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Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial

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August 12 & 13, 2016 Red Rock Park West Arena Church Rock, New Mexico

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Head Singer: Joe Fish Dupoint, Kiowa - Carnegie, Oklahoma Master of Ceremonies: Dr. Perry Horse, Kiowa - Albuquerque, NM Special Guest: Tim Tsoodle, Kiowa - Carnegie, Oklahoma

Miss Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Queen 2015-2016

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Master of Ceremonies: Erny Zah, Dineh/Choctaw/Jicarilla Apache - Farmington, NM Arena Director: Faron Owl, Quechan/Paiute - Winterhaven, California Head Dance Judge: Victor Bob, Dineh - Gallup, NM Head Drum Judge: Lennis Jim, Dineh-Beshbitoh, Az Host Drums and Head Dancers selected per session Sound System: War Dance Audio - Flagstaff, Az Tabulation: NS PW Tabulation

Dance Contest Categories Adult Women (18-49) Northern Traditional Southern Traditional Jingle Dress Fancy Shawl Teen Girls (13-17) N. Traditional S. Traditional Jingle Dress Fancy Shawl

Golden Age (50 & up) Men’s Northern Men’s Southern Women’s Northern Women’s Southern Jr. Boys (7-12) N&S Traditional Grass Dance Fancy Feather Tiny Tots - Combined (0-6)

Drum Contest Northern Southern Hand Drum Jr. Girls (7-12) N&S Traditional Jingle Dress Fancy Shawl

General Admission $10/day for entry to ALL EVENTS! Contest Registration Fee $10 for all dance competitors (no wristbands) Drum Contest Registration Fee $30 per drum • Parking $5/day Please bring your own chairs and (possibly) shade Other attractions: INFR Tour Rodeo, Open Indian Rodeo, Jr. Rodeo, Jr. Bull Riding, Ladies Bull Riding, Parades, Night Performances, Song and Dance, Queen Contest, Banquet, Fashion Show, Arts Exhibit, Food Concessions, Crafts vendors and many more attractions.

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Mayor Jackie McKinney Councilor Linda Garcia Councilor Allan Landavazo Councilor Yogash Kumar Councilor Fran Palochak

When and Where Can I Vote?


The polls for the Election will be opened at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, and will be closed at 7:00 p.m. on the same day.


Voting will be held at the following locations: Southside Fire Station #1, 1800 South Second Street. Northside Fire Station #2, 911 West Lincoln Avenue. Eastside Fire Station #3, 3700 Church Rock Street. Westside Fire Station #4, 707 Rico Street. Harold Runnels Athletic Complex, 820 East Wilson Avenue. McKinley County Courthouse Rotunda, 201 West Hill Avenue. Absentee Voting will begin on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 and will end on Friday, August 9, 2016. Voters may call the City Clerk’s Office at 863-1254 to request an absentee ballot by mail. Absentee ballots may be marked in person at the City Clerk’s Office at Gallup City Hall, 110 West Aztec Avenue, during regular business hours (Monday – Friday; 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.). Early Voting by voting machine will begin on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 and will end on Friday, August 5, 2016. Early voting will be conducted at Gallup City Hall during regular business hours.


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The Gallup City Council has approved a resolution to hold a special general obligation bond election August 9, 2016, to raise $5.365 million for bond question in Gallup.

The list of projects to be funded, if the bond election is approved by city voters, includes Ciniza Drive. Reconstruction for $1.6 million, Hassler Valley Road Storm Drainage Improvements for $1.45 million to provide access to the new State Veterans Cemetery, West Jefferson Avenue Reconstruction for $632,500, with remaining funds to be used for milling and paving various city streets.


Improvements would begin in late 2016, or early 2017.


No. Streets repairs will be grouped by area for efficient construction. Any underground utilities due for repair or replacement will be completed before any street improvements occur.


This election will NOT lead to a property tax increase. The City has a property tax rate of $1.48 per $1,000 of Assessed Value which will continue if the bond election is approved by voters.

CAN THE CITY REPAIR RESIDENTIAL STREETS WITHOUT THIS BOND ELECTION? Yes – But the city does not have the necessary funds required for keeping up with the rate of street deterioration over the entire City. Substantial temperature differences between daytime highs and nighttime lows and ever more traffic take a major toll on all City streets. Every year, the City falls further behind in maintaining approximately 200 miles of streets.


City voters will also be asked to vote on two advisory referendum questions. The first advisory referendum asks if residents would be in favor of limiting the sale of package liquor before 11 a.m. Although the City does not have the power to limit the hours of sale, the city’s intention for adding the referendum is to bring the results to the Legislature to seek local authority to alter the hours for alcohol sales in Gallup. The second referendum inquires if city voters are in favor of the City of Gallup instituting single-stream curbside recycling which will result in an added cost to their utility bill.

Visit www.gallupnm.gov for a map of all proposed street and drainage improvement projects.

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By Mia Rose Poris, Sun Editor Bernie Dotson, Corresponent


beloved local event, held at Red Rock Park, brings in, from near and far, visitors and locals, bull riders, ropers and wrestlers, dancers, drummers, artists, two parades, and even its own celebrated queen. A $10 all-access admission ($5 for kids) gets you five days of traditional celebration, as well as romping, riding, festive fun, beginning with a morning junior rodeo on Wednesday, Aug. 10. The junior rodeo is followed by the Queen’s luncheon at noon, Preview Night at 6 pm, and ladies and junior bull riding. On Thursday, Aug. 11, the exhibit halls opens at 10 am and the Queen Contest is held. At 7 pm, there’s a rodeo performance followed by the night parade. On Friday, Aug. 12, the morning youth song and dance is followed by amphitheater dances at 11 am, ongoing until 6 pm. The rodeo is held at 1 pm; a gourd dance at 3 pm; the first pow-wow of the event takes place at 7 pm; and the night performance at 8 pm features White Buffalo and the crowning of Miss Inter-Tribal Ceremonial. The event’s penultimate day has a song and dance, with entries starting at 9 am, and a parade in store at 10 am; amphitheater dances from 11 in the morning until 6 in the evening; a midday gourd dance; and a rodeo performance at 1 pm. At 6 pm, the pow-wow grand entry is held, followed by a night performance featuring “White Buffalo” at 8 pm. T he f i n a l d ay of t he Ceremonial, Aug. 14, begins at noon with an all-Indian rodeo NEWS

“Old School Days.”


the rodeos that complement the affair and bring out hundreds of fans from greater McKinley County. Each of the rodeos takes place at Red Rock Park. “The rodeos are just as popular, if not more popular than the rest of what [Ceremonial] has to offer,” Dudley Byerley, who is in his first year as Ceremonial

president, said. “We’re pleased with the rodeo lineup that we have this year.” And indeed the 2016 lineup includes two new rodeos on Aug. 10: an 8 am junior rodeo and an evening ladies and junior bull riding events.


From Aug. 11 through 13 there will be an Indian National Finals Rodeo, which includes bareback, steer wrestling, breakaway, tie-down roping, saddle bronc, barrel racing, and bull riding. Performances begin at 7 pm on Aug. 11, and at 1 pm on Aug. 12 and 13. Another rodeo is scheduled for the morning of Aug. 11 at 8 am.

THE OLD SCHOOL DAYS RODEO “With this, our intention is to capture something from years past and at the same time give the people who have come to the event for decades something to draw back on,” Byerley said. Byerley, who g rew up around rodeo in his native Oklahoma, said the Old School Days Rodeo event starts at noon on Aug. 14. It includes bull dogging, bareback, breakaway, wooly riding, wild horse racing, a pony express race, a relay race, buffalo riding, and other races. According to Byerly, the Old School Days Rodeo was a big draw years ago, but it seems to have faded a bit in recent years. This year, though, the president expects to have more than 1,000 contestants participating in the rodeo segment of the Ceremonial. While the event as a whole has been plagued by dwindling attenda nce over the past few years, Byerley said a revamped exhibit hall and a trade show should bring the crowds out. “We’re expecting a lot of people,” Byerly said, adding that he’s already excited about leading the charge to organize next year’s Ceremonial. “It’s a lot of work, but well worth it.” Visit gallupceremonial. com for more information. Gallup Sun • Friday August 5, 2016


Inter-Tribal Ceremonial Queens honor uniqueness of Native traditions By Mia Rose Poris Sun Editor


h i le t he rodeo may represent the gritty, rugged side of the Inter-Tribal Ceremonial, the 95 th annual event has a glamorous side, too. That is, the Inter-Tribal Ceremonial Queen Pageant, which begins its festivities on Aug. 10. This year, five Native American women who have honored the traditions of their culture and inspired their communities aspire to wear the crown. “The pageant is an opportunity for these young women to showcase their traditional knowledge of who they are and where they come from,” Fleurette Brown, the 1998 - 90 Miss Indian Ceremonial wrote in a statement. “They honor the uniqueness of the teachings in the Native American traditions.” No longer the queen, Brown


Queen Kahlaya McKinney will host the contestants on Aug. 12. The new queen will be crowned the next morning. Photo Credit: Char Daw of Epic Photography conti nues her work w it h the pageant as a committee

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member. “Being an ambassador for

the Ceremonial Association as the Queen is an experience of growth and development from inside their inner selves to the world around them,” she wrote. “Being able to serve as a symbol for such a prestigious event as the Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial is an achievement a young women will instill into many aspects of her future days beyond the years of her reign.” “The list of queens I have begins in 1978 with Teri Fraizer being the first queen. I held the title from 1980 - 81. Our oldest daughter held the tortilla in

2006 - 07,” Queen Committee Chair Virginia Ballenger, who is in her second year on the committee, told the Sun in an email. “I thoroughly enjoy helping organize this pageant and work with an amazing committee,”


