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his past fall I decided to subscribe to a handful of magazine titles. Some were subscriptions I’d had before and some were new. At the time, each title seemed quite worthy of its cost. However, months later as each magazine is delivered to my mailbox and placed on my coffee table I’m starting to second-guess some of my subscription selections. Art Forum looked so good at Flying Star over a Turkey Jack sandwich and a plate of fries. Now I’m wondering if it’s just a collection of announcements for exhibit openings and fancy auctions. Some decisions are more critical and usually I know it at the time. Of course the more important a decision seems, the harder it can be to make. But not always . . . Yesterday, a friend of mine who is visiting and I drove up to the Cibola National Forest for a bit of exploring. I had a place in mind that would offer some stunning vistas, would be remote enough for solitude, and would also not be overly strenuous. Not far down our trail we encountered numerous possibilities. Do we climb the comb of rock? Find a route to the top of the ridge? What about this narrow hidden canyon? After the hike we hit a local café for a bite to eat. The most exciting part of eating in Gallup is figuring out whether I want red or green chile on my burrito. On days like yesterday it seems almost no decision is a poor one . . . It’s taken some experience and time to be a firm and wise decision maker. I’m still not always sure about the choices that lie before me. I do know that some of the decisions I’ve made have been stellar. I’ve got an amazing “backyard,” irreplaceable friends, and a coffee table full of magazines that, at the very least, keep me thinking. I must admit that one thing I still struggle with is a bit embarrassing. “Red or Green?” Guess I’ll have to come back and try that one again. - R.G.


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Features

8 Work in Beauty Murals 10 B.J. 14 Yoga Studio 16 Gardening with Gillson 32 Jimmy Abeita Reborn 34 Public Art Display 36 Earth Trivia 43 Red Rock Motorsports 48 New Gallery Downtown 61 Gallup Photo Hunt

Ben Alford Erin Bulow Ernie Bulow Greg Cavanaugh Sanjay Choudhrie Patricia Darak Robert Gato Sid Gillson Steve Heil Larry Larason Jackie McKinney Brett Newberry Steve A. Petranovich Jean Philips Deer Roberts Fowler Roberts Be Sargent Fitz Sargent Andy Stravers Chuck Van Drunen

Columns

12 Money & You 18 Highfalutin’ 20 Rounding the 4 Corners 22 West by Southwest 24 Driving Impressions 26 8 Questions 28 Adventures in Parenting 38 Rambles 46 Lit Crit Lite

Other Stuff

4 Thoughts 30 El Morro Theater Schedule 37 IZZIT?! 41 Sudoku 44 Rodeo Schedule 45 Circle of Light 50 G-Town 53 News from Care 66 54 Community Calendar 56 This is My Job 58 People Reading Journey 62 This is My Job

April 2011: Volume 8, Issue 4

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By Be Sargent Three large murals, Work of Mind, Work of Heart and Work of Strength were painted on the McKinley County Detention Center, at no charge, by Be Sargent over a five-year period from 2005 through 2009. The murals were painted to promote green jobs and inspire young career seekers by showing that people in the Gallup Area and on the Navajo Nation are already doing them. All 200 people in the mural are real. This series will present many different scenes from the three murals.

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Above is the Middle Left Panel of Work of Mind. Below are three successive sketches showing the development of this concept.

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Elizabeth Barriga, top left, was hired. Elizabeth, City of Gallup Water Conservation Coordinator, with guidance from the Water Board and Lance Allgood, shown in the mural Work of Strength, has been the point person for water harvesting, commercial water audits, high-efficient low-flush toilet rebates, xeriscaping, water waste and more. She is the initiator of McKinley County Youth Water and Energy Awareness Days now in its sixth year currently held at Red Rock Park and Chief Manuelito Middle School on April 26 and 27, 2011. More than 20 presenters bring Water Conservation, Hydrology, Ecology and Solar Energy to hundreds of Gallup elementary and high school students. Larry Winn located to the right of Elizabeth, is the chair of the Water Board, and also chair of both McKinley County Soil and Water Conservation and New Mexico State Soil and Water Conservation Boards. Larry is Executive Director of Connections, an organization that plays a pivotal role in Gallup’s quality of life by garnering funding for many essential local organizations. Rosemarie Esquivel, just behind Larry, was executive secretary for ten years for Gallup Joint Utilities until she retired in 2006.

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Below Elizabeth is Bill Bright, a key player in the social and environmental concerns of Gallup. He is founder and chair of the Sustainable Energy Board. He is president of Gallup’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity to which he has brought Energy Star standards. He is also process consultant for Gallup Solar. Mary Jean Christensen, owner of Elite Laundry and president of the Downtown Business Improvement District is explaining the declining bar graph to Bill. Even with the much-touted new sources such as the G-22 Well and water coming via the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project, Gallup cannot be sure of a sustainable water future. More conservation and water harvesting are essential. The Water Board meets on the first Wednesday of the month. For more information call Elizabeth at 863-1393. The Sustainable Energy Board meets on the fourth Monday of the month. For more information call Bill at 722-0039. Both meetings are open to the public. ARTIST’S NOTES Because these murals are about jobs that protect the environment I wanted each mural to have a pristine environment in the center that symbolizes the jobs depicted. For Work of Mind I chose a canyon, the analogy is that the canyon with its twists and turns and the river running through it is like the mind illuminated by the light of understanding.

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Photo by Deer Roberts © 2011

By Deer Roberts

Artist/writer, worked in publishing as a managing editor for several years. She inched her way to a BA in Art from Siena Heights University, Adrian, MI, in 2002 while raising 5 wonderful adults as a single mother. She currently contributes from the Ramah, NM area.

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on’t get me wrong. Life here certainly isn’t idyllic. My daughter informs me Cibola County is the poorest in these continental United States (funny, I thought that of the county closest to downtown El Paso, as per the 2000 census). Don’t know if the claim is true, but there sure are a lot of poor here. Funny thing about the poor though, they sure know how to take care of one another. As a kid living just off the Pasquotank Sound in North Carolina, I remember when my dad had done a favor for a Puerto Rican man with a family there. He returned, in kind, a sack of potatoes. When my mom opened the sack, every last potato was rotten. Her take on it was to turn to us kids (there were eight of us on an enlisted man’s pay), preserving the dignity involved and mandate us never to tell a soul. “These folks obviously chased the potato truck,” she said. “They’ve given us the best they had and all they had to eat. You are never to tell a soul.” Then she summarily dumped the sack. Forgive me, Mom. I think it’s a great story. At any rate, we are a community of Navajo, Zuni, gay, lesbian, off-gridders, Mormons, and comfortably-retired Anglos. If there are more I’ve yet to find, forgive me again. The Navajo, I hear, are split between the traditionalists and the Christians. My impression is the Christians suspect the traditionalists of superstitious beliefs. They may be right, or not. Across the road from me is a very old Navajo man who has lived on his property since he was a kid. His home is a hogan with no running water. There are no electrical lines running to his property. Some within the Navajo community, I’ve been told, hold superstitious beliefs about him. All I know is that this man took care of his mother in that home until her death. In a country that is hostage to nursing homes (the latest studies say it is three times cheaper to take care of the elderly at home than in a nursing home), I hold the man in reverence. He loved and cared for his mother to the end . . . and he is no spring chicken . . . and that hogan of his is sure simple. On the other hand, he seems to know when

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someone local is having a party and just shows up. Laughs and giggles through the whole evening. Hearsay says he loves music and photography. Three times when I have come home from grocery shopping, he has been waiting for me on his horse atop the mesa adjoining his property. First time he said “Baer” to me, I ran to my neighbor and asked if he knew Navajo. “No,” he said. But I knew he knew more than I did. So I dragged him along. “Baer,” repeated the old Navajo. We both looked quizzically at one another. Suddenly it registered! Beer! How the heck that fellow knew I had picked up a six-pack I’ll never know. But he did. I gave him four of the six. He wanted to know where the rest were. My conscience wouldn’t let me give him more. “That’s all there is,” I said. He didn’t believe me, but acquiesced. Something similar has happened on all three occasions I picked up beer while house sitting, before my retreat here. Don’t know how he knows. On the other hand, he seems to be immune to hard liquor or wine. Never asked. Since I’ve relocated here I hear he thinks I am a reincarnation of the man who used to live here and died, come back to life. He’s been undercover where I am concerned lately, except for the time he paced up and down on the road in front of my house. Perhaps he was trying to get a good look and decide. So far he seems to think it best to stay away. Makes me sad. I really like him. Wish I could know him better, but suspect learning Navajo is a bit beyond my bilingual capabilities. more later . . . p.s. Found someone to act as an interpreter today and to ask permission for this article. He invited me into his hogan . . . something he never would have done if he thought me a reincarnation. Also of note, I found out not only did B.J. take care of his mother, but he also nursed his aunt through to the other side. The Navajo community built him a whole new hogan when the care was done for each. Good neighbors.


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Money

by Brett Newberry AKA The Business Doctor

Brett is a CPA and Profitability Consultant with Newberry & Associates, Ltd. He has been a CPA and Business Consultant for more than 25 years in Gallup. His passion is to help the small business owner improve their business operations and impact their income and quality of life.

Con Schemes Abound Everyone is vulnerable to the right pitch, and we are all potential victims.

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ach year millions of individuals are victims of con schemes, and the losses are staggering – in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Both individuals and businesses are potential targets for these schemes. Con schemes affect people of every age, gender, religious belief, educational level, society status, and geographic location. Virtually no one is immune from the exposure to these frauds. In the 21st century, scam artists use the Internet, computers, telephones, printers, and scanners as their weapons, and they do not even have to leave their homes to capture their victims. To further exacerbate the problem, people can be victimized in their own homes without being aware of it. With the growth and expansion of the telecommunication industry, fraudsters have more available opportunities and media to reach their potential victims. The Internet has expanded communication globally as well as exposure to con schemes. The Internet is an avenue for the fraudster, and individuals should be aware of the various con schemes and the red flags associated with them in order to avoid becoming the next victims. Staying one step ahead of the scam artists today is a challenge, not only for consumers, but also for authorities in the detection process. As technology grows at a faster pace, authorities must have the resources available to keep on the cutting edge of technology in order to detect fraud schemes. Investment swindles and con schemes have been around for centuries and are not disappearing but only growing in magnitude. With advances in technology today, the Internet has amplified the occurrences of these schemes, allowing perpetrators to reach a wide audience at little cost. One common theme for perpetrators and victims is the “get-rich-quick” theme – obtain something of value, fast and easy. Investment swindles and con schemes can be extremely diversified, ranging from the very simple to the very complex. There is no clear perpetrator profile. He may appear in any form. The perpetrator could be someone who has poor morals or conscience, an absconder who takes money and runs, or has a “wheeler-dealer” attitude. Nor is there an accurate victim profile. All consumers are victims either directly or indirectly. Everyone is vulnerable to the right pitch, and we are all potential victims. Society promotes admiration for people who possess an abundance of wealth. This

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admiration promotes pride, which cultivates greed. Perpetrators usually commit these schemes because they are looking for a way to make easy money with minimal effort. However, there may be other factors that drive or motivate the perpetrators to commit con schemes, which may include the three basic elements for fraud to occur: situational pressure, perceived opportunity, and rationalization of the act. Consumers generally have a trusting nature. They want to believe and trust people, which leaves them vulnerable to fraudsters. They may be looking for easy solutions to problems. They may be risk takers who lack the awareness to recognize a potential con scheme. They knowingly provide information to be helpful and informative but are unaware of its end use. Potential victims may have or are believed to have situational pressures such as a lack of money, low income, or high personal debt. They may have a need to conserve money, or they may have a problem that requires a solution, for example, home repair. Potential victims may perceive an offer or con scheme as an opportunity to receive something of value or a solution to a problem. Consequently, they may perceive a particular investment as an offer to increase their wealth, or the home repair appears to be a bargain, which saves money. Potential victims will rationalize their actions, that is to make money, save money, solve a problem, receive something of value, provide help or a service, or to obtain or retain credibility. The red flags that generally characterize these con schemes include the following: • Advance fees required with cash, credit card, or checking account number; • Promises of substantial profits or returns on investment; • Promises of little or no risk guaranteed; • Sense of urgency in response/must act immediately; • Little or no effort and/or experience required; and • Refunds not available or difficult to obtain. Generally, as the old saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Until next time, The Business Doctor


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by H. Haveman Bikram’s

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oga is a meditative practice that has roots in India thousands of years old. Across the centuries and around the world, yoga has evolved from a philosophy in search of religious liberation to an exercise routine with improved health as a goal. Today, one of the most respected living yoga gurus is Bikram Choudhury. He was born in Calcutta in 1946 and began practicing yoga at the age of four. At seventeen, a weight-lifting accident caused a knee injury that doctors predicted would never allow him to walk again. Bikram returned to yoga and within six months he was healed completely. His instructor, Bishnu Ghosh, was the first to scientifically document yoga’s ability to cure chronic physical ailments and heal the body. Bikram went on to perfect a yoga method that systematically works every part of the body – muscles, ligaments, veins and organs – in order to maintain optimal function and health benefits. Millions worldwide, regardless of age, have experienced the physical healing and mental wellbeing by practicing Bikram’s yoga. Medical doctor, Richard Laughter, is one of these people. Several years ago,

