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Journey The Free Community Magazine

November 2013

Come See The Up to 60 months on In-House financing on new vehicles.

4th annual Four Corners invitational Youth Football Championships 35 youth Football Teams competing from New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Idaho and texas Ages 8 to 14 (A variety of age groups!)

Friday, Saturday & Sunday - November, 1st, 2nd & 3rd

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FREE ADMISSION nominal fee for Championship Series on Sunday

Tony Dorsett, Touch Down Football League (TDFL) City of Gallup Lodger’s Tax Chamber of Commerce

Games at 9am on Saturday and Sunday! at Sammy C. Chioda TDFL Field, Ford Canyon, Mickey Mantle Park, Public School Stadium, Miyamura HS, and the newly renovated Sports Complex!



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1. Best Burger: _____________________________________________________ 2. Best Breakfast Burrito: ____________________________________________ 3. Best Coffee Joint: ________________________________________________ 4. Best Grocery Store: _______________________________________________ 5. Best Sandwich: ___________________________________________________ 6. Best Hiking/Biking Trail: ___________________________________________ 7. Best Pizza Joint: _________________________________________________ 8. Best Margarita: __________________________________________________ 9. Best City-Sponsored Event: _________________________________________ 10. Best Local Bar: ___________________________________________________ 11. Best City Park: ___________________________________________________ 12. Best Mural: ______________________________________________________ 13. Best Green Chile: _________________________________________________ 14. Best Red Chile: ___________________________________________________ 15. Best Burrito: _____________________________________________________ 16. Most Recognizable Gallupian: _______________________________________ 18. Best Salsa: _______________________________________________________ 19. Best Thing About Living in Gallup: ___________________________________ This is so easy. Here’s what you do: Write down any or all of the answers to these questions, rip the page out, and bring it to the journey office (202 east hill) or if we’re not in the office, drop it in the mail slot at the curb.


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I love a good Porterhouse and this is the best!

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The Salmon must be a family recipe, because I’ve never had it anywhere else.

-Chuck Van Drunen

The one-pound burger stuffed with cheddar was out of this world.

-Jimmy Muñozcano

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2013 First Annual Work in Beauty Conversations on Local Agriculture Saturday, November 23 from 11am to 4pm University of New Mexico - Gallup Student Services Technology Center, Room 200

FREE to all Growers, Students & Interested Community Members Events

Conversations Led by Local Panelists Gloria Mae Skeet, Owl McCabe, Amy Halliday, Randy Chatto, Andy Newell, Kenworth Jones

Three Sisters Potluck* Breakout Discussions

School & Community Gardens, Traditional Farming, Permaculture, Food Preservation, Food Justice, The Business of Food Grants will be given to outstanding projects in these categories

2014 Workshop Series Planning For more info call 505-399-8780 or email *All will be fed. Participants are encouraged to bring a homemade dish consisting predominately of corn, beans or squash. Prizes will be awarded to the tastiest creations! Hot plates will be provided. Supported by the McCune Charitable Foundation, University of New Mexico-Gallup, Work in Beauty Board, Staff and Volunteers.


Stop by Rico Auto Complex and see our great line-up of Buick and GMC vehicles. Our selection has never been better.

Wishing you and your family a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Rico Auto Complex serving the wants and needs of Gallup and the surrounding Reservations since 1919!

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The Ancient Way Café El Morro RV Park and Cabins

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ho says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?

Well, obviously a lot of people . . . including myself. For anyone out there who hasn’t heard this phrase before or isn’t sure what it means, it’s an idiom referring to the fact that it’s difficult, if not impossible, to change someone’s habits and routines once they’ve been living that way for a long time. I think it has something to do with age, but even more to do with motivation. You can’t easily persuade someone that the new way is better when the old way has been working out just fine. Perhaps if you build a good argument and have an old dog that’s really determined, you might have better luck. However, what you may not have realized about that old dog is that over the years it’s been working and raising a family and living a life. If it’s going to make time to learn something new, a lot of things are going to have to change. And change isn’t easy. (Too much with the dog? Yeah, okay. It’s been a while since I’ve found time to sit down and write, so please forgive me for dragging out the metaphor.) I’ve been back in school full time for a year now. Classes are great; my brain is adapting to absorbing lots of information; I’m excited about what I’m learning. But life outside of the classroom hasn’t stopped. Family, home and work responsibilities are still there and demand time and attention. If all I had to think about was studying, life would be easy (well, at least easier). But of course, life isn’t like that. It doesn’t stop for us when we’re feeling busy or stressed or overwhelmed. We have to make choices, prioritize, and sacrifice. And it’s hard. Really hard. I’ve been told it’s worth it, though.

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By Larry Larason


ost travel literature deals with destinations. You’ve seen the titles in magazines: “Ten Top Campgrounds in Colorado” or “Best National Parks in the Southwest.” The destination is all that matters. We rush around looking only for a place to stop and eat or use the toilet, until we get to an officially designated scenic site, where we take pictures only of what we have seen pictured before. What lies along the way to designated spots may be very interesting, as well. I like to plan a trip with certain destinations in mind, but allow for serendipity en route. I also like to take along a roadside geologic and/or historic guidebook to enhance my appreciation of the drive to the destinations. Six friends set out in mid-September in a Toyota minivan for a trip to Raton to see volcanoes, historic sites, and the end of the world. We had traveled together before and knew we were simpatico, with similar interests. Around Gallup the northeastern corner of New Mexico is seldom mentioned as a vacation place, but there is much to see in the area, especially if you include adjacent parts of Colorado. I hope this

description of our trip will convince you that the northeast is well worth a visit. We took along a geologic guide: High Plains of Northeastern New Mexico; a guide to geology and culture. Published in 2005 by the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, written by William and Sally Muehlberger and L. Greer Price, it has chapters on history and geology as well as road

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logs for the region. We spent a leisurely day driving to Raton through Santa Fe, Nambe, Truchas, Eagle Nest, Taos, and Cimarron, on what is called the “High Road.” We stopped at a couple of art galleries, more to stretch our legs than to actually shop, and arrived in Raton before dark. On day two we decided to get “the end of the world” out of the way before leaving town. The site is up on the mesa to the north of Raton. We drove up 2nd Street and turned left to climb the road, which is paved as far as Goat Hill, where the big sign overlooks the town. Although eroded by recent rains, the unpaved road beyond was passable. A small metal sign marks

“The Iridium Layer” near a picnic table. There used to be a nice pictorial sign, but it has been destroyed by vandals; I hope the city replaces it soon. The iridium layer, of course, is the boundary between the Cretaceous and Tertiary Periods of earth history. The iridium came from the asteroid that slammed into Yucatan 65 million years ago and caused the end of the world for the dinosaurs. The explosion threw so much dust into the air that it encircled the globe and fell out over several years, or a decade, leaving a layer of iridium-rich clay. This clay was first discovered in Italy, but is found wherever rocks were being deposited at that time, for instance, in China and here in New Mexico and Colorado, demonstrating that the event was global in extent. After some time contemplating the death of 70% of the life on our world, we returned to town and headed east on NM 72. Our next stop was Sugarite Canyon State Park. It’s a pleasant place, an old mining area from 1910 until 1941, and once home to 1000 people. A visitor center in what used to be a post office has a small but nice series of exhibits. The man-made lake has been Raton’s water supply since 1891. The name does not refer to a rare mineral, but is believed to be an Anglicization of the Spanish word for chicory, chicarica, although it’s difficult to see how they got from one to the other. The highway beyond Sugarite Canyon soon begins to climb up the edge of Johnson Mesa. Near the top there is a pullout where you can look back to where you were and see how high you have gotten. The mesa top is a broad grassy plain dotted with small volcanoes. It was homesteaded in the 1890s and hit a peak population in 1900 of just under 500 people, but no one lives there year-round now because of the frigid winter weather. As we start descending from the mesa we remembered that the guidebook mentioned the limestone here was fossiliferous, so when we saw a tall road cut in white rock, we stopped for a look. Sure enough, after about half an hour we each returned to the car with small pieces of limestone bearing the imprint of snail and oyster shells, and one possible shark’s tooth.

I like to plan a trip with certain destinations in mind, but allow for serendipity en route. We stop in Folsom, a town that holds mostly history. The Goodnight-Loving Trail passed near here, and Folsom was once the largest cattle-shipping center west of Fort Worth, Texas. There is a pleasant museum in an historic building, where we spent an hour or so, then had a picnic lunch in the small park adjacent to the structure. The museum sponsors trips to the Folsom Man archaeological site, just a little way north of town, twice a year by reservation only. We’ve been seeing small volcanoes here and there, and lava flows in cliffs, and Sierra Grande, the big one, on the horizon. There were several phases of volcanism extending from eight million years ago to the youngest only thousands of years ago. We drove to Capulin Volcano National Monument, which is about 60,000 years old. This cone is unique in that you can drive to the top and hike the rim of the crater. From the top you can see parts of four states. Although we hadn’t planned it, the group decided to continue to Clayton Lake to view the dinosaur tracks that were uncovered when the dam was built. Then, because the afternoon was getting late, we went into Clayton for dinner. We found the Eklund Hotel. It was built

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Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site in part in 1894 and remodeled in several phases between 1975 and the present. We enjoyed a good meal there and returned to Raton for the night. On the next day we took a more leisurely trip to Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site near La Junta, Colorado. It was an outpost on the Santa Fe Trail, about where the wagon trains turned south. Built near the Arkansas River by the Bent brothers, William and Charles, with their partner, Ceran St. Vrain, the fort became the fulcrum of America’s western expansion between 1833 and 1849. The story of the brothers and their two-story adobe fortress is entangled with much of what was happening during that period of western history. For example, Charles Bent was married to a woman from a prominent Taos family. He was appointed Provisional Governor of New Mexico in 1846 after the state was annexed by the U. S. Shortly afterward, he was killed in the Taos Revolt. William Bent was married to Owl Woman, a Cheyenne, who was killed at the Sand Creek Massacre in 1864. The fort has been recreated based on historic records and is a most impressive place to visit. The next morning we checked out of our motel in Raton and drove to Trinidad, Colorado. One of our group had picked up a brochure about a scenic route called “The Highway of Legends.” We were on our way to Great Sand Dunes National Park, but we drove the scenic loop. A highlight of this route was the aptly named village of Stonewall, where a great slab of Dakota Sandstone was tilted up as The Sangre de Cristo Mountains rose. Today it stands vertically 250 feet tall at the edge of town and is visible in places as you continue along the road. At Great Sand Dunes you don’t have to stay on the trail – there are no trails – so you are free to wander around in the sand. An interesting movie in the visitor’s center explains the role of water in recycling sand in the dunes. Well, that was our trip. I think you can see there are many things to do on a visit to the northeastern corner of New Mexico.

