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NEWS Audit unveils excess of inconsistencies within district’s financial reporting By Chrissy Largo Sun Correspondent

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n a recent audit report of the GallupMcKinley County Schools, conducted by Accounting and Consulting Group, LLP, shows deficiencies in internal control over financial reporting for the date ending in June 30, 2015. It was stated in the in the General Funds Report, the total revenues amounted to about $100.5 million and the total amount of expenditures is $85.6 million. This also reflects the excess (deficiency) amount of revenues over expenditures which amounts to $14.8 million. The audit uncovered that the district is not keeping track of lodging receipts for purchases made with the superintendent’s credit cards and two transactions occurred with a total amount of $1,310.57. There appeared to be no supporting documents for the lodging expenditures. In the New Mexico Procurement Code 13-1-1 to 13-1-99, it states that “payments must be supported by valid receipts and that it may be for valid charges.” According to the audit, the district was aware of the requirement to collect and review the receipts for lodging. “They had 14 findings, which is on the high-end for a district of that size,” New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller said. “The findings are accounting challenges or problems that should be fixed the following year. For taxpayers this is money for kids, for schools. There are 14 situations, for example, where there are a lot of question marks.” He added that the overall audit was “good” and the district’s accounting for all their money was good, but there was 14 issues brought up. “It really is an important question of where some of our taxpayers dollars are going,” he said. “An audit and its findings would be that there is a very high level of confidence that every dollar is accounted for. These are 14 situations where we do not have that confidence.” State statutes and state regulations require that the district maintain and control all financial processes and records for both the district and auditor. The risk of misappropriation and fraud is the result of not being compliance with state regulations and statutes. The auditors recommend that the district should consider “centralizing all activity funds under the District management.” However, the audit also states the district is in the process of setting up purchase NEWS

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cards for use for activity funds. Another major finding showed that there appeared to be a lack of oversight of expenses being coded within the maintenance of reimbursement basis grants as well as a lack of monitoring of allowable costs for these grants. It is within the New Mexico Manuel of Procedures for Public School Accounting and Budgeting, in order for districts to receive federal and state grants they must abide to a proper financial reporting system set into place. The audit states that program managers and directors not fully reviewed expenses for certain grants and have allowed items to be purchased that are considered not acceptable. The auditors recommended that the district produce district-wide training on monitoring and oversight of reimbursable grants. The district’s response was that trainings were provided throughout the 20142015 school year but the “monitoring of grant expenditures continues to be an on-going issue for the District.” According to the audit, there was a find that certain materials were being purchased but they were not making it into the classrooms for student or teacher use. In other words, the district does not have proper internal controls to ensure that items that are bought are taken into classrooms. The end result of poor monitoring of purchased items could result in buying items that are already purchased but not yet being used, theft, and abuse of District property throughout the year. The audit also disclosed that the district does not currently have a policy set into place that “restricts the receipting

of goods purchased, especially for those items purchased in bulk for later use.” It was recommended by the auditors that the district enforce a policy that restricts the receipting of purchased items to a central location that will track the product and to make sure that the item is not ordered twice. Also, after reviewing payroll transactions, auditors found that 20 out of 64 payroll transactions, the district did not provide a contract attached to the employee file which could result in the district paying an employee the incorrect amount. It was noted that the district does not currently have a policy set into place that allows the contract to be received back from the employee and into the employee file. According to the audit, the district is aware that auditors found a “long history of contracts” that were not being returned to the employee files and has assured the

auditors that the personnel office has secured a process that all 2015-2016 contracts are accounted for by using sign-in and sign-out sheets. Contracts will then be verified by the department to make sure that all contracts are filed within employees file. The findings include the district’s activity for fund internal controls over disbursement and receipting processes involved the approval of purchase orders and posting receipts with no involvement of another party. Multiple efforts were made to contact Superintendent Frank Chiapetti; Board President Titus Nez; Vice President Kevin Mitchell; Board Secretary Priscilla Manuelito; District 4 Board member Joe Menini; and District 5 Board member Lynn Huenemann for comment, but none were reached by press time. To review the full audit, visit the auditor’s website at: osanm.org

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Council nixes curbside recycling initiative 3-2 TO RE-EVALUATE PROGRAM IN 1-YEAR

By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor

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hile there’s some disenchantment over the current state of drop off recycling spots around town, it’s still a cheap enough option for the Gallup City Council to try and remedy for $100,000 when compared to the nearly $1.3 million it will cost the city to implement a curbside recycling program. T he cou nci l voted 3 -2 against the curbside recycling program Feb. 23. Councilors

Allan Landavazo and Fran Palochak wanted to see Gallup take a progressive step toward the home pickup system, but their peers felt the cost outweighed the reported benefits. “I am at a loss,” Palochak said. “I recycle and it’s a pain in the keister. The time is now, and we can’t always drag our feet.” Mayor McKinney expressed concern over the recyclables commodities market, saying that, for example, payments for plastic recyclables is down 90 percent when compared to previous years. He also said

that he’s concerned about the “long term reoccurring costs” of a curbside program. “Are we buying a white elephant?” he said. Landavazo was first to make the motion that went against the grain of staff’s recommendation to fix problems with the three drop off spots. “I think it’s one of those staple things that people look at in a model community,” he said. “We want to be attractive to the outside world … we have to be bold.” Prior to the vote, financial details and city-generated

surveys were presented in a slideshow-type format by Gallup Water and Sanitation Department Director Vince Tovar. The results were mixed, but out of the 1,521 people surveyed, 59 percent said they would participate in the program, followed by 41 percent that said they would not participate in the program. When it came to the implementation of a monthly fee, 46 percent were against it, but a combined 53 percent said they would pay between $2 to $5 per month. Details of the the curbside recycling budget were broken down in increments. To explain, the city would have to budget $310,00 for a facility; $80,000 for field employees;

