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he Gallup City Council approved a 30 -day contract Sept. 27 with the Edgewood, Colo.based CH2M Hill Engineers, Inc., to operate and maintain the city’s wastewater treatment plant. The action took place at the regular city meeting and on the heels of the exit of a previous firm that contracted with the city for plant management. “ T he s hor t - t er m con tract will not change the fiscal impact, as the budgeted amount for operation of the plant by Severn Trent would be used to pay for services by CH2M during this 30-day period,” Dennis Romero, city director of water and sanitation, told council members. “This is for the maintenance and operation of the plant.” Romero, hired into the plant job at the end of July, said the contract is valued at a little more than $106,000. He said the contract, or professional services agreement, as the document reads, begins Oct. 1. Among other things, the agreement stipulates that CH2M is to: • Perform preventive maintenance and project repairs

that are subject to owner approval. The city is the owner of the plant. • Maintain the aesthetics of the facility, including maintaining the facility in a clean, neat and orderly fashion. • O p e r a t e t h e pl a n t s o that odor and noise are minimized. Romero told council members that the city is in the midst of negotiating a longterm design-build-and-operate contract with CH2M to run the Mentmore wastewater treatment plant. The current contract with the Pennsylvania-based Severn Trent expires at the end of September. “The long-term contract is in a negotiating phase and with a goal of execution by Nov. 1,” Romero said. “We think it’s a good contract.” F ra n Pa lochak, whose council district includes the plant, said things are consistently looking up on Gallup’s west side. She mentioned that, in the past, the plant has been the recipient of bad jokes and comments related to foul odors. The plant is in a neighborhood where there are

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FBI releases latest crime statistics VIOLENT CRIME INCREASED AS PROPERTY CRIME DECREASED

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n Sept. 26, the FBI released its annual compilation of crimes reported to its Uniform Crime Reporting Program by law enforcement agencies from around the nation. Crime in the United States, 2015 reveals a 3.9 percent increase in the estimated number of violent crimes and a 2.6 percent decrease in the estimated number of property crimes last year when compared to 2014 data. According to the report, t here were a n esti mated 1,197,704 violent crimes committed around the nation. While that was an increase from 2014 figures, the 2015 violent crime total was 0.7 percent lower than the 2011 level and 16.5 percent below the 2006 level. Among some of the other statistics contained in Crime in the United States, 2015: • The estimated number of

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Photo Credit: Crime in the United States, 2015 murders in the nation was 15,696. • During the year, there were an estimated 90,185 rapes. (This figure currently reflects UCR’s legacy definition. Learn more about the revised rape definition.) • There were an estimated 327,374 robberies nationwide, which accounted for an estimated $390 million in losses (average dollar value of stolen property per reported robbery was $1,190).

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• Firearms were used in 71.5 percent of the nation’s murders, 40.8 percent of robberies, and 24.2 percent of aggravated assaults. • Property crimes resulted in losses estimated at $14.3 billion. The total value of reported stolen property (i.e., currency, jewelry, motor vehicles, electronics, firearms) was $12,420,364,454. In addition to national crime data, the publication also contains agency-level

data, regional data, state totals, data from cities and counties grouped by populations, and statistics from certain metropolitan areas. Crime in the United States, 2015 features several smaller reports: Federal Crime Data, the second report from UCR looking at crime reporting from federal agencies, includes 2015 data from FBI and ATF cases as well as traditional offense information from other federal agencies. Human Trafficking, the third report from UCR’s Human Trafficking data collection, includes general content about

human trafficking as well as data provided by agencies that reported human trafficking offenses in 2015. Ca rgo Theft, the third report from UCR’s Cargo Theft data collection, contains general information about cargo theft and data provided by agencies that reported cargo

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West Gallup fire shuts down home By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent

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Sept. 23 fire caused the occupants of a Gallup mobile home to seek shelter elsewhere, officials said. Gallup Deputy Fire Chief Jesus Morales said city firefighters responded to a fire at 3507 Camino de la Tierra at about 8:17 pm. “It looks like [the fire] was intentionally set,” Morales said. “We are still investigating the matter.” Morales said firefighters arrived at the scene within minutes. He said the foyer of the home was destroyed. There were no humans injured in the fire, but two dogs that sought safety in a back room of the residence perished. Detectives with the Gallup Police Department are looking at a “person of interest” in the incident. Morales did not specify a name. Morales said the estimated cost of damage was significant, and the home will remain uninhabited for the time being. The location of the fire was on the city’s west side, across from the Love’s Truck Stop.

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his week, the Greater G a l lu p E c o n o m ic Development Corporation released its FY 2012-FY 2016 report. The report, entitled “Moving Forward,” explains how core economic development programs begin with GGEDC and highlights the organization’s accomplishments over the last contract period. The report outlines new initiatives that include the potential development of a super-center truck stop and a medical-health research cluster. Lundstrom presented the report before the Gallup City Council at the Sept. 27 regular city meeting. “This summary report documents our present accomplishments, outlines future opportunities and provides an overview of the GGEDC’s approach to economic development,” GGEDC Executive Director Patricia Lundstrom said. “The GGEDC plays a critical role in the success of our city and county by ensuring that existing communities and all businesses can continue to grow and succeed through our initiatives, and I am proud to showcase the work that we are doing.” Lundstrom noted signif icant organizationa l achievements: • Continued assistance with the development of the proposed Gallup Energy Logistics Park. • The development of a target industry study identifying “best fit” industries for recruitment, culminating in GGEDC’s attendance of nine recruitment and trade shows, as well as presentations before nine national corporate site-selector firms. • The launch of a business recruitment and attraction program that has generated 171 leads, which culminated in GGEDC’s hosting of 38 business site-visits.

Patricia Lundstrom • The launch of a business retention and expansion program, which has, to date, met with nine economic base employers and resulted in one business expansion that created five new permanent jobs. • The establishment of an economic development website that promotes a business climate that has generated over 20,000 visitors and approximately 69,000 page views. G GE D C r e c e i v e d t h e E xcel lence i n Econom ic Development Award from the Site Selectors Guild. A member of the New Mex ico Hou se of Representatives, Lundstrom was selected as the 2013 statewide economic developer of the year by New Mexico IDEA, an organization of economic developers. “We look upon the past with pride and to the future with great optimism,” Lundstrom sa id. “These a re exciting times in Gallup and McKinley County, but our job is not done. From tackling work-force development, to preparing sites for future development, and responsibly managing our economic resources, our tasks remain challenging, but not impossible. And we will continue to work together to accomplish our goals.” Mayor Jackie McKinney lauded Lundstrom for a job well done. He asked her about a possible upcoming special legislative session and projects currently underway. NEWS


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year, the film focuses on educating young adults about the dangers of opioid addiction. The 45-minute documentary — the title of which refers to the never-ending pursuit of the original or ultimate high — features stark first-person accounts by individuals who have abused opioids, or whose children have abused opioids, with tragic consequences. While the FBI and the DEA have had success working with law enforcement across the country to target drug suppliers and dealers, demand has continued to grow. In response, the two agencies created Chasing the Dragon to bring awareness to the growing epidemic of prescription opiate and heroin use. Following the film screening, FBI Director James Comey spoke to audience members about the severe impact opioid addiction has had in America. He shared the efforts undertaken by the FBI and DEA to disrupt distributors, gangs, cartels, and corrupt doctors who are driving the issue, but stressed the challenges the two agencies face in stemming drug demand. “We recognize you can’t arrest your way out of any kind of problem,” Comey said on Sept. 21. “So we want to become part of the solution by

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By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent he Gallup City Council unanimously passed a resolution at its Sept. 27 regular meeting that establishes a Gallup Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The matter received some discussion, and in the end, council members agreed with area civil rights activist Mervyn Tilden that the naming was long overdue. The vote declares the second Monday in October as Gallup Indigenous Peoples’ Day — the day is also nationally recognized as Columbus Day. Mayor Jackie McKinney presented the matter to council members, saying the city, obviously, has no power to eliminate federal holidays like Columbus Day, a day Tilden dislikes, but it can support, honor, and respect Native Americans by instituting a day like Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The comment didn’t fall on deaf ears. It was pointed out that the McKinley County Board of Commissioners annually recognizes such a day. “ This ha s been a long time coming for Gallup,” City Councilman Yogash Kumar said. “It’s a shame it didn’t happen sooner.” Tilden thanked council members for the act, but not before he spoke about oppression and Native Americans. Tilden carried a sign outside city hall before the meeting. The sign encouraged people to say yes to ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day.’ “Cristoforo Colombo left Spain in the Santa Maria, the Pinta and the Nina alongside in 1492,” Tilden said. “Despite what the history books tell us, he and his crew were lost when we, the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, found him. The so-called discovery is in fact a great lie – a hoax upon humanity. Since his arrival, over 100 million Indigenous people have been killed, starved, raped, sold into slavery, exploited and imprisoned. Is this a man that you would honor?” The Navajo-born Tilden told council members he’s long advocated the change from

