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Featured Artist Rossi Bright
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Bright speaks of ‘seeing the extraordinary within the ordinary’ foundations, it’s a life-long process in evolving artistically.” When asked who inspires her, she says that many artists inspire her locally, nationally, internationally and historically. Rossi says she feels much of her work relates to the communication between and existence of various dimensions/realms, seen and unseen, conscious or unconscious, all facilitating our growth on this plane of existence.
By Chrissy Largo Sun Correspondent
ossi Bright knows she was destined to be an artist. She knew when she was a child growing up in the Midwest. And she credits her parents who she says were good about taking her to art museums. “It just seemed to be a natural instinct I had,” she said. “My head seemed to have an imagination for such things.” With no specific category, time frame, nor explanation, and sometimes she likes to throw in a title or two to describe her artwork, Bright opened up about the process of how she develops her work as a stream of consciousness. “I just do it because I have to do it,” she said. “I just kind of do whatever is coming through to me at any given time. Being a clear channel for creative work to come through me, kind of like meditative practices.” Before moving to Gallup in 1997, she lived in Brooklyn, New York and did what most starving artists and musicians did — work in the city and partake in odd food service jobs. However, before landing herself a position with Village Voice newspaper in the display advertising department, she was part of rock band. “I was a part of an alternative rock band called Frank’s Museum, for about 10 years,” she said. “We were part of a collective of bands, called Brooklyn Beat, that rebelled against the music industry. We were producing and recording our own music at that time.” She recalls her life in New York as inspiring as there was a limitless energy, and people were doing countless things at one time. Since moving to Gallup, she finds that there is a whole different kind of energy that she describes as “more grounded, earthy, and raw.” Today, she is the manager of GALLUP FUN!
Not only that, but she is fearless. “She puts it out there for people to see,” he said. “She isn’t afraid to put her art on the wall.” For Bright, she feels that art is more than just imagination – it is about mediation and perceiving life, people, or situations in a more expansive way. She hopes the viewer will bring their own perception or
Rossi Bright flips through collections of her diverse work in at the Open Studio/Outsider Gallery. Photo Credit: Shepherd Waldenberger
the Open Studio/Outsider Gallery, formerly Gallery 211, located in downtown Gallup, which has been in existence since 2011 and has downsized due to cuts in arts funding. Funding for the Open Studio/Outsider Gallery was once supported by DSI/Disability Services Inc., from 2001 to Feb. 2015, but it is now funded by Dungarvin, Inc. The Open Studio/Outsider Gallery is an inclusive gallery that features artwork of various talented and local artists, which includes Bright’s artwork. “I have portfolios with different things in it,” she said. “I try to do various series of work to keep my creative juices and imagination going, and also, expansiveness and exploration because I think artists are ever evolving. It is a growing thing.” One of her portfolios, titled “Dia de Muertos” offers a kaleidoscopic view of illustrations that hold a certain resonance with her as she speaks of the holiday, honoring those that have passed on. “To me everything is alive,” she said. “Even though you may not be able to see it that way or perceive it that way, I think there is a very thin veil about what is really going on this planet plane of existence. The
seen and the unseen.” Her ink drawing series often includes feline characters, which are not the usual furry creatures. They are meant to imply more of a metaphor for mysticism and humor. “These little entities that are around, they are kind of like the mystic observer,” she said. “Giving people some kind of guidance, message or having some kind of exchange between the dimensions of what may or may not be happening.” She explains that colors are a crucial aspect to her artwork because not only do certain colors work together but they possess certain vibrations together. “It may be a little esoteric for people [the viewer], but for me that is part of what is speaking, in a piece of work is color, the composition, and the subject matter, if there is a subject matter,” she said. Even though she’s had a mix of “some academic training”, and pays homage to the teacher that allowed her to take her artistic abilities to new heights, she was also self taught. In her own words, “self taught in the sense that most a r tists continue to teach themselves and expand their craft after their academic
Collage cards created by Bright hang on the wall in the Open Studio/Outsider Gallery. Photo Credit: Shepherd Waldenberer
Bi l l Keeler, of Ga l lup Jewelry and Pawn, who has known Bright for over 17 years, added that her work is the kind of work you can’t just look at and walk away. “It gives you pause for thought,” he said. “You really have to look at her work. There’s so much in there and a lot of stuff isn’t apparent at first glance. You wonder what she is thinking.”
story to the piece they are viewing, something that resonates with their own spirit or psyche. “It is about seeing the extraordinary within the ordinary,” she said. “And ordinary life isn’t just ordinary. In fact, there is so much going on all the time, all around, within and within out of you.” For more information call: (505) 863-0389.
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Sundance selects NextGen Native American filmmakers for 2016 Full Circle Fellowships
“STORYTELLERS BROADEN OUR MINDS; ENGAGE, PROVOKE, INSPIRE AND ULTIMATELY CONNECT US.” – ROBERT REDFORD, FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF THE SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
A RK CI T Y, U TA H – The Sunda nce Institute announced at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival that four budding Native American filmmakers have been selected for Full Circle Fellowships. The Full Circle program develops and supports young emerging native filmmakers and is part of the Native Institute’s yearround support of offerings for Native artists. N. Bird Runningwater, the director of the Sundance Institute’s Native American a nd Indigenous Progra m,
said: Through the Full Circle Fellowship we build on our long-standing mentorship and support for three generations of Native filmmakers by focusing on the emerging fourth generation and ensuring these young artists have the tools and resources to share their stories. “We look forward to a year of full creativity, collaboration and inspiring experiences with these very talented artists.”
The 2016 Full Circle fellows are: • Megan Babbitt is from Flagstaff, Ariz., and is currently a junior at Northern Arizona University studying creative film and media with an emphasis on media production. Babbitt’s interest in film began when she was eight years old. Her mother is from Kayenta,
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‘Saints and Strangers’ follows Natives and the arrival of pilgrims CHINLE’S TATANKA MEANS HEADLINES NEW FEB. 16 DOCUMENTARY By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
HINLE – As an actor, entertainer and clothi n g ent repreneu r, Tatanka Means has performed everything from comedy, to dramas, to documentaries. But he insists that he doesn’t go out looking for film or stage roles. “I have several manager and agents who look for roles for me,” Means told the Gallup Sun Feb. 10. “We are all on the same page about what type of roles I want to play and how I want to portray my people. “We pass on a lot of things that would put Native people in a negative light.” Means, son of the late acclaimed Native American actor
Tantanka Means stars in National Geographic’s fourth scripted film, ‘Saints and Strangers,’ which dramatizes the pilgrims Mayflower voyage to the Americas. Photo Credit: Courtesy
Russell Means, plays the leading role in a new movie, “Saints and Strangers,” put out by the National Geographic Channel. Filmed for a little more than two months in Cape Town, South
Africa, it’s National Geographic’s fourth scripted film. Means said the film is about the Mayflower voyage from Europe to North America and the lives of the people aboard
the ship. The story follows them across the ocean into the development of the Plymouth settlement and gets into their relationships with the surrounding Indigenous tribes who were already established and inhabiting the lands for thousands of years prior to the arrival of the Pilgrims. It tells the story of the first Thanksgiving and how the Native people saved the lives of the immigrant Pilgrims and taught them how to survive through the treacherous winters and trade among the neighboring tribes. Means character in the film, Hobbamock, is based on a real life person among the Pokanoket people, he said. Hobbamock was a military liaison between the English and the surrounding tribes, Means noted.
“We spoke all of the Native dialogue in the actual sister language to the original people of that time called Abenaki,” he said. “It was a great experience personally and professionally to have had the opportunity to do this.” The film comes out on DVD on Feb. 16. The film’s director is Paul Edwards. The film premiered nationwide on the National Geographic Channel on Nov. 22, 2015. The Chinle-born Means rose to fame years ago performing around the Indian Capital with 49 Laughs, a traveling comedy show. Means said he’s in the process of writing a feature-length comedy spoof that he’ll independently producing. “I’m hoping filming will begin this fall,” Means said of the project.
Standing Rock’s Tsouhlarakis receives fellowship award By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
ARK CITY, UTAH – Anna Tsouhlarakis, who is of Navajo and Greek descent, was recently selected for an artist fellowship by the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, which is based in Portland, Ore. The honor was announced at the beginning of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Liz Hill, who handles public relations for the festival, said Tsouhlarakis was one of 13 native ar tists picked for the honor, which comes w it h a $10,0 0 0 f i n a nc i a l component.
