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School Board Election results ushers in new era. Page 10

DISTRICT GRADUATION RATES UP GMCS gets a chance to shine

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he a n nua l g raduation rate at Ga l lup -McK i n ley County Schools went dow n one percentage

point in 2016, but remained s t e a d y w it h r a t e s i n t he mid- 60s for 2015 a nd 2014, state P ubl ic Education Depar tment statistics s h o w. T h e d i s t r i c t - w i d e g r a du a t ion r a t e s for ele ment a r y, m idd le a nd h ig h

school s i n New Mex ico were relea sed Ja n. 16. G ov. S u s a n a M a r t i ne z i s sued a news relea se on the state’s graduation rates on Ja n. 16. In the relea se, Ma r ti nez noted t hat more students a re g raduati ng

from state high schools than e v e r b e fo r e . G r a d u a t i o n rates increased for NativeAmerican, Hispanic, A fr ica n-A mer ica n, low-income and disabled students, according to the governor’s statistics.

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lawsuit which is about an unequal distribution of funds pertaining to construction and maintenance projects. In another meeting agenda item, the school board and the superintendent awarded certificates to employees with perfect attendance last year. Of the 15 employees selected, nine were from Thoreau High School and are school bus drivers. Selected from Thoreau were: Marlene Begay, Geneva Bennett, Annie Enditto, Felix Kowena, Tommy McDonald, Alice Sanders, Doris Thompson, Bertha Yazzie and Ruby Yazzie.

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he Gallup-McKinley County School Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution Feb. 6 that permits two world history teachers to pursue plans for a 2018 student trip to Eastern Europe. The matter was met with a little opposition from board members, who argued that a $3,000 overseas trip might prove too costly for most of the district’s students. McKinley County is one of the poorest counties in New Mexico. This is not a trip to Canyon de Chelly (Chinle, Ariz.) or the Grand Canyon in Flagstaff, the board suggested. Board member Sandra Jeff did not attend the meeting. “I’d like to see you (the group) go,” outgoing board member Joe Menini said. “This is a once in a lifetime thing for some of our students. It’s a good opportunity for these students.” Garrett Stolz and Cody Moody, both AP world history teachers at Miyamura High School, pitched the idea to the board. Essentially, the trip would take place just after the end of the regular school year in 2018, the pair told board members. On the proposed itinerary are cities like Berlin, Dresden, Auschwitz and Vienna. The trip is intended to be a learning experience for students who’ve never been outside of the United States. There is no high school or college credit associated with the trip, meaning the selected students won’t be taking any kind of formal classes for credit in either of the countries. “I don’t know. I’d like to look this over a little more,” board president Priscilla Manuelito said. “What are you going to do with the kids who want to go, but who can’t afford to pay for the trip?” Manuelito asked. Stolz replied that students would have every opportunity to fundraise and save money for the trip over the next several months. Both Stolz and Moody stated that a parent introductory

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meeting related to the logistics of the trip is set for Feb.17 at district headquarters on Boardman Drive. The 12-day trip includes everything with respect to expenses, Moody said. The final fee includes air fare, food, guided tours, hotel stays – “most anything and everything that comes up,” Moody said. There is a 6 to 1 teacher to student ratio, based on preliminary plans, Stolz said, “so everyone will have a chaperone,” he noted. A company named EFT Tours, of Massachusetts, will facilitate travel, the two said. Not included in the trip are excursions to nearby islands or smaller countries. Moody is a first-year teacher from Mars, Pa. Stolz taught at Gallup Mid last year and is in his first year at Miyamura. Even if there aren’t many students who go, the trip will still be a “go,” Moody said. At least two other Miyamura teachers are penciled in for the trip. “I’ve traveled to Irela nd a nd Scotland,” Moody said to a question by Menini. “It’s a learning experience – especially for someone who’s never been out of the country,” Stolz said. Also at the school board meeting, board members granted interim superintendent Mike Hyatt the authority to follow through on lawsuits on behalf of the board. That was put into the form of a motion. And a resolution was passed relevant to the school district remaining a part of the ongoing Zuni Pueblo

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Court date set for accused EconoLodge rapist MAJOR SINGH TO APPEAR IN COURT MAY 9

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local man with roots i n I nd ia rema i n s incarcerated at the McK i n ley- C ou nt y Adult Detention Center on a $10,000 cash surety bond with a court date set for May 9, according to district court papers. The court date was set at a Jan. 20 arraignment. Major Singh, 47, was initially arrested Nov. 20 after a report of a rape at the EconoLodge at 3101 W. Historic Highway 66. Singh’s bond at the time of the arrest was $100,000. Singh works as a cook at the Bombay

Restaurant and Bu f fet , 3 4 0 4 W. H i s t o r i c Highway 66. Accord i ng to jail records, Major Singh Singh is ch a r ged w it h criminal sexual penetration in the second degree (force or coercion, personal injury, harm or great mental anguish). At the time of arrest, Gallup police officer Justin Bennally arrived at the scene to find a female victim mentally distraught, according to the police report on the matter. The incident happened in Room 112 of the hotel, the police report states.

Singh possesses a prior police record from the state of Texas, but it isn’t clear as to what that record entails. Regarding the current case, prior to going to the hotel from the restaurant, Sing and a co-worker by the name of “Anoch” asked the female if she wanted to go somewhere and have drinks. Anoch, nicknamed “Nick” is listed in police documents as the manager at Bombay restaurant. There were three females in the initial party that went to the hotel, according to police papers. An acquaintance of Singh who was present at the hotel told police that three women

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INDOW ROCK – President Russell Begaye and V ice P r e sident Jonathan Nez have appointed Pearline Kirk as the Controller

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for the Navajo Nation. Kirk is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and holds a Juris Doctor from Arizona State University. She comes to the Nation from the Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith LLP law firm in Los Angeles.

“We are fortunate to have Ms. Kirk come aboard as our Controller. Her vast experience in Navajo Nation law, taxation and budget will greatly

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initially were at the restaurant which is where the idea to go the room surfaced. Things apparently took off from there.

WEST SIDE CRIME Gallup’s west side businesses aren’t without their share of crime. The Conoco gas station and convenience store at 3302 W. Historic Highway 66 was robbed six times in 2016. In one of the gas station robberies, cash was dropped outside of the station in the robber’s haste to get away. And at least three other west side hotels and motels have been victimized by robbers.

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“I go to that restaurant a lot and I would never have expected for anybody working there to do something like that,” Michelle Garvey, 28, who lives and works on the west side, said. “Most of the people that go to that restaurant are truckers and people passing through town. I hope they get to the bottom of the whole thing.”

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WEEKLY CRIME BLOTTER Staff Reports

WOMAN BEATER 2/6, GALLUP Cra nda ll Lewis of Mentmore is charged with Battery of a Household Member. According to the report by Gallup Police Department Officer Steven Peshlakai, he responded to a dispatched call on Feb. 6 at approximately 10:30 am. Peshlakai arrived and made contact with Lewis and a female victim. The victim in this crime was still on scene and “was crying and bleeding from the face.” The report states the victim complained that Crandall was acting “crazy” and yelling. Further, the report states “Crandall followed her and hit her on her face.” Peshlakai documented the complaint and took photos of the victim’s injuries. The officer’s report states, “Crandall did not have any visible injuries.” Witnesses are listed as “employees” in the report. It states, “Several employees said they saw Crandall hit (the victim) about three times on her face.” Crandall, 29, was placed under arrest for battery and transported to the McKinley County Adult Detention Center. The victim was transported to Gallup Detox. S.Annis

ANOTHER WOMAN BEATER 2/5, GALLUP Officer R y a n Blackgoat was dispatched, “in response to a domestic,” to the Family

Dollar parking lot on Feb. 5. The officer responded to complaints of “a person was being ‘choked’.” Blackgoat approached the vehicle, and requested the male to exit the vehicle, and secured the man in a patrol car. The female victim “was crying heavily.” Officer Blackgoat’s report states, “I advised the female to get herself together so I could speak with her.” The suspect is identified as the victim’s boyfriend Michael Tucson. The battery of the victim happened in the Family Dollar parking lot, within a stolen vehicle. Blackgoat’s report states, “Metro Dispatch at the time advised the vehicle the persons were in was a stolen vehicle,” a 2015 Kia Forte. It was reported stolen Jan. 28 from Hacienda Motel. The VIN number was used to match and identify the stolen car, which contained “numerous brand name purses and numerous credit cars lying on the floor board. A Skill saw type power tool was visible.” The report further states, “Sergeant M. Spencer did arrive on scene” and was “briefed on the incident.” Blackgoat’s report details the incident and notes the vehicle “was secured and towed from the business per Detective T. Wilson.” The vehicle was towed to the Gallup Police department for evidence. Tucson, 27, was arrested for resisting, evading, and obstructing from first contact to include battery of a household member and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Tucson was transported to the county jail and booked. S. Annis

WOMAN BEATER NO. 3 2/5, GALLUP Gallup Police Department O f f icer St even Pe sh la k a i responded to a domestic dispute on Feb. 5, which lead to the arrest

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GPD: Deceased man ID’d By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent

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he name of the Native American male found deceased Feb. 2 by BNSF workers has been identified as Darrell Barney, 59, officials said. Marinda Spencer, public information officer with the Gallup Police Department, released the information last week. “The case is still under investigation,” Spencer said. “We’re making progress.”

