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AREA DANCE TEAMS ABLAZE! Bengals, Starlettes head to DTU Nationals By Dee Velasco For the Sun
he Ga l lup H ig h School’s Bengal Girls Da nce Tea m a nd the Starlette Dance Team are both headed to the
Dance Team Union National Championship in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 3-5. A big send-off was held Jan. 25 at the GHS gym. “We had a send-off performance last night and we hopefully raised all the money
we needed for the trip out to Florida,” Bengals Dance Team spokesperson Elinor Romero said. “All of the girls are going to perform, and all are pretty excited.” This was the last fundraising event in which $500 is
needed for each girl to cover flight and hotel accommodations. The Bengal Girls Dance Team also held other fund raising events, from selling enchiladas to discount cards for local restaurants since August 2016. The GHS dance team along
with the Starlette Dance Team were invited by DTU to perform in Florida. “The GHS girls were asked because of previous dance
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NEWS Gallup Council approves downtown beer and wine license ‘QUIET ZONE’ ASSESSMENT STUDY APPROVED
and Gaming, with specifications as to the distances from schools, churches and military facilities. The state gives preliminary approval and then the matter goes to what is called a “local option district.” “If approved it (the request) goes back to Alcohol and Gaming and they either issue it
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he Gallup City Council approved the issuing of a beer and wine license to JJSST, doing business as Coal Street Pub, located at 303 W. Coal Ave. The licensure approval took place at the Jan. 24 regular city meeting by a 3-1 vote. Mayor Jackie McKinney did not attend the council meeting. City Councilor Linda Garcia, whose council district includes the restaurant and pub, voted in favor of the license as did councilors Allan Landavazo, Yogash Kumar and Fran Palochak. The latter said they favored the survey and the quiet zone. “I didn’t see a problem with it,” Garcia said of her vote. “That location had had the same license before and under a different operator. I’m OK with the approval.” Cit y At t or ney G eor ge Kozeliski introduced the matter to council members and explained that the establishment was sold several months ago to Jayson Gomez. “W hen you sel l you r
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business or close it the license reverts to the state and the new owner has to get a license from the state,” Kozeliski said. “Beer and wine licenses are not transferred.” Kozeliski noted that the city approves licenses under the auspices that they will not be adverse to the health, safety and welfare of the community. He said the most recent beer and wine licenses that were approved were connected to WisePies at American Heritage Mall and Fratelli’s where a full service license was replaced with a beer and wine license.
“The last one that was not allowed was for Plaza Café on Ninth Street,” Kozeliski said. That decision was overturned by Alcohol and Gaming in Santa Fe. Just one public hearing is held on the issuing of a beer and wine license, so the matter won’t come before the full council again, he added. Kozeliski estimated that the state would probably be issuing Coal Street Pub the new license in about a week. In terms of what the process is to obtain a beer and wine license, Kozeliski said application must be made to Alcohol
The city approved a “Quiet Zone” study to determine the traffic impacts that would occur if Second and Third streets and NM 118 were closed off to eliminate the sound of trains blaring their horns as they approach intersections. Photo Credit: Courtesy
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vehicles would be backed up for a train in both directions at one crossing,” he said. “I believe the study is to determine the number of vehicle crossings, the pedestrian traffic, and if it’s feasible or advisable to have one crossing and not two.” Kozeliski explained that the cost of the study is $100,000,
Coal Street Pub, 303 W. Coal Ave., is under new ownership and can now sell beer and wine. Photo Credit: Courtesy or not,” Kozeliski said. The licensee pays the normal city business license fee of $50. The application fee for the license is $200 and an annual fee is subsequently paid to the state. Also at the meeting, the Gallup City Council approved a resolution in support of a road safety assessment for the area of Second Street, Third Street and New Mexico 118 by the state Department of Transportation. The vote was 3-1 with Garcia dissenting. Kozeliski said the matter is associated with the closing of the Second and Third streets for a quiet zone. “From what the (DOT) told me it is associated with determining things like the distance
which would be paid by DOT. Garcia took issue with the matter saying her no vote was because the people in her district feel “divided.” She said she has held several neighborhood association meetings where the matter has been discussed. “No. I can tell you that nobody on the north side is for this,” Garcia said. She’s in favor of a quiet zone, but not in support of closing a crossing. If the wording of the resolution could be changed to not support the city closing a street, then she’d probably be in favor of the idea. Kozeliski said he wasn’t exactly sure when the traffic study would start. He said such an assessment would have no impact on traffic once it is in place.
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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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McKinley County moves on Deer Springs Road construction IRVING: COUNTY TO USE $170K TO LEVERAGE MORE FUNDS
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he McKinley C o u n t y B o a r d of Commissioners approved a $170,000 budget resolution Jan. 24 for the planning, design and construction of road improvements for Deer Springs Road. The road is a 10-mile rural stretch between the Mexican Springs and Twin Lakes chapter houses and has been in need of improvement for years, officials have said. Commissioner Genevieve Ja ck s o n d id no t a t t e nd the com m ission meeting. C om m i s s ioner s Bi l l L e e and Carol Bowman-Muskett attended the meeting and voted in approval of the matter. “This is something that has been a part of the county’s to-do list for a long time,” McKinley County Attorney
Doug Decker said. “It’s part of our road improvement platform.” McKinley County Roads Superintendent Jeff Irving said state funds were received for the road improvements to Deer Springs in 2016. He said the county has until 2019 in which to use the funds or they might be clawed back. Irving said the Deer Springs Road project is one of the many rural county roads that need some improvements. Specifically, Irving said the road improvements along Deer Springs include drainage and chip sealing and paving. “We know what has to be done,” Irving said. “That part is pretty clear. It’s a matter of time before this particular project gets done.” Decker noted that the commission vote was for the review and approval of a budget
adjustment. He said there is no specific time line in place to start and complete the work. Irving said one idea that the county is tossing around is the possibility of going to Santa Fe while the State Legislature is in session and using the $170,000 to get more funds. The state legislative session ends in March this year. Irving said when you’re talking about rural county roads, $170,000 is only going to go so far, hence the need for more funds. “The road needs a lot done to it,” Irving said about Deer Springs Road. “But what was approved (today) is not enough – but it’s enough to at least start and get the ball rolling.” Irving said when the proposal moves beyond where it is now that it would be county workers who’d do the actual road improvements. He said there would be no bidding or
hiring of an outside construction firm for any reason. Like Decker, Irving did not put a time line on how things would move, but said they would definitely move since people in the Mexican Springs area want the project on the fast track. Bowman-Muskett, who is from Mexican Springs, said the road has been in need of some improvements for a long time. She said she’ll continue to monitor the progress of the
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Gallup-McKinley County Schools is seeking community input on the District’s upcoming budget proposal. All residents of McKinley County (including, but not limited to: parents, community members, staff and administrators) are encouraged to please take a brief on-line survey to provide feedback regarding budget priorities, district communication and parental involvement. The survey can be accessed on the District’s main webpage at www.gmcs.k12.nm.us The survey will be available until 2/15/17. Thank you in advance for taking a moment of your time to help improve our District. 6
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McKinley County Republicans elect new board have taken on the new roles,” Link said. “We’re excited about the new officers and the new take on politics around the country.”
