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NEWS Five-plus-hour school board meeting turned ‘Wild West’ HEATED TOPIC: TEACHERS WHO HAIL FROM ABROAD

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he Gallup McKinley County Schools Board of Education meeting started at 6 pm Aug. 15 and dragged on for more than five hours, ending after 11 pm. But not a lot of business was taken care of during that long span, with some agenda items tabled until next meeting. At the start of the meeting, it was standing room only. Scores of Filipino teachers, staff, and supporters were there to speak out against alleged comments made to the media by recently appointed board member Sandra Jeff. Heckling from the audience – from calling out Jeff on her questionable residency in McKinley County to making derogatory remarks about a Gallup-based newspaper – only fueled the tension as the board mulled over agenda items and listened to public comments. The meeting was capped off with a shoot-from-the-hip commentary from Sen. George Munoz, D-Gallup.

Gallup community. Boa rd Secret a r y Ly n n Huenema nn responded to Gonzaga’s comments with praise. “The Filipino community is setting an example by maintaining their own community, while at the same time being a part of the larger community they find themselves in,” he said. After public comments concluded, more than 40 individuals exited en masse; they did not stay to hear Jeff’s reply. Jeff told the handful of Filipino attendees left that she was misquoted by the media, and deeply respects the Filipino teachers and their educational investment in students. Jeff said that because she is a Navajo, she thinks she is also part Filipino and feels like she can relate to them. Later on, when talking about the decline in use of the Navajo language and cultural awareness, Jeff hoped to relate to another racial community. “Navajos are in the same

Senator Muñoz, at the podium, addresses the school board and superintendent. category as Jews… because their language was taken from them,” she said. Jeff declined to comment when the Sun asked for clarification on her comments.

Aside from a few random shouts from the audience questioning Jeff’s residency and qualifications to be a board member, there were no other discussion points aimed at her.

JEFF’S DILEMMA The bulk of the meeting’s public comment portion came from Filipino teachers and supporters who specifically attended the meeting to confront Jeff on alleged comments she made to a local media group July 28. Jeff reportedly told the Navajo Times that teachers who hail from the Philippines don’t speak English “as well as they should.” Several Filipinos spoke, addressing what they believed were false assumptions made by Jeff about Filipino teachers. Dr. Christopher Gonzaga, a local Filipino physician, explained the positive impact Filipinos have made on the NEWS

Multiple members of the Filipino community leave the board meeting early, smiling and hugging after positive speeches were given in support of Filipino teachers.

UNDER THE BUS During the meeting a discussion involving buses not being able to cross certain rural area bridges would take a wobbly turn. The board focused on the standard-size school buses not being able to cross bridges that can only support 10 tons at a time. The standard size bus is nearly 10 tons, but add fuel and students, and it’s over the capacity limit, Transportation Director Jeff Bond explained. Bond noted that Superintendent Frank Chiapetti has been accused by community members of unnecessarily closing these bridges to buses, even though he is following the law. “Mr. Chiapetti did not close those roads down last school year, it was the law,” Bond said. “It would make everyone’s life easier if we could use those roads, including my own, but he has to obey the laws.”


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GPD promotes three officers GPD CHIEF: ‘MORE PROMOTIONS’ COMING

By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


hree officers from t he Ga l lup Pol ice Department were promoted Aug. 15 by new

city Police Chief Phillip Hart during a formal ceremony at Gallup Municipal Court. The promoted employees were patrol officers Nicola Martinez, Terrance Peyketewa, and A nthony Seciwa. The

officers were all promoted to the rank of sergeant. “I am very proud to promote three of our police officers to the rank of sergeant,” Hart said in a brief introduction. “These are people who work for you.”

Gallup Police Officers Terrance Peyketewa, Anthony Seciwa, and Nicola Martinez were promoted to Sergeant Aug. 15. Photo Credit: Native Stars


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Martinez is originally from Haystack, and is an eight-year police department veteran who graduated with a criminal justice degree from New Mexico State University. “I want to thank the people here for all that they’ve taught me,” Martinez said, mentioning colleague Andy Yearly and Lt. Pat Salazar of the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office. “I’ve always looked up to people – people I believe are great leaders.” Martinez, like the other officers, received a pin —in Martinez’s case, it was placed on her uniform by her nephew,

Tonee Slockish. Terrance Peyketewa is from the Zuni Pueblo and has been a Gallup officer for 11 years. Peyketewa thanked his family for support and encouragement over the years. “It can be a very tough job, but having the support


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MCSO introduces emergency response team TEAM TRAINED BY CCSO

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t. Pat Salazar of the McK i n ley C ou nt y S he r i f f ’s Office informed the McKinley County Board of Commissioners Aug. 16 that the MCSO now has a certified emergency response team. T he a n nou ncement by Salazar, which included introductions to commissioners of members of the ERT team who were dressed in response gear, took place at the regular county meeting. “Things went well,” Salazar told board members. “As I understand it, it was eight days of some very tough training. [ERT] members are called in when an incident presents significant risk to law enforcement officers and the public.” Salazar noted that the training certifies the ERT members to respond to emergency situations, generally. “The team now meets and exceeds the McKinley County Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team Standard Operation Policy,” Salazar said. McKinley County hasn’t had such a team in about 15 years, Salazar and ERT team leader and MCSO Investigator Joey



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Guillen said. Guillen participated in the training. S a l a z a r s a id t r a i ne e s become members of a highly trained paramilitary unit that tackles situations beyond the capability of a conventional police force. “These elite professionals use their advanced training in weapons, teamwork, discipline and strategy to resolve a crisis,” Salazar told board members. “To a large degree, it’s akin to putting one’s life on the line depending on the nature of the emergency.” Seven McKinley County deputies participated in the training, which took place over the course of eight days starting Aug. 7, Salazar said. The training was conducted by members of the Cibola County Sheriff’s Office, where Tony Mace is sheriff. The normal cost for such training is $42,000, but the Cibola County sheriff’s jurisdiction waived that amount, Salazar said. “That was a cost-savings to us,” he explained. “We are thankful to Cibola County and Sheriff Tony Mace [for] the fee waiver.” A 20-plus-year veteran of the MCSO, as well as a U.S. Navy veteran, Guillen said the

THREE OFFICERS | FROM PAGE 4 of family is impor tant,” he said. Seciwa is also from Zuni Pueblo. He carries 26 years of law enforcement experience, with 12 of those years as an officer with the GPD. “This job isn’t for everybody,” Seciwa said. “Those who do work the job truly love it.”

McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Pat Salazar, flanked by members of the Emergency Response Team, explained the benefits of the new program to the Board of Commissioners Aug. 16. Photo Credit: NativeStars McKinley County team went through daily exercises in physical training, flash bangs, tactical shoot-and-move maneuvers and the breaching of doors. “No amount of words can describe the caliber of training that we went through,” Guillen said. “It was grueling to say the least. It took place for an average of 12 hours a day almost.” The eight tactical squad members received certificates and pins at the culmination of the training. Each of the MCSO trainees has been a member of the Sheriff’s Office for some time. “I appreciate the hard work that each of you go through to keep our community safe,” Com m is sioner Genev ieve Hart, who was hired as chief a little over a month ago, said there are currently 67 sworn officers at the department. Ideally, he’d like to hire anywhere from eight to 10 new officers. The chief said the public can expect “more in-house promotions” in the near future. Erin Toadlena-Pablo was the most recent GPD officer to be promoted.

Jackson said. “The community as a whole appreciates what you do,” Commission Chairman Tony Tanner said. T he me m b e r s of t he McKinley County Sheriff’s Office who participated in the ERT training were Guillen, Sgt. Eric Jim, Deputy Monty Yazzie, Deputy Nacona Clark, Deputy Garylle James, Deputy Johnson Lee, and Deputy Arnold Noriega. Combi ned, t he eig ht

members possess about 75 years of law enforcement experience, Salazar said. “I am proud to stand next to these men, as they worked very hard to earn this title, and I commend them for their hard work and dedication,” Salazar said. “As you know, crime will never go away. It’s only getting more dangerous as suspects start acting out their dangerous intents, targeting the public and law enforcement officers.”

GPD Chief Phillip Hart places Sergeant pin on Officer Nicola Martinez, who, along with two fellow officers, were given promotions during a formal ceremony on Aug. 15. Photo Credit: NativeStars

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he Nor thwest New Mexico Council of Gover nment ha s selected new members to its board of directors, officials said. G l o J e a n To d a c h e e n e was elected chairwoman of the COG board of directors. Todacheene is a former member of the San Juan Board of Commissioners, as well as a retired educator. The Shiprock Democrat is running for a seat in the New Mexico House of Representatives against incumbent Sharon Clahchischilliage, R-Kirtland. McKinley County Com m issioner Genev ieve Jackson was elected as COG’s vice chairwoman. Jeff Kiely, executive director at COG, said the organization met Aug. 3 at the Center For Energy Education at San Juan College in Farmington. At the meeting, Kiely said various awards were presented to those in attendance, including regional champion awards to former New Mexico Speaker of the House W. Ken Martinez, San Juan County Chief Executive Officer Kim Carpenter, and Nava jo community leader

GloJean Todacheene Richard Bowman. Board terms are volunteer and last for two years. T he COG a ssists w it h regional planning and development initiatives in northwest New Mexico. The organization, based on Aztec Avenue in Gallup, works on behalf of its member governments and their customized annual work plans to uplift the region through coordination. “The [COG] has a dedicated staff that adds value to the work of all local governments,” Todacheene said. Julie Quintana of Cibola County was chosen as second vice chairwoman, and Gallup businessman and former Gallup City Councilman Louis Bonaguidi was elected treasurer.

he McKinley C ou nt y B o a r d of Commissioners approved an annual salary for new County Manager Anthony Dimas at the Aug. 16 regular county meeting. Dimas, a University of New Mexico graduate, took over the top county job in mid-May after Bill Lee left for the Chamber of Commerce executive director post and won a District 3 County Commission seat, too. When he won the commission seat, Lee said he’d vacate the manager job in order to avoid conflicts of interest.

