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Carlsbad jumped out to a 13-2 first quarter lead behind the scoring punch of sophomore guard Carsyn Boswell who shook the Lady Cougars with a variety of jumpers and inside shots. Tohatchi junior


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NEWS GMCS recognizes teachers, administrators NEW SCHOOL DISTRICT GRADES SEE GALLUP OUTPERFORM ABQ, SANTA FE By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


he Gallup-McKinley C o u n t y B o a r d of Education presented awards to 11 teachers and administrators at the Dec. 5 regular meeting of the Gallup-McKinley County Board of Education. The recipients were rated exemplary by the New Mexico Public Education Department earlier this year. “This is the school district recognizing individuals who have previously been recognized by the state,” Gallup Schools Superintendent Frank Chiapetti said. “The awards are well-deserved.” Those receiving awards included Peter Ippel, a fifth grade teacher at Indian Hills Elementary; Marie Diaz, a first grade teacher at Indian Hills; Felicia Sam, an instructional support coach at Lincoln Elementary; Lanny Ray, principal at Ramah High School; Irene Fuller a math teacher at Miyamura High; Carla Zecca, a math teacher at Gallup High; Yulia Nichols, also a math teacher at Miyamura; Kim Esparza, a kindergarten teacher at Rocky View Elementary School; Larrine Platero, a kindergarten teacher at Crownpoint Elementary; Wendy Sturrus, a kindergarten teacher at Thoreau; and Marie Chamberlain, a third grade teacher at Tohatchi Elementary School. “ It ’s a n honor t h a t I respect,” Ray, of Ramah High School, said. “This is much appreciated.” There were originally 12 teachers that were supposed to be recognized, but one teacher, Verna Leep of Thoreau Middle

GMCS Superintendent Frank Chiapetti School, left the district a short while ago, Teri Fraizer, public information officer at GMCS, who presented the awards during the meeting, said. Also at the school board meeting, a memorandum of understanding was approved between the d istr ict a nd the National Indian Youth Leadership Project. The agreement runs from January to June of 2017, and covers pregnancy prevention education with a focus on outdoor activities like hiking and rock climbing, Matt Baker, an educator with the nonprofit organization, said. Baker noted that the group has worked with Chief Manuelito Middle School in past years and would like to partner with Gallup-McKinley County Schools with respect to future grant opportunities. After the meeting, Chiapetti touted the Nov. 29 release of statewide school district grades given by the Public Education Department. The Ga l lup - McK i n ley Cou nt y School district earned a “C” g r a de. Ga l lup out scored Albuquerque and Santa Fe in the grading. Those schools

received a “D” grade on the PED district report card. The district grades are based on an average of school grades which take into effect attendance, graduation rates and surveys. Ga llup ha s stead ily improved from 2012, according to PED data. In 2012 Gallup received a “D,” in 2013 a “C,” in 2014 a “D,” in 2015 a “C” and in 2016 the “C.” All in all, New Mexico school districts have showed improvement the past year with respect to the grading system. The amount of “A” and “B” grades are up 3.3 percent and “D” and “F” grades are down

1 percent. Just 22.5 percent of school districts around the state saw declines in 2016 compared with 31 percent in 2015, according to the released data. “We are continuing to make progress,” New Mexico Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera said during a conference last week on the matter. “We are closing gaps in our district grades.” Skandera also said New Mexico schools still have work to do, but she was pleased with the recent district results. School grades were brought into the fore in 2011 as part of a mechanism to raise standards. New Mexico is traditionally at

SCHOOL DISTRICT GRADES NEW MEXICO 20122016 Gallup McK inley County Schools: 2012(D) 2013(C) 2014(D) 2015(C) 2016(C) A lbuquerque Public Schools: 2012(C) 2013(C) 2014(C) 2015(D) 2016(D) S a nt a Fe P ubl ic Schools: 2012(C) 2013(C) 2014(C) 2015(C) 2016(D) the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to student test scores and graduation rates.

These were some of the teachers/administrators that were recognized as “exemplary” educators by the New Mexico Public Education Department earlier this year. They received plaques for this honor during the GMCS Board of Education meeting Dec. 5. From left, Lanny Ray, principal at Ramah High School; Felicia Sam, an instructional support coach at Lincoln Elementary; Irene Fuller a math teacher at Miyamura High; Carla Zecca, a math teacher at Gallup High; Yulia Nichols, also a math teacher at Miyamura; Peter Ippel, a fifth grade teacher at Indian Hills Elementary; and Wendy Sturrus, a kindergarten teacher at Thoreau. Photo Credit: GMCS

5 9 11 15 17 23 PIPELINE PROTEST The #NoDAPL protest comes to Gallup via Mervyn Tilden By Bernie Dotson




Forkner hasn’t checked in with county officials By Bernie Dotson

Sanders high and middle school students entertain community By Stuart Noggle

BALLOON RALLY BLAST The annual event colors Gallup skies By Bernie Dotson & Ryan Hudgeons



Starting with the campy ‘Office Xmas Party’ By Glenn Kay

Lots of upcoming holiday events. Don’t miss out.

Gallup Sun • Friday December 9, 2016


Gallup McKinley County Schools-Upcoming December Events  

December 9th –Red Rock Elementary Multi-Culture Event from 9:00 am-10:15 am

Tohatchi Drama Club and El Morro Theater presents “The Snow Queen” Dec. 9th at 6:30 pm and the 11th @ 4:30 pm at El Morro

December 10th- IEC Meeting from 9:00 am-2:00pm

December 12th- Roosevelt Music Class performance at Gallup Mid at 1:00 pm

December 13th- Roosevelt Music Class performance at SSC at 10:00am

December 14th- Education Matters Live-Stream at 2:00 pm

December 14th-Catherine A. Miller Christmas Program at 1:00pm

December 14th –Stagecoach Elementary Christmas Program at 1:00 pm

December 15th- Jefferson Christmas Program at 8:30 am

December 15th Crownpoint Mid-Multi Cultural Day from 1-5:00 pm

December 15th -Twin Lakes has a Holiday Art Fair from 1-6:00 pm

December 16th - Tohatchi Mid Cultural Day from 8:00 am-3:00 pm

December 17th - Roosevelt Craft Fair from 9:00 am-3:00 pm

December 19th- No Regular School Board Meeting

December 19th-30th- WINTER BREAK!!!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from GMCS! Watch our Live-stream “GMCS” Education Matters! Every Wednesday at 2:00 go to the website and click on “What’s Happening”

