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NEWS Gallup Council approves $470K Allison bridge construction contract ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE: SEPT. 2017 By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he Gallup City Council unanimously approved a construction management agreement on June 14 that moves the bigger Allison Corridor Project closer to reality. The vote took place at the regular city meeting and none of the council members rejected the replacement initiative. The vote calls for Bohannan Huston, Inc. — an Albuquerquebased engineering firm — to provide daily oversight services for the building of a new bridge to replace one that was originally built in 1940. “This is a construction agreement that is part of the actual bridge replacement,” Gallup Public Works Executive Director Stan Henderson told council members. “This is not the actual construction, but it is obviously related to the bridge construction.” Henderson said the contract covers such things as
assistance with boilerplates, construction advertisement, bid tabulation, and award documentation – each in accordance with New Mexico Department of Transportation requirements. Henderson said the contract includes observation, testing, and review and approval of shop drawings and compliance requirements, among other administrative matters. “If you start in January what is your completion date?” City Councilor Yogash Kumar queried. “That’s what a lot of people want to know.” Mayor Jackie McKinney asked Henderson, accompanied by BHI transportation engineer Kurt Thorsen and construction engineer Matt Santiesteban, if the overall completion date could be moved back, suggesting that speed is of the essence. The bridge and the bigger $40-million Allison Corridor Project have been talked about in city council circles for the better part of a decade, to no avail. The project is currently one
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A truck drives across the rickety Allison Road bridge, which is slated for replacement in the coming months. It’s part of a $40 million Allison Road corridor project, which includes an I-40 interchange and hopes to spur economic development in the mostly barren area. File Photo of the biggest in New Mexico to move through its proper
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channels. Thorsen replied that a month or two could be “shaved off” if a right-of-way matter could be rectified soon. “That depends on at least two things,” he said, adding that utility certification was a factor in a faster timeline, too. The Allison Road bridge is a timber-frame-styled structure and runs north and south over the Puerco River. It has been rated as structurally deficient, garnering a 43.8 rating out of 100. Henderson has told council members in past city council meetings about the bridge. The exact cost to replace the br idge is $470,345.10, according to Henderson. The construction cost is covered by a series of 2015 funding grants administered by Gov. Susana Martinez. Those grants total around $4.5 million, Henderson said, and the rest of the funds would
go toward construction costs. In past council meetings, the bridge has been estimated to cost around $3 million. The new bridge will be completed in September 2017, barring unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, according to Henderson. Cit y Cou nci lor F ra n Pa locha k noted t hat t he bridge is on the same side of town where there is a major exit from Interstate 40; Exit 16 leads to a truck stop and a number of hotels and motels. The br idge is the first legally required component of the bigger $40-million Allison Corridor Project that, when completed, stands to bring more commercial development to Gallup’s west side, as well as alleviate automobile traffic coming off of US 491 as it spills into Gallup from Window Rock and other locales north along the federal road. NEWS
Investigator turns up the heat on a decade-old cold case SKETCH OF ‘JOHN DOE’ RELEASED
By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor
reconstruction drawing of a murdered man whose bones were discovered in Christmas Canyon a decade ago has breathed new life into a case gone cold. McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Inv. Merle Bates said a lthough the ma n’s bones were d i scovered i n ea rly 2006, it appears the homicide took place during the late ’80s or early ’90s. A nd he’s hoping to get some help from the public on identifying this John Doe. According to the police repor t , on Feb. 13, 20 0 6, Ga llup resident Cra ig Lombard was walking in the area when he noticed bones protruding from the ground in a sma ll a r royo. He initially assumed those were the bones of an animal, but decided to take a closer look. Lombard pushed some of the dirt away, and discovered
clot h i ng on one of t he bones, leading him to call authorities. At first, he pondered whether the remains were from the Anasazi era. However, forensic investigators would soon discover that the man buried there was a victim of foul play. Upon digging, investigators noted that construction
debris was piled on the body. A for e n s ic i nve s t i g a t ion report compiled by Dr. Debra Komar noted that a decomposed sheet of plywood was found above the body, and next to the body was the interior of a car door. She also noted that below the plywood were “several crossed 2 x 4s and several
The shirt ‘John Doe’ was wearing on the day that he was shot to death. Photo Credit: Courtesy
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plastic bags containing sand and/or stucco. A styrofoam cooler was recovered directly a bove t he t hor a x of t he individual.” A separate repor t compiled by the Office of the Medica l Investigator Dep. Richa rd Ma lone revea led what was left of the clothing that was on the victim the day he died. “Examination of the area revea led t he top of what appeared to be a blue sock with a decomposed leather shoe top around the tibia/fibula; the top of a pair of pants with two pockets exposed; a black or dark colored ribbed belt on the pants; the corner of a blue and maroon dress shir t; a nd a jacket with a faded red zipper,” Ma lone stated. Bate s sa id t he v ict i m, who he described as a Native American or Hispanic male, and who stood between 5’3” to 5’8” with a slight build, was shot twice. Daniel Wasko, who created the reconstr uctive drawing of “John Doe,” had a broad age range to consider when creating the sketch. Anthropologists estimated that he wa s in the 35 - to 50-years age range. To deal with the broad gap in age, Wasko drew the man as a mixed race, Native American and Hispanic, in his 40s. Meanwhile, Bates hopes to find out if anyone in the region is m issi ng a loved
A forensic sketch of ‘John Doe,’ who was found buried at Christmas Canyon on Feb. 13, 2006. A local investigator is asking for the public’s help in identifying the victim of foul play. Photo Credit: Courtesy one or friend. So far, he has rea ched dea d end s when sea rch i ng for matches i n missing persons databases, and has few clues to go on. The only denta l work the v ictim had wa s a pa r tia l, but t here a re no f i l l i ngs, or other work done to the v ictim’s teeth to a id w ith identification. The only piece of evidence is a long shot. Bates said a calculator wa s fou nd more t h a n 14 feet south of where the victim laid, and had the name “Ramirez” on it. This particular calculator was made between 1982-85. “It could be his, but we’re not clear,” he said. Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to call Crimestoppers at (505) 722-6161.
