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NEWS Could New Mexico be the next place for nuclear waste storage? HOLTEC, NRC HOLD MEETING IN GALLUP
By Dee Velasco For the Sun
meeting was held May 21 at the Downtown Gallup Conference Center regarding the possibility of nuclear waste being transported through Gallup and parts of the Navajo Nation by Holtec International. The nuclear waste would be placed at proposed nuclear waste storage site in southeastern New Mexico in Lea County between Hobbs and Carlsbad. A long with Holtec, the U.S. Nuclea r Reg u l at or y Commission was on hand as well for the public meeting to gather feedback on what features they should study to determine the environmental impacts of a proposed nuclear waste storage site. This is part of the beginning of likely a three year process to determine whether NRC would grant a license to Holtec to build their facility and to transport waste to New Mexico. Based outside of Washington, D.C., Holtec constructs the containers that store radioactive waste from nuclear power plants. It’s a steel canister within a concrete canister. The current policy is to bury deep underground at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, and for a variety of reasons, primarily politics, that has not happened to date. Meanwhile, Holtec offers an interim solution to build the facility in the Land of Enchantment. Holtec Inter nationa l
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Program Director Ed Mayer said the purpose of the meeting was also to educate the public and hear their concerns about the project. “It’s the NRC’s meeting and it’s a scoping meeting,” he said. “We submitted our license submission, and the NRC wants to hear from the general public just to make sure that the scope of our submission was correct. If there’s things that we didn’t cover, and the general public knows about, the general public has the opportunity to tell the NRC [sic] increase the scope of our submission so it covers the correct items.” According to Mayer, the plan is to transport the waste from commercial nuclear reactors around the country to southeastern New Mexico by rail, which presumably would come through various parts of New Mexico, including Gallup. He wants to educate the public on Holtec’s safety measures, and to address issues that have arisen. “I would say that we’ve already addressed the hard issues,” he said. “Our technologies are the safest technologies on earth. Our storage it’s the safest in the world. It’s not the cart before the horse, we’ve had the horse before the cart, we’ve addressed those concerns already. What we want to do is educate the general public and make sure they understand our technologies. I think if they understand our technologies, it will take a little bit, they’ll be more comfortable with the facility.”
NRC facilitator Chip Cameron gives a slideshow presentation about the proposed nuclear repository site in Lea County May 21. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura David McIntyre, of NRC’s public affairs division, discussed the NRC standards in regard to the comments that were heard in the meeting. “Well, our standards are reg u lator y st a nda rd s for sa fety a nd env ironmenta l protection are pretty strict,” he said. “We won’t change our standards because of what we hear today, but what we hear tonight would potentially influence what we look at for environmental review and that’s what we’re here for. I want to be careful and say that what we hear tonight won’t have an impact because it will, we’re not holding a yea or nay referendum, although it’ll sound
like that at times. Of what comments we get through this process, we’ll definitely influence our review.” Many concerned citizens got the chance to speak and voice their opinions, such as Jonathan Perry, a Navajo Nation Council delegate. “My purpose is to state the positions and concerns that my chapters have with the majority of my colleagues on the council,” he said. “In regarding nuclear development, nuclear transportation, and uranium mining. We oppose this project, we oppose the transportation within the region, including Gallup and portions of the Navajo Nation through
railway.” Perry also stated the concern of emergency response and where would it come from, and does the area have adequate support should an emergency arise. Albuquerque is the nearest location with a hazmat team to respond, and even at that, are they able to handle a major risk should it arise? “What we found out that the nearest hazmat team that can respond to anything of this magnitude is Albuquerque – there is nothing local. So that imposes a major risk. The other
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MAN FACES CRUELTY CHARGES He trapped, then shot his dog
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City Council approves golf course expenses, among other expenditures By Rick Abasta Sun Correspondent
he May 22 regular meeting of the Gallup City Council began with a moment of silence to
acknowledge the passing of Pat Butler, owner of Butler’s Office Equipment and Supply and former city councilor. Neil Butler, Pat’s nephew, was in attendance for the meeting and the council expressed
condolences to the family. Mayor Pro Tem Councilor Allan Landavazo said, “I want to deviate from the agenda a little bit, just to observe a moment of silence tonight in memory of Pat Butler.”
Councilors listened to city attorney Curtis Hayes on the acceptance of the First Financial building May 22. He said the building suffered a fire last year and that the credit union does not intend on using the building anymore. Photo Credit: Rick Abasta
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Discussions began in earnest with approval of the Fiscal Year 2019 membership agreement for the Northwest New Mex ico Cou nc i l of Governments. Councilor Yogash Kumar said he was stepping down and would be replaced by Councilor Fran Palochak. The agreement passed unanimously. Next item on the agenda was approval of the standardized parade route. Karen Carlisle, emergency preparedness specialist, said the measure was to prevent vehicular attacks.
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his year marks the 50th year Special Olympics Torch Run across the Un ited States a nd on May 14, the torch passed through Gallup. Judith Goins, co-coordinator of the event and McKinley County’s Sheriff’s investigation administrative assistant/ sex offender and tracking, said the Gallup Police Department wa s or ig i na l ly i n cha rge coordinating the event, but recently, Goins and Merle Bates, chief investigator, took the reins. “We took over,” Goi ns said. “What it involves is law en forcement a cros s New Mexico … law enforcement brings the torch from the four corners of New Mexico and we
Law enforcement officers and personnel join forces to help raise funds for the Special Olympics Torch Run May 14. Photo Credit: Courtesy meet in Albuquerque.”
TEAMING UP Officers and staff from the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office, New Mexico State
Police, Navajo Nation Police Department, Ramah Police Depa r t ment , Zu n i Pol ice Depa r tment, W hite Cliffs Volunteer Fire Department and the District Attorney’s Office participated in fundraising for
the Special Olympics by selling T-shirts, plush dogs, challenged coins, and pins. Participants walked from the sheriff ’s office to the Courthouse downtown, and from there ran to the New Mexico State Police office east of Gallup. Next they biked into Grants to transfer the torch to the law enforcement agencies there and so on. “We had 30 participants total this year,” Goins said. The most they had this year than previous years. For the past two years, Goins said they invited the participants that are actually going to participate in the New Mexico Special Olympics in the area to join in the walk and run. “They were really excited,” she said. Goins added by inviting participants was a way to acknowledge them and say,
“Hey, these are our people. This is who we are going to root and cheer on.”
