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Ceremonial, council butt heads over marketing plan By Rick Abasta For the Sun


he Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial, an annual celebration featuring tribal dances, artwork, and exhibits, stands at odds with the City Council over marketing for the 97-year-old event. During the April 10 regular meeting of the Gallup City Council, the recommended grant funding from the lodgers’ tax, which supports tourism and events, was debated at length. Tourism and marketing ma nager Jen n i fer L a za r z reported on the funding awards to the grantees and offered marketing tips to the programs, naming the Ceremonial one of the recipients.

Councilor Allan Landavazo sa id t he L odger s’ Ta x Committee met on Jan. 26 to look at events for the upcoming fiscal year, and that the funding

was distributed. “Are there any concerns on how they are going to market their events?” Landavazo asked at the April 10 meeting. Lazarz said that spending $28,000 for the Gallup InterTribal Ceremonial program, compared to spending $2,000 to $3,000 for marketing out of town, was a concern. She said that distributing the budget in the way it was proposed would mean missing out on tourism markets like senior citizen tour groups, foreign travelers, and others outside the market area. “The committee provided recommendations,” she said.

“We looked at the economic relationship where money is spent in town versus outside of town.” La ndavazo sa id the Ceremonial is the biggest receiver of money and questioned the rodeo as part of the Ceremonial and the need for efficient use of marketing dollars. Speaking to the council, Ceremonial director Dudley Byerley reported that the rodeo began with 4,000 attendees in 2015, and grew to 7,500 in 2016 and 12,000 in 2017. “Our marketing plan is working. Ninety percent of our sponsorship is local. We have a

$600,000 budget. I need to support the people who support us,” Byerley said. He added that changes, like extending the Ceremonial from three days to 10 days, are paying off, especially considering most of the manpower is from volunteers. “A good lesson for us is the Gathering of Nations, there’s no rodeo,” Landavazo said, comparing the Ceremonial to the popular tribal meet-up and celebration held in Albuquerque. Byerley disagreed with Landavazo’s suggestion.


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Ceremonial director Dudley Byerley said this would be his final year in charge of the event. Byerley and tourism marketing manager Jennifer Lazarz went head-to-head over advertising plans for the upcoming Ceremonial at the April 10 City Council meeting. Photo Credit: Rick Abasta

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Council debates election times, land use conflict By Rick Abasta For the Sun


he Gallup City Cou nci l convened A p r i l 10 w i t h a packed agenda, and bega n the meeting with a proclamation declaring April 8 - 14 as National Librar y Week. Library director Tammi Moe i ntroduced her sta ff

from the Octavia Fellin Public Library and asked they stand to be recognized. Mayor Jackie McKinney read the proclamation before presenting it to Moe. “We encourage a ll residents to visit the Octavia Fellin Public Libra r y this week and explore what’s new at your library and engage your librarian,” McK inney said.

The council moved on to a discussion topic on the Local Election Act, which repeals the current code and enacts new procedures for conducting local elections. Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto of the N.M. Legislature, District 15, sponsored the bill and said it will become effective on July 1, 2018. “House Bill 98 will establish regular local elections in

The City Council started off their April 10 regular meeting with a proclamation, declaring April 8 - 14 as National Library Week. They moved on to more heated matters, including a controversial land use application. Photo Credit: Rick Abasta


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November of odd-numbered years and it establishes the municipal officers elections in March of even-numbered years,” Ivey-Soto said. There are 106 municipalities in the state and 102.5 of those municipalities hold their elections in March of even-numbered years, IveySoto explained. Gallup holds its elections in Ma rch of odd-numbered years, while Albuquerque holds its elections in October of odd-numbered years, and Las Cruces holds its elections in November of odd-numbered years. “Silver City, pursuant to their territorial charter, hosts an annual election in March,” Ivey-Soto said, before sharing copies of the 301-page

legislation with the council. The legislation directs all municipalities to host their elections in the March of even numbered years; it repeals the municipal election code; and various other election procedures for special districts are also repealed. The bill stipulates that


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Council lays out costs for Community Improvement Plan CITY MANAGER LOOKS TO BALANCE THE BUDGET

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efore the start of the regular meeting of the Gallup City Council, the group held a work session on the five-year community improvement plan. City Manager Mar yann Ustick said the next workshop is scheduled for April 25 and will focus on the budget. “We’d like to have a separate CIP workshop,” Ustick said. “We are still working on our operating budget which is not balanced yet.” She noted that the hold harmless provisions withholding is at $800,000. “We are about $500,000 out of balance and the CIP has to come from the fund balance, which is 25 percent of expenditures,” she said. I n 2 0 0 4, New Mex ico exempted food a nd some medical services from gross receipts taxes, known as “hold harmless.” The state in turn has provided funds to communities to offset the tax dollar deficit. But there’s still a deficit that the city must somehow fill through other means. Ustick said the PowerPoint presentation, titled, “Recommended Community Improvement Plan Budget,” broke down costs for equipment and capital projects. The general fund CIP recommendation was about $536,000. “We’re still working on the operating budget, hopefully NEWS

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Councilor Fran Palochak you’ll have your books by next Friday,” she told the council. “The hold harmless provisions have made it very tough to balance the budget.” St a n Hender son ca me before the council to explain the funding breakdown. He said the recommended FY 2018-19 capital outlay recommended budget summary included costs for general departments, including planning and finance; parks and recreation; public safety; public works; the electric department; and for water and solid waste. “ T he m a jor it y of t he water and solid waste is the Navajo-Gallup water pipeline,” Henderson said, explaining that $8 million of the requested amount is going to the project. The total amounted to $15,450,070. Henderson explained the equipment vehicle recommendations summary next, with the total amounting to $2,798,723. “The general fund, as the city manager mentioned, is a $536,000 piece of the $9.4 million total,” Henderson said. “Last year, all program funds we had for capital outlay was $13.6 million and of that piece, $678,000 was general funds.” The drop in figures was due to the hold harmless provisions imposed by the state. Facility projects in need of legislative funds and other


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INDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation, the largest Indian tribe in the United States, filed a lawsuit against the opioid supply chain April 11, starting with top manufacturers Purdue Pharma L.P., Purdue Pharma Inc., Purdue Frederick Company, and Endo Health Solutions Inc., as well as distributors McKesson Corporation, Cardinal Health, Inc. and AmerisourceBergen Corporation, and pharmacies CVS Health Corporation, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc, and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. The suit describes how the companies created a market for these highly addictive drugs, and also failed to prevent the flow of illicit opioids in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. From 2014-2016—as these companies reaped enormous profits—Navajo citizens died from opioid overdoses, Navajo children were placed in non-Native custody, and the Navajo Nation suffered enormous financial losses because of the opioid epidemic. Leaders of the Nation offered

Russell Begaye statements. “For generations, Native Americans have dispropor tionately suffered during health crises, and the opioid crisis is no different,” Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said. “We aren’t going to sit back and let our

community be torn apart while our children are suffering.” “The Navajo Nation will not stand by and watch its people, its culture, and its heritage be destroyed by the scourge of the opioid epidemic,” Nav a jo At t or ney G ener a l Et hel Branch said. “The Nava jo Nation is bringing this action to help lead the way for all India n nations in America.” “A generation of children are going to grow up without their parents, and, for far too many of them, also outside of the Navajo Nation,” Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan M. Nez said. “The loss of their family and their culture will have a profound impact on their lives.” Jonathan Hale, chair of the Health, Educat ion a nd Hu ma n Ser v ices Committee of the 23rd Navajo Nation Council, said, “The Committee supports the filing of this lawsuit to hold the opioids supply chain actors accountable for their reckless disregard for the impacts opioid addiction would have on our families, children, and communities.” Since bringing prescription opioids

to the market, manufacturers have falsely represented the risk of using the drugs to treat chronic pain, in patent violation of their legal responsibilities. Worse yet, pharmacies and opioid distributors have ignored their responsibilities under federal law to investigate and to alert regulators about suspicious orders and illegitimate prescriptions. When suspicious orders are filled, highly dangerous controlled substances are diverted into the hands of unauthorized users and into the illegal black market, fueling the opioid epidemic.   The Navajo Nation is represented by Native American law specialists Sonosky Chambers partners Lloyd Miller and Don Simon, and by special counsel Richard Fields of Fields PLLC, and Scott Gilbert and Richard Shore of Gilbert LLP.  “Distribution of opioids across the country has been grossly excessive and especially in Indian Country,” Fields said. “The CDC death rates show a strong correlation over time with the increase in opioid volumes being distributed and dispensed across the country, and this is particularly true for Native American tribes.”

