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Odor mitigation costly for Gallup DIRECTOR GIVES OVERVIEW OF PROCESS, COSTS By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor


hor tly a f ter F ra n Palochak was elected as District 4 councilor in April, she went on

a tour of Gallup’s wastewater treatment plant. Little did she know at the time, as she toured the facility, Vince Tovar, director of Gallup Water and Sanitation Department, felt a tinge of


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shame about the pungent odor coming from the plant that has haunted the westside for countless years. “When you visited us, I have to admit that it was embarrassing,” he said, during the City Council meeting Aug. 11. But things are better, for now. Tovar and management company Severn Trent, have engaged in multiple projects to help reduce

and eliminate the odor, but it’s not cheap. He told councilors that he has cleared the air, so to speak, and crews have begun to process the culprit – odor-causing sludge for transfer that will cost an estimated $257,500. He used some technical terms to convey how workers process the stinky sludge from holding tanks. Tovar said it has to be the right biological

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makeup of bacterias and water to process it into a material that can be disposed of at the Thoreau transfer station, so it won’t wreck chemical havoc to the landfill. S i nc e it ’s a c omplex procedure, Tovar explained to the council that it’s not financially sustainable. The estimated cost of sludge removal has a price tag of $320,000 for fiscal year 2015-16, City Attorney George Kozeliski said. Tovar said that workers create a cake like substance, which comprises of 20-25


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Celebrating heritage: 94th Annual Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial

Celebrating Native American Day, the Zuni Student Ambassadors are in full regalia as they dance and march down the street.

Thomas H. Begay, a survivor of Iwo Jima, proudly marches the long, asphalt road of 16-plus blocks, flanked by two flag-bearing, uniformed Marines.

Aztec woman showcases her colorful headdress and regalia.

The American Legion, Teddy Weahkee Post of Zuni, is a regular participant in the annual parade.

Staff Report Photos by Tom Hartsock

C Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye is greeted warmly by Gallup Mayor Jackie McKinney.


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u lt u r a l t ie s o n ly grow stronger. The 94th Annual Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial celebrates the culture of indigenous groups – both local and afar – with families and

friends sharing and showcasing their traditional attire, dances and customs during parades, dances and/or powwows. The photos on this page w e r e t a ke n d u r i n g t h e Ceremonial parade in downtown Gallup Aug. 8. As for the business of the Ceremonial, the Gallup City

Council waived the nearly $61,000 in fees the Ceremonial racked up for usage of Red Rock Park Aug. 5-9, and councilors vowed to get even more involved in supporting the event in the years to come when they met


This Aztec warrior pounds out the beat on a massive drum pulled by another man.

INFR tour rodeo component of the five-day Ceremonial Rodeo attracted about 600 contestants from places such as Montana, South Dakota and Colorado. “It was a great rodeo. It was a

Aztec dancers in their ferocious attire assume a position of warrior, wowing the crowd with their beautiful headdresses.


for their regular meeting Aug. 11. Executive Director Hilda Bowman didn’t have the financial report ready to present to the council to show how the five day event faired, but she thanked city workers and the council for their support. She noted that the

great Ceremonial,” she said. Kahlaya Rose McKinney ( Di ne, Pa iut e, Mu skogee Creek) of Shiprock, NM was crowned Ceremonial Queen for 2015-2016.

ONE THE COVER, FROM LEFT … 1. A young Aztec dancer moves proudly past the spectators lining the streets. 2. A young man fancy dancer demonstrates his fast footwork during the parade. 3. One of the many princesses in the parade, Kyla Bitsie, won the honor in the Central Baby Pageant.

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City Council condemns troubled property the project, but thought the unwelcoming red tagged status meant no one was allowed on the property. That confusion has since cleared up. Community Planner C.B. Strain said the the red-tagged status “means they can’t live in the house.” As of press time, City Attorney George Kozeliski said that Strain was out of town. It’s not clear whether Louis Rocco or a family member has filed an appeal.

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home located at 705 W. Aztec Ave is slated for demolition, but owner and Utah resident Louis Rocco has 10 days to file an appeal, which could delay the razing of the property. The City Council voted unanimously to condemn the home Aug. 11. According to city documents, the request for cleanup began in 2012, with warnings and citations to follow in the years to come. And it’s not only an eyesore to residents living in that area, it’s also a public safety issue. A Metro Dispatch log shows that between Jan. 1, 2009 - March 31, 2015, police were dispatched to the location 74 times. Domestic violence, attempted suicide, auto accident with injuries, and property damages comprised of the activities that filled the log. Located in District 4, the property, estimated to be worth about $59,000, has been on Councilor Fran Palochak’s mind for some time. “I have people calling me about the property pretty regularly,” she said. During Code Enforcement Officer Toby Tafoya’s May 20 inspection, he noted that the structure is unsafe to

City Council voted Aug. 11 to condemn this home located at 705 W.Aztec Ave. It’s considered a public nuisance and eyesore, in addition to a safety issue as police have been called out to the property 74 times since 2009. Photo Credit: Wil Kee

live in, flush with weeds and unsanitary. He recommended condemnation on his notice. Photos submitted with the report show obscene graffiti, boarded windows and doors, unidentifiable trash, and some structural damages to the home. Rocco’s daughter, Rochelle Rocco, pleaded with the council to extend her the opportunity to fix up the place – 30 to 60 days. She broke into tears, saying that she now has the cash to fix the home and wants her ailing father to see it back in shape, before he passes away. “I just want my dad to see that it could be a rental,” she said. “I recently straightened out my act.” Mayor Jackie McKinney empathized

with Rochelle Rocco, but explained that the council’s hands are tied. To add, she doesn’t possess power of attorney over her father’s estate. “Your intent is good,” he said. “We have no legal basis to give an extension.” Councilor Allan Landavazo told Rocco, and her boyfriend, who briefly spoke about their intent to clean up the property, that the work needed done goes beyond some simple patchwork. He said it needs new windows, running water and electricity – a major overhaul. “ T h at ’s not goi ng to get it ,” Landavazo said. “It has to be a complete makeover.” Rochelle Rocco also told the council that she had wanted to get started on

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Begaye to hold EPA accountable for toxic spill By Rick Abasta, Press Officer Office of the President & Vise President


I N D OW R O C K , Ariz.—Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye announced that he intends to take legal action against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the massive release of mine waste into the Animas River near Silverton, Colorado. Begaye made this announcement on Aug. 8 at the Shiprock Chapter House, which was packed to capacity with concerned community members living along the San Juan River. “They are not going to get away with this,” he said of the destructive impact to natural habitats and ecosystems that traditional Navajo culture relies on. He said the sludge has migrated into the San Juan River and is wending through the Navajo Nation. The plume is expected to reach Lake Powell by Wednesday. “The EPA was right in the middle of the disaster and we intend to make sure the Navajo Nation recovers every dollar it spends cleaning up this mess and every dollar it loses as a result of injuries to our precious Navajo natural resources,” he said. “I have instructed Navajo Nation Department of Justice to take immediate action against the EPA to the fullest extent of the law to protect Navajo families and resources,” he added. “The EPA also needs to fund an independent lab onsite for real time monitoring of chemicals that may migrate into our irrigation or public water system,” Begaye said. STORIES OF STRUGGLE AND SURVIVAL

On the evening of Aug. 8, at the Shiprock Chapter, President Begaye and Vice President Nez encouraged the public to remain safe and stay away from the San Juan River as the plume of contamination nears. President Begaye said the Nation will pursue legal action. Photo Credit: Rick Abasta

The chapter members were very appreciative that Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez met with them in this moment of crisis as the plume of contamination approached their community. The community shared their stories of struggle and survival along the river and underscored just how important farming and ranching is to their way of life and the economy of the region. Shiprock is one of the largest farming communities on the Nation and it relies heavily upon irrigation from the San Juan to supply its many farms with water. Navajo EPA will be conducting independent tests on the water and sediment quality and the Nation will utilize the data that is gathered for their own investigation on the contamination. The plume is estimated to be traveling at four miles per hour. Harlan Cleveland of Navajo Nation Department of Emergency Management said the contaminated water plume reached Farmington at 8:10 a.m. on Aug. 8 and joined the San Juan River. The plume is more than 80 miles long. Several communities have

President Begaye, Vice-President Nez and Navajo Nation EPA officials toured the Gold King Mine in Colorado Aug. 9. Pictured is one of four settlement ponds – the first settlement pond from the spill to capture the sludge. Photo Credit: Courtesy of NNOPVP


stopped pumping water from the river and San Juan County has issued an emergency declaration and closed the river until further notice. Rex Koontz, deputy general manager of Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, stated in a press release that NTUA water systems from

Farmington to Beclabito are “fed from a different system isolated from the San Juan River.” The Navajo Nation irrigation systems ceased pulling water from the river earlier this week. SAN JUAN RIVER IS THEIR LIFELINE President Begaye said the U.S. EPA must provide affected tribal members water for drinking, irrigation, and livestock. In addition, hay and feed will also be needed for livestock. “The San Juan River is their lifeline. We want full disclosure on what chemicals were released into the river. We understand cleanup will take decades. We demand cleanup of this water and the sediments of our affected rivers immediately,” Begaye said. Navajo farmers pumped water for their cattle, sheep and horses. Others fished the river and explored it recreationally. “We’re not talking about a small

population or area like Farmington. We have Navajo families affected from Upper Fruitland all the way to Lake Powell,” he said. The Navajo Nation is larger than 10 U.S. states and is the size of West Virginia. The San Juan River courses through much of the northern region of the Nation and feeds into the Colorado River, which also traverses the vast tribal territory. CHILDHOOD MEMORIES OF CONTAMINATION During his childhood, Begaye lived along the banks of the San Juan River. One year, he remembered the fish were dying and floating to the surface. He jumped into the river with others to investigate further. “The river smelled for weeks. Fish were dying along the riverbank. No one ever told us what happened, how the fish died or if it would impact our health years later. To this day, nobody told us. That will not happen this time,” he said.

