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NEWS Political newcomer poised to face incumbent Sen. George Munoz FILING DATE FOR STATE OFFICES IS MARCH 8

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he 2016 race for District 4 of the New Mexico Senate will feature one familiar face and a new one. Felicia Adams of Iyanbito, NM said March 1 that she plans on filing the proper paperwork

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want to ensure a healthy future for us all. Considering the date and patterns that occur in this area I believe I can benefit more people within this position through my natural leadership as well as my passion to promote self-empowerment and community relations through my nonprofit mission.”

in Santa Fe March 8 to run against incumbent Sen. George Munoz. Adams announcement follows an initial announcement to run that was made two months ago at the Iyanbito Chapter House. But she doesn’t mention anything that Munoz has done, or their philosophical differences that may have prompted her to run against him. Only what she brings to the table. “There is a saying that if you want something done then do it yourself,” Adams said. “I

Adams, 29, is the granddaughter of former New Mexico House of Representative member Albert Shirley – also of Iyanbito. However, she does not possess political experience at any level. Shirley, still active in the area political scene, served the state House of Representatives during the 1980s. Adams, who is a business and economic development student at Dine College, said she doesn’t plan to be a clone of Shirley as far as policy and approach go, downplaying a

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political relationship between the two. She said she has clear and specific reasons as to why she wants to run right now. “The better we can do for our community the better the community can do for itself,” Adams explained. “In looking at me running from a business perspective, the priorities are investing and protecting our assets. People, land and resources are our greatest assets. I feel that it is important that we invest in our people through cultivating better educational statistics as well as protecting our people by improving conditions in public health, public safety and living conditions.” Adams, who owns and operates an area business, continued, “Technology allows for roads to be built, which can position us to benefit from our land resources. I believe I can create a better work environment for the various local organizations that currently have a hand in these programs.” Ad a m s wa s r a i sed i n Iyanbito and San Diego, Calif., the latter of which she graduated from high school. Adams is a former winner of a Native American music award while living in San Diego. “I am a natural entrepreneur who has a diverse business management firm (I Am the Biz, Inc.) and a nonprofit

orga n ization (Ba la nce -NOptions) that is dedicated to educating individuals in to improving their lifestyles,” she said. New Mexico’s senate District 4 territory includes McKinley, Cibola and San Juan counties. A state primary is set for June 8 and the general election is Nov. 8. All 42 state Senate seats are up for grabs this year. Interestingly, this isn’t the first time that Munoz has been challenged in a statewide race. Current McKinley County Board of Commissioner Genevieve Jackson put forth an unsuccessful District 4 bid four years ago. New Mexico legislators earn a per diem salary that amounts to about $164.

MUNOZ’S TRACK RECORD A Gallup native and longtime local business owner, Munoz, D-Gallup, is the son of former Gallup mayor Ed Munoz. He was first elected to the state Senate in 2009. He noted the March 1 signing by Gov. Susana Martinez of

2016 state legislation that cracks down on repeat DWI offenders and DWI offenders that kill. The legislation, sponsored by Munoz, increases penalties for drunk drivers who kill people on the road and makes it a second degree felony to be convicted of eight or more DWIs, increasing mandatory sentencing from two to 10 years, with a maximum sentence of 12 years. “Anybody can run for state office,” Munoz said of past and present challengers. “Obviously, you work for the taxpayers. That is important.” Mu noz s er ve s on t he Legislative Finance Committee, the Indian Affairs Committee, the Revenue Stabilization and Tax Policy Committee, among others. But his career is not without its blemishes. Munoz got in to hot water about a year ago when he reportedly sent text messages to a university of New Mexico Board of Regents appointee that he’d vote for his confirmation if the appointee would fire the school’s president and vice president of finance. The appointee was Rob Doughty.

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SAILE , ARIZ. – The Dine’ College Board of Regents appointed Dr. Ma r ti n Mig uel Ahumada as its interim president as of Jan. 15. A national search for a permanent president remains ongoing, officials said. A hu mada replaces Dr. Maggie George, who served as president since 2011. “I n a recent Boa rd of Regents meeting, the board voted to end, in amicable terms, it contractual relationship with Dr. George,” Lori Tapahonso, senior public and community relations officer at Dine’ College, said. “With the full support and strong stewardship of its new Board of Regents, Dine’ College is

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committed to serving as an exemplary institution of higher learning, which can help forge a brighter future for the Navajo Nation.” Tapahonso said Ahumada was initially hired by Dine’ College in January 2015 as the Vice President of Academic

Affairs. He earned his bachelor’s deg ree i n Spa n i sh Literature and Political Science from Ca rleton College in Minnesota. Additiona lly, A humada earned a master’s degree in higher education administration and a doctorate in higher education finance from the University of Arizona. He has served in senior administrative positions in the field of higher education at the national, state and institutional levels and as a faculty member in higher education leadership at both the University of A r i zon a a nd Ha r v a rd University. Dine’ College draws students from around greater McKinley County and throughout the Navajo Nation. The college holds memberships in the Rocky Mountain, Arizona,

New Mexico and American Associations of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and the Association of A mer ic a n Ju n ior a nd Community Colleges. The college was founded in 1968 and is the first tribally-controlled college in the United States. The school’s mission is to advance quality post-secondary student learning and development to ensure the well-being of the Dine’ people.