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he McK inley County Republican Party recently elected new officers, officials confirmed. The new officers were chosen at the group’s Biannual County Convention. Delegates for the State Central Committee were chosen, too. Martin Link, a retired instructor f rom t he Un iver sit y of New Mexico-Gallup, and a long-time area Republican, said Edwin Begay is the new chairman. Begay, who has filed for a school board seat with GallupMcKinley County Board of Education, replaces Rodney Tahe who served out his two-year term. Tahe received an invitation to the presidential inauguration last week and
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Martin Link the Arizona State Society Ball on Jan. 19. He will now serve as the McKinley County GOP treasurer. Lester Slade is second chairman and Judy Slade is secretary. Link was voted as the groups first vice-chairman. “We have a good group of people that
Link, a University of Arizona graduate who is originally from Wisconsin, said there are about 5,000 registered Republicans in McKinley County. He said all of them are firmly behind Donald Trump. Asked about Trumps’s new cabinet picks, which are mostly millionaire white men, Link said, “So what that they are mostly white men. He has chosen very successful people. There’s nothing wrong with picking successful people for jobs.” Trump was inaugurated on Jan. 20
and at the same time in which women from around the world held a protest against some of the alleged disparaging things Trump has said about women, gays, minorities, and handicapped people while campaigning for the presidency. In response to the legions of people, both Republican and Democratic, who continue to protest and speak out and refuse to accept the fact that Trump is president, Link said, “They need to grow up. They need to recognize the new president and give him a chance.” On Trump’s past reported bankruptcies, Link said, “Everybody fails here and there. That’s normal and there’s nothing wrong with that. Sometimes you just have to keep at what you’re doing until you become successful.”
Gallup: No writein candidates file GARCIA UNOPPOSED IN D1 By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
here were no write-in filings for city councilor Distr ict 1 or District 3, city clerk Al Abeita said. “We did not receive any declarations for write-in candidacy,” he said. “We did not receive any withdrawals of candidacy, either.” The candidate field for District 3 includes incumbent Yogash
Kumar. Angela Chavez and Esco Chavez are also running for that seat. Angela Chavez has never held political office before. Esco Chavez is a former city parks and recreation director. Both Kumar and Esco Chavez are former city mayoral candidates. Councilor Linda Garcia is unopposed in District 1. The deadline for write-in candidates to file was Jan. 24. The election is March 14. Gallup councilors earn an annual salary of $15,000.
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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 Sheriffâ€™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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Agreement furthers local healthcare for Navajo vets Staff Reports
INDOW ROCK – The Department of Health and Human Ser v ices not ified President Russell Begaye Jan. 24 that the Indian Health Ser vice signed an amendment with the Department of Veterans Affairs to extend the national reimbursement agreement for direct health care services through June 20, 2019. The extension of the reimbursement agreement will continue to allow the VA to financially compensate IHS for direct health care provided to American Indian and Alaska Native veterans that are eligible for and enrolled in VA’s
health care system. “Our office will continue to advocate on behalf of our Navajo Veterans in facilitating the health care services that they need,” Begaye said. “We participated in many Tribal Consultations a nd Tr iba l Advisory Committee meetings, letting the VA and DHHS know that the Navajo Nation has many rural areas. Because of which, our veterans need to utilize local IHS facilities as opposed to traveling extensively to regional VA hospitals.” Begaye said extending this agreement will greatly benefit Navajo Veterans. “We appreciate the efforts of DHHS, IHS and the VA in continuing this partnership,” he said.
The original MOU between IHS and the VA was signed on Oct. 1, 2010 with the intention to improve the health status of American Indian and Alaska Natives. The reimbursement agreement was signed on Dec. 5, 2012 and was set to end in December 2017. By the end of fiscal year 2015, the VA had reimbursed over $16.1 million for direct care services provided by IHS and Tribal Health Programs c o v e r i n g 5 ,0 0 0 e l i g i b l e Veterans. “The reimbursement agreement is working throughout Indian Country,” said Vice President Jonathan Nez. “The MOU and agreement have helped veterans utilize IHS
facilities without having to travel to major cities to receive care. In many cases, this has provided care to veterans who might have not sought care outside of their local IHS facilities. It’s critical and has great impacts on the health of our veterans.” Principal Deputy Director of DHHS, Mary Smith said the goals of the MOU and agreement are to provide eligible American Indian and Alaska Native veterans with access to care closer to their homes. In considering President D o n a l d T r u m p’s i n i t i a l executive actions thus far, a n E xecut ive O rder h a s been signed that allows the Secretary of Health and Human
Services to waive or delay the implementation of any Affordable Care Act provisions that would impose a financial, state or regulatory burden on any individual. If ACA is repealed it will further affect this reimbursement agreement that provides health care services to veterans. Consequently, the repealing of the Indian Healthcare Improvement Act would have disastrous consequences for the IHS, as well as tribal and urban Indians who would lose critical third party revenue, legal authorities and life-saving programs. T he Nav a jo Nat ion i s respectfully requesting that Congress retain the IHCIA as enacted within the ACA of 2010.
Waterline break quickly fixed by city workers Staff Reports A waterline break that occurred near the corner of Aztec
and Ciniza was repaired within a matter of hours Jan. 24. The break occurred around 8 am. Utility crews closed off the intersection
to put a stop to the gushing water by repairing the line. According to an email from Dennis Romero, P.E., of Gallup Utilities, forwarded to the Sun by City Manager Maryann Ustick, the line was repaired
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City workers rushed to repair a waterline break near the intersection of Aztec and Ciniza Jan. 24. Photo Credit: City of Gallup
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and placed back into service shortly before 1 pm. Romero said the “break was in a 14-inch ductile iron line.” He also said that a new line was installed in the area about 2010.
“This break was a 4-inch blowout in the older section of the line,” he said. “A clamp/ patch was installed to repair the leak.” Ustick said that no homes in the area sustained damages.
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Dead body found at Father Dunstan Park By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he body of a deceased Nat ive A mer ica n male was found at about 2:30 pm on Jan. 25 at Father Dunstan Park on Gallup’s south side. The park is in the midst of a residential area and is across the street from Gallup Catholic High School. Gallup Police Department Capt. Marinda Spencer said that police have identified the man as Tom David Jones, 45, of Chinle, Ariz. An official cause of death h a sn’t been det er m i ned. Spencer said the body was fully
clothed and there didn’t appear to be evidence of foul play. “We are still investigating the situation,” she said. “Hopefully in a week or less we’ll get something preliminary from OMI (Office of the Medical Investigator).” Spencer said a passerby discovered Jones’ body. She said the passerby spotted a community service aide, and from there police officials were notified. Father Dunstan Park is one of a handful of ball parks used by Gallup’s Little League baseball and softball teams in the summer. Spencer said the body was discovered in one of the dugouts at the park.
