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NEWS Marine’s stolen car returned to him By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor


van Staat of Xenia, Ill., recently and honorably discharged from the Ma r ine Cor ps after five years of service, was anxious to get back home to civilian life so he could be near his beloved family, and begin his studies to become a lineman operator. Stationed in California, Staat, 23, packed his belongings, some of which consisted of computers, cameras, his uniforms, and three marksmanship awards, and headed east with his father Dan Staat in his light metallic green 1968 Chevy Nova with its two large white stripes across the hood and trunk. Tired from the long drive down Interstate 40, the fatherson duo decided to retire for the evening in Gallup –Rand McNally’s “Most Patr iotic Small Town in America,” unbeknownst to them. Staat parked his car in the back lot at the Hampton Inn & Suites north, and settled in for the night. It was on the morning of June 3, when Dan and Evan Staat like other traveling folks, checked out of the room, and headed to the car. But Evan Staat’s prized car had vanished into thin air, causing his heart to sink and prompting him to call the Gallup Police Department to file a report, and start what seemed like a fruitless search for the car. “You don’t think it’s going to happen to you until it does,” he said, during a phone interview. Still stunned from the incident, the soft-spoken Staat was not only concerned about retrieving his classic car, but also getting back his uniforms

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Evan Staat poses for a photo inside American Muffler & Towing in Gallup June 5. Staat recovered his Chevy Nova at the shop after it had been stolen while stopping in Gallup for the night. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo and awards, plus a sentimental teddy bear that dangled from his rearview mirror that he fondly said, “a lady gave me.” However, Staat and his family weren’t in this search alone. His aunt Kim Staat Stoub sounded the social media alarms and dropped the Gallup Sun a Facebook message and photo of Evan Staat’s prized ride. From there, the message and photo was posted, and shared hundreds of times with comments pouring in to encourage Staat, and to slam the thief or thieves that made off with his car. Many folks also offered to help him out, and others apologized that he had to experience a darker side of Gallup. Staat reluctantly continued his trip to Illinois. He had to figure out a game plan to return to Gallup to search for his car. But, those plans came to an abrupt end, thanks to some unexpected news from the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office about a vehicle SWAT officers found hiding under some brush, boards and blankets out past Mentmore on


County Road 1, near the area known by locals as the climbing wall, June 4. It was his ’68 Chevy Nova. SWAT was there to engage in some tactical practices when they discovered the car nearby.

United States Marine Corps veteran Even Staat checks his uniform to ensure his medals were not stolen while he recovers his vehicle June 5 at American Muffler & Towing lot in Gallup. Staat was moving back to Illinois from California where he was stationed and his car filled with personal possessions was stolen June 3 in Gallup Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo “It was really pretty cool,” Staat said, when he heard the news as he was traveling through Missouri. “I figured it would have taken longer to find it.” Instead of turning around

with his dad, the father and son met up with mom, Angie Staat, and the two headed south to New Mexico.


United States Marine Corps veteran Even Staat sits in the front seat of his Chevy Nova recovered at the American Muffler & Towing shop in Gallup June 5. Staat’s vehicle was stolen in Gallup June 3 while carrying some personal effects from California to Illinois. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo


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Primary election boasts a few surprises MOST INCUMBENTS RETAIN SEATS

to 756 for George Tolth, 712 for Olin Kieyoomia and 628 for Sonlatsa Jim-Martin. Next to the commission race, the District Attorney race was also tight, with Paula James-Pakkala winning a narrow victory, getting 3,376

By Bill Donovan Special to the Sun


cK i n ley Cou nt y Sheriff Ron Silver sm ith ca n look for ward to another four years in office t h a n k s t o t he vot er s i n McKinley County. Silversmith, who was seeking his second term in office, was the top vote getter in the June 5 Democratic primary for county sheriff, since no one filed in the Republican primary. He is now set to be sworn in on Jan. 1 without doing anymore campaigning unless someone filed as a write-in candidate for the general election. In fact, no one filed in the Republican primary for any of the races in this year’s primary so all the winners of the Democratic primary will go on to be sworn in as well. As is usually the case, incumbents did well with only one, Magistrate Judge Robert Baca not being re-elected. He was defeated by Virginia Yazzie.



Sheriff Ron Silversmith Silversmith easily won the McKinley County Sheriff race, although his unofficial vote total - 3,053 - added up to only 41 percent of the total vote. Silversmith faced five other challengers. T hey were Mat t hew Hughbanks (1,316), former sheriff Felix Begay (1,063), Benjamin Benally (953), Kenny Carabajal (513) and Robert Mazon (466). Ch a rley L ong Sr. wa s re-elected to the McKinley County probate judge position

Virginia Yazzie with 3,199 votes, as compared to 2,249 votes for Janice Begay and 1,436 for Arleen Brown. April Silversmith will serve another term as magistrate judge, getting more than 70 percent of the vote to 29.73 percent for her challenger, Johnny Greene. In the other magistrate position, Yazzie received 3,863 unofficial votes as compared to 3,316 votes for Baca. Billy Moore proved he was as popular with Navajo voters in his district as he was when

Paula James-Pakkala he ran two times for McKinley County commissioner in the past and won. He received 792 unofficial votes as compared

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Evan Staat’s 1968 Chevy Nova was found by some SWAT officers who were in the remote area on Gallup’s west side for some tactical training June 4. Photo Credit: Courtesy

STOLEN CAR | FROM PAGE 4 Me a nwh i le, A mer ic a n Muffler & Towing was dispatch to tow the vehicle back to their yard on Ninth Street. Owner Pancho Hurtado took a photo of the Nova after it was placed on the flatbed tow truck, and posted it on his Facebook page, along with a note: “Best stolen vehicle I have recovered to date! Apology from us good folks in Gallup … it’s here for you to pick up

American Muffler & Towing secure Evan Staat’s Chevy Nova before bringing it back to their yard on Ninth Street. Photo Credit: Courtesy

free of charge anytime!” Staat and his mom were back in Gallup shortly after noon on June 5 to pick up the car. Evan Staat looked anxious to get into the vehicle to see what was left of his belongings. His uniforms, award medals, teddy bear, and other items were found to his relief, but his Toshiba laptop and desktop computers, GoPro camera, and “a sentimental bottle of whisky” were missing. So, Evan Staat’s search

continues as he has no backup files of the memories he snapped while in the Marine Corp. After some visiting with media and Hurtado, mom and son finally hit the road in separate vehicles. “We’re so grateful to the people of Gallup. So many people sharing and caring. It really mushroomed,” Angie Staat said, referring to all of the Facebook comments on the stolen car. “I am in awe of all the good people that jumped in and helped.”

unofficial votes to 3,312 votes for John Bernitz, a public defender in the county. Her election marks the first time in 16 years that county voters elected a non-Indian to that position. Bernadine Martin, a former chief prosecutor for the Navajo Nation, had filed to run in the race but she was removed from the ballot when she was not able to get enough valid signatures because she found herself ill during the time she was securing the signatures. While current state law will not allow Silversmith to run for a third term, he is hoping that will change by 2012. “We almost got term limits removed this past year,” he said but the measure died when some legislators wanted to end term limits for every elected position, not just for sheriff. Silversmith said he thinks it will eventually pass because

when the people get a good sheriff, they should be allowed to keep him on. Otherwise, they risk the possibility of a “bad” sheriff being elected after the sheriff leaves because of term limits. He stressed that he was very appreciative of the Navajo voters in the county supporting him even though on the campaign trail he underwent a lot of criticism from the chapters in his county for failing to get a cross-commission agreement with tribal law enforcement approved. Silversmith campaigned heavily on that four years ago but he said he found himself dealing with other issues and that one just got slipped into the background. “That won’t happen again,” he said, adding that the support he received was so overwhelming and appreciative that he plans to start addressing that issue immediately. The Gallup Sun reached out to other candidates for comment, but were unable to reach them by press time.

