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NEWS Council approves funding, proclamations for construction, police force FIREWORKS RESTRICTION MOTION PASSES

commended the solid waste department for being fastidious with city dollars to complete the project. “I know you’re very frugal in making sure you have a positive fund balance in your a ccou nt ,” she sa id. “A l so forgoing the purchase of a new truck so you can have savings. I appreciate all you have done to complete this project.” Maruffo said the project will be aesthetically pleasing, especially with the new veterans cemetery that is going to be constructed in the area. He added that the project also has solar panel options in the blueprints, should the city decide to include renewable energy sources. The transfer of funds was approved unanimously.

WILDFIRE CONCERNS Fire Marshal Jacob LaCroix presented information for a procla mation decla r ing extreme drought conditions and the restricted sale and use of fireworks, which could cause fires if handled improperly. “Just for your information, the sale of fireworks will start June 20 and run through July 6. We do have one business in Gallup that sells yearround and I think they may be affected by this proclamation as well,” LaCroix said. He shared a PowerPoint presentation that highlighted the steps for restricting fireworks sales. The proclamation would


Gallup Police Chief Phillip Hart explains to city councilors May 8, the need to offer sign-on bonuses to attract new police officers to work in Gallup. The Gallup Police Department currently has 16 open positions. Photo Credit: Rick Abasta By Rick Abasta Sun Correspondent


he Gallup City Council’s May 8 regular meeting covered a range of issues facing the city. Councilors approved funds for the completion of a solid waste facility, opted to restrict the sale of fireworks during draught season, and accepted a proposal to expand the police force. Councilors began by awarding Mur phy Builders, Inc. $2,988,789 to complete the Hasler Valley Road Solid Waste Facility.



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According to solid waste super intendent Adr ia n Maruffo, Murphy Builders was the low bid for the project. He said bids for the project were opened on April 3. The other bid was from Long Horn Construction Services, Inc. from Albuquerque. Their bid came in at $3,488,745. “ We c u r r e n t l y h a v e $2,124,569 budgeted for this project. This leaves us with a shortfall of $864,220. I’m here to ask for approval of the bid award to Murphy Builders for the full project amount and the transfer of funds,” Maruffo said.


The requested transfer of funds was for $864,054 from the Solid Waste Enterprise Fund. The amount included a $100,000 contingency fund for issues like change orders or rising building material costs. Councilor Allan Landavazo ha d quest ion s about t he timeline. “If the council approves this tonight, what’s the timeframe to finish the project?” he asked. Maruffo said the project construction time will take up to 350 days. “Barring good weather, maybe sooner,” he added. Councilor Fran Palochak


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Grisham visits Community Pantry in bid for governorship fundraiser event in Grants and ending the day with a gala in Albuquerque. “I learned firsthand that our congresswoman has stamina and that she’s a hard worker,” Johnson said before introducing the congresswoman. “She does a good job and doesn’t take anybody for granted.”

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ongresswoman Michelle Lu jan Grisham, D-N.M., is running for governor—and she wants your vote. Grisham stopped by at the Gallup Community Pantry May 3 for a campaign rally to a roomful of Democrats, which included business owners, citizens of McKinley County, and political hopefuls running for various offices. R e p . D o r e e n Wa n d a Johnson, D-Church Rock, was one of the candidates in attendance and she said it was an honor and privilege to introduce Grisham. Johnson said she witnessed the stamina and hardworking character of Grisham firsthand during the 2017 Navajo Nation Fair. Beginning at 4 am with the Saturday parade lineup, the



Michelle Lujan Grisham congresswoman walked, ran, and danced the entire parade route while talking to constituents throughout the two-mile distance, Johnson said. After the parade, Grisham joined the Nava jo Nation Office of the President and Vice President for the dignitaries’ luncheon, followed by a

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Grisham began by acknowledging the political candidates in attendance, including local leaders like Commissioner Bill Lee, Magistrate Judge Bobby Baca, Zuni Gov. Val R. Panteah Sr., a nd Becenti Chapter President Charles Long. “When I announced that I was running for governor over a year ago, I announced it at the All-Indian Pueblo Council of Governors,” Grisham said. She reached out and called tribal leaders that did not

attend. Her focus on connecting with tribal nations was deliberate. “We have to start treating each other as equals and we have to start working together in a government-to-government (relationship),” she said. “Respecting tribal sovereignty is something that I have always done.” The congresswoman’s boisterous personality excited the audience, which would occasionally burst out in laughter from her humorous statements. “We only have 30-plus days

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NM Voices for Children host data workshop on child well-being By Rick Abasta Sun Correspondent


ew Mexico Voices for Children hosted “Turning Data Into Action,” a McKinley County workshop May 2 at the El Morro Events Center. Discussions focused on the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count program, which provides child well-being rankings for the U.S. Indicators evaluate economic, education, health, f a m i l y, a n d c o m m u n i t y

FUNDING | FROM PAGE 3 have to be declared prior to June 14 and will be in effect for 30 days. The council also has the option to continue the procla m at ion i f t he ex t reme weather conditions continue. Conversely, the council may also modify or rescind the proclamation upon execution of an emergency hearing. The restriction would be for missile-type rockets, helicopters or aerial spinners, stick-type rockets, and ground audible devices like chasers and firecrackers. LaCroix shared a map of the U.S. seasonal drought outlook during his presentation. “We’re right smack dab in the middle of extreme drought and exceptional drought,” he said. Mayor Jackie McKinney felt that taking the extra precaution was wise. “I certainly support anything that will keep our community safe,” he said. “Look at the fires in California. We don’t want that kind of thing here. We don’t want to displace people from their homes out of ignorance.” T he f i r ework r e s t r ic t ion mot ion wa s pa s sed unanimously.

POLICING INCENTIVES Police Chief Phillip Hart reported before the council to request new hire bonuses to assist the police department with recruitment efforts. NEWS

benchmarks. In McKinley County, 39 percent of children live in poverty, compared to 27 percent in the rest of the state. In other areas, the county was equally matched with the state, such as the rate of children without health insurance at 5.1 percent. In McKinley County, 44 percent of children live in single parent families compared to 38 percent for the state. These are just a few of the statistics that contributed to New Mexico’s ranking as 49th in the country in child well-being. Hart said the Farmington Police is offering a $15,000 sign-on bonus, New Mexico State Police is offering a $10,000 sign-on bonus, and Hobbs Police is offering a $30,000 sign-on bonus. “It’s hard for us to compete in this local area and we need to do something to continue hiring quality people to work for the police department,” Hart said. The proposal would be for Gallup Police to offer a $5,000 sign-on bonus for all newly hired officers. Recruits would receive $1,000 upon completing a state law enforcement academy and $4,000 upon completing the probationary period of employment. For lateral transfers with out of state cer tification, recruits would receive $7,500. Upon successful completion of a law enforcement academy they would be paid $2,500 and $5,000 upon successful completion of probationary period. For New Mexico certified lateral transfers, recr uits would receive $7,500. They would be paid $2,500 after 30 days from their date of hire and $5,000 upon successful completion of probationary period. The Ga llup Police Department currently has 16 open positions in the police force. “We’ve struggled greatly with what to do with retention and hiring,” Hart said. “If we can give ourselves an edge, maybe we can get a few (officers) who never considered coming here.” The measure passed by unanimous vote.

Bill Jordan, senior policy advisor and governmental relations officer, provided an overview of NMVC and said their mission is to champion public policies that improve the well-being of New Mexico’s children, families, and communities. “The Kids Count data is a resource to tell you how your kids are doing,” Jordan said. He said data filters, like looking at statistics by school districts, are easily plugged into data searches to fit various statistical needs. The goal is to get the most accurate data possible, he said. Participants included families—many with children— community organizers, and professionals in the health care industry. Supper was served while discussions took place. Workshop packets contained a Kids Count profile of McKinley County presented by New Mexico Voices for Children, a survey on Medicaid, information on the $6 billion general fund operating budget for FY 2019, a guide for using the Kids Count

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Data Center, contact information and links for useful health data, and the latest newsletter. Group discussions focused on important issues that participants brought to the table. Many agreed with Jacob Vigil, research and policy analyst for NMVC. “I would say that in my community in Albuquerque, that the most important issue is early education of our kids’ preschool program,” Vigil said. M a r l e n e Ja s p e r, a n employee with Gallup Indian Med ica l Center Hea lt h Promotions said they work with schools and communities. In her experience,

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childhood obesity is a concern. “A lot of our kids are not getting out there and exercising. Just being kids and getting out there is important because their brains are ready for learning,” Jasper said. Impromptu discussions on services and the processes involved for accessing such resources were discussed at length. These included Me d ic a r e, Me d ic a id a nd addressing needed services for children with autism and other disabilities. For more information, visit www.nmvoices.org or www.datacenter.kidscount. org.





