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NEWS OHV park officials vying for grant dollars MONIES TO GO TOWARD PARK IMPROVEMENTS, DOZER Lastly, the Sweco Trail Dozer would be used to maintain the one mile track which hosts motocross races and events. Greg Kirk, current secretary and former president of RRMS, is excited about the grant proposal and noted that RRMS has received two previous RTP grants totaling $360,000. As for this one, Greg said, “I do feel optimistic that we have a good chance of getting it.” RRMS currently has seven board members and 40 club members. They have been leasing the 500 acres of land that

encompasses the OHV park from the city for the past six years. Mayor McK i n ney commented on the grant postal, saying, “I think it’s fantastic.” He applauds RRMS for creating an event space that attracts people to Gallup. “ T hey’re d r aw i ng lot s of competitors from out of town and out of state,” said McKinney. RRMS and the city are currently waiting to hear back from the NMDOT to see if the grant gets approved. “This process usually takes a few months,” said McKinney.

The OHV/MX park could soon be seeing $128,500 worth of upgrades.

Story and photos by Shepherd Waldenberger Sun Correspondent


n Feb. 29, the city of Gallup and Red Rock Motor Sports submitted a grant proposal to the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s Recreational Trail Program for improvements to the OHV/MX

park. If approved, the city would receive $109,790 from the NMDOT RTP and $5,000 worth of labor donated by RRMS, while it would pay $13,710. This is a reimbursement grant, however, which means the city would have to pay for all the costs up front and then get paid back by the NMDOT upon completion of the project.

Improvements listed in the proposal include a graveled parking lot, picnic tables with awnings, trail legends, and a Sweco 480 Trail Dozer. The grand total is $128,500. The current parking lot is simply dirt, which can turn into a dust bowl on windy days, but it would be replaced with compacted gravel. The lack of shade at the OHV park will be remedied with eight picnic tables and awnings, allowing riders to refuel on long days. There is one information kiosk at the OHV area at the moment, but it will hopefully be joined by eight new trail legends to help people keep track of their location within the 500 acre area.

The grant proposal includes eight new trail legends, which will join the current information kiosk.

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Area candidates file for N.M. legislative races JEFF DISQUALIFIED FROM BALLOT – FOR NOW

By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


ANTA FE – Area candidates flocked to Santa Fe March 8 to file for various state legislative races. Filing were some familiar faces who’ve been out of politics for a while and some new folks who want to blaze trails. Filing for McKinley County District Attorney and judicial seats also took place. Sandra Jeff of Crownpoint, prev iou sly a member of the New Mexico House of Representatives as of four years ago, filed to run for the District 22 Senate seat currently held by Benny Shendo, D-Jemez Pueblo. Jeff served District 5 up until four years ago when she was unseated by newcomer Wonda Johnson in a landslide vote. But, this race could be over for Jeff, who was disqualified from the ballot for noncompliance “associated with reports which were due in past filing periods and the fines associated with those past issues,” according to New Mexico Political Report. New Mexico Secreta r y of State Brad Winter’s office reportedly revealed this information to the media on March 16. It’s not clear if Jeff will challenge the ruling. She has 10 days to file an appeal. Prior to the hearing the news of her disqualification, Jeff shared a glimpse of why she’s running for a senate seat. “For me this represents a


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change of dynamics,” Jeff said of getting out of the House. “There was some gridlock in the House when it came to voting sometimes. I want to get away from that and work in a bipartisan manner.” Dist r ict 22 i ncludes McKinley, San Juan, Sandoval a nd Rio A r r iba cou nties. The district does not include Gallup. Jeff at times received criticism from some constituents because she didn’t always vote along party lines. St ate Rep. Pat r icia Lu nd s t rom, D - Ga l lup, i s unchallenged in District 9. Sen. John Pinto, 91, is a former Navajo Code Talker and is the longest serving member of the Senate. He is being challenged by Willis Nez of Navajo Estates in the District 3 race. George Muñoz, D-Gallup, will face newcomer Felisha Adams of Iyanbito. Adams is the granddaughter of former Democratic State Rep. Albert Shirley who served the state legislature in the 1980s. Muñoz, the son of a former Gallup mayor, first won the District 4 seat in 2009. “To date my engagement

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in the community has made it clear that our residents would like change that leads to more opportunity,” Adams said. “I will create legislation to achieve these goals for our district.” Jorda n Johnson of Vanderwagen filed for the District 4 Senate seat, too. Tohatchi’s Kevin Mitchell, a local pet grooming business owner and the vice-president of the Gallup-McKinley County School Board, filed to run against incumbent Wonda Johnson of Church Rock who is serving out her first District 5 term after defeating Jeff in that district race.

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Mitchell said he’s in the race to bring “accountability and visibility to the district.” “I want to stress visibility and accountability to the people in the district,” Mitchell said. Mitchell ran against Jeff several years ago in a race that Jeff won. “If elected I think I can do a good job in stressing education and fighting for my constituents,” Mitchell said. In the 11th Judicial District, which comprises McKinley County, incumbent Karl Gillson faces newcomer Bernadine Martin of Gallup. Both are Democrats. Incumbent Republican Lyndy Bennet is

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unopposed in the District 5 race. In the District 3 Congressional seat, incumbent Ben Ray Luján faces three challengers, all of them Republican. Luján is scheduled to be in Gallup April 4 for a follow up town hall-style meeting about continued funding for NCI. A primary will be held on June 7 and the general election is Nov. 8. All 112 seats in the New Mexico Legislature will be decided on. The House of Representatives has 70 members and the Senate 42. There are 37 Republicans and 33 Democrats in the House and 24 Democrats and 18 Republicans in the Senate.

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Shalimar Inn undergoing asbestos removal BACK, SIDE AREAS TO BE DEMOLISHED

By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


nce pr ivate work crews finish some asbestos clearing, the demolishing of the side and back par ts of the Shalimar Inn & Lounge w i l l beg i n, a cit y of f icia l said. City Planner C.B. Strain said March 15 that the construction activity happening at the Shalimar right now, 1821 W. Historic Highway 66, is to rid the place of possible asbestos. “This is to remove asbestos,” Strain said. “After that the demolishing will start.” S t r a i n no t e d t h a t t he city hasn’t condemned the

s t r uc t u r e, s ay i n g it w a s a decision on t he pa r t of the ow ners to initiate the project. He said he wasn’t exactly sure as to the time frame it would take work crews to get rid of any asbestos. But, Strain said, when the asbestos par t is done, the side and back sections of the hotel (on the east and south areas) will be taken down. O ne of Ga l lup big ge s t hotels in its heyday, the twostory Shalimar, believed to have been built in the 1960s, h a s oper at ed a s a d a nce club for years, but the hotel portion has been closed for almost a decade. The lounge part of the structure won’t be touched, Strain said.

