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JUSTICE FOR MOMO By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor

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man is wanted for the alleged killing of a family pet whose loss has scorched the heart of a local woman. Little Momo, a chihuahua and mini-pincher mix was the pride and joy of Michelle B e g ay. He w a s a l i v i n g

memory, a connection to her sister who died in an head on collision about four years earlier. At the funera l ser v ice, Momo, barely a year then, jumped into her lap and the two instantly bonded. M ichel le sa id t hat she wasn’t ready for a pet, still grieving after recently losing her beloved German Shepard

of 12 years. But she felt a connection – Momo selected her as her new mom, and in turn she wanted to give Momo the best life possible. “She was my coping mechanism,” Michelle said. Momo a lso helped her deal with compounded grief. Michelle had lost her young daughter in an accident when the vehicle they were riding in

Beloved family pet slain; suspect wanted

was struck by an intoxicated driver. In a way, Momo was her daughter. “She was my dog and I lost her. She looked after me and protected me.” N a t u r a l l y, M i c h e l l e entrusted those around her to accept Momo as part of the family. T h i s i nc lude d Nel s o n Begay, Jr., 35, a family friend

of 20 years, an indirect relation, and promising student. He came to live with her family last summer in exchange for helping out around the hou s e . T he f a m i ly e ve n bought him a new mattress so he could sleep comfortably. Michelle said her mom

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NEWS Gallup Council denies Maloney Avenue restaurant a liquor license KOZELISKI: STATE IS FINAL DECISION-MAKER

By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent

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or several months, it’s been like a second job for Gallup City Councilor Linda Garcia and dozens of folks from the city’s north side. A liquor license is requested for an establishment situated in Garcia’s District 1 – in the most recent north side case a proposed transfer of ownership of an existing license from Joe’s Grill & Pub at 200 W. Coal Ave. to Bodega Liquors at 820 W. Maloney Ave. In taking a collective stand, residents from Gallup’s north side crowded City Hall to protest at public hearings. At the Feb. 14 city council meeting, those same north side residents uttered that they hope

City attorney George Kozeliski briefs the City Council on the liquor license request by business owner George Athens. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura a nother downtown public hearing isn’t again warranted. I n a u n a n i mou s vot e T uesday, the Ga llup Cit y Council denied a liquor license to businessman George Athens who wanted to open up shop at the former Plaza Café.

“The people on the north side are tired of that area being treated like a killing field and a dumping ground,” Garcia told a packed council chambers. “The north side doesn’t need this. It’s the last thing that the neighborhood needs.”

It’s standing room only. A crowd gathers in the hallway outside the door of City Council chambers Feb. 14. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura

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Albuquerque-based Marc Lowry argued on behalf of Athens to council members that granting the license was remotely removed from the lifestyle shared by vagrants who frequent the north side. Lowry said Athens grew up in Gallup, owns several business and residential properties, and wants to improve the quality of life around the community. “There’s no better person to operate this kind of business in a way that is consistent with local and state laws,” Lowry told council members. “The business plan calls for special employee training with respect to screening and monitoring and proper training to keep alcohol sales out of the wrong hands.” Cit y A t t or ney G e or ge Kozeliski provided some brief history on the Maloney Avenue location, saying years ago the location was an Allsups that did not have liquor sales. A few years later, Plaza Café opened and obtained a liquor license,

albeit against the wishes of the Gallup City Council and members of the community. That license was ultimately granted by the state. “The city council, in that instance, voted against granting it, but that was overturned by the Director of Alcohol and Gaming in Santa Fe,” Kozeliski said. “That was the only beer and wine license that I know of that was not approved by the (city council) and that was because of the location.” When it came time for north side residents to voice their concerns against the granting of the liquor license, none in the near 100-plus crowd held back their opinions. No one from the north side spoke in favor of the license and those who knew Athens praised h i m a s a n a ccompl i shed businessman. “Ga llup does not need another liquor license – especia lly on the nor th side,”

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McKinley County Sheriff Ron Silversmith speaks out against issuing George Athens a liquor license during the Feb. 14 City Council meeting. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura

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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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Wanted: Two men involved in Shell station robbery By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor

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yan Livingston of Smith Lake rema ins behind ba r s at McK i n ley Cou nt y Adu lt Detent ion Center as of Feb. 16, for his involvement in the robbery of Shell gas station conven ience store at 3306 Ea st Highway 66 Feb. 9. Liv ingston, 24, is being held on a $10,000 cash only bond. But he’s not the only one t hat pol ice hope to catch

up w ith a s two more men were allegedly involved in the robbery. Mark Williams, 21, of Su nda nce, N M a nd Je r ome S a ndov a l , 2 2 , of Window Rock, AZ both have warrants for their arrest. Accor d i n g t o a p ol ice inter view with Livingston, he said Sandoval and Williams picked him up at t he P ront o F i n a ga s s t a tion on Gallup’s nor th side at about 8 pm that evening. It star ted out as a night of partying, with the men consuming Vodka. From there, they

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t he ga s st at ion i n a g rey seda n, po s sibly a Ford Taurus driven by Sandoval. Ga l lup Pol ice D e pa r t me nt pa t r ol u n it s a r r ived two -minutes a fter the robber y occur red, but weren’t able to catch t he f leeing suspects. Howe ver, t he nex t Wanted: Jerome Sandoval

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hatched a pla n to rob the convenience store. He said du r i ng t he a lcohol-f ueled pla n n i ng t hat Wi l l ia m s would use a black handgun to scare the clerk while they stole some beer. A round 11 pm that evening, as a clerk was sweepi n g t he f loor, L iv i n g s t on bu r s t t h r ou g h t he do or s and headed straight to the c o o l e r, p u l l i n g o u t t w o 12-packs of beer. He headed out of the store without paying the clerk. W i l l i a m s w a s s e en on v ideo su r vei l la nce poi nt ing a handgun at the clerk, demanding money. The clerk obliged and the robber emptied the till and dropped it on t he f loor. He g r abbed

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Female found dead near East Aztec Ave ID’d By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent

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he body of a Native A mer ic a n wom a n found dead Feb. 9 has been identified. Spokeswoman Lt. Rosanne Mor r i s set te sa id Jev it a Johnson, 33, of Gallup may be the victim of foul play, but it’s

too early to call it a homicide. “The Office of the Medical Investigator has not determined the cause of death,” she said. Capt. Marinda Spencer, pu bl ic i n for m a t io n of f i cer with the Gallup Police Department, said a passerby d i scovered t he decea sed woman at about 10:50 am.

The location of the body was found east of the arroyo near Gallup’s Social Security Building along East Aztec Avenue. The open-area dead body discovery comes about one week after the body of Darrell Ba r ney, 59, wa s found on BNSF property, near Munoz overpass.

