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February 2011

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K-6 1. Lavender Murphy- Ramah Elem. 2. Seth Sowers-Rochelle Art 3. Mykaiah Charley-David Skeet HM Hannah Gartz- Pinon Elem. HM Natalia DeBardeleben- Pinon Elem. HM Ashley Antone- David Skeet Elementary HM McKayla Lee- David Skeet HM AJ Dixon- David Skeet 7-8 1. Sarah Scott-Rochelle Art 2. Randilee Horsechief- Belen Middle School 3. Hannah Sowers- Rochelle Art Studio HM Caitlynn Yale- Rochelle Art Studio

HM Jerrison Begay- Valley High Sander HM Nena Lopez- Shiprock High HM Truman Hosteen- Valley High HM Brandon White- Kirtland HM Mariah Shirley- Valley High 11-12 1. Mindy O’Kee-Valley High, Sanders 2. Kyle Toledo- Kirtland Central High 3. Aaron Ben- Gallup High HM Isaiah Cheromiah- Laguna Acoma HM Julieann Lopez- Gallup High HM Ty Sloan- Valley High, Sanders HM Addias Begay- Kirtland Central High HM Cody John- Kirtland Kirtland Central High

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CAFÉ HOURS: 9 AM – 5 PM Sunday thru Thursday CLOSED – Wednesday and open 9 AM – 8 PM Friday and Saturday CABINS & RV PARK: Open Daily Year Round

February 4th Beef Stroganoff February 5th Brazilian Stuffed Chicken February 11th Cajun Pasta w/ shrimp and sausage February 12th Valentine’s Dinner Seafood Pot Pie or New York Strip steak and surprise dessert Reservations Needed

(after dinner dance to the sounds of OSO WHAT at the Olds School Gallery 7 p.m. $7)

February 18th Stuffed Pork Loin February 19th Chicken Tetrazini February 25th Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna February 26th Hungarian Goulash

All of our pies and desserts are made on the premises along with our slow cooked meals.

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Thoughts We are the music makers, And we are the dreamers of dreams . . . - from Arthur O’Shaughnessy’s “Ode” I’ve been amazed lately by my children. Kids in general, really. Their questions and curiosity. Their easy, direct way of perceiving the world around them. What simple truths we accept without question that some devoted their entire lives to understanding and proving: the Earth is round and rotates around the sun. Explain this to a four-year-old, and every time the sun rises, every sighting of the moon against the blue or black sky, is like seeing it for the first time. Our two-year-old has been talking up a storm. It took him a while to get started, but now every word uttered from our mouths becomes fair game for him to repeat, only with a quizzical lift and furrowed expression at the end. Who remembers learning language for the first time? This is how it’s done; it’s happening right before my eyes every day! I quickly learned to decipher his version of English: “mo” and “a-den.” Sometimes it’s frustrating on both ends, but these two words come up quite a bit. He speaks them into the void and more blueberries appear; a book is read again; he is tossed into the air one more time. This is creation. He likes what he has experienced and insists on more of the same. Very soon creativity will evolve into imagination and invention. I marvel at the things that people – young and old – have conjured. And yet, none of us are without this ability. We all create every day: laws and music are written, gardens and ideas are planted, buildings and school lunches are made, plans and babies are conceived, laughter and courage are inspired. Nothing created is insignificant. And so a new day begins – again and again. H.H.

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Editors Nate & Heather Haveman Chuck & Jenny Van Drunen Illustrator Andy Stravers

Ernie Bulow Greg Cavanaugh Sanjay Choudhrie Patricia Darak Kari Heil Gabriel J. Kruis Larry Larason Tate C. Mabes Brett Newberry Sam Nichols Steve A. Petranovich Deer Roberts Fowler Roberts Andy Stravers Peter Tempest Chuck Van Drunen Chuck Whitney

Thanks To:

God Our Advertisers Our Writers Our Parents Kenny Briggs Shopping Locally


12 Homecoming 29 Recycling Update 32 History of Trails 2010 34 Meet the Candidates 42 Murder in the Bat Cave 48 Buy America 52 Jemez Photo Essay


10 Money & You 14 Rambles 18 Highfalutin’ 20 Rounding the 4 Corners 22 West by Southwest 24 Driving Impressions 26 8 Questions 28 Adventures in Parenting 38 TFA Profile 46 Lit Crit Lite

Other Stuff

4 Thoughts 30 El Morro Theater Schedule 39 IZZIT?! 41 Sudoku 45 Circle of Light 49 News from Care 66 50 G-Town 54 Community Calendar 56 This is My Job 58 People Reading Journey

February 2011: Volume 8, Issue 2

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.


February Cover by Chuck Van Drunen This Photo by Chris Huizinga.


GALLUP Bachelor & Graduate Programs School of Public Administration

OPEN HOUSE DAY - Thursday, February 17 Call Roxanne at 863-7554 for details. Visit our Open House and learn about the opportunities in Public Administration available to you. Stop by: Calvin Hall, Rm 228 • 8am - 5pm • Monday - Friday Appointments are always welcome.

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While I have decided to accept the challenge, this is a job that we all need to do together. Human nature desires respect, opportunity and security. TOGETHER WE CAN attain this for all citizens of Gallup. Come join me in a mutual effort to move our city into the future.

512 Sunset Dr. Gallup, NM 87301 505-722-0514 • 505-870-2305 FaceBook: Jackie McKinney For Mayor of Gallup

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Found Object Sculptures Crashing Thunder Studio Downtown Gallup 228 West Coal Avenue Saturday, February 12 During Gallup’s monthly Art Crawl Information on our upcoming Artist in Residence program will also be available!

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by Brett Newberry AKA The Business Doctor

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

Financial Literacy-Children When kids can walk, it’s time to start saving.


he long-term key to improving America’s overall financial literacy quotient is to get to the kids. What’s important is to establish good financial behaviors early because those behaviors will carry over to adulthood. Start early, insist on consistency in behaviors, and set a good example. Monitor your saver’s progress and celebrate the successes. With that mantra, here’s how to get started. When kids can walk, it’s time to start saving. Establish the first behavior of saving by teaching your child to drop coins in a piggy bank or a jar. Periodically, show the child that consistent saving adds up by regularly tallying up your savings. Make a ceremony of taking the child to the bank to deposit the jar of money. If there is an allowance, it’s time to budget by putting savings first. No matter what the size of the allowance, break it down between what they can spend and what they have to save. Note: this may be your first financial “negotiation” with your child – start with saving 50% and settle for 25%. As your child ages, he or she will inevitably want to spend their entire savings on one item. The answer is “no.” Modify budget into more line items – discretionary spending, mandatory saving, and “saving for the large item.” This is where the behavior of “buying within means” is established. “But, I want it now!” This may be the time to develop a new financial concept – borrowing money. That’s okay as long as the rules are set, and the “borrower” adheres to them. This is where the behavior of “borrowing within means” is established. “My friends have credit and debit cards.” Response: I’m happy for them. We’re sticking to our financial plan, and here’s why. In my experience, children were grateful for instilling financial responsibility at a young age. Start early, maintain consistency, monitor progress, and celebrate success. I’m convinced that’s the formula for increasing America’s financial literacy quotient many times over. Get to the kids. Your teen is becoming more independent, but still needs plenty of advice from you. With more money to spend and more opportunities to spend it, your teen can easily get into financial trouble. So before money burns a hole in your child’s pocket, teach him or her a few financial lessons. With your help, your teen will soon develop the self


confidence and skills he or she needs to successfully manage money in the real world. Teens often have more expenses than younger children, and your child may be coming to you for money more often. But with you holding the purse strings, your teen may have difficulty making independent financial decisions. One solution? Encourage your teen to get a parttime job that will enable him or her to earn money for expenses. A teen who is too young to get a job outside the home can make extra cash by babysitting or doing odd jobs for you, neighbors, or relatives. This money can supplement any allowance you choose to hand out, enabling your young teen to get a taste of financial independence. Developing a written spending plan or budget can help your teen learn to be accountable for his or her finances. Your ultimate goal is to teach your teen how to achieve a balance between money coming in and money going out. To develop a spending plan, have your teen start by listing out all sources of regular income. Next, have your teen brainstorm a list of regular expenses. Finally, subtract your teen’s expenses from his or her income. If the result shows that your teen won’t have enough income to meet his or her expenses, you’ll need to help your teen come up with a plan for making up the shortfall. As a youngster, your child saved up for a short-term goal such as buying a favorite toy. But now that your child is a teen, he or she is ready to focus on saving for larger goals such as a new computer or a car and longer-term goals such as college. You can take some comfort in the fact that credit card companies require an adult to co-sign a credit card agreement before they will issue a card to someone under the age of 21 (unless that person can prove that he or she has the financial resources to repay the credit card debt), but you can’t ignore the credit card issue altogether. If you decide to co-sign a credit card application for your teen, ask the credit card company to assign a low credit limit. This can help your child learn to manage credit without getting into serious debt. Until next time, The Business Doctor


Yogash Kumar for Mayor Let’s put Gallup on the map for the right reasons. Let’s embrace change to take Gallup in a new direction for a brighter future.

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I was born and raised in England of Indian-origin parents. I graduated from Pius X High School in California. My family has lived here since the early 90s and I moved here in 2001. I have worked in retail for over 10 years and have been involved in the hospitality industry from an early age; I also have a background in construction. I have two teenage sons; one graduated last year, and one is still in high school here. I am committed and have a vested interest in Gallup. I own two successful hotels in town, the Comfort Suites Hotel on the east end of town (which just received a platinum award from Choice Hotels International) and the Red Roof Inn on the west end of town, and I employ 40 plus people in Gallup. I built the Comfort Suites Hotel in the recession and I believe it’s the last major private project that has come to Gallup. Mr. Kumar is also a Lodgers Tax Board member, a member of Rotary Club of Gallup, a Chamber Board Member, and a member of TANM (Tourism Association of New Mexico)

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. . . everything seems to have converged to get me here for keeps.

Photo Credit: Deer Roberts Š 2007



nitially, I sat this land for a month in September 2007. Voices circled the house where I was staying and something kept playing with the lights in the bedroom. A diamond-back came to visit the clothesline and coyotes crooned the night, closer and closer. The stars bent their faces absurdly into mine to get a good look. Spooked me a bit, I have to tell you, but I never really felt threatened. In fact, after awhile, I came to understand it was all a welcoming of sorts and, perhaps, me as a curiosity. I must have been approved, as everything since seems to have converged to get me here for keeps. The first time traveling up here some four years ago, I was in wonderment at the beauty all around me. My kids were raised in the land of lakes and forests, Michigan. So, speeding up I-25 from El Paso, the feeling of being at sea bottom and the weight of the sky was overwhelming and somewhat miraculous. Traversing Laguna Reservation across Highway 6


By Deer Roberts

was something of a sacred experience. Mt. Taylor, near Grants, was reassuring in its grandeur. But when I crossed the Continental Divide, just past the Ice Caves, something deep inside me, on the soul level, clicked. As a military brat, constantly uprooted as a child, somewhere my spirit sense of home and self had been left behind. In this arid land of hard scrub and immense dignity, we somehow got reunited. In that moment, my center rooted here with convergent force. So when life presented the opportunity for a bit of a sabbatical, I packed my dog and made a bee-line toward the turn, just before La Tinaja Restaurant, and after the mining scars along Hwy 53. That is the place where the large green mesa in the distance welcomes you into El Morro Valley, the point where, for me, the first sense of being home and the end of the journey begins . . . . . . more later.

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Allison Begay, Breanna Begay, Dade Begay, Matthew Atkinson, Jefferson Bahe, Zayan Esparza, Micheyla Calderon, Jeremy Campos, Stoney Savannah Grano, Uhriath Hanson, Kira Henderson, Chapman, Dylan Charley, Nickolis Charlie, Sierra Latasha James, Brittany Kirk, Mateo Lee, John Chopito, Annel Cota, Kyler Edsitty, Breanna Lomasney, Makayla Mazon, Tyler Montano, Delphine Eskeets, Tiara Folsom, SherRae Fox, Nytasha Nelson, Shantalle Nelson, Ricardo Rico, Omar Gonzales, Reyes Grano, John Gutierrez, Shawkaylyn Sanchez, LillieAnne Springer, AJ Starkovich, Nicole Haley, Monica Herrera, Roshauna James, Erika Tom, Jayme Trevino, Abeer Tuqan and Jalen White Joe, Danielle Johnson, Kelly Johnson, Rodera 8th Grade Johnson, Paige Juan, Bethany Keeto, Mckenzie Jaquela Ashley, Shannon Ashley, Kayla Begay, Felicia Kenneth, Terrell Lee, Derrick Martinez, Ashley Molina, Atrayia Montgomery, Johnna Moore, Isaiah Benally, Brianna Brieno, Alyson Bryant, Kevin Langley, Lyle Largo, Amerel LaRose, Tiffane Laughlin, Krystal Ramone, Oscar Rebollo, Susana Resendiz, Joseph Martin, Sara Montyoa, Dana Peral, Alyssa Ray, Tilea Romero, Jeanette Sanchez, Tori Silva, Rhiannon Reyna, Robyn Rogers, Skylur Rudd, Amanda Segovia, Singer, Sierra Slaughter, Kelsi Spencer, Celeste Chance Skeet, Kiana Spencer, Kyra Spencer, Lena Thomas, Lane Tom, Bently Joe Tso-Whitegoat, Stanley, Jaden Steadman, Lynol Tso, Albert Velez, Autumn Tsosie, Dianna Warren, Kiara Whitmore, Daryl Walker Ben and Blaine Yazzie. Brittany Yazzie, Jodie Yazzie and Megan Yazzie.

