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Gallup Cultural Center
& Land of Enchantment Opera present
“A Classical Christmas”
A benefit concert for The Community Food Pantry and Casa San Martin. Featuring local opera singer Jason Winfield, Community Choir quartet plus many more local musicians.
Where: Gallup Cultural Center When: Thursday, December 16th Doors open @ 6:30 concert begins @ 7:00 How much: A donation of non-perishable food gets you in the door. Wine available for purchase by the glass by Angela’s Café.
Children’s Art Scholarship Awards Show When: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 2, 3, and 4. Awards will be handed out on Saturday the 4th at High Noon. Congratulations to the following schools that have winners in this year’s show. St Michaels Association For Special Education Ramah Elementary • Rochelle Art Studio David Skeet • Belen Middle School Laguna Acoma High School • Miyamura High School Valley High Sanders • Kirtland Central High • Gallup High
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t’s 3:44 pm and the sun just slipped behind the Hogback. These late autumn days are waning so quickly; I can’t wait until they turn themselves around again. The sun feels like a long lost friend whose charm I can still recall, but whose visits never last long enough for the thick, cursory conversation to liquefy into sweet, chummy banter. Those warm, carefree days passed too quickly . . . But at the time, I’m sure I was complaining of the heat and looking forward to next change of seasons. Not very long ago, these bone-chilling days were consumed with eager thoughts of school cancellations, huge piles of snow, and holidays yet to come. We kids would spend the whole day outside, dressed in layers and wrapped up so tightly. Building forts, snowmen, and forming hills on which to sled, time didn’t exist for those few hours; we were too busy living, sucking the marrow out of life, to care. Then we’d head inside, peel back the moist strips of wools and cottons, and share thawing, red smiles over steaming mugs of cocoa. With the grand day already recorded in history, our thoughts would slant forward to Christmas or the next snow day; they always seemed so far off. My grandma would remind us that the fun was in the anticipation.
December 3rd Baked Salmon December 4th Buffalo Lasagne December 10th Shrimp Curry December 11th Chicken Marsala December 17th Chicken Alfredo December 18th Elk Steak or Stuffed Quail (Call your choice in advance if possible) December 24th Seafood Fra Diablo December 31st Roast Pork Loin
And now, birthdays and holidays seem to come around faster and faster, and learning to enjoy each step along the way is increasingly hard for me. I’m still trying to figure out how to be satisfied in each moment – like a child playing in the snow – how to live in the present rather than wishing it away or rushing through.
All of our pies and desserts are made on the premises along with our slow cooked meals.
May peace and joy be yours, as well, during every moment of this holiday season!
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Christmas is coming and the next weeks will be full of hurried preparations. However, the short days will be full of bright opportunities and joyful events, as well. My challenge is to exult in each of them without looking at my watch or calendar.
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Editors Nate & Heather Haveman Chuck & Jenny Van Drunen Illustrator Andy Stravers
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Contributors Ben Alford Ernie Bulow Michael D. Byrne Greg Cavanaugh Sanjay Choudhrie Patricia Darak Tommy Haws Amy Hughes Larry Larason Bill McCarthy Kris Pikaart Fowler Roberts Andy Stravers Betsy Windisch
4 Thoughts 14 Best of 2010 Survey 16 Arts Edition Info 30 El Morro Theater Schedule 39 Sudoku 46 G-Town 49 News from Care 66 50 IZZIT?! 51 Circle of Light 54 Community Calendar 56 Opinion Poll 58 People Reading Journey 62 This is My Job
December 2010: Volume 7, Issue 12
All Rights Reserved. No articles, photos, illustrations, advertisements, or design elements may be used without expressed written permission from the publisher, Gallup Journey Inc. This publication is distributed with the understanding that the information presented is from many sources, for which there can be no warranty or responsibility by the publisher as to accuracy, originality, or completeness. It is distributed with the understanding that the publisher is not engaged in making product endorsements, recommending health care or treatments, providing instruction, or recommending that any reader participate in any activity or behavior described in the publication. The opinions of the contributors to this publication belong to them and do not reflect the opinions of the editors or publishers.
32 Beautiful Inside and Out 34 DWI Prevention 44 Animal Adoptions 52 Bill’s Camino
15 Money & You 18 Rounding the 4 Corners 20 West by Southwest 24 Driving Impressions 26 8 Questions 28 Adventures in Parenting 29 Highfalutin’ 40 TFA Profiles 42 Lit Crit Lite
December Cover by Bill Noe. This Photo by Dan Van DeRiet.
GALLUP Bachelor & Graduate Programs It’s Advisement Time!
Now’s the time to plan for next semester. Let Melissa and Roxanne help you stay on track by reviewing your credits and making sure you’re on target for graduation.
We will answer your questions! Stop by: Calvin Hall, Rm 228 • 8am - 5pm • Monday - Friday Appointments are always welcome.
Academic Advisors Roxanne Trujillo Melissa Collings-Yazzie 863-7554 863-7613 firstname.lastname@example.org December: Gallup Journey
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Navajo Nation Museum P.O. Box 1840 Window Rock, Arizona 86515 928-871-7941 phone 928-871-7942 fax www.navajonationmuseum.org
14 Hamilton Road 722-6913
December 2010 Events & Programs: 3rd – Levi & the Plateros @ 7pm $10 w/canned good
3rd&4th - 13th Annual Keshmish Festival Fri- 11am to 7pm /Sat.-10am to 5pm
8th - Coyote Tales Video @ 10 am
15th - Star Lab presentation @ 10 am
22th - Coyote Tales Video @ 10 am
31th - Shoe Game Tournament @ 6 pm
Happy Holidays Exhibits: Gallery 1: Béésh łigaii’ootsid So‘nahálingo disxos Silver Stars Gallery 3: Hózhóógo ‘Iiná A Beautiful Life
Gallery 2: Hwéeldi Baa Hane’ Our Stories of Fort Sumner Gallery 4: Hastiin Ch’ilhajíní dóó Diné bi Naat’áani Bahane’
Chief Manuelito & Navajo Leaders
For information or to Book Museum Tours contact: Char Kruger, Education Curator 928-810-8536 email@example.com
Navajo Language and Culture - alive and well at YOUR museum...
Shush Yaz Trading Co. Hwy 491 Behind Giant, Next to Furr’s C afeteria Trading Co.
North Interstate 40 Exit 26
120 Years of Indian Trading The Don Tanner Family Tradition Continues
Jewelry • Navajo Rugs Pottery • Paintings Clothing • Pawn Pendleton Robes & Shawls believe • gallup
WNMU - Gallup Graduate Studies Center Spring 2010 Course Schedule Course Cancellation-The university reserves the right to cancel courses not selected by an adequate number of students or not suitably staffed by qualified faculty. 20683 20964 20967 20963 20944
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Action Research (Nd Advisor Approval) Action Research for Reading (Nd Advisor Approval) Professional Writing Professional Writing Psychology of Learning
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Beginning Internship in Counseling (Nd Advisor Approval) Advanced Internship in Counseling (Nd Advisor Approval)
Marriage and Family Counseling
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Corrective Reading Instruction
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Emily Metzloff B Ron Donkersloot C Martha Gomez C Martha Gomez C Martha Gomez C Martha Gomez E Dr. Harvey
MASTERS IN TEACHING ELEMENTARY/SECONDARY EDUC. WITH A TESOL OR BILINGUAL ENDORSEMENT MASTERS IN TEACHING SPECIAL EDUCATION
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Theories and Techniques Life Themes and Stages Topics in Counseling-Child Clinical Child Clinical Psychology
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Curriculum, Instruction, and Program Leadership 1/18,25---2/8,15,22---3/15,29---4/5,12,26---5/3 T 5-9pm Legal Aspects of Education 1/12/2011 - 5/12/2011 W 5-9pm Advance Internship in Educational Leadership 1/11---2/1---3/1---3/22---4/19 T 5-9pm
COUN531 COUN534 COUN578 PSY523 COUN581 COUN582 COUN596
1/13,27---2/10,24---3/3,24,31---4/14 R 5-9pm 1/13,27---2/10,24---3/3,24,31---4/14 R 5-9pm 1/19/2011 - 5/4/2011 W 5-7pm 1/19/2011 - 5/4/2011 W 5-7pm 1/19/2011 - 5/3/2011 W 5-8:15
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Curriculum and Methods in Special Education 1/19,26---2/2,16,23---3/2,16,23,30---4/6 W 5-9pm Practice Teaching in Special Education (Nd Instr. Permission) 1/20---2/17---3/17---4/14 R 5-9pm Practice Teaching in Special Education Alternative License 1/24---2/14---3/21---4/11 M 5-9pm Nature & Nds of Persons w/Mental Retardation
BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK (BSW) Introduction to Social Work HBSE II Social Work Practice I Social Welfare Policy II Social Work Practice III
MASTERS OF SOCIAL WORK (MSW) SWK Clinical Intervention and Assessment Administration/Supervision Rural Community Organization and Development Rural Social Welfare Policy
Eva Prieto Martha Gomez Martha Gomez Martha Gomez
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Western New Mexico University – Gallup Graduate Studies Center Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) - Online & Web-Enhanced
WNMU offers an online Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the National Association of Colleges and Schools. The 36-hour program allows students to pursue graduate study in 2 to 3 disciplines. The MAIS degree is a smart way to work toward qualification as a Tier III teacher. For more information call WNMU-Gallup at 505 722-3389 for an advisement appointment or visit the WNMU web site http://www.wnmu.edu/VirtualCampus/InterdisciplinaryMasters.htm. There’s still time to enroll now for the fall semester! • Depending on the combination of disciplines, program completion can be 100 % online or a combination of online and face-to-face local courses. • Design your own degree, select two or three areas of concentration: Bilingual Education, Criminal Justice, Educational Technology, Elementary, Secondary, English, History, Management Information Systems, Political Science, Psychology, Reading, Special Education.
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Earn a dEgrEE from Unm closE to homE! ANDERSON SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT • Bachelor of Business Administration
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COLLEGE OF NURSING • RN to BSN Completion • Master of Science in Nursing • PhD in Nursing SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING • Master of Science • Electrical & Computer Engineering UNIVERSITY COLLEGE • Bachelor of University Studies
rEgIstEr noW for sPrIng 2011 Educational Psychology choose from classes in these subject areas: American Studies
Native American Studies
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Early Childhood Multicultural Education
Math, Science, and Educational Technology Training & Technology (OLIT) Special Education UNM Honors Program
Find a complete schedule of classes on the Web site: Go to distance.unm.edu — click on Gallup Go to online.unm.edu for additional online classes. Now is the perfect time to stop by and visit with an advisor to get you started.
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Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season
From the McKinley DWI Planning Council
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by Tommy Haws Tommy Haws is the Senior Vice-President of Pinnacle Bank in Gallup. He has over 12 years of Banking and consumer credit experience. He is a loan officer and also oversees the day to day operations of the three branches of Pinnacle Bank in Gallup.