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D r i v i n g

IM P R E S By Greg Cavanaugh

The Right Combination

2014 Dodge Journey SXT FWD

Where the Journey shines is in size, features and price.


here’s no doubt the ubiquitous crossover segment is crowded. With such a wide variety of vehicles billed as “crossovers” (think Honda Crosstour . . . yikes!) it’s not always considered a compliment. In this case Dodge has figured out that while crowded, with the right tweaks, there’s still room for success. After several days of driving, I feel comfortable saying the 2014 Dodge Journey you see here is a successful niche-filler in the segment. Where the Journey shines is in size, feature set and price. Any of those alone is not likely to make the Journey a success, but the execution of those in combination is, in my opinion, what makes it a winner. While the Journey is indeed a seven-passenger vehicle, it’s best not to think of it as such. Firstly, it’s considerably cheaper than other seven passenger crossovers on the market such as the Acadia, Explorer and Pilot. Starting in the low $20K range and optioned up to around $28K here in the SXT, the Journey is a couple grand shy of the larger crossovers’ STARTING prices. Secondly, the Journey is smaller than this list of crossovers, each of which can function day in and day out as seven-passenger vehicles. The Journey on the other hand is best thought of as a five-passenger vehicle with


the option for seven on occasion. The Journey’s second row split bench moves fore and aft to allow combinations of legroom for second- and third- row passengers and cargo space. Frankly, without the second row moved a fair amount forward the third row is really best suited for smaller-than-teenager sized humans. At 5’8” I’m no giant, but even with my seat elevated for a more upright driving position and therefore moved fairly forward, the second row needed to have somewhat cramped legroom to attempt to get an adult in the third row. This is by no means a demerit of the Journey, but an asset because it doesn’t try to be something it’s not. To add to the Journey’s appeal, in typical Dodge fashion, they have bestowed the Journey with various extra cargo cubbies as well: two under the feet of the second row passengers, à la mini stow ’n go, one at the rear of the cargo area, and another under the front passenger’s seat. The Journey’s smaller size allows for a much more maneuverable and easier driving package that is still highly versatile for people and cargo. The Journey’s powertrain of choice is the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 mated to the 6-speed automatic. A four cylinder is available but it is mated only to a 4-speed automatic and only returns slightly better fuel economy (26 mpg

S S ION S highway for the V4, verses 25 mpg for the V6). Honestly, I’m not sure I even need to say much about the Pentastar since I’ve already driven it in both the Ram Crew Cab and the Wrangler Unlimited. The 3.6 has become the main powertrain option throughout all of Chrysler’s products and really shows some great flexibility with such a wide variety of applications. At 283 hp and 260 lb-ft. of torque in the Journey, the powertrain just makes it feel eager and never hurting for more grunt. It’s a great combination that’s also reasonably efficient at 17/25/19 mpg combined. Perhaps in the future it will even get Chrysler’s 8- or 9-speed automatic for even better efficiency gains. Smack dab in the center of the dash sits the 8.4” Uconnect Touchscreen infotainment system. Oddly it did not have a backup camera and I couldn’t figure out if that was an option, perhaps with navigation? Nonetheless, Chrysler’s take on the human-technology interface is quite good, with speedy menu changes and a bright, clear and easy-to-read screen and intuitive controls for audio, climate, phone and system settings, and some redundant knobs and buttons for the most frequently changed settings . A small gripe was its lawyer screen at every startup. In terms of style the Journey falls into the inoffensive segment. Without trying to be overwrought or trend setting, the Journey’s interior will age well and feel handsome for years. It uses nice grade materials in a layout that is simple and classic. The smart key is a great edition to the SXT model and makes running errands more palatable with one less nuisance to annoy . . . simply leave the smart key in your pocket and start/stop, lock/unlock the Journey without ever taking the key out. The Journey’s exterior is par for the course. I’d like to see the exterior styling take a step up and distinguish itself in some way from the rest of the crowded segment – not necessarily with superfluous grills or weird c pillars, but with some slightly more aggressive and powerful curves and stance. It wouldn’t take much to bring the Journey to the forefront of midsize crossovers. In terms of sales, I’m sure a more off-road, masculine look (think Subaru Outback) would likely help sales. The Journey you see tested here in the SXT trim level represents a nice balance of options and value, with many of the features a customer would want: power driver’s seat, power mirrors, locks, smart key, Uconnect, rear climate zone, driving lights, etc. With two trim levels both above and below the SXT there’s always room to get the Journey that best suits your desires . . . and wallet. If you only occasionally need seven-passenger capacity, don’t want a minivan, and don’t want to spend for the larger crossovers, the Journey is one of only a couple of options in the crowded crossover segment that really can meet your needs. *A special thanks to Jeff and Jerry at Tate’s Auto Center for the test drive.* ***PLEASE visit my YouTube page, “Gallup Journey Test Drives,” and see the Journey in action.*** SPECIFICATIONS VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 5-door wagon PRICE AS TESTED: $28, 285 BASE PRICE: $23, 295 ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection Displacement: 220 cu in, 3605 cc Power: 283 hp @ 6350 rpm Torque: 260 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic with manual shifting mode DIMENSIONS: Wheelbase: 113.8 in Length: 192.4 in Width: 72.2 in Height: 66.6 in Curb weight: 4280 lb FUEL ECONOMY: EPA city/highway driving: 17/25/19 mpg

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is Navajo for “Where the Red Rocks End”. The 40+ miles of red rocks that stretch from Thoreau to Gallup, in fact, end very near Rehoboth Christian School. For 111 years Rehoboth has been referenced in location as “Tse Yaaniichii” and this is why the main road through campus is also named this today.

Rehoboth is having its Tse Yaaniichii Banquet on Thursday Nov. 21 to help families with tuition. The school raises over a million dollars each year to offset the cost of tuition for families. Half of Rehoboth’s students come from low-income or poverty-level homes, while an average of 90% of Rehoboth’s graduates go on to college. This banquet will include a dinner provided by Jonathan Tanner Catering, a silent auction, a performance by the Rehoboth Choir, and WINGINIT.

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No. At the banquet there will be guest speaker Dan Seaborn. He has written many books on family/kids/marriage. He has spoken at Promise Keepers, universities and colleges, the American Association of Christian Counselors, and on over 300 radio stations around the country. He is founder of the organization “Winning at Home” with the interesting motto, “In Balancing Home Life Winning Isn’t Everything...It’s The Only Thing.” $50 a plate. $400 for a table of 8. Takes place at the Rehoboth Sports and Fitness Center, Nov. 21 at 6:30 pm. All proceeds go to helping the Rehoboth Tuition Assistance Fund. To make a reservation or get more information about this event, please contact Rachael Kass at or Ken Zylstra at 505.488.3900.

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Octavia Fellin Library November Events Remembering John F. Kennedy 50th Anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s Assassination: Do you remember where you were? Share your memory of the day the president was assassinated at the library for the month of November. Write down your memory and post it on the library memory board or email

Whitehouse Tour with Jacqueline Kennedy Join the library on Thursday, November 7th at 6 pm and Tuesday, November 12th at 2 pm for the screening of A Tour of the White House with Jacqueline Kennedy. Mrs. Kennedy showcases the stunning restorations made under her supervision during the historic renovation of the White House. Refreshments served.

Celebrating Native American Heritage Month Jerry Brown Art Exhibit & Reception The Octavia Fellin Public Library is proud to host a show of Jerry Brown’s artwork November 1st-30th as part of Native American Heritage Month. The paintings can be viewed throughout the month, with a special reception during ArtsCrawl November 9th at 7pm. The artist will be present, and refreshments will be served. Admission is free. rown is a contemporary Navajo artist making a name for himself with abstract and mixed-media paintings. A graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, he credits both his Dine traditions and upbringing and his experience in the modern world as influences to his artwork.

November Film Series-Going to the Movies with Sherman Alexie’s Favorite Films November 6th—Miss Navajo The documentary follows 21-year-old Crystal Frazier, an introverted contestant in the Miss Navajo competition. The title has been awarded every year for over five decades to a woman who can best showcase skills that are crucial to Navajo daily.

November 13th—Barking Water Frankie has been diagnosed with cancer. Before he dies, he wants to make amends with his daughter and granddaughter. Frankie convinces his ex-wife to accompany him on the journey that takes them through Oklahoma’s Native American communities.

1989 Navajo Nation Riot Revisited with Darrell Boye On Thursday, November 14th at 6 pm, Darrell Boye, Criminal Investigator for the Navajo Nation Police Department, will be examining events that led up to the riot on July 20, 1989 in Window Rock, Arizona, which left two people dead and many injured. Mr. Boye will also exhibit photographs and video of the tragedy that unfolded. Funded by StoryCorps. Try Before You Buy Saturday, November 23rd at 3:00 pm. This holiday season, there are seemingly endless gadgets, at every price point. Which gadget does what you want, and what’s the right price for what you need? Come test-drive a number of tech devices before you do your holiday shopping.

November 20th—Little Big Man The film follows the fictional life of Jack Crabb, an Anglo man raised by a Cheyenne chief during the 19th century. After adventuring around the American West and observing the atrocities committed by George Custer’s armies, Crabb ends up tricking the general into charging to his defeat at Little Bighorn.

Harvey Girls Documentary Tuesday, November 19th at 6 P.M. Katrina Parks, Director, Writer & Executive Producer of The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound will be screening this new historical documentary film. The film explores an important part of America’s history and tells the story of the Harvey Girls using the voices of those closest to them, including rare interviews with the few remaining Harvey Girls. A discussion will follow. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited, for more information and free tickets call the library.

Aromatherapy Saturday, November 16th at 11 A.M., Dr. Linda Hite will explore the soothing qualities of aromatherapy. Participants will mix essential oils to take home. Supplies will be provided. Registration required. Class limited to 15. To register, call the library. For More Information Contact the Library @ 505-863-1291 Main Branch - 115 W. Hill


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Making Pumpkin Puree - in a bunch of easy steps ( you’ ll ne ve r e a t ca nne d again)


ne of the best things about this time of year is the food. And the best foods have a common ingredient: pumpkin. Whether it’s pumpkin pie or pumpkin waffles or pumpkin butter, a cup or two of pumpkin puree is called for in the recipe. Canned pumpkin is, of course, an easy way to go. But making your own pumpkin puree is surprisingly simple, comparable in price, and provides delicious seeds as a bonus. Start with two or three sugar pumpkins (these are sweeter and easier to manage than the big ones you use for carving) and lop off the tops. Continue to cut each in half and scoop out the insides. Separate and save the seeds – they make a great roasted snack (see recipe at right)! Place the pumpkins face down on a baking sheet and add about ¼ cup of water to the pan. Bake at 350 for 60-90 minutes. They are finished when a fork slides in easily. (Ours took about 70 minutes). Let pumpkins cool completely. Peel or cut off the rind. Then chop the meat into chunks and toss them into your blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. (Add a little water if needed to get things moving.) That’s it! Our pumpkins were 1.5 and 2 pounds, at 99 cents/pound, and we got about 3 cups of puree. If you’re not going to use it immediately in a recipe, you can freeze the puree (freezer bags work great) and thaw it later when you need to use it! It really is as easy as pie!


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President, Gallup Business Improvement District Q. James, what got you interested in serving as president of the BID? A. Early on I was very excited with the concept of a business improvement district and I was impressed with the dedication and commitment of the individuals that were involved in it. Q. What do you enjoy most about the job? A. I like working on behalf of the downtown property owners and business owners. Q. What is the biggest challenge of the job? A. The bureaucracy of it all and all the red tape. We have to seek the permission of a lot of individuals before taking action. The bureaucracy is very time consuming. I’m used to private business where decisions are made daily. Q. Currently, what is your number one priority for the BID? A. To continue with the façade improvement reimbursement program. That has become our most popular program. A lot of the property owners are taking advantage of it by upgrading their facilities, painting, replacing sidewalks, windows, glass enhancements, and signs. Q. What do you view as being the untapped potential of downtown Gallup? A. I think it’s that we are lacking unity. We struggle to get business owners and property owners to unite behind a common interest and work together to recognize the opportunities that exist – whether it’s the ArtsCrawl, the El Morro Theater and the events that are happening downtown, or trying to get people to open their businesses in the evening hours. So I think unity would be the biggest missed opportunity. Q. What do you enjoy doing in your off time? A. Right now, I enjoy spending time with my 11-year-old daughter exploring the trails in our area and the beautiful scenery out there. We do a lot of ATV riding and she enjoys it. Q. Who is your favorite musician and why? A. Right now, I would say it is Rob Thomas. I like his creative writing, his lyrics, his music and songs. I just really enjoy his music. Q. If you could trade places with one famous person, who would it be and why? A. John Wayne, because I would like to call people “Pilgrim.” (laughs)

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wild month, indeed. It started with a freak snowstorm on October 10 that froze our Ramah gardens with high winds actually blew the trains off the tracks in some places! Here on the mountain our power was knocked out for almost 24 hours and our phones for nearly six days. Was it the storm or just fate that made my computer choose this exact time to get corrupted? I suppose everyone and everything can catch a virus. Maybe its hard drive got chilled, or one of its wires got shocked. Perhaps I should have put a hat on its monitor until things blew over – which they were literally doing outside. Our precious special-needs rescue dogs weren’t ready for winter to hit so early. 21-year-old Zeus fell down a flight of icy steps. Don’t worry, he’s okay. You don’t live to 147 without learning how to weather a storm! But wait, there’s more . . . The icy waters flooded our garage, destroying many of our building materials. As the challenges piled higher and my mood grew darker, a promotional ad flashed through my mind: “Come to the BASTIS Health Retreat to relax, learn about your

I was afraid the upcoming winter would be so hard no one would be able to travel up or down our road and my dogs, my husband, and I would all freeze or starve to death – as if we were lost in the wilderness with no one knowing where we were! Fear, fear, fear. Ridiculous, wasn’t it? But it was all I was putting out into the universe, so it was all I could hope to get back. Bread cast on the waters may return soggy bread, but fear cast on the waters only returns more fear. And it sucks. Fear is paralyzing. We get so wrapped up in our “what ifs” that we can’t move forward, can’t progress or advance in life. Think about it: how many people do you know who’re stuck where they are because they’re afraid of the possible consequences if they do something different, if they dare to think something their parents wouldn’t agree with, if they want to try something that might fail? Fear is a baby’s first and most primal emotion, after all. It arrives in our life even before love. And if we do not consciously and actively counter it every day, at every moment, it can stop us, hold us in one place, and even push us back – as if things were all that much better yesterday or a decade ago or back in the 1800s.

