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NEWS GMCS tables interim superintendent contract PUBLIC STADIUM NOW ANGELO DIPAOLO MEMORIAL STADIUM President Priscilla Manuelito said routine personnel and legal matters were discussed during the executive session. Manuelito said some personnel matters were discussed with Hyatt as well as the evaluation of Chiapetti. Also at the meeting, the Board of Education approved t he rena m i ng of Sout h Gra ndv iew Dr ive’s Gallup Public School Stadium to A ngelo DiPaolo Memor ia l Stadium. The name change

By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


he Gallup-McKinley C o u n t y B o a r d of Education put off to a later date the contract of Interim Superintendent Mike Hyatt so that more time can be given to work out details of the document. That was the consensus of an executive session after the Jan. 3 regular school board meeting held at school district headquarters. Hyatt got the temporary job Dec. 19 after board members released Frank Chiapetti a t a me e t i n g i n P u e blo Pintado. There were no definitive reasons given for the paid administrative leave act, Chiapetti said after the meeting. Chiapetti had worked with the Ga llup-McK inley County School District for about three years and at an annual contractual salary of $132,000. “I am still in the dark,” Chiapetti said of the outcome at the time.

The late Angelo DiPaolo. File Photo

idea was first brought up by Menini who worked alongside DiPaolo for a number of years with the Gallup school district. DiPaolo was a respected teacher, administrator, athletic director and track and field coach, school board officials have said. “I do remember him when I ran track in high school,” board president Priscilla Manuelito said. Diane DiPaolo, the widow of Angelo, thanked the board – Menini in particular – for the

stadium renaming. “Angelo loved this school district. He loved the kids and all the people he worked with,” Diane DiPaolo told board members. “The family and I are honored and appreciate this very much.” Menini said there is a fundraiser going on with respect to the memorial. Jvanna Hanks, the district’s financial officer, said donations can be sent to P.O. Box 1318, Gallup, N.M., 87305.

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LATEST ON BOARD ELECTION Two drop out of the Board of Education race


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wo candidates have withdrawn from the District 5 race for seats with the GallupMcK inley County Schools Board of Education, officials confirmed. McKinley County Director of Elections Rick Palochak said Amparo Beatty and Carmen Radcliff withdrew from the District 5 race this week. That leaves candidates Esther Macias, Gerald O’Hara and

Michael Schaff in that race. “There have been a couple of changes,” Palochak said. “We also have the final ballot order.” The first week of Jan. 3 was the deadline to file as a write-in candidate for school board seats as well as seats on the board of Zuni Public Schools. The two districts operate separately from each other, but are located in McKinley County. “There have been a couple of changes,” Palochak said. “We also have the final ballot order.” The race for District 2 of the Gallup-McKinley County

GMCS Board of Education President Priscilla Manuelito will face off against Edwin Begay.


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District 5. In the race for seats on the Local Advisory Board of the University of New MexicoGallup, Priscilla Smith and Edwin Begay are vying for the Position 1 seat and Marvin

WITHDRAW | SEE PAGE 5 School board members Lynn Huenemann (District 2) and Joe Menini (District 5) will serve out their terms as both have decided not to run again. File Photo School Board of Education has Sandra Jeff, Freda Joe and Charles Long facing each other. Jeff is a former member of the New Mexico House of Representatives. She is from Crownpoint and attracts controversy because some believe she lives in Albuquerque and not in the actual school district that she represents. Long is a former McKinley County Treasurer. The District 4 race contains Brenda Chicharello and Christopher Mortensen. The Zuni Public Schools Position

3 filed contains Jerome Haskie and the Position 4 Zuni race i ncludes Shel ly Ch i mon i. Willard Zunie filed to run as a write-in candidate for Zuni’s

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Bill would require tax returns from presidential candidates By Matthew Reichbach NM Political Report


state senator wants to require presidential candidates to release five years of tax returns to qualify for New Mexico’s ballot. State Sen. Jacob Candelaria, D-Albuquerque, announced the legislation Wednesday, and it comes after President-elect Donald Trump refused to release his tax returns, breaking a decades-long tradition among major party presidential candidates. “This past presidential election proved that time honored traditions and political norms are no longer enough to ensure that presidential candidates meet the basic threshold

of transparency they owe to the public by releasing their tax returns,” Candelaria said in a statement. “New Mexico voters deserve to know if any potential conflicts of interest or financial improprieties may exist. It’s unbelievable that President-elect Donald Trump failed to provide the public with the most basic financial information disclosed by every major party nominee in the last 40 years.” Democrats have said without releasing his tax returns it is impossible to see what potential conflicts of interest Trump may have with foreign governments. Candelaria has the support of UNM School of Law professor Mary Leto Pareja. “States have a cr itica l

New York, NY USA - July 16, 2016: Donald Trump speaks during introduction Governor Mike Pence as running for vice president at Hilton hotel Midtown Manhattan. Photo Credit: Courtesy interest in ensuring this basic level of transparency. Tax returns have the potential to reveal foreign entanglements

and other conflicts of interest that could impair a candidate’s ability to act in the best interest of the American people,”

Pereja said. “Tax returns also can shed light on a candidate’s approach toward tax compliance – whether he or she is concerned more with scrupulous compliance or with skirting the rules.” New Mexico isn’t the only state that will consider such legislation. T he Wa s hin g t o n Post repor ted t hat Democrat s i n M a r yl a nd, New York , Massachusetts, California and Maine have introduced such legislation. New York and California have Democratic governors, while the other states, like New Mexico, have Republican governors and Democraticmajority legislatures. Visit: nmpoliticalreport. com

Report: Pearce among those who sought to weaken independent ethics office OCE’s process and has sought amendments in previous years that would maintain a high level of ethics in the House and ensure an individual’s protections under

By Matthew Reichbach NM Political Report


ep. Steve Pearce was one of the Republican members of Congress who voted to gut the independent office looking into ethics, according to a news report. The vote ca me du r i ng a closed-door meeting by Republ ica ns a nd beca me public Monday. After a major public outcr y, Republican lawmakers changed course Tuesday and announced they scrapped plans to remove the functions from the Office of Congressional Ethics. Politico reported that Pearce was one of those who supported removing many key functions of the independent OCE, including its ability to refer allegations to law enforcement. The now-dead

WITHDRAW | FROM PAGE 4 Murphy and Ralph Richards are contesting the Position 2 seat. Pa locha k sa id no one filed to run for the Position 3 UNM-G Local Advisory Board NEWS

the Constitution,” Todd Willens told NM Political Report in an email. Visit: nmpoliticalreport. com

Congressman Steve Pearce speaking at the Western Republican Leadership Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2011. Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore cc proposal sought to send give more power to the House Ethics Committee, which is made up of members of Congress. From Politico: Reps. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) also vocally supported the

amendment. They or their staff had come under OCE’s microscope. A spokesman for Pearce said he had not spoken with the congressman about his vote. “What is known, he has stated publicly his concerns over

seat, which means that post will be appointed. Members of the GallupMcKinley County Board of Education ser ve four-year volu nteer ter ms. Cu r rent school board members Joe Menini (District 5) and Lynn Huenemann (District 2) aren’t

running again. The UNMGallup and Zuni seats are volunteer terms, also. Each of the candidates running for the three entities is a Democrat, except Richards who is a Republican. The original filing date was Dec. 20. Gallup Sun • Friday January 6, 2017


NM improves from 49th in the nation to 42nd FEWER ODs IN NEW MEXICO Staff Reports


ANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health announced Dec. 28 that the state’s drug overdose death rate improved from 49th worst in the nation to 42nd. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New Mexico also saw a 7 percent decline in overdose deaths from 2014 to 2015. Meanwhile, overdose deaths increased nationwide by nearly 11 percent. “This is an issue that we’ve been focused on since day one of my administration. While we’ve made important strides, we still have a lot of work to do,” said Governor Susana Martinez. “One overdose death is one too many, which is why


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claims for naloxone among outpatient pharmacies in New Mexico increased 83 percent between the first three months (January-March) and the second three months (April-June) of 2016. In addition, the Department of Health and the Human Ser vices Depar tment announced in September that it had secured more than $11 million in grants to reduce opioid-related deaths, strengthen prevention efforts, and improve opioid surveillance data. DOH’s Epidemiology and Response Division also received two grants from the US Centers for Di sea se Cont rol a nd Prevention, totaling $3.7 million over three years to aid in preventing prescription drug overdoses and to enhance tracking and reporting of overdoses; this is in addition to $3.4 million received in September 2015 over four years for preventing prescription dr ug overdoses. “Over the course of this administration, we’ve been working hard to address this serious issue. This improvement shows that we’ve made progress, but we are still behind the national rate,” said Department of Health Secretary Lynn Gallagher. “Our goal is to have the fewest

possible overdose deaths. And until we achieve this, we’re going to continue doing all we can to address the issue with our partners.” NMDOH continues to work to improve prescribing practices with measurable improvements being seen recently: • The number of opioid prescriptions by health care providers decreased during the past year by 7.2 percent. • The number of patients with overlapping opioid prescriptions from more than one provider decreased by 16 percent in the past year, and the number of patients with overlapping opioid and benzodiazepine prescriptions decreased by 14.2 percent. • The number of patients prescribed opioids for over three months had healthcare providers who checked the New Mexico Board of Ph a r m a c y ’s P re scr ipt ion Monitoring Program at least once increased 20.1 percent over the last year. NMDOH also continues to promote the use of Medication Assisted Treatment, which includes use of methadone or buprenorphine/naloxone, while HSD has greatly expanded availability of Medicaid coverage for this important service Visit: nmhealth.org NEWS