Don’t Let Holiday’s Mirth be a New Year’s Headache Focus on those things that will last longer than a store bought item.
is the season. We all love the holidays and love the joy, festivities and merriment that they can bring. I love the music, the sights, the colors, and the way everyone seems to be in a better mood. Here are a few things that you might consider when you are entering this season with regards to your money and budgets so that there will not be a holiday hangover in January. Budget The best way to make sure that your holiday spending does not get out of control is to create and stick to a budget. Some things you might consider: · Do you think it important to spend approximately the same for each person in your family? If so, budget accordingly · Do you have extended family that is expecting something just because they can afford to give you something? If so, consider some of the things below. · Self-made and thoughtful gifts can be more affordable and more meaningful at the same time. · Do not forget the “other” part of your budget that sometimes gets forgotten but always creeps in – namely the unexpected expenditures like: o Office “Secret Santa” or gift exchange items. o Gifts to teachers or coaches. o Food that is not part of your normal purchasing habits (think goodies or potlucks). o Travel if you are going somewhere for the holidays or other accommodations if you have family coming in for the holidays. o Charitable giving that is always part of the needs of the holidays for the less fortunate. · It is always okay to remind yourself of the reasons you celebrate and focus on those things that will last longer than a store bought item. Time is as valuable as money Often we focus on what we can buy for Christmas or other holidays and forget that we are a time-starved people. Those that we love the most will remember the time we spend, the fun things we do, and the acts of service rendered more than the toys that are broken by the 27th or the gadgets that can be lost. Think of gifts that do not cost much money but might be the best things you can give. Here is a short list that might spur some of your own ideas. · “Coupon” books – you can prepare coupons for family members that they can redeem for favors, chores or other extra acts that will help that person. For instance, a child can give a parent a coupon for one day free
of complaining about chores, or a backrub that your wife can redeem after a hard day. · Books. Many classic books are easy to get and not very expensive and often are the foundation of all current literature. Since many are part of the public domain, they are more affordable than ever and can often be seen at Goodwill or other thrift stores. · “Staycations” are a new fad where you can take a break from the world but not be part of the hubbub of the schedule we often impose on ourselves. Stay home and rent movies, eat popcorn, and enjoy other luxuries while the phone is off and the world gets shut out. If work can live without you on a cruise, they can live without you while you are a block or two away. Be Generous I know that you are thinking that I am talking out of both sides of my mouth, but I am not. The budget should be adhered to, but find room in your budget to give, as well. One family I know personally taught their children the importance of giving by asking them to sacrifice one of their own gifts under the tree in order to give them to a less fortunate family that they knew who had lost their job and were going to be having a slim Christmas. I remember an anonymous benefactor who laid an entire spread at our feet when we were less than able to provide a full Christmas to our family because of some difficulties when our kids were small – and it made us humble to think that we were able to have things to give our little ones when we thought we were not able to. But be generous to yourself, as well. Generous with that time we talked about. Each holiday is a precious gift that will never be duplicated. It is when we miss loved ones who pass on and therefore leave that empty seat that we sometimes realize that it was never about the material things we bought – it’s about our family and loved ones that we are privileged to share a few years with on this planet. All my best to each of you readers during this holiday season. Have a very Merry Christmas and let that merriment go with you on to a Happy (and not regretful) New Year.
Gallup Journey Arts Edition
Call to artists, writers, poets, photographers, and anyone we forgot . . .
The News is Good!
A person buying a median priced home now may have significantly lower monthly mortgage payments than a person buying a similar home in our area just a few years ago due to lower mortgage rates and prices.
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Short Story Contest
1. Each story must be no more than 750 words. 2. Each story must be typed and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and mailing address. 3. One entry per person.
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1. Please submit your photos via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), bring a disc to the gallup journey office (202 east hill avenue), or bring the photo to our office to be scanned. 2. No limit on the number of photos that can be submitted, but please include your name and mailing address. submissions due by monday, december 6, 2010. send short stories, poems, and digital photos to us at email@example.com or drop a disc off at our office (202 east hill avenue)
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A Giftthat Keeps on Giving W
hen the days grow short and the wind blows chill, my thoughts turn to food. I don’t think I’m unique. After all, our greatest eating holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas, are scheduled during cold weather. Just thinking ahead to Christmas makes me hungry, so let’s look at some food.
I don’t recall the movie, but I think it was one of Cecil B. DeMille’s epics set in ancient Rome. All I do remember about it is that in a scene at the Coliseum a vendor offered pieces of watermelon to the crowd. I wondered, “Did the ancient Romans eat watermelon? Is that historically accurate?” At that time I considered watermelon to be an American crop. Even now I can’t recall watermelon appearing in a foreign film, or being mentioned in what I’ve read about European food. That was the beginning of my interest in food origins. Just so you’ll know: the watermelon is believed to have been domesticated in southern Africa. Cultivation slowly moved northward. Watermelon seeds were found in the tomb of Egyptian King Tutankhamen, who died in 1323 BCE. So, undoubtedly the Romans knew of watermelon. I assume that modern Europeans eat it, too. Broadly speaking, by the fifteenth century there were three grand cuisines across the world. I’m using “cuisine” to mean a menu of preferred ingredients, as well as methods of food preparation. Each of the grand cuisines has a foundation crop that is reasonably easy to grow, supplies ample calories, and is reliably storable. The cuisine of Asia was built on rice. Europe and much of Africa based their diet on wheat, and some other grains, mostly consumed as bread or pasta. People in the
Americas depended on corn [maize] for the bulk of their calories. Interestingly, all three of these crops are in the grass family. Each domesticated food plant is a gift. Our ancestors found a wild plant, began to farm it, and by having the foresight to select seeds for next year’s planting from only the most desirable of each year’s growth, brought the plant to the form we know today. Hardly any of our crops are like their wild predecessors; selective breeding has produced varieties that are larger, more productive, tastier, and so on. All our significant food plants were domesticated by 2000 BCE. During the Age of Exploration, crops from around the world were exchanged and cultivated in new locales to create the modern global cuisine. Plants appropriate to cultivation in new places were blended into the traditional regional menus. One author wrote, “The Indians (of the Americas) gave the world three-fifths of the crops now in cultivation.”* Let’s consider some of the gifts from our ancestors in the Americas. Wild potatoes are found from the American Southwest to the far south of South America. In the area of its greatest diversity, Peru, farmers domesticated the potato maybe as early as 5,000 years ago. Although they and the later Inca also grew corn, the tubers were more of a mainstay in their diet than was the grain. Indigenous people there still grow several thousand varieties of potatoes. Around the world people harvest more rice, wheat, and maize, but potatoes are in fourth place. All three grand cuisines had included root crops in their menus. For example, the ancient Romans considered turnips to be fine dining for both men and livestock. But in no other case could a root food be considered a foundation crop.
Hardly any of our crops are like their wild predecessors. by Larry Larason Imagine the world without the potato; the famous English fish-and-chips would have to be fish-and-toast. The first time I was served potatoes in a curry sauce I thought it was weird. But potatoes are popular in India now. In fact, India is the third largest producer worldwide. Potatoes are not as storable as the grains. Grain may be kept for several years, but potatoes last only one year at best. Still, the tubers have become one of the staples of modern eating, in part because they are easier to grow than the grains, less picky about soils, and they produce 2 to 4 times the calories per acre than grains. Scurvy used to be persistent in European populations because their diet, relying on bread and dairy products, lacked sources of vitamin C. We don’t usually think of potatoes as a source of vitamin C, but they actually supply more than most tomatoes. One hundred grams of potatoes contains 20 mg of vitamin C, while an equal weight of an average tomato has only 13 mg. Some varieties are richer in the vitamin. So now let’s look at tomatoes. Tomatoes were first cultivated in the same region as potatoes, but spread to Central America. The varieties the Spaniards first took to Europe were probably from the Aztec or Mayan region. Now there are several thousand varieties grown commercially and in home gardens. Like potatoes, tomatoes have become a worldwide crop, and China is the biggest producer. When you think of tomatoes, you probably, like me, think of Italian food. The Italians adopted the tomato and made it their own. Before they embraced this new food from the Americas, they made pasta dishes with carrot sauce, or beets. I think I prefer the tomato sauce version. Can you picture pizza with beets on it? Italians also adopted some of the bean varieties from the New World, and the American squash they call zucchini. Initially Europeans were skeptical about both potatoes and tomatoes. They are in the nightshade family, after all. Europe had its own nightshades [Solanaceae] including the highly poisonous belladonna. It took nearly two centuries for the two American nightshades to become fully accepted across Europe. Are all the Solanaceae poisonous? Yes, to some extent, but the poison in tomatoes and
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“The Harvesters” by Pieter Bruegel, 1565. potatoes is largely concentrated in the leaves and stems. Green tomatoes contain the alkaloid tomatine; this is destroyed by cooking. Potatoes contain a poison, solanine. Improperly stored tubers can build more of this chemical, which is signaled by turning green. The color is actually from chlorophyll produced as the tuber prepares to sprout, but solanine is in the same parts of the flesh. Other poisonous American nightshades include tobacco and datura. Some people think chiles, another group of nightshades, are poison, but others revel in the sting they produce. I was going to write about some of my other favorite New World foods, but this piece is getting too long. I will mention two more: chocolate and peanuts. Chocolate is not just a gift, it is a blessing! It’s a whole food group in itself. I eat a portion every day, although in summer that’s difficult because it tends to melt. And peanuts? What would harried mothers do without peanut butter? In the Far East most are processed for the oil, but in America and Africa they are eaten out of hand for a nutritious and protein-laden snack. For some reason, they never caught on much in Europe. *Weatherford, Jack. Indian Givers; How the Indians of the Americas transformed the world. Crown, 1988. This interesting book is still in print.
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Kay Bennett: The Lady
Known As “Kaibah”
Kay Bennett (right) and one of her three albums of Navajo songs (left).
girl baby named Kay Curley was born to a traditional Navajo family in the Sheep Springs area in either 1920 or 1922. Her Navajo name was Kaibah, and she would use it in her artistic life. She herded sheep, learned to cook, attended ceremonies with her grandmother and finished her primary education at the Toadlena Indian School. Then her family fell on hard times following John Collier’s sheep reduction blitz in 1935. Kay found her way to California with a missionary family and stayed there. During World War II she worked in an aircraft plant in Long Beach. At that point she became homesick for Navajo country and moved back to New Mexico, becoming a dorm attendant for her old alma mater, Toadlena Indian School. In 1947 she moved on to the Indian School in Phoenix, Arizona where she was an interpreter, teacher and head of special education until 1952. She first performed as a singer at the 1951 Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial. She was called “The girl with a smile in her voice.” Over the years she continued to perform, and recorded three albums of Navajo music. They were “Kaibah,” “Navajo Love Songs,” and “Songs from the Navajo Nation.”
In 1956 she married an engineer from Missouri named Russel C. Bennett. Russel had come to Gallup to build a new oil refinery. In the early years of her marriage Kay would travel much farther than Long Beach. The Bennetts lived in Afghanistan for a couple of years and traveled through fifteen countries. The decade of the sixties turned out to be a rich and amazing journey for Kaibah. She continued her singing career and her first two albums appeared in this period. In 1963 she formed an arts and crafts enterprise known as Kaibah Company, to help poor Navajos sell their crafts. She published her autobiography Kaibah: Recollection of a Navajo Girlhood in 1964. In 1968 she was named New Mexico’s “Mother of the Year.” The following year she published her second book, coauthored by husband Russ, called A Navajo Saga, which was a fictionalized account of life on the Navajo Reservation in the late nineteenth century. It is sometimes categorized as a juvenile book. In the early sixties she started designing clothes and making dolls from scratch. At first she made Navajo dolls, sometimes with a white streak in their hair that made them look like
She was a striking sight throughout her life, elegant and always smiling.
by Ernie Bulow photo by Erin Bulow
her. Over the years she made dolls of other tribes. Shortly before her death she opened a museum she called “The Beautiful Indian Doll Museum.” By then her dolls were selling for as much as a thousand dollars. Her creations are still very collectable and pop up from time to time on the Internet. With all her other activities Kay found time to make a large number of these charming figures. Sadly, the museum ended with her passing. She was active with programs of human welfare, including the local hospital board. Her politics came to a head in 1984 when she decided to run for Tribal Chairman of the Navajos. No other woman had run for such a high office and her candidacy was popular. Unfortunately an opposing faction got her candidacy thrown out on the grounds that she didn’t live on the Reservation. In 1990 Bennett challenged two rules. First, that anyone running for office had to live on Navajo land. She owned (so to speak) her family land. Second, nobody could run for Chairman unless they had held previous office in the tribe or were presently employed by the Navajo Nation. Eventually these rules were changed, but Kaibah ran as a write-in candidate. Bennett and her dolls were featured in Ceremonial publications several times over the years. She certainly belongs in the pantheon of Ceremonial boosters. Kay Bennett served on the Ceremonial Board from 1974-1982. The Albuquerque Journal had written of her first performance back in 1951, “Her electric personality captures the audience from the very first moment. Her brilliant satin and velvet costume and turquoise jewelry, fluid grace of movement and poise makes a favorable and unforgettable impression on her audience.” And don’t forget that slash of snow white in her black hair. She was a striking sight throughout her life, elegant and always smiling. She continued to perform until the end. Shortly before her death she appeared at a dinner held to honor the Navajo Code Talkers – a typical event for her. She continued to be a hostess for Ceremonial and the Navajo Fair. Recorded more albums and wrote more books. Her self-illustrated children’s book Kesh: The Navajo Indian Cat was published in 1985. It is rather scarce these days on the rare book market. Kay Bennett was a remarkable woman and is remembered today as a model for young women along with Navajo leaders like Annie Wauneka. Past Navajo President Albert Hale said of her, “Any loss of a person like that is a loss for the Nation, and for the Navajo People.”
One of Bennett’s marvelously detailed dolls.