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my rambles. by n. haveman

Growing up, I remember going over to my friend Steve’s house a ton in the summer. I mean, he lived on a lake and had a boat (and later a Sea-Doo) – it was a great setup. We’d eat Scotcharoos and play wiffle ball, jump off the dock and play water tag, terrorize his sister(s), etc. One of our favorite things to do was to walk down the road to “Little Switzerland.” To this day, I have no idea where the name came from for that general store. Little Switz was probably a quarter-mile walk, so sometimes we’d ride bikes.  Obviously, I didn’t live there, so I didn’t have a bike.  Normally I’d ride Steve’s little sister Katie’s bike . . . It had a banana seat on it. Steve had a killer BMX bike and later a mountain bike, but I really liked Katie’s bike.  What I liked most about that bike was the pedals.  After being in and out of the water all day, I hated to wear shoes or sandals with even remotely wet feet and my parents wouldn’t buy me Aqua Socks.  Steve’s bike had metal platform pedals, which had some teeth all over for grip – these teeth were not at all good for foot morale.  Katie’s pedals on the other were all plastic and were smooth as silk.  I could fly on that thing. Anyway, we’d walk or ride down to Little Switz for one thing: candy.  If you know me now, you probably know that I’m not a huge fan of chocolate.  It’s not that I don’t like chocolate, it’s just that I’ve tasted the best and chocolate isn’t it.  The best are the following similar candies: Johnny Apple Treats – my all time favorite, Alexander the Grape – a very close second, Candy Cigarettes – what kid didn’t practice smoking so that one day they could have lung cancer?, Charleston Chew – Steve’s favorite, if I remember correctly, and lastly, any flavor of Jolly Rancher Candy Sticks (but especially Watermelon). You know it really is a wonder my teeth didn’t fall out of my mouth . . . I’d totally wash it all down with a Blue Raspberry Slushie, too! Those were great summers.  I still love high fructose corn syrup, too. Growing up, we used to go sledding at Branstrom Park.  Although it was called a “park,” it was more like a Super Nature Zone.  There were miles of singletrack trails (used for Cross- Country meets during season), a bubbling stream, a small pond, ball fields, a huge hill, and of best of all, a toboggan run.  Most years sledding on the huge hill was the most fun – lots of jumps, tons of kids to smash into, and pine trees to run into at the bottom.  But one year, the toboggan run was epic.  The toboggan run was half a cement culvert running down a series of three drops before ending on a long straightaway.  Now, many kids would do the toboggan run on a normal year to get away from the crowds on the huge hill, but it wasn’t as fun.  It was a really tight run with trees lining the sides of the culvert, so you couldn’t really race with your friends or anything.  But one year we had freezing rain the day before a snow day (which is what caused the snow day in the first place) and then about a foot of snow that night.  In the morning we woke up to snow-covered ice  . . . EVERYWHERE – including the toboggan run. We got to Branstrom later in the day after the toboggan run was broken in and more like a luge or bobsled track.  Kids were ending up in the next county.  They were blowing through the long straightaway to the nether regions beyond that nobody had ever seen.  It was the best sledding day ever.  I must have walked ten miles uphill that day, just getting back to the top. I’m actually missing snow this year . . .


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Yogash Kumar Advocate Law Center Wishes to Congratulate for Mayor Former Partner, Claudia Ray! LET’s puT GaLLup On ThE Map fOr ThE riGhT rEasOns. LET’s EMbracE chanGE TO TaKE GaLLup in a nEw dirEcTiOn fOr a briGhTEr fuTurE.

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My vision: to see Gallup become a destination and a hub for tourism My mission: to be an ambassador and work diligently for the people, the small businesses, and the surrounding community to succeed in making Gallup a great place to live I have managed and owned businesses for most of my life; I believe I have the leadership skills and the business savvy to make Gallup competitive with other tourist destinations and possibly industry. My normal day-to-day operations include reviewing financial reports, Congratulations to customer service reports, and business operations. I have been involved with advertising, marketing, and promoting tourism for Gift the winner of the over 12 years. I have both the knowledge and ability to effectively out a Cardcarry Promotion. campaign to put Gallup on the map for the right reasons. Amber For the last four years I have attended hospitality conventions twice aOlivar year, won a free once a attended many seminars and am up-to-date on what works now entrée and what month for a year! the trend is in the future.

I was born and raised in England of Indian-origin parents. I graduated from Pius X High School in California. My family has lived here since the early 90s and I moved here in 2001. I have worked in retail for over 10 years and have been involved in the hospitality industry from an early age; I also have a background in construction. I have two teenage sons; one graduated last year, and one is still in high school Attorney General Greg Abbott Names Longview here. I amChild committed have a vested interest in Gallup. two Supportand Employee Assistant Attorney GeneralI own of the Year successful hotels in town, the Comfort Suites Hotel on the east end Claudia singled out as region’s attorney of town (which justRay received a platinum awardtop from Choice Hotels for her dedication to Texas children. International) and the Red Roof Inn on the west end of town, and I employ 40 plus people in Gallup. I built the Comfort Suites Hotel in the recession and I believe it’s the last major private project that has come to Gallup.

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eConoMIC deVeloPMent tHRouGH touRISM tourism is an industry we haven’t tapped into. Gallup is located right off historic Route 66, known throughout the world. Gallup is close to el Morro, Canyon de Chelly, and Chaco Canyon. Gallup has some of the greatest selection of handmade native American jewelry, arts, and crafts available in the united States. We need to make a better effort in promoting our downtown historic district and helping businesses grow. When we have tourists stay, not only do we help the lodging establishments, but the gas stations, and the restaurants, also, as most people will fill up gas before leaving for a destination and also have something to eat. It’s possible to make an initial impact within months, rather than years in the local economy by increased gross receipts tax and Lodgers Tax. We really need to make a difference now rather than later. We will continue to attract industry to our area to create jobs, but we have to be realistic given the current economic situation. Companies need to do feasibility studies, plan, find a suitable site, and obtain financing. this is extremely difficult at this time and can take years. Cities, counties, and states are all impacted with the loss of jobs and are all working and vying for industry to move in, and they can offer a lot more than Gallup can at this time since we are land locked and have a water problem.of Daniels Family Member

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A CoMMItMent to ouR KIdS The number one complaint of kids today is “there’s nothing to do.” our town is long and we have communities located on either end. We need to provide our kids with a place to go that is located in their community - a place where they can go after school to do homework, mingle with friends and make new friends, have adult mentors to help with homework and or other activities. these centers need to be located in their communities so they can walk or take a bike, therefore keeping them off the streets and preoccupied with what they enjoy doing. Moreover, a lot of kids do not have internet at home. The ability to go to a center and do homework, using the internet to do research and giving these kids an equal opportunity, would help them achieve a higher grade in school and possibly be more successful in life.

A PlAn FoR ouR InFRAStRuCtuRe

I believe the best way to handle the infrastructure today is to have a systematic preventative maintenance plan. When we have a business, we periodically have to maintain our equipment, make sure everything has been serviced on time, and repaired in a timely manner. that goes for our roads and sidewalks and other infrastructure, too. For example, filling in a pothole and sealing it before the rains hit, thereby avoiding more damage and spending more money to fix in the long run, is a must. Putting a plan in place will at least alleviate some of the problems.

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ince moving to New York I’ve cycled through a few jobs, but now I work from home. I’m surfing in on the wave of the future: Internet employment. I haven’t met either of my bosses and I discovered them both via the NYC craigslist. And no, this isn’t a scam; I’ve been paid. Which was what it was all about at first. But now it’s about freedom. For the first few weeks, I woke up early – before 7 – and worked. Worked until lunch, went to the grocery store down the block, worked for an hour or two more, then went to the gym, not but six or seven blocks away. I was in a tight orbit. Slowly spinning outward from my home. Of course, the Internet is boundless, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t slouched in a La-Z-Boy with my laptop where it belongs and dressed in my flannel bathrobe until noon. Day in and day out. I don’t know what unstuck me. The Internet went down at home? And all of a sudden I was like a kite given slack; I took off. In the beginning I started going to a coffee shop close by. I plugged in and worked.


But the longer my tether got, the more possibilities seemed to open up to me. I would go across the city and sit in a library, smelling all the old books. For a break, wander off down an aisle and pick up a volume of poetry: Kay Ryan, James Tate, Gregory Orr, L.S. Klatt. I’d read for twenty minutes and then dive back into the web. The city was my office. My line just kept unspooling until one day the tether broke. Next thing I knew I was on a bus headed for Pennsylvania, working as I cruised in the double-decker down the highway. WiFi reeling in the bits as we chugged along, Joanna Newsom strumming in my earbuds. Unlike most itinerates, I sail in an ether, a bubble of HTML – unlike the guy sitting next to me who crosses the country to gun-lay concrete in a Nuclear Power Plant in Virginia, or work a dam in Jersey – I am an insular spirit, snail-like, and at my own whim to move and travel where I please. One night in Pennsylvania at the parents’ of my traveling companion, Patrick, Mr. Gaughan keeps pouring Black and Tans and the third member of our traveling party joins us after the fourth drink while Mrs. Gaughan dances to Stevie Ray

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Vaughan blaring in the corner. After midnight, after the family is in bed, after a moonlit walk around the suburbs, the Guinness puts me down easy and before I know it, it’s the next day and I’m on my way to North Carolina. By three p.m. we’re crossing the bridge to the barrier islands, a spit of land where all the houses are on stilts – 20 feet up – so that when the ocean gets angry and comes washing in, they’ll survive. At night we go down to the beach and look at the crumbling remains of beach houses, abandoned by the seaside. Nearly identical to the one we’re staying in, the owners could’ve marked the decline in property value with each wave lapping at their door like the tongue of a hungry dog. My companions and I climb past ‘No Trespassing’ signs, up the lopped-off staircases, across crumbling decks, and into the darkness of the house. Cave-like, the house is dank and the remnants of another eon litter the floors and shelves. The board games the family used to play, cookware where fish sizzled and popped, puzzles, crayons, and a closet of old recordable VHS tapes with handwritten words on the side: Problem Child 2, Children of the Corn, Clear and Present Danger. You can date the era of abandonment by the reels of film, the damp cardboard cases. Movies that were on TV when I was a kid.

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The moon cuts in on broken glass, on the graffiti in the living room: ‘Life is Beautiful’ on the window, ‘F___ the World’ on the wall. In the bedrooms, coloring book pages are scotchtaped above twin beds. Red dinosaurs, blue trucks, a princess in a pink dress. The near history of a childhood past. Next day, I roll out of bed and wake up and work. Same flannel robe, same bed-head as before, like I’d been washed out to sea in New York and come ashore further down the Eastern Seaboard. Woke up in Kittyhawk, on Kill Devil Hill, where the Wright Brothers first took flight, God bless them. I’ll take a plane to Colorado in March, a car to Gallup, train to Albuquerque, and then it’s back to New York. Maybe I’ll end up in Seattle later in the summer, Portland, California – who knows? I work from home. No crumbling walls. No tattered papers hanging on the walls.

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Diamonds U

ntil the 1950s most of the world’s diamonds came from southern Africa. The De Beers cartel had a virtual monopoly on the diamond trade. But diamonds have been discovered all around the world in the last few decades. Russia began mining diamonds in 1957. Australia started up in the 1970s. Canadian diamonds have been produced since the late 1990s. Is there a chance that we might find them in the Four Corners? When I lived in Louisiana there was an ad for a jewelry store that played on the radio almost every morning as I drove to work. It went something like this: “Millions of years ago a lump of coal got buried. Over time, under great pressure, it was transformed into a sparkling diamond.” Here’s another story of transformation: The princess bent down and kissed the frog on his wide green forehead. She wiped her lips on the back of her hand and stepped back as the frog transformed into a tall handsome prince. We have a lot of coal in the Four Corners. Should that produce a lot of diamonds? The frog prince is a fairy tale. (Kissing a frog gets you a diamond only if you’re a princess willing to marry a guy who used to catch flies on his tongue.) The story of the coal becoming a diamond is a fairy tale, as well. Yes, diamond is carbon, and coal is mostly carbon, but you could not bury a lump of coal deeply enough for it to become diamond. So where do diamonds come from? The answer is deep in the crust of the earth. They formed at a depth of about 90 to 150 miles below the surface. Notice that I used the past tense in that sentence, because diamonds are old. For a couple of decades geologists have been analyzing radioactive isotopes trapped in the crystal lattices of diamonds, and the results show that nearly all of them are more than 2 billion years old, and some are even older than 3 billion years. It’s not at all certain that they are still forming deep in the Earth.

For carbon to crystallize as diamond it needs to be hot and under extreme pressure. In the “diamond zone” the temperature is around 1000o C; that’s nearly 2000o F. The pressure is 30 kilobars or about 440,000 pounds per square inch. Change the temperature or pressure and the diamonds could revert from the hardest known mineral to the softest, graphite. So how did diamonds get to the surface without degrading? They were brought up by a type of volcanic eruptions known as diatremes. The Four Corners is often touted as having the greatest concentration of diatremes in


the world. In the Hopi Buttes Volcanic Field there are about 300. The Navajo Volcanic Field, including Ship Rock, has about 80 volcanic features, almost all of which are diatremes. I’ve written about diatremes before: “Ship Rock” [GJ May, 2006]; and “Diatreme Drive” [GJ September, 2008]. What I haven’t written much about is that there are two kinds of diatremes: shallow, or steam powered, and “deep throat.”

The story of the coal becoming a diamond is a fairy tale . . . you could not bury a lump of coal deeply enough for it to become diamond. by Larry Larason

Diamond crystal in matrix from Russia (right). Argyle Diamond Mine in Kimberley, Australia is the largest diamond producer in the world (far right).

Photo by Rob Lavinsky.

In the steam-powered model, magma rising slowly from the mantle encounters ground water, heating it to steam, which explodes to the surface. Most diatremes are steam powered. All of the ones in the Hopi Buttes and most of those in the Navajo Volcanic Field are of this type. The magma does not make it to the surface or it would cover the evidence of the steam blow out, and we would not see the diatreme. Ordinary basaltic magma rises from the top of the mantle, sometimes bringing up mantle minerals such as olivine with it. But for a deep throat diatreme the eruption must originate from lower down. Under tremendous pressure the volatile gas rises at supersonic speed, drilling a pipe and carrying a load of stone from the mantle. It shatters all of the crust that it passes through and rips fragments out of the walls of the pipe, including rock containing diamonds. By the time the rocks have tumbled up to the surface they are broken into small pieces or they have been pulverized. Deep throat eruptions commonly carry two types of magma. The best known is kimberlite, a usually bluish mix of minerals. The diamonds of southern Africa are found in kimberlite pipes. The second rock is lamproite. It is less common, but it is the host to Australia’s gem stones. These are probably the deepest rocks that have ever come to the surface. It is essential that diamonds move quickly up the pipe if they are to survive removal from the temperature and pressure where they formed. The gases propelling stone in the pipe travels at two to four times the speed of sound. This allows the diamonds to cool quickly so they don’t degrade to graphite. We have a few deep throat diatremes in the Four Corners, although none of them brought up kimberlite or diamonds. [Some sites on the WWW say there is kimberlite in the Four Corners, but it is not true.] You can see one of them, called Green Knobs, just north of Navajo, Arizona. Its color sets it apart from the red Chinle shale and Entrada sandstone that encloses the pipe. The makeup of the green rock is mostly crustal stone that has been reduced to sand by the rough journey up the diatreme pipe. Only about 1% of the material came from the mantle, but you can find tiny pieces of olivine.

