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District 3 Councilor Yogash Kumar has two candidates vying for his seat. File Photo By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent

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wo people have filed to challenge Yogash Kumar for a District 3 city council seat, while Linda Garcia of District 1 won’t face anyone – at least

District 1 Councilor Linda Garcia doesn’t have any opponents for now, but that could change by the Jan. 24 write-in deadline. File Photo

for now, according to data from the city clerk’s office. The candidate field could grow since a write-in deadline is Jan. 24. “The candidate deadline to file was Jan. 17,” Gallup City Clerk Al Abeita said. “There is still time for write-in

candidates to file.” A retired municipal legal employee, Garcia was elected in 2013 on a platform that i nc lud e d b e a u t i f ic a t io n , improving infrastructure and

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THERE WILL BE a Regular School Board ELECTION FEBRUARY 7, 2017 for: Gallup McKinley County School Board: DISTRICT 2 CHARLES LONG FREDA E. JOE SANDRA D. JEFF DISTRICT 4 BRENDA CHICHARELLO CHRISTOPHER MORTENSEN DISTRICT 5 ESTHER V. MACIAS GERALD ANTHONY O’HARA MICHAEL W. SCHAAF GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND QUESTION: (Applies to ALL McKinley County Precincts excluding Zuni Public School Area) “Shall the Board of Education of the Gallup-McKinley County School District, County of McKinley, New Mexico, be authorized to issue up to $25,000,000 of general obligation bonds for the purpose of erecting, remodeling, making additions to and furnishing school buildings; purchasing or improving school grounds; purchasing computer software and hardware for student use in public schools; providing matching funds for capital outlay projects funded pursuant to the Public School Capital Outlay Act; or any combination of these purposes?” Zuni Public School Board: POSITION 3 JEROME HASKIE POSITION 4 SHELLY C CHIMONI POSITION 5 WILLARD ZUNI (DECLARED WRITE-IN CANDIDATE) University of NM Gallup Community College Local Board: POSITION 1 PRISCILLA A. SMITH EDWIN J. BEGAY POSITION 2 MARVIN PAUL MURPHY RALPH A RICHARDS CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS (1 MIL) TAX QUESTION: (Applies to ALL McKinley County Precincts) “Shall the governing Local Board of the University of New Mexico-Gallup Branch Community College, in the University of New Mexico-Gallup Branch Community College District, County of McKinley, State of New Mexico, be authorized to levy a tax of $1.00 per each $1,000.00 of net taxable value on all taxable property within the College District under the Property Tax Code for the property tax years 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 AND 2022, to be used for current operations, maintenance and capital improvements of the College District as permitted by law?” ABSENTEE & EARLY VOTING BEGINS: JANUARY 13, 2017 ABSENTEE & EARLY VOTING ENDS: FEBRUARY 3, 2017 @ 5:00 PM ELECTION DAY FEBRUARY 7, 2017 7:00 AM TO 7:00 PM ALL RURAL PRECINCTS AND VOTER CONVENIENCE CENTERS WILL BE OPEN For more information please contact the:

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NEWS Hundreds gather to honor MLK MARCHERS BRAVE COLD, RAIN

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man stood along East Historic Highway 66 and stared as people filled the front entrance of the Gallup Cultural Center in the early afternoon of Jan. 16. Others slowed their cars and watched as people begin to walk, mostly silently, to Gallup’s Larry B. Mitchell Recreational Center on East Montoya Boulevard. The procession, held annu-

The late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1929-1968. Photo taken in 1964. Photo Credit: Dick DeMarsico via Library of Congress ally in honor of the late slain civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., began with an inter-faith prayer circle of people of various religious denominations and culminated with speakers and a dance performance at the Mitchell Center. The theme of this year’s event wa s “Com mu n it y Togetherness.” “I don’t know of any other event in Gallup that brings together so many people in January,” event organizer Mona Frazier said. “This is always a great moment.”

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…for the aftermath of nonviolence is reconciliation and the creation of the beloved community.” – The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

At the Gallup Cultural Center, close to 100 participants listened as retired educator and artist Dana Chandler read an excerpt from King’s “The Inner Truth.” The speech was given at the Riverside Church in New York City in 1967. Originally from Boston, Chandler is a retired sociology professor from Simmons College in Boston. “I was at the march on Washington in 1963,” Chandler said. “I remember those days. They aren’t too far gone. I look forward to the time when we can move beyond marching and open up a dialogue about those things that divide us.” After the march, about 200 people gathered at the Mitchell Center for a slate of speakers. Gallup City Councilor Allan Landavazo gave brief opening remarks and Danielle Hutchinson, a student at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, sang the National Anthem. Cal Curley, the field representative for U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, greeted those in attendance. The meaning of the march and speaker session was felt and understood by everyone in attendance. “He was a great man, a very great man,” Gerald O’Hara, a Pennsylvania native and long-time Gallup resident and a candidate for a seat on the Gallup-McKinley County Board of Education, said. “I don’t think anyone can say enough about Ma r tin

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Folks gather for Martin Luther King, Jr. day remembrance at the Gallup Cultural Center Jan. 16. Photo Credit: Mona Frazier Luther King. Just a great person,” he said. Brenda Hollingswor thMarley of the New Mexico Hu m a n it ie s Cou nci l of Albuquerque gave a short presentation called, “Footsteps to Freedom.” HollingsworthMarley’s presentation focused on the civil rights struggles during

the 1960s – specifically the roles of women such as Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King. Mary Ellen Pellington, city library director and a former keynote speaker at the event, called the march and presentations a precursor to what the library does for the public in February, which is Black

History Month. While marching to the Larry B. Mitchell Center, Jedidiah Tsinnijannie, 9, carried a black and white sign that read, “Stand Up for Your Rights.” He was attending with his parents and sister. “It’s my sign,” the youngster said. “Martin Luther King.” The entire event saw members of Gallup’s black community, the Muslim community, Native Americans, Hispanics, and whites participate. Also attending either the Gallup Cultural Center march and Mitchell Center tribute were Gallup City Councilor Fran Palochak, Veterans Helping Veterans, and the Rev. Ruth Gilbert of Howard Chapel, among many others. King was a civil rights pioneer who was assassinated in April 1968 in Memphis. Frazier, who is originally from New Orleans, and Chandler, noted that King’s message is more important today than ever, considering the political and economic divides throughout the world.

A group of marchers carry signs important to causes close to their hearts. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura

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Local deputy turned entrepreneur retires By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor

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cK i n ley Cou nt y S h e r i f f ’ s Department is set to lose one of their finest. Lt. Matt Hughbanks, 42, retires at the end of January. Hughbanks has spent his entire law enforcement career of 20 years with the MCSO,

responding to the usual garden variety of calls over the years. Getting through years of routine, and often enough

those tough calls, Hughbanks depends on his wry sense of humor to get by. “We take our job seriously,

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but we try not to live in the negative,” he said. “I am going to miss the camaraderie.” Hughbanks first job in the first responders realm was that of a “communications specialist” – in other words a 911 operator – a job that he feels is one of the toughest as in this position the operator has to walk someone in distress through a situation without being on the scene. Being on the other of side of that career fence for two decades, he admits that his role as a deputy is a tough gig, or as he puts it, “takes a different kind of breed.” E specia l ly re spond i ng to homicide scenes. Calls involving children are particularly tough as well. But of

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all the homicides he’s come across over the years, one that occurred in the mid-2000s hits a little too close to home. “I personally knew three of the four subjects [suspects],” he said. “I knew the victim and the suspects.” Hughbanks said he grew up with the men which made

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Press Release McKinley County Going to Four-Day Workweek Monday through Thursday Work Schedule Extended County Office Hours Beginning March 5th, 2017, the McKinley County Administrative Offices will extend its official work hours to include early morning and evening times Monday through Thursday. Residents can conduct County business at the Courthouse anytime between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm; Monday through Thursday. These additional County hours will allow residents to maximize their time with more flexible hours to visit the County offices. McKinley County prides itself on offering residents progressive services and is proud to be the first in the county area to implement this exciting new initiative. The McKinley County administrative offices will be closed on Fridays. However, public safety departments will remain operational; McKinley County Sheriff’s Office, Metro Dispatch Center, Adult Detention Center, Juvenile Detention Center, Thoreau EMS and DWI Compliance. Assuring seamless customer service is a top priority for the County and we will continue providing community services that are needed. Without making this change, the County will be faced with other cost saving measures i.e. layoffs and furloughs. Either of these options would reduce our ability to maintain current service levels. Even with this action, the County may face other challenges to maintaining our service level depending on what the State does to local governments in the State budget cycle. Extending our customer hours beyond the traditional 8:00 am to 5:00 pm workday will make McKinley County Government more accessible to our residents; and, the change will be especially beneficial to our working residents, who will now be able to take care of business at the Courthouse without having to take time off during their busy work days. County employees will continue to work 40 hours a week as this is a Culture Change; the Process will stay the same.

