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Jo u r ne y The Free Community Magazine

November 2011

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The Children's Art Scholarship and School Award show will open during Arts Crawl, 7-9pm on Saturday, November 12 at the Masters Gallery upstairs in the Cultural Center. The show will be open during the months of November and December. The public is encouraged to come support local student artists.

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Introducing the “East Room,” sponsored by Gallup Cultural Center and Angela’s Café, which will feature art from local artists during the month of November beginning on the November 12th Arts Crawl.

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hanksgiving is this month. I’ve always really loved this holiday. I have great memories of Thanksgivings through the years with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins eating a big meal, watching the Macy’s Parade and football on TV, snacking all day, playing games inside and out in the snow, and sleeping well knowing that the weekend was still ahead.

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For most of my life, Thanksgiving has meant basking in the blessings of good food, a warm home, and the love of family and friends. Being thankful. And this isn’t bad, in and of itself. Appreciating the joys in life and taking time to count blessings is good . . . But it’s really only half of the story. You know how it goes. The first Thanksgiving in 1621 was celebrated as a result of the kindness that the Pilgrims experienced from the Natives who offered food, gave supplies, and donated their expertise in farming, fishing and hunting. Without the support that they received, the Pilgrims, unprepared and ill-equipped, would not have survived the harsh winter. There are two messages in this: charity and gratitude. I’m very grateful for all I have. In fact, I can relate to the Natives in the story who had plenty food, warm clothing, and knowledge. They shared of their wealth and gave to those who were hungry, cold, and sick. Thanksgiving is about giving thanks, yes, definitely. But it’s just as much about giving. Do you have extra food, clothing or time? If so, please consider giving during this holiday season. See page 15 for some specific needs in our community. -HH

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8 Work in Beauty Murals 10 Juggling Life . . . and Death 12 Zuni Housing Fair 14 Best of Gallup Survey 15 Gallup Giving 16 Pack the Peak Event 18 The Community Pantry is Awesome 28 T-Giving Recipes from the GJ Team 31 Views From the Top 32 Crazy Ideas That Just Might Work 34 That’s So Gallup

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20 Driving Impressions 22 West by Southwest 24 Rounding the Four Corners 26 8 Questions 36 Rambles 38 Adventures in Parenting 42 Money & You 46 Lit Crit Lite

Other Stuff

4 Thoughts 30 El Morro Theatre Schedule 37 News from Care 66 41 Sudoku 44 IZZIT?! 48 G-Town 51 Arts Crawl Schedule 52 Community Calendar 54 Opinion Poll 56 People Reading Journey 62 This Is My Job

November 2011: Volume 8, Issue 11

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Contributors Lawrence Andrade Erin Bulow Ernie Bulow Greg Cavanaugh Sanjay Choudhrie Patricia Darak Emilio Esparza Tommy Haws Kari Heil Larry Larason Cal Marshall Sara Pikaart Deer Roberts Fowler Roberts Be Sargent Emily Sims Andy Stravers Sam Tsosie Chuck Van Drunen Jenny Van Drunen Betsy Windisch

November Cover WPA Mural, Inside the Courthouse This Photo by Chuck Van Drunen

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Spring 2011 Course Schedule Course Cancellation-The university reserves the right to cancel courses not selected by an adequate number of students or not suitably staffed by qualified faculty.





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5-9pm 3 Martha Gomez 20622 EDL560 Legal Aspects of Education 1/11/2012 to 5/3/2012 W 5:30-8:15 3 Dr. Jauregui 20626 EDL582 Advanced Internship in Educational Leadership 1/12--2/2--3/1, 3/29--4/19 R 5-9pm 3 Dr. Linda Hoy MA-COUNSELING 21046 COUN523 Psychopathology & Psychodiagnostics 1/12/2012 -5/3/2012 R 5-8pm 3 Dr. Martha Brisky 21047 C0UN532 Program Development and Management 1/10/2012- 4/24/2012 T 5-8pm 3 Dr. Elaine Jordan 21050 COUN525 Child and Adolescent Development and Counseling 1/10/2012 - 4/24/2012 T 5:30-8:15 3 Dr. Martha Brisky 21052 COUN531 Theories and Techniques of Counseling 1/12/2012 - 4/26/2012 R 5:30-8:15 3 Dr. Michael Juda 20590 COUN581 Counseling Practicum (Nd Advisor Approval) 1/9/2012 - 4/23/2012 M 5-8pm 3 Dr. Martha Brisky 21048 COUN582 Advanced Internship in Counseling (Nd AdvrAppr.) 1/9/2012 - 4/23/2012 M 5-8pm 6 Dr. Martha Brisky MAT-TEACHING ELEMENTARY/SECONDARY EDUCATION 21049 EDUC573 Elementary Methods and Curriculum II 1/9,23,30--2/13, 3/5,19--4/2,16,23,30 M 5-9pm 3 Dr. Melinda Salazar 20660 EDUC574 Classroom Assessment 1/10,17,24--2/7,14,21,28--3/6,20,27--4/3,10,17,24 T 5-8:30pm 3 Ron Donkersloot 20838 EDUC592 Practice Teaching-Elementary (Nd Instr. Perm) 1/12--2/2--3/1, 3/22, 4/19 R 5-9pm 1--6 Martha Gomez 20662 EDUC592 Practice Teaching -Elem. Alt Lic. (Nd Instr. Perm) 1/12--1/19--2/16--3/29--4/19 R 5-8pm 1--6 Dr. Melinda Salazar 20839 EDUC594 Practice Teaching-Secondary (Nd Instr. Perm) 1/12--2/2--3/1, 3/22, 4/19 R 5-9pm 1--6 Martha Gomez 20664 EDUC594 Practice Teaching -Sec. Alt. Lic. (Nd Instr. Perm) 1/12--1/19--2/16--3/29--4/19 R 5-8pm 1--6 Dr. Melinda Salazar 20676 RDG511 Corrective Reading Instruction 1/9/2012 - 5/10/2012 T 5:30-8:30 3 Emily Kezele MAT-TEACHING SPECIAL EDUCATION 21051 SPED528 Curriculum and Methods in Special Education 1/11/2012 - 04/25/2012 W 5-8pm 1-3 Eva Prieto 20841 SPED541 Practice Teaching in Special Education (Nd Instr. Permission) 1/12--2/2--3/1, 3/22--4/19 R 5-9pm 1--3 Martha Gomez 20690 SPED541 Practice Teaching in Special Education Alt. Lic. 1/12--1/19--2/16--3/29, 4/19 R 5-8pm 1--3 Dr. Melinda Salazar 20693 SPED556 Culturally Diverse Exceptional Children (Web Enhanced: online begins 1/10 & face to face 1/17), 1/10-1/16 (online) 1/25-2/13 (online), 2/22-3/5 (online), 3/21-4/9 (online), 1/17, 1/24, 2/14, 2/21, 4/10, 4/17 T 5-9pm 3 Martha Gomez 20694 SPED576 Nature & Nds of Persons w/Emotional & Behavioral Disorders 1/9/2012 - 4/30/2012 M 5-8pm 1-3 M. Lindenmeyer BACHELOR OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE 20886 CJUS311 Police Administration and Management 1/9/2012 - 5/10/2012 M 6-8:45pm 3 Floyd Kezele 20887 CJUS322 Substance Abuse and Crime 1/9/2012 - 5/10/2012 W 6-8:45pm 3 Richard Malone 21063 CJUS498 Drug Trafficking in the SW 1/9/2012 - 5/10/2012 R 4-6:45pm 3 Joseph Kolb BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK (BSW) 20003 SWK101 Introduction to Social Work 1/9/2012 - 5/7/2012 M,W.F 10-10:45am 3 Jeanine Jones 20008 SWK301 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II 1/19, 2/2, 2/16, 3/1, 3/15, 3/29, 4/12, 4/26 R 7-9:45pm 3 Jeanine Jones 20933 SWK320 Diversity in Social Work Practice 1/13/2012 - 5/11/2012 M,W,F 9-9:45am 3 Leslie Cook 20015 SWK386 Social Work Practice I 1/10/2012 - 5/8/2012 T 4-6:45pm 3 Dr. Larry Morton 20848 SWK400 Sustainable Development 1/11/2012 - 5/9/2012 W 7-9:45pm 3 Dr. Robert Rickle 20019 SWK422 Social Welfare Policy II 1/12/2012 - 5/10/2012 T,R 11-12:15 3 Dr. Robert Rickle 20024 SWK488 Social Work Practice III 1/10/2012 - 5/8/2012 T 7-9:45pm 3 Dr. Larry Morton MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK (MSW) 20934 SWK511 Generalist Social Work Practice 1/20,21,22--2/17,18,19--3/16,17,18 F: 5-8pm, Sat: 9-4pm, Sun: 9-4pm 3 Leslie Cook 20849 SWK522 Group Dynamics in Social Work Practice 1/11/2012 - 5/9/2012 W 4-6:45pm 3 Samuel Terrazas 20042 SWK610 Social Work Administration and Supervision 1/9/2012 - 5/7/2012 M 7-9:45pm 3 Samuel Terrazas 20050 SWK630 Rural Social Welfare Policy 1/12, 1/26, 2/9, 2/23, 3/22, 4/5, 4/19, 5/3 R 7-9:45pm 3 Samuel Terrazas



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They are used on all Gallup’s Habitat for Humanity houses. ICFs use less concrete than a typical concrete or block wall, and have a much higher insulation value than a normal stick-framed wall, making the foundation the most insulated part of the structure. No-maintenance, recycled plastic will be used to cover the floor of the deck around two sides of the building. Specifics of the design include rain screen technology. The premise is that water is going to get behind your exterior finish, so siding is installed offset from the walls allowing water to drain away and let them dry. The unique butterfly roof has two functions, beyond looking cool. Photovoltaic panels can be installed without a racking system and water can be easily harvested. The “summer office” cost much less than comparable structures on Modern Shed. The students were able to put all their skills to use, learn new ones and also learn about the latest sustainable construction practices.


his scene in the middle of the left panel of Work of Strength is of Chris Chavez’s class called Layout and Framing. (Chris in green, pointing.)

The project to build a “modern shed” ( home.aspx), was designed to give students the opportunity to work with new materials and procedures. They had to solve the problem How green is Gallup for buying building materials? The students were allowed only two Internet purchases. In the end only the recycled denim insulation came from out of town. The students looked for recyclability and low impact on the environment. Steel studs were used because steel is normally 75 percent recycled. Insulated concrete forms (ICF) for the foundation walls are sold here in town. Like big Styrofoam Lego blocks, you glue them together and fill them with concrete.


Here is Chris with the shed today . . . Chris Chavez started part-time teaching at UNM-G in 1985 and has been full time since 1990. The curriculum became green about seven years ago. His curriculum has components of Math and English and students can get an associates degree in Construction Technology in 4 to 5 semesters.

Green Building 101 at UNM-G Chris said, “The goal is to get my students to have a global vision. Construction impacts just about everything. Concrete is one of the largest producers of green house gases. They need to be able to look at construction materials and decide what has the least impact. “Probably 90 percent of our students are Native American and I always teach seventh-generation principles. I don’t just want to think of my kids or grandkids but my great-great-great-grandkids. We are going to leave this place in a pretty horrific state and they are going to be the ones to get us back on track.” About the new LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Building, the Student Services and Technology Center

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Chris said, “The new LEED building dovetails perfectly with our curriculum. I have been taking all my classes through it. As we’ve watched the construction of the building they are able to see a full scope of work between contractor and the architect. The LEED certification requires recycled or recyclable materials used in the construction. It used to be cradle to grave; now when we talk about construction we talk about cradle to cradle. We plan it so that when we are done with that building we can disassemble it and repurpose all the materials.” For himself personally, “There’s always been a plan to be net zero. I live in an old house that my great-grandfather built. And getting an old house at net zero is a very daunting and very expensive task but that’s always been the plan. If I’ve got six computers running I want to be creating the energy to run them and not just sucking it up.”