. . . when I let the reins of inner strength and courage slip out of my grasp, fear swept in and made me doubt everything I knew to be true . . . immune system, and help dig out the living room . . .” Was I short-tempered with everyone and everything? Oh, yeah. As a former nightclub entertainer, I take amps blowing out, wires short-circuiting, and staticridden stage monitors in stride. I handle drunken fans, overly friendly owners, and late sidemen without batting an eye. But this?! This nature-gone-wild can’t be fixed by hauling out an extra piece of equipment or firmly removing somebody’s hand from my butt. My subconscious aligned with the storm and started shooting out its own rowdy energy: What if this happens again? What if we freeze to death out here? What if something happens to my nearly 95-year-young father and he can’t reach me by phone and I can’t be there for him? What if we have another bear break-in? What if one of my critical-care clients needs me and can’t reach me? What if? What if?? What if??! But then it hit me: this frightened, kvetchy perspective wasn’t the truth about me! I had forgotten to live in the now – the moment – the only time that actually exists. I was allowing fear to control my state of being. And my fear ran roughshod over my logic, my intelligence, even my innate “knowing” of reality. I was suddenly afraid; for example, that I was getting so far behind I could never catch up – as if having an empty inbox matters in the grand scheme of life!


And it had gotten to me. When I forgot to live in the moment, when I stopped consciously and actively holding onto self-love and acceptance, when I let the reins of inner strength and courage slip out of my grasp, fear swept in and made me doubt everything I knew to be true. Every religion and philosopher since the beginning of recorded history has said the same thing: our lives are a mirror of our thoughts and beliefs. I was living in resistance, so I was bound to experience more resistance. I’d fallen prey to the “what if” terrors, so I was inundated with more and more terrible “what ifs.” Fortunately, I knew better. I’ve read and I’ve studied and I know in the depths of my soul that I have the power to release any negative thought or feeling I don’t want. Aha! Time to turn this fear state into an opportunity to re-balance my life! Then, as calm acceptance began to flood my being, I started thinking about all my clients who always express their fears to me. After all, what is the most natural thing to do when a doctor gives us a horrible-sounding diagnosis? Fear, of course! Paralyzing, thought-obliterating, illogical, unknowing fear. Good grief, we’re gonna die! Yup. Three out of three of us will. It’s the dash between the years of birth and death that matters: all moments spent living, breathing, loving, doing, singing, laughing, simply being alive. Time isn’t infinite. We’re not immortal. So, why not live as fully as possible until we die? My journey as a naturopath exposes me to every kind of health condition imaginable: indigestion, cancer, heart disease, crippling arthritis, multiple sclerosis,

sarcoidosis, addiction and more. Most of the people who come to me for help are frightened to the point of submission by their diagnosis. They want to get rid of it by whatever means is fastest: cut it out, burn it out, drug it out; whatever it takes. “Do whatever you need to do!” What I need to do is help them recognize that their fear is stopping them from thinking, analyzing, researching, and reacting calmly. Their fear is creating the kind of panic that precludes self-actualization or self-direction. “I don’t know enough – you do it!” is the default reaction throughout most of our society. We’ve been taught to give in to our fears and hand over responsibility for our own thoughts, bodies, and even lives to someone else – anyone else who isn’t afraid and therefore probably knows more than we do about how we should live, how we should act, even how we should feel. Phooey. The knowledge is there if we can release our fears and take back our own lives. Instead of being frightened by a scary diagnosis like high blood pressure or fibromyalgia or even cancer, suppose we looked at it as an opportunity to change what’s not working in our life or body. What if: We approached it as the chance to get some balance back? We relieve some of our stress? We get a bit more sleep? We eat less sugar? We did a combination of them all? We can help heal our bodies and re-balance our lives simply by taking positive, conscious action to eliminate the underlying causes. Submitting to the fear

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of a condition – hurry, hurry! Cut it out, burn it out, drug it out! – only reflects the worst, which is then mirrored back to our lives with more negative conditions and circumstances to fear. I’ve seen this reality play out over and over again; I’ve lived it over and over again. Enough! That storm and all its challenges and inconveniences – no one here died, after all; nothing was permanently or irreparably damaged – made me sit down and recognize life’s real truth. When we live in fear, we have cause for fear. When we live in resistance, we have cause to resist. When we release our fears – one by one, every day, as they crop up or creep in or peek around the corners of our subconscious – we have the freedom to accept. When we accept hope, we have cause to hope. And when we accept joy and comfort, we have cause for joy and comfort. It took an unexpected, unnerving, isolating weather anomaly to bring home the full blessings of my life, the truth about who I am and the powers I hold. The powers we all hold. The storm was a gift to me – an opportunity to stop and breathe and release all my nagging fears, my what-ifs, and remember one of my favorite quotes from Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.: “Fear is the stumbling block to life’s agenda.” So, when opportunity knocks at your door, which you know will eventually happen, will you run and hide in fear, missing out on your life’s agenda, or will you embrace this opportunity to bring harmony and balance back into your life?

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Rouging it in Indian Country

n the May 1938 issue of Desert Magazine there was an article about the famous Chinle trader Cozy McSparron by regular contributor Mrs. White Mountain Smith. Smith was one of the first female employees at the Grand Canyon whose job wasn’t to cook or make beds. She became moderately famous with her book I Married a Ranger, about her adventurous life with Park Ranger Mr. “White Mountain” Smith. In the teaser at the top of the first page the editor throws out this provocative statement: “For real human drama there probably is no more interesting place on earth than a remote trading post.” The Santa Fe railroad had been selling this idea for forty years already through hotels, trading posts, magazine articles and their “Indian Detours” program. Mrs. Smith’s article makes it clear that Cozy McSparron was selling the “Indian experience” as much as anything, and it was clearly an asset that he was well liked by the local Navajos because “if there is a Squaw Dance or a sing within a hundred miles the Indians will tell ‘Cozy’ and he and his friends are welcome guests.” Elizabeth Compton Hegemann, another Grand Canyon employee turned trader at the remote Shonto post wrote of McSparron that in the late 1920s, “Cozy’s trading post and guest accommodations were given the name Thunderbird Ranch and publicized as such. This struck many of us locals as rather pretentious and touristy, but probably in a brochure the word “Thunderbird” sounded more picturesque than “Cozy’s place at Chin Lee.” Though Hegemann seems to disparage McSparron, she admits in her own book that she eventually built guest accommodations at the remote Shonto trading post. They made it seem more authentic by building three Navajo hogans near the store. They had the Betatakin and Keet Seel ruins in the vicinity to lure visitors. Both the word Thunderbird and the stylized image became symbols of Southwestern tourism. Early on the Fred Harvey Company adapted Frank Cushing’s Bow Priest shield as their logo. It was prominently displayed on their Albuquerque facility. C. G. Wallace borrowed it from them for his letterhead when he got into the trading business. The Zuni knifewing figure was easily confused with that other iconic bird. Thunderbird Trading Ranch was soon changed to “Thunderbird Lodge” and when the national monument was created in 1931, the old trading post was inside the park’s boundary. What would Hegemann think of the later name change to “Sacred Canyon Lodge”? Political correctness rejects the legendary Thunderbird as not being Navajo in origin. Lorenzo Hubbell and his partner C. N. Cotton had the first trading license issued for Chinle. Hubbell had far-flung business interests on the Navajo Reservation and he worked to get some tourist business going at Canyon de Chelly off and on for years. In 1900 he built an impressive hotel just west of the canyon mouth. According to one description, the upstairs boasted sixteen bedrooms and the lobby measured forty feet

square. The only thing it lacked was guests. Hubbell was just a little premature. Sam Day built the original post in the mouth of the canyon in 1902 and kept adding to it. The Kennedy family of Gallup fame took it over in 1917 and a fledgling tourist business began. Leon “Cozy” McSparron, a Gallup native, was coaxed out to Chinle by Hartley Seymour, C. N. Cotton’s son-in-law. Hartley wanted Leon to teach him to box. McSparron was soon in the Indian trading business. He and Mike Kirk both worked for J. L. Hubbell in Chinle for a time and Cozy later said he was the best employer he ever had. McSparron took over the Canyon de Chelly post in 1919. He never left. “Cozy” and his wife Inja are given credit for having a major role in the Navajo weaving revival of the early twentieth century. Traditional designs and natural dyes proved popular. Don Lorenzo, as Hubbell was known, was famous for his hospitality at the home trading post in Ganado, but at one time or another he owned more than thirty trading posts and he liked it when they made money. There was even a catch to his generosity at the “big house.” Martha Blue, in her definitive biography of Hubbell, writes, “For Hubbell, the ideal guest bought Navajo blankets, appreciated the West, extolled his hospitality . . . demanded no special treatment and sold Indian arts and crafts, particularly blankets, after his or her departure.” He also took pay for his guided trips into Canyon de Chelly and elsewhere. Hubbell charged seven fifty for a day trip, ten dollars a day for longer excursions that involved camping. Sam Day and his boys were more successful in Chinle at developing a tourist business. Gallup photographer and trader Simeon Schwemberger took photos of a wedding party the Days guided into the canyon early in the last century. Bill Cousins, scion of another important trading family, was working for Cozy McSparron about the time of the Desert Magazine article and he talks about the tourist jaunts he undertook at Thunderbird Lodge. “Part of my duties was to help with the ‘dudes’ as Cozy called the tourists.” He describes the Ford four-door, open topped model A they called the “galloping showcase.” He says, “One of those ‘dudes’ that I toured around was John D. Rockefeller. Hegemann also hosted Rockefeller. “Somehow, Cozy was the custodian in charge of Canyon de Chelly. I think it was made legal by giving him a salary of a dollar a year,” Bill added. It is difficult to tell a hundred years later just how widespread the tourist business was among the traders, but it was close to universal. What varied was the element of “roughing it” and the Indian contact. On a

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letter dated 1930 the Wetherill and Colville Guest Ranch letterhead advertised horseback and motor trips to Arizona, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Mexico – clearly the “dudes” were a big part of their business. In the early years of the last century the Crystal Trading Post, made famous by trader J. B. Moore and his rug catalog, was owned by Charles Newcomb. Nestled in the Chuska Mountains it was truly remote and reachable only by the most primitive of roads. Charlie Newcomb’s brochure advertised trips to Rainbow Bridge, Canyon de Chelly, Hopi country and Mesa Verde. Charlie was an avid hunter and offered fall hunts for bear, deer and mountain lion, among other things. On the foldout of his brochure he pictured a very large black bear stretched out in front of two of his little daughters. His daughter Shirley thinks there was no special permit required in those days. There was a separate building called Pinon Lodge used as a dorm by the visitors, but they ate with the family. The hunting trips were strictly horseback affairs, but other tourists could choose either horse or motor travel. There are photos of both kinds of trips and it is clear that his young wife Madge often went along on the trips. Luckily he wrote captions on his pictures and identifies his Navajo helper as John Yazzie. Though John is holding a frying pan, the caption adds, “I always did the cooking.” On the back of another photograph he notes, “Anybody can cook over gas or charcoal, but try it over greasewood or Russian thistle.” (That’s the proper name for tumbleweeds.) In the early days Newcomb preferred to do his traveling in a Hupmobile which appears in many photos. For the Rainbow Bridge trip he used a four-door convertible Studebaker and a pickup truck. It was common in that country to carry several spare tires and a repair kit as well. There is an interesting photo in the Newcomb collection that features a Gallup legend, Dick Mattox, with a small group in twenties fashions. Though Mattox made money in a variety of ways, in the 1930 census he lists his occupation as “tourist guide.” Seldom is the word “legend” so appropriate. He starts popping up in Gallup newspapers early in the last century. A little story appeared in Desert Magazine in the thirties, long after Mattox had left Gallup. It tells of a party of tourists dropping in at the Chamber of Commerce and asking, “Where can we find a guide to show us the reservation?” Just then Mattox walked into the office. The secretary told them he was just the man they wanted, and he charged $10 a day for his services. “Oh, we didn’t expect to put in a full day at it,” replied the tourist, “We thought we’d have a look around before dinner time.” Even Dick Mattox wasn’t that good. Lorenzo Hubbell once said of him, “Dick Mattox is a good fellow, but the worst guide on the reservation.” Certainly he said it jokingly. It is surprising how often Mattox pops up in recollections about the Gallup area. Part of his fame must have come from his appearance. His lawyer and one-time mayor of Gallup, A. T. Hannett (later governor of New Mexico) described him thus: “Dick had the largest moustache I ever saw in my life. He also had a huge set of eyebrows, either one of which would have made a handsome beard for a Russian admiral.” At one time he was the house detective at the El Rancho. One reason Mattox was a popular guide was his gift of gab. He had personal stories about growing up with Plains Indians (some say he spoke Sioux), knowing sign language, working with the Buffalo Bill Wild West show, acting in several movies, and being a personal friend of Will Rogers, Douglas Fairbanks and Tom Mix. A teaser in the Carbon City News in 1918 bears out the truth of this. “Johnnie Ford (the director who would put Monument Valley on the map with his John Wayne movies), who is with the Douglas Fairbanks Films Company…writes that Hollywood is a beautiful place. He said: ‘All the cowpunchers here are awaiting the coming of Dick Mattox.’” The story goes that later in life, when things were a little slow, Mattox would hang around the Santa Fe train station and greet likely looking women tourists, alone or

