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NEWS Beloved radio personality walks on JOHN MCBREEN DEAD AT 69

By Babette Herrmann and Staff


fficials for Millennium Media announced the death of Joh n McBreen March 19, its news reporter for more than 25 years. McBreen passed away at his home the weekend prior. He was 69. “I was heartbroken when I heard the news,” said Mary Ann Armijo, general manager for the iHeartRadio stations here in Gallup. McBreen spent a l most his entire adult life in Gallup, reporting everything from city council meetings to what

he heard on the streets, as he ran down the rumors and the events that would become part of the city’s history. “I loved taking to him about the past because there was no one more knowledgeable about it,” Armijo said. Over the years, McBreen formed close relationships with the people who have led Gallup and the state since the 1970s. He interviewed every major state politician and local federal officials, as well as young Gallupians who had won the annual spelling bee. Sammy Chioda, general manager of Mellennium Media, was McBreen’s boss as well

Millennium Media news reporter John McBreen poses for a photo with U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Millennium Media as his friend of the past two decades. “John will be missed by all of us,” Chioda said. “There was no one who worked harder.” As other metropolitan radio stations moved away from local reporting, McBreen remained a fixture at Millennium Media, reporting the daily news of Gallup and the region on several radio stations – even well past retirement. “He truly leaves a legacy that will keep him in our memories in the coming years,” Chioda said. “He’s going to be missed.”


A young John McBreen gets ready to do a live news remote in 2000. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Millennium Media

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McBreen wa s bor n i n Philadelphia and moved to Gallup in 1973, after seeing an ad put out by the New Mexico

Broadcasters Association saying New Mexico was “an exciting place to live.” At the time, Jack Chapman, the owner of KGAK radio, was looking for someone to cover both the news for Gallup and the Navajo Nation. McBreen won the job, and was on the air 50 weeks out of the year for nearly 40 years following. For the first 22 years he worked under Chapman, until Champman sold the radio station in 1997. Over the years he was here, said Chioda, McBreen was one of the top stringers for the Associated Press, which gave him numerous awards not only for calling in the most stories of any reporter in the state but for covering some of the biggest stories in the area. When Larry Casuse and Robert Nakaidine kidnapped

the mayor of Gallup, Emmett Garcia, and kept him hostage at a local sporting goods store downtown, McBreen was there to cover every second of it. He won numerous wards from AP and the New Mexico Press Association for that coverage. A decade later, when members of the Navajo Tribal Council held a meeting late into the night to suspend then chairman Peter MacDonald, McBreen was also there, overcoming attempts by some members of the council to get him to stop broadcasting. That also earned him a few awards – and for the rest of his life, McBreen kept tapes of both events on hand to remind him of those days. One of his favorite stories was about an interview



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Gamerco man attempts to bite arresting officer’s neck SUSPECT BOOKED FOR TWO COUNTS OF BATTERY UPON A POLICE OFFICER By Abigail Rowe Sun Editor


cK i n ley Cou nt y S h e r i f f ’s D e p . Anthony Morales headed to the 500 block of Chino Road in Gamerco March 19 after a woman reported that Adrian K. Chavez, 31, “was going to kill her.” Morales was familiar with Chavez. The two “have had previous incidents,” according to the police report, and Morales was aware that Chavez had mental health issues. As he was driving to the latest incident, Morales spotted Chavez heading northbound on Crystal Avenue, and turned his car around to approach him. Exiting the car, Morales heard Chavez say, “Pop this white


Adrian Chavez boy,” and then pointed his finger towards him, according to Morales’ report. Morales brought Chavez to his police car and began to handcuff him. He was able

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to get one wrist in handcuffs before Chavez reached for Morales’ gun; Morales then pushed Chavez onto the hood of his car and attempted to secure the second cuff. MCSO Dep. Roxanne Slim arrived to assist Morales. Seeing the struggle, Slim made an attempt to restrain the suspect, grabbing Chavez’s right arm. In response, Chavez took Slim by the back of her neck and attempted to bite her, according to Morales’ report. Following this, Morales wrestled Chavez to the ground. Slim took out her Taser and stunned Chavez in the thigh. As wr itten in Morales’ repor t, Chavez continued attempts to bite the officers, and spat at them. Chavez reportedly kicked Slim, and again reached for Morales’ gun.

A fter another struggle, Morales, with the assistance of a third officer, was able to finish placing Chavez in handcuffs. T he woma n who f i r st reported Chavez declined to make further statements after he was apprehended, saying officers did not arrive quickly enough to the scene – a result of their struggle with Chavez. Chavez was charged with

two counts of battery upon a police officer and one count of resisting or evading an officer.


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Executive Director, Gallup Housing Authority Operating a Public Housing program under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development [HUD] is one of the most highly regulated programs. The regulations are massive and Public Housing Authorities are required to have an up-to-date policy manual and procedures for everything. One of those requirements is to conduct periodic “housekeeping” inspections. Generally, a housekeeping inspection is conducted to check on the tenants, who is in the household [correct number of people, any unauthorized pets, and even unwanted pests – like bedbugs]. We also want to see if they are keeping their housing unit clean and to check on the general condition of the housing unit [i.e. damages].

What is your definition of clean?

One Tenant was upset with my housing management staff after they conducted a housekeeping inspection and she failed her housekeeping inspection. Granted she was a single parent with a couple of young children and that was her excuse. But, when you find dirty diapers laying all over the place, rotting food in several locations, coffee cups in window stills with green mold, dirty clothing piled here and there you have to say that is not a clean housing unit. That is very unsafe and unsanitary. Yet, as my staff was leaving she confronted them and demanded to know “what is your definition of clean?” Sad to say it does seem like some of our tenants have never been instructed or shown or trained on how to keep a house clean. As a parent, I know you do have to teach your kids these things. Some just naturally like to keep things clean and in order and some, not so much. But, all need to learn a basic level of cleanliness for health and safety reasons. I guess some people weren’t taught while they were young and now have grown into adults who still don’t know they need to keep their dwellings clean. Some just don’t understand why it is such a big deal. The Point is: Good housekeeping is a good thing to do. Keeping your house clean is good for health and safety reasons. Too much clutter can invite unwanted guests [bedbugs, mice, flies, etc.] PLEASE don’t get me wrong – the majority of our tenants do very well. BUT, we do have some who need to work on it. COMMENTS are always welcome.

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Meth trafficking duo sentenced to prison

The complaint also charged Nestle with being a felon in L BUQU ERQU E – possession of a firearm and Joclyn Telles, 35, of with using and carrying a fireLas Cruces, N.M., arm in relation to a drug trafw a s s e n t e n c e d ficking crime. According to the March 20 in federal court to criminal complaint, the defen60 months in prison followed dants committed the crimes by four years of supervised on June 29, 2016, in Doña Ana release for her methamphet- County, N.M. amine trafficking conviction.  L aw en forcement of f iTelles and co-defendant cer s a r rested Nest le a nd Joshua Nestle, 26, also of Telles on outstanding arrest Las Cruces, were arrested warrants following a traffic in February 2017, and were stop. During a search incident charged by criminal com- to the defendants’ arrests, the plaint with conspiracy and officers found approximately possession of a controlled 2.6 ounces of methamphetsubst a nce w it h i ntent to amine and a firearm in the distribute.  defendants’ vehicle. Staff Reports


Telles was indicted on June 21, 2017, and charged with conspiracy and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. She entered a guilty plea to the indictment on July 18, 2017, without the benefit of a plea agreement.  On June 7, 2017, Nestle pleaded guilty to a felony information charging him with conspiracy and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and admitted conspiring on June 29, 2016, with others to violate the federal drug trafficking laws.  He a lso ad m it ted pos sessing the 2.6 ounces of met h a mphet a m i ne fou nd

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in his vehicle and acknowledged that he intended to distribute the drugs to others. Nestle a lso admitted that on March 9, 2017, he possessed a controlled substance

while inca rcerated at the Doña Ana County Detention Center. Nestle was sentenced on Feb. 6, 2018, to 140 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release.