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er v yn Tilden, a Chu rch Rock human rights activist, is the leading face of protest when it comes to

area issues that impact Native Americans. Tilden has led the local effort for Gallup to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day and do away with Columbus Day. The Gallup City Council proclaimed the former a couple

of months ago. Tilden, a freelance journalist, was back at it again Dec. 3 in front of the Gallup Cultural Center along East Historic Highway 66, demonstrating against business interests, and the Dakota Access Pipeline in

North Dakota. “This is for the people who can’t speak for themselves,” Tilden said. “There are young people out there and there are elderly people out there who can’t come here to demonstrate so I am doing my part for them. The Dakota Access Pipeline is environmental racism at its best.” T he f i ve - hou r demon stration started at noon and dozens of marchers carried signs that read “No Pipeline.” T he we a t her w a s i n t he mid-30s and motorists that pa ssed the demonstrators blew their horns in support


Mervyn Tilden is no stranger to activism as seen in this September photo. He’s leading the local indigenous fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. File Photo


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MCSO: Forkner on the lam; absconded sex offender By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


h e S e x O f fe nd e r Reg ist rat ion and Tracking Unit of the McK inley County Sheriff’s Office is looking for an apparent absconder. A warrant has been issued on the matter, officials said. A lex Fork ner, 32, of Gamerco, was convicted of criminal sexual penetration in 2005, and as of late has not checked i n w it h t he McKinley County Sex O f fe nde r ’s D i v i s io n a s r e q u i r e d by s e x offenders. Judith Grijalva, the sex offender compliance officer with the


MCSO, sa id Fork ner must notify the sheriff’s office anytime there is a change of address. Not doing so is considered a violation of the law and is considered a fourth degree felony and punishable by jail time, she said. “ (A l e x F o r k n e r) failed to show up for his quarterly registration,” Grijalva said. “He was scheduled to come in on Nov. 8 at 11:30 am.” Gr ija lv a s a id her off ice got a n a nonymous tip la st month that Forkner was not liv ing at the address that he was supposed to be liv ing at in Gamerco. She said the wife of Forkner said he’d left the last known residence and had not

Ft. Defiance man assaults police officer, jailed, By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


returned since the end of October 2016. T he w i fe r e p or t edly said she believed Fork ne r w a s l i v i n g with friends near the Black Diamond Canyon area of Gallup. Jail records at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center indicate that Forkner was la st i nca rcer ated i n 2014 for operati ng a motor vehicle without proper licensure.

F O R T DEFI A NCE, Ariz., man was jailed on assault and DWI charges and later bonded out after serving a couple days behind bars and paying a bond, jail records show. James Miles III was taken into custody Nov. 16 by officers from the Gallup Police Department when he became unruly with Gallup police detective John Yearly. According to a police report, Miles attempted to flee the scene after he hit someone with his vehicle. Miles, 26, was being restrained near Third Street and Maloney Avenue by Yearly and

three other men when Gallup officer Jeremy Shirley arrived on the scene. Shirley was able to put Miles in handcuffs, and was told by Yearly that he (Miles) hit another vehicle and attempted to flee the scene. Joe Olivas of Gallup wa s one of t he men who tried to assist in restraining Miles, who t h rew pu nches a nd shouted obscenities at Yearly. Dwayne Long was another passerby who also assisted in trying to restrain Miles. W hen th i ngs were finally sorted out, Miles was discovered to be under the influence of alcohol, according to the police report. A field sobriety test was not

given to Miles due to the fact that Miles was combative with Yearly. Miles was charged with aggravated DWI (first offense), resisting arrest and assault on a police officer. Miles entered the McKinley County Adult Detention Center on Nov. 16 and paid a $600 bail bond on Nov. 18, records show. There was no attorney listed in jail records for Miles.

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Attorney General congratulates NM law enforcement on successful ‘Movember’ results Staff Reports


L BUQU E RQU E – At tor ney Genera l He c t o r B a l d e r a s congratulated New Mexico law enforcement on successful Movember results Dec. 7. Aside from some amazi n g mu s t a che s , t he New Mexico Office of the Attorney G ener a l Movember t e a m

came in third place for funds raised out of 11 teams in the New Mexico Public Safety Network. Total funds raised by the network was $5,487, which will help raise awareness of critical men’s health issues such as testicular cancer, prostate cancer and suicide prevention. On Dec. 1, there was an awa rds ceremony for the New Mexico Public Safety

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YANBITO – The folks at the Iyanbito Chapter House want the public to know about an upcoming toy drive to take place during the Christmas holidays. Felisha Adams, an Iyanbito native and a former 2016 candidate for a state senate seat in the New Mexico legislature, said the 6 th annual Holiday Dinner and Toy Drive will be Dec. 17 from 4 to 9 pm at the Iyanbito Chapter House in Iyanbito. “We have made it our tradition by giving back,” Adams said. “Last year we helped put smiles on over 200 kids’ faces in McKinley County. We hope to double it this year with your help.”

Felicia Adams Adams said the evening includes dinner, dessert, entertainment, games and a visit from Santa Claus. She said kids that attend will receive a gift from Santa Claus. “This public event is a great experience for all ages and is a family-oriented event,” Adams said. Adams is a relative of former state Rep. Albert “Bert” Shirley of Iyanbito.

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Sanders Valley High hosts second annual concert STUDENTS DAZZLED AS THEY SANG, PLAYED HOLIDAY CLASSICS

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ANDERS, Ariz. — The cafeteria was standing room only as parents, teachers, and community members brought their holiday cheer and supportive smiles to Valley High School’s 2nd Annual Christmas in the Valley Concert Dec. 8. “We wanted to show the

community how hard our students have worked,” Mr. Patrick Baker, high school band teacher, said, “Some students have studied music for the first time and they’ve only been doing it three months. It takes guts to get up here and play.” The high school band played classics such as, Deck the Halls, Angels We Have Heard On High, Jingle Bell Rock, and

“March” from the Nutcracker Suite. “I’m happy to be here, and I’m happier that we have music at this school,” Mr. Michael Carpenter, music teacher at Sanders Middle School, said. It is the first year of the middle school music program, which includes both a choir and band.


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ou don’t have to be a Christian, or person of faith, to make a joyful noise this Christmas. You just have to be someone who has hope and someone who believes that humankind is capable of rising above basic instincts, and making Gallup and McKinley County, and the world, better places to live. Christmas is the celebration of the triumph of love over hatred, greed and division. It is

Christmas 2016: Pray for Peace a time when we should all try and practice what is preached during what is a giving season and a season that is about the theme of peace on earth and goodwill to humankind. Christmastime is the perfect time to get fired up about life and humankind, even when it seems that gloom and doom dominate the news headlines. The Christmas story tells us about God and how He sent his only son to live among men and light the way for us. It describes how the Christ Child

was born in a crude stable in Bethlehem on a day when a host of angels proclaimed glory to God and peace on earth toward everyone. The symbolism is simple, yet powerful. It’s appropriate for people of all ages and backgrounds. Now is the time to acknowledge the better sides of humankind and to become sources of light and stewards of goodwill. It is a time to offer prayers for the brave men and women in uniform, who have dedicated their lives to keeping


the peace amongst us. May everyone find comfort and enjoyment this Christmas. The true spirit of giving is

embracing generosity and compassion throughout the year. It’s true: It’s in giving that we receive. Happy Holidays!


