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was at a Michigan State University Soccer Camp when Michael Johnson wore his gold shoes to victory in the 200-meter and 400-meter dash in Atlanta in 1996. I think he may have actually broken the world record in each of those events, too.

Oddly enough, I was at Michigan State University again when Dan Jansen finally won a speed skating gold medal in the 1000 meters in Lillehammer . . . my sister Rachel and I were visiting our big sister, Becky, who cried like a tiny little baby when The Star Spangled Banner was played after he finally won. Shoot, do you remember when Rulon Gardner stunned the world by beating that huge Russian wrestler who hadn’t lost in Greco-Roman wrestling in over a decade? Or when Kerri Strug vaulted the Magnificent Seven to a gold medal with a bum ankle? Coach Bela Karolyi carried her around for a while after that – I’m not sure if that was because her ankle hurt a lot or if she enjoyed being carried, but it happened. Obviously, these are just moments from my childhood – I’m sure each of you could think of more and equally exciting events from the Olympics. You know, the one and only time I’ve watched curling (I know, I really need to delve into that sport, Ron Donkersloot) was in the hospital when my wife was in labor with our firstborn, Tana. I guess that memory sort of trumps the rest – but my patriotism is never higher than while watching the Olympics or The West Wing. I swear, Jed Bartlett would totally win whatever election he was running in.

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Carol Bowman-Muskett Ernie Bulow Greg Cavanaugh Sanjay Choudhrie Dr. Bera Dordoni Johnny Espinosa Lydia Garcia-Usrey Jeannette Gartner Ray Gosden Pati Hays Kari Heil Tom Hartsock Josh Kanter Rob Koops Jay Mason Kitty Mason Steve Petranovich Vladimir Pino Fowler Roberts Bob Rosebrough Don Tamminga Chuck Van Drunen Betsy Windisch

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14 Driving Impressions 20 DIYG (Do It Yourself, Gallup) 22 8 Questions 24 Words of Wellness 26 West by Southwest 36 Reflections 38 Memories of Gallup 42 Italians of Gallup 44 Lit Crit Lite

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Local Author Publishes Book On Area Wildflowers “God never made an ugly landscape. All that the sun shines on is beautiful, so long as it is wild.”


-Gretel Ehrlich

ay Gosden has spent the last 3 years hiking with his camera in Red Rock Park, capturing nearly 100 different varieties of wildflowers that are detailed in this book. It is hard to believe the variety and scope of natural, botanic beauty that Ray has gently unfolded. Ray holds degrees in forestry and theology and is continuing his work by photographing the wildflowers of the Zuni Mountains that will hopefully become a second book in the near future. This book is for sale at Butler’s Office Supply, Makeshift Gallery and the Gallup Journey for $12. If you would prefer a signed copy, you can contact Ray at and he will happily sign and sell you a copy, as well. Author Ray Gosden


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By Jeannette Gartner

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hate to admit it, but the whole thing was my fault. I had gotten tickets to the concert that was being held downtown, so I tell Mark, I sez to him, “Maybe you should try to get a room somewhere downtown so we’ll be near the theatre. We’ll probably get out late, and it would be convenient not to have to go very far to our room.” So Mark did what he usually does. He got on Priceline and put in parameters for a hotel that was fairly close to the theatre. The rate he got wasn’t great, but okay, and we might have figured out later why it wasn’t better. He called me and said, “I got a room at the Hotel XXX, and it’s not that far from the theatre. I think it must be new. We haven’t ever stayed at the Hotel XXX before, have we?” After I read the description of the location, I told him I thought we had stayed there before, many, many years ago. But he didn’t recognize it. We arrived mid-afternoon at the hotel to check in.


Upon seeing the hotel, I remembered that we had, in fact, stayed there about 45 years ago. It had a different name at the time and was pretty new then. But maybe it had been remodeled. The lobby was deserted. In fact, we had to ring a bell to get the clerk to come out. After we checked in, we thought it was curious that we had to pull our car into a fenced-in locked parking area in order to take our luggage up to the room. We were impressed at the security! The elevator had not yet undergone any modernizing. It did get us to our floor, though. It opened up to a room with doors on each side. There were some electrical outlets in that room without covers on them. Must be undergoing remodeling, I thought. We went out onto a concrete walkway and headed down to our designated room. When we got there, we saw that the door was open and a very large fan was sitting in the doorway. Air-conditioning maybe? A maintenance man saw us and came heading down the walkway. “You can’t go in there,” he said. “This is our room,” Mark explained. “Well, you can’t go in. It flooded. Give me your key and I’ll go get another room for you.” Flooded? On the third floor? And the desk clerk didn’t know about it? Huh. Maybe it happened during the remodeling. So we gave him our key and after a while he came back with another room key, for a room on the same floor. The door squeaked when we opened it and also when we closed it. We got in the room and it was, well, okay. On the wall opposite the bed was a wooden frame holding a TV with a sign on it that said it didn’t work. That’s okay, though, because luckily there was another TV sitting on top of that one, assuming that people who stayed here would be interested in watching TV. Also on the wall was a box that had, what looked like, an electric fire-type heater in it. We couldn’t see any way to turn it on, though. The bathroom was one of those that you can either close the door or be in it, but not do both at the same time. There was a sink outside the bathroom, fortunately, so if you didn’t need to shower or use the toilet, you were okay. We left our luggage there, opened and closed the squeaky door, and went to the parking lot to get our car via the lobby. The clerk wasn’t around, but a bell-ring summoned him. “How do you turn the electric fire on?” Mark asked. “It doesn’t work,” was the succinct answer. Okaaay . . . Since the concert started at eight, part of my master plan was to park our car close to the theatre so that after the concert, we wouldn’t have to walk through scary, dark streets in the downtown area to get our car. Our son and his family were to pick us up at our parking spot and we’d all go to dinner before the concert, then they’d drop us right in front of the theatre in time for the concert. Beautiful, right? We found a lovely parking spot, just around the corner from the theatre and they picked us up. Amazing how everything was coming together! We went to eat at a nice restaurant not that far from the theatre and had a nice leisurely dinner and visit. Unfortunately, I had started coughing earlier in the day, so I was sort of miserable at that point. Could it have been caused by the mildew I breathed in standing in the doorway of the room that wasn’t our

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room? You know, the flooded one? Nah! They dropped us off right in front of the theatre, and I thought it was interesting that there weren’t a lot of people going in at the same time. Oh well, we’re always early. We got out of the car, went up and opened the door. Except it didn’t open. I tried again, but it still didn’t open. There were some people inside, so I knocked on the door. When someone came to the door and opened it, I asked, “Did the concert already start? “Oh, no,” the man said. “It’s over. Even the orchestra is gone.” “What!” I cried. My tickets say eight o’clock!” “No, you’re wrong,” he said. “It started at six o’clock.” I looked at my tickets, and sure enough, what I thought said eight, said six instead. So we left, got into our strategically parked car and called our son. After confessing the whole sordid affair, we went up to their house, drank some wine, and played cards instead. I did learn, however, that I should wear my reading glasses to read tickets and the like. Getting back to the hotel, we again parked in our secure parking lot and went to our room. We noticed, once we got into the room, that you could hear everything through the walls. We heard every footstep going by on the concrete walkway, everyone talking, all the doors as they squeaked open and closed, and other sounds I’ve tried to forget. By the way, those footsteps and squeaky doors I mentioned? That went on all night. Tap, tap, tap, squeak, mumble, mumble, squeak, tap, tap,

The bathroom was one of those that you can either close the door or be in it, but not do both at the same time. tap. Between that and my coughing, not a whole lot of sleeping was happening. In the morning we went down to the lobby for breakfast, but the clerk told us, “Breakfast? No, we don’t serve breakfast. No one stays long enough for breakfast. Everyone has gone home by now, except for the ones who live here . . .” Okay, that part never happened. We think we figured out why our room was more expensive than we paid for much nicer places. Apparently, everyone else was paying by the hour . . . so multiplying the hourly cost by a whole night . . . the clerk must’ve thought I was first class! Didn’t he get a look at me? As for the secure parking – now I can’t say for sure, but I suspect there are hotel customers who are not only regulars, but also, might even live there. It all made a good story, though, and only the name of the hotel has changed to protect the guilty.

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I M PRESSIONS By Greg Cavanaugh

Taking a trip across the pond

2014 Buick regal turbo Awd Authors Note: I had the chance to drive the Buick Regal when it was first released in 2010 as a 2011 model. That particular Regal was FWD and equipped with Buick’s base 4-cylinder engine. Given that much of this Regal is the same, I thought I would reprint my original article with the proper additions noting the unique characteristics of the Turbo AWD model. Enjoy!


erkur. Contour. LeMans. What types of feelings do these cars conjure for you? While the idea of taking a European car, rebadging it and bringing it to the US is not new, the aforementioned list demonstrates the difficulty of doing it well. I’ll make no excuses here; the 2014 Buick Regal is precisely a rebadged and tweaked Opel Insignia. Fortunately, this one will likely go down in automotive history as a successful implementation of this idea. Even now, several years after the current Regal’s reintroduction to the US market, I can easily say it’s my favorite in Buick’s lineup. Here’s why. First and foremost is the ride and handling. The 2014 Regal is taut. In 2011 I called it “borderline rough.” Now in 2014-Turbo-AWD guise, it’s well sorted and an excellent balance of comfort and sport. An inherent characteristic in most European cars is a very firm and controlled ride and Buick left it in when they brought the Insignia across the pond. After

several days of test driving, I appreciated the Regal’s penchant for bouncing only once over a bump and for staying true to where it’s pointed when cornering on an off ramp. Where many cars get downright wallowy after many miles, the Regal will only be getting more comfortable and still in control. Handling is not the only European trait left in this car, either. I’m still not quite sure where this car fits in the car classifications or just exactly which other cars it intends to compete with; the new Regal is truly a European-sized car. While it’s certainly not a compact car, compared with today’s midsized offerings like the Accord, Camry, and Fusion, it’s a good bit smaller. Frankly, I like the size. Out here in the West we tend to think big, but the Regal fits nicely wherever it goes and is easy to park and maneuver around town. Up front the Regal is comfortable and out back it offers a fairly generous trunk. But where the Regal’s dimensions are compromised is in the back seat, made no more apparent than

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PRESSIONS when I put my daughter’s car seat back there. While the car seat fit without too much adjustment needed to the front seats, it was clear that the back seat is narrower, a bit low on head room (mainly from the rear roofline’s severe slope) and short on knee room. But don’t think the Regal is severely limited. For many buyers it’s probably just the right size. The Regal is sharp. The styling is largely carried over from Europe, but with a Buick grill and some interior work. The interior is very attractive and fully functional. 2014 receives updates over the 2011 I drove, including the addition of two very nice LCD screens, one located between the two sharp gauges in the center of the instrument cluster. The other sits at a great height to take advantage of Buick’s excellent IntelliLink infotainment system. The climate control now has touchsensitive temperature and heated seat controls. While I have no problem with buttons, the change to more touch control means a cleaner look and a techy feel. Of course the leather seats and steering wheel, with their contrasting stitching, are awesome. I like the way Buick does interiors: classy and contemporary. For 2014 Buick has dropped the base 2.4-liter naturally aspirated option and made the direct injected 2.0 EcoTec turbo for the main engine. While you can still get a non-turbo Regal, it’s now paired with e-assist as more of a mild hybrid/efficiency model. Frankly, I think the switch to turbo is a great fit. Combined with a 6-speed automatic and AWD this 2.0-liter uses plenty of boost (over 20 psi) and makes a healthy 259 hp and, more impressively, 295 lb-ft. of torque! The powertrain gives the Regal a legit sporty character that matches nicely with the Regal’s suspension tuning. All in all, the Regal T AWD is wholly fun to drive. I’m so glad turbos are en vogue because I love the head-tossing torque punch they deliver. At an EPA rated at 19 city/27 hwy/22 combined mpg, you do pay a bit at the pump for the Regal’s turbo thrust, but after driving it, you won’t care! When you look at Buick’s current lineup in showrooms, it’s clear that the brand has changed. From the Regal on up to the LaCrosse and Enclave, their image is gaining traction for buyers well below retirement age as stylish, luxurious, smart and, probably most importantly, different. Now with the Regal firmly in showrooms and buyers’ driveways, we just may need to add “sporty” to the Buick name, as well. SPECIFICATIONS VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan PRICE AS TESTED: $33,805, (base price: $31,865) ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection Displacement: 122 cu in, 1998 cc
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The 2014 Legislative Session started January 21st and will conclude on February 20th. Legislative Sessions are 60 days in odd numbered years and 30 days in even numbered years. All 30 day sessions are limited to three kinds of bills: budget and tax bills; vetoed bills from last Session; and bills that the Governor sends a special message. The top priority is to craft and approve a budget for State Government. All Legislators are very involved in this task. However, I’m privileged to be right in the thick of it, since I serve as Vice-Chair of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee. Additionally, I will be carrying the following legislation: 1. HB 114 - Reduction in Hold Harmless Receipts – restoring millions of dollars lost last session to communities like Gallup when the state repealed the promise to ensure local communities would not lose revenue when the state repealed the tax on food. 2. HB 87 - Gallup Veteran’s Cemetery – to create and maintain a Veterans cemetery in the city of Gallup.