Anna Tsouhlarakis, an artist who hails from Standing Rock, receives a prestigious fellowship award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Photo Credit: Courtesy
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SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL TRIVIA: • Where is Sundance Film Festival founder and president Robert Redford from? • a) Santa Monica, Calif. b) Washington, D.C. c) Provo, Utah d) Chicago, Ill. • In which of the following does the Sundance Institute host festivals? a) London b) Hong Kong c) Park City, Utah d) all of the above • What year was the Sundance Film Festival founded? a) 2002 b) 2016 c) 1981 d) 1993 • Of the following actors, which has appeared in the most Sundance films? A) James Franco b) Billy D. Williams c) Russell Means d) Tilda Swinton • Which of the following films has premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in past years? a) Beasts of the Southern Wild b) El Mariachi c) Napoleon Dynamite d) all of the above ANSWERS: 1) a; 2) d; 3) c; 4) d; 5) d GALLUP FUN!
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Boys & Girls Club youth gathers around to welcome Nellie the pony into the family. Photo Credit: Shepherd Waldenberger
By Shepherd Waldenberger Sun Correspondent
he Boys a nd Girls Club of Gallup welcomed a new equine member on Feb. 4, courtesy of the Gallup Wells Fargo branch. The stuffed pony, Nellie, was earned by the Gallup Wells Fargo employees
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Marisa Hutchinson, CEO of Boys and Girls Club of Gallup, helps Morgan Belone with her math homework. Photo Credit: Shepherd Waldenberger
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from Yale University in New Haven, Conn., in 2002. The NACF gives monetary awards that assists with support in order to provide native artists opportunities to explore and experiment with new creative projects to further develop their artistic careers. To date, NACF has supported more than 150 artists and organizations in more than 24 states and native communities nationw ide, Hill said. A scu lpt u re, a nd now a Wa shing ton, D.C., resident, Tsouhlarakis said she was pleased to receive the honor. She said she considers Standing Rock “home,” saying she returns to the small Navajo Nation community between Coyote Canyon and Crownpoint as much as possible. She said she intends to broaden her professional horizons and expand on the work she’s already done.
Foundation awarded its distinguished National A r tist Fellowships to a new group of talented, recognizable and promising artists,” Hill said. “ T h i r teen awa rdees were selec t ed f rom a n at ion a l open ca ll of A mer ica n Indian, A laska and Native Hawaiian artists applicants who were met icu lou sly reviewed by a panel of arts experts.” H i l l not e d t h a t t ho s e who received awards came from A r izona , Ca lifor nia , C o l o r a d o , Wa s h i n g t o n D.C . , M i c h i g a n , a m o n g other states. The Nava jo born Tsouhlarakis is from Standing Rock, NM, and is a 1999 graduate of Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. She graduated with a master’s degree in studio art and Nat ive A mer ica n St ud ie s
Back-to-Back wins spark Starlette dancers
Starlette dancers group photo of ‘Rhythmettes’ (in black) and ‘Dazzlers’ (in blue). Photo Credit: Starlette Dance Studio
Alyssa Gonzales (second), and Raelynn Sisneros (third) swept the Junior Hip-Hop category. Heaven Lee was first in the Mini (Dazzlers) Solo Jazz, while Tiana Tom and Malayzia Kennedy were first and second, respectively, in the Mini HipHop category, and MelaRay Romero was first in the Mini Dance Solo Open division. Other team performers for the Starlette Rhythmettes are, alphabetically: Kairi Garcia; Kapricia Greene; Christina Herrera; Bianca Jimenez; Kaylah
Nicole K ing; A nabelle Randolph; Alevia Saucedo; Faith Swatzell; Lee Ann Toledo; and Amy Yazzie. State competition for the GHS Bengal Girls’ Dance Team will resume on March 5 at the Pit for the UNM Spring Spirit
Invitational and conclude on April 1-2 at the Pit for the State Championship. The Starlette Dancers, both Dazzlers and Rhythmettes, will compete on March 12 in Santa Fe and again on March 29 for Parents’ Night at Gallup High School.
By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent
t may be something that Kristy Tiley and her crews of da ncers have done before, but winning on consecutive weekends is still a thrill for them. The Gallup High School Bengal Girls’ Dance Team pulled off that double fairly easily on Jan. 30 and Feb. 6, earning the NM State Grand Championship at the first meet and then repeating at the Spirit of Hope Challenge the following week, despite missing one of their co-captains, Brianna Mortensen, who has been hospitalized recently. The other team members, alphabetically, are: sophomore Taylor Begay; freshman Chastity Craig; sophomore Anissa Garcia; senior co-captain Mariah Gonzales; freshman Kamea Kerley; sophomore Lucia Kezele; sophomore Mariah Lu jan; sophomore Caylie Macias; senior co-captain Mikayla Morales; junior Destiny Touchine; junior Alexis Villa lobos; junior Dia nna Warren; and freshmen Jasielle Yazzie and Kirsten Yazzie. In addition to the wins in Hip-Hop and Jazz for the varsity dancers, the two younger groups also had spectacular outings last weekend. The
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Rhythmettes (Fifth through ninth grades) and the Dazzlers (First through fourth grades) both won in each category for their age group. Solo dancers for the two younger groups also fared well as Mia Carabajal (first), Julia Romero (third), Amaya Sanchez (eighth) and Jordan K r a u s (t ent h) pl a ce d i n Junior Jazz (Rhythmettes), while Carabajal (first, again),
Lee; Alvina Livingston; Alexia Lujan; Meleri Lujan; Madisen Martinez; Jaden Palochak; Maggie Rose; Jalynn Sais; Kristen Sampson; Haley Six; Kiera Skersick; Lillie Swatzell; Camryn Villalobos; Maurie Villalobos; and Jordan Watson. Other team performers for the Starlette Dazzlers, alphabetically, are: Estrella Chavarria; Anastasia Dedman; Sofia Diaz; Ariana Dominguez;
Call to Artists: City trash can and planter painting competition By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he city of Gallup is conjunctively working with the Business Improvement District, gallupArts and the MainStreet Arts and Cultural District to GALLUP FUN!
sponsor an opportunity for high school age artists and up to paint concrete trash cans and planters in an effort to spruce up downtown, Gallup officials said in a news release. Carol Sarath, secretary at gallupArts, said interested artists are invited to submit
examples (not originals) of their work with their name, address, email and telephone number and a letter of interest by Feb. 29. The items may be submitted
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Rehoboth Homecoming a success story for 2016 Story and photos by Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent
ithout an A mer ic a n - s t yle fo o t b a l l t e a m , Homecoming at Rehoboth Christian High School is always planned for the late winter basketball season. As in past years, the version for 2016 proved to be a success, as the court was announced during halftime of the boys’ varsity game against Crownpoint on Feb. 6. The freshman members, Sh aw n a Dr a ke a nd L ev i Sowers, were the first to step under the arch of balloons on the west end of the basketball arena. Drake is the daughter of Benjamin and Roberta Drake and sings in the Cantabile Choir and plays on the ladies’ Basketball C-team. Sowers is the son of Ted and Kathy Sowers and runs on the Lynx Cross-Country Team. Sophomores were represented by Halle Lizer and Ivan Vestal. The daughter of Myron and Dottie Lizer, she plays varsity on both the Volleyball and Basketball teams. Vestal is the son of Donovan and Janelle Vestal and runs for the CrossCountry Team. The junior class was represented by Grace Harrison and T.J. Sherman. Harrison is the daughter of Harrison and Roberta Tayah, a member of
Mariah Begay and Randolph Alonzo were the second Runners-Up in the Homecoming Court representing the senior class.
the National Honor Society, and a Big Sister in the Big Brother Big Sister (BBBS) Progra m. Sher ma n is the son of Chance Sherman and Anthalina Lincoln and plays on the JV Basketball Team. T h r e e c ou ple s r e pr e sented the senior class, with Mariah Begay and Randolph Alonzo named as the second Runners-Up. Begay is the daughter of Julius and Phyllis Begay and is a member of both the NHS and BBBS. No other info was available for Mr. Alonzo. Runners-Up to the King and
Queen were Kayla Cowboy and Jon Kinsel. Cowboy is a member of NHS and plays varsity Basketball and is the daughter of Wilfred and Esther Cowboy. Kinsel is an exceptional young man of God and is the son of Alvina Kinsel. The 2016 Homecom ing Queen is Thea Benally, the daughter of Ted and Maureen Benally. She serves on the Executive Council of NHS and runs for the Rehoboth CrossCountry Team. The 2016 King is Matthew Begay, the son of Darryl and Rebecca Begay, a member of NHS and the
Shawna Drake and Levi Sowers represented the freshman class during the Homecoming ceremony on Feb. 6 at halftime of the varsity boys’ game between Rehoboth and Crownpoint.
Halle Lizer and Ivan Vestal represented the sophomore class in the Homecoming Court on Feb. 6 at Rehoboth Christian High School.
Kayla Cowboy and Jon Kinsel were the Runners-Up in the Homecoming Court representing the senior class.
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Cantabile Choir. T h e b a s ke t b a l l g a m e played on both sides of the Homecoming ceremony did
not draw as much attention as the well-dressed Court, but Rehoboth did put away the Crownpoint Eagles for those GALLUP FUN!