Gold King Mine Spill’s ground water investigated in NM SEDIMENTS LEFT BEHIND By Allison Scott Majure Communications Director NM Environment Department


ARMINGTON– Seven well water testing teams were deployed by the New Mexico Environment Department in concert with the Environmental Protection Agency to test domestic water wells near the Animas River which flows through Farmington and Aztec, New Mexico Aug. 11.  “Although the Gold King Mine Spill’s heavy metals plume has mostly passed through the area, the sediments left behind are capable of inf luencing groundwater quality,” New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn said. “We are operating with an abundance of caution, on behalf of New Mexicans’ health and safety, by advising that no water from San Juan County’s domestic wells or from the Animas River be used for bathing, cooking, drinking, or for watering livestock or crops. We want to be certain that domestic well water is safe and that Animas River water is safe, before we would evaluate

lifting our water quality safety precautions.” The Animas River is the site of the heavy metals wastewater plume that flowed from EPA’s Gold King Mine spill of August 5. Te a m s o f s c i e n t i s t s , engineers, and technicians h ave fa n ned out a cro s s San Juan County this week to test domestic wells for hydrogeological properties such as elevation and conductivity in relation to those wells’ ability to transmit contamination from the plume, or from the sediments left in its wake. In addition, water samples from these same wells are being collected and tested for heavy metals by conducting laboratory analysis with initial results expected tomorrow, then throughout the week. The Environment Department is also operating a walk-in water testing station every day at the San Juan County Fair, located near the Sheriff’s office from 8 am – 5 pm through Saturday. Gov. Su sa na Ma r t i nez declared a state of emergency yesterday with an Executive Order, freeing up $750,000 in state funds for water well testing, for evaluating the potential long-term effects

of the spill, for support of the state’s multi-agency response team, and for other mitigation and response efforts that become necessary in the future. These funds are in addition to the $500,000 in state emergency funds that Flynn secured from the Hazardous Waste Emergency Fund last Friday. Meanwhile, the Environment Department’s results from well testing in the Animas floodplain indicate that the specific conductivity for ground water is higher than the river water’s specific conductivity. This means that it is likely that the floodplain ground water feeds the river flow and the threat of contamination of wells is reduced. However the Environment Department’s water quality safety precautions remain in place for San Juan County. The Environment Department continues gathering samples from San Juan County’s Animas & San Juan River and has posted the preliminary results of those tests. www. Also posted are EPA’s publicly released data of Colorado’s Cement Creek and the Upper Animas River. Visit: NMEDRiverWaterSafety. org

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WEEKLY CRIME BLOTTER By Kimberly Gaona Sun Correspondent

RAMAH, NM Dea n Miller, 45, of La s Vegas, NV was attempting to deliver products to the Family Dollar store in Ramah Aug. 10, when he saw a red Jeep blocking the deliver y doorway. When he “kindly” asked the driver to move his vehicle, the man grabbed his genitals and then accused Miller of “coming onto him.” The suspect is described as a Native American male in his 20’s with glasses. The clerk at the store told McKinley C o u n t y S h e r i f f ’s O f f i c e Deputy Robert Turney that he had been parked “for a long time.”

GAMERCO MC S O D e pu t y A r t hu r Rahimi took a property damage report Aug. 8 on Rust Ave. According to the report, the complainant told Rahimi that her roommate’s ex-boyfriend came knocking at the door. When they refused to let him in, “he got upset and used both of his fists to break the outside pane to the east facing window of the residence.” Rahimi was unable to find the suspect.

JAMESTOWN, NM MCSO Deputy Lasheena Johnson towed a vehicle and took a man to Gallup Detox after Refinery Firefighters were able to get the vehicle tu r ned of f. Dev i n Olea r y, 24, displayed some signs of intoxication, there was no odor of intoxicating beverage a nd a por table breath test showed .0 0. A not her employee told Johnson that Oleary had been driving on the wrong side of the road a nd had “a l most ra n i nto some poles near the parking lot.”

NORTH SIDE BUSINESS DISTRICT A man was found severely beaten in the hills behind the Rio West Mall Aug. 8. Weston Yazzie, 33, of Ganado, Ariz. was taken to a local hospital and then later f lown to a hospita l in A lbuquerque due to the injuries that he sustained, according to the report filed by MCSO Deputy Johnson Lee. Gallup Police Department first responded and Yazzie told them, according to the report, that he was beaten up by two men and had been lying in the hills “since before the sun came up.”

Two mothers found intoxicated, arrested By Kimberly Gaona Sun Correspondent


h e G a l lu p Pol ic e Department arrested two mothers a fter t h e y fo u n d t h e m intoxicated in the care of their children.

WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER FIGHT WITH KIDS, PARENTS GPD Officer Charles Steele a r r e s t e d R e b e c c a Ha r r ison, 32, Ju ly 29 a f ter being called to the residence on Clark Ave. to investigate a domestic dispute which had turned physical. “Upon my arrival – the front door was open and we could hear commotion,” Steele said in his report. “The front screen door had what appeared to be blood smears along the glass.” In the back room, they found Douglas Harrison, 57, of Window Rock, Ariz. holding down Rebecca. Her mother Geri was emotional and crying. Dougla s a nd Ger i told police that when they came into the residence, they saw that Rebecca was upset and saw her slap one of her children in the face.

WESTSIDE | FROM PAGE 3 percent sludge and water mixture. Given the high water content, it’s costly to transport the heavy mixture to the landfill. He’s calling on the private sector to “propose sustainable sludge management options,” as stated in his slideshow presentation he gave councilors. In order to explore private sector offerings, city purchasing will need to send out a Request for Proposals to companies that offer this type of disposal service. The challenge is to also reduce the build up of sludge through “Proposed Digester Aeration Modifications.” These modifications, Tovar’s slideshow presentation stated, “Will ‘Reduce’


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“Douglas told her not to hit her kids like that and Rebecca then turned on him,” Steele said. The blood on the glass came from Geri’s arm, according to the report, when the argument turned physical. The three children, ages seven months, six and 11, were found outside in the grandparents vehicle. They reportedly told police that her mother was drinking and that she had hit the six year old child and “lightly slapped” the seven month old “on the facial cheeks.” “None of the children had visible injuries to them,” Steele said in his report. Rebecca was arrested for two counts of child abuse, a third degree felony and one count of battery on a household member against her mother.

Alma Bahe, 34, of Ga llup wa s a r rested by GPD Officer L u ke M a r t i n after she was fo u n d t o b e three times over the legal driving limit while breastfeeding her four month old son. The father of the child called the police and asked them to do a welfare check on his son at the mother’s

residence on Ryan Lane Aug. 6. Mar tin and Officer A ndrea Tsosie went to the residence where they could not get a nyone to come to t he door. A w it nes s, who had been at the residence e a r l ie r, a l s o t ol d p ol ic e that Bahe had been drinking, carr ying the child and breastfeeding. “Two female individuals later opened the front door and were identified as Cory Chee and Courtney Billie,” Martin said in his report. “Ms. Chee and Ms. Billie were intoxicated and advised that the child was in the bedroom with Ms. Bahe who was asleep.” Bahe was found there with the baby, who was breastfeeding, according to the report. Officers saw various alcoholic beverages lying around the room. “All the adults in the residence were intoxicated and did not appear to be capable of caring for the four month old child,” Martin said. Bahe was arrested, and the child, although not showing any signs of injury, was taken to a local hospital for an exam. The child was released to his father. Bahe was taken to the McKinley County Adult Detention Center where she was given a breathalyzer, results of .26. She was charged with abandonment/abuse of a child.

volatile portion of sludge and lower landfill transport costs.” B u t it ’s no t j u s t t he wastewater treatment plant that’s the cause of the odor. During a phone interview Aug. 13, Tovar said that crews are in the process of repairing aged and eroded sewer lines by installing PVC piping and new sewer lining to help cut down on the odor that’s being perpetuated by a perfect brew of methane and hydrogen sulfate. It’s sulfuric acid, however, that Tovar said is causing the sewer to erode in areas. The updates and maintenance are expensive, and it’s costing the city about $500,000 per year, Tovar said. Another longterm goal that will cut down expenses, he

said, is to reduce the chemicals poured into the waste so healthy bacterias can do their job alone in breaking down the sewage. “Everything is about the odor,” he said. “I am hoping we can reduce or eliminate the chemical input into the system in two to three years.” The city is also in the early planning stages of moving the treatment plant five miles west of its current location. It would likely involve an agreement with the Navajo Nation and be larger in scope compared to the current plant. It’s something that brought a smile to Palochak’s face during the council meeting, and a sentiment she can pass onto her constituents. “We’ve done our time,” she said. “It’s time to move it.”