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Church Rock native Mervyn Tilden garnered the City Council’s support in giving Columbus Day the boot. Photo Credit: NativeStars Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day; in 2010, he began demonstrating along Historic Highway 66 in support of the change. Cit y Cou nci lor s A l la n Landavazo and Fran Palochak suggested the city fall alongside the county and enact something like a Gallup-McKinley County Indigenous Day. “If the county has it, we might want to go with what they’ve got,” Landavazo said. “What do we think of that?” L a n d a v a z o s a i d h e’d researched the matter prior to the meeting. He said there are 370,000 million Indigenous peoples in the world, representing 5,000 different groups. The United Nations, he said,

has designated Aug. 9 as the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. “If you look across the world, there are a number of communities that have an Indigenous Peoples’ Day,” Landavazo said. McKinney cautioned that whatever the outcome, it’s confined to the city and no other entity. After the meeting, Tilden said he’ll be in front of the Gallup Cultural Center, 201 E. Hwy. 66, come Oct. 10. He invited the full council to join in the recognition. “This will be a first for the mayor and city council and will set a precedent for all other administrations that follow,” he said.

n Sept. 24, Gallup Sun Writer Bernie Dotson and Publisher/Editor Babette Herrmann walked away with two second-place awards from the New Mexico Press Association at the organization’s annual newspaper contest. The NMPA is the umbrella organization of which many state media outlets are a part. The Sun is part of a Weekly Class I category of the NMPA that includes the Las Cruces Bulletin, The Taos News, the Valencia County News Bulletin, among others. Dotson won an award for his April sports article, “Gallup trainer getting boxing off the stool,” and Herrmann won a news-writing award for her June story, “Investigator turns up the heat on a decade-old cold case.” T h e N M PA h o l d s a n annual ceremony at Santa Ana Pueblo’s Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, where state newspapers gather for

dinner, networking, and a weekend of seminars and industry activities. “I’m honored and respectful of the recognition,” Dotson said. “The award is as much a community award as it is an individual award. You don’t get to be recognized in something like this without having a more-than-decent rapport with the community you serve.” Both Dotson and Herrmann are experienced journalists who have lived in Gallup for a combined 12 years. Dotson covers politics, education, features, and sports,

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Gamerco man jailed on robbery, battery, tampering charges VICTIM REPORTEDLY STABBED 19 TIMES By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent

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Gamerco man remained in jail at the McKinley County Adu lt Detention Center Sept. 23 on a $15,000 cash-only bond after being charged with robbery, aggravated battery, and tampering with evidence, according to an arrest warrant. Troy Pinto, 43, is the primary suspect in the Sept. 17 stabbing of Elbert Smith at a location behind Home Depot at 530 Kachina St. Staff Reports Legal limit is .08 Bennie R. Tennison Sept. 22, 6 pm 8th DWI

Smith told Gallup Police Department detectives that he’d been drinking at the Home Depot location with two males and a female. Each was Native American, according to the warrant. Smith said the two males jumped him and stole his wallet, cell phone, clothes, and $14 in cash. The arrest warrant indicates that Smith suffered multiple facial bruises and swelling. “Smith stated that the group might have set him up,” the warrant states. Smith told law enforcement

authorities that he was threatened with a knife and that one of the males demanded his debit card and PIN number. Smith was taken to Gallup Indian Medical Center due to the seriousness of the injuries. The stolen belongings were returned to him, as Gallup officers ultimately apprehended the three suspects. P i nt o w a s u lt i m a t ely arrested by Gallup police. His wife was taken to Gallup Detox because she was drunk, the arrest warrant states. The other male was not arrested. Pinto told detectives that

McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Ivan Tsethlikai Jr. initiated a traffic stop on a brown GMC pickup heading southbound on N.M. 692 at the 17-mile marker. The vehicle

had been reported for nearly colliding with other vehicles at El Sabino Package Liquors, 1863 N.M. 602. Tennison, 76, nearly rearended another vehicle when he

he was actually trying to protect Smith during the fight. He said he bent over Smith at one point, and told investigators he may have stabbed Smith, but he “does not know how many times.” Pinto said he believed that he and Smith were related by clan. According to Smith, at one point, Pinto said to him, “Give me your PIN number or I’ll f****** kill you.” Pinto stated in the arrest warrant papers that he didn’t remember ta k i ng Sm ith’s personal belongings, but he

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remembers giving the wife $4 of Smith’s money. Pinto’s wife was later released from Gallup Detox.

WEEKLY DWI REPORT came to an abrupt stop. He got out of the car and began walking toward Tsethlikai’s vehicle. Tsethlikai yelled and commanded him to get back in his car. Tennison smelled of alcohol and had red, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. He seemed nervous and claimed he hadn’t had much to drink. He failed field sobriety tests and blew .18 during the portable breath test. The passenger had an outstanding bench warrant in Cibola County. Tennison blew .14 and .13 during the breath test at MCSO. He began to complain of chest pains, and said he’d had a heart attack in June. He was taken to a local hospital and upon clearance, was transported to jail and booked for his eighth DWI. Alvago T. Shirley Sept. 14, 9:11 pm 5th DWI G P D O f f icer S t e v e n Pesh la k a i was dispatched to 915 W. Aztec Ave. in reference to a vehicle that had

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crashed into the building. At the scene, Peshlakai found a white Chev y with heavy front-end damage at the corner of the wall. A bystander said he’d heard a loud bang and felt the building shake. He went outside, saw the car against the wall, and found a male in the driver’s seat. Shirley, 26, had blood on his shirt. He smelled of alcohol, had red, watery eyes, and slurred speech. The vehicle smelled of marijuana. Shirley couldn’t stand without assistance. Medstar arrived to check on him, and he was transported to a local hospital. When Peshlakai arrived at the hospital, Shirley was incoherent. A blood draw was ordered. When released from the hospital, Shirley was taken to jail for his fifth DWI. Leslie Wilson Jr. Sept. 11, 12:19 am DWI G P D O f f i c e r A n d r e w Thayer was d ispatched to A r nold S t r e e t a n d We s t Highway 66 in reference to a

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TRAIN-TRACK ATTACK 9/24, GALLUP Around 5 pm, McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Salina Brown was dispatched to the Gallup Flea Market at 340 Ninth St. in reference to a male who’d been hit by a baseball bat and needed medical attention. According to her report, at the scene, Brown found two security guards and a man with a “golf ball size knot to the middle of his forehead, busted lip, swelling and bruising to his facial area,” near the train. The injured subject said he was walking home — south of the flea market, on the east side of the railroad tracks by an abandoned shack, according to a report — when he was attacked by three unknown males with a miniature baseball bat. The victim told Brown he blacked out for two hours, came-to, and walked back to the flea market to ask for help. The victim was transported to a local hospital. Brown met the victim at the hospital to interview him. The victim said he went to the flea market and bought binoculars,

OPIOID ADDICTION | FROM PAGE 8 raising awareness and hoping to steer good people away from something that will swallow their lives.” Acting DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg a lso joined Comey on Sept. 21 and shared sobering statistics about opioid addiction in the country. He said that the United States would lose 47,000 people in 2016 to a drug overdose. “We know that the path from abusing pills to using heroin is not just correlative, but causative,” Rosenberg said. “We have about 589 new heroin users every single day in the United States. Four out of five started on pills.” Comey and Rosenberg’s remarks were followed by additional panel discussions, which NEWS

which he had in a front pocket. He carried “60, no $120” —and later, he said, “147.00,” according to the report — in another pocket, and thought perhaps his attackers noticed him put it there and followed him. He was taking the trail along the tracks to his girlfriend’s house. The attackers wore hoodies and Converse shoes. His money and his cellphone were gone when he came-to. The victim had an outstanding warrant out for his arrest. At the scene, there was no sign of struggle, nor was a weapon found.

to the report. She said the suspect, her boyfriend Donovan Tom, hit her in the face twice, started the fire in the trailer, and then walked away and caught a ride. The fire was extinguished by several fire trucks.