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following a back injury, he turned to this form of yoga. After six months, his pain was gone and his back perfectly realigned. Laughter encouraged his wife Brandy, who had just had their third child, to give it a try. Bikram’s yoga is unique for several reasons. First, the workout takes place in a studio heated to 105° at 45% humidity. These conditions allow the body to warm up and become more pliable. It also enhances the body’s purification process by flushing out impurities through sweat. Second, the layout of the studio is very specific: mirrors along the entire front wall and carpeted flooring. And third, the workout routine is always the same, 90 minutes consisting of 26 asanas (poses) in a specific sequence. Brandy Laughter recalls her first session of Bikram’s yoga as being awkward and painful. She was in the back of the class, sweating and shaking while she attempted to hold each pose. Her decision to attend a second class was a direct result of the elderly couple in front of her, who effortlessly and with smiles on their faces performed the entire 90-mintue routine. After some more classes, Brandy began


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Brandy Laughter and Haley Laughter look forward to opening their yoga studio in Gallup. to see changes in her body: muscles and flexibility that she had never possessed. Before long, she was hooked. Then, four years ago, right around the time she and Richard moved their family to Gallup, Brandy traveled to Los Angeles to attend the nine-week Bikram Yoga Teacher Training, after which she was certified to instruct the Bikram method. Last fall, Haley Laughter, Richard’s sister, moved to Gallup, as well, after also having completed the Bikram teacher training program. Now, Brandy and Haley are opening Four Corners Bikram’s Yoga in order to share the benefits that they have been convinced of with the Gallup community. Their studio, located at 601 W. Coal Avenue, has been completely remodeled, with the wonderful help of their contractor, John Hren. The main entrance is now located in the back of the building and ushers visitors into a reception area where mats, towels, water bottles and yoga gear will be available for purchase. The dark wood flooring continues in the men’s and women’s changing rooms, then gives way to soothing blue carpet and cheerful yellow walls in the main yoga room. With space for 20 to 30 students, the two women plan to offer classes seven days a week. The excitement is palpable in the studio as Haley and Brandy anticipate opening their doors in early May. They realize that Bikram’s yoga may be unfamiliar to many people in the community, but are eager to bring a completely new form of exercise to Gallup. They are offering a great Beginner’s Special – $29 for 30 days of yoga – in order to draw newcomers. They acknowledge the difficulty and awkwardness of an initial class. “Everything is weird the first time, but do it anyway,” says Brandy whose goal for first-timers is that they simply stay in the room. “If you try your best, you will get the benefits.” Bikram’s yoga teaches discipline and uses the body’s natural movements to increase balance, strength and flexibility, providing healing from the inside out. There is a sense of predictability and comfort in that the routine is always the same. Yet, according to Haley, there’s always room for improvement, new ways to push one’s body. “There’s always somewhere else to go – a deeper posture – it’s never ending.” Haley felt as odd and out-of-place as Brandy did when she first began, but has since discovered a part of herself that she never knew was there – the “Bengal Tiger Strength” – as Bikram calls it. He also says, “It’s never too late, it’s never too bad, and you’re never too old or too sick to start from scratch once again.” Classes are offered Monday through Friday at 6:00AM, 5:00PM and 7:00PM, Saturdays at 9:00AM and 3:00PM, and Sundays at 9:00AM. A free Karma yoga class is also being offered, Thursdays at 5:00PM and all donations will be given to local charity. For more information, call 726-8081 or visit www.fourcornersyoga.com.

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Gardening by Sid Gillson

local Master Gardener

on the

High Plateau H

ome gardens in the New Mexico high plateau near Gallup can be difficult for new gardeners from other areas. Most of the gardening advice from seed catalogs, and from well meaning agricultural authorities unfamiliar with our area, is not always relevant to our unique high plateau environment and soils.

Hopi and Navajo people were living off the corn, beans and squash from their farms in this area long before the Europeans came with their horses, cattle, sheep, seeds and metal tools. Native people’s farms were scattered far and wide in this area as evidenced by the many scattered Anasazi potsherds and ruins. The question is how did they farm before and after the great droughts of the early 1200s? Some likely moved to the distant river valleys while others stayed in this area. They learned to live with Mother Nature and developed crops and farming techniques that blended with their high plateau environment. Now, that’s our challenge as home gardeners. However, gardening methods used in the past and present in the Rio Grande and San Juan River Valleys’ climates may not be successful in our high plateau. The three primary factors that affect gardening in the high plateau are climate, soil and water. We need to adapt our planting and gardening methods to our unique local environments. Our hearty spring winds do not bring the abundant rains they do in other areas. Our dry air sucks the moisture right out of the soil, which results in six inches of dry topsoil. The six inches of dry soil acts as mulch for native plants as it retains the moisture deposited from the winter snows. However, our modern seeds were developed in the Midwest or other climates and environments, which are vastly different than our high plateau climate. The roots of these modern plants cannot penetrate the six inches of dry topsoil In the early spring (March or April), one can cover the garden with mulch or artificial cover, such as black plastic, to limit the evaporation of the moisture from the soil. The mulch also insulates the soil from the cold night temperatures. During the day, heat accumulates under the mulch, which increases soil bacteria and fungus that enrich the soil. Remove the artificial mulch just before planting. The Native people developed and selected seeds that could be planted deep down in the soil at the moisture level and selected seeds that could withstand colder germinating temperature. Modern seeds cannot withstand these conditions and usually rot. The growing season in the high plateau is very short, starting during the last week in May or the first week in June until about the first hard frost during the middle of September. The growing season lasts about ninety to a hundred days. If one uses modern seeds this growing season may not be long enough for some plants. Select seeds for plants that can mature during our growing season.

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We need to adapt our planting and gardening methods to our unique local environments. The range of temperatures from night to day can fluctuate from forty to fifty degrees. The warm eighty-five-degree, sunny day in April or May could change to forty degrees or near freezing at night. If seeds are planted too early they will open in the warm days, but will not germinate in the cold nights. The seeds will rot because the soil bacteria and fungus will destroy them before they can germinate. Some folks may want to get a soil thermometer and check out the night and day soil temperatures. Soil should be above fifty or sixty degrees before you plant. Check your seed packets from information regarding germination temperatures and the number of days to maturity.

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The altitude of your garden also affects your temperature. At a higher altitude the temperatures are usually warmer at night and plants blossom up to two weeks earlier than those in a lower altitude. The warm air rises at night and the cold air drops to the lowest areas, which limits the growing season at the lower altitudes. The water in Gallup and the surrounding area has a high ph level at about 8.2 to 8.6. Garden soil experts have determined that garden soil ph should not exceed 7.5. The white crusts along the Perky Wash are salts deposited as the water evaporates due to the high spring winds. The same process takes place in our gardens and increases the concentration of ph level in the soil. Raised garden beds may increase the evaporations of the water in the soil. To avoid excessive water evaporation, one should mix organic mulch into the garden soil during the planting of seeds. Light and frequent daytime watering on the surface of the soil only increases the ph of our garden soil, which hinders plant growth. It is best to water the garden several times a week in the late evening or during the night. Water deeply until the water puddles. The water will soak down into the soil and lessen evaporation. Root growth follows the water. Plants need deep root growth to gather abundant nutrients and produce healthy growth. Use peat moss, which is high in acid, as mulch or mix it in your planting rows to help lower the high ph levels of our water and soil. Organic mulch also helps to balance the ph level of the soil. There is a difference between soil and dirt. Soil is alive with bacteria and healthy fungus, which eats the organic materials in the soil and provides plant nutrients. Dirt, however, has no organic material, bacteria or fungus. One can only grow limited crops using artificial fertilizers in sterile dirt. Organic materials must be worked into the top six inches of dirt to develop an environment for garden soil. One should get a small amount of live soil from a fellow gardener or heavy mulched soil from under a large native shade tree. Mix this soil in your garden to assure there are bacteria and fungus to eat the organic material and to produce nutrients, which your garden plants need to grow and produce abundant crops. Too much clay in your soil will prevent the absorption of water and nutrients. The following is a simple technique to determine the percentage of clay in your garden dirt. Fill a glass jar about half full with your garden dirt and then fill the jar with water and shake it vigorously to assure the dirt absorbs the water. As it settles, the clay goes to the bottom. The resulting layers will show the percentage of clay and sand in your dirt. A sandy soil is usually better because it absorbs and retains the moisture and prevents rapid soil drying. If you have a lot of clay in your garden soil, mix in some sand. Water in clay soils puddles quickly and, because the water is not absorbed, the puddle remains on the surface for a long time. Thus the plant roots stay at the surface to access water and do not penetrate deeper into the soil where they could access more nutrients. In subsequent articles, I will discuss various garden plants you may wish to grow in your garden, as well as planting methods. If you have ideas, suggestions or questions, send them via email to gallupjourney@yahoo.com.

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Highfalutin’

by Ben Alford

A Change of Tune

Three Gallupians take a wrong turn at Albuquerque and wind up in a strange, urban habitat – New York City.  These are their words.

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utside today it’s spring, though green leaves and blossoms remain hid and folded at the ends of branches. The sun is strong and pushes down through the dense haze that has settled over the city. Parks and sidewalks are congested. Motorcycles zoom deftly around cars on Bedford Avenue. Down at Coney Island, the carnival along the boardwalk with its hotdog stands, freak shows, and spinning rides will be thawing and stirring like a coldblooded thing. I’ve opened a window to let air in, pushed my face to the screen.

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Innumerable sounds are swimming in the breeze: jackhammers, horns, sirens, birdsong, the quacking of little, welldressed dogs whose owners have spoiled them rotten. I try to hear everything and to judge how far each signal has had to travel to reach me. Yaps and chirps are clear and nuanced, so they must be coming from within a radius of 75 feet or less. The Doppler slides and crescendo-decrescendos of the sirens betray swift movement. First they wail from afar, then blare right


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outside, then they are far away once again. The jackhammer must be at a fair distance since its thundering doesn’t drown out more delicate vibrations in the mix – maybe three quarters of a mile down Myrtle. You feel like you’re digging through discrete layers or like you’re surrounded by concentric shells, each one harboring a unique variety of tones. Keep drilling to ever more distant melodies, and, eventually, you’ll come to a place where distinctions disappear. At the limits of perception, countless footsteps, brake squeals, door slams across the Five Burroughs combine to create a non-descript wash not unlike what you might encounter putting an ear to a seashell. This background din guarantees you’ll always be hearing something, even in rare moments when the foreground is completely still. A soundscape so complex, rich and dynamic invariably brings to mind a question that has plagued Western aesthetics at least since Pierre Schaffer began using field recordings in his “musique concrete” compositions. The question is this: Where is the line that divides music from mere noise? On a day like today, when the weather is prime and I’m feeling good, my own response is in keeping with the assertions of John Cage. Put simply, there is no line; all life is music. In fact, I often feel that the counterpoint, harmony, and rhythms of everyday life in New York are superior to the results achieved even by history’s greatest classical composers. It’s hard to beat the energy of an 8-million-part free improvisation that you’re actually an active participant in!

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Not all days are like today, though. I oscillate between hearing heavenly choirs and plugging my ears. From a less-charitable vantage point, New York City is an awful racket! There are times when I literally have to scream to be heard by the person standing right next to me. I’m regularly stirred from deep sleep by screeching tires and late-night shouting matches. Apart from being annoying, noise pollution can be a real health hazard. Not only does excessive exposure to loud sounds damage hearing, studies have linked it to stress, sleep loss, hypertension, and depression. Even the best of music ought not to be heard all the time. In the city, though, you really don’t have much of a choice. It’s not like you can just lift the record needle at will, which brings me to my main point. For the reasons just mentioned and more, I’ve decided I need a change of tune. March will be my last month paying New York rent, and this piece will be my final contribution to Highfalutin’. It’s been a wild ride, one I’ve very much enjoyed sharing with everyone who took the time to read the column. While I expect the music of Bosque Farms (where I’m moving for spring and summer) to be every bit as compelling, I’m sure I’ll never quite get the music of New York City out of my head. Enjoy New Mexico’s stillness. See you around.

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Narbona P as s

de Chelly, was Lt. Col. Antonio Narbona. His force killed more than one hundred men, women and children who were hidden in what is now called Massacre Cave in Canyon del Muerto. Road Log Drive north out of Gallup on US 491. At Tohatchi the highway makes a broad curve around the end of the Chuska Mountains. When it swings north again [at about milepost 29] you begin seeing debris from a landslide between the road and the mountains. This landslide extends at least 25 miles along the eastern side of the peaks and reaches out in some places to eight miles from the cliffs at the top. We don’t know whether this slide happened all at once or over time, but it represents a significant collapse on the steep eastern side of the Chuskas. Some geologists believe that the slide happened during a wet period because some of the large blocks of stone seem to have slid, rather than tumbled, down slope. No one knows when the slide occurred. It was probably before humans lived in the area. At Sheep Springs turn west onto NM 134. Notice that to the north you can see Bennett Peak and Ford Butte. Both of these are diatremes in the Navajo Volcanic Field. You might be able to see the tip of Ship Rock, as well. Narbona used to station lookouts atop Bennett Peak to watch for enemy incursions.