Police and investigators comb the area near the Social Security Administration office, 2070 E. Aztec Ave., where a woman was found dead Feb. 9. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura

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LICENSE | FROM PAGE 3 resident Louis Maldonado, 82, said. Maldonado is a frequent letter-to-the editor writer to the Gallup Sun and other area newspapers. “This is the last thing that that area needs.” Garcia and fellow city councilor Yogash Kumar spoke of an area where vagrants and homeless people go to the Casa San Martin – a shelter. Gallup City Manager Maryann Ustick gave police statistics indicating the high number of calls for service on the north side, most of which deal with public intoxication, drug use and vagrancy. McKinley county Sherriff Ron Silversmith, a former city police officer for 30 years, put it simple to council members: “Do not a ppr ove t h i s license or any other license for that matter,” Silversmith cautioned. “We don’t have the reserves or availability right now.” Hector Corral, a north side businessman, told council members, “Instead of adding to the problem. Let’s figure how to best keep school kids safe.” Krista Bischoff, who is the principal at Juan de Oñate and Washington elementary schools, said school safety is

a must. Bischoff read a letter from Gallup-McKinley County School Superintendent Mike Hyatt, which said such an establishment would pose a safety risk. “There is vandalism and loitering on school property,” Bischoff said. “Students are exposed to frequent violence from the vagrant population.” Kozeliski said the state still has the power to come in and grant the dispenser liquor license for alcohol, spirits and wine. He said should Alcohol and Gaming end up approving a license, there is nothing the city can do at that point. “Mr. Athens next step is with Alcohol and Gaming and they make the final decision,” Kozeliski said. “The city is done with its portion and it will not come back to the city council. We will just be informed of the decision of the Alcohol and Gaming Director.” Lowry said he’ll confer with Athens in the coming days as far as a next move goes. He declined further comment, but said Athens would probably appeal the city’s decision. Councilor Fran Palochak moved to grant Athens the license, but did not get a second. Palochak then moved for the unanimous affirmation to deny the license.

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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports The legal limit is .08 Jacinda S. Saunders Jan. 22, 2:21 am DWI One of the first things that Gallup Police Department O f f i c e r A n d r e w T h a y e r not iced when he approached Saunders vehicle was the open container of Corona sitting in the center console of her Pontiac G6. He had pulled her over on east Hwy 66 for swerving into the bike lane and swerving into driving lanes without using her turn signal. She showcased the classic signs of intoxication – bloodshot, water eyes and the strong smell of booze wafting from the vehicle. Saunders, 26, failed field sobriety tests and blew a .15, twice, during the breath tests. James A. Day Jan. 22, 6:46 pm Aggravated DWI D a y caught GPD Officer Luke Mar tin’s attention while he drove his white Ford pickup truck down west Hwy 66 with no headlights on. When Martin asked Day where he was headed to, he said that he was driving home to Twin Lakes. Martin asked why he was heading west, instead of north. Day said he was taking an alternative route, and pointed his finger south. Martin noted in his police report that Day showed all the signs of intoxication. Day agreed to take field sobriety tests. When Martin patted him down for weapons, he located a 200 ml bottle of Southern Comfort that was three-quarters full. Day, 25, failed the field sobriety tests and blew a .19 twice during breath tests. Larraine Yazzie Jan. 20, 3:12 am DWI Yazzie was pulled over by NEWS

GPD Officer D a r i u s Johnson shortly after he received a call of a grey colored vehicle that had left the scene of an accident. Johnson saw a vehicle matching that description and pulled Yazzie over at the intersection of Patton Drive and Hwy 66. Joh n son not ed i n h i s report that Yazzie had a open 24-ounce can of Budweiser Lime-a-Rita in the center console. She appeared intoxicated, and agreed to take the field sobriety tests. Yazzie, 58, didn’t fare well on the tests and was booked for the DWI, in addition to being cited for open container, careless driving and “accidents involving damage to vehicle.” She blew a .16, twice, during the breath tests. Yolanda Denetchee Jan. 18, 4:44 pm 2nd DWI, Aggravated As Denetchee backed out of a parking spot at Don Diego’s she bumped into another vehicle, according to GPD Officer S t e v e n Peshlakai’s report. But

before she could drive off, the driver of the other car got out and stopped her and called police. Denetchee, 38, smelled of alcohol and kept moving her body as Peshlakai interviewed her about what happened. She did admit to hitting the other driver, saying she “nipped” his bumper as she backed out. Peshlakai noticed “the strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from Yolanda’s breath.” She admitted to having three beers. Dentchee agreed to take field sobriety tests, in which she failed. She refused to take the breath tests, earning her the aggravated status. Nora Smith Nov. 11, 7:36 pm Aggravated DWI Sm it h caught the attention of McKinley C o u n t y Sher i f f ’s Off ice Inv. Merle Bates attention while he was working the DWI Task Force. She was driving slowly, going about 20-25 mph on the Munoz overpass. When Bates

DWI REPORT | SEE PAGE 9

WEEKLY CRIME BLOTTER Staff Reports

PASSED OUT DRUNK - W/KIDS 2/12, Yatahey

Stephanie Cleveland Justin Slinkey Three parents were arrested at T&R Market Gas Station on Highway 491 at 10:20 pm. McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Monty Yazzie was dispatched; responding to a call from the security officer who witnessed a van Cedric Cleveland pull into the gas station and park. Charges include DWI and child abuse, first offense, for placing several children in a dangerous situation. Yazzie approached the vehicle to find three sleeping adults with five minors. Yazzie woke the female driver, Stephanie Cleveland, 34, and placed her under arrest for DWI and child abuse. Stephanie Cleveland had her son in the vehicle. Two male passengers, Justin Sl i nkey, 41, a nd Ced r ick Cleveland, 31, each had two children of their own in the vehicle as well; both men were also charged with child abuse. The children were released to Stephanie Cleveland’s mother.

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S olor z a no, 33, captured media attention from a cros s t he state when he was sentenced to 30 years in pr ison in Gallup District Court for molesting his now 8-year-old niece and for making child pornography. Judge Louis E. DePauli, Jr. imposed the sentence on Solorzano. Investigators also discovered that Solorzano had 436 photos of child pornography on his computer. He must register as a sex offender for life. At the age of 20 he was sentenced to prison for 10 years in Nevada for criminal sexual contact with a minor. He skipped out on probation when he headed to New Mexico in 2014. The young victim’s mom, Tiffany Lyn-Garcia, kept it real in the courtroom, saying she knew something was wrong when her daughter asked her this question while they sat in her car. “Is p---y a bad word? I said, who the f--k taught you p---y? [Whose] a-s am I kicking?” “Uncle Barrion likes my p--y,” Garcia told the court. DePauli had some harsh words for Solorzano. “I don’t know why you are the way are defendant,” DePauli said, according to court transcripts. “… You might have been a pedophile from the day you were born. Maybe it’s just in you.” “The state says you need to be punished. You do. There are no ifs, ands or buts,” he said. “The report seems to be clear that you’re at a very high risk to reoffend.”

CRIME BLOTTER | SEE PAGE 8

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dispatch at (505) 722-2231. For emergencies call 911. T he McK i n ley C ou nt y Sher i f f ’s of f ice w i l l a l so be changing the hours that we prov ide f inger pr inting ef fec t ive Ma rch 6. Hou r s will now be Mon. - Thurs. 8 am - 12 pm and 1 pm - 5 pm.

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Shots fired near school Staff Reports

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allup Police D e p a r t m e n t received a repor t of gunshots heard near the Catherine Miller Elementary School at 12:04 pm on Feb. 15. Ga l lup Pol ice Of f icer s Norman Bowman and Ryan Bla ckgoat a r r ived at t he location and had the school go on lockdown. The area the gunshots were heard was

WANTED | FROM PAGE 5 evening, on Feb. 10, police caught up with Livingston. He was in the Vandenbosch Pa rk way neighborhood k no ck i n g o n d o or s , a nd readily fit the description of one of the suspects involved in the robbery. L iv i ng s t on t old pol ice t h at he wa s k nock i ng on doors because “he was cold,” according to the report. He was taken to Gallup Detox Center before being transferred to the police station

from the Navajo Reservation area and Navajo Police were notified. Navajo Police, New Mexico State Police, and Gallup Police searched the area north of the school for suspects. State Police deployed a helicopter and drone to assist in the search. No contact was made with anyone in the area.  The students and staff of Catherine Miller Elementa r y School were released on time and unharmed. for questioning. T he S hel l g a s s t a t io n store has has seen its share of crime. It was robbed last July and thugs broke into it April 23 and March 26. Mea nwh i le, L iv i ngston rema i n s i n cu stody a s of Feb. 16. Police ask anyone w it h i n for m at ion on t h i s case to call Crime Stoppers at (505) 722-6161. Your name w i l l be kept con f identia l, and a caller could receive a rewa rd of up to $1,000 for information leading to the a r rest of Sa ndova l a nd /or Williams.