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Area heroin dealer arrested Gallup man missing, family asks for help T By Rick Abasta Sun Correspondent

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he G a l lu p Pol ic e Department requested community help in locating Marvin James Johnson, 48, who has been missing since Sept. 5, 2016. Johnson’s wife, Geraldine Johnson, reported him missing. She hasn’t seen her husband since 2016. She said he is an alcoholic and has often times lived on the street. Det. Chavo Chischilly is the officer in charge of the investigation. Gallup Police have checked the detox center, jails, hospitals, and other locations with no success. Johnson’s last reported intake at the Gallup Detox Center was in January 2016. “We heard reports that he might be in Cortez,” Chischilly said. Joh n son’s mot her a nd in-laws are asking for help in locating him. He has three children and was last seen leaving the Hidden Valley Apartments in Gallup wearing blue jeans, a tan and brown jacket, and

Marvin James Johnson white tennis shoes. “We want to try to help the family find him. As of right now, we have no leads,” Lt. Billy Padavich said. “He has been entered into NCIC as a missing person. At this point, we’re at a loss. We can’t get any solid information on where he can be.” If you have any information, contact the Gallup Po l i c e D e p a r t m en t a t (505) 722-2231 and ask for Detective Chavo Chischilly.



h e G a l lu p Pol ic e Department Drug and Narcotics Task Force and Detective Division ended an undercover investigation of an area drug dealer May 8 after executing a search warrant at 407 W. Green Street. Lt. Billy Padav ich said David Grijalva was charged with possession with the intent to traffic heroin and possession with the intent to traffic methamphetamine. He was also charged with drug paraphernalia. “Basically, what started this was two-month investigation where some controlled buys were done out of his house to where we were able to apply for a search warrant for Mr. Grijalva and the residence,” Padavich said. Grijalva was arrested for trafficking heroin (first degree felony), possession of methamphetamine (second degree felony), and possession of drug

David Grijalva paraphernalia. Shortly after 5 pm, officers executed the search warrant when Grijalva was spotted standing near a green city trashcan. He walked toward a blue Dodge Caravan that belonged to Rashid and Melissa Ahmad. Grijalva was observed placing a grocery bag inside the van. Drug task force agents detained Grijalva and searched him. They discovered $728 in

his wallet. They also found a purple coin pouch in his left front pocket, which contained Ziploc bags containing a black and brown chunky tar-like substance and another bag with a glass shard-like substance. “He’s been arrested before for similar charges as a drug trafficker,” Padavich said. The a r rest netted 24.6 grams of methamphetamine and 22.5 grams of heroin. The drugs were tested with a NARTEC filed test kit and yielded positive results. Paraphernalia in the form of syringes, used needles, a digital scale, tweezers, a metal spoon, a knife, scissors, razor blades and tourniquets were also recovered. As of May 10, Grijalva is being held at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center on an $8,000 cash or surety bond. He was booked for two counts of trafficking a controlled substance, and a possession charge.

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elsey Tom Francisco, now a former Gallup police officer, was arrested after he reportedly got into a fight with his wife

and head-butted her May 7. Francisco, 25, of Gallup now faces charges of false imprisonment, battery on a household member, and interference with communication. McKinley County Sheriff’s

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GPD catches Car strikes, kills two car thieves pedestrian on Highway 66 Staff Reports

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enja m i n T he o dor Gonzales was arrested May 8 on a felony charge of possession of stolen vehicle and seven misdemeanor charges. Lt. Billy Padavich praised the Gallup Police Department Drug and Narcotics Task Force and Detective Division for the arrest. “Last night, he ran into one of our undercover units,” Padavich said. “He was in a stolen vehicle.” Gonzales is a criminal familiar to the police department and the judicial system. Narcotics agents were conducting surveillance about 10 pm near Lewann Drive and Alto Place. A known drug user and car thief identified as Gonzales was observed. The suspect was driving a blue Kia Optima with black wheels. Police received a tip the vehicle was stolen and the agents attempted to perform a traffic stop. Instead, Gonzales evaded officers by colliding into a police unit before driving erratically through a residential neighborhood. Shortly before midnight, police received an anonymous call about a suspicious individual lying underneath an RV trailer. Officers discovered Gonzales trying to hide and placed him under arrest. He was in possession of tools typically used for burglary. The stolen vehicle was recovered and was reportedly stolen out of Albuquerque. Mea nwhile, on May 5, narcotics task force agents made another arrest, this time Jennifer Sanchez for possession of a stolen vehicle NEWS

Jennifer Sanchez and possession of methamphetamine, including drug paraphernalia. Agents conducting surveillance at Red Hill Mobile Home Park observed Sanchez in a white Kia Sorento. The license plate was called into Metro Dispatch and officers were advised that the vehicle was stolen out of Albuquerque. Officers were also informed Sanchez was wanted on an outstanding warrant. During her arrest, Sanchez denied owning a silver colored purse on the front seat. The purse contained a plastic baggie containing a glass shard-like substance that tested positive for methamphetamine, a Class II substance. A digital scale was also recovered. “All of these arrests came from the Gallup Police Drug Task Force a nd with the Detective Division,” Padavich said. As of May 10, Gonzales is being held at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center on a $2,500 cash or surety bond. He was charged with two counts of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, receiving or transferring stolen vehicles, duty to give information and render aid, display of registration, driver’s license suspended/revoked, two counts of (failure to) stop/yield at intersections. Also, as of May 10, Sanchez is being held at the detention center on a $5,000 cash or surety bond. She was charged with possession, delivery, or manufacturing of drug paraphernalia, receiving or transferring stolen vehicles, and controlled substance possession. She has a cash only $1,000 district warrant bond hanging over her head.

allup Police Depar tment Capt. Ma r i nda Spencer released the name of the woman who was hit by a car the evening of May 7. Margina Antonio, 52, of Mentmore, N.M., was struck and killed while walking in the westbound lanes of U.S. Highway 66, between TravelCenters of America and Loves Travel Stop shortly before 9 pm. When officers arrived, she was pronounced dead at the scene. Spencer said police determined that the driver of the black Ford Mustang wasn’t intoxicated. The driver also denied being distracted at the time, speeding, and using a cellphone. It’s not clear whether Antonio was impaired, as toxicology test results are pending. The driver told police that she wasn’t sure of what she hit at first, Spencer said, but bystanders confirmed that she had struck a person. She

Investigators examine the body of a woman killed while walking along the westbound lane of Highway 66 May 7. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura called the police immediately to report the accident. GPD Officer Charles Steele spoke to witnesses in the area, but none had further information. Spencer said the place the

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the center received more than 300,000 complaints last year with reported losses of more than $1.4 billion. If you use the Internet, the 2017 Internet Crime Report is a document you should read carefully. You’ll learn a great deal, including: • What the most common crime types reported by victims were (the top three were non-payment and non-delivery, personal data breaches, and phishing/vishing/smishing/pharming scams). • What the most common crime types in terms of dollar loss were (top three were business e-mail comprom ise/e -ma i l accou nt compromise, non-payment/ non-delivery, and investment scams). • How the IC3 is monitoring trending scams such as business e-mail compromise, ransomware, tech support fraud, elder fraud, and extortion; Which age groups are more likely to be victimized by Internet-facilitated criminal activity (people over 60 rank number one in terms of victimization and dollar losses). • What victims can do after reporting the crime to the IC3 (take steps to block or freeze bank or credit card accounts, dispute charges, attempt recovery of lost funds, etc.); Where each U.S. state ranks in terms of


INTERNET | FROM PAGE 8 the number of victims of Internetfacilitated frauds, dollar losses, and criminal subjects (California has the top spot on all three lists, while Texas and Florida take turns at the number two and number three slots on the lists). • Which IC3 initiatives directly suppor t law enforcement (remote search capability of its database available to all sworn officers, and the Operation Wellspring initiative, which helps build state and local law enforcement’s cyber investigative capabilities). The success of the above-mentioned

Houston investigation is just one example of the impact that the IC3 can have on Internet-facilitated criminal activity—and proof positive that the short amount of time it takes individuals who think they have been scammed to go the IC3 website and submit a complaint form is well worth it. “We want to encourage everyone who suspects they have been victimized by online fraudsters to report it to us,” IC3 chief Donna Gregory said. “The more data we have, the more effective we can be in raising public awareness, reducing the number of victims who fall prey to these schemes, and increasing the number of criminals who are identified and brought to justice.”

Cibola teen arrested for grandmother’s murder Staff Reports


IBOLA COUNTY, N.M. — A Fence Lake woman found dead during the early morning hours of May 6 has been identified as Sharon Rankin. Rankin’s grandson, Nikolas Sayers, 15, has been booked into Bernalillo County Juvenile Detention Center on one open count of murder, according to a news release issued by New Mexico State Police. State Police responded to the call about a reported homicide at 1:45 am Sunday, and said it’s an “active homicide” investigation being spearheaded by the department’s Investigation Bureau.