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9/20, NAVAJO NATION At about 5:45 pm, MCSO Sgt. Robert Turney responded to a house fire, possibly with people inside the structure. Dispatch advised Turney the fire was arson, resulting from a “domestic disturbance with weapon and injury,” according to Turney’s report. At the scene, 635 County Road 1, Turney set up a perimeter around the burning trailer. He walked around the structure to make sure the suspect had fled the scene. The female v ictim was intoxicated and had “slight injuries to her face,” according

9/20, NAVAJO NATION At about 4 pm, MCSO Deputy Nocona Clark was dispatched to 3.5-mile West Deer Springs Road in reference to a domestic violence case involving weapons. Clark and others with the MCSO made contact with two individuals who the calling party said were involved. The individuals were detained and taken to the scene. At the scene, a Navajo Police Department officer told a female to open the door; she refused. The NPD officer crawled through a window and let Clark in. The officers made contact with the female and a 13-year-old girl. The 13-year-old was put into the NPD officer’s car. Clark found a male subject hiding in a crawlspace in the attic. The male refused commands to exit the crawlspace. The officers sprayed OC (pepper spray) into the attic. After

included a Georgetown opioid researcher and a mother who lost her son to a heroin overdose at age 19. Gina Woodward’s stor y about Tyler was similar to the first-person accounts in the film. It was the reason why she wanted to share it at the screening. “I want to be his voice, and I know because of his heart that he would want me to help other people,” Woodward said.

The Georgetown University event was held in conjunction with Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, which was procl a i med by P re sident Obama on Friday, September 16, 2016. Part of the proclamation included efforts being made by the federal government and law enforcement to help get more people into treatment instead of jail. Visit: FBI.gov

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about 20 minutes, the male climbed down, was handcuffed, and placed in the NPD officer’s vehicle. The male subject, Donovan Barney, had a big cut on his hairline and a swollen right eye. He reportedly hit the 13-year-old, whose siblings got upset and began to fight him. EMS transported Barney. The NPD officer took over the scene, and transported the others back to their mother.

FLUSHED 9/22, CONTINENTA L DIVIDE At about 10:25 pm, MCSO Deputy Roxanne King was dispatched to 94A Wrangler Road in reference to a burglary that had occurred at an unknown date and time. At the scene, King made contact with a male individual who said he was in the process of packing and moving when he noticed three rifles were missing. The victim said he had no suspects in mind, but was at his father’s on Sept. 20, from noon until 3:30 pm. When he returned, he noticed someone had used the toilet without flushing.

SHOTS FIRED 9/22, THOREAU At about 9:50 pm, MCSO Deputy Jasmine Jaramillo was dispatched to Thoreau High School at 4 Hawk Circle in

reference to shots fired. At the scene, she spoke with a Red Rock Security guard who said he heard three gunshots coming from the football field, east of the school. There was an approximately two-second delay between shots. All three shots sounded as if they hit steel, the security guard said. The shooter (or shooters) is unknown.

ALCOHOL-FUELED ARSON 9/20, NAVAJO NATION At about 5:30 pm, deputies were dispatched to 239 2 nd Canyon Road in reference to a structure fire. W hen MCSO Lt. James Maiorano III arrived on scene, the volunteer fire department was already there. To the east of the property were the ruins of a home, “still smoking,” according to the report. There was not much furniture in the house. Maiorano spoke with a woman who said she believed her uncle, who had been drunk earlier in the day, burned the structure down — she said she thought he got mad and set the home on fire. The woman’s grandmother owned the house on the west side of the property. And the woman herself owned a home down the road. She worried that her uncle might go to her house. NPD took over and checked on her home; the suspect was not there.

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A king, a queen, and the Bengals team: GHS Homecoming 2016 PHOTOGRAPHS BY RAH PHOTOGRAPHY

Gallup High School’s 2016 King and Queen, Steven Nez and Sherrae Fox.

On Sept. 23, the Gallup High School Bengals played the Los Alamos High School Hilltops in their 2016 homecoming game.

Gallup Bengal Football team’s captains, Kevin Stewart and Isiah Mike, show their patriotic and school pride before the start of their Homecoming game against Los Alamos Sept. 23. Shown: Gallup’s Jason Alatore, No. 1.

The Bengals lost 51-14 to the Los Alamos Hilltops at the Sept. 23 homecoming game.

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The 2016 Gallup High School homecoming parade makes its way through town Sept. 23.

Go Bengals! Cheerleaders and players rush out for the Sept. 23 homecoming game.

2016 homecoming royalty ride in style.

Royal tailgaters smile Sept. 23 during Gallup High’s 2016 homecoming.

Shown: The GHS dance team and football players, homecoming 2016.

The lovely Bengal Girls Dance Team gathers for a photo Sept. 23 during Gallup High School’s 2016 homecoming.

Royalty in their own right: the Gallup High School Bengals football team.

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The royalty mingles in celebration of the GHS homecoming on Sept. 23.

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OPINIONS Incubator aims to nurture downtown Aztec By Finance New Mexico

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ztec isn’t the only town in New Mexico whose residents want a vibrant and stable downtown business district, but it’s one town where leaders are moving forward with plans to create that environment. Spurred by the city’s economic development advisory board, the Four Corners community is opening a retail incubator in a downtown building to nurture fledgling businesses

until they’re ready to stand on their own. The A ztec Business Incubator (also called the Aztec Business Hub) will host businesses in various stages of development and provide member businesses access to the expertise of on-site service providers from the Small Business Development Center, WESST, New Mexico Manufacturing Ex t en sion Pa r t ner sh ip, Fou r Cor ner s E conom ic Development and the San Juan College Enterprise Center.

“One of our biggest issues is the instability of businesses downtown,” Mayor Sally Burbridge said. “It feeds i nt o t he (m i s percept ion) that there’s nothing going on downtown.” Businesses come and go too frequently, she said. Someone leases a space, opens a business and quits after three months because the business doesn’t have enough steady customers to keep the business afloat. The incubator aims to reverse that trend.

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TRADITIONAL IDEA GOES RETAIL Traditional business incubators are managed facilities that house multiple tenant businesses and cultivate their development into financially viable companies that have great growth potential — usually in the manufacturing and tech sectors. They offer space at affordable rates, provide business and tech services, and equipment and help secure financing for client companies.

Retail businesses didn’t get the same attention until recently, because economists assumed they would arise naturally where manufacturing and production thrived — and also because they aren’t as scalable as other types of businesses and mostly limit themselves to serving local lifestyle needs. But for small or rural New Mexico communities like Atzec that have few prospects for

INCUBATOR | SEE PAGE 15

GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF SEPT. 30 - OCT. 6

We welcome in a New Moon on Friday, as we head into October. While we bask in the joys of the sign of the scales, consider readjusting your relationships. This is a wonderful time to take stock and reprioritize your life. Madame G recommends you slow down, enjoy the beautiful days of fall, and show love to your family and friends. Live now!

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

You may find that your love life is spicing up. Are you rekindling an old flame? Perhaps you’re ready to take a current relationship to the next level or you’re ready for a new one. Whatever the case, don’t forget to work on yourself. Confidence looks good on everyone. You don’t have to be perfect, gorgeous, or a genius to possess excellence. Know thyself!

You’ve made up your mind. You just don’t know what that means yet. Whatever the case, don’t take your anger out on the world. You can be a pretty tough nut to crack, and like your symbol, the crab, you’re a bit crabby. But as only a few who know you really understand, inside, you have a soft, succulent center that is fabulous with butter. So relax a little and smile. You won!

The scales of justice are a prime symbol for you. Not only do they represent the Libra sign, they’re also important to you. Often you’re concerned with fairness, social issues, and your relationships. If you’ve been too career focused—your relationships are likely out of whack or vice versa. You may need to work hard to rebalance them. The cold hard logical hand of the scales will tip without feeling. Be cautious. You can do this!

What does your weekend look like? If you’re having dinner with friends, remember to be grateful and a good guest. It’s up to you, to live up to your own standards of decorum. It’s never attractive to get drunk and make offensive jokes at a dinner party. You’ll be embarrassed and never get asked back again. Look for your balance. Seek peace. Meditate.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Meeting up with old friends will spark the creative juices. You might be ready to own your own tattoo shop, write a novel, or develop the newest iPhone app. Remember, you can’t live on creativity alone. You need business sense and grit. You’ll conquer mountains if you continue this course and work smart along the way. You’re more ready than you know. You’ve got this!

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Do you slog around? Perhaps you’re feeling burdened by the challenges of the week. You may find that your walking through mud uphill or fighting to conquer too many boring tasks. Don’t worry, this too shall pass! If you’re fighting through a task by sheer force of will — stop! Consider your body. Get out of the house and dance. Have fun!

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Oh, the places you’ll go! Dr. Seuss had it right — you’re headed for adventure every day. What new experience will you encounter? What will the next day bring? You don’t know yet, but you’re excited and ready for whatever may come your way. As your sense of fulfillment overflows, share your joy with those around you. Everyone needs a mentor. You’re great!