McKinley County guts uranium ordinance TILDEN: ‘THIS IS NOT A DEAD ISSUE’

By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


fter the fourth reading of an ordinance to study the impact of uranium mining, processing and exploration during a three-year moratorium, the McKinley County Board of Commissioners voted 2-1 on a somewhat weakened resolution, a community member attending the meeting suggested afterward. C o m m i s s io ne r s C a r ol Bow ma n-Muskett a nd Genevieve Jackson voted in favor of the measure. Bill Lee, attending his first meeting since being elected last year, dissented. The changed language of the resolution does not address community concerns and, in a literal sense, passes the buck back to state and federal decision-makers, the community member said. “Uranium mining is hurting our people,” Mervyn Tilden, a Church Rich human rights activist, said. “There is nothing positive in this when it comes to Navajos. There is the issue of bad health and there are no good jobs associated with this.” The resolution that was passed suggests communities seek state and federal help to address matters in the original ordinance. The resolution is non-binding and does not include any specific timelines or requirements that the

Board of Commissioners take future steps to address community concerns. The resolution was one of four options that commissioners considered in place of the original ordinance. “I don’t want to close this,” Com m is sioner Genev ieve Jackson said. “This is about health and env ironmental issues.” Jackson asked that the issue be tabled so that more input could be gathered from community members. The original ordinance was the result of community discussions seeking a local solution to the matter. The original ordinance would have permitted the McKinley County Board of Commissioners to pause with respect to new development. Lee asked McKinley County Attorney Doug Decker about the cost of litigation should the moratorium be approved. Decker replied that legal costs could run as high as $50,000. Despite the outcome, some who spoke before commissioners vowed to return to later meetings when the uranium matter comes up again. During the previous four commission meetings in which the original ordinance was heard, dozens of community meetings filled the commission chambers I support of the ordinance and to provide public comment, urging the commission to enact the moratorium.

Each year on July 16 communities in McKinley County march to remember the largest single release of radioactive material that occurred in Church Rock, N.M. The march also calls attention to the need for clean up hundreds of abandoned mines and waste piles dotting the New Mexico landscape. Photo Credit: N.M. Environmental Law Center. Janene Yazzie of Lupton, A r iz., a sked the Boa rd of Commissioners to approve a moratorium so that more research could be done by county officials with respect to health. Yazzie, like Tilden, has attended several county meetings in 2016 when the uranium issue was on the agenda. “There’s never been any serious analysis of the costs incurred by our community from the uranium extraction industry,” Janene Yazzie of

Lupton, Ariz., said. “A moratorium would have been a positive first step in considering those costs. Our community brought this to the commission. This is an important for our community as we can see by the organized and involved citizens who have pushed this from the beginning,” Yazzie said. Tilden added, “Even if the McKinley County Commission moratorium is not permanent, it would have been a step in the right direction for the safety

and well-being of McKinley County and Navajo Nation residents. This can be a good faith effort and an establishment of a good-neighbor policy. This is not a dead issue.” The Navajo nation has had a ban on uranium mining in place for more than a decade. Tommy Haws, president of the Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation, sent a letter to the County Commission opposing the moratorium, calling the proposed ordinance “potentially redundant.”

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s Democrats gear up for a legislative session after retaking the state House of Representatives and expanding their majority in the state Senate, several members are looking at ways to increase New Mexico’s minimum wage. T wo l aw m a ke r s h a ve already pre-filed legislation to do so ahead of the session, which begins Jan. 17. One measure would double New Mexico’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour to $15 an hour by January 2018. Another more cautious bill ups the minimum wage to $8.45 an hour. Both measures include yearly cost- of-l iv i ng ad just ment increases to kick in after the increases. R e p. P a t r ic i a R oy b a l Caballero, D-Albuquerque, is carrying the more aggressive $15 per-hour bill. “Anything lower than that at this point is an insult to the working poor,” Roybal Caballero said in an interview. “The poor can’t continue to wait. Creditors don’t wait, landlords don’t wait, inflation doesn’t wait.” Sen. William Soules, D-Las

Cruces, who didn’t return phone calls or emails sent Tuesday seeking comment on this story, is also placing a measure in his bill that would allow businesses of 10 or less employees to pay $7.50 an hour. Employers would also be allowed to pay trainees $7.50 per hour. Roybal Caballero’s bill, on the other hand, mimics the higher $15 “living wage” set in cities like Seattle and the states of New York a nd California. Pushes for a $15 minimum wage largely originated from fast food workers across the country in 2012 and 2013. Attempts to raise the minimum wage on the state level haven’t been successful since the last increase in 2009. Democrats fell f lat the last time they pushed for an increase while holding control of both legislative chambers. That came in 2014, when a proposed constitutional amendment to raise the minimum wage yearly through Consumer Price Index adjustments cleared the Senate but went down in the Democraticcontrolled House. Gov. Susana Martinez, a

Republican, has given mixed messages on minimum wage increases in the past. In 2013, she vetoed a bill that would have raised the state minimum wage to $8.50 and instead said she would only accept up to $7.80. The following year, after the legislative session ended,

Martinez said she would have supported a failed bill to raise the minimum wage to $8 without automatic cost-of-living adjustment increases attached to it. I n 2 01 5 , l e g i s l a t i v e Republicans, then in control of the House, tacked a minimum wage increase to $8 onto a controversial bill that would have barred mandatory union agency fees to employees as a condition of work. Martinez supported the “right to work” bill, which died that year in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

It’s unclear what, if any, t y p e of m i n i mu m w a ge increase Martinez will be willing to sign this year. Her office didn’t respond to phone calls or emails seeking comment Tuesday for this story. In 2 016, some Republicans sought to pass a bill that would

bar local governments from changing some employment laws, including raising the minimum wage. The bill passed one House committee, then passed another without the block on increasing minimum wage. That version of the bill never made it to the floor of the House. Other ideas are likely being discussed in legislative circles. In an interview conducted in mid-November, Rep. Miguel Garcia, D-Albuquerque, said he intended to file a bill this year that would incrementally

increase the minimum wage for two years. Under Garcia’s plan, the wage would increase to $8.40 by mid-2017, then again to $9.20 in 2018. Once 2019 rolls around, the state’s minimum wage would kick up to $10.10 and then increase every year after that under the Consumer Price Index, but by no more than 4 percent. Garcia said he came up with this plan after talking to “small business folks” over the years. He maint a i ned t hat h is proposed cap on yearly Consumer Pr ice Index ad justments would appeal to the business community. “It won’t give small businesses heartburn because they can deal with that,” Garcia said. “It’s time shortened. Then they can adjust budgets and prepare for it.” Sa nt a Fe, A lbuquerque and Las Cruces have higher m i n i mu m wa ges on t he city level. They are $10.91, $7.75 a nd $8.4 0 per hou r respectively. Santa Fe and Bernalillo counties also have minimum wages higher than the state’s. Visit: nmpoliticalreport. com

AG: New Year, new number for ‘Keep Your Home New Mexico’ Staff Reports


LBUQUERQUE – If you are facing foreclosure or finding it hard to make your mor tgage pay ments, Keep Your Home New Mexico, a program run by the Office of the Attorney General may be able to help. Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Dec. 29 that the progra m has a new toll free number: 1-800-220-0350. By calling this number or by v isiting: www.keepyou rhomenew mex ico.org,


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in their homes. “Foreclosure can feel like

a hopeless, scary situation, but the worst thing you can do is nothing at all. Ignoring the problem will only make it worse so please contact Keep Your Home New Mexico if you need assistance,” Balderas said.   The most common causes for foreclosure problems are major illness, unemployment or d ivorce, but there a re countless other reasons as well. T he At t or ney G ener a l wants New Mexican families to know that just because they have fallen behind on

their mortgage does not mean that they need to lose their home. There are programs in place to assist homeowners get back on track and if they are truly no longer able to afford to stay in the home, programs also exist to help with a “graceful exit.” Help is available, including mortgage company programs that can reduce your payment or help you through a temporary financial crisis. If you are facing foreclosure, Balderas urges you to take action by contacting Keep Your Home New Mexico. NEWS

NM Environment Heinrich Statement On House Republicans’ Public Department Lands Transfer Rule Change to ensure safe reopening at WIPP Staff Reports


ASHINGTON – U.S. S en at or Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of t he Senate Energ y a nd Nat u ra l Resou rces Committee, released the following statement Jan. 4 on the passage of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Ru les Package, which included a rule change that will make it easier for Congress to give away public lands: “House Republica ns s l ipp e d a pr ov i s io n i nt o t hei r new r u le s t o m a ke it ea sier to give away ou r public lands – for free. This fiscally irresponsible move wou ld r ob t he A mer ic a n people of the outdoor places they have enjoyed for generations.

Sen. Martin Heinrich “Proponents of land giveaway bills that would transfer our public lands to states fa i l t o a ck nowled ge t h at many of these lands would be turned over to the highest

bidder a nd t h a t We s t er n taxpayers would be saddled with the costs of overseeing the rest. This would result in a proliferation of locked gates and ‘No Trespassing’ sig n s i n places t hat have been open to the public and used for generations. A nd it would devastate outdoor traditions like hiking, hunting, ca mping, a nd f ish ing that are among the pillars of Wester n cu lt u re a nd a thriving outdoor recreation economy. “I k now A mer ica ns a re ready to join me in fighting back against any effor t to seize our lands or to undo the legacy of over a century of con ser v at ion pol ic y. I can’t think of anything more f u nd a ment a l ly A mer ic a n tha n defending the public land we all own and love.”