Crash outside MCSO officers Gallup leaves search for trailer theft suspect two dead Staff Reports


wo area men were killed in a two-car accident that occurred north of Gallup on U.S. Highway 491 March 16. Pronounced dead at the scene were Jordan Harvey, 19, of Tohatchi, and Nathan Damon, 49, of Yah-Ta-Hay. According to McK inley County Sheriff’s Dep. James

Garylie, the accident occurred about 6:50 pm near the entrance to the Shell Gas Station on Tohlakai road, some 10 miles north of Gallup. Harvey and Damon were both in a vehicle driven by Jowell Jameson, 19, of YahTa-Hay. The other vehicle was driven by Geraldine Haley, 49,


By Abigail Rowe Sun Editor


he McKinley County S he r i f f ’s O f f ic e i s s e ek i n g i n fo r mation on Joh n Howa rd, 32, who of f icer s believe was involved in the theft of two f lat bed trailers from the Thoreau area Feb. 17 and 19. Howa rd is roughly 5’8”,

weighing 210 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Of f icer s a re a lso seek i ng information on the location of Howa rd’s bla ck Dodge double cab pick up t r uck, wh ich h a s a New Mex ico l icen se plate nu mbered 112-TPF. Anyone with information is a sked to contact MCSO Sgt. Robert Turney at (505) 722-8514.

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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff reports Shannon Smith March 15, 6:30 pm DWI, Aggravated McKinley C o u n t y Sher i f f ’s Dep. Lorenzo Guerrero wa s working on DWI enforcement on State Highway 118 when he saw a car going well under the posted speed limit. So he followed the car as it turned off onto County Road 1, still going 15 miles per hour in a 25 mph zone. Guerrero stopped the vehicle and talked to the driver, Smith, 35, of Rehoboth, whom Guerrero said had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. Smith then admitted that she had a few drinks earlier in the evening and agreed to take field sobriety tests. She failed the first parts of the test and began crying, which Guerrero interpreted as a decision not to complete the rest of the tests, and she was arrested. She was taken to police headquarters but refused to take the breath tests. She was charged with aggravated DWI for refusal. Brian Sam March 11, 9:19 am 8th DWI, Aggravated Gallup P o l i c e Department Officer Justin Foster was dispatched to the Denny’s Restaura nt on the east side of Gallup over reports that an intoxicated driver was soliciting money from people going to the restaurant. When Foster arrived at the restaurant, he saw a car matching the description given to him leaving the parking lot. He followed it and watched as the driver twice went over the centerline. He initiated a traffic stop. When Foster approached Sam, 38, of Yah-Ta-Hay, he noticed immediately that the man had bloodshot eyes and showed other signs of being intoxicated. After Sam came out the vehicle, he immediately NEWS

stumbled and said, “I am drunk.” He refused to take field sobriety tests and was not given a breath alcohol test. When Foster finally got him to the police headquarters and looked at his record, he found Sam had seven previous DWI convictions on his record. Foster also discovered that Sam had an outstanding bench warrant out for his arrest. He was charged with the warrant as well as aggravated DWI. Jake Carlos March 8, 11 pm DWI, Aggravated G P D O f f i c e r Terrance Pe y k e t e w a was traveling on East Highway 66 when he noticed a car getting onto the highway in such a way that he had to turn left to avoid a collision. He turned around and out on his emergency lights and saw the vehicle jump backwards and stop. He went up to the driver – Carlos, 36, of Rehoboth – who had a confused look on his face. Peyketewa said he could also smell the odor of intoxicating liquor coming from inside the vehicle. After Carlos admitted that he had a few drinks earlier in the day, he agreed to take field sobriety tests, which he failed. He was then placed under arrest. Carlos agreed to take a breath alcohol test, and posted two samples of .17 and .18. Amanda Jim March 8, 4:21 pm DWI, Aggravated G P D O f f i c e r Douglas Hoffman wa s d r iving east on Aztec Avenue when he saw a vehicle coming in the opposite direction traveling at a high rate of speed and then putting on the brakes sharply at the corner. As he followed the vehicle, he noticed that it did not have any current tags, and when he checked the license plate, he discovered it came back as not

from any car. When he finally stopped the vehicle and went up to talk to the driver, he said he could smell the odor of alcohol coming from inside the vehicle. The driver gave her name as Lisa Benally, and said she had no driver’s license or identification. She said she also just purchased the car for $2,000 and had not had a chance to get the registration brought up to date. Hoffman then asked the driver to get out of the vehicle and as she did, he said he noticed an open bottle of Importers Vodka near the feet of a male passenger in the front. After she admitted having three or four beers earlier in the evening, she agreed to take field sobriety tests, which she failed. Hoffman then placed her under arrest and had the male passenger taken to NCI Detox Center. He then began checking on her background and discovered no records for a Lisa Benally with that birthdate.

She t hen broke dow n, said Hoffman, and told him she was Amanda Jim, 40, of Albuquerque. She agreed to take a breath a lcohol test but once a t pol ice hea d quar ters, she asked to use the restroom and then said she was diabetic and when she was given a direction to blow, she only did so for a second. Hoffman said he felt she was only playing games with him so he marked her down as refusing the test. When he took her to the hospital for a medical clearance, medical personnel could find no record of her being diabetic.

CRASH REPORT A six-car accident occurred on March 18 on Interstate

40 about 11:30 am, which MCSO deputies are blaming on weather conditions and icy roads. No one was transported to the hospital and only one vehicle, a truck, had to be towed. It started with two trucks colliding; two more vehicles then collided into them when they could not stop in time. The fifth and six cars managed to stop before hitting the other four but collided with each other. One of the truck drivers, designated as driver number five, did go to the hospital for a urine test because it was company policy. Sheriff officials said the westbound lane was held up for about an hour as deputies got all of the vehicles off the road.

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HELP New Mexico hosting shirt drive DONATED CLOTHING WILL PROTECT LOCAL FARMERS Staff Reports


he Association of Far mworker O ppor t u n it y P rog ra m s i s pa r tner i ng w it h H EL P New Mexico to celebrate National F a r m w o r k e r Aw a r e n e s s Week by pa r t icipa t i ng i n it s a n nu a l Nat ion a l L ong Sleeve Sh i r t Dr ive. HEL P New Mex ico w i l l be col lecting shir ts from Ma rch 25 -31 on behalf of AFOP, a national organization with the goa l of i mprov i ng the qua lit y of life for migra nt and seasonal farmworkers and their families. H EL P New Mex ico, a nonprofit dedicated to creat i ng sel f- su f f iciency a nd promoting economic opportunities to strengthen families throughout the state, w i l l b e work i n g d i r e c t ly with communities to spread awa r ene s s a bout A F OP ’s d r ive a nd about Nat ion a l F a r m w o r k e r Aw a r e n e s s We ek , a l s o t a k i n g pl a c e f r o m M a r c h 2 5 - 31 . T h e dates coi ncide w ith the bir thday of activ ist Cesa r Chavez, who fought for better working conditions for A merica’s farmworkers. “ We a r e l o o k i n g f o r lightly-worn, light-colored, lon g- s le e ve s h i r t s ,” S a id Vashti Kelly, AFOP’s health a nd sa fety progra ms ma nager. “These shir ts will be do n a t e d t o f a r mworke r s across t he nation so t hey

ca n protect themselves from pesticide exposure and heat-related illnesses. Our countr y’s 2.5 million farmworkers face long hours of arduous work putting their health and safety at risk due to ex posu re to da ngerous pesticides and heat stress.” A gently used long-sleeve shirt can help prevent exposure to pesticides by coveri ng t he sk i n, wh ich is t he most common route of pesticide poisoning due to its exposure. “A lot of New Mex ica ns support their famil ie s w i t h f a r m wo r k , s o i t ’s v e r y i m p o r t a n t f o r ou r orga n i zat ion to get involved,” sa id HELP New M e x i c o’s r e g i o n a l m a n ager, Evangeline Touchine. “ T hei r cont r ibutions to our communities are invaluable.” HELP New Mexico sup por t s t he s t a t e’s m ig r a nt a n d s e a s o n a l f a r mwo rkers by prov iding job traini n g a nd job development so that they ca n secu re e m ploy me nt w it h h i g he r wages a nd achieve greater self-sufficiency. For more information on where to donate shirts in your area, visit helpnm.org. For a list of locations, and for additional details on NFAW and the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Program s, vi sit ht tp: // afop.org/nfaw.