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McKinley, Cibola unemployment numbers decrease OFFICIALS SAY DECREASE IS ‘SEASONAL’
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
ew Mexico’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.2 percent in April, unchanged from March and down from 6.6 percent a year ago, officials said. In McKinley County, the unemployment rate was 7.8 percent for April 2016, which is a decrease from March’s 8.6 percent. In neighboring Cibola County — a 55-minute drive from Gallup, wherein Grants is the county seat — the unemployment rate for April was 6.1 percent. That figure was down from a 6.7 percent rate in March. Monthly unemploy ment s t a t i s t ic s a re one mont h behind, due to the amount of time it takes to compile them. “It’s definitely good news and it is also something that, one could argue, is cyclical,” Bill Lee — former McKinley County manager, McKinley County Commissioner-elect
McKinley County, which has seen a drop in the unemployment rate over the last few months, remains one of the higher percentages in New Mexico. Photo Credit: NM Department of Work Force Solutions (District 3), and current chief executive officer at the GallupMcKinley County Chamber of
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Commerce — said in a phone interview. “You have to look at summer youth employment
jobs and construction jobs, as well on the whole. I have seen my share of construction projects around the county.” Tracy Shaleen, an economist with the state Department of Work Force Solutions, said total payroll growth began to trend downward in late 2015, driven primarily by a downturn in mining and mining-related employment. “One significant change in April was the absence of any over-the-year gains in leisure and hospitality employment, which appears to be due to atypical changes in several sub-sectional changes in the industry,” Shaleen said in a phone interview.
Shaleen echoed Lee’s explanation of the downward-leaning unemployment rates in McKinley and Cibola counties, adding that construction, other outdoor-oriented jobs, and seasonal summer employment — no matter how temporary — are allowing economies like McKinley’s to see lower unemployment rates.
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Woman found dead amid fire INCIDENT OCCURRED IN MOSSMAN
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
ne person died June 7 in a Gallup house fire. Officials say the incident looks like an accident that does not involve foul play. Gallup Fire Marshal Jesus Mora les sa id f i ref ig hter s responded to a back-room fire at 506 Julie Drive in Mossman. He said firefighters responded quickly, adding that the blaze was put out in a matter of minutes.
“That’s about all I can say at this point,” Morales said. “The matter was turned over to the police department due to the fact that there was a dead body found inside the home.” Morales, who was par t of the response team on the scene, said a middle-aged woman was found in a back room of the house near the location of the fire. He did not give the name of the female. B ec au s e t he sit u a t ion was related to a death, the Gallup Police Depar tment officers were on the scene and
WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports The legal limit is .08. Gilbert Hannaweeke-Lamy May 27, 1:53 am 3rd DWI, Aggravated Working the DWI Task Force Patrol, MCSO I n v. M e r l e Bates received a radio call about a drunk driver. Bates noticed a dark truck southbound on Hwy 491 near Coal Basin Road. The suspect vehicle pulled off into the Dairy Queen lot, 1050 N. Hwy 491. When he arrived at the car, Bates noticed the smell of alcohol coming from the window. Ha n naweeke -L a my, 41, slurred his speech, had bloodshot, watery eyes, and the car had two open containers inside. Hannaweeke-Lamy failed field sobriety testing and blew a .17 and .18 during the breath tests.
Drew Lonetree May 25, 5:26 pm DWI, Aggravated M C S O Deputy Garylle James arrived at 702 Portal, the scene of a hit and run, where he met up with Deputies Nocona Clark and Jeff Barnhurst. James found the suspect’s gold Cadillac as well as two males, Drew Lonetree and Michael DeArmond, at the Gamerco Trailhead. Both suspects claimed the other had been the driver. Drew Lonetree, 24, refused all testing. Melvin Dawes Harvey May 24, 5:15 am DWI M C S O Sg t . El reno Hen io wa s dispatched to Cousins Road rega rd i ng a vehicle crash involving one car
recorded an official report. Morales referred information on the incident to police officials. According to a report, as soon as GPD Officer Matthew Graham arrived on the scene, he was told by neighbors that a female lived in the house and was believed to be inside at the time of the fire. “I was told that the female that lives in the residence was nowhere to be found,” Graham wrote. “I was advised that the smoke was coming from the back room and that they
[neighbors] weren’t able to get in that room.” Graham noted in the police report that a man at the site of the fire was also residing in
the home. GPD Capt. Miranda Spencer said an autopsy came back and there were no signs of foul play. Spencer did not state the official cause of death.
and a powerline pole. Harvey was transported to Gallup Indian Medical Center due to intoxication. Deputy Roxanne King met with Harvey, 51, at GIMC and found he smelled of alcohol, slurred his speech, and had bloodshot, watery eyes. Harvey consented to a blood draw. According to the report, Harvey fell asleep at the wheel, and drove into the powerline.
Jacoby Garcia May 15, 10:46 pm 2nd DWI, Aggravated GPD Officer D o m i n i c Molina heard a fight in the Jay Street a rea . Fou r m a le s were fighting; two suspects entered a white vehicle and drove southbound
on Jay. The vehicle pulled into the driveway of 688 Todd Drive. The driver, Jacoby Garcia, had a suspended license due to DWI. Garcia, 28, smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot, watery eyes, and slurred his speech. He failed the field sobriety tests and blew a .22 during breath testing. He refused chemical testing.
A Mossman home caught fire on June 7; officials do not suspect foul play in the death of a resident. Photo Credit: NativeStars
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WEEKLY CRIME BLOTTER Staff Reports
BUSTED AT BURGER KING 6/12, Gallup G D P Officer John Gonzales was dispatched to Bu rger K i ng, 2400 E. Historic Hwy 66, in reference to a vehicle break-in. Mario Gordon was found seated in a black Ford Expedition bearing Arizona plates and a broken window. There was a rock on the ground. Gordon, 27, was arrested on charges of Breaking and Entering.
DISTURBING THE PEACE 6/8, Gallup Accord i ng to a pol ice report, around 9:30 pm, GPD Officer Dominic Molina pulled Christopher S. Saucedo, 28, over for speeding. Saucedo
immediately b e c a m e a g g re s sive and requested a supervisor. W h e n GDP officer Chris Molina arrived on the scene, he found Officer Dominic Molina, Saucedo, and Saucedo’s two small children, who were crying in the front seat of the car. Sgt. Emery Holly was also on the scene. Holly attempted to give the children stuffed animals to cheer them up. Saucedo did not allow the children to take the toys. According to a repor t, Saucedo told Officer Chris how much he disliked Officer Dominic, claiming he was going to “kick that other officer’s ass.” Saucedo was arrested for assault upon a peace officer.