DWI REPORT | FROM PAGE 7 ran the plate, the registration came back as expired as of April 16. As Smith then turned west on to 1-40, Bates initiated a traffic stop. When he approached her vehicle, he noted in his report that she appeared “dazed” and moved slowly and deliberately. She swayed when she walked and slurred as she spoke. Smith, 48, agreed to engage in field sobriety tests and failed. She refused to take the breath tests. Louthella Lee Nov. 6, 10:15 pm Aggravated DWI MCSO Deput y Lorenzo Guerrero was traveling on U.S. 491, directly behind Lee’s vehicle. Prior to reaching the intersection of South Chino Loop, he noticed that the Dodge utility vehicle Lee was driving had drifted onto the center median. He pulled Lee over, and

could immediately smell the odor of “intoxicating liquor” coming from her breath, he stated in his report. He noticed an open bottle of Bud Light in the middle cup holder as well. Lee admitted to drinking two beers before getting behind the wheel. Lee, 46, engaged in the field sobriety tests, but refused to take the breath tests. Bliss Halona Stark Nov. 4, 1:37 am Aggravated DWI GPD Sgt. Anthony Seciwa was keeping an eye on the intersection of East Hill and South McKinley when he noticed a white SUV back out of a driveway and turn north onto South McKinley. He didn’t make a complete stop, so Seciwa headed to the intersection to pursue Stark. As he approached the stop sign, and peered down South

McKinley, he noticed Stark fly through the stop sign at the intersection of A ztec. As Seciwa tailed Stark, he noticed that he turned east onto to Coal without stopping at that stop sign. Stark continued to East Hwy 66. Seciwa initiated a traffic stop a s he pa ssed Good Fella s Lounge. Stark pulled over in the Duke City parking lot. From there, things got strange. He denied flying through the stop signs and told Seciwa that he didn’t see or follow him. Seciwa could smell alcohol wafting from the vehicle. He did agree to take field sobriety tests, which he failed. He blew a .17, twice, during the breath tests. R e a d e r s: We p u b l i s h EVERY DWI report that we come into contact with, no exceptions. We love and value our readers, but if you don’t want your mugshot to appear in the Gallup Sun, don’t drink and drive!

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Family pet killed by trusted roommate | FROM PAGE 1 Julie Begay supports education and likes to help friends and family seeking to better themselves. Nelson’s goal was to attend welding school in Tulsa, Okla. And once accepted, Nelson took off to Oklahoma in the fall. But a month later he was back in Gallup. However, any trust that she placed in Nelson came crashing down Jan. 7, when she returned home with her family after a long day of shopping in Albuquerque. Momo’s doggy daughter and sister came out to greet the family. It took a few minutes for Michelle to notice that Momo was missing as they were focused on unloading the groceries. Michelle began to search the house, and when she checked her mom’s room, she found it ransacked, with items stripped from the wall and a lamp knocked over. When she picked up the lamp she noticed a pool of blood on the floor. Her heart sank and panic set in. From there, she noticed blood on the staircase. At this point, Nelson still hadn’t come out of his room, not even to help with groceries as he has done so like clockwork when the family returns home from shopping. The mom, two daughters and brother headed up the stairs and knocked on the door. No answer from Nelson. So, they pried the locked door open with a paperclip. While there are plenty of details to cover, the one thing that was obvious was the blood splatter on the walls and droplets of blood here and there. But no Momo. Just Begaye passed out in the bedroom and an empty bottle of Vodka on the dresser. As Gallup Police arrived, officers began to remove Begay from the residence. In the report, it’s noted that officers noticed blood on his left inner finger area and that he had minor cuts to his hands. He was taken to detox. Police searched the room for the little dog’s body, even lifting up the mattress and combing the room and the rest of the home. Michelle was told that without a body, there wasn’t much police could do at the time.

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Nelson Begay, Jr. is wanted on two warrants. One is aggravated assault and the other on cruelty to animals/extreme cruelty to animals and tampering with evidence. That night they searched the house, neighboring trash cans and even went to the nearby Hogbacks to see if Momo was disposed of there. Still, no Momo. Meanwhile, a new fear began to brew for Michelle and her family. They worried about Nelson returning to the home. A nd he d id. T he nex t evening. Lucky for Michelle, her sister reportedly saw him and two men walking in the direction of the house and called her. Shortly after the call, he showed up outside of her home flanked by the two men. All three pulled out a pipe from their clothes. She said Nelson threatened to kill her. Michelle stood there, frozen in terror – terror that lasted only moments as Michelle’s sister pulled up to the house, and the bright headlights from her car prompted the trio to scatter. “It took all of me to keep my composure,” Michelle said. Ga l lu p Pol ic e O f f ic er Jeremy Shirley filed a report and a warrant for the arrest of Begay. He’s wanted for aggravated battery. The next two-weeks were tough. Michelle, a civil engineer, had to leave town frequently on work assignments. E a ch t i me s he r et u r ne d home, she would go upstairs to slowly clean up what was once Nelson’s room. She felt on edge, and she constantly looked over her shoulder for Nelson to show up unexpectedly. There was

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no contact with him, except a reported text sent from him to Julie saying that the family fabricated the whole story. But Nelson’s alleged assertion was put to rest on Jan. 28. As Michelle cleaned the room Nelson used, she could smell the thick stench of death. Thinking it was the bedding, she folded it up to take to the dry cleaners at her mother’s recommendation. The smell didn’t dissipate, though. Michelle’s brother was in the room a nd was about to check the mattress and pull the sheet off when he noticed a lump. When he pressed on the lump, blood soaked through. They had found Momo, stuffed in the mattress and decomposing. Police and animal control officers arrived at the scene. Momo’s body was carefully removed from the mattress and taken to Dr. Clint Balok for a post-mor tem exa mination. The heart breaking report indicates that Momo was killed by a massive blunt trauma blow to the right side of the head. “It is my opinion that the animal died instantly from the blow to the head,” Balok stated in his report. T he sa me day Momo’s body was discovered, so was a hammer with blood on it. GPD Officer Shirley logged it into evidence. The discovery of Momo’s body brought forth renewed

feelings of anger for Michelle. “I try not to have hatred,” she said, fighting back tears. “It’s so hard not to hate that person because they ripped something from you.” Police issued a second warra nt for the arrest of Nelson Begay, Jr. on Feb. 2. GPD Detective Lt. Rosanne Morrissette said when Animal Control notified the detective division of the incident, her department sprung into action. “If he hurt a dog, he can hurt a person,” Morrissette said. “We need to get him off the streets.” Nelson is still at large as of Feb. 16, and police need the public’s help with locating this individual with an extensive rap sheet.