LOCAL RADIO | FROM PAGE 4 with Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, who was in Gallup for a retreat. The archbishop had turned down a couple of other requests for an interview so McBreen just showed up to where he was eating, flopped down his microphone and asked for an interview. When dissidents took over a semi-conductor plant in Shiprock, McBreen was the only reporter allowed in and he spent several hours interviewing various members of the American Indian Movement. His inter views were aired nationwide. In 1986, McBreen traveled to Washington D.C. to accept a coveted Associated Press award for producing the most top weekend stories of the year. McBreen was on hand every time there was an election, either in Gallup or Window Rock, broadcasting the results and interviewing anyone who showed up at the county courthouse, the city council chambers or the Window Rock Sports Center. Over the past few years, people had wondered what

one equipped to replace him. Chioda has not decided whether he will continue the news programs. “I’m reaching out to our listeners and asking them if we should continue,” he said. “I should know in a short while.” But no matter what the decision is, he added, the station will continue to broadcast its public affairs programs. McBreen was preceded in death by his parents, Don and Marianne McBreen, whom both are buried in Colorado. Ser vices will be held at Sacred Heart 415 E. Green Ave., with a rosary at 6 pm Sunday and an 11 am Monday memorial mass.

Ramah man pleads guilty to federal assault charges


L BUQU ERQU E – Patrick Begay, 35, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Ramah, N.M., pled guilty March 22, in federal court in Albuquerque to assault charges. Begay was arrested on Jan. Friday March 23, 2018 • Gallup Sun

would happen when he retired because there seemed to be no

John McBreen on the beat at the airport in this undated photo. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Millennium Media

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John McBreen seen here in his style of office – getting ready to read the news live on the air. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Millennium Media

23, on a three-count indictment charging him with assault with a dangerous weapon, a baseball bat, with intent to do bodily harm; assault with a dangerous weapon, a knife, with intent to do bodily harm; and assault resulting in serious bodily injury. According to the indictment, Begay committed the offenses on May 12, 2017, on

the Navajo Indian Reservation in Cibola County, N.M. During the March 22 hearing, Begay pled guilty to the indictment without the benefit of a plea agreement. At sentencing, Begay faces a maximum penalty of ten years in federal prison.  He remains in custody pending a sentencing hearing which has yet to be scheduled. NEWS


‘The Last Interview: In Memory of John McBreen’

By Patty Lundstrom


Ga l lu p ic on a nd treasure has passed from us. He was a lso my longtime loyal friend. And I was his last interview. Local radio reporter and personality John McBreen – a Philadelphia n-tur nedGa l lupi a n – covered t he Gallup political scene for locally-owned radio stations and conducted thousands of taped interviews with local, state and federal leaders for over half a century as “Gallup’s reporter.” John died earlier this week, and my heart is saddened by the loss. Ba ck i n 198 5, when I became the new young executive director for the McKinley Area Council of Governments (it became the “Northwest” COG a few years later), John came by and introduced himself, and then proceeded to share with me stories from the initial star t-up of the COG – of its first director Jeff Myers and later Elizabeth DiGregorio, David Carter and Keith Landolt. He offered to tell me anything I wanted to know about the COG! I think he must have interviewed me hundreds of times over the years since then. He always made sure to get to know my


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staff, whether at the COG, at the Legislature in Santa Fe, or in my current Economic Development office. A nd when Jeff Kiely took over as COG Director, he kept up the practice of including the COG on his beat. The exchange of news and information went both ways with us. I could call him anytime for “the scoop,” and I found that he always knew more about what was going on in Gallup than anyone else around. But he never badmouthed anyone, and he never betrayed his sources. He was always a gentleman, full of honesty and integrity, but also good-hearted. He was really smart – more so than many people recognized – and he had an absorptive mind and great memory. He would ask very pointed questions, which sometimes were very hard to answer – depending on who you were, and whether you were being straightforward with him! But he always used to tell me that his line of questioning was never personal. He considered it his profession and his social contract to have the right knowledge, to ask the right questions and to report the truth of things. John was definitely an “oldstyle” reporter, and he didn’t let new-fangled technology distract him from his task. How many of us remember his old clunky tape-recorder and microphone that he hauled around with him for his interviews! And he always did his homework. He often knew more about a given issue than the elected officials did! He was always calm, and always kept a light smile on his lips – even when asking the tough questions – a s though he already knew the answer but just wanted to hear what you had to say about it. He was a


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The late John McBreen holds up a reporting award he received from the Associated Press in 2001. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Millennium Media fabric. Three generations of Gallupians woke up each morning listening to John’s breaking news. I know I did! John McBreen was a Gallup

icon, and a Gallup treasure, and he will be greatly missed. G o d s p e e d , Jo h n , a nd thanks for giving us the time of your life.

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gentle and thoughtful person, but was never afraid to expose the actions of those who broke the law or violated the public trust. One time I was meeting with the late Senator Pete Domenici at his office in Washington, and in concluding our meeting the Senator apologized and said he had an “important news conference” to get to. When I asked him what it was about, he said it was his weekly interview with John McBreen! He said that John McBreen was New Mexico’s very best small-town reporter. John had a tough go of it in his last years, and we friends of his worried about him. Some said he had no family, but I think all of Gallup was his family. He kept us informed, he listened to our stories and reported them well, and he lived his life here as an important piece of the Gallup

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OPINIONS Business incubation: A model that works longevity, according to president and CEO Marie Longserre. SFBI is “an environment that celebrates entrepreneurship, relationships and connections,” she said. “We reduce barriers and create networks.” Community support, reliable funding sources and collaborative partnerships with economic development organizations sustain the success of SFBI and New Mexico’s other business incubators: The Enterprise Center at San Juan College in Farmington,

By Sandy Nelson Finance New Mexico


he Santa Fe Business Incubator (SFBI) has plenty to show for its 20 years of existence: More than 145 companies have taken flight from the ever-expanding facility at 3900 Paseo del Sol in Santa Fe, and 1,000 new jobs have been created, 49 of them in the last fiscal year. Paying attention to the business climate and adapting to opportunities explain SFBI’s


Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, Taos Economic Development Center, Navajo Te c h I n nov a t ion C e nt er at Chu rch Rock, W E S ST Enterprise Center and South Valley Economic Development Center in Albuquerque. Like SFBI, all are certified by the state’s Economic Development Department.



What goes up must come down – but don’t let that get you down. It’s not up to you to decide what you can appreciate and what you should ignore. Life is all about the compromise of letting go and allowing new and better things into your life. Madame G recommends that you spend some time with yourself this week. Take care of yourself and more importantly, learn to forgive.

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You’re heading down an interesting path. You don’t know what’s heading your way, but it’s important to prepare yourself. Dwell in possibilities! Now is the time to let loose and learn all you can. You’re not weak for trying new things or for wanting a different path than what’s always been. You’re unique and special. Don’t get lost in your own mind. Live large. Live free.

Fight, fight, fight all you want. In the end, you’re only hurting yourself. Anger is a powerful emotion and it feels like strength. But that’s just the thing: it feels like strength and it’s not. It’s a false sense of power. Look deep within your heart and consider your situation. You don’t have to feel weak to apologize. In fact, the person who apologizes first possesses true strength. Try it.