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U.S. Marshals, FBI urge the GGEDC receives public to report phone scams $15,000 grant for

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ASHINGTON, D.C. -  The U.S. Marshals and the FBI are alerting the public of several nationwide imposter scams involving individuals claiming to be U.S. marshals, court officers, or other law enforcement officials. They are urging people to report the calls their local FBI office (https:// www.fbi.gov/contact-us), and file a consumer complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, which has the ability to detect patterns of fraud from the information collected and share that data with law enforcement. During these calls, scammers attempt to collect a fine in lieu of arrest for failing to report for jury duty or other offenses. They then tell victims they can avoid arrest by purchasing a prepaid debit card such as a Green Dot card or gift card and read the card number over the phone to satisfy the fine. Scammers use many tactics to sound credible. They

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G sometimes provide information like badge numbers, names of actual law enforcement officials and federal judges, and courthouse addresses. They may also spoof their phone numbers to appear on caller ID as if they are calling from the court or a government agency. If you believe you were a victim of such a scam, you are encouraged to report the incident to your local FBI office and to the FTC. Things to remember: • U.S. Marshals will never ask for credit/debit card/gift card numbers, wire transfers, or bank routing numbers for

any purpose. • Don’t divulge personal or financial information to unknown callers. • Report scam phone calls to your local FBI office and to the FTC. • You can remain anonymous when you report. • Authenticate the call by calling the clerk of the court’s office of the U.S. District Court in your area and verify the court order given by the caller. Additiona l infor mation about t he U.S. Ma r sha l s Service can be found at http:// www.usmarshals.gov.

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reater Gallup E c o n o m i c Development Cor poration (GGEDC) announced it has been selected for a $15,000 grant from the NM Economic Development Department and its LEADS grant program to fund business recruitment and attraction efforts for GallupMcKinley County. GGEDC is one of only six applicant organizations to receive full funding. “This marks the third consecutive year in which GGEDC will receive full funding,” said Executive Director Patt y Lundstrom. “Considering the highly competitive application process, we are appreciative of the support but more importantly, the recognition of the economic opportunities which exists for Gallup-McKinley County”. Grant funds will allow GGEDC to pa r ticipate in national and international trade shows, and visit national business site selectors, targeting the sectors of logistics and supply chain, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution, and energy; efforts that will be coordinated with the NM Partnership, the organization which oversees business recruitment efforts for the state of New Mexico. “Attendance at strategic trade shows and focused

Patty Lundstrom outreach with influential site selectors puts GGEDC in front of businesses looking for assets already available in McKinley County, such as rail and road infrastructure,” said Executive Director Patty Lundstrom. “With the NM Partnership, we coordinate efforts and arrive with prescheduled business meetings based on our target sectors”. In addition to a prequalification review and development of a grant application, GGEDC presented the merits of the application before the NM Economic Development C om m i s s io n . T he L o c a l Economic Assistance and Development Support (LEADS) prog ra m empha si ze s t he importance of business recruitment as a strategy for job creation and expansion of the tax base. All total, $156,850 in grant funding was awarded to 16 applicants. For more information on Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation, visit www.GallupEDC.com

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Weekly Police Activity Report Staff Reports

BOMB SCARE 6/4, Gallup A bomb scare was called in about 11 am to the Magistrate Cou r t complia nce off ice, located at 285 Boardman. However, the caller said the bomb was at federal probation office, located on the north side of town. The person who took the call said a soft-spoken woman called in the threat. She said by the time she thought to check caller ID all she could read was 505-715… And an attempt to pull up the number of the last call also failed. T he occupa nt s of t he building were evacuated and a search was conducted. No bomb was found.

FATALITY ACCIDENT 6/1, Route 11-49 T he McK i n ley Cou nt y Sheriff’s Office assisted Navajo Police in investigating a vehicle crash that occurred on June 1 on First Canyon Road that included a fatality. The sheriff’s office backup repor t i ndem n i f ied t he deceased as Grace Dehiya, with no age or home town given. A passenger in the vehicle, who was not identified, was in severe pain and was taken to a local hospital. Navajo Police are in charge of the investigation.

STOLEN CAR REPORT 5/31, Gallup O n M ay 3 0, McK i n ley County Sheriff Deputy Nocona

Clark was dispatched to a site near the state line where a man was waiting to report that his car had been stolen. Sheldon Myers reported that he had picked up four men all dressed in blue as if they belonged to a gang. They started getting violent in the vehicle. He said, so he pulled over to get them to leave but instead they dragged him out of the vehicle and beat him up. Clark noted that Myers, 37, appeared to be heavily intoxicated. Myers said the man who beat him up was wearing all black but when reminded that he had said all of the men were wearing blue, he said all of them were wearing blue except the man who was wearing all black. He also said that he was not driving the vehicle and had no idea who the men were. No

suspects were located and the information about the vehicle was placed on a nationwide alert system for stolen vehicles.

BEAT THY NEIGHBOR 5/30, Gallup Gallup Police Officer P a t r i c k L a r go w a s d i s pat ched to a residence on East Hill Avenue in reference to a report of a man having been assaulted with a baseball bat. When he arrived at the address, he said he met with Steven Herrera who said he was out in front of his house with his children when his neighbor, Curtis Woods came up to him and complained about Herrera’s children scribbling with chalk in front of his house. He said after they argued, his neighbor went back to his house and came back carrying a bat which he used to hit him on the head. Largo said he checked Herrera’s head and found a two-inch laceration behind his ear. At that point, Woods was placed in handcuffs and transported to the county jail while Herrera was taken by medical personnel to a local hospital. Woods was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

BURGLARY AND ARSON 5/30, Gamerco McKinley County Sheriff deputies were dispatched on May 30 to a resident on Rosita street in Gamerco, in connection with a report of a house burglary. The owner, Mario Ponce, said when he returned home that day he noticed his front door was open and some of his property had been scattered on the ground. When he went inside, he discovered that his big screen TV as well as his wallet were missing. Inspecting his house, deputies discovered that several rooms had been ransacked and that it appeared the mattress has been placed on fire. There are no suspects.


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DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE 5/26, Gallup Gallup P o l i c e arrested a Wi ndow Rock ma n on May 26 after police responded to a call of a domestic disturbance at a residence on Gomez Drive. Tommy Liv ingston, 38, was charged with assault in a household member, abuse of a child and criminal damage to property. Regina Bee told officers that she and Livingston began arguing and he began calling her names. One of the children began recording on her cell phone what was going on. Livingston reportedly grabbed the phone from the child and threw it to the ground and stomped on it. One of the children told police that she went into the room and found Livingston on top of Bee and another child. Livingston, when questioned, said Bee was giving him a hard time but denied he did anything wrong. He said he was planning to leave when Bee grabbed him. He also said his neck hurt so he was taken to a nearby hospital for a medical clearance before he was transported to the county jail and booked.

TEST DRIVE THEFT 5/25, Gallup T he McK i n ley Cou nt y Sheriff’s Office has been looking for a woman who took a car from an area car dealer and never came back. Deputy Anthony Morales said he was dispatched to Joe’s Auto Sales, 302 South Second St., in connection to a stolen vehicle. Management there told him that on May 25, a woman came into the dealership and asked to test drive a vehicle. She had an Arizona identification card giving her name as Cassandra Rose Begay. She was required to leave the ID with the dealership and was allowed to take the vehicle on a test drive. Several hours passed and she did not return. The company notified law


POLICE ACTIVITY | FROM PAGE 8 enforcement at that time that they believed the vehicle had been stolen. Three days later, Salvador Chandez, who made the first report, said he learned from a friend in Arizona that he knew Begay lived in that area and the man was asked to keep an eye out for the vehicle. Ch a ndez sa id he a l so learned that she had been seen getting gas at the only gas station in Sawmill, Ariz. on May 28. Morales said he called Navajo Police and asked if they would send someone to the woman’s address to see if the vehicle was there. The sheriff’s office reported on May 31 that the vehicle has been recovered, but so far there have been no reports of any arrest in connection with this case.

SHOOTING SUSPECT SOUGHT 5/10, Horse View Road T he McK i n ley Cou nt y Sheriff’s Office as well as the Navajo Police are investigating a report of a break-in north of Gallup in which the suspects fired shots at the homeowner. The incident took place on

May 10 at a residence on Horse View Road. Macon Olguin said he had returned home about 8 pm when he noticed an unknown veh icle i n h i s d r iveway. Thinking it may have belonged to someone who was visiting, he paid no attention to it until he saw someone run out of his home and duck into the back seat of the vehicle, which then sped away. He said he followed it but when the two cars approached Yah-Ta-Hay, a man in the suspect car reached out of the window and fired several shots in his direction. He then stopped pursuing the vehicle and returned home and called police. McKinley County Sheriff Deputy Jeff Barnhurst was the first to arrive. He said Olguin reported a number of items having been stolen, including an iPad, an Xbox as well as some clothing. Barnhurst then went inside and observed that the rooms had been ransacked and there were items that had been tossed on the floor. Since this occurred on reservation land, the Navajo police were called and were to take over the investigation. As of the time of the report, there were no suspects in the case.

