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Dudley Byerley opens up about his area commitments and passion for the ranching lifestyle. Photo Credit: Native Stars By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


it t i ng a lone at t he counter of Cowtown Feed & Livestock along U.S. Route 491, Dudley Byerley, proprietor of the business, gazes out onto the store floor where a few customers browse. Business is good these days, folks from around the area need dog food, vaccinations, horse feed, ranch supplies, and just plain good, old-fashioned advice on how to address issues with animals, and much of anything else, that occurs at the ranch. “I get people from all walks

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“I’ve been on the New Mexico State High School Rodeo Board for more than 20 years, and have been a member of the McKinley County Soil and Water Conservation District for 10 years,” he said. “And I am in my third year in working with the Gallup InterTribal Indian Ceremonial.” When Byerley moved to Gallup, he knew that he was home. “I like the climate, and love the people,” he said. “I can’t really think of any other place I would rather live.” He currently resides with his wife Bunny on a 100-acre ranch in Gallup. He has three adult daughters and seven grandchildren. Ranching is

responsibility of taking care of animals.” He added that there’s also a lot of upkeep, from growing grass to making sure there’s plenty of fresh water. Byerley helped bring the Junior High School Rodeo Finals to Gallup, and the city ended up hosting the popular event from 2005 - 2013. He worked with the rodeo for seven of those nine years. “When the junior high finals came to Gallup we were able to, along with the city of Gallup, raise scholarships from around $4,000 a year to practically $23,000 a year,” Byerley said. “We raised team travel money from $25 to $1,000 a year per contestant that qualified for the

Cowtown Feed & Livestock not only sells and buys cattle, they offer horses as well. Photo Credit: Native Stars horses. Byerley would go on to serve 15 years on the Bi-County Fair Board, and another two years on the state 4H Rodeo Board.

in his DNA, and he believes strongly in the values it teaches young people. “I like the lifestyle,” he said. “It teaches kids the

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Gallup Authors Festival draws about 1,200 LINK, TAYLOR AMONG LOCAL AUTHORS AT FESTIVAL libraries. H i l ler ma n, whose late father, Tony, was a renown mystery writer, is a food critic with the Albuquerque Journal. She told those gathered of the importance of reading, noting that she spent some time in Gallup years ago writing and researching a book called “Tony Hillerman’s Landscapes,” saying she really didn’t perfect her writing skills until after the death of her father. “It’s said that in order to be a writer, you first have to be a very good reader,” Hillerman said. “I have a very warm place in my heart for libraries.” And attendees and writers

By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


ith periodic rain a little in the mornings and part of the a fter noons, the past weekend presented a prime opportunity to curl up at home with a good read. But bookworms, more than 1,000 strong, still crawled out to the Octavia Fellin Library April 8-9 for the second annual Gallup Authors Festival. Some 1,200 attendees and just over 30 authors from around New Mexico gave brief lectures, signed books and transacted book sales on topics that ranged from aviation, poetry, entertainment, fiction and mystery. S a nt a Fe - ba s e d A n ne Hillerman, author of Spider Woman’s Daughter, which won the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award for Best First Novel in 2013, gave Saturday’s keynote address. Ji m my Sa nt iago Baca , winner of the Pushcart Prize,


Don Strel with New York Times best selling author Anne Hillerman, who spoke, sold and signed books at the Octavia Fellin Library’s Authors Festival April 8-9. Photo Credit: Native Stars the American Book Award, the International Hispanic Heritage Award and the 2006 Cornelius Turner Award, was the featured speaker April 8. “Just fabulous, simply fabulous,” Library Director Mary Ellen Pellington said. “This

was enjoyed by everyone who attended.” Not put on last year due to staffing problems, Pellington sa id, t h i s yea r’s fest iva l was titled “A Celebration of Cultures” and took place at the main and children’s branch

were impressed with the prestigious event. “This was one of the best festivals I’ve ever been to,” Larry Greenly, a Pennsylvania native who wrote “Eugene Bullard: World’s First Black Fighter Pilot,” said. Greenly made presentations at the Children’s Branch and at the main library. “From top to bottom the entire festival was done the right way. You got to give the entire staff at the library a pat on the back.” Ga l lup’s Joh n Taylor,


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Johnson kicks off campaign with fundraiser meet and greet By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


n April 8 fundraiser held by state representative D. Wonda Johnson went well and was “very successful,” Johnson said. T he event , wh ich wa s hosted by McKinley County Com m i s sioner Genev ieve Jackson, Ga llup City Cou nci lor F ra n Pa locha k a nd S t a t e R e p. P a t r ic i a Lu ndstrom, took place at the Gallup Cultural Center a nd wa s attended by several members of McKinley County’s Democratic Party. Joh nson is r un ning aga in for the New Mexico House of Representatives District 5 seat. “ We d i d q u i t e w e l l ,” Johnson sa id, noting that she’d rather not disclose the amount raised. “It was a wonderful turnout. I was very pleased with the amount of people that came out.”


According to her April 11 campaign report to the New Mexico Secretar y of State office, she has raised $2,850 i n cont r ibut ion s bet ween Oct. 21- March 30. She has s pent $1,16 3.93. A nd she shows an opening balance t h i s c a mpa ig n sea son of nearly $19,600, but has nearly $5,000 in unpaid debt carried forward. Johnson, a for mer educationa l coordinator with the Gallup-McKinley County School Distr ict, a nd pa r t of for mer Nav a jo Nat ion President Ben Shelly’s administrative staff, said close to 65 people attended the affair. She stressed that fundraisers are important to every political campaign, irrespective of affiliation. “Everybody needs money to run,” she said. Besides ca mpa ign ing a nd fu nd ra ising, Joh nson said she’s v isiting chapter house throughout the Navajo Nation as the June primary approaches.

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Local ladies in leadership roles stop for a moment to pose for this photo taken at a fundraiser for D.Wonda Johnson at Angela’s Cafe April 8. From left, Gallup City Councilor Fran Palochak, Rep. D.Wonda Johnson, D-Crownpoint, Rep. Patty Lunstrom, D-Gallup, and McKinley County Commissioner Genevieve Jackson. Photo Credit: Native Stars “I v isited the Newcomb chapter hou se (Sa n Jua n County) over the weekend and that‘s what I plan to do with other chapter houses as well,” she said. Lundstrom helped to put

on the fundraiser. “It was both a meet and greet as well as a fundraiser,” Lundstrom said. “These races are very expensive.” Lundstrom, a House member representing District 9 since 2001, noted that she w i l l b e ho s t i n g a no t he r f u nd r a i s er for Glo Je a n Toadacheene after the prim a r y. To a d a c he e ne i s a S h ipr o ck D emo c r a t r u n n i ng aga i nst i ncu mbent Sha ron Cla hch isch illiage, R-Kirtland, a former Navajo Na t io n lo bby i s t a nd Iv y League graduate and one of the few Republica ns from the Nava jo Nation to ever s er ve t he N.M . Hou s e of Representatives. L u nd s t r om s a id s he’d probably host a similar fundra iser soon for McK i n ley County Manager Bill Lee. Lee is running for the District 3 Cou nt y Com m i s sion seat vacated by Tony Tanner. A Democrat from Church Rock, Johnson beat former McKinley County Treasurer

Cha rles L ong i n 2014 for the Distr ict 5 seat. In the November general election, she beat former District 5 representative Sandra Jeff of Crownpoint in a landslide vote in which Jeff ran as a write-in candidate. Johnson a nd Kev in M it chel l of Toh at ch i a re the sole candidates running for the District 5 post this time around, an area which includes McKinley and San Juan counties. Mitchell owns a local dog grooming business a nd is vice president of the GallupMcK i n ley Cou nt y S chool Board of Education. He is a Democrat. Since taking state off ice, Johnson ser ves on t he Econom ic a nd Ru r a l Development, Indian Affairs, Legislative Education and Transportation Infrastructure Revenue committees, among others. The state primary is June 7 and the general election is Nov. 8.