$82,000 for administrative employees; $325,000 for a vehicle; $450,000 for recycle carts; $10,000 for fuel and maintenance; and $15,000 for hauling. I f ea ch re sident were charged $3 per month, amortized for about seven years, the seven year revenue total without interest would be about $1.5 million. In contrast, there were no breakdowns on exactly how the $100,000 will be spent to improve the three current sites, just a commitment to mitigate the issues. In Tovar’s slideshow presentation, photos showed bins overflowing with garbage. Tovar’s plans for the drop

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ne of the major accomplishments of the 2016 legislative session was the approval of a compromise to bring New Mexico into compliance with the federal REAL ID Act of 2005. This means that you can keep using your driver’s license to board an airplane and that you’ll soon be able to resume using your license to enter military bases. There’s been a lot of misinformation surrounding the compromise, but it really boils down to two things. First, the legislation creates a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license that citizens and others in the country legally can get later this year. No one will be required to get the new license and, even if you want one, you won’t have to get one for several years. Once our plan is approved by the federal government, which is expected, you’ll be able to use your current driver’s license to board airplanes either until it expires or until October 1, 2020, whichever comes first. Citizens who want a REAL

ID driver’s license must provide the state with a birth certificate or passport and social security card or W-2 form along with other information. Second, undocumented immigrants can get a driving authorization card, which will allow them to legally drive throughout the United States but will not allow them to board an airplane or enter a federal facility. The driving authorization card will be valid initially for two years but can be renewed for four years. Citizens who prefer to get the driving authorization card rather than the REAL ID driver’s license will have the choice to do so. Undocumented immigrants who don’t currently have a license must be fingerprinted and won’t be eligible for a driving authorization card if they have any outstanding arrest warrants or have used aliases to get other documents. The state Motor Vehicle Division will be providing more information about what’s required to get a REAL ID driver’s license or a driving authorization card. For now, rest assured that the driver’s license in your wallet will still be valid for boarding an airplane.

a backlog,” Tovar said. Meanwhile, after the council struck down Landavazo’s motion, they took a second vote to star t planning the upgrade to the three recycling centers located at the

Ga l lup T r a n sfer S t a t ion , Ga l lup Cu lt u ra l Center a nd L a r r y Br ia n M itchel l Recreation Center. The council plans on revisiting the curbside recycling initiative next year.

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This group of students plus one not pictured, at Dylan Vargas’ Martial Arts Academy, attended the U.S.A.M.A. New Mexico State Karate Championships on Jan. 30. The students brought home 69 trophies and awards and Dylan won 1st place in Forms, 1st place in Weapons, 1st place in Fighting, And Grand Champion in the Advanced division. Dylan was also awarded the Triple Crown for being number one in forms, weapons, and fighting for the the year 2015. The students, from the left, are: Isaiah Guillen; Jacob Benedict; Diego Rangel; Damiano Kozeliski; Munyaradze Dube; Leona Joe; Daniel Guillen; Xavier Maestas; Rigel Devey; Anamaria Devey; Mukai Dube; Tiana Tom; Michael Padilla; Cross Malcom; Jessica Thompson and Sonja Thompson. Unavailable for pictures was Jacob Torres. Photo Credit: Tom Hartsock

RECYCLING | FROM PAGE 4 off locations, entails adding two employees to assist people during business hours, Tuesday - Saturday; seek public input to add up to two additional locations; add appropriate and accurate signage to drop off locations; provide community recycling education; make it user friendly, and as Tovar puts it, provide the public with “easy to monitor metrics.” Before the council voted, public comments tipped mostly in favor of curbside pickup, with some negative comments about the drop off spots as noted in Tovar’s presentation. Some residents, such as Pat Scheely of Mentmore, said to “make it doable.” It’s a matter of pride.” School Board member Lynn Huenemann said conceptually it’s very easy to implement. But local engineer Mike Daly and local columnist Joe Schaller both said that New Mexico has plenty of room for landfills. “Recycling is n ice, but this a rural state and there’s a lo t of r o o m fo r l a nd fill,” Daly said, adding that NEWS

Albuquerque, among other communities have felt the pinch of increasing recycling costs that get passed on to consumers. Tovar said the money for recycling programs is tapped f rom t he E nv i ron ment a l Surcharge Tax fund. Right now the fund is stretched thin with the rehabilitation of the Grandview tank at a cost of

about $3.7 million. And the alleyways between Strong and Puerco need water and wastewater lines replaced as the lifecycle for that infrastructure is coming to an end. Essentially, there’s millions of dollars in curb and gutter, and infrastructure projects that need priority funding, he explained. “We are behind and we have

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before pulling into Jiffy Lube. Cle vel a nd , 54, produced an ID card, and he was actually driving on a suspended/ revoked license. According to the report, he told Bates “take me to jail I’m drunk.” Bates noticed an open can of Budwiser in the backseat. It was cold and had half of its content. Cleveland blew a .23 and .24 during the breath tests. Joan M. Yazzie Jan. 20, 8:14 pm Aggravated DWI A s Deputy Eric Jim was patrolli ng Highway 264, he saw Yazzie make a U-turn in her silver KIA and proceed eastbound in the lanes heading westbound. After he signaled for Yazzie to pull over, according to the report, she continued to drive another mile before pulling over on the median. Yazzie, 47, failed the field sobriety tests and blew a .28, twice, during the breath tests. Pricilliano Delgarito Jan. 17, 6:42 pm Aggravated DWI Deputy Ga r yl le James was filling up his patrol unit at the Thoreau Giant when an employee advised him of a man passed out behind the wheel of his car. As the employee pointed toward Delgarito, he proceeded to back up and leave the parking lot, heading down State Highway 371. Ja mes caug ht up w ith Delgarito, 34, who showed the signs of intoxication – bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech. He blew a .21, twice, during the breath tests. Russell Gabaldon Jan. 17, 12:15 am Aggravated DWI Gabaldon’s a l l e g e d swer ving on Interstate 40 a ler ted MCSO Deputy L o r e n z o Guerrero to pull him near the Munoz over pa ss. Accord i ng to the report, when Guerrero asked Gabaldon, 51, if he had

