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NEWS Muñoz seeking District 4 senate seat, again INCUMBENT IS SON OF FORMER GALLUP MAYOR ED MUÑOZ

By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent

I am not afraid to stand up for what is right, even if the Santa Fe insiders disagree.”


tate Sen. George Mu ñoz , D - Ga l lup, seeks to occupy the District 4 seat once again. Muñoz isn’t alone in running for the seat, however, as challengers Felisha Adams and Jordon Johnson are in the race, too. “I’m running for my third term because there’s still a lot of work to do,” Muñoz said. “We’ve accomplished many things over the past years, but there is still a lot to be done.” Mu ño z s a id h i s fo c u s

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infrastructure projects like roads, highways, water systems, broadband Inter net, job training, and education. “I will continue to make educat ion a pr ior it y by attracting the best teachers to our classrooms, supporting our community colleges a nd making higher educat ion more a cces sible a nd a f for d a ble,” Mu ñoz s a id . He sa id New Mex ico fa mi l ies a re faci ng a nea r $1 billion state budget deficit. He explained that his background as a small business ow ner ( proper t y ma nage ment, construction, and real estate) give him the tools to play a big pa r t in tur ning things around. “I have a proven t rack record of reaching across

party lines to my friends in the Republican Party to find compromise and make progress on the issues that matter most to our families,” the Senator said. Mu ñoz s a id he i s once a ga i n a n ide a l c a nd id a t e because over the yea rs a s a member of the state legislatu re he ha s developed r e l a t i o n s h i p s t h a t m a ke him a n effective advocate for t he con s t it uent s of District 4. A mong the most s i g n i f ic a nt i s s ue s fa c i n g District 4, Muñoz said, are jobs, educat ion, t he st ate budget , subst a nce abu se, publ ic sa fet y, et h ic s, a nd immigration. “L ea r n i ng t he i n s a nd out s of st ate gover n ment i s n’t somet h i n g t h a t you le a r n over n i g ht ,” Mu ño z sa id. “Understa nding how to be effective takes time. I am not afraid to stand up for what is right, even if the

Santa Fe insiders disagree.” O f t a ck l i ng sub s t a nce abuse, which is an ongoing problem in McKinley County, Muñoz — the son of a former Gallup mayor who led a walk to Santa Fe decades a go t o h ig h l ig ht Ga l lup’s substance abuse problems — said, “Alcohol consumption a nd dr ug abuse a re ma jor problems for ma ny of our families. We need to expand t r e a t m e n t f a c i l i t ie s a n d work w it h loca l outreach programs to get those that need the most help the care that they require.” C i v ic a l l y, Mu ño z i s a mem b er of t he b o a r d of directors at US Bank, as well as an active member with the Gallup Rotary Club, the Elks Club, the Junior High Rodeo (a former national director) and New Mexico Amigos. New Mexico’s primary is June 7. The general election is Nov. 4.

Adams: Investment, asset protection key for District 4 ADAMS IS RELATIVE OF FORMER STATE REP. ALBERT “BERT” SHIRLEY By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent

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YANBITO – She might be a political newcomer, but she’s got the community support to make a very good showing and then some in the June 7 primary for a New Mexico Senate seat. Felisha Adams, who hails from Iyanbito, on the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation, said she’ll concentrate on investing and protecting our assets, saying land and waterare the greatest concerns in not only District 4, but all of New Mexico. “The better we can do for our community can do for

Felicia Adams themselves,” Adams, a former San Diego resident, said in an interview. “I feel that it is important that we invest in our people by improving conditions

in public health, public safety and overall living conditions.” Adams, 29, owns a management-oriented business called I Am The Biz. She is a senior studying business management and economics at the Window Rock branch of Diné College. Adams has never held public office before and is the granddaughter of former State Representative Albert Shirley who is also from Iyanbito. Shirley is an adviser to the Adams campaign. New Mexico senators serve four-year terms. Adams is up against incumbent George Muñoz and Jordon Johnson in the primary. The general election is Nov.8. NEWS

Camille’s honors Miyamura’s Navarra as ‘Teacher of the Month’ WINNER IS IN SECOND YEAR OF TEACHING FINANCIAL LITERACY AT MHS

By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


ose Navarra is the latest area educator to be recognized as Teacher of the Month by staffers at Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe. The restaurant, located in downtown Gallup and owned by local businessman James Rich, lauds a teacher each month of the year. “It’s something that we do every month to honor an area educator,” Jennifer Kerr, director of restaurant support and a spokeswoman for the restaurant, said. “The winners have come from schools all over

Jose Navarra is the latest recipient of Camille’s Teacher of the Month. He even got to take home some prizes. Photo Credit: NativeStars McKinley County and from all teaching levels.”

A native of the Philippines, Navarra, 34, teaches financial

literacy at Miyamura High School. He taught at Crownpoint High School for five years prior to his two-year stint at Miyamura. Navarra, who has served in the US Army, said he’s elated to be recognized for the award. I n w i n n i ng the honor, Navarra received a car-care kit and tickets to free meals and discounts at Camille’s and Taco Bell in Gallup. “It’s a very nice honor,” Navarra said. Navarra possesses a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from a university in the Philippines. “It’s not something that you expect to win.” Kerr said each recipient of the honor is nominated by customers

who frequent Camille’s. She said winners are randomly chosen. Jack McFarland, principal at Miyamura High, said Navarra has been a model employee a nd ha s helped st udent s understand the finer points of business math and finance. “Well done,” McFarland said of Navarra receiving the recognition. “He’s does a good job and the honor is evidence of it.” Navarra said he’s particularly pleased that he won the award this year, as 2016 might be his last in the United States due to immigration reasons. He said he’ll know his immigration status within the next several months.

Bernie Sanders headed to southern NM Behavioral health, PTSD, suicide, part of Johnson’s platform Matthew Reichbach NM Political Report



A N DE RWAGE N – Investing in behavioral health services, post-traumatic stress disorder, suicide rates and domestic violence encompass the political platform that Jordon Johnson hopes to carry to victory in the June 7 primary for a District 4 seat of the New Mexico Senate. “I am running for office to improve the quality of life and living conditions of our communities, families, and future generations,” Johnson, a Minnesota native, said. “I am concerned about the health and wellness of our people. We need to invest in our behavioral health services — leaving no one behind — and create rural economic development opportunities, which include our tribal communities.” Johnson, of Vanderwagen, possesses a doctoral degree in American Studies from the University of New Mexico. He NEWS


he Bernie Sanders campaign trip to New Mexico will include a stop in southern New Mexico. The campaign announced a trip to Vado at Vado Elementary School on Saturday, the day after trips to Santa Fe and Albuquerque. The appearances come just weeks before the June 7 election day for New Mexico voters. Democratic voters will choose between Sanders and

Bernie Sanders at a Rally in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo Credit: Andy Lyman Hillary Clinton that day; on the Republican side, Donald Trump


Jordan Johnson previously ran for a state House of Representatives seat in 2014. He has never held public office in New Mexico or elsewhere. He said if elected, he’ll also focus on early childhood education funding and giving district constituents a voice in the political process, adding, “… we need to protect our workers and collective bargaining rights.” Johnson is employed as the coordinator for the McKinley Community PLACE MATTERS. Johnson is running against incumbent District 4 State Senator George Muñoz and political newcomer Felisha Adams. District 4 includes McKinley and Cibola counties. Gallup Sun • Friday May 20, 2016


Media mogul George Malti dies in Sedona, Ariz. MALTI OWNED GALLUP’S MILLENNIUM MEDIA

By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


he city lost an outstanding and accomplished member of the community when longtime resident George Malti, 78, died May 13 in Sedona, Arizona. The cause of death was not announced. There will be a Celebration of George’s Life on May 24 in Sedona, according to information distributed by the local media company that Malti owned. Malti was born in Ithaca, NY, where he graduated undergraduate and law school from Cornell University. After graduation, Malti joined the law firm of Breed, Robinson and Stewart of Oakland, California. In 1969, Malti co-founded a law firm by the name of Farrand & Malti in San Francisco with his friend Steve Farrand. Malti developed an interest in communications law after he purchased a radio station in the Bay area. He specialized in


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that field and bought stations in Gallup, Laramie, Wyoming, and Arcata, California. He started Millennium Media, Inc. in Gallup in 2003, which includes radio stations that broadcast country, rock, classics, and news. Malti was the director and president of the William Knox Holt Foundation since 1978. The foundation supports higher education, science, battered families, food distribution, boys and girls clubs, and musical concerts. “He was somebody that was respected by everyone,” Sen. George Muñoz, D-Gallup, said. Muñoz said he’d known Malti for a number of years.

“He was somebody that helped you if you needed help,” Muñoz said. Malti married Johanna Cousins in 1999. He is survived by Cousins and his four sisters, Helen Malti Oliver, Ruth Malti Marion, Emily Malti Wadsworth, Alice Malti Marshall and an adopted sister and brother, Fedwa and Constantine Malti, according to Millennium Media.