Photo by Reise-Line.

So, the Four Corners has no diamonds. Why? 1. The gems seem to be unevenly distributed far below. Even if we had kimberlite pipes, only 14% of them worldwide have diamonds. 2. The Earth is not as active as it used to be. Not only are diamonds old, but so are the deep throat diatremes. The most recent diamond bearing pipe seems to have formed 20 million years ago in Australia during the Miocene Period. Such features are very rare in the last billion years. 3. There is some disagreement about whether diamonds form in the crust or the mantle. If, indeed, they form in the crust, then ours, at about 30 miles thick, is too thin to reach into the diamond zone at 90+ miles below the surface. This is probably the most important reason. The nearest place diamonds are found is along the Colorado-Wyoming border in a field of about thirty-five diatremes, where they have been commercially mined. Oddly, the site of the great diamond hoax of 1872 was also near the state line, but west of the diatreme field where diamonds really do exist. That hoax involved “salting” a site with gems and selling it to investors. The two swindlers made more than $600,000 on the deal. Geologist Clarence King, who had just completed the survey of the 40th parallel, was sent to investigate. He and his men found gems, but at least one of them had already been cut – a dead giveaway to the fraud. One of the con men was traced and returned $150,000, but the second man was never seen again. The other source of diamonds in the United States is the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas. When it was discovered in 1906 it was the only place outside of South Africa where diamonds could be found at their source. Mining at this site was never commercially viable, but the public is allowed to dig in the 95 million year old lamproite pipe and keep whatever they find. I’ve read that it takes about fifteen man-days to find a diamond, but I hope to go there one day, maybe this spring, and try my luck.

A Short Rant The recent death of Leslie Neilsen reminded me of a pet peeve. Actors become associated with certain lines from their movies. One example, in Neilson’s case: “… and stop calling me Shirley.” You probably recall lines like, “Make my day;” “I’ll be back;” or “You can’t handle the truth.” But we tend to forget that these lines are delivered by actors. Someone gave them that script: the writers. Movies can be powerful statements and resonate in our minds for decades. That’s why once a movie comes out, we tend to forget the book it was based on. I’m not denigrating actors. It’s their delivery that makes the lines stick in our minds. But don’t forget the writers who gave them those words.

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George Bubany: The Man Known as “Mayor Clean”


t the turn of the last century there was plenty of turmoil in eastern Europe leading up to World War II. Immigrants poured into the United States and many of them found their way to western mining towns. One of them was the teenage George Bubany, born in Fuzina, Croatia in 1890, who stopped over in Colorado briefly to work in the mines, then came to Gallup, where he lived in Black Diamond Canyon with Ivan and Antonia Kozeliski. He wouldn’t have had much formal education and his accent stuck with him all his life, but by the time he was eighteen he owned his own coal operation – the Brown Coal Mine. By the mid-twenties he owned his own hotel, and would found and operate Bubany Lumber, Gallup Sand and Gravel, and Bubany Insurance – all still active today. He was also one of the founders of both Merchants Bank and Gallup Federal Savings and Loan. He was loaning money for Gallup development long before he became a banker and his pockets were always open for folks in need. In 1944 he was elected city councilor. It was the custom at the time for the councilors to choose one of their own as mayor. Bubany would be mayor for almost two decades, and he literally changed the face of Gallup. At the time prostitution and gambling were carried on pretty openly, and involved many of the leading men of the town. There was also no official garbage cleanup at the time. One drug store was a major violator and after George gave the owner several warnings he fined the man five hundred dollars, a huge amount of money at the time. The local businessmen got the idea. He initially intended to use half the whole city budget of forty thousand dollars for the cleanup, but outraged citizens made him back off of that proposal. All the same, Bubany was single-minded about cleaning up the town, morally and physically. It is said that Bubany used his own lumber company trucks and shanghaied any city employees who didn’t keep busy enough


to suit him to pick up the trash. He Above: also instituted street washing and, according Mayor George Bubany to Bill Richardson, Left: even had the sidewalks Original Bubany washed down. Cleaning up Lumber Store the dirt was easier than cleaning up the lawlessness. There was a fear around town that Bubany might get himself killed if he pushed too hard on the gambling and prostitution, but he stuck by his word and “civilized” the town. An article in the Independent in 1944 tells about the new mayor receiving hate mail. Bubany took it as a sign of his effectiveness. The secret to his business success might seem quaint today, or outright annoying, but it worked for him. George was tireless, and patrolled the town with an eagle eye. If he saw any building going on he would stop and sell the property owner raw materials. He walked around town and asked businessmen if he could do anything for them. As a businessman he was strictly “hands on” and greeted every customer at the lumber store with a cigar and a smile. Bill Richardson remembers the days he gave out real Havanas. Later he made do with White Owls. He kept the cigars in a refrigerator next to his office. John Kozeliski, who now owns the lumber store, worked for him as a teenager. He says Bubany’s glove box was always stuffed with stogies, and he would pass them out two or three at a time. “He bought the cigars by the case,” John recalls, “and there were fifty boxes of cigars to the case.” Bubany himself never smoked nor drank. Kozeliski also remembers the man’s generosity. He said George would write hundreds of checks at Christmas time. Many went to Catholic charities of one sort or another. “Some of the checks were only for five or ten dollars, but there were so many of them it would amount to thousands of dollars,” John recalls.

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by Ernie Bulow photo by Erin Bulow

Photos courtesy of John Kozeliski

He said “Take you time, boys, but work a litta bit faster, OK?” Top Right: Bubany fire from a distance shortly after it started. Middle Right: Washing the streets of Gallup in 1940. Bottom Right: Bubany fire.

John Rains also worked at the lumber store as a teen along with Kozeliski. “We would stock shelves, sweep the floor, that kind of thing. We always knew Mr. Bubany was coming because he had a squeaky shoe. “One time in the heat of the summer he set us to dusting the paint cans. We were both looking at something when we got a tap on the shoulder. Because of the heat Mr. Bubany had taken off his shoes and that allowed him to sneak up on us. He said ‘Take you time, boys, but work a litta bit faster, OK?’” Another story tells of the time George Bubany was embarrassed by some tourists. He was bald and always wore a hat. He had lost all the fingers and most of the thumb on his left hand. One story says it was a mining accident when he was very young. Most people believe it was a saw in the Lumber yard. Half the people who worked for George had lost a piece of their thumb to that saw, one man told me. The day was unusually hot for Gallup. He took off his hat with the stub of thumb, and was holding it as he mopped his head with a bandana. Some people passing on the sidewalk in front of the Manhattan Café, where he always ate lunch, thought he was panhandling and dropped some change in the hat. He hurriedly explained that he was a rich man and didn’t need their charity. Though the Manhattan wasn’t far from the lumber store he drove to lunch every day. In those days Third Street heading south was the only railroad crossing in town, and Route 66 funneled its traffic onto that street. When Bubany got ready to eat he would just pull his Chrysler Imperial out into the flow. “The traffic parted for him like the Red Sea,” one friend recalls. “Everyone in town knew that car.” Bubany’s Chrysler is a topic of wide discussion when George’s name comes up. Bill Richardson said George had a flat tire on Railroad Avenue in front of the Yucca and Liberty cafés. Instantly, a dozen or so men ran to his aid. “They almost picked that car up to put the jack under it. He was on his way in five minutes.” As he got older his eyesight, and maybe his power of concentration, got weaker and eventually they took away his drivers license on the grounds of his vision. People say he always drove five or ten miles an hour, even on Route 66. When traffic came to a standstill on the highway people would say, “It’s either a drunk, or George Bubany.” He would run three stop signs in a row, and then stop at a green light to study the Merchants Bank building. His wife Phillipina died in 1955. His son Rudy, who was as well-liked as his father, died young in 1957. Rudy was running the insurance company at the time and a member of several civic Continued on Page 27 . . .

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Driving Impressions:

by Greg Cavanaugh

2011 Toyota Tundra

No Longer just the Big Three


or decades the full-size truck segment was three truck manufacturers: GM, Ford and Dodge. If you worked in any type of business that required a pickup, one of these three is what you drove. In more recent years, Toyota and Nissan worked to get into the market. Toyota’s first foray into the full-size truck segment was the T-100, the problem was, it wasn’t a full-size truck, it was somewhere between a compact and a full-size. The T-100 moniker was eventually dropped and morphed into today’s Tundra nameplate. Over the years, Toyota has been steadily increasing the Tundra’s size and stature and 2007 created the Tundra you see here. After driving the 2011 Tundra for myself, there is no longer any claim that Toyota is still trying to get into the segment. The Tundra is big, burley, powerful and capable. In the truck game it’s all about the numbers: power output, payload and towing capacity. The Tundra delivers in spades. Its i-Force 5.7 liter V8 is an absolute monster and produces 381 hp and 401 lb-ft. of torque. It hurls the big Tundra around like a father throws his two-year-old son in the air. The Tundra can also hall over 1,500 lbs in the bed and tow just under 10,000 lbs! Frankly, all the manufacturers’ half-ton trucks have become so capable now that the numbers better represent bragging rights than the amount of actual comparable work they can each do. Needless to say, the Tundra is not bringing a knife to a gunfight. The powertrain in particular is smooth, refined and well suited to the 6-speed transmissions ratios. The 4:10 rear end ensures the Tundra does not


hesitate off the line either. In our region of high-altitude and steep hills, the i-Force 5.7 liter will be more than enough. The Tundra’s cabin is plenty roomy in the standard “double-cab” configuration, offering four fully opening doors into a pseudo extended cab design. Toyota offers their standard cab, the double-cab I test drove, and the crew-max, no extended cab. Honestly, with the double cab so roomy, I really don’t know why a buyer would sacrifice over a foot of bed length to jump up to the limo-like crew max. The rear seats easily fold 90 degrees and offer quite a bit of storage in their stead. My only complaint is that the support rails for the seats impede sliding larger items straight into the cab, calling for the loader to lift the item over the rails and then dropping it in-between them. The center console is huge and can hold a ton of junk. It also offers some handy organizing elements under the armrest where more things would simply get lost. There are little compartments all over the Tundra to hold things and of course seven cup holders for front seat occupants alone. The controls for the radio and climate are Toyota’s typical function over form approach. They are large, simple, easy to read and in no way flashy. I did find the interior a touch too utilitarian. The dials for fan speed and vent choice, for example, are huge, I’m guessing to make changing them with gloves on easy. Also, perhaps in Toyota’s efforts to solidify their position in the full-size segment, my short

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arms were pretty much unable to reach the right side of the radio. This particular Tundra was equipped with Toyota’s TRD Rock Warrior package, mainly adding big, beefy B/F Goodrich All-Terrian T/A tires on 17” forged wheels and Bilstein shocks as well as some exterior changes to the Tundra Double Cab. Strangely this package doesn’t include any skid plates, odd for a package with the word “rock” in the description. Nonetheless, the package makes the Tundra all the more capable for Armageddon and military coups, or more appropriately, reservation mud and ruts and national forest fire roads. The Rock Warrior Tundra rides tall and with authority, albeit a bit bouncy and rough in everyday use and on highway trips. I’m sure the calmer tire choices with non-Rock Warrior Tundras provide better everyday ride and handling for less aggressive users. While my gaggle of faithful readers knows I have a penchant for efficiency and economy, the fact is, buyers of full-size trucks this capable have to pay a price somewhere. Rated at 13/17mpg city/highway, the Tundra falls right into the same ballpark as its domestic competitors and until someone manufacturers a smaller turbo-diesel in a half-ton pickup, only Ford’s new Eco-Boost will set any standards for “efficient” full-size trucks at 15/21 for the 4x4. Someone using the Tundra as only a daily commuter and family hauler would benefit more from Toyota’s smaller 4.0 liter V6 or 4.6 liter V8. The shortcomings of the Tundra reflect that of almost all full-size pickups today. The rearview mirror is almost useless. The rear window is narrow, and even if it were bigger, the height of the tailgate blocks a substantial amount of rearward visibility. Fortunately for backing up, the Tundra comes equipped with a rearview camera to help minimize the number of children’s toys and rear-quarter panels that may fall victim to its mass. The height of the Tundra makes getting into and out of it a chore; Toyota’s optional step boards or tube steps would certainly be a smart upgrade. Similarly, the deep bed makes for lots of cargo capacity, but also makes loading it a lot of work, particularly for someone of my stature. (I’m not THAT short, but 5’ 8” is no giant either). The last is price. Trucks today are not cheap and the capable Rock Warrior Tundra is no different, stickering at 38K after all of its options.

eConoMIC deVeloPMent tHRouGH touRISM tourism is an industry we haven’t tapped into. Gallup is located right off historic Route 66, known throughout the world. Gallup is close to el Morro, Canyon de Chelly, and Chaco Canyon. Gallup has some of the greatest selection of handmade native American jewelry, arts, and crafts available in the united States. We need to make a better effort in promoting our downtown historic district and helping businesses grow. When we have tourists stay, not only do we help the lodging establishments, but the gas stations, and the restaurants, also, as most people will fill up gas before leaving for a destination and also have something to eat. It’s possible to make an initial impact within months, rather than years in the local economy by increased gross receipts tax and Lodgers Tax. We really need to make a difference now rather than later. We will continue to attract industry to our area to create jobs, but we have to be realistic given the current economic situation. Companies need to do feasibility studies, plan, find a suitable site, and obtain financing. this is extremely difficult at this time and can take years. Cities, counties, and states are all impacted with the loss of jobs and are all working and vying for industry to move in, and they can offer a lot more than Gallup can at this time since we are land locked and have a water problem. Paid for by the Committee to Elect Yogash Kumar.