The body of Tom David Jones was found in a dugout at Father Dunston Park Jan. 25. Photo Credit: Ana Hudgeons
Navajo brothers sentenced to prison for murder Staff Reports
LBUQUERQUE – Two brothers, both enrolled members of the Navajo Nation who reside i n K i r t la nd were sentenced Jan. 24 in federal court in Albuquerque for convictions arising out of the March 21, 2015 murder of a Navajo man. Elijah Shirley, 31, was sentenced to 121 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release, and Michael Shirley, 32, was sentenced to 63 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. According to court filings, Elijah Shirley, Michael Shirley, and their brother Maynard Shirley, 38, were
charged with murdering a Navajo man and assaulting the murder victim’s father. T he defend a nt s com m it t ed the cr imes on March 21, 2015, in F r u it l a nd. T he t h ree men were i nd ic t ed on Apr i l 14, 2 015, a nd cha rged w it h k i l l i ng t he v ict i m
by stabbing him with a knife, and assaulting the victim’s father with a dangerous weapon and causing him to suffer serious bodily injury. Elijah Shirley entered a guilty plea on Sept. 21 to a felony information charging him with voluntary manslaughter, and admitted stabbing and killing the victim in the heat of passion. On that same day, Michael Shirley pled guilty to a felony information, charging him with being an accessory after the fact, and admitted that after they killed the victim, he assisted Elijah Shirley by burning a BMW vehicle and Maynard Shirley by helping him secure housing and transportation. Maynard Shirley pled guilty on
Dec. 13 to a felony i n for mat ion charging him with being an accessor y after the fact to the offense of voluntary manslaughter. Under the ter ms of his plea agreement, Maynard Shirley will be sentenced to 42 months in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court. Maynard Shirley remains in custody pending a sentencing hearing, which is scheduled for Feb. 13. The case was investigated by the Farmington office of the FBI and the Shiprock and Kayenta offices of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety, and are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Niki TapiaBrito and Nicholas Marshall.
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MCSO deputies ID’d, reinstated GPD OFFICER ALSO ON PAID LEAVE
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he three deputies from the McKinley-County Sheriff’s Office that were recently placed on paid administrative lead are Joey Guillen, Johnson Lee and Richard Rangel, McKinley Cou nt y Sher i f f Ron Si lver sm it h confirmed. And each, but Rangel, was back at work on a full-time basis as of Jan. 23, the sheriff said. “As far as a status update, that’s the latest that we have right now,” Silversmith said during a break at Tuesday’s McKinley County Board of Commissioners meeting. “I don’t have any information on the third deputy (Rangel).” Silversmith said other deputies in the department worked extra hours to cover for the deputies that were on leave. He said Guillen, a former member of the U.S. Navy, has worked at the sheriff’s office for 16 years and Lee for four. Rangel, a Gallup High School graduate and a starter on its basketball team last
year, is the newest McKinley deputy of the three. Silversmith said he didn’t have a timeframe in which Rangel would return, saying there are internal and external investigations that are not yet complete which could figure into the decision. Still, Silversmith stressed that public safety was never compromised. “That’s all I can say about that,” Silversmith said. “I don’t know how long the investigations will take. It could be weeks or could be months.” McKinley County Attorney Doug Decker told the Gallup Sun two weeks ago that the three deputies were involved in a physical altercation near a residence on West Hill Avenue that sent Cody Bitsilly, 23, to an Albuquerque hospital with undisclosed injuries. Decker did not specifically reveal the combined annual salaries of the three deputies, but said the total salary amount of the three is in the ball park of more than $100,000. A source recently told the Gallup Sun said the house party took place at the home of fellow sheriff’s deputy A.J.
Sheriff Ron Silversmith Noriega on the evening of Jan. 6. The Gallup Police Department issued a news release Jan. 7 that said one of its own was placed on paid administrative
leave as well and in connection to the incident. The release did not state the name of the officer, but a check of police call logs on Jan. 6 and Jan. 7 suggest that Officer Clarissa Morgan is the Gallup officer placed on leave. Morgan was on duty into the early morning hours of Jan. 7, logs show. A five-year GPD veteran, Morgan took a ca ll at 12:23 a m on Ja n. 7. Marinda Spencer, public information officer with the GPD, did not confirm or deny if the Gallup officer on pa id administrative leave wa s Morgan. An investigation of the whole matter is underway by the New Mexico State Police so as to avoid bias, Decker and Spencer said. Spencer did not return a telephone call from the Sun seeking information on Morgan’s job status. Silversmith said his first reaction at finding out about the situation was one of “disappointment.” He said MCSO consists of a lot of hard-working people, saying he’s optimistic that things at the sheriff’s office will be back to normal soon.
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HOEN I X – Der r ick Haskan, of Kayenta, Ariz. and a member of the Navajo Nation, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Steven P. Logan on Jan. 23 to 20 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. Haskan had previously pleaded guilty to second degree murder. The case involved Hasken crashing his truck into a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. Hasken had a blood alcohol content of over .20 and was driving in excess of
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OPINIONS ROLL CALL
h i s ye a r ’s o b s e rva nce of Ma r ti n Luther King, Jr., Day just happened to fall during the same week when the United States inaugurated a new president –Donald J. Trump. Dr. King would have been 89 years old last week had an assassin’s bullet not found its ma rk at that Memphis motel back in 1968. K ing was 39 years old at the time he died, yet he moved the
Get inspired after MLK Day consciousness of humanity in ways not done before by anyone. G a l lu p a n d McK i n le y Cou nt y celebrated K i ng’s bi r t hday w it h it s a n nua l m a r c h f r o m t h e G a l lu p Cultural center to the Larry B. M it chel l Recreat ion a l Center across town. King gave his life for the human struggle, for quality, dignity and opportunity. It’s a fight that continues. It’s one in which a ll
A mer ica ns must do t hei r parts, as it’s the only way to reach the Promised Land that King talked about in his last public address. That means doing things like supporting education, which is a stepping-stone to a better life. It means standing for something a nd speak ing out aga inst injustice. It means being part of the solution and not the problem. “Injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere,”
King once said in a speech. In Gallup, this year’s King observance was marked by the march from the Cultural Center, an inter-faith prayer service, short speeches and da nce per for ma nces from dozens of people from different cultures and races who reside in McKinley County. L a s t ye a r wa s a ye a r that broug ht out a lot of soul- sea rching in va r ious com mu n it ie s due t o t he fact that there were a lot
of communities that experienced gun deaths. There were shooting incidents that opened old wounds for some of us. The theme of the 2017 King Day in Gallup? “Community Togetherness.” Togetherness must mean just that throughout the entire year and not just on a given day. We should use the annual day set aside to honor Dr. King as something akin to inspiration.
GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF JAN. 27
Love him or hate him, Donald J. Trump is the 45th President of the United States. In the midst of his inauguration, women and men came together in peaceful (for the most part) protest. Both events mark an historic moment in time. On Jan. 27, a New Moon emerges. Now is the time to come together and usher in new beginnings. Madame G salutes you!
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
You’re headed in a new direction. How exciting! Bring your friends close and surround yourself with hope, companionship, and support. Only you can decide where this journey will lead. It’s up to you to determine what your “musts” are and what aren’t. You may even experience an Awakening, as in Kate Chopin’s novel. Give it all up for love—of yourself. Take care!