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Now is an excellent time to rethink your priorities. What do you want out of life? What are you willing to sacrifice? What are you willing to gain? Often people are afraid to reach out towards their dreams because they’re afraid of what they might lose: financial support, relationships, or security. Consider what you might gain: freedom, love, and adventure. Life is good.

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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Slow down! The world is running around like mad, but that doesn’t mean you should. Remember that just because someone didn’t plan ahead doesn’t make it your problem. You don’t owe someone a response just because they ask. Do your thing, observe, and stay humble. This challenge is merely preparing you for the greater test. You’ve got this!

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) It’s hunting season. Are you ready? Perhaps you don’t hunt game (maybe you do) or maybe you’re ready to hunt down your dreams. You could stuff them in a bag, hang them on the wall, or lock them away. Regardless of the situation, you must make a decision. You must go in search of them before they get away, so that you can have some resolution. Stop hiding!

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You’re excited for the start of a new season. What does this mean for you? Go ahead live a little, take the dog for a walk, and head up to undiscovered places. Seek joy in life’s little moments. There may be joy in the minor frustrations of life, too. So if a little chipmunk thief keeps stealing shiny objects from the shed — you can take pleasure in stealing them back. Enjoy!

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Sharing life with another is a great joy and burden. Have you alienated friends or family, for a spouse? Maybe you’re not close with your children because they don’t like your new partner. It’s hard to find the balance between two forces of the heart. But don’t chose lightly. It may break you either way. Seek the middle ground, and love. You’ll be glad you did. OPINIONS


INCUBATOR | FROM PAGE 14 attracting big employers, retail enterprises are critical. Aztec’s incubator will occupy a building it’s leasing and plans to remodel and buy. It will house the chamber of commerce, a co-working space/resource center, a conference room and individual offices. A fenced-in courtyard that faces Main Street will be a “Mercado” that features a performance stage and hosts seasonal farmers market and “pop-ups” — temporary events that give budding entrepreneurs a low-risk way to reach potential clientele. The incubator’s first tenant is 550 Brewing, which is opening a taproom. The hub wants neighboring downtown businesses to join a “certification” program that entitles them to a temporary reduction in utility rates until

they become viable. Certification requires that a business submit a business plan to hub managers for review and feedback. “We’re not talking about the Ph.D. version of a business plan,” Burbridge said. “We just want to see that they have a plan” that includes customer service training for employees and a commitment to participate in community events. Hub organizers also hope to obtain a grant that provides seed money the city could use to extend zero interest loans to businesses for building renovation and other essentials. And it wants to start an entrepreneurship class for students at the nearby high school. F in a n c e Ne w Me x i c o a ssi st s in div idu a l s an d b u sin e sse s with obt ainin g s ki l l s a n d f u n din g resources for their business or idea. To learn more, go to FinanceNewMexico.org.

DWI | FROM PAGE 10 vehicle driving without lights. Wilson, 22, was pulled over on Hwy. 66, near Arnold Street. He smelled of alcohol, had red, watery eyes, and was unsteady on his feet. He initially gave the wrong name, birthday, and social security number. He failed field sobriety tests and gave his real name when he was arrested. He blew .20 on the portable breath test and .10 and .11 at the station. This was his third DWI. He also had a warrant out for his arrest. Laurisa J. Clarke Sept. 11, 4:20 pm DWI On patrol near 1512 E. H w y. 6 6 , GPD Officer N i c o l a Martinez noticed a traffic infringement by a gray car headed east in the right lane; it moved into the left lane, crossed the center line, and swerved back into the right lane before pulling into the Duke City parking lot at 1510 E. Hwy. 66. A young woman exited the vehicle and walked into the business.

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Traditional business incubators are managed facilities that house multiple tenant businesses. Aztec’s incubator will occupy a building it’s leasing and plans to remodel and buy — the first tenant is 550 Brewing, which is opening a taproom. Photo Credit: Courtesy

and he writes the Roll Call column for the Sun. Herrmann wears many different hats as both the publisher and editor of the Sun.

Martinez approached the driver’s side of the car, and Clarke, 22, opened the door. Cla rke wa s su r pr ised by Martinez’s presence, and said she was waiting on her niece. There was a partially consumed bottle of hard liquor in the car. Her eyes were bloodshot and her speech was slurred. Clarke admitted to drinking, but said she didn’t swerve. She failed field sobriety tests. At the jail, Clarke told Martinez if she were a “cool cop,” she’d let her go. Martinez blew .309 on the breath test. Edward L. Haswood Aug. 26, 8:45 pm DWI G P D O f f ic e r A n d r e a Tsosie was a t a DW I check point at Third St reet a nd Maxwell Avenue, when a blue passenger car arrived. When the man rolled his window down, Tsosie could smell alcohol. The driver could not find his license, insurance, or registration. Haswood, 37, initially said it was the passengers who had been drinking — not him, but eventually he admitted to drinking four cans of beer. He

had bloodshot, watery eyes, and slurred speech. He failed field sobriety tests and blew .13 twice during the breath tests. Nathan Lucas Nelson Aug. 12, 3:42 pm DWI Nea r i ng t he westbou nd of framp of Interstate 40 at the 16-mile marker, GPD Officer Mark Spencer noticed a car parked on the shoulder ahead of him. The car, which was located at milemarker 16.9, was nearly touching the guardrail and matched the description of a vehicle that had been called in for a possible drunk driver. Nelson, 27, was passed out and drooling. The car was in park but running. Spencer put stop sticks in front of the vehicle’s tires lest Nelson try to drive off when awoken. Supporting officers arrived and aided Spencer in turning off the vehicle, waking Nelson up, and walking him to safety on the other side of the guardrail. Medstar cleared him, but Nelson agreed to go to the hospital. When cleared from the hospital, he refused field sobriety and breath tests.

“For a start-up weekly, I am proud of our accomplishments,” she said. “We didn’t enter a whole lot of items, so I was pleasantly surprised that we picked up two awards.” The NMPA awards event come s a bout t wo we ek s

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COMMUNITY gallupARTS leading charge for WPA website GROUP SEEKS GRANT; WPA ART WIDESPREAD IN MCKINLEY COUNTY

By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent

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cK i n le y C ou nt y Attor ney Doug Decker decided several years ago that the Works Progress Administration art that hangs in the Old McKinley County Courthouse at 201 W. Hill Ave. is there to stay — as is the art in the new courthouse at the same address. The WPA art collection that hangs in both court houses is part of what Decker says may be one of the largest WPA collections in New Mexico. “I don’t have a lot of concrete facts on it, but I have heard that [McKinley County has] about as much WPA hanging on some of our walls as any other county in New Mexico,” Decker said. “The pieces that we have at the county are some very nice ones.” The Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration was part of the New Deal cultural program instituted by then-president Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It funded visual arts in the U.S. and was a relief measure to employ artists. Artists from around the country were commissioned under the program to do a specified number of paintings. One of those artists was the prolific Lloyd Moylan, who would travel Arizona and New Mexico to sketch and paint Native American and Hispanic peoples during the early 1900s. On Sept. 7, the McKinley County Board of Commissioners approved a letter of support for gallupArts’ proposed National Endowment of the Humanities grant to create a website featuring Gallup’s collection of WPAera art. The resolution received the full support of the Board of Commissioners. The letter of support followed a similar letter from the GallupMcKinley County Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber is in support of what gallupArts wants to do,” Chamber CEO Bill Lee said. “We’re talking about rare art. Gallup has its share of it. As soon as I heard what they were doing,

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Jose Rey Toledo, Jemez Pueblo, painted this piece, called “Shalako.” He created this painting by using watercolor on paper. Photo Credit: NativeStars I knew it was a very worthwhile idea.” Created a couple of years ago, gallupArts is an entity that focuses on creativity and development for artists. Rose Eason, the executive director of gallupArts, told commissioners that a letter of support is crucial to grant approval. She said the support letters, which she’s sought from governmental entities like the city of Gallup, are part of the process of obtaining the grant. “This is just one step in that process,” Eason said of the letters. “There is still a lot of paperwork yet to do.” Eason, who was named gallupArts’ executive director several months ago, told the commissioners there are quite a few WPA pieces on the second floor of the courthouse. Like Decker, Eason said she’s heard Gallup may have New Mexico’s largest such collection. “The [ultimate] exhibit will bring together all of Gallup and McKinley County’s WPA art collection,” Eason said. “I think this is a really unique thing.” In 2011, a WPA painting was discovered inside the roof of