You don’t always know how to work with others. Your way is usually the best way. But that doesn’t mean that others don’t bring a fresh perspective or new inventions with them. Take time out for yourself and study how others do things. You might just get a surprise. Maybe that challenge you’ve been working towards isn’t nearly as hard as you think.

You’re a tough cookie, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have a soft center. You can do whatever you want and be who you want. But you should reach out. Don’t be afraid of looking for the company of those who make a big impact in your life. Don’t hold grudges and don’t live in fear. Take action and dream. This is very important. Don’t lose sight of your dreams.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Well, that’s just how the story goes. Don’t feel embarrassed when you change your mind. You’re more than entitled to change whatever direction you’re heading towards. This is the world that you can enjoy for the rest of your life. This is the life you must live. No one can live this life except for you. Make the choice to be all that you can be. Don’t give up. You’ve got this!

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Don’t give up and never surrender. You may not appreciate the tag line of a cheesy film, but it fits the situation. You may not like where you are, but that doesn’t mean you can’t end up where you want to be. You have more power and strength than you realize. Don’t betray your own heart. Don’t live someone else’s dream. Now is the time to be who you really are.


So, you have a toothache. That’s not a good sign. Maybe what you should consider is taking time out for yourself. What’s the hurry? It’s fun to finish projects and get a sense of completion from what you’ve accomplished. But there is more to life than work. Take a deep breath and think about what you’d like to do just for yourself. Maybe a long drive or a trip out of town? GO!

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You’ve got a lot on your plate. But that’s okay – that’s the way you like it. Pursuing your dreams and trying new things is what you like. Variety is the spice of life. Don’t take that away from yourself. Yes, there is always something new to do just around the corner, but don’t lose sight of the horizon. You can do anything you want to do. Dream big and live bigger. GO, now!

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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Stop wasting time. Just kidding! Do whatever you want. This is the time to really investigate what you want. Maybe you’re on the right path for accomplishing everything that you need, if not, don’t ignore your feelings. Take stock of what you feel. Don’t be a martyr. You can accomplish more from pursuing your dreams and own life than trying to be what others want.

So you’re heading out on a jet plane doing as you’ve always wanted to do. Don’t look towards the future. Look right into the present moment and appreciate it. You can do whatever happens and live as you’ve always wanted. Don’t try to be something you’re not. You are more than you imagine. You’re better than you think. You’re also very capable of taking action.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

What will you do next? This is harder than you think. You can’t just take the “whatever” attitude. You may not want to think too hard about your life choices. But you really should. They might not be all bad. In fact, this is how life works. Keep an open mind and live how you’ve always wanted to, and be who you’ve always longed to be. Good luck!

You’re doing it! Great job! The universe was a little worried about you for a second. But you are more than capable of doing something great. Stop worrying about what the future will hold. Get down and start living. You can’t predict the future or change the past. You can live exactly as you need to right now, in the here and now. Welcome! OPINIONS


TRACKING THE TRENDS Business incubators provide f ledgling ventures inexpensive office and manufacturing space, resources and opportunities to work with other tenant entrepreneurs and outside experts. The cross-fertilization of ideas and perspectives enhances the symbiotic nature of these creative environments. W hen it broke g rou nd in 1997, SFBI was the first “certified” New Mexico incubator under the state’s certification system. Thanks to a $2.3 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, SFBI upsized

from 10,000 to 30,000 square feet shortly after opening its doors so it could serve more clients. In response to increased activity in the life-science sector, SFBI in April 2014 opened a $1.2 million onsite biosciences lab to help clients involved in product development and innovation. I n keepi ng w it h ot her trends, SFBI added co-working space and in 2017 opened the Archimedes Fab Lab, a part of the International Fab Lab maker-space network. The Archimedes lab features digital fabrication tools — 3-D printers, laser cutters, milling and other machines — that are linked by computer-assisted design software that allows companies to create prototypes of their ideas. Lab equipment is available to resident

companies and others that become lab members.

PROFITABLE PARTNERSHIPS Collaboration is another ingredient in SFBI’s winning recipe. Lenders WESST and The Loan Fund have offices at SFBI, as does SCORE, an organization of volunteer executives who provide free advice and mentoring to small-business clients. SFBI also collaborates with the Regional Development Corporation and New Mexico Ma nu factur ing Ex tension Partnership; through its partnership with the Los Alamos National Laboratory Feynman Center, resident businesses can obtain technical help from national lab scientists through the New Mexico Small

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Business Assistance Program. SFBI celebrates its 20th anniversary with a luncheon at 11:30 am April 4 at La Fonda on the Plaza, 100 E. San Francisco St. in Santa Fe. SFBI founders, current and graduated clients, and members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation will

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Letter to the editor: Protecting children’s lives is worth the extra cost


n response to the recent article taking steps to improve school security in our a rea . Recently I w a s a t t he Blu ew a t e r Elementary School my last week of service assigned by Sheriff Tony Mace to give schools extra security due to the recent incident in Florida. I was upset to see cameras in the school had not worked in three years, and the he person responsible for damaging them had nothing done to him. I was also told the fire alarm at San Rafael Elementary was not working, and because cell phone service in that area often does not work a fire radio was giving to the school in case of an emergency. I was also told the doors at San Rafael had to be left open with the locks engaged so doors could be shut in an emergency. But better dead bolt locks still need to be put in so doors can be locked and or unlocked from the inside. A company last year rolled out a new active shooter computer controlled systems for schools for about 2000 dollars each. It would lock doors automatically, call the police, show on smart phones, and computers were in the building shots were coming from to include showing the responding police were to go. The Albuquerque Public School system declined because it would be too expensive to put in all their schools. So the question is how much are these children really worth at the end of the day. In the Sandy Hook incident

one nurse was forced to hide under her desk while a teacher had to hide children in a closet. Question where there no doors that could have been locked to keep the killer out until police arrived? Perhaps this school like many others figured it would never happen here so they spent little or no money on security. The results are always the same, no one questions the people in charge could they have done more to prevent the tragedy? The people in charges of these schools are superintendents, principals, and or school boards they bear this responsibility. These people make the decisions to spend money or not for security, and it may take some of them being held civilly libel before the get the message to do there job the next time. Yes that means the law enforced that failed in Florida as well. So next time you send your kids to school take a look around, a sk questions, make sure these people know you are going to hold them responsible if anything happens to your children. They are your kids, and its your tax dollars, and believe me most school superintendents get at least 100K starting, and according to the internet the average teacher in Cibola County gets 43K so many of them that have worked here for any amount of time should be well above that. Signed Mr. Harry L. Hall Retired Police Officer 32.5 years Grants, NM

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COMMUNITY Writing conference celebrates Navajo voices, history THE TWO-DAY CONFERENCE INCLUDED WORKSHOPS, SPEAKERS

By Rick Abasta For the Sun


eticulously crafted Nav a jo s t or ie s, s pa n n i n g m a ny genres, were the focus of the Hazhó’ó Hólne’ Wr iti ng Con ference, held March 17-18 in Window Rock. The event took place at the Navajo Nation Museum March 17, and at the Department of Diné Education Auditorium March 18. The conference brought together writers from across the country for a two-day experience, billed as, “Food for the Body, Mind, and Spirit: Creative Juices for Creative Expressions.” The Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English; Middlebury Bread Loaf Teacher Network; Next Generation Leadership Net work ; L a Ca s a R oja ; Nav a jo Na t ion Mu s eu m ;

Rex Lee Jim, a 2001 graduate of the Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English, earned his master’s degree in English there after earning his bachelor’s degree from Princeton in 1986. Jim delivered his keynote speech for the writing conference March 17 at the Navajo Nation Museum. Photo Credit: Rick Abasta



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Department of Diné Education; Community Outreach and Pat ient Empower ment; Write to Change; and Navajo Community Health Outreach sponsored the conference. The event featured concurrent workshops, which focused on a range of topics, including: bullet journaling and poetry slams; water and life; Navajo traditional songs, stories and prayers about food; nature journal drawing and writing; newspaper journalism; motivation; reading and writing blogs; open mics; poetry; letter writing; human perceptions; graphic design; theater; and further subjects. Acclaimed Navajo writers Rex Lee Jim, Dr. Irvin Morris, Orla ndo W hite, Lema nuel Loley, a nd others sha red insight into the creative writing process. Writing exercises, open mic time and a poetry night allowed writers to share their work.