FUNDRAISING, RAISING AWARENESS Some ot her t a sk s law enforcement tackle besides fighting crime, they also raise funds for the Special Olympics by selling items. “We want to do more next year,” Goins said. Given that law enforcement is short-handed sometimes, Goins said she hopes when the staff increases, those coordinating and participating in the torch run can have their shifts covered and raise some more funds for the cause. An idea for fundraising is “tip a cop,” where a police
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Friday May 25, 2018 • Gallup Sun
Thoreau man is facing felony charges after he reportedly trapped his dog under his trailer and killed him with a crossbow. George A. Milliken, 34, has been charged with two counts of felony cruelty to animals. Both are fourth degree felonies, punishable by 18 months in jail. McKinley County Sheriff Deputy J. Todachine Jr. said he was dispatched to the St. Bonaventure Trailer Park on May 15, in connection with a report of a dog being shot with a crossbow. When he got there, he spoke to Milliken, who said the dog, named Panda, belonged to him. Panda had gotten under the trailer and damaged his heating unit, which he said would cost about $1,000 to repair. Todachine said Milliken had set a trap underneath his trailer and the dog had gotten caught in the trap. Milliken said he saw the dog “going crazy” after getting caught in the trap. He said he then got his crossbow and shot the dog in the shoulder area. That occurred about midnight on May 15 and 11 hours later, Todachine said, he walked over to the trailer and saw the deceased black and white dog laying on his side. He said he also saw the trap which he described as being metal with a chain link attached to a metal spike in the ground. The trap was clamped down on the dog’s lower paw. He said he did not see any other injuries to the dog. By then, Tiffany Hubbard, a county animal control officer, had arrived on the scene and she told Todachine that she had talked to New Mexico Game and Fish officials and they said traps like that were regulated by their agency. Todachine then contacted the district attorney’s office, and when he finished that call he told Milliken that he was not being charged at that time, but he could be charged in the future. He said he asked Milliken to turn over his crossbow to him and Milliken did so without incident. Four days later, Cosy Balok, the county’s animal control director gave an interview to an
George Milliken Albuquerque television reporter and expressed her concern that Milliken would not be facing charges. Paula Pakkala, the McKinley County district attorney, said Wednesday, when she learned of Balok’s concern she met Balok and told her that Milliken would be charged after the district attorney’s office had time to complete its own investigation. That investigation was completed on May 18, and an arrest warrant was issued on that date for Milliken’s arrest, but sheriff deputies were not able to locate him over the weekend. He was finally found on Tuesday and booked into jail. “He still is in jail now,” Pa kka la sa id Wed nesday morning, adding that he just had a bond hearing where he was placed on $3,500 bond. Assuming he was not able to come up with the 10 percent required to get out, he would have another bond hearing on Friday, she said. Crimes such as the one Milliken is charged with are rare in this area, but in the past these kinds of cases have usually resulted in a plea agreement with the charges being reduced to a misdemeanor and the suspect getting off with a suspended sentence. “That is not going to happen in this case. That little dog didn’t deserve to be trapped and killed with a crossbow,” she said, adding that her office will seek jail time even if she has to take the case to trial. She said she would fight for a guilty verdict, and it will then be up to a judge to decide on the sentence, at which time her office will continue to fight for jail time. NEWS
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former instructional leader at Lincoln Elementary School has decided to fight a decision by officials of Gallup McKinley County Schools not to renew his contract for the next school year by hiring local attorney David Jordan. Stephen Henderson received a letter from the district’s superintendent, Mike Hyatt, on May 3 informing him that his contract would not be renewed. Hyatt thanked Henderson for his willingness to relocate to Gallup during the school year and take over the instructional leadership duties but Hyatt then added that he did not think Henderson “was a good fit” for the district. “In addition, as we transition from two elementary schools next year to one, I have decided to place one principal at Lincoln and Roosevelt, I have decided to place one principal over both schools beginning on May 8,” Hyatt said in
OLYMPICS | FROM PAGE 7 officer serves your food at a restaurant and receives tips from diners. Those tips then get placed in the Specia l Olympics Torch Run event fund. “We’ve ra i sed roug h ly around $1,000,” Goins said. The Special Olympics Torch Run is held every year around the same time, first week of May or second week.
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his letter. “This will make the transition more seamless as we prepare budgets and instructional plans,” he added. He then told Henderson he would be paid out for the rest of his contract but his services would no longer be required as from the date of the letter. “This will give you time to search and find your next place of employment.” His letter ended by wishing Henderson well in his future. While the district has the right to not renew his contract, said Jordan, district officials don’t have the right to discriminate against him because of age. Jordan pointed out that his client is 66 years old and the district was planning to replace with someone a lot younger. “That’s age discrimination and that is against the law,” Jordan said, adding that he is in the process of filing an Equal Employ ment Oppor tu n it y Commission complaint on Henderson’s behalf against the district. encourages those to purchase either a T-shirt, plush dog, challenge coin or pins to help fund raise to continue the Special Olympics. She would a lso like to thank Car Quest for transferring items store to store to avoid shipping fees when getting the items to Gallup, which helps a lot when fund raising money. “Kudos to them,” Goins said. “Every year they do that and it’s all for Special Olympics and it’s pretty neat that they do that.” For more information, contact Judith Goins at (505) 722-8514
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Going the distance for Veterans (With man’s best friend)
Marine Corps Veterans Will Owens, left, and Dustin Schnatz stop for lunch at Sandra’s Place in Gallup May 23. The two veterans are running across America with their two dogs under their organization Run 2x2 Vets to raise money and awareness of veterans coping with post-traumatic stress disorder. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo
United Stated Marine Corps veteran Will Owens pets his dog Shooter in the “Run 2x2 Vets” van May 23 in Gallup. Owens and his friend Dustin Schnatz are running across America to raise awareness of veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The two men take turns running and driving the supply van but they try to average 22 miles a day each as well as 22 push-ups during breaks to honor the estimated statistic of 22 veterans who commit suicide every day. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo
Dustin Schnatz runs with his dog Konsin along Historic Route 66 in Gallup May 23. Schnatz is a United States Marine Corps veteran and is running across America with his friend and fellow veteran Will Owens to raise awareness of the dangers of post-traumatic stress disorder. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo
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Newly minted UNM president visits Gallup branch I understand a lot about psychology in the work place,” - Dr. Garnett S. Stokes
“I started off my college career at a branch campus,” she said, noting that she first began taking classes at Indiana University Kokomo. Initially, Stokes did not plan on attending college. She grew up in a military family. She changed her mind about higher education when all of her friends left after high school. Event ua l ly, she bega n going to school at CarsonNewman University in eastern Tennessee at the recommendation of her father, who was a Southern Baptist deacon and an airman in the U.S. Air Force. “My experience being on a branch campus and as an administrator at an institution that had branch campuses led me to realize just how Garnett Stokes, new president of University of New Mexico, attends a reception at the UNM branch in Gallup May 21. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo By Rick Abasta Sun Correspondent
r. Garnett S. Stokes, the 23rd President of UNM, stopped by the Gallup branch as part of her statewide listening tour May 21. Stokes is the first female president in UNM’s 129 history. She began working for the university on March 1, and was formally installed during commencement on May 12. She is a first generation college graduate with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, master’s degree in industrial-organizational psychology and a doctorate in industrial-organizational psychology. Prior to her career in academics, Stokes worked for Fortune 500 companies and government agencies as a consultant. “People told me they were afraid that I was going to change my mind, but I did not. I came here to be the president of the University of New Mexico,” she said. Before becoming president NEWS
important branch campuses are for meeting the mission of a flagship university,” she said. The purpose behind the listening tour is to meet with students, faculty, staff, and community members to hear firsthand the priorities of their branch campuses, she said. UNM has branch campuses in Gallup, Los Alamos, Taos, Valencia, UNM West, a nd online-distance education. It was Stokes second visit to Gallup. She previously visited for the legislative finance committee meeting. Although she has not established priorities because she wants to visit all of the branch campuses first to hear from the people directly, Stokes said two areas of concentration will be campus security and dealing with declining enrollment issues. “It seems especially importa nt that we would make
investments in both being a military-friendly institution and also a student veteran-friendly institution,” she said. “I’m trying not to identify too many things because I really think that this listening tour is going to be important to shaping the priorities,” she said. Student success in academics and the world of work is the purpose, she said, adding that UNM is a research institution that contributes nationally and internationally. Stokes’ 100-day mark will be on June 9, and she said she is going to issue a report at that time. In September she will hit the 200-day mark and anticipates on concluding her tour of the state. “At that point, I’ll be able to rollout just what some of the major initiatives will be going forward for our university and our branch campuses,” she said.