The board met in executive session about Dimas’ new contract and emerged with some details. McKinley County Attorney Doug Decker said: Dimas’s three-year contract begins Aug. 21 and is for $100,000. Lee earned $93,000 in the job. The “golden parachute” component of the contract stipulates that the county won’t engage in a cash payout, but if commissioners decide to bring aboard another manager, then Dimas carries the option of returning to his prior $79,000 emergency manager job. Dimas was also the county’s grant director. He worked that

job as well as the emergency manager position, but McKinley County has since hired a grants director, Decker said. “Dur ing the three-yea r term, the county will hold the emergency manager position vacant,” Decker said. None of the commissioners returned comments on the new contract. McKinley County Com m i s sion Ch a i r Tony Tanner deferred comments on the contract matter to Decker. Lee won the District 3 commission seat when Tanner, who currently holds that seat, did not run again. Lee, who holds no prior political experience, takes office in January.

McKinley County Attorney Doug Decker (left) and newly hired McKinley County Manager Anthony Dimas at the Aug. 16 Board of Commissioners meeting. PhotoCredit: NativeStars

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Gallup: Referendum canvassing went ‘well’ VOTERS SAID YES TO THREE MEASURES

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t i r e d A l A b e it a , Gallup city clerk, who monitored the election and oversaw a regular city council meeting on the same date, said the Aug. 9 canvassing process went well. “Thanks to our experienced poll officials, the McKinley County Bureau of Elections, Automated Elections Services, and my staff, the election process went very well,” Abeita said. AES is a vendor based in Rio Rancho that’s authorized by the state to provide election services and supplies. They provided the systems that were used to generate ballots for each voter. Abeita, Municipal Judge Grant Foutz, City Attorney George Kozeliski, and Deputy City Clerk Alicia Palacios participated in the canvassing. Records indicate that 579

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“ E v e r y t h i n g mu s t go through its proper course,” Henderson said after the election. “I anticipate a smooth process for everything.” Voters also said yes to an advisory referendum question on limiting the sale of package liquor before 11 am. In that matter, there was a favorable outcome of 562 to 210. With respect to the recycling matter, the closest of the three election components, there were 389 yes votes to 383 no’s. The recycling matter asked taxpayers if they’d favor instituting single-stream curbside recycling, the result of which is an added cost to utility bills. Abeita said street improvements are anticipated to begin late 2016 or early 2017. “The city still needs to go through the process of issuing the general obligation bonds,” he said. As of press time, the city had not received an invoice for the services and materials provided by AES for the special election. A total of 6.8 percent of














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wo locals remained jailed Aug. 16 after being taken into custody on charges of drug possession; falsely obtaining service accommodations; concealing identity and resisting; and evading and obstruction charges, police officials said. Nathan Lee, 22, of Gallup, a nd Delila h Miles, 31, of Church Rock, were jailed Aug. 10 after Gallup Police Department Officer Andrew Thayer responded to a call at

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the Knights Inn & Suites at 3208 W. Hwy 66 in reference to two individuals occupying

a room under false pretenses. Accord i ng to T hayer’s repor t, a hotel desk clerk

called police to say the original occupant of Room 223 checked out, but Lee and Miles somehow entered and occupied the room, where they used illegal drugs. “Lee was knowingly staying in Room 223 when he did not rent the room,” Thayer wrote. “He ran from officers when he was under detention and drug paraphernalia was in the room that he was seen leaving from.” Lee had an outstanding bench warrant connected to a prior domestic incident. Both Lee and Miles had been drinking, and Miles had a

methamphetamine pipe that conta i ned residue i n her possession. Lee lied about his true identity; he called himself “Rocky King” to, apparently, avoid arrest for the warrant, Thayer wrote. Additionally, Lee was in possession of an identification card that did not belong to him. Steve Silversmith, jail warden at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center, said Lee and Miles were jailed with $2,200 bail bonds. There were no attorneys listed in jail records for either Lee or Miles. Recently, the Knights Inn has seen its share of criminal misgivings. The motel was robbed of an undisclosed amount of money a little over a month ago. The suspect in that incident remains at large.

State police release names of officers involved in shooting OFFICIAL: DETAILS FORTHCOMING

By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent

On Aug. 16, New Mexico State Police relea sed the names of the four Gallup Police

Department officers involved in a recent deadly shooting. Cit y police off icers

Alvin Sylversmythe responded July 24 to a report involving a Native American male, identified as Alvin R. Sylversmythe, 30, who was threatening people with at least two knives at the Arnold Street public housing. GPD officers were the first to respond to the scene. The officers involved in the incident were: Justin Benally, a three-year departmental veteran; Clarissa Morgan, a fiveyear police veteran; Dominic Mol i n a , a t wo -ye a r c it y police employee; and Steven Peshlakai, a six-year department veteran. “The sequence of events leading up to the officers discharging their weapons is currently being investigated,” Sgt. Chad Pierce, spokesman for the NMSP, said. “No other information is available at this time.” GPD Public Information


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Officer Capt. Marinda Spencer said the four officers were on paid administrative leave for four days after the incident as per departmental policy. Spencer said the GPD is conducting its own internal investigation – as also per departmental policy under such circumstances. The Ga llup Police Department turned the case over to state police in order to avoid bias and impropriety, GPD Lt. Rosanne Morrissette s a id a t t he t i me of t he shooting. Officials at the GPD have been t ig ht-l ipped rega rding details about incident. The names of the officers were made public after the Su n f i led a New Mex ico Inspection of Public Records Act request with the state Department of Public Safety. Pierce has said the matter will go before a district attorney for review. Sylversmythe possessed pr ior r u n-i n s w it h loc a l law enforcement, and was described by witnesses as being “out of it” at the shooting scene, allegedly charging officers despite numerous commands to halt. The fatal incident occurred at about 12:45 am. The New Mexico State Police have not released photos of the four police officers involved. NEWS


Murder for hire: Alaska man wanted federal agents killed Staff Reports


uy Christopher Mannino, a former chiropractor and gun and explosives dealer who lived in Fairbanks, Alaska, had scores to settle—and murder was how he planned to settle them. A f ter a messy divorce that did not go his way—in part because he had filed for bankruptcy and was under felony indictment for weapons charges—Mannino hired a hit man to kill his wife’s attorney. When the would-be killer turned out to be cooperating with the FBI, Mannino later hired a second individual to kill the original hit man. And

Guy Christopher Mannino his murderous intentions didn’t stop there. “He had a hit list,” said


WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports Legal limit is .08 Nicholas R. Brown Aug. 10, 11:59 pm DWI, Aggravated Gallup P o l i c e Department Officer Chaz Troncoso wa s called to assist at the scene of a cra sh at Third Street and Highway 66, where Brown, 23, claimed he was talking on his phone, ran a red light, and crashed into another vehicle. He smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot, watery eyes, and slurred his speech. Brown failed field sobriety tests and blew .16 twice during breath testing. Dariquetta Lewis Aug. 9, 4:14 am DWI, Aggravated G P D O f f ic er J u s t i n Benally a s si s t ed a sergeant in pulling over a dark SUV that had NEWS

run a red light and a stop sign. Lewis, 31, pulled over at 224 E. Nizhoni Blvd. She got out of the car when she stopped, and was told to get to the ground. She was put in handcuffs. Lewis smelled of alcohol, had watery eyes, and slurred her speech. She refused field sobriety and breath testing. Rosendo Frausto Fernandez Aug. 9, 11 am 3rd DWI McKinley C o u n t y Sher i f f ’s O f f i c e Deputy Ivan Tsethlika i was dispatched to 1039 U.S. 491 in Yatahey in reference to a possible drunk driver who’d been detained by MCSO Deputy Merlin Benally. Benally had seen the driver stagger in front of his car at a gas pump. The vehicle had rolled backward. Fernandez, 53, smelled of alcohol, slurred his speech, and had bloodshot, water y eyes. Fernandez was unable t o per for m f ield sobr iet y test s. T here were severa l beer conta iners in the

vehicle. Fernandez told the deputy that he was hav ing difficulty breathing. He was then transported to a local hospital. His blood was drawn to determine BAC. Mick A. Martin Aug. 6, 6 pm 3rd DWI, Aggravated M C S O Deputy Ivan Tsethlika i was dispatched to the Shell Station at 1039 U.S. 491 in Yat a hey i n reference to a fight. A black Dodge pickup with large toolboxes in the bed left the scene and was t r avel i n g s out h bou nd on 491. Deputy Roxanne K ing noticed the vehicle; it was unable to maintain its lane, so she pu l led t he veh icle over on U.S. 491 at m i le marker 5. M a r t i n, 26, h a d blood shot eyes, slur red his speech, and smelled of alcohol. He failed field sobriety tests a nd blew .19 a nd .20 during breath testing. There wa s a n open cont a i ner i n the truck.