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President Begaye: ‘The fight has just begun’ NATION NOT BACKING DOWN AGAINST EPA’S ATTEMPT TO THWART MINE SPILL LAWSUITS By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor

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INDOW ROCK – Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said Jan. 13 that he expected Environmental Protection Agency officials to take measures to block lawsuit attempts against the agency for the Gold King Mine spill disaster of 2015. The Navajo Nation asserts in a federal lawsuit that the spill contaminated reservation water sources and hurt farmers’ bottom lines. They also criticized the agency for being slow to respond to the Nation’s needs at the time. The EPA Denver office stated in news release Jan. 13 that an independent claims officer within the agency, said they are “not legally able to pay compensation for the claims.”

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye.

Runoff of the toxic sludge that eventually made its way into the Navajo Nation water supply during the Gold King Mine spill in 2015. File Photo

“We anticipated that the U.S. Environmental Agency would continue to defy their own statement that they would hold themselves accountable for the damages caused by the Gold King Mine spill,” Begaye said in an email response to the Sun. “They admitted under testimony during a Senate hearing that they caused the spill.” The Nation filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court August 2016, alleging that the EPA failed to adequately remediate the spill disaster that reportedly dumped 880,000 pounds of metals – arsenic, lead, cadmium, copper, mercury, nickel, and zinc – into the Animas River, near Silverton, Colo., Aug. 5, 2015. A glowing yellow toxic sludge made its way down to the San Juan River, adversely impacting Navajo Nation tributaries and farmlands. The disaster occurred when a federal work crew accidentally triggered the spill during an initial cleanup of the abandoned mine. Post-disaster – the Gold King Mine is now a part of the EPA’s multi-million dollar “Superfund” cleanup.

Begaye is correct in that the EPA admitted responsibility for the deed, but the agency claims in their latest news release that they are protected from having to pay damages under the Federal Tort Claims Act. “… Congress wanted to encourage government agencies to take action without the fear of paying damages in the event something went wrong while taking the action,” the EPA stated. Immediately following the spill, the Animas River reportedly contained 12,000 times higher than normal lead levels. The EPA issued claims that the water was safe to drink, despite sending out warnings to avoid discolored sentiment and to supervise children under the age of six playing in the water to ensure that they don’t ingest any water or sentiment. “This fight with the U.S. EPA has been ongoing to right the wrong they caused,” Begaye said. “The Navajo Nation will continue to work to ensure that justice will be served and our farmers will be adequately compensated.” The Nation’s lawsuit doesn’t specify a dollar amount, but rather it lists the damages and negative impact on farmers. “The damages endured aren’t limited only to crops, but also to cultural and psychological impacts,” Begaye said. “For the farmers, their farms and crops are their livelihood.” Begaye further explained why farmers carry emotional scars from the spill: “They have deep connections to their farmland,” he said. “Many farmers cried for weeks because their crops didn’t mature and eventually died. It was devastating to both the Navajo Nation and to the farmers. Even today, people still question if the water is clean enough for farming, livestock or human consumption.” He said the Navajo Nation “will not give up until justice is served.” Meanwhile, the president is confident that a Trump administration will take notice of the EPA’s reputation and look upon the tribe’s claims with favor. “They understand the struggle that companies and nations have had with the U.S. EPA,” he said.  “We will not give up, we will be diligent. The fight has just begun.”

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Board of Education OKs Hyatt contract By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent

| FROM PAGE 1 re-establishing neighborhood associations. Garcia’s neighborhood meetings are held frequently. Kumar is a hotelier with holdings in Gallup and Albuquerque. He was elected in 2013.

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he Gallup-McKinley County Board of Education unanimously approved a contract Jan. 17 for interim superintendent Mike Hyatt. The action took place at the regular school board meeting and was met with a side suggestion from board member Joe Menini. In spite of an objection by Menini, the approval of the document went through. Hyatt was thrust into the job after for Gallup-McKinley Schools Superintendent Frank Chiapetti was placed on paid administrative until the end of June 2017. Chiapetti earned $132,000 annually and Hyatt earned a little more than $88,000. An addendum of the contract states that, “The administrator shall conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the entire district and recommend a strategic plan to identify areas for improvement.” Menini said he had a problem with some verbage that stated that Hyatt’s contract could be ended if: “The parties expressly agree that the contract of employment is at-will and is terminable at the will of either part regardless of cause and without any requirement or the statement of any cause, therefore, upon the providing of written notice of termination to the other party,” the contract states.

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Board of Education member Joe Menini. In spite of Menini’s opposition, the board followed through on the approval of the full document. “In this new contract there is a legal right for termination by an upcoming board if the new board decides to do so,” he said. “With that I am still not at ease with this new contract, but I will still vote yes.” Hyatt said after the meeting that he is pleased with the contract and will work hard to fulfill its terms. There was no discussion on the timeline to hire a full-time unstricted school superintendent for the gallup district.

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REGULAR MUNICIPAL ELECTION MARCH 14, 2017 Candidate filing day for the offices of District 1 City Councilor and District 3 City Councilor will be Tuesday, January 17, 2017 between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. Candidate filing will take place at the City Clerk’s Office at Gallup City Hall, 110 West Aztec Avenue. Both elective offices will be for a four year term. Candidates must bring a certified copy of their voter registration and documents required to comply with the City of Gallup’s Election Campaign Practices Ordinance. Candidate Information Packets are available at the City Clerk’s Office. Packets are also available on the City of Gallup’s website at: www.GallupNM.gov. For more information, please call the City Clerk’s Office at 863-1254.

Angela Chavez and Esco Chavez filed to run against Kumar. “There are things that I want to focus on if I’m elected,” Angela Chavez said. Chavez owns and operates Angela’s Café which is located inside the Gallup Cultural Center. She’s originally from Michigan. “We have to be more visible in the community and I want to hold more community meeting,” she said. “Of course I want to put an emphasis on infra str ucture a nd things

LOCAL DEPUTY | FROM PAGE 5 the tragic situation “more personal.” But there’s also rewarding experiences, such the time he headed the civil division – the Sheriff’s reserve program. “We went to the ‘Head St a r t’ school a nd pa ssed out Christmas toys to the kids,” he said. “That’s being on the positive side of law enforcement.” Forty-two may seem like a young age to retire, but not for Hughbanks. He’s the owner and operator of Red Rock Security & Patrol and Guardian Training Academy. In addition to the business ventures, he’s the father of four-year-old twin boys and an eight-year-old son. Red Rock Security was launched about five years ago with a handful of employees. It quickly grew into a sizable business of 80 employees. It’s Gallup-based, but requests for security detail come from

along those lines.” Kumar previously ran on a platform that included economic development through tourism and infrastructure improvement. Kumar serves on the city’s lodgers tax committee and is a mainstay in local and state circles when it comes to tourism and marketing. City of Gallup councilors ser ve four-year staggered terms and earn an annual salary of $15,000. Esco Chavez is a former city parks and recreation director who unsuccessfully ran for mayor a few years ago. Esco Chavez was part of the grass roots group that spoke out numerous times at meetings about not closing the former Harold Runnels Swimming Complex on East Montoya Boulevard. That matter went all the way to the 11th Judicial District Court in McKinley County. The election is March 14. Albuquerque and Grants. On the other ha nd, Guardian Training Academy trains students defensive tactics skills. Hughbanks said he’ s licensed to train New Mexicans looking for a conceal and carry permit. Hughbanks lauds his clients for selecting his security firm. And to keep his clients, he requires that security guards behave politely toward clients and to their clients customers. Not w it h s t a nd i n g, he’s thankful for his wife, who is the anchor of the business, keeping it afloat when he’s at work as a deputy. “Without her I wouldn’t have been able to do it,” he said. Hughbanks hails from the Denver, Colo. area. His family moved to Gallup in 1991. Over the years he has been involved with the Gallup Lions Club and Elks Lodge, and he currently serves as the secretary on the Gallup-McKinley Chamber of Commerce board.