in small parties. He would take them into the bar and give them a sales pitch. Years later an anthropologist, recalling time around Gallup, said Dick “could tell more tales over a glass of beer than one could hear elsewhere in a year.” Gallup promoter M. L. Woodard had a photograph of Mattox and famous Zuni stone carver Teddy Weahkee. According to Weahkee’s family, he also sold his services as a guide. Weahkee was one of the wealthiest men in Zuni. His wife had oil money from her tribe in Oklahoma and Teddy invested some of it in livestock. He was a painter (on hide and canvas), a fetish carver and a jeweler. Some Zunis criticized him for painting Zuni religious figures. He was the first Zuni to own a car and he was quite generous with it. With his gift of gab and his familiarity with white people, Weahkee was comfortable around Anglos and started his own tour business as a local guide. His granddaughter says she can remember when the street in front of their house was lined with cars. Some of his customers included cowboy actor Rory Calhoun, opera star James Melton and a young Muppeteer, Jim Henson. His tourist business explains the photograph of him with Dick Mattox. They were in the same line of business. His family also describes Teddy’s generosity. He once brought home a drifter who stayed with them for two weeks before moving on. Though the Santa Fe Indian Detours are well known and well documented, there was a more interesting business just out of sight. The railroad brought the tourists but it was the traders and the guides who kept them around the area to spend money.

A NOTE CONCERNING TERMINOLOGY The title of last month’s piece drew a surprising amount of criticism. I have been advised that I was in error to refer to an almost impossible – impracticable at the least – situation as “herding jackrabbits.” The correct phrase, I am told, is “herding cats.” In my defense I offer the following true story. A young tourist visiting a reservation trading post expressed the opinion that herding sheep was not an occupation. “Anyone can do it,” he said smugly. He was immediately challenged. The man was a recent graduate of Princeton or Yale and had been on the track team. The trader took him to a nearby sheep corral where the animals had not yet been turned out for the day. It was a smallish group, housed in one of those old pens built by sinking cedar posts into the ground touching one another, so as to make a nearly solid wall. The athlete was told to keep the sheep in order and bring them home at the end of the day. Toward evening he staggered into the post, haggard, dirty and covered with sweat – actually a little wild eyed. The man managed to talk after a good drink of water. “The sheep weren’t so bad,” he groaned. “It was the baby animals – what do you call them? – the lambs.” It was the wrong season for lambs so everyone rushed over to the corral. On the far side of the enclosure, huddled together, were half a dozen jackrabbits, frightened and exhausted. I rest my case.

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3 Reasons Why

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he holiday season is coming. That means the holiday loan season is coming, too. Holiday loans are popular in Gallup, where many people are low-income and can expect to get Earned Income Tax Credits. Tax preparers often advertise these loans without telling people what they’ll really cost. Some holiday lenders break the law, by hiding the cost of the loans from borrowers or by charging fees they’re not allowed to charge. If you’re thinking about taking out a holiday loan or have troubles with loans already, you should come to the free training on Quick Loans offered by New Mexico Legal Aid on November 20 at the Gallup District Court (see the Community Calendar for details). We can teach you how to spot illegal behavior by lenders, and give you some tools to stand up for your rights if you are already in trouble. Even if you can’t come, here are some reasons why you should think twice about getting a holiday loan.


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A holiday loan today makes you poorer tomorrow. Holiday loans are advertised as a way to get next year’s tax refund in time to cover this year’s holiday expenses. They estimate your refund now and lend you some money. Next year, they help you file your taxes and you pay them back out of your refund check. The problem is that by taking out a holiday loan, you aren’t getting your refund early . . . you are getting part of your estimated refund early. A hefty chunk of it goes to your tax preparer as “finance charges” and other fees. Plus, if your tax preparer underestimates your refund, you may still owe money even after your check comes in. Some lenders break the law by making people pay finance charges that were not clearly disclosed on the loan agreement. When you agree to pay finance charges and fees later in exchange for money now, you are also agreeing to make yourself poorer tomorrow than you are today. A holiday loan now can keep you from getting FREE tax help later. If you make under $51,000 a year, you probably qualify for free tax help, and your whole refund will go to you without any tax prep fees or finance charges! Free tax clinics need to see your original social security cards, but holiday lenders often make people leave these in their offices to make sure they’ll return at tax time. NEVER leave important documents with a lender. It can keep you from getting free tax help, and keep you from using your whole refund for your family. The best gift you can give your family is financial safety. Holiday loans are sold as a way to get nice gifts for our families, but what our kids need more than Xboxes and fancy shoes is to be safe from the risks of living paycheck-topaycheck. If you’re like most Americans, you struggle every month to juggle rent, utilities, phone, groceries, and gas – let alone things like entertainment and holiday gifts. That means that when emergencies happen – you lose your job, your car breaks down, or a family member passes away – you don’t have cash to deal with the crisis. Tax refund checks are a great way to break out of this cycle. If you use your refund to open a savings account, you can have some emergency money, and can even try to put away a little from time to time for special occasions like holidays. If you throw away money on finance charges and spend your tax refund before you get it, you are putting your family at risk. The less you have in savings, the more danger there is that an emergency can leave you without transportation, without enough food or even at risk of losing your home. Make a decision as a family to have one Christmas where you give only handmade presents, small presents or no presents at all, and set up an emergency fund savings account in honor of your kids when your refund check comes.


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WARNING: YOU CAN’T GET FREE TAX HELP IF YOU DON’T HAVE YOUR ORIGINAL SOCIAL SECURITY CARDS. NEVER GIVE THESE TO HOLIDAY LENDERS. Tip: If you think a lender took advantage of you or a family member or misled you about a loan, you might want to talk to an attorney. Try calling New Mexico Legal Aid at 1-800-5244417, DNA People’s Legal Services at (505) 786-5277 or Law Access New Mexico at 1-800340-9771.

Tip: Most small loans are expensive, but some are much more expensive than others. Payday loans and pawn loans are more regulated, and will have lower finance charges than other small loans (if the lenders are obeying the law). Stay away from title loans – many people lose a lot of money trying to pay back these loans, and many people still lose their cars because they can’t pay off their loans. If you have an emergency and really need a loan, shop around and read loan agreements carefully before signing them. Don’t trust anyone who won’t let you read a loan agreement before you sign it, or who tells you to ignore what the loan agreement says.

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City of Gallup Indoor Soccer

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crazy ideas ... that just might work

indoor soccer T he Harold Runnels facility is sitting empty. I can’t say I disagree with closing the facility, especially if the Aquatic Center can accommodate a few changes for folks to be happy. But I’m not interested in that argument right now. There will never again be a pool at Harold Runnels - and that’s a fact.

that can partly be explained by choice - my players were multi-sport athletes; that’s to say that they didn’t just focus on soccer. But it also goes to show that the kids from other communities probably had more on-the-ball time than ours - meaning games, practice, etc. Gallup, New Mexico is a great place, but the weather isn’t always cooperative for soccer purposes . . . have you ever played soccer in the spring winds? Ha ha, it’s basically impossible. That said, I used to tell But we can’t let it sit empty, either. I’m sure there are my players that playing in our wind built character; hundreds of great ideas in the minds of Gallupians, and it might - but it’s not particularly helpful for but I’m going to propose one of my own. skills. INDOOR SOCCER! Listen, soccer is huge in our community. We have a great youth program in Gallup that my son, Joel, started playing in this past fall. We also have adult leagues in town that are very well represented. Trust me, it’s no great stretch to see indoor soccer being a MASSIVE success in our community. When I moved here in 2002, I was asked to coach a select soccer team that had games and tournaments all over the Four Corners and I could immediately see that the kids we were playing against were further along in their development than my players. Now,


I could go on and on with more and more reasons about why indoor soccer is needed in our community and why it would be a great success, too. I mean, I haven’t even talked about my son wanting to have his birthday party at the new facility! But, at the end of the day, it’s just a good thing for our community to do. I want my kids and the kids of our community to know that Gallup is constantly trying to make it a better place for them to grow up in . . . and to hopefully come back and raise their own kids in. Again, I’m sure there are lots of other great ideas out there - this is just one for you to chew on.

This is Where the Field Will Be and it already accommodates a regulation-sized field!

CRAZY IDEAS THAT JUST MIGHT WORK. This is the title of a series of stories/ ideas on what could be done in Gallup. We are trying to put forth some ideas we think would benefit our community. The ideas we showcase will always be for the good of Gallup . . . at least what we think is good for Gallup. Some of the ideas may be, as my grandpa used to say, “from way out in left field.” And some ideas may be fairly easy to both conceptualize and complete. We aren’t asking that all of these happen - just that we open a dialogue to continually move Gallup forward.

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opened the door to chaos. There were storage containers, boxes, folders, and books stacked threehigh in our medium-sized apartment, making it seem cramped. It seemed that moving from a large house had become a bit of a challenge. Two of our kids were playing amongst the stacks, and the third had created a burrow in which to grab a nap. “Mommy!” the oldest, now ten, squealed as she carefully made her way toward me. We embraced, while her brother looked up from his tableau of racecars and followed her. He looked up at me, smiling widely. “I love you, Mommy!” I hugged him and asked him if he knew what day it was. He guessed that it was Sunday. Yes, I told him, but I wondered what was special about that particular Sunday. He thought for a moment, and then hopped up and down a few times. “I know! I know! It’s my birthday!” I cheered and clapped and agreed that, yes, it was his birthday. “So, how old are you today?” “I’m eight, Mommy! Remember?” Of course I remember, I told him. His cake order was very specific. He wanted red velvet mini cupcakes without frosting. His present list? He wasn’t sure what he wanted, but he would know it when he saw it. And his ideas for his party? Unspecified. He just wanted to spend the day with his family. All of his family. So, he wanted to wait until his Mommy had a day off from work. Which meant that he wanted to postpone his day until Wednesday. He’s flexible like that. After I had settled in, he went back to playing alongside his sister; car noises floated up over the boxes and he and his sister giggled. I poked around in the refrigerator for dinner ingredients. Okay . . . peppers, cheese, tomatoes. “How about pizza,” I asked. They

declined. They had been grazing on vegetables, grabbing a handful at a time, and saw no need to stop. Just then, their younger sister woke up from her nap and crawled out of her pillow-lined burrow. She announced that she wanted green chile soup, then gathered her notebook and pen and began to write another story. Twenty minutes later, her soup was ready and waiting for her. Putting aside her literary masterpiece, she proceeded to extol the health virtues of soup broth. The vegetables were good, she said, but the broth was like medicine so she wouldn’t get sick. I agreed, and decided to join her. We sat together and she told me about her day. She described how her Daddy and their friend unloaded the moving truck and filled up all of the space inside the apartment until, she said, “there was hardly any room to breathe. I think that I’m going to have to get really small now, Mommy.” Her sad face made it difficult for me to hold back a smile. I assured her that in a few days, there would be quite a bit more room for her to move around. And, I said, we could always play outside. Hearing that, she brightened up immediately and asked for another bowl of soup. She said that she wanted to be healthy enough to ride her scooter all day. I laughed then, and refilled her order. Maybe, I said, I would join her outside. Her eyes widened and she admonished me to just walk on the sidewalk. Because, she said, “you’re a lot too old and big for my scooter, Mommy. You might make the tires explode.” Her brother and sister heard her and agreed. They floated around a theory of the Earth’s collapse caused by Mommy on the scooter. “Hey! I’m not that big!” At my feigned protestation, we all began laughing. Their father, his interest piqued by the laughter and the smell of green chile, came to investigate. The kids filled him in on their theory, then he winked at me. He told the kids that he wasn’t sure that the Earth would disappear, but he wasn’t going to say anything because he really wanted some soup. He turned to me, showing me his puppy-dog eyes and barely suppressed smile. “I love you. Can I please have some dinner?” Seeing his expression, I started laughing. “Okay. I’ll try to leave the Earth alone, okay?” The kids glanced back and forth between the two of us, then they began to laugh, too.