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By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


t t he end of t he Democratic National Convention July 28 in Philadelphia, Chelsea Clinton walked on stage and introduced her mother, Hillary, as “my mother, my hero, and the next president of the United States.” It was a moment of great historical significance, as the former first lady and secretary of state stepped up to speak to the crowd as the Democratic nominee for president – the first woman to lead a major party for the highest office in the land. The seminal event was one that affected women all over the country, including one who holds political office a rou nd g reater McK i n ley County. Laguna Pueblo’s Debra Haaland, who was a super-delegate to the convention, can relate to being a “first.” Haaland, who graduated


from the University of New Mexico as an undergraduate and from UNM’s law school, is the chairwoman of the New Mexico Democratic Party. Haaland is the first Native American female to head a major state party in the history of New Mexico and the United States. “I think all women everywhere can relate to what it’s like being a first at something,” Haaland said. “Women do go into it thinking different things: They think about the kids. They think about the home. But the important thing is that one has to do a good job no matter what the situation.” Haaland, who attended the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver as an at-large delegate when Barack Obama was the Democratic nominee, went to Philadelphia with Brian Lee of Gallup. Lee is the Gallup-based area representative for U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lújan, D-N.M. Lee was a delegate at the Philadelphia

New Mexico’s contingent to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia included U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, Sen. Martin Heinrich, State Party Chairwoman Debra Haaland, and Sen. Tom Udall. Photo Credit: New Mexico Democratic Party convention. Haaland and Lee were part of an area delegation that included Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez. Haaland and Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., called out the state votes for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and Clinton. Both Haaland and Udall were

super-delegates. New Mexico cast 16 votes for Sanders and 27 for Clinton. Haaland is a single mother who has raised a successful daughter. She said she hopes both Clinton’s and her own accomplishments show that women are not limited in what

they can do in society. Haaland said she sees a country where women have a lot more opportunities than in the past, and Clinton’s nomination represents progress. “Sure, it’s definitely progress,” Haaland said. “A nd [Clinton] is a role model.” Haaland admires Clinton’s toughness after dealing with unprecedented scrutiny as a woman in world politics. “She is a woman of substance,” Haaland said. “I think her getting the nomination shows that things are changing. I think it makes a big difference to see minorities and a woman in office because it shows there are no limitations.” Haaland was the running mate of Gary King in the 2014 gubernatorial effort to unseat Gov. Susana Martinez. “It was exciting to hear [Clinton] speak about her time as Secretary of State and equally exciting to hear her talk about her contributions to health care,” Lee said.

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Gallup Council passes marketing recommendation ‘GALLUP. REAL. TRUE.’ BRAND UNIQUE TO GALLUP, OFFICIALS SAY By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent



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he Gallup City Council unanimously passed a lodgers tax marketing brand recommendation at the July 26 regular meeting. The approval gives the city a new logo: “Gallup. Real. True.” The branding options were suggested by the Idea Group of Santa Fe and HK Advertising, also of Santa Fe. “If you’re not managing your brand, other people do it for you,” James Glover of the Idea Group told council members during a short presentation. “We feel this is a good name brand for Gallup.” B a ck g rou nd -w i s e, t he Ga l lup - McK i n ley Cou nt y Chamber of Commerce submitted an application to the New Mexico Department of Tourism in April 2015. The application was for a cooperative marketing agreement that was to include research, a tourism website, social media, and an approved marketing plan, city Tourism and Marketing Manager Catherine Sebold said at the meeting. “The chamber entered into a contract with HK Advertising and the Idea Group to fulfill the agreements,” she said. Sebold, hired in February of this year, said $40,000 in state tourism depar tment grant funds required a match of $40,000 in city of Gallup lodgers tax funds. She reminded council members that $40,000 was approved in lodgers tax funds in October 2015, specifically for the cooperative agreement. Things fell into place after that. “The marketing plan was presented to the lodgers tax committee by the Idea Group in July, which included a Gallup brand promise and Gallup branding suggestions,” Sebold said. In turn, the lodgers tax

Gallup Tourism and Marketing Manager Catherine Sebold committee voted to adopt the brand promise and one of the recommended branding suggestions, Sebold said. A next step is to devise a website and media blitz for Gallup, Glover noted. The consultants said that would be taken care of before the end of 2016. Ga l lup Cit y Cou nci lor Yogash Kumar, a hotelier and member of the five-person lodgers tax committee, lauded the new brand and the work done by Sebold and Chamber of C om mer ce E xe c ut i ve Director Bill Lee to bring things this far. L ee a nd S ebold work together on city marketing and promotion efforts, as witnessed by a Gallup Council marketing allocation of $185,000 to the chamber a little more than a month ago. Glover and David Hayduk of HK said one of the things that is a plus in marketing Gallup is its Southwest feel and charm — the Indian Capital is a polar opposite of a place like New York’s Manhattan borough. “Gallup can’t be all things to all people,” the two said. “Its Southwest feel is its core,” Glover said. “We want to target people who love your community the way you love your community.” An image denoting what the brand would look like wasn’t immediately available from the city or either of the two advertising groups. NEWS

President Begaye and Acting Chief Justice Allen Sloan (left) sign an executive order mandating sexual harassment training and policy review. Photo Credit: Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President

Vice President Nez said by signing and implementing this executive order, Navajo Nation employees can’t say they’re not aware of the policies. Photo Credit: Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President

President Begaye and Vice President Nez sign executive order ORDER MANDATES SEXUAL HARASSMENT TRAINING AND POLICY REVIEW Staff Reports


WIN ARROWS, Ariz. — On Aug. 1, Navajo Nat ion P resident Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez along with Acting Chief Justice Allen Sloan signed an executive order mandating that all executive and judicial departments review the Navajo Nation Sexual Harassment policy and attend sexual harassment training. The executive order, which was signed during the Tribal Action Plan Workshop at Twin Arrows Casino and Resort, also stated that directors and managers should respond promptly and effectively to sexual harassment concerns of employees. “This executive order is something that we need on the Navajo Nation to provide a safe and productive workplace,” Begaye said. “We do have policies in place but they’re not enough.  We want to expand these policies to ensure that we protect our employees.”  President Begaye commended the judicial branch for joining the executive branch in expanding the awareness of sexual harassment by requiring that all employees get training on the subject. Acting Chief Justice Sloan supported the executive order, stating NEWS

it will provide protection to all Navajo Nation employees while bringing light to a problem that exists across many departments. The executive order is an example of how the BegayeNez Administration is taking a firm stand against any kind of sexual harassment in the workplace, Nez said. By the order and through training, the administration will inform Navajo Nation employees on all policies and procedures regarding sexual harassment so they are aware of acceptable standards of behavior. “This way employees cannot say they didn’t know about the policies,” Nez said. “The mandatory policy and training signed into law today by President Begaye will provide tribal employees with protection against sexual harassment in the workplace.” The order states: “The heads of all of the Divisions and Departments of the Nation, all Chapter Service Coordinators, and Judicial Branch are responsible for implementing and ensuring compliance with this order.” During the signing, both President Begaye and Vice President Nez noted that sexual harassment will not be tolerated, and both men and women will be protected under the new policies. Gallup Sun • Friday August 5, 2016


Sheriff’s investigators looking to ID possible murder suspect Staff Reports


cK i n ley Cou nt y Sher iff Off ice Investigator A nthony A sh ley is seeking the public’s help in identifying a man seen with Sergio Perez-Prieto just days before his body was discovered north of Hassler Valley Road, not far from ATV Motocross road July 9. Investigators determined that Perez-Prieto was the victim of foul play. Video surveillance shows Perez-Pr ieto w ithdraw ing money from a Wells Fargo ATM machine July 4. Ashley said

MCSO investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating the passenger seen in this red truck at the Wells Fargo ATM machine, near Butler’s Office City, 1600 E. Hwy 66, on July 4. The driver was found deceased five days later as a result of foul play. Photo Credit: MCSO investigators want to talk with the unidentified passenger,

seen in the photo donning a thick black leather bracelet,

black clothing, and long hair. “He’s a murder suspect,” MCSO Investigator Merle Bates said. Perez-Prieto was reported missing by family members on July 4, when he left a barbecue in the Red Hills area to take a friend home. The friend was dropped off on East Hill Avenue at around 8 pm, and that’s the last Perez-Prieto was seen. Perez-Prieto’s car was discovered July 5 in the parking lot of the El Rancho Hotel along East Historic Highway 66. A man was seen on video exiting the vehicle and then wa lk i ng ea st towa rd t he

commercial area along Hwy 66, Ashley said. Ashley said the body was d i s c over e d a r ou nd 12:5 0 pm o n Ju ly 9 by a p a s s erby who smelled a strong, unusual odor coming from the side of the roadway. He sa id t he deat h appea r s to be the result of blunt-force trauma. Ashley said anyone with information about the identity of the man seen with PerezPrieto or further information on his death can call the sheriff’s office at (505) 722-8514, or make an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers (505) 722-6161.

Allentown, Houck man wanted for attempted murder MAN PISTOL-WHIPPED, BEAT FEMALE VICTIM By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor


man facing attempted murder charges is wanted by McKinley County Sheriff’s Office. MCSO Inv. Anthony Ashley said that on the evening of July 27, Anthony Hicks of Allentown, Ariz., allegedly assaulted a woman from the east Gallup area. MCSO Deputy Jasmine Jaramillo inter viewed the reported victim and wrote out the sensitive details of the assault.

The victim who was a passenger in Hicks’ vehicle told the deputy that Hicks, 47, took her “on the back road” near Dusty Road in Gallup. From there, he headed up a steep hill and “began hitting her [on] the face several times with a closed fist.” When the victim bolted from the vehicle, he dragged her back to his white Dodge Ram truck and punched her several times, causing her to lose her front, right tooth. The horror for the victim was only amplified when Hicks threatened her life with a gun.