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I am proud to submit capital outlay requests for funds for the following projects in our community:

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t’s hard to find great mustard. There are plenty of good and okay mustards and also a few bad mustards out there, but what you really want on your pastrami sandwich, grilled hotdog, sourdough pretzel, or cheese platter is a mustard you love. Sometimes I’ll find a mustard I really love the taste of but it’s got some ingredients I’m not so keen on (I’m looking at you, “natural flavors”). In this month’s DIYG, we’ll reveal how simple mustard is to make. In its simplest form, mustard is water combined with ground seeds of the mustard plant. If you were to leave it there, the mixture would ferment and produce an extremely acidic, inedible product. To combat the fermentation, we must alter the neutral pH to one unfavorable for bacteria, and in this case we will add vinegar, or any acid. We’ll follow that with salt; as with any savory product, salt will both enliven the flavor profile and, to an extent, help preserve the product. N.B. It may be possible to cure the mustard in the same way as one would cure cabbage into sauerkraut using salt only, though I have not experimented with this. Of the thousand ways I found to make mustard on the Internet, the following looked most appealing to me due to its simplicity. I found it at


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McKinley County Commissioner, District One Q. Carol, what got you interested in serving as a County Commissioner? A. I worked for the County for 28 years and I was hitting retirement. There are a lot of areas in District One where I live that still needed attention. I felt like that area was kind of neglected. I figured I could do something about it and I have. I’ve hit all areas of my district. Q. What do you enjoy most about the job? A. The people. I love talking to the people, going out and meeting them. In the commission meetings they bring us their stories. Q. What is the biggest challenge of the job? A. The bureaucracy. I think that has been the biggest challenge. We have the Zuni Tribe on one side, the Navajo Nation, the BIA, NDOT – just trying to get them all to collaborate and work together. Q. Currently, what is your number one priority as County Commissioner? A. My number one priority, and I’m going to hit this area hard, is restoration of the hold harmless funding or enactment of the food tax. The other one in the Gallup area is the indigent sole community provider tax. Those are the two biggies that we are working on now. Q. What do you enjoy most about living in this area? A. There again, the Navajo people. I have gone to other places, I have gone to school in other places, but I have always come back here. I just love the Navajo people and being a part of it. Q. What do you enjoy doing most in your off time? A. I have two grandbabies that I help my daughter with. She and her husband have very busy lives. Really, I just stay busy with them. I have also started exercising. Q. What is your favorite type of music? A. My niece, she is on a scholarship and she sings opera, and I love opera music. My son is going to be surprised to hear that, but I do like opera music. Q. If you could trade places with one famous person, who would it be and why? A. That is kind of hard because, you know there are a lot of people. But I can say, I think locally, the one person that I would trade places with is my father, Richard Bowman. He has a lot of good ideas and he feels that there are a lot of things that he can do but he’s getting up in age and he just can’t do them anymore so he’s been helping me, pushing them on me and I have been working with him on some projects. February 2014



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Tune up your Engines . . . The Benefits of Oil Pulling


ough! Snort! Wheeze! Sneeze! Hack! Good grief, what’s going on? Why am I hacking all of a sudden? Could it be something I ate? Maybe, I don’t know, all the, uh, cheese and sugar-laden chocolate and other goodies that lured me into submission at all those holiday parties? Me? “The Guru of Eating Right”?! Uh. Yeah. Me. Guess I’m not so good at following my own advice at times. Like when half of my brain says, “You can’t insult your hosts!” The other half of my brain knew that if I ate all that cheese and sugar and yummy chemicals I’d suffer consequences: massive mucus production, full body congestion, seriously icky upper-respiratory snarking and coughing, throat-closing and head-pounding blockage. We all have weak points from earlier episodes in our lives. Mine was a lifethreatening case of pneumonia in my twenties that lined my lungs with severe scar tissue. I’m not stupid – I know I can’t eat that stuff without paying the price. And now – excuse me… Cough! Snort! Wheeze! Sneeze! Hack! We’re smack in the middle of winter, but ya know what? I’m gonna do my internal spring cleaning now. Why not? How many of your resolutions to treat yourself better this year have you already broken? I know I’m not the only one – we all do it. If you want to feel better sooner rather than later, consider lightening your toxic load with an Immune Tune. You can flush your colon, liver, and kidneys with herbs and other cleansing foods, do a heavy metal detox with oral chelation, or even try a water fast. See http:// for more info on those options. Then there’s oil pulling. Huh? That’s right, oil pulling, an old folk remedy that’s been used in India for thousands of years. Simple enough to do – just swish a tablespoon or more of oil around in your mouth for about 20 minutes. The bacteria and plaque in your mouth and lymph system will be attracted and bound to the oil with the help of your saliva. When you spit the oil out – DO NOT SWALLOW IT! – you’ll also expel large amounts of toxic bacteria. Things like Streptococcus Mutans, the main cause of cavities, gingivitis, and plaque buildup. All those nasties not only harm your teeth, but your entire digestive system. Sounds pretty gross, doesn’t it? But it makes sense. When you change your car’s oil, cruddy dirt and grime drains out with it, helping your engine run faster and smoother, increasing the life of the engine. The same thing happens to our bodies when we expel toxic substances – we run more smoothly and we might last longer. So Simple, Yet So Beneficial After a good night’s sleep all sorts of yucky bacteria have invaded your mouth. You know that lovely morning breath – aka halitosis. That’s the best time to do oil pulling – on an empty stomach before you even brush your teeth. After 20 minutes (average recommended oil-pulling time) of swishing, swirling, pushing and pulling the oil through your teeth and around your mouth, DON’T swallow the now toxic oil. If you spit it out in your sink, follow with hot water to avoid clogging your drain. The oil probably won’t be clear any more, especially if you have any congestive issues. Instead, it will be thick and whitish. The more congested you are, the gookier the oil will be.


After spitting it out, it’s recommended you rinse your mouth out with salt water to help kill any remaining bacteria that’s been loosened and brought to the surface. Then brush your teeth as you normally would. I’ve seen pictures of before and after pulling for a period of weeks that show much whiter teeth without any harmful bleaching. Some even claim they’ve replaced brushing their teeth with oil pulling! I’ve also read claims that oil pulling can help clear out the bloodstream, although I’m not sure how that actually happens. On the other hand, some of my clients who routinely oil pull as a detox measure report seemingly unrelated improvements in their overall health. One woman whose hands were severely painful and crippled due to arthritis oil pulled faithfully over the past two years and now claims she no longer has any pain in her hands. BethAnne didn’t go to the dentist when she broke a tooth and instead began oil pulling. Although she originally had a lot of pain in that tooth, she now says it’s absolutely pain free. There are even claims that oil pulling can remineralize the teeth! Is it true? I formerly used toothpaste for sensitive teeth, but haven’t needed it since I started oil pulling. Could my enamel be remineralizing? I don’t know, but maybe we’ll see evidence of this in time. If nothing else, oil pulling IS effective at helping eliminate harmful bacteria from your mouth, improving your oral and dental health, and most definitely sweetening your breath. And if you’re like me and prone to upper-respiratory congestion, especially in the throat or sinuses, oil pulling is an excellent first step toward clearing those pathways. I’d recommend it before running to the doctor for an antibiotic. Almost immediately after an oil-pulling session, I find myself blowing

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my nose and clearing my throat. Oil pulling is known for clearing chronic sinus congestion. Gallup dentist Dr. Lidio Rainaldi tells his patients, “If it helps detox the body, go for it!” What Kind of Oil Should You Use? Sesame or sunflower oil are the traditional recommended oils for pulling, but I prefer to use organic virgin coconut oil because of its many benefits. The lauric acid (approximately half the fat in coconut oil) is a proven antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal oil—in other words, it can kill viruses, fungi and bacteria— leaving healthful probiotic strains behind. It also has many other tremendous qualities worth exploring ( Coconut oil will be solid if the temperature is below 76 degrees. Scoop out a tablespoon or more and let it melt in your mouth. Swish and pull it through your teeth, around your gums—everywhere and anywhere in your mouth. Just avoid letting the oil near your throat, because you absolutely, positively, without question DO NOT want to gargle or swallow it! The more you swish, the greater toxic content of the oil. You don’t want that stuff back in your system! If nothing else, it’ll make you sick to your stomach. It Took Me a While to Get It Right . . . You can pull your oil while you take your shower, but I can guarantee you cannot sing at the same time. I learned that the hard way. Because I love singing, I naturally sing in the shower. The first time I had oil in my mouth and I opened my mouth to sing, the oil dribbled all over my body. I had to wash it off quickly to avoid re-absorbing all those nasty toxins through my skin. Fortunately, I was using coconut oil, which washes away easily without leaving any residue behind.

The same thing happens to our bodies when we expel toxic substances - we run more smoothly and we might last longer. Humming while I oil pull works much better. Keeping my mouth shut for twenty minutes every morning has actually come to be a wonderful “alone” time for me. It gives me a chance to gather my thoughts and mentally organize my day while I’m cleaning the toxins out of my mouth. Prep Work I’ve also found it’s wise to do a little preparation before you start your morning routine: (1) blow your nose, (2) make sure you don’t need to cough, and (3) quickly find a wastebasket or toilet if a tingling nose indicates you’re about to sneeze. Folding laundry while oil pulling one day, a sneeze caught me before I could spit out the toxic stuff. I expelled it all right: all over my pajamas and down the front of my chest of drawers. Don’t read funny emails while swishing oil around your mouth. My sister was pulling oil while checking her computer. She ran across my message describing how I oiled my PJs via a sneeze, and . . . use your imagination. If you live with other people, let them know when it’s time to leave you alone for the next 20 minutes. You might get caught behind a closed door, and your “mmm mmm” (“not yet”) response to your husband’s “Did you take the dogs out yet?” might be misinterpreted as “Sure did,” which means you just might step through your bathroom door into a pile of dog poop.

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Prize Winning Carver Chris Waatsa Jr. Chris was surrounded by all this art as a boy and the Zuni creative impulse came over him at a young age.


any years ago I accidentally tormented an old man, the grandfather of one of my students, because I wanted him to tell me stories of the past. He was a living relic of the early days and had once herded sheep for the Navajo leader Chee Dodge. At a picnic one summer I pinned him down. “I can’t tell you stories,” he said. “They are sacred.” “Not religious stories,” I urged. “Just stories about your life.” He looked at me a little disgusted. “All stories are sacred.”

