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Jo u r ne y The Free Community Magazine

February 2012

OPEN CASTING CALL with American Idol Coach, Jillian

John Elway with Jillian

Steven Tyler with Jillian

Producer, Singer, Songwriter, Author, Poet Jillian (Cherokee) will be casting over 100 cast members, children and adults. A heart-wrenching real life Cinderella story

“Somebody Love Me” An International Rock Opera

Jillian shares her journey through a musical production written with Grammy Award winning artists.



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mm . . . what have I been thinking about lately?

Well, I’ve been thinking and reading about thankfulness a lot. It’s given me a fresh perspective on things. I notice more – big things and little things. My husband and kids, the vast blue of this place, clean, running water, and warm chicken eggs still laid in winter. To express gratitude about something is to recognize it and name it, something that goes undone far too often in my life. So, I’ve been trying to be specific about giving thanks. It’s been a long week and, truthfully, much of my thinking has been devoted to finishing this issue. Though, of course, life continues, so there was all the hustle and bustle of kids and school and meals and laundry and . . . I’d be lying if I said I didn’t lose my cool once or twice. But it’s amazing what closed eyes and a few deep breaths will do. Perspective is powerful. Sometimes I think we must look like ants. We’re frantically running from here to there, each with our own to-do lists and schedules. All the while, someone bigger is watching and wondering what could be so pressing. Wondering why we drive so fast, yell so much, get so impatient, are so consumed with so little, and forget to give thanks. Sometimes, at the end of a movie, the camera will zoom out, away from the characters and their story, away from a house and street and neighborhood, away from a town, farther and farther until everything looks the same and the viewer realizes how big the world is and what a small slice of it we experience. Because I am one whose vision narrows when I’m busy and stressed, I need to be intentional about looking around in order to realize calm. I think the converse may also be true, though. The more I practice a larger perspective, the easier it is to manage the pressure. Not dwelling on the wrong, but seeking out all that is right. H.H.

Contributors Angela Bruhl Erin Bulow Ernie Bulow Greg Cavanaugh Daya Choudhrie Sanjay Choudhrie Bev Crowe Patricia Darak Dr. Bera Dordoni Erin Farver Roger Gleisner Tommy Haws Larry Larason Mark Levine Ken Moore Steve Petranovich Kris Pikaart Deer Roberts Fowler Roberts Be Sargent Andy Stravers Amanda Tucker Chuck Van Drunen Jenna Vandenberg Betsy Windisch

Other Stuff

4 Thoughts 34 El Morro Theatre Schedule 40 IZZIT?! 40 News from Care 66 45 Sudoku 48 G-Town 51 ArtsCrawl Schedule 52 Community Calendar 54 Opinion Poll 56 People Reading Journey 62 This Is My Job


18 Driving Impressions 20 West by Southwest 22 Rounding the Four Corners 24 8 Questions 28 Adventures in Parenting 36 Money & You 42 my rambles 46 Lit Crit Lite


6 Uplift School 8 Work in Beauty Murals 10 Maybe God is Talking to You, Carol. 12 Cancer Center 14 Benefits of Cayenne Pepper! 16 Crazy Ideas That Just Might Work 26 Zuni Christian Mission School 30 The Worthy Way 32 Growing Healthy Kids 38 Peace Corps: My Road to Gallup

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

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Community Charter School in Motion



allup is set to have a new charter school open this fall. Another? you ask. Yes, Gallup already has the Middle College High School that has been educating about sixty 10-12 graders for the last 8 years in facilities in or near UNM-Gallup. Now a new elementary charter school has been approved to start up to serve grades K-4, this new school will be called Uplift Community School. Pending its success, the school hopes to expand to K-8 by 2016.

Uplift Community School was chartered by families, community members and teachers, and they have chosen to model the school on Expeditionary Learning. What’s that exactly? It’s the idea that kids can learn from direct experience, exploration and, well . . . expeditions! An example would be a class learning about food that would take trips to local gardens, grocery stores, or food pantries to learn about the growing, distribution, and socio-economic impacts of our local sustenance.

Now, many of you may be asking, What exactly is a charter school anyway? Well, in a nutshell it is a public school that is started independently from the traditional public school system. These new schools have a charter or mission that often has a new education model different from traditional public schools. These charter schools are funded the same as all public schools, from taxpayer dollars and no tuition is charged. Enrollment to these schools is open to the public, but when requests for enrollment exceed classroom space, a lottery system is used to randomly select students.

While learning by expedition may seem a little soft in a world of test scores and standards, don’t worry, all charter schools are required to meet all testing standards that the public schools do or their charter won’t be renewed and they will close. So there is still plenty of traditional language arts, math, and science but it will be integrated into the expeditionary model.

To learn more about Expeditionary Learning, and Uplift Community School there is a meeting with Expeditionary Learning School Designer David Den Hartog on Saturday, February 18 at the







Currently, Uplift Community School is working rapidly to secure a location/facility for its operations as well as seeking a director/ principal. The Uplift Community School board currently consists of: Linda Kaye, Chair Ann Doucette, Vice Chair Jennifer Brown, Secretary Anneke Lundberg Kimberly Ross-Toledo


Octavia Fellin Public Library-Children’s Branch from 9:30am to 1:30pm. Families will have the opportunity to engage in a learning expedition. Enrollment Request Forms will be available at this meeting.


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By Be Sargent

Work BeautyMurals Photos by Erin Farver



The Third Grade visits the work in beauty murals

Me and forty-eight third graders in front of the Work of Mind mural. Judith Lannan, a teacher at Juan de Oñate Elementary, called me and asked if I would give a tour of the murals to the third grade. I said, “Fantastic!” So they came with their teachers, Judith, Peter Ippel and Erin Farver. I told them about green jobs, aquifers, photovoltaics, recycling, the farmers’ market and even toxins in the environment. Then Ms. Lannan said, “OK, one more question.” Actually I hadn’t let them get a word in edgewise. A student stepped forward and asked “Who did these?” Well, then I had to explain about scaffolding. The third grade of Juan de Oñate was completing a social studies unit focused on common good in our community and how people have shaped New Mexico history. This experiential unit included projects at the Ford Canyon Senior Center and Ellis Tanner Trading as well as the visit to the Work in Beauty murals.  Students conducted interviews at the Senior Center and created timelines and poems for the seniors.  At Ellis Tanner Trading the students chose a Navajo hero


from the Circle of Light mural to research. Students then wrote paragraphs and created their own murals for a school art gallery opening demonstrating how these heroes made a difference in New Mexico history.  Finally, the students visited the Work in Beauty murals to hear about how people are currently working for the common good and shaping New Mexico’s history right now, and they returned to the senior center to deliver their timelines and poems as a holiday gift for the seniors they interviewed.

About the Work of Heart Mural: “The work of heart is about how people are volunteering to help the earth.” -Ariah Hausner, at right

Here are some of the wonderful things they wrote: About the Work of Mind Mural “The most coolest thing on the mural was the car that runs on sunlight.” -Josiah Begay, at left

“I see some people [working for the] common good for other people. I see them happy.”  -Jesus Prieto, at left

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“My great grandma is painted on this mural. She is collecting corn stalks to grind corn and make medicine.  Great Grandma wanted to help the earth be a better place to live.” -Haley Gomez About the Work of Strength Mural “This mural is about how people are making solar panels for electricity to be able to see in the night.  The interesting part is that people are working together.”  -Miracle Martinez “Kids in high school are working hard to build a solar system hogan so the sun makes heat, water and electricity.  I’d like to do that when I’m in high school.” -Gabby Ashley Students from top of page: Ricardo Sanchez, Kiria Muskett, Jayden Yazzie and Gannon Lee, Kristen Pino, Chynna Tennyson, Tyara Commack, Shaylincina Pete and Sebastian Peterson.

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Maybe God is Talking to You, Carol.

Photo by Mark Levine


By Deer Roberts

“No one gets out unscathed. No one gets out unhealed.”

Barb Duncan rehearses the role of Carol at the Old School Gallery. Bria Clark studies her lines in the background.

ho would ever figure that one would find the avant-garde out in the middle of nowhere in northern New Mexico. But that is exactly what the Old School Gallery in El Morro Valley, just outside Ramah, offers in a mix with homespun crafting. Not only are things like spinning, quilting, yoga, tai chi (two different schools), poetry, journal making, knitting and natural fiber dying offered, but a healthy dose of theatre, fine arts, digital mastery and first rate music. I’m sure I am leaving out something, but take a look at their webpage ( and download the latest newsletter.

underlies our personal stories. We are forced to face and accept the underbelly emotional chaos of our own existences.

This month a local filmmaker is making a contribution, to boot, with Mark Levine’s ( latest screenplay, Maybe God is Talking to You, Carol.

Levine received his BFA in Theater from Carnegie Mellon University and his MFA in Film at CalArts. His films have screened in the US, Canada, and Europe.

A cathartic social commentary on our families and society, Levine (locally known as Jerako) manages to zing us where we live. The experience is aesthetic, artful, and has the same reprieve as the confessional. “No one gets out unscathed. No one gets out unhealed.” (A line from the script). Not the reader, not the audience.

I’ll be sure and do a column one of these months to give you a fuller perspective on this creative bunch, but in the meantime, bookmark the Old School website for a bit of cosmopolitan or down home delight from time to time.

The adult-themed play is set in a day of crisis in the life of a late middle-aged suburban housewife. Motifs of death, denial, betrayal, projected judgments, religious elucidation, jarring progeny, marriage, gender, the nature of God and love interlace into a portrait of the interpersonal mess of our lives that


The audience has a rare opportunity to take part in a screenwriter’s creative process. The script is being presented in a reader’s theatre format at the Old School Gallery in Ramah on February 10 and 11 at 7 pm. Tickets are $5.00. All participants will have the opportunity to help shape the final draft before the work goes to film. Levine is currently considering reworking the piece to accommodate filming in the local area. What fun!

The Old School Gallery is located on NM Hwy 53, just east of the El Morro Monument. When you see the Ancient Way Cafe, El Morro Feed & Seed, and Inscription Rock Trading Post, just look north for the drive before you leave the “congested downtown” area.



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A Place to Turn For Answers and Support


person suspects a problem, consults a doctor, has a series of tests, and then hears the diagnosis, “You have cancer!” Those words strike dread and fear as a person’s life crumbles. Suddenly life is viewed in a different perspective and will be forever changed. Where can help, information, and support be found for those in this situation? It can be found close-by at the American Cancer Society (ACS) Cancer Resource Center, which is housed in the New Mexico Cancer Center at 2240, College Drive, across from the UNMGallup campus. The ACS Cancer Resource Center (CRC) will provide free and up-to-date information about the many types of cancer, as well as provide support, supplies, and services. Volunteers at the CRC will provide patients and caregivers the guidance and support needed to navigate their cancer journey. “I received support from the get-go. The Cancer Resource Center offered services to me and made it easier to accept what I went through and I appreciate it.” Kathleen McKenzie, cancer patient.

By Bev Crowe, an 11-year cancer survivor. She is a retired educator and is an active volunteer with Relay For Life and the Cancer Resource Center.

All patients receive information and support as needed, but beyond that, the CRC provides wigs, caps, scarves, bras, and prostheses for women. Volunteers, also, provide Reach to Recovery visits to breast cancer patients. All these supplies and services are provided free of charge through the American Cancer Society. These services are available to all cancer patients and their caregivers at the CRC, which is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30 – 2:30. For more information or to become a volunteer, call 726-5827. ACS saves lives and creates more birthdays by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back. To learn more about ACS, or to research information day or night, call 1-800-2272345 or visit The volunteers at the CRC are pleased to assist patients and caregivers from throughout the entire area. Please feel free to visit, receive help, or volunteer. Remember there is help and hope available for cancer patients and their families at the Cancer Resource Center.

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By Dr. Bera Dordoni, N.D.


Tu r n U p t h e H e a t !
 In 35 years of practice . . . I have never lost one heart-attack patient.


hat’s a pretty remarkable claim to make, but Dr. John Christopher, the famous master herbalist, said it with confidence. “If they are still breathing, I [give] them a cup of cayenne tea (a teaspoon of cayenne in a cup of hot water), and within minutes they are up and around.”

Cayenne? The pepper? That’s right. Cayenne is one of the fastestacting aids for the heart, because it feeds the heart immediately. Here’s how it works: Cayenne helps maintain the “river of life,” also known as the bloodstream. A stagnated “river of life” leads to blockages, which lead to oxygen starvation, which leads to organ dysfunction, disease, and, in severe cases, heart attack. Cayenne pepper works like a drain opener that blasts through the blockages, delivering oxygenated blood into sick or dying organs faster than any other medicine or herb can. But that’s not all; cayenne has more health benefits than any other single food or herb on earth. Cayenne taken internally as a tea will stop bleeding – even from a severe cut or gunshot wound – in most cases by the time you can count to ten. Cayenne has a natural, powerful, equalizing effect on blood pressure. When it hits your bloodstream – which it does immediately – it adjusts your blood pressure from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet. Thus, the high pressure at the wound site is alleviated and clotting can start at once.


Cayenne is truly a gift to humanity. Over 3,000 scientific studies listed in the National Library of Medicine support the use of cayenne in preventing and reversing many common health ailments.

So… What’s the Catch?

Not all cayenne peppers are the same! Each of the many varieties has a different use and level of heat. Heat (or “Scoville”) units are determined by the quantity of chemicals in the cayenne and its resins. The higher the level, the hotter the cayenne pepper – and the hotter the pepper, the stronger and more effective a healer it is. Cayenne peppers range from 0 to 300,000 heat units. The spicecabinet variety averages 5,000 heat units. Paprika has no heat and is rated 0 heat units. Jalapeño peppers are between 50,000 and 80,000 heat units; Serrano peppers are approximately 100,000 heat units. African Bird Peppers average 200,000 heat units and Mexican habañeros are between 250,000 and 300,000 heat units. Ultra-hot cayenne tincture from 300,000 heat-unit organic habañero peppers will increase your blood flow almost instantly, bringing in new oxygen to your body’s vital organs, muscles, and tissues and carrying away toxic wastes from these same areas in its return flow.

