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NEWS Annual ‘Comcast Cares Day’ to cleanup downtown APRIL 30 CLEANUP COINCIDES WITH EARTH DAY

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rom his view just outside of the back door of his business, amid a pile of litter and discarded bulk items, Knifewing Segura, CEO and founder of the Downtown Conference Center on Coal Avenue, said he can only speculate how long the debris will stay in one spot. Hopefully, not long, Segura muses. The Comcast cable compa ny dow ntow n clea nup, slated for April 30, is a step is a big help, but definitely not a cure-all. “There are days when it’s worse than others,” Segura said. “Some people complain, but not nearly enough that should be complaining.” Segura said the area is a hot spot for drunks and vagrants and that people dump their trash in and around the trash receptacles. Something that he and other business owners can’t take control of in the open alleyways. “The alleys are really kind of bad,” Segura emphasized. “I’d say that’s probably what a lot of people want is to get some of the stuff in the alleys picked up and thrown away.”

This alley is between First and Second streets, and East Coal Avenue and Highway 66. Photo Credit: Native Stars Each year, Comcast undertakes a massive cleanup project around Gallup, whether it be a school, a random street or in parts of downtown. The same type of cleanup project happens in communities nationwide where Comcast operates. T he clea nup i s ca l led “Comcast Cares Day.” “This is something that we do on an annual basis and not just here, but everywhere around the United States” John Ortiz, technical operations manager in Gallup for the cable company, said April 19. “It’s very community-oriented. We always get a lot of people who come out and volunteer their

time.” This year the company will clean, paint and generally spruce up Gallup’s downtown area. Ortiz said no part of the downtown is off limits, noting that the cleanup is slated for between First and Sixth streets and the area between Aztec and Coal avenues. Both streets are highly traveled by cars and pedestrians everyday. From 8 am until Noon on April 30, company officials and family members of company officials will plant trees, paint over graffiti, remove debris and

just make downtown look that much better, “at least cosmetically,” Ortiz said. “The area comprises the city’s Business Improvement District. So this area is also set to be cleaned,” Ortiz said. “There are parts of alleyways downtown that contain discarded tires, litter, furniture and junk. We’ll get to everything that we can get to. We plan on being very busy this weekend.” Downtown’s top official welcomes the effort. “I think it’s something very worthwhile to do,” Francis

Bee, executive director of BID, said. “This is a Comcast effort. They do this every year. But the (BID) is completely on board to provide whatever support that we can.” Bee noted that he’ll volunteer to do what he can regarding the cleanup come April 30. He said each of the business owners in the BID is gung-ho about the effort. This includes longtime downtown business owner Sammy Chioda. “I think it’s a great idea,” Chioda, owner and operator of Sammy C’s Rock N’ Sports Pub & Grille on Coal Avenue, said. “This is actually done every year. I think everybody downtown and even outside of downtown appreciates the effort.” Gallup City Councilor Allan Landavazo agreed that the downtown alleyways are frequently full of litter and trash. But, he said those areas are the responsibility of the respective property owner. “ T he bu si nes s ow ner s have to pick up the trash with respect to their properties in

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Senior Day pranks go wrong; possible criminal action pending at Miyamura High AREAS OF GALLUP HIGH LEFT IN SHAMBLES

home about two hours after school was over. When the unknown culprits returned T ue sday at a rou nd 10:30 pm, they proceeded to apply g lue t o lock s a nd brea k into at least one classroom, McFa rla nd s a id. He s a id there are reports of stolen items, too. He estimated the total damage done at around $2,250, saying the school is in the process of coordinating disciplinary reports and is

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A L LU P – A fe w seniors apparently took pranks a little too far on Senior Day this week and one area pr i nc ipa l s ay s he’ l l f i nd out if criminal charges are

Some pranksters posted a “School for Sale” sign outside the front entrance to Miyamura High School, 680 Boardman Dr. There were spray painted “Bengal” paw prints on the asphalt, as one can be seen in this photo. Photo Credit: Courtesy

Miyamura High tried to cover the Bengal tracks left behind by a prankster. Photo Credit: Courtesy

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warranted as a result of the situation. Jack McFa rla nd of Miyamura High School said a pre-planned activity on April 19 whereby seniors engaged in pranks carried the matter over to some late night vandalism. “It looks as though after these few people went home

fo r t h e s c h o o l d a y a n d a fter the pla nned activ ity, they ca me back to school a nd somehow got into the bu i ld i ng,” he sa id. “We’re talking about no more than t h r e e , fo u r, m a y b e f i v e individuals.” McFarland said two adults were supervising the activity and released people to go

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State Rep. D.Wonda Johnson facing lawsuit FORMER CAMPAIGN MANAGER SAYS HE’S OWED $26,000, PLUS

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LBUQUERQUE – A lawsuit related to a campaign management matter and filed in January 2016 hasn’t yet been settled and it looks like there’s no telling when there will be some closure on it, records suggest. D. Wonda Johnson, the area state representative who is the subject of the suit, filed in the 2nd Judicial Court, offered no information April 18 as to when the matter would be disposed of. Johnson, D-Church Rock, t he i ncu mbent ca nd idate for a New Mexico District 5 House of Representative seat, reportedly owes her former campaign manager Keegan King, president of Atsaya, Inc., of Albuquerque, $13,375, plus reimbursements as per a