VOICES OF SUPPORT Ceci Lewis of the Middlebury Bread Loaf School

of English welcomed writers to the conference March 17, informing attendees that she has worked with Jim for more than 20 years, providing workshops and other activities on and off of the Navajo Nation. “The Bread Loaf School of English is a magical place for many of us,” Lewis said. “Rex and I met in 1996 on Bread Loaf Mountain. He was from northern Arizona and I am from southern Arizona.” She praised Dixie Goswami of the Bread Loaf School of English as a visionary mentor who influenced the work that has been done by Middlebury and others on the Navajo Nation. Nurturing the next generation of Navajo writers and leaders has always been the school’s purpose. Goswami was unable to attend the conference, but sent her hopes and dreams. “We are the carriers for her today,” Lewis said, adding that Goswami was standing by on the phone for any questions. Dr. Douglas Wood from the Ford Foundation offered some words of encouragement. The Ford Foundation sponsored the writing conference and has supported causes of social equity and justice through the years. “It is an honor to be here on the Navajo Nation,” Wood said. “The Ford Foundation’s motto is, ‘Working with visionaries on the frontlines of social change worldwide.’ We are honored to support the next generation of leadership at the Ford Foundation.” He added that the foundation is committed to fostering the next generation’s leadership and civic engagement. “It is a very important time in our country and around the world when it comes to social movements and young people,” Wood said. “It has always been young people who have led social movements.” Jim, former vice president


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Sharon Todacheenie, left, gets sworn in by Diné College Board of Regents President Greg Bigman. In the middle is Diné College’s Felisha Adams.

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Daryl Shack Sr. shows his workspace at his home in Zuni March 17 during the Zuni Pueblo ArtWalk Spring Event. Shack is a fetish carver and he collects rocks on his walks and carves the fetishes outside in the open air.



SAILE, Ariz. — Sharon Todacheenie is the newest member of the eight-member Board of Regents at Diné College. Todacheenie is an Arizona native and champion of education. Todacheenie grew up in Cornfields — on the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation — and was sworn in at the March 5 regular board meeting. A graduate of Many Farms High School and a former college basketball player, Todacheenie works as an instructional specialist at Window Rock High School, and doubles as the head girls basketball coach at Window Rock. Todacheenie has also coached at Rough Rock. “I’m honored to be a member of the Board of Regents at Diné College,” Todacheenie said. “It’s a special job. I consider [Diné College] the premier tribal college in the country.” Todacheenie, who will represent the Fort Defiance Agency, went through the initial meeting, serving as the temporary board secretary in COMMUNITY

the absence of Tommy Lewis, Ed.D. She said she has followed the various academic and social goings-on at Diné College and found out about the board vacancy through “word of mouth.” In terms of accomplishments, Todacheenie will focus on the mission of Diné College, and stay concentrated on College objectives. Members of the Diné College Board of Regents serve four-year terms and are allowed to serve consecutive terms. Todacheenie was the K-8 pr i ncipa l at Roug h Rock Demonstration School prior to taking the Window Rock job. The Lady Scouts (22-7, 7-3) made it to the semi-finals of the Arizona basketball tournament before bowing to Page, 66-47. Todacheenie possesses an undergraduate degree from Adams State University in Alamosa, Colo. She possesses two master’s degrees from Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University, respectively. She replaces Joe Martin who left the Fort Defiance Agency Board of Regency post some time ago.

Samples of fetish work by Daryl Shack Sr. line the windowsill of his home in Zuni March 17. Shack and seven fellow Zuni artists opened their homes and studio spaces for the Zuni Pueblo ArtWalk Spring Event.

Artist Noreen Simplicio leads a demonstration on how she paints her pottery for Tim Stallcup and Elizabeth Saliba March 17 in Zuni during the Zuni Pueblo ArtWalk Spring Event. Gallup Sun • Friday March 23, 2018


Pacific Rim: Uprising sets its sights on teen viewers By Glenn Kay For the Sun



he original Pacific Rim arrived as a modern take on Japanese monster movies, placing humans in giant robots called Jaegers and forcing them to combat an invasion of enormous Kaiju creatures from an inter-dimensional portal. It may not have been to everyone’s taste, but this reviewer enjoyed the eccentric imagination and visual inventiveness of filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro (The Shape of Water, Pan’s Labyrinth) run wild across the screen. This week sees the release of Pacific Rim: Uprising, a follow-up that features different people behind the camera, as well as a mostly new team onscreen. Set 10 years after the previous installment, the inter-dimensional portal that allowed the monsters entry has been closed. Many Jaegers have been decommissioned and the planet has begun to rebuild. The story follows Jake Pentecost (John Boyega), son of one of

This teen-focused sequel lacks the eccentric thrills of Del Toro’s original. John Boyega stars as Jake Pentecost in this battle bot flick. Now playing. Photo Credit: Universal Pictures the deceased heroes from the previous installment, who is roped into training a new group of young recruits; most notably, a young girl named Amara Namani (Cailee Spaeny) who appears to be better equipped at building robots than most of the military experts on hand. As the pair comes to grips with their new positions, the Shao Corporation arrives, promoting their new drone robots, which they claim will protect the planet far more efficiently. Soon a new threat arrives, forcing the green recruits to suit up. While the rating, PG-13,

may be the same as the first movie, this installment seems concocted to appeal primarily to kids. The overall themes of discordant persons finding a way to become a team and work together are still present, but these characters are far less developed and are presented in a blunt and obvious manner. It doesn’t help that the protagonists are primarily teenagers this time out. As viewers, we all know that the exaggerated events are outrageous, but adding youngsters as the heroes makes the onscreen events seem all the

more preposterous. The first two thirds of the film deal primarily with the Jaegers clanking and beating on each other. In fact, the big alien monsters and the grand, sinister plot doesn’t even come to fruition until the very final act. The largely CGI action scenes themselves are reasonably well handled, but there’s nothing onscreen that tops the original. And since the characters aren’t as well drawn or interesting, the battles themselves don’t appear nearly as tense or thrilling. Boyega comes off best and

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tries to add a bit of levity to some of the stiff and awkward exposition. The screenplay reunites the bickering scientists played by Charlie Day and Burn Gorman. They also attempt to liven things up (although one of them is directed to go far too overt he - t op w it h t he per formance). Still, the movie takes its sweet time getting into gear and instead focuses on its corporate espionage subplot. The dialogue is particularly clunky as the youngsters either butt heads or attempt to explain the technology and plot details. Overall, there’s a general tameness to the proceedings. This sequel feels like it was constructed by a group of studio heads attempting to evolve the franchise into something accessible to a wider variety of viewers. Sadly, the approach instead results in a bland final product. In fact, at times this reviewer couldn’t help but feel like he was watching an elaborate episode of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The original film’s weird eccentricities actually helped it stand out, but Pacific Rim: Uprising ultimately comes across as an ordinary and unnecessary follow-up. Visit: CinemaStance.com