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t should be spring by the time you read this – time to get out and about. Pack a picnic lunch and take a trip to see some diatremes and other things close to home in the Chuska Mountains. This is a loop drive up 491, across Narbona Pass, and back to Gallup on Navajo 12. The pass was originally named Washington Pass after Col. James Washington, civil governor and military commander of New Mexico Territory, who led an expedition in 1849 that resulted in the death of the Navajo leader Narbona. Until the 1990s most Navajos assumed that the pass had been named for President George Washington. Students in Martin Link’s Navajo history class at Diné College were disgusted when they learned the truth and undertook a project to have it renamed in honor of Narbona [1766-1849]. It took six years, but the change was made in 1992. Oddly enough, the Mexican military leader, who came across the pass in 1805 to lead a punitive expedition into Canyon

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After about a mile on NM 134 you will see more evidence of the landslide. It looks almost like construction debris piled in heaps. At a couple of places along the drive look for outcrops of the Tohatchi Formation, a gray, layered mudstone. The Tohatchi was laid down during the upper Cretaceous and contains some petrified wood and isolated dinosaur bones. The Chuska Mountains separate the San Juan and Black Mesa Basins. You can view the San Juan Basin behind you. It was on this pass in 1835 that Narbona, leading 200 warriors, ambushed an expedition of almost 1000 men from Santa Fe who were seeking captives for the slave trade. The leader, Blas de Hinojos, and many of the slavers were killed. Near the top of the pass you enter the crater of a diatreme. A tall rock [a volcanic plug] stands like a sentinel at the eastern portal. This and the Sonsela Buttes are among


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the few places in the Navajo Volcanic Field where lava made it to the surface. The flows here were mostly just that – flows, not explosive eruptions like those you see at volcanoes. I’ve written about diatremes before: GJ 5/’06; 8/’08; and 2/’11. But I’ll recap some of the information about them. Diatremes are gaseous eruptions. The gas erupts in successive surges with such force that rock is shattered or even pulverized by the explosions. Breccia falls into a tuff ring around the crater and back into the pipe. Most diatremes are created when ascending magma encounters ground water, which flashes to steam, triggering the eruptions. Although lava may not break through the surface, it often flows upward through the weakened crust to create dikes around the necks of diatremes. These dikes, like those seen prominently at Ship Rock, are exposed by subsequent erosion. There are more than 300 diatremes in the Four Corners, the best known being Ship Rock and Agathla Peak. The Narbona Pass crater, or maar, is about two miles in diameter. The walls around it are 700 feet high. We can’t date the maar, itself, but basalt magma probably flowed shortly after the eruption. It came in three phases from 27.5 to 24.3 million years ago. Some of the basalt ponded on the floor of the crater, but it is hard to see because it is mostly covered by alluvium. Near Milepost 11 are snow equipment sheds. This road has to be kept open in winter because the FAA maintains a radar station just south of here. In the crater, look for a basalt outcrop with columnar jointing on the north side above the highway. Here and there you will notice greenish soil. This is the pulverized rock brought up by the diatreme explosions. This maar is eroded, but not as much as many of them in our region. For example, on the southeast you can see a wall of layered eruption debris that was part of the tuff ring. Each layer in this wall probably represents another eruptive surge. In a road cut you can see light-colored Chuska Sandstone. The Chuska Formation occurs nowhere but on top of these mountains and in a couple of outliers, such as White Cone near Wheatfields Lake. Notice the interesting cross bedding in the sandstone, which indicates that it was deposited in sand dunes. But dunes form on flats and in basins, not on the tops of mountains! How did they get here? In 2003 geologists proposed that they formed on a piedmont extending out from the San Juan Mountains, which were pushed up during the Laramide Orogeny 80-75 million years ago – the same time that the Chuska Mountains raised. The San Juans shed alluvium at a rapid pace partially filling the San Juan Basin. Then about 34 million years ago the climate cooled and dried in North America; wind began whipping sand into dunes, not just here but in the Mogollon-Datil region, in Wyoming, on the Great Plains, and so on. The Chuska Sandstone is composed of fossilized dunes from that period. It probably covered much of the San Juan Basin, as well. Erosion has since stripped about 1500 meters from the basin, leaving remnants of the Chuska Sandstone isolated here on top the mountains. More recently it has been proposed that the dunes were part of a massive erg, or sea of sand, that covered 100,000 square kilometers and extended continuously as far as the Rio Grande Rift. Again, erosion removed this desert except for what remains on the Chuska Mountains. The day use area is a good place for a picnic in the shade of pines and aspens. [Note: when I was scouting this article in early March, there was still a lot of snow on the ground, but it should be clear in April.] After lunch continue on NM 134 to the intersection with Navajo 12. Turn south. At milepost 43 look ahead on the left for Green Knobs. It’s just beside the road on the east. Green Knobs is a large diatreme that has intruded through the Triassic Chinle Formation and Jurassic sandstone. The knobs are less than one kilometer in diameter,

and there are no basalt dikes associated with them. The green color comes in part from the mineral olivine. The rock in Green Knobs resembles kimberlite, the source of diamonds in Africa. Several writers still call it that, but more recent analysis has demonstrated that the constituent minerals are wrong. It is serpentinized tuff – that is, it was chemically altered after emplacement. I wrote about Green Knobs in January, so I won’t say any more. The volcanic neck on the left in Navajo N. M. rises out of the red sandstone to loom over town like something out of a Godzilla movie. It is called appropriately “the Beast.” Some call it “the Frog”, although I’ve never seen the resemblance. There is another less obvious diatreme, or volcanic neck, at the North end of town, which has been cut down for road fill. The drive to Fort Defiance is one of the prettiest in this region. Enjoy! South of Fort Defiance, Black Rock, a dike-like volcanic neck, is on the west. Continue through Window Rock and go on to Gallup.

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John & Seth Tanner: Mormon Legend & Mysterious Bear Man

Seth Tanner by a wall at Wide Ruin.

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ohn Tanner, wealthy landholder and Baptist lay preacher, was told by several doctors that he would soon die of a hideous infection in his leg because he refused to cut it off. The year was 1832 and the place was upstate New York. The Mormon Church had just been established by a young man named Joseph Smith. Tanner, partly as a prominent Baptist, partly out of curiosity, attended a Latter-day Saints gathering. He was instantly caught up with the new religion, but he didn’t feel he could be baptized because of his infected leg. John hadn’t been able to put weight on the foot for six months and had rigged a mobile chair for himself. John’s disease sounds like gangrene, but must have been something else. He took the Mormons up on an offer to make his leg whole again,

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which they did on the spot. He walked several miles to a lake where he officially joined the church. He soon liquidated his extensive holding, including a hotel, a sawmill, an island, some forest land and other property that made him a multi-millionaire by modern standards. He moved his large family to Kirtland, Ohio, and gave Joseph Smith a large amount of money – and a huge loan, which he later gifted the church – to save the Kirtland temple. Smith called him “Father Tanner” and mentions him several times in his personal journal. John was already fifty years old when his son Seth – destined to be known as Hosteen Shush, Mister Bear – was born. He had several older brothers. When John and his boys moved on to Missouri, he had given the church his entire fortune and they were reduced to begging for food along the way. The several Tanner boys were high profile in the Mormon skirmishes with Missouri slave holders. Joseph Smith formed a Mormon militia (called the Armies of Israel) at this time, and several of the Tanner boys were part of it. According to well-documented legend, the Mormon militia later turned into a group of enforcers known as the Danites, from the Book of Daniel in the Bible. The most famous of these was the gunfighter Orrin Porter Rockwell. The Tanner family believes that Seth may have been one of them. It is a matter of record that he was well known to, and trusted by, Brigham. While the church members were gathering in 1846 for the exodus to Utah, the two brothers just older than Seth – Albert and Myron – were conscripted into the army in what went down in history as the “Mormon Battalion.” That group of men would march from the Mississippi River all the way to California, on foot, with disintegrating clothes and shoes and inadequate food. It was an incredible journey with a great deal of heroic suffering. They were cheated out of any active role in the great Mexican War that netted the United States with about a third of its total territory. While the boys were gone, the rest of the family made the move with Brigham Young to the promised land of Utah. Seth was the oldest unmarried boy at the time, so care for his aging father and the rest of the family fell to him. He became invaluable to Prophet Young as his father had been to Joseph Smith. Joe Tanner believes that it was on the grueling trip west that Seth picked up the idea of having the bear as his totem animal. He knew how the Indians felt about animal helpers and used it to his advantage. He loved to wrestle and had the physique to be rather good at it – some say he was a hefty six-foot-two by then. The family settled south of Salt Lake City near the mouth of a canyon called Little Cottonwood. The city butts up on the spectacular Wasatch Mountains, one of the most beautiful places in the country. They homesteaded a farm and built a store – called a trading store by the family. John was sent back east on a church mission, which was primarily a scouting venture to test the water for Joseph Smith’s bid for the presidency of the country. Seth was supposed to take care of the family farm. Seth was an indifferent farmer, preferring travel and excitement. Brother Albert stayed in California. The Mormons reached Zion in 1847 and


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gold was discovered on the West Coast two years later. Albert got a serious bite from the gold bug. Myron went back to the family, which freed Seth up to join his brother in the gold fields. They did moderately well and had enough money to buy a nice farm near present San Bernadino. There was soon a successful Mormon colony in the area. Albert and Seth accumulated a large herd of horses, which they trailed all the by Ernie Bulow way to Salt Lake where they were badly photo by Erin Bulow needed and fetched a good price. They made several such trips, establishing a new trail, known as the California short cut, or the Horsethief Trail. Herding horses is much harder than cattle or sheep, so theirs was a true accomplishment, trailing through a thousand miles of wilderness. From time to time Seth would take off by himself, apparently to prospect. In his sister’s journal she notes that in 1856 he was somewhere in Mexico building carts or wagons. There are many gaps in his story. Family tradition has it that Seth mined coal somewhere near San Diego, but there is no coal in the area. Seth was mining something. Patriarch John passed away in 1850, before he had time to enjoy his golden years in the Promised Land. For unknown reasons, in 1858 Brigham Young recalled the pioneers from the land of milk and honey and had them return to Utah Territory – Deseret. Albert stayed in southern California and did well for himself. Seth settled in Ogden, Utah, married and had seven children. In 1872 he was widowed. There is a family tradition that Seth had some unexplained absences from home during these years. He loved adventure and he had visions of striking it rich somewhere. There was no gold in Ogden. In 1875 Prophet Young Tanner continued on page 42 . . . sent an exploring

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Driving Impressions:

by Greg Cavanaugh

2011 Toyota Prius

Getting Better With Age

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here’s no doubt about it. The Toyota Prius is “the” hybrid. For over a decade now, it has defined the genre . . . in fact, I didn’t even find it necessary to put “hybrid” in the title.

A recent blog post by Car and Driver magazine showed the Prius’s sales at 13,000 vehicles for the month of February. The blog then went on to state how GM hopes to sell 10,000 of its new “it” car, the Volt, for the entire year. In fact, the blog pointed out that Toyota sells more Prii than all other manufacturers’ hybrids combined. While other manufactures have some great hybrids out there, think Ford Fusion Hybrid, the Prius is more than just a great fuel-efficient car; it’s the crème de la crème, the Michael Jordan of hybrids, if you will. In 2012 Toyota is hoping to capitalize on this popularity by expanding the Prius model with the Prius C (a smaller car) and the Prius V (a bigger one) in addition to the Prius you see here. And like Michael Jordan, the Prius backs up the hype. A reasonably priced, adequately roomy four door, it sets the benchmark for all others at 48 mpg highway/51 mpg city and 50 mpg combined. Using a 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder on the Atkinson cycle that makes 98 hp and 105 lb. ft., combined with a Ni-Cad battery pack, CVT transmission and the electric motor, the total output is a more than adequate 134 hp and 153 lb. ft. With all this technology working in concert to eek out uber mileage, the 2011 Prius was the first car I tested in almost 3 years that I needed a quick tutorial about before I left the lot. Here’s why: Firstly, the Pruis does not use any kind of mechanical shift linkage from the center console shifter to the transmission, its all electric. The “shifter”

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is used to tap the Prius into “Drive” or “Reverse” but then returns to its home position (it doesn’t stay in “Drive”). “Park” is not a shift at all, but simply involves pushing the Park button. While not difficult, it can be easy to forget, allowing the Prius to roll away as you try to get out. Secondly, the third-gen. Prius offers three different driving modes: Economy, Power and EV (electric vehicle). While some cars offer similar modes, this is the first car I’ve driven where the modes are so drastically different. While not typically thought of as a “driver’s car,” using the various modes for different situations actually makes the Prius quite engaging. • In Eco mode, the Prius is all about maximum mileage. The throttle is SLOW and the engine is super quick to shut off whenever possible. At times I even found myself loafing along at 25 mph on electric only. • In Power mode, the Prius is an entirely different animal. Summoning all the electric and gas needed, the bottom end torque is compelling and can even chip the tires . . . not typical Prius fare, and dare I say almost spirited! This, of course, hurts economy some, but makes merging onto the freeway, passing on a 2-lane or climbing some of Gallup’s super-steep hills more manageable. • EV may be a bit of a hoax, as I really couldn’t get it to do much. It’s not intended to put the Prius in full EV lock, but rather to allow creeping along in parking lots and bumper-to-bumper traffic mainly on electric. EV mode requires a full battery charge and anything over around 7 mph turns it off. In essence, it doesn’t really get you far.