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of New Mexico’s flagship university, Stokes served as provost and interim chancellor at the University of Missouri at Columbia. Previous to that appointment, she ser ved a s pro vost and interim president of Florida State University. Stokes’ career in higher education began at the University of Georgia, where she served as department head and as a dean. “My field is industrial organization psychology, which means I understand a lot about psychology in the work place,” she said. Stokes noted that such experience should help her as a university administrator.
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Congratulations & Best Wishes to the ‘ Linda Sherman, one of Miyamura top academic students, addresses fellow graduates. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons
Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, and hometown hero, Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura offers words of encouragement to graduates at the school of his namesake. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons
UNM-Gallup grads stand for the crowd after entry into the Angelo DiPaolo Memorial Stadium May 12. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons
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A Gallup High School senior looks through the crowd of his classmates at their 2018 commencement ceremony May 11 held at Angelo DiPaolo Memorial Stadium in Gallup. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo
Gallup High “Class of ‘18” are all smiles as the walk toward the Angelo DiPaolo Memorial Stadium for their graduation ceremony May 11. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura
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Hannah Marie Chone participates in the invocation at the 2018 Miyamura commencement ceremony held at Angelo Dipaolo Memorial Stadium in Gallup May 18. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons
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Two graduation caps read respectively “Do you have your exit buddy” and “Yes I have my exit buddy” referencing the film Finding Nemo at the Gallup High School Class of 2018 commencement ceremony May 11, held at Angelo DiPaolo Memorial Stadium in Gallup. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo
From left, Tashina Lujan, Manuel Warren, Raymond Burrola and Joel Garcia enter Angelo DiPaolo Memorial Stadium in Gallup at the start of the 2018 Gallup High School commencement ceremony. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo
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OPINIONS Why Gallup – Tourism’s Economic Impact Grows the Pie By Jennifer Lazarz Tourism & Marketing Manager City of Gallup
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s the tourism and Marketing Manager for t he Cit y of Ga l lup, a n opera singer, and an import to the City from living in the North Carolina and Illinois, I am frequently asked the question “Why Gallup?” Individuals
assume that Gallup has nothing to offer, nothing going on, and often the residents of the community take for granted the ver y things that make Gallup really special. Gallup’s main selling point is its authenticity. Its realness. When the Gallup Real True brand launched, there was local skepticism, but to an outsider who moved here (me), it mirrored my exact sentiments about why I love it. I love Gallup for the beautiful views, the great outdoors,
the candid people, and the ingrained cultural traditions that are foreign to a woman descended from a European background. Gallup at its core offers something people a rou nd the world a re seeking- they wa nt to see the curtain pulled back and see the Wizard behind the machine. In Gallup, guests c a n e x p e r ie nc e me e t i n g authentic Native American people who live complex and rich lives. They can experience artists creating pieces
first hand that they can’t see anywhere else in the country. They can climb or bike or fly over red rocks that provide breathtak ing v iews a nd a small glimpse into the world before trains and cars. In Gallup, people can get away from their normal experience and immerse themselves in a world completely foreign to their own that isn’t like Disney- it is very real, beautiful, and imperfect, just like themselves. Continued next week.
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Spring showers bring May flowers…The old saying may not apply to New Mexico, but the month of May marks the Flower Full Moon (aka Blessing Full Moon). This marks the time to come into your full power. Take stock of everything around you, what would you like to change or keep the same? Madame G wishes you well. Invoke your feminine power and stay strong.
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What would you like to become? Your life is a whirlwind of emotions and passions. There is so much to accomplish and finish. Sometimes, it feels as if your life is a series of unfortunate events. But, is this really true? The Buddha said that you don’t really know if something is “good” or “bad.” Life is a continual wheel of ebb and flow. Find your inner-self and keep going.
This is an interesting time. Everything’s going to shit. But, you’re watching it like a live version of the Gladiators. You’re only missing some popcorn and maybe nachos (depends on how evil you feel). Well, you have your hands full. Should you care? You have plenty of reasons not to get involved. But, in the end you know you will. Take a pitchfork or a hose (to put out fires).
You can’t escape it, you’re human. Therefore, you’re just as fallible as anyone else. You can’t do your own thing alone. No one operates as a fully solitary individual. Even hermits require nature to make their lives livable and avoid starvation. Everything dies. Even plants die (and may feel pain) when they’re consumed. This is your life. You are not alone. Remember that…
We don’t always know if something is good or bad. At first, the worst thing in the world might turn out better than we thought. And the reverse is true. The Buddha said, if someone gives you a compliment or a criticism then you should respond: “You’re partly right.” If someone says, “you’re great.” Respond: “You’re partly right.” If they say: “You’re shit.” You say…
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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) What must be done? You have no idea how any of this will shake out. One thing you know, it’s not worth getting worked up over it. You can’t avoid bad feelings, disagreements, or conflict. You may feel backed into a corner, but you’re entitled to feel happy and free as well. Just don’t give up. You may not see the end in sight because the shore appears far away—keep going.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
You’re not immune. It’s easier to believe the worst of any given situation or person than to feel vulnerable. This makes you feel a little weak. But, true strength is the heart reaching out to another with kindness when there is nothing left to gain. What kind of person do you want to be? You’ve only got one shot to live as you’ve always wanted.