A line of Royalty greets the spectators during the Homecoming Ceremony for Rehoboth Christian High School on Feb. 6.
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The junior class of Rehoboth Christian High School was represented by Grace Harrison and T.J. Sherman on Feb. 6.
interested in the game, 39-28. The game was not as close as the score indicates as the Lynx jumped out to a 7-0 lead after one quarter and led 17-4 by halftime. James Byker led Rehoboth with 16 points and was assisted by Lance McMullin and Zane Charleston with six points each. Austin
Wilson scored four, Christian Jacquez three, and Ethan Joe and D’Andre Palmore had two points apiece for the Lynx. Braydon Yazzie and Derrick Dixson each scored seven points for the Eagles, while Taven Chavez had six. Mykale Harlen scored three and Brent Jodie two for Crownpoint.
Thea Benally and Matthew Begay reigned as King and Queen for the Homecoming at Rehoboth Christian High School on Feb. 6.
Ariz., and her father is from Tuba City. She founded the Ninjacorn Films Workshop. Initially interested in teaching filmmaking to her siblings and friends, Babbitt said her interest has grown into an annual and week-long summer workshop focusing on film production. At the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, Babbitt and other fellow saw films, networked with peers and received crash courses on the long and short of the film industry. Babbitt, 20, participated in her high school’s Emerging Filmmakers Program. • Shaandiin Tome lives in Albuquerque. Tome graduated cum laude from the University of New Mexico with a B.F.A. in film and digital media production. Tome’s work in filmmaking includes small roles in ma jor motion pictures and with key positions with documentaries in Montana, Wa shing ton, A r izona a nd South Dakota. • Taylor Bennett-Begaye, 22, is studying to be a graphic designer. She graduated from Kirtland Central High School. Bennett-Begaye completed her associate of arts degree in digital arts and general studies at Mesa Community College in Mesa, Ariz., where she was a member of the school’s soccer team. Bennett-Begaye is in her last year of studies at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. She’ll graduate in graphic design and sociocultural anthropology. Upon graduation, BennettBegaye said she’d like to start
From left: Taylor Bennett-Begaye, Devyn, Jhane Myers, N. Bird Runningwater, Megan Babbitt, Shndiin Tome and Holly Nordhum attending the Global Filmmaking Awards at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Photo Credit: Courtesy
a Native American-themed magazine with her sister who is a graduate student in journalism at Syracuse University in upstate New York. “I want to continue pursuing this career,” BennettBegaye said of producing and marketing film. • The half Navajo, half Lakota Razelle “Raz” Benally, 27, was born in Baker City, Ore., and her late father, Anderson Benally, was from Rough Rock, Ariz. Her mother hails from Pine Ridge, SD. Benally, who is a student at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, was the recipient of a $10,000 short film production grant to make a film in 2015. The title of that film, filmed in and around Santa Fe, is “I Am Thy Weapon,” about the way in which Native communities process grief, and one of the stars of that film is Chinle entertainer Ernie Tsosie. Benally will graduate next
year with a degree in cinematography and arts. “I will be submitting this film to the shorts film program of the Sundance Film Festival in 2017,” Benally said. Benally said the core of the film centers around the processing of grief in Native American communities.
ABOUT SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL Founded in 1981 by renown actor Robert Redford, the Sundance Film Festival is takes place annually in Park City, Salt Lake City and Ogden, Utah. The popular festival takes place for 10 days at the end of January and has produced such films as Pretty Woman (1990) and El Mariachi (1992). It ha s been esti mated that the festival contributes upwards of $80 million to the Utah economy. It is the largest independent film festival in the United States.
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Gallup High football standout Xavier Hoover signed a letter-of-intent to attend Highland University in Las Vegas, NM on Feb. 4. Standing behind him are his grandparents, Brad and Maryjean Hoover. Left to right at the table are his mother Jamie, coach Josh Olsen, Xavier, Athletic Director James Malcolm and his father, Charles Tafoya. Photo Credit: Tom Hartsock
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CITY TRASH | FROM PAGE 7 to ART123 at 123 W. Coal Ave. on Monday or Wednesday from 1 to 4 pm, or Tuesday, Thursday or Friday from 10 am to 4 pm. Also, the items may be submitted to the front desk at the Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave., or the Children’s Branch at Second Street and Aztec Avenue. Sarath said there are 47 trash cans, 18 large planters and 28 small planters to be painted. She said each artist will be paid $150 per painted receptacle. After all the containers have been painted and placed back on the sidewalks, the community will have an opportunity to vote for their favorites. Winners of the community favorites will be awarded
One of many public trash cans that have been painted in the downtown area. File photo
$1,000 for first place, $750 for second place, and $500 for third place, Sarath said.
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‘Deadpool’ brings some uncanny carnal knowledge By David Pinson For the Sun
RATING: ««« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 107 MINUTES
re you sick of the standard superhero movies hitting the multiplexes ever y three and half weeks? Bored with the same ol’ macho men in tights pummeling other macho men in tights ad nauseam? Do you enjoy “Adult” films that obtain their “R” rating by having the immature mentality of a hormone-crazed teenager? You’re in luck! The new Marvel Comics’ movie Deadpool is your one-stop shop for Uncanny Carnal Carnage. This is “Hard R” material that shakes off many conventions of the genre. While it earned its
This is not your kid-friendly superhero. Ryan Reynolds plays the randy and revengeful Wade Wilson aka “Deadpool.” Opens in theaters Feb. 12. Photo Credit: Fox Movies
rating for strong violence and language throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity it all results in some harmless fun. Let’s thank – and this is hard for me to type – Ryan
Reynolds for delivering a performance that is a pure delight. Reynolds has always been at his best as an annoying loudmouth and Deadpool is a character that allows for
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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Feb. 12, 2016 Paramount are releasing two Blu-ray sets containing the Star Trek films. Star Trek: The Original Motion Picture
By Glenn Kay For the Sun
elcome back to another busy edition of highlights coming to DVD and Blu-ray. Once again, it’s an impressive collection of releases. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!
BIG NEW RELEASES!
99 Homes - A young construction worker who loses his home finds himself working for the real estate broker who repossessed it in this independent drama. Based around the housing market crisis of 2008, it shows the young man as he is introduced into the crooked world of his employer. Reviews were generally strong for the feature, noting the performance of the antagonist character as a standout. The cast includes Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon and Laura Dern. Crimson Peak - This Gothic horror picture follows a young woman from Buffalo who marries a mysterious stranger and goes to live with her new husband and his sister on a creepy estate in England. She soon encounters supernatural figures - are they warning her of dangers to come? Well, of course they are. There were more positive notices for the film than there were negative. All admired the impressive cinematography a nd pro duction design even if some found the story silly and occasionally overwrought. Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam headline.
Freaks of Nature - An alien attack pits humans against vampires and zombies in this low-budget horror comedy. Naturally, one of each group put aside their differences and join together to stop the otherworldly menace. It looks like a lot of laughs, but the press weren’t chuckling at what they saw. While they enjoyed the action set pieces, most didn’t find the exposition and or character development successful, remarking that overall the elements didn’t quite gel. It stars Nicholas Braun, Mackenzie Davis, Josh Fadem, Vanessa Hudgens, Denis Leary, KeeganMichael Key, Bob Odenkirk, Joa n Cu sa ck a nd Pat ton Oswalt. Grandma - Lily Tomlin received a lot of positive reviews for her work in this indie comedy/drama. In it, she plays a woman who has just lost her long-term partner. When her estranged, pregnant granddaughter shows up unannounced she attempts to help the youngster raise enough money for an abortion. As mentioned, many raved about the film, calling it short but engaging and complimenting the performances as well as the interesting subject matter. Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer and Sam Elliott are also featured. Love the Coopers - Multiple generations of a family come together for Christmas in this comedy/drama. When the hosts a nnounce their impending divorce to their guests, they leave the adult children shocked. As the visitors come to terms with the news, they also must deal with their own personal issues. Critics slammed the product (supposedly in the vein of Love Actually), calling the
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characters too broad and the multiple plotlines underdeveloped. Essentially, they felt it wasted the talents of its impressive cast. It stars Alan Alda, Diane Keaton. John Goodman, Ed Helms, Amanda Seyfried, Alan Arkin, Marisa Tomei, Olivia Wilde, June Squibb and Anthony Mackie. Spectre - The latest James Bond a dvent u re ha s 0 07 attempting to infiltrate the title organization (responsible for much of the chaos of the previous installments). His journey to take down the head of the organization involves numerous physical threats. The majority of the press gave the movie a pass, although most didn’t find it as effective as the character’s previous adventure. Still, it should make for a decent enough evening of entertainment. Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, R a lph F ien nes, Mon ica Bellucci, Ben Whishaw, Naomi Harris and Dave Bautista headline the sequel.