Rep. Doreen Wanda Johnson introduces Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-Church Rock, to Gallup Democrats at the Community Pantry May 3. Johnson praised Grisham, who is running for governor, for her hard work and stamina. Photo Credit: Rick Abasta

GRISHAM | FROM PAGE 4 back New Mexico, she added. Love for all things New Mexico is her connection with constituents, she said, adding that she was hurt by national news reports about the Albuquerque crime wave, and the deaths of New Mexican youth. “It’s cathartic for me to talk about how our kids didn’t have a future,” she said. Grisham said the current state of New Mexico’s government and its governor divided constituents, in particular among the “sovereign communities.” “(Gov. Martinez) starved our local communities. She certainly divided us. She won’t meet with us, won’t consult, won’t respect (tribes). She was punitive to the legislature. That is not who we are,” Grisham said. She added that true economic development for the state is going to take investments in renewable energy and resuscitating the diminishing film production industry. NEWS

“Whether it’s renewable energy or film production or additional tourism and outdoor recreation, whether it is value-added agriculture, bioscience, cybersecurity, you decide,” she said. Highlighting her career working with three governors—including one Republican— Grisham said those former leaders all had one common thread: investing in constituents and the future of the state. “That’s the state government that I remember and it’s a state that I want back,” she said. Grisham said she has a unique ability to work across the aisle and cited a current bill she has in Congress with 247 members attached, only 196 of whom are Democrats. “It’s about building relationships that moves New Mexico toward building something positive for our families,” she said. “There’s a current investigation that is going to give us, I think, $16 million and all of that money needs to start behavioral health services in rural New Mexico. And who is responsible for the investigation? I am.”

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Community gathers to remember Chris Cape

Alysha Arrates speaks at the funeral of her mother Christine “Chris” Cape at Bulldog Rodeo Arena in Gallup May 4. Cape, president of Blackhat Humane Society, was killed in a head on collision near Hesperus, Colo. April 23. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo

A dog looks through the crowd gathered at Bulldog Rodeo Arena in Gallup May 4 during the dog-friendly funeral for Christine “Chris” Cape. Cape, president of Blackhat Humane Society, was active in the dog rescue community throughout the region. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo

About 50 members of the community arrived at Bulldog Arena in Gallup May 4 to pay their respects to Chris Cape. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo

Cindy Yurth, vice president of Blackhat Humane Society, reads the eulogy she wrote in honor of Christine “Chris” Cape for the Navajo Times during the funeral for Cape May 4 at Bulldog Rodeo Arena in Gallup. Yurth worked with Cape, president of Blackhat Humane Society, to help rescue and relocate stray dogs in the area. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo


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A WILD PURSUIT 5/5, U. S. Highway 491 A McKinley County deputy engaged in a pursuit of a suspect who may have been involved in a domestic dispute in his car, traveling at speeds of close to 120 mph on U. S. Highway 491. MCSO Dep. Frank Villa said the incident began about 4:45 pm. Villa was at the Gallup Flea Market on another matter when he said he saw a woman trying to get out of a vehicle and screaming. Before she could get out, the car left at a high rate of speed northbound on State Highway 608. Villa went in pursuit as the vehicle got onto U.S. Highway 491, going at speeds of up to 100 mph as he wove in and out of traffic, going onto the shoulder to get around cars and at one point getting into the median for the same reason. Villa said he tried to get the vehicle’s license plate number but he saw it had no plate, he said he also tried to see what was happening in the vehicle but he couldn’t see anything because of the tint on the windows. By this time, Villa said, the vehicle was traveling at a speed of 119 mph and they had reached the 20 mile marker. He said he was then advised to cancel the pursuit due to the fact there was no backup available from the Navajo Police Department. The suspect car was never located.

STOLEN CHECKS 5/7, Gamerco Of f icia ls at t he Noble F i na nce Compa ny had informed local law enforcement officials last week that some of their blank checks had been stolen. MC SO Dep. A nt hony Morales he was dispatched to a business on China Loop in Gamerco where a woman was attempting to cash one of the checks made out for $450. The manager of the store said he had attempted to call the finance company to determine if the check was good but no one answered. When the manager told the woman he couldn’t cash it because the NEWS

check had been reported as being stolen, the woman said she had a contract from the finance company in her car. She said she would get it from the vehicle but when she left, she got inside her ca r a nd d rove away. T he female had given the store a fake name and social security number so she was not able to be located.

HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT 5/4, Gamerco Sometimes people will do anything to keep from being arrested for an outstanding bench warrant— including hiding in the trunk of a car. That is what happened when McKinley County Deputy Monty Yazzie was dispatched to the Ramirez Apartments in Gamerco because of a report of a man with a gun. W hen he got there, he received a report of a man hunched down in front of one of the apartments and another man hiding in the trunk of a car in front of the apartments. The person in the trunk had his feet sticking out into the rear seat of the vehicle. W hen ever y t h i ng wa s finally straightened out, two people were arrested for having outstanding warrants: Matthew A ngel Sr., 31, of Gallup, and Janelle Trujillo, 32, of Gamerco, who was found standing in front of the apartments when deputies arrived on the scene.

SPEEDING, DRINKING, AND POTATO CHIPS 5/1, north of Gallup M C S O Dep. Lorenzo Guerrero said he was on patrol on May 1 traveling northbound on U. S. Highway 491 when he noticed a vehicle in the southbound lane traveling at a high rate of speed. He activated his radar and

clocked the vehicle going 70 mph in a 55 mile mph area. He then made a U-turn and did a traffic stop and went up to the driver, who was identified as Ty Yazzie, 22, of Yah-Ta-Hey. Guer rero said when he went up to Yazzie, he saw him stuffing his face with potato chips and drinking big gulps of Gatorade. He said he could also smell the odor of intoxicating liquor coming from inside the vehicle. Yazzie said he had not had anything to drink for several hours but Guererro noticed that Yazzie would not make eye contact with him. Ya z z ie a g r e e d t o t a ke t he s t a nd a r d f ield s obr i e t y t e s t s bu t f a i l e d a n d wa s pl a ced u nder a r re st . He agreed to take a breath alcohol test but when it was given, he declined to take a breath, so Guerrero said he considered that a refusal to be tested so he was charged w it h a n a g g r av a t ed DW I, s p e e d i n g, a nd h av i n g a n open liquor container in his vehicle.

A SHOOTING SUSPECT 5/2, Gamerco One of the scariest things for a police officer to do is to go into a house where the occupant has a gun and has already fired it. Julian Williams But that is what happened when MCSO Dep. Anthony Morales was d i spat ched a b o u t noon to an address on Pillar Street Valerie Lujan-Jaramillo in Gamerco with a report of a female in a car who had been shot at. When he got to the area, Morales said he saw a car matching the description he had been given parked several doors down from where the incident had been reported. He said he also saw a bullet hole in

the driver side window. The woman inside the vehicle, Jennifer Sanchez, told Morales she had not been shot but her boyfriend did hit her on the back of the head. She said she got into an argument with her boyfriend, identified as Julian Williams, 30, of Gallup. During the incident, she went out and got in her car and Williams followed her outside with a handgun and fired a shot through the window, missing her. He ran back into the house and Sanchez said she drove her car in reverse several houses down while she waited for police to arrive. Morales said he and other officers then set up a perimeter around the house and he began using his public address system to tell Williams to come out of the house with his hands up. He said he made several attempts and Williams refused to come out, so he and the other officers made their way to the porch where they found the front door open. He said he looked into the house and saw a man with his back towards him and his head down on his hands at a table.


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POLICE ACTIVITY | FROM PAGE 11 As another deputy covered him, Morales said he approached the man and saw a handgun under a black hat. He also saw several loose .45 rounds and a glass pipe with copper Brillo in it, the type used for the sale of narcotics. Williams was placed under arrest without incident. In searching the residence, police found two other individuals in a bedroom: Valerie Lujan-Jaramillo, 22, of Gallup, and Antonio Guerrero-Medina, 28, of Gamerco. Both had outstanding bench warrants so they were placed under arrest for those. Wi l l ia ms wa s cha rged with shooting at an inhabited building, aggravated assault against a household member, and battery against a household member.

A SON OUT OF CONTROL 4/27, Gallup A Gallup man is now facing severa l felony charges after his parents called Gallup police say ing he had become violent after no one would take him where he wanted to go. Gallup Patrolman DeWayne Holder said he was dispatched to a house on Monterey Drive in connection with a domestic dispute. When he got there and when backup arrived, he talked to Doug Howes, who said his son,

Ryan Howes, 35, of Gallup was in the house and he wanted him removed. He said that when no would agree to take him where he wanted to go, he became angry and began punching the walls and finally threatened him with two steak knives. Police began calling to Ryan Howes in the house and telling him to come out. He refused to do so although he did open the garage door and then later the front door to look out at the officers before he finally came out to meet them. He was placed under arrest for aggravated assault against a household member with a deadly weapon, criminal damage to property, and assault against a household member. He was then transported to the McKinley County Adult Detention Center where jailers said they could not come out for some reason. Holder said they had to wait 20 minutes for a jailer to show up and during this time, Ryan Howes became very disorderly in the back of the police unit, kicking and beating against the plexiglass divider. Holder said he called Metro Dispatch to get a jailer to come out because he needed assistance with his prisoner. No one came and Ryan Holder continued to yell, scream and kick. Holder then placed the handcuffs against the window sidebars and used leverage to bend the handcuffs, which led to him being charged with destruction of public property. A jailer finally came out but because of the way Holder was acting, the jailer required police to get him a medical clearance before he could be booked into the jail. Once that happened he was booked into jail.