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by Greg Cavanaugh
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his might sound trite, but I really have no beefs with this car . . . other than the lack of a center armrest and lazy throttle tip-in. In fact, I highly recommend the Fiesta for lots of people; there’s really no reason a car like this couldn’t be the main car for a large portion of America.
This car is not going to service a family of five or more as their only vehicle, but for everyone else, you’d be surprised. Folding the seats swallowed my commuter bike (see Driving Impressions September ’10), albeit with the wheels removed. Certainly any couple that doesn’t have to cart around kids would do well with the Fiesta, too.
No longer are small cars also “economy cars.” While they are economical, they are not cheap, neither figuratively nor literally. The Fiesta, in this guise, stickers at 20K. Not exactly Toyota Yaris territory. Then again, this Fiesta has SYNC, completely keyless access (both for locks and start up . . . just leave the key in your pocket!), heated seats, a telescoping wheel and 16” rims. It doesn’t feel “cheap” either. It’s sufficiently quiet, fully smooth, and highly comfortable, too.
What most people don’t get however, is that small cars are not a compromise or let down at all. They’re generally just more fun. The Fiesta in particular makes a strong case. It darts around like a go-cart. It’s super easy to park. It feels light and lively. The power is by no means ample with only a 1.6-liter, but it’s certainly sufficient. You’re not going to win many races in this one. A mid-90s Saturn wagon handily smoked the Fiesta on an impromptu acceleration test. I’m going to chalk up part of the shellacking (Obama said it; why can’t I?) to the Fiesta’s tepid throttle.
Small cars are not a compromise or let down at all. They’re generally just more fun.
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It seems there is a one- to two-second delay between pushing the pedal down and actually getting forward movement. The Fiesta is not the only new vehicle guilty of this, either. I’m wondering if this is becoming commonplace today to help pad mileage figures for the manufacturers. I’ve driven a fair number of vehicles in the last couple of years and, oddly, this is one I really didn’t want to give back. I didn’t feel guilty, like while driving a large SUV. I didn’t feel gluttonous, like driving a vehicle with a sticker that is half the price of my house. I didn’t feel lame, like driving the same vehicle everyone else is driving on the road. I felt, content. I felt, free . . . I REALLY liked the keyless package, SYNC the phone and keep it and the key in your pocket, just get in and drive! The same goes for getting out. Hit the stop button on the dash, get out, hit the lock button on the outside handle and you’re done. I can’t go through a whole write-up about a small car without mentioning the fuel economy benefit: 29 city/ 38 highway. (Even better when you opt for the manual transmission.) More Americans need to be driving cars like this. They are comfortable, fun, functional and responsible . . . and if it can’t be your only vehicle, make it your second vehicle. It’s party time. SPECIFICATIONS VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan PRICE AS TESTED: $20,330.00 (base price: $16,995) ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, port fuel injection Displacement: 97 cu in, 1596 cc Power (SAE net): 120 bhp @ 6350 rpm, Torque (SAE net): 112 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm
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Gallup Business Improvement District Manager Q. So, what got you interested in working for the Business Improvement District? A. I have a number of friends here in Gallup. Some have lived and worked here for a while and they became aware of a part-time position with the BID and that is what brought me down here. Q. What do you enjoy most about your job? A. The cross section of private entrepreneurship and government and policy, as well as the challenges associated with getting things done through the rules and regulations that are set up – particularly on the government side. Q. What is the biggest challenge of your job? A. Together, working with the Board there are a lot of ideas out there and a lot of potential, I think. A lot of people are attracted to Gallup for their own reasons and there are also a lot of opportunities to improve the business climate. I think the biggest challenge is sifting through all of those opportunities and identifying a plan of action. Q. What are your priorities as manager of the Business Improvement District? A. Well, we have a lot of ideas out there in a business plan that was drafted before I got here. My primary objectives right now are: implementing some capital projects funded by a grant that we receive from the state, planning an annual membership meeting in January, and working on the Downtown Christmas initiative which is going to go on for three weekends beginning in December. I am also working on some longer-term plans for cross walk safety on Route 66. Q. What do you see as the future for the Business Improvement District in Gallup? A. That is going to be up to the Board of Directors and the City. Business Improvement Districts – as they are conceived in state law – are beneficial. They can do a lot of good in place of government. They are a little more flexible. Q. What do you enjoy doing in your off time? A. I work on the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee in Newark, New Jersey where I’m from. It’s something I have been associated with since I could walk. This year I’m the General Chairman so that’s what is going to take up my free time. Q. What is your favorite book? A. Right now I’m reading The Virginian by Owen Wister. It’s a book about a Southerner and a story about the frontier in the 1880s and 1890s. So far, it has centered on the challenges of leadership and love and it’s been very interesting for me to read, I think, for those reasons. Q. If you could trade places with one famous person, who would it be and why? A. I read a story recently about Francis Scott Key and the War of 1812, so he is on my mind. The British admiral trained his guns on the American Flag in an attempt to force surrender but, like they sing in the song, throughout the night the Flag kept standing and throughout the night the admiral could not figure out why. In the morning they discovered that the Americans had continued to flock to the Flag to keep it upright. By morning it was held by bodies of Americans piled around it. It is an amazing image and amazing to think of what they did for love of country.
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by Patricia Darak
The Hunt Our daughter is quite the expert on evasion and circular logic.
e are on a hunt; our daughter’s doll is missing, and she is terribly upset.
“Where did you leave her?” “I don’t know, Momma! Can’t you look?” “But, I’ve looked everywhere. Hmm . . . did you leave her in the car?” “I think so. Go look, Momma. I want my doll.” “Why don’t we go check together?” “I don’t want to, Momma. You go. I want my doll.” “But, if we both go together, maybe you’ll remember where she is.” “No, Momma. I’m tired; you go. I want my doll.”
“I don’t know. I lost her again.” “Oh.” “Can you find her, Momma? Please?” After I pause to take a few breaths, I look into her wide eyes and I smile. “Of course, honey. Where did you leave her?” “I don’t know, Momma. Can you find her, please?” Here we go again.
“Did you ask your sister if she’s seen her?” “She said no, Momma. Can you find her, please?” “Did you ask your brother if he’s seen her?” “He doesn’t know, Momma. Can you find her, please? I really want my doll.” “Did you ask Daddy? Maybe he knows where she is.” “No, Momma! I want you to find her!” “Okay, honey. Let’s start looking, room by room.” “Momma, I said I’m so tired. You go find her, okay?” “Alright. I’ll be back.” “Thanks, Momma.”
“Did you ask your sister if she’s seen your doll?” “No, Momma. She didn’t see her because she’s playing in her room.” “But, did you ask her?” “No.” “How about your brother?” “No, Momma. He’s playing in the backyard.” “Has he seen your doll? Maybe you left it outside.” “I don’t think so, Momma.” “Did you take her outside? Were you playing outside?” “I don’t know, Momma. I’m only three. I have a small brain.” “No, you don’t. You have a big brain and you’re very smart. Now . . . were you playing outside?” “I’m so smart. Right, Momma?” “Yes, honey, you’re so smart.” “Do you love me, Momma?” “Yes, of course I do. I love you with all of my heart.” “Then . . . can you find my doll, please?”
Thirty minutes later, I had returned from my recovery mission, empty-handed. As I slowly approached our daughter, I noticed that, while she’s supposedly too tired to look for her doll, she’s not too tired to wrestle with her father.
Ah, yes. Our daughter is quite the expert on evasion and circular logic. Although not yet four, she is miles ahead of me in thinking. Not only does she think outside of the box, she thinks outside-the-box-and-into-the-next-state.
“I’m sorry, honey. I didn’t find your doll; I looked everywhere. I’m sorry.” “That’s okay, Momma. I found her.” “You did? That’s good. Where was she?” “I was sitting on her.” “Oh. Where is she now?”
Her older brother and older sister are also masters in thought/argument conquest. I think they taught their little sister the ropes.
And so begins another round of Find-The-Toy: Doll Edition. The only thing that our daughter remembers is that she had her doll earlier, and now it’s gone. She’s upset, but refuses to help in any recovery effort. I think that if she were able to snap her fingers to make her doll appear, she would do so; I know that I would.
“No, honey. You need to find your own doll. Then, when
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by Ben Alford Three Gallupians take a wrong turn at Albuquerque and wind up in a strange, urban habitat – New York City. These are their words.
Getting Lost for a Living
he last couple of months, I’ve been employed as a writer/ photographer/data-collector by a ‘hyper-local’ news company that’s preparing to launch a website dedicated solely to Bed-Stuy, the neighborhood in Brooklyn where we live. The company hopes to tap into latent demand on the part of area residents for current, reliable and (most importantly) relevant community information. If all goes according to plan, the new site will draw a high volume of traffic, which, in turn, should pique the interest of potential advertisers looking to gain increased exposure for their goods, services, PSAs, propaganda or whatever. As with the publication you’re now holding, selling ads is how the journalistic venture I work for aims to remain solvent. My function – admittedly rather small in the grand scheme of things – has been to create profiles for Bed-Stuy businesses that will ultimately become a part of an exhaustive, searchable directory. With several hundred businesses scattered over a densely populated area of three-and-a-half square miles, this has meant a lot of good, old-fashioned legwork. Fun, yes, but not the easiest for someone still far more comfortable in small-town America than in the world’s great urban, cosmopolitan habitats. For me, the process of internalizing new maps has always been arduous and strange. Only after months of consistent and disciplined bicycle exploration during my junior year of college did I really orient myself in Grand Rapids. In my mind, Albuquerque’s still pretty much just a smoggy blob with nice mountains and a couple of freeways slicing through it. Los Angeles? Detroit? Forget it. You’d be better off with that infinite monkey pointing at random; at least that way you’d know you’d get there sometime. A million years late is better than never. I think Gallup’s configuration, with its very dominant east-west axis and salient natural landmarks spoiled me growing up. Navigating successfully required not so much rote memorization and map-reading competency as the simple familiarization of myself with a few rules of thumb. In Gallup, getting to your destination just kind of happens the way conclusions follow premises in logic. Sure, you may not always find the most direct route, but you always end up in the right place. Certainly, you are never lost. If asked, you can always lippoint correctly. So imagine me here in New York City, consigned to wander the grid with a gigantic, veterinary-cone-of-directional-ignorance sticking out of the neck of my coat keeping me from ever really getting my bearings. It would be one thing if the gridlines were labeled alpha-numerically in a logical fashion. Frankie’s Barber Shop would be at 1-A and Cynthia’s Party Supplies at 8-G. No problem; Battleship wasn’t that hard last time I played in 5th grade.
Unfortunately for me, though, the streets in Bed-Stuy have been (as far as I’m concerned) assigned names arbitrarily – names like Stuyvesant, Myrtle and Kosciuszko, no less. Some avenues are even called different things depending on where you are: Marcus Garvey Boulevard is Sumner Avenue above a certain line of latitude. All in all, there were some fifty, crisscrossing names in my jurisdiction. Add to all this a complete dearth of external reference points from which to derive my position relative to the cardinal directions, and what you get is a guy who felt pretty dizzy for a few weeks there. As you might imagine, lip-pointing is useless here. These are the canyons on the outside of the Death Star, only the ghost of Obi Wan cannot help you. But it’s fall and beautiful here, so I haven’t really minded the hours of extra walking. You wonder sometimes if you haven’t been sucked into a cinematic cliché walking tree-lined streets, ambling past brownstone after brownstone in the alchemical light of late afternoon. You can learn a lot about your awareness of space and time when lost in this celluloid wonderland. To ameliorate panic and frustration, I often imagined the structures around me turning transparent: just frames. Better: just the surveying stakes before anything was built at all. I can’t imagine the skeletal scene transplanted in the desert of New Mexico. The Lightening Field is an earthwork masterminded by the artist Walter De Maria. It’s a 1-mile x 1-kilometer grid marked out by 400 evenly spaced stainless steel poles driven into in the ground outside of Quemado. (The actor, banjo virtuoso and art fanatic, Steve Martin loves the place, if you needed more convincing to make the trip next time you’re headed down to Pie Town.) The work might very well be the most pristine intersection of Gallup’s spatial sensibility with New York City’s, of the waning-but-still-vast emptiness of the American frontier with the waxing piles of urban accumulation, of the organic with the structured, of eternity with ticking time, of the desire to know with the desire to be, of being lost and knowing right where you are.