Spencer said an official cause of death has not definitively been determined. She sa id at tempts to contact Barney’s next-of-kin have been made. How Wa s T he Body Found? The Ga llup Police Department was called to an area near 811 Roundhouse Road at about 10:25 am to i nve st igat e t he i ncident , Spencer said. The discovery location is near the Muñoz Overpass and on land owned by BNSF.

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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports The legal limit is .08 Garrick Tsosie Feb. 3rd, 4:10 am 2nd DWI Gallup P o l i c e Department O f f i c e r F ra nci s C o l l i n s arrested Ga r r ick A . Tososie, of St Michaels, AZ. Garrick A. Tsosie is charged with DWI, second offense. GPD Officer Collins encountered Tsosie at 4:10 am on County Road #1. Collins reported that Garrick was sleeping in the driver’s seat with his right foot on the brake peddle with the engine running. Collins further reports, “Garrick woke up and drove a couple of feet” before stopping for the officer. Tsosie complied with commands to put the vehicle in park. He exited the vehicle and submitted to standardized field sobriety tests. Further, Collins reports that when Tsosie was questioned he admitted to having some (alcoholic beverages) earlier in the day. He submitted to a breathalyzer. Collins reports, “Both samples had a reading of 0.14.” Collins transported Tsosie to the McKinley County Adult Detention Center. It is also noted in the reported, “Garrick verbally admitted to consuming alcohol and realizing his mistake. Garrick said he needed help with his drinking.” S.Annis Tye Arviso Jan. 27th, 2:40 am DWI Gallup P o l i c e Department O f f i c e r A n d r e w Thayer stated in his report that Arviso

“knowingly drove intoxicated … he had an open container of Corona in hand.” Thayer witnessed a red Honda Prelude heading southbound that “made several wide swerves … almost going over the center median several times. The vehicle then stopped well past the white line at the stop light on Second Street and N.M. 602. “The driver placed an open Corona bottle on the passenger side floor board,” the report states. Arviso, 39, admitted to the officer he had been drinking at Sports Page, having four to five beers within two hours. It is noted that Arviso agreed to field sobriety tests while in the parking lot of the Family Dollar south. Thayer’s report also states that “Arviso failed this test.” Arviso refused to take the breath tests, earning an aggravated DWI. S.Annis Dion Mitchel Jan. 26th, 11:45 pm Aggravated DWI, 2nd Dion Mike Mitchel, of Tohlakai was arrested Ja n. 26 by Gallup Police Department Officer Daniel Brown. The list of charges include DWI, driving with a suspended or revoked license, careless driving, resisting, evading, or obstructing an officer. Brown witnessed “a dark colored min-van” that “traveled through the intersection at a high rate of speed making no attempt to stop at the red light,” his report states. When Brown attempted to stop the vehicle the “mini-van did fail to come to a complete stop at the red light.” Brown then pursued the vehicle. His report notes “As I approached the driver’s side window, the mini-van accelerated.” Brown pursued the vehicle further.

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Aggravated DWI Ya zzie was caught in the act yelling at a Burger King worker in the drive t h r u . GPD Officer Chavo Chischilly approached Yazzie and asked what was wrong. She replied that she wasn’t happy with her food. That’s when he noticed that she had bloodshot, watery eyes and smelled of booze. Yazzie, 25, agreed to take the field sobriety tests, which she failed. She blew a .20 and .18 during the breath tests.

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REGULAR MUNICIPAL ELECTION MARCH 14, 2017 Absentee Voting is now being conducted at the City Clerk’s Office at Gallup City Hall, 110 West Aztec Avenue. Voters from District 1 and District 3 may cast an absentee ballot in person during regular business hours. Voters may also call the City Clerk’s Office at 863-1254 to request an absentee ballot by mail. Office hours are Monday thru Friday; 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. (closed Presidents’ Day, February 20, 2017). Early Voting by voting machine will begin on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 8:00 A.M. Early voting will take place at Gallup City Hall during regular business hours. The last day to vote early or to request an absentee ballot by mail will be Friday, March 10, 2017 at 5:00 P.M. The last day to register to vote for the City Election will be Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Voter registration forms are available at the City Clerk’s Office and at the McKinley County Clerk’s Office at the McKinley County Courthouse; 207 West Hill Avenue.

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Brown states, “I lost visual of the while due to the darkness.” Brown caught up with Mitchel at the intersection of Coal Basin. Dion, 43, refused to take field sobriety and breath tests With assistance from Officer Thayer the scene was secured. Medstar was called to transport Dion Mitchel to the Gallup Indian Medical Center. Dion was cleared at the hospital and transported to the county jail. S.Annis Jonathon Kee Nov. 4, 9:58 pm DWI Hitting someone a nd t r y i ng to speed off didn’t work well for Kee. GPD Officer S t e v e n Peshlakai pursued Kee as he f lew through a red light at Maloney Ave and Kachina Street in his red pickup, nearly causing an accident. He continued to lead police on a chase around

the U.S. 491 and Maloney Avenue area, spinning out of control and nearly wrecking a couple of times. Stop sticks were deployed at Dollar Tree Plaza, flattening a couple of Kee’s tires. He finally came to a stop in the Applebee’s parking lot, where he was promptly taken into custody. He smelled of alcohol and admitted to having a few beers. Kee, 26, cooperated with police and took the field sobriety tests. He blew a .11 twice during the breath tests. He was also cited for reckless driving and driving with a suspended/revoked license. Danica Lynn Yazzie Oct. 19, 1:58 am

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NEW CONTROLLER | FROM PAGE 5 benefit our Nation as we move forward,” Begaye said. Kirk served as the director of Finance/Chief Financial Officer for five years with the Colville Tribal Federal Cor poration. This diverse holding company has over 500 employees. Her responsibilities

CRIME BLOTTER | FROM PAGE 7 of T y rone Yazzie. Yazzie was encountered by officer Peshlakai while “walking eastbound on Hill Street.” Peshlakai reports, “I asked him if he was arguing with his girlfriend. Tyron said yes he was.” The officer noticed that “Tyron had visible scratches to his face and small cuts to his fingers.” However, Yazzie refused medical attention. Upon investigation, Peshlakai’s report states that Yazzie’s wife came home from work and found him locked out. Yazzie stated to officers, “[His wife] was upset because their baby was locked inside the residence.” He also told police, “they got into an argument and she attacked him.” Yazzie admitted to consuming “three tall cans of Coors Light.”

Pearline Kirk Peshlaki proceeded to 710 1/2 E Mesa Apt #D. He met with Yazzie’s wife. Officer Peshlaki observed “glass all over the balcony and a big rock was near the door. The door was closed and the door knob was hit off.” His report states “I saw several foot impressions on the door indicating someone was forcing their way in.” Upon interviewing Yazzie’s wife, she said that he was locked out of the apartment and their son was inside crying. Further, the wife explained, “Tyrone broke the window and the both crawled through.” Once inside she reported to officers that “Tyrone was yelling at the baby to shut up.” She reports that Yazzie then attempted to fix the door. She told him to leave, but he refused. The report indicates that Yazzie grabbed a kitchen knife and was “holding it in his hand.” The wife also said that Yazzie told her to “get out of my way I have a knife.” The wife “felt threatened for her life and her child’s life.” Yazzie then reportedly set

included all aspects of financial reporting of over $120 million in revenues including the businesses of casinos, convenience stores, grocery stores, tobacco stores, construction and a cabin resort. Kirk’s financial experience includes managing over $250 million, including $45 million real estate based private equity lending for acquisition down the knife and started pushing her. Yazzie head butted her on her head … hit her on her face and tried to twist her arm behind her back. It is reported that his wife was “holding her child when Tyron hit her.” Med Star arrived on scene and tended Yazzie’s wife and child. She displayed “redness, swelling, and abrasions to [her] right eye.” And had swelling to the left side of her face. Yazzie, 33, was placed under arrest, transported, and booked into the McK inley County Detention Center. He faces charges for aggravated assault against a household member (deadly weapon) and abuse of a child. The knife used was secured and logged into evidence; along, with photos. S. Annis

and developments, $68 million syndicated gaming finance/ refinance, $40 million of bailout corporate finance/refinance/ revolving financing, and construction finance of over $4 million for retail, gas and convenience stores. “Ms. Kirk will uphold the eth ics a nd responsibilit y required of her as a licensedCPA for the Navajo Nation