FLAG FLOP 6/8, GALLUP According to a repor t, Police were dispatched to Blue Spruce Lodge, 1119 E. Hwy 66,
in reference to a larceny involving a stolen f lag. According to the report, a f lag wa s taken from one motel room to another. GDP O f f icer M a t t hew Graham arrived at Room 22 to find suspect Albert Graham smoking marijuana from a soda can outside of the room. Albert claimed he did not steal the flag and invited the officer in to see for himself. Eventually, the stolen flag was found between the mattresses in Albert’s room. It was returned to its owner. The flag’s owner explained that the flag belonged to her father, who was a veteran, and she flew it out of respect. According to the report, the victim said Albert threatened to fight her and her father, would not give the flag back, and attempted to hide it in some clothes. Albert, 36, was booked on charges of possession of marijuana and larceny.
Mentmore man jailed on breaking-and-entering, evasion charges By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
Mentmore ma n rema i ned beh i nd ba r s Ju ne 16 a fter a r rested on ch a r ge s of brea k i ng a nd entering; criminal damage to proper ty; resisting; and evading or obstr ucting an officer, according to a police report. Officer Chavo Chischilly of the Ga llup Police Depa r tment w rote in a report that Marcus Spencer, 26, was the sole suspect in several downtown break-ins
Marcus Spencer that began several minutes after 1 am on June 14.
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DWI | FROM PAGE 5 Marshall W. June May 6, 12:25 am DWI, Aggravated In responding to a dispatch about an uninsured vehicle that had str uck another car in the parki n g lo t of Colonial Motel, 1007 W. Coal, GPD Officer Douglas Hoffman found the suspect vehicle driving on the wrong side of the road. The vehicle drove onto a curb and into the shrubs before backing up and driving into the parking lot of the Super 8 Motel, 1715 W Hwy 66. June, 33, smelled strongly of alcohol and fell over as he exited the car. He failed field sobriety tests and refused breath testing. Derrick Davin Thomas Jan. 15, 6:14 pm DWI, Aggravated W h i le on pa t rol, McKinley C o u n t y Sherriff’ O f f ic e r Eric D. Jim noticed a dark blue Chevy
speeding toward him from behind. The vehicle weaved in and out of its lane and merged westbound onto Hwy 264. Jim pulled the vehicle over near the Navajo Estates Fire Department. Thomas, had red watery eyes, slurred his speech, and smelled of alcohol, according to the report. There were two open containers in the car. Thomas, 30, failed the field sobriety tests and refused breath testing. Adeline J. Murphy Jan. 15, 5:05 pm DWI, Aggravated Gallup P o l i c e Department O f f ic e r Car melita James was d ispatched to Hwy 491 and Coal Basin Road in reference to a crash with injuries. At the scene, James met Sheriff’s Deputy C. Nocona, who said all passengers were intoxicated. The driver, Adeline J. Murphy, was found inside King Dragon, 1212 Hwy 491. According to the report, Murphy, 61, failed the field sobriety tests and blew .19 during breath testing, though the sample was considered insufficient, as Murphy was only able to blow once.
UNEMPLOYMENT | FROM PAGE 4 “I th i nk when you consider the case of McKinley Cou nt y, it is impor ta nt to look at weather and things like construction jobs,” he sa id. “ That is a big factor in a cou nt y like McK inley
MENTMORE MAN | FROM PAGE 6 Chischilly initially responded to a n a la r m at R ich a rd son’s on H i st or ic Highway 66, and ended up responding to broken glass r e p o r t s a t We l l s F a r g o (300 W. Aztec Ave.), Gallup Cu stom T i nt i ng I nc. (110 S. Third St.), and The Rex Museum on Highway 66. A vehicle was also damaged. St eve Si lver sm it h, ja i l w a r de n a t t he McK i n ley C ou nt y A d u lt D e t e nt io n C e n t e r, c o n f i r m e d t h a t S pencer wa s ja i le d on a $31,000-bond amount. “I cou ld hea r a per son yelling as I parked at Gallup Custom Tinting,” Chischilly wrote. “I could not see anyone, but I saw a ma le r un across the ra ilroad nor th
when a n a ly z i n g not on ly McKinley County, but some other counties in the state as well.” The national unemployment rate was 5 percent — unchanged from March — and down from 5.4 percent in April 2015. Luna County, located in
the southwestern section of New Mexico, carried the highest unemployment rate at 15.6 percent. Union County, in the northeastern part of New Mexico, has the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 3 percent. There are 33 counties in New Mexico.
to the Historical Museum. I then heard glass breaking.” C h i s c h i l ly w r ot e t h a t he obser ved Spencer lift a green metal 55-gallon trashc a n a b ove h i s he a d a nd smash it against the museum glass. Chischilly eventually c a u g ht eye cont a c t w it h Spencer, and Spencer took off running. At some point, the suspect injured himself on t he broken g l a s s, t he police report suggests. “ I ne ve r lo s t s i g ht of h i m a s he kept r u n n i ng,” Chischilly recorded. “He got halfway between Second and Third streets [on the railroad tracks] when he gave up and stood with his hands up.” C h i s c h i l ly w r ot e t h a t Spencer wa s bleeding from the arm, so an ambul a nc e w a s c a l le d t o t he scene. Spencer wa s t hen
transported to Gallup Indian Medical Center. There were broken windows at each of the businesses mentioned by Chischilly, the report states. Chischilly wrote that he a sked Spencer what hap pened to susta in the cuts and bleeding, and Spencer r epl ie d t h a t h i s “g i rl f r iend pu shed h i m dow n the Interstate 40 wall.” He told Chischilly he didn’t do anything. “It looks like a two-men job,” Spencer told the officer. A fter ultimately admitting to the property destruction, Spencer admitted to damaging the windows of a vehicle that was parked near Richardson’s. The estimated a mou nt of ov e r a l l d a m age committed by Spencer wa s $37,000, according to Chischilly’s report.