A pair of these Mahadenisha Kokos appeared last year.


In the Native American world all art has been held sacred, and many people still feel this way. I am fascinated by the Zuni word ‘kokshi’ which means obedient, beautiful and valuable, all at the same time. It illustrates a concept. Why did the Anasazi potters create such interesting shapes and paint their jars with fanciful, beautiful designs? The bowls would have been just as useful without all that artistic energy. When I first visited Zuni almost fifty years ago I made the acquaintance of a doll carver named Nitcha Sheche. When I went to his house to pick up carvings he made me come after dark and put them in a plain brown paper bag. “I’m not supposed to do this,” he

Chris Waatsa, Jr. told me. Years later I discovered he wasn’t exactly accurate, that there were half a dozen men who had made a large part of their living carving dolls at least since the 1930s. Ben Seciwa and Peter Neha were two men I bought dolls from back then. I currently know more than two dozen Zunis whose main occupation is katsina carving. For better or worse “kachina” is the commonly used word in English for the spirit beings themselves, the dancers who impersonate them, and the dolls which represent them. Zunis use that word when talking to outsiders. Weehe (pl. weehewe) is the Zuni word and, like the Hopi term, it means “baby.” The dancers are called koko. Selling any representation of the koko, in painting, carving and even jewelry, has been problematic since Anglos first came around. The more reluctant that Zunis have been to use these images, the more obsessed white people seem to become with them. Most of the old dolls left the village a hundred years ago and most of those are in museums in Europe. The French and Germans have long admired Native art. And the dolls are truly art by any definition. The magnificent buffalo katsina stolen from the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos some years ago makes the short list of most dealers and collectors as one of the greatest single pieces of Native American art ever created. Teddy Weahkee, painter, stone carver, jeweler, was accused widely of February 2014

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exploiting the Spirit Beings to make himself wealthy, though he actually made most of his money raising livestock. There is a persistent, and totally untrue, rumor that the artist Duane Dishta was ordered to leave the village of Zuni for a period of time because he portrayed the koko in dolls and paintings. A set of his early weehewe is on display at the Cultural Center in downtown Gallup. This set of Heyheas While in high school, hunting deer won First Duane did a set of paintings for a Place at the Museum of history teacher, which eventually Northern Arizona Show. found their way to the Southwest Museum where they became the basis for one of the two books on Zuni dolls. The group is far from complete. Like all great artists, Duane, whose paintings are very naturalistic, had his own style when it came to the dolls. Like many dolls of the mid-century, Duane’s figures are very large (as much as two-and-a-half feet tall) and elongated. I have heard that Newman Lamy also made tall, thin dolls and some of them were articulated and animated as puppets. In spite of resistance, many Zunis have found doll making This Hada keeps time for a creative outlet and a source of the singers beating on the income. Ironically, only a small bundle with his stick. number of carvers get good money for their creations, and these tend to be what Zunis call “Hopi” style dolls. Marlon Pinto (half Hopi/ Tewa) has won many awards, fame and success with this style. The Modernist, or “Hopi” dolls, share some common elements. In the first place they tend to be constructed of just wood, and detail elements are carved close to the trunk of the figure so there are A group of these singers come few, if any, delicate pieces sticking with summer dances. They out from the doll. They are often are called Chathlashi. They just stained, not painted, and a are scaredy cats and the popular version is to take a twisting Mudheads torment them. piece of cottonwood root (the traditional material) and just follow

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A Fearsome Ogre With a Purpose

The Weehoho barely makes an appearance in Barton Wright’s Kachinas of the Zunis, but he can be the high point of one of the summer dances when he appears with his retinue of Heyheyas. The smaller attendants have the role of controlling this scary personage. This Koko is one of the proprietary dancers, meaning it belongs to a family and not to the kiva and the performance is handed down from father to son. In his basket he carries specially blessed weehewe, which he gives to barren women so they will conceive. At first glance the Heyheyas seem too small and the dolls in the basket too large, but this indicates their relative importance. Weehoho carries a bloody sword and a complex cane and his arms are covered with bear skin, complete with claws. There are a number of symbols on his head including the Kolowisi (serpent), clouds and lightning. His shoulders and the basket he carries are festooned with a particular moss that is quite rare and associated with water. His rare appearances are a delight to the audience. This set won a first place ribbon at Ceremonial last year.

Kiaklo, the Duck, and the Rainbow

This is Chris’s most innovative piece to date. It doesn’t just represent one of the koko, blind Kiaklo, it tells an ancient story. Back in the earliest times, when the People were still searching for the middle place, Kiaklo wandered far to the north where he was severely injured and became snow-blind. He was barely able to talk and his croaking voice drew the duck to investigate. She, with the help of Rainbow, brought Kiaklo back to the People. He is wise and keeps all the People’s history. This koko rarely appears, but he always carries the duck, which acts as his eyes.


its natural shape rather than carving out arms and legs. Multiple faces can be found on the same piece. Robert Winfield told me years ago he preferred to deal in these dolls for two reasons: They were much less likely to break during shipping, and they were rather more popular with Anglo buyers. The distinctive style of traditional Zuni weehewe has always been in their dress. The old dolls are clad in buckskin and trade cloth, with hand-woven belts and bandoliers. There will be a lot of leather of different types including capes and tiny moccasins. They are covered with feathers that would make a federal agent swoon with joy. Most of the old dolls have actual miniature silver and turquoise jewelry, and real bead necklaces. When possible, earth paints were used which give the carvings a softer patina and an older look. Horse hair was used for the beards and wigs. (Human hair is absolutely taboo.) Every detail of the rattles, tiny bows and arrows, turtle shell leg rattles, yucca whips, miniature bells, rabbit fur ruffs, are carefully crafted. A few people went so far as to sew pants and shirts on the small number of koko who wear them. In recent years the lack of response to this type of creativity has severely cut back on dolls like this being made. Chris Waatsa Jr. inherits very strong artistic genes. His great-grandfather, Bryant Waatsa Sr., is given credit for developing modern Zuni needlepoint and is a well known jeweler, now in his nineties. Chris’s great uncle Fernando (Ferdy) Waatsa is one of the most beloved and prolific carvers ever, and many of his dolls are preserved in Zuni homes, which is unusual. Most dolls are eventually sold off, mainly to teachers and visitors, since the local traders don’t do much business in them. Bryant and Ferdy both carved as part of their religious duties. Bryant said he once created a Shalako figure on a spring so it could bob forward, imitating the movements of the giant koko as it “plays” with the mudheads during the dance, snapping his long beak. It seems these two are encouraging Chris to follow in their footsteps. Chris Jr. is both unusual and part of a small but growing trend in Zuni. Only in his early twenties, Chris was initiated at the age of six. He has taken part ever since then and, more importantly, has taken an interest in the historic elements of his religion. He asks questions, studies books, talks to old timers and enjoys the revival of some of the kokos that had been discontinued. A few years ago the horse katsina was revived. Some say it hadn’t appeared for half a century and Bryant Waatsa was an important source in recreating this interesting dancer. Not surprisingly, there was a mixed reaction to his appearance. Many people were delighted to see a figure that had been almost forgotten – others took the attitude that once a koko has been abandoned it should not be brought back. The cow katsina group once appeared by themselves and horses and February 2014

domestic sheep were part of the set. Now cows appear as part of the mixed group in the summer dances. Whenever an old koko (or variations on a known one) appears, Chris likes to record it as a doll. So far he has done more than two dozen dolls that do not appear in the earlier books. He credits his interest in tradition and nearly forgotten Zuni lore to his paternal great-grandmother, Myrtle Penketewa who, as he says “grew him up.” Myrtle and her husband Ben were well-known jewelers and Myrtle’s two daughter, Odell and Lela have carried on the tradition. Ben’s half brother was Andrew Chimoni the famous marathon runner. He is also related to another jeweler, Tony Ohmsattie. Chris was surrounded by all this art as a boy and the Zuni creative impulse came over him at a young age. He started out with drawing, and by mid-school he was painting, preferring acrylics. He remembers going to the store once with his uncle who told him to choose a toy. Chris asked for a paint set, much to his uncle’s surprise. For awhile he tried beadwork of the kind worn by the dancers – flat strips in geometric designs – but felt it took too much time and effort for the return. He really found his artistic home with ceramics, in which he is largely self taught. Because he was something of a troublemaker he went to Twin Buttes High School where he kept taking art classes. He was very adept at picking up technique wherever he encountered it. When the school got a pottery wheel he was the first student to try it out. In 2007 several students were entered in the student art show at the Heard Museum in Phoenix. He recalls entering three pieces. One was a traditional canteen, hand built with Zuni clay. He also created a Kolowisi (the plumed serpent in Zuni lore) as a standalone piece, and he entered a traditional cornmeal bowl. “That wasn’t an ordinary bowl,” he says. “I really went all out with the painting. Besides the traditional frogs and dragonflies I tried some unusual things, like spraying tiny dots of color on parts of the bowl.” That cornmeal vase won Best in Show honors. He also had a joint piece with Alex Jamon. He created a ceramic turtle and Jamon did a fancy hammered metal lid that completed the turtle’s shell. It was a hit. One of his pieces sold for a high price at the silent auction. Winning awards has a way of stimulating the creative juices and he came home full of ideas. At Twin Buttes he had met Elaine Tucson, daughter of Everett Tucson who comes from another highly creative and successful family. E. T. as he is known, introduced Chris to greenware. It takes a lot of time and effort to create a pot with the traditional coiled technique while greenware provides a ready-made casting. The artist just finishes it and paints it, glazing it after firing if appropriate. “I don’t apologize for going that route. There is a constant demand for ollas and dough bowls for use in various religious events. Greenware keeps things affordable in a normal budget.” There is plenty of demand for a good painter. Elaine pointed out that a student doesn’t have to be a juvenile delinquent to attend the alternative school provided by Twin Buttes. “My sisters all went there too. There are smaller classes and more individual instruction,” she said. She and Chris married and have two little boys, Alec and Caedon. Elaine is currently working toward a nursing degree. In high school Chris started spending time with Bryant and Ferdy after classes and that inspired him to try carving. He got a good response to his dolls, but was only selling them locally and to family members. I came along and helped him enter pieces in the Northern Arizona Museum and Ceremonial shows, and he won first place both times. Now Chris Waatsa Jr. is looking to revive the classic dolls of the past and hopes to find a new audience for creations that take more time and effort and reflect the Zuni tradition and the excellence of an earlier time. February 2014

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The Secret Termites

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t should be a sin not to hike the Church Rock and Pyramid Rock trails of Red Rock Park at least a few times every year. They are both surreal hunks of rock in a playground of sandstone and dunes that makes me pinch myself to make sure I did not just drive 6 hours to a national park somewhere in Utah. It’s difficult for me to wrap my mind around what scientists say happened to this area millions of years ago; shoot it’s hard for me to even grasp a million years. Scientists say that this entire area was tropical at one time, and at another time it was buried under a shallow ocean. I have heard of people finding large fish fossils in the sandstone, but I have never seen one myself. Even so, when I heard that there was a very unique 155-million-


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year-old fossil out on Church Rock that was 7 feet tall, I figured I might have a shot at finding it. The strange rocks I found were first erroneously perceived by experts to have been fulgurites, that is rock fused by a lightning strike, but scientists now say that the large pillars are actually large petrified termite nests. When closely investigated, a system of chambers and galleries comparable to contemporary termite nests can be seen. Insects originally built the nests in sand dunes, bonding together grains of sand using saliva, feces and partially digested woody material. Over time they were petrified and, geologic uplifting pushed the pillars to the surface, where wind and water eroded the earth around them . . . leaving what we see now.