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Grappling with a four-legged overpopulation problem ACTIVISTS SEEK HUMANE REMEDIES TO HORSE OVERPOPULATION PROBLEM By Rick Abasta For the Sun


I N DOW ROCK , A riz. — The Navajo Nation is seeking solutions to longstanding feral horse grazing issues throughout Navajo land. It has been somewhat of a rocky road, finding solutions that is. When activists catch wind of something brewing on the Navajo Nation, such as the authorizing of “horse hunts,” roundups and auctions, and rumors of mass culling, they step into action.


In 1934, the Taylor Grazing Act was passed and became the first federal effort to address grazing on the Navajo Nation. In 1937, the tribe adopted the grazing regulations and by 1941, the BIA issued the first grazing permit. The Navajo people often refer to this as the great livestock reduction. Many families were upset about having to reduce their herds, including horses. Since that time, overgrazing and wild horses have negatively impacted tribal rangelands,

some of which is now turning into sand dunes. A recent aerial survey commissioned by the Bureau of Land Management determined that there are 38,000 horses roaming throughout the Navajo Nation. Derrick Watchman, department manager for the Navajo Department of Agriculture, said the feral horse problem is a well-known struggle that the tribe has worked with since the 1980s. “The bureau funded an aerial survey that the Navajo Nation administered through Nava jo F ish a nd Wildlife D e pa r t me nt ,” Wa t c h m a n said. “Thirty-eight thousand

Moses Brings Plenty, an actor and activist from Kansas, speaks at the Wild Horse Nation Rally in Window Rock, Ariz., in front of the Window Rock formation March 24. Brings Plenty is a member of the Cana Foundation which works to revitalize native horse culture. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo

A horse crosses Navajo Service Route 54 east of Fort Defiance March 24. In early March, the Navajo Department of Fish and Wildlife opened hunting permits for wild horses on a select portion of the Navajo Nation in an effort to help cull the overpopulated herds. Due to massive public backlash, the hunt was indefinitely postponed while alternative solutions are explored. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo

is a realistic number (of feral horses) that are out there on Navajo.” Bidtah Becker, executive director of Navajo Division of Natural Resources, directed departments to form a task force to address the feral horses. “We utilized information from the previous appropriations, roundups and other means of capturing horses. The task force came up with a management plan,” Watchman said.



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CEREMONIAL | FROM PAGE 4 “Fifty-nine percent of our gate was due to that rodeo,” Byerley said. “There was no loss. Would you like to take my place?” He encouraged the councilor to step down and volunteer to operate the Ceremonial and see the issues firsthand. “Do what you want to do,” Byerely said, adding that this would be his last year as head of the Ceremonial. “I’m not that guy anymore.” T he debat e cont i nued before Palochak motioned to approve, which was seconded by Councilor Linda Garcia. The council passed 4- 0 -1, with Councilor Yogash Kumar abstaining. The other programs did not get the opportunity to report before the council on their lodgers’ tax funding and marketing efforts.

GROWING PAINS According to the “96th Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Economic Impact Analysis & Marketing Report,” 12,005 unique visitors attended the event in 2017, which was a 39.4 percent increase over 2016’s 8,609 visitors. “The Ceremonial has no money,” Byerley said. “We get lodgers’ tax, which is $50,000. But that usually comes until the week of Ceremonial, portions of it. We have to pay for everything up front.” He said the limited amount of state funding comes in until October or November. The City Council wants the Ceremonial marketed outside of the area but Byerley said it’s local people that make up the bulk of attendance, whether to the rodeo or the nightly dances. “In order to make the Ceremonial solvent, I have to put local butts into the seats,” he said. “I have to make our people 150-miles around Gallup happy first because I know they

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will come and pay the entrance fee. They (the councilors) don’t like that idea.” The city’s decision to set up two tents downtown for artists, paid for by the lodgers’ tax, is adding insult to injury, Byerley added. The tents created a direct competition to the Ceremonial operation, which also markets juried competition in various art forms. “The city, in (its) infinite wisdom, decided to put those tents up. So we take in less money,” Byerley said. L a z a r z s a id t he or ig ina l i ntent of lodger s’ t a x w a s t o c r e a t e e c onom ic opportunity. “Tourism is an economic driver,” she said. “It’s one of the largest industries in the state.” Advertising locally equates to recycling our income, she said, instead of bringing people into the area to grow the economy. Lazarz has lived in Gallup for about three years and spent the last year-and-a-half implementing changes to the city’s marketing efforts, which she said were mandates from the City Council when her job position was created. “We are having some growing pains,” she said. Rethinking how the city advertises locally will help grow the economy through tourism, including Gallup’s premiere event, the Ceremonial. “Instead of 10 newspaper ads, maybe (do) three…something like that. We’re not saying don’t spend the money here,” Lazarz said. A fter 97 years in existence, the Ceremonial should be spending about 20-40 percent over their overall budget on marketing, she added. The event budget is $600,000. “They’re saying the rodeo is making the money, but they had a free gate on Sunday— there are things like that,” Lazarz said. “The numbers are not all adding up and the budget is not making sense to the City Council.”


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he McKinley County Sheriff’s Office is looking for three Native American men who participated in the break-in of a home in Gamerco and shot one of the occupants in the foot. The i ncident occu r red around 1 am April 11. Andrew Howe, 27, who lives on Cascade Street in Gamerco, said he and Ashley Tom, 21, along with other members of the family, were up when someone knocked on the front door. As he answered it, he peeked out the door and was shot in the right foot. Three individuals then came inside. One of them carried a gun. Howe said he fell to the ground as one of the men demanded

COUNCIL DEBATES | FROM PAGE 6 elections, from now on, would use the election code, utilizing a single process for elections. Ivey-Soto said a similar bill was proposed back in 1917. If Gallup takes no action, municipal officer elections will be moved to March of even-numbered years. “Ever ybody who’s cu rrently in office, gets an extra year in office,” Ivey-Soto said. “As of July 1, all of your terms will be extended from four years to five.” The council then shifted focus to its plans for commemorating Memorial Day and Veterans Day. R a n d a l He n r y of t h e Gallup-McK inley Vetera ns Committee noted how important the celebrations were to the community before the council unanimously passed the motion.


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The council then turned its attention to a conditional land use permit appeal by John Moore, owner of National RV Properties LLC, also known as USA RV Park on the west side of town. The Gallup Planning and Zoning Commission reviewed this request twice and denied the permit to allow for placement of three manufactured homes on a single pa rcel

whatever he had in his pockets. Howe told him he didn’t have anything. He said he them heard someone threatening Tom. Howe described the man who shot him as being Native American, tall, skinny, wearing a blue sweater and a black bandana on his face. He was not able to describe the other two individuals. He said the men then went into the kitchen and living room and began arguing with other members of his family. He said he heard more shots being fired. The men then left the house and Howe said he locked the door. He told deputies that he did not know who any of the men were. Tom told deputies the same story, that a man wearing a bandana came up to her and

threatened to shoot her. He then went away. The family said two of the men got into a black SUV. None of the other family members were injured. The reports did not state what was taken in the robbery. Deputies began searching the area and found a man dressed in black walking a few blocks away. But when they asked Howe if he knew the man, he said yes and added he was not one of the men who broke into the house since he was not Native American. Howe wa s tra nspor ted to the Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital for treatment of his foot, which was not life-threatening. Deputies were not able to find any of the suspects.

of la nd to repla ce ex isting non-conforming trailer houses on the property. Pla n n i ng a nd develop ment director Clyde Strain said the request was denied due to policies stated in the Gallup Planning and Zoning Commission. “The trailers on the property have been there since the 1970s,” Strain said. “Staff recommends that the decision of the commission be affirmed.” Councilor Fran Palochak said policy must be adhered to. “It’s clearly not allowed,” she said. “If you allow this, I’ll be the first person in line saying, ‘If they can do it, then we can do it too.’ We either follow these rules or we don’t.”

Patrick Miller, park manager, said his family owns the property. They also live there. The family purchased the property 10 years ago, and since that time, they have grown in volume to 70 percent. “We have increased lodgers’ and sales tax to the city by 50 percent over the past three years,” Miller said. He said this was due to safety protocals that were established through onsite ma nagement by using the three existing trailers for housing. However, the aging trailers have bad insulation, holes in the floor, subsidence, and other issues. The council debated the item before disapproving the permit by a vote of 5-0.

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A LOT OF FIRE 4/10, Gamma Street A McKinley County Sheriff’s deputy stepped in and put out several brush fires discovered near the Cedar Ridge Trailer Park. Dep. Salina Brown said she was on patrol around 5 pm when she came across a man and woman near the trailer park pouring bottles of water on a brush fire. They told Brown they had just driven up and saw the fire, which they thought may have been caused by someone throwing a cigarette out of their car window. Brown said she reported the incident to Metro Dispatch as she pulled out her fire extinguisher from the back of her unit and started using it on the fire. As the man and woman left the scene, they pointed out another brush fire about 150 yards west of the first site. Brown said that she went to that site and put out that fire. When that was done, she

said a woman approached her and informed her of two more brush fires near the Williams Acres Volunteer Fire Department station. She went over there to stop those fires but her extinguisher was out. A fire tanker arrived at the venue and put out these fires as she controlled traffic. As she was leaving, she said she saw smoke from another small fire nearby and notified fire fighters who put that one out as well.