Tables turn on Metro Dispatch employee By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


McK i n ley Cou nt y employee was jailed and later released Dec. 25 from the McK i n le y C o u n t y A d u l t Detention Center on a misdemeanor assault on a household member charge, records show. Patrick Woods, 42, deputy director at Metro Dispatch, was arrested early Christmas morning after Gallup police were dispatched to his West Jefferson residence. Upon arrival, they found Woods, a 44-year-old woman, and their 22-year-old son in the living room of the home, according to a police report on the matter by Gallup Police Officer Joe Roanhorse. “(The son) stated that he saw his father pick up a chair and throw it at his mom,” the report reads. “(The son) stated his parents argued for a while at which time his [mom] NEWS

Patrick Woods threatened to leave.” The son said he became so upset that he grabbed his father and put him in a headlock to try and restrain him. The two struggled and his son sustained a scratch on his face. No visible injuries were sustained by Woods, the police report states. Woods told Roanhorse that

the argument started when the woman (mother) picked up his cell phone and started to go through it. The son said he believed that his mom began hitting Woods and the chair was picked up as a defense mechanism and not to injure someone. “(The mother) stated the chair did hit her face and caused her glasses to fall off,” Roanhorse wrote in the police report. McKinley County Attorney Doug Decker said that the county human resources director, the county manager and the director at Metro Dispatch were aware of the Woods domestic situation and have met over the matter. The police report states that the parties involved were “slightly intoxicated.” The woman said she did not wish to press any kind of formal charges, the police report reads. The incident happened at 2:23 am, according to the police report.

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ANTA FE –The New Mexico Environment D e p a r t m e n t acknowledged t he i r r ole i n e n s u r i n g a sa fe reopening of the U.S. D e p a r t m e n t of E n e r g y ’s Wa s t e I s o l a t i o n P i l o t Pla nt (W IPP) in Ca rlsbad, while recognizing the first emplacement of transuranic waste into the underground repository. A press release addressing the reopening was sent out to media groups Jan. 4. Fo l l o w i n g a f i r e a n d separate radiological event that closed the facilit y i n Febr u a r y 2014, t he New Mex ico Env ironment Depa r tment bega n a comprehen sive i nve st igat ion, and led effor ts to hold the DOE accountable. Today’s waste emplacement marks the first waste t o be d i s po s ed of i n t he WIPP underground since the 2014 incidents. “This is a big step in the right direction. For nearly three yea rs, we have held t h e fe d e r a l g o v e r n m e n t a ccou nt able a nd en su red that they i mplemented the cor rective actions pre scr ibed. T he se a ct iv it ie s were succe s sf u l a nd allowed us to give the green l ig ht to open it ba ck up,” New Mex ico Env ironment

NM Environmental Dept. Secretary Butch Tongate S ecret a r y But ch Tongat e said. “As we move forward, we’re going to continue to closely monitor operations at W IPP to en su re a sa fe reopen i ng of t h is cr it ica l facility which is so important to our state and to our nation’s security. “At ever y step of the way du r i n g t he r e c over y, t he New Mex ico Env i ron ment Depa r tment wa s there, Tongate added. “ T he road a h e a d i n c lu d e s s t r o n ge r sa fet y pr a ct ice s, more robust emergency response c a pa bi l it ie s, s a fer t r a n s por t ation routes, a nd a bet t er fa ci l it y for ou r n a t i o n , a n d fo r a l l N e w Mex ic a n s, e s p e c i a l ly t he W IPP work force.”

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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports The legal limit is .08 Queena M. Kien Dec. 24, 3:11 am Aggravated DWI Kien, an Emergency Room nurse at Ga llup I n d i a n Medical Center, had t he t a ble s tu r ned on her when she crashed her vehicle on NM 118 at 1-40 exit 33. No other cars were involved in the wreck, McKinley County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Roxanne King stated in her report. Kien, 36, said that she had worked a 12-hour shift and fell asleep at the wheel, missing the exit. King noted that Kien had bloodshot, watery eyes and reeked of alcohol, but she initially denied having anything to drink. Paramedics, who knew her by first name, checked on her physical condition. Kien advised them that she was OK. King asked Kien if she had any other shoes in the vehicle as she was wearing high heels and a short black dress. “I advised Queena if she just got off work she would have a pair of shoes,” King stated. “Queena later changed her statement stating she got off

work then went home to Grants and came back.” Kien began the field sobriety tests with the heels on, but eventually took them off, opting for bare feet. Kien also admitted to having “one bottle” at Coal Street Pub between 6-7 pm. Being barefoot didn’t help matters any during the tests, and Kien was promptly arrested. From there, Kien refused to take the breath tests and asked to go to the hospital to be checked for a head injury, saying that she blacked out during the crash, despite telling paramedics that she was fine. She was taken to a hospital for an exam and cleared and booked for the aggravated DWI. “Based on my training and experience I believe Queena was doing the run around to keep from going to jail and having knowledge of the process from working in the Emergency Room at GIMC,” King reported. Emerson M. Brody Dec. 23, 4:47 pm 3rd DWI, Aggravated M C S O Deputy Ivan Tsethlikai i n it iated a traffic stop on Brody for speeding. He was driving 78 mph i n a 55 mph in the slow lane of northbound U.S. 491.

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nearly collide with another truck at the intersection of Arnold and Aztec. When Gaona initiated his sirens to conduct a traffic stop, Maldonado kept trucking, even rolling through a stop sign. He then headed toward Chaparral Mobile Inn at 1501 W. Aztec, speeding up and fishtailing through the snow. Maldonado came to a stop in front of space 70. Gaona noted that Maldonado’s head was swaying from side to side and that he showed the signs of intoxication. He told Gaona that he had one beer, then changed it to four beers, and changed his story again to say that he had three beers and a shot. He blew a .158 on the portable breath test machine. During a search, another officer found an open minature bottle of “99 Berries” in his pocket. Maldonado blew a .12, when he took the breath test at the police station.

NM State Police New Years enforcement activity Staff Reports

This New Year’s weekend was a busy time for the New

Mexico State Police. From noon Dec. 31, till 8 am Jan. 1, officers were out in force to ensure that the citizens of New Mexico, as

well as those traveling to and from our great state, were safe. Below is a breakdown of the enforcement activity.

Total Crashes Investigated 35 Number of Fatal Crashes 0 Number of Alcohol Related Crashes 5 Number of Commercial Motor Vehicle Related Crashes 9 Number of Fatalities 0 Number of Unrestrained Fatalities 0 Number of Citations Written 1013 Number of Commercial Motor Vehicle Citations 55 Number of DWI Citations 22 Number of Moving Violations 721 Nu mber of Non -Mov i n g V iol a t ion s 3 8 3 Number of Seatbelt Citations 24 Number of Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspections 132 Number of Commercial Motor Vehicle Out-of-Service Drivers 11 Number of Commercial Motor Vehicle Out-of-Service Vehicles 35 Number of Drug Related Arrests 8

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Tsethlikai noted the strong odor of alcohol wafting from the car. When Brody spoke, he was incoherent and slurring his speech, according to the report. Brody, 34, bypassed the field sobriety tests and turned around so he could be handcuffed. Tsethlikai placed him into the back of his patrol unit, where he promptly passed out. Peterson Yazzie Dec. 21, 6:59 pm 2nd DWI T w o shots of “F i reba l l” l i q u o r l a n d e d Ya z z ie h i s s e c o n d offense. He was pulled over by Gallup

Police Department Officer Dominic Molina for expired plates. Molina could also smell the odor of booze emanating from the Ford Bronco that Yazzie drove. Yazzie was driving with a suspended license due to not showing up in court. He failed the field sobriety tests, and refused to take the portable breath test, saying “I’m already in trouble because I was drinking.” He did eventually agree to take the required tests, and blew a .15 twice. Gary Maldonado Nov. 28, 4:06 pm 3rd DWI G P D Sgt. Benny Gaona was on patrol when he witnessed the tr uck Ma ldonado was driving

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DINE AND DASH 1/3, GALLUP W e l l , maybe this seemed like a fun thing to do when you were about 16, but no fun for servers and business owners. And it’s a crime. This didn’t stop Dewayne Yazzie, 49, though, from giving it a shot at the east side Denny’s. A server approached MCSO Deputy Merlin Benally as he fueled up his patrol unit at the nearby Shell gas station on Hwy 66. The server had caught up with Yazzie inside of the convenience store. He dined, then dashed from a $6.66 ticket. He was booked for falsely obtaining services.

BEAT FOR A GOOD DEED 1/1, YAHTAHEY McKinley C o u n t y Sher i f f ’s O f f i c e D e p u t y Johnson Lee was dispatched to Palm Harbor Homes in reference to a man dragging a female around by the hair in the parking lot. He was also delivering some blows to her face as well. When Lee caught up with the couple, he noted in his report that the woman’s face was bloodied. In the back, passenger side seat sat Kendall Roan. He was quickly detained so Lee could get the victim’s side of the story. The 21-year-old woman said Continued from page 10 Lorenzo A. Madrid 12/26 Johnson Lee 12/25 Jackson Nez 12/24 Layne M. Platero Tony R. Thomas Albert L. Graham 12/23 NEWS

Roan was driving while intoxicated, so she asked him to pull over and let her drive. She said that he pulled over, but began hitting her instead of complying with her rational request. From there, it turned into a full-blown assault. Roan, 21, had cuts and blood on his hands and refused to speak to Lee. He was booked for battery against a household member.