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“These probably are the world’s largest trace fossils,” said University of Colorado at Boulder research associate Stephen Hasiotis, who has found some nests over 100 feet long and over 20 feet high. Trace fossils are the tracks, trails and burrows left by organisms that help scientists reconstruct past biodiversity conditions and ancient ecosystems. There are only a few places in the world where fossilized termite nests are found, the other nearby location is in Petrified Forest National Park.

Texture of fossilized termite nest.

The biggest termite nest we could find.


I found these feathers on my hike. I will give you a free copy of Wildflowers of Red Rock Park (p. 10) if you can identify what bird these came from. (First person to tell me, in person, at Journey office). February 2014

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he national recycling rate has increased every year since 1984, but the current rate is still only 34.7%. As a country, as a state, as a city and county, as a business and household – we have a lot of work to do. The 2013 America Recycles Day pledge encouraged people to: Learn. I will find out what materials are collected for recycling in my community (Go to Act. Reduce my personal waste by recycling. Within the next month, I will recycle more. Share. I will encourage one family member or one friend to take the pledge. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Gallup currently is not able to recycle glass, grayboard (i.e., cereal boxes), or plastics (#3-#7), but a lot of energy and your taxpayer dollars can be saved by recycling the following: Corrugated Cardboard; Mixed Paper (junk mail, newspaper, catalogs); Plastics #1 and #2 bottles (preferably without lids); Steel Cans; Aluminum Cans, Foil, Pie Plates; Old Vehicles and other Scrap Metal; Electronics; large and small Appliances. If there isn’t a recycling program at your workplace or school, ask about starting one. Contact MCRC for advice. By recycling half of your household waste, you can save 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide annually. 2013 Accomplishments The local recycling volunteer group, McKinley Citizens’ Recycling Council was very busy this year. The website and Recycling Circle newsletter was launched. Coordinated with the NWNM Regional Solid Waste Authority, collection bins were placed at two additional sites in Gallup. Volunteers were recruited and trained to staff the recreation center site on Saturdays and met with council members about the feasibility of curbside recycling pick-up in town. Outreach through articles (such as this), presence at community events and meetings, an Earth Day exhibit at the main library, the America Recycles Day Recycling Jamboree, an update of the “Where to Recycle” guide, Compost Certification for one member, outreach workshop and webinars attended by others, visits to regional recycling facilities, and two grant proposal submissions, are among the major efforts of 2013. And to start off 2014, last month, a partnership with the Gallup USPS allowed for recycling bins to be placed in the main post office for unwanted mail. 2014 Initiatives You will be hearing more from the recycling council on initiatives for 2014. At the meeting on Saturday, February 1 the challenge will be to decide where MCRC should put their energy in the year ahead. What programs and projects will make the cut? MCRC’s efforts are limited by the number of individuals who volunteer and financial resources, just like any number of non-profit organizations. Input from the citizens of Gallup-McKinley County is important as the council moves forward on a number of concerns. A standing invitation to attend one of our monthly meetings, the first Saturday of the month, 2 pm at the Red Mesa Center, 105 W. Hill, is thus extended. Volunteer needed to help monitor the recycling bins at Larry Brian Mitchell Recreation Center on Saturdays. Choose from two shifts: 10 am – noon or noon to 2 pm. Contact Barbara Brandt 905-5233 for more information or send an e-mail through the MCRC web site For more information about MCRC or if you have questions about recycling in our area, contact a council member by calling 7225142, send an e-mail to, or visit the website (


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really like the new pope. I like the name he chose following after Francis of Assisi. I like how he is unflustered by a child roaming his stage. I love how he has aligned himself with the poor and those who are outside the church or on its periphery. For example, he said, “Jesus teaches us another way: Go out. Go out and share your testimony, go out and interact with your brothers, go out and share, go out and ask. Become the Word in body as well as spirit.” I like his sense of integrity – that his life exemplifies what he believes and he sees himself equal with every sinner. I like the fact that he does not travel in an expensive cavalcade of vehicles and he is okay walking. I like that he flies commercial airlines and not first class (maybe I imagined that one). I like that he hangs out with the poor and encourages his priests to interact with the least in our world and is critical of those who do not. For example: “In our ecclesiastical region there are priests who don’t baptize the children of single mothers because they weren’t conceived in the sanctity of marriage. These are today’s hypocrites. Those who clericalize the church. Those who separate the people of God from salvation.” I like it that he seems not to be full of himself or his position. “Leaders of the Church have often been Narcissus, flattered and sickeningly excited by their courtiers. The court is the leprosy of the papacy.” Like Jesus he seems to align himself more with the poor and those on the outside looking in. Like Jesus, as well, he has the most understanding and compassion for those on the periphery of the church and society. Almost makes me want to be Catholic! I love also, that the Pope is breaking down barriers in ecumenicalism. He wants dialogue and desires to work together to do good. He wants to capitalize on what we have in common and minimize that which holds us apart. I may not totally agree with everything he says, but one has to admire his boldness and desire. My parents tell me that when they decided to get married soon after World War II, my mom’s church basically excommunicated her. My dad was a member of the Christian Reformed Church and my mom grew up a member of the Protestant Reformed Church. Both of these denominations were from Dutch origins and both were strict Calvinists. However, they could not agree on several points of doctrine to the point that they thought members of the other denomination were bound for Hell. One can certainly admire us Dutch


for how serious we take the Bible and theology, but we do have our ways of creating dissension; who is right!? We in the church tend to get hung up on our differences and how “we” represent the right view and others have it wrong. It seems that often the extent of our ecumenicalism is singing in a choir (not a bad thing) or having the occasional joint service (also not a bad thing) during which we cordially put aside our differences for a short time. Good things to do but probably not at the heart of an ecumenical spirit. Some would prefer not to enter into an ecumenical spirit or relation because it might pollute their corner on Truth. I am going to assume ecumenicalism is desirable, so what does it take to build true ecumenicalism? There are a number of important issues in building a spirit of ecumenicalism but probably the most important is this: recognizing one’s own brokenness. How does that work? When we understand that we too struggle to know the Truth, we can be more accepting of others’ positions. We do not know everything and therefore we can accept the fact that others do not know everything either. Let me expand on this a bit. Jesus was the great equalizer, as far as our ethical and moral lives are concerned, when he taught that the sins of the mind and heart are equal to the sins of life and action. If you lust after someone, you have already committed adultery. This can be expanded to theological issues in Jesus’s treatment of the religious leaders of his day, the Scribes and Pharisees. It was to these leaders that Jesus was most critical for what could be summarized as laying huge religious demands on others while they considered themselves without fault. For us today this is also true; the more critical we are of others, the more indicative it is of the fact that we are out of touch with our own brokenness. It is much easier to accept others, and their positions theologically (and in every other way), when we recognize our own limitations and that we do not have it all together. Every issue that we face concerning Christianity and religion has, as a part of it, how we interpret the Scriptures. There is a certain integrity to interpreting the Scriptures where one must do justice to what has been said in the past. This is usually accomplished through theological training. Our tendency in the church when someone differs theologically to what I believe and have been taught is to assume that they are not taking the Scriptures February 2014

We’re here for you. seriously. Rather than recognizing all of us are in this human predicament together and we are all trying to understand the Scriptures to the best of our abilities, training and background, we are critical of others, thinking they are not really listening to what God has to say in His Word. By Don Tamminga A better perspective on this is: It is not that one is right and the other wrong; it is we are all partially wrong while doing the best that we can to interpret the Scriptures accurately and with integrity. You see, as soon as we open the Bible, error and misperception have occurred because of our human condition. But we must continue to open the Bible and have it speak to our world. God’s revelation is not at fault, but our perceptions and understanding of it are. To recognize and accept this makes it easier to accept others’ differences theologically, knowing that none of us has a corner on Truth and all of us have it skewed some place. It is out of an awareness of our own weaknesses that we develop a compassion for the weaknesses in others. The paradox is this: that while recognizing and believing there is absolute Truth, with a capital T, we at the same time must recognize that because of our human condition, we only have a perception of that truth. To the degree that one does not recognize this, is the degree to which he/she is ‘playing God’ and attempting to ignore one’s humanness. To the degree that

It is not that one is right and the other is wrong; it is we are all partially wrong . . . one accepts this paradox – not to the point of complete relativism, but to the point where we can allow for disagreements – is to the degree that we honor God as unique and completely other and we are not He! One of the reasons I like working at Rehoboth is because it is a microcosm of our church and society and a training ground for young people in ecumenicalism. We have all kinds of churches represented at our school. We have all kinds of differences in beliefs represented, as well. Take whatever Biblical issue you want and you will probably find the full range on a continuum of beliefs in this school. Women in office, homosexuality, creation and evolution, worship – all the hot and difficult topics that churches split over and split hairs over. Both our students and our staff have those who are at both ends of the continuum and in between. And the point is, we get along. Better than that, we work to understand and appreciate other positions and do not go the direction of thinking some are not serious about the Bible. There is a true ecumenical spirit that chooses unity over our differences. The students at this school are tomorrow’s church members and leaders who will be setting the tone of acceptance and tolerance, partially due to this training ground. I see that as a worthwhile task. The essence of community, Christian as well as community in general, is recognizing our brokenness and oneness as human beings. Accepting others’ differences takes knowing our own limitations. Then we build an ecumenical spirit.

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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 You Guys Ain’t Going t An interview with Johnny Espinosa and Tommy Haws, Part 1 of 2


bout fifty years ago, Johnny Espinosa and Tom Hartsock Regionals. met through softball in the city recreational league. Tom “So Highlands met Las Cruces. We met Santa Fe Indian School. says, “I was just coming up. He was on the way out and There was only one division when we were in high school. There were I was on the way in.” Johnny says, “I was the catcher for no big schools, no small schools. You played whoever came along. They Tom’s brother so I was already playing.” Naturally, when had a great pitcher. They were supposed to beat us. We weren’t even they sit down to share their memories they start talking about Gallup favored. We were out of a pitcher, but we beat them 12 to nothing.” sports history. A clutch pinch-hit. “And then the next day we played; in the 1953 State baseball champs: “You guys ain’t going to do morning we played Dora. Those guys were big and could hit the ball. anything.” Back in high school when Johnny was a sophomore, We beat Dora about like 4 to 1, 4 to 2, something like that. So we “Gallup had a real good team and they had Spider Lopez, who was a played Las Cruces for the championship. They had a tough team. So great pitcher, Bob Vega and Eddie Armijo. We figured they would do we beat Las Cruces. It just . . . it was an upset.” well in State because they had the pitching. When we were juniors, they Johnny’s most vivid memory of the state championship run was still had Spider Lopez and Eddie Armijo, but they didn’t do anything. a pinch-hit in the semifinals. “When we played Dora, we were behind They took district, but they didn’t get any further. So when we were and we had two men on base. Coach Hyson said, ‘Jimmy Klein, come seniors, the older guys said, ‘You guys ain’t here. Go in and pinch-hit.’ So Jimmy going to do anything.’ All we had was Bob came up to bat and he got a double, scored Vega and Nicky Saucedo, our pitchers. two runs and that’s the way we got into the “We played in District 8 with championship game. Farmington, Aztec, Rehoboth and Grants. “It was a big deal for us. We played the We lost to Farmington. Bob Vega was state tournament in Santa Fe. The game pitching and he hit one of the batters right ended about 4:00 and in those days it was in the face and he got all shook up, so four hours or better from Santa Fe back we lost 3 or 2 or something like that. So to Gallup. We were having our prom that anyway we played them again. We beat night, so we were in a hurry to get back.” them, so we took the district, and we went Johnny laughs. into Albuquerque to play Regionals. So “I didn’t see him. I ran into him they didn’t even give us a chance. They (John Cattaneo).” Tom moved to Gallup said we’ll lose to St. Mary’s which is from Ohio when he was eleven. He says, probably Pius now. We beat St. Mary’s so “I had never had an opportunity in Ohio Tom Hartsock and Johnny Espinosa Highland High and us went to State from to play ball because the town was so small