Uncover narcotics agents bust alleged drug dealers By Kimberly Gaona Sun Correspondent


wo more people have been arrested on various d r ug cha rges due to the diligence and hard work of undercover narcotics agents. The agent responsible for the latest arrests, hereby referred to as Agent, was met with in a secure undisclosed location. The Gallup Sun does not disclose the identity of undercover officers.

TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO DRUG ARREST According to t he a r rest wa rra nt, f i led by Agent, Ga llup Police Department Officer Matthew Graham responded to La Cima Dr. Jan. 29 to check on a male who was reportedly “slumped over the steering wheel.” “Patrol got called out for someone who was down and out in a vehicle, they arrested

him for being under the influence,” Agent said. While Nassar Hamayel, 23, of Gallup was being placed under arrest, Graham noticed that Hamayel’s nose and fingertips were black. The arrest warrant says that while Graham was getting the vehicle inventoried for a tow, he discovered what appeared to be narcotics in the vehicle. The vehicle was sealed and towed for evidence until a search warrant could be obtained. Agent secured a search warrant Feb. 2 and various agents searched the vehicle. A pill box labeled “oxycontin,” “green leafy substance” in a white bag and “dark, tar like substance wrapped in white plastic having the appearance of heroin” were located in the vehicle. Known drug paraphernalia was also found in the vehicle. The “oxycontin” held 37 pills with “OP” on them as well as 38 pills with “XANAX” on them. The prescription bottle was not prescribed to Hamayel. The suspected narcotics were sent to a lab in Santa Fe where a report was returned June 30 confirming that the

“oxycontin” pills were oxycodone. The dark tar substance tested positive for heroin and the green leafy substance tested positive for tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. Based on the lab’s findings, Agent was able to obtain an arrest warrant for Hamayel and he was served at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center Aug. 6. “He wa s about to get released and we served him at the jail,” Agent said. Hamayel had a charge of trafficking Jan. 7, where he went in front of Magistrate Judge April Silversmith. That charge was transferred to District Court March 19 to Judge Rober t A ragon. A n arraignment was held March 27. Hamayel will be answering to the charge of felony possession Aug. 21 in District Court.

AGENTS ARE WATCHING After undercover agents coordinated a buy from Ruth Garcia, 31, of Gallup, watched the buy and then sent the bought narcotics off to a lab in Santa Fe, they had the evidence

WEEKLY DWI REPORT By Kimberly Gaona Sun Correspondent Tommy Nelson, 52, PO Box Gallup Aug. 11, 12:10 am 6th DWI McK inley C o u n t y Sheriff’s Office Deput y Jef f Marez arrested Nelson on his s i x t h DW I , m a k i n g it a felony charge. According to Marez’s report, he was behind Nelson while driving south on Highway 491. Marez watched as the vehicle stopped after the intersection of 491 and Jefferson. “I first thought the truck was trying to get me to rear end him, but then the truck started to travel southbound again at a slow rate of speed,” Marez said in his report. Marez stopped the vehicle and saw visible signs of NEWS

intoxication. After several failed field sobriety tests, he placed Nelson under arrest. According to the report, Nelson had five prior DWI arrests and was on the felony list, per Metro Dispatch. He was taken for a blood draw and then to ail where he was charged with the felony DWI, revoked driver’s license, open container and stopping, standing or parking in the roadway. Kevin Beach, 36, Navajo, NM Aug. 2, 11 pm G a l l u p Police Officer Chaz Troncoso was responding to a hit and run when he wa s told by Metro that the victim was following the suspect vehicle, which had left the scene of the crash in the area of Highway 602 and Park Ave. He caught up with

the vehicles and was able to get the vehicle pulled over at Leisure Laundry on North Highway 491. Beach was in the driver’s seat and showed signs of intoxication, but would not admit to being involved in a vehicle collision, saying that he just got picked up and started driving. The victim of the crash told Troncoso that they had followed the vehicle from the crash site and it did not stop to pick anybody up. After failing several field sobriety tests, and telling Troncoso, “I’m drunk,” Beach was arrested for DWI. He was taken for a breathalyzer test, results were .19, .18 (over twice the legal limit). He was charged with DWI, vehicle entering h ig hway, d r iver’s l icense suspended or revoked, open container in a motor vehicle, duration of evidence (insurance), registration exhibit on demand, and leaving the scene of an accident.

that they needed to secure an arrest warrant. The narcotics did test positive for containing methamphetamine. The arrest warrant was signed Aug. 7. That same day, agents saw Garcia leaving her known residence on North Third Street and driving to Pep Boys, where a traffic stop was made. She admitted to having a “bubble” on her person. “Based on affiants training and experience a ‘bubble’ is a glass pipe that is round like a bubble at the end which is used for smoking controlled substances,” Agent said in the search warrant. Garcia was placed under arrest for the warrant, charges of distribution of a controlled substance and a K-9 unit was utilized to check the vehicle. “K9 Officer T. Peyketewa advised his K9 ‘Jayco’ did show interest on the left front door but did not alert on the vehicle,” Agent said in the warrant. While preparing the vehicle to be towed, an inventory was being done and Agent located

suspected narcotics. The inventory ceased was secured and taken in as evidence until a search warrant could be secured. The search warrant was signed Aug. 11. In the vehicle, agents located a “white plastic baggie with glass shard like substance” inside the lipstick case of a purse. “We did a traffic stop on her, we found [possible] meth on her person, got a search warrant for her vehicle and found some more [possible] meth,” Agent said. The suspected narcotics will be sent to the lab for positive identification. Garcia has already plead guilty to trafficking stemming from a March 16 charge, which was transferred to District Court. On May 4, Garcia plead guilty in front of Judge Louis DePauli Jr., where she was granted a conditional discharge and given supervised probation for 12 months. Magistrate Judge Kenneth Howard signed an order setting conditions of release Aug. 11. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 19.

DWI Suspected in Rollover Crash

Gallup police responded to the block of 2522 East Historic Hwy 66 for a possible DWI rollover crash late evening, Aug 12. According to Sgt. Montoya of GPD, a 2004 Chevy Avalanche driven by a 22-year-old Native American male, who was possibly under the influence, was driving eastbound on Highway 66 when he lost control of the vehicle, ran over the sidewalk, took out two cement poles, and flipped the vehicle. There were three adults and two children under five years old. The driver was booked and sent to jail. No one was injured in the rollover, and the children were not in proper car seats. Another male was booked for being belligerent. Photo Credit: Dee Velasco Gallup Sun • Friday August 14, 2015


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L BUQU ERQU E – New Mex ico Attorney General Hector Balderas convened the first meeting of the Multidisciplinar y Violent Crime Review Team at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque Aug. 5. Attorney General Balderas and Julie Benner, wife of Rio Rancho Police Officer Gregg Nigel Benner, opened the meeting attended by agency heads to review Andrew Romero’s background and violent history leading up to the homicide of Officer Benner. The third phase of the Multidisciplinary Violent Crime Review Team will include Community Heroes like Mrs. Benner. “Today is a critical step forward in working to make New Mexico a safer place for our children, families and law enforcement,” Balderas said. “The violent, inexcusable death of Officer Benner was a sentinel event and the breaking point for public consciousness about how our systems intervene with habitual and violent offenders. The Andrew Romero case is an opportunity to learn, an opportunity to strengthen, and an opportunity to improve our systems and our system responses. I want to thank Mrs. Benner and all of our esteemed participants for their commitment to improving public safety in New Mexico.” The AG has gathered agency heads to participate in a review of Andrew Romero’s background

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and violent history leading up to the homicide. The goal of this comprehensive review is to find and implement systematic improvements to benefit the state and the criminal justice system. However, the formation of this review team is not intended to be reactionary to one case. The team is expected to continue meeting through the end of the year in this three-tiered review process.










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letter signed by a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators and Representatives from New Mexico and Colorado is urging President Barack Oba ma to d i rect federa l resources to the Animas River spill cleanup. Among these resources is a call for a coordinated response to the disaster. The Environmental Protection

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Agency has been criticized by state and local governments for not prov id i ng t i mely communication on the spill and its impact on the area. The spill happened after a t ea m work i ng for t he EPA accidentally released three million gallons of toxic water from an abandoned mine near Silverton, Colo. into a nearby creek. The sickly orange plume traveled down the creek to the Animas River, eventually

reaching New Mexico and then Utah. The letter asks for help in addressing the lack of potable water in some affected areas in the short-term. “The federal government needs to work with state, tribal, and local governments t o pr ov ide a nd pay for supplemental water as needed for bot h d r i n k i ng wat er supplies a nd agr icultura l operations,” the letter states. It also ask for help on more long-term issues in the area. “In the long-term, while we understand that the EPA is starting to move forward with a claims reimbursement process, we need to ensure that this process is comprehensive and includes sufficient resources to cover all costs incurred by states, counties, tribes, and local municipalities, as well as local businesses and agricultural producers,” the letter says. U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D -N.M., Ma r ti n Hei n r ich, D -N.M., M ich a el Ben net , D-Colo., and Cory Gardner, R-Colo., signed onto the letter along with U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., and Scott Tipton, R-Colo. T h e le t t e r c o m e s o n t h e s a m e d a y t h e E PA Administrator Gina McCarthy visited the Four Corners area and the Animas River.

