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NEWS Gallup Council approves chamber agreement AGREEMENT KEEPS CHAMBER IN TOURISM, MARKETING PICTURE By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent

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he Gallup City Council unanimously approved a $185,000 p r o fe s s i o n a l s e r vices agreement June 14 with the Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce – furthering a lodgers tax relationship with Chamber CEO Bill Lee that goes back several years. T he vote on t he pro fessional ser vices mat ter took place at the regular city meeting. City Tourism a nd M a rke t i ng M a n a ge r Catherine Sebold and City Manager Mar yan n Ustick introduced the item to council members. The agreement allows the chamber to oversee, manage, and design the content, production, sales, and distribution of the 2017 Gallup Visitor’s Guide, which can be found at area hotels, motels, and some restaurants. The guide’s been a useful tool for visitors to Gallup and McKinley County, and the agreement provides funding to the chamber for advertising and promotional services that attract visitors and increase tourism for Gallup. “This is a promotional and marketing agreement for the most part,” Lee said. “We [the chamber] are honored to work with the city on this once again.” Sebold told council members t hat t he ag reement allows the chamber of commerce to continue to maintain and staff a Visitor’s In for mation Center. T he chamber is located at 106 W. Historic Highway 66 and close to the heart of downtown Gallup. The chamber of commerce will continue to provide tourists, travel agents, and tour NEWS

operators with information on what Gallup and the surrounding areas have to offer in order to attract tourism, Sebold and Lee said. Sebold noted that the advertising and promotion allocation of the approved funding represents a $55,000 decrease from last year, “as the city of Gallup will take over the lease on the billboards from the chamber,” she said. The agreement has been in existence between the city and chamber for about fi ve years. Lee gave the following breakdown of the $185,000: - $35,000 for the Visitor’s Guide - $50,0 0 0 towa rd t he Visitor’s center - $100,000 for promotion and advertising The agreement expires June 30, 2017, according to Cit y At tor ney George Kozeliski. Both Lee and Sebold said they would share information to make sure the marketing and tourism effort moves ahead. Lee noted he and Sebold will concentrate on digital and social media for marketing and promotions. “We plan to take some new approaches and at the same time utilize some old methods,” Lee said. Mayor Jackie McKinney said Lee has done a good job marketing and promoting Gallup in the past. Lee was previously chamber director for six years until he left for the McKinley County Manager job about 19 months ago. “There were some things that worked well in the past. But we will use some new strategies, too. One of the goals, still, is to get people driving Interstate 40 to stop in our city,” Sebold added. Sebold’s job was created about a year ago. She was

hired for the job in April from a similar job in Prescott, Ariz. There, she was that city’s communications and public affairs manager. Lee said he and Sebold are in the process of getting the city connected with an offshoot of New Mexico True TV, which connects the city with the Dish TV Network. That network broadcasts throughout New Mexico and is able to reach national cable subscribers. Lee said the city’s website assists in informing people about Gallup. He didn’t rule out YouTube feeds as a marketing tool, too. “We’re close to finalizing that,” Lee said of the TV initiative. “That will obviously bring a lot of exposure to Gallup and all of the county.” Gallup Cit y Counci lor Linda Garcia called the tourism and marketing happenings positive. Garcia’s council District 1 includes a good portion of downtown. “I think the agreement is a good idea and Bill Lee has certainly proven that he knows what direction to take things,” Garcia said. “This helps the entire city.” L ee, a G a l lup n at ive, for mer McK in ley Count y Manager and president of the annual Red Rock Balloon Rally, one of Gallup’s top an nual tour ism d raws, was recently elected to the McK i n ley Cou nt y B oa rd of Commissioners seat for District 3. That job starts in January. Information on how much of an annual salary Sebold earns wasn’t immediately available from City Hall. Lee said there were 2,768 people who came through the doors of the visitor’s center last year. He said from January 2016 through the end of June there have been 926.

Gallup-McKinley Chamber of Commerce CEO and District 3 Commissioner-elect Bill Lee. Photo Credit: Courtesy “I t h i n k t he numbers speak for themselves,” Lee said. “I think the city gets a

fair share of people from all around the world that come here.”

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Gallup Council OKs state DOT deed MATTER RELATED TO TEMPORARY CONSTRUCTION PERMITS By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent

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he Gallup City Council has approved a rightof- ent r y a nd deed for a New Mex ico Department of Transportation project along Boardman Drive. The issue was brought before council members at the June 28 meeting and received a unanimous vote.

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“We gave the [New Mexico Department of Transportation] some small bits of rights-of-way in front of the train station for some work they are to do,” City Attorney George Kozeliski explained to the panel. “They sent us three packets of items they needed from the city. Only the council can deed property. That’s why it was before the council.” Kozeliski said the DOT requested the right to do roadwork on city property at Boardman Drive and Boyd Avenue. He called it a request for “the right to sort of trespass” on city-owned land in order to make improvements.