In the end only the recycled denim insulation came from out of town. believe • gallup


By Deer Roberts


Juggling Life . . . and Death

he personal funds had run out. Everything depleted. After several nightmare months, that felt like years, of trying to work with Medicare for his mom’s care and finally getting head-way within the run-around paperwork, he got the dreaded call within two weeks of the “triumph,” which included watching that every penny and expense didn’t go over the political benchmarks. “Your mom is choking on everything, including her own spew . . . She’s taken a down-turn . . . We aren’t saying she is dying, but we’d like to call in hospice . . . Will you authorize a feeding tube?” He felt like a proverbial cow-pie. Mom had left a medical directive before she got dementia; no extraordinary means of keeping her alive. He had to say no to the feeding tube. It leaves her, maybe, three weeks by my calculations. And mom is his last living family member. After she’s gone, he’s alone. He’s still grieving his dad and his brother, who came to him in a dream this week, spokesman for all the dead relatives and friends who accompanied him. They didn’t say a thing. Just looked at him. Life and death. Hard characters, to say the least, in this modern age.

make the funeral, there was no going back for the deathbed scene. Funerals are often staggered toward a week or more later. I got the call that mom was dying and wondering where her seven surviving kids were. Only two were with her. Grandkids, as in many dysfunctional families, didn’t count. Telling her how much I loved her and would miss her by phone left me with a feeling of having failed her. It stinks. I think I did my best by her. And it wasn’t enough. Presence is everything. My friend’s mother will probably die alone with strangers. She is a remarkable woman, dying within a facility in Albuquerque she helped establish with strangers who help care for her. Past president of the local Audubon Society, a council member of the local Girl Scouts and a teacher to hundreds from a one-room schoolhouse, she helped shape the local lives and community into the best of what it is today. Her caretakers have no idea. Families fragmented by dysfunction and job necessities all over the country are suffering from a fragmented and dysfunctional society. The most precious moments of our dying, after good lives, lost. Those who know us the best cannot be present when those from the other side await them out of the hearts of those still on this side. It is a sacrilege. The dead get past it all, I’m sure. But the living suffer.

The parting was void, like going over a bump in the road too fast or one never coming that was expected.

On top of that, when he was a little kid, Mom made him promise to be there, holding her hand, when she passes on. He works 200 miles away from where she “lives.” Death comes like birth. You never know when it will happen. How can he guarantee the handholding? These days, some births get scheduled, but Cesarean deaths aren’t, at least not legally. So when does he start warming up the truck to keep promises for her final trek?

This confiding, on his part, made me think, again, of my own parents’ deaths. I was not present at either. Dad knew the last time he saw me would be the last time he saw me, even though a stroke had made it impossible to verbally communicate. We left it heartfelt. Mom, whose whole life was one of personal denial, didn’t acknowledge that when I left after a month of taking care of her at her deathbed in Michigan to return to the Southwest, it would be our last time together. The parting was void, like going over a bump in the road too fast or one never coming that was expected. I looked to her for acknowledgement. There was none. She acted as if I would be there the next week. Economically, if I was to


Funerals become a shadow of what their substance is meant to be, though at my mom’s funeral, the Catholic bishop did come to sing Ave Maria, a capella, over her casket, for many good works she had done in the ’60s in the black southern community and Civil Rights Movement (we were living in North Carolina at the time and had threats from the KKK). At the time he was a nubile black Catholic pastor (in those days there was a black parish and a white parish in the same geographical locations). He was also remembering all she had done within her religious community since. (A lot of women in horrific marriages came forward to tell how she had helped them negotiate within the confines of the Catholic legalities of marriage. Mom had also stood up to a lot of anal-retentive pastors in her time.) His voice was so fine. It could have been Nat King Cole. But, it felt as though he had more to give her than I did, despite how grateful I felt toward him in the moment, and still do. I cried. A dozen Catholic deacons also showed up, despite that it was my dad who was a Catholic deacon. (They never acknowledged the folks from the prison and the AA community my dad saved,


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but those humble folks did. He also found clothes and mattresses for dozens of single moms and their children through St. Vincent de Paul Society. No deacons showed at his funeral.) Religious politics, it seems. But heaven knows, and so do I. Something is terribly wrong. What has happened? Why are families sharded into crystallized fragments around death and dying? The best-laid hearts are so derailed by politics and political economics. This week the New York Times posted an article about the economic scramble to take care of our parents: We’ve put our weight and trust in the wrong places along with the economics that send us chasing after jobs in order to pay the bills and feed our kids, too. More of us are taking on grandkids to boot. But this is really no new news to you. Somehow, we families all have gotten screwed. This is really basic humanitarian stuff. We need more. We need each other. As baby boomers, we are next. Studies show our children are more inclined to feel familial toward their friends than to us. In order to keep abreast emotionally, academically and financially, most have retracted from traditional values trying to keep up. Fewer-Wedding-Bells-Ring-for-Generation-Y.html. Job statistics infer they, too, may have chosen wrongly. A college degree, while it does raise the stakes, doesn’t guarantee anything except student debt. The editors of this little publication tell me that we get a lot of good feedback from the articles presented. So what say you? Are there possible solutions out there? We need to survive, take care of our children, our bills and our parents and be nurtured when our time comes . . . not necessarily in that order. The constructs in place are failing these essentials. What new ones can we build?

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By Ernie Bulow



here can a person get free lunch, bags of goodies, answers to questions about everything from chainsaws to child care – with dancers, drummers, and a carnival atmosphere? At the annual Zuni Housing Fair. Gina Kallestewa, chairman of the Fair committee, explained the importance of housing and related issues in the village of Zuni. In the old days, extended families lived in a single house that belonged to the matriarch and over which she ruled with an iron fist. Most of these houses were communally-built as part of the annual Shalako ceremony. When the old family structure began to break up, housing was built by the government, mostly of poor quality, and they weren’t kept up by people who felt pride of ownership. When a family builds its own home, it becomes a thing of value and pride. Michael Chavez, Housing Authority Director, pointed out that the fair, which extends far beyond the subject of home building, is completely self-supporting. Local businesses in town, like Gallup Lumber and Supply, Continental Divide Electric, Big Mike’s, and Alpine Lumber have offered their support. Zuni businesses like Halona Plaza are present as well. This year Wal-Mart supplied all the paper goods for the feast. And what gathering at Zuni doesn’t include a lavish meal? Several kinds of traditional chile stew were offered, traditional tortillas and a special treat – wheat pudding, a Zuni specialty. By lunchtime more than seven hundred people had signed in, but it appeared that many more than that were in line for the free lunch. Twin Eagle Drum Group under the leadership of Wilton Niiha filled in between visits to the microphone. The thunder of a good drum lends excitement to any gathering. Linda Luna, who did much of the organizing, pointed out that it was a chance for different groups, from health services and educational groups, to the local library, to the Zuni food Distribution Program, to do a face-to-face with the community. “The home isn’t bound by four walls.” Zuni artist Vance Cachini created this year’s logo, printed on T-shirts to raise money for the event.


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Gallup Giving Gallup’s many charitable organizations are active throughout the year providing support and spreading hope to people in need. As we head toward winter, however, the cold weather and holidays present even greater obstacles to many children, adults and families in our community. Below is a list of just some of the organizations in Gallup that are giving food, shelter, clothing, and education to those who are lacking such things. They have voiced some of their specific needs, but donations of any kind are greatly appreciated! If you are able this holiday season, please give of your time, talents and wealth!

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Battered Families Services, Inc. provides comprehensive services to those that experience domestic violence. Services include shelter, transitional housing, parenting classes, anger management, legal services and individual counseling. Battered Families Services is located at 1500 S. Second St. Suite B. For more information, call 722-6389 or visit

Hands of Hope Pregnancy Center is a faith-based organization that

Accepting donations of non-perishable food items.

Care 66 is a nonprofit organization “Creating Opportunities to End Homelessness” in Gallup. Care 66 is located at 2407 East Boyd Avenue in Building 11, off of Boardman. For more information, call 722-0066 or visit

In need of winter wear – soft gloves, beanie hats, coats and hygiene items – toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.

Catholic Charities of Gallup, Inc. is a social service organization that

provides compassionate, respectful and just assistance and service to everyone, especially the poor and vulnerable. It upholds the social teachings of the Church and advocates for social justice. Catholic Charities is located at 506 W. Highway 66. For more information, call 722-5272 or visit

Always in need of disposable diapers of any size and wipes.

Little Sisters of the Poor is a non-profit organization that serves the elderly

poor and creates a loving home where people of all religions feel like family and are treated with dignity and respect. Little Sisters of the Poor is located at 1900 Mark Avenue. For more information, call 863-6894 or visit littlesistersofthepoorgallup. org.

In great need of paper products – paper cups, napkins, paper plates, plastic wear, toilet paper, paper towels, etc.

Manuelito Navajo Children’s Home is a childcare facility and school

operated by the Gallup Church of Christ. Services include 24-hour residential care of children and the Gallup Christian School, for children kindergarten thru 12th grade. Manuelito Navajo Children’s Home is located at Campus at 12 Theta Accepting donations of winter wear – hats, gloves, hooded sweatshirts, Street, off Hwy. 66, west of Gallup. For more information, call 863-5530 or visit etc., new toys for the Christmas store, and ANY FOOD items.

The Community Pantry is a non-profit organization that strives to

acquire and distribute wholesome food to children, the elderly, and families in need in Gallup and McKinley County. The Community Pantry is located at 1130 East Hasler Valley Road. For more information, call 726-8068 or visit Accepting donations of ANY FOOD items; e.g. stuffing mix, instant mashed potatoes, pie filling, canned items, etc.

Gallup-McKinley County Humane Society is a non-profit organization that works hard to help the abandoned and abused animals of McKinley County and other areas around Gallup. The Humane Society is located at 315B Hamilton Road off of Hwy. 491. For more information, call 863-2616 or visit

upholds the sanctity of human life by providing support and encouragement to those facing the challenges of unplanned pregnancy. Hands of Hope is located at 120 S. Boardman Ave. For more information, call 722-7125 or visit

Greatest needs include cleaning supplies, puppy and cat food, cat litter, and puppy toys.

Needs include paper products (Kleenex, toilet paper, etc.), canned goods (soup, flour, cooking oil, etc.), household items (laundry detergent, trash bags, ink cartridges, etc.), labels (Box Tops, Campbell’s soup, Tyson Project A+).

The Salvation Army is a faith-based service organization that is a total

ministry for the total person. The Army cooperates with churches of all denominations to meet the needs of the community. The traditional red kettle is an integral part of the Christmas scene, with millions of dollars donated each year to aid needy families, seniors, and the homeless, in keeping with the spirit of the season. The Salvation Army is run through Catholic Charities of Gallup. For more information or to volunteer, call 722-5272 ext. 102.

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This photo was taken of Pyramid Peak during the Gallup Family Fitness Series final event, “PACK THE PEAK.” Next year there will be more fun and more events . . . stay tuned for more information!

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A family-oriented series of events designed to give families a chance to exercise and develop fitness habits in a fun, non-competitive atmosphere. Events are recreational and not competitive; participation will be rewarded and not results. Each event will be low cost and include healthy post-event fruit and snacks.


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Feeding People Giving Hope


he holidays are right around the corner. For most, it’s a wonderful time of eating good food and spending time with family and friends. For some, however, the colder weather and expectation of big meals can present real hardships. The staff members at the Community Pantry of Gallup know as well as anyone that people in McKinley County are in need of healthy food options, not only during the holidays, but all year round. They have placed themselves in the community in order to acquire, store, and distribute wholesome food to children, the elderly, and families in need. In March of 1999, the first organizational board meeting was held to discuss the need and feasibility of a food bank in Gallup. Within a month, a building was rented, made possible by a thousand-dollar donation. The doors opened on the first of May 1999. That first year, with just a few volunteers, 500,000 pounds of food were given to those in need. Now, 2.5 million pounds of food come through the Community Pantry each year and are distributed to those who need it most. Despite the fact that the new (5-year-old) building houses a 15,000 sq. ft. warehouse, logistic director, Hilda Kendall, says they “try to keep it empty, to focus on distributing food rather than storing it.” After observing just a bit of the activity on a typical day at the Pantry, I got an education about what it takes to feed the people who live in McKinley County – and increasingly more who live within Gallup city limits. It’s clear that getting food and giving food is happening in a really efficient way. The Community Pantry functions on a yearly budget of $438,000, but issues $4 million worth of food! That’s what I call smart shopping! The growth and success of the Community Pantry over the last 13 years is due, in great part, to executive director, Jim Harlin. He’s been working with the Pantry from the start and has a deep-seated belief that no one in McKinley County should go hungry. Food banking is a second career for Harlin, who worked with the Red Cross in Arizona and made fine jewelry. But his ambition has helped pave the way for the new facility and


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programs that are making a big difference in people’s lives. And though retirement is on the horizon, again, he has plans for the next two years. As it is now, new funds have to be obtained each year to keep the Pantry running, so he’d like to establish quasi-permanent funding one way or another to help maintain activity. The Community Pantry is part of the New Mexico Association of Food Banks along with four other food banks from the state. Unique to the Gallup location is the fact that it works directly with its clients – putting food in the hands of those who need it most. Following are just some of the ways that the Community Pantry is reaching the needy in Gallup and McKinley County: Free Produce This program links fresh produce and perishables gleaned in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas to our community every week. It is free and available to anyone. Commodity Boxes The USDA’s Commodity Supplemental Food Program is a federally-funded program that strives to improve the health of low-income pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, young children and the elderly by providing canned vegetables, fruits, meats, juice and dried beans once a month. Between the free produce and commodity boxes, the Community Pantry sees 250 clients each day. Agency Program This program distributes Feeding America food, and other food available, to about 60 local non-profit agencies and churches for free distribution to their own clients in need. Dollar Stretcher and Meat Box Programs These programs are available to anyone and offer a number of practical food items (cereal, peanut butter, pancake mix, canned foods, etc.) or meats at a low cost.