NELSON BEGAY’S RAP SHEET In 2013, he received his third DWI and was charged with “aggravated fleeing from a law enforcement officer.” In 2007, he was sentenced to three years in prison for a DWI conviction that resulted in “great bodily ha r m” to another person. In 2006, he was charged w it h bat t er y on a pea ce officer, and a slew of other charges that were eventually dropped, which included aggravated assault on a peace officer; resisting, evading or obstructing an officer; abandonment or abuse of a child; false imprisonment; arson

Momo seen here with her two puppies. Photo Credit: Michelle Begay

and negligent arson; and violation of a restraining order. Nelson received a sentence of 18 months and 364 days. In 2003, he was charged for battery against a household member, but that case was dismissed. According to New Mexico C o u r t s .c o m , o v e r a l l , h e appea r s to have mu lt iple DWI charges, run-ins with law en forcement off icers, a nd domestic v iolence charges. Michelle took to social media to warn her friends about Nelson, and said that when people within her circle learned of Momo’s death, some came forward claiming that they had at least one confrontation with Nelson. “L og ica l ly, when I a m thinking about it, we wouldn’t have let him stay with us if we were warned,” she said. Now all she has to remember Momo by a re phot os and clothing, as Momo had a w a r d r ob e of her ow n . Michelle said Momo was her lab partner in college, riding on the back of her scooter to accompa ny her a s she engaged in her studies. “She was a really, really good dog,” she said. Anyone with information on Nelson Begay’s whereabouts is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at (505) 7226161. Your name will be kept confidential, and there’s up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

Momo keeping her feet warm. Photo Credit: Michelle Begay NEWS


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OPINIONS ROLL CALL

Honoring Black History Month

By Bernie Dotson

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t is important that each generation of Black youth understands the struggles and sacrifices that Blacks endured to achieve equal rights and tolerance in American society. Young and old people today have the means to contribute to the nation and world through digital manipulation, nurturing and educating hearts and minds everywhere. The appreciation of Black History Month, created in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson,

is important because of what it represents. Each case of individual success is a bridge that other Blacks, and people, can use to make the U.S. and the world a better place. “I am where I am because

of the bridges that I crossed. Sojourner Truth was a bridge. Harriet Tubman was a bridge. Ida B. Wells was a bridge. Madame C.J. Walker was a bridge. Fannie Lou Hamer was a bridge,” talk show host and entrepreneur Oprah Winfrey once said. Black History Month is still needed in a country where racism and hatred are still alive even with a former Black president. Black History Month is about education, appreciation and dedication. Black History Month is a celebration of what

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Blacks have accomplished in a short time. It is building pride and dignity and emphasizing compassion and understanding. Black History Month should continue to strengthen communities year-round, not just once a year and for what is the shortest month of the year. What actions do parades and speeches set into motion without leaders to carry them through? Harriet Tubman, an abolitionist and humanitarian, once said, “I freed thousands of slaves, and could have freed

thousands more if they had known they were slaves.” The real work in education comes in the form of work done by churches, community organizations and changing values and mores in society. If someone has your mind, they probably have your body and soul, too. Each New Year is an opportunity to grow and learn and make people, past and present, proud of how far we have all come as an educated and advanced society. Here’s honor i ng Black History Month.

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The Moon is Void of Course on February 17, so you may want to hang on for a bumpy ride. If you learn anything over the course of the week, be prepared to take action. But, now is a good time to wait. Be patient. Think through your options carefully and don’t make rash decisions. Madame G recommends curling up with a good book and staring into the void. Good luck!

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Do you have a sense of humor? You may need to find it sooner rather than later. You’re neither the best or the worst. Stop being so hard on yourself. Take a deep breath and let go of that nasty insecurity. It does you no good. Even if you hold your nose around all the stinky issues in life—you still need to breath, eventually. Smile. You’re on planet, Earth. You’ll be fine.

Your heart is a lonely hunter. But, you don’t need to stand alone. It’s difficult to reach the ones you love. You must! They need you. The friends you have who prove themselves are worthy of love. If you continue to push them away, one day they may not return. There is a limit to how far you can push someone. Show love—you’re worth it. Give all your heart. Do it!

You have a choice to make. You can run and hide or stand there and fight. Neither option is right or wrong. There are consequences. It’s up to you to decide, which ones you’re willing to pay, and which ones you’re not. Try laying out the choices on paper. Draw a column down the middle determine which items strike joy. You’ll find the ones you can live with. Choose those!

Your happiness is important. Stop pretending you know what it means. You can’t find what you don’t seek! So, take some time to really understand yourself. Stop trying to force yourself to be happy and find out how you really could be happy. Ask yourself what you really want. Then go out there and look for it. If you already have it, then STOP! Smile. You did good. Go you!

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

Your life, and indeed all lives, hang in the balance. Nothing is guaranteed, not your health, happiness, or safety. Stop trying to control everything and consider what is at stake. It’s merely your life and wellbeing. Challenge yourself. Enjoy each moment for what they are—gifts. You may make mistakes, but you’re learning. You may fail, but it’s not a test. You’re worthy! Do it!

Your gut is teaching you something, but your nose already knows. You’re ready for some action. So, stop loafing about take stock of your surroundings and have so some fun! You’re worth it. Take action as you see fit and help others when you can. Empathy may be problematic for you, but that doesn’t mean it’s not there. It’s just hidden under some horse blankets. Let it out!

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

You’re in need of a little counsel— your own. The only one who can make a relevant decision regarding your life is you. No one decides your fate, except you. This is a universal truth. But, there’s no guarantee that anyone will appreciate you or your decisions. That is not guaranteed. If you’re looking for approval there’s only one opinion that matters—yours. The rest is noise.

Your losing ground. You don’t know which way is up and or where the road leads. This isn’t a bad thing. In life, there are no bad decisions. There are the choices you make and those you don’t. The unintended consequences always slap you back, if you’re unprepared. There is a cost. Inaction results in nothing. Hasty action results in chaos and mess. What will you do?

You must do something. You can’t spend your life loafing about. You may feel comfortable, but the right word is lazy. You might also have gotten in the habit of using distractions, like work or alcohol. Search for balance and learn to mediate what you want and want you need. This life can be so much more than broken beer bottles, broke trucks in the yard, and angry dogs.

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It’s now or never. Stop hesitating. Stop trying to make the “right” decision. There isn’t one. You only have so much time on this planet, with so many minutes. The choices you make are irrelevant to time. Make your mark on the world. Don’t wait. Don’t hesitate. Do it now! The time is now. There is no other time. You must act now! Free fall, with a parachute. Do it, NOW!

Your heart is an open book, ready and willing to absorb all that is good and wholesome. But, love can also be dirty, grimy, and exhausting. It can bring you up and tear you down. That is the power of love. Don’t betray your own heart. Stop looking to others for guidance and hope. You have enough in you for all the world to love, as you are. You’re enough here and now. Love!

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) You’re ready for the next adventure. You’re just looking for the right time to jump off a sinking ship. All you need is a lifeboat and a preserver. This is the time for some good and dep soul searching. Happiness is possible. You just need to find it within your own heart. You may find that a change in locations helps, but the external won’t predict your happiness—it just helps.

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Early assist from Accion helps business owner train next generation of entrepreneurs By Finance New Mexico

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n the early 2000s, Patrick Jenkins needed help meeting customer demand at his barbershop, A Better U, in Albuquerque’s Southeast Heights. But good barbers were hard to find, so Jenkins decided

to cultivate a younger generation of ambitious hair-care entrepreneurs. He opened A Better U Academy in 2007 on Lomas Boulevard between Carlisle and San Mateo boulevards and incorporated his original business into the school.