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Becenti-Aguilar seeks NN council delegate seat formerly held by Mel Begay BEGAY REMOVED ABOUT 2 MONTHS AGO BY NN COURT; SENTENCED THIS WEEK By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


I N DOW ROCK , A r iz. - Theresa Becenti-Aguilar, appointed nearly four years ago by for mer New Mexico governor Bill Richardson to fill a vacant Public Regulation Commission seat, will run for a Navajo Nation council delegate seat recently vacated by Mel Begay. Becenti-Aguilar, who is from Coyote Canyon, on the Navajo Nation, will represent Coyote Canyon, Tohatchi, Twin Lakes, Mexican Springs and Naschitti. “With the (US Highway 491) expansion, the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project and the new (Internet) broadband connectivity deployment, it is now time to create short and long-range plans and build on the new infrastructure,”

Theresa Becenti-Aguilar Becenti-Aguilar said. “Our communities reside in a great location for economic growth.” B e c e n t i - A g u i l a r, w h o speaks f luent Navajo, possesses a record of ser vice that includes being a lead coordinator on behalf of the 3rd Congressional District for former president Bill Clinton’s visit to Shiprock years ago. A lso she was assigned to

locate five original Navajo Code Talkers who were ultimately honored at the White House by President George W. Bush and travelled with the Code Talkers to Washington, D.C., when Bush awarded them the Gold Congressional of Honor Medal, also a few years ago. Becenti-Aguilar won the PRC on a subsequent election, but was defeated by former state legislator Lynda Lovejoy of Crownpoint in 2014. BecentiAguilar, a Democrat and one of four history-making women ser v ing PRC at the time, attended New Mexico State University, Santa Fe Business College and the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos. About two months ago, the Navajo Nation Election Ad m i n i s t r a t ion r emove d Begay after a conviction by the Window Rock District Court on conspiracy and making or

permitting false Navajo Nation vouchers charges in amounts that totaled more than $33,000.

Begay was sentenced this week to three years in prison for the crimes.


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Missing Zuni woman found dead in Gallup FOUL PLAY SUSPECTED

By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor


Zuni woman reported missing by family members last Friday was found deceased after 7 pm May 16. Gallup Police Department Lt. Rosanne Morrissette said that Mary Pablito, 31, is likely the victim of foul play, although she didn’t go into details of what detectives found at the scene. She was found at the intersection of Maloney Avenue and Allison Road. “She was found in the area by family searching for her,” she said. Morrissette said the preliminary results of an autopsy should shed some light on the cause of her death. Results for the complete autopsy and toxicology testing could take up to

Mary Pablito six weeks. According to a Facebook post by one fa mily member, Pablito was last seen in Black Rock area of Zuni

Mary Pablito’s body was located by family members at the “curve” at the intersections of Maloney Ave and Allison Road May 16. Photo Credit: NativeStars Pueblo near the hospital Friday at around 7:30 pm. She was wearing grey pants and a grey Steelers T-shirt with yellow

stripes on the sleeves. The FBI and Zuni Police are assisting the GPD with this case.

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Child molester arrested; bonds out By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent

A Gallup man accused of child molestation was jailed

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May 11 and bonded out just hours later, officials said. Ca rlos Jua rez, 41, wa s taken into custody by the Gallup Police Department on two counts of sexual penetration on a child under the age of 13. Already on probation for an earlier and similar charge, Juarez was booked last week at 5:17 pm, was out at 9:26 pm, and was later released on $10,000 bond, McKinley County Adult Detention Center Warden Steve Silversmith said. According to court records, the latest charge against Juarez was brought before Gallup Police Department in April, but the actual offenses took place over a period of time, some six

Carlos Juarez or seven years ago. Juarez is accused of molesting a young girl for several months and then continuing the molestation for

periods thereafter. In the latter case, the person molested said she didn’t mention the matter until recently, because she was afraid no one would believe her. She told counselors working the case that she’s had trouble sleeping, has experienced nightmares and has gone through bouts of depression. Juarez was given probation on Feb. 5 for inappropriately touching a 6-year-old girl. He pleaded guilty to the earlier charge and was in the beginning of an 18-month probation period. Juarez’ probation was not impacted by the latter charge, as the latter charge was said to have taken place many years ago.

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West Side Conoco robbery thwarted ONE SUSPECT CARRIED NUN CHUCKS

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a r w i n But t e a nd R ay mond M a r t i n remained jailed May 18 at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center on attempted robbery charges, officials said. The two were apprehended by officers with the Gallup Police Department after an attempt to steal beer from the Conoco gas station and convenience store at 3302 W. Historic Highway 66. Both possess prior criminal records, particularly Martin who has a criminal history dating back to February of 2014. Both Butte and Martin are jailed at the detention facility on individual $5,000 bail bonds, Jail Warden Steve Silversmith said. Ga l lup Pol ice O f f icer Philamena Chischilly wrote in a report that at about 12:09 am, Butte, 34, and Martin, 24, were hanging around the outside

Raymond Martin area of the store, at one point entering the store and under the guise of wanting to buy something, engaging a store clerk in small talk and going as far as to say hello and shake the hand of one of two store clerks that was working. “(Butte) told the clerk to open the liquor closet because he wanted alcohol,” Chischilly wrote. Police arrived at the

Darwin Butte scene and Chischilly recorded that she was told that one of the robbers, believed to be Butte, appeared to be carrying a gun. Butte and Martin were taken into custody as they were walking east near the Microtel Inn. The two did not get the beer they wanted. Butte was carrying nun chucks that resembled the barrel of a gun, Chischilly

Two men busted for trying make off with some booze at Conoco west. Photo Credit: Courtesy wrote in the police report. While detained in the back of the squad car, Butte uttered, “I am the one who did everything. Let me take the blame.” The west side Conoco has been the site of at least three robberies in less than two years. Prior to Wednesday’s incident, the most recent of an

attempted robbery was about six or seven months ago and around the same early morning time frame. No one has been arrested in connection with either of the previous incidents. There were no attorneys listed in jail records for either Butte or Martin.

NM CEOS paid 100 times more than rank-and-file workers of income inequality that exist here in New Mexico and around the country,” said Jon Hendry, President of the New Mexico Federation of Labor. “This is a disgrace and we must stop Wall Street CEOs from continuing to profit on the backs

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ANTA FE— CEO pay for major companies in New Mexico continues to soar as income inequality and outsourcing of good-paying American jobs increases. Outsourcing has become a hot presidential election topic with candidates NEWS

calling out corporations who say they need to save money by sending jobs overseas. Meanwhile, according to the recent AFL-CIO Executive PayWatch, the average New Mexico CEO made over $3.6 million in 2015 – 100 times more money than the average rank-and-file worker. The Executive PayWatch

of working people. We need to focus on raising wages for all, creating and keeping good jobs here – like our film and television work – and reversing these unfair and unjust trends. Our state and our country can do better.”

website, a searchable online database tracking CEO pay, showed that in 2015, the average production and nonsupervisory New Mexico worker earned over $36,000 per year, a wage that when adjusted for inflation, has remained stagnant for decades. “These numbers demonstrate the unacceptable levels Gallup Sun • Friday May 20, 2016


WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports The legal limit is .08. Mark Lee May 14, 11:39 pm 4th DWI, Aggravated L e e c a u g h t Gallup Police Department O f f i c e r Dominic Molina’s attention at the intersection of Marguerite and Hwy 66 while driving with no headlights. Molina followed Lee down east Hwy 66, and when he activated his emergency lights, Molina kept driving, but pulled into the Super 8 Motel parking lot, striking the curb. After a short parking lot pursuit, Lee, 29, jumped out of his car and started running. Molina caught up with him a short time later and placed him in handcuffs. Lee showed all the signs of intoxication, and was incoherent. He refused to take all the required tests, so Molina obtained a search warrant to draw his blood. While at the hospital, Lee took the breath test, registering a .21. Orlando Otero May 1, 2:15 am DWI Reportedly speeding down Hwy 66, Otero caught the attention of GPD Officer Douglas Hoffman. W hen the o f f i c e r pulled Otero over and approached him, Hoffman could smell the strong odor of alcohol wafting from his vehicle. Otero, 23, performed some of the field sobriety tests, but cut it short, saying he had an injury. According to the report, he told Hoffman that he had

two beers and a shot. Hoffman found a pot pipe in Otero’s car with some burnt residue. During the breath tests, Otero blew a .23 and .21. Derek L. Nacki April 28, 11:44 pm DWI A domestic dispute le d t o t he arrest of Na ck i. He a ppa r e nt ly wa s tr y i ng to leave the area of 302 W. Wilson, but kept hitting the gate instead. He claimed that his girlfriend roughed him up, even strangling him, but both parties were intoxicated, according to GPD Officer Jessie Diaz’ report. Nacki’s temper also got the best of him when he threw a concrete block at his windshield. Anyhow, Nacki, 32, didn’t fare well on the field sobriety tests and blew a .15, twice, during the breath tests. Harold John, Jr. April 2, 11 am DWI W h e n John reported ly blew th rough a stop sign at A z t e c a nd Third, GPD Officer Cindy R om a nc it o was there to pull him over. He had three other people in the vehicle with him, and after some fumbling around, an ID was located along with expired registration. Romancito immediately went to administering field sobriety tests. John, 33, didn’t fare well on the field sobriety tests and was taken to the hospita l for clea rance before being booked at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center. While at the hospital, he blew a .265 during

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a breath test. Abel A. Rodriguez April 1, 1:42 am 2nd DWI Navajo Nation Police O f f i c e r Michael Pesh la ka i h a d responded to a call at Hwy 264 and Rocksprings Road in reference to a red car parked at the side of the road. The driver, Rodriguez, was asleep behind the wheel with his car still running, according to McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Johnson Lee’s report. When asked if he had anything to drink, Lee reportedly admitted to drinking three shots. Lee, 29, didn’t do well on the field sobriety tests, and blew a .15, twice, during the breath tests. Joshua Teller Jan. 16, 10:16 pm Aggravated DWI GPD O f f ic e r H a r l a nd