FIVE FINGER FAILURE 1/35, GALLUP The temptation to steal some clothes from a retailer at Rio West Mall got the best of a Gallup female last month, according to a police report. Bernadine Mazon, 57, already had a trespassing notice against her from Rio West Mall. On Jan. 25, Mazon walked alone into Fallas and picked up a variety of clothing totaling $134.77, Gallup police officer Douglas Hoffman wrote in a police report on the matter. The trespass warning from the store was issued in May 2016. While at Fallas, Mazon drove up to an outdoor display which the store owned and grabbed 40 articles of clothing and threw them into her red Toyota Camry and drove to Tractor Supply across the street

Office of the Controller,” Nez said. President Begaye said he is proud to have a Navajo tribal member return to work for the Nation.  “We know that Ms. Kirk is an asset for the tribe and she will help us tremendously,” he said. Kirk will start her position on Feb. 13. from Rio West and in a parking lot along Metro Avenue, Hoffman recorded in the report. When Mazon was still in the Tractor Supply parking lot, Hoffman confronted her and asked some questions about the clothing. “I asked Mazon to get out of the car and stated without being asked that she stole all of the clothes from Fallas,” Hoffman wrote. Hoffman noted in the report that all of the merchandise was returned to Fallas without a problem. Mazon bonded out of the McKinley County Adult Detention Center the same day on a $100 bond amount, jail records show. B. Dotson

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Long, Mortensen, Schaaf win GMCS board seats OFFICIAL: CERTIFICATION FEB. 10

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ichael Scha a f, Charles Long and Christopher Mor tensen were elected to seat s on t he G a l lu p - McK i n ley C ou nt y B oa rd of E duc a t ion Feb. 7, b r i n g i n g f r e s h f a c e s a nd new idea s to a boa rd t h a t r e cent ly put for mer Superintendent Frank Chiapetti on paid administrative leave. The boa rd seats that were voted upon were for Distr icts 2, 4 a nd 5. Ly n n Hu e n e m a n n , Jo e Me n i n i a nd t he seat occupied by the appointed Sa ndra Jeff each changed hands. Schaaf essentially had no competition in a race that included retired educator Ester Macias and retired government administrator Gerald O’Hara.

WHO WON? Cha rles Long, a for mer McKinley County Treasurer, won t he Di st r ic t 2 boa rd seat occupied by Jef f. Jeff, who did not attend a recent school boa rd ca nd i d a t e fo r u m s p o n s o r e d by t h e G a l l u p S u n , t h e Greater Ga l lup Econom ic Development Cor poration and Gallup-McKinley County Cha mber of Com merce,

District 5 GMCS Board of Education member-elect Michael Schaaf. Photo Credit: District 4 Board of Education member-elect Chris Mortensen. Charles Long was elected board member Ana Hudgeons of District 2 (no photo). Photo Credit: Ana Hudgeons wa s appointed to the seat la st yea r when T it u s Nez re sig ned f rom t he school boa rd. L ong received 352 votes a nd F reda Joe, a Crow npoi nt educator, got 136. Jeff brought up the rear with 107 votes and was typecast in media reports as not being a resident of greater McKinley County. In District 4, Christopher Mo r t e n s e n r e c e i v e d 3 8 8 vo t e s t o 276 fo r B r e nd a Chicharello. Chicharello is vice president of the school district’s Indian Education Committee. Mortensen is a local businessman, a Gallup High School graduate and a University of New Mex ico graduate, too. The District 4 seat wa s vacated by Joe Men i n i who cho se not t o run again. Scha a f, a newcomer to a rea politics, ra n away fa st in the Distr ict 5 race,

ga r ner i ng 770 vot e s t o 217 for Macias and 109 for O’Ha ra . Of t he t h ree d i s tricts that were up for grabs, Schaaf won with the widest poi nt ma rg i n. Scha a f is a Nebra sk a t r a n spla nt who unsuccessfully ran for a city council seat against A lla n L a nd av a z o i n t he r e ce nt past. Like Menini, the pro-Navajo Huenemann decided to not run again. Members of the GallupMcK inley County Board of Education ser ve voluntar y four-year staggered terms.

PUEBLO OF ZUNI Also on Tuesday’s ballot were board seats for Districts 3, 4 and 5 in the Pueblo of Zu n i. Jerome Ha sk ie won District 3, Shelly Chimoni won District 4 and Willie Zuni ran as a write-in candidate

for Position 5 in Zuni and won with 55 unofficial votes.

UNM-GALLUP For seat s on t he L oca l Adv isor y Boa rd at the University of New MexicoGallup, incumbent Priscilla Smith beat Edwin Begay by a ma rgin of 1,721 to 1,120. Incumbent Ralph Richards, a R e pu bl ic a n , wo n o v e r Mar vin Murphy 2,006 to 931 in a landslide for the UNMGallup Position 2 seat. A $25 million bond question dea ling with school-wide improvements, hardware and software purchases, among other things, passed 2,206 to 657. A UNMGa l lup t a x q ue s t ion t h a t focused on capital improvements passed 1,868 to 1,118. McKinley County Director of Elections Rick Pa loch a k, s a id a t ot a l of

3,216 registered voters participated in Tuesday’s elect ion s. He sa id ever y t h i ng went well with the county’s voting machines. “We had two poll workers who did not show,” Palochak said. “There were no problems with any of the machines.” Palochak said the final e le c t io n nu m b e r s c o u l d change since there are some provisional ballots that have yet to be counted. Palochak said the change, if any, would not be that great since winning margins across the board were pretty substantial. He sa id cer ti f ication takes place Feb. 10 at 1:30 pm a nd before Magistrate Judge Cynthia Sanders. “I voted for the first time i n my l i fe,” Don na Joh n s, 25, of Gallup said. Johns is a graduate of Ga llup High School. “My vote counts and that’s why I voted.”

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Gallup’s graduation rate at 65 percent for 2016 | FROM PAGE 1 over the years, working to i m pr ove t e a c he r q u a l it y and in getting parents more involved in student educat ion. T he Ga l lup d i st r ic t tracks n i nth-grader s who graduate within four years and accounts for transfers and students who are held back. Gallup area schools’ graduation rate remains lower than the statewide rate of 71 percent, which is up from 69 percent in 2015. There are 89 school districts in New Mexico. “Although there are significant improvements in our academic system, we are not satisfied with our district’s current graduation rates,” Interim Superintendent Mike Hyat t sa id of the cu r rent GMCS graduation rates. Hyatt was appointed to the superintendent’s job about a month ago a nd a f ter the Ga llup McKinley County Board of Education firing of Frank Chiapetti. “We do, however, expect our graduation rates

to increase as students are taught with appropriate and higher expectations, have more experience with rigorous state testing, and work in an overall improved system of education at GMCS. For those current students who have not graduated or who are not at grade level, we have increased our credit recovery opportunities and are continuously working on improving the education system as a whole to better meet their indiv idua l academic needs.” I n 2013 t he Ga l lup d is trict’s graduation rate was 71.3 percent a nd the highest it has been since a low of 52.8 in 2008. The rate was 64.9 in 2014, 66.6 in 2015 and sits at a straight 65 percent for 2016. The Gallup school system is consistency ra nked in the lower statewide percentile with respect to performance. T h e g r a d u a t i o n nu m bers don’t rea lly come a s a sur pr ise to at lea st one school board member. Lynn Huenemann, who chose not to

Graduation Rates Trend Data for GMCS by %

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

All Students

52.8

55.3

64.1

65.8

69.4

71.3

64.9

66.6

65.0

Female

59.2

58.2

67.3

68.3

73.9

77.8

69.7

74.2

69.0

Male

46.1

52.3

61.0

63.2

64.9

65.0

60.1

60.0

61.0

Caucasian

67.2

80.0

82.2

83.3

85.6

84.0

79.2

76.7

82.0

Hispanic

56.9

53.2

61.8

75.1

78.3

78.9

69.9

71.9

66.0

American Indian

51.3

53.8

63.3

63.3

67.2

69.3

62.7

64.9

64.0

Asian

73.4

88.9

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83.1

*

63.6

*

85.2

*

Economically Disadvantaged

56.1

51.8

58.6

62.2

64.7

68.9

62.0

65.1

63.0

Students w Disabilities

39.7

49.0

67.4

52.5

56.8

64.1

63.8

64.0

60.0

English Language Learners

*

46.0

55.8

59.7

65.1

*

64.3

65.2

63.0

Non Hispanic

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

65.0

* not reported These students graduated on time in 4 years Compiled from NMPED - Graduation - Data and Statistics run again Feb. 7 for another school board term, said, “Just looking at the numbers on the surface I think it represents something good,” Huenemann said. “I think we still have to keep our focus on progress. I’m not dismissing what has been accomplished.” Martinez was pleased at the news conference which

she announced with state Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera by her side. The news conference took place at the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce. “With more students graduating high school than ever before, New Mexico is better preparing our kids to enter t he work force t ha n ever

before,” Martinez said. “When we raise the bar and give our kids the resources they need to succeed, they rise to the occasion. We still have a lot of work to do and it starts by protecting classroom spending and stopping the failed practice of passing our kids from grade to grade when they cannot read.”