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I N DOW ROCK , Ariz. – On May 30, the Navajo Nation raised its credit rating to ‘A’, as affirmed by S&P Global Ratings, strengthening the Nation’s financing options with respect to infrastructure and capital projects. “Raising our credit rating is a great accomplishment,” President Russell Begaye said. “The Nation has remained diligent in maintaining low debt burden while also implementing strong financial management policies.” According to S&P Global Ratings, the Navajo Nation’s long-term rating was NEWS

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he McKinley County Sheriff’s Office has begun an investigation into the death of John Craddock, a teacher in the Gallup-McKinley County School system. Craddock, 65, died from a subdural hematoma caused by injuries suffered at the teacherage at Tse’ Yi’ Gai High School on March 16. According to the police report, based on Inv. Robert T u r ney ’s i nt e r v iew w it h Jeremy Alire on May 29, he described his relationship with Craddock as a nephew t o a n u ncle, a nd s a id he traveled from Albuquerque to Craddock’s home in Cuba to get some coffee and pick u p t he m a i l b e c a u s e he was expecting a settlement check. When Craddock got home from school, Alire said he looked “pale.” Alire said he decided to go to a nearby store to cash

the check, and that he gave Craddock three ibuprofens before heading off. Craddock a lso sa id he wa s going to take a bath. When Alire got back 15 m inutes later, he began talking to Craddock f rom t he l iv i ng room but he repor tedly received no response. When he went to the bathroom, he said he saw Craddock slumped down in the tub with the water up to his nose. There was no landline or cell phones in the house, so he said he went to a neighbor’s house to call the police. The neighbor came back with him and they waited “a long time” for the ambulance to arrive. Craddock was alive and spitting up tobacco and had a bleeding cut above his

eye, Alire said. Craddock was first taken to Milan and then transported to a trauma center in Albuquerque for treatment where he died a few days later. At the time of the initial interview, Alire said he had nothing to do with the injuries Craddock suffered. He said Craddock was upset at his decision to go to Albuquerque but they were not arguing that day. When Turney was asked why the investigation is just getting underway, he said the sheriff’s office only found out a few days ago that Craddock had died in A lbuquerque, and they are now having to start the investigation from the beginning and interview people.

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Two men die in separate I-40 accidents By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor


ra ff ic wa s sna rled on Interstate 40 in both directions June 2, due to two separate fatality accidents. One occurred in Gallup, near the on-ramp of I- 40 eastbound at Munoz overpass, and the other near the Refinery exit in Continental Divide, N.M. As for the local accident, Ga llup Police Dept. Capt. Marinda Spencer said based off the initial investigation, shortly after 1 pm, the driver,

Ken Leatherman, 61, of Yuma, Ariz., lost control of his vehicle that was towing a 6-foot long utility trailer. The accident report states that as he merged onto the freeway from Munoz overpass, heading eastbound on I-40, he swerved onto the left side of the roadway, overcorrected, and came back onto the roadway again. He swerved a second time, but this time when he tried to correct, the vehicle hit some dirt and then rolled before landing landing on its roof. Leatherman died at the

A Yuma, Ariz. man lost his life during a one-vehicle collision at mile post 20 in Gallup June 2. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura

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scene. His wife, Elizabeth Leatherman, was treated at a local hospital and released. No o t h e r v e h i c l e s we r e involved in the crash. Some hours later, at about 3:30 pm, New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash involving three semitrucks on I-40, at milepost 39 (near Refinery exit), between Gallup and Grants. The initial investigation indicated that a 2010 Volvo semi-truck was traveling east on I-40. The Volvo appears to have experienced a blow out on its lef t front steer tire. The Volvo crossed over the median into westbound traffic and collided with two other westbound semi-trucks.

The driver of the Volvo, E sh a n Tor abi, 35, of L a s Vega s, N V susta ined fata l i nju r ie s, a nd wa s pro nounced dead at the scene. The drivers of the other two sem i-t r uck s were t reated for what is believed to be non-l i fe t h reaten i ng i njur ies, St ate Pol ice Of f icer Ray Wilson stated in a press release. W hile alcohol does not appear to be a contributing factor to the crash, seatbelts do not appear to have been “properly utilized,” the press release stated. The crash is still under investigation and no additional information is available at this time.


WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports Darrick Tso May 19, 5:32 pm Aggravated DWI McKinley C o u n t y S h e r i f f D e p u t y Domenic Molina was traveling north on U. S. Highway 491 when he saw a pickup going faster than the other traffic on the road. Using his radar, he confirmed that the vehicle was going 68 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone. He made a routine traffic stop and found four people in the vehicle. When the driver rolled down the window, he said he could smell the odor of intoxicating liquor being emitted from inside. He identified the driver a s D a r r ic k T s o, 4 0 , of Albuquerque. Tso agreed to take field sobriety tests which he failed. On one of the tests, he said “I can’t do that even when I am sober” and then admitted that he was not sober. He was arrested and the other three occupants in the vehicle were picked up by family members. Tso agreed to take a breath alcohol test and provided samples of .25 and .23. Lance Patterson May 19, 4:34 am Aggravated DWI McKinley C o u n t y S h e r i f f D e p u t y Johnson Lee said he was traveling north of G a l lu p o n U.S. Highway 491 near T&R Market when he saw a vehicle

approaching Highway 491 from a dirt road going at a high rate of speed. The vehicle turned south still going fast so Lee said he turned his unit around and started trying to catch up, going at speeds of up to 112 miles per hour. He activated his radar and clocked the vehicle going 108 miles per hour. He came upon the vehicle and it stopped but before he got out, he said the driver rolled down his window and showed him his middle finger and then sped away. The driver turned into Heritage Center at the Giant Station and driver around the station, also told hitting another vehicle before getting back on Highway 491 and heading south When the driver turned onto Maloney Avenue going east, Lee said he notice that one of the vehicle’s tired were flat. After a short pursuit, the driver stopped and exited the vehicle, Lee said, the driver began acting out and pretended he had a gun yelling at Lee to shoot him. Lee said he saw that the man didn’t have a gun so he deployed his K9 partner Max, and was able to take the man to the ground. He identified the driver as Lance Patterson, 24, of Gallup. His driver’s license was listed as suspended or revoked and Lee said he saw three open pints of vodka in the vehicle. He was taken to the sheriff’s office where he refused to take a breath alcohol test. H i g i n io A r ­r io­l a - R o ­driguez May 19, 12:43 am 2nd DWI, Aggravated McKinley County Sheriff Deputy Dominic Molina said he was traveling on Second Street when he noticed a vehicle being driven erratically, going into

t he w r o n g lane and hitting the curb. H e started follow i ng t he vehicle as it headed north onto Maloney Avenue and then turned west. The vehicle went into the parking lot next to Ted’s Pawn and Molina said he went in after it and conducted a traffic atop. He identities the driver as Higinio Arriola-Rodriquez, 49, of Gamerco. He agreed to take field sobriety tests which he failed. He then agreed to take a breath alcohol test where he posted two samples of .16 each. Marcelino Yazzie May 12, 2:02 pm Aggravated DWI McKinley C o u n t y S h e r i f f Deput y Lt . Eric Jim said he was driving down U. S. Highway

491 about 2 pm looking for a driver who had been refused service at the Sagebrush Bar because he was intoxicated. He found the vehicle at the Gas Max north of Gallup and made contact with Yazzie, 24, of Fort Defiance. He admitted stopping at the Sagebrush Bar but said it was his passenger who was denied service because he was intoxicated and not him. Yazzie said he had no driver’s license and agreed to take field sobriety tests which he failed. He then agreed to take a breath alcohol test during which he posted two samples of .20 and .19. Walt Silversmith May 2, 12:40 DWI Gallup Police Officer Darius Johnson said he was dispatched

to an accident on Mu noz Overpass and talked to Walt Silversmith, 33, of Window Rock, who was involved in the accident. Silversmith showed signs of being intoxicated, said Johnson, and was having a hard time walking. He told Johnson he wanted to be honest and admitted drinking, saying he was born with alcohol in his blood because his mother was drinking while carrying him to term. He refused to take field sobriety tests, saying he had already admitted drinking. He agreed to take a breath alcohol test during which he posted samples of .15 and .14.