BLASTS FROM THE PAST! As usual, Kino have some older titles arriving on Blu-ray. They include The Passage (1979) an action film set during WWII about a group of underground fighters attempting to escape German forces through the French Pyrenees mountains. It stars Anthony Quinn, James Mason, Malcolm McDowell, Patricia Neal and Christopher Lee. The Southerner (1945) is a drama from director Jean Renoir (La Grande Illusion, The Rules of the Game) about a poor family who spend every last dim on a plot of land to try and grow cotton. Naturally, they meet many hardships trying to survive a bad season.
Collection contains the first six films with the original cast, while Star Trek: The Next Generation Motion Picture Collection includes the last four. A word of warning: this is essentially just a repackaging of previously released material, and does not contain the extended cuts of any of the films, so you’ll have to hold on to your special edition DVDs a little while longer. Warner A rchive have a great comedy coming to Bluray as well. A Mighty Wind (2003) is a mock-documentary from Christopher Guest about 60s folk musicians who are reunited for a reunion concert after their promoter passes away. While often funny, there’s also an effectively bittersweet element to proceedings when a long separated couple (including an amusingly spaced-out character) end up reuniting on stage. It’s also notable for Fred Willard’s “Wha’ Happened?” ramblings. The movie features Guest and Willard, along with Eugene Levy, Michael McKeon, Cat her i ne O’Ha ra , Ha r r y Shearer, Jane Lynch, Parker Posey and many others. A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin (1971) is a B -mov ie thriller from Italian director Lucio Fulci (most familiar to horror fans as the man behind cult flicks Zombie and The Beyond). It follows a politician’s daughter who has a nightmare about killing her neighbor. When he turns up dead the next morning, suspicion is placed squarely upon her shoulders. This weird and trippy foreign-language Italy/ Spain/France co-production arrives from Mondo Macabro and includes publicity materials, a documentary on the flick,
interviews with cast members and a main feature audio commentary with the filmmaker behind the doc. Arrow have the Pam Grier cult classic “Sheba, Baby” (1975) arriving in high definition. It’s about a female private detective out to take down a mob operation in Kentucky. T he Blu -r ay/ DV D combo includes an audio commentary with the producer/screenwriter, a new interview with the story writer, a documentary on star Grier’s career and numerous other extras. Finally, Criterion are releasing a Double Feature Blu-ray containing the Swedish dramas The Emigrants (1971) and The New Land (1972). Both of the Oscar-nominated dramas star Max von Sydow and each tell an epic story about a family struggling to survive in a rural farming community during the 1800s. Besides digital restorations of both titles, the numerous other bonuses include a new introduction to the film and interviews with participants, as well as an hour-long documentary on their production. Additionally, the Blu-ray contains trailers and an film critic essay on the importance of these movies in film history.
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NEWS City Council: 11 items covered in less than an hour By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent
t wasn’t as if the City Council rushed through the 11 items on the agenda Feb. 9. Much the opposite was true as they considered each item thoroughly. There were six resolutions to consider, but three of them tied in to each other on the naming of a new park and the acceptance of two legislative appropriations for that development. The new park will be in the vacant lot south of Rocky View Elementary and will be named “Oliva Park at Basilio Drive” in accordance with the preference of Joe and Christine DiGregorio, who donated the land. Although funds for the completed construction are still shor t approx imately $85,000, even after these two
appropriations combined of $160,000, it was noted that both state Sen. John Pinto and Rep. Patty Lundstrom have agreed to provide $25,000 each in further appropriations. The new skate board park was also the subject of a legislative appropriation, though the shortfall for this construction is about $400,000. Funds are beginning to flow into this project though as $195,000 has been requested from this legislative session. In addition, Southwest Indian Foundation has donated $50,000 and is seeking private money to alleviate the current problem. McK i n ley Cou nt y DW I Director Debra Martinez presented the Local Liquor Excise Tax Accountability Report for the fourth quarter of 2015, which wa s approved a nd accepted by council, who also approved new appointments to the Gallup Sports and Youth
Commission made by Mayor Jackie McKinney. T hose appoi ntments – for one term – include Gary Schuster for GMCS; Kelly Mortensen for Youth Soccer; Glen Benefield for TDFL; Denise Parra for Youth Basketball; Kevin Menapace for Amateur Baseball/Softball; Sheila Silva for Adult Baseball/Softball; Gloria Saucedo for Old Timers Softball; and three membersat-large: Marc DePauli, Kenny Carabajal, and Vince Alonzo. Vacant positions still exist for Adult Soccer and Adult Basketball. The council also accepted and approved two easements for Reach 27.6 of the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project. They approved as well a resolution for submission of a Bureau of Reclamation Grant Application presented to them by Vince Tovar, director of the Gallup Water and Sanitation Department.
Tovar also asked for a budget adjustment for professional and legal services for water rights acquisition. This cost has risen to $250,000 because of the stalling tactics of the state, but Gallup is almost guaranteed to win this battle, and as McKinney said, “We’re in too deep to back out now.” The final item on the agenda was approving the Growth Management Master plan, 2016 Update for the City of Gallup. Two small changes were made to the plan. A public referendum for an indoor arena was killed before it came to fruition due to the enormous cost. An effort to establish a program to demolish derelict houses and develop replacement housing was also eliminated since the city has been doing the condemnation and demolition for four to five years now, according to Clyde (C.B.) Strain, planning director. The council was moving
Mayor Jackie McKinney
quickly now after finishing the last item. There were no public comments, and comments from the mayor, councilors, and city manager were brief. The only info was that the Gallup Fitness Center would be closed until Feb. 16. Councilor Yogash Kumar and City Attorney George Kozeliski were not present due to other commitments.
Former Gallup Community Pantry director dies MEMORIAL SERVICE SET FOR FEB. 20
Tim Kelly. Photo Credit: Courtesy
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
allup lost a pillar of the community when Tim Kelley, a former executive director for the Jim Harlin Community Pantry, died Jan. 23 in Spokane, Wash. Jessica Church, Kelley’s daughter, said Kelley, 68, suffered from COPD and congestive heart failure and died as a result of complications from both. COPD stands for chronic constructive pulmonary disease, a progressive illness that makes breathing difficult. A memorial ser vice for Kelley is scheduled for Feb. 20 from 10 am - 12 pm at the Gallup Community Center along Bataan Veterans Road
near the Community Pantry. Church said Kelley lived in Gallup up until November 2015 and moved to the state of Washington due to the severity of the illnesses. “He moved to Washington so that he could be closer to family,” Jessica Church said. “He was appreciated very much by the Gallup community.” Darla Yazzie of Yatahey said she met Kelley about four years ago, when she and her husband Hanson fell on hard times after losing their jobs. “He was very helpful, not only to us, but to everyone who would go to the pantry. He helped everybody and helped us get back on our feet,” Yazzie said. Kelly began working at the Community Pantry in 2009, replacing the late Jim Harlin. He accepted the directorship position at the Community Pantry in 2011. Also, Kelly worked at the Crownpoint Hospital in the early 1980s and was one of the people who helped plan the building of that hospital. He retired from
the hospital in 2001, and was ordained a deacon and worked with the St. Johns Vianney Parish in the Indian Hills neighborhood of Gallup. Kelly worked at Gallup’s
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Care 66 until 2009 where he amassed the job of chief operating officer. Church requested that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Care 66 or the
Gallup Community Pantry. “It’s a tremendous loss to our community,” Executive Director Alice Perez said, who took over operations of the Gallup Community Pantry in June 2015.
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HONORING A HERO:
President’s office mourns passing of veteran, former delegate Office of the President & Vice President
INDOW ROCK-It is with great sadness that the Office of the President and Vice President learned about the passing of Korean Conflict veteran and former Shonto Council Delegate, Harry D. Brown, Sr., on Feb 5. Brown was Áshiihí born for Kinłichínii. His maternal grandfathers were Tábaahá and paternal grandfathers were Honágháahníí’. He was 85 years old. Brown had an extensive and honorable career resume spanning ser vice in many tribal capacities. He served five terms as a council delegate representing Shonto Chapter a nd S ho nt o C o m mu n it y Governance between 19671979 (three terms), 1991-1995 and 2003-2007. Before his tenure with the Navajo Nation Council, Brown was a Navajo tribal policeman for ten years. He served as a Navajo Nation judge from 1980 to 1990 and also served two terms as a Navajo Board of Election supervisor. In his community people who knew him greeted him as “Judge Brown”. “Our condolences go out to the family of Harry D. Brown, Sr. Throughout the course of his life he served on behalf of both the Navajo Nation and his chapter in the Shonto community. The legacy of his contributions to the Navajo Nation
Lt. Boyd – now Capt. Boyd – gets warm promotion reception By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor
ranklin Boyd, a Gallup Police Department veteran of 18 years, was promoted to the rank of captain Feb. 5. With that promotion, comes some added responsibility – he was immediately saddled with the challenge of acting chief of police while Chief Robert Cron takes some time off. “I only have the best intentions for the department and the
Capt. Franklin Boyd graciously accepts his new title on Feb 5. Photos by: Shepherd Waldenberger
Korean War Veteran and former delegate Harry D. Brown, 85, died Feb. 5. Photo Credit: OPVP
are a testament to the integrity of his character,” President Russell Begaye said. Vice President Jonathan Nez said Brown was a leader for his home chapter of Shonto and a true Nataanii. “Harry Brown, Sr. was a veteran, a Navajo warrior who bravely fought in the Korean War and continued this selfless volunteerism as a councilman,” Nez said. “He not only supported education, but our Navajo cowboys for more than 55 years.” He will truly be missed by our community, he added. Brown’s nephew, Robert
Black Jr. said his uncle was a family man who tended to chores around his home while also remaining active in his traditional practices. “He was a pillar to our family. Not only because he was a leader but also because he was a traditional person who participated in every aspect of Navajo ceremonies,” he said. “If you just mentioned his name, Harry Brown, then people would know who you were talking about.” OPVP extends prayers and condolences on behalf of the Navajo Nation to the family of Harry D. Brown, Sr.