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March 2014 consultation and managerial services agreement, according to the 12-page lawsuit. King further states in the document that Johnson agreed to an additional campaign services payment of $13,375 for the dates of July 1, 2014 to Nov. 1, 2014. King, who is originally from the Pueblo of Acoma, seeks unspecified damages, according to the suit. Joh n son defer red a

telephone call on the matter this week to Daniel Marzec, com mu n ications d i rector for the (New Mexico) House Democratic Campaign Committee. Marzec said, “She (Rep. Johnson) considers it irresponsible to comment at this time on a pending lawsuit.” He did not provide further comment. King states in the lawsuit that Johnson did not live up to an oral

agreement. After she won the 2014 election, the lawsuit stipulates, Johnson paid just $3,000 of the total amount due to King. Specif ica lly, the document, filed on behalf of King by attorney Renee Ashley of Albuquerque, alleges breach of contract, breach of an implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, promissory estoppel, fraudulent misrepresentation, negligent misrepresentation, intentional infliction of emotional distress and violation of the Unfair Trade Practices Act. Jo h n s o n b e a t fo r m e r McKinley County Treasurer Charles Long for the District 5 House seat and then beat Sandra Jeff of Crownpoint, who ran in the general election as a write-in candidate. This time around, Johnson faces Gallup-McKinley County School Board Vice President Kevin Mitchell in the June 7

primary. Johnson did not list the services provided by King on her campaign finance reports as filed from April 14, 2014 to Oct. 13, 2015, according the information on file with the Secretary of State’s Office. Johnson, a former administrator under Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly and education coordinator with GallupMcKinley County Schools, told the Albuquerque Journal in 2014 that she previously filed for bankruptcy. Barry Massey, administrative office of the courts spokesman, said April 19 that a summons regarding the lawsuit remains unserved. “The case is pending and that there aren’t any hearings scheduled on it,” Massey said. District 5 seat included McK i n ley a nd S a n Ju a n counties.

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CANDIDATES ROAR ‘…TURN OUR HOUSE BACK TO BLUE’ By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent

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YANBITO – With a June primary and a November general election looming, several members of McKinley’s and New Mexico’s Democratic Party met April 15 at the Iyanbito Chapter House

Shirley, who dubbed the meeting a “Get Out the Navajo Vote” campaign, asked each candidate running for office to give a 10-minute speech to the close to 100 people at the chapter house. New Mexico Democratic Pa r ty Chair woma n Debra Haaland, a Pueblo of Laguna

Former Navajo Senate hopeful Felisha Rep. Patty Nation President Ben Sen. Benny Shendo, Adams Lundstrom, D-Gallup Shelly D-Jemez Pueblo “…to turn our House back to blue,” as one of those attending the two-hour affair said. “We want everybody who is registered to vote to know a little better exactly who they are voting for,” organizer Albert Shirley said. “That’s what this is about. It also gives regular people from everywhere a chance to meet the candidates.”

native and former state lieutenant governor candidate in 2012 on the Gary King ticket, encouraged people to get out and vote. Haaland is a superdelegate. “We have to turn our House back to blue,” Haaland stated. “We cannot afford another four

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CALL SOMEONE FIRST 4/18, IYANBITO If you are contemplating taking your life, don’t hesitate to reach out to someone. Don’t think there’s anyone to talk to? Then call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 2738255. A mom said that her son had threatened to take his life. She had turned off the wifi, but it’s clear that wasn’t the thing that pushed him over the edge. He blocked the door to his bedroom, and tied a belt around his neck, ending his life and devastating his family.

ANGRY DRINKER 4/17, YAHTAHEY Amber Cooley, 22, knocked a few t o o many back at a cookout in Pinedale. Accord i ng to McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Roxanne King’s report, Cooley had jumped out of a vehicle during a snow storm with her daughter in tow. But, she quickly made her way back to the vehicle, and started yelling at the occupants of the vehicle – and two of those occupants were her young children, ages 7 and 3. According to the driver, the arguing started before Cooley jumped out of the vehicle. The driver and two of the passengers were allegedly assaulted by Cooley. She was booked for battery and two counts of abuse of a child.

ROBBERS TARGET TRUCKER 4/16, JAMESTOWN A trucker getting some cash from an ATM, and a 12-pack of beer from Pilot Travel Center, became the target of thieves. A white male had been reportedly watching the man get his cash and beer, and asked the driver for a beer, in which he said no, according to MCSO Deputy Merlin Benally’s report. As the driver placed his beer in the tr uck, he was a c c o s t e d by fo u r w h i t e males. One took a jar of his NEWS

coins from the cab. When the victim gave chase, the four pinned him down and took the $400 cash from his hands. He couldn’t give a clear description, but said they were “white, skinny homeless males.”

CRINGEWORTHY SEXUAL ASSAULT 4/15, GALLUP When a 37-year-old woman showed up for late at work, her boss was understandably angry with her. But according to MCSO Christopher Tsosie’s report, when she told her boss that she was late because she was raped, anger turned to concern, and police were called. The woman said on the evening of April 14 she was at Sports Page with a male friend. This is when she met a tall, heavy set stranger with “his hair combed to the back.” After they were done partying at the bar, the victim and her friend jumped into the man’s white, 4-door Cadillac sedan with clear windows. The man reportedly gave her shots of Jack Daniels and Yukon Jack. Also, the man had access to the Schlitz/Gallup sales business and took the two on a tour. She was intoxicated and kept falling down at the site, and when she woke up she was in the backseat being allegedly raped by the man who owns the Cadillac. He used his hands/fingers to sexually assault her. A witness described the man as 6’1”, 250 lbs with dark, slick hair. He was wearing a red jacket, blue jeans, and wearing a ball cap. He has no front upper teeth. Neither the victim nor her friend said they know his name.MCSO Investigator Anthony Ashley is handling this case.