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OPINIONS Maybe We Should Eliminate All Symbols of Socialism By Joe Schaller


allup’s PCP (politically correct police) recently created a fervor of outrage by taking umbrage to a tiny Buddhist symbol of peace (as well as other benign historical uses), a sawaustika, placed among other symbols on the Spaniard coat of arms El Morro Theater logo. It looks like a propeller or whirligig to me but apparently some associate it with the German symbol of National Socialism, the swastika, although backwards. The city

On the left is the short-lived El Morro Theater logo, which caused a social media controversy until city officials pulled it. Now all that remains is the theater’s name. Photo Credit: City of Gallup

reacted quickly, amending the perceived micro-aggression by removing the entire coat of arms, leaving only the lettering. There has been a long tradition of iconoclastic forceful elimination of symbols


of oppression, both political and religious, from 8th Century Hindu temples to numerous regimes such as the Russian communist revolution to present day political correctness in America. Intimidation by

way of witch hunts and lynch mobs are also effective ways of eliminating symbols. Allow me to hop aboard the bandwagon of political correctness for a little while. What exactly does the Nazi swastika represent? The uber-liberal National Socialist Party aka Nazi in 1930s Germany supported gun control, abortion, euthanasia, nationalized labor unions, universal health care, environmental justice and regulation, expropriation of property for the common good, public school propaganda and indoctrination, politicized media, affirmative action, heavy progressive taxation, redistribution of wealth and crony corporatism (economic fascism), while opposing free market capitalism and individual freedoms. The requirement for enacting socialist policies is a commitment to force. Ever



LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Now that we are in the New Moon, Leo, you have to work on letting go of balls and chains that hold you back from being productive. Such as that daily $10 per day designer energy drink habit. It gets you so hopped up that you think that you can do trick dance moves that otherwise would be reserved for someone in tiptop shape. Avoid injuries, out with the old and in with the new.

The New Moon has finally arrived Scorpio, to help lift you from your fog. You’re free to focus on your workout regimen, your career, getting the kids squared away for back to school if you own such creatures, and to get that massage you have been hankering for. Whatever your focus, you can proceed with the clarity of new glasses. You see everything well and you’re centered.

Feeling under the microscope these days? It’s not any fun to be evaluated, despite what employers or self-help gurus may say. Although some insight from other folks doesn’t hurt matters any, if Aquarius is feeling sensitive, which is likely the case with you under the New Moon, your feelings are likely to get hurt. Pamper yourself … water bearer needs a new pair of shoes!

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

No energy bar or drink or high priced coffee drink is going to zap you with the motivation you need to get your rear in gear. Lift your bull-head high and prance like the fighter that lurks inside, but got away because of summer time blues or partying. Don’t think about it or you’ll freeze. Just start taking the necessary baby steps and you’ll be rocking and rolling in no time.

If there is a God Zeus, he’s likely a happy deity, blessing us with rainstorms, thunder and lightening. Virgo, consider any recent setbacks as storms that you can endure and that will pass, leaving your knowledge pasture all the more greener. Consider chaos your friend, a learning experience. But don’t be fickle and forget this lightening bolt of wisdom.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

If you’re a cowboy or cowgirl, then you must have dominated the rodeo. Not familiar with the young man that won the high point, all-around Ceremonial Rodeo trailer, but I bet a “Sag” was a contender for sure. Like a true champ, you have tenacity and focus. If you’re not feeling confident due to an overly sensitive demeanor, push yourself to try something new.

Pisces is the king/queen of his/her environment. Maybe you’re trying to get caught up on some work at the Safeway Starbucks, and this lady starts doing her yoga moves with her back facing you. She kicks up a leg to pull it back for a stretch. She doesn’t hit you, but you don’t want to see the bottom of her dirty shoe. You ignore her, looking the other way – like a true and tolerant sage.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

This past week you may feel deserted by so-called friends. It’s tough when you’re trying to have a summer to remember. The harder you try, the more likely you will run into the vampire types, eager to suck you dry of energy. Don’t let energy vampires take your happiness away. Imagine an imaginary bubble – a crystal ball – protecting your valuable, positive energy from suckers.

Even Capricorn feels despair from time to time. Maybe you didn’t get into the classes you wanted this semester or get the haircut you desired. Relax, these feelings of despair are temporary. What underlies the dark mood, is perfectionism. Lower expectations and ask yourself, “How important is it that I let little things consume my happiness?” Now smile and move on.

Hope is in the heart of Aries these days. Everyone is getting ready for the fall, even though it’s still summer. You’re sensitive to the change of seasons and looking forward to what the future brings. To escape, read a book, perhaps some old literature like Sherlock Holmes or Dracula. It will enrich your mind, and get you out of town with having to leave your home.


GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Gemini is happy to please others, but it’s getting to the point of exhaustion. It’s not like there is really two of you, but sometimes you behave like you have super twin power energy and can be there for everyone. Get real. There isn’t enough time to do everything you want and do it effectively. Give the twin, in spirit, a break. Take yourselves to the mall, spa or for a pedicure.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) Hi crab, it’s not easy to make decisions to move forward, but that’s what a New Moon is all about. Time to free yourself from the net of confusion and claw your way to clarity. It’s time that you take some “me time” to contemplate the ocean of life. Often times, we go through the motions in life without really stopping to take time and evaluate our present situation.

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Missionaries find a welcome in Gallup Story and photos by Tom Hartsock


a l lup ha s a lways welcomed visitors, of any rank or significance down to the utterly desperate. Some arrive in expensive cars, some in beat up jalopies, but all find a welcome that in the writer’s experience is not always easy to find in other venues. The road to Gallup for most has been Historic Route 66, up until the time I-40 was finished. For Dave Pickett, his personal road was not nearly as wide or straight before he came here. It was a friend from Sri Lanka – a former Hindu priest converted to Christianity – that first sparked the interest of Pickett to this area. Dave had traveled through before, taking a road trip from Oklahoma to Los Angeles on the Mother-road, or what was left of it at that time. The friend gets the credit for telling him that he should minister here. Even that roadway was not as smooth as some had it. As a youngster he had attended Sunday School with his brother – the parents did not make the effort – when he began to feel a separation from God and distanced himself even more. By the time Pickett was 17, he had joined the Royal Marines and put all thoughts of God away and set out to enjoy what life had to offer. Tours of duty in Northern Ireland, Malaysia, and the Falkland Islands hardened his heart and he knew this was not what he or God wanted for his life. His only prayer during that

Dave Pickett, the leader of Beacon Mission.

period of his life was a variation of the Soldier’s Prayer, “God, get me out of this in one piece, and I will come to church!” Promises like that are seldom kept, as humans continually ask for help but seldom respond in kind. It’s often been said that even if a miracle occurs, the humans are too busy patting themselves on the back rather than bending a thankful knee in praise to a God they cannot see. Such was Pickett’s life. During one of his times at home, his wife Alice informed him that she had become a Christian, and he could see the change in her. But he did not want to change himself, so he kept his distance from God, content if not satisfied with the military. When he was medically discharged from the Marines he found his entire previous life changing, and he had no control over it, it seemed to him. He began talking to Christians about their faith and was able to regain some control through the power of belief. “Did I have to change?’ he asks in his pamphlet. “Or to follow rules?”

Traveling missionaries from England gather in front of a mural for a group picture, minus three of their members who remained behind nearby, talking and praying for those in need. This year’s 14-member group of three married couples and single individuals have made the trip to show others the love and need we all have for a higher power.

He realized the answer was no, that Christianity is about more than the “Do nots” and other strict guidelines that so many churches demand and so few parishioners enjoy. Instead it is about grace, freedom and a relationship with God that allows Him to lead you to others. Dave’s testimonial is lived on a regular basis, as he and the group he brings with him follow his example. Visiting during the Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial allows them to contact more people, and in addition to talking to those in the jails, or the downtrodden

that walk the streets of Gallup and other nearby areas, Beacon Mission interacts with persons of different faiths to spread the word of the Bible, that you can be forgiven and that God loves and cares for you. Pickett is a graduate of Regents Theological College in Malvern, England and had been ordained as a minister by Elim Pentecostal. He established an independent congregation, the Thundersley Congregational Church in Essex. His passion led to the start of Beacon Mission, and his involvement in this area began in 2007. That was when he led a team to visit

and become involved in a less pious, less sanctimonious, and more loving field of work, where many had come before with different messages of salvation on their terms. Dave’s message is more simple, God Loves You, expressed symbolically with a cross, a heart, and the letter U. He writes about his own decision in the mini-pa mphlet his group carries to distribute to others with the same need. For more infor ma t i o n : w w w. t h e b e a c o n . o r g o r fa c e b o o k . c o m / thundersleycongregational.