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So if all of these trucks have become so capable, then what sets them apart? While truck drivers are fiercely loyal to their brands, there are substantive reasons to buy one truck over the other. The 2011 Toyota Tundra’s strength is that it’s not a compromised truck compared to its domestic rivals, and is really good in so many areas. When you factor in Toyota’s strong, decades-long reputation for quality and dependability, the only thing left to do is test drive one. A special thanks to Jim and Glen at Amigo for this test drive. SPECIFICATIONS BASE PRICE: $30,715 PRICE AS TESTED: $38,093 ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection Displacement . . . . . . . . . 346 cu in, 5663cc Power (SAE net) . . . . . . 381 bhp @ 5600 rpm Torque (SAE net). . . . . . 401 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic with manumatic shifting Wheelbase: 145.7 in Length: 228.7 in Width: 79.9 in Height: 76.2 in Curb weight: 5460 lb FUEL ECONOMY: EPA city/highway driving: 13/17mpg

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By Fowler Roberts

Rachel Kaub KGLP’s Station Manager

Q. Rachel, what got you interested in being a station manager for KGLP? A. I was somewhat familiar with KGLP when I came across a classified ad for the station manager position. I submitted my résumé and the rest is history. Q. What do you enjoy most about your job? A. Meeting new people and engaging the community and discovering insights I didn’t know before. Q. What is the biggest challenge of your job? A. Understanding the new automation protocols. I think that is something I am getting a handle on, but it took me a couple of weeks before I felt comfortable. Q. What is your number one priority with respect to what you would like to bring to KGLP or change about KGLP? A. I would like to have more community engagement and local content on the station. I would like to get more volunteers and community members involved in the business of doing radio. Q. What do you see as the future of KGLP? A. In the short term, I think we will be restarting our online streams so people can listen to us even if they are not in listening range of a transmitter. I also think that there will be more opportunity for community engagement and more opportunities for partnerships with community organizations and individuals. Q. What do you enjoy doing in your off time? A. Well, I’m an improvisational performer and a standup comic so I spend a bit of time on that. I do bicycle back and forth to work quite a bit. Bicycling is an engaging activity and I’ve enjoyed it over the years. Q. What is your favorite movie? A. Films are an important part of my life. I have many favorites, but I would have to say that one that sticks out is Stanley Kubrick’s Doctor Strangelove. There is a style that I appreciated about it: the tightness with which he told the story, edited the story, the choice of black and white and the choice of documentary style which heightened the sense of anxiety at times. I think it is a classic case of satire done well. Q. If you could trade places with one famous person, who would it be and why? A. I think I would really like to trade places with Imogene Coca. She was an actress in the 50s with Sid Caesar on Your Show of Shows. I felt that story of developing a sketch comedy series was interesting to me. I think it would have been exciting to be a part of that.

. . . “Bubany” continued from Page 23 “Mayor Clean” had apparently met his match. Helen ran the home with an iron fist and cleanliness was next to godliness. Visitors had to take off their shoes to enter, and Pat says he remembers sheets over some of the furniture, and sheets on the floor of the garage. According to one visitor, she made people wipe their feet on several of those stiff jute mats and THEN take off their shoes. On one occasion the Bubanys invited some folks over for Christmas. They were only allowed to look at the Christmas tree through the living room window – from outdoors. “They had a dog,” Gurley said, “and Helen had a bowl of water by the back door. She washed that dog’s feet whenever he came into the house.” She also made George shower whenever he came home. The house had three bedrooms, and the smaller, center room was done up like a little chapel. Bubany had always been a rather religious man. George Bubany died November 16, 1966 and was buried next to his wife and two sons. Toward the end of Bubany’s life, when he shouldn’t have been driving anyway, there is a story about him going down Route 66 about five miles an hour, and not paying much attention to which lane he was in. Motorists passing by honked at him, shook their fists, and waved him off the road. When he got to the lumber store he told his passenger, “See, everyone in Gallup knows me. And they all love me.” He wasn’t wrong about that.

organizations. Phillipina had a street named for her but whoever put up the signs misspelled her name as Phillipin, so it was also mis-pronounced. That error of signage was only corrected a few years ago. They also had a daughter, Sophie, who married John Guest, who ran Merchants Bank for George for many years. John and Sophie currently live in Albuquerque. George was also active in civic organizations around Gallup, not a surprise. He was involved with the Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial for a long time and supplied paint for the performers. Sally Noe, in her book Gallup, New Mexico, USA, reprints a letter from a woman who recalled that George Bubany would stock up on powdered paint – rather like tempera today – for the Indians. He gave them every color and plenty of it, knowing half of it would go back home with them. An example of the things George Bubany would take in stride was the great fire of 1951. Shortly after the store closed, smoke started billowing up. Details about the fire come from John Kozeliski, who was working there. The original store had a bay door large enough for trucks that led into a huge, dirt floored room. “They had saturated the dirt floor with old motor oil to keep down the dusk. Most people believed it started there.” However the blaze began, it took three days to put out. Some people say it was the worst fire in Gallup history, but Gallup has had some dandy fires on Front Street, and the old high school, and the original Fred Harvey hotel. Local merchants stood on their rooftops putting out burning tarpaper and other fiery debris from the blaze. Bill Richardson said he thought they would lose the downtown, and his store with it. Late in life Bubany married a Czech (or German) nurse named Helen and built the showplace house that Pat Gurley lives in today.

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by Patricia Darak

In Sickness and . . .


ommy is sick. My immune system had finally been overwhelmed with more than its share of sniffles, sneezes, coughs, and fevers.

Every time one of my babies came down with something, I was the main caregiver, nutritionist, cuddler, and nurse. So, it was inevitable that I took a little something away from each of those illnesses. One sick person at a time?  I can handle it.  Three sick people at once?  It’s tough, but I can deal with the symptoms better than the kids can.  Everyone in the house, plus almost every stranger (who happened to be coughing and sneezing) that I came into contact with while running errands and shopping?  Immune system overload. At first, it started with a general fatigue.  Then, a definite fever, itchy eyes, and scratchy throat.  Lastly, my whole body began to ache, and I couldn’t stay awake for more than thirty minutes at a time. Thank Goodness my kids understood that Mommy was down for the count.  There’s almost nothing better than being the one taken care of instead of being the one doing the caring.  So, while my oldest daughter recovered in her bedroom, I recovered in mine.  As soon as we crawled into our respective beds, we had about twenty minutes of quiet, and then the chorus of the two youngest children began. “Momma!  She pushed me!” “Momma!  He pushed me first!” “No, I didn’t!” “Yes, you did!”

“Quit shouting! You’re the one who made Momma sick!” “I did not!  And, I’m not shouting!  You are!” “No, I’m not!  Momma, am I shouting?!” Their father, himself barely recovered from whatever virus that had stricken the rest of us, is left to tame the animals in the family zoo. “Hey, hey, hey!  Shh!  You guys need to keep it down.  Mommy’s sleeping.  She’s sick and she needs her rest so she can get better.  Let’s all play a game so we can be quiet, okay?” “Okay!  I want to play this game!” “No!  I want to play that game!  It’s my turn to pick the game!” “No, it’s not!  It was your turn last time!” “No, it wasn’t!  That’s not right!” Both pairs of eyes turned to look up at their father.  Then, the quiet negotiations began. First, our youngest daughter: “Actually, it’s my turn.  Right, Daddy?” “No, I think your brother’s right.  I think it’s his turn.” “No, Daddy, actually it’s my turn.  It can be his turn yesterday.” “You mean tomorrow?  It can be his turn tomorrow?” “No, Daddy.  It can be his turn yesterday.  That’s in . . . that’s in . . . fifteen years ago.” “Umm . . . no, sweetie.  How about if we play his game first?  Then, we can play your game after that.  How’s that sound?” “That sounds gross, Daddy!  You’re being mean to me!  It’s my turn, it’s my turn, IT’S MY TURN!”  She then dissolved into tears of injustice, a weapon that she wielded all too often. Seeking to restore some semblance of peace, my husband appealed to the logic of our five-year-old son.

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“Son, can we play your sister’s game first? She’s crying and I want some quiet so Mommy can sleep.” “No, Daddy.  It’s not right that you do whatever she wants just ‘cause she cries.  It’s my turn first.  You said.  You promised!” “But, son, your sister’s crying.  Can we please play her game first?” “Why?” “Well . . . because she’s little, and we need to be fair to her.  She’s not a big kid like you, yet.”  Then, my husband gave a conspiratorial wink.  “She’s still a baby.” “She’s not a baby, Daddy.  She’s almost four.  She always cries when she doesn’t get what she wants.  That’s not being fair to me, huh?  Right?” “No, I guess not.  But, honey, life’s not really fair.  Not always.  We always have to take care of those smaller than us, remember?” “But, Daddy, she’ll always be smaller than me.  So she always gets whatever she wants?  That’s not right, Daddy.  That’s not fair.”  Our son stopped, mid-argument, and took a deep breath.  “THAT’S NOT FAIR!”


Their father, exasperated, let out a dramatic sigh and stared down at both angry little faces. He searched for any sign of compromise.  Nothing.

Telephone Books It is almost time for the annual deluge of new telephone books to begin. Please do not trash your old telephone books! They are highly recyclable; new telephone books and products are made from those pages.  City Solid Waste will be placing bins around town to collect your old books. Watch this space for updates or call the number below. The Community Pantry also accepts these.  In case you receive more new books than are needed again DO NOT TRASH!  Give them to a local realtor or to the Chamber of Commerce for new residents.  

“Fine! Then, I’ll pick the game.  Then, we’ll all play together.” The kids looked at their father, at each other, then back at their father. “No, Dad, that’s not the way to be.” “Yeah, Dad.  You’re wrong.” Suddenly struck by inspiration, they sped off together, laughing.  My husband was suddenly left standing alone in the kitchen, holding a game in each hand. “Kids?  Where’d you go?” “We’re playing pirate in the bedroom, Daddy!” “Yeah, we’re playing!  We’re having quiet play time!” Their father put both of the games away, and then came in to check on me.  I sat up and smiled sleepily at him. “Did you hear what your children just did to me?  They made a big fuss, and then ran off to play.” “Mmm hmm.  They do that to me all of the time.” “How do you stand it?” “I don’t know.  Part of being a parent, I guess.  Thank you for doing such a good job with the kids.  You’re a great dad.” He looked at me, perplexed.  “I am?  Thank you.  And, you’re a great mommy.” “Aww.  Thank you.” He looked down at me and grinned. “Hurry up and get better, okay?  I’m going insane.” I laughed and nodded.  “Okay.” But, for now?  Mommy’s still sick, so back to sleep for me.  I snuggled deeper into the covers and smiled. I love my family.  Yes, I do.

Plastic Bins that have been placed at the Gallup Transfer Station Recycling Center on Hasler Valley Road will be removed in the near future.  Unfortunately, the infrastructure for handling plastics is not in place.  In the meantime Albuquerque (#1 & #2) Farmington (ALL), and Flagstaff (ALL) are accepting plastic.  NEWS FLASH!  I just heard that Whole Foods in Albuquerque is accepting #5 plastic.  These are your yogurt containers!  If you take them to Whole Foods please make sure they are clean and nested to save space.  I understand it is a small bin.

Electronics The NWNM Transfer Station Recycling Center in Gallup on Hasler Valley Road is again accepting TVs and CRT monitors for recycling.  The deposit fee for recycling these items is necessary to cover the cost of removing the highly toxic materials (lead, cadmium, arsenic).  TVs and CRT monitors are $10.  Please call the number below if there are questions. Light Strands Light strands are not just for Christmas anymore.  Many decorate all year long with the little lights. There are stores in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and Socorro who are collecting these strands for charity through February 15.  The Recycling Coordinator and the McKinley Citizens’ Recycling Council continue to seek out a vendor who will accept these for a local charity. If you have light strands that do not work please hold onto them, if possible.  Watch this space for updates or call the number below if you want to recycle your strands in one of the aforementioned towns. For More Information contact Betsy Windisch – Recycling Coordinator, Connections, Inc., 7229257 / 879-2581, Believe • Gallup


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Saturday, February 5, 2011 1 pm

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Kids Matinee Movie: Despicable Me Rated: PG 95 minutes Animated Feature Voice Talents: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Kristin Wiig Admission: Adults: $2.00 Children 12 & under: FREE! In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknownst to the neighbors, hidden deep beneath this home is a vast secret hideout. Surrounded by an army of tireless, little yellow minions, we discover Gru planning the biggest heist in the history of the world. He is going to steal the moon. Gru delights in all things wicked. Armed with his arsenal of shrink rays, freeze rays and battle-ready vehicles for land and air, he vanquishes all who stand in his way. Until the day he encounters the immense will of three orphaned girls who look at him and see something that no one else has ever seen: a potential Dad. Saturday, February 12, 2011 Show Time: 1pm Kids Matinee Movie: Shrek Forever After Rated: PG 93 minutes Animated Feature Voice Talents: Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy Admission: Adults: $2.00 Children 12 & under: FREE! After challenging an evil dragon, rescuing a beautiful princess and saving your in-laws, what’s an ogre to do? Well if you’re Shrek you suddenly wind up a domesticated family man. Instead of scaring villagers away like he used to, the reluctant ogre agrees to autograph pitch forks. Shrek is tricked into signing a pact with the smooth-talking dealmaker, Rumpelstiltskin. Shrek suddenly finds himself in an alternate version of Far Far Away, where ogres are hunted, Rumpelstiltskin is king and Shrek and Fiona have never met. Now, it’s up to Shrek to undo all of Rumpelstiltskin’s mischief in the hopes of saving his friends, restoring his world and reclaiming his one True Love and family. Saturday, February 12, 2011 Time: 7 pm


Valentine’s Day Movie: Like Water for Chocolate Rated: *R 105 minutes Actors: Lumi Cavazos, Marco Leonardi, Regina Torne Admission: Adults: $5.00 Children 12 and under: $3.00

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Passionate tale of forbidden love, Tita’s (Lumi Cavazos) mama (Regina Torne) forbids her to marry. So Tita is understandably devastated when Pedro (Marco Leonardi), the love of her life, marries her sister instead. In this sumptuous fairy tale set in the early 20th century, Tita’s only solace is her cooking. She magically whisks her sorrows, passions, and longings into her tantalizing feasts so that all who partake experience her feelings as she does. Saturday, February 19, 2011 Time: 1 pm


Kids Matinee Movie: How To Train Your Dragon Rated: PG 98 minutes Animated Feature Voice Talents: Gerard Butler, America Ferrara, Jonah Hill Admission: Adults: $2.00 Children 12 & under: FREE! Set in the mythical world of burly Vikings and wild dragons, and based on the book by Cressida Cowell, this action comedy tells the story of Hiccup, a Viking teenager who doesn’t exactly fit in with his tribe’s longstanding traditions of heroic dragon slayers. Hiccup’s world is turned upside down when he encounters a dragon that challenges he and fellow Vikings to see the world from an entirely different point of view.