AGGRAVATED BATTERY 4/13, GALLUP It was supposed to be a nice family trip to Colorado, but t h i ng s took an u g ly t u r n . Wanted! Accord ing to Ga l lup Police Department Officer Matthew Graham’s report, when Ivan Yazzie’s significant other and child met up with him, he was intoxicated. She pointed this out to him, in which he reportedly became angry. It started with name calling. From there, it turned violent. He allegedly threw her down with her baby still in her arms. He used his elbow to hold her down and his other hand to strangle her. Yazzie, 31, used a key to make a scratch mark on her left arm. She was left with an abrasion and some bruising. The victim said he could have taken off to Colorado without her. He’s still at large, as of press time.

THREATS OF VIOLENCE 4/13, GALLUP Officer Graham was called to the scene of 500 W. Maloney, due to reports of a man wearing a black shirt and blue bandana, wielding a weapon. Graham said when he arrived, it appeared the suspect, Cody Benton, was trying to hide the weapon in another man’s backpack. Graham noted in his report that he immediately recognized that it was an air pistol. The other man kicked the weapon to Graham. Benton, 22, was arrested for aggravated assault and trying to conceal his identity. Apparently, he has multiple aliases.

THREATENING AN OLD BOSS 4/11, GALLUP Ja c o b Antone, who r e p or t e d ly worked for Love’s Truck Stop at one t i me, kept returning to the store for visits. But, the general manager said it was the kind of five-finger-discount visits. On April 11, the manager asked Antone, 26, to leave the store, and an argument ensued. O nce out side, A nt one allegedly brandished a 10” long hatchet-type type knife with a 4” cutting blade, and pointed it toward the manager, according to GPD Officer Anthony Seciwa’s repor t . A ntone, reportedly punched the manager in the face twice, as well. He was arrested for aggravated assault, battery, possession of marijuana (less than one ounce), and drug paraphernalia.

registration. And that’s when Noriega noticed something on the passenger side floor – a portable scale. When the deputy did a physical search of Roanhorse, he felt something in his pocket, which turned out to be an unlabeled pill bottle with Oxycontin pills and “a large shard of what I believe to be crystal meth.” Roanhorse admitted to having 3 ounces of pot under his seat, which Noriega discovered. He was booked for possession of marijuana under 8 ounces, and possession of methamphetamine and a narcotic drug.

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Gallup looking for water, sanitation director FORMER DIRECTOR VINCE TOVAR RESIGNS; MATZKE NOW AT THE HELM

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esidents around the city won’t notice changes in turning on tap water or with flushing their toilets, but there is a top-level employee change connected to Gallup’s waste water treatment plant. City Human Resources Director Klo Abeita confirmed April 19 that Vince Tovar, former city executive director of water and sanitation, resigned the job Feb. 26. The city remains in the

hunt for a qualified person to replace Tovar, officials said. “I am leaving to pursue other opportunities and challenges,” Tovar wrote in a one-page resignation letter to City Manager Maryann Ustick. “The highlight of my tenure with the city was the participation in the NavajoGallup Water Supply Project, a true world class undertaking.” Tovar began working the $105,000 annual job in July 2014, Abeita said. Tovar’s starting salary was $100,000, Abeita said. “We are currently advertising (the job) and the city would

Photo Credit: Native Stars like (to hire) someone as soon as possible after the closing date for the advertisement,” she said. Abeita said Gallup Electric Director Richard Matzke has assumed Tovar’s old duties. Matzke’s annual salary totals about $105,000, but he said April 20 that he isn’t receiving any additional salary while doing Tovar’s old job duties. “I’m not getting anything extra,” Matzke said. “We hope to have somebody in place soon.”

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The city has gone through its share of ups and downs over the years regarding water and sanitation matters as they relate to the waste water treatment plant. The plant operates at maximum capacity, handling upward of 800,000 gallons of treated water on a daily basis, city officials have said. Folks who live and work near the plant on Gallup’s west side often complain about the foul odor that emanates from

the plant and city officials have not ruled out the construction of another bigger plant on Gallup’s east end. Making matters worse is the fact that there are several hotels and motels and restaurants located within a stone’s throw of the plant and city officials have argued that the plant stymies tourism. Severn Trent Environmental Services, a Pennsylvania-based management firm, has been assisting the city for a little more than five years and at a rate of $1.1 million annually to control things like odor and to provide help with residential and business complaints. The estimated $1 billion Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project referred to by Tovar in the resignation letter is an ongoing project that’ll ultimately bring water from the San Juan River to the eastern portions of the Navajo Nation and Gallup. Abeita noted that the water and sanitation executive directorship job will remain open until filled.

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common areas and at least in one classroom at Gallup High School. Orr did not put an amount on the damage done, but said the school would end up using a significant quantity of manpower to clean up the mess. S h e s a i d s h e d o e s n’ t believe neither of the incidents at either school was ga n g- r el a t e d , s ay i n g t he senior prank thing was taken a little too far. “It happened very late in the evening or into the early part of the morning,” Orr said. “It wasn’t gang-related. We won’t file any kind of criminal charges. We don’t like it, but

also contemplating criminal charges once an inventory of the situation is complete. A d d i t i o n a l l y, G a l l u p Bengal footprints were spray painted on part of the asphalt in front of the school and a sign was hung that read “School for Sale.” Gallup and Miyamura are fierce rivals.