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Gallup Tigers, 1953 State Baseball Champions 1st row from left: Chewy Munoz, Albie Thomas, Nick Saucedo, Frank Garcia, Jimmy Klein. 2nd row: Stanley Tafoya, John Simunovich, Bob Vega, Sam Ray. 3rd row: Asst. Coach Schultz, Tom Speros, Rudy Martinez, Batboy (Diker), Johnny Espinosa, Jerry Rubi, Coach Hyson.

o do Anything and the farms were so scattered. So when we moved out here, it was so cool because I was going to be able to play baseball.” The baseball park for the younger kids then was at Ford Canyon. “It was brand new. They just started building it. When we started playing, that was ’57. All they had up was a backstop and I think a couple of the sideline fences as far as first and third. There was no outfield fence. There was no concession stand. They operated out of the back of a pickup truck. “One of the guys I played against was Johnny Cattaneo, and he was a little bit younger than me, but not much. And John has always been a huge guy, a huge physical guy. We were playing a game against his team. I think he played for the White Sox, but it might have been the Yankees, I don’t know. I got on second base somehow. I was a pretty decent hitter but I was really slow. “The batter after me hit one clear to the fence, or where the fence would have been had there been a fence. And I’ve got my head down pumping away, going to third base and the coach is hollering, ‘Go home! Go home! Go home!’ And I never even looked up, made the turn, just coming full barrel down the third base line. “Johnny Cattaneo was catching and he had moved about six feet up the third base line waiting for the throw from the outfield. I didn’t see him. I ran into John, like hitting a brick wall. I went down and John didn’t even flinch as he caught the ball from the outfield. I think it was Willie Fatur that was umpiring. He threw me out of the game for being unnecessarily rough.” Tom shakes his head and laughs. “Gallup was a place to do it.” Johnny started coaching Babe Ruth Baseball in 1956. “I was twenty-three years old trying to coach

fifteen-year-old kids,” Johnny says and then he laughs. “Eddie Munoz is the one that got me started coaching baseball. Him and a gentleman by the name of Sam Tabor and we had four teams. Our first games were played at Bubany Park. There’s a house there and a little park now, but we used to play right there. That’s where Babe Ruth started and then we moved to Miner’s Park where Washington School’s at when they started building homes around Bubany Park.” Johnny remembers some of his best players, “Joe Athens was a catcher for me. He was a good athlete and all-around player. I’d say he’s one of the best kids that I coached, beside Mickey Menapace, Tom Pino and Ernie Abeita. I’d say he’s among those four. “The only really bad thing that happened for me was I took a team to play in the Babe Ruth State Tournament in Farmington. Tommy Pino came up and he hits a double over the fence, bounced over the fence, hit two runs in. And then the catcher tells the umpire, ‘That batter stepped out of the batter’s box, sir.’ The umpire didn’t see it, but he called it. He called Tommy out. The umpire called him out and we lose the game. That was the worst. It was the state tournament. “The highlight of my coaching was the three years that I had Tommy Pino, Ernie Abeita, and Butch Turpen, and a kid by the name of Rudy Martinez. We went three years and lost one game out of 36 games or 38 games. That was the highlight of my coaching career.” Johnny coached youth baseball for forty years in Gallup after a brief stint in California. “The most important thing that I always told the kids that I coached was: ‘Baseball is life. It’s your life.’ “You have to compete for something whether it’s your girlfriend, whether it’s a job, whatever it is. It’s the same way in any sport. And that’s the only reason, when I came back, I wanted to be in sports. To see if I could excel in sports, as well as my life. And Gallup was a place to do it.”


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ne cannot tell the story of Gallup without mentioning the Italian families. You could write a book about their contributions, and several have already been written. It is generally believed that the first Italians came to Gallup with the railroad. They had immigrated to America in the 1870s and 1880s and followed the progress of the railroad in mining country – Trinidad, Colorado, Raton, New Mexico and then Gallup. All I hope to do in this article is tell a few stories of Gallup Italian families to whet your appetite about the richness of their heritage – see, it always comes back to good food – so mangia, mangia. Vincenzo Noce came to Gallup as a surveyor in the 1880s. He had lived in a small town north of Turino. America was the land of opportunity, and he married and had two children in Gallup, Joe and Clara. Vincenzo started the Italian lodge (Principe Luigi Lodge) in 1898 and there were at least 20 charter members. The lodge’s main purpose was to provide a small life insurance policy for its members, many of whom did dangerous underground work in the mines. The lodge survives today and works to preserve the Italian culture brought to this country many years ago. A young man named Dominic Biava, who came to Gallup with Vincenzo, married Vincenzo’s

daughter Clara. Dominic came from Vialfrè in the northern mountains of Italy and worked as a coal miner in the 1910s and 1920s in Gallup. His son John started a coalmine of his own, drove racecars and was on the City Council during his lifetime. His son Dominic started First American Traders and now his son DJ has joined the business. As a result, DJ’s son Dominic can trace his Gallup Italian roots back six generations! One small town in the Abruzzi region of Italy, east of Rome almost to the Adriatic Sea, is responsible for much of the Italian heritage of Gallup. That small village is named Cansano. Listen to just some of the families that originated there: Alleva, Chioda, Colaianni, DiGregorio, DeSantis, DiPamazio, Digiannalardo, DiGiacomo, DiPaolo, D’Orazio, Fronterrota, Guadanoli, and more . . . On one trip to Italy, my wife Kitty and I were determined to visit Cansano where parents and grandparents of so many of the people we knew had come to America. We drove from Sorrento south of Rome and through the mountains to Sulmona. There a nephew of the DiGiacomos met us at the town center. He spoke English and Italian and said that his mother and aunt wanted us to come to their apartment for pranza. I said, “Piccolo pranza o pranza Italiano?” (A small lunch or lunch Italian style?) He said, “Pranza italiano.” Eight courses and two hours later, we had eaten so much good food we could barely walk. Nevertheless, we drove up the small mountain road to Cansano to meet Zia Stella, the aunt of Dr. Nick DeSantis. She had prepared another feast, and we begged to walk the streets of Cansano first before attempting to eat again. Every other house on the street had a Gallup Cansano (left) and Monteroni Lake Photos by Kitty Mason


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By Jay Mason After 36 years in Gallup and inspired by the tireless efforts of Nate and Chuck to have a positive effect on Gallup and the surrounding area, Jay Mason has written some vignettes about his life in Gallup and beyond.

. . . and sometimes entire families leaving this small village in the mountains of Italy and making their way to Gallup, New Mexico.

surname attached to it; it was an uncanny experience to imagine these fathers, grandfathers and sometimes entire families leaving this small village in the mountains of Italy and making their way to Gallup, New Mexico. When we came to the local church, we saw the pulpit donated by miners from Gallup who gave back to their hometown even though they now lived so very far away. Some would never return to Cansano and yet many still visit it even today. Many of the Cansanese who came to Gallup were miners, but not all. There was a 14-year-old boy who spoke no English who left Cansano and found his way to Gallup in the 1940s. He name was Modesto DeSantis. His cousin in Brooklyn gave him a $20 bill and put him on the train to Gallup. When he arrived in Chicago, he waited patiently in the huge Union Station. He was hungry, so he walked up to a newsstand, which rose high above him and held up a Hershey candy bar to woman clerk. It cost a nickel, and he handed her the only American money he had – the $20 bill. With a look of disdain, she disappeared, and he thought she was satisfied. He sat down to enjoy the chocolate, and twenty minutes later, she returned with nineteen one-dollar bills and 95 cents in change. He looked at the money in disbelief and thought to himself, “America, what a country.” He made it to Gallup, served his country in the armed services, got married and raised a family. He was a successful businessman and cooked delicious Italian food all his life.

Most people know the story of the DiGregorio brothers who came to Gallup in the 1920s and worked loading coal in Gamerco. In 1938 Basilio DiGregorio moved his bride Oliva to Gallup and began a family. He left the coalmines and started a small grocery story on West Coal, which he called California Market. He continued to expand and partnered with Dan DiPomazio. Later his business grew into a multi-million-dollar operation. Not bad for a migrant worker who used to win coal shoveling contests with his brother in Gamerco for the grand prize of ten dollars. Similar stories of hard work and sacrifice are cherished by the many Italian families of Gallup – Rollie, Zecca, Brentari, Cattaneo, Caretto, DePauli, Masci, Porcario, Vidal, Marra, Piano, Pintarelli, Rainaldi, Ferrari, Nechero, Bernabe, Balocca, Menini, Bonaguidi, Martinelli, Boggio, Bertinetti and many more. When I came to Gallup over 35 years ago, the Italian families that I met showed gracious hospitality to a stranger. As usual the best Italian food is Gallup is made at home, and I have done my best to sample the food in the kitchens of the many Italian cooks in our town. America offered these immigrants a new beginning and sometimes a great opportunity. Many left the coalmines of Gamerco and Gibson and started successful businesses of their own. With hard work they have contributed greatly to our community. Grazie mille per le famiglie Italiane di Gallup.

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By Kari Heil

Yes, she is the hero of her own story, as she should be!


dear friend recently gave me the non-fiction book Letters of a Woman Homesteader (1914) as a gift, and I recommend it if you really could use a healthy dose of optimism and an extra shot of affirmation right about now, in the middle of winter. Do you lack motivation? Maybe Letters of a Woman Homesteader will pick you up and drop-kick you into your next endeavor, whatever it may be. You can find an unabridged audiobook version of Letters of a Woman Homesteader at the Octavia Fellin Public Library, but if you’d rather read than listen, I’m happy to loan my copy. Though the book might be enjoyed by more women than men, I think it tells a story both women and men can appreciate, and any man or woman who reads it surely will admire its enterprising and intrepid author/heroine, Elinore Pruitt Stewart. Yes, she is the hero of her own story, as she should be! If you take into account that the experiences Stewart wrote about in her letters were quite unusual and her position quite daring for a woman of her time, the book is even more inspiring. Did these things really happen as she tells about them? Or did she embellish the stories of her actual experiences? Who knows? And who cares, really. Her stories are engaging, and she tells them well, and in what seems to me a good spirit. Letters of a Woman Homesteader is a collection of letters Stewart wrote to her friend and former employer, Mrs. Coney, between 1909 and 1913,


during Stewart’s first years living on a ranch in Wyoming and staking her own claim there. These are letters like none you or I ever have received, I’m fairly certain – tales spun for the pleasure of the reader, each one crafted with attention to detailed setting, plot, and character development. In fact, the letters are so well written, and so novelistic, that sometimes it’s hard to believe they were written by a woman with very little formal education and with no intent to publish. Stewart’s keen, insightful observations of the natural world and the people around her make her writing rich and satisfying. The letters are full of funny and heartwarming anecdotes about Stewart’s quirky neighbors and friends: a gnarly old Southern gentleman who plays the fiddle, a staunch Irishwoman who helps with the wallpaper, scared cowboys and new mothers, and a charming French fur trapper. Stewart writes about the people she knows with affection and compassion. Some of the letters report on her most thrilling adventures camping in winter, getting lost in the mountains, and nearly missing villainous horse thieves. She has quite a knack for telling colorful, lively stories! Through all the letters, Stewart conveys an unflappable positive attitude. In spite of hardships and impediments, she makes the most of what she’s got and gets where she wants to go – or gets adjusted to where she’s gotten, maybe. She passionately believes in the merit of a bright outlook and honest effort, and she hopes to encourage other women to follow in her February 2014