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OPINIONS When will the BIA be held accountable for tribal refugees? THE AGENT FOR EXPOSURE DEATHS RESIDES WITH THE FEDS
By Joe Schaller Citizen Watchdog
allup’s activist media continues to pound the drum, demanding the City of Gallup do something about the dozens of annual exposure deaths, yet we rarely hear of the conditions which bring about these tragedies, let alone the stark scarcity of personal responsibility. Rather than homeless or vagrant, transients who risk
their lives by leaving their homes and traveling long distances to escape the oppression and monotony of the reservation without transportation or a place to stay – all
to experience the freedoms of Gallup — should be considered refugees. In order to rectify the problem, the system of rule that has led to the conditions of poverty and lack of freedoms
on tribal lands might well be scrutinized by those distressed by the situation – wouldn’t you
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GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF JUNE 17 - 23
In the face of a tragedy, it’s easy to forget that not all human beings are evil. There is good in our world when we look for it. Consider this sage advise from Mr. Rogers: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You’ll always find people who are helping.’” Madame G suggests you do the same, look for the helpers or even better — be the helpers!
ARIES (March 21-April 19) Every once in a while, the world experiences the joy of a true leader of positive change. These interesting figures grace us with the knowledge of what we already knew to be true, but say it in such a way that helps us understand. You may feel very frustrated, Aries, but as Mahatma Gandhi said: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Don’t expect others to be any different — the change must begin with you and me.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Dear Taurus, you’re full of conflicting thoughts and feelings. Really, it’s hard to separate fact from fiction. You may care for someone without requiring romantic love, or you may find that a long-time friend is more than a friend. Maya Angelou said: “Love liberates, it doesn’t blind.” Experience the greatest inspiration and eye-opening experience through love and don’t let your heart, or fear, fool you into believing falsehoods.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) The tragedy in Orlando likely has your sensitive soul — and kind heart — a little bruised. It’s hard to accept that such hatred exists in the world. Madame G suggests you take this time to seize the day. Don’t let your loved ones leave without knowing your true feelings. As Heather Stillufsen said: “Today, make it a point to tell someone you love them while you have the chance.”
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Remember, dear Cancer, it’s important to be conscious of your motives and actions. Mother Teresa said: “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” Your actions speak louder than words, but your silent passive aggressive actions speak even louder. Consider looking deep into your heart and asking yourself why you feel angry; accept it; and slowly and gently let it go. You’ll feel a million times better.
It’s important not to let love pass you by. When you find someone who makes your eyes shine with laughter, don’t let go. Take a moment to appreciate the experience and show love daily. When you look back on your life, you’ll want to say, like Edgar Allen Poe: “We loved with a love that was more than love.” Have no regrets. Live and love fully. For that is a life worth living.
Capriciousness is a loosing battle — it’ll unfold and hurtle back at you 10 times your own weight. Are you prepared? Remember these wise words: “You’ve got a broken heart, not a broken life. You’ve got a broken dream, not a broken future.” It’s up to you to find your purpose and meaning. You’re as capable and deserving as anyone else. Your life is special — live it!
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) A great heart usually follows a great soul. You have both. It’s important to show love for those who’ve hurt you and possibly misused your goodness. Don’t hold onto your grudges; they only harm you. Vincent van Gogh said: “There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.” Find your inner creative and paint your love of humanity. The world needs more artists just like you.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You’ve got quite a few things running through your mind. It’s been a busy few years. However, it’s up to you to make life better and happier. This is not your significant other’s job. No one can save you, but you. You’re capable and worth it! Stephen Chbosky said: “We accept the love we think we deserve.” What do you deserve? Happiness belongs to those who find it.
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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You’re a passionate creature. You’re also completely misunderstood, often vilified, glorified, and perhaps at times despised. You’re an honest mixture of good and bad, much like everyone else. Does your confidence drive people mad? Perhaps you’re just the most tenacious person in the room. Whatever the case, your tender heart is plagued with jealousy. Learn to let go. Alexander Groseth said: “Perfect love is within your reach! Only you have to remove jealousy, expectations, prejudices, and greed from what it is that you call love first.” Take the first step and you’ll find it.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) We all need a theme in our lives. It may change direction or head away from people, but it should remain consistently us. What’s your life’s mission? Sometimes, it’s the simple wisdom that works best. We don’t always have to reinvent the wheel. William Shakespeare said: “Love all. Trust a few. Do wrong to none.” Our lives may be short and seemingly insignificant, but to follow this direction seems the most significant conscious act we can make.
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Sometimes, you find that coldness is easier than affection or emotion. After all, silly emotions wreak havoc on your hair, what with all the times you run your fingers through it. Love isn’t easy, and relationships require work and commitment. However, the end result is a lifetime of meaning. Pope Francis said: “Don’t be afraid to love. Don’t be afraid to be tender.” You’ll regret a life devoid of love.