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OPINIONS The Arts: A Force for Economic Development & Quality of Life By Rose Eason, Executive Director, gallupARTS


he positive eco nomic impact of the arts is indisputable. Nationally, nonprofit arts and culture is a $166 billion industry. In New Mexico, the arts and cultural sector contributes $5.6 billion to the economy each year. In terms of employment, the State’s arts industry is roughly equal in size to its construction industry and is 50% larger than its manufacturing

Rose Eason industry. These numbers hit close to

home. In Gallup and McKinley County, one in four residents (25%) makes at least part of their living through the arts. Here, the arts are a way of life. Literally. For our communities, the arts are an economic lifeline—a thriving arts-based economy means thriving families. That is why gallupARTS, your local nonprofit arts council, is dedicated to increasing opportunities for local artists, growing the Gallup area’s art market, and strengthening the regional creative economy. Some


of gallupARTS’ recent accomplishments include: Exhibiting 65 local artists at ART123 Gallery in the past 15 months, giving 29 their first-ever gallery show, helping to jumpstart careers. Additionally, our sister gallery, LOOM, featured 18 emerging Indigenous artists in 2017. Employing over 430 local creatives to make, share, perform and teach during the last 12 ArtsCrawls, What’s more: ArtsCrawl remains the Gallup’s only free artist vending

opportunity. Producing a free, three-part artist-led art business management workshop series in service of 72 local artist entrepreneurs. By providing artists such opportunities, we create a rising tide that lifts all boats. By supporting artists, gallupARTS supports the entire community. Moreover, gallupARTS leverages arts-based programs and events into community-wide



What’s happening next? On June 13, we’ll experience the incredible planning power of the New Moon. This is an excellent time to start a new project or head in a new direction. You’ve done all the planning you need to, now is the time for action. In addition, Madame G recommends that you start preparing for the future you want. Creativity is a habit NOT a right. Get going.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

You’re working towards the rest of your life. You must take it slow. There is plenty of time to figure it out. If you chose one career because it interests you that’s great, but if you find that choice no longer suits you that’s okay. Life is fluid like a river not a stagnant puddle from the leftover rains. You will encounter many things you hate and a few things you like. Try it all!

Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get. It is always better to say “yes” rather than “no” to new experiences or things. Rejoice in the variety of life, dear Cancer, accept new ideas and opinions. Continue brainstorming with others on your current endeavors. You can totally do this.

Now is the time to go forth and conquer (your own emotions). It’s never easy to not react to people, but have you thought that maybe they are trying NOT to react to you? Know thy self is an age old edict. You can accomplish more than you’ve ever imagined or dreamed. You must learn to trust those around you. They are very willing to help you get where you want. GO!

What will you do now? It’s easy to place the blame at the feet of others. It’s very hard to look within and ask yourself: what’s wrong? You may not like the answer. You may get mad at yourself, your father, your brothers, or your children. But, you must ask this question and face your fears and anger. Once you do, they no longer own you. You can do this!

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) What will you do next? It’s hard to know what’s right or wrong. Hindsight is always 20/20. But, don’t let that fool you. It’s only the right decision when you find out the results (positive or negative). We tend to base our lives around whether we are right or wrong. But, in the end it doesn’t really matter. A good decision can go wrong and sometimes you get lucky. Good luck!

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) This is the perfect time to think things through while you’re taking action. You don’t have to leave your brain behind. In fact, you can practice some lean strategy and be quick on your feet. You can also test your actions before you make it happen. You don’t need to run out on your life. You could just consider taking up a few extra shifts or gigs. Enjoy yourself!


LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) There is change on your horizon Leo. Leadership can be overwhelming and you might need a break from it. Confront old demons, we all have them. Listen to those younger than you for a refreshing new outlook. Get cracking!

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Your neuroticism is overwhelming. Sometimes you just have to stop and focus. But, this may take more effort than your mind will currently allow. Instead, consider that life is all about the trial and error. You can live your life in a terrified state that you’ll make a mistake and (gasp!) someone might learn you’re human. But, that’s not really a scary prospect. Go forth and fail!

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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Enjoy life with those who enjoy you. They may not always communicate their feelings well but they always are in adoration whether you realize or not. Follow your tried and true mantra of only using your powers for good, they did get you this far.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You can’t give up before you begin. It may seem like a good idea to head out in the world by just “hoping” for the best. But, you know the way to glory is by putting in the time and challenging yourself. You can do this! Don’t be afraid, your heart is in the right place. You don’t need to live like a crazy person to be happy. But, you may have to plan a little. Try it.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You’re not really afraid. This is all just very new and exciting. Have you ever tried to reprogram your mind? It seems crazy, at first. But, it has real potential. If you find, that you’re dragging yourself down with sadness and anger don’t give up. You’re capable of so much more than you think. This is merely the beginning. You don’t know what the end will look like. It’s a journey.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Hope is never lost. You may not fully understand all the nuances of the world, but you can certainly understand the importance of moving forward. You don’t need to hide behind a false bravado or made up words. Stand strong and look in the mirror. You can do this if you put your mind to it. Take a deep breath and hold on tight because it could get a little bumpy. OPINIONS

GALLUP ARTS | FROM PAGE 12 economic development. Take A r t sCr awl, for ex a mple. According to a longitudinal survey completed during the 2017 season, a very (very!) conservative estimate of the amount of money ArtsCrawl generates for the local economy through event-related audience spending is $80,000 per year. That’s at least $4,000 spent locally per event hour, which translates to more than one customer per minute for some downtown businesses. $80K in revenue is also quadruple the cost of the event—an impressive return on investment. Programs like ArtsCrawl are irrefutably good for business. As an arts nonprofit, gallupARTS is also a business and direct and significant contributor to our local economy. We create local jobs. We purchase local goods and services. Better yet: we deliver increased funding and resources to the community. gallupARTS is proud to have been awarded three competitive federal grants this year, totaling $190,000 dollars and amounting to $370,000 in projects. These grants pump money into the local economy; they get spent locally and have a multiplier effect. With these grants, we spread the wealth. Equally, if not more importantly, gallupARTS’ programs and projects improve the quality of life in our community. Not only are the arts a cornerstone of the tourism industry, attracting people to visit and bringing in money that way, they are also a primary means of attracting and retaining a quality, invested

(and young) workforce. One major quality-of-life initiative gallupARTS currently has in the works is a National Endowment for the Arts grant project to re-design Coal Avenue in downtown, in partnership with the City of Gallup, as a people-friendly, business-friendly, and event-friendly creative commons. A revitalized downtown will have significant economic impact. It will also make Gallup a more desirable place to live. L ikew ise, ga llupA RTS’ entire program lineup—ART123 Gallery, ArtsCrawl, the Second Street Arts Festival, Young Artists of McKinley County, art classes, public art projects— make Gallup a more exciting, attractive, welcoming, and vibrant town. Our programs, and the arts generally, have a beneficial communal effect and promote true prosperity: they provide entertainment, create beautiful spaces, bring inspiration and joy, and strengthen the social fabric of our community. They also promote economic prosperity, as a job-creating, family-supporting, wealth-generating, tourism-driving force. gallupARTS has made significant headway as an arts, community and economic developer in Gallup and McKinley County. It has big projects in the works, and even more grand plans underway to help Gallup fulfill its potential as a creative and cultural hub, with all the attendant economic benefits. What can you do to help? Buy art from local artists. Attend performing arts events. Join in our community engagement programs. Advocate for funding for the arts at local, state and national levels.

Seven Habits of the Self-Aware Leader


eadership McKinley, class of 2018, shares seven must-do habit s to move you r leadership to the next level. Developing self-awareness a n d k n ow i n g yo u r t e a m means forging connections t hat cou nt . Sel f-awa re leaders are more effective becau se t hey foster communication and invite feedback, make efforts to inform themselves a nd others, synthesize ideas, and take action. It’s TIME to become selfaware and move your leadership to the next level!

PART 3: TRYING, FAILING, SUCCEEDING. REPEATING C ont r ibu tor – Chuy Morales “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. A nd that is why I succeed.”