anything to drink, he said that he had “a lot to drink.” Once arrested, he blew a .23 and .22 during the breath tests. Amanda P. Burbank Jan. 17, 12:03 am Aggravated DWI Burbank did not make her situation a ny e a s ie r by refusing to cooperate with Deputy S a l i n a B r ow n o r j a i l of f ic i a l s . Accord i ng t o t he repor t , she cla i med t o be on a n “emotional rollercoaster.” It seemed like she was going to be issued a speeding ticket, but her talkative demeanor and the smell of booze on her breath was a dead giveaway. During the field sobriety tests, she tried to show the deputy her scar where she was shot, lifting her shirt up. It’s not clear how that would lessen her ability to take the tests, but the report states that “one minute she was cooperative, the next she was being stubborn,” refusing to cooperate with the deputy. She was crying and cursing. Burbank blew a .20/.19 during the breath tests. Martina Sam Jan. 16, 7:59 pm 2nd DWI A s D e p u t y Guerrero patrolled Hwy 264, he noticed Sam swer ving in between traffic lines, so he pulled her over, into the Yahtahey Flea Market parking lot. She

presented a n ID ca rd, a nd Guerrero noted in his report that he could smell alcohol wa f t i ng f rom t he veh icle. Sa m, 39, cut to t he cha se and said that she had been drinking all day. She blew a .14/.13. Kayla Devault Jan. 16, 2:13 am Aggravated DWI Driv ing t he w rong way got Devault arrested fo r DW I . Deputies M o n t y Yazzie and Eric Jim were parked on the median of Route 491 near China Springs Loop and noticed Devault, 25, driving her Audi northbound in the southbound lanes. Once pulled over, she showed all the signs of intoxication and failed field sobriety tests. She blew a .16/.17 during the breath tests. Bennie Cisco Jan. 15, 10:29 pm DWI C i s c o nearly hit a sheriff deputy’s patrol u n it wh i le d r iv i ng down State Highway 602. According to Deputy Sa lina Brow n, Cisco wa s on his cellphone when she approached him. It turns out that Cisco, 30, had an warrant for his arrest. He must have known what to expect as two women responded to the scene to pick up the vehicle. Brown could smell booze on Cisco, who admitted to drinking. He didn’t fare well on the field tests and blew a .10/.09.

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OPINIONS Gallup’s luxury suites for the poor: Part two, federal housing’s checkered legacy

By Joe Schaller Guest Opinion Columnist Continued from last week. View first segment at www.gallupsun.com 4. Support for housing subsidies rests upon a failure to understand the importance of the means—such as marriage, hard work, and thrift— by which families improve their prospects so they can move to a better home in a better neighborhood. Better neighborhoods are not better because of something in the water but because people have built and sustained them by

their efforts, their values, and their commitments. Subsidies are based on the mistaken belief that it is necessary to award a better home to all who claim “need,” however it is the effort to achieve the better home, not the home itself, that is the real engine of social improvement. The tragedy of government welfare programs is not just wasted taxpayer money but wasted lives. The effects of welfare in enabling the break-up of low-income families has been extensively documented. The primary way that those with low incomes can advance in the market economy is to get married, stay married, and work—but welfare programs have created perverse incentives to do the opposite.

T he Ga l lup Housi ng Authority works in conjunction with HUD. The GHA rule states “If, at reexamination your family’s income is sufficient to obtain housing on the private market, the HA may determine whether your family should stay in public housing”. Thus, HUD enables broken homes, discourages economic success and rewards a lack of effort, responsibility and education. HUD policies since the 1960s War on Poverty have been largely responsible for the step by step breakdown of African American and American Indian families, chaining them to perpetual poverty and sentencing the resulting fatherless children to the highly elevated consequence of dysfunctional lives.

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There was a time when Americans relied upon their extended families in times of need. Church, neighbors, local community, Mutual Aid Societies and Fraternal Beneficiary Societies could also be relied upon as safety nets. There’s no need for those now, the federal bureaucracy has made it quite clear they will provide all the necessities of life no matter how irresponsible you are. They are the grand enablers of single mothers and fatherless children. Uncle Sam may be a sugar daddy for many however he’s derelict when it comes to nurturing self-esteem, confidence, purpose, initiative and independence. No matter how horrific the consequences, our progressive statist leaders will maintain to the end their intentions are compassionate and honorable thus justifying the carnage while washing their hands of any responsibility.

At the April grand opening of Hooghan Hozho there will certainly be ceremonies, photo-ops, ribbon cutting, high-fives and awards for politicians, bureaucrats and community organizers who will take credit for their wonderful monument created with other people’s hard earned money. However, when they run out of other people’s money and their projects crumble without subsidies, those dependents who have lost the skills and will to be their own masters may be left in a world of hurt when confronted with their new-found freedom, their former masters’ presence only marked by distant echoes in the wind of “Our intentions come from a place of compassion”. An old proverb says the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Progressive schemes such as HUD and NHA are indeed insane.

GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF FEB. 26 - MARCH 3

Leap year babies are shouting for joy. They’ll actually get to celebrate their true birthdays this week. Madame G suggests treating this extra day in February, as a starting point. Consider George Eliot’s words: “It’s never to late to be what you might have been.”

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Aries your soul is full of fire, piss, and vinegar. You’re not molded from the virtue, patience. It’s in your best interest to seek out gainful activity. Heed these wise words from Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “We know what we are but not what we may become.” Choose wisely Aries lest the decision be made for you.

According to Richard Yates, “No one forgets the truth; they just get better at lying.” You abhor all things involving deceit. You’re ready to strike anyone caught lying to you. But, before you judge harshly reflect on your actions. What are the lies you tell yourself and others? You may need to re-think your strategies and assess your own actions.