Saturday, February 19, 2011 Show Time: 7 pm

Black History Month Movie: The Rosa Parks Story Rated: NR 97 minutes Actors: Angela Basset, Peter Francis James, Tonea Stewart, Von Coulter, Dexter King Admission: Adults: $5.00 Children 12 & under: $3.00

Angela Basset plays the title role in this meticulously detailed biography of pioneering civil rights activist Rosa McCauley Parks. Rosa’s personal struggle against institutionalized racism reaches its zenith on the night of December 1, 1955, when, she refuses to give up her seat on a bus to a white man -- and is promptly arrested. Thus are the wheels set in motion for the first major Civil Rights demonstration of the 1950s, with Rosa rising to heroic status in the eyes of her people, an event that also profoundly alters the life of local religious leader Martin Luther King Jr. The story of the civil rights heroine whose refusal to obey racial bus segregation was just one of her acts in her fight for justice.


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WHy Vote FoR Me? My vision: to see Gallup become a destination and a hub for tourism My mission: to be an ambassador and work diligently for the people, the small businesses, and the surrounding community to succeed in making Gallup a great place to live I have managed and owned businesses for most of my life; I believe I have the leadership skills and the business savvy to make Gallup competitive with other tourist destinations and possibly industry. My normal day-to-day operations include reviewing financial reports, customer service reports, and business operations. I have been involved with advertising, marketing, and promoting tourism for over 12 years. I have both the knowledge and ability to effectively carry out a campaign to put Gallup on the map for the right reasons. For the last four years I have attended hospitality conventions twice a year, attended many seminars and am up-to-date on what works now and what the trend is in the future. Paid for by the Committee to Elect Yogash Kumar.

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Gallup Trails 2010 “Gallup Trails 2010 is a local trails advocacy organization serving McKinley County, NM. Gallup Trails 2010 has a successful track record in completing trail construction and improvement projects, partnering with state and federal land managers, and engaging the broader community in trails dialogue.” - Attilla Bality, NPS-RTCA


n the late 1990s Gallup had unlimited potential for trails and a small but enthusiastic group of locals who were climbing, running and biking. The mountain bike was out of its infancy. The Stumpjumper had rear suspension, but it was not very good. Most people were riding road bikes or rigid mountain bikes.

The Specialized M2 frame came out in 1991 and the FSR came out in 1993. Throughout the 90s, local people were going into the Zuni Mountains and out on the mesas surrounding Gallup to explore for hiking and biking trails and climbing areas. There was a grassroots series of races promoting the trails and the area. Randy Sloman was fixing and selling bikes at the Scoreboard, owned by Rudy Radosevich, located on Aztec in the old JC Penney building, currently Sammy C’s. He also organized the Fajita Fest in McGaffey after cutting some of the first downed aspens out of the way on the original Quaking Aspen trail. In the mid nineties Randy Sloman and Bill Siebersma had a series of meetings with Mt. Taylor Ranger District personnel to explore and propose a mountain bike trail system in the McGaffey area. While the project was not funded it did serve to open communication between bikers and the USDA Forest Service. Bob Rosebrough put on the Superman Triathlon, a combination of climbing, running and mountain bike riding. Peter Tempest put on the first Pyramid Rock trail run in association with the long established Balloon Rally at Red Rock State Park. In 1999 the Gallup Guide written by Peter Tempest and Bob Rosebrough was published and the area had at least recognizable mountain bike, running, climbing and cross-country skiing routes that were being used on a regular basis, most of which were legal.


The Specialized S-Works FSR XC came out in 1999. In 2000 Adventure Gallup was formed by the Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments executive and NM State Representative Patricia “Patty” Lundstrom. For the first time enthusiasts of the outdoors came together in an organized way to promote and obtain funding for adventure sports. In 2001, a delegation from Gallup went to the New Mexico state legislature and received $80,000 for the Mentmore climbing area. This allowed the city to buy private land from the Lopez family for a public climbing area. In 2002 VISTA volunteers working with the city of Gallup worked on multiple local trail ideas. Some of them, like Evan Williams, stayed and continue to work on trails to this day. Another former VISTA volunteer, Lindsay Mapes, has been instrumental in organizing mountain bike races in and around Gallup. Some ideas like the Peace Trail, a walking trail along 2nd Street, are yet to be realized. In 2002 Attila Bality of the Rivers and Trails Program from the National Park Service consulted with Gallup on a multiuse trail plan. Attila had been initially contacted by Peter Tempest and Bob Rosebrough back in 2001 on the visit to Santa Fe, commencing the first national interest in Gallup and trails. In July of 2002 Gamerco Associates, which had agreed to use of an extensive network of social trails on the north side of Gallup, withdrew permission for use of the trails. They did, however, after a public hearing, offer the use of their Mentmore land for a trail system. This was done because this land did not have any trails at the time and the owner of the grazing leases was perceived to be friendly. Patty Lundstrom was instrumental in gaining Gamerco Associates’ commitment to a legal easement for the new trail system. McKinley County Attorney Doug Decker also played a key role in negotiating the trail easement for what is now known as the High Desert Trail (“HDT”) System. The development

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of the HDT was a true group effort. Stan Smith came up with the stacked loop concept and flagged the loops; Jack Hawley helped develop the loops; Peter Tempest added some technical challenges; Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) crews directed by Karl Lohmann and Strider Brown cleared brush and did rock work; Bob Rosebrough, who was then the mayor, commissioned wildlife silhouettes, parking lots and trailhead kiosks; and Gallup Trails 2010 finished it off by putting in mini cattle guards, trail markers and trail map signs. At the time, Bill Siebersma said that after putting in the finishing touches on the trail system it was like “framing a picture.” The Specialized Enduro Pro with 5.2 inches of rear travel came out in 2002. In 2002 Gallup Trails 2010 was formed as an offshoot of the Land Use Committee of Adventure Gallup. The president was Peter Tempest, the vice-president was Karl Lohmann and the secretary was Stan Smith. The name, Gallup Trails 2010, was modeled after the successful trails group in Durango, Trails 2000. In November of 2002 with assistance from Ed Zink, the founder of the Iron Horse Classic, we visited Trails 2000 in Durango. GT2010 had a 5-Step Program. 1. Research Ownership Ownership turns out to be a key factor in access to land for recreational purposes and has proven to be an interesting puzzle at times. The Gallup area with a mixture of tribal land and allotment, BLM, National Forest, state, county and private land is a complex jurisdictional paradigm. 2. Permission Obtaining permission to make trails and then use them was agreed on as a top priority, although in reality this was, as in all parts of the country, put further down the list at times. 3. Trails With all our enthusiasm it turned out making and riding the trails was the easy part. 4. Publicize We chose to promote trails through direct media, but we found out the best way to let the public know about, and sometime help ride in, the trails was to have events such as endurance races and group rides on the newest trails. 5. Use The trails need to be used. The more a well-designed trail is used the better it gets. Sometimes the trail has subtle changes. Sometimes the trails are improved with signs. Without use the trails, even in our fragile high desert environment are engulfed by nature and can be lost. From March of 2003 until April of 2007, Bob Rosebrough served as Mayor of Gallup. More was done for trails in Gallup than ever before. In April of 2003 the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) came to town for the first time. We learned about reverse grade dips and bench cuts and switchbacks (Duck Duck Goose). For the first time we met people that were enthusiastic about trails and knew how to build them.

The area had at least recognizable mountain bike, running, climbing and cross-country skiing routes that were being used on a regular basis, most of which were legal. In 2004 the High Desert Trail System (HDT) was a reality. It was named for Charles High, the general manager of Gamerco Associates, who allowed the use of the land and also for the obvious high desert terrain where the trail system is located. In 2005, we had the first Dawn ’til Dusk race as envisioned and planned by Bob Rosebrough. This did great things for the trail and was a much greater success as an event then we had expected. The first Squash Blossom Screamer was held later in the year. The events have grown and are locally and regionally recognized as high quality events on a worldclass trail. Specialized released the first S-Works Carbon frame in 2006. Trail development continued to progress with the efforts of Bill Siebersma and Arnold Wilson through the Cibola office of the National Forest Service in the Zuni Mountains. In the summer of 2006 the first 26 miles of Zuni Mountain trails were designated as authorized mountain bike trails. In 2007 the Zuni Mountain Trail Partnership was formed as a result of an agreement between the US Forest Service, Gallup Trails 2010, Connections, YCC and Adventure Gallup & Beyond. In 2008 the first Zuni 100 was held in conjunction with the GT2010 annual party. Trails in the McGaffey area, such as Lost Lake Rim, Quaking Aspen and the Berma trails, are now official trails with a formal parking area. This summer the first 24-hour race was held in the forest, 24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest. This event was again wildly successful for the trails, promotion of the area and just for having a good time in the forest. Youth Conservation Corps has over the years had a more active role in trail building under the guidance of Karl Lohmann and Strider Brown. The first major project in association with GT2010 was the High Desert Trail system and the Pyramid Rock trail. They have done extensive work in the forest over the last few years. Kevin Buggie has been organizing trail workdays for the past few seasons to bring together the efforts of YCC and local trail builders. For more information, visit us at

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As Tuesday, March 8 approaches, the citizens of Gallup are preparing to elect a new mayor and it is important that we all cast an educated vote. It is our desire to provide an opportunity for the mayoral candidates and the voters to connect on the issues that affect us all. Following are questions that we invited each of the candidates to answer. This is their chance to express the values and ideas that they would bring to Gallup, if elected. Please remember to vote for your candidate on Tuesday, March 8!

VOTE MARCH 8 VOTE Questions posed to each mayoral candidate: 1. Which leader in our nation’s history do you most admire and why? 2. If you could change one thing about Gallup what would it be and why? 3. If you could change one thing about the course of your own life what would it be and why? 4. City Attorney David Pederson has been serving as acting City Manager following the termination of Gerald Herrera. What are your intentions with respect to the position of City Manager? 5. The City ballot will include a referendum vote on whether to impose a one-eighth cent gross receipts tax increase that may be used to issue bonds for the purpose of building a new public library or a Native American museum. What is your position on this referendum question? 6. In your personal opinion, what is Gallup’s biggest asset as a community? 34

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1. I deeply admire our Founding Fathers and the courage they showed by putting their lives on the line to create a new nation. I also admire Abraham Lincoln, F.D.R., J.F.K., and Martin Luther King, Jr. for the leadership and sacrifices they made for our country. One local leader I have had the honor of knowing and working with is Mayor George Galanis. 2. In the past there has been a mindset of administrative reluctance to fully fund and support “Quality of Life” issues.  I believe greater attention to these important matters is for the common good of the citizens of Gallup.  “Quality of Life” is vital to meeting any community’s full potential.

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3. I wouldn’t change anything about my life. The LORD has been good to me. I have a great and supportive wife and five beautiful children. I was raised by hard working and loving parents and I have four brothers and one sister that I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world. 4. My response to this question would be purely hypothetical and at this point I prefer to not speculate. 5. I am not in favor of the tax increase. Gallup already has one of the highest sales taxes in the state. I believe we could use the tax increase the Council approved two years ago to help pay for a new Library. It is time for Gallup to combine the Octavia Fellin Public Library, the Children’s Library, the Rex Museum, and the Red Rock Museum into one building that is safe and has plenty of off-the-street parking. Combining the four buildings into one will be cost effective. 6. The people of Gallup are the greatest asset. It is a privilege to live in such a multicultural and diverse community. I-40, and the railroad tracks are also great assets to the economy of Gallup as well as the Ceremonial, Lion’s Club Rodeo, Red Rock Balloon Rally, Wild Thing, Junior High Rodeo, etc. We also have some of the best food in the world with over 100 food establishments in town.

Brent A. Detsoi

1. I consider Rosa Parks as a leader for taking a stand on civil rights. 2. Gallup has great potential, but city leaders have not adequately developed our economy by building adequate infrastructure, investing in our workforce, or promoting the incredible history and culture of our town. The result is that jobs are hard to come by, forcing our young people to move to larger cities like Albuquerque, taking their creativity and innovation with them. 3. I would not change anything in my life. Both the successes I’ve achieved and the setbacks I’ve encountered have led me to the point I am today. Life is a journey, and I continually strive to learn and grow from my life experiences. 4. It would be cost effective for the City to keep the City Attorney position separate from the City Manager due to possible conflict of interest. Our City Attorney should be dedicated to legal issues, and we should not refer out to private attorneys, which could cost the city more. When I am mayor, I will begin an open and competitive process to hire a City Manager and we will select the candidate with the highest, most ethical qualifications. 5. I am against the tax increase and would like for the City to seek out non-profit organizations or any grant money available to utilize for the library and the Native American Museum. Our gross receipts tax is already one of the highest in the state. We need to examine how we are currently spending our government dollars to ensure they are being spent well. 6. I think Gallup’s biggest asset is our great cultural mix of people, which has existed throughout our rich history. Alongside the natural beauty of our environment, our culture brings great vitality to Gallup. We have much to be proud of and to build upon.

Yogash Kumar

1. I admire Ronald Reagan. I got to see the Berlin Wall come down. When I was growing up, a nuclear threat seemed real. Not sure if the drills we did would have helped though. 2. We need to have people with a vision who are passionate about what they are doing and who believe it’s reachable. Unfortunately, people are afraid of change or believe it’s more a dream than a reality and therefore are content with what we have. It’s not what you know, but who you know in this town. The few that vote dictate for the many that live here. That is a barrier. 3. I worked two jobs and went to school. I would have worked less and spent more time with my children at a younger age when they were most dependent on their parents. When they become teenagers, it may be too late. 4. It’s admirable that Mr. Pederson has been providing both attorney services and city manager services, but I believe we need a professional city manager that has experience in this field and has been doing this for a living with a proven track record. 5. I do not believe we need a tax increase for this. It would be more beneficial to provide more computer labs in the existing places we already have. People are starting to recover from the recession. Let’s be patient. With the technology the way it is moving, we have access to a lot of books and research information right off the Internet. We can download books right to our iPad and I believe the trend will continue. 6. Gallup’s biggest asset as a community is its location as a hub and a platform for tourism. Also, its proximity to other communities in the vicinity and its natural beauty.

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JACKIE McKINNEY for MAYOR Jackie D. McKinney

While I have decided to accept the challenge, this is a job that we all need to do together. 1. Abe Lincoln. As Americans, believe thatopportunity all men are createdand Our countryTOGETHER was built upon this principle and it is especially Human nature desireswerespect, WE CAN– attain this for all important to us in Gallup because of our diversity. Abe Lincoln dedicated his life to human equality and I admire him for it. citizens of Gallup. Come join me in a mutual effort to move our city into the future.