A HIGH SPEED PURSUIT 4/9, Gallup Of f icer s for the McKinley C o u n t y Sher iff ’s O f f ice a nd the New Mexico State Police chased down a Georgia man who was wanted as a suspect in a California homicide. MCSO Capt. Ja mes M a ior a no s a id he hea rd

reports on his radio about 5 pm of a pursuit going on along Interstate 40 east of the state line in Arizona heading his way. Arizona authorities were chasing the suspect at speeds up to 110 miles per hour. Maiorano said he and other deputies headed toward the state line. When he got to the port of entry, he turned around and got on the eastbound lane and began heading east. At about the 14 mile marker, he noticed a black Chrysler approaching him from behind and when it passed, he put on his sirens and lights. He said no one else was chasing him so he went into pursuit. He saw the vehicle was going 120 miles per hour or faster, passing vehicles on the right and left shoulders. He heard that state police put up spikes at the 18-mile marker but the driver was able to get around them. The pursuit continued at the same high speeds. State Police were able to put up spikes again at the 30 mile marker and this time was able to blow out the driver’s right front and rear

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tires, causing him to go into the center medium and stop. As he came upon the car, Maiorano said a black man with long dreadlocks got out of the vehicle. Maiorano said he pulled out his gun and pointed it at the man, later identified as Keith Jones, 29, of Cusseta, Ga. Jones was told to drop the cell phone in his hand and get on the ground. After repeating the order several times, the man complied as other officers arrived at the scene. Jones was placed under arrest for aggravated fleeing and placed in the county jail as authorities secured a warrant to have him extradited.

A CAR FIRE 4/9, State Highway 602 MC SO Dep. A nt hony Morales said he was dispatched about 11 am to the 16.2-mile marker on New Mexico State Highway 602 where he found a Pontiac Grand Prix totally engulfed in flames. There was no one in the vehicle but he saw a woman and a young girl standing off to the side. After securing the scene, Morales said he went over to talk to the woman, Vanessa Roybal, who told him that as she left her mother’s house, she noticed that her muffler sounded louder than usual. Then as she turned onto Highway 602 she looked back and noticed and saw flames coming from the back seat so she stopped her car and she and her daughter got out as it became engulfed in flames.

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Perez, 73, walked in and said he was attacked. The suspect was his son. The younger Michael Perez, 51, attacked his father as he vacuumed, according to his statement. The older Perez was bleeding from his face at the time he spoke with officers, Martinez wrote in her report. Officers had been at the residence with Perez and his son right before he was attacked. The younger Perez allegedly accused his father of calling the police on him, and that he “wanted him arrested,” according to the report. When officers were dispatched to bring the younger Perez in, the older Perez said, “You gonna send officers—you better bring two, he is angry and violent,” according to the report. Perez senior said his son was drunk. GPD Officer Martin saw the younger Perez walking near his residence and asked him if he had witnessed a fight. Perez then put his hands in his pockets but Martin already noticed they were bloody. He was booked for outstanding warrants, and for the assault on his father.

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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports Kamra Frank April 10, 4:30 am

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The scene of a rollover accident at Fifth Street and Mesa Avenue April 9. Despite the dramatic scene, Gallup Police Department Capt. Marinda Spencer said there were no reported injuries. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura

When he got t o t he site, he found t he d r iver, Frank, 32, of Iya nbito asleep at the wheel with t he eng i ne running. He said he reached inside and turned off the engine and had to make several attempts to wake up the driver. When he finally got her awake, he said she appeared to be disoriented. He said he could also smell the alcohol in the vehicle. He asked her for her driver’s license and she shook her head. When she got out of the vehicle, Davis asked if she would be willing to take field sobriety tests and she said no. She was arrested at that point. Davis said she also refused to take a breath alcohol test, so she was transported to the county jail and booked. Barnard Martinez-Gomez March 29, 1:30 am 3rd DWI, Aggravated Martinez-Gomez, 44, of Gallup faced numerous ch a r ge s after fleeing from police a nd re si st ing arrest after getting involved in an accident. Ga l lup Pol ice O f f icer Domenic Molina said he was responding to a report of an accident near Goodfellas Bar on U.S. Highway 66 when he was told the vehicle involved in the crash had left the area with a truck full of wood. Molina said he was able to find the vehicle on Aztec Avenue at a stoplight. When he tried to conduct a traffic stop, however, the vehicle sped off at a high rate of speed westbound on Aztec Avenue, not stopping at stop signs. Going at speeds of up to 70 mph, the vehicle went off the road into a dirt field near the intersection of New Mexico Highway 602 and came to a stop when the tires started throwing up dirt. Molina said he saw the driver get out and start running away from the vehicle. Molina

gave chase and caught up with him, taking him to the ground. The man immediately got up and began running away again and Molina said he took him to the ground again. The man got up again and began running toward Molina so Molina said he had to deploy his taser, causing the man to fall to the ground. Molina said he had to apply a drive stun to the man when he tried to get up again. By th is time, back up arrived and the two officers managed to get the man handcuffed, although he continued to resist. The man identified himself as Bennie Martinez but Molina said he later discovered his name was Bernard MartinezGomez. Because he continued to resist, no field sobriety test was performed and MartinezGomez refused to take a breath alcohol test. Besides aggravated DWI, he was also charged with aggravated fleeing, resisting arrest, failure to stop at an intersection, having an open container in his vehicle, involved in an accident involving injuries and driving on a suspended or revoked license. Derrick Jameson Feb. 25, 1:50 am Aggravated DWI Gallup P o l i c e Officer Justin Benally said he was dispatched about to the area of South Second and Nizhoni Boulevard where he found Jameson asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle with the engine running. Ben a l ly sa id he woke Jameson, 22, of Gamerco up and noticed he had blood shot eyes. He said he also noticed a bottle of beer in the Center cup holder. He asked Jameson to exit the vehicle and when he did, Jameson agreed to take field sobriety tests, which he failed. He was arrested at that point. Jameson agreed to take breath alcohol tests and posted two samples of .22 each. He was also charged with having no driver’s license.

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OPINIONS Imagine not being counted By Jacob Vigil, MSW New Mexico Voices for Children


f you’ve ever done much research on your family history, you’ve likely run across old census records. These yellowed documents— many hand-written with quill and ink by enumerators who went door-to-door to gather the information—were used to determine how many representatives each state had

in Congress. Today’s Census is still incredibly important, but now it is much more hightech. It involves cutting-edge technology, years of planning, extensive research, and thousands of Census workers across the country. Far from being a thing of the past, the decennial Census count that takes place every ten years determines crucial day-to-day realities for all residents in the U.S. It determines voting and school districts, political

representation, and how billions in federal dollars are spent across the country— including $6.2 billion every year in New Mexico alone. But now, the Census—and everything that relies upon it—is under threat. The decision last week to include a question on citizenship status in the 2020 decennial Census is certain to increase the number of people who won’t respond to the census. And that’s exactly the


political motivation behind the decision to include a question that hasn’t been asked since 1950. This change will be particularly bad for New Mexico. The Constitution mandates a full count of everyone residing in the country every ten years. Aside from allowing for fair political representation in Congress, the census also determines how much of the money that we pay in federal taxes will come back to our

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Are you ready for this? The New Moon slashes through the night sky on April 15. As you look up at the sky, consider this, even with the moon hidden the stars sparkle free and clear. Instead of getting trapped in the minutiae of things you can’t change, think about all that you do have and what you can change. Madame G wishes you well. Spring-cleaning begins. Refresh! Renew!

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

What actions are you taking towards success? If you’re an artist, you should make art. If you’re into business, you should read upon business practices here in New Mexico (or wherever you are). Whatever makes your heart jump with feeling and pushes you out of bed in the morning, you should pursue that. Take heart. You won’t get there in one day. But you will get there.

What’s in a name? Yours is unique to you, and yet it may not be overly unique. There could be a billion people with your name and there would still be only one you. If you must be hard on yourself, remember that you are you. There are those who will be smarter, faster, cooler, and bigger, but you’re you. No one can change that fact. And that’s a pretty good thing. You do you!

All’s well that ends well. You don’t have to be a fan of Shakespeare to appreciate the theme of his play. What’s the moral of the story? Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill. Don’t get so angry that you’re ready to murder someone— it’s bad for your heart. Take time to think about what you can do with what you have. It’s not up to you to solve the problems of the world.

How the hell did you get here? It’s a question you might ask yourself, and often. But are you really shocked? You are the main character in your life. You have impetus and drive. You can make things happen or allow things to happen to you. Either way, you must be grateful for what you have and learn to be better than you ever expected. Good luck!