Dear Libra, your tender heart often takes a beating. Your love for order and glamour may suggest to some that you’re vapid and without feeling, but this isn’t the case. As Charles Dickens said in Great Expectations, “we need never be ashamed of our tears.” Anyone who laughs or mocks your pain is not a friend and doesn’t deserve your heartfelt care.

You’re headstrong and resilient, but like the Scorpion, you’ve a tendency to carry a grudge. This takes a greater toll on your heart and soul than the perpetrator. In the wise words of Charlotte Bronte’s immortal classic Jane Eyre, “life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.” Do you want to be happy or right?

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

George Elliot said, “Pride helps; and pride is not a bad thing when it only urges us to hide our hurts—and not to hurt others.” This is true for you Scorpio. As the proudest of the zodiac signs, you’re liable to damage any who besmirch you. True growth comes from moving forward and using your talents to help rather than hurt those around you.

It seems that those around you are fairly shallow. This idea really isn’t new. In the nineteenth century Oscar Wilde said, “Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” It’s up to you Aquarius, to use your intelligence and drive for the betterment of your community. Don’t wait for someone else to step up.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) In Emily Bronte’s tragic gothic novel about young lovers, Withering Heights, the unreliable narrator said: “Terror made me cruel.” Madame G suggests stepping back from a situation and reassessing your judgment and knee-jerk reactions. You could be wrong and your actions could be hurtful. Don’t let your fear guide you.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Are your daydreams getting the better of you? There’s evidence to suggest daydreaming helps the mind. But there’s also evidence to suggest too much prevents action and success. You must balance your desires. Try sleeping on it before you take a mad dash trip into the unknown. As H.G. Wells said, “wait for the common sense of the morning.”

OPINIONS

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) According to Leo Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina, “It’s much better to do good in a way that no one knows anything about it.” In other words, you don’t always have to seek the spotlight. You’ll actually garner more respect from those around you and from yourself by being humble. Let others sing your praises. You don’t have to do it all alone.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Madame G suggests using your Virgo fastidiousness to conquer some of that lingering anxiety and self-doubt. You have a tendency to dwell in nostalgia. This can be fun on occasion, but in prolonged stages it’s stagnating. Haruki Murakami said “Memories warm up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.” Don’t let your past define you.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) It’s a curse of existence that we often remember and harbor our worst memories the longest. Sometimes one negative comment hurts worse than a multitude of positive ones do you good. Cormac McCarthy said, “you forget what you want to remember, and you remember what you want to forget.” This week, Madame G suggests writing down all your positive memories. You shouldn’t forget them. You’ll be glad you did.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) In James Joyce’s Ulysses he famously said: “history, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.” This may ring true for you as well. Election season is in full swing, and however, your political leanings sway—we’ve still got a ways to go. It may feel like it’ll last forever. But, like your past we can’t escape it. We must learn to live with it and grow. Madame G suggests taking up a positive hobby such as gardening. It’s a good escape.

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Bigfoot: Fact, Fiction or Folklore

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attended the recent Big Foot Semina r; hav ing earned a science degree (forestr y) a nd hav i ng been to and completed graduate school (Forest Ecology and Silviculture) where I took classes such as non-timber resource mgt., systems ecology and population dynamics I was curious to see how two individuals with Doctoral Degrees would present this topic. They were believable. However, I’ve worked in the Cascade Mountain Range, the Yaak Valley, Northern and Central California (fire), the Eastern slopes of Glacier National Park, SE Montana, N. Central Montana, NE Idaho, Maine, Georgia and Alabama, Oklahoma, Arizona and New Mexico. I’ve hunted in most of the areas to include the Hell Canyon breaks, Central Montana and Saskatchewan, Canada. I have been fortunate

encounter a Grizzly bear, a mountain lion and a Mexican grey wolf in Arizona. However, I’ve never seen anything that alluded to the presence/existence of the Big Foot. The main presenter at the seminar described a creature that is not only elusive but very intelligent, it has to be quite intelligent to remain so elusive. However, since the Big Foot is purported to have a relatively sparse population it brings into question the creatures’ fecundity/reproduction rates and the appearance of having a gene pool too low for it to still be in existence. Inbreeding would bring the creature to extinction. During my career I had the opportunity to work closely alongside Wildlife Biologists all over the United States. Not once did a “real wildlife biologist” ever bring up the subject of Big Foot. Not once did I read

a Land Management Plan that addressed this mythological creature. Ever y yea r millions of Americans take to the field to hunt a variety of game. Many of the big game hunters and outfitters put out game cameras. I should be able to pick up a copy of Field and Stream, Outdoor Life or Eastman’s Hunting Journal and read stories and view pictures of encounters with this Relict Hominoid, not so! When I was an adolescent I read the works of Erich von Damien, it was good for my imagination and forced me into critical thinking. Now I read National Geographic, Scientific American and books like The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence by Dr. Carl Sagan. I’m sadden to know that my taxes support individuals

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with Doctoral Degrees who pass such folklore onto young impressionable minds as reality. Education and apparently an above average I.Q. doesn’t always mean the individual has more credence than the myth they may promote; the Piltdown Man was proven a hoax. Maybe that Sunday trip to the Big Foot encounter site was really a trip to invite these creatures to the upcoming NFL Combine. Sports Agents make

good money. I guess book signings make money, just not the same amount a Sports Agent can earn. For more credible information on Big Foot go to: http:// news.nationalgeographic.com/ news/2003/10/1023_031023_bigfoot.html or https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/gory-details/ finally-some-solid-science-bigfoot Respectfully, Mark George Hammond Gallup, NM

The city of Gallup – missing the mark on infrastructure improvements Editor, Gallup Sun: The letter to the editor from Brett Newberry struck a nerve. The City certainly is not keeping up with infrastructure. It appears to me that several factors are involved. A clear lack of direction as Mr. Newberry pointed out is obvious. This combined with the Gallup one-percent – the golfers – getting their share first and also an attitude of provincialism by entrenched locals.