“I am going to kill you bitch,” Hicks said, according to Jaramillo’s report. Hicks reportedly held the gun to her temple, but the gun didn’t fire for whatever reason. The victim told Jaramillo that she had already caught a glimpse of the fully loaded silver revolver with a wooden grip. He fired again, near her, and this time the gun went off, na r rowly missing the v ictim. Next, he took the revolver and pistol whipped her eye area. He attempted to sexually assault the victim, but “she said she was begging him to stop.” Her pleas worked. From there, the report states that Hicks took the v ictim to Allsup’s west to get gas. He then told her he was going to

take her to Arizona. He threatened to shoot her in the head if she attempted to escape. The victim told Jaramillo she made a run for it, saying “she was scared for her life but knew if she didn’t run that she would never see her family” again. Her plan worked. She made it to a gas station, and was transported to a local hospital. Now investigators want the public’s help to bring Hicks to justice. In addition to attempted murder, he is also facing charges of aggravated battery and false imprisonment. The wa nted poster for Hicks states that he is known to frequent Gallup’s low-budget motels, and drives a white 2000 Dodge truck with a “Jordan

Anthony Hicks sticker on the window.” He stands about six-foot-two and weighs about 239 pounds. If you have information, call Crime Stoppers at (505) 7226161. Your name will be kept confidential. A tipster who provides details that result in an arrest and conviction is eligible for up to a $1,000 reward.

Dead body found off east Hwy 66 OFFICIAL: BODY BADLY ‘DECOMPOSED’

By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


he dead body of an unidentified person was discovered and reported to Gallup Police Tuesday morning. Gallup Police Department spokesperson Lt. Rosanne Morrissette said dispatch received a call about a dead body from a passerby at 10:38 am on Aug. 2. “We don’t have identification of the body yet,” Morrissette said. “The investigation is still open.”


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The body was found near the Four Corners Welding & Supply, at 606 E. Hwy. 66, on Gallup’s east side. The advanced decomposition of the body made it difficult for investigators to uncover clues that would help determine a preliminary cause of death. Morrissette said the person had on black pants and shoes, white socks, and a black belt. She also said that a partial dental bridge was found in the pants pocket of the body. Early indications, although unconfirmed, suggest the body may have been male. Race and other

forensic details that could help police ID the body are undetermined at this time. “It’s just too early to answer those questions,” she said. “Again, the investigation remains open.” The body was found off the highway amidst a grassy fieldlike area; it is the second such discovery in as many months by local police. In mid-July, investigators with the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office reported the body of a dead male along Hassler Valley Road. An investigation revealed that death to be a homicide. NEWS

WEEKLY DWI REPORT The legal limit is .08 Aaron Ben July 23, 12:31 am DWI McK i n ley C o u n t y Sheriff’s Office Deputy Gabrielle Puhuyesva was advised t h at a g rey pickup had crashed in front of T and R Market, 671 U.S. 491. The driver, who was intoxicated, was trying to move the vehicle. Ben, 21, failed field sobriety tests and blew .16 and .17 during breath testing. Dominic Garcia July 21, 8:02 pm 3rd DWI, Aggravated MCSO Deputy Johnson Lee was dispatched to the White Cliffs area in reference to an RV on fire next to X-Treme Rescue and Towing, 425 Hassler Valley Road. While Lee was blocking

QUEENS | FROM PAGE 6 Ballenger, who owns Navajo Spirit Southwestern Wear, said. She expressed her appreciation for the sponsors who help make the pageant a reality. The Queen Committee includes Ba llenger, Tr ish A r v iso, F leurette Brow n, Cynthia Chavez, Roland and Suzie Wagenbach. The event begins Aug. 10 with a luncheon at Fire Rock Casino from noon to 1:30 pm, when the five contestants are introduced and will give speeches on how a cultural way of life has shaped them into a role model for today’s youth. The miss photogenic competition will also take place there. Tickets are $20 and available at Navajo Spirit or the Ceremonial office. Up-and-coming comedian,

traffic, Garcia, 34, jumped out of the driver’s seat of a gray truck. He was yel l i n g a nd crying, saying the RV was his sister’s home. W h i le L ee’s ba ck wa s turned, Garcia got in the truck and drove away, almost hitting four people. Lee and supporting officers found Garcia at the Hidden Valley Apartments at the south end of Patton Drive. Garcia had bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred his speech. He kicked the inside of the patrol vehicle and refused field sobriety tests and chemical testing. He continued to act aggressively at MCSO and the hospital. Garcia was booked for aggravated assault, aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, and a third DWI offence. Laura Pinon-Madrid

July 21, 7:17 am DWI, Aggravated M C S O D e p u t y Nocona Clark was dispatched to a vehicle rollover on I-40 at the 1-mile marker. At the scene, Clark found a gold Chevy SUV on its roof, blocking traffic, with heavy damage and beer cans all over the road. Pinon-Madrid, 27, smelled of alcohol. She was immediately transported to the Gallup Indian Medical Center, due to injuries. She refused chemical testing. Carolee Simpson July 20, 11:06 pm DWI, Aggravated M C S O Deputy Monty Yazzie joined a lieutena nt who had pulled over a dark Buick on U.S. 491 at the 5-mile marker. Accord i n g t o Ya z z ie’s report, the driver, Simpson, 37, smelled of alcohol and slurred

her speech. There were cans of beer on the floor. Simpson failed field sobriety tests and blew .21 twice during breath testing. John A. Cardona July 17, 8:39 am DWI M C S O D e p u t y Nocona Clark responded to a vehicle rol lover on Pinehaven Road in Vanderwagon, about two miles from Breadsprings Road. The driver, Cardona, 27, was transported by Medstar to the hospital. The passenger said her boyfriend, Cardona, had overcorrected when swerving in an attempt to avoid hitting a dog. He had been drinking. Cardona admitted to drinking six beers. Justin Slinkey July 17, 8 am 2nd DWI, Aggravated While on patrol, MCSO Sgt. Robert Turney noticed a silver Jeep SUV with Arizona plates turn into Sagebrush Liquor at the 12-mile marker of N.M. 264 without a turn signal. There were beer cans on the

floor of the car, and Slinkey, 41, failed to provide insurance and registration; his l icen se wa s revoked/suspended. Slinkey failed field sobriety tests and blew .20 on breath tests. Jasper Kee July 16, 6:33 pm 3rd DWI, Aggravated Ga llup P o l i c e Depa r t ment O f f i c e r Terrance Peyketewa was dispatched to t he a rea of the Munoz overpass in reference to a possible drunk driver. Peyketewa found the suspect vehicle on southbound U.S. 491, approaching Lincoln Avenue. Kee, 50, stopped his car by Pep Boys, 702 U.S. 491, and got out. Kee had red, bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol. There were two open beer bottles in the car. Kee failed field sobriety tests and blew .23 twice during breath testing.

Isiah Yazzie of Rez City Improv, will perform. On Aug. 11, from 10 am to noon, contemporary talent takes the stage, followed by traditional presentations from 2 – 4 pm. The mistress of these ceremonies, Sunny Dooley, is a former Miss Navajo and a renowned storyteller. Tickets are $10 each, cashonly, at the door. The contestants will walk in the parade that evening. Aug. 12 brings with it current Queen Kahlaya Mckinney, 20, who will host the contestants. The aspiring queens will visit a nursing home and have a picnic at Ford Canyon Park. That night, right before the evening dance performances at Red Rock State Park, the new queen will be crowned. The following morning, Aug. 13, the Ceremonial Queen will walk in the parade.

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A v ic t i m said he was in the skate park with his family when three men ca me up to his car. Castillo hit the front windshield with a skateboard and broke it. According to the victim, when he exited the car, the men — Castillo, Scott, and Quinten S. Williams, 24 — attacked him. When the victim’s wife exited the car to help him, one of the suspects grabbed her phone and smashed it. They threw rocks at the car, where the children were sitting. The suspects were booked on charges of aggravated battery; abandonment or abuse of a child; criminal damage to property; battery; and resisting, evading, or obstructing an officer.

WEEKLY CRIME BLOTTER PEEING IN PUBLIC 7/29, GALLUP Westbound on Wilson A v e n u e nea r A ndy’s T r a d i n g C ompa ny, 61 2 W i l s o n Ave ., w h i le attempting to find suspects involved in a fight at the Third Street Tavern, Gallup Police Depa r tment Off icer Rya n Blackgoat noticed a bystander waving. Blackgoat pulled over and noticed that the bystander, who smelled strongly of alcohol, was peeing. W hen Blackgoat a sked Leroy Bitsie, 33, to sit in his police unit, Bitsie refused and “stood there still in a[n] aggressive fighting stance at me.” When Bitsie continued to refuse, the officer pushed his back to get him inside the vehicle, but Bitsie was aggressive and Blackgoat deployed his spray. Bitsie resisted handcuffs until Officer Daniel Brown arrived, and Bitsie was cuffed. Bit sie wa s booked on

charges of disorderly conduct; lewd, immoral, or obscene acts; and resisting, evading, or obstructing.

KNIFE FIGHT 7/27, GALLUP G P D Officer Ronnie Gonzales was dispatched t o 1111 W. Lincoln Ave. in reference to a fight involving several subjects and a knife. At the scene, a motorist waved Gonzales down and told him a male suspect walked into 1103 W. Lincoln Ave. At the residence, Zacharry James Lee, 22, came outside and said, “Those guys tried to beat me up for no reason.” Gonzales cuffed Lee, who was intoxicated, and brought him to the scene of the fight. At the scene, a subject told Gonzales that Lee had been trying to “shank me” and a female subject. The female victim confirmed that Lee had called to her from the 1103 Lincoln

residence and began to chase her with the knife when she ran away from him. Others verified that Lee had wielded a knife; a supporting officer found the weapon at the residence. Lee was booked for aggravated assault.