HAIR PULLING, REALLY MEN? 12/27, GAMERCO Deputy Lee was called to to 904 Cascade Loop, which i nvolved a man pulling a wom a n’s hair. W hen Lee arrived at the residence, he saw Isidro Encinias pulling on a female victim and witnesses trying to pull him off of her. Lee grabbed his arm, and Encinias turned away and attempted to run off. “I noticed Isidro’s eyes to be red and his face was sweaty, unknown if he was on some sort of drug,” Lee stated in his report. Encinias, 27, fought and kicked as deputies dragged him away from the scene. He even bit at Lee’s right pant leg. Once he was placed in the patrol unit, he began kicking and banging his head so deputies placed him shackles for his own safety. He was taken to the hospital, and Lee noted that when he searched Encinias pockets he found a glass pipe “believed to be used for smoking meth,” a small baggie, a cut straw, and a thin metal pipe that appeared to have some residue and burn marks on one end. Melanie M. Nashboo Brian Siow 12/22 Nathaniel Benally Wilbert Billy 12/21 Tom Maccleaon 12/20 Charles Martinez 12/5 Davidson Tso Michael D. Suazo

Lee found seven shot gun shells in another pocket. He was charged with battery on a peace officer, assault and battery against a household member, resisting, evading or obstr ucting an officer, criminal damage to property, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

DOG KILLER 12/22, THOREAU A Thoreau woman must be heartbroken after one of her

dogs was shot to death outside of the post office as she collected her mail. And to boot, the unknown assailant discharged his firearm at a federal property. MCSO Lt. James Maiorano was dispatched to the scene, but prior to arriving he spoke to Postmaster Curtis Gill by phone about the situation. Gill told Maiorano that the dog was shot and thrown in the dumpster, and the owner of the dog had already left the scene with her two other dogs. When he arrived, he noted in his report that there was a trail of red blood from near the front door, leading him to the dumpster where he noticed blood splatter marks.


He took photos of the dog in the dumpster and of the area. A trash truck came after his investigation, and emptied the dumpster with the dog inside. Gill gave a description of the white male that shot the dog. He was wearing a grey jacket, blue Wranglers and boots. A woman with the shooter yelled that the dog had almost bit her. Both subjects jumped into a grey jeep and drove off. “I attempted to contact the Postal Inspectors as I believe this constitutes a federal offense,” Maiorano stated in his report. “The carrying and discharging of a firearm on post office property is federally prohibited.”



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OPINIONS Health Action New Mexico denounces first steps in Congress to repeal Affordable Care Act By Health Action New Mexico “A vote for the bill that repeals the Affordable Care Act is a vote to take insurance away from 30 million Americans and 266,000 New Mexicans.” Albuquerque, NM, January 3, 2017 – Today, Health Action New Me x ic o de nou nc e d Congress’s first step in their

plan to rush through a health care repeal bill that will take away health insurance from tens of millions of Americans and increase health care premiums for millions more. With the introduction of the budget resolution today repealing the Affordable Care Act, Republicans set in motion a process that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, all without so much as a suggestion

of a real plan to replace it. In New Mexico alone, this would cause 266,000 to lose health insurance, which would mean a 136% increase in the number of New Mexicans. Nationwide, repealing the Affordable Care Act without an immediate replacement plan will cause 30 million people to lose their health coverage. Barbara Webber, Executive Director of Health Action New


Mexico, said, “We are deeply dismayed that Congressional Republicans are rushing ahead to tear apart our health care with no replacement plan of any kind. By lighting the fuse on this repeal and “replace” plan, they are starting the timer on a dangerous process that will bring substantial harm to millions of American families. “Congress’ repeal now, replace later approach requires

blind trust. But based on their track record so far, we simply don’t believe that promise. “Without a clear replacement plan, a vote for the bill that repeals the Affordable Care Act is a vote to take insurance away from 30 million Americans and 266,000, and we urge our representatives and



Today the Moon is Void Of Course, but that’s no excuse to ignore your New Year’s Resolutions. If you’ve made new goals, see this as an opportunity to focus on one new change. Madame G recommends slow and consistent effort. Instead of making huge goals aim to be a good person, enjoy family, or feel rich. What’s your bliss? Begin the search now. Enjoy!

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Look towards the future. Don’t get bogged down in pettiness. You really don’t need to cry over spilled milk. You’ve a unique journey that no one else could accomplish, but it’s up to you to find the path and live it. Consider taking college courses and learn a new skill. If that’s not available, consider listening to business podcasts or visit the local library. Your future awaits!

If you’re hiding in your house and too afraid to leave, consider taking action. Is your house livable? Maybe you’re too attached to objects. You may want to read Marie Condo’s bestselling book, The Life Changing Magic of Tiding Up. You can also watch her on YouTube. What makes you happy and what doesn’t? Find your bliss. Good luck!

Do you believe in Karma? If you’ve been putting out bad energy you’re going to get it back. Anger is understandable, but it’s never okay to actively harm another. Consider finding your bliss. Take action and work on discovering your own happiness. You’ll soon realize that when you work on your own happiness others follow. Show love! You’ll feel better.

Is your life full of bliss and joy? If it doesn’t take a long hard look in the mirror. You only have one person to blame for your unhappiness—it’s you. No one is responsible for helping, caring, or taking care of you. If you haven’t found it start looking. Read new books, listen to podcasts, or simply try a new experience. Try one new thing a week. You’ve got this!

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

Your life is a maze. Is a minitour waiting somewhere in the middle? If you feel, in danger or that your life is a tragedy—it might be time for change. Madame G suggests you begin slowly. Consider changing your behavior first. If you want to lose weight, you must first believe you can. Then take massive action. Is there a marathon in your future? You’ve totally got this!

You light up a room and bring happiness everywhere. You’re living the life you want and if you’re not—change it. This is an excellent opportunity to let go of objects that no longer serve. Remove old objects and bring in the new and let go of hoarding. Consider watching Minimalism on Netflix. Enjoy your life and share your wisdom. Bliss is possible!

This is the year of massive action. Your life is an adventure just waiting for you. Take time and appreciate every aspect. What area of your life is neglected? Focus on one thing to change. Maybe you need a healthier lifestyle, more fun, or more time with the kids. Whatever the case write down your goals and get going. The time is now. There is no tomorrow. Do it NOW!

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Everyone you meet is a potential mentor, friend, lover, or enemy. That is the thrill, joy, and tragedy of life. Only you can determine where each person exists catergorically. Only you can determine the course of your feelings. If someone doesn’t value you—you must value yourself. Take charge of your emotions. Go on retreat and learn new coping skills. You’ll be glad you did. OPINIONS

What’s up? Maybe you’re heading down the right path and maybe you’re not, only you can tell. Whatever path you take it’s important not to lose contact with friends and family. Remember that there are those in life who are there during the good times, but they’re not there during the rough patches. Look out for the people who last. They’re the ones you need in life. Do more with less.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Hello fellow traveler! Are you headed on a journey of the soul, mind, or body? Perhaps you’re learning a new skill or participating in the lives of your children. Take time and discover what makes you happy and brings you joy. Show others through your actions what is the best way to live (your own way). You may want to read books on entrepreneurship and taking action. GO!

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Try anything new lately? If you haven’t, consider making your home blissful. The Danish have an interesting practice called Hygee. It’s the art of making your home cozy and wonderful in order to get through the rough winter months. If you find yourself in a funk or you’ve suddenly got writers block, make your house hygee. Clean out the junk and bring in the warmth. Have fun!

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) You may feel a bit lonely this year. Don’t focus on being alone. What can you do in order to find your bliss? Maybe you’re working on a book. Maybe you’ve finished. Pick a goal, one goal, and work on it all year long. Even if you forget about it until July, pick it up then and keep working. Whatever the case you’ll be closer than you’ve ever been to a dream. Live big! You’ve got this!