Soseeah was on patrol heading nor th on S econd Street when a blue pickup pulled out in front of him. The driver, didn’t pull over right away, but finally did stop at the Family Dollar store. Soseeah could smell booze wafting from the vehicle, and when asked to step out and walk to the back of the car, he stumbled. Teller, 34, failed the field sobriety tests, and refused to take the breath test, earning an aggravated DWI. Myron Etsitty Jan. 16, 3:51 am DWI G P D O f f i c e r Matthew Ashley was called to the area of 405 E. Aztec Ave, in response to an eyewitness account of a car crashing into another car, then fleeing the scene. Ashley caught up with the vehicle at an alleyway between Aztec

and Hill. He noted in his report, that there was heavy damage to front, left bumper, smoke was rising form the top, and fluids were leaking from the bottom. Etsitty, 27, had blood on his chin, and inside of his mouth. He declined medical treatment, but paramedics cleared him to engage in field sobriety tests, which he didn’t pass. Etsitty blew a .12 and .14 during the breath tests. Clyde Peterson Jan. 18, 8:44 pm 2nd DWI, Aggravated G P D O f f i c e r Terrance Pe y ke t e w a wa s ca l led t o 4 0 3 W. A z t e c Av e while working the DWI Saturation Patrol. He noted that Peterson smelled of alcohol and had red, bloodshot watery eyes. He also had a difficult time balancing once stepping out of the vehicle, hanging on it to balance himself. Peterson, 44, didn’t fare well on the field sobriety tests, and blew a .21 and .22 during the breath tests.

Martinez approval rating below 50 percent By Matthew Reichbach NM Political Report


he poll, conducted t h i s weekend by Public Policy Polling, found that Martinez’ approval rating among likely voters now sits at 47 percent, while her disapproval rating sits at 42 percent. This leaves 11 percent who are not sure how they would rate Martinez’ time in office. Unsurprisingly, Martinez’ highest rating comes among R epubl ic a n s; 67 percent approve of the way she’s doing her job, while 26 percent disapprove. Among Democrats, 54 percent disapprove to 32 percent who approve. Independents are more split, with 44 percent disapproving and 38 percent approving. The second-strongest supporters were white voters; 54 percent approved of Martinez’ job performance while 37 percent disapproved. Hispanics na r rowly d i sapproved of Martinez’ job performance

Approval rating from Public Policy Polling survey from May 13 - 15. Photo credit: nmpolitcalreport.com (45 percent to 43 percent) and “Other,” disapproved of Martinez’ job performance 47 percent to 32 percent. NM Political Report will release the full crosstabs later this week, including voter preferences on a presidential race including Hillary Clinton,

Dona ld T r u mp a nd Ga r y Johnson on Tuesday. Public polling of Martinez’ approval rating following her 2014 reelection is rare. A Morning Consult Poll


FBI Releases 2015 Preliminary Stats for Law Enforcement Officers Killed in the Line of Duty Staff Reports


reliminary statistics released on May 16 by the FBI show that 41 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty in 2015. This is a decrease of almost 20 percent when compared with the 51 officers killed in 2014. By region, 19 officers died as a result of criminal acts that occurred in the South, nine officers in the West, five officers in the Midwest, four in the Northeast, and four in Puerto Rico. By circumstance, eight officers were investigating suspicious persons/circumstances; seven were engaged in tactical situations; six officers were

conducting traffic pursuits/ stops; four were killed as a result of ambushes (entrapment/premeditation); three officers were killed as a result of unprovoked attacks; three died from injuries inflicted while answering disturbance calls (all three being domestic disturbance calls); three officers were killed while answering robbery in progress calls or pursuing robbery suspects; two were handling, transporting, or maintaining custody of prisoners; two officers were handling persons with mental illness; one sustained fatal injuries while performing an investigative activity; one was answering a burglary in progress call or pursuing a burglary suspect; and one officer was killed while

State Auditor Keller finds budgetary shortfalls SOS ELECTION EXPENSES ON HIS RADAR Staff Reports


ANTA FE – The New Mexico Office of the State Auditor has identified a pattern of chronic budgetary shortfalls related to the state’s election expenses. In a letter to Secretary of State Brad Winter, State Auditor Tim Keller outlined 10 consecutive fiscal years of under-budgeting, which created a need for $25 million in emergency loans, grants and special appropriations to fund elections. The letter calls on the Office of the Secretary of State to promptly implement best practices for accurate budgeting of election costs. The current practice creates an unnecessarily high level of financial risk in the state’s ability to regularly and fully fund elections and publicly financed campaigns. “Repeatedly using emergency funding mechanisms for routine, regularly scheduled elections runs against commonsense budgeting principles,” stated State Auditor Tim Keller. “We know we are going to have elections, we know when we’re going to have them, and we know generally how much they cost. There is no need to use band aids year after year.” For the past 10 years, from NEWS

attempting other arrest. Offenders used firearms in 38 of the 41 felonious deaths. These included 29 incidents with handguns, seven incidents with rifles, one incident with a shotgun, and one incident in which the firearm type was not reported. Three victim officers were killed with vehicles used as weapons. Thirty of the 41 killed officers were confirmed to be wearing body armor at the times of the incidents. Six of the 41 slain officers fired their own weapons, and six officers attempted to fire their service weapons. Three victim officers had their weapons stolen; three officers were killed with their own weapons. Forty-one victim officers

died from injuries sustained in 38 sepa rate incidents. Thirty-six of those incidents have been cleared by arrest or exceptional means. An additional 45 officers were killed in 2015 in line-ofduty accidents, which include officer deaths that are found not to be willful and intentional. This total is the same number of officers who were accidentally killed in 2014. By region, 29 officers died due to accidents in the South, six in the Midwest, five in the Northeast, and five in the West. Twenty-nine of the officers died as a result of automobile accidents, seven were struck by vehicles, and four were fatally injured due to motorcycle accidents. Two of the 45 officers

were killed from accidental shootings, one from an aircraft accident, one due to a fall, and one from an all-terrain vehicle accident. Of the 29 officers who died due to automobile accidents, 18 officers were wearing seatbelts. Eight officers were not wearing seatbelts (four of whom were ejected from the vehicles), and seatbelt use was not reported for three of the officers who were killed due to automobile accidents. Final statistics and complete details will be available in the Uniform Crime Reporting Program’s publication, Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, 2015, which will be published on the FBI’s Internet site in the fall.

Trump rally in Albuquerque next week Matthew Reichbach NM Political Report

P State Auditor Tim Keller 2008 to 2017, emergency loans or special appropriations were made by the Board of Finance or from the General Fund to cover budget deficits of more than $24 million representing a 43 percent increase over the SOS’s regular budget. On multiple occasions, funds dedicated for publicly financed candidates were used to cover regular elections expenses. As a result, the fund balance decreased 80 percent from a high of more than $2 million in 2010 to a low of nearly $500,000 in 2015. The budgetary constraints that the State of New Mexico is facing in the upcoming fiscal year will be exacerbated if the SOS’s pattern of under-budgeting election expenses continues. The OSA has offered to assist with efforts to address the problem, including coordination among county clerks and the SOS.

resumptive Republican c a nd id a t e D on a ld Trump will make an appearance in New Mexico next week according to the schedule on his campaign website. T r u mp’s c a mpa ig n announced an event at pm on Tuesday, May 24, at the A lbuq uer q ue Convent ion Center. It will be the first campaign appearance by a Republican in New Mexico this year. Trump is the lone remaining Republican candidate, after 16 other candidates dropped out. New Mexico’s primaries take place on June 7, though New Mexico may be a tough sell for Trump, even when he has all-but locked up the Republican nomination. New Mexico has the highest percentage of Hispanic and Latino residents. Trump has made inflammatory statements about immigrants from Mexico, starting with his campaign launch. “When Mexico, meaning the Mexican government, sends its people … They’re sending

Donald Trump at CPAC 2011. Photo Credit: NM Political Report; Cc: Gage Skidmore people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems to us,” Trump said. “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” These, and other statement s, h ave g iven some Republicans pause when it comes to endorsing him. Gov. Susa na Ma r tinez, for ex a mple, h a s not endorsed Trump. She says,

however, that she will appear at the Republican National Convention where Tr ump is expected to accept the Republican nomination. The rally comes days after Bernie Sanders will make three appearances in New Mexico, including at the Albuquerque Convention Center, and shortly before former President Bill Clinton appears in New Mexico. Visit: www.nmpoliticalreport.com

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OPINIONS Primary elections to be decided soon – Know where the candidates’ stand ROLL CALL

By Bernie Dotson


fter being exposed to months of campaigning, a nd in some cases mud-slinging at whatever cost, McKinley County voters will pick winners June 7 in a number of interesting primary races, from possible new persons in the District 3 McKinley County Boa rd of Com m is sioner s

seat to perhaps somebody equally new in seats related to District 5 and District 4 of the New Mexico House of Representatives and Senate. In McKinley County hundreds of poll workers are set to start working. Besides who will win each of the races, and there are quite a few that pertain to McKinley County, one question yet to be answered is how many registered votes

will actually turn out to vote. Early voting numbers around the county aren’t always that high during elections, as most folks simply wait practically to the last voting day to go to the polls or just don’t vote at all. Over the years, less than 30 percent of registered voters in McKinley County have actually bothered to go out and vote for a candidate of their choice. That’s not a lot and as the old


saying goes, if you don’t vote then you don’t really have a right to complain. The June primary is the precursor to the November general election and there are a few area races that will be closely watched. Former State Representative Sandra Jeff of Crownpoint is in a District 22 Senate race against incumbent attorney Benny Shendo of Jemez Pueblo. Jeff

was previously the darling of District 5, but lost that race to write-in candidate D. Wonda Johnson of Church Rock in 2014. Jeff has been labeled by fellow Democrats as cozying up to Republicans when it comes to important votes, such as a key vote on the state budget a couple of years ago.