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Sheriff teams up with DPS’ Special Investigations Division NABS ONE LIQUOR ESTABLISHMENT FOR VIOLATION Staff Reports


ut of seven liquor establishments visited during an undercover sting March 11, MCSO Lt. Pat Salazar said the Shalimar Lounge & Dancing, 2618 W. Hwy 66, was cited for selling alcohol to an intoxicated individual. Both the server, Jessica Haley, and the establishment’s owner, which is listed as Itaf Rashid, according the New Mexico Secretary of State’s website, received violations. The sting was done in cooperation with the state’s Department of Public Safety Special Investigations Division agent Peterson Long. Salazar said the agent faced an uphill battle trying to work a large demographic of McK inley County, in which he became a

familiar face. T he McK i n ley Cou nt y Sheriff’s Office narcotics division utilized the help of undercover and underaged agents to test the integrity of area bars and packaged liquor sales establishments. Rocket Lounge, Spor ts Page, American Bar, Coal Street Pub, Goodfellas Sports Lounge, and Sammy C’s were all investigated and were found in compliance with state liquor laws. “There are a lot of of bar owners that don’t want these problems,” MCSO Sheriff Ron Silversmith said. “I commend them for running a clean operation.” Salazar said they plan on conducting these type of stings periodically in cooperation with DPS and other area law enforcement agencies.

Tall bank robbery suspect at large

Video still shots of the suspect wanted in the March 12 robbery of US Bank, 101 W. Hill Ave.

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n March 12, police received a call at about 9:46 am that US Bank on 101 W. Hill Ave had been robbed, Gallup Police Department Sgt. Rosanne Morrissette said. Initial reports indicate that

the suspect is a tall, thin white male in his 40s and who stands about 5’11” to 6’1.” He was wearing a dark in color hoody pulled up around his face, and blue jeans. Details are pending, but Morrissette said the man walked into the bank, showed the teller a handgun and made

off with an undisclosed amount of cash. He took off out of the bank on foot, and was last seen running southbound on First Street. Witnesses or anyone that can help identify the man can call Crimestoppers at (505) 722-6161.

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T The Shalimar was cited for serving alcohol to an intoxicated individual March 11. Photo Credit: Courtesy


he body of Herman Lee, 64, of Pinedale, NM was discovered at about 7:30 am March 16 in the southeast parking lot of Furniture Warehouse, 919 E. Hwy 66. Gallup Police Department Capt. Rick White said it’s the “ninth open area death” of this winter season. White also said there doesn’t appear to be any foul play, based on an initial investigation. He did note that Lee wasn’t dressed appropriately for cold weather. Lee’s body was taken to Albuquerque for an autopsy and toxicology testing.

The body of Herman Lee was discovered in the parking lot of Furniture Warehouse. Photo Credit: Tom Hartsock

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BIKE THEFT 3/14, MENTMORE An out-of-state couple needs the public’s help in finding out who stole the wife’s $3,200 blue Cannondale bike off the back of their RV sometime between 2 and 3 pm, near Mentmore bike trail. The couple have the serial number to help identify the bike. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crimestoppers at (505) 722-6161.

PRO-PAIN THIEF 3/9, TSE BONITO McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Monty Yazzie responded to Tse Bonito Conoco where a thief, and possibly an accomplice, made off with four, 15 pound bottles of “White Rhino” propane valued at nearly $320. Video surveillance shows a suspect wearing a beanie, possibly a thick green jacket and jeans. The suspect appeared to be motioning to someone else not in the video. He had cut around the padlock with an unknown tool to gain access. Thieves still at large.

REPO MAN ASSAULTED 3/8, GALLUP Da r rell Dodson, 46, of Gallup wasn’t too pleased to see a man coming to haul away his vehicle for not making his payment on time. He stabbed

the repo man’s tire and threatened to kill him. He also struggled with GPD Officer Douglas Hoffmann. The officer’s report states that Dodson tried to reach for the knife in a pocket, but the officer halted his efforts. Dodson, 46, was arrested for aggravated assault, aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, and criminal damage to property.

DANGEROUS ENCOUNTER 3/8, GALLUP Accord i ng to Gallup Police Department O f f i c e r Carmelita James report, a quiet evening for a mother and children broke into violence when Christian Yazzie, 25, and Col leen L ee, 40, walked into her home. But the duo reports that they were invited over then jumped by the alleged victim and two men. The victim said she called for her husband, and he and a friend came to her aid. They likely delivered some blows and held Yazzie and Lee down until police arrived. Both suspects

were bleeding from the face and head and were charged with breaking and entering and aggravated battery.

JUST A LITTLE BIT 3/7, GALLUP W h e n J a s m i n e Mu r phy w a s pulled over on First Street and Ea st Wilson Av e n u e , s h e readily admitted to having some pot on her. According to MCSO Deputy Arnold J. Noriega’s report, Murphy pointed to the driver side door panel, and said, “there’s a little bit right here.” The passenger said that Murphy, 20, just sold a “20 sack” or $20 worth of pot. Upon search of the vehicle, Lt. John TrevorSmith located a “jar of green leafy substance,” a black portable scale, and a tin containing “a leafy green substance.” Murphy was booked for possession of Marijuana (less than one ounce), drug paraphernalia, and distribution of marijuana.

CSA ATTACKED 3/7, GALLUP When GPD Community Ser v ice A id Casey Benally went to check on some intoxicated individuals behind Home Depot, he was


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attacked by Isaiah Tso, 29, of Yahtahey. Benally sprayed him with mace, but the struggle continued until GPD Officer Victor Rodriguez and other officers arrived to offer assistance. Tso a lso made threats that he was going to “shoot” Benally. Tso was charged with battery and assault upon a peace officer.

JUST WRONG 3/5, GALLUP An alleged oppor tunistic thief, grabbed hold of a man on cr utches wallet at Albertson’s, but she didn’t get too far thanks to off-duty MCSO Lt. John TrevorSmith and the victim’s son. According to the the victim’s son, Anahi Arredondo ambushed the victim as he was walking toward the store. “… Anahi came up behind him, pushed on his back with one hand and removed the wallet and took off running,” according to Gallup Police Department Officer Matthew Graham’s report. The son chased her down and got his pop’s wallet back – but a reported $120 was missing and never retrieved. Arredondo, 39, was booked on one count of robbery.

