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y favorite color has almost always been blue. Of course, I went through a pink phase as a young girl, but the color of sky and water just puts me at ease and makes me feel good. Lately, however, greens have been turning my lips into a smile. Bright green buds on long-dormant vines and trees, smooth green leaves growing out of rocky earth, and even the vibrant green hues of weeds, suddenly visible everywhere. Weeds. That’s right. They’re back. If I don’t think about them too much, they don’t bother me. But I’ll inevitably be spending more time outside in the yard this season. We’re attempting to grow a few vegetables and those weeds will be hard to overlook. Once I start in on them, I’ll have a hard time stopping. They’re all I’ll see shooting up between the rocks, growing freely in the “garden,” squeezing through cracks on the sidewalks . . . Summer really is my favorite time of year. My spirits are lifted with the temperatures and my heart sings along with the conversations of birds. I guess I’ll just have to deal with the weeds. It seems that anything worthwhile comes attached to a necessary unpleasantness: exercise and sore muscles, having a puppy and house training, a delicious meal and spending too much at the grocery store, raising kids and sleepless nights. But no surprises – this is life! It’s all about balance. So, I’ll be plucking weeds for the next five months. It’s a fact. It’s certainly not the worst way to spend some time in the sweet, sunny splendor of summer. H.H.

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Contributors Erin Bulow Ernie Bulow Sanjay Choudhrie Patricia Darak Dr. Bera Dordoni Jeannette Gartner Larry Larason Jaime Munozcano Brett Newberry Kris Pikaart Fowler Roberts Be Sargent Fitz Sargent Andy Stravers Melanie Van Dorp Chuck Van Drunen E. Bryan Wall Betsy Windisch

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4 Thoughts 7 Rodeo Schedule 34 El Morro Theatre Schedule 40 Izzit?! 40 News from Care 66 45 Sudoku 46 ArtsCrawl Schedule 48 G-TOWN, 87301 52 Community Calendar 54 Opinion Poll 56 People Reading Journey 62 This Is My Job


8 Work in Beauty Murals 14 Coconut Oil 20 West by Southwest 22 Rounding the Four Corners 24 8 Questions 28 my rambles 36 Money & You 38 Adventures in Parenting 42 Lit Crit Lite


10 A Harvey Girl Remembers 12 Sammy C’s Best 101 Sports Bars 16 En Croix Dance Studio’s Show 18 Crazy Ideas: Disc Golf in G-TOWN 26 Green is the Color 30 American Martyrs Academy 32 The Cars In My Life

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By Be Sargent


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Navajo Gallup: Sounds like a good name for a town, but that’s not what we are talking about.

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ven though the Navajo Gallup Water Supply Project (NGWSP) hasn’t come to town yet, I wanted to put it in the murals. (I also included High Speed Rail) I’m sure some would call jobs involved with water scarcity, environmental, if

The Obama Administration has approved $900 million for the Navajo Gallup Water Supply Project. The Bureau of Reclamation will decide what percentage Gallup will have to pay. Meanwhile the City is trying to figure out how to raise those funds. I wanted to portray the laying of the NGWSP pipeline with muscular shirtless men like those in the WPA mural in the courthouse. Those were the days! Now shirtless men are few and far between. And so like Paul Newman, not the actor, who painted the Great Gallup Mural on the East Wall of the City Hall Courtyard I eventually had to seek out a model.

My male models shall be nameless but the woman pipe worker is Donna Goodrich, top left corner of photo.


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I waited over the winter to put in the final pipe worker. I finally decided on Donna Goodrich, who was director of the jail during the five years that I was hanging around on six stories of scaffolding and was kind to me every day. In fact we both have a lot in common, being passionate dog lovers.

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I will take this opportunity as a muralist to thank god Donna Goodrich for scaffolding and those who put it up. Handsome I love this portrait, which I Lupe Valles, owner of repainted at least twelve times. Southwest Yardwork, and his fabulous crew, picked up, put up, took down, and put back the Red Rock Park scaffolding, which the City so generously loaned me for five consecutive summers. One’s scaffolding becomes a home away from home. I worked from 7 to 1. Six hours were the longest I could stay engaged, but usually it was more like five. Afterwards there was always at least an hour of mixing paints. Five summers at the jail followed nine summers painting murals in the Somerville/Cambridge area of Boston, including one on the Navajo Code Talker mural and two years organizing the Gallup Downtown Mural project. See more at I enjoyed the life. Now I just paint.

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She’s a sprightly 96-year-old and is one of the last living Harvey Girls.

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A Harvey Girl Remembers


allup is a railroad town, created in 1881 out of the necessity for a railway headquarters along the southern transcontinental route. Named for David L. Gallup, paymaster for the railroad, ours is a city whose livelihood has been tied into the network of roads and rails, transporting people and goods to, from and throughout the Southwest. The relationship was, perhaps, never so obvious as in the earlier decades of the 1900s when the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (now BNSF) and Route 66 ran parallel through the heart of Gallup, pumping rail and automobile travelers in and out. Between them stood El Navajo Hotel, built by the Fred Harvey Company in 1918, where travelers would fill their bellies and rest their heads, enjoying the stellar service for which Harvey Houses were known. Mary Montoya was there in its heyday, and remembers the glamour of the building itself, the holiday parties, the prescribed uniform, and the rigid set of rules. She’s a sprightly 96-year-old who has spent most of her life in Gallup, and is one of the last living Harvey Girls. Fred Harvey was an entrepreneur who seized an opportunity to improve on the quality of food and service offered to train passengers in the 1870s. His first restaurant in Topeka, Kansas proved so successful that he struck a deal with the Santa Fe Railway to manage eating houses in towns along their tracks, offering good food, good service, and good prices. Harvey Houses, with their staff of well-trained waitresses, called Harvey Girls, were regarded for their high standards for efficiency, cleanliness, and service, which drew rail travelers and made for a thriving business. Harvey became known as the man who brought civility to the Wild West,


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as well as the creator of the first restaurant chain. Mary “Toki” Montoya came to Gallup when she was about twelve years old; her Japanese father was a cook at the coal mining camp in Gamerco. They arrived via El Paso, Texas, but joined many others who came to this area from Europe, Asia, and Mexico, to work on the railroad or to mine coal, creating a diverse Gallup community. Mary’s family lived in the Japanese camp; she attended Catholic school and learned to waitress as a young girl in several local cafés. She recalls her first job, at the OK Café, which was owned by Hershey Miyamura’s parents, Yaichi and Tori. Tori called Mary by her Japanese name, Toki, and encouraged the shy girl to give a cup of coffee to a waiting customer. Mary hesitantly brought the steaming cup to the counter and then stood, frozen, not knowing what to do next. She laughs at the memory and about how much she learned in the years following, especially while working for the Fred Harvey Company. Working as a Harvey Girl offered many women the chance to travel to unseen places, meet lots of people, and earn respectable wages. Harvey Girls were expected to wear their complete uniforms, cleaned and pressed, follow a strict set of serving rules, and abide by curfew if they were boarding employees. Mary remembers working her way up the ladder as a waitress, beginning by serving employees at the counter, then customers at the counter, then serving in the lunchroom. “Even if you thought you were the best waitress in Gallup, you had a lot to learn,” she recalls. “You started at the bottom.” Eventually, Mary became the head waitress at El Navajo, serving in the main dining room. She worked as a Harvey Girl

for a total of ten years, never forgetting the experience and the thorough training she received. El Navajo closed its doors in 1957 and was partly torn down, due, in part, to the widening of Route 66. Tourists no longer traveled the rails as frequently and Harvey Houses, literally, faced the wrong way – toward the tracks, rather than the road. At its peak, the Harvey Company operated an eating house or hotel every 100 miles of track along the Santa Fe line. Sadly, very few of the original Harvey Houses still exist today. The remains of El Navajo have been preserved and renovated. Now, the Gallup Cultural Center is a well-used community gathering place. It houses the Masters’ Gallery and Storyteller Museum, the Amtrak station, and Angela’s Café con Leche. As for Mary Montoya, her work as a Harvey Girl became the foundation for a life in food service. After El Navajo closed, she began work at Gallup’s Ranch Kitchen. Working directly under the owner, she oversaw hiring, training, the operation of the gift shop, and payroll. Adopting some of Fred Harvey’s techniques, she was a stickler for shined shoes, combed hair, clean uniforms, and good customer service. Mary enjoyed thirty-four years at Ranch Kitchen and has maintained friendships with some of her former co-workers and customers. Often when she goes out, someone will recognize her from her days of service in local restaurants. “It’s good to be remembered,” she says.

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Mary Montoya in her Harvey Girl uniform (above). Harvey Girls were encouraged to wear Native attire during Ceremonial (left). Smiling, Mary says, “I’ve had a good life.” One with a family, two daughters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many memories. Her husband Louis, a well-liked city employee for years, was called the “Disneyland Kid” by family members for the yearly trips they’d take with all the kids – though it seemed that he always had the most fun. The walls of Mary’s home are adorned with photos of friends and family – more photos sit in albums and boxes on shelves at arm’s reach – representing years of blessing.

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People no longer travel the rails, or even Route 66, like they used to. And Harvey Houses no longer provide comfortable lodging and warm food to voyagers. However, they are not forgotten. The Southwest was largely shaped by the railroad and the Harvey Houses that were strung along it. Similarly, though Mary’s time as a Harvey Girl didn’t last for long, it paved the way for a life of rewarding work. Sources: Fred Harvey Houses of the Southwest by Richard Melzer, 2008.

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One of Nation’s Best is in Gallup By H. Haveman


ammy and Marie Chioda realized a dream when they opened Sammy C’s Rock N’ Sports Pub and Grille four-and-a-half years ago. It was the result of years of planning and the desire to give back to the community that they love. Recently, all the preparation and hard work of running one of Gallup’s biggest eateries has been recognized – on a national level.

Sammy C’s has been named as one of CNN’s 101 Best Sports Bars in the U.S., and was the only listing for New Mexico. Sammy’s made the list due to certain criteria, which are met and exceeded: “A truly great sports bar must be awash in TVs, offer an inordinate selection of beers and excel at frying chicken in some form or other. It’s also got to make watching sports central to the experience” ( According to Sammy, “It’s affirmation of what we’re trying to do.” It’s all about Gallup and doing something that Gallup can take pride in. The restaurant appeals to anyone and everyone; you don’t have to be a sports fan to enjoy the atmosphere created by the impressive collection of memorabilia that adorns the interior. Sammy C’s provides entertainment through live music, karaoke, and pool tables, in addition to the variety of sporting events that they show. The menu offers an assortment of snacks, meals, and drinks to satisfy any craving from breakfast to after-dinner dessert. Families, couples, and large groups will all find something to love about Sammy C’s. The community has embraced Sammy C’s, which the Chiodas deeply appreciate. It’s a favorite of locals and tourists alike. Sammy knows out-of-towners who make Sammy C’s a scheduled stop whenever they’re traveling through the area. And the recognition has gotten a good response statewide; folks from Albuquerque and elsewhere in New Mexico are rallying in support of Sammy C’s. The City of Gallup recently awarded the Chiodas with an official proclamation in honor of all they have done for the community through Sammy C’s. It really says something special about the direction Gallup is moving, to have one of our bars make this national list. “People don’t expect something like this in Gallup,” says Sammy. Sammy C’s Rock N’ Sports Pub and Grille is classy and responsible and good for Gallup. Congratulations!

City of Gallup proclamation honoring Sammy and Marie Chioda for their work at Sammy C’s.


“It’s affirmation of what we’re trying to do.” - Sammy Chioda

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Put the lime in the coconut and... I mean, Eat Your Coconut Oil

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es, coconut oil is good for you! When I spoke to my dad on the phone the other night, I could hear from his sexy, deep voice that he had a chest cold. I know what you’re thinking: “Big deal! It’s cold and flu season everywhere!” Except my dad is in his nineties and his lungs are not his strongest organs. In my heart, I knew I was listening to the harbinger of pneumonia. I asked him immediately to stop ingesting those things that might have caused his immunity to weaken – the junk food he loves that’s filled with sugar, white flour, trans-fatty acids or rancid oils, etc. – and start taking the things that help rid his body of the congestive condition naturally. I asked Rosie, a friend of his who was at the house, to get on the phone so I could give her some instructions. I should have known better; right away, she resisted what I tried to tell her. She simply wanted to get him over to the ER so he could get some antibiotics into his system. She didn’t want him messing around with “all that voodoo stuff.” Resisting the urge to sigh (or scream), I explained as gently as possible that our family doesn’t operate that way. We seek the source or cause of a problem so we can truly eliminate the accompanying condition; we try to avoid the suppressive effects of synthetic medications and their harmful side effects. Rosie is intelligent and sweet and cares very much about my father’s health, so she was willing to listen. I told her my dad doesn’t take any medications whatsoever to keep him going. She, in turn, listed all the meds she takes for allergies, blood pressure, cholesterol, arthritis, and other assorted conditions. I told her I had been advising my father on his health for years now, and he didn’t suffer from any of these conditions. She got my drift. Then I asked her if dad was taking his coconut oil. Exit My Drift, Enter Her Outrage “Are you crazy?!” she stormed. “Don’t you know coconut oil is nothing but


saturated fat? What are you trying to do, raise his cholesterol levels and give him a heart attack?” As for herself, she proudly announced, she uses only canola oil when she cooks and good olive oil for salads. Okay, there was hope. I praised her for using olive oil on her salads, adding that I hoped it was from virgin olive oil that had been cold-pressed. I also mentioned, almost as an aside, that she might want to do some research into the truth about the man-made canola oil she uses for most of her cooking. “I don’t think you realize all the beneficial qualities of pure, unadulterated coconut oil that hasn’t gone through any hydrogenation process,” I said. “Oh, really?” she countered. “Like what?” So this is what I told her. Good Fat, Bad Fat First, yes, coconut oil is saturated fat. But just like good and bad cholesterol, there’s good and bad saturated fat. The particular kind of fat in coconut oil is composed of medium-chain fatty acids, which are metabolized as soon as consumed. They’re never converted into cholesterol or body fat, unlike the bad kind of saturated fat, which is. Your body doesn’t have to emulsify coconut oil with bile salts because it’s absorbed directly from the small intestine to the liver, where it is immediately converted into usable energy. In effect, coconut oil stimulates your metabolism. A stimulated metabolism can not only help lower cholesterol levels, it can help the body release weight, rather than gain it. Yup. Oil that can help you lose weight. Good fat. Ain’t nature grand? “But fatty foods can cause blood clots!” Rosie said, adroitly echoing hundreds of magazine articles and product-promoting (i.e., not information disseminating) commercials. Very true. The kind of fat found in lard, butter, vegetable oils, and even some olive oils earns its bad reputation by promoting “sticky platelets,” which can, indeed, increase the chance of developing clots. But that’s not the kind of fat