A Better U Beauty student design. Photo Credit: Courtesy of A Better U Beauty/Barber Academy

Of Albuquerque’s 16 barber colleges, Jenkins said, it’s the only one that trains students not just how to cut, style and shave hair but also how to run a business built on those skills. “We’re committed to being the best,” he said. The curriculum at A Better U Academy instructs students in the skills they’ll need to obtain certification as barbers or beauticians. But they’re also encouraged to strike out on their own by learning the risks involved in launching a business and how to mitigate those hazards. Since it opened, A Better U Academy has inspired more than 32 barbers to start their own businesses and take control of their professional lives. The school will celebrate Black History Month by participating in a number of events and award ceremonies, including awarding of the Entrepreneurship Leadership Award, which Jenkins himself has earned. “I’m very proud of the people who paved the way

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Patrick Jenkins conducts a demonstration on a head of hair. Photo Credit: Courtesy of A Better U Beauty/Barber Academy for us,” he said. Besides feeling grateful for the opportunities opened up by black pioneers, Jenkins appreciates the financial support he found at Accion, the nonprofit lender that gave him his first loan in 1994 to purchase hair products he could sell in his shop. Accion helps business owners — especially those just getting started — obtain financing they might not otherwise get from a traditional bank. Accion also offers workshops and personal counseling; services that Jenkins said helped him when he obtained his first loan. In 2016, Jenkins returned to Accion for a loan to replace the original chairs in his shop that were worn from years of heavy use. This year he plans to launch his own line of all-natural, unscented or mildly scented shampoos, conditioners, styling gels and lotions. And soon the academy will expand its offerings to train cosmetologists to earn manicure and pedicure certification. Jenkins has some advice for aspiring entrepreneurs, no matter what business they’re in. “Remain focused and understand that if you want to be

great, you’re going to make a lot of mistakes.” His own biggest mistake, he said, was trying to do everything himself in the beginning rather than hiring skilled professionals to handle unfamiliar tasks. Doing his own books and trying to learn accounting practices distracted Jenkins from his main objectives when he was starting out, he admits. Accion, headquartered in Albuquerque, is a regional nonprofit organization serving the states of Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas. It is a member of the Accion U.S. Network, the largest nonprofit micro- and small-business lending network in the United States. Accion offers loans ranging from $1,000 to $1 million to entrepreneurs whose circumstances don’t fit the lending guidelines of a traditional bank. Reach A Better U Academy at (505) 265-4777 or www. abuacademy.com 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 OPINIONS


COMMUNITY Juan de Oñate holds career fair OÑATE’S FIFTH GRADERS ORGANIZE ENTIRE AFFAIR

By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent

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he fifth grade class at Ju a n de Oñ at e Elementar y School p e er e d i nt o t hei r futures Feb. 10 – and got a kick out of what they saw. They spoke to a retired firefighter, got some hands on experience about restaurants, learned about what a school nurse does, and got up close and personal with a Medal of Honor recipient at Oñate’s Career Day. “There are a lot of choices for what you wa nt to do when you grow up,” Makayla Williams, 11, said during the one-hour event held in the school’s gymnasium. The fifth graders set up and organized the event and Williams was a co-chairperson. “This gives us a chance to see what the professional world is like,” a very astute Williams said. Williams and her classmates spoke with professional representatives from the greater McKinley County area. Asked about the Career Day, Williams said, “It’s fun and interesting. I’m learning a lot.” The kids, all under 12 years of age and under the direction of school principal Kristen Bischoff and fifth grade teacher Charity Martinez, considered lives as soldiers, civil servants, horse

Storm Usery, a New Mexico Game and Fish officer, speaks to students. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura farriers and restauranteurs, among other career choices. “We’re exposing the kids to different career paths,” Bischoff said. “We want to let them know what options are out there so they can begin exploring.” Asked if fifth grade was a little too early to learn about careers, Bischoff said “No.” Michelle Burrola, recreational manager at the city of Gallup, said she fielded questions on

all kinds of things that not only dealt with recreation, but life questions, too. Burrola, a career city employee, said she answered questions about and gave information on the use of CPR, first aid and sportsmanship. “The range of questions was incredible,” Burrola said. “I think some of these students might go into the recreation field as a career after college.” Ken Riege, the general manager at Comfort Suites in

Karen Stornelli of ATD Fourth World speaks with Jerome Zepeda. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura COMMUNITY

Gallup and a U.S. Air force veteran, appeared at the Career Day w it h fel low veter a n and Gallup native Hershey Miya mura . Miya mura , 91, served in the U.S. Army and fought in World War II and the Korean Conflict. Miyamura High School on Board Drive in Gallup is named after Hershey Miyamura as is an Interstate 40 interchange. Miyamura is a decorated war hero, holding the nation’s

highest honor for valor – the Medal of Honor. “ S o m e of t h e s e k i d s have said they’ll be going to Miyamura High School one day and here we have sitting right here the guy who the school is named after,” Riege said. “That’s education within itself.” A mong those that participated in the Career Day were the city of Gallup, Earl’s Restaurant, and Hector Corral of Laroc Refrigeration, Inc.

Medal of Honor recipient Hershey Miyamura shakes hands with Vaughn Vandervere. Photo Credit:Knifewing Segura Gallup Sun • Friday February 17, 2017

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Art exhibit sheds light on exposure deaths Story and photos by Dee Velasco For the Sun

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ocal downtown ART123 Gallery will present a unique art show entitled “Exposure,” which will be

up from Feb. 14 - March 7, located at 123 West Coal Avenue, Gallup. A group of seven artists collaborated on the group project with the intent of the project to bring attention to and address exposure deaths in the Gallup area.

Last Breath … First Light by Christian Bigwater.

Drawing done unknown done by an individual who was highly intoxicated at the time he drew this picture.

Ashton S. Phillips, Christian Big water, Bea r Mesca le, Jonathan Campbell, Rutherfor Ashley, Henry Yazhe and Brad Charles round out the artists involved in the exhibition.

Mary Elizabeth Landfried December 22, 1917 – February 8, 2017 Not a day is going to pass by that you are not on our hearts and minds And every moment with you, we will rewind While our memories will last our whole lifetime through Every day now is different that we don’t have you. We will cry for you as our heart aches And wonder why it was you God chose to take We will feel our sadness for years and years There will be times where nothing can stop the tears But we will envision you cracking jokes and laughing We will know you are up in Heaven dancing You have gone to join the ones that left us before And your struggles and heartaches are not felt anymore Our hearts will find each other once again When this life is over and the next journey begins Until that time, our hearts will await To see you standing at Heaven’s gate!

Warrior Woman by Christian Bigwater.

