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NEWS GGEDC hosts Economic Roundtable: ‘The True Cost of Debt’ By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent

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A N TA F E – T he Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation welcomed top New Mexico policy experts together with community business leaders, elected officials, state and federal stakeholders and residents of Gallup and McKinley County Jan. 29 at the Lodge at Santa Fe for an economic roundtable discussion entitled, “The True Cost of Debt.” The purpose of the fivehour meeting was to match attendees with policy experts to engage in dialogue regarding the impact of tax policy upon local economic development efforts. How recent changes in New Mexico tax policy creates local conditions that impact gross receipts and property taxes was discussed, too.

State Representative Patty Lundstrom, D-Gallup, takes a break from the Legislative session to discuss and troubleshoot McKinley County and Gallup’s economy and quality of life issues Jan. 29. Photo Credit: Babette Herrmann

“Ever y six months the local agencies in Gallup and McKinley County, the city, the county, chamber of commerce, the Business Improvement D i s t r ic t , t he Nor t hwe s t

New Mexico Dept. of Finance & Administration Cabinet Secretary Tom Clifford holds up a copy of a “white paper” that features a breakdown of the state’s $6 billion “general fund consensus revenue” for December 2015. Clifford went into some detail on Gross Receipts and property taxes and some recent issues Jan. 29. Photo Credit: Babette Herrmann

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Christian Hospital and the GGEDC come together for a day to look at key issues that face our county area,” GGEDC Executive Director Patricia Lundstrom said. L u nd s t r om , D - G a l lu p, has served the New Mexico House of Representatives since 2001. “In (January) our focus was the true cost of debt.” At the meeting, the New Mexico Ta x and Research Institute provided a white paper out l i n i ng t he cha llenges pla ced on sma l l

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Gallup Express: The Indian Capital’s ‘mobile manager’ By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent

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ALLUP – The notion of existing as a typical “bus company” doesn’t sit very well with the new executive director at Gallup Express. That’s because Tommy Mims, hired into the job last year, wants the riding public to think of the company as a “mobile manager.” Mims, a Gallup native and graduate of Gallup Catholic High School, replaces Matthew Ortiz. Ortiz worked at the company for a little more than six years. “I think every company or business should be about customer service and treating the client the right way,” Mims said Monday from the main office of Gallup Express along Warehouse Lane. “That’s what we do. We’re not just public transportation. We care about customers a nd what they experience.” Mims said since starting the job Sept. 28 that “things have been going smoothly.” He said the fleet of nine AeroStar and AeroLight 12-seater blue vans shuttle riders throughout Gallup and to the Pueblo of Zuni several times a day on $1 and $3 fares. There a re 10 full-time employees at Gallup Express and a couple of part-timers. The service recorded 61,321 Gallup riders in fiscal 2105 and 40,159 for Zuni. “What I like about it (the

The Gallup Express is Gallup’s sole public bus service. Above are GE employees Stu Natachu, Elvira Watasiloo, Kerry Bowekaty, Mona Garcia, Daniel Garcia, Jolynn Dewa, Mike Esquibel, Tommy Mims and Michael Locaspino. Photo Credit: Courtesy

job) the most is the customer service that you do everyday,” Mims said. “My job background includes interacting with people a lot. I feel really good about that part of the job and how that fits in here at (Gallup Express).”

NO STRANGER TO PUBLIC SERVICE Mims noted that prior to taking the job at Gallup Express he worked in customer service positions at a national hotel chain in Phoenix, Ariz., and Long Beach and Sacramento in the state of California. Alice Perez, the executive director at the Jim Harlin Community Pantry on Hasler Valley Road, which oversees operations at Gallup Express, said the public is pleased with the job being done by Mims. “He was hired from the outside and is doing well,” Perez said. “Nobody from the inside

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Combined total 101,720 applied, but the job was open for them to do so.” Created in 2006, Gallup E x pr e s s r e c e i v e s a b ou t $700,000 annually from the New Mexico Department of Transportation and $85,000 from the city of Gallup and $35,000 from McKinley County. Riders like the service provided by Gallup Express. “It’s always on time and it’s very clean,” Maria Yates, 40,

Gallup Express Director Tommy Mims. Photo Credit: Courtesy

said. Yates lives on the north side of Gallup. “I always get to work on time for my two jobs downtown.” Mims said some of the things he’s thinking about for the future are increasing the vehicle fleet and expanding route coverage to the north of Gallup to Gamerco and throughout the city’s west end. “There are people in those areas who have to come to Gallup for court dates and doctor appointments,” Mims said. “It makes sense to expand to those areas. Those are some things that I’d like to accomplish in 2016.” Gallup Express bus service runs from 6:45 am - 6 pm, Monday - Friday.

CORRECTIONS AND CLARIFICATIONS Corrections and clarifications must be made on the story on page 16 of the Jan. 29 issue of the Gallup Sun, titled ‘Beautify Gallup from the bottom up.’ Starting with the second paragraph, his twin died behind the Sagebrush Inn. In paragraph six, Hicklin received full disability after about four years of treatment in 2007. The third from the bottom paragraph should have said: In November, 2015, the HP Coalition presented a donor appreciation BBQ for their sponsors at the Gallup McKinley County Chamber of Commerce. Attended by about 15 of the sponsors, the event was actually the two-year anniversary and was enjoyed by all. In the last paragraph, the word necessarily should have been inserted between not and downtown in the last sentence. An additional sentence should also be added at the end of the story: ‘And that is almost everywhere!’ The Gallup Sun regrets and apologizes for these errors.

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WEEKLY CRIME BLOTTER Staff Reports

MINING COMPANY ROBBED 2/1, GRANTS BHP Billiton/Rio Algom Mining lost some property in late January, according to MCSO Deputy Ben Benally’s report. A white 2005 Ford F-150 was stolen, along with some equipment. The list of equipment includes a pressure sprayer, generator, battery charger, and padlocks.

FIESTY DRUNK 1/29, GALLUP Who knows what caused Myron Peters of Yatahey to become irate, but he was in full form when Gallup Police

Depar tment Officer Victor Rodriguez arrived on scene at t he Sports Page at 1400 S. Second St. Peters was laying on his back and bleeding from “behind his head,” according to the police report. It was apparent that Peters, 25, didn’t want the help of the officer or two Community Service Aids and began kicking and screaming, and dropping F-bombs. He managed to get some hits in. After he was carted off to a local hospital for treatment, he was booked for battery upon a peace officer and resisting, evading, or obstruction an officer.