The trademark shape - some call it “fish,” others “wedge” - is still instantly identifiable, but now in a larger size, making the third-gen Prius more comfortable and more capacious. Lastly, the Prius allows the driver to choose the amount of regenerative braking they want by toggling the center shift level into and out of “B.” This mode is mainly used more as an engine brake or hill descent control than to boost economy. With Gallup’s many hills, however, it’s actually quite useful. Being the third generation of the Prius, Toyota has worked to continually perfect it, while still maintaining all that is “Prius.” Outwardly there’s no mistaking you’re driving a Prius. The trademark shape – some call it “fish,” others “wedge” – is still instantly identifiable, but now in a larger size, making the third-gen Prius more comfortable and more capacious. The split window hatchback design is still present, too, making for the perfect obstruction every time you look in the rearview mirror. It’s tolerable and it may better help the Prius hit its impressive 0.25 drag coefficient number, but I couldn’t help but wonder if there was a better solution from Toyota. The wind noise on the highway was more than I expected, too. While more than tolerable, with a Cd this low I’d think it would be virtually non-existent. What impresses me most is Toyota’s ability to package a battery pack, gas tank, spare tire and trunk space into the rear of the car while not infringing on the rear seat space or forcing the driver to go run-flat with an air can. Inside the Prius uses a floating center stack that puts everything within easy reach, but takes some getting used to. There’s an open space and shelf below that is relatively large, but a little hard to access, making its practicality marginal. The Prius’s plastics are not top-shelf and are all of the hard variety. While not ugly, they’re also not particularly welcoming either and on a cold Gallup morning they squeaked all the way to work. High up in the dash, just under the windshield, is the Prius’s informational

display. Switching between several different screens allows the driver to access different information. While not as cool and engaging as the Fusion’s growing leaves display, I still used it a lot. I particularly liked the screen that shows how the Prius’s power is being used, battery capacity, and when charge is being created. Annoyingly, the Prius beeps incessantly when you put it into reverse . . . on the inside. If this is defeatable via driver’s settings, I couldn’t figure out how to do it. Keeping the options list short makes the Prius a very attractive vehicle. At $24,578 out the door, this base trim level Prius had power windows, locks and mirrors, cruise control, and A/C. Interestingly, even the base model includes a smart key, just leave it in your pocket and use the start/stop button for ignition and touch the door handle to lock/unlock the car. This is my second experience with a smart key and I love it. I’m not sure of its long-term dependability, but it certainly eliminates ignition key tumbler wear and tear. The Prius has lots of cool options available to feed your inner techy like roof mounted solar panels, LED headlamps, etc. Frankly though, with its incredible fuel economy, varying driving modes and decent space, a base Prius makes a compelling case for everyone to start driving a hybrid. To see more of the Prius and some of its features check out my short video on Youtube. Just search for “Gallup Journey.” Check it out and leave me a comment or two! A special thanks to Jim at Amigo Toyota for setting me up with this Prius on such short notice.

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My Real-Life Fairy Tale

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nce upon a time, there were three little angels who decided that there was too much peace in the world.  They thought that the world was too quiet and boring.  Furthermore, they decided that they would do everything that they could think of to disrupt the aforementioned peace. These three angels decided to come to Earth and landed in the suburbs. The first angel that arrived took the form of an infant girl.  She had decided, before she chose to come to Earth, that she would be lovely and graceful and unobtrusively mischievous.  It was in this way that she would disrupt the status quo, but in such ways that people would be lured into gleeful chaos by the idea of creative spontaneity.  This was her gift, and her parents were thankful for her and loved her very much. The second angel that came to Earth selected the form of an infant boy.  He would have the appearance of both a poet and a roughneck, but would possess an unusual gentleness.  His parents were kept constantly off balance, but welcomed his constant entertainment and loved him dearly. The third angel that came to Earth chose the form of a baby girl.  Different from her fellow angels, this girl was determined to really shake things up.  She would look like a breakable porcelain doll, but she would have the demeanor of a quarterback.  Her parents loved her with all of their hearts, but they were almost always one step behind their daughter’s uncanny logic. Soon, the angels began to grow more fully into their chosen personalities.  This preliminary growth, which seemed at the beginning to take forever, was actually accomplished in less than five years.  Thus, their chosen selves were firmly established in less time than it took for an astronaut to train for a long-term space mission.

The first angel, in all of her quiet mannerisms and artistic ways, encouraged everyone she encountered to express themselves creatively.  Usually stodgy and staid curmudgeons became bornagain free spirits, complete with flowers in their hair and beads around their wrinkled necks.  In addition, she encouraged everyone to abandon civility in favor of a good old-fashioned mud fight.  It was truly a wonder to behold. The second angel, who could now recite a poem, sing a song, or lift his father off of the ground, influenced all of the people that he came in contact with to wrestle vigorously until exhaustion overcame them, then eat junk food until their distended tummies and overloaded sugar receptors in their brains brought forth freeform poetry and exotic dance positions.  The way he affected people boggled the mind.  Literally. The third angel, by now captivating in both her wholesome beauty and undeniable brilliance for innocent troublemaking, made sure that she herself would outdo the other two angels.  She would play pranks, execute flawless schemes, and deliberately encourage random acts of nonconformity.  The best, and only, defense against her influence was complete and immediate compliance.  In her case, resistance was truly futile. So, as they grew up, the three angels gained more and more influence on the once-peaceful Earth.  Tranquility was eagerly exchanged for high-spirited mirth and seriously-undertaken, nonfinancially damaging scams.  The world became an overwhelmingly interesting place.  Eventually, the three angels decided that their mission was complete, and they ascended back to Heaven (after a suitably impressive three-day going-away party which was filled with water balloon fights, motocross racing, and a petting zoo), leaving the Earth in a much better condition, emotionally, than they found it. The End.

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Reborn

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im Abeita isn’t shy about his life. In fact we hadn’t even finished our first cup of coffee at Angela’s Café when he admitted that for a number of years he was a typical downtown Gallup drunk. He said that ended dramatically on Sept. 11, 2005 when he left the American Bar and went out to the Courthouse Plaza. The details of what happened that night aren’t exactly clear, but Jim was beaten by two adults to within inches of his life. After 5 days in a coma at IHS he woke up tied to his hospital bed, because of violent seizures he unconsciously displayed. “I think I was dreaming . . . nightmares,” Jim says. But it may have been more of an exorcism, a casting out of the alcoholic demons that had drudged his life away from the beauty he created with brush and canvas. He has never drunk since. “That was my second chance . . . I should have been dead. Now the focus for my last five years has been painting again. I suppose getting jumped is what I needed to set my path straight.” Before meeting Jim at Angela’s I had taken a trip to the Navajo Nation Museum to cover the art show that will be opening for him on April 14. I noticed on the show flyer that it said, “Help honor an artist who changed Native art forever.” Quite a bold statement, I thought. And when I asked Clarenda at the museum about it, she politely educated me on how Jim was the first Native artist to really master realism with oil paints. Up until that point, nearly all Native paintings were of two dimensional representations in the drawing, water color, or paint mediums. And it wasn’t just that Jim was one of the first Natives to do realistic oil paintings, it was simply painfully obvious that he was really, really good at it. While Jim would shrug it off, it has been said by “those who know” that Jim, regardless of race, creed, or content could possibly be one of the best living oil painters on the planet. That’s pretty subjective, I know, but Johnny Cash, years earlier, seemed to agree.

Jim Abeita was born April 14, 1947 in Crownpoint, raised a few miles north near Becenti, where he spent the first 10 years of his life helping herd the family’s 100 or so sheep. It was while herding sheep that little Jimmy first learned to draw. “My uncle and I would draw on the dark sandstone with a sharp rock; it was like a chalkboard. We would draw all sorts of things: animals, soldiers, designs, and we did it out in the open. That’s when it first started.” At 10 Jimmy was taken to Mormon placement school where he stayed with a host family in Salt Lake City. Jim’s artistic ability was obvious, and in grade school he entered a poster contest and won. He then entered the city-wide poster contest and won; then the state wide contest and won again. At a young age Jimmy was already in the papers for his art. A few years later his Mormon host family got him a set of oil paints for Christmas. “At first I couldn’t figure them out and almost gave up, but I just kept playing with them and eventually got better,” Jim remembers. At age 17, Jim met his wife, Hannah, a Navajo who grew up near Sheep Springs, who went to a different school, but also a part of the Mormon placement school program. They fell in love and finished their last year of high school at Gallup High in 1966 and were married soon after. Jim took a job doing some drafting for the BIA, but his boss saw that his talent was too great for that station. He found Jim a free ride scholarship to attend the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Jim and Hannah moved east and they soon had the first of their three children. Jim studied art and developed his painting living in downtown Chicago.

After a few years Hannah decided to take a them to come to his ho stack of Jim’s scrap artwork to a nearby gallery do more portrait painti called Art International. The gallery was happy went. to buy all of Jim’s work for $10 a piece and Hannah brought home A friendship developed a check for $280. Not families and soon Cash too shabby for 1970 musicians like Waylon dollars. This particular Hannah and Jim had m gallery had stores in that summer to buy a s 30 locations across Crownpoint land that h the globe and very randomly fly Jim to diff quickly requested more the country, and eventu artwork from Jim. Abeita portrait of in Crownpoint. That v Soon Jim was pumping Johnny Cash “Navajo” written in Jim out 30 to 40 small on an obscure live album paintings a week, making good money, but you’re interested you can hear the song at you not exactly the art he was hoping to do. at gallupjourney.com).

One of Jim’s works at the Navajo Nation Museum

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Around Christmas in 1971 Hannah got tickets to a Johnny Cash concert and at her request Jim painted a large canvas portrait of Johnny. At the concert they gave the painting to a stage manager who delivered it to Johnny. Johnny liked the portrait so much that he requested Jim and Hannah come backstage after the show. Mr. Cash then proceeded to make Jim and Hannah an offer they couldn’t refuse. He asked

It’s hard not to find Jim in the

I have seen your colors woven I have heard your names on r I have see your turquoise on fi and the Indian sun is rising ins

Navajo, Navajo the people called the people fr


The Story of A Master Artist’s Return by Chuck Van Drunen from the the land of the enchantment, Navajo

over the hours we talked. Then the idea hits me.

I have seen your red rock canyons out in Gallup I have walked upon your Arizona hills At Crownpoint I watched an artist painting all the secrets of your past surviving still

I say to Jim, “Do you think there are still some rock drawings out on the rocks in Crownpoint?”

Navajo, Navajo the people called the people from 10,000 years ago from the the land of the enchantment, Navajo I have see your women dressed in royal purple silver from your hills upon your hand I don’t need a signpost readin “reservation” I know the minute i’m on Indian land Navajo, Navajo the people called the people from 10,000 years ago from the the land of the enchantment, Navajo from the the land of the enchantment, Navajo

During this time, Jim, of course, entered paintings at the State Fair, and the Gallup Jim Abeita Ceremonial in the early 1970s . . . and won. He also began selling paintings at Mullarky’s photo ouse in Nashville for a summer to shop in downtown Gallup and began to realize that $1000 was not ing of his family. Of course they too little to ask for one of his works.

d between the Cash and Abeita h was connecting Jim with other Jennings to do more work. made enough money after singlewide and return to the he grew up on. Johnny would fferent events or shows across ually Johnny came to visit Jim visit spawned a song called m’s honor. The song is found m called Strawberry Cake. (If

Jim at 1970’s State Fair

“Do you want to go check?” The next thing I know we are driving out past Crownpoint to the open lands of the Becenti Chapter. A few miles on the dirt and we are at Jim’s childhood home, a rock house now fallen apart. We depart into the land and hike a half mile or so to a field of large dark brown sandstone boulders. Jim scours the surface of some and finds some faint markings. He picks up a rock and immediately starts touching one up. Soon he is drawing on others. His connection to the land is undeniably strong. He points to an eagle’s nest not far away, while indeed the shadows of two golden eagles circle high above. He smiles to reveal missing teeth that were shattered by that fateful night five years ago in downtown Gallup. He smiles that somehow he has a second chance. He smiles because he has a rebirth, a time to do again what he was created to do. And perhaps Johnny Cash sums up exactly what that is:

“I respect Jimmy for what he is, what he does, and what he is trying to do. I know that in his heart, the mark he wants to leave in this world is to paint a picture of the culture, of the character, of the humanity of his People . . . May his works inspire you as he, himself, has inspired me.”

Tragedy struck in 1974 when Hannah fell asleep at the wheel while driving to Shiprock. She was killed but her cousin riding with her, known as “Tweeter” survived. Jim’s three young children were left without a mother. But Tweeter, who had always been a frequent babysitter, helped Jim raise the kids. After some time Jim and Tweeter married and had one child of their own. But after just 10 years Tweeter also died. Jim spiraled, and the bottle became the escape for his pain. He eventually had 2 more children with a woman who, ironically, also had clan ties to Sheep Springs. Even so alcohol slowly pushed its way to the front of Jim’s life, while his art slid off into the shadows . . .

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“I don’t know,” he says. “It’s been a long time?”

This year’s Ceremonial poster with Jim’s art.

A train just roared in, its whistle resonating on the silverware at Angela’s. The pause was enough to make me realize we must have drunk 8 cups of coffee

Today Jim has 14 grandchildren and has won recent honors as the Inter-Tribal Ceremonial poster artist. He continues as a master artist and graciously allowed his work published in this issue of the Gallup Journey. It is no accident that Jim’s show at the Navajo Nation Museum opens at 5:30pm on April 14. Jim will turn 64 that day. Come say “Happy Birthday” to honor an artist’s journey and a sampling of his life’s work.

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Public Art Display

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ny kindergartner can tell you that their best artwork hangs on the refrigerator. It’s displayed in this prominent location so that each member of the family can view it several times each day. More than mere construction paper held up by magnets, a child’s pride, confidence and self-worth are supported on the smooth surface. Eventually, as time passes, the exhibit changes from colorful drawings to spelling tests and report cards. But it starts with art.