The moon is Void of Course on December 9 and Venus parallels Saturn. This is a time for staying on course and thinking through problems (even romantic ones) rationally. Madame G recommends you follow your head rather than your heart. First you must listen, learn, and collect information. Gather all the intel you can and take action. You’ll do well, kid, you’ve got this!

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Are you heading towards a new adventure? Perhaps you’re thinking about a new course of action. You’ve looked into classes and signed up for college or a certification course. You’re nervous! This next phase in life will be challenging and fun. Happiness is possible, if you allow it. Take a chance on yourself. It may not always be easy, but it will definitely be worth it.

If you’re soul searching, consider reading Victor Frankl’s: Man’s Search for Meaning. It’s a heart wrenching work. However, it’s hard to bitch about your office job, kids, or trivial complaints compared to a Holocaust victim’s take on humanity. It’s surprisingly refreshing. If you haven’t read it— pick it up. If you have, re-read it. It’s time for reevaluation. You can!

What does your heart tell you? If you’ve spent too long looking through a narrowed view of so-called reason, you may want to reprioritize. It’s better to understand where you stand and what you hope to accomplish. Accumulating money is fine. But, at what cost? You may have reached success without knowing it. Experience life fully. You’ll only regret it if you don’t. Live well!

What’s next? If you’ve been planning for a change for a while (fretting really), but are not quite sure what to do: stop! Breathe. Take a moment to look around yourself. What’s really important?

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

You’re ready to sit down and face some difficult challenges and perhaps a more difficult truth. You can’t change those around, but you may influence them. Derek Siver’s gives an excellent TED talk entitled: How to Start a Movement. It begins with a rebel willing to dance alone. But, it also requires a fool willing to dance alongside him/her. Do what you can. Maybe they’ll listen.

You’re ready for a change. It’s hard to break a decade old pattern. The life you dreamed of or worked towards isn’t what you imagined. You’re drained, weary, and heartsore. Consider that this too is all part of the human experience. Would you appreciate an easy life? Change your perspective and appreciate what you have and watch your life change. It may shock you!

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Take time out of your day and ask: what do I really want? This is an important time for self-discovery. There is always something new to learn. You may discover (to your shock) that you love something or have a different opinion than when you were younger. People do change, it’s just not always how we imagine it. And that’s a very good thing. Dig deep! OPINIONS

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Virgo (Aug. 23- Sept. 22) You may experience a little discomfort over a loved one’s confession. Listen and don’t assume the worst. Consider that the people we love generally tell us what we need to hear not what we want to hear. This is for our benefit. If you’re unwilling to listen, ask yourself: why? If you want growth and happiness you must take responsibility for your actions. Don’t wait.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) If you had a near death experience, what are your final thoughts? Do you feel regret? Take a moment and gather your thoughts. Madame G suggests you take time for yourself this week and really focus on your next goal. You’ll only regret the chances you didn’t take. They’ve done studies on the dying and they don’t regret staying late at the office. Live long and prosper!

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You can have joy anywhere. A recent study discovered that work, careers, and jobs don’t provide meaning. Value comes when the employee ascribes meaning to the position. An ER doctor may feel overwhelmed by the chaos rather than taking pride in healing. While a janitor may take great pride in their work, at the same hospital, and consider her job part of healing. How about you?

You may feel like holding old grudges are healthy—it’s not. You’ll only push those who love you away. Worse, you’ll hurt yourself. In order to live, we must forgive (not forget). Smile!

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You’re a hell on wheels. It’s just a really quiet wheel. You may feel overwhelmed by what you see around you. It’s worth noting: this too shall pass. If you focus on the problems, you’ll only see more. It’s great to pay attention to detail and practice excellence. But, if you only focus on the trees you’ll miss the forest. You need both images in order to live well. It’s not all or nothing.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Refocus on yourself. Perhaps a new job didn’t take the shape you wanted. Maybe you’ve moved up stairs (literally) from the basement. Now, your part of the “in crowd,” yet it lacks luster. You might be more introverted than you thought and the basement was a happy respite from people. Upstairs you really have to deal with everyone and look happy. Worry not! Aye remedio!

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Local buying gets boost from internet platform By Finance New Mexico


ill Foster is a digital marketing master. The serial entrepreneur developed keyword and search-engine ad revenue for pioneering companies such as Infoseek and Excite and now wants to use his experience and knowledge to help local businesses compete with national chains and internet behemoths. Foster is a founder of yellCast, a New Mexico startup that connects buyers with local merchants by providing search-engine results that go a step beyond Yelp, Google and Bing and offer an interactive portal where buyers and sellers communicate directly. With this service, consumers who want to shop locally don’t need to call multiple merchants to find a specific product; yellCast provides the platform that allows merchants to respond to specific requests.

TURNING THE TIDE Foster’s interest is more than philanthropic; he intends to fill a market need and make money doing it. But for him, yellCast is also a way to reverse the trend of money leaving local communities when consumers

purchase products online from companies thousands of miles away — a trend he helped create. “This is our apology,” he said about the startup. Shopping locally keeps money circulating at home and generates tax revenue t hat suppor t s publ ic services such as parks, community centers and essential ser vices. According to the A mer ica n Independent Business Alliance, every dollar spent at an independent loca l business retur ns a n average of three times more money to the local community than a dollar spent at a chain store. Local shopping also reduces environmental impacts associated with packaging, processing and shipping goods over long distances. And local businesses are job creators, hiring local workers. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses created 63 percent of the new jobs created in the United States between 1993 and 2013.