-Michael Jordan Sel f-awa re leader s a re molded by a succession of triumphs and failures. They do not presuppose an ending, instead they seek a continuous journey of self-discovery and learning. Failure, adaptation, and growth are the footpaths of our achievements. Self-aware leaders carr y these experiences within themselves, embracing successes and failures equally. It is my belief that to truly experience a great victory, one must also risk and sustain great loss. Accepting shortfalls from yourself and

others will strengthen your leadership abilities. If you’re unwilling to make mistakes and possibly fail, your journey is limited. A selfaware leader recognizes that those limitations affect your team as well, possibly keeping everyone from experiencing the big wins. FAILURE repackaged is OPPORTUNITY to try and try again. The selfaware leader pushes the journey onward in the direction of growth and success. Part 3 in a series of articles from Gallup-McKinley C h ambe r of Co mm e rce Leadership McKinley class participants.


It’s never too late to register to vote


ditor, The road to political victory is paved not only with bumps in the road but with others who help you on your way by smoothing out your path to your aspired leadership.    The New Mexico primary was of eight in the United States; the other primaries across the nation were also held in Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota.     While voter turnout for state primary races is hard to predict what will happen in the General Election, they OPINIONS

also tend to make it difficult to accurately speculate on how the outcome will be on the national level.  This is particularly true in New Mexico which has always been a Democratic stronghold.   In our region there is always the race factor, meaning the ethnic turnout and the voting block that often makes the difference when it comes to the candidate of choice; at times it almost seems to morph into a popularity contest.   The economy, jobs, education, health care, racism, the price of gasoline, and the necessities of life tend to play

a role that hits the pocket book hard and when national issues like the recent tariffs on other countries that we import goods from come back to consumer spending and the comfort zone we like to exist in. In these days of uncertainty, it can be a challenge to take the time to research the candidates and the position they are taking while smiling and asking you to vote for them.    That gut-wrenching moment hits you hard when in doubt standing behind a curtain and placing your vote as if you were at a slot machine pulling the lever and hoping for the jackpot.

Accord i ng to the New Mexico Secretary of State’s website you can pick up a voter registration application form or print the national form online, fill it out, then mail it to the New Mexico Office of the Secretary of State or your local County Clerk’s Office.  If you are not sure where to send it, you can look it up on the website or call 1-800-4773632.  The McKinley County Courthouse address is  207 West Hill Ave in Gallup, New Mexico and the phone number is 505-722-4469.   In New Mexico, voter regis tration eligibility requires you

to be a resident of New Mexico; a citizen of the United States; not legally declared mentally incapacitated; not a convicted felon, or a felon who has completed all of the terms and conditions of sentencing and 18 years or older at the time of the next election.  The Navajo Nation primary will be held on August 28, 2018.  Find out if you are registered and VOTE. The unofficial New Mexico Primary Election results for June 5, 2018 can be found at: http://electionresults.sos. state.nm.us/.   Mervyn Tilden, Church Rock, N.M.

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By Dee Velasco For the Sun


eaching the young strong traditional values from an early start has its benefits and that alone can go a long way. Especially when it involves a language and a deep rich culture behind it. Such as the case with 27-year-old Alrye Pole q u a pt ew a , who w a s born and raised on the Hopi Reservation. Polequaptewa has been involved with his culture from an early age. The Hopi Tribe sits atop three mesas in northern Arizona, with each one consisting of different villages. Pole q u a pt ew a i s f r om the Second Mesa and from the village of Shungopovi. De s pit e fa ci ng some l i fe struggles, Polequaptewa has not let him stop doing what he loves, and that is sharing his Hopi life through ceremonial dances across the United States. Recently his group “Polequaptewa Dance Group” performed at the Summer Nightly Indian Dances in downtown Gallup. His group consists

of 19 -yea r- old Shaw ua na Polequaptewa; 26 -year-old Nicole Mariano; 17-year-old Chelsea Kewa nya ma; a nd 17-year-old Brennon Silas. Polequaptewa Dance Group has performed in Albuquerque at the state fair, various casinos and even performed in New York. Hav i ng worked w it h “E mer gence P roduc t ion s g roup” a nd w it h “Nat ive Roots,” Alrye Polequaptewa gained more recognition and experience prior forming his own group in 2012. The group’s first performance was at the Hopi Heritage Square A r t Show. From there, his group took off. Part of the joy of storytelling through dancing is teaching the younger Hopi generation about the culture. “I want to tell people about what it means to be a Hopi, and each of our dances symbolize very important aspects of our life,” he said. “I’ve been doing this since I was in high school. I started out early in another dance group.” Polequaptewa says that these dances encourage other young Hopi’s to follow in their

Brennon Silas with the Polequaptewa Hopi dance group prepares to perform the Eagle dance June 2 in downtown Gallup as part of the Summer Nightly Indian Dances. Dances start at 7 pm every night through Labor Day. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo traditional ways and to keep the Hopi strong. “I do this to help out the kids at home who are sitting at home doing nothing and help teach them about their culture. I grew up with most of them and they are well-behaved,” he said, laughing.

Chelsea Kewanyana does the Hopi Deer dance with her fellow dancers June 2 in Gallup during the Nightly Indian Dances. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo


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STYLES OF DANCES His group performs three dances, which include: HOPI DEER DANCE: The Hopi deer dance is a blessing ceremony for a successful hunting season. Hopi people believe the deer is a strong healer that provides strength, endurance, and life longevity. -HOPI EAGLE DANCE: The Hopi eagle dance is a prayer ceremony for purification, healing, and balancing the life of the Hopi people along with the world. Kwaahu (Kwahuu) is a messenger of the Hopi people in hopes of moisture and balancing the order of humanity and humbleness. -HOPI WATER MAIDENS DA NCE: The Palhikmana (Pahl-heek-mana) dance is a ceremony that allows the young females girls that are unmarried with no children, to perform this special dance. To help teach the young ladies faith, respect, and gracefulness. The dance is performed for the monsoon season to help give moisture to the crops of the Hopi. The headdresses also

signify the different seasons of storms such as the winter, spring, and summer clouds spirits. Polequaptewa says each of these dances are very sacred to the Hopi people and it’s important to know that they honor everything that Mother Earth gives them as well as Father Sky. “When performing these dances such as the Hopi Water Maiden dance, they hold deep traditional value,” he said, “This is primarily a summer time dance, done in August, September for the fresh harvest that they grow on the reservation. “Our regalia tells also about the weather, too. The headdress symbolizes all that is when a rain storm occurs. The plumes that are on the head represent the cumulous nimbus clouds, the textiles on the outfit represent vegetation on the Hopi Reservation. Mt. Taylor and the San Francisco Peaks are sacred to the Hopi People, and displayed in the dancers


Pollentongue poetry flies into downtown Gallup FOUNDERS ENCOURAGES NATIVE POETS TO ATTEND WORKSHOPS

By Boderra Joe Sun Correspondent


ollentongue Summer Series will be taking over ART123 on the first Fridays this summer, a poetry workshop and reading event organized by Diné poets, Matthew Jake Skeets, coordinator from Va nd e r w a ge n , N. M . a nd Lemanuel Loley, co-coordinator, from Crownpoint, N.M. The summer series kicked off June 1, with its first workshop following its featured Diné readers, Bojan Louis and myself, Boderra Joe. (Do I even mention myself, well yes, of course!) Pollentongue first appeared in October 2017 at the K’é Info Workshop, including their first writing workshop in March 2018 with Ryan Dennison at the Hozhó’ó Hólne’ Writing Conference. Both in Window Rock, Ariz.

PURPOSE Skeets, who also is a professional writing tutor at Diné College and the founding editor of Cloudthroat, an online journal that aims to publish Native voices, said the purpose of Pollentongue “is to invite Navajo writers back to the reservation to read.” “Most of the readers I’ve had are Navajo and they said

it was their first time to read for a Navajo audience,” he said. Skeets and Loley each hold a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, N.M. And they have been pulling together workshops to create a space for emerging Diné writers of all genres.

WORKSHOP Creating a space for writers is one thing, but creating a voice is another. About four participants came out and participated in the workshop held by Skeets. Skeets began the workshop by asking, “What is poetry?” Par ticipant, Rutherford Ashley, from Fort Defiance, Ariz., said, “Fragments of who we are ... different phrases of imagery to get across of what we are trying to say.” “It’s what the area needs … writing is important to everyone and for anyone who has an interest,” Ashley said. “Something to be engaged in.”

SERIES TO COME Skeets mentioned that the best way to keep workshops and readings going is to just keep having them and hope they “continue to build itself up.” To keep building, both Loley and Skeets have their hands

Matthew Jake Skeets, coordinator of Pollentongue, leads a poetry workshop on June 1. He began the workshop by asking the participants, “What is poetry?” at ART123 Gallery during the Pollentongue Summer Series event in Gallup. Photo Credit: Boderra Joe full of continuously putting together events for emerging writers and artists’.