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suffering and genocide of countless millions of mankind, all with the good intentions of social justice. I suppose it’s reasonable for us to eliminate all historical as well as modern symbols and connections to socialism. We shouldn’t stop with just those symbols resembling swastikas, communist hammer and sickles or socialist mass murderers the likes of Che Guevara and Mao Tsetung though. The Confederate flag has recently been banned since it is perceived by many to represent racism and the oppression of slavery. Why not eliminate all pro-slavery symbols of all the cults and parties, which have supported multicultural racial segregation? One massive organization in America was pro-slavery, creator of racist Jim Crow laws, responsible for all three incarnations of the Ku Klux Klan, opposed all civil rights legislation into the mid-1960s and then

proceeded to enslave Americans in welfare dependency which led to devastating impacts to black and American Indian families, creating a vicious cycle of poverty. That organization was and is the Democratic Party. Combined with their socialist agenda there lies a strong argument to eliminate all historical symbols associated with democrats. Should not political correctness demand it? Where’s the PCP? PC outrage is selective to a particular sociopolitical ideology though and I have likely jeopardized my chair position on the PC bandwagon of intolerance. Stark and inconvenient reality takes a back seat on that bus. Hopefully there won’t be any outrage over perceived Hispanic stereotypes, cultural appropriation or micro-aggressions associated with ‘el morro.’ To play it safe the city might just want to go with ‘THEATER.’ OPINIONS

COMMUNITY Artist/Collector Sandoval’s house of treasures Story and Photos by Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent


rom the outside, the modest house on the north side of Gallup is unremarkable, but inside are works of love collected over the years by Lester Sandoval. One of his larger possessions was featured in a recent article in the Gallup Sun three weeks ago; the customized 1993 4-WD GMC1500, a work of art that is the centerpiece of the regular Sunday afternoon car show at Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe. There is more to Sandoval than just one award-winning vehicle, although, one wall of his small living room is stacked with trophies and pictures of his truck. The ‘more’ becomes evident before even crossing the

threshold of his front door, where the visitor is greeted by a small piece of his art hanging over the entrance – a small set of deer antlers made from the roots of tall pines near Summit, just west of Window Rock. Inside are more of these roots, some finished and some not, that he has turned into shelves and wall decorations through his hard work. These are his personal belongings and these works have provided resting places for more of his collections, obtained piecemeal over several decades. Antique Roadshow should schedule a day, or a week, just to visit this varied collection. “It’s not easy to find and clean the roots from these large trees that have blown over, exposing the tangled designs that I like to work with,” said the Gallup-born Sandoval.

A piece of art resembling deer horns greets visitors to the house of Lester Sandoval.

“Cleaning out the rocks and dirt from them, brushing on

A cupboard of collectibles in glass, except for the figurines on the top, which are all music boxes.

A decorative stand, embellished by a hide with a buffalo painted on it, greets the visitor just inside the doorway of Lester Sandoval’s house.


layers of varnish - four or five that soak through to the very core - and creating pieces I can use to add small shelves takes

a long time.”


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of Gallup for 27 years. During this time Gerald received a medal of valor for his life saving actions during flooding in the early 90s. He also mentored/trained many officers over these years and was always ready to lend a helping to any one that needed it. Gerald Gerald Tholund was always trying to make the was born October people he worked with better 7th 1952, to the at their job. parents of Arnold and In the spring of 2001, GerJane Tholund. ald and Linda were married. Gerald has 3 sisters Gerald’s main passion was his and 3 brothers. Gerald family. was a 3rd generation farmGerald’s last year with er and grew up on the famthe police department was ily farm in Herman Minnespent battling cancer. While sota. Gerald loved talking he was going through chemoto the elders of the family and learn about the histotherapy, he would still come ry of the family and world to work. This shows how dedievents. Gerald always loved cated he was and how he loved farming but said that there was his job. Gerald always remained no money in it. strong and never showed any Gerald always looked weakness. for the best in people Gerald retired Septemand was kind to peober 30th 2014. The week ple. HE was a person before a retirement party who never tolerGerald Tholund was held for him. There ated a bully and was a large attendance Oct. 7, 1952 - Aug. 7, 2015 was the first one and it showed the LT to stand up when just how much he was apsomething was happreciated and how much pening. he would be missed. When Gerald was Gerald remained strong a teenager he almost and never wavered through his drowned trying to save a battle with cancer. If it had been friend. His friend was saved anyone else they would not have but someone had to save Gerald because he made it this far. This world would be a better place if couldn’t swim. we had more people like Gerald in it. Gerald was also a member of the Minnesota Gerald was preceded in death by his parents and National Guard for several years. his grandparents, and is survived by his wife Linda In April of 1985, Gerald moved to Gallup. In and his children: Melissa, Michael, Derick and Nicole November of 1987 he was hired by the Gallup and 8 grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisPolice Department. ters: Deborah, Bonita, Linda and foster sister Lindey He worked his way up the ranks to where he Ann. obtained the rank of Lieutenant. While at the GalGerald is also survived by his brothers; James, Joel lup Police Department, Gerald was known as GT, and Jon. Lt or Chei (in his later years with the department), Services for Gerald will be at 1 pm, Friday Aug. 14, which means grandpa. Grace Bible Church in Gallup. Gerald faithfully and honorably served the citizens


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Just a few of the brass and, ceramic and glass ornaments collected by Lester Sandoval.

ARTIST/COLLECTOR | FROM PAGE 13 Sandoval has created several of these pieces for others, including a masterpiece that became the head and footboards for a bed he designed and made for a customer, complete with many shelves for all those things people want near while they sleep. Most of his works also include hand-carved designs into the base or branches as he bends nature by using a particular flaw as the base for a yucca plant carving, or another for a horse’s head. As remarkable and beautiful as the pieces are, one’s attention is instantly diverted by the smaller pieces that are everywhere in the living room and kitchen. This more modern but still antique collection is awesome in scope, representing so many different art forms all within view of one’s vision that it becomes difficult to focus on any one piece. There are ceramics, glass-works, pottery, brass-works, other metal works, paintings, leatherwork, and all in such a multitude that the head is unable to sort it all out in one glance. The list also includes piles of sheet music from years gone by and other art forms that would fill any reporter’s notebook. A lunch box from earlier mining days, brass-worked designs in Western motifs that are clocks or old AM radios, toys designed and manufactured before the era of today’s

massive production, including miniature cars some decades older than Hot Wheels. A perfume bottle shaped like a hummingbird, delightful figurines of mice in costume - circa the beginning of Mickey and Minnie – and sets or pieces of decorative glassware of the 40s and 50s manufactured by McCoy, Pippen, Bower, Magellica and Maurice, the must-have ashtrays, plates and bowls of that era. Sandoval’s collection extends into his other areas of his house, where thousands of more items are stored lovingly for his own indulgence, and his memory of how each piece was acquired is precise and complete. H i s pr e s ence a t F le a Markets in Gallup, Yahtahey and Window Rock is a given every Saturday, and the former employee of General Dynamics, P & M Coal, and Ft. Wingate Army Depot has made those trips into a ritual of his otherwise unfettered life. “I was married and have three children,” Sandoval said. “I call myself ‘happily single’ now, though I do have a girlfriend.” Living in the house where he was born – actually his grandfather’s house – and surrounded by his collection of more recent artifacts that he has handpicked and saved from probable destruction, Sandoval has created his own museum, an interesting place to remember what was and how people lived in the previous generations. It is a creation of love, and amazement! COMMUNITY




ith James Bond working hard to keep his newest adventures real and gritty, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. takes the reverse approach. This is no parody, but it is a love letter to the Dr. No era of espionage thrillers; it keeps the Cold War setting and production design, all the while holding its tongue firmly in cheek. Thanks to some inspired casting and stylish visuals, director Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows) manages to pull it all off. It’s a fun throwback that will keep most viewers amused and entertained. Based upon the 60s television series that Bond author Ian Fleming assisted in creating, the plot follows a suave American super-spy named Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill). After a messy run in with the hulking KGB agent Illya

Henry Cavill stars as Napoleon Solo in ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ Opens in theaters Aug. 14. Photo Credit: Davis Entertainment/Warner Bros.