people we serve,” he said. To celebrate, fellow workers ordered a big cake with the police department logo painted on top. Boyd has the cool confidence to take charge, but the kind that comes from working closely with the various employees comprised of the police department. Not every decision is easy, but must be made with what’s best for the department in mind. “You have to make tough decisions,” he said. While he’s pleased with the promotion, he does admit that he’ll miss the “troops” he presided over as lieutenant.
“It was a long, tough year,” he said. “It’s going to be hard to say goodbye.” But, he won’t be too far out of reach. In his position as captain he will oversee the patrol division, and will also serve as the commander of the Field Service Bureau, which is all uniformed personnel, including K9 units. Boyd also said the promotions he has received are the result of hard work, and that if fellow officers want to climb
Deputy Chief John Allen announces Franklin Boyd’s promotion to Captain.
the ranks, they too, must gain the experience needed to move forward. “It’s ultimately what it’s about … if you want to move anywhere in this department,” he said. Deputy Chief John Allen congratulated Boyd, and said more promotions are expected to be made as key department heads set to retire. Cron, Allen and Capt. Rick White are just months away from wrapping up their careers with the department. “I think you’ll see a lot of promotions coming in the near future,” he said. “Promotions are always a great thing to celebrate.”
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PEDESTRIAN SERIOUSLY INJURED GALLUP, 2/6 R a m sey Ja mes, 24, of Gallup is in critical condition after being hit by a Ford pickup tr uck dr iven by Ca meron Smith, 18, of Gallup. Smith had fled the scene. While on patrol, at about 1 am, Gallup Police Department Officer Timothy Hughte noticed a man lying in the middle of the road, near El Charrito Restaurant, 2003 W. Highway 66. James appeared to have a la rge wou nd to t he top of his head and was bleeding profusely, according to Hugte’s repor t. James’ left leg also sustained some sort of fracture as well. While on scene, police received a call from his Smith’s father. Per Hughte’s request, Smith was brought back to the scene for questioning. Smith told
police that he saw someone “go up and over his vehicle,” and got “scared” so he kept on driving. W h i le Sm it h blew a .13 a nd .14 du r i n g t he a lc o hol breath tests (the lega l lim it is .08), he ha s yet to be charged with a DWI. So fa r, he i s fa c i n g ch a r ge s for g rea t bod i ly i nju r y by veh icle a nd leav i ng t he scene of a n a ccident . Ja mes wa s f low n to U NM in A lbuquerque where he is currently hospitalized.
ROWDY LADY FRIEND YATAHEY, 2/6 Coming home to a loud TV and music playing loudly, and simultaneously, is enough the irritate the most patient person. This happened to Daniel Brow n. He got a n noyed. According to MCSO Deputy Elreno Henio’s report, Brown came home from work during the 3 am hour and had to be
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back at work in several hours. H i s g i rl f r iend, R h ia n non Saltwater, was drinking and making lots of noise, even disturbing a roommate trying to sleep. So, he threw her music-playing cellphone out the door. Saltwater, 26, responded by going to the bedroom in an attempt to find something of Brown’s to throw out. It’s not clear who smacked or pushed first, but Brown had the back scratches to prove that he was assaulted. Saltwater claimed that she was hit in the face, but had no visible swelling. From listening to both sides, Henio determined that the intoxicated Saltwater was the aggressor and she was booked for battery on a household member.
INMATE ASSAULT GALLUP, 2/6 Inmate Tamara Cleveland was attacked by one, possibly two inmates, according to McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Merlin Benally’s report. Cleveland had reportedly asked a sergeant if she could be transferred to protective custody. The request was denied as cell doors are kept closed at all times. But, at dinner time, when the cell doors opened, inmate Savonna James attacked her. James “began to hit her
in the face, head, and body with closed fists,” the report states. Cleveland fell off her bunk and hit her head on a metal desk, causing an additional injury. Another inmate Karen Matthews entered the cell and pulled James back, but reportedly told Cleveland t hat “I wou ld’ve lef t you bleeding there,” which she took as a threat. Both James and Matthews face battery and assault charges.
MAN ROBBED OF FIREARMS, JEWELS FT. WINGATE, 2/3 A Fort Wingate man is out of some prized possessions after his apartment was burglarized, reportedly on Feb. 1. He said that someone had been trying to get into his place for some time, but his dog kept them at bay. This time the pooch didn’t prevail. Jewelry, a prized buckle, AK-47, M-1 Carbine Rifle, and a Marlin 1894 were reportedly stolen from the apartment. The suspect or suspects are still at large.
GALLUP, 2/5 It’s not clear where the victim of a gang-style assault outside of Home Depot fled to, but it’s probably a good thing he got away with his life. A witness notified police that seven men, and one woman were beating up a man outside of the store. When GPD Officer Daniel Brown arrived, he noticed a gang of eight to nine subjects standing on the south side of the business “who stated that nothing was going on,” according to his report. Bartley John, 30, of Twin Lakes appeared drunk and had dried blood on one of his hands. So, the Community Service Aid van arrived to take him to detox. But John “began to aggressively flail his hands” as he jumped in to the van, and was yelling and kicking. Brown, feeling naturally threatened, whipped out his mace spray, and hit the jumpy John on the arm, then on the forehead. It took a few of the officers to pull John out of the van and handcuff him. His chance to dry out at detox was dashed. John was booked into jail for battery upon a peace officer and resisting, evading, or obstructing an officer.
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OPINIONS Gallup’s luxury suites for the poor: Is this something we should take pride in? By Joe Schaller Guest Opinion Columnist
he thing that is so appealing about getting free federal stuff is that we never have to deal with those poor unfortunate suckers who pay for it – out of sight, out of mind. And if you think it’s the wealthy who pay for it you are mistaken – everybody pays, but it’s the unintended consequence of loss of economic opportunities for the impoverished which hurts the most and in that regard we have a situation of the poor being robbed to pay for low rent housing for the poor. Here at ground zero for federal handouts, and McKinley County ranking second in the nation for poverty, Gallup not only gets federally subsidized
housing, we get $280,000 suites for the destitute as well. By March tenants will start moving in to the US Housing a nd Ur ba n Development (HUD), US Dept of Agriculture and Navajo Housing Authority funded 44-unit, 31,000 square foot Hooghan Hozho housing complex in downtown Gallup at a cost to taxpayers of $11 million. If you do the math that comes to $250,000 per unit at an average of 700 square feet. That translates to a $280,000 condo for sale on the real estate market. I realize anything financed by the taxpayers of the federal bureaucracy will carry higher
costs than any equal structure built in the private sector but this seems a little ridiculous. T he average cost of Hooghan’s units is a whopping $355 per square foot. Considering the average new single family house in New Mexico costs $107 per square foot at least 150 quality units should be available at that hefty tab of $11 million. Did the NHA even consider doing the math? Are these units going to be all that luxurious or are the contractors just making a killing, a trademark for government projects. Indeed, we should be asking if the poor
and powerless are even the primary beneficiaries. That $11 million isn’t the only cost to taxpayers either. According to Gallup Housing Authority Executive Director Richard Kontz, since government subsidized housing offers rents at lower than market value the rental income typically covers only about half of all the annual costs of administration, operations, renovation, construction and development, so an annual budget of one million dollars for 200 units would likely draw about $500,000 of subsidies from the feds.
The City of Gallup may have thought they were getting median-income housing for downtown however according to Care66 Executive Director Sanjay Choudhrie, the NHA has been the big financer of the
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GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF FEB. 12 - FEB. 18
A first quarter moon takes center stage on February 15. According to Dana Gerhardt’s blog The Moon Watching series, the quarter periods are not meant for resting: “Squares mean change—or you’ll fall out of rhythm with a turning world.” Madame G suggests changing strategies and working through conflicts. Hang on! It’s going to be a bumpy ride.