WEARING THE EVIDENCE 2/28, GALLUP A n elderly woma n f rom the Mossman Avenue a r e a wa s g iven a solid sca re when she was awoken by a loud bang outside of her home. It was proceeded by another. When she got into her kitchen

she noticed a tall man standing outside of her sliding glass door. Then to make matters more frightening, the man was trying to gain entry. By the time GPD Officer Philamina Chischilly arrived, the victim was able to give a description of the man. Meanwhile two other officers caught up with Donovan Begay, 48, who matched the description. No matter how hard he tried to convince officers that he didn’t do anything wrong, the glass on his shoes and stuck in his bloody fingers told a different story. He was charged with one count of breaking and entering.

BURGLARIES/ LARCENIES 3/12 – Burglary/Breaking/ Entering/Criminal Damage to property at Global Market Warehouse, 720 E. Coal Ave, Gallup. Officer Terrance Peyketewa and K9 Officer Jayko found Andrew Lee, 56, of Ganado, hiding in a plastic bag. He broke into the business and damaged some property before he was caught. 3/4 – Strong armed robbery at American Bar, 221 W. Coal Ave, Gallup. Daron McCorkey, 24, was arrested for aggravated battery and robbery for assaulting a man by reportedly gashing him in the face with a knife. The victim said that McCorkey knew he had money. The victim sustained a two-inch cut and another half-inch cut above the right eye. Both men were reportedly intoxicated. 3/3 – Breaking and entering, 804 S. Strong Dr., Gallup. Calvin Joe, 43, of Vanderwagen a nd A m a nda Bi l l, 3 4, of Gallup, were both arrested for breaking into an unoccupied residence.

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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Augustine R. Bob March 10, 11:49 am 7th DWI, Aggravated Bob, 54, ma kes a lef t turn in front of another driver heading northbound on U.S. 491. The other veh icle h its Bob as he’s heading through the intersection at Jefferson. Bob is slurring his speech, has bloodshot watery eyes, and reeks of alcohol. Bob admits to Gallup Police Department Officer Norman Bowman that he drank 30 cans of Budweiser beers. Bob was arrested, yet again, for another DWI. He blew a .29 and .30 during the breath tests. The legal limit is .08. Don’t be like Bob. Don’t drink and drive. Randall R. Yazzie Feb. 17, 5:33 pm Aggravated DWI

The sun was likely br ight, as Ya z z ie reportedly st ated, when he rammed his Cadillac into the back of a pickup truck near 208 W. Maloney Ave. But he was also showing the signs of intoxication, according to GPD Officer Daniel Brown’s report. Brown stated that Yazzie, 25, had a “stupefied stare on his face” when he attempted to give instructions on how to do the field sobriety tests. He blew a .20, twice, during breath tests. Dynelle Maria Williams Feb. 13, 2:19 am DWI Williams, 32, caught the attent ion of GPD Officer Victor

Rodriguez when he took note of her swerving in and out of lanes. He stopped her at 705 E. Montoya. She failed the field sobriety tests, and the officer noted that she had an open container of booze in her car. She blew a .22, twice, during the breath tests. Jaime L. Harvey Feb. 13, 5:03 pm Aggravated DWI Ha r vey’s involvement i n a fender bender caught t he at tent ion of law enforceme nt a s s he left the immediate area. GPD Officer Luke Martin found her in the parking lot of Leisure Laundry. Harvey, 32, showed the signs of intoxication and told the officer that she drank three miniatures of 99 Bananas a “long time ago,” according to

Senator feels the sting: Martinez vetoes NCI bill

BILL CONTAINED $200K FOR DETOX PURPOSES By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


ov. Susana Martinez has vetoed a bill pertaining to funding the Na’nizhoozhi, Center, Inc. The bill contained $200,000 in funds earmarked for Gallup’s sole institution that teats substance abuse. “It was a sur prise that (Martinez) vetoed the bill,” Sen. George Muñoz said. The bill was one of several sponsored by Muñoz during the 2016 New Mexico Legislative session. “We really needed it.” T he ve t o c a me a b ou t t wo we ek s a f t er U. S . Congressman Ben Ray Luján held a meeting in which officials from the city of Gallup, McK inley Cou nt y a nd the

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Navajo Nation talked about nailing down a permanent funding pattern for NCI. At one point years ago, the Navajo Nation funded NCI to the tune of as much as $4 million, but that amount dwindled over the years to nothing. The city has been the primary

funding agent of the institution for the past several years. Luján called another meeting April 4 to continue discussions on the funding matter. Mu ñoz sa id t he $200,000 would have gone to detox and treatment as well as suicide prevention.

the report. She refused to take the breath tests, earning an aggravated DWI. Harold Harvey Feb. 11, 12:58 am 3rd DWI, Aggravated H a r v e y caused some ser iou s pa i n to the female pa ssenger i n his truck when he crashed into the back of a tractor-trailer at 3150 W. Hwy 66. The passenger was pinned under the dashboard, and according to GPD Officer Charles Steele’s report, the woman suffered a dislocated hip and a possible fractured right knee. Harvey, 48, sustained a fracture to his right wrist. He reportedly had an open container in the vehicle. Harvey blew a .22, twice, during the breath tests. Ramsey Litzen Feb. 10, 8:40 pm Aggravated DWI McKinley County Sheriff Deputy Jasmine Jaramillo was

CD/DVD pirate busted at flea market Staff Reports


cK i n ley Cou nt y Sheriff’s Office Lt. Pat Salazar did an undercover sweep with agents, and an evidence technician, of the Gallup flea mart during the late morning hours of March 5. Walter Francis, 30, was the only vendor popped for selling more than 600 music CDs along with a handful of DVDs, Salazar explained. Francis didn’t just buy a CD and rip it and recopy onto other CDs. He went through the Apple Store, or similar sites, and recorded songs online. “Usu a l ly it ’s someone


buying a CD and ripping a copy,” MSCO Investigator Merle Bates said. Francis was charged for unauthorized recording and required labeling – both fourth degree felonies.

