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he children of Nery Contreras face a life without both a mother and father. And this rapid change occurred in their lives within a matter of months in 2017. Contreras, 30, functioned as the sole parent of his two children, Roselyn, 6, and Armando, 2, after their mother disappeared last September. He currently awaits his fate in a jail cell, facing deportation, after being arrested for his second DWI in November. And it’s unclear what the future holds for their mother,

Danielle Rae Vigil, 27, who has been missing for nearly a year. But, there’s hope. Vigil was sighted in Las Vegas, NV, and according to her mom Prudence Jones, her fingerprints were discovered by a Las Vegas detective, and there’s sightings to prove that she’s in Sin City. Information on Vigil was first relayed during a Gallup Sun interview with Contreras’s mother, Elvira Amador, on July 10. Amador said that Vigil’s disappearance, and Contreras being the only parent to the children, was one of the facts they would present in the case to allow him to remain in the United States when he goes

before a judge later this month. “[We have to] send them letters about this, [telling them to] let him stay in USA for his children,” Amador said during that interview. Jones contacted the Gallup Sun after she read about Amador’s plight, to share more information about her daughter’s case. She said her daughter was taken off the New Mexico missing persons list in June, since Vigil was spotted in the north side area of Las Vegas. To that end, Jones has been spending the past several weekends traveling to Las Vegas, tacking up fliers around town, and asking residents if they

Missing person flyers for Danielle Rae Vigil sit on a desk during an interview with her mother Prudence Jones Aug. 14 in Gallup. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo

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Tears roll down the face of Prudence Jones as she talks about the molestation she faced at the hands of local Catholic priests and the ripple effect her court case had on her family during an interview in Gallup Aug. 14. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo know anything about Vigil’s whereabouts. Jones said she hopes by sharing her story, people will better understand her plight. Her grandchildren could lose both of their parents. “My heart is with my grandkids right now – I named them,” Jones said, during a phone interview Aug. 13. Jones’s na mesake may sound familiar to people in the Gallup area. In 2016, she came forward with her story about the sexual abuse she suffered in her youth at the hands of Franciscan Brother Mark Schornack, OFM. T he c a s e a ga i n s t t he church, the Diocese of Gallup in particular, dominated several years of Jones’s life, which she said took a toll on both her and her family. But through it all, Vigil was a constant source of strength.

“She picked me up when I couldn’t go on with it,” Jones said in an interview Aug.14. “She always gave me hope.” The talks for meditation in the case began in early 2015, which was also when Vigil’s father passed away. Jones noted that’s when she started to see a change in her daughter. Jones a l so sa id she ended up in the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque in February 2015, a result of the mounting stress from the court case and her family’s personal struggles. The first mediations began in May 2015, but those negotiations fell through. Jones said the outcome was disappointing, and it was made more difficult to accept because it happened at the time when

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LEXINGTON HOTEL TO CLOSE Care 66 cites lack of funding to blame

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City Council approves union pay increase NCI STRUGGLES TO GAIN BUDGET APPROVAL

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he Gallup City Council convened Aug. 14 for the regular meeting and began with action on the contract reopener agreement between the Gallup and the United Mine Workers of America Local 1629. There are currently 131 city employees affected by the agreement and Klo Abeita, human resources director, said they are all non-probationary employees. She said the parties came to an agreement Aug. 1, after discussing wage rates and insurance health costs. The employees will receive a two percent increase that will be effective the first full pay period after council approval, Abeita said, which would be Oct. 8. “The current agreement expires 2019 without any further economic reopeners and the next time we meet, which will be around October 2019, it

Gallup Mayor Jackie McKinney will be a whole new contract that we are negotiating on,” she said. Abeita said discussions were opened earlier in the year to afford members of the bargaining unit to get the same 80-20 premium split, the same as non-union employees, when the new insurance plan year begins in October 2018. The fiscal impact for the wage increase was $10,868 for the remaining year, prorated at three pay periods, she said,

noting that the amount includes wages and health insurance. Councilor Linda Garcia commended city employees and said, “Great job and well deserved for city employees. The mea su re pa ssed unanimously. Abeita also reported for the second agenda item, a contract settlement agreement between the city and Gallup P rofes siona l F i ref ig hter s Association Local 4296. “This bargaining unit is comprised of firefighters and firefighter lieutenants. There’s currently 39 members that are affected,” she said. Under terms of the collective bargaining agreement, the city will pay 80 percent of health insurance and employees will pay 20 percent, effective in the new benefit year. Effective the first full pay period after approval by the City Council, the employees will receive a one percent increase to their hourly rate of pay and effective the first full pay period in Jan 2019,

employees will receive another one percent increase to their pay. The agreement is through Jan. 18, 2020. “That was some creative negotiating,” said Mayor Jackie McKinney. “One percent now and one percent later. Good work,” he said. The mea su re pa ssed unanimously. T he Cit y Cou nci l a lso approved a budget adjustment for the Na’Nizhoozhi Center, Inc. Fiscal Year 2019 liquor excise tax allocation. The LET allocation for the detox center is 835,000.

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Lexington Hotel to shutter its doors CARE 66 CITES LACK OF FUNDING AS REASON

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ommunity A rea Resource Enterprise, also known as CARE 66, is closi ng the doors to the Lexington Hotel on Sept. 30. Staff is currently meeting with residents one-on-one to transition tenants to other housing possibilities, according to executive director Sanjay Choudhrie. Thirty tenants are affected by the closure, most of them disabled, recovering addicts and formerly homeless people getting their lives back in order. Most of them are Native American. “We hope to have everyone placed by the middle of September,” he said. The annual budget for Care 66 is $500,000 to provide case management, employment placement, administration and other services. The source of funding was the Native American Housing

and Self Determination Act grant funding from Navajo Housing Authority, he said, adding that the tribal housing entity no longer funds Care 66. “They used to fund us, but NHA stopped funding us in 20112012. It would be great if they could fund us again, then we wouldn’t have to close,” he said. “They have effective barriers (today). We’ve tried calling them.” He said a recent attempt to meet with the new CEO was not possible and instead he was told to try again next month. Choudhrie said homeless services will suffer and that the need for assistance is great. He said the organization receives about 1,000 calls per month from people in search of housing. While there is a great need for affordable housing in the com mu n it y, pa r t ner s a re non-existent when it comes to investing or subsidizing such housing opportunities, he said. “We are looking for a buyer for the Lexington Hotel,” he said.

Care 66 transitional housing resides in the former Lexington Hotel in Gallup, photographed Aug.16. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo The organization has been surviving without operating grants for over a year and CARE 66 reached out to the mayor’s office to inform them of the closure. He has not reached out for

assistance from county. “I informed the city that we would be closing. They said they were looking at what they could do to help,” he said. G a l lu p C i t y M a n a ge r

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St. Michaels man Officer recognized for saving a life arrested for voyeurism ENTERED WOMEN’S BATHROOM Staff Reports

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Thomas Lee The daughter called her mother on her cell phone and her mother came in and began yelling at the man. She said she restrained herself from doing anything to the man, who was then detained until police arrived. Romancito said she had a lot of problems with Lee who at first gave her a wrong name and then when they got to the hospital to get a medical clearance because his wrist hurt, he continued to yell profanities even when a nurse came up to tell him to stop because there were children in the area. He was finally given a medical clearance and was transported to the county jail.

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PEANUT LOVING THIEF 8/12, Ramah McKinley County Sheriff deputies were dispatched to the El Morro Market in Ramah about 11 am on Aug. 12 in reference to a burglary. The manager of the store, Emily Richmond, said when she entered the building earlier that morning she noticed that the cash register was missing and there were some peanut shells on the floor. She said she tried calling the store owner but there was no phone service, and no electricity. Deputies were not able to determine how entry to the store was made. About $800 was reported missing. There are no suspects.

ROCK THROWING BROS 8/11, Gallup Two men, both from the Mentmore area, were arrested after police began receiving repor ts that they were throwing rocks at cars on U.S. Highway 66. Curtis Naswood, 28, Nathan Naswood was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. N a t h a n Naswood, 18, was charged with resisting arrest and assault on a police officer. He also has Curtis Naswood an outstanding bench warrant. The two were arrested on Aug. 11 after City Police Officer John Gonzales saw them leaving the area where the rock throwing incident was reported. When the two saw the officer, they reportedly began running in different directions. Gonzales went after Curtis Naswood and had taken him into custody when Nathan Naswood reportedly came back and lunged toward him, NEWS

trying to hit him. Gonzales said he threatened to taser him, which resulted him in running away again. He was later caught by another police officer who arrived at the scene and saw him trying to crawl out of a ditch.

GOD’S HOUSE BURGLARIZED 8/9, Thoreau Deputies were dispatched to the Thoreau Baptist Church on the morning of Aug. 9 in connection with a burglary there. The suspects had pried off security bars on one of the east side windows and had also kicked in a door on the eastside. The staff said that the person or persons who entered the church had taken an apple sauce container and threw it against the wall. There was no immediate sign that anything had been taken. There are no suspects.