Former gun and explosives dealer Guy Christopher Mannino made the sketch above to instruct a would-be hit man how to build a bomb. A partially shown map also provides directions to an intended victim’s home in Fairbanks, Alaska. Mannino separately drew the diagram below to help the hit man locate and target the FBI’s Fairbanks office. Keion Rain Ortiz Aug. 5, 8:08 pm DWI G P D O f f ic e r Timothy Hughte and several other officers were d is patched to West Aztec Avenue and South Eilson Drive in reference to a crash with possible injuries. At the scene, Hughte was informed that the driver was running from the vehicle, which had crashed into an electric pole. Hughte chased Ortiz, 19, to the lower end of Copper Street, where he was detained in handcuffs. He smelled of alcohol, fell asleep in the patrol vehicle, and there were open containers in the crashed car. The license plate did not belong to the vehicle. Because of Ortiz’s high level of intoxication, he was taken to a local hospital

for clearance. A blood draw to determine BAC was taken during his visit. From there, he was booked into jail. Fern Henry Aug. 2, 2:52 am 4th DWI G P D Of f icer Timothy H u g h t e was dispatched to the 26-mile m a rker of I-40 in reference to a drunk driver. Hughte found the vehicle at the Munoz overpass; it used a left-turn signal to go right. Henry, 46, was pulled over at 3798 E. Hwy 66. She smelled of alcohol and could not provide a license, insurance, or registration. There were several open containers in the


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WEEKLY CRIME BLOTTER KOUNTRY KRIME 8/15, THOREAU McKinley C o u n t y Sher i f f ’s O f f i c e D e p u t y Monty Yazzie was dispatched to BJ’s Kountry Store at 113 Hwy 371 in reference to a drunk and disorderly suspect, who left the business just before Yazzie’s arrival. Yazzie found Joshua Williams, 20, in the lot of 92 Hwy 371. The victim, who was bleeding from the face, said Williams asked him for money, and when the victim didn’t give him any, Williams attacked him. Williams was booked for aggravated battery.

MEDICAL MONSTER 8/13, GALLUP At 3:40 pm, Gallup Police Department Officer Ronnie

Gonzales was d ispatched to Big 5 Sporting Goods at 710 U.S. 491 in reference to a man having a heart attack. Medstar was transporting Michael Shane Parker, 36, when he became combative and the emergency vehicle had to stop in the middle of 491, north of Maloney Avenue. Upon arrival, Gonzales heard Medstar personnel trying to calm Parker down. Gonzales cuffed him to prevent him from causing anyone harm. “Michael Shane Parker was just angry at the whole world,” Gonzales wrote in his report. Parker had spit into one of the Medstar personnel’s mouths and punched another. He was booked for assault on health personnel.


Jaramillo was dispatched to Fort Wingate High School at 1737 Shush Dr. in reference to a student with drugs. She spoke with the student, who claimed that while walking around campus a few days prior, he’d found a square of foil on the ground that had a white substance inside it. According to the report, the student put it in his pocket and showed it to a few people “to fit in and be cool.” When given field sobriety tests by a school counselor, the student was found to be under the influence of narcotics; there were also alcohol containers at “the top of his dorm ceiling.” The white substance was logged into evidence to be tested.

CUFFS AND A K-9 8/ 9, GALLUP A rou nd 3:15 pm, GPD Officer Ronnie Gonzales was dispatched to 500 N. Ninth St. in reference to a domestic dispute.

According to the report, at the scene, the victim said Kevin Paul Sherman, 39, choked her. There were visible marks on her neck. She said Sherman was her boyfriend, and she wanted them to hitchhike back to Chinle, Ariz., when Sherman became angry and choked her. As Gonzales was approaching Sherman, the v icti m told h i m Sher ma n had a knife. Gonzales told Sherman he wanted to talk to him, but Sherman said, “F--- you,” and “I want you to shoot me just shoot me.” He began walking south along a fence line. Gonzales followed him to the concrete platform of the Gallup Independent, and asked Sherman to show him his hands. Sherman put his hands inside his pocket. There were lighters in his left hand. He continued to tell Gonzales to shoot him. A supporting officer arrived with a K-9 and tased Sherman, but Sherman held onto the railing and did not go down. When Gonzales came closer, Sherman climbed along the chain-link fence. When he saw Gonzales’s handcuffs, Sherman said, “no way your going to have to kill me.” The supporting officer sent his K-9, which made contact with Sherman’s right calf. Sherman resisted, and the dog pulled him to the ground. Gonzales cuffed Sherman and found a trail knife in a pouch pocket. Medstar treated Sherman, who was then booked on charges of aggravated battery

DWI REPORT | FROM PAGE 9 car. She failed field sobriety tests — during the alphabet test she instead spelled “JURK.” Henry refused breath testing. Walter Tyler July 27, 9:41 pm DWI, Aggravated GPD O f f icer A ngelo Cellicion and other officers were requested at East Coal and First Streets in reference to a crash. At the scene, the victim said she was sitting in her parked vehicle when Tyler,


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and resisting arrest.

BURGLARIES/ LARCENIES 8/17: A vehicle was reported stolen from Gamerco. Scrap metal and old car parts were taken from the yard of a residence in White Cliffs area. 8/16: An unknown male took a 30 pack of beer from Deadhorse Mustang and left the area in a vehicle. A female had her phone stolen from the bathroom at T&R Market. 8/10: Unknown subject took rare coins and credit card from residence in Thoreau. Unknown person broke into the law office in Yahtahey and took a 12-pack of soda.

WARRANT ARRESTS 8/17 Leroy Bowman Serwin Saunders Jacquelyn Brown 8/16 Layne M. Platero 8/15 Thomas Patrick Mulvey Spencer J. Ashley Ashley Orozco-Otero Nathaniel Lee 8/14 Edison Yazzie 8/13 Travis James 8/12 Tyson Ray Wood Darren Natoni Timmy Yazzie Clifford McAdam 8/11 Andrietta H. Joe Hubert McCray 8/10 Rachel J. Livingston Arthur Thompson 8/4 Harold Bia 82, got into his vehicle, which wa s behind hers, and hit her b u m p e r when he tried to pull out. Tyler slurred his speech and smelled strongly of alcohol. When asked if he would perform field sobriety tests Tyler repeatedly asked for someone else. He was transported to the Gallup McKinley C ou nt y Adu lt D e t e nt io n Center. NEWS

McKinley County unemployment rate 10.1 percent MCKINLEY NEARLY NM’S LONESOME UNEMPLOYMENT DOVE

By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


ew Mexico’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.2 percent for the month of June, unchanged from May and down from 6.6 percent a year ago. The national unemployment rate for June was 4.9 percent, up from 4.7 percent in May and down from 5.3 percent in June 2015. I n M c K i n l e y C o u n t y, home to 71,000 inhabitants,

according to U.S. Census records from the year 2014, the unemployment rate in June of this year was 10.1 percent, which is somewhat of a climb from an 8.2 percent unemployment rate in May 2016. The unemployment rate in McKinley County in June 2015 was 10.8 percent. I n neig hbor i ng Cibola County, about halfway between Gallup and Albuquerque, the unemployment rate for June was 8.9 percent, up from 6.5 percent in May. Cibola’s unemployment rate in June 2015

was 8.9 percent, according to Department of Work Force statistics. Unemployment statistics are typically a month behind, as it takes that long to compile them, Tracy Shaleen, an economist with Work Force, said. “I think what you see here are numbers based on seasonal unemployment,” Shaleen said. “In the case of McKinley County, this is something that happens along these lines about every year.” Shaleen noted that seasonal jobs, like bus driving, end

County Unemployment Rates, June 2016 (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

around the beginning or middle of June, or at the end of the school year, and that impacts a county’s unemployment rate. “These workers literally leave the work force, so that becomes a factor in the bigger unemployment picture,” Shaleen said. “I think the same unemployment rationale can be attributed to Cibola County. In a lot of ways, both counties have a lot in common.” Bill Lee, a former McKinley County manager and currently the executive d i rector at the Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce, said some bu si nes ses a re not working with a suff icient number of employees, which can tie into the area’s unemployment rate. Lee noted the seasonal changes in unemployment a round McK inley County, saying there are employment vacancies at many McKinley businesses. “Yes, you are talking about seasonal jobs,” Lee said. “By the same token, there are businesses that need employees, but those businesses haven’t put big numbers of people into the work force. Not yet, anyway.” Health care, retail, and education are the largest employment industries in McKinley

County, where the top employer s a re Ga l lup -McK i n ley County Schools, Gallup Indian Medical Center, and Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services. I n neig hbor i ng Cibola County — wherein parts of the Navajo Nation, as well as Acoma, Zuni, and Laguna Pueblos are located — the top employment industries are tourism, government, and health care. Mount Taylor, the New Mexico Museum of Mining, the El Morro and El Malpais Nationa l Monuments, the Bandera Volcano, and the Ice Caves are considered yearround tourist attractions in that county. Luna County in southwestern New Mexico has the state’s highest unemployment rate at 11.5 percent. The lowest unemployment rate in New Mexico belongs to Union County in the far northeastern part of the state. Davey A nderson, 33, a welder who has been unemployed for several months, said he’s thinking about applying for unemployment soon if no jobs materialize by the end of September. “I’ve been a welder all of my life,” he said. “I’m going to keep looking for a job.”