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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for March 23, 2018 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


t’s time for another look at new release highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. There’s an interesting variety coming your way with several genres represented. 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! Downsizing - When scientists develop the technology to shrink humans, a couple decide s t o tr y living on a much s m a l ler scale. After setting up digs in a new community, the husband is forced to deal with the unanticipated consequences of his choice and the foibles of humanity. Critics were completely divided on the end results, with all sorts of extreme reviews that varied from praise to hatred. A percentage thought it was too long and unfocused. Some called it amusing with big ideas and interesting things to say. Others questioned the portrayal of a supporting character (while another segment called her a highlight). Basically, it’s impossible to predict how one might respond to the movie, but it appears to provoke strong reactions. The cast includes Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, Jason Sudeikis, Neil Patrick Harris and Laura Dern. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle This box-off ice sma sh a nd reboot of the 1995 hit updates the concept of a boa rd ga me that allows players to enter into a wild fantasy world. It’s a video game in this version; four teens are sucked into a jungle environment, take on adult avatars and must work together to find their way out. In addition to huge numbers generated at cinema, it managed to earn decent reviews. COMMUNITY

There were a minority of negative notices that described it as noisy and unmemorable. However, most called the cast charming and appreciated the unusual approach taken to a coming-of-age story. It features Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Nick Jonas and Rhys Darby. P i t c h Pe r fect 3 The third c h a pt e r i n t h i s mu sica l /come d y s e r ie s finds the le a d wo m en’s a cap pella group out of school and unhappy with their jobs. They are roped into reuniting and performing on a USO tour in Europe. While in Spain, a member encounters a long lost family member and becomes involved in a strange criminal plot. Reaction to the latest chapter was fairly muted. A portion appreciated the cast and felt that they had enough charisma to get the stor y through some rough patches, but most didn’t feel that the screenplay took advantage of its exaggerated concept and couldn’t match the previous installments. The movie stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Hailee Steinfeld, Elizabeth Banks, John Michael Higgins and John Lithgow. S m a l l Town Crime - An alcoholic ex-cop sees the potential for redemption a f ter discovering the body of a you ng woman in his community. He goes all out in an attempt to catch the killer, but his obsession soon puts both himself and his entire family in grave da nger. This independent drama received good reviews. Admittedly, some said the talented cast was the best thing about it and that the story was fairly routine. Yet those reviewers commented that the lead was so talented you’d be enthralled watching him read a phone book for 90 minutes. It stars John Hawkes, Octavia Spencer, Anthony Anderson, Robert Forster and Clifton Collins, Jr.


It’s a n incredibly busy week for classic titles hitting high definition and the first is from Arrow Academy, with Robert Altman’s Images (1972). This horror picture involves a schizophrenic housewife killing off apparitions, unaware of whether her tormentors are real or imagined. The Blu-ray includes a new 4K restoration from the original negative, two commentary tracks, an interview with director Altman, a new conversation with actress Cathryn Harrison and other bonuses. Shout! has a trio of intriguing titles arriving on Blu-ray. T h e ‘Burbs (1989) stars Tom Hanks and is about a suburbanite who believes his neighbors may be murderers. It’s become a big cult item over the years and has now been given a special Collector’s

Edition. Besides a brand new 2K scan, this release includes new interviews with director Joe Dante (Gremlins), a commentary track with the screenwriter, a documentary on the production, an alternate ending and publicity materials. The big nifty bonus is a workprint cut of the film with extra scenes that includes alternate material not in the final cut that reveals a lot of back story about the lead character. Well Go USA is putting out Ichi the Killer (2001) in high definition. This ultra-violent title comes from Takashi Miike (Audition, 13 Assassins) and features a Yakuza assassin hunting for his missing boss who crosses paths with a psychopathic killer. The stylized Italian horror film, The Church (19 8 9), i s arriving on Blu-ray from Scorpion Relea si ng. It involves an assortment of characters who are attacked by demons and become trapped in

the titular location. There’s no word as of yet if any extras are included on the disc. Finally, Warner Archive is giving a fun old monster movie the high definition treatment. The Black Scorpion (1957) features the giant titular creatures as they wreak havoc on Mexico after being released from the earth by a volcanic explosion.

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SPORTS 360 Sammy C’s hosts ‘Lobo Meet & Greet’ in downtown Gallup past to invite UNM athletic coaches to visit Gallup. T h is yea r, Ch ioda wa s pleased to introduce UNM’s new athletic director, Eddie Nu ñe z , a nd U N M ’s he a d coach for the men’s soccer team, Jeremy Fishbein.

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the city invited UNM’s men’s basketball coach and men’s ba seba ll coach to Ga llup. But Chioda said they wanted t o do s ome t h i n g “ r e a l ly cool” with soccer because Nuñez had such success with the soccer program at the university. Nuñez was given the top post in the athletics department Aug. 31, 2017 a nd is UNM’s thir teenth athletic

d i rec t or. T he t it le d a t e s back to 1911, when Ra lph L . Hutchinson was named the school’s f irst ath letic director. Nuñez’ number one prior ity at UNM a re the student athletes. His goal is to ensure that student athletes are supported, and receive


Sammy Chioda, owner of Sammy C’s, hosts the University of New Mexico “Lobo Meet & Greet” featuring the school’s new athletic director and head coach of the men’s soccer team. The event was held at Sammy C’s Rock N’ Sports Pub & Grille in downtown Gallup March 21. Photo Credit: Boderra Joe By Boderra Joe Sun Correspondent


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The University of New Mexico’s head coach of the men’s soccer team, Jeremy Fishbein, left, and Athletic Director Eddie Nuñez, right, talked about their present achievements and future ambitions at the “Lobo Meet & Greet” held at Sammy C’s Rock N’ Sports Pub and Grille in downtown Gallup March 21. Photo Credit: Boderra Joe

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HINLE, Ariz. — Tim Süe Süe Liufau is filled with optimism for the future, because of the successes of his past. The next stop in terms of coaching varsity high school football could be a telephone call away. That’s the mindset of Süe Süe Liufau months after resigning as the head varsity football coach at Chinle High School. The popular Süe Süe Liufau coached the football team at Chinle for eight years, before moving on to Millennium High School in Goodyear, Ariz. “I will miss ever ything

SAMMY C’S | FROM PAGE 18 all the resources they need to achieve ambitious goals both on and off the field. “It’s been exciti ng a nd challenging,” Nuñez said. “It’s about the people.” He m e n t io n e d t h a t i t was an honor to have been selected to be UNM’s new athletic director and to represent New Mexico. “I’m here to represent U N M i n st it ut ion a nd not U N M a t h let ic s,” he s a id. “That’s just the reality to my job as I’m an ambassador to the university. I want to meet new people and be out there and here from you.” Fishbein enters his seventeenth season at the helm of the Lobos soccer program in 2018. He is the program’s alltime winningest coach and has built New Mexico into a perennial power in college soccer. Fishbein mentioned that his players have more than just passion for the sport – they also have a huge impact in their own communities as role models. Of all the team’s achievements, Fishbein said he is most proud of that one. “We have guys going on to be successful in their community,” Fishbein said. “We SPORTS

about Chinle High School and the community as a whole,” Süe Süe Liufau said. “It’s a great school and a great community and great place to work at.” Süe Süe Liufau left Chinle in December of last year. He said his wife accepted a human resources specialist job in the Phoenix area, so it was a no-brainer to move south. He said he has his eyes and ears open for a head-coaching job in football at the new school but nothing has come about, yet. He stressed that he left Chinle on very good terms. Meanwhile, Süe Süe Liufau, an Adams State University g raduate or ig i na l ly f rom

American Samoa, said he will most likely coach Millennium High’s football team in an assistant coach capacity. Millennium, part of the Agua Fria Union High School District, went 4-6, 3-2 last year in the 6A Southwest division. Chinle, which plays in the 3A North division, was 5-5, 3-2 in 2017. A telephone receptionist in the athletic director’s office at Chinle High School said a new football coach hasn’t been hired yet. Chinle Athletic Director Shaun Martin did not immediately return a telephone call, but has said in the past that Süe Süe Liufau is a good coach.