You have a BIG smile and even bigger dreams. Life is full of potential just waiting to be explored. Tending to your dreams is just like tending a garden. Beautiful flowers open up with the sun and rain. They also respond to human voices. Look inward and glory in the sounds of nature. Tend to your dream gardens and take action. Never stop being the greatest you.
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What is your time really worth? When you think about what you want or how you want to live, you must focus on your time. You may have a ton of time, but it’s very valuable. Time is the one thing that you can’t ever get back. You can always get more money, more food, or new friends, but you can’t your time back. Madame G recommends that you spend your time wisely.
Unexpected tragedy can be a blessing. It won’t feel good. And you’ll be forced to look deep within yourself. When you do, you’ll find that you were always you. Take comfort in this. You have everything you need in your heart to be happy at all times. Don’t lose yourself to the consumerism or the relationship. Give up what no longer serves your well- being. Do good.
Don’t give up. You’re a flower looking for sun and rain. In order for your blossoms to take root, you must take care of yourself. You are more than capable of great things, but this life is always more than you’ve ever imagined. If you quit before the end, you will not accomplish what you’ve always needed to do or be who you wanted to become. Life is short. Don’t give up.
The only real tragedy in this world is never stepping a foot outside your front door. It’s hard to move forward. Sometimes, it’s hard to try something new. But, you need to test yourself in order to understand yourself. Without testing who we are, how are we ever to know who we really are? You can do so much more than you ever imagined. Be brave. Fortune favors the bold.
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What will you do? This is the time to open up and expand your mind, so that your ideas may blossom and bloom for all to see. It’s scary to release your “darlings” to the world, but it’s necessary. You must let them out of the closet so they can grow. Your life is not over. Who knows what they’ll become, if you step away for a bit. This is your life. Live it. GO!
More Navajo input needed at NRC, Holtec meetings
ditor, At a scoping meeting on May 21, 2018 in Gallup (NM) hosted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on behalf of Holtec International and its proposal to bring all of the existing commercial high-level radioactive spent fuel from nuclear reactors from the East Coast to New Mexico, over 100 individuals attended. There were 37 speakers; 36 were opposed to the transport of high-level nuclear waste through our region by Holtec, International. When an Holtec Int’l. employee tried to speak during the Public Comment session, Attendee Susan Schuurman stood up and objected to this
unacceptable breach; I stood up as well in solidarity with her. No one representing the Navajo Nation government were in attendance. Navajo Nation Council delegate Jonathan Perry (Becenti, Lake Valley, Nahodishgish, Standing Rock, Whiterock, Huerfano, Nageezi, Crownpoint) represented his constituents. There are over 14 Navajo communities along the proposed transport route and no NRC public meetings scheduled for them. Additional meetings are urgently needed for the neglected Navajo Communities along the transportation route and translators/interpreters should be provided by the NRC and Holtec, Int’l at their expense. No one from the City of
Gallup, McKinley County or the State of New Mexico representing Districts 5 or District 9 (McKinley and San Juan Counties) attended either. Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard, (D) -- (Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Santa Fe) was the only State Representative in attendance who spoke on behalf of the people of New Mexico and opposed Holtec, Int’l. With approximately 99 nuclear reactors on the East coast, there are 20 planned phases of the transportation of 500 canisters of spent radioactive nuclear fuel; this adds to up to 10,000 canisters during that period on Interstate I-40 and the BNSF railroad, both of which run through the heart of Gallup.
The presentation by Holtec, Int’l. did not elaborate on the potential for an accident along the route and the question of whether Gallup has a contingency plan to arrange for the containment of a spill or mishap near or in the city. The liability issues are not addressed and there is no HAZMAT emergency response team that is equipped to handle a catastrophic radioactive event in the city, county or Navajo Nation. The issue of the United States government’s “Trust Responsibility” to all indigenous tribes in America has been all but abandoned by the Donald Trump White House administration so our right to the protection of our lives, land and resources
are basically non-existent at this crucial juncture. From the extraction of uranium to the Final Solution of storage, it must be noted that the half-life of Uranium-238, the most prevalent isotope in uranium ore, has a half-life of about 4.5 billion years. In human terms, this is forever. Therefore, along with others, I remain strongly opposed to making New Mexico and Tribal Lands, a radioactive waste land. With the proposed reactivation of the Church Rock and Crownpoint (NM) former uranium mines, the solution is very simple: Keep uranium in the ground. NO mining, NO waste. Mervyn Tilden Church Rock, N.M.
Seven Habits of the Self-Aware Leader T he sel f- awa re lea der knows how to create familiarity and ultimately build trust by listening to others. You cannot foster a culture of success if you cannot foster trust. Knowing yourself and how others perceive you allows you
to adapt to diverse situations and makes you more emotionally intelligent. Possessing a clear self-awareness ultimately makes an effective communicator who says the RIGHT THING at the RIGHT TIME! What would you say is
eadership McKinley, class of 2018, shares seven must-do habits to move your leadership to the next level. Developing self-awareness and knowing your team means forging connections that count. Self-aware leaders are more effective because they foster communication and invite feedback, make efforts to inform themselves and others, synthesize ideas, and take action. It’s TIME to become selfaware and move your leadership to the next level! Part 1: Listening? Yes Please! Talking? They Say Timing is Everything! Contributor Tammi Moe
People are the ultimate variable in all human relationships. The ability to work effectively between variables is the key to communication and building buy-in. People like to think they are good listeners, when in fact most people are not. Listening and ACTUALLY hearing others takes skill and practice. Active listening requires you to leave your headspace and take on an external point of view. This can be quite difficult! Leaders are called upon to create solutions and solve conflicts, often times overlooking valuable input. When you realize that LISTENING is ATTRACTING you will find a new power!
YOUR primary or default communication strategy up to this point? Part 1 in a series of articles from Gallup-McKinley C h a m b e r of C o m m e r c e Leadership McKinley class participants.