GALLUP HIGH SCHOOL HIT, TOO Ga llup High School Principal Kim Orr said students poured flour and eggs in

we understand that this was a case of students taking something a little too far.” Orr said the ROTC group at the school would pitch in and assist in the cleanup. She said the ROTC students would receive some kind of credit for the cleanup. Gallup Police Department Lt. Rosanne Morrissette said that no charges will be filed in the Gallup High incident, a nd sa id la rgely because there were no damages to the property. “We did an initial report,” she said. “There was no proper ty damage, but it was a mess.”

Gallup High’s prank consisted of ransacking at least one classroom and spreading flour, and a mixture of smelly eggs, around the school. Photo Credit: Courtesy

CLEANUP | FROM PAGE 4 the alleyways,” Landavazo said. “That’s a big part in keeping those areas clean.” L a nd av a z o s a id a l ley maintenance has actually been listed on the cit y’s Infra str ucture Capita l Improvement Plan for several years. But, he said that the infrastructure plan failed to make it past Gov. Susana Martinez’s chopping block. L a n d a v a z o e x pl a i n e d what often times complicates things is the fact that people dig through trash looking for aluminum cans, food, and just whatever they deem valuable. “That creates a mess,” he said. “You have people going through trash. You have animals going through trash. But the alleyways have to be kept a little cleaner.” Big-picture wise, Landavazo noted that the condition of the city’s alleys, minus the trash aspect, could be a little better. Mea nwh i le, Or t i z sa id Comcast will bring its own cleaning tools and equipment for tree trimming and painting, saying when trash is collected and bundled the downtown

business owners have OK’d the use of downtown dumpsters. From a local standpoint, Ortiz said Comcast budgets around $3,000 yearly to do the project, which includes breakfast, lunch and snacks. Comcast Cares Day is an annual celebration of the company’s year-round commitment to service and has grown to become the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer event, Ortiz mentioned. In 2015, he said, more than 100,000 volunteers from various places around the country improved some 900 parks, schools, beaches, senior centers and other vital community sites. He added that since 2001, more than 700,000 Comcast NBC Universal employees, their friends, family members and community partners have volunteered more than 4 million service hours at nearly 6,800 projects in communities across the United States and around the world. “Participating in this really is something good to do,” Ortiz said. “You don’t have to know someone. You don’t have to pay anything. Just come out and start working. Food and beverages will be provided.”

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OPINIONS ROLL CALL

‘In the Belly of the Beast,’ Gallup-style

By Bernie Dotson

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n 1981, Jack Henry Abbott wrote the acclaimed “In the Belly of the Beast,” a book of letters to famed novelist and journalist Norman Mailer about his experiences as what Abbott saw as a brutal and unjust prison system. The book was an account of the 37-year-old Abbott’s life behind bars for more than two decades. Gallup isn’t too far removed from the theme of Abbott’s book, especially when one considers the size of the Octavia Fellin Library.

The library is the Indian Capital’s take on ‘In the Belly of the Beast.’ This isn’t a tongue-lashing directed at the Gallup City Council and it certainly isn’t a ploy to make people go out and buy a book most probably have never heard of. But if the Gallup City Council, which has the final say-so on a new library, doesn’t know by now how bad the need is for a bigger and more comprehensive facility, then they might want to talk to someone, anyone, who attended last weekend’s Authors Festival and Children’s

Jamboree. More than 1,200 people from around the Four Corners and beyond attended the festival. Library Director Mary Ellen Pellington made sure everyone was comfortable at both the main library and the Children’s Branch. She had desks and chairs moved to accommodate both authors and patrons, something that would not have had to be done if the building housing the library was considerably bigger. Gallup’s library situation is in-ordinary. The Children’s Branch

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is located about a block away from the main building which, in itself, doesn’t foster inter-generational relationships. The Children’s Branch along Second Street is a former bank, which means the building’s floors weren’t originally constructed to support cumbersome book shelves. And has anyone ever thought what the main library building on Hill Avenue would look like with a second or third floor? Wow! No one is asking for a library the size of ones in New York City or Washington, D.C. A lot of people

from not only Gallup, but from far out places around McKinley County, and the surrounding Navajo and Zuni reservations, utilize both the children’s and main libraries. Maybe some kind of cost agreement could be drawn up with these entities. A new state-of-the-art library would probably cost between $8 to $12 million, not much when figuring in the long-term community benefits. Abbott lived most of his life raging against the machine. Gallupians shouldn’t have to do the same.

GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF APRIL 22-28, 2016

Happy Earth Day, earthlings! Taurus rules the Sun this month. This is a decidedly solid character. You may feel more grounded in the daily details, but don’t get bogged down. Accept transition. Today’s full moon enters Scorpio, a fixed water sign. This carries with it transformational qualities. Use this powerful combination to your advantage. Complete projects that have felt out of reach and set the new standard: “Shoot for the moon and you may hit a star.”

ARIES (March 21-April 19) Dear Aries, as a Cardinal sign your attributes are impressive. You’ve the ambition for world domination and the morality of a saint. You lead troops through hell and back. But, great leadership often requires stepping back. Two fixed signs rule the day, but only this day. Let them have it and move on. Madame G recommends getting out in nature. Plant a tree. You’ll be glad you did.

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CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

You’ll appreciate the steady business and the stream of activity. As usual, you’ll handle this with the proper amount of sarcasm and wine/beer. You may even delight in the extra conversation, but it’ll likely take its toll. Use your forceful personality to take some time for yourself. You’re no good to anyone (especially you) if you don’t take a break. Kick up your feet and soak up the day.