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by H. Haveman

The design will be simple so the emphasis will be on the students’ work. Without a large kitchen appliance on which to hang his students’ work, Juan de Oñate art teacher Steve Heil has turned to the school and Gallup communities in order to create a public art display. Fitz Sargent, an architect by training and former art teacher, loved the idea immediately and has donated a portion of his own property along Second Street, just south of Aztec Ave., for the project, which will be permanent and highly visible for drivers and pedestrians alike. Sargent will also be building the three showcases out of steel and glass. Each 4 x 6 x 1.5-ft. case will be free standing and lit in the evenings. Though all the logistics have yet to be determined, the design will be simple so the emphasis will be on the students’ work. Heil has gained the interest and support of every art teacher in the district’s 19 elementary schools. They will rotate on a month-to-month schedule throughout the school year in order to show examples of their students’ 2- and 3-dimensional artwork. When school is not in session, the display will be used for other youth art programs. Each new show will be opened at Arts Crawl on the second Saturday of each month. Parents and kids will be encouraged to attend and then continue on to enjoy our downtown Arts Crawl events. At this point, the project is focused on elementary art, but there’s no reason why the displays can’t be used to exhibit a broader section of student art in the future. With a $1500 donation from the BID and donations made possible by Gallup Journey, the project has raised more than half of the funds needed to begin building this spring. In-kind donations are welcome; specifically help is needed with steel, concrete, glass, landscaping and electrical. All supporting organizations will be suitably credited on the showcases.

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my rambles. by n. haveman

I have great friends. I know that everyone else has great friends, too. But mine are better. Recently I had knee surgery up at the hospital. Knee surgery is awesome. I had a great surgeon, great nurses and a great physical therapist. Trust me, I’m sure there were tons of other people making me comfortable and keeping me safe . . . I just don’t know who they were. When I was finally ready to come home from the hospital, my buddy Bobcat came and picked me up and brought me home. It was late, everyone was tired; he still came, because he’s awesome. I even puked a few times on the way home. I drank way too much water. A couple of days later he brought me a breakfast burrito, some Swedish fish and dark chocolates. All of my favorite food things. What a guy. During this sequence of events, my buddy CVD was working like crazy on the magazine. Locking down the Opinion Poll, meeting with folks, taking photos, etc. Basically being a badass. And I can’t forget Doug. He’s taken a lot of pictures for me this month. I said thank you to these dudes as much as possible, but it’s never enough. It’s really tough when you can’t do some stuff for yourself, you know? It’s hard for me to lie around at home reading books and watching Chuck (my new favorite show). I like to be on the move. I have both restless leg and restless mind syndrome. I have trouble doing only one thing at a time: I’m watching Justified while I write this. I’ve never seen it before, but it seems cool. I think I’ve heard that people that do too much multitasking tend to get Alzheimer’s more often than those that don’t. Maybe (and hopefully) this isn’t true. Anyway, let me get back to the matter at hand. I have great friends. My best friend, however, isn’t Bobcat or Doug or one of the Chucks or a dude at all. You know where this is going; and it’s sappy. My best friend is my dog. Yup, Blue, the best dog a man could ask for. Just kidding. My wife, Heather, is my best friend and always will be. She’s amazing. Peace out until next time.

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Tanner continued from page 23 . . . party to Arizona. The infamous John Doyle Lee (of Mountain Meadow Massacre fame) had already established his remote ferry on the Colorado River and the “Buckskin Apostle,” Jacob Hamlin, had explored northern Arizona and the Hopi country. Seth Tanner was part of this party, partly because he was already familiar with the Grand Canyon country. The scouting party left part of their group in Moencopi (Tuba City, AZ) to build a small fort. The party established several locations along the Little Colorado River, but the colonies planted there did not thrive in the arid soil. Joseph City was soon the only Mormon colony left, and it remains stunted to this day. When the group returned to Utah, Seth remarried and took his family to a remote post he built on the Little Colorado, near the present location of Cameron. Sadly, there isn’t much documentation for the mysterious Seth, but several Mormon leaders mentioned staying over with him as they were coming and going from settlements in Arizona. Seth continued his prospecting and eventually dug a mine shaft in the Grand Canyon, known as the Tanner Mine. The gold seekers in the Canyon were never well rewarded for their work. When Seth went wandering his wife apparently kept up the family businesses. She was also the first postmistress at Tuba City. In 1902-1903 the US Government kicked the Mormons out of the area, paying them for their homes and improvements. In Seth’s case, he was paid for both his homesteads. Seth stayed in Arizona. Joseph Baldwin (later known as J. B. or Joe) moved to Kirtland, New Mexico, on the San Juan River and founded a trading dynasty. According to the family, the Arizona descendents did very well for themselves. Seth was known far and wide as the “Bear Man” and there are a dozen different stories about how he got the name. The most often repeated version has him riding a mule along the Kiabab, north of Grand Canyon, when he came upon a group of mounted Navajos. He knew he might be in serious trouble. On impulse Seth rode his mule under a large pinon, grabbed ahold of the saddle horn with one hand and a thick limb with the other. He spurred the mule to no avail. After a couple of tries he ripped the thick limb from the tree. The Navajos dismounted and walked over to him. “Hosteen Shush,” the leader said. “You are strong as a bear. Only a bear could do that.” He was known as Mr. Bear ever after, and his son, as well, and all his descendents are “Little Bears.” Shush Yazz can be translated as little bear, but Shush Yazzie also means “Bear’s son” – son of the bear. To further illustrate Bear Man’s great strength there is a story about him riding a burro under a convenient limb, which he grabbed with both hands. He wrapped his powerful legs around the donkey and did a chin-up, lifting the animal off the ground. The Navajos tell a story about a monster rattlesnake large enough to swallow a lamb – I have heard several monster rattlesnake stories over the years but they only managed to down chickens. The Navajos are prohibited from killing snakes by a powerful taboo, but this giant fellow had to go. They got Seth to do the deed and he later carried the huge viper to the Two Story Trading Post, near present-day St. Michaels. The story goes that when the serpent was dangled off the upper story balcony it reached all the way to the ground. Nobody seems to know what happened to the skin. Seth Tanner left his name all over northern Arizona. Grand Canyon has a Tanner Mine and a Tanner Trail. There is a Tanner Wash, Tanner Crossing, and Tanner Spring. Bits of the legend are attached to every one of them.

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After leaving Tuba, Seth stayed a short time in Joseph City, then homesteaded a spring, named for him, west of Wide Ruins, due south from Ganado. It is barren country on the edge of the Painted Desert, but the excellent spring there maintains a small reservoir surrounded by ancient cottonwood trees. There is a stone building there. He died in the nearby community of Taylor, Arizona, near Snowflake, another Mormon settlement. The famous Navajo leader Henry Chee Dodge then owned the Tanner Springs property and left it to his daughter Annie Wauneka, telling her it was a prized possession and very dear to his heart. Now the story gets really interesting. The Tanner family wondered why Joe Tanner and Chee Dodge were such close friends. Dodge would come and stay with the Tanners, according to Matriarch Stella Tanner, for a week at a time. When Joe got turquoise from his mine near Bisbee he always gave Chee first pick. The final evidence was when Chee and Joe would talk together in a language nobody else in the family knew – which turned out to be Tewa. They both spoke Navajo, Spanish and English as well, but Tewa seemed to be their private joke. Some years ago the current Joe Tanner had the opportunity to talk with Annie Wauneka alone, and to speak candidly. He told her his theory – that Chee Dodge was the son of Seth Tanner. Annie confirmed this and said it was now her favorite theory. Fifty years ago I first heard the story of Chee Dodge’s paternity. I had heard Annie state that her father “probably” had no Navajo blood at all, which seemed rather startling. The story was that Chee’s father was either the Mexican blacksmith at Fort Defiance or Henry Dodge, the Indian agent who was killed by the Apaches. The story was that Dodge’s mother was a Pueblo and when the Long Walk took place she took refuge with the Hopis, later joining her own people at Acoma. Annie told a different story. Many years ago the Navajos were raiding all up and down the Rio Grande. Two Jemez girls were out in the cornfield, harvesting melons. A Navajo raiding party captured them and took them back to Arizona. Later the two girls escaped and headed for the Grand Canyon. I don’t know why they went in that direction, but it was the stomping ground of Seth Tanner at the time. Somehow the two Jemez girls, sisters, were back with the Navajos when Kit Carson rounded them up. Chee’s mother had a second child, a girl. Not far into the walk the mother and sister died, as so many did on the Walk. Chee was around seven years old, not an infant as previously stated. His aunt took over his care and while they were at Fort Sumner, young Chee, who already spoke several languages, became the “boy interpreter.” It was his skill with languages and his rapport with many Navajo headmen that helped him become the first Chairman of the Navajo Tribe. A well-spoken man has high status in that culture. The family believes that Chee and J. B. always knew they were half-brothers and behaved accordingly. It certainly makes a good story. Joe Tanner has been trying to get one of Dodge’s descendents to have a DNA test to settle the matter one way or another.


by H. Haveman

Greg Kirk, Deni Gonzales and Eric Gonzales are founding members of Red Rock Motorsports Club.

Red Rock Motorsports Revving Their Engines

Now that Gallup has officially been named “Adventure Capital of New Mexico,” it seems only appropriate that motor sports be added to the long list of outdoor recreation activities that Gallup offers.

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ix years ago, in one of our first issues, we published a story about Red Rock Motorsports. Then, the club was a fairly new initiative made up of impassioned men and women who were concerned about OHV (Off Highway Vehicle) safety and prosperity in Gallup. The club formed a non-profit 501(c) (4) organization with a mission that included establishing a designated OHV (Off Highway Vehicle) recreation park for Gallup and the surrounding community. In the years since the story was printed, the club’s members have fought what often seemed an uphill battle in order to realize this goal. Founding members, Greg Kirk, Eric Gonzales, Deni Gonzales, Nate Sowers and Melissa Steadman, recalled almost giving up more than once. “But we couldn’t throw in the towel because there was no one else who would get it done,” said Eric Gonzales. In 2007, the City of Gallup and the club received a Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant of $160,000. The RTP is a grant program for motorized and non-motorized trail and trail related infrastructure. It allowed work to begin on improvements to the OHV area north of Hassler Valley Road, which had fallen into disrepair and misuse since it was built in 1974 by Elmer Atson, of Chinle. Last fall, Gallup’s newly improved OHV Park opened its gates to the public. “Murphy Builders did a phenomenal job, along with the aid of architect Elliot Brainard,” said Kirk.

The City has been instrumental in securing the RTP grant and the County has recently started work on road improvements, allowing safer and easier access to the park. Activity has been kicked into high gear for Red Rock Motorsports recently. In addition to maintaining and operating the Park, their early goals also included promoting and hosting special events and races. Now that Gallup has officially been named “Adventure Capital of New Mexico,” it seems only appropriate that motor sports be added to the long list of outdoor recreation activities that Gallup offers. The OHV Park’s inaugural event is going to be one for the books! Details are still being sorted out, but it’s sure that this thing is going to be huge! On Memorial Day weekend, May 28 and 29, Gallup will be host to 500 racers from New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado all ready to compete for bragging rights of the Four Corners. The first annual Gallup National Off Road Desert Race will put Gallup on the map and kick off the opening of Gallup’s OHV Park in big way! Volunteers are needed for this event! For more information, check out www. redrockmotorsports.com or call Greg Kirk at (505) 870-7278 or Deni Gonzales at (505) 870-6500.

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RODEO SCHEDULE 4/10 Kinhozhoni Bullriding Only Manuelito, NM Duboise Arena Info: 505.409.5035 4/16 Diné Land Senior Rodeo Association 1st Membership Drive Rodeo Aneth, Utah Harvey Ranch, County Road 407 South Info: Brenda Harvey 435.459.1155 To see your event listed on the Rodeo Schedule, please email: gallupjourney@ yahoo.com or send via snail mail to: 202 east hill avenue, gallup, nm 87301

5/1 AZ vs NM Bull Riding Challenge Vanderwagen, NM Boyd’s Arena Info: 505.726.8258

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ell, some the waiting is over. CARE 66 was not selected to participate in the second round for HUD Choice Neighborhoods. The cities invited to the second round for this proposal are Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Tampa and New Orleans. There do not seem to be any rural areas invited to this final round. On April 8, we will hear if we have been awarded Low Income Housing Tax Credits to develop Hooghan Hozho’, our downtown housing development project. Please keep us in your prayers. We are cautiously optimistic about this award, as we are with all our project proposals. Hooghan Hozho’ will provide housing: 43 single-, double- and three-bedroom units, along with 18 single-resident-occupancy rooms. Along with this, the facility will have an early childhood development center along with support services for parents. Sr. Rose Marie Cecchini is our board chairperson and Dennis Lorenzo, formerly of NCI, Mark Freeland, and Fitz Sargent have joined our board. We hope to begin asbestos abatement on the Lexington Hotel this month. We are planning, meeting and making decisions about this project. Peter Tarutis will be our project manager for this project and we will be working closely with the YouthBuild – TAOS program. After abatement is completed we will schedule a groundbreaking ceremony. Also we are always looking for board members. If you are interested please send me an email to set up a meeting and talk. Until next month stay well and do good!


LAYAWAY TODAY!! Our Mother’s Day, Graduation and Father’s Day SALE is Going On Now!! Get Huge Discounts on Native American Jewelry, Art, and Crafts

Maurice McCabe (d.)

Circle of Light Mural:

In 1994, Ellis Tanner commissioned Navajo artist, Chester Kahn, to paint murals of prominent Navajos on the walls of his business, Ellis Tanner Trading Company. He wanted to inspire Navajo youth with positive role models while encouraging them to take pride in their culture, language, history, and traditions. The seven-year mural project was completed in 2000 when Ellis established the non-profit organization, “Circle of Light.” The group’s objective is to foster a strong sense of cultural pride and self worth in Navajo youth and to continue their education, along with non-Navajos, about the rich history, culture, language, and positive contributions of the Navajo people. Please stop in to Ellis Tanner Trading Company and see the faces of Navajo achievement. Gallup Journey Magazine intends to feature a section of this mural every issue. For more information on the “Circle of Light” please call 505.726.8030 or go to www.navajocircleoflight.org.