SKATEPARK SHAKEUP 7/26, GALLUP GPD Officer John Gonzales was dispatched to the area of 700 Old Zuni Road in reference to a fight at the skate park. Another of f ic e r h a d detained Matthias Ca stillo, 22,

BOMB THREAT 7/25, GALLUP McKinley County Sheriff’s Officer Deputy Paul Davis, Jr. arrived at the 11th Judicial District Court, 207 W. Hill Ave., and was notified of a bomb threat. The courthouse was being evacuated. A female court clerk had received a call over the court’s

but Sheldon Scott, 20, had r un away; Gonzales and supporti ng of f icer s ch a sed h i m down in the parking lot of Allen Theaters Aztec 5.

main line from a male with a Hispanic accent who said there was a bomb in the building that was going to go off in seven to 10 minutes. According to the victim’s statement, the caller sounded like he was in his 20s. No suspicious items were found.

MEAN TO MAMAS 7/23, GAMERCO M C S O D e p u t y Rox a n ne King was dispatched to 7 Grand Canyon Trail Park in reference to domestic dispute. At the scene, a woman said her grandson was in the house fighting with his wife. King found Mitchell W. Colwell, 28, outside the back of the house telling his wife, who was holding her twoweek-old baby and crying, to stop. Colwell said he’d gone to a neighbor’s house to have some drinks, and when he came home his wife was upset at him. He said his wife pushed him, “then I grabbed her by the shoulders and put her on






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OPINIONS Building our future economy... together Conference Center for a day of learning and dialogue on the economic challenges and opportunities of the Greater Gallup community. By all measures, it was a resounding success, as we all got engaged in the detail, learned more about what is happening in the community’s economic development work, and brought ideas forward for accelerating our progress. We all worked to get our heads around the complexities involved in our three primary

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y compliments to the city of Gallup, and to the busine s s a nd c i v ic leaders who attended the recent Economic Roundtable for your vision and support for economic development. With the help of visiting experts, 60 of us gathered on July 12 at the Second Street


economic drivers: the energy industry; the tourism industry; and the downtown district. These three clusters show up big-time in our research into the areas of our economy that provide the largest share of our revenues, jobs, and future competitive advantage. This economic roundtable gave us a great opportunity to deep-dive into these three economic arenas and to generate ideas and solutions for us to work on. We all developed a deeper u nder sta nd i ng that the

complex and challenging task of “economic development” is absolutely foundational to the future well-being of our community. In communities where there is strong commitment and investment in that priority, those communities find a way to grow and thrive! Where there is not such a strong investment, those communities struggle and their prospects fade. We also learned that “it



On Aug. 5, Venus enters Virgo. In this duplicitous pairing, expect that harmony and affection will be tempered by Virgo’s exacting influence. Prepare for friends and family to have precise demands. They want it done their way, exactly as they want it. Madame G suggests reading Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Coleman. This may help you to act and not react throughout the day. Do your best, for the weekend is nigh!

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Is the state of the world stressing you out? Don’t worry! It’ll all change soon enough, and we’ll have something else to complain about. Instead, enjoy a few Mai Tais on the beach. Perhaps check out South Beach, Florida, where the beautiful people live. Even if you can’t enjoy that, try to get a little fun from a $25 margarita. Salud!

Someone recently said if you can’t be positive, don’t be negative. This means, no matter what happens, you’re not entitled to stab people, or yell at them. It may seem logical to have these psycho-style slaughter sessions in your head, but people will pick up on your hostility. Put that rage to work. Go for a run. Read a great book. Invent the next great thing. Live well!

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

You’re down for some fun. But it seems to be missing from each and every corner. Sometimes life hits these seemingly dull moments where nothing happens. The baby is growing well, but no longer an infant, or the job is no longer new — but not old. When you hit these mid-points, consider taking this time to reflect. Do your planning now, and start aiming your thoughts where you’d like to go. You’ll be so glad you did.

You may experience a little trial that feels like a big one this week. Don’t let it get to you. Remember, don’t take life too seriously, because we won’t get out alive. Take some advice from Steve Stucker from Channel 4 news: “take some time to really enjoy your life today.” Today is the only day you really get. Have fun!

You’re full of untapped energy. You have projects, projects, and projects galore. Do your best to restrain yourself. You’ll accomplish more if you pick one thing and set it to rights. Complete it and put a stamp on it before you move on to the next one. Choose your projects wisely. Carefully plan your next move, and set your goals. Don’t panic.

You’re on it and you’re likely fed up with it. You may feel like enjoying a nice cup of tea today before dealing with all your responsibilities. You may be the designated guardian for your kids and their pets, but don’t worry it; won’t last. Madame G recommends heading out on a vacation or adventure all by yourself. It may provide the clarity you need. Beware of being too mean or judgmental this week. Show kindness!

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) You have a decision to make. It may mean choosing between dating someone outside your culture, getting a new job, or even where to get dinner. The little decisions add up. If you feel overwhelmed and your former boyfriends say it’s like dating 12 different girls, don’t lose heart. There’s someone out there for everyone. Madame G recommends reading up on politics, the economy, or tech innovations. You’ve got this. OPINIONS

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You’ll notice that people seem remarkably rational today. It won’t last. The influence of Venus in Virgo creates an interesting zone for decision-making. It’s best to work with bosses and difficult people before this window passes. If you’re on vacation and living it up, don’t worry, you’ll still gain from this. People will automatically think of you when making decisions. Perhaps they’ll have a “what would Virgo do” moment. Smile!

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You’re ready! You’re ready for action, adventure, and whatever life throws at you. A quick vacation or mental-health day did the trick and you’re ready to jump out shooting. If you haven’t taken a day for yourself — it’s best that you do. Whether it’s snorkeling in the Atlantic or sipping orange mojitos on the beach reading a Ransom Rigg’s novel—you’re ready. You’ve definitely got this! But don’t let the bastards get you down.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Live it up! You’re getting organized. It’s a wonderful idea. Even if you handwrite the days of the week on the wall and write everything in with a sharpie, you’re well on your way. Do you best and don’t forget to add in room for travel. You may not want to put things too close together or chance missing the alarm. If you fail a little, just learn and move on to the next day. You’re a superstar!

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) It’s a wise thing to learn by example. You’re good at changing it up. Consider attending a seminar or class that pushes you to act towards your goals. You’ll be so glad you did. You’re only incapable of changing the world if you think you are. But first, start with yourself. If you can change, anyone can learn from you. Do your best!

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) The world is crazy and as much as you love your loved ones — you’re ready to watch them go. If your grandkids or nephews and nieces came to visit you for the summer — it’s OK to want your life back. School is starting soon, and soon you won’t have to entertain the masses. Live it up and give them a big hug; bon voyage!

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Letter to the Editor: Editor, RE: “Armed and Dangerous”, The Gallup Sun, July 29, 2016. The killing of Alvin Ross Sylversmyth on July 24 was going to happen eventually; if not him, another Navajo would be dead. Former Gallup Police Department Chief Robert Cron, Deputy Chief John Allen, and Captain Rick White were personally presented with testimony regarding the brutality of the GPD, especially the “Protective Custody” officers that roam the streets 24/7 picking whoever they can nab. I have been accosted many times by the GPD while walking on the streets minding my own business and sober; this compelled me to compile a document

“Incident Reports from the Streets of Gallup” over a twoyear period and submit it (in January 2016) to the full Navajo Nation Council, the Office of the President and Vice-President, the regional New Mexico State Legislative Representatives, and Governor Susan Martinez. The mayor of Gallup, Jackie McKinney, refused to talk with me and refused to accept the document. Not one elected individual in the position to do something about this violence, has done anything about it. I informed the aforementioned “leadership” of all the violence produced by the GPD— especially the P.C. officers—and that if it is not dealt with, a GPD officer will probably end up

killing a Navajo man or woman. I knew this would happen based on the treatment that I personally have received from the hands of the GPD. They did not do anything and Gallup’s finest recently retired with undeserved accolades and false praise; I had to sue to obtain justice (and a court settlement). What kind of “law enforcement” training does the city of Gallup allow when it “plays a vital role in assisting the Gallup Police Department through joint crime, drug and violence prevention efforts” that now includes the killing of Navajos?  This is exemplified when you tally the number of alcohol-related exposure deaths when Gallup allows the number of liquor licenses

far over what New Mexico says is “legal.” No doubt the six officers will be exonerated and keep their jobs in spite of the blood on their hands. Gallup now joins the nationwide ranks of cops killing civilians; dead men tell no tales and alcohol is the life blood of “Drunk Town, U.S.A.”  The result is a depraved indifference to life and a clear and present danger to everyone, especially Navajos. The question rema ins:  When is the Navajo Nation leadership going to take a stand and actually take the helm of leadership when the majority of cases involving the deaths of our people include alcohol? Alvin “Big Al” Sylversmythe, Loreal Tsingine, Larry Casuse and countless others who have been taken before their time by police officers should appeal to our conscience.  Expect more racial profiling, discrimination,


development partners, and also for what we can all do better and smarter going forward. At the core of this collaboration lies the leadership of the Gallup Executive Directors’ Alliance and its Economic Development Committee – a model that has been recognized statewide as an effective approach to “grasstops” leader sh ip i n com mu n it y development. Founded and led by the Greater Ga llup Economic Development Cor poration, GEDA includes executive leaders from the city of Gallup, McK inley County, GallupMcKinley County Chamber of Com merce, Nor t hwest New Mex ico C ou nc i l of Gover n ment s, Un iver sit y o f N e w M e x i c o - G a l l u p, Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services, GallupMcKinley County Schools, a nd t he Ga l lup Busi ness Improvement District. T h e GE DA E c o n o m ic

Development Committee was the team that organized and coordinated the Economic Roundtable on July 12, including the COG, the BID, the chamber, the city and GGEDC. Each of these agencies contributed to the planning, to the white papers, and to the staffing support at the Roundtable. The COG coordinated the facilitation process, with its entire professional team onboard to serve the participants and capture the dialogue. Our “outside experts” – all of them known as great “friends of Gallup” – provided wonderful support, bringing up-to-date- information, best practices, and encouragement to us all. They included Terri Cole, long-time CEO of the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce; downtown revitalization consultant Elmo Baca, formerly our very own Main Street and downtown development director; Aimee Barabe, deputy secretary of tourism;