Yup. Oil that can help you lose weight. found in virgin coconut oil. See, coconut oil’s medium-chain fatty acids have a similar effect to fish oil’s omega-3 fatty acids – and everybody knows about fish oil, right? Its fatty acids have the opposite effect of the other, icky saturated fats. Instead of creating clots, it helps break them up. “Wow,” said Rosie. “Wow is right,” I said. “But that’s not all. In fact, it’s just the beginning!” Study the island cultures where coconuts grow and are consumed as a matter of course, and you’ll find those folks never seem to come down with the kind of ailments we sophisticated folks get out here in the city. Why? ’Cause they’ve been using coconuts and coconut oil for centuries to ward off maladies for which we commonly run to get treated by modern drugs. No defense against the common cold? Ha! The immune-enhancing properties of coconut oil’s fatty acids are anti-microbial, anti-viral, anti-tumor, and anti-fungal. Let’s see a cold stand up against that! “But how does it work?” Rosie wanted to know. “Simple!” I said. “Well, not really simple . . . Okay, take a deep breath. Here we go.” To Make a Long Story Short The largest medium-chain fatty acid is lauric acid, a string of 12 carbon atoms. Lauric acid is well-known in naturopathic circles for its antiviral, anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-tumor benefits. The richest natural source known of lauric acid is mother’s milk. Ingesting mother’s milk as an adult is not really all that convenient or easy to find. The second richest natural source, however, is coconut oil. Approximately 50% or more of a coconut’s fatty-acid content consists of lauric acid. By the way, the only oils that contain lauric acid are coconut oil, palm kernel oil and butter – and butter’s lauric acid content is only about 3%, nowhere close to coconut oil’s content. Plus, coconuts also have other medium-chain fatty acids, such as caprylic acid (approx. 8%) and capric acid (approx. 7%). Both provide good health benefits. In short, daily use of coconut oil helps kill viruses, bacteria, fungi and yeast. It helps infants and the elderly assimilate nutrients and improve digestion. Daily usage can help control diabetes, lower bad cholesterol, reduce sticky blood platelets, and repair free-radical injuries. People with low thyroid find it can increase their energy by taking stress off the thyroid gland. It softens the skin, it helps release excess weight . . . “So I should use it every day,” Rosie said, cutting me off. I guess I was getting carried away. I do that sometimes. In the end, she agreed to make sure my dad took his coconut oil, and I told her there are numerous in-depth books out on the market providing extensive research done on the subject. She agreed to go do some reading. She was happy. That made me happy. I also slipped in a plug for an excellent article on the devastating effects of trans-fatty acids (such as canola oil) as weapons of mass destruction, “WMDs: Much Closer Than You Think,” Ellen Troyer, MT MA, the Chief Research Officer at Biosyntrx (2/20/04, But I think I’m getting carried away again . . . On a Personal Note I have sampled every coconut oil available in my search for the perfect coconut oil. Frankly, as long as it’s organic and virgin, it usually tastes delicious, so I won’t recommend any one brand to you here. Well, actually, one: Jarrow Formulas – because I know they have two varieties – the organic, full-bodied, full-flavored virgin coconut oil and the expeller-pressed variety (also from organic coconuts) that has all the benefits but removes the heavy flavor of the coconut, making it ideal for those who need the oil’s

benefits but dislike the rich flavor. Many local grocery stores are carrying different brands now, and those in the Gallup area can visit La Montañita Co-op for a good variety. Of course you can order any brand you like online. How can I describe a really rich, delicious coconut oil to you? Let me count the . . . no, no, you’ve got to taste it for yourself. It’s like eating coconut cream. It goes down oh so nice. And the smell! I love to put it on head to toe after a shower. Ever found an oil that absorbs completely into the skin without getting on your clothes and ruining them? Coconut oil. If I get it on my hands when I’m cooking, it comes right off with a little warm water – I don’t even have to use soap! It’s the cleanest oil I’ve ever worked with. Comes right off dishes, too, with or without dish soap. We even feed it to our dogs. We have a special-needs doggies rescue group. (No cats, no birds, just dogs. Lots of dogs.) My husband and I adopt handicapped, often blind dogs from rescue shelters. Most have been abused and/or abandoned, and they come to us malnourished with dull coats. Of course, you’d never know it to see them today. No one who meets our furry children can believe they were once emaciated-looking with horrible breath and rotting teeth. Besides their excellent diet, I firmly believe coconut oil has contributed to their now thick, lustrous coats. Take my 19-year-old Maltese mix, for example. She was rescued from a dumpster, starving to death. We mixed coconut oil into her food, and she immediately started growing fur on her bare patches. Not to mention . . . I’m getting carried away again, aren’t I? Okay, no more stories – except to say, one last time: Try some coconut oil!

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Tickled Pink En Croix by H. Haveman

Dance Studio’s Spring Show


pring, the season of anticipation, is here and summer is fast approaching. This time of year, it’s hard not to be filled with the expectancy of new life. Everywhere you turn, there are new bursts of color and various melodies on the wind. As the school year comes to an end, it is the time for celebration and presentation. On Friday, June 1, Gallup’s En Croix Dance Studio is putting on its spring show, “Tickled Pink,” to help pave the way for summer and all its possibilities. Hannah Stokes-Daugherty, En Croix founder and instructor, speaks excitedly about planning for the show, which she conceptualized and choreographed. Inspiration came from The Muppets – but there won’t be any fuzzy puppets dancing on stage. It’s the music, joy and imagination that The Muppets exude that captured Hannah’s curiosity. The finale piece is set to “Life’s a Happy Song,” an original song from The Muppets movie (2011). It’s hard not to smile when you hear it. It expresses the idea that anything is possible. It repeats the phrase, “I’ve got everything that I need right in front of me. Nothing’s stopping me. Nothing that I can’t be . . .” Other familiar tunes provide the soundtrack for a creative story told through dance, with bright colors, polka dots and stripes, jump ropes, hula hoops, and hide and seek setting the stage.

Familiar tunes provide the soundtrack for a creative story told through dance, with bright colors, polka dots and stripes, jump ropes, hula hoops, and hide and seek setting the stage.


Dancing herself, since she was three years old, Hannah studied at the University of New Mexico, aiming toward performance. However, she found a love for choreography and teaching. “As a teacher you get to give happiness,” she explains. So, Hannah’s mantra changed from Broadway or bust to Bring Broadway here! She’s determined to produce a top-notch show for Gallup from Gallup. “Good things can come from [here], too. They don’t have to come from other places,” she insists.

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Hannah’s passion for dance and instruction has turned into a successful dance studio with about 60 students. For now, she is concentrating on growing slowly and investing in her students, who range in age from 3 to 17. She teaches a variety of dance styles, ranging from ballet to modern. Ballet was the focus during the fall semester, which culminated in a holiday performance of “The Nutcracker.” On an evening last December, the El Morro Theatre was filled to capacity, with nearly 500 seats occupied. Hannah hopes to repeat “The Nutcracker” annually, adding something new to each year’s presentation. During the spring, more dance styles have been included, which has made preparing for “Tickled Pink” a lot of fun for the students. They will continue to work hard throughout this month to perfect the 17 dance numbers and transitions. With the non-stop action of Cirque du Soleil in mind, Hannah envisions a seamless show, one-hour in length, where the audience is constantly entertained, hardly noticing the changes between pieces. It will be a show for all ages, during which giggling, foot tapping, and head bobbing are encouraged! When you attend, you’ll surely be tickled pink!

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crazy ideas that just might work

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CRAZY IDEAS THAT JUST MIGHT WORK. This is the title of a series of stories/ideas on what could be done in Gallup. For several months (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. Trail easement from Dog Park?

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et me say that I have many different locations in mind for a disc golf course. I chose to present the Second Street Dam area because it has SO MUCH potential. I envision all sorts of possibilities for the City Property area shown at left. Certainly some walking trails, benches and picnic tables, but I can also see a beautiful area for a disc golf course. With a very small investment, we could put in a course that community members of all ages could use. I love the idea of getting folks out into the natural areas within our community and a disc golf course would be one more way to do just that. Here’s what you need for a course: #1- Space (the more the better), #2 -Targets (I’d like to use the Pole Hole® design, shown on the opposite page), #3- Discs (either Frisbees or disc golf discs work). It’s a very inexpensive form of exercise and fun. Communities all over our great state and country have disc golf courses and I think it’s high time we got one of our own. As I said earlier, folks of all ages play disc golf, but the major demographic of people that play disc golf are 12- to 20-year-olds (at least according to my lack of research). And we always hear that there’s “nothing to do in Gallup.” Well, that can change with this disc golf course. It would give our community one more way to give our students, children, friends and families “something to do.” To give you more of a technical idea of what disc golf is, I pulled the following from the Professional Disc Golf Association website (www. - and, yes there really is such a thing!

What is Disc Golf? Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use a flying disc, or Frisbee®. The sport was formalized in the 1970s, and shares with “ball golf ” the object of completing each hole in the fewest number of strokes (or, in the case of disc golf, fewest number of throws). A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to a target which is the “hole.” The hole can be one of a number of disc golf targets; the most common is called a Pole Hole® - an elevated metal basket. As a player progresses down the fairway, he or she must make each consecutive shot from the spot where the previous throw landed. The trees, shrubs, and terrain changes located in and around the fairways provide challenging obstacles for the golfer. Finally, the “putt” lands in the basket and the hole is completed. Disc golf shares the same joys and frustrations of traditional golf, whether it’s sinking a long putt or hitting a tree halfway down the fairway. There are few differences, though. Disc golf rarely requires a greens fee, you probably won’t need to rent a cart, and you never get stuck with a bad “tee time.” It is designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages, male and female, regardless of economic status.

With a very small investment, we could put in a course that community members of all ages could use.

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Native Humor: Part One

WARNING: The following text may be offensive to certain people. If you know you have little or no sense of humor, please turn the page now.


will never forget the first time I heard the song “Rita” on the radio. I was just leaving the old trading post at Tse Lani (Many Rocks) and I was going down the narrow gravel track through the fabulous rock formations that gave the place its name. Like most of the reservation trading posts, the store was torn down years ago. Vincent Craig was telling the story of a Navajo boy whose love for Rita turned him wrong – with dire consequences. It was hilarious. Craig, with his modern folk ballads and his Muttonman cartoons, became an icon of Indian humor. One of many. And whenever I think of the Navajo sense of humor I always recall an incident at the University of Utah in 1971. I had been asked to guest lecture in a class on minority literature. The class had just read a short story by William Eastlake, a piece excerpted from one of his Navajo novels. The main character is a young man who has returned from a stint at an Ivy League university back East. He is the trader’s best friend. It is a wonderfully funny piece. One of the students rather relentlessly pursued a line of questioning about this character. It finally dawned on me that he was skeptical about the man’s sharp wit and sense of humor. What he was questioning, clearly, was whether or not a reservation Navajo could be that smart, that quick-witted, and that funny. I have to admit I was a little stunned. Especially when I saw the look on the other students’ faces. Many of them had the same question. For more than forty years I dealt with this problem in my relationship with the Navajo Cowboy Artist, Ernest Franklin, friend and colleague. Once I set up a one-man show for him at a small gallery in Santa Fe. When I showed up with the paintings and drawings the owner refused to hang the show. It was too funny. The gallery owner was afraid of the backlash. It seems that Indians aren’t allowed to have a sense of humor. Even Franklin’s landscapes almost always had a hidden joke. One of his prize-winning water colors appeared to be about red rocks, junipers and sagebrush. A closer look showed a cow in the distance mooing at space. Under some brush, almost invisible, was a newborn calf, sound asleep. In Ernest’s illustrations for Tony Hillerman’s children’s book, Buster Mesquite’s Cowboy Band, almost every panel has a small animal, sometimes a spider, sometimes a mouse, pursuing its own agenda in the background. Franklin’s first paying gig as an artist was doing caricatures of his buddies in Vietnam. As a theatre major in the sixties I once took a whole class on the subject of humor. Defining humor is as impossible as defining beauty, but it is fun to try. Repetition, exaggeration, juxtaposition, the unexpected – just a few of the tools of humor. But why, after all these years, do we still laugh when somebody slips on a banana peel? Why is it even funnier if the fallen is a minister, a lawyer, a politician, or granny? I have never been a fan of the pratfall. Slapstick isn’t my cup of tea. The three stooges deserve their name. But I’m a tiny minority it seems. Then, recently, I saw some Indian clowns put a whole new spin on the gag. One of the group pulled a bunch of grapes out of his coat pocket. From another pocket he pulled out a large butcher knife. He took his time elaborately peeling the grape with the oversized knife. He dropped the skin on the ground, popped the grape in his mouth and chewed with relish. Then slipped and fell on the peel. The bit brought a roar from the crowd. I couldn’t help thinking – and perhaps I’m wrong – but a good bit of the


A classic Ernest Franklin social commentary; the breast strap on the horse reads JOKER. humor seemed to come from the fact that the pratfall being spoofed was Anglo in origin. In the midst of broad, physical humor – often very bawdy – it is the subtlety – the subtext – of the clown humor that gets to me. Like Franklin’s paintings, there is always a hidden joke in there somewhere. Most folks who live in the Southwest, and pay any attention at all, come to realize that Native life is not compartmentalized. Religion is tied to everything, and it works seven days a week, not just on Sunday. In the same way, humor is tied to everything. It is never absent. The clowns are too complicated to analyze here, but everyone has them. The Hopis have dozens of different kinds. The Zunis only have three. The Navajos and Apaches have clowns attached to serious groups of dancers. Dancing and singing are healing rites for all. There are, for example, five dancers in an Apache Ghan group. These masked figures were known for many years as the Devil Dancers and have been a popular staple at Ceremonial since the first year. One of the five – usually the little one – functions as a clown. Missionaries, soldiers and bureaucrats have been trying to stamp out Native religion for a century. The clowns – the so-called mudheads in particular – are high on the agenda. Thank goodness the Anglos don’t understand what they are saying. But they have a very serious role in the ceremonial scheme. Typically, a dance is performed in four segments, with breaks in between when the dancers leave the plaza. The clown groups fill in the gaps. They are bawdy, excessive, outrageous and very, very funny. They are making fun of all the foibles of society, sexual and otherwise. Their function is to demonstrate what a decent person is NOT supposed to do. To behave in all the wrong ways, and to entertain while doing so. Moral lectures go down better that way. I have been around Indians all my life. They are very funny people. It amazes me that other folks can’t see that. Quick wit is highly prized by all the Native groups I have spent time with. Repartee – sometimes in two or three languages at once – is a staple of social interaction. Not everyone can be funny – but almost everyone appreciates the individuals who are good at it. The great clowns never stop performing. Agapito of San Ildefonso was

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famous even in the Anglo world. Two clowns at Zuni stand out – Crazy Joe, who once “escaped” from the hospital and thumbed a ride into town so he didn’t miss Ceremonial, and the great Oscar Nastacio. Oscar is a legend in Zuni. Recently the Zuni artist Alex Seowtewa was telling me Oscar stories. (Nastacio raised Alex after his mother died.) For years Alex was the director of the Zuni Tribal band. One day he got a call from Oscar to assemble as many band members as possible and meet him at the bridge. The clown group was there, out of sight, and one of them was made up and dressed as the well-known majorette. Oscar was turned out as a very funny Miss Navajo and mounted on a horse. The majorette led Oscar and the band into the plaza where some small tents were set up. The group spent the afternoon holding a mock Ceremonial for the audience – complete with performances by all the various tribes. It was a classic moment. I have seen them do send-ups of a graduation ceremony and a wedding. Satire is not particularly popular in America. Mark Twain, the best satirist we’ve turned out so far, has his most famous works relegated to the “boys’ books” shelf. Remember the bit in Huckleberry Finn when a shooting victim is crushed to death under a huge Bible somebody placed on his chest to comfort him? One of many delicious passages. I’m not sure anyone actually reads that book.