Kuryakin (Armie Hammer), the two learn that their respective governments have teamed them up to stop a nefarious plot that could threaten the entire world. Naturally, they don’t get along, but are instructed to work through any differences to accomplish their immediate goal, at which point they can turn on one another. The material is ripe for comic banter and the two leads do an excellent job. They’re constantly at each other’s throats, trading some humorous jabs (verbally and otherwise) throughout the early parts of the film. While the two actors may not have

seemed like the most obvious choices for their roles on paper, together they couldn’t be better. Whether one is watching the other struggle with nasty opponents while sipping on wine, or the two are arguing over how to deal with a captured suspect, the end result is usually very amusing. Cavill sells a difficult and in some respects underdeveloped role. The heroic Solo is the typical secret agent, possessing a flippant sense of humor (even when antagonists are getting the better of him) and charm with the ladies, not to mention confidence that exudes levels

approaching smarminess. This is not a particularly deeply written character and it could have all gone wrong very easily, but somehow the actor keeps the role from coming across as grating. In the end, it’s Hammer who is the scene-stealer. As written, his character is far more nuanced, interesting and relatable. Kuryakin is a tough guy with daddy issues that doesn’t have a way with words and struggles with his own violent impulses (often in the most inappropriate of environments, including high society functions). He also appears to have feelings for Gaby (Alicia Vikander), the

woman they’re escorting on the mission. In the end, there’s a lot more depth and drama there and Hammer makes the most of it. This role is fascinating and entertaining to watch. And of course, it’s all nice to look at visually. The 60s fashions and production design pop and Ritchie captures the various chases with energetic and exciting camera moves (not to mention a few tried and true techniques like split-screen). It actually evokes a bit of nostalgia for the espionage thrillers of old. The movie is full of great 60s music as well, adding to the stylized vibe. Alas, as the evil plot is revealed and the villains make their final movie, the movie does begin to run out of steam. And admittedly, the climax isn’t quite as exciting or unique as the action that precedes it. Still, this is a minor beef in an otherwise very enjoyable effort. As spy flicks go, the movie hits the target far more often than it misses and this reviewer would have no problems seeing all the agents in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. take on more assignments in the future. Vi sit: www.cinema stance.com

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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for August 14, 2015 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


elcome once again to another look at the highlights coming to DVD and Blu-ray this week. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!


I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story - This documentary charts the life of the puppeteer who has played “Big Bird” on Sesame Street for over 45 years (he has yet to retire and even at 81 still goes to work and dons the yellow suit). Besides interviews, the featu re a lso i ncludes early clips of the performer working with Jim Henson. Reviews were very strong, stating that while it can be overly sentimental, the doc still gives viewers a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the man who helped create an iconic children’s character. Interviewees include Frank Oz a nd Roscoe “Gordon” Orman. No r t h m e n - A Vi kin g Saga - When a violent storm

strands a group of Vikings in the dangerous wilds of Scotland, they must fight their way to safety in this Swiss/ German/South African flick. It received a limited release, but didn’t end up impressing reviewers. They stated that there wa s nothing unique about this action adventure, using terms like generic and hackneyed to describe it. Now viewers can decide for themselves. It star Ed Skrein, Ryan Kwanten and James Norton as lost Norsemen.

Police Story: Lockdown - Released in the far east in 2013 as Police Story - 2013, Jackie Chan returns to his most famous franchise (in Hong Kong, at least) for yet another kung-fu cop tale. However, this time out the tone is grittier and darker. Chan plays a cop who must save his estranged daughter and her husband-to-be when they are all taken hostage in a Hong Kong mobster’s dance club. Critics didn’t have much good to say about this, the sixth entry in the series. They wrote that it was poorly paced and featured far too much back-story, not to mention little of the high energy martial arts viewers will expect.

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Perhaps fans would be better served watching the original foreign-language classic. P r e ggol a n d - A si ng le woman whose friends have all become mothers is thrown out of a baby shower for her wild behavior. In order to salvage all the relationships, she decides to fake a pregnancy and get herself welcomed back into the group - naturally, the rouse leads to complications. Reception was mixed for this independent comedy. Some found the lead performance funny enough to recommend the film. Others considered it uneven and felt that the movie had an awkward time juggling laughs with dramatic and rom-com conventions. It stars Sonja Bennett, James Caan, Danny Trejo and Laura Harris. Unfriended - The internet can be scary, folks! In this horror hit, a group of friends are attacked by a supernatural presence in each of their homes while communicating using Facebook and other social media. The entire film is told through all of their computer screens. The movie garnered a successful theatrical release earlier in the year and managed to impress more than half of the press. Many believed its approach to be original and found the film effective and creepy. However, a few couldn’t buy into the approach and found the technique lacking. It features Heather Sossaman in the lead role. To read a fulllength review, click here.

BLASTS FROM THE PAST! There are quite a few interesting titles this week. Shout! Factor y have T h e Peopl e Under the Stairs (1991), a financially successful horror movie from director Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream). It’s about a poor young boy who is roped into assisting some burglars rob the mansion of his landlord. Upon entering, they discover that the owners are also serial killers who have trapped numerous victims inside - the insane couple begin hunting the group down one by one. If memory serves, it’s a fun scare flick that will certainly please genre fans with all sorts of bizarre moments. It

also features a great cast that includes some entertainingly over-the-top performances from Twin Peaks vets Everett McGill and Wendy Robie. The Blu-ray comes loaded with extras. There are two audio commentaries (one with director Wes Craven and another featuring cast members), interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and promo materials. Once again, K ino have plenty of Blu-rays from a variety of eras and genres. These include the newspaper reporter comedy The Front Page (1931), the Kevin Kline comic murder/ mystery thriller The January Man (1989), and the giant killer mollusk sci-fi B-movie, The Monster That Challenged the World (1957). They’ve also got a release of the low-budget Ray Sharkey and Michael Chiklis thriller, T he Rain Killer (1990) (note: this particular film is DVD only). If you’re looking for more in the suspense genre, Still of the Night (1982) features Roy Scheider as a psychiatrist investigating the death of one of his patients - he gets involved with the victim’s mistress and prime suspect, played by Meryl Streep. Finally, War-Gods of the Deep (1965) aka City in the Sea is a Vincent Price genre feature about a group of scientists who find... well... a city in the sea. Criterion Collection have an impressive Blu;-ray of The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981), a melodrama starring Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons. It was an Oscar-nominated film that contrasts two complicated romantic relationships that occur 100 years apart. This release features a new 2K digital restoration, fresh interviews with cast and crew members, and a full episode of a British TV news program made at the

time of its release that features the director, screenwriter and novelist talking about the film. The cult horror flick Eaten Alive (1977) is also being released in a Blu-ray/DVD package from Arrow. Tobe Hooper (director of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), brings a similarly gritty tone in this follow up to the aforementioned classic. It’s a disturbing effort about a messed up motel owner terrorizing helpless victims with his pet crocodile. While the movie isn’t quite as good as Chainsaw, it’s still quite effective and chock full of icky, nasty and unsettling moments. The disc includes an impressive transfer of the flick from the original camera negative, new interviews and an introduction to the film from Hooper himself. Buyers will also get a cast and make-up effects artist audio commentary, archival interviews and advertising materials, a featurettes looking at the career of Robert Englund and one detailing the real life story of which the movie is based. And finally, Universal are putting out a Blu-ray of the John Wayne firefighter drama Hellfighters (1968) as well as a re-release of the campy horror movie sequel, Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982).

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! There are a lot of options for the young ones - you’ll find them all listed below. Batman: Gotham Knight B l a ze & t h e Mo n st e r Ma chin e s: Hi gh - S pe e d Adventures DCU Batman: Year One Denver The Last Dinosaur Vol. 1 Denver The Last Dinosaur Vol. 2 Garfield Holiday Collection Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths LEGO Friends: Friends Together Again Max Steel: Go Turbo Powe r R an ge rs S upe r Megaforce: Legendary Battle Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue: The Complete Series Strawber r y Shortcake: Berry Tales Superman: Doomsday Super Why: Cinderella & Other Fairy Tale Adventures (PBS) Wonder Woman COMMUNITY

Crafting Patience: David Baker’s woodworking legacy Story and Photos by Jeffrey Smith Sun Correspondent


i ke a go o d ho r s e trainer, David Baker takes a raw material, in his case pieces of wood from local forests and turns them into useful and pleasing works of art which maintain the unique individuality of each piece of wood. He often finds the wood himself on trips into the mountains. Each bowl, spoon or table which comes out of his workshop on the edge of the Zuni Mountains in Ft. Wingate

reflects the life and type of tree it from which it came. David uses unusually shaped wood from a variety of local trees: Aspen, Cedar, Russian Olive, Blue Spruce, Gambel Oak and Ponderosa Pine among others for his work. The work, often on his heavy lathe, is slow but not tedious. “You just don’t know how the piece will come out,” he said. As a craftsman, he is happy to just price his bowls by the time he spends on them using his standard figure of $20 an hour.