WEEKLY DWI REPORT Seraphina Charley March 10, 5:07 pm 2nd DWI, Aggravated MCSO Ta sk Force Super i ntendent Ta m my Houghtaling was nearly h it a t t he intersection of McKinley and Montoya Blvd. Charley made a right turn, “at a high rate of speed,” nearly striking Houghtaling’s unit, as noted in her report. When she caught up with the vehicle, it had already ran a stop sign and wouldn’t pull over, that is, until it arrived at a residence, 511 E. Princeton Ave. Charley said she was scared, as she was driving the vehicle without a license, registration, and the Interlock device installed, as required from her previous DWI. Houghtaling found a 12-pack of Steel Reserve on the floorboard, and two miniature bottles of Yukon – both opened. Charley blew a .21, twice, during the breath tests. Natasha Webster March 6, 11:55 pm Aggravated DWI It’s a good thing that no one was hu r t when Webster, 35, crashed into a home on 806 E. Aztec Ave. Wel l , Webster was a little banged up from her ordeal. According to GPD Officer Douglas Hoffman’s report, Webster refused to take the field sobriety and breath tests, saying each time that she wanted an attorney present. Her refusal earned her the aggravated status. Blanche M. Benally March 5, 5:06 am Aggravated DWI According to GPD O f f i c e r Matthew Gr a h a m’s r e p o r t , Bena lly ref u sed to take the two required breath tests because she didn’t want an aggravated DWI? Well, if you refuse that test, you automatically earn NEWS

that charge. Anyhow, someone called the police on Benally because she reportedly left a party intoxicated. Graham tailed her to monitor her driving and felt compelled to pull her over to avoid a crash as he noted that she had nearly missed hitting another vehicle. Victor Orin Herbert March 5, 6:54 am DWI – Drugs Herber t needed a nap so badly that he stopped in the midd le of t he intersection at Metro and U.S. Route 491. When GPD Officer Chaz Troncoso approached Herbert, he was fast asleep. According to the police report, the officer could smell the strong odor of marijuana wafting from the vehicle. Troncoso noted that Herbert seem highly intoxicated. He readily showed off his glass pot pipe and had an open container of Malibu Rum. He blamed the rum on a friend. Interestingly enough, he blew a .02, but pot doesn’t register on alcohol breath tests. Averill Norton March 4, 1:23 am 2nd DWI T her e’s a lot of this lately – passing out behind the wheel with the vehicle usually running, a nd somewhere where you get in everyone else’s way. It’s bad enough that Norton was passed out, but blocking the entrance to Taco Bell east could have prevented those looking for late night munchies to head elsewhere. Not much else to say. Norton, 20, faltered on the field sobriety tests and blew a .13, twice, during the breath tests. Meagan Chiquito March 3, 3:45 pm Aggravated DWI When MCSO Deputy Nacona Clark responded to a vehicle fire on State Hwy 612, she arrived to find Chiquito standing near a fence. A firefighter said the other three passengers fled the scene.

Chiquito, 24, showed the signs of intoxication, but said she “only had two cans.” According to Clark’s report, Chiquito nearly fell over during the field sobriety tests. She was taken to the Sheriff’s office where she blew a .19 and .18 during the breath tests. There is no mugshot of her on file, though. Jacomarion Ellison March 3, 2:12 pm Aggravated DWI M C S O D e p u t y M e r l i n Benally tailed Ellison’s vehicle for awhile before pulling her over for crossing the “edge line” multiple times, according to his report. Benally could smell the “strong odor of intoxicating beverage” coming from the vehicle. Benally said Ellison, 30, avoided eye contact, and that she staggered to the back of the vehicle. Needless to say, she didn’t pass the field sobriety tests. At the jail, she blew a .18, twice, during the breath tests. Vernon A. Yazzie March 3, 6:27 am Aggravated DWI McKinley C o u n t y Sher i f f ’s O f f i c e D e p u t y M e r l i n Benally was called to do a wel fa re check at the Deadhorse Mustang. When he arrived, he found Yazzie passed out behind the wheel of his maroon Honda. Benally noted in his report that there was a pint of Smirnoff Black Ice in the center console. Yazzie, 30, couldn’t find his license or vehicle registration. When asked to take the field sobriety tests, he didn’t fare well and was arrested. He blew a .19 and .17 during the breath tests. Garrelson H. Lee March 3, 1:23 am 2nd DWI, Aggravated As Gallup P o l i c e Department O f f i c e r Dominic M o l i n a left the McDonald’s west parking lot, Lee caught his attention by reportedly swerving in and out of the “middle lines” as he headed east on Hwy 66. When Molina signaled for Lee, to

stop, he pulled into the parking lot, hitting the curb. According to the police report, Lee, 23, showed the signs of intoxication – blood shot, watery eyes and slurred speech. He was driving on a suspended/revoked license for a former DWI. During the breath tests, he blew a .21 and .17 – twice. Clyde Robert Slivers March 2, 1:40 pm DWI Slivers, 62, was n a i le d for a l le ge d drunk drivi ng i n t he parking lot of Ellis Ta n ner’s a f ter he str uck another vehicle. According to GPD Officer Ryan Blackgoat’s report, Slivers denied driving at the time of the incident, but witnesses said otherwise. He blew a .22 and .21 during the breath tests. Pasqulita Bowman March 2, 5:17 pm 2nd DWI, Aggravated As Deputy Lorenzo Guerrero pulled out of the Navajo Shopping Center, he noticed that Bowman, 36, nearly hit another vehicle head on, prompting him to pull her over, according to the report. Bowman reportedly admitted to drinking a “six pack.” She had two children in the vehicle, ages 5 and 11. Bowman was arrested and blew a .24 and .21, twice, during the breath tests. In addition to her DWI charge, she was also charged with two counts of child abuse. Randy Brett Nez March 2, 9:32 pm DWI A clerk at a local bar refused to sell alcohol to Nez, and reported his vehicle to Metro Dispatch. Deputy Merlin Benally caught up with him on U.S. Route 491. According to his report, upon approach, Benally

noticed that Nez appeared intoxicated, but Nez, 56, denied going into the bar. But, he did admit to drinking after work. He didn’t pass the field sobriety tests and blew a .15, twice, during the breath tests. Darrell Negale March 1, 10:54 pm Aggravated DWI M C S O D e p u t y A r n o l d Noriega was parked in the me d i a n of north State Road 608 when Negale buzzed passed him, going 50 mph in a 40 mph zone. He pulled Negale, 37, over at Mile Marker 2 on U.S. Route 491. According to his report, he noted that Negale was stuttering and his eyes were bloodshot and watery. He admitted to drinking two beers at a bowling alley. He didn’t do well on the field sobriety tests, and blew a .16, twice, during the breath tests. Irene Peterson Feb. 28, 2:36 am 5th DWI Peterson “h a d fou r prior arrests” according to Gallup Police Department O f f i c e r Terrance Peyketewa’s report. The report states, based on an eyewitnesses account, that Peterson, 50, entered Zecca Plaza through the west entrance and struck a utility pole. Next, she headed east through the parking lot striking the front end of a truck. She continued heading east when she hit two other vehicles coming to a stop. She smelled of booze and didn’t fare well on field sobriety tests. Since she had prior DWIs, Peyketewa obtained a search warrant to have her blood drawn. Results are pending.

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Gallup Sun • Friday April 15, 2016


Cop accused of beating girlfriend resigns By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor


allup Police Department Officer Valerie Wilson resigned from the Gallup Police Department this past week. She was placed on paid administrative leave for allegedly beating her girlfriend Jan. 10. “She resigned prior to the conclusion of the internal affairs investigation,” GPD Lt. Rosanne Morrissette said. In January, GPD Capt. Rick White said Wilson was placed on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of an investigation. According to GPD Officer Dominic Molina’s report, the couple got into an altercation at Fire Rock Casino. Wilson reportedly knocked a drink out of her girlfriend’s hand and drove off and left her stranded at the casino. The woman got a ride back

Beleaguered Gallup Police Department Officer Valerie Wilson resigns. File Photo to the home that the two women shared, and that’s where the fight resumed. At first some hair was pulled, but then it turned brutal when Wilson allegedly punched her girlfriend in the nose and hit her in the ribs and abdomen with her knee. But, Wilson told a different story, claiming that her girlfriend was the aggressor and lunged at her first. Molina noted in the report that Wilson


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had redness to the left side of her face, saying that’s where her girlfriend punched her. After speaking to both women, Molina stated in his report that he “came to the conclusion of Valerie Wilson as the primary aggressor in the matter.” Wilson was arrested for bat ter y aga i nst a house hold member. White said as with any domestic violence ca se, it’s refer red to the District Attorney’s office for prosecution. Meanwhile, a source said that Wilson’s case has been referred to the Farmington District Attorney’s office. New Mexico Courts.com confirmed that two Magistrate Court judges recused themselves from hearing the case. Judges often will recuse themselves when they believe there may be a perceived conflict of interest in them hearing a case.








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BYERLEY | FROM PAGE 4 scholarships.” He noted the economic spinoff effect of the rodeo to the city with respect to lodging and spending at gas stations and convenience stores, not to mention the downtown shops. Byerley said the city’s first year there were a little more than 600 contestants. “When I left there were a little more than 1,017 contestants that stayed in (Gallup) for an average of eight days. That amounted to over $2 million brought to the city during that timeframe,” he said. Beaver Segotta, a member of the state Rodeo Board,

FESTIVAL | FROM PAGE 5 a retired instructor at the University of New MexicoGa llup a nd attending the festival for the first time, wrote “Looking for Dan: The Puzzling Life of a Frontier Character – Daniel Dubois.” Taylor said the festival definitely lived up to its billing.

vouched for Byerley’s expertise on rodeos, saying he was an asset during the years that he served on that particular board. “He was an asset in that he was very knowledgeable and hard-working,” Segotta said. “His knowledge of rodeo is second to none.” Of the McKinley Soil and Water Conservation District, Byerley said the entity is making big strides on a consistent basis. The district includes all of McKinley County and a small piece of Cibola County. “Thanks to some of our loca l legislators we have been able to purchase equipment that is not available in our county,” he said. “That equipment helps farmers and

ranchers.” Some of the undertakings of the district are with tree thinning on state and forest land, salt cedar eradication in McKinley and Cibola counties, and watershed protection projects. “Our board is part of the la nd scape tea m t hat ha s been working for the past two years on the wilderness areas in the Zuni mountains and Mt. Taylor,” he said. “As of two weeks ago we have started discussions on how to best repair and maintain McGaffey Lake.” Byerley noted that in 2015 the district passed a land use plan, which covers everything from mining to new roads and from wolves to dust control.