Virtual “White Light”

Author and friend Dick Quinn had an out-of-body experience when he “died” from a massive heart attack but was then revived. With fully blocked arteries, he was given a choice: multiple-bypass surgery or death. Unfortunately, the surgery failed; several weeks later, Dick was still dying a slow, painful death. This time, his doctors only gave him one choice: another bypass. He refused. His cracked ribs hadn’t yet healed from the first time, his pain was excruciating, and he didn’t see how a repeat of the same surgery could improve his condition. Since Dick refused surgery and the drugs weren’t working, his doctors discharged him. Dick went home to die and for several weeks it looked like he would. His condition worsened daily, until it took every ounce of strength just to get to the bathroom. He could barely catch his breath. His skin was gray; his body was getting no oxygen. He was cold and miserable all the time. One day while sitting in a park letting the sun warm him, he had either a divine or serendipitous experience: a woman abruptly walked over and told him to use cayenne pepper for his condition. After politely asking her to leave him alone as he was busy dying, Dick went home and forgot about her. A few weeks later, though, feeling worse than ever and rather desperate, he remembered the encounter and decided to try some cayenne. Since the worst it could do was kill him and he was already dying, he figured “What the heck.” Dick emptied a couple of heart-medication capsules and refilled them with cayenne from his spice cabinet. The results were miraculous! Not only did he fully recover, he self-published his story in Left for Dead, which is still available on and in most health food stores. Dick was 42 when he had his heart attack; at 58, he could be found on a worldwide, 300-day-ayear lecture circuit, sharing the life-saving benefits of cayenne. Cayenne is better than a cup of coffee for energy, mental clarity, and being kind to the body, because it doesn’t wipe out your adrenal glands with harmful stimulants. The list of positive effects cayenne has on the body seems endless, especially when you realize that most health problems start with a lack of circulation triggered by clogging foods, medications, lack of exercise, depression, and all the other stressors of modern life.

Incision Be Gone!

Beth had emergency surgery for adhesions that were strangulating her colon after an earlier surgical procedure. Hospitalized for two weeks, her 16inch “stem-to-stern” incision became dangerously infected just as she was about to be discharged. Two more weeks of hospitalization only worsened Beth’s condition. After week four, Beth signed an against-medical-advice release, agreed to retain the services of a home nurse, and went home. I went with her to work my cayenne magic on her incision. The nurse came, checked the dressing, and left instructions that it be changed twice a day. She warned Beth to expect a long healing process. I poured four ounces of 300,000 heat-unit habañero tincture right into the wound, then took Beth’s hand and waited for the screams. 300,000 heat-units is so hot that one drop will make your eyes bug out if it hits your tongue. Beth was silent. She felt no pain, she said. An hour later, however, the incision was “on fire.” Another hour passed, and the fire and pain were gone. When the nurse returned the next morning to check on the infection, she was shocked! Overnight, the oozing had stopped and the incision had started closing. The infection was disappearing in less than 24 hours.

Cauterization in a Jar

Inga showed up with a gushing index finger after accidentally cutting off its tip with a miter saw five hours earlier. Although bleeding non-stop, she had been turned away by the local hospital, as she had no insurance. Inga was extremely pale and dizzy when she arrived. I stuck her finger into a jar of powdered cayenne made from African Bird peppers (approx. 200,000 heat units). At first the pain was pretty intense, but no worse than it had been the previous few hours. The cayenne cauterized the wound and stopped the bleeding. We wrapped it with more cayenne powder clinging to the open wound. This letter is from Inga:

Cayenne has more health benefits than any other single food or herb on earth.

I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you for healing my index finger on my left hand. As you might recall, on August 19, 1998 at 3:00pm I came to your office with an emergency. I had accidentally touched the blade of the miter saw while it was in operation. It only took this split second contact with the saw blade to cut out the flesh on my index finger almost to the bone, leaving nothing left to be stitched. You cleansed my profusely bleeding finger, then proceeded to pack it into cayenne pepper, covering the entire wound. I was rather skeptical of this procedure, but it worked! The bleeding stopped and the pain literally had vanished by dinner time, without “painkillers!” The next day you instructed me to cleanse the wound and apply calendula ointment and tea tree oil twice a day. In wonderment I observed my finger heal rapidly from hour to hour. It was miraculous! Anyway, to make a long story short, after several weeks my finger was healed without any infection. I still have a minimal “dent” where the flesh was sawed out, but I have full use of my finger, no nerve damage etc. Your quick certainty on how to treat such an injury effectively was quite impressive and confidence inspiring. THANK YOU FOR A MIRACLE! Warmest Regards, Inga B. Kroxxxxx

Just An Everyday Miracle

Cayenne truly is a miracle herb that can save your life. Adding it to your other daily herbs and supplements enhances their effectiveness, as cayenne is synergistic in its action. Ginkgo biloba, for example, is well known for helping with memory and other mental functions, but has been effective in only about 20% of the most serious cases. If your memory is slipping away, 20% is not acceptable. Add cayenne to the ginkgo biloba, however, and that effectiveness increases to 95%. As in all disease, memory loss is a side effect from a blockage of blood to the affected area. No blood flow, no healing. Does your nose drip and your face break into a sweat when you dive into hot salsa and chips? Cayenne is warming your body, stimulating the release of mucus from the respiratory passages, all while clearing your sinuses. So the next time you think you have to run for an antacid to help you digest your meal, try a shot of cayenne instead, to help you stimulate your digestion and absorb your nutrients. Millions of Americans whip their heart with nitroglycerine or digitalis or other drugs, forcing it to beat rapidly to keep it going. Most heart attacks, though, are due to the heart being malnourished: it hasn’t had a decent meal for so long it’s practically starved. Cayenne fed to the tongue directly in a warm liquid base such as water instantly opens and expands the very cells of the circulatory system, which instinctively distributes the cayenne where it is now needed: in this case, the heart. Keep a bottle of either tinctured or powdered cayenne in your car, your bathroom cabinet, your kitchen, and in your purse or pocket. It may someday save a life – maybe even your own! Dr. Bera Dordoni, N.D. is author of the highly acclaimed book I Have a Choice?!, the Grammy®nominated CD Voice for a Choice!, nutritional counselor, organic gardener and naturopathic doctor who has over two decades of experience counseling clients with ailments ranging from allergies to cancer to numerous life-threatening diseases, and incorporates the laws of attraction to help her clients achieve vibrancy from the lifestyle changes that benefit them most. She is in the midst of building a wellness retreat center in the Ramah area and looks forward to welcoming guests this spring. To learn more visit or call 505-783-9001.

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crazy ideas that just might work. Doggie Poop Bag Dispensers at All Our Parks!


et me start by saying that, yes, I know we need a dog park. But I realized the other day that we also need all of our parks to be dog-friendly. Sure, we can’t have packs of dogs running rampant at Ford Canyon, knocking kids over and digging through trash cans but I do think everyone should feel welcome to bring their dogs to Ford Canyon, on a leash, to hang out with them. But if we have our dogs with us at Ford Canyon more often, there is also going to be lots more dog poo gracing the green grass. Here’s where the photo at left comes in. These little stands are so handy. I’ve felt the shame when my dog has pooped in full view of others and I haven’t had anything to pick it up with. On the flip side, I’ve also been saved by being able to snag a bag from a Doggie Poop Bag Dispenser, too! I also realize that putting these Doggie Poop Bag Dispensers at every park in Gallup isn’t going to solve the problem of dog poop being left for others to step in - but it’s going to help, of that I am certain. In my optimistic opinion, I also think that having these bags and trash cans more accessible and in full view will help our parks to stay cleaner. I think folks will start tossing their soda cans (please recycle, though!) and Hot Cheetos bags into the trash cans, too - I mean, I think we’ve all seen enough Hot Cheetos bags floating through our skies on windy days! So please, head out and socialize with your dogs (ON A LEASH!) and make sure to (for the time being) bring a bag from home to pick up after them. It’s really such a simple thing to do!


Let’s be honest, this isn’t really a CRAZY IDEA, but it’s one that can be accomplished quickly and with very little money. Not only that, but it’s totally needed. I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but we have TONS OF DOGS in our town . . . let’s all help by picking up their doggie doo where others can see and (gasp!) smell it!

Below: The author’s son runs on a trail with Blue and Rosie.

by N. Haveman *Note: Parents strongly cautioned to read before their children! I use words like poo and doggie doo and poop.

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

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2012 Buick Verano



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ry to wipe away images of: the 1982 Cadillac Cimarron, a rebadged* Pontiac Sunbird, the early 2000’s Jaguar X-Type, a rebadged Ford Mondeo/ Contour, and of course, the Buick Rendezvous, a rebadged Pontiac Aztek (or was that an upgrade?).

The first two came to mind immediately as two of the most egregious rebadges in automotive history. A quick search revealed I was right, as all three showed up on Time magazine’s “50 Worst Cars of All Time.” So how does this relate to this month’s test-drive, Buick’s fresh-offthe-transport-trailer, new premium compact car, the Verano? As it turns out, in spite of GM’s past woes with rebadging, the Verano is indeed Buick’s rebadged take on its kissing cousin the Chevy Cruze. So has GM learned anything over all these years? Having never driven or even sat in the new Chevy Cruze, I can’t speak to the substantive changes Buick made to the Cruze to create the Verano and separate the two. I have, however, read several reviews on the Cruze that indicate Buick chose a great vehicle on which to slap on some lipstick. The Verano is, like many new compacts, breaking away from the American stigma that small equals cheap. The Verano features extensive sound deadening, special laminated glass to reduce noise, distinctive but tasteful looks and, of course, a fancy interior. On these fronts, Buick has made a nice car. Its exterior styling matches nicely with the rest of the Buick line and looks very little like the Cruze, although the front appears a bit long for the rear and the non-functioning hood vents seem a little out of character. The interior, like the Regal, LaCrosse and Enclave, uses nice wood inserts, sharp gauges, and a flowing and fluid design language that looks and feels nice. The extra steps to make Buick’s quiet, “Quiet Tuning” as they call it, work. At highway speeds, quiet, contemplative discussions were library-like.


While billed as a compact car, today’s compacts are yesterday’s midsize. The Verano doesn’t seem small, particularly in the front, and its smaller size is only evident in shoulder room with two larger occupants. The second row is spacious enough for two, but does feel a bit closed in. The trunk by comparison is especially large, easily shaming many vehicles that have “utility” right in their designation.

Driving the Verano is a nice reward Although they both use 4-cylinder engines and 6-speed automatic transmissions, separating the Verano from the Cruze entirely is the engine choice. The Cruze uses smaller fours, a naturally aspirated 1.8-liter or an optional turbo-charged 1.4-liter. The Buick uses a much larger 2.4-liter, direct-injected four making 180 hp and 171 lb. ft. of torque. The larger four is a pretty big motor for this size car and pulls the Verano around rather effortlessly, a wise powertrain choice on Buick’s part given the Verano’s intended luxury function and demeanor. The buyer, of course, is not treated to the Cruze’s magical 40mpg highway number, but at 21 city and 32 highway, the Verano is respectively frugal.

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Driving the Verano is a nice reward. The handling and ride is in no way related to the Buicks of yore. While it errs on the side of comfort, it is reasonably buttoned down and keeps the small car feeling agile, although it can, at times, ride a little rough . . . perhaps due to the Verano’s flashy big wheels and low profile rubber. The steering is quite direct, but in the right circumstances will seem somewhat skittish, particularly on the highway, where the car can wander. On longer trips this could become tiring, but on short jaunts, it was fine. The ace up the Verano’s sleeve is its new IntelliLink system, Buicks answer to Ford’s infamous My Ford Touch/Sync infotainment package. Using a 7-inch touch screen high in the center of the dash as its information and communication center, the IntelliLink system allows for Bluetooth streaming and touch control of music and call functions on your phone. Plugging in your phone to the USB port under the center armrest also allows you to use your phone’s data connection to connect to streaming apps like Pandora and Stitcher and then control them from the touch screen. Also, the touch screen displays HVAC information such as heat temp and other useful information. Overall I found the new system reasonably intuitive and capable. As a base feature on the Verano, it certainly helps establish the Verano in the entryluxury segment.

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Mysteries of Zuni Silver: And Who Was Mingos House Anyway? And what about the smiths who were on their way to fame and then got lost in the shuffle? Knifewing Set by Neva and Arnold Cellicion


Eagle Dancer Inlay by Dorothy and Bruce Zunie

n the beautiful book on Zuni silversmiths by Jim Ostler, Marian Rodee and Milford Nahohai – page 84 – there is a photo of an elaborate mosaic eagle dancer. I have admired that piece many times. The other day I happened to read the caption. It was from the Heard Museum collection, made by Bruce Zunie, and dated 1925. Bruce Zunie was born in 1931, served as Chief of Police in Zuni for some years, and died prematurely in 1971 – aged 40. Since it was a tribal publication, somebody should probably have caught the error, but the wrong date obviously came from the Heard, who almost certainly got it from C. G. Wallace who once owned the piece. I went to talk to Dorothy Zunie, Bruce’s widow and got an interesting story. She went to work for Wallace as a teenager, still in high school. Her first job was as his housekeeper. Her father Harry Cheeku (spelled Chico by the Anglos) worked for the trader primarily as a buffer. Dorothy soon moved to the shop, buffing and doing finish work, and before long was shaping and setting stones in Navajo silverwork. Dorothy and Bruce married when he got out of the service and started making jewelry together. Bruce’s job as Chief of Police took much of his time and he would lay out a piece and Dorothy would complete it during the day. This was the case with many unknown wife collaborators including Dan Simplicio’s wife We paged through some books and magazines together and Dorothy pointed out pieces made by her and Bruce attributed to other artists – some to Leo Poblano. Dan Simplicio Sr. was a relative of Bruce’s and they sometimes collaborated. Some of the Zunies’ patterns have survived, though most are lost. Dorothy says that some of the sketches were done for them by another great Zuni artist, Anthony Edaaki, including the one for the magnificent eagle dancer. Fame is a fickle thing at best – and when it runs counter to strong cultural


taboos it becomes truly problematical. Zunis, Navajos and some other Native Americans avoid bragging, standing out from the crowd, or being too obviously successful. There are even mechanisms for spreading the wealth among the people. Add to that a general feeling that it is best not to confide any sort of information to the outside world and the problem becomes serious. There is a strong belief among Zunis that their culture has survived as long as it has by keeping to itself and keeping Zuni lips zipped. Until the middle of the last century, most Zuni artists tried to stay anonymous. In the huge collection of jewelry given by trader C. G. Wallace to the Heard Museum, only two silversmiths signed their work, and even they only signed sometimes. Practically everything the outside world knows about the early jewelry of the Zuni comes from Wallace’s notes. It is true that John Adair wrote a seminal book on the subject in 1940, but he didn’t include some of the great silver workers of the period – and doesn’t touch on the three-quarters of a century that has passed since. So what? Shouldn’t the jewelry speak for itself? Of course it does. But what about the forgotten master jewelers, or the ones whose work is given to other artists? My interest in this subject grew out of the suspicion that some of Wallace’s brightest stars – Mingos House in particular – never existed. There was, in fact, never a Zuni named Mingos House, nor the family name of House in Zuni at all. Yet some really fine pieces bear his name. In a recent book, Japanese writer/collector Toshio Sei notes the similarity between his work and some pieces attributed to the great innovative artist Teddy Weahkee. He concludes that it certainly is a mystery, but leaves it at that. In the same book, Sei notes that one of the four Cellicion brothers (all master jewelers along with their wives), the eldest, Arnold, doesn’t have any identified existing work. Since Arnold’s widow, Neva, is still alive it seemed logical to ask her. She – backed by two of her daughters – pointed to those same pieces that might belong to Mingos – or Teddy Weahkee – as their work. “But we just