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COMMUNITY Welcome to skirt-making workshop 101 TEACHING THE LOST ART OF DINÉ GARMENT-MAKING By Dee Velasco For the Sun
allup-McKinley County Schools Joh nsonO’Malley Program hosted a workshop to all GMCS-JOM students and their parents May 19 at the Student Support Center to learn how to make skirts Diné style. The workshop was open to students who were interested in making skirts for themselves or family members. The event which drew in over 15 participants, and was the first of its kind for area students to learn how to make traditional Diné skirts. Johnson-O’Malley Program Director Carmen Moffett got the idea from a similar event that was held in Albuquerque at UNM. “I thought why don’t we host our own workshop, we have
the funds under our program to hire two consultants to teach the students,” she said. “These consultants could also teach the significance and history of the skirt, and the students would be guided on how to make the skirt. We provided all the materials and we were ready to go.” Parents were encouraged to bring their own sewing machines for this event. They worked together, cutting, measuring and learning on how to piece together the materials to create their own traditional Diné skirt under the guidance of seamstress Ruby Ashley and Erica Christie. Ashley, who is from Window Rock, has been a seamstress for the past 30 years, and has been teaching sewing for the past five years. Ashley took home economics class in high school, which sparked the interest in making
Rocco James and his mom Catherine James sew up a storm during the skirt-making workship at Gallup McKinley County Schools Central Office May 19. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura her own clothes. “Nowa days ou r you ng
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generation is always ordering skirts and trying to find people to make them for themselves,” she said. “I want them to learn how to make their own skirts so that they don’t have to go around asking people for them. Now is the time to make your own skirt.” Christie, who is from Oak Springs, Ariz., has also been sewing for the majority of her. She remembers watching her mom and learning. She then started making clothes for her Barbie dolls and later making her own adult clothes. This was Christie’s first workshop, and although she was feeling a little bit nervous, she was ready to teach her seamstress skills. “I enjoy trying to teach others on how to make their own clothes,” she said. “I thought it was awesome that they had put on this workshop, especially to those here who are young … who can carry this on when they get older.” Along with the consultants, parents with the JOM program volunteered their time to help with the workshop. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves as they learned how to thread the bobbin and measurement techniques. The group talked and giggled along with the humming of the sewing
machines. Each one present was given a handout on how the existence of the Diné skirt came about, and a template on how to make their skirt. Although, mostly females were in attendance, one young boy was present as he came to learn something new. Eleven-year-old Rocco James from Chee Dodge Elementary was the only boy in attendance. It was curiosity that brought him to the workshop along with his mother Catherine James. “I just got inspired on wanting to sew, so when I get older I can make my own clothes,” he said. “It’s really fun learning new stuff.” Catherine James said it was both fun and very interesting coming to this workshop for her and her son. “I’m really glad he’s into learning something new and having that opportunity to learn how to sew, as for myself,” she said. “It’s interesting learning the history of why as Diné women we wear the skirt and how it first started.” The event was a hit, and each participant got to take home their creation and a little know how in how to make a traditional Diné skirt. For more information on JOM, please call (505) 7211036 or email cmoffett@gmcs. k12.nm.us COMMUNITY
Longest-serving City Councilor Pat Butler, dead at 63
Pat Butler, seen on the far right, during a Halloween party at Butler’s Office Equipment and Supply, Inc. Photo Credit: Courtesy By Tom Hartsock Special to the Gallup Sun
at Butler, 63, a notable Ga llupia n, a nd t h e f r ie n d l y f a c e o f B u t l e r ’s p r i n t shop, died from complications a ssociated with ca ncer May 20. Pat was born at St. Mar y’s Hospital on Jan. 20, 1955, becom ing one of a select group of residents who st a r ted a nd f i n i shed l i fe i n t he t wo cit y hospitals that ser ved Gallup over those separate years. Some decades ago, Pat a nd h is brother Ba r r y t o ok o v e r t h e o p e r a t io n of their pa rents’ business, Butler’s Off ice Equipment a nd Supply, I nc. w it h Pat a s t he president . Pat wa s responsible for printing and production in the business wh i le Ba r r y ma na ged t he office supply section. Their mot her, Gr a ce, pa s sed i n 1 9 91 a n d h e r h u s b a n d , Gerald, in 2000. Shor t ly a f t er t he move of the company from dow ntow n to what beca me k n ow n a s B u t l e r S q u a r e i n 19 8 8 , P a t e n t e r e d t h e local political arena, COMMUNITY
ver y generous. Pat’s proude s t pie c e of wo rk w h i le on the cou ncil wa s the establishment of the Nor th West New Mexico Regional S ol id Wa s t e Aut hor it y i n Thoreau, but we disagreed on Ga l lup’s a lcohol prob lem. Pat believed that go v e r n m e n t s h o u l d o n l y meddle in business, in this case restricting the sale of alcohol, as a last resor t.” His generosity knew few boundaries. If he could help he went out of h is way to do it and he was an ardent s u p p o r t e r o f t h e G a l lu p Balloon Rally and any other endeavor that would br ing v isitors to our high deser t plateau location. Previous councilor Cha rlie Chavez mentioned that he ser ved 14 or his 15 years with Pat. “We agreed on qu it e a lot of t h i n g s,” Chavez said, “and disagreed on others.”
M a r y a n n A r m ij o, w ho also ser ved on the council w it h Pa t , c a l le d h i m her ment or a nd of t en s ou g ht him out a s a sounding boa rd a nd adv isor, though their relationship wa s full of ups and downs. “We a rg ued about stora ge c o nt a i ne r s o nc e bu t when the meeting was over, Pat insisted on walking me t o my c a r,” s a id t he former head of the McK i n ley Cou nt y Democratic Pa r t y. “He a lso tea sed me about acting like a Republican at times.” There w ill be no public ceremony or memor ia l at his request. A s a n ex pression of sympathy, the family requests memor ia l contr ibutions be made to a local cha r it y of their choice, i n his na me. Pat’s desire wa s to leave this world without fanfare or other ceremonies associated with death.