If you’re in the mood for nonfiction, read Sophia Amuroso’s work, #Girlboss. Amuroso’s the founder and CEO of Nasty Gal. You may find this to be the swift kick of motivation and inspiration you need. Don’t just sit around waiting for the world to happen to you. Get up! Get your walking shoes on, be they heels or tennis, and get out there. Kick ass!
Do you have a sister (or someone like a sister)? Give her a call and let her know you’ve got her back. Together, read and enjoy Jane Austen’s novel Sense and Sensibility. It follows two sisters navigating their life in a restricted society. The sisterly theme is overshadowed by romance, but you’ll cheer them on as they fight with, and for, each other. Reach out and help today!
Are you ready for some powerful energy? Well, you’ve got it. No one can give, or take, away anything unless you allow it. You’re enough, as you are. You’ve had this power all along. Be bold! Be brave. Read Aristphones’ play: Lysistrata. Sappho boldly takes on antiquity and the roles of women. If she can you can! Imagine pulling from all the great women and thrive!
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) When in doubt, call on your friends, especially your best friend. If you haven’t given your old BFF a call, ring her up. There’s no time like the present. Enjoy a good read about female friendship in Elizabeth Wein’s novel: Code Name, Verity. This compelling WWII spy thriller will pop you out of your seat and down the street to see your friends. All you need is love!
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Feeling a bit confused? Maybe you’re unsure of where your life is headed much less the country. Perhaps you’re doing just fine. Whatever the case, if you’re ready for a zany and strange adventure take some time to read, or re-read, the Female Man by Joanna Russ. This trippy little book is designed to make you think and laugh. Pass it along to a friend. Enjoy!
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) If you have moments of regret or sentimentality, don’t worry that’s normal. It’s important to look back on the past and feel warm and fuzzy feelings. Remember, the important part was in the living it. You may not have noticed every moment, but you were there and that is enough. So, sit back and enjoy a hot tea and Louisa May Alcott’s novel, Little Women. Enjoy!
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Are you ready for disruption? Maybe you’re tired of all the old ways of thinking or more specifically—you’re ready for change. Consider reading Virginia Wolf’s novel Orlando. This story follows a gender bending man turned woman who flips perspective on its head. Madame G recommends wearing what you want. Don’t hide—be you! You’ve got this!
Nostalgia hits like a Mac Truck, at times. It’s hard to let go, especially if the future looks less bright than the past. If you need a little time this weekend, sit down with Eudora Welty’s novel, The Optimists Daughter. This is a touching example of looking at your past, letting go, and moving on. Thank your past and those in it, so that you may move forward boldly. Live well!
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
So, what’s your poison? Maybe you’ve taken to drink, smoke, or a combination. Perhaps you’re a coach potato or a habitual complainer. Whatever the case, remember you still have freedom. Imagine what would happen, if it was all taken away. In Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, The Handmaids Tale, the future is bleak. Take what you can and run. Be grateful!
You may feel restless, especially if you’re headed in the wrong direction. Life rarely changes unless we do. You’re the director of this play. You don’t have control, but you have choice. When you want to sit back and complain, consider that you’re not the first to suffer. Pick up Alice Walker’s novel, The Color Purple. Even if you’re re-reading, you’ll appreciate the story.
Sometimes you just need to get away into a lovely fantasy world. You may want to head into the Arthurian legend with Marion Zimmer’s novel, The Mists of Avalon. This is a retelling of the supposedly evil witch Morigan. Take a stroll through nature while you’re at it and take the dogs. You’ll enjoy walking and relaxing. You’ll then access feminine power. Do it!
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Communities look to airports to spur economic development E By Finance New Mexico
ven in the age of the Internet and videoconferencing, a lot of business must be done face-to-face. In Northern New Mexico, that just got a whole lot easier. In December, direct flights between Phoenix and Santa Fe were inaugurated, making it fast and effortless for residents of the Valley of the Sun to reach New Mexico, and vice-versa. The flights open up the entire West Coast to Northern New Mexicans, including Seattle and Hawaii, through American’s regional hub in Phoenix. “Now we’re just a short trip from Hollywood. That should definitely help the local film industry,” said Simon Brackley, President and CEO of the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce and the head of the local alliance that is backing the flights. Helping local business, like the film industry, was the driving force behind the initiative for the flights, said Brackley. Not only will they improve access to state and local governments, but they will open up the real estate market to Phoenix and Scottsdale residents, bring Los Alamos National Laboratories closer to technology entrepreneurs, and help the tourism industry recruit new visitors. To induce American Airlines to start the flights, an alliance of local businesses guaranteed the airline a
minimum amount of revenue. If it doesn’t come from passengers, the alliance will make up the difference. Members of the alliance include the city and county of Santa Fe, as well as hotels, restaurants, real estate agents, and banks. Taos Ski Valley, which is undergoing a major redevelopment, was one of the prime movers. Northern New Mexico may want to look south to see how the deal might work. In March 2016, American started flights between Roswell and Phoenix. As with the flights to Santa Fe, the airline was guaranteed that the flights would generate a certain amount of revenue. Carlsbad, Roswell, Ruidoso, and surrounding municipalities would make up any shortfalls. The skies have not been without a few bumps. Mayor Dennis Kintigh of Roswell, referring to the revenue shortfall, said the southern alliance took
a “significant hit” in the fiscal quarter after service started. Kintigh is optimistic, however, that the municipalities’ share will drop, noting that the shortfall decreased in the next quarter and that the amount of the guarantee will drop in the coming months. Roswell’s initiative figured tourism into the picture, but it was primarily aimed at business travelers. Kintigh said the flights have helped them recruit new doctors and nurses to Roswell’s two hospitals, and they hope to attract more businesses like Leprino Foods, which has a manufacturing plant in Roswell. Leprino, the world’s largest maker of mozzarella cheese, has several plants in California, and company executives can now jet easily among the different locations. Kintigh’s advice for the North: “Once you’ve got it, don’t assume you’re going to keep it.” He said that marketing is key to generating traffic. Backers of Santa Fe’s new service have embarked on a marketing campaign in Arizona, but they also know they must educate locals about the convenience, time-savings and cost benefits of flying out of Santa Fe. As one community member said, “Where else can you find airport parking for $3 a day and be in the air within an hour of leaving your office?” Finance New Mexico connects individuals and businesses with skills and funding resources for their business or idea. Visit: www. FinanceNewMexico.org
Millions of 2017 tax refund delays expected By Steve Petranovich Certified Public Accountant
he IRS started accepting Income Ta x Returns for processing on January 23, but has announced delays in the processing of tax returns that contain Earned Income Tax Credit and Additional Child Tax Credit in the opening weeks of the 2016 tax filing season. Refunds for tax returns that have these credits will not be issued prior to February 15, 2017, and likely won’t arrive in bank accounts via direct
deposit or Pay-by-Refund until the week of February 27. This delay could affect over 40 million families this year. The purpose of the delay is the hope to avoid identity theft and fraud by having more time to verify the credits taken on the return. Experts say these credits tend to be targeted by identity thieves. In 2014, the IRS says they estimate issuing more than $3 billion in fraudulent tax returns. Experts are telling people to keep this in mind and to plan ahead when doing taxes this year. Visit: www.petrocpa17. com or email: petrocpa@ hotmail.com