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Money pit or diamond in the rough? GOLF COURSE PROJECT PROPOSES TO REMEDY ONGOING PROBLEMS the project. McK i n ney hopes t he improvements will cut yearly maintenance costs in half while boosting revenue. This would save the city money in the long run while providing a top-notch golf course for residents and visitors. He estimates that a full return on investment will take six to seven years. On Feb. 1, the city hired a new manager for Fox Run Golf Course, Max Johnson, a graduate of New Mexico State University’s turf management program. After the construction is complete, it will be up to Johnson to maintain the course and the city’s invest-

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he Fox R u n G ol f Course is undergoing ma jor renovations to replace the irrigation system and reconfigure the landscape drainage system. Mid-America Golf and Landscape won the bid for the project at a little under $3 million and began work on Feb. 17. As for the completion date, “Our contract says July 9th, so we’ll be done by then,” said Joe Salvatore, the project superintendent. Sa lvatore mentioned that the course had a lot of unhealthy grass and serious erosion problems when he arrived. The new irrigation system “will certainly be more efficient,” Salvatore added. The majority of the irrigation water comes from the water treatment plant on the west side of town, though a small proportion of fresh water is mixed in to achieve proper pH levels. The water will now be controlled by a computerized irrigation system that allows for precise and immediate adjustments. Gone are the days of manually turning valves out on the course to regulate irrigation flow. The new drainage system will allow water to collect and soak into the ground in certain

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areas, slowing it down and preventing erosion from rain and snow melt. T he cou r se opened i n 1965, and its old infrastructure has been requiring constant repair. Mayor Jackie McKinney said the budget for the course is about $800,000 a yea r a nd “much of that expense was maintenance and replacing broken water lines.” The upkeep became a constant burden for the city. “It was either do it right, fix the golf course, or just close it,” McKinney said. Though citizens gave input both for and against the golf course renovations at City Council meetings, the final vote was unanimous, 5-0 in favor of

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The $3 million for the renovations came from the environmental surcharge fund, which is taxpayer money. The fund accumulates roughly $1 million per year and had a balance of about $13 million when the golf course overhaul was approved, according to McKinney. While some question the value of a golf course in Gallup, McKinney said, “there’s at least 500 people that play golf in this area.” He thinks a group that large deserves an opportunity to recreate in Gallup. McKinney also hopes that having a great golf course will encourage new business and increase tourist dollars for Gallup in the future.

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Cop beater caught at gas station in Sanders By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor

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car thief involved in a hit and run accident and officer assault on Feb. 28 was apprehended at the Sanders, Ariz. Mustang gas station March 1, Gallup Police Department Capt. Rick White said. After a two-day search, Navajo Police Department investigators and A rizona Department of Public Safety officers arrested Leonard Yel lowhor se, Jr. w it hout incident. Events leading to Yellowhorse’s arrest began shortly before noon on Sunday, when police were dispatched

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to the scene of a two-vehicle collision at Panz Allegra, 1201 E. Hwy 66. The occupants of

a white Cadillac involved in the accident told police that the other vehicle, a maroon Mitsubishi jeep (SUV), had fled the scene. Of f icer A nd rea Tsosie located the vehicle in the parking lot of Church’s Chicken, 1203 E. Hwy 66. Inside was Yellowhorse, and a female passenger. When she ran the license plate, the vehicle came up as stolen. Next, she attempted to handcuff Yellowhorse when he reportedly punched her in the face – at least twice – a nd took off westbound on Hwy 66. A pursuit of the suspect vehicle ensued on westbound Interstate 40, but White said because of traffic

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at the time, officers called off the chase. Gallup resident Valencia Peterson witnessed Tsosie being assaulted by Yellowhorse and came to her aid. According to the report, “Peterson advised that the officer had a hard time breathing.” White said that Tsosie was transported to a local hospital where she was treated and released. He said that she didn’t sustain any broken bones, but was bruised and swollen from the incident. Meanwhile, Yellowhorse, 25, of Houck, Ariz., was transported to Apache County Jail for booking. He was wanted on two warrants in Apache County, White said, and could

spend up to 10 days in jail there before he’s extradited to McKinley County Adult Detention Center. He’s being held on a $15,000 cash only bond. “Two detectives – Nicole Martinez and Steven Peshlakai – were sent to Apache County where Yellowhorse confessed to battering Officer Tsosie and to stealing the vehicle,” White said. Yellowhorse faces multiple charges, entailing: aggravated battery upon a peace officer; receiving stolen vehicle (possession); two counts of aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer; tampering with evidence; and leaving the scene of an accident.

Department’s report, he pulled out a rifle from the back of his truck and aimed it at the couple who had two children in tow. Bryant was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of child abuse.

Centers of America motel, the manager said that the couple was asked to leave the premises as it was obvious from the smell rolling out of the room that the couple was toking on some Marijuana. According to her report, as Romancito made her way to the hotel room she could smell the aroma of pot in the hallway. The problem? Chr is L . Watchman and Michelle K. Estrada had two children present for their partying. Watchman admitted to possessing pot and handed over his bag of leafy greens and a pipe. Watchman, 27, was booked for abandonment of children, marijuana possession, prohibited, and drug paraphernalia. Estrada was summoned to court for two counts of child abandonment.