Maurice McCabe (d.) served in the Navajo Tribal Government during the time when the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) was formed and played a major role in the development of infrastructure (roads, electricity, wells, telephone services, etc.) on the Navajo Nation.

Ellis Tanner Trading Co. 1980 Hwy 602 • Gallup, NM • www.etanner.com • (505) 863-4434

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Lit Crit Lite

by Jean Philips

A look at some books available at your local public library

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here is something awkward about introducing oneself to the literary community of a new town with a piece about corpses. I’m not sure if it helps that the town is not actually new to me; that in fact I’ve been residing in Gallup for well over two years now. It seems more unseemly, in fact. For over two years, I have not found the time to contribute a syllable to our town’s esteemed Gallup Journey, but somehow I manage to make room in my schedule when the topic is dead bodies. I imagine that Mary Roach faced similar misgivings when she embarked on writing her first book. Of all the books that could have served as Roach’s literary debut, she chose to write Stiff: the Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. Not that I need to imagine how she felt. Roach is not one

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of those science writers who hide behind the voice of an omniscient, “just-the-facts” narrator. She shares, for example, her suspicion that many of her friends, upon discovering that she planned to write not merely an article but a full length book about cadavers, had come to believe she had moved from being quirky to being not okay, and recounts the disconcerting glance she got from a librarian when, after checking out a series of similarly morbid titles for her research, she asked for a copy of Proceedings of the Ninth Stapp Car Crash Conference. I, for one, am glad that Ms. Roach overcame her understandable selfconsciousness and gave the world this gem of a book. Stiff is a celebration of the heroism of those who have left their bodies to be used for all manner of scientific benefit. Examples range from the relatively active endeavor of brain-dead patients allowing their still-beating hearts to be removed for life-saving


While Stiff at many times addresses serious ethical issues and touching emotional concerns, it is interesting and entertaining throughout. transplants, to the much more passive occupation of cadavers left to decay on the grounds of the University of Tennessee Anthropological Research Facility, where scientists observe them carefully to build on the scientific knowledge that informs murder investigations. I would not recommend Stiff to all of my friends. Those with closely-held beliefs concerning the afterlife of souls and the resurrection of the body, like my mom (who gave this book to me), will generally, I think, fare quite well. Stiff is not about souls. It does contain a fascinating account of a physician who, intent on learning the weight of the human soul, allowed various patients to expire atop a scale, where he watched the needle for slight fluctuation at the time of death (he decided the soul weighed 3/4 of an ounce). It is not about death or dying. Stiff is primarily about remains, about what is left behind when a body ceases to be a living person. For those of my friends with closely-held beliefs about the body itself, who may have strong objections to doing anything with human remains but giving them a proper burial, I might suggest giving this book a miss. A worldview which perceives the body of a departed soul as continuing to have mystical significance is going to be fundamentally incompatible with a chatty narrative that recounts the use of cadavers as crash test dummies or the use of decapitated heads as practice material for plastic surgeons in training. That is not to say that Roach is irreverent or dismissive of those who have qualms about using, rather than burying, the bodies of the departed. She is exuberant, entranced by the weirdness of people, and prone to liberal use of asterisks to share extra tidbits of weirdness that she can’t let drop but that don’t quite fit into the narrative flow1*. But she engages, often quite tenderly, with the emotions and beliefs of scientists and family members who have confronted big and difficult questions about the use of human remains for scientific inquiry. She begins her discussion of cadavers by recounting her own first experience of seeing a dead body – at her mother’s funeral – and renders a heartfelt account of an emotional funeral held by an anatomy class to honor those whose bodies they had dissected during the semester. While Stiff at many times addresses serious ethical

issues and touching emotional concerns, it is interesting and entertaining throughout. In Chapter 2, for example, we learn about the great lengths that scientists have taken to procure bodies in times and places in which dissecting cadavers was considered the height of disrespect for the deceased. In eighteenth century Scotland, Roach informs us, it was commonplace for scientists to purchase cadavers stolen from graves. One such scientist paid an innkeeper and his friend for a body of a guest who had taken ill and died before paying his bill. The sellers, pleased to discover how lucrative cadaver sales were, soon became steady suppliers to the scientist, who asked no questions even when the condition of the cadavers made it fairly obvious that the suppliers were selling him their own murder victims. The scientist was never punished, but the suppliers were hanged and – as a further punishment – dissected. In Chapter 7, we learn of a Parisian doctor in the 1930s who crucified a number of cadavers in an effort to prove the authenticity of the shroud of Turin, and Chapter 10 examines the use of material culled from human remains in medical elixirs in various points of history. If, lacking more wholesome subjects to occupy your thoughts, you cast your mind about for the possible uses to which cadavers could be put, there is a decent chance that all of your ideas will be covered in this book. If you are among the many people in the world who feel deeply about the need to respect the souls of the departed through solemn rituals over the bodies they have left behind, Stiff may not be the book for you. You might prefer one of Roach’s later books, such as Bonk: the Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, or Packing for Mars: the Curious Science of Life in the Void (her titles speak for themselves – Mary Roach is in love with curiousness). Those of you who believe that remains are just that – the physical matter left behind when the person is no longer there - Stiff should be on your reading list. If, like Ms. Roach, you are curious, or slightly morbid, or just enjoy a witty read, go check Stiff out.

* 1 Did you know, for example, that according to the owners of the Pink’s hot dog stand in L.A., Orson Welles once polished off eighteen hot dogs at one sitting? This morsel appeared in a footnote below a discussion of experiments done on cadavers’ stomachs to see how far they could be filled before they would rupture.

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by H. Haveman

New Gallery Is a Celebration of Life Well Lived

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hen I met Susan Klopfer for coffee last week, she apologized, mentioning something about spring allergies as she dabbed at watery eyes. I hadn’t really noticed since I was fixated on the enthusiastic and easy manner with which she was telling her story. After listening to Klopfer talk about the books she’s written, places she’s lived, and items she’s collected over a lifetime, I doubt she’s the kind of person who has ever called in sick to work – allergies or not. When you’re passionate and doing what you love, nothing else seems to matter. Susan and her husband, Fred, were originally from the West, but lived most of their married life in the Midwest, moving whenever Fred’s job as a psychologist would call them to a new place. Living in Indianapolis, and in smallish towns in Missouri and Iowa, they spent time in Texas and Mississippi, too, and enjoyed what life had to offer. In each place Susan would reinvent herself, saying, “What do I want to be when I grow up here?” Never one to sit and wait around, she would go out and apply her skills to whatever was there that drew her interest. With an MBA and a background in journalism, most of the jobs she undertook were in the writing and reporting realm: a newspaper reporter in Branson, Missouri, an editor in Indianapolis, and a budding author in the Mississippi Delta.

Artwork by Maxfield Parrish, among others, will be displayed at the new Second Street Gallery.

It was during her time in Mississippi that her deep passions for civil rights and diversity were ignited. In 1955, Emmitt Till, a fourteen-year-old, African-American boy from Chicago, was visiting relatives in Mississippi. After reportedly flirting with a white woman, he was brutally murdered. The perpetrators were acquitted. Till’s death is considered one of the primary catalysts of the Modern Civil Rights Movement. In 2004, the case was officially reopened by the U.S. Department of Justice. Susan was living in Mississippi at the time and started talking with many people who vividly remembered the events surrounding Till’s death. She was so moved that she began writing. She has since published three civil rights books and is wrapping up a book on diversity now. While learning, writing and speaking about civil rights and diversity are greatly fulfilling, Klopfer makes room in her life, and her home, for another passion. While living in the quaint town of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, the Klopfers occupied a 1923 Arts and Crafts home. Susan immediately fell in love with the house’s style and charm and began collecting art and furniture from the era to fill it. She amassed Victorian and Art Deco pieces and prints, many in their

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original frames, but those that stand out the most to her are the works of artists Maxfield Parrish and R. Atkinson Fox. Parrish’s paintings are recognized by their vibrant, saturated hues and fairy-tale landscapes. His techniques create an almost three-dimensional quality on flat canvas. The bright colors remind Susan of the Southwest. Fox’s work is sometimes confused with that of Parrish. He, too, was an illustrator and painted beautiful landscapes and portraits.

Please join us for the first Four Corners Education Summit An event to build partnerships across the Four Corners in order to achieve a common vision of success for our students. When: Friday May 6th, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: Gallup, New Mexico at the University of New Mexico-Gallup Outcomes: Build and strengthen partnerships across the region

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Susan Klopfer plans to open Second Street Gallery in May.

Recently, when the opportunity came for Fred and Susan to move to Gallup to be nearer to their son and granddaughter, they jumped at it, planning to write life’s final chapters here. However, when asked about retirement, Susan practically laughed out loud as she shook her silvery-blond ponytail saying, “No, it’s not for us. We’ll die with our boots on.” Fred took a job with the V.A. and Susan, as ever, has devised a way to maintain her own pursuits while adding to the business and activity of her new surroundings. Second Street Gallery, located at 104 South Second Street, will be opening its doors to the public at the end of April, with an official opening in early May. Susan affectionately refers to the block north of Coal Ave. as the “NoCo District,” where she will display her own vintage collection, featuring prints by Parrish and Fox, as well as some commissioned artwork from Quintana’s Second Street Framing.

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Increase awareness (across lines of difference) of issues, solutions, and the purpose of education in our communities

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Begin to create a shared vision for our local education system that incorporates the views of all community members

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Develop next steps aligned to improving education for our students

Speakers & Facilitators Include Quinton Roman Nose, TEDNA President, NIEA President-Elect Robert Cook, Former NIEA President, appointee to the NACIE Board, and Managing Director of Teach For America’s Native Achievement Initiative.

Cosponsors: Teach For America Arizona State University—Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College NMPED - Indian Education Division University of New Mexico And more to come!

This is a completely new kind of adventure for Susan, but the way she looks at it, she needed office space in which to market her books and plan speaking engagements, and if she’s got to be there, she may as well have fun and allow others the same enjoyment. While the space will be an art gallery, primarily, Susan invites visitors to sit and relax and drink a cup of tea. She plans to include other antiques and vintage jewelry in the space and hopes to put on poetry readings and host special music events periodically. Monthly Arts Crawls will be a blast! Susan’s enthusiasm is contagious. She paused in our conversation to answer a call, and when she set her iPhone aside, I asked the question that was swimming around in my head since she started regaling me: How do you do all this? Write books, speak about diversity, become an antique expert, open a gallery? Susan smiled and leaned in slightly, as if she was about to reveal her secrets to endless energy and zest for life, and said, “The way to do it is just to do it.”

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Tax Advice

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Award-Winning Author Anne Hillerman Comes to Gallup

Filing for an Extension

April 10, 5:30-7:30 pm • Chamber of Commerce

by Steve Petranovich

Everyone is invited to a special slide show presentation by awardwinning author, Ms. Anne Hillerman, and her husband professional photographer, Mr. Don Strel. Ms. Hillerman is the daughter of everyone’s favorite mystery writer, the late Tony Hillerman. She will talk about the Southwestern landscapes and people her father loved, with pictures from the book, Tony Hillerman’s Landscape, and quotes from the Chee/Leaphorn mysteries.

April 15 (actually the 18th this year) is right around the corner, once again.  Are you pondering whether or not to go ahead and file for that extension?  Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension to file U.S. Income Tax Returns is the form to use. But the main question is are you filing for the extension because you just have not committed the time to prepare the return or gather the information for your accountant, or are you waiting for additional information from an outside source?  There have been many tax issues/changes this tax year, and once again, it is sometimes complicated and overwhelming.  Filing that extension is sometimes just too easy to do.  File it and forget it is what most people in this situation do, thinking that they won’t have to worry about it until October 15.  And so, all the work is put aside until it becomes urgent once again.  Sound familiar? It is not always the best choice to make.  The IRS requires that you pay in at least 90% of what you think you are going to owe if you want to avoid late payment penalties and underpayment penalties.  And, if you do not want to pay interest on the amount of taxes due, you would have to pay the full amount of the tax liability owed, with the extension, as the filing of the extension does not stop interest from accruing from April 15 until the actual date of payment.  So, if you think that you are going to owe taxes, you will still have to sit down and calculate what you think your tax liability is going to be and pay it with the estimate.  Also please keep in mind that you must do the same for the State return, as well.  (Many people worry that filing for an extension increases their chances of an audit.  This is a misnomer.  An extension does not make your tax return any more likely to be the target of an IRS audit.) I have found over the years that it is just better to sit down and get all your paperwork in order, and force yourself to complete the return before the April 15 deadline.  If you simply wait until October 15, you only have a few months until you have to start doing it all over again for 2011. As always, especially if your return is a complicated one, you should seek the advice of a professional tax preparer or CPA.  Specifically, a CPA understands the business of taxes and can provide timely and trusted advice, not only during tax season, but after it as well.  Remember that one is never obligated to pay more in taxes than they are legally required to.   Many deductions and credits are simply missed because one rushes through the return, or is simply not versed in the subject matter.  The tax code continues to grow in complexity and if you are not up to date on current tax changes, available tax deductions and credits, you end up paying more in taxes than you really need to.  My advice?  Stay focused, keep organized, and file that return before April 15.  You’ll feel so much better.