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Senate votes to appropriate funds Heinrich not pleased to financially-strapped NM courts with Trump’s
ANTA FE – The Senate voted Jan. 25 to appropriate funding needed to prevent jud icia l court closures and to ensure that New Mexico court system can meet its constitutional obligations. The appropriation contained in SB 176 helps alleviate the financial strains felt by the state’s judicial system by appropriating money essential for the operation of the New Mexico Supreme Court, Second Judicial District Court, a nd t he T wel f t h Jud icia l District Court. Already the Second Judicial District Court, the state’s largest district, has implemented abbreviated services because of the financial crisis. “The justice system that New Mexico families rely on to keep them safe and ensure their rights are respected is failing because of inadequate funding,” said Senate Judiciary Chairman Richard
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W Martinez. “Tonight’s bipartisan passage makes important strides towards ensuring that the wheels of justice can continue to turn in a way that guarantees every New Mexican is afforded the rights they are entitled to.” The vote follows State Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Daniels’ call to the legislature to answer the “constitutional crisis” facing the state court system. Chief Justice Daniels applauded the Senate passage. “ T he Jud icia r y g reatly
appreci at e s t he S en at e’s bipartisan support in moving quickly to address the critical needs of the state courts, provide funding necessary for jury trials, and keep the doors of the Supreme Court open,” sa id Ch ief Justice Daniels. “This is a good first step. We look forward to continuing to work with the House and Senate to ensure there are adequate resources for a functioning justice system in New Mexico.” Visit: www.nmsenate. com
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ASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement Jan. 25, regarding media reports that the Trump Administration is considering an executive order to reinstate the CIA detention and interrogation program: “Any attempt to roll back prohibitions against torture is out of step with American principles and ruins our global credibility on human rights. “The CIA’s use of ‘black sites’ and ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ resulted in a dark chapter in our history, and was filled with gross violations of human rights. As the Senate I ntel l igence Com m it tee’s Torture Report proved, these torture techniques were also a totally ineffective means of gathering credible intelligence. “Two years ago, on an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, Congress limited interrogation techniques to those included in the Army Field Manual. I was proud to help lead that effort
COUNTY | FROM PAGE 5 year, said he’d monitor the situation as best possible. Lee is the executive director of the Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce and he said he would do what he could to push the matter in Santa Fe. Lee is in Santa Fe until the end of this week. “It’s been a priority for a long time,” Lee said. Lee served as county manager for a short stint over the past year. “I think everybody is looking to see what comes out of the state legislative session in terms of funding – not only for this particular project but a lot of others as well.” At a McK inley Cou nt y Board of Commissioners meeting in August 2016, Irving gave out a list of priority road projects (Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan) and the
NM Sen. Martin Heinrich to reaffirm the United States’ ban on the use of torture on detainees. I will do everything in my power to hold recently confirmed CIA Director Mike Pompeo accountable for following the law, and expect both Director Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mattis to keep their commitments to refuse illegal orders and to oppose torture. “Reinstituting torture and secret prisons would damage our nation’s global standing and put American lives at risk. The world looks to America to uphold hu ma n r ig ht s. Reinstating torture flies in the face of everything we stand for as Americans.” cost for improvements on that list to Deer Springs was $2.7 million. Deer Springs Road was a priority on the list behind the Manuelito Bridge and County Road 19 improvements. Ir v ing said the county would probably approach the Navajo Nation in the near future to see if more road improvement funds, generally, could be secured. Also at this week’s county com mission meeting, the Boa rd of Com m is sioner s appoi nt ed Rod ney Ta he, Ken Esparza, Edwin Begay and Jennifer Saucedo to the McKinley County Board of Registration. McKinley County Bureau of Elections Director Rick Palochak said the volunteer board involves itself in things like voter registration, mailings and inactivity. The board’s first meeting is set for the end of February, he said. OPINIONS
COMMUNITY Hundreds of women from NM go to D.C. to make their voices heard WHAT NOW? SOME ASK
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
undreds of women from around various towns and municipa l it ie s i n New Mexico headed to Washington, D.C., this past weekend – not to attend then President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, but the Women’s March on Washington Jan. 21. The event, which drew an estimated 500,000 people, was organized as a way to appeal to the incoming administration to respect diversity and human rights. According to the event’s national website, the goal was to “join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore.” The event followed an inauguration of a president who, while campaigning, vowed to build a wall between the United States and Mexico; reportedly called women names; and at one
point proposed harsher immigration restriction on Muslims. Trump also came under fire during his campaign for his treatment of women, generally, and particularly after a video recording surfaced in which he made sexually derogatory remarks about a woman who was married, commenting on her breasts. He also said that he could use his star power to get away with grabbing women by the pus-y. Also during the campaign, women came forward to say that he made unwanted sexual advances toward them. Trump denied the claims. Debra Haaland, a Pueblo of Laguna native and chairwoman of the New Mexico Democratic Par ty, said the march in Washington was everything – and more – that it was billed to be. Haaland said nobody anticipated that the march and its message would take off like a wild fire around the world. “It was a tremendous way to send a message to the new
president that women’s rights and human rights are important,” Haaland said. “I don’t think anybody expected this to go worldwide, but it did. New Mexico was well-represented.” Haaland, a University of New Mexico graduate who ran a few years ago for lieutenant governor on the Gary King ticket, said a group from the Land of Enchantment chartered a bus and went to D.C. She said the ride was a private venture and had nothing to do with public funds. Similar marches, albeit on smaller scales, were held in Gallup and Albuquerque. New Mexico Democratic Party Chairwoman Debra Haaland attends the Jan. 21 Women’s March in Washington, D.C. Photo Credit: Courtesy
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“We rented the bus and basically divided up how many people were going against the actual cost of the bus,” Haaland said. ‘It was a wonder ful experience.” Haaland said issues that came out of the march were equal pay for women, health care, racism, violence against women, and work place issues, among others. The event inspired several demonstrations outside of Washington. According to news reports, thousands of similar demonstrations in small and big cities were held around the world such as Tokyo and London. “Who would have thought that when a woman in Hawaii decided to organize this that it would take off like it did?” Haaland said. “It was well-organized and well-attended and
the message definitely got itself across.” A lot of those who attended the march came away with thoughts like those of Haaland. “I attended and I went because I wanted and want to have my voice heard,” Mercedes Garcia, 33, of Cibola County, said. “I can tell you that everybody – man and woman – was on the same page this weekend.” Garcia said she wants to help put health care for women in the forefront of people’s minds. “All those women going to Washington was a thing of beauty,” Gallup resident Linda Yazzie, 67, said. “I wasn’t able to go, but I’d like to go next time.” Yazzie said she didn’t vote for either presidential candidate, so the march would have been a venue to get her voice heard in another manner.