Defining Humor is as impossible as defining beauty, but it is fun to try. Recently I have been doing research into the early Zuni silversmiths, trying to sort out who did what and when they did it. There is very little reliable information on the subject before World War II. I couldn’t help noticing a recurrent statement by various traders. At least three well-known dealers of Zuni art have made statements about how the Zunis would copy anything – any design that they saw – in their jewelry. Any item that caught their fancy, from pictures in a Monkey Ward catalog to a cigarette pack. The implication was that they had a childish attraction for shiny objects and a similarly childish knack for imitation. That’s not the way the Zunis see it. One of my wife Michelle’s favorite stories from childhood goes like this. All children in the village are exposed to art and its creation from birth. It is virtually the only means of income for most Zunis. She comes from famous families of silversmiths on both sides of the family tree. Of course she had seen relatives carve fetishes for the local traders. She went out and found some likely pebbles and turned them into frogs. The trader bought them. She is still laughing about getting cash money for some rocks she picked up off the ground. Who is laughing at whom when a Zuni sells a trader a nice piece of inlay which copies the design off a pack of Camels? The Apache leader known as Geronimo still makes the news a hundred years after his death – something that can’t be said for most U. S. presidents. In his autobiography he recounts some experiences he had at an exposition in Chicago and his impressions of American institutions, including the only time he rode in the “little house that flies through the air.” At first the passage seems naïve and a little sad. I think there is a lot of tongue in cheek there. I love the book Sun Chief by Hopi, Don Talayesva. After spending his youth far from home, a virtual prisoner at the Indian school in Riverside, California, he sums up his education: “I knew hundreds of Bible verses, could recite all the state capitals, and tell Dirty Dutchman jokes by the hour.” That’s pretty funny.

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Pre-Columbian Visitors The Curious Case of Dr. Fell


ith my Scandinavian surname, when I was young I was fascinated with the idea that Vikings had found their way to North America before Columbus. In my home state, Oklahoma, was the Heavener Runestone. The runes there seem to spell out “glomedal.” This has been translated as possibly meaning “the valley belonging to Glome.” It’s not a very informative message. The most famous runestone in America is the one found near Kensington, Minnesota that tells the story of a massacre of part of an expedition of Norsemen by local Indians. Although the archaeological site of L’Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland, Canada proves that Norsemen had a colony in North America for a short period of time 500 years before Columbus left Spain, most all other claims for Viking exploration in the New World are widely considered bogus, including the two runestones mentioned above. A book by Charles Michael Boland, They All Discovered America, was published in 1961. The author told tales of pre-Columbian visits to the Americas by Phoenicians, Chinese, Irish, Romans, Portuguese, and so on. It’s out of print now, but still influences some people’s thinking about such things. I don’t believe that Boland wrote any more about the topic, but others picked up his ideas.

One of them was Dr. Barry Fell [1917-1994]. In three books, the first being America B. C. [1976], Fell contended that various Europeans and Egyptians had colonies in North America during a period from about 1000 to 3000 years ago. He based his contention on questionable evidence from linguistics, inscriptions, and architecture. Fell compared individual words from European languages with those of Native American vocabularies. Linguists point out that human languages are all constructed from the same phonemes, so it is likely that some words will sound alike. Coincidences are expected. A better case for cultural influence would be to look for similarities in grammar. Probably Fell’s most controversial claims relate to epigraphy – the decipherment/ translation of ancient scripts. He claimed there were hundreds of ancient inscriptions across North America in Old World alphabets. Let’s look at just one example. The Horse Creek Petroglyph, located in southern West Virginia consists of scratches in some fairly soft sandstone protected by an overhang of more resistant rock. Fell proclaimed the scratches to be ogam [or ogham], an ancient Celtic script used mainly in Ireland during the early middle ages. Ogam used groups of vertical marks across a horizontal “stem line” to denote consonants. At Horse Creek there are many vertical lines, but no obvious stem lines, and the groupings of the slashes are vague. Without groupings an interpreter has free reign to invent whatever he wishes to find in the inscription. [I don’t think it was an inscription; it appears to be random slashes on the rock face.] Fell’s reading of the marks tells the story of the birth of Christ. He mentions that St. Brendan, an Irish monk also known as “the Navigator,” was reported to have made two voyages to a land far to the west across the Atlantic before 561 CE. He then says that the inscription might have been made by Irish missionaries who came to the New World following St. Brendan’s discovery. Casting doubt on Fell’s version is an alternate interpretation by Edo Nyland. Nyland agreed with Fell’s reading of the ogam script, but felt the language was Basque instead of Old Irish. The story he found in the slashes told of running a herd of bison off a cliff into a ravine where they were slaughtered. His tale also includes a mysterious figure: the “clan mother.” You can find full texts of both of these interpretations on the Internet.

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Horse Creek Petroglyph


One bunch of gouges on a rock face – two completely different messages! Can you believe either of them? Messages on rock are, I believe, a kind of graffiti. Think about what kind of note you would make if you were a graffitist. Probably

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you would say “I was [we were] here” the way travelers from Oñate to modern times left their marks on El Morro. Or maybe you would simply inscribe your name. Most ogam inscriptions in Ireland are just someone’s name. Also, consider who the message is for. Obviously, someone who can read your script. If they can read it, they already know the story of Mary and Jesus, so why tell them again?

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Fell also took an interest in an inscription here in New Mexico: the Los Lunas Decalogue. It is supposedly an abbreviated version of the Ten Commandments scratched on a rock face in a ravine on the east side of Hidden Mountain west of State Highway 6. It was first mentioned by archaeologist Frank Hibben in 1933, who said that an unnamed guide led him to it. The inscription has some odd features, including punctuation that scholars say was unknown in Paleo-Hebrew [some say that the language is Phoenician], although Barry Fell disagreed. Hibben said that his guide had found the rock in the 1880s, which would mean that it was pre-Columbian because Paleo-Hebrew was all but unknown at that time. However, Hibben had a poor reputation [he was accused of faking some of his data], and since he never named his guide, the whole thing is highly suspect. Most people now believe that the inscription is a hoax made by UNM students in the early 1930s. Fell’s take on architecture is equally suspect. Again, let’s look at one example. All across New England there are old stone structures. Dr. Fell lists several as having been built by pre-Columbian Celtic immigrants, who were building in the Megalithic tradition of Europe. Some of these sites have become tourist attractions; one in New Hampshire, “Mystery Hill,” now renamed “America’s Stonehenge,” is touted as being 3000 years old. It may have been built by Celts, but they were modern ones, who immigrated during the colonial period. The tradition of building with stone continued in Europe from Megalithic times until well into the twentieth century. Many people who came to America would have known how to build such structures, and, in addition, there were guides or manuals available in written sources to explain how to do it. Archaeologist Giovanna Newdorfer spent three years studying remains of stone buildings in New England, including several that Fell claimed were Celtic temples. In one case she actually found the name of the builder of one of Fell’s ruins. By a process of cultural amnesia combined with fervid imagination, old buildings become ancient ones, and stone basins once used to make soap have come to be viewed as sacrificial altars for pagan rituals. Some excavation was undertaken at Mystery Hill, but only a few modern artifacts were found. The archaeologist stated, “It’s spooky; I’ve never seen a site as clean as this one.” Those who believe in its antiquity say this only reinforces the ritual significance of the place. Where did Dr. Fell gain his expertise? Was he an historian, or an archaeologist? No. He was a marine biologist who specialized in starfishes and sea urchins. On anthropological topics he was an amateur. Some archaeologists said he “read” plow marks on rocks. As a biologist he was familiar with the scientific method. So, why didn’t he employ any scientific skepticism in his study of preColumbian America? Recycling old myths, as well as creating some of his own, makes people question his sincerity, and accepting as ancient many artifacts that are well known to have been fakes also makes him seem quite gullible. Pre-Columbian/ pre-Viking contact from overseas is certainly in the realm of possibility. Personally, I’m sure it happened, but bogus epigraphy and pseudo archaeology do not prove anything; it only makes people more skeptical of such claims. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof, and the burden of proof is on the claimant. So far no authentic, datable artifacts that couldn’t have been manufactured in the Americas have been found.

    

            

                 

     

  

 

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By Fowler Roberts

E. Bryan Wall

Gallup’s South Side City Councilor Q. What got you interested in running for City Council? A. I’ve always been involved in politics. I was in the state legislature, when I was here; and when I was growing up, I knew quite a few different politicians in town and was always consulting with them. My father was a county commissioner, here in Gallup, and a county treasurer. Q. What do you enjoy most about your job? A. I enjoy seeing projects that I have been working on coming to fruition. I think we must move in a positive manner and that we must have vision and I think one of the biggest things that we should be working on is the Gallup-Navajo Water Project. Q. What is the biggest challenge of your job? A. The biggest challenge is to have patience in the longevity to see things through. I set a lot of different things into place through the years and some of them have become real. But I think what we need to do the most is make the city grow so that we will have enough funds to put into our infrastructure. Q. What is your top priority as a City Councilor? A. The top priority is to see if we can do more to make the city grow. The more we grow, and the more grants, or so forth, we could get, the better the city can become. Q. What do you enjoy most about living in Gallup? A. I have a lot of relatives and friends here. I was away from Gallup for 20 years in Arizona but I would always come back. I have always noticed that there are more activities going on amongst the people that we know than there was in Arizona. In Arizona, we had more special events like major pro football games and major operas, and things of that nature, but in Gallup we have more social events. Q. What do you enjoy doing in your off time? A. I love gardening, as long as the sun is out, and I also love traveling. I just love that. Q. What is your favorite movie? A. I saw a movie the other night – it was the second or third time I had seen it – and I really enjoyed it. It was called A Walk in the Clouds. A soldier got out of WWII. He came out of the service and met this girl who had a winery. When I was growing up, our folks made wine, too. I came from a large family. We used to get five bed trucks of grapes and, as kids, we were squashing the grapes. The music was playing real loud and all of the families had such a great time. Those are memories I will never forget. Q. If you could trade places with one famous person, who would it be and why? A. Well I always said this: Albert Einstein. His brain was just so far out there, which is something I’ll never know. It’s just beyond belief – everything that he has done – and people still today are finding out that the things he said back then are still true today and he did it through mathematics.

Dear Fellow McKinley County Residents, The most important lesson I learned as a parent was for Gerry and me to teach our daughter that NO meant NO! It did not mean later, or maybe, it meant NO! Early on the NO answer was harder on us than her, but once we had proven our resolve and that the answer could be a YES at other times-it stuck. I am so thankful for that valuable lesson. As a County Commissioner, I will not always be able to say YES. I will always vote for what is best for our county. Government cannot do or be everything for everyone. I respect the anti-donation clause and other legislation that protects us as taxpayers. We all work too hard to have our tax dollars wasted. I will work tirelessly to help make McKinley County a better place to live, work and raise a family. The City of Rio Rancho is a prime example of how technology can help provide transparency in government. Public meetings are webcast live on the internet, and past meetings can be retrieved by date ( Budgets, bid requests, etc would be added to compliment the existing website at “Capturing Us At Our Best “is so clearly defined by looking back at how our community stood strong during:

the creation of the Na’Nizhoozhi Center (NCI) to help address the disease of alcoholism in 1992 the all volunteer build of the Playground of Dreams in 1997 the construction of the Skate Park in 1999.

These are just a few examples of how our community has worked well together. We cannot forget the many talented, caring people who are involved now, out of the goodness of their hearts, to construct Habitat for Humanity houses, meet together as Veterans helping Veterans, blaze trails in the Zuni Mountains, coach our youth and many more worthwhile ongoing projects. I have initiated some discussions on possibilities (if even in part) to help fund our non-profit organizations with outside resources. All of our Law Enforcement Agencies, Fire Fighters, 911 operators and all that assist in keeping our community safe, can be captured at their best on a daily basis. An Emergency Management Policy is being written to clarify pubic notification to avoid unnecessary confusion. Our precious freedoms are not to be taken for granted. Fly your American flag! I value the freedom to vote, to vote anonymously and without threat of retaliation. I will not buy your vote. I will not allow you to buy my favor. As your County Commissioner I will work for what is best for the City of Gallup and McKinley County so that everyone can be “Captured At Our Best”! I respectfully ask for your vote and support!

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Green is the


s summer approaches, I’m reminded that green is the color of my heart, or New Jersey, or something . . . but not my yard. The only green around me is the envy I have for people who have green thumbs. Frankly, I never met a plant I couldn’t kill, whether it’s in the yard or house. The decision about whether to have a house plant or not is not to be considered lightly. As with all living things, there is a certain amount of RESPONSIBILITY involved. One must take into consideration one’s ability to water and even feed when necessary. In most cases, unless I really got carried away, the decision to have a house plant did not rest on my shoulders. Usually it was foisted upon me with utter disdain for my wishes by someone who thinks a house plant is


the ultimate gift – or who wants to take the EASY WAY OUT and not have to consider that what I really want is a trip to Hawaii. I remember the first house plant given to me . . . “Uh, what’s this?” I ask, suspiciously. “It’s a house plant,” Green Thumb says, scathingly. “Is it alive?” “Of course it’s alive!” “But what do I do with it?” “Just enjoy it.” Right away I’m in trouble. I have visions of having to spend hours throwing a ball to it or having it crawl into my lap for some petting. Even worse would be playing midwife when it is having little plants.

e Color . . .