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We will not have any kids’ matinees for the month of December. We will resume in January 2011. Happy Holidays! Saturday, December 4, 2010 Doors: 6pm Show Time: 7pm Millennium Media. Inc, JA’Z Enterprise, and Sammy C’s Presents Noche De Recuerdos Con Antonio Reyna and special guests Trio Los Amigos, Ballet En Fuego de Frances Lujan, and Mariachi Nuevo Sonido. Gallup’s Own, Antonio Reyna brings his “Noche De Recuerdos” Show Home! Join us at the Historic El Morro Theatre downtown and live an unforgettable nostalgic and magical evening. Songs and dances chosen for the evening’s program are from some of Mexico’s most popular composers and will take you down memory lane. Admission: $15 General Admission Tickets are available at The KKOR Radio Station and at the door, the night of the show. For more information please call 505-238-4555. Wednesday, December 15, 2010 6:30pm Gallup Firefighters Annual Christmas Show Come join the Gallup Firefighters for a night of magic, dance and fun. Admission: At The Door: Adults: $10.00 Children 12 and under: $8.00 For more information and to purchase tickets please call (505) 681-6903 Saturday, December 25, 2010 No Kids Matinee MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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rittany Toll is a beautiful person. Yes, she is the reigning Miss New Mexico USA 2011 and won the similar honor in 2005 as Miss New Mexico Teen USA. However, her beauty is not purely a result of her broad smile, white teeth, and pretty face. Brittany works as a pre-kindergarten teacher in Gallupâ€™s Rocky View Elementary School. She volunteers, is a positive role model, and travels throughout the state to promote early childhood education. Brittanyâ€™s beauty, though obvious at first glance, is exuded from deep within through her generosity, values and passions.
Brittany was born in southern California and moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico in 5th grade. She participated in choir during middle and high school and as a high school junior was encouraged to get involved in the Miss Teen USA program. When she won the title for New Mexico she was surprised and humbled, but quickly realized that with her new role, she could help create opportunities to reach out and help those in need. While in college at New Mexico State University, Brittany was part of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, which further propelled her interests in community service and philanthropy. As a senior at NMSU in spring of 2009, about to graduate with honors and a marketing degree, Brittany knew that Teach For America (TFA) was something she wanted to be a part of. In fact, it was the only job she applied for. TFA is an AmeriCorps program that trains highly qualified college graduates as teachers who are then placed in at-risk communities. There are 39 urban and rural regions throughout the country where TFA corps members commit to work for two years in order to improve educational achievement for the students they teach. Brittany was accepted into the program and placed in Gallup, her first choice. Despite the fact that her family moved to Colorado when she started college, Brittany wanted to stay in New Mexico and looked forward to living in a new part of the state. Of
When she won the title for New Mexico she was surprised and humbled, but quickly realized that with her new role, she could help create opportunities to reach out and help those in need.
The Land of Enchantment Brittany says, “New Mexico has given me so much in education; I just want to give back.” Teaching came naturally to Brittany in many ways. Education was something she considered studying at NMSU, but it turns out that her background in marketing and advertising have been very useful in the classroom. With two sections of eighteen four-yearolds each day, Brittany had to find a way to get them all on the same page, with a desire to listen and learn. During “Circle Time” at the beginning of each class, the students discuss the calendar and weather, but also review the rules and reasons for school. In response to the question, “Why do you need to learn a lot and have big brains?” Brittany’s students shout in unison, “So we can do anything we want to do!” Beyond the academic standards, her students are learning confidence, becoming invested in their own education, and gaining a hopeful outlook. The rewards of teaching are countless. Brittany has seen her students blossom over the last months, opening up to each other, building relationships and developing life skills. It’s been a learning experience for the teacher, as well. Brittany has gained a sense of the vast range of children as far as interests, learning styles, and growth. Every student has his or her own strengths and abilities to which Brittany strives holding each individual accountable. Now in her second year teaching at Rocky View Elementary, Brittany’s is a model classroom for the school district and she is a learning team leader for Teach For America. However, her positive influence is also felt beyond the walls of her portable classroom. Brittany has been volunteering as a mentor with the Big Brothers
Big Sisters program for almost a year. She travels across the state to promote early childhood education and leadership as a strong female role model. She is raising awareness for the Susan G. Komen Organization and DKMS America’s Swab Drive – a bone marrow drive in which participants receive a kit in the mail, swab their cheek, and send the sample back. The results are kept in a national registry of potential donors who have committed to donating bone marrow if theirs is a match for a cancer patient in need. Brittany is also in the early stages of writing and illustrating a children’s book. Her role as Miss New Mexico USA has, undoubtedly, provided a microphone and an audience for Brittany’s passions. Promotion for early childhood education will echo loudly in the months leading up to the Miss USA pageant in May when Brittany will compete in Las Vegas for the national title. She is confident, having gone through this process before as Miss New Mexico Teen USA. She’s looking forward to meeting new people and enjoying new experiences during the two-week competition. When it’s over, she’ll return to Gallup to finish up the school year with her pre-kindergarten students or, if she wins Miss USA, she’ll immediately fly to New York and begin her duties as the national titleholder. Either way, the future is bright for this beauty queen. After teaching for three more years, Brittany plans to pursue a master’s degree in early childhood education or psychology. It’s sure that her passion for education and service will lead her to a plethora of opportunities. She’d like to travel and experience life in a different place for a while, but a return to New Mexico will always be on the horizon.
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From Idea to Invention: DWI Prevention
by H. Haveman
very great invention starts with an idea. A good idea fills a void and provides for a need. A great idea can perform this and be readily implemented into a system where people can start to use it. And when an idea can provide solutions for problems, is readily functional, and gains enough support and momentum, it develops into an invention. A new business in Gallup has a product that is ready to hit the streets in January where, the hope is, it will drastically reduce the number of repeat DWI offenders on our roads. M & L Programs LLC was created just over a year ago with an idea that Michael Wylie had after watching the television show, Cops. Frustrated with the fact that drunk driving is such a chronic problem in our nation, and especially in New Mexico, he developed an idea for a system that will stop repeat offenders before they even take a drink. The program is called A.C.O.P. – short for Alcohol Court Ordered Program. In simple terms, DWI offenders will be registered in a database, accessible only by law enforcement and the court system. Any point of sale, i.e. convenience store, restaurant, local tavern, etc., will have installed an identification scanner connected to the main database. When a DWI offender tries to purchase alcohol, their ID will be scanned and they will be denied purchase. Wylie took the idea to his mother, Laura McCall, whose support he’s relied on throughout his life. McCall is deeply connected to the cause for decreasing intoxicated driving. Thirty-five years ago, her sister’s family was in a terrible accident caused by a drunk driver. Their lives were changed on that day, by no choice of their own, and they have never been the same since. Though she herself struggles to get by on disability and social security checks, McCall saw the potential in her son’s idea and has put forth every effort to see it through. Wylie’s motivation and strong belief in the program come as a result of his own experience with addiction. He’s convinced that a forced change in behavior may have real and lasting results, like it did for him. If those who’ve been convicted of abusing alcohol and choosing to drive can no longer just stop at their favorite
watering hole or habitually pick up some beer at the grocery store, they may be prevented from committing a future DWI offense. In recent years, much attention has been focused on decreasing DWI offenses in New Mexico, with measurable success. Several approaches have been taken to specifically reduce repeat offenses, including ignition interlock, electronically monitored house arrest, vehicle impoundment, and therapy. And yet, our state still ranks in or near the top ten nationally for alcohol impaired driving fatalities, of which 35% involve repeat offenders. M & L Programs LLC has developed the mantra, “It’s time to say no to those who use alcohol as a weapon to kill our families and children.” Sadly, in this area it’s difficult to find someone who hasn’t been affected in some way by an alcohol-related accident. Possibly for this reason, the A.C.O.P. system has gained overwhelming and immediate support from the City of Gallup all the way up to the Governor’s office and Mothers Against Drunk Driving on a national level. Neither Wylie nor McCall have much experience when it comes to the ins and outs of business and legislation, let alone writing computer software. However, several people and organizations have been instrumental in providing services and launching the small business and its idea to the next level. New Mexico Small Business Development Center and Gallup’s Mayor and City Council have given invaluable support. Los Alamos Labs provided a grant for forecast and research. Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments (COG) has given a loan for a patent attorney and is writing legislation. A group at Santa Fe Prep is helping with lobbying and UNM’s Anderson School of Management has written a business plan – pro bono. M & L Programs LLC has been on the fast track to get their product out, and all the hard work, phone calls and traveling around the state, is about to pay off. Since early November, highly accomplished software designer Ron Crowley and his team have been creating the A.C.O.P. software needed to make Wylie’s idea a reality. The system will be ready for unveiling in January 2011 and Gallup is set to be a
Michael Wylie and his mother, Laura McCall, developed an idea for a system that will stop repeat offenders before they even take a drink.
model for the program. Leaders in Gallup, Grants, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Farmington, Aztec and Las Cruces have all shown interest in using the program in their areas. If successful, the technology could be expanded beyond New Mexico to target repeat DWI offenders on a national level. In addition to alcohol, it also has the capacity to limit the purchase of chemicals to make illegal drugs or bombs, ammunition, and guns. According to the New Mexico Department of Health, Epidemiology and Response Division, in 2006 the economic costs associated with alcohol abuse in New Mexico amounted to an estimated $2.5 billion or over $1,250 per person – far more than the alcohol-related tax revenue generated. M & L Programs LLC wants their technology to be used and has attached a reasonable price tag to the installation and use of the scanning hardware. From a merchant’s perspective, using the system will be far less costly than the expense of fines for alcohol-related violations or other legal liability issues. Personal financial gain seems to be unimportant to Wylie who exchanged shares of his business with Crowley and his design team as partial payment for the software, saying “If I save at
least one life, I’m willing to give up part of my company.” Wylie and McCall have also decided to give back to the community and honor those who have been impacted by an alcohol-related accident by setting up a scholarship fund through UNM’s Anderson School of Management and establishing the Scott Costley Memorial Park on Gallup’s west side. Matters of legislation and operating details are currently being worked out, but as of now, Wylie and McCall are looking forward to bringing the A.C.O.P. system to the public next month. As with any new technology, they expect to hit a few bumps along the way, but with such enormous support and momentum, it looks as though M & L Programs LLC can expect a smooth and safe road ahead. You can find out more by visiting the website and blog at ACOPDWI.COM. Sources: DWIWatch.org New Mexico Department of Health, Epidemiology and Response Division U.S. Department of Transportation
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Corps Year: 2010 Undergraduate: Pennsylvania State Hometown: Gettysburg, PA Teaching Community: Mariano Lake School: Mariano Lake Community School Grade/Subject: 1st Grade
Why did you join Teach For America-New Mexico? I was fortunate enough to grow up in a family and in a community that really pushed education. Because of this, I knew that the path to achieving great things started with achievement in school. When I got to college, I realized that my positive childhood experiences, mindsets and the opportunities I gained because of my education weren’t the same for all students. In essence, I joined TFA-NM because I think that all students should be given the same opportunities that I was given when I was younger, and it only seems fair to help that become a reality. Describe your first day as a corps member. I was beyond excited at the adventure I was just starting but was simultaneously shaking in my boots. I’ve never been this far from home, so the reality of packing up and coming the whole way across the country was just starting to settle in and my nerves were starting to get to me! What personal goals have you set for yourself? First, to be a positive influence in the lives of my students; to help them believe that they can succeed, to help them set goals for themselves, and to help them reach those goals. Second, to infiltrate the community and truly understand what it’s like to live here. And, last but not least, to explore as much of the Southwest as I possibly can. What kinds of goals are your students trying to achieve? My students are all working towards being proficient in the DIBELS test, which measures their literacy skills. They are also working towards benchmark status (on or above grade level) on the NWEA that measures their mathematics and literacy skills. How is your relationship with other teachers at your school? I would say that my relationship with the other teachers at my school is fantastic. I thoroughly enjoy teaching with each one of them, and am thankful for the help and advice they’ve offered me. What is it like to teach in Mariano Lake? I feel incredibly privileged to have been placed at Mariano Lake. The people that live in the surrounding area are friendly and helpful, my students are adorable, and the landscape is absolutely beautiful. I couldn’t have asked for a better placement. Do you spend a lot of time around where you teach? I spend a fair amount of time afterschool around where I teach but since I live in Gallup I spend most of my time there.
Corps Year: 2009 Undergraduate: Southwest Baptist University Hometown: Oswego, NY Teaching Community: Gallup School: Rocky View Elementary School Grade/Subject: 5th Grade
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. . . Continued from page 28 you’ve finished playing with her; you should put her away in your bedroom.”