COP ARRESTED | FROM PAGE 6 involving a Gallup police officer. When he got there, he found other Gallup police officers waiting for him, as well as Francisco’s wife, Chanaye, who said she and her husband had been paying bills in the afternoon. They had arrived at a loan company in town about 2 pm and her husband went inside. He came out about 20 minutes later and when she asked why it took him so long, her husband said he had been talking to a woman inside there who had asked him about police things. She suggested to her husband that he should have told her to go to the police station since he was off duty that day. She said her husband then became very upset and started punching the dashboard while yelling at her. Chanaye Francisco said she then told her husband she was taking him home due to the way he was acting but when they got home, she said her husband continued yelling at her. She said he then told her “this is the last day you’re going to see me.” She said her husband had made threats in the past that he was going to kill himself so she immediately ran into the residence to find his duty weapon.

Kelsey Francisco As she entered their home, she said her husband grabbed her and held her in the doorframe of their bedroom, refusing to let her leave the room. She said she managed to get away and pulled out her cell phone, planning to call her parents for help. But her husband grabbed her phone and put it in his pocket. She said he then pushed her onto the bed, making her head hit something hard. At this point she was holding a duffle bag, where she said her husband kept his on duty equipment, including his weapon. She said he then attempted to take the duffle bag away from her, pretending as if he was going to hit her. Instead, she said, her husband headbutted her in the facial area, resulting in his nose bleeding. She said he then blew his nose,

spurting blood all over her. Guerrero said that while they had been talking, he observed that she had blood on her clothing. She said she managed to get away from him and ran out of the residence with his duty weapon. She ran to Butler’s Square where she called police. Guerrero said after talking to Chanaye Francisco, he and the other deputies and Gallup police officers went to the Francisco residence where they found Kelsey Francisco. When he asked him what happened, Guer rero sa id Kelsey Francisco told him that he had an argument with his wife and that was all that happened. But Guererro said he noticed blood on his shorts and small cuts on his knuckles. Guerer ro sa id he then placed him under arrest and because he had a wristband on his right wrist and he handcuffed the other hand to his belt. Before taking him to jail, however, he took him to the Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital for a medics evaluation because of his wrist cast and the statements he had made about hurting himself. Once medical clearance was given, he transported him to jail where he was booked.

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OPINIONS GGEDC celebrates National Economic Development Week Patty Lundstrom, CEcD Executive director, Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation


his year, Economic Development Week is to run from May 7-12, 2018. The goal of Economic Development Week is to increase awareness for

local programs that create jobs and increase quality of life. Economic Development Week was created by the I nter nat iona l Econom ic Development Council (IEDC) in commemoration of its 90-year anniversary as the largest professional membership organization for economic developers. GGEDC is a member of the

IEDC. To recognize National Economic Development Week, GGEDC has arranged for a week-long series of articles on economic development written by local and state organizations involved in economic development. Both City of Gallup and McKinley County are also supporting Economic Development


Week with resolutions of their own. Typically, economic development can be described in terms of objectives. These mo s t c om mo n ly i nc lude t he creat ion of jobs a nd wealth, and the improvement


Patty Lundstrom


On May 15, the New Moon emerges in Taurus. This is an excellent time to set lofty New Moon goals. As you know, this is generally a time to reflect and wind down before we gear back up for another cycle. Madame G recommends that you take a look at where you are. Pull out a pen and pad of paper. Don’t make things worse than they are, but “spring cleaning” is in order. GO!

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

What’s one thing you’d change about the past three months? Instead of making BIG lifealtering changes all at once, consider slowing down and taking each day as it comes. You may have noticed that you spent too much money over the last three months, or maybe you didn’t focus enough. Now, how would you like to see the next three months go? Make the necessary changes. Do it!

Well, ain’t that just how the cookie crumbles. It may seem like a setback, but is it? You’re the guiding light when it comes to your own life. Make the choice that seems best at the time and move on. You can’t stay stuck in the past and hope your future will improve. The world and universe waits for no man or woman to come to terms with their existence. It just is.

The next few weeks are bound to be a doozy! Instead of forcing something to happen, consider taking a step back. It’s important to reflect on strategy and purpose. You can continue to lead the charge and push forward like the badass Superwoman you are, but slow down and care for yourself. This is the best you can do for yourself and others. Now is the time for fun. Let it go!

What’s in a name? Well, as the keeper of all things you should know. But, if you don’t have the answer, don’t freak out. People probably expect much less of you than you think they do. Martyrdom is for the birds. Instead work on clear boundaries. Show compassion and strength when you feel burdened by others. But, remember you have a choice to walk away.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) “Don’t wish life were easier—wish you were better,” said Jim Rohn. It may seem like you will never get ahead, but you will. You have all the bits and pieces necessary to get where you’d like to go. Instead of focusing on what didn’t work, start focusing on what you can change and progress forward. It’s easy to get stuck. It’s difficult to move upward and onward. Keep going!

The Buddha said: “the human condition is like that of a person shot with an arrow. It’s both painful and urgent.” Often times we get stuck thinking about the things that don’t really matter. If you really think about it, the most important thing that any human being can do is appreciate the here and now of their existence. Don’t get stuck worrying about the wrong things. Breathe!

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

One more step and you’re there (maybe). It’s easy to be enthusiastic at the beginning of a project. It’s harder to maintain enthusiasm as time wears on. Stop focusing on the elements that you can’t change. Put your energy and focus into the right things and you’ll come out on top. You can’t control the stars or those around you. But, you’re in complete control of you. OPINIONS

It’s an exacting time. You may feel the need to be extra special and nit-picky. It’s okay. We all know you’re picky! WE love you anyway. Instead of making yourself (and those around you) stark raving mad, consider the letting go approach. Quality work will always be in vogue, but at what cost are you willing to sell yourself? Sometimes good enough is great!

Live free dear Scorpio! Now is the time to put in the focus and work towards your future. Don’t get stuck. Take care of yourself. Learn all you can. Take as many classes as you can and start sharpening your skills. Once you’re done, you’ll be the sharpest arrow ready to shoot off far into the distance with a resounding, THUD! And bullseye. You’re going places. Take time to chill.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You’ve made it this far, will you keep going? Only you know if the life you’re living is worth fighting for. You can make the changes necessary to live the life you’ve always wanted. Don’t keep focusing on the things that you can’t change. You’re only alive on this planet for a short time. Don’t waste it being something else for someone else. GO!

Will this work? You can’t always have an exact and perfect answer to life’s questions. You can keep trying to accomplish your goals and live the life you’ve always dreamed of or do something else. Believe it or not, the choice is always within you. Don’t let the negative odors of those around you get you down. Stand strong among those who would shun you for being you. Smile.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Don’t be a herd of stray cats wandering aimlessly looking for free food. You can do better than that. Life is not always what we want it to be, but we often make the messes that we need to clean up. It’s good to live it up on the weekends, but you can’t just keep working towards those two days. Start living a life that makes you a little bit happy everyday, not just Saturday.

Gallup Sun • Friday May 11, 2018



Ants work, a short story

By Gregg McNeil For the Sun


hen my son Jo h a n n e s w a s between two and three years of age I would put him in our wheelbarrow and give him rides around our property at Apple Valley Ranch in Tijeras New Mexico. One of my favorite things to do with my son was to stop and watch ants busy at work. As Johannes and I would watch the busy ant activity I would point to the a nts a nd say “ants work.” I knew that as a two-to-three year old my son didn’t know what I was talking about but I kept up the practice until he could repeat it himself. Over time I would explain to my son what I meant by saying ants work. A nt s a r e s ome of t he

GGEDC | FROM PAGE 13 o f q u a l i t y o f l i fe . T h e I nter nat iona l Econom ic Development Council (IEDC) specifically defines economic development as “a set of programs and policies that aid in the creation, retention and expansion of jobs; the development of a stable tax base; and the enhancement of wealth.” O ne prog r a m recent ly under taken by GGEDC to achieve job and wealth creation as well as enhanced quality of life is the targeted recruitment and attraction of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into McKinley County. A preponderance of studies show that FDI triggers technolog y spillovers, a ssists huma n capita l for mation, contributes to international

smallest life forms on earth but their collective accompl ish ments a re legenda r y across the planet. What the individual ant lacks in size is overcome through caring,

cooperation and community. The ant colony is the epitome of what it means to have a shared vision. Right now as Gallup prepares for its local elections

trade integration, helps create a more competitive business environment and enhances enterprise development. Local economies need foreign direct investments to complement domestic investment. All of these contribute to higher economic growth, which is the most potent tool for alleviating poverty. The first step in implementing a FDI strategy is to build a capable team with the appropriate skill-sets. On July 25, 2018, GGEDC became a full member of the European American Investment Council (EAIC). In joining the EAIC, GGEDC became the sole economic development organization from New Mexico. EA IC, ba sed in Berlin, Germany with a U.S. office in Atlanta, Georgia, is the “leading representative of North