By Jeannette Gartner

“What does it do?” I ask with trepidation. “It doesn’t do anything. You just set it on a table or hang it from the ceiling,” (Ow! That hurts!), “somewhere and enjoy looking at it . . .” Well, now, that doesn’t seem too hard. This was beginning to sound like something I might be able to handle, although I think one would quickly tire of sitting and staring at a plant. After all, once one has counted all the leaves and admired the different colors of green (and/or brown) involved, what else is there? “. . . and water it about once a week,” continues Green Thumb. Uh-oh. I knew there must be a catch somewhere. But, still, that might not be beyond my mental capacities. If I can remember to water it ... “Is that all?” I asked, feeling more confident. “You should feed it occasionally,” Green Thumb advised. Feed it? Feed it what? How about leftovers? Or does it have expensive tastes – like caviar? Do I have to cut up the food? And how often is occasionally? Once a month, a year, what? I am beginning to fear I am in over my head. “And, you ought to talk to it once in a while,” said Green Thumb. That tears it! Really, what in the world do I have in common with a plant? What would we talk about? Besides, with three boys, and three animals as permanent/periodic residents, plus all the friends and animals coming and going, there is enough talking going on – to say nothing of the grandkids who talk incessantly when they’re around. There are also televisions, radios, and stereos, and if the plant wants to eavesdrop, it’s okay with me, but I’m not talking to it. In the first place, I’d feel like an idiot if anyone heard me. I mean, really, I already suspect that the little men in white coats are lurking just around the corner, hoping to catch me doing something, so there’s no way I’ll take a chance by talking to a plant! Besides, I just can’t picture myself saying things like, “Okay, pick up those leaves. Don’t slouch! Sit up straight. Drink all your water!” In the years since I was given my first plant, through no fault or choice of my own, I’ve received a lot of plants, usually during a stay in the hospital. Now does that make sense? Sure, give the sick person something else to take care of when she can’t even take care of herself. Whereas, in my opinion, the greatest gift for a sick person would be for someone to come and pick up all the plants, take them away, and take care of them, in my case, forever. That would really give me a rest, besides saving me from the trauma of killing yet another one. I always thought the average life of a plant was about two weeks, based solely on empirical observations of plants I’ve had. It wasn’t until I overheard some friends betting on how long a new one would last in my house, that I realized this wasn’t the case for other people. I can’t help but believe that, for some strange reason, all the plants I’ve had are ones with suicidal tendencies. Where are all those plants with a will to live? Why don’t I ever get any of those? There must

be a “grapevine” between plants because I’m convinced that as soon as a plant hears it is coming to my house, it starts drooping and shedding leaves. Why, by the time it arrives at my door it is already half dead! You’d think someone in my family would have a green thumb, but unfortunately that isn’t the case. Once, when my husband bought a plant for me in a flower shop (he’s a slow learner, too; it only took 50 years of marriage for him to stop giving me house plants as gifts), he asked the clerk if we should be giving the plants rain water instead of tap water. “You have to be careful doing that. It could shock the plant to change water,” the clerk said. “Oh, don’t worry,” Mark answered confidently. “We’ll explain to it before we do it.” The worst thing is that we can no longer dispose of our dead plants in the garbage, due to the insensitive behavior of the garbage men. It seems they were alerting the neighbors when they picked up a dead plant. Soon after one was picked up, we began to receive condolence calls from the neighbors. Then the neighborhood children started making regular visits to our garbage can. I tell you, it was unbearable when some of these delinquents would ring our doorbell. With trepidation, I would go to the door. “Hi, Mrs. Gartner,” said one of these little twerps. “Yes? May I help you?” I would ask with dignity. “Is this yours?” asked the twerp, while with a sweeping flourish he would present the dead plant, gripping its dead stems in his grimy hand. “Where did you get that?” I would stammer, thinking I had rid myself forever of the incriminating evidence. “Oh, I just saw it in your garbage can. I just wanted to check our figures with you. According to our list, this one is the 14th this year. Is that correct?” he would ask, all sweetness and innocence. “I’m sure I wouldn’t know,” I would answer while trying to close the door on his size 5 foot. “We’ve come up with a plan. How about if you saved all of them, and then once a month, the neighborhood could have a mass burial and barbecue?” he had the nerve to suggest. So we did the only logical thing. We started sneaking out of the house in the middle of the night to dig a grave and secretly bury the plant in the back yard. At least we did that until one of the neighbors reported us to the police, who showed up with sirens blaring to dig up the “bodies” we were burying in the back yard. Since we moved out to the “boonies,” we don’t have to worry about the neighbors’ tsktsking. We just let the weeds grow at will and pretend we planted them on purpose. As to house plants, now we do what we should have done to begin with. When a flower shop truck shows up, whoever answers the door will say that the Gartners moved away and left no forwarding address.

I always thought the average life of a plant was about two weeks, based solely on empirical observations of plants I’ve had. believe • gallup


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hate having nightmares. I’m assuming here, but I’m sure everyone does, right?

My friend Chuck loves scary movies. If I watched even 5 minutes of a scary movie, I’d have nightmares for days . . . scratch that – nights. Maybe I have an overactive imagination or something? I know that other people (besides just Chuck) love to watch scary movies, which makes me assume that most of those folks don’t have nightmares after watching. Because if they did have nightmares, they’d probably stop what was causing those nightmares, correct? Yeah, I’m super-deep. On the other hand, I love having good dreams, or goodmares,* as I call them.


My favorites are when I’m some sort of super-athlete, running and jumping like John Carter on Mars. Was that a scary movie? Either way, I haven’t seen it. Those dreams are sweet. The problem is, I rarely have those dreams. Or at least, I rarely remember them. On the flip side, I’ll wake up from a nightmare and not go back to sleep for hours. I’ll just get up and start writing rambles or something. Yes, you’ve got it. I am writing rambles after having a nightmare . . . which is also why I’m up so early. Although my friend Allan would say that I’m not up early at all. He’s already got his running shoes laced up at 5:30 am. I think this rambles is sort of like a counseling session. I’m really getting to the bottom of some issues in my life. To review:

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#1 – I don’t like nightmares – why? #2 – I sometimes see myself as having super-human qualities in my dreams – why? I’ve also realized something else about myself. You see, I read a lot and I really prefer to read stories that are formulaic. In the past 12 months I’ve probably read 40 Louis L’Amour books. I love the stories. Will I be ridiculed for writing this – not more than from my own wife who only reads the “classics,” as she calls them. If you haven’t had the opportunity to read any L’Amour stories, start with these: Flint (set in this area), Comstock Lode, and any of the Sackett novels. My grandpa got me reading Louis when he gave me a leather-bound, almost-complete set a few years ago. What a great gift that has been. He also drops off two or three books every time he’s in the area to replenish and fill-out my collection. But back to my original point from a couple moments ago. I really prefer formulaic stories. Trust me, you know what’s going to happen in ALL of the Louis L’Amour books from the opening chapter. Here’s how it goes: Good Guy introduced and is in trouble. Bad Guy introduced

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and is causing the trouble. Damsel in distress is caught between them. Bad Guy is thoroughly beaten by Good Guy. In some cases even gaining a grudging respect for Good Guy. Good Guy not only gets the girl, but also gold and/or ranch land. It’s serious business. Handled with a six-gun. Wow, that last sentence is ready-made for a blockbuster Western movie. Anyway, what I’m getting at is that I don’t like surprises. Well not most of them, anyway. Nightmares are chock full of surprises. And not the good kind, like a guy jumping out of a cake for your birthday. Well, a guy might jump out of a cake in a scary movie, but he’ll have something else (besides yelling “Happy Birthday”) on his mind. In case you’re reading this before bed . . . let me leave you with some rainbows and butterflies to ensure goodmares.**

*I’ve never actually called them that. ** I just called them that.

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While the main purpose of education is usually seen as the acquisition of knowledge, it is equally important for the students to be a part of a beautiful community of persons.

American Martyrs Academy answer their own “why” questions. Finally, the students end in the rhetorical stage. Students at this point are ready to glean important information from what they read, analyze the content and synthesize it in order to come to a well-informed understanding of any topic at hand. Throughout all of these stages, the students habitually memorize poems and great speeches. From Robert Louis Stevenson and Edward Lear to Shakespeare, the Bible and the Constitution, the students have the ability to call from memory great works of Western civilization. While the main purpose of education is usually seen as the acquisition of knowledge, it is equally important for the students to be a part of a beautiful community of persons. American Martyrs Academy offers a truly unique opportunity to realize this community. The school is a one-room schoolhouse, and the older and younger students interact in a unique way. The older students often help the younger students with their poetry, as well as reading stories to them. Every Friday, the students recite their poems for one another. Art class is a time for the whole school to work together on projects. In music, the older grades learn theory while the younger grades learn the recorder and songs, usually about the history they are studying. The older students take joy in being looked up to and held responsible for the younger students, and the younger students bask in the attention and conversations of their older schoolmates. In these ways, the students learn to converse easily and participate confidently in a broader community. The community for the students expands to outside the classroom with several community service related activities. At Christmas, the students perform the carols they have learned for the residents at the Little Sisters of the Poor. Presently, the students are the Hospitallers of St. Jeanne Jugan, and visit the residents on their birthdays. At the end of the year, the students put on a play or a few vignettes for parents and friends. They also volunteer occasionally to clean or prepare food at the Missionaries of Charity. All of the students participate in these events, and the spirit of camaraderie is bolstered by their genuine concern for one another.


re you looking for an alternative education? American Martyrs Academy offers a unique opportunity for students to be educated in the classical traditions of Western civilization. The students have a strong academic, human and spiritual formation. The emphasis of education at American Martyrs Academy is to foster the love of learning in the students. “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a life.” The students utilize the different aspects of their minds and hearts to come to a deep appreciation for and love of truth. The academic formation of the children begins, in the younger years, with a strong development of the imagination and memory through reading stories such as Aesop’s Fables and memorizing the poems of Robert Louis Stevenson. By mid-elementary, the emphasis shifts from and expands upon the imagination to the ability to read and write more complex ideas by reading great literature and learning to write through dictation. At this point in their education, the students also begin to learn Latin, a language of great benefit in terms of understanding the infrastructure of how language works. The students then move into the dialectical stage, in which they begin to analyze their subjects more closely, learning to


On top of the academic and human formation, spiritual formation is just as important at American Martyrs Academy. The spiritual formation is founded on the Judeo-Christian principles: “Love God above all things and love your neighbor as yourself.” The best way to learn to love anyone is to get to know them first; therefore, each school day begins with Mass at 8 am, followed by a prayer to the Holy Spirit at the school. The formal education is founded on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Students memorize the Baltimore Catechism, read Lives of the Saints, and study the Bible in different stages, to different depths. The spirit of joy and respect reigns in the school, and the students are deeply aware of one another in their sense of humor, their spirit of service and their prayers. In a nutshell: 1) The children learn to read and comprehend concepts at an accelerated level. 2) The small classroom atmosphere provides specialized instruction and tutoring. This helps each student develop at the student’s capacity. 3) American Martyrs Academy provides a safe, clean learning environment for students. 4) Parents have regular, ongoing access to Ms. Brink and the progress of their child.

By Jaime Munozcano

At American Martyrs Academy, students interact in a one-room-schoolhouse environment, all ages supporting and challenging each other. Here’s what parents are saying:

-Ann Venegas “As a parent of two, I would highly recommend the American Martyrs Academy. With small class sizes, each student gets ample quality time with the teacher, which helps him or her grow at their own rate. If a student is excelling, we can provide an opportunity for challenge. Or, if a child needs help, we can provide an opportunity to address his or her specific needs. “My own experience with AMA has been fantastic. My 6-year-old son is currently attending kindergarten and he couldn’t be doing better. His reading has improved and grown amazingly since attending this school. Math, never his favorite, he now enjoys exploring. Also, his concentration has improved by learning several poems by heart, in English and some in Latin. “The children really learn to care for each other. With fewer students these children are able to get to know each other better. There simply isn’t any opportunity for bullying when you know your fellows so well. Aside from learning how to socialize with their peers, the children also learn how to interact with students who may be older or younger than themselves. I find this great for building social skills, which is necessary for all walks of life, present and future. “AMA uses a classical curriculum which emphasizes the basics of education. All children need a foundation to start from and this is exactly what is offered. They are given a beginning and are encouraged with lots of help to follow through with their education to aid them for college, work, or simply enjoying life to the fullest, after being given these tools to think for themselves.”

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“Our experience with American Martyrs Academy has been wonderful. This is truly a unique school. The curriculum is a classical, top-drawer approach to education, based on the four stages of learning. These stages, the primary, grammatical, dialectic, and rhetorical, correspond to the children’s ages and learning development. The students are inspired by wonder, given the learning tools they need to acquire knowledge, and encouraged in the pursuit of wisdom. “Our children are flourishing at AMA. Our sixth-grade son, especially, has seen a real improvement in his grades this year. The small school environment and individual attention he receives have been very beneficial to him. Our first-grade daughter is doing a great job with math, phonics, reading, and her other subjects. She can recite numerous classical poems from memory in a way that amazes and delights me! “The students also have a lot of fun. They have made wonderful mosaics from glass and pottery, and have begun the art of painting beautiful Byzantine-styled colored eggs. They take field trips and are involved, through the school, with active community service. Learning to give of self is an important part of character development. “Lastly, we love the pervading Catholic atmosphere in which our children are learning. From studying their catechism lessons, to being taught manners and charity to their peers and those in the larger community, they are developing an understanding of what it means to live as Christ intends them to. “Overall, this has been a terrific school year for our family!”

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-Marianne Munozcano At American Martyrs Academy, we are a community of faith and friendship, from kindergarten to grade 12. If you are interested in taking part in this unique opportunity and educational adventure, or would like to visit and see firsthand the facilities, please email Vanessa Brink at, call or text (805) 421-8581, or visit the American Martyrs Academy Facebook page. All are welcome!

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My favorite driver, an ’86 Saab 900 was joined by an ’84 Chevy Suburban

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Author’s dad with his 1928 Buick Touring Car




y parents migrated from Boston to Albuquerque in a ’47 Studebaker Champion but the first car I remember at 434 Rio Grande Boulevard was a ’48 Plymouth convertible, which, by the time I was 6 or so, I would fetch from the garage when asked. But then a ’50 Jaguar Mk VII, with walnut trim, red leather seats and ashtrays everywhere, appeared and was parked next to the ’55 Pontiac Star Chief Custom Safari Wagon with its chrome center stripes that went from license plate to license plate . . . Remember in those days the plates were red-on-yellow in the even years and yellow-on-red in the odd, but most of the cars in our neighborhood didn’t even have plates and Joe Sanchez drove a ’49 Ford with NO tires and 2 bullet holes in the trunk lid. Joe was just back from Korea . . . the holes came with the car! Soon, the Jag was totaled and two Volkswagens, a ’51 and a ’53, were parked under the cottonwood . . . an attempt to open an Albuquerque VW dealership had failed. My sisters Be and Su were learning to drive and the “split window” would be perfect. But the rear visibility was poor and Dad backed it into the cottonwood – pushed the motor into the backseat! In 1956 Dad brought home a two-tone, light and medium blue, ’56 Ford Parklane Wagon, our first new car. On day one I was sent to the garage. I started it up, put my arm over the seat, stretched out my foot and depressed the gas pedal . . . The car launched itself forward into the table saw and I learned what PRND was all about. My grandmother (she lived in Scottsdale) had just bought herself a ’56 Ford Ranch Wagon. It was a standard “3 on the column” with 2 doors and with plastic cowboy seat covers (we didn’t need those in NM!).