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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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ROLL CALL By Bernie Dotson

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ost women who marched Jan. 21 i n t he v a r iou s marches around the world via the first-ever Women’s March have voted many times in their lives. At times their candidates have won, and at other times their candidates have lost. Either way, a statement was made by simply voting. But it was the 2016 election that provoked some strong and fervent emotion and division in U.S. society.

OPINIONS The Women’s March The Women’s March was held on the first day of the presidency of Donald Trump. The goal was to show support for women’s rights as well as groups that are marginalized by a Trump administration. This in a time when disparaging remarks about women were made by Trump leading up to the election. According to a Women’s March on Washington news release, the mission of the march was to bring people of all genders and backgrounds together to take a stand on social injustice and

human rights issues that deeply impact all of us. That’s a good reason to take to the streets. Hundreds of women from around New Mexico attended the march, according to Debra Haaland, the chairwoman of the New Mexico Democratic Party. And I also think that was a good thing, too. I applaud the people who attended the Women’s March. Now the question becomes, after the mass turnouts around the world can a political impact be made?

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GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF FEB. 10

Enjoy the favorable aspects of the Full Moon, this Friday, February 10. Though there are exceptions to every rule, you’ll experience greater luck today for new projects. You’ll feel sparks of creative juices, and make incredible come from behind plays. Channel your inner Tom Brady, and make history and lead your team to victory. Madame G suggests taking a holiday, soon.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Your heading in new directions fast. This is exciting and terrifying. Let the good times roll! Take time for your piece of mind and remind the ones you love— that you care. Also, take some time for a little R&R. Valentines is coming up. Where will you take your sweetheart? Show him or her, you care. Remember, a little romance goes a long way, write a poem on a napkin.

Passion is a funny thing. It leads in many directions, some good, some not so good. If yours make you feel good and bring joy to those around you—including strangers. You’re on the right track. If it doesn’t, then you may need to reevaluate. But, keep in mind Henry Ford once said: “If I asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” Trust yourself.

Your heart’s in the right place. But, you’re letting others down. You’re not Wonder Woman, doing it all with perfect hair and armor boobs. Just take a look in the mirror and ask yourself: what’s important? You’ll notice things you can live without. You may discover some people fit that category. Whatever the case, choose wisely and carefully. It’s important you do this now!

Feeling a little under the weather? You may need to take a break. When was the last time you rested, really rested? You may notice that a strong sense of anxiety keeps pushing you into movement. Find out why. You may feel frustrated and the anxiety may go deeper than the surface level. Dig deep and discover yourself. Once you do set that goddess free!

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

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Fear not! You’re not a fool in love, just a little misguided. The greatest gift you can give someone is your full and free forgiveness. This doesn’t mean you allow them to harm you or your children, pets, family, or property. And it doesn’t always mean you stay with them. But, it does mean that you’re willing to love and forgive yourself enough to move on. It’s your choice.

You like a good challenge. It takes the fun out of monotony. You can’t change the past and the future is elusive, but this moment presents new mysteries. Discover something new every day whether it’s a new idea, book, or building material—learn. You can do anything. You make this moment great for yourself and others. It’s your journey and it’s never too late for more. Enjoy!

Is stress making you sick? Maybe you’re in the wrong job. Maybe there isn’t a perfect life. It’s easy to lose sight of what’s important for short sided material gain. But, don’t forget why you’re working hard. Take a long hard look in the mirror. What do you want? How will you get it? Your desire is nothing more or less than your driving desire for what you want and need. Get it!

You’re lucky and unlucky in love. The search for meaning probably leads you to discover the flaws in other, but unlike the other signs, it’s a flaw of an idea—and the flaw is yours. Human beings are not ideas. They have independent thoughts and feelings. If you put them on a pedestal, they’re bound to fall off. Consider the human element and study from there. You’ll love it!

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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

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PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

To each his or her own. There is no right answer to your heart’s desires. You must make the right decisions for you. And only you know what that means. If you feel it to be true then it likely is, for you, in the moment. If not, then it isn’t. A good rule of thumb, is that, if it’s not a, HELL YES! Then it likely is a no. Don’t be afraid of the answer. Go for it! Or don’t! It’s your heart.

Don’t settle for less! Tony Robbins says we should increase our standards rather than expecting less. What does this mean? Well, in order to avoid mediocrity, you might have to take a risk. Challenge yourself to be or do something that you’ve never done. This is a different challenge for every person. Only you know the right answer. Only you can take the challenge. Do it!

If you feel the need to do something, you should do this. It’s especially important, if this will provide you with security or financial freedom. If you’ve been neglecting this side of yourself for some time—it’s important that you take care of it now. Don’t wait. You could lose more than your next meal or video game. Consider the needs of others and act. NOW!

You have a stubborn spirit—it’s childlike. If left unchecked that becomes childish and that’s not cute. You don’t have a parent to curb you now. It’s up to you to check your behaviors. You may feel like lashing out and hiding deep within yourself. But, remember that’s not how adults act. Toughen up butter cup! People are not against you— they’re for themselves.

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New Mexico a National Leader in Providing Childcare Assistance INVESTMENTS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD PAYING OFF FOR KIDS, FAMILIES

By Henry Varela, Communications Director/ PIO NM Children, Youth and Families Department

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ANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez announced that New Mexico is a national leader in providing childcare assistance to kids Feb. 8. According to the first annual New Mexico Child Care Data Report from the University of New Mexico’s Center for Education Policy and Research, New Mexico is ranked 10th in the country when it comes to providing childcare assistance to all eligible children and 1st in the

country when it comes to providing childcare assistance to eligible Hispanic children in New Mexico. “Expanding opportunities for early childhood learning is one of our top priorities – because every New Mexico child deserves a chance to succeed,” Governor Martinez said. “Our goal is to make New Mexico the best place to be a kid. And though we still have a lot of work to do, we’re making progress and we won’t quit fighting for our children.” Governor Martinez and her administration have steadily increased investment in early childhood spending by more tha n $55 million, ser v ing

more than 27,000 kids a year. Additionally, CYFD through various community and federal partnerships invested more than $97 million in the last fiscal year in childcare alone. New Mexico is also a national leader in outreach to bring childcare and early childhood opportunities to Hispanic families. Among other highlights of the report, nearly 90 percent of families receiving childcare assistance reported that it enabled them to work. Seven percent reported they were able to enroll in school, and six percent that it enabled both. Across the board, New Mexico’s investments in early

childhood opportunities are making life better for New Mexico’s kids and families. “Childcare plays a major role in our effort to improve the quality of life for our children, as well as in preventing child abuse and neglect,” said Children, Youth, and Families Department Secretary Monique Jacobson. “This report is a result of the successful collaboration between CYFD and many of our state and community partners, providers and advocates who all have the same goal to improve the quality of life for all New Mexico children.” This ranking comes on the heels of the Nationa l

Institute for Early Education Research’s May 2016 ranki ng show i ng New Mex ico improved ten spots in funding for early childhood education, moving to 18th in the country. In the fall of 2015, CYFD convened a working group to look for ways to improve the quality of and access to childcare assistance, early childhood education, and other learning oppor tunities for New Mexico’s kids. The childcare data report was produced by the working group, consisting of childcare providers and professional associations, children’s advocates, state and local leaders and other stakeholders.