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Begay signs appropriation to fund $5 million to general assistance programs Staff Reports

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I N D OW R O C K – Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye approved legislation for supplemental funding in the amount of $5,038,678 to be taken from the Minimum Fund balance of the Unreserved, Undesignated Fund Balance for general assistance and welfare programs Jan. 17. I n a memor a ndu m t o Honorable Speaker LoRenzo Bates dated Jan. 17, President Begaye said the funds will be appropriated toward adult institutional care services, child welfare assistance and institutional care services, and for public assistance for general assistance. “I am signing this appropriation to compensate the individuals who were not able to receive assistance in these last two months,” Begaye said. “This money will also go to paying for home care, foster care and shelter services, as over 800 children and 250 elders were impacted.” Wit h i n November a nd December 2016, the Navajo Nation had over 14,000 families that were unable to receive general assistance. The shortfall in funding to these programs was due to the U.S. Department of Interior reducing budgets nationally by 20 percent. “It was unfortunate that

President Russell Begaye signs legislation no. CJA-01-17 to provide funds for adult institutional care services, child welfare assistance and institutional care services, and for public general assistance Jan. 17. Photo Credit: OPVP general assistance programs ran out of funding during the holiday season,” Begaye said. C ou nc i l c er t i f ie d t he Resolution CJA-01-17, appropriating supplemental funding, on Jan. 4 with 16 voting in favor and 1 opposed. It wa ives Title 12 Finance Act Supplemental Appropriation requirements with regard to the designation of recurring and non-recurring revenues and operating expenses and use of the UUFB for recurring expenses for the Department of Family Services

for general assistance and welfare services. It also waives processes

regarding the maintenance of the Minimum Fund Balance in the Unreserved, Undesignated

Fund Balance, UUFB for the Department of Family Services for general assistance and welfare services. In his memorandum, the president cautioned the Council to seek consultation with the Navajo Nation Department of Justice (NNDOJ) on these matters as NNDOJ has raised issues on whether Council could waive Title 12 processes. The president also noted that the Office of Management and Budget has raised concerns regarding decreasing the Minimum Fund balance below 10 percent and how it may affect the Navajo Nation credit rating with outside entities. “Our monies should always be prioritized to assist the most needy, especially our children, our elders, and those people that are in difficult financial situations,” Begaye said. “These monies will be used to provide assistance to our children and our elders. That is why we are signing this appropriation.”

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West Gallup fire claims elderly female By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent

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n unidentified elderly fema le d ied i n a house fire Jan. 14 in an incident that took place on Gallup’s west end. The fire saw three engines from the Gallup Fire Department and two from the McKinley County Volunteer Fire Department respond, officials said. “Upon arrival, the residence was fully engulfed,” Gallup Deputy Fire Chief Jesus Morales said. “The incident is still under investigation.” Morales said at about 9:30 am that a call came in about a structure fire at 161 Crest View Rd., which is just over the city line. He said the 24-by-32 mobile home was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived. Morales said family members of the people living at the home were able to rescue an elderly male from the blaze. But by the time someone could get back into the home a second time,

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A fire along Crest View Road took the life of an unidentified elderly female. Photo Credit: Bernie Dotson the fire had spread and become more dangerous, Morales said. The body of the deceased female was found in a bedroom of the residence, he said. The incident was turned over to the Navajo Nation Police Department due to the fact that it happened on Navajo land. Morales said the New Mexico Fire Marshal is expected to do an investigation and issue a report on the matter. The Crest View Road fire isn’t the sole one of its kind to recent

take place on Gallup’s west end as of late. A motel room fire at the Budget Inn, 3150 W. Historic Highway 66, caused $20,000 worth of damage on Jan. 10. The cause of the motel fire has been deemed as arson, officials said. Steve Soloman, a Phoenixbased public information officer with the American Red Cross, said in a news release that his agency would immediately dispatch someone to help the male survivor get shelter and with personal needs.

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A woman k ick i n g back in her apa r tment watching some TV was startled when she heard knocking on her door. Wondering who could be calling on her at 6:30 pm, she tu r ned off the tube and walked to her bedroom window. When she peeked out, she saw Gilbert Va ldez, who wa s a per fect stranger to her. S he we nt t o t he f r ont do or a nd lo oke d out t he peephole, a nd that’s when s h e c o u l d h e a r Va l d e z repor tedly shimmy ing her door ha ndle, tr y ing to get i nt o t he a p a r t me nt . T he woman grabbed a baseball bat and looked out the window, a nd not iced t h at he wa s gone. From there, she we nt out s ide a nd clo s e d her gate. On her way back in she noticed that Va ldez had da maged t he front door, prompting her to call police. M e a nw h i l e , Va l d e z returned to her apar tment, this time parking his truck in the driveway. He stayed i n t he t r uck u nt i l Ga l lup Pol ice a r r ived. O f f icer Jeremy Sh irley wa s at the scene along with other officer s, a nd t hey concluded from ev idence and the v ictim’s physica l descr iption t h a t Va ldez a t t empt ed t o break in to the home using a screwdriver. According to the repor t, Sh i rley pla ced t he screwd r iver on t he hood of h i s pat rol u n it , a nd may have lef t it t here a s he decided t o t r a n s fer Va lde z t o t he hospital for an open wound t o h i s a r m. Phot o s of t he scene were log ged i nto ev idence. Valdez, 42, was charged with breaking and entering and posted bond for $1,000 on Ja n. 18. He ha s a nonjur y tr ia l date set for Feb. 2 in Magistrate Cour t.

HOLY BREAK-IN 1/16, GALLUP A man c a l l e d p o l i c e m id - a fternoon to make a report about a broken w i ndow at t he Fellowship Church, 800 W. Ford Dr. He had noticed on Sunday that the upper pane wa s broken, but when he a r r ived Monday the lower pane was broke as well. He estimated the da mages to be exactly $34.46. GPD O f f icer DeWay ne Holder called for some back u p b efor e c o nduc t i n g a search of the building. Officer T i mot hy Hu g ht e a r r ive d with his K-9 partner Kuno to help sniff out any uninvited humans in the building. Hugte called out several times that he was going to let Kuno go investigate, so it would be a good idea for a nyone i n t he bu i ld i ng to c o me fo r w a r d . S o me o ne did – John Cabrera. Ca br er a , 3 5, s a id t h a t he was just tr ying to get wa r m, a ccord i ng to Holder’s repor t. His prop er t y enta i led a du f f le bag full of clothing, a nd some food in a paper bag. He w a s c h a r ge d w i t h breaking and entering and cr im ina l da mage to prop erty. As of Jan. 19, he’s being held on a $5,000 cash surety bond at McK i n ley Cou nt y Adult Detention Center. He has a preliminary examination hearing set for Jan. 25 in Magistrate Court.

BARREL THEFT 1/13, MANUELITO Hasse Contracting, Inc. wa s repor ted ly robbed of 17 or a n ge b a r r el s wor t h nearly $1,900, according to McK inley County Sher iff ’s Office Deputy Salina Brow n’s repor t . T he m a n that repor ted the m issi ng barrels on Ja n. 14 said the t he la st t i me t hat a nyone s aw t he b a r r el s w a s t he night before, when the crew hea ded out for t he day at 6:30 pm. NEWS


WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports The legal limit is .08 Rendell Benally Dec. 30, 11:11 pm Aggravated DWI A s McKinley C o u n t y Sher iff ’s Office Deputy M e r l i n Benally was working the DW I T a s k Force, heading south on N.M. 566, he came upon Rendell Benally, who crossed the white edgeline in his Dodge Durango, by about a foot, near the 2.5 mile marker. Deputy Benally conducted a traffic stop on Rendell Benally, 32, who quickly apologized for his driving. The deputy could smell the odor of “intoxicating beverage” coming from the vehicle, and noted that Rendell Benally had bloodshot, watery eyes, and slurred his words.

He took the field sobriety tests and failed. Deputy Benally then conducted a search of Rendell Benally’s vehicle and found several opened/partially consumed alcoholic beverages. He blew a .23/.24 during the breath tests. Reva Delgarito Dec. 26, 11:58 pm DWI Delgarito wa s fou nd a s l e e p behind the wheel at the Tohlakai Shell gas station. When MCSO D e p u t y R i c h a r d R a n ge l approached her, the signs of intoxication were present, and she stumbled after getting out of the vehicle. Reported knee pain kept her from fully engaging in field sobriety tests, and she didn’t fare well in the few tests that she had taken. After placing

Delgarito, 31, under arrest, Rangel noted that there were open containers of 12-ounce cans of Budweiser and Indian Pale Ale in the car. She blew a .20/.22 during the breath tests. Lalena Guitierrez Dec. 24, 2:28 am DWI Gallup P o l i c e Department O f f i c e r A n d r e w Thayer was heading ea stbou nd on east Hwy 66 when he noticed a vehicle heading west pass over the center lane in-between west and eastbound lanes, then quickly swerve back. Thayer initiated a traffic stop and noticed upon approach that Guitierrez, 26, showed the signs of intoxication. She didn’t do well on the

Woman found on westside ID’d By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent

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he body of the deceased white female found about 100 yards west of the TA truck stop a long West Histor ic Highway 66 has been identified, officials said. The body was discovered Jan. 11 at about 7:30

am by a passerby who notified police of the matter. Capt. Marinda Spencer, public information officer with the Gallup Police Department, said the name of the female is Christine English, 40, of Yucaipa, Calif. The cause of death has been recorded as undetermined, Spencer said, but a Facebook

poster who left a message on the Gallup Sun website said the deceased was her daughter who was killed as the result of a hit-and-run. A wo m a n i d e n t i f y i n g herself as Earline Garrison A nderson asser ted on the paper’s websit e t h at t he decea sed wa s indeed her daughter.