The vegetables were good, she said, but the broth was like medicine so she wouldn’t get sick.


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“Memories of Gallup” will share interviews by Bob Rosebrough with some of the extraordinary people who have made Gallup such a historically rich and culturally beautiful place to live.

By Bob Rosebrough

Memories of Gallup

Tell Me Who Your Friends Are and An interview with Joe DiGregorio and Florencio Aragon, Part 1 of 2


hildhood friends Joe DiGregorio and Florencio Aragon met in first grade at calling them Sluggers. Florencio says, “The period of time that we grew up was just Washington Elementary School on the north side and then took very different fantastically beautiful.” paths in adulthood. Joe stayed in Gallup and managed the family business Joe adds, “On the north side we were very cliquish and clannish, but we were and Florencio ended up as a weapons engineer at Sandia Laboratories in proud of our little neighborhood. If you were from Washington, you were proud to be Albuquerque where he still works part-time as a consultant. from Washington. We played ball against the guys from Sky City and from Sunnyside Florencio: “I didn’t know why they were calling me Yazzie.” When Florencio and from the south side. We didn’t like the south-siders. He (motioning toward Florencio left Gallup he carried a nickname with him that he didn’t understand until decades later. who eventually moved to Chihuahuita) had family on both sides. We had nicknames He says, “When I was growing up, everyone called me Sonny. My relatives and some of the for everyone. I was ‘Joe Boy.’ To this day when I run into people who grew up in the kids I grew up with still call me Sonny. When I was in the seventh grade the Navajos were Washington Elementary School neighborhood they still call me Joe Boy. When I call my bringing their kids from the Manuelito Hall dormitories to the Gallup Public Schools and friends Jim and Beverly Conner, they say, ‘Joe Boy is on the phone.’” they started calling me ‘Yazzie.’ I didn’t know why they were calling me Yazzie, but before Florencio lists the neighborhoods of that time, Washington, Sky City, Sunnyside, long, everyone was calling me that.” El Rancho area, First Ward area (where Roosevelt Elementary is now), and Chihuahuita He continues, “And that stuck. They still call me that. It got shortened to ‘Yaz’ or Central School. He says, “We used to form sandlot teams. We didn’t have parents when I went to work at Sandia Laboratories.” involved. We threw a bat, we picked sides and we went for it. Everybody played. You “When I would give talks on the East Coast for the labs I would start by saying, know, we made our own rules. We put a rock here, a rock there and then we played and it ‘For those of you who know me, my name is Florencio.’ Many of my colleagues only knew didn’t matter.” me as Yaz. Then I would say, ‘For those of you who don’t know me it’s pronounced Yaz. “Later on, around 1946, the recreation league started a Dipsy Doodle league and Y-A-Z.’ And people would come to me and say, ‘How do you get Yaz from Florencio?’ man, let me tell you what, that was a real good program. You had the Sky City Cardinals, And I would laugh and say, ‘It’s phonetic pronunciation.’ Before long, everybody would the Princeton Bulldogs, the Sunnyside Sluggers . . . “ remember me because of that. They didn’t remember “They called them the Prairie Dogs,” Joe interjects. anyone else, but they remembered me.” “Prairie Dogs, before. Then Pete Leyba came and “And for years, I never knew why they were they started calling them Sluggers,” Florencio replies calling me Yazzie until maybe ten years ago. I was at and they both laugh. Pete Leyba’s place here and he introduced me to one “Those two bars were kind of like Cheers.” Joe of his silversmiths who asked me ‘You are not a real starts talking about his memories of growing up on Yazzie are you?’ I said, ‘No. That’s just a nickname Gallup’s north side, “Even though my dad had the that I’ve had for years and years and years.’” store, we had a bakery we used to go to. It was called “We sat there and were talking and all of a Cornejo’s Bakery – that’s LeAnn Mora’s grandparents. sudden he (the Navajo silversmith) said, ‘Sonny.’ I And they made Italian bread with a hard crust. We responded, ‘What?’ And he said, ‘No. No. No.’ He would go there and we would go to Plese’s Market for said, ‘What I mean is they were calling you Sonny.’” things even though we had a grocery store.” “I found out Yazzie means Sonny in Navajo Joe’s father Basilio came to Gallup to work in the – or some derivative thereof. And I never knew this,” coal mines, but in 1938 Joe says, “He bought the little he says incredulously. “And all the Navajo friends store where Jerry’s Café is now. That was his first store. that I knew, Ray Christensen, Richard Emerson and He spoke very little English and he went to California Tommy Arviso and all those guys that I grew up with to get the wine grapes and salami and cheeses. So he never told me that.” Joe and Florencio break into a called it The California Market. And then in 1950 he laugh. opened his first supermarket on the corner of Fourth Florencio Aragon and Joe DiGregorio Pete Leyba came along and they started and Coal.”


remembering the good old days.

The first California Supermarket at the corner of Fourth and Coal.

Speaking again about growing up on the north side, Joe says, “The other thing that was important to us was our church over there. We were all tied into St. Francis Church. It was a big thing for us. We used to have carnivals. “And another thing that really brought the community together was that we had two great bars on the north side, Kauzlaric’s Bar and Petranovich Bar. They were neighborhood bars. They were taverns. When we were kids we would go in there and they had a great big jar. God, it was this high. They had pickled pig’s feet and pickled eggs. We couldn’t drink but your dad or someone else would take you and buy you a pickled egg or pickled pig foot. God, they were good.” Joe and Florencio laugh. Joe says, “Those two bars, Kauzlaric’s and Petranovich, they were kind of like Cheers.” “Grandpa was in a movie.” Joe says, “They made a couple of movies while we were growing up and I remember one was called Ace in the Hole. All those actors would come

over to the north side and they’d go into the bar and drink.” Florencio searches his memory trying to remember the names of the actors. He says, “Well the best known of them has been on TV lately. Kirk Douglas. Yeah, Kirk Douglas.” Joe resumes, “They were asking for people to participate in the cast so my grandmother took me and my cousin Lily. I really wasn’t aware of what was going on. I knew there was a carnival going on and that was good enough for me. Everyone was put on the train and taken to Lupton and back. We were told, ‘When the train stops, we want you to jump off the train and run across the highway to the carnival.’ I say this to my grandkids now, ‘Grandpa was in a movie.’ I have the movie at home. I play the movie and say, ‘I think that’s me in the white shirt there.’” Joe and Florencio just laugh. Florencio: “I never saw the money. I guess my older cousins got it.” Joe and Florencio grew up during the World War II years. Florencio says, “Troop trains loaded with soldiers came through town and would stop at the railroad station.” “And sailors,” adds Joe.

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d I’ll Tell You Who You Are “Often the soldiers were not allowed to leave the trains. They would give us money and ask us to buy things. We would buy the candies or whatever they wanted. Then we would take them back and they would tip us,” says Florencio. “I hadn’t started school yet, so I must have been four or five years old. I used to go there with my cousins. Since I was the youngest one of them the soldiers always tipped me more. My cousins would lift me up and I would give the soldiers their goods. I never saw the money, but my older cousins . . . I guess they got it.” Thinking back Florencio says, “If the soldiers ever had long stays here in Gallup, they would march along the streets and we would just chase them and follow them as they were marching.”

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By Tommy Haws Tommy Haws is the Senior Vice-President of Pinnacle Bank in Gallup. He has over 12 years of Banking and consumer credit experience. He is a loan officer and also oversees the day to day operations of the three branches of Pinnacle Bank in Gallup.

Were we ever in danger of Default?


hese last few weeks, we watched as our elected representatives in Washington began a dance that seemed to hold the world hostage as they failed to find a way to keep the government fully operational into its new fiscal year that began October 1. This caused a lot of concern among many that they would also fail to reach an agreement on the debt ceiling by October 17. Once again the government maxed out its “credit cards” and needed a new limit to continue its ongoing deficit spending. If an agreement was not reached, many pundits worried that this would cause us to default on our obligations to debt holders – including many companies, countries and individuals. Here are a few reasons why this would not have happened.

• We are under constitutional mandate to pay our debts. Before any other expenditure is paid, we are bound by law to pay our debts first. • The interest on the debt is far below what the government was already taking in. This does not mean other programs, etc., might have been cut, but the bond debt issued by the government was not in danger of default – we have the cash to pay because the federal government continues to receive income. • There is no way the U.S. would ever willingly choose to throw the entire global economy into a tailspin with such a move – all other talk to the contrary was political saber rattling.

The banking system in the U.S. is unique in the world and among the strongest . . .

In addition to this, there was some worry about whether or not there would be a run on banks because of the problems associated with the shutdown and debt ceiling talks. This was such a concern, that we were informed of some measures being


taken to control the pending chaos by local law enforcement should such a run take place. This would have been unnecessary, even if the government failed to raise the debt ceiling. We would not have defaulted – as noted above – but also the Federal Reserve and the FDIC are separate entities from the federal government and are independently funded and self-supporting entities. FDIC insurance on deposits is independent of the government’s support and has nothing to do with the budgets there. Banks and other institutions pay a premium for the use of the FDIC program; even the exams and other regulatory support is paid for by these banks. They do not rely on the government being in operation to function – so even if the government shutdown was going to be prolonged, there was not anything that would have put deposits in jeopardy. The same holds true with the Federal Reserve – it is overseen by the federal government and has appointed members from the federal government, but it is not a federal bureau in the same sense that say – the BIA or Department of Justice are. The banking system in the U.S. is unique in the world and among the strongest because we are not fully concentrated in one or two banks and the competition creates better service and latitude. Because of this – reserves and other processes to protect the system are in place to work separately from government sourcing alone. Please do not misconstrue this as a this-was-no-big-deal attitude about the partial shutdown recently. Many people, especially in our area, were affected as the checks were held up for their employment, etc. However, this was just to clarify some facts regarding the cross talk that happens when rare things like this happen. If you are ever concerned about the safety of your money, your deposits, or other questions like this, please do not hesitate to ask us at the bank and we can help you navigate these, sometimes turbulent, times.

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Gallup soccer and

Author’s nephew, Jeff Krause (left), and daughter, Kelly (right).