You love spring and it’s everywhere. Are the hummingbirds in your yard? Are you a beekeeper? Consider taking your love of nature to the next level. You could start a nature-loving group on Meetup. You could take tourists on nature walks. You could travel all over the Enchanted State witnessing the incredible landscape from deserts to mountains. Whatever you do enjoy it!

Getting sick is never fun and it often spreads among family members, co-workers, and anyone else caught in the crossfire. Take the time to decontaminate your work area. Clean your home and any nooks, crannies, and spaces that may contain germs. Remember to meditate and breathe in fresh air. Mother nature is calling you. Take the dog for a walk and stop by a park on the way home.

You enjoy routine and the simplicity of steadiness. So many factors disrupt you—it’s often called life. It’s hard to accept that you’re wrong. It’s even harder to admit you’ve acted out of turn. Now is the time to release your stubbornness. Take a page from Scorpio, and consider the phoenix—rise from the ashes. Don’t get stuck in quick sand. When someone offers you a branch, take it, and watch out for the R-O-U-Ss’.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

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Does everything seem just a tad bit too serious? Well, it’s not your imagination. Folks will be more focused and steady this week. You may even think that the world suddenly dislikes you. You couldn’t be further from the truth. Madame G suggests going with the flow and working on personal projects that have fallen behind. Get some much-needed sunlight and enjoy the day. Put your green thumb to work.

You may spend too much time indoors. Vitamin D deficiency is harmful. It causes a loss in bone density and may contribute to depression. You could drink more milk and eat fortified foods or you can take a much-needed walk outside. Spring is here. Get moving. You’ll regret all the time you didn’t spend outside more than you’ll miss the latest reality TV show.

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Projects are filling up your days, months, and years. It may seem that you’re so busy that you can’t keep up. Even if you complain, don’t lie—you love it. You wouldn’t do it if it didn’t please you in some way. We both know this is for the admiration of the crowd. They’re impressed. Plus, there’s worse ways to spend the day than outside. Live it up!

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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You feel another transformation coming that’s both rooted and sustainable. This grouping with Taurus’s earthy aspects will ground your will power. You may feel slowed down, but you’re actually moving at a natural human pace. Consider this a blessing. You’ll accomplish incredible projects this week that’ll be a testament to your skill. They’ll build your personal portfolio from a marathon runner to finishing your novel. All of this will advance your career. You’re closer to being where you want to be than you think.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Your greatest enemy is yourself. Often the aloof Sagittarius is simply unaware of the effect or perhaps too aware to care. If you feel the need to move, try taking that energy outside. Plan for a rooted center that will likely make you uncomfortable. You may want to plant a tree to represent you in your absence. Your family may appreciate the symbolism. For more information visit: www. earthday.org.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) This is your day. Aquarians love all that is big picture coupled with ethical work. You may not agree with every aspect of a cause or theory. You may have serious concerns such as, the cost of recycling on the environment or planting trees in a desert. But, these are still environmentally sound ideas. Go forth and learn. Educate and inspire those around you. Madame G suggests that you may just find your purpose.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Solitary walks in nature are among the most economically and environmentally sound activities around. Enjoy all that you have and celebrate your life as it is now. Appreciate your successes and learn from your mistakes. Take in each breath with renewed hope and joy. Give back to your community and do more for your community than you’ll ever receive in return. Welcome to happiness. OPINIONS


COMMUNITY Learning to love reading, and loving learning By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent

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allup Reads is just one of the educational programs that work well, though it is not included in the general curricula of Gallup McKinley County Schools. The concept was passed through the local Gallup-McKinely Chamber of Commerce after several board members had visited Albuquerque’s chamber and heard about the program set up in New Mexico’s most populous school district. When the chamber decided to pursue this system in Gallup, the name was altered for local flavor and board member Linda Murphy picked up the original banner to get the program started and helped to handle the $10,000

‘Reading Buddy’ Eric Pena donation from the chamber to purchase books. Formerly in the banking business, Murphy recruited volunteers from the community to offer their time in reading to Kindergarten-aged students. The readings are mostly one-on-one,

and the need for more volunteers is constant. “We need volunteers more than money,” Murphy said. Working only three days per week – Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday – the volunteers are able to provide and impart their love of reading, which leads very naturally to a love of learning. Teachers throughout every school system agree that a student who reads well and who loves to read, will do much better in school and in life. “My students have really benefitted from their experiences with the volunteers (Reading Buddies),” Keegan Mackenzie-Chavez says in a letter of appreciation from Stagecoach Elementary, where she teaches. “My kiddos love their Reading Buddies! They look forward to their time with them!”

One of those Reading Buddies is Eric Pena, who is quick to point out that his love is more for mathematics than reading, despite the fact of his mother, Sharon is an English teacher at Gallup Mid-School. “We see a change in the kids throughout the year,” Pena said during an interview April 18 at Grandpa’s Grill, where he is the manager. “Many are shy and reserved to start but become more outgoing as the year stretches out. My mom always wanted me to be a teacher, even though I would never have thought of teaching reading. We try to provide exposure to books and get them to discover the joys of reading. Many do.” Handling four kids in an hour (about 15 minutes for each) seems like a small start, but in today’s

society many of these children come from either single parent homes or both parents must work to provide for the family, leaving little time for the closeness needed by children for learning the love of education. “Number one is the kids,” Pena continued. “We are trying to give them more tools for success in life through this program.” Interested volunteers may sign up at the Gallup-McKinley Chamber of Commerce, and they don’t have to have a background in education; just a willingness and the time to spend with these youngest of students as they begin a lifelong of learning. Applicants must also obtain a background check through the police department before they are allowed to enter the classroom. The cost of this check is $40.