2/28, WIFE ASSAULTS HUBBY W h e n McKinley C o u n t y Sher i f f ’s O f f i c e D e p u t y S a l i n a B r o w n arrived at a home, in response to a domestic dispute, the male homeowner “had blood all over his face and chest area,” according to the deputy’s report. Brown could hear a female yelling as well, who turned out to be Samira Shaffer. She reportedly struck her husband with an object. Both admitted to drinking, but the blood and evidence pointed to Shaffer as being the aggressor during their spat, and she was arrested for aggravated battery against a household member.

2/20, POT SMOKING PARENTS W h e n GPD Officer C i n d y R om a nc it o responded to a call at Travel­

2/18, PUPPY, 2 DOGS MURDERED D eput y S a l i n a Br ow n responded to a call in which a family reported that their beloved brown and white 7-month-old Siberian husky puppy was found shot dead nea r T racey L a ne i n t he Vanderwagen area. A young woman, who was overcome with emotion, said that she last saw her dog at 11 am that day, and that two of their other dogs were also missing in action. The family found the puppy’s body in an arroyo northwest of the residence. The

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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports ENDWI. Legal limit is .08. Levi Brice Lowery Feb. 24, 7:32 pm 4th DWI, Aggravated Despite t he con se quences from his last three DW I s , o r lack thereof, L ower y’s fourth arrest was drama filled. Luckily, no one was hurt in the fender bender on 601 S. Dani Dr. Lowery fled the scene into the home of his sister-in-law, uninvited. W hen Ga l lup Pol ice Depa r tment Off icer Cha z Troncoso arrived at the woman’s home, he found Lowery, 27, lying on his belly, covered in a “cotton ball looking substance,” according to the report. He had made his unwanted entry through a window. He tried to hide in the attic, but fell instead, getting the insulation stuck to his clothes. He tried to conceal his identity, but his brother called him on that. He refused to admit that he was driving, but a quick thinking woman snapped some pictures of him fleeing the scene of the accident. He refused to submit a blood draw sample, but Troncoso got a search warrant and obtained blood to measure his blood alcohol content.

CRIME BLOTTER | FROM PAGE 6 woman’s father said that he has seen a neighbor shooting at a dog in the past, and that his neighbors’ often target shoot in the area. Prior to the deputy leaving, two other dead dogs were located. It’s not clear if those were the two dogs that belonged to the family. If caught and convicted, the shooter faces extreme cruelty to animals and negligent use of a deadly weapon charges.

2/16, OFFICER ASSAULTED Samantha Sandoval was on a window-breaking rampage when GPD Officer Darius NEWS

Andrew Garcia, Jr. Feb. 10, 1:44 pm Aggravated DWI Garcia mu st have been buzzed when he d rove h is car on to the dow nt ow n pede s t r i a n walkway. GPD Officer Luke Martin witnessed this bizarre driving episode, and quickly pulled him over before he ran over any walkers. When asked why he was driving on the sidewalk, he said that, “ he was just driving around looking for people.” Garcia, 27, failed the field sobriety tests and refused to take the required breath tests, earning an aggravated DWI. Deanna Dale Feb. 5, 6:30 pm 2nd DWI, Aggravated G P D O f f i c e r Chanelle Preston was called to the scene of an accident at Wa lg reen s. Dale’s vehicle had sustained some front-end damage and she complained of pain to her right arm. According to the report, Preston asked Dale how much she had to drink, and said, “too much.” Dale, 33, blew .22/.19./.22 during the alcohol content breath tests. Johnson a r r i ve d a t First Street and Highway 66 to assist Sgt. Emery Hol ly a nd another officer with the arrest. She was “physically resisting and arguing with officers,” the report states. When Holly first made contact with Sandoval she had kicked him in the groin area. It turns out that she had broke out the windows to her mom’s vehicle. Sandoval, 29, was arrested and booked for battery upon a peace officer, criminal damage to property, and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, and a bench warrant.

Eric K. Bahe Feb. 3, 11:39 pm 2nd DWI, Aggravated M C S O D e p u t y T a m m y Houghtaling pulled Bahe over on U.S. R o u t e 4 91 for d r iv ing 73 mph in a 55 mph zone. He reeked of booze and refused to engage in field sobr iety tests. He claimed that he was in the m i l ita r y a nd st ationed i n Germany, but was on a onemonth leave. It turns out that he is in the reserves, but has not checked in with his unit since August 2015. Bahe, 28, refused to take the breath tests. Frederick Johnson Feb. 3, 11:35 pm Aggravated DWI Johnson, 42, was n a b b e d for dr iv ing without any head lights. GPD Officer Matthew Ashley pulled him over – Johnson pulled into the parking lot of SCS Connect, and the officer immediately noticed the signs of intoxication. He claimed to have guzzled down three draft Budweiser beers that evening. He blew a .22 – twice.