There is such a thing as “opportunity cost”. If a community spends all its extra cash on recreation it will not have enough money to fix the street when repair is needed. For this example I will use street repair and storm drainage, but the same could be said for water or sewer infrastructure, curb and gutter/sidewalk replacement or other needed infrastructure. By my reckoning the City has invested at least $8.65 million

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into the City Golf Course for the ten year period 2007-2016. This, for 200 golfers. And what do we have – a skuzzy golf course. This amounts to a subsidy over the 10 year period of about $43,000 per golfer. [Source – A local newspaper earlier reported that the City spent $5,150,000 on the golf course for the years 2007-2015. We added $3.5 million reported by the newspaper for “Golf Course Overhaul” reported in July 2015 as the 2016 expenditure.] For less tha n the $3.5 million spent on golf course improvements this year, the City could have rebuilt Ciniza Drive from Toltec Drive to Va nde n B o s ch Pa rk w ay. Proponents of the golf course call it a quality of life issue. For the residents on Ciniza, some of whom have to drive through a foot deep pond entering their

driveways every time it rains, better drainage is a quality of life issue also. There is a problem here. There are drainage problems in the Indian Hills area but the City has no master drainage plan to deal with the drainage. My information is that the last citywide drainage study was conducted 41 years ago and can now be considered useless. How much would a citywide drainage study cost and how useful would it be compared to investing year after year in a golf course for the Gallup’s One-Percent? Alternatively a “back of envelope” calculation indicates that the $8.65 million spent on the golf course in the last ten years is more than enough to replace all the bad sidewalk, curb and gutter and sidewalk in town. That would affect several thousand families.

The provincialism comes from the terrible grades on cross gutters and drainage structures in town and the ignoring of State Law with regards to traffic control. There are federal standards for street construction and traffic control. The State of New Mexico has codified these standards as State Law. But the City of Gallup ignores this and imposes reprehensible obstructions to traffic movement. Here are two examples from many available. At the residential intersection of Piano and Verde, there is a cross-gutter with a 22% grade change. The federal standards and the City’s own Standard Plans call for grade changes no greater than 10%. This obstruction to traffic was excused as “traffic control” by a former City Manager. I pointed out to him that the cross-gutter occurred at a stop sign and tee intersection. Just how much more “traffic control” is needed? A second example: On Country Club Place on the south end of Red Rock Elementary the speed limit has been reduced to 10 miles per hour and two speed bumps within 700 feet or so of each other have been installed.

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COMMUNITY New mural reflects organization’s mission A NEW CONTRIBUTION TO A GALLUP TRADITION

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rtist Nani Chacon of Albuquerque was commissioned by COPE to paint a mural beside their office at 210 E. Aztec Ave., and she completed the project on Feb. 23. Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment, is a nonprofit organization which focuses on increasing health across Navajo Nation through

since age 15 and painting murals for five years, including one at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, several in Albuquerque, and even one in Russia. Though she paints on canvas as well, murals are her medium of choice when weather allows. “It suits my personality; I like being outside,” Chacon said. The COPE mural is her first in Gallup, but she mentioned that she would “love to do a bigger piece in Gallup at some point,” and that “Gallup has a really neat

Cori Muskett-Skersick, Carissa Brownotter, Emilie Ellis, Sarayl Shunkamolah, Amber Lalla, Casey Smith, Cameron Curley, and Evander Chee. Front: Nanibah Chacon.

amazing,” she said. Casey Smith, cancer care project coordinator, said the mural “very much represents our work in a symbolic and powerful way.” He noted that “the hogan shows our connection with the Navajo community and that the community is truly central to all our work. The corn represents our food work and also

represents the sacredness of the land and food to the community. I think the birds very much symbolize our growth as a team, our constant evolution, how our work is developed and shared with the community, the introduction and growth of new projects, and the progression towards a healthier Navajo Nation.” The completed mural is 40 feet long and can be seen on the

east-facing wall at the corner of east Aztec and Strong. Stop by and check it out. To see more of Chacon’s work, follow her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/nani. chacon1) and Twitter (@ Nanibah). To learn more about COPE visit their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/COPEProject/) or call (505)722-2185.

Chacon dunks her brush in a water bucket to achieve the perfect paint consistency.

clinical and preventative care. The mural is an illustration of their logo, featuring a hogan, birds, mountains, and corn. “I worked with COPE on coming up with the design. It’s a reflection of what they do,” Chacon said. Chacon has been drawing

mural tradition.” COPE was glad to have Chacon in town, and Sarayl Shunkamolah, operations manager, enjoyed working with her throughout the process. “Seeing people stopping to get out and acknowledge her is really

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traffic for a few minutes. Would a speed reduction have been accomplished by simply putting a stop sign at Linda Drive? Who know? Who Cares? We don’t need “no state laws or outside engineers”. In short it seems that the provincialism and cronyism in this town are overriding good sense. Michael Daly, New Mexico P r ofe s s i o n a l E n g i n e e r, Retired Gallup, NM

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Triple 9 – A simple, pulpy tough guy flick By Glenn Kay For the Sun

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irector John Hillcoat has a resume that includes plenty of rough and tumble films like The Proposition, The Road, and most recently, Lawless. His latest effort is no exception. Triple 9 is full of scowling, mean characters that would shoot you just as soon as look at you. This heist story is a bit sillier and less thoughtful than his other efforts, but if you’re in the mood for a simple, tough guy action flick, you could do worse. Set in Atlanta, the plot follows ex-militia man Michael (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and his team (which includes plenty of crooked cops) as they attempt to pull off a heist for a Russian mobster’s wife, Irina (Kate Winslet). Michael’s motivation is the hope of having his son returned to him. However, he is quickly informed that more is required of him. It’s an impossible task, but when team member Marcus (Anthony Mackie) is partnered with an idealistic beat cop Chris (Casey Affleck), the group realize that the murder of a fellow officer might create a long enough distraction to complete the complicated job. There’s nothing unfamiliar or unique about the story