Kevin Groenewold, CEO of the New Mexico Cooperatives Association; Mike D’Antonio of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association; Matthew Jaramillo of PNM Resources; and Jim Glover of The Idea Group of Santa Fe. Clearly, we had – all in one place – many of the elements needed for our success. Each local economic development partner plays a role – each with a different angle on the challenge, each with a different set of skills and resources, each with a different contribution to the “mosaic” of economic development. Each business and civic leader plays a role – by driving our economy, engaging the dialogue, forging common efforts and keeping the vision. Our outside consultants play a role – bringing new perspectives, tools and connections that help empower and support all of our work. The game is afoot; the field


takes all of us” to truly make it happen. Again the world reveals to us what works: Where there is unified vision and effort, there is progress. Without it, well… there might be some opportunity, there might be some good ideas, and there might be some hard work going on, but real progress is hard – maybe impossible – to come by. I feel that we as a community took a strong step forward on July 12, by educating ourselves on the challenges and opportunities, by sharing our questions, our frustrations and our best ideas, and by doing it all in the spirit of “common cause” – with hope for the future. I think we also got a better feel for the diverse, but coordinated, efforts and contributions already being made by our collaborating economic

continued 24/7 P.C. manhunts of Navajos along with “off the chart” rates of DWI, sexual assault, property damage, and other public health harms if you do not hold the GPD accountable for this unwarranted killing of a Navajo citizen when the six officers could have taken Sylversmythe down with non-lethal means. The only ones “armed and dangerous” are the Gallup Police Department officers who now shoot to kill when it comes to Navajos. Join the call for Justice and a U.S. Department of Justice Investigation for Navajo men and women that are being killed by police officers in border towns that surround the Navajo Nation on Saturday, August 06, 2016 from noon to 5 pm at the Gallup Cultural Center located at 201 East Highway 66. Bring your signs, banners, cedar, and prayers. Mervyn Tilden, Gallup is set; the players are assembled. Now is not the time to retreat, but to charge forward. New resources will be needed… not just to keep our economic livelihoods from slipping away, but to invest in new opportunities and initiatives that will build our competitiveness in the global marketplace, uplift the quality of life of our community, retain and expand our local businesses, start new enterprises, attract new industry and employment, and prepare and energize our workforce to move into the jobs we create. My personal thanks to all who participated in and contributed to this educational/ informational event in our community – and especially to those who will continue to share the vision, lock arms, and collaborate together in this great work. Look to the next roundtable workforce development, coming soon.

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The 2015-16 Inter-Tribal Ceremonial Queen shares her story By Kahlaya Rose McKinney


s the 2015-16 Miss Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Queen, I’m a cultura l a mba ssador for my Native people, and of course the Ceremonial itself. I promote traditional preservation and practices, and also educate people about the Gallup Ceremonial festivities. I invite everyone to come and take part in this long-time event and encourage artists to enter their art work. My name is Kahlaya Rose McKinney. I’m born of the Owens Valley Paiute Tribe of Bishop California. My father is Lakota Rosebud Sioux. My mater na l g ra nd fat her is Nava jo; he comes from the Red Running Into Water People Clan. And my paternal grandfather is Muskogee Creek. I’m 20 years old, and I’m studying psychology at San Juan College in Farmington. I’m original from a small town called Beclabito, but I live and was raised in Shiprock.


Last year, around this time, I decided to run for Miss Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Queen, we had about a weeklong competition starting on Wednesday with our self-introductions, impromptu questions, personal interviews, and the Miss Photogenic competition. The next day, we had our traditional talent competition at El Morro Theatre, and we also walked in the night parade that evening. On Friday, we had our modern talent competition at Red Rock State Park. And lastly, Saturday morning, we walked in the morning parade and the crowning for the 20152016 Miss Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Queen was that night. When I was chosen as Miss Gallup Ceremonial Queen, I was full of excitement and motivation to get my year started as an ambassador for my community, the Gallup community, and surrounding communities as well. As Miss Gallup Ceremonial Queen my duties were to promote traditional preservation amongst our native people. I

Kahlaya Rose McKinney is the current Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Queen, 2015-16. Photo Credit: Char Daw of Epic Photography go to different events through my time as Queen and talk with the people and share my teachings and stories with them about how great it is to be Native American and how, as Native people, we need to not only succeed in today’s westernized society but also practice our traditional ways at home. I am looking forward to this year’s pageant. I’m looking

forward to seeing who the contestants are and to seeing their talents and traditional practices. I’m looking forward to meeting their families and spending time with them this year. I’m excited to see who the new queen will be this year. I know she’ll do an excellent job and have an amazing journey. Gallup Ceremonial is an annual event that showcases

National Night Out is about hope

By Bernie Dotson


ational Night Out is, on the periphery, a light-hearted event. On Aug. 2, Gallupians gathered at the parking lot of Rio West Mall, chatted, ate free food, and explored things like the latest in fire and police equipment. Grinning politicians made a dorable speeches i n a n effort to boost neighborhood cohesiveness and their own approval ratings. The city got the word out about the event and a lot of folks from around Gallup were in attendance this year. It’s almost as though cities and towns nationwide compete to see who can stage the most elaborate event. National Night Out is about bringing police and members of the community together, Mayor Jackie McKinney and Police Ch ief Ph illip Ha r t suggested.


Native American artists and their beautiful ha nd made artwork. Ceremonial has a wide variety of traditional da nces such a s a contest powwow, song and dance, nightly night performances, and traditional evening and night parades. We also have a rodeo that coincides with the Gallup Ceremonial festivities, along with many other events.

Mayor Jackie McKinney speaks during National Night Out event at Rio West Mall Aug. 2. Photo Credit: NativeStars In short, National Night Out is an evening of good fun. But while politicians shake hands and give good speeches, and kids eat hot dogs, the specter of recent violence around Gallup may underscore the communal

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festivities. An Iyanbito man was shot and killed recently in a Gallup housing project, and a full report on the matter has yet to be disclosed. In opening remarks on Aug.

2, McKinney stressed that National Night Out is something that fosters community and police relations. “There’s a lot of [negative] stuff happening around the country and the world,”

McKinney noted. The police need the community’s help in fighting crime, and McKinney, Hart, and the members of the Gallup City Council see National Night Out as a way for police and city officials to show their gratitude for civilian cooperation. And they are right in believing this. At the same time, there are some within law enforcement who are frustrated at residents’ complacency about crime in their neighborhoods. This mentality is not uncommon; if not anything else, National Night Out will reinforce the notion that communities must get involved when it comes to fighting crime. In celebrating National Night Out, people are encouraged to turn on their porch lights and meet their neighbors. It is ou r hope t hat police-community relations everywhere grow better and stay that way. OPINIONS

COMMUNITY Gallup police build relationships through National Night Out ANNUAL EVENT FOSTERS COMMUNITY-POLICE RELATIONS

By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


it h m a ny police-community relations broken across the nation, the Gallup Police Department continues their efforts to forge positive relationships with the community by hosting its annual “National Night Out.” The Aug. 2 event, held at the east-wing parking lot of Rio West Mall, 1300 W. I-40 Frontage Road, and amid balmy weather, marked new Gallup Police Chief’s Phillip Hart’s first year attending the family-fun affair that included helicopter landings, fire department demonstrations, bike safety courses, a climbing wall, three-on-three basketball games, hot dogs, and, of course, Hart’s officers.

Community members enjoy the National Night Out event. On the far left front of photo, wearing light blue, City Manager Maryann Ustick; next to lady in red, wearing purple is City Councilor Linda Garcia; City Councilor Fran Palochak; Mayor’s wife Sandra McKinney; and city Tourism & Marketing Director Catherine Sebold. Photo Credit: NativeStars

Gallup Chief of Police Phillip Hart talks to audience at Gallup’s National Night Out. Photo Credit: NativeStars

“This is about community and police relations,” Hart said. “A lot of people have come up to me since I arrived and shook

everywhere across the nation.

my hand.” Mayor Jackie McKinney, one of several members of the Gallup City Council who gave a short

speech, said the National Night Out event is important because there are strained relationships between cops and the public


TCC packs a load of TLC



hat happens when a business wants to do more than take money from strangers? What if a business actually wants to be a valuable member of its community? This is the case for The Cellular Connection. TCC is the authorized Verizon dealer you might have seen in the Rio West Mall, 1300 W. Maloney Ave. They’ve been around for COMMUNITY

40 years as a family-owned business, and they even have a division called “Community Matters.” It’s this part of the business that aims to give back to the Gallup community every three months. On July 30, TCC participated in multiple events happening at the mall. Volunteers handed out 250 brand-new backpacks under a hot summer sun to a line of over 400 people, running out somewhere around halfway through the line.

David Madrid leads a team from The Cellular Connection that fully funded a backpack giveaway Saturday July 30 at the Rio West Mall. Photo Credit: Andy Gibbons III David Madrid is a wireless sales professional at TCC and shared with the Sun more details about this backpack giveaway event and others like it.

“It’s not a way to get sales; it’s not a way to have you guys come visit the store. It’s a way for us to give back to the community,” Madrid said.