LAW OFFICE VIOLATED 8/9, Yahtahey T he McK i n ley Cou nt y Sheriff’s Office is investigating a break-in that occurs in Aug. 9 at the Navajo Injury Law Center located in Yah-Ta-Hey. Staff there had found a shattered window when they came to work that day as well as papers scattered in all of the rooms. The only items that were reported to have been stolen were a computer monitor, a B.B. pellet gun and a vacuum cleaner. Deputies discovered traces of blood on the window and some footprints outside. There are no suspects.

ground and punched her several times in the face. Police observed that she had a large knot on the back of her head. Sampson was placed under arrest and transported to the county jail.

PURSE SNATCHER 8/8, Gallup A Tsayatoh woman was arrested after she repor tedly was caught tr ying to steal the purse of a not her woman. R o s e Cadman, 47, was charged with robbery. City police were dispatched to the 200 block of West Wilson Avenue on Aug. 8 where they met Charlene Morgan and two security officers who had Cadman in custody. Morgan said at first she had been hanging out with Cadman all day but then changed her story to say that Carman came out of nowhere and hit her in the face before stealing her purse and then handing it over

to a man. The security guards managed to stop the man, who was not arrested, and Cadman, holding them until police arrived. Cadman, when interviewed, said Morgan was lying and she did not steal her purse, even though this was contradicted by witness statements.

PUNCH DRUNK 8/5, Gallup A St. Michaels man was charged with battery on a police officer after he hit a Gallup police officer on Aug. 5. When GPD Officer Adrian Quatawki arrived at the scene, he found Paul Warner, 27, who said he was angry because he was coming from the Furniture Plaza business in an effort to get paid for the work he did the day before. At that time, the manager of the business came out and the two began arguing with the owner saying he wanted Warner to work but he showed up drunk.

Quatawki walked Warner over to his unit and asked where he was going. Warner said his cousin from Mariano Lake was picking him up and Quatawki said he could not wait that long. Warner began raising his voice so Quatawki said he was going to check him for weapons. Warner resisted and began tensing up his body, refusing to calm down. Eventually, Quatawki said he had to take him to the ground and while doing that, Warner reportedly hit the officer on the right side of the face with his elbow.

STAY AWAY 8/3, Gallup A Church Rock woman is now facing charges after she refused to fol low orders to stay away from a Ga l lup ga s station. Sharon Tolino, 31, was

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JUST BRUTAL 8/8, Gallup Clarence Sampson, 48, of Gamerco was charged with battery for beating up a woman. City police were responding to a domestic violence call on Aug. 8 when they saw Sampson and Andrea Davis standing on the corner of Third Street and Wilson Avenue. Davis told police that she had been walking when she was approached by Sampson who began an argument during which he threw her to the concrete Gallup Sun • Friday August 17, 2018

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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports Israel Saldivar Aug. 11, 2:30 am DWI (refusal) McK i n ley C o u n t y S h e r i f f Deputy Frank Villa Jr. said he wa s d is patched to be on the lookout for an intoxicated driver. He found the suspect vehicle and followed it to a house on Crystal Avenue where the car went into a driveway. He said he recognized the driver as Israel Saldivar, 27, of Gallup. Saldivar went into the house. Villa said he was walked up to the door and knocked and identified himself, but there was no answer. After several minutes more, then was still no answer so Villa called out his name, and he finally answered the door. Villa said Salvador was agitated and said this was private

property. By this time, another deputy had shown up and the two continued to demand that he step outside and he continued to refuse. Villa said he then tried to shut the door but he blocked it with his foot. Villa said he told him why he was there and he denied he had been driving and said he didn’t do anything wrong. Saldivar was showing signs of being intoxicated, said Villa, so he placed him in handcuffs. He refused to take field sobriety tests or a breath alcohol test. When he was taken to the county jail, he continued yelling and said his head had been injured when he was dragged out of his house. Jonah Dayea Aug. 10, 8:13 pm 3rd DWI Deputy F r a n k Vi l l a Jr. s a i d h e wa s d r iv ing on Crestview Avenue when he got a call to look for a man

in a maroon shirt who was suspected of driving drunk. Villa said he had noticed a man matching that description from seeing him a few minutes before, so he turned around and eventually found him on State Highway 118. But when he tried to do a traffic stop, the driver ignored his lights and sirens. Villa followed the vehicle until it parked in a driveway on Si Lane. The driver got out and approached Villa’s unit and said he had not noticed the lights and sirens. He said he had come from just dow n the street, but Villa said that was not true. Villa also said he noticed that Dayea, 40, of Mentmore, showed signs of being intoxicated. He also noticed three cans of beer in his vehicle. It turned out that the house on Si Lane belonged to his cousin, who told Villa that Dayea never comes to visit him. At first he refused to take a field sobriety tes,t but agreed the second time he was asked.

The test showed mixed results and he was arrested. He also refused to take a breath alcohol test. Narcisco Baca Aug. 2, 10:33 pm Aggravated DWI C i t y Patrolman Patrick Largo said he wa s traveling on Boyd Avenue at night when he noticed a vehicle with no headlights on. He stopped the vehicle and talked to the driver, Narcisco Baca, 24, of Gallup. Baca sa id he had had nothing to drink but Largo said he noticed signs he was intoxicated and asked him if he would take a field sobriety test. He became angry and told Largo to check with another officer if he wanted to know why his headlights were off, but Largo pointed out he alone was driving. He then agreed to take the field sobriety tests but after failing some of tests he became angry and uncooperative so he was arrested for DWI. He agreed to take a breath

alcohol test but when they got to police headquarters, he said he wanted to take it where he had been stopped. Largo said he could not have done that and said Baca became angry and said he would take it to court. Malinda Jones July 15, 2:18 am DWI Cit y Pat rol ma n Ju st i n B e n a l l y said he was assisting another officer near the McD on a ld’s on We s t Highway 66 when a n employee came up and said a woman had fallen asleep in the drive-thru lane. Benally checked and found Malinda Jones, 49, of Fort Defiance asleep in her vehicle with the engine running. He woke her up, and she said she had just been at the Shalimar and agreed to take field sobriety tests. She failed the tests and was placed under arrest. She agreed to take a breath alcohol test and posted samples of .08 and .07. She was also charged with having an open liquor container in her vehicle.

A dancer of the Hebikkwinne group performs while marching in the night parade at the corner of Route 66 and Third Street in Gallup August 9. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo

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VICTIM’S SEARCH | FROM PAGE 4 Vigil started getting in to trouble with the law. “It never occurred to me she was being affected,” Jones said. The second round of negotiations began in December 2015. While further progress was made, those talks also came to a halt. The emotional toll on Jones continued to grow. “The secrets were tearing me apart, the depths of deception in the church,” Jones said. In 2016, Jones said the stress had mounted to the extent that she had a nervous breakdown. She left to stay in Denver, Colo. while her daughter remained in Gallup with Contreras and their young children. Jones spent the latter half of 2016 doing everything she could to try and save herself and her family from the emotional toll brought on by the case. This culminated in Jones going public with her accounts, including appearing on the Santa Fe public radio series “Dark Canyon,” which investigates sexual abuse committed by clergy in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, and it explains how these accounts are kept secret. Despite her history with the church, Jones said she considers herself a forgiving person. “I’m not gonna blame the church, but I made them aware of the effects on the family,” Jones said. “Everything I’ve done in that case was for my family.” Despite the settlement funds dispersed to abuse victims, including Jones, she

UNION PAY | FROM PAGE 6 council. “I am here to acknowledge and put on the record that the $835,000 will be coming from LET instead of general funds. We weren’t able to get that in the budget, so we were using

said the fallout from the case affected her entire family. “I felt ostracized from my community,” Jones said. “Once people find out my name, they treat me differently.” Jo n e s l e f t G a l l u p i n September 2017 to start a new life in Phoenix. But life took a sudden and tragic turn, when on Sept. 19, Vigil was officially marked missing out of Williams Acres, N.M. “Danielle left Gallup on foot; when she was last seen in Gallup, all she had were the clothes on her back. Her important papers like identification were left with Nery,” she said. Meanwhile, Amador, the mother who’s caring for the tragic couple’s children in Gallup, feels the publicity about Vigil’s disappearance could hurt, more than help because of Jones’s involvement in the high-profile priest sex abuse case. “You need to be careful doing these things,” Amador said. But, Amador shares Jones’s sentiment of continuing to do everything in their power for the sake of their families. “We’re fighting for the kids. I don’t want them to be in foster care,” Amador said. “No one else in Danielle’s family shows up to fight for them.” Jones said she will do everything in her ability, including taking continual trips to Las Vegas, until her daughter comes home. “Until everything is gone, I’m going to fight for my daughters and my grandchildren,” Jones said. “I saved myself, it’s up to me to save my children and grandchildren.” $800,000 from the general fund,” she said. We’ll also need to add an additional $35,000, which is going to be the whole contract from NCI, she said, adding that the funds were already agreed upon in the LET resolution. The mea su re pa ssed unanimously.