have guys doing everything: doctors, lawyers, teachers, social workers, and some are fortunate enough to play professional soccer.” He mentioned that there are 30 players on the team. Of those, there are five who are now playing in Major League Soccer, a professional league authorized by U.S. Soccer. Some play in Finla nd a nd Sweden. “Hopefully they ca n be role models for the youth that are here,” Fishbein said.

of those players were Mateo Juarez, 11, Khalid Mostafa, 11, and Liam Bia, 12. “We all want to play for UNM men’s soccer tea m,” Mostafa said. A not her a t t endee wa s Michaela Henry, the sports facilities events coordinator at UNM-Gallup. She said she wants to do some networking with Nuñez and was thrilled to meet him. “I read [Nuñez] bio and he’s all about student athletes,” Henry said. “He’s new too, so it’s exciting.” Pertaining to the Gallup Soccer League, A leja ndro Mur illo, the league’s head coach, and Delfino Sanchez, its vice president, were both in attendance. The two felt that being present with UNM’s coach and athletic director was a way to get things started for the city’s own soccer league. “We want to bring more awareness and bring the soccer level up here in Gallup,” Sanchez said. Murillo agreed, and added a few of his own ideas for how to get local children and students involved. “We want to bring a soccer camp,” Murillo said. “To feed kids, teach them fundamentals to play in the high school

FUTURE GOALS Fishbein addressed the youth that were in attendance to “shoot high and never limit yourself.” He also said that he has two New Mexican players, one from Las Cruces and one from Albuquerque, who recently signed a professional contract. One is playing for Germany and the other is playing for Real Salt Lake, MLS. “New Mex ico k id s ca n do it,” he said. “Put in a lot of hard work, be a good student, be a great teammate, learn leadership goals. You can achieve your goals.” Fou r of t he yout h s i n attenda nce were from the Gallup Soccer U13 Traveling Team, Thunderbird. Three

Tim Süe Süe Liufau, who resigned from his head coaching position at Chinle High School in December 2017, is eyeing a position at Millennium High School in Goodyear, Ariz. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Tim Süe Süe Liufau and the college level.”

BEYOND MEETING & GREETING Chioda ref lected on the impor tance of introducing collegiate level coaches and directors to the Gallup commu n it y – a nd i nt roduci ng

t he Ga l lup com mu n it y to them. “There’s a lot of Lobo people out here,” Chioda said. “A lot of alums, a lot of Lobo fans reaching out to the Lobo nation. Let people know that Gallup exists out here. People have been supportive by coming out to the event.”

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Wingate, Chinle winners in area baseball Bloomfield 6-5 March 17 in a game that was part of the annual Goddard Invitational WINGATE, N.M. — Chinle Tournament.   (5-5, 2-0) beat Page 8-2, 6-5 in Shiprock 18 Nucla 3  a double-header baseball game The Chieftains (5-6) walplayed at Page High School. loped Nucla 18-3 in the annual The Wildcats scored a slew of San Juan Slugfest March 17. runs in the latter innings to Starting pitcher Aarwin Chee get the lead and keep the lead. got the win for the Chieftains Starting pitcher Troy Yazzie who faced Kirtland Central recorded two RBIs and stole in a 3-1 loss in the team’s next base three times.  game.   Wingate 8 Questa 6  Dem i n g 10 K i r t l a nd The Wingate Bears beat Central 0   Questa 8 - 6 in the a nnua l Dem i n g blew out t he Santa Fe Indian Invitational. K ir tla nd Central Broncos Wi ngate (3 -1) ca me from by the score of 10-0 at the behind in the sixth inning and Artesia Invitational Baseball recorded four runs to overtake Tournament March 17. Kirtland Questa.    lost to Artesia 11-8 before beatMiyamura 6 Bloomfield 5  ing Los Alamos 5-4 on March The Patriots (5 - 4) beat 16.  By Bernie Dotson For the Sun

Writers from around the country gather at the March 17-18 Hazhó’ó Hólne’ Writing Conference in Window Rock, which featured talks from Rex Lee Jim, Dr. Irvin Morris, Orlando White, and Lemanuel Loley, along with a vast array of workshops. Photo Credit: Rick Abasta

CONFERENCE | FROM PAGE 14 of the Navajo Nation and the conference’s keynote speaker, is knowledgeable on the subject of youth leadership, having worked in that area for years with young Navajos across the nation. Jim turned to youth leaders and parents for input on the conference’s title. For a conference centered on the importance of language and identity, choosing the name was a serious consideration.

“The name of this conference is, ‘Hazhó’ó Hólne’ Writing Conference,’ carefully crafting language or carefully crafting or molding and shaping your stories,” Jim said. “Hazhó’ó hólne’ has a lot of connotations.” The idea of hazhó’ó is part of who you are as a Navajo, he said, adding that something as simple as introducing yourself can carry the weight of generations past. Jim identified himself as a member of the Red House Clan, born for Red Running Into the


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2017-2018 Miss Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial Queen Zunneh-bah Martin presented tips on bullet journals and poetry slams during the Hazhó’ó Hólne’ Writing Conference in Window Rock. Martin recently returned from a foreign exchange student program in New Zealand. Photo Credit: Rick Abasta

Water Clan. Towering House Clan are his maternal grandfathers and Mexican Clan are his paternal grandfathers. Common sense teaching from his grandmother allowed Jim to learn early on about the importance of being careful with his language and being kind to people. “Ni za ad ba holya [t a ke care of your language],” were the words of advice from his grandmother that laid the foundation for Jim’s academic and professional career as a writer and poet. “Be ca ref u l about t he words you choose when engaging others in dialogue, that is so important for us to consider,” Jim said at the conference. “Think first before you speak.” Jim is currently working with Ceci Lewis on “Stories of Walking,” a book focused on recla i m i ng rhetor ica l sovereignty. “One way to conquer and continue to subjugate a people is to replace your own stories over the top of the people you have conquered,” he said, underscoring the importance of indigenous storytelling. Jim said the works of Dr. Jennifer Nez Denetdale and her research on Chief Manuelito is a fine example for Navajo writers and the new standard for scholars of all ages. “We need to reclaim our voices,” Jim said, emphasizing once more the purpose of that weekend’s events. “We need to strengthen those voices and that’s what this conference is about.” For more information, visit: www.middlebury.edu or www.copeprogram.org. SPORTS

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CLASSIFIEDS and West Aztec Avenue. ITEM ONE: Review a draft version of the Update to the Gallup Land Development Standards, including revisions to the zoning code and subdivision regulations. The Consultant Team (Bohannan Huston/Dekker Perich Sabatini) completing the update has been working closely with City Staff and a Steering Committee made up of community leaders. The Consultant Team will give the presentation and be available for questions and discussion. Auxiliary aides for the disabled are available upon request. Please contact C.B. Strain at (505) 863-1244, at least one (1) week prior to the meeting or as soon as possible in advance of the meeting to make any necessary arrangements. All interested parties are invited to attend. City of Gallup, McKinley County, New Mexico By: /S/ Alfred Abeita, City Clerk PUBLISH: 23 March 2018 *** NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Jail Authority Board has scheduled their meeting for Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 1:30 pm. This meeting will be held in the Commissioner Chambers, Third Floor of the McKinley County Courthouse, 207 West Hill, Gallup, New Mexico. A copy of the agenda will be available 72 hours prior to the meeting in the Manager’s Office and the County Clerk’s Office. Auxiliary aides for the disabled are available upon request; please contact Elvera Grey at (505) 726-8962 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting to make any necessary arrangements. All interested parties are invited to attend. Done this 22nd day of March, 2018 JAIL AUTHORITY BOARD /S/ Carol Bowman-Muskett, Chairperson