He also adds that if a piece turns out exceptionally “beautiful, the one of a kind pieces are valued differently.” He pr izes the wood of unusual shape as the grain of this wood swirls in unique patterns; the pieces which result hearken back to the simple yet elegant craftwork and furniture of an earlier time. His bowls of Russian Olive look like a design created when dark chocolate syrup is dripped into white ice cream and is stirred in circles with a spoon. Most of his handcrafted pieces arrive as logs at his workshop months prior to his woodworking resulting in the final piece being done. Initially, he cuts the logs into slabs of one to several inches thickness. He will then cure the slab by placing it into a kiln and baking it for up to two months as in the case of Alligator Juniper. In contrast, Baker noted, “the quickest wood I’ve had is Aspen. It will take two or three weeks to cure.” His knowledge of woodworking is significant enough

Bowls displayed on a David Baker bench at Rocky’s on Route 66 in Grants.

that he also instructs others who wish to learn the craft. Baker’s most complex piece completed recently, a table, is made from a large limb of an “Alligator Juniper” tree. This type of tree is found high in the Zuni Mountains often among groves of Gambel Oak. He uses only the limbs of this tree, which grow from a base that can be immense: 8 feet wide by 4 feet deep at its base. He then

attempts to reveal the wood’s unique, but durable swirls of near apricot colored grain. The table top is comprised of two slabs cut from the same limb. When the slabs are laid next to one another and joined each makes a near mirror image of the other. The table’s outer edge retains the shape


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UNM featured in ‘The Princeton Review’s’ Annual College Rankings By Mara Kerkez University of New Mexico


he University of New Mexico has once again been selected as one of the outstanding institutions profiled in “The Best 380 Colleges” (Penguin Random House / Princeton Review Books), seventh annual edition. The Princeton Review, the education services company known for its test prep programs and college rankings, ratings and guidebooks, shows UNM 62 in the Quality of Life category; 64 in Academics; and 77 in Admissions. Inclusion in the book is based on a survey in which 136,000 students at 380 top colleges are asked to rate their schools on dozens of topics and report on their campus experiences. “Our 62 ranking lists provide students with a way to see the types of colleges that could help them achieve their future goals and dreams,” said Rober t Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior VP-Publisher. “Every college in our book has

Students walk along Cornell Mall on UNM’s main campus. Photo Credit: UNM

outstanding academics. While our purpose is not to crown one college academically ‘best’ overall or to rank the schools 1 to 380 on any single topic, our lists provide direct student feedback on the schools’ campus culture, program offerings and cost. Our goal is to help applicants choose and get into their dream college—the college best for them.” UNM students had a lot to say about quality of life on campus. They felt that UNM offers “hundreds of great student

organizations” and provides many “opportunities for fun events. Everyone seems to find their niche.” Offering another opportunity to become more involved on campus, the Greek community “makes up a lot of the senate and other extracurricular activities.” Students often leave campus for the excellent night life in Albuquerque. They also take advantage of the weekly free movies at The Cellar in the Student Union Building, and to stay active, they work

out at Johnson Gym. Students added that hanging out at the duck pond is a great way to pass time between classes in warmer months, and “during the winter season, there are numerous ski resor ts and places to go snowboarding that are not far away.” “While we don’t chase the various ratings and rankings as goals on their own, I appreciate seeing the students’ feedback. On the whole, it was a positive description of our university and it shows that our students

appreciate UNM’s strengths.” – Provost Chaouki Abdallah In the academic category, students cited UNM as a place to receive a “solid education” in a beautiful setting. “UNM offers academic excellence... through tough classes and some of the best teachers.” Students also cited affordability and excellent scholarships awarded to both in-state and out-of-state applicants as a decisive factor in attending UNM. The affordability also extends to “amazing opportunities to travel abroad.” The education program and variety of science programs— including Earth and Planetary Sciences, biology and the premed and nursing programs— also attract students. Students praised the faculty as “very knowledgeable” and caring. “Professors are approachable both in class and out, and talk to and with you, not just at you. It’s very easy to come to instructors outside of class with questions, and most professors are willing to meet with you at your convenience.” A s for UNM’s greatest strengths, students mentioned both the “research-oriented staff” and “the research opportunities available.” Oftentimes, the research can be performed


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Certification for Community Health Workers Staff Report


A N T A F E – Depa r tment Begi ns Grandfathering Process for Ex per ienced Community Health Workers The New Mexico Department of Health will begin to certify the first community health workers (CHW) in the state. The Department is focusing certification efforts on experienced CHWs and will be utilizing the grandfathering process. It is estimated that there are between 800 and 900 CHWs in New Mexico. As part of Governor Susana Martinez’s H e a l t h c a r e Wo r k f o r c e Initiative in 2014, legislation was passed and signed creating the Community Health Workers Act. It established a voluntary certification process for CHWs. “For more than a year, the New Mexico Department of Health has been setting up the infrastructure to begin voluntary certification for community health workers. The department is pleased to announce the grandfathering process for experienced community health workers,” said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Retta Ward. “The purpose of grandfathering is to provide experienced community health workers the opportunity to earn certification through a combination of

UNM | FROM PAGE 18 with top-of-the-line equipment nearby at Sandia National Labs, Los Alamos National Labs and other well-known research institutes. In UNM’s collaborative environment, students often work together and are eager to form study groups. Also, students who need additional help can rely on academic support with “tutoring, study groups and supplemental instruction for most courses.” Students repeatedly cited UNM’s diversity as its greatest COMMUNITY

employment and or volunteer service.” A CHW is a front-line public health worker who is a trusted member of their community, and who has a very good understanding of the community ser ved. CHWs help develop close relationsh ips w it h pat ient s, a nd play a critical role in reducing health disparities and managing chronic diseases. Community health workers are also known as promotoras and community health representatives. Requirements for the grandfathering process: • Verification by a current or former super visor of proficiency in the core competencies. • Two letters of reference on agency/program letterhead. • Applicants must prov i d e fo r m a l , v e r i f i a b l e

documentation to support each requirement. • 2000 clock hours of formal CHW work and/or volunteer CHW experience within the scope of work and core competency field. • Following the grandfathering application, mandatory background check. Please take a look at the Office of Community Health Workers Certification FAQ for answers to many of the most com mon questions about certification. The Department of Health’s Office of Community Health Workers accepts only hardcopy applications for certification. All inquiries regarding certification may be directed to comm.healthworker@state. nm.us. You can also call the Santa Fe office at (505) 8270015 or the Las Cruces office at (575) 528-5145.

strength, and one student stated that “no one will ever feel ethnically alone [at UNM] because there are so many different kinds of people,” which means “people never get boring,” and “you meet someone different every day.” In addition to the diversity, the prevailing atmosphere is a friendly one where…“people get along regardless of origin. Like any school, there are cliques... but that doesn’t mean they don’t interact with each other.” O ne s t udent re s er ved special praise for the university, “UNM is sensitive and

very engaged with its diverse popu lat ion of st udent s... concerned with facilitating in-depth inquiry and learning.” And more than one student observed that at UNM, “everyone brings something to the table.” UNM Provost Chaouk i Abdallah said, “While we don’t chase the various ratings and rankings as goals on their own, I appreciate seeing the students’ feedback. On the whole, it was a positive description of our university and it shows that our students appreciate UNM’s strengths.”

CRAFTING | FROM PAGE 17 of the limb’s original outside curve. To match the outside curve of the table top Baker also creates the supporting legs with a similar curve. He created this one of a kind table to be able to participate in an art show at the ‘1, 2, 3 Gallery’ in Gallup. The table is currently at Rocky’s, a gallery on old Route 66 in Grants. Rocky’s focuses on locally produced art which shows the influence of our area’s many cultures and fine geological

landscapes on the imaginations of our artists. Baker’s art is made not only to satisfy one’s artistic sense, he also plans on many of his unique bowls and utensils to be used as part of daily life. Unlike a bowl produced an ocean span away, when you fill a bowl from Baker’s studio, you can be sure it is coated with four coats of food grade sealant per his standard. From forest to workshop to one’s home these pieces of wood follow a path that allows one to share the benefit of the skill of a traditional craftsman.

Alligator Juniper table while on display at Art 123 Gallery in Gallup.


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SPORTS 360 The Art of the Schedule

Rehoboth doesn’t have an official cheer team, but the school does have plenty of spirit, and body paint. Story and photos by Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent

Hitting the ball back to the opposite side is important, but it is probably a relief to the other team members, who simply get in their defensive positions.


ne of t he most important, but usua l l y o v e r lo oke d , jobs in high school is the scheduling of games on the assigned nights. Not only do the Athletic Directors who perform these seemingly menial and vital tasks accomplish them in an artful manner, but coaches, fans, players, and spectators seldom appreciate the intricacies involved in this

The start of any cross-country race is just a blur of movement as every runner jockeys for position.

The ball is in the air and all the player’s concentration is on the service swing. mind-boggling aspect of their work. Most people think it is an easy job. They are wrong! T h e A .D. mu s t fol low

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the regulations of the district their schools compete


can also be a difficult document to decode. A nd the Gallup Sun only covers four high schools at this time. T h i nk of a more reg iona l p a p e r t h a t c ove r s 2 5 - 3 0 schools! The extra pay received for this scheduling breaks down to less than minimum wage in a majority of cases. So even that incentive is very small. Pride in what they do is key for these Activity Directors, and a willingness to put in the time necessary to get the job done. It takes a special person. Of course, not everyone is going to be happy with the end product. Haters are everywhere, right? That’s just one aspect I am

Leading off for Miyamura in every softball game was the designated slapper, Aubrey Orr, who is now in her third year of college softball in New Jersey.

SCHEDULE | FROM PAGE 20 against, and also the rules of t he st ate -w ide gover ning body, the NM Activities A s sociat ion. T h at ca n be a difficult situation, especia l ly where t he d ist a nce between the home schools a nd t hei r opp one nt s a r e fairly la rge, a s they a re in this state. E a c h d i s t r ic t me m b e r i s re qu i red t o pl ay ever y ot her d i s t r ic t member a t least twice dur ing the regula r sea son, once at home a nd once at the other guy’s place. Buses must be arranged to leave at a time

familiar with in my chosen occupation, but I still love it all. The school season will soon be upon us, regardless of what sport you or your kids want to play or watch. Break out the extra cash you will need and add a few dollars for snacks, then I’ll see you in the bleachers. And remember to comb you hair in case I point the camera in your direction! As a small bonus this week, I have selected a few older pictures for readers to look at and remember. I have only a few over the last five years (about 80.000) and I always enjoy looking back to see Gallup athletes in action. I hope you will, too!