This man, who declined to give his name, says he’s a tenant at Care 66’s Lexington Hotel for low income individuals. He has until Sept. 30 to find a new home. Photo Credit: Rick Abasta

LEXINGTON HOTEL | FROM PAGE 7 comment as she’s getting information on the closure from other sources. “We are aware and are

POLICE ACTIVITY | FROM PAGE 9 charged on Aug. 3 with trespa s si ng, re si st i ng a r re st a nd po s s e s sion of d r u g paraphernalia. City police responded to calls from management at the Giant Gas Station twice that day because of Tolino, who came onto the property and began cursing at customers after being banned from there because of past conduct. The first time, she managed to walk away without being caught. But on the second occasion, police found her sitting down near the gas station and officers converged upon her from two different directions so she couldn’t escape. During a search for weapons, police found a glass pipe

exploring options, but that is all I can say at this point,” she said. Care 66 will continue providing services as an organization. And for people interested in contributing to the non-profit

orga n i z at ion c a n don at e through their blog. “It will help us fix windows and pay our staff through the closeout,” he said. Infor m a t i on: www. care66.org

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loading bullets into the rifle and started threatening to shoot up the house. When they said they were going to call police, he reportedly yelled back he was going to leave and rob people. He also yelled that when he came back, he hoped they would all be dead, according the police report. Lopez also had a restraining order against him not to be at the house. Lopez was still there when police arrived. They also found the loaded long gun concealed on his person. He also had a loaded pellet gun on him as well. He was charged with aggravated assault of a household member, aggravated assault, unlawful carrying of a firearm and violating a restraining order.

THREATS OF VIOLENCE 8 / 2 , Gallup Gallup P o l i c e Officer John Gonzales said he was dispatched to the 600 block of Scott Drive on Aug. 2 because of a report that Steve Lopez was threatening family members with a firearm. Lopez’s parents told police that Lopez came to their front door carr ying a rif le. His mother said she looked at the rifle and backed into the house, locking the front door. At that point, they said, Lopez, 45, of Gallup began

Hotshot crew injured fighting Idaho fire Staff Reports

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wo Navajo Interagency Hotshot Crew members were injured Aug. 14 while conducting fire suppression activities on

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the Rattlesnake Creek Fire, burning near Pollock, Idaho, in the Nez Perce Clearwater National Forest. T he f i r ef i g ht er s wer e removed from the fire line and transported to a hospital

in McCall, Idaho. One firefighter was released to go home while the other was taken to a burn facility in Salt Lake City for additional care. “The bravery of our Navajo Interagency Hotshot Crew

i mpacts com mu n ities fa r beyond the Navajo Nation. In this instance, the hotshot crew was fighting a fire in Idaho when two members were injured,” President Russell Begaye said. “Our prayers go

out to both firefighters. To the firefighter who sustained burn injuries, we pray for a speedy recovery.”

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OPINIONS Local citizen pens letter to U.S. Regulatory Commission PART 1 OF 2 TO: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory C o m m i s s i o n , 115 5 5 Rockville Pike. Rockville, MD 20852-2738 FROM: Mervyn Tilden RE:  Holtec International a nd t he Un ited St ates Nuclear Regulatory Com m ission Docket ID 72-1051; NRC-2018-0052. DAT E: May 21, 2018 N RC PU BLIC SCOPING MEETING

At a scoping meeting on May 21, 2018 in Gallup (NM) hosted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on behalf of Holtec International and its proposal to bring all of the existing commercial highlevel radioactive spent fuel from nuclear reactors from the East Coast to New Mexico, over 100 individuals attended. There were 37 speakers; 36 were opposed to the transport of high-level nuclear waste through our region by Holtec, International.

W hen a n Holtec I nt’l. employee tried to speak during the Public Comment session after Holtec, Int’l already gave its presentation, Attendee Susan Schuurman stood up and objected to this unacceptable breach; I stood up as well in solidarity with her.   No one representing the Navajo Nation government were in attendance.  Navajo Na t ion Cou nci l delega t e Jonathan Perry (Becenti, Lake Valley, Nahodishgish, Standing Rock, Whiterock, Huerfano,

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Nageezi, Crownpoint) represented his constituents. There are over 14 Navajo communities along the proposed transport route and no NRC public meetings scheduled for them.  Additional meetings are urgently needed for the neglected Navajo Communities along the transportation route and translators/interpreters should be provided by the NRC and Holtec, Int’l at their expense. No one from the City of Ga llup, McK i n ley Cou nt y or the State of New Mexico

representing Districts 5 or Distr ict 9 (McK inley a nd San Juan Counties) attended e i t h e r. R e p r e s e n t a t i v e Stephanie Garcia Richard, (D) -- (Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Santa Fe) was the only State Representative in attendance who spoke on behalf of the people of New Mexico and opposed Holtec, Int’l. T here i s no a de qu at e

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GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF AUGUST 20

The Sun enters Virgo this week on Aug. 23. You may notice the details. This is a benefit, for the “devil is in the details.” But, don’t forget to take a step back and scope the terrain. You’re also looking at an entire forest. Madame G recommends that you use common sense. Don’t get so caught up in the details that you’re putting on makeup while the house is on fire. Plan ahead!

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Ease up! You’re capable and strong. Don’t get so caught up in your screw ups that you stop looking and moving forward. The only real failure is not to try. It’s okay to get down on yourself, but only if you get up and dust yourself off. Look towards the future and remind yourself that you’re working hard for your future self, so you’re “now” self may get bruised.

What’s holding you back? Nothing! It’s all in your head. You can do this, if you really want to. Don’t get lost in other people’s drama. Focus on yourself and your family. Don’t worry about what other people have going on. It’s not important. The only thing that really matters is how you live your life. Live it well. You’ve got this.

Stop trying to balance the world on your head. You can do what you want, but you’re responsible for more than just yourself. Let yourself free and show others your true self. You are capable of more than you think. You can do anything with the combined help of your community. No man or woman is an island. You need others. Show it. Be gracious.

What’s up pussycat? So, you’re afraid, mad, or just a little crazy? That’s okay. It happens to the best of us. But, don’t get so caught up in the drama of your life that you lose sight of your actual life. Take note of the beauty around you. Don’t wait for retirement to get it all together. Don’t wait until you lose something or someone to be happy. Take time to enjoy your life.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Whoa! You should step back and take a breath. This is the kind of thing that breaks your heart physically and mentally. Don’t get so lost in the details that you lose sight of your life, family, and goals. You’re better than this. Take a moment to give yourself some much needed self-care. This means more than spa treatments and cucumber water. Focus on your mental health.

Dreaming of a better way? There is always a new adventure just around the corner. You can do all of this if you want. Choose your adventures wisely. Your energy may be extraordinary, but that doesn’t mean it’s limitless. Take everything in stride and keep trying. Do you best and share your talents and gifts with the world. You’ll be so glad you did. Good luck!

Don’t give up Scorpio! Now is the time to focus on the small details in your life. Make a conscious effort to read the details and spot the little mistakes. As you gain momentum you’ll get faster. It’s important to see the forest and you do. But, patience is a virtue. By reviewing and taking time to analyze the details you make room for bigger and better things. Keep trying!

In this world, you can be a doer or a watcher. It’s fine to be both. But, if in your heart you’re meant to be doing something—you’ll regret not doing it. Instead, consider how you can make things in this world better. Are you adding value? What about your family’s life? What about to your life? Keep one eye on the sail and another looking out for shore and pesky rocks.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

Hey Virgo! How’s it going? The universe is on your side even if it doesn’t always feel like it. Just keep trucking ahead and be grateful for what you do in the lives of others. Be grateful for what you have and keep sharing your talents with the world. You’re capable of so much and you’re talents bring joy to the world. Keep trucking along.

Keep calm and carry on! You can. You don’t have to fly off the handle when you see the little things. You can appreciate the smaller things as they come and when they leave. Don’t get so lost in the details that you lose sight of the shore, but don’t get so focused on the shore that you let the boat sink. In that case, you could drown. In other words, use your head.

You’re a genius, or maybe you just have strokes of insight. If you find that you’ve come across something that you’ve always needed—you’re in luck! You’re a thoughtful person. This is great news. Now, you just need to put those amazing thoughts into practice. First, start by writing down your thoughts in a small notebook. Then figure out how you can put it into action. GO!

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Keep trying. No one will look out for you or have your best interest at heart except you. Don’t get so caught up in other’s drama that you can’t look inward. You may see a lot of things that you don’t like but in the end you need to face that shit. You can hide and hide, but one day you’ll see all its ugliness. The longer you wait the harder it is. Do your best and take small steps. OPINIONS


DON – FORMER VIETNAM VET – Part Five - April 16, 2011

personal growth. He told me “you know Rich, a lot of these guys who went into Church just did it to get out of work or to goof off – most of them didn’t really care about God or learning and studying the word.” He said, “a lot of them just wanted to “play the Pastor” to try to get him to do things for them or get things for them. And, a lot of times the poor man fell for it and they would just laugh at him and make fun of him later. 