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Third Floor of the McKinley County Courthouse, 207 West Hill, Gallup, New Mexico. A copy of the agenda will be available 72 hours prior to the meeting in the Manager’s Office and the County Clerk’s Office. Auxiliary aides for the disabled are available upon request; please contact Michelle Esquibel at (505) 722-3868 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting to make any necessary arrangements. All interested parties are invited to attend. Done this 19th day of March, 2018 McKINLEY COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS /S/ Genevieve Jackson, Chairperson Publication date: Gallup Sun March 23, 2018 *** PUBLIC NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the McKinley County Board of Commissioners has directed County staff to publish notice that the Board of County Commissioners will be considering the adoption of an Ordinance through the reading and public comment procedures of McKinley County. The proposed ordinance is: Ordinance No. APR-18-002 RELATING TO THE PROMOTION OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND COMMERCE BY REGULATION OF CERTAIN INVOLUNTARY PAYMENTS REQUIRED OF EMPLOYEES IN MCKINLEY COUNTY. The regular meetings that this Ordinance will be considered will be held on April 3rd, and April 17th, in the Commissioner Chambers, Third Floor of the McKinley County Courthouse, 207 West Hill, Gallup, New Mexico. A Notice for each regular meeting will be published preceding each meeting explaining how and when a copy of the agenda will be available. A copy of the proposed Ordinance No. APR-18-002 can be obtained from the Manager’s Office and the County Clerk’s Office.


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he New Mex ico Department of Health reported March 20. a community-wide outbreak of whooping cough in McKinley County. A s of Ma rch 14, NMDOH reports eight laboratory-confirmed cases of whooping cough, and an additional 15 probable cases. These cases have primarily occurred in school-aged children and their close household contacts. W hoopi ng coug h, a lso called pertussis, is a highly contagious respiratory illness that is spread by coughing and sneezing while in close contact with others. Left untreated, it can spread from a single infected person for several weeks, with people in the early

stage of illness being the most contagious. Whooping cough can be a serious illness. Symptoms usually begin appearing as cold symptoms such as a cough, runny nose, sore throat and usually little or no fever. After several days, the cough may become more severe; it may come in spasms or as a series of coughs without a chance to breathe between coughs. There may be a gasp or “whoop” and/ or gagging or vomiting at the end of the coughing spasm. A ntibiotics a re recommended for people within three weeks of having a cough. Residents who have recently developed a cough or those who have spent long periods of time with people with confirmed or suspected cases should consult with their healthcare provider

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CRASH | FROM PAGE 8 of Vanderwagen, who had her 14-year-old son in the car with her. Garylie said when he got to the scene, deputies were in the process of removing Jameson ca ref u l ly from her tr uck because she was complaining of pain to her back and neck. Garylie said after cutting her seatbelt to help her remain stable, he noticed that the passenger in the back, later identified as Damon, was deceased. He then went to Haley and her son who were about 50 yards away sitting in the ground. She said she was feeling discomfort but was all right. Her son said he just felt shaken up. When asked what happened, she said she and her son were retu r n ing from

whooping cough are at increased risk of complications, hospitalization and death. The following groups should be prioritized for immediate vaccination with an age-appropriate pertussis- containing vaccine: A l l pregna nt

women during each pregnancy between the 27th and 36th weeks of pregnancy. Anyone caring for or visiting an infant under one year of age. A ll hea lth ca re personnel who prov ide ser v ice s t o p r e g n a n t wo m e n a n d infants. All childcare personnel who work in settings that include infants. Visit: nmhealth.org

Farmington and she was in the process of passing the gas station when the pickup just pulled in front of her. She said she had no time to stop. By this time Jameson had been placed on a gurney and was in the process of being transported to the Gallup Indian Medical Center. When Garylie went back to the truck, he received confirmation that it was Damon in the backseat and Harvey, who was Jameson’s boyfriend, had been in the front passenger seat. By this time, the families of both victims had arrived at the scene and Garylie said he talked to them and asked them to keep the accident area clear. He told them if they had any questions, he would be glad to answer them. Later, he went to Gallup and talked to Jameson at the

hospital and asked her what happened. She said she and her boyfriend and gone into Gallup to pick up a mattress. While they were there, they also picked up Damon, her uncle, who was intoxicated. She said as they were driving him home, he kept distracting her. When they got to the Shell station, she said she was going to go in to get gas but as she did, her uncle grabbed her arm and distracted her so she was looking at him and not the road when the accident occurred. Garylie said he later went back to see Haley and tell her that the accident had not been her fault. He added that although Jameson was at fault for the accident even though she was distracted, she would not face any criminal charges. CLASSIFIEDS


TUESDAY, March 27

MAKER ZONE (ALL AGES) 2-3 pm @ Children’s Branch. We provide the supplies and you provide the ideas. Free.

MAKER ZONE (6 AND OLDER) 4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch. We provide supplies, you supply the ideas.

TECH TIME 3 pm @ Main Branch. Tech Time: One-2-One Technology help 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. Call (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@ gallupnm.gov.

TECH TIME 4-5 pm @ Main Branch. The Library will provide job assistance workshops for those seeking employment. Call (505) 863-1291 or libtrain@ gallupnm.gov. This week: Job Assistance Workshops.

GET UP AND GAME 4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch. Join us for a family-friendly video games Friday afternoon. SATURDAY, March 24 STORY TIME (AGES 2-4) 11 am @ Children’s Branch. An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement, rhymes, and stories. EXPLORE 1-3 pm @ Children’s Branch. Join us for science, learning, and fun for the entire family. TECH TIME 3-4 pm @ Main Branch. The Library will provide job assistance workshops for those seeking employment. Call (505) 863-1291 or libtrain@gallupnm.gov. This week: Job Assistance Workshops. SUNDAY, March 25

WEDNESDAY, March 28 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 @ Main Branch. The Library is offering help using our open source software. This week: LibreOffice. Call (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@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 are 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.

AIR RAISING MOVIES The Library is looking for the unique tastes of our community. You can find more information about this program through the link given. This week: Made in Dagenham. Free. THURSDAY, March 29 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: Internet II.

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.

MONDAY, March 26

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.

TECH TIME 5-6 pm @ Main Branch. The Library will provide job assistance workshops for those seeking employment. Call (505) 863-1291 or libtrain@ gallupnm.gov. This week: Job Assistance Workshops.

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. 

HELP NEW MEXICO The Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP) is partnering with HELP New Mexico to celebrate National Farmworker Awareness Week. Shirts will be collected March 25-31 and will be donated to farmworkers to protect them from pesticides and heat. Visit: www. helpnm.org.


CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) 4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch. Fun crafts for the whole family. This week’s activity: Hanging Bunny Nest with Easter Eggs.

COMPLIMENTARY FILM The Library and El Morro Theatre partner to present: Warrior, The Life of Leonard Peltier. Call (505) 863-1291 or tmoe@gallupnm.gov. 6 pm, 207 W. Coal Ave.

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 WRITER’S WORKSHOP April is national Poetry month. On April 9, in anticipation of the 2nd Annual ArtsCrawl Poetry Slam during ArtsCrawl, the Gallup Poetry Slam will host a Writer’s Workshop. 6:30-8:30 pm, at ART123. Email mdeykute@ gmail.com.

GALLUPARTS ANNOUNCES ARTSCRAWL LINEUP gallupARTS is excited to announce the next season of ArtsCrawl, which kicks off on Saturday, 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 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. 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. EARTH DAY CLEANUP On April 22, join in to clean up the downtown alleys. Trash pickup begins at 11 am. Currently recruiting team captains for future Gallup trash pickup dates. Call Labor Persinger (505) 409-1778. Late lunch provided: Wowies Event Center @ 3 pm. 2018 COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR On May, 5 join us for a 2018 Community Health Fair Fitness Fair Fiesta, with free information for all ages. There will be entertainment and giveaways. Pick up your blood screening test results. Call (505) 863-7282 or email cdyer@rmchcs.org. 10 am-2 pm, Rio West Mall. 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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