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“Also a small bit of I n a nu t s h e l l , land was deeded to the Kozeliski said the projstate so they can put ect is a state DOT matin signalization at the ter designed to slow [proposed] intersectraffic from the south tion,” the city attorney side of Miya mura said. High School to N.M. Initially, Kozeliski 118. The state is consaid the city was supverting the two-lane posed to receive $1,200 City of Gallup Attorney road to one lane in for the small piece of George Kozeliski each direction, with a land, but it deeded the turning lane. property instead. “The state has been working “This is normal for the state on this for many years,” Kozeliski because they are usually dealing said. “They are putting new sigwith private property owners nalization on Aztec and stop and not governmental entities,” lights at Boyd, with a crosswalk he said. for the children from Kennedy

and Miyamura [schools] to cross the road at that intersection more safely.” A Boardman Drive business owner said the changes were “unnecessary.” Ron Berg, a chiropractor with a business near the intersection of Aztec Avenue and Boardman Drive, believes making Boardman one lane isn’t a good idea. “I don’t see where you’re going to make things safer along Boardman with this idea,” he said. “I think if the traffic lights were resynchronized you’d see a big difference.” Berg, whose business has been on Boardman for around 30 years, said that taking away one lane will no doubt back Freedom to bank at home, at the office or on the go! traffic up, north to WITH PERSONAL AND BUSINESS MOBILE BANKING YOU CAN: south. • View current balances • Transfer funds “I think if you • Check transactions • Pay bills • Make deposits improve the timing of the traffic GALLUP 107 E. Aztec Ave. • 1650 W. Maloney Ave. • 1804 E. Aztec Ave. • nmpinnbank.com nk com nk.com signals, then you really solve the problem,” he said.

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State: Don’t let rape kits sit NM AUDITOR’S OFFICE WANTS TO PREVENT BACKLOGS By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent

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NA evidence from a sex crime can be collected from a crime scene, but it’s even more useful for law enforcement agencies if it comes from a victim’s body, clothes, or personal belongings. Victims may choose to have a sexual assault forensic exam, also called a “rape kit,” which preserves possible DNA evidence. Rape kits were the topic of a June 23 visit by Sarita Nair, chief legal counsel under State Auditor Tim Keller, who gave a one-hour presentation at the El Morro Theatre on the importance of law enforcement agencies processing rape kits so as

to avoid backlogs. “The idea with rape kits is to get current and stay current,” Nair said. Nair is travelling around the state to educate the public about rape kits. In a tour of the Gallup Police Department, she noted that there were no untested rape kits in the evidence room. She praised former interim Police Chief Franklin Boyd for staying ahead of the situation. “I have spoken to the chief, and I also commended [him] for a job well done,” Nair said. “This is something that takes on various other subjects.” Nair said Gallup’s situation is noteworthy because just a few months ago there were 53 untested rape kits at the GPD. The rape kits ultimately

go to a state laboratory for final testing. A large number of untested kits typically can be found in places like Albuquerque, according to Connie Monahan, statewide programs coordinator for the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs. Monahan travels the state with Nair and provides statistical information at the community meetings. Around New Mexico on the whole, as of several months ago, there were 5,410 untested rape kits sitting in police evidence rooms at the state lab, Nair said. “Some rapes don’t get reported for a number of reasons,” Monahan said. “It happens especially when a victim is classified as homeless.”

Nair said homeless rape cases are sometimes difficult to prosecute because of the lack of information district attorneys have to act on. She noted that the testing of a rape kit is important because it helps police solve other rape cases, no matter the jurisdiction. Patricia Lundstrom, a state representative and the executive director of the Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation, asked Nair if all rape kits go to the same state lab. Nair responded no, saying cases from the Navajo Nation, for example, go to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Lab in Quantico, Virginia. Nair said that within the next few months, meetings will be conducted in Albuquerque,

Hobbs, L a s Cr uces, a nd Española. When community meetings around New Mexico conclude, a report will be issued on how to deal with rape kits, generally, in the future. Some 20 people from around Gallup and McKinley County attended the Gallup meeting. “The number of people that come to the meetings varies,” Nair said. “But it’s important that backlogs be done away with.” Alicia Perlas, who works part-time in an area dental office, said she attended the meeting for informational purposes. “It’s interesting how the whole DNA process is done,” Perlas said. “I think more people should know about stuff like this.”

Phillip Francisco chosen as New Navajo Nation chief of police

New Chief of Police Phillip Francisco said he wants to make positive changes in leadership for officers on the Navajo Nation. Photo Credit: Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President Staff Reports

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I N DOW ROCK , Ariz. — Phillip Francisco, 40, of Farmington, has been chosen as the new Navajo Nation chief of police. The chief of police position has remained vacant for nearly eight years.  Director of the Navajo Division of Public Safety Jesse Delmar said hiring a permanent chief of police has been a top priority for the BegayeNez administration. NEWS

“President Begaye and Vice President Nez had given me a directive to hire a chief of police since I was first appointed as director of the Navajo Division of Public Safety,” Delmar said. “I am very excited to announce today our selection of Phillip Francisco from Farmington, N.M. as the next chief of police for the Navajo Police Department.” Francisco currently serves with the Farmington Police Depar tment as a pat rol and training officer. He has

experience working with the Aztec Police Department and the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, where he was a patrol corporal training officer. He has combined experience of nearly 18 years as an officer. His clans are Bilaganna born for Ha’shtl’ishnii. His maternal grandfather is Bilaganna and his paternal grandfather is To’da’chii’nii. Francisco said he wants to make positive changes in leadership for officers on the Nation who are working long hours, covering large areas, and working with understaffed departments “The first thing I want to do is review policies to make sure they fit the needs of the citizens on the Navajo Nation. This way we can have our officers serve the citizens more effectively and efficiently,” he said. President Russell Begaye said the search for a new chief of police has been long and extensive.  Having a chief of police in place will ensure that the Nation’s communities will have proper protection and that existing vacancies can now be filled by new officers. The president said the Nation’s public safety facilities are underutilized in proportion to high crime rates that exist. “The Nation has gone for eight years without a chief of police, and the search has

finally ended with the hiring of a Navajo officer from Farmington, N.M.,” President Begaye said. “Bringing on a new Chief will provide stability to our police force while

reinforcing to the public that we are serious about protecting them.” Accord i ng to Del mar, Francisco will start in early August.