Arlinda Betone Jan. 30, 2 am Aggravated DWI At f i r st B e t o n e was passed out in the McDonald’s drive thru. Next, she was parked behind Pep Boys, then on the sidewalk in front of a fire station – all based on Metro Dispatch reports. According to the police report, Betone, 40, eventually high centered on a pile of dirt at the intersection of Ninth and Lincoln. GPD Officer Matthew Ashley could smell booze coming from her breath, and that she seemed confused. She refused to take the required breath tests. Fabian L. Garcia Jan. 31, 3:55 pm Aggravated DWI Garcia’s two near misses on I-40 prompted MCSO Deputy Ivan Tsethlikai to respond quickly to locate Garcia. He caught up with Garcia, 31, and noticed that he had his head down and appeared to be texting. At this

point, he was driving slowly on the shoulder, heading eastbound. O n c e pulled over, Tsethlikai noticed that Garcia seemed intoxicated, so he administered the field sobriety tests. Garcia’s BAC test results were not listed in the report. Richard Werner Jan. 21, 1 am Aggravated DWI W h e n MCSO Sg t . Eric D. Ji m pu l led Werner over fo r s p e e d ing, the strong odor of booze was apparent as was his watery eyes and slurred speech. Werner, 30, didn’t fare so well on field sobriety tests and claimed that he was hauling a load of marijuana and prescription drugs. A search of the vehicle did not turn up any narcotics. He blew a .16, twice, during the breath tests.

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OPINIONS Celebrating Black History Month through education By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent

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lack History Month, or National African A mer ica n H i stor y Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in American history. Gallup doesn’t have a huge quantity of black Americans, but prior to the building of Interstate 40, the city, like its nearby sister cities Holbrook and Winslow, boasted a lot more. The historic month grew out of Negro History Week, the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has designated February as Black History Month and the time is typically honored with marches and gatherings that commemorate the date. Some

people suggest that February was chosen because it’s the shortest month of the year, which is untrue but, nevertheless, has developed into a running series of jokes across the U.S. Technically, Black History Month began in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States. The Harvardeducated Woodson, and the Ohio-born prominent minister and civic activist Jesse Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by black Americans and other peoples of African descent. Moorland went on to be an ordained Congressional minister and headed up the Washington, D.C., branch of the YMCA. Woodson’s and Moorland’s history group sponsored a Negro History Week in 1926, choosing

the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist Frederick Douglas. The event inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local celebrations, establish history clubs sponsor performances and lectures. Since then every American president has designated February as Black History Month. Around Gallup, the Octavia Fellin Library holds historical lectures and is known to provide an art exhibit – including one this year by Boston-transplant and former college professor Dana Chandler. The annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., march, put together in January by resident Mona Frazier, is well-attended by kids and adults from the area. Here ‘s to those, dignitaries and regular folk, who share in the education of Black History Month.

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SEN. MUNOZ SHARES LEGISLATIVE ACCOMPLISHMENTS By Sen. George Munoz, D-Gallup

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he latest legislative session is now history; it is amazing what people who care about New Mexico can accomplish in 30 days. When I first campaigned for State Senator in District 4 representing Cibola, McKinley and San Juan counties, I had several priorities that I believed and still believe are important to our families and communities. Those priorities included providing the necessary tools so everyone receives a quality education, public safety so we can be secure and protected in our homes, and helping people who struggle every day for one reason or another. These are the issues I fight for whether I am in Santa Fe or at home in Gallup. These are the lessons I

learned from my father, Eddie Muñoz, former Mayor of Gallup, and the examples I pass on to my two sons. Before I left Gallup for the recent Legislative session in Santa Fe, I said that the senate would resolve the Real ID driver’s license problem. If you check my voting record on this issue, you will see that I voted to pass the compromise bill, allowing the state to move forward. You can learn the facts on how the new law will affect New Mexicans by visiting my web page at https://senatorgeorgemunoz.com/. I am also very pleased that the bills I proposed this past legislative session passed overwhelmingly. The bills I proposed were designed to help many people here in Senate

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Facebook launched new buttons in addition to the “Like” button. Reviews are mixed. It seems many users only wanted an “Unlike” button not emoticons. A New Moon ushers in a plethora of possibilities. Madame G words of wisdom: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.”

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

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Does your life feel like it’s running to the theme of Taxi Driver? If you find yourself staring in the mirror saying: “you talking to me?” You may want to stop and reconsider. Anger ignites faster than dynamite and bulldozes through mountains. If the obstacle is someone’s feelings you’re causing more damage than you realize. Breathe. Life is good.

You’re a caring and loving person, but self-pity is meaningless. Don’t spend 20 years of your life holding a grudge like Jim Caviziel in the Count of Monte Cristo. He nearly misses his chance at happiness because he couldn’t forgive the past. You don’t have to forget the past to forgive. Don’t do it for those who’ve harmed you. Do it for you.

In the movie the Watchmen, Rorschach is a sympathetic and doomed character. He acknowledges that often those who attempt to make others happy end up hurting themselves. It’s disconcerting much like a sad clown. Don’t sacrifice yourself Libra, there’s no justice in hurting yourself. You’ve as much right to happiness as anyone.