The McKinley County unemployment rate for June of this year was 10.1 percent, up from 8.2 percent in May. Luna County holds the state’s highest unemployment rate at 11.5 percent; Union County has the lowest. Photo Credit: Courtesy

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MURDER | FROM PAGE 9 Special Agent Derik Stone, one of the investigators who worked the case from the FBI’s Anchorage Division. That list included federal law enforcement personnel, including an FBI agent and two agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. “He wanted to kill the FBI agent, the main witness in the weapons case, and the individual he initially hired as a hit man,” Stone said. “He also wanted to kill a bankruptcy attorney and both ATF agents who investigated his case.” Instead, the 57-year-old Mannino is in prison, having been recently sentenced to a 17-year term on a number of charges related to the murderfor-hire plot. Mannino’s problems began with financial issues. “He got in over his head and decided to file for bankruptcy,” Stone said. “But he tried to hide assets, including guns, in his wife’s name. And he also transferred an unregistered machine gun to another person without proper paperwork, which is a felony.” The one-time president of the Alaska Machine Gun Association was indicted by a federal grand jury in August 2013 for a number of charges related to the unlawful possession and transfer of prohibited weapons, including a machine gun and silencers. In 2014, while awaiting trial on those charges

SCHOOL BOARD | FROM PAGE 3 Prior to the close of the meeting, Sen. George Muñoz, D-Gallup gave a no-holdsbarred speech. He primarily addressed what he considered the district’s misuse of funds found in the results of an independent audit conducted by Manning Accounting and Consulting Services, LLC. He also strongly criticized the board’s lack of awareness regarding the alleged misuse of Indian Education Committee funds listed in the independent audit, and that they did not recognize the legitimacy of the audit. Muñoz also took a moment to comment on the negative disagreements that had characterized the board meeting up to that point. “It’s like I’m in the Wild West and the School Board and the Superintendent are two gun-slingers,” Muñoz said.


and others related to his bankruptcy, Mannino hired a hit man to murder the attorney. After the plan unraveled and he was in custody at the Fairbanks Correctional Center, Mannino attempted to hire another hit man—a fellow prisoner about to be released to a halfway house—to kill the original hit man and carry out the other murders. He told that individual where to find a cache of explosives, instructed him on how to shape explosive charges for maximum effect, and drew a map of the FBI office in Fairbanks. He made specific and gruesome requests. He wanted the hit man to travel to Tennessee, for example, to kill one of the ATF agents and then rig the graveside with a bomb so it would kill everyone else who came to the funeral. Fortunately, the second would-be hit man contacted authorities. Mannino was federally indicted again in 2015, this time for soliciting murder. After a four-day trial in February 2016, he was found guilty. Imposing his sentence in June, a federal judge in Fairbanks noted the jury’s conclusion that Mannino intended for the murders to actually occur, rather than his conduct simply being “jail house talk” between inmates as Mannino had contended. “He was angry, and he was serious about the killings,” Stone said. “He had the tools and capabilities to do what he said he was going to do.” “I don’t know if the superintendent needs to be fired or if the board needs to be fired, but something has got to change.” In response, Jeff claimed Muñoz was harassing and threatening the board. She said they are both elected officials and should work together. Board President Priscilla Manuelito redirected some of Muñoz’s critiques to Chiapetti, who she held ultimately responsible for the independent audit. “I’m gonna go ahead and crawl out from underneath this bus now,” Chiapetti said after Manuelito’s comments. Chiapetti defended the independent audit, and suggested the board hire another auditor who they feel is legitimate. He also mentioned that some of the blame was to be shared by the board. However, he didn’t receive any leeway from Manuelito. “Now our lines are drawn as [to] what we have to do

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Stabbing reported near Camille’s GPD: SUSPECT AT LARGE

GPD Sgt. Nicola Martinez (far left) setting up and correcting police tape while other officers take pictures of evidence near witnesses waiting their turn to be interviewed. Photo Credit: Andy Gibbons III

lone suspect remained at large Aug. 18 after a s t a b bi n g n e a r Camille’s Sidewalk Café at 306 S. Second St. Gallup Police Department Captain Marinda Spencer said


a call about the incident came into dispatch around 9 am that morning. The caller, who was a bystander, reported a stabbing by an unknown male. Spencer said the victim, believed to be male, was transported to an area hospital, though she did not specify which one.

“We are still gathering deta ils on the situation,” Spencer said. “The investigation is still open.” An employee who a n s we r e d t h e p h o n e a t Camille’s said she didn’t know much about the situation, but had heard about somebody getting stabbed.

as a board,” Manuelito told Chiapetti. “And you have broken that line.” Chiapetti said the board meet i ng d id n’t go a s he

expected, but said in response to board comments that he wants to “focus on moving forward.” In response, board Vice

President Kevin Mitchell said he was “sorry it didn’t work out the way [Chiapetti] wanted, because it would have been [the board] under the bus.”

By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent

Board members prepare for the Aug. 15 meeting. NEWS



here’s a lot to be said for being out of the ordinary. There may as well be, since those of us who fall into that category generally have a hard time passing for typical. But ordinary is not an all-ornothing matter. Every so-called ordinary person, when you get to know them well enough, will have some pretty unusual qualities, for better or for worse. And most people who seem

Get back to ordinary really, really different still have more in common with their fellow humans than not. Take the case of the folks serving the Gallup-McKinley County Schools Boa rd of Education and the superintendent. There appear to be lines drawn in the sand when it comes to resolving issues, and that’s not a good thing. State Sen. George Muñoz, D-Gallup, characterized the Aug. 16 school board meeting as something out of the “Wild West,” complete with

Superintendent Frank Chiapetti Sen. George Muñoz “gun-slingers.” Nothing is perhaps more damaging to the psyche of school-aged kids than grown administrators playing childish


School Board Member Sandra Jeff

games. This is supposed to be about the business of education, but somewhere along the line, that reality got off track. We could be here all day

rationalizing the good and bad of decision-making and why certain individuals make the kinds of decisions they do, irrespective of profession. One doesn’t have to be a genius to see that the entire school-board meeting scenario, at least at this week’s session, has developed into something negative and not conducive to furthering educational progress. It’s an “us versus them” mentality, when you go to a meeting and one group or the other doesn’t want to be told



The Sun exits Leo on Aug. 22 and enters Virgo Aug. 23. The devil is in the details and Virgo is right there beside him — judging you. This attention will bleed into your verbal and written communication patterns. Madame G suggests you enjoy life precisely (as it is) at this moment. And if you must have your latte at exactly 120 degrees, no one will judge you too harshly. Drink up!

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

If you experience a sudden disappointment or find that you accidently let something slide, don’t despair. To err is human. It’s not what happens that defines us — it’s how we respond to it. Madame G suggests you lean into your family and get strength from their support. Don’t panic! Everything happens for a reason. Use this to your advantage.

Love is your friend. But if you treat your friends like enemies, that’s what you’ll get in return. It’s hard to tell the difference sometimes, especially when love turns a little sour. Ask yourself what’s important and how you’d like to see yourself in 20, 40, or 60 years. Will you have lived and loved? You must learn forgiveness in order to be happy.

Life isn’t always a bowl of cherries or chocolate. But it certainly has its moments. If you’ve forgotten to dot your I’s and cross your T’s, you’re not alone. It’s probably just a case of the end-of-summer blues. Never fear, this too shall pass. The dog days are here, but fall is wonderful. Don’t forget to smile.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

You’re a bright and shining star among the gloomy clouds. A smile is your friend — your best friend. You’ve one of the biggest and brightest personalities of any of the signs. You’re a true gift to your friends. As we head into trying times, you’ll find that others lean on you for support and love. Shower them with kindness and provide your shinning light for others to see because they may have none. It’s up to you.

What is success or freedom to you? It’s in your best interest to live the life you want. You’re not very nice when you don’t. Share your fears and love with family, and don’t murder their enthusiasm with pessimism. Live well! Eat well! And enjoy a nap with someone special — from your spouse to the family dog. You’re the only one who can make you happy. The rest is just icing on the cake.

Show compassion for those who don’t deserve it. One of life’s biggest challenges is working with people. It’s especially hard when they’re an emotional wreck. We can’t control anyone except ourselves. If you want mental toughness — you must develop it. You can’t expect someone to love you like you do. Live according to your values, or risk having nothing left. Your life is a gift.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Do what works for you. It’s hard to imagine a better way to manage your life or that of your friends. But the issue is that you can’t live someone else’s life. Your only option is to live your life. Don’t waste your time living according to someone else’s standards. Be yourself. Live your dreams! OPINIONS

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Life forces us into the direction we must take. Have you been hesitating to live your dreams? Maybe you haven’t accomplished your life’s goals yet. Whatever the case, now is a good time to live the life you want. Don’t hesitate. Listen to what the music of the universe is telling you. Sometimes it’s subtle and soft like a flute. But often it’s loud and sounds like a full-fledged band. Take notes.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Is now a good time to live your dream? No one doubts your ability to accomplish the impossible or summit the highest mountain. But success means nothing without fulfillment. What do you want? Your life’s purpose should guide your movements, actions, and life. It’s up to you to live a life without regret. If you feel trapped — it’s your own fault. Remember, fortune favors the bold. And happiness belongs to those who are willing to accept it.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Take wise and deliberate action, with minimal risk. You may wish to live a life of wild abandon (and perhaps you will). But considerate thought helps. Consider the risks you take. Sometimes they’re worth it, but you can’t really be sure unless you’ve had a moment to think and plan. Think before you act. You’ll be grateful for the action.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Your life is a bit hectic. You may even want to run away. Don’t! There’s a time to exit gracefully and a time to dig in your heels. Consider where you are at this moment. Quitting isn’t always the end. Sometimes it’s a beginning. But you must first question your motives. Are you acting out of fear or passion? Chose wisely!