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Workforce job fair draws large numbers By Dee Velasco For the Sun
o l d i n g i t ’s s e c o n d G a l l u p Jo b F a i r, t h e New Mexico Workforce Connection, proved to be successful in outdoing its first job fair by quickly drawing in job applicants in hopes of finding a job around Gallup and the surrounding area. The Gallup Job Fair, was held Jan. 25, at their office located at 2918 East Historic Highway 66 in Gallup. The turnout was more than they expected according to NMWC Business Consultant-Nikki Lee. “Being this our second job fair, we were really glad for the huge turnout,” she said. “Our first job fair we’re able to do about 15-20 job placements. So we’re hoping this one will be pretty successful too.” Severa l posit ion s by employers were sought after such as: medical to office/ clerical work, corrections, and the fast-food industry. More than six employers were on hand to recruit, such as First American Credit Union, Amazing Grace Personal Care Services, Tohatchi Area of Opportunity (TAOS), TransCor
The New Mexico Workforce Connection team. They recently held a job fair at their Highway 66 office. Photo Credit: Courtesy America, Legal Shield, United Healthcare, and RMCHCS. In fact returning employers such as TransCor America and First American Credit Union, came back to hire more as they recently hired applicants from the last job fair.
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Opportunity were present to answer questions and offer resources. The last job fair brought in about 150 people, this time NMWC was ready and prepared to meet that and go beyond. “The difference in this job fair is that we had our conference room set up where we took job applications for our employers who couldn’t make it … like the new Del Taco coming up, Churches Chicken, and Fairfield Inn,” Lee said. “The feedback was pretty positive as the applicants were in there filling out their applications, printing out their resumes, and doing a crash course on resume building.” Earls, along with, A Taste of the Southwest, and Safeway, helped out by donating breakfast and lunch for everyone. “A big part of the success was because of local community businesses that were willing to help in the different programs in our area,” Lee said. “We told them what we we’re doing and they wanted to help with food, advertising, anything to just get the word out.” Information: (505) 8638181 or visit website: www. jobs.state.nm.us
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‘Gold’ looks more like bronze RATING: «« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 121 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun
ased on the posters, you might think that Gold is some sort of an adventure movie. In fact, it’s a drama from Stephen Gagham (Syriana) that spends far less time prospecting and searching than it does with behind-the-scenes business dealings. This is certainly a competent production and I admired aspects of it, but strangely enough, it all feels a little flat. Loosely based on the Bre-X company in the 1990s, the story follows Kenny Wells (Matthew McConaug hey), a m i n i ng prospector looking to make it rich by finding gold deposits. Unfortunately, after many years, he finds himself still struggling to make an impact. Eventually, Wells takes a risk and teams up with geologist Mike Acosta (Edgar Ramirez), who believes that there is a motherlode hidden beneath the Indonesian jungle. The protagonist scrounges every last cent from his bank account and ropes in investors in a last ditch attempt to go out there and find his claim. Indeed, they do discover something remarkable. But as the pair soon learn, there’s more to the process than just locating the fortune. Over the course of the film, Wells must deal with everything from land ownership issues, government interference and hostile takeovers, to a deteriorating personal relationship with Kay (Bryce Dallas Howard), the
The film ‘Gold’ looks like a jungle adventure, but it’s really low key with the focus on back room business dealings. It stars Matthew McConaughey and Edgar Ramirez. Photo Credit: The Weinstein Co. lady in his life. There’s a lot of intriguing material here, but despite all of the conflict present onscreen, the movie itself never builds a head of steam and the filmmaking isn’t as energized as it should be. There’s a strange, muted look to the entire movie. It may have been the particular screening that I attended, but the movie is quite dark and without much in the way of striking images. We jump around from the vast jungles to the boardroom environments, but none of the visuals really pop and the editing feels, well, perfunctory. The low energy level left this viewer less invested in the characters than expected. Twists and turns do occur, but they never startle the way they should. McConaughey and Ramirez are fine in their roles. The former has put on some weight for
his part and displays a receding hairline, making him look like a rundown, used car salesman. He’s deeply flawed, but we’re still supposed to respond to him as a go-getter striving and pursuing the American dream and being stymied at every turn by corporations. It’s a difficult job, seeing that as written, Wells still doesn’t come across as particularly likable. However, one must give the star credit for embodying a character described as a “drunken raccoon” and making him interesting enough to watch. And Ramirez is likable as the partner forced to put up with his pal’s brash personality and faulty sense of pride, which gets him into issues later in the feature. Yet, as problem after problem arises and dangers occur, the tension never seems to rise or bubble over. I must admit to
also have some issues with the finale, which attempts to tie all of the events up in a very neat little bow. Given what has transpired over the course of the feature, the final reveal doesn’t feel particularly convincing. The mov ie is cer ta inly well-acted, but the editing and photography appears more mechanical than exciting or
invigorating. It’s a reasonable film, but one that could have been much better had a higher energy level been applied to the final product; in a manner similar to, say, Martin Scorcese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. As a result, Gold ends up looking a little more like bronze. Vi sit: www.cinema stance.com
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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for January 27, 2017 By Glenn Kay For the Sun
reetings once again for another look at all the highlights coming your way on DVD and Blu-ray. It looks like there’s plenty of great stuff both new and old to check out. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!
BIG NEW RELEASES! The Handmaiden - The latest from Chan-wook Park (S t o k e r, T h i r s t , O l d b o y) i s a period thriller about a ser va nt w ho t a ke s a job at the estate of a wealthy heiress. However, she has alternative motives, first plotting to help a suitor seduce the aristocrat, then developing feelings for the woman herself. Reviews were quite strong. While some thought the ending didn’t quite hit the mark, most found the gorgeously-shot results either kink y, tra shy, disturbing, intriguing, or all of the above. It stars Min-hee Kim, Jung-woo Ha and Jing-woong Jo. I’m Not Ashamed - This faith-based feature is based on the true story of the first victim of the Columbine shooting, a teenage girl named Rachel Joy Scott. A plot synopsis states that the picture follows the kind-hearted teen whose beliefs and caring nature made her a target of the shooters. The press reported that the character development in the film was better-than-average, but found the attempts to mix in the Columbine attack clumsily handled and at its worst, exploitative. It resulted in generally poor notices overall. The cast includes Masey McLain, Sadie Robertson and Ben Davies. Infe r n o - The third film in the Dan Brown ser ies t hat began with The Da Vinci Code involves the fur ther
adventures of Robert Langdon. This time out, he must stop an evil plot to release a viral pandemic. To get to the source, the hero must analyze clues left in famous works like The Divine Comedy and Dante’s Inferno. Unfortunately, the movie bombed at the box office and fared no better with critics. They stated that while the stakes were higher this time out, the thriller was too silly and preposterous to engage or create suspense. The movie features Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Irrfan Khan, Omar Sy and Ben Foster. The Light Between Oceans - Melodrama is the name of the game in this drama from director Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines). It’s a period film involving a lighthouse keeper and his wife who decide to start a family. Sadly, their attempts result in tragedy. A new arrival sparks hope, but ends up causing even greater troubles. Notices were split on this one, with a slight few more leading towards the positive. Many wrote that it was a beautifully made feature, but almost half commented that it didn’t rise about the level of a typical romance flick. It stars Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz and Bryan Brown. T h e Mon ste r This small, independent horror flick comes from the man behind the 2008 chiller, The S t r a n g e r s. It i nvolve s a divorced mom and her daughter who are forced to take a last minute emergency road trip. A traffic accident on a remote highway results and the pair find themselves tormented and pursued by a figure in the darkness. This scare movie actually garnered positive reaction. Reviews suggested that it was a modest and simple tale, but one that was caked in creepy atmosphere, tension and chills. The cast includes Zoe Kazan, Scott Speedman and Ella Ballentine. USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage - The true-life story of the warship is recreated in this drama. For those who don’t know, in 1945 the vessel was torpedoed at sea, forcing those
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who weren’t killed immediately to survive not only exposure, but frequent shark attacks. Many will recall the tale being relayed in the 1975 Steven Spielberg movie, Jaws. This production didn’t get much of a release at theaters and reaction was less than enthusiastic. Most critiques mentioned that the screenplay struggled to tie all of its elements together and that the money spent wasn’t enough to fully convey the epic scale of disaster. Nicolas Cage headlines, along with Tom Sizemore, Thomas Jane and James Remar. T h e Vessel - This independent drama from Puerto Rico involves the aftermath of a devastating tsunami in a small coastal community. A school and its students are wiped out by the tragic tidal wave. Ten years later, a local decides to build a mysterious structure on the site of the disaster, causing old feelings and emotions to bubble to the surface. Reaction was generally positive. A few complained that the movie was either too slow and muted, or too heavy-handed to really be effective, but more found it an effective if artsy contemplation on hope and faith. The cast includes Aris Mejias, Martin Sheen and Jacqueline Duprey.