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The event will take place Sunday, April 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Chamber of Commerce “Code Talker” Room. The slide show will last about an hour then Ms. Hillerman and Mr. Strel will be available for a meet and greet and to sign books. Refreshments will also be provided by the Comfort Suites in Gallup. This is a free event, but donations will be accepted to assist with the Comfort Suites “Relay For Life” team to benefit the American Cancer Society. We look forward to a large crowd with the opportunity for everyone to meet an award-winning author and photographer and to help out the American Cancer Society. If you have any questions please call Ken at the Comfort Suites at 505-863-3445.

Earth Day - April 22 For over 40 years, Earth Day has inspired and mobilized individuals and organizations worldwide to demonstrate their commitment to environmental protection and sustainability. Through education and advocacy the people of this planet Earth are becoming aware of an increasing need to conserve and preserve our natural resources of water, air, and soil. Take a walk in your neighborhood and breathe in the fresh spring air.  Look for the emergence of new or returning flowers and plants.  Listen for the sound of birds. Take time to get to know the co-habitants of your neighborhood. Visit the Earth Network website www.earthday.org to pledge an Act of Green, learn about Environmental Education opportunities, or use the Earth Day Nature Footprint Calculator to measure your impact on the planet. Also, check out epa. gov/earthday. Musicians take note.  Music for the Earth, developed in partnership with indie music exponent SonicBids, is a talent competition that provides artists with a chance to inspire millions of listeners worldwide with their brand of environmentally-themed music. Currently accepting submissions, participants stand to gain considerable exposure and a chance to take home a gorgeous Gibson Jackson Browne Model 1 Acoustic Guitar. Why music? Why now? Because music has the power to educate and change society for the better. For more information visit the contest page at SonicBids.com.

Red Rock String Ensemble Sun., Apr. 10, 4 pm • First United Methodist Church On Sunday, April 10 at 4:00pm at the First United Methodist Church, the Red Rock String Ensemble and Friends will perform a FREE concert. Audience members will enjoy the works of Leroy Anderson, J.S. Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms. This concert features the musical talents of several local musicians, as well as professional musicians from Albuquerque and graduate students from the University of New Mexico. Featured musicians include Roberta Arruda (pictured), a violinist playing professionally in Albuquerque, Jerome Jim, who plays the flute professionally in Albuquerque, Cesar Aviles on violin, Enrique Victoria playing viola and violin, and Jesse McAdoo playing cello, all graduate students at UNM, flutist Ruth Lynch, who also teaches at Zuni Christian School, cellist Heather Carmichael, a teacher at Pueblo Pintado Middle School, Wyllis Woods, a senior at Gallup High School, playing trumpet, and conductor Sam Pemberton. This concert is possible because of support from the Gallup Independent. Please come and enjoy this free, fun-filled evening.


87301 Gallup Community Concert Series-The Marlins Thursday, April 14, 2011, 7pm Gallup High School Auditorium

Nationally Recognized Poet Jason Yurcic to Read Thursday, April 7, 6:30 pm Octavia Fellin Public Library

The last concert for the Gallup Community Concert Series will be held on April 14, 2011. You’ve never heard a group of entertainers quite like The Marlins, so please plan to attend. The concert begins at 7:00 pm and will be held at the Gallup High School Kenneth Holloway Auditorium. Four brothers have shared the stage and have been performing for conventions, fairs, festivals, and corporate events throughout the U.S. and Canada. They specialize in playing something for everyone’s musical tastes with just about every instrument needed to perform the diverse styles of music they know and love as well as sing with a great “blood blend” of tight harmony as the style of music changes. This last concert presenting The Marlins will also offer the opportunity for membership renewals. By purchasing a 2011-2012 membership at the concert on April 14, you will get into the concert for The Marlins for free and then be able to attend all of the concerts for the 2011-2012 series.  For further information on the Gallup Community Concert Series, you may contact either Joyce Graves at 505863-3075 or Peg Franz at 505-722-5671.

The Octavia Fellin Public Library presents nationally recognized and New Mexico’s own Jason Yurcic, on April 7 at 6:30 pm. Mr. Yurcic will read and discuss his poetry and sign books. This program is in honor of National Poetry Month. Mr. Yurcic has spent the last ten years perfecting his craft of poetry and teaching others. He is the author of Voice of My Heart, Word Son, and Odes to Anger. His poems have received critical acclaim as finalists for the 2007 and 2009 New Mexico Book Awards and the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. The Albuquerque Journal writes, “He is a new and powerfully talented voice . . . Odes to Anger welds heart and spirit in exciting, vivid imagery and passion, announcing that Jason Yurcic is definitely a writer to watch.” In addition to his poetry, he has written the screenplay, Little Ghost that turned into an abstract, mixed media piece for theater. Mr. Yurcic conducts writing workshops for children at risk in juvenile detention centers and prisons. For more information please call the library at 863-1291 ext. 14021 or email libref@ci.gallup. nm.us. Refreshments will be served.

Propane Now Available at Gallup Lumber Gallup Lumber & Supply Co. has recently added an 18,000-gallon propane tank to their complex.  Painted in patriotic colors and adorning the captions, “God Bless America” and “One Nation Under God,” the massive holding unit is currently online to fill 20lb-100lb propane tanks. “We saw a need to help the community get a basic service that wasn’t available in the middle of town,” say Gallup Lumber’s Michael Stauder. “Currently, tanks can be filled at the west and north outskirts of Gallup but not in the middle of town,” Stauder adds.  20lb tank exchanges are available at certain locations in town, but at a cost usually double or more than a refill. Gallup Lumber’s propane service will likely be especially attractive to Zuni residents commuting from the south end of town. Gallup Lumber is open to fill tanks Monday-Saturday, 7:30am to 6pm.

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Sunday MTB Ride meets at mile marker 3 trail head on NM 400, 7 miles south of I-40, Exit 33. During months when the forest is inaccessible this ride meets at the East Trail Head of the High Desert Trail System.

Battered Families Services, Inc. has a women’s support group that meets weekly. A children’s support group is available at the same time for children six years of age and older. Info: 7226389.

Support Class for Parents of Teens at First United Methodist Church from 6:30-7:30pm. Info: 8634512.

Codependents Anonymous, 6pm at First United Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Drive, library room. Info: Liz at 863-5928.

Poetry Group, call Jack for more information (including location) at 783-4007.

Tai Chi Chuan with Monika & Urs Gauderon at Old School Gallery, east of Ramah on Hwy 53, at 5PM. $50/month. Info: Monika @ 775-3045.

Psychic Playtime with RedWulf at the Old School Gallery 1st and 3rd Sundays, 7-9:30pm. Tarot, drum journeys and more tools to explore your inner self. $1 donation. Info: RedWulf @ 505-7834612.

“Teen Survivors of Dating and Domestic Violence” support group meeting, 6:30-8:30pm. Info: 722-6389. Sustainable Energy Board meeting in the Mayor’s Conference Room, 3-5pm, on the fourth Monday of each month. For info/agenda, email brightideas98@gmail.com.

Plateau Science Society meets the 3rd Sunday of every month at the Red Mesa Center at 2:30pm. Tai Chi at Old School Gallery, 9:30am. Info: Reed at 783-4067.

Capoeira classes offered at Foundations of Freedom Dance Studio, Mondays and Thursdays at 8pm, $5. For more information, call Chelsea at 808 344-1417.

Fiber Arts Group 1:30 pm at the Old School Gallery. Call for schedule of classes 783-4710. Coyote Canyon Women’s Sweat Lodge Ceremony on Sundays, 1-4pm, potluck dinner. Located 3 miles east of Highway 491, Route 9 junction, 1 mile south of Route 9. The ceremony is for wellness, stress reduction, purification and cultural sensitivity. All women are welcomed. For more information, call 505 870-3832.

Zumba Fitness Dance Class at Foundations of Freedom Dance Studio (115 W. Coal) at 6:30pm. For more information email zumbagallup@ yahoo.com or call Stephanie at (814) 282-6502.

Chronic Pain and Chronic Illness 12 Step Support group. Meets every Sunday from 4-5 PM at the First United Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Drive, front entrance conference room. For info call 863-5928 or chronicpainanonymous.org.

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A Taize worship service is held on the second Sunday of the month at 4PM at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Boardman Drive. This hour service is offered by the ecumenical community to renew one’s spirits and soothe one’s souls through scripture, prayer, chant, and silence. For more information call Linda 905-5254.

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Quilt Club at Gallup Service Mart, 7-9 pm. Join other quilters in the area to share ideas and projects. For more information, call 722-9414.

Ms. Anne Hillerman presentation and book signing at Gallup Chamber of Commerce. For more information, see G-Town article or call Comfort Suites at 505 863-3445.

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First United Methodist Church – 1800 Red Rock Drive in Gallup, NM – Easter Sunday Sunrise Service open to our community at 6:00 am and Easter Sunday Breakfast for Sunrise attendees at 7:30 am. Easter Sunday Services at First United Methodist Church at 8:30 am (Praise Service) and 10:45 am (Traditional Service). For more information, contact Mary Lou Mraz at 505863-4512.

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Tai-Chi Taught by Monika Gauderon at RMCH Vanden Bosch Clinic. 6pm for beginners. $60/ month.

Explore & Expand at 11am at the Children’s Library. For more information, call 726-6120.

RMCHCS Diabetes Education Classes – First four Tuesdays of the month, starting at 6pm. RMCHCS 2nd floor library. For more information, call 7266918.

Join the weekly mountain biking crew. Meet at 6pm at the east trail head of the High Desert Trail System. Everyone welcome. For more information, call 505-722-7030.

Community Yoga, beginner/athletic beginner level. 6:20 pm, Catholic Charities/CIC. 506 W. Rte. 66. Info: Chris at 505 870-4112.

Gallup Solar Group open community meetings. 6pm at 113 E. Logan. For more information, call Be at 726-2497.

Ladies’ MTB ride at High Desert Trail System starting at Gamerco trailhead at 6PM. Come to exercise, socialize, and have fun!

Youth Group Meeting, “THE LOFT”, at First Baptist Church from 7-8pm. Info: 722-4401.

Yoga at Old School Gallery, 9:30am. Everyone welcome. Info: 783-4710. Adult chess club at Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe in Gallup, 5-7pm. Gallup Al-Anon meetings at First United Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Drive (next to GIMC). Tuesdays at 12 noon and Thursdays at 7pm in Conference Room #1.

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Spay-Neuter Discount Clinic for Low Income Pet Owners at the Gallup McKinley County Humane Society, N. Highway 491. Call 863-2616 for an appointment. Habitat for Humanity work sessions. Call 7224226 for times & locations. Zumba Fitness Dance Class at Foundations of Freedom Dance Studio (115 W. Coal) at 6:30pm. For more information email zumbagallup@ yahoo.com or call Stephanie at (814) 282-6502.

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Prominent Native American artists have joined forces in an unprecedented Native American art auction with all the proceeds going to disaster relief for Japan. The artists have established a website, www. nativeamericanartistsforjapan.com where they will post links to an ongoing eBay auction and information on their fundraising efforts. The first in a series of auctions will be held on eBay starting on April 5, 2011 and will include as many 15 pieces of art. This auction will last for 7 days, then NAAJ will post more art the following week. For more information, contact Darryl Dean Begay at 505 488-8195 or press@nativeamericanartistsforjapan. com.

Gallup Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Allies Parents Support Group meeting at RMCH Solarium-3rd Floor (1901 Red Rock Drive Gallup, NM), 6pm-8pm. For more information, contact Jeremy Yazzie at 505 713 2828.

Strip-pieced Watercolor Quilt class at Gallup Service Mart, 6-9 pm (continuation from March 29 class). $45 for two evenings of classes and fabric for the quilt top for a gorgeous watercolor wall hanging. This class will be repeated July 18 & 25. For more information, call 722-9414.

Beginning Sewing Class, April 12, May 10 and June 14, 6-9 pm at the Gallup Service Mart. $45 includes handouts and patterns for all three classes. This three-part class will cover basic skills. Bring your sewing machine to class or borrow one from the Store and complete a simple project while you learn your way around your sewing machine, threads, patterns and fabric. For more information, call 722-9414.

Bill Parker, vertebrate paleontologist with the NPS will address the Plateau Sciences Society about paleontology in Petrified Forest National Park at Red Mesa Center next to the Public Library at 3:00pm.

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Cancer support group, for information call 8633075 or 863-6140.

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First United Methodist Church – 1800 Red Rock Drive in Gallup, NM – Palm Sunday (Passion Sunday) Services at 8:30 am (Praise Service) and 10: 45 am (Traditional Service). For more information, contact Mary Lou Mraz at 505-863-4512.

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Preschool Story Time, 11am at the Children’s Library. For more information, call 726-6120.

Skiing/Snowboarding trip, depending on how many people are interested in going. We well meet @ Camille’s Sidewalk Café at noon on Tuesdays. Email for more info xyfact@yahoo.com.

Red Rock String Ensemble presents “From Bach to Brahms” at First United Methodist Church, Gallup at 4:00pm. Free admission, a good will offering will be appreciated. For more information, see G-Town article, or call Mary Lou Mraz at 505-863-4512.

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Quilt As You Go - Part 1 (May 17 Part 2 and June 21 Part 3) 6-9 pm at Gallup Service Mart. $45 includes pattern. During this three part class Marje will teach the Quilt as You Go Technique When you leave class in June you should have a completed quilt. For more information, call 722-9414.

Introduction to NIYLP and the Project Venture Model at Thoreau Community Center. Lunch provided. 10am12pm, check-in at 9:30. Bring comfortable clothing, shoes and a water bottle. For more information and to register, call Gloria Tom or Sherida Nez at 505 722-9176.


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Moms Supporting Moms at Church Rock School, 9-11:30am.