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OPINIONS Voting is for everyone – stakes are high this election season ROLL CALL

By Bernie Dotson


t’s impossible to understate the importance of this year’s statewide and area elections. Now that the filing period is over, the winners of this year’s races will be tasked with improving things like public safety and working to make better education and finding remedies to McKinley County’s crime problems and the financial woes at NCI. The things that need attention aren’t for the faint of heart, or for elected officials backed by a faint-hearted electorate. The fate of Gallup and McKinley County must be determined by those who live and pay taxes, expressed through their

elected representatives. For the most part, everyone knows who’s running. The four candidates aiming for the District 3 McKinley County Board of Commissioners seat currently held by Tony Tanner are well-known to the local populace. Ditto for the jobs of county treasurer and clerk as well as judgeships and district attorney positions and state legislative and congressional seats, too. It is our hope that voters will stay tuned in to the myriad of messages of those running - all the way up to the June 7 primary and the Nov. 8 general election. Like the old political adage goes, a democracy works to its fullest when

people exercise their right to vote. The consent of a plurality of the governed is critical to effective decision-making. It’s important that voters do their homework on the candidates and issues. Every vote does make a difference. T h a t ’s w h y w e l a u d McKinley County Manager Bill Lee for being forthright and saying that he’d resign the county manager job should he be elected to Tanner’s District 3 seat that he filed for. Can you imagine what it’d look like to folks in Santa Fe and beyond if Lee won Tanner’s seat and decided to keep the county manager job? Newcomer filers Johnny Greene, Jr., and Gerald O’Hara are seasoned government retirees who also seek Tanner’s seat. Their years of


work experience are something that could prove positive for the area should one of them get elected. Politics isn’t for everyone, but voting is. In this year’s elections, there’s no shortage of candidates. While that fact may make the various races all that much more interesting, it’s better to have more choices than fewer, as it allows the public to hold their elected officials accountable and

helps prevent arrogance and complacency and helps to keep those elected honest. In any event, the candidates that win later this year will end up serving four-year terms, which we think is plenty of time to make Gallup and McKinley County prosperous. Such a reality starts with everyone making their voices heard and making their votes count come November.


The Sun enters Aries on March 20 and a Lunar Eclipse occurs on March 23. If that’s not enough to throw you out of sync, the time change will. Now is the time for clearing out clutter. You may feel forced to undergo a painful bout of maturity and refocus priorities. Where should your emotional energy go? Don’t waste a valuable resource. Madame G suggests you conserve it or put it where it belongs.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Your quest, should you accept it, requires a whole new level of emotional growth. Your sign charges forward bringing in all the messy energy of heightened senses, passions, and conflict. You may have experienced a life-altering event or made an important decision. Trust your instincts Aries. This may be the perfect time for change. Madame G suggests you follow Theodore Roosevelt’s advice: “speak softly and carry a big stick.”

Don’t sweat the small stuff for tomorrow you may die. It’s an unpleasant reality, but as Socrates suggests the whole point of living is learning to live with the fact that you’re going to die. Face your reality with bravery and just a little humor. You may revel in the simple absurdities of your life and relish the joys.

Your opposite Sun sign takes center stage. You’ll even start to feel the heat of this particular fire sign. As a fellow Cardinal or forward moving sign, you might experience a rush of new projects. This is certainly the time to reshape and reinvent your ideas. It may require drastic change and a profound amount of responsibility and maturity. No doubt you’re totally up for the task. Good luck!

You may have offended someone very dear to you. It’s hard to look in the mirror and recognize an ugly truth. But, this is the perfect month to do some mental housework. If you’re drinking too much try a juice cleanse, or pick up a new hobby. There’s nothing like learning something new to reinvigorate the senses. Be bold and unexpected.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Your health was compromised and now you feel the loss of your incredible energy. Though your power is never fully depleted, you hate functioning at half-capacity. The Aries influence and Lunar Eclipse may force several uncomfortable changes. This week you’ll need to reorganize and shift with the reshaping story. Just remember, a steady bead of water wears away the mountain rock.

Your heart belongs on the stage, but your mind requires more focus. It’s best not to dwell on life’s little dramas because you might just lose yourself in the mix. Stay in the moment and experience what comes, but don’t take the little nuances too seriously. You may begin to experience insults in conversations that don’t exist. Consider this: “People aren’t against you. They’re just for themselves.”

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

Everyone makes a choice at some point that dictates happiness or unhappiness. This doesn’t include the day-to-day stress or unexpected tragedies. But, each day you make a choice to live well or not. You decide if you’ll seize the day or be seized by it. You may feel a lack of motivation, but if you give up now—you’ll never ever get there.

Your selfishness may lead you down a desperate path. Some may call it oversensitivity, but it may just be fear and sadness—the product is depression. Before your family disowns you, or moves on, take the step to reach out and claim the error of your ways. Take responsibility for your actions and don’t blame anyone else.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) If you feel your life is in a perpetual state of drama look for the common factor—that’s you. As one of the steadiest signs in the zodiac your stubbornness often takes on a life of its own. You may even feel dragged around like a small child being led around by a Great Dane. We’re defined by our actions and the words we speak. Use your power wisely.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Are you a terrible person? No, of course not, but you may need to re-think your strategies. If at first you don’t succeed try bribery (with baked goods). Your team and family members may feel thrown off by your inability to stick with a decision. It drives them insane and creates panic. Try for consistency and you may surprise yourself.


LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) You experience bliss in small private projects. The enlightened Leo enjoys the rush of a job well done. However, you also experience a certain thrill when telling others—it’s charming. Your enthusiasm and wisdom breeds further excitement. It’s up to you to show the world your grace, charm, and whit. We can all shoot for the stars, but for you the stars will come out to dance. Enjoy it.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You may find it necessary to put your foot down with a friend, family member, or co-worker. It’s up to you to remain guilt free about it. Boundaries are good for the soul and those who don’t respect them, don’t really care about you. The best advocate for your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health is you. Prince/princess charming can’t save you from loved ones who hurt you. Stand your ground and stand strong.

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Were you exposed to burn pits while deployed? By Carolie Watkins Guest Opinion Columnist


eterans ser v ing in Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom / Operation New Dawn, Djibouti, Africa, Operations Desert Shield or Desert Storm or the Southeast Asia Theater of operations after August, 1990 may have been exposed to burn pits and other airborne hazards? Veterans serving during this period have started to report respiratory symptoms and health conditions that may be related to exposure to burn pits. The long-term health effects of exposure to burn pits and other airborne hazards are not fully understood. In an effort to better understand these health effects, VA has launched the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry for Veterans and Service members.