BLASTS FROM THE PAST! W o w , Olive Films have a stack of interesting stuff arriving this week. Bob Ho p e f a n s can now pick up the comedy, Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! (1966) in high definition. In it, the comedian plays a real estate agent whose life is turned upside down when he agrees to help a European movie star find a home. TV fans will be thrilled to see this arriving on DVD. Hooperman was a series that ran for two seasons from 1987-89 and received excellent reviews. It starred John Ritter as a San Francisco cop trying
to juggle work with being an apartment landlord. It hasn’t been made available since its original airing, but now Olive are putting out both seasons of the program. But that’s not all; there are even more Blurays. T h e Men’s Club (1986) is a star-studded drama about a g roup of men who form a “discussion group” to talk about their lives and the women in it. As the night progresses, they become more open and partake in a wild night of partying. The cast includes Roy Scheider, Harvey Keitel, Craig Wasson, Frank La ngella , Treat Willia ms, Richard Jordan, Stockard Channing and Jennifer Jason Leigh. This is a really odd one... Finally, Olive Films have a couple of old classics coming your way in high definition. They include Sabotage (1939), a drama about an army test pilot who is accused of working for the enemy and intentionally destroying aircraft. Wagon Tracks (1919) is a silent Western flick that has great reviews - it’s about a wagon train group traveling west who are forced to solve a murder during their journey. A r row are also good for some g reat l it t le gems a nd B -mov ies. T hey’ve promised the sla sher Blood Rage (1987) for some time, but it looks as if (after many delays) it is finally arriving. It’s about twins, one of whom is a diagnosed as a madman. When the psychologically troubled one escapes, a killing spree begins. But who is really responsible? This release includes a DVD and Blu-ray of the feature and about a gazillion other extras, including commentaries and documentaries. If you like or are interested in this feature, you’ll be impressed by this release. B l a c k G ir l (1966) is a French/Senegalese film that tells the story of a woman from Dakar who is hired as a gover ness for a wealthy
fa m i ly i n F r a nce, but i s treated more like a household servant after her arrival. This very well-regarded expose of the indignities suffered by immigrants is being released by Criterion on Blu-ray. It includes a 4K restoration of the film, a short made by the director, interviews with scholars about the feature, interviews with the cast and crew from the movie’s premiere, a documentary about the director, a new interview with the actors a nd other bonuses. C u l t mov ie fa n s will also be t h r i l led t o see T h e Man W ho Fell to Earth (1976) comi ng to Bluray/ DV D i n a Collector’s Edition combo pack from Lionsgate. This film by Nicolas Roeg (Don’t Look Now, The Witches), stars the late, great musician David Bowie as an alien struggling to adapt to life on Earth. In par ticular, the greediness of the humans around him. Among the numerous extras included in the package is a 72 page book as well as collectable art. Finally Warner Archive have a couple of interesting titles as well. They have a high-def Blu-ray of the classic thriller Wait Until Dark (1967), starring Audrey Hepburn as a blind woman whose apartment is targeted by some nasty criminals. On the DVD front, they are repressing the 2009 recut of the Al Pacino film, Revolution (1985). Specifically, it’s called Revolution: Revisited and presents an altered version of the movie. Many of you might not remember, but the original was a box-office and critical dud. I’m curious to see if this revision is any sort of an improvement. Fans of the TV-series Mr. Show (1995-98) can how pick up the cinematic spin-off feature, Run Ronnie Run (2003), which stars series leads David Cross and Bob Odenkirk. Finally, they are also releasing the Al Pacino/Gene Hackman drama, Scarecrow (1973).
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GALLUP SUN SPORTS CORNER DANCE TEAMS | FROM PAGE 1 competitions they were at, and this was on how well they have done,” Romero said. “A total of 21 girls will be going, ranging from eighth to twelfth grades. The girls are really excited and for most this will be their first trip to Orlando, Florida.” Each girl has been practicing, putting in a lot of dance hours, according to Romero. “They have been practicing six days a week; they’ve put in their hours to be ready to perform three routines,” Romero said. She explained that practice consists of one to two hours at the most. Each team performs three routines, and GHS Dance Coach Kristy Tiley choreographs most of the routines for the Bengal girls and the Starlettes, even sometimes hiring a choreographer The routines consist of:
pom routine (holding pompoms, dance style), Jazz routine (Jazz music style), and Hip-Hop routine (Hip-Hop music dance style). The Bengal girls will also do a kick routine, well, which involves a lot of kicking. This past summer the girls went to a kick camp to learn how to kick properly. According to Romero, the judging is based on several categories. “ The da nce tea ms a re judged on: costumes a nd appearance, formation, and cleanliness and skill of their dancing,” she said. “There is a judge for each category too. Awards consist of trophies and medals, depending on the competition.” There will be three competition teams from the Starlettes, ages 3 to 14. They will be competing against other teams from all over the United States. “Girls who are in the dance team not only learn how to dance, but exemplify responsibility,
self-esteem, and getting good grades,” Romero said. “Tiley is very strict on this, and checks on the girls every week and if not every two weeks.” Parent involvement is also high says Romero. “The parents are awesome in participating, in fact, Tiley has a great support system with her dance parents,” she said. GHS Bengal Girls Dance Team goes to state every year and has to compete in three competitions per sea son. Next month they will head to Farmington and Santa Fe for more competitions. “The last (national) competition that the GHS Bengal Girls have competed in has been over 10 years, so they are definitely ready to perform.” Romero said. Girls wanting to try-out for the Bengal Girls Dance Team must reside in the GHS district, tryouts are held in the end of April each year. They can start while in the eighth grade.