Your lack of imagination will get you into trouble. And your sheer stubbornness offends more than your family. If you want to avoid the drama in Kramer vs. Kramer, don’t force your loved ones into corners they can’t escape. Your greatest ally is to learn compromise and listen, really listen. You may lose the fight and your spouse, but you’ll gain so much more — your own self-respect.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) This New Moon you’ll discover a great deal, if you’re willing. Take a few lessons from the Buddhists who acknowledge that growth requires suffering. Watch the indie-classic, The Princess Bride: “Life is pain, highness. Anyone who tells you differently is selling something.” Enjoy a good laugh. Eat well and live well.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Your flippancy is often mistaken for idiocy. Sometimes your life seems like a live-action version of Clueless. You have substance and goodness it’s just hidden underneath layers of makeup. Madame G suggests reaching out to those around you. Show a genuine interest in the conversation and you may appreciate the outcome. Good luck!

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) What many don’t know is that you’re as happy in the limelight, as you’re by yourself in the wilderness. Heavy lies the crown, as they say. You enjoy the company of others and their admiration. But, decisions are difficult with real-world consequences. You may want to enjoy freedom like Kevin Costner in Dances with Wolves, but you’d still manage to find yourself caught between two cultures and two ways of life. Live free.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You’re fastidious and reserved nature serves you well. But, as George Carlin once said: “It’s the quiet ones you gotta watch.” You don’t forget and you don’t reveal yourself. Like Hannibal Lector in Silence of the Lambs, you lure others into a false sense of security. Your actions depend entirely upon their manners for Hannibal only eats the rude. Bon appetite!

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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Your will is fierce and unbending. But, you may need a break before you implode. This may involve a welltimed compliment from an employer, mentor, or someone you admire. It may also mean adventure. You have two choices if you hear this pick up line from the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy: “This guy boring you? I’m from a different planet … want to see my spaceship?” Embrace it with open arms or run away screaming.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Your sign embodies the strength of independence while your weakness is a lack of empathy. Much like Leonardo Di Caprio’s Academy Award winning performance in Revenant, you survive against all odds great and small. But, you may find it difficult to relate to others. Madame G suggests staying true to yourself and leading by example.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) If your life has a theme, it’s Across the Universe. Nothing embodies the Aquarius spirit like the Beatles inspired musical. You’re imaginative and daring yet sensitive to the tragedies the world. But, you’re not hardened. At times, you may feel naïve or that you you can’t change anything. They’re wrong. You can do anything. Live strong.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) You’re a sensitive soul or so you claim. You enjoy living in a fantasy. Your movie companion is Disney’s Snow White. The vapid and affected teen sings about being saved by her prince. Though it’s not flattering, Madame G suggests considering that Snow White was happiest in the forest when she was serving others and NOT getting rescued.

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Veterans communicate on issues legislative end of things, specifically the problems w it h pl a ci n g a Veterans Service Coordinator in Gallup. T h e shortfall in the state budget t h is ye a r me a n s we will need to share with Grants, not necessarily 50-50. Munoz told the crowd the VSC would be in Gallup every other week but the scheduling available says the time used is only three days a week, with hours at the Ford Canyon Senior Center on Tuesday from 9:30 - 4:30 pm, and then on

Wednesday and Thursday from 8 - 4:30 pm. Those hours begin on March 8 -10 and again from March 22 - 24. Tristan Keller let it be k now n t h a t he st i l l ha s vouchers available for housing and would like to see them get used by veterans. And finally, Duane Haven passed out info concerning a Mini-Stand Down on March 25 at Fire Rock Casino. Please contact him at (505) 879-1003 for more info. The next general meeting will be Mar. 11 at 9 a.m.

Veterans Helping Veterans is for all who have served in the military. From left: Eugene Louis, Paul J. Begay, Raymond James, Leroy Thomas, and Delfred Smith. Photo Credit: Tom Hartsock

By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent

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he agenda was full on Feb. 25 at Don Diego’s Restaurant as about 150 veterans met in a regular meeting to talk about what is going on with some of their issues. Dr. Eunice Muskett, a Nurse Practitioner at the Gallup CBOC, spoke on the need for veterans to focus on positivity. Muskett recently injured her leg and has not been available for patients. She reported that a second doctor should be

coming to town this month, so possibly the veterans will be able to replace the “doc in a box” system that has been in place for over a year. Steve Starkovich introduced his grandson, A.J., who won the state wrestling championship in 5A at 152 pounds, and Sunny and Joseph Lee invited all veterans to attend a service at the ranch Church in Leupp, AZ for a presentation of an Ambassador for Peace Medal and a luncheon to follow on May 22. State senator George Munoz brought us all up-to-date on the

State Senator George Munoz delivers good and bad news from the recent legislative session to the veterans on Feb. 25 at Don Diego’s. Photo Credit: Tom Hartsock