“ W h i l e n e a r l y 61,0 0 0 Veterans and Service members have joined the Burn Pit Registry since its launch nearly two years ago. VA encourages any Veterans serving during this period to sign up for register. The Registry gives participants an opportunity to document any concerns they may have about deployment-related exposures and provides an opportunity to obtain a free health evaluation by a VA or DOD provider. The evaluation can identify and document any problems potentially related to the exposures and ensure ongoing follow up for any existing health conditions or any additional conditions that could emerge down the road. One cha l lenge when addressing env ironmental exposures is that we don’t always know what the longterm health effects of those

exposures may be or when those health concerns might arise. Some exposures don’t lead to any long-term problems. Others, however, may have longterm or downstream health effects that aren’t identifiable early on. Through the registry, if health conditions related to exposures do emerge months or years later, we will be able to identify them more quickly and to make sure that Veterans get the health care that they need in a timely manner. A common misunderstanding about the registry is that participation is required to obtain disability compensation benefits. This is not true. The burn pit registry and all other VA registries are unrelated to the disability compensation rating process. While a Registry note in your medical record summarizing your exposure concerns and related medical treatment may serve as



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COMMUNITY Relay for Life - Team Bengals Story and photos by Shepherd Waldenberger Sun Correspondent


here are 15 teams in Gallup participating in Relay for Life, but only one from a school – Team Bengals of Gallup High.

Pam Yardley, who has been a counselor at Gallup High School for 16 years, started a relay team five years ago with a small group of students. The goal is to raise money for the American Cancer Society, who funds research and treatment for the deadly disease.

Relay for Life started in Washington in 1985, and has since spread around the world and has raised nearly $5 billion. Team Bengals is led by captains Jesus Belleza and Michelle Rascon and includes 15-20 students. In the past two years, they have raised

Pam Yardley with Kyle Yazzie, Michelle Rascon, and Kyria Yazzie, student leaders of Gallup High School’s Relay for Life team.

Pam Yardley hands out documents as Team Bengals meets before school on March 11 to discuss their fundraising strategies.

Rotary Seniors of the Month

From left, front row: Jay McCollum, host of Rotary Luncheon for honored Seniors of the Month March 16: Shanna Tahe, Tohatchi High; Patrick Macana, Miyamura High; Delphine Nelson, Gallup High. Back row: Jaykub James, Window Rock High; Koby Lalio, Ramah High; Kobe Natachu, Zuni High; Shinaye Smith, Miyamura High; and Jesus ‘Sonny’ Belleza, Jr., Gallup High.


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over $8,500 for ACS, and they show no sign of slowing down. Michelle, a senior in her second year with Relay volunteered to be a captain because she has three family members with cancer and “wanted to do more for Relay for Life.” Gallup High’s team also has two members who serve as youth chairs on the Gallup Relay for Life Board, and they happen to be siblings – Kyria Yazzie, a senior, and her younger brother Kyle Yazzie, a sophomore. Kyle credits his sister for getting him involved in Relay, and says “it’s fun to help other people.” Kyria, who is also president of Students Against Destructive Decisions, is in her fourth year with Relay and has seen it grow and expand over her time at Gallup High. “More people are starting to help out as the years go on,” she said with a smile. The Yazzies had a unique opportunity to visit Sante Fe on Feb. 15 of this year to speak with lobbyists about bills related to cancer. They expressed their support for three measures: a ta x on tobacco, securing funding for breast and cervical cancer screenings, and securing funding for tobacco prevention. Kyle expressed that “it was good to speak up for different bills to help prevent tobacco use,” and both students gained a boost of confidence from expressing themselves in the state political sphere. “I think they were awesome representatives for Gallup,” said Yardley. One of Team Bengals’ major yearly fundraisers takes place at Denny’s, where students

volunteer to wait and clear tables in exchange for a percentage of all income made during the time they work. Though students give up their precious weekend time for this event, Kyria says “it’s actually pretty fun.” “Some people actually got job offers,” she added. This year, Team Bengals ra ised $80 0 du r i ng t hei r Denny’s fundraiser on the weekend of March 12. Ya rdley wa s or igina lly inspired to create a student Relay team when someone told her “you’re not going to be able to get high school kids to do anything.” Team Bengals has crushed that assumption, and they have a great time doing it. Many members have become involved with other fundraisers, such as Toys for Tots, as well. Of her team, Yardley said, “they have a positive attitude; they want to pull everyone up.” The main event for Relay for Life will be held at Courthouse Square on June 10. It will be an all-night affair where survivors share their stories, families honor lost loved ones, and luminaries light the up the night. Team Bengals’ next big fundraiser will be at Sizzler’s restaurant on April 19. Yardley and her students encourage other schools to create teams and participate in Relay for Life. Every dollar raised helps combat cancer, and teaming up for a great cause can be a fun and rewarding experience. If you are interested in creating a team, contact Pam Yardley at (505) 721-2518 or Linda Shelton (Relay event chair) at (505) 722-2175. COMMUNITY

Remembering a Legend … ARTIST RIC SARRACINO DONATES FELLIN PAINTING TO OCTAVIA FELLIN LIBRARY to Library Director Mary Ellen Pellington in a very “low-key” fashion. The painting, which Sarracino said took him about an hour to complete, hangs in Pellington’s office on West Hill Avenue. “But I think we’ll put it in the front area and near the lobby,” Pellington said. Sarracino said the Fellin painting was part of a 25-piece series that he did in 2009 on famous people from Gallup. A versatile artist, the Los Angeles native painted the signage that adorns the front wall of The Gallup Coffee Company along Coal Avenue in downtown. Art has been a driving force in the life of Sarracino for a long time. “I’ve been drawing ever s i nc e I c a n r e me m b e r,” Sarracino said. “I’m self-educated and self-taught.” A native of Santa Monica, Calif., Octavia Fellin was Library Director from 1947 to 1990. Upon her retirement, Local artist Ric Sarracino holds a painting he created of Octavia Fellin, the decades long, former library director who retired in the 1990s. Photo Credit: Courtesy

By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


ALLUP – The vibrant colors a nd w ispy brush strokes merge into a figure that many consider a Gallup treasure. The portrait shows a woman wearing a dress and elegantly coiffed and facing forward. The blue and brown outlines of the face jump out. The pink and green colors of the torso bring to the surface an almost three-dimensional feel. The painting is one of two of Fellin to ever be donated to the library. Gallup artist Jackie Cattaneo donated an oversized painting of Fellin to the library more than a decade ago.