“I learned a lot about life with a ball at my feet.” -Ronaldinho, Brazilian soccer player


hen I was young, soccer was not a popular sport in high school or college. What a change from those days. Soccer has always been the most popular sport in the world. Only recently has it gained popularity in America. Soccer began in Gallup in 1989 when the Gallup Soccer League was formed by my partner, Lynn Isaacson, and George Kozeliski. It has taken off since that time. Every year the league provides opportunities to learn the game of soccer and to play competitively to over 500 children. All of my five children played soccer. I estimate that I have seen well over 2,000 soccer games, and I have grown to appreciate the difficulty and beauty of the sport. I still remember coaching a junior high girls team with Bill Lee and our daughters. The Gallup Storm had its moments and competed well against teams from around New Mexico. Friendships were formed that survived for many years. My children attended Gallup Catholic School, which had enough players to field one soccer team. My sons, Patrick and Michael, played on several teams that went to district and state tournaments. There were many memorable matches between Gallup Catholic and Rehoboth each year, usually for the district championship. However, when my daughter Kelly became old enough to play high school soccer, she made the boys’ team at Gallup Catholic. Most teams underestimated her ability as a soccer player, and I actually saw several boys cry when she took the ball away from them. At one match against Grants, her opponent in the midfield was so frustrated from Kelly’s play that he came up behind her after


the match and pushed her to the ground. His coach disciplined him after it was discovered. I still remember the pass she made to forward DJ Biava who then scored the winning goal at the district championship at Bosque Prep in Albuquerque. Kelly was also fortunate enough to play in the final four of the state championship as an eighth grader. What a valuable experience for her. In high school Kelly also played for a select team in Albuquerque during the spring soccer season. Her mother and I took turns driving her to Albuquerque twice per week for practice and games; we wore out several cars during that time. She played center midfielder and received great coaching during that time. Unfortunately she tore her ACL as a junior and was unable to compete most of her senior year. She hoped to play soccer in college, and when she was accepted at Notre Dame, her hopes increased that she might get to play on one of the best women’s teams in the country. She was asked to try out her freshman year, but that dream ended when she tore her ACL again. Kelly and I had many memorable soccer experiences together including watching the Women’s World Cup live in California. The most successful soccer players in my family were my sister’s children. Two of her sons played on national championship teams, but they resided in Denver so I did not get to see them play very often. Then one of her sons, Jeff, came to Albuquerque to play for the Lobos. Coach Jeremy Fishbein has always been willing to come to Gallup and conduct soccer clinics for coaches and players. Many Gallup supporters in turn have supported his efforts to build

UNM into a national contender in Division I soccer. In 2004 he built a team composed primarily of New Mexico players with the addition of some very good players from Colorado, Texas and New Zealand. With my nephew, Jeff Krause, at center By Jay Mason midfield, the Lobos won 17 games and were After 36 years in Gallup and inspired by the tireless efforts conference champions in 2004. They made the of Nate and Chuck to have Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA championships that a positive effect on Gallup and the surrounding area, year. I saw almost every game that season and Jay Mason has written some what a thrill for the team to place so high in the vignettes about his life in Gallup and beyond. national championships. One of the most exciting games that year was against Indiana who was ranked No. 1 when they came to Albuquerque to play the Lobos. The first half was a hard fought struggle, and each team scored one goal. To add to the difficulties, the match was suspended for a short period because of a torrential downpour. I was not prepared and got soaking wet. At the half I went back to the hotel and got raingear for the rest of the match. Both teams had opportunities to score, but it was still tied at the end of regulation. My nephew in center midfield was fighting for his life, and both sides received penalty cards for rough play. Jeff received his second yellow card just as the first overtime began and had to leave the field. He was forced to watch the remainder of the game from a nearby field. When forward Jeff Rowland scored the winning goal a few minutes later, Jeff Krause leapt the fence of the adjoining field and ran to embrace his teammates. The Lobos had beaten the best team in the country. In 2005 it got even better when the team went to the Final Four in Cary, North Carolina. My nephew had graduated, but he and I traveled to the national championship and watched the Lobos defeat Clemson in the first match and lose to Maryland for the championship. What a great day for Coach Fishbein and the Lobos. The program continues to do well in their conference and on the national level. These days my soccer life is limited to watching the U.S. team qualify for the World Cup. They have more depth than ever and should have a chance to place well. Meanwhile, I dream that I will get to see one of my grandchildren play soccer at a high level, maybe even in Gallup, New Mexico.

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I estimate that I have seen well over 2,000 soccer games, and I have grown to appreciate the difficulty and beauty of the sport.

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have a job that allows me the privilege to teach eager students American literature. Inherent in any study of American literature is a look at the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. These two writers shared a consuming fascination with the natural world; they were in awe of the sheer wildness of the natural world, and they (Thoreau more so) dreamed of the preservation of that wildness. This fall my reading of Emerson and Thoreau reminded me of David Quammen, another writer who was struck by the wildness of the world and the conundrums involved in preserving that wild nature. Quammen’s book, Monster of God is packed with fascinating stories of four “alpha predators,” or top layers of the food chain – the Indian lion, the Australian saltwater crocodile, the Carpathian bear, and the Siberian tiger – and their effects on the people and the places they live. Quammen’s stories of the mythic beasts are matched by interesting reporting of the conservation efforts governments around the world take and the cultural histories and significance of the great predators. The first group of alpha predators in Quammen’s book is the lions that inhabit the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park in Western India. The


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Indian government created a refuge for the only group of wild lions to exist outside of Africa. These lions are protected from all human harm in the park, but the boundaries of the park are shrinking as agricultural interests and demands push farms closer and closer to the park. However, the land of the park had been inhabited for centuries by a group of herding people named the Maldhari. The Maldhari had lived with the lions for that time, and the Maldhari fill Quammen’s pages with outrageous stories of herding cattle and buffalo amongst hungry lions. In those stories, livestock are lost to lions and the Maldhari people themselves are attacked by the lions; the Maldhari accept these losses as part of their home. One of the first interesting rhetorical moves that Quammen makes in the book is to note that the large predators cause much more damage (to person and property) to poor and traditional people who live in the habitat of the great predators. This move helps to situate the conundrum of conserving alpha predators, and that is that governments and Western people dream of conserving these glorious animals, but these people and governments do not need to share any territory with these predators. I personally have a fascination with Siberian

tigers and their conservation, but perhaps I would not be inclined if I had to worry about my students or myself being attacked while we walk from building to building on our school’s campus. It is with this thought in mind that Quammen shifts the book’s focus to the saltwater crocodiles of Australia. While saltwater crocodiles exist in many places around the world, Australia has devised a unique and successful management strategy. Indigenous people living near the habitat of the crocodile are allowed to hunt the predator. Other, non-indigenous hunters are allowed to pursue the animals as well, with the money raised benefiting the indigenous people who inhabit the predator’s habitat in the form of social programs and infrastructure improvements. Australian conservationists closely monitor the animals and their numbers; now that they are a valuable commodity monetarily, more oversight is needed, and the numbers of saltwater crocodiles are increasing gradually, as are the attacks on humans and livestock. While this is a different method of management, attacks seem to be inevitable, and Quammen continues his great storytelling with many gruesomely memorable stories of crocodile attacks. While the reader ponders the merits of the complete protection system of the Indian lions against the offtake system of the Australian saltwater crocodile, Quammen makes another interesting move with the book. Quammen shifts the focus of the narrative to the Carpathian Mountains (found in Romania), and the enormous brown bears that have terrorized the shepherds of the region. Once again, Quammen’s stories about human-animal interactions fascinate, although learning Nicolae Ceausescu’s hunting habits was quite disturbing. The interesting rhetorical

Quammen’s stories about human-animal interactions fascinate. move comes with Quammen examining several early myths and narratives, and the prevalence of man-eating monsters in those stories. Quammen posits that these alpha predators hold a unique place in the human psyche and that a failure to protect them would lead to disastrous consequences in the psychology of mankind. Whether or not you agree with Quammen’s assertions, reading and pondering them is a joyous experience. At this point in the book, Quammen also begins to elaborate on the idea of the keystone species, something these enormous alpha predators are. The idea is that these predators have an enormous impact on their ecosystems even though they are relatively few in number. Removal of the keystone species would have dire effects on the ecosystem; even species that are seemingly unrelated to the predators would be negatively affected. This move, while fascinating and disturbing all at once, is the most scientific part of Quammen’s book and, coming on the heels of the predator’s place in our minds, makes for a somewhat tedious read. Although the idea of the keystone species helps Quammen with his last narrative move, a look at the most poetic and perplexing creature, the Siberian tiger. Like the creature itself, Quammen’s writing about the tiger is as near poetry as scientific, nonfiction writing can come. After reading about the first three alpha predators and the efforts to save them, Quammen’s section on the tiger creates a sense of urgency for the species’ survival. This section provides perhaps the most exciting reading of the book, even though pondering the tiger’s survival might be the most unsettling. This section makes a reader wish they were something more than Emerson’s transparent eyeball, something capable of exacting quick changes, but that too might produce other problems. This is a nearly perfect way, another conundrum, to end a book about such unsettling creatures.

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TOWN Save the date and tell your friends . . . It’s about FOOD! We are having the 2013 First Annual Work in Beauty Conversations on Local Agriculture on Saturday, November 23 from 11 am to 4 pm, at the University of New Mexico-Gallup in the absolutely gorgeous Room 200 in the new Student Services Technology Center. The event is FREE, with lunch, to all growers, students and interested community members! So what is there to talk about? Well, there’s drought and diabetes, late frost and early frosts, March winds and flash floods, climate change and carbon footprints, new ways and old ways, wells, aquifers and water catchment, till and no till . . . We start out with meeting and greeting phasing into conversation led by our local growers and food advocates. And when our minds have been blown by all the challenges we face – and yet we are excited to face them – we will partake of a delicious potluck featuring your special home-cooked dishes made primarily of corn, beans or squash. The lunch in itself, is a statement, for how can you make junk food out of the Three Sisters (unless you have a high fructose corn squeezer)? After lunch we will to move to breakout discussions, which we hope will lead to at least a few commitments to controlled experimentation in 2014. Categories we have identified so far include: school and community gardens, traditional farming, permaculture, food preservation, food justice and the business of food. If these demos are exemplary and documented in such a way as to be replicable and useful to the community, Work in Beauty will reward them with grants that will be presented at the 2014 Conversations. When we come back together we will choose from a list of possible workshops that Work in Beauty will host during the winter months to prepare for the coming season with an emphasis on helping any demo projects that have been identified. People with expertise should let us know ahead of time that they would like to be considered as potential workshop leaders. Call John at 505-399-8780. Don’t be shy, we are in this together, please come! Please RSVP or call for more info: 505-3998780 or email


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 of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. Soroptimist International of Gallup is currently accepting applications for the following awards. Award winners will be honored during the annual “Live Your Dreams” Banquet to be held on January 25, 2014 at El Rancho Hotel. Women’s Opportunity Awards The Women’s Opportunity Awards program is Soroptimist’s major women’s education project. Through the program, clubs assist women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills, and employment prospects. This year the award will be a minimum of $1000. The WOA application can be downloaded at www.soroptimist. org. Please email the completed application to sigallup@soroptimist. net. Updated information will be on our Facebook page. Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award Named for the president of the first Soroptimist club, the Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award honors girls who are making a difference through volunteer service. Each year, Soroptimist clubs honor girls who donate their time and energy to causes that make the community and world a better place, such as working to end discrimination and poverty, assisting women and children who are victims of domestic violence, or mentoring young girls.       Soroptimist Ruby Award: For Women Helping Women The Soroptimist Ruby Award: For Women Helping Women acknowledges women who are working to improve the lives of women and girls through their personal or professional activities. Their efforts help to promote the issues that are important to the Soroptimist organization. Honorees are women who have worked in extraordinary ways to benefit women and girls. Examples of the type of work honored include: spearheading an effort to open a domestic violence shelter, working to secure health services for low-income women, starting a mentoring program for at-risk girls, or lobbying companies to provide on-site child care.   For more information you may call Geraldine Arviso, President at (505) 721-9121.

87301 Holiday Craft and Baked Goods Sale Bethany Christian Reformed Church Saturday, November 9, 9am – 2pm It’s that wonderful time of year again! Bakers are baking, crafters are crafting and sewers are sewing, all in preparation for the annual Holiday Craft and Baked Goods Sale at Bethany Christian Reformed Church. On Saturday, November 9 from 9 am to 2 pm, the church – located at 1110 South Strong Dr. in Gallup – will be filled with the sights, sounds, and smells of Christmas wreaths, ornaments, jewelry, decorated towels, aprons, candles, soaps, photographs, cards, breads, cookies and much more! Baked goods, breakfast burritos, sloppy joes, and more will also be available at the concession stand for mid-shopping snacks. Get ready to do your Christmas shopping and stock your freezer with goodies for the holidays!

Red Rock String Ensemble Sunday, November 17, 4:00 pm First United Methodist Church In their tenth season playing together, the Red Rock String Ensemble, made up of local musicians, will be performing a fall concert on Sunday, November 17 at First United Methodist Church in Gallup at 4:00 pm. Amy Greer, a professional pianist from Albuquerque, is the featured soloist, performing Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D. The concert will also include Christmas Concerto by Corelli, String Quartet in E Flat by Moeran, and String Quartet K. 387 (Finale) by Mozart. This concert is made possible by The Gallup Independent. Please come and enjoy this FREE event and support local music!