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and fill funding gaps in economic development projects. FundIt was created by the New Mexico Economic Development Depa r tment f rom a s u g ge s t ion by a blue-ribbon panel convened to identify ways to streamline development projects in the state. FundIt aims to be a onestop source of start-to-finish financing for projects that will help with community infrastructure development, job creation and small-business development. Through FundIt, communities can present their

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ommy Gibbons, bassist, for the heavy metal band, Flaw, will be in Gallup to do a free clinic on behalf of Orange Amps at Quintana’s Music, 200 West Coal Ave., at 5 pm on Feb. 11. Gibbons who joined the band Flaw in 2016, also played guitar with Tantric, and other renowned bands, is endorsed and sponsored by Orange Amps, which invites all musicians to come out for some fun jamming and as well as learning about Orange Amps. Orange Amps – British Guitar Amps, is a company based out of England that makes bass guitar head amps, guitar head amps, and other amps for musicians like: The Ramones, Deftones, Cheap Trick, Fleetwood Mac, Rush, Slipknot, just to name a few. Flaw is an American rock band from Louisville, KY, formed in 1996, The band released their fourth studio album, Divided We Fall on Aug. 19. Gibbons wants to give interested musicians from all walks of life whether they be in rock, country, or any music genre, a walk through on how to operate a amplifier.

“I want to teach them that it’s not only just plugging in your instrument into the amp, but to really know the basics of what a amplifier is and how much more there is to it,” Gibbons said. Recently coming off tour, Gibbons is taking a break during his hectic schedule to help other enthused musicians become interested in music just like he

did when he was first introduced to music at an early age. “I got to see Joe Satriani and that was it, I was hooked and knew that was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” he said. Playing with numerous bands over the years, Gibbons has had the privilege of perfecting his skills not only on the bass guitar but starting out on the

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‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ – Action packed, yet full of filler RATING: «« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 122 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun

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he original John Wick came out of the blue back in 2014. It was a really entertaining little action flick that boasted some incredible stunt work and a memorably quirky title character. Essentially, an assassin driven to wipe out all those responsible for an unusual death in his family. It’s tongue was also planted firmly in cheek, adding a welcome dose of humor to offset the violence and carnage. John Wick: Chapter 2 is still amusing in several respects, although this tale is not quite as effective the second time around. After the events of the first film, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) heads out to tie up one loose end, leading to the first of many action set pieces. It’s a real doozy involving numerous cars plowing into other vehicles (and people flying out of their seats) like some sor t of crazed demolition derby. When the dust finally settles we learn in spite of

John Wick (Kneau Reeves) has a lot of guns pointed at this head, but he’s John Wick and will likely live through the numerous assassination attempts. Now playing. Photo Credit: Thunder Road Pictures Wick’s retirement, leaving the assassin community is almost impossible. In fact, he is forced by tradition to provide a favor to an underworld figure named Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio). Naturally, it’s a hit job, but soon after heading to Rome to do his duty the protagonist finds himself being targeted. I think I really appreciated the simplicity of the original film. This follow-up doesn’t possess any deeper messages nor is it any brighter, but does go out of its way to build a larger world of characters and interactions.

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of fun. Some of the retur ning personalities are amusing as well, including Continental hotel manager Charon (Lance Redd ick) a nd it s ow ner, W i n s t on ( I a n Mc Sh a ne). Among the new additions, the best include a similarly-themed European establishment operated by Julius (Franco Nero) and a Russian mobster (Peter Stormare) related to the previous film’s villains. Stormare is a lot of fun to watch, chewing scenery like any great villain. When he relays concerns to his men about Wick’s powers and reacts to the violence occurring outside his office, the movie is a hoot. Frankly, it needs even more of him. With so many characters (several of whom I haven’t even gotten around to mentioning), it becomes very clear that the movie is a set-up of sorts for yet another adventure. This feature leaves numerous threads and characters hanging as the end credits roll. Perhaps everything will be tightly and efficiently wrapped up by the close of the next film. One can only hope. In the meantime, while I can certainly say that John Wick: Chapter 2 has some great action, viewers should also be warned that they’ll have to take it with plenty of unwanted story fat. 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. 10, 2017 By Glenn Kay For the Sun

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ime for another look at the highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD this week. It’s an incredibly busy edition with so many films in so many genres that it’s going to take some time to get through them all. 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! T h e 9th Life of Louis Drax - This young-adult suspense thriller from A lexa nd re Aja (Horns, T h e Hi l l s Have Eyes, High Tension) involves a 9 year old boy who has cheated death 9 times in his incredibly brief lifetime. A neurologist arrives to try and find out what’s going on in the child’s brain as well as what is happening at home, leading to conflict and intrigue with family members. Reviews were mixed for this one. Some thought the entire enterprise was tonally imbalanced and dopey, while others were impressed with the visuals and found it surprisingly interesting. It stars Jamie Dornan, Sarah Gadon, Adrian Paul, Aiden Longworth, Oliver Platt and Molly Parker. The Alchemist Cookbook An outcast with a background in chemistry ventures out to the remote woods to work on a personal project involving formulas that recreate the effects of black magic. In the process, he begins to believe that he may have awakened something very sinister. This feature from Joel Potrykus (Buzzard) played at Sundance and earned strong reception from reviewers. They suggested that it wouldn’t be for everyone, but that this independent psychological horror feature was completely unique, unsettling and featured a strong lead performance. Ty Hickson plays tackles the central role. Almost Christmas - This comedy follows a dysfunctional family who just can’t stop bickering. After the family matriarch passes away, things get even more uncomfortable for the clan when they attempt

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to spend 5 complete days together u nder the same roof to celebrate the Christmas holidays. This one split critics right down the middle. Nearly half felt that the talented cast made up for the occasional story misstep. As for the others, well, in general they didn’t feel that it was funny enough to recommend. It features Omar Epps, Danny Glover, Romany Malco, Mo’Nique, JB Smooth, John Michael Higgins and Gabriele Union. Am e r i c a n P a s t o r a l Ewan McGregor stars in and makes his directorial debut in this adaptation of the prized Philip Roth novel. He plays an all-American family man in the 60s who begins to see his family unravel after his teenage daughter turns into an activist and revolutionary. The press had issues with this effort, saying that despite the best of intentions, the movie didn’t match the power of the book and that at times, the characters came across as artificial. It stars MrGregor, Jennifer Connolly, Dakota Fanning, Peter Riegert, Rupert Evans, David Strathairn, Uzo Aduba and Molly Parker. Antibirth - In this independent horror flick, a hard-drinking, drug abusing party-girl gets the shock of her life when she wakes up to find herself pregnant. Of course, it’s not a typical pregnancy. In fact, she begins to experience strange symptoms, leading to more concern and panic about what it happening inside. Although some stated that the storytelling was messy, notices were good overall and complimented the visuals, performances and originality of the tale. The cast includes Natasha Lyonne, Chloe Sevigny, Meg Tilly and Mark Webster. Beyond Redemption - This martial arts action flick is about an undercover cop infiltrating a Triad gang. While there, he forges a friendship with the big boss’s daughter. After a sting operation gone wrong, he attempts to protect her while maintaining his fake identity within the organization. This sounds like a Hong Kong film, but it is an English-language effort shot in Canada. There aren’t any reviews out as of yet,

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so if you’re interested you’ll just have to take a chance. The cast is made up of stunt performers, so the fight scenes will likely be strong. The leads are played by Brian Ho and Don Lew. B u r n Country A n ex-wa r cor responde nt f r om Afghanistan moves to a small, sleepy town in Northern California and takes a position as a crime reporter at a local paper. It turns out to be a far more dangerous job assignment than expected when he uncovers corruption within the community. This indie drama garnered generally good response. There were a few who stated that they couldn’t get on its unusual wavelength, but more found it a compellingly atmospheric and beautifully shot effort with strong acting. It features Dominic Rains, Melissa Leo and James Franco. Cameraperson Cinematographer K irsten Johnson is the subject of this documentary which compiles footage and outtakes filmed around the globe through her 25-year career. There is no narration, only clips and images featuring Johnson talking to subjects, including a boxer, activists and even the filmmaker’s mother. The movie received raves; it has been written that those willing to accept the unusual narrative style will find great insight into a documentary filmmaker and be inspired by many of her subjects. The disc is from Criterion, meaning there also is a wealth of bonus material arriving with the title. Come W hat May - This French-Belgian drama is set during WWII, specifically during the invasion of German troops in France. An entire village in the army’s path decide to leave en masse and head for the coast, with the story following the various trekkers and their relationships. Unfortunately, the North American press weren’t particularly impressed with the production. Many didn’t care for the by-the-numbers plotting and the overt sentimentality on display. The cast includes August Diehl, Olivier Gourmet and Mathilde Seigner. Cross Wars - An ex-TV star gets special powers from a powerful and ancient amulet;