I gazed down into her now-smiling face, then knelt down and hugged her.
She stared up at me with her wide eyes, not quite understanding that her Momma has refused her request. Not only that, but Momma wanted her to do something for herself. Confusion steals over her angelic little face.
“Of course you are, darling. You’ll always be my baby in my heart.” “Momma?” “Yes, sweetheart? What is it?” “You’re squeezing me. Let go.” “Oh! I’m sorry.” “That’s okay, Momma. Can we find my doll now?” “Where should we start looking?” “Let’s look on my couch. She’s probably there.” “Why do you think that?” “Because that’s where I left her.” “Oh, okay. That’s a good idea. Let’s start looking there.”
“But, Momma! I can’t find my doll!” “Have you even looked for her?” “No, Momma. I want you to look for her. Please?” “I have looked for her. She’s your doll. You need to take care of her.” Her formerly innocent face becomes clouded with anger and injustice. “I’m mad at you Momma! You’re mean!” “I’m sorry that you think that I’m mean. I just want you to take care of your toys. That’s what a big girl does.” “I’m not a big girl. I’m still a baby.” At this, she sits down and starts to suck her thumb. “No, honey. You can walk, you can talk, you’re potty-trained, and you go to school. That means that you’re growing into a big girl. Now, let’s look for your doll together, okay?” She thinks about it for a few minutes, then stands up and holds my hand. “Okay, Momma. But . . . I’m still your baby in your heart, right?”
And, just like that, the universe is once again in order, and trouble has been averted. For now, anyway. “Momma?” “Yes, honey?” “I can’t find my other shoe. It’s gone.” “Did you look in your closet on your shoe shelf?” “No.” Uh, oh. Here we go again. “Can you look for it, Momma? Please?”
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A look at some books available at your local public library
he Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman has a long title that might need a little interpreting before you are inspired enough to go to the library, check it out, and give it a read â€“ which, by the way, is definitely the point of this little article. This work of non-fiction takes place, or at least begins, in the city of Merced. The central valley of California is home to many Southeast Asian immigrants, including one of the largest populations of Hmong people in the US. The Hmong people have a complicated and interesting history. Unlike Laotians and Cambodians, with whom they share many characteristics, the Hmong people have never
in their many-centuries-old history had a homeland of their own â€“ hence the explanation of their relative anonymity. Originally a tribe from China, this highly independent, but small and poor group of people managed to spend centuries avoiding ever being ruled by an outside group or government. This means that as a people they have relocated many times throughout the centuries, eventually landing and living in the high mountains on the borders of Laos and Cambodia and Vietnam. Tens of thousands of Hmong wound up in refugee camps in Thailand after the Laotian Civil War (or the Secret War). They had been recruited (by the CIA) to fight in this civil war and when the Communist forces won, the Hmong were singled out for retribution and fled to safety in Thailand. From there, the UN began
For all of us who live and work at the intersections of cultures there is a great deal to learn from this tale. refugee relocation programs, moving many Hmong in the central valley of California (Fresno, Merced, Stockton). Anne Fadiman came to Merced because she heard that there were all sorts of troublesome conflicts happening between the medical establishments in the area and the Hmong immigrants. Upon arriving, the doctors and nurses in the area begin to tell her the story of one particular little girl and her family who had so flummoxed the hospitals, doctors, nurses, and social workers, that her story was one of the first on everyone’s lips. Enter little Lia Lee. Lia is the fourteenth child of Foua and Nao Kao who arrived in the US just a year or so before her birth in 1982. When she was only a few months old, Lia’s parents noticed that she began to regularly convulse uncontrollably. Eventually (after several un-translated visits to the ER where Lia was sent home with cough medicine for a cough), Lia was diagnosed with Epilepsy. This story tells of a decade long battle between Lia’s family and the medical practitioners who were trying to care for her. The battle went like this: From the age 3 months to 4-and-a-half years, Lia was admitted to the hospital 17 times and had more than 100 visits to the emergency room because of her persistent and very violent grand mal seizures. Her two primary pediatricians were intimately involved in Lia’s care – tromping out at all hours of the night to care for her personally in the ER rather than involve any of the residents. Over the years, they prescribed various medications for her epilepsy, certain that it should be controllable. But frequently when they did blood work, they would see that her mother wasn’t giving the meds to her. This aggravated the usually unflappable doctors to no end. For years, they sent social workers and public health workers to the house to train the family about the meds, only to find that again and again, Foua would give the meds only when she wanted to, not as prescribed. When she was four and a half, the doctors determined that Lia should be removed from her home and placed in foster care for a time. Fadiman spent years with Lia’s family and with the Hmong community at large. She learned some facts that no one, in all of their years of intense care for this girl, ever learned. She learned that in the Hmong culture – a highly spiritual and animistic culture – all sickness is caused by a bad spirit (or a dab) getting into the body. One can get a dab in a thousand different ways. In this case, the family believed that Lia’s dab was caused when her big sister Yer slammed the door loudly when she was
a newborn. The family diagnosed Lia’s problem not as a neurological problem, but as a spiritual problem, which necessitated many ritual interventions from the Txiv Neev, or shaman. Most of these involved a live animal sacrifice (comically enacted in the family’s little tiny inner-city apartment). But interestingly, while Lia’s “Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down” (or qaug dab peg) sickness is worrisome to her family, it is also a very important sign. Within the Hmong, people who have these symptoms are known to be gifted with spiritual powers. This means that her family was deeply ambivalent about their daughter’s disease. On the one hand, it was terrible to watch her seizures, but on the other, it was a sign of a special power and authority resting on their favorite child, Lia. The book chronicles years of ever-increasing distrust growing between the two groups of people – with this sick little girl right in the middle of it all. Because I know that you are going to go read this book for yourself, I don’t want to say any more about how the collision ends, or if it ever does. I have now read this book three times, so I’m clearly very excited about it. Let me just summarize a few reasons why I think that it is well worth your time. First, Fadiman is a very tidy writer. You learn a little about neuroscience and a lot about a very intriguing culture written not with dry medicalese or anthropoligese, but with a warm, engaging tone. Second, the story is so delicately balanced that you will see the deep tragedy that exists in all conflicts. Fadiman portrays both the doctors and the Lee family as groups who are truly acting out of the best of intentions, but who simply cannot bridge the gap that divides them. Last, for all of us who live and work at the intersections of cultures – be it in health care, schools, or law enforcement – there is a great deal to learn from this tale. Fadiman gives a powerful reminder that language, belief, and culture are not merely the dress that we wear, but are deep determinates of how we experience and interact with the world. She points out that it is not just the Hmong who hold stubbornly to their culturally prescribed point of view. So too, she suggests, is science and Western medicine simply another culture with its own set of values, its own language, its own beliefs. There are a few real heroes in this tale. They are the unexpected people who through years of faithfulness and respectful listening were able to forge strong bonds of friendship and trust across this great divide of culture.
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Near and Far
iving in Gallup, I see a lot of stray animals walking through the neighborhoods and alongside the roads. It’s something I hope I never get used to. My heart breaks every time and I rack my brain for a friend who might have space or know someone who could take in another animal. The truth is, I can count on one hand the number of families I know who don’t have a dog, cat or some grouping of the two living in their homes. It’s hard to believe, but there are actually places in our country that have a shortage of dogs – something we’ll probably never have to deal with in our area, according to humane society director, Cosy Balok. With 5000 animals coming through their doors each year, the McKinley County Humane Society has more than just their hands full. With a sprawling jurisdiction, including Gallup and McKinley County, beds, outdoor runs, food bowls and the lineups for vaccinations and spay-neuter procedures are full, as well.
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Fortunately, our humane society has developed connections with a couple of the areas that are in need of canines (there doesn’t seem to be as high a demand for felines, sadly) and has been able to provide about 530 animals for adoption outside of Gallup. “Adoptathons” have been gaining popularity in the Albuquerque area, where, simply due to larger population, there is more
demand. Animals are transported to a common and publicized site where people looking for a pet companion have the chance to adopt them. The McKinley County Humane Society participates in 6 to 8 adoptathons each year in Albuquerque. Recently, 17 puppies and 3 adult dogs were transported to new homes in the Denver area. Early in the morning, the wide-eyed group was loaded into crates and then onto a plane at Gallup Municipal Airport where they began their journey north. Stan Thomas, a faithful friend at the humane society, volunteered his plane and his own time to fly the animals to Raton, NM, where they were met and driven the rest of the way to Denver. This was the second flight that the humane society has planned to transport animals to Colorado. “It takes an extra effort on everyone’s part,” Balok explained, but the dogs were only crated for one-and-a-half hours compared to five and were guaranteed a home when they arrived in the Denver area. Giving animals a second chance and matching them with loving owners makes it all worthwhile. Donations have been down this year at the McKinley County Humane Society, but that doesn’t mean that the staff and volunteers are slowing down – in fact, just the opposite. Their biggest requests are for monetary donations and reliable and loving foster homes in which animals can stay in the short term. It’s been said that dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. Rescuing a dog or cat from roaming the streets this winter is sure to change more than one life. If interested in fostering a dog or cat, please call the humane society at (505) 8632616 to set up an interview.
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TOWN Hospital Gives Back by Amy Hughes If you ask Gallup residents why they stay in Gallup, their answers will vary, but one answer you’ll frequently hear is, “the people.” The people are friendly, they are diverse, opinionated, and . . . possessive of their town. Gallup is their town. If you ask them about Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services (RMCHCS), they will tell you, it is their hospital. The employees of RMCHCS agree. RMCHCS belongs to this community and its employees are here to serve the people of this community. RMCHCS employees are dedicated to giving the best care possible to their patients. However, their caring and dedication often goes beyond the hospital and spills out into the community. For the past three years, RMCHCS employees have held a Second Harvest food drive for the McKinley County Food Pantry. This year they collected over 527 nonperishable food items. On the last Friday of every month, non-clinical employees may wear jeans for a fee of $2.00. The money collected is given to a local charity. During the Christmas holidays, employees collect gifts for children who might not otherwise have much of a Christmas. Recently, over 175 people attended a memorial service in the hospital’s solarium to remember all those who have passed away in the last year. This annual service is planned by the Pastoral Care Department and is open to all community members. There are numerous other ways RMCHCS employees give to the community . . . through their involvement in other service organizations, church activities, and school activities, just to name a few. The care shown by RMCHCS employees is a reflection of the caring one sees in Gallup. It is this that makes Gallup a special place . . . a reason why Gallup residents want to stay here.
USDA Awards Funds USDA Awards Funds to Close the Gap in Rural Food Distribution USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner announced today funding from his agency is being awarded to the Farm to Table non-profit organization to develop better strategies to deliver food to rural communities. The $142,382 Rural Community Development Grant (RCDG) will be used by Farm to Table to pay for the creation of guidelines on cooperative development and management of food by small communities across the state. Farm to Table will develop the guidelines to help address three major problems facing the delivery of food to small rural communities. The main challenges that face these communities include meat processing infrastructure, food safety, and food storage/transportation. The strategies are needed because one third of the counties in New Mexico have low food access and New Mexico is currently rated as being the second most food insecure state in the nation. The grant money will be used to contract professional services, including legal services, to address specific needs and to develop onsite training for cooperative/mutually-owned food businesses.
P.E.O. Sisterhood The Secret is Out One of the best kept secrets in Gallup is the P.E.O. Sisterhood. Its two local chapters support grants, scholarships, loans, and other gifts to educate women. Recently, in October, Chapter C, P.E.O. sent off its annual gift of hundreds of dollars to their projects. P.E.O. was never secret about its philanthropy, but a long-standing culture of keeping their light under a bushel caused a kind of hush-hush atmosphere about its activities. No longer will P.E.O. keep quiet about helping to educate women everywhere. Projects include: an Educational Loan Fund with a very low interest rate; the International Peace Scholarships awarded to women of other nations; grants to the Program for Continuing Education, which gives a handsup to women trying to improve their lives through added education; the Scholar Awards, which give millions each year to advanced study and post graduate research; the Star Scholarship; and the P.E.O. Foundation. P.E.O. members even own and support Cottey College, a two-year college for women in Missouri. Besides these national and worldwide projects, P.E.O. awards three scholarships annually to deserving New Mexico women. So, P.E.O. is an educational and philanthropic organization. Yet, its serious purposed does not preclude the fun and laughter enjoyed by the ladies. You may not have heard much about what and who members are, but you may have helped them raise funds when you attended on of the Chapter T’s gourmet dinners, or shopped at one of Chapter C’s “really big” garage sales. P.E.O. is not so secret anymore. You will be hearing much more about it.