Anyway the clutch was too much for her, so she got the Parklane and we got the Ranch Wagon, which eventually moved us back to New York City. And in 1962 my dad drove it to Panama! Twice in the 50s we drove east in a ’48 Lincoln Continental, previously owned by Albert Simms (Creamland Dairy, Los Poblanos, New Mexico congressman and uncle of the governor at the time) – push-button doors, electric windows and a V12 that overheated its way across Texas, my 3 sisters and the dog in the back. I sat between my parents in the front; they called me “the little prince.”

Fast forward to 1961 . . . Be returns from California, art school, and gives me the yellow ’45 Ford Pick-up. Within a week I had ruined the transmission and had to learn to navigate a dreary ’61 Chevy Bel Air or my stepfather’s annual parade of Pontiac Catalinas. 1964, after working the summer in Jemez I drove back to NY on a ’62 Ducati Diana, 2500 miles on back roads! My first car, a ’61 Buick Skylark Convertible (known for its all aluminum block and short life), followed by a ’60 Sunbeam Alpine Series II – English, noisy, electric overdrive. Would have been a chick magnet for a kid with even a bit of magnetism. Blew the engine on the Mass Pike. Switched to a ’64 Ford Falcon Wagon, which Dave Hall and I drove from Montreal to Miami to Mexico to LA and Vancouver and back to Montreal. And then I failed out of college and bought a ’62 VW and a ’63 Honda Super Hawk (later stolen), followed by my only new motorcycle, a ’66 Triumph Bonneville T120, eventually joined by a ’54 Ariel FH (a piece of English medieval junk!) and the sweetest ’63 Suzuki 90, which turned 78 mph at the strip in Trois

n in which my kids practiced running into ambulances and school buses.


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Hillman Husky Sunbeam Alpine Studebaker Champion Toyota Land Cruiser Lincoln Continental Jaguar Mark VII Mercedes 300CD Pontiac Star Chief

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Above: NM license plates of the past. This photo: Author (right) on his racing sidecar at New Hampshire International Speedway.


Loves great cars and motorcycles. When he was a kid there were so many to choose from . . . British, German, Swedish, French, Italian, and even a few American and Japanese cars. And it used to be possible to fix them with a few tools and a lot of patience. He lives in Gallup where he's an architect and an artist (and a mediocre mechanic) and never ceases to surprise himself!

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Rivieres (Quebec). Then I got married and picked up a ’68 VW at the factory in Wolfsburg and spent the summer picking up hitchhikers in Yugoslavia and Greece.

’82 TD had 795,000 – get over 30 mpg and cruise all day at 80. Mercedes made 6.7 million of them between 1975 and 1986 . . . perhaps the best engineered car ever.

Montreal snow and salt ruined the VW . . . My daughter Rose was born . . . “Stagflation” was the country’s mood and a ’75 Toyota Corolla (my automotive low point) sat in front of my Boston home, but it was soon replaced by an ’81 VW Dasher Diesel, which was impossible to start on cold mornings, but redeemed itself with 47 mpg of underpowered performance and then we became a two car family . . . My favorite driver, an ’86 Saab 900 – GM owned Saab but had yet to ruin it – was joined by an ’84 Chevy Suburban in which my kids practiced running into ambulances and school buses, followed by a gorgeous red ’92 Saab 9000 CS and a lowly ’93 Subaru Legacy Wagon – also red but super uncomfortable! So late one evening I went to the Ford dealer and bought a ’95 Ford Bronco. I was surprised the next morning to see that it was an unpleasant green but perfect for hauling a trailer full of motorcycles from track to track (I had taken up road racing in the late 80s and built a racing sidecar, ’60 BMW R60, in ’91).

Before I left Maine I drove a ’99 A6 Audi Quattro and a ’98 Saab 900 (the car that proved that GM drove the quirky Swedish aircraft/auto maker into the ground). And then I headed back to New Mexico, my little white ’05 Ford Ranger (which I bought in Farmington, Maine, but which came from ALAMOGORDO!) pulling my ’69 Saab Sonett on a trailer . . . oh, and my ’72 Saab Sonett not far behind. The ’69 won “Best in Show” honors at the Amigo Car show in June 2010; Sammy C presented the trophy!

Then I moved to Maine and needed a good commuter, like a ’95 Audi 100 CS Quattro (not the 1000 which had an accelerator with a mind of its own). A friend gave me an ’81Toyota Land Cruiser, which I restored and regretfully sold. And then my favorite mechanic loaned me an ’81 Mercedes 300D, which led to a collection that included an ’82 300CD (the best looking coupe I ever owned), and two more 300Ds and two 300TDs (the station wagon model) and 4 or 5 parts cars. These 5-cylinder diesels commonly go over 500,000 miles – the

My favorites: Sunbeam Alpine, Saab 900 (the early one), my ’69 Saab Sonett, Toyota Land Cruiser.

There are a few left out: the ’58 Hillman Husky with a HI NEIGHBOR, HAVE A GANSETT! sticker on the rear window, that Nick Burrage sold me for 30 bucks; a ’69 Peugeot 304 (like most French cars of the time, only 3 lugs on each wheel!); a hideous ’82 Ford Econoline conversion van that I went racing in; an ’81 Dodge Ram 50; a ’67 and a ’68 BSA Starfire; a ’76 BMW R100S; a ’64 Triumph T100 and probably a few best forgotten others.

And cars I wish I had: Jaguar 3.8 Mk II, ’76 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible, Sunbeam Tiger (like my Alpine, but with a Ford 289 engine), and most especially a Citroën Maserati SM . . . if you Google one you will see why!

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ElMayMorro Theatre Schedule

Tuesday, May 1

Saturday, May 19

Show Time: 1 pm Kids Matinee Movie: Scooby Doo - Music of the Vampire Rated: G 80 minutes Voices: Matthew Lillard, Mindy Cohn, Frank Welker Admission: Adults: $2.00 12 & under: FREE!

Show Time: 1:30pm Senior Citizens Day Movie: TBA Senior Citizens 60 and over are $2.00/person Non-Seniors are $5.00/person

Saturday, May 5

Fred, Velma, Shaggy, Daphne and Scooby-Doo travel to a vampire-themed music festival, ready for big laughs, good tunes and good times. However, at the event, a vampire chooses Daphne for his bride and threatens the townsfolk. The gang sets out to investigate whether this monster is the real thing, an act taken too far by a group of musicians or just the festival’s owner trying to promote the fair.

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Saturday, May 5

Doors Open: 7:00pm Show Time: 8:00 pm 11th Annual Celebracion de Cinco de Mayo with EL GRINGO Advanced Tickets: $20/person At The Door: $30/person Tickets on sale at Millennium Media and Gurley Motors For more information call Millennium Media (505) 863-6851

Thursday, May 24 & Friday, May 25

Show Time: 2:00pm Gallup Catholic High School Drama Presents: A Pirate’s Life For Me Last chance to see this wonderful play and talented kids. Tickets: $5.00/person

Show Time: 6pm Foundations of Freedom Dance Studio presents: A TRIBUTE TO ROCK! 11TH Annual Spring Recital. We are paying tribute to Rock N Roll, the last 50 years to be exact. The show will consist of many different levels of dance and it will contain dancers ranging in ages from 3 up to 53. There will also be performances by the F.O.F. competition team. This team travels all over the southwest to compete in all styles of dance. Currently, our team has placed 1st at every competition this season as well as receiving top score awards and ultimate awards. Numerous forms of dance will be available, such as; jazz,ballet, modern/contemporary,lyrical, hip hop, break dancing, capoeira and more! Music will be from some amazing artists like Joan Jett, AC/DC, the Scorpions, Metallica, 5 Finger Death Punch, Queen and much, much more. The show will definitely take everyone on a trip down memory lane! It will not only be a night filled with amazing talent and entertainment, but everyone will be hit with a wave of nostalgia as they listen to all of the old tunes! Tickets: $4.00/advanced $5.00/door Tickets On Sale at Foundations of Freedom Dance Studio 115 W. Coal Ave Gallup, NM 87301

Tuesday, May 15

Saturday, May 26

Friday, May 11

Show Time: 7:00pm Gallup Catholic High School Drama Presents: A Pirate’s Life For Me Come enjoy this swashbuckling spring play! Tickets: $5.00/person

Saturday, May 12

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Saturday, May 12

Show Time: 7:00pm Gallup Catholic High School Drama Presents: A Pirate’s Life For Me If you didn’t catch the play Friday night, come see it tonight! Tickets: $5.00/person

Sunday, May 13

Show Time: 1:30 pm Senior Citizens Day Movie: TBA Senior Citizens 60 and over are $2.00/person Non-Seniors are $5.00/person

Thursday, May 17

Time: 7:00pm Gallup Catholic High School Class of 2012 Graduation Ceremony For more information call (505) 722-6089


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Please note that the El Morro Theatre will be closed for renovation for the months of June and July of 2012. We still plan on having movies and activities for the kids so please check our website at www. for the June and July schedule. THANK YOU! to all our patrons for your support.

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By Brett Newberry AKA The Business Doctor

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

Saving for Retirement


any people assume they can hold off saving for retirement and make up the difference later. Waiting too long to start saving can make it very difficult to catch up, and only a few years can make a big difference in how much you’ll accumulate.

It is important that you start saving as much as you can, as soon as you can. The earlier you start, the longer compounding can work for you. For example, a 20-year-old who saves $200 a month until age 65 and earns exactly 6% on saved funds annually would have accumulated around $550,000. But a 40-year-old contributing the same amount each month at the same earnings rate would have accumulated only $138,600 by age 65. Chances are your employer offers a 401(k), 403(b), or similar retirement savings plan. You can contribute up to $17,000 in 2012. And if you’re 50 years old or older, you can make additional “catch-up” contributions of up to $5,500, for a total of $22,500 in 2012. Since pretax contributions are excluded from your paycheck, you’ll enjoy an immediate tax savings when you contribute to one of these plans. Your employer’s plan may also allow you to make Roth contributions. There’s no immediate tax benefit (contributions are made with after-tax dollars), but qualified distributions are entirely free from federal income tax. Even if you cannot contribute the maximum allowed, you should at least try to contribute as much as necessary to get any matching contributions that your employer offers. This is essentially “free money.” However, you may need to work up to six years before you’re fully vested in (that is, before you fully own) any employer matching contributions. should at least try to contribute as much as necessary...


You can contribute up to $5,000 to an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) in 2012. You can also make catch-up contributions up to an additional $1,000 in 2012 to an IRA if you’re 50 or older. Your contributions to a traditional IRA may be deductible if neither you nor your spouse are covered by an employer retirement plan, or (if either of you are covered) your income falls within specified limits. Like pretax 401(k) contributions, deductible IRA contributions can result in an immediate tax savings, and as with 401(k) plans, withdrawals made prior to age 59½ may be subject to an additional 10% penalty tax unless an exception applies. If your income is within prescribed limits, you can also make after-tax contributions to a Roth IRA. In this case, even the earnings are taxfree, if your distribution is “qualified.” Distributions are qualified if you satisfy a five-year holding requirement, and the distribution is made after you reach age 59½, become disabled, or die, or the funds are used to purchase your first home (up to $10,000 lifetime). It’s common to discuss desired annual retirement income as a percentage of your current income. Depending on who you’re talking to, that percentage could be anywhere from 60 to 90 percent, or even more. The appeal of this approach lies in its simplicity, and the fact that there is a fairly common-sense analysis underlying it. Your current income sustains your present lifestyle; so, taking that income and reducing it by a specific percentage to reflect the fact that there will be certain expenses you’ll no longer be liable for (i.e. payroll taxes) will, theoretically, allow you to sustain your retired lifestyle. The problem with this approach is that it does not account for your specific situation. If you intend to travel extensively in retirement, for example, you might easily need 100 percent (or more) of your current income to get by. It is fine to use a percentage of your current income as a benchmark, but it’s worth going through all of your current expenses in detail, and really thinking about how those expenses will change over time as you transition into retirement. What if it looks like you will come up short? Don’t panic. There are probably steps that you can take to bridge the gap. Try to cut current expenses so you’ll have more money to save for retirement; shift your assets to investments that have the potential to substantially outpace inflation, but keep in mind that investments that offer higher potential returns may involve greater risk of loss; lower your expectations for retirement so you won’t need as much money; work part-time during retirement for extra income; and, consider delaying your retirement for a few years or longer. Until next time, The Business Doctor

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by Patricia Darak

The Golden Rose


ommy! Is it time for our bedtime story?” I walked into our son’s bedroom and sat down next to him. “Well? Is it time?” His little hands were balled into fists with excitement.


“Yes, son,” I said while he snuggled close. “I’ve got a good one

never actually noticed any of the other equally beautiful and fragrant flowers that lined all of the twisting pathways in the Royal Garden. This was why the Queen became confused. Since she had not bothered to notice any of the other flowers, she had no idea where she was in the garden. The Queen was lost!

“Mommy, all of your stories are the good ones.”

She tried to cry out for help, but the high green walls in the garden let no sound escape without turning it into a faint whisper. She looked on the ground, hoping to follow her footprints out of the maze, but the path was strewn with flower petals and leaves and showed no footprints. She tried to see the sun, so that she might follow the shadows, but she couldn’t tell where the sunlight was coming from.

“Thank you, son. Are you ready?” He laid his head down on his fluffy pillow. “Ready!” “Okay. Here we go.” ____________________________ Once upon a time, there was a Queen who became quite confused. While wandering in her garden, which was filled with both greenery and flowers of every kind, the Queen had gotten lost. She had been so busy searching for the largest and most fragrant Golden Rose, that she had lost sight of all of the other beautiful and sweet-smelling flowers around her. When the Queen started to get tired, she stopped walking and looked around. She had

The Queen then decided to turn around and walk back to where she started from. But, she had despairingly turned around in circles so many times that she really had no idea which path she was to take. The Queen felt hopeless. She felt defeated. She felt a little scared. But, most of all, she was starting to get hungry. “Oh,” she said quietly to herself, “I would love to eat lunch here in the garden, then continue on my quest to find the Golden Rose.” Once more, she looked around. “Will I ever find my way out? Will someone rescue me? Will I ever find the Golden Rose?”