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During November and December, Gallup Journey will be collecting juice boxes to donate to the Food For Kids / Backpack Program at the Community Pantry. (See article for more information.) The holidays present an especially difficult time for families who depend on school meals to help feed their kids. Please consider joining us by dropping of juice boxes (please no juice pouches) at our office – 202 E. Hill Ave. – or directly at the Pantry 1130 East Hasler Valley Road. Thank you!

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Food For Kids / Backpack Program The Community Pantry is working with 19 schools in the area, 4 in Grants, that have each identified 25 students who are most at risk of going hungry – 475 kids total. This program sends a backpack of healthy and easy-to-prepare foods home with each child for the weekend to help ensure that they have enough to eat. As the Pantry steers away from sugary and processed snacks and toward healthier options, the costs of providing for these children are going up. The Emergency Food Assistance Program TEFAP is a federal program that allows for the distribution of food commodities to those in crisis. Approximately 9,000 people a month receive support at the Community Pantry through this program. The food given is designed to feed an individual or family for 2 weeks. Potatoes from NAPI Navajo Agricultural Products Industry (NAPI) sells potatoes to the Community Pantry at a very affordable price. Potatoes are a cold-weather staple for many of the Pantry’s clients. Not only does the Community Pantry work to acquire and dispense food, it provides space for a community garden, with season-extending hoop houses, where produce is grown and given directly to clients. (Currently, the Youth Conservation Corps is building dirt berms to protect the garden from the wind.) The Pantry runs a recycling program for corrugated cardboard, gray board, white paper, magazines and phonebooks, the profits from which help pay a semi-truck driver to pick up produce in Arizona. The Pantry’s facility is equipped with a commercial-grade kitchen, large meeting room and classrooms – all available to the public for a small rental fee – that are used to help educate clients on how to prepare foods, especially vegetables, that they may not be familiar with. Every project and program, big or small, is aligned with the Pantry’s ultimate goal of “Feeding People – Giving Hope.” There is, perhaps, no greater gift than that!

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Driving Impressions: 2012 Toyota Highlander SE



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aving driven yet another crossover (bringing the total count up to 7!), I’m going to try to avoid the redundancies as best as possible. The Highlander has been around for a while now and Toyota, in typical fashion, has been refining it and making small changes along the way. Now a bit bigger than the first-gen Highlander, the 2012 Highlander is still smaller than the other 3-row competition. This is both a positive and negative. First, the positive. The Highlander is quite a bit easier to drive than the Explorer, Acadia, and Enclave. It’s easier to see out of; it’s easier to park; and, all around, it just doesn’t feel overly large. The Highlander’s wheelbase is almost a full ten inches shorter than the Acadia/Enclave cousins. The smaller wheelbase does not contribute to a lack of space in the first and second rows. The second row, in particular, can be a really nice place to be. The row is split 60/40 and both sides move fore and aft independently. In typical Toyota practicality, the second row can function both as captain’s chairs and a bench. Much like the Sienna, the middle seat is removable and can actually slide into


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a compartment under the front center console. In its place you can insert a small plastic console that houses a storage bin, flat surface for items and some cup holders. With the seats reclined, fully aft and the center console inserted, the second row is a nice place to be for road trips. Good sightlines, plenty of shoulder and legroom and separate controls for HVAC, the interior can be called “flashy Toyota functional.” Toyota couldn’t give up their mantra of uber-practicality, so as in the Tundra, the controls are cartoonishly large but so easy to use and I can’t argue with that. The negative of that shorter wheelbase is felt in the third row and rear cargo area storage. The third row is really just for kids or dogs. With the average adult trying to clamber back there only to have their knees above their waist and shoulders up against the person next to them, the third row is mostly for show. Behind the third row, the storage is borderline non-existent. I was able to put my acoustic guitar back there – barely – but that was it. The area is narrow and not that tall because of the angle of the third row seats. If you mainly use the Highlander for 4-5 person duties, the storage with the rear seats down is wide and ample. The Highlander’s sweet spot is as a 2-row crossover

The Highlander’s sweet spot is as a 2-row crossover with the option for a third row on special occasions. with the option for a third row on special occasions. If you need consistent 3-row use and space, look elsewhere. Mechanically, the Highlander hasn’t changed much. The Highlander still uses Toyota’s corporate 3.5 V6 VVT-I and it makes 270 hp and 248 lb. ft. of torque. It’s the same motor used in the Camry, Sienna, RAV4, etc., and because of that it’s smooth and refined. The V6 models, however, are still soldiering on with a 5-speed automatic, as well. While I never thought I’d notice much of a difference between a 6-speed and 5-speed, after driving so many vehicles with newer 6-speed automatics, the Highlander noticeably felt like it was missing a gear. This was really evident on take-off where, combined with a seriously slow throttle tip-in, the Highlander felt lethargic. Conversely, it never felt jumpy or skittish either; it was very smooth because of it. Initially I found this lag time sensation very odd, but after a couple days of driving I started to get used to having to really put my foot into the throttle to get the Highlander moving and it wasn’t such a big deal. EPA fuel mileage is midpack, with the 4WD model I tested rated at 17 mpg city, 22 highway. No doubt a sixth gear could probably add a tick or two to the highway figure. Dropping to the base model’s 2.7-liter 4-cylinder in FWD will only give you the same space but a 20/25 mpg figure. While equipped with hill-descent control and a snow mode, the Highlander, like its competition, is a soft-roader when it comes to off pavement capability. Although the new Explorer offers more control over the 4WD system, I found the Highlander to be a bit more capable, mainly because of the shorter wheelbase. The Explorer and Highlander both have similar ground clearance at 7 inches or so, but the Highlander has shorter and taller overhangs allowing it a bit more ease off road. Again, if you have any need for anything more than light duty fire roads or two tracks the 3-row CUVs are not your target vehicle. Overall the Toyota Highlander is essentially everything you’d expect from Toyota, it does everything as it should, but nothing exceptionally well. It feels built like a tank and should retain excellent value over most of its life. In my opinion the CUV market is so competitive that no one particular vehicle takes the cake, but each has particular merits. In this case the Highlander represents long-term value, excellent usability and an alternative to the longer, larger 3-row competition.


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The Master Weavers The Story of a 100-Year Success


his is not just a book review, it is a nearly unique story of five (or six) generations of Navajo artists and the amazing traders who partnered with them to give the public access to the pinnacle of Native creation – the Two Grey Hills rug. The full title of the book is The Master Weavers: Celebrating One Hundred Years of Navajo Textile Artists from the Toadlena/Two Grey Hills Weaving Region. A celebration indeed. The lavishly illustrated work is just two pages short of the six hundred mark, but there isn’t a page that could be left out. Author Mark Winter has been one of the leading dealers in Navajo textiles for more than forty years, but he never visualized the amazing collaboration he got into when he re-opened the tiny trading post at Toadlena on the flanks of the Chuska Mountains. He recognized that the Navajo rugs from that area were superior in both design and execution – but he also realized that he would have to push the market to keep fine weaving alive. Elsewhere on the Navajo Nation, almost all rugs were being woven from commercial yarns, dyed with chemical colors and were generally shrinking in size. The boundaries of regional rugs were blurring, as weavers copied other textiles, followed their own whimsy, or just got sloppier. Really large, tapestry quality, traditional textiles looked to become extinct. The only sure way to keep


fine weaving on the market was to offer a reasonable return on the many hours it takes to create such tapestries. Mark Winter has put together a remarkable book – an exhaustive survey of the Toadlena/Two Grey Hills trading area, the development of the distinctive weavings, and the artists and traders responsible for a one-hundred-year success story. It is impossible to do justice to Mark’s rapport with his people and the trust they have put in his abilities, as a trader and an author. I have been following the gestation of this huge work for many years and no amount of library research could have produced this document. What makes it wonderful – and unique – is Mark’s love for his subjects and their artistry, and their trust and feeling for him. Most of the photographs and much of the information has come directly from the Navajos themselves, and this is a remarkable achievement. The story of the Two Grey Hills rug begins a century ago with the elusive trader J. B. Moore of Crystal, just over the mountain. In 1911 he published a catalog in color, titled “The Navajo,” with magnificent photos of Navajo life by Brother Simeon Schwemberger of St. Michaels Mission. He didn’t even stick around long enough to distribute many copies of the beautiful little book. Other traders mailed it out under their own names and reaped the benefits. It seems to be the first attempt to standardize Navajo weaving, though many traders like Hubbell are given

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credit for establishing their own regional styles. The roster of traders over the years who have sustained the integrity of the Two Grey Hills style is impressive. At first the Toadlena post was hardly more than a shack but it was taken over and expanded by George Bloomfield. There were half a dozen trading posts in a fairly small area and they all promoted fine weaving. Ed Davis at Two Grey Hills took the distinctive rugs to the first fairs at Shiprock, organized by Agent William Shelton. This exposure seems to have established the “Two Grey Hills” designation for the style, though it covered several posts including Nava, owned by Arthur Newcomb of Hosteen Klah fame. Sanostee, Little Water, Tocito and Newcomb form a circle with the two more famous posts. Many believe that George and Lucy Bloomfield and their descendents (traders’ children intermarried to a great degree) deserve much more credit than they have received for their contribution to the Indian Trading business. Marie and Willard Leighton took over Two Grey Hills and expanded its business, followed by their son Bob. Most of the nearly six hundred pages of this book are devoted to the many generations of “master weavers” from the area. No matter how boldly and convincingly the traders promoted the Two Grey Hills rugs, the story is really about the hundreds of artists who created them. Weavers like Daisy Taugelchee dominated the Inter-Tribal Ceremonial for many years. Bessie Manygoats, Mrs. Police Boy, Mary Yazzie, Iona Lewis, Rose Mike, Julia Jumbo, Virginia Deal, Rose Blueyes and Clara Sherman, along with dozens more and their hundreds of weaving descendants are profiled in the book. This year’s Best in Class Weaving winner at Indian Market in Santa Fe, Lynda Teller-Pete told an audience jokingly, “It’s like the Mafia. You are born into ‘the family.’” Interestingly, her prize-winning rug was of a non-traditional design. The illustrations are almost overwhelming – from one to five color photos on nearly every page. Charts, graphs, family trees, lists of design elements and rare ephemera enrich the book. Winters has included photos of pawn tags, prize ribbons, dye packets, facsimile letters and pages from catalogs. The most exciting pictures for me are the very early family photos Winter’s people have entrusted him with. It is a surprise that so many rare photographs have survived from the early part of the twentieth century – some of them hand-colored. Unique in so many ways, the Two Grey Hills area is also famous for its many male weavers – starting with the famous medicine man Hosteen Klah. Frank Gould was easily the equal of any of the ladies; he and James Sherman are also considered Master Weavers. Ben Tsosie and others carry on that tradition. When stock reduction in the thirties decimated Navajo flocks, and nearly brought weaving to an end, the people of the Two Grey Hills area managed to hang on to many of their animals. The wool is closer to the churro clip of Spanish times and the animals come in rare colors – hues of yellow and gold and tans. The long-staple wool is relatively easy to card so different shades can be blended to make new colors. As a bonus, Winter found the answer to an old question – whatever happened to J. B. Moore after his catalog was published? Charlie Newcomb of Crystal supplied the answer: Moore got himself a mail-order bride and she

. . . he would have to push the market to keep fine weaving alive.

embroiled him in a nasty charity scam. Eastern churches were sending food and clothing for the Indians and Mrs. Moore was selling them instead of passing them out. Needless to say, when exposed, the Moores left town quickly, under cover of darkness. Newcomb told the story to rug expert Gil Maxwell and he passed the info on in a letter to Frank McNitt who buried it in his papers. McNitt’s book The Indian Traders is a classic, but the author was curiously selective about who and what he included in the text. The fate of J. B. Moore was just one of many interesting items he didn’t bother with. Thankfully Mark dug through the archives and brought it to light. Mark acknowledges his debt to wife Linda Larouche and son Justin. The countless hours of research and writing over a stretch of twenty years were a labor of love. This is an amazing book and I hope its intimidating size and retail price won’t cause people to overlook it. It is a valuable document of time, place, people and a true success story. The book is available from the Toadlena Trading Post via its website.

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Petrified Wood Logjam of petrified tree trunks in the badlands, Petrified Forest National Park Wilderness.