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

What’s your heart’s passion? You can’t just say your kids, job, or partner. These are great things. But what are only you capable of doing? You have a talent. What is it? You may be a talented leader who works as a bus driver and painter. Whatever skills you have that are unique to you, may be used to help your community in fun and exciting ways. Have a blast and keep learning.

How do you figure that? If you have some crazy ideas for implementing change in your world, even if it’s a little unconventional, you should just go ahead and do it. Don’t wait around for others to appreciate all the work you’ve done. Stand back and behold your kingdom. You’ve earned the space to take your time and do whatever you want, whenever you want. Yay!

Don’t lose hope dear. You may feel a lag in your energies. Your normally exuberant self may feel like the wind is down and you’re a sailboat stuck at sea, set adrift. This too shall pass. You must look deep within for the answer. You can’t just change your job or your hair. Sometimes you need to change your entire perspective and sometimes just look up or take a step back.

This is it. You’re getting there. You’re definitely making headway. It may not feel like it right now, but you’ll get there. Don’t give up. Keep pushing forward. If you need to make some changes, be ready for minor modifications. But don’t get stuck. You can do anything you set your mind to. Just don’t forget about the basics: breathe, eat, rest, and smile.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

Whatever you do, don’t look down. Oops! You looked. Never fear, it’s easy to see failure when you’re 80 feet up looking down a narrow bridge. It’s natural to shake in your boots. You don’t want to run off the cliff. However, the presence of a cliff does not mean failure. In fact, after careful planning and preparation, you must put one foot in front of the other and go. Do it!

How’s it hanging? You may not feel like you have enough time to get it all done, but don’t forget to stop and smell the roses. You can do whatever you want so long as you enjoy yourself. This is a pretty crazy world with one heck of a ride. Sometimes the price of admission seems pretty high, but you can do anything you put your mind to. Don’t give up. Do your best. You can do it.

What’s up? You may think this is an easy question, but it may not be. You can’t just spend time running through space and not focusing. There are those that need your leadership and guidance. It’s definitely more fun to be a cat in space than getting mired in the details but the devil, they say, is there. So, you may want to take a break and then get back to it. Search carefully.

Well, it’s looking better and better. You don’t know if this is really the way to go or not. Does it matter? Probably not. Remember, when you say “no” to something, you’re really just saying “yes” to something else. In fact, by saying no to something that you don’t want to do—you’re saying yes to something that you do want to do. You’ve got this!


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IMAGINE | FROM PAGE 13 state to help pay for schools and colleges, highways and health care, services for veterans, transportation, and other necessities. Businesses and entrepreneurs use census data to make critical decisions about hiring, consumer needs, and where to locate factories and stores. Additionally, hundreds of millions of dollars for programs ser v ing Americans who have fallen on hard times—programs such as Medicaid, school lunches, and SNAP (food stamps)—are allocated based on census counts. Given New Mexico’s status as one of the poorest states, any impact to the allocation of those funds would hit our state especially hard. An

undercount of just 1 percent could cost the state $600 million over the next ten years. This policy is an act of erasure that will render certain populations invisible in terms of representation and public spending. One thing is clear to the hundreds of civil and human rights organizations, local governments, and elected officials who have spoken out in opposition to the question: this is a move designed to scare already hard-to-count populations away from participating in the Census. New Mexico has historically been home to a large number of these hard-to-count populations: Latinos, Native Americans, immigrants, and people living in rural areas, in areas without internet access, and

in poverty. In addition, New Mexico is one of 12 states with a population of undocumented immigrants that is higher than the national average. Adding t he cit i zen sh ip quest ion, which is likely to dissuade some New Mexico residents from responding, will make this problem worse because many immigrants—regardless of their legal status—simply won’t be counted. When immigrants aren’t counted, their children also aren’t counted—even though 80 percent of children with immigrant parents are, themselves, U.S. citizens. The addition of a citizenship question is particularly troublesome g iven recent aggressive moves by ICE to target immigrants without documentation. People are

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afraid to go to work, take their kids to school, go to court to pay a traffic fine, even travel to another state bec au s e t hey k now t hey could encounter an ICE agent at any point. Threatening certain groups or telling them they are not part of this country does not reflect our values as a nation. While the implications of this sudden and unnecessary policy are bleak, there is much that can be done. State attorneys general—including New Mexico’s—have filed lawsuits asserting that the addition of the question is unconstitutional, and members of both houses of Congress are calling for hearings to consider legislation and hear testimony on the issue. State and local government

leaders need accurate information to make decisions regarding their constituents and communities. Your state and local elected leaders can help save the census. Tell them to join you in urging their congressional delegation to overturn this effort to undermine the census. Find who your state and local elected officials are and how to contact them online. An accurate census is critical for our democracy and every New Mexican deserves to be counted and equally represented. The stakes are too high for an inaccurate 2020 Census, but we must all do our part to ensure that everybody in New Mexico counts. Jacob Vigil is a research and policy analyst for New Mexico Voices for Children.


cost of turf replacement at the complex. “We can’t carry that burden,” McKinney said. Councilors Fran Palochak and Allan Landavazo both brought up the issue of security, and security cameras. “We need to focus on security, especially where our employees are located,” Palochak said. “These requests (for cameras) are very reasonable, they’re not being extravagant.” Councilor Allan Landavazo asked about monitoring for the surveillance cameras. “Are we going to have cameras in all of these areas? Who is going to monitor the bad guys and how are we going to monitor this?” he asked. Active camera monitoring would come at a cost, but passive monitoring would be from employees reviewing footage from the night before. Ga l lup Pol ice Ch ief Phillip Hart said he visited Hobbs Police Depa r tment and commended their system, which actively monitors ca mera s throughout their municipality. “It costs them $750,000 to $800,000 per year for monitoring equipment, maintenance, and replacement. We have a real good idea of the budget required for such an operation,” Hart said. Other discussion items included a new library combined with the children’s library downtown. The City Council will further refine these requests at the April 25 meeting, beginning at 8:30 am.

funding sources included a study for the regional animal shelter; city planning vehicle replacement; and an animal container box for the shelter vehicle. “As I understand it, as they hit a bump going down the street, the doors pop open,” Henderson said of the shelter request. “We don’t need any animals falling out on the road.” The recommended projects for general services included an El Morro Theatre f loor replacement; repairs to the library parking lot; a study on new senior center construction; a sulfur burner for the golf course; desktop computer replacements; a city voice and data upgrade; city hall camera replacements; children’s library surveillance cameras; library cameras; a library Perfecta full color poster design system; and a microfilm scanner. That total came to $250,500. Henderson explained the CIP’s various needs, ranging from vehicle replacements, equipment upgrades, construction projects, and building renovations at length.

THE COUNCIL RESPONDS The estimated funding need for the five-year CIP amounted to more than $169 million. Mayor Jackie McKinney said county schools that utilize Ford Canyon Park for various events must assist with the



By Dee Velasco For the Sun


aren Alexander, a seventh to twelfth-grade teacher at Ga llup Ch r i s t i a n S chool, is Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe’s Teacher of the Month for April. Hailing from Weatherford, Okla., Alexander made her way to Gallup with her family and brought along her passion for teaching. She admitted to being surprised by the Teacher of the Month nomination and felt proud to see her hard work recognized by the community. “I was a little bit shocked, I didn’t know of this program,” Alexander said. “I was like, ‘what, I was chosen out of all the teachers in Gallup!’ I’ve since learned how it works, that people can go in and nominate their favorite teacher and why. I was very honored.” A f ter graduating from Southwestern Oklahoma State University with a degree in education, Alexander began a teaching career in her home state in 1978. After 10 years of teaching, she found herself in a new role, as a stay-at-home mom to three young boys. Alexander and her family eventually relocated to Gallup, where her husband found a job working at the Manuelito Children’s Home. Around that same time, Gallup Chrisitan School was in need of a teacher—and Alexander was asked to help fill in, steering her back onto the teaching track. She worked with the school for two years, before deciding to open up a school of her own. She ran the Alexander Christian Academy, which primarily taught high school students, for the next three years. “I found (running my own school) to be challenging but fun and later on in 2001, I merged right (back) into the Gallup Christian School and have been here ever since,” she said. Gallup Christian School is a private institution, and because of that Alexender finds it offers advantages to teachers that other Gallup-McKinley County COMMUNITY

schools don’t offer. One big advantage, she said, is that she doesn’t have to “teach to the test,” as many public school teachers are required to. Instead, she is given room to tailor her instruction based on individual students’ needs. “To be honest with you, I don’t like the common core, I don’t like teaching a test,” Alexander said. “I like to teach students, and I want them to have the best education they can have. Not to tell the students ‘here is what you need to pass the test.’ I would rather work with them individually, that’s the main reason I’m out here.”