TASERED TWICE 1/29, GALLUP Perhaps if Leanderson Bahe, 37, would have complied w it h O f f icer Rodriguez request to leave his apartment to cool down after an argument with his girlfriend, he may have avoided being arrested or even faced lesser charges if arrested. But he didn’t comply, instead he argued with officers and charged at his girlfriend. From there, he began to physically lash out. According to the report, the first taser blast came when he refused to stop kicking. The blast to the thigh didn’t’ seem

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ANGRY SISTER 1/29, GALLUP A wom a n, sick of her drunk and disorderly sister, ca lled police t o ge t t hem remove Tichina Bahe, 25, from her vehicle. Bahe refused to follow GPD Officer Dominic Molina’s request to get out of the car, so he tried to pull her out. She held onto the seat, and when Molina attempted to pull her by the left wrist she lunged at him with a closed fist and hit him in the chest. Another officer arrived and threatened to taser Bahe, but she still refused and kicked toward the officer. Rodriguez “drive stunned” her, and she got out of the car and fell to the ground. She even kicked a CSA officer in the mouth, causing him to bleed. Once Molina got her in his patrol unit, she began kicking the windows and cursed and spat everywhere. She was charged with battery upon a peace officer and resisting, evading, or obstructing an officer.

JEALOUSYFUELED FUED? 1/29, GAMERCO I t ’s p r o b ably not t he be st defen se for beating the tarnation out of someone – “I beat the f--k out of that b--ch, I should get a reward.” According to McKinley County Sheriff Office Deputy Arnold Noriega’s report, that’s what

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AGGRAVATING ROBBERY 1/28, VANDERWAGEN A Vanderwagen man came home to find many of his prized possession stolen. His single action .357 black Ruger revolver was stolen, along with four men’s silver rings, 14 karat gold/silver Seiko watch, four Casa Grande pottery pots, a Gray Hill rug, a Kachina doll, and a pill box. In all, a reported $10,000 worth of items.

JAIL ASSAULT 1/28, MCKINLEY COUNTY ADC V i d e o do e s n’t l ie. Sgt. Corraine Joh n s on h a d discovered during her shift t wo i n m a t e s had gotten into a fight. From reviewing the video, she determined that Adrian Niiha, 24, was the aggressor and had beat fellow inmate Anthony Palacios, 40, in the face with a closed fist. It took staff nearly three hours to realize that a fight had occurred in H Pod, Cell #3. Palacios refused to file charged agains Niiha for aggravated battery.

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Davina Segar said in regards to her fight with the victim. The victim’s significant other said the fight began because Segar thought he was “hooking up” with his cousin. Sega r sa id the f ig ht occurred because she was trying to prevent the victim from driving off intoxicated with her children in tow. The victim’s condition is unknown, but deputies responded to a scene in which the victim had swollen eyes and bloodied face. There was also hair, a pool of blood and blood smeared on the door. Segar, 31, was booked for Aggravated Battery (Great bodily harm).

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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports The legal limit is .08. How about being a responsible adult and try driving with a .00? ENDWI. Myron Joe Jan. 9, 9:31 pm 2nd DWI, Aggravated Joe didn’t wa nt to g ive McK i n ley County Sheriff Office Deputy Merle Bates his real name, according to the report. He gave the alias of Sam Smith i n s t e a d . But , B a t e s s aw through the intoxicated shenanigans and booked Joe, 25, for his second DWI with the bonus charge of “aggravated” for his refusal to take the breath alcohol content tests, and for a bench warrant. Bates noted that there was a empty can of Bud Light near the vehicle’s gear shift. Christopher Chris Kallestewa Jan. 9, 9:48 am 2nd DWI, Aggravated Although MCSO Deputy Merlin Benally d id n’t see Kallestewa hit a fence, then an emba nk ment, the tire tracks tell the story of what actually happened. So does Kallestewa. When Benally caught up with him, he readily admitted that he drove in to a fence, according to the deputy’s report. Benally asked Kallestewa, 24, to take the field sobriety tests, and he didn’t fare too well. His two breath samples were .20 – more than double the legal limit. Olsen P. Yazzie Jan. 8, 4:57 pm 2nd DWI, Aggravated D e p u t y Benally caught up with Yazzie’s veh icle a f ter receiv ing a call that a red, 4-door Chev y Impala had caused nearly two collisions on Defiance Draw road. Yazzie was pulled over near Cedar Ridge trailer park. And while he provided the required paperwork for his NEWS

vehicle, the signs of intoxication were present. Benally asked the passenger to hand over the “40 oz. bottle of HG800 and the can of Budweiser.” Yazzie, 28, failed field sobriety tests and blew .27 and .25 during the breath tests. Tanya S. Andy Jan. 8, 1:19 pm Aggravated DWI It’s not clear i f a nyone i n the other vehicle that Andy reportedly crossed the line and struck near 300 E. Maloney Ave, were injured, although she complained that “she was experiencing pain from the vehicle crash.” After she failed the field sobriety tests and blew a .17 during the breath test – twice, she was transported to a local hospital by Gallup Police Department Officer Dewayne Holder. Andy, 26, refused to be seen at the first hospital, so she was taken to another hospital for clearance then on to jail for booking. Brian McCray Jan. 8, 1:53 am Aggravated DWI In one of the most longest DW I r epor t s ever, McCray, led GPD Officer Philamina Chischilly on a bit of a chase when she attempted to pull him over at westside McDonald’s. He finally stopped at Americas Best Value Inn. He seemed agreeable at first, according to Chischilly’s report, but he quickly changed his tune before the officer could begin the field sobriety tests. McCray repeatedly claimed that someone else was driving the car. He bla med someone named Michelle and that she had jumped out of the moving vehicle and ran off leaving him to drive. Also, McCray, 2 8 , wou ld n’t blow pr op erly into to the breath test machine. He also claimed to have a heart issue and was a diabetic, so he was taken to a local hospital where he took the breath test and blew a .209.