At Petrified Forest National Park.


he Painted Desert, Petrified Forest National Park in nearby Arizona contains some of the world’s most colorful petrified wood. And it’s plentiful in the region; vendors gather it to sell to tourists. It may be iconic of the Four Corners, but we don’t have a monopoly on petrified wood; it’s found around the world. One notable petrified forest is located just outside Cairo, Egypt, near the pyramids. Another, in Argentina, contains trees more than 10 feet in diameter and up to 100 feet long. In the Four Corners you can find petrified wood most commonly in the Triassic Chinle sediments that were laid down by a river system flowing from Texas and Oklahoma to the Pacific Ocean. But it also occurs in places like the Cretaceous beds of the Bisti Badlands. You can probably find it in every state west of the Mississippi River. I’m not sure about east of the Mississippi, but there is a rather famous site at Gilboa, New York where 375-million-year-old, Devonian-Period trees are the oldest known examples of petrified wood. For petrifaction to occur, wood must be buried to keep it from decomposing. And there must be silicon and water. There is some silicon almost everywhere since it composes 28 percent of the Earth’s crust. But it needs to be dissolved in


water to make it available for petrification. Petrified wood is most often found where there is volcanic ash in the soil, specifically high-silica ash, such as rhyolite. The small particles of ash allow silica to be more easily dissolved. Volcanoes were common during the Mesozoic Era [Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous Periods] in the Southwest, so many beds of rock that formed during that time are likely to contain a portion of ash. In particular, beds of the Chinle Formation and those of the Cretaceous sea and shoreline deposits both contain ash from volcanoes to the west and south of our region. Most of the ash has been chemically altered to clay, making these deposits sticky when wet. But the ash was fresh when logs were being petrified. Petrifaction occurs when organic [carbon based] compounds are replaced by another compound. It may involve several chemicals including calcite [calcium carbonate] and pyrite [iron sulfide]. But by far the most common is silica [silicon dioxide]. Silicon is the second most common element at Earth’s surface after oxygen. Carbon is the fifteenth most common. Silicon and carbon are next to each other in one column of the periodic table of the elements. They have been described as “kissing cousins” because of their similarities, and there has been much speculation about silicon as an alternate basis for life. Although the two elements are chemically similar their differences are more important in making carbon the basis of life on Earth. Both of them latch onto oxygen readily, but when carbon is oxidized it becomes carbon dioxide, a gas, which is easily exhaled. Silicon, however, becomes silica, sand, a solid, which, no matter how fine the particles, would be much more difficult to eliminate. After it is buried, the wood is attacked by bacteria, which create acid conditions that cause more rapid precipitation of the silica. The wood becomes somewhat squishy until enough petrifaction has occurred to strengthen it. The process of changing wood to stone is fairly rapid, probably requiring no more than a century. I read that some sawed planks left by pioneers have been found petrified in western Nebraska, but, although this was in a reputable publication, I haven’t been able to verify it. There are a couple of myths that should be dispelled. Petrified logs very seldom have

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The process of changing wood to stone is fairly rapid, probably requiring no more than a century.

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Emilio Esparza Gallup/McKinley County Chamber of Commerce Membership Director

Q. Emilio, what got you interested in working with the Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce? A. After graduating from UNM, I wanted to come back to Gallup and contribute to my community and show other young people that coming back is okay and that you can be successful. Q. What do you enjoy most about your job so far? A. I love being able to meet somebody new every day. I like the fact that I have so many roles as far as my job goes. It’s really forcing me to learn many things, but it’s making me a more well-rounded business person. Q. What is the biggest challenge of your job? A. The biggest challenge would be the learning curve. I’m so new and still getting to know how everything works. I’m also learning to manage my time between taking care of members, both new, old and prospects, and handling marketing, advertising and special events. Q. What is your top priority as Membership Director with the Chamber? A. My top priority would be serving the needs of the members of the Chamber of Commerce and making the point to personally trying to get to know all of them. Q. What do you see for the Chamber in the next three years? A. In the next three years, I see the Chamber having many groups that will be set up by the businesses categories – almost like a support team for each other. Let’s say for instance a group of restaurant owners would convene and talk about things like what’s working and what isn’t and help each other. I also see an entrepreneurs group forming for people who want to start businesses or have started a business and they are new to the business world. Q. What do you enjoy doing in your off time? A. In my free time, I like to hang out with my family and friends. I really enjoy being outdoors, so I try and get up to the Zuni Mountains as much as I can. Q. Who is your favorite musician? A. My favorite artist is Stevie Ray Vaughan. He is brilliant and a genius on the guitar. After listening to the song “Little Wing” I was inspired to learn the guitar and I now consider myself to be somewhat of a singer/songwriter. Q. If you could trade places with one famous person, who would it be and why? A. Barack Obama. I would like to see what it’s like to be the President for a day and all the different struggles and successes that you have each day. I think it would be really interesting.

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Holiday Eats and Treats


he preparation and consumption of good food has marked the celebration of special occasions in cultures the around the world since the beginning of time. And we are no different; we gather around food, whether in the kitchen or in the dining room, in the name of birthdays, weddings, holidays, etc. Traditions are forged in the recipes we use year after year. But as people and places are given to change, there’s always room on the table for a new and creative blending of ingredients. Having lived far from family for some time, we’ve gathered with friends for a potluck Thanksgiving each year. Besides the turkey, there are usually the expected dishes: mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce and pies. And each offering tends to have a special connection to the person who prepared it, a story or a memory sprinkled in along with the spices. Following are just a few recipes from holidays past that we have grown to love and would like to share with you. As you consider them, please also take time to think of those who may not have the means to prepare a big meal this Thanksgiving. If you have extra food in the pantry or a few spare minutes at the grocery store to buy some food items, many charitable organizations around town are accepting them. See page 15 for more information.

A colorful way to serve up those yams and sweet potatoes. A dish given to our family when mom was recovering from a broken ankle.  Thankfully the ankle is 100% and we continue to enjoy the recipe. - Jenny Van Drunen

Baked Yams & Sweet Potatoes Makes 9x13 casserole dish (serves 8-10)

2-3 large yellow sweet potatoes 2-3 large red yams (try to select ones with similar diameters) Boil potatoes and yams for 30min. Melt in saucepan: 1/4 cup butter 1 cup maple syrup 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg Peel and cut potatoes and yams into 1/4inch slices. Arrange in a greased 9x13 casserole dish in rows (overlapping a little) by alternating colors. OPTIONAL: Sprinkle with dried cranberries or raisins. Pour saucepan mixture over everything. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40min.


Making our own puree from a fresh pumpkin takes a little longer than buying it canned at the store, but there are many tasty rewards for the effort! Not only does the house smell wonderful while the pumpkin bakes, but the seeds are a great treat and there’s plenty of puree to use for all the breads, soups and pies we like to make! - Heather Haveman

Pumpkin Puree Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Rinse a small-ish pumpkin (versus a large one that is better for carving a jack-o-lantern), removing any dirt, and dry it. Cut the top off, then cut it in half from top to bottom. Remove the seeds (but save them!) and the stringy guts of the pumpkin. Place halves, cut side down, on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake until tender, which can take from 90 minutes up to 3 hours, depending on the pumpkin’s size.

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When the pumpkin is tender, remove from the oven and allow it to cool. When it’s cool enough to handle, separate the flesh from the skin. Puree the flesh in a food processor, blender, or by hand. (If very watery, strain the puree with a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth.) Puree can be frozen or used right away in a number of recipes!

This is easily my favorite snack of the season. I’m always asking my kids if they want to carve pumpkins so I can get at the seeds! -Nate Haveman

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Using raw seeds taken from a pumpkin: 1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees 2. Rinse seeds in a strainer to get all the slime off 3. Put rinsed seeds in a single layer on a cookie sheet and liberally coat with olive oil (but not so much oil that the seeds are floating!) 4. Sprinkle salt and pepper on the seeds 5. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes and stir 6. Bake for another 5-10 minutes or until browned and crispy, but whatever you do, don’t overcook them

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From Eet Smakelijk, a much-used Dutch cookbook from Grandma. Makes 2 large loaves 3 cups sugar 1cup vegetable oil 4 eggs, beaten 2 cups pumpkin puree 3 cups flour 2 tsp. baking soda 1 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. nutmeg 1 tsp. ground cloves 1/2 tsp. baking powder 2/3 cup water 3/4 cups raisins or chocolate chips 1 cup walnuts, chopped Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 2 9x5x3” loaf pans. In a large bowl mix sugar, oil, eggs, and pumpkin. Beat well. Sift together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and baking powder. Add dry ingredients alternately with water to pumpkin mixture. Fold in raisins and nuts. Pour into pans. Bake about 1 hour or until done.

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ElNovember Morro Theater Schedule

November is Native American Month!

Admission: Adults: $5.00 Children 12 & under: $3.00

Friday, November 4, 2011 Show Time: 7pm Octavia Fellin Public Library presents: The 1st Annual “Our Stories Are Our Power Teen Film Festival” Admission: FREE!

Critically acclaimed Native American filmmaker Chris Eyre presents the supernatural thriller Imprint, directed by Michael Linn. The film tells the story of Shayla Stonefeather, a North American Indian attorney who once fled her cultural background and shunned the spiritual practices of her ancestors. After successfully prosecuting a Lakota boy in a difficult murder trial, Shayla now returns to her family’s South Dakota reservation for the first time in many years, to tend to her dying father. Events take a dark and eerie turn when she is greeting by spirits that present foreboding and unwanted visions, forcing Shayla to reconsider her tribe’s beliefs and way of life.

The Festival will showcase movies made by Gallup teens about what it means to be a teen in Gallup. Saturday, November 5, 2011 Show Time: 1pm Kids Matinee movie: Disney/Pixar Animation “Cars 2” Rated: G 113 minutes Voices by: Owen Wilson, Michael Caine and Jason Isaacs Admission: Adults: $2.00 Children 12 & under: FREE Star race car Lightning McQueen, and the incomparable tow truck, Mater, take their friendship to exciting new places when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car. But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage. Torn between assisting Lightning McQueen in the high-profile race and towing the line in a top-secret spy mission, Mater’s action-packed journey leads him on an explosive chase through the streets of Japan and Europe, trailed by his friends and watched by the whole world. Saturday, November 5, 2011 Show Time: 7pm Native American Month Movie: Dance Me Outside Rated: R 91 minutes Starring: Adam Beach, Michael Greyeyes, Ryan Black, Herbie Barnes, Kevin Hicks and Sandrine Holt Admission: Adults: $5.00/person Children 12 and under*: $3.00 Set on the Kidabanesee reserve in Northern Ontario. Silas Crow is a young man confused about his direction in life; he wants to take an automobile mechanic’s course in college, but is uncertain whether he should apply. Frank Fencepost is Crow’s best friend, and Sadie Maracle is his girlfriend. Events are set in motion when a young girl from the reserve is murdered by Clarence Gaskill, a white man who gets off with a light sentence, prompting the community to demand vengeance. Saturday, November 12, 2011 Show Time: 1pm Kids Matinee movie: Disney’s Brother Bear 2 Rated: G 73 minutes Voices by: Patrick Dempsey, Mandy Moore, Jeremy Suarez, Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas Admission: Adults: $2.00 Children 12 & under: FREE The bonds of true friendship and love are powerful enough to persist through even the most extreme circumstances, but can even the strongest bond endure when a young man and a young woman are split apart by the spirits? Since being turned into a bear as punishment for his insensitivity in Brother Bear, Kenai has managed to find true happiness and a compelling sense of purpose in his new relationship with his adopted brother Koda. But when Kenai’s old friend Nita prepares for her wedding day with another man, the spirits send a sign indicating that a strong connection still exists between Kenai and Nita. In the end, destiny may require that each of the three choose between his or her happiness and the happiness of the other two. Saturday, November 12, 2011 Show Time: 7pm Native American Month Movie: Imprint Rated: PG-13 84 minutes Starring: Tonantzin Carmelo, Carla-Rae Holland, Michael Spears, Cory Brusseau, Charlie White Buffalo


Saturday, November 19, 2011 Show Time: 1pm Kids Matinee movie: Kung Fu Panda 2: The Kaboom of Doom Rated: PG 90 minutes Voices by: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan Admission: Adults: $2.00 Children 12 & under: FREE Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five - Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey. But Po’s new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu. Po must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins; only then will he be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed. Saturday, November 19, 2011 Show Time: 7pm Native American Month Movie: Older Than America Rated: NR 102 minutes Starring: Bradley Cooper, Adam Beach, Wes Studi, Dennis Banks, Jeri Arredondo Admission: Adults: $5.00/person Children 12 and under: $3.00 Kill the Indian. Save the Man. Bradley Cooper stars in this mystery about a geologist tracking down the epicenter of an earthquake that leads him to an Indian reservation. Actress Georgina Lightning makes her co-writing and directing debut with this passion project while also starring alongside Cooper as Rain, a woman beset by troubling visions from the past. Both their journeys lead to an abandoned schoolhouse and shocking secrets that corrupt politicians and businessmen want to pave over. But the spirits will not be silenced. Like the Oscar-nominated Doubt and acclaimed Canadian drama The Boys Of St. Vincent, this powerful film turns a painful chapter of US history into a compelling, piercing drama. The award-winning cast also includes Adam Beach, Chris Mulkey and the great Wes Studi. Saturday, November 26, 2011 No Kids Matinee HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Saturday, December 3, 2011 Show Time: 7pm Native Stars, City of Gallup, Gallup BID Present: Waymore’s Outlaws in Concert Opening Band: Knifewing and Tribal Jam Admission: $15.00 Advanced $20.00 Reserved (limited seating) $25.00 At The Door Tickets On Sale November 5, 2011 at the following location: El Morro Theatre 207 W. Coal Ave. Gallup, NM For more information please call (505) 726-0050

Views from the Top

by H. Haveman and Andy Stravers

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Pyramid Rock Run

Red Rock Balloon Rally

Not limited to the floating festivities, the Rally includes Indian Dances, a Downtown Christmas Parade and the Pyramid Rock Run! The race was started several years ago by Alvin Thompson, a local businessman and member of the Church Rock community. He is passionate about helping the students at Church Rock Academy and has worked hard to keep the race going year after year.