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Gallup City Hall. At that time, Mayor Harry Mendoza said someone may have hidden the art in the roof area in an effort to steal it. Workers turned the art over to city officials, and the piece was hung inside the city manager and mayor’s office at City Hall. McKinley County Commission

Chairman Tony Tanner said the WPA art in the county’s possession is indeed rare. “I think [the grant for a website] is a very good idea,” Tanner said. “That art is rare, no matter where you’re talking about. For us to have some of it is a big plus.” Both Tanner and Lee noted

the collection could boost tourism around McKinley County, and both said they’re committed to assisting Eason and gallupArts in the coordination of the website. “Whatever kind of help they need, the Chamber and county are all in,” Lee, a former McKinley County manager, said. Martin Link, a local historian and former professor at the University of New MexicoGallup, archived the WPA art that is housed at the old and new McKinley County courthouses. He said late city Librarian Octavia Fellin is the primary reason why there’s so much WPA art around Gallup and McKinley County. Fellin was the library’s director from 1947 to 1990, and upon her retirement, the library was named in her honor. She was instrumental in getting WPA art to Gallup, Link said. The Old Courthouse and the Larry B. Mitchell Recreation Center along east Montoya Boulevard are considered WPA edifices. Both buildings were constructed through WPA-oriented labor, Link said. “Gallup definitely has one of the largest, if not the largest, WPA art collections in New Mexico,” Link said. “That is an undisputed fact.”

Lloyd Moylan created “Wagon and Campfire” during the 1930s. He used oil on calendared board to create this piece. Photo Credit: NativeStars COMMUNITY


Historic Diné School Accountability Plan approved Staff Reports

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ASHINGTON, D.C. - On Sept. 28, U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sa l ly Jewel l a nd U.S. Department of Education Secretary John King finalized the historic Diné School Accountability Plan for 60 Bureau of Indian Education-funded schools on the Navajo Nation before Navajo Nation leadership including President Russell Begaye, Vice President Jonatha n Nez, Nava jo Nation Board of Education President Dr. Pauline M. Begay, and Department of Diné Education Superintendent Dr. Tommy Lewis Jr. “We want a world class education system for our children and future generations,” Begaye said. “Our responsibility as a sovereign Nation is to challenge our young minds to reach their highest potential, as they are our future leaders. This plan is not a quick fix. It will take everyone from our parents, teachers, administrators and legislators working together to achieve our goal of a world class education for our Navajo youth.” “The Department of Diné Education has been working to ensure that any Navajo child regardless of where they reside on the reservation will have equal standards and will enjoy a strong

On Sept. 28, U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and U.S. Department of Education Secretary John King finalized the Diné School Accountability Plan for 60 schools on the Navajo Nation. On hand were: Navajo Nation leadership including President Russell Begaye, Vice President Jonathan Nez, Navajo Nation Board of Education President Dr. Pauline M. Begay, and Department of Diné Education Superintendent Dr. Tommy Lewis Jr. curriculum that highlights Diné language, history and culture,” Lewis Jr. said. “These standards will be central in educating all of our children across the Navajo Nation. Navajo leaders, past and present, have worked tirelessly in this effort. We are honored to see this come to fruition and congratulate everyone involved in bringing this important matter to a reality for our children.” Currently, the 60 BIE-funded schools

on the Navajo Nation use the state accountability system in which each school is located. “One of the major challenges with using three different state-based accountability plans is that the student performance data is not easily comparable across three state systems,” Begay said. “The academic standards and assessments among the three states vary, which makes it difficult for the

Navajo Nation, parents and communities to assess student performance. This plan aims to solve the central issue of accountability.” Lewis added: “Many of our families and their children move from different parts of the reservation to another. Children entering a new school should be able to pick up immediately where they left off. With high hopes for our children come high expectations in their educational achievements.” In 2005, the Department of Diné Education initiated the development of the Navajo Accountability Workbook under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, formerly known as the No Child Left Behind, to use an alternative definition of Adequate Yearly Progress. In December 2015, President Obama signed into law the new Every Student Succeeds Act that replaced NCLB. In preparation for the implementation of ESSA in school year 2017-2018, the Navajo Nation chose to seek approval for phase one of the Diné School Accountability Plan for school years 2015-2016 and 2016-2017. The Navajo Nation will continue to work with the Departments of Education and Interior to develop and implement the future phases of the plan to be consistent with ESSA.

Rehoboth: Permanent boys soccer coach sought AD FILLING JOB ON INTERIM BASIS

By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent

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ehoboth Chr istia n School Athletic Director Adrian Pete said he’ll continue to coach the school’s soccer team on an interim basis throughout the 2016 season. The Lynx have been without a permanent head soccer coach since Nick Donkersloot resigned the job last year. “We advertised the job,

Adrian Pete but just couldn’t find the right

person,” Pete said. “Right now, I’ll finish the rest of the season. We will put out advertisements again as soon as the season ends.” An Arizona State University graduate, Pete said the previous boys soccer job advertisement was listed for a few months, but the right person wasn’t found. He said the current boys team is 8-6, 0-1 in District 1-4A play. The Lynx have lost their last two games by blowouts, dropping a 2-0

decision to Tierra Encantada of Santa Fe (4-1, 1-0, and a 5-0 drubbing to Socorro (11-3, 0-0). Both were away games.

Rehoboth plays its next game Oct. 1 at home against Desert Academy of Santa Fe (3-6-2, 0-0).

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St. Michael Lady Cardinals netters outlast Rehoboth, 3-2 MATCH GOES FIVE SETS

By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent

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he St. Michael Indian School Lady Cardinals withstood some tough defense by a resurgent Rehoboth Christian School team and beat the Lady Lynx 3-2 in a District 1-3A volleyball game played Sept. 23. The Lady Cardinals won the match 25-15, 25-20, 19-25, 23-25, and 15-8. “I t h i nk we lost what enabled us to win the first two games, but we got it back in the last game,” St. Michael Head Coach Andrea Ashkie said. “We had a let-down on defense for a short time, but we picked it up and were able to win the match.” The first game looked like it was going to be a runaway with the Lady Cardinals jumping out to a 13-8 lead. Junior outside

hitter Sydney Terry and senior setter Sierra Badonie were too much on defense and offense for the Lady Lynx to contain. Junior middle hitter Delila Nakaidinae of St. Michael recorded an assortment of kills and placement shots to help the Lady cardinals keep leads, and the left-handed junior outside hitter Jalynn Smith also hit placement shots that Rehoboth simply couldn’t get. Rehoboth clawed back late in the opening game as Rehoboth’s senior middle hitter Sidni Brown got more into the offensive flow and was able to score some kills from up close. Junior setter Halle Lizer of Rehoboth painstakingly tried to get people in position for easy kills near the net, but the defense of the Lady Cardinals rose to the occasion when things looked as though they

On Sept. 23, the St. Michael Indian School Lady Cardinals won the match against the Rehoboth Christian School Lady Lynx 25-15, 25-20, 19-25, 23-25, and 15-8. Photo Credit: Bernie Dotson were slipping away. There was some momentum

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established by the Lady Lynx toward the end of Game 1, but by the time they got their momentum going, it was too late. Game 2 saw the same lack of focus for the Lady Lynx, even though the team was able to keep the game close in the early minutes. Both teams played equally for most of the second game, but there came a time late in the game when Rehoboth committed too many costly net errors — and junior middle blocker Paige Laughling was a little too mobile at the net for St. Michael. There was one exchange in the second game where Brown attempted a kill at the net, only to see Laughling put it back for a Cardinals’ point. Whatever Rehoboth Head Coach Char Chapman told her team at the end of Game 2 registered big time. The Lady Lynx came out a more aggressive team and put themselves in the right places on offense and defense. Rehoboth got out to a 9-5 lead and St. Michael appeared not to know what hit them. Rehoboth went up 15-10 and Ashkie called a timeout to regroup. “We we’re a different team in the third game,” Chapman said. “That made a difference.” Ditto for Game 4. The Lady

Lynx rode the scoring abilities of Brown and senior middle hitter Mya Begay in games three and four. Begay recorded some key blocks at the net for Rehoboth in each game. The last couple of games were played evenly by both teams. But the steam that Rehoboth showed in the third and fourth games was nowhere to be found in the fifth. “I felt like we gave up in that last game,” Chapman said. “I don’t know what they were thinking, but we came out flat and didn’t play with aggression.” Nakaidinae finished with seven kills and a game high of 14 blocks for St. Michael, and Badonie recorded 33 assists for the Lady Cardinals. Begay and Brown each had eight kills for Rehoboth, respectively. Unbeaten St. Michael (3-0, 2-0) stays that away on the 2016 school year and Rehoboth fell to 5-4, 0-0 as a result of the loss. The Lady Cardinals made it to the 2015 state playoffs, but lost to Tonopah Valley 3-1. Ashkie said she believes the team is on the same path to get as far, if not further, than the playoff run in 2015. Regionally, St. Michaels plays in Section I Nor th. Rehoboth plays in District 1-3A. COMMUNITY


‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ has its kinks, but provides some twisted fun RATING: ««« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 126 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun

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ver the past couple of years, we’ve gotten more young-adult book adaptations than I can count. Beyond the massive success stories like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, we’ve been fed a steady diet of titles ranging from The Maze Runner, The 5th Wave, and Percy Jackson, to the probably-defunct Divergent series, all with highly varying results. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is the latest, and it at least has some pedigree behind the camera. Director Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Frankenweenie, among many others) takes the helm on this property. Based on the subject matter, he certainly would appear to be an appropriate choice. J a c o b P o r t m a n (A s a Butterfield) is an awkward teen who spends more time with his oddball, yarn-spinning grandfather (Terence Stamp) than with other kids his own age. The senior spins tales of grand adventures, fighting monsters and his friendships made at an orphanage run by Miss

CRIME STATISTICS | FROM PAGE 4 theft violations during 2015. Also included in Crime in the United States, 2015 is a message from FBI Director James Comey on the bureau’s efforts to improve the collection, analysis, and uses of crime statistics and data about law enforcement’s use of force, primarily through its ongoing shift to the more detailed National Incident-Based Reporting System and a use-offorce database. Both, he said, will “give us a more complete, richer picture of crime in our communities, and a national and detailed picture of the ways we in law COMMUNITY

‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,’ from Director Tim Burton and starring Asa Butterfield and Ella Purnell (shown), is peculiar indeed — and enjoyable to watch, too. Now playing. Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox Peregrine (Eva Green). A fter a tragic accident, the protagonist decides to visit Wales and investigate some of his gra ndfather’s stor ies. Of cou r se, Jacob soon discovers the tall tales may have had more than an element of truth. This is a really unusual one. Like many of these types of series, it takes a good while to set up the concept. There are characters living in the present, nasty monsters and phenomena known as time loops, in which others live indefinitely over the same 24 hours. Add in some antagonists and you’ve

got a lot of different elements to establish. It’s all a bit slow-going and jumbled at the star t. Admittedly, the necessity to get to the pay-off also leaves some plot holes. For example, there’s a character who is described and briefly shown later in a strange (deceased) state; it’s not entirely clear what is happening, and he is quickly brushed aside without explanation. At least, when the extraordinarily powered and peculiar kids are allowed to do their thing, the movie jolts to life. When allowed to riff creatively,

enforcement are using force.” According to Comey, who cited the need for more transparency and accountability in law enforcement, “Information that is accurate, reliable, complete, and timely will help all of us learn where we have problems and how to get better.”

“safer than 0% of the cities in the U.S.” The city of Gallup sees 490 violent crimes and 2,365 property crimes annually; that’s 127.06 crimes per year, per 1,000 residents. On average, Gallup sees 151 crimes per square mile, compared to New Mexico as a whole, which sees 24. The national median is 32.8. According to 2013 FBI crime data, that year, New Mexico had the second-highest violent crime rate in the country. The 2013 violent crime rate for the state was 597 per 100,000 residents, according to 24/7 Wall St., which compiled FBI data. With 2,086 per 100,000, Gallup had the highest violent crime rate in the state.

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Burton provides some striking and creepy visual — from monsters, to a rampaging skeleton army — as well as creates a breathable room within an undersea barge. Even the sight of the children going out nightly in gas masks to watch their home be bombed is oddly compelling. And frankly, I’ve never seen eyeballs tossed around in such a darkly humorous and decidedly offbeat manner. The kids are fascinating, and Burton does well to avoid the cuteness one might expect

to see from them in this type of film. There’s a sense of gloominess cast over the film and a few of the kids definitely act out in almost menacing ways. In fact, the residents are so bizarre and interesting that they’re much more engaging than the lead character. Mention must also be made of Samuel L. Jackson as Mr. Barron. He appears to be relishing his role and cracks some funny barbs along the way — so much so that one wishes he had more time onscreen. So, once all of the headway i s clea red, t he f i na l third, including an exaggerated, over-the-top confrontation in Blackpool, is a blast to watch. This is a strange, strange movie. Yet despite several issues along the way, there’s enough going on here that’s different to at least set it apart from many of its ilk. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is very odd, and viewers will have to forgive a few missteps, but for a YA adaptation, it’s still above average. I certainly welcome this effort over many of the titles listed at the beginning of the review. If there’s another installment and some of its kinks can be worked out, it may result in an enjoyably twisted little series. Vi sit: www.cinema stance.com 207 WEST COAL GALLUP 505.863.1250 www.elmorrotheatre.com Facebook @elmorrogallup

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y now, we pretty much know exactly what to expect from a Disney production. And it doesn’t matter if it’s a fairy tale or a live-action drama. You’ll likely get a heartfelt tale of pro-active youngsters striving to better themselves, rising above their social standing and accomplishing the improbable. It’s all pretty familiar and nothing that occurs in Queen of Katwe will come as much of a surprise. Yet, the cast is so likable and the production so well-mounted that it ends up being fine regardless. This story is based on the true-life tale of Phiona Mutesi (Madina Nalwanga), a young, girl living in poverty in Katwe, Uganda. Unable to attend school and illiterate, her life takes a turn after joining an outreach chess program for kids run by Robert Katende (David Oyelowo). Mutesi finds herself adept at playing the game, and rises through the ranks with encouragement from her teacher. However, she

Starring David Oyelowo and Madina Nalwanga, the true-life story, ‘Queen of Katwe,’ is predictable but inspiring. Now playing. Photo Credit: Walt Disney Motion Pictures encounters some discouragement from her mother (Lupita Nyong’o), who would prefer the youngster help make money to feed the family. A long the way, Phiona begins to develop social and reading skills while overcoming prejudice from snooty

officials and wealthy kids partaking in chess tournaments. It’s a simple underdog story that despite being a true tale hits all of the dramatic and inspirational beats. It could easily have felt forced and cornball, but the stars elevate the predictable material.

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Nelwanga is a likable and compelling lead, adeptly expressing the difficulties of dealing with an at times overbearing mom and intense competition. Add it ion a l ly, O yelowo excels as her coach. This guy is unfailingly positive, often using humor to inspire the kids and help them past each hurdle. The actor brings a joyous enthusiasm to the real-life figure, and keeps the viewer smiling through the formulaic bits. There are also some relaxed and funny moments between all of the young chess players, goading and pushing each other through stressful events. Another help to the feature are the authentic and beautifully shot African locations, including Katwe itself. Director Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding, Salaam Bombay!) is just as skillful with the tournament scenes, giving viewers the opportunity to follow along and not get too lost in the strategy. Perhaps the nicest touch comes during the closing credits, when the actors are paired with their real life counterparts. It adds an element of authentic warmth to the finale.

While it is inspiring, I could have done with a few less chess analogies. There are several repetitive speeches from Mr. Katende. Phiona and the other students are told that by making a plan, they will always find a safe space... and that when they are knocked down, they must reset their pieces and try again. It’s all good advice, but not every concern in the movie needs to be explained through a chess metaphor. And as this is a Disney movie, the picture avoids any detailed political examination addressing the slums in Katwe. Instead, it focuses on its lead character working hard and rising above terrible conditions. There are very few surprises over the course of the movie, but one can’t argue the fact that it is charming nonetheless. Sometimes, a simple story can make an impact with the right cast and behind-thescenes talent. Queen of Katwe does just that and will impress viewers looking for inspiring family fare. Vi sit: www.cinema stance.com COMMUNITY


DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Sept. 30, 2016 By Glenn Kay For the Sun

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t’s time for another look at highlights arriving on store shelves. There are a lot of summer releases arriving, so many will already be familiar to readers. Of course, there are some intriguing little films arriving, too. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!

