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nock on wood … there wasn’t an active mass shooting in Gallup this past week, but instead members of police and fire departments, staff from Gallup Indian Medical Center, and city employees acted as if there was a live shooting playing out. The city held the active shooter drill at the Octavia Fellin Public Library July 12. The city’s website states: the objective of the exercise was to identify and evaluate planning, response, mitigation and recovery actions associated with an active shooter event in accordance with policies

and procedures of the respective departments and agencies involved. The agencies that participated include the Gallup Fire Department, Gallup Police Department, McKinley County Metro Dispatch Authority, and McKinley County Office of Emergency Management. Fire Department Chief Eric Babcock said the exercise was about the processes involved, with a focus on the level of communication with the police department and the hospital. “It’s moving fast,” Babcock said of the exercise. “[We] just let it roll.” Starting in the morning, the scenario began with a husband and wife getting into a heated argument and interference

Gallup Police Department officers DeWayne Holder and Patrick Largo carefully approach the Octavia Fellin Public Library during an active shooter training session July 12. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura from security. The husband left the library while the staff called 911, fearing violence as a result of a domestic dispute

Gallup Police officers Daruis Johnson and Patrick Largo come across a body during the active shooter training at Octavia Fellin Public Library July 12. Gallup firefighter Jacob Lacroix (back) and Lt. Billy Padavich (right) serve as evaluators. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura

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and the possible threat of the husband returning with guns. Catherine Babcock, playing the wife in the scenario, explained to the crowd at Gallup Fire Dept. Station #1 how the response began. After 911 was called, the husband returned and the staff heard shots being fired. Another call to 911 was placed, this time stating that shots were being fired in the library. The calls were placed 10 to 15 minutes apart. Inside, the staff were watching on security cameras what the shooter was doing. Per Metro Dispatch, officers were on the scene in about three minutes. “It all took place rather quickly,” said GPD Officer Douglas Hoffman. “Certain officers were dispatched to the perimeters, [and a] contact team to make entry.” Hoffman reiterated how it is

the duty of the officers to run towards the danger, and that they move as a unit to clear each room. “We sprint to the sound of fire. Secure the location, make sure no one else is a threat,” Hoffman said. The library staff had been drilled on what to do in the event of an active shooter, including a reunion spot at the Gallup Cultural Center. Training had taken place weekly for the past three months. It was also reiterated that an aggressive response to a shooter was not part of the plan, and that exiting the premises is the best plan to stay alive. Information was relayed to Officer Hoffman throughout the event, including news about

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iddle College High School faces an uncertain future as Gallup McKinley County Schools Superintendent Mike Hyatt seeks to revoke its charter with the district. T h e GMC S B o a r d o f Education will hear the matter

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Aug. 2. Some tension a rose between the school and district when MCHS questioned the validity of the McKinley Academy some months ago. Similar to Middle College, students participating in McKinley Academy take college courses as well as their required core elements. Mea nwhile, the Middle

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College was served with a notice of intent to revoke the charter by GMCS July 6. I n a n ema i l, GMCS Superintendent Mike Hyatt stated, “In the spirit of transparency, we are releasing the notice of revocation for Middle College High School to the public.” “Throughout this process of discovery, Gallup McKinley

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County Schools has chosen to refrain from making public comments regarding the illegal and inappropriate actions of Middle College administration as to not add to the contentious environment they have created,” he added. The district, as the chartering authority, issued an order of revocation based on the following allegations: MCHS has not executed a charter contract; continuous

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GALLUP HOUSING AUTHORITY WE NEED QUALIFIED TENANTS! Currently Gallup Housing Authority manages 263 public housing units in six housing developments within the City limits. In looking at the table below you will see we have 18 units vacant. We need to fill these units with income qualified applicants. HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

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When an applicant moves to the top of the waiting list they may be offered a housing unit which meets their needs. GHA Housing Management staff will meet with them to explain the next steps to obtaining their rental unit. They are informed at that time of what their potential monthly rental and security deposit amounts will be when they sign their lease. THEY MUST HAVE 1st month’s rent and the security deposit in order to lease-up. If they do not have their funds ready then they will be “passed over” to the next applicant on the waiting list.

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Church Rock Pinedale woman dies woman allegedly en route to hospital attacks family Staff Reports

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Church Rock woman is fa ci ng bat ter y charges after she reportedly became disorderly at her family’s home and attacked family members. Sanjuanita Burbank, 29, was also charged with assault on a household member. Her problems with the Gallup Police began about 11 am on July 12 when police were dispatched to the family residence on Rylandon Road because of a domestic dispute. Dora Dixon told police that Burbank was at the house and was intoxicated and getting disorderly. She added that her daughter got in a fight with her brother. Ga l lup Pat rol m a n Joe Roanhorse said he went to talk to Burbank and found her bleeding from the facial area. He was told that Burbank was claiming she had been assaulted by her brother and had a bloody nose and a small scratch below her left eye. Roanhorse said he also found Burbank to be intoxicated and was the primary aggressor. Dixon told police that Burbank started the problem by becoming very belligerent to the point where her daughter

Sanjuanita Burbank threw a plastic broom at her. This led her son, Tyshawn Anderson, to get involved by throwing a small ice cream tube at his sister. This caused Burbank to rush at her brother and grab him by the hair. Anderson admitted to police he punched his sister in the face one time, but it was in self-defense as they fell to the floor because she would not let go of his hair. Burbank denied throwing anything at her mother and attacking her brother. Dixon said there had been other times when police were called when Burbank was intoxicated and became disorderly but they would never remove her because she lived at the residence. T h i s t i m e , h o w e v e r, Burbank was placed under arrest for assault and battery.

he McKinley County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a Pinedale woman who died on July 6 as she was being transported to a hospital. The police report on her death did not indicate any foul play was involved. The body of Davina Bills, 32, has been sent to the Office of Medical Investigators in Albuquerque for an autopsy. According to the police report, Sheriff Deputy Frank Villa Jr. was dispatched was dispatched to the 6.5 mile marker on State Highway 122 in reference to a woman who was believed

to have died in the back seat of a vehicle while being transported to meet an ambulance. Paramedics on the scene said they checked the body and could find no pulse. Jess Martinez, who was identified as Bills’ boyfriend, told Villa that the two of them had stayed the night before in a shed behind his parents’ house located on the Old Windmill Trail. He said he went outside about 6:30 am to feed the horses and Bills was still in bed inside the shed. As he finished feeding the horses, he said he saw Bills laying outside the front door to the shed. When he tried to pick

her up, he said he heard her say “don’t,” but realized something was wrong. His parents came out to see what was happening and they decided to get in the car and start transporting her towards Thoreau after calling for an ambulance to meet them. Villa said when he had a chance to look at Bills’ body in the back of the car, he noticed there was fluid coming out of her nose that looked like coffee grounds. He said he also went back and looked around the shed where she spent the previous night but didn’t find anything that led him or a Navajo police officer who arrived at the scene that appeared to signify foul play.

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a l lu p Pol ic e a r e investigating a dog attack that occurred on the 1600 block of Monterey Avenue on June 28. Susan Ortega told police that she was walking her dog about 7 am. When they got to the area of Monterey and Arnold, a large Husky dog came out of nowhere and began attacking her Maltese Poodle. She said that she picked up

the dog to protect it from the Husky who then began attacking her, biting her on the fingers of both hands. She said she began to scream for help when Dr. Krause, who lives in the area, showed up with other residents from the area and got the dog to stop attacking. She said she saw the dog leave the area but was unable to see which home it went to. She described the dog as being black and gray. Since her dog was injured, she

took it to Cedar Animal Clinic. The dog later died at the clinic as a result of the injuries suffered in the attack. Dr. Krause tended to her wounds, said Ortega. Police as well as animal control officials searched the area in an attempt to find the dog but were unable to find any trace. Note: the report only listed the person who helped Ortega a s Dr. Krau se. There are two Dr. Krause’s in Gallup – Sharon and Kiersten.