87301 New Red Rock Dialysis Gallup Facility Congratulations to Dr. Jonathan Iralu Recently, Gallup’s Jonathan V. Iralu, MD, FACP, was honored with the 2010 ACP New Mexico Chapter Laureate Award. The Laureate Award honors Fellows and Masters of the American College of Physicians who have demonstrated by their example and conduct an abiding commitment to excellence in medial care, education, or research and service to their community, their Chapter, and the College. Since 1994, Dr. Iralu has practiced Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine as a Medical Officer in the Indian Health Service at Gallup Indian Medical Center where he initiated an HIV treatment program in Navajo Area, developed a pharmacy adherence clinic for patients being treated for HIV, and started an HIV nurse case management program. He also runs the Navajo Area HIS Tuberculosis Program, chairs the HIS Syphilis Task Force, and serves as the Chair of both the Infection Control Committee and Epidemiology Response Team at GIMC. Dr. Iralu is an Associate Physician in the Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequalities and Senior Physician in the Division of Global Health Equity (both of Brigham and Women’s Hospital), Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of New Mexico, and an instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. His commitment to community service is not limited to his work in Gallup; he is a founding member of the Thai Burma Border Health Initiative, a non-governmental organization dedicated to helping improve the health and wellbeing of the people living along the border in Kanchanaburi province of Thailand and the adjacent area in Burma.
Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services (RMCHCS) announced today that a long-term lease agreement has been signed with Red Rocks Dialysis, LLC (RRD) for a new location for the Red Rocks Dialysis Gallup Facility. “We are very excited to see this new center coming to life,” said Karen Lautermilch, CEO of RMCHCS. “Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of the whole community, patients will now have access to this beautiful new facility and the latest, most advanced hemodialysis services.” The new, state-of-the-art dialysis center will be located at 725 Hospital Drive, in the Lidio G. Rainaldi Dialysis Building, named for the state Senator who was instrumental in securing funding for the new facility. RMCHCS divested of its dialysis program in 2008 to Red Rocks Dialysis (whose parent company is Innovative Dialysis Systems, Inc.). Since that time both parties have worked diligently to bring the new center to fruition. “It’s taken a collaborative and concerted effort from everyone involved,” noted Dr. James Whitfield, Medical Director of Red Rocks Dialysis. “It was a long process, but everyone worked with the patients’ and the community’s best interests in mind. Through this new facility, we can now expand our services and provide a more accessible, convenient solution for patients with nephrology and dialysis needs.” Currently, Red Rocks Dialysis Gallup provides hemodialysis services in an older facility located on Red Rock Drive. The existing facility has 28 dialysis stations, while the new facility will have 37 stations. This added capacity will greatly improve the access to dialysis care. Red Rocks Dialysis is working with the New Mexico Department of Health Services to provide a timely and safe transition to the new facility.
“Humans Being More” Training Gallup Chamber of Commerce and 4 Directions Wellness Resources are sponsoring a 2-day program designed to help you turn your personal dreams into reality. “Humans Being More” began originally at Nikken University for its own consultants, but has been expanded and has been changing lives for more than 25 years. During the training, participants will: • Experience the power of intention and commitment. • Gain clarity on how to reach personal goals. • Improve listening and communication skills. • Achieve more control in all areas of life, especially your own thoughts. • Learn how to get the results you want, and how to help others do the same. • See and experience real evidence that your dreams can be made real. • Discover why people act in certain ways, and how to create lasting, deep and meaningful relationships. • Learn the importance of your values and how to act upon them through positive thinking. • Learn how to motivate yourself to take action and move forward. “Humans Being More” is coming to Gallup on Saturday and Sunday, January 8-9 and will meet at the Howard Johnson Inn (2915 West Hwy. 66). $195 includes seminar instruction, workbook materials and completion certificate. For more information and to enroll, contact Pam Burgess at 505 863-6030 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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TOWN Ramah Navajo Foods Announces Project in Gallup Ramah Navajo Foods LLC, a joint venture between Blue Mountain Meats of Monticello, Utah and New Mexico’s Ramah Navajo Chapter, recently announced plans to establish a meat processing and wholesale distribution facility in McKinley County. This unique project is the first tribal, public, and private economic development project in the state of New Mexico, and is a collective effort of the New Mexico Economic Development Department, the Ramah Navajo Chapter, McKinley County, the City of Gallup, Blue Mountain Meats, the Northwest Council of Governments, the New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Ramah Navajo Foods LLC has purchased 15 acres of private land on Hwy 491 in McKinley County and will begin building a processing plant by next spring. The plant will process meats that will be shipped from the Blue Mountain Meats slaughterhouse approximately 3 hours away in Monticello, Utah. Ramah will be the first medium-sized USDAcertified plant in the state. They expect to process 2,000 animals annually and will initially employ 12. In addition to the unique collaborative and economic aspects of this project, Ramah Navajo Foods will have a lasting cultural effect. The Navajo Nation represents the largest concentrated market for lamb and mutton in the United States, and this will help encourage the return of the traditional sheep ranching economy in northwest New Mexico. “Our journey has been a long and interesting one, but we have had the fortune of having champions at the state, county, tribal and local levels who held fast to their belief in this project,” said Yin May Lee, Board Member of Ramah Navajo Foods LLC. “To our elders, sheep is life, and we hope that our work will draw respectfully from, and honor, their wisdom.”
Applications Available for Women’s Opportunity Award
Soroptimist International of the Americas is dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. Soroptimist’s major service project is the Women’s Opportunity Award. The program provides women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families with the financial resources to offset costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education or additional skills and training. The award can be used for tuition, books, childcare, carfare or any other education-related expense. This program was created in 1972 to help women improve their ability to provide for their families. Since the program’s inception in 1972, approximately $15 million in Women’s Opportunity Awards has been disbursed to about 25,000 women throughout the countries served by Soroptimist International of the Americas. Soroptimist International of Gallup presents a Women’s Opportunity Award each year. Club-level recipients then become eligible for region-level awards granted in each of Soroptimist’s 28 regions. The first place region recipients then become candidates for one of three $10,000 finalist awards. Applications for the Women’s Opportunity Award are available by calling Prissy at 505 722-7900 or Latiessa at 505 870-3078. The application deadline is Monday, December 6, 2010.
’Tis the Season to Be Merry & Caring for Mother Earth With the holiday season upon us there will be many opportunities to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Many individuals and households are struggling and may not have the discretionary income to buy more expensive items and/or may be limited in the number of items they give this year to friends and family. Yet, we want to support our local businesses as much as possible. The following are some ideas on how you can be a more caring citizen of Planet Earth this season and throughout the year. Buy * Locally and watch for sales and art & craft fairs * Used at the various thrift stores and flea markets in town Great Green Stocking Stuffers *Pencils and pens made from recycled materials *Halogen, LED, or CFL light bulbs *Crank flashlights (no batteries needed) Gifting *Homemade gifts – mustard, jelly, cookie, drink or soup mix placed in reused jars *Reuse all wrapping paper and bows from last year *Save wrapping paper, bows and ribbons from this year for next year’s gift giving *Wrap gifts in towels and materials that are functional as well as decorative *Decorate with items from nature’s bounty Entertaining *Purchase plates, cups, napkins and paper towels made from recycled paper *Purchase plates, cups and cutlery that are biodegradable *Purchase recycled aluminum foil and then reuse/recycle when possible. *Reuse plastic cutlery and plates when possible (add bleach to your wash water). Recycle what you can with one of Gallup’s recycling businesses, The Community Pantry or the Recycling Center (Gallup Transfer Station), before adding it to the waste stream. For questions about what, where, and how to recycle your electronics, paper items, plastic, glass in our region call Betsy Windisch, Recycling Coordinator (Connections, Inc.) at 722-9257 / 879-2581 or Gerald O’Hara (Chair, McKinley Citizens’ Recycling Council) at 722-5142.
News from CARE 66
his year has been an eventful year for CARE 66. I want to thank some of the people who have made CARE 66 what it is. I had the opportunity to meet our former Chief Operating Officer Tim Kelley at the Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service at First United Methodist Church. It was good to see him in good health.
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I would also like to thank our Board who has worked quietly in the background to steer our path. As usual we are also looking for Board members, so if you would like to help us, please send me an email or give me a call.
Jiu-Jitsu & Mixed Martial Arts, Self-Defense for Men & Women, Fierce Combatives (Military & Law Enforcement Personnel) Prevention: Violence & Gang Prevention, Preventing Conflict Motivation: Leadership Through Defining a Warrior
Health & Wellness: Meditation "Breath Power" for focus, relaxation & anger management.
Carl Smith has been Chief Operating Officer for about six months now. He has implemented a whole series of changes like regular staff training, implementing Evidence Based Practices, and ensuring that we are able to deliver the services our clients need. Carl oversees all of the service delivery staff at CARE 66. Rhonda Berg has been serving as our Director of Housing Development. She makes sure that we are in compliance with grant regulations while working with architects and contractors to ensure that our projects are making progress. They both provide wisdom and insight from years of experience that guides our decision-making. I am truly grateful for their hard work to ensure that we fulfill our mission. Please thank them if you meet them. I also want to thank all CARE 66 staff and Board members, past and present, for your hard work that has contributed to the success of our clients.
We have learned that high quality, early childhood interventions that include developmental components are good to get people out of poverty. We hope to include an Early Childhood Development Center in the Chuska 2 project in the downtown area. Thank you again for your support in this endeavor of bringing prosperity to this area and making hope possible. Available for self-defense lessons, school & security consultations, workshops, speaking events & individual/small group instruction.
Nayee’eji Fierce Mixed Martial Arts/Jiu-Jitsu www.mitchellmma.com • (505) 879-1865
Until next month stay well and do good! To find out more about CARE 66 go to www.care66.org, we also have a blog at http://care66.blogspot.com, which we have been known to update once in a while. Sanjay can be reached at Sanjay@care66.org. believe • gallup
This Year Santa Got Ellis in the Holiday Spirit!
Circle of Light Mural:
Roger Davis Sr.
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.
Roger Davis Sr. (d.)
Served on the Navajo Tribal Council during the same time Howard Gorman served, and the two of them helped the council achieve many things. He was also a minister and served as a chaplain during World War II.
Ellis Tanner Trading Co. 1980 Hwy 602 • Gallup, NM • www.etanner.com • (505) 863-4434
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by Bill McCarthy
The Camino: 900 Kilometers on Foot
ife is but a thoroughfare full of woe, and we are but pilgrims traveling to and fro. An old college classmate once called me “a walking hyperbole.” I hope 30 years of marriage, 6 children, and the longtime running of an organization has perhaps taught me to moderate my rhetorical exaggerations. The reality was starting to sink in. I was leaving for 34 days to walk from the Pyrenees Mountains, where I would embark from St. Jean Pied de Port, to walk the “Camino Frances” down into Pamplona and the northern plains of Spain, to eventually arrive at the Cathedral of St. James the Apostle in Santiago. (I actually ended up walking the entire length of Spain to Finisterre “the end of the world.”) So what would compel a middle-aged man to take himself out of his life for an extended period of time and walk over 900 kilometers (540 miles)? Without breaking the shell of one’s soul, our spiritual component cries out for renewal. We need a time to cleanse, purify, and pray. Some wounds do not heal without being cauterized. There are times in ours lives where we need strong spiritual medicine. Dante opens his inferno, “In the middle of the journey of our life I found myself in the dark wood, for the straight way was lost.” Our traditional remedies as Catholics are Confession, Penance, and Retreats. There is also “the Pilgrimage.” The Camino calls, a universal yearning of the human heart. Suffice it to say, the door opened. The opportunity presented itself, both a blessing and a gift. If “Pilgrimage” seems like a radical concept, we should remind ourselves of certain facts. It was very common for Catholics through the ages up until modern times to journey to a Shrine of a Saint,
the Holy Land, to places of miraculous or healing events, e.g. Lourdes, France. Most modern day pilgrims make their pilgrimages arriving at their destinations on wheels. I do not judge them. I would say, however, that to make at least a portion of your journey on foot, is extremely beneficial and opens a whole other dimension to the experience. Here is the story in the words of one of our founding fathers who was on a mission to France when his ship was wrecked at Finisterre during the war of American Independence: “I have always regretted that we could not find time to make a Pilgrimage to Saint Iago de Compostela. We were informed that the Original of this Shrine and Temple of St. Iago was this: A certain Shepherd saw a bright Light there in the night. Afterwards it was revealed to an Archbishop that St. James was buried there. This laid the Foundation of a Church and they have built an Altar on the Spot where the Shepherd saw the Light. In the time of the Moors, the People made a Vow that if the Moors should be driven from this Country, they would give a certain portion of the Income of their Lands to Saint James. The Moors were defeated and expelled and it was reported and believed that Saint James was in the Battle and fought with a drawn Sword at the head of the Spanish Troops on Horseback. The People, believing that they owed the Victory to the Saint, very cheerfully fulfilled their Vows by paying the Tribute . . . Upon the Supposition that this is the place of the Sepulcher of Saint James, there are great numbers of Pilgrims, who visit it, every Year, from France, Spain,
Italy and other parts of Europe, many of them on foot.”