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did the stones,” she said. “Somebody else would always set them.” I pointed out to them that some sort of documentation would be needed: something beyond the collective word of the extended family. They gave me that look that said, “Everyone in Zuni knows which styles belong to which people.” Arnold’s daughter Florence asked me if a family-owned piece would do. Of course it would. Florence had given a knifewing set, glued on cardboard as they did back then, to her son Rickell, also a master silversmith. He said he was about to set it into a bow guard, and kindly let me photograph it. The shape of the wings is very distinctive, though some Zunis think that others of the Cellicion brothers did similar work. Because Neva and Arnold never set any pieces they were likewise never able to sign any pieces. Which still leaves the question – who was Mingos House? Laurencita Mahkee, long-time staff member of Zuni Arts and Crafts Guild, offers an interesting etymology. An old man named Minku Dooley lived in the middle village, not too far from Wallace’s store. It was common in those days for several smiths to share a work shop, such as the one maintained by Horace Iule. For one thing it allowed access to a larger array of tools, which were hard to come by. Minku, who made adobe bricks with his wife, had a spare room. Thus pieces made in this shop came from “Minku’s House.” Might be. A more widespread practice was the use of “house” names: made-up monikers to put on pieces jointly produced by several artists or pieces when the trader didn’t actually know the maker. Another such name was John Gordon Leak. Again, there is nobody named Leak in Zuni. But there was a John Leekity who made similar jewelry. As it turns out, Leekity, known in Zuni by the name of Choo’tsana (small corn), was another master of mosaic inlay who never set his own pieces. It is a matter of record that Wallace had more Navajos working for him than Zunis, and it was generally their job to set the stones in silver. Older jewelers in the village don’t think Leekity made anywhere near all the pieces attributed to him and similar pieces have been attributed to everyone from Old Man Leekya, to Dan Simplicio, to several modern stone workers. One of my best sources of clarification is needlepoint innovator Bryant Waatsa, who has been active since the beginning of the modern era, worked for Wallace, and knew all the famous artists. Looking through the famous Wallace catalog from Sotheby’s (1975) the source of most attributions of Zuni art, he found many errors. Pointing to a fine set of inlayed Salamopias (protectors of the six directions) he told me they were not made by “Red Leakala” as the caption said. “They were made by Walter Nakatewa.” I asked him why he was so sure and he told me he had seen them made. It turns out that four families once lived in the house as

in-laws. The Waatsas, the Soceeahs, the Bowekatys and the Nakatewas. Walter Nakatewa was Bryant’s father-in-law. I asked Neva Cellicion what she thought – she was Red’s sister – and she said her brother Morris, known as Red, had never made any jewelry at all. I thought the matter was ended until I learned that another silversmith, Chris Jamon, said that it was another brother, Howard, who originally went by that name. Then Chris’s wife recalled that when she was a little girl the whole family was called the “red people” in Zuni. Bright red hair runs in their genes and still pops up three generations later. According to some Zunis they all had red hair, but Neva and her sister kept theirs dyed black. There is a photo in one of the jewelry books that shows the sister, Maryetta Soseeah, with a good bit of her flame-red roots showing. Zuni Councilman Loren Leekela agrees that his uncle Red never made any jewelry. As for his father, Howard, “He would never have made Kokko (Katsina) figures because he was very religious. Neither of them ever made those pieces.” That seems pretty convincing, but I have to report that Leonard Martza, another smith from the classic period, is quite insistent that Morris Leekela did, indeed, make jewelry. Hugh Bowekaty, another of Nakatewa’s sons-in-law, agrees with Bryant that he didn’t. Leonard is on the other side of the controversy. He spent a good deal of his career making the silver for other people’s stone work. But it turns out that Leonard’s sister Genevieve collaborated on many of his pieces and his granddaughter has worked with him in recent years. And what about the smiths who were on their way to fame and then got lost in the shuffle? There are many of them, for sure. The magnificent needlepoint work of William Nakatewa, one of the creators of the style, has never gotten the attention it deserves. Bowman Paywa opened a bakery and a promising career came to an end. The fabulous husband and wife team of Tom and Mary Weebothe were once top of the heap. Pauline Dishta worked on many of the famous pieces by Joe Zunie and was master of the covered wagon design, continued in a slightly different form by Lincoln Zunie. One of the most original, accomplished smiths of all times, Ukwine Neese, is another lost genius. A necklace by him is pictured in the November issue of New Mexico Magazine and belongs to Richardson’s Trading. John Adair obviously admired him and devoted several pages to his working technique. Hopefully it is not quite too late to bring great talent to light, to correct the many mistakes that have found their way into print, and to give a face to the amazing artistic talent that is Zuni Pueblo.

Eagle Dancer Sketch by Anthony Edaaki

Dorothy and Bruce Zunie

Arnold Cellicion, Master of Inlay

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By Larry Larason

Dust Bowl? Dust storm approaching Stratford, Texas on April 18, 1935.


espite the end-of-the-world predictions last year, we’ve made it to 2012. Now, forget about the Mayan calendar; it doesn’t mean anything either. The world has been here for 4.5 billion years; why would it end now? You have until next December 21st to think about that. We’ve seen more believable doomsday predictions in the news lately that the Southwest is on the way to becoming a dust bowl. Some of the concern was triggered by an on-going drought. And there were stunning videos of dust storms posted on the Internet. One of the storms hit Phoenix on July 5; it was about 60 miles wide. Another occurred at Lubbock, Texas on October 17 that was 8000 feet high, caused by a cold front moving down the Panhandle with winds of 60 miles per hour. Many videos of these storms are still viewable. Go to Google and search for “haboob” to find them. That’s right, haboob. We have a new word in our language. In English it means dust storm, although in Arabic it means strong wind. Meteorologists have used the term for some time, but it’s just beginning to show up in the news. Some people prejudiced against Muslims have objected to the word, in fact, any word from Arabic, but we have many words in English that came from that language, including “algebra,”


“chemistry,” “alcohol,” “cotton,” “garble,” and “zero.” In any case, we needed a word to describe ephemeral, local dust storms, as opposed to regional ones. Haboob does not easily roll off an English speaker’s tongue, but it seems to be getting accepted. One posting on the Internet read, “So fun to say! LOL.” Even in good times people in the Southwest worry about their water supply – as they should, given our growing population. But then when we have a drought they act all surprised. It’s not like we haven’t had droughts before. It’s normal here, but people’s memories are short and they think the good times will go on forever. Let’s look at some history. It may have been droughts in the 12th and 13th centuries that drove the ancient Puebloans to abandon most of the Colorado Plateau. Another “mega-drought” occurred from 1566-69. It is called a mega-drought because tree rings show that it was pretty much continent wide and stretched from Mexico to Canada. Although it caused problems for the early settlers in Virginia, Mexico and the Southwest may have been the hardest hit. In Mexico the mega-drought was coincident with outbreak of an as-yet-unidentified hemorrhagic fever that killed up to 15 million people in Mexico’s highlands.

It’s not like we haven’t had droughts before. There were smaller droughts, not as well documented, between then and the late 1800s. Ranching in southern Arizona began with Hispanic settlement and increased when the US Army began setting up forts and buying beeves to supply soldiers and Indian reservations. The 1880s were the boom years for cattle. Ranchers in those days must not have trusted banks; they kept their wealth on the hoof. With the abundant precipitation during that decade it seemed to make sense to increase the size of herds. Eastern, and even foreign, investors put up money for ranching all across the West. In Arizona, from about 38,000 head in 1870, herds increased to nearly a million and a half by the 1890s. In those days weather records in the West had little time-depth, and climatology was poorly understood. When drought came it struck hard. While all the Four Corner states were affected by the drought beginning in 1891 and ’92, Arizona was possibly the hardest hit. It is estimated that 50 to 75 percent of the cattle in southern Arizona died from thirst and hunger. Drought alternated with El Niño conditions through the 1890s. Heavy rains during the wet years increased erosion of denuded rangeland and abandoned farmsteads. Because there was so little vegetation to hold the water, it cut deep gullies as it ran off instead of soaking in. Wind during the dry years blew soil away. One cattleman who responded to a survey in 1901 lamented, “Vegetation does not thrive as it once did, not because of drought, but because the seed is gone, the roots are gone, and the soil is gone. This is all the direct result of overstocking . . . ” The soil loss was directly related to cattle. They deplete the grass and trample the soil crust. These crusts are formed by cyanobacteria, microfungi, lichens, and mosses. The organisms are tiny but the effect is huge. In parts of the Southwest this microbiota may be as much as 70 percent of the life on the ground. They are active during the wet times and dormant during dry periods. While active they secrete chemicals that bind the soil particles into a crust, which holds the soil in place when the wind blows. Cattle, hikers, and ATVs all break down the crust and allow the sand and silt to be moved by wind. Studies of lake deposits in Colorado have found that dust increased by a factor of eight when livestock were brought to the Four Corners in the 1850s Now let’s skip ahead to the 1930s when the term “Dust Bowl” came into use. The seven-year drought that occurred then affected mainly the high plains of five states. The “bowl” was centered on the Panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma. In this case the dust was liberated by the plowing of the plains to raise wheat. The Ogallala aquifer had not yet been tapped; the wheat was raised by dry farming, dependent on rain. When the rain failed, bare fields were left exposed to the wind, and the silt went airborne. The native grasses that had been plowed under were well adapted to their habitat and would have held the soil even when dry. The haboobs we have seen this year were minor compared to some of the storms of the dust bowl. On April 14, 1935, a day remembered as “Black Sunday,” the greatest of the storms was caused by a cold front barreling out of Canada. With high winds it picked up dust from the Dakotas, then more as it streamed south

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across Nebraska and Kansas. Woody Guthrie, the dust bowl troubadour, was living in Pampa, Texas then. Holed up with others in a room so full of dust that the light bulb put out only about as much light as the tip of a lit cigarette, Guthrie came up with the chorus of one of his best known songs: “So long, it’s been good to know you.” Surviving the dust bowl was made even harder by the Great Depression. The human cost of this double whammy is well documented in Timothy Egan’s book The Worst Hard Time [2006]. From 1947-1957 a deeper drought than the current one extended from New Mexico to Nebraska and other western states; Texas was especially hard hit. If you follow the news, you know our current situation: New Mexico has been lucky to get some snow this winter, but it may not be enough to break the drought. The Four Corners is the least affected part of the state. I’d like to recommend another book: William deBuys’s, A Great Aridness [2011]. The writer is an environmental activist living in northern New Mexico, so when I bought this I was afraid that it might be a shrill doomsday screed, but instead it is a series of reasoned case studies in the Southwest. The author covers topics such as Colorado River water, the Rodeo-Chedeski and Cerro Grande fires of 2002, real estate development around Tucson, and others, all in the light of increasing temperatures and declining water. In this book he paints a picture of our region without picking on villains other than the changing climate. This quick overview points out that droughts in the Southwest are not unusual. What’s normal in our region is that good times will be followed by bad times. The bad times may become longer in the future as the world warms. We may run out of water to satisfy our burgeoning population. Wildfires may become more common. Our expectations and lifestyles may have to change.

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Q. What got you interested in serving as Interim Director for RMCHCS? A. It wasn’t something I was actually pursuing. I was asked to come in at the end of November to review some financial and strategic issues facing the organization. As things progressed in the month of December, the board asked me if I was willing to step in as the Interim/Acting CEO of the organization and I accepted the position. Q. What do you enjoy most about serving as Interim Director? A. The daily interaction with the staff and physicians at Rehoboth. Many of these folks I have worked with and known for over twenty years. Also, the community of Gallup and the organization has been good to me and my family; it’s one way of giving back to both of them. Q. What is the biggest challenge? A. Quite a few things to say the least. The recent turnover - both the CFO and CEO - the organization has gone through some massive change and uncertainty. In addition, there are about three or four items that hit the organization last year affecting cash flow. It was like the perfect storm scenario. Biggest challenges are getting through the anxiety caused by all these changes and addressing the financial issues. Q. What are your priorities as Interim Director? A. I think the organization has done a great job in the last three or four years embracing and upgrading clinical areas within the organization. They did very well with last year’s Joint Commission survey. My priorities are financial driven: address expenditures, revenue growth, revenue cycle, and cash flow issues. Also, dealing with the anxiety caused by the recent changes. Q. So how has Gallup changed since you lived here, twelve years ago? A. In some ways, it has not changed at all - there are still a lot of great people in the community. Aesthetically, the community has definitely upgraded itself. The downtown, the new county court house, and courthouse square are very nice. Gallup has done a great job upgrading the physical appearance of the community. Q. What do you enjoy doing in your off time? A. When I am not working, I like to golf. For the past 15 years I have spent considerable time attending my boys’ sporting events; however, the eldest just wrapped up four years of college football and the youngest finished his senior year of high school football. So the days of watching my boys playing organized sports are coming to a close. I enjoy spending time with my wife and the boys, a lot of family time. Q. What do you like to read? A. I primarily read magazines. I read Sports Illustrated, Business Week, Fortune magazine and business periodicals. Q. If you could trade places with one famous person, who would it be and why? A. My famous people are my parents – Walter and Marcella. Both of my parents grew up on Minnesota farms during the Depression, and I believe both had no more than a sixth grade education. They successfully raised nine children instilling traits and values that have suited us well.