Don said he hated that – he said here is this man who cared about them and came every week to teach them about God and to pray for them and to help them and then they treated him like that. Don, said sometimes he would say something and then of course a fight would result. But he said I could take care of myself and I was known for being “crazy and wild” – especially, when he had “flash backs” to Vietnam. But, Don kept going to

services and doing the bible studies and he found that the more he studied and prayed the calmer and more at peace he became. He said although the “flash backs” never totally stopped he was able to cope with them better and through the “meds” provided by the prison medical staff he was able to function better. Eventually, Don and the Pastor became ver y good friends and Don began to grow spiritually to the point where the Pastor began to refer to him as his Assistant and Don was given some responsibilities to lead bible studies and to pray with people who wanted prayer.  After eleven years in prison Don was released early due to good behavior and upon release he joined the Pastor’s prison and street ministries.  He did apparently become a house parent for a men’s halfway house and he helped start a women’s half-way house. But,

Council Delegate Edmund Yazzie (Churchrock, Iyanbito, Mariano Lake, Pinedale, Smith representation by those elected Lake, Thoreau) were present to represent the best interests and were given material relatof the citizens of the Navajo ing to Holtec International’s. Nation, the City of Gallup and proposal. I have repeatedly McKinley County and the State gone before them and other of New Mexico. There is no governmental entities as well. data, reports of information With approximately 99 located at the Gallup Octavia nuclear reactors on the East Fellin Public Library or the coast, there are 20 planned Navajo Nation library even phases of the transportation when the transport of the high of 500 canisters of spent level radioactive waste will radioactive nuclear fuel; this be transported through the adds to up to 10,000 canisters heart of Gallup, New Mexico during that period on Interstate and McKinley County, directly I-40 and the BNSF railroad, adjacent to the Navajo Nation.   both of which run through   On July 24, 2018, the the hea r t of Ga llup. The McKinley County Commission presentation by Holtec, Int’l. did was informed (again) about not elaborate on the potential the proposed transport of for an accident along the route high level radioactive materi- and the question of whether als on Interstate I-40 and the Gallup has a contingency plan Burlington Northern Santa Fe to arrange for the containment Railroad concerning the dead- of a spill or mishap near or in line on July 30, 2018 for public the city.  The liability issues are comments regarding Holtec not addressed and there is no International and its proposal HAZMAT emergency response to transport the existing com- team that is equipped to hanmercial high-level radioactive dle a catastrophic radioactive spent fuel from nuclear reac- event in the city, county or tors from the East Coast to New Navajo Nation. Mexico.  The Vice-President of The issue of transportation the Navajo Nation, Jonathan is coupled w it h t he U.S. Ne z a nd Na v a j o Na t io n Department of Transportation

regulations that have oversight of h ig hway sh ipments of nuclear waste, most of which are done on Interstate routes, even thru heavily populated metropolitan areas. There is no coordination with the McKinley County governing body, the City of Gallup or the Navajo Nation or the law enforcement agencies within their respective jurisdictions.   Holtec, Int’l. did not elaborate on the potential for an accident along the route and the question of whether there is a contingency plan for the containment of a radioactive spill or mishap near or in the city.  A single car derailment that occurred on Gallup’s west side spilled hydrochloric acid on July 03, 2018.  Another recent derailment of a BNSF rail car on Gallup’s east side revealed there is no local HAZMAT resources or personnel that can be dispatched immediately to the scene if high level radioactive material is involved.   Accord i ng to t he U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Safety Analysis, there were 448 railway accidents/incidents with 41 fatalities and 275

injuries in New Mexico in a five-year period from 2008 to 2012. With the two derailments that were not expected, it would seem that this is not an immediate concern of the City of Gallup and the Navajo Nation is not prepared to deal with the potential liability of a catastrophic event that would threaten the lives of Navajo citizens for generations to come. This is the same mindset that allowed the devastation of lives, animals, property and land not only on the Navajo Nation but in other places where the minority population is left with no recourse.  In Church Rock and Crownpoint (NM) the proposed reactivation of uranium mines is another addition to this environmental injustice.  With Navajo citizens being placed in harm’s way, the

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ontinuing a 7-par t special by Richard F. Kontz on a Vietnam Vet he met while running the Bread of Life Christian Bookstore in 2015 through mid-2011. Previously, I had found out how Don became an alcoholic in Vietnam, how he become a very angry and at times a very violent man, who lost his wife and family because of these problems, and how eventually he was accused and convicted of murder and served 11 years in prison.  Now I will continue his story.  While in prison Don began to attend Church services offered by a local Pastor who had a weekly prison ministry. Eventually Don placed his faith in God and he began to seriously study God’s word and devoured everything this Pastor bought into the prison for continuing study and for

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there came a point in running the two houses that Don and the Pastor had a falling out. So, Don moved on – he said he went back and forth between Albuquerque and Farmington mainly and even went to Salt Lake for a while and Phoenix and Los Angeles. Then eventually he returned to Farmington and he sought out his pastor and he patched things up with him. But, by that time, the Pastor had shut down the half-way houses and only continued to pastor a local church. Then the pastor retired and was moving to Phoenix, and that is when Don asked him if he could catch a ride to Gallup, and when he checked into NCI in Gallup, NM.  Written by Richard F. Kontz.  If you wish to comment I can be reached at rmkontz@q.com To read the previous four chapters in this story, visit: gallupsun@gmail.com

Navajo Nation’s “Leadership” needs to come to the front lines, represent our interests, and speak up to protect our lives and land before tragedy occurs, again, as it did with the uranium mill spill that occurred in the state of New Mexico on July 16, 1979. T here i s no cla r i f ica tion of the cylindrical shipping containers and their vulnerability to an “accident” on the Interstate Highways or Railways. What is the weight of each canister? 25 to 125 tons?  Is the waste solid or liquid? Are the canisters steel or lead? According to the American Petroleum Institute, heavy truck accidents occur six times for each one million miles of travel with 15 “accidents” expected each year. Continued next week.

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COMMUNITY Ceremonial Queen 2018-19 crowned

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merican flags flapped in a corner of Red Rock State Park Aug. 10 as people awaited the coronation of the 201819 Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Queen. Contestants, singers, dancers and media milled around the bucking chutes on the east end of the arena before the start of the grand entry. Dark clouds threatening precipitation did not deter the large number of people on hand for the Friday night performance of Indian dancers and singers from across the country. The Ceremonial Queen pageantry kicked off the night performance and a familiar Gallup voice guided the evening festivities. Emcee Sammy Chioda of Millennium Media said 1922 was the year the Ceremonial was born and that “many years have gone by and many drums have spoken.”

ASHLEY REINE CLAW HAILS FROM CHINLE “We will begin our program by having our Ceremonial Queen contest. I would like to thank all of the folks involved with this committee,” he said. T he t h ree contest a nt s vying for the crown were all age 20 and members of the Navajo Nation. Kiana Boyd, Ashley Reine Claw and Sierra Vail competed for Ceremonial Queen. Zunneh-Bah Martin, 20172018 Ceremonial Queen, led the contestants into the main arena. She drew a large cheer from the audience when her name was announced. T h roug hout t he week, contestants competed in traditional and contemporary events downtown. Dudley Byerley, Ceremonial Director, said, “There are several events we want the Ceremonial Queen to be at to represent the Gallup InterTribal Indian Ceremonial, such as the state legislature and other events to promote

Ashley Reine Claw from Chinle, Ariz., is surrounded by family members hugging and congratulating her after she is crowned the 2018-2019 Miss Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Queen at Red Rock Park in Gallup Aug. 10, 2018. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo our town and the Ceremonial.” Byerley said he enjoyed all

of the Ceremonial festivities because it continues to bring

Former Inter-Tribal Ceremonial Queen Zunneh-bah Martin places a sash over the new winner of the title, Ashley Reine Claw from Chinle, Ariz., at Red Rock Park in Gallup Aug. 10. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo

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people together as it has for generations. “Anytime you see that many people come together and have a good time at any of the venues, it chokes me up,” he said. Before the new queen was revealed, Chioda shared the winners of the competitions throughout the week. Miss Photogenic went to Vail and Miss Congeniality was awarded to Claw. Chioda named Boyd first runner up and said the designation was important. “If our Miss Ceremonial ca n not fulf ill her duties, Kiana Boyd will move from first runner up to finish up the year as Miss Ceremonial. Congratulations,” he said. “And now our 2018-2019 M i s s I nt er-T r iba l I nd i a n Ceremonial Ashley Rain Claw,” he said to a loud cheering audience that applauded the new queen. Amid cheers and drumbeats, Claw was bestowed with a blanket and the crown as Miss Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Queen 2018-2019, continuing a legacy that began during the Great Depression. COMMUNITY


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Mud Run kicks off this year’s list of RMCHCS’s Charity Invitational events “Committed to improving the services the hospital provides to our community, we see this project as a logical continuation to the ongoing efforts jointly undertaken by the Western Health Foundation and ourselves,” Conejo said. More Charity events are on the way, with the next being the A n nua l Cha r it y Invitational Golf Tournament on Sept. 22. It will begin with an 8 am tee time at the newly re - opened Fox Ru n G ol f Course in Ga llup. Players

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he weat her wa s perfect for the 3 rd Annual Adventure Mud Ru n at t he Gallup OHV/MX Park on July 28 — just the f irst event in this year’s Charity Invitational — sponsored by Rehoboth McK inley C h r i s t i a n He a lt h Ca r e Services and the Western Health Foundation. Runners of all ages participated in the 5K and 10K competitive races. Spectators e njoye d fo o d , fun and of course, watching racers crawl, climb and sometimes sw i m t h rou g h obst acles set across the race course. Leading race participants are identified on the run’s website at: h t t p : //g a l l u p -

Photos courtesy of RAH Photography mudrun.com/. Gold medallion winners of the 5K race are in the age groups of 10-19, Jordan S t e w a r t , G a l l u p; 2 0 - 2 9, S a n c h e z Ja v ie r, G a l lu p; 30-39, Nigel Harvey, Gallup; 40 - 49, Ca r melita Upshaw, Ft. Defiance, AZ; 50-59, John Ratmeyer, Gallup. 5K winning teams included Junior Paul, 1st

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Place; Peach Gang, 2nd Place and the U.S. Army, 3rd Place. Gold medallion winners of the 10K race are in the age groups of 10-19, Samuel Faz, Ga llup; 20 -29, T y rell Jim, Fa r m i ng ton; 30 - 39, Jesse Clark, Mentmore; 40-49, Tony Lopez, Gallup. 10K winning teams included Nijin, 1st Place and Colosseum, 2nd Place.