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Trust isn’t always easy, especially if you’re not ready to share it. You may be one of the more passive signs of the zodiac, but you’re not weak. You’re also not perfect. If you’d like to really make a connection with others, don’t be afraid to share your insecurities and fears with those you love. Your family might surprise you.

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LEDA program boosts local economic development By Finance New Mexico and William Fulginiti


UCUMCARI - The city of Tucumcar i generates $110,000 each yea r for economic development projects from a local tax on gross receipts, and the community gets lots of mileage from it. In 2015, the city collaborated with the Greater Tucumcari Econom ic Development Corporation to invest locally generated tax revenue in four private projects through a process allowed by the Local Economic Development Act. T ucu mca r i Mou nt a i n Cheese Factor y received $141,830 in local LEDA funds to improve wastewater treatment for its expanded facility in return for a pledge to create 15 new jobs. Buena Vista Labs secured $70,000 to enlarge its eyeglass lens manufacturing facility and retail outlet. Rugged Inc. founder Adam Nichols received $50,000 to establish a corporation to manufacture his invention — a high-power survival flashlight. And Las Vegas Naturopath Dale Harapat needed only $10,000 to extend his medical practice to Tucumcari.

HOW LEDA WORKS LEDA allows local governments to invest public money in private business ventures that benefit the community in specific ways, such as job creation. The New Mexico Municipal

League helped lead the effort to get LEDA enacted in 1994, because the 106-city member association saw the benefits of empowering municipalities to participate in public-private partnerships that strengthened local economies. Before LEDA, governments couldn’t devote public funds to privately sponsored economic development initiatives. The act changed that by letting municipalities pass a local ordinance that let them earmark proceeds from the one-eighth-percent local-option gross receipts tax to publicly beneficial infrastructure projects. LEDA’s most recent iteration augments such local efforts using money appropriated by the state Legislature and managed by the Economic Development Depar tment. These state funds use the same mechanism and process: The state consigns money for an approved project to a local government body that acts as the fiscal agent. Tucumcar i received two state allocations last year, according to Patrick Vanderpool, executive director of the GTEDC, which evaluates and processes requests for LEDA-funded projects. The cheese factory received $200,000 towa rd physica l expansion of its plant, and the Odeon Theater obtained $50,000 to replace its roof. Since 2002, 83 New Mexico communities have approved ordinances to allow LEDA funding for economic development projects.

Tucumcari received two state allocations last year through a process allowed by LEDA; The Odeon Theater obtained $50,000 to replace its roof. Photo Credit: Finance New Mexico

PUTTING LEDA TO WORK Wherever LEDA funds originate, they are investments in the community. If the business defaults on its commitment within 10 years, it repays the money. If it delivers as promised, it is released from all further obligations. LEDA funds are considered gap financing, Vanderpool said,

ROLL CALL | FROM PAGE 13 what to think or do or how to do it. Lost is the actual importance of education and the hundreds of school kids who, literally, attend class and play sports and do what normal students do on a daily basis. “Navajos are in the same category as Jews, their language

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a LEDA ordinance should contact The New Mexico Municipal League at (800) 432-2036. F in a n c e Ne w Me x i c o a ssi st s in div i du a l s an d b u sin e sse s with obt ainin g s k i l l s a n d f u n din g resources for their business or idea. To learn more, go to FinanceNewMexico.org. William Fulginiti is the executive director of the New Mexico Municipal League.

was taken from them,” Sandra Jeff, the newest member of the school board, said, in part, at the Aug. 16 meeting. That’s fine, Sandra. We respect that. But within that train of thought, can you get us to an even higher cultural level of understanding one another? A middle ground must be found. Respect must be restored. Individualism is fine.

Psychologists who study emotion have discovered that once we start thinking in a positive or negative light, we tend to continue looking at everything through a good or bad lens until something gets our attention to the point of making us switch gears. Let’s get these schoolboard meetings back to being ordinary.

The wisdom of learning from others

To the editor, Fellow humans who are involved with alcohol: I am aware that for most of you, my attempts to get you to quit drinking are unwelcome. I keep trying because I think back and deeply regret rejecting the people who attempted to help me. Also, the fact that God did not give up on me helps me to not give up on you. I had a set strategy for all


“and are not to be looked at as the sole source of funding. It’s primarily used to get a project over the hump.” To find out if a project qualifies for LEDA funding, contact your local municipality or economic development organization. Contact information can be found under the Municipal Index at GrowItNM.org. Communities and municipalities interested in passing

who attempted to get me to quit drinking. I would ask them: “Am I trying to get you to drink with me?” When they said no, I would say, “Then how about if you live your life and let me live mine?” I learned the hard way; you do not have to. There is a saying: A wise man learns from experience, but a wiser man learns from the experiences of others. The

choice is yours. God’s word tells us that in helping others, we help ourselves. I would much rather meet you in heaven than in hell. In my drinking days I did not fear hell, not because of bravery, but because of stupidity. As I get closer to death and judgment day, the reality of hell now terrifies me. Louis Maldonado Gallup OPINIONS


A Ceremonial Tradition: Dance of the Aztec people By Dee Velasco Sun Correspondent


his year’s Inter-tribal India n Ceremonia l proved once again that a rich culture still thrives, keeping the crowd as excited as ever.

One particular crowd-pleasing Native American performing group is Danza Mexi’cayotl, which translates as “The Dance of the Aztec/Mexican People.” Group leader Mario Aguilar has been performing in the Ceremonial with his family for quite some time.

Azteca dancer Argelia Andrade. Photo Credit: NativeStars

From left, Bea Zamora Aguilar, Alex Perez and Dante Aguilar. Photo Credit: NativeStars COMMUNITY

“I started when I was 19, and that was almost 42 years ago,” Aguilar, who began dancing while attending San Diego State University, said. At that time, “Mexican people in the United States were calling ourselves Chicanos,” Aguilar said. But they were

also beginning to discover and explore their Indigenous roots. “We realized our foods, our blood were Native Americans — our faces, our traditions were Native American heritage, and all this time, we were always told we were Spanish. We never knew that we were

is the oldest tribe in Mexico.” The tribe’s roots extend before the Aztecs, Mayans, or Toltecs, Aguilar said. “These are the ones that kept our traditions alive; when the Spanish came, they were forced to become Catholics,” he noted.

Azteca dancer Luis Miguel Tovar. Photo Credit: NativeStars Native American, so this was a great time for us to discover all of our traditions, history, our indigenous roots in Mexico.” Aguilar and his group, which consists of 50 people, hail from the San Diego area of California. Twentytwo members of the Azteca dancers attended this year’s Ceremonial. The group a nd the Mexi’cayotl Indio Cultural Center in San Diego consist of community members who, along with dancing, also work toward social justice and diversity. Aguilar’s tribe comes from Mexico. “My tribe is Nahua Otomi, meaning ‘Aztec,’” he said. “These are the people who have been up in the mountains of Mexico 8,000 years ago, which

A result of the Catholic take-over was the integration of Catholic tradition into that of Aguilar’s tribe. “ S o i n s t e a d of d a n c ing for the Mother Earth,” he explained, “we’re going to dance for the Mother of Christ; instead of dancing for the Sun, we’re going to dance for Son of God; instead of dancing for the Magay spirit, we’re going to dance for this saint.” W h i le t he façade may have changed, the traditions, whether Catholic or Native American in name, remain the same. “They just converted everything,” Aguilar said, “but we still dance the same traditions, but now with Christian and Native American traditions and meanings.”

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Charity proceeds benefit outpatient rehab center RMCHCS CHARITY SEEKS TO BRING WELLNESS TO THE COMMUNITY

Story and photos by Andy Gibbons III Sun Correspondent


ehoboth McK inley C h r i s t i a n He a lt h Care Services’ rehabilitation healthcare department has outgrown its facility within the hospital and is looking to expand in the building previously used for dialysis treatment. RMCHCS is hosting their 20th Charity Invitational Sept. 9, 10, and 17 under the theme of “Building a Community of Wellness.” The proceeds of this charity will go toward creating The Wellness Center to house the outpatient rehabilitation department. RMCHCS stated in a brochure, “The Wellness Center will be four times larger and will include rehabilitation services, the After-Care Program, diabetes education and the Healthy Parenting, Healthy Kids program.” According to the brochure, new, state-of-the-art equipment will allow “our team of experienced specialists to provide an even higher level of care for patients suffering from injuries, strokes and chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease and kidney disease.”

The old Dialysis Center is the prospective building of choice to be used for the future wellness center.