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Building on a 115-Year-Old Foundation

By H. Haveman

Photos courtesy of Zuni Christian Reformed Mission


crane towers above Zuni Christian Reformed Mission and the small plot of land it has leased from Zuni Tribe for the past 115 years. For months, anticipation has been building as hammers pound and saws cut. The foundation and framework now reveal clearly in three dimensions what has been prayed about and planned for years: the new building for Zuni Christian Mission School (ZCMS). Mark Twain once said, “History doesn’t repeat itself – at best it sometimes rhymes.” Though surely, the echoes from past generations of mission staff and Zuni Christians create more than a simple poem with today’s efforts. The Mission’s story began in 1897 when Andrew and Effa Vander Wagen ventured from the Netherlands, via Grand Rapids, Michigan, to serve the Zuni people. They established a permanent mission in the heart of Zuni on behalf of the Christian Reformed Church. What began as a pioneer work has matured into a ministry to the community through a church (Zuni Christian Reformed Church) and school (ZCMS) that are governed locally by boards of Zuni Christians. While occupying the same 1.7-acre space of land for more than a century, the facilities have changed over the years. The most dramatic change came in the form of a fire in 1971 that destroyed the main building used for the school, church, and staff housing. Immediate rebuilding was intended to be temporary, but three portable classrooms and two modular homes are still used, over forty years later, as the primary facilities for the school and church. The Mission has used its facilities creatively to meet the needs of


the church, school and community; however, the reconstructed and temporary buildings have outlived their function. Moreover, the parsonage, built around 1917, is in poor condition. Church and school leaders have found that limited space, along with the cost of maintaining and repairing old structures, are restricting opportunities and potential educational and community programs. The solution has come after years of praying, planning and fund raising, in the form of a three-phase building project, called Foundations of Faith – Faces of Promise. Remembering the past and standing on its solid groundwork, Zuni Christian Reformed Mission looks ahead, with hope, to its continuing work and ministry. Murphy Builders, Inc. has been hired for the project and is owned by Rick Murphy, great-grandson of Andrew and Effa Vander Wagen. The past, again, resonates with the present.

The past resonates with the present.

Phase I – the school – is well underway. The new, two-story, 19,000 sq. ft. building will offer twice the space for educational programs and community events. The construction will be energy and cost efficient. Heating the entire structure will cost less than what is now spent to warm the portable classrooms! The new building will include 8 classrooms, a library, common spaces to facilitate group projects, large windows to provide views of the



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by Patricia Darak


The Showdown

After three hours and twenty-two minutes of real estate manipulation, furious dice rolling, paying money to the bank . . . the game was finally over.


t happened again; it was really no surprise. After a hiatus of several days, the subject of a rematch had been broached, and the challenge had been accepted.  The contest would begin in ten minutes, and it would be ‘winner take all.’

First, the equipment and tools were chosen and laid out; this was by far their favorite part. So much hope, so much anticipation, so much excitement.  After this, the two opponents faced off opposite one another as the game began. One small arm snaked out, snatched up the dice, and rolled.  Yes, he thought, it was a good roll: doubles.  As the young boy advanced his token across the not-yet-dangerous minefield of the game board, he glanced down at his piles of money.  “I’ll buy it!” This went on for about thirty minutes, first one warrior purchasing property, then the other.  Then, the dice began to betray them, and their tokens landed on their opponent’s squares.  Rent!  “Eighteen dollars? Too high! Outrageous!” And the game went on. Two hours of financial wizardry later, and the cries of exasperation from the older and wiser contestant teetering on the edge of financial insolvency grew louder, while the high wild laughter and semi-good-natured taunts of the young leader grew more frequent. “You’re going down, old man!” “$1,000 rent? Are you kidding me?!” “Don’t mess with me! I have hotels! Ha ha ha!” “Ugh! How did you learn this game so fast?” “Oh, Dad! Ah ha ha ha ha!!!” Soon, the young leader began to drift away from the game; checking on the activities of his sisters and his Mom seemed to break the monotony of seeing his Dad make wrong move after wrong move.  So instead of cries of anguish, the only calls that issued forth from the living room were calling our son back to the game. “It’s YOUR turn, son!” Gradually, our daughters and I tuned out the lively conversation emanating from the two males going head-to-head in combat.  The girls tidied up their rooms, got their beds ready, had their last snacks, and brushed their teeth.


Still, the game continued. The girls washed their faces, brushed their long hair, and put on their pajamas and slippers. Still, the game continued. I commenced to shut off all of the unnecessary appliances (computers, radios, motion-activated dolls that I’m sure come to life in the middle of the night and . . . well, I’m not sure, but I’ve seen enough movies about toys that it just might happen). I folded the last lonely load of laundry and put it away. Still, the game continued. After three hours and twenty-two minutes of real estate manipulation, property maintenance, furious dice rolling, paying money to the bank, receiving money from the bank, receiving money from each other, silly noises, self-congratulation and self-immolation, the game was finally over. The two contestants gazed around at the rubble on the playing field and blinked owlishly at each other.  The loser leaned over and shook the winner’s hand.  “Good job, son.  You played a great game.”  “I know, Dad. I’m a natural, huh?”  “Yes you are, son. Yes you are.” “I know.  That was fun, huh?”  My husband looked down and smiled at the six-year-old, who was beaming with joy and waving around a fist full of multicolored money.  “Yes, son.  That was fun.” All totaled, our son bankrupted his father and ended up with a substantial list of assets ($2,525 in cash, $1,630 in owned property, and $2,950 in houses and hotels). Not bad for a kid whose Dad thought he might be too young to grasp the fine intricacies of the game and initially didn’t want to let him play. After collecting the pieces back together and putting the game away, the two guys sat down and chatted. “So, Dad. Now do you want to play War?” “But son, you’ve already won that game sixteen times in a row!” “I know, Dad. What’s one more?” 

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Unless it’s the stage of nature, I’d prefer no stage at all. Just a place in a circle of friendship ‘round an open campfire, y’all. It’s got to be up in the mountains ‘mongst a forest of pine, aspen, oak. No doubt, in the Land of Enchantment, hear the voices of spirits oft spoke. By the sacred of dignified livin’ by the grass roots of growin’ yer own. By the grace of a season of bounty with the knowledge what needs to be known. To survive twenty-twelve age of reason ‘n’ the challengin’ intensity as nature ‘n’ humankind rages to put sacred in dignity. Wish a mercy to innocent children, those ain’t got a horse in the race. May the meek inherit this planet, put some meanin’ back into God’s Grace. War ain’t no way to be winnin’, Creation’s the best thing to do. Destruction, dividin’ ‘n’ killin’s what war always brings to you. Avoid acts unworthy the way of survival, transcend what wicked may say. Create together the love fer thy neighbor to survive in the worthy way.


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e are what we eat. This phrase resonates somewhere in our consciousness, but seems to have no meaning when bellies rumble and hands reach for preservative-filled food products out of a box or bag. In our country, there is an epidemic of obesity-related illnesses and diseases directly linked to the fact that we aren’t eating enough of what we should – fruits and vegetables – but are eating too much of everything else. Certainly, America’s children, who are three times more overweight or obese as their counterparts from just thirty years ago, need to hear and understand the message that a healthy diet is important. Here are the statistics: 1 in 3 children born in the year 2000 are on track to develop Type II diabetes. 1 in 4 young adults are too overweight to qualify for military service. Only 2% of children eat enough fruits and vegetables, according to USDA data. Now it’s one thing to know the facts, but change requires action. And change is what FoodCorps is all about. FoodCorps is a national organization that addresses childhood obesity and food insecurity in underserved communities. The first 50 FoodCorps Service Members were sent out to 10 states last August. During this inaugural year, they are working in 41 different sites alongside local agencies and non-profits that are already familiar with their area’s needs and are already working to develop more just food systems for children. FoodCorps envisions a generation of children that have an enduring relationship with healthy food, and will thereby learn better, live longer, and will be liberated from diet-related disease. One of New Mexico’s six FoodCorps Service Members is based here in Gallup! Joshua Kanter arrived at the start of the school year and has jumped into his responsibilities at two local schools with both feet. He works locally with Connections, Inc. under Karl Lohmann who applied on behalf of McKinley County to become one of the first FoodCorps host sites. Knowing that children in this area face challenges related to access to healthy food, Joshua is working to educate students on what healthy food is, helping them to engage with fresh fruits and vegetables in school gardens, and sourcing healthy food for access in school cafeterias. Joshua is serving at Chee Dodge and Juan de Oñate Elementary Schools, each for two days a week. Lohmann chose these sites for a FoodCorps presence because of the high positivity and support already in place. Joshua works closely with Kevin Buggie at Chee Dodge and Steve Heil at Oñate. Both of these teachers have been instrumental in beginning and helping to maintain gardens at their respective schools. Within this framework of support, Joshua quickly fell in line with the great things that were already going on, but also found new ways to expose students to a more healthy lifestyle. Beyond working in the garden at Chee Dodge, he has begun a fitness program that engages students in fun exercises to promote regular activity as part of living healthier. At Oñate,


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a composting program is taking off, first by rewarding students for eating their portions of fruits and veggies at lunch, then by collecting leftover scraps for compost. At both schools, Joshua has begun serving fruit and vegetable smoothies, as a healthy snack option alongside the popcorn and pickles that the schools sell to students as a fundraiser. Ryna Tulley and Victor Iyua, Jr., who also work with Lohmann as part of YCC and the Boys and Girls Club, have been faithful assistants each week on smoothie days. Together, the three experiment with various colors and flavors, using fresh ingredients like mangos, kiwis, blackberries, ginger, and kale to expose students to tasty, healthy treats made from real food. Not only does Kanter bring passion and ingenuity to his role as a FoodCorps Service Member, he’s also got some great skills and tries to make an impact wherever he goes. Exposed to gardening at a young age, he was involved with the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) at the University of Connecticut, where he attended college. Then last year he served in Los Angeles with City Year, which is a program primarily focused on providing academic support to youth. While there, he helped start a garden that the kids tended throughout the year and from which they were able to take home potted plants. Joshua bikes almost everywhere he goes for lots of reasons: for the environment, to save money, to listen to music, to exercise, to meditate, and, perhaps, to get noticed. “If someone sees me biking to school, in the cold, in the dark, with a smile, maybe it will make them wonder why I’m doing it.” Joshua also bakes bread – really delicious, beautiful, healthy bread. This bread has caught on in town and now there’s an email list and weekly orders for bread sales. Every Friday you can find Joshua in the kitchen at The Community Pantry making baguettes, boules, bâtards, Jewish challah, and even gluten free varieties. He loves doing it and invites others to get involved. It’s just one more way that he’s helping to educate and provide healthy food options to this community. But, this is the coolest part: 100% of the profits that Joshua collects from selling his bread go right back to the kids at his schools! The money pays for the fruits and veggies that create the smoothies he makes each week. So far, Joshua’s efforts have been met with appreciation, support, encouragement, and, maybe, some apprehension. While his work is helping to improve access to and education about healthy foods, the process is a slow one. Generations of poor food and fitness habits don’t change in just one year. And while Joshua’s service in Gallup will end with the school year, McKinley County will have another FoodCorps Service Member next year to pick up where he left off and begin new initiatives. The seeds are planted and with people to maintain the garden, there will be fruit to harvest! For more information or to get involved with bread making, contact Joshua by phone (203-219-1222) or email ( To find out more about FoodCorps, visit

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ElFebruary Morro Theatre Schedule

Saturday, February 4, Time: 1 pm Kids Matinee Movie: The Great Mouse Detective Rated: G 72 minutes Animated Feature Voice Talents: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Kristin Wiig Adm: Adults: $2 Children 12 & under: FREE! There’s action, mystery and comedy afoot when super sleuth Basil of Baker Street returns to match wits with his old nemesis, Professor Ratigan in this re-release of the Disney studios 26th full-length animated feature. Featuring music by Academy Award-winning composer Henry Mancini, this delightful, animated comedycaper follows our hero and he pursues his evil rat rival from the depths of London’s sewers to the dizzying heights of Big Ben’s clock tower, resulting in one of the most entertaining and fast-paced animated adventures ever captured on

film. Acknowledged as the film which signaled the return of the Disney studios re-commitment to animation, THE ADVENTURES OF THE GREAT MOUSE DETECTIVE includes a breathtaking climax, set against the meshing gears of the giant clock, which remains as one of the most complex, innovative and exciting sequences ever attempted in animation.

Saturday, February 11, Time: 1pm Let’s Try This Again :0) Kids Matinee Movie: Lady and The Tramp Rated: G 76 minutes Animated Feature Voice Talents: Barbara Luddy, Larry Roberts, Peggy Lee, Bill Thompson, Bill Baucom Adm: Adults: $2 Children 12 & under: FREE! KIDS! Drawing after movie for FUN Valentine’s Stuff

This 1955 film tells the story of a rakish, street-smart dog named Tramp, who helps an aristocratic pooch named Lady out of some trouble. This Disney Classic is sweet and funny with a combination of innocence and sophistication. Peggy Lee co-wrote the songs and provides the voice of the Siamese cats in one of the film’s best-known musical sequences. Saturday, February 11, Time: 7 pm Arts Crawl Night! Stop by the El Morro while you are downtown and see what we have going on. Popcorn, drinks, candy and hot cocoa will be for sale. Tuesday, February 14, Time: 7 pm Happy Valentine’s Day! City of Gallup, Lodgers Tax, Gallup BID and Native Stars present:

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Saturday, February 18, Time: 1 pm Kids Matinee Movie: Atlantis: The Lost Empire Rated: PG 95 minutes Animated Feature Voice Talents: Michael J. Fox, James Garner, Claudia Christian, Mark Hamill Adm: Adults: $2 Children 12 & under: FREE! An old explorer gives Milo Thatcher an ancient and magical journal written in a lost language that contains maps that lead to the lost underwater city of Atlantis. Milo and his team of adventurers decipher the journal and then board a submarine to find this lost empire. Saturday,

February 25, Time: 1pm Kids Matinee Movie: Puss In Boots Rated: PG 90 minutes Animated Feature Voice Talents: Antonio Banderas, Zach Galifianakis, Salma Hayek Adm: Adults: $2 Children 12 & under: FREE! Way before he ever met Shrek, the legendary Puss in Boots goes on a heroic journey, teaming up with mastermind Humpty Dumpty and the street-savvy Kitty Softpaws to steal the famed Goose that lays the Golden Eggs. It’s the adventure of nine lifetimes!