“(Octavia) is an icon of Gallup,” artist Ric Sarracino said of the work. “She was a wealth of history and a mentor. She enriched my life in so many ways.” Everything about Sarracino’s painting of the late city librarian Octavia Fellin fits. Sarracino donated the 18 -by-24 inch painting of Fellin to the city’s sole library that also carries her namesake. “I donated the painting because it was just sitting in my studio,” Sarracino explained. “… She was a wonderful person that many of us knew and respected.” Sarracino said he donated the painting about three weeks ago. He said it was presented

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the library was named in her honor. “She was a wonderful person that everyone respected,” Pellington said. “She knew just about everyone who frequented the library.” Pellington said that Fellin came to work at the library after she was offered a similar position with the city of San Francisco Library. “She stopped In Gallup to visit family, volunteered at the library and never left,” Pellington said. Pellington continued, “She (Fellin) touched the lives of three generations and knew everyone by name.” Pel l i n g t on not e d t h a t Fellin established the library’s Southwest collection, which is considered one of the best in the Southwest. “She was also instrumental in establishing the library’s (Works Progress Administration art),” Pellington said. Fellin died in Gallup at the age of 93 in January of 2013.


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The Gallup Inter-Tribal Inter Tribal Indian Ceremonial seeks to procure original pieces of art from Native American artist for our upcoming 95th annual August 2016 event. The form of artwork shall include media, such as paintings, sculptures, pottery, photography and woven rugs.

Specifications: • Paintings • Sculptures • Pottery • Photography • Woven Rugs

How to Apply: Proposals must include the following:

1. Letter of interest. 2. 5-10 high quality images of previous work created by artist – digital images of artwork must be submitted in 300 dpi resolution. 3. Description of work and estimated price the artist proposes to sell or create consistent with the specifications described above. 4. Must be submitted by: April 15, 2016. 5. Send proposals via email to: Francine Thompson, Francine_t@yahoo.com. All Artwork must be completed no later than May 20, 2016.

Upon approval of selected proposal, a professional service contract will be entered into between the selected artist and the Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial. All artwork must be complete no later than May 20, 2016. Gallup Sun • Friday March 18, 2016


The Divergent Series: ‘Allegiant’ – silly, drawn out sequel By Glenn Kay For the Sun



he previous film in the series may not have been stellar, but it at least showed some promise for the next chapter by promising the characters will finally get out of their walled-in and cut-off existence. It may be due to the source material or the screenplay, but The Divergent Series: Allegiant never takes advantage of its potential. It’s an even sillier follow-up to a series that was already straining credibility. A fter receiv ing a message from beyond the walls of Chicago, Tris (Shailene Woodley) is ready to investigate with beau Four (Theo James). However, there’s still plenty of conflict going on. Rebel leader Evelyn (Naomi Watts) has taken control of the city and is just as violent as her predecessor, executing her enemies and disallowing anyone to travel outside the city walls. Realizing that her brother Caleb (Ansel Elgort) will soon be put to death, Tris plots his escape and breaks out of Chicago with a group of friends. Now outside the walls, she encounters a new faction called the

Bureau of Genetic Welfare and befriends its leader, David (Jeff Daniels). But are David’s motives altruistic? One thing’s for certain after a while you likely won’t care either way. From the reintroduction of old characters one can barely remember taking part in death trials (with a goofy chorus/angry mob shouting stilted comments during the proceedings), there isn’t much to grab onto or any dramatic urgency early on. And sadly, once the characters manage to sneak themselves out beyond the city it doesn’t become any more interesting. Once could imagine all sorts of incredible and strange sci-fi scenery for Tris and her friends’ to encounter as they travel to new lands. But while the characters do explore, beyond a few red rock landscapes it’s only the same dilapidated factory sets and grey brick. It’s dull and familiar looking. There’s one additional site briefly glimpsed and strange flying crafts, but they are not well rendered. For a big movie, it just doesn’t look up to snuff - the visual effects are reminiscent of (and don’t even match) those from the Star Wars prequels. While I disliked the original, I felt that the second film moved at a quick clip. That can’t be said for this sequel, particularly during sequences at the Bureau of Genetic Welfare. There’s a lot of lengthy exposition in the

‘The Divergent Series: Allegiant’ showcases a post-apocalyptic, dystopian world where there’s some awesome takedowns of enemies, yet still time for a lovers spat or two and lip locking among dead bodies. Opens in theaters nationwide March 18. Photo Credit: Summit Entertainment

movie, so much so that part of it is delivered through a corporate video shown to the heroes (I can’t imagine how long the isolated group must have waited to finally get some use out of their promo). Despite the gene talk and explanations as to why Chicago is walled in, none of it really makes a whole lot of sense. The main source of interpersonal drama comes from Tris and Theo, who have their relationship tested as they disagree about the motives of their new hosts. The waffling becomes quite repetitious. So viewers will have to endure fights and break-ups, as well

as one of the weirdest makeout sessions of any teen lit film adaptation. It occurs between the two as they stand over the unconscious and/or dead bodies of numerous enemy soldiers. Their love may know no bounds, but that still seems like a really inappropriate place to lock lips. Admittedly, the finale does offer a reasonably imposing threat and a decent fight scene or two as a raid rages through the city. The character of Peter (Miles Teller) is still nothing more than a predictable heel for the protagonists, but he manages to work in a couple of sarcastic comments that hit the

mark - at least this character is aware of how ridiculous the events occurring around him truly are. And of course, absolutely nothing is resolved by the close. The Divergent Series: Allegiant is really something of a mess. It’s a movie that doesn’t take advantage of its concept. Instead, the screenplay delivers drawn-out babbling and lengthy explanations in a desperate attempt to develop additional conflict and tension. It doesn’t accomplish its goal, nor does it provide much in the way of thrills. For the penultimate chapter in a popular series, this doesn’t bode well for the finale.

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SPORTS 360 Parents should always be concerned about ‘their kids’ By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent


t is often difficult to distinguish between normal parental concern for our kids and the almost paranoid attachment some have for their offspring. I have three children, and find myself wavering across that line in both directions, all the time. It is ‘normal’ to be concerned about those we bring into or raise in this current society. It’s never an easy job! So this is my tribute to all parents that truly care, even as they slip over the line. Those in charge sometimes forget this; some parents care, albeit in different ways.

Communication is key, within the family and/or school. The parents also need to understand there are certain things out of the reach of their children, and more training is necessary before allowing them to go from the ‘frying pan to the fire.’ Several dozen of ‘our kids’ pa r t icipat ed i n Di st r ict a nd State Tournaments over the last weekend, and all should be congratulated for their efforts. The teams should NOT have to win it all for these accolades to pour in; even the team that doesn’t win works just as hard as the eventual winner. Congratulate them all! See you in the bleachers!