Karla J. Howard Jan. 7, 12:12 am Aggravated DWI Howard, 26, was cooperative when she was pulled over on north U.S. Route 491 for not moving into the left lane in response to another officer conducting a traffic stop on the right shoulder. However, Howard didn’t want to make eye contact, according MCSO Task Force Super v isor Ta mmy Houghtaling’s report. And when she did, the signs of intoxication were evident. She refused to take the breath tests, earning her the aggravated status. Nathan Milford Begaye Jan. 6, 9:48 pm Aggravated DWI After reportedly running a red light at West Maloney and N. T h i rd Street, GPD O f f ic e r Eric Lope pulled Begaye over in a parking lot near Fifth Street. Upon approach, Lope noticed the signs of intoxication. According to his report, he saw a .375 Mil. bottle of Fireball in Begaye’s sweater pocket and another bottle in front of the driver’s seat. Begaye refused to take the field sobriety and breath tests. Calandra Tsosie Jan. 1, 8 am Aggravated DWI Tsosie’s Dodge Da r t failed to dart off of GPD Officer M a t t h e w Graham’s radar. A Community Ser v ice A id of f icer a ler ted pol ice to McDonald’s west in reference to a group that got into the Dodge. He caught up with Tsosie as she headed east down Highway 66. Graham cut her off in the Sonic parking lot and asked her to park and throw her keys out the window. She then stumbled out of the vehicle, and according to the report, asked Graham if “that is the way you treat Natives?” He asked her the question of

whether she was going to play the race card and got the same response. The four passengers in her vehicle were taken to Gallup Detox and Tsosie, 26, failed the field sobriety tests and blew a .19 – twice. Paul H. Livingston Dec. 28, 11:38 pm DWI Livingston, 61, had tried to purchase booze at Gilbert O r t e g a’s g a s station, but the clerk refused a nd not i f ie d police to be on the lookout for a white Chevy S10 extended cab truck. GPD Officer Chavo Chischilly located Livingston at Elizabeth and Highway 66 – stopped in the middle of

the intersection. He agreed to all of the tests and blew a .12 – twice. Daniel Kevin Tsosie Dec. 24, 6:05 am DWI GPD Officer Darius Johnson was dispatched in response to a ca l l about a blue For d Escape that crashed into a ditch near 816 S. Boardman Dr., landing upside down. Apparently, Tsosie was OK as he agreed to do the field sobriety tests. He smelled of booze, and had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech, according to Johnson’s report. He readily admitted to drinking and driving. Tsosie, 21, blew a .10 and .09 when given the breath tests.

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OPINIONS Veterans hear service officer; DA candidate By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent

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he meet i ng on Ja n. 29 fo r Ve t e r a n s H e l p i n g Veterans in Don Diego’s Restaurant only had two speakers and both were quick and to the point. The first was Veterans Service Office Tyra Saavedra who passed along the most recent update from the VA. According to Saavedra, there is a n office being set up i n Ga l lup at t he Ford Ca nyon Senior Center that will be exclusively for the veteran’s use and manned by a VA representative. Exact timelines have not yet been established but will be posted and announced as soon as they become available. T he second spea ker wa s Bernadine Martin, who a n nou nced her ca nd ida c y for

Bernadine Martin announces her candidacy for District Attorney pending obtaining sufficient signatures on her petition at the Veterans Helping Veterans meeting in Don Diego’s Restaurant on Jan. 29.

Veterans Service Officer Tyra Saavedra speaks to the Veterans Helping Veterans meeting in Don Diego’s Restaurant on Jan. 29. Photos by Tom Hartsock

District Attorney in the election to be held later this yea r. She was also at the meeting to gather needed signatures for her petition that would enable her to run. The veterans present received

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both speakers gratefully. The next meeting of Veterans Helping Veterans is for A-Team members on Feb. 5 at the Fire Station on N. Second and Maloney.

LETTER TO EDITOR Dear Editor, In reading you last edition of the Sun, and other papers I might add, the article on Marijuana, and the poll disturbs me. Besides the fact that I am an un-believer in the benefits, the poll is what disturbs me the most. It says 61% in favor. Well 61% of 400 people is not worth printing. I have been taught for many years that when doing surveys, and polls, 10% is the bare minimum, and the higher percentage you obtain, the more credible your survey or poll becomes. This poll is very misleading, and I would guess that if an accurate poll was done, with 10% of the population of New mexico for instance, you would have a far different outcome. I see many polls done in downtown gallup, that reflect the thoughts of that specific demographic of people that frequent downtown, but if the poll were to be done outside of a 5 block area, again I believe those results would show a lot different outcome. Bottom line, I would suggest that if you are going to print polls from other sources, print some that are most likely to be correct. Dudley Byerley, Gallup, NM

GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF FEB. 5 - FEB. 11

The sun is still fully in Aquarius. It’s the perfect time for intellectual pursuits, political debates, and creative endeavors. Your efforts may require assistance from friends or fellow idea generators, but that works in your favor. Collaborate this week especially in the work force and challenge the status quo. Madame G sees great things ahead.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Your mind works fast and your actions are faster. But, this week you feel pulled into indecision. Stop warring with yourself Aries. Your greatest enemy is you. The path you’ve chosen is yours for better or worse—own it. Don’t try to play the “what if” game. Stick to the plan and pour yourself heart and soul into the project. You’ll be glad you did.

The air is fresh and the days are getting longer. A few years ago, you made health a priority. Recently you’ve let it run away. If you don’t run out and catch it—it won’t return. Like searching for a lost pet, you must get off the couch and go outside. Take a walk around the block and wave to your neighbors. That’s good cardio!

Bring your daughter to workweek can inspire you. Even if you don’t have kids, consider how your actions will affect the next generation. We’re all vested on this planet. Try spending less money on items you think you want. Buy quality items that you need. Shop local at your friendly farmer’s market. Help your friends and family and learn to survive on less. Your wallet will thank you and so will the planet.

What a month, you’re still reeling. But, then again you usually are because you’re wound tighter than a 2-year-old with a rubber band. Relax and breathe. It’s a good idea to start adding in yoga to you daily routine. Instead of heading to the local pub for a pint try a yoga class. You might make a few friends while you’re at it.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Dreams are your special friend and indulgence. But, lately you feel some strain in that area. Is sleep slow to come? Insomnia is a bear and you’ve barely made it through the day. Before you reach for the Ambien, check your health. There could be some underlying cause for concern. If it’s anxiety learn to meditate daily and reap the rewards.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Hammering out the details is not your favored activity. You’d rather provide the big ideas and communicate plans. Remember that all great journeys begin with the first step. Sometimes you have to get down and work or shovel snow from the driveway. Don’t slack! But, don’t let others take advantage of you either. Find the middle ground.