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The K ids Fun Mud Run presented medals to all the finishers. “We thank our sponsors and participants for making RMCHCS a better hospital for Gallup and all our regional pat ient s. For t ho se who could not attend but want to contribute to the WHF and help RMCH better serve the

community, there are other upcoming events,” said David Conejo, CEO, RMCHCS. “We have a golfing event and gala in September that residents can enjoy and help their community achieve world-class healthcare.” This year, Western Health Foundation has selected as its hospita l i mprovement project the complete renovation of all RMCH patient rooms and bathrooms. This includes the purchase of new state-of-the-art patient beds and in-room computers for nurses and physicians to chart patient medications, tests and care instructions, as well as comfortable chairs and new flooring.

will have a cha nce to t r y out the course, which has been closed for two years and compete to w i n a $20,000 hole-inone cash prize and along with other valuable gifts. Finally, on Sept. 29, everyone is invited to attend the Charity Gala Celebration at Red Rock Park. Billed a s a “F un, F un, Fundraiser,” the evening will showcase the jazz stylings of Delbert Anderson, ongoing entertainment by the Wise Fools Circus troupe, and after dinner music by DJ Kyle Tom. Festivities begin with dinner at 6 pm. and include a live auction, music and dancing. Complete information and registration for the golf tournament, golf sponsorships and tickets for the gala are available by calling the Western He a l th Fou n d a t i o n a t (505) 863-7287. COMMUNITY


Teachers gear up to start the new school year GMCS WELCOMES THEM WITH MEMORABLE ORIENTATION

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ew Te a cher O r i e n t a t i o n” kicked off Aug. 3 at the JFK Middle school auditorium to welcome a whole new batch of teachers awaiting to teach in the Gallup McKinley County Schools district. Superintendent Mike Hyatt welcomed over 100 new teachers to the district as well as other board members in the auditorium. A group of eager teachers from the Philippines were introduced and were jokingly told of the “Gallup” idioms such as frybread, red or green chili, and the flea market. Several depar tments of GMCS were introduced as they told the teachers what their depar tments do and how they would be a great resource to everyone. This included a breakdown of how each department works with a sense of knowing the staff will be there for all the teachers. Numerous door prizes were given out, donated by local merchants. More than 20 local vendors were on hand displaying their booths with information related to education. When asked how the new teacher orientation went overall, most teachers felt it did its job in welcoming them to the area. New GATE teacher (Gifted

a nd Ta lented Educat ion) K r ysten Beard, has since started her teaching job at Red Rock Elementary, found the orientation to be well received and welcoming. “ T he new teacher or ientation was very well put together,” she said. “There was a lot to do for check in, but I thought it ran very smoothly. They seemed to be well organized and the introduction of the staff was very helpful to know who to turn to for certain questions.” Beard who has been a substitute teacher for the past seven years says she can’t wait

to start teaching and welcomes the challenge. She says she will enjoy working with the students knowing that every day will be different. “The students are full of many surprises and never cease to amaze me.” she said. With orientation and the welcoming of the teachers, other issues were of concern with the teachers such as safety. Beard says safety should be looked at repeated ly wh i le ma k i ng t hose changes for the welfare of the children. “During this day in age, sa fety is one of the best

concerns. Every school has a safety plan, it should be continuously revised and ensure all staff and students know what to do in the time of a crisis,” she said. A lt houg h mo st of t he teachers coming into this field have gone to school in hopes of becoming a teacher, there were a few that simply wanted to change their current career and delve into the education field. Such as new fourth grade teacher Deon Thomas, from California. His prior career was in computer programming. Thomas says the challenge was no longer there, as it became tiresome, and he felt a new change was in order.

“I had been putting in applications here and there and one of my friends brought the idea up to me to become a teacher,” he said. “In my wildest dreams, I never had an inkling to become a bona fide teacher, but the more I thought about it, the more I began to accept the idea. The idea of molding new minds and giving these kids hope seem to make my decision easier, so here I am, and I feel this decision is not about the money, but what I can do to help another human being out far outweighs it.” For more information on becoming a teacher or substitute, call (505) 721-1000 or visit www.gmcs.k12.us

PUBLIC NOTICE The Gallup Housing Authority hereby announces that our office will be closed to the public the week of August 23, 2018 through August 24, 2018 due to staff conducting a mandatory new lease orientation at the Community Service Center/Bingo Hall. Staff will not be scheduling appointments, taking walk in’s, processing Public Housing applications, processing Section Eight and VASH voucher applicants, or answering incoming calls during this time. Normal office hours will resume on Monday, August 27, 2018. located at 203 Debra Dr. Gallup, NM 87301. For any Tenants of the Gallup Housing Authority who are wishing to place a work order request, please call our maintenance line at (505) 722-5000. The maintenance line will remain open for maintenance requests only. For any additional information, please call our main office at (505) 722-4388 or stop by the Gallup Housing Authority. COMMUNITY

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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Aug. 17, 2018 By Glenn Kay For the Sun

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t’s time again for another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. This is an incredibly busy edition that features one of the year’s biggest films. In general, there’s plenty for all tastes. 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! Affairs of State - This independent suspense picture involves a young campaign aide in Washington, D.C. who is desperate to gain power. He makes an impression on a presidential candidate, but complicates his own life when he becomes romantically involved with both the wife and daughter of his new employer. This effort got a limited release a couple of months ago and there aren’t any reviews of it as of yet. Online write-ups are terrible though, so you might be wise to go with lowered expectations. The cast includes David Corenswet, Thora Birch, Mimi Rogers, Adrien Grenier and David James Elliott. T h e Avengers: Infinity War - The big relea se t h is week is the first chapter in a two-part superhero smorgasbord. This time out, all of the Marvel superheroes team up to save the universe against Thanos, who is collecting Infinity Stones that will grant him immeasurable power. Critics were generally positive towards the feature. Some did take issue with the

overstuffed narrative and the sequel’s desire to simply set up yet another sequel, but more became wrapped up in the action and admitted that the flick was as well produced as one could hope for. It stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlettt Joha nsson, Don Cheadle, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Zoe Saldana and everyone else from the Marvel movie line. Bad Samaritan - A car valet/burglar decides to rob a wealthy man’s home while the owner is away. Upon breaking in, the intruder discovers something far beyond what he had anticipated... he discovers a woman being held captive. After trying to call the attention of the police, the lead suddenly finds himself a target of the kidnapper. Reaction was split towards this thriller from writer/director Dean Devlin (Geostorm). About half criticized the movie as being dumb and preposterous. Those who gave it a pass suggested it was trashy fun and enjoyed the work of the cast. It features David Tennant, Robert Sheehan and Kerry Condon. Billy Boy - Also known as Juvenile, this independent crime/drama follows a poor teen in LA who takes up with a young gang of carjackers to make some money. However, after a job goes wrong, he breaks from the group hoping to begin again with a new girlfriend. It soon becomes clear that his cohorts aren’t willing to let him go. There hasn’t been much of a reaction to this feature as of yet, although the few write-ups that have been found aren’t exemplary. A Variety review called it indulgent and suggested that it all looked like a bunch of good looking

kids trying to posture and act tough. Blake Jenner, Melissa Benoist and Grant Har vey headline the film. The Escape - In this UK production, a mother struggles with being the wife of a n overworked a nd self-absorbed husband, not to mention dealing with demands from her children. She snaps, leaving home immediately and buying a ticket to Paris, where she tries to start again. Of course, it isn’t long before her previous one begins to catch up with her. The press quite liked this small drama. A few found it too grim, moody and low-key to make an impression, but most commented that this was a well-acted film that effectively depicts a family falling apart. As of right now, this title is being put out on DVD exclusively. The cast includes Gemma Arterton, Dominic Cooper and Frances Barber. Furlough - A penitentiary inmate is allowed a brief, weekend-long chaperoned release in order to visit her dying mother in this indie comedy. The criminal turns out to be more than a handful for the corrections officer assigned to get her to the hospital and then back to prison. Write-ups for this effort haven’t been all that positive. A few believed that the leads were funny enough to earn a pass, but the majority complained that the film had difficulty finding its tone and that the screenplay didn’t have much for its talented performers to say. It stars Tessa Thompson, Melissa Leo, Whoopi Goldberg and Anna Paquin. Grace Jones: Bloodlight a n d B a mi - D i s t i nc t ive

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musician/entertainer Grace Jones is the subject of this documentary that traces her life and development as a performer, along with insight into her personal life. The feature intercuts the figure at her home in Jamaica, her time working with producers in music studios, behind the scenes touring footage, performances and private moments with family. Notices were very upbeat. There was a small group who wrote that the attempts to show her real life actually took away from her powerful persona, but almost all others found the film to be an interesting and unconventionally put together doc. Higher Power - According to the official release for this small action/science-fiction picture, resisting the will of the universe is pointless. With his family’s lives at stake, a man finds himself as the unwilling test subject of a maniacal scientist, the results of which could either save the world or destroy it. Unfortunately, there isn’t much else known about this little film as of yet, so interested parties will have to just keep their expectations in check, take a chance and give it a try. The flick did earn a release in a few Asian-Pacific countries, although online reviews didn’t give any accolades. It features Ron Eldard, Jordan Hinson and Colm Feore. The House of Tomorrow - This independent, coming-of-age tale follows a teen l i v i n g w it h h is mother in a geodesic dome. She teaches him the ideals of her old mentor, architect Buckminster Fuller, while the youth decides to start a local punk band with a friend at school. When his mom gets sick, the teenager must decide which path in life he wants to follow. On the whole, critics liked this eccentric comedy/ drama. A few did carp that the movie tries to hard to be quirky. Still, the majority complimented the film as having likable characters and ultimately charming viewers. The cast includes Asa Butterfield, Alex Wolff, Nick Offerman, Ellen Burstyn and the voice of Fred Armisen.