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Edward Wright the embarrassing nature of the crimes. The victim said she was in a lot of pain. She stated that she experienced bleeding and did not go to the hospital because she did not have medical insurance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[The victim] said [Wright] calls her names, words such as worthless, b--ch, fat, and [a] dumb person,â&#x20AC;? according to the documentation. The wife stated she was assaulted three times. The incidents took place in March 2016 and were fi rst reported to authorities at that time. The victim told MCSO Investigator Anthony Ashley that after she reported the assaults, she moved to Gamerco and was able to get a restraining order against Wright.

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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports The legal limit is .08. Talia Nelson June 25, 2:03 am DWI MCSO Deputy Merle Bates was working the DWI task force patrol at the intersection of Hamilton Road and U.S. 491 when he noticed a car traveling north at a fast pace. Bates caught up with the blue Pontiac at South China Springs Loop and U.S. 491. The vehicle was traveling at 80 mph. Nelson, 25, had water y eyes, and the vehicle, which had three pa ssengers a nd bore Arizona plates, smelled of alcohol. Nelson blew a .14 during the portable breath test and .11, twice, during breath testing at MCSO. Jason Jack June 23, 11:40 am 3rd DWI MCSO DW I Task Force Super v isor Ta m my Houghtaling noticed a gold

Ford Taurus that had been previously called i n le a v i n g the Gia nt No r t h g a s station. Houghtaling stopped the vehicle at Rio West Mall, 1300 W. Maloney Ave. T he pa s s en ger w a s attempting to cover a 12-pack of Budweiser, and there were several cans on the floor, as well as an 18-pack with beers missing. Jack, 41, did not have a va lid d r iverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license a nd his insurance was expired. He smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot, watery eyes, and refused the f ield sobr iety tests. Jack blew .10 and .09 during breath testing. Myron Wilson June 8, 11 am 5th DWI, Aggravated MCSO Sgt. Robert Turney received reports of a possible drunk driver on Hwy 66 in Gallup, traveling eastbound

i n a wh it e F o r d Expedition. C a l l e r s reported that the vehicle had hit another v e h ic l e a s well as a structure. Turney noticed the vehicle traveling east and swerving on Hwy 118 near mile marker 31. The driver finally pulled over near mile marker 35, and crawled into the passenger seat. Wilson, 37, failed to obey orders to exit the vehicle and get on the ground. Turney force d W i l s on , who h a d bloodshot, watery eyes, to the ground. Wilson refused chemical testing. Louise Jean Yazzie June 1, 1:10 am 3rd DWI, Aggravated MCSO Deputy Johnson Lee was traveling south on State Route 602 when he observed a gray Jeep Patriot swerving across the dotted line. Metro

Dispatch, meanwhile, was attempting to locate the same vehicle. The Jeep pulled o nt o H i g h Range Road and stopped. There were two small children in the back of the car, and one in the front, without seatbelts. Ya zzie, 43, slu r red her speech and fumbled with the paperwork. A child handed Lee the keys when Ya zzie refused to. She failed field sobriety tests and blew .23 twice during the breath tests. The children were 6, 4, a nd 10 yea r s old. Ya z z ie was also charged with child abuse. Vikki Cadman June 1, 8:09 pm 2 nd DWI, Aggravated M C S O D e p u t y Johnson Lee was traveling nor th on U.S. 491 n e a r T& R M a r k e t when he noticed a white Pontiac Gra nd Pr ix w it h a fa ded, obst r ucted temporary tag in front of him. The car came to a stop in the parking lot of T&R. The backseat passengers were shuffl ing things around. Cadman, 34, fumbled with documents, and there were several open containers in the car. Cadman failed field sobriety tests and refused breath testing. Kyle Jay Cambridge May 31, 1:34 pm DWI, Aggravated Gallup P o l i c e Department Officer Eric Lope was d ispatched t o L o w eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Downtown at 403 W. Aztec

Ave. in reference to a vehicle welfare check. Lope found the gray Nissan Versa at South Fifth Street and West Hill Street; he followed the vehicle, which sped through a traffic stop before eventually coming to a stop at South Sixth Street and West Logan Street. Ca mbr idge, 23, slur red his speech, was sweating, a nd h a d blood shot eye s. He smelled of alcohol and seemed confused. He failed field sobriety tests and blew a .23 during the breath test. He was aggravated, and put into a separate cell until he calmed down. Cheryl Johnson May 30, 10:33 pm 3rd DWI, Aggravated G P D O f f ic e r Dominic M o l i n a noticed a vehicle without he a d l i g ht s traveling westbou nd on Hwy 66. The vehicle pulled over on Ford Drive, striking the curb as it did so. Johnson, 46, fumbled with paperwork and the vehicle smelled of alcohol. Johnson failed field sobriety tests and refused breath testing. Sheldon Scott May 10, 12:12 am DWI M C S O Deput y J. Bowman stopped an Oldsmobile on I-40, westbou nd, at the 20-mile marker. The vehicle did not have its headlights on. Bowman could smell alcohol coming from the car. Scott, 20, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;No, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t drink,â&#x20AC;? when asked if heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been drinking, but almost fell when exiting the car. He failed field sobriety tests. He blew a .24 twice during breath testing.