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“Mommy, all of your stories are the good ones.” Just then, the Queen heard giggling and saw some branches shaking. It was her family, coming toward her and calling out for her. “Mommy! Mommy! Where are you, Mommy?” The Queen could not contain her relief and joy. “Over here! I am over here! Hurry, darlings!” She laughed and clapped her hands at the sight of her three children and husband running around the corner waving branches and grinning. “Oh, Mommy! There you are! Why did you disappear?” The Queen knelt down and hugged the children while her husband, the King, leaned forward and stroked her hair. “Yes, darling,” said the King with a twinkle in his eyes, “why did you leave us all alone? We wondered what had become of you. We were worried that pirates had made off with you.” He winked at her. Standing up, the Queen blushed and lowered her head. “I was so silly. I was chasing around, looking for the biggest and most beautiful Golden Rose while ignoring everything else. Can you believe that there are flowers here of every color of the rainbow, and I was concerned with only one? I missed all of this beauty, and for what? Silliness!” “Oh, Mommy!” The King and Queen, startled, looked down at their three children, then burst out laughing. Soon, their laughter was joined by that of their children. The King clapped his hands once, then declared, “Well, it’s time to make our way back to the Palace.” The three children groaned good-naturedly. “Aww, Daddy! Can’t we stay for just a little while longer?”

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Theresa Lee has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer of CARE 66. She has done a stellar job since she came to work for us last year. She has led us through two audits successfully and has been a very welcome addition to the leadership team at CARE 66. Fitz Sargent is designing a gate for the Lexington Hotel courtyard. I have seen some preliminary sketches and they look very good.

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Yours truly has been nominated as Non-Profit Leader of 2012 by the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness to recognize people and projects that have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help homeless people in New Mexico. As usual, with ground breaking for one project imminent, we are planning and imagining other projects that will provide housing, address poverty, provide children and their parents with opportunities to succeed while helping make this town even better for everybody. Until next month stay well and do good!


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

by Kris Pikaart

The story is so imaginative and literary that I needed to remind myself over and over that this is a real as it gets.


he book I am recommending to you here is perhaps better timed to the dark months of winter rather than to the boisterous beginning of the warm months. That said, reading a book now and again that makes us profoundly grateful for our creature comforts is not a bad idea. Take Beyond the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo (the first book I have read on my new e-reader, by the way. I think I could write a whole separate review simply of the experience of electronic reading. The review would not be favorable.) This work takes place in the infamous slums of Mumbai (Bombay), India made even more famous by the spectacular movie Slumdog Millionaire. This particular slum is called Annawadi – one of the many, many “cities within a city.” This one is right next to the Mumbai airport – inhabited by squatters who erected plastic, tin, cardboard huts on airport land. Boo figures that about 3000 people live in 300 some huts. India has one of the two fastest


growing economies on the planet, so the Annawadi slum is a study in contradiction. The Mumbai airport is lush and lavish, surrounded by the constant construction of ever fancier and more Westernized hotels for the new set of travelers to India. We get glimpses into the life of the hoteliers through the handful of highly envied slum residents who get temporary work bussing at parties. The slum, with its putrid “lake,” in which both the people and the slum’s hundreds of filthy wild pigs bathe, is hidden from view of the hotel goers by huge billboards. One of these billboards, strategically set to cover the eyesore of humanity, is for a brand of Italian tile. It reads “Beautiful Forever” over and over and over. Hence the title of the book. This is a work of non-fiction – the product of Katherine Boo, a white American journalist, living in the slums for months at a time over the course of nearly 4 years. The story is so imaginative and literary that I needed to remind myself over and over that this was not a tale based upon real life. It is as real

as it gets. This is a compliment, for the book reads like a work of fiction – inviting and strangely warm. Beyond the Beautiful Forevers offers an intimate view into the lives of a handful of the slums residents. It follows each of their stories back to its roots and imagines their future, or for most of them, the lack thereof. The first character we meet is Abdul, a teenager who is the eldest of nine children living in a tiny hut. Since he was six, Abdul was in the industry of trashpicking – the same industry by which the majority of Annawadi residents stay alive. Each morning thousands of them fan out around the airport land picking up some of the thousands of tons of trash that get disposed of each day in the giant city. They bring their wadded up plastic, foil wrappers, cigarette packets, cardboard, soda cans, and anything else they can find to local buyers (which is what Abdul and his family, the Husains, do) who then bring them to small local recycling companies. Abdul, small and unnoticeable, has quick fingers to sort the piles and piles of trash that his family and the rats live with. The story begins with the death of a woman whose name is Fatima, but whom everyone in the community calls “One Leg” for her physical deformity. One Leg sets herself on fire for reasons too complicated to go into here. She intends only to get her richer neighbors into some trouble, hopefully getting a nice payback, but she eventually dies of the wounds. This starts a whole landslide of action – an investigation riddled with unimaginable corruption. Before she dies, she blames the Husain family for the “crime,” which sends Abdul, his father and sister to jail for long and devastating stints of time. In the course of the story we meet several other young children who are trash-pickers. Some have turned to thievery, breaking into construction sites at night to find copper tubing or scraps of metal on the ground. We also meet Asha, a powerful and corrupt single mother whose aim it is to be the local slumlord and her equally pure-minded daughter Manju who runs a little school out of their home for village children to learn a phrase or two of English. Each character carries a dream a little different from the next. Boo writes: “There was too much wanting at Annawadi lately, or so it seemed to Abdul. As India began to prosper, old ideas about accepting the life assigned by one’s caste or one’s divinities were yielding to a belief in earthly reinvention. Annawadians now spoke of better lives casually, as if fortune were a cousin arriving on Sunday, as if the future would look nothing like the past. “The dream of Raja Kamble, a sickly toilet cleaner who lived on the lane behind Abdul’s, was of medical rebirth. A new valve to fix his heart and he’d survive to finish raising his children. Fifteenyear-old Meena, whose hut was around the corner, craved a taste of the freedom and adventure she’d seen on TV serials, instead of an arranged marriage and domestic submission. Sunil, an undersized twelve-year-old scavenger, wanted to eat enough to start growing. Asha, a fighter-cock of a woman who lived by the public toilet, was differently ambitious. She longed to be Annawadi’s first female slumlord, then ride the city’s inexorable corruption into the middle class. Her teenaged daughter, Manju, considered her own aim more noble: to become Annawadi’s first female college graduate.” This work, which has been highly praised, is at heart about the nature of poverty. As many celebrate the amazing growth of India, Boo raises the fact that for the nation’s giant population of poor, industrialization means little. Beyond the Beautiful Forevers is most definitely not a feel-good book. Beyond glimpses of humor and great dignity in individual lives, there is little hope offered that dreams will be realized there. However, if you are interested in the ways of life in other countries, or carry some curiosity about the nature of poverty and the various systems that perpetuate it, this may be a book for you.

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Sa t u r day , M ay 1 2 , 7 - 9 p m In addition to all the businesses that will be open for ArtsCrawl, Coal Avenue will be closed from 2nd Street to 3rd Street, allowing art enthusiasts to stroll freely among the shops and galleries. Live music and artists, as well as activities for the kids (or the kid in you) will be offered on the street.

Jerry Brown will be painting and displaying his art. Local band, Caribe, will be playing world music variety live on the street.

PARTICIPATING VENUES Healing Gifts & Dragon World, 106 W. Coal Ave. Healing Gifts: unique herbs, supplements, incense and crystals. Come and try a free five-minute chakra balancing. Dragon World: oriental gifts such as swords, nun chucks, jewelry, lucky bamboo, geisha dolls, and crystals. Sammy C’s Rock N’ Sports Pub & Grille, 107 W. Coal Ave Entertainment and great sports and music memorabilia, over 3000 signed pieces! Foundations of Freedom, 115 W. Coal Ave. Capoeira Roda at 7:30 pm - Come in and watch, play Brazilian instruments, or practice ‘playing’ Capoeira with the group. Music and songs in Portuguese will be accompanied with players performing martial arts, dance, and acrobatics.

Makeshift Gallery, 213 W. Coal Ave. Featuring Sally Vink and her fabric art. Sally does quilts, wall hangings, table runners, and place mats in addition to fabric book covers, bags, and more! Gallup Film Foundation, Downtown Walkway Screening short independent films in the walkway. Windsong Studio, 233 West Coal Ave. High-end family, commercial, and portrait photography with plenty props and backgrounds to meet your individual needs, at affordable prices! The Industry Gallery, 226 W Coal Ave. Featuring Gallup band Bear Paw’s.

ART123, 123 W. Coal Ave. Motorcycle Show by Shane Van Pelt

Cheap-O-Depot Books and Things, 227 W. Coal Ave. Lots of new books in stock and a special display with art books.

Open Studio/Outsider Gallery, 123 W. Coal Ave. (East Room) A Project of Disability Services, Inc. working to create an inclusive community. Contemporary fine arts and crafts… unique, one of a kind, and handmade.

Crashing Thunder Studio, 228 W. Coal Ave. “Spread Your Wings” featuring paintings by Armando Alvarez.

Jody Sanchez Academy of Mixed Martial Arts, 202 W. Coal Ave. Traditional Tae Kwon Do and Kung Fu demos using  assorted weapons  with karate sparring, boxing and MMA exhibitions. The Coffee House, 203 W. Coal Ave. Open for business with house specials, and local artists featured. Downtown Conference Center, 204 W. Coal Ave. Local artist marketplace featuring live performances. El Morro Theatre, 207 W. Coal Ave. Concessions and restrooms open.   Beeman Jewelry Design, 211 W. Coal Ave. Hand-made, one-of-a-kind, custom jewelry created by John Beeman. This month featuring the new website with streaming video in the shop and a web address for anyone interested.

Bill Malone Trading Company, 235 W. Coal Ave. Traditional Native American Art including jewelry, rugs, and more! John Boomer’s art will be on display and he will be doing demonstrations. Stop in and be serenaded by the Little Sisters of the Poor Navajo Class. Red Mesa Center, 105 W. Hill Ave. Celebrating the McGaffey Centennial 1912-2012 Featuring the art from the McGaffey art contest. Youth Art Display, 305 S. Second Street Displaying the work of promising young artists of the Gallup and McKinley County. Camille’s Sidewalk Café, 306 S. Second Street Ric Saracino will be doing caricatures for free, compliments of Camille’s Sidewalk Café! Angela’s Café, 201 E. Historic 66  Featuring collaborative art from high school students around the area. Cold beer, hot drinks, and a fantastic atmosphere. Lot 66 Décor, 201 W. Highway 66 We buy and sell most anything - new or used. Home furnishings, antiques, furniture and more!


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TOW N A Midsummer Night’s Dream JFK Middle School Auditorium May 11 & 12, 6:30 pm JFK Middle School’s drama club is ready to perform this month! The year-long project, an abridged version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in the original language, will be presented on Friday and Saturday, May 11 and 12 at 6:30 pm in the JFK Middle School Auditorium. There will be no charge for admission, but donations will be accepted to benefit the drama club. The play, one of Shakespeare’s most famous and widely performed, involves the adventures of young lovers, amateur actors, and manipulative fairies, all set in the forest. The cast/crew is comprised of about 20 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students who have been working for the entire school year, meeting three times each week after school to perfect the lines and movements of the play. JFK drama club students have rehearsed all school year for their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Travel to Rome for the Canonization of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Scholarships Available The Southwest Indian Foundation is proud to announce eleven $2,600 scholarships to Rome for the Canonization of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha on October 18-25, 2012. His Excellency James S. Wall, Bishop of Gallup, will direct this Pilgrimage to Assisi and the Eternal City for the Canonization by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI of the first Native American saint. SWIF is encouraging applications from Native American Catholics from the Diocese of Gallup. The applicants must be 21 years of age, must be able to contribute $590 to the Pilgrimage, be of generally good physical condition and able to walk a half hour at a time, and must arrange for their own passports and/or visas. Applications may be obtained at the Southwest Indian Foundation Catalog Office (100 W. Coal Ave., Gallup) or at Also on p. 60. Call 863 2837 or 863 2128 for more information. Ms. Victoria Begay, Board of Directors, is the Chair of the selection committee.


English teacher and drama club sponsor, Lindsay Handtke, helped start the club after being asked by several students three years ago. This year, Jim Klumpenhower, who teaches history and English, is a co-sponsor, lending his Shakespearean expertise. His eighth-grade English class edited the original version of the play down by about 35%, maintaining the original language and meaning. Both club sponsors have been impressed by the students’ improvements that have moved beyond the stage to the classroom. Overall confidence and reading levels have increased in a number of cases. Over the year, the students have worked hard to understand the language, memorize their lines, and add their own personal expression to the words, making this performance unique and not to be missed. Offstage, students shared their excitement and apprehension about the upcoming production: “I’m nervous about acting in love,” said one. “I’ve enjoyed getting to play someone else,” said another. And another summed it up by saying, “Trying something new has been a great experience!” For more information, email or jklumpenhower@gmcs.k12., or call the school at 505-721-3100.

Red Rock String Ensemble Sunday, May 13, 4:00 pm First United Methodist Church On Sunday, May 13 at 4:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church, the Red Rock String Ensemble and Friends will perform a free Mother’s Day concert. Audience members will enjoy the works of Dohnanyi, Albinoni, and Mozart. This concert features the musical talents of several local musicians, as well as professional musicians from Albuquerque and graduate students from the University of New Mexico. Guest musicians include Lori Lovato on clarinet and Anne Eisfeller on harp, both who play with the New Mexico Philharmonic, Jerome Jim, who plays the flute professionally in Albuquerque, Luis Mascaro, a professional violinist from Albuquerque, Roman Chavez, a professional cellist from Albuquerque, and Josh Wagner, a graduate student at UNM, on horn. Conducting is Sam Pemberton, a retired band teacher from Gallup. This concert is possible because of support from the Gallup Independent. Please come and enjoy this free, fun-filled Mother’s Day event.