(From Adams Family Papers: An Electronic Archive. Massachusetts Historical Society)
We can put this in some perspective. At the advent of American Revolution, life on the Camino to Santiago was almost 1000 years old. St. Francis, St Dominic, and St. Ignatius walked that same path hundreds of years before Plymouth Rock. A civilization that loses knowledge of history is like a man who is overcome with amnesia. Santiago is our cultural and spiritual heritage. The Camino spans thousands of miles going all the way to Russia, Scandinavia, and the British Isles (obviously ferrying over the Channel). This network of trails and roads, although now more defined and mapped out, has been there for many centuries. In recent years, the European Union appropriated significant funding to mark, improve, and develop the Camino across all of Europe. The increasingly displayed “Concha” is now a familiar and lasting symbol in a secular age. Along the Camino, I met an older gentleman from northern Scotland who wore a kilt and was doing the Camino for the second time. I walked one day with a 21-year-old seminarian who literally walked out of his home in Holland and jumped on the Camino. I saw a man who resembled Old Man Winter who walks the Camino every year from St. Petersburg Russia to Santiago. I was told that he then returns to Petersburg on foot, and lives in a cave for a few winter months, only to start on the Camino again in the early spring. The Camino revival started in the mid 1980s and has been growing steadily for 25 years. During the Middle Ages, an estimated half million pilgrims
each year would traverse to Santiago. A projected 250,000 will have made a pilgrimage in 2010, including Pope Benedict XVI who was in Santiago November 6 and 7. This year is a Holy Year, and pilgrims may receive a plenary indulgence for doing a minimum of 100 kilometers to the Apostle’s tomb. Americans only make up about 5% of the total pilgrim universe, but that percentage is growing. My transatlantic struggle to get to St. Jean Pied de Port was about 40 hours involving three flights, a train, a bus, and a taxi over the Pyrenees from Spain into France. The first night I stayed at a private home where the very nice couple made me a thermos of coffee for the morning because they would not be up when I hoped to start my Camino. That Sunday morning I was so adrenaline-fired, I had to hold myself from running with my pack. This stage over the Pyrenees gains almost 6,000 feet in elevation. That is formidable by any standard. I was walking for about an hour when I realized I had not seen another pilgrim along the way. I probably had not noticed because I had no idea what was normal on the Camino and I was so preoccupied with my own thoughts, prayers, and dreams. It was a pleasant foggy morning, with lovely countryside, and cute little French hamlets. As I was tooling along feeling on top of the world, the only thing that was missing was not having a walking stick (which I always use in the Rockies). I was looking around for the right size stick as I walked a narrow path. No sooner had a picked out a decent stick and started walking, than a rabid snarling dog jumped down off a knoll in front of me. I had no particular animosity towards this beast, but he seriously did not wish me to pass, and pass I must. The stick worked well enough, and neither of us suffered permanent damage. When I walked into a French town some 14 kilometers into the day’s journey, I whipped out my guidebook (which I highly recommend as indispensable if you do the Camino). I was filling my water container at the natural spring fountain as I realized I had covered half the distance and it was still morning. This is where I made my first miscalculation. “Read the guidebook, Bill; that is where wisdom and experience is, just read and follow the guidebook.” Not feeling in the least bit hungry, I started off again. Within 3 or 4 kilometers, I hit a violently steep grade in a heavily wooded area along the river. The next 8 to 10 kilometers seemed to require a rope, as the ascent was dramatic. Lungs, calves, and feet burned. The heart raced, and perspiration flowed. By the time I reached the summit, my tank was empty, my legs were shaky, and I hardly appreciated the great monument to “Rolando” at the pass where his rear guard fell to the Saracens, but where he blew the Oliphant that called back Charlamagne’s main army, and saved the day. I steadied myself for the roughly two severe kilometers descending down into Roncesvalles , where my eyes and legs went immediately for the “Restaurante” wherein the proprietor (who had much experience with walkers of the Pass) knew without words that I
I don’t know if the Camino brings out the best people, or the best in people, or both.
needed much nourishment, and immediately. After I had completed my second plate, I resolved to abandon freethinking and follow instructions. I don’t want to lose the reader by writing a bunch of tedious details about the Camino, but I would be remiss if I did not mention that most of the community life of the Camino family revolves around the Alburques (refuge housing exclusively for pilgrims – one must show credentials/Pilgrim passport to be admitted). Cold-water showers, hand washing of clothes and nursing ailments builds camaraderie, support, and sympathy. You get to know your fellow pilgrims, and fast. This is doubly true because of the Peregino Menu, or the evening meal. There is unlimited fresh bread, spring water, bottles of wine, and 3 good sized “platos” of, usually well-prepared, dishes. An average pilgrim burns about 500 calories an hour on the trail. Suffice it to say that you’re voraciously hungry at night and food tastes awfully good. People I met on the Camino were the best of humanity from all over the world. I don’t know if the Camino brings out the best people, or the best in people, or both. My first Pilgrim meal was with 3 Spanish brothers from Granada who have been doing sections of the Camino for over 10 years. One brother was a University Professor who spoke decent English. He was the youngest brother and a bit of a skeptic. His older salty brothers were more devout, but loved their “academic” little brother, nonetheless. The conversation was animated and filled with spirited laughter. Joining into the table discourse was a lumbering Australian who was to become my “Mate” on the Camino. Nothing prepared me for the first “Alburque” dormitory experience. Roncesvalles had one huge Alburque that was once a neo classic Gothic Church. There were over 200 beds, and most of the bunks are shoved together. My bunkmate that evening was a giant German fellow who resembled the towering German soldier in Saving Private Ryan. Soon after lights out, this United Nations hostel provided an explosion of sounds and smells that is impossible to adequately describe. There is no preparation for this earthy side of the Camino.
I got used to it. What I would not get used to is what happened somewhere in the middle of the night, when my German friend rolled over on top of me and was yanking my pillow. This is personal. “Hey Buddy!” When he came to, eyes bulging, he was mortified and started mumbling some lost expression of remorse. Except for one monster blunder (that later), I was blessed to make my rookie mistakes early. The second day was all down hill. I tried my second pair of shoes – all-terrain, but tight. The second day is often a grind because the initial euphoria is gone, and the soreness of the first day is being visited upon numerous muscles. Compounding the strain was the severe and painful bind on the front of my feet that was exacerbated by the extreme down hill. The last 7 or 8 kilometers were pain filled, and when I arrived at the Larrasoana Alburque, I was spent.
Continued at www.gallupjourney.com
Bill McCarthy walking the last few of the 900 kilometers of his Camino! October 19, 2010 Photo taken by Anton Isling
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December Community Calendar Sunday ONGOING
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: 863-4512.
Codependents Anonymous, 6pm at First United Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Drive, library room. Info: Liz at 863-5928.
Poetry Group meets at Inscription Rock Trading at 11am, just east of Ramah on Route 53.
Tai Chi Chuan with Monika & Urs Gauderon at Old School Gallery, east of Ramah on Hwy 53. 5pm/advanced and 6:30pm/beginners. $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 @ 505-783-4612. 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.
Slow Knitting Follow-Up, 1:30pm – 4:00pm at the Old School Gallery FREE! To get started you will need to bring one ball of Sugar & Cream cotton yarn (available at Walmart, Hobby Lobby or Michael’s), size 10 needles, scissors, and Size “G” or “H” crochet hook. We hope to meet on a quarterly basis or more frequently if possible. Questions call Kate Wilson 783-4704 or Claire Knowles 783-4900.
Holiday Parade of Homes, sponsored by the Ups and Downs Team of Relay for Life. Tickets are $20, meet at 6:00pm at the NM Cancer Center for refreshments while tour groups are being formed. For tickets and more information, call Linda at 722-2175, Joyce at 863-3075, or Janneen at 8636140.
Preschool Story Time, 11am at the Children’s Library. For more information, call 726-6120. AL-ANON support group for family and friends of alcoholics. Every Tuesday at 12pm, first United Methodist Church (library). Info: 1-888-4ALANON or www.al-anon.alateen.org.
Cancer support group, for information call 8633075 or 863-6140. Explore & Expand at 11am at the Children’s Library. For more information, call 726-6120.
Tai-Chi Taught by Monika Gauderon at RMCH Vanden Bosch Clinic. 6pm for beginners. $60/ month.
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.
RMCHCS Diabetes Education Classes – First four Tuesdays of the month, starting at 6pm. RMCHCS 2nd floor library. For more information, call 7266918.
Gallup Solar Group open community meetings. 6pm at 113 E. Logan. For more information, call Be at 726-2497.
“Teen Survivors of Dating and Domestic Violence” support group meeting, 6:30-8:30pm. Info: 722-6389.
Community Yoga, beginner/athletic beginner level. 6:20 pm, Catholic Charities/CIC. 506 W. Rte. 66. Info: Chris at 505 870-4112.
Youth Group Meeting, “THE LOFT”, at First Baptist Church from 7-8pm. Info: 722-4401.
Sustainable Energy Board meeting in the GJU conference room, 3-5pm, on the fourth Monday of each month. For info/agenda, email email@example.com.
Ladies’ MTB ride at High Desert Trail System starting at Gamerco trailhead at 6PM. Come to exercise, socialize, and have fun! Yoga at Old School Gallery, 9:30am. Everyone welcome. Info: 783-4710.
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.
Adult chess club at Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe in Gallup, 5-7pm.
Fiber Arts Group 1:30 pm at the Old School Gallery. Call for schedule of classes 783-4710.
Free Holiday Party Quilt Club at Gallup Service Mart, 6:30pm – 9pm. Come join other quilters in the area to share projects you are working on or have completed. Bring your dish to share – bring your recipe too so we can make a recipe book. Class newsletter for the months of January, February and March will be given out and discussed at this meeting. For more information, call 722-9414. Habitat for Humanity of Gallup Board of Directors will meet at Bethany CRC, 1110 S. Strong Dr. at 6:00pm. All interested folks are welcome and encouraged to attend. Find out what we’re up to and how you can get involved. Info: 722-4226 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Holiday Caroling, 3pm - 5pm at the Old School Gallery – Free. Our traditional gathering of friends and neighbors to enjoy favorite carols and holiday songs. Everyone is welcome to share a special song or story, or just come and enjoy listening. Please bring a dessert for the refreshment table. Happy Holidays!! For more info call the Gallery at 7834710. The Westminster Presbyterian Church, located off South Boardman Drive, will host the December Taize Worship Service at 4 pm. This special ecumenical service features prayer, music, scripture, and silence. For information about Taize, contact Linda at(505) 905-5254. For transportation, directions, or child care, contact Betsy at 863-4512 or 722-9257.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Cory “Casper” Cass at Bio Dog MMA (407 Bortot Dr., Gallup), 6-8pm. $25/person in advance, $40/person day of. For more information, call (951) 461-2444 or Nate at (505) 409-9564.
December 1-4, Sixth Annual Gallup Sunrise Kiwanis Festival of Trees at Rio West Mall in the old Western Warehouse location next to Penney’s. Hours of operation are 2:00pm until closing. Raffle Drawing at 4:30pm on Saturday, December 4. Balloon Glow Following. Come see the sights, get in the Christmas Spirit and possibly win a Christmas Tree with all of the trimmings and all of the gifts underneath the tree. For information or to sponsor a tree, call 505-980-0048 and leave a voice mail. Happy Holidays!
Gay, Lesbian, Bi, Transgender Support Group, 7-9pm at RMCH Solarium (3rd floor). Discussion led by Jeremy Yazzie, 505 713-2828. Free food and beverages will be served; family and friends welcome.