How to Talk to Girls at Parties - Set in the 1970s, this unique story involves a Londonarea youngster obsessed with punk music. When he crashes a big party in town, he falls for a foreign exchange student. The protagonist soon learns that the girl of his dreams is actually an extraterrestrial touring the galaxy. When another group of aliens arrive and set out to invade the city, the hero alongside punks against the attackers while trying to save the otherworldly lady from harm. This one divided reviewers. Half thought it was trying too hard to earn cult status, while the others said that it created an odd, amusing party atmosphere. It stars Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, Alex Sharp, Ruth Wilson and Matt Lucas. The Last Warrior - Also known as The Scythian in its homeland of Russian, this per iod adventu re follows the remainders of a famous group of warriors, whose final descendants have become mercenary assassins. A soldier heading home to rescue his family is paired with one of these killers, forcing the battlefield enemies to find common ground and accomplish their goals. There aren’t many notices for the movie in this part of the world, but the ones that have popped up say the movie is an old-fashioned epic and that the scale of the film is impressive, although other elements may not work quite as efficiently. Aleksey Faddeev and Aleksandr Kuznetsov headline the feature. The Menkoff Method - A bored, lonely bank employee working as a data processor finds relief from his job by reading manga comics. When a new head of HR arrives, and boasts of a “method” to increase productivity around the workplace and make the main character’s life even more challenging, the tormented worker decides to fight back. This Australian comedy is making its debut on DVD in this part of the world and so no one around these parts have seen it as of yet. A couple of reviews that have popped up describe it as silly and weird, which might actually be a positive to a certain

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Crazy Rich Asians features likeable cast in a generic story RATING: «« OUT OF 4 «««« RUNNING TIME: 120 MINUTES By Glenn Kay For the Sun

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his week sees the wide release of the romant ic - comedy C r a z y Rich Asians, based on a bestselling book. The movie is told from a somewhat different perspective than your typical Hollywood flick and shows off some incredible locations in and around Singapore. This is all welcome, adding more unique elements to the genre. One only wishes that the story itself wasn’t so bland and generic. Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) is an economics professor in New York City whose expertise appears to be game theory. Her relationship with successful but modest Nick Young (Henry Golding) is becoming serious. So much so that when Nick is asked to be best man at a friend’s wedding, he urges Rachel to travel with him and meet his family. As they leave

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for Singapore, the professor is shocked to discover that he is from one of the wealthiest families in Asia and is the heir apparently (one can only assume that she doesn’t use Google at all and stays off social media). After being introduced to Nick’s mom Eleanor (Michelle Yeoh), it becomes clear that the family matriarch is prideful and may take issue with Rachel’s modest background. If you’re wondering why Nick chose not to give even a tiny bit of background information on his family or a heads up on how to act around the people she’s bound to encounter, you’re not alone. Excuses are made, but it’s a stretch to buy into the concept. At least the lead characters are likable. And there’s some amusing gags when Rachel visits school chum Peik Lin Goh (Awkwafina), an eccentric friend who fills her in on all of the information that, well, Nick should have provided. In the scenes that she appears, the actress even sells some physical comedy and ends up making the biggest impression. T here a re a few cute moments here and there as

From left, Awkwafina, Nico Santos and Constance Wu in a scene from the film “Crazy Rich Asians.” Now playing. Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Entertainment fish-out-of-water Rachel tries to fit in with her new surroundings, but much of the plotting feels awfully familiar. Nick’s many relations are grandly introduced, but with the exception of Astrid (Gemma Chan), most are pushed aside and forgotten. Many jokes and supporting character gags fall flat and a sequence involving bachelor party shenanigans feels like it belongs in an entirely different movie. And while the leads are nice, they’re almost too genial. Their relationship is perfect given the circumstances and not much happens in the film that truly tests it. As the story

progresses, it only becomes about satiating Eleanor and trying to get the mother to approve of Rachel. Nick doesn’t do a whole lot and the protagonist’s attempts to use game theory don’t really make the emotional impact that they should. In watching the film, one wonders how much more interesting and conflict-ridden the entire enterprise could have been had Nick fallen for a woman with a more blunt or quirky personality (maybe even something closer to the Peik Lin Goh character). Oh well. As a travelogue, the movie looks great. The locations used,

including and the Marina Bay Sands resort, the Gardens by the Bay and Langwaki are beautifully captured. And the cast do their best with the material given to them. It’s just unfortunate that all this hard work is in service to a predictable screenplay that resembles a Lifetime cable TV-movie. Crazy Rich Asians has its moments, but could have been much better had it not adhered to the Hollywood formula. It’ll serve its purpose for fans of these types of films, but won’t make a lasting impression. For more great reviews, visit: CinemaStance.com

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DVD REVIEW | FROM PAGE 18 kind of cinema fan. The cast includes Noah Taylor, Robert Taylor, Lachlan Woods and Jessica Clarke. Shock and Aw e - T h i s picture from director Rob Reiner (LBJ, T he Bucket List, A Few Good Me n, When Harry Met Sally, The Princess Bride) is set in 2003 and chronicles the efforts of a group KnightRidder news journalists. They investigated President George Bush’s claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and contradicted the claims and reasoning for the invasion. The movie earned more negative than positive reviews. Many felt that the film’s intentions were good and those who liked it thought it did a good job of presenting an authentic newsroom environment, but more found the screenplay too clichéd to make an impact. It stars Woody Harrelson, Rob Reiner, Tommy Lee Jones, James Marsden, Milla Jovovich and Jessica Biel. Snapshots - After discovering a lost roll of camera film taken in 1960, a big family secret is revealed that causes surprise and tension between a grandmother and her daughter, as well as with her grandchild. The three generations of the family are forced to confront and deal with these issues. This small, independent drama is reportedly based on a true story. There aren’t many write-up available, but the ones that have appeared seem complimentary. Some have called it a bit hackneyed, yet most enjoyed the performances enough to give it a recommendation. It features Piper Laurie, Brooke Adams, Emily Baldoni and Brett Dier. W ho We Are Now - A woman recently released from prison after a 10 year sentence approaches her sister to regain custody of her child and learns that the sibling has no intention of giving the youth back. She’s forced to take legal action and must work with a public defender she doesn’t get along with in order to get him back. Critics were extremely taken by the drama during its limited release. They called it a powerful, unsentimental and authentic drama with a stellar lead

performances that would hook any viewer. The cast includes Julianne Nicholson, Emma Roberts, Zachary Quinto, Jess Weixler, Lea Thompson, Jason Biggs and Jimmy Smits. The Yellow B ir d s - Set dur ing the I r a q w a r, this drama involves a friendship t h a t for m s between two soldiers. When a tragic incident affects the pair, one of them must determine what happened and come to terms with it, as well as help a mother find reconciliation. This effort earned mixed notices from the press. Almost fifty percent complimented its attempts to show how the horrors of war continue to affect those long after it all has come to an end. Slightly more thought that while well-intentioned, it didn’t really have anything new to say and didn’t quite come together. Tye Sheridan, Jennifer Aniston, Toni Collette, Jack Huston, Aldren Ahrenreich and Jason Patric headline the film.