It May Not Be PTSD By Carolie Watkins Guest Opinion Columnist

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didn’t have PTSD, but I had chronic depression and adjustment disorder,” he explains. “There are a long list of other things that can wrong with you mentally. For some reason, the media, and social media just lumps it all in together. It is completely inaccurate and it drives most of us insane.” Getting the correct diagnosis is very important to the road back to society and it takes a lot of support from family and friends to help the Veteran understand and make OPINIONS

the right decisions. Decisions to self-medicate is not the answer but a doctor can decide if the condition warrants proper medication for short term or even long term. Medication gets a bad rap many times and if prescription drugs do not numb the mental thoughts of a person it is helpful but numbing the brain to stop it from thinking hurts the Veteran or anyone with PTSD. Often thought a spouse can inherit PTSD but after reading more about chronic depression and adjustment disorder I think that be what they are facing. Depression about the concern of their loved one and are you doing enough and

adjustment disorder in learning how you yourself has to change your life. The process of loving your Veteran enough to stay through the bad times will turn into good times. Not all bad times will disappear but you will get more and more good times as healing for both of you progresses. Seeking help is hard for Veterans because they see this as a weakness and they are trained to be strong and tough but all Veterans are humans first and suffer from inside love of people and fighting in a war to protect our County makes them a hero in my book. We must help them to forgive themselves

for anything their job made them do and that is what brings them home. This is probably the toughest job in the world. Being away from loved ones, being in a new situation that takes stress to a maximum level. This stress is what being on mental thoughts of what do I do next, how do I

become normal again. Veterans are normal and these feelings are also normal. Take time to think about Veterans and even though you try you could never put yourself in the place they are mentally and therefore we need to love all of our hero’s

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COMMUNITY Library closes out Black History Month with Billie Holiday tribute By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent

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Brenda Hollingsworth-Marley gave a striking impersonation of blues singer Billie Holiday at the Octavia Fellin Public Library Feb. 25. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Octavia Fellin Public Library

ALLUP – About a dozen a rea folk s turned out Feb. 25 to see an oral rendition of Billie Holiday. The event was part of the Octavia Fellin Library’s series of Black History Month presentations. “It was wonderful,” library Director Mary Ellen Pellington said. “The entire series was attended by dozens of area people.” Brenda Holli ngswor thMarley of Albuquerque gave an impersonation of Holiday that traced Holiday’s upbringing from Baltimore to New York City. Pellington noted that the event was sponsored

by the New Mexico Humanities Council and Department of Cultural Affairs. Holiday was a jazz musician and singer-songwriter who had a career spanning more than two decades. Nicknamed “Lady Day,” she was known for her vocal delivery and improvisational skills. Inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1973, Holiday is the recipient of four posthumous Grammy awards. Born Eleanor Fagan in Philadelphia in 1915, Holiday died of a drug overdose in New York City in 1959. “I thought it was a very good presentation,” Carlene Trujillo of Window Rock said. “I think everybody should know about stuff like this.”

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in the Gallup McKinley County Schools. She was a very active member in the community and in Delta Kappa Gamma. Th is orga n ization is a professional honor society for women educators with more than 85,000 members. Established in 18 member countries around the world, the Society defines its mission as promoting professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.

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‘Zootopia’ goes out on a limb – perhaps too far away from the tree By David Pinson For the Sun

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ou will notice quite e a rly i n t he new Disney cartoon movie Zootopia that it is doesn’t play much like a Disney cartoon movie at all. The Forever Used Disney Formula is pretty much gone; at least the songs are nixed and there isn’t a single princess to be found. Of course if you look deep enough the film still follows the 4 step template of: 1)Once upon a Time 2)The Plot Thickens 3) Time is Running Out and 4) They lived Happily Ever Afterbut so does just about every movie. Following the different beats set down by the last Disney Animation Studios film, Big Hero 6, Zootopia signifies a shift that is pretty profound. But is it a good thing, this change? Is “different” to be mistaken with “better”? In this case Zootopia is refreshing but flawed and in need of some tightening. Too contemporary for its own good, the film will not be considered a classic. And classics are what the Forever Used Disney Formula usually guarantees. That’s why they’ve used it forever. Zootopia focuses on a young bunny named Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin), who wants to be a cop more than anything. But you see in

Bunny sleuth Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) and sly fox Nick Wilde (Justin Bateman) pose for an animated selfie. ‘Zootopia’ opens in theaters nationwide March 4. Photo Credit: Disney Movies

this world the “difficult” jobs are reserved for the lions and polar bears, the predators, and she must overcome prejudices and stereotypes to prove herself. There are some very pleasant positive messages for the kiddies here as the film really drives home the point that we can all be what we want to be. Work hard. Don’t let people tell you something is impossible. Acceptance. Coexist. Um…be nice to bunnies? Good stuff. Standard stuff. But then there is another thematic element that is sure to cock an eyebrow or two. Judy is put on a case regarding a missing otter. She seeks the help of a sly fox to crack the case as she undercovers a conspiracy. You see, predators

are reverting to their animal instincts, getting on all fours and attacking the innocent “prey” around them. They are, for some unknown reason, behaving like “savages” and causing terror. Of course the natural thing to do is to persecute all predators. Blame them

all for the acts of a few. Get rid of the entire lot of them. It does not take a very astute mind to see the parallels intended here. Replace the word “predator” with the word “Muslim” and you have a very interesting moral to the story. It’s a charged topic that feels very

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SPORTS 360 Bengal Ladies toy with Scorpions for District Championship Story and photos by Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent

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he undefeated Gallup Bengals started the District Championship game against Farmington with a 10-0 run, then had to go to work as the pesky Scorpions refused to roll over and play dead for the rest of the game. Gallup sort of toyed with Farmington in the first quarter as they finished those eight minutes with a 23-15 lead. The second quarter got serious. A bad pass by Gallup resulted in two Farmington points, then a missed field goal and a foul gave the Scorps two more points, making it 23-19. Another missed shot a nd a nother foul brought Farmington to the line again, where they made the front end of the one-and-one, then snagged the rebound for a chance at more. Only a walk by the Scorpions saved Gallup for a few seconds as they quickly threw the ball away inside. Fa r mington wa s working the ball well, but the long arms of Ni’Asia McIntosh got