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Rural development grant program fosters job growth By Finance New Mexico


onprofit organizations and government agencies in r u ra l com mu n ities have economic development funds at their fingertips through the Rural Business Development Grant program (RBDG) of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. The program is designed to support job creation and economic development efforts of nonprofits and public entities, though small and emerging private businesses can access those funds for certain projects. Eligible applicants include state and local governments, Indian tribes, nonprofits and public and private nonprofit higher education institutions in communities with 50,000 or fewer residents. Eligible projects include job training, feasibility studies, land development, rural business incubators and more. In November, the Mescalero Apache Tribe received $99,900 to conduct a market feasibility study and forest assessment for the Mescalero Forest Products mill. The mill’s closure eight years ago resulted in a significant loss of jobs and revenue for the tribe. RBDG funds will

help the tribe take the steps necessary to reopen the mill, which is expected to create 48 jobs at the site and 110 to 145 additional jobs in related industries. Another recent grant recipient is the Northwest Council of Governments, which received $25,000 in December to help pay for a job training program in Grants. The program, called Solo Works, gives participants the skills needed to do telemarketing from their homes. Solo Works graduates will be able to contract with national firms and remain in their communities, no matter how remote. The RBDG-funded

project is overseen by Cibola Com mu n it ies Econom ic Development Fou ndat ion and comes at a time when Cibola County is in need of job creation. Grant funds can be spent on the development of any private business that employs 50 or fewer new employees and has less than $1 million in projected gross revenues. The law prohibits private businesses from receiving direct grants, but money can go to a nonprofit or government agency that sets up a revolving loan fund to lend money to a private business. There is no maximum level of grant funding, but requests

for smaller amounts get top priority. Applications are evaluated based on the proposed project’s consistency with local development priorities and evidence of potential job creation. The program also favors projects that support specific goals of the Rural Development agency and the USDA, its parent department. These projects promote renewable energy, local food systems and value-added agriculture, rural cooperat ives, bu si nes ses owned by minorities or women-owned businesses in counties where poverty is persistent: Catron, Cibola, Dona Ana,

Guadalupe, Luna, McKinley, Mora, Rio Arriba, Roosevelt, San Juan, San Miguel, Socorro and Taos counties. Economic need in the area to be served is a USDA Rural Development priority. The Rural Development dept. is currently taking applications for RBDG assistance. To check eligible areas, visit: eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov will be accepted until April 28. The RBDG progra m is administered through the USDA’s New Mexico office. Additional information on this and other rural programs is available by contacting Jesse Bopp at 505-761-4952 or by visiting: www.rd.usda.gov USDA Rural Development’s mission is to increase econom ic oppor t u n it y a nd improve the quality of life for rural residents. It fosters growth in home-ownership, finances and business development and supports the creation of critical community and technology infrastructure. 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. To learn more, go to: www. FinanceNewMexico.org

Governor: low-income cancer patients, survivors need continued access to meaningful health insurance By American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Inc.


he American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) sent a letter to Governor Susana Martinez today expressing concerns that proposed changes to federal financing of the Medicaid program currently being discussed in Congress could impact cancer patients and survivors in New Mexico who depend on the program for their care. The letter was sent to select governors invited to attend a Medicaid meeting led by the Senate Finance Committee later this month. A statement from Chris Hansen, president of ACS CAN, follows: “As Governor Martinez and members of Congress consider


possible changes to federal financing of the Medicaid program, it is critically important that low-income cancer patients, survivors and those at risk of the disease don’t face any gap in coverage of prevention or treatment. “ACS CAN has serious concerns about how alternative financing proposals being considered by Congress – specifically block grants and per capita caps – could impact cancer patients and survivors who depend on Medicaid for their care. These approaches could end up costing New Mexico more and could jeopardize access to care for the state’s most vulnerable, low-income cancer patients and survivors. “Fixed federal payments based on projected expenses or number of enrollees can ultimately leave states on the

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hook for unexpected costs, largely due to the unpredictability of health care costs. In addressing the shortfall, states often cut funding and services or increase cost sharing for enrollees – negatively impacting patients who rely on the program for care. “Any increases in cost-sharing deter low-income patients from getting medical care. Studies show that individuals are less likely to seek health services, including life-saving preventive screenings, when they must pay for those services out-of-pocket. For a person with cancer, enrollment freezes, waiting lists and out-of-pocket cost-sharing could mean that a cancer diagnosis is delayed, resulting in a later-stage diagnosis when treatment costs are higher and survival is less likely. “Block grants and capping

Medicaid reimbursement costs per enrollee raise serious issues about New Mexico’s Human Services Department’s ability to offer low-income New Mexicans quality, afforda ble a nd compr ehen sive health care coverage, particularly for those suffering from cancer.“ACS CAN asks that Governor Martinez consider the effects that certain funding changes to Medicaid will have not only on New Mexico’s finances but also on cancer patients and survivors in the state. “We are confident that Governor Martinez and her administration are committed to preserving access to quality, affordable and comprehensive health coverage for New Mexico’s low-income cancer patients, survivors and those at risk of cancer. “ACS CAN stands ready to

work with Governor Martinez, the New Mexico legislature and members of Congress to eliminate death and suffering from cancer by ensuring cancer patients and survivors in your state have access to uninterrupted and meaningful health insurance coverage.” ACS CAN, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer S o c i e t y, s u p p o r t s e v i dence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major hea lth problem. ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN gives ordinar y people extraordinary power to fight cancer with the training and tools they need to make their voices heard. Visit: www.acscan.org OPINIONS

COMMUNITY NCI powwow: No shortage of culture at New Year’s event By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


he sounds and sights of Native American culture pulsed through the crowd Dec. 31 as folks from various tribes took part in the 17th annual New Yea r’s Eve Sobr iet y Gourd Dance and Powwow at Miyamura High School. The event, which is put on by Na’n i hzhoozh i Inc., com mon ly ca l led NCI, attracted participants from greater McKinley County and beyond. “It’s one of the best turnouts that I have ever seen for the event,” coordinator Kevin Foley said. “I think everyone here enjoyed themselves.” Ymelda Coriz of Tsaile, Ariz., was named Miss NCI 2017 Powwow Princess. Coriz attends Many Farms High School in Many Farms, Ariz. The evening progressed as

on looker s wa ited for the drum circle to begin. At what seemed like complete synchronicity, bells fastened to the regalia of many male and female participants as they took steps marching to the beat of the drums. Tommy Lasiloo, 25, who is from Zuni Pueblo and goes by the nickname “Little Buck,” said the event shows that Native Americans and the culture are not dead. “We’re still here,” he said. “Just look at this.” Foley estimated the crowd to be a little more than 2,000. Since she was born, Anna Bia, 7, of Window Rock, has taken part in the dances and grand entries at the annual NCI powwow. “I really like this,” Bia said. “That’s why I come here every year with my parents.”


New Year’s revelers pose together for a selfie at the NCI Gourd Dance and Powwow at Miyamura High School. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons

Thunderbird food drive provides dinners, X-Mas joy FOOD GOES TO JIM HARLIN PANTRY, THEN TO THE NEEDY

ret a i l sa les ma nager at Thu nderbird, sa id. Tor rez over sees t he col lection effor t. “From what we get, we then give it to the Jim Ha rlin Communit y Pa ntr y and they distribute it.” Tor r e z , who’s b e e n involved with the collection effort for several years, said t he store col lect s ca n ned a nd d r y food s a nd “mo st a ny t h i ng else t hat people com i ng t h roug h t he door want to give.” That amounts to more than 4,000 pounds of food, he said, adding, “It’s a good deed to do at t h is time of year.” Alice Perez, the executive

By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


ver y ye a r, for a s long a s a nyone ca n rememb e r, t he fol k s a t Thunderbird Supply, 1907 W. Historic Highway 66, have put on a food drive to help out those in need during the Christmas Holidays. T h i s ye a r, o r g a n i z e r s thought the economic uncertainties of 2016 might mean a not-so-lengthy yield. But what was collected i n t he store over a t h ree month period was more than what was expected. “It ’s s omet h i n g we do p a r t ic u l a r l y d u r i n g t h i s time of yea r,” Leo Tor rez,


Thunderbird Supply Co. donated 4,899 lbs of food to Community Pantry, and raised $2,699 for a donation to the nonprofit organization. From left: Front Sales Manager Leo Torrez, customer Rosco Scott, Front Sales Associates Karen Shorty and Tanya Begay, and customer Kenneth Jones, Jr. pose in front of some of the donated goods. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons


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Girl Scouts call for volunteers

Senators to stand with the New Mexicans worried about losing their health care and vote against this dangerous plan.”

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irl Scouts of New Mexico Trails is looking for several volunteers; come to the following event to learn more about volunteering and to see Girl Scouts in action. These events are for adults only. • Troop Meeting at Church of the Holy Spirit (1334 Country Club Drive) in Gallup on Friday, January 6 at 5:30pm. • Troop Meeting at Church of the Holy Spirit (1334 Country Club Drive) in Gallup on Friday, January 20 at 5:30pm. • Girl Scout Explora! Day at First Baptist Church in Gallup on Saturday January 21 at 10:00 am. There are many ways to volunteer for the Girl Scouts, in addition to serving as a troop leader or a ssista nt leader. Dads, empty-nesters, young adults and professionals are encouraged to become Girl Scout volunteers, a news release said. Free training and support is provided by council staff and experienced volunteers. Annual membership is


*WHAT’S AT STAKE FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES? $15 for adults. In the Gallup area, we have nearly 20 girls registered who are waiting for troop leaders and another 16 girls waiting to join. Let me tell you my story:  My Girl Scout story began in the 1st grade whe n I joined Troop 956 at Eubank Elementary. We would have to wear our Girl Scout uniforms to school on the day of meetings. I was so proud to wear my Girl Scout uniform, my brown jumper, Brownie button-up shirt, and Brownie sash (which I still have). My favorite badge to earn was the Dancer badge. I remember going to a dance studio and learning different dances from a dance instructor. This was a special trip for me because I always wanted to take dance classes

but my parents could not afford them. Now as a Girl Scout staff member, that is what I think about when I describe Girl Scouts – we are organization that provides opportunities for girls that they might not always get. I do not know how many times I have heard the words “this is my first time…” as a Girl Scout staff member and volunteer and it brings joy to me because I know these girls are creating memories that will last them a lifetime. Help us give these girls in our community the Girl Scout experience that they want and that they deserve. For more i n for m at ion about registering, contact Recr uitment & Retention Specialist Clarissa Yatsattie at (505) 923-2510 or cyatsattie@ nmgirlscouts.org

· 3 0 m i l l i o n Americans would lose health coverage, more than doubling the number of uninsured Americans. .  82 percent  of those who would lose coverage are in working families. ·Hea lt hc a re prem iu m s would increase by more than 50% for millions of Americans. ·The number of uninsured children in America would more than double, leaving an additional 4 million children uninsured. ·Ta ke hea lt h covera ge away from millions of low and moderate income Americans b y c u t t i n g f u n d i n g fo r Medicaid expansion. Nearly 13 million Americans would lose Medicaid or CHIP coverage alone. ·Because of the chaotic r ipple effect of repealing the Affordable Care Act, an “additional 7.3 million people become uninsured because of the near collapse” of the individual insurance market.