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Feeling a bit nostalgic? You’re not usually one to dwell in the past. Lately you’ve missed the good old days. It’s good to look back once in a while and reflect that’s Aquarius’ influence, just don’t get stuck there. Go out and make new and better memories. The best days are always ahead no matter where you’re at in life, or where you’re going. Move forward.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This week is looking up. Your projects got the go ahead. Your willpower alone pushes them forward. People just don’t know what to make of you and try to take advantage. You’re fiercely loyal to those you care about. But, don’t waste efforts on the weak minded. Some people aren’t worth it.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Virgo you’re the only limiting factor to your success. Don’t let your past dictate your future. If you’re not happy then leave. It’s not up to you to change others. If they can’t grow with you, then it’s not a relationship worth tending. Your fragile heart is afraid. Be brave! You’re stronger than you think.

Getting strong while watching TV isn’t impossible. You could run at the gym or at home. There are plenty of shows that teach you how to get stronger and work out. The world is your jungle gym. Start putting exercise into your daily existence. Walk everywhere that you can and jog when possible. You’ll feel great!

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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) The blessed sun is still in your sign. The days are longer and brighter too. Have you made progress with yourself? Try working at a soup kitchen. Donate more time and energy to taking action. Help out a political or environmental campaign. Sink your teeth into something that you can believe in and take pride in your work.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Happiness is a shallow feeling and doesn’t last. You manage to put on a big smile and fake it. That’s not bad advice. Sometimes it’s best to just fake it till you make it. However, at some point you really have to learn your stuff and be genuine. Learn to listen to your fears and take action on them when necessary. Otherwise you’re spinning your wheels.

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COMMUNITY Three middle-schools vying for ‘dough’ in ‘Pennies for Pizza’ charity drive By Chrissy Largo Sun Correspondent

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magine being able to duct tape your middle school principal to a wall. Would you do it, especially if all it took was some loose change? Well, students at Chief Manuelito Middle School are competing for that rare opportunity as they participate in a month-long charity drive called, “Pennies for Pizzas,” to help raise money for local and national organizations. The Gallup Middle School and JFK Middle School are also a part of the charity drive held for the duration of February. Each school is responsible for raising money for different organizations of their choice and has the option of offering fun incentives for students. The goal is for each school within each grade level to collect as many pennies as they can. The grade level at each school that raises the most money will win a pizza party for their entire class. For Chief Manuelito Middle School, who recently received a “B” Grade from the New Mexico Public Education Department, the students decided that their sixth grade class will donate to

Ida Mangum, creator of “Pennies for Pizza,” says she is excited that all three schools are participating and she has been wanting to do this charity drive since last year. She hopes that this event will become an annual event for participating schools. Photo Credit: Del Ray

the Gallup Community Pantry, their seventh grade class will donate to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and their eighth grade will donate to the Wounded Warriors Project. Ida Mangum, chair person for the Advisory School Council at CMMS, and creator of “Pennies for Pizza,” said this is the first year that all three schools will be a part of the charity drive and she is hoping that this fun event will become an annual affair. “It is a friendly competition but it is also teaching the kids to raise money for charities,” she said. “At the end, when all of it is done, Mr. Wargo (Principal Steven Wa rgo) is going to let six kids tape him to the wall with duct tape. We actually convinced Mr. Garcia, who is the Dean of Students for Chief Manuelito, to also participate to be duct taped.” Wa r go s i m pl y stated that kids need to learn that it’s good Chief Manuelito Middle School Principal Steven Wargo must come to give back to the to terms with being duct tape by students for the sake of charity. community and to He’s a good sport. Photo Credit: Del Ray give back to the less COMMUNITY

fortunate. Also, he said that it is creating a healthy competition amongst other schools but at the same time, raising money for a good cause. “This was really a good idea to tie in community service and try to create something fun in the middle of the school year,” he said. “February is really kind of the doldrums of the school year. The weather is kind of hit-and-miss and we are five or six weeks away from spring break and we are five or six weeks away from having winter break. It is a good time of year to do something fun for the kids.” CMMS students who donate quar ters or larger amounts of money will be eligible for weekly raffle prizes by receiving a ticket for each donation. The drawing will be held every Friday. If their ticket gets pulled, students are eligible to win prizes such as movie tickets, passes to Skate Connection, free bowling at Gal-a-Bowl, gift cards to Amazon, iTunes, and local restaurants. Donations from students will take place during their first and second lunch hours and some sixth grade teachers are collecting donations in their classrooms. However, it is during the busiest time of the day, lunch hour that three big,

Chief Manuelito Middle School Registrar Janice Lincoln writes down the names of two six-grade students that donated to the “Pennies for Pizza” charity drive during the busy lunch hour. Meanwhile, a male student reads about the charity drive from a posted flyer. Photo Credit: Del Ray

nicely-decorated pickle buckets were transformed into penny collectors, so students are able to donate. Janel Lomasney, 14, an eighth-grade student, who has been attending CMMS since she was in the sixth grade, donated to the charity drive. “I donated to ‘Pennies for Pizza’ because other people need things that they don’t have right now. I wanted to help out and just to see what I could do for them,” she said. A s for Ga l lu p M idd le School, with about 435 students, roughly about 150 per grade level, Principal Carrie Lovato, said that her students are committed to donating to two orga nizations, the

Veterans Helping Veterans a nd the A mer ica n Ca ncer Society. GMS students will be collecting donations during their first hour classes and prize drawings will be held on Fridays to those that give more than just a penny value. “My student’s are really excited about it,” she said. “I think it is a great opportunity for Gallup Mid students to have an idea of what charitable organizations are in this community. I think that is something that the kids aren’t always aware of.” Lovato added that she

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Locals converge on Santa Fe By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent

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ANTA FE – The annual Gallup-McKinley Day at the Roundhouse is described by locals as a time when area folks get to introduce a piece of Gallup culture to the state legislature. Those that attended the daylong affair on Jan. 28, started