Ballooning is a sport for adventurers, the social, the playful and young at heart. It’s relaxing and beautiful, a wonderful way to travel – as long as you don’t care terribly much about where you’re going. Early next month, December 2-4, Gallup is host to the 31st Annual Red Rock Balloon Rally. It’s the second largest balloon rally in the world, and a favorite destination for balloon pilots from around the globe.

Runners will meet for registration on Saturday, December 3 at 8:30am in front of Red Rock Park’s Outlaw Trading Post. The race will begin at 9:30am rain, snow or shine! This foot race has got to be one of the most scenic and physically demanding trail runs in the Southwest, if not beyond. But what makes this trail great is the diversity of ground, plant and animal life, not to mention panoramic views and, of course, the effort required in seeing it all. The trail is rough and difficult, though well marked with cairns. Around 5 miles long, participants will gain about 800 feet in elevation. Prizes for 1st 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded in each age category. T-shirts will be giving to all registered participants. The entry fee is $20, with all proceeds benefiting the students at Church Rock Academy. Being granted access to Pyramid demands some effort, but it’s well worth the view at the top and the chance to support a great cause! For more information on all the Rally’s events, visit www. or check out the Facebook page.

However, the Red Rock Balloon Rally is truly a community event. Local sponsors are invaluable in making the Rally a great experience for all involved. Volunteers from the community are needed each year to help crew. Ballooning is a team sport and every pilot needs the help of four to six (sometimes more) well-trained crewmembers during the launch and landing. Much of the time, crew volunteers will even get the chance to go up for a ride! A Crew Training session is scheduled for November 17 at 6:30pm at the Gallup Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact Sandy at (505) 863-3910, Tina at (505) 713-2756, or email Whether up in the sky or on the ground taking it all in, the event is fun for everyone! Mass Ascensions occur each day at 7:30am (7:00 on Sunday) and are not to be missed! You won’t regret rising early on these frosty mornings to watch the colorful array of floating giants. The Balloon Glows in the evenings are magical.

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crazy that ideas

I remember my first visit to Arts Crawl in downtown Gallup. It was a crisp fall evening in 2002 and I went down to the Coffee House to look at some photos that my buddy Chuck had up. It was bumping down there . . . and not just at the Coffee House, but all of Coal Avenue was rocking and rolling. I really love downtown Gallup and Arts Crawl. Since then, I haven’t been to as many Arts Crawls as I would like, but I still love the idea of having folks in downtown Gallup enjoying themselves and enjoying some culture via art and music.


A couple of months ago, the City of Gallup (along with the Chamber and the BID and maybe some other folks,

too) put on a beautiful evening during Wild West Day. They closed off the street, had performances in the Courthouse Square, and got lots of folks walking around downtown. Which got me thinking; how could we make that sort of evening happen each month during Arts Crawl? How hard would it really be to add a few elements to Arts Crawl to make it really, really awesome? Well, you’ll see what I have in mind below. Obviously, all of this stuff would need to be paid for and approved by the powers that be, but I think we can get it done - and it’s only once a month for a couple of hours, anyway.

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just might work. by N. Haveman Illustration by Andy Stravers


CRAZY IDEAS THAT JUST MIGHT WORK. This is the title of a new series of stories/ ideas on what could be done in Gallup. For the next few months (and maybe more, if we’re really creative) we are going to put forth some ideas we think would benefit our community. The ideas we showcase will always be for the good of Gallup . . . at least what we think is good for Gallup. Some of the ideas may be, as my grandpa says, “from way out in left field.” And some ideas may be fairly easy to both conceptualize and complete. We aren’t asking that all of these happen - just that we open a dialogue to continually move Gallup forward. Illustration/Mixed Media at left shows the following: A. Strings of lights across Coal Avenue. They’d be on a timer and up year-round. B. Heaters and benches would be brought out for downtown events like Arts Crawl. C. Painters, musicians, etc. would be hanging around during Arts Crawl for people to watch and listen to. D. Obviously, Coal Avenue would need to be closed for two hours during Arts Crawl (7-9 pm on the second Saturday of each month). believe • gallup


That’s So


Gallup is special; that’s no secret. It’s unlike any other place I know, but in its quirkiness I find a community in which I love to live, work, and raise a family. What is it that’s so unique? What is it that makes Gallup Gallup? What does our town have that makes me smile, shake my head, and say, “That’s so Gallup.”?

We’re asking for you, our readers, to answer these questions! Submissions can be in the form of photos with captions or written anecdotes that illustrate some point about life in Gallup. Email to or send to 202 E. Hill Ave. Please keep it positive!


any places contribute to making Gallup, NM a special place to live or visit. One place people always seem to enjoy is the Saturday morning flea market on North 9th Street. For out-of-town travelers, this flea market offers many unique experiences. For instance, you can find oven bread from the Zuni and Acoma pueblos baked in wood fired horno ovens. You can also find silver and turquoise jewelry and beaded hair barrettes, key charms and necklaces. You can purchase “fat sheep” and fresh cut hay or roast mutton on fry bread sandwiches or other traditional Native American foods. You can even have your cracked windshield replaced while you shop. Vendors sell CDs and cassette tapes featuring Native American performers and musicians and also powwow music. One can buy a small package of traditional herbs and spices and chat with the sellers who will cheerfully explain the possible uses for each item. You can find Mormon tea and mountain tobacco and braided buffalo grass for incense. It is possible to buy a small leather pouch to put together your own medicine bundle with items like ram’s horn, corn pollen, crystal, turquoise, other semi-precious gemstones


and many other items with special properties and meanings. You can find decorated rattles or gourds and handles so you can construct one to your own tastes. If your stamina holds out and you make it all the way to the back row, you can find tools of every description or the bumper for a ’57 Chevrolet pickup truck. You might even find a booth selling geodes and fossils and all sorts of cut and polished stone treasures. You can also see many kinds of woven items, paintings by local artists and a wide variety of cottage industry arts and crafts. Several vendors offer oddities and curiosities like old bottles, arrowheads or bits and pieces of metal buckles and buttons dating back to pioneer days. But what makes a trip to this flea market really special is the wonderful variety of people you can find while shopping. On any given Saturday you might see dusty looking, working cowboys in town to pick up hay and feed for their livestock. You might also see out-of-town visitors from other countries or the East or West Coasts of the USA dressed up in their “townie clothes” (definitely not Gallup!). You may find rodeo contestants in boots and cowboy hats with their competition number still absentmindedly pinned to the back of their stiff grass popper shirts. Not infrequently, you might see a Navajo grandmother in her traditional voluminous skirts, wearing a velveteen long sleeve blouse with silver and turquoise jewelry. Attending grandmother, you might find an obliging grandson trailing two steps behind and one step to the side, wearing spiked up hair, a black concert T-shirt, with his head bobbing to music only he can hear from his i-Pod. The Gallup flea market is a marvelous place filled with trash and treasures. It is a place to spend an interesting Saturday morning or afternoon. It is quirky and full of surprises. It could only exist here in all its splendor . . . That’s so Gallup! Contributed by Cal Marshall

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my rambles. by n. haveman


’ve been thinking about some heavy stuff involving Gallup these days. I’m so excited that I can believe (again) that we can get some stuff going around town.

I came to that realization the other day in church and it’s really stuck with me. In fact, Heather had to “sssshush” me, because I was putting my thoughts to paper too loudly. But here’s what I was thinking: Even with all the money in New Mexico, even if Warren Buffet wrote the City of Gallup a monstrous check, nothing will get done around here unless folks like you and me have a part in it.

This other guy I know has been the VERY BEST THING for Gallup since I’ve been here. He rolled in here a year ago or so and is already serving on three or four boards in town, helped to start an art gallery, converted an old house into architectural beauty, put in an art display for kids to show their work, started a creative thinking/building class as an outlet for kids in town and SO. MUCH. MORE. He does all this stuff to make Gallup better. And he does it well.

It takes people to get results. Now, I realize that it takes money, too. But I think the people part of the equation is the more important part, don’t you?

I know that there are many of you that are doing the same sorts of things to make Gallup better every single day and I wish I could highlight every one of you.

Even if the projects we had online were good ones and we had the cash to complete them, the projects aren’t necessarily going to be great. They’ll only be great if the folks heading up those projects are passionate about them.

I was even talking to one of our local City Councilors just today and, I’ll tell you, we’ve got some great folks serving us on City Council right now. But here’s the thing, they need to know how they can serve us better. They need us to tell them what we’re thinking and what we think should be done. Obviously, they need not listen to all of our ideas – certainly not all of my ideas (we’d be in trouble, at that point) – but unless they know what our community wants and needs, they have trouble acting.

I think we’re all lacking passion most of the time – I know that it’s hard to be passionate when we have so much to do and bills to pay and all, but we’ve got to do better. Now back to that project thought I had a moment ago. You see, I’ll go the extra mile to make my own projects the best they can be, but I won’t necessarily go the extra mile to make your projects great. (Sorry.) I may get them done, but I won’t spend any more time than is necessary to make them work adequately. But we need folks in our community to take the initiative in order to create the PROGRESS within our community that they see, that needs to be seen by others. I have this friend who recently became the directeur sportif for Rez Dog Racing. He organized stuff, he helped solicit sponsorships, he started up a blog, he held folks accountable and, in doing these things (and more), he helped create something that’s good for Gallup. Besides feeling good about himself, he didn’t really get anything for putting in all this time. But he did and it was good. I know this other guy that loves classical music. He’s forever practicing his violin and, although I’ve only been to his house on a couple of occasions, he’s always listening to classical music, too. Yes, I agree, it’s weird.


But he loves it. He loves it so much that he puts his sweat and blood and tears into making sure our community has access to live classical music at least twice a year – and usually for free. How awesome is that for our community? He does it each year and it’s good.

So, my final thought is this: Talk to your friends and family and find ONE THING you can do for your community this Thanksgiving season. It can be anything from picking up trash some weekend in one of our trashed alleys downtown or volunteering at one of our many local charities (see page 15 for more info on local charities). But please, try to do just ONE THING this Thanksgiving season for our community. I’ll do something, too – not sure what, yet, but I’ll do something. Maybe we can all even continue that ONE THING until Christmas and then see if we can continue it until Easter and so on and so forth.



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ehab of the Lexington Hotel has begun. Our contractors will be working through November to finish it before Christmas. When completed, the Lexington Hotel will provide transitional housing for approximately 15 people (men and women), and lowincome housing for 21 people. It will also house our case managers. If you want a tour, please send me an email. Hooghan Hozho’ is in planning at this time. We are working out the details so that we can begin construction in spring of 2012. We are finalizing financing and engineering. We will not be doing the downtown Thanksgiving Run officially this year. If you are interested in an informal run on Thanksgiving Day please let me know. Also we will have more details about the silent auction later this month. Until next month stay well and do good! To find out more about CARE 66 go to, we also have a blog at, which we have been known to update once in a while. Sanjay can be reached at believe • gallup


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by Patricia Darak

Parenting Blessed Day


oday is my son’s sixth birthday, and that makes him so excited that he’s in continuous ‘happy dance’ mode.