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criminal sends Man attempts to swindle Career police on high speed chase reservation-based radio station out of money I Staff Reports

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St. Michaels ma n has been charged with fraud in connect ion w it h t he theft of checks from a reservation radio station. Matthias Cody Slim, 22, wa s a r re s t ed on Ju ly 12 after police responded to a call from clerks at the Ellis Tanner Trading Company. Ca leb K le eber ger, t he responding city patrolman, said he was told that Slim was trying to cash a check that had been stolen from KTNN. Slim was still at the business. Kleeberger was told that the store had already cashed three checks from KTNN and had been told that the checks had been reported by KTNN officials to have been stolen.

Mattias Cody Slim Slim said that he had been walking by Walmart when a man he did not know came up to him and asked him to cash the check for him. Employees at Ellis Tanner, however, told Kleeberger that Slim had arrived in a car with three other men. The car was

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allup Police Thursday identified the body of a man who was found dead on July 11, north of Gallup. He was identified as Johnny Reeder, 32, of Mentmore.

His body was found about four miles north of Gallup in the shrubbery just off U.S. Highway 491. The police depar tment is still waiting for a report from the office of Medical Investigators in Albuquerque to determine the cause of death.

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still in the parking lot. The owner of the vehicle, Efrain Rodriquez, said he did not know Slim that well but gave Kleeberger permission to search the car. When he did, he found a binder filled with checks from KTNN sitting on the console in the front. Rod r iguez sa id he saw Slim writing in the book as has driving. A further search found more checks in a bag and in the pocket on the back of the front seat. Rodriguez s a id a l l of t h i s proper t y belonged to Slim. After talking to District At t or ney Pau l a Pa k k a l a , K leeberger a r rested Sl i m and transported him to the county jail. Slim faces the charge of “fraud false pretenses swindle confidence game.”

t began with a vehicle pursuit that involved both the Gallup Police and the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office. Gallup Police said they were pursuing a car that was headed for U.S. Highway 491. The car has been reported to have been stolen. Sheriff Deputy Lorenzo Guerrero was on Highway 491 at the time and reported that the vehicle passed him at the three-mile marker. Police deployed stop sticks on the highway just ahead and when the vehicle went over them, some of tires were flattened. The vehicle kept going, however, and proceeded north until it turned west on the Francisco Pond Road with Guerrero in pursuit. He said it went the whole distance on the road until it spun out and stopped. The occupants of the vehicle then all jumped out and began running as Guerrero and other officers at the scene gave chase. Guerrero said he ran after

Darrell Desiderio the driver and caught up with him. He identified him as Darrell Desiderio Sr., 41, of Twin Lakes. Metro Dispatch confirmed that Desiderio had three outstanding bench warrants and he was placed under arrest for those as well as being in possession of a stolen vehicle and fleeing from law enforcement. The two other occupants in the vehicle were also captured but no charges were filed against them. They were, however, transported to the Gallup Detox Center because both were intoxicated.

Gilbert “Gilly” Parra Gilbert Joseph another year has passed and this pain in our hearts remains fresh. Our lives are not the same without you. I understand now the good Lord Jesus Christ only call on the best and you are one of the best. You are truly missed by all. You will never be forgotten. Your diamond will always shine upon us. Until we meet again “We Love You To The Moon” Mama, Dad, Amarra, JoJo, Denise, Cami, Roseann, Lilly, and Salvador

Thinking of you on The Day You Went Away Today, like many other days brings special thoughts of you of happy times we shared and caring things you used to do And once more, it’s a reminder that life’s road is sometimes rough because the time we shared just wasn’t long enough For you were someone special who was thought so highly of who’ll always be remembered

with affection, warmth and love So sending thoughts to heaven on the day you went away and hope you know you’re missed more than words could ever say.

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One dead in rainy night collision Staff Report

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he McKinley County Sheriff’s Office investigated a car crash nea r Dav id Skeets Elementary School in which one of the occupants died July 13. The name of the victim was not in the report since the accident took place on reservation land and the case was turned over to the Navajo Police Department to investigate. The sheriff’s office did write up a backup report which said deputies responded to the call that came in about 9 pm. When deputies arrived at the scene at Jones Ranch Road, 6 miles west of State Highway 602, they found a white pickup had crashed into a tree. There was no one in the driver’s seat and deputies found footprints leading away from the vehicle. One of the passengers, identified as Alexandea Bitsui,

no age or address, had been par tially ejected with the lower portion of her body was crushed inside the vehicle. She had a laceration on her left cheek and deputies noticed that skin was hanging down. There was another passenger inside the vehicle who had been pushed way back into the cab from the impact. She was unresponsive and deputies were not able to find a pulse. Deputies reported that it was raining at the time and Bitsui was going in and out of consciousness. An attempt was made to talk to her to get the name of the driver but all she said was “walking.” Rescue personnel had to use the Jaws of Life to get the occupants of the vehicle out. When Bitsui was removed, it was discovered that her lower right leg was broken. At that point, the Navajo Police took over the investigation.

First responders line Hill Avenue to engage in the active shooter drill at Octavia Fellin Public Library July 12. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura

SHOOTER | FROM PAGE 4 people being attended to, ensuring they are unarmed, and seeing who needs medical attention. Prior to the responders entering the building, EMS is notified with what they call a code 55, which signals an ambulance. They bring in medical when the scene is clear. Joshua Bond, of Gallup Fire Department, said their initial dispatch was the Gallup Police Department requesting assistance. Their team will also wait for clearance before moving in. “Anytime there’s a violent situation, we will be a block away, out of line of sight for

safety reasons,” Bond said. The team set up a unified command post for EMS operation and for the police department, as well as keeping ambulances and other emergency vehicles moving. The scene was described as chaotic because staff was trying to assess everybody, deter mine which patients are in critical condition and who needs to be sent to the hospital. Neil Pablo, fire lieutenant, said that accountability for all patients is key and that they make sure all patients are identified and treated as needed. While the scene may have been frantic despite no actual

danger, officials from each department were pleased with the results. “Ever ybody worked together, everyone did as they were supposed to,” said Jesus Morales, fire deputy chief. This particular exercise was approved with a 5-0-0 vote by the Gallup City Council at the regular meeting on June 26. T he exerci se wa s t he result of two years of planning, and was further spurred by recent mass shootings. Councilor F ra n Pa lochak made the motion to approve, citing a growing necessity to be prepared for these type of situations.