he uses it to fight crime in LA and stop an impending apocalypse. This action/comedy is apparently based on a comic book and even more surprisingly is a sequel to a 2011 film called Cross (which I have never heard of). This is a straightto-DVD effort, so you should already know what you’re in for. At least it includes plenty of familiar faces in its cast - Brian Austin Green, Vinnie Jones, Danny Trejo, Tom Sizemore and Laura Heuring. Desierto - A group of travelers headed from Mexico into the US are targeted by a nasty vigilante who takes border patrol duties into his own hands. He hunts them, gunning them down through the desert until they are forced to fight back. Reviews were mixed for this effort from Jonas Cuaron (son of Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron), but with more leaning on the positive side. All thought the story was fairly predictable and deemed that the events were handled in a lessthan-subtle manner, but many admired the tension generated and believed that the themes were relevant. It stars Gael Garcia Bernal, Alondra Hidalgo and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The Eagle Huntress - Told you there were a lot of movies t h is week! Ok ay, t h i s one is a documentary focused on a 13-year old Kazakh girl in Mongolia training to become an eagle hunter. It’s an occupation that has been comprised entirely of males for nearly 12 generations, but her natural ability and training proves that the youngster is as good as anyone in her field. Notices were quite strong for the feature, calling the mountain photography gorgeous and the simple narrative both moving and engaging. The film is narrated by Daisy Ridley. Frank & Lola - An obsessive chef begins a romantic dalliance with a mysterious woman in this modern day film noir. Things become considerably more complicated and dangerous when it is revealed they both share dark, personal secrets. This independent effort received good reviews from critics. Some did find the storytelling too ambiguous,

but more complimented the movie for its twist on the thriller formula and stated that it benefited greatly from forceful performances. The cast includes Michael Shannon, Imogen Poots, Michael Nyqvist, Justin Long, Emmanuelle Devos and Rosanna Arquette. Girl Asleep - This independent coming-of-age comedy from Australia received a lot of positive press at film festivals. It involves an eccentric girl on the cusp of her 15th birthday who decides that she would prefer not to enter adulthood. In fact, she does everything she can to avoid it, until the party itself hurls her into a new and strange adult world. As mentioned, people really liked this one, calling it an enjoyably unique and oddball trip inside the head of a young woman. Sounds like a kind Aussie take on Napoleon Dynamite. It features Bethany Whitmore and Harrison Feldman. Life on the Line - Told from the perspective of an electrical power grid worker, a Texas town is hit by a powerful storm in this drama that melds elements of a disaster flick. Haunted by the on-the-job death of his brother, the hero must attempt hazardous and dizzying feats to try and keep the power running through the tempest. Unfortunately, this flick was universally panned - there isn’t a single positive review for it as of right now. The flick has been described as a clichéd and corny mess that doesn’t do real life grid workers any sort of service. It stars John Travolta, Kate Bosworth, Devon Sawa, Gil Bellows, Julie Benz and Sharon Stone. Little Sister - Here’s a not her small, indie c o m e d y that earned plenty of praise at film festival over the previous year. It’s about a young nun who is called back to visit her estranged family after receiving pertinent news about a relative. Upon arriving at her childhood residence, viewers learn that the lead was once a goth with a taste for heavy metal music. Reviews called it

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SPORTS 360 Duke City Gladiators visit Gallup By Dee Velasco For the Sun

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allup recently welcomed t he D u ke Cit y Glad iator s, Albuquerque, New Mexico’s first-ever Professional Indoor Football team. Co-Owner/CFO John Lopez, General Manager/Co-Founder Matt Caward, Director of Me d i a R el a t ion s A nd r e s Trujillo, Head Coach Dominic Bramante, Sales Manager Fidal Lopez, and DCG Defensive End player Eric Banford, headed west to Gallup to promote the team with a meet and greet at Sammy C’s Rockin’ Sports Pub & Grille. Now to those who already know outdoor professional football like the NFL, indoor football is slightly different – the excitement is there, the fans are definitely there, but the field is only 50 yards unlike the original standard 100-yard field – and only eight players on the field. It is a must see

concept of professional indoor football. Since New Mexico has no professional football team the DCG team will fill that missing gap. “It’s professional indoor football at the highest level New Mexico will ever see, our ath-

their home games. There will be a free tail-gating party with a live DJ and free food starting at 4 pm. Also on the floor of Tingley Coliseum they will have Loco Jumps providing free jumpers for the kids, Lucky 13 Barber Shop provid-

and it is a totally family-based entertainment that was needed in New Mexico, according to Director of Media Relations Andres Trujillo. “ T h i s w a s s ome t h i n g missing and badly needed for Albuquerque,” Trujillo said. “We saw the gap and we decided to fill that gap. New Mexico needed it, Albuquerque needed it, and now Albuquerque is embracing it.” Professional indoor football is the second highest quality football New Mexico will ever see according to General Manager/Co-Founder Caward, who boasts highly about the

letes reflect that being former NFL players who have been released for what ever reason who are trying to get back in,” he said. “We boast four league teams this season and hopefully [will] add two more for 2018. We average between three to five-thousand fans a game. It’s a family event game; we have a tail gate before the game and a spectacular pre-game show.” Besides letting the public know about the DCG, free tickets were given out for their pre-season home exhibition game of 2017 to be played Feb. 25 at 6 pm at Tingley Coliseum, where they currently play all of

ing free hair cuts to all kids, and “free mommy massages.” Family entertainment is the biggest goal that DCG wants to bring to Albuquerque because of the lack of it and Co-Owner John Lopez envisions much more for quality family entertainment. “Our community is a real family-oriented community, and when I came across the DCG I saw that this was real family entertainment,” Lopez said. “I didn’t hesitate to jump on it. Our plans are big, we hope to build a bigger stadium and hopefully bring in other professional sports. The whole

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Duke City Gladiators’ General Manager Matt Caward, Head Coach Dominic Bramante, DCG Defensive End Eric Banford, Director of Media Relations Andres Trujillo, and Owner John Lopez. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura goal is family and we want them to come experience it and if they have fun then we have done our job.” General admission is only $10 and the response toward the DCG has been overwhelming since being in existence for three seasons. Attendance has doubled and they guarantee that once you see one game you will come back for another game. Fans can also catch the games on MY50 TV out of Albuquerque. Sales Manager Fidel Lopez says the response from a sales point of view has been amazing. “You know the first year was touch and go, but this year has been phenomenal, the community has embraced it, we have had so much fun. Our biggest customer is the kids and that is why we do it … we had an advertising budget of hundreds of thousands of dollars and we are nearly sold out,” he said. On hand at the meet and greet was DCG Defensive End Banford, who says playing indoor football is equally fun, but very different than playing regular football as he has done professionally. Being from the Bay Area of San Francisco, Calif., the environment he is in now in is thrilling as well as interesting. “I feel great and it’s a blessing to be a part of this kind of

environment ... it’s definitely grown on me,” he said. “The difference is the speed of this game where it’s all fast paced. As players it makes us think our plans and execute them.” On hand also was DCG Head Coach Bramante, other w i se k now n a s “Coa ch B,” who is a Otoe Nat ive American member from the Otoe Missour i tr ibe, from Red Rock, Ok l a . He d i s cussed the players and what it’s like to be the head coach for the DCG. “Being the head coach I’m humbled by it and blessed by it ... the Creator is good,” Bramante said. “DCG is a national team where we recruit nationally, we recruit players who come to NM from all over the county. They’re all college guys who have been in the NFL trying to get back to the NFL, trying to create a door to that. They’re all strivers who still dream of getting there and that’s important, and I’m blessed to be a part of that.” The pre-season game set for Feb. 25 will be against the Metro Stars made up of Albuquerque and Bernalillo police and firefighters – all formal college football players. The game will be in honor of first responders. For more information on the Duke City Gladiators, visit website at: www.dukecitygladiators.com

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Lynx beat 3A foe Crownpoint, 68-56 By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent

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he Rehoboth Lady Lynx beat the C r ow n p o i n t L a d y Eagles 68-56 Feb. 2 in a girls basketball game played at Rehoboth Christian School. The game was a District-1 3A game for both teams. Both teams have new coaches with Darrell Kenneth in the top job at Crownpoint and Adrian Pete, the athletic director at Rehoboth, coaching the girls basketball for the first time in two years. Senior guard Halle Lizer scored 22 points against the Lady Eagles and senior guard Jessica Becenti hit 14 points. The versatile Lizer was able to score on a variety of jump shots and layups. “That was a good team game,” Rehoboth’s Pete said of the Crownpoint game. “It was a district game, so you always want to play well against a district team.” Pete noted that Lizer and Becenti proved a practical unstoppable one-two punch in