The entrance to the old Dialysis Center is ready for the cleaning and improvements that are headed its way.

There will even be resources like an open gym area, a kitchen with cooking classes, and spaces for health-education classes. This year’s event honoree is Dr. Christopher Gonzaga. Recently, Gonzaga received an award from the New Mexico Chapter of the A mer ica n College of Physicia ns for c o m mu n it y s e r v ic e a nd volunteering. Monica Greene, director of marketing and public relations for RMCHCS, told the Sun that Gonzaga very much deserves the award. “Dr. Gonzaga genuinely cares for his patients and for those around him,” she said. “He has a deep faith and

mentors high school and college students as well as immigrant healthcare workers and has, for many years, provided flu shots at homeless shelters.” O n Au g. 15, Gon z a ga attended the Gallup McKinley County Schools Board of Education meeting and spoke during the public comments portion. He hoped to positively respond to recent comments by board member Sandra Jeff about the Filipino teaching community (see cover story, page 3). T he R MCHC S Ch a r it y Invitational has a clear goal for its fundraising and a distinguished doctor as its honoree. The actual events extend three non-consecutive days, and include a golf tournament

commitment to God and it shows in his caring and compassionate ways. He frequents house calls and home-visits to patients and their families. That includes acts such as sitting by the bedside of a terminally ill patient, listening carefully to family concerns, praying, and sharing his wonderful gift of music.” Gonzaga’s impact, however, is not limited to his role at the hospital. The doctor is also very much involved in the community. “He is an active member of Rehoboth Christian Reformed Church,” Greene said. “He has served on the board of the Cibola Foundation, is involved in supporting medical missions,

in Grants on Sept. 9; an adventure run/walk and a trap shoot competition at the shooting range on Sept.10; and the Gala Event held the evening of Sept. 17 at Red Rock Park. For more information, see the brochure online at rmch. or g /do c s / Br o c hu r eW E B - July_26.pdf. Aside from donating money, supporters may also donate gifts for raffle prizes, donate a promotional item for the gift bags, and/or buy a hole sponsor-sign at the golf course. For more i n for ma tion, or to be a part of the Charity Invitational 20-Year Anniversary, call Ina at the RMCHCS Wester n Hea lth Foundation (505) 863-7287.

Delegate Davis Filfred honors Navajo Code Talkers on behalf of Council Staff Reports


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Mesa) expressed gratitude and appreciation on behalf of t he 23 r d Nava jo Nat ion Council in honor a nd recognition of National Navajo Code Talker Day.

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Bank of Colorado announces new director of marketing Staff Reports


ORT COLLINS, Colo. - Bank of Colorado announced Aug. 17 t he h i re of Dav id F i n ke l s t e i n a s d i r e c t o r of marketing for Bank of Colorado and Pinnacle Bank New Mexico. Finkelstein will replace Jill Marvin, who is retiring after 13 years of service with Bank of Colorado. Prev iously w ith Ka rsh Hagan, a digital advertising agency based in Denver, Colo., Finkelstein served as account manager to Bank of Colorado. His responsibilities now include overseeing all marketing, advertising, and media opportunities, while focusing on new innovative ideas to enhance the customer experience. Finkelstein is a graduate of the Art Institute of Colorado, with a bachelor of arts in design management. “[F inkelstein] br ings a wealth of knowledge a nd

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It’d be criminal to miss ‘Hell or High Water’ RATING: ««« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 102 MIN. By Glenn Kay


imes are tough, and Hell or High Water is a crime flick that also manages to astutely encapsulate many financial problems (in particular, foreclosures). This is a small but effective crime film that offers plenty of thematic meat between its impressive character interplay. It’s got the vibe of No County For Old Men, with a more straight-forward plot and theme. However the project was conceived, it’s hard to imagine the end result turning out any better. Toby (Chris Pine) and his ex-con brother Tanner (Ben Foster) are robbers plotting a string of heists through little banks in small towns on the back roads of Texas. On their trail are Texas Rangers Hamilton (Jeff Bridges) and Parker (Gil Birmingham). The siblings’ plan is dicey but uniquely thought out; of course, if anything goes off course, the two know it could mean lengthy sentences, or even death. It may sound like a simple plot, but what raises this tale above the norm are the characters and the attention to detail paid by the filmmakers. It’s a stark effort with great performances across the board. These aren’t simple good guys and bad guys being portrayed;

‘Hell or High Water,’ starring Chris Pine and Ben Foster, is filled with memorable characters who are consistently interesting to watch. In theaters Aug. 19. Photo Credit: CBS Films most are more complex and are painted in shades of grey. Hamilton would be the hero in most films of this genre, but his sense of humor is crotchety and politically incorrect in equal measure. Tanner has a nasty and impulsive streak, yet is consistently loyal and giving to his brother. And while Toby’s bank-robbing acts are criminal, his motivation is relatable, building a future for his financially strapped children. This is the only way the central character can provide for them. Terrible things happen to good people in the film, and these layered characters add extra dimension to the drama. And because there’s already

so much strife in this story, it makes the stress and anxiety that much more palpable. The banks are clearly using the poor economy to their advantage, leading to mixed feelings among the public. W henever the brothers interact with locals, we’re never sure if these people are going to react with vigilante justice or empathy and encouragement. Some of the robberies result in actions that force the characters to improvise at a moment’s notice. While the big stars all bring their A-game to the project, just about everyone in the film deserves praise, from the leads down to the supporting cast


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The action and violence that occur over the course of the feature are equally quick, austere, and occasionally jarring — adding to the tension. This is a decidedly low-key movie, but its message is very clear. Big banks are taking advantage of the average citizen, profiting off of their suffering. Desperate times result in desperate people. And when things are at their worst, and the public isn’t properly cared for by the system, many begin taking extreme measures to survive. Hell or High Wate r is a sma ll, cha racter- dr iven film that may take a subtle approach in its story, but its methods don’t make it any less powerful or effective. 207 WEST COAL GALLUP 505.863.1250 www.elmorrotheatre.com





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‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ has fantastic visuals (but could use a stronger finish) RATING: ««« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 101 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun


ug ust used to be a time for studios to release summer misfires, but so far this month, we’ve gotten some effective little films. Okay, it’s had its share of flops, too, but for such a muggy time, there have been a couple of breaths of fresh air — Hell or High Wat e r a nd even S au sa ge Party being examples. Kubo and the Two Strings is another rarity in that it isn’t a reboot or sequel, but rather a unique attempt to pay homage to Asian cinema. It results in a very pretty picture, though one that isn’t without a few issues. Still, in the end there’s enough style on display to earn it a minor recommendation. Kubo (Art Parkinson) lives near a small village with his mother, a woman suffering from memor y loss after a head injur y yea rs ea rlier. Not only does she give vague accounts of what happened to Kubo’s father, she insists that the boy come home each day before the sun sets. Naturally, the protagonist misses his curfew and is visited by various family members (voiced by Rooney Mara and Ralph Fiennes) out to capture the boy and take his one working eye. He escapes and is sent on a magical quest to retrieve items that will assist him in vanquishing the bad guys. Helping the boy realize his potential is his protector, Monkey (Charlize Theron), a nd t he a m ne sia c i n sect samurai, Beetle (Matthew McConaughey). As you can already tell, memory is a big theme here. It takes a bit of time to get going, but once Kubo begins his journey and is joined by Monkey, the film hits its stride. When Beetle arrives, it goes into overdrive. They make a great trio, with Monkey earning plenty of laughs as the annoyed a nd of ten u n i mpres sed COMMUNITY

‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ is an impressive-looking feature that offers something very different from typical kids’ fare. Now playing in Gallup. Photo Credit: Focus Features parental figure to Kubo. She and Beetle often butt heads as well. There’s a great deal of good-natured bickering between the pair. As expected, the voice-work is excellent and the three leads are distinct and enjoyable to listen to. Another plus is the gorgeous imagery and phenomenal stop-motion animation. A sequence featuring the heroes facing off against a gigantic, deadly skeleton is a visually spectacular treat. Another, in which the lead swims to the bottom of the sea and comes face to face with underwater plants housing large and colorful eyeballs is a surreal delight. From beginning to end the movie is a marvel to look at. It’s funny that after such a great second act, the only element that feels underwhelming is the climax and finale. When Kubo meets the main antagonist, it’s a rather muted affair in comparison with earlier events. I certainly understand the intent; the themes of memory and forgiveness are admirable, but they’re overplayed at the close and come across in a muddled fashion. Even in a fantasy world, a f ter a ll is revea led, this rev iewer fou nd element s murky and had some trouble

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d ra mat ic a nd compel l i ng manner. A nd f i na lly, a word of wa r ning for pa rents w ith small children. Like other films from this production company (Coraline, ParaNorman) there is some frightening imagery and (SPOILER ALERT!) several characters, well, expire over the course of the story. If you don’t want your child to have to process some potentially heavy issues like mor ta lit y, you m ig ht want to hold off until you feel they’re ready. Overa ll, Kubo an d th e Two Strings is an impressive -look i ng feat u re t hat offers something very different from typical kids’ fare. If only it had struck the landing, I would be raving about it. Even with a lackluster and strangely f lat finale, it has some merits; older children and fans of animated cinema will at least enjoy what they see.