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field sobriety tests, and blew a .11 twice during the breath tests. Brittany James Dec. 23, 11:42 pm DWI M C S O Lt. Er ic D. Jim caught u p Ja m e s , who was repor ted ly t he d r u nk driver seen leaving Fire Rock Casino. He followed her, for a bit, and noticed that she swerved, crossing the double yellow lines on east Hwy 66. He initiated a traffic stop and James pulled into Gilbert Ortega’s. She at first denied hav ing a ny thing to dr ink except energy drinks. Then she said that she had one shot of booze around 6 pm that evening. But the truth prevailed, and James, 27, admitted to having two shots of “99 Bananas prior to driving.” She didn’t do well on field sobriety tests and blew a .08/.07 during the breath tests. Jasmine Nicole Benally Dec. 21, 8:29 pm Aggravated DWI T h i s d r iver wa s lucky to w a l k aw ay without injury after she rol led he r Ho nd a SUV on

sout h N.M. 602. Bena l ly, 22, ref u sed to t a ke f ield sobriety tests, and according to the incident repor t, ad mitted to Ga llup Police Department Officer Clarissa Morga n that she had been d r i n k i n g b e fo r e g e t t i n g behind the wheel. She had downed two miniatures of “Yukon Jack.” Benally took the breath tests and blew a .17 each time. She was also booked for careless driving and for driving without a license. Kyle S. Spencer Sept. 28, 5:56 pm 2nd DWI, Aggravated G P D S g t . B en ny Ga on a wa s called to the scene in reference to a man ( S p e n c e r) deta i ned at A r n ol d a n d Hw y 6 6 w h o wa s pulled over for dr iv ing a repor ted stolen veh icle. S p e nc er w a s t r a n s fer r e d to t he McK i n ley Cou nt y Adu lt Detention Center s o G a o n a c ou ld c o nd u c t f ield sobr iety tests. Gaona s t a t e d i n h i s r e p or t t h a t S p e ncer, 2 9, w a s “ jok i n g a nd a rgumentative.” Gaona stopped the test for Spencer’s safety as he was having a difficult time maintaining his balance. Spencer blew a .24 and .22 during the breath tests.

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OPINIONS Investment in knowledge can pay early dividends By Finance New Mexico

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efore putting money into a new venture, savvy entrepreneurs make another kind of investment: the dedication of time for market intelligence. They learn everything possible about the market they wish to enter, who’s succeeding or failing in it and what alternative products or services are currently filling the need the entrepreneur aims to meet. Market intelligence helps

predict demand for a product and can lead to changes in the proposed offering or result in a pivot to another market sector. It can also cause an entrepreneur to abandon an idea, thereby saving money that would be lost on a venture doomed for failure.

that area. Is the population rising or falling? What about wages and employment? A product that serves the needs of young people might not gain enough traction in a community that’s largely made up of the retired. The gover nment keeps reams of statistics about these and related issues. Good places to start are the U.S. Census Bureau (w w w.census.gov)

WHERE TO START General questions can be easily answered, and they often lead to more specific information that illuminates

opportunities. For example, an entrepreneur considering an

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initiative in a new geographic area would first learn about

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GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF JAN. 20

Welcome in the age of Aquarius, as the witty and effervescent sign takes center stage. This is an excellent time for individual emancipation. Aquarians are clever, goal-oriented, and a little whimsical. Look towards the future you want and allow the cleansing water bearer to carry away the past in the wind. Madame G says, go for it! You’ve totally got this.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Dear Aries, do you struggle for the right words? Maybe you’re anger stems from jealousy rather than with some fault in another person. Whatever the case, don’t lose heart. Consider taking small steps for major change. Your bedroom could be the source of frustration. Look for things that add joy, if you need a little help read Marie Kondo’s book, Spark Joy. Tidy up!

Focus on your positive attributes this week. If you’re not sure what those are take a moment and write down what you think they are. You may also ask friends, relatives, and people you trust. Consider reading, Tom Rath’s book, Strengths Finder 2.0. Often, we spend so much time on fixing a weakness that we overlook strengths. Look for your strengths and find happiness!

If you want good and positive things in your life, you must first be willing to accept them. This is like a compliment. You can’t just throw it back in the Universe’s face. Consider reading the Law of Attraction and try not to be scared off by what sounds like “whoo whoo” garbage. Your mind will determine your direction in life, so it makes sense that feeling worthy of good things helps.

Madame G says, get ruthless with yourself. Are you stuck in a rut? Maybe pictures aren’t in albums or items you don’t like are shrines to the past. Small steps lead to great things. If you’re having trouble, read Marie Kondo’s book, the Art of Tidying Up. Let go! Use rooms of any post-nested children for your enjoyment. Spark joy in your life and let go of the past. Live now!

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) What are you doing? Where are you headed? If these are the questions you keep asking, you’re on the right track. Keep picking away at the answers. But, don’t get stuck on searching and stay in one place. Instead step away from the heat of the moment and look at the problem, as a challenge. Play board games, such as chess, checkers, or Candy Land. Have fun!

Pick something you enjoy and work towards it. You may find yourself feeling like you have a touch of cabin fever. If this happens, don’t make more work for yourself. Instead look for what you can control at this moment. Do you need a place in the house that is just for you? Perhaps you need your own office or a space for creating. Focus on one thing and clear away the muck.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Take action now! Use the Aquarian energy for individualism and freedom to torpedo you towards that next goal. Challenges in life are inevitable, but it’s important to build a life that you don’t need to escape from. This is difficult and will require some heavy and deep soul searching. You’re up for the task. Only you can make the change. Grasp life with both hands and smile!

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

Your fellow air sign’s entrance into the Sun’s position will energize your spirits. You may feel inclined to set goals and keep them. In order to capitalize on the flow of enthusiasm towards your tasks, seek help. Life-coaches help you focus on strengths and working towards a specific set of goals. You could also pick up a few books from the local library. Good luck!

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Do you feel lost? Where would you like to be? Take away all restriction in your mind. Go crazy, it’s your fantasy! Read magazines and do research on careers and lifestyles that you like, now look at your life. If you’d like to be a doctor, what’s step one? What do you need? Maybe you need more school, a sitter, or a loan. Stop limiting and start living. You can do anything.

You need to wake up or stand up. If something feels undone, it probably needs attention. Stop loafing about and take action. You need to draw from the Aquarian energy and focus on one goal. If your life is in chaos, don’t run away. Take a deep breath and think about it logically. Channel your inner Spock and puzzle out the solution. It’s hard, but you can do this.

Are you substituting happiness for vices? Perhaps you’re overspending or drinking due to loneliness or depression. Consider channeling the crazy blond from Indian Jones and the Temple of Doom. Despite the enormous centipedes and other creepy crawlers, she reached in and pulled the lever saving Indi and Short Round. Dig deep and save Indi and the kid! You’ve got this!

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It’s your time of year and it’s time for some serious work. You may need to hang on for the ride, but you’ve totally got this. Take time for yourself while working on your goals. Forgive yourself for changes you can’t make. It’s okay that you’re not perfect. Try spacing out projects, so that you always land on your feel. Leverage your old abilities with new ones. Have fun!