Along with the art project, they’ve brought in speakers to highlight different underlying causes, responses, and actions, as well as other related issues. according to Executive D i r e c t or a nd A r t s Cr awl Coordinator Rose Eason. “Each artist will be doing their own individual works as well as collaborative works,” Eason said. “We will also have individuals citing their own poetry readings.” The catalyst for this project is artist, Ashton S. Phillips, who along with his wife and 18-month-old son, recently moved from Philadelphia to Gallup. He came upon the idea

as he was taking pictures around the Gallup area. Phillips happened to stumble across a open field on the east side of Gallup where he saw a slew of empty vodka bottles. “I found these 31 empty Importer Vodka bottles behind a fence on the east end of Gallup and decided to pick them up,” Phillips said. “When I saw them I thought this is the story of an individual who lived here and these are the artifacts that tell his story – a very tragic story.’” Phillips plans to mount the bottles on a wall along

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‘A Cure for Wellness’ is a crazed fever dream RATING: ««« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 146 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun

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oly cow. Simply put, the new film A Cure For Wellness is completely bonkers. It’s a horror/thriller that ends up playing out like some sort of fever dream. In fact, for a good portion of the film one might think that the storyteller was just making things up as they were going along. Obviously, that couldn’t have been the case. For one, the production design is incredible and the movie is gorgeously shot. Yet it abandons conventional plotting and goes over the same story beats multiple times, often veering into wild exaggeration. One can’t help but think that the movie itself is as mad as some of its characters. This production is certainly going to meet with extreme reactions. It’s difficult to imagine anyone walking away from such an odd experience without forming some sort of strong opinion. While director Gore Verbinski is known for his Hollywood fare like The Ring, Pirates of the Caribbean, Rango, and The Lone Ranger, this effort doesn’t feel like a studio picture. In fact, it reminded me in some respects of the equally bizarre 1994 Danish horror TV series, The Kingdom. Personally, I found it to fall

An outrageous and surreal flick, ‘A Cure for Wellness’ may keep you hanging on the edge of your seat. Now playing. Photo Credit: Regency Enterprises under the category of a guilty pleasure. I can’t defend the film as a great one. It’s ridiculously repetitive. Subplots are introduced and then seemingly abandoned and the tale pretty much veers into camp territory by the final act. Still, the themes of power and eternal youth among the wealthy are intriguing, the plotting is at the very least unpredictable, its visuals are stunning to look at and the production itself admirable in its complete and reckless abandon. Lockhart (Dane DeHaan) is a young, greedy corporate executive sent on an urgent trip to the Swiss Alps. He is asked to find his company CEO, who has 207 WEST COAL GALLUP 505.863.1250 www.elmorrotheatre.com Facebook @elmorrogallup

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suffered a mental breakdown and is in hiding at a private “wellness center”. Upon finding the strange locale and meeting with physician/director Dr. Volmer (Jason Isaacs), Lockhart finds himself staying at the spa. He becomes obsessed with the history of the estate, including the wealthy Baron who used to conduct bizarre experiments on the property generations ago. Soon the protagonist begins experiencing strange visions and his own sanity is questioned. Over the leisurely paced twoand-a-half hours, viewers are treated to surreal, head-scratching events that appear to be

part psychological drama and part Universal monster movie. Just about every image takes advantage of the water motif, with steam-filled spa rooms, submersion tanks and electric eels (which disturbingly, end up swimming into all sorts of orifices). Even simple shots that would be throwaways in most films, like those establishing locales or one of a train running through the mountains, are creatively framed with unique and impressive angles. And there are some uncomfortable sequences, including a very unsettling dentist visit. However, the film rambles so

endlessly, it eventually reaches the point where one wonders if the intention was to make the viewer think they were trapped and also losing their mind. Strange scene after strange scene unfolds and when events are revealed, things become even more outrageous and larger-than-life. Everything about it screams B-movie, yet the performances are entertainingly tongue-in-cheek and production values are stellar, adding to the bizarre wonder of it all.

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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Feb. 17, 2017 By Glenn Kay For the Sun

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elcome back to another look at new relea ses arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. This time out, it’s an impressive mix of Hollywood fare and independent features. 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 i l l y Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk - A soldier is hailed as a hero and m a de pa r t of a h a l ft i me show at a Thanksgiving football game. Surrounded by the celebration, he remembers the harrowing details of what actually occurred on the battlefield. This drama from Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Life of Pi) didn’t get a big

push over the holiday season and only mustered middling notices. Part of the problem seemed to be the High Frame Rate technology employed. Many complained that the visuals were a distraction and left events feeling stilted. Maybe it’ll play better on a home theater. It stars Joe Alwyn, Kristin Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, Mackenzie Leigh and Vin Diesel. Bleed for T his - Boxer Vinnie Pazienza is the subject of this biopic, which tells of his rise to the spotlight after winning two World Championship fights. Soon after, he breaks his neck in a car crash. Against advice from physicians, he decides to mount a comeback and continue boxing. Reviews were solid for this effort. They suggested that while this underdog story was a predictable one, the lead performance was so charismatic and the energy level so high that the movie still delivered. The cast includes Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart, Katey Segal, Ciaran Hinds and Ted Levine. Christine - Note: This title

is being released on DVD only this week. A Blu-ray release will follow. Based on true events, this dark and disturbing feature tells the story of news reporter Christine Chubbuck, who worked as an on-air personality in Florida in the 1970s. She also suffered from severe depression and the movie chronicles her struggles with the disorder and awkward interactions with others. This received raves, complimenting the phenomenal lead performance of Rebecca Hall (how she didn’t get an Oscar nomination is anyone’s guess) and the film’s attempts to grapple with a serious illness. It also features Michael C. Hall and Tracy Letts. The Edge of Seventeen This coming-of-age comedy/ drama follows a moody teen who becomes furious after learning that her best friend has begun dating her brother. She attempts to confide in a teacher and begins to look elsewhere for friendships as she endures this troubled time. Overall, critics were very positive about this effort. A scant

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few found it uneven, but it has been described by the majority as an honest and authentic portrait of the teenage experience. The movie stars Hailee Stanfield, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick and Haley Lu Richardson. K i n g Cobra Based on a novel a nd true events, this independent drama i nvolve s a suburban man who becomes a gay adult film producer. Unfortunately, he finds both himself and his leading man in danger after the pair become targeted by rival pornographers. Reaction to this effort was split. Some believed that it was an unpretentious, yet chic thriller with a grim undercurrent. Others stated that the story itself was unremarkable and the movie felt a bit shallow. The cast includes Garrett Clayton, Christian Slater, James Franco, Keegan Allen, Alicia Silverstone and Molly Ringwald. Lon don Town - Set in London of the late 70s, this drama is about a teenager subbing for his injured cab driver dad. He gets the fare of a lifetime when Joe Strummer, lead singer of The Clash, hops in; the two embark on a daylong adventure. Notices were split, with a few more critiques than recommendations. Some argued that the ride was fun enough to earn its fare. Others complained that the material was handled in too soft and sentimental a manner, which they felt made light of the unfortunate circumstances of its characters. It features Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Daniel Huttlestone, Dougray Scott and Natascha McElhone. Maybe Tomorrow - This sma l l, F rench-la ng uage Austrian feature played on film festival circuit back in 2013, but it took a few years to find distribution. It involves two students who meet up online and decide to get together for a hike to the top of a mountain, where they will end their lives. Along the way, they share their thoughts, experiences and disappointments. As mentioned, it hasn’t been seen by many yet nor has it gotten a lot of reviews,

so interested parties will just have to take a chance. Florent Arnoult and Alix Benezech play the kids. P r ice l e ss - A troubled widower loses custody of his daughter and takes a job moving cargo in this faith-based thriller. When he discovers that he’s actually helping human traffickers, he attempts to save them and rediscover his religious values in the proce s s . T h i s one d id n’t get a lot of press a nd the notices that did come weren’t ver y complimentar y. W hile they wrote that the themes were relevant, they called it a slow and unexciting suspense picture that generates no momentum. Joel Smallbone, Bianca A. Santos, Jim Parrack and David Koechner headline the film. Stake Land II - This independent horror picture is a sequel to 2010’s Stake Land. It reunites many of the original cast members. Set in a world where a vampire epidemic (much like a zombie infestation) has spread, the story involves a group of individuals attempting to survive. In this follow-up, a new vampire arises and attacks the young lead from the first film. He heads out to reunite with his old chums and enact revenge. This one is being released straight-to-DVD, so if you’re interested, you’ll just have to take a chance. It stars Nick Damici, Connor Paolo, Laura Abramsen, Bonnie Dennison and Steven Williams. We A r e the F lesh K n ow n a s in Tenemos la Carnage in its homeland of Mexico, this little horror flick scared enough viewers at film festivals to get a distribution deal from Arrow Video. The post-apocalyptic story involves a pair of siblings who are taken in by a strange hermit and forced to dig a strange underground

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DVD REVIEW | FROM PAGE 18 structure for him while acting out his wishes. Critics generally liked it. although they warned possible viewers that this was a hard, ugly and shocking film. While there were several who found it too exploitative to give a pass, others were impressed with the visuals and disturbing subject matter. It features Noe Hernandez and Maria Evoli.