DVD REVIEW | FROM PAGE 18 a great little flick that finds a funny, but not too exaggerated or over-the-top vibe while effectively examining tense family relationships. Addison Timlin, Alley Sheedy, Keith Poulson, Barbara Crampton and Peter Hedges headline. Loving - The highest profile feature of the week is this biopic drama from Jeff Nichols (Mud, Midnight Special) about the lives of Richard and Mildred Loving. They were an interracial couple in Virginia who spent more than a decade attempting to have their marriage validated and accepted by the state. It only earned one Academy Award nomination, but the movie received very strong marks from the press and has been described as a quiet, low-key and worthy effort with exceptional performances. The cast includes Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Will Dalton, Michael Shannon and Nick Kroll. Nerdland - This independent, animated, R-rated comedy involves two friends struggling to find their fortune in Los Angeles. Desperate, they decide

The Reboboth Lady Lynx can only watch at this point of the game as the Crownpoint Lady Eagles make a score during the District 1- 3A game at Rehoboth Feb. 2. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura fame (or even infamy) is better than nothing and take crude, rude steps to attract some attention. Notices were mixed-negative. A few opined that the film did have interesting things to day about celebrity culture, but more were turned off by the gross-out humor. At least there are some big names behind the project. It was written by Andrew Kevin Walker (Se7en, Sleepy Hollow, Panic Room) and the voice cast includes Paul Rudd, Patton Oswalt, Hannibal Buress, Kate Micucci, Riki Lindhome and Mike Judge. The Take - An American pickpocket living in Paris removes the wrong bag from the wrong person in this thriller. After going through the contents and throwing a toy away, it is revealed that the item is an explosive bomb - he then finds himself on the run and forced to clear his name. Reaction was split for this multinational co-production between the UK, France and USA. About half enjoyed the quick-pace and impressive action, but others had issues with characters and felt that the movie didn’t take full advantage of its concept. It stars Idris Elba, Richard

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Madden, Charlotte Le Bon, Kelly Reilly and Anatol Yusef. Trolls - This a nimated hit involves these spikyhaired little forest dwellers, who are f i l led w it h boundless energy and enthusiasm. When their village is invaded by a nasty intruder and friends are kidnapped, the happiest troll in the land trots out with perhaps the gloomiest one around to team up and save the day. Notices were reasonable for this entry. Some found the constant flatulence gags and scatological humor unfunny, but more enjoyed the numerous musical numbers and enthusiasm on display. The voice cast includes Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Gwen Stefani, Zooey Deschanel, James Corden and Russell Brand.

BLASTS FROM THE PAST! It’s hard to believe that you couldn’t find something from

that lengthy list of release. But if nothing there strikes your fancy, there are plenty of older releases either being released for the first time in high definition, or getting spiffed up with new extras and features. The first is Lionsgate’s 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition of Dirty Dancing (1987). This edition of the hugely popular romance/dance flick starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey comes with a ridiculous amount of bonus features including multiple commentaries, deleted scenes, screen tests, outtakes, new shorts and physical replica items like little period mirrors, wrist bands and the like. If you’re a fan of this tale and don’t already own it, this is probably a good bet. With the passing of Carrie Fisher last year, fans might be interested in picking up the film that is based on her personal memoirs. It’s called Postcards From the Edge (1990) and it stars Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine and Dennis Quaid. The disc arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Mill Creek, which means it won’t contain much in the way of extras, but will come at an inexpensive price point.

the Crownpoint game. He said the Lady Lynx were literally taking what was given to them from a decent Lady Eagles defensive team. The Lady Eagles fell to 2-15, 0-4 as a result of the Rehoboth loss. Crownpoint committed 22 fouls in the game and Lady Eagles’ head coach Kenneth continuously told his team during the game to get back on defense so as to avoid cheap fouls. “Get back!” Get back!” Kenneth exclaimed severa l t i mes du r i ng t he game. The Lady Eagles shot 21 of 37 from the free throw line and committed 22 game fouls. Crownpoint was coming off a 73-32 drubbing on Jan. 30 to St. Michaels High of Arizona. The Lady Cardinals are 15-4, 10-2, in section 1A North and are poised to make a playoff run under new coach Carl Adams. “The game could have been better,” Quinn Tom of Mariano Lake said. Tom, 25, is a graduate of Crownpoint High. “Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.” Sony Pictures have a Bluray of the Sidney Poitier classic, Guess W ho’s Coming to Dinner? (1967) in a 50th Anniversary Edition release. For those unfamiliar, this is the story of a couple of parents whose personal views on relations a re cha nged after meeting their daughter’s African-American fiancé. This disc includes an introduction to the film by Tom Brokaw, Quincy Jones, Karen Kramer and Steven Spielberg, as well as multiple featurettes, an award presentation to director Stanley Kramer and some publicity materials. Severin are known for their loving and elaborate treatment of low-budget, cult and exploitation films. This week, they’ve got Wild Beasts (1984) arriving on Blu-ray. Also known as Belve Feroci, it’s an Italian feature from director Franco Prosperi, most famous for his “shockumentaries” Mondo Cane and Aftica Addio. This narrative is about zoo animals who are contaminated with PCP in their drinking water. They escape

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Navajo Pine rolls over Rehoboth KOA LOUIS (13 PTS.) TOO MUCH FOR REHOBOTH

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ighth-grade gua rd Jorda n L ou is a nd senior center Timeka Watchman scored 13 points apiece and the Navajo Pine Lady Warriors rolled over the Rehoboth Christian Lady Lynx 57-34 Feb. 4 in a basketball game played at Rehoboth Christian School. The game was one of two played Saturday at Rehoboth wh ich w a s Home com i n g weekend for the Lynx. The Lynx don’t have a football team, so homecoming is held during basketball season. “This was us hustling and getting up and down the floor on offense and defense,” Lady

DVD REVIEW | FROM PAGE 20 and go on a mad, killing rampage through the city. Besides a good transfer of the feature, the disc has numerous interviews with the director, lead actor, editor and animal wrangler. It also contains a trailer. Finally, Redemption have the Spanish/French Jesus Franco horror flick, Dr. Orloff’s Monster (1964) aka The Mistresses of Dr. Jekyll. Personally, I’m not a fan

INCUBATOR | FROM PAGE 15 a continual track to financing. Sometimes members take a project back to their agencies for processing, but if a project isn’t ready to proceed, panel members offer comments or direction. The overarching goal is to keep projects moving and help communities fund development from start to finish in a way that makes the most efficient use of tax dollars. The panel isn’t a place to vet idea-stage projects; some capital must already be secured. The group looks for projects that have a funding gap that can be filled by one of its members. Projects selected for review fall under five economic development categories: Business development projects, such as business incubators and industrial parks; community SPORTS

Warriors’ head coach Aretha Mariano said. “We played well on offense and we played very well on defense.” After falling behind the first few minutes of the game, Navajo Pine (12-6, 2-0) never got the lead and never trailed and the offensive flow for Pine was evident from that point. The Lady Lynx got out to a 4-0 early lead in the first quarter behind shots by sophomore guard Kennedi Chapman. But Pine quickly redeemed things behind inside shots by Koa Louis. Koa Louis was a major problem for the Lady Lynx on offense and defense, as she was moving and rebounding and setting picks and screens for teammates. By t he t i me Rehobot h

(4-13, 1-2) figured out what was hitting them, Navajo Pine had accumulated a 13-4 lead near the end of the first quarter. The Lady Warriors ended the first quarter leading 13-6, but Mariano was just setting the table for a Pine blitz. “We had some defensive lapses and that hurt us a little,” Rehoboth head coach Adrian Pete said. “We weren’t able to hit some shots that we normally make. Give credit to Navajo Pine.” The Lady Warriors kept the momentum going in the second quarter with shots by Koa Louis a nd Jorda n Louis. The sister tandem has been difficult for fellow 2A teams to handle this season, Ma r ia no a lluded. Adr ia na

of Franco, but this is one of his more competent efforts, about a mad doctor conducting strange experiments. He’s visited by his pretty young niece, who tries to figure out what is going on and encounters a familiar, zombie-like servant while wandering the halls.