UPCOMING WORKSHOP/ READING • July 6: Featured reader Laura Tohe • A u g u s t 3 : : F e a t u r e d reader Tacey Atsitty with

Collestipher Chatto All workshops take place from 6-7 pm and readings begin at 7-8 pm. Writers are to bring copies of their writing to workshop with colleagues and are welcome to share their work for open mic after featured readers have read.


• July 11 – 15, 2018: Emerging D i né Wr it er s I n s t it ut e i n Crow npoi nt , N.M. Applications due by June 22, 2018. For more information, pl e a se vi sit www.ga l luparts.org/poetry or contact Matthew Jake Skeets at jakeskeets@outlook.com or Lemanuel Loley at lloley@ navajotech.edu

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Multicultural event promotes Diné language through fun activities By Dee Velasco For the Sun


he f irst a n nua l “FACE S – Fa m i ly a nd Community Engagement Series” took place June 6-7 at Rocky View Elementar y for area teachers, parents, and students. It w a s a mu lt ic u lt u ral-based family activity celebr a t i n g k nowle d ge a nd diversity. The event was hosted by the Gallup McKinley County School Bilingual and Cultural Education Departments. Area bilingual teachers helped with the activities while teaching Diné language through entertaining and educational methods. Numerous schools in the district participated in the event at Rocky View. A $25,000 grant from the Public Education Division for Indian Education has helped the district to sponsor cultural events for students. The first project was the

even i ng pa rent la ng ua ge classes to help teach parents to speak Navajo, Vern Bia, director of cultural education said. “We’ve had parents tell us that they can’t support their child because they couldn’t speak the language and asked us if they can offer classes to learn the Diné language,” Bia said. “We used that grant to provide that, and we had native language teachers get together and provide those classes for parents and we had a great showing.” Bia says parents want that program to continue because they want to learn how to speak. An example of that is when the child comes home from their language class and speaks what they’ve learned and wants to learn more. They want to know more, but the parent can’t help them. The parent language program bridges that gaps. “It’s all a part of language revitalization, it’s a little step in that area, but we’re working to

Siblings Antinika Roanhorse, middle, and Achin Yazzie, right, learn the art of beading at the multi-cultural workshop FACES June 6 at Rocky View Elementary School in Gallup. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo do what we can,” Bia said. The second part of the grant is FACES, which Bia hopes will continue next year as the intent is to get parents, kids and

Braden Bitsoie learns needlepoint during FACES, a multi-cultural educational event created by Gallup McKinley County Schools and hosted by Rocky View Elementary School in Gallup June 6. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo


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communities to work on cultural-related things. She says for the kids to succeed they really need to forge close bonds with their parents. “If they can just bond to solidify that, then the student has better opportunities to learn to succeed in life. We want that to be a part of our community here in school.” Bia said. Fun activities such as Diné bingo, weaving, emergence stories, were led by bilingual language educators such as Catherine A. Miller Elementary la nguage teacher Ma x ine Chischilly. Along with fellow teacher, Carline Murphy, they both taught the meaning of K’é – Navajo kinship system – the extended family. “We’re partnering off on teaching K’é, how to name in Navajo the members of your family in the proper Navajo terms. It means relationship, respect for all your family … to know them by their clan,” Chischilly said. Fellow teacher Mur phy said she wanted to relay the importance of preserving the language and culture through these fun activities. “I’m here to do a cultural presentation,” she said. “Where to integrate, and infuse our language and culture into the math and science to academic; where

they can understand how they can keep and preserve their language and culture.” Murphy says it’s a matter of respect not only for the Diné, but also for other cultures and languages. To appreciate family members and to call to them in a respectful way. Tobe Turpen Elementary Navajo language and culture teacher Linda Martinez had fun teaching parents and students Diné through Diné Bingo. “I like what is happening here,” she said. It’s something new to myself, and I can definitely take some of these ideas back to my classroom.” Martinez says it’s good for the new generation to learn this because they can actually speak their language as she demonstrated through Diné Bingo. She says it gives everyone the chance to see what the language looks like, and they can speak it through the activities. “By going to all the tables with whatever means of teaching is going on, cultural learning is the primary goal, and to know where you come from and all that entails,” Martinez said. For more information on FACES contact GMCS Bilingual and Cultural Education Departments at 505-721-1021. COMMUNITY

Ocean’s 8 offers a new female cast, but with an old, worn heist formula RATING: «« OUT OF «««« RUNNING TIME: 110 MINUTES By Glenn Kay For the Sun


ust last year, the Ocean’s 11 series got a countrified redo from director Steven Soderbergh with Logan Lucky. Less than a year later, we’ve received another variation on the formula called Ocean’s 8. This time out, the story is based around a heist perpetrated by an exclusively female crew. While that might have seemed like enough to justify yet another take on this story, like any sequel after sequel after sequel, it can’t help but seem like a bit of a rehash. Just paroled from prison, Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) is the sister of Danny Ocean from the previous installments. While in the joint, she’s done nothing but plot her next big score... stealing a $150 million dollar Cartier necklace. Debbie plots with friend Lou (Kate Blanchett), struggling fashion designer Rose Weil (Helena Bonham Carter), jewel expert Amita (Mindy Kaling), stolen goods fence Tammy (Sarah Paulson), computer hacker Nine Ball (Rhianna) and thief Constance (Awkwafina) to use the annual New York Metropolitan Art Gala to their advantage. They attempt to move Weil into the graces of celebrity Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway), influencing Cartier to lend her the necklace all so that they can steal it during the event.

From left, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, and Sandra Bullock in a scene from “Ocean’s 8.” Now playing. Photo Credit: Warner Bros. And that’s pretty much the gist of it. Admittedly, there are some funny gags here and there as Ocean pulls a series of minor cons to get herself some goods and a nice place to stay. There are also a couple of amusingly catty comments hiding plenty of insecurity from celebrity Kluger. One or two of the gags that involve manipulating targets into order to pull of the details of the operation also earn a smile. And a late appearance from an insurance investigator (James Corden) results in a funny interview with a suspect.

Still, the entire enterprise ends up a little, well, routine and flat. After some thought, this reviewer came to the conclusion that one of the story’s biggest weaknesses (besides its familiarity) is the lack of a foil for these characters. Simply put, there really isn’t any kind of threat present to get in the way of these characters doing their job. Any of the characters could call off the operation at any point and walk away without repercussions. No one is even actively after them. In fact, no one outside of the group is even


aware that a heist is occurring. It makes for a tension free and lackluster opening 80 minutes. T he d ia log ue bet ween the characters isn’t particularly biting either. At times it appears as if the film is trying to emulate the style of the previous chapters in the series. Yet as a result, the end product feels stiff and forced. These are extremely talented performers, but they seem to be holding back onscreen and the movie is muted and less amusing than intended. After the robbery, events do perk up as the investigator steps in to try to recover the jewels.

At this point, there actually is some tension and interest. Unfortunately, it’s a brief portion of the movie and events resolve themselves quickly and simply. Ocean’s 8 suffers from a script that doesn’t provide enough obstacles for its protagonists to overcome and never builds a great deal of momentum or excitement. It doesn’t even give its characters much in the way of personal motivation for the crime, besides the obvious payday. So, while this may be the heist of a lifetime, in the end it never seems anything less than routine. Visit: CinemaStance.com

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Hereditary effectively delivers spine-tingling chills RATING: ««« OUT OF «««« RUNNING TIME: 127 MINUTES By Glenn Kay For the Sun


ometimes it’s best to just avoid advance word on a film. Hereditary has been getting a great deal of festival press and raves, with many suggesting it’s the scariest thing to hit cinema screens in years (of course, all of this really depends on what frightens you on a deep level). So yes, there seems to be a bit of hyperbole developing that no film can possibly live up to. However, this is still an effective and well acted horror picture. The movie follows the trials of an odd family. Artist/ miniature builder Annie (Toni Collette) and her husband Steve (Gabriel Byrne) take their teenaged son Peter (Alex Wolff) and younger daughter Charlie (Milly Shapiro) to a funeral home where the family matriarch is being buried. It seems clear that none of the adults appeared to like the person being mourned. Other fractures within the family become evident between Annie, Steve and Peter. Over

the following days, some members start having strange visions of their elderly relative lurking in the shadows. When another tragedy occurs, things get freakier and Annie becomes obsessed with determining the cause of these seemingly supernatural occurrences. This is something of a lowkey horror picture, taking inspiration from European chillers like the f ilms of Roman Polanski. Or at least, that’s the impression one gets as relationships between family members slowly unravel. Most of the characters presented are frosty, but the excellent performances are strong enough to keep viewers intrigued, even if their behavior isn’t always relatable. In some ways, the film is attempting to tie together themes of guilt and grief, as well as how the character’s bizarre responses are in some way passed down from their parents. It does offer food for thought, although a few decisions are so eccentric that they seem implausible. Perhaps the biggest highlight of the movie might be its uniquely impressive cinematography. The film itself and family home look crisp, sharp and icy with the camera often keeping a detached distance from the proceedings. There