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Diocese found ‘in full compliance’ with national safe environment guidelines By Suzanne Hammons Voice of the Southwest

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n extensive audit conducted in December 2016 has found the Diocese of Gallup to be in full compliance with national guidelines for preventing abuse and maintaining a safe environment. When the extent of sexual abuse cases and allegations came to public attention in 2002, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) met in an unprecedented conference in Dallas TX. The result was the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, a set of procedures and guidelines for spotting and preventing abuse in all dioceses in the United States. To ensure that the requirements – or “norms” – of the Char ter are followed, the USCCB partnered with outside investigation firms. Every three years, dioceses in the United States undergo an on-site audit, conducted since 2010 by Stonebridge Business Partners. The New York-based firm specializes in investigating whether business and religious organizations are

INVESTMENT | FROM PAGE 13 and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov). Likewise, the identity of future competitors is entrylevel information. Many trade associations list their membership on the Web, and the local chamber of commerce is usually a source of help even to non-members. Hoovers.com is an invaluable — though not free — source of information about almost every American business. Often there is no better source of data about a market than trade journals. These may cost an exorbitant amount for a subscription, but the best of them offer access to searchable databases, as well as provide news and current information about relevant government regulation. The inter net ha s made more ma rket i ntel l igence

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following in-house compliance arrangements. For Jim Morasco, a partner in the firm, it’s a process that is undertaken very seriously. His auditing teams require access to records and undertake interviews with diocesan officials and employees. “We go through each article, we request certain documentation, we perform interviews, we look at the documentation that’s been prepared, and the processes and procedures and so forth,” Morasco said in a phone interview. “We look at that and we measure that against the minimum requirements set forth in the Charter.” These requirements include an obligation to report allegations of abuse to authorities and cooperate with any investigations, as well as public posting of information on how to contacting a Diocesan Victims Assistance Coordinator. But even if the minimum requirements are followed, the firm will continue to monitor diocesan activities in the intervening years between audits. “Someone could be found in compliance, but that doesn’t just mean it’s a letter that says ‘You’re In Compliance’. We’ll go through and if there’s any public than ever before, and there’s plenty of low-hanging fruit. Search engines such as Google will deliver many levels of information — the more obscure and specific found beyond the first result page. Use Google News at every stage of the search to find articles about things like rival products or a CEO’s approach to risk and leadership. The internet can also lead to blogs covering the latest news in a market. Read them for inside, real-time information. Competitor websites can be mined for information. Most have a “Press” link containing press releases that indicate what a company has been doing and what’s important to its leaders. U. S . S e c u r it ie s a nd Exchange Commission filings can be found at www.sec.gov. The information is extensive, and businesses are legally required to tell the truth.

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area for improvement, we’ll make sure that information is communicated to the Bishop,” Morasco explained. “If it’s serious enough, we’re following up to make sure they’ve remediated any issues that we believe are serious, whether or not they’ve been found compliant.” Dioceses that are found to be non-compliant will be given recommendations on how to meet the requirements of the Charter. Each year the USCCB releases the national findings of the audit, including the list of non-compliant dioceses, in an annual report to the public. There are some limitations, as Stonebridge notes in the

report. If there are incorrect records in a diocese, the firm must take more time to comb through the data and issue corrections. And if certain records are kept on a parish-by-parish basis, rather than a single diocesan database, Stonebridge may not have a complete picture of Safe Environment practices on a parish level. But despite the extensive and painstaking nature of the process, Morasco has found both the USCCB and dioceses who undertake the audits to be fully cooperative and open to recommendations. “If there were any limitations on what we’re doing we’d certainly note that, and over

the last few years we’ve been doing this, we’ve found not to have those roadblocks or impediments to the work we’re doing.” He also noted the commitment to the process he has seen from most bishops and dioceses. “I think it’s a testament to the transparency of the USCCB that they do allow an outside auditor to come in and report on the individual diocese or parish level of compliance with the Charter,” he said. “The Church is really spend i ng a tremendous

The Universit y of New Mexico Bureau of Business and Economic Research (bber. unm.edu) is a primary source of New Mexico economic, social and demographic data. University librarians can help locate public papers and dissertations on industry issues.

same secret: People love to talk about subjects about which they are expert. Professors who have written about the industry are often willing to answer questions from people who show an interest in their work. Even direct competitors will sometimes respond to questions if the topic is general and doesn’t involve disclosure of proprietary information. The nonprofit economic

development orga nization WESST gives workshops on market research at its six locations around the state. Visit www.wesst.org for more information. 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

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Community meets to brainstorm ArtsCrawl ideas FIRST ARTSCRAWL OF 2017 STARTS IN MARCH

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ember s of t he genera l publ ic from all walks of life met Ja n. 14 at the Downtown El Morro Events Center to talk about ideas for the 2017 ArtsCrawl. ArtsCrawl is in the midst of a two-month break due to the fact that the colder Gallup temper at u re s don’t br i ng people dow ntow n in huge numbers, some connected to the event said. “I think we have heard of some very good ideas,” Rose Ea son, executive director of ArtsCrawl, said after the two-hour meeting. “I think it was a good brainstorming session.” D o z e n s of p e ople g a t h e r e d a t t a ble s a nd t a l ke d a b ou t wh a t t hey ’d l i ke t o s e e i n 2 017. T he s e s s io n s we r e br oke n i nt o mo nt h s – appropr iately sta r ing with March. The topi c s r a n g e d f r o m ” F l owe r P o w e r,” t o G e t Yo u r K ick s,” t o “ T h a n k You For You r S er v ic e.”

Each topic a i med at h igh lighting a specif ic theme in which a particular ArtsCrawl could be geared around. There were no right or w rong a n swer s – on ly suggestions that now can be used to coordinate an actual event. “I thought it was fantast ic,” F r a nci s Bee, executive director of the Gallup Business Improvement District, said. “There were a lot of suggestions and a lot of spinoffs from suggestions that were presented.” Outlined for November is the theme of “Thank You For Your Ser vice.” Some of t he suggestions from one table included having color guards perform and giving booth demonstrations about Navajo Code Talkers or what the milita r y is about a s a career. “I th ink in for mation is wh a t p e ople w a nt ,” D on Dav is, 45, a retired health care worker originally from Oregon said. Davis said he’s lived in the Indian Capital for 12 years. The va r ious themes

A group of local citizens mull over some concepts for ArtsCrawl. Photo Credit: Ana Hudgeons COMMUNITY

ArtsCrawl Executive Director Rose Eason heads the brainstorming session for the monthly event, which occurs on the second Saturday evening of each month. Community members met to discuss themes for each event. Photo Credit: Ana Hudgeons presented at t he meet i ng were: November : T h a n k You For You r S er v ic e: Gi ve s thanks to those who provide com mu n it y ser v ice, f rom

volunteers to veterans. October: W hodunit? Downtown would be the host of a scavenger hunt mystery whereby people would end up on a search at local businesses

to find clues to solve the puzzle. ArtsCrawl occurs on the second S at u rd ay of ea ch month in downtown Gallup. It is funded by the downtown BID.

This group had the pleasure of drumming up ideas for the ‘Get Your Kicks’ Aug. 12 ArtsCrawl event. Photo Credit: Ana Hudgeons Gallup Sun • Friday January 20, 2017

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KYAT launches local sports coverage program ‘NATIVE REZ HOOPS’ A HIT WITH LISTENERS

By Dee Velasco For the Sun

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earing local sports just got better with “Native Rez Hoops,” the new name for KYAT-FM’s live broadcast of local high school basketball games. Loca l rad io station, KYAT-FM, part of Millennium Media, Inc., is the first of its kind to begin broadcasting local high school basketball games in the Navajo language on a 100,000 watt FM station. T he covera ge debuted when the boys varsity teams – Wingate Bea rs took on t he Tohatch i Couga r s at the Tohatchi High School Gymnasium Jan. 10. KYAT’s Navajo DJ Eugene Plummer, who started working at the station in 2010, admitted that he was nervous at first, but it all fell in place for him as the evening progressed. “I felt rusty at the beginning, but got the hang of it eventually (laughs),” he said. “It’s been about four years since I last

Eugene Plummer checks his notes before getting back on the air as the morning DJ for KYAT-FM. He works the 5 to 11 am shift, and recently started the live remote broadcast of regional basketball games dubbed “Native Rez Hoops.” Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons broadcasted a sports game; it was a fast game and the varsity boys are usually very fast players and you just have to follow it with your voice. Tohatchi won the game by a score of 54-56. Excitement was definitely felt not only by

the close game, but with the game being broadcasted over the airwaves. “I was pretty excited and especially the game being very close,” Plummer said. Millennium Media President/General Manager

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Sammy Chioda said this new, live coverage will enhance local sports here in the Gallup area. “We’re excited about it and the fact that it provides service to some of the other schools that don’t get any coverage in the area,” Chioda said. “Here in the community everybody seems to be doing the same games over and over again, and we wanted to be a little different and provide service to some of the rest of schools that have great basketball programs.” KYAT-FM, launched six years ago, and it’s an all Navajo format. Broadcasting local high school basketball games has been in the works and now

is a reality ... and highly anticipated by those closely tied to the station. “It’s been a long time coming,” KYAT Program Director Deni Gonzales said. “Every time we go out and do live remotes, listeners come up to us and ask when are we going to start covering games. We had it on the back burner for awhile until Sammy C., myself, and some of the KYAT staff decided that it’s time.” “A lot of people were excited that – that day finally came,” Plummer added. “Roy Keeto, another KYAT announcer and I used to broadcast on our sister station, KYVA-AM. With KYAT coming on we are all excited about it.” Listeners were supportive when the game was about to be broadcasted. In fact, they even helped Plummer set up in the gym, find the outlets and get the roster. “Broadcasting the Tohatchi and Ft. Wingate game was cool because they are both awesome schools,” Gonzales said. “Next year we plan on covering the whole season and we’ll have Eugene Plummer doing it; he’s exciting to hear that he’s covering the game. I don’t fully understand the Navajo language, but his energy was wonderful and that kind of energy should be there when broadcasting a sports game. He keeps you at the edge of your seat and that is what you want.” KYAT-FM can be heard on 94.5 FM.