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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for August 19, 2016 By Glenn Kay


elcome to another look at the highlights arriving in stores this week on Blu-ray and DVD. Beyond the run of new releases, this is a fantastic week for great older features making their debuts in high-definition. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these flicks a try!

BIG NEW RELEASES! The Angry Birds Movie - The v ideo-game franchise makes its film debut i n th is a n imated comedy. Viewers are promised an explanation as to why the birds are so ill-tempered; it may have something to do with monstrous green piggies that arrive on their island. The movie did well at the box office, but like many game adaptations, it garnered mixed notices, with more negative reviews than positive. Most didn’t hate it, but they stated it was creatively uninspired and felt more like a lengthy commercial than a feature. The voice cast includes Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader, Peter Dinklage, Sean Penn, Keegan-Michael Key, Kate McKinnon, Tony Hale and Hannibal Buress. Backgammon - This independent mystery flick tells the tale of a weekend vacation between f r iend s. When a disagreement and breakup erupts, it results in all but one man and woman being left at the house. Reportedly, as their attraction grows, the pair becomes equally anxious that the lady’s boyfriend might not have actually left the location. Critics haven’t responded well to this title, saying the psychological games being played aren’t particularly convincing or thrilling. It stars Noah Silver, Olivia Crocicchia, Brittany Allen, and Christian Alexander. Bolshoi Babylon - The

famous ballet is chronicled in this documentary. Recent opinion of the Russian dance troupe has been polarized, with plenty of criticism heaped at the creative choices, rivalries, and behind-the-scenes drama. This film takes viewers backstage with unprecedented access to the artists. Reaction to the feature was strong, if not exceptional. Apparently, ballet fans will be enraptured and compelled by what they see, but the filmmakers don’t delve too deeply into the scandals, and newbies to dance may find it inaccessible. Bunker of the Dead - In the mood for a low-budget zombie picture? This German-made, English language production is about a group who finds an old trench and dugout used by Nazis during WWII. They discover that it was a secret lab and even more unfortunately, they learn that the 70-year-old experiments underground are still active. This one is debuting on disc, so there are currently no reviews available. A few online write-ups suggest it features a lot of first-person photography, and as horror flicks go, it might be a little cheesy. The cast includes Michael Abts, Sarita Bradley, and Patrick Jahns. God’s Not Dead 2 - This Christian d r a m a involves a h ig h - school teacher who fights for the right to state her religious beliefs in class, taking her mission all the way to the courtroom. Ugghhhh.... The press panned this one universally, saying it was overlong (at a full two hours), not to mention filled with long-winded lectures and tedious sermons. They also complained that it presented some pretty awful stereotypes of those not following the lead’s particular beliefs; basically, they felt that it was terrible by just about any storytelling standards. It stars Melissa Joan Hart, Jesse Metcalfe, David A. R. White, Er nie Hudson, and Robin Givens. Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words - Criterion is distributing this well-regarded Swedish documentary. Using home movies, archival interviews, letters, and diaries, the

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picture aims to give viewers a clearer look into the private life and thoughts of this famous actress. A few said it might be a bit too long for its own good, but all found it gave an interesting and more full picture of the real person. Isabella Rossellini, Sigourney Weaver, and Alicia Vikander take part in the production. Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made - Here’s another documentary. This one is about three 11 year-old boys who set out to do something ver y unusua l... recreate t hei r favorite mov ie, R a i d e r s of the Lost Ark (1981), shot-forshot with their own cameras. It took them 7 years to complete and this effort chronicles the experience, as well as what it all meant to the participants. Notices were very good. A few wrote that it over-complimented its subjects for making a fan film, but most believed that it was a fun flick that also captured childhood relationships as well as their dissolution in adulthood. Sky - This English-language drama is a France/Germany co-production about a woman who ends her marriage while on vacation in the western U.S. She begins to wander the deserts on a journey of self-discovery. Not many have had the opportunity to check out this little arthouse film yet, but those who have were split on the results. Some called it odd and pretentious, while others described it as an interesting and eccentric character study. It boasts an impressive cast that includes Diane Krueger, Norman Reedus, Guy Lellouche, Lena Dunham and Lou Diamond Phillips.

BLASTS FROM THE PAST! Remember goofy action cinema of the ’80s? If you do, you probably recall the surprise hit from Cannon Films, American Ninja (1985). This week, Olive Films is bringing the entire series to Blu-ray. The original stars Michael Dudikoff and Steve Jones as two U.S. soldiers given special martial-arts training to take on mercenaries

in the Philippines. Naturally, this results in all sorts of action mayhem. American Ninja 2: The Confrontation (1987) was the follow-up, reuniting the two stars against a new foe. This time out, the bad guy is a super-criminal and part-time scientist who has created an army of mutant ninjas ready to do his bidding. It was followed by American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt (1989), which introduces new hero David Bradley in the title role. Finally, American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1990), teams Bradley with or igina l sta r Dudikoff a s they take down their deadliest foe yet... Get ready to be Dudikoffed! Fans of cheesy ’80s low-budget fight films are very likely to get a kick out of them. But that’s not all. Olive is also releasing the Frank Sinatra/Cary Grant adventure The Pride and the Passion (1957). In addition, they’re debuting the long out-of-print cult drama, Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970) in high definition. It stars Liza Minelli as a burn victim who struggles to rebuild her life after years in the hospital. And there’s more! You can also pick up a Blu-ray of the political satire Wild in the Streets (1968) about a counter-culture rock band who fightd for the rights of teenagers to vote in a presidential election (and for a 20-something candidate, too). There are some great titles coming from Shout! Factory as well. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984) is a cult flick from the ’80s about a rock star/brilliant scientist/ super-surgeon who attempts to stop a massive alien invasion. It’s completely tongue-in-cheek and bizarre beyond words, but it’s a whole lot of fun if you can get on its odd wavelength. The movie stars Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Lloyd and many others. It also features one of the best endcredit sequences (featuring all of the heroes strutting) you’re ever likely to see — the current crop of comic-book films could learn a thing or two from it. The “Collector’s Edition” Bluray comes loaded with so many extra features that there isn’t enough space to list them all here.

Many may not realize this, but horror film director John Carpenter (Halloween, The Fog, The Thing, Prince of Darkness, and many others) made what still stands as the best Elvis Presley biography ever. Elvis (1979) was a mini-series that starred Kurt Russell as the famous performer and told the singer’s complete life story.... the King of Rock ‘n Roll also shoots out a TV or two over the course of the running time. This Blu-ray features the complete, 170-minute version, which is the one you want to see. The disc also includes some archival interviews, as well as a commentary track from an Elvis historian. Shout! Factory also has the creepy thriller Session 9 (2001) arriving in high-definition. It’s an extremely effective, low-key chiller that was shot on video. The story involves a crew cleaning out an old mental asylum who begin experiencing strange and disturbing events. It was directed by Brad Anderson (The Machinist) and stars David Caruso and Peter Mullan. The disc comes with a director audio commentary, new interviews with cast and crew members, deleted scenes, featurettes, and other bonuses. If you’re looking for something very scary, this should do the trick. Kino has some Blu-rays that are worth noting. They’ve go t t he Gr e e c e - s e t w a r drama Eleni (19 8 5) fe a tur ing Kate Nelligan, John Ma lkov ich a nd Linda Hunt. Those look i ng for B -mov ie thrills can enjoy Shel ley Wi nter s i n Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (1972), a strange, modern (for its day) take on Hansel and Gretel. Enjoy The Revenant? Then you may be interested in an earlier flick with the identical plot (both were inspired by the same real-life story). Man in the Wilderness (1971) starred Richard Harris as a fur trapper who is attacked by a bear and left for dead by his compatriots. He survives and swears vengeance on those who left him behind. It arrives


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The Thoreau High School Hawks hope to fly high and long during the 2016 season under new Head Football Coach DeJong DeGroat. Photo Credit: Thoreau High School By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


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DVD | FROM PAGE 20 on Blu-ray courtesy of Warner Archive. Now viewers can compare versions for themselves. Here’s a really trashy one for bad-movie fans. Way back in the day when no-budget horror flicks were coming to VHS and Beta left, right, and center, one of the most provocative was Microwave Massacre (1983). It followed a man who becomes a cannibal and begins cooking victims in a newly acquired microwave. Arrow’s bringing the flick to Blu-ray and has included a commentary track, making-of featurette, and plenty of other extras. 108 Records is also putting the religious school satire, Saved! (2004) out on Blu-ray. Produced by Michael Stipe of the band R.E.M. and starring Mandy Moore, Macaulay Culkin, and Patrick Fugit, it tells the exploits of a group of troubled teens at a bible camp. And there’s still more. You’ll have to settle for a DVD, but The Dark (1979) is arriving courtesy of distributor Shriek Show. If memory recalls, it’s a pretty bad horror flick about an alien on a killing rampage. The cast includes William Devane, Cathy Lee Crosby, and Casey Kasem; it may provide a couple COMMUNITY

come Aug. 26, when they open the 2016 football season against the Tohatchi High School Cougars. The Hawks, who have 10 seniors on this season’s roster, beat the Cougars 32-16 last year in a game played at of u n i ntentional laughs for bad-movie fans. F i n a l l y, Universal is releasing some comedies on Blu-ray that may be of interest. There’s the family flick Beethoven (1992), as well as The ‘Burbs (1989), The Dream Team (1989), The Great Outdoors (1988), and The Money Pit (1986). The ‘Burbs with Tom Hanks features some great improv and is a lot of fun (despite its somewhat strange overall message), and the disc comes with some interesting extras, including the original ending. The Great Outdoors is a good time as well, and may evoke feelings of nostalgia for anyone who ever enjoyed summer vacations at the lake. It stars John Candy and Dan Aykroyd.