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Overeaters Anonymous meeting at 11 am, at the First United Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Drive, Movies & Music, 4:00 pm at the Children’s Library. For more information, call 726-6120. library room. Info: Liz 505-863-5928.

After-school special activities, 4pm at the Beginner Belly Dance Classes at the FoundaChildren’s Library. For more information, call tions of Freedom Dance Studio, 115 W. Coal 726-6120. Ave. 6pm-7pm. $5 per class. Benefits include High Desert Mesa Workgroup meets to scrapbook stress relief, improved posture/muscle tone, strengthening, and boost in self-confidence! and more Thursdays 1-3pm at the Rehoboth Post Office. Info: LaVeda 722-9029. Sports Page hosting GLBT Night every AL-ANON support group for family and friends Friday! Friday nights will be a place to celof alcoholics. Every Thursday at 7pm, first United ebrate and be yourself! For more information Methodist Church (library). Info: 1-888-4ALcontact: Raiff Arviso; rca87121@gmail.com, ANON or www.al-anon.alateen.org. Sports Page - 1400 S. 2nd St, Gallup, NM (505) 722-3853. The weekly Old-Fashioned Hootenanny, at Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, every Thursday, starting at 6:30PM. Acoustic musicians are welcome to sit in with the regular players.

Preschool Story Time, 11am and Crafty Kids, 3:00pm at the Children’s Library. For more information, call 726-6120. Habitat for Humanity work sessions. Call 722-4226 for times & locations. High Desert Mesa Workgroup meets to scrapbook and more Saturdays 10am-1pm at the Rehoboth Post Office. Info: LaVeda 722-9029. Flea Market on old Hwy 666, just north of Gallup. Info: 722-7328. Group road bike ride, starts at Sammy C’s downtown at 2pm. Info: Lloyd at 970-946-6155.

Toastmasters at Earl’s Restaurant, 6:30am. Info: Dale at 722-9420. Substance Abuse Support Group, CASA, at Gallup Church of Christ, 7pm. Info: Darrel at 863-5530. Yoga at Old School Gallery, 9:30am. Info: 7834710. Community Yoga, beginner/athletic beginner level. 6:20 pm, Catholic Charities/CIC. 506 W. Rte. 66. Info: Gene at 505-728-8416. Gallup Al-Anon meetings at First United Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Drive (next to GIMC). Tuesdays at 12 noon and Thursdays at 7pm in Conference Room #1.

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National Parks Week April 16-24 Get out and discover something new about your 394 National Parks. This year’s focus, Healthy Parks, Healthy People, highlights the connection between human and environmental health and the vital role America’s national parks play in both. Whether your prefer a 20-mile backcountry hike in Yosemite or a leisurely stroll around Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, moving outside is good for you and offers a chance to explore these places you own. Many locations offer free admission! Check out nps.gov/npweek for more information.

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Poet Jason Yurcic to read at Octavia Crownpoint Rug Weavers Fellin Public Library at 6:30pm. For more Association Auction at Crownpoint information, see G-Town article or call the Elementary School. Viewing at library at 863-1291. 4 – 6:30 PM, auction at 7 – 10 PM. For more information, visit www. Crownpointrugauction.com.

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Jim Abeita exhibit opens at the Navajo Nation Museum at 5:30pm. Jim will turn 64 that day. Come say “Happy Birthday” On Call Jazz performing at to honor an artist’s journey and a sampling Angela’s Café at 7 pm. of his life’s work. For more, read the article starting on page 32. 2nd Thursday of the month Survivors of Homicide Support Group meets 6-8pm. For more information, call Deborah Yellowhorse-Brown at 870-6126. Gallup Community Concert Series presents The Marlins at Gallup High Auditorium at 7 pm. For more information, see G-Town article.

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First United Methodist Church – 1800 Red Rock Drive in Gallup, NM – Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday) Come-andGo Communion Service 6:00 – 7:30 pm in the Rollie Chapel. For more information, contact Mary Lou Mraz at 505-863-4512.

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Desserts in Bloom, 1-3 pm at the rotunda of the McKinley County Courthouse (207 W. Hill Ave. Gallup). Spend an afternoon socializing, sampling, and indulging in dessert selections for a $5 donation. All proceeds from the event will benefit Battered Families Services. Gallup Community Choir & The Westminster Winds present “Motets & Madrigals” Music of the Renaissance at First United Methodist Church at 3 pm. Please bring canned goods or non-perishables for the Community Food Pantry. For more information, call Mary Lou Mraz at 505-863-4512. ARTS CRAWL DOWNTOWN GALLUP, 7-9 PM.

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Gallup Clean-Up Day! Meet at the Courthouse Plaza at 9:30am to disperse in groups and return to the Courthouse Plaza at 3pm for an ice cream social. For more information, call the City Manager’s office.

Annual Yard Sale at the Old School Gallery at 10am - 4pm, which raises funds for EMAAC while helping you get rid of all your unwanted clutter! Hotdogs and other goodies will be available. In First United Methodist Church – 1800 honor of Earth Day, we will also be organizing to clean up the litter along the EMAAC-sponsored Red Rock Drive in Gallup, NM – Good highway mile that morning. We will be providing vests and bags, but please be sure to bring your Friday Evening Service at 7:00 pm in the own gloves. We leave for the clean-up at 10:30am. For more information, call 505 783-4710. Sanctuary. For more information, contact Mary Lou Mraz at 505-863-4512. McKinley and Cibola Counties Friends of the NRA Annual Fun(d) Raiser Banquet at Howard Johnson Hotel (2915 W. Hwy 66). For tickets or more information, call Bill’s Reloading Supply at 863-5820.

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The Lazy Boys at Juggernaut (412 N 9th St Gallup NM) at 10 – 11:30 pm. Cover charge is $7. For more information, call 505 870-1335. The First Annual “Quarter-Mile” Event, a fundraising event for Hands of Hope Pregnancy Center, 10am-2pm in the parking lot of Lighthouse Church (2045 Westview St., Gallup). Family Fun, Food, Car Show, Motorcycle Ride-in. This event will wrap up efforts to raise a “Mile of Quarters” for Hands of Hope. Questions, call 722-7125.

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Coming on Memorial Day Weekend . . . Gallup New Mexico Route 66 National Off Road Race on May 28 and 29. For more information read article on page 43 and visit redrockmotorsports.com.

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Opinion Leonard 1. A mom thanked me and bought me a sandwich for representing her son in court. It was good to get feedback in your work. 2. Zero. 3. Over-the-counter drugs like Claritin.

Lawrence 1. All the prayers and support that were given when my mom was in the hospital. 2. I believe in healing myself. 3. No allergies.

Carol 1. When we adopted our kids we got an envelope with a $400 gift card from an anonymous person to buy some new things for the kids. 2. Once. 3. Nasal steriod spray. Marcus 1. Friends taking me to the movies. 2. None. 3. Over-the-counter stuff.

Mike 1. My dad told me to get out of the house and get a damn job! 2. Zero. 3. Stay away from girls who wear perfume because they don’t know how to wear it. Jerimiah 1. My dad for paying for college. 2. Once. 3. Claritin.

Diedre 1.My mom for giving birth to me. 2. Three times. 3. I don’t have them!

Charmayne 1. My mom bought me a new car, a Nissan Versa. 2. 4 times. 3. I do not have allergies!

Neisa 1. My boyfriend took me to dinner. 2. Zero. 3. I don’t have allergies!

Jim 1. My wife when she decided to marry me. 2. None. 3. Over-the-counter drugs.

Monique / Kerry 1.Someone gave me flowers when I least expected it. / A surprise visit from a friend. 2. Once. / Once. 3. Just stick it out with Kleenex & eye drops. / I don’t have allergies!

Johnelle 1. My friend got me a job. 2. None. 3. I don’t have allergies!

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Roberto 1. My sister for always helping me. 2. Twice . . . for tattoos. 3. Benadryl.

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y journey with seasonal allergies is probably similar to many in that I never had them until I had lived in the Southwest for ten years. Then one spring morning I woke up, thinking I was sick with some horrible virus. Nope, for some odd reason I had suddenly broken the threshold of pollen tolerance and my body was determined to fight off every grainy intruder with an artillery of mucus, tears, and atomic sneezes. Without question, this condition sucks beyond all comprehension. And maybe I deserved such a fate as I recalled random moments of insensitivity, often thinking that people with seasonal allergies were weakwilled whiners, and that if they ran a few miles and ate some carrots they’d snap out of it. Now four years later I’m about at my wits’ end still trying to rectify my body’s insane response to these harmless botanical sperms. At first I tried to just eat some more salad, whine less, cut out the sugar, do more sit-ups, and think positive thoughts. After that I’ve tried standard over-the-counter drugs with random results and annoying side effects like falling asleep at 6pm. The next year I decided to not mess around and get the virtual bazooka of allergy drugs: The cortizone shot. I knew it was the real deal when it was administered in the rear . . . at least that seems like the place heavy-duty goods should be delivered. A tsunami of clarity overwhelmed my sinus cavity and order was restored to my mucus membranes. It was a complete demolition of all allergy symptoms. I was elated until I tried to go to bed that night. Hour after hour passed as I stared at the ceiling wondering why I felt like maybe I should go jogging at 3am. I then began to ponder the fact that this shot would last me 6 months! I made it through that allergy season with no allergies, but also with little sleep, a racing heart, and odd personality nuances that a seasoned war general may have. I think I would have rather had the allergies. After some research I also found that the shot really isn’t that healthy for you and is hard on your liver besides the standard insomnia. Enter year 3 and I am now convinced that all my allergies are the direct result of caffeine consumption. The resulting coffee infusions were over-working my adrenal glands that caused a lower production of cortisol, a main anti-inflammatory compound that I obviously lacked (Isn’t the Internet great!). So I cut the caffeine and my allergies improved about 9%. Definitely not enough improvement to prohibit oneself from a morning latte.

Today in year 4 I have tried the alternative medicine way. I heard of a guy in Laguna that is a naturopath, herbalist, specialist guy that makes specific remedies for seasonal allergies and apparently has patients from all over the country. I called his clinic and made an appointment, whereupon I was told to drive to a dirt road, park under the rock arch and wait for someone to meet me there to show me the way to the secret location. I’m not kidding. Nor was I in the least bit deterred by this oddity in my quest for the holy grail of allergy redemption. Sure enough I was chauffeured to the humble clinic of Dr. James. He looked at me, took my vitals, made me pee in a cup, and talked. Nice guy. I really didn’t care if he said he was going to have to poke every tender spot on my body with yucca leaves . . . as long as I didn’t have to go through 1600 Kleenexes next week. He sent me home with some allergy herb pills he calls “Hay Az,” and some instruction on diet modification. At first the pills worked great, but then at night my symptoms would return. This went on for a few days: good when the sun’s out, not when the moon’s up. My eyes especially were bad. So I called and they sent me out some eye herb pills. They worked pretty good. And for good measure I bought a homeopathic remedy from our local co-op store called “Allergena” just to keep all the natural cylinders firing. I actually felt that my allergies just may be under some fragile level of control. That is until last night when I developed an asthma-like respiratory wheeze. I am told this is a virus going around. But it hasn’t made my evaluations of these alternative remedies easy. Perhaps I will know much more next month. In the meantime I would encourage allergy sufferers who are interested in more natural relief to try an herbal remedy like Dr. James’s “Hay Az” (www.drugfreehelp.com) or a homeopathic remedy like the one in the co-op. I’d also be interested to know if anyone has had success with these remedies or any other natural ones. If you would be so kind to send me a note of such success (or failure) to dovensword@yahoo.com I would be greatly obliged and perhaps will compile some findings for a future article. For it is certainly not too early to start planning year 5’s strategy in battling the arch rival that spring eternally brings.

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bout seven years ago, as the Events and Promotion Coordinator at the Gallup Chamber of Commerce, Lindsay Mapes was asked to plan a mountain bike race to help promote the High Desert Trail System. Though she had to do a little research to find out what a mountain bike was, Mapes pulled off a great event and even fooled some people into thinking she knew what she was doing. Dawn ’til Dusk, now in its seventh year, is one of the premier 12-hour races in the Southwest, touting killer single track, a laidback and fun atmosphere, and first-rate event organizing that keep riders coming back to Gallup year after year. Since that first race, Mapes has found her calling as a race organizer, and has been a vital part of several other events throughout the area, including 12 Hours in the Wild West – a new race in Ruidoso, NM this May, and 24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest – New Mexico’s first 24-hour race, going on year two in the Zuni Mountains this June. Now, with race season upon her, Mapes is busy doing anything from answering emails about local restaurants and lodging to negotiating the prices of kegs of beer. On a race day, it’s all about making sure that six months of hard work go according to plan – volunteers are where they need to be, racers have everything they need, porta-potties have toilet paper, problems are solved quickly, a swig of water here, a bite to eat there, and forget about sleep! Mapes loves the perks of her job: making her own schedule and interacting with people from all walks of life. The possibilities of self-employment are as endless or as limiting as she allows them to be. She does warn that this may not be a job for those who love to ride – there’s just not enough time during race season! Dawn ’til Dusk is being held April 9 at HDTS-Mentmore. For more information about this and other upcoming races, check out www.ziarides.com.

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Gallup Clean-Up Day

Date:

Saturday, April 16

Time:

9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Where:

Meet at the Courthouse Plaza All interested citizens should meet at the Courthouse Plaza at 9:30 am on Saturday, April 16. Team leaders will bring groups to specific locations around the City for trash removal and weed control. There will be an Ice Cream Social for all participants beginning at 3pm following the Clean-Up Day at the Courthouse Plaza. For more information, call the City Manager’s office at (505) 863-1220.


Gallup Journey April 2011