Ni’Asia McIntosh easily out jumps her opponent in the District Championship game on Feb. 27 in the Gallup High gym. The Bengal ladies didn’t have that easy of a night, though they did cruise to an early 10-0 lead. Farmington came back several times to keep the game close and even forged several limited leads but Gallup was too strong at the end and won 70-62.

the steal and Gallup was up by five again, 25-20. The Scorpions took the lead with 1:29 remaining as they continued to best the Gallup defense, 30-29, but the Bengals got a three for a lead, though it didn’t hold up for long. Farmington scored

Angeline Platero wore a traditional dress and amazed the crowd by singing The Star Spangled Banner in Navajo to open the championship game at Gallup High on Feb. 27.

for a tie at 32 and both teams sank a free throw with 39.9 seconds left for a knot at 33 before Gallup was able to use a field goal for two while holding the Scorpions to a mere free throw for a 35-34 lead at halftime. The Gallup girls left their

defensive heads in the locker room to start the third and trailed by as many as seven points at the 4:46 mark. Strong offense brought them back though and by the end of three, the score was 54-47, Bengals. The fourth quarter was a

Senior guard Shenoah Begay proudly leads her family before the start of the District Championship game at Gallup High on Feb. 26.

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wash, with both teams scoring 15 points and the first quarter gap in Gallup’s favor was the final difference in the game. The win propels Gallup into the first round of the State Tournament, playing at home on Mar. 4 against St. Pius.

Senior post Ni’Asia McIntosh helps to get her shi ma’ to center court at Gallup High on Feb. 26 before the District Championship game againt Farmington.

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Congratulations to winter sport athletes By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent

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ne sea son slowly fades into memory as another begins. The constant circle of life and sport. Area teams did well in basketball this year, at least in our covered schools, and there was even a state championship in wrestling. Several basketball

teams are still in contention in NM, though Arizona has finished their tournament. Sports start young though, and I will doff my cap to those just beginning their long journeys in physical exertions. Let’s open with the members of Stars and Stripes Wrest l i ng, k now n a s t he Gladiators at the recently held State Championships. T he Ga l lup Club ca me

back with three top awards, three for second place, one for third and two for fourth. First place w inners were Elia s Ma r tinez (6U- 49 pou nds), Rhys Sellers (12U-70 pounds), and Dominic Gutierrez (12U165 pounds). Second place went to Gage Sellers (8U-50 pounds), Sean Matt Garcia (12U-82 pounds), and Yele Aycock (12U-106 pounds). Israel Olguin (6U-55 pounds)

took third in his division, while Tyler Griego (10U-89 pounds) and Drake Santiago (12U-98 pounds) both had fourth place finishes. The students at Gallup Judo traveled to Phoenix for the Arizona State Open Judo Championships, but word had

not been received from Miguel Garcia on the outcomes of those matches. Now it’s time for more outdoor pursuits: baseball, softball, tennis and track. I won’t be working on my tan, but I may still see you in the bleachers!

‘Tohatchi lady Cougars’ win District 1-3A championship The Tohatchi Lady Cougars basketball team won their Feb. 27 home tournament game

against Navajo Prep by a score of 52-42. Photo Credit: Del Ray

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Tohatchi Cougar’s Kalian Mitchell (5) moves down court as Navajo Prep’s Chantel Wagner (10) pursues her during a 1-3A District Championship on Saturday. 

Tohatchi’s Cheyenne Begay (30) floats a shot up over Navajo Prep’s Lemaira Romaine (30) during Saturday’s 1-3A District Championship girls’ basketball final.

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Scores Feb. 25, Thursday RCHS GBB 38, Navajo Prep 54 WHS BBB 39, Bloomfield 37 Feb. 26, Friday GHS BBB 50, Farmington 54 (District Championship) ToHS BBB 43, Navajo Prep 36 (District Championship) WHS BBB 60, SHIPROCK 63 Triple OT (District Championship) Feb. 27, Saturday GHS BASE 1, Belen 11 GHS GBB 70, Farmington 64 (District Championship) ToHS GBB 52, Navajo Prep 42 (District Championship) Mar. 1, Tuesday GHS BASE 8, Kirtland 16 GHS SOFT 5, St. Pius 1 GHS G TEN 5, Rehoboth (Ford)1 MHS SOFT 6, Kirtland 4

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SEN. MUNOZ | FROM PAGE 8 District 4 and throughout New Mexico. Let me tell you what we did with your help. We strengthened the DWI laws when it comes to homicide by motor vehicle or causing great bodily harm under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Senate Bill 118, which I sponsored, makes this crime a second-degree felony, requiring the offender to spend at least 10 years in prison. This makes our streets safer for you and your loved ones. The detox center is another crisis that I believe needed fixing.