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WEEKLY CRIME BLOTTER ROADSIDE DEATH 7/2, MENTMORE McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Salina Brown was dispatched to the 14-mile marker on I-40, westbound, in reference to an accident. When she arrived at the scene, she found a semi truck off the north side road. In front of the truck, a red car, with a driver in the seat, was pushed against the right-of-way fence. The driver of the car, Douglas L. Hudson, 73, was declared deceased prior to Brown’s arrival. Next-of-kin notification was completed by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.

PIPE ATTACK 7/1, GALLUP Just after midnight, G a l l u p P o l i c e Department O f f ic e r Chris Molina a r r ive d a t the scene of a f i g ht at 1115 W. Hwy 66. Michael Richard Paquin, 24, was the primary aggressor, as he hit Tyson Long, 20, with a pipe. Both men were drunk. While attempting to give Long a breath test, a supporting officer was forced to drop and break the test when Long

became aggressive. While putting him in a police vehicle, Molina was kicked in the chest by Long. Paquin was booked on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and Long was booked for criminal damage to property, resisting an officer, and battery upon a peace officer.

TRIPPED OUT 7/1, GALLUP While out on pa t r ol , MCSO Sgt. Eric D. Jim was approached by Alejandro T. Sa la za r, 33, who appeared to be drunk. Salazar said he’d been in a fight with his wife and wanted an escort back to his room at the Budget Inn, 3150 W. Hwy 66, to get his ID. Salazar said he and his wife were “on a small getaway trip, and were drinking in [their] room,” when his wife became upset and punched him in the face. When Jim asked the wife about the incident, she claimed Salazar “started to trip out,” pushed her to floor, and left the room. She denied punching her husband. Both were drunk, and there were several alcohol containers in the room. Medical personnel declared

the victim’s knee to be possibly dislocated; at Gallup Indian Medical Center, her knee was found to be fractured. Salazar was booked on aggravated battery of a household member.

KNIFE NONSENSE 7/1, THOREAU M C S O D e p u t y N o c o n a Cl a rk wa s d ispatched to Windsong Ave., No. 9, in reference to a drunk a nd d i sorderly male. Clark was advised that Emery Largo, 30, had two knives, threatened residents, and was heading south of No. 9. Upon arrival, Clark was waved down by Largo’s father, who pointed the suspect out. Clark told Largo to get down on the ground and handcuffed him. In Clark’s unit, Largo said, “I don’t want to say anything. I know how you cops are.” At the residence, a 15-yearold victim said Largo, who was very drunk, let himself into the house and grabbed four knives before going into the victim’s bedroom, where he was watching TV with two younger children. Largo then yelled that he hated and wanted to kill them. The teenage victim talked Largo down. Largo’s sister locked the

doors and the windows of the house a fter La rgo left w it h t he k n ive s. He wa s booked on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly we a pon, t h ree cou nt s of child abuse, a nd cr imina l damage to property.

TASER TREATMENT 6/30, GALLUP Gallup P o l i c e Department O f f icer A nd rew Thayer was dispatched to 2808 Chamisal Ave. No. 49 in reference to a domestic dispute with weapons. At the scene, Thayer was told that Shane K. Williams, 30, was inside the residence, armed with a knife. Williams had attacked his wife, who managed to escape. Thayer and several supporting officers, including GPD Ch ief Ph i l l ip H a r t , ordered Williams to leave the residence. “He did not comply and we entered,” the report states. The officers found Williams in the back bedroom; he exited the room with a knife in each hand. He refused to drop the knives, and approached the officers. A supporting officer tasered Williams, who fell to the ground. He smelled of alcohol, and the victim later said Williams becomes violent when he drinks. According to the victim, Williams was on probation

for domestic violence. This time, he body slammed her on the kitchen floor and tried to cut her with a knife; she was cut on her neck. Williams was charged with aggravated battery of a household member, and aggravated assault upon a peace officer.

SKINWALKER 6 / 3 0 , THOREAU W h e n M C S O D e p u t y S h a n e Bennett entered 92 Hwy 371, he noticed a drunk man carrying a chainsaw and a black bear head under his arm. When Bennett asked Herbert Sandoval, Jr., 54, what he was doing, Sandoval slurred, “It’s mine, I found it by the post office skate park … someone gave it to me.” Bennett noticed a wooden rifle butt and roll of silversmith wire protruding from Sandoval’s waist. He had a bottle of whiskey in his jeans. A local business owner later identified some of the items — including the bear head, rifle, wire, and chainsaw — on Sandoval’s person as stolen property. Sandoval claimed to be a skinwalker, a nd cursed Bennett. He a lso sa id, “I fi nally fi nd a bear head and all I needed was to fi nd a body of a bear.” The items were returned and Sandoval was booked for receiving stolen property.