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director at the Jim Ha rlin C om mu n it y Pa nt r y, s a id the collection effort is definitely appreciated. She said about once a week – somet i mes more – Com mu n it y Pa ntr y tr ucks br ing loads of the donated food across t ow n f r o m T h u n d e r b i r d Supply. “ It ’s s ome t h i n g t h a t ’s done for people who need it,” Perez said. “If we have a n e xc e s s a t t he e nd of December, then we continue our distribution effort.” T hu nderbi rd donates t he la rge boxes neces sa r y t o hold t he food it em s. W hen t he sor t i ng i s com plete on t he ot her end, Tor r e z a nd Per e z e s t i m a t e t h a t enou g h food i s col lec t ed t o feed more t h a n 2 0 0 fa m i l ie s a rou nd McK i n ley Cou nt y – wh ich i s wh at col lec t ion ef for t s have averaged over t he yea r s, Tor rez sa id.

·The near “death spiral” in the individual market “is likely to occur immediately after the reconciliation bill’s provisions take effect.” ·Repeal would increase taxes on millions of people who purchase their own insurance by more than $3,000 by abolishing healthcare tax credits. ·Repea l wou ld cut of f federal funds for Planned Parenthood health centers to provide birth control and other preventive care to millions of women. *Data courtesy of Urban Institute.

WHAT’S AT STAKE FOR NEW MEXICO? Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the uninsured rate in New Mexico has dropped from nearly 20% in 2010 to about 10% in 2015. If repealed, the number of uninsured New Mexicans would rise from 196,000 to 462,000. That means health coverage for 266,000 New Mexicans is at stake. It would also cause New Mexico to lose $27.9 billion in federal funding and uncompensated care costs would skyrocket. Low-and-moderate income families would be hit the hardest. V i s i t : w w w . HealthActionNM.org A ty pical food box consist of macaroni and cheese, flour, stuffing, mashed potat oe s, cor nbre a d – ever yt h i n g ne e d e d t o m a ke a large holiday dinner. “I t h i n k it a ver y n ice t h i n g w h a t T hu nd e r bi r d does,” Jeremy Yazzie, 35, of Gallup said. “For some people they ca n’t a fford a lot during the holidays or anyday for that matter. I know I appreciate it.” Torrez credits the store employees who volu nteer t hei r t i me t o s et up a nd ma n tables a nd who make the Thunderbird collection effort such a success. “We do this to help peop l e a t C h r i s t m a s t i m e ,” Ta nya Begay of Ga l lup, a Thunderbird worker, said. “It ’s somet h i ng t h at i s v e r y wo r t hw h i le t o d o,” added fellow Thu nderbird e m pl oy e e K a r e n S h o r t y, a lso of Ga l lup. “We t h i n k ever ybody who is a par t of this is so grateful,” the two said. COMMUNITY

‘Lion’ is a powerful true story RATING: ««« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 118 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun


very once in a while, a movie comes along that you can’t help but embrace. It may feature a by-the-numbers plot and be completely obvious in its manipulations, but somehow it all still works. Such is the case with Lion, a family drama/tearjerker that really got to me. This is remarkable, considering that as events were progressing I knew exactly what it was trying to do. This story (based on real events) begins with young Saroo (Sunny Pawar) a fiveyear old boy living in a remote village with his family in India. While looking for work with his brother on the rail yard, he accidentally boards a train and ends up traveling a distance of over 1600 kilometers. As an adult (played by Dev Patel) living in Australia, he begins using online maps and his own memories in an attempt to reconnect to his long lost family. The child playing the young version of Saroo is incredibly endearing and charismatic as he struggles to survive the slums of Calcutta and the many strangers out to manipulate and abuse him. And Patel is

Dev Patel, stars as Saroo, an Indian man that was adopted by Australian family after hopping a train as a boy and getting lost. In the film, he’s tracing his roots. Photo Credit: The Weinstein Co. exceptional as the adult version in the second half of the feature, perfectly communicating the complicated emotions one would possess from both losing your entire family and a significant part of your personal history. Patel gives an exceptional performance that plays off of the many sensations of being incomplete. They’re balanced with pangs of guilt that Saroo feels about how his caring, adopted family will react to his desire to reconnect with

his birth mother. It’s a difficult part to pull off, but the actor is extremely sympathetic and relatable. One particular scene, which involves an outburst of tears on several different levels as information is relayed to him over a period of a few minutes, is exemplary. Equally impressive is the photography. Whether it’s the beautiful locations, the lead character surrounded by butterflies near his remote village, or running through the streetlight corners of Calcutta, it


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all looks gorgeous. The score includes a simple but memorable piano melody that builds to help make the final act even bigger and more gut-wrenching. All the elements work together beautifully, building to a moving finale. Very little of this story is surprising. Yes, this is one of the weepy movies that has its characters in tears on several occasions. However, the performances, cinematography, score and editing all work together so effectively that the result is a completely engrossing

experience. As much as I knew exactly what was coming (and cursing myself for feeling so involved), I couldn’t help but fight back a few tears during the finale. In fact, I was actually grateful when a goofy end-credits pop song came on to return me to a more sharp-eyed state. What can I say? It just worked for me. This may not be the most original tale ever told, but when it is told this well, it doesn’t matter. Lion is a really special film that should engage all but the most cynical of viewers. 207 WEST COAL GALLUP 505.863.1250 www.elmorrotheatre.com Facebook @elmorrogallup




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‘A Monster Calls’ has great visuals, but won’t eke out many tears RATING: «« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 108 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun


ery recently, I saw a film that really got me watery-eyed, despite all my efforts to resist its effects. This week, another tear-jerker arrives in the form of A Monster Calls. It’s a beautifully made film with superb visual effects and is a noble attempt to examine the complicated emotions one can feel when a family member becomes ill. Yet for one reason or another, it just didn’t affect me the same way. Conor (Lewis MacDougall) is a teen living with his terminally ill and divorced mother (Felicity Jones). He’s struggling at school and is bullied by the kids around him. Events take a turn for the worse with the arrival of his stiff

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grandmother (Sigourney Weaver) who wants to make arrangements for the family’s future. Unexpectedly and like the Ghost of Christmas Past, Present and Future, a large tree comes to life (voiced by Liam Neeson) and reports that he will relay three tales to the boy, who will in turn share one of his own later. The tree and the stories he tells are beautiful to witness. With glowing red eyes, its root-tendrils wrap themselves around rooms and buildings. It’s impressive looking as are the visuals of the ground falling away around the kid in his nightmares. The fantastic tales of knights, dragons and various other characters are depicted using watercolor animations and they look equally stylish and impressive. Visually, it is a great-looking movie. Additionally, the themes are interesting. These aren’t simple tales of good and evil, rather reinforce the idea that people and their emotions are far more complicated and nuanced. In essence, the tree is helping the boy cope with his fears, frustrations, guilt and fury as his parent becomes sicker and sicker. And so Conor uses the fantastic creation to voice his own personal issues at the situation he finds himself in.

While it looks incredible, the film just didn’t impact me on an emotional level. Conor works through his problems by lashing out. While it is understandable in some respects, it isn’t the most appealing behavior for a lead even if we do learn why he’s doing this at a later point in the story. Weaver, sporting an English accent, seems a bit miscast as the grandmother. As such, it’s a little difficult to buy into or become as dramatically invested in their relationship as we should be. The finale involves a dose of the magical; it is too fantastic and ultimately feels like a bit of a stretch for a movie dealing with the realities of loss and grief. I enjoyed everything that the film was trying to do and appreciated it to some degree, but never became invested enough in the characters for it to resonate as strongly as it should. In many respects, it reminded me of Where the Wild Things Are, a motion picture that I admired watching more than I actually enjoyed. Yes, there’s a lot to like in A Monster Calls and it’s a decent film overall. However, the elements that come across as artificial prevented this reviewer from truly investing in the characters or their plight. COMMUNITY

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Jan. 6, 2017 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


appy New Year! Hope you enjoyed your time off, because the year has started with a number of big new releases on Blu-ray and DVD. We’ve got the highlights right here. So if you can’t make it to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!