Toni Collette stars in this edge-of-your-seat flick about an odd family and the even odder occurrences happening to them after the family matriarch dies. Now playing. Photo Credit: A24 are plenty of great angles involving Annie’s miniatures, even moving up close and into the dioramas that add to the sense of unease. And the lighting is very strong, keeping figures half obscured in the dark corners of the home. These moments provide viewers with the film’s best jolts. The mood and atmosphere is excellent, although there are a few minor problems. Again, a lot of this comes down to what personally resonates with the viewer. With a running time of over two hours, there

are certain scenes that come across as repetitive and unnecessary. As all comes to light (or falls into darkness), things also get too literal. The sinister force and inner turmoil on display is much more unsettling when it isn’t as clearly defined. When the truth is finally revealed, it somehow loses its fright value and everything becomes a bit, well, sillier. However, just about everyone around me seemed terrified, which just goes to show that what gets under one person’s skin may have little effect on

someone else. While I’m reticent to agree that it is the masterpiece that a few quotes running on TV claim, I certainly don’t want it to seem like I’m coming down too hard on Hereditary. This is a very strong and effective horror picture. And it is all the more impressive considering that it arrives from a first-time feature filmmaker. In the end, those who enjoy being scared will find themselves taking in an unhealthy (in the best possible way) dose of spine-tingling chills. Visit: CinemaStance.com

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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for June 8, 2018 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


ooks like there’s plenty of new arrivals on Bluray and DVD highlights. You’ll find several highlights listed below. 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! D e a t h Wish - This r e m a ke of the 1974 vigi la nte f i l m features Bruce Willis taking on the role originally played by Charles Bronson. After his wife and college age daughter are violently assaulted, the mild-mannered lead decides to take justice into his own hands and victimize those responsible for the crime. Reaction to this effort wasn’t very enthusiastic. A scant few enjoyed it as B-movie exploitation, while the overwhelming majority criticized it as offering little that was new, simply repeating a series of violent attacks ad nauseam. It also features Vincent D’Onofrio, Elizabeth Shue, Camilla Morrone, Kimberly Elise and Dean Norris. De vil’s Gate - An FBI Special Agent is sent to a small North D a k o t a com mu n it y in order to investigate the disappearance of a mother and child. Unfor tunately, her search eventually leads to the family patriarch, making him the prime suspect. Along the way, she learns secrets about the town that may endanger her life. This independent suspense picture earned modest notices, with slightly more negative reviews than positive ones. A few were amused by its over-the-top reveals, but more complained that the dialogue was clunky and that the twists just didn’t work. The cast includes Amanda Schull, Milo Ventimiglia and Jonathan Frakes. COMMUNITY

Every Day - A 16-year-old falls in love with the soul of a young man in this romance geared towards teenagers. However, she soon discovers that her boyfriend’s soul appears in the body of a new person ever y day, adding incredible hurdles to the potential relationship. The press wasn’t as hard on this title as you might have expected. In fact, it received slightly more recommendations than pans. Some did think that the movie didn’t quite capture the spirit of the book and was too silly for its own good. However, a higher percentage found it reasonably entertaining and stated that it would please its target audience. It stars Angourie Rice, Justice Smith and Debbie Ryan. F r e a k Show - This independent comedy/ drama comi ng- of-age film involves a teenage boy who decide s t o run for homecoming queen at his very conservative high school. The kid must face severe prejudice from certain members of the town as he takes a stand for all of the misunderstood students at his school (and elsewhere). Critics didn’t rave, but a few more liked the movie than disliked it. Many thought that the message was noble and warmhearted and the lead was sympathetic, but others complained that it borrowed too much from other films of its genre and in turn wasn’t quite as effective. It features Abigail Breslin, AnnaSophia Robb, Alex Lawther and Bette Midler. Gringo An American businessman travels to Mexico and quickly finds h i m s el f i n the m idd le of a complicated international plot, forcing him to interact with drug lords, mercenaries, government officials and other executives. This black comedy follows his efforts to come out of the situation in one piece. Reviews were

very mixed with the movie being described as an acquired taste. Many couldn’t get on its wavelength and thought it wasted its talented cast. However, a small group found it hilarious and appreciated its eccentricities. The movie stars David Oyelowo, Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton, Thandie Newton, Amanda Seyfried and Sharlto Copley. The Hurricane Heist - Part action film and part homage to disaster flicks, this effort follows a Treasury Agent up against a band of crooks out to commit one of the largest heists in history using a Category 5 hurricane as a cover for their robbery. The factions face off against each other as the winds blow buildings and people apart. The press were slightly more negative than positive on this genre film. Those who enjoyed it called it an outrageous, over-the-top and fun action picture. A more sizable group called it absolutely preposterous, dopey and commented that it lacked likable characters. The cast includes Maggie Grace, Toby Kebbell, Ryan Kwanten, Ralph Ineson, Melissa Bolona and Ben Cross. T h e Midnight Man - A teen decides to visit her g r a nd mother’s mansion and decides to take her friends along with her. They pull out an old board game and start to play, soon discovering that they have released an evil spirit that will use their deepest fears against them. As you might have imagined, reaction towards this horror picture was less-than-exceptional.

Rev iewers found the concept of a sinister board game spirit absurd and suggested that the movie was slow-moving, becoming more and more ridiculous as it progressed. It features Summer H. Howell, Keenan Lehmann, Meredith Rose, Lin Shaye and Robert Englund. Supercon - An 80s TV ch ild sta r dec ide s t o hit the conve nt io n circuit a nd tour around w it h ot her quasi-celebrities. Events take a turn for the worse when the lead’s old co-star and personal rival has him banned from appearing at the show. The hero and his pals vow to use any means necessary to take down their nemesis. This small title is being released on DVD only first and critical reaction to the feature was quite poor. A couple thought it was amusing enough to recommend to those familiar with pop culture conventions, but the overwhelming majority found it crass and largely unfunny. The cast includes Maggie Grace, Clancy Brown, John Malkovich, Ryan Kwa nten, Mike Epps a nd Russell Peters. T h o r o u gh b r e d s - T h is drama involves a pair of teens who reconnect a f ter several years apa r t . One has returned from a fancy boarding school, while t he ot her’s sha r p w it has made her something of an outcast. Apparently, the two feed off of their destructive

tendencies and decide to take action against one of their nasty stepfathers. Reviews were extremely strong for this independent feature. While a few stray voices thought it borrowed too much from films like Heathers, almost everyone else called it effective, dark and biting. It features Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy and Anton Yelchin. A Wrinkle in Time - The famous young adult novel gets a big budget film translation courtesy of Disney. After her physicist father disappears mysteriously, his daughter, younger brother and new friend decide to traverse the universe in order to find him. Along the way, they meet supernatural powers and must deal with an evil force. Critics weren’t overly impressed with this adaptation. While a small amount of reviews believed it worked well enough for children, most thought it missed out on creating a sense of wonder and didn’t do the source material justice. The movie stars Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine and many others.