Gallup Community Concert: Aureole Trio Tuesday, November 12 at 7 pm Gallup High School Auditorium Aureole Trio’s unique and colorful blend of flute, viola and harp is sure to please their audience on Tuesday, November 12, in the Gallup High School Kenneth Holloway Auditorium beginning at 7:00 pm. This trio’s music ranges from classical, Celtic, lullabies, Latin songs and even The Beatles. The concert is part of the Gallup Community Concert Series 2013-2014. The trio’s first debut disc, Aureole, was short-listed for three Grammy awards, and their lullaby disc, Dreamscape, was selected by Parenting Magazine as Recording of the Month. In addition, the trio has released eight other discs, including a Celtic disc and a Beatles disc. Individually the members of Aureole, Laura Gilbert on flute, Mary Hammann on viola, and Stacey Shames on harp, each have active solo and chamber music careers. It is not too late to purchase a Gallup Community Concert membership. Memberships will get you into this concert and another remaining three to come. An adult membership is $40; student memberships are $15; a family membership is $90; single-parent family membership is $50. This will allow you to attend all of the concerts for the 2013-2014 series in Gallup and in Cortez (our reciprocal). OR you can buy a ticket at the door for this concert only in which adults will pay $12 and students and seniors pay $10. If you have further questions, call Antoinette Neff, Executive Director at 505-862-3939. Follow Gallup Community Concert Association on Facebook and please plan to help us fill the Gallup High School auditorium on November 12!

McKinley County Citizens’ Recycling Council Celebrates America Recycles Day and NM Recycling Awareness Month America Recycles Day (ARD), celebrated annually on November 15, is the national day dedicated to encouraging Americans to RECYCLE and BUY RECYCLED products. The purpose of America Recycles Day is to promote the social, environmental, and economic benefits of recycling. The benefits of recycling (saves energy, water, landfill space, and $), it is hoped, would encourage more individuals and businesses to recycle, and municipalities to set up recycling programs. ARD events and activities designed to educate people about the importance of recycling in turn motivates occasional recyclers to become everyday recyclers! Last year, 2,065 events were registered with 2.1 million people participating in America Recycles Day across the country.

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Come to this year’s Recycled Arts & Crafts Fair and Recycling Jamboree on Saturday, November 16 at the Gallup Community Service Center (410 Bataan Veterans Street) from 10 am to 2 pm to find out How, What, Where, and When one can Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Demonstrations will be given, there will be door prizes, live music, a silent auction, children’s activities, concessions and more! This event benefits The Jim Harlin Community Pantry and Hope Garden. For more information, contact Betsy (722-9257, or Millie (722-5142, For America Recycles Day, make a commitment to recycle, or recycle more. Help to make a difference. Take the “I Recycle” pledge at It is the easiest thing anyone can do to reduce the consumption of natural resources and to save energy.

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7pm | Nights of Horror Movie Series: Nosferatu (Silent Film)


7pm | Teen Film Festival, a Project of the Gallup Children’s Library


2pm | Family Movie: Escape from Earth 4:30pm | Family Movie: Paranorman


4:30pm | Old Movie Monday: Hunchback of Notre Dame (Silent) 7pm | Old Movie Monday: Metropolis



2pm | Family Movie: Hoodwinked! 4:30pm | Family Movie: Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil


4:30pm | Kaijiu SciFi Movie: Gammera the Invincible 4:30pm | Mystery Movie: The Bat (Vincent Price)


4:30pm | Western Movie: 3:10 to Yuma 7pm | Western Movie: The Last Stand

4:30pm | SciFi Movie: Dredd 7pm | Fantasy Movie: Conan the Barbarian (2012)


7pm | The Navajo Nation Band Live Performance


4:30pm | Movie: Red Violin 7pm | Movie: A King’s Speech


7pm | Mountaintop, Performed by Fusion Theater Company


4:30pm | Horror Movie: Cabin in the Woods 7pm | Horror Movie: The Last Exorcism


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8pm | Stateline Band Live Performance

1pm | Mountaintop, Performed by Fusion Theater Company 4:30pm | Family Movie: Nanny Diaries


4:30pm | Old Movie Monday: A Trip to the Moon/The Lost world (1925) 7pm | Old Movie Monday: The General (Buster Keaton)

2pm | Family Movie: Arthur and the Invisibles 4:30pm | Family Movie: The Hunger Games

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7pm | Live Heavy Metal Band: Kill Devil Hill 4:30pm | Fantasy Movie: Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus 7pm | Movie: The Artist



4:30pm | Horror Movie: House of 1000 Corpses 7pm | The Devil’s Rejects

4:30pm | Independent Film: I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With 7pm | Independent Film: Our Idiot Brother



4:30pm | Comedy Movie: Fanboys 7pm | Comedy Movie: Waiting


1pm | Family Movie: Spy Kids: All the Time in the World 4:30pm | Family Movie: Hunger Games 7pm | Action Comedy Movie: Kick Ass

Quentin Tarantino Film Festival: Inglorious Bastards, Grind House and Django Un chained


7pm | Pueblo Country Band Live Performance


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

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: 722-6389.

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

Codependents Anonymous, 12 noon at First United Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Drive, library room. Info: Liz at 863-5928.

Psychic Playtime with RedWulf at the Old School Gallery 1st and 3rd Sundays, 7-9:30pm. Tarot, drum journeys and more tools to explore your inner self. $1 donation. Info: RedWulf @ 505-7834612. Coyote Canyon Women’s Sweat Lodge Ceremony on Sundays, 1-4pm, potluck dinner. Located 3 miles east of Highway 491, Route 9 junction, 1 mile south of Route 9. The ceremony is for wellness, stress reduction, purification and cultural sensitivity. All women are welcomed. For more information, call 505 870-3832. Long Form Tai Chi will practice at Old School Gallery in El Morro, NM, 9:30-10:30 am. Newcomers welcome! Experience the healing power of group meditation! Reserve a time for silence, love and light! Share your presence with us! Third Sundays of the month, 1-3 pm. Contact Maria for directions, 505-863-3772. Bluewater Acres area.

“Teen Survivors of Dating and Domestic Violence” support group meeting, 6:30-8:30pm. Info: 7226389. Lebanon Lodge #22, A. F. & A. M. meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 7:30 pm at the Gallup Masonic Center (4801 E. Historic 66 Avenue). An informational program and meal are presented before the meeting at 6:45 pm. All Masons are invited. Info: lebanonlodge22@yahoo. com. Alicia’s Zumba Fitness Classes will be held from 7:15-8:15 pm at Wowie’s Gym (1500 South 2nd Street, Gallup). $5/class or 10-class punch card for $30. Your first 2 classes are FREE! Info: Alicia Santiago (505) 236-9564. Open mic night every Monday at the Coffee House from 6 to 8 pm. Open to musicians, poets, and story tellers. Zumba classes well be held 6:30-7:30 at 3rd and Maloney at the Hozho Center, $4/class. If you have any questions please feel free to call Kimberly Martinez at 505-713-7250. The Gallup York Rite Masons hold their monthly meeting on the 1st Monday of each month at the Gallup Masonic Center (4801 E. Historic 66 Avenue) at 7:30 pm. A short program and light meal are held before most meetings at 6:45 pm. All York Rite Masons are invited to attend. Info: GallupYorkRite@


Taizé Worship, 4 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located on Boardman Drive just south of Orleans Manor Apartments). Join us for quiet, meditation, song, prayer, and Scripture. Call Kathy (722-5011) for more information.


Kill Devil Hill at the Gallup Community Center. Doors open at 6 pm, show starts at 6:30 pm. Joining KDH will be Eyes Set to Kill, Girl on Fire, Black Water Rising, Blinddryve, and Testify. Tickets are now available online at www. Red Rock String Ensemble tenth season and will be available locally fall concert at First United Methodist Church in on Saturday at Day Customs (928-871-3488) in Gallup at 4 pm. Featured soloist is pianist Amy Window Rock, Enchanted Ink (505-863-8189), Greer. Come support local music at this free event, Creative Native (505-722-9333), and Q&A sponsored by The Gallup Independent. Billiards (505-979-1182) all in Gallup. Questions please leave a message at rancidsavage.



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Quilt Club at Gallup Service Mart, 7-9 pm. Come join other quilters in the area to share ideas and projects. Bring your projects for an evening of Show and Tell and discussions about quilting. FREE. For more information, call 722-9414.


American Diabetes Awareness Month Mini-Health Fair at Tohatchi Health Center, from 10 am to 3 pm. FREE Health Screenings! Health Booths! 2-mile Fun Run/Walk at noon! For more information please call 505-733-8332.



Mother Goose on the Loose (ages 0-2) interactive parent-child music + movement story time, 11am at the Children’s Library.

Weird Science Club (ages 6-12) exploratory science, technology, engineering and math programs designed to make learning fun, 4pm at the Children’s Library.



Adult chess club at Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe in Gallup, 5-7pm.

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

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.

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

ZUMBA Fitness Classes at Window Rock Sports Center starting at 5:30 p.m.. For more information email or call Ralph Roanhorse at (505) 862-2970.

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.

Tai-Chi-Chuan, taught by Monika Gauderon at RMCH Vanden Bosch Clinic, 5:00 pm. Beginners are welcome. For more information, contact Monika Gauderon at 775-3045.

ZUMBA Fitness Classes at Chee Dodge Elementary School starting at 5:30 p.m. For more information email or call Ralph Roanhorse at (505) 862-2970.

Overeaters Anonymous meeting for beginner and returning, 6:30-7:30 pm at Church of the Holy Spirit (1334 Country Club Drive). For more information, call Linda at (505) 863-6042.

Chanting workshop with Genevieve and RedWulf 2nd and 4th Wednesday each month at the Old School Gallery. Free. Chants from around the world 6-7:30 pm.

Alicia’s Zumba Fitness Classes will be held from 7:15-8:15 pm at Wowie’s Gym (1500 South 2nd Street, Gallup). $5/class or 10-class punch card for $30. Your first 2 classes are FREE! Info: Alicia Santiago (505) 236-9564.

Four Corners Yoga (601 W. Coal Ave.) is offering free community class at 6 pm. All donations will be remitted to Adopt an Elder. For information, call 505-863-6463, email or friend us on FB @ fourcornersyoga. *All classes are hot and 90 mins. CHANGE YOUR BODY . . . CHANGE YOUR LIFE!

Zumba classes well be held 6:30-7:30 at 3rd and Maloney at the Hozho Center, $4/class. If you have any questions please feel free to call Kimberly Martinez at 505-713-7250.

Zumba classes at the Hozho Center (3rd and Maloney) Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 and Fridays 6:307:30. For more information, call the Hozho Center at 505-870-1483 or call 505-713-7250.

Faith Chapter #69, Order of the Eastern Star, meet the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7 pm at the Gallup Masonic Center (4801 E. Historic 66 Avenue). Light meal before most meetings at 6:15 pm. Info: Robert 505-615-8053.


Do you want to . . . help? have fun outdoors? meet new people? launch & chase hot air balloons? Come be a part of a balloon chase crew or a launch director! Chase Crew Training on Nov. 5 and 21 at 7:00 pm at Gallup Chamber of Commerce. For more information about Chase Crew, contact Sandy (505-8633910) or Pamela (505-722-5626) or about Launch Director, contact Janice (505-870-0113) or Shauna (505-862-1786) or email crew4rrbr@


Gallup Community Concert Association presents Aureole Trio at Gallup High School’s Kenneth Holloway Auditorium at 7 pm. For more information, see G-Town article on p. 51 or call Antoinette Neff, Executive Director at 505-862-3939.

Alicia’s Zumba Fitness Classes will be held from 7:15-8:15 pm at Wowie’s Gym (1500 South 2nd Street, Gallup). $5/class or 10-class punch card for $30. Your first 2 classes are FREE! Info: Alicia Santiago (505) 236-9564.


Seasonal Flu Vaccine Clinic at Naschitti Chapter House, 9 am to 2:30 pm (I.H.S. beneficiaries only). Presented to you by GIMC Public Health Nursing Department. For questions, please call (505) 722-1746. Gallup Solar meets the first three Wednesdays of every month at 113 East Logan to discuss everything solar, from megawatt plants to solar lighting for the outhouse. To find out how you can save money on a grid tie in Gallup or for more information, go to new projects at or call Don at 505-728-9246.


Rehoboth HS Choir presents a Gospel Concert, at 7:00 pm at Rehoboth Church. The concert will features special guests Jeremy Simpson and CJ Kingdom-Grier, musicians and worship leaders from Bridgeport, CT and Holland, MI, respectively. Come ready to worship!