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ately, around Gallup and greater McKinley County, student athletes who a re now high-school graduates are signing letters-of-intent to attend colleges and universities to further their scholastic and athletic careers. Some will garner four-year scholarships and others will play as walk-ons. We congratulate them all, as we know it isn’t easy to

Congrats to area athletes moving along manage academics and athletics, no matter the school. We’ve seen Lakota Curley of Rough Rock High School, “Nabo” Nez of Navajo Pine, Kitana Kenneth of Crownpoint High School, Jasmine Coleman of Navajo Prep, among others commit to an institution of their choice. Curley impressed scouts so much at St. Augustine University in Raleigh, N.C., that the school asked her to walk on, since a deadline to sign a

letter-of-intent had already gone. Congratulations to Lakota! One important reality these student athletes must keep in mind is that a minimum grade-point average in college is required to stay active in the sport. Not everybody can do that and successfully manage their time. Some student athletes get caught up in partying, and by the time they’ve realized it, they’re no longer part of the college or university system as

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a student or athlete. Officially, signing a letter-of-intent allows an athlete to mentally lock in to the school of their choice. Signing that letter is not a starting point, but a fi nish line, for both boys and girls. All the fl ip-flopping, committing, de-committing, and re-committing is over. Signing Day is a formality. Even if one is a blue-chipper, that doesn’t mean athletic success is in one’s future. Sure, there are occasional stragglers

among the blue-chippers. Some kids get cold feet and need a little extra time when it comes to attending college, whether they’re an athlete or not. Or maybe the parents fl ip out and re-think letting Susie or Johnny leave. But by the time summer is over, a vast majority of kids from greater McKinley County will be on their way to something glaringly different than what they’ve experienced here.

GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF JULY 8 - 14

Look up this week! According to Earth Sky, you’ll be able to see the five bright planets this month: Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Mercury, and Venus. Jupiter will be visible shortly after dusk. Fortunately for us, Jupiter is the planet of luck. We’ll share in its good fortune this week. Madame G suggests sharpening your intellectual tools — you’ll need them soon — luckily, Jupiter is there to help. Good luck!

ARIES (March 21-April 19) Break time! You throw yourself into whatever your doing, from hardcore training to resting by the beach. Madame G applauds your abilities. But, have a little empathy for us mere mortals, not everyone moves at your pace. And they may not be on vacation. Try listening to a little Electronica this week — it’s supposedly relaxing. Good fortune to you!

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) You’re entitled to think what you think and feel what you feel. Emotions are not black and white. It’s defi nitely okay to say it’s complicated. However, do yourself a favor and start “un-commplicating” what you can. De-clutte tte ter the house and get rid of anyth hiing g that’s clearly trash. Madame G su u ggests listening to Avicii’s song, “Ohh hh h Sometimes I Get A Good Feeling” to set the mood. Enjoy!

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) This week appears tougher than usual. Don’t be afraid — it’ll pass. You’ll appreciate a little repast with the Coming of Age album by the artist Zimmer. You may even enjoy the song, “We Are Infi nite.” During times like these, remember, you create your own luck. Don’t wait for anyone to guide you toward greatness. You Y got this! OPINIONS

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SAGITTA SAGITTARIUS AGITTARIU RIUS I ((Nov. 22-Dec. IU 22 21) 2 Life-altering altering ng changes are ar ju u st s around the corner. Yo You may not b be ready. But we’re never ever eve ev ver err really re ready y for f change. The unknown nkno known nown n doesn’t do doesn oesn t sc scare you as much ass failure. e. Remem Remember, Reme inaction can an n be b just as bad, d if i not worse e tha t than ma making m a so-called wrong decision. ecisi i i C Chill out for a bit and get motivated by the artist GANZ’s song “Light Years.” Act now!

You’ve a good heart. But your stubborn will leads to instability. What effect do you have on others? Are you hard on your family? Consider taking a step back. Your frustration and anxiety don’t help. Listen to any type of music you enjoy, and drift away from anger. If you need a little push, try: “Livin’ La Vida Loca” by Cold Play. Do no harm!

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You’re ready for some luck, and you’re in for it. Jupiter is the thoughtful and intellectual planet, and your friend. It’s best to consider what actions will make your thoughts productive. d u Should you go back to school? Whatever Wh h the task is, just do it, because you u’re ready. Madame G sends Flume’s u “W Warm W a Thoughts” your way. Enjoy!

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) You may have a few extra burdens this month, but it’s better to think of them as blessings. How often do you spend in new and challenging situations? If we don’t learn, we rust. Bring yourself to a higher sphere than petty bickering, and don’t join in when someone stoops to gossip. Madame G suggests you lay back and enjoy Porter Robinson’s “Divinity.” You’ll relax for a minute and maybe get the strength for a new round. Do it!

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A positive focus By Felisha Adams Guest Columnist

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ea r f r iend s, T h e resu lt s a re f i na l. S o m a ny p e o ple thanked me for running, for standing up, for making a unified voice heard and I want to take a moment to say thank you, too, for supporting my campaign for New Mexico Senate. I n my p e r s p e c t i v e , a title, a win, or a loss do not defi ne leadership but rather actions. Throughout this campaign, and even though I did not win the primary, I have remained true to my goals of improvement, as a leader. In hindsight, I cannot focus on one loss when I gained so much in this six-month campaign. With a positive focus I successfully: · Broke social barriers · Brought people together · Cha nged negative

perspectives on politics · Cau sed some voter s to switch to the Democratic Party · Helped increased voter involvement · Helped students, veterans, and the unemployed through our nonprof it Balance-N-Options · Inspired youth to a ch ieve more, no mat ter what · Made headlines that brought positive attention to our community · Moved people to vote who never voted before · Received two academic awards for a 4.0 GPA in a Tribal Economic Development BA program. I n shor t , I got people involved and I gave the people hope. However, I did not do this alone. Not only do I thank you, but my family thanks you as well. Above everything, it was

a humbling experience and I am grateful to have had you r suppor t . Ma ny peo ple have asked, “What are you doing now?” A nd my answer is exactly what I have been doing: working for the future. Now, to answer the question, “Will you run again?” If it means setting new standards to the defi nition of leadership, of course! I am not going to aim for anything lower, nor will my focus change. I want you all to know that my priority is the people, your needs are still a priority to me. I may not have won this year’s primary, but I still believe that we made a great impact. As I advance in my mission, I want to let you know that I look forward to working with you in continuing our progress of  building our future together. Sincerely, Felisha Adams