Life is short, and the recent tragedies seem to highlight the pain and suffering in the world. You may feel burdened by the weight of this loss. We can’t change everything. But we can love the ones in our lives. They’re not perfect and we’re not perfect, but imperfect love is beautiful, too. “Hold onto the one that makes you smile.” And don’t let go. OPINIONS
COMMUNITY Best of the Best Timed looks to draw 200 contestants EVENT FREE FOR THE PUBLIC TO ATTEND By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent
alt Eddy is not your typical promoter f u ll of bluster and noise. Nevertheless, the unassuming idea-man of Gallup’s Best of the Best Timed Event Rodeo gets the job done. “I was born into the Western lifestyle,” Eddy said in a recent i nter v iew. “My mom had started Trice’s Western Wear (1954 - 2000) before I was born. One of my first promotions was a customer appreciation roping event where our prizes were donated by suppliers. By 1988, I was involved in the National Team Roping Competition at Red Rock Park, which continues today. We had around a thousand participants this year from outside the area.” Eddy also manages similar events in Moab, Utah; Flagstaff, Arizona; and Las Cruces; as well as one at the Fairgrounds in Albuquerque. His idea for the Best of the Best Timed Event Rodeo was a direct response to the National Jr. High Finals Rodeo Association’s choice to move its event to a more eastern location, on a rotating basis. “The city had agreed to i mplement t he upg r a de s
Jayci McConnell barrel racing in the 2014 Best of the Best Timed Event competion. Photo Credit: Best of the Best Facebook page
Walt Eddy is the idea-man behind Gallup’s annual Best of the Best Timed Event Competition, which comes to town June 22-25. Photo Credit: Tom Hartsock mandated by the NJHFRA, but
Mia Manzaneras participated in the goat tying event during 2014’s Best of the Best competition. Photo Credit: Best of the Best Facebook page
Abby Medlin participated in the breakaway roping competition in the 2014 Best of the Best Timed Rodeo. Photo Credit: Best of the Best Facebook page
wanted the group to guarantee Gallup six more years of events, which they refused,” Eddy said. “The cost to the city without the guarantee would have been too high without this guarantee.” “ The Best of the Best was designed to keep rodeo,
especially for younger contestants, in the forefront of the many activities Gallup offers to its residents and visitors,” Eddy said. “While most New Mexico cities have one or at the most, two annual rodeos, Gallup this year will host seven in the period between Memorial Day
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Navajo Nation Gardening Challenge to Unite and Empower Navajo families Staff Reports
I N DOW ROCK , A r i z . — Reconnecting Navajo families through self-reliance, food sovereignty, and organic gardening is hard work. Nava jo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez knows firsthand about the intensive labor of farming. Each year, his family gathers to plant crops on the family farm. This family activity provides unity, exercise, empowerment and self-sufficiency, he said. On June 4, the Nava jo Nation Gardening Challenge wa s lau nched, beg i n n i ng with a garden planted at Vice President Nez’s residence in Window Rock. Vo l u n t e e r s f r o m t h e Northern Arizona University Institute for Tr iba l Environmental Professionals, Tolani Lake Enterprises, Little Colorado River Watershed Chapters Association, Navajo Nation Youth Council, and the Youth Conser vation Corps from Lupton assisted with the daylong activity. “We’re out here to start our experiment with traditional and modern ways of gardening,” said Vice President Nez. The neighborhood was a beehive of activity, as trailers delivered compost and organic mulch material. Three raised garden beds measuring 4-feet wide by 20-feet long were dug, along with a portion of the yard designated for a cornfield. The double-dug lasagna technique was implemented, consisting of layers of cardboard, compost, mulch, and dirt, utilized to create three garden beds. Joe Costion of Ashokala Gardens in Show Low was among the volunteers who helped with the new garden. “Double digging is really good for enhancing the soil immediately to get greater productivity for garden vegetables,” he said. “Something as simple as providing a mulch on top of the soil really does retain the moisture in the soil for plant growth.” Assisting him was
Vice President Nez’s son, Christopher, had the opportunity to participate in the gardening challenge. He’s planting seeds here, after the three raised garden beds were completed. Photo Credit: Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President
In Feb. 2016, Vice President Jonathan Nez began discussions on the gardening challenge. In March and April, he met with NAU Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals and began detailing the project. He met with Tolani Lake Enterprises and NAU ITEP on May 18 to inspect the soil in his yard before beginning the initiative. On May 22, Vice President Nez broke ground and began cultivating the soil. On June 4, he planted his garden and launched the gardening challenge. Photo Credit: Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President Jonathan Yazzie of Tolani Lake Enterprises, who said he has volunteered and assisted Navajo families with farming
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for more than 40 years. “In the past two months, I did 25 gardens, 26 with this one. I also have a 20-acre farm
The intent and purpose of the Navajo Nation Gardening Challenge is to bring family, friends, and people together in the name of food sovereignty, health, and self-reliance. Photo Credit: Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President in Sand Springs. I did about 20 chapters this year,” Yazzie said. Vice President Nez praised Tolani Lake Enterprises and the numerous farmers, gardening programs, and farming organizations across the Navajo Nation that have maintained the ideals of food sovereignty for countless years. “Thank you to our Navajo people that are maintaining gardens and farms. We appreciate the continuation of subsistence farming for our future generations,” he said. “We must return to the basic family tenets of helping one another and being self-sufficient. “There are many teachings embedded in farming, which brings together young and old,
immediate and extended families for the objective of growing food,” he added. Vice President Nez’s garden consisted of three garden beds of vegetables and a small field composed of the Three Sisters: corn, beans, and squash. A drip irrigation system was also installed for watering the garden. The Nava jo Nation Gardening Challenge encompasses the effor ts by the Begaye-Nez administration to strengthen Navajo families, while teaching the importance of Navajo language, culture, and tradition.
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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for June 17, 2016 By Glenn Kay For the Sun
e l l o ! We ’ v e g o t another impressive edition of highlights coming your way on Blu-ray and DVD. Several of these releases are critically acclaimed, suggesting many are worth a look. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!
BIG NEW RELEASES! 10 Cloverfield Lane - This sequel to the 2008 sci-fi / horror film Cloverfield i nt r o duc e s a new environment and complet ely different characters. After getting into a traffic accident, a young woman wakes up in an underground bunker. She’s told by her gruff host that the world has come to an end, and she must determine how much of what he says is true. Reviews were strong for the film. Some reviewers had issues with the ending, but most praised the performances and tense atmosphere generated. The cast includes Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman and John Gallagher Jr. 4 5 Ye a r s - Ch a rlot t e Rampling earned an Oscar nomination for her performance in this small British drama about an elderly married couple about to celebrate an anniversary. The relationship is strained when her husband receives a letter. It explains that the body of a woman he dated in college has been recovered after a long disappearance. He begins to obsess over the past, causing friction in the present. The press raved about the performances, calling it a low-key but compelling drama with deeper themes. Just don’t expect a Hollywoodstyle narrative. It also features Tom Courtenay. Eddie the Eagle - Here’s a more decidedly feel-good effort from the UK. It’s a biopic about one of England’s most unusual athletes, Eddie Edwards. It chronicles his unlikely but determined attempts to make COMMUNITY
the 1988 Olympic team as a skijumper. With limited exper ience, he encou nter s great cha llenges in his quest. Critics were generally positive about the effort. They described the film as a bit corny, but also a sweet and good-natured flick that benefits significantly from a likable cast. The movie stars Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, and Christopher Walken. Hello, My Name is Doris - An eccentric older woman is inspired to pursue the affections of a younger man at work in this independent comedy. Unfortunately, her actions cause significant embarrassment to family members. Once again, reviews were very good for this feature. While most admitted that the tone was excessively quirky at times, many found the lead performance exceptional and appreciated that the film took a few unexpected twists and turns along the way. Sally Field, Max Greenfield, Wendy McLendonCovey, Tyne Daly, Stephen Root, Kumail Nanjiani, Peter Gallagher, and Natasha Lyonne headline the film. London Ha s Fal le n - After all of the previous films listed, t h i s i s t he first of the week t hat didn’t score with reviewers. It’s a sequel to the hit 2013 action flick Olympus Has Fallen, which takes its hero to London, England. Once again, he must save the President after a nasty force begins a terrorist attack. Notices were weak. While a select few enjoyed its jingoistic approach, many called it a nasty, ugly, and at times xenophobic effort with thinly written characters and below-average visual effects. Action film fans can do much better. It stars Gerard Butler, A a r o n E ck h a r t , Mor g a n Freeman, Melissa Leo, and Angela Bassett. Rabid Dogs - Also known as Enrages, this violent thriller is actually a France/Canada co-production and remake of the ’70s Italian flick Kidnapped
from horror filmmaker Mario Bava. The story involves the nasty complications that arise after a heist plot goes wrong. When the crooks take hostages as they attempt to flee the city, allegiances begin to shift. Film festival audiences and critics were mixed on the final results; some called it a well-produced and acted potboiler, while others found it to be a largely unnecessar y remake. The cast includes Lambert Wilson, Guillaume Gouix, and Virginie Ledoyen.