Alleged arsonist, thief arrested for trying to remove ankle bracelet Staff Reports

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allup Police Officer John Gonzales was on patrol on July 6 when he was dispatched to the 300 block of Bortot Drive where a man was trying to cut off his ankle monitoring device that he’s court ordered to wear. W hen he got there, he identified the man as Bryan Burrola, 41, of Gallup. Gonzales was also told that Burrola had an outstanding bench warrant. Police said on Thursday that Burrola had been convicted of misuse of a credit card back in May and had been put on probation. He is also facing arson charges in magistrate court. On July 6, he was placed under arrest for the warrant as well as for a probation violation. But before he was transported to the county jail, he had to be taken to a local

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Bryan Burrola hospital to get medical clearance because he claimed to have taken several strips of “Saboxin.” He was given medical clearance but as he was booked, medical personnel called and asked that he be returned to the hospital because they wanted to do a full medical work up. When they did, they found no Saboxin in his system but found he tested positive for having methamphetamine in his system. At that point, he was taken back to the jail and booked. NEWS


WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports Ridley Bitsilly July 14, 1:07 pm DWI Gallup Police Officer J e r e m y Shirley was on r out i ne patrol about 2 pm, travel i ng ea s t bound on Montoya Boulevard going about 40 miles per hour, when a car passed him going at a high rate of speed. He did a routine traffic stop of the vehicle after it stopped near the Montoya Park, and two women got out and headed into the park. Shirley said he spoke to the driver, Ridley Bitsilly, 60, Gallup and explained why he had been stopped. “I know,” he said, “they had to use the bathroom.” He pointed toward his wife and granddaughter who were on the way to use the restroom at the park. Shirley could smell the odor of liquor coming from the vehicle so he asked Bitsilly if he had anything to drink that day and Bitsilly admitted having four beers at about 9 am. He agreed to do field sobriety tests, which he failed and was then arrested. He also agreed to take breath alcohol tests and provided samples of .13 and .14. Lane Charley July 10, 11:24 pm 3rd DWI County D e p u t y Jasmine Jaramillo r e c ei ve d a ca l l about 11 pm of a rollover near Continental Divide. When she got to the scene, she found the car on its roof and Charley, 28, of Thoreau standing nearby. “Where the hell were you guys,” he said, pointing out that the accident occurred two hours before. Jaramillo explained that she had just been told of the accident, adding that she smelled the odor of liquor coming from his person. Charley was also staggering and said he had three cans of beer at his home before deciding to drive to Gallup. NEWS

He said he remembered driving on Interstate 40, and thought he had lost control of his vehicle. He agreed to take field sobriety tests which he failed and was arrested. He then agreed to take a breath alcohol test two with samples of .17 and .16. Adrian Francisco July 9, 5:07 pm Aggravated DWI Gallup Patrolma n C a l e b K le e b er ger said he was on rout i ne patrol about 5 pm when he came upon a vehicle crash on Nizhoni Boulevard. He said he found Francisco, 26, of Vanderwagen in the driver’s seat of a pickup. Francisco showed signs of being intoxicated and said he had just come from the American Bar where he had nine beers. Francisco agreed to take field sobriety tests which he failed so he was charged with DWI. He also agreed to take breath alcohol tests during which he posted samples of .16 and .15. While searching his car, police found a multi-colored glass smoking pipe which led to a possession of drug paraphernalia charge. He also did not have a driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance. Terrance Negale July 7, 7:27 pm Aggravated DWI Gallup Patrolma n Douglas Hoffman said he responded to reports of a driver going through a stop sign and then driving over a curb into the parking lot of McDonald’s north. He then left the scene but was caught about a half mile away. Hoffman said when he confronted Negale, 36, of Tuba City, that he was drunk and had had a lot to drink that day. Hoffman said he also noticed that Negale was weaving as he leaned on the police unit. Negale agreed to take a field sobriety test which he failed. He was then arrested for DWI

and was taken to police headquarters where he agreed to take a breath alcohol test, during which he posted samples of .25 and .24. He was also charged for failure to yield, failure to give an immediate notice of an accident and lack of insurance and registration. Ronald Portley July 6, 11:02 pm DWI C i t y p o l i c e became suspicious of Por tley, 55, of Ga llup w he n t he y b eg a n ge t ting reports of a car stopped at Allison Road crossing, and not moving. By the ti me Ga llup Patrolman Dan Brown arrived on the scene, the car had left that area and had parked at a nearby trailer park. Brown said Portley was outside next to his pickup. When asked where he was coming

from he said he had coke from a friend’s house and was going home. He also admitted that he had been drinking earlier in the day. Since he showed signs of being intoxicated, he was asked to take field sobriety tests, which he agreed to do and then failed, resulting in his arrest for DWI. Later, he agreed to take a breath alcohol test and posted two samples of .14 each. Nathan Begay July 6, 12:34 am Aggravated DWI Gallup P o l i c e Officer Iris Pinero said she was on rout i ne patrol when she received a report of a car that ran off the road into a hill.

When she got to the scene east of mile marker 18 of Interstate 40, she found Begay, 27, of Gallup sitting in his car, which looked as if the front end had crashed into the side of the hill. Begay was bleeding from his forehead. By that time MedStar personnel had arrived and were tend i ng to h i s i nju r y. He was standing by his vehicle using it to support him, said Pinero. Before he was transported to GIMC, he reportedly told Pinero he had three or four beers earlier in the day. Pinero said she went to visit him in the hospital and recognized signs that he was intoxicated. He refused to have blood drawn for an alcohol test so he was arrested, when cleared by medical personnel, taken to the county jail and booked.

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DISTRICT | FROM PAGE 6 Meetings Act; expelling or removing students without complying with Compulsory School Attendance Law; failure to discipline student-on-student sexual harassment; allocating the CEO’s salary into other categories of work to project minimal administrative expenses; falsifying statistics for native student enrollment; disfavoring “at-risk” students for enrollment; unjustifiable public fund spending for at-risk students; falsified reporting; deficient academic progress; enormous cash balance; falsified budget documents; multiple organizational changes in last five years; and unilateral promulgation of MCHS policies over the district policies. “These violations by Middle College administrators are inexcusable and GMCS is responsible to follow the law to deal with these violations as the oversight entity,” Hyatt stated. According to the district, the charter school continues to operate in a manner that violates the the state’s Open Meetings Act and has done so on multiple occasions. According the Act, “All

meetings of any public body except the legislature and the courts shall be public meetings, and all person so desiring shall be permitted to attend and listen to the deliberations and proceedings.” Hyatt also stated that the CEO of MCHS has been acting independently without the knowledge or authority of his governing body: “Either way, the current actions of the Charter School after 2012 are contrary to law and are rendered null and void, as a matter of law,” he stated. Hyatt said the Governing Council of the Charter School has passed a resolution in which it delegated and transferred all of its authority and the ability to act on its behalf to its CEO. “Such a delegation of the authority of a policy-making body to take action on its behalf to one individual is contrary to and violates the provisions of the Open Meetings Act,” Hyatt stated in the letter. Other alleged violations include the charter school expelling or removing students for lack of attendance w it hout comply i n g w it h t h e C o m pu l s o r y S c h o ol Attendance Law. The charter school allegedly never reported

these removals to the district. However, Dr. Hunter Robert Hunter, CEO of MCHS, said all of the claims lodged by the district are generalized and there is nothing specific to the accusations. “Hyatt is not indicating what laws are broken. He’s making a lot of statements that are his opinion,” Hunter said, adding that each time the school has asked for evidence, it has not been provided. In March 2017, MCHS went before the district school board for a 20-student enrollment increase. The school board unanimously voted against the measure increase twice. “They did it based on information the superintendent gave them. He didn’t want to see our enrollment increase,” Hunter said. “Then we found out the reason for that is because he’s creating his own early college school called McKinley Academy.” MCHS appealed the decision to the N.M. Secretary of Education Chr istopher Ruszkowski, a move that Hunter says angered the district superintendent. “When we did that it set everything off, from that point forward. The secretary told us in March to come together, sit down and work it out. We tried

Vice President Jonathan Nez said the dispute between the school district and charter school is negatively impacting students and that a swift resolution is required. “There are other school districts on the Navajo Nation that are in turmoil. At the end of the day, all of this bickering is only truly affecting one main demographic, our students,” he said. “We need to work together and remember that we are doing this for the benefit of our kids.” He noted that the Council, HEHSC and Department of Diné Education support retaining the MCHS charter. Hyatt said communication between the district and MCHS is between legal teams at this point. The Navajo Nation has not contacted the school district, he said, adding that MCHS is trying to put a lot of people in the middle of this issue. “I have had no contact from the Navajo Nation. They were not willing to listen to both sides before they made a decision. There’s a lot of emotional feelings regarding this topic, in the community,” Hyatt said.