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Local fifth grader nominated to visit U.S. Capitol for Envision conference By Nathan Jacob George


y name is Nathan Jacob George. I am 11 years old and I live in Gallup. I got nominated by my school, Tobe Turpen Elementary School, in fifth grade, to attend the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C. My teacher, Mrs. Maynerich, and my counselor, Mrs. Nye, nominated me due to my excellent leadership skills and academic abilities. The name of the group that organized the conference is called Envision. The conference started on July 9 and ran through July 14. There were 150 students from all over the country. There were four different activities on each day. The first activity was to get to know each other. The second was a conference site tour. The third was the leadership focus group meeting. We talked about goal settings, American presidency, and running for president of the group. The fourth was the Junior National Young Leaders Conference and a

Mr. Newkeller, the advisor of the group, stands with Nathan George, who visited D.C. in July for an Envision conference. Photo Credit: Nathan Jacob George

An Envision team leader and fifth grade Tobe Turpen student Nathan George stand in front of the Envision poster at the Marriott Conference Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Photo Credit: Nathan Jacob George

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A f ter a session on t he American presidency, I ventured to Washington, D.C. with my group. Our first stop was the home of the president, which made for a great photo op. I continued my exploration of U.S. history with a visit to the National Museum of American History. There, I participated in a “learning to look” activity, during which I studied artifacts from our nation’s history and reflected on their importance. I also got a chance to discuss and tour an exhibit that features the seven different roles of an American President. My tour of Washington, D.C.’s rich history continued with an opportunity to visit some of our nation’s most iconic historical memorials, including the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. On the third day, we visited Harper’s Ferry in West Virginia. We learned about John Brown, the abolitionist. There, we talked about the orientation and discussed, “Would you follow John Brown and the Civil War Loyalties?”

On the fourth day, we went inside the U.S. capitol. We heard a speaker on the floor of the House of Representatives. We participated in Capitol Hill visitor center tours. Our keynote speaker was Anthony Robles. He is a threetime all-American wrestler who won the 2011 NCAA individual wrestling championship in the 125-pound weight-class, despite being born with one leg. I was sponsored by Lions Club of Gallup, Peewees Kitchen, and by my parents. I am also thankful to God Almighty for giving me this opportunity to learn. I want to make a positive impact on my community. I would like to communicate the truth — that people can achieve their goals in spite of their odd circumstances. I will try to organize a team to participate in the Science Bowl. I am going to try and be a participant in the spelling bee this year. When I get to school, I will be more focused and take notes without being asked. I will get help to learn to go deeper in technology than I ever was before. I will also take notes on math when I go to school.


about not being able to afford a new backpack this school year. Then the conversation changed. “It was truly awesome to see the kids and how much the kids and parents were appreciative of the gift of a backpack,” Madrid said. “Every child said ‘Thank you,’ and you don’t see a lot of that anymore.” Many agreed it was a great experience even though the hundreds of backpacks ran out before everyone was able to get through the line. “ This wa s a n a ma zing experience knowing my team at TCC and I were able to help so many kids but weren’t going to receive anything in return,” Madrid said.

exclusively by the cellular to help out families in the area. This kind of generosity is a routine exercise for TCC, as they also donate art supplies to teachers in January; lead “Heal the World” in the spring, where they clean parks and plant trees; and in the fall, they will do another food drive. Madrid was moved by the experience and verified with others that many smiles were to be seen on the faces of children and parents. Volunteers heard stories of tough conversations parents had to have with their children

CRIME BLOTTER | FROM PAGE 12 the couch in the living room. That’s it.” The victim said her husband came home drunk, and blocked her from getting away, so she pushed him. Colwell then “grabbed me and we both went to the floor wrestling.” The victim said Colwell

kicked her in the back. Colwell’s grandmother said she saw him kicking the victim on the floor. When the grandmother told Colwell to stop, he picked up a pole, “grabbed my wrist with his right hand a twisted it before letting go,” she said. Colwell was booked on charges of battery on a household member, battery, and criminal damage to property. COMMUNITY

‘Suicide Squad’ works in fits and starts, but still doesn’t hit its target RATING: «« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 123 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun


nother week, another comic-book movie. At least, that’s the way it seems lately. The most recent tale to get the big cinematic treatment is from the DC universe, and at least it features a more unusual hook than many other superhero tales. Personally, I had a lot of trouble with the dour and nonsensical Superman movies. So is Suicide Squad an improvement on what has come before? The answer is, well, sort of... in fits and starts. The covert group is created by U.S. gover n ment agent Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) as a means to take on underhanded and impossible secret missions, while maintaining plausible deniability for the group’s actions. Led on the ground by Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), members i nclude T he Encha nt res s (Cara Delevingne), Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Boomerang (J a i C o u r t n e y) , D i a b l o (Jay Hernandez), The Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje),

‘Suicide Squad’ — which stars Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevigne, Will Smith, Margot Robbie and others — provides a few individual moments of quality, but for the most part, it misses the mark. Photo Credit: Warner Bros. a n d S l i pk n o t (A d a m Beach). Also involved is the sword-wielding Katana (Karen Fukuhara), as well as brief appearances by The Joker (Jared Leto) and Batman (Ben Affleck). A f t er s omet h i n g go e s wrong from within a nd a supernatural force threatens the city, the team is dispatched on their first mission. W h i le sequences a re clouded in rain and darkness, some portions of the movie have a bright, neon-tinged aesthetic that is appealing to look at. There are also a couple of nifty camera tricks, including a subtly effective cha racter t ra nsfor mation that is visually clever and accomplished. As for the banter, a couple of insults here and there are effective, including some

bickering between Deadshot a nd h i s c a pt or s / b o s s e s . Harley Quinn also manages to sell a few quirky comments. Still, more of the attempts at humor miss the mark than hit it — several feel forced in and choppily edited. There are loads of one-liners that somehow don’t result in the big laughs intended. Like many other superhero films of recent years, a lot of the flat jokes may have to do with the fact that there are an unreasonable number of underdeveloped characters on display. In fact, there are so many involved, it takes a good half-hour just for Waller to introduce the crooks. As events progress, many members of the team begin to fade into the background. Slipknot, Katana, Boomerang, and The Croc are the obvious


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characters that aren’t utilized; the filmmakers would have been wiser to cut them out entirely and spend the lost time fleshing out the leads more thoroughly. At least Flag and Enchantress are given enough time to make an impression, a nd Deadshot a nd Ha rley Quinn are the teammates who are by far the most developed (we get lengthy back stories on these villains). While definitely limited by comparison, Diablo also gets a moment or two to stand out. However, all the others are little more than window dressing. A nd even t hou g h she gets more time onscreen, Enchantress still feels like a missed opportunity. She’s the most interesting character at the outset, with dual personalities fighting over the same body. This aspect, as well as her prior relationship with Flag, adds some complications and an extra dimension to the conf lict. The pair is interesting, but they are soon separated. When the operation begins, the squad ends up in the streets mowing down foes; even worse, these are literally faceless opponents. The confrontations don’t result in much drama and lack the kick they should possess. It’s funny, the movie feels overcrowded a nd yet not

enough is happening on a story level. The tale is almost laid out like a simple video game; it begins with the group being introduced, progressing through the city and taking out nondescript villains, before facing off against a big boss at the climax. There’s something slightly underwhelming about the entire enterprise. Perhaps it’s even the mission itself. When all is revealed with a story twist, it may result in more disappointment a nd questions about the film’s logic than actual surprise. To be fair, Suicide Squad prov ides a few indiv idua l moments of quality. Bits and pieces work, and it’s definitely an improvement over Batman v Supe r m an. However, it is a lso clea r that the DC Universe still hasn’t found its cinematic sweet spot. There are more titles on the way, so fans will have to continue holding out hope that this work-in-progress filmic series improves with each subsequent title. And yep, there’s an extra scene after the initial run of credits. It isn’t all that gripping and alludes to something that comic fans will already know is coming, but it’s there for those who may be interested. There’s nothing at the very end of the feature, so you’re free to take off after the first bonus scene. 207 WEST COAL GALLUP 505.863.1250 www.elmorrotheatre.com



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his week is absolutely bonkers for releases a nd we’ve got the highlights below. As mentioned, there are 17 new features coming your way, meaning you’ll certainly find something of interest listed below. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure and give one of these titles a try!

BIG NEW RELEASES! April and the Extraordinary World - This animated effor t from F ra nce follows a family of scientists on the brink of a great discovery. When they’re kidnapped, the youngest child goes on a journey to find the group responsible and save the clan. The movie received nearly unanimous positive notices from the press. While a few found the story a bit slight, all found it to be a fun and exciting romp with striking steam punk-inspired visuals. The voices featured include Marion Cotillard, Philippe Katerine, and Jean Rochefort. Bite - A bride-to-be is bitten by a strange insect while at her bachelorette party in this independent horror flick from Canada. She slowly begins taking on traits of the slimy insect, not only turning her house into a hive, but likely freaking out her groom. Reviews were mixed for this effort, with a few more pans than praises. Some wrote that once it got to the gross stuff, it became an enjoyably goofy B-movie. However, several more stated the amateurish acting, dialogue, and clunky first act prevented them from getting invested in the story. The cast includes Elma Begovic and Annette Wozniak. The Bronze - Ten years after her retirement, a selfish and egotistical ex-Olympian refuses to move on with her life, choosing instead to live with her dad and continue milking locals for freebees. When she’s coerced into training a promising new gymnast, the jealous protagonist grapples with whether or not to sabotage the athlete’s efforts. This crude comedy

didn’t garner laughs from critics, who suggested that despite a few successful gags here and there, much of it falls flat. It stars Melissa Rauch, Gary Cole, Thomas Middleditch, Sebastian Stan, Haley Lu Richardson, and Cecily Strong. Dough - In this English c o m e d y, a Jewish baker finds his family business on the verge of coll apse a f t er a large superstore moves in next door. However, when a new employee accidentally drops an illicit substance into the baking mix, interest (and sales) increase dramatically. Notices were generally positive. A few found the film to be a bit slight and flavorless, but the majority were willing to overlook its flaws thanks to fine work from the performers. They include Jonathan Pryce, Jerome Holder, Philip Davis, Ian Hart, and Pauline Collins. High-Rise - A businessman who wants to be left alone buys a fancy condo in an all-inclusive apartment. Unfortunately, he soon gets in the middle of an erupting class struggle between the various residents that ends up devolving into chaos and riots. The ambitious project inspired more positive reactions than negative, although most had issues. As mentioned, most were impressed with the ideas and performances on display, although several described it as unfocused and believed it struggled to keep its themes and elements united. It features Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, and Elizabeth Moss. Keanu - A man finds an adorable cat on his doorstep and adopts it in this wacky comedy. Not long after, his place is ransacked and the feline is stolen. The hero joins forces with his cousin to recover the animal from the criminal underworld and both are mistaken for dangerous hit men. The press greatly enjoyed this comedy, giving it high marks overall. They called it amusingly quirky and bizarre, as well as calling the little cat incredibly cute. The movie stars Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Tiffany Haddish, Method Man, and Will Forte.