American EDOs in Europe and provides opportunities to increase economic growth, capital investment and job creation by making viable business contacts”. EAIC’s track record boats over $6.3B in FDI, over 70 projects and almost 14,000 jobs since 2010. According to EAIC, top sou rces of FDI into New Mexico, based on a review of 45 announced greenfield projects, include Germany, United Kingdom, Spain, and France. Cumulative, European FDI in the U.S. has doubled over the past decade. Most employment generated by FDI in the United States originates in Europe. So, what does it take to successfully attract FDI? There are four successful factors for attracting FDI: (1) Investment-ready Sites (2) Workforce Training (3)

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the example of the cooperative ant colony is appropriate. With more than 75,000 v i s it or s mov i n g t h r ou g h Gallup annually, some traveling from a s fa r away a s Europe and Asia, it’s clear that the world knows there is something special about Gallup and the surrounding communities, but there is also a need for healing. The city desperately needs more infrastructures. However, infrastructure doesn’t occur w it hout t he pa r ticipation a nd contr ibution of qualified individuals, who in turn require proper education and incentives that provides the city with its own return on investment. As we prepare to elect our next officials it’s important to keep in mind that those we elect have critical roles in the health of our community. Gallup and the surrounding

reservations are more than a small town and places on the map but instead a series of colonies that require total caring, cooperation and community to obtain the vision we all have for them. A f t e r Jo h a n n e s’ f i f t h birthday I asked, “So what is that ants do and what can we learn from them son?” He said proudly, “That ants work to build a strong community so they can survive.” Through caring and cooperation we grow and succeed. Ants work. Coach G Greg McNeil is a StrongFirst In structor, P r o fe s s i o n a l S t r e n g th & Conditioning coa ch , Licensed Clinical Counselor (LPCC), Life Coach, Author, and the owner of Gallup School of Strength (www.gallupschoolofstrength.com).

Culture, and (4) Incentives. When comparing McKinley County to the four identified factors, strengths outweigh weaknesses. Recent public investments in infrastructure such as NavajoGallup Water Supply and US Hwy 491 have brought forth new pr ivate development of investment-ready sites such as the Gallup Energy Logistics Park, which contains a 345-acre certified site by way of participation in the BNSF Railway Premier Sites Program. Additionally, the Gallup Executive Directors Alliance (GEDA, with members such as Gallup-McKinley County Schools, UNM-Gallup, and GGEDC, is fully engaged in leveraging its collective resources to dr ive a rea l strategy for improving workforce training and access. Understanding and appreciation of differences in culture

is without a doubt a cornerstone of McKinley County as a community. Lastly, incentive programs such as the Local Economic Development Act and the Job Training Incentive Program ensure the right mix of business support with judicious expenditure of public funds. In recognizing National Econom ic Development Week, we recognize our local economic development partners hard at work right now on behalf of Gallup-McKinley County. For GGEDC, the mission remains the same, to recruit, retain, and expand economic base employers. In pursuing Foreign Direct Investment, GGEDC is taking a slightly larger approach to economic development. As always, please contact the GGEDC office at 505.722.2980 i f you need assistance.



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COMMUNITY In Diné language, culture festival, students compete to showcase their heritage By Rick Abasta Sun Correspondent


he 11th annual Diné Language and Culture Fe st iva l broug ht together students from across the district in a competition to showcase their Navajo heritage in the categories of oral presentation, singing, and dancing May 4. The event took place at Gallup High School. Vern Bia, director of cultural education for Gallup High School, commended students for their traditional dress and encouraged them to take pride in their identity. “Feel good about being Diné, be proud of it. There’s a beauty in our way, our language and our people,” he said. “Our language is important.” Carmen Moffet, director of the GHS Johnson O’Malley Department, provided the welcome address. “We would like to welcome all of our students here representing the high schools,” she said. “We have four events scheduled for the next two weeks.” T he upcom i n g event s include a middle school competition, which will be held May 14. The in-town elementary school competition will be held May 15, and the elementary in-county school competition

is scheduled for May 16. “We welcome you to come back and help us support our students who will be competing in these categories,” Moffet said. In the first event, high school students from Crownpoint, Gallup, Miyamura, Navajo Pine, Thoreau, Tse’ Yi’ Gai, and Tohatchi competed to show off their knowledge of Diné culture through song, dance, and oral presentation, where they highlighted their language skills. Oral presentations ranged in their topics, covering the oral history of the Sacred Mountains, their representative colors, Navajo tenets, the traditional names of the mountains, and gender. Tohatchi High School students presented a re-enactment of a Star Wars scene in Navajo, including stage props that featured Darth Vader and Storm Trooper masks. O t her per for m a nce s included the traditional Navajo Rou nd Da nce, Sa sh Belt Dance, and traditional singing performances.

ORIGINS OF TRADITION Bia praised the student participation and said the culture festival originally began with parents working with the JOM

Orlando Johnny, center, and a group of his fellow students from Navajo Pine High School practice the sash dance outside the Gallup High School auditorium in Gallup May 4 for the Diné Language and Culture Festival dance competition. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo Dept. The Johnson-O’Malley Program is a federal subsidy that funds native education and cultural programs. “It’s about bringing students together to share what they learned in class,” Bia said, of the competition’s goals. Moffet said she was part of the event from the start and praised the work of Louise Benally from Church Rock. “We used to send our children to compete at other competitions, like the one at Window Rock High School. Louise also served as a judge at those events,” Moffet said,

Rheanna Smallcanyon, a student at Miyamura High School, holds up a painted scene during the speech competition of the Diné Language and Culture Festival at Gallup High School in Gallup May 4. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo COMMUNITY

referring to the time before a similar competition found its place in Gallup. Gaining institutional knowledge of how to organize such a competition was important, from establishing categories to formatting judging. Eventually, Moffet and Bia decided to organize an event for the Gallup McKinley County School District, and despite some growing pains during the early years, their work led to the successful cultural festival of today. During the May 4 culture festival, the following schools

placed in competition: For oral presentation, Tse’ Yi’ Gai took first place, Gallup took second, Navajo Pine took third, and Crownpoint took honorable mention. For the singing presentation, Tse’ Yi’ Gai took first place, Gallup took second, Miyamura took third, and Tohatch i took honorable mention. For the dancing presentation, Navajo Pine took first place, Gallup took second, Tse’ Yi’ Gai took third, and Miyamura took honorable mention.

Students from Miyamura High School compete in the dance competition of the Diné Language and Culture Festival hosted at Gallup High School in Gallup May 4. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo Gallup Sun • Friday May 11, 2018


NEA grant will fund new ‘Coal Avenue Commons’ initiative CONCEPT AIMED AT REVITALIZING DOWNTOWN

By Rick Abasta Sun Correspondent


h e C o a l Av e n u e Com mons k ick- of f celebration brought t oget her bu si ne s s owners, city workers, citizens, and other stakeholders May 1 in a discussion of ongoing efforts to revitalize downtown Gallup through funding from Our Town, the National Endowment for the Arts’ creative placemaking grants program. The grant funding supports projects that incorporate arts, culture, and design into community projects. Advancing the local economy, community aesthetics, and social outcomes is the NEA’s goal. El Morro Theatre the crown jewel of downtown Gallup, was the site of the event. Jen Hughes, director of design and creative placemaking at the National Endowment for the Arts, joined by video from Washington, D.C. She said the transformative process is going to be exciting. “First off, I want to extend hearty congratulations to the

city of Gallup and gallupARTS for securing an Our Town award from the NEA,” Hughes said. The NEA, as an independent federal agency, funds, promotes and strengthens the creative capacity of communities by providing Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation. Hughes said placing arts at the table with land use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety strategies are a few of the advantages of the Our Town grant. “Ultimately, Our Tow n grants are intended to seed catalytic work that will drive long-term social, physical and economic improvements with the goal of benefitting local and regional residents,” Hughes said. The challenge is to imagine how Coal Avenue can become a walkable, welcoming place where culture, community, and commerce thrive. Artists have a unique ability to push the boundaries of what we think is

Local business owners and community members gather at El Morro Theatre May 1 to listen to the plans to develop a pedestrian friendly Coal Avenue Commons in downtown Gallup. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo possible and render exceptional visions into reality, she said. “Gallup is home to a remarkable group of silversmiths, weavers, carvers, painters, sculptors, writers, and more,” Hughes said. “I encourage you to leverage the creative talents of Gallup to boldly think about the ways that you might strengthen your community.” I mplement i ng u nconventional thinking to drive long-term social and physical change is the key, she added. Maryann Ustick, Gallup’s city manager, welcomed partners to the kick-off and said the Coal Avenue Commons will be a catalyst for the revitalization of downtown. “A downtown is the heart of any city and it is also our front door,” Ustick said. How downtown looks and feels is important because it w ill entice com mu n it y

members and visitors to return for the experience. Ustick’s ex per ience i n downtown revitalization projects with other cities has provided her with key lessons and firsthand knowledge about the positive attributes of creative placemaking, a term used by the NEA to mean the use of arts and culture to develop and improve a neighborhood, street, or community. She said the 4 P’s of success for downtown revitalization are patience, preservation, participation, and partnerships. Pat ience i s i mpor t a nt because downtown revitalization is a long-term commitment and Ustick said Gallup’s vision is outlined in the downtown master plan, replete with an arts and cultural district plan. Preservation provides historical context and uniqueness for the public, which today

craves authenticity. Gallup’s unique gift is arts and the American Indian culture is an experience that visitors can’t get anywhere else. Participation is the hardest because getting the buy-in of property owners, businesses and an entire community can be a time consuming process. Political will and community support are crucial. Partnerships are important because the local government does not have the resources to revitalize downtown on its own. Partnerships are important to sustain and grow the revitalization. Ustick expressed appreciation for the NEA, McCune Ch a r it able Fou ndat ion, McK i n ley Cou nt y, Ga l lup Business Improvement District, New Mexico Arts, New Mexico Main Street, Gallup Main Street, City of Gallup, and gallupARTS.