Gallup did not create this epidemic but we must address the problem. You may recall, last winter when 14 people died from exposure, I held a town hall and suggested a shelter to save lives. With the support from Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly, We met with Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall, and Representative Ben Ray Lujan, and Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye pushing them to provide a million dollars in federal funding. I put the firm request in writing and they did find a small amount of money for the short term. While others claimed victory, I pushed forward finding

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR MARCH 4 - 10, 2016 FRIDAY MARCH 4

FAMILY MOVIE (ALL AGES)

Join us for a free family movie. Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Film: Hotel Transylvania 2 ANNUAL BANQUET

Join the Gallup McKinley County Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet. Admission: table for 10 is $1,000. This includes a table tent with your company logo, announcing, and endorsing your company as a sponsor. Individual tickets: $80. Starts at 6 pm. For more information please call (505) 722-2228. Location: Red Rock Park. 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. Sponsored by KHAC (880 AM), KWIM (104.9 FM) and KTBA (760 AM). For more information please call (505) 371-5587. Location: Look for the tent at Western Indian Ministries, in Tse Bonito, NM. LIVE MUSIC

Three Blind Mice…Tim, Merlin, N Rick take center stage from 7:30-9:30 pm at Coal Street Pub, 303 West Coal Ave. (505) 722-0117 SATURDAY MARCH 5 FAMILY SPROUTS (AGES 0 TO 4)

Sprouting Melodies is a music education program that helps inspire learning at early ages through music. Led by a certified music therapist, Antoinette Neff. This program will be a great way for families to connect and learn how to use music to develop learning. Starts at 10 am. Location: Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. Free. LENTEN SERIES

During the season of Lent Westminster Presbyterian Church Gallup will host a CALENDAR

study Experiencing God. Presentations will focus on how we can incorporate contemplative practices into our life of faith. Begins at 2 pm. For more information please call, Pastor Kay (505) 905-3247. Location: 151 State Highway 564. GALLUP MCKINLEY COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY

GMHS presents «No Empty Bowls» a fundraiser 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.

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TEEN FILM MAKER’S SPACE

Teens participating in the Teen Film Festival are welcome to attend free help sessions to create and edit their films. Computers will be available to work on films and a video camera will be on site. Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Free. CPR FIRST AID TRAINING

Two CPR First Aid Certifications sessions will be offered for GMCS School Nurses, Health Assistants, and SPED staff that serve medically fragile students on March 8 and March 9, from 4-7 pm. The trainer is Derrick Chavez. Individuals interested in signing up for a course should contact Diana Galindo (505) 7211800. Location: EDC Large meeting Room. WEDNESDAY MARCH 9

DR. SEUSS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Join the Octavia Fellin Library for the annual Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration. There’ll be activities all day including a visit from some of Dr. Seuss’s friends. Begins at 2 pm. Location: Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Free. LIVE MUSIC

The Navajo Wranglers … Country-Western, takes center stage from 7:30-9:30 pm at Coal Street Pub, 303 West Coal Ave. (505) 722-0117 MONDAY MARCH 7 THE CITY OF GALLUP

Join us for a Sports Commission Meeting. Starts at 5:30 pm. Location: City Hall, 110 W. Aztec Ave. For more information call (505) 863-1220. TUESDAY MARCH 8 DAVID BOWIE TRIBUTE

Join the Octavia Fellin Library for a Ziggy Stardust Tribute to David Bowie. Dress as Ziggy Stardust and win a prize. Bowie music will play at the checkout stations throughout the day. Begins at 9 am. Film: Labyrinth. Starts: 5:30 pm. Location: Main Branch, 115 W. Hill Ave.

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Join us for a simple meal to learn about prayer practices in various faith traditions. The schedule of speakers: Noor El Deen from the Imam-Gallup Islamic Center. Begins at 6:30 pm. For more information please call Pastor Lorelei Kay (505) 905-3247. 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 at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. This Week: Apple Tower. Free

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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 10 CRAFTY KIDS

Fun crafts for the whole family (all ages). Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. Make: Paper Plate Flying Saucer. Free. NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING

We invite residents of District 4 to visit with Councilor Fran Palochak. Starts at 6 pm. For more information, please call (505) 863-1220. Location: Stagecoach Elementary School 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) 7225142 or visit www. Recylegallup.org. COMMUNITY PANTRY

FEBRUARY FILMS

Join us for a free family movie. Popcorn provided. Starts at 5 pm. Main Branch, 115 W. Hill. Film: Bride and Prejudice

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. 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 RELAY FOR LIFE

The Gallup High School Relay for life team is hosting auditions for the Spring Talent show on Wednesday, March 16 and Thursday, March, 17 in the GHS band Room from 4-6:30 pm. Students from Gallup high School, Miyamura High School, Gallup Central High School, Rehboth Christian School, Chief Manuelito Mid, JFK Mid, and Gallup Mid are invited to audition. There’s a $10 entry fee for single performers and $15 for groups. Proceeds will be donated to Relay for Life and The American Cancer Society. For more information please contact Pam Yardley at (505) 721-2518. 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 16, Josh Kanter. For more information please call Pastor Lorelei Kay (505) 905-3247. Location: 151 State Highway 564 Boardman Drive. EVENTS AT RIO WEST MALL

March 11—March madness Freethrow Shoot Out 7 pm To post a non-profit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: gallupsunevents@gmail.com or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5pm.

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