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T h e Lobster He r e’s a n odd one that won’t be for everyone. Set in a dystopian societ y, a m a n travels to a “hotel” to find his soul mate. If he can’t find one over the course of his stay, he will be turned into the animal of his choosing. Critics were very positive about this eccentric and very dark comedy. While a select few found it too bleak and off-putting, almost all found it completely bizarre and entirely original. They also complimented the humorous, low-key performances. The cast includes Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden, Lea Seydoux, John C. Reilly, Ben Whishaw, and Michael Smiley. Louder Than Bombs - A gallery display of a photographer’s war pictures brings her husband and sons back together under the same roof. The three attempt to reconcile their very different feelings about the family matriarch. This drama received solid, if not exemplary notices from reviewers. A few found it overly laborious and heavyhanded, but more suggested that it was an interesting and introspective feature handling some deep themes. It features Jesse Eisenberg, Gabriel Byrne, Isabelle Huppert, Devin Druid, and Amy Ryan. Manhattan Night - Based on t he novel Man h att an Nocturne, this crime thriller follows a New York tabloid writer. When the wife of a recently deceased filmmaker convinces him to investigate the death, the story takes the journalist into a world of obsession and blackmail. Critics weren’t exactly wowed with what they saw, claiming that the strong cast was let down by pedestrian storytelling techniques and a lugubrious pace. The movie stars Adrian Brody, Yvonne Strahovski, Jennifer Beals, Campbell Scott, Steven Berkoff, and Linda Lavin. Meet the Blacks - Reportedly a parody of The Purge movie series, this comedy follows an African-American family who move from Chicago to Beverly Hills. They arrive only to learn they’ll have to fend off attackers during a government

sa nctioned, 12 - hou r crime spree. Appa rently, the end result w a s v e r y, v e r y p o o r. It has been described as a skit stretched out to feature length that delivers a lot of unfunny and wrongheaded gags over the running time. Mike Epps, Charlie Murphy, Bresha Webb, Zulay Henao, Mike Tyson, and George Lopez headline the project. Mot h e r ’s D ay - Sad ly, writer/director/producer Garry Marshall passed away very recently. It’s truly unfortunate is that this holiday-themed comedy was his final big screen effort. The plot follows a group of harried mothers whose stories intertwine during a chaotic day. Reviews were flat-out terrible, saying the sentiment was forced, the humor ineffective, and the behavior of the characters out-of-touch with reality. It features an all-star cast that includes Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts, Jason Sudeikis, Britt Robertson, Timothy Olyphant, and Hector Elizondo. Puerto Ricans in Paris In this independent comedy, a pair of New York cops of Puerto Rican descent travels to France to investigate a counterfeit ring specializing in handbags. These buddy detectives bicker as they attempt to figure out who’s responsible. Unfortunately, reaction to the picture was mixed to negative. While most admitted star Luiz Guzman adds some muchneeded levity, the end result is slight, slapdash, and not particularly involving. It features Edgar Garcia, Rosario Dawson, and Rosie Perez in supporting roles. R e d S o nja: Q u e e n of Plagues - Based on the fantasy character from Conan the Barbarian creator Robert E. Howard and previously brought to schlocky life in the 1985 feature, this animated film about Red Sonja serves as a reboot of sorts. This time out, the sword-wielding warrior does battle with her arch nemesis, Dark Annisia. If that means anything to you, you might enjoy it. This is debuting on Blu-ray and DVD from Shout! Factory so little is known and

there are currently no reviews available. Misty Lee provides the voice of the heroine. Saving Mr. Wu Released overseas as Jie Jiu Wu Xian Sheng, this Chinese action f lick i nvolves a famous actor who is taken hostage by a gang of crooks who are hoping for some ransom money. This results in a tense standoff between the criminals and police. The feature received high marks from those who reviewed it. According to them, the concept is familiar, but the unusual execution and shifting timelines create a decent amount of onscreen excitement. Andy Lau plays the title character alongside Ye Liu and Qianyuan Wang. Traders - This low-budget Irish thriller tells the tale of a successful businessman whose company is about to go under. He and other money-obsessed corporate types become involved in a strange fight-club scheme in which two men liquidate their assets and fight to the death for the spoils. In the UK, it picked up reasonable reviews. While there was criticism that the tale became repetitive as it progressed, several thought the screenplay made some interesting comments about our current economic state. The cast includes Killian Scott, Peter O’Meara, and Nika McGuigan. The Trust - A couple of crooked police officers learn about the secret vault of an underworld figure hidden in the back of a grocery store. The pair decides to pull an elaborate heist, but don’t find what they expect inside the safe. Despite being a B-movie, this action/thriller pulled in more positive write-ups than negative. The press commented that while the darker elements didn’t work as well as they could, they enjoyed watching the game cast make a solid meal out of the tough-guy dialogue. It stars Nicolas Cage, Elijah Wood, and Sky Ferreira. Viral - This Blumhouse horror production (responsible for the Paranormal Activity,




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ainy Crisp, a graduate of and long-time basketball and volleyball coach at Navajo Prep School, was hired July 1 as the school’s new athletic director. The decision was announced last week after the school board finalized the matter. Crisp, a 1998 graduate of Prep and former all-state basketball player, was named the school’s interim athletic director after Mike Tillman resigned the job in March. The half black, half Navajo Crisp is a graduate of Arizona State University, where she also played basketball. “I’m happy to still be associated with the program,” Crisp told the Sun this

DVD REVIEW | FROM PAGE 20 Insidious, and Purge series, among many others) isn’t getting the same push as others of its ilk and is debuting on video-on-dema nd serv ices a nd DVD/Blu-ray med ia . T he plot follows t wo si st er s who are quarantined in their small town during a strange parasitic virus. As the condition spreads, these youngsters struggle to keep themselves barricaded and safe. There aren’t a lot of reviews, but the ones that have appeared aren’t very strong. It’s been called an unmemorable effort that doesn’t generate any chills. The cast includes Sofia Black-D’Elia and Analeigh Tipton.

BLASTS FROM THE PAST! That was a lot, but we’re not done yet. There are some great titles from the past arriving in special editions as well. Shout! Factory has a vollector’s edition of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978). If you’ve never seen it, this is one of the best remakes out there, perfectly updating the 1956 original and adding COMMUNITY

week. “I know the school. I know the program. The teachers, kids, and the parents at Navajo Prep are very familiar with me.” While a student at Prep, Crisp played basketball, participated in track and field, and was an assistant football manager. The Shiprock native made New Mexico’s all-state girls basketball team three consecutive years while playing point guard for the Lady Eagles. The new athletic director said she recently finalized the hiring of football and golf coaches, two of the first things she did in her new position. Crisp said both coaches are conformations and already onboard. “The new football coach is Victor Crawford who previously coached at Aztec High School in San Juan County,”

new subtext to the story, as well as some standout scares (the way that the pod people identify humans is memorably chilling). It stars Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, L eona rd Ni moy, a nd Jef f Goldblum. The film has been newly transfered in high definition, suggesting the picture quality will be a significant upgrade over previous versions. And as you might expect, it comes loaded with bonus features that include new interviews with cast and crew members, a documentary on the film’s history, numerous shorts on its production, a previously recorded director’s commentary and many other noteworthy extras. It’s definitely worth your while. If you’re a music buff, you’re probably aware of how difficult it has been to get your hands on The Beatles: Let It Be (1970). Out-of-print and hard to come by, LA Entertainment is finally putting it out on DVD. This documentary on the making of the album offers some great behind-the-scenes footage of the performers recording. For some, the most noteworthy aspect is the palpable tension between band members; they would break up only a year or so later, and viewers can easily see the strain and dissention present between the performers.

she said. Crisp, who teaches a couple of classes at Prep, will continue as the school’s girls basketball and volleyball coach. “Coaching is my passion,” she said. “We’ve fielded good teams in both basketball and volleyball over the years.” Prep finished the 2015 school year 16-3, 7-1 in volleyball and went to state, losing 3-0 to Eunice. The Lady Eagles have made it to post-season play in each of Crisp’s eight years of coaching the volleyball team. The basketball team has been equally successful with Crisp at the helm. The Eagles move up to District 1-4A after several seasons in 3A. The move comes after this year’s statewide conference redistricting.

Kino has a couple classics coming to Blu-ray as well. Both star Tyrone Power. This week’s titles include The Mark of Zorro (1940), in which Power plays Don Diego and his alter ego, determined to stop a villainous dictator. There’s also western film Rawhide (1951), in which the actor helps a single woman escape from some nasty bandits. Finally, VCI Entertainment has The Night Visitor (1971). This well-regarded and hardto-come-by thriller stars Max Von Sydow as a man who is wrongly locked away in an asylum for a murder he didn’t commit. However, the inmate knows exactly who is responsible, and sets about orchestrating a twist-filled revenge plot. Apparently, this suspense picture is much better than you might anticipate and has developed a sizable fan-base. Now fans can own it on Blu-ray.