Stand up for Your Rights Workshop on Quick Loans, 5-6:30pm, provided by an attorney from New Mexico Legal Aid at the Gallup District Court, 207 West Hill Street (upstairs). Come learn about how to avoid getting in trouble with holiday loans, title loans and other small loans - and what to do if you’re already in trouble.


Gallup Area Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Time TBA. Call Vicar Lynn Perkins for information at 863-4695.

2013 FESTIVAL OF TREES Soroptimist International of Gallup will be hosting the 2013 Festival of Trees at the Rio West Mall. Trees will be on display before Thanksgiving. Tickets go on sale November 29 up to December 7, 2013. The Main Event will be held at 5 pm on Saturday, December 7, 2013. Must be present to win. Proceeds benefit our scholarship program, Battered Families Services and other community program efforts.


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Crafty Kids, fun for all ages, 4pm at the Children’s Library. Moms Supporting Moms at Church Rock School, 9-11:30am. 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. 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. Divorce Care Support Group, Thursdays at 7pm. Location to be determined. For more information, call or email Dan at 505 878-2821 or dkruis@ Alicia’s Zumba Fitness Classes will be held from 7:15-8:15 pm at Wowie’s Gym (1500 South 2nd Street, Gallup). $5/class or 10-class punch card for $30. Your first 2 classes are FREE! Info: Alicia Santiago (505) 236-9564.




Movies for all ages at the Children’s Library@ 4pm Road to Reading (3-5), 11am at the Children’s Library. A story time designed to teach pre-reading skills to the Pre-K crowd and their caregivers. AND Puppet Show (all ages), 4 pm at the Children’s Library. Teen Games (12-17), 4pm at the Children’s Library. Play games, hang out, make crafts. Overeaters Anonymous meeting at 11 am, at the First United Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Drive, library room. Info: Liz 505-863-5928. The weekly Old-Fashioned Hootenanny, at Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, every Friday, starting at ZUMBA Fitness Classes at Wowie’s Activity Hall on the corner of Maloney and 3rd Street starting at 11:00 a.m. 6:30PM. Acoustic musicians are welcome to sit in For more information email or call Ralph Roanhorse at (505) 862-2970. with the regular players. Zumba classes well be held at 11 am at 3rd and Maloney at the Hozho Center, $4/class. If you have any questions Alicia’s Zumba Fitness Classes will be held please feel free to call Kimberly Martinez at 505-713-7250. from 7:15-8:15 pm at Wowie’s Gym (1500 South 2nd Street, Gallup). $5/class or 10-class punch card for $30. Your first 2 classes are FREE! Info: Alicia Santiago (505) 236-9564. Fall Belly Dance Classes at FOF Dance Studio, 230 W Coal Ave. Kids Belly Dance, 5:00-5:30pm. Intro to Belly Dance (for adults), 5:30-6:30. FOF Belly Dance Performance Class: 6:30-7:30. Call Leaf at 722-2491 for tuition rates and registration and for more info. Zumba classes well be held 6:30-7:30 at 3rd and Maloney at the Hozho Center, $4/class. If you have any questions please feel free to call Kimberly Martinez at 505-713-7250.

Diabetes Education Classes, first four Thursdays of the month, 6:30-8:30 pm, RMCH 2nd floor library. Contact: Carolyn at 863-1865.


Masquerade Jewelry Sale at Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital lobby, 7am – 4pm Nov. 7-8. Nice pieces at affordable prices! Visit the gift shop anytime, Monday-Friday, 8-4, for a variety of lovely items. Gallup’s Sustainable Energy Board is now meeting on 1st Thursdays, 3-5pm in Mayor’s Conference Room. For more information, email Christmas Tree Wall Hanging workshop at Gallup Service Mart, 6-9 pm. Cost is $15 plus kit. Come and create a unique Christmas Tree wall hanging that includes lights for the tree. This is an exciting and fun wall hanging to make for the holidays – you will want to make one for yourself and others for friends! For more information, call 722-9414.


Soroptimist of Gallup meets the second Thursday of each month at noon at Pee Wee’s. We welcome interested women and are open for new members. Second Thursday Diabetes Support Group at Church of the Holy Spirit (1334 Country Club Drive, Gallup), 5:30 pm. For all people who suffer from Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes. Info: 505-863-4695. Breastfeeding 101, learn the basics of breastfeeding, 6pm, RMCH 2nd floor library AND Baby Bistro, support group for breastfeeding moms and their babies, 7pm, RMCH 2nd floor library. For more information contact Mary Ippel at 505-870-5103.


Come be a part of a balloon chase crew or a launch director! Chase Crew Training on Nov. 5 and 21 at 7:00 pm at Gallup Chamber of Commerce. For more information about Chase Crew, contact Sandy (505-863-3910) or Pamela (505-722-5626) or about Launch Director, contact Janice (505-870-0113) or Shauna (505862-1786) or email


November 1-2, Sister Marguerite Bartz Memorial Powwow at St. Michael Indian School Gym in St. Michaels, AZ. Admission is free with the donation of a canned food item. Drum Contest, Men’s Southern Straight Special, Men’s Grass Special, 49 Singing Contest, $15,000 in cash prizes. For more information, contact Diana at 928-863-8227 or Renee at 928-871-3140 or email smis.


Crownpoint Rug Weavers Association Auction at Crownpoint Elementary School. Viewing 4:00-6:30 pm, auction 7:00-10:00 pm. For more information, visit


Popcorn Theology, 7pm at the Church of the Church of the Holy SpiritEpiscopal. Come watch and discuss the movie Philadelphia with free popcorn and beverages!


McKinley Citizens’ Recycling Council monthly meeting, 2 pm at the Work in Beauty House on the northwest corner of Logan and Puerco. Third Annual Gallup Teen Film Festival at El Morro Theatre at 7 pm. Prizes will be awarded for Jury and Audience Favorites. Admission is free. The theme for this year’s films is “Seek the Unknown.” Winning films will go on to compete at the National Teen Film Showdown online. For more information, call 505-726-6120 or email


Holiday Craft and Baked Goods Sale at Bethany Christian Reformed Church from 9 am to 2 pm. Come to the church, located at 1110 South Strong, for holiday gifts and treats! For more information, see G-Town article on p. 51.

ArtsCrawl, Downtown Gallup, 7-9 pm. See page 52 for complete schedule of events.


McKinley Citizens’ Recycling Council is celebrating America Recycles Day and NM Recycling Awareness Month at Recycled Arts & Crafts Fair and Recycling Jamboree at the Gallup Community Service Center (410 Bataan Veterans Street) from 10 am to 2 pm. For more information see G-Town article. 5th Annual T’s For Turkey at Lowe’s Market in Uptown Plaza (1120 East Hwy. 66), from 10 am to 2 pm. Listen to 99.1 KGLX, 99.9 KXTC and 106.1 Rock for your special low price! Turkey Trot Race and Fun Run at Ramah Lake in Ramah, New Mexico. $25 early registration (guarantees a T-shirt), $30 day of race, $5 for kids (3 and under free). Bring the family, enjoy fun booths at the finish, Turkey Day costumes are optional! For more information, call Jackie Clawson at 505-490-9592.


Roosevelt Elementary is having a Craft Fair from 9am – 3pm. Come for crafts, concession and to support the school! For more information, call 721-4100. 2013 First Annual Work in Beauty Conversations on Local Agriculture from 11 am to 4 pm at UNM-G’s Student Services Technology Center, room 200. Free event for all growers, students and interested community members. Please RSVP or call for more information, 505-399-8780 or email and see G-Town article on p. 50.

2013 ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE! Saturday, December 7 at 2:00 pm. For your application or for more information call Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce at 505-722-2228.

Rehoboth’s Tse Yaaniichii Banquet, celebrating 111 years of God’s faithfulness. 6:30-9:00 pm at Rehoboth’s Sports and Fitness Center. Dan Seaborn, founder of Winning at Home, will be the featured speaker. The evening will include dinner, musical performances and testimonies by Rehoboth students, alumni, and families, and a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit Rehoboth’s Tuition Assistance Program. Tickets are $50 per person, $400 for a table of 8. For more information, please email Rachael Kass at or call Ken Zylstra at 505-488-3900.


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“To The Survivors” By Elizabeth Keough McDonald In the throes of a language I struggle
 to understand, I hold my hands clasped
 tightly on my lap, as if they would flap about
 confused, or betray me.

 Triggers, perpetrators, intrusive thoughts,
 cognitive and exposure groups, the wretched
 leftovers of An Army of One and A Few
 Good Men. Buckle up, buckaroo, My heart
 the romp of a black steel toe boot.

 As one of the female veterans in the
 VA Women’s Trauma Clinic, I learn
 how to remember, so that I can forget.
 I want to speak the tongue of my country:
 the coded ache of what I carry.

 Part of me wants to embrace the sorrows
 that surround us. Shoulder for another woman
 what burdens her. Part of me does not want
 to know that any of us exist, because by giving
 us a name, I call out to myself. The hole wider
 than what I have closed. - from Homeward: poems


lizabeth Keough McDonald grew up in Thompsonville, Connecticut. She has resided in New Mexico since 1994 when she arrived in Gallup, New Mexico to work for the Indian Health Service. She is a disabled military veteran who served as a nurse during the Persian Gulf War. Elizabeth has published widely and received numerous writing awards. Most recently, she was awarded the 2008 San Juan National Forest Artist-In-Residence Program (Aspen Guard Station) award for her poetry. In her new book, Homeward: poems, Elizabeth’s poems speak about family, place, love lost and found, friendship and the experience of military service and its aftermath. The book features more than eighty poems with titles including “Bicycling Across Canada,” Route 66 Roundup,” “Aspen Eyes,” “The Gallup Wall,” and “Belly Redrocks.” Homeward is available on and proceeds from the sale are being donated to the Henderson House, a shelter for homeless women veterans and their children in Albuquerque.


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1. Astro, Jared, Lindsey and Anna Nye enjoy the Journey at an Isotopes game! 2. Chuck and Nancy Wade read their copy of the Journey at Yellowstone National Park. 3. Nate & Heather’s nieces, Samantha, Hope and Erin Eriks check out the Journey in Grand Rapids, Michigan at ArtPrize.* 4. The New Mexico Kings have always loved the Journey. Here they are at the Lori Piestewa National Native American Games held in Fountain Hills, AZ. Back row (from left to right):  Matthew Vail Jr., Ty Begay, Tristan Begay, Sheldon Chee, Korey Billy, and Jacob Olguin.  Front row:  Sean Largo,  Christian Lee, Theron Thompson, and Dominick Tsosie. 5. Marie Johnston recently went to Boston, MA where she and her good buddy, Justin Dunk, took a tour of the Sam Adams brewery and she taught him a thing or two about her hometown, Gallup, while waiting for the tour to begin.  (Although the brewery is called Samuel Adams, Paul Revere is featured on the company’s label because he was better looking than the real Sam Adams.) 6. Karen Zollinger reads the Journey while standing near the Naxian Lions (left) and in Santorini (right) in the Greek Isles. *ArtPrize® is a radically open, independently organized international art competition with an unprecedented $200,000 top prize decided entirely by public vote. For 19 days, three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, become an open playing field where anyone can find a voice in the conversation about what is art and why it matters. Art from around the world pops up in every inch of downtown, and it’s all free and open to the public. It’s unorthodox, highly disruptive, and undeniably intriguing to the art world and the public alike.


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4 1. The Becenti, Notah and Morgan families enjoyed the Journey at Hitsville, USA while visiting Motown in Detroit after attending Adam Becenti’s graduation from the University of Michigan where he received a masters in Public Policy.  Adam, Jonell, Charles, Ernest, Lanae, Emma Sandra, Beverly, and kids: Lanell, Chaylee and Brenna. 2. Lynn Anner-Bolieu, a resident of Gallup, took this photo of an oil painting workshop conducted by Grants artist Michael Lewis on July 27th. The participants from left to right are: Beth Vonseggern, Michael Lewis (teacher), Georgette Toews, Johnnie Head, Michael Schmaltz, and Bill Siebersma. The 3-day workshop was held at the Crashing Thunder Gallery in Downtown Gallup owned by Milan Sklenar. All participants are avid readers of the Journey. 3. Ed and Kimberley Hash got in a quick read of their favorite community magazine while in McCall, Idaho.


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Gallup Journey November 2013  

The free community magazine about people and events in and around Gallup, New Mexico.