BIBLE-BASED CURRICULUM Teaching within a Christianeducation atmosphere is a big plus, Alexander said, as it allows her the freedom to give her opinions on touchy subjects, which is not the case in most public schools. “Although I loved teaching public schools, I was limited in what I could do,” Alexander said. “I enjoy the fact that we say the Pledge (of Allegiance) every day and we have prayer every day. We sing Christians songs, devotions, and all the material is from a Bible background.” Another plus, Alexander said, is getting to teach her students at their own pace. Alexander said she teaches a class of 20 kids, and they don’t all learn at the same rate. Without the benefit of individualized instruction, some students are held back, gifted students grow bored, and many others are overlooked, too, Alexander explained. “Now this way, they take their time and do their books and when they are ready for a test they take a test,” Alexander said of her more personalized teaching method. “The students set their own test (dates) and decide when they are ready.” Even within her attentive atmosphere, Alexander still faces challenges when it comes


Karen Alexander, a teacher with Gallup Christian School and Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe’s Teacher of the Month, poses for a photo while she looks out the window of the school to the playground, where two students from Manuelito Christian Home were cleaning up April 4. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo

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LBUQUERQUE — Sa nd ia Nat iona l Laborator ies w ill bring hands-on science and engineering activities—like a LEGO robotics cla ss —to a hundred New Mexico middle and high school students the week of April 13. The activities are part of Sandia’s Dream Catchers Science Program, held this year at the University of New Mexico-Gallup campus. Dream Catchers is designed for American Indian students in grades six through 12 and promotes involvement in science, technology, engineering and math and seeks to increase A mer ica n I nd ia n student interest in a variety of STEM careers. The program was launched in 1991 by Sandia’s American Indian Outreach Committee, now led by Ben Mar. He has volunteered with the committee and Dream Catchers for more

than seven years and will be assisting with this year’s robotics class. Other activities include building solar cars, exploring cyber and information technology, and applying fundamental concepts of project management to organize everything from planning for college to planning and managing project costs. Classes are taught by Sandia volunteers, many of whom are American Indians. What: 100 middle and high school students participating in hands-on science and engineering activities When: 10 am-12 pm, April 13 Where: University of New Mexico-Gallup Campus, 705 Gurley Ave., Gallup RSVP: Lindsey Kibler at (505) 331-4045 no later than 6 am April 13 “The program is intended to target American Indian students, and we do that by selecting areas where there are high populations of American

STEM students work on a project involving popsicle sticks. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sandia National Laboratories Indians,” Mar said. “When we go to these areas and the students see that the instructors look like them, it’s empowering— they are better able to see themselves in these scientists

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OVERPOPULATION| FROM PAGE 9 He said the report looked at alternatives other than what had been done previously to capture the wild horses. Much of the information came from the feral horse summit that was conducted about four years ago, he added. The Depa r tment of Agriculture has processed 10,000 head of horses since then, meaning a change of sale occurred. “A lot of the horses were sold to horse brokers and ended up in Mexico. There’s a market and need there for use as transport in some of the smaller towns in Mexico,” Watchman said. T he Nava jo pony is a smaller horse that meets and different need than what animal activists say is a sale for slaughter horse purposes. “For sl au g ht erhou s e s, horses have to be over 750 pounds, ideally over 1,000 pounds to meet the processing costs,” he said. Most feral horses die from starvation. When they do not get enough food the horses live off body fat and often have very little blood protein. Locoweed is another problem that causes horses to go crazy and dig up the rangeland with hooves in order to eat the roots of the plant, adding to the deteriorating land condition. In mid-February, a failed attempt by the Navajo Fish and Wildlife Department to conduct a horse hunt in the Carrizo Mountains near Tiis Nazbas, Ariz. has resulted in negative backlash. The hunt was to address 60 feral horses in the area. Activists banded together to fight the horse hunt and their efforts proved successful after the event was canceled.


Sharron Berry, co-founder of Indigenous Horse Nation Protection Alliance, fights for what she considers sacred— the Navajo pony. “What we are doing (with horses) is being watched by the entire nation, the president, BLM … we need to make the right decision,” she said. A recent prayer vigil for the horses in Window Rock brought awareness to the public on the plight of horses on the Navajo Nation. 3H: Humans, Horses & Herds sponsored the event. 3H is a non-profit organization located in Tijeras, N.M. The equine rescue and sanctuary is working with Berry and others to protect wild horses. “We released the information on the horse-hunt. We did everything we could to stop it,” she said. The attempted horse hunt clearly illustrates the need to protect horses Berry said, adding that her horse rescue, Winged Hooves, is ever vigilant for kill buyers. Kill buyers purchase horses for the express purpose of funneling them into the slaughterhouses after auction. “We’ve all tried, but the feral horse issue on the Navajo Nation is a difficult thing. It’s a very delicate balance,” she said. “We’re willing to educate and help, but we’re not willing to remove horses from the Navajo Nation.” Combining forces with 3H, Berry said they rescued 56 mares and foals. “We raised funds for them, rescued them, placed them,” she said. For now, the delicate balance of prudent activism tempered with daily awareness for all things horses, must be maintained. “These horses are a natural resource. They’re a valuable resource. The horses have carried the Navajo people through

time beginning,” she said.

NAVAJO ADVOCATE FOR HORSES I n 2014, L ela nd Gra s s founded the Diné for Wild Horses and Seminars to train youth, middle age and elder individuals to handle horses with gentleness and dignity. “Every weekend, I’ve been out there gentling horses,” he said. Over the course of one weekend, 14 horses were gentled and trained, Grass said, adding that like huma ns, horses are fast learners. “Taming horses revolves around the mind and feeli n g s . Hor s e s s e n s e you r characteristics, your behavior a nd who you a re,” he said. “They don’t have bad behaviors unless somebody does that to them.” Grass utilizes harmony and the Navajo Beauty Way when training horses. This involves rubbing the horses, talking to them, and establishing trust. Patience is also required. “You have to be very patient if he’s spooked. If you end up fighting with (horses) or getting stubborn, you end up losing and that’s what they want. That’s their strategy,” he said. When it comes to the feral horse issue, Grass said gentling the animals and then selling or adopting the horses out will help reduce the number of horses roaming the range. Meanwhile, despite the cancellation of the horse hunt, activists scoff at any sort of complacency. On a daily basis, Berry and other like-minded folks take to social media in their efforts to generate daily awareness about the plight of horses in the region. They utilize their sources to find out where the “kill pens” might be, and keep tabs on tribal policies that directly impact the roaming horse population.


SEX REGISTRY | FROM PAGE 8 current registrations. Cowboy was charged by indictment on Feb. 27, with violating SORNA by failing to update his sex offender registration from April 4, 2017, through Dec. 27, 2017, in Bernalillo County, N.M. During the proceedings April 5, Cowboy pleaded guilty to the indictment without the benefit of a plea agreement. At sentencing, Cowboy faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. He will be required to register as a sex offender when he completes his prison sentence pursuant to his previous conviction. In 1998, Cowboy was convicted in federal court for aggravated sexual abuse of a

Alton Jay Cowboy minor while in Mariano Lake, N.M. He was released from prison in 2009, and per the conditions of his release, he is required by law to register as a sex offender, every 90 days, for life. Cowboy remains in custody pending a sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.

Fiscal policy group reacts to governor’s statement on revenue spike By New Mexico Voices for Children ALBUQUERQUE — James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, issued the following statement regarding Governor’s Martinez’s press release on the recent revenue spike: “The a nnouncement of a surplus in our state budget from oil and gas revenue is good news for New Mexico’s children—for now. Unfortunately, without some foundational changes to our tax systems, these good times are not likely to last. “Less than one year ago, lawmakers were scrambling to pay for basic services like schools, roads, and public safety. New Mexico has become too reliant on the oil and gas industry to fund these services, which has created boom-or-bust cycles for

our economy, and therefore, for all New Mexicans. Right now we’re in a boom time, but we mustn’t forget that the bust times may be right around the corner. “With the surplus in hand, we now have an opportunity to level out this boom-and-bust cycle and make our economy more stable. Only then can we ensure that we have enough revenue to fund programs that invest in our kids. “We look forward to working with the Legislature to use this opportunity to reform taxes so that we have stable revenue whether oil is booming, or not.” New Mexico Voices for Children is a nonpartisan, nonprof it organization advocating for policies to improve the health and well-being of New Mexico’s children, families and communities.



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POLICE ACTIVITY | FROM PAGE 11 been working there only a few weeks. Tsethlikai said he took the report. No arrest was reported at this time.