t h row i ng h i s na me a nd idea s i nto t he r i ng for t he Cit y Cou nc i lor s e a t s er vi n g t he s out her n d i s t r ic t of Ga l lup. He kept up t h i s d e m a n d i n g s c h e d u l e fo r t he nex t 20 yea r s, work i ng w it h Mayor s Edd ie Mu noz, George Ga la nis, John Pena , Ha r r y Mendoza , a nd Bob Rosebroug h. Pat also ser ved on multiple adv isor y boards, which suited his persona lity a nd passions, which were many a nd va r ied. He loved a n ima ls a nd ra ised goats a nd h o r s e s , u s i n g t h e go a t s’ m i l k t o m a ke s o a p s a nd lotions a nd the horses for pleasure, some of his other i nt e r e s t s we r e a nt i q u e s , stained glass, and aviation, with him at the wheel in full control. His colleagues on the city cou nci l remember h i m a s ver y independent-minded, out s poken, s t rong w i l led and opinionated. “He loved a nd appreciat ed Ga l lup,” sa id for mer M a yo r B o b R o s e b r o u g h . “We were of ten on d i f ferent sides of the issues, but he wa s cord ia l i n h is persona l relat ionsh ips a nd Gallup Sun • Friday May 25, 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story succeeds courtesy of its distinctive characters RATING: ««« OUT OF «««« RUNNING TIME: 135 MINUTES By Glenn Kay For the Sun
uch like the Marvel comic universe, it has gotten to the point where we can now expect a new Star Wars movie every year or so. Coming from the minority perspective of a person who enjoyed but has not been overly enthralled by the re-launch of the series, this reviewer felt some trepidation about yet another feature arriving in cinemas. Surprisingly, Solo: A Star Wars Story actually stands as something of an anomaly. While it’s too long for its own good and does run out of gas by the close, this episode worked for this reviewer more effectively than all of the recent features in the series. This tale details the back stor y of Ha n Solo (A lden Ehrenreich), following the young lad’s beginnings on the planet Corellia. Struggling to escape the planet and start a new life as a pilot with girlfriend Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke), the youngster encounters crook and smuggler Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson). Immediately roped in to assist on a big deal with
In this Star Wars franchise, Alden Ehrenreich plays a young Han Salo, who encounters some shady characters along his trek to escape from planet Corellia. Snappy dialogue and a solid screenplay make this installment worth the wait. Now playing. Photo Credit: Lucasfilm crime boss Dryden Voss (Paul Bettany), Solo’s first adventure poses many dangerous challenges, as well as first encounters with the likes of Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover). Ehrenreich does well acquitting himself to the role made famous by Harrison Ford. The young Solo is more innocent and idealistic in many respects, but still possesses moments of recognizable swagger and cheekiness that will appeal to audiences. It’s a difficult challenge, but he succeeds admirably. Viewers should have no trouble buying into the fact that they’re watching a
different actor portray an iconic character. The movie benefits most from the well-written screenplay by Jonathan Kasdan (TV’s Freaks and Geeks) and his father, Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Big Chill). Simply put, the dialogue in this film is much sharper than it has been in other Star Wars installments. While grim things are taking place, this is a funnier movie and has some genuinely wry and amusing lines as the various characters bicker with one another. In particular, Solo’s budding friendship with future co-pilot Chewbacca offers some
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great moments. In fact, there is a certain moral ambiguity between all of these characters that adds significantly to proceedings. Unlike most of the heroes from the recent series who are altruistic and seemingly perfect (but as a result not quite as compelling), the persons in this story are flawed and forced into tricky situations in which there are no ideal solutions. Watching them manipulate each other to secure their own interests, as well as struggle with the collateral damage caused by their decisions is far more intriguing to watch. Honestly, the film does play on viewer nostalgia, introducing elements that also appear in the
original movies. Yet it isn’t reliant on these nods and provides a couple of big and elaborate action and chase scenes, thrillingly presented by director Ron Howard (Willow, Apollo 13, Far and Away, Rush) using impressive long takes. Truthfully, the movie’s best moments come in its first two thirds. The climax feels a bit smaller and much more subdued than the bigger, more elaborate battles earlier in the feature. In fact, the finale almost feels like a simple standoff/shootout from a western. And like all recent efforts in this franchise, there’s an attempt to tie together some of the characters with familiar faces from other installments. It isn’t really necessary and doing so creates extra scenes that pad out the running time. However, these are my biggest complaints, which isn’t too bad considering. Solo is far from flawless, but in a strange way I preferred it to the franchise’s other new ventures. These characters feel far more human. While that may have something to do with the roles already being established and familiar, the writing and the struggles depicted are far more relatable to this viewer. And even with the updated computer-generated action, it feels closer in tone to the original films. This chapter presented its makers with a daunting task, but ultimately manages to steal a recommendation. 207 WEST COAL GALLUP 505.863.1250 www.elmorrotheatre.com Facebook @elmorrogallup
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NUCLEAR DUMP | FROM PAGE 4 part is the infrastructure; the roads, railway … are we adequate to support this type of project,” Perry said. Right now, according to Perry, the roads are not suitable for major transportation, and so this is a major concern. The other portion is the health
and contamination of the environment. “With the history on the Nava jo Nat ion rega rd i ng uranium mining, this is still a major concern,” he said. “There’s a lot of misconception that nuclear energy is clean energy, but they forget the first portion which is uranium mining and transportation, so that’s a major issue as well.”
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Concerned citizens who know about uranium mining and the effects of it is, Mervyn Tilden of Eastern Navajo Dine’ Against Uranium Mining. “I think the main emphasis should be the safety of the people along the corridor of that leads to the eventual storage site of this nuclear waste,” Tilden said. “There has been
little information given to the people and I think that one of the most important things that needs to be included in this process is public involvement. Not only the experts of the NRC, or the state of New Mexico, or Navajo Nation, but the people themselves who are going to be impacted.” One aud ience member
had addressed the concern of the lack of city officials, including the mayor and New Mexico Rep. Patty Lundstrom, D-Gallup. Similar meetings were held in other places in New Mexico. For more information on Holtec, contact (856) 7970900 or visit website www. Holtec.com
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SPORTS 360 Sammy C’s hosts ‘Aggies caravan’ in downtown Gallup By Boderra Joe Sun Correspondent
ggie fans and City of Gallup officials filled Sammy C’s Rock N’ Sports Pub & Grille as a few of the New Mexico State University’s staff made a presentation to discuss all things to do with the college’s sports May 22. Sammy Chioda, owner of Sammy C’s, welcomed and introduced the new NMSU A t h le t ic D i r e c t or M a r io Moccia, who also addressed and introduced a few other coaches with the college. The two-hour event began with a social hour to break the ice, followed by the program.
COORDINATING EVENT “The caravan is to take some of the leaders of the athletic department and the goal is to get them around the state of New Mexico,” Nicole Gomez, NMSU event coordinator, said “We try to get support from Las Cruces because that’s where New Mexico State is … but Mario [athletic director] thought it was important to reach the towns like Farmington, Gallup, and Artesia.” Gomez said they’ve almost hit major cities in the Land of Enchantment to say, “Hey, we appreciate our support from
our donors and from alumni across the state.” Being from Las Cruces, Gomez said she has never visited Gallup before, which made the visit extra special. She said Moccia has been amazing and has made it a goal to visit nearly every city across New Mexico. “It also lets us bond with our staff more and get to know each other,” Gomez said, in reference to traveling with staff. Even though Gomez said that NMSU has less funding than the University of New Mexico, Moccia always wants to do “better with less,” meaning the coaches and Moccia take time off either their vacation time or off-season to travel across the state. Gomez mentioned Gallup and the community were inviting and welcoming to the group of college officials. “We have a really good foot forward in the athletic department to make kids want to come here, even if it’s not for athletics,” she said.
SPORTS STAFF Chioda introduced Moccia, whom returned as the 23 rd Director of Athletics at NMSU on Jan. 5, 2015, after he served nine years at Southern Illinois University as the director of athletics.