footsteps and stake their own claims in the West. In some of her letters to Mrs. Coney, Stewart calls her experience as a woman filing and making good on her claim an experiment – one she is convinced could be replicated successfully by any woman with some gumption and a steady willingness to work. Stewart asserts quite vehemently her own preference for the work of the ranch and homestead over any low-paid work a woman could do in a city in the first part of the twentieth century. Her letters are brimming with verve and vitality. This woman has pluck: she endures harsh conditions, challenging circumstances, personal tragedy, unending physical labor – and she manages to laugh nearly every step of the way, it seems. The letters show both Stewart’s strength of character and her sense of humility, despite her considerable achievements in establishing her own place in what most would have considered a man’s world. Stewart writes in her letters quite a bit about her beloved rangeland and mountains of southwest Wyoming, so far removed from Denver, the stifling city she escaped. She adored the wide-open space, the air, the sky. I like her lavish descriptions of red rock canyons, stark mesas (buttes, as she calls them), dusty expanses of rabbitbrush and sage, gracious cottonwoods, and higher up, quaking aspen turning yellow in the fall. The place she came to call home seems to share some common features with the place I have come to call home, and its familiarity makes her stories even more appealing to me. I recognize the place she describes; I can picture her there so clearly. There’s one page of Stewart’s book that I dog-eared so that I could go back and re-read it, a passage that gets at the heart of what I most want to remember about this remarkable, resilient woman. She imagines that Mrs. Coney must worry about her out on the rough range, far from the comforts of the city and civilization, so she writes: “It is true, I want a great many things I haven’t got, but I don’t want them enough to be discontented and not enjoy the many blessings that are mine . . . When I think of it all, I wonder how I can crowd all my joy into one short life,” (pp. 191-192). I want to remember Elinore Pruitt Stewart’s contentment and joy in every little, difficult, beautiful thing.

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We’re still really into picture storybooks at our house, and The Pink Refrigerator (2007) by Tim Egan is a pretty amusing one with a valuable message. We like the soft, detailed ink and watercolor illustrations with the muted color palette. We also like the quiet, eccentric little mole, Dodsworth, Egan’s unlikely hero. Dodsworth’s life is downright boring, and he likes it that way – he thinks. He runs an antique shop, and he loves to watch TV and do nothing most of the day. I think we all – even the most energetic and adventurous of us – can identify with this sentiment in some respects or at certain times. The story gets much more interesting, however, when Dodsworth discovers a magical pink refrigerator at the junkyard and starts trying new activities, daring to make an effort, taking risks. Through his strange relationship with this very special large appliance, Dodsworth discovers that he likes to do lots of different things more than he likes to do nothing.

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onstruction is ongoing as we speak for Hooghan Ho’zho’. We are excited that the many years of hard work and fundraising are beginning to see fruition. At this time they are preparing to set up and pour the slab for the main floor. Watch for pictures on our Facebook site. We are meeting with stakeholders and designers to finalize our plans for the ViRo Project in the Stagecoach neighborhood. We are very excited about the scope and scale of this project that will be a much needed mixed-income community in Gallup. As usual we have great plans for the coming year. We hope that you can join us at one of our events. Until next month, stay well and do good!

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TOWN Gallup Community Concerts February 18 & March 2 The Gallup Community Concert Association is pleased to announce that Goldwing Express is coming to Gallup on Tuesday, February 18 to perform. Goldwing Express, made up of three Native American brothers and their father, will perform at the El Morro Theatre at 7:00 pm. The father (Bob Baldridge) is the lead singer and plays the mandolin. The eldest son (Paul) plays guitar and sings tenor. The middle son (Steven) sings baritone and plays the banjo. He also likes to put Gospel music into the show. The youngest (Shawn) plays the upright bass fiddle and sings the low-end notes. This family show comes originally from Okmulgee, Oklahoma, but the family now resides and performs in Branson, Missouri, where they produce their own music show. If you enjoy hearing familiar tunes like “Foggy Mountain Breakdown,” “Cool Water,” “My Old Kentucky Home,” “Country Roads,” “Wagon Train,” and the “Dueling Banjos,” then you will love this show. And if you like to laugh, it will make the show even more fun for you and your family. Be at the El Morro Theatre on February 18 beginning at 7:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased at the door, if you are not already a seasonal member of the Gallup Community Concert Association. Looking ahead, the final concert for the 2013-2014 Gallup Community Concert Association will be held on Sunday, March 2 beginning at 3:00 pm at the Gallup High Kenneth Holloway Auditorium. Charlie Albright, a highly gifted young pianist will perform. For more information about this talented musician, go to This final concert is being sponsored by The Gallup Independent, so admission is FREE. You will also be able to purchase a season membership for the 20142015 concert series at this concert. For more information please contact Antoinette Neff, Executive Director at 505-862-3939 or e-mail: and you can also follow GCCA on Facebook.

“Patriot Plate” at Don Diego’s Recently, Gallup was named “Most Patriotic Small Town in America” by Rand McNally’s Best of the Road. To celebrate, Don Diego’s has tweaked the menu and will be offering the “Patriot Plate” throughout 2014. For only $9.95, diners will get a quarterpound green chile cheeseburger with pickles and avocados, tomatoes, lettuce, and onions, all with a large helping of fries. For each one of the Patriot Plates they sell, Don Diego’s will be donating $1.00 back to Gallup’s Veterans Helping Veterans organization. This group, in turn, will give $25 to the waitress who sells the most Patriot Plates at the end of each month. Diners get a great meal, veterans in the area benefit, and restaurant staff are happy – it’s a win, win, win! Please make sure you stop by Don Diego’s throughout the year and enjoy a Patriot Plate!


February Events at Octavia Fellin Public Library Cultural Life of the Zuni Nation with Kenneth Seowtewa, Thursday, February 13th at 6:00 pm, Kenneth Seowtewa, cultural practitioner, artist in residence, author and visiting scholar at the University of Wisconsin, will present the ancestral and cultural values of the Zuni Nation. Explore the world of the Zuni through the eyes of Mr. Seowtewa whose paternal and maternal ancestors held positions of authority through the centuries. He will also talk about the true story of the fabled “Seven Cities of Gold” that Coronado was searching for in 1540. For more information, please call the library at 505-8631291 or email Funded in part by StoryCorps, the New Mexico Humanities Council and the Department of Cultural Affairs. Refreshments will be served. February Film Series – Black History Month Wednesday nights at 5:30 pm; popcorn provided February 5 —Invictus (2009) February 12 —42 (2013) February 19 —Glory (1989) February 26—The Long Walk Home (1990)

Free Computer Classes in February The library is offering free computer training throughout the month of February at the Octavia Fellin Library. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. Registration is required, to register call (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@ Basic Computer Skills I February 5 @ 11:00am – 1:00pm February 24 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm Basic Computer Skills II February 6 @ 11:00am – 1:00pm February 25 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm Introduction to the Internet I February 3 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm Introduction to the Internet II February 10 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm Microsoft Word 2010: A Beginner’s Course February 11 @ 2:00pm – 4:00pm February 21 @ 2:00pm – 4:00pm Microsoft Word 2010: An Intermediate Course February 12 @ 2:00pm – 4:00pm February 28 @ 2:00pm – 4:00pm Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 February 15 @ 11:00am – 1:00pm February 20 @ 11:00am – 1:00pm

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87301 Gallup Amateur Baseball/Softball Association Season Sign Up This Month Get ready for a new look and feel of Baseball and Softball for Gallup and surrounding area youth. GABSA is associated with AABC and ASA, the premier association for both Baseball and Softball throughout the nation and state. • What do we do? We play Baseball and Softball in Gallup. • Who can participate? Any and all youth throughout the Gallup and surrounding area can play. Ages 5-6 (T-ball), 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, and 15-16. You must meet the age requirement by April 30, 2014. (Birth Certificates are required for registration and proof of residency will be required to participate.) • Where do we play? Ford Canyon Fields, Indian Hills Park, T-ball Field, and Father Dunstan Park. • When is the season? April 22-July 3 (Practice will start in April too.)

• What’s the cost? $65 for the first child, $50 for each sibling. $50 for T-Ball. • Where and when is registration? February 2, 10am- 2pm Hibbit Sports February 8, 10am-2pm Hibbit Sports February 15, 10am-2pm Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe February 22, 10am-2pm Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe Questions? E-mail, check out our website, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @gabsa2014.

Tax Tips and Tax Planning to Save You Money for 2013 By Steve A. Petranovich, Certified Public Accountant Tax season is upon us once again and it is very important to make sure you take the time to organize your finances and tax deductions in order to pay only what you have to pay and not a cent more. Here are a few items to consider when filing your tax return for 2013 that may well save you thousands of dollars.

1. Always make sure to maximize your retirement plan at work. If you don’t have a retirement plan through your job, then consider making a tax deductible IRA (or Roth). 2. Make sure you see if you can itemize your deductions. While the Standard deduction is easier, it is not always best if you have deductions that exceed the threshold. Itemizing your deductions is usually the better alternative, especially if you have mortgage interest and pay property taxes, or have high contributions and donations. 3. Get started early and organize all your tax documents. 4. If you have kids in college, there are various tax credits and deductions available. Keep in mind that a tax credit is always better than a deduction because it is a direct credit against your taxes. 5. If you have capital gains, offset them with capital losses. 6. If you work from home, consider the home office deduction. New rules make it easier to take. 7. Consider e-filing your tax return, as it will arrive much quicker, process quicker and get you your refund much faster if you have one. If you would like an income tax organizer for 2013, please go to my website ( Once there, you can also look at various tax articles that are of interest to you. For more information, email February 2014

FREE Guitar & Violin Lessons at Old Train Music & Arts It’s a miracle. We now have upcoming guitar and violin group lessons available for beginner musicians in Gallup!  And they will be free! Here’s how it happened.  After finding that the vast majority of schools in McKinley County are without music programs, The Southwest Indian Foundation partnered with the Gallup Rotary Club and the Gallup Kiwanis Club to make musical instruction more widely available.  Thanks to these donors, Old Train Music & Arts will provide free group lessons, or clinics, for guitar and violin instruction beginning this month. Every Tuesday and Thursday from February 11 until April 3, 2014, Old Train Music & Arts will host the Free Acoustic Guitar Clinic at 4:00 pm and the Free Violin Clinic at 5:00 pm.  Both clinics will run for 45 minutes and are open to students, ages 10 and older (adults are welcome to sign up; however priority will be given to students ages 10-18).  Both clinics are for beginners.  Students should bring their own instrument (acoustic guitar or violin).  Space is limited.  To sign up, please visit the music shop inside the Gallup Cultural Center. Once we judge the success of this first clinic, we will look to provide further clinics in the summer and fall of this year.