THE YELLCAST METHOD Using yellCast, consumers can send a query to multiple merchants that appear in their search results. For example, a

Santa Fe shopper looking for a specific coat — say a men’s waterproof down jacket — uses yellCast to scan the internet for those keywords plus the place-name “Santa Fe.” The shopper then selects the merchants she wants to contact for more information or to obtain a specific size. Local merchants receive the request and respond based on inventory and accessibility. A local merchant might not have the product but can offer to order it. Searchers remain anonymous until their order

is placed, and they avoid the unwanted advertising that ty pically follows searches on better-known platforms because yellCast doesn’t sell or even save the information it collects. Businesses can register on yellCast at no charge, and they only pay for the service if they respond to an inquiry. The service is currently free during the pilot in Santa Fe. Santa Fe is the test market for the yellCast platform, and Santa Fe city officials hope merchants and consumers

embrace the platform this holiday season. Founders expect to expand the service to other cities in early 2017. To u se yel lCa st , st a r t a search at yellcast.com. Merchants can sign up by clicking on the Business Sign-Up link in the upper right corner of the website after scrolling to the bottom of the page. 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 businesses with obtaining skills and funding resources for their business or idea. Financenewmexico.org

Letter to the Editor: The need to educate is clear Editor, Winter is in full effect at Standing Rock North Dakota. The Water Protectors at Oceti Sakowin are working tirelessly to create temporary homes for the thousands of elders, families and Water Protectors there willing to freeze rather than abandon this sacred land and our plight for our planet. They have been working tirelessly to ensure everyone’s safety but as their numbers grow, so do their needs. Oceti Sakowin Camp is the main camp of 6,000+ people with over 100 Dine’ (Navajo) at the NoDAPL front lines it is fitting that the Navajo Nation take a stand with the Water Protectors and call upon the Obama administration to intervene before January 20th, 2017 while the Navajo Nation Flag still stands at Oceti Sakowin before the USACE deadline is


imposed on December 04, 2016. Donald Trump has a personal financial investment in the DAPL so it is a guarantee he will push it forward. While the Morton County Sher i f fs Depa r t ment a nd D a kot a Acc e s s P ip el i ne cohorts cry foul and spew propaganda against the peaceful Water Protectors, ironically they continually spray the front line of defense with water in sub-zero weather, shoot them point blank with rubber bullets, use Stinger (Concussion) grenades and massive amounts of OC Pepper Spray, the pain-inducing Long Range Acoustic Device, viciously beat them with fists and batons, sic Attack Dogs upon them, circle the camps with surveillance planes and helicopters, jam their cell phones, bar and arrest the media, shoot the Water Protectors drones down,

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block key access roads preventing medical personnel from reaching and attending to the wounded and even attacking the them while the Protectors are arrested, strip searched and jailed in dog kennels with their arms marked with Nazitype numbers, their vehicles are impounded, property lost and sacred items destroyed. T h i s i s not a “Nat ive American” issue as millions of others down the line also depend on the clean water source they are defending with their lives regardless of the “Trust Responsibility” and Treaty rights that are threatened by Energ y Tra nsfer Partners in their haste to meet a January 01, 2017 deadline of their contractors to start the flow of oil and with the Water Protectors being subjected to a literal War Zone at Standing Rock.   The U.S. Army Corps

of Engineers announced that it will not grant permission for the pipeline to cross under the Missouri River, and ordered that the project undergo an environmental review. The need for public education is urgent as the similar Pinon Pipeline Project is already underway in the E a s t er n Nav a jo A genc y. Please join us through out December ever y Saturday from 12 to 4 pm at the Gallup Cultural Center, located at 201 East Highway 66. These Gatherings are to also educate the public about the ongoing Pinion Pipeline Project in the Eastern Navajo Agency which will destroy traditional cultural properties and sacred sites including the historical Chaco Canyon site and directly impact wildlife, sacred sites, home site lease areas and water quality.  There

is exploratory drilling ongoing before public meetings are happening and this needs to be reversed ASAP. The Dine Medicine Men Association, Inc. (Dine Bi Nahaga Yeé Da’ahoota) needs to be included in the entire process as well the local chapters of Nageezi, Lybrook, Pueblo Pintado, Whitehorse L a ke, Ba c a -P rew it t , a nd Counselor chapters. President Begay has not attended any local meetings regarding the PPP and he needs to make it clear that what is on the surface and underneath belongs to the Navajo People, not the cor porations that intend to rob us of our natural resources.  The Navajo Nation Council would do well to step forward on The Navajo People’s behalf and their God-given rights. Mervyn Tilden Church Rock, NM OPINIONS


By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


he 36th annual Red Rock Balloon Rally wa s a tremendous success and organizers are already in the process of planning next year’s rally. That was the word this week from Bill Lee, chief executive officer of the Gallup-

the following Sunday. Lee said Friday flights from Red Rock Park were grounded due to the fact that winds were blowing in a southern direction. He said that’s the first time he can recall that kind wind direction happening. “That direction would have put balloons over Fort Wingate which is a restricted area at the moment,” Lee said. Lee also said

County because the people connected to the rally go shopping and spend their money at gas stations and grocery stores and at Rio West Mall. “There’s a lot of benefit in having that many people in Gallup,” Lee said. “It really is a positive event with spinoff effects.” Lee, who files a balloon with a state tourism logo on

saw a very large crowd,” Lee said. “Just spectacular.” Jenny Yazzie of nearby Window Rock, Ariz., saw the balloon glow after doing some Christmas shopping at the mall. As someone who is from the area, the balloon rally is considered a major event. “I’ve seen the balloon glow many times over the years,” Yazzie, 28, said. “Everybody

Saturday was well-attended by locals and out-of-towners. “The parade was very successful,” Lee said. “I think everyone enjoyed it.” The Red Rock Balloon Rally is the second largest such rally in New Mexico and is considered the third largest in the world. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the largest balloon rally in the

who can’t go up in a balloon, they usually come to the mall for the glow.” Lee said a parade held on

world, and the Lorraine Mondial Rally in France is third largest in the world. The France rally is staged every other year.

Clouds kept balloons grounded Saturday morning, but Sunday morning was perfect for launching. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons McKinley County Chamber of Commerce and president of the Red Rock Balloon Rally Association, and a pilot who files in balloon rallies across the United States year-round. “Overall, it went very well,” Lee said. “There were 140 (balloon) registrants which is about average over the past few years.” L e e , a G a l lu p n a t i v e who wa s elec t ed t o t he McKinley County Board of Commissioners earlier this year, said there were two full days of flying for the balloon rally participants. He said there was a flyover on Friday (Dec. 2) and a mass ascension COMMUNITY

Saturday flights at Red Rock Park were grounded due to a very “low ceiling of clouds.” “Balloons are only allowed in visual f light rules conditions,” he said. “It would have been illegal and dangerous for us to launch in those conditions.” The launch points this year were at various city parks and at a few Gallup schools. The usual Fox Run Golf Course launch point, a main attraction for some balloonists, was cancelled this year due to improvements taking place at Fox Run. Lee said even when the balloons don’t go up in the air that it’s a win for Gallup and McKinley

it, said there were 30 balloons that participated in the balloon glow at Rio West Mall on Dec. 3. “It was spectacular and we

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Gallup Christmas Parade 2016