BLASTS FROM THE PAST! This is about as busy a week as you’re likely to see for older films getting Blu-ray updates. Arrow Video have some notable releases. The Cat o’ Nine Tails (1971) came out some months ago as a Blu-ray/DVD combo and now a regular edition, single disc Blu-ray is here. They’re also giving the The Gore Gore Girls (1972) from Herschell Gordon Lewis (Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs) a new Blu-ray. It arrives with an intro, interview and audio commentary from the filmmaker, as well as the bonus feature This Stuff’ll Kill You (1971). That feature includes a commentary with the movie’s director of photography. Additionally, there are numerous features about Lewis from fans and genre critics. Another notewor t hy Blu-ray is t he r ele a s e of Tid el an d (2005) from Terry Gilliam (Brazil, T he Fisher King, 12 Monkeys). It’s a very dark comedy about a little girl who escapes into a bizarre fantasy world to escape the struggles

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surrounding her. The disc looks incredible and comes with an impressive array of special features, including a director commentary and documentary. Finally, Arrow also have a Blu-ray of the Italian giallo, What Have They Done to Your Daughters? (1974). This title has been given a 2K transfer and arrives with giallo expert audio track, video essays on the film, cast and crew interviews and other extras. AGFA have a Special Edition Blu-ray of the kung-fu flick, Lady Street Fighter (1981). It’s about a karate cop out to beat down and take revenge on the guys who murdered her sister. The action-packed effort was almost lost for good. Thankfully, it has been given a 2K scan from the only surviving 35mm theatrical print. The disc also comes with a director commentary, genre film trailers and a bonus movie, Revenge of the Lady Street Fighter, which apparently is the unreleased sequel to the main feature. Sounds like a blast! MVD have made a name for themselves putting out great Blu-rays of genre titles like Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and Black Eagle. They’ve now debuted a new line of releases called MVD Marquee Collection, which appears to focus on higher end pictures. They’re putting out a Special Edition of the remake of Walking Tall (2004) starring Dwayne Johnson and Johnny Knoxville. The release includes a couple of audio commentaries (one featuring the star and the other the crew), as well as bloopers, deleted scenes and other extras. Shout!, as always, have a couple of notable titles arrivi n g i n h ig h definition. They include a Collector’s Edition of Return of the Living Dead Part II (1988), a sequel to the 1985 horror/comedy classic that features another canister of toxic fluid raising the dead and causing havoc in a small community. It’s isn’t in the same league as the original, but has its fan base. They’ll be pleased to know that the disc includes a new 2K scan of the inter-positive, two new audio commentaries (one with a cast member and a second with a film expert), an effects featurette and new interviews

with the movie’s director and score composer. The disc also includes a previously released director’s commentary, a documentary, archival and publicity materials as well as other behind-the-scenes footage. The same distributor are releasing the horror picture The Unborn (1991), starring Brooke Adams as a mother-to-be who may be giving birth to a monstrous, superhuman infant. This high definition release has been given a 2K scan of the original film elements, comes with a director commentary and also includes the trailer. Kino are providing Blu-rays of Born Yesterday (1993) a remake with Melanie Griffith of 1950 comedy classic. They also have the films Hope Springs (2003), The Inkwell (1994) and Smashing Time (1967) all arriving in high definition. A n d there’s more! Universal a r e put t i n g out Blu-rays of the ea rly Steve Martin e f fo r t , T h e Lonely G uy (1984). It’s an amusing comedy about a, well, lonely guy giving advice on how to survive in the big city. They also have The Pirates of Penzance (1983) starring Kevin Kline. This Golden Globe nominated musical/comedy is finally getting an upgrade. And so is Zoot Suit (1981), a well-regarded musical with Edward James Olmos. Sony a re debuting the underrated Brain De Palma Vietnam picture, Casualties of War (1989) on Blu-ray. Alas, it doesn’t appear that this edition includes the extended cut of the film, but it’s better than nothing. Criterion are releasing a Blu-ray of The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982). The tale is based on a MexicanAmerican farmer wrongfully accused and of murder in 1901. He goes on the run. Edward James Olmos played the title figure and the disc arrives with a 2K digital restoration, an interview with star/producer Olmos, a feature on Chicano cinema and a 2016 panel on the film featuring the cast and crew. Kit Parker Films is releasing Boss (1975) on Blu-ray. This one is western/comedy with Fred Williamson and D’Urville Martin about two black bounty

hunters who end up taking over the position of sheriff in a small town. The disc includes a conversation with Williamson and a talk with one of the film’s producers. The Great S m o k e y Roadblock (19 7 7 ) a k a T he Last of the Cowboys is a trucker m o v ie t h a t is arriv ing on Blu-ray courtesy of Code Red. While not particularly well remembered, he film features an incredible cast that includes Henry Fonda, Susan Sarandon, Robert Englund, Eileen Brannan, John Byner and Gary Sandy. This release includes an interview with Englund about his experiences on the film. Finally, Warner Archive are making Home From the Hill (1960) with Robert Mitchum available as a made-to-order Blu-ray. They also have the mega-budgeted Eddie Murphy space-comedy The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002) and the drama Waterland (1992) available on DVD.

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Here are some titles that might appeal to kids. 2 Stupid D ogs /S e c r et Squirrel Show: Volume One (Warner Archive) Arthur: D .W. a n d th e Bea st ly Birthday Steven Universe: Heart of the Crystal Gems (Cartoon Network)

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t tor ney Genera l He c t or B a lder a s secu red a g u i lt y plea Aug. 15, from a nursing home office manager at rehabilitation center, who stole thousands of dollars from elderly patients who suffered from dementia. Leanne Bennett worked at the Rehabilitation Center of Albuquerque, and between 2012 and 2013, she used her position as office manager to steal more than $30,000 from elderly residents. Bennett gained access to residents’ checking accounts, ATM accounts and debit cards, and wrote checks to herself and made cash withdrawals from victims’ accounts from ATMs. Bennett could face up to three years in prison, and will be required to pay more than $44,000 in restitution to the victims. Sentencing is set for Oct. 18. “It is my office’s highest responsibility to protect vulnerable populations within New Mexico,” Balderas said.

IDAHO FIRE | FROM PAGE 11 The Navajo Interagency Hotshot Crew is based out of Fort Defiance. It is an experienced hand crew trained to work in rugged terrain. Crew members’ preparation and planning, along with having qualified Incident Management Team medical personnel on scene, resulted in a well implemented extraction. President Begaye extends his gratitude to the Navajo Interagency Hotshot Crew for its exemplary service in times of fire emergency.

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CLASSIFIEDS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to the Self-Storage Lien Act of the State of New Mexico, Section 4811-7, that the following personal property will be sold or otherwise disposed of in order to satisfy a lien for delinquent rent and other related charges. The personal property is located at ADOBE SELF-STORAGE, 1708 South Second Street, Gallup, New Mexico. Unit Number: 103 Name and Last Known Address of Occupant: Charlene Manuelito P. O. Box 131 Tohatchi, NM 87325 Description of Personal Property: High chair, table, space heater, steel shelf, & numerous bags & boxes of items unknown. Unit Number: 120 Name and Last Known Address of Occupant: Christina Gonzalez 309 E. Mesa Gallup, NM 87301 Description of Personal Property: 2 dressers, 2 chests of drawers, nightstand, bed headboard, 2 mattresses, bed frame, Bissell carpet cleaner, cleaning bottles, blanket, & numerous containers, bags & boxes of items unknown. Unit Number: 212 Name and Last Known Address of Occupant: Chris Torrez 813 Rimrock Gallup, NM 87301 Description of Personal Property: Old metal headboard, old crib, HD TV, tools & tool chest, outdoor table, tricycle, Banana bike, suitcase, toys, birdhouse, & numerous bags and boxes of items unknown. Unit Number: 423 Name and Last Known Address of Occupant: Charlene Manuelito P. O. Box 131 Tohatchi, NM 87325 Description of Personal Property: Desk chair, Christmas tree, & numerous bags & boxes of items unknown. Unit Number: 453 Name and Last Known Ad-

dress of Occupant: Gayle Benally P. O. Box 6221 Gallup, NM 87305 Description of Personal Property: Golf bag & clubs, bottles, First Aid kit/bag, end table, 2 box fans, & numerous bags & boxes of items unknown. Unit Number: 526 Name and Last Known Address of Occupant: Natasha Roper 4501 Sprint Blvd., N.E., Apt. 2202 Rio Rancho, NM 87144 Description of Personal Property: Filing cabinet, wire baskets, children’s toys, plastic shelves, aluminum ladder, 2 bulletin boards, space heater, metal shelving unit, & numerous storage bins & boxes of items unknown. Unit Number: 705 Name and Last Known Address of Occupant: Kathleen Lee P. O. Box 27 Window Rock, AZ 86515 Description of Personal Property: Coleman cooler, folding table, bedframe, mattress, crutches, computer screen, suitcases, & numerous bags & boxes of items unknown. The sale or disposition of the above property will be held on Tuesday, the 28th day of August, 2018, at the hour of 10:00 a.m., at ADOBE SELF-STORAGE, 1708 South Second Street, Gallup, New Mexico. The property can be viewed at 9:00 a.m. the day of the sale. The property is subject to the Occupant redeeming the lien prior to the sale. This Notice is being published once a week for two (2) consecutive weeks. 1st Publication Friday, August 10, 2018 2nd Publication Friday, August 17, 2018 *** Pursuant of the New Mexico Self Storage Lien Act, the follow-

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CLASSIFIEDS | FROM PAGE 21 ing Items will be sold or disposed of In order to satisfy a lien for Delinquent rent and/or related Charges. Property is located at: Sunrise Self Storage 3000 W. Hwy 66 and/or 2610 E. Hwy 66 Gallup, NM 87301 Sale will take place TBD Please call 505-722-7989 For more information. Last known Tenant:

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*** State of New Mexico County of McKinley Eleventh Judicial District No. D-1113-CV-2017-00491 Quicken Loans Inc., Plaintiff, v. Matthew Herriman, Defendant. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned Special Master will on September 13, 2018 at 11:00 am, outside the front entrance of the McKinley County Courthouse, 207 W. Hill, Gallup, NM, sell and convey to the highest bidder for cash all the right, title, and interest of the abovenamed defendants in and to the following described real estate located in said County and State: Lot Two-A (2-A) in Block Two (2) of Rocky View Subdivision Unit Two (2), as the same is shown and designated on the replat of the portion of Block Two (2) of said Subdivision filed in the office of the County Clerk of McKinley County, New Mexico on June 17, 1993