$pending Frenzy at Central High School By Shawn Spruce For the Sun

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n April 6, students who ent ered t he gymnasium at Gallup Central High School encountered an unbelievable sight, a table stacked high with over $2 million in cash. However, a f t er clo s er inspection they discovered that the money wasn’t real but rather an interactive feature of an imaginative financial skills reality fair known as the Spending Frenzy. An event made possible by the WK Kellogg Foundation and a group of local organizations. Ba sed on the notion that students often learn better through hands-activities, as opposed to lectures or traditional classroom lessons, the program allowed students to take a trial run at adulthood by paying expenses such as food, transportation, housing, and taxes with $30,000 in play money bills. Moreover, it highlighted the fact that in Gallup, educating students about personal finance is a community effort. “The Spending Frenzy was COMMUNITY

a great learning experience” Terri Lynn Garcia, general manager of Amigo Automotive said. She explained car buying to students at a lively booth featuring vehicles pictured on colorful laminated cards and a collection of Matchbox cars. “Teaching kids how to budget and to avoid financial pitfalls can make a powerful difference in a young person’s life along with an appreciation for the sacrifices parents make for their families,” she said T he S p e nd i n g F r e n z y was created five years ago through a partnership led by First Nations Development Institute, a national non-profit that specializes in financial education programs targeted to youth. At Central High School students received a paycheck, a profile card with objectives, and an envelope for receipts. A f ter a br ief or ient at ion the enthusiastic teens were turned loose to cash checks in exchange for brick sized stacks of hundred dollar bills to purchase wants and needs while saving or investing at least 10 percent of their original payout. Students who overspent

fate cards presented both good and bad luck scenarios to further challenge students with quick witted financial decision making. “The first thing I learned is how income tax really adds up and takes a big part of your earnings” Roger Martinez, a sophomore from Jones Ranch, said. “Then I learned more about auto insurance because before the Spending Frenzy I didn’t understand coverage types. Later I became a victim of identity theft and had to hire an attorney to clean up the mess. But at least now

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‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War:’ A chilly, clumsily mashed together movie RATING: «« OUT OF 4 STARTS RUNNING TIME: 114 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun

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’m not entirely sure that anyone was clamoring for it, but this week we’re receiv ing yet a nother se quel. T he fol low-up t o the 2012 Snow W hite film is ca lled T h e Hunt sman: Winter’s War. Unfortunately for fans of the first film, the heroine is merely mentioned in passing and only seen once (from behind). Instead, this movie is focused primarily on the title Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth). Viewers will get a lengthy prologue narrated by what sounds like an uncredited Liam Neeson. We’re told that Ravenna (Charlize Theron), villainess from the first film, also had a sister named Freya (Emily Blunt). Devastated by the sudden death of her baby,

Chris Hemsworth stars as “The Huntsman.” Like most of Hollywood’s big warrior-style films these days, it’s pretty to look at, but don’t count on the dialogue to connect you to the characters and leave you feeling awestruck. “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” opens in theaters April 22. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Universal Pictures Freya transforms into the Ice Queen. She begins kidnapping children and training

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So much back story is given that every element feels telegraphed. All of the big surprises thrust at viewers later in the movie are less than shocking... in fact, they’re completely predictable. One wonders why the filmmakers didn’t begin the movie with the mission and slowly reveal the nefarious powers and influences behind it, rather than spelling everything out so bluntly in the overextended first act. Unfortunately, the result is an adventure that never feels particularly urgent or exciting. The actors aren’t the problem here. They do their best to deliver some remarkably creaky dialogue about the power of love as an unstoppable force. Nion (Nick Frost) also appears with newcomer Griff (Rob Brydon) to provide some much-needed comic relief, even if only a fraction of the gags hit the mark. Sara isn’t particularly well written either. It’s tough to watch a character who lives in a world filled with magic unable to believe that her emotions could have been manipulated by an ice queen with supernatural abilities. And even though the triumphant message is well intentioned, these themes are too simple for a movie that purports to be giving us a dark, grittier and more adult update of the story. The one big positive is that the movie at least looks lavish. As with the previous installment, the costuming and the elaborate sets look impressive, particularly Freya’s frozen, icicle-covered fortress. Characters are turned to ice and other substances before being shattered and splitting apart spectacularly into little pieces. Even though the film is dramatically inert, the visuals are strong. Ultimately, the stor y is a jumble and isn’t well constructed enough to grasp. There are so many awkward passages that the best efforts of the cast can’t even save it. The Huntsman: Winter’s War may be well produced, but the end result is a chilly, unmemorable and unmoving fairy tale. Vi sit: www.cinema stance.com COMMUNITY


SPORTS 360 The perils of parents and punks By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent

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ne doesn’t have to read far into my article on the Gallup Amateur Baseball/ Softball Association to discover my feelings about parents that don’t participate but want everything their way, and punks who see nothing wrong with taking advantage of others, even kids, to prove their own self-worth, or in this case

worthlessness. It is possible for those of us with experience to talk about both subjects for a long time. Without becoming Clint Eastwood, there is so little we can do about either problem except talk. It is where we find ourselves at a disadvantage in both cases. It is no wonder that across our nation, youth sports is becoming more and more unpopular and expensive. Some people seem to get a lot of satisfaction in being ‘wreckers,’

as in Wreck-it Ralph. Too bad they will never feel pride in accomplishment other than getting their own way. From where I stand right now, a double load or birdshot or a sharp slap to the face does not sound unreasonable, though I’m sure law enforcement would look at it differently. Luckily, I believe that perseverance is sometimes its own reward. Keep that thought in mind and I’ll see you in the bleachers.