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Corporate Culture W

e had an interesting discussion at work the other day with our staff. What is our culture?

When we talk about culture we either think of ethnic cultures, sophisticated classical music or something an anthropologist might study. I want to discuss with you your Corporate Culture. Every business, whether you consciously think about it or not, has a culture. It is manifest in HOW you do things, not just how you TALK about how you do things. You can say that you offer excellent service or a superior product, but unless you actually DELIVER excellent service or products, your culture is not what you think it is. You may say that you have strict policies and procedures to work on things, but unless you follow through with them, you do not have that culture. Or, you may say that you have a free and open work environment where staff is allowed to be free thinkers or big idea folks, but again, unless you actually have those things, your culture is not what you think it is. In their book, Diagnosing and Changing Organizational Culture, authors Kim Cameron and Robert Quinn have developed a methodology to find out what your workplace culture is like. They have narrowed the corporate culture areas to four main types: Clan, Ad Hoc, Market and Hierarchical.

In the Clan Culture, the family type atmosphere is emphasized. There is a feeling of teamwork and working in harmony. The culture is more closely associated with the group sharing a common mission or objective and working together to achieve it. It also strives to work at having a relationship with the clients or customers they work with. In the Ad Hoc Culture creativity and entrepreneurial spirits are emphasized. There is a feeling of no boundaries, lots of noise and fun, very open to know ideas and innovation. This culture rewards new, bold ideas and frowns upon convention. In the Market Culture, there is an emphasis on hitting the numbers. Getting market share, increasing profits and maximizing returns drives this culture. These companies are trying to get to the results of the bottom line as a high priority. In the Hierarchical Culture, there is an emphasis on rules, regulations, policies, procedures and a chain of command. There is a great deal of time dealing with compliance to the rules of the company and the policies being implemented. There is a structure and safety in these companies. It is important to note that all companies have SOME of all these cultures. There is no such thing as a 100% culture in one area. For instance, if you worked for Apple, it is probably in an Ad Hoc Culture-dominated environment, but that does not mean there is no desire to make money in the market,

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work as teams or have policies and procedures in place or a boss to report to. All of the cultures are represented, but one of them becomes dominant most of the time. The question then becomes, what type of culture do you work for or own? If there is not a conscious effort to understand culture, one will evolve and become the de facto culture anyway. What is the importance of understanding your culture, though? All of these cultures have strengths and weaknesses. Indentifying what is most important is very crucial to dealing with these issues and the pressures of the job. Also, if you identify employees that function best in certain cultures, you can have a more happy staff. For instance, if you have a natural salesperson that is excited about numbers and selling and put them in a culture that is structured and filled with paperwork or one that gives greater emphasis to creativity, they might not do so well. But put that type in a market culture and they will be happy and productive. If you try to make a bureaucrat sell, they will not be happy. I think you see where I am going. If you understand your culture and your strengths and weaknesses, you can make choices with regards to your staff, your direction, your markets, your mindset and your measures for success. In other words, you must know yourself before you can change yourself. You must understand yourself before you can use your strengths to your advantage and minimize your weaknesses. One example comes to mind. I recently went to a deli out of town for a bite to eat for lunch. They are a chain store, so they were all geared up with their marketing devices and signage. They had banners hanging around the restaurant touting their great food, excellent service and clean facilities. There were quotes and endorsements from critics and customers to uphold that message. This was their mission statement; now I needed to check the culture. Did they ACT like they SAID they were going to act? Were they true to their branding? Did they walk the walk and not just talk the talk? As I ordered, got my food, ate, etc., I must say that this company behaved exactly how they said they would. Their culture matched their message. You know what it is like when that does not happen; you are disappointed and left to feel like you were let down. This is the meaning of culture: creating actions that match your message. It is manifest in the way you carry out the actions of the day. It is important whether you are a boss, owner, employee, team leader, etc. You can match your values with your actions.

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My Road to Gallup

By Angela Bruhl

Angela with the group of girls she met with weekly while serving in Senegal.


am a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who is currently teaching 9th grade English at Gallup High School. This is the story of my journey to this place.

Throughout my life my career aspirations have fluctuated from wanting to be a waitress in elementary school, becoming a writer in middle school, to studying to be a pediatrician in college. How is it that 10 years later I am a happy high school English teacher? I finally ended up graduating from college as an English major. As with many others, I found myself in a situation of having to decide what I would do postcollege. There are not that many options for an English Literature major: a librarian or a writer? When I heard a Peace Corps representative speaking at my school about his experience and the rewarding opportunities of the Peace Corps, I was sold. I immediately called home and informed my parents that I was going to join the Peace Corps. I applied to the Peace Corps as soon as I graduated. It was a very long process; I believe it to be a test of commitment. After filling out the applications, essays, going to a couple of interviews, I was finally accepted. Then, the medical and dental screening process came with frustration: this medical test was abnormal, this was incomplete, this is normal but the whole procedure has to be completely redone. Talking to other Peace Corps volunteers I found that this was the norm. Finally, after 18 months, I started getting invitations to serve in different countries. I missed a couple of invitations because my paperwork had not been processed in time or in the case of Turkmenistan (it borders Iraq) I turned it


down. Finally, I accepted the invitation to Senegal, West Africa. Senegal is the western most country in Africa. The country is about 95% Muslim (4% Catholic and 1% animism). The official language is French, but that is just used by the officials. There are other regional languages that the locals speak: Wolof, Pulaar, Mandinka, Seereer, and Bombera. There are two seasons; the rainy season lasts from December to February and gets as cold as 61 degrees. The hot season is the rest of year; temperatures ranging 81 degrees to 130 degrees (quite often my parents told me the newspaper listed Matam, my site, as the hottest place on earth). Based on my health background (I started college as a biology major), I received an assignment as a health educator. Upon entering the country I started an intensive eight-week training. The program included 121 hours of language instruction, 70 hours of technical health instruction, 39 hours of cross-cultural learning instruction, and 18 hours of personal medical and safety and security instructions. Technical health instruction included the different diseases threatening the people of Senegal such as dysentery, malaria, and AIDS. Then, we were instructed on how to prevent the diseases and teach others. I was told most of my work would be informal chats with people about staying healthy. My site turned out to be a larger city with a population of about 20,000 (roughly the size of Gallup). I soon realized that informal discussions were not making much of a dent in the community. So, I facilitated several HIV/AIDS classes for the English students at the middle school. During that time I informally trained teachers on the subject as well. Through this I experienced the classroom setting

These girls were determined not to follow the footsteps of girls dropping out of school to become wives. at the middle school. The school was made up of vacant cement rooms. Each classroom had one chalkboard and a number of tables and benches. Classrooms were packed; they never had enough seats or tables for students and some had to stand. Nor was there any chalk to use on the chalkboards. No air conditioning, so if it got too hot school was cancelled. No electricity, so when it got dark school was cancelled. The school day started at 8am and the students broke for lunch from 12 to 4 (the hottest part of the day), before returning to school in the evening until 6. Another project I undertook was aiding the heath post center. I conducted weekly baby weighing and vaccinations as well as educating mothers on their child’s nutrition. I saw so many young mothers come in, girls who had to drop out of school to start a family. This inspired me to focus on educating adolescent girls. I collaborated with a teacher to organize a girls group at the middle school. During the school year a group of 15 girls, ages 13-18, met weekly. At these meetings I conducted lessons on health topics such as malaria, nutrition, first aid, and selected activities on STDs. Malaria is a huge problem in Senegal. Fun activities we did were using the local neem plant to make lotion to ward off mosquitoes, or using beads to decorate and personalize bed nets. We also played games practicing saying no to sexual advances. We even watched the TV show Veronica Mars to demonstrate a strong female and show them high school life in America. After the first year of my service half the group moved up to the high school. I followed these girls and continued our activities, while adding more girls to the middle school group. These girls were determined not to follow the footsteps of girls dropping out of school to become wives. They knew what they wanted: to be nurses, teachers, secretaries, etc. I encouraged them to achieve these goals. Along with my work at the health post and the school I co-led a bi-monthly radio show. This included a live program, which required translation of original health materials in English into the local language of Pulaar and interviews, skits, lessons, and advertisements. I led a World AIDS Day event. A number of establishments worked together to provide a day of informative presentations and discussions on HIV/AIDS. This is normally a taboo subject in Senegal. The event required

grant writing, securing a venue, hiring a DJ, and arranging advertising (which included a national radio commercial). It was a great success. In the summers I traveled to the capital city of Dakar to work with 5 other Peace Corps Volunteers to conduct a week-long English camp at a high school. The week was composed of English lessons and practice, cross culture exchange, and fun games and activities. For example, the students loved learning the lyrics to The BlackEyed Peas “Where is the Love,” which generated discussions about American culture.

Angela conducted weekly baby weighings and vaccinations while educating young mothers.

After two years, my service came to an end and I had to begin thinking about the “real world.” I reflected on my service and found that I loved the joys and challenges of working with adolescents and wanted to become a teacher. WNMU Gallup intrigued me for many reasons. I found out about the program through Peace Corps Fellows and the more I learned, the more interested I became. Both the Navajo and rural setting appealed to me. I am a quarter Navajo, but since my mother was adopted I was not exposed to the culture as much as I would like to have been. During my Peace Corps experience I worked in a rural school. It’s amazing to see students come to a room without electricity, not enough desks for everyone and no books or supplies. I met a girl at the school who was there every day and her mother told me she got up every morning at 5am in order to do her studies and complete the household chores before school. I have heard similar stories of students here. I am amazed at the students who overcome difficulties just to make it to school. These students make the effort and sacrifice to learn. Students here in Gallup, as well as in Senegal, need teachers to support and encourage them. I love working with students and learning from them, their knowledge and community values, while at the same time passing on my experience and education.

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t’s official. We have moved into the Lexington Hotel. We have moved people living in our Transitional Shelter at Frances Opportunity Center to the ground floor of the Lexington Hotel. And, former residents of the Lexington Hotel have been moved back to their place of residence. CARE 66 administration offices have moved to the basement of the GJU building. We will be there for the next 18 months until our new offices, which will be part of the Hooghan Hozho’ development, are completed on Strong Drive, which we hope will be sooner.

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The Lexington Hotel is a labor of love and we could not have done it without your support. Together with locally raised funds we leveraged monies from the State Legislature, HUD, ARRA, Navajo Housing Authority, and private foundations. We are very grateful to each of these funders and we look forward to working with them on future projects. Rhonda Berg, Peter Tarutis and Carl Smith have worked very hard to complete this project. Please congratulate them when you see them. Many years ago it was our dream to provide a place where people could transition from homelessness to a home of their own while still having access to support services. We now move onto the next phase of this dream. Naturally, there will be bugs to be worked out and new challenges to be faced. Until next month stay well and do good!

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Again, I’m not trying to whine (well, maybe a little), and I do love warm weather. But if I had to trade one season for another, I certainly wouldn’t trade in winter for spring. I’d trade our WINDY season for any other season just like everyone else. Man, I am not looking forward to Arizona dust in my eyes, nose, mouth, ears, hair, shirts, pants, shorts, socks, shoes, coats, etc. I’ve taken to building pipes lately – and no, not that kind.


About a month ago, my friend Don showed me a tobacco pipe that he had made himself and it got me thinking that I could probably create a pipe on my own.

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Anyway, I was talking to another friend, Fitz, about my idea for a hobby and he gave me some wood to use from his most recent home of Maine.

Too bad I don’t like to smoke. Well, that’s not true, smoking is a terrible habit and I’m glad I don’t like to smoke.


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But I did like making those pipes. Maybe I can continue that hobby in the near future. Wow, this must be about the most boring rambles

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anyone has ever written or read. It’ll probably get better as we move along. Well, maybe. Recently, I started jogging again. Not far, but far enough. I love how I feel when I’m jogging – even if I’ve got a really slow pace going, I just feel great. I feel strong and in shape, even when I’m not. I have no idea why that would be the case, but it is. I’m not sure if you were able to make it out for the first ArtsCrawl expansion (more info on this month’s ArtsCrawl schedule on page 51), but it was great! We had the street closed down and heaters and benches strewn about, along with a painter and some live music! I mean it was a great night in Downtown Gallup. Really great to see so many folks out sauntering around between galleries and chatting on street corners about art and music and culture and such. We actually do have some great synergy right now. I’m not sure if you notice it or not, or if it’s one of those things that I’m fabricating, but it seems to be coming together.