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three different times to meet with them to resolve the matter,” he said. Instead, GMCS scheduled a special board meeting on April 25 and brought up revoking the charter. Hunter said, “It was obviously done in retaliation.” R e c e n t l y, M C H S h a s received support from the 23rd Navajo Nation Council. During a recent repor t before the Health, Education a nd Huma n Ser v ices Committee, Hunter received unexpected support from the tribal council. “What was surprising to me was that they had heard about the threat revocation. When I was done presenting, they said we would like to step in and save that school,” he said. Hunter said the parents did the legwork, attending chapter meetings for resolutions of support. He noted they were angry about the district’s decision to revoke the charter. One tr iba l leader sa id school administrators have to realize that they are working for the students.

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ditor, Friday the thirteenth was a day to be reckoned with by 12 Russian Glavnoye razvedyvatel’noye upravleniye (GRU) officers of the foreign  milit a r y i ntel l igence  agency of the  General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, three days before the meeting between U.S. president Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin, a former Komitet gosudarstvennoy bezopasnosti

(KGB) master spy. T he 12 Ru s sia n i nt elligence officers and three corporations were indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for crimes related to hacking and publicly releasing Democrats’ emails, as part of an effort to interfere with the 2016 presidential campaign in which Hillary Clinton was handed a defeat in her bid for the presidency in the face of garnering almost 2.9 million more votes than Trump with 65,844,954 (48.2%) to his

62,979,879 (46.1%), according to revised and certified final election results from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. To date, 32 individuals and the three companies have now either been indicted or have pleaded guilty as part of Mueller’s probe of possible election meddling.   The Russian fronts— “Guccifer 2.0,” and the “DCLeaks website” — are alleged to have been created and controlled by GRU officers.  Candidates from the Democratic party are also alleged to become targets of hacking by Russian political operatives in the upcoming

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mid-term elections in November with more surveillance and interference expected in spite of the Trump/Putin meeting. Another concern that will not likely be on the Trump/

Putin table will be the forcible seizure of the Ukrainian territory of Crimea by Russia and

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GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF JULY 23

Dear reader, enjoy a heavenly sent week. Allow this time to enter unencumbered into the world of light, with no external expectations. This will either be a time of great healing or great suffering. The choice is yours. Madame G wishes you well on your journey of life. Speaking of journey, I’ll be off next week on a dude ranch holiday. I missed last week’s edition as my crystal ball malfunctioned (just kidding, forgot to add attachment, before taking off on a gondola ride.)

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Your heart is suffering. Pain is entrenched in your spirit and chokes you, as it holds you down. You can’t decide which way is up or down. Your instincts may tell you to inflict pain on others, but this does not end suffering for you. In fact, all it does it create more suffering for yourself and those around you. Don’t fight the storm. Work with it. Joy is here. Life is ebb and flow.

The road to perfection is fierce and tiring. You have many miles until you get there, and you will not get there tonight. In fact, you will never get there. If this bothers you, it’s time for another goal. Perhaps one that’s more attainable. Maybe you should consider that success is relative. Would you know it when you saw it? If not, now is a great time to make a definition.

So on and on we go. You can’t look up hoping and expecting to see the stars without going outside in the dark. We may not always know the outcome or believe in ourselves, but we can ask others for support. Trust runs both ways. You can’t expect anyone to trust you, if you don’t trust them. Show others that you believe in them by allowing them to make their own decisions.

Life is a series of ups and downs. You can’t force the good or bad to stay or stay away. But, how you respond to each action will show you how to move forward. You are more than your emotions. In fact, your emotions probably drive you astray. Don’t lose focus. Keep an open mind and stop focusing on your pain and suffering. You are in control just let go.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Happiness, much like suffering is a choice. But, sometimes people don’t recognize when they’re unhappy or suffering. It becomes as much a part of their being as breathing. They do it unconsciously. We are only on this planet for a short time. Isn’t it better that we share our knowledge with the world. Show love and receive it. Joy is here now. Spread the love.

No matter what happens, you are still you. No one can ever take that away from you. You may not be perfect, but you are capable of good. The suffering in your heart may pain you to extremes, but you are more than your hurt. If you hurt others, you suffer and they suffer. In our lives, we have but one choice to continue suffering or not. Make your decision. You will!

The end is not the end it’s merely a new beginning. But, it’s not always easy to see that. So, forgive yourself for feeling weak. Show compassion to those around you, remember they are suffering too. You must be you in a world where that might be judged harshly. Don’t assume everything you do is right. Sit back and reflect. Keep the good and ditch the bad.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

Living is a life sentence. You won’t make it out alive. So, how we live our lives should be a reflection of the love we feel for each other. You may feel impatient with yourself and others, at times, but we are all just getting dragged along hoping for the best. Take comfort in that you are not alone. You are loved. You are capable of good. You deserve good things. Enjoy!

Don’t take off to the hills when everything gets tough. It might feel good at the time, but that is not a long term plan. You can’t protect a family with that attitude. You’re capable of more than you think. It’s okay to get scared and feel sad, but how do you respond? Will you show your family and yourself that you’re a badass? Because you will be by the end of it!

You can’t assume you really know what someone is going through. Instead look out for yourself and others. Don’t assume everyone is wrong when they don’t agree with you. Take time to evaluate your actions and question yourself. If you live in a world of misery, it’s probably of your own making. Don’t suffer needlessly. Let go and let the good times roll.

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. Horrible things may have occurred. You may have had a terrible accident, lost a loved one, or were betrayed by a friend. Forgive yourself for feeling how you feel. Let the pain wash around you letting go, little- by- little. The pain exists, but no longer troubles you. This is a life without suffering. It’s quite freeing. Live well. Live free.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Don’t joke about your past. Life may have tossed you a few curve balls, but you are an excellent catcher. You continue to see the beauty in life that others rarely see. You’ve made peace with the less than perfect you and embrace who you are now. In fact, you know that life is all about the living it. So, know this, you’re worth it too. You deserve happiness. Don’t be afraid to ask for it. OPINIONS

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COMMUNITY Nizhóní Girls jam out at Arts Crawl ALL FEMALE BAND WOWS AUDIENCE WITH THEIR ‘REZ-STYLE/SURF’ BEAT By Dee Velasco For the Sun

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hree indigenous women rooted in the Navajo Nation and Pueblo of Laguna performed in Gallup after Arts Crawl at the Silver Stallion July 14. The trio sat down for an interview with the Sun prior to their evening show at the

fledgling bike repair shop. The Diné word Nizhóní means “beautiful” in English. Rebecca “Becki” Jones, Diné/guitar and back-up vocals, Liz McKenzie, Diné/bass and vocals, and Lisa Lorenzo, Pueblo of Laguna/drums, are passionate about making and playing music. They came up with the name because each feels beautiful in their

From left, Lisa Lorenzo, Becki Jones and Liz McKenzie who make up the band Nizhoni Girls pose for a photograph July 14 in Gallup. Nizhóní Girls performed at Silver Stallion after Arts Crawl. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo

Diné musician Liz McKenzie attends Arts Crawl in Gallup July 14. McKenzie plays the bass and performs vocals for the band Nizhóní Girls. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo

Lisa Lorenzo from the Pueblo of Laguna smiles during an interview in Gallup July 14. Lorenzo plays the drums for Nizhóní Girls. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo COMMUNITY

own way. Their sound can be described as “desert surf” with a sprinkling of country, pulling inspiration from a local Navajo radio station songs and femme fronted rock bands. Based out of Albuquerque, and playing for the past two

years, their music includes elements of their cultural background, such as turquoise jewelry, moccasins, and even the fun aspects of growing up on “the rez.” Their first EP Album entitled Nizhóní Girls, the songs Somehow, Sludge Pubby,

Diné musician Becki Jones stands outside Silver Stallion in Gallup July 14 where she later played guitar and performed back-up vocals for the band Nizhóní Girls. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo

and Louie speak of the reservation humor and experiences. All were friends before forming the band, and the idea to form the band came to them one night, according to Lorenzo, who plays the drums. “We just wanted to start a Native girl band. Lisa and I went to high school together, then we saw Becki at a music scene and it all happened at once,” Lorenzo said. Wanting to fit in and play along the lines of Indie rock, the girls began writing their songs and adding music to it. Bands like Bleach were the inspiration for the women, as Jones describes. “We wa nted to be like bands on the punky-pop-surf side, and I always wanted to be in a band like that,” Jones said. “Surf music is kind of like chord heavy, lots of reverb, and dreamy music is how I would describe it. This was a cool opportunity for myself to go into that kind of realm and try it out. It’s pretty fun once you hear us and see where we are

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o p o art you will love IRVING BAHE II, ROSSI BRIGHT EXHIBITS ON TAP

Be Sargent talks to an artist in her gallery, Opo, in Gallup July 14 during Arts Crawl. Opo relocated to 305 S. Second St. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo By Dee Velasco For the Sun

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uly 14 Arts Crawl was once again buzzing with local artists showcasing their assorted styles of art. The Opo Gallery, located at 305 S. Second St., across from Camille’s Sidewalk Café was no exception to the local buzz. The gallery recently moved, and requested v ia email to spread the word about their new digs. And the quaint cottage

But, there’s also a serious side to Bahe as he creates pa intings showca sing the strength of his people – the Diné. Sitting inside the Opo gallery, Bahe eagerly awaits the questions that onlookers will have for him regarding his paintings. He’s optimistic of his talent, but he still wonders if the onlookers will take in the paintings with some depth. “My paintings pretty much reflect beauty and balance. One of my paintings is about the Navajo Code talkers,” he said. “One part is about beauty, where the man is going off to war to protect his family at home, and the other is balance putting it all and fitting together. My other

paintings are about dance and songs from the inner spirit, the strength that comes from within the spirit.” What inspires Bahe to paint are the simplest of things that humans take for granted, such as nature, life, and strength in those things. “I like to paint things with strength like lightning; you see a lot of lightning in my art,” he said. “Lightning to me represents power and strength, also singing is strength. Power is generated from singing from the spirit. My art is about the spirit. It is the reasons you see my objects, whether singing or dancing, beauty comes from within the spirit.” Another artist featured was Rossi Bright. Originally from the Midwest, Bright was smitten with art as a small child, and her fascination and

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features its share of talent. Irving Bahe II and Rossi Bright, both local, and no stranger to the flux of talented artists in the area, came out to share their works of art, and to also share what art means to them. Diné artist Bahe has made a name for himself with his comical cartoon characters depicting the “rez life” on T-shirts. Tapping his fry bread humor, his work examines reservation life – pieces that Native Americans truly identify with.

Martin Link talks to artist Monica Gauderon who set up a booth at Opo Gallery during Arts Crawl in Gallup July 14. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo

A band plays on the porch of the new location for Opo Gallery during Arts Crawl in Gallup July 14. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo

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Local grappling group sweeps the competition Sanchez Academy competed at the Albuquerque North America Grappling Association June 30. The group cleaned up in the awards category, respectively.

Adinidiin Davis, 17 years old training for two months, placed 3rd place in the no Gi division. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Chris Saucedo

Joel Salas, 7 years old training for six months, placed 3rd in the no Gi division. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Chris Saucedo

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Josiah Gonzales, 12 years old training for 6 years, placed 1st place in Gi and two 1st places in No Gi expert division. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Chris Saucedo

Aliana Salas, 8 years old training for six months, placed 2nd in no Gi. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Chris Saucedo

Aurora Barton, 11 years old, training for one year, placed 2nd place in no Gi boys intermediate division. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Chris Saucedo

Mohammad Rasheed, 11 years old training for 5 years, placed 2nd place in two divisions – Gi and no Gi. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Chris Saucedo

Shane Saucedo, 10 years old, training for three months, placed 1st in no Gi division. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Chris Saucedo

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DON – FORMER VIETNAM VETERAN – Part Three By Richard Kontz

Continuing a 7-part special by Richard F. Kontz on a Vietnam Vet he met while running the Bread of Life Christian Bookstore in 2015 through mid-2011.   on and I went into a restaurant called My Sister’s place and sat down at a table. So as the server came and gave us a menu and took our drink order we sat there looking at the menus, and Don said “boy, Rich, it’s been a long time since I have had a meal in a sit-down restaurant – I don’t even know what to order – too many choices”.  As I listened I thought to myself “I wonder how many people take for granted that going to a sitdown restaurant and having people wait on you and having such a selection of what to eat would be such a big deal.”  So, I said Ron order whatever you want okay, like I said it is my treat.   Then the server came back with our drinks and asked if we were ready to order. I told her I would like to order a Cheeseburger with French fries and come back at the end to see if I want to order maybe a pie. Then she looked at Don and you could see he was a little anxious and then he said “wow, that sound good Rich, I take what he ordered and a piece of pie later.” As I sat there again drifting in my thoughts I could see eating in a sit-down restaurant wasn’t something Don was used to.  I recalled in my mind how many times when I came to the store early and would see street people

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digging in the McDonalds’ dumpster or the Subway dumpster for food. I wondered if Don had ever done that. I began to talk to Don – my interest was piqued to know more about him.   Remember in Part two, I mentioned that after my first conversation with Don I had deduced the following things:  A – He was a recovering alcoholic; B – He had previously worked in recovery ministry for several years; C - He had been in prison; and D – He had been in military service. So, not wanting to embarrass him or hurt his feelings I started by saying I know you mentioned you had appointments with VA and so what branch of service did you serve in?  He said I went to Vietnam and I served on a carrier. I was part of the medics who received the wounded and dead – when they would fly them out of conflict to the carrier – we were supposed to stabilize them and so they could be transported to a hospital and then eventually stateside.     Then he said: “that’s why I go to VA – I go for counseling I am on disability due to PTS”.    As he continued he said: “I can hardly talk about it – but Rich, that’s what really messed me up”.  He said I was all “gung Ho” to sign up and go fight, you know for the country and all that.  But, I was assigned to the carrier and the very first day I arrived they were flying people in.   He said, you know thinking back if I had some time to prepare I might have been okay but just as soon as I was there I had to jump right in and start unloading

people – he stopped and began to “tear up”; and just about then the waitress brought our food and she looked at him and he said “must have got something in my eye” pretended to be rubbing his eye. She left and I said Don lets pray for our food. As soon as we were done praying he said Rich I need to go wash my hands – you know I been shaking a lot of the street people’s hands and you never know what they been touching and he jumped up to go the bathroom. While he was in the bathroom – I sat there and thought “Wow, I greeted him with a handshake when he came in the store without even thinking about it.”   As I realized that, I thought maybe I need to go wash my hands since I shook his hand, and he had shaken the street people’s hands; therefore, I might have “dirty hands” now.  When

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he came back I prayed silently “Lord, you touched lepers and you told us not to be afraid, so Lord, I ask in your name not to let me be afflicted in any way, shape or form.”   After Don sat back down he very deliberately prepared his food to be eaten and he looked at me and said Boy, Rich, I really appreciate this – it just smells so good and he took a big bite of his Cheese burger and began to slowly eat.  I sat there and thought “Lord, I thank you so much that I do not have to search for my food every day – I thank you that my wife and my kids have never had to go without food – thank you Lord for how you have taken good care of me all these years.  After savoring a couple of bites Don says – “Oh, sorry Rich, now, where was I?”  I said, “You were on the carrier.   Oh, he said [now clearly composed again], it was so bad – I mean these guys were being brought off with arms or legs shot off or just all bloody, some had an eye ball hanging out of their head, or half the face look like it was gone and some would grab your arm and say “am I going to live?” and they wouldn’t let go – he said “like you had the answer or the power to say yes or no – He said “I mean how the Hell was I supposed to know”.  He said one guy did that to me and I jerked my arm away and just dropped him and walked off.   