The loud vocal minority disagrees, but won’t participate By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent

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t’s another rough start for the Gallup Amateur Baseball/Softball Association, which directs and organizes the recreational, yet competitive, baseball and softball teams and leagues for the upcoming summer months. The president of the association, Kevin Menapace, was forced to resign after some parents insisted on appearing at his place of employment to complain about a variety of small items they didn’t like. These were most likely the same parents who refused to attend any of the meetings where these decisions were discussed and agreed to, and probably in the same social grouping as those parents from last year that used the same tactics. Some of the rule changes were necessary for a variety of reasons, but none were as harsh as what many leagues across the country have had to include to keep these vocal but non-participatory quiet. The most simple rule of thumb is: If you want to determine the outcome, you must first help in the organization. T he a ssociation ha s required each player and parents/custodians to sign a Code

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GABSA VP Dr. Lawrence Andrade, plus seven other officers, will resign at the close of season. Photo Credit: Tom Hartsock of Conduct, and violations result in expulsion for the use of profanity or violence towards or by parents, players, coaches or umpires. As bad as the problem above seems to be, another has also continued from last season as well; the punks are still active! The derogative word, punks, is the only one coming to mind when describing those who want to gain profit – or have fun – at the expense of people attempting to provide recreation and enjoyment to more than 1,000 Gallup kids.

What I am talking about is the break-in at the T-Ball concession stand and the theft of several hundred dollars of merchandise. The City of Gallup did provide the fields with extra security and locks, but it appears not even those upgrades are enough to stop these cowardly punks, who delight in making life miserable for others. Since the fields are located in non-residential enclaves, it is easy to stay unnoticed, especially at night. T he good news is t he

enrollment for the association should remain around a thousand to 1,200 depending on how the registrations from the older groups respond. Currently there are 750 registered for the younger age groups, but the season for the 13-18 year age group cannot begin until the high school season is completed. For added excitement a statew ide USSSA tour nament is being planned for all ages from June 30-July 2. The Pee Wee Reese Regional Tournament will also be held in Gallup on July 7-9 with the winner going to Puerto Rico for the World Series. And there is a possibility for a Sandy Koufax State Tournament to be held here as well.

The list of officers for GABSA, all of whom have announced their retirement at the conclusion of the season, are: GABSA Vice President Dr. Lawrence Andrade; Secretary Regina Keedah; Treasurer K r ista Ra ney; Sof tba ll President Benina Maldonado; Baseball President James Joines; Safety Officer Tammy Houghtaling; and Coaching Instructor Joe Saucedo. For now, on ly T-Ba l l, Roberto Clemente, Willie Mays in baseball, and U-8 and U-10 softball will be playing. Pee Wee Reese will start on Apr. 28 and U-12 softball will open on May 2. See schedule in this issue for complete listings of summer league games in blue.

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good for everyone,” Adams said. “It’s educational. I’m pleased with the turnout we had today.” Also attending the meeting was former Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly, District 9 incumbent state Representative Patricia Lundstrom, D-Gallup, Deswood Tome, a current and past adviser to Shelly, Sen. Benny Shendo, D-Jemez Pueblo, among other political hopefuls. A June 7 primary is set, and the general election is Nov. 4.

years of Republicanism.” District 4 Senate candidate Felisha Adams said she’s in the race to better community relations, particularly in the Navajo com mu n it ie s a rou nd t he Navajo Nation. Adams faces incumbent George Muñoz in a contest in which Muñoz has made at least one assertion of “questionable” campaign signatures by Adams. “A meeting like this is

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Scores Apr. 12, Tuesday WHS BASE 1 Laguna Acoma 14 Apr. 13, Wednesday RCHS G TEN 0, Gallup 9 Forfeit Loss ToHS BASE 0, 1 Estancia 26, 11 Apr. 14, Thursday GHS B TEN 0, Miyamura 6 GHS G TEN 0, Miyamura 9 MHS BASE 1, Piedra Vista 2 MHS B TEN 6, Gallup 0 MHS G TEN 9, Gallup, 0 RCHS SOFT 21, N.A.C.A. 1 ToHS SOFT 21, 17 Santa Fe Indian 8, 2 WHS BASE 9, 12 Zuni 1, 2 WHS SOFT 15, 16 Zuni 2, 2 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 MHS JV SOFT vs Farmington, 11/1 MHS TEN @ Farmington/PV 10

Apr. 18, Monday MHS G TEN @ Rehoboth, 4 RCHS BASE 4, 5, ToHS 6, 6 RCHS SOFT vs Newcomb, DH 3/5 RCHS G TEN vs MHS, 4 ToHS BASE 6, 6,@ Rehoboth 4, 5 Apr. 19, Tuesday GHS BASE 0, Miyamura 4 MHS BASE 4, Gallup 0 WHS BASE @ Kirtland, DH 3/5 WHS SOFT 0, 5 Kirtland 21, 17 Apr. 20, Wednesday GHS SOFT @ Piedra Vista, DH 4/6 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