Catchers always look better with the masks on top of their heads.

that will arrive easily at the opponents campus, pre- or post-game meals have to be considered, a ll equ ipment must be safely transported, a nd a l l ga me schedu les must not conf lict with other ne c e s s a r y s c ho ol a c t i v i ties like required tests and other impediments. A nd d id I ment ion t hat these games, unless otherwise allowed by the district, must be played on Tuesday, Thursdays, F r idays or Saturdays. Overnight s t ay s a re ver y r a re, u su a l ly a l lowed on ly i n c a se of emergency. T h i s i s not the professional ranks, but young people that must be

ret u r ned qu ick ly t o t hei r home env ironment. Add to that list other little things required and demanded by the NMAA or the district itself, and you have a list that will keep your mind spinning for the duration. If your school is private or has but one building, the AD may also be required to schedule activities for the Mid-School and in some cases, the Elementary School. M ista kes do happen i n this art, though most of the people I deal with weekly are quite competent. The list of games, which should be complete for the Fall Season by the time of the next issue,

All eyes are on the ball to see if it goes in the hole or if there will be a rebound.

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DROP-IN FILMS All ages. Tonight: High School Musical 3. Starts 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200

NAVAJO RUG WEAVING DEMONSTRATION From 10 am to 1 pm, the library will host a Navajo rug weaving demonstration presented by Dine weaver Lois A. Becenti. Ms. Becenti will be presenting the diamond double weave and the Two Grey Hills design. She will discuss methods for improving weaving techniques and different rug designs and tools used for weaving. Beginners and advanced weavers are welcome. 115 W. Hill. ‘3 BLIND MICE’ Live music tonight at Coal Street Pub, featuring “3 Blind Mice.” From 8-10 pm. 303 W. Coal Ave (505) 7220117. SATURDAY AUG. 15 “PICKED CLEAN’ Live music tonight at Coal Street Pub, featuring “Picked Clean.” From 8-10 pm. 303 W. Coal Ave (505) 722-0117. SATURDAY STORIES Start your Saturday mornings off right with an interactive story time for children of all ages and their families. Each week will feature songs as well as books, at least one puppet story, and include a short craft or activity at the end. Starts 10:30 am, Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. Today’s story: Colors MONDAY AUG. 17 FREE COMPUTER CLASS The Octavia Fellin Public Library is offering free computer training at the Main Branch, 115 W. Hill. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, call (505) 863-1291 or email: libtrain@gallumnm. gov or visit the front desk of the library. Today’s class: Basic Computer Skills, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

TUESDAY AUG. 18 COUNTY COMMISSION MEETING McKinley County Board of Commissioners will hold a regular meeting on at 9 am among other items the Commission will consider an Ordinance Terminating a Local Economic Development project. Prior to the regular meeting the Commission will hold a Work Session beginning at 8 am to discuss the items placed on the ICIP. The meeting(s) will be held in the Commissioner Chambers, Third Floor of the McKinley County Courthouse, 207 West Hill, Gallup, New Mexico. A copy of the agenda will be available 72 hours prior to the meeting in the Manager’s Office and the County Clerk’s Office. Auxiliary aides for the disabled are available upon request; please contact Michelle Esquibel at (505) 722-3868 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting to make any necessary arrangements. FREE COMPUTER CLASS The Octavia Fellin Public Library is offering free computer training at the Main Branch, 115 W. Hill. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, call (505) 863-1291 or email: libtrain@gallumnm. gov or visit the front desk of the library. Today’s class: Microsoft Word 2010: An Intermediate Course, 2 - 4 pm. WEDNESDAY AUG. 19 LIBRARY MOVIE NIGHT August Film Series – “Dog Days of Summer Films.” Wednesday nights at 5:30pm – popcorn provided. Featuring this week: “Draft Day” Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill. MAKER’S CLUB Ages 7 and up: A club for kids interested in science, math, building, and inventing. Each week will feature a different challenge, project, or experiment. Starts 4 pm. Children’s

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Branch, 200 W. Aztec. Today’s project: Marshmallow Sculptures. OPEN-MIC-NIGHT Come hear some live, local talent tonight at Coal Street Pub. From 8-10 pm. 303 W. Coal Ave (505) 7220117. THURSDAY AUG. 20 CRAFTY KIDS All Ages: Fun crafts for the whole family. Today’s craft: Plastic Bottle Cap Tic Tac Toe. Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. FREE COMPUTER CLASS The Octavia Fellin Public Library is offering free computer training at the Main Branch, 115 W. Hill. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, call (505) 863-1291 or email: libtrain@gallumnm.gov or visit the front desk of the library. Today’s class: Intermediate Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, 2 - 4 pm TEEN CAFE Ages 11 to 14: A place for middle schoolers to hang out and make crafts, design, build, experiment, watch movies, or play video games. Starts 4 pm. Today’s event: Play [Kinect Games]. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. SAVE THE DATE REVITALIZING DOWNTOWN Community-style workshops will be held at the El Morro Events Center on Friday, August 21 from 5 - 7 pm, and again on Saturday, August 22 from 10 am - 3 pm. There will be food and live music provided by our sponsors: the City of Gallup, Gallup MainStreet/ Arts and Cultural District, and Gallup Business Improvement District. For more information, please contact C.B. Strain, Gallup Planning Director (505) 863-1244 ext 11244 or Charlie Deans, Facilitator with Community by Design (505) 471- 4218 or charlie@ communitybydesign.biz.

ONGOING CEREMONIAL PHOTOGRAPH EXHIBIT From Aug. 1 - 29, the Octavia Fellin Public Library will display vintage Gallup Ceremonial Photographs. The photographs were taken in the early decades of the Ceremonial before the move to Red Rock State Park and feature the downtown parade, the old Ceremonial grounds, and many dancers. The photographs will be on display throughout the library, 115 W. Hill. For more information please contact the Library at (505) 863-1291 or libsuper@gallupnm.gov. COMMUNITY PANTRY The Hope Garden is offering organic produce for sale from 10 am -12 pm Tuesday - Friday. We are located at 1130 E. Hasler Valley Rd. All funds go to helping feed local folks. For personal attention call (505) 7268068 or when visiting ask for Kenworth Jones. FIRST INDIAN BAPTIST CHURCH Monday Night Back to Basics Bible Class, Red Hills Trailer Park recreation center 7 pm; Tuesday Family Bible Study FIBC 501 S. 3rd St., 6 pm; Sunday Worship and Prayer at FIBC 501 S. 3rd, 10:30 am. Contact: Pastor Robert Fontenot (505) 906-2808 / fibcgallup@ gmail.com / www.fibcgallup.weebly.com GALLUP SOLAR MEETINGS Interested in learning more about solar energy? Come to a Gallup Solar meeting, held the first three Wednesdays of the month from 6-8 pm, East Logan Ave. Email: gallupsolar@gmail.com or call (505) 726-2497. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Habitat for Humanity Yard Sale fund raisers are open 9 am to noon every Saturday on Warehouse Lane off of Allison Road. If you have household items to donate or wish to volunteer, call Bill Bright at (505) 722-4226.

SPACE ADVENTURE EXHIBIT From Aug. 1 - 22, the Library, partnered with ATD Fourth World, will host a Space Adventure Exhibit in the Main Library Meeting Room. The exhibit was built with the help of the Chief Manuelito Middle School gifted class students and their teachers. “Space Adventure” explores what it’s like to travel and live in space as well as what the solar system is. This includes touchscreen videos, digital displays, interactive displays, plaster reproductions of the planets in our solar system, and much more. For more information, please contact the Library at (505) 863-1291 or visit our website at www.galluplibrary.org. COMMUNITY PANTRY The Hope Garden is offering organic produce for sale from 10 am -12 pm Tuesday - Friday. We are located at 1130 E. Hasler Valley Rd. All funds go to helping feed local folks. For personal attention call (505) 7268068 or when visiting ask for Kenworth Jones. GALLUP SOLAR MEETINGS Interested in learning more about solar energy? Come to a Gallup Solar meeting, held the first three Wednesdays of the month from 6-8 pm, East Logan Ave. Email: gallupsolar@gmail.com or call (505) 726-2497. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Habitat for Humanity Yard Sale fund raisers are open 9 am to noon every Saturday on Warehouse Lane off of Allison Road. If you have household items to donate or wish to volunteer, call Bill Bright at (505) 722-4226.   SUMMER NIGHTLY INDIAN DANCES Dances take place every night through Labor Day, from 7 pm to 8 pm, at the Courthouse Square, located on Aztec between 2nd and 3rd streets. Free admission. (505) 722-2228. To post a non-profit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: gallupsunevents@gmail.com or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday 5 pm.



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