BLASTS FROM THE PAST! W o w , there’s some really interesting stuff arriving this week on Bluray. Shout! Fa c t or y i s bringing a popular horror series to high definition with Jeepers Creepers (2001) and its sequel, Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003). The movies feature a nasty flesh-eating creature that goes on a killing spree. These two movies involve groups of characters who happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and must face off against the monster. T he Blu-rays a re bot h Collector’s Editions, which means they come with plenty of extras. Beside a new transfer of the film, extras include a new director/cast audio commentary (along with a prev iously released director’s commentary), a documentary on the production, i nter v iews w it h ca st a nd crew, deleted and alternate scenes, as well as publicity material. The sequel has just as many bonuses, including multiple commentary tracks, documentaries, interviews, and the like. If you enjoy these flicks, you’ll be pleased with the release. Universal has some fun old titles from their catalog arriving on Blu-ray a s well. Airport T he Complete Collection contains all four titles in the hugely popular
disaster film series, including Airport (1970), Airport 1975 (1974), Airport ‘77 (1977) and The Concorde: Airport ‘79 (1979). The first helped jumpstart the disaster movie craze of the ’70s, with each chapter getting more and more exaggerated and ridiculous. The middle chapters are actually a lot of fun, and the Concordeset finale resides squarely in the so-bad-it’s-good category. You’ll see pilots open windows, passengers make terrible jokes after almost being blown out of the aircraft, and other mind-boggling scenarios. But that’s not all. Jaws fans can now pick up the various sequels to the 1975 S t e v e n Spielberg classic. Jaws 2 (1978) is a passable follow-up with teenagers stuck at sea who are terrorized by the shark. As for the later efforts — Jaws 3 (1983) (originally released in 3D) and Jaws: The Revenge (1987) — they veer well into cheeseball territory. The discs reportedly come with all the extras that have been previously released on DVD editions. The final film also comes with the original ending as a bonus feature, which killed off one of the characters. Weirdly enough, if you saw the movie on opening day (as I did), you saw the first ending (prints with the altered finale didn’t arrive at cinemas until a day after release). It made for a head-scratching conversation at school if you discussed the movie with friends the following week. Criterion has an impressive new Blu-ray of the comedy, Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941). It’s about a pilot who cr a she s a nd d ie s, but i s informed by an angel that if he wishes, he can transplant himself into the body of a corrupt financier. The movie won two Oscars and this edition includes a new 2K digital transfer of the film elements, a conversation between a film critic and Director Michael Schlesinger on the movie’s importance, an audio interview with co-star Elizabeth Montgomer y, a nd a rad io adaptation of the movie featuring Cary Grant.
Not to be outdone, Kino has notable relea ses a s we l l . T h e y include a Blu-ray of the Best Original Screenplay Oscar-winner, The Brave One (1956). The distributor also has the German sci-fi flick Gold (1932) coming your way. If you enjoy old B-movie monsters, The Magnetic Monster (1953) may be to your liking. It involves a radioactive force that threatens the world. Interestingly enough, it actually shares a connection to the previously referenced film Gold, as it incorporates some footage from that title. Finally, they’ve also got Something Big (1971), a comedic Western featuring Dean Martin as a man who wants to make an impression, and obtains a Gatling gun to help him do so. W a n t more? Well, you can always check out A rrow’s Nikkatsu Diamond G u y s Vo l . 2. This Bluray release features more cult Japanese movies that include Tokyo Mighty Guy (1960), Danger Paws (1962), and Murder Unincorporated (1965). And Synapse is putting out the cheesy fantasy B-movie Sorceress (1982) in high definition. Finally, Redemption is distributing the low-budget crime film Crimson (1973) on Blu-ray in two cuts and with a film historian commentary.
YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! There’s a good selection for kids this week. You can see what’s available below. Back to the Future: The Animated Series: Season 1 Curious George: Garden Discoveries Littlest Pet Shop: Making Friends Quackerz Shaun the S h e e p: T h e Farmer’s Llamas Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle: Season 1 (animated)
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GARDENING | FROM PAGE 10 A generational paradigm shift toward self-reliance, defined by the Navajo philosophy of t’áá hó ájít’éego, is the ultimate goal. “True sovereignty is the ability of a nation to feed its people. This is especially true for the Navajo Nation because much of our 27,000-squaremiles of tribal land is fertile,”
BEST OF THE BEST | FROM PAGE 9 riders in its first year, to 142 last year. As of June 14, 120 contestants have entered from 11 states, and the book does not close until June 17, allowing a little more time for more mailins and online registrations. Eddy expects the total this year will be anywhere from 180 to 200 contestants. The payouts have increased as well, with $14,000 in added prizes for riders and ropers from the 6 th to 12 th grades. More interesting to locals, perhaps, is that a local car dealership has guaranteed the gate receipts, which means
Vice President Nez said. Office of the President and Vice President will distribute non-genetically-modified seeds to interested families who want to plant a garden this season. The seeds were provided by Tolani Lakes Enterprises, and NAU ITEP provided the accompanying brochure that outlines basic gardening tips for the novice planter. The challenge was issued
and Vice President Nez encourages Navajo families to pick up the gauntlet and plant a garden. The OPVP website will provide a list of various tribal gardening and farming programs across the five agencies for technical assistance. Seeds are available and will be distributed at OPVP. Call Chris Bahe at (928) 8717001 for more information, or stop by the office to pickup a packet.