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You need purpose in your life. Without it you’re a wandering ship lost in the sea of time. Learn to manage your time wisely. Don’t seek fulfillment outside of yourself. You have everything you need within your soul. Practice living selflessly this week and help those in need. Be thoughtful towards your loved ones. You’ll be glad you did.
Home is where the heart is, but you may feel like strangling yours. It’s to be expected. Winter usually brings out a little cabin fever in a homebody like you. The sun is staying out longer, so maybe you should too. Try out a new activity. Take up karaoke. You could have some fun and let your mind rest from the conflict. Live a little.
Gear envy is real. You have it over quite a few things, such as that new apple watch or a lovely new Xbox One, with the terabyte hard drive—of course! But, your fiancé may suggest taking a break from spending. Try to reign in your impulses and do your best to seek fulfillment in nature. Beauty is all around you and you should enjoy it.
Your searching deep within yourself for the meaning of life and you’re coming up short. It’s important to nurture your spiritual development. But, you can’t always go outside of yourself for help. Lean on a friend, church, or spiritual practice to get you through and use the momentum to push you forward. It’s exciting. Have fun with it and don’t fight yourself.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) You fear financial instability more than anything. It pushes you to work harder while caring for your family’s needs. Often you go without new accessories in order to provide for others. This is an admirable quality. But, you may face some resistance from family who believe your Spartan lifestyle conflicts with their needs. Practice patience they could be right.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Communication may feel disrupted right around February 15. Don’t panic, this is just part of the game. In order to push your projects forward, it’s a good idea to whip out the baked goods. Bribe your team with goodies and push the conflict towards the back. They’ll soon make up over sugar and butter. Do whatever works.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Your projects keep you fulfilled and full of hope. It’s always fun to run your fingers across that new car or horse. Stay within reason where your finances are concerned. Others may not appreciate your games quite as much as you do. Seek out some like-minded enthusiasts and talk your heart out. It’ll do you, and your family, some good.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) It’s brave to head out to work everyday. The daily grind is no joke. It takes guts and brains to do what needs to be done, with a smile, and without strangling anyone. The hardest part is keeping your face straight when someone asks a particularly silly question. You might think, NO! Pets may not use the indoor facilities. Keep your Mona Lisa smile on and remember we’re all worm food in the end. And their little dog too…
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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Your love of learning new things is legendary. Sometimes you’re just like a bloodhound on the scent of a new adventure. You’re also relentless. But, in true Scorpio fashion you WILL, therefore—IT IS. You may face opposition and challenges and Madame G salutes your fortitude. Remember the long game and don’t get caught up in any petty squabbles.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Your heaven is an ice-cold beer with your favorite game on, or a show. For you life is like a dream. But, sometimes you wake up and it’s a nightmare. Get up and move around. Sitting on the couch all day is NOT healthy. If you’re bored, then find something new to do because only the boring are bored for long. Live it up!
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Romantic love is not always the answer. It’s a beautiful idea, but the fairytales don’t finish the sentence. It’s the end… of the story. It’s not the end of life. As with most things in life, find your balance. You may find love with a pet, a friend, or an idea. Learn to balance the needs of the body, heart, soul, and mind and you’ll experience peace.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Your demands are not being taken seriously and there’s a good reason for that. Unless you’re a General or a Queen, demands won’t get you very far especially with family. They love you. But, someone who’s always making demands without listening carefully in return—isn’t very lovable. Let go of your animosity and breath in the fresh air. Okay?
Child advocates caution against reinstating food tax By NM Voices for Children
L B UQ U E R Q U E — D r. Ve r o n i c a C . García, Ed.D., executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, issued the following statement regarding legislation (SB 281) that would reinstate the gross receipts tax on the purchase of food for consumption at home: “We are deeply concerned that legislation has been introduced that would increase the cost of buying groceries for New Mexico families. While we agree that the state must raise new revenue in order to adequately fund programs and services that are vital for our families, communities and economy, this would be the worst possible way in which to do that. “It should come as no surprise that New Mexico is in this current budget crunch. For well over a decade we’ve been cutting taxes for the wealthy, out-of-state corporations, and special interest groups. We were told these cuts were necessary in order to create jobs, but those jobs have never materialized. Instead, the cuts simply drained away money that is needed to properly fund services such as education, health care, and public safety—and now those services are being cut. Some of the deepest cuts
Executive Director Dr. Veronica C. Garcia of NM Voices for Children
are to behavioral health care, school-based health centers, and higher education, and Medicaid is being underfunded. To continue these tax breaks in the face of evidence that they don’t work, while the state desperately needs new revenue, is irresponsible. To replace this lost revenue by taxing something that is critical for human life is unconscionable. “There are several bills before the Legislature that would raise revenue without imperiling the health of New Mexico’s children—legislators could repeal the ineffective income tax deduction for capital gains (HB 220 and HB 79), return some fairness to our tax system by raising the rate on highest income earners (HB 255 and HB 126), freeze the phase-in of the corporate income tax cuts enacted in 2013 (SB 252 and SB 90), and tax all goods purchased through the
internet (SB 22). We hope the Legislature chooses one or more of these bills instead of taxing food. “Last year, New Mexico Voices for Children conducted a health impact assessment on the food tax and found that the tax could harm the health of New Mexico families, many of whom already struggle to put enough food on the table. It would impact those who receive SNAP because the benefits are neither enough, nor intended to meet a family’s entire food needs. Even with SNAP benefits, school meal programs, and food pantries, low-income New Mexicans still must skip about three meals a week. Middle income New Mexicans would also be harder hit by a food tax than would the wealthiest New Mexicans. “New Mexico has the highest rate of child poverty in the nation, the highest unemployment rate, and the third highest child food insecurity rate. We know that poverty is a hindrance to learning, and this was even confirmed by a report on the school grading system that the Legislative Education Study Committee presented just yesterday. Why would we do anything that could make child poverty and hunger worse?”
LUXURY SUITES | FROM PAGE 16 project and they have set aside 35 of the 44 units for low-income Navajos. Only seven or eight units are for the 80 to 115 percent of median income bracket. The NHA annual budget, which they get from HUD, is about $90 million a year. If Gallup or Navajo Nation taxpayers were required to tota lly fund this ma ssive welfare handout project do you think the voters would approve? I don’t think so, and that is usually a pretty good indicator of misuse and abuse of public funds. In 2015 there wasn’t even a shortage of affordable housing in Gallup. Apartment and home rental vacancies are competitive
with average New Mexico rates and many even dirtcheap. Numerous homes are for sale in the $70/square foot range. Over 800 subsidized ‘low-income’ housing units in Gallup have lengthy waiting lists which makes the practicality of the handful of expensive Hooghan units even more suspect. I look forward to a tour of Hozho’s fully loaded (I would assume) apartments for the poor during their grand opening in April. The selection process for the lucky designated ‘winners’ who managed to obtain units must have been a competitive circus. In part two next week, a look at the big picture – subsidized housing’s checkered legacy.
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Local biz owner concerned about Gallup’s future LETTER TO THE EDITOR:
ecently I attended an economic development roundtable in Santa Fe sponsored by the Greater Gallup Economic Development Cor poration (GGEDC). Many of the presenters were some of the experts in our State related to various issues including economic development, education, infrastructure, and health. I had the opportunity to discuss these issues with many people from the Gallup area. The general consensus was concern regarding the direction and future of Gallup. I feel that Gallup has reached a tipping point in where we are going and how are we going to get there.
I have lived and worked in the Gallup area for over 35 years. This community has been ver y good to me and my fa mily. Unfor tunately, it appears to me that this community is going through a slow death. We are fortunate that Interstate 40 runs through our community. This major asset has allowed the hospitality industry to add various hotel properties in the Gallup area. I had many conversations with fellow Gallupians in Santa Fe related to the condition of our community in particular the infrastructure. There were many comments on the condition of our streets, sidewalks,
Pain management strategies for veterans By Carolie Watkins Guest Opinion Columnist
he Depa r t ment of Ve t e r a n s A f f a i r s (VA) has developed t he Nat iona l Pa i n Management Strategy to provide a comprehensive, system-wide approach to meeting the pain management needs of Veterans. Within this plan, most common pain conditions will be evaluated and treated by your primary care provider and your Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT). Your evaluation will include a physical examination and speaking with your primary care provider and nurse about the daily pattern of your pain, how it affects your activities, thoughts, feelings, and sleep, as well as what relieves and worsens your pain. Additional tests may be required. In most cases, it will be important to continue your normal activities and to maintain healthy living habits while in some cases, use of over-the-counter or prescription medications will be recommended. Chronic pain is more common among combat Veterans. In fact, over half of these Veterans report some type of pain. Pain is also often associated with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder in Veterans who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam. Managing pain is
crucial to improving the health and functioning of our Veterans. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has developed the National Pain Management Strategy to provide a comprehensive, system-wide approach to meeting the pain management needs of Veterans. Within this plan, most common pain conditions will be evaluated and treated by your primary care provider and your Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT). Your evaluation will include a physical examination and speaking with your primary care provider and nurse about the daily pattern of your pain, how it affects your activities, thoughts, feelings, and sleep, as well as what relieves and worsens your pain. Additional tests may be required. In most cases, it will be important to continue your normal activities and to maintain healthy living habits while in some cases, use of over-thecounter or prescription medications will be recommended. Your health care team may also suggest physical and psychological therapies and refer you to pain management and other health care specialists. Activation of this program has not been implemented in New Mexico VA Care system as of writing of this article. Please call you Washington Senator’s and Representative’s for why not?