COST OF DEBT | FROM PAGE 4 Ga l lup Mayor Ja ck ie McKinney opened the meeting, saying “everyone has a stake in the economic situation of the state. Each one of you has a place in this,” McKinney said. McKinney mentioned that phasing out of “Hold Harmless” tax exemption will have a detrimental impact on Gallup as the city stands to lose more than $3.2 million in revenue over the next 15 years. “We’re in no position to raise taxes,” he said. In 2005, Hold Harmless was implemented during Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration. Consumers no longer had to pay taxes on some medical services and food expenses. The state made up for by injecting communities with the extra cash to make up for the shortfall. Joining the discussion on numerous topics, were Taxation & Revenue Director Demesia Padilla; Economic

by Rep. Patricia Lundstrom, D-Gallup, not long after she was first elected to the N.M. House of Representatives in 2001, did just that. The agenda consisted of House and Senate people recognitions by Lundstrom, Rep. Wonda Johnson, D-Church Rock, Rep. Eliseo Alcon, D-Milan, and Sen. George Munoz, D-Gallup. “It’s always a good time of the year as far as letting people

know a lot about the city and McKinley County,” Munoz, elected in 2009, and a Gallup native, said. “Everybody who serves in the state legislature appreciates it and we all get a lot of comments about it when it’s over.” The affair included informational exhibits about the city and county. Mary Jean Ch r i st i a n sen, ow ner a nd operator of Elite Cleaners

Development Depa r tment Deputy Cabinet Secretar y Ba rba r a Br a z i l; F i n a nce Authority Chief Lending Officer Zach Dillenback; RBC Capital Markets Managing Director Paul Cassidy; New Mexico A s soci a t ion of Cou nt ie s Executive Director Steve Kopelman; and New Mexico Hospital Association President & CEO Jeff Dye. L o c a l l y, t h e m e e t i n g was attended by McKinley County Manager Bill Lee; UNM-G Executive Director Dr. Chris Dyer; Gallup City Councilman Yogash Kumar; Gallup City Manager Mary Ann Ustick; Gallup Director of General Services Rick Snider; Ga l lup Elect r ic Di rect or Richard Matzke; RMCHCS Chief Development Officer Ina Burmeister; NWNMCOG Executive Director Jeff Kiely; John Badal of Sacred Wind; Ian Johnson of BNSF, and a board member of the GGEDC board member Rick Murphy of Murphy Builders; and Sarah Piano of Big Brothers Big Sisters, among others.

CHARITY DRIVE | FROM PAGE 9 created a list of local charitable organizations for her students such as the Humane Society; however, the student body ultimately voted on what charities the school would donate to. “I am really excited they selected the Veterans Helping Veterans,” she said. “I think that it really shows how patriotic this town is and also the American Cancer Society. I know that several of my students, here at Gallup Mid, have family members that have been impacted by cancer.”

and part of the event’s planning committee, said things went very well throughout the entire day. Christensen p r e s e n t e d G o v. S u s a n a Ma r tinez with a robe a nd others from around McKinley County gave short presentations about their particular area of exper tise. A small contingent of planning committee members distributed corn necklaces to offices of members of the Senate and House of Representatives at the Roundhouse.

Bill Lee updated Martinez on things happening around the county, Gallup-McKinley Schools Superintendent Frank Chiapetti updated Martinez on school happenings, noting that 20 schools increased their scores on the New Mexico Public Education Report Card – among them David Skeets Elementary School. Skeets improved from “D” to a “B.” Gallup-McKinley County Day concluded with a reception at The Eldorado in downtown Santa Fe.

Joining in on the fun is JFK Middle School, who is donating their proceeds to the Gallup Community Pantry so far. No other organizations have been named yet because each grade level is still deciding. JFK Middle School Principal, Rober ta Tayah, said that last year JFK Middle School organized a school dance and the proceeds, which was close to $200 was donated to the Gallup Community Pantry for the holidays. “We stay within our Gallup community,” she said “This is really good for students to know that it benefits their own

community.” As par t of the incentive aspect of the charity drive, the school plans on having a drawing ever y Friday for students that donate more t ha n a qua r ter. T he pr i ze will be a new long-sleeved shirt with the school logo on the front. For more information on each middle school’s charity drive information, please contact Chief Manuelito Middle School Principal Steven Wargo at (505) 721-5600, Gallup Middle School Principal Carrie Lovato at (505) 721-1051, or JFK Middle School Pr incipa l Rober ta Tayah at (505) 721-3100.

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies feels a bit stiff By Glenn Kay For the Sun

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t this point, we’ve seen more takes on the famous and enormously popular Jane Austen novel than probably any of us can count. At least the latest adaptation does throw in a new and unexpected element into the mix - the undead. Yet, while Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has its moments, the movie is afraid to take any liberties or poke fun at its source material. It’s well mounted but feels a bit stiff and doesn’t go far enough to maximize the outrageous potential the material possesses. Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is a young woman living with her parents and sisters. Concerned for the future of the family, their mother (Sally Phillips) encourages the ladies to begin looking for well-to-do husbands. Oh, and there’s also an infection spreading across the land that causes people to die and turn into flesh-eating zombies. In between her warrior training, Elizabeth and her sisters meet many suitors. However, the two who make the biggest impression on the lead are a charming

The Bennet sisters slay some undead arses while looking for husbands in “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” Opens in theaters Feb. 5. Photo Credit: Sony Pictures

soldier George Wickham (Jack Huston) and blunt, stuffy, aristocratic monster hunter, Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley). The filmmakers have clearly decided not to emphasize the outrageousness of the situation, perhaps to its demerit. Sure, there are some changes and an interesting wrinkle to the zombie formula (a dead person can speak normally and it takes time to show visible signs of their demise), but after seeing the ladies fight some off early on, events quickly revert

back to the classic plot of Elizabeth sorting out her complicated feelings for the two men. Despite the new challenge in identifying a zombie, little is done with it creatively. It does play a part in the opening and at the very end of the film, but overall this concept is never fully utilized. The interactions and budding relationships between characters progress traditionally and the dramatic potential for suspicion of infection between the ladies