THAT’S HIM! 4/4, U.S. Highway 491 A woman a nd a ma n were behind K FC when another man, accompanied by two women, approached her with a gun. The woman said he took out a gold handgun and grabbed her purse, cell phone, ID and bank cards. He held the gun to the side of her head

and asked for her PIN number, according to the statement she later gave police. He said if she told anyone, he would return and kill her. T he ma n lef t a nd t he woman ran into KFC to phone the police, telling them she was in fear for her life. She said she did not know the man. GPD of f icer s Nicole Diswood and DeWayne Holder arrived on the scene. As the victim began to give them her description of the suspect, she spotted him, shouting, “That’s him!” and pointed towards the highway. The officers quickly apprehended the suspect, finding the stolen items, a knife, and a BB gun in his pockets. The suspect, Leland Ashley, 38, was booked for armed robbery and aggravated assault.

SWEARING WITH A KNIFE 3/31, Gallup G P D Officer Cindy Roma ncito was dispat ched t o the 300 block of South 3 rd Street over reports of a man pulling a knife on another man. Romancito could not see the suspect, and she went to speak to the man who reported the incident, who told her that a man and a woman approached him and pulled a knife as he was walking by, before putting the knife back in his pocket and heading north. Romancito and the man walked up the street, looking

for the suspect. He did not see him, but he saw the woman he was with. The woman said she was walking with her friend Lenny Nez, 49. Officers spotted him soon after and the victim confirmed that he was the man with the knife. Nez was brought into the station swearing at Romancito, before being booked with aggravated assault.

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Karen Alexander laughs as she talks about her love of teaching at Gallup Christian School in Gallup April 4. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe named Alexander Teacher of the Month. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo

KAREN ALEXANDER | FROM PAGE 15 to students who have trouble focusing, or getting into the classroom mindset. “Some come from a background that didn’t encourage education, and you’ve got to want them to learn,” she said. “I try to do everything I can: I’ll

joke with them, I’ll sit and talk with them—even pray with them. Whatever they need, I’ll try to be there for them.” When asked what advice she could give to those wanting to be a teacher, Alexander took a few moments to think. “I would encourage them to make sure that they do love children, that they do

love education, and that this is something they will enjoy doing every day,” Alexander said. “Because if you don’t enjoy doing that, then do something else.” For more information on Gallup Christian School, contact (505) 722-2007. For Manuelito Children’s Home, contact (505) 863-5530.

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This is the second year Sandia has partnered with New Mexico Mathematics, Engineer ing, a nd Science Achievement, or MESA. M E SA’s m i s sion i s t o empower and motivate New Mexico’s culturally diverse students with STEM enrichment through partnerships with local colleges and universities, said Shawndeana Smith, MESA’s west region coordinator. One of the most obvious benefits of the partnership is the ability to bring the program to more rural areas, said Smith. Of the nearly 3,800 students participating in NM MESA last school year, 78 percent were minorities. In the west region, 98 percent of the roughly 500 MESA students are American Indian. The region includes Gallup-McKinley and Grants-Cibola county school districts, as well as Bloomfield Municipal schools and Navajo Preparatory School. “There are a lot of STEMfocused programs available to students in larger or more populated areas, but the further away from the city, the less likely those opportunities will be available to students. The need for exposure to STEM fields in crucial in these areas,” Smith said.

driving drunk—with children in the back seat. GPD officers Norman Bowman and Adrian Quetawki arrived at the scene to find a woman parked in the dirt, attempting to change her toddler’s diaper. When officers asked the woman for her name, she grew upset, according to the police report, and did not identify herself. She said, “I’m not giving you my name,” according to the report. Officers said the woman wa s slu r r i ng her word s. The complainant identified the woman as her daughter Michelle Lee, 35, and said she would take her grandchildren from the scene. The woman was booked for abandonment of children, and blew a breath sample of .29 at the scene. When she met Sandia’s community relations manager, Amy Tapia, through the MESA advisory board, they discussed the need to help bridge the gap by providing STEM outreach in western New Mexico. The partnership flourished, and Mar said student participation numbers more than doubled in the first year. “A lot of these students have never been outside of their areas,” Smith said. “They have no idea what a career in STEM would be like or that there are thousands of STEM jobs available to them.” In 2011, American Indians accounted for only 0.4 percent of the population working in STEM fields, according to a report by the U.S. Census Bureau. “We want students to know there are endless STEM possibilities out there,” Mar said. “Our hope is that this program will spark something inside of them and will propel them to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering or math.” Sandia National Laboratories is a multimission laboratory o p e r a t e d by Na t i o n a l Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia LLC. Sandia Labs has ma jor research and development responsibilities in nuclear deterrence, global security, defense, energy technologies and economic competitiveness, with main facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Livermore, California. COMMUNITY

Video game inspired Rampage is another genre flop THE ADAPTATION LACKS ENERGY, CAMPY-THRILLS

By Glenn Kay For the Sun



t appears that adapting video games to feature film may be one of the trickiest tasks there is. After decades of effort, the results haven’t exactly wowed viewers: Super Mario Brothers, Wing Commander, Tomb Raider, Hitman, Prince of Persia, and Need for Speed being just a few examples. The latest is Rampage, inspired by an arcade game that allowed players to control giant monsters, trash cities and eat civilians who happened to cross their paths. Honestly, that’s not an awful lot of material to base a movie on. So, while the film features a charismatic lead and few inspired moments of lunacy, the results are far from compelling. The story follows San Diego primate expert Davis Okoye (Dwayne Johnson), who works at a wildlife sanctuary keeping tabs on a friendly albino gorilla named George. When a space

Dwayne Johnson stars in the latest video game adaptation flick, which lacks excitement and frenzy—despite the rampaging CGI gorilla. Photo Credit: Warner Bros. station/science lab crashes, it releases three canisters that land in various parts of the country. Unfortunately for George, he happens to be in one of those locales. As a result, he ingests the contents, a genetic editing formula causing rapid growth and a mean disposition. As the gorilla becomes a danger, US Agent Harvey Russell (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) gets involved, along with genetic engineer Dr. Kate Caldwell ( Na om ie H a r r i s). Before long, two other giant beasts arrive, with the genetic trail leading to the sinister Wyden Corporation, run by siblings

Claire (Malin Åkerman) and Brett (Jake Lacy). Johnson is a likable lead who always seems to try his best to entertain audiences. The gorilla George is a CGI creation, yet the actor does all he can to create an onscreen rapport with the animal. It leads to a few lowbrow but occasionally effective jokes. And curiously enough, the Davis and George relationship may be the most developed one in the film. As for the action, some early bits involving the creatures devouring prey by popping them into their mouths also result in a chuckle or two. And the climax includes


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lead human and gorilla and you’ve got quite a tonal mess. It actually feels like the movie is constantly hedging its bets. One wishes that the filmmakers had either just gone full out camp or had taken a deadly serious approach. And sadly, the villains are about as one-note as it gets, leaving the otherwise talented actors very little to work with. They spend most of the movie in an office delivering exposition about their sinister plan. In fact, their sole motivation appears to be financial gain. Frankly, this isn’t a particularly interesting or dramatic dynamic to be working from, resulting in antagonists who ultimately don’t make much of an impression. To be fair, this isn’t the worst video game adaptation ever made. Kids (or forgiving adults) who just want to watch monsters throw each other around for twenty minutes during the climax or be amused by the film’s sometimes baffling logic might get a chuckle or two out of the experience. However, it’s hardly quality cinema and lacks even the campy B-movie fun-factor that one might hope for. In the end, Rampage isn’t as exciting or frenzied as it should be. Visit: CinemaStance.com 207 WEST COAL GALLUP 505.863.1250 www.elmorrotheatre.com Facebook @elmorrogallup


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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for April 13, 2018 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


elcome back to another edition ex plor i ng t he highlights of new releases arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. It’s a busy one with a wide-ranging group of features and subject matter, meaning that there should be something for everyone. 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! All the Money in the World T he Get t y family is the s u bj e c t of this biopic, particularly the kidnapping of John Pau l Get t y III. After the youngster is taken in Italy, his mother is forced to ask the rather cruel and frugal family patriarch to negotiate ransom demands. Naturally, the kidnappers are less than impressed with the methods used by the clan and become violent towards their victim. Reaction to this drama was generally positive. Not everyone was impressed with the way events were condensed and found some characters superfluous, but most were impressed with the performances and found the story compelling. It stars Michelle Williams, Chr istopher Plummer, and Mark Wahlberg. A l o n g with the G o d s: T h e Two Worlds - Based on a we b c o m ic , t h i s S out h Korean fantasy film i nvol ve s a firefighter who is killed in the line of duty. He travels to the afterlife, where he is forced to complete a series of difficult challenges. Should he succeed, he will have proven his worthiness and be granted the opportunity to be reincarnated. This effort split the press. About half stated the plotting was a bit of