“The plan gives us a seat at the table when it comes to bettering the protection of people, forest, wildlife, livestock grazing, and minerals in our district.” As the current president of the Ceremonial Board, Byerley said he’d like to increase overall numbers at the annual event. “I want more vendors, more folks in the exhibit area, and more dancers,” he said. Byerley said this year’s Ceremonial Board is aggressive in their stance to make the annual event packed with more activities than in recent years. The board has also been in discussion with its past membership to restore some events that made the five-day event

great in the first place. Ex pec t more da ncer s, more local traders back in the trade show hall, and bigger dollar amounts awarded to talented artists. He said that the board is considering adding fry bread and mutton rib eating contests. And the go-getters are working with business owners to encourage traditional dress during the week of the Ceremonial, Aug. 10 -14. The rodeo plans on bringing back wild horse, hide, and pony express races, along with wooly riding, a fruit scramble, and more. Overall, more awards and prizes will be handed out. Babette Herrmann contributed to this report.

“It’s something that everyone can partake in,” Taylor said. “It’s a very worthwhile venture.” Laguna Pueblo’s Max Early, the 2015 Santa Fe-based Lannan Foundation Indigenous WriterIn-Residence Fellow, wrote “Ears of Corn: Listen.” The book garnered the 2015 Southwest Book Design and Production Award in poetry from the New

Mexico Book Association. “It’s always good to be among fellow book writers at a festival like this,” Early said. “I also sold some books.” The festival, which was free to attend, was a regional draw, with some people coming as far away as the East Coast, Pellington said. Bob and Gerry Jones from Albuquerque said they heard

about the event from friends who live in Gallup. The couple said they’re acquainted with Greenly who they met years ago at a similar book festival in the Duke City. “He is a very good writer,” the couple said. “We hope to return next year for the festival.” Pellington noted that two years ago the combined attendance at both the main and

children’s libraries was about 800. She said she couldn’t put a dollar amount on the quantity of books sold, but said “A lot of books were sold at the festival.” The library does not get proceeds from festival book sales. Nationa l Libra r y Week began April 10, Pellington noted. She said she’ll probably hold next year’s festival around the same timeframe.

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OPINIONS Letter to the Editor: An analysis of District 3 contenders April 10, 2016 Regarding the upcoming District 3 County Commission election I have had a lot of interesting Q&A sessions with several people. The question most people have on their mind is who does it really come down? Most people think it is between David Dallago and Bill Lee. With these two it comes down to people already know them City wide and already know whether or not the like them or not. Like or not you have to give David Dallago the edge

in experience over all the candidates – he ran the County for eight years – he knows the County government, he is a Civil Engineer and he is a smart guy. With Lee – well – he is “Mr. Personality” and he has been County Manager for 18 months

so he has to know what goes on in the County. The big question people have is why did he quit to run for Commissioner? What I hear is he was already planning to quit and go back to the Chamber anyway. No matter who I talk to they still don’t get that decision. Someone said it might be about money - $80 thousand or so from the Chamber plus the Commissioners salary would get him near or over $100 thousand and still give him some government benefits. There are people who know


Johnny Green mainly as the former Fire Chief. He will need to sell himself as more than that. Gerald is the least known. Both need to get their message out quickly. In closing here is what I think people need to look at. In June 2012 Bob Rosebrough beat Patti Herrera 1,237 to 819 votes prior to canvassing. In June 2014 Tony Tanner beat George Galanis 1,097 to 1,004 votes prior to canvassing. So if this election will reflects the 2012 election and assume Lee gets the Rosebrough votes

and Dallago gets the Herrera votes then it will be Lee by a land slide. But, if you feel this election will reflect the Tanner vs. Galanis election in 2014, with Lee getting Tanner votes and Dallago getting Galanis votes then it will be a close vote; AND THE BIG FACTOR will be who will lose votes to Johnny Green and Gerald O’Hara this time around. Sincerely, Richard F. Kontz, 507 Apache Court, Gallup, NM 505-236-1122 Email: rmkontz@q.com


It’s tax day! What’s your stress level? If your taxes were turned in by February, congratulations, for the rest or us: “Keep calm and carry on.” April can be a nerve-wracking time of year. It’s also beautiful, the trees are blooming and birds are chirping. This is an exciting time. Spring is here. Madame G suggests renewing yourself and refreshing your mind. Consider studying something new and investing in yourself.

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You have a strong constitution. You don’t let a little physical ailment get you down. Even if you eat a poorly cooked salmon in Afghanistan, you’ll bounce back, with only a few near misses to the John. In other words, you’re tough. So, don’t let mental anxiety get you down. Treat your mental worries like that poorly cooked and potentially rotted meat, just flush it down the toilet. Have faith in yourself because you’re stronger than you know.

You may experience the pangs of jealousy this week. Try not to let it get you down. Reflect on your life and write down what you’ve accomplished. Don’t look at how many friends are having babies, or are advancing faster than you in their careers. Examine what you’d like to see happen in your life and work to make that happen. Madame G suggests that you’re probably right where you want to be. If not, then get moving towards that and stop looking around you.

Finances got you down? Life is often full of unexpected issues and crises. Don’t take that pain out on the ones you love. Take responsibility for your behavior. At some point, you made a decision to either take action or not. You may have spent all your retirement or neglected bills. You may ignore everything around you, but if you want to be happy take control. Consider C.S. Lewis’s advice: “You’re never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” Live strong!

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Spring is here and you’re planning a vacation. There are quite a few travel blogs that have excellent recommendations. If you’re on a budget, consider the “do this not this method.” For instance, if you want to go to London, but it’s too expensive, consider going to Dublin. It’s rich in culture and history. They already speak English and you could save. Who knows what adventures you’ll encounter, from cute Bed and Breakfasts to pubs. Adventure awaits, Bonvoyage!

If you agree to cook for a new love have faith in your abilities. Don’t let a little thing like “you’ve never cooked pot pie” get you down. You’re a strong and capable person. You can do anything. Just make sure you thoroughly cook the meat or they may lose faith in you. Madame G says you’ve got this, with a little help from YouTube and Google. Cook on!

Sorrow is not always personal. It can be helpful to express it publicly in order to help others. You may experience greater relief by sharing than keeping it buried deep within you. Madame G encourages you to write a letter to the editor or share thoughtfully on social media the pain of your loss. Celebrate this life rather than focusing on the loss of a loved one. Embrace this and you may find joy.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) You’re like a budding orchid, lovely and open. Don’t let others diminish your kindness. Though you may always look for that other half of your soul, don’t assume anyone else does. Not everyone pursues their purpose in life and most are unwilling to do what it takes. Get yourself pumped up. Watch a few inspiring Ted Talks or listen to energetic Podcasts. Don’t forget to care for your mind, body, and soul. You’ll always have yourself—invest in that.


VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) People enjoy judging others. They may do it quietly on social media or loudly while drunk. Whatever their reasons for negativity don’t let it drag you down. Borrow Taylor Swift’s wisdom: “And the haters gonna hate…baby, I’m just gonna shake…I shake it off.” Remember that emotionally intelligent people take stock of their own emotional state. They take ownership over their feelings and feel how they feel. And then they move onward.

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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Don’t let localized stress bring you to the brink. Douglas Adams said: “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing sound they make as they go by.” Your sense of honor may prevent this cavalier attitude. But, whose deadline are you working with? If it’s a made up one or is easily moved then communicate with your team. If it’s a stricter deadline, buckle down until it’s done. Do your best and then move on to the next project. You’ve got this.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You may wish that you had your friend’s job, but have you put in the work? Getting what you want takes more than wishful thinking. Everyone puts their work into the Universe at some point. Either you do it now or you do it later. You can’t escape your reality. Try investing in yourself and stop wasting time. If you want a change take action because no one will do it for you.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Take heart Aquarius: “times they’re a changing.” It may seem scary, but we’re lucky. We live in a country where any view, no matter how ridiculous and scary, can be heard. It’s up to you to change the world according to your stellar vision. Sitting on the sidelines yelling doesn’t win the game. You may provide some emotional support, but ultimately the victory or loss is not yours. Get moving and be the change that you want to see.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Life is really about Kindergarten rules. Keep your hands to yourself. Don’t eat glue and don’t run with scissors. As we learned from Scamper in Disney’s Classic, Bambi: “if you can’t say anything nice don’t say anything at all.” You may have a desire to change your children, their spouses, and your own spouse, but consider yourself for a moment. Are you worth emulating? Often the people shouting the loudest are doing the most harm or no one is listening. It’s time to change your tactics. OPINIONS

Letter to the Editor: Guaranteeing good tasting and safe water at the tap


here is a tremendous effort put forth by water systems all over the country to provide safe and clean water to their customers. Of course upsets and mistakes do happen. Flint Michigan is a horrendous example of how not to do it. But individual families can provide a firewall at their kitchen sinks to stop any contaminants that might get that far. The solution is a simple triple filter available from plumbers and hardware stores. This filter gets rid of 95% of everything in the water.