A blue moon occurs on May 21, and Mercury remains in retrograde until May 22. Expect disturbances in the areas of communication and clear thinking. Madame G suggests finishing any lingering projects. Don’t take anything too seriously — it’ll pass. As Jimmy Dean said: “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

The Aries spirit is full of passion and drive with a tendency to childlike behaviors. You love fiercely while throwing equally violent fits. Don’t be ashamed. Your character may be summarized in one great literary figure: Achilles. His rage and love burns a kingdom to the ground. Meditate, dear Aries, you gain more from conscious action than reaction.

Perhaps the quintessential Cancer spirit is Rhett Butler from Gone with the Wind. He’s a loyal and giving husband, until he finally gives up in one iconic line: “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” You’re as petty and jealous as you are creative and kind. No one wants to catch you on a bad day. Madame G suggests practicing compassion. Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face.

You’re one of the most charming signs in the zodiac and your sense of justice might just be your crown of glory. Your literary character archetype is none other than Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird. He fights for justice, despite extreme backlash and societal pressure. Like you, the challenges don’t waver his sense of justice. You’re a fierce champion for good. Madame G salutes you!

The nimble goat is hardheaded, tenacious, brave, and stubborn. No doubt, you’ve been called foolish a time or two. This may often serve you well, but Madame G suggests caution at this time — it may work against you. Consider your literary twin, St. John Rivers from Charlotte Bronte’s novel, Jane Eyre. He gave up marriage to the woman he loved in pursuit of his passion, and then worked himself into an early grave. Live wisely!

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) According to the Barnes and Noble reading site, L.M Montgomery’s character Anne Shirley, from Anne of Green Gables is a true Tauran. That red-head has grit. She’s loyal to the core, with a tendency toward stubbornness. But, she’s very good hearted. This month, you may wish to curb your obstinate streak. With Mercury in retrograde, it’ll only work against you. Madame G suggests you soften your tongue and listen.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Jane Austen wrote that Emma Woodhouse was a character only she could love. Emma is a sweet-tempered girl who is selfadmittedly rich and beautiful. You’re beloved by many and envied just as strongly — you’re aware. Madame G suggests watching any tendency toward grandiose thinking. You may wish to evaluate your thought process. You’re not always right. Know thyself.


LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) You’re charming and engaging. This is demonstrated best in Elizabeth Bennett from Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice. She’s admired and loved for her lively personality. Even her severest critic, Mr. Darcy, admits he’s drawn to her lively personality. And as Darcy learned, never insult a Leo’s pride over their appearance. But they don’t hold a grudge for long. Even though Elizabeth was insulted by a slight, she just as easily laughed it off. Liven it up!

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) IThe Virgo spirit is intelligent, fastidious, and analytical, much like Sherlock Holmes — you’re in good company. Although you may be shy or quiet at times, that doesn’t mean your mind isn’t active. You’re either plotting to kill us or save us all. Madame G suggests stepping back, putting the kitchen knife down, and walking away. You’ll want to keep sharp-tongued comebacks to a minimum, as well, or you’ll risk offending the whole room.

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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) It’s no surprise, dear Scorpio, that your literary heroine is Jo March from Louisa May Alcott’s novel, Little Women. She was a woman ahead of her time. Brave and smart, she forged a literary career, despite the limitations on her gender at that time. She also refused to settle for anything less than true love. She refuses marriage with a wealthy man and lives according to her own rules. Take a page from her book and don’t accept anything less than what you truly want. You will achieve it!

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You live for no one — you’re a rebel through and through. Adventure is the name of your path. Much like Tom Sawyer, the Sagittarian is fiercely independent. He wants one thing: freedom. There isn’t a wall that will hold the indomitable Tom, or any silly societal conventions, such as bathing for that matter. Be bold dear Sagittarius, your adventure awaits. Live free!

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) The Aquarian spirit is equal parts intellectual with some serious depth in the middle. You’re capable of incredible insight into the human condition, while you possess childlike wonder and naiveté. You’re much like the character Marius Pontmercy from Victor Hugo’s novel, Les Miserables. Madame G suggests you stop and consider your motives before making any decisions. You don’t want to harm a loved one over some warped sense of morality.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Perhaps you’re best summed up as Luna Lovegood from J.K. Rolling’s Harry Potter series. You’re a free spirit with incredible depths of emotion and perception. You also display curious childlike wonder and naiveté. Consider pursuing something substantial, such as Unicorn hunting, or Sasquatch droppings analysis. Go nuts! Who knows what you’ll find. OPINIONS

Letter to the Editor: Senator frustrated with UNM’s decision to terminate GON contract


he Un iver sit y of New Mex ico proud ly ca l l s it s el f ou r s t a t e’s “F lagsh ip Un iversit y” with good reason. It offers students unparalleled educational opportunities and has long been a leader in conducting research and providing health care. But UNM’s recent decision to terminate its contract to host the annual Gathering of Nations Pow Wow at The Pit showed a bizarre lack of judgment — and u n intentiona lly created what t e a c h e r s c a l l “a n e d u c a bl e moment.” Dav id Harr is, the university’s executive v ice president, claims the university had been losing money on the deal. After t h is yea r’s event, t he u n iversit y wa s nea rly $2,400 i n t he red for cleanup expenses after

t he event . F ra nk ly, t hat su m amounts to a rounding error in a university budget totaling $2.6 billion. W hen we’re t a l k i ng about jeopardizing an event that suppor ts jobs a nd prov ides a $20 million shot in the arm to New Mex ico’s economy, t he m at h just doesn’t add up. What was t he r e a l r e a s on beh i nd t h i s d e c i s io n? W hy c ou ld n’ t t he pow wow’s contract have been renegotiated to cover a l l t he expenses — or even generate income for the university? New Mex ico residents deser ve a more plausible explanation. Here’s wh a t we do k now : New Mexico’s economy is hurting. A nd UNM has been doing it s pa r t t o i mprove t he eco nom ic pict u re by suppor t i ng

initiatives like Innovate A BQ that could help jump-start new industr ies in our state. Given those facts, canceling an event that draws thousands of visitors from across the country harms the economy, shows disrespect for our Native American citizens and gives New Mexico another black eye in the national news med ia is not h i ng shor t of a n unforced error on UNM’s part. Gather ing of Nations organ izer s say they wa nt to keep the event in A lbuquerque a nd are in negotiations to find a new home. Meanwhile, it’s time for UNM’s leadership to get their house in order and put all their cards on the table. The people of New Mexico expect nothing less. State Senator George Muñoz

Letter to the Editor: Maldonado criticizes Munoz for accepting donation To the editor, [Sen. George] Muñoz has accepted a contribution from Anheuser-Busch. Mr. Muñoz has no qualms about accepting this contribution and at the same time telling us that he’s concerned about Gallup’s eternal alcohol problem. That is akin to using a fox to guard the henhouse. Jesus Christ tells us in Luke 11:23 that we are either with him or against him. In the political world, fence straddling appears to be the norm. I have stopped advocating for the banning of alcohol; I will not go that route again. However, some politicians want to play both sides against the middle. All political contributors rightly expect something in return for their contribution. Employers do not hire simply to provide employment. We, as consumers, do not enter any profit-making organization and hand the cashier money and then walk out empty-handed. Louis Maldonado Gallup

There are better ways to ‘pull together’ for New Mexico’s impoverished kids



ack in 2013 when New Mexico fell to 50 th in the nation for child well-being, advocates hoped that the state’s policy-makers and administrators would finally rally together and take up the cause of improving child well-being in a concerted manner. We hoped the state would launch a comprehensive plan to ensure that our impoverished children have all of the opportunities, supports, and protections that middle- and upper-income children have, which would also give them the best shot at becoming successful adults. Nearly three years later t he s t a t e h a s l a u nc he d PullTogether—a campaign seeking to “make New Mexico the best place to be a kid.” The campaign—the crown jewel of which is a website—most definitely is not the comprehensive plan we had hoped for. What it appears to be is a $2.7 million public relations campaign to deflect attention from the fact OPINIONS

that things have not improved for New Mexico’s low-income children. There are several reasons PullTogether falls short as a plan to improve child well-being. A major one is that the campaign barely scratches the surface of what it means to live in poverty. The programs you can find out about on the website—namely home visiting services that help new parents navigate childrearing, and child-care assistance for low-income parents who work or attend school—are certainly necessary and need to be made more available. But poverty is a complex issue with multiple causes that disadvantage families in many different ways. Poverty and education are paired in a grim dance: Lower levels of education in adults lead to poverty, and poverty

leads to lower levels of education for their kids. The less education you have the more likely you are to be unemployed or incarcerated, and the less likely you are to have safe housing, health insurance, access to affordable credit, and countless other support systems that middle America takes for granted. What’s more, the choices we make as individuals are limited by the options that are available to us. Many middle-class options for improving your lot in life are simply not available to low-income families. Because poverty has multiple causes and tends to be generational, we must address it by meeting the needs of the family as a whole. This is called a two-generation approach, and it does more than ensure that children are fed and safe. It also gives parents the tools they need to better their own sit u at ion s —whet her t h at means access to job training and further education or health care to deal with substance abuse problems or chronic illness. There are several programs to help families work their

way out of poverty—food and health-care benefits, job training and adult educa wtion, to name just a few. Unfortunately, programs are housed in different agencies, eligibility is different for each one, and the application processes are unnecessarily complicated. Low-income families—especially those with low levels of education and literacy—may lack the skills needed to navigate these programs. What’s more, the programs that are run on state money are grossly underfunded. Take home visiting, for example. Home visiting is one of the most effective two-generation programs around, as it improves outcomes for children and their parents. It also prevents child abuse. It is one of the programs you can find out about on the PullTogether website, but just 4 percent of New Mexico’s babies receive these state-funded services— despite the fact that more than 30 percent of them live in poverty. For years, advocates have pushed the legislature to increase funding for home visiting by investing a tiny fraction of our $14 billion