Schedules Apr. 22, Friday GHS SOFT vs Aztec, DH 3/5 MHS C BASE @ Bloomfield, TBA ToHS BASE @ Laguna Acoma, DH 3/5 Apr. 23, Saturday GHS BASE vs Aztec, 11 GHS JV BASE vs Aztec, DH 11/1 GHS JV SOFT @ Aztec, DH 11/1 GHS TEN vs Hope Christian, 11 MHS BASE @ Farmington, 11 MHS JV BASE vs Farmington, 11/1 MHS C BASE @ Bloomfield, TBA MHS SOFT vs Santa Fe, DH 3/5 RCHS BASE @ W. Las Vegas, DH 3/5 RCHS SOFT vs Estancia, DH 10/Noon ToHS SOFT vs Santa Fe Indian, DH 11 Apr. 26. Tuesday MHS BASE vs Piedra Vista, 4 RCHS SOFT vs Shiprock NW, DH 3/5 RCHS B/G TEN @ Bosque, 3

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ToHS BASE vs Wingate, DH (Mickey Mantle) 3/5 WHS BASE @ Tohatchi, DH (Mickey Mantle) 3/5 Apr. 27, Wednesday RCHS B TEN vs Grants, 3 RCHS G TEN @ Grants, 3 ToHS BASE @ Laguna, DH 3/5 Apr. 28, Thursday GHS BASE vs Farmington, 4 RCHS SOFT vs Tohatchi, DH 4/6 ToHS BASE @ Navajo Prep, 3/5 ToHS SOFT vs Navajo Prep. DH 3/5 WHS BASE @ Shiprock, DH 3/5 WHS SOFT vs Shiprock, DH 3/5 Apr. 29, Friday GHS TEN @ District - Farmington MHS SOFT vs Piedra Vista, DH 3/5 MHS TEN @ District - Farmington RCHS B/G TEN @ District (Bosque-G, Los Ranchos-B), TBA

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GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY SCHOOL Join us for a public hearing regarding federal programs. For more information please contact Pauletta White (505) 721-2249. Begins: 8:30 am. Location: Student Support Center SPROUTING MELODIES (AGES 2 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 Ave. BOOK SIGNING Join us for a book-signing event. Meet Gallup’s own Michael Marquez a Miyamura High School Senior. Marquez had his first book published. You’ll be able to purchase the book and get it personalized and autographed. Hosted by Rio West Mall. Refreshments will be served. Begins: 1 pm. Location: Rio West Mall, 1300 W. Maloney Ave. AMATEUR RADIO TEST SESSION 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.

FRENZY | FROM PAGE 11 I know how to protect myself in the future.” “I learned the smart way to finance a car and how to spend wisely” added senior Carlos Francisco. “Pay bills first like housing and transportation. It was a fun way to learn”. A total of four hour long Spending Frenzy sessions were attended by nearly 100 Central High students, many of whom appreciated the CALENDAR

RMCH POSTER DEADLINE Submit your entry for RMCH Health Fair Poster Contest. Prizes will be awarded. For more information please call (505) 722-7281. Location: Rio West Mall, 1300 W Maloney Ave. 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 TUESDAY APRIL 26 COMPUTER TRAINING The Octavia Fellin Public Library is offering computer training. Google Docs/Google Drive 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. THE CITY OF GALLUP Join us for a City Council meeting. Agendas will be available at least 72 hours prior to each meeting. Begins: 6pm. For more information please call (505) 863-1254. Location: City energizing educational experience scheduled a week before standardized testing and other year end assessments. During a lunch recess volunteers also discussed ideas for continued community collaboration to expand financial education opportunities beyond the Spending Frenzy to students in the GallupMcKinley County area. “The Spending Frenzy is a very popular program in Indian Country because it has a powerful way of inspiring

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. 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: White Sands THE CITY OF GALLUP Join us for a monthly meeting with Councilor Linda Garcia. This is a great opportunity to share ideas. Your compliments and complaints are welcome. Feel free to bring a friend or two. Please call Linda Garcia with any questions (505) 8794176. Begins: 6 pm. Location: Northside Senior Center 607 N fourth. 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 APRIL 28 CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) Fun crafts for the whole family (all ages). Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. Make: Brown Sack Monkey communities to get involved” explained Ben Marks, a senior research officer with First Nations Development Institute. “It’s also a hit because the play money that changes hands is exciting and resonates with young consumers who tend to make more thoughtful spending decisions when physically holding cash as opposed to swiping a debit card or using a PayPal account.” He stressed that the program depends on local support for success and expressed

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. 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. RECYCLING COUNCIL McKinley Citizens 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. SAVE THE DATE PTSD SEMINAR -CANCELED Dr. Hegstrom’s PTSD conference scheduled for May 4-6 at Gallup High School Auditorium has been canceled. 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 gratitude to volunteers along with faculty, staff, and students at Central High. “It was an honor and a privilege to donate our time to help kids learn valuable life skills”

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 30—RMCHCS Community Health Fair from 10 am-2pm. For more information please call (505) 722-7281. Rio West Mall, 1300 W. Maloney Ave, Gallup. Visit: www.facebook.com/RioWestMall/ COMMUNITY PANTRY PANCAKE BREAKFAST Applebee’s and the Commuity Pantry will be hosting the annual Flap Jack Breakfast at Applebee’s, honoring everyone’s mothers for Mother’s Day on May 7 from 8-10 am, 1560 W. Maloney. Tickets are $10. Purchase at the door, or in advance from a Community Pantry board member. 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. 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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