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END OF WATCH Deputy laid to rest like a true hero

By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


mid friends and family from around New Mexico and Arizona, law enforcement officers remembered Christopher Tsosie, 43, a veteran policeman

with the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office, who died Jan. 25 in Crownpoint as he was about to start work. He was laid to rest Feb. 1. The veteran officer’s family mourned alongside his “brother” police off icers. They wore their dress blue

and grey or brown uniforms trimmed with gold. They gathered together in the Rehoboth Christian School gymnasium to celebrate and honor Tsosie’s life. There were law enforcement personnel from the Navajo Nation, the New Mexico State

Police, the Pueblo of Zuni and Sandoval and Cibola counties. “He was the kind of person that if he was faced with a bad situation, he would flip it and make it positive,” Donovan Becenti, an evidence technician with the Navajo Nation Pol ice Depa r t ment , sa id.

Becenti and Tsosie worked together for years at the Navajo Nation Police Department. “He loved where he was from (Crownpoint). Sometimes, he’d refer to himself as ‘the mayor





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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: McKinley County Bureau of Elections 207 W. Hill Ave. Room 100 • Gallup, NM 87301 505-722-4460 or 1-800-245-1771 NEWS

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Support Early Language and Literacy for School Success! Gallup McKinley County Schools-Parent Educator’s Program Gallup McKinley County Schools proudly announces the Parents as Teachers program. Parents as teachers promotes quality early development, learning and health of young children by supporting and engaging their parents and caregivers. The program provides service to families with children from the pre-natal period to preschool. The GMCS Parent Educator program provides pre-natal education, training and resources that encourage full-circle support in the areas of traditional beliefs through ancestral beliefs, to lessons from parents during pregnancy. The program also supports families and fathers-to-be in making healthy choices. Our GOALS are to: Increase graduation rates Increase children’s school readiness Increase children’s school success Prevent child abuse and neglect Improve positive parenting practices

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GMCS forum showcases candidates JEFF, LONG ARE NO-SHOWS

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s next week’s GallupMcKinley County Board of

Education election date nears closer, a candidate forum was held Feb. 1 at the school district’s main office on Boardman D r ive. T he for u m wa s

sponsored by the Gallup Sun, the Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation and the Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce.

The event was attended by close to 100 people and was centered upon a 90-minute question-and-answer session for those running for seats in districts 2, 4 and 5. Improving teacher quality and transparency were two issues that dominated the forum – the first of its kind in recent memory as it relates to school board seats. Candidates Freda Joe, Brenda Chicharello, Christopher Mortensen, Ester Macias, Gerald O’Hara and Michael Schaaf attended the forum.


From left, Freda Joe, Brenda Chicharello, Christopher Mortenson, Gerald O’ Hara, and Michael Schaaf answered random questions thrown their way from Gallup Sun readers and the audience. Photo Credit: Ana Hudgeons


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GPD nabs fugitive Paradise; jailed on $22K bond By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


Gallup man rema i ned ja i led Feb. 2 at the McK i n ley Cou nt y Detention Center on a $22,500 bond a mou nt a f ter bei ng arrested by the Gallup Police Department on two outstanding warrants. The arrest ends a months-long search. An arrest warrant indicates that John Paradise, 26, was taken into custody Jan. 31 on shooting at or from a motor vehicle, criminal damage to property over $1,000 and negligent use of a deadly weapon charges. “Mr. Paradise was arrested,” Marinda Spencer, public information officer with the GPD, said. He is still in custody.” Spencer s a id t he GPD a nd the McK inley Cou nt y Sheriff ’s Office have been s e a r c h i n g fo r P a r a d i s e for months. She said GPD believes Paradise could be a suspect in at least one homicide over the past year. Paradise is a primary suspect in the kidnapping and beating of Zebulon Graves of

Gallup, according to the warrant. The two were in a vehicle with at least two other individuals when cruising on Gallup’s north side on Jan. 22. Paradise told the driver of the car to pull over. Once pulled over, Paradise punched Graves in the face as did the other occupants of the vehicle, according to the arrest warrant. Gr ave s s a id Pa r a d i s e ca l led h i m a “rat” a nd accused him of giving information about him to the cops. Paradise took command of the car and drove to Fire Rock Navajo Casino near Church Rock where the occupants administered more beatings toward Graves. Graves was ultimately able to f lee the vehicle and summon help, the arrest warrant states. G a l lu p p ol ic e of f ic e r Andrew Thayer recorded in a report that upon encountering Graves from an emergency call, that Graves’ eyes were nearly swollen shut, apparently from a beating. Graves was taken to the hospital, but not before someone sent a text message

McKinley County Sheriff’s Office patrol units arrive at the McKinley County Courthouse in response to a bomb scare Jan. 27. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura

McKinley County experiences bomb threat – the seventh in past year By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


Jan. 27 bomb threat – the seventh in the past year – at the McK i n ley Cou nt y Courthouse turned up nothing, officials said. Each time a threat has been called in nothing has been discovered, so officials believe the prankster is a criminal seeking to delay justice and interrupt county administrative business. McKinley County Attorney Doug Decker said a telephone

call came into Metro dispatch at about 1:34 p.m. The county went into its standard emergency protocol. “We evacuated everyone from the building,” Decker said. “The matter is under investigation and will be until it is resolved.” Decker said judges and attorneys at the Courthouse weren’t too happy about having their hearings postponed. Ditto for county workers in the building next to the Courthouse. He said the culprit is probably someone who had a court date on that particular day and was

afraid of what the outcome could have been after court. “That’s usually what it is,” Decker said. “We investigate everything.” A similar bomb threat was called in on Nov. 4. In that situation, the entire Courthouse was evacuated as well, officials said. Making a bomb threat is a fourth degree felony and punishable by huge fines and jail time. Although no one yet has been arrested for the McKinley County


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From our early beginnings, our growth and our future have always been dependent on the support of the greater Gallup/McKinley County population. When the early leaders of our community decided there was a need for a UNM branch campus to serve local students, they put into motion a history of educational achievements that has allowed tens of thousands of students to pass through our doors on their way to pursuing their ambitions.