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and water lines. One of the presenters in the infrastructure session communicated to me that he had worked very closely with Larry Binkley in the Rosebrough Administration. It is my understanding that the
City had a very comprehensive capital project schedule that would address the infrastructure problems in Gallup. He told me that these efforts stopped during the Mendoza Administration. The GGEDC roundtable reinforced a belief which I have long held. I believe that it is crucial that our City leaders have a clear vision for the future of the City and that they effectively communicate that vision to the people of Gallup. From my point of view, the vision does not have to be elaborate, in fact, it may be that aggressively taking care of basic needs such as streets, sidewalks, and weed control is better than a grand unrealistic vision. To prevent
a death by slow decline, business people who are looking to invest in Gallup need to believe that our elected officials are not just reacting to events but that they have a vision for Gallup and they are capable of bringing that vision to life. T ha nk you to Pat t y Lu nd st rom a nd her st a f f at GGEDC for sponsor ing the economic development rou ndtable i n Sa nta Fe. I look for wa rd t o work i ng with GGEDC and the City to improve the business climate and quality of life in our great community. Brett Newberry, CFE, CPA 505-722-6633 407 S. Cliff Drive Suite A Gallup, NM 87301
Veterans’ business and preparations By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent
f ter a sol id st a r t t o t h e d ay w it h donuts and breakfast burritos washed down with hot coffee, the A-Team of Veterans Helping Veterans got down to business and the preparations for upcoming events on their calendar. After a brief litany of those in the group with medical problems, a resolution of sorts was agreed on to impress others to not allow stress and worry to keep them down, wh ic h o n ly m a ke s their conditions worse. A tough measure for m a ny, but attitude i s a lway s important. T h e long-sleeved T ’s w i l l be rea dy by t he next general meeting and will have Gallup printed on the left arm in addition to BrothersIn-Arms on the right sleeve. The new order will all be in larger sizes. R a f f le t icket s for t he deluxe Tool Box discussed last week will definitely be ready by the next general
The A-Team meeting gets started on Feb. 5 as Harry Athanassopoulos, left, brings up a point to David Cueller, second from left, as Mary and Ron Kramber listen to the conversation. Photo Credit: Tom Hartsock
meeting. Remember, only 200 will be sold at $5 each for this $700 prize. T h e Memorial Day raff le will include a twoman decorative Handsaw as well as jewelry from Super Smith. Appreci at ion for veterans presence and ceremony at selected funerals continues to build, this time from the Perry H. Schanefelt fa m i ly. P r oblem s a t one cemetery, Rehoboth, led to a discussion about access, eg res s, a nd wa it i ng t i me behind mortuary crews and visitors, sometimes as long
as 2-3 hours. It was felt that more veterans are needed for the funeral details and practices folding the flag and rifle salutes will be available at the Fire Station in the near future. Backup flag bearers will also be sought for the upcoming Memorial Day parade, and others to follow. The Ceremonial Association has not yet been available to meet with the veterans concerning parking at the August event. The next general meeting is Feb. 12 at Don Diego’s and the A-Team meeting is scheduled for Feb. 19 at the Fire Station on Second and Maloney. All military veterans are welcome at both. OPINIONS
SPORTS 360 Looking up to ‘The Man’ since 1971 By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent
y 1971, I had finished my enlistment with the U.S. Army just in time for the football season. To fit into my new civilian surroundings, I made a hasty appraisal and analysis of several teams that I would
feel comfortable backing as a fan. Everyone seemed to have a favorite, for a multitude of reasons. Having no previous loyalties, geographically or athletically, I used instead the characteristics of the owners and the potential of the players for my guide. Family owned – check.
Very good defense – check. A reliable running back – check, who also could catch a ball – double check. And a young quarterback too dumb to realize the importance of what he was doing – check. When they re-signed another running back who had taken time off for military duty , and earned two Purple Hearts in so doing, that
was just a plus for me. If you haven’t guessed by now which team I picked, it was the Steelers, and all these years later I continue to live and die with their seasons – six Super Bowl wins to live with, too many untimely losses that break my heart. But the start of their success pretty much began with ‘The
Man’ I will be interviewing on Feb. 11, Charles Edward “Mean Joe” Greene. He is the speaker at this year’s Rotary Scholarship Banquet and I am impatient to have a conversation with him. Hope my readers will be interested in reading it, too. So, I may not see you in the bleachers, but maybe at the banquet!
Gallup High honors 2011 girls b-ball team
The Bengals from 2011 receive water bottles and certificates from current players.
out a stack of newspapers he had saved from March 2011 when the girls won the State Championship. “These papers are as old and crusty as you are,” he said to the girls before handing them out. Coach and former players shared hugs and laughs as the ceremony wrapped up and halftime came to an end. Ga l lup H i g h defe a t e d Miyamura by a landslide, but it was honoring an old school hero that really got the fans on their feet. Prairie Chief came to Gallup High the same year Coach Turner became the girls’ team coach, so they were
Story and photos by Shepherd Waldenberger Sun Correspondent
integral to each others success. In her senior year at Gallup, she was NM Preps Player of the Year, Gatorade Player of the Year, and a Miss Basketball All
he night of Feb. 4 was a special one for the Gallup girls’ basketball program. Coach Turner welcomed back players from the 2011 team to honor their achievements and induct Justina Prairie Chief into the Gallup Hall of Fame. She became the first player to receive this honor, which wa s prev iou sly re ser ved for coaches. The ceremony occurred at halftime of the game against Miyamura, and the current Bengals welcomed their alumni with a 51-15 lead at the break. The Gallup dance team also gave an impressive performance at the start of half time, just before the 2011 team strolled onto the court. Before announcing Prarie Chief’s Hall of Fame honor, Coach Turner had another surprise. He pulled SPORTS
Justina Prairie Chief becomes the first player to enter the Gallup High Hall of Fame.
American. Prairie Chief went on to play college basketball at Cochise College and Central Missouri State, graduating from the latter in 2015.
Gallup’s DeeRae Torrez scores against Miyamura on a fast break.
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Local teams struggle at ‘District Duals Round Robin’ Story and photos by Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent
s confusing as the terminology in wrestling are the end-ofseason meets. The District Duals Round Robin at Gallup High on Feb. 6 only decided the best team of the five in 1-5A, which is Piedra Vista. The use of the word “Duals” is a little misleading as each of the five competed against the other four in the daylong process. The meet on Feb. 13 in Farmington will decide which individuals will go on to the state tournament the following weekend. But it was fun to watch these young warriors of all sizes in one-on-one contact with others of the same build as they maneuvered, grasped, grunted and grappled for the best position possible, trying to avoid the takedown, or at worst, the pin. Neither team from Gallup fared well against the district opponents from up north, where the sport is as popular as basketball is on the reservation. Aztec, Piedra Vista and Farmington always have numbers of grapplers in the state meet and compete on the mats as well as almost any other school in the state. Gallup and Miyamura not so much, though it is not because the Bengal and Patriot athletes do not give it their all. Wrestling is much more complicated than the WWE would have everyone believe. Gallup is rebuilding their program under the tutelage of coach Esco Chavez, who had five individuals absent from the Feb. 6 meet due to illness. The team seemed to be re-starting well as about 40 prospective athletes showed up for the
Super-heavyweight Nick Ashley gets on top early against Piedra Vista but couldn’t keep his man down in the end.
Aaron Baldonado (left) has a firm grasp on his Piedra Vista opponent on Feb. 6 at the District 1-5A Duals at Gallup High.
sport. The numbers dwindled more as the competition grew even fiercer at each weight class as the season began to take a toll with reality. Those still in competition at this latest meet were Brandon James (106), Primitivo Treviizo (113), Kenneth Cheromiah (120), James Hood (126), Blake Wallace (132), Young Plummer (145), John Gutierrez (160), and Miguel Ramirez (195). Those athletes down with colds, flu, or other ailments were Logan
Barber (106), Laurence Thomas (120), Bryant Thomas (152), Dade Lincoln (220) and Sydney Martinez (285). Season records of each individual were not available. “Our goal for this year is to build the team, get more experience, and hope to get a few qualified for state,” Chavez stated. The outlook at Miyamura is optimistic as well, though, they
DUALS ROUND | SEE PAGE 21
Jonathan Alatorre (right) shakes the hand of his Piedra Vista opponent after their match ended on Feb. 6 at the District 1-5A Duals at Gallup High.
initial meeting, but almost half did not have the standard
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Max Aycock (right) looks for leverage to throw his opponent to the mat on Feb. 6 at the District 1-5A Duals at Gallup High.