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3. I grew up in the sixties and I got caught up in the exuberance of that time and regret that I did not apply myself more and take better Promote unity and professionalism in city government. advantage of opportunities I had then. Nevertheless, the mistakes I made when younger have been the catalyst for important changes I have Systematically made since then. implement infrastructure improvements. Clean up our community and generate pride in being a Gallup citizen. 4. I applaud Dave Pederson for stepping forward in a time of need for our city. I favor an open, professional selection process to select a Give our City youth a voice and promote their the workforce. permanent Manager. The selection process must include entire City Council and I favor relying on the expertise of the Council of Governments to help guide us.


5. We need more information from the current City administration. We need to know if basic “due diligence” has been undertaken on these projects and we need to know whether basic infrastructure needs are funded when we consider quality of life projects.

6. We are a diverse, multicultural community in a beautiful geographic location. I like to say that we are the “real Wild West.” If we brand ourselves well, we can become a destination for people who are fascinated both by our people and our land.


Harry H. Mendoza

1. President John F. Kennedy. He had great vision and inspired a new generation of Americans. He Established the Peace Corps and New Frontier. 2. Land and Water: We are land locked. There is no room for expansion. We are on the verge of the Gallup / Navajo Pipeline becoming a reality, which should be in operation by 2025. Hopefully this will help in Economic Development and acquiring land from our neighbors. 3. During the early days of the Korean War, I lost, not some, but all of my buddies. That would be one thing I would change; bring them back. But the rest of my life, I have been blessed with a good wife of 59 years, good health, 3 sons, 5 grandsons, and 2 great-grandsons. I have done about everything I ever wanted to do and been everywhere I ever wanted to go. Why would I want to change anything? 4. This Council has an agreement, when Gerald was terminated, Dave would be the acting City Manager / City Attorney until after the election of March 8, 2011, at which time the Council will advertise for a permanent City Manager. I stand by that decision. 5. I support the referendum for construction of a new library. We need to expand our computer services, which do not meet the demand of Gallup residents. We also need to expand our book collection and more research material. We need an efficient library to meet the needs of the future. 6. No question, it’s the people. Gallup is a melting pot of people from all over the world who have learned to live in harmony with the Native American in Gallup. There are multi cultures, but we are all one people.

Mervyn Tilden

1. The un-named leaders of the Indigenous populations in North America that stood up to the coming unknown and dared to communicate with the “New World Order” of the time for the survival of their people and succeeded. 2. The biggest barrier to Gallup realizing its full potential is the racism and discrimination that disallow Native Americans in general, Navajos specifically, the same opportunities to become financially independent in the course of their business. 3. Running for Mayor of Gallup.  I am a political activist, not a politician. 4. Immediately fill the position with someone that is able, willing, qualified and ready to do the job. 5. Why not have both?  The proposed Native American museum / library can share the same building as both are directly related to the history of Gallup and the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas. 6. The people.  All roads lead to Gallup and what a beautiful mix we have here.  A “Good Neighbor” policy would be the next step in our relations with one another.


Emmett Bryan Wall

1. President John F. Kennedy. When he took office, our country was in a period of reduced economic activity. He turned that around – the people believed in him. He had a collection of emotional and behavioral traits that characterized a person of distinction. That brought together young and old who loved him. 2. Gallup is a diamond in the rough – it must be polished and promoted with sound business-like leadership. Being progressive and proactive. This community needs a concerted plan to move forward, specifically in development and tourism. We must change the image and direction of Gallup. 3. Would have not left Gallup or New Mexico. Other than that, I’ve enjoyed my life and all my adventures. I was able to see and study how other cities operate, promote, and are managed. All this will help as your next mayor. 4. As you may be aware, the City Manager and the Mayor basically run all aspects of the City. It’s of utmost importance we must have the best people at the top. I will work diligently with the City Council and others to find the best, most qualified city manager. 5. Myself as everyone else want this city to have a top-notch library and museum. This tax was not well thought out, because, as stated, the money could also be used for other projects, including, but not limited to, library or museum. This was done in haste. 6. Gallup is an authentic Western city surrounded with the most breathtaking scenery. We’re known as the Indian Capital of the World deep with Western history and culture, having the largest distribution of Indian jewelry, crafts and Western art throughout the world. Also, we’re situated on Interstate 40 and Route 66.

Jon R. Whitsitt

1. Tough question. There are many leaders I draw influence from. Recently I’ve been reading of John F. Kennedy. I have to respect that he ran for president at such a young age. He encouraged volunteerism and believed that Americans would not let fear stand in the way of ambition. He set goals that some thought impossible, but were accomplished because of faith and dedication to a common dream. 2. Without a doubt, it is alcohol. Alcohol is the contributing factor to a huge percentage of crime in Gallup. It affects everyone, whether they consume it or not. It drives away tourism, ruins families, and ultimately destroys our community. 3. I wouldn’t change a thing. I believe God has a plan for me, whether I realize it or not. I know that with God, all things work for the good of those that serve Him and are called according to His purpose. Despite the bad I have experienced in my life, I believe that it happened so that I could be shaped into the person I am today.

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4. This position needs to be filled as soon as possible. I think Dave has done an excellent job. I would hire someone with experience in small business who has innovative ideas. Seeing as how I have little experience with small business, this person would be a great asset to the community. 5. I’m glad this is being put to the voters to decide. I hope they will see as I do, that Gallup citizens are already taxed enough. While I encourage learning and our history, we already have two libraries and several museums in the community. I would rather see these current facilities renovated or expanded to become more modern and accommodating to our younger generations. 6. I bet you thought I would say our jewelry. But, honestly, I feel it is our history. Gallup has so many incredible stories buried in filing cabinets, hard-to-find books, and in the minds of our elderly. But they’re being lost due to age and apathy. I think we should promote this history, and teach it to our citizens and laud it to our visitors.

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Why did you join Teach For America · New Mexico? Educating others has always been a personal endeavor of mine, whether it is in a conventional classroom setting or not. As the Education Coordinator for the Delta Delta Sigma organization during my senior year of college, I found myself in classrooms almost 3-4 hours a week. Teach For America had opened my eyes and allowed me to acknowledge the necessity of closing the achievement gap. After this realization of the disparity, I immediately understood the urgent need to close this gap. I chose this pathway because I strongly feel that education is the building block to success and that each and every child should deserve such an equal opportunity of education and not be determined by life circumstances that one cannot control. I specifically chose New Mexico because I wanted to learn more about the Native American culture. What kinds of goals are your students trying to achieve? Seeing my students fully invested and creating big goals for themselves is one of the most satisfying accomplishments I could instill in my students. They are mostly working on becoming independent, responsible, and organized so that they can apply these attributes to any aspect in life such as succeeding in college.

What is it like to teach in Gallup? Quite frankly, I love it! I find teaching in Gallup a two-way street. Yes, I may be teaching them Earth Science daily, but in reality my students have been teaching me, as well, since day one. Although Gallup itself is quite different from Phoenix where I was raised, moving here took little adjustment and has strengthened my passion and has allowed me to focus on other hobbies of mine such as painting and playing the guitar. What has been the most memorable moment of your teaching experience? As a teacher, success for me is making a difference one step at a time, leaving the school better off than how I entered. Despite teaching the same topic all day, it is far from redundant. Understanding that each student will begin at different levels, I must strive to meet my students’ needs on an individual basis however challenging that may be. My absolute favorite experience is that teaching is constantly evolving and adapting to better suit the cause it sets out to improve. With that in mind, my favorite part is that I do not know what to expect and how every day is a new beginning for my students. In terms of memorable moments are the daily personalized drawings or letters I receive from students who thank me for believing in them.


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On February 26th, UNM-Gallup, Western New Mexico University, Teach for America and professionals around New Mexico are joining together to offer Gallup’s Special Education Summit. This summit will offer teachers, principals, support staff, families and students a chance to come together to collaborate and learn ways to support all students with exceptionalities. The summit features over 20 different sessions, including sessions on excellent reading instruction, supporting students with giftedness, language development, inclusion and many more! Food is provided and registration is only $5. Please sign up at Please call Kathleen Line at 505-863-2887 ex. 25112 if you have any questions!


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he only thing out of place in the meticulously arranged room, crassly displayed behind an antique, cherry wood writing desk, an aberration to the room’s décor, an insult to the room’s orderliness, was the lifeless body of Charles Hargrove. Detective Milo Loaki donned a pair of latex gloves, crossed the threshold, and walked the perimeter of the room. There was little doubt Hargrove was a Yankees’ fan. The thick, navy blue carpet with the famous interlocking NY letters covering the floor, the bats, baseballs, and cards adorning the shelves, and the signed team jerseys hanging on the walls seemed excessive even for a die-hard fan, perhaps catapulting Hargrove to the level of fanatic – possibly cultist – in this shrine to the Bronx Bombers. Finding nothing along the room’s border, Milo turned his attention to the body. Slumped forward, Hargrove’s face rested squarely on a closed laptop at the center of the desk. The back of his skull was flattened and bloody, the only visible trauma. His right hand lay next to the computer, two sheets of paper beneath his palm. His left arm hung down to his side, fingers almost touching the rug. Arranged neatly around him were a phone, day planner, gold pen, and baseball trivia flip calendar. Small droplets of blood speckled the desk and everything on it except for the papers: a lawsuit naming Charles Hargrove as the plaintiff and Daniel Keeton as the defendant. Under the desk stood a small black plastic wastebasket, a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer inside. Milo examined the wall and credenza behind the desk. Droplets were visible to the right and left, with an approximate three-foot area directly behind the body, an apparent no spatter zone. On the right sat a bronze baseball and glove lamp; in the middle, a stack of Baseball Digest magazines; on the left, a small tabletop stereo. The lamp, clearly in a spatter zone, oddly had no droplets dotting its surface. Milo moved to the trophy case. Most of the nameplates read Cadet Charles J. Hargrove. A photograph on the top shelf showed the 1981 Naval Academy baseball team dressed in blue and gold. Names were printed on the bottom, and Milo found a younger version of the dead man starring back at him. One shelf down sat the picture of a young boy in a baseball uniform; next to it, a modest trophy with a plate that read “Best Sportsmanship Award – Joshua Hargrove.” A voice broke Milo’s concentration. “OMI is here. Can I let them in?” Officer Shiye Begay stood in the doorway, his posture tall and erect, uniform starched and stiff, hair high and tight. He was new to the force, having completed the academy only a month earlier. “First, have an evidence tech process and collect the lamp from the credenza and the beer can in the wastebasket.” “ Yes, sir.” Officer Begay did an about-face and marched off. Milo finished his exam of the room and walked to the kitchen. Briana Hargrove, perched on a stool at the counter, held a mug of coffee between her hands. Streaks of mascara marred her cheeks. Milo sensed a stillness about her, a quiet fortitude in a very attractive package. She wore hospital scrubs, her chestnut hair rolling over proud shoulders, framing her long, elegant neck. He let his eyes linger. What are you doing, Milo? Yeah, she’s beautiful, but she also has a dead husband in the next room. “Hello, Mrs. Hargrove. My name is Milo Loaki. I’m a detective with the Gallup PD. Sorry we’re meeting under such circumstances, but I do need to ask you some questions.” Their eyes met. Velvet


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brown. “I, uh . . .” He adjusted his glasses and dropped his gaze. “I understand you came home for lunch and found your husband in the den?” “Actually, Charles always called it his Bat Cave. He was always so serious. I think it was the only thing he ever joked about.” Her voice was soft, delicate. “You know. Baseball bats. Bat cave.” He felt she needed to hear his answer. “Yes.” “I think he cared more about that room than anything else. Me included.” She picked up a napkin and held it in her hand. “Mrs. Hargrove—” Their eyes met again. “Please, Detective. Call me Bree.” “Okay. Bree. Tell me everything that happened this morning.” “I woke at six-thirty. Charles was already up. He’s up by six everyday. Twenty years in the navy conditions a person, you know. To him sleeping past six was wasting the day away. I showered and got ready for work. I didn’t see him until I left. He was sitting at his desk working on his computer.” Officer Begay appeared at the kitchen archway, and Milo gestured for him to come in. He knew the young officer wanted to participate in the investigation. Begay had been the first to arrive at the scene and probably felt a sense of ownership for the case. The officer entered and handed Milo a piece of paper, which read “Dec 2001 DV call here Charles Hargrove the subject. No arrest.” “ What was his mood when you left for work?” Milo asked. “I don’t really know.” She wiped her eyes. “We didn’t talk. I said goodbye and left. I work right down the road at GIMC. He’s retired. He was probably working on one of his hobbies.” “ Which are?” “His baseball collection, organizing navy reunions, going to Albuquerque to welcome home soldiers returning from the Gulf, stuff like that.” She sipped her coffee. “He retired from the navy fifteen years ago. We came here in ’96 so he could manage the gas works on the east side. He did that for ten years. Funny thing is he missed the navy but not the water; that’s why we stayed in New Mexico. “I was young when we got married, ten years his junior. Young. Impetuous. Dazzled by his uniform and stripes. I wanted to leave home, get out and see the world. And we did that for a while, but then as he grew older he became so . . . serious.”