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CLASSIFIEDS The address of the real property is 2903 Marcella Cir, Gallup, NM 87301. Plaintiff does not represent or warrant that the stated street address is the street address of the described property; if the street address does not match the legal description, then the property being sold herein is the property more particularly described above, not the property located at the street address; any prospective purchaser at the sale is given notice that it should verify the location and address of the property being sold. Said sale will be made pursuant to the judgment entered on May 1, 2018 in the above entitled and numbered cause, which was a suit to foreclose a mortgage held by the above Plaintiff and wherein Plaintiff was adjudged to have a lien against the above-described real estate in the sum of $82,479.60 plus interest from April 1, 2018 to the date of sale at the rate of 3.875% per annum, the costs of sale, including the Special Master’s fee, publication costs, and Plaintiff’s costs expended for taxes, insurance, and keeping the property in good repair. Plaintiff has the right to bid at such sale and submit its bid verbally or in writing. The Plaintiff may apply all or any part of its judgment to the purchase price in lieu of cash. At the date and time stated above, the Special Master may postpone the sale to such later date and time as the Special Master may specify. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that this sale may be subject to a bankruptcy filing, a pay off, a reinstatement or any other condition that would cause the cancellation of this sale. Further, if any of these conditions exist, at the time of sale, this sale will be null and void, the successful bidder’s funds shall be returned, and the Special Master and the mortgagee giving this notice shall not be liable to the successful bidder for any damages. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the real property and improvements concerned with herein will be sold subject to any and all patent reservations, easements, all recorded and unrecorded liens not foreclosed herein, and

all recorded and unrecorded special assessments and taxes that may be due. Plaintiff and its attorneys disclaim all responsibility for, and the purchaser at the sale takes the property subject to, the valuation of the property by the County Assessor as real or personal property, affixture of any mobile or manufactured home to the land, deactivation of title to a mobile or manufactured home on the property, if any, environmental contamination on the property, if any, and zoning violations concerning the property, if any.

Thoreau, NM 87323 Household items Genevieve Halona P.O. Box 2557 Gallup, NM 87305 Bike, file cabinet, shovels, household items Lorena Mitchell P.O. Box 414 Thoreau, NM 87323 Clothes, shovels, rakes, post hole digger Mary Yazzie 5656 N 17th Ave Apt #F05 Phoenix, AZ 85015 TV, brooms, grill, ice chest, pots, pans, household items

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Jonavin Begay P.O. Box 1722 Tohatchi, NM 87325 Mattress, couch, dryer, household items

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Daniel Lincoln P.O. Box 3496 Window Rock, AZ 86515 Crib, baby stroller, mattress, TV, household items

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Jesse Taliman P.O. Box 1511 Pinon, AZ 86510 Mountain bikes, mop bucket, household items Leonard McCabe P.O. Box 874 Gallup, NM 87305 Couch, mattress, household items

Published: Friday, August 17, 2018 Friday, August 24, 2018 Friday, August 31, 2018 Friday, September 7, 2018 *** NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to the Self-Service Storage Lien Act of the State of New Mexico, Section 48-11-7, that the following personal property will be sold or disposed of in order to satisfy a lien for delinquent rent and/or other related charges. The personal property is located at Aztec Self Storage, 261 N. Hwy 491 Gallup, New Mexico 87301.

Lucille Nelson P.O. Box 3287 Gallup, NM 87305 Household items The sale or disposition of the above property will be held on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at the hour of 10:00 A.M. at 261 N. Hwy 491, Gallup, New Mexico. Items may be viewed on the day of sale only. The property is subject to the Occupant redeeming the lien prior to the sale.

Last Known Address of Tenant: Estar Denny P.O. Box 225 St. Michaels, AZ 86511 Livingroom/bedroom set, kitchen table & chairs, household items Carla Naktewa P.O. Box 398 Zuni, NM 87327 Table, chairs, weights, vacuum Lorena Mitchell P.O. Box 414

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR AUG. 17-23, 2018 FRIDAY, Aug. 17 COMPUTER TRAINING 10:30am-12:30pm @ Main Branch. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. Registration required. Contact (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@gallupnm.gov. This week: Intermediate MS Excel Class. CREATION STATION (AGES 9 AND UP) 2pm @ Children’s Branch. If you’ve ever wanted to make YouTube videos, podcasts, or short films, the Octavia Fellin Library’s “Media Lab” is the place to be. Call (505)726-6120. This week: Creation Station 3D. SATURDAY, Aug. 18 TOUR OF GARDENS Relay for Life Fund Raiser, “Tour of Gardens.” Sponsored by American Cancer Society Relay for Life, “Ups and Down Team.” 8am2pm, join your friends and neighbors. Tickets: $10/ each. Grace Bible church, 222 Boulder Dr. Call (505) 863-5013 STORY TIME (AGES 2-4) 11am @ Children’s Branch. An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement, rhymes, and stories. MONDAY, Aug. 20 COMPUTER CLASS 3-5pm @ Main Branch. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. Registration is required. You may register at the library Front Desk call (505)863-1291 or email libtrain@gallupnm.gov. TUESDAY, Aug. 21 TECH TIME The Gallup Senior Citizen’s Center will host computer classes presented by the library. These classes are specifically designed for anyone 55+ and will teach the basic skills needed to access a computer. There will also be one-on-one help sessions. No registration required. Senior Citizen’s Center call (505)722-4740. MAKER ZONE (6 AND OLDER) 4-5pm @ Children’s Branch. We provide supplies, you supply the ideas. Free. WEDNESDAY, Aug. 22 STORY TIME 10:30am @ Children’s Branch. An active and energetic for toddlers, featuring music, movement, rhymes, CALENDAR

and stories. CREATION STATION (AGES 9 AND UP) 3-4pm @ Children’s Branch. If you’ve ever wanted to make YouTube videos, podcasts or short films the Library’s Media Lab is the place to be. Access to equipment and helpful staff to make your vision a reality. Open Wednesday’s at 3pm and by appointment. Call (505)726-6120. WEDNESDAY NIGHT FILMS 5:30-7pm @ Main Branch. Films play every Wednesday. This week’s film: TBD. Free. COAL AVENUE COMMONS Final Community Workshop. We have THREE DESIGN CONCEPTS—Help us choose! Your vision for Coal Avenue Commons is coming to life. Free and open to the public. 5-7pm, Gallup Cultural center. THURSDAY, Aug. 23 CRAFTY KIDS 4-5pm @ Children’s Branch. Fun crafts for the whole family. This week’s activity: Celebrate Fire Fighter and Create Egg Carton Firetruck. JOB ASSISTANCE WORKSHOP 5-7pm @ Main Branch. The Library provides job assistance workshops for those seeking employment. There will be resume assistance to help with creating and revising resumes, an interview workshop to help relieve the anxiety of job interviewing, and City of Gallup online application assistance. Workshops will run in two-hour sessions. Computers and technical assistance will be available for these sessions. Please bring all work-related documents. All sessions will be drop-in so come anytime in the two hours and receive help. Call (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@gallupnm.gov. This week: Resume/Interview Help. ART123 GALLERY See Gallup’s New Deal art from the perspective of an artist, writer and educator/ historian. Gallup New Deal Art: Guest Curator Talk; 5:30 - 7pm, ART123 Gallery. ONGOING ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Window Rock AA Group meets at Fellowship Hall WR Christian Center across from N.N. Fairgrounds/Wellness Center, Hwy 264, Mondays at 5:45 PM. Closed Speaker

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Meeting, limited to persons who have a desire to stop drinking. We cannot accommodate children. No attendance forms, smartphones. Visit aa-fc.orgfor more info. CELEBRATE RECOVERY A Christ-centered recovery program that will help you heal from the pain of your un-managed hurts, habits and hang-ups. Starts Tuesday, Aug. 14, 6-8pm. Journey Church, 501 S. Third St. (505) 979-0511. CITY OF GALLUP’S SUSTAINABLE GALLUP BOARD Meets on the first Monday from 3-5 pm at the Octavia Fellin Library. When those Mondays are holidays, the meetings are on the following Monday. Community members concerned about conservation, energy, water, recycling and other environmental issues are welcome. Call (505) 722-0039 for information. 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 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) 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. 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 com-

munity 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 Rehoboth 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 gov-

ernment 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) 8621457. SAVE THE DATE GALLUPARTS - ARTSCRAWL LINEUP The entire 2018 lineup is outlined below: September 8 – On the Wild Side; October 13 – Sixth Sense; November 10 – In Black & White; and December 8 – Let’s Have a Ball. THE GALLUP VETERAN’S BENEFIT BALL 2018 On Nov. 2, an evening to honor and say thank you to our local Veterans! Event proceeds will be donated to the local Veterans Helping Veterans organization. Dinner/ Dance (semi-formal dress) Hilton Garden Inn 6-11pm. Tickets can be picked up at Sundance Motors on 1121 N US 491; 10am-5pm. Call (505) 870-5957. There will be a silent auction held the night of the event. All proceeds will be donated to benefit local Veterans Helping Veterans organization. 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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Special Guest Appearance! Actor Wes Studi “Last of the Mohicans,” “Avatar,” and “Dances With Wolves” fame Wes Studi in ‘Hostiles’ (2017)

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For more information: www.gallupfilmfestival.com • Phone: (505) 722-8982 Gallup Film Festival at Gallup Downtown Conference Center Friday August 17, 2018 • Gallup Sun

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