His father’s gift to him? A new racing bicycle that he seems to have incorporated into his very being; in other words, he’s never away from it, except for baths and bedtime. This morning, I was lucky enough to get a lengthy snuggle from the birthday boy.  Just yesterday, he told me that when he turns six, he will be too old for snuggles; I am relieved, and purposely fail to remind him. He requested pancakes for breakfast, and I happily complied.  Before he could finish his food, his sisters had awoken and decided that they wanted pancakes, too.  So, after a hearty meal, all three marched into the bathroom to clean the stickiness off of their faces and teeth. Then, while my oldest daughter grabbed her hairbrush and started hunting down (and killing) a few ‘snarlies’ in her long locks, I gathered up combs and detangler spray and set to work on the two youngest children’s hair. My son was first; after about thirty minutes of his whining, I started on my mission.  Knot after knot of dead hair came

loose and fell to the floor, thinning his mane considerably. As I finished each section of hair, I would loosely braid it and lay it over his shoulder.  When I was done, my son and I had come to an agreement.  Since he refused to take care of his hair, he reluctantly acknowledged that something had to be done to prevent another ‘snarlie’ session.  So, he would allow me to braid his hair every day and take the braid out at bedtime.  Of course, almost any compromise would have been acceptable in the midst of detangling; I was more than happy with the one I got. After he was finished – we ended up pulling his waist-length hair back into one big braid – his little sister had to be chased down, tickled, and carried to ‘the chair’ in order to tame her own wild mane.  Sitting serenely, the Princess slowly shook her head, took a deep breath, and let me know that I could now begin.  Gently, I combed out her small knots, stopping every couple of minutes to ask her if she was still being brave.  She carefully nodded her tiny head, and I continued.  Twenty minutes later, we were finished and ready to pick out wardrobe for the day. The three children scattered into their separate bedrooms, and the fashion shows began.  First, one daughter got dressed, and then the second one wanted to match her outfit.  Then, the second one changed to match her older sister, who had also changed her outfit.  Eventually, they both

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emerged from their bedrooms in completely different outfits and decided that they just wanted to match their hairstyles. But, as soon as I got one styled, the other changed her mind and decided to just wear her hair straight down.

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Sigh. Meanwhile, my son had been dressed, coiffed, and playing quietly by himself for nearly half an hour. Now, after I had wrangled my little ones, we headed out to deliver lunch to their father; afterward, we, ourselves, headed out to lunch, our tummies rumbling. My son wanted to eat somewhere there was an indoor playground, and his sisters grudgingly agreed.  Two hours of eating and playing went by quickly. Before I knew it, darkness had fallen and my son still hadn’t picked out his birthday cake.  So, we wrapped up the remains of our extended late lunch and headed to the supermarket.  Shortly after arriving, we were pleasantly surprised to see my beautiful niece.  She showered hugs upon the children, and she wished my son a happy birthday before she left. Then, after closely inspecting all of the cakes (and assorted cupcakes, pies, and pastries) on display, he walked straight up to a beautiful rainbow-sprinkled one and declared that, “This is the one, Mom.  This is my cake.” A quick trip through the aisles for ice cream and dinner, and we were ready to go.  But before we left the store, my son decided that he wanted to spend some of his birthday money (conveniently in shiny quarters) in the toy and candy machines in the front lobby.  He pried open his little fist, closed tightly around his silver coins, and proceeded to spend two dollars on gumballs.

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Sigh. Again. Safely back home, I proceeded to make dinner and count down the minutes before my husband arrived home and we started the birthday celebration in earnest. Sure enough, as soon as my husband walked in the door he exclaimed, “Happy birthday, Birthday Boy!  Where’s the cake?”  The cake was brought out, six candles were lit, and the birthday song was sung, all accompanied by my constantly-firing camera. After cake and ice cream, my children and their father went outside to have nighttime races with flashlights; my son rode his new bike, of course, and the others raced (on foot) against him.  Even our cat ran alongside them.  Every time, our long-legged oldest daughter won.  Everyone, especially the birthday boy had a great time. After, they all came inside and tried to settle down for bedtime; it took at least an hour, several stories, and snuggles to lull them to sleep.  But, at last slumber arrived, and sweet dreams of the day began to replay in their little heads. My baby boy is six, and I can’t believe how soon ‘six’ arrived.  He’s a tall, bright, articulate young man, and all I see when I watch him sleep is the snugly-wrapped bundle that I got to hold for the first time six years ago.  My heart misses his tiny fist clutching my thumb.  And my heart looks forward to seeing what comes next. Sigh.

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Are You Ready for Some Happy News? H ere are some interesting tidbits taken from a veteran economist, Jeff Thredgold from his website


• Total U.S. retirement assets rose to $17.5 trillion in 2010, the most since the end of 2007. • During the early 1960s, the five-year survival rate from cancer for Americans was one in three. Today it is two in three . . . continuing to climb . . . and the highest in the world. • The U.S. accounted for 34% of the funds spent globally on research & development (R&D) during 2010. • The country’s net petroleum imports peaked at 60.3% in 2005 and dropped to 49.3% in 2010. Within a year, North Dakota is expected to supply more oil for domestic use than the 1.1 million barrels a day that Saudi Arabia now exports to the U.S. • The number of violent crimes fell by a surprisingly large 12% last year versus the prior year. • Roughly 80% of companies that suspended or reduced their 401(k) matches during the past 2-3 years reinstated them in 2010 or 2011. • Sixty of the world’s top 100 universities are located in the U.S. • Conventional thirty-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 4.06% in recent weeks, the lowest level in 60 year. • Energy-efficient appliances, cars, buildings, and other technologies that already exist could lower U.S. energy usage 30% by 2030. • Second quarter 2011 GDP was revised up to a 1.3% real (after inflation) annual rate, versus a 1.0% real annual rate in the prior estimate. Still weak, but better. • The number of American volunteers rose 2.6% to 63.4 million in 2009.

• America produces more steel today than 30 years ago, despite the shuttered plants and slimmed-down work force. • Roughly 47% of science and engineering degrees of those ages 25 to 39 are held by women, compared with 21% among those 65 and older. • Donations to charities rose 3.8% in 2010, with $291 billion donated by individuals, foundations, and corporations. As a percentage of GDP, Americans gave twice as much as the next most charitable nation, England. In 1964, there were 15,000 U.S. foundations. By 2001, there were 61,000. • Average U.S. life expectancy has reached 78.2 years (men 75, women 80), the highest ever. This compares to 76 years in 1995, 68 years in 1950, and 47 years in 1900. • Men’s contribution to housework has doubled over the past 40 years, while their time spent on child care has tripled. • Roughly 30% of trash was recycled or composted in the latest year, versus 16% in 1990. • When comparing economic size and population, the average U.S. worker is 10-12 times more productive than the average worker in China. Americans won 30 Nobel prizes in science and economics during the past five years. China, just one. • The value of a university education for American men and women in terms of future earnings power is nearly twice that of those in the average rich nation. • Smoke-free laws in restaurants, bars, the workplace, etc. reduced the rate of heart attacks by an average of 17% after one year in those communities where the bans had been adopted. • U.S. airlines did not have a single fatality last year, the third of the past four years with no deaths. • Even as U.S. economic output (GDP) has climbed by more than 210% since 1970, aggregate emission of six principal air pollutants has plunged by 60%. • Productivity of U.S. workers rose an average of 2.5% annually

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

by Kari Heil

I was swept away by the unusual combination of a detective story with noir-ish atmosphere, a wacky, fully developed, alternative history, hysterical descriptions and word play . . .


combination of a detective story with noir-ish atmosphere, a wacky, fully developed, alternative history, hysterical descriptions and word play, and sensitive treatment of characters. This time I found that the book was well worth the effort: I enjoyed every bit of it. It’s a tough read at first, but the payoff is big if you can last through the necessary adjustment to Chabon’s challenging vocabulary and style. In fact, the Yiddish usage – some of it legit and some (I’m pretty sure) invented – scattered throughout really lends the book great flavor and fun.

I don’t know why I didn’t see it the first time I picked it up. I’ve loved everything else I’ve read by Chabon, so I was excited to dive into his newest novel, expecting it to be full of cleverness and inventiveness and great writing. But when I started the book two years ago, I just couldn’t get past the first couple of chapters. That hardly ever happens to me, and I’m not sure why I couldn’t hack it; but I put down the book and left it on the shelf collecting dust until this fall. When I picked up The Yiddish Policemen’s Union for a second try, starting again on page one, I was swept away by the unusual

The story takes place in a fictional independent Jewish settlement in southern Alaska in the year 2000. Weird, right? But try to give Chabon the benefit of the doubt and keep chewing, even if the premise seems really hard to swallow at first. In Chabon’s alternate version of history, during WWII, European Jews were resettled in the Federal District of Sitka and have built up a bustling metropolis and sub-culture; but the territory is scheduled to revert to US control at the end of the year, and its two million Jewish residents will have to find other places to live unless they’re granted special permission to stay. Chabon does such a great job creating this place that I completely bought into it (the second time around, that is) and could picture it very vividly, with all five senses involved in building the mental picture. The snow, the cold, the urban grit, the smell of wet wool, the sound of an old man’s scratchy smoker’s voice. Even the taste of a “Filipino-style Chinese donut, or shtekeleh . . . the great contribution of the District of Sitka to the food lovers of the world” (p. 172).

ee if this passage piques your interest: “Landsman parks the Super Sport in the spot behind the Dumpsters that he has come to view as his own, though he supposes a man should not come to cherish tender feelings toward a parking place. Simply having a place to put his car that is twenty-four stories down from a standing invitation to breakfast should never pass, in a man’s heart, for a homecoming” (p. 36). Home, having a place in the world, is a big issue in The Yiddish Policemen’s Union (2007) by Michael Chabon. His main character, Meyer Landsman, seems pretty pitiful here, in a funny, self-deprecating way, and he definitely is in many respects. This description of him parking his car while looking for his home alludes to Landsman’s touching and grounding relationship with his cousin and fellow policeman who lives in the nearby high-rise. The search for belonging rests at the heart of The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, and this early passage is full of the kind of poignant, understated, ironic humor that makes this book really special.


Surrounded by a thrum of mild panic about the imminent reversion of the settlement, Landsman and Berko Shemets, Landsman’s half-Tlingit cousin and his partner in the homicide division, investigate the murder of a meth addict who lived in the same run-down hotel as Landsman. Landsman seems like a kind of pathetic hero; he has lost his faith in everything and has been in a bit of a self-destructive tailspin since his divorce two years earlier. He’s down on his luck and kind of a wreck, physically and emotionally, but he has flashes of bravery and glory that make him a true hero, in the end. It turns out the dead guy is not who he said he was; he actually was Mendel Shpilman, the son of a prominent and very powerful rabbi, the leader of a conservative sect that seems to run a little bit like the mafia. The dead guy, Shpilman, also was something of a chess genius and apparently a miracle healer in his youth, supposed by many of the faithful to be the Tzaddik ha-Dor, the one pure soul born in a generation, a potential messiah. In the course of trying to solve this complicated case, Landsman and Berko uncover a plot involving the US government and a Jewish paramilitary group that plans to destroy the Dome on the Rock, thus allowing a new temple to be built, Israel to come under Jewish control, and the Messiah to return to earth, ultimately. This stuff is a bit kooky, yes, but it works fairly well in Chabon’s intricate plot development. Chabon is toying with serious social and political commentary here, but nothing of this sort actually ever surfaces in the novel – thank goodness. The intimation of cultural critique doesn’t intrude on the progress of the story or the development of the characters, and it certainly doesn’t mute the truly remarkable and often poetic prose that shapes the novel’s Sitka and its inhabitants. Landsman’s involvement in one last murder case before the Sitka police department is disbanded is interwoven with the restoration of his relationship with his ex-wife, Bina Gelbfish. Bina happens to have recently become his supervisor in the Sitka homicide division and has helped him out of tight spots with criminals and government officials while working the Shpilman case. At the novel’s close, readers are left with some hope about the chances of finding a place to belong after being forced out of the only home you’ve ever known – when you’re with someone who knows you and loves you anyway. While being interviewed by FBI agents, Landsman says, “My homeland is in my hat. It’s in my ex-wife’s tote bag” (p. 368). Things are looking up for Landsman, even though he’s probably leaving Sitka, even though the powers that be are quite possibly destroying the world. And that’s strangely comforting, after all the intrigue.

For the Kiddos I am totally charmed by the book Fair Monaco (2003) by Brock Cole. I think I like it better than my kids do, but they sometimes let me read it to them if I promise not to get weepy at the end. In this book of lovely, soft watercolor paintings, Maggie, Kate, and Nora’s mother is ill, their father absent. So the three sisters (big, medium, and small) find themselves on Granny’s doorstep in what seems to be a littered, neglected, possibly dangerous innercity neighborhood. Granny can’t remember her youthful adventures and can’t be bothered to tell the girls any fanciful tales because her mind is too full of worries and fears and bitterness. But the girls manage to turn Granny’s dark view of the world on its head and re-imagine a potentially scary environment as a welcoming place. In the end, they even help tired, grouchy Granny see good in the people around her. After a boring night stuck inside the apartment with nothing to do, the girls will themselves to escape into pleasant, bright dreams. When they wake in Granny’s bed instead of their own, they find that she’s been with them on their magical night-flight and has been transformed, along with the neighborhood. They’ll all enjoy pancakes for breakfast, instead of fretting about “bad boys” and nasty bill collectors. Now the people on the street below the apartment no longer seem menacing; it is a street bustling with positive activity. The world has been made a better place by the girls’ love of life, by their hope and optimism, in spite of difficult circumstances.