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and their suitors isn’t emphasized as much as it should be. There’s little tension or drama among the leads as to the threat or who the undead may be. At least the performers are decent, taking their roles seriously and acting as though they are in a straight-forward retelling of Austen’s material. People coming to the theater will expect the heroines to take on more zombies between their romantic escapades. And what’s so surprising about this mash-up is just how unexceptional the horror and action sequences a re. T here’s a good moment or two, including a scene in which a formal conversation is abruptly

stopped by a zombie meeting his demise via a loud musket shot. It’s an effective and jarring moment that contrasts traditional etiquette with a dose of, if not reality, then a jolt of violence. Unfortunately, there aren’t more scenes like this to add more subtext to the concept. Instead, the screenplay wedges a few brief zombie interactions within the preexisting story, or has the characters give exposition while practicing their martial arts routine. The jokes are scattershot and interestingly enough, those that make the biggest impact aren’t new. Zombie sequences are edited together in a competent but otherwise flat manner. In particular, the film’s climax leaves much to be desired. It doesn’t use the undead onslaught to its full potential and beyond the characters riding on horseback past flesh-eaters and a brief sword fight, not a whole lot of excitement results. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies would have been a little better served if it had used the novel as an inspiration, strayed further from the original story and integrated the undead in a smoother manner. Ultimately, it feels like a passable adaptation of the Austen book with zombies thrown in here and there as a throwaway gimmick, instead of using the bizarre concept as a way to satirize manners in a completely original way. Vi sit: www.cinema stance.com 207 WEST COAL GALLUP 505.863.1250 www.elmorrotheatre.com

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SPORTS 360 Bengal Ladies putting up big numbers, and wins By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent

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his year’s edition of the Bengal Ladies’ B a s k e t b a l l Te a m i s d oi n g w h a t i s expected of them by coach Kamau Turner and the fans that follow them everywhere. Girls’ basketball in New Mexico has been growing in popularity, especially in the Four Corners area, where Gallup, Shiprock, Kirtland, Ramah and others within this geographic region have brought home the coveted Championship titles in almost all of the last 20-30 years. And the faithful fans follow the teams. Dan Salzwedel, the former head of the NMAA, once remarked to this reporter that if he had a wish it would be that every state basketball tournament, boys and girls, be populated as much as possible by all high schools of every size from the Four Corners. His reasoning was simple; the fans could and did fill the Pit for the games, even if their particular school was not playing. Since Gallup High was and almost still is the largest and oldest school in this area, their fans are even more fan-atical than normal. The Bengal Ladies have even packed away games,

causing one Farmington coach to remark, “We played in our gym, but it felt like we were the visitors.” At 18-0 this year (through Feb. 1) the Gallup team is having one of their better seasons. The team has scored 1,326 points in those games (an average of 73.66) while holding their opponents to a mere 943 (average 52.39). Individual player stats will not be available until the end of the season. Coach Kamau Turner does not want his players concerned about details like that. “We continue to not worry about our record,” said the seventh year coach. “We must continue to defend, play hard, and get the last win of the season (the championship game). We need to continue to do a good job on the court and find ways to win.” Tur ner ha s been there before, twice. He’s got a state championship win and a loss. He is not interested in being a runner-up again. “One thing I found out last year,” Turner explained, “is that losing in the championship game does not feel any better than losing in the quarter finals.” Gallup will lose six players to graduation this year, which

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Eleven of the Bengal Girls’ Basketball pose for the camera after practice on Feb. 2: From left, Shenoah Begay, Camille Etscitty, Ni’Asia McIntosh, Deerae Torrez, Rhiannon Singer, SaraAnne Shirley, Leona Smith, Kalisha Kinsel, Ashley Antone, Cori Gordon, and Paige Juan. Photo Credit: Tom Hartsock

is about normal for high school varsity teams. Those seniors are, alphabetically: Brittany Bahe, Shenoah Begay, Camille Etsitty, Cori Gordon, Ni’Asia McIntosh, and Deerae Torrez. Four juniors help to fill some of the slots: Paige Juan, Kalisha Kinsel, SaraAnne Shirley, and Rhiannon Singer, while two sophomores, Journey Gilson and Leona Smith, and freshman Ashley Antone complete the 2015-16 Bengal varsity package. Speaking of packages, one arrived for Turner during the practice Feb 2. It was the Hall of Fame banner from NMAA to hang on the wall of the Bengal gym for Justina Prairie Chief, who coincidentally came to play for Gallup the first year Turner was the girls’ coach. “Wait for the eighth-graders and freshmen coming up in the JV and C-team ranks,” Turner said. Anthony Sanchez coaches the JV and Alicia Smith the C-team and both are doing very well. “I’ll get my Master’s degree in April from Grand Canyon University and I want to move into administration, but would have to give up coaching in this district. Maybe I could get an administrative position in Window Rock or

somewhere close and still be able to get back for practice every evening.” The first sentence makes some fans want to see these younger girls play, and the district rules don’t make a lot of sense when they penalize smart, capable people from doing a better job in education. Bureaucracies are often that way. Another district regulation are the travel restrictions that hurt our GMCS

team’s exposure and schedule strength. Although the Gallup girls’ are listed at number one on MaxPrep for the state, they are only ranked 97th nationally because of that restriction. Meanwhile, Grants and Kirtland both sent teams to California over the Winter Break, while the Bengal ladies had to content themselves with sitting home, reading about those games, and wondering how they would have fared against that competition.

She may be one of the shortest girls on the team, but senior Shenoah Begay is always a threat on offense or defense. Photo Credit: Tom Hartsock

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A Sold Out Crowd is Always a Good Sign By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent

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eople all around the area are asking about the ava ilabilit y of tickets for the Rotary Scholarship Banquet that will feature ‘Mean Joe’ Greene on Feb. 11. Although confirmation has not yet been made, word has it that all the advance tickets have been sold. Since that word is not confirmed, interested parties should contact a member of the Rotary for more information. Sammy Chioda is in charge of this, as far as is known, but

other Rotarians may know more about it. It is always good when a local service club has an extremely good turnout for any event, especially when it involves students in the area. Proceeds from the sales, and other fundraisers put on by these great men and women, will be distributed among the finalists for Seniors of the Month from area high schools. And listeners at the banquet will get to hear from one of the original “Steel Curtain” member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. It is one of the best ways to beat the winter doldrums after the Super Bowl.