The favorite portion of any Christmas parade: Santa! Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons

The Color Guard leads the way during the Gallup Christmas parade Dec. 3. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons

A Star Wars inspired TIE fighter, part of the Imperial fleet. Good thing it was grounded for the parade. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons

Gallup High’s Benny Bengal gave his best parade wave. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons

Lundstrom receives CED designation By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


atr icia Lundstrom, the executive director of the Greater Ga l lup Econom ic Development Cor poration, recently earned the designation

of Cer ti f ied Econom ic Developer, a national recognition that denotes the mastery of principal skills in economic development, professional attainment and commitment to personal and professional growth. T he CE cD ex a m w a s

administered by the I nter nat iona l Econom ic Development Council during the first week of December in Albuquerque. “We wa nt to congratulate (Executive Director) Lundstrom on achieving the CEcD designation,” Tommy

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Executive Director of GGEDC Patty Lundstrom, CED. Lundstrom also serves as a state representative. strategies, among others, Mike Sage, deputy director at the GGEDC said. In providing some background on the recognition, Sage said certified economic


You Can Skip This Year’s ‘Office Christmas Party’ RATING: «« OUT OF 4 RUNNING TIME: 104 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun


round this season, reviewers are inundated with films up for big, end-of-theyear awards. They’re so prevalent that I was actually looking forward to decompressing with something silly and light. To be frank, I’m not sure if seeing so many effective and thoughtful films in a short span of time has just made me especially critical this week, but it certainly makes Office Christmas Party look wanting in several departments. At a certain point, with so many flatly written lines, I

CED DESIGNATION | FROM PAGE 16 developers work with public officials, business leaders and community members to create leadership to build upon and maximize the economic development sector. Excellence in economic development improves the well-being, quality of life and opportunities for individuals, businesses and communities. There are more than 1,100 active CEcD’s in the United States. Lundstrom said she was pleased to receive the honor,

literally just decided to note the gags that I thought really worked. This list ended up being very short, with a half dozen or so jokes that earned a chuckle. Otherwise, I was pretty stone-faced through the enterprise. Call me a Grinch, but with such a huge and varied group of talented performers onscreen, one has to admit that the movie should be much funnier than it ultimately is. The plot revolves around the title event. Goofy Clay Vanstone (T.J. Miller) is branch manager of a Chicago division of a biotech firm. When sister and company president Carol (Jennifer Aniston) arrives to announce that profitability isn’t high enough and that layoffs will soon be announced, her brother goes to extremes to prevent cuts. Clay, his tech manager Josh (Jason Bateman) and head programmer Tracey say ing receiv ing such a n award represents a collective effort on the part of the greater Gallup. A Milan native and a former executive director at the Northwest New Mexico Cou ncil of Gover n ments, Lundstrom was recognized as the New Mexico IDEA Economic Developer of the Year last month. The GGEDC, u nder t he d i rect ion of Lundstrom, has spearheaded the creation of the multimillion dollar Gallup Energy Logistics Park, a trans-loading project to be built on Gallup’s west end.

From left, Kate McKinnon, Jason Bateman, T.J. Miller, and Olivia Munn star in the comedy that’s low on comedic punchlines – ‘Office Christmas Party.’ Now Playing. Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures (Olivia Munn) decide to woo a big client (Courtney B. Vance) by throwing a wild, old-fashioned Christmas party that will introduce the executive to their firm and earn his business. Of course, things quickly get out of hand. T he budd i ng rom a nce between Josh and Tracey takes up much of the story along with Clay and Carol’s sibling rivalry. It’s all by-the-numbers and generic material. Admittedly, there are a ton of quirky office characters (which includes Kate McKinnon, Rob Corddry, Vanessa Bayer, Sam Richardson, Jillian Bell, Karan Soni and many others) who have their own story arcs along the way. Unfortunately, too many of them are introduced,


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control (including a live horse and a background extra in an animal costume that is never explained). And that’s about it. Everyone appears to be trying their hardest, but to no avail. That’s roughly six laughs in 104 minutes; no other gags worked for me. Perhaps the fact that the leads don’t really get directly involved in the debauchery hur ts as well. They move through the mayhem, but never get themselves into the awkward and compromising positions that the movie seems to promise but never delivers on. Office Christmas Party may be filled with extremely funny people, but the movie itself isn’t. You many want to skip this year’s annual celebration. Visit: cinemastance.com 207 WEST COAL GALLUP 505.863.1250 www.elmorrotheatre.com Facebook @elmorrogallup






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There’s an air of honesty in ‘Manchester By the Sea’ RATING: ««« OUT OF 4 RUNNING TIME: 134 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun


have a pet peeve about dramas in which a character is attempting to overcome some sort of personal or psychological trauma. In all honesty, I’ve never been a fan of the way climaxes in these features are dealt with. You’ve seen them, scenes where a character will get a hug, be told how important they are and suddenly be cured of their ills as if a light switch has just been turned on inside their head. While many are still very enjoyable films, these finales have always played false to me. Manchester By the Sea completely avoids this pitfall.

Unlike other films of its kind, there’s an air of honesty and realism to the proceedings. That also means it isn’t the feel-good holiday movie of the season. Quite the opposite, in many respects. There is some hope, but this is a generally gray and downcast kind of movie, mirroring the internal states of the characters. It’s also an excellent one, bolstered by an excellent lead performance. The central character is Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck), a Bostonian living a minimalist existence as an apartment handyman. He goes about his workday business in a zombie-like state, avoiding personal relationships. Lee gets dire news from his family when he learns that his brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) has passed away. After heading back to his hometown to make funeral

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in a specific Massachusetts manner stand out and add some brief levity. There’s also a good handle on the awkward pauses and tense, long stares between the acquaintances that add to the authenticity. In truth, both Lee and Patrick are dealing with loss in their own, very different ways. And the seaside, small-town photography is also impressive, with the winter backdrop adding some cool and chilling images to match Lee’s interior state. Manchester by the Sea makes no attempts to solve all the troubles facing its protagonist. Much like another recent movie, Christine, the filmmakers have a real handle on what it must be like to deal with psychological problems and the stor y feels all the more believable for it. It certainly isn’t a barrel of laughs, but this is an expertly made and performed feature that lingers in the mind long after the credits roll. Visit: cinemastance.com


DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for December 9th, 2016 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


elcome back to another incredibly busy week of Blu-ray and DVD releases. There’s a huge number of films coming out in a wide variety of genres and there should be something of interest for everyone. Remember to click on any links you see to read about them. 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! Dead Rising: Endgame - Based on the horror video game series, this is actually a sequel to last year’s Dead Rising: Watchtower. Don’t be surprised if you haven’t heard of it though, because they were both made for web-content provider Crackle. Set in a quarantined city during a zombie outbreak, a reporter uncovers a government conspiracy. There aren’t many reviews, but the ones that have popped up call it nonsensical and suggest that it has next to nothing to do with the game that it is based on. The cast includes Jesse Metcalfe, Keegan Connor Tracy, Dennis Haysbert and Billy Zane. T h e Devil’s Dolls Here’s another independent scare f lick. This one i nvolve s a backwoods Mississippi serial killer who uses voodoo to possess some handmade “worry dolls”. One assumes the dolls start causing havoc in the lives of residents who purchase them. It garnered a limited release in September, but there don’t appear to be any writeups of it online. That in itself is kind of spooky and doesn’t bode well for the feature. It features Christopher Wiehl, Kym Jackson and Tina Lifford. D o n’ t T h i n k T w i c e Comed ia n M ike Bi rbiglia writes/directs and co-stars in this small comedy/drama about an improv troupe. When one of them hits the big time it causes major tensions within the group. Many are forced COMMUNITY

to question their choice of c a r e e r. T he mov ie received almost unanimously positive response from critics, who complimented it as being funny as well as feeling like an authentic portrait of struggling New York artists. Sounds like a winner. It co-stars KeeganMichael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Kate Micucci, Christ Gethard and Tami Sagher. For the Love of Spock Any Star Trek enthusiasts out there? This documentary comes from the son of actor Leonard Nimoy, who opens up about his life, career and of course, his time playing the character on the big and small screen. Reviews were quite good overall. Many admitted that the filmmaker may have been a bit too close to his subject to present a balanced portrait and that the film went on odd tangents, but they still found it to be a solid and at times moving portrait of the late actor. T h e Frontier - A you n g wom a n on the run finds herself at a small diner/ motel in this independent crime drama. She takes a job there, but as she learns more about the place discovers that she may be in even more danger here than from where she was escaping from. The press were split on this small title. Some complimented it as a well-made throwback to 50s and 70s pulp thriller, but more complained that the story wasn’t unique enough to make it compelling. The cast includes Jocelin Donahue, Kelly Lynch, Jim Beaver and Izabella Miko. He a r t of a Dog Criterion are best k now n for their numerous Blu-ray releases of cla s sic t it le s, fea turing great transfers and loads of extras. However, they occasionally distribute newer material like this documentary

from artist Laurie Anderson. She explores her relationship with her pet terrier, at times using artwork and imagery to share her thoughts and impressions on the subject. Critics liked what they saw, calling it an eccentric and at times abstract film that manages to inspire philosophical thought and convey an earnest, warm and moving tribute. T h e Hol l ars John Krasinski stars in and directed this comedy/ drama about a struggling N e w Yo r k artist who must return to his hometown when his mother falls ill. It isn’t long before he’s swept up in family and neighborhood feuds. Reviews were very split on this effort. Positive ones suggested the movie improves as it progresses and provided a few warm moments, but those who didn’t care for it thought the story was too predictable and that the quirkiness of the characters quickly became grating. It also features Anna Kendrick, Richard Jenkins, Charlie Day, Sharlto Copley, Margo Martindale, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Josh Groban. Ja so n Bourne - The fifth film in t he Ja son B o u r n e series (and first to star Matt Damon since 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum) finds its hero on his own and off of the grid. When the CIA track him down, he goes on the run to uncover a conspiracy. Complicating matters are new agents whose alliances are undetermined. This one also got mixed notices, although it received more recommendations overall. A contingent felt like it was an unnecessary retread, while others found that the action and high-energy level made up for its deficiencies. Besides Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel and Julia Styles appear. A contingent felt like made up for its deficiencies. Besides Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, A licia Vikander, Vincent Cassel and

Julia Styles appear. Ki c k s - A f i n a nci a l ly strapped teenager wants highend sneakers in this indie drama. After working tirelessly to get them, they are stolen by a local thug. The boy and his friends decide to head out and get those shoes back. Notices for the low-budget feature were quite good. While a couple write-ups criticized it for being too reliant on visual gimmickry, most thought the kids were likable and engaging and found that the story built up a great deal of dramatic tension. Jahking Guillor y, Christopher Jordan Wallace and Christopher Meyer lead the cast. Mad Max: Fury Road Black & Chrome Edition - Yep, last year’s Best Picture nominee and exhilarating action spectacle has been reprocessed by director George Miller. It’s the movie just as it was previously, but presented in black & white. Apparently, it looks great and one can see how all of the gears and metallic elements might work just as impressively in this format. Viewers who buy the movie in high definition will get it alongside the fullcolor version. The studio are also releasing a Mad Max: High Octave Collection which contains all of the features with the new, tinted version included.. T h e Secret Life of Pets - This animated fa mily feature was a ma ssive h it a t t he box office. E v e n t s a re ba sed a rou nd t he ide a of t wo Manhattan dogs who learn that someone’s pet bunny is plotting an evil scheme against humanity. Naturally, they have to go out and stop the evil plot. The press generally gave it decent write-ups. While some complained that it really didn’t take advantage of its intriguing concept, most believe that it was cute enough to provide decent family entertainment. The voice cast includes Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Ellie Kemper, Albert Brooks, L a ke Bel l, Da na Ca r vey, Hannibal Buress and Bobby Moynihan.


Olive Films have some curious older releases making their high definition Blu-ray debuts. Know that old song “Brazil” that was used in the Terry Gilliam film of the same name back in the 80s? Well, there’s another film partially inspired by it; the musical comedy Brazil (1944). It’s about a songwriter struggling to create an anthem for a National Song composition contest. Along the way, he attempts to win the hand of a novelist. The movie earned a few Oscar nominations; one for a musical composition called “Rio de Janeiro.” They also have Cheers for Miss Bishop (1941), a drama that follows an elderly woman who recounts her life as a teacher. Viewers learn about her struggles to inspire her students as well as the tragic history of why she has remained unmarried. Martha Scott stars as the title character. It’s well regarded and even earned a Academy Award nomination for its score. K i no a r e put t i n g out some nifty Blu-rays as well. Doomwatch (1972) is a British sci-fi flick about contaminants in fishing waters causing problems for the residents of a coastal island. By problems, I mean it mutates them into vicious cannibals. Apparently, it takes a low-key approach to the material, but it still seems perfectly suited for B-movie fans. T h e Neptune Factor (1973) i s a goof y sci-fi drive-in f lick about a n u ndersea ear thquake that threatens a science lab deep beneath the sea. Rescue efforts encounter are sorts of strange life while heading down to retrieve the survivors. Ben Gazarra stars with Ernest Borgnine. The also have a double feature Blu-ray of the popular, period teen-sex comedies Porky’s 2: The Next Day (1983) and Porky’s Revenge (1985). Neither are as effective as the original, but the second one