He said the worse was when they were dying – I mean you could see the life leaving them and that really got to me. He said I could tell when one was an Indian and when they saw me they wanted me to stay by them like another Indian could help them but I had to go and get others.   Sometimes I would say medic over here and someone would come over and look at them and say leave him he’s going to die anyway.   He again choked up and stopped for a minute.   I said Don, it’s okay just take your time. Then he said “why did the medic say that right in front of him – I mean like his life wasn’t worth anything?”  He said that is where I lost it – I mean something happened to me – like a dark evil spirit of death took over me and I got numb.   But, at the same time I was mad – I mean really, really mad and I thought this isn’t right!  Then, he just stopped and said that’s it Rich, that is where I got messed up.  After that the other guys said, “Hey Chief let’s go get drunk and smoke some pot – that is the only way you are going to get through this.” To read the first two installments, visit: gallupsun.com Written by Richard F. Kontz.  If you wish to comment I can be reached at rmkontz@q.com COMMUNITY


The Equalizer 2 improves on the original RATING: ««« OUT OF «««« RUNNING TIME: 121 MINUTES By Glenn Kay For the Sun

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o be frank, I wasn’t a fan of the 2014 update of The Equalizer, at least not in the way it was intended. This reviewer found it to be bloodthirsty, with the central character killing his foes in an almost gleeful manner and in the most violent ways possible (if memory serves, at one point using power tools and horrific booby traps). At the time, I think I joked that the main character should have been re-branded as “The Eliminator” instead. While The Equalizer 2 is still a bit silly and doesn’t offer many surprises story-wise, it does correct several of the original film’s flaws. T h is t i me out , ex- CI A agent Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) seems to be using his LYFT driver job as a method of finding clients. This includes senior Sam Rubenstein (Orson Bean), who is trying to prove himself as the rightful owner of a rare piece of art stolen during WWII. Also, after the garden at his apartment complex is vandalized, McCall meets a student with artistic ambitions named Miles (Ashton Sanders) and eventually attempts to prevent him from joining a local gang.

However, the main plot follows McCall’s attempts to stop a group of military-trained killers after they attack government agent and friend Susan Plummer (Melissa Leo). McCall calls upon ex-team member Dave York (Pedro Pascal) for assistance in catching the thugs. There are three separate plotlines running through the movie, which means that it does take some time to develop the new characters, discover who the villains are and get to the main conflict. Viewers will have to be patient as the second half is significantly more exciting than the first. In fact, one individual sequence involving a group of horrible businessmen early on seems added simply to throw a bit of action into the proceedings until the central story develops. The movie also spends some extra time trying to humanize its lead and for the most part, the work pays off. McCall even offers some of the thugs the option of doing the right thing first, before laying them out during beatdowns. Washington is always charismatic and delivers the physical blows effectively, but also injects a bit more humor to some of the dangerous scenarios. One scene involving the hero and central villains on a suburban street even offers some amusing and effective verbal barbs. T he r e’s a v e r y t e n s e sequence of hide-and-seek with

Denzel Washington is an ex-CIA agent turned “Lyft” driver, but that doesn’t keep him away from the action in this mesmerizing sequel to the “Equalizer.” Photo Credit: Sony Pictures life and death consequences that plays out in an effective manner as the camera follows a character walking down a hallway. The climax, which sees the hero take on his central foe against the backdrop of a storm, also works very well. And since McCall is fighting military-trained bad guys, the violence being used on them doesn’t feel as brutal or vicious. There are also a couple of visual tricks on display before and during the action that add a bit of variety to the photography. Admittedly, the movie’s attempts to deal with social

issues are less than subtle. There are also a few questionable exchanges. At one point, McCall encourages Miles that if he stays in school and continues on the right path he can earn a living. I did find it funny that the protagonist then won’t pay the kid a proper wage for his painting skills (I know that McCall and the residents are supposed to be cash-strapped and the hero takes other action on the student’s behalf, but the lead could still have offered him more). At least the movie is trying to add a little more mea n i ng to t he proceedings, even if comes across

awkwardly and in between a lot of killing and bloodletting. Silliness like this is inherent in most action flicks and regardless of its flaws, this reviewer found The Equalizer 2 to be a decent popcorn action picture helped tremendously by its lead performance and a couple of solid action scenes in its second half. I’m being a bit generous with my rating, but considering how I felt about the original film, this one seemed like a definite improvement and as such, worthy of a small reward. Visit: For more fabulous movie and DVD reviews, visit: CinemaStance.com

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the Mueller probe of his collusion with Russia in the 2016 election. NATO wa s created to counter the terror of Nazism a nd t o pr e ve nt a not her European war and has been called “The House we built in Europe” by America; Trump, it appears, is intent on destroying a $19 Trillion investment that is very important to the peace and prosperity of nations worldwide.  The Trump withdrawal from the Paris Peace Accord, his sole sabotage of the recent G-7 Summit in Canada and his constant insults toward our allies is a part of his incoherent strategy as much as his meeting with Vladimir Putin, a lucky day for the Republican party in these matters of national security.

the subsequent human rights abuses and the Russian military presence in Syria. At a recent North Atlantic Treaty Organization meeting in Brussels, Trump called NATO, the European Union and the American media, “The Enemy of the People”, even after the U.S. Senate voted (97 to 2) on July 11th to fully support NATO, while at the same time Trump legitimizes American historical enemies who have not ever advocated for Democratic values that we hold dear. The undermining of this alliance is Putin’s dream come true and Russia does not have to speak one word while Trump condemns COMMUNITY

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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for July 20, 2018 By Glenn Kay For the Sun

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elcome back to another look at highlights coming your way on Bluray and DVD. It’s another busy edition with something in just about every genre imaginable. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give to give one of these titles a try!