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’Split” delivers shocks, surprises to recommend RATING: ««« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 117 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun

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n case you haven’t been on the internet or been reading film reviews in the past 10 years, director M. Night Shyamalan has become something of a polarizing figure. His first group of projects drew raves, but some audiences have since turned on the filmmaker. Personally, I feel like he’s taken far too much heat over the years. Like any director, he’s had a few big misfires, but has begun to find his footing recently in some smaller projects. His latest is another little film that falls into the latter category. Split is a creepy thriller about a troubled man named Kevin (James McAvoy) who suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder. Specifically, he’s got 24 personalities; and a couple of them are very unhappy. This leads Kevin to kidnap three teenage girls named Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy), Claire (Haley Lu Richardson) and Marcia (Jessica Sula). He locks them away in a secure location, where he preps them for some sort of feast. As he gets ready for a mysterious event, Kevin also must avert the suspicions of his therapist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley).

How would you like to be locked in this freako’s homemade dungeon? I didn’t think so, and it’s just a movie, a really scary M. Night Shyamalan flick starring James McAvoy. McAvoy plays Kevin whose split personalities create a cruel of game of cat-and-mouse for his young captors. Now playing. Photo Credit: Universal Pictures Unfortunately, one can’t go into story details without giving too much away. Suffice to say that the movie is primarily a character piece. Of course, one certainly sympathizes with the hostages, but it’s really McAvoy’s movie. He is consistently an engaging and compelling antagonist. It’s a role that requires the actor to veer from one personality to another. This could all end up a jumble, but the various egos are all clearly defined. They’re memorably eccentric, sinister, darkly humorous and even, on occasion, sympathetic. This performance is captured in a variety of very tight close-ups. Without the strong central performance,

everything about this tale would fall apart. Shyamalan also uses lengthier takes that help emphasize the suspense and sensation that one of Kevin’s more sinister personalities is moments away from springing up and taking action. Late in the film, the director uses the camera creatively to pan between mirrors as the many personalities speak to each other. There are some odd elements. The third act does feel a bit over-extended and will leave many wondering where the story is actually going. It’s all probably a little too long for its own good. And it comes with the territory that most viewers will be looking for a big twist at

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the close. As more was revealed about Kevin and Casey, this reviewer found himself constantly thinking about what might really be going on. Kevin’s manic, exaggerated behavior and his claims of the coming of a “beast” as well as his “horde” of personalities certainly raises dozens of potential solutions. When all is revealed, the initial feeling was one of slight disappointment. I was ready to walk out of the theater and write about the movie being a well-acted and intriguing effort that does its job efficiently, but lacks the big sting of some of the filmmaker’s best titles. Then, shortly after the credits begin, something startling does occur. Don’t walk out right away, because an unexpected

revelation comes along that resolves many hanging issues. Frankly, it completely fooled me. In fact, it was so unexpected that it left many around with jaws agape. If you’re a fan of the director’s work, you’ll want to see the movie quickly before spoilers are spread about it. In the end, I have to give Split its props. While the movie certainly has some issues, the lead performance is well above-average and Shyamalan still possesses the skills of misdirection to deliver an enormous surprise at the close. In fact, it’s an image that left me hoping for some sort of follow-up. For a small, character based genre movie, that’s a pretty impressive feat. 207 WEST COAL GALLUP 505.863.1250 www.elmorrotheatre.com Facebook @elmorrogallup

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‘The Founder’ serves up the nasty side of Micky D’s origins RATING: «« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 115 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun

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e r e’s o ne t h a t h a s been a long time coming. T he Founder was supposed to arrive in theaters in 2015 as an Oscar contender, but its release was pushed back a couple of times. Heck, it barely made it out this year. Although these types of delays often denote trouble, this biography of one of the men behind the fast-food franchise McDonald’s isn’t half-bad. The problem is that while it’s a decent movie, it also isn’t an exceptional one. The story follows milkshake mixer salesman Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), struggling to make ends meet and driving from diner to diner, state to state, attempting to sell his wares. When he gets a substantial order over the phone from a small restaurant in San Bernardino, he’s compelled to visit. He’s overwhelmed by what he sees; a smooth and efficiently operated fast-food establishment run by brothers Maurice (John Carroll Lynch) and Richard McDonald (Nick Offerman). Kroc boasts and states the location has,”...the best burger

I’ve ever tasted.” Even back in the 50s before fast-food service reached its zenith, I’m not entirely convinced that anyone has ever or would ever say that a mass-produced McDonald’s sandwich is the greatest in the world. Regardless, the protagonist begins attempting to convince the brothers to franchise their restaurant. While the siblings are initially hesitant, Kroc’s enthusiasm gets the better of them. As time passes, the lead begins to exert his influence over McDonald’s and push his partners out of the way. Director John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks) shoots and presents the material in a straightforward, somewhat generic manner. In fact, for the first hour it feels like a puffpiece documentary you’d see on TV about the success and growth of a major corporation. Kroc learns more about the model of McDonald’s and attempts to raise equity and sell franchises; these moments are scored almost like an infomerical, with a golly-gee attitude toward the proceedings. I’m sure it is used as an intentional technique, in order to contrast the beginnings of Kroc’s involvement with what will eventually occur. However, it’s an odd pairing that doesn’t make for a lot of tension or conflict early on. The details of the first sections are interesting to a degree,

Micheal Keaton (center) plays McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc. In this adaptation of the fast food empire’s founder, Keaton’s character delivers a double order of betrayal, with a side order of knife-in-your-back. But the slow-moving flick may leave viewers with a nasty aftertaste. Now playing. Photo Credit: The Weinstein Co. but they don’t possess a great deal of bite. Kroc experiences problems with the first franchise owners, but these issues are forgotten as more appropriate candidates are screened and start their own businesses under his scrutiny and supervision. It is towa rds the final third that the movie eventually springs to life. Things get considerably more interesting when Kroc begins to push harder against his partners and make some nasty, morally objectionable decisions to slice the McDonald brothers out of

the business. Keaton is always interesting to watch as he turns his go-getter into a cutthroat figure with a certain bluntness and little regard for others. And there is tension in these scenes as the lead turns nasty, using real estate tactics to take over the burgeoning corporation and revise the history of the company as his own creation. It’s a bold move to paint Kroc in a negative light. Still, one feels the drive for power as well as the underhanded motions and motives for that behavior should have

been explored in more detail and could have arrived much sooner in the story. Perhaps that is why I liked The Founder but wasn’t overwhelmed by it. Despite its best efforts and another strong central performance, it takes a long while to hit its stride and make its point. Until then, the movie almost tastes like a fast-food burger. The meal is reasonable enough while it is being consumed, but it doesn’t really satisfy and ends up leaving you with a somewhat queasy aftertaste.

Coach’s Korner: Alkalinity, what is it? By Greg McNeil What does it mean when someone tells you they are

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Solution diet, Ketone diet, Atkins diet, the Eat Right for Your Type, the Live Right for Your Type or any other diet book both past and present that currently stock our shelves today? What is the difference? And what is the benefit to you the consumer to pursue an alkaline diet or an alkaline lifestyle? And finally, what does the individual truly understand when they use the word alkaline or alkalinity? In 478 words we begin carefully with a few facts. One, you were born into an alkaline environment. Two, the natural world that

surrounds you, the natural world that surrounds and contains everyone is alkaline. Three, ever y thing contained in that natural environment- the foods we consume, the plants, the animals, herbs etc are also alkaline. Four, the only other food sources available to you on the planet, that do not originate from your natural, alkaline environment come to you through the process of laboratory, scientific and engineering technology involving planets, animals and inorganic

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‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage’ delivers muddled action RATING: «« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 107 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun

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ometimes, the term “they don’t make them l i ke t hey u sed t o” doesn’t necessa r i ly have a negative connotation. This week brings a new title in the sequels-no-one-was-clamoring-for category. Honestly, does anyone look back at 2002’s xXx with an overwhelming feeling of warmth or nostalgia? Well, xXx: Return of Xander Cage assumes that you do. Not only that, but it also doesn’t seem compelled to offer anything fresh or different upon its return.