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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports The legal limit is .08 Featured DWI A Gallup police officer saved a d r u n ken woman Jan. 26 when he pu l led her out of her vehicle and prevented her from getting killed by an oncoming train. Anjoy Murphy was stopped at the intersection of Second Street and Historic Highway 66 when a call came in regarding a female “stopped” at the intersection. Upon arrival on the scene, Officer Andrew Thayer found Murphy, 51, asleep and with her vehicle running. Thayer recoded that he placed his unit in front of Murphy’s so if she woke up she wouldn’t drive her car in front of an oncoming train. But as he was awakening Murphy, a train approached and Murphy’s car began to roll in the direction of the oncoming train. Thayer grabbed a startled Murphy out of the car and to safety. Murphy received knee injuries, but was treated by MedStar personnel and was not hospitalized. Murphy was subsequently charged with aggravated DWI (second offense), lack of car insurance, failure to obey traffic control devices and driving on a revoked or suspended license. She was booked into

the McKinley County Adult Detention Center on $3,000 bond. B.Dotson Sophina Thompson Jan. 26, 4:14 am DWI A f t e r rear-ending another vehicle near the intersection of Boardman D r i ve a nd East Historic Route 66, it was discovered by the Gallup police DWI Task Force that Sophina Thompson, 41, of Crownpoint, was under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, according to information from the Gallup Police Department. Task Force Sgt. Benny Gaona recorded in a police report that Thompson’s grey 4-door Chevy caused a crash. Thompson told officers that she had been drinking prior to the incident. “She said she had beers earlier this morning,” Gaona wrote. According to the police repor t, Thompson swayed when she stood. She had “glossy, bloodshot and watery eyes,” the police report states. Thompson blew a .12 on a roadside breath test. The legal limit in New Mexico is .08. Thompson bonded out of the McKinley County Adult Det ent ion Cent er on t he same day on a $1,000 bond. B.Dotson

Candace Peralto Jan. 26, 4:15 am DWI A Prewitt female was t a ken i nto custody and released hours later a f ter gett i n g bei n g booked for a DWI and consuming and possessing alcohol charges, according to the Gallup Police Department. Candace Peralto, 27, was jailed at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center after Officer Justin Benally got a call about a woman asleep in the parking lot of Bishop Optica l on South Second Street and near Sports Page. The female was in a running car that was still in gear, the police report states. Benally recorded that a security guard at Sports Page said he observed that Peralta was in a car with the engine running and not really aware of her sur roundings. The security guard was unable to momentarily get Peralto’s attention. Bena lly a r r ived on the scene and immediately noticed that Peralta was under the influence of something and began field sobriety tests, according to the police report on the incident. “I wasn’t able to perform a breath test due to Candace falling asleep and crying,” Bennally wrote in the report.

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Vehicle accident creates gas leak By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


Forensic investigators and police examine the scene where a body was found near the Munoz overpass in Gallup Feb. 2. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura

Body found near Munoz overpass By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


orkers from BNSF d i scovered t he lifeless body of a Native American male Feb. 2 in the area not far from the Muñoz overpass, police officials said. Capt. Marinda Spencer, public information officer at the Gallup Police Department, said at about 10:25 am a work crew alerted police to the situation. “The call came in from a


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vehicle that struck a downtown gas meter caused employees at various businesses to evacuate for safety reasons Jan. 27, officials said. Gallup Deputy Fire Chief Jesus Morales a vehicle apparently hit a gas meter in the alley behind Zimmerman’s Western Wear. The Gallup Fire Department was on the scene within minutes and were able to get things under control,

Morales said. “No one was injured in the incident,” he said. Morales explained that a leak was found near a shut off valve and personnel from the New Mexico Gas Company were summoned. The city police manned traffic zones to expedite rectifying the situation, Morales said. Zimmerman’s, Richardson’s and Eagle Café closed for business to facilitate repairs. “We were told to evacuate by the fire department,” an employee at Zimmerman’s said. “They got it fixed.”

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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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Officers from Sandoval County, Zuni, NN, NMSP attend funeral | FROM PAGE 1 of Crownpoint.’” The Navajo-born Tsosie, who worked in Navajo Nation law enforcement for more a little more than a decade, died of undisclosed causes. An autopsy

Sheriff Ron Silversmith said. “He was the consummate professional. He was good at what he did.” McKinley County Com m issioner Bi l l L ee described Tsosie’s professional and personal approach in life in

McKinley County Sheriff Ron Silversmith speaks to the crowd in attendance at Deputy Christopher Tsosie’s funeral in Rehoboth Feb. 1. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura At the ceremony, Silversmith provided an opening prayer, Ret. Navajo Nation police officer Sandy Ramone gave the eulogy,

and Gallup police officer Chavo Chischilly sang a remembrance song and played the guitar and harmonica.

“He was a great person to know and work with,” Lt. Pat Salazar of the MCSO, said. “He will be missed.”

The late Christopher Tsosie. Photo Credit: MCSO report by the state Medical Examiner’s Office should be complete in about two to three weeks, officials have said. Still, Tsosie’s effect upon co-workers and the public left lasting memories, according to the near-300 well-wishers who attended the funeral and Wednesday’s End of Watch ceremony. “Just a great, great, fantastic person,” McKinley County

three words: courageous, caring and compassionate. “These words speak out as to who he was,” Lee said. “He spent 14 years serving the community. We have lost a great man.” Tsosie was interred at Sunset Memorial Park along West Historic Highway 66. The city’s west end area was blocked off for about 45 minutes to accommodate the lengthy funeral procession.

The procession heads down West Highway 66 toward Deputy Christopher Tsosie’s final resting place at Sunset Memorial Park. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura

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OPINIONS Reaching a Compromise for Solvency RE: HB7/SB114 – SCHOOL DISTRICT CASH BALANCES

By Rep. Patty Lundstrom, D-Gallup Chairperson, House Appropriations & Finance Committee


ANTA FE – The State of New Mexico finds itself in the throes of fixing a historic structural deficit, which includes shoring up our current fiscal year to pay our bills. Our

Rep. Patricia Lundstrom

approach working with both the Executive and Legislative branches is to find reserves and cash balances that can be used to carry us through June. T he Solvency Pa cka ge includes multiple proposals to close this gap and stabilize our reserves. Over the last couple years, the Legislature has drawn down our reserves to a near-crisis level that has


jeopardized our bond rating and left us with few options. To put it bluntly, the current year deficit is not allowed by our State constitution and state law prohibits the treasurer from issuing payments we do not have the money to pay. With few options, we have looked at spreading the impact proportionately to minimize the pain across state and local governments.