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May 16, 11 am – 5:30 pm UNM-Gallup, Gurley Hall On Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services (RMCHCS) is hosting its 25th Community Health Fair at UNM-G, Gurley Hall from 11:00 am to 5:30 pm. The Health Fair is an excellent opportunity for a health and wellness check-up. While not intended to take the place of a visit to your provider, you can be made aware of potential health problems by taking advantage of the various screenings that are available at the Health Fair. Eye screenings at the Lions’ eye van, blood pressure readings, blood sugar tests, and bone density readings are only a few of the offerings at the numerous booths that will be present at the health fair. If you took advantage of the health fair blood screening tests during the month of April, you can pick up your results at the health fair. There will be health care providers available to help interpret blood tests and answer any questions you might have. Attending the health fair is also a great way to learn about the various health-related and health-fitness services available in Gallup and the surrounding area. Zumba, yoga, ballroom dancing demonstrations as well as low impact exercises for seniors will take place at the front stage. Over 70 booths will feature hands-on activities, learning opportunities, displays and giveaways. You will have the opportunity to enter into a drawing for a $100 gift card. All you have to do is visit every booth and get your health fair card stamped. Once your card is filled with a stamp from each booth, it can be entered into the drawing. As an added bonus, a Just Move It walk will take place at the UNM-G walking trail that same day. Registration for Just Move It begins at 4:30 pm in the UNM gymnasium. So, don’t forget to stop by RMCHCS’s 25th Community Health Fair on Wednesday, May 16! For more information, you can call 505 863-7283.

11th Annual Celebracion de Cinco de Mayo Saturday, May 5 Downtown Gallup Come out and celebrate! The 11th Annual Celebración de Cinco de Mayo is on Saturday, May 5! The downtown festivities run from 11 am to 3 pm in the Millennium Media west parking lot at 3rd and Aztec. Events include food, booths, live music performed by Los Hombres, and the 9th Annual Taco Bell Taco Munch Taco Eating Contest (at 2 pm). Then come back in the evening for El Gringo in concert at El Morro Theatre at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance (available at Millennium Media and Gurley Motors) and $30 at the door. Doors open at 7 pm. For booth information, call 863-6851, ext. 10.

Route 66 Freedom Ride & Flight May 19 & 20 Downtown Gallup and Red Rock Park The 4th Annual Rt. 66 Freedom Ride & Flight, honoring our men and women in the armed forces, happens May 19-20, 2012. The event is held in conjunction with the national Armed Forces Day, celebrated the third Saturday in May. Across the country motorcycle enthusiasts have organized rides to raise awareness and salute those men and women serving in our military. The Rt. 66 Freedom Ride & Flight features one of the nation’s longest single-day rides. The bikers will travel 400 miles from the New Mexico/Texas state line to New Mexico/Arizona state line. In addition to the motorcycle rally, hot air balloonists hold a rally in honor of our military at Red Rock Park. The balloon rally features 66 hot air balloons from around the Southwest. On Saturday evening when the motorcycles arrive, the balloons and bikes come together for a unique and incredible tribute. The balloonists will line parts of Highway 66 and 3rd Street with their baskets and burners. The bikers ride under a tunnel of fire until they reach the end of the ride at Courthouse Square, under a large American flag hung from the Fire Department ladder truck. In addition to the motorcycles and balloons, the “Over the Hill Gang” car show will take place at the Courthouse Square on Saturday, along with vendors, and entertainment. Aztec Avenue will be closed to traffic between 2nd and 3rd Streets, to accommodate the cars, bikes and vendors. Sunday features another mass ascension for the balloons at Red Rock Park and, downtown, the bikers will participate in a Poker Run and Biker Games. For more details and information contact the Gallup McKinley County Chamber of Commerce at 505 722-2228.

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Saturday, May 5 Fox Run Golf Course Come out to Fox Run Golf Course on Saturday, May 5 for a day of golfing to support a great cause. Autism is a neurological disorder that affects communication, social skills and behavior. One in every 110 children born today will be diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Tee Off for Autism is a golf event, the proceeds from which will help support the New Mexico Autism Society (NMAS). The proceeds from this event will support the New Mexico Autism Society’s (NMAS) many programs throughout the year, such as: host workshops that bring educational topics to families, educators, professionals and community members; publish the NMAS newsletter six times a year; maintain the information autism website through the NMAS; host social events for New Mexico families in the autism community; grant stipends to parents and educators to attend autism workshops and conferences; provide funding for “field trips” for classes with students with ASD; present professional speakers on autism through the Ruth Miksovic Lecture Series. The cost for the event is $240 per foursome, which includes 18 holes, a golf cart, lunch and prizes. The tee-off is a 9 am shotgun start. For more information, contact Jennifer Wells (505 488-8050) or Christine White (480 299-5449).

COMPOST! . . . Replenishing the Earth for Generations By Betsy Windisch International Compost Week is May 6-12. The theme Compost! . . . Replenishing the Earth for Generations reminds us that even recycling our vegetable scraps, coffee grounds and filters, tea bags, old bread, dryer lint, newspaper, saw dust, leaves, tree branches, grass clippings, and more, has an impact on the quality of life of future generations. We should be more cognizant of the wisdom Chief Seattle of the Suquamish shared over 150 years ago, that “all things are connected . . . Man did not weave the web of life – he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web he does to himself ” (1854). Heavy thoughts for a beautiful spring day, but indeed composting replenishes the soil and recycles nutrients that are needed by all living things. Composting takes place in nature continuously. Making compost is part of the lifecycle. In our contemporary “throw away” society we have lost the “art” of making compost. However, with the growing number of backyard gardens, so are the number of backyard composting sites, spurred on by rising prices and an interest in sustainability. Just as seeing something grow in a garden is life affirming and satisfying, so is seeing your table scraps and other organic materials decompose and make soil. What is compost? Compost is simply decayed organic matter that breaks down, enriching the soil. For a fuller explanation of the science involved, go to the Stewardship Gardening web site. Worms, those squiggly composting machines, eat and digest the scraps, and in the end, literally, produce great waste which is humus. Little children (and big children, too) will love watching the worms do what they do best. Feed them vegetable leftovers, coffee grounds / tea bags, spoiled food from the fridge, fruit rinds. The no-nos for all compost are non-biodegradable materials, pet litter and manure, vegetable oils, fats, and meat.


Why compost? Adding compost helps your garden AND it is beneficial to the environment by reducing the amount of organic material headed to the landfill. There the waste is wasted. Composting can reduce yard waste that lands in the landfill by 50-75%! Composting lowers greenhouse-gas emissions and air pollutants, saves money, energy, and those nutrients a fate of existence in a dark hole with no escape. There are many ways to compost (bins, piles, holes) for which I’m going to suggest the reader check out a number of web sites to find out which one is best for you. Time, economics, and end results will determine your choice. In Gallup-McKinley County we have tough soil and growing conditions, but making compost and growing a garden is possible and worthwhile. In addition to the garbage reduction you will see, working with the soil may also be good for your spirit and psyche. Check out the following web sites for more detailed information on how to get started. You can compost all year round, it isn’t just a spring thing. Though, there is something about spring that makes us want to get our hands dirty and commune with nature. Help her out – Compost! Websites:,, compostcouncil. org,,,, stewardship, For more information about backyard composting and vermiculture, call the county extension agent (863-3432) or the author, to be directed to knowledgeable individuals in our area. An internet search will refer you to many additional sites for backyard composting. If you are interested in a local backyard composting workshop contact Betsy at 722-9257 / betsywindisch@


Benefit Concert featuring Dr. Bera and Mark Gibbons Saturday, June 2 at 7 pm Old School Gallery Saturday, June 2, at 7 pm at El Morro’s Old School Gallery, Dr. Bera is singing in a benefit concert with Mark Gibbons, where she’ll be donating her profits to Michael, who has asked for her help and guidance in making some physical and spiritual lifestyle changes. Michael is just one of many who ask for our hands-on help and encouragement at BASTIS Foundation. Our website ( offers many helpful, healthful tools, but we understand the need for face-to-face guidance. Please be a part of our venture – we need your interest and donations to help build our educational healing center to launch the important programs we’re developing. Our health retreats are now being held at the beautiful Oso Vista Ranch Retreat Center (http:// and reservations are now being taken for our 2012 retreats. We hope you’ll come to our concert, but if you’re unable to attend and would like to donate to this much needed non-profit venture, please go to: htm to find out all the ways you can donate. If you’d like more information on retreats or want to book a private session with Dr. Bera, email Whatever health issues you’re struggling with, we can offer hope and help.

2012 Gallup National Offroad Challenge May 19 & 20 Gallup OHV/Mx Park Red Rock Motorsports Club and New Mexico Offroad Racing Series Present the 2012 Gallup National Offroad Challenge to be held May 19-20, at the Gallup OHV/Mx Park. Races begin Saturday morning at 9 am (Mx race), then at 1 pm will be a pre-ride/poker run, and at 4 pm will be the mini dirt bike and quad races. Sunday at 8 am will be the big desert race with $3,000 Pro Purse up for grabs! Come watch some of the fastest racers in the Southwest duel it out! Food and fun for the entire family! Directions to Gallup OHV/Mx Park: Go 1.2 miles east on Hasler Valley Rd. from the intersection of Miyamura and Montoya Blvd, look for the sign on the left.  From I-40 take exit 22 and head north to intersection. For more information call 505 870-7278 or go to www.

McKinley County Area Quilter’s Guild The McKinley County Area Quilter’s Guild is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote quilting. We exchange ideas, teach skills and present classes by area quilt teachers. Anyone is welcome, from beginner to expert. We have fun with challenge projects, show and tell, attending an annual quilt retreat, and a Christmas potluck. The guild also participates in charitable work in the community, such as making lap robes for nursing homes. We sponsor a quilt show every other year in May. A quilt made by guild members is raffled at the bi-annual show and is our main fundraiser.

3rd Annual Church Rock Treaty Day Festival Friday, June 1 Church Rock, New Mexico The 3rd Annual Church Rock Treaty Day Festival is set for Friday, June 1, 2012. This year the festival committee selected the theme “In beauty we walk, In harmony we succeed within the four sacred mountains since 1868.” The event will commemorate the emancipation of the Navajo people from the imprisonment of the people at Ft. Sumner, NM. It will also be a celebration of the 144 years of sovereignty of the Navajo people through positive government reform, education, and cultural success.

Membership is open to all persons regardless of race, creed, age, sex or national origin. Membership runs from May 1st through April 30th. Dues are $10.00 per year. Paid members earn time toward having a quilt hand-quilted at the bee room; they are eligible to attend all classes and they receive the newsletter. Members are encouraged to attend the business meeting every other month, and serve on guild committees or as elected officers.

The day’s events will kick off with the morning blessing at the song and dance arena, followed by breakfast brunch, a parade, commemoration ceremony, community feast, song and dance, frybread contest, watermelon eating contest, Miss Church Rock pageant, outdoor market, Trade Expo, youth events, Gourd Dance, and Just Move It walk/run.

You may join us, or drop in as a visitor at the Larry Brian Mitchell Recreation Center, 705 Montoya Blvd., Gallup. We have quilting bees every Wednesday evening from 7 to 9 pm and every Thursday morning from 9 to 11:30 am.

For more information please visit www. or call Titus Nez at (505) 905-5949.

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May Community Calendar


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. ZUMBA Fitness Classes at Larry Mitchell’s Recreation Center starting at 5:30 p.m. 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.


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. Habitat for Humanity Gallup meetings, 6-8pm, Comfort Suites Hotel. Call Bill at 722-4226 for meeting dates & info. Volunteers needed


McKinley County Local Senior Olympics, May 14-18 in Gallup. 26+ individual events open to everyone 50 years old and older. Must qualify locally for State Games (to be held in Las Cruces). Free of charge. For more information, inquire at Ford Canyon or North Side Senior Centers or call Larry Brian Mitchell Rec. Center at 722-2619.

St. Michael Indian School Annual Bazaar, 11 am to 6 pm. Come for food, a water dunk, balloon bust, inflatable obstacle course, book fair, bingo, fish pond, and $2500 raffle! For more information, visit

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.

Relay for Life’s Ups & Downs team presents 5th Annual Birdhouse Live Auction at Sammy C’s Rock N’ Sports Pub and Grille at 6 pm. Birdhouses of every description will be available. Come early and buy the dinner special; a percentage supports Relay. Check out the birdhouses at

Counterpoint Quilt Part Two at Gallup Service Mart, 6-9 pm. Complete the quilt top started during the April 23rd class. Learn to join the rectangle blocks into rows and then into a quilt top. Add borders for the completion of this quilt. For more information, call 722-9414.


Red Rock String Ensemble and Friends to perform a free Mother’s Day concert at the First United Methodist Church at 4:00 pm. For more information, read G-Town story on p. 48. A Taizé worship service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church (Boardman Avenue, south of Orleans Manor). Please plan to join us for a time of quiet, music, Scripture, and prayer at 4 pm. Music for Taizé is performed by members of The Westminster Winds (Loline Hathaway on English Horn and Oboe, John Mezoff on Bassoon, Kathy Mezoff on Harpsichord) and guest performers. Take time to walk the outdoor Labyrinth before or after the service, or anytime for personal meditation and reflection. Call Kathy (722-5011) for questions or in need of childcare. The Gallup LEO Club (Youth Group sponsored by the Gallup Lions Club) will be hosting a Mother’s Day Spaghetti Dinner at 5:00 pm at the Lions Clubhouse (3300 E. Aztec Avenue). Immediately after dinner we will be having a dessert auction. Mothers get in free and all others are $5 per plate. Please contact Lion Linda at 862-1962 or Lion Lois at 728-8502 for tickets as seating is limited.


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

Relay for Life Mega Garage Sale

Saturday, June 2 at the Gallup Cultural Center, from 8 am to 1 pm. Donations for the Mega Garage Sale are being accepted by all Relay teams. Call Millie (722-5142 / 979-5716) or Betsy (722-9257) for pick-up.

Relay for Life’s Guys and Dolls team is hosting a “Sparkling Brunch” at Badlands Grill from 10 am to 2 pm. Fresh fruit, eggs, juices, pastries and much more will be served. Sparkling Cider will be served before noon and Champagne after noon. Tickets are $20 each, not sold at the door. Call Millie at 722-5142 for more information.




Girl Scout troop 10253 is sponsoring a recruitment event for girls entering kindergarten or first grade in fall, 2012. This event will be held at St. Francis Elementary on at 5:30 pm. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, please contact Katie at 870-5733, Rachael at 870-3317, or Rhonda at 879-3085.


2012 Women’s Health Conference at Howard Johnson Hotel May 16 & 17 from 8 am to 5 pm. Free conference, free health screenings, free HIV testing and door prizes. Please call 505 7221741 to pre-register or for more information. Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services is hosting its 25th Community Health Fair at UNM-G, Gurley Hall from 11:00 am to 5:30 pm. For more information, see G-Town story on p. 49.