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“Who do you think did this?” Milo asked. “I don’t know . . . I don’t know. He didn’t have enemies.” “Was he involved in any disputes or legal issues?” “No – wait. Yes. He sued our neighbor when a tree fell on our house. The neighbor didn’t have insurance.” Bree raised her hand and pointed to the left of her house. “His name is Daniel. Daniel Keeton. He moved there when his mother died maybe five or six years ago. I knew her, a nice woman. He’s mean and a little off. ” She pointed to her temple when she stressed the word off. “Do you think Keeton could have done this to your husband?” “I don’t know. After the tree incident they argued a few times. My husband wasn’t easy to get along with. He didn’t like Daniel because he’d let his mother’s house go to ruin. My husband told him he brought down the neighborhood.” “Tell me about the domestic violence call to your house in 2001?” She looked surprised. “Nothing happened. It was right after 9/11 and Charles had tried to go back into the navy. They gave him a physical and found he had developed an arrhythmia, so he wasn’t eligible. He started drinking heavily. One night he got a little loud and the neighbor, actually Mrs. Keeton, called the police. He wasn’t arrested or anything. Just embarrassed. He’d never had a run in with the police before, not even a speeding ticket. He stopped drinking.” “Was your husband a violent man?” She met Milo’s eyes. “My husband was very strong-willed, Detective.” “There’s a beer can in the wastebasket in the den. Do you know where it came from?” “No. We don’t keep beer in the house.” “Who’s Joshua?” She wrung her hands. “That’s our son. He . . . he doesn’t live here.” “Where does he live?” “He’s in an apartment above the bookstore on West Coal.” “Was he here last night or this morning?” “No. He doesn’t visit very often. He and Charles didn’t see eye to eye.” Bree sighed. “Charles had high expectations for Joshua: baseball and the Naval Academy. Joshua wanted neither, so Charles threw him out as soon as he finished high school. It was mutual. Joshua wanted to get away from his father.” “When was the last time you spoke to your son?” “Two days ago.” “I’m going to need a phone number for him.” “Okay, but he’s working right now. He’s a clerk at Love’s. Please, let me call him first and tell him what happened.” “That’s fine.” “Thank you, Detective.” She smiled. It was a nice smile. *** Milo and Officer Begay stood in front of the Hargrove house, the lawn a healthy green and neatly trimmed, everything orderly and elegant down to the mailbox, a carved replica of the home. Next door stood a disaster. The Keeton home was a peeling, hay-yellow two-story, one shutter missing, another askew. A rusty rake and broken broom handle lay practically concealed among a jungle of weeds on the stone-covered lawn. An ancient, carrot-colored Chevy Vega, sporting a flat tire and a duct-taped, Hefty-bag back window, sat rusting in the driveway, its owner obviously lacking mercy, or just a staunch opponent to euthanasia. Come Halloween, even the most diligent trick-or-treater would take pause before rapping their knuckles at this house. Charles Hargrove had a point. With all the beautiful houses on this particular stretch of Redrock Drive, Keeton’s shack was an eyesore, a residential gangrene. As they walked along the sidewalk, Officer Begay said, “Thank you, sir, for letting me tag along.” “Call me Milo.” “Can I ask you a personal question, sir – uh, Milo?” “I guess,” Milo said cautiously. “Why do you wear a bow tie all the time? Is it a technique for interviewing?” Milo laughed. “No. I don’t wear it to seduce confessions. My father was a preacher and he always wore one. I just happen to like them.” They walked up the front steps. Officer Begay knocked on the door. “Aren’t you Native, sir?” “My father was Mexican. Actually, he’d say Spanish-Mexican. My mother was Native.” “What tribe?” To be continued . . .


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recently read The Invention of Hugo Cabret (2007) by Brian Selznick in order to preview it for my son, who is seven. After devouring the book in a couple of hours one evening, I decided that some of the content was a little bit too troubling for him to deal with right now. Maybe he’ll be ready for it next year, and I’ll read it again whenever he is. I’ll be eager to revisit the book because, though Hugo Cabret was intended for readers ages 9-12, it stands out as a really unique kids’ chapter book that is just intricate enough to engage an adult imagination. In short, it was super-fun to read! Yes, the characters and plot in Hugo Cabret are more straightforward, less developed, than those in great adult fiction, but they are not unsatisfying. What makes Hugo Cabret so special, however, is the way Selznick combines story elements and techniques – themes, words, and pictures – in a magical way to make Hugo Cabret really exciting reading for kids or adults. Here’s how the magic works: In Hugo Cabret, Selznick integrates conventional narrative and dialogue with nearly 300 pages of full-spread, fully detailed


pencil drawings that actually advance the plot, rather than simply illustrate what already has happened. Hugo Cabret is, quite literally, a page-turner, and the pictures tell the story almost as much as the words. Many quick sequences of drawings (a chase scene, for instance) and extreme close-ups lend a cinematic quality to sections of the book. If sections of the book seem like a movie, it is entirely appropriate, as the book’s central mystery revolves, in part, around movies made in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Hugo Cabret is an example of form and content coming together in a way that may make readers think a little bit about words, pictures, and how a book creates the illusion of a world. Hugo Cabret is a boy who lives in a small hidden apartment in the walls of a large train station in Paris in the 1930s. His father, who died tragically in a fire, leaving Hugo an orphan, was a clock maker; Hugo’s uncle, with whom Hugo lived and apprenticed until recently, kept the many train station clocks running smoothly and on time. When Hugo’s uncle disappears one day, Hugo

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is left with the grown-up responsibility of time keeping for all the city’s travelers. Luckily, Hugo’s uncle had taught him just how to wind every clock in the place (from behind the walls, where no one can see him), as well as how to steal food and other necessary items from various vendors. Hugo chooses to keep his uncle’s disappearance a secret from the Station Inspector, since he fears that he will be sent to an orphanage if anyone finds out he is living alone in his uncle’s apartment, maintaining the clocks all by himself. This unusual situation may seem like quite enough of an adventure for a 12-year-old boy – sneaking around in dark passageways built into the walls, eluding detection by adults, and occasionally lifting a couple of warm croissants or some fresh milk from the delivery carts early in the morning. But Hugo is not really a typical 12-year-old boy. Even as he dutifully winds the clocks each day, Hugo is preoccupied with a mystery that involves a series of drawings in a sketchbook his father gave him. The drawings depict an automaton his father found in the attic of the museum where he used to work. The automaton, his father had told him, can write and draw pictures when it is running properly.

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Soon after his father’s death, Hugo gets his hands on the badly damaged automaton and begins to try to restore it to working order because he imagines he might receive a message from his father through it. Using his father’s detailed mechanical drawings as a guide, he learns how the complex machine works as he tinkers with it. When Hugo finally succeeds in fixing the automaton, what he sees leads him to explore more mysteries and more magical artistry (early movies), and finally, to find a new family. Hugo Cabret won the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children in 2008. It is a book full of weird and wonderful stuff, and reading it gave me a fresh sense of amazement at the worlds human minds can create—in machines, in movies, in pictures and words. Everyone should read this book because it’s easy and fun, and because it gets at the very heart of what makes reading so thrilling at any age: When we read a book – or look at art or even watch a movie, we are “wizards, mermaids, travelers, adventurers, and magicians . . . the true dreamers” (p. 506). The whole world is a great machine, and we wind it every time we use our brains to process words and pictures, to order them, to make a story; our imaginations keep the world running. AND HERE’S A REALLY COOL SIDE NOTE: The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia owns a fully functional, restored automaton that was built around 1810 by a Swiss mechanician in England. The Maillardet Automaton actually can produce four meticulous drawings and three hand-written poems. Go to php?cts=instrumentation to see a video of it doing its thing! This Franklin Institute link also can be reached through the official Hugo Cabret website:

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America drives the global economy . . . That is why we American Consumers need to educate ourselves.

or Bye America

Buy American


s I write this, many Americans are out of work. There are many factors that led to the decline of the American economy. Don’t get me wrong, America is by far the largest economy in the world. We consume 24% of the world’s goods and services, which drives many economies. However our actual production has diminished, which has led to the growth of the Eastern markets like China and India. As these markets grow, they consume natural resources, which raise the prices of oil, gas, etc. The labor costs in America (and much of Europe) are so much higher than those of these Eastern markets it is difficult to compete in basic textiles, mining and manufacturing. In this rush to build a global economy via NAFTA (and many other treaties) we have opened up markets that have a built-in advantage. American companies are moving overseas to take advantage of the low labor rates. Our government is aware of the fact that Mexico, China, India and most of the countries we trade with don’t pay their employees squat; America’s hands are tied by the treaties they have signed with them. Even in Japan, a model of free trade, they pay their auto line workers 15% less than GM or Ford. Other countries will do anything to retain their market share in America. America drives the global economy. We, the American Consumer, are the motor that powers this freight train. That is why we American Consumers need to educate ourselves. We have the power; we just don’t know how to use it. There are four basic companies that do business in America, in order of importance to our conversation:

1) American-owned/American labor = Ford Motor Company pays taxes in America and employs Americans who pay taxes in America. 2) American-owned/foreign labor = Dell, a Texas-based company pays taxes in America, but most of its components are assembled abroad by foreign employees who pay no American taxes. 3) Foreign-owned/American labor = Toyota Motor Company pays taxes in Japan, however some cars are made in America by workers who pay taxes in America.


4) Foreign-owned/ foreign labor = Sony pays taxes in Japan and employs foreign workers. When we purchase from an American company that employs Americans, it is a win-win scenario. We get Americans working and American companies can pay taxes. American companies provide 55% of the tax revenue for the federal government. We need big business paying big taxes. We as consumers need to look for the American label. “But my Prius was made in Tennessee,” said a proud friend of mine. “But the profits and taxes go back to Tokyo,” I replied. We need to wake up. We have the power to say who wins and who loses. We need to buy American and get our neighbors employed. We must buy from American, tax-paying companies that employ American workers. Even when it costs a few dollars more. For an example: If I purchase that new car for $25,000 built by Americans, from an American based company that pays taxes in America, I will have added $10,000 towards the labor force of America and $2,500 toward America’s tax burden. With one educated purchase. You see how this type of targeted shopping will be beneficial in a multitude of ways.

1) We will get America working again. 2) We increase the tax base corporations pay and reduce the deficit. 3) This will encourage companies to stay in America and return to America. 4) Did I mention, it will get Americans working again. Look, it will be tough as many companies have closed up shop in America or relocated overseas. However, we must start somewhere. This collapse has been a long time coming and it will not improve overnight, but with each purchase, if we look for America or American, it will happen. The cash flow will improve, taxes will be generated, and Americans will get back to work. Tate C. Mabes American


ebruary 2011. We have submitted an application of Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) for Hooghan Hozho’ (Harmony House), which is now the official name for what we have been calling Chuska 2. LIHTCs are the primary funder for affordable housing for low-income families in the country. They work by giving the applicant tax credits, which are sold to investors. Investors then are able to get a credit against their taxes dollar for dollar. Preparing an LIHTC application can take a long time. In our case it has been almost two years. With the application we are required to submit scale drawings developed by our architects. As you can imagine these are very competitive and only four or five awards are made each year in New Mexico. We will report the good news as soon as we know. These applications have many moving parts and we could not have even applied for a tax credit allocation without the work and support of our many collaborators, contractors, consultants and citizens. We thank you in advance for what we believe will be a successful application. We are also busy submitting grant proposals to support this project since LIHTCs do not entirely support the development of affordable housing. We are also beginning to look past the development of Hooghan Hozho’ to other housing projects needed in this city and county. No plans have been developed yet. Until next month stay well and do good! To find out more about CARE 66 go to, we also have a blog at, which we have been known to update once in a while. Sanjay can be reached at

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Graduate New Mexico’s “Class of the Future” Kick-Off Thursday, February 3, 4-6pm Octavia Fellin Library

The National Indian Youth Leadership Project (NIYLP) announces the “Class of the Future” – Graduate New Mexico kick-off event at the Octavia Fellin Library in Gallup on Thursday, February 3 between 4 and 6pm. This event will provide an opportunity for students to ‘Drop In,’ re-engage and assist with identifying the best pathway to high school completion. Library staff will be available to demonstrate how computers and other resources can assist students. All McKinley and Cibola County residents are invited to attend this event. Every New Mexican has a stake in graduating from high school. Graduate New Mexico is a self-paced initiative allowing access to the new IDEAL-New Mexico e-learning online course system. This online system is designed to build community and district capacity to support student success throughout New Mexico by the fall of 2011. This initiative will utilize community partners, such as the Octavia Fellin Library, school representatives, city and county officials, teachers, parents, volunteers and NIYLP staff. NIYLP will provide technical and professional development to volunteers who will recruit and support returning students located in McKinley and Cibola Counties. They will utilize “Service Learning” as an important strategy to build stronger connections between students and their communities. For further information please call Sherida Nez, NIYLP Outreach Coordinator at (505) 722-9178 or email Refreshments will be provided.

Look What’s Coming to Rehoboth Early Childhood Center! Rehoboth Early Childhood Center is looking ahead to its third year with some new additions. This April, there will be a 3-year-old “Spring Training Camp” on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at a modest cost.  This is a chance for children who are 3 by the start of the camp and are potty-trained to try out preschool.  RECC hopes they enjoy the experience and come in the fall to our new 3s Class, which will also meet on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and is open to children who turn 3 by Sept. 1 and are potty-trained.  For the 4-year-olds, there are plans for a 2-week-long, morning summer camp in June.  In the fall, there will again be a 4-year-old Pre-K class on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with the options of Monday through Friday, half or full day and before and after care.  For more information, please call the Rehoboth administration office (8634412) or come to the Rehoboth Open House on Saturday, March 19.


Gallup Community Concert Series: INTERSECTION Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 7:00pm Gallup High School Auditorium The Gallup Community Concert Series will present the outstanding New York trio, Intersection, including violinist Laura Frautschi, cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper and pianist John Novacek, on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 starting at 7:00pm at Gallup High School’s Kenneth Holloway Auditorium. These three musicians have forged a powerful connection with audiences worldwide. An essential component of their concert activity has been their guest appearances, often televised, with major orchestras such as the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, the Osaka Symphony, the Yomiuri Orchestra and the Tokyo Philharmonic. This trio concert will bring a varied program of repertoire from all parts of the music world. Solos and duos add to the variety of each performance. An evening with Intersection is a virtual collaboration between artists and audience. Don’t miss this unique group. Tickets may be purchased at the door, if you are not already a member of the concert series. $40.00 will get five adults into the concert. If you are already a member of the series, remember that each ticket is good for five punches. Should you have any questions, call Joyce Graves at 505-863-3075 or Peg Franz at 505-722-5671.

87301 Octavia Fellin Library February Events The Octavia Fellin Public Library has a number of activities planned at both library buildings, including programs recognizing African American History Month and Valentine’s Day. • For Valentine’s Day, the library will be collecting and making Valentine’s cards throughout February to send to our troops. Both libraries will have Valentine’s card boxes available for community members to drop off a card for our service men and women. If you would rather make your own or a family card to send, materials will be available at both buildings. • On Tuesday, February 1 at 6:30pm, Dr. Linda Hite will present a hands-on workshop, “Making Aromatherapy Mixtures.” This workshop is limited to 12 participants. Please call the library at (505) 863-1291 to register. • African American History Month programs will start with a discussion of Toni Morrison’s first novel the Bluest Eye, Thursday, February 10 at 6:30pm. Copies of the book are available at the main library. • The Children’s Library will hold a program titled “Explore the Work of James Wells,” the famous African American graphic artist and teacher, whose work reflects the vitality of the Harlem Renaissance, Wednesday, February 16 at 11:00am. • Come together and make a “Freedom Quilt” to hang in the library. This family program is scheduled for Saturday, February 19 at 3:00pm at the Children’s Library. If you would like, bring your own square or you can make one during the program. For further information please call (505) 863-1291 or email

The American Legion Streetlight Banner Program American Legion Post 0008 is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting McKinley County veterans of all branches of the armed forces and their families. The McKinley County Heroes 2011 Streetlight Banner Program is being developed to pay tribute to soldiers from the county who served our country in a branch of the military. Twosided, full-color banners, 18” wide and 36” high, memorializing a soldier’s name, photo, branch and era of service, and hometown, will hang on streetlights downtown along Route 66. They will be displayed from May 2 to June 15, 2011 and November 2 to 30, 2011, and at the same time each year for a duration of five years. The program is non-political and non-partisan. It is purely to honor those soldiers from McKinley County who have served our country. Banner sponsorships can be purchased for $300 and sponsor’s names will appear on the banner, as well. In addition, sponsors will receive an invitation to participate in the McKinley County Hero Celebration on Saturday, May 7, 2011, along with a listing in and copy of the McKinley County Hero Celebration Program Book. Purchase a sponsorship and help celebrate McKinley County’s Heroes! For more information and to purchase a banner, please contact Dennis Gardner, Sr. at (505) 879-2193 or Bill Martinez at (505) 863-3886..