BIG NEW RELEASES! Cell This adaptation of the Stephen K i n g horror novel d id n’t get much of a release earlier in the year. It reunites John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson (who appeared together in 1401). The story is a spin on the zombie genre and it involves an electrical signal that turns cell phone users into mindless maniacs. Reaction was very, very poor for the thriller. Isabelle Fuhrman and Stacy Keach also appear. Ce ntra l Int e l lige n ce Just before their high school reunion, a mild-mannered accountant agrees to meet up with a kid he helped from being bullied. Turns out the awkward teen is now a secret agent... or perhaps just a deranged individual. This comedy was a hit at the box office and earned respectable reviews, too. It stars Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Amy Ryan, Danielle Nicolet, Jason Bateman, and Aaron Paul. Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words Musician Frank Zappa is the subject of this documentary, which chronicles his entire career using archival clips and interviews. Apparently, there’s plenty of unseen concert footage as well. Reviews were very strong for the picture, saying it broadened our knowledge of the performer. T he Innocents - Based on a true story, this French/ Polish period drama is set at the end of WWII. While stationed in Poland, an intern for the French Red Cross comes across several nuns who are COMMUNITY

pregnant after being raped by a group of Red Army soldiers. As she treats them, her patients attempt to deal with their attack and the possibility of being ostracized by their community. Praise was nearly unanimous for the feature. M i k e an d Dave N e e d We d din g Dates - On a decidedly lighter note, this comedy involves t wo w i ld a nd cra z y brothers who must find perfect dates for their sister’s Hawaiian-set wedding. After going public with their search, they think they’ve found the perfect match. Unfortunately, they’ve been duped by woman just as dopey and crude as they are. Reviews were poor. The cast includes Zac Efron, Adam Devine, and Sam Richardson. The Neon Demon - Here’s a weird one. The latest from director Nicolas Winding-Refn (Bronson, Drive, Only God Forgives) is about a young model who arrives in Los Angeles searching for fame and fortune. Unfortunately, her cruel, beauty-obsessed competition is also willing to do anything to stay relevant in the fashion world. Reaction to this effort was polarized and it’s easy to see why. It’s bizarre beyond words and is most certainly an acquired taste. It stars Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, and Jenna Malone. T he Shallows - In this thriller, a surfer decides to ride some waves in a remote area of Mexico. After being attacked by a great white shark, she finds herself stranded on a rock formation some distance from the shore. As days pass, she attempts to find a way to safety. The movie did quite well at the box office and garnered generally positive reaction from reviewers. Blake Lively plays the lone surfer. Warcraft - The hugely popular computer game gets the big screen treatment in this sci-fi fantasy. It depicts a war between humans and an army of invading orcs from a parallel world. The movie flopped at the North American box office and with critics, although it seems to perform well in other parts

of the world. Who Gets the Dog? - An estranged couple in the process of getting a divorce can only agree on one thing — that their dog is wonderful. A custody battle ensues, as the pair pulls increasingly devious and mean stunts to win their case and take sole guardianship of the animal. I wonder what the dog thinks? It stars Alicia Silverstone, Ryan Kwanten, and Randall Batinkoff.

BLASTS FROM THE PAST! Back in the day, Vestron u sed to d i st r ibute ma ny low-budget horror and action pictures on VHS. They’ve long since gone under, but Lionsgate has picked up their catalog and is now releasing several titles as part of a new, limited edition Collector’s Series Vestron Video Blu-ray line. The first two titles are long out-of-print flicks making their Blu-ray debuts. One is the cheesy horror/comedy Blood Diner (1987) about a roadside establishment run by two cannibals who put a little something extra in their dishes. The second is Chopping Mall (1986) aka Killbots, which will definitely be a guilty pleasure of many readers out there. Also from Lionsgate is the 30 th Anniversary Edition Bluray of the cult flick Highlander (1986). This one involves a battle of many centur ies between immor tal swordfighter s . Wel l, they’re immor tal u nt i l t hey are decapitated, anyway. By the modern setting of this story, there are only a few left, leading to some elaborately choreographed fencing duels in New York City scored to the music of Queen. Shout! Factory has some childhood classics coming your way in a new Blu-ray set: Bill & Ted’s Most Excellent Collection contains Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) along with Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991). The first features them traveling through time to help prepare for a history final presentation, and the second sees them traversing the afterworld

with the likes of The Grim Reaper. Lady in White (1988) is a spooky ghost story that earned a lot of praise when it was first released. The story is about a boy who encounters a ghost and finds himself targeted by the person responsible for the death. Also celebrating an anniversary is the brilliant horror/comedy, An American Werewolf in London (1981). The title pretty much explains the story and the sense of humor. Not to be outdone, Warner Archive has some great madeto-order titles that are now available. On Blu-ray, there’s Clint Eastwood’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997). It’s an underrated movie based on the real-life murder of a millionaire in Savannah, Georgia, and features a reporter investigating the crime and the numerous, eccent r ic su spect s. Joh n Cusack, Kevin Spacey, and Jude Law star. On DVD, there’s plenty of horror and sci-fi features to pick from. Mark Hamill stars with Michael Berryman and Jimmy Walker in The Guyver (1991). It’s about a man who fights monsters after discovering a suit that fuses with his body and turns him into a cyborg warrior. Warner Brothers has also added a couple of great titles on Blu-ray. Salem’s Lot (1979) is flat-out one of the creepiest mini-series ever produced. It involves a vampire invading a small country town and the efforts of some locals to stop it. Directed by Tobe Hooper from the Stephen King book, it’s one of the freakiest and most effective adaptations of the author’s work. C a t’s Ey e (198 5) wa s an anthology film written by Stephen King. It’s not a straight-up horror picture and is more of a thriller with a few supernatural elements. There are three tales linked by a roaming cat — two of them are exceptional. One involves a man who puts himself in great danger to quit smoking, while another involves a down-onhis-luck athlete who takes on a desperate bet. There’s also a cat-centric wrap-up involving a nasty intruder in a suburban home. The movie stars James Woods, Robert Hays, and Drew Barrymore and is an awful lot

of fun. Russ Meyer is also getting the special edition treatment with his film, Valley of the Dolls (1967). It’s about a group of woman trying to survive the seedy underside of show business, often through the use of illicit substances. Arrow F ilms ha s an elaborate Blu-ray of the horror flick Slugs (1988), w h i c h involves, well, slugs causing horrific problems in a small town. It’s a slimy and graphic B-movie with very impressive creature effects — it also has a lot of fans. Before his work on The T wilight Zo n e T V ser ies (1959-64) and Planet of the Apes (1968), Rod Serling wrote Patterns (1956), a very well-reviewed drama about a businessman struggling with his ambition and ethics. Kino also has an interesting Blu-ray title: Cabo Blanco aka Caboblanco (1980) is an action/ crime movie about a group of unsavory types attempting to find Nazi gold lost off of the coast of Peru. The Cohen Film Collection is bringing a double feature of films by Douglas Sirk. The Blu-ray contains A Scandal in Paris (1945) and Lured (1947). On a less stellar note, Blue Underground has the less-than-stellar low-budget remake of the 1936 sci-fi epic Things to Come. This one’s called The Shape of Things to Come (1979) and it stars Jack Pa la nce. The poster looks cool, but the movie isn’t. Finally, Vinegar Syndrome is releasing the cheeseball Paul Naschy title, Count Dracula’s Great Love (1973) in high definition.

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Here are some titles that youngsters may enjoy. Courage the Cowardly Dog: Season 4 The Halloween Tree (1993 animated, made-for-TV movie) Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom Powe r Range rs Dino Charge: Rise (Spooktacular Halloween Edition)

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FAMILY MOVIE

At 4 pm, a family film for everyone to enjoy. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Film: Big Hero 6

ADVANCED FACEBOOK

Free computer training for the community. 10:30 am to 12:30 pm: Class size is limited to 10; register at the library’s front desk. Prerequisites: must have active Facebook account. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave.

KARAOKE

Karaoke at Sammy C’s with DJ Marvelous. 9 pm. 107 W. Coal Ave. (505) 863-2220. SATURDAY Oct. 1

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS

Meetings every Saturday at 10 am, First United Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Dr., corner of Nizhoni/ Red Rock. Enter northwest corner off Nizhoni: Library room. Contact (505) 3075999 or (505) 721-9208.

FIZZY SCIENCE

2 pm: Discover the world of fizzy science. There will be experiments with pop rocks in different liquids, playing with lemonade and baking soda, and learn how to make fizzing play dough. All young scientists will get to enjoy some experimentation and learn about the science of fizzing. For more information, please call (505) 726-6120 or email aprice@gallupnm.gov. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. SUNDAY Oct. 2

CHURCH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

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

ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI PARISH FIESTA

Noon to 5 pm. Mass begins at 10 am. Blessing of animals at noon — bring your beloved animal on leash or lead or in a container. 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) 8796570. St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 411 N. Second St. MONDAY Oct. 3

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. TUESDAY Oct. 4

REGULAR COUNTY COMMISSION MEETING

The meeting is held at 9 am, McKinley County Board of Commissioners, 207 W. Hill Ave. (505) 863-1400.