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How “ Bad” got “ Broken I

am one of the 10 million viewers who tuned in on the finale of the AMC television show Breaking Bad. I am one of the 50,000 viewers who you may have heard about who “binge watched” the series before the finale. My name is Lydia Usrey and I am a Breaking Bad addict. It’s more than just a bit ironic that I say I am addicted to a show about methamphetamine. It is as unexplainable as demon possession, taking over the mind and body being driven to the television set with the remote in hand, pressing the “continue” button as each episode ends and the next begins. I …… can’t…… stop….. watching…… BrBa Zombies on a gerbil wheel, one continuous loop of non-stop episodes. If you have been on Mars or under a rock and don’t know the story’s premise, I’ll try to summarize: It is a show about an extremely intelligent, underachieving high school chemistry teacher, Walter White, who is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and doesn’t have enough money or insurance to pay for expensive treatments that may or may not cure him or extend his life. He learns from his DEA brother-in-law that crime does pay, and pays big, as he observes a drug bust with several hundreds of thousands of dollars seized. He then creates a method, using his knowledge of chemistry, to produce the purest meth on the market. He does all of this with a former student, Jesse Pinkman, who is his tie to the drug trade. All the while he justifies this decision as a way to build a stack of cash to pay for his treatments and then support his family after he is gone. Therefore: mid-life crisis brainiac chemist+ ((manufactured drug +money)/(student sidekick – morals)) x endless rationalization = Breaking Bad. I have discovered I am not a lone BrBa Zombie. They exist among us in this small town right under your nose. You won’t recognize them when you see them until they open their mouth and a diatribe on a person called Heisenberg tumbles from their lips. This phenomenon is not held at bay by geographical boundaries. Through the wonders of the Internet, the legions are all tied together, feeding each other’s obsession. We have evolved into our own


subculture that suffers with this “BrBa Possession Syndrome.” I say “suffer” because we seem to have lost our free will. You ask what kept me chained to the television for days, fast forwarding through commercials and making sure to reposition myself periodically to avoid bedsores? It was a show with extraordinarily innovative story lines and character studies that consistently took unpredictable turns; it was superb and creative direction; it was stylized storytelling and clever camera angles; it was astonishing and breathtaking cinematography; it was knowing where Louisiana and Central intersected and where “The Dog House” stood when these were referenced; it was seeing the Albuquerque skyline and native cultures represented; and lastly, it was the incredibly talented actors who, through their performances, led viewers through a full range of emotions in every show, and so seamlessly portrayed their characters that we started to think they could only be real people. One of the greatest modern day actors, Sir Anthony Hopkins admitted to cramming the whole five seasons into two weeks, unable to stop watching until the last credits rolled. He famously wrote Bryan Cranston, the actor who portrayed Walter White to tell him his performance “was the best acting I have seen – ever.” If you threw in Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman) as a Siamese twin, I would agree. It was a rollercoaster ride that I held on to, white-knuckled, from the first glimpse of Walter White in his tighty whities, careening down a dirt road in a dilapidated R.V. through the boonies of Tohajillee . . . to his literal last breath on the floor of a meth super lab in Albuquerque proper. I test-flew my interest in the show with a coworker to see if she was “one of us.” She looked at me unapprovingly and said, “How can you watch a show that glorifies methamphetamine and drug use?” She obviously wasn’t “one of us.” I then proceeded to try and convert her by responding that it did anything but glorify meth and drugs. It unflatteringly depicted all the negative outcomes that routinely occur in the underworld of drugs and crime and was a lesson in life decisions. I felt secure in this belief, not worried that I was watching February 2014

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something that was detrimental but instead, educational and enlightening . . . that became my rationalization . . . but then I realized rationalizations tend to get one in trouble. As I read articles about the show and from my kindred spirits, I started to hear some rather unanticipated pronouncements. Walter White was being called by some fans of the show a hero. Their Hero. “Walt is my MAN,” exclaimed one fan when interviewed about the series. Others were mourning his death at the end of the show. They had a real life funeral for him. They dressed like him. I am confounded, as he is a murderer and a drug dealer. There is nothing heroic about him or his character! Where did it all take a very strange turn into this deluded world? I sat and deconstructed this seemingly irrational train of thought, carefully sorting out the content. The answer came to me clearly. Walter White was a relatable. He was a man with real problems and untenable solutions that we all can understand. He started out as a guy we all know on some level – soft, middle-class, married with children, and struggling in the economy. At age 50, he was planted firmly in the fertile soil of a mid-life crisis. In every

Is Walter White a hero with bad traits or a criminal with a good side? episode, as events unfolded and decisions were made, they were made in incremental, seemingly logical steps. We began to understand why he made the decisions he made. He was a sympathetic character in the beginning, someone you really felt sorry for and you hoped could catch a break. He was a person who made bad decisions. The difference, however, is when Walter White made a bad decision, he didn’t learn from it and it didn’t change him for the better. He just kept making more bad decisions, looking and finding all the correct reasons to justify his behavior and avoided accepting consequences. His quest became one for power, and as he drank it up, it became the brew that turned Dr. Jekyll into Mr. Hyde. And then came the disturbing realization that this is not something that exists only in the minds of fantasy story writers; this is stuff that happens every day, to all of us. After people found reasons to like him, we then found our own reasons to accept the rationale behind his decisions, no matter what they were. This is exactly what happens in real, unscripted life. To illustrate this in a more obvious way, let me share with you a different story of a man who came into this world under, what could be said, like circumstances. He was intelligent, talented, and charismatic. He too, was dealt a tough hand in life. He felt alone, unappreciated and rejected. He allowed the pain to overcome obstacles, to push him into a world where he had to be in control. Total control. He, as Walter did, became addicted not

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Continued from previous page . . . to any product, but power. This man also, like Walter White, was human. He loved, and was loved. He could be kind as well as cruel. He worked hard and committed himself fully to his ideals. Who was this poor, lost soul? His name was Adolph Hitler. Now, we all know who that man was. The legacy that he left behind was one of malevolence and madness. He didn’t step up on a podium one morning and demand the murder of hundreds of thousands of people by the end of the day and then it happened. We are mistaken in thinking that the devil shows up with horns and a pitchfork – a monster recognizable from a distance. He is not dressed as a demon, he is dressed in human trappings with a sense of humor, endearing traits, and capable of engaging conversation. How was Hitler able to justify the mass murder of multitudes and convince thousands to ride shotgun with him? Our ability to rationalize gave this kind of man life. At what point do we draw the line between right and wrong? At what point do we recognize that we walked over that line? We unfortunately don’t live in a world with white and black hats, Dudley Do-rights and Dastardly Dans. Black and white go to shades of indiscernible grey. We, as human beings, are capable of incredible good and conversely, incredible evil. We have free will. And how we go from one end of the spectrum to the other is measured in inches, not miles. We develop a higher tolerance to the corruption of the soul. We have the ability to justify any decision made, so that it is understandable on an intellectual level, and therefore acceptable on another. Is Walter White a hero with bad traits or a criminal with a good side? The division between the two is blurred and that is where we step in with him. Do we buy the rationalizations? Where does the act of understanding the decision make the mental leap into acceptance? When do reasons turn into excuses? Amid this train of thought, let’s throw in Jesse Pinkman, the alternate protagonist of the series and another portended hero of the story who functioned as its broken moral compass. He too, was a sympathetic character but for different reasons. Unlike Walt, who walked progressively towards the darkness of night, he bounced back and forth between good and bad. That, and the fact that he was always at the business end of someone’s fist or a boot. He too, participated in illegal and immoral activities glossed over with a veneer of logic. No matter what the appalling deed, his tendency was then to experience guilt and remorse for his actions and try to make things right in his own misshapen way. I actually wanted him to escape at the end and do better with his life; he had “potential” as we all do. He had plenty of opportunities to leave, but again

in this story, he took a skewed stance on a virtue called loyalty and chose to stay. What was dressed as loyalty was actually cowardice in disguise. He became the eternal victim. The moral of this story can be encapsulated into one word: Beware. These are times when there are endless activities and choices we can access and, as a result, we make decisions on them routinely. These are times when heroes are defined by their talents rather than their virtues. Decisions can be made like a coin, a coin with one body but two entirely different sides. The action we choose, whether good or bad, will result in only one side of that coin facing up after we flip it. As a species, we have been around long enough to have accumulated tremendous knowledge and subsequent power over our environment. We can justify any decision, evil or immoral, if we think about it long and hard enough and come up with a way to explain it. A friend of mine said, “If Walter White had God in his life, he wouldn’t have ended up like he did.” I agree that if we don’t have a strong, functioning moral compass, we can be pulled into bad decisions with a subsequent darkening of the soul that spreads slowly like a cancer. We all need to set our own compasses for true north and when, through our course on life’s journey, we stray, we reference that compass and adjust our courses accordingly to get us back on track. With an exception for the rogue being that was born with an extra sociopathic chromosome, we all inherently know what is right and what is wrong and whatever value thrives and defines us is the one that we feed. Personally, I am Christian, but it seems to me that all religions or humanitarian laws, when distilled down to their purest form, share many of the same tenets: treat others as you want to be treated, own only what is yours (in possessions and accountability), forgive. If we don’t have this or some version of it our lives, we all have the potential to become Walter Whites or Jesse Pinkmans. And that is not an accolade. As I conclude, I don’t want to leave you in a sad, depressing place – in fact, quite the opposite. My hope is to remind all who read this that we have options and autonomy, and can move in a direction where heroes can be heroes with white hats. We are defined by our actions, which are guided by our thoughts, which we all have 100% control over. The world can stop being random. Can we all take a moment when making decisions to ask ourselves, “Am I making this decision because I can justify the easy way out? Or, can I define it as wrong and I need to make it right?” Accepting that “doing the right thing” usually translates into taking the more difficult path, owning responsibility for our actions and accepting those consequences, no matter how dire. However, taking that higher, more challenging road builds spiritual strength and endurance and being able to live with oneself after the deed is done, is something that all the money and power in the world can’t ever provide. It’s then that we can “Break Good.”

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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. Zumba, a cardio-based workout, is “exercise in disguise.” Come for classes led by licensed instructor, Vanessa Bowling, at Hozho Center (216 W. Maloney, Gallup) Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays at 6 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. Cost is $4/person. For more information, check out

“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@



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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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). Info: Robert 505-615-8053. Work in Beauty Open Board Meetings every 1st Tuesday at 7pm at the Work in Beauty House (113 E. Logan, corner of Logan and Puerco). Work in Beauty Community Action Meetings every 3rd Tuesday at 7pm at the Work in Beauty House (113 E. Logan, corner of Logan and Puerco).




Morning Light Sanga Meditation Group Quilt Club at Gallup Service Mart, Goldwing Express performing at El from 3 to 5 at 113 E. Logan. All welcome! 6-8 pm. Come join other quilters in the area Morro Theatre at 7 pm as part of the Gallup to share ideas and projects. Bring your Community Concert Series. For more High Tea and Evensong at Church of projects for an evening of Show and Tell and information, see G-town article. the Holy Spirit at 3 pm. The community discussions about quilting. Are you having is invited to join us for tea and all the a problem with a pattern – bring it for others trimmings. And then, at 4 pm, enjoy the to offer suggestions. For more information, beauty of the late afternoon, the wonder of call 722-9414. music in our warm and lovely nave, and the splendor of the liturgy of Evening Prayer. The Church of the Holy Spirit is located at 1334 Country Club Drive, Gallup, just 1 block west of Red Rock Elementary School. For information, call 505-863-4695. Super Bowl Sunday Open House at Gallup Service Mart, 11am – 4pm. Want to get away from football for a while and look at fabric, sewing machines, patterns or see a demonstration on binding or other hot quilting topics? Or just visit with other quilting friends? Come by the Store Super Bowl Sunday for a day of fun and laughter. Our first annual Super Bowl Sunday! For more information, call 722-9414.


Taizé Worship at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4 pm. Please join us for candlelight, meditation, prayer, silence and Scripture. The church is located on Boardman Drive just south of Orleans Manor Apartments. Call Kathy (722-5011) for more information.


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Cancer support group, for information call 8633075 or 863-6140. 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. 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. 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 at the Hozho Center (3rd and Maloney) Wednedays 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. 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.

The weekly El Morro Community Stage Night happens each Wednesday from 7 until 8:30pm. For more information, you may call Rachel, 505-863-7626, or email Introduction to Belly Dance class, 7:30-8:30 at FOF Dance Studio, 230 W. Coal Ave. Call Leaf at 979-2047 for tuition rates and registration.