The first filter is a particle filter that removes any particles that are still in the water. The second filter is an activated carbon filter that removes items that can cause taste or odor issues and the third filter is a reverse osmosis unit that takes out virtually all the chemicals, including chlorine. Using this tap for drinking and cooking water assures that whatever happened upstream is stopped in its tracks at the filter. The cost is usually about $400.00 installed. The filters need to be changed regularly, typically twice a year.

If you are don’t like the taste of your water or are worried about water safety or if your water has “issues” put one of these units in to cure the problem. These triple filters are pretty much a magic bullet for cleaning up water for less money and effort than spent on bottled water. Michael Daly, Gallup, NM [Michael Daly is a professional engineer who is president of the White Cliffs Mutual Domestic Water Users Association, which uses reverse osmosis to treat its well water]

New monument to Women’s Suffrage strikes a chord for children, families By Sharon Kayne NM Voices for Children


L BUQU ERQU E — New Mexico Voices for Children cheered President Obama’s designation of the SewallBelmont House in Washington, D.C., as the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument April 12. The historic residence was the epicenter of the Suffragist Movement in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The house, not far from the U.S. Capitol, was home to Suffragist leader Alice Paul and was where the U.S. movement

for women’s suffrage gained a foothold in the nation’s capital. For years it served as headquarters for the National Woman’s Party. “Increased civic participation and equality across race and gender are a necessity as we seek to end poverty and provide better lives for our children,” said New Mexico Voices for Children Executive Director Veronica García, Ed.D. “This monument is a statement that our country values inclusion and celebrates the story of women’s struggle for recognition.” Using his authority under the Antiquities Act, President Obama made the designation

on April 11. The Suffragist movement nurtured at Belmont-Paul House would serve as a blueprint for the broader civil rights movement that would flourish throughout the mid-20th century. “This monument is also a demonstration that the fight for equality is ongoing. After gaining the right to vote, women still have to fight for true equality nearly 100 years later. And that’s where this becomes an economic issue meaningful to families across our state,” García said. “With more and more mothers working outside the home, issues like the pay gap and lack of maternity leave have become

President Barack Obama designated the Sewall-Belmont House in Washington, D.C. as the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument April 12. Photo Credit: White House.gov

Working with private collectors across the country, the Belmont-Paul National Monument has collected items from the history of the equal right’s movement, in order to bring them into the public eye. Pictured: a tin bluebird, meant to be hung in windows as an icon of solidarity, a copy of an early map showing where women could vote in the United States, and a gavel that was used at the founding meeting of the National Women’s Party in 1916. Photo/Caption Credit: White House.gov OPINIONS

even more important to the well-being of children. Honoring the suffragettes and freedom fighters who came before us strengthens us as we take on these modern-day battles.” New Mexico Voices for Children, which advocates for policies that seek to alleviate poverty and improve public education and health care, is committed to dismantling the racial and gender inequalities that underlie institutional poverty. “This monument, though nearly 2,000 miles away from us here in New Mexico, is nonetheless an important symbol,” García said. “Knowing that our country now honors the struggles of all Americans – from the

recent Cesar Chavez National Monument in California to the Harriet Tubman National Monument in Maryland to Belmont-Paul – is an incredibly empowering message to pass on to our children. It tells them their experience in America matters and is to be celebrated. Thanks to President Obama for this important designation.” In addition, García also joined other New Mexico women of influence in a joint letter to the president (http:// prbnewmexico.org/wp-content/ uploads/2016/04/Belmont-PaulWomen%E2%80%99s-EqualityNa t ion a l-Monu ment .pd f ), thanking him for establishing the monument.

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COMMUNITY NM Veterans Services Department opens new office in Gallup Story and photos by Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent


pril 6 was the Grand Opening for the re-established Veterans Ser vices Office in Gallup and the ribbon-cutting was attended by a fairly large crowd of veterans interested in what Director Jack Fox had to say. The new office is located inside the Ford Canyon Senior Center and will be open about six days a month and staffed by Tyra Saavedra, who is also the VSO for Grants. The New Mexico

State senator George Munoz, left, chats with NM Veterans Services Director Jack Fox in parking lot of Ford Canyon Senior Center on Apr. 6 before the Ribbon-Cutting of the new Veterans Services Office. Tully Brown leads the assemblage in prayer prior to the presentation and Ribbon-Cutting for the new Veterans Services Office inside the Ford Canyon Senior Center on Apr. 6.

A nice crowd of veterans gathered outside the Ford Canyon Senior Center on Apr. 6 for the presentation and Ribbon-Cutting of the new Veterans Services Office which the City of Gallup made room for inside the building.







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Teacher of the Month: Special Ed Teacher Vivian Franco By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor


s V i v i a n F r a nc o speaks to her class with a radiant mile, it’s clear that she loves her job of teaching. Her voice echoes her enthusiasm for teaching, which likely earned her the title of Camille’s Sidewalk Café Teacher of the Month. Folks that stroll into the café can nominate someone who has inspired them. What’s tough is picking a winner out of numerous winners. As Franco speaks to her students, what’s not immediately obvious, or at least during this visit, that her classroom, smaller than a traditional class of around 30 students, is a special education class. “It’s basically a Level D class, lower functioning students with disabilities,” she said, adding that each student is an individual and her aim is to instill confidence through education. Franco’s teaching journey began nearly 30 years ago in Baguio City, Philippines, and most recently, this year, she started working at Gallup High. The new position enables her to engage in the “Gateway to Independence” program. Under the Gateway program, she aids special needs students post-graduation, ages 18-21, in mapping out their route toward a job, college or path that best suites them moving forward in their lives. Prior to working at Gallup High, she taught at Miyamura High School for about a decade, and reflects on her career there with reverence and appreciation. After all, it was her first job in the states. W he n s he a r r i v e d a t Miyamura High School in 2005, she was pleased with the private classrooms and the support of other teachers and staff, adding that, “it’s not easy coming to the United States.” Franco noted that while teaching in the Philippines, there was an open area where multiple classes were taught together. She said that it COMMUNITY

Gallup High School Special Education teacher Vivian Franco gives her students instructions on an assignment April 6. Photo Credit: Native Stars created strong bonds between the teachers. The drawback – it was sometimes distracting. Looking back, while attending college in the Philippines, it wasn’t her first plan to head to the states. After high school, she attended college, but along the way she got married and started a family. “Before I graduated from college, I had two children,” she said. Franco’s first semester of college was in the Philippines capital of Manila, but she longed for home and returned mid-year to attend Baguio University. Her mom encouraged her to study engineering, “but I didn’t see myself becoming an engineer,” she said. She went on to earn her Bachelor’s of Science degee, majoring in the Philippine language, and started teaching at her former high school,

recruited by the same principal from when she was a student there. If that wasn’t enough, she went on to study and earn Master’s Degrees in education management, special education, and post-secondary education. Creating an impressive resume, Franco longed to teach abroad, with her first choice being the states. During her search, it didn’t take long to get a response, and an offer to teach for Gallup-McKinley County Schools via a teacher placement agency. So, what caused her to gravitate toward special education? It was a special calling, she said, a desire to help students that face more hurdles in life than your average student. “It’s a special calling, and my passion,” she said. “They can feel that you care for them.

“You need to have a big heart.” Without the big heart and passion, Franco says, a teacher won’t last in special education or even regular teaching. She’s seen her fair share of the revolving door, where teachers stay a year or two, then head elsewhere. Perhaps they bur n out or they are chasing a bigger paycheck in a bigger city, she pondered. However, at this juncture, she’s not concerned with the bigger city as she has found her

home and purpose in Gallup. Plus, two out of three her children are nearby. “We’re a family of educators,” she said, noting that her husband and all three of her children teach. Her son is the only one that seems a world away – he’s a teacher in the Philippines. As a seasoned educator, Franco noted that learning isn’t just for the students, it’s for the teachers as well. By staying humble, she said, she’s learned from other staff on how to continually improve as a teacher. And she shares her wisdom with those considering a teaching career. “Stay open to learning and helping,” she said. “Work as a team with your assistant teacher. When you help each other, you contribute what you know.” Franco also keeps it fresh by asking herself this question from time to time: “What more can I offer to these young people to help them become successful in life?” It’s an answer that Franco holds the key to, and the catalyst to her success as an educator. To nominate an instructor that you admire and respect as Camille’s Teacher of the Month, head to Ca mille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. Second St. in Gallup.