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Lit Crit Lite A look at some books available at your local public library


or those of you who follow this column (who are you, by the way?), you know that the literature that we choose comes from all around the globe – India, Mexico, Ethiopia, and some from the US. I thought I’d throw a celebrated British writer into the mix. Zadie Smith is a young contemporary writer who wrote White Teeth in 2000, for which she won several prestigious prizes. I recently read her second novel, On Beauty. It’s not my usual sort of favorite novel – being a bit academic and theoretical. The title suggests a philosophical essay on one of the great intangible facets of human life. One of the fundamental differences between humans and other species is the ability to appreciate and be moved by beauty. Many believe that although our lives are, of course, upheld by the fundamental tangible things of this world – like work, money, food, shelter – that we are also wired to desire and need that totally immeasurable draught that, for lack of another word, we call beauty. This comical novel plays around with just that idea. On Beauty is set in a small fictitious college town in the Boston suburbs called Wellington. The life of the world of academia – especially in the humanities – is as much a character in this novel as any of the people. Department meetings, the jockeying to achieve tenure, the alignments of students to professors, classroom scenes, and that peculiar insular vocabulary of the university create the constant backdrop of this tale. Smith doesn’t so much have a main character as a main family. The Belseys are


by Kris Pikaart

a smart, biracial family with three nearly grown kids. Howard is a professor of Art History. Older, he has carved out a strange little niche in the art history world, in which he is relatively alone, save a few odd devotees. At the heart of his academic career is the thesis that there was nothing particularly genius about Rembrandt, but that he was simply a good marketer who painted what his clients wanted. He is a sarcastic critic of all things religious and emotional. His wife, Kiki, a large African American woman, rather than an academic, is a nurse by training who is now the administrator of the local hospital. Kiki and Howard have, for many decades, had “the most successful marriage that they know of.” Although all of their friend’s marriages are to fellow academicians, Howard and Kiki have long felt met and matched in ways that no one from outside their marriage can see. Kiki is practical where Howard theoretical. They laugh together and live life rather large. Their kids each carve their own spot in the world: Jerome is serious and in backlash to his father, very religious. Zora is smart, mouthy, and thoroughly enamored by the politics of academia. The youngest, Levi, finds meaning in his African-American identity – joining a rap group and becoming engaged in the politics of a group of Haitian immigrants. On the surface of it, the story is about the slow unraveling of Howard and Kiki’s 30-some-year marriage and the effect of the dissolution on their children. At the beginning of the story, we learn that Howard has confessed to having a brief affair, for which Kiki has decided to forgive and forget – until she learns that it was with their best friend Claire, a celebrated poet colleague of Howard’s. One more discretion and many emotional missteps later, Kiki has virtually no choice but to leave the bereft Howard. The kids align with the warring parents in

This comical novel plays around with just that idea. classic and almost comical ways. But the story is hopeful in a funny way. At the end of the book, Smith leaves us with just a wistful little hint that the depths of love and a life made up of each other might just be able to endure the worst of a man’s behavior. Back to the idea of beauty. Howard has disposed of the idea of any sort of intrinsic beauty – it is all the rubbish of academics and religious nuts. He believes that the idea of beauty is nothing but a cultural myth. Things are only beautiful insofar as we assign value to them. However, we see a slow unraveling of that notion as he loses more and more of what matters to him. In a twist of plot far too complicated to go into here, the Belsey family ends up at a funeral in London of the wife of Howard’s academic enemy – a woman that Kiki had found a secret friend in. Howard grouses about being in the simple old church and about the music. And yet, when the Cambridge choir stands up to sing Mozart’s Ave Verum, he finds himself in an unpredictable predicament – moved by the music he has often and loudly critiqued. He did not even get the opportunity to check the booklet in his hand; never discovered that this was Mozart’s Ave Verum, and this choir, Cambridge singers. No time to remind himself that he hated Mozart . . . The song had him . . . Howard gripped the arms of his chair and tried to regulate his breathing in case this was an asthmatic episode or a dehydration incident, both of which he had experienced before. But this was different; he was tasting salt, watery salt. A lot of it, and feeling it in the cambers of his nose; it ran in rivulets down his neck and pooled in the dainty triangular well at the base of his throat. It was coming from his eyes . . . At this point in the proceedings, it was Howard’s more usual practice to doodle lightly with a pencil along the edge of the funeral programme while recalling the true, unpleasant relationship between the dead man in the box and the fellow presently offering a glowing eulogy, or to wonder whether the dead man’s widow will acknowledge the dead man’s mistress sitting in the third row . . . He was quite sure he was making embarrassing noises. He was powerless to stop them. His thoughts fled from him and rushed down their dark holes. Zora’s gravestone. Levis’s Jerome’s. Everybody’s. His own. Kiki’s. Kiki’s. Kiki’s. Kiki’s. So confounded by his outpouring of sorrow, he cannot stay and sob, so he sneaks out of the funeral to find his elderly father to try once and for all to make peace with the old man. And last, in the midst of his final lecture (in a last ditch effort to save a dying teaching career) on the myth of the beauty narrative, he finds himself utterly (and most unusually) at a loss for words. He is moved by the photos of the art being projected on the wall, and even more so by the beautiful round face of his estranged wife who, in a magnificent move, has come to support him. Smith hints that all has fallen away for him – the entire language of the academy, the cloying to get and stay on top of an argument, the theoretical talk. And all there is is a face, his love for the particularities of that face, and a heart moved by the undeniable beauty of it. Although it clearly covers some sad subjects, this is a comic novel, based on E.M. Forster’s Howard’s End. It’s an interesting and funny glimpse into a biracial family (a reality which Zadie Smith is well aware of, being of Jamaican and English descent). Throughout, there is clever, funny critique of academia. Smith herself had a rather devastating and brief tenure at Harvard as a visiting professor. It was fun to dip my toes into the world of academia – the politics, the passions, the classes, the syllabi, the rituals – a world that seems far away right now. The loveliest sections were those set in London – the scenery was so carefully rendered that I could almost picture walking through the old streets, the grassy parks, the crumbling Anglican church. In the end, this novel is full of love – crooked, broken, hobbled love though it be. No showroom can contain it, no essay can explain it, but beauty, Smith suggests, comes in the form of gritty real life, from the crashing of the love of other mortals. Smith hints that at the end of the day, it is what we have to hold in our hands and to carry to our graves.

For the Kiddos By Daya Choudhrie, age 9.


y very favorite book is called Soupy Saturdays with the Pain and the Great One. It was written by Judy Blume in 2007 and is illustrated by James Stevenson. I have read it more than six times. It is about a girl named Abigail and her brother and what they learned about their lives. Abigail (The Great One) is in 3rd grade and she likes the color pink and princesses. Jacob (Jake, or The Pain) is in 1st grade and likes making his big sister mad. They fight a lot, but you can tell that they really love each other. I like this book because a different character tells their story in each chapter. I also like it because it teaches you that life is not always so easy. I think that anyone who likes really funny stories that also still teach you lessons would like to read this book. It is a good book for both girls and boys. believe • gallup


TOWN Film Screening at El Morro Theatre Friday, February 17 at 7 pm The Gallup Film Foundation is sponsoring a film screening at El Morro Theatre on February 17, 2012 at 7 pm. Brent Morris will be showing his documentary, MADE IN NEW MEXICO and Ramona Emerson will show her screenplay, OPAL. A time for questions and answers will follow the films. A $5 donation is appreciated. MADE IN NEW MEXICO sheds light on many factors that make the state one of the premier places to shoot motion pictures, television series and digital media. From a brief history of filmmaking to a discussion of the forward thinking necessary in today’s competitive industry, the documentary explores the hotly debated incentive programs New Mexico initiated a decade ago. Other topics include economic impact, media education, Native American filmmakers and developing brick and mortar infrastructure necessary for a thriving industry. Shot and edited over a two-year period and financed largely through crowd funding, the film aims to educate and celebrate a healthy film and media industry. It is produced and directed by New Mexico filmmakers David Jean Schweitzer and Brent Morris. OPAL is a film by Ramona Emerson and a Reel Indian Pictures production. “There are three things in life that Opal Shorty loves: her bike, Grandma’s mutton stew, and Charles Bronson movies. But when the sanctity of her summer is threatened by the town bully and his NO GIRLS ALLOWED restrictions, Opal is forced to rise to the occasion and take him down!” Reel Indian Pictures has been making films for over 17 years and loves to be a part of the Native film community. They strive to create a strong Native voice through the medium of filmmaking and are constantly looking for ways to give Native artists ways to learn the craft of filmmaking. Check out for more. For more information on the film screening or Gallup Film Foundation, contact Carrie House by phone (505879-9409) or email (


The Gallup Community Concert Association Presents VOCES8 Thursday, February 2 at 7 pm Gallup High Auditorium The Gallup Community Concert Association is pleased to announce that an international award-winning octet, know as VOCES8, will be performing at the Gallup High School’s Kenneth Holloway Auditorium beginning at 7 pm on February 2. This is an a cappella octet based out of London, England. They have entertained audiences across Europe and the UK and now they will be performing in Gallup, New Mexico. Founded in 2003 by ex-choristers of Westminster Abbey, VOCES8 first achieved success in 2005, winning first prize at the International Choral Grand Prix in Gorizia, Italy. Subsequently, the group has performed widely in the UK, Europe, the USA, Africa and Asia. Their repertoire ranges from 13th century polyphony to unique jazz and pops. Don’t miss this awardwinning a cappella octet. Season memberships cost as follows: $40 for an adult; $15 for students (18 years and under); family membership is $90 (2 adults + school age kids); and single parent family membership is $50 (1 adult + school age kids). Memberships may be purchased at the door. Each membership card entitles you to 5 punches. You choose how and when you wish to use those punches. By becoming a member of The Gallup Community Concert Association, you are also allowed to attend concerts in Cortez, CO (this is in addition to the five punches on your card). Buy a membership or purchase one membership to get five people in at this one 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 by using this address: Gallup-Community-Concert-Association/188563434516468?ref=ts.

87301 Resolution 2012: Put your tax and financial house in order.

February Library Events at Octavia Fellin Public Library 2012 Black History Month Main Branch Lena Horne Visits the Library! Thursday, February 16 at 6:30 pm, Brenda Hollingsworth-Marley will present her one woman tribute to the famous singer, actress and civil rights activist. A reception will follow. The Library will be playing Ms. Horne’s music and films throughout the day. Black Women in Film – Co-sponsored by the Gallup Film Foundation, Wednesday nights at 5:30. February 1 – The Help – In this awarding film, set in Mississippi during the 1960s, a southern society girl returns from college and decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. February 8 – Secrets & Lies – A black optometrist, traces her birth to a white woman who denies it. February 22 – Cabin in the Sky (staring Lena Horne) – In this musical a compulsive gambler is shot and mortally wounded. God’s General and Lucifer Jr. visit Little Joe and give him six months to atone. February 29 – Precious - In Harlem, a pregnant, overweight, illiterate teen tries to turn her life in a new direction. Where to Look for College Funding, Friday, February 3 at 4:30 pm the library will hold a Where to Look for College Funding Workshop. Please call the library at (505) 863-1291 for more information. Children’s Branch Anti-Valentine’s Party, Saturday, February 11 at 4 pm Teens ages 13-18 are invited to join us to celebrate all things anti-love. Music, crafts, and snacks will be provided. The Harlem Renaissance Lives! Saturday, February 18 at 2 pm, Join us for a special songs & stories tribute to the Jazz Age. Get to know Ella Fitzgerald and other stars of Jazz. Dress in your most dapper 1920s flapper gear.

The only effective way to control and conquer your tax and financial issues is to review them throughout the year. And what better way to kick off the new year than to tidy up your financial and tax house. Here are some tips to get you started. Identify your tax opportunities for 2012. There are many credits and deductions available to you in such areas as retirement, education, home ownership, and childcare. Identify those that will reduce your taxes, and make sure to qualify for all of the deductions and credits that are available to you. Plan your portfolio for 2012. Take the lower tax rates on both dividends and long-term capital gains into account as you review your portfolio for 2012 changes. Rid yourself of “stuff” you don’t use. Are you paying for a cell phone you rarely use? A magazine you never read? A mail-order video service you forgot about? An extra cable box for that basement TV you never watch? A membership to a gym you rarely attend? If so, now is the time to dump those wasted services and pocket the cash. Plan for your retirement. Are you putting aside enough money for your retirement? Most of the available retirement programs allow you to put this money away while reducing your current taxes. Does your employer match some of your 401(k) contributions? Then consider making at least that much of a contribution in order to maximize the benefit of you 401(k) plan. Get a grip on your debt. Take a look at your current debt, especially your credit card debt. Consider transferring a balance on a high interest card to a lower interest credit card. Remember that personal interest isn’t deductible (such as credit card interest and auto loan interest), so you might want to consider paying off that debt with a lower-rate deductible home-equity loan. Get that new filing system started now. Purge your 2011 files. Destroy document that you don’t need. Create new files for your 2012 documents. Keep a tax and financial calendar that shows all deadlines for making payments and filing returns. And if you don’t have a filing system, create one in order to organize and locate your tax and financial records. We can help. These are only a few of the many things that you can do to get your financial house in order. If you need help on any of these, or would like additional suggestions, give us a call. We’re here to help you make the best financial choices and tax decisions. Contact us at 505863-9575 or Steve A. Petranovich, CPA PC Visit for a free tax organizer!

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McKinley Citizens’ Recycling Council - MCRC

By Betsy Windisch

The beginning of a non-profit is based on passion and volunteers. The survival of a non-profit is based on flexibility, PASSION and VOLUNTEERS! The McKinley Citizens’ Recycling Council (MCRC) originated with a passion that Octavia Fellin had to see recycling in Gallup. Even back in 1989 recycling was not a new thing. Albuquerque was gearing up and states like Maine, Oregon, Washington, and California, among others, had been recycling for 15 years or so.

Progress has been made. The opening of the Recycling Center on Earth Day almost two years ago provided another opportunity for citizens to recycle. The center located at the Gallup Transfer Station on Hasler Valley Road is now accepting: Plastic Bottles #1 and #2 (rinse and remove the lids) along with aluminum (cans, clean foil / pans), steel cans (rinsed), corrugated cardboard, and mixed paper (white paper, lightly colored papers, magazines, catalogs, and junk mail).

Recycling is often profit driven. The role of MCRC, similar non-profits, and environmentally conscious municipalities is to make the citizenry aware that recycling does save money (in the long run), saves energy, saves natural resources, and is directly related to quality of life. Whether a town recycles their manufactured goods or not is also seen as an asset or detriment to visitors and tourists.

Gallup City Solid Waste set out bright yellow lid containers to collect corrugated cardboard around town. The volume has tripled in the last year. Thank you, citizens!

A lot of recycling has taken place in this town since 1989; almost all has been driven by volunteers. A brief interlude during the Rosebrough administration saw the opening of Rainbow Recycling Center, a volunteer effort to capture as much as possible before going to the landfill. The economy and politics ended this effort. A collaborative effort between MCRC, The Community Pantry, and McKinley Paper (now Bio-PAPPEL) was an effort to raise awareness about the value of recycling for another non-profit and an area business. {Accepting corrugated cardboard, grayboard (cereal boxes and the like), white paper, white shredded paper, catalogs, magazines, glossy newspaper inserts, telephone books, light strands. Drop off 24/7 on the south side.} MCRC continues to educate and raise awareness about the importance of recycling despite the downturn in the economy with the recent recession. In fact, the recession helped recycling. Out-of-work individuals set to hauling metals out of the arroyos which brought some income to the household. Our local metal recyclers stayed in business throughout the downturn while across the country many merged or closed.