BIG NEW RELEASES! Andover - A pr ofe s sor per fects human genetic clon i ng a nd decides to recreate his late wife. He soon discovers that the copy isn’t quite the same as his lost love and sets about creating more until he can bring her back exactly as she was. This independent romantic comedy doesn’t have a whole lot of reviews yet, but the ones that have popped up haven’t been complimentary. They suggest it is slow-moving, struggles to find the right tone and doesn’t make a lasting impression. The cast includes Jonathan Silverman, Jennifer Finnigan, Richard Kind and Angela Kinsey. Different Flowers - In this little comedy/drama, a woman about to enter her 30s comes to a crossroads in life and decides to make some major changes. This involves suddenly leaving her boyfriend at the alter and running off to make her dreams comes true. It only garnered a limited release, but appeared to earn a few positive notices. There were some who commented that it all felt like a poor man’s Runaway Bride, but more called it an amusing character piece that benefited greatly from the relationship between the lead character and her free wheeling sister. It features Shelley Long, Emma Bell and Hope Lauren. Disobedience - An Orthodox Jewish community shuns a young woman for her attraction to a female friend. Decades later, she returns home and reconnects with the person she was forcibly separated from. Their passion

quickly reignites, causing new conflict within the neighborhood. This feature earned high marks from the press. A few found the pacing too slow for their liking, but most complimented the drama for its stellar performances. They also remarked that the movie built up momentum and ultimately delivered a powerful and moving finale. It stars Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola and Cara Horgan. T h e Housemaid Also known as Cô Hầu Gái, this Vietnam/ South Korea co-production is set in 1953 and follows an orphaned Vietnamese girl hired to work as a housemaid at a plantation in French Indochina. She falls for and begins a roma nce with the ow ner. Unfortunately, the ghost of his late wife is none too pleased and begins terrorizing the new arrival. This horror/suspense flick was a big hit in the South Pacific over the past year and received decent reviews from critics. A few complained that it was derivative scare flick, but more described it as beautifully shot and filled with eerie atmosphere. The cast includes Kate Nhung and Jean-Michael Richaud. I Feel Pretty - The latest comedy from comedienne Amy Schumer involves a shy and insecure woman who feels inferior to those around her. After a head accident at a local gym, she awakens believing that she is a supermodel and begins to make bold decisions in her life. Write-ups were less than exemplary. There was a small percentage who called it slick and effective rom-com. However, more either had issues with the central premise or just didn’t find the gags as effective or funny as they could have been. The movie also features Michelle Williams, Tom Hopper, Emily Ratajkowski, Busy Phillips and Lauren Hutton. Isle of Dogs - Director Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Rushmore) returns to stop-motion animation in this eccentric comedy. Set in Japan, the story involves a virus that

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results in a mayor forcing all dogs to be quarantined on an island. His nephew decides to travel out there to retrieve his lost pet. The press loved the feature. A small handful who don’t appreciate the filmmaker’s work couldn’t get on board, but all others called it unique, fanciful, heartfelt and beautifully animated. The voice cast includes Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Ed Nor ton, Bob Balaban, Billy Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Greta Gerwig, Francis McDormand, Scarlett Johansson and many others. Rampage - Giant monster movie fans get plenty of action in this feature based on the arcade game of the same name. The plot follows a chemical pathogen that is ingested by a gorilla at a zoo. The simian begins growing and while his trainer attempts to figure out the cause of the spurt and what to do about it, similar events involving other species begin causing trouble. This adventure split reviewers. About half found it silly but had amusing monster action to recommend. The others called it fairly ordinary in execution, with a script and humor that aims too low to make an impact. It stars Dwayne Johnson, Naomi Harris, Malin Akerman and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Super Troopers 2 - This sequel to the 2001 cult comedy finds its heroes, a team of Vermont state troopers tasked with overseeing a border dispute with Canada. In between playing practical jokes on themselves, the group attempt to stop an illicit smuggling operation. The press were not overly taken with the shenanigans on display. A small segment enjoyed the characters reuniting after many years apart, but the majority called it a lazy sequel lacking wit and resorting to the same tired old gags. It features Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Hefferman, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Brian Cox, Rob Lowe and Linda Carter. Traffik - There’s nothing like a romantic getaway in the remote and isolated woods, right? That’s not the case when you’re in a movie. A couple travels out into the wilderness, only to encounter a nasty gang of bikers who begin to torment them. Naturally, things quickly escalate into as the two groups

battle it out. The press did not like this thriller. There was a small percentage who appreciated the performances enough to give it a pass, but most suggested that this was an average little B-movie that doesn’t make an impact. The cast includes Paula Patton, Omar Epps, Roselyn Sanchez, Laz Alonzo and Missi Pyle. T r ut h o r D are - A lso known as Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare, this tale follows a group of college students who travel to Mexico. Once there, they befriend a stranger who convinces them to head out with him to an abandoned property in order to play the game, “Truth of Dare.” Great idea! They soon discover that this supernatural version has real-life consequences and the group are picked off one by one. This horror flick was panned by reviewers. One or two thought it was good for a laugh or two, but the overwhelming majority called it silly, preposterous and unlikely to scare viewers. It stars Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey and Violett Bene. You Were Never Really Here - This independent feature from art film director Lynn Ramsey (We Need to Talk About Kevin, Morvern Callar) follows a war veteran who makes his living searching the streets for missing girls. When he is hired to use any means necessary to solve his latest case, the man begins to struggle with inner demons and past trauma. The press gave very high marks to this drama/thriller. One or two couldn’t get on its wavelength and found it ponderous to a fault, but almost everyone else called the cast compelling and the material dark and challenging. Joaquin Phoenix, Judith Roberts and Ekaterina Samsonov headline the feature.

BLASTS FROM THE PAST! A r r o w Video are sta r ting the week by releasing some interesting cult titles o n B lu - r ay. The first is the Italian/Spanish thriller, The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail (1971). It’s about a cop investigating the murder of a wealthy

millionaire. Events take an unexpected turn when the victim’s wife who is a potential suspect also turns up dead. The movie has received a 4K restoration from the original camera negative, new subtitles, an audio commentary with the writer, interviews with the director as well as the star of the picture and a new analysis and appraisal of the film from a couple of critics. Arrow also have a Blu-ray of the hard-to-find slasher picture, Doom Asylum (1987). This one involves a group of teens who decided to party on the grounds of an abandoned asylum. They soon become hunted by a figure who hasn’t yet left the facility. This release includes a 2K restoration of the flick, archival interviews with cast and crew as well as new conversations with the director of photography, make-up effects team and performers in the movie. It also arrives with two commentary tracks, one of which features the film’s screenwriter. Additionally, the company’s art house division, Arrow Academy, are putting out a Blu-ray of the South Korean features, Woman is the Future of Man /Tale of Cinema: Two Films by Hong Sangsoo. As mentioned, the set includes two highly regarded films (from 2004 and 2005) and includes a new introduction to the features (one of which is from Martin Scorcese), interviews with the actors, featurettes on the production and other bonuses. Kino have some eccentric features a r r iv i n g on Blu-ray too. They include t he W hoopi Goldberg comedy, The Associate (1996) as well as Frank McKlusky, C.I. (2002) and the Billy Wilder comedy, Irma La Douce (1963). Criterion have the Blu-ray debut of the first film from Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Ocean’s 11, Out of Sight, Che, Logan Lucky) , Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989). They’ve given the movie a 4K restoration and a new intro from the director,

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DVD REVIEW | FROM PAGE 20 included a 1988 commentary with Soderbergh, a new documentary on the making-of the film, archived interviews, a deleted scene, a recently recorded conversation with the sound mixers (who have given the film a sonic upgrade) and other extras. T h o s e with a taste for B-movies may be interested in the new Blu-ray/ DV D combo of Enter the Devil (1972). It arrives as a “Limited Collector’s Edition” from Massacre Video. And Warner Archive have made-to-order copies available of the Paul Newman film, The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972) on Blu-ray. On the DVD front, you can now ask for copies of Flight from Glory (1937), The Steel Fist (1952), Teresa (1951) and Young Dillinger (1965).