Taxes Aren’t Simple Because Life Isn’t Simple It is that time of year again. All you seem to read in the newspapers and all you seem to hear from the politicians is how we need to reform the tax code because it is just too complicated for the average person to understand. If only we simplified it and had one tax rate, everybody would be happy and better off. Lower the tax rate, broaden the base. Or even better, let’s just have a “flat tax.” Do you think that way too? Do you believe that if we simplified things for the masses, everyone would be happy with the outcome? Well, after 35 years in the accounting and tax business, I would answer that question with a resounding NO! And here is the reason why and it can be summarized in one sentence. Simpler does not mean fairer. The reason that the tax code is four times as long as the Bible and contains 13,458 pages is because every single one of the additions or changes has been to help somebody or some cause. And each time the lawmakers decide to stimulate the economy, or a specific industry, or a specific cause, the tax code grows to accomplish that endeavor. Let’s take a few examples. First let us start with the home mortgage interest deduction. This went into the tax code so people could purchase homes and be able to write off the interest expense and property taxes. It also directly benefits the housing and construction industry. What do you think would happen right now if those deductions were taken away? The same holds true for medical expenses and donations to your favorite charity. Take the charitable deduction away and many non-profits would see dramatic decreases in their cash flow. We can go on and on. You see, each and every deduction, exemption and income tax credit has been introduced into the tax code to benefit a cause, an industry, and millions of individuals and businesses. Take those deductions, exemptions or credits away, and you have millions claiming “foul, that’s not fair.” You cannot make the federal income tax code simpler and fairer at the same time. It is an impossibility. Many have said (and I concur) that if you threw away the entire tax code today, within 3 years it would be just as long or longer than it was before. That is because everybody and every industry would want something written into it that would stimulate their business or help them with their personal cause. So, we are where we are, and that old adage holds true. Life and taxes just cannot be simple. Steve A. Petranovich Certified Public Accountant

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another great trip

the jemez hot springs super crew

Photos by Greg Cavanaugh, Nate Haveman, Chuck Van Drunen and Chuck Whitney


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Fe b r u a r y C o m m u n i t y C a l e n d a r Sunday ONGOING



Wednesday 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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

“Teen Survivors of Dating and Domestic Violence” support group meeting, 6:30-8:30pm. Info: 722-6389. Sustainable Energy Board meeting in the GJU conference room, 3-5pm, on the fourth Monday of each month. For info/agenda, email

Come support Kiwanis and the youth in our community by purchasing a ticket to our annual pancake breakfast!! You will get to enjoy a delicious breakfast, watch the introductions to the Super Bowl, meet new people and have a chance to enter a football raffle. Come anytime between 7:30am and 12:30pm to Jefferson Elementary School. Tickets are $5 each. For more information or to purchase a ticket, please call (505) 728-8356. Friends of the Celts will meet to plan the 2011 Celtic Festival, 1:30 pm Sundays, 2302 Mariyana through March 6. Call 8636459 to confirm and for directions.

Adult chess club at Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe in Gallup, 5-7pm. Gallup Al-Anon meetings at First United Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Drive (next to GIMC). Tuesdays at 12 noon and Thursdays at 7pm in Conference Room #1.

Fiber Arts Group 1:30 pm at the Old School Gallery. Call for schedule of classes 783-4710.


Yoga at Old School Gallery, 9:30am. Everyone welcome. Info: 783-4710.


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


Quilt Club Potluck! Happy Valentine’s Day! Come join other quilters in the area for a potluck dinner and some fun sewing. 6:30 – 9pm at Gallup Service Mart. For more information, call 722-9414.




TAIZE style Worship Service, Ecumenical service of prayer, silence, scripture, chant. 4:00pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church - Boardman Drive. Call Linda for more information at 905-5254. *** Walk the Labyrinth at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Before - After Taize or anytime to relax, de-stress, meditate. Up the hill to the right. Parking available.


Gallup Community Concert Series presents the outstanding New York trio, Intersection, including violinist Laura Frautschi, cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper and pianist John Novacek, starting at 7:00pm at Gallup High School’s Kenneth Holloway Auditorium. For more information, call Joyce Graves at 505-863-3075 or Peg Franz at 505-722-5671 and read G-Town article. Dr. Linda Hite will present a handson workshop, “Making Aromatherapy Mixtures” at 6:30pm at Octavia Fellin Library. This workshop is limited to 12 participants. Please call the library at (505) 863-1291 to register.


The Pastoral Care Department of RMCHCS sponsors a GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP for people who have suffered a significant loss through death, illness, divorce, or relocation. The sessions will be each Tuesday evening from 7-9 PM beginning on FEBRUARY 8 until MARCH 15. This six-week group is free of charge. Please pre-register for the group by calling Chaplain Kris Pikaart at 863-7140. The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life Kick-Off was held last month. Anyone interested in finding out more about Relay, or forming a team, please call 722-2175 or 863-3075. New Team meeting will be held on Feb. 8 at 6pm; all team meeting on Feb. 22.

Dawn ’til Dusk snail mail registration is now available! Log onto, click the registration page then click ‘Download Registration Form.’ Just print out the form, include payment, and mail it in to the address on the form. If you want to skip the hassle, online registration is open at http:// Walk-in registration at Bikeworks in Albuquerque will be available soon. Photo by Chuck Van Drunen



Quilt as You Go – Part II, teaching techniques to put the blocks from January’s class together. (Must have taken Part I to attend this class.) 6-9pm at Gallup Service Mart. For more information, call 722-9414.


Nine Patch Garden – Part II, continuation of January’s class. (Must have taken Part I to attend this class.) 6-9pm at Gallup Service Mart. For more information, call 722-9414.

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.


Gay Lesbian Bi Transgender Support Group in the RMCH Solarium (3rd floor), 1901 Red Rock Drive Gallup, NM at 6pm-8pm. FREE!! Food and beverages served. For more info contact Jeremy at (505) 713 2828. The Children’s Library will hold a program titled “Explore the Work of James Wells,” the famous African American graphic artist and teacher, whose work reflects the vitality of the Harlem Renaissance at 11:00am. Please call (505) 726-6120 for more information.

Fe b r u a r y C o m m u n i t y C a l e n d a r Friday

Thursday ONGOING

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


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.


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

After-school special activities, 4pm at the Children’s Library. For more information, call Beginner Belly Dance Classes at the Founda726-6120. tions of Freedom Dance Studio, 115 W. Coal Ave. 6pm-7pm. $5 per class. Benefits include High Desert Mesa Workgroup meets to scrapbook stress relief, improved posture/muscle tone, and more Thursdays 1-3pm at the Rehoboth Post strengthening, and boost in self-confidence! 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


Sports Page hosting GLBT Night every Friday! Friday nights will be a place to celebrate and be yourself! For more information contact: Raiff Arviso;, Sports Page - 1400 S. 2nd St, Gallup, NM (505) 722-3853.

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

Toastmasters at Earl’s Restaurant, 6:30am. Info: Dale at 722-9420.


Substance Abuse Support Group, CASA, at Gallup Church of Christ, 7pm. Info: Darrel at 863-5530.

Your Event For March TODAY

Yoga at Old School Gallery, 9:30am. Info: 7834710. Community Yoga, beginner/athletic beginner level. 6:20 pm, Catholic Charities/CIC. 506 W. Rte. 66. Info: Gene at 505-728-8416. Gallup Al-Anon meetings at First United Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Drive (next to GIMC). Tuesdays at 12 noon and Thursdays at 7pm in Conference Room #1.


Graduate New Mexico “Class of the Future” Kick-Off Event at Octavia Fellin Library (115 W. Hill Ave., Gallup NM) from 4 to 6pm. See G-Town article for more information. Legislative Day for People of Faith Caring for Water, Air and Community, 9-3:00 New Mexico Legislative Session at the Roundhouse, Santa Fe. Meet at Garrets Desert Inn, 311 Old Santa Fe Trail. Join this day of information and action that includes: opening prayer and theological reflection why engagement on creation care are important as people of faith and citizens; briefing on how to meet legislative leaders and specific issues of concern during the 2011 New Mexico session; gathering/rally at 12:30 for clean air and water; lunch; visit legislators; follow-up for action throughout the session. Register by writing info@nm-ipl. org or calling 505-266-6966 / 505-7229257. Car-pooling available from Gallup and Albuquerque.


Crownpoint Rug Weavers Association Auction at Crownpoint Elementary School. Viewing at 4 – 6:30 PM, auction at 7 – 10 PM. For more information, visit www.

African American History Month programs will start with a discussion of Toni Morrison’s first novel the Bluest Eye at 6:30pm at Octavia Fellin Library. Copies of the book are available at the main library. For more information, please call the library at (505) 863-1291.


Plateau Sciences Society will meet at 6:30pm in Red Mesa Center next to the public library. The speaker will be Paula Watt, professor of geology at UNM-G. She will show aerial photos of Southwestern geology.


McKinley Citizens’ Recycling Council Meeting first Saturday of the month at 2pm, 508 Sandstone Place – Indian Hills. Call 722-5142 for directions and more information. Meet Pittsburgh Steeler great Robin Cole at Sammy C’s, 11am-2pm.





Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance at El Rancho Restaurant, sponsored by Panther Booster Club. Dinner for Two: Ribeye Steak & Enchiladas, Live Band, Evolution: 8:30 p.m. to Midnight, As an introduction to the 6:30 p.m. Cash Bar, Dinner starts at 7:00 p.m. Silent Auction on Valentine Basket for your love One!! workshop Journey to the Center (see $100.00 ticket per couple. Only 100 Tickets to be Sold!! Feb. 19), the documentary Rediscovering Call Gallup Catholic (505) 863-6652 for tickets. the Labyrinth will be viewed followed by discussion. Beginning at 6:30pm this Valentine’s Day Dance featuring ¿OsoWhat? Exploring such genres as Classic/Modern Rock, Pop, viewing is free and open to the public at Alternative, R & B and even Punk and Metal. 8pm at the Old School Gallery, $7. Call the Gallery at the Church of the Holy Spirit-Episcopal (505) 783-4710 for more information. in Gallup.

First United Methodist Used Book Sale! February 25 – March 8, 2011. This year’s Used Book Sale will highlight a “ used jewelry” sale and a bake sale on Saturday, February 26, 8 am – 2 pm. Proceeds benefit our Education Department. Used Book Sale will be open some evenings and Saturdays. 2nd Thursday of the month Survivors of Homicide Support Group meets Schedule will be posted at the Church 6-8pm. For more information, call Deborah (1800 Red Rock Drive, Gallup). For more information, contact Carol Yellowhorse-Brown at 870-6126. Bodenhausen at (505) 870-4009. Rotary Club of Gallup 21st Annual Scholarship Fundraiser Banquet featuring NFL Head Coach, Ken Whisenhunt. 5pm reception and photos, 7pm dinner, 8:15 speaker. $125/person, Red Rock Park. For more information, call 863-6851.


Deadline: February 20 Call: 722.3399 Email:

Journey to the Center Celtic Christianity Workshop at Church of the Holy Spirit-Episcopal (Gallup, 1334 Country Club Drive), 9 am to 2 pm. The workshop fee of $20 includes lunch; persons on a fixed income $15. To register or for more information contact Betsy Windisch (722-9257) or Martin Link (863-6459) Come together and make a “Freedom Quilt” to hang in the library. This family program is scheduled for 3:00pm at the Children’s Library. If you would like, bring your own square or you can make one during the program. For more information, call (505) 726-6120.

February is African AMERICAN History MONTH MARK YOUR CALENDARS Tuesday, March 1 from 5:30-7:00pm at WNMU-Gallup we will be celebrating ‘Festivus’ in classrooms E and F. Come experience an evening of culture with WNMU’s Peace Corps Fellows. There will be snacks, photos and artifacts from countries around the world for your enjoyment. believe • gallup


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s a teenager in Austin, Texas, Chelsea Rhea observed a game of Capoeira for the first time and it took hold of her. Since then, she has traveled from Hawaii to Brazil to New York in order to learn the art form. Capoeira (pronounced cah-po-ee-da) is a unique martial art born from a desire for freedom by African slaves in Brazil. It’s a sport rich in history, music, foreign language, and community with the ability to release inhibitions and heal those who choose to play. Capoeira is a fight-dance, a conversation between two people, where energy is transferred back and forth in a fluid motion that looks choreographed, but is improvised. Second to soccer, it is considered the national sport of Brazil, but is gaining momentum throughout other parts of the world among men, women and children. Upon moving to Gallup last fall, Chelsea sensed a need in the community and began offering Capoeira classes at Foundations of Freedom dance studio. Though she spends her days teaching special education at Washington Elementary School, she takes her role as a capoeirista very seriously and maintains connections with schools, and the teachers who are her mestres, in New York and Tucson. While not yet considered a master (mestre) Chelsea has devoted much of her life to learning the language (Portuguese), instrumentation and songs of Capoeira. Chelsea has seen the power of the game. “It brings people together and can melt through some very thick things (divisions between people). I like that it’s a community making something out of nothing.” Clearly, there are many layers of knowledge, skill and experience to uncover, but Capoeira is an opportunity and a community for everyone. Chelsea encourages anyone to come to a Capoeira class. It is possible for anyone to participate and find meaning. Capoeira classes are held at Foundations of Freedom (115 W. Coal Ave.), Mondays and Thursdays at 8pm. For more information, you can reach Chelsea by phone (808-344-1417) or email ( TOOLS OF THE TRADE • open mind • curiosity • willingness to stretch yourself to a new experience • joy of life • flexible pants • instruments for the group: berimbau, pandeiro and atabaque

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