VOLUNTEERS are the critical piece because, to my knowledge, there isn’t a line item for recycling in our city budget. MCRC has persevered and matured. Instead of the “green” group of members in the late 80s / early 90s the group knows its limitations, so to speak. Our role is defined to educate about the How, What, Where, When and most importantly, Why to recycle. The work needs to continue now more than ever and more volunteers are needed to spread the message. *Attend one of MCRC’s meetings on the first Saturday of the month at 2 pm at 508 Sandstone Place, Indian Hills. Can’t attend? then contact a member below to find out how you can help. *Speakers are needed for school presentations, civic and religious groups, working with local businesses and more. *Website development and maintenance. *Membership (individual and corporate) *Brochure updates and distribution *Assist the compost project by picking up coffee grounds from local restaurants. *Event management (Earth Day / America Recycles Day) Gerald & Millie, 722-5142 Linda, 905-5966 Leigh, 488-5421 Betsy, 722-9257 or

4-Corners Outing Club Looking for Members 4-Corners Outing Club, a non-profit organization, is looking for new members. If you interested in outdoor adventures, road trips, social gatherings and stupid fun, this may be the club for you. Experience all of the beauty and adventure that the Southwest has to offer!  Upcoming outings include a skiing trip sometime this spring, Salt River tubing (www. east of Phoenix, AZ. in September, and fundraising activities.  Anyone with questions or interest in getting a group together can call (505) 728-6525 or email   Must be over 18, but we promote family involvement.   Sponsorship Wanted!


February ArtsCrawl Saturday, February 11, 7-9 pm

Street party anyone? In the continuing evolution of ArtsCrawl there are lots of new and exciting additions taking shape. Going back to the roots of ArtsCrawl, Coal Street will again be closed from 2nd Street to 3rd Street each month, allowing art enthusiasts to stroll freely among the shops and galleries. Along the way people can rest on benches or warm themselves by the outdoor propane heaters, all the while listening to live music and watching artists creating on the street.

This month check out live music by local band, WINGINIT, as well as Pat Burnham who will be painting LIVE! Foundations of Freedom, 115 W. Coal Ave. Capoeira Roda at 7:30 pm - Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian fight-dance that is played to live instrumentation and singing in Portuguese. ART123, 123 W. Coal Ave. “Margin for Error” - paintings by Andy Stravers and sculptures by Fitz Sargent Open Studio/Outsider Gallery, 123 W. Coal Ave. (East Room) A Project of Disability Services, Inc. working to create an inclusive community. One-of-a-kind, handmade, contemporary fine arts and crafts. Featuring: new paintings by Jay Dickens, Robert Martinez, & Floyd Nelson, contemporary bead jewelry by Frances Martinez, and beadwork by Lionel Yazzie. ArtsCrawl Market, 204 W. Coal Ave. Local artists’ marketplace El Morro Theatre, 207 W. Aztec Ave. Concessions and restrooms open Beeman Jewelry Design, 211 W. Coal Ave. Open for business. Hand-made, one-of-a-kind, custom jewelry created by John Beeman Makeshift Gallery, 213 W. Coal Ave. Open 10am-9pm and offering unique and affordable handmade gifts. Bruce Schuurmann will be the featured artist, showing greeting cards and photographs. Professional Offices, 224 W. Coal Ave. Stop in to visit and enjoy the mid-20th century print collection and Native American art by Bruce Watchman and Albert Benally. Also, meet Dr. Frederick Klopfer, Gallup’s newest psychologist in private practice. The Industry Gallery, 226 W Coal Ave. Featuring an art collection from the Juggernaut Cheap-O-Depot Books and Things, 227 W. Coal Ave. Lots of new books in stock and a special display with art books Crashing Thunder Studio, 228 W. Coal Ave. Featuring “Pixels and Plastic” by Bill Keeler Bill Malone Trading Company, 235 W. Coal Ave. Traditional Native American Art including jewelry, rugs, and more! Youth Art Display, 305 S. Second Street Displaying the work of promising young artists of Gallup and McKinley County Camille’s Sidewalk Café, 306 S. Second Street Offering free hot chocolate 6-9pm. Angela’s Café, 201 E. Historic 66 Featuring music by Chucki Begay 6-8pm and photography from John E. Farley of Santa Fe “A Year or so in the Life of New Mexico” an uncensored look at life in the Land of Enchantment. Crumby Bread Co. Breads will be featured at some of the galleries for tasting - baguettes, gluten free, whole-wheat, and challah.

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

Support Class for Parents of Teens at First United Methodist Church from 6:30-7:30pm. Info: 8634512. Poetry Group, call Jack for more information (including location) at 783-4007. 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. Tai Chi at Old School Gallery, 9:30am. Info: Reed at 783-4067. 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.


ONGOING Battered Families Services, Inc. has a women’s support group that meets weekly. A children’s support group is available at the same time for children six years of age and older. Info: 7226389. Codependents Anonymous, 6pm at First United Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Drive, library room. Info: Liz at 863-5928. “Teen Survivors of Dating and Domestic Violence” support group meeting, 6:30-8:30pm. Info: 722-6389. Sustainable Energy Board meeting in the Mayor’s Conference Room, 3-5pm, on the fourth Monday of each month. For info/agenda, email Zumba Fitness Dance Class at Foundations of Freedom Dance Studio (115 W. Coal) at 6:30pm. For more information email zumbagallup@ or call Stephanie at (814) 282-6502. Chronic Pain and Chronic Illness 12 Step Support group. Meets every Monday from 5-6 PM at the First United Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Drive, library room. For info call 863-5928 or ZUMBA Fitness Classes at Larry Mitchell’s Recreation Center starting at 5:30 pm and at Wowie’s Activity Hall starting at 7 pm. For more information email or call Ralph Roanhorse at (505) 862-2970. Family Game Night at Octavia Fellin Public Library’s main branch at 5:30 pm.

Full Moon Gathering. Join others on the evening of the full moon to honor the Divine, to learn about different beliefs and customs, and to learn about healing modalities. For information about the monthly topic, location and time, contact Wayne: 879-0230.


Join us at First United Methodist Church (1800 Red Rock Drive, in Gallup) for Sunday Bible Study or Sunday School! Classes for ages Nursery to Nineties! Every Sunday at 9:30 am, between the church services. Our Praise Service is at 8:30 am and our Traditional Service is at 10:45 am. Various other Bible Studies during the week! For more information, call Mary Lou Mraz – 863-4512 Mon-Thurs. until 4:00 pm.


The candlelight Taize’ worship service of music, Scripture, silence, and prayer will be held at 4 pm on at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, Boardman Drive (just south of the Orleans Manor Apartments). This hour service is offered by the ecumenical community for personal reflection and spiritual renewal. Take time to walk the Labyrinth (on the right before the final ascent to the church on the hill) before or after the time of worship.


Knitting Finishing Get Togethers Sunday, Feb. 19, Saturday, March 3, 1:00 - 4:00 pm at the Old School Gallery, Free. Time to wrap up all those loose ends before we launch into some new knitting projects in the following quarters. You can finish the socks you started or perhaps the sampler is still undone, or you might even want to still learn how to knit using the continental method or start the sampler. Now is the time to knit! Instructors will be available to help those who need it. Questions call: Kate Wilson 783-4704. Please leave a message.



Music & Movement (ages 1-3) 12 noon, Knitting Club at 4:00pm at the Children’s Library. For more information, call 726-6120.

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


Tai-Chi Taught by Monika Gauderon at RMCH Vanden Bosch Clinic. 6pm for beginners. $60/ month. RMCHCS Diabetes Education Classes – First four Tuesdays of the month, starting at 6pm. RMCHCS 2nd floor library. For more information, call 7266918. Community Yoga, beginner/athletic beginner level. 6:15 pm, Catholic Charities/CIC. 506 W. Rte. 66. Info: Steph Asper (717) 357-0231 . 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 Dance Class at Foundations of Freedom Dance Studio (115 W. Coal) at 6:30pm. For more information email zumbagallup@ or call Stephanie at (814) 282-6502. Red Rock Chapter ABATE of NM (American Bikers Aimed Towards Education) meets every 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm at Gallup Fire Station #2 (911 N. 9th St.). For more information, call (505) 409-5311, 863-9941 or 870-0951.

Manga Club (ages 9-13) 4:30pm at the Children’s Library. For more information, call 726-6120. Studio Drawing Class at ART123, 7-9pm on WEDNESDAYS. $10 for non-members, $5 for members. Artist Steve Storz will teach ages 14 through adult in various drawing techniques utilizing Abstract, Art Brute, Minimalism, contour line, and others. Students need to provide their own materials. For more information, call 575-779-6760 or email steve. Gallup Solar Group open community meetings. 6pm at 113 E. Logan. For more information, call Be at 726-2497. 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 Wowie’s Activity Hall on the corner of Maloney and 3rd Street starting at 6:00 p.m. For more information email or call Ralph Roanhorse at (505) 862-2970. Intermediate YOGA classes, 6:45pm at Foundations of Freedom (115 W. Coal). Everyone welcome - $6 suggested donation. For more information, call Gene at (505) 728-8416 or email at Chanting workshop with Genevieve and Redwulf 2nd and 4th Wednesday each month at the Old School Gallery. Free. Chants from around the world 6-7:30 pm.

Children’s Jazz classes: Pre and Beginning, 3:30 and 4:00 at FOF Dance Studio, 115 W. Coal. Email for more info or stop by the studio. Capoeira classes offered at Foundations of Freedom Dance Studio, Mondays and Thursdays at 8pm, $5 (first class FREE). For more information, call Chelsea at 808 344-1417, email or visit www.


Toddler Tumbling: 11:00 - 11:45 and Break Dancing all ages: 5:00 - 6:00 at FOF Dance Studio, 115 W. Coal. Email mamakismet@yahoo. com for more info or stop by the studio.

February is Black History Month Events at Octavia Fellin Public Library on page 49.


Habitat For Humanity – Not everybody swings a hammer, and not all positions require ongoing commitments. Anybody can become involved with Habitat Gallup and we are always looking for additional help. Intro meetings start at 6PM on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month, and are held at the Comfort Suites in East Gallup. All are welcome!


The McKinley County Republican Party is hosting a Lincoln Birthday Dinner at Earl’s Restaurant, 1400 E. Hiwy 66., and begin at 6:15 pm. Tickets are $20.00 per person and should be purchased in advance. The guest speaker will be Heather Wilson, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate. For information, call Martin Link at 8636459. Quilt Club at Gallup Service Mart, 7-9 pm. Come join other quilters in the area to share projects you are working on or have completed. Free. For more information, call 722-9414.


Rehearsals for the Community Choir Spring Concert “American Folk Music,” have begun, but it’s not to late to join. Practices will be held in February on the 7th, 9th, 16th, 23rd at 7 pm at First United Methodist Church in Gallup. For more information, call Linda Kaye at 505979-3507 or email at

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Rail Fence Quilt Workshop at Gallup Service Mart, 6-9 pm. This easy and fun quilt pattern is good for the beginner and also the quilter with lots of scraps. $15 plus pattern. For more information, call 722-9414.




Black Women in Film – Co-sponsored by the Gallup Film Foundation, Wednesday nights at 5:30 at the library. The Help, Secrets & Lies, Cabin in the Sky and Precious. For more information on library events, see G-Town.


PFLAG Gallup Support Meeting, Parents Families Friends of Gays Lesbians and Transgender, 6-8 pm in the RMCH Solarium 3rd Floor (1901 Red Rock Drive, Gallup, NM). For more information, call 505-713-2828 or email



Anderson School of Business Open House. Information sessions held throughout the day. Please call 505-863-7618 for more information about specific times and locations. Come and learn about a UNM degree in Business Administration. This event is brought to you by the UNM Gallup Bachelor and Graduate Programs.

PFLAG Gallup planning meeting at the Coffee House, downtown Gallup, 10am-12 noon. For more information, call 505-713-2828 or email

Connections Inc. 100 E. Aztec Gallup, New Mexico offers the following free programs: Access to recovery New Mexico A free substance abuse treatment program. For info: Call Randy at 505-863-3377 Ext: 108 Mon-Fri 8am-5pm Child and Adult Care Food Program Are you babysitting any kids under 13 years old in your home? We can pay you MONEY for the food that you feed the kids in your home. For more Info Please call 505-863-3377 Ext: 105, 102 or 1-800-527-5712 Free Counseling for Children and their Families Mental Health Counseling for issue if divorce, abuse, domestic violence, behavioral problems at home and at school. Contact: 505-863-3377 Ext: 107, 110, 103. Senior Companion Program / Retired and Senior Volunteer Program For more information, Contact Claudette at 505-722-3565 or 505-870-8567


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ONGOING Tween Crafts (ages 9-13) 4:00pm at the Children’s Library. For more information, call 726-6120.

Movie Day, 3:00 pm at the Children’s Library. Overeaters Anonymous meeting at 11 am, at the First United Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Drive, For more information, call 726-6120. library room. Info: Liz 505-863-5928.

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

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

High Desert Mesa Workgroup meets to scrapbook and more Saturdays 10am-1pm at the Rehoboth Post Office. Info: LaVeda 722-9029.

Belly Dance classes, at Foundations of Freedom Dance Studio (115 W. Coal) Fridays at 6:30 - 7:30. New students welcome anytime! $5 per class + one time non-refundable registration fee $20. Stress relief, improved posture/muscle tone, core strengthening, and fun! More info? Call Leaf at 722-2491.

Children’s Library Events: 10:30am Preschool Story Time (ages 1-4), 11:30am K-3 Challenge (ages 5-9), 12:30pm Chess Club (ages 7-13), 3pm Drop-in Crafts (ages 3-9). 4pm movie (Jan 7: Beauty and the Beast Jan 14: An American Tail, Jan 21: The Rescuers Down Under, Jan 28: Mary Poppins). For more information, call 726-6120.