Land Grant Permanent Fund, but to no avail. To its credit, the Legislature has appropriated money for home visiting in the Medicaid budget, which would have enabled the state to receive a big influx of federal dollars, but the Governor has vetoed it. Here’s an idea: have the Governor pull together with her fellow New Mex ica ns by encouraging the legislature to let the voters decide on the Permanent Fund initiative, allowing the state to draw down more federal funding for home visiting, and directing the non-functioning Children’s Cabinet to better align services for struggling families. The Children’s Cabinet has a flashy website, too —a nd it even includes information about many more programs for families—but that website hasn’t made New Mexico “the best place to be a kid” either. New Mexico Voices for Children is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization advocating for policies to improve the health and well-being of New Mexico’s children, families, and communities.

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COMMUNITY Gallup and Wingate high school students celebrate their success! ‘Class of 2016’ PHOTOS BY NATIVESTARS

The crowd witnesses Gallup High School’s 2016 graduation at the Gallup Public School Stadium.

Graduates file into Gallup Public School Stadium May 13.


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Salvador Nava and Omar Sanchez, class of 2016, partook in Gallup High School’s 2016 graduation last week. COMMUNITY

Cornelius Owens, Brittany A. Kirk, Shania A. Largo and Destiny M. Juan are proud graduates of Gallup High School’s class of 2016.

It’s getting near diploma time!

Tenisha Brown and Stephanie Platero of Gallup High’s 2016 graduating class.

Wingate High School’s senior class graduated on May 13.

Shania A. Largo and Destiny M. Juan, class of 2016, graduated from Gallup High School May 13.

Cedrick Curtis, Brandon Begaye, Brandon Etsitty and Joseph Spencer graduated from Gallup High. COMMUNITY

Wingate High School’s Valedictorian Paris N. Peshlakai and Salutatorian Arthur M. Frank Jr. Gallup Sun • Friday May 20, 2016


Gallup Police Department Captain set to retire But not all of the work feels rewarding at times. As first responders, cops all too often encounter horrific injuries and death. “There’s a lot of death,” he said. Whether it’s an exposure-related death, or the death of a baby, it’s never easy. But nothing is tougher than having to tell families their loved one has died. “Having to notify families, now that’s hard,” he said.

By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor


hen Gallup Police Department Capt. Rick White used to sit through interviews with the media, it was in his role as public information officer – answering questions about the myriad of crimes and deaths that occur in Gallup. The kind of stuff that swirls in an officer’s mind each day at the office, and can be talked about with some ease. For about 27 years, the streets of Gallup have been White’s office. Investigating hom icides, d r ug busts, and chasing down slippery criminals are all in a days work. But, when it became White’s turn to be the focus of a story, his approach was humble. “It has been a pleasure to serve our citizens,” he said. It seems most of the men a nd women that wea r the badge don’t like being the center of at tent ion, even whe n it ’s wel l de s e r ve d after years of service, like in White’s case. But, he doesn’t mind sharing a joke and his passion for mentoring his peers. “Police work is the best job in the whole world,” he said, adding that he’s enjoyed working with other officers and detectives over the years, which includes training and working together on cases. A f ter g raduati ng from UNM-Gallup in 1989 with a degree in Criminal Justice/ L aw En forcement , W h ite

McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. LaSheena Johnson, Deputy Johnson Lee, and Deputy Arnold Noriega take time out of their day on May 17 to shoot some hoops with some Gamerco kids. Photo Credit: Courtesy

GPD Capt. Rick White, a mentor and friend to fellow officers, is set to retire May 31. Photo Credit: Tom Hartsock entered the GPD police force. He started as a patrolman, then over the years he advanced to corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, and to his current position of captain in 2009. After so many years on the force, he’s developed areas he’s passionate about pursuing. One of his favorite jobs is overseeing the narcotics division. “I love investigating the crimes and getting the drugs off the streets,” he said. And getting those drugs off the streets can be dangerous and unpredictable, especially

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When asked if any death scene stands out above the others, White replied, “All of them.” So what comes post-retirement for White? Spending time with his grandchildren comes to the top of his mind, next in line is fishing. His wife, an administrator for the department, has less than two


raids on homes. “There’s always something that you didn’t plan for,” he said. It’s not a career for everyone, he said, but it’s full of adrenaline-pumping excitement, such a s catching a criminal in the act. White anticipated catching crooks ba ck i n h i s pat rol day s, whether it was pursuit on foot or by car. “I enjoyed looking for people breaking into commercial businesses and homes … hoping to catch them,” he said.

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Faster Pussycat rocks Gallup By Dee “JC” Velasco Sun Correspondent


hoever said “Rock & Roll will never die,” was so ever right, and especially good ole’ classic rock. Gallup was treated to a night of classic rock from the band Faster Pussycat at Juggernaut Music, 308 Ea st Histor ic Highway 66 May 13. What is so amazing about this band is that they currently have put out only four albums and they continue to tour and pull in the numbers. Fa ster P u s sycat is a n American glam metal band from Los A ngeles, Ca lif., formed in 1985. The group was most successful during the late 1980’s with their self-titled debut album, their 1989 gold album Wake Me When It’s Over and the 80,000 selling Whipped! in 1992. Hit songs include, “Bathroom Wall,” “Poison Ivy,” and their hit ballad, “House of Pain.” F a s t e r P u s s yc a t c o n si st s of: Ta i me Dow ne – Lead Vocals, Chad Stewart – Drums, Xristian Simon – Guitar, Danny Nordahl – Bass, Ave Von Johnson – Guitar.

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The Band was formed in Hollywood by Taime Downe during the glam-metal boom of the 1980’s. JC: So how does it feel to be playing in Gallup?

Taime: I couldn’t believe they added us — I’ve ridden through Gallup a couple times on a motorcycle but I don’t think we’ve ever played there. JC: Can you believe you

can retire, so they can enjoy some fishing and camping trips together. With White’s retirement

loom i ng, Lt. Rosea n ne Morrissette said she’ll miss the captain, who she said mentored and trained her. She credits his

guys are still cranking? Taime: No kidding, yeah it’s been a long time. We started out in the mid 80’s and that’s why this is called the “Dirty Thirty Tour.” JC: How ha s t he tou r been? Ta i me: It ’s g reat , it ’s actually winding down, we have a few shows left and then we go back out at the end of July till August for another seven weeks. We’ll tour for September then do the Monsters of Rock Cruise out of the West Coast, which will be the first time out of Long Beach, Calif. The last five were out of Florida, so this will be different. JC: What would you attribute to your guys’ success for standing out this long? Taime: Lots of booze, cigarettes, and sex...(laughs). Continua lly working, you know...we don’t sit there and take five years off and then get antsy and say, “Hey, let’s go again and play some more rock and roll.” This is how we live our lives everyday, we tour constantly. We’ve been doing this since 2001, you know. JC: Are you guys working on some new stuff?

Taime: Yeah, we actually put out a track for all the victims of the Paris attacks, it’s called “I Love You All The Time.” You can get it on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and all those outlets, so everyone go out and get it — it’s for a good cause and the track turned out killer. But yeah, we have six new songs getting ready to retrack some drums to it. JC: Well cool brother, thanks for the interview and hope you guys can come out and do it again! Ta i me: Yea h, brot her, that’s who we are, touring constantly and it’s our life. We’ve been doing this for ever, we’re a dirty rock-androll band, that’s how we roll, man. Faster Pussycat definitely showed why they still rock and are continuing to do so. Ernie Santiago, owner of Juggernaut Music, said, “It’s important to give our people access to entertainment they can relate to.” Concer t goer Camille Jasmine said, “Faster Pussycat still rocks as ever, especially when the band members took time to take pictures with us ... the fans, it was an awesome concert!”

leadership for helping her to reach her current position as lieutenant. She explained that what contributes to making him a great mentor is his family values and sincerity. “Very few people have a heart like his; he truly cares

about people,” she said. She said that she’ll miss his morale boosting, morning briefings, where the upbeat White tells everyone: “You guys are doing a great job. Keep it up!” His last day of work is May 31.