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Here are the week’s highlights for kids! The Angry Birds Movie Power Rangers Super Megaforce: The Complete Season S him m e r a n d S hin e: Welcome to Zahramay Falls (Nickelodeon)

THOREAU FOOTBALL PREVIEW Tohatchi. “We’re ready,” new Head Fo o t b a l l C o a c h D e Jo n g DeGroat said this week. “We have a great bunch of guys.” DeGroat wa s the head volleyball coach last year at Thoreau. He was also an assistant coach in football under former Hawks Head Coach Roger Willie, who left the job after a 5-5, 3-2 season. Under Willie, Thoreau ran a single wing offensive scheme that featured the quarterback. “We will diversify,” DeGroat said. “We have enough players where we can do a lot of things on offense.”

DeGroat, who is originally from Mariano Lake, said he intends to employ a balanced offensive attack, saying the Hawks will put it up when necessary, and run and take what’s given to them when it comes. Last year, Hawks’ defense gave up 50 or more points to both Kirtland Central High School and Bloomfield High School in what turned out to be blow-out losses. Thoreau lost 56-6 to Kirtland and 53-0 to Bloomfield. “We’ll be very balanced,” DeGroat sa id. “You have to have that balance in the

league.” There are 48 players on the 2016 roster, and according to the coach, a starting quar terback has yet to be named. District 1-4A has undergone a statewide realignment. Kirtland and Bloomfield have moved up to 5A and Zuni High School is now a part of 3A. The Navajo Preparatory School Eagles, who consistently have highly ranked quarterbacks on a national scale, move from 3A to 4A. Prep also recently promoted long-time volleyball and girls basketball coach Rainy Crisp to athletic director.


com ment s, a s t hey stood from their seats in the front row along with their families and loved ones. Also in attendance were Nav a jo Na t ion P r e sident Russell Begaye, Vice President Jonathan Nez, former Navajo Nation Chairman and President of the Navajo Code Ta lkers A ssociation Peter MacDonald, Sr., and Arizona Sen. Carlyle Begay, R-Dist. 7. Council Delegate A lton J o e S h e p h e r d (J e d d i t o , Cornfields, Ganado, Kin Dah Lichíí, Steamboat) was also at the celebration to show support for the Navajo Code Talkers and their families. “As a young Navajo leader bor n in the ea rly 1970’s, I appreciate all the sacrifices these warriors made to end World War II, on this special day. I honor and recognize them as national treasures a nd we must never forget t h e i r l e g a c y,” S h e p h e r d stated. “They protected our way of life as Diné and the freedom that we have. I ask that we continue to pray for all of our Nava jo warriors and their loved ones.” Peter MacDonald recalled the histor ic procla mation signed by former U.S.

P resident Rona ld Reaga n that designated August 14 the Nationa l Nava jo Code Talkers Day. In his proclamation, Reagan described it as a day dedicated to all members of the Nava jo Nation and to all Native Americans who gave of their special talents and their lives so that others might live. “I ask the American people to join me in this tribute, and I call upon Federal, State and local officials to commemorate this day with appropriate activities,” the Reagan proclamation states. In 2007, the Navajo Nation Council passed a resolution designating August 14 as a Navajo holiday in honor of the Navajo Code Talkers. “I wa nt ever yone to remember t h a t t h i s i s a nationally recognized day, it is ‘National Navajo Code Talker Day,’” MacDonald said. The event also included a moment of si lence a nd a 21- g u n s a l u t e b y t h e Tséhootsooí Twin Warriors S o c i e t y. F o l l o w i n g t h e salute, scarlet and gold balloons were released into the a i r at Vetera n s Memor ia l Park, in remembrance of the many Navajo Code Talkers who have passed on.

they were told not to speak about their ser vice, but we are honored to be with them t od ay,” F i l f red s a id. “We honor those with us today in person, and those who have passed on.” Filfred, who enlisted with t he U.S. Ma r i ne Cor ps i n 1990 and served the United States in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm during the Gulf War, also noted that members of the Navajo Nation Council recently passed a bill that urges the U.S. Congress to appropr iate fu nds for the construction of a national monu ment i n Wa sh i ng ton D.C. to recognize the honorable service of all Navajo Code Talkers. “ We w a n t a n a t i o n a l mo nu me nt t o ho nor ou r Code Talkers and to rememb e r t he m a ny w ho h a v e gone on before us,” Filfred said, before concluding his remarks with a resounding “Oorah!” – a term commonly used a mong U.S. Ma r i nes to show ca ma rader ie a nd mutual respect. Severa l Nava jo Code Talkers applauded Filfred’s

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FILM FESTIVAL | FROM PAGE 17 c it y i nvol ve d by e x t e nd i ng it s rea ch one block at a time. Last year, GFF Director K nifewing Segura sa id he wanted the number of film submissions from directors, both indigenous and from abroad, to grow. This year, Segura’s wish is a reality, as diverse genres of films have been submitted and Native American celebrities like Roger Willie and

Gary Farmer plan to attend the event. “Some of these kinds of festivals get thrown together a nd look like a Spaghetti Western,” Segura said, hoping to keep the festival diverse but organized. Segura ha s been meeting with his boa rd nea rly ever y day a s t he fest iva l approaches i n order to ensure the September festival weekend is a success for everyone. One of the main focuses is the award ceremony on Sept. 18.

G a l l u p F i l m Fe s t i v a l has worked in concert with groups like the Navajo Nation Museu m a nd Wa lt Disney Studios, which tra nslated movies like Star Wars and Finding Nemo into the Diné language. The deta iled screening schedu le for t he festiva l, which is open to the public, is yet to be announced, with an Aug. 19 deadline for film submissions. Tickets and more information can be found online at gallupfilmfestival.com. CLASSIFIEDS

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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. CITY OF GALLUP’S SUSTAINABLE GALLUP BOARD 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. COMMUNITY PANTRY 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) 7268068 or when visiting ask for Vernon Garcia. FRIDAY NIGHT HOOTENANNY Gallup’s longest-running live show! Every Friday night from 7 - 9 pm. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. Second St. Updated 7/20/16

GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY Wednesdays are low-cost Spay and Neuter Days, at the Gallup-McKinley County Humane Society. For more information, please call (505) 863-2616, or email: gmchumanesociety@ gmail.com. Location: 1315 Hamilton Rd. GALLUP SOLAR 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) 7289246, 113 E. Logan. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY YARD SALE 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) 7224226, Warehouse Lane off Allison Road.


RECYCLING COUNCIL McKinley Citizens Recycling Council is a local nonprofit working to increase recycling through education, community outreach, and partnership with local government agencies. MCRC meets the first Saturday of the month at 2 pm, at Red Mesa on Hill St. For more information, please call (505) 722-5142 or visit Recylegallup.org. SUMMER INDIAN DANCES Join us for Summer Nightly Indian Dances from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The Summer Nightly Indian Dances have been happening in the Gallup area for 24 years. We are excited to be in our new facility at the Gallup Courthouse Square. Visitors to Gallup can take the opportunity to visit and learn from the many different dance groups. For more information, please call (505) 722-2228. Begins: 7 pm. Location: The Courthouse Square on Aztec Avenue between Second and Third Streets. SAVE THE DATE 52ND ANNUAL ZUNI TRIBAL FAIR Sept. 1 - 4, the drug- and alcohol-free event features

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Indian dances, a parade, arts and crafts, free BBQ, a carnival, food vendors, pow-wow, home arts, an agricultural exhibit, fitness events, concerts, a raffle, the 45th Miss Zuni Pageant, the 18th Jr. Miss Zuni Pageant and the Zuni Prince/ Princess Pageant. (505) 870-4038 or (505) 782-7000. E PLURIBUS UNUM: DINÉTAH Sept. 2 -12, Axle Contemporary mobile gallery launches its project documenting the people of the Southwest in Gallup, Window Rock, and beyond. The portrait studio will be open, for free, for all members of the community. Bring any small object of personal significance to hold for your portrait. Photos are immediately printed; one is given to the participant (no charge); one is wheatpasted to the exterior of the mobile studio-gallery; a third will be part of an exhibit of the entire project at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, Ariz. A book will be published with the entire collection of photographs, writing by participants, and a singular image on the cover created by blending the hundreds of individual portraits. Copies of the book will be distributed for free to all of the participants. Visit axleart.com for dates and locations.

in New Mexico to partner with the New Mexico Humanities Council, to bring a very special reading grant, “5 Pulitzers in 5 Months” to our community. As a recipient of this grant, the library reads and discusses five Pulitzer-winning and nominated books. Next discussion: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, Sept. 20, 6 pm in the Main Library Meeting Room, 115 W. Hill Ave. BASIC COMPUTER CLASSES 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) 863-3033 or Fran Palochak (505) 879-6570. St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 411 N. Second St.

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, To post a nonprofit or Hwy. 264 and Loop Road. civic event in the calendar 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PULITZER PRIZE Octavia Fellin Public Library is one of six libraries

section, please email: gallupsunevents@gmail.com or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.

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