Game highlights: Roswell vs. Gallup Photos by Ryan Hudgeons of RAH Photography


allup Lady Bengals were u ndefea t ed dur ing the regu l a r s e a s on , but

t h e h o t s t r e a k u n fo r t u nately ended when they we r e b e s t e d by R o s we l l L a dy Coyotes, 59 - 41, du r i ng t he 5A Gi rl s St ate Cha mpionship ga me in A lbuquerque March 11.

Lady Bengal Rhiannon Singer (32) fights off a pack of Lady Coyotes hot on her trail to the hoop.

Gallup’s Ni’asia Mcintosh (34) makes shooting a basket look like a breeze. She scored 26 and 18 boards during the March 11 championship game.



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Gallup’s Ni’asia Mcintosh (34) attempts to block a shot at the basket by Roswell’s Alexis Angeles (25).


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Scores Mar. 10, Thursday GHS BASE 1 Grants 14 (Bloomfield Invite) GHS GBB 53 Espanola Valley, 33 MHS BASE 5 Cobre (Cobre Tournament) RCHS SOFT 0 Cobre (Cobre Tournament) ToHS GBB 57 Tularosa 74 Mar. 11, Friday GHS BASE 7 E. Mountain 2 (Bloomfield Invite) MHS BASE @ Cobre Tourn, TBA MHS SOFT 4 Artesia 0 (Las Cruces Tournament) RCHS SOFT @ Hatch Valley (Cobre Tournament) NO SCORE REPORTED WHS SOFT 8 Chaparral 7 (Cobre Tournament) WHS SOFT 0 Robertson 15 (Cobre Tournament)

Mar. 12, Saturday GHS SOFT 4 Bloomfield 10 MHS BASE 1 Silver High 2 (Cobre Tournament) MHS SOFT 0 Las Cruces 10 RCHS SOFT vs Wingate (Cobre Tournament) NO SCORE REPORTED Mar. 15, Tuesday GHS SOFT 1 Shiprock 0 MHS JV/C BASE 17, 15 Wingate 2, 5 MHS SOFT 11 Bloomfield 0 RCHS SOFT @ Thoreau, 3/5 WHS SOFT 12, 13 St. Michael 2, 8 Mar. 17, Thursday GHS JV BASE @ Thoreau, DH 3/5 MHS BASE vs Los Lunas, 4 MHS JV BASE @ Piedra Vista Tourn, TBA MHS SOFT @ Grants, DH 3/5 MHS TEN vs Moriarty, 3

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Schedules Mar. 18, Friday GHS JV SOFT @ Grants Invite, TBA MHS JV BASE @ Piedra Vista Tourn, TBA MHS SOFT @ Laguna Tourn, TBA RCHS SOFT @ Grants Invite, TBA RCHS T&F @ Bloomfield Quad, TBA Mar. 19, Saturday GHS BASE vs Los Lunas, 11/1 GHS JV SOFT @ Grants Invite, TBA MHS JV BASE @ Piedra Vista Tourn, TBA MHS SOFT @ Laguna Tourn, TBA MHS T&F @ Farmington, 3 RCHS SOFT @ Grants Invite, TBA ToHS T&F @ Dulce Mar. 22, Tuesday GHS BASE vs Wingate, DH 4/6 GHS JV BASE vs Wingate, DH 4/6


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COMMUNITY CALENDAR MARCH 18-24, 2016 FRIDAY MARCH 18 FAMILY MOVIE (ALL AGES) Join us for a free family movie. Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Film: Cinderella REHOBOTH THEATER ENSEMBLE Rehoboth Christian High School’s Theater ensemble presents, Thornton Wilder’s play: Our Town. Performances will be held at Rehoboth Christian High School on March 18-19. Admission: $5 per person. The cast is made up of students from Rehoboth High School, Rehoboth Middle School, The Middle College, and Gallup High School. Starts: at 7pm. For more information please contact DeLyssa Begay (505) 863-4412 or email: dbegay@resnm.org. Location: Rehoboth Christian School. LIVE MUSIC Kline n Kimberly…Acoustic Classic Rock takes center stage from 7:30-9:30 pm at Coal Street Pub, 303 West Coal Ave. (505) 722-0117 SATURDAY MARCH 19 SPROUTING MELODIES MUSIC PROGRAM (AGES 3 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. 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 2 pm. Location: Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Free. LENTEN SERIES During the season of Lent Westminster Presbyterian Church Gallup will host a study, Experiencing God. Presentation will focus on how we can incorporate contemplative practices into our life of faith: Centering Prayer. Begins at 2 pm. For more information please call, Pastor Kay (505) 905-3247. Location: 151 State Highway 564. LIVE MUSIC 10 Minute Max…Vocal Duo takes center stage from 7:30-9:30 pm at Coal Street Pub, 303 West Coal Ave. (505) 722-0117 SUNDAY MARCH 20 PLATEAU SCIENCES SOCIETY MEETING Join us for the March meeting of the Plateau Sciences Society. This month’s program is the fifth in the series commemorating the Centennial of the National Park Service and is open to the public.


It’ll feature the thousand-year-old history of Chaco Canyon, as well as one of its Northern outliers: Aztec Ruins National Monument. The social get-together with refreshments will run from 2:30-3 pm. The business meeting will start promptly at 3 pm. For additional information please contact Martin Link (505) 863-6459. THE CITY OF GALLUP The City of Gallup is proud to host Gallup’s first Miss Gallup New Mexico Latina and Miss Teen Gallup New Mexico Latina Pageant. Admission is free to the public. This event is a wonderful opportunity to showcase and support the talent and beauty of our own Gallup residents. The winners of this pageant will continue on to compete at the state level for scholarships and prizes. Begins at 5pm. This event will feature top- notch pageantry and music. For more information please call (505) 409-3939. Location: 207 W. Coal Ave. MONDAY MARCH 21 PI/PIE DAY FIND RAISER Join us for a PI/Pie Day Fund Raiser for Cancer Research. Fight cancer and feed your face. Let’s celebrate this day and be irrational. Eat pie for breakfast, lunch, coffee break, or a midnight snack. Purchase pie by the slice for $3 or buy a whole pie to share for $15. Treat your family, friends, and colleagues. All pies are donated from local restaurants and bakeries. Begins at 10 am. For more information please contact, Linda Shelton (505) 722-2175. Location: Camille’s Sidewalk Café Patio Room, 306 S. 2nd Street. TUESDAY MARCH 22 SPRING BREAK BASH Join us for Spring Break Fun as we have a fun day each day of break. Starts at 2 pm. Activity: Xbox Party. Location: Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Free. REHOBOTH CHOIR Join the Rehoboth High School Choir as they explore the theme of Belonging. The choir will use this program as they tour Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan. A free will offering will be taken to help with tour expenses. Starts at 7 pm. Location: Rehoboth Christian Reformed Church, 30 Tse Yaaniichii Ln. 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. Location: Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Free. THE CITY OF GALLUP Join us for a City Council meeting. Agendas will be available at least 72 hours prior to each meeting. The Meeting will be held in in the City Council chambers. Begins: 6 pm. For more information call (505) 863-1254. Location: City Hall 110 West Aztec Ave.