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Yazzie – the newest comedian to hit Gallup’s downtown scene By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


hese days, it might seem like Gallup has more to laugh about than ever, and that’s because it does. Just take Isiah Yazzie, for example. He’s tall, slim and full of political humor. The Navajoborn Yazzie was part of a quartet that performed April 9 at the Gallup Downtown Conference Center. Also on stage with Yazzie were “I’d say that most of my stuff has its basis in politics,” Yazzie, 22, said. “Everything I do is based on something from a real life experience.” Yazzie, who graduated from Gallup’s Rehoboth Christian School in 2012, went off to college at Trinity Christian College in Chicago to pursue a degree in communications, but later left to enroll at an improvisational comedy school called “The Second City in Chicago. He and Chinle, Ariz.,

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drive stage performances. “He’s a great kid,” Tsosie said. Tsosie has performed

with 49 Laughs and has starred in a lot of Native Americanthemed films like “More Than

Fr ybread” and “Turquoise Rose.” “I think in time you’ll see him grow and just get better and better. He’s funny and that the key thing in doing comedy.” Ya zzie notes a t y pica l spoof that he does on stage is a monologue called, “Kids Say the Darnest Things.” He explained that the character doing the monologue is a young Native American who is tired of being oppressed in modern day society. “This young Native is living in two worlds,” Yazzie ex pla ined. “He’s liv ing in the Native American world and the world of the White man and this causes him to seek deeper meaning behind everything.” Yazzie said he likes most of the poplar comedians, saying he doesn’t really model his performances after just one. He said he writes all of his material and gets it from going to school board, city council and county meetings.

VETERANS | FROM PAGE 12 American Resources; Peer Support; Prevention and Early Intervention; Self-Help/Support Groups; Transportation; and Veteran/Military Services. Turned out Fox did not talk much but instead had brought along other experts, specifically concerning the Veterans’ Cemetery to be built here. Even that portion of the extended meeting at Second Street Event Center was a let-down. The original idea for the cemetery had set a finish date by late 2016, which was later re-established for 2017. Now it appears that the hopeful finished product will be late 2018. Explanations were given for the delays, though not many veterans were happy with them. Still, it is the government bureaucracy and their need for tons of paperwork and myriad channels to circumnavigate, that will keep the cemetery a focus of conversation for at least two more years. The only problem holding up the completion for now

Mayor Jackie McKinney addresses the crowd at Ford Canyon Senior Center on Apr. 6 for the dedication and Ribbon-Cutting of the new Veterans Services office. is money and Requests for Proposals to choose design and finish the earthwork and other items needed in the overall plan. All according to specifications, of course. T he l a nd h a s a l rea dy passed a Title Search and Environmental Testing The completed cemetery is for any veteran meeting

the minimum time-in-service requirement, and the family may choose between a traditional burial, where caskets will be double-stacked in cement crypts, or cremains to be stored above ground in special vaults. When finished, plans are in place for the cemetery to have a capacity large enough to last for 30-50 years. COMMUNITY

‘April ‘ArtsCrawl’ moments: Celebrating Music, Art & Star Wars Photos by Tom Hartsock

Dozens of kids entered the coloring contest at the Second St. Event Center during the Arts Crawl on Apr. 9. Fourteen-year-old Scarlet Selleck made her first appearance at The Coffee Place for the downtown Gallup Arts Crawl on Apr. 9. The JFK Mid student has been playing for six years and performs with the Gallup Youth Orchestra.

James Heimberg and Austin Wilson deliver a lively beat on upturned 5-gallon buckets during Arts Crawl on Apr. 9.

Dave Baker brought pictures of his work for viewing at the downtown Gallup Arts Crawl on Apr. 9, and chatted up everyone that came in to look.

Scott Halliday, left, plays a tune on his homemade guitar for Chuck and Nancy Wade during the downtown Gallup Arts Crawl on Apr. 9. COMMUNITY

Six-month old Mykal Tom has her eyes open during the Arts Crawl on Apr. 9. The only items that really interested her was a bottle and keeping mom and dad in sight. Gallup Sun • Friday April 15, 2016


‘Criminal’ wastes a talented cast, crew By Glenn Kay For the Sun





f you do happen to find yourself in the theater watch i ng t he a ct ion / thriller Cr iminal this weekend, I can think of a game you can play to pass the time. It’s called “The Dutchman” and it involves taking a drink each time you hear that name uttered. A word of warning by the final act, it seems like it’s being yelled every single minute. I expect most will be thoroughly smashed by the credit roll. The fact there are now cinemas where drinking is a legitimate option leaves me both amused and frightened. To put it bluntly, this movie is absurd. Its plot involves a CIA agent named Pope (Ryan Reynolds). He’s working an important case involving a computer hacker known as... you guessed it... “The Dutchman” (Michael Pitt). Within the technician’s flash-drive is a command that can control America’s entire arsenal. Hidden away at a secret location, the programmer waits to make a deal with the CIA and gain asylum in the US. On his trail is a Spanish anarchist (Jordi Mollà), who would prefer to use the technology to destroy the world. When a set-up takes Pope out of the picture, it leaves the CIA in the dark.

Well, watch at your own risk … this flick is getting hammered by top critics, nationwide. But hey, if you’re a movie trailer fan, the official website has some great head-bopping music. Jordi Molla plays “Heimdahl” in Criminal, which opens in theaters April 15. Photo Credit: Jack English So how do they find “The Dutchman”? Head honcho Quaker Wells (Gary Oldman) has a logical solution - he decides to call in scientist Dr. Franks (Tommy Lee Jones). Franks has been working for 18 years on a process that will transplant a dead man’s memories into a living person. Unfortunately, the process exclusively works on men who have undeveloped pre-frontal cortexes. That leaves psychotic killer Jericho Stewart (Kevin 207 WEST COAL GALLUP 505.863.1250 www.elmorrotheatre.com



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characters are thinly written and as more is revealed it all becomes sillier and sillier. The lead role of Jericho doesn’t give Costner much to do besides swing his fists and grunt repeatedly. With a story that’s as overthe-top as this one, a knowing sense of humor could have helped. However, the tone here is consistently somber throughout. The visuals are drab and dull and the violence frequently

ugly. Jericho beats people so severely that there isn’t any real fun to be had from it. Even more baffling is the lead’s character arc. His interactions with Pope’s wife (Gal Gadot) are the least convincing, particularly when confessing to the widow and her daughter that he is now beginning to, “...feel things.” Yes, it’s a redemption story in which a sociopath is coaxed by a family into becoming a caring human being. Or at least that’s what the filmmakers want you to believe, because he still brutally kills a whole lot of people even after embracing his sensitive side. W hile there a re a few shootouts and a car chase towards the end of the picture, there also isn’t nearly as much action as you would expect. The majority of the movie involves characters either walking briskly down hallways, staring at computer monitors or demanding to know where “The Dutchman” is. Overall, it’s quite dull and doesn’t even deliver on a cornball, B-movie level. Criminal is an unfortunate blunder of a flick that doesn’t make use of an impressive cast and crew. The story doesn’t hook you and it becomes increasingly impossible to take seriously as it progresses. I could go on, but I think I’ll stop here, say “The Dutchman” to myself and just get another drink. Vi sit: www.cinema stance.com


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Accepting submissions: Native young writers essay contest Staff Reports


he 2016 Young Native Writers Essay Contest is open to Native American high school students currently enrolled in grades 9-12 only. A ll students participating in the Young Native Writers Essay Contest should have a significant and current relationship with a Native American community (i.e., an American Indian tribe, an Alaska Native community or a Native Hawaiian community). The writing prompt is as followed: Native Youth Initiatives What active role should Native youth take in advancing Native initiatives within your community, region, or state? The essay should use research from your tribal community (website, tribal documents or personal interviews) and

should reflect on your own experiences within their community. The following prizes will be awarded to the winners: Four (4) First-Place Winners will each receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to visit the National Museum of the American Indian and other prominent sites as part of Scholar Week (July 24 - 28, 2016). First-Place Winners will receive a special award for display at home or school. In addition, each First-Place Winner will receive a scholarship of $2,500 to be paid directly to the college or university of his or her choice. The deadline to submit for the 2016 Young Native Writers Essay is Wednesday, April 30, 2016. For information and submission guidelines, visit: nativewriters. hklaw.com

Sanchez appointed to Crownpoint principal job THOREAU BASKETBALL COACH SUSPENDED By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent




phelia Sanchez, a career school system employee and an assistant principal at Washington Elementary School for the past two years, is now the new principal at Crownpoint High School, officials confirmed. Gallup-McKinley County Schools Super i ntendent Frank Chiapetti said March 31 that Sanchez took over the top Crownpoint job April 4. Sanchez is officially the school’s principal and not a temporary substitute on an interim basis, Chiapetti said. “I have been in the system for almost 20 years,” Sanchez said. “The job is going well.” Chiapetti did not reveal the amount of severance, if any, paid to Reed. Reed commanded an annual salary of $82,000. The Crownpoint job became available a little more than two weeks ago after former Crownpoint principal J.D. Reed was secretly recorded in a 16-minute tape making COMMUNITY


Ophelia Sanchez assumes role as Crownpoint High School principal. Photo Credit: Courtesy disparaging remarks about Native American students and members of the school board. Reed isn’t the only school distr ict employee to face recent disciplinary action by Chiapetti. Patrick Walsh, a boys basketball coach and physical education teacher at Thoreau High School, who was also an assistant football coach the past year, was suspended a few weeks ago and relegated to classroom duty, Chiapetti said. A first-year employee, Walsh teaches physical education at the school. Chiapetti did not elaborate on the rationale behind the Walsh suspension.