by a nd bet ween t he NM Finance Authority and the City of Gallup. This ordinance was presented by Vince Tovar, Director, Gallup Water and Sanitation. The funding amount is $4,295,167 for the planning, design and construction of Reach 27.7a and 27.13 of the Gallup Rural Navajo Water Supply Project. Klo Abeita, the Human Resources Director, asked for council approval to convert an existing Part-Time Judicial Aide to Full-Time status at the Municipal Court due to an increasing workload. The cost to the taxpayers will be $10,624.27 for the remainder of FY2016. R ick Sn ider, t he General Services Director, soug ht approva l of a n Intergovernmental Project Participation Agreement and Security Agreement with the

NM Economic Development Depa r tment for El Mor ro Theater. This is a $100,000 grant from NMEDD for the historic El Morro Theater and will provide for a minimum of two part-time jobs at the theater. Resolution # R2016-10 was presented by Richard Matzke, Director, Ga llup Electr ic Department, and authorized the Investment Grade Energy Audit and Project Proposal Agreement between Energy Control, Inc. (ECI)/Opterra Energy Services, and the City of Gallup. ECI will provide and investment grde energy audit of City facilities, including water, wastewater, sports field lighting and street lighting. The report will include proposed energy sav ings measures, project coast, and expected savings. Chief Financial Officer Patty Holland presented a fiscal year 2016 Lodgers’ Tax Funding for events and also Resolution

#R2016-9, which covered the second Quarter of fiscal year 2016 Budgt Adjustments and Report of Actuals. Lodgers’ Tax Funding was requested for a business previously approved: 24-Hours in the Enchanted Forest (Zia Rides) for $5,000 with 750 people in attendance. Holla nd a lso rev iewed changes to the budget and submits them to council for approval each quarter. The council must then pa ss a resolution for all increases, de c r e a s e s a nd t r a n sfer s between funds. The report to the Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) on budget revisions is due Jan. 31, 2016. The budget proposal requested $625,760 from GF reserves and an additional $312,482 from various other funds. All funds have sufficient reserve balances. All of the items on the agenda were approved by the City Council.

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Crosstown Rivals meet on the court Story & Photos by Shepherd Waldenberger Sun Correspondent The Miyamura gymnasium was

packed with fans from both sides on Feb. 2 as the Gallup and Miyamura boys’ basketball teams faced off. The game started out close, with a low-scoring first quarter and solid defense on

Miyamura’s Brandon Vidal releases a shot against Colton Lowley of Gallup soars above Miyamura defendTroy Estitty of Gallup. ers to score in the first half.

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both sides. In the second quarter, however, Gallup began to pull away, and Miyamura could never quite catch up. Gallup’s quick transition play racked up points, while Miyamura took a more

Patriot Jason Upshaw scores a layup on a fast break against Gallup.

conservative approach and tried to run down the clock. Both teams gave great performances, and the fans were thrilled by the show. In the end, Gallup came out on top, 57-44.

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Scores Jan. 26, Tuesday GHS BBB 79, Aztec 35 MHS BBB 56, Piedra Vista 48 RCHS BBB 49, Navajo Pine 61 RCHS GBB 42, Tohatchi 78 ToHS GBB 78, Rehoboth 42 WHS GBB 24, Kirtland Central 56 Jan. 27, Wednesday GHSWRST – Four Corners Duals, No individual results MHS WRST @ Four Corners Duals Miyamura had three wrestlers undefeated in this meet: Drake Guerrero (106), AJ Starkovich (152) and Jeremiah Salaz (145). ToHS BBB 80, Newcomb 69 Jan. 28, Thursday GHS GBB 67, Aztec 50 MHS GBB 32, Piedra Vista 68 RCHS GBB 62, Newcomb 43 WHS BBB 60, Kirtland Central 67 OT Jan. 29, Friday GHS BBB 43, Farmington 56

MHS BBB 75, Aztec 61 WHS GBB 66, Thoreau 65 Jan. 30, Saturday GHS GBB 71, Farmington 55 MHS GBB 38, Aztec 50 RCHS BBB 49, Tohatchi 56 ToHS BBB 56, Rehoboth 49 ToHS GBB 77 Newcomb 44 WHS BBB 63, Thoreau 55 OT Feb. 2, Tuesday GHS BBB 57, Miyamura 44 MHS BBB 44, Gallup 57 RCHS BBB 46, Navajo Prep 50 RCHS GBB 54, Crownpoint 59 WHS GBB @ Shiprock NO SCORES REPORTED Feb. 3, Wednesday GHS WRST vs. Grants, 4 Feb. 4, Thursday GHS GBB vs. Miyamura, 7 MHS GBB @ Gallup, 7 RCHS BBB vs. To’hajiilee, 6:30 WHS BBB vs. Shiprock, 7

Schedules Feb. 5, Friday MHS BBB vs. Farmington, 7 RCHS GBB vs. Navajo Prep, 6:30 ToHS BBB @ Navajo Prep, 7 WHS GBB vs. Bloomfield, 7 Feb. 6, Saturday GHS WRST @ Dist. 1-5A, 8am MHS GBB vs. Farmington, 7 RCHS BBB vs. Crownpoint, 7 ToHS GBB vs. Newcomb, 1 WHS BBB @ Bloomfield, 3 WHS WRST @ 1-4A Districts, TBA Feb. 8, Wednesday ToHS BBB @ Shiprock, 7 Feb. 9, Tuesday GHS BBB @ Piedra Vista, 7

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR FEB. 5 – FEB. 11, 2016 FRIDAY FEB. 5 FAMILY MOVIE (ALL AGES) Join us for a free family movie. Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Film: Annie (2014) REHOBOTH HOMECOMING Please join us on Feb. 5 - 6, as the Lynx take on Navajo Prep and Crownpoint. Come and reminisce with former classmates. Friday: Girls Basketball Home vs. Navajo Prep. Begins at 4 pm. Saturday: Boys Basketball Home vs. Crownpoint. Begins at 1 pm. For more information please call, (505) 863-4412. Location: Rehoboth Christian School. AMERICAN INDIAN DAY It’s American Indian day at the Legislature. Broadening State Tribal Relations for generations to come. For more information please visit the Indian Affairs Department website: www.iad. state.nm.us or call Nicole Macias at (505) 476-1600. COMPUTER CLASSES The library is offering a free computer class: Introduction to the Internet. Begins at 11 am. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. Registration is required, to register please call (505) 863-1291. Location: Main Branch, 115 W. Hill. SATURDAY FEB. 6 SOCK HOP DJ Marvelous will provide a variety of dance music for an evening of Sock Hop at Perkins Hall. Donations will benefit the Community Pantry and their important work feeding the hungry in our community. There will be punch and cookies. All ages are welcome. Begins at 7 pm. For more information please call (505) 863-4695. Location: Church of the Holy Spirit Episcopal, 1334 Country Club Drive. CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION The Library will celebrate the Chinese New Year. Help us celebrate the year of the monkey by making red monkey lanterns and eating special fortune cookies. CALENDAR