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COMMUNITY Crownpoint High’s Moore calling it quits FORMER AD, TEACHER, COACH RETIRES TO ALBUQUERQUE By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent

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ROWNPOINT – Her passion for teaching is surpassed only by her love of the kids she coached, and that’s one of the reasons Crownpoint High School’s Sheri Moore will be missed. Moore, who worked at Crownpoint High for 30 years in various capacities, recently announced her retirement at the end of the 2016 school year. “Ever yday, I felt l ike I had the best job in the world work i ng w it h some g reat k ids,” Moore sa id. “I w ill miss the interaction w ith the students and most of my athletes. I don’t know if the realization of retirement will set in until August.” A Clinton, Iowa, native and graduate of the University of New Mexico, Moore taught physical education, health, and driving at the high school, which is located in the eastern section of the Navajo Nation. She was head volleyball coach for 21 years, head basketball coach for 28 years, track and field coach for one year, and athletic director for the Division 1-3A Eagles for the past 10 years. A few student ath letes who went on to play at the next level were Alfreda Bates and Kelsey Benally in basketball, and Terah Morgan, Rainy Arviso, and Deborah Butler in volleyball. Moore sa id one of her most memorable moments COMMUNITY

was when the Lady Eagles volleyba ll tea m went 22-2 in 1989 and took runner-up at state. She said she will never forget when the girls volleyball team beat Hope Christian School in a regional away-game several years ago. Gary Morrow, who worked at Crownpoint High School as the boys basketball coach last year, said Moore will be missed. Morrow called Moore “one of a kind.” “She was ver y suppor tive of all of her coaches. She knew her job very well and knew what he was doing,” Morrow said. Originally from Massachusetts, Morrow also reti red th is yea r a nd ha s since moved on to Mesquite, Nev. “I n a l l of my yea r s of coaching, she was the best a t h le t ic d i r e c t o r I e v e r worked for. She cared about her kids,” Morrow said. Moore, who worked under six principals in four years at Crownpoint High, said she bought a home in Albuquerque in January of t h is yea r. She sa id she’l l probably do volunteer work and may coach part-time at a middle school or junior h i g h s c h o o l . S h e d i d n’ t rule out a part-time job at the New Mexico Activities A s s o c i a t ion , eit her. T he NMAA is the governing body of state sports. “I will take the summer off and go from there,” Moore said. “I will work at least part-time.”

Sheri Moore, top right, looks on at a signing at the Crownpoint High School gymnasium. Moore recently announced that she’ll resign as the school’s athletic director in August. File Photo

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‘Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates’ is a missed opportunity RATING:  OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 98 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun

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n a summer full of sequels, it’s rare to find a movie that offers something a bit different. Thankfully, the new film Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates features an original concept. It also offers a premise that suggests plenty of comedic potential. But do the filmmakers end up making the most of it? Dave (Zac Ef ron) a nd Mike Stangle (Adam Devine) are lug-headed brothers who want nothing more than to party and have a good time. Unfortunately for family members, their escapades often result in collateral damage to both property ... and people. When their sister Jeanie (Sugar Lyn Beard) announces she’s getting married, the two agree to tone down their shenanigans for the Hawaiian wedding. Their dad (Stephen Root) is far more explicit — find dates for the nuptials who will behave. Of course, these guys are quickly manipulated by a pair of wild waitresses/roommates named Alice (Anna Kendrick) and Tatiana (Aubrey Plaza). The pair just wants a free vacation. But while they put on airs, their

‘Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,’ starring Zac Efron and Adam Devine, wastes a solid cast on a bland screenplay. Now playing in Gallup. Photo Credit: Fox Movies behavior frequently lapses into drunken binges, creating disaster for the bride and family. It’s unfortunate that there’s such an emphasis on slapstick humor. The movie seems to waste a solid cast on a bland screenplay. There are a few offhanded comments that earn a chuckle, particularly when the ladies are insulting the brothers — there’s a funny line in which one of the dates describes Mike as a funhouse mirror version of a good-looking guy. Unfortunately, for every aside or improvisation that is amusing, there are three times as many

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have been better developed. Alice has an acceptable motivation for her behavior, but the others seem simply dopey. In truth, there should have been stronger rationales for Alice and Tatiana. Any definitive reason to see the women plot and seize an opportunity to destroy Mike and Dave’s lives in a tropical locale would add some purpose and much-needed edge to the proceedings. Instead, viewers will see a very mundane and run-of-themill story, in which the four characters start to feel badly about their past actions and

come to develop real feelings for each other (between pratfalls and forced, embarrassing situations). One can’t help but feel like this was a missed opportunity by all involved to go down a darker comedic road. In some respects, the events onscreen didn’t feel dramatically different from watching an Adam Sandler vehicle. Sadly, the cast of Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates does all it can, but it only ekes a few laughs out of the underwritten and largely unfunny material. This date simply isn’t as memorable as it should have been.