Start of Nightly Indian Dances in the Courthouse Square at 7 pm. Gallup Family Fitness Series event: Memorial Day Fun Run at Fox Run Golf Course. The course will be about a mile in length and you can make your way around it by running, walking, skipping, chasing, or dancing. If you’ve already signed up, come in your T-shirt and bring out the whole family. If you haven’t signed up yet, don’t forget it is just $5 for the whole series with a discount for families. There will be snacks when you are done and maybe even some music. If you are looking to compete and raise some money for a good cause, consider signing up for the Manuelito Children’s Home 5k Fundraiser, taking place at the same time. Registration starts at 7 am and the race starts at 8 am. For more information, check out stayfitgallup. com.

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 8am5pm 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 505-8633377 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 505-8708567

May Community Calendar Friday


ONGOING Tween Crafts (ages 9-13) 4:00pm at the Children’s Library. For more information, call 726-6120. Moms Supporting Moms at Church Rock School, 9-11:30am. Toastmasters at Earl’s Restaurant, 6:30am. Info: Dale at 722-9420. Substance Abuse Support Group, CASA, at Gallup Church of Christ, 7pm. Info: Darrel at 863-5530. Community Yoga, beginner/athletic beginner level. 6:20 pm, Catholic Charities/CIC. 506 W. Rte. 66. Info: Gene at 505-728-8416.


Overeaters Anonymous meeting at 11 am, at the First United Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Drive, library room. Info: Liz 505-863-5928.

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:

Children’s Library Events: 10:30am Preschool Story Time (ages 1-5), 11:30am K-3 Challenge (ages 5-9), 12:30pm Chess Club (ages 7-13), 3pm Drop-in Crafts (ages 3-9). 4pm Drop-In Movie. For more information, call 726-6120.

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Divorce Care Support Group, Thursdays at 7pm. Location to be determined. For more information, call or email Dan at 505 878-2821 or

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


The First United Methodist Church of Gallup will host the 61st annual observance of the NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER, from 12:15 to 1:00 pm with guest speaker Tim Kelley, new Director of the Community Food Pantry. For more information contact: Mary Lou Mraz 863-4512. “Occupy the Workplace: Know Your Anti-discrimination in Employment Laws,” Employees have a right to work in an environment free of discrimination, sexual harassment or retaliation. Know your rights! The Law Office of Barry Klopfer to present a free, hour-long workshop, open to the public, at the Octavia Fellin Public Library at 7 pm. For more information, call 505 722-9331.


Soroptimist International of Gallup, an international volunteer organization for business and professional women, is celebrating their “60” Anniversary with an Open House from 12:30 to 2:30 pm at PeeWee’s Restaurant. For information, please call Preciliana (Prissy) Schanefelt, President at 505722-7900. Learn how to make a three-dimensional star block during this three-hour class at Gallup Service Mart. $15 includes pattern. For more information, call 722-9414. Gallup Film Foundation is meeting at 6:00 pm at the Red Mesa Center. For more information about volunteering and getting involved contact GFF President, Carrie House at 879-9409.


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

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 am to 12 pm 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.

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.


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.

Gallup Al-Anon meetings at First United Methodist Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, every Friday, starting at 6:30PM. Acoustic musicians are welcome to sit in Church, 1800 Red Rock Drive (next to GIMC). Tuesdays at 12 noon and Thursdays at 7pm in with the regular players. Conference Room #1.

The RMCHCS Breastfeeding Support Group will meet at 7 pm on 2nd Thursday of each month in the RMCH Library – 2nd Floor. For more information, please call Mary Ippel at 505-863-7025.



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The JFK Middle School’s drama club will perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Friday and Saturday, May 11 and 12 at 6:30 in the JFK Middle School Auditorium. Free admission; donations will be accepted. For more information, read G-Town story on p. 48. Film Screening of “History of an Occupation” and music performance by Eileen and the In-Betweens, followed by open discussion and food at Work in Beauty House (113 E. Logan Ave. Gallup) at 7 pm. Suggested donation of $2-5. For more information, contact Mike Butler at 505.9060399,


Foundations of Freedom Dance Studio presents: “A Tribute to Rock!” 11th Annual Spring Dance Recital at the El Morro Theater, on Thursday & Friday, May 24 & 25. Show starts at 6pm. The 2nd show will include a raffle drawing fundraiser. Come see hip-hop, ballet, modern, jazz and belly dancing to your favorite rock songs old, new, and remixed!!! Ticket sales start May 14! For more info and tickets call Amy at 505 8792161 or drop by the dance studio, 115 W. Coal Ave. Tickets are $4 in advance, $5 at the door! Come celebrate & support our local talented dancers and dance studio! Wine tasting and art contest for 2013 Ceremonial poster at Gallup Cultural Center at 6 pm. Featured author, Bonnie Jo Hunt, Living Treasure, Sam Poblano, and 2012 Poster artist, Jerome DeWolfe in attendance. (Artwork submissions accepted 12-2 pm at the train station.)

WINGINIT playing at El Rancho’s 49er Rehoboth High School Choir Lounge, 8 pm to midnight. presents Spring Fling (formerly Malt Shoppe) at Rehoboth Kuipers Gym at 7:00 pm. For more information, call 505 863-4412. 3rd Annual Church Rock Treaty Day Festival. For information, read G-Town story on p. 51..

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En Croix Dance Studio presents spring show: “Tickled Pink.” Show starts at 6:30 pm at Gallup High Auditorium. For more information, read story on p. 16.

Habitat for Humanity Yards Sales every Sat., (weather permitting): windows, doors, tile, shingles, sinks, shower, lights, cooler, exercise bikes, etc. Call Bill 505-722-4226 for times & location. Re-modeler’s donations accepted

City of Gallup 2nd Annual Community Cleanup

Residential customers within the city limits can place all unwanted junk, bulk items, appliances & furniture curbside by 8 am on the Saturday designated for your neighborhood. (Household hazardous waste must be separated and labeled.)

May 19 – Area 2, WEST SIDE – Muñoz Overpass to County Road 1 For more information, contact Solid Waste Department at 505 863-1212.


Tee Off for Autism golf event to raise funds in support of the New Mexico Autism Society. The cost for the event is $240 per foursome, which includes 18 holes, a golf cart, lunch and prizes. The tee-off is a 9 am shotgun start. For more information, contact Jennifer Wells (505 488-8050) or Christine White (480 299-5449). Also, see G-Town story on p. 50. 11th Annual Celebración de Cinco de Mayo, downtown events beginning at 11 am! See G-Town story on p. 49 for more information. McKinley Citizens’ Recycling Council monthly meeting at 2 pm at 508 Sandstone in Indian Hills subdivision. Call 722-5142 for more information. The Gallup High School SADD Chapter and Relay for Life Team is sponsoring a Student Talent Show starting at 6:30 pm at Gallup High’s Ken Holloway Auditorium. Students from Gallup High School, Miyamura High School, Gallup Middle School, and Rehoboth Christian School will be performing in this annual event. Tickets are available at the door and are $5 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens, and $1 for Gallup High School students and staff with school I.D. For more information on this event call Pamela Yardley at Gallup High School 721-2518.


GMCS Scholarship Golf Tournament at Fox Run Golf Course. $85 per player. For more information, call 863-9224. Tour of Spain at the Rocket Café, 6-9:30 pm. Join us for a tribute to mothers and all the special women in our lives with exquisite Spanish cuisine and wines, and live entertainment. Special gifts for all. $50/ticket. Call 7228972 for more information.


ArtsCrawl, Downtown Gallup, 7-9pm. See page 46 for complete schedule of events. Native & Xeric Plant Sale at Holiday Nursery (1214 E. Aztec, Gallup), 9 am - 6 pm. Hosted by Plateau Sciences Society. The 4th Annual Rt. 66 Freedom Ride & Flight, honoring our men and women in the armed forces, happens May 19-20. For more details and information contact the Gallup McKinley County Chamber of Commerce at 505 7222228. Also see G-Town story on p. 49. Red Rock Motorsports Club and New Mexico Offroad Racing Series Present the 2012 Gallup National Offroad Challenge to be held May 19-20, at the Gallup OHV/Mx Park. For more information, see G-Town story on p. 51. Join the Friends of Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, Inc. for the next Hubbell Trading Post Native American Art Auction. On the auction day the park will be open from 8 am to 6 pm. Preview of the auction lots is scheduled from 9 am to 11 am with the bidding beginning at noon. For more information, you may call 928 755-3475.

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5. 1. Esther Shirley enjoys the Journey while vacationing in Portland, Oregon. 2. Laguna Pueblo Governor, Richard Luarkie and Teri Fraizer read the Journey outside of Earl’s after the Laguna History Presentation at the Chamber of Commerce. Great idea by Martina Whitmore. 3. Luda Spencer spent his birthday hiking Lēʻahi and reading the Journey in Honolulu, Hawai’i!  It was his best birthday ever! 4. Jeeps West group out having fun on the rocks at Smith Canyon in McGaffey. 5. Following the NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade, this group stopped at Hurley’s Saloon (the meeting place for people marching with the United Irish Counties) to read the Journey. Pictured from left to right: Phil Maffetone, Kathleen Maffetone, Gene Byrne, Kitty Mason, Patrick Mason, Jay Mason, Jack McQuillan, Michael D. Byrne and Rachel Simpson.  6. Pat Maguire and Molly MaguireMarshall read the Gallup Journey at Lalbagh Fort - or the Pink Palace – built in 1678 AD, in Dhaka Bangladesh. Molly is in Bangladesh on a Fulbright Fellowship.


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1. Ken, Park and Bob Van Brott read the Journey outside the Hive Gallery in Phoenix AZ, the site of an incredible art show. 2. Priscilla Becenti and Raymond Pinto enjoy reading the Gallup Journey in the San Bernardino National Forest east of Temecula, California. They are holding a cone from a Coulter pine (Pinus coulteri).  Photo by Jeremy Pinto.

3. Christine Marlow with Mike Landers reading the Journey in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. 4. Andy Stravers and Holly Herr read the Journey on an epic vacation to Ireland on Mt. Carrauntohill, Ireland’s highest peak! 5. Jim and Meg Johnson and Jeannette and Mark Gartner take a break from relaxing in Costa Maya, Mexico to see what’s happening in Gallup. 6. Dr. Jim and Marilyn Hathaway enjoyed the Journey’s Arts Edition while relaxing at their favorite midwinter hideaway on Tambor Bay, Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica.


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Southwest Indian Foundation is providing 11 $2,600 scholarship to the canonization/pilgrimage of Kateri Tekakwitha in Rome, Italy Please answer the following questions for Ms.Victoria Begay: 1) Age:_______ 2) What parish do you frequently attend Sunday Mass?______________________ Where is this located:________________________

3) Are you baptized Catholic, received Holy Communion and Confirmation?_________ ____________________________________________________________________ 4) Tell me why you want to attend the Kateri Tekakwitha canonization in Italy? _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ 5) Have you participated in the annual Kateri Tekakwitha conferences?______________ Where?________________________________ 6) Do you have a VISA/Passport to travel abroad?______________________ 7) Do you have any health issues that would not allow you to walk for more than 30 minutes? (There will be a lot of walking) _____________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ 8) If you receive the scholarship, you are expected to stay with the pilgrimage group on daily travels. Please Print Clearly

Last Name:_____________________First Name:__________________M.I.:_____ Address:__________________________________________ City:_____________________ State:________Zip:________ Phone:_____________________ Email address:____________________________ Birthdate:_____________________Gender:________ Passport #:_________________________Place of issue:______________________ Date of In Case of Emergency, please contact (name & phone): ____________________________________________________________________

Requirements for applicants: 1) SWIF is encouraging applications from Native American Catholics from the Diocese of Gallup. 2) Age 21 or older 3) Must be in good physical condition & able to walk a half hour at a time. 4) Must be able to contribute $590.00 5) Must arrange for their own passports and/or Visas. 6) Ms. Victoria Begay, Board of Directors is the chair of the selection committee.

PO BOX 307 100 West Coal Avenue Gallup, NM 87301 (505) 863-2838 Application form Kateri Tekakwitha Canonization Pilgrimage October 18-25, 2012


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This is a pilgrimage – a deepening of faith and spiritual journey. Prepare your heart for the journey with prayer, with readings, with reflection of what we are called to be as Christians in this place‌ 60


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This Is My Job:

RMCHCS Auxilian



hey say that volunteering adds years to your life and the Auxilians at Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services are proof! With thousands of hours of serving the Gallup community through their support of RMCHCS and its patients, this group of over sixty members is a lively bunch.

In 1985, Rehoboth Christian Hospital and McKinley General merged and the auxiliaries in support of each were combined into one group. It was no simple feat given the loyalties that are prone to exist among auxiliaries for the organizations they support! Today, founding members of those early groups are still actively involved in the Auxiliary at RMCHCS. Nellie Long, at Rehoboth, and Octavia Fellin and Betty Smith, both at McKinley General, were instrumental in beginning the auxiliaries in 1966 and 1968, respectively, and the fine tradition of service that is still in place today.

Put simply, Auxilians offer assistance, encouragement and support to patients, hospital staff and the community. Volunteers serve a minimum of four hours each week in a variety of capacities. Daily, Auxilians operate the hospital information desk, gift shop, and thrift shop on Vanden Bosch Pkwy. And throughout the year, they coordinate multiple blood drives and book sales, decorate the hospital cafeteria, and help plan and raise funds for the annual Charity Invitational. They organize the Balloon Rally breakfast and the Valentine’s Day bake sale, help out at the annual Community Health Fair, coordinate youth volunteers, and manage the scholarship program through which $10,000 are awarded to students pursuing careers the medical field each year.

A small representation of the RMCHCS Auxililians (this photo). Twila Moots, one of the managers of the Hospital Gift Shop, displaying some of its inventory, including baby items, religious figures, cards and much more (above).

Many of the volunteers found serving on the Auxiliary a natural complement to a life of working in healthcare, and some sought the opportunity to support a community resource. Whatever the case, the Auxilians find their work very rewarding. However, there is a need for new volunteers to carry on in their service to RMCHCS and the community. Volunteering for the Auxiliary is for anyone with a smile on their face and a few hours to spare each week. For more information on the Auxiliary or to volunteer, check out the Community Health Fair on Wednesday, May 16 at UNM-Gallup, Gurley Hall from 11am to 5:30pm (see p. 49) or call 505 863-7325.


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Downtown Events Saturday, May 5

Cinco De Mayo Celebration Information: (505) 863-6851 Saturday, May 12

Downtown Ar tsCrawl • 7pm - 9pm Information: ( 5 0 5 ) 7 2 2 - 4 4 3 0

Friday, May 18 - Sunday, May 20

Route 66 Freedom Ride & Flight Information: (505) 722-2228 Monday, May 28

VFW Memorial Day Parade Information: (505) 722-2228 Monday, May 28

Nightly Indian Dances • 7pm Information: (505) 722-2228

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Gallup Journey May 2012  

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

Gallup Journey May 2012  

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