On May 14, Jonathan Heimberg, The Door Christian Fellowship Church pastor, performed at One80 during the ArtsCrawl. Photo Credit: NativeStars COMMUNITY

Gallup Sun • Friday May 20, 2016


‘The Nice Guys’ offers amusing tough-guy shenanigans RATING: ««« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 116 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun


r it er/d i r e c t or Sha ne Black is probably the reigning champ of buddy pictures. He wrote Lethal Weapon (1987) and the underrated (if you ask me), The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996). Black has also been responsible for numerous and sometimes uncredited script rewrites on titles like Predator (1987). Black’s witty, tough-guy banter is as good as it gets and he’s parlayed it into further success by scripting and directing more recent flicks. The hysterical Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) and Iron Man 3 (2013) are good examples. His latest, The Nice Guys, features two more misfits bickering their way through a murder mystery. Hol l a nd M a rch ( R y a n Gosling) is a hard-drinking

widower working as a private investigator and raising his daughter Holly (Angourie Rice). Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) is a small-time enforcer who takes money to beat people up. When Rice is employed to threaten and dissuade March from following up on a case involving a missing niece, he does so coolly and efficiently. But when other underworld figures put the shakedown on Healy, he approaches the weary PI to help figure out what is going on. The case forces the odd pair to traverse through some seedy elements — specifically, the adult film and automotive industries. This project isn’t as strong as Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, but it does have some assets. In fact, the complicated conspiracy plot that unfolds isn’t the reason to watch; sure, it’s a reasonably enjoyable crime tale that takes a couple of unusual twists and turns, but this isn’t a mind-blowing whodunit with a shocking reveal. Instead, it’s the cast and dialogue that elevate the material. Gosling and Crowe are clearly having a great time with the script

Ryan Gosling and Russell Crow dish out infectious laughs in Shane Black’s ‘The Nice Guys.’ Opens in theaters May 20. Photo credit: Icon Film Distribution and their unscrupulous characters. They milk every barb and bizarre situation for all its worth. The trailers may have dulled some of the impact of a few comedic moments, but there are several laughs you won’t see coming. Despite being a PI, March isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer. Besides regularly endangering the life of

Executive Director Vacancy

Gallup MainStreet/Arts and Cultural District Board seeks an Executive Director to lead a four point based revitalization effort for downtown Gallup. Works with business leaders, government officials, and other agencies to design, promote economic positioning, and publicize organization accomplishments. Education/experience in commercial district management, finance, public relations, planning, historic preservation or related fields, with three (3) years of experience. This position is full time (40 hours/ week). Must be able to work evenings/weekends. Travel is required. Salary is $40,000 annual, depending on experience and qualifications. To receive additional information, or to apply, email questions and/or letter of interest and resume to: Mary Ellen Pellington, Vice President, MS/ACD Board

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his child, he’s not a wordsmith and a few of his attempts at insight (one comment in particular involving Adolf Hitler) are amusingly obtuse. Early on, there’s a great scene involving a B&E gone horribly wrong. As the falls and mishaps add up, March even begins to assume he might be indestructible. Gosling isn’t too goofy in the part and meets the

silliness with a likable sad-sack quality. Healy is level-headed by comparison, garnering a lot of laughs from his blunt and brutish reactions to unfriendly individuals. His more roguish qualities are counterbalanced nicely by a friendship with March’s daughter. Toget her, t he t wo eke laughs out of every long pause, unexpected comment and tangential conversation that occurs. The ’70s production design and fashions are a hoot, too, leading to running jokes about Richard Nixon and giant killer bees that are amusingly paid off late in the film. Ad m it ted ly, w it h w r iting like this that features extended bickering, the pacing is shaggy in spots and there are a few slow sections as the motivations of characters are slowly unveiled. Thankfully, the leads seem to be hav ing such a great time that the feeling becomes infectious. Personally, while it doesn’t hit the heights of the director’s best efforts, there’s still plenty of good tough-guy laughs in The Nice Guys to warrant a recommendation.

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N M a nd t he PN M Resources Foundation contribute more than $3 million to New Mexico nonprofits and community partners each year to support economic, educational, and environmental initiatives in the communities the company serves. One of its core partnerships is with WESST, a nonprofit small-business-development organization committed to cultivating entrepreneurship throughout the state through training, consulting, incubation, and lending. “Through our economic vitality giving efforts, we focus on economic-development

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‘Neighbors 2’: Lackluster, but good for a few laughs RATING: «« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 92 MINUTES By Glenn Kay For the Sun


omedy is hard enough without having to recreate your past successes. As follow-ups go, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising features a couple of chuckles and could have been much worse overall. However, this is hardly praise. The sequel suffers from overly familiar situations and like many of its ilk, the successful gag ratio has dropped exponentially. You’ll laugh occasionally, but will have a difficult time remembering any of it in the morning. Now awaiting the arrival of their second child, Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) have finally decided to move to the suburbs — all they have to do is calmly wait through a 30-day escrow period for the sale of their house to clear. However, a new group of renters arrive next door with the help of ex-nemesis Terry (Zac Efron). It’s a newly formed sorority led by Shelby (Chloe Grace Moretz), a woman who

The sequel featuring Seth Rogan and Zac Efron may only be worth a rental. ‘Neighbors 2’ opens in theaters May 20. Photo credit: Universal Pictures wants the freedom to live as she pleases (which essentially means partying and smoking marijuana). Ignoring Mac and Kelly’s pleas for quiet, the two groups begin scheming to undermine each other. On the positive side, the movie possesses some welcome messages. There are a couple of pointed comments about fraternity culture and a scene or two that briefly addresses the double standards that female students are faced

with. Dimwitted Terry also has to deal with his own insecurities about growing up and moving on. It’s an interesting idea, although this element isn’t particularly funny. His changing relationship with Mac takes on a similar tangent to the first flick and doesn’t offer much that is new. Mac and Kelly have a few good lines, including the complete confusion they have about how escrow actually works. Still, the movie’s standout gag

comes from an unexpected source — Mac’s brother Jimmy (Ike Barinholtz). When the group infiltrate a tailgating event, Jimmy’s creepy clown get-up and mannerisms result in the biggest laughs. It’s the funniest thing in the movie by far, so much so that the filmmakers choose to give it a callback later on. But that’s the best that can be said about the film. For the story to work, you have to overlook several issues. It appears as though the married leads have

learned absolutely nothing from the first film — they pretty much mimic the exact same behavior. Admittedly, they acknowledge this problem late in the movie, but that’s hardly sufficient justification. Even though it’s an over-the-top and outrageous tale, factors like these ultimately strain believability. And many of the jokes are retreads from the first film that don’t seem as funny this time around; the movie reeks of desperation by the time it sets up a new series of “air bag” gags. Frankly, a lot of it falls flat, particularly by the finale, which wraps things up in a convenient and unexciting manner. It doesn’t help that the film appears choppily edited together. The strangest example comes after the climax with an extended series of wrap-up scenes. By the close of this lengthy denouement, one almost expects another twist or big final gag. Instead, the movie abruptly cuts to black. Neighbors 2: Soror ity Rising has a game cast and does feature a couple of funny moments, but it all feels rather rushed and hastily put together. There is only one standout joke, and otherwise doesn’t present enough new material to recommend. This chapter is only worth a rental. 207 WEST COAL GALLUP 505.863.1250 www.elmorrotheatre.com



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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for May 20th, 2016 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


t’s time for another look at highlights coming your way on Blu-ray and DVD. As always, there’s a lot of interesting stuff. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!


The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead One of the first British punk bands get a documentar y chronicling their careers from early 1976 to the present. It also includes clips from musicians inspired by the group, including Fred Armisen, David Gahan, Chrissie Hynde and Lemmy. There haven’t been too many write-ups so far, but the ones that have popped up have been positive, calling the end product entertaining and informative. Dementia - This low-budget horror picture involves a senior who is forced by his family to hire a live-in nurse. Of course, the attendant is hiding secrets of her own and soon torments her employer. Reviews were stronger than average for a genre picture. Most claimed that it wasn’t exactly a fun experience, but that the performances were strong and that the movie effectively conveyed a sense of helplessness on the part of the protagonist. The cast includes Gene Jones, Kristina Klebe, and Hassie Harrison. Dirty Grandpa - A stuffy corporate lawyer agrees to drive his foul-mouthed grandfather to the site of party town Daytona, Florida, before his upcoming nuptials. The old codger’s antics soon threaten


to destroy the young man’s life. Critics hated the final product, calling it a crude and unfunny gross-out comedy that has nothing to say and wastes the talents of everyone involves. Yeowch! Now viewers can decide for themselves. It stars Robert De Niro, Zach Efron, Julianne Hough, Aubrey Plaza, Dermot Mulroney, and Danny Glover. Kindergarten Cop 2 - Nope, Arnold Schwarzenegger hasn’t returned for this follow-up to the 1990 comedy hit. Instead Dolph Lundgren takes the lead as an FBI agent challenged with finding a hidden data disc. To do so, he is forced to go undercover as a teacher and deal with rambunctious little kindergarteners. This is a straight-to-DVD title, so there are no reviews as of yet. It features Fiona Vroom, Aleks Paunovic, Sarah Strange, and Bill Bellamy in supporting roles.

The Program - This biopic f rom a ccla i med d i rect or Stephen Frears (My Beautiful Laundrette, T he Grifters, High Fidelity, The Queen, Philome na) recreates the rise of Tour de France cyclist Lance Armstrong as well as his downfall from doping charges.

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Unlike the filmmaker’s other releases, this movie received mixed notices. While several praised the acting, more than half felt the script didn’t do much to help viewers understand more about the central character or the motivation for his actions. They called the drama a bit flat. It stars Ben Forster, Chris O’Dowd, Jesse Plemons, Dustin Hoffman, and Lee Pace. Theeb - Set during WWI, this drama from Jordan follows a British soldier who is led on a dangerous trek across the desert by a Bedouin boy. It was nominated for Best ForeignLanguage Film at last year’s Academy Awards. Naturally, it received raves from the press. They called it a powerful and affecting coming-of-age tale bolstered by a phenomenal performance from its young lead. Sounds like one to check out. The cast includes Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat and Jack Fox as the traveling pair.