Expect a lot of dramatic shoot out scenes and plenty of ruthless bad guys – and one bad girl (Kate Winslet) – in “Triple 9.” Opens in theaters Feb. 26. Photo Credit: Worldview Entertainment

or the general theme – crime doesn’t pay. With the exception of Chris, the lead characters will certainly turn off many viewers. Despite being cops, they’re mean, duplicitous and will stop at nothing to get what they want - even when it involves killing their own. This is a violent film with a couple of strong, wince-inducing moments and most of these people eventually come to an unpleasant end. At least the impressive cast (which also includes Clifton Collins Jr., Aaron Paul, Norman 207 WEST COAL GALLUP 505.863.1250 www.elmorrotheatre.com

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soft haze that seems to further emphasize the distrust and moral ambiguity between the groups of people. Additionally, the film boasts some impressively staged action scenes that also help to heighten the tension. The crosscutting during the climax is particularly effective, combining an attempted assassination, a car hurtling down a roadway to a location along with the big, final heist. This final act is genuinely exciting. Of course, there are a few strange elements. Ejiofor is compelling as Michael, but his motivations are odd. While he is a clever robber, it is curious that the character would go through with this incredibly dangerous scenario - it’s obvious that he’s unlikely to get what he wants and this viewer couldn’t help but wonder if

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ne of McK i n ley County’s best known assisted living facility builders plans to open a Gallup location at some point in the spring, officials confirmed Wednesday. Gallup City Planner C.B. Strain said an area along Day Street on the city’s west end is slated for such a facility. The matter was not required to go

was designed by Albuquerque architect Rick Bennett. Johnston sa id the single-story building will be managed by a health maintenance organization, saying the company should be taking applications for residents in the next few months. Johnston noted that he and his wife have operated care facilities since 1994. “It will be managed by an (HMO),” Johnston said. “The spring or summer is when things should be ready.” Rotary Seniors of the Month, all presented with a Certificate of Honor for their Academic and Community work. Back row, from left: Derrick Vandever, Thoreau; Jeremiah Salaz, Miyamura; Philbert Joe, Tohatchi; Mykale L. Begay-Harlan, Crownpoint; and Colten Lowley, Gallup. Front row, from left: Brittany Wilhelm, Miyamura; Olathe Antonio, Window Rock; Raven Pinto, Rehoboth; Pashen Beyale, Wingate; and Brittany Bahe, Gallup. Photo Credit: Tom Hartsock

the city’s planning and zoning department for review and for the proper permits. “The use of an assisted living facility is a permitted use within this zoning district, so before the Gallup City Council. “Yes, they have started construction on the building,” Strain said. “Everything is proceeding according to the plans of the builder.” Robert Johnston, a Ramah resident and principal with Ramah Care Services, said the $1.7 million Sunny Day Assisted Living Center should be up and running at some point in June or July. He said the structure

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SPORTS 360 Stars and Stripes teach junior wrestlers

Phillip Lopez gets his younger wrestlers warmed up before practice on Feb. 23 in the Wrestling Room at Miyamura High School.

Yele Aycock, left, doesn’t seem too concerned about being the only female on the mat at Miyamura High School during the Stars and Stripes Wrestling Club’s practice on Feb. 23, as her opponent, Tristan Downey, looks for an opening.

Chavarria, 62#; Ethan Scott, 62#; Javier Flores, 66#; and Levi Nattonabah in the Heavyweight class. For the 10U division, Gallup will send Talan Davis, 77#; Tyler Griego, 89#; and Chandler Whitman, 89#. 12U contestants will be: Rhys Sellers, 70#; Sean Matt Garcia, 82#; Drake Santiago, 98#; Yele Aycock, 106#;

Devon Negale, 146#; and Dominic Gutierrez, 165#. The team practices at least twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and sometimes on Friday as well. For more information, find them on Facebook. Email: StarsAndStripes­ WrestlingClub@gmail.com. Phone: (505) 862-4031.

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not yet wrestle for high school. The president of the club is Phillip Lopez, a two-time placer for Gallup High, fourth at 138 pounds in 1987 and Champion of the 145 pound class in 1988. Assisting him are VP Paul Gutierrez, Secretary Natasha Sellers, Treasurer Chew y Morales and board member Anthony Garcia. “We had 52 to start the season (from Octobr to May) and we

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have about 35 now.” Lopez said. “Most of them will be attending the NM AYW Unified Youth Championships at Johnson Gym on Feb. 27.” In the 6U division will be: Kashis Whitman, 43#; Matthew Lopez, 46#; Nicholas Pinedo, 46#; Zachariah Benally, 43#; El ia s Ma r ti nez, 49#; a nd Israel Olguin, 55#. Competing in the 8U division will be: Gage Sellers, 50#; Marcos

Sean Matt Garcia, left, and Rhys Sellers prepare to practice some takedown tactics on each other on Feb. 23 at the Stars and Stripes Wrestling Club practice. Sellers is ranked number one in NM with an unbeaten record of 28-0 this year.