Lucia Kezele (center) dances with the Bengal Girls Dance Team Jan. 25 as part of their send-off fund raiser before heading to DCU Nationals in Orlando, Fla. Feb. 3. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons
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YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Here are some releases appropriate for the little tykes. Adventure Time: Islands Miniser ies (Ca r toon Network) Bar ney: COMMUNITY
Playground Fun Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs Peanuts by Schulz: Snoopy Tales Teen Titans Go!: Season 3, Vol. 2
ON THE TUBE! And here’s are some TV shows arriving on disc this week. Adventure Time: Islands Miniseries (Cartoon Network) Agatha Christie’s Criminal
Games (French TV-mov ie Collection) The Code: Season 2 T h e Contenders: 16 for 16 (PBS) Feral: Season 1 Hooper man: Season 1 Hooper man: Season 2 Sherlock: Series 4 Teen Titans Go!: Season 3, Vol. 2
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GALLUP BENGALS Boys Basketball (7-11) 1/21: Miyamura @ Gallup 52-63 1/19: Gallup @ Farmington 50-61 1/17: Gallup @ Los Lunas 49-54 1/14: Gallup @ Belen 4753 Girls Basketball (8-9) 1/20: Gallup @ Miyamura 47-62 1/17: Farmington @ Gallup 52-62 1/14: Gallup @ Cibola 25-56 1/13: Gallup @ Grants 62-58 MIYAMURA PATRIOTS Boys Basketball (9-9) 1/21: Miyamura @ Gallup 52-63 1/19: Bloomfield @ Miyamura 60-49 1/17: Miyamura @ Wingate 73-45 1/10: Del Norte @ Miyamura 59-47 Girls Basketball (7-12) 1/25: Miyamura @ Kirtland Central 32-43 1/20: Gallup @ Miyamura 47-62 1/17: Miyamura @ Bloomfield 50-59 1/14: Belen @ Miyamura: 44-50 REHOBOTH CHRISTIAN LYNX Boys Basketball (7-7) 1/17: Rehoboth @ East Mountain 43-56 1/14: Estancia @ Rehoboth 80-57 1/13: Rehoboth @ Santa
Rosa 40-73 1/12: Rehoboth @ ATATC 58-40 Girls Basketball (3-10) 1/19: Thoreau @ Rehoboth 70-48 1/17: Rehoboth @ East Mountain 61-41 1/13: Wingate @ Rehoboth 86-41 1/10: Rehoboth @ Ramah 41-64 WINGATE BEARS Boys Basketball (6-13) 1/19: Laguna @ Wingate 54-42 1/17: Wingate @ Miyamura 45-73 1/14: Wingate @ Robertson 49-69 1/13: Crownpoint @ Wingate 42-56 Girls Basketball (12-5) 1/14: Wingate @ Tohatchi 53-63 1/13: Wingate @ Rehoboth 86-41 1/12: Zuni @ Wingate 46-91 1/10: Wingate @ Grants 55-35 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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CALENDAR COMMUNITY CALENDAR JAN. 27 – FEB. 2, 2017 FRIDAY Jan. 27 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) 8631291 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
SATURDAY Jan. 28 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. 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. 29 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. 31 MARKETING & PROMOTION WORKSHOP SERIES For your small business. 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) 7227220. COMMUNITY PROVIDERS MEETING Noon to 1 pm: Open to all people providing services to the people of Gallup. Come and let us know how we can work with you and work together as a professional community. Sammy C’s Restaurant, 107 W. Coal Ave.
WEDNESDAY Feb. 1 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. 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. FEBRUARY FILM SERIES: AFRICANAMERICAN HISTORY MONTH 5:30 pm, popcorn is provided. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. Film: Miracle at St. Anna Continued on page 23
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Gallup Sun photographer Ryan Hudgeons had his camera at the ready when these four deer pranced by, just outside of his backyard.
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GMCS SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE FORUM Candidates for the School Board will be on hand to answer questions from panelists. There will be select and random questions drawn. Email your questions to: gallupsun@gmail. com. Student Support Center Boardroom (Central Office), 640 Boardman Ave. from 6:30-8:30 pm.
THURSDAY Feb. 2 FREE COMPUTER CLASSES IN FEBRUARY The library is offering free computer training throughout the month. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. Registration is required, to register call (505) 863-1291 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the front desk of the library. Today: Greeting Card Making w/ Technology, 3-5 pm. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. 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: Lunch-sack groundhog puppet
ONGOING 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 CALENDAR
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: email@example.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) 7224226 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info, contact Joe Lacayo at (505) 399-8197. SAVE THE DATE BREAKING GROUND: A REMIX OF NAVAJO ART - GROUP ART SHOW Throughout the month of February, the library will host a group art show featuring art work by seven Navajo artists. The artists being featured include: Nathan Nez Sr., Terrel Singer, Leandra Yazzie, Antoinette Thompson, Jason Linlicheenie, Jonathan Curley, and Darvin Descheny. There will be a special welcoming reception on Feb. 3 at 6 pm. For more information please call (505) 863-1291 or email email@example.com. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. FREE COMPUTER CLASSES IN FEBRUARY The library is offering free computer training throughout the month. Class size
is limited to 10 participants per session. Registration is required, to register call (505) 863-1291 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the front desk of the library. 10:30 am-12:30 pm, Feb. 3: Introduction to Computer Skills. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. FAMILY MOVIE Feb. 3 at 4 pm: a family film for everyone to enjoy. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. This week: Alice Through the Looking Glass MCKINLEY CITIZEN’S RECYCLING COUNCIL MEETING Feb. 4 at 2 pm: The public is encouraged to attend to learn about recycling opportunities in our region, updates on residential Gallup curbside recycling, the April 15 Trashion Show, plans for recycling outreach and more. For more information, check out the MCRC website recyclegallup. Red Mesa Center, 105 W. Hill Ave. 120TH DAY OF SCHOOL Feb. 8: Please make your your students are on the bus and in school! 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. RMCHCS AUXILIARY COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE Feb. 9, from 2 pm to 7 pm and Feb. 10, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm in the RMCH Third Floor Solarium. Walk-ins are welcome. Please bring a photo ID and your blood donor card if you have one. To sign up for an appointment, call United Blood Services at (505) 246-1457. Be sure to drink plenty of water and eat well before you come. For more information, call Bobbie at 863-6959 or Mary Ann at (505) 863-3098. NON-DENOMINATIONAL MONTHLY TAIZE’ SERVICE Feb. 12 at 4 pm: Join us for a special service —
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 State Highway 564 near the Orleans Manor Apartments). For more information, call Kathy Mezoff (505) 870-6136. PLATEAU SCIENCES SOCIETY The Plateau Sciences Society will meet at 2:30 pm on Feb. 19 at the Red Mesa Center, 105 W. Hill Street in Gallup. Stimulating conversation and discussion about shared concerns. PSS programs are varied and deal with the history, geology, geography, the diverse cultures of our region, and critical environmental concerns in our area. The community is welcome. Refreshments served. For information about the topic of the next meeting and more contact Martin Link, (505) 8636459. GALLUP INTERFAITH COMMUNITY GATHERING 6:30 pm, Feb. 21 at Westminster Presbyterian Church: Bring a dish or drink for a shared meal. All are welcome. Bring a friend! The church is located at 151 State Highway 564 (Boardman Drive) on the hill near Orleans Manor Apartments. For more information about the gathering contact Rev. Lorelei Kay (505) 290-5357 or call the church at (505) 905-3247. 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: email@example.com or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.
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