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Tribal leaders, entrepreneurs discuss solutions to building tribal economies SEPARATING BIZ, FROM POLITICS ONE KEY TO SUCCESS

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WIN ARROWS, Ariz. – Building tribal economies while maintaining tribal identities were key themes of discussion during the Opening General Session for the 2016 Navajo Nation Economic Summit held at the Twin Arrows Casino Resort Apr. 12. Lance Morgan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ho Chunk Inc., Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, was the session’s keynote speaker. Of the many topics in his address, Morgan talked about

President Russell Begaye said the Nation needs to consider creating business opportunity zones where entrepreneurs can start business while receiving taxes breaks or other beneficial assistance. President Begaye also reinforced the need to build infrastructure to support economic development. “We need infrastructure. We need electricity and we need waterlines.  To start a business, you need adequate water and power.  Our current system isn’t enough to hold up a strong economy.  We need to build it up,” he said.

Tyron Chee from the Division of Economic Development provided a traditional song and invocation for the opening session. creative solutions to challenges,” he said. “This summit is providing the opportunity for this energy to be funneled toward creative solutions.” On the Navajo Nation, there is a need to establish a balance

economies while keeping culture in mind,” he said. “How do we balance this? Sometimes we have to remember the teachings of our grandparents to take care of the land while also maintaining spiritual wellness.”

Both Vice President Nez and President Begaye listened to the keynote address provided by Winnebago tribal member Lance Morgan. the importance of separating business and politics within tribal communities. To do this, he said, the Winnebago Tribe was effective in utilizing boards while defining clear roles and responsibilities between tribal council, governing boards and the corporations. “A politician’s view is different than that of a businessman. If you’re going to be serious about economic development then you need to get the political process out of the business making process.” Director of the Division of Economic Development, Crystal Deschinny said the insight Morgan presented provided encouragement for the Nation to follow in similar footsteps. “The Winnebago tribe is completely different but if we can take away some things to help us grow our economy then I think that’s what makes this conference worthwhile,” she said. In fostering economic development on the Navajo Nation,


Professor at Nor ther n Arizona University in Applied Indigenous Studies, Dr. Manley Begay spoke on developing tribal economies by reforming tribal governments to embrace cultural teachings but he also touched upon separating politics from business. “Politics cannot get involved in business operation. We need to change our government to be more Navajo in essence. Our goal shouldn’t be to make more money but to protect language,

culture and our land, Diné bí’ Keyah,” he said. “It should be about maintaining who we are as a people.” Dr. Begay commended the Office of the President and Vice President for organizing and putting on the 2016 Economic Summit. He said it provided energy in thinking around the challenges that all tribes face in developing successful economies. “Once you get the energy going, you begin to develop

Keynote speaker for the opening session, Lance Morgan, stressed the importance of separating business from politics to ensure economic success.

At the 2016 Navajo Nation Economic Summit, President Russell Begaye said his administration has prioritized building adequate infrastructure to support a strong economy. Summit photos Courtesy of the Office of the President and Vice President.

Vice President Jonathan Nez told the gathered audience that the Navajo Nation needs to find ways to diversity its economy while maintaining cultural values.

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between culture and economy said Vice President Jonathan Nez. This discussion is central to the 2016 Economic Summit, he said. “We need to find ways to diversify the Navajo economy.  We need to diversify local

The 2016 Navajo Nation Economic Summit took place at the Twin Arrows Casino and Resort through Apr. 14 with workshops, breakout session and panels revolving discussion around building tribal economies. COMMUNITY

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for April 15th, 2016 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


o you like scary movies? Well, it appears as though this edition of highlights on DVD and Blu-ray has a theme - horror. And don’t get too concerned, there are a few other genres represented. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!

BIG NEW RELEASES! Ab o ut Scout - A rebellious girl decides to travel across Texas to search for her missing sister – she suspects the sibling is with their estranged father. Along the way, she befriends and travels alongside a depressed New Yorker. Press reaction was mixed, claiming that the performances were good but that the story was riddled with plot holes and inconsistencies. The impressive cast includes India Ennenga, Jane Seymour, Ellen Burstyn and Danny Glover. Diary of a Deadbeat: The Story of Jim VanBebber - This documentary follows low-budget exploitation filmmaker Jim Van Bebber, most known for a bloody little no-budget action pic called Deadbeat at Dawn (1988). The cameras catches up with the underground filmmaker and captures him from 2010-2015 as he attempts to mount a career comeback and start a new production. This title is straight-to-DVD, so there are no reviews available at present. Flight 750 0 - I’m ver y cu r ious about this troubled production. Shot and completed way back in 2 01 2 , t h i s horror tale is an Englishlanguage chiller from director of the Japanese scare-fest, The Grudge (2004). The story involves a group of passengers who encounter supernatural COMMUNITY

forces while on a flight from LA to Tokyo. It has been released in other parts of the world, but even there reaction was very poor, calling it an ineffective effort that doesn’t deliver on shocks or scares. Now viewers can see what happened for themselves and make up their own minds. It stars Leslie Bibb, Ryan Kwanten, Amy Smart and Jamie Chung. The Forest - Here’s another effort that didn’t wow critics. Based around Japan’s Aokigahara Forest (which is said to be haunted), an A mer ica n woma n a r r ives sea rch i ng for her sister. Unfortunately, she encounters strange people and bizarre ghostly forces that seem determined to keep her in the woods. Notices were terrible for the film, claiming that the plotting becomes increasingly ludicrous as it progresses and that it earns more laughs than chills. The cast includes Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney, Yukiyoshi Ozawa and Eoin Macken. The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun This bizarre French / Belgia n thriller i nvolve s a pretty secretary in a strange mental state who steals her boss’ car for a joyride around a seaside town. Apparently, there also happens to be a dead body in the trunk of the vehicle. It has generally split audiences and has been called a strange and eccentric puzzle box of an art film. Sounds like it you’re looking for something straight-forward and conventional you may not like it. The movie stars Freya Mavor, Benjamin Biolay, Elio German and Stacy Martin. Standoff - This small-scale, independent action/thriller is about a troubled war veteran who attempts to help a young girl after she witnesses a hit. Of course, this leads the assassin to the girl and the woefully unarmed protagonist. Most of these types of movies don’t fare well with critics, but this one actually garnered mixed reviews. Some thought it was silly, but more than half found it to be a well-acted, tense and interesting spin on the genre formula. Thomas Jane,

L aw rence F ishbu r ne a nd Joanna Douglas headline the effort.

BLASTS FROM THE PAST! This week, Arrow have a sequel to an 80s horror classic. Bride of Re-Animator (1989) is the follow-up to Re-Animator (1985), which finds many of the original ch a r a c t er s returning for more undead m ayhem (t hei r cre a t i o n s i nc lu d e plenty of lab experiments gone wrong). Frankly, it isn’t nearly as effective as the original, but it is the best of the follow-ups. Arrow’s Limited Edition 3-disc Blu-ray/ DVD is quite impressive. The disc includes new transfers of the Unrated and R-rated versions of the film, as well as multiple audio commentaries featuring director Brian Yuzna, cast members like Jeffrey Combs and make-up effects technicians. There are making-of and make-up featurettes as well and deleted scenes. It also contains impressive artwork from illustrator Gary Pullin. If you’re a fan of the film, this is as good as it gets. Shout! always deliver interesting Blu-ray of cult titles. This week they’ve got a Double Feature package containing Destroyer (1988) and Edge of Sanity (1989). Both movies feature Anthony Perkins (Psycho). The first title stars Lyle Alzado as an executed prison inmate who seeks revenge on a film crew shooting a movie at the now abandoned penitentiary. The second is a gritty take on Jekyll and Hyde with Perkins as the cocaine-addicted title character, stalking his prey in the nastier sections of London. B-movie fans should be pleased with the release. Additionally, they have the Chris Sarandon and Peter Cushing UK miniseries of A Tale of Two Cities (1980). This well-regarded Dickens adaptation was nominated for a Golden Globe. And in their efforts to try and release every single John Carpenter movie ever made, Shout! also have a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of Village of

the Damned (1995). Based on the John Wy ndham novel, this is another take (a f t e r t h e classic 1960 version) on myster ious children exer ting stra nge control over the residents of a small town. It’s pretty pulpy and not up there with the director’s best, but it is fun slice of cheese (with a few elaborate deaths) and features a great cast that includes Christopher Reeve, Kirstie Alley, Lindo Kozlowski, Michael Pa re, Meredith Salenger and Mark Hamill. Yep, Superman and Luke Skywalker in the same flick. The disc features vintage interviews and behindthe-scenes footage, as well as a new retrospective featuring interviews with Carpenter and other cast members, a special on highlighting the film’s locations and other bonuses. Warner Archive have a new Blu-ray of the Alfred Hitchcock film, Suspicion (1941). This one stars Joan Fontaine as a shy heiress who thinks that her new husband, played by Cary Grant, is plotting to kill her. It certainly makes for an awkward honeymoon. Fontaine won an Academy Award for Best Actress and the disc comes with a making-of documentary and theatrical trailer. On the DVD front, they’re also putting out the documentary Cinema’s Exiles - From Hitler to Hollywood (2009), which details the many film professionals (like Billy Wilder, Fritz Lang, Fred Zinnemann and Peter Lorre) who immigrated to California pre-WWII and influenced the industry. They’ve also got The Seventh Sin (1957), a drama with Eleanor Parker and George Sanders as a marriage couple struggling with adultery. A n d there’s more. Criterion have a Blur ay of t he H ow a r d H a w k e s a dvent u re / c o m e d y Only Angels Have Wings (1939). It’s about a traveling entertainer who falls for a daredevil pilot while in South America. The movie star