Truthfully, one can guess the reason that this feature was been seemingly generated out of the blue. Star Vin Diesel’s Fast & Furious franchise is nearing its close. This sequel feels like an obvious and less-than-genuine attempt to start up a new line of films to keep the revenue coming in for a few more years. In has a similar format and plot elements. Were it not for a lack of automobiles on display, one might think they were watching a low-rent follow-up to that series. What little story there is involves a sinister piece of technology that can alter operating systems and cause satellites to crash to the Earth with the simple push of a button. A new handler (Toni Collette) for the covert xXx program needs “the best” in order to recover

the item. She doesn’t believe repor ts that Xander Cage (Diesel) has died and sets out to find him. It’s a pretty easy task, since the secret agent has spent the past decade on the beaches of the Dominican Republic, performing elaborate stunts in public and sleeping with locals (who look like supermodels); he’s not exactly maintaining a low profile. Cage decides to take on the assignment, but only if he can recruit new blood (played by an international cast that includes Ruby Rose, Kris Wu and Rory McCann) to help. With the assistance of tech support (Nina Dobrev), the trail leads them to the Philippines, where they discover that some ex... well, ex-xXx operatives (Deepika Padukone, Donnie Yen, Tony Jaa) may be involved. There’s little else to the story

other than a lot of posturing between the members and speeches about how they all should unite for the greater good. Between the skateboarding tricks, chases with motorcycles on water-skis and shootouts, there are endless double crosses and random allegiance changes. Some of the over-the-top action moments are passable, but much of it is edited in a hectic and confusing way with some not-so-special special effects. Thankfully, there is one bright spot. Whenever Yen steps in to use his martial arts skills on foes, the movie improves. He’s the best thing here, with his speedy reflexes and bone crunching lunges. It’s enough to make one wish this follow-up was just about him. Co-star Jaa has a moment or two to shine, but his skills are dreadfully underutilized. I’m not expecting great acting here, but the writing is pretty leaden and many of the characters (with the exception of Yen) come across as incredibly stiff. By and large, the majority of this tale is played too seriously considering how

absurd the material is. Cage walks around with a smug look on his face as every woman he encounters (including a team member or two) throw themselves at him. He barely musters much more than an expression of mild annoyance with each attack. There’s no tension here, no danger created and little in the way of thrills. This is a very hectic and loud movie, but it all simply blurs together. One cameo towards the close is so larger-than-life that it is funny, there’s an effective singing gag in the final scene and an amusing comment from a cast member, but it’s too little, too late. This is a humdrum and less-than-memorable exercise. The fact that it ends with a team of characters organized to take on new missions filled me with dread. Please, people, let’s not extend this franchise out for four or five more movies. Ultimately, xXx: Return of Xander Cage doesn’t provide enough genuine excitement or even exaggerated, giddy chaos to make any of it worthwhile. Vi sit: www.cinema stance.com

Vin Diesel comes back for some kick a$$ and get the girl action while looking slick and cool in this sequel to the 2002 xXx. Yes, there’s hot chicks such as Deepika Padukone, as seen in this photo. And there’s shoot outs and James Bond-esque chase scenes to keep your senses burning. But warning to moviegoers that crave sensible dialogue and a storyline you can follow – it’s not that kind of film. Now playing. Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures COMMUNITY

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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Jan. 20, 2017 By Glenn Kay For the Sun

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elcome back to a new edition of highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. It’s a busy report, with plenty of releases both big and small, critically praised and reviled. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure and give one of these titles a try!

BIG NEW RELEASES! C o m e and Find Me - In this independent t h r i l le r, a ma n’s girlfriend mysteriously disappears. He goes on the hunt for her, but finds himself in danger after discovering that she has been living a double life. Reviews were good for this feature. A few complained that the plotting was slow and events weren’t clarified enough by the close. However, more felt the performances were strong and mentioned that once it got going, the movie delivered enough intrigue to recommend. It stars Aaron Paul, Annabelle Wallis, Garret Dillahunt and Zachary Knighton. Death Race 2050 - If you enjoy pulp cinema, then you’re no doubt familiar with the 1975 Roger Corman cult classic, Death Race. Unlike the big-budget Jason Statham remake of a few years back, this indie effort comes from Corman himself (he produced this title). Once again, the story follows a group of strange characters on a cross-country race in which they rack up bonus points along the way by running down pedestrians. This is a directto-DVD title, so as of right now there are no reviews available. The cast includes Manu Bennett, Malcolm McDowell, Marci Miller and Yancy Butler. T h e Girl on the Train - A com muter riding a train to the city th inks she witnesses a murder in this

studio thriller. However, no one believes her and as the protagonist investigates, she begins to become a suspect herself. Based on a bestselling novel, reviews were decidedly mixed. The majority felt that the movie was serviceable and benefited from its strong cast, but didn’t offer anything new. A few also complained that it didn’t appear to translate the tension present in the book. It features Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Allison Janney and Lisa Kudrow. The Hollow Point - This independent drama with western overtones is a modern day crime saga. When a drug deal goes horribly wrong, several people and a large pile of money go missing. On the case is a retiring sheriff and his replacement-in-training, who attempt to solve the elaborate crime. The press didn’t think too much of this one, commenting that while the movie did possess a certain degree of style, the entire exercise came across as a poor man’s take on No Country for Old Men. Patrick Wilson, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo, Jim Belushi and Lynn Collins headline the feature. Keeping Up With the Joneses - A suburban couple a re smitten with their worldly and charming new neighbors in this comedy. But after befriending them, the leads begin to wonder if the new arrivals might be secret agents in hiding. Notices were generally disastrous for this effort. The main critique seemed to be that despite the funny and talented cast, the story and joke-writing was extremely dull and bland, resulting in a completely forgettable film. The movie stars Zach Galifianakis, John Hamm, Isla Fisher, Gal Gadot and Matt Walsh. Long Way North - This excel lent F rench / Da n i sh animated film involves the exploits of a young Russian aristocratic girl in 19th century St. Petersburg who follows her dreams of being an explorer. When the youngster’s grandfather disappears while on an excursion to find

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a new route to the North Pole, the determined girl sets out to finds him. Notices were exceptional, praising the art and the compelling storyline as well as the likable and realistic characters. While it’s unlikely they’ll get mentioned at the Oscars, April and the Extraordinary World and this film were two of the strongest animated features of the year. Ouija: O r i g i n of Evil Coming just years after t he f i n a n cia lly successful but critically p a n n e d Ouija, this horror follow-up involves more characters who dare to play the scary, spirit-raising board game. This time out, its a family of hustlers with a phony séance business who end up summoning a real and malevolent supernatural force. Surprisingly, critics were very upbeat on this sequel, calling it a vast improvement on its predecessor. They admired the zippy pace, charismatic performances and sharp, well-timed shocks that effectively built tension. It features Annalise Basso, Elizabeth Reaser, Lulu Wilson and Henry Thomas. The Whole Truth - A lawyer vows to help defend the teenage son of a close friend in this courtroom suspense/thriller. While the boy has admitted to committing a murder, as more evidence is revealed, a conspiracy is unraveled that points to another party. Unfortunately, members of the press couldn’t quite recommend the feature. They believed that due to the generic script and TV-movie, monochromatic photography, the movie never truly managed to build up a great deal in the way of excitement or drama. T he ca st i ncludes Kea nu Reeves, Renee Zellweger, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Jim Belushi. Z e r o Days Those with an interest in document a r ies w i l l likely be ent iced by t h i s ef for t t h a t de a l s with cyber-warfare. It details the creation of the most powerful computer virus ever

envisioned and reveals its secret history and development, as well as the unintended consequences after the powerful malware was released. The movie earned almost uniform raves from reviewers. There were minor qualms about the fact that many interviewees couldn’t comment on specific details, but they all referred to the feature as a shocking, troubling, compelling and important effort that will leave you with plenty to ponder.