There’s a lot of kid-friendly entertainment available this

week. Justice League: Dark LEGO Ninjago: Day of the Departed PJ Masks: Let’s Go PJ Masks! Powe r R an ge rs: D in o Charge: The Complete Season Power Rangers: Samurai: The Complete Season Sabrina: Down Under Shaun the Sheep: Seasons 3&4 S him m e r a n d S hin e: Friendship Divine

development, such as feasibility studies, asset mapping and comprehensive plans; infrastructure development that updates or replaces existing communication, transportation or support networks; housing projects that increase access to housing; and downtown redevelopment projects. The FundIt panel reviewed about 20 projects in 2016, including Aztec’s business incubator. The Hub, which was assisted by the panel early in the year, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its official opening last month. Building on the success of F undIt, the Economic Development Department is collaborating with the New Mexico Councils of Government on a web portal where community leaders can find information about completed projects and learn how they were funded. The Ristra Project, a website found at www.ristraproject.

com, will soon contain a new component to encourage dialog among economic developers, who can help new project organizers find appropriate funding sources faster. The FundIt panel meets on the four th Tuesday of e v e n - nu m b e r e d m o n t h s . Project developers should submit an application at least two weeks before the meeting. The next meeting w ill take place at 1:30 p.m. on Febr ua r y 28 at t he New Mex ico Depa r tment of Workforce Solutions, located at 501 Mountain Rd NE in Albuquerque. For more information contact Johanna Nelson at 505-827-0264 or email:Johanna.nelson@state.nm.us. Finance New Mexico connects individuals and businesses with skills and funding resources for their business or idea. To learn more, go to www.FinanceNewMexico.org

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Pete and Jessica Becenti of Rehoboth were able to score some points on jump shots for Rehoboth, but it wasn’t enough in the second quarter to catch the hot-shooting Lady Warriors. The third quarter began with Navajo Pine up 30-11 a nd with Rehoboth coach Pete trying to get a decent combination of players to stop the Navajo Pine fast breaks and bucket deluges. Senior guard Karralee Morgan was inserted at intervals, but even the quick and athletic Morgan couldn’t contain Koa Louis. Morgan never managed to get a shot off on offense. The Louis sisters maintained the aggressiveness in the fourth quarter. Rehoboth

sen ior g ua rd Ha l le L i zer, who normally scores in double figures against 2A teams, wasn’t able to get loose for cut s to t he ba sket or for ju mp s hot s . L i z er e nde d the game with a very hardearned 5 points. Junior forward Angeline Yazzie hit eight points for the Lady Warriors. The Lady Lynx’ schedule doesn’t get better in the coming weeks with games scheduled this week against red-hot Tohatchi High School. The Lady Cougars are (17-5, 4-0) and flat-out one of the best 3A girls teams in New Mexico. “It’s always good to see my school win,” Tammy Yee, of Navajo, N.M., said. “It was a good game.”

‘Aiming for Success’

Mid-fielder Toni Garcia of Miyamura High School signs a letter-of-intent Feb. 6 to play soccer at Sterling College in Kansas. The signing took place at MHS. From left, (standing) Eric Taylor of the Gallup-based Truth Spin Collegiate Guidance, Miyamura girls soccer coach Aric Skalican, (Seated, from left) Victor Garcia (father), Toni Garcia, and Teri Garcia (mother). Gallup Sun • Friday February 10, 2017

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CALENDAR COMMUNITY CALENDAR FEB. 10 - 16, 2017 FRIDAY Feb. 10 RMCHCS AUXILIARY COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE 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) 8633098. FREE COMPUTER CLASSES IN FEBRUARY 10:30 am - 12:30 pm: Introduction to the Internet. 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. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave.

Film: WALL-E

FAMILY MOVIE 4 pm: a family film for everyone to enjoy. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave.

CROWNPOINT NAVAJO RUG AUCTION 7 – 10 pm: Rug Weavers will

register and check in their rugs at 4 pm. Rug Displays will begin thereafter. The Auction will begin at 7 pm at the New Crownpoint Elementary School. Visit

crownpointrugauction.com.

SATURDAY Feb. 11 ELLEN MCALLISTERFLACK, AFRICAN-AMERICAN STORYTELLER 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. 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 Feb. 12 NON-DENOMINATIONAL MONTHLY TAIZE’ SERVICE 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. 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. 14 REGISTER TO VOTE Last day to register to vote in the March 14 regular municipal election. REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING Meeting begins 6 pm at City Hall, 110 W. Aztec Ave.

WEDNESDAY Feb. 15 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 Continued on page 23

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High School Sports Scoreboard

GALLUP BENGALS Boys Basketball (8-14) 2/4: Farmington @ Gallup 61-49 2/2: Gallup @ Kirtland Central 45-38 Girls Basketball (10-11) 2/7: Miyamura @ Gallup 44-57 2/3: Gallup @ Farmington 45-38 MIYAMURA PATRIOTS Boys Basketball (11-11) 2/4: Miymara @ Bloomfield 63-60 2/2: Aztec @ Miyamura 65-68

Girls Basketball (8-15) 2/7: Miyamura @ Gallup 44-57 2/3: Bloomfield @ Miyamura 62-42 REHOBOTH CHRISTIAN LYNX Boys Basketball (10-9) 2/7: Tohatchi @ Rehoboth 51-46 2/4: Navajo Pine @ Rehoboth 49-60 Girls Basketball (4-14) 2/7: Tohatchi @ Rehoboth 76-30 2/4: Navajo Pine @ Rehoboth 57-34 2/2: Crownpoint @ Reho-

both 56-68 WINGATE BEARS Boys Basketball (10-13) 2/7: Navajo Prep @ Wingate 52-55 2/2: Wingate @ Shiprock 51-50 Girls Basketball (15-6) 2/3: Wingate @ Navajo Prep 54-45 TOHATCHI COUGARS Boys Basketball (8-12) 2/7: Tohatchi @ Rehoboth 51-46 2/3: Crownpoint @ Tohatchi 41-68 Girls Basketball (17-5) 2/7: Tohatchi @ Rehoboth 76-30 2/4: Tohatchi @ Crownpoint 73-17 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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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: Southside With You

THURSDAY Feb. 16 FREE COMPUTER CLASSES IN FEBRUARY 3 – 5 pm: MS Excel for Beginners. Free. 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. 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: “I have a dream” handprint craft THE REMARKABLE LIFE OF A BLACK COWBOY, GEORGE MCJUNKIN 6 pm: the library presents Dorothy Smoker as she discusses the life of George McJunkin, a former slave who made a great discovery in New Mexico — the “bone pit,” one of the greatest archeological finds in the 20th century. Smoker is a retired educator and a scholar of Southwest History. For more info, call (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@gallupnm.gov. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave.

ONGOING ARTSCRAWL ArtsCrawl is held the second Saturday of every month from 7 to 9 pm, downtown Gallup. Not held January and February. CALENDAR

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. 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. For more information please call (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@gallupnm.gov. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. CITY OF GALLUP’S SUSTAINABLE GALLUP BOARD The City of Gallup’s Sustainable Gallup Board meets on first Monday each month from 3 to 5 pm at the Octavia Fellin Library. When those Mondays are holidays, the meetings are on the second Monday. Community members concerned about conservation, energy, water, recycling and other environmental issues are welcome. Call Bill Bright at (505) 7220039 for information. COMMUNITY PANTRY The Hope Garden offers organic produce for sale from 10 am - noon, Tue – Fri., 1130 E. Hassler Valley Road. All funds go to helping feed local folks. Call (505) 726-8068 or when visiting, ask for Vernon Garcia. FRIDAY NIGHT HOOTENANNY Gallup’s longest-running live show! Every Friday night from 7 - 9 pm. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. Second St. GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY Wednesdays are low-cost Spay and Neuter Days, at the Gallup-McKinley County Humane Society. For more information, please call (505) 863-2616, or email: gmchumanesociety@gmail.com. Location:

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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 from 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 Foun-

dation 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 FAMILY MOVIE Feb. 17, 4 pm: a family film for everyone to enjoy. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Film: My Girl FREE COMPUTER CLASSES IN FEBRUARY 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. 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. 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 Ave. 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, 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. TARGET SHOOTING EVENT Feb 25, 10 am: $25 per person. Awards, lunch, raffles, and door prizes. Call (505) 313 1816 for more info. NATIONAL SEAL OF BILINGUAL PROFICIENCY TEST Feb. 25, March 11, March 18, Oct. 7, and Nov. 4: There’s no fee to take this proficiency assessment for graduating high school. High school seniors may participate in the Navajo Nation Bilingual Proficiency test held at the Department of Dine Education Building, Window Rock, Ariz. Call (928) 871-7660 for more info. Navajonationdode.org. 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. A FORUM ON TRAUMA AND ITS PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS March 11, 8 - 9 am: A no-cost forum presented by Gallup Indian Medical Center and RMCHCS Behavioral Health Services in concert with the Behavioral Health Collaborative. “Understanding Trauma and Chronic Conditions; ‘Flight or Flight Responses’; Behavior and Emotions; Responding to Stress. Lunch is provided. 1901 Red Rock Dr. 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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