BLASTS FROM THE PAST! F i l m Movement Classics a re relea s i ng a 50 t h Anniversary ed ition of t he It a l ia n western, The Great Silence (1968). This one’s about a mute gunslinger who decides to protect a widow from the gang who murdered her husband. Klaus


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DVD REVIEW | FROM PAGE 19 Kinski plays the head villain and it is something of a cult film thanks to its brazen style and memorable score from Ennio Morricone (The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, The Hateful Eight). This Blu-ray includes a documentary about director Sergio Corbucci (Django, Super Fuzz) that is hosted by filmmaker Alex Cox, a feature on the movie’s locations, two alternate endings to the film, theatrical trailers and other bonuses. Warner Archives are giving the classic musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) a Blu-ray upgrade. It’s a two-disc set that includes remasters of the normal theatrical and alternate widescreen version of the movie. The disc also includes an archived director commentary, a making-of, a short subject piece on the film, footage from its premiere and additional extras. They are also putting out a few made-to-order titles on DVD. These features include Baby Face Harrington (1935), The Band Plays On (1934), Kid Nightingale (1939) and A Modern Hero (1934). The Big Country (1958) is another famous western that is getting the anniversary treatment from Kino. It’s about a newcomer to the west who ends up in the middle of a violent squabble between two families. In honor of its 60th birthday, a Blu-ray of the movie is arriving with a new remaster, a cultural historian commentary, an hour-long documentary on director William Wyler, outtakes from the film, interviews with cast members, featurettes and plenty of promotional material. Scorpion and Doppelganger Releasing are teaming up to put out a Blu-ray of the very eccentric Greaser’s Palace (1972). This one is a wester n / comedy that is said to be a parable of t he l i fe of Christ. Most of the literature online about this title says that it, “... must be seen to be believed.” Those who take a chance will see it with a brand new remaster struck from the camera negative, an interview with director Robert Downey Sr., and liner notes from Jonathan

Demme. Finally, Flicker Alley are releasing a Blu-ray of Ewald Dupont’s German silent film, The Ancient Law (1923). It has been digitally restored and comes with some extras as well, including the only surviving footage of a documentary made about this production with Dupont and other German filmmakers of the era like Fritz Lang.

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Here are plenty of highlights for children. Avatar: T he Last Airbe nde r: The Complete Series (Nickelodeon) Nature Cat: Onward and Pondward! (PBS) Peter Pan: Anniversary Edition (Disney) Pinky an d th e Brain: Volume 1 Satellite Girl and Milk Cow (South Korean A n i m a t e d Feature) S p i r i t : Riding Free: Seasons 1 - 4 Teen Titans Go!: Season 1

ON THE TUBE! Below are some of the week’s TV-themed releases. T h e 10 t h K i n g d o m (Miniseries) Avatar: T he Last Airbe nde r: The Complete Series (Nickelodeon) T h e Awe so m e s: The Complete Series Chinese Exclusion Act (PBS) The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns (Miniseries) T h e Inva d e rs: The Complete Series Je r icho: The Complete Series The Last Ship: Season 4 Living Single: Season 5 (Warner Archive) The Mystery of the Jurassic (BBC) Nature Cat: Onward and Pondward! (PBS) Nature: Natura l Bor n Rebels (PBS) Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue (National Geographic) S e c r e t s of t h e D e a d : Hannibal in the Alps (PBS) South Park: Season 21 Teen Titans Go!: Season 1 Wedding Bells (Hallmark TV-movie) W hen Calls the Heart: Home is Where the Heart Is (Hallmark)

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From left, Chelsea Kewanyana, Shawuana Polequaptewa and Brennon Silas of Polequaptewa Hopi dance group perform the Deer Dance June 2 at the McKinley County Courthouse square in downtown Gallup. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo

PASSING | FROM PAGE 14 regalia to represent a harvest and clouds for a good season.” Dancer Shawuana Polequaptewa says she knew it was a matter of time before she would join the dance ensemble. “I wanted to partake of and to be a part of it. They asked me a couple of times to do this, then I got into it,” she said. Shawuana Polequaptewa says that she wants to pursue

CREDIT | FROM PAGE 9 The Nation’s ability to pay its series 2015A bonds is closely tied to its operations, which is reflected in the ICR. In determining the ICR, S&P evaluates all operational aspects and credit features that it believes would affect the Nation’s ability and willingness to pay on a timely basis. “The Navajo Nation must continue to be financially mindful and strategic in leveraging funds for infrastructure and capital projects,” Begaye said. “By doing this the Nation will continue on a path toward

nursing and work her way up to becoming a pediatrician. About to become seniors a t Hopi Jr. / H ig h S chool in Polacca, Ariz., Chelsea Kewanyama and Brennon Silas, say being a part of this group is fun, in addition to sharing their culture. “Well, I started dancing when I was a little girl and they asked me if I wanted to dance in this group. I said yes and I want to continue doing this,” Kewanyama said.

As for Silas, thoroughly knowing his culture is just important just as it is telling others about it. “It pretty much started at our ceremonials, and I wanted to know more about our culture through the dances, and doing it for our people and showing others about our culture,” he said. For more information on Polequaptewa Dance Group visit Facebook page Alrye Polequaptewa

achieving aAAA rating while also increasing confidence in the investor community.” In ter ms of rating factors, S&P stated the Nation ha s ver y strong reser ves; revenue-generating natural resource assets beyond additional revenue streams and good management policies that support permanent fund growth. S&P Global Ratings considers the Nation’s management practices good under its Financial Management Assessment (FMA) methodology, indicating financial practices exist in most areas. This stability reflects S&P’s

expectation that the Nation’s revenues will be sufficient to support operations and financial f lexibility through its permanent fund and that its carrying charges will remain low. Notably, the Nation does not rely on gaming activities to generate general operating revenues, unlike most tribes that S&P Global Ratings has dealt with to date. “The Navajo Nation will continue to progressively improve its credit rating so that we can expand our financing options when it comes to funding future projects,” Begaye said.

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PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the McKinley County Board of Commissioners will convene a Workshop regarding Road Maintenance. We are pleased to invite you to participate in a discussion on possible direction and future action regarding McKinley County’s “Road Work Request Procedures” Policy and future road maintenance. This meeting, to discuss direction and action on road issues will be on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at UNM Gallup Campus in the Calvin Hall Auditorium from 1:30 pm until concluded or 5:30 pm., whichever occurs first. McKinley County will host this meeting as a Road Maintenance Policy Workshop to seek community aid to guide the county on current and future Road Maintenance and Improvements within McKinley County. All current maintenance, Partnerships, Inter-Governmental Agreements, and Memorandum of Understandings/Agreements may be affected. All local


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COMMUNITY CALENDAR JUNE 8-14, 2018 FRIDAY, June 8 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) 722-2220. Location: 106 W. Hwy. 66. Registration: $100. No Refunds MEDIA LAB 2-3pm@Children’s Branch. This week: YouTube videos, podcasts, and short films. Call (505) 726-6120 or childlib@gallupnm.gov SATURDAY, June 9 STORY TIME (AGES 2-4) 11am@ Children’s Branch. An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement, rhymes, and stories. TUESDAY, June 12 MAKER ZONE (6 AND OLDER) 4-5pm @ Children’s Branch. We provide supplies, you supply the ideas. Free. WEDNESDAY, June 13 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: TBA. THURSDAY, June 14 CRAFTY KIDS 4-5pm@Children’s Branch. Fun crafts for the whoe family. This week’s activity: TBA.

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. 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) 4882166. 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) 7268068 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.

LIFE’S HEALING CHOICES Freedom from any addiction, 8 weeks/8 biblical truths. Starts Tuesday, June 12, 6:30 pm, Journey Church Gallup, 501 S. 3rd St. (free of charge to attendees. Ends June 31. Info. (505) 8700905.

GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY Wednesdays are low-cost Spay and Neuter Days, at the Gallup-McKinley County Humane Society. For more information, please call (505) 863-2616, or email: gmchumanesociety@gmail. com. Location: 1315 Hamilton Rd.


GALLUP SOLAR Gallup Solar is hosting community conversations about




all things solar Wednesdays from 6 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) 721-9208, or (505) 8701483. 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: 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. 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. GMCS On June 18, GMCS Board Meeting, SSC Boardroom. 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)8701942. 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) 8279236 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: gallupsunevents@gmail.com or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.

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Gallup Housing Authority

TO APPLY FOR PUBLIC HOUSING: Individuals must fill out a GHA Housing application and submit the following: All applicants/household members must submit: • Original Birth Certificates • Original Social Security Cards All applicants/household members 18 years or older must submit: • Photo ID • Proof of Income • Proof of INS Status [If not a US citizen] • All Auto Registrations and Insurance Proof of Income docs may include: • Pay check stubs [Last 3 months] • Social Security/ SSI Benefits Statements • Welfare/ Public Assistance Statements • Most recent Tax Returns • Unemployment Benefits • Child Support documents • Bank Statements [Checking/ Savings] • IRA Account Statements • Any other form of income

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