COMMUNITY PLANNING MEETING

6 pm: Planning for a future Zuni Famer’s Market. Potential vendors are invited to attend a discussion about the upcoming season and plans for a future market. Chu Chu’s Pizza Restaurant, 1344, N.M. 53, Zuni. WEDNESDAY Oct. 5

TODDLER TIME (AGES 2 TO 4)

An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement, rhymes, and stories. Starts: 10:30 am. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Free

INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SKILLS

3-5 pm: Octavia Fellin Library is offering free computer training to the community. Class size is limited to 10 people. Register at the Front Desk. Prerequisites: None. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave.

MAKER’S CLUB (AGES 7 AND UP)

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

FRIGHT NIGHT FILMS

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Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. This week: 10 Cloverfield Lane

OPEN-MIC NIGHT

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

RECYCLING COUNCIL

McKinley Citizens Recycling Council is a local nonprofit working to increase recycling through education, community outreach, and partnership with local government agencies. MCRC meets the first Saturday of the month at 2 pm, at Red Mesa on Hill St. For more information, please call (505) 722-5142 or visit Recylegallup.org. SAVE THE DATE

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THURSDAY Oct. 6

FACEBOOK FOR BUSINESS

10 am – 4 pm. Facebook Pages 101: A tow-hour course wherein you’ll learn the basics of setting up a corporate Facebook page. Facebook Advertising: A three-hour course that delves into Facebook ads manager and types of advertising campaigns. Register and pay by Sept. 30. $25.Call (505) 722-2220. Held at Gallup Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room, 106 W. Hwy 66.

CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES)

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

ARTSCRAWL

ArtsCrawl is held the second Saturday of every month from 7 to 9 pm, downtown Gallup.

CARS N COFFEE

Every Sunday in the Camille’s parking lot from noon to 2 pm. Check out cars – new, old, vintage, and bikes. Cruise at 1:30 pm. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. Second St.

CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION CLASS

RMCHC Women’s Health Unit offers childbirth education classes, at no charge, every second Saturday of the month in the RMCH Library, 1901 Red Rock Drive, from 9 am-1 pm. Contact WHU at (505) 863-7026.

COME TO THE WATERS

— from the waters of chaos at the beginning of earth’s story to the river of the water of life in John’s Revelation – begins Aug. 31. The study begins at 7 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 151 State Highway 564 (Boardman Drive) – the Church on the Hill near Orleans Manor Apartments. All are welcome. For more information, call the church office at (505) 905-3247.

A nine-week exploration of some of the Bible’s more than 800 references to water

FAMILY MOVIE

The Hope Garden offers organic produce for sale from 10 am - noon, Tue – Fri., 1130 E. Hassler Valley Rd. All funds go to helping feed local folks. Call (505) 726-8068 or when visiting, ask for Vernon Garcia.

FRIDAY NIGHT HOOTENANNY

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

GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY

Wednesdays are low-cost Spay and Neuter Days, at the 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, Gallup Solar, is hosting free Solar 101 classes about all things related to off-grid solar systems on the first three Wednesdays of each month, 6 - 7 pm, at 113 E. Logan Ave. All welcome any week. No registration required. For info call: (505) 728-9246

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) 722-4226, Warehouse Lane off Allison Road.

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Oct. 7 at 4 pm, a family film for everyone to enjoy. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Film:

MIYAMURA HIGH SCHOOL FALL FEST

Oct. 7, from 4 – 7 pm: Food, fun, and games. Tickets: .25 cents. Hiroshi Miyamura High School, 680 S. Boardman Dr.

INTRODUCTION TO THE INTERNET

Oct. 7: computer training for the community. 10:30 am to 12:30 pm: Class size is limited to 10; register at the library’s front desk. Prerequisites: must have active Facebook account. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave.

DIST. 9 AA SOBRIETY GATHERING

Oct. 7 at 6 pm; Oct. 9, at noon: Fun, educational event for Gallup area. Catholic School, 405 Park Ave.

ARTSCRAWL: IN DISGUISE – COSTUME CONTEST & PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST

Oct. 8: Prizes will be awarded in five categories: tots 5-and-under, kids 6-13, teens 14- 18, adults 19 and over… and pets! Be at ArtsCrawl at 7:15 pm for the first contest. Tots are up first! Camille’s Sidewalk Café is also hosting a Pumpkin Carving Contest. First place will win $100, second $75 and third $25 in both the 13-and -under and 14+ categories. Drop off your pumpkins to Camille’s at noon. Judging will be at

GALLUP SUN ARCHIVES Effective June 24, 2016, ALL Gallup Sun *archives (past issues) will be mailed. Must provide exact release date and mailing address. Send info. and check or money order for $1.50 to: Gallup Sun PO Box 1212 Gallup, NM 87305 *Based on availability. CALENDAR

7 pm! artscrawl@galluparts. org.

TAIZE’ SERVICE

The non-denominational monthly Taize’ service will take place Oct. 9 at 6:30 pm. Join us for a time of rest, silence, and spiritual refreshment. This is an opportunity to calm and quiet the soul before the new week starts. Music, chant, Scripture, and candlelight are part of this special service held at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Boardman Drive, 151 State Hwy. 564 near the Orleans Manor Apartments. For more information, call Kathy Mezoff (505) 870-6136.

QUICKBOOKS WORKSHOP

Learn the basics of QuickBooks accounting software. Seating is limited to eight. Register by Oct. 14. $90. Class is held Oct. 19, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Held at the Gallup Chamber of Commerce meeting room, 106 W. Hwy 66. Contact: Gallup Small Business Development Center, (505) 722-2220.

CROP HUNGER WALK

Oct 16: Tours of the Pantry and Hope Gardens begin at 1 pm. Walk begins at 2 pm. CROP is an initiative of the Church World Service, a first responder organization to global tragedy. Shafiq, (505) 227-7242; Betsy (505) 7229257. Community Pantry,

LEARN EXCEL SPREADSHEET

Learn the basics of using the Excel spreadsheet program and earn an 8G thumb-drive. Seating is limited. Register and pay by Oct. 17. $10. Class is held Oct. 20. Held at the Gallup Chamber of Commerce meeting room, 106 W. Hwy 66. Contact: Gallup Small Business Development Center, (505) 722-2220.

GALLUP INTERFAITH COMMUNITY GATHERING

day workshop that offers educational opportunities to all professionals, small business owners, and the community, with understanding and respect for disabilities. Topics: service animals, disability awareness, accessibility. Gallup Chamber of Commerce, 106 W. Hwy. 66. Contact: Small Business Development Center, (505) 722-2220 or gallupsbdc@unm.edu.

TIP-A-COP FUNDRAISER FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS

Oct. 21, 11 am – 1 pm: Enjoy lunch while being served by local law enforcement. Your contribution to the Olympics is appreciated. Cocina De Dominguez Restaurant, Indn. Rte. 12, Window Rock, Ariz. (928) 871-6111.

NEW OVERTIME PROVISION WORKSHOP

Oct. 25, 9 am to noon: Free seminar to learn more about the Wage and Hour Division, its enforcement of federal labor laws, and common violations to avoid. Gallup Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room, 106 W. Hwy. 66, (505) 722-7222.

ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR AND RECYCLING JAMBOREE

Nov. 5, from 9 am - 3 pm: Gallup Community Service Center (Old Bingo Hall) Seeking vendors of recycled arts and crafts. Contact: Betsy (505) 721-9879, betsywindisch@yahoo.com.

TRICK OR TREAT AT THE LIBRARY

Oct. 31: Families are encouraged to come to the library to show costumes and receive a special treat. Trick-or-treat time will be 5 to 7 pm. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave.

TUBA CITY CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

Nov. 18: As always, this is a community Christmas tree. It 6:30 pm, Oct. 18: Get to is you tree — a tree that will know your neighbor, and be bring your family together a part of creating a better once again, to laugh, to giggle, community. As the Rev. to cheer and “Rock Around Derwin Gray of Charlotte, the Christmas Tree.” Hogan N.C., says: “How can I Family Restaurant parking lot, love my neighbor, if I don’t 10 Main St., Tuba City, Ariz. know my neighbor?” Bring a dish or drink for a shared 2016 WINTER ARTS & CRAFT FAIR meal. Westminster PresDec. 3 – 4 at the Larry Brian byterian Church, 151 State Mitchell Recreation Center, Highway 564, on the hill near 700 Montoya Blvd. (505) 722Orleans Manor Apartments. 2619 For more information, contact Rev. Lorelei Kay (505) To post a nonprofit or 290-5357, wpcgallup@gmail. civic event in the calendar section, please email: com.

DISABILITY AWARENESS WORKSHOP

Oct 21 at 1-4:30 pm: A one-

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

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