DOWNTOWN THROUGH HISTORY Eva n Willia ms, deputy director for Northwest New Me x ic o C o u n t y of Governments, said the organization serves 72 rural and small towns in Cibola, McKinley and


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Hero Twins author, artist visits Gallup for ‘Free Comic Book Day’ By Rick Abasta For the Sun


ree Comic Book Day” at the El Mor r o E ve nt s Center brought Dale DeForest, creator, writer, and illustrator of Hero Twins to Gallup May 5. DeForest, who grew up in the Four Corners region of the Navajo Nation, gave the first 75 visitors a free copy of Hero Twins Issue 1 and spoke to comic book fans about his inspiration and why storylines from comics often mimic the good vs. evil themes of the Bible. “Hero Twins had very little to do with the actual Navajo creation story,” he said. Instead, he took elements from the tribal creation story to pen his own story about Navajo land circa 1860 in the midst of the cavalry roundup and the birth of twins with special qualities. The creation of Hero Twins, and DeForest’s artistic style, is rooted in the do-it-yourself

ethic, a philosophy of independence that resonates with him in his work. The comic’s foundation can be found in pen and ink drawings that began the process. “I draw on this tabloid-sized Bristol board. Just pen and ink drawing, black and white. After that I scan it and import it into Photoshop,” he said of his process. Once imported, the artwork is sharpened through the use of levels in Photoshop. DeForest executes hard contrast applications to enhance the black and white imagery. “The artwork is on its own layer, but it has to be transparent, and once I do that, then I start coloring,” he explained to the crowd of fans. DeForest showed the audience this process step-by-step through use of a laptop and projector. The original master copy of the comic was also shared with the audience, so they could see the foundation

NEA GRANT | FROM PAGE 16 San Juan counties. “Downtown Gallup has been a hub for social and commercial activities since the railroad landed and has been through many periodic transformations,” he said. The horse-and-buggy, coal mining, invention of automobiles, acquisition of Interstate 40, and the construction of Rio West Mall are a few of the changes in Gallup’s history that initially helped to create its downtown. In 1985, Gallup was one of

the first cities in New Mexico to become a Main Street town. “We were actually one of the first communities in New Mexico to complete a metropolitan redevelopment plan,” Williams said. “Gallup has been an innovator of downtown redevelopment since its inception.” The downtown redevelopment plan was completed in 2002 and involved a design charrette with business owners and stakeholders. The results of those efforts can be seen with the courthouse, veterans’ memorial, Gallup Walkway, expansion of

Maryann Ustick, manager for the City of Gallup, gives a welcome address for the Coal Avenue Commons meeting at El Morro Theatre in downtown Gallup May 1. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo

the El Morro into a performing arts center, and more. Guest speaker Greg Esser of the Creative Placemaking Institute at Arizona State University said Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row was a revitalization project that he worked on for more than 20 years. He shared a number of photos depicting vacant lots that were transformed through community participation in projects like the one-acre Valley of the Sunflowers project, which had high school students planting sunflowers for harvest. The seeds were harvested, pressed and used as fuel for a hybrid solar biofuel car that they created in their classrooms. It took five years to get city permission for the students to plant seeds over a two-year period. “Creative placemaking is really about assets that exist in every community and those are artists,” Esser said. “Artists are people who tend to see things where others don’t. They use imagination to see a better future. They have creativity and skill and they are incredibly underutilized assets.” For more information, visit www.coalavenuecommons.com.


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Dale DeForest said his inspiration for the comic came out of the Navajo creation story, but that Hero Twins developed into something uniquely his own. DeForest distributed Issue 1 of his comic to 75 lucky visitors at the El Morro Events Center for “Free Comic Book Day” May 5. Photo Credit: Rick Abasta

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Life of the Party squeezes out some chuckles By Glenn Kay For the Sun



ctress Melissa McCarthy and husband/director Ben Falcone have teamed up a couple of times in the past with the comedies Tammy and The Boss. Personally, neither of them worked for me, but they did well enough at the box office to inspire another feature. Life of the Party is the team’s latest collaboration. It isn’t particularly strong either, but is a slight improvement over their previous films. There are plenty of quiet stretches, but it does eke out a couple of big laughs over its running time thanks to a talented cast. Deanna (Melissa McCarthy) is proud but slightly saddened to be saying goodbye to daughter Maddie (Molly Gordon) at university. However, their separation is rather abruptly ended when husband Dan (Matt Walsh) announces that he has fallen in love with a local real estate agent (Julie Bowen) and wants a divorce. Stunned and unsure of what to do next, Deanna confides in best friend Christine (Maya Rudolph). She then decides to re-enroll in university and finish the degree she gave up

Melissa McCarthy and Molly Gordon play a mother-daughter duo attending the same college. Mom, trying to fit in with a younger generation, manages to embarrass her daughter at every turn. Photo Credit: Warner Bros. to become a mother. The lead initially struggles to integrate with the young student body, but soon charms her daughter’s fr iends (who appea r to like having a supportive mother figure around). The concept itself is just an excuse for the lead to embarrass her daughter and ingratiate herself into a sorority. Of course, the plot doesn’t really make much sense and the script attempts to incorporate too many characters. T here a re Dea n na’s m iddle-aged friends, as well as 207 WEST COAL GALLUP 505.863.1250 www.elmorrotheatre.com Facebook @elmorrogallup


the campus kids, a boyfriend (Luke Benward), and then the professors. While the boyfriend material is more amusing than expected, much of the attention is devoted to the relationships with the other female students. These gags don’t land as effectively. The script also struggles to create big conflict. Much of the tension towards the climax occurs when Dan refuses to pay for Deanna’s tuition. Given it’s so close to the end of the year, it’s a real stretch that

she needs money this late in the semester. Thankfully, there are a few big laughs. One involves a dinner between Deanna, Christine, and her spouse (Damon Jones), as well as another couple at a local restaurant. Things get out of hand quickly when Dan, his new girlfriend, and another unexpected party appear. A public argument causes complete confusion between the characters and some very funny reactions from the other utterly befuddled couple also

sitting at the table. Another effective bit involves an oral class presentation for Deanna that goes horribly wrong. Additionally, the movie benefits from Rudolph’s comic timing and even gets an effective gag out of a brief cameo with director Falcone. But between a couple of great individual scenes, there’s only the odd chuckle here and there and little else that is memorable. This may in part be due to the fact that Deanna is so sweet and genial and that much of the movie focuses on the mother’s transformation into an independent, confident woman and her positive influence on the various students whom she befriends. The intent is well and good, but given some of the broadly played scenarios, the numerous bonding scenes between the characters do come across as forced, overly sentimental, and lacking in comedic bite. In the end, Life of the Party has a couple of big laughs, but several dry spells between the chuckles. Personally, this reviewer found it to be a minor improvement over the couple’s previous collaborations, but nothing spectacular. It’s an agreeable but middling little film that will likely disappear from memory within a week or two. Truth be told, one might say that it’s another one of those mov ies best suited for weekend afternoon TV-watching. Visit: CinemaStance.com


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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for May 11, 2018 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


elcome back, it’s time for a look at new releases coming your way on Blu-ray and DVD. This time out we have an unusual mix of Hollywood fare, with some independent and documentary features too. 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! Batman Ninja - This animated effor t from DC is a s t a nd a lone feature about the famous s u p e r h e r o. However, in this film the Gotham City setting has been

HERO TWINS | FROM PAGE 17 of the comic book. Ni ne -yea r- old Sr ika r Venigalla asked, “What inspired you to make this story?” DeForest said his inspiration came from his childhood love for comic books. Once he realized they were made from art and stories, it was a perfect fit. “If I’m going to be an artist, I might as well take myself to where there art is at and that’s comic books,” DeForest said. “I’ve been a kid ever since.”

