBLISHED: Friday, March 16th, 2018 Gallup Sun PUBLISHED: Friday, March 16th, 2018 Albuquerque Journal ***




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Udall, Heinrich push for funding to combat opioid crisis Staff Reports


A SH I NGT ON – U. S . S e n a t o r s Tom Udall, vice chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian A ffairs, and Mar tin Hein r ich u rged Senate leaders Ma rch 14 to pr iorit i ze robu st , d i rect f u ndi ng to tr iba l com mu n ities to a dd res s t he ongoi ng opioid epidem ic in Native American communities. According to the Centers for Disea se Control, A mer ica n India ns a nd Alaska Natives had the highest overdose death rates of a ny group in 2015 a nd the largest percentage cha nge in the number of opioid-related deaths over time.

Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. I n a let t er s ent t o t he le a der s h ip of t he U. S . Senate Appropr iations Committee, Udall, Heinrich, a nd a group of Senate

Democrats poi nted to the s t e e p i nc r e a s e i n opioid overdoses on reser vations a nd the pressing need for streng thened federa l sup por t to address long-ter m recover y ef for t s a nd pre vent f u r t her de a t h s. T he s e n a t or s a l s o a dd r e s s e d the opioid epidemic’s strain on Tribal resources and its negative effects on entire communities. In addition to Udall and Hei n r ich , t he let t er wa s signed by U.S. Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Jon Tester (D -Mont.), K a ma la Harris (D-Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Maria Cantwell ( D -Wa s h .) , a n d T a m m y Baldwin (D-Wis.). CLASSIFIEDS

COMMUNITY CALENDAR MARCH 16-22, 2018 FRIDAY, March 16 DEADLINE FOR ARTISTS Deadline for artists to apply for gallupARTS paid Native Artist-in-Residence program. COMPUTER CLASS 10:30 am12:30 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. GET UP AND GAME 4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch. Join us for a family-friendly video games Friday afternoon. COMIC CLUB 4:30 pm @ Children’s Branch. Come read comics, eat snacks, and share your ideas about Free Comic Book Day. We have physical graphic novels and devices loaded with apps — come nerd out! For more information call (505) 726-6120, or e-mail childlib@ gallupnm.gov. SATURDAY, March 17 TWO-DAY OPEN STUDIO ARTWALK EVENT 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. TRAVEL ACROSS NEW MEXICO The City of Farmington’s Parks Recreation, and Cultural Affairs will host an inaugural celebration of inclusive recreation with “Travel Across New Mexico.”10 am-2 pm, Farmington, NM. Call (505) 599-1484. STORY TIME (AGES 2-4) 11 am @ Children’s Branch. An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement, rhymes, and stories. SATURDAY FILM 2 pm, the Library and El Morro Theatre partner to bring you the film: Victoria and Abdul. Call (505) 863-1291 or

email tmoe@gallupnm.gov. El Morro Theatre, 207 W. Coal Ave. MONDAY, March 19 COMPUTER CLASS 5-7 pm @ Main Branch. Free computer training is available each week. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. No registration required. Come and learn. TUESDAY, March 20 COMPUTER CLASS Free computer training is available each week. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. No registration required. This week: Using Google Apps. MAKER ZONE (6 AND OLDER) 4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch. We provide supplies, you supply the ideas. WEDNESDAY, March 21 STORY TIME (AGES 2-4) 10:30-11 am @ Children’s Branch. An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement, rhymes, and stories. EXOTICS OF THE RAINFOREST 3-4 pm @ Children’s Branch. Exotics of the Rainforest will be visiting the Octavia Fellin Library Children’s Branch. Join us for tropical birds and educational fun over Spring Break! TECH TIME 3-4 pm @ Main Branch. The Library is offering help using our open source software. This week: LibreOffice. Call (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@gallupnm.gov. AIR RAISING 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. This week: Twister


THURSDAY, March 22 CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) 4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch. Fun crafts for the whole family. This week’s activity: Earth Day Rock Painting FILM SCREENING 6-8 pm @ El Morro Event Center. Directly following the film screening, local indigenous women will discuss the impact of Lakota Woman on their Lives. Moderated discussion led by activist Anna Rondon. Call (505) 863-1291 or email tmoe@gallupnm.gov. 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

GALLUP SUN ARCHIVES Effective June 24, 2016, ALL Gallup Sun *archives (past issues) will be mailed. Must provide exact release date and mailing address. Send info. and check or money order for $1.50 to: Gallup Sun PO Box 1212 Gallup, NM 87305 *Based on availability. CALENDAR

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 five 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: 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. RMCHCS BLOOD SCREENING TESTS On April 9-14 and 16-21, RMCHCS will provide low cost Blood Screening Tests prior to the Community Health Fair. Call (505) 863-7325. SUPPORT GROUP FOR GRIEF/ BEREAVEMENT On April 18, join the Gallup Masonic Center for a support group. 6:30 pm, Gallup Masonic Center, 4801 E. Historic 66 Ave. Call (505) 615-8053. SUPPORT GROUP FOR DEMENTIA/ ALZHEIMER’S On April 11, join the Gallup Masonic Center for a support group. 6:30 pm, Gallup Masonic Center, 4801 E. Historic 66 Ave. UNM HOEDOWN CELEBRATION Join UNM on April 13, for the 2018 UNMG Hoedown Celebration. 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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