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‘Mean Joe Greene’ one of the biggest stars to visit Gallup By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent

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ssuming that all others know everyone or everything you know is always a mistake. But it happens often, as it did when I first covered the Rotary Scholarship Banquet on Feb. 11 and their guest speaker, Charles Edward “Mean Joe” Greene. A lot of current NFL fans were not even born by 1969, when he first entered the NFL and many more are not old enough to have appreciated his talents. Before his NFL career, Greene had an outstanding college football career at North Texas State University, leading the team to a 23–5–1 record during his three seasons. In his 29 games at defensive tackle, North Texas State held the opposition to 2,507 yards gained on 1,276 rushes, a per carry average of less than two yards. According to Wikipedia, his collegiate coach, “Rod Rust, said of Greene, “There are two factors behind Joe’s success. First, he has the ability to make the big defensive play and turn the tempo of a game around. Second, he has the speed to be an excellent pursuit player.” A pro scout added more realism, “He’s tough and mean and comes to hit people. He has good killer instincts. He’s mobile and hostile.” In 1969, he was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers with

Deep in memories, ‘Mean Joe’ Greene becomes emotional as he answers question from the media prior to the Annual Rotary Scholarship Banquet on Feb. 11 at Red Rock Park. Photo Credit: Tom Hartsock

the fourth pick of the NFL draft and spent his entire career with them until his retirement in 1981. He was not happy about being selected by Pittsburgh with their long history of losing. But he had heard good things about coach Chuck Noll, who was also going into his first year with the Steelers. Greene was named Rookie of the Year for his talents, strength, intensity, quickness, and not least of all, his size (6’4”, 275 pounds, huge at the time). “When I got drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers, I did not

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want to be there,” he said, during the Feb. 11 Rotary presentation. “Because I didn’t know … Who could look into the future?” But, he hung in there. His professional career only got better with time. He won two NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards, five first-team All Pro selections, helped the Steelers win four Super Bowls in six years and was the leader and anchor of the “Steel Curtain” defense for Pittsburgh. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest defensive linemen to play in the NFL. Although hot-tempered, Greene was recognized as a player who would do whatever was best for his team. Greene was well known for the “stunt 4–3” defense, in which he would line up at an angle, between the center and guard, and would explode into the line taking out 2–3 blockers, sacrificing his stats in tackles and sacks to allow linebacker Jack Lambert and other defensive teammates easy takedowns. Greene credits Noll with helping him to grow as a player. “All those antics I was doing and pushing them [competing players] and doing all of that … You know how Chuck responded to that? He said, ‘Joe those are men with families. They don’t appreciate you saying what you’re saying, and they don’t appreciate you pushing on them, so think about it’ … and he walked away,” Greene said. “It resonated really well, and that fit right into the

picture part of my maturing as a person, as a player.” Greene was very close to his three fellow linemen, and had no tolerance for losing, rallying even the veterans around him. As the Steelers made better draft choices and coach Noll continued to be superb, a dramatic makeover took place for this team of “losers,” as they had been dubbed for decades. Greene was credited as the cornerstone of this great dynasty and the most important player in their history. After the win in Super Bowl X, Greene sat out the first five games with a back injury and the team dropped to 1-4. The season looked lost. When Greene came back to work though, the

team won the next nine games straight and got into the playoffs. This streak in 1976 by the defense held opponents to an average of less than 10 points a game (138 points in 14 games). And in their win streak, the defense recorded five shutouts in nine games and allowed only 28 points – with only two touchdowns in that span. When Greene retired, his spot in the lineup was technically not replaced as the Steelers switched to a 3-4 defensive alignment and has used it ever since. After retiring as an active player, Greene spent one year as a color analyst for CBS and then 16 years as an assistant coach for the Steelers (4), Dolphins (5), and Cardinals (7) and retired again to become the special assistant for player personnel for the Steelers, earning his fifth (XL-2005) and sixth (XLIII-2008) Super Bowl rings. He retired from the front office in 2013. The team retired his #75 jersey in 2014, only the second in Steeler history. “I was deeply, deeply honored to participate and I “I have been back several times for team reunions, just last year, Superbowl IX reunion,” he said. “The majority of those players came back … some of them are not with us anymore. But they were backup players that played a tremendous role.” When Greene was drafted, a newspaper headline asked, Who’s Joe Greene? The question was quickly answered as Greene became so good that teams double-teamed, and even triple-teamed him throughout his entire career. Now you have the answer to that question as well.

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HELP WANTED EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES The Community Outreach and Patient E m p o w e rment (COPE) Program is a Partners In Health sister organization and a non-profit entity 501©3 based in Gallup, NM. COPE’s vision is to eliminate health disparities and improve the wellbeing of American Indians and Alaska Natives. COPE is currently hiring for the following positions: • Chief Operating Officer • Finance Assistant • Rosebud Program Manager • Training Specialist To view full job descriptions or to apply, visit our website at www. pih.org. Click on the “Join Our Team” link located at the bottom of the webpage, and then select “Navajo Nation.” You will need to create a profile and upload a cover letter and resume. For more information, please email us at team@copeproject.org. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Battered Families Services is looking for a full time Executive Director. Must have a Bachelors Degree in a Human Services related field (Masters Degree preferred) At least 5 years experience in Human Services/Social Services setting (preferably in a DV setting) At least 3 years management experience Proven track record leading and directing groups of people and managing programs and systems Must be able to do grant writing, fund raising and complex contract management. Must have knowledge, experience and strong interest working with culturally diverse and high risk populations (homelessness, mentally ill, those in crisis) preferably with DV survivors. Must be willing to live, work and become an active part of the community Must be able to effectively do community outreach and to liaison with diverse groups and individuals ranging from business leaders and tribal members to those living in poverty or in crisis situations Clinical or licensure and experience helpful Bilingual Spanish/English Navajo/English desirable Submit an application, resume and letter of interest to Battered Families Services, Inc. 207 South Strong Gallup, New Mexico, 87301.