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SPORTS 360 TOHATCHI’S | FROM PAGE 1 guard Kalian Mitchell had her hands full trying to guard the taller Boswell and when on offense Mitchell couldn’t get in to assist and scoring mode as the Cavegirls were switching and double-teaming Mitchell and senior guard Cheyenne Begay. Mitchell and Begay are all-state players for Tohatchi, with Mitchell considered one of the top point guards in New Mexico, and Begay a top echelon player defensively in New Mexico. Mitchell scored 11 points and Begay hit 9 points, respectively. Tohatchi’s Crystal Haley, considered a quick all-around player on offense and defense, went scoreless. Mitchell scored two 3-pointers in the loss. “We had some defensive breakdowns and that obviously hurt us,” Tohatchi head coach Tanisha Bitsoi said. “I don’t think we were tired, but this was a 6A team so I think that made a difference.” Bitsoi said the early Lady Cougars’ schedule has included teams like 4A Laguna Aroma and 4A Roberston High School of Las Vegas. That means the Lady Cougars will be that much more battle-tested come the post-season which Tohatchi has made the past few years, Bitsoi alluded.

‘Lomasney Tournament fever’

Tohatchi Lady Cougar Kalin Mitchell (5) tries to work her way around Carlsbad’s defense during the John Lomasney Lady Bengals Invitational Basketball Tournament Championship game Dec. 3. “This is always a good thing down the road,” Bitsoi said of the early heavy scheduling. “There’s nothing negative in that.”

Miyamura High’s Tanya Tolina (32) makes a move to steal the ball from Window Rock’s D’ovionn Wagner (21) during the John Lomasney tourney Dec. 2.

Junior guard Mariel Gomez and senior forward Kim Best did a lot of outside and inside damage for Carlsbad. The versatile

Lady Bengal Kelisha Kinsel (5) has her eye on the prize, but Lady Cougar Cheyenne Begay (30) is hot on her trail Dec. 1.

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Haley Talkalai (33) of Window Rock High, flanked by Paige Juan (10) of Gallup High, looks to score during the John Lomasney tourney in Gallup Dec. 1. Boswell scored a game high 19 points and Best poured in 13. Tohatchi simply could not match a Carlsbad front line that included three players over six feet tall. Begay tried to maneuver and look for passes from Mitchell, but the Cavegirls’ swarming defense was too tight. “This is a very good team,” Carlsbad head coach John Zumbrun said of Tohatchi. Carlsbad went 24-3 last year, and went to the state semi-finals. “We run a motion-oriented offense and we were able to make a lot of our inside shots and jumps shots in this game.” John Brooks, athletic director at Tohatchi High, said the number of fans in the stands over the weekend was the highest it’s been this year for a Tohatchi girls basketball game. “We have a strong support base and that was evident in each of the games that we played,” Brooks said, noting that there was standing-room only in each game. “I think everyone liked the quality of

games that we saw in the tournament this year.” The District 1-3A Lady Cougars dropped to 4-2 on the 2016 girls basketball season and Carlsbad improved to 6-0. Tohatchi’s weekend wins included an 84-75 win over Gallup, a game in which Mitchell torched the Lady Bengals for 41 points. Tohatchi beat Miyamura 62-47 in a prior tournament game.

ALSO AT THE LOMASNEY TOURNEY In the tournament’s third place game, the Gallup High L ady Benga ls fel l to t he Cleveland High Storm of Rio Rancho 54-50. Sophomore Desiree Forster of Cleveland hit 13 points and junior Callahan Franklin scored 14 for the Lady Storm. In the fifth place game, Winslow beat the Window Rock Lady Scouts 53-48. The seventh place game saw Grants beat Miyamura 35-34. SPORTS

Ramah Mid vs Gallup Mid game snapshots Middle School boys readily beat the Ramah boys by a margin of 40 points Dec. 5. Final score 9-49.

Photos by Ryan Hudgeons It was an off day for Ramah Middle School’s basketball team as the Gallup

High School Sports Scoreboard

GALLUP BENGALS Boys Basketball

(0-3) 12/6: Gallup @ Rio Rancho 58-81

Girls Basketball

(2-3) 12/3: Cleveland vs Gallup 54-50 12/2: Tohatchi vs Gallup 84-75 12/1: Window Rock vs Gallup 80-81


(2-2) 12/6: Bernalillo @ Miyamura SPORTS


Girls Basketball

(1-5) 12/6: Miyamura @ St. Pius X 32-38 12/3: Grants vs Miyamura 35-33 12/2: Window Rock vs Miyamura 48-44 12/1: Tohatchi vs Miyamura 62-47


(3-2) 12/6: Rehoboth @ Acoma 54-74

12/3: Ramah vs Rehoboth 45-57 12/2: Ganado vs Rehoboth 75-33 12/1: Denver Christian vs Rehoboth 52-58

Girls Basketball

(0-2) 12/6: Navajo Prep @ Rehoboth 60-39

WINGATE BEARS Boys Basketball

(1-3) 12/6: Monument Valley vs Wingate 49-47 12/3: Kirtland Central @ Wingate 69-31

12/1: Cuba @ Wingate 68-76

Girls Basketball

(1-3) 12/6: Wingate @ Monument Valley 54-63 12/1: Wingate @ Laguna Acoma 63-67 Scores and overall standings feature Gallup, Miyamura,

Wingate, and Rehoboth high school varsity teams only, via maxpreps.com. Other high schools are welcome to submit scores and standings. Submit up-to-date varsity team scores/standings by Wednesday to: gallupsun@ gmail.com

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Through December, Nathan N. Nez, Sr.’s work will be on display at the Main Library. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. FAMILY MOVIE