Kids will receive a special red envelope gift. Begins at 2 pm. For more information, please call (505) 726-6120. Location: Children’s Branch, 200 W Aztec Ave. SUNDAY FEB. 7 BISHOP’S MARDI GRAS Join Bishop James S. Wall and Catholic People’s Foundation for Bishop’s Mardi Gras 2016, Feb. 6 - 7. There will be a gourmet steak dinner, fantastic silent auction, music, dancing, classic car giveaway, and a bar. Admission: $65 per person. Happy Hour starts at 6:30 pm and dinner at 7 pm. For more information please call, (505) 726-8295. Location: Sacred Heart Cathedral Gym MONDAY FEB. 8 GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY SCHOOLS There will be a Parent/ Teacher Conference. Check with your child’s school for the exact time. For more information please call, (505) 721-1000. Location: Student Support Center. TUESDAY FEB. 9 COMPUTER CLASSES The library is offering a free computer class: Facebook for Beginners. Begins at 3 pm. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. Registration is required, to register please call (505) 863-1291. Location: Main Branch, 115 W. Hill. CITY OF GALLUP There will be a city council meeting. Agendas will be available at least 72 hours prior to each meeting. Begins at 6 pm. For more information please call, (505) 863-1254. Location: 110 W. Aztec Ave. WEDNESDAY FEB. 10 TODDLER TIME (AGES 2 TO 4) An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement rhymes, and stories. Starts: 10:30 am. Children’s Branch, 200 W Aztec Ave. Free MAKER’S CLUB A club for kids interested in science, math, building, and inventing (Ages 7 and up). Each week will feature a different challenge, project, or experiment. Starts: 4 pm.

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Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. This Week: Dancing Colors. Free FEBRUARY FILMS Join us for a free family movie. Popcorn provided. Starts at 5pm. Main Branch, 115 W. Hill. Film: Precious OPEN-MIC-NIGHT Local talent takes center stage from 7:30 - 9:30 pm at Coal Street Pub, 303 West Coal Ave. (505) 722-0117. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Meetings every Wednesday at 6 pm, First United Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Dr, corner of Nizhoni/Red Rock. Enter northwest corner off Nizhoni; Library room. THURSDAY FEB. 11 NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING We invite residents of District 4 to visit with Councilor Fran Palochak. Starts: 6 pm. For more information, please call (505) 863-1220 Location: Stagecoach Elementary School. COMPUTER CLASSES The library is offering a free computer class: Job Search with Technology. Begins at 3pm. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. Starts at 3 pm. Registration is required, to register please call (505) 863-1291. Location: Main Branch, 115 W. Hill. GETTING BACK TO BUSINESS The US Department of Health and Human Services, the Office the Secretary, and the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization are hosting a series of community outreach events. These events will educate small businesses about federal procurement. For more information please call, Cynthia Jarvison (505) 722-2220. Location: Central New Mexico Community College, Albuquerque. CRAFTY KIDS Fun crafts for the whole family (all ages). Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. Make: Presidents Day Mask Craft. Free

ONGOING REGISTER FOR GALLUP AMATEUR BASEBALL/SOFTBALL! Walk-in registration for the Gallup Amateur Baseball/ Softball Association has been announced for Saturdays, Feb. 13, 20, and 27 at the Center Stage in Rio West Mall from 10 am until 2 pm. The fee per child is $75 for the first and $60 for the second in the same family. T-Ball fees are $60 each. Birth certificates are required! On-line registration has been active since Jan. 1 at: www. gallupaabc.com. Late registrations begin Mar. 1 and will add to the original entrance fee $50-75, depending on how late you can sign your children up to play. Registrants after April 30 will be put on a waiting list. ART EXHIBIT Throughout the month of February, the Children’s Branch will display the pillars of history exhibit featuring historical figures. Each pillar in the library will show images and information on a figure that has contributed to the growth and development of the country. For more information please contact the Children’s Branch at (505) 726-6120. Location: Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. RECYCLING COUNCIL McKinley Citizen’s Recycling Council is a local non-profit working to increase recycling through education, community outreach, and partnership with local government agencies. MCRC meets the first Saturday of the month at 2 pm, at Red Mesa on Hill St. For more information please call (505) 722-5142 or visit www. Recylegallup.org. COMMUNITY PANTRY The Hope Garden is offering organic produce for sale from 10 am - 12 pm, Tue - Fri. We are located at 1130 E. Hasler Valley Rd. All funds go to helping feed local folks. For personal attention call (505) 726-8068 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) 979-0511. fibcgallup@ gmail.com / www.fibcgallup. weebly.com 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. SAVE THE DATE DANA CHANDLER EXHIBIT Throughout the month of February, the Octavia Fellin Library will host a special art exhibit by Professor Dana Chandler: An Activist Art Retrospective. Chandler has been featured in Time, Jet, Newsweek, and Encore. A reception for the artist will be held on Feb. 13 during ArtsCrawl at the Main Library. For more information please call, (505) 863-1291. Location: Main Branch, 115 W. Hill. NAVAJO NATION SCIENCE FAIR The Red Rock State ParkChurch Rock presents the Navajo Nation Science Fair, Feb. 23- 25. Registration deadline: Feb. 17 at midnight. Categories available include: animal science, behavioral and social science, biology, chemistry, and more. For online registration please visit: www. sciencefairregstration.com. For more information please contact the Dine School improvement: (505) 871-7452. EVENTS AT RIO WEST MALL Feb. 11 –Valentine Acronym Contest Entries Due Feb. 15 –President’s day Drawing Contest Entries Due 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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