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Are you a crafter with something to sell this holiday season? Whether you make jewelry or magnets, scarves or wooden carvings, there’s probably someone who would love to purchase your goods for themselves or as a gift. If you enjoy creating arts and crafts, but need a place to connect to customers, Angela’s Café is it! Located downtown in the historic train station, along with the Gallup Cultural Center, Angela’s Café serves a variety of deli sandwiches, stuffed burgers, beer and wine, coffees and desserts. It’s a great place to grab a bite to eat and now, during the holidays, a shopping destination, as well!

International Chamber Soloists in Concert Monday, November 7 at 7:00pm Gallup High Auditorium The Gallup Community Concert Association is pleased to announce the International Chamber Soloists will be performing at Gallup High School’s Kenneth Holloway Auditorium beginning at 7:00pm on Monday, November 7. International Chamber Soloists is a unique group of extraordinary young string players from all over the world. There are musicians from Russia, Bulgaria, Belarus, Latvia, Korea, Taiwan, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil and the US. What brings them together is love and dedication to music. It all began when Dmitri Berlinsky, a prominent violinist, invited his colleague-friends to join him at Michigan State University to build an outstanding ensemble. After International Chamber Soloists’ first concert, it became evident that they would become a great success. They have performed at festivals in US, Europe, South America and now they will be here in Gallup. Plan to attend this superb classical concert. This will be the first concert requiring membership for the 2011-2012 concert series. Season memberships cost as follows: $40 for an adult; $15 for students (18 years and under); family membership is $90 (2 adults + school age kids); and single parent family membership is $50 (1 adult + school age kids). Memberships may be purchased at the door. Each membership card entitles you to 5 punches. You choose how and when you wish to use those punches. By becoming a member of The Gallup Community Concert Association, you are also allowed to attend concerts in Cortez, CO (this is in addition to the five punches on your card). For more information please contact Antoinette Neff, Executive Director at 505-862-3939 or e-mail: and you can also follow GCCA on Facebook by using this address: www. ciation/188563434516468?ref=ts.


On Saturdays during November and December, from 8am to 3pm, Angela will be making the room east of the café available to crafters who wish to rent space to sell their wares. If you’re interested in a place to sell your arts and crafts, give Angela a call for more details at the café (722-7526) or on her cell (870-3594).

Noises Off at the Old School Gallery El Morro Area Arts Council’s newest theatrical production, Noises Off, is coming to the stage in November! This comedy, directed by Sophia Tripodi and Joe Birdsong, takes an inside look at the world of theatre in this play within a play, where out-of-control egos, memory loss, and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure.  Full of mounting friction and brimming with slapstick comedy, Noises Off is a freewheeling farce of flapping doors, falling trousers, and flying sardines!  Note:  Some Adult Language and Themes.  For more information, or to purchase tickets, please contact the Old School Gallery at (505) 783-4710 or purchase tickets online at www.  Tickets are $12 per person.   EMAAC will be offering 5 performances:   Friday, November 11 at 8pm Saturday, November 12 MATINEE at 2pm Saturday, November 12 EVENING at 8pm Friday, November 18 at 8pm Saturday, November 19 at 8pm

What’s the Best of 2011? Who has the best green chile? Where do the kids love to eat? What’s the best hiking trail in the area? Best local bar? Who is the most recognizable Gallupian? We want to know what you think! So fill out the survey on page 14 and get it back to us or do it online at – click on the left, near the top of the page where it says “Best of 2011.” We’ll print the results in January’s issue and award the winners!

We need you for Arts Edition 2012! The New Year is coming and we’re already starting to get ready for January’s issue, but we need your help! The annual Arts Edition is our chance to highlight the abundance of talent that exists in the Gallup community – and we know it’s out there! PLEASE SEND US YOUR SHORT STORIES, POEMS AND PHOTOGRAPHS! There are some guidelines, so take a look at page 11 or check out for the skinny.

87301 BYU’s Living Legends Performance Friday, November 18 at 7:30pm Gallup High Auditorium Brigham Young University’s Living Legends celebrates the Latin American, Native American, and Polynesian cultures through song and dance in its 90-minute performance, Seasons. They will perform on Friday, November 18 at 7:30pm at the Kenneth Holloway Auditorium. Each year hundreds of BYU students representing the cultures of North and South America and the South Pacific audition for the opportunity to pay tribute to their ancestors. All Living Legends members are of Native American, Latin American, or Polynesian heritage. Authentic choreography, intricate costumes, and heartpounding music bring to life the beauty of traditional cultures often forgotten in today’s modern world. From the graceful Hawaiian Hula and Mexican Fiesta dances of celebration to the excitement and beauty of a Native American Powwow, this year’s Living Legends performance will reflect the cycle of civilization. The dances will portray the changing seasons experienced by ancient cultures, weaving together legends of the past with the reality of today. Living Legends has been applauded worldwide in places such as the Pacific Islands, Australia, Canada, Europe, and South America. In May of 2011, Living Legends dazzled audiences in Russia for the first time. This trip marked the first visit to Russia by a BYU performing group in 10 years. In May of 2010, Living Legends went on an extended tour to China for the first time in 18 years. The group was one of a select few ensembles that was invited to represent the United States at the World Expo in Shanghai, where they performed on the America Square Stage for an audience of 8,000, and participated in a parade for over 300,000 spectators. Living Legends strives to encourage all people to take pride in their individual heritage. Its joyful expression of cultural tradition encourages audiences to better themselves, as illustrated by a statement from the Office of Culture in Guatemala: “Your performance was wonderful. Your presence here teaches our people something – to have high ideals and to walk proud as a people. We hope this community will not be the same after tonight.” Tickets are for sale at Gallup Business Systems and Pinnacle Bank downtown. Adult tickets are $12 and children ages 12 and under are $8. Group rates are available. Tickets will also be sold at the door the night of the performance. For more information, call (505) 722-3836.

Bethany Craft and Baked Goods Sale Saturday, November 12, 9am – 2pm Bethany Christian Reformed Church It’s that wonderful time of year again! Bakers are baking, sewers are sewing, and crafters are crafting all in preparation for the annual Bethany Craft and Baked Goods Sale. This year, on Saturday, November 12 from 9am to 2pm, Bethany Christian Reformed Church (1110 South Strong Dr.) will be filled with the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas wreaths, ornaments, jewelry, decorated towels, aprons, candles, soaps, photographs, cards, breads, cookies and much more! Breakfast burritos, sloppy joes, and more will also be available at the concession stand for mid-shopping snacks. Get ready to do your Christmas shopping and stock your freezer with goodies for the holidays!

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TOWN Plastic Bottle Recycling Coming to G-TOWN By Betsy Windisch The recycling of plastic #1 and #2 bottles is coming to Gallup-McKinley in the very near future. The NWNM Regional Solid Waste Authority will be accepting these items at the Recycling Center located at the Gallup Transfer Station on Hasler Valley Road. Why is it important to recycle this material? How do I find the code and what does it mean? What are the end products after recycling? Read on. Plastic is all around us. It forms much of the packaging for our food and drink It is used in our clothing, cars, dishes, electronics, teeth, toys, utensils, and more and more for medical equipment and implants. It is hard to imagine a world without plastic! What is Plastic? The term ‘plastic’ derives from the Greek ‘plastikos’, meaning fit for molding, and ‘plastos’, meaning molded. Plastic is versatile, lightweight, flexible, moisture resistant, durable, strong and relatively inexpensive. It can be chemical resistant, clear or opaque, and is practically unbreakable. Most plastics contain chemical additives to produce a desirable property, such as flexibility or toughness.  Types of Plastic There are many types of plastic. Plastic must be sorted by type for recycling since each type melts at a different temperature and has different properties. The plastics industry developed an identification system with codes in 1988 to label the seven different types of plastic. The codes are generally found on the bottom of a container within the recycling arrow. Plastic bottles #1 (PET) polyethylene terephthalate: soft drink bottles, water bottles, beer bottles, mouthwash bottles and many more. Plastic bottles #2 (HDPE) high-density polyethylene: milk, detergent, oil bottles. Other items are #1 and #2 plastic BUT ONLY BOTTLES WITH A NECK will be accepted for recycling. Please make sure your bottles are clean and the lids are removed. Why Recycle Plastic? Recycling saves water and energy in the production of new plastics and saves considerable space in our landfills.

Facts from the National Recycling Coalition *The US recycled 3.3 billion pounds of post-consumer plastics in 2005 *Five PET bottles (plastic soda bottles) yield enough fiber for one XL tee shirt, one square foot of carpet or enough fiber to fill one ski jacket. *The average American discards seven and a half pounds of garbage every day – much of it various types of plastic. To Learn More about . . . *What can be Recycled in our area and Where to Buy Recycled Products *Energy and Water Conservation Tips *Green Building and Solar Initiatives *Alternative Giving Opportunities Come to the GALLUP GREEN FAIR / RECYCLING JAMBOREE in celebration of America Recycles Day and NM Recycling Awareness Month on Saturday, November 19 at the Gallup Community Service Center, Bataan Veterans Street & Hasler Valley Road from 9 am – 2 pm. Bring nonperishable items for the Community Pantry and enjoy door prizes, silent auction, children’s activities, live music, vendors, concessions! For more information or to register as a non-profit or arts & crafts vendor, contact Betsy (722-9257 / or Gerald (722-5142 /

Pet Pals Photo Shoot to Benefit Humane Society November 11-13 at the former Mullarky’s Camera Shop (2nd Street and Hwy. 66, Gallup)

pets must be on a leash or in a crate and under your complete control at all times.

Photographs of your pet or pets (with you or alone) to benefit the Gallup- McKinley County Humane Society. $10.00 for 2 4x6 photos (same pose). Winter/holiday-themed background and generic theme background with props (feel free to bring your pet’s favorite toys, bed, etc.). Printed on site.

A calendar of pets from the photo shoot will be made for the Humane Society to sell. Memorial pages for pets no longer with you will be included in the calendar. I’ll accept non-copyrighted photos for the memorial pages at the Photo Shoot or call me to arrange a different time to drop off the photos. I’ll scan your original and return it to you.

Times are Friday, 11/11 from 1 to 5:30pm; Saturday, 11/12 from 10:30 to 4pm; Sunday, 11/13 from 1:30 to 4pm. Any kind of pet is welcome! For the safety of all the animals, your


For more information and to make an appointment, call Kitty Mason at (505) 879-8707.

November Arts Crawl Sa t u r d a y , N o v e m b e r 1 2 , 7 - 9 p m Gallup Cultural Center, 201 E. Hwy. 66

The Children’s Art Scholarship and School Award show will open during Arts Crawl at the Masters Gallery, upstairs in the Cultural Center.

ART123, 123 W. Coal Ave.

“I Am Art” exhibit by Ric Sarracino. Come see a collection of original new canvas paintings and watercolors. Get your free caricature drawn!

The Coffee House, 203 W. Coal Ave.

Open for business and displaying works from a number of local artists.

Beeman Jewelry Design, 211 W. Coal Ave.

Open for business. Hand-made, one-of-a-kind, custom jewelry created by John Beeman using high quality gemstones, ancient beads, and unique findings from around the world.

Makeshift Gallery, 213 W. Coal Ave.

Open for business, 10am-9pm. For the first time in Gallup come and see beautiful handcrafted Masques by John Martinez. These beauties are suitable for parties and special occasions, Mardi Gras, or simply for display.  They are special! There is always something new at Makeshift Gallery.

Crashing Thunder Studio Gallery, 228 W. Coal Ave.

Be Sargent, Oils on Canvas and Paper. Be will speak briefly about her work from 8:00 to 8:10pm. Don’t miss this!

Youth Art Display, 305 South Second Street

New display of student artwork from young artists of Gallup and McKinley County.


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Sunday MTB Ride meets at mile marker 3 trail head on NM 400, 7 miles south of I-40, Exit 33. During months when the forest is inaccessible this ride meets at the East Trail Head of the High Desert Trail System. 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. Tai Chi Chuan with Monika & Urs Gauderon at Old School Gallery, east of Ramah on Hwy 53, at 5PM. $50/month. Info: Monika @ 775-3045. “Teen Survivors of Dating and Domestic Violence” support group meeting, 6:30-8:30pm. Info: 722-6389. Sustainable Energy Board meeting in the Mayor’s Conference Room, 3-5pm, on the fourth Monday of each month. For info/agenda, email Zumba Fitness Dance Class at Foundations of Freedom Dance Studio (115 W. Coal) at 6:30pm. For more information email zumbagallup@ or call Stephanie at (814) 282-6502. Chronic Pain and Chronic Illness 12 Step Support group. Meets every Monday from 5-6 PM at the First United Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Drive, library room. For info call 863-5928 or ZUMBA Fitness Classes at Larry Mitchell’s Recreation Center (701 E. Montoya Blvd.) starting at 5:30 p.m. For more information email or call Ralph Roanhorse at (505) 862-2970. ZUMBA Fitness Classes at Wowie’s Activity Hall on the corner of Maloney and 3rd Street starting at 7:00 p.m. For more information email or call Ralph Roanhorse at (505) 862-2970.