BRINGING COMICS BACK HOME Issue 1 of Hero Twins took about a month create. DeForest worked on the comic from February to November 2017, working about an hour a night. Native Realities published the comic in September 2017. The clean, glossy publication features rich colors and distinctive Navajo imagery. The storyline follows the U.S. Calvary and their orders to burn and kill Navajos in an area now known as Ft. Defiance. DeForest wrote Issues 2 and 3 and began drawing for Issue 2 about two weeks ago. COMMUNITY

changed to feudal Japan. After passing through a time displacement machine to the earlier era, Batman becomes an armored ninja. The hero ends up facing off against infamous foes, including Catwoman, Two Face, and the Joker. The title has only received a few reviews thus far. They state that the movie is visually gorgeous and the concept is intriguing, but that viewers will have to contend with a rather poor story and some awkwardly realized elements. The English voice cast includes Roger Craig Smith, Tony Hale, Grey DeLisle, and Tara Strong. Dayveon - A 13-year-old boy in Arkansas attempts to process the death of his older brother by joining a local gang and escaping into their violent world. The boyfriend of the protagonist’s sister attempts to step in and act as a role model for the child. In the process, the youngster struggles as he is pulled in two different

directions. Write-ups for this small, independent feature were generally good. A few didn’t appreciate the very lowkey and realistic approach to the material, but more complimented the film. Those reviews suggested that the feature built up considerable momentum and had a specific and unique style. It features Devin Blackmon, Dontrell Bright, and Lachion Buckingham. F i f t y S h a d e s Freed - The final chapter in the Fifty S h a d e s of Grey series continues the unusual relationship between its two lead characters as they decide to tie the knot. Despite the pair thinking that they have left their pasts behind, they are confronted with a threatening individual or two out to ruin their lives.

“I’m about five pages in and I hope to have it done by Indigenous Comic Con in November,” he said, referring to the three-day native pop culture convention in Albuquerque. Native representation in the comic world, and the chance for indigenous artists and fans to host their own comic con event, was a long time coming. “When I was young, there were no comic book stores in Farmington. All they had were these little rinky-dink spinning racks with Archie comics,” DeForest said. “A couple of years later, they opened up a comic store and you couldn’t

get me out of there.” You can find his larger-thanlife graphic design work on the outskirts of Albuquerque on Interstate 40 and Interstate 25. Look for the Route 66 Casino billboards—which DeForest designed—and you will catch a glimpse of his unique, clean style. DeForest is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in photography on his journey to becoming one of the most prolific graphic artists of the region. For more information, visit www.daledeforest.com.

DeForest introduced visitors to his creative process at the El Morro Events Center for “Free Comic Book Day” May 5. DeForest begins his work with pen and ink on Bristol board, before moving on to Photoshop to enhance the contrast in his work. Photo Credit: Rick Abasta

As expected, notices were just as bad this time out as for previous installments. A scant percentage called it amusing trash, but most complained that the attempts in the thriller mold failed. They also asserted that the characters lacked chemistry and weren’t likable, instead coming across as entitled jerks. It stars Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Eloise Mumford, and Rita Ora. Human F low - The global refugee crisis is the subject of this non-fiction film. A documentary f i l m ma ker travels to 23 individual countries and chronicles the stories of over 65 million who have left war torn nations, extremist regimes, disaster zones and general devastation in order to find a new home. Critics were very impressed with what they saw. One or two didn’t think it was as involving as it should have been, but most complimented the movie for putting individual faces to a bigger issue and sharing their horrific trials with the public. Some also complimented it for simply allowing the poetic images and examples of mass exodus speak for themselves.

BLASTS FROM THE PAST! There are plenty of interesting cult flicks arriving on Blu-ray this week. MVD has a two-disc special edition of the campy sequel, The Return of Swamp Thing (1989). This low-budget follow-up brings back the original film’s villain (played by Louis Jordan). Apparently, he’s still attempting to find a magic formula that can reverse the aging process. When the antagonist decides to experiment on his stepdaughter (Heather Locklear), Swamp Thing (Duck Durock) emerges to save the day. The set includes a 2K restoration of the film on Blu-ray and DVD along with numerous extras. There are interviews with the filmmaker, editor, composer, and executive producer, along with two director commentaries (one of which is brand new), trailers, TV ads, promo reels,

Greenpeace PSAs, publicity photos, and more. Shout! also has some Blurays of note. Caged Fury (19 9 0) i s a B -mov ie about an innocent w o m a n locked up in a female penitentiary. To earn her freedom, she has to fight a corrupt warden and some nasty guards. R ox a n n a M ich a el s, E r i k Estrada, and Michael Parks appear in this grindhouse title. The disc comes with a trailer. K ino has a Special Edition Blu-ray of the come d y/d r a m a R o o m m a t e s (1995) about a young ma n who is adopted by his very elderly grandfather. It comes w it h a com menta r y track featuring star D.B. Sweeney. They’re also putting out the Mercha nt Ivor y- produced period drama, Feast of July (1995). This one includes a commentar y with director Christopher Menaul. Finally, independent horror studio Full Moon is releasing Blu-rays of The Creeps aka Deformed Monsters (1997) and Puppet Master: The Legacy (2003). These discs will most certainly include plenty of extras along with the main feature.

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Here are a couple of titles for the kids. Bubble Guppies: B u b b l e Puppy’s Awesome Adventures (Nickelodeon) Bunnicula: Season 1

ON THE TUBE! And here are the week’s TV-themed releases. Bunnicula: Season 1 Dear White People: Season 1 Mid some r Murde rs: County Case Files Police Woman: The Final Season R o w a n a n d Ma r t i n’s Laugh-In: Season 4

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SPORTS 360 Pats advance in 5A playoffs; beat Alamogordo 6-0 MIYAMURA TO PLAY NO. 1 ROSWELL GODDARD

By Bernie Dotson For the Sun


he Miyamura Patriots got hot on offense and clamped down on defense to beat the Alamogordo Tigers 6-0 in the second game of a three-game series May 5 to advance to the second round of the New Mexico 5A baseball tournament at Miyamura High School. Freshman starting pitcher Marc Rios allowed two hits in the win. The No. 8 seeded Patr iots (15 -11) now play Roswell Goddard in the quarterfinals May 11 at St. Pius in Albuquerque. “It was a good win for us,” Miyamura head coach Brian Silva said. “The guys really played tough on defense and we got the hits we wanted on offense.” The Tigers (13-16) won the

first game of the series May 5 by the score of 9-3. That game tied the series at 1-1 as the Pats won the opening game May 4 with a 2-1 decision. Rios didn’t give up a hit May 5 until the game was well into five innings. Senior Isaiah Salazar of Alamogordo bunted and got on base and sophomore Rooster Williams was hit by a pitch and that went against the otherwise perfect game for Rios. Rios rapidly went through the third, fourth and fifth innings May 5, striking out a total of eleven batters. Rios appeared to be getting tired in the fifth, and it showed when he walked two batters and when the Tigers’ sophomore Elias Orozco hit a single to first base.

THE SCORING DELUGE BY MHS In terms of scoring, the

Miyamura High School fans rally around home plate after their team won the third game to move onto the 2nd round of state playoffs May 10. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons Patriots got on the scoreboard first when sophomore centerfielder Lance Evans hit in junior outfielder Jason Cordova in the bottom of the first inning. In the same inning, senior catcher Giovanni Chioda hit

in fellow upperclassman Brett McFarland. Freshman Lorenzo scored for a 3-0 Patriots lead and Rios hit in Cordova for another run. “We had some breakdowns on defense in the second and third innings,” Tigers’ head coach Michael Crabtree said. “They scored a slew of runs in that juncture. We had a couple chances to get back in it, but the hits weren’t there.” The No. 9 seeded Tigers st a r t ed sophomore Ju l io Mendoza a s pitcher who Crabtree called a very good

athlete. And he was on defense when Alamogordo wasn’t going to get runs, though. Still, Rios went to bat and hit in Cordova and the Patriots appeared to have found a weakness in Mendoza because of the high number of hits. Cordova later brought in senior outfielder and Miyamura was coasting at 5-0. “Stay in there. Stay in there,” Crabtree repeated to his players. “Stay in there.” The Patriots scored one more run before the game was done at 6-0 in the seventh inning.

A Miyamura Patriot heads to home plate in the first game against the Alamogordo Tigers May 5. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons


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Manuelito Canyon Road Maintenance & Repair PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that the County of McKinley will receive competitive sealed bids for IFB # 2018-12, Manuelito Canyon Road-Maintenance & Repair; Project No’s. PWs 301, 303, and 380 until Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 2:00 P.M., Local Time, at which time bids will be opened and publicly read aloud in the County Commission Chambers, and as more particularly set out in the specifications, copies for such are available by contacting Ronald M. Caviggia, Procurement Manager at 207 West Hill Avenue, Gallup, New Mexico 87301; by telephone at (505) 722-3868; or by email at rcaviggia@ co.mckinley.nm.us. Copies of the solicitations are also posted on the County’s website at http://www. co.mckinley.nm.us/Bids.aspx. McKinley County reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids and to waive informalities. The Procurement Code, Sections 13-1-28 Through 131-199, NMSA, 1978 imposes civil and criminal penalties for code violations. In addition the New Mexico criminal statutes impose felony/penalties for illegal bribes, gratuities and kickbacks. There will be a non-mandatory Pre-Bid Conference on May 30, 2018 @ 2:00 p.m. in the County Commission Chambers located at 207 West Hill Avenue, 3rdFloor, Gallup, New Mexico 87301. A site visit will be conducted after the Pre-Bid. DATED this May, 2018

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COUNTY OF McKINLEY, NEW MEXICO IFB No. 2018-10 County of McKinley Office of Fire-EMS Pueblo Pintado Fire Department Station #82 Public notice is hereby given that the County of McKinley will receive sealed bids for construction of Pueblo Pintado Fire Department Station No. 82 located at Navajo Route 9, Mile Marker 76 until the hour of 2:00 P.M., local time, June 7, 2018 at the office of the McKinley County Purchasing Department at the McKinley County Courthouse 3rdFloor, 207 West Hill Avenue, Gallup, New Mexico 87301. Bids will be opened, and read aloud at that time. No bids will be received or considered if re-

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A TTENTION H IGH S CHOOL J UNIORS AND S ENIORS ! The New Mexico Press Association is hosting the annual High School Journalism Workshop at UNM on June 10-13. Students with an interest in writing, editing, design, digital journalism and photography are encouraged to attend. It’s a great workshop for students working on school newspapers, yearbooks or are curious about a newspaper career. Visit www.nmpress.org for details. Deadline to apply is May 25.