spectators pay nothing to get inside the arena. In addition to barrel racing, breakaway roping, calf roping, goat tying, pole bending, and team roping, there are also specialty events in parent/contestant team roping and parent/ contestant co-ed ribbon roping. Head to GallupBest.com for full details, including incentives for the junior high contestants, or call (505) 863-1272. Each day will start at 9 am and continue until about noon, while horses and riders will take a break until the evening performance from 6 - 8 pm. Saturday will feature a junior looper contest for those handy with a rope, and who meet the age
requirements of 6 - 12. There will also be a short-go on Saturday to determine the final payouts. The third annual event, scheduled for June 22 - 25, will allow these cowboys and cowgirls an extra shot at glory on horseback, as well as a chance to wa lk away w ith some extra cash. No qualification is required by the participants, but athletic ability is kept at a high level by the $250 entry fee in each event, knocking out most wanna-be’s before they even saddle up. Dish Network Channel 231 will also be in attendance at this year’s event, filming in and around Gallup, as well as parts of the rodeo itself.
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Environment and health departments issue smoke advisory Staff Reports
he New Mex ico Env iron ment Department and New Mexico Department of Health [on June 15] issued a smoke advisory for areas of New Mexico that may be affected by smoke from fires currently burning in New Mexico and Arizona. Smoke from the Dog Head Fire west of Estancia and the North Fire south of Magdalena is affecting air quality throughout central New Mexico. Hot, dry, and stagnant forecasted weather is expected to contribute to increased smoke concentrations especially in central New Mexico throughout the upcoming weekend. “Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and aggravate chronic heart and lung problems,” Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Lynn Gallagher said. “People with heart and/or lung disease, adults over age 65, young children, and pregnant women should minimize outdoor activities during times when the visibility is about 5 miles or less. Be sure you have the medicines needed for chronic heart or lung disease. When the visibility starts to go below three miles, sensitive groups should avoid outdoor activities until air quality improves.” The New Mexico Env iron ment Depa r tment operates air quality monitors
at multiple locations around the state. The monitors gather information about air quality conditions and help to keep the public informed. Data from the Environment Department air monitors can be found at: drdasnm1.alink.com. The US Forest Service also has a temporary air quality monitor in Magdalena and is evaluating additional monitoring locations to assess areas affected by the Dog Head Fire. Monitoring data for US Forest Service monitors can be found at: app.airsis.com/USFS. Because air quality monitors are not everywhere, the eyes are the best tools to determine if it is safe to be outside. Even if the smell of smoke is apparent, the air quality may still be good. As a rule of thumb, if visibility is over five miles, the air quality is generally good. However, no matter how far one can see, if individuals are having health effects from smoke exposure, they are advised to take extra care to stay inside or get to an area with better air quality, and to also see a doctor or healthcare professional as needed. For guidance on distances and visibility, please visit nmtracking.org/fire, which includes three maps with examples. For more information about fires in New Mexico, visit: nmfireinfo.com. Information on fires in Arizona and throughout the US is available at: inciweb.nwcg.gov.
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SPORTS 360 Navajo Prep’s Coleman headed to Cochise College in Ariz. COLEMAN COMING OFF NM ALL-STAR BASKETBALL GAME points, 8 rebounds, and 5 steals per game in basketball, and helped Prep to an overall 13-16, 6-2 record and a state playoff appearance. Prep ended the volleyball season 16 -3, 7-1, boasting one of the best teams in New Mexico with Coleman and the left-handed outside hitter and jumping-jack Diamond Jones — a one-two punch for the Lady Eagles. “I will miss Navajo Prep,” Coleman said. “I will miss my teachers and friends.” Coleman averaged six kills and three blocks per game as a member of the Navajo Prep volleyball team. She said she chose Cochise over bigger schools in Colorado and Texas, and added that she missed the initial signing deadline for the Lady Apaches, but “is fully committed to Cochise and ready to get going.” Coleman played in last weekend’s New Mexico 3A allstar game, where she scored 10 points for the North in a win over the South. She said playing in her first New Mexico allstar game was extra special,
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A RMINGTON – Jasmine Coleman of Navajo Prep School is the latest area high school girls basketball player to commit to playing at the next level. Rainy Crisp, head girls basketball and volleyball coach, and interim athletic director at Prep, said Coleman entertained several scholarship offers from myriad schools, but settled on Cochise College in Arizona. “She was a very good player for us in her four years at Prep,” Crisp said. “She will be missed. She is an excellent basketball and volleyball player, and is an even better person.” Coleman, who graduated about three weeks ago, played forward on the basketball team and was a middle hitter for the Lady Eagles’ volleyball team. “She played both and was equally good in volleyball,” Crisp said. “She is a very good athlete. Always in the right place at the right time in both sports.” Playing in the competitive Division 1-3A alongside Tohatchi and Crownpoint high schools, Coleman averaged 15
considering she sat out the 2015 basketball season with an injury. “It’s really a special feeling to play in the all-star game,” Coleman said. “With the injury, I had to take things easy and slow.” Last year, Navajo Prep lost to Eunice 3-0 in the state volleyball playoffs, and lost to Cuba 56-46 in the girls state 3A basketball playoffs. According to Crisp, Coleman played well in that game. Coleman said she leaves for Cochise in August and is excited about meeting new friends and competing in basketball at a whole different level. “It’s going to be a lot of fun,” she said. “I’m ready.” Cochise College is a twoyear institution with campuses in Douglas and Sierra Vista, Arizona. The school is noted for having its own schoolowned airport, as well as an aviation program for students. The Lady Apaches ended the 2015-2016 basketball season with a 23-7 record — the third best in school history.