a mess and the dialogue was corny in the extreme, wasting a great cast. Others felt that while melodramatic, the events were impressively mounted and enjoyable to watch. A sequel is apparently in pre-production. The cast includes Ha Jung-woo, Cha Tae-hyun, and Ju Ji-hun. Gone Are the Days - This B-movie western involves an old and notorious outlaw who knows that his final days are near. Determined to make amends for past mistakes, he decides to attempt to reconcile with his long-lost daughter. After learning that she has been forced into prostitution by a criminal element, he sets out with his pals to confront the crooks and go out in a blaze of glory. Unfortunately, this title is debuting on disc, so there aren’t any reviews available as of yet. At least it boasts an impressive cast, which includes Danny Trejo, Lance Henriksen, Tom Berenger, Steve Railsback, and Lulu Wilson. T h e Greatest Showman Very loosely based on the real-life figure of P.T. Barnum, t h i s mu s i c a l s h ow s how he rose from nothing and opened a wax museum. After that venture, he finds massive success with a giant circus featuring incredible acts and performers. However, in an attempt to appeal to more highbrow audiences, he is forced into choosing whether or not to hire an opera singer to join the troupe. While the movie was a box office hit, the press was divided on the movie’s effectiveness. Many felt that it ignored history, telling a generic tale that was lacking in any deeper themes or meanings. The remainder enjoyed the spectacle and liked the musical numbers. It stars Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya, and Rebecca Ferguson. Molly’s Game - Molly Bloom is the subject of this biopic. After being arrested at gunpoint by the FBI, she teams with a criminal defense lawyer to take on the government. Over the course of events, it details how the woman became involved in creating

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and maintaining an extremely high-stakes poker circuit filled with all sorts of wealthy, eccentric and dangerous characters from around the world. Critics were generally positive about the feature. There were complaints that the movie is too detail-oriented and could have done with more gripping personal drama, but most praised the performances and found the real-life tale riveting. It features Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, and Jeremy Strong. M y F r i e n d Dahmer This biopic follows the teenage years of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, a t t e m pt i n g to determine how he came to be and what might be the cause of his horrific behavior. While dealing with personal struggles within his family, the figure begins to act out and experiment at school, earning friends but also pushing his interests into bizarre and cruel areas. The independent drama earned strong notices. There were a few reviews that didn’t see the link between the events and what followed later in life, but most found it well acted, interesting and a fascinating look into the mind of a sociopath. Ross Lynch, Alex Wolff, Anne Heche, and Dallas Roberts headline the feature. Phantom Thread Accla i med d i rect or Pau l Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood) is responsible for this ‘50s period drama and Best Picture nominee at the Academy Awards. It follows an obsessive (and not very pleasant) fashion designer who takes on a local waitress as his new muse. When she realizes that her position in the designer’s life is temporary, she works to find a way to make herself an essential part of the man’s existence. As expected, reaction to the film was very positive. It was called a low-key, slow-moving but intriguing character study with memorable performances from its stellar cast. It stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville, and Vicky Krieps. Proud Mary - A female assassin employed by a crime

outfit in Boston sees her existence threatened after deciding to care for the young boy she leaves orphaned after a hit. More mob outfits become involved, a nd the woma n ends up having to fight battles against killers from all sides. Critics were very unimpressed with the final product. A few appreciated the work of the star and felt made up for several deficiencies, but the majority suggested that the movie was undone by a hackneyed screenplay that becomes increasingly ridiculous, and poor editing that makes events difficult to follow. The movie features Taraji P. Henson, Billy Brown, Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Neal McDonough, and Danny Glover. Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay - This very R-rated animated feature premiered at WonderCon a few weeks ago and features the DC comic characters as they take on a new mission. The group of villains is forced into a brutal and dangerous operation that involves stealing a powerful, mystical object for government agent Amanda Waller. Since its premiere was very recent, there haven’t been enough reviews released to come to a consensus on the quality of this endeavor. The voice cast includes the likes of Tara Strong, Christian Slater, C. Thomas Howell, Dania Ramirez, and Vanessa Williams.

BLASTS FROM THE PAST! It appears to be just as busy a week for catalog titles getting high definition upgrades. Arrow has a 2-disc Limited Edition Blu-ray of Deep Red (1975) arriving on store shelves. It’s a great little Giallo thriller from Italy starring David Hemmings as a composer wrapped up in a murder investigation. Along with Suspiria, it’s probably director Dario Argento’s best film. The release features a 4K scan of the movie from the original negative, an introduction from Goblin member/composer Claudio Simonetti, a film historian audio commentary, a

visual essay of on the feature, interviews with the director and crew a nd other bonuses. Kino has some ‘90s thrillers arr iv ing on Blu-ray. They include Bad Company (1995), Consenting Adults (1992), a nd Deceived (1991). The company is also putting out The Psychopath (1966). In addition to these discs, their Kino Classics line is releasing Luther (1928), Manhandled (1924), and Stage Struck (1925). Many of these titles have been updated restorations and come with bonus features. Paramount is distributing a 40th Anniversary Blu-ray of the Cheech & Chong comedy, Up in Smoke (1978). Fans of the comedians will find the pair playing stoners who are unwittingly smuggling a literal van of marijuana across the border and getting into humorous shenanigans along the way. Apparently, it does arrive with some extras including a commentary track, a documentary on the movie, and publicity materials. Red Rings of Fear (1978) aka Enigma Rosso aka Virgin Killer is an Italian Giallo about a detective investigating murders at a girl’s school. Scorpion is putting out a Blu-ray of the feature, which will make it the first time the movie has ever been available uncut and widescreen in North America. Finally, Warner Archive is making a series of titles, which can be ordered made-on-demand. They include Alexander Hamilton (1931), The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941), The Damned Don’t Cry! (1950), Jezebel (1938), and A Lost Lady (1934).

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! It’s a slow week for kid’s titles, but you’ll find what is available listed below. Te x Av e r y ’s D r o o p y: T he Complete T heatr ical Collection (Warner Archive)

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Blasting out of the rough SPORTING CLAYS GAME HITS GALLUP

By Bernie Dotson For the Sun


hey call it “golf with a shotgun,” and it is this compa rative na me that has thrust the target game of sporting clays to the forefront of outdoor recreation in the Indian Capital. Sporting clay is a target game played with a shotgun and “birdshot” ammunition. The clays are launched by a machine called a “trap.” In virtually every situation, automatic traps are used at stations (holes in golf), and the presentations of these targets in flight to a shooter replicates game bird-shooting. In some game scenarios, there are rabbit targets that run on the ground like jackrabbits. Just like no two golf courses are the same, no two sporting clay courses are the same, either. The game was developed in the 1920s in England to allow shooters to stay sharp between hunting seasons. In Gallup, Shon Lew is, a n A laba ma native, U.S. Navy veteran and administrator at Miyamura High School, brought the sport to McKinley County this past December. Lewis works with Gallup businessmen Rudy Piano and Nate Yale in the budding Gallup Patriot Target League, a sporting targeting league for local youngsters. “This is something that we hope takes off as a sport around McKinley County,” Lewis explained. “This has absolutely nothing to do with school shootings or anything like that taking place around the country. It’s sport and that’s how we approach it.”

THE BACKGROUND The GPTL is a trap shotgun team which boasts eleven members ranging in age from 11 to 18 years old. It is part of the New Mexico Youth Clay Target Association and, nationally, SPORTS

part of the San Antonio, Texasbased Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation. The GPTL operates as a nonprofit organization supported by Gallup Shooters—which operates under the auspices of the City of Gallup. Membership is open to anyone with a thirst for gun knowledge, but that could change should the group become part of the GallupMcK i n ley Cou nt y School District and classified as a varsity sport. L ew is, who ser ved 26 years in the Navy, said the Gallup trap shooting team is not recognized by the New Mexico Athletic Association, a sanctioning body, as an official sport, so team funding comes via donations and sponsorships. “Students can earn scholarships through the (Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation) if you a re recogn ized a s being part of a league,” Piano says, noting the fact that the National Rifle Association is a source for scholarships and grants. Piano is a Gallup native and an assistant coach with the Gallup team. Lewis is the head coach and Yale the line supervisor of the Gallup team.

THE GAME T he shooti ng ra nge is owned by the city of Gallup and is located west of the city in Mentmore. It is the same range used by professional law enforcement for practice and training. Members of the Gallup trap team use Remington 1100 rifles and the accompanying rounds of ammunition. The targets are “clay pigeons,” redneck slang for small circular objects released into the air from a propeller. The guns are real and safety and professionalism are paramount. The athletes on the clay trap team must maintain good grades and cannot have disciplinary concerns at school. The

The Gallup Patriot Target League teaches gun-safety skills and offers clay pigeon target practice for Gallup youth. In order to be involved in the league, participants must maintain good grades, and cannot have disciplinary issues at school. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura beauty of clay shooting, organizers say, is that males and females participate on an equal footing. Lewis, Piano, and Yale note that the game is statistically much safer than golf or even walking down the street, as accident incident levels are virtually non-existent. L ike w it h most spor ting clay teams, shooters use 12-gauge shotguns with low recoil ammo. Approximately 15 percent of sporting clay shooters are female. “It’s fun and I learn a lot,” Rhonna Shultz, 11, and a student at JFK Middle School in Gallup said. “The exciting part is when I hit a moving target.” Typically, shooters encounter distances between 15 and 50 yards, and a more open “choke” is used for close targets, while tighter chokes are needed for targets shot at a distance. The choke is a restriction of the bore diameter of the muzzle of a gun. It is a sport that relishes safety, discipline, knowledge, and precision. The sporting clay game has no physical performance barrier, so it is a game that an entire family can

play. “We hold our athletes to high standards and want them to represent Gallup in a very positive manner,” Lewis said, adding that coaches are trained as well as background-checked.