High Desert Mesa Workgroup meets to scrapbook and more Thursdays 1-3pm at the Rehoboth Post Office. Info: LaVeda 722-9029. 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 2nd Thursday of the month Survivors of Homicide Support Group meets 6-8pm. For more information, call Deborah Yellowhorse-Brown at 870-6126. The Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit (1334 Country Club Dr., Gallup) hosts support meetings for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics from 5:30-6:30 pm on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays. Information from the American Diabetes Association will be presented and local health-care professionals will often be available. For more information call 863-4695. Children’s Ballet classes: Pre and Beginning, 4:00 and 4:45 at FOF Dance Studio, 115 W. Coal. Email for more info or stop by the studio.


Rotary Club of Gallup’s 22nd Annual Scholarship Fundraiser Banquet at Red Rock Park, featuring Ronnie Lott, former 49er and Raider and NFL Hall of Famer. $125/person. For ticket information, call 863-6851. Is the water you drink safe for you and your family as well as the environment? Healthy Water Presentation at The Gallup Chamber of Commerce from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Bring a sample of the water you drink and you can test it to see if you really want you and your family drinking it. There will be a short informational presentation and a water testing demonstration. Sponsored by Four Directions Wellness Resources, Pam Burgess, PhD and Sharna Sutherin, PhD (505) 863-6030. Beginning Sewing-Part 2 at Gallup Service Mart, 6-9 pm. This continuation from January’s class will cover how to read a pattern, clothing and quilting. A project including a zipper will be completed during class. Student-requested topics will also be covered. For more information, call 722-9414.


Meditation and Prayer Circle for healing and health! Limited space at HealinGifts lobby (807 Metro Ave., Gallup), 7-7:30 pm. Bring your yoga mat. Suggested love offering: $5.00. RSVP please. (505) 863-3772. More info at website: The weekly Old-Fashioned Hootenanny, at Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, every Friday, starting at 6:30PM. Acoustic musicians are welcome to sit in with the regular players.



The 17th Water Conservation and Xeriscape Conference will be held Thursday and Friday, February 23 and 24, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albuquerque. “Collaborations for New Solutions” is the thread weaving together new ideas and practical strategies in the interrelated fields of landscape, architecture, agriculture and ecology for more sustainable and vital living and working spaces.

ZUMBA Fitness Classes at Wowie’s Activity Hall on the corner of Maloney and 3rd Street starting at 11:00 a.m. For more information email or call Ralph Roanhorse at (505) 862-2970. Beginner to advanced beginner YOGA classes, 10-11am at Foundations of Freedom (115 W. Coal). Everyone welcome - $6 suggested donation. For more information, call Gene at (505) 728-8416 or email at gallupyoga@ RMCHCS College Clinic has Saturday clinic hours from 8:00AM to 12:00PM October through March. The additional clinic hours are for established patients with acute illnesses, appointments preferred but walk-ins accepted. For more information, call RMCHCS College Clinic at 863-1820. Natural Health Classes: Herbs A-Z Uses, 4-5 pm at HealinGifts Herbs (807 Metro Ave., Gallup). For more information, call Maria at 505-863-3772.

14th Annual Celtic Festival of the Arts & Spirituality

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Deadline: February 20 Call: 722.3399 Email:


Used Book Sale at First United Methodist Church in Gallup, February 3-14. Open weekdays 5-7 pm, Saturdays 8 am-2 pm. Book sale proceeds go toward Vacation Bible School and the Peacemaker Scholarships. For more information, call Carol at 505-870-4009.


March 9-10 at Knights of Columbus Hall in Gallup. The festival boasts great food - including the festival favorite “The Celtic Taco”, live music, Celtic bands, drama, vendors, Little Celts Corner, and more. For more information on how to volunteer or to be a part of this fun event in some way contact Martin 863-6459, or Betsy 722-9257,


The monthly McKinley Citizens’ Recycling Council Meeting will be held at 508 Sandstone Place in Indian Hills beginning at 2 pm. The public is encouraged to attend. MCRC welcomes your comments and concerns about recycling in our area. Recycling reduces energy consumption, saves our natural resources and space in the landfill. Volunteers are needed to help spread the word in our community. For more information contact Gerald (722-5142) or Betsy (722-9257).


ArtsCrawl, Downtown Gallup, 7-9pm. See page 51 for complete schedule of events.

Diné Women Helping Women (DWHW)’ Annual Breast Health – Breast Cancer Awareness Workshop at the Quality Inn in Window Rock, AZ from 10am to 2pm. Workshop open to any interested in this important topic. Presentations by Fran Robinson, RN; Dr. Priscilla Sanderson, Professor at NAU; and Lynda Canyon, Occupational Therapist, with an introduction by Nellie Sandoval, Navajo Breast Cancer Survivor. Please register for this event by February 6, by calling Jacqueline Arviso, Program Coordinator, at: 928-245-9598 or by email at shima.arviso@ or Dr. Charlie Brumley, Program Administrator, at 203-233-1360. A light lunch will be provided and Reader’s Theater play by local playwright, admission is free. Please register ahead of time, or you can register on the 11th at 9am at the workshop. Jarako, Maybe God is Trying to Tell you Spinning Get Togethers, 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Sat. Feb. 11 at Cindy Blea’s house from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Thurs. Mar. 8 at Something, Carol. Presented at the Old School Gallery at 7 pm on February 10 and Susan McNabb’s house from 10:00 AM - 2:00 pm - Free. If you have wanted to learn to spin but the dates and times 11. Adult themes. $5 admission. For more have not worked for your schedule, perhaps some of these options of dates and times will. Beginners are welcome and some materials will be available for purchase. Join us and learn this most enjoyable craft. For directions call information, call 505-783-4710. Cindy Blea (783-2439), Susan McNabb (783-9019). Crownpoint Rug Weavers Association Auction at Crownpoint Elementary School. Viewing at 4 – 6:30 PM, auction at 7 – 10 PM. For more information, visit


The Gallup Film Foundation is sponsoring a Film Screening at El Morro Theatre at 7 pm. Brent Morris will be One Block Wonder Workshop showing his documentary, MADE IN NEW at Gallup Service Mart, 6-9 pm. During this MEXICO and Ramona Emerson will show continuation from January’s class, group input her film, OPAL. A time for questions and will help with developing your quilt. Using blocks answers will follow the films. A $5 donation you have completed from January class will is appreciated. For more information, contact allow your quilt to “bloom” into a beautiful One Carrie House at 505-879-9409, and check out Block Wonder Quilt. For more information, call the story in G-Town, p. 48. 722-9414. The Gallup Film Foundation meeting will be held at 6:30-8:00 pm at ART123 (123 W. Coal Ave.). For more information, contact Carrie House by phone (505-879-9409) or email (

Capoeira Classes at Foundations of Freedom Dance Studio. Kids’ class 11:30 am-1 pm ($5), *last weekend of the month there is a Portuguese language class, after the kids’ class, from 1-2pm. First class FREE! For information, contact Chelsea 808-344-1417, email or visit

Ongoing Habitat for Humanity fund raising sale: range, water heater, tile, doors, windows, sinks, lights, shingles, etc. Call 505-722-4226 for information.


To learn more about Uplift Community School there is a meeting with Expeditionary Learning School Designer David Den Hartog at the Octavia Fellin Public Library-Children’s Branch from 9:30am to 1:30pm. Families will have the opportunity to engage in a learning expedition. Enrollment Request Forms will be available at this meeting. For more information, read story on p. 6. Bishop’s Mardi Gras at Red Rock Park at 7 pm. Dinner, Dancing, Casino and Carnival games. $50.00 per person. Contact Catholic Peoples Foundation for more info or tickets.


For homeowners wanting to improve their gardens and use less water to do it, the Xeriscape Expo is on Saturday, February 25 from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday, February 26 from 10 am – 4 pm at the NM Expo/State Fairgrounds in Albuquerque. Exhibitors will showcase the latest in water conservation information and products, local food, plants and know-how. Eighteen speakers will offer practical strategies for better gardens using less water. Event admission is free; on site parking is $5.00. Complete speaker information at El Morro’s Got Talent Show – Open Mic Night at the Old School Gallery, 7 pm $5. Performance admission is free. For more information, call 505-783-4710. WAYNE STATIC of STATIC-X will make his first ever stop on the Navajo Nation in Window Rock, AZ at the NAKAI HALL in Window Rock, AZ along with POLKADOT CADAVER, THE AGONIST, SIGNAL 99, and ROGUE HORDE. Tickets on sale now at and in the afternoon at Day Customs in Window Rock, AZ and The Juggernaut in Gallup, NM. Tickets will be $20 in advance for General Admission and $40 for VIP/Meet and Greet. For further information you may contact Randall via email at

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1) What are your Valentine’s Day plans? 2) What would you rather receive, a box of chocolates or a bunch of roses? 3) If you could have any car you wanted, what would it be? 4) In your opinion, what’s Gallup’s greatest asset?


1) Going to make it a special day for my young wife 2) Roses 3) Ford Transit Connect 4) Its blue skies


1) Undecided 2) Roses 3) Lexus 4) The history


1) Undecided 2) Roses 3) Camaro Z/28, a red one 4) The food

Gwen Randy

1) Send my mother some candy and go out to dinner 2) Large box of chocolates 3) Porsche 911 Turbo would be nice, although what I have is just fine 4) Sunsets, bike trails, artists, jewelry, paintings and accomplished musicians . . .


1) Celebrate my Valentine baby’s birthday 2) Dark chocolate 3) My grandma’s Mercedes if it was running 4) The kindness of the people of Gallup


1) To go to someplace and have a nice dinner 2) Chocolates 3) VW Beetle 4) Its diversity

Poll Greg

1) Nothing 2) Chocolates 3) ’70 Chevelle 4) Alcohol sales


1) No plans 2) Chocolates 3) 2011 Mustang 4) The culture and beauty


1) Buy myself flowers and stay home 2) Roses 3) Land Rover 4) The potential for beauty

Uncle Ernie

1) Keep reading this book I’m holding 2) Roses, I’m allergic to chocolates 3) One that I could fit in 4) The artists, sunsets and multicultural experience

Andy Amy

1) No plans 2) Chocolates 3) Range Rover 4) Its outdoor activities

1) Run 14 miles 2) Chocolates 3) ’87 Ford Escort Hatchback 4) The diverse community and talented people

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1. The “Sticky Rice” Chamber of Commerce group reads the Journey at “The Bund,” a waterfront park in central Shanghai, the People’s Republic of China. Front row from left: Leroy Harrison, Marie Eastman, Irene Herder, Sandra Young, Karen Etcitty, Grace Etcitty, Rebecca Scarbrough, Chrys Uhlig. Not pictured is LaVerne Wyaco who took photo. Back row from left: Raymond Etcitty, Richelle Sandoval, Roberto Sandoval, Karl Gillson, Loren Miller, Melvina Miller, Jennifer Chischillie-Gillson, Hannah Etcitty, Katherine Held, Cecelia Held, Shauna Buggie, Cynthia Uhlig.

2. Miranda Francisco (mom), Tyra King (niece) and Josiah Rangel (son) are reading the Journey in front of the Wizard’s Hat at Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL.


3. Wes Mlekodaj from Vanderwagen, NM reads the Journey in the Kansas City Royals Dugout in Kansas City, MO, and also on the football field of the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia, PA. 4. Kenneth Langley, who is currently on a deployment in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (U.A.E), reads the Journey. Thanks for serving! 5. Bill and Kim Wall read the Journey at Cunupia store in Trinidad & Tabago, West Indies. 6. Abby Mlekodaj, Hannah Mlekodaj, Peter Mlekodaj, and Marissa Maxwell read the Journey while standing in front of Invesco Field in Denver, CO (Home of the Broncos).

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This Is My Job:

By Jenna Vandenberg

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manda Tucker can’t quite stay away from New Mexico. She fell in love with the red rocks and blue skies at age seven and has been continually returning since. First as a tourist, then as a teacher on the Navajo Reservation; now she and her husband Vino own The Blue Desert Guide Company, a new company that offers tours of the Four Corners Area. But Amanda and Vino Underwood aren’t always hiking up El Morro or rock climbing at Mentmore with their traveling clientele. There is a lot of behind the scenes work that goes into planning trips. Since the Blue Desert Guide Company customizes all activities, each traveler has a unique and personalized itinerary. On top of keeping their website up to date, staying abreast on New Mexico events, and coordinating with their contacts around Gallup, Amanda and Vino are in constant communication with their clients to ensure that each trip is a perfect fit. Having intimate knowledge of the area is another essential part of their job. This is not always easy in New Mexico, with hidden mountain passes, dirt roads, reservation lands, and the unique labyrinth of trading posts and prehistoric pueblo sites. But Amanda and Vino know this place like they know their favorite green chile cheeseburger joint. They know it well. Piecing together all the details of a trip, pouring over maps, and spending an inordinate amount of time worrying about weather can be challenging, but Amanda and Vino think it’s worth it. They love showing off their favorite part of the world. Like all travel guides, Amanda and Vino have been everywhere, developing a serious love of travel and sense of adventure. But New Mexico is the only place that they come back to again and again. Amanda’s passion for the area is especially contagious. As she drives past candy-striped mesas and hoodoos, she often spouted sentiments such as these: “I LOVE New Mexico, especially my part of New Mexico. I love the landscape, the people, and the general vibe. The air is clean and the scenery is breathtaking. I love showing this typically unknown part of the world to new travelers and adventurers and seeing their own excitement about it.”

Tools of the Trade • An extroverted personality and the ability to interact well with clients of every nationality. • Personal connection to the land and people of New Mexico • A lot of contacts! Amanda and Vino contract out for all their outdoor activities, so those contacts provide the horses, hot air balloons, rock climbing shoes, and hiking gear. • A 4-wheel drive vehicle – especially when it’s been snowing or raining


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uilt by local hands and named by a local woman (“el morro” means castle or fortress in Spanish), the El Morro Theatre began its existence as a true community gathering place in the late 1920s. Today, after two renovations, the nearly 500-seat theatre is still being utilized for various community events, from political panel discussions to dance recitals to live music and movies. The theatre stands as a symbol of Gallup’s endurance and vitality. Head to Historic Downtown this month and take in a show. And don’t forget to get something to eat at a downtown restaurant before or after! Call 505-726-0050 for more information on events.

Gallup Journey February 2012  

The free community magazine from Gallup, New Mexico.

Gallup Journey February 2012  

The free community magazine from Gallup, New Mexico.