Navajo Prep School athlete, Jasmine Coleman, will head to Cochise College to play for the women’s basketball team this fall. Photo Credit: Navajo Prep School
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REFUGEES | FROM PAGE 8 think? Imagine if the government were responsible for looking after your best interests. All of your assets must be managed by bureaucrats on your behalf. A special bureau is even set up to oversee your affairs. Every important decision you make requires approval, and every approval comes with a mountain of regulations. In law, a ward is someone placed under the protection of a legal guardian. That lengthy relationship between Native Americans and government continues today. The federal government is responsible for managing Native American affairs for the benefit of all Natives, but they have failed and as a result, Native American reservations are
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Attention Gallup residents! Have the Gallup Sun delivered to your home Friday morning! Special rate $20 for 26 weeks or $40 for year. (Must live in Gallup metro area.) Send payment to: PO BOX 1212, Gallup, NM 87305. Call (505) 728-1640 to pay by card. private land. The result is that many investors avoid Native American lands altogether. Due to federal control, the complicated legal and property systems on reservations are detrimental to economic growth. After a century of the Bureau of Indian Affairs consistently undervaluing Native American resources, things haven’t gotten much better economically. As long as tribes are denied the right to control their own resources, they will remain locked in poverty and dependency. On top of the federally induced poverty, the Navajo Nation does not allow liquor sales on tribal land in the belief that Navajos are incapable of controlling themselves and drinking responsibly. Tribal impoverishment is a direct consequence of federal policies, which may be why the
BIA Public Affairs director in Washington avoids responding to my questions. The flight of reservation refugees to Gallup is clearly brought about by federal and tribal government restrictions of freedom. Rather than harass the City of Gallup for costly protective custody patrols, detox units, alcohol rehabs, homeless shelters, flophouses, whatever, activists and local media might want to focus their concern and outrage on our local BIA and their $466-million 2016 budget for the Navajo Region tribal government and “regional oversight.” Here’s an investigative topic
for local politicos, activists and media to pursue. How did Gallup become the scapegoat target for the consequences of tribal poverty and oppression of freedoms, while the feds, who are the legal tribal guardians, escape any scrutiny? How did our regional office of the federal BIA become a sacred cow, insulated from any and all accountability? And last of all, what’s everybody so darn afraid of – the iron fist of political correctness? “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people there is liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR JUNE 17 - 23, 2016 FRIDAY JUNE 17 FAMILY MOVIE (ALL AGES) Join us for a free family movie. Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Film: Holes USING TWITTER Join the Octavia Fellin Library for free community computer training classes. They’re new and improved. Prerequisites: working and accessible email and basic Internet knowledge. Starts at 11 am. Location: Main Branch, 115 W. Hill Ave. LIVE MUSIC Kimberly-n-Kline — acoustic classic rock — takes center stage from 7:30 - 9:30 pm at Coal Street Pub, 303 W. Coal Ave. (505) 722-0117. SATURDAY JUNE 18
tricks to lucky kids willing to learn. Sponsored by Richardson’s Trading Co. Begins at 2 pm. For more information, please call (505) 863-1291. Location: Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. Ave. LIVE MUSIC 10 Minute Max — vocal trio — takes center stage from 7:30 - 9:30 pm at Coal Street Pub, 303 W. Coal Ave. (505) 722-0117. 24 HOURS IN THE ENCHANTED FOREST Join us for a 24-hour mountain-bike race in the Enchanted Forest, June 18 and 19. This is a great place to ride from dawn to dusk. The venue is amazing. You’ll experience ponderosa pines and plenty of space to hangout with friends and family. Event runs from 11 am- 11 pm. For more information, please visit: ziarides. com. Location: Enchanted Forest. SUNDAY JUNE 19
OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS 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) 3075999 or (505) 721-9208.
CHURCH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT Join us for the Holy Eucharist. Begins: 10:30 am. For more information, please call (505) 863-4695. Location: 1334 S. Country Club Dr. MONDAY JUNE 20
LUKE RENNER: YO-YOS AND MAGIC Entertainer Luke Renner the String Slinger will be at the library to showcase his brand of Yo-Yo magic. He’ll also teach a few special
GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY SCHOOLS Join us for a Board of Education Meeting. Begins: 6 pm. For more information, please call (505) 721-1000. Location: Student Support
Center. TUESDAY JUNE 21 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 MS WORD FOR BEGINNERS Join the Octavia Fellin Library for free community computer training classes. They’re new and improved. Prerequisites: basic computer knowledge. Starts at 3 pm. Location: Main Branch, 115 W. Hill Ave. WEDNESDAY JUNE 22 MAKER’S CLUB (AGES 7 AND UP) A club for kids interested in science, math, building, and inventing. Each week will feature a different challenge, project, or experiment. Starts: 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. Craft: Straw Rockets
WEDNESDAY NIGHT MOVIES Join us for a free family movie. Starts at 5:30 pm. Main Branch, 115 W. Hill Ave. Film: The 5th Wave OPEN-MIC-NIGHT Local talent take center stage from 7:30 - 9:30 pm at Coal Street Pub, 303 W. Coal Ave. (505) 722-0117.
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THURSDAY JUNE 23 MS EXCEL FOR BEGINNERS Join the Octavia Fellin Library for free community computer training classes. They’re new and improved. Prerequisites: basic computer knowledge. Starts at 3 pm. Location: Main Branch, 115 W. Hill Ave. CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) Fun crafts for the whole family (all ages). Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. Make: Paper Towel Roll Rocket ONGOING SUMMER READING PROGRAM Run, don’t walk to the Octavia Fellin Library’s Summer Reading Program: June 11 - July 30. This year, we’re focusing on health and fitness. Our theme is: On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! For more information, please call (505) 863-1291 or visit: octaviafellin.libguides.com. SUMMER NIGHTLY INDIAN DANCES Join us May 31 - Aug. 6 for Summer Nightly Indian Dances. This is a 24-year-running event. Begins: 7 pm. Location: Gallup Courthouse Square. For more information, please call (505) 722-2228. 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) 7268068 or when visiting ask for Vernon Garcia. 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-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: email@example.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 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 nonprofit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.
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