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240 Years of America By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent The waiting game for the fi reworks display at the Sports Complex began even before 6 pm, and by 8:30 the entry roads around the park were full, as

were the accessible pieces of bare earth on both sides of the 602 Bypass. And still traffic flowed – sometimes cautiously, sometimes not – as more and more vehicles searched aimlessly for a spot with a view.

It was after 10, and full dark, before the thump, whoosh, and bang concert got started, breaking open the night sky with drizzles of colors and starbursts of quickly fading light. With shutter speed of the

Vehicles line State Road 602 to capture a glimpse of the upcoming fireworks show July 4. Photo Credit: Tom Hartsock

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accompaniment, stretching all the way to the city’s north side, kept most heads on a swivel so as not to miss any of the action. H a ppy 2 4 0 t h bi r t hd ay, America! We wish you many more!

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Local youths take home medals for excellence in Judo By Tom Hartsock Photos courtesy of Gallup Judo Club Teams from Albuquerque, Phoenix, Tucson, Utah, El

Paso, Mexico, and Gallup competed in the 2016 N.M. State Judo Games on July 1-2 at Albuquerque Prep School, sweeping up medals during the two day competition.

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Kneeling left to right, are: David Zaragoza, Silver Medal, Eighth-grader at Chief Manuelito; Jo-Cia Long, Gold Medal, Fourth-grader at Washington Elementary; Jayden Richards, Gold Medal, First-grader at Rocky View Elementary; and Alayson Pinto, Bronze Medal, Secondgrader at Lincoln Elementary. Standing, from left, are: Amanda Richards, Bronze Medal, School teacher at Washington Elementary; Chester Hubbard, Gold Medal, EMT at Gallup Med Star; Cheyann Bean, Gold Medal, Model at Thunderbird Supply; Hector Resendiz, Silver Medal, working at GFD and Med Star; and Matthew Graham, Gold Medal, a K9 officer for the Gallup Police Department. Congratulations to them all!

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From left, Paige Kee, a Third-grader at Tse Hoot Soi School is joined by Sensei Miguel Garcia of the Gallup Judo Club and Jo-Cia Long. Kee placed First in her division and Long also earned a Gold Medal

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR JULY 8-14, 2016 FRIDAY July 8 FAMILY MOVIE (ALL AGES) Joi n u s for a free family movie. Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Film: Happy Feet RD

23 ANNUAL WILD THINGS CHAMPIONSHIP On July 8 - 9, join us for the toughest riders on the rankest bulls. Begins: 8 pm. Location: R e d R o c k P a rk A r e n a , Churchrock.

SATURDAY July 9 RELAY FOR LIFE ANNUAL TOUR OF GARDENS Join us for the second annual Tour of Gardens. This event is sponsored by the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Ups and Downs Team. Tour participants may pick up tickets, maps, and water from 8 - 10 am. You may carpool or tour on your own. Tour participants should look for the purple and pink balloons at each of the six sites. For more information, please call Kay Jordon (505) 863-5013. Tour location begins: Sacred Heart Family Center Parking Lot, 555 S. Woodrow Ave.

STORY CONNECTION MULTICULTURAL STORYTELLER J oi n the Octav ia Felli ng library for Story Connection. Storyteller Liz Mangual will be at the Children’s Branch to tell tales and stories the kids will love, from many types of backgrounds and cultures. Begins: 2 pm. For more information, please call (505) 863-1291 or v isit: beemanjewelrydesign. com. Sponsored by Beeman Jewelry Design. Location: 200 W. Aztec. Ave.

BOOK MAKING FOR PRESCHOOLERS (AGES 3 TO 6) This summer, join the Octavia Fellin Library for a special bookmaking workshop. The Libra r y, ga llupA r ts, ATD Four th World, a nd UNMGallup Early Childhood and Family Center want to help young children express themselves. The books will feature drawing or writing by kids. The theme is: what you can do. Children accompanied by an adult are encouraged to attend. Books will be on display at the Children’s Library. CALENDAR

Beg i n s: 7 pm. L ocat ion: Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Free

ARTSCRAWL: WILD WEST — WESTERN HAT CONTEST Cowboy- and cowgirl-up for ArtsCrawl: Wild West. Join City Electric Shoe Shop and Zimmerman’s as they host a Western hat contest. Gift certificates will be awarded to the snazziest Western hats. For more information, please email artscrawl@galluparts. org. Begins: 8:30 pm. Location: Dow ntow n Ga llup in the Second Street Event Center.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Meetings every Saturday at 10 am, First United Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Dr., corner of Nizhoni/Red Rock. E nt er nor t hwe s t cor ner off Nizhoni: Library room. Contact (505) 307-5999 or (505) 721-9208.

SUNDAY July 10 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 July 11 SUMMER INDIAN DANCES Join us for Summer Nightly Indian Dances from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The Summer Nightly Indian Dances have been happening in the Gallup area for 24 years. We are excited to be in our new facility at the Gallup Courthouse Square. Visitors to Gallup can take the opportunity to visit and learn from the many different dance groups. For more information, please call (505) 722-2228. Begins: 7 pm. Location: The Courthouse Square on Aztec Ave. between Second Street and Third.