BLASTS FROM THE PAST! A few clusters of old-fashioned goofiness are making their debuts on Blu-ray. Universal are releasing the B -mov ie classic, It Came From Outer Space (1953) and they are presenting it in 2D as well as its original 3D. This one is about a writer and his schoolteacher girlfriend who witness a meteor crashing to Earth in the Arizona desert. He check the crater out and sees that’s it really a spaceship

ART EXHIBIT | FROM PAGE 16 with a police report indicating of a recent exposure death. Displayed also will be a map of Gallup and within that map are plotted locations of several recent exposure deaths. “This map is a work in progress and we’re still adding additional points with photographs taken at these plots.” he said. An interesting note on this interview, prior to getting started, an individual came into the art studio hours before and asked if

A CURE FOR WELLNESS | FROM PAGE 17 Admittedly, the movie is something of a mess. Still, as a gonzo experience that

containing a hideous monster, but the wreckage is covered by dirt by the time authorities arrive. Of course, his story is scoffed at and soon the townsfolk begin undergoing strange changes. The disc comes with a featurette on the movie, 3D trailer and a film historian commentary. The comedic genius of Don K notts ca n f ina lly be witnessed in high definition with the Universa l relea se of one of h i s most popular titles, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966). In it, a timid reporter investigating a murder composes a piece claiming a local estate is haunted and ends up being threatened with a liable suit. To prove he isn’t fibbing, he must return to the premises and figure out what is occurring at the creepy old estate. In the process, he may even end up

solving the mysterious death. This isn’t high art, but the rubbery faced actor may impress children and nostalgic viewers with his slapstick shenanigans. Kino have a few Blu-ray titles as well. They have a double feature disc that includes two Buster Keaton silent films. Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928) and College (1927). The first is considered among the performers best and features some elaborate physical comedy on its riverboat setting. 23 Paces to Baker Street (1956) is a thriller with Van Johnson and Vera Miles about, you guessed it, a writer who stumbles into a extortion conspiracy in London. Perhaps the most famous of their releases is the prehistoric-set One Million Years B.C. (1966) which feature some iconic imagery of its lead actress, Raquel Welch. The plot involves a caveman who is thrown out of his village by a rival. He finds the female lead living with another tribe. She’s forced out of her group as well and the two attempt to make a

he could paint a picture. Phillips obliged and gave the man a pad and marker. The man was intoxicated. “This man came in asked if he could make art. He was highly intoxicated and appeared to be living in the streets,” Phillips said. “Given the subject of the show and my personal experiences of going to these places where these individuals have died, I couldn’t say no, it’s very beautiful.” Me a nwh i le, C h r i s t i a n Bigwater, a member of the Dine Nation and Gallup resident has been painting since he was in high school, is excited to be a

part of this project. “I like the subject matter here and that’s why I was compelled to do it,” Bigwater said. “I like the challenge of how to express this in a artistic form so that it impacts the community where we are from; that is why I got into it.” An Artist Reception will be held on Feb. 18, from 6-8 pm. Come see the completed project, hear poetry readings, and chat with the artists. For more information contact ART123 Gallery (505) 488-2136 or visit online: www. galluparts.org

seems to break away entirely from convention, it had me hooked. I’m not sure if any of it makes sense (truthfully, it probably doesn’t), but this surreal oddity is unlike anything else out there. If you’re

a patient viewer and don’t mind a touch of the outrageous and surreal in your horror, you might get a little kick out of A Cure For Wellness. Visit: cinemastance.com

go of it together, fighting monsters and surviving volcanic eruptions. Warner Archive have a curious addition as well. It’s a Blu-ray of the Robert Mitchum thriller, The Yakuza (1975). Finally, Criterion are delivering a belated Blu-ray of The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978). This was supposed to be a few months back but was delayed. It’s an Italian drama about family working a farm at the turn of the 20th century and one boy’s attempts to attend school and benefit from an education. The movie has also been restored for Blu-ray release and comes with an hour long TV program detailing the production of the film as well as archival interviews and other bonuses.

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Littlest Pet Shop: Pet Stars S c oob y -D oo! S h a gg y’s Showdown Thomas & Friends: Wild Water Rescue Thomas & Friends: The Adventure Begins Wacky Races: The Complete Series (Warner Archive)

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SPORTS 360 Ex-Cardinals QB Jake Plummer speaks at Gallup Rotary event ‘AN UNDERRATED SUPERSTAR’

By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent

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n Jake Plummer’s playing days, you just didn’t drop a pass during practice. Of course, it was Plummer’s

job to make sure that balls were thrown accurately and with precision. Jason Steven “Jake the Snake” Plummer played quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals, the Denver Broncos and the

Rotarian Sammy Chioda presents Jake Plummer, who played football with the Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos, with a bolo tie. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons

Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a career that spanned from 1997 to 2007. A Boise, Idaho, native, Plummer played collegiately at Arizona State University where, during his senior season, he led the Sun Devils to an undefeated regular season, a PAC-10 championship, and the Rose Bowl where the team lost to Ohio State 20-17. Plummer was the guest speaker Feb. 10 at a banquet at Red Rock Park in Gallup that was sponsored by the Gallup Rotary Club. Several dozen area Rotarians attended the event. “It’s really nice to be here and an honor to be here,” Plummer, 42, said. “I’ve never been to Gallup before so that make this visit extra special.” Plummer, who now resides in Boulder, Colo., spoke about his college and NFL playing days and what he’s does in

Jake Plummer talks about his college and pro-NFL career at the Rotary Club banquet at Red Rock Park Feb. 10. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons retirement. He said he was a multi-sport athlete in high school in Boise, playing football, basketball and baseball. He said growing up he admired the late Jackson State University Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton and former University of Southern California and Oakland Raiders running back Marcus Allen. When in the NFL,

Plu m mer w a s k now n for h i s t h row i n g a nd scr a m bl i ng abi l it ie s. He played w it h t he Ca r d i n a l s f r om 1997 to 2002 a nd w ith the Broncos from 2003 to 2006. Plu m mer wa s a Ca rd ina ls and Sun Devils teammate of safety Pat Tillman. Tillman

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The Coach’s Korner: Training Thinking

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n nov a t ion doe s not a lway s mean something has to be new. Innovation can be as simple as providing another way to look at something already in existence. In a recent training session with one of the bull riders I train I mentioned the need for greater sensitivity during the ride. I could tell he didn’t know where I was going with this idea of being more sensitive and as we looked at each other for a brief second we both chuckled as “the penny dropped” and I realized that the bull rider and I were thinking about two different things. For the bull rider he had initially equated sensitivity with femininity or being female, but I was talking about the quality of kinesthesia, which is a sensory input we get from muscles, tendons and joints that provide constant feedback on the body’s movement and position. To further explain my point on sensitivity I mentioned how horses or bulls

would appear to shudder or shake their skin to remove flies. If professional

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bucking bulls can weigh 1,400 hundred or more pounds, how much does a fly weigh? If the bull can feel a single fly on its back then what chance does a stiff adult rider with poor sensitivity have for success? There was a nod of agreement. As coaches we don’t just train the athlete or the student for performance we also help to improve the thinking that impacts performance. Thinking is a part of the formula that leads to every success or every unwanted outcome. As I said to the rider in our training session I could use many examples to describe sensitivity, such as the response a horse has to the rider, the way a leader assesses the group they lead, the way the hunter interprets the environment or the way a couple handles their marriage relationship, etc. However, what I did not do was narrowly define the term or attempt to label it inappropriately because to do so would be a mistake.