Jean Arthur and Cary Grant, and the release includes discussions and a program with filmmakers and critics on its cinematic value, a archived interview with the director and a radio play version of the film featuring the film’s cast. Kino have a fascinating r e le a s e i n the cr ime B-movie Shadows in an Empty R o o m (1977). This Italian/Canadian co-production involves a vengeful cop who goes on the rampage when his sister is poisoned. Apparently, he’s not above using brutal techniques to get what he wants. It stars John Saxon, Stuart Whitman, Martin Landau, Tisa Farrow and Gayle Hunnicutt (among many others). I’m not familiar with it, but many have claimed it features a car chase that must be seen to be believed. Universal are releasing a Blu-ray set called American Pie Unrated 4-Movie Collection. Naturally, it contains the four ma jor movies in the series, American Pie (1999), American Pie 2 (2001), American Wedding (2003), and the best-forgotten American Reunion (2012). I guess the main selling feature is that the release contains R and Unrated versions of all the films (as well as bonus documentary on the series). F i n a l l y, C u l t E p i c s i s relea sing a Blu-ray of the graphic a nd ver yha rd-to -watch hor ror f i l m S c hr a mm (19 93) a k a S c h r a mm: Int o t h e Min d of a S e r i a l Ki l l e r f rom Ger ma n director Jorg But tgereit (Ne kr o m anti c).

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Here are some options for any youngsters. Justice L e a g u e Vs Te e n Titans Pound P uppies: Showstoppi ng Pups Power Rangers: Wild Force: The Complete Series

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SPORTS 360 The reason I like high school athletes

Junior Phrankie Pawlowski takes a step towards first after making solid contact in the game against West Mesa on Apr. 12. The Patriots won in six innings by a 10-0 score. Sophomore Katlynn Silva demonstrates her pleasure after hitting a grand slam homer to end the game on Apr. 12 against West Mesa after six innings, 10-0. Story and photos by Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent


t sometimes amazes me how often we can get so wrapped up in our lives and so easily forget others in the community who stand out, even if they will be moving on in the next six months. T wo of t he s e people, attached to this story, was

entirely my fault in forgetting. Well, one at least! I’ve known Natalie DePauli since her two older sisters created havoc on opponents on the soccer pitch. Nat was just a little girl then, but has since grown up to be the Homecoming Queen at Miyamura High and a very good soccer player herself. Good enough to receive a scholarship offer from Garden City College in Kansas. I always suspected that Nat would be the one daughter of her parents to expand her horizons athletically. And she did. On the other hand I’ve only watched Ni’asia McIntosh play

basketball a few times, though I read the hundreds of words printed about her on the sports pages. I saw her a couple of times as a freshman when she was gawky and unsure of herself, but more recently I watched her as a senior at Gallup High, leading her Bengal bunch to a perfect regular season and doing everything she could in the State Championship game to bring her team to victory. Recording a season of double digit points and rebounds brought her a lot of attention state-wide and the NM Junior College in Hobbs was the winner

West Mesa could not get a break on Apr. 12 as Patriot junior pitcher Monique Ashley tossed a no-hitter and had a good defense behind her, as in this pic when Monique Flores fielded a grounder and tossed the ball underhanded to junior Jennie Grijalva at first base. in the scholarship sweepstakes for the next two years. And then there is the young man that I have covered, A.J. Starkovich, who deserves his own stand-alone picture and caption. Then there’s Miyamura

High softball team that shutout West Mesa 10-0 on April 12. Impressive game. Kids like these are the reason why I like to attend high school games. Maybe you should too … I’ll see you in the bleachers.

‘Playing with Heart’ The Miyamura Patriots baseball team lost April 9 home conference game against Aztec by a score of 5-1, but not

without giving it all their best. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ryan Hudgeons of RAH Photography

Austin Evans (10) kneels to readily catch this flying ball.

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Catcher Giovanni Chioda (2) has no problem getting this pitch away from the batter. SPORTS

Scores Apr. 5, Tuesday GHS BASE 3, Grants 9 GHS SOFT 17, Grants 6 MHS SOFT 5, Moriarty 0 ToHS BASE 4, 5 Zuni 7, 4 ToHS SOFT 6, 13 Zuni 30, 16 Apr. 7, Thursday GHS BASE 3, Piedra Vista 12 WHS BASE 1, Bloomfield 12 WHS SOFT 0, 0 Bloomfield 10, 20 Apr. 8, Friday GHS SOFT 0, 5 Miyamura 10, 15 MHS SOFT 10, 15 Gallup 0, 5 ToHS BASE 0, Laguna 17 @ Shash Invite ToHS BASE 4, Zuni 11 @ Shash Invite ToHS SOFT 1, Shiprock 16, @ Shash Invite WHS BASE 12, 8, Navajo Prep 4, 4 WHS SOFT 2, vs Navajo Prep 21, @ Shash Invite Apr. 9, Saturday GHS JV T&F @ Shash Invite, Wingate First place of 10 Teams MHS BASE 1, Aztec 5 RCHS T&F @ Shash Invite, Wingate Rehoboth Girls’ – First place of Ten Teams, Boys’ – Third place of Ten Teams ToHS BASE 1, Wingate 7 @ Shash Invite ToHS SOFT 12, Zuni 7, @ Shash Invite ToHS T & F @ Shash Invite – Boys’ Ninth of Ten Teams, Girls’ did not place

WHS BASE 7 Tohatchi 1 @ Shash Invite WHS BASE 1, Laguna 14 WHS SOFT vs Shash Invite, TBA WHS T & F vs Shash Invite – Boys’ - Tenth of 10 Teams, Girls’ – Third place of Ten Teams Apr. 11, Monday RCHS B TEN 4, Gallup 2 Apr. 12, Tuesday GHS BASE 0, Aztec 9 MHS BASE 2, Farmington 13 MHS SOFT 10, West Mesa 0 RCHS SOFT 13, Shiprock 14 RCHS G TEN 0, Hope Christian 9 ToHS BASE 16, 1 Thoreau 2, 11 ToHS SOFT 13, 14 Navajo Pine 16, 4 WHS BASE @ Laguna Acoma, DH 3 WHS SOFT @ Gallup JV DH 4/6 Apr. 13, Wednesday GHS G TEN @ Rehoboth, 4 RCHS G TEN @ Gallup, 4 ToHS BASE @ Estancia, DH 3/5 Apr. 14, Thursday GHS BASE vs Navajo Pine, DH 3/5 GHS TEN vs Miyamura, 3 MHS BASE @ Piedra Vista, 4 MHS TEN @ Gallup. 3 RCHS SOFT @ N.A.C.A., 4 ToHS SOFT @ Santa Fe Indian, DH 3 WHS BASE vs Zuni, DH 3/5 WHS SOFT @ Zuni, DH 3/5

Schedules Apr. 15, Friday GHS SOFT @ Piedra Vista, DH 4/6 MHS SOFT @ Farmington, DH 3/5 Apr. 16, Saturday GHS BASE @ Farmington, 11 GHS JV SOFT vs Piedra Vista, DH 11/1 GHS TEN @ Farmington/PV 10 GHS T&F @ Miyamura, TBA MHS BASE @ Aztec, 1 MHS JV SOFT vs Farmington, 11/1 MHS TEN @ Farmington/PV 10 MHS T&F vs Angelo DiPaolo Invite, TBA RCHS T&F @ Angelo DiPaolo Invite, TBA ToHS SOFT vs Wingate, 11 ToHS T&F @ Angelo DiPaolo Invite, TBA WHS SOFT @ Tohatchi, 11 WHS T & F @ Angelo DiPaolo Invite, TBA Apr. 18, Monday MHS G TEN @ Rehoboth, 4 RCHS BASE vs ToHS, DH 3/5 RCHS SOFT vs Newcomb, DH 3/5 RCHS G TEN vs MHS, 4 ToHS BASE @ Rehoboth, DH 3/5 Apr. 19, Tuesday CLASSIFIEDS