BIG NEW RELEASES! Ac e t h e Case - In this family- f r ie nd ly myster y, a you ng g i rl t a kes her d o g fo r a walk on the st reet s of Manhattan and witnesses a kidnapping. When no one believes her, she decides to investigate it on her own, befriending an adult detective along the way. It received a limited release earlier in the year and critics weren’t fond of it. They stated that it was too dark and violent for tykes and the predictable plot wasn’t interesting enough for grownups. The movie stars Ripley Sobo, Lev Gorn and Susan Sarandon. At the Fork - The subject of this documentary is how animals are raised for human consumption. The interviewers do this by visiting various farms and talking with the families who raise cattle. Interestingly, the subjects also have complicated emotions about their work. Rev iews were ver y strong, stating that the movie’s balanced and sensitive handling of the various ethical conundrums involved made for an effective and subtle film. They praised it for advocating humane treatment towards all living things. Blair Witch - Wow, it has been 17 years since the original found-footage horror flick Blair Witch Project became a phenomenon. This direct sequel involves a new group of young kids investigating the history of the woods. Of course, they come across the same nastiness and must fend for their lives. Sadly, this follow-up didn’t create the same buzz among the press or COMMUNITY

audiences. While a few found it effectively creepy, most called it a predictable affair that followed the same beats and didn’t offer enough new twists. The cast includes James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez and Corbin Reid. Denial - Based on a true st or y, t h i s t a le revolve s around author and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt, who was sued for libel by a Holocaust denier. Shockingly, she must go to court and prove that the Holocaust actually happened against the defendant’s highpriced attorneys. Notices were very good for the drama. Some suggested that it was a bit lowkey and understated for their liking, but the vast majority described the movie as exceptionally well-performed, adding an unexpected sense of drama to the proceedings. Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall and Andrew Scott headline the feature. T h e Hollow - This independent thriller harks back to neo-noirs of the past. The stor y involves the strange death of US Congressman’s daughter in a small town. When the FBI is sent in to solve the crime, they must not only contend with their own psychological issues, but a town full of sinister figures with duplicitous motives. There are only a couple of reviews up for the movie, with most feeling that the lengthy running time dulls some of the suspense. At least it features some great performers, including William Sadler, Jeff Fahey, William Forsythe and James Callis. Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life - An introverted and creative teenager decides to strike back against his school’s rigid formatting by setting out to break all the rules and add a little spice to life. The Principal soon becomes the lead’s rival, attempting to stop the chaos. The press were split on the final results. About half referred to it as harmless fun in the spirit of 80s teen flicks, while the remainder complained that the story veered into sentiment and that the young cast deserved better

than the gags they were given. It stars Griffin Gluck, Lauren Graham and Rob Riggle. Mr. Pig - This small, independent drama involves a pig farmer who decides to take a road trip to Mexico. He’s joined by his estranged daughter and the two attempt to reconcile after he becomes ill. Reaction was reasonable for this little film. Several thought that it was an effectively modest and honest character study that featured an authentic look at real towns south of the border. However, a few found it slow and dull. All depends on your expectations, one guesses. The cast includes Danny Glover, Maya Rudolph and Joel Murray. Natura l Se l e cti o n - A newly arrived high-school student has trouble fitting in. He’s befriended by a studious female student as well as a popular girl who appears sociable and takes him under her wing. Of course, she has sinister intentions. This is a faith-based drama and it didn’t go over well with those reviewers who saw it. They called it stiff and stilted with some ridiculous twists amidst its soap-opera dramatics. It features Katherine McNamara, Anthony Michael Hall and Mason Dye. Operation Avalanche Set in 1967, this low-budget thriller adopts a found-footage approach. It involves CIA agents who pose as a NASA documentary crew to find a Russian saboteur within the space program. As events progress, they begin to uncover a deeper conspiracy. It garnered decent press from audiences at film festivals and with critics. Some found the premise silly and the shaky-cam photography irritating, but more believed that it was a fun “mockumentary” with a clever sense of humor that convincingly recreates an earlier era. It stars Matt Johnson (who also directed) and Owen Williams. Run the Tide - A young man goes on the run with his little brother after the pair learn that their abusive, drug-addicted mother has been released from prison and is trying to locate them. They head for the California coast with their mom and her ex-husband in pursuit. Reaction wasn’t great for this independent drama. Unfortunately, most felt that while competently put together,

the conflict felt forced and the feature played like a Lifetime TV-movie of the week. Taylor Lautner, Constance Zimmer and Kenneth Johnson lead the cast. T h e Shelter - This sm a l l horror picture i nvolve s a homeless widower down on his luck and looking for a shelter. Unfortunately, the welcoming home he discovers won’t let him leave; he finds himself locked in and trapped within its walls. Surprisingly, reviews weren’t half bad, complimenting the effort. Those who have seen it say that it’s a slow-burn, but features better-than-average performances. They also mentioned that the deeper themes resonate more strongly tha n most genre fare. It stars Michael Pare and Rachel G. Whittle.

BLASTS FROM THE PAST! There’s plenty of older titles arriving on Blu-ray this week. Enjoy movies that fall into the category of so-bad-they’regood? Some would classify Glitter (2001) as one of these. It stars Mariah Carey as singer who struggles with the difficulties of being a superstar. Mill Creek are releasing the disc, which means that while there won’t be many extras, it will be inexpensive to own (under $10, normally). They also have Gone in 60 Seconds (1974), the cult driving flick that features some of the most dangerous car stunts ever created. They’re all the more scary because a few of them were done on the fly in real traffic. It isn’t an incredible movie, but the driving is both thrilling and terrifying. This Blu-ray is newly restored, remastered and actually includes bonus interviews and rare footage behind-the-scenes. Kino have some interesting flicks debuting in high definition. The Internecine Project (1974) stars James Coburn as a newly promoted government advisor who plots to have the four persons who know about his shady past unwittingly kill another. Loophole (1954) is a

film-noir about a bank teller who is wrongly accused of theft. On the B-movie f r o n t , Str yker ( 1 9 8 3 ) is a Ma d Ma x/R oa d Warrior ripoff about a post-apocalyptic warrior who decides to help a group of Amazonian women fend of some nasty characters. It also features a lowrent car chase in just like the much-better films that inspired it. Might be good for a laugh, though. On a different note, Who? (1974) is a thriller starring Elliott Gould about a noted scientist who is kidnapped and taken to East Berlin. He escapes, but the hero must determine whether the man is who he says he is, or is a double agent with plastic surgery. Speak ing of Ma d Ma x inspired titles, Scorpion are releasing three action films on DVD that are also knock-offs of the hit film - and they’re al coming out under the banner of the Roger Corman’s Post-Nuke Collection. These flick were made in the Philippines (taking advantage of tax breaks during the 80s) and include the interchangeable Wheels on Fire (1985), Equalizer 2000 (1987) and The Sisterhood (1988). They’ll probably serve bad movie fans just fine, while others should stay far away.

YOU KNOW, FOR THE KIDS! If you like animated Barbie adventures, it looks like this is your big week. You’ll find the various titles intended for kids listed below. Ace the Case Barbie and the Diamond Door Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus Barbie: Princess Charm School Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper Barbie and the Secret Castle Barbie of Swan Lake Ba rbie a nd t he T h ree Musketeers Little Charmers: Ultimate Collection: Pose Little Charmers: Ultimate Collection: Hazel

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The Miyamura High Patriots wrestling team came out on top during their annual invitational meet Jan. 2.

Meet Results 1. Miyamura 2. Albuquerque Academy 3. Bloomfield 4. Gallup 5. Grants 6. Newcomb

Miyamura Patriot Max Aycock with the victory over Jacob Vigil of the Albuquerque Academy Chargers.

Miyamura and Albuquerque Academy team captains shake hands before the round.

Miyamura’s Max Aycock vs Jacob Vigil of Albuquerque Academy.

Miyamura’s Christian Coffee vs Newcomb Skyhawk Jawuan Charles.

Patriots fall to Valencia’s Jaguars PHOTOS BY RYAN HUDGEONS

The Miyamura girls basketball team lost their home non-conference game against Valencia by a score of 48-34 Jan. 3.

Miyamura’s Hannah Murphy (5) moves the ball past Valencia High’s Monique Baca (40).

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Valencia’s Alexa Sanchez (32) tries to pass the ball, but Sarah Gilmore (10) of Miyamura attempts the block. SPORTS

Lady Patriot Odessa Begay (20) up for the shot.

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here have been many full moons since I was a little boy but I recall a time when I overheard an intense conversation between my mother and her older brother Charles, my favorite but scary uncle. Uncle Charles was a hard man who worked construction, the tough sort of man who knew his way around the world but didn’t take kindly to others suggesting that he change the way he lived his life. It was rare for me to ever hear or see my mother cry. I was instantly afraid. After the door slammed shut I eased out to the kitchen where my mother sat with tears in her eyes. She told me that my uncle was very sick. Today I would describe his sickness as “comorbidity,” that is having two or more chronic diseases happening at the same time. My uncle was diagnosed with both lung cancer and diabetes from a life of smoking and poor eating habits. “Why doesn’t he change I asked” and my mother replied “some people are set in their ways.” I didn’t know it at the time but the phrase “some people are set in their ways” would stick with me and eventually have a hand in directing my career. When I think back to my Uncle Charles he was an iron man to me but as I matured I realize that as tough as he was, he and the type of people I had associated with being tough as nails, the iron men and women in our families and society were actually in danger. You see iron, which is a natural element has extraordinary uses but in its natural state iron can be very difficult to work with because it is basically a hard rock without much give or promise. Over the years that iron rock or those “who were set in their ways” came to represent the individuals with little or no flexibility. This is not to say that people should not stand for what they believe in or change course every time the wind blows, but instead recognize that every life is contained within the seasons of change. SPORTS