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Here are a few titles that may be of interest to kids. The Emma! and Lachy! Show (The Wiggles)

NIZHÓNÍ GIRLS | FROM PAGE 15 coming from.” Lorenzo said the take from people who have heard the Nizhóní Girls, range from awesome to unique and having a lot of fun at their shows – especially the little kids who attend their gigs. “They say we’re definitely unique as well as fun,” she said, “They express they have fun at our shows, especially a lot of little Native American kids. They say we’re awesome and ask if they could do that; I tell them they can totally do this, just get some drums, guitar and learn – that’s how we did it.” When writing songs, it’s a collaboration of all, each giving input of what each is feeling, memories, and other elements. Despite each member’s hectic schedule, they manage to get together and create new songs. When not playing, Jones works as a sexual health educator with Planned Parenthood, Lorenzo repairs antique rugs COMMUNITY

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: Rarity O.K. K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes (Cartoon Network)

ON THE TUBE! And here are the week’s TV-themed releases. T h e Adventures of Dr. Buckeye Bottoms: Season 2 Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life: The Complete Series The Expanse: Season 3 Frontline: Blackout in Puerto Rico (PBS) Frontline: Trafficked in America (PBS) T he Good Place: Season 2 In My Dreams (Hallmark TV-movie) Loving Leah (Hallmark TV-movie) Modus: Season 1 P it c h: T he Complete Series S e c o n d C h a n c e : T he Complete Series Son of Zorn: The Complete Series Sneaky Pete: Season 1 The Tunnel: Vengeance: Season 3 (PBS) Wayward Pines: Season 2 in Albuquerque; and McKenzie works in the hospitality industry as a cook. “We all kind of come up with it all together … either I’ll do up the bassline and the other two will make up a song in one day,” Lorenzo said. “Our songs are Diné humor like being ‘somehow’ (laughing) we’ve all had bits of that kind of humor and fun.” The Nizhóní Girls say this is their version of relieving stress while doing what they love. Aside from playing in the band, the group says they get involved in community organizations and advocate for causes they believe in. “We represent other Native women who are out there too playing music, which is very important,” Jones said. “We do play a lot of music in the punk scene, and those punk scenes are male dominated, and we just want to take up space in those scenes.” For more information visit: https://nizhonigirls. bandcamp.com/releases

CJ Sandoval performs pyrotechnic tricks with Odd Lab at Arts Crawl in downtown Gallup July 14. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo

Irving Bahe II creates a henna design on the hand of Daisha Holyan at Opo Gallery in Gallup July 14 during Arts Crawl. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo

O P O ART | FROM PAGE 16 passion for it continued to grow. She describes her art as an inspiration of color, and the idea that everything is alive whether we see it or not. Bright has studied multiple forms of art, and even played in a band in New York, where she created music with the other members to rebel against the music industry. Bright says it’s from these journeys that she takes from all things that come her way. For the past 20 years she has called Gallup her home, and she continues to explore life in the southwest. “I a m intr igued by the inward and outward journey of life; what may be

considered as real or illusionary or unknown, often defined by constructs of dimension, being, space, time, perception, and the existing knowledge of the time we may inhabit,” she said. “There is also delight in working with the nourishing, deliciousness of color and the feeling that everything is inherently vibrantly alive around us and within us. In challenging or playing with what is seen or unseen, I may use interactive v ibrations of color, depth, perspective or lack thereof and various imagery which may result in portrayals or series that are mixing of humor, introspection, representation, metaphor, symbolism, storytelling, the mystical, the sur real,

abstraction, a nd /or other worlds, real or imagined.” Bright describes the feeling of painting, trying to be a channel whatever flows through her and emerges. “For me art is a reflective of life, endlessly rich in questions, perceptions, curiosities and moments … and a deep longing that all may exist, be sustained within a loving, diverse matrix of acceptance, appreciation, purpose, understanding and expansiveness.” Opo ga ller y hours a re Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 am to 3 pm, and Tuesday evenings during Summer Nightly Indian Dances. For more information find on Opo on Facebook, or call (505) 726-2497.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR JULY 20-26, 2018 FRIDAY, July 20 OCTAVIA FELLIN LIBRARY Both Branches of the Library will be closed all day for a Staff Development Day. They’ll reopen on Saturday (July 21) at 9am and resume regular working hours. SATURDAY, July 21 GALLUP SOCCER LEAGUE The Gallup Soccer League is in need of volunteers. There will be a referee training at Gallup Middle School from 9am-4pm. Lunch will be provided. The cost to become a certified referee is $50. STORY TIME (AGES 2-4) 11am@ Children’s Branch. An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement, rhymes, and stories. IRISH STEP DANCE 2-3pm@Children’s Branch. Local Irish Step Dance instructor, Leslie Farrell will be at the Children’s Branch showing off her moves and teaching the kids some of their own. Bring the whole family to dance a jig. Free, MONDAY, July 23 FAMILY MOVIE MONDAY 3-5pm@Main Branch. Watch family friendly movies each Monday in July. This week’s film: Storks. Free. TUESDAY, July 24 SBDC WORKSHOP There will be a SBDC workshop: Dynamic Solutions for Everyday Business Challenges. 9am12pm, Gallup Chamber of Commerce (Meeting Room) 106 W. Hwy, 66. MAKER ZONE (6 AND OLDER) 4-5pm @ Children’s Branch. We provide supplies, you supply the ideas. Free. VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 5-8 pm, Bethlehem Christian Reformed Church in Tohlakai will be having Vacation Bible School from July 24-27. Dinner will be served each night. Everyone is welcome to attend. The theme is Game On. Thrasportationn will be available. Call (505) 567CALENDAR

1384. CHURCH HOUSE CONCERT Eric Brace and Thomm Juts (Nashville musicians) will be in concert at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Doors open at 6:30pm; concert begins at 7pm. Tickets: $10. Call (505) 863-6336. 151 State Highway 564 (Boardman Drive). WEDNESDAY, July 25 STORY TIME 10:30am@Children’s Branch. An active and energetic for toddlers, featuring music, movement, rhymes, and stories. HOW TO YOUTUBE 3-4pm@Children’s Branch. Learn how to create content for YouTube at the Children’s Branch Library. Free. WEDNESDAY NIGHT FILMS 5:30-7pm@ Main Branch. Films play every Wednesday. This week’s film: The Forgiven. Free. THURSDAY, July 26 CRAFTY KIDS 4-5pm@Children’s Branch. Fun crafts for the whole family. This week’s activity: Paper Plate Tambourines. ONGOING 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) 870-0905. CITY OF GALLUP’S SUSTAINABLE GALLUP BOARD Meets on the first Monday from 3-5 pm at the Octavia Fellin Library. When those Mondays are holidays, the meetings are on the following Monday. Community members concerned about conservation, energy, water, recycling and other environmental issues are welcome. Call (505) 7220039 for information. CHURCHROCK CHAPTER Churchrock Chapter is now accepting toy dona-

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tions 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 Administration. 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: 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) 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)8631820. 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 service of the McKinley Citizen’s Recycling Council. Call (505) 722-5152. RELAY FOR LIFE RAFFLE For the next three weeks, you could win a 2018 Jeep Cherokee Summit, two round trip first class airline tickets to anywhere in the world, or $5000. The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Gallup is selling these raffle tickets for $25 each or five for $100. Call (505) 297-9515 or (505) 862-1457. SAVE THE DATE BEST IN SHOW NIGHT On Aug. 7, art123 Gallery presents Best in Show Night. 4:40-9pm, cash bar and light hors d’ouevres. Free and Open to the public. Call (505)863-3896. GALLUPARTS ANNOUNCES ARTSCRAWL LINEUP The entire 2018 lineup is outlined below: 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. GALLUP SOCCER LEAGUE On July 28, there will be a mandatory coach meeting at the Mickey Mantle field from 9am-12pm. Lunch will be provided. Equipment will be passed out at this meeting. All coaches need to plan on attending. 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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