For the bull rider, the athlete or the individual who find themselves repeatedly stuck with poor results or other unsuccessful outcomes there is another way – examine the way we think about the people, the habits we maintain and our approach to what we do. If we consider that thinking plus feeling equals behavior or outcomes we are always in position to adapt, adjust and change. When we adapt and change we usually succeed in the areas we desire most. “Whatever the mind can conceive, and bring itself to believe, it can be achieved.” Coach G Greg McNeil is a StrongFirst Instructor, Professional Strength & Conditioning coach, Licensed Clinical Counselor (LPCC), Life Coach, Author and the owner of Gallup School of Strength (www.gallupschoolofstrength. com) SPORTS


Game highlights – Gallup Lady Bengals fall to Aztec 56-47

‘State Champ’

PHOTOS BY RYAN HUDGEONS

Gallup’s Rhys Sellers pinning his opponent Isaac Archibeque of Rio Rancho to take the back to back state titles in the 12 year old division at the NM Jr. Wrestling Championships at Cibola High School Feb. 12. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons

JAKE PLUMMER | FROM PAGE 20 Gallup High’s Kalisha Kinsel (5) passes the ball as Aztec High’s Reagan Weaver (32) and Grace Olson (3) defend Feb. 14.

Bengal Kamryn Yazzie (20) goes up for a shot against Aztec on Feb. 14 in Gallup.

gained fame when he joined the U.S. Army Rangers after 9/11 a nd d ied t h ree yea r s later on the bat tlef ield i n Afghanistan. “I had two older brothers, so each of us was really into sports,” Plummer said. “The Rose Bowl year at ASU was very memorable.” T h e s e d ay s , P lu m m e r s a id he s t i l l fol low s t he game at the college and pro level s. He s a id t he ga me has changed over the years, noting rule changes and the faster pace of the game. His a dv ice for you ng pl ayer s lear ning the game was “to follow your heart and not let the game consume you.” A s e c o nd - r ou nd d r a f t pick of the Cardinals and a father of three, Plummer left a definite impression with those who attended. “I t h i nk we a l l remember ‘Ja ke’ when he wa s a quar terback with both the Cardinals and the Broncos,” S a m my Ch iod a , a Ga l lup

Rota r ia n, sa id. “He wa s a ver y good pro player and a good college player.” Plummer sa id he’s pa r t of a group called Athletes 4 Care, which seeks to assist football players after their play i ng days a re over. He s a id he’s got t en i nt er e s t f rom a rou nd t he cou nt r y f r om v a r iou s ex-fo otba l l players. Speaking engage ments occupy a good portion of his retirement time, he said. K at r i na Sa muels, 45, wa s jog g i ng at Red Rock Park as the speaking event was going on. Samuels is a traveling nurse who works around the Four Corners. “I remember him. He was an underrated superstar. I am an ASU grad, so he’s still prett y popula r in Tempe,” Sa muels, 27, sa id. “I have hea rd that ASU r uled college football back in those days.” Plummer threw for 2,575 ya rds a nd 23 touchdow ns when a sen ior at ASU. He f i n i s he d h i s N F L c a r e er with a 74.6 passer rating.

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CALENDAR COMMUNITY CALENDAR FEB. 17 - 23, 2017 FRIDAY Feb. 17 FREE COMPUTER CLASSES IN FEBRUARY 10:30 am - 12:30 pm: Internet II. 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. FAMILY MOVIE Feb. 17, 4 pm: a family film for everyone to enjoy. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Film: My Girl SATURDAY Feb. 18 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. 19 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. FREE COMPUTER CLASSES IN FEBRUARY 2 – 4 pm: MS Word. 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 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. TUESDAY Feb. 21 MAKER’S CLUB (AGES 6 AND UP) A club for kids interested in science, math, building, and inventing. Each week features a different challenge, project, or experiment. Starts: 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. GALLUP INTERFAITH COMMUNITY GATHERING 6:30 pm 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. WEDNESDAY Feb. 22 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 FEBRUARY FILM SERIES: AFRICANAMERICAN HISTORY MONTH 5:30 pm, popcorn Continued on page 23

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is provided. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. Film: For Colored Girls THURSDAY Feb. 23 FREE COMPUTER CLASSES IN FEBRUARY 3 - 5 pm: Twitter. 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. 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: Paper plate toucan craft MONTHLY MEETING WITH COUNCILOR LINDA GARCIA, DISTRICT 1 6:30 - 8 pm: the Northside Neighborhood Association monthly meeting begins at 6:30 pm. Councilor Garcia will be there to listen to your concerns. It’s a great opportunity to share ideas; compliments and complaints welcome. Call Linda at (505) 879-4176 with questions. Northside Senior Center, 607 N. Fourth St. 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. CALENDAR

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) 722-0039 for information. COMMUNITY PANTRY The Hope Garden offers organic produce for sale from 10 am - noon, Tue – Fri., 1130 E. Hassler Valley Road. All funds go to helping feed local folks. Call (505) 726-8068 or when visiting, ask for Vernon Garcia. FRIDAY NIGHT HOOTENANNY Gallup’s longest-running live show! Every Friday night from 7 - 9 pm. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. Second St. GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY Wednesdays are low-cost Spay and Neuter Days, at the Gallup-McKinley County Humane Society. For more information, please call (505) 8632616, or email: gmchumanesociety@gmail.com. Location: 1315 Hamilton Rd. GALLUP SOLAR The nonprofit, Gallup

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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 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) 8631291 or email libtrain@ gallupnm.gov. For more info, contact Joe Lacayo at (505) 399-8197. SAVE THE DATE FREE COMPUTER CLASSES IN FEBRUARY 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. FAMILY MOVIE Feb. 24, 4 pm: a family film for everyone to enjoy. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Film: Ratchet and Clank 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.

RENEWABLE ENERGY FOR ALL Join a diverse and powerful coalition of spiritual traditions united in justice for the common good in a legislative day of action, prayer, and advocacy. Meet at First Unitarian Church at 8:15 am. 107 W Barcelona Road. RSVP joan@nm-ipl.org BOOK READING AND SIGNING Feb. 27: Former Gallup resident and author of To Drink from the Silver Cup: From Faith Through Exile and Beyond, will read from her book at the Zollinger Library, UNM/ Gallup at 6 pm. Following the reading there will be a Q&A period, reception, and book signing. Books can be purchased at the event. The event is free. 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. 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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