Team manager Juliana Salaz emulates assistant Miyamura coach Nate Sellers and head coach Ken Starkovich during the match against Piedra Vista on Feb. 6.
Jeremiah Salaz works for control of his Piedra Vista opponent on Feb. 6 during the meet at Gallup High School.
DUALS ROUND | FROM PAGE 20 were missing wrestlers in two weights during the latest meet. “We only lost to Farmington by three points,” said Coach Ken Starkovich. “Those two weights being vacant probably cost us that match.” Most of the Patriot wrestlers do have winning records for the season, led by A.J. Starkovich at 152 pounds with a 37-1 mark. His only loss came to a 6A state placer from last year. Jeremiah Salaz (145) is 30-8 this season, and Gabe Duckett is 24-11 at 170. Both Starkovich and Duckett were
4-0 at the last meet. At the other weights, starting with the lightest, are Dylan Chavez (106/21-18), Drake Guerrero (106/21-13), Benny Baca (113), Koby Baca (120), Clayton Tom (126/22-10), Aaron Baldonado (126), Max Aycock (132/22-12), John Alatorre (138), Cordell Brown (182), Max Aguayo (195)m Josh Ashley (220/19-11) and Nick Ashley (285/8-6) Now it’s on to see who will qualify for the state meet. Good luck to all the students from the two Gallup public schools and also to Wingate grapplers, who will also be competing in their 4A district qualifier.
The match against Piedra Vista is done and the Patriots lost badly, 61-19, but the coaches attempt to keep the spirits up before they walk to the other end of the gym for the next match.
The undermanned Bengal team warms up all eight of their wrestlers at the District 1-5A duals meet on Feb. 6.
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SCORES Feb. 2, Tuesday RCHS BBB 46, Navajo Prep 50 WHS GBB 44, Shiprock 74 Feb. 3, Wednesday GHS WRST vs. Grants, 4 – NO RESULTS RCHS GBB 54, Crownpoint 59 Feb. 4, Thursday GHS GBB 68, Miyamura 33 MHS GBB 33, Gallup 68 RCHS BBB vs. To’hajiilee Postponed WHS BBB 64, Shiprock 66 Feb. 5, Friday MHS BBB 41, Farmington 77 RCHS GBB 37, Navajo Prep 40 ToHS BBB 61, Navajo Prep 52 WHS GBB 41, Bloomfield 64 Feb. 6, Saturday GHS WRST @ Dist. 1-5A No individual records available. GHS finished fifth in this
team meet. MHS WRST @ Dist. 1-5A AJ Starkovich and Gabe Duckett both posted 5-0 records in this team meet. MHS finished fourth. MHS GBB 46, Farmington 66 RCHS BBB 39, Crownpoint 28 ToHS GBB 72, Newcomb 22 WHS BBB 47, Bloomfield 63 WHS WRST @ 1-4A Districts – NO RESULTS Feb. 8, Monday ToHS BBB 49, Shiprock 74 Feb. 9, Tuesday GHS BBB 63, Piedra Vista 54 RCHS BBB 68, Newcomb 54 ToHS BBB vs. Crownpoint POSTPONED ToHS GBB 69, Navajo Prep 40 WHS GBB 64, Zuni 27 WHS BBB 67, Laguna Acoma 63
SCHEDULES Feb. 12, Friday GHS BBB vs. Aztec, 7 MHS BBB @ Piedra Vista, 7 WHS GBB vs. Kirtland Central, 7 WHS WRST @ 1-4A Individual Qualifier, 3 Feb. 13, Saturday GHS GBB @ Aztec, 7 GHS WRST @ Individual Qualifier, TBA MHS GBB @ Piedra Vista, 7 MHS WRST @ Individual Qualifier, TBA ToHS GBB @ Crownpoint, 1 WHS BBB @ Kirtland Central, 3 Feb. 16, Tuesday GHS BBB @ Farmington, 7 MHS BBB vs. Aztec, 5:30 RCHS BBB vs. Tohatchi, 6:30 RCHS GBB @ Newcomb, 6:30
ToHS BBB @ Rehoboth, 6:30 WHS GBB @ Thoreau, 7 Feb. 18, Thursday GHS GBB vs. Farmington, 7 MHS GBB @ Aztec, 7 RCHS BBB vs. Navajo Prep, 6:30 WHS BBB vs. Thoreau, 7 Feb. 19, Friday GHS BBB vs. Miyamura, 7 GHS WRST @ State Tournament, TBA MHS BBB @ Gallup, 7 MHS WRST @ State Tournament, TBA RCHS BBB @ S.F. Indian School, 7 RCHS GBB @ Navajo Prep, 6:30 WHS GBB vs. Shiprock, 7 WHS WRST @ State Tournament, TBA
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MOVIE: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 2 SECRET OF THE OOZE Starts: 2 pm. El Morro Theater, 207 West Coal Ave. PG-13. TAIZE WORKSHOP Join us for a Taize style workshop. There will be mediation, song, prayer, silence, and scripture. Begins at 4 pm. For more information please call, Kathy Mezoff (505) 722 -5011. Location: 151 State Highway 564. MONDAY FEB. 15 GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY SCHOOL Presidents Day—No School CITY OF GALLUP President’s Day—Offices Closed TUESDAY FEB. 16 GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY SCHOOLS Join us for a Board of Education Meeting. Begins at 6 pm. For more information please call, (505) 721-1000. Location: Student Support Center, 700 S. Boardman Ave. AFRICAN INSTRUMENTS The library will host a special performance by Camilla Dodson. Her show will include a variety of drums and other African Instruments. Audience participation is optional. The daughter of a Lesotho Chief, Dodson was one of five people invited to speak with Nelson Mandela returned to Cape Town after 27 years in prison. She will share her knowledge of African music and the important role that music plays in African cultures. Begins at 6 pm. For more information, please call (505) 863-1291. Location: 115 W. Hill. WEDNESDAY FEB. 17 SBDC NEW MEXICO Build your free website with StartLogic. It’s free for one year. This workshop walks you through the process of selecting a design, customizing web pages, and choosing a domain name. You’re welcome to bring your own laptop or tablet.
There will be 10 laptops available. Begins at 11 am. For information please call, (505) 722-2220. Location: Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce, 106 W. Hwy. 66. 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. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. This Week: Melting Ice. Free FEBRUARY FILMS Join us for a free family movie. Popcorn provided. Starts at 5pm. Main Branch, 115 W. Hill. Film: Rosewood 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. 18 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: Tobe Turpen Elementary School. CRAFTY KIDS Fun crafts for the whole family (all ages). Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. Make: Felt Necklace/Bracelet. Free. ONGOING 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: 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) 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) 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 NAVAJO NATION SCIENCE FAIR The Red Rock State ParkChurch Rock presents the Navajo Nation Science Fair, Feb. 23 - 25. Registration deadline: Feb. 17 by 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. LENTEN SERIES During the season of Lent Westminster Presbyterian Church Gallup will host a study Experiencing God. Presentations will focus on how we can incorporate contemplative practices into our life of faith. Feb. 20: Celtic Christian Spirituality; March 5: The Labyrinth as Prayer and Meditation; March 19: Centering Prayer. Begins at 2 pm. For more information please call, Pastor Kay (505) 9053247. Location: 151 State Highway 564. HOLY SPIRIT CHURCH Join us on Feb. 19, 6 pm for Stations of the Cross. This is a time to deepen your relationship with our Lord, come walk the Stations of the Cross at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit. For more information please call (505) 863-4695. Location: Church of the Holy Spirit, 1334 Country Club Dr. LENTEN SOUP AND STUDY Come join us for a simple Lenten meal on Feb. 17. We may choose to take on simple practices for Lent to bring us closer to living the love of God. Begins at 6:30 pm. For more information please call (505) 863-4695. Location: Church of the Holy Spirit, 1334 Country Club Drive. HOLY SPIRIT CHURCH On Feb. 27, join us for a Lenten Dream Day. We’ll explore how God continues to speak to us through our dreams. This Dream Day is a free gift from the Church of the Holy Spirit to the community. Begins at 9 am. For more information and to register please call Vicar Lynn Perkins (505) 2648241. Location: Church of the Holy Spirit, 1334 Country Club Drive. EVENTS AT RIO WEST MALL Feb. 15 –President’s Day Drawing Contest Entries Due March 11—March madness Freethrow Shoot Out 7 pm To post a non-profit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: email@example.com or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday 5 pm.
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