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! T here’s plent y of k idfriendly options arriving this week, check them out below! April and the Extraordinary World My Little Pony Friendship i s Ma g i c: S o a r in’ O v e r Equestria Octonauts: Slime Time Pe p pa P ig: S umm e r Vacation

Rainy Crisp of Navajo Prep coaches basketball and volleyball for the Lady Eagles. She was recently named athletic director at the school. Photo Credit: Navajo Prep School

NIGHT OUT | FROM PAGE 17 According to national news reports, police officers have been shot and killed in Baton Rouge, La., and Dallas, Texas, in the past few weeks. “There’s a lot of stuff happening around the country and around the world,” McKinney said to a crowd of a few hundred people. “There have been a lot of sacrifices. A lot of people have given their lives for people everywhere.” National Night Out is a community-building event that provides local police departments the opportunity to meet and greet residents in a friendly atmosphere. It is celebrated in more than 16,000 communities across the United States. The event wa s sta r ted i n 198 4 by t he Nat ion a l Association of Town Watch, a nonprofit that develops and promotes crime-prevention programs throughout law enforcement agencies and neighborhoods. A mong the groups represented at the Aug. 2 event were the Gallup Boys and Gi rls Club, t he McK i n ley C ou nt y S her i f f ’s O f f ice, Rehoboth Christian School, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Civil Air Patrol, Gallup MedFlight, the McKinley County DWI Office, among dozens of other groups.

Ben Welch, city community services coordinator, said Gallup Councilor Linda Garcia was instrumental in getting the city to stage National Night Out this year. He said former Gallup Mayor Bob Rosebrough started the event in Gallup back in the early 2000s. “[Ro sebroug h] st a r t ed things going years ago,” Welch said. “We’ve tried to hold the event every year since then.” Garcia was one of the members of the City Council who spoke. “We must respect the people who protect and serve us,” Garcia said. “Thank a police officer the next time you see one,” she said. Councilor Fran Palochak also gave a short speech. “They [police officers] protect people they don’t even know,” Palochak said. “We are very thankful for these public servants.” Welch and Garcia noted that the event was dedicated to Ashlynn Mike of Shiprock who was murdered and assaulted a few months ago while walking home with a family member. Mike’s father was a scheduled guest speaker. The message from the event’s speakers hit home. “I liked it, and if they have it again next year, I’ll come,” Tracy Wynn, 18, a Gallup resident, said. “I think things like this are important.”

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From 10 am to 1 pm, Dine weaver Lois A. Becenti gives a Navajo rug-weaving demonstration. Ms. Becenti will discuss her life experience as a rug weaver and will demonstrate methods for improving weaving techniques and different rug designs and tools. Beginners and advanced weavers are welcome. Ms. Becenti believes that weaving can be a disciplinary tool that teaches us self-sufficiency and improves our livelihood, by giving us a strong mental and physical well-being for a continued healthy lifestyle. For more information, contact the library at (505) 863-1291 or libsuper@gallupnm.gov. Octavia Fellin Library, 115 W. Hill Ave.


At 4 pm, a family film for everyone to enjoy. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Film: Meet the Robinsons


Hear how you can help unite, save your communities, and encourage your youth to succeed in life and become future leaders. At 6:30 pm, a youth rally, and at 8 pm, family-night with door prizes and more. Thoreau Chapter House, County Road 51. SATURDAY Aug. 6


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.


Hear how you can help unite, save your communities, and encourage your youth to succeed in life and become future leaders. At 11:30 am, a youth rally with lunch; 7:30 pm, family, unity night with door prizes and more. St. Bonaventure School, 25


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Join the call for Justice and a U.S. Department of Justice Investigation for Navajo men and women who are being killed by police officers in border towns that surround the Navajo Nation. Bring your signs, banners, cedar, and prayers. Noon to 5 pm at the Gallup Cultural Center, 201 E. Hwy. 66. 


4 – 6 pm, help the children of the community celebrate their book making accomplishments. See the great books made by the young citizens of the area on display and enjoy a reception in their honor. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave.

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Join us for the Holy Eucharist. Begins: 10:30 am. For more information, please call (505) 863-4695. Location: 1334 S. Country Club Dr.


The Gallup Slavic Lodges presents Polka in the Pines, featuring Thomas Brothers and the Hot Shots. Adult and kid games; bring cash and win a prize. Enjoy traditional Slavic Picnic food and polka music. Tickets: $20 adult (ages 11 and up), $5 for children 5-10 years- of- age, children under the age of five are free. Begins at noon. For more information, please call Darlene Yochham (505) 863-5773. Location: Z-Lazy-B Ranch, Fort Wingate.

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The Gallup-McKinley County Schools Transportation Department has scheduled an In-Service for all transportation and motor pool personnel, including bus drivers. 8 am to 5 pm at the Gallup Bus Barn, 640 Boardman Dr.


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


Through Aug. 14, the event features song and dance, bull riding, parade, pow-wows, performances. Call Dudley Byerley for more info, (505) 870-2535. Red Rock Park, N.M. 118, off I-40 West, exit 26.


A club for kids interested in science, math, building, and inventing. Each week features a different challenge, project, or experiment. This week: Drinking-straw rafts. Starts: 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec.


Join us for a free family movie. Starts at 5:30 pm. Main Branch, 115 W. Hill Ave. Film: The Boss


Local talent takes center stage from 7:30 - 9:30 pm at Coal Street Pub, 303 W. Coal Ave. (505) 722-0117. THURSDAY Aug. 11


Fun crafts for the whole family (all ages). Starts at 4 pm. This week: Paper-plate dinosaurs. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. ONGOING


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.


First Monday of the month, from 3 - 5 pm. Community members concerned about conservation, energy, water, recycling, and other environmental issues are welcome. Call Bill Bright at (505) 722-0039 for information. Octavia Fellin Library: 115 W. Hill Ave.


The Hope Garden is offering organic produce for sale from 10 am - noon, Tue - Fri. We are located at 1130 E. Hassler Valley Rd. All funds go to helping feed local folks. For personal attention, call (505) 726-8068 or when visiting ask for Vernon Garcia.


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


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


The nonprofit hosts educational presentations and offers potential solutions about all things solar, every Wednesday evening 6 - 8 pm. Your questions, ideas, and expertise are welcome. For info call: (505) 728-9246, 113 E. Logan.


The fundraisers are open 9 am - noon every Saturday. If you have household items to donate or wish to volunteer on construction or another service call Bill Bright at (505) 722-4226, Warehouse Lane off Allison Road.


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.


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 Avenue between Second and Third Streets. SAVE THE DATE


Friday, Aug. 12 from 7 - 9 pm: Glow sticks, water, and refreshments will be provided while supplies last. $6 per person or 2 for $8. For safety: Ages 13-plus. Thunderbird Supply Co. Parking lot, 1907 W. Hwy 66.


Calling all car guys and gals! gallupARTS is hosting a classic car show at ArtsCrawl: Dog Days of Summer on Saturday, Aug. 13. Park your ride and show off your wheels on the 100 block of Coal Avenue starting at 6 pm. The public will be voting on the coolest cars, and prizes will be awarded! ArtsCrawl is the second Saturday of every month from 7 to 9 pm in downtown Gallup.


Aug. 14, run/walk begins and ends in the beautiful Navajo Nation Veteran’s Memorial Park. Benefits the Young Marines Navajo Code Talker Day Fund, which helps raise money for funeral expenses for the NCT and helps educate young marines on the history of the NCT.


Join the library and help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize. The Octavia Fellin Public Library is one of six librar-

ies in New Mexico to partner with the New Mexico Humanities Council for a special reading grant: Five Pulitzers in Five Months. As a recipient of this grant, the library will read and discuss five Pulitzer winning and nominated books. Next discussion will be held Aug. 16 at 6 pm. Location: Main Library Meeting Room, 115 W. Hill Ave.


On Aug. 16 - 18, join the SBDC for a Community Ed Personal Enrichment event. This course will provide instruction in the basic principles of accounting for non-accounting personnel and small business owners. Learn the necessary skills to perform essential accounting and 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, 203 College Rd.


Take six core courses in four months at low-cost tuition. Financial aid is available. Earn top industry certificates, with no prior computer knowledge required. Fall classes begin Aug. 17; register now. Grants.nmsu. edu/it-bootcamp, or contact admissions, (505) 287-6678.


Saturday, Aug. 20, 3 pm: This Native American-inspired band, blending jazz, funk and hip hop styles, has been featured on NPR. All proceeds from the concert go directly to Battered Families Services, Inc., and ATD Fourth World New Mexico, two agencies working in Gallup to improve the lives of children and families. Church of the Holy Spirit, 1334 Country Club Drive. Free


Aug. 25 – 28, the event features song and dance, rodeo, branding, doctoring, milking, a parade, and much more. Visit rnsb.k12.nm.us/fair.html for full details. Ramah Navajo

Fair Grounds, Pine Hill.

MISS NAVAJO NATION PAGEANT On Sept. 7, join us for the Miss Navajo Nation Pageant. There will be sheep butchering, bread making, contemporary and traditional skills, and an interview by the Navajo Panel of Judges. Hand deliver your contestant application packet no later than July 26 at 9 am. For more information, please contact Dinah Wauneka dinahwauneka@yahoo.com and Barbara Phillips brphillips16@yahoo.com or call the Office of Miss Navajo Nation: (928) 871-6379. Contestant application packets are available at: Office of the Navajo Nation Museum, Hwy. 264 and Loop Road.

BASIC COMPUTER CLASSES On Sept. 27 - 28, join the SBDC for a Community Ed Personal Enrichment 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: October 4 - 5 and 11 - 12. Begins: 5 pm. For more information, please call Denise Silva (505) 863-7743 or email dsilva@ unm.edu. Location: UNMG Calvin Hall, 203 College Rd.

ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI PARISH FIESTA Oct. 2: Mass begins at 10 am. Blessing of animals at noon. Bike run, food, games, entertainment. Performance by Starlette Dancers and Bengal Girls, Dylan Vargas Karate demonstration, fire safety house, and lots more! Pie-eating contest! Karaoke contest! Drawing for the Calcutta Raffle starts at 5 pm — grand prize is $10,000. Tickets are $100 each, with only 350 tickets to be sold. For fiesta or ticket information, call Father Abel at (505) 8633033 or Fran Palochak (505) 879-6570. St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 411 N. Second St. 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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