The Witch - This creepy little independent horror picture follows a family in the 1630s living in the wilderness. The unit begins to slowly break down after a series of unusual and disturbing incidents befalls them. Critics were quite positive about the movie. While they all warned that it was an acquired taste, a great many found the tone eerie and atmospheric, slowly and effectively building to a boiling-over point. It features Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie and Harvey Schrimshaw.

BLASTS FROM THE PAST! Shout! Factory are bringing a B-movie classic to Blu-ray... which shouldn’t be a shock as that’s pretty much what they do

in general. I Saw What You Did (1965) is from William Castle (13 Ghosts, House on Haunted Hill, The Tingler, Homicidal) and follows a pair of teenage girls who make crank calls to the neighborhood using the above phrase. They learn to regret it when they talk to a deranged individual who has just committed a murder. It features Joan Crawford. The disc includes a new 2016 digital transfer, a fun advance trailer with Castle, an original trailer and stills. Kino is also delivering some interesting, out-of-print titles in high-definition. Candy (1968) is a sex-comedy about a high school student who gets into misadventures with the likes of Marlon Brando, Richard Burton, James Coburn, Walter Matthau and Ringo Starr. Amazingly enough, the kinky movie ended up nominated for a Golden Globe. Besides a 2K restoration of the movie, the disc also features an interview with screenwriter Buck Henry and another with a film historian on the flick’s cultural significance. If this floats your boat, Kino also have a double-feature Blu-ray containing the ’60s soft-core sexploitation films For Men Only and School For Sex. Kino also has a Blu-ray of the action picture, Killer Force (1975). This one’s about a heist plot to steal diamonds from a South Africa mine. Its remarkable cast includes Telly Savalas, Peter Fonda, Christopher Lee, Maud Adams and O.J. Simpson. The disc comes with a theatrical trailer.

This one’s about a songwriter and musician going through a mid-life crisis. It features Dom Deluise, Barbara Harris (who earned an Oscar nomination for her work) and the band, Dr. Hook. Criterion is releasing a Bluray of the Japanese drama, The Naked Island (1960). The art film follows a family on a remote island as they go about their daily routine — it features little to no dialogue. It’s not a documentary, but uses many techniques of the genre. This release includes a digital restoration of the movie, video introduction and feature audio commentary from Director Kaneto Shindo, a trailer, and new inter view with a film scholar as well as a fan of the movie, actor Benicio Del Toro.

Finally, Arrow has a twodisc set of the low-budget action thriller, Hired to Kill (1990), which includes both a Blu-ray and DVD of the title. The movie stars Brian Thompson, George Kennedy, and Oliver Reed. It involves a fashion shoot in South America that turns into adventure when the photographer reveals himself to be a mercenary out to free a rebel leader from prison and leads his models into action. Sounds like it could provide some cheesy laughs. Besides the new director approved feature transfer, the disc has extras like cast and crew interviews, filmmaker audio commentary and publicity materials.

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Finally, the distributor are putting out the trippy Dustin Hoffma n comedy, W h o Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible T hings About Me? (1971).

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PNM INVESTMENTS | FROM PAGE 16 bills,” said Amy M. Miller, director of community, environment, and local government for PNM. “We consider WESST to be one of the best partners we have in the economic-development arena.”

THE TOOLKIT Creating jobs and businesses is critical in New Mexico, Miller said, and PNM likes what WESST is doing to bring economic stability and higher living standards to the state’s diverse communities. As part of its Job Growth Initiative, PNM helped W ESST lau nch the Technology Toolkit, a program that helps New Mexico entrepreneurs effectively use technology in their businesses and provides streamlined, low-interest loans of $500 to $5,000 for tech purchases such as hardware, software and Web development.

“PNM understands the vision that WESST has to provide entrepreneurs with access to learning and loans that help them incorporate technology tools into their businesses,” said Julianna Silva, managing director of the WESST Enterprise Center, one of seven cer tified small-business incubators in New Mexico. “These resources are so pivotal in today’s ever-changing digital landscape and play a key role in how New Mexico entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses.” Toolkit workshops offer intensive training and consulting in online marketing, low-cost tech and financial applications, and business uses for tablets like the iPad. Sample classes include break-even and cash-flow analysis using custom Excel models, selling online using ETSY, mobile tools for marketing and productivity and QuickBooks basics. “WESST is able to help New Mexico

entrepreneurs use technology wisely to grow sustainable businesses,” Silva said, “and the support of PNM has amplified our capacity to offer these important resources to small businesses in New Mexico. PNM has always been a tremendous partner in our work to advance economic development in the state.”

MUTUAL ADMIRATION PNM’s collaboration with WESST goes back to the organization’s creation: Two of WESST’s three founders were PNM employees, and PNM employees and company officers continue their involvement with WESST. Besides PNM’s organizational support, Miller said, “Some of us provide personal contributions to the organization (and) two of our officers also continue to be active in board and committee work to further WESST’s mission in New Mexico.” “WESST has a proven track record

in creating a wide array of support to help entrepreneurs succeed in all parts of New Mexico. This is so critical when it comes to improving the economic health of our state.” In 2015, WESST provided training, consulting, incubation, a nd financial services to more than 3,000 New Mexicans from its offices in Albuquerque, Roswell, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Farmington, and Las Cruces. WESST clients employed more than 1,400 people, created 238 new jobs and generated more than $88 million in annual revenues. For more i n for m at ion about the W ESST Tech nolog y Toolk it, visit: wesst.org/business-training/ wesst-technology-toolkit/. Finance New Mexico assists i n d i vi d u a l s a n d bu s i n e s s e s with obtaining skills and funding resources for their business or idea. To learn more, go to: FinanceNewMexico.org

Public invited to a Native and Xeric Plant Sale this weekend By Martin Link Plateau Sciences Society


he Plateau Sciences Society will be conducting its 17th Annual Native and Xeric Plant Sale on Saturday, May 21, from 9 am-3 pm. The location of the Plant Sale is the Holiday Nursery, 1214 E, Aztec Ave, which is co-hosting this event. A large selection of plants (perennials, shrubs, vines and

MARTINEZ | FROM PAGE 8 conducted between January a nd May of 2016 showed Martinez’ approval rating at 48 percent and disapproval at 45 percent. That poll has a margin of error of plus/minus 4.9 percent and the sample size was not disclosed. A Morning Consult poll in 2015 pegged her approval rating at 54 percent and her disapproval rating at 39 percent. That poll of 469 registered voters had a margin of error of plus/minus 4.5 percent. From there, the prev ious poll was a Research and Polling, Inc., poll for Common Cause New Mexico conducted in late December 2013 and early January 2014. That poll found 55 percent of registered voters approved of Martinez’ job performance, while just 29 percent disapproved. A Sur veyUSA poll from May of 2013 showed Martinez’ COMMUNITY

small trees) that are native to this area, or can survive in a hot, dry or low-water environment, have been specially ordered for this occasion. These plants will be concentrated in the area immediately adjacent to the front gate of the nursery and members of the Plateau Sciences Society will be available to assist the customer regarding the selection of plants. The Society will also be approval rating at 66 percent, and her disapproval rating at 29 percent. T he Wa sh i n g t on Po s t reported on a January 2014 poll that showed Martinez’ approval rating at 62 percent in a poll conducted by Public Opinion S t r a t eg ie s for M a r t i nez’ campaign. Public Policy Polling conducted the poll based on questions submitted by NM Political Report. The pollster does conduct polls for Democratic campaigns, though no campaign or other group outside NM Political Report had input on this poll’s contents. T he pol l su r veyed 802 likely New Mexico voters. The poll was conducted from May 13 to 15 and has a margin of error of plus/minus 3.5 percent for topline results. Crosstabs with smaller populations will have larger margins of error. Visit: www.nmpoliticalreport.com

sponsoring a one-hour workshop on Xeriscaping, from 10-11 am. Xeriscaping is a complicated-sounding word for a very wise and simple concept. In a nutshell, xeriscaping is water-efficient landscaping that’s appropriate to the

natural environment. Here in Nor ther n New Mexico, the goal of xeriscaping is to create a visually attractive landscape that uses plants selected for their water efficiency. The workshop is free and open to the public.

For more i n for m at ion regarding the Workshop, call Martin Link at (505) 863-6459, regarding the Plant Sale, call Chuck Wade at (505) 979-1138, or the Holiday Nursery at (505) 863-5791.