BLASTS FROM THE PAST! There’s definitely some interesting older titles arriving on Blu-ray in high definition. Arrow Video have Takashi Miike’s Black Society Trilogy. For those who don’t know, Miike is a Japanese filmmaker who has made some incredibly disturbing but effective material, most notably Audition (1999) and 13 Assassins (2010). This box set contains three of his earliest efforts - Shinjuku Triad Society (1995), Rainy Dog (1997) and Ley Lines (1999). They arrive with new transfers, a recent interview with Miike and actor Show Aikawa (who appears in Rainy Dog and Ley Lines), in addition to audio commentaries for all three films by Miike biographer Tom Mes, original theatrical trailers for the titles and a collector’s booklet. If you’re a fan, this looks like a great set. Wa r n e r Archive have some great madeto-order titles being made availa ble. T h i s i ncludes a Blu-ray for Bad Day at Black Rock (1955), a compelling, Oscar-nominated crime thriller starring the impeccable Spencer Tracy. The actor plays a mysterious stranger who arrives in a tiny town just off of the railway tracks in order to meet with a former associate. The icy locals won’t help the man out and act vaguely (and then not so subtly) threatening towards him, eventually leading to conflict. They also have DVD-Rs of several out-of-print titles. They includes the Cate Blanchett WWII drama, Charlotte Gray (2001) and the romance Living

Out Loud (1998), starring Holly Hunter, Danny De Vito and Queen Latifah. Additionally, they have the Ba rba ra Streisand drama Nuts (1987). Perhaps the most interesting release is the small, romantic comedy Overnight Delivery (1998), which features lead performances from a very young Paul Rudd and Reese Witherspoon just before they hit the big time. Shout! Factory have a double feature Blu-ray of the slashers Slumber Party Massacre II (1987) and Slumber Party Massacre III (1990). I suppose the plots for these films are pretty self-explanatory. The package does contain plenty of impressive extras. This includes two cuts of each film the R-rated version and lengthy unrated cuts (each features more than 10 minutes of additional footage). It also includes cast/crew audio commentaries, making-of documentaries and trailers. F i n a l l y, Criterion have a couple of releases as wel l. T he Blu-ray for t h e bi t i n g Ger m a n film, Fox an d Hi s F r ie n d s (1975). Besides a new 4K transfer, the disc contains new interviews with crew member, archived bits with director Wer ner Fassbinder and newly translated subtitles. They also have the drama, Something Wild (1961), which follows a woman suffering from trauma after a sexual assault. Among other bonuses, this release includes a restored transfer, interviews with the star and director as well as film critics praising the feature.

YOU KNOW! FOR KIDS! Here are some titles t hat sma l l fry may enjoy. L e g o Jurassic World: The Indominus Escape

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Gallup High Lady Bengals swarm Farmington Photos by Ryan Hudgeons

Gallup High lady Bengals beat the visiting Farmington ladies by a score of 52-62 Jan. 17.

Lady Bengal Amanda Mitchell (3) tries to get the ball from Farmington’s Brianna Charley (10).

Gallup High’s Sara Shirley (23) with the layup over the Farmington defender.

Alyssa Garcia of the GHS Bengal Girls dance team performs during the halftime show Jan. 17.

Alexis Villalobos of the GHS Bengal Girls dance team performs during the halftime show Jan. 17.

DVD REVIEW | FROM PAGE 20 Lego Nexo Knights: Season 2 Surf’s Up 2: Wave Mania (direct-to-video sequel) Teletubbies: Big Hugs

ON THE TUBE! And these are this week’s TV-related releases. 12 Monkeys: Season 2 Diagnosis Murder: Seasons 1, 2 and 3 The IT Crowd: The Internet is Coming (documenta r y about the BBC Series) The Love Boat: Season 3, Vol. 1 COMMUNITY

T h e Love Boat: Sea son 3, Vol. 2 The Mod Squad: The Complete Collection N Y P D B l u e : T he F i n a l Season Rizzoli and Isles: The Complet e 7t h a nd F i n a l Season Scarlett: The Miniseries E vent (19 94 Joa n ne W h a l ley/ T i mo t hy D a lt o n miniseries) Secrets of the Dead: Van Gogh’s Ear (PBS)

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COACH’S KORNER | FROM PAGE 18 substances. To correctly understand alkalinity we must return to nature and the natural environment. On planet earth, including everything on the planet and the planet itself, there is a structural foundation, an arrangement of life that connects and supports every living organic substance on the planet. This structure is composed of three minerals, carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. Carbon, hydrogen and oxygen form the “CHO” chain of life for all living organic substances throughout the entire planet. This is found in the subject of biochemistry which is based on the understanding that carbon, hydrogen and oxygen must be present at the core of every living thing for life to exist. Carbon is the most important mineral because it represents the building blocks of life. Humans, plants, animals and soil all have carbon as its base. Science ha s identi f ied 142 organic minerals on the

planet, more may have been d iscovered; however, t he human body is composed of 102 minerals. Carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, iron, calcium, zinc, and copper are just a few. Here we go! Because organic minerals have the property of electricity it makes them and every organic substance on the planet electrical or alive. If a substance produces electricity, that substance is considered to be alkaline. Alkalinity means a substance produces electricity, which means the substance is also considered to be organic. Only native, natural or alkaline substances are organic. So then, when a person says that they pursue an alkaline lifestyle what they mean is they strive to eat only those things produced naturally by Mother Nature. Coach G G reg McNeil is a S t r o n g F i r s t In s t r u c t o r, P rofe ssion a l Stre n gth & Conditioning coach, Licensed Clinical Counselor (LPCC), Life Coa ch, Auth or, an d the owner of Gallup School of Strength (www.gallupschoolofstrength.com)

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR JAN. 20 - 26, 2017 FRIDAY Jan. 20 FAMILY MOVIE 4 pm: a family film for everyone to enjoy. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. This week: Kubo and the Two Strings SATURDAY Jan. 21 LIVE YOUR DREAM LUNCHEON 11:30 am – 1:30 pm: Soroptimist International of Gallup hosts the Ninth Annual Live Your Dreams Luncheon. Tickets $20. The Live your Dream Award will be distributed to three local women to help them with college expenses. Join us for fun and to honor the winners. The funds for the awards were raised during the Festival of Trees and we would like to thank all the sponsors. (505) 721-9121. El Rancho Hotel, 1000 E. Hwy 66. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Overeater’s Anonymous 12step 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) 307-5999, (505) 721-9208, or (505) 870-1483. SUNDAY Jan. 22 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. TUESDAY Jan. 24 MCKINLEY COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MEETING 9 am: Among other items, the Commission will consider the following; a second reading of the McKinley County Animal Control Ordinance No. JAN17-001; and, the first reading of an amendment to the personnel policy ordinance No. JAN-14-001 sub-section 15.16 payment of wages. Commissioner Chambers, Third Floor of the McKinley County Courthouse, 207 West Hill Ave. FREE COMPUTER CLASSES IN JANUARY The library is offering free computer training throughout the month of 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: Advanced Facebook from 3 – 5 pm. Octavia Fellin CALENDAR

Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. WEDNESDAY Jan. 25 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. JANUARY FILM SERIES: NEW YEAR NEW MOVIES Film begins at 5:30pm – popcorn is provided. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. This week: Suicide Squad THURSDAY Jan. 26 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: Stitch yarn craft MUSIC FROM THE RANCH AND THE OPEN RANGE At 6 pm, Dr. Steve Cormier will present an informative concert. From Cattle Drives to Ranch Work, music has been an important part of cowboy life and Dr. Cormier will share some of those songs from the 19th and 20th centuries. Steve Cormier earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of New Mexico. He has also played roles in film and television such as Wyatt Earp and Breaking Bad. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. 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,

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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. 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. 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) 722-0039 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) 722-5142 or visit Recylegallup.org. Note: Not held in December SUPPORT EARLY LANGUAGE AND LITERACY FOR SCHOOL SUCCESS! Gallup McKinley County Schools is currently recruiting pregnant women and teens in McKinley County with children ages birth to 5 years of age. There are no income guidelines and services are free to ALL community members. Learn more about this opportunity by contacting BeBe Sarmiento at (505) 721-1055. TALKING SERVICE: READING AND DISCUSSION GROUP FOR VETERANS At 6 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. SAVE THE DATE FREE COMPUTER CLASSES IN JANUARY The library is offering free computer training throughout the month of 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 27: PowerPoint for Beginners, from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. FAMILY MOVIE Jan. 27 at 4 pm: a family film for everyone to enjoy. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. This week: The Fox and the Hound

GMCS SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE FORUM Candidates for the School Board will be on hand to answer questions from panelists. There will be random questions drawn. Email your questions to: gallupsun@gmail.com Where: Student Support Center Boardroom (Central Office) When: Feb. 1, 6:30-8:30p.m. Hosted/Sponsored by: - Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation; -Gallup Sun Newspaper; and -Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce TRASHION SHOW WORKSHOP Jan. 28 at the Red Mesa Center, 105 W. Hill: 10 am – noon for those interested in participating in the McKinley Citizens’ Recycling Council Trashion Show, April 15. For information on how to register for the workshop, help on locating recycled materials, and more, contact Linda (505) 905-5966, betsywindisch@ yahoo.com (505) 721-9879, or recyclegallup.org. For design ideas check out recyclesantafe.org/fashion-show and recyclerunway.org. MARKETING & PROMOTION WORKSHOP SERIES For your small business. Jan. 31, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm: How to Get Your Business Online. 1 – 4:30 pm: The Perfect Facebook Business Post. $15. Gallup Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room, 106 W. Hwy. 66, (505) 722-7220. COMMUNITY BOOK FAIR Chief Manuelito Middle School will be hosting a Community Book Fair in the School Library from Feb. 1 – 14, 8 am - 4 pm daily, and all day during Parent/Teacher Conferences on Feb 6. Chief Manuelito Middle School, 1325 Rico St. 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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