Info call (505) 722-6389 and ask for Barbara Smith. Closing date: Open until filled INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY COPE is searching for a full-time COPE Patient Centered Research Intern. This full-time internship is funded through the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Main activities of this internship would be assisting in the completion of a federally funded study to understand the COPE Program’s effectiveness on the Navajo Nation. Duties would include assisting with research, attending COPE meetings with stakeholders, partners, and CHRs, and administrative duties within the COPE Office as needed. A small stipend will also be provided as compensation for the internship. Must be on-site daily and travel (with mileage compensated) will be required as a part of work. The following requirements are desired: • Understanding of Navajo Culture • Strong Organizational and Communication Skills • Interest in Public Health or Research • Reliable Transportation To apply, send a cover letter and resume to team@copeproject. org LICENSED THERAPIST Battered Families Services is looking for a part-time/full-time Therapist. Must be independently licensed. Requirements: Masters Degree in Social Work, Psychology or Counseling. Duties: to provide individual and group counseling to victims/survivors of domestic violence, develop and implement treatment plans. Must be able to maintain healthy boundaries, be warm, empathetic, nonjudgmental with a valid New Mexico Drivers License and you must pass a background check. Submit an application, resume and letter of interest to: Battered Families Services, Inc. 207 South Strong Gallup, NM 87301 Info call (505) 722-6389 and ask for Barbara Smith Closing Date: Open until filled PORTER/DETAILER Ed Corley Nissan We are currently taking applications for Porter/Detailer positions. Full time position. Must be de-

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR FEB. 26 - MARCH 3, 2016 FRIDAY FEB. 26 FAMILY MOVIE (ALL AGES) Join us for a free family movie. Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Film: Space Jam COMPUTER CLASSES The Octavia Fellin Library is offering free computer training course: Advanced Facebook. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. Registration is required. For more information please call, (505) 863-1291. Begins at 11am. Location: Main Branch, 115 W. Hill. SATURDAY FEB. 27 HOLY SPIRIT CHURCH Join us for a Lenten Dream Day, as we explore together 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. To register please call Vicar Lynn Perkins, (505) 264-8241. Begins at 9 pm. Location: 1334 Country Club Drive. SUNDAY FEB. 28 MOVIE: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 2 SECRET OF THE OOZE Starts: 2 pm. El Morro Theater, 207 West Coal Ave. PG-13. MONDAY FEB. 29 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@ CALENDAR

gmail.com / www.fibcgallup. weebly.com TUESDAY MARCH 1 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. WEDNESDAY MARCH 2 HOLY SPIRIT CHURCH 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. SBDC Join the Gallup Small Business Development Center Certifications for Federal Government Contracts training. Tract I: NMSBDC Procurement Technical Assistance, Veterans Affairs Certifications, and SBA HUB-zone and women owned small business program. Begins at 1 pm. Tract II: A detailed explanation of the SBA’s 8 (a) Program, including the award of Federal Contracts. SBA acts as the prime contractor and offers sole source and competitive contracts to minorities and other disadvantaged business owners. Begins at 2:30 pm. For more information please contact John Melton (505) 462-2273. Location: 106 W. Hwy. 66. SOUP SUPPERS Soup Suppers will be held on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm. Join us for a simple meal to learn about prayer practices in various faith traditions: Bluehouse, Dineh Traditionalist. For more information please call Pastor Lorelei Kay (505) 905-3247.

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Location: 151 State Highway 564 Boardman Drive. 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: Lego Challenge. Free MARCH FILMS Join us for a free family movie. Popcorn provided. Starts at 5pm. Main Branch, 115 W. Hill. 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 MARCH 3 CRAFTY KIDS Fun crafts for the whole family (all ages). Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. Make: Dr. Seuss Book Marks. Free. ONGOING ANNUAL TEEN FILM FESTIVAL The Octavia Fellin Library in conjunction with El Morro Theatre are receiving films for the fourth Annual Teen Film Festival. On March 8, at 4 pm there’ll be a Film Makers work space for teen films. Teenagers from seventh grade to High School are invited to create and edit their own original five minutes or less short films focusing on the theme: Our Stories are Our Voices. There’ll be training and work sessions throughout

the month of March. Participants can work alone or in a small group. Completed films are part of a Red Carpet Screening Event at El Morro Theatre in April where prizes for first, second, and third place films will be awarded. Films are due at the Library by March 31. All filmmakers must have a completed participation packet and be registered to submit a film. Work sessions are listed below and will be held at the Children’s Branch. For more information please contact the Library at (505) 726-6120 or email libtraing@gallup.gov. 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.

to benefit the shelter. It’s all you can eat soup and you keep the bowl. Starts at 5 pm, at the BPOE-Elks, 1112 Susan Ave. Tickets are $25, and available at Mystique Salon & Day Spa or the GMHS. SHARATHON Join us for our 2016 Sharathon, The Voice of Hope, March 4 and March 5. Come and listen to local artists, enjoy some food, and have a chance to win some great prizes. A; this to support your local radio stations. Look for the tent at Western Indian Ministries, Tse Bonito. Sponsored by KHAC (880AM), KWIM (104.9FM) and KTBA (760AM). For more information please call (505) 371-5587 or visit:www. westernindian.net. 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; March 5: The Labyrinth as Prayer and Meditation; March 19: Centering Prayer. Begins at 2 pm. For more information please call, Pastor Kay (505) 905-3247. Location: 151 State Highway 564. SOUP SUPPERS Soup Suppers will be held on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm. Join us for a simple meal to learn about prayer practices in various faith traditions. The schedule of speakers: March 9, Noor El Deen, Imam-Gallup Islamic Center; and March 16, Josh Kanter. For more information please call Pastor Lorelei Kay (505) 905-3247. Location: 151 State Highway 564 Boardman Drive.

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) EVENTS AT RIO WEST MALL 863-2616, or email: gmchuMarch 11—March madness manesociety@gmail.com. Freethrow Shoot Out 7 pm Location: 1315 Hamilton Rd. SAVE THE DATE To post a non-profit or GALLUP MCKINLEY HUMANE SOCIETY GMHS presents “No Empty Bowls” March 5, a fundraiser

civic event in the calendar section, please email: gallupsunevents@gmail.com or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday 5 pm.

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