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SPORTS 360 Big Brothers, Big Sisters raise funds, spread awareness By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent


he Ninth Annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake event was held on May 30 at Gal-A-Bowl and was again a big success, according to Sarah Piano, the Regional Director for McKinley County of the Big Brothers, Big Sisters organization. The theme for this year’s event was 50’s Rock and Roll and the 46 teams entered raised a total of $33,872.88 and additional sponsorships brought in another $25,500. And more is still coming in to increase the total. Considering the five agencies statewide raised $184,937 this year, Gallup’s share of almost 30 percent of that total is very telling. Truth is, this area always contributes well to a worthy cause! The teams must raise $100 per bowler - $500 per team – to gain entry and most raise much more than the minimum. Top honors for fundraising went to

From left, Kellyn Footracer, Shelby Pablo, Tanona Antone, Abby Tennison, and Polly Blough. Photo Credit: Courtesy Wa shing ton Federa l w ith $3,100. Awards are based on the amount raised, not on individual or team scores. This is one of the happiest events you will come across in Gallup, with many participating in dressing up for the occasion and just laughing throughout the entire session in which they are assigned. Of course there is a more serious side as Big Brothers, Big Sisters attempts to fill a parental void in some 112 McKinley County kids’ lives, whether they are 5-years old or 15. There are both Community-based and School-based mentors that provide low cost and safe activities where educational backgrounds do not matter. Community-based mentors are required to sign up for one year and spend 2-4 hours every month with their assigned child, while school mentors

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usually see their children during lunch hour or to help with homework. “We had a few volunteers sign up at the event to become mentors, which is wonderful,” said the effervescent Sarah. “We want people to know that there is a strong need for mentors in our community because there are many young people looking for positive guidance in their life.” There a re backgrou nd checks required by all applicants to this program with three parts to each one: Felony, Auto (last 5 years), and Sex Offender checks. The good news on that front is that BBBS will pay for these checks, if you pass, and with 22 children on a waiting list currently (half boys, half girls) applicants should complete the paperwork at the offices on the corner of First St. and Aztec as soon as possible. SPORTS

Gallup High’s McIntosh to attend NMJC GIRL BALLER WAS PART OF EPIC 28-GAME LADY BENGALS WIN STREAK rebounding machine who stands 6 -feet-tall and who played center for the Lady Bengals, signed a letter-of-intent to play for the Lady Thunderbirds last month at Gallup High School. “We’re excited for her,” Turner said. “She is a very good and proven player.” The very quick and agile McIntosh led the Lady Bengals to state playoff appearances the past two years, where they lost to different teams. Turner said McIntosh received “looks” from several Division I and II schools, among them the University of Texas at Arlington. “We’re losing one of the best players and best people that I’ve ever been around,” Turner said. “She has the intelligence and leadership to do a lot of good things at (NMJC).” McIntosh sa id she v isited the Hobbs-based school and liked what she saw academically and athletically. She said the school, which

Ni’Asia McIntosh. Photo credit: RAH Photography By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


i’Asia McIntosh, a member of the girls basketball team at Gallup High School and one of best basketball

ROLL CALL | FROM PAGE 10 Johnson reportedly owes a former campaign manager $26,000, a matter which hasn’t been resolved as of this week. According to cour t documents, the matter was a verbal agreement between Campaign Manager Keegan King and Johnson, but apparently King considered the matter serious enough to file an official complaint in the 2nd District Court in Albuquerque earlier this year. Joh n s on fa ce s S cho ol Board member Kevin Mitchell in the Distr ict 5 race. Mitchell is vice-president of the Gallup-McKinley County School Board, but SPORTS

has an enrollment of around 3,300 students, is just the right size for her to succeed on and off the court. She said she believed she’ll probably start at forward for the Lady Thunderbirds, who lost three games last year and made it to the national junior college semi-finals. “I’m happy with my decision,” McIntosh said. “I’m ready to get going.” McIntosh, 17, sa id she wants to study pre-law and upon graduating from the two-year institution, would like to continue her education at a four-year school. She said her strengths on the court are scoring, rebounding and passing. “Right now I’m looking for wa rd t o get t i ng dow n there in Hobbs and meeting new people and friends and performing on the basketball court,” McIntosh said. “I’m ver y excited about school and the upcoming basketball season. I’m going to miss


the fans and all of my teammates, teachers and friends at Gallup High.” Over a four-year career, McIntosh averaged 23 points and 19 rebounds per game as a Lady Bengal, despite being double and triple teamed by opponents. The Fort Defiance, A rizona, native became a household name around the Four Corners with respect to high school sports. “She is not only a prolific scorer, but she is a very good rebounder,” Turner said, noting that McIntosh was the go-to player for Gallup in close games and against superior competition. “You don’t really replace players like her. She was one of my favorite players and she will definitely be missed.” NMJC fields athletic teams in a variety of sports, among them men’s and women’s rodeo and women’s track and field. McIntosh said she’s not interested in going out for other sports at the school.


players — girls or boys — to ever don a Bengals uniform, will be taking her talents to New Mexico Junior College come fall, officials confirmed. Gallup High girls basketball coach Kamau Turner said McIntosh, a scoring and hasn’t been ver y vocal on where exactly he stands on the issues. We know Mitchell i s pro - educat ion, but we know little else. Incumbent George Muñoz, the son of a former Gallup mayor, will face political newcomer Felisha Adams, a San Diego transplant originally from Iyanbito. First elected in 2009, Muñoz possesses a proven record of accomplishment at local and state levels and will be hard to unseat as witnessed in past House contests. Voters will also decide the district attorney race as well as a few contests in neighboring Cibola County. Voting is a constitutional right that shouldn’t be taken for granted.


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FAMILY MOVIE (ALL AGES) Join us for a free family movie. Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Film: The Last Airbender COMPUTER CLASSES Join the Octavia Fellin Library for free community computer training classes. They’re new and improved. This week: Job Search with Technology. Prerequisites: Introduction to the Internet or experience using the Internet. Starts at 11 am. For more information please call (505) 863-1291. Location: Main Branch, 115 W. Hill Ave. SATURDAY MAY 21 Meetings every Saturday at 10 am, First United Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Dr, corner of Nizhoni/Red Rock. Enter northwest corner off Nizhoni; Library room. Contact (505) 307-5999 or (505) 721-9208. SUNDAY MAY 22 CHURCH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT Join us for the Holy Eucharist. Begins: 10:30 am. For more information, please call (505) 8634695. Location: 1334 S. Country Club Dr. TUESDAY MAY 24 COMPUTER CLASSES Join the Octavia Fellin Library for free community computer training classes. They’re new and improved. This week: Microsoft Word for beginners. Prerequisites: basic computer skills or equivalent experience. Starts at 3 pm. For more CALENDAR


information please call (505) 863-1291. Location: Main Branch, 115 W. Hill Ave.


THE CITY GALLUP Join us for a City Council meeting. Agendas will be available at least 72 hours each prior to each meeting. Meetings will be held in the City Council Chambers. For more information, please contact (505) 863-1254. Begins: 6 pm. Location: City Hall, 110 W. Aztec Ave.

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. For more information please call (505) 879-4176. Begins: 6:30 pm. Location: Northside Senior Center, 607 N. 4th St.

UNM-GALLUP Join us at the Gallup McKinley County Chamber of Commerce Conference Room. ACCION and the UNM Gallup SBDC will conduct a workshop titled: “How to Finance Your Small Business.” This workshop is the beginning of many upcoming dynamic sessions in Financial Literacy. These workshops focus on small-business Financial Management that’s designed to help you get into better financial shape. Starts: 1 pm. For more information, please call (505) 722-2220 or email gallupsbdc@unm. edu. Location: Meeting Room, 106 W. Hwy. 66. WEDNESDAY MAY 25 TODDLER TIME (AGES 2 TO 4) An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement rhymes, and stories. Starts: 10:30 am. Children’s Branch, 200 W Aztec Ave. Free MAY FILM SERIES: EPIC SEQUELS Join us for a free family movie. Starts at 5 pm. Main Branch, 115 W. Hill. Film: Creed

OPEN-MIC-NIGHT Local talent takes center stage from 7:30 - 9:30 pm at Coal Street Pub, 303 W. Coal Ave. (505) 7220117. THURSDAY MAY 26 COMPUTER CLASSES Join the Octavia Fellin Library for free community computer training classes. They’re new and improved. This week: Google Docs/Sheets. Prerequisites: must have working Google account and basic computer skills needed. For more information, please call (505) 863-1291. Starts at 3 pm. Location: Main Branch, 115 W. Hill Ave. ONGOING CARS N COFFEE Every Sunday in the Camille’s parking lot from noon to 2 pm. Check out cars – new, old, vintage, and bikes. Cruise at 1:30 pm. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. 2nd St. 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. FRIDAY NIGHT HOOTENANNY Gallup’s longest running live show! Every Friday night from 7-9 pm. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. 2nd St., Gallup. 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) 8632616, or email: gmchumanesociety@gmail.com. Location: 1315 Hamilton Rd. RECYCLING COUNCIL McKinley Citizens Recycling Council is a local nonprofit 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 Recylegallup.org. SAVE THE DATE SACRED HEART CATHEDRAL Sacred Heart Cathedral will be holding its second Annual Spanish Market and Fiesta, May 27-29. This weekend event will feature nationally acclaimed artists from New Mexico and Arizona who specialize in contemporary and traditional Spanish Colonial Art. Their work will be on display and available for sale. Many of the artists provide special lectures and demonstrations on their artistic process. The event will feature a classic car show, $10,000 raffle, and activities for kids. Location: Sacred Heart Cathedral, 415 E.

Green Ave. TREATY DAY ROUGHSTOCK RODEO On June 4, join us for the Treaty Day Roughstock Rodeo. Events include bareback riding, saddle bronco riding, and bull riding. Added Attraction: Fruit Scramble. Admission: $5 per person. Starts: 11:30 am. For more information, please call (928) 797-0575 or (505) 728-3654. Location: Dean C. Jackson Arena, Window Rock, AZ. 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 91 onsite 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. SPORTS WARRIORS CLUB PRESENTS On June 25, join us for the eighth annual Jim Thorpe Community 5K run and Native American Championship 5K. Other events include: one- and two-mile walks, toddler 300 meter dash, and a kids 12 and under 1K run. Register before the price goes up, please visit: nativeamerican5kchampionships.org. For more information, please call (505) 710-3323 or email sportswarriorsTC@aol. com. 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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