The body is never the same, as it changes year by year and moment by moment. If you cook at all you probably have a cast iron skillet stashed away somewhere, but once that cast iron skillet cracks it can never be put back together. The same is true of people. As we move forward in life we learn to respect the needs and rights of others, but for those set in their ways we can offer them an alternative – steel. Steel is an alloy and is stronger than iron. Steel in the form of health is the alloy we offer those we love, not to change them but to introduce elements into their lives that support the internal strength and fortitude they already have. Coach G Greg McNeil is a StrongFirst Instructor, Professional Strength & Conditioning coach, Licensed Clinical Counselor (LPCC), Life Coach, Author and the owner of Gallup School of Strength (www.gallupschoolofstrength.com)

GALLUP BENGALS Boys Basketball (2-8) 12/20: Piedra Vista @ Gallup 65-64 Girls Basketball (5-6) 01/03: Los Lunas @ Gallup 66-57 12/30: Gallup @ Cleveland 64-59 MIYAMURA PATRIOTS Boys Basketball (6-5) 12/30: Miyamura @ Santa Teresa 64-48 12/29: Miyamura @ Gadsen 46-42 Girls Basketball (4-9) 01/03: Valencia @ Miyamura 48-34 12/30: Valencia vs Miyamura 36-51 12/29: Miyamura vs. Bloomfield 34-40 REHOBOTH CHRISTIAN LYNX Boys Basketball (5-4) 01/03: Ramah @ Reho-

both 61-68 WINGATE BEARS Boys Basketball (4-6) 01/03: Wingate @ Zuni 67-47 12/28: Wingate @ Taos 39-57 12/27: Pojoaque Valley @ Wingate 65-46 Girls Basketball (9-4) 01/04: Crownpoint @ Wingate 39-81 01/03: Wingate @ Newcomb 53-38 12/22: Grants @ Wingate 58-60 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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CALENDAR COMMUNITY CALENDAR JAN. 6 - 12, 2017 FRIDAY Jan. 6 FREE COMPUTER CLASSES IN JANUARY 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. Today: Introduction to Computer Skills, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. FAMILY MOVIE Jan. 6 at 4 pm: a family film for everyone to enjoy. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. This week: The Rescuers

SATURDAY Jan. 7 BABY AND YOU Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services is offering childbirth education classes the first Saturday of the month beginning Jan. 7. Classes are from 9 am to 1 pm in the RMCH library, second floor. Classes are free. For more information, call Women’s Health unit at (505) 863-7026. NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION UNM-G 9:30-11:30 am: For all incoming freshmen including transfer students. UNM-G, Student Services and Tech Center Room 200, 700 Gurley Ave. MCKINLEY CITIZENS’ RECYCLING COUNCIL MEETING The monthly meeting will be held at 2 pm at the Red Mesa Center, 105 W. Hill Ave. The public is encouraged to attend to learn about recycling opportunities in our region, updates on residential Gallup curbside recycling, plans for recycling outreach and more. For more information, call Gerald / Millie (505) 722-5141 or Shafiq  (5-05) 227-7424.Check out

the MCRC web site recyclegallup.org  or call the City Solid Waste Department (505) 863-1212. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Overeater’s Anonymous 12-step meetings. Held every Sunday at 6 to 7 pm at the Hozho Center, 216 W. Maloney Ave. Open to anybody who has a desire to stop compulsive eating. Contact info. (505) 3075999, (505) 721-9208, or (505) 870-1483. SUNDAY Jan. 8 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. TAIZE SERVICE 4 pm: Join us for a special service as we enter the New Year — a time of rest, silence and spiritual refreshment. Take this opportunity to calm and quiet the soul before a new week begins. Music, chant, scripture, and candlelight are part of this hour held at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Boardman Drive (151 N.M. 564 near the Orleans Manor Apartments).  For more information, call Kathy Mezoff (505) 870-6136.

MONDAY Jan. 9 COFFEE WITH A COP 9 to 10:30 am: The community is invited to the library to enjoy a nice cup of coffee with officers from Gallup Police Department. Sit down with some of Gallup’s finest in an informal setting to visit, talk, drink coffee, and eat donuts. For more information, please contact the library or contact Francie Martinez, fmartinez@ gallupnm.gov, or Rosanne Morrissette, rmorrissette@ gallupnm.gov, or call the police department at (505) 863-9365.

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A student from Tobe Turpen Elementary speaks with confidence this past New Year’s Eve. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons

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helps family members understand and begin the grieving process after a loved one’s death so that they can begin to heal. Classes are free; pre-register by calling Robert at (505) 615-8053. YAH-TA-HEY WATER AND SANITATION DISTRICT BIENNIAL BOARD ELECTION Jan. 10 at the Navajo Estates Volunteer Fire Department from 11 am to 7 pm. 44 Estate Hwy. 264, Yah-ta-hey. FREE COMPUTER CLASSES IN JANUARY 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. Today: MS Excel Beginners Course, 3 – 5 pm, Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. DEMENTIA CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP Jan. 10 at 6:30 pm, Jan. 11 at 10 am: The load for caregivers is lightened when they can share with others on the same journey and receiving practical tips and help to care for their patient. Classes are available at no charge and those attending are asked to pre-register by calling Robert at (505) 615-8053. WEDNESDAY Jan. 11 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 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. Starts: 5 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. NEW YEAR NEW MOVIES 5:30 pm: Free weekly film. Popcorn provided. Octavia CALENDAR

Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. Film: Ben Hur (2016) SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS DYING, HOW DO YOU COPE? 6:30 - 7:30 pm: For family members and caregivers of those struggling with a terminal illness of a loved one. We learn that the grieving process actually starts before a death has actually occurred. Classes are free; pre-register by calling Robert at (505) 6158053. THURSDAY Jan. 12 CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) Fun crafts for the whole family (all ages). Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. This week: Worm book marker

ONGOING 30TH JANUARY SERIES AT CALVIN COLLEGE From Jan. 4 through Jan. 24, Rehoboth Christian Reformed Church will be one of 50 remote webcast locations worldwide to broadcast one of the nation’s leading lecture and cultural arts series. The January Series lectures will be video streamed live at Rehoboth Christian Reformed Church (30 Tse Yaaniichii Lane, Rehoboth) from 10:30 am. Covenant Fine Arts Center, 12:30 – 1:30 pm. Free. For a full list of speakers, dates, topics, visit calvin.edu/january-series/speakers. ARTSCRAWL ArtsCrawl is held the second Saturday of every month from 7 to 9 pm, downtown Gallup. Not held January and February. CARS N COFFEE (ON BREAK) 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. CITY OF GALLUP’S SUSTAINABLE GALLUP BOARD The City of Gallup’s Sustainable Gallup Board meets on first Monday each month from 3 to 5 pm at the Octavia Fellin Library. When those Mondays are holidays, the meetings are on the second Monday. Community members concerned about conservation, energy, water, recycling and other environmental issues are welcome. Call Bill Bright at (505) 7220039 for information. 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. OPEN-MIC NIGHT Wednesdays: 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) 7225142 or visit Recylegallup. org. Note: Not held in December SAVE THE DATE FREE COMPUTER CLASSES IN JANUARY 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. Jan. 13: Introduction to the Internet, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. FAMILY MOVIE Jan. 13 at 4 pm: a family film for everyone to enjoy. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. This week: Angry Birds Movie CROWNPOINT NAVAJO RUG AUCTION  Jan. 13: Rug Weavers register and check in their rugs at 4pm. Rug displays begin thereafter. The auction begins at 7 pm. Visit crownpointrugauction.com. UNDERSTANDING AND PLANNING FOR A FUNERAL OR CREMATION Jan. 14, 10 am – noon.  Learn what options are available. Classes are free; pre-register by calling Robert at (505) 615-8053. UNDERSTANDING HOSPICE Jan. 14, 2 - 4 pm.  Hospice can provide many benefits to help a person and their

family when they have been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Classes are free; pre-register by calling Robert at (505) 615-8053. BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP Jan. 17 at 6:30 pm, Jan. 18 at 10 am: Grief is an individual journey, but it can be made easier when shared with others going through the same process and you learn how to grieve. Classes are free; pre-register by calling Robert at (505) 615-8053. TALKING SERVICE: READING AND DISCUSSION GROUP FOR VETERANS Beginning Jan. 17 at 6:30 pm, the library hosts Tuesday night sessions for veterans to discuss readings from the book, Standing Down. The New Mexico Humanities Council and Great Books Foundation have collaborated to sponsor Talking Service: A Reading and Discussion Program for Veterans in six sessions. Registration is required and is open only to veterans. To register, contact the library at (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@ gallupnm.gov. For more info, contact Joe Lacayo at (505) 399-8197. GALLUP INVENTS! Feb. 8: A workshop for inventors and innovators. Find out about the many resources available in New Mexico. 1-4 pm, Gallup Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room, 106 W. Hwy. 66, (505) 722-7220. IT’S A GENERATIONAL THING March 11, ArtsCrawl: Chaco Canyon is turning 110 years old! Mark the occasion with Symphony Chaco, presented by the Gallup Community Concert Association, and have some intergenerational fun with student art shows, family-friendly hands-on workshops, and glimpses into historic downtown Gallup. 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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In Honor of MLK: As a Class, Create a Martin Luther King, Jr. Collage Submit entry to Mall Office by 5pm on Monday January 16th Collages will be on display January 17th-22nd. Vote on Facebook Winning classroom collage will be announced January 23rd


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