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. Octavia Fellin Public Library’s movie night, 5:30 pm. See G-Town for this month’s movies! Book Study: What would it be like if we were to live our lives in light of Eternity? The folks of the Church of the Holy Spirit will be exploring this question through a study of John Ortberg’s book When the Game is Over, it All Goes Back in the Box, Wednesday evenings, 7 pm. Come join us! The Church of the Holy Spirit is located at 1334 Country Club Drive, just 1 block west of Red Rock Elementary School. For information, call 505-863-4695.


RMCHCS Auxiliary is hosting a Book Fair on February 19-20 in the hospital Lobby. Call 863-7325 for more information.

Hozho Center, located at 216 W. Maloney in Gallup, provides services for personal enhancement through information, support and hope. For more information, call 505-870-1483. Services include: Warm Line – Non-crisis support lines include Confidentiality, Peer-to-Peer Support System, Resources, the chance to Share Concerns. We are here to listen in you need someone to talk to! The Warm Line is bilingual in Navajo and English. Call 505-8622161, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm. One2One, a peer recovery coach to strengthen and encourage individual recovery effort. Men’s group Mondays at 10 am; Talking Circle on Tuesdays at 1:30 pm; Women’s group Thursdays at 10 am; 12 Steps Meetings Wednesdays and Fridays at 6 pm.


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

Thursday ONGOING

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 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 classes well be held at 11 am at 3rd and Maloney at the Hozho Center, $4/class. If you have any questions 6:30PM. Acoustic musicians are welcome to sit in please feel free to call Kimberly Martinez at 505-713-7250. with the regular players. 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. 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.

FREE TAX HELP February 10 - April 4 Catholic Charities of Gallup is offering Tax Help / VITA Program, free tax preparation for low-income individuals and families (will not prepare married filing separately).

Diabetes Education Classes, first four Thursdays of the month, 6:30-8:30 pm, RMCH 2nd floor library. Contact: Carolyn at 863-1865. Zumba, a cardio-based workout, is “exercise in disguise.” Come for classes led by licensed instructor, Vanessa Bowling, at Hozho Center (216 W. Maloney, Gallup) Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays at 6 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. Cost is $4/person. For more information, check out


Services available at Catholic Indian Center Mondays 1-5 pm, Wednesdays 2-7 pm, Fridays 9-noon (closed on President’s Day and in inclement weather). Photo ID, SS card or ITIN card, W2, 1099, 1098 and all other income-related documents are required. For more information, call 722-4407.


RMCHCS Auxiliary hosts Masquerade Rehoboth Christian School’s $5 Jewelry and Accessories Sale Homecoming weekend, February 7-8. February 6-7 from 7am to 4pm in the Events listed on p. 23. hospital lobby. “Loving Yourself Deeply” healing retreat in El Morro, NM with the Wave Community Blood Drive, Riders, February 7-9. Come to one, February 13-14 in the RMCHCS two, or all three of these days. Cabins Solarium. Call 863-7325 for more available (at reduced cost) if you want information. to stay over. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served by the Ancient Soroptimist International of Gallup Way Café. Call 505-783-4039 or www. meets the second Thursday of the month for at Angela’s Café at noon. Please note the more information and to sign up. Space new location! is limited!


Second Thursday Diabetes Support Group, for all people who suffer from Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes, 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 505870-5103. Cultural Life of the Zuni Nation, with presenter Kenneth Seowtewa, at Octavia Fellin Public Library, 6 pm. For more information, see G-Town article.


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McKinley Citizens’ Recycling Council monthly meeting, 2 pm at the Red Mesa Center next to the library on Hill Ave. Call 722-5421 for more information.

Kaleidoscope Quilt workshop at UNM-North Campus, 9am – 4pm. $35 includes lunch. Come for a Saturday of fun while turning your scraps of fabric into a delightful quilt. This quilt pattern is made up of two different sizes of dark and light triangles which, when put together create illusions of circles, stars and pinwheels. For more information, call 722-9414. Discussion: Farm to Cafeteria in Gallup. Local experts enlighten growers, teachers and any other interested community members on the rules and regulations regarding School Gardens, Local Produce, and School Lunches. Please join us at the Work in Beauty House, 113 E. Logan (corner of Logan and Puerco in Gallup) at 2 pm. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 505726-2497. ArtsCrawl, Downtown Gallup, 7-9 pm.

The Best of El Morro Community Stage Night, during ArtsCrawl, 8 until 10 pm. $5 admission, or get a free ticket with any concession purchase, or proof of purchase from any business participating Crownpoint Rug Weavers Association in ArtsCrawl that night. Doors open and tickets are available starting at 7 pm. For more information, Auction at Crownpoint Elementary you may call Rachel, 505-863-7626, or email School. Viewing 4:00-6:30 pm, auction 7:00-10:00 pm. For more information, visit Pee Wee’s Pancake Breakfast, 8 am – Noon. Tickets are $6. Help support this Ups & Downs Relay For Life Team fundraiser! For tickets and more information, call 863-3075 / 722-2175. Valentine Dinner at Ancient Way Café in El Morro, NM. Filet Mignon and Miyamura High “Play With Heart” co-ed volleyball tournament. Pool play and double elimination. Lobster Tail for $50 per couple with $120 entry fee; 4/2 format, 8 on a roster. Start time/coaches’ meeting 8:00 am. Contact: Coach Scott choice of a special dessert. Reservation at 505-320-9600. REQUIRED. Seating from 4 pm to 7pm. Dance across the street @ 6 pm. Sweet Heart Cabin Special at El Morro RV Park. $125 includes dinner for two plus one-night stay. (Winter Cabin special and dinner for two, $99 all other days.)



Popcorn Theology at Church of the Holy Spirit, 7 pm. Come enjoy a free movie, sodas, popcorn, and conversation as we explore the gospel message in contemporary movies. This month’s film is A Stranger Among Us. The Church of the Holy Spirit is located at 1334 Country Club Drive, Gallup, just 1 block west of Red Rock Elementary School. For information, call 505-863-4695.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS In preparation for March’s Indoor Yard Sale (3/8), Battered Families Services is collecting used items. To donate, call 505-722-6389 to arrange for drop-off or pick-up. Volunteers Needed! Are you interested in learning how to build a house, meeting new friends, lending a ‘hand up not a hand out’? Join Habitat for Humanity for one or more part-day construction or support sessions. No experience needed. We are now building our 5th home in Gallup but we can’t do it without you. Register at Call 505-722-4226 for information.

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February ArtsCrawl Historic



Saturday, February 8 • 7pm - 9pm



Beeman Jewelry

One-of-a-kind jewelry creations made with stones from all over the world. Come in and check out our new affordable designs that are perfect for summer!

Shallow Gallery



The Open Studio/Outsider Gallery

A Project of DSI* working to create an inclusive community.

123 W. COAL AVE. (EAST ROOM). Also Open: M-F 12:30-3PM SPECIAL 2-MAN EXHIBITION: AARON BERG & JED SMITH “ANIMALIA” Paintings/Drawings/Etchings/Prints








American Bar

Come hang out at a classic local establishment, in business since 1938.

ART 123

“Sibling Rivalry” Come and join us for a night of Art and good company. Located at 123 W. Coal Ave














Traditional Native American art including jewelry, rugs, and more!

Makeshift Gallery

Makeshift Gallery is under new ownership. Stop in and check out our new look. We welcome our new members and local artists, Chris Easley and Michael Schmaltz.

Planet Mar’s

Located in the back of Makeshift Gallery, come peruse an amazing collection of vintage clothing at very reasonable prices.



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February 2014

The Tanner Family Tradition Continues

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4 5 6 7 1. Even one of Japan’s national treasures (Daibutsu: The Great Buddha) could not keep us from reading the Gallup Journey. Left to right: Arianna Halona, Karen Halona, Mary Bear, Adam Tompkins, Starrla Curley 2. This is the Lupe Silva family reading the Gallup Journey in the Morocco airport on the way to Benin, Africa this past summer. Pictured is Lupe, holding the Journey, with Carlos, Paul, Graciela, Michael, Sarah, Christopher, Jose and Bethany looking over his shoulders. 3. It doesn’t get too much better than reading the Journey with Niagra Falls, Ontario, Canada – Maid of the Mist, as your background. Left to right: Betty Kress, Bob & Sherry Kessel, Mary Jane Tatarsky, Anna Nez, and Don & Rose Kessel on October 24, 2013. 4. Left to right is Ross, Trey and Rebecca, celebrating 5 years of

Ross being cancer-free with Goofy and the Journey! 5. Here’s a picture of Amy Vreeman reading the Journey from the top of Mount Vindelgjarfjall, a 1,736 foot high conical volcanic mountain in Myvatn, Iceland! Not too difficult a climb, but still a fun ascension from sea level . . . and, as evidenced by her red nose? Quite cold. 6. Larry & Jessie Winn of Gallup with Gavin of Newport, VT & Jeff Savage also of Newport, take a break from loading Lynn AnnerBolieu’s household goods from VT to Gallup to read the Journey. 7. Gallup golfers (L-R) Pat Holloway, Shirley Wilson, and Shirley Frazier read the Journey at the New Mexico Women’s Senior Golf Association’s annual State Tournament held this year at Cree Meadows Golf Course in Ruidoso, NM. I wish I would have had room to list all of their combined accomplishments, but alas, I do not - take it from me, they are incredible!

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2 1. Senator George Muñoz, NM State Representative Jason Harper, and Wyoming State Representatives Loyd Larsen and Michael Greear, enjoy their copy of the Journey at Nike Headquarters for Emerging Leadership Training Conference. 2. Alan and Ginny Beamsley take some time out on a recent trip to Matanzas Province, CUBA to sit in a really old (and awesome) car and catch up on some great Gallup information. 3. Kurt & Rosey (Charles) Armstrong read the Gallup Journey in front of the Capitol building in Austin, TX, where they recently moved. 4. Melanie Zemp and Chad Yazzie take a look at the Journey at Grand Central Station in New York, New York. 5. Mrs. Addie Patel and travel extraordinaire, Marie Johnston, took a hot air balloon flight over Cappadocia, Turkey whose landscape is characterized by weird rock formations and houses carved into the rock.  Here they are only moments before takeoff with their trusty copy of the Journey.


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e e f f o C Roasting

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1. Load beans in truck and drive to roaster.

1. 3. 300 lbs. of fair-trade, organic coffee delivered on a pallet to Blunt Bros. Coffee.


Watch window on roaster to see color of beans. There is also a wooden handle next to it that will allow for a small sample of beans to be pulled out and checked.


Admire roaster. Uses 240 electric instead of gas for a cleaner roast.




Roasting Progression: 1. Green bean 2. & 3. Beginning roasting up to 3000 F 4. As temperatures approach 4000 F the sugars in the beans begin to caramelize and the beans making a cracking or popping sound; this is




called the “first crack” of the roast. 5. After first crack the roasting continues and this stage will determine the type or roast. A dark roast will stay in longer and lighter roast will come out. If the roast is darker, the beans will emit another stage of cracking and popping; this is referred to as the “second crack.” February 2014

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Turn roaster on. USB port enables custom programs for specific roasting. Dump green coffee beans in.

Green coffee beans look like this.


10. From green beans to final roasted beans there is about a 75% size expansion.

Roasting lasts around 15-20 min., depending on the roast. The beans, at this point, have so much trapped heat in them that they need to be cooled quickly so that they do not continue to roast. Forced air and a sifter on the roaster cool the beans.


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Go to Blunt Bros. and buy this coffee by the pound or have them make you a drink!

Fresh roasted beans need a day or so to rest before using them, as they will emit CO2 gas and be bubbly for espresso.


But once that time was up, a beautiful shot of espresso was made for me at Blunt Bros.’ new location at Rio West Mall. The crema, the tan top portion of the shot, was excellent and frothy with a smooth aftertaste These are the oils and anti-oxidants in the beans that were released. Drink straight or mix with steamed milk for an awesome latte, mocha, etc.

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February 2014

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