THE TEAM One of the goals in creating the team was to give youngsters who like to shoot the opportunity to gain gun knowledge and to get better at the skill, Nate Yale, a U.S. Air Force veteran and Michigan native, said. Yale oversees the shooting line, from the moment a shooter yells, “Pull,” to the finality of bullet contact with a “pigeon.” A partner in the Gallup firearms training firm Bear Arms, Yale said clay sporting teams provide positive avenues for kids and adults, some who may not be athletic-types. “The sport teaches skill and confidence, things like how to stand and hold a gun,” Yale said. “And most of all, the sport promotes safety no matter the age group. This really is something that everybody can do.”

CURRENT CONCERNS The trap shooting team is getting its start at a time when many students and others across the country are calling on state and federal lawmakers to take action on gun control in the wake of school shootings, most recently at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. That incident took place on Feb. 14, where 17 people were shot. Lewis said he believes that teaching team members the proper respect and knowledge for guns goes a long way. He said the team’s expenses for guns, pigeons, and ammunition are, for the most, part, covered by donations from parents. Yale said hunting is part of the sport’s culture and background. The competitions and practices are not only a mechanism for team members to develop better shooting skills but a way for members of the team to meet others in their age bracket who might have knowledge to share. “The sport is definitely growing in popularity,” Lewis said. “We will be here teaching and instructing for a long time.”

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR APRIL 13-19, 2018 FRIDAY, April 13 MAKER ZONE 2 pm @ Children’s Branch. We provide the supplies and you provide the ideas. Join us for creativity, innovation, and fun. TECHTIME: ONE-2-ONE TECHNOLOGY HELP 3-4 pm @ Main Branch. The library is offering one-on-one technology assistance. Call (505) 863-1291. GET UP AND GAME 4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch. Join us for a family-friendly video games Friday afternoon. SATURDAY, April 14

- near Orleans Manor Apartments). For more information contact Pastor Lorelei Kay: wpcgallup@gmail.com or Steve Rogers (505) 870-1942. WEDNESDAY, April 18 SENIOR CENTER COMPUTER CLASS 10 am-1 pm, the Gallup Senior Citizen’s Center will host computer classes presented by the library. These classes are specially designed for people age 55 and over. We will teach the basic skills needed to access a computer. There will be three one-hour sessions for each training, no registration needed. Call (505) 722-4740 for Senior Center questions. For more information on classes please call (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@gallupnm.gov.

STORY TIME (AGES 2-4) 11 am @ Children’s Branch. An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement, rhymes, and stories.

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.

ART RECEPTION 6-8 pm @ Main Branch. The library is honored to present the creations of Aaron Yazzie throughout the month of April at the main library. Free.

TECH TIME: LIBREOFFICE HELP 3-5 pm @ Main Branch. The Library is offering help using our open source software. This week: LibreOffice Help. Call (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@gallupnm.gov.

IGNITE GALLUP 7-8 pm @ El Morro Theatre. Members of the community will be giving rapid fire presentations about their personal areas of expertise. Don’t miss this night of entertainment and fun. Call (505) 726-6120. MONDAY, April 16 TECH TIME Free computer training is available each week. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. No registration required. This week: Internet III: El Portal and Databases. TUESDAY, April 17 TECH TIME: COMPUTER SKILLS II 3-5 pm @ Main Branch. Free computer training is available each week. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. No registration required. MAKER ZONE (6 AND OLDER) 4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch. We provide supplies, you supply the ideas. GALLUP INTERFAITH GROUP The Gallup Interfaith Group will meet at 6:30 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Bring food or drink for a shared meal. All are welcome in friendship and community! The church is located at 151 State Highway 564 (Boardman Drive CALENDAR

APRIL FILM SERIES 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 April, we explore the basic element of air in cooking and culture. This week: One Week. THURSDAY, April 19 CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) 4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch. Fun crafts for the whole family. This week’s activity: Paper Bowl Jellyfish. 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.

(505) 307-5999, (505) 7219208, or (505) 870-1483.

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.

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.

FRIDAY NIGHT HOOTENANNY Gallup’s longest-running live show! Every Friday night from 7-9 pm. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. Second St. GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY Wednesdays are low-cost Spay and Neuter Days, at the Gallup-McKinley County Humane Society. For more information, please call (505) 863-2616, or email: gmchumanesociety@gmail.com. Location: 1315 Hamilton Rd. GALLUP SOLAR Gallup Solar is hosting community conversations about all things solar Wednesdays from 6-8 pm at 113 E. Logan. Call: (505) 728-9246 for info on topics and directions. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY  Habitat for Humanity yard sales are held every Saturday, 9 am-noon on Warehouse Lane, weather permitting. Volunteers wishing to serve on construction projects may sign up there or call (505) 722-4226. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY - WORK SESSIONS Habitat for Humanity work sessions held each week. Volunteers to serve on decision making meetings or wish to volunteer at or help fund construction projects. Call Bill Bright at (505) 722-4226. MCKINLEY COUNTY HEALTH ALLIANCE McKinley County Health Alliance convenes on the second Wednesday of the month from 11 am-1 pm at the New Mexico Cancer Center across from UNM-Gallup. Everyone is welcome to attend and engage in discussions about health, education, economic, and environmental inequities and to help facilitate change in those systems. Call (505) 906-2671. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Overeaters Anonymous 12step meetings. Held every Saturday at 10 am. The First Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Drive. Open to anybody who has a desire to stop compulsive eating. Contact info.

RECYCLING DEPOT The Recycling Depot will now be open from 12-1:30 pm on the first Saturday of the month. Educators and artists are encouraged to come by and see what’s available. Volunteers will accept some items, such as paper towels and toilet paper rolls. This is a free service of the McKinley Citizen’s Recycling Council. Call (505) 722-5152. SUPPORT EARLY LANGUAGE AND LITERACY FOR SCHOOL SUCCESS! Gallup McKinley County Schools is currently recruiting pregnant women and teens in McKinley County with children from birth to 5 years of age. There are no income guidelines and services are free to ALL community members. Learn more about this opportunity by contacting Bebe Sarmiento at (505) 721-1055. SAVE THE DATE GALLUPARTS ANNOUNCES ARTSCRAWL LINEUP 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 16-21, RMCHCS will provide low cost Blood Screening Tests prior to the Community Health Fair. Call (505) 8637325. 4TH ANNUAL SPRING JOB FAIR On April 20, Rio West Mall will host an “open to everyone” Spring Job Fair. 12-4 pm, Center Court. Call (505)7227281. COMMUNITY EVENT: AMA JILLGO BAHOZHO Being a mom is beautiful Community Event! On April 20, UNM-HSC-COP and Community Environmental Health Program and other collaborating partners are bringing awareness to the Navajo Na-

tion about uranium and environmental exposures. Gallup Community Service Center (across from the Gallup Food Pantry), 401 Bataan Veteran St. Call (505) 863-6484. Free food and more! 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: Wowie’s Event Center @ 3 pm. SBDC SEMINAR On April 25, learn about Federal and State Government certifications for contract set-asides. 9 am-12 pm @ Gallup Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room, 106 W Hwy. 66. Call (505) 224-5965. SEXUAL ASSAULT/CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION AWARENESS MONTH Community Awareness walk, April 27 at 10 am. The walk starts at the Veteran’s Memorial Park and ends at the Window Rock flea market. Wear teal for sex assault awareness and/or blue for child abuse prevention. Info: Leveena Begay, CIS (928) 871-7629. KICK OFF EVENT On May 1, join the City of Gallup in partnership with gallupARTS for the Start Something Big event. 6 pm @ El Morro Theatre. 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. JOURNEY TO WELLNESS XXII On May 2, the WTHN walk will begin at Cedar Hills Church in Ojo Encino and travel north concluding at Apache Nugget Casino nearby Cuba. This walk will cover 25 miles from start to finish. The event will conclude with a Community Health Fair for all participants to enjoy. 6:30 am Registration at Cedar Hills Church. Walk begins at 7 am. Health Fair begins at 7 pm. Call (505) 786-6321. Free. 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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