TUESDAY July 12 THE CITY OF GALLUP Join us for a City Council meeti ng. A gend a s will be available at least 72 hours prior to each meeting. Meetings will be held in the City Council Chambers. For more information, please call (505) 863-1254. Location: City Hall, 110 W. Aztec Ave.

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

WEDNESDAY July 13 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.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT MOVIES Join us for a free family movie. Starts at 5:30 pm. Main Branch, 115 W. Hill Ave.

OPEN-MIC-NIGHT Local talent takes center stage from 7:30 - 9:30 pm at Coal Street Pub, 303 W. Coal Ave. (505) 722-0117.

THURSDAY July 14 BOOK MAKING FOR PRESCHOOLERS (AGES 3 TO 6) This summer, join the Octavia Fellin Library for a special bookmaking workshop. The Libra r y, ga llupA r ts, ATD Four th World, a nd UNMGallup Early Childhood and Family Center want to help young children express themselves. The books will feature drawing or writing by kids. The theme is: what you can do. Children accompanied by an adult are encouraged to attend. Books will be on display at the Children’s Library. Beg i n s: 5 pm. L ocat ion: Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Free

CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) Fun crafts for the whole family (all ages). Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec.

CITY OF GALLUP Join us for a neighborhood meeting with Councilor Fran Palochak District 4. We invite residents of District 4 to visit with Councilor Fran Palochak at our meeting beginning at 6 pm. Councilor Palochak will be there to listen to your concerns. It’s a great opportunity to share ideas and we welcome your compliments and complaints. Please join us and feel free to bring a friend or two. Residents outside of District 4 are also welcome to attend. For more information, please call (505) 863-1220. Begins: 6 pm. Location: Stagecoach Element a r y S chool, 72 5 Freedom Dr.

ONGOING 6TH ANNUAL RUN — FOR A STRONGER AND HEALTHIER NAVAJO NATION On July 11 - 18, join us for a Navajo Nation special diabetes project at the 6th Annual Running for a Stronger and

Hea lt h ier Nava jo Nat ion event. There will be a relay run across the Lukachukai and Chuska mountains in collaboration with the office of the President and Vice President’s bicycle ride and elite runners. For more information, please call (928) 871-6278.

100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PULITZER PRIZE — READING CHALLENGE Join the library and help commemorate the 100 th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize. The Octavia Fellin Public Library is one of six libraries in New Mexico to partner with the New Mex ico Hu ma n it ies Council for a special reading grant: Five Pulitzers in Five Months. As a recipient of this grant, the library will read and discuss five Pulitzerwinning and nominated books. Discussions will be held Tuesdays at 6 pm. Location: Main Library Meeting Room, 115 W. Hill Ave.

SUMMER READING PROGRAM Run, don’t walk to the Octavia Fel l i n L ibra r y’s Su m mer 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.

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. Second St.

COMMUNITY PANTRY The Hope Garden is offering organic produce for sale from 10 am - noon, 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 Vernon Garcia.

FRIDAY NIGHT HOOTENANNY Gallup’s longest running live show! Every Friday night from 7 - 9 pm. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. Second St.

GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY Wednesdays are low-cost Spay and Neuter Days, at the GallupMcKinley County Humane Society. For more information, please call (505) 863-2616, or email: gmchumanesociety@ gmail.com. Location: 1315 Hamilton Rd.

RECYCLING COUNCIL McKinley Citizens Recycling Council is a local nonprofit working to increase recycling through education, community outreach, and partnership with

local government agencies. MCRC meets the first Saturdayy 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 Basic Computer Classes On September 27 - 28, join the SBDC for a Community y Ed Per sona l En r ich ment event. Topics include: computer vocabulary, operation of programs, email information, Internet aid for online search, and creating your own documents. Course fee: $100. Additional class dates: Octoberr 4 - 5 and 11 - 12. Begins: 5 pm. For more information, please call Denise Silva (505) 8637743 or email dsilva@unm.edu. Location: UNMG Calvin Hall, 200 College Rd.

BALANCING THE BOOKS 1-2 On August 16 - 18, join the SBDC for a Community Ed Personal Enrichment event. This course will prov ide instruction in the basic principles of accounting for non-accounting personnel and small business owners. Learn the necessary skills to perform essential accounting a nd record keeping operations. Course fee: $100. Additional class dates: August 23 - 25. Begins: 5 pm. For more information, please call Denise Silva (505) 863-7743 or email dsilva@unm.edu. Location: UNMG Calvin Hall, 200 College Rd.

FORT DEFIANCE SOCCER CLUB (AGES 4 TO 19) Join us for the Fort Defi ance Soccer Club. Registration is open until August 1. For more information, please visit: fortdefiancesc.com.

POLKA IN THE PINES On August 7, The Gallup Slavic Lodges presents Polka in the Pines. The show features: Thomas Brothers and the Hot Shots. Adult and kid games will be available. Bring cash and win a prize. You could be the lucky winner of Heads orr Tails. Enjoy traditional Slavic Picnic food and polka music. Tickets: $20 adult (ages 11 and up), $5 for children 5- to 10-years-old, children underr the age of 5 are free. Begins at noon. For more information, please call Darlene Yochham (505) 863 -5773. Location: Z-Lazy-B Ranch, Fort Wingate. To post a nonprofit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: gallupsunevents@gmail.com or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.

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