December Library Events
Starting December 1, “Dolls From Around the World” will be on display in both library buildings and promises to delight both children and adults. The 60 dolls on exhibit are just a part of a larger collection recently donated to the library by Clara Landavazo. The collection is representative of the many countries Ms. Landavazo’s aunt visited during her extensive travels throughout the world. Throughout December the community will have an opportunity to help keep Gallup’s children snug throughout the winter. Mitten Trees are located in the Children’s and Main Library to be decorated with donated new mittens, hats and scarves. Please bring your gift to the library and hang it on the tree. Battered Families, Inc will be the recipient of these donations. Santa will be at the Children’s Library on December 11 from 1pm – 3pm. Please bring your favorite book and have a picture taken with Santa. Registration required. Call (505) 726-6120 to register and receive your assigned time. Santa will be leaving promptly at 3pm. Visit the library the week of December 13th from 1-3pm and relax with a cup of tea while you listen to music, share a book or watch a classic holiday film. Stop by the Children’s Library all month long for fun and festive activities, books, games and movies!
December Community Calendar Friday
Moms Supporting Moms at Church Rock School, 9-11:30am. School visits, 10am-3pm, after-school games, 4pm at the Children’s Library. For more information, call 726-6120.
Native American Gathering – talking, drums, Christian worship. 1st and 3rd Fridays at 7PM at First United Methodist Church.
Winter Firewood Sale going on Now through Dec 10. For more information, please call 505 488-5998 or 928 202-5133.
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. 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.
Christmas Bazaar at Fort Defiance Presbyterian Church (between Conoco and Car Wash in Fort Defiance, AZ). 5:00pm Navajo Tacos (Chili Stew, Hot Dogs, etc.) and Bake Goods, 5:30pm Christmas Crafts, Cake Walk, Clothing and White Elephant Room. Everyone welcome.
RMCHCS Auxilians cordially invite you to attend the Balloon Rally Breakfast at 7:00am in the RMCH Hospital Solarium. Tickets are $10.00 each and can be purchased in the RMCH Hospital Lobby Gift Shop. Come watch the balloons rise in a warm, cozy environment for the whole family! For more information, please call Wonder Wallet class at Gallup Service 505-863-7325! Mart, 6pm – 9pm. $20 includes pattern. This quick wonder wallet has Country Western Dance by The lots of pockets for your credit cards, Thunder (of Ft. Defiance), Ramah coins and cash. This makes a great Chapter 9pm – 1am. $10/person. gift exchange for your coworkers Door prizes. or a wonderful stocking stuffer. A well-cut fat quarter is large enough to make two wallets. Lots of fun and Crownpoint Rug Weavers inexpensive for a quick Christmas Association Auction at Crownpoint gift. Instructor: Shelly Young Level: Elementary School. Viewing at Intermediate. For more information, 4 – 6:30 PM, auction at 7 – 10 PM. call 722-9414. For more information, visit www. Crownpointrugauction.com.
6th Annual Candlelight Memorial to remember those that have been murdered. 6:00-8:00pm at the McKinley County Courthouse, 201 W. Hill, Gallup. Bring a picture of your love one to display. Call Deborah Yellowhorse @ 505-870-6126 or email Deborahyellowhorse@yahoo. com if you have questions.
Preschool Story Time, 11am and Crafty Kids, 3:30pm at the Children’s Library. For more information, call 726-6120.
High Desert Mesa Workgroup meets to scrapbook and more Saturdays 10am-1pm at the Rehoboth Post Office. Info: LaVeda 722-9029.
AL-ANON support group for family and friends of alcoholics. Every Thursday at 7pm, first United Methodist Church (library). Info: 1-888-4ALANON or www.al-anon.alateen.org.
Overeaters Anonymous meeting at 11 am, at the First United Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Drive, library room. Info: Liz 505-863-5928.
Habitat for Humanity work sessions. Call 722-4226 for times & locations.
High Desert Mesa Workgroup meets to scrapbook and more Thursdays 1-3pm at the Rehoboth Post Office. Info: LaVeda 722-9029.
Community Yoga, beginner/athletic beginner level. 6:20 pm, Catholic Charities/CIC. 506 W. Rte. 66. Info: Gene at 505-728-8416.
NEW YEAR’S EVE
The RMCHCS Auxiliary offers a scholarship each fall and spring to a student who is enrolled in a health careers program. Eligibility for the scholarship requires at least 12 college credits completed, 2.00 GPA 2nd Thursday of the month Survivors of or higher and full time enrollment Homicide Support Group meets 6-8pm. in a health promotions program. For more information, call Deborah Applications can be picked up at Yellowhorse-Brown at 870-6126. RMCH Hospital Lobby information desk or the UNM Gallup Financial Aid Office. Spring 2011 deadline for all applications is December 31, 2010.
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.
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Off-Broadway Family Outreach (OBFO) is opening a “House of Miracles” Men’s Home at 103 Rosita Ave in Gamerco on January 4, 2011. To raise funds for this home, we are hosting a Silent Auction on December 4, 2010. The event will be held at 1:00pm at the Lighthouse International Ministries Church located at 2045 Westview Ave in Gallup, NM. For further information, and/or contributions for this event, contact: Larry Whiston (505) 722-9346 or Floyd Hardesty (505) 870-2063. Churchrock Reform Church Art & Craft Fair, 10am – 4pm. (06 Indian Village Blvd., 2nd turn to right on Hwy. 566 – on the road to Red Rock Park.) For more information and booth availability, call Dorothy at 879-2878 or Elvira at 979-2397. Come to “The 2nd Annual Noche de Recuerdos con Antonio Reyna” and special guests Trio Los Amigos, Ballet en Fuego de Frances Lujan, and Mariachi Nuevo Sonido at El Morro Theatre at 7:00pm. Tickets are $15 and are available at the KKOR radio station in Gallup, online at www.antonioreyna.com, and at the door on the night of the show. For more information, call 505 238-4555.
Red Rock Craft Fair, 9am - 3pm. Over 60 vendors at Red Rock Elementary
Childbirth Education Classes are held in the Library at RMCH from 9:00am through 1:00pm. Classes are designed for people who wish to complete the class in one day. Please call the Women’s Health Unit at 863-7026 to register. Open Mic Night - 7:00pm at the Old School Gallery - $5.00. This is one of our favorite events at the Old School Gallery. An evening of (mostly) local poets, singers, dancers, musicians, storytellers, comedians and … always those SURPRISES. If you want to perform, please sign up at the Gallery and arrive early to check in with the evening’s Emcee! Yummy homemade refreshments always available! For more info call the Gallery at 783-4710. ARTS CRAWL, 7-9pm, Downtown Gallup.
Solstice Surprise, 7:00pm at the Old School Gallery - $5.00. Come celebrate the Solstice and experience a delightful evening of holiday instrumentals, song, poetry, storytelling, drumming, hors d’oeuvres, fruit cake ….and Ceili Dancing! All live and all local! A “ceili” is a community dance that requires no partner…and no experience! Or just watch the fun! See You There! For more info call 783-4440 or the Gallery at 783-4710.
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People read Gallup Journey in the darndest places! Going on Vacation? Bring along an issue of Gallup Journey! To submit a photo for this section please shoot us an e-mail with a decent resolution photo or drop by the office with a hard copy. (202 east hill avenue or firstname.lastname@example.org).
1. The Etsitty, Morris, Springer, Coleman, Yazzie, Smith crew reads the Journey while vacationing in Atlanta. 2. RMCHCS held an all-employee picnic at the Z Lazy B Ranch. While enjoying the day, many of the employees stopped to pose while reading their copies of the Gallup Journey! 3. The five Greek goddesses: From L-R: Alex, Marci, Leslie, Lena, and Esperanza on a hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. 4. Mary Constant, Anne Shibata (former Gallup resident), Cathy Gasparich, and Tom Kirby enjoy showing off the Gallup Journey in old Quebec City, Canada before boarding a ship to Boston in October. 5. Bill Lee and Pete Kelly reading the Gallup Journey at the Fireball Run Finish Line in Galena Illinois!
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1. Gallupian Lance Corporal Nicolas C. Benally of the US Marine Corps reads the Journey on the top of Mount Surabachi on Iwo Jima. 2. & 3. Katie & Jeanne Fuhs read their Journey between the races at Churchill Downs while Dennis & Mickey Fuhs read theirs before the start of the Breeder’s Cup. 4. Steve and Angela Decker’s wedding in West Jordan, UT. Left to Right: Amy, Susan, Barb, Steve, Angela, Doug, Chelsea, and Brian Decker. 5. From L-R: Greg Lorensen, Ginny Katramados, Kari Lorensen read their Journey at Bryce Canyon Nat’l Park, Utah in early October 2010.
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aniel Billy is an artist. Just like his silversmith mother, he wields metals, shaping and shining. But rather than fine jewelry, Daniel’s work is large scale; the products of his craft are cars and trucks. Daniel is an auto body repairman. He studied the trade in school, received his associate’s degree and has worked for 26 years altogether, at Rico Auto Complex and Amigo Automotive, improving his craft. Daniel also taught classes at UNM-Gallup for a time and hopes to offer classes again in the future, passing on the skills he’s acquired.
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About six months ago, Daniel started an auto body repair business out of his home in Manuelito, New Mexico. Daniel knew that if there was any time to be his own boss, it was now. He was also encouraged by longtime family friend, Albert Hale, who owns his own business as well as being a former Navajo Nation President and Arizona State Senator. Daniel accepted the challenge and feels affirmed in his choice to begin D.A. Billy Autobody and Refinish. So far he has been successful and many loyal clients have continued to give Daniel their business, including Hale. Daniel loves his job, from the physical labor and creative opportunities to working with insurance companies and researching new technologies. And while his job provides much satisfaction, Daniel also enjoys rodeo – team roping and bareback riding are his events. In 2008 he co-founded the Triple B Association, which conducts rodeos on the Navajo Nation and in other areas. Now, running his own business, he’s able to spend more time with family and do the things that he loves. To make an appointment with D.A. Billy Autobody and Refinish, call (505) 905-0711.
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December 2nd – TBD
December 3rd- The Eccentrics
The Eccentrics are an original acoustic, coffee-house ensemble from Gallup, featuring Dylan McManus. The group also features Mike Juda on lead guitar and Paul Thompson on gut-bucket bass. This group is the core of the weekly OldFashioned Hootenanny held every Thursday evening at Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe and has an audience that comes every week to hear them perform. Often tourists from anywhere in the world are attracted by the authentic Americana performed and stay the entire evening for supper and a show.
December 4th- Christmas Parade and Balloon Glow Christmas Parade at 2 pm. Balloon Glow at 5 pm at Rio West Mall
December 9th- Gallup High School Concert Jazz Ensemble
The Gallup High School Concert Jazz Ensemble has performed at local, regional, and national events in New Mexico, Colorado, California, and Missouri. The band has consistently earned Superior and Excellent ratings, as well as outstanding soloist awards, from nationally recognized adjudicators and clinicians. Currently the band is under the direction of Mr. Bryce Mullen, who has performed with jazz bands in New Mexico, California, Kansas, Chicago, and New Orleans.
December 10th- Miyamura High School Purple Hearts Dance Team
The Purple Hearts Dance Team performs modern dance styles including Hip Hop, Jazz and other various forms of dance. They have been invited to perform at events such as the famous Fireball run, the TDFL Tournament and several other local events. The Purple Hearts are currently preparing for their first State Competition on March 25th 2011 in Albuquerque. Come and support a new and exciting twist on traditional high school dance.
December 11th- “Santa’s Caravan”- Millennium Media Featuring Caitlin Bush – Miss High School New Mexico Local band Orale- Acoustic Rock with a Southwestern Kick.
December 16th –Gallup Cultural Center
Local and area students on display throughout November and December. Sponsored by the Reunion of the Masters and Southwest Indian Foundation. The exhibit is labeled as the Children’s Art Scholarship and School Awards, 2010.
December 17th- Foundations of Freedom
The Foundations of Freedom Dance Studio is in its 8th year of business! Its mission is to provide a fun, positive, and family friendly atmosphere where students can learn the art of dance, be challenged physically and mentally, and increase their self-confidence and self-expression. The studio has an award winning dance team, along with classes for dancers of all ages and abilities, in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, hip hop, break dancing, yoga, and belly dance. The dance studio will be featuring students of all ages performing routines that honor the spirit of Christmas and the winter season.
December 18th- Clear Channel Radio “Toys for Kids” Toy Drive 4pm-8pm Encore Performance from Foundations of Freedom
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year From the City of Gallup