New Mexico State University’s Athletic Director Mario Moccia starts off the event by speaking highly about NMSU and the successful milestones they have accomplished in sports and academics on May 22 at Sammy C’s Rock N’ Sports Pub & Grille. Photo Credit: Boderra Joe Additionally, the 1989 graduate of NMSU, Moccia immediately created an impact during his tenure as director of athletics. Impacts beneath his direction include making it to eight championships, regular season and/or tournament, in 2016-2017. He became the first athletic director in 58 years to win a bowl game and led NMSU into a multi-million-dollar multimedia rights agreement with Learfield in 2015, a first in history of the university. And followed that up in 2016, where
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the agreement more than doubled the university’s previous agreement. Moccia spoke on behalf of student athletes as sports are huge in the Gallup community and the Navajo Nation. “We have 405 student athletes,” Moccia said. “We are in the top 10 percent in community service.” He said NMSU encourages student athletes to serve as role models and ser ve the community. Of course, being a student first is important. Moccia talked highly about the university continuing to excel in the classroom since he took the reins. He said all athletic teams outshined the “Academic Progress Rate of 930.” In addition, Aggies also registered a 3.0 GPA or better in 25 consecutive semesters through fall semester 2017. Moccia highlighted the sports NMSU offers, and also his success in raising funds to improve projects to build a new football stadium, a new athletic support building, and
to renovate the university’s basketball arena.
BEAT THE PAVEMENT After the event came to conclusion, Chioda, Gomez and other donors “beat the pavement” by raising $5,000 the evening of the event. Moccia, surprised, gave a few words of appreciation to Chioda and Gomez for making the event possible and especially raising that amount of money in one day. “The money will be to the student athletes, those 405,” Moccia said. He encourages the community of Gallup and the surrounding areas, “Talk well about New Mexico State,” he said. “Send us your kids.” Other speakers from NM State were Oliver Soukup, football coach, Brooke Atkinson, women’s basketball coach, and Chris Jans, men’s basketball coach. For more information, visit nmsu.edu SPORTS
GOLF COURSE | FROM PAGE 6 barriers from vehicles was the purpose. The measure also allows for first responders to have access for response to emergencies. The new route on Aztec between Eight a nd Ninth Street east to First Street was approved unanimously. Matthew Alcala requested a budget increase of $30,000 to cover costs associated with irrigation storage tank installation. He also requested $15,000 for the purchase of seed and $25,000 for the purchase of 96 12-volt batteries to repair 24 non-functioning golf carts. “When are we going to open the golf course?” asked Palochak. Alcala said the golf course is making a hard push for the first week of July, but the high winds and lack of rain have
made things difficult. “We had 80 percent dirt (on the course) and that’s now down to 20 percent,” he said. The council approved the request unanimously. C.B . S t r a i n f r om t he Planning and Development Department requested a budget adjustment for overtime deficit in the amount of $6,000. “Overtime is a hard thing to pin down,” he said, noting that $6,000 should be a sufficient amount to get the department through to the next fiscal year. Kumar asked if McKinley County participated in the effort. Strain said the county pays 40 percent of the budgeted amount, except for the past fiscal year. The mea su re pa ssed unanimously. Strain also reported to the city council on the project budget increase for the Land Development Standards.
He requested $6,000 to cover the requests from the project steering committee and public amendments to the draft document. Add it iona l st a f f a nd research time was the source of the increase, he said. Palochak commended the department and said, “It’s very well laid out. This (request) is appropriate and long overdue. This action is justified.” Landavazo commended the staff for working to make Gallup more attractive to development before the agenda item passed unanimously. The council also unanimously approved a budget ad justment for the Public Regulation Commission EMS grant for the Gallup Fire Department, acceptance of a building donation located at 313 Boardman and a MOU for cost sharing pictometry aerial photography with the county.
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American Concentration Camp Join us in commemoration on June 8 and 9, at Bosque Redondo Memorial, Fort Sumner, New Mexico. View plans for our upcoming exhibit, share in our ceremonial activities and enjoy tribal dances. Native artisans will be on site offering traditional jewelry, weavings and foodstuffs. On June 9, participate in a 7 mile walk from the Historic Site to Fort Sumner High School honoring the memory of the Long Walk. 3647 Billy the Kid Road • 575-355-2573 Open Wednesday–Sunday • Free nmhistoricsites.org/bosque-redondo
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CLASSIFIEDS | FROM PAGE 21 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 *** PUBLIC NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the McKinley County Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting for among other issues to approve the preliminary interim budget for fiscal year 2019. This County Commission Meeting will begin at 9:00 am on Tuesday May 29, 2018. This meeting will be held in the Commission Chambers, Third Floor of the McKinley County Courthouse, 207 West Hill, Gallup, New Mexico. A copy of the agenda will be available 72 hours prior to the meetings in the Manager’s Office and the County Clerk’s Office. Auxiliary aides for the disabled are available upon request; please contact Michelle Esquibel at (505) 722-3868 at least 48 hours in advance of the meetings to make any necessary arrangements. All interested parties are invited to attend. Done this 21st day of May, 2018
McKINLEY COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS /S/ Genevieve Jackson, Chairperson Publication date: Gallup Sun May 25, 2018 *** PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Gallup will auction the following surplus equipment through the City of Gallup’s website at www.GallupNM.gov: 1.) 1998 Freightliner Safe Jet. 2.)1999 Pierce Saber Pumper. Bids for both items may be submitted online beginning June 8, 2018. The starting bid for both items will be $500.00. For any inquiries, please contact Amanda Carey, Fixed Asset Management Specialist, at (505) 863-1361. PUBLISH: Friday, May 25, 2018 Friday, June 1, 2018 *** LEGAL NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a meeting of the governing body of the City of Gallup, New Mexico will take place on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Gallup City Hall, 110 West Aztec Avenue, Gallup, New Mexico; to consider final approval of the following entitled Ordinance: An ordinance amending title 1, chapter 13, section 4 of the gallup city code by adding a new sub-section g which imposes a $100 bench warrant fee on defendants in municipal court whose arrest is commanded by a bench warrant and providing for an effective date. The purpose and subject matter of the Ordinance is contained in the title. A draft copy of the Ordinance is on file in the Office of