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corner of said Section 3, T9N, R14W, N.M.P.M.; thence, N 00° 34’ 00” W, 3.550.00 feet distance to the northwest corner of the parcel herein described; thence, along a rock rim S 31° 01’ 00” E, 780.00 feet distance to a point; thence, S 70° 00’ 00” E, 650.00 feet distance to a point; thence, N 84° 06’ 00” E, 300.00 feet distance to a point; thence, S 55° 00’ 00” E, 1,100.00 feet distance to a point; thence, S 44° 16’ 00” E, 550.00 feet distance to a point; thence, S 52° 25’ 00” E, 1,000.00 feet distance to the southeast corner of the parcel herein described being a point on the south boundary line of Section 3, T9N, R14W, N.M.P.M.; thence, West, 3,979.56 feet distance to the southwest corner and place of beginning of the parcel herein described and containing 205.305 acres, more or less, (hereinafter “Property”). That unless you enter your appearance in said cause on or before the last day of publication, judgment by default will be entered against you. Attorney(s) LASTRAPES, SPANGLER & PACHECO, P.A. Matthew B. Landess Attorney for Plaintiff P.O. Box 15698 Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87174 Telephone: (505) 892-3607 Facsimile: (505) 892-1864 ml@lsplegal.com WITNESS the Honorable Pedro G. Rael, District Judge of the Thirteenth Judicial District Court of the State of New Mexico, and the Seal of the District Court of Cibola County, this 17thday of April, 2018. TOINETTE GARCIA CLERK OF THE DISTRICT COURT (SEAL) By: /s/ Pablita Cohoe Deputy PUBLISH Gallup Sun: Friday, May 11, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 Friday, May 25, 2018

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10:30 am12:30 pm @ Main Branch. Free computer training is available each week. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. No registration is required. This week: Basic Keyboarding.


2-3 pm @ Children’s Branch. We provide the supplies and you provide the ideas. Join us for creativity, innovation, and fun.


4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch. Join us for a family-friendly video games Friday afternoon. SATURDAY, May 12


The Plateau Sciences Society will hold its 19th annual Native & Xeric Plant Sale to benefit the Children’s Library Summer Program. 9 am-3 pm, at Holiday Nursery, 224 S. Valley View (off of Aztec Ave). Call (505) 863-6459


11 am @ Children’s Branch. An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement, rhymes, and stories.


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: Picture Editing Basics.


7-9 pm @ Children’s Branch. Join us during ArtsCrawl: Pop! For a Q&A with local film makers. SUNDAY. May 13


There will be two upcoming exhibitions at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, open to the public. Call (505) 982-4636.

Computer training is available each week. Class size is limited to 10 participants. No registration required. This week: MS Word for Beginners. TUESDAY, May 15


3-5 pm @ Main Branch. Free Computer training is available each week. Class size is limited to 10 participants. No registration required. This week: Computer Skills II.


4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch. We provide supplies, you supply the ideas. This week: Rock Candy. WEDNESDAY, May 16


10 am-12 pm @ Northside Senior Citizen’s Center. The Gallup Senior Citizen’s Center will host computer classes presented by the Library. These classes are specially designed for anyone 55+ and will teach the basic skills needed to access a computer. There will be multiple one hour sessions for each training, no registration needed. Please contact the Senior Citizen’s Center at (505) 722-4740 for Senior Center questions. For specific questions or more information on classes call (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@gallupnm.gov. This week: One-on-One Technology Help.


10:30-11 am @ Children’s Branch. An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement, rhymes, and stories.


The Library is offering help using open source software. If you’re struggling or just have questions, please stop by on Wednesdays at 3 pm for training an open source products. We’ll go over the basics of opening documents, saving, and more. No registration required. Call (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@gallupnm.gov. This week: Google Sheets.


A Taize contemplative candlelight service will take place at 4 pm. The theme of “Living Water” will be explored through music, chant, prayer, quiet time, Scripture and readings of various faith traditions. Call Kathy Mezoff (505) 870-6136. Location: 151 State Hwy 564 (Boardman Dr. near Orleans Manor Apartment). MONDAY, May 14


5-7 pm @ Main Branch. Free CALENDAR

ty: Plastic Bottle Cap or Clothespin Magnet.


The longest-running live stage show in the United States comes to the Gallup High Auditorium. The Tamburitzans are American’s premier International music and dance group and will perform their new show: “Passages.” Tickets: $25 in advance and $30 at the door: www.talentshadows.events. ONGOING


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.


Meets Wednesday, 6-7 pm, at First United Methodist Church, 1800 Redrock Dr. (in the library). All are welcome.


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.


Gallup’s longest-running live show! Every Friday night from 7-9 pm. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. Second St.


gallupARTS is pleased to announce Diné photographer Hannah Manuelito is the Summer 2018 Native Artist-in-Residence. Her work includes portraits celebrating Dine women will be available May-July.


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.



5:30-7 pm @ Main Branch. Films play every Wednesday. This week’s film: Monuments Men. THURSDAY, May 17


4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch. Fun crafts for the whole family. This week’s activi-

sign up there or call (505) 7224226.

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 yard sales are held every Saturday, 9 am-noon on Warehouse Lane, weather permitting. Volunteers wishing to serve on construction projects may


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 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 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.


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.


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. SAVE THE DATE


The entire 2018 lineup is outlined below: 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.


On May19, join Gallup McKinely County Schools for a Skirt making Workshop. To be eligible, students must be enrolled in GMCS and have a copy of their Enrollment Card. 9 am, Student Support Center Boardroom, 640 S. Boardman Dr. Call (505) 7211036.


Dozens of artists and craftsmen from New Mexico and Arizona, specializing in traditional and contemporary Spanish Colonial art, will exhibit and sell their work at the Spanish Market. Northern New Mexico band Lone Piñon will provide live music, and visitors can purchase tickets for a raffle of a ‘78 Trans Am, proceeds of which go to support education of seminarians. Schedule: Friday, June 1 from 6-8:30 pm; Saturday, June 2 from 10 am-5 pm (The Charity raffle drawing for a ’78 Trans Am will also take place on Saturday, at days end.); Sunday, June 3 from 9 am-1 pm.


On June 8 & 15, SBDC will host a Quickbook workshop series, 9 am-12 pm. Day 1 (June 8): Quickbooks Desktop and Quickbook online. Day 2 (June 15): In this follow up session, after attendees have had a chance to implement what they learned in the first class. Call (505)7222220. Location: 106 W. Hwy. 66. Registration: $100. No Refunds.


On June 24-30, the New Mexico State Police Training and Recruiting Bureau will host the 2018 Youth Academy. Deadline to submit your application is May 10. Call Sergeant Garcia (505) 827-9236 or nmsp.youthacademy@ state.nm.us.


On July 14, the feast day of Kateri Tekawitha, the first canonized Native American Catholic Saint is celebrated each year in the Diocese of Gallup. Pueblo drummers and singers provide music throughout the Mass, followed by a procession with dancers from Acoma Pueblo. Call Suzanne Hammons (505) 863-04406. 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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NEW OFFICE HOURS EFFECTIVE: May 21, 2018 new office hours for Gallup Housing will be as follows: MONDAY:


8 am to 1 pm 1 pm to 5 pm Only



8 am to 12 Noon 12 Noon to 1 pm 1 pm to 5 pm



8 am to 12 Noon Only 12 Noon to 5 pm



8 am to 12 Noon 12 Noon to 1 pm 1 pm to 5 pm



8 am to 12 Noon Only 12 Noon to 5 pm



Why: Due to limited staffing and increase administrative paperwork requirements. Scheduled Tenant Appointments: Housing Management staff will still schedule Tenant appointments for “Interims, Annual Re-certifications or Final Certs” throughout the week even when doors are closed. It is strongly recommended that Tenants keep their scheduled appointments. Walk-ins will not be accepted when offices are closed so PLEASE do not bang on the Door. Work Order Requests: Tenants may still make Work Order requests by calling the number below or by calling the Maintenance Hot line: 722-5000 when offices are closed. For “after hours” or emergency work orders call the Maintenance Hot line. Located at 203 Debra Drive in Gallup, NM (505) 722-4388 Housing Applications may be requested by email: GHA.Main@galluphousing.com 24 Friday May 11, 2018 • Gallup Sun


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