A TAIZE’ WORSHIP SERVICE is held on second Sundays at 4 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Boardman Drive. This hour service is offered by the ecumenical community for personal reflection and spiritual renewal. Take time to walk the Labyrinth (on the right before the final ascent to the church on the hill) before or after the time or worship. For more information or child care call 722-9257.


Westminster Winds in Concert at Westminster Presbyterian Church (a mile south of Aztec on Boardman Drive), 3 pm. Premier Performance of Sojourns, composed by Daniel Davis – Albuquerque. Free will offering in support of The Gallup Community Pantry. Gallup-Area Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 5:30pm. Several choirs and music groups, including the St. Francis School Choir. Music, prayer, Scripture, short homily by Rev. Keith Bulthuis. The offering will be food and funds to go to the Community Food Pantry. Our goal is to involve as many Galluparea congregations and individuals as possible. As we gather together to give thanks for all that we have been given and to ask God’s blessings on those who have so much less than we. There will be a time for food and fellowship after the service in Sacred Heart’s Family Center.


The Gallup Community Concert Association presents International Chamber Soloists in concert at Gallup High Auditorium at 7pm. For more information, read G-Town article. Rag Quilt class at Gallup Service Mart, 6-9pm. Come learn a simple “quilt as you go” technique to make this comfortable and warm quilt. $15 includes pattern Call 722-9414 for more information.


Quilt Club at Gallup Service Mart, 7-9pm. Come join other quilters in the area to share projects you are working on or have completed. For more information, call 722-9414.


Preschool Story Time, 2:00pm, Knitting Club at 4:00pm at the Children’s Library. For more information, call 726-6120. 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 . Ladies’ MTB ride at High Desert Trail System starting at Gamerco trailhead at 6PM. Come to exercise, socialize, and have fun! Adult chess club at Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe in Gallup, 5-7pm. Gallup Al-Anon meetings at First United Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Drive (next to GIMC). Tuesdays at 12 noon and Thursdays at 7pm in Conference Room #1. Zumba Fitness Dance Class at Foundations of Freedom Dance Studio (115 W. Coal) at 6:30pm. For more information email zumbagallup@ or call Stephanie at (814) 282-6502. Red Rock Chapter ABATE of NM (American Bikers Aimed Towards Education) meets every 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm at Gallup Fire Station #2 (911 N. 9th St.). For more information, call (505) 409-5311, 863-9941 or 870-0951. Capoeira classes offered at Foundations of Freedom Dance Studio, Tuesday and Thursdays at 8pm, $8 (first class FREE). For more information, call Chelsea at 808 344-1417, email or visit www.


The New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce (NM Green Chamber) is currently organizing a Northwest Chapter. We will be holding a “Pot Luck” open business reception at 6pm at Comfort Suites (3940 East Highway 66). All area business are invited to attend. We will be discussing the many benefits of Green Chamber membership and the creation of our Northwest Chapter Board of Directors. For more information on the NM Green Chamber please visit or Text: JDJones to 90210 for my digital business card. RSVPs are appreciated!!!


Sewing Machine Cover/Mat workshop at Gallup Service Mart, 6-9pm. Create a cover/mat for your sewing machine and accessories. $15 includes the pattern. For more information, call 722-9414.


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Cancer support group, for information call 8633075 or 863-6140. Book Club and Explore & Expand 4:00pm at the Children’s Library. For more information, call 726-6120. Join the weekly mountain biking crew. Meet at 6pm at the east trail head of the High Desert Trail System. Everyone welcome. For more information, call 505-722-7030. Gallup Solar Group open community meetings. 6pm at 113 E. Logan. For more information, call Be at 726-2497. Youth Group Meeting, “THE LOFT”, at First Baptist Church from 7-8pm. Info: 722-4401. Spay-Neuter Discount Clinic for Low Income Pet Owners at the Gallup McKinley County Humane Society, N. Highway 491. Call 863-2616 for an appointment. ZUMBA Fitness Classes at Wowie’s Activity Hall on the corner of Maloney and 3rd Street starting at 6:00 p.m. For more information email or call Ralph Roanhorse at (505) 862-2970. Zumba Fitness for fun and health! Limited space at HealinGifts lobby (807 Metro Ave., Gallup), 6pm-6:45 pm. Suggested love offering: $5.00. RSVP please. (505) 863-3772. More info at website: Wai Lana Yoga for relaxation and health! Limited space at HealinGifts lobby (807 Metro Ave., Gallup), 7pm-7:45 pm. Bring your yoga mat. Suggested love offering: $5.00. RSVP please. (505) 863-3772. More info at website: http:// Meditation and Prayer Circle for healing and health! Limited space at HealinGifts lobby (807 Metro Ave., Gallup), 8pm-8:45 pm. Bring your yoga mat. Suggested love offering: $5.00. RSVP please. (505) 863-3772. More info at website: 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 575779-6760 or email


UNM-G Small Business Development Center is co-hosting two workshops on Government Certifications and the HUB Zone Program from 9:00 am – 10:00 am; and Women Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Gallup Chamber of Commerce meeting room. For more information, contact Richard Asenap 505-2245258 To register go to: or call SBDC at 505-722-2220.

Gallup Film Foundation meeting at Red Mesa Center, 6:30-8:00pm.

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


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Tween Crafts 4:00pm at the Children’s Library. For Movie Day, 3:00 pm at the Children’s Library. Overeaters Anonymous meeting at 11 am, at the First United Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Drive, more information, call 726-6120. For more information, call 726-6120. library room. Info: Liz 505-863-5928. Moms Supporting Moms at Church Rock School, 9-11:30am. High Desert Mesa Workgroup meets to scrapbook and more Thursdays 1-3pm at the Rehoboth Post Office. Info: LaVeda 722-9029. AL-ANON support group for family and friends of alcoholics. Every Thursday at 7pm, first United Methodist Church (library). Info: 1-888-4ALANON or The weekly Old-Fashioned Hootenanny, at Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, every Thursday, starting at 6:30PM. Acoustic musicians are welcome to sit in with the regular players. Toastmasters at Earl’s Restaurant, 6:30am. Info: Dale at 722-9420. Substance Abuse Support Group, CASA, at Gallup Church of Christ, 7pm. Info: Darrel at 863-5530. Community Yoga, beginner/athletic beginner level. 6:20 pm, Catholic Charities/CIC. 506 W. Rte. 66. Info: Gene at 505-728-8416. Gallup Al-Anon meetings at First United Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Drive (next to GIMC). Tuesdays at 12 noon and Thursdays at 7pm in Conference Room #1. Divorce Care Support Group, Thursdays at 7pm. Location to be determined. For more information, call or email Dan at 505 878-2821 or dkruis@


Floral Fantasies featuring Hot Ribbon Appliqué at Rehoboth, time TBA. Come learn from award-winning teacher Lennie Honcoop the art of no-sew appliqué using hot ribbons. $15 includes the pattern. For more information, call 722-9414. New Mexico Vietnam KIA Wall on display at Courthouse Veterans Square from 3pm on November 10 to 1pm on November 11. 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 hosts support meetings for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics from 5:30-6:30 pm on the second and fourth Thursdays at 1334 Country Club Drive in Gallup. 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. Fall Belly Dance classes, at Foundations of Freedom Dance Studio (115 W. Coal) Fridays at 6:30 - 7:30. One time non-refundable registration fee $20 plus $5 per class. Benefits include stress relief, improved posture/muscle tone, strengthening the core, and bringing your sexy back! For more info, call Leaf @ 722-2491. Zumba Fitness for fun and health! Limited space at HealinGifts lobby (807 Metro Ave., Gallup), 6pm-6:45 pm. Suggested love offering: $5.00. RSVP please. (505) 863-3772. More info at website: http://store.healingifts. com. Wai Lana Yoga for relaxation and health! Limited space at HealinGifts lobby (807 Metro Ave., Gallup), 7pm-7:45 pm. Bring your yoga mat. Suggested love offering: $5.00. RSVP please. (505) 863-3772. More info at website: Meditation and Prayer Circle for healing and health! Limited space at HealinGifts lobby (807 Metro Ave., Gallup), 8pm-8:45 pm. Bring your yoga mat. Suggested love offering: $5.00. RSVP please. (505) 863-3772. More info at website: http://store.healingifts. com.


Hardcore Beatdown comes to Gallup at The Juggernaut with Murder Death Kill, The Devastated, Declaring the End, Fight for Honor, and Obsolete. The show starts at 7:30 pm sharp; tickets are $8 advance/$10 at the door and are available at Day Customs in Window Rock, AZ. (928-871-3488), The Juggernaut in Gallup, NM. (505-726-8104), online at, or from the local bands. Come on out for a night of pure HARDCORE, energy releasing, music assault!!



Veterans Day Parade and events beginning with flag ceremony at 9am at Hillcrest Cemetery. Parade begins at 9:30am from Hillcrest Cemetery to the County Courthouse. Commemorative ceremony at Courthouse Veterans Square at 10am. Hershey Miyamura is the Grand Marshal. Pet Pals Photo Shoot at former Mullarky’s Camera Shop (corner of 2nd St. and Hwy. 66), November 11-13. For more information, read G-Town article.

Habitat for Humanity Yard Sales every Sat., 8 am to noon, corner of E. Pershing & High St. on the north side. You can drop off your donations of household items then or call if you need someone to pick up, 7224226. We have some new fluorescent ceiling fixtures, used elec. range, doors, windows, & even a batterypowered scooter! See or call 722-2446 for more information. High Desert Mesa Workgroup meets to scrapbook and more Saturdays 10am-1pm at the Rehoboth Post Office. Info: LaVeda 722-9029. Capoeira Classes at Foundations of Freedom Dance Studio. Kids’ class 11:30am ($5), beginning Portuguese classes 12:30pm, Adults’ class 1:00pm ($8). First class FREE! For information, contact Chelsea 808-344-1417, email or visit Gallup Farmers’ Market in the downtown walkway (Coal Ave. between 2nd and 3rd), 8:30am – 11am. Children’s Library Events: 10am Music & Movement, 11am Road to Reading, 12:30pm Chess Club, 2pm Song & Stories (ages 6-9). For more information, call 726-6120. 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.

NOVEMBER RODEO SCHEDULE 11/5 Bustin’ Out the G8TE Bull Riding Ganado, AZ Info: Murphy Logg, Jr. (928) 205-5787 or Steven Woody, Jr. (505) 409-1627 11/6 Raydell Randolph presents Fat Boy’s Fund-Raising Challenge WLJ Arena – Pinedale, NM Info: (505) 862-3525 Ivan Skeet presents the 6th Annual Skeeter’s Championship Bull Riding Boyd’s Arena – Vanderwagen, NM Info: Ivan Skeet (254) 595-2005


Rummage Sale and Uniform Exchange at Tobe Turpen Elementary School, 7am – midnight.

Natural and Practical Health Classes at HealinGifts lobby (807 Metro Ave., Gallup), 3-3:45pm. Various topics on natural remedies and supplements for mind, body and spirit! November 5 – What are Incense? November 12 – Why Supplement with Vitamins, Minerals? November 19 – Why Exercise? November 26 – Yoga for Fitness? Classes conducted by Maria Angeles, RN and other health care professionals. Please RSVP at (505) 863-3772. Space is limited. Suggested love offering: $5.00. More info at website: Relay for Life Guys and Dolls Dining For the Cure at Elks Lodge (1201 Susan) from 6pm until midnight. There will be dinner, a silent auction and dancing. The tickets are $25 per person. No tickets will be sold at the door. Call 722-5142 for more information. The Cow Patties & Cohorts ride again! Old Time Radio Show at Old School Gallery, 7pm, $10. Doors open at 6:30pm, come early!


Bethany Craft and Baked Goods Sale, 9am-2pm at Bethany Christian Reformed Church (1110 South Strong Dr.). Do your Christmas shopping and stock your freezer with goodies for the holidays! ARTS CRAWL Downtown Gallup, 7-9pm. See page 51 for schedule of events. C/W Dance – Live country music featuring Pueblo Country Band. Yazzie Activity Hall, Mentmore, NM, 9pm1am. $10 at the door, $5 re-entry. Info: (505) 715-1803.


GALLUP GREEN FAIR & RECYCLING JAMBOREE at Gallup Community Service Center from 9am to 2pm. For more information, read G-Town article.

Town Hall Meeting to discuss Youth Service Providers – Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking. Gallup McKinley County Schools Noises Off being performed at the Old School Student Services Center (640 S. Boardman, Gallery, November 11-12 and 18-19. For Gallup), 6-7pm. more information, read G-Town article.




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


BYU’s Living Legends performing at Gallup High Auditorium at 7:30pm. For more information, read G-Town article. November Harvest Fest at Roosevelt Elementary School (400 East Logan Ave.) Games, Prizes, Cakewalk, Turkey Bingo, and Food!!! 6-8pm.

McKinley County Search and Rescue has joined forces with Open Skies Search and Rescue and Amatuer Radio Emergency Services