GHS BASE @ Miyamura, 4 MHS BASE vs Gallup, 4 WHS BASE @ Kirtland, DH 3/5 WHS SOFT @ Kirtland, DH 3/5 Apr. 20, Wednesday ToHS BASE vs Navajo Pine, DH Sports Complex 3/5 ToHS SOFT vs Tohajiilee, DH 3/5 Apr. 21, Thursday GHS BASE @ Piedra Vista, 4 MHS BASE @ Aztec, 4 MHS B TEN @ Rehoboth, 4 RCHS SOFT @ E. Mountain, 4 RCHS B TEN vs Miyamura, 4 ToHS BASE vs Navajo Prep, DH 3/5 ToHS SOFT vs Shiprock NW, DH 3/5 WHS BASE @ Thoreau, DH TBA WHS SOFT @ Thoreau, DH 3/5 Apr. 22, Friday GHS SOFT vs Aztec, DH 3/5 GHS T&F @ Aztec (B&B Invite), TBA MHS C BASE @ Bloomfield, TBA MHS T&F @ Aztec, TBA ToHS BASE @ Laguna Acoma, DH 3/5 ToHS T&F @ Aztec Invite, 10

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR APRIL 15-21, 2016 FRIDAY APRIL 15 COMPUTER TRAINING The Octavia Fellin Public Library is offering computer training. Introduction to the Internet, from 11 am -1 pm. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. Registration is required. Register at the front desk or call: (505) 863-1291, or email: libtrain@ gallupnm.gov. Location: Main Branch, 115 W. Hill Ave. FAMILY MOVIE (ALL AGES) Join us for a free family movie. Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Film: The Good Dinosaur SATURDAY APRIL 16 BADGER BASH VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT Join Naschitti Elementary School, on April 16-17, for the Badger Bash Volleyball Tournament. Entry fee: $120 per team. Proceeds will benefit the end of the year events for Naschitti Elementary School students. Participants with all skill levels are welcome. There will be double elimination only and no pool play. T-shirts will be awarded to the winning teams in first through fourth place. For more information please call (505) 444-0061. Location: Naschitti Elementary School. SPROUTING MELODIES (9 TO 18 MONTHS) 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 Ave. SUNDAY APRIL 17 CHURCH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT Join us for the Morning Prayer. Begins: 10:30 am. For more information please call (505) 863-4695. Location: 1334 S. Country Club Dr. PLATEAU SCIENCES SOCIETY Join us for the Plateau Sciences Society. This month’s program is the sixth in the series commemorating the Centennial of the National Park Service. It’ll feature a presentation on our nation’s oldest campground, El Morro National Monument. This natural water basin has played host

to ancient Anasazi settlers, travelers, Spanish conquistadors, missionaries, US military expeditions, including a visit by the US Army Camel Corps, and westward-moving settlers. For more information please contact Martin Link (505) 863-6459. Refreshments will be served from 2:30-3 pm. Business meeting begins: 3 pm. Location: Red Mesa Center, 105 W. Hill St. MONDAY APRIL 18 FIRST INDIAN BAPTIST CHURCH Monday Night Back to Basics Bible Class, Red Hills Trailer Park recreation center 7 pm; Tuesday Family Bible Study FIBC 501 S. 3rd St, 6 pm; Sunday Worship and Prayer at FIBC 501 S. 3rd, 10:30 am. Contact: Pastor Robert Fontenot (505) 979-0511. fibcgallup@gmail.com / www. fibcgallup.weebly.com GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY SCHOOLS Join us for a Board of Education Meeting. Starts at 4 pm. For more information please contact (505) 721-1000. Location: Navajo Elementary. SPA DAY A Spa Day will be held at the UNM Cosmetology Department in Gurley Hall. The event is in support of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life Ups & Downs Team. Treat yourself, and/or a friend to a facial, manicure, or a pedicure -  for only $5 each. Call 863-7561 to make an appointment between 11 am to 6 pm.  All proceeds support cancer research and local patient needs. For more information call Joyce (505) 863-3075. TUESDAY APRIL 19 COMPUTER TRAINING The Octavia Fellin Public Library is offering computer training. Facebook for Beginners from 3 -5 pm. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. Registration is required. Register at front desk or call: (505) 863-1291, or email: libtrain@gallupnm. gov. Location: Main Branch, 115 W. Hill Ave. ICONS AND SYMBOLS OF NEW MEXICO Artist Diana Molina will be presenting her photographic presentation of icons and images collected from New Mexico and along the border. She’ll illustrate both popular and less familiar images to show the spirit of New Mexico’s history. This is presented by the New Mexico Humanities Council and Department of Cultural Affairs and is part

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of the Latino American’s: 500 Years of History Grant and the American Library Association. For more information please call (505) 863-1291. Location: Main Branch, 115 W. Hill Ave.

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.

LEADERSHIP PRESENTATION Join us for a leadership presentation: Social Maladies Destroy Communities and Business, Mounting an Effective Defense. Take charge of the outcome of your business and community by being a leader not a toxic leader. Presenter: Evert Oldham, Communications Collaborator. Begins: 1 pm. Location: NMSU Grants Small Business Development Center, 701 E. Roosevelt Ave. Grants, NM 87020.

TODDLER TIME (AGES 2 TO 4) An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement rhymes, and stories. Starts at 10:30 am. Location: Children’s Branch, 200 W Aztec Ave. Free.

MCKINLEY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING McKinley County Board of Commissioners will hold a regular meeting at 9 am. This meeting will be held in the Commissioner Chambers, Third Floor of the McKinley County Courthouse, 207 West Hill, Gallup, New Mexico. A copy of the agenda will be available 72 hours prior to the meeting in the Manager’s Office and the County Clerk’s Office. Auxiliary aides for the disabled are available upon request; please contact Michelle Esquibel at (505) 722-3868 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting to make any necessary arrangements. WEDNESDAY APRIL 20 APRIL FILM SERIES: NEW MEXICO MADE FILMS Join us for a free weekly movie. Popcorn provided. Starts at 5 pm. Main Branch, 115 W. Hill Ave. Film: Bless Me Ultima ENTRY DEADLINE: RECYCLED ART CONTEST Will be a People’s Choice Contest, entry with the most votes on Facebook and the voting booth will win 1st Place, 2nd & 3rd places also awarded. Open to all ages. Entry deadline is April 20 at 4 pm, bring all entries to mall office. Art will be on display in center court April 21-28, winners will be announced April 29. Rio West Mall, 1300 W. Maloney, Gallup. 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.

THURSDAY APRIL 21 COMPUTER TRAINING The Octavia Fellin Public Library is offering free computer training. Advanced Facebook from 3-5 pm. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. Registration is required. Register at front desk or call: (505) 863-1291, or email: libtrain@gallupnm. gov. Location: Main Branch, 115 W. Hill 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 Mache Globe NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING We invite residents of District four to visit with Councilor Fran Palochak. It’s a great opportunity to share ideas. We welcome your compliments and complaints. Please join us and feel free to bring a friend or two. Residents outside of District four are also welcome to attend. Begins: 6 pm. Location: Tobe Turpen Elementary School. ONGOING 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.

nity 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. SAVE THE DATE AMATEUR RADIO TEST SESSION On April 23, join us for the amateur radio test session. Starts at 12 pm. For more information please contact, Jimmy Graham (505) 713-0671 or email k5gra@ yahoo.com. Location: 413 Bataan Memorial Dr. BIRDHOUSE AUCTION The ninth annual birdhouse auction, for Relay for Life, will take place on May 1. Area artists and crafts persons who would like to contribute to this project are encouraged to pick up an instructional pamphlet and birdhouse instruction sheet. You may build your own. All entries are due by April 17. Birdhouses will be photographed and added to the Website: www.gallupbirhouses.com. Many will be displayed at local businesses the week before the auction. The project is sponsored by the American Cancer Society Gallup Relay for Life Ups and Downs team. All proceeds go to the fight against cancer. For more information, please call Linda Shelton (505) 722-2175. Location: Sammy C’s Pub and Grill, 107 W Coal Ave. EVENTS AT RIO WEST MALL April 22—Super Hero Drawing Contest April 25—Entry Deadline for RMCH Health Fair Poster Contest Rio West Mall, 1300 W. Maloney Ave, Gallup. Visit: www.facebook.com/RioWestMall/ VETERANS JOB FAIR On June 15, join us for the fourth annual Veterans Job Fair. The job fair helps all who’re seeking employment especially veterans. Participants will be provided a table, two chairs, and lunch. There is no fee for this event. Last year we had a great turnout and had 91 on-site job hires. We invite you to be part of this successful event. Starts at 9 am. For more information or for employers wishing to participate please email: marcia@unm.edu. Location: Rio West Mall, 1300 W. Maloney Ave.

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. To post a non-profit or RECYCLING COUNCIL McKinley Citizens Recycling Council is a local non-profit working to increase recycling through education, commu-

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


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