4 pm: a family film for everyone to enjoy. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. This week: Muppet Christmas Carol SATURDAY Dec. 10 WINTER WONDERLAND 1-4 pm: Join us to make snowman slime and snowflake ornaments. Play library bingo to win books. Find all the snowmen hiding in the library during our snowman scavenger hunt, and Santa might stop by for a visit, too. For more information, call (505) 726- 6120. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Overeater’s Anonymous 12-step meetings. Held every Sunday at 6 to 7 pm. at the Hozho Center, 216 W. Maloney. Open to anybody who has a desire to stop compulsive eating. Contact info. (505) 3075999, (505) 721-9208, or (505) 870-1483. ArtsCrawl: Starry Night See two blacksmiths create sparks in artist demos. Curl up inside the Navajo Nation Museum’s pop-up planetarium and gaze at the stars while listening to winter stories. Help create a glow-in-thedark mural. Grab a hot

drink from your favorite downtown restaurant and do some holiday shopping at ART123 Gallery’s Holiday Art Market. 7 – 9 pm, downtown Gallup. SUNDAY Dec. 11 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. SUPPORT GATHERING Every Saturday throughout December, from 12 to 4 pm, there will be a Support Gathering for the NO Dakota Access Pipeline Water Protectors and Piñon Pipeline Project Resisters at the Gallup Cultural Center located at 201 E. Hwy. 66. The chapters to be impacted are Nageezi, Lybrook, Counselor, Pueblo Pintado, Whitehorse Lake, Baca-Prewitt and other Navajo Communities along the way. TAIZE’ WORKSHOP 6:30 pm: Join us for a special Advent service — a time of rest, silence, and spiritual refreshment before the busyness of the season. Take this 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 N.M. 564 near the Orleans Manor Apartments). For more info, call Kathy Mezoff (505) 870-6136. HOLIDAY TOUR OF HOMES The event is a fundraiser for the Ups & Downs Relay For Life Team of the American Cancer Society. Tour four Beautiful Holiday Decorated Homes in the Gallup comContinued on page 23

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DVD REVIEW | FROM PAGE 19 does have a following and fans of this particular genre will probably enjoy having both titles in their collection for one low price. The disc also comes with trailers of the films. The come d y/d r a m a S o m et hin g F o r Everyone ( 1 9 7 0 ) features Michael York as an oppor tu nistic butler who manipulates the members of an aristocratic household to make the family (and himself) wealthy again. The cast also includes Angela Lansbury. Shout! Factory have some great cult titles as well. Bruce Lee fans will be happy to see a Blu-ray of Fists of Fury aka The Big Boss (1971), which features the martial artist take down the crooked manager of an ice manufacturing factory. This Collector’s Edition includes two audio commentaries with Asian film experts, an alternate and previously unheard English audio dub, a making-of featurette and loads of publicity materials. Film Movment are putting out a new Blu-ray of the well-regarded, sci-fi arthouse drama,

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munity. Meet and Greet at 5 pm at the New Mexico Cancer Center, 2240 College Dr., where refreshments will be served. Vans depart 5:30 pm. Tours end at the New Mexico Cancer Center. Tickets $20, contact: Joyce Graves (505) 863-3075 or Linda Shelton (505) 722-2175. MONDAY Dec. 12 ADOPT A GRANDPARENT Bring joy to local elders by providing them with a gift. Navajo Health Education Program sponsors the event, which is looking for volunteers to adopt a grandparent from Ramah Senior Center, Tohatchi Senior Center, and Lupton Senior Center. Pick up a card from the tree at the NHEP office, (505) 726-8544; wrapped gifts should be dropped off no later than Dec. 12. TUESDAY Dec. 13 GMCS PUBLIC MEETING Gallup McKinley County Schools will be holding a public meeting in the SSC Boardroom at 640 S. Boardman Dr. to get public input on the facility needs of the district. This is for the update of the facilities MASTER plan. For more information, call: (505) 721-1107. WEDNESDAY Dec. 14 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 NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION UNM-G 2-4 pm: For all incoming freshmen including transfer students. UNM-G, Student Services and Tech Center Room 200, 700 Gurley Ave. MAKER’S CLUB (AGES 7 AND UP) A club for kids interested in science, math, buildCALENDAR

ing, and inventing. Each week features a different challenge, project, or experiment. Starts: 5 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. HOLIDAY HIJINKS FILMS Free weekly movie. Popcorn provided. 5:30-8:30 pm. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. This week: The Night Before NOOMA At 7 pm, Dec. 14 and 21, a dialogue study of some of the basic elements of Christian faith, with a video curriculum called Nooma created by Rob Bell will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 151 N.M. 564 (Boardman Drive near Orleans Manor apartments). Each week we will discuss a different topic of our faith. Persons of all faiths or no religious affiliation are welcome. For more information, contact Pastor Lorelei Kay (505) 905-3247. OPEN-MIC NIGHT Local talent takes center stage from 7:30 - 9:30 pm at Coal Street Pub, 303 W. Coal Ave. (505) 722-0117. THURSDAY Dec. 15 JEFFERSON ELEMENTARYCHRISTMAS PROGRAM Begins 8:30 am. For More Information, call (505) 721-3000. Jefferson Elementary, 300 Mollica Dr. CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) Fun crafts for the whole family (all ages). Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. BILL OF RIGHTS EXHIBITION KIOSK 4 pm: The library will be hosting a special information kiosk for the 225th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights was ratified on Dec. 15, 1791 and made officially


part of the Constitution. The kiosk was created by the National Archives in Washington D.C. and contains facts and fun information about one of our country’s most sacred documents. Children’s Branch The kiosk will be on display through the end of the month. 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. 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. 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 Public Library: 115 W. Hill Ave. COMMUNITY PANTRY The Hope Garden offers organic produce for sale from 10 am - noon, Tue – Fri., 1130 E. Hassler Valley Road. 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 Habitat for Humanity work sessions held each week. Volunteers to serve on decision making meetings or wish to volunteer at or help fund construction projects. Call Bill Bright at (505) 722-4226 for details. 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. Note: Not held in December SAVE THE DATE FREE COMPUTER CLASSES IN DECEMBER! Dec. 16, 10:30am – 12:30 pm: Beginning Facebook. The library is offering free computer training throughout the month of December. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. Registration is required, to register call (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@gallupnm.gov or visit the front desk of the

library. FAMILY MOVIE Dec. 16 at 4 pm: a family film for everyone to enjoy. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. This week: Arthur Christmas NOOMA At 7 pm, Dec. 21, a dialogue study of some of the basic elements of Christian faith, with a video curriculum called Nooma created by Rob Bell will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 151 State Highway 564 (Boardman Drive near Orleans Manor apartments). Each week we will discuss a different topic of our faith. Persons of all faiths or no religious affiliation are welcome. For more information, contact Pastor Lorelei Kay (505) 905-3247. RMCHCS AUXILIARY AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS Scholarships each fall and spring semester to students pursuing an education in medical or health careers. Applicants must be full time students, have completed 12 college credit hours, and have at least a 2.0 GPA. Application deadline for the spring 2017 semester is Jan. 3. Applications are available at the UNM-Gallup Financial Aid Office and at the RMCH information desk. For more information call (505) 863-7325. NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION UNM-G Jan. 7: 9:30-11:30 am. For all incoming freshmen including transfer students. UNM-G, Student Services and Tech Center Room 200, 700 Gurley Ave. To post a nonprofit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: gallupsunevents@gmail.com or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.

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