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR MAY 25-31, 2018 FRIDAY, May 25 TECH TIME COMPUTER CLASS 10:30am-12:30pm@Main Branch. Free computer training is available each week. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. No registration is required. This week: Internet Video 101. ANNUAL ENCHILADA SALE Relay for Life hosts “A Family Affair’s Annual Enchilada Sale.” Red Chili Cheese Enchiladas: $10 per dozen. Available for pick up or delivery on May 25. All proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Pick up available from 11am-2pm at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 1121 W. Lincoln. Deliveries will start at 12pm (limited to Gallup City Limits). To place order call Lisa (505)409-9026; Margaret (505)409-5832; Mona (505)409-9851. MAKER ZONE 2-3pm@Children’s Branch. We provide the supplies and you provide the ideas. Join us for creativity, innovation, and fun. This week: Paper Airplanes. GET UP AND GAME 4-5pm @ Children’s Branch. Join us for a family-friendly video games Friday afternoon. SATURDAY, May 26 STORY TIME (AGES 2-4) 11am@ Children’s Branch. An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement, rhymes, and stories. GALLUP’S BIG READ 2@Main Branch. The Library presents the first discussion of Cave of Bones: A Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito Novel. Book discussion in the Main Library Meeting Room, Chapters 1-10 will be covered. Refreshments will be served. Call (505) 863-1291 or email libsuper@ gallupnm.us. MONDAY, May 28 MEMORIAL DAY The Octavia Fellin Library will be closed (both branches). TUESDAY, May 29 TECH TIME COMPUTER CLASS 3-5pm@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. Call (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@ gallupnm.gov. Northside Senior Citizen’s Center, 607 N 4th St. MAKER ZONE (6 AND OLDER) CALENDAR
4-5pm @ Children’s Branch. We provide supplies, you supply the ideas. This week: Popsicle Stick Bridges. WEDNESDAY, May 30 SBDC WORKSHOP On May 30, SBDC hosts a Federal Grants Contract Set-Asides. 9am-12pm, Gallup Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room, 106 W. Hwy. 66. Call (505) 224-5965. Free. TECH TIME COMPUTER CLASS 10am@Main Branch. The Library is offering one-on-one technology assistance. Bring your personal technology devices or software questions to one of the scheduled sessions and our technology trainer will help guide you through the process. One-2-One Tech Help is on a first come first serve basis. Call (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@ gallupnm.gov. STORY TIME 10:30am@Children’s Branch. An active and energetic for toddlers, featuring music, movement, rhymes, and stories. WEDNESDAY NIGHT FILMS 5:30-7pm@ Main Branch. Popcorn served. This week’s film: 50 to 1. THURSDAY, May 31 CRAFTY KIDS 4-5pm@Children’s Branch. Fun crafts for the whoe family. This week’s activity: Paper Plate & Bowl Carousel. ONGOING CITY OF GALLUP’S SUSTAINABLE GALLUP BOARD Meets on the first Monday from 3-5 pm at the Octavia Fellin Library. When those Mondays are holidays, the meetings ar on the following Monday. Community members concerned about conservation, energy, water, recycling and other environmental issues are welcome. Call (505) 722-0039 for information. CHURCHROCK CHAPTER Churchrock Chapter is now accepting toy donations for the Christmas toy drive until Wed. Dec. 20. The toys will be distributed at the annual community Christmas dinner on Thursday Dec. 21. Please drop off an unwrapped toy for distribution at Churchrock Chapter. Let’s spread the Christmas cheer by giving. Call (505) 488-2166. Churchrock Chapter Adminsitration. CO-DEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS Meets Wednesday, 6-7 pm, at First United Methodist Church, 1800 Redrock Dr. (in the library). All are welcome. COMMUNITY PANTRY The Hope Garden offers organic produce for sale from
10 am-noon, Tue - Fri., 1130 E. Hassler Valley Road. All funds go to helping feed local folks. Call (505) 726-8068 or when visiting, ask for Vernon Garcia. FRIDAY NIGHT HOOTENANNY Gallup’s longest-running live show! Every Friday night from 7-9 pm. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. Second St. GALLUPARTS gallupARTS is pleased to announce Dine photographer Hannah Manuelito is the Summer 2018 Native Artist-in-Residence. Her work includes portraits celebrating Dine women will be available May-July. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Location: 1315 Hamilton Rd. GALLUP SOLAR Gallup Solar is hosting community conversations about all things solar Wednesdays from 6 to 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-1pm at the New Mexico Cancer Center across from UNM-Gallup. Everyone is welcome to attend and engage in discussions about health, education, economic, and environmental inequities and to help facilitate change in those systems. Call (505) 906-2671. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Overeaters Anonymous 12step meetings. Held every Saturday at 10 am. The First Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Drive. Open to anybody who has a desire to stop compulsive eating. Contact info. (505) 307-5999, (505) 7219208, or (505) 870-1483. PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT Rehboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services is responding to the current
pertussis (whooping cough) outbreak in western New Mexico. As of May 15, there have been 122 cases of pertussis in New Mexico. Anyone concerned that they may have “whooping cough” may visit the clinic Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm. No appointment necessary! Call (505)863-1820. RECYCLING COUNCIL McKinley Citizens Recycling Council is a local nonprofit working to increase recycling through education, community outreach, and partnership with local government agencies. MCRC meets the first Saturday of the month at 2 pm, at Red Mesa on Hill St. For more information, please call (505) 722-5142 or visit Recylegallup.org. RECYCLING DEPOT The Recycling Depot will now be open from 12-1:30pm 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 servie of the McKinley Citizen’s Recycling Council. Call (505) 722-5152. SAVE THE DATE GALLUPARTS ANNOUNCES ARTSCRAWL LINEUP The entire 2018 lineup is outlined below: 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. ANNUAL SACRED HEART SPANISH MARKET 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 6-8:30pm; Saturday, June 2 from 10am-5pm (The Charity raffle drawing for a ’78 Trans Am will also take place on Saturday, at days end.); Sunday, June 3 from 9am-1pm. SBDC A QUICKBOOKS WORKSHOP SERIES On June 8 & 15, SBDC will host a Quickbook workshop series, 9am-12pm. 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. FENCE LAKE SWAP MEET & FARMERS MARKET June 9: 9 am-3 pm at the
Fence Lake Community Center, 2124 NM Hwy 36, Fence Lake, NM. $10 booth fee. Tables provided for inside booths only. Bring your own table for outside booth. Baked goods, breakfast/ lunch, and snacks for sale. Proceeds will benefit Fence Lake Community Association. Contact: Kathleen Gibson (505) 788-2256 INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY June 15-16, Hozho Total Wellness hosts International Yoga Day. Be Indigenous Yoga inspired! Oljato-Monument Valley, UT. Ages 18 and older. GALLUP INTERFAITH COMMUNITY MEETING On June 19, the Gallup Interfaith Community will meet at 6:30pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Bring food or drink for a shared meal in celebration of the Summer Solstice. All are welcome in friendship and community. Call (505)870-1942. 151 St. Hwy 564. SBDC WORKSHOP On June 21, SBDC hosts New Mexico Workers’ Compensation and CRS Tax workshop. 9:30am-1pm, Gallup Chamber of Commerce (Meeting Room) 106 W. Hwy. 66. Call (505)722-2220. NEW MEXICO STATE POLICE YOUTH ACADEMY 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. MOTHER & DAUGHTER CONFERENCE On June 27, there will be a “Mother & Daughter Conference.” 9am-3pm, Drop-In Center, Shiprock, NM. Call Elarina Nakai (505)368-1156 for more information. Refreshments will be available. Free. ST. KATERI TEKAKWITHA FESTDAY MASS 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: email@example.com or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.
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Congratulations 2018 Graduates
YOU DREAMED IT YOU BELIEVED IT YOU ACHIEVED IT
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