WEDNESDAY MARCH 23 NAVAJO NATION SPECIAL SESSION Join the Navajo Nation Council as they convene in a special session. The purpose of the special session is to consider all pending legislation. If you have any questions, please contact Chief of Staff Pete Ken Atcitty with the Officer of the Speaker (928) 871-7160. Starts at 10 am. Location: Council Chamber in Window Rock, AZ. TODDLER TIME (AGES 2 TO 4) An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement rhymes, and stories. Starts: 10:30 am. Location: Children’s Branch, 200 W Aztec Ave. Free. SPRING BREAK BASH Join us for some Spring Break Fun as we have a fund day each day of break. Starts at 2 pm. Activity: Board Game Bonanza. Location: Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. MARCH FILMS: CELEBRATING WOMEN DIRECTORS Join us for a free family movie. Popcorn provided. Starts at 5pm. Location: Main Branch, 115 W. Hill. Film: Pitch Perfect 2 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 24 SPRING BREAK BASH Join us for some Spring Break Fun as we have fun each day of break. Starts: 2pm. Activity: Lego Building Day. Location: Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) Fun crafts for the whole family (all ages). Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. Make: Paper Bag Easter Bunny ONGOING ART EXHIBIT Throughout the month of February, the Children’s Branch will display the pillars of history exhibit featuring historical figures. Each pillar in the library will show images and information on a figure that has contributed to the growth and development of the country. For more information please contact the Children’s Branch at (505) 726-6120. Location: 200 W. Aztec.

RECYCLING COUNCIL McKinley Citizen’s Recycling Council is a local non-profit working to increase recycling through education, community outreach, and partnership with local government agencies. MCRC meets the first Saturday of the month at 2 pm, at Red Mesa on Hill St. For more information please call (505) 722-5142 or visit www. Recylegallup.org. COMMUNITY PANTRY The Hope Garden is offering organic produce for sale from 10 am - 12 pm, Tue - Fri. We are located at 1130 E. Hasler Valley Rd. All funds go to helping feed local folks. For personal attention call (505) 726-8068 or when visiting ask for Kenworth Jones. SPAY OR NEUTER YOUR PET! 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. FIRST INDIAN BAPTIST CHURCH Monday Night Back to Basics Bible Class, Red Hills Trailer Park recreation center 7 pm; Tuesday Family Bible Study FIBC 501 S. 3rd St, 6 pm; Sunday Worship and Prayer at FIBC 501 S. 3rd, 10:30 am. Contact: Pastor Robert Fontenot (505) 979-0511. fibcgallup@gmail.com / www.fibcgallup. weebly.com SAVE THE DATE VETERANS MINI-STAND DOWN Join us on March 25, for the first Annual Dine’ Hoghaan Bii Development, Inc., Veterans Mini Stand from 8:30 am-5:30 pm. Please confirm if you’d like to provide your services. Table and chairs will be provided for information booths. Inform all veterans, families, and service members. Refreshments and lunch will be provided for registered veterans and service members. Bring your DD214 or VA ID. This is an alcohol and drug free event. Registration for the 5K fun run/ walk and Zumba begin at 3:30 pm. For more information please contact, Duane Haven (505) 8791003. Location: Fire Rock Navajo Casino, East Center 249 Rt. 66, Church Rock. MCKINLEY COUNTY SENIOR OLYMPICS Join us April 1-2 for the Gallup-McKinley County Senior Olympic Local Game Day. This event welcomes all seniors statewide who are 50-years-old or older. Registration is $15. The registration deadline is March 19. There’ll be 15 sports events including: Basketball Free Throw, Cycling 5K-10K-20K, Shuffleboard, and more. Physical therapist and athletic trainer Anthony Arviso will be on site. Bring comfortable shoes and hats. Don’t forget sunscreen. For more information please contact, Timothy Draper (505) 879-6527. Location: 925 Park Ave.

CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION Please join CYFD in a parade of people who care on April 2. The walk will start at the Gallup CYFD office. Location: 1720 E Aztec. Begins at 10:30 am. You may also attend mini-information sessions on a variety of topics. Learn how you can help prevent child abuse and help keep children safe. The local police, Sheriff, and Fire Departments and many other agencies will be available to provide information about their role in the community. Booths are open from 11:30 am -3 pm. For more information, please call (505) 863- 9556. Location: 640 S. Boardman. FUN CARNIVAL Join us on March 22 at 5:30 pm for a Fun Carnival. There’ll be carnival games and food. Bring a friend and learn more about our school. Information will be available regarding next year’s registration. For more information please contact Diane Guiett at Western Indian Ministries dguiett@me.com. Location: Hilltop Christian School, Tse Bonita, NM. COMMUNITY PROVIDERS MEETING Join us at Sammy C’s on March 29 from 12-1 pm. Please consider ordering something, as the space has been provided for free. You don’t need to RSVP. This meeting is open to anyone who provides services in one form or another to the people of Gallup. Please come and let us know how we can work with you. Our aim is to work together as a professional community. If you’d like to receive the agenda for the next month please email Erika Hayes, Erika.hayes@state.nm.us or call (505) 722-4391. THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT On March 30, join the Church of the Holy Spirit at 7 pm as we host a four session health-related teaching series. This is based on the research work of Dr. Michael Greger’s best-selling book: How Not to Die. The group will focus on the chapters, How Not to Die from Heart Disease; How Not to Die from Diabetes; How Not to Die from Liver Disease; and How Not to Die from Kidney Disease. Greger advocates eating a wholefood plant based diet and refers to 50 years of nutritional studies, as the basis of his recommendation to learn more visit: nutritionfacts.org. EVENTS AT RIO WEST MALL March 16-26—Easter Bunny Photos: M-F 11 am-7 pm; Sat. 10 am-8 pm; Sun. 12-6 pm. April 1 — Spring Job Fair 12-4 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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