One of the bills that follows this approach is sweepi n g F Y16 ye a r- e nd c a s h balances in local school districts and charter schools. This option reveals how desperate the State is, as effecting any funding from schools is always a last resort. The Legislative approach,



On Friday, prepare for a waxing moon. In Dana Gerhardt’s Moon Watching series, she writes that the full moon gets all the attention, when it comes to crazy. But, you shouldn’t underestimate the first or last quarters moons. This week, prepare for “crisis mode.” Madame G reminds you, where there is crisis, so also is opportunity. Breathe deep and take action.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Your new path is heading in the right direction. Even if you stumble, that’s still a sign of progress. Instead of ruminating on the “how” or “what”, reflect on your “why”. Read interesting books by diverse people. Seek out the truth in all corners. Discount nothing. Believe only what you know and feel to be true. While you’re at it, get outside and have some fun. You’ve got this!

Stop blaming! One minute your thanking God and the next cursing all gods. Deepak Chopra said, “Good luck is opportunity meeting preparedness.” Are you prepared? Maybe you’re not living the way you feel you should. Maybe you are. As you are, you’re ready. You have enough. You’re enough. Look towards your goals and act, or don’t—it’s your choice.

So, life isn’t treating you fairly. Why do you care? Your ego’s at stake and you hate to lose. Again, why do you care? If your entire life is made up of pleasing others, how often do you please yourself? Continue down this road, if you want. But, consider that life (your life) isn’t infinite, at least this corporeal one isn’t. Breathe deep and learn while you can. Enjoy!

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

What’s up? You may feel off course or void of center, but that’s not bad. Every chapter in life has a new beginning and a first sentence. You’re formulating yours. This is the beginning of a beautiful…You make up the rest. You’re the author and creator of your life. Stop with the excuses. You’re good enough! Bad enough! And young enough! Have fun. You’re there!

Do you remember, Joni Mitchell’s song: Both Sides Now? It’s a melancholy tune that packs a punch. Look it up on iTunes or YouTube and take the lyrics to heart. Consider both sides of any argument. The point of any discussion is for understanding. Today, show love to those who annoy you at work, home, or a crowded Massage school and remain calm. Think: both sides!

Practice non-judgement for health. This means more than refraining from judging others—it also means—don’t judge yourself. You should still progress, have goals, and aim high. But, lose attachment to the outcome. Enjoy the process, while smelling the roses. You may get stuck 10 times in the snow, but at least the dog really loved the frozen elk on the side of the road. Yay!

Sore doesn’t even begin to describe it. But, that’s okay. Muscles work hard and get sore— it’s a good sign. You’ll stretch those creative muscles too, even if you have to go out and buy a Dollar Tree monkey for the office. Herbert the mascot represents fun! Stop dreaming and start drinking to the tunes of whatever you want. Cut loose and enjoy, because this is your story. Live it!

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Jim Kabat-Zinn wrote a book called: Wherever you go, there you are. This creative little masterpiece provides excellent guidance for cultivating mindfulness. You may choose to read it, or not—it really doesn’t matter. You are and have all that you need for success and happiness within you today. Stop grasping dear Gemini! Start living, well. You can! You’re worth it. OPINIONS

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Choose better problems! You may love opening up drama from the drama vault, but it’s not helping. If you want a better life, get better problems. For instance, helping 10 or 10,000 homeless is a better problem than Maria’s stupid haircut. Saving 5, 50, or 5 million starving people is more worthy of attention than Carlos’ smelly feet. Wake up! Humanity needs you.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Hold onto your butts—it’s going to be a bumpy ride! Thanks Harry Potter for all the wisdom. What’s your legacy? Your probing mind knows what to do and where to go. Don’t be afraid of rejection, pain, or failure. You’re just discovering all the ways NOT to do a thing. You’ll figure out how to do it and share it with the world. Madame G recommends you sharpen a pencil.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

Good times are made to stay, but you need to work for it. You can’t just sit on your mom’s couch eating potato chips. You need to move. Don’t blame your current situation on the fact you “like good shit.” Suck it up butter cup! You need a steady diet of Ramon noodles (at $0.69) and some elbow greece. Get out there and fix your life! You can, with a little effort (or a lot). DO it!

Happiness and unhappiness are the same because they begin with a choice. You can feel bad when someone is mean to you, or you can choose not to be mad. You may choose to get angry when you see the state of the world, or you can take action. Anytime you worry or expend unnecessary emotion, you drain brain power. Instead, look at what concerns you—act. Now!

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McKinley County Federation of United School Employees

OPEN LET TER TO THE EASTERN NAVAJO AGENCY COUNCIL THE NAVAJO NATION Honorable Council Members, On T uesday, Febr ua r y 7th , residents will go to the polls and cast their ballot for District 2 [Church Rock and Crownpoint] Representative on t he Ga l lu p - McK i n ley County School [GMCS] Board. The District 2 candidates are, Sandra D. Jeff, Freda E. Joe and Charles Long.

S a nd r a D. Je f f w a s a pp oi nt e d t o t he GMC S Boa rd to replace for mer Board President Titus Nez as Representative of District 2 and has since added her name to the ballot of the upcoming election. According to the media and investigative reports, it has been revealed—amongst other issues—that Ms Jeff has resided with her family in Albuquerque for the last 20 years where her children have attended a private Christian school that

does not offer a Native culture or language component in its curriculum. Freda E. Joe is a former GMCS employee. T he McK i n ley Cou nt y Federation of United School Employees [MCFUSE] has endorsed Charles Long for this important Board position. Charles Long is a resident of Crownpoint and has a distinguished record of honorable service to the Diné People: --Chapter official for 20 years and currently President

of the Becenti Navajo Chapter --Worked as Executive Staff for Navajo Chairman and several Presidents --Legislative staff assistant for the Navajo office and Speaker of the House - - Ch ief of St a f f for Legislative Branch He has dedicated his life to the service of the Diné ....while living amongst the Diné. Some years ago, MCFUSE was able to join the Eastern Navajo Agency in support for our students at Crownpoint

High School by signing the $2 million School Improvement Grant [SIG]; we hope that now the Eastern Navajo Agency will join MCFUSE in its efforts and support Charles Long for District 2 on the GallupMcKinley School Board. Let’s not allow individual interests to be placed above those of the residents, voters, and the children of District 2. Ahe’hee. Respectfully, Brian J. Bernard President, MCFUSE


or ig i na l recom mendat ion by the Governor that would have had a higher (approximately $120M) and fundamentally dispropor tionate impact to school districts that have saved and rely on cash reserves to make it through

the school year. The key difference is that the Governor’s recommendation would have only pulled back ca sh ba la nces from t hose d ist r ict s t hat have above a 5 percent cash balance. The Legislative proposal

changes this to proportionately reduce school district’s and charter school’s State Equalization Guarantee (SEG) d ist r ibut ion s by approx imately 2 percent. O u r me t ho d pr ov id e d a fa i r a nd propor t ion at e approach to treat every district and ever y school the sa me, a s we bel ieve t hat ever y cl a s sroom a nd a l l children should be treated e q u a l l y. B a s i c a l l y, t h e Gover nor’s proposa l took f rom some, t hu s pick i ng w i n ners a nd losers wh ile the Democratic Legislative proposal took a little from all except for those already receiving emergency distributions and those with small cash balances. As the Chairman of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee, I weighed the Governor’s and Senate’s proposals and tried to find an appropriate balance. Ultimately, we compromised with the Senate and Governor’s proposal to keep the proportionate cuts at 2% of SEG, while providing a floor for those districts that only have a 3% cash reserves and keeping the exemption for districts receiving emergency supplemental funding. This provides for equity and a share of the pain across schools districts and charters no matter the size or situation, but also allows those operating with a minimum of reserves or emergency funding to continue through the remainder of the school year. To provide an example of

how these proposals differ in impacts, I will use my own school district in Gallup and McKinley County. This local district has one of the highest rates of children living in poverty in the country and nearly all students in these schools receive free or reduced-fee breakfast and lunch. In contrast to the winners in the Governor’s proposal, McKinley County only has the ability to collect property taxes on 20% of its lands, which hinders the local ability to raise or replace funding cuts at the State. The total impact between these proposals were that the Legislative proposal reduces Ga l lup - McK i n ley C ou nt y School District by $1.7M while the Governor reduces it by $2.4M. This local district is moving the needle to improve its schools in terms of the Governor’s grading system. Since 2012, Gallup-McKinley County School District has a d v a nc e d 6 9 p e r c e nt of schools by one-grade level and 22 percent of schools twograde levels. The Governor’s proposal would have punished this district and stall its heroic efforts to better our schools. I stand for the principle of equity in education and giving our students the best opportunity to succeed. I will continue to fight on behalf of our students. Lun d strom re p re se nt s McKin l e y an d San Ju an counties. This op/ed piece was compiled Jan. 26.

both in the Senate and the House, wa s to do th is i n a fa ir a nd equitable ma nner. Our original legislation reduced a nd cha nged the

The RMCHCS Auxiliary is hosting a community blood drive with United Blood Services Thursday, February 9, from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Friday, February 10, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm The RMCH 3rd Floor Solarium, 1901 Red Rock Drive, Gallup Call United Blood Services at 505-246-1457 to make an appointment or go online at www.bloodhero.com using the sponsor code: Gallup Walk-ins are welcome. For more information call Bobbie at 863-6959 or Mary Ann at 863-3098


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By Dee Velasco For the Sun


ach month, Camille’s Sidewa l k Ca fe i n Gallup chooses and recognizes one local teacher within the Gallup area for the Teacher of the Month award. Teachers are nominated by students, to those who feel they deserve the recognition for their effortless determination to help local students become more than they expect. Camille’s presents teachers with an award for their excellence in teaching. For the month of December, Camille’s chose Susan Bongers, a sixth grade teacher at Gallup Middle School, who was pretty ecstatic when told she was chosen for Teacher of the Month. “I got the call at school and was so excited, I quickly went back to my classroom and told my kids.” Bongers said. “They all clapped and hugged me!”

Mov i n g f r om F lor id a , Bongers switched careers from working in retail management to working as a substitute teacher here in Gallup. She started working as a substitute in 2010 for a total of six years and decide to go to college at the University of New Mexico-Gallup, eventually becoming a sixth grade teacher in 2016, as a result of her desire she had earlier in her life. “I had always wanted to be a teacher,” she said. “I started substituting and enjoyed it, so I decided to go back to school and received my degree in Elementary Education. I love teaching the kids and seeing their faces light up when they learn something new.” More than often teachers wonder if they are making an impact on the kids they teach and Bongers reflects on this as being a new teacher. “Sometimes as teachers we don’t k now i f we a r e

doi n g a good job a nd we a lways don’t get to see or hear the good job, even if we are reaching the students,” she said. “So obv iously I’ve reached somebody w it h i n my 150 kids and done something r ight,” Bongers sa id. “ We face challenges ever yday and I would love to give each k id the sa me ex per ience in life.” As for anyone wanting on becoming a teacher, Bongers gives her sound advice to those interested. “Anyone wanting to become a teacher … if you are passionate, do it! We need good teachers to help the kids and you have to come in loving your job to love those kids.” A s ide f r om t e a c h i n g , Bongers spends time with her husband and daughter. Anyone interested in nominating your favorite teacher for Teacher of the Month, visit: Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. 2nd Street, NM.

Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe’s Teacher of the Month Susan Bongers, a sixth grade teacher at Gallup Middle School, receives a gift box of goodies. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons


Pronto Fina gas station caught some video surveillance of a vehicle and a partial shot of a driver who’s wanted for questioning about the recent courthouse bomb threats. Photo Credit: MCSO

BOMB THREAT | FROM PAGE 7 Courthouse bomb scares, Lt. Pat Salazar of the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office, said the MCSO doesn’t take threats lightly. “We will find the people who do things like this,” Salazar said. “It’s a matter of time.”

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question a Native American male who on Jan. 27 was seen at Pronto Fina gas station at about 1:34 pm. Investigators haven’t disclosed whether the phone call or an incident took place here, but stated that the man was wearing a black shirt, blue jeans, white shoes, and was wearing a white baseball cap. He drove a silver in color sedan with unique wheels, possibly no wheel covers, displaying lug nuts. Anyone with information is asked to call (505) 722-8514.

to Paul Graves, the father of Zebulon. The message said the younger Graves was hurt and if the father valued his son’s life that some money had to be exchanged. Another warrant related to Paradise was connected to shots fired at a residence on Freedom Drive in Gallup. In that case, Jay Anderson told police that Paradise went mad

after an argument after some drinking. A person interviewed for this article said Paradise is married and lived with his wife and family at the former Roadrunner Hotel in Gallup located along East Historic H i g hw ay 6 6 . T h a t ho t el burned about a little more than a year ago. Paradise was arrested by the GPD at the America’s Best Value Inn at 2003 W. Historic Highway 66, Spencer said.

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‘The Space Between Us’ launches into silly teenage-romance orbit RATING: «« OUT 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 121 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun


think it’s fairly safe to say that I’m really not the target demographic for a teen romance feature. Still, one can see how a love story spanning incredible distance might succeed and create a lot of drama if done properly. Unfortunately, The Space Between Us is a long and lumbering effort that can’t quite get a handle on its tone, juggling some disparate elements in an awkward fashion. It may work well enough for youngsters, but most adults will find themselves rolling their eyes. The bulk of the story deals with 16-year-old Gardiner (Asa Butterfield), the first person ever born on Mars. It’s an unexpected pregnancy (NASA must have seriously messed up some pre-flight astronaut tests), resulting in a child that project head Nathaniel Shepherd (Gary Oldman) doesn’t want to admit exists. Raised by scientists in a Martian base, he grows up to be a teenage genius. Thanks to some incredible technology that has presumably arrived by the

year 2034, he’s able to live-chat online with an alienated high school student on Earth named Tulsa (Britt Robertson). Despite ser ious hea lt h concer ns, Gardiner becomes desperate to find his way to Earth, meet Tulsa and tie up some loose ends with a family member. It’s a pretty silly concept and the lengthy opening act doesn’t do much to wink at or playfully joke about the exaggerated circumstances. There’s a lot of time spent setting up the original mission and defining the theme of courage and bravery in traveling to new lands. It’s all incredibly earnest and deadly serious. As Gardiner grows up, starts watching Wim Wenders movies and becomes a sullen teen, suspension of disbelief is further strained. Strangely, little time is spent developing the relationship between Gardiner and Tulsa, which is where most of the early focus should have been directed. While the first section of the film could do with a lighter tone, later sections of the feature veer too far in the opposite direction. As you might imagine, Gardiner does attempt a rendezvous, but is concerned that he has no social skills. Despite living on a populated base and having movies at his disposal, his behavior

Britt Robertson (Tulsa) and Asa Butterfield (Gardiner, who hails from Mars) dream of the day the two can walk side by side on earth holding hands and whispering sweet forget me nots in each others ears. Now playing. Photo Credit: STX Entertainment later comes across as overly exaggerated. There are a few bits of physical comedy that earn a chuckle (his difficulty walking in Earth’s gravity being one example), but most of humor involves big reactions, like jumping in shock at the mere sight of a horse. It seems like pretty inconsistent behavior for a genius who appears to have had plenty of information at his fingertips. Gardiner doesn’t understand subtlety, speaking plainly


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and honestly. Again, this seems like a bit of a stretch, but is a little more believable as a character trait. Unfortunately, it also results in several cornball declarations of affection during the story’s more romantic passages (which includes some anti-gravity loving). Ye s , s o m e o f t h e s e moments are supposed to play a s humorous, but by the end the comments are intended to be sincere and moving. It doesn’t work. Not helping matters are other bits of goofiness, including some

poorly-manned efforts by the major space organization to locate the boy. There’s some nice wilderness photography and the actors certainly try their best to sell it. However, the screenplay’s attempts to merge serious sci-fi drama, teen romance and fish-out-of-water comedy never gel into a cohesive whole. The Space Between Us is an outlandish and unimpressive teen romance that launches itself firmly into an orbit of silliness. Visit: cinemastance.com 207 WEST COAL GALLUP 505.863.1250 www.elmorrotheatre.com Facebook @elmorrogallup



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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Feb. 3, 2017 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


ello! It’s time once again to take look at what’s arriving on DVD and Blu-ray. This edition includes some notable releases in a variety of genres that will interest many readers. 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! B o o ! A Madea Halloween The latest in Tyler Perry’s long-running series features the actor playing three roles, including that of the title character. This time out, Madea must endure the holiday chaos and set some misbehaving teenagers straight. Of course, she also encounters a few frights along the way. As expected, reviews weren’t very strong, although they didn’t seem quite as severe this time out. It has been described as tonally inconsistent and bizarre in turns, but generally a little lighter and more effective than other titles featuring Madea. It stars Perry, Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely, Yousef Erakat, Bella Thorne and Tyga. Danny Says - Music aficionados may get a kick out of this documentary. It chronicles the life of music manager and promoter Danny Fields. The film features recollections, reflections and stories on the business from the man himself. He shares how he discovered and worked with bands like The Doors, The Stooges, The Ramones and Lou Reed (among many others). This effort received good notices. Several did complain that it was a surface-level biography, but plenty felt that it overcame its technical issues with some fascinating tales about the biz. Gimme Danger - If you like documentar ies about music, this is your week. In this effort, director Jim Jarmusch (Mystery Train, Coffee & Ci gar ett e s, O n ly L o v e r s Left Alive and most recently, COMMUNITY

P a t e r s o n) tells the rise, fall and reunion of the band Iggy and the Stooges. He uses interv iews with the likes of lead singer Iggy Pop and others, as well as archival footage. It all shows the band’s influence over the years, as well as the toll their lifestyle took on them. Critics raved about it. They called Pop a great subject, openly humorous and honest about his time with the band, and the documentary itself illuminating and entertaining. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back - Based on the popular book series, this sequel to 2012’s Jack Reacher finds the central character and fugitive returning to Washington, D.C. He arrives to clear his name as well as an old friend blamed for a crime she didn’t commit. Along the way, the pair uncover a conspiracy and help a teen who may be Reacher’s daughter. This follow-up garnered mixed-negative reviews. While a few appreciated it as old-school thriller, most grumbled that it was predictable and that the attempts at softening the character played in a corny fashion. It stars Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Danika Yarosh and Patrick Heusinger. Masterminds - Believe it or not, this bizarre comedy is loosely based on a tr ue stor y. I t ’s a b o u t an naive armored car company employee who is conv i nced by acquaintances to help them pull a bank heist. He’s immediately set up as the fall guy and goes on the run to avoid capture. Most didn’t appreciate the slapstick or dim-witted characters on display, calling it unfunny. However, a few did enjoy the caricatures, awkward humor and absurdities on display. The cast includes Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristin Wiig, Ken Marino, Jason Sukeikis, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Queen of Katwe - This feelgood, true-life biopic from

Disney and director Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding, The Namesake) is about a Ugandan girl from the slums who takes up chess. As it turns out, she’s a natural at the game. Her coach attempts to empower the girl and others in his club by having them compete in some big tournaments. The press complimented the film on its efforts, calling it an uplifting underdog story that may inspire kids of all backgrounds to achieve the impossible (or at least take up chess). It features David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o and Madina Nalwanga.

BLASTS FROM THE PAST! It’s another great week for classic releases, particularly if you appreciate genre pictures. We’ll get to those in just a minute. First of all, Disney are releasing one of the most famous and beloved animated features of all time on Blu-ray. Pinocchio (1940) is arriving as part of the studio’s Signature Collection line, which means that the tale of a wooden

puppet who wants to be a real boy will arrive not just looking great, but also with plenty of bonuses. They’re listed as featurettes, called When You Wish Upon a Star, Walt’s Story Meetings: Pleasure Island and In Walt’s World. On the cu lt mov ie side, Shout! Factory are bringing Blurays of the two sequels to the 1982 haunted h o u s e hit, Poltergeist. The first is Poltergeist II: T he Other Side (1986) which features the Freeling family recovering from their first terrifying ordeal. Unfortunately, as soon as they arrive in a new location, they attract the attention of the ghostly Reverend Kane (Julian Beck), who begins to stalk youngest child, Carol Anne (Heather O’Rourke). The movie also features the characters traveling through a dimensional portal to the afterlife. Honestly, it’s not a

very good movie, but Beck is a fantastic foe that offers horror fans some creepy delights. This Collector’s Edition comes with a new scan of the film and other exclusives that include two audio commentaries, multiple featurettes on the production as well as advertising materials. You can complete your set with Poltergeist III (1988). This one only features Carol Anne, joining her aunt (Nancy Allen) and uncle (Tom Skerritt) in a luxury high-rise in Chicago. The Kane character returns, attempting a new supernatural attack on the youngster. This is a really silly one and is by far the weakest in the series. However, it should provide some amusement for scare enthusiasts. This Collector’s Edition arrives with new high definition of the feature and two new audio commentaries. It also includes interviews and featurettes with filmmakers and cast members, as well as an alternate ending and


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GMCS FORUM | FROM PAGE 5 education or business community. Sandra Jeff and Charles Long did not attend the forum. “I thought the forum was a very good opportunity for the candidates to present themselves to the public,” Bill Lee, an event moderator and executive director of the Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce, said. Babette Herrmann, the editor and publisher of the Sun, also served as a moderator. “We got a chance to hear a lot of different views on a lot of different subjects,” she said. “I’d say it was a success.” Questions put to the candidates ranged from how can GMCS better prepare students to enter the local and national work force to students’ readiness to enter post-secondary education. Ester Macias, a Silver City native and a former assistant superintendent at GMCS, and a teacher advocate, said, “We have to make sure teachers have good resources and institute best practices.” Macias was questioned about on why she no longer works for the district, but said she can’t comment because of pending litigation. “Student academic progress must be monitored and teacher quality is a must,” Macias said. Freda Joe, a Crownpoint native and graduate of Crownpoint High School and the dual credit coordinator at Navajo Technical University in Crownpoint, said, “We have to make sure students have the necessary tools upon graduation to succeed in the work force. We lack reading and writing skills in this area.” Joe also spoke of giving reservation schools more academic resources. Sonasta Jim, a policy analyst who monitors Gallup schools, said she was pleased with the outcome of the forum. She said transparency was paramount in terms of what she took out of the meeting. The Gallup school district is the fifth largest in New Mexico. It has a current graduation rate of 66 percent, and got rid of its most recent

superintendent, Frank Chiapetti, a little more than a month ago. Chiapetti remains on paid administrative leave until the end of June 2017. O’Hara, Macias and Schaaf are running for the District 5 seat vacated by former Gallup high teacher and administrator Joe Menini. Jeff, Joe and Long are candidates for the District 2 board seat currently held by Lynn Huenemann. Neither Menini nor Huenemann chose to run again. Mortensen and Chicharello are pitted against Jeff. Mortensen is a Gallup high graduate and local businessman. Chicharello is a Gallup High graduate and vice president of the district’s Indian Education Committee. Jeff, who is from Crownpoint, was appointed to the post when former board member Titus Nez resigned. Jeff is a former six-year member of the New Mexico House of Representatives and a former staff assistant with the state Public Regulation Commission in Santa Fe. Jeff has come under stern criticism for living in Albuquerque and Crownpoint. Jeff, a Democrat, is a close friend of New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, who is a Republican. Long is a former McKinley County Treasurer. O’Hara is a Pennsylvania native and is a retired administrator with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. He possesses a master’s degree from the State University of New York. In his closing statements, O’Hara said he’s “here to make Gallup more palatable for incoming (prospective) teachers.” The election is Feb. 7. The original filing date for school board seats was Dec. 20. Attending Wednesday’s forum were Huenemann, board president Priscilla Manuelito and board vice president Kevin Mitchell. Gallup City Councilor Fran Palochak attended the forum. Members of the GallupMcKinley County Board of Education serve four-year volunteer terms. The Local Advisory Board of the University of New MexicoGallup and the Pueblo of Zuni will also elect board seats on Feb. 7.

DVD REVIEW | FROM PAGE 19 publicity materials. LionsGate have a couple of new Blu-ray releases as part of their Vestron Col lector’s Edition line. Bot h were released though the Vestron label on V HS in the 80s and both are very eccentric. The Lair of the White Worm (1988) comes from Ken Russell (The Devils, Tommy, Altered States) and is a kinky adaptation of the Bram Stoker novel. It follows an archeologist who unearths an ancient skull and must fight off a cult of worm worshippers led by an aristocratic priestess. It features a great cast that includes Amanda Donohoe, Peter Capaldi and Hugh Grant. Wild stuff. They also have the satirical comic creeper, Parents (1989). This one is set in the 50s and is about a young boy living in an all-American suburb. The alienated kid can’t help but harbor suspicions that his otherwise square guardians (played by Randy Quaid and Mary Beth Hurt) are actually cannibals. Warner Archive are delivering a made-to-order Blu-ray as well, for the Judy Holliday/ Dean Martin musical, Bells are Ringing (1960). On the DVD front, you can go to their website and order the romances Desirable (1934) and Easy to Love (1934) as well as the drama, Journal of a Crime (1934). They have a Lyle Talbot

cr ime film with a great title in the form of Red Hot T i r e s (1 9 3 5 ) a s well as the Errol Flynn western/ romance, Silver River (1948). Mov i ng back to gen re pictures, One 7 Movies are releasing a Blu-ray of the Italian horror flick, The Wax Mask (1997). The movie was directed by special effects artist Sergio Stivaletti (known for his gruesome work on Demons, O p e r a, T h e C h ur c h a nd Cemetery Man) from a Dario Argento story and a screenplay by Lucio Fulci. Naturally, it’s about a mysterious killer stalking his prey in a Parisian wax museum. Despite the pedigree, I don’t really remember being impressed with the results when I saw it back in the day. Wouldn’t mind catching up with it again to see how it holds up though, and I’m certain many Italian horror movie fans will feel the same way. This one sounds like an awful lot of fun. The Black Dragon’s Revenge (1975) is coming to Blu-ray as a Special Edition courtesy of The Film Detective. It’s a blaxploitation flick starring Ron Van Clief as a martial artist out to find a hidden “finger fighting” manual written by the late Bruce Lee. To obtain the secrets, he travels and faces off against various gangs and thugs, not to mention some nasty film producers(!). Finally, Synapse have a 3-film Blu-ray set called the

Coffin Joe Trilogy Collection. These independent Brazilian efforts involves a sinister gravedigger known as Coffin Joe. The titles include At Midnight I’ll Take You Soul (1964), T his Night I Will Possess Your Corpse (1967) as well as the finale, Embodiment of Evil (2008), shot nearly 40 years after the previous installment. The box comes with too many extras to list here.

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Classic Disney is the sole highlight for kids this time out. Pinocchio: Signature Collection (Disney)

ON THE TUBE! And here are the T V-t hemed relea ses lo ok s l i ke most distributors a r e s t a nd ing aside for Game of T hrones this we ek . E njoy, a lon g w it h some great trailers further down. Ballers: Season 2 Dr. Who: The Power of the Daleks Game of Thrones: Season 5 Ma st e r p i e ce: Vi ct o r i a (PBS) Mystery Science Theater 3000: Vol. 4 Silk: Season 3

Members of the Tohatchi High School Cadet Color Guard stand at attention during the school’s pow wow, which took place Jan. 28-29. The event was sponsored by the school’s seniors. Photo Credit: Courtesy of John Brooks

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SPORTS 360 Enchantment Skateboarding: Reviving youth through skateboarding By Dee Velasco For the Sun


ocal Native American sk at eboa rd i ng duo Jeremy a nd Cecely Tod a cheen ie, bot h from Gallup, NM, are “shredding” the light on talented local skateboarders by posting skateboarding news on their community-based page called “Enchantment Skateboarding.” Gallup Sun got the chance to find out more from these avid skateboarders, who also happen to be husband and wife, and tell of their upcoming skateboard event coming to the El Morro Theatre at 7 pm on Feb. 4. GS: First off, thanks for doing this … let’s get right into it ... what is Enchantment Skateboarding about? CT: ES is a community based page where we post skateboarding events, news, videos, as well as getting the community youth more known about skateboarding. The videos posted are of local skateboarders, and we usually keep track of three main areas: Albuquerque, Farmington, and of course, Gallup. Basically just getting the word out to the area youth. GS: Why did you guys decide to do it and how long has ES been going on? CT: My husband and I had always talked about it and felt there was a need for it. We noticed that the Gallup skate scene here was pretty dead, and

Skateboarder Delbert Frank catches some air during the “trick-pop shuv it” move. Photo Credit: Enchantment Skateboarding a lot kids needed something to encourage them about what they loved, which is skateboarding. We also wanted to help kids stay out of trouble, and to use skateboarding as a way to work on goals for their life. We always wanted to help out our community ... so one day we just decided to do it, it’s been three years now for ES. GS: Wow thats awesome, so do you have skaters not only from Gallup, but from different places too? CT: Yup … from Thoreau, Window Rock, AZ, Ft. Defiance, Albuquerque, and Zuni, just to skate the street spots in Gallup and to hang out with other skateboarders who live in the area. We usually do all our skateboarding at the, “DIY” which we call it, it’s located where the old Big Bear warehouse use to be on

Jeremy and Cecely Toadacheenie of Enchantment Skateboarding. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons SPORTS

multiple donations, the state & again the City of Gallup helped out. It’s going to be on the East side of Gallup along Historic Route 66. GS: That is way cool to hear, so tell me about this upcoming event that is gonna be at the El Morro Theatre. CT: We will be having an event coming up, on Saturday, Feb. 4 at the El Morro Theatre, beginning at 7 pm, where we’ll be streaming our first full length film for ES, called “It’s Organic.” We’ll do a little talking prior to the video, but before we show that, we’re going to show a video about

We’re not sure of how Jeremy Todacheenie got up this concrete wall, but the name of this trick is called the “font side board slide.” Photo Credit: Enchantment Skateboarding the northside of Gallup. So for now we skateboard there until the new skateboard park opens up this coming Spring. GS: Oh cool, so before I ask about the new skateboard park, how did you get into skateboarding? CT: I got into skateboarding when I was teenager by watching my brothers who were interested in it at the time, and also from watching a video. I’ve been skateboarding since for over ten years. I’m 26 now and I love it! GS: Now … you and your husband are sponsored too right? CT: Yeah, I’m actually sponsored by Four Wheel War Pony-Silver Skate Shop, out of Albuquerque, which is a skateboarding company. I’m the only female here in Gallup

who is sponsored by these guys because of the tricks I do one after another ... I’m very consistent in my moves plus I help them out their events. I’m also sponsored by a company out of Australia called, Athletes Gel. My husband is also sponsored by Four Wheel War Pony. GS: Wow that is way cool... so lets talk about this new skateboard park coming soon, do you guys play a part in it? CT: Yes, we helped out by raising money for it with a couple events. We raised about $400,000 so far and the City of Gallup has been very helpful too. It will break ground this coming Spring. We’re still raising more for another section that will be a part of the skateboard park. Local business owners donated

our Skate Jam event we held last year where we raised money for the upcoming skate park, as well as showing plans for the new skate park. Plus we’re going to have a live music performance by, Jimmy Chee, who also is a skateboarder. It’s a free event so we invite everyone to come check it out and especially if you are a skateboarder young and old. GS: Awesome, can’t wait to check it out. Hey thank you guys for doing this and much success to ES. CT: Thank you guys for doing this for us we really appreciate it. For more i n fo on Enchantment Skateboarding, f i nd t hem on Facebook, I nst ag ra m, or ca l l (505) 620-6920.

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CALENDAR COMMUNITY CALENDAR FEB. 3 - 9, 2017 FRIDAY Feb. 3 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 libtrain@gallupnm.gov or visit the front desk of the library. 10:30 am - 12:30 pm: Introduction to Computer Skills. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. FAMILY MOVIE

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4 pm: a family film for everyone to enjoy. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. This week: Alice Through the

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 at 6 pm. For more information please call (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@gallupnm.gov. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. SATURDAY Feb. 4 MCKINLEY CITIZEN’S RECYCLING COUNCIL MEETING 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. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Overeater’s Anonymous 12step meetings. Held every Sunday at 6 to 7 pm at the Hozho Center, 216 W. Malo-

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ney Ave. Open to anybody who has a desire to stop compulsive eating. Contact info. (505) 307-5999, (505) 721-9208, or (505) 870-1483. COMMUNITY COFFEEHOUSE 6:30 until 9 pm at the Church of the Holy Spirit, 1334 Country Club Drive, one block west of Red Rock Elementary School. Musicians, poets, storytellers, jugglers, and more. This event is open to the public. For more information, you may call (505) 863-4695. SUNDAY Feb. 5 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 Feb. 7 ROUNDING UP A CURE! The American Cancer Society Gallup Relay For Life Kick Off 2017 will take place on at the Gallup Community Service Center (Old Bingo Hall) across from the Community Pantry. Join us at 6 pm for contests! Prizes! Indoor Walking Track! Refreshments and relay information on how to join, support, or start a team.  Contact Linda at (505) 722-2175 or Joyce at (505) 863-3075. WEDNESDAY Feb. 8 120TH DAY OF SCHOOL Please make sure your students are on the bus and in school! 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 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. MAKER’S CLUB (AGES 7 AND UP) A club for kids interested in science, math, building, and inventing. Each week feaContinued on page 23

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GALLUP BENGALS Boys Basketball (8-12) 1/28: Aztec @ Gallup 65-73 1/26: Gallup @ Bloomfield 68-74 Girls Basketball (8-11) 1/31: Kirtland Central @ Gallup 67-60 1/27: Gallup @ Aztec 40-48 MIYAMURA PATRIOTS Boys Basketball (9/11) 1/28: Miyamura @ Farmington 39-47 1/26: Kirtland Central @ Miyamura 70-54

Girls Basketball (8-13) 1/31: Miyamura @ Aztec 36-38 1/27: Farmington @ Miyamura 33-35 REHOBOTH CHRISTIAN LYNX Boys Basketball (9-8) 1/31: Rehoboth @ Crownpoint: 53-48 1/28: Rehoboth @ Zuni 53-58 1/26: Rehoboth @ Newcomb 59-38 Girls Basketball (3-12) 1/27: Rehoboth @ Zuni 47-53

1/26: Rehoboth @ Newcomb 44-45 WINGATE BEARS Boys Basketball (8-13) 1/28: Wingate @ Navajo Pine 73-49 1/26: Thoreau @ Wingate 57-82 Girls Basketball (14-6) 1/31: Shiprock @ Wingate 88-49 1/28: Wingate @ Navajo Pine 68-50 1/24: Wingate @ Thoreau 65-49 TOHATCHI COUGARS Boys Basketball (6-12) 1/31: Newcomb @ Tohatchi 68-37 Scores and overall standings feature Gallup, Miyamura, Wingate, and Rehoboth high school varsity teams only, via maxpreps.com. Other high schools are welcome to submit scores and standings. Submit up-to-date varsity team scores/ standings by Wednesday to: gallupsun@gmail.com


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tures 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: The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution THURSDAY Feb. 9 RMCHCS AUXILIARY COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE 2 to 7 pm today, 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. 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 libtrain@gallupnm.gov or visit the front desk of the library. 3 – 5 pm: MS Excel for Beginners. 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: Tissue-paper Valentine’s Day cards FEBRUARY WINE & PAINTING @ ART123 GALLERY 6 – 9 pm: Have a glass and take a class! Enjoy two complimentary glasses of vino while learning to mix colors and making a masterpiece to take home. $35/person (all painting materials includCALENDAR

ed). Register at galluparts. org/wine-painting. Space is limited. 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 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) 7268068 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. 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) 7211055. 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 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 libtrain@gallupnm.gov or visit the front desk of the library. Feb. 10, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm: Introduction to the Internet. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. FAMILY MOVIE Feb. 10, 4 pm: a family film for everyone to enjoy. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. This week: WALL-E CROWNPOINT NAVAJO RUG AUCTION Feb. 10, 7 – 10 pm: Rug Weavers will register and check in their rugs at 4:00 PM. Rug Displays will begin thereafter. The Auction will begin at 7 pm at the New Crownpoint Elementary School. Visit crownpointrugauction.com. ELLEN MCALLISTER-FLACK, AFRICAN-AMERICAN STORYTELLER Feb. 11 at 2 pm: the Children’s Branch hosts storyteller Ellen McAllister-Flack as part of African American History Month. She will be telling stories about African-American children throughout U.S. history. For more information, call (505) 726-6120 or e-mail childlib@ gallupnm.gov. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. 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.

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 libtrain@gallupnm.gov or visit the front desk of the library. Feb. 17, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm: Internet II; Feb. 19, 2 – 4 pm: MS Word; Feb. 23, 3 – 5 pm: Twitter; Feb. 24, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm: Using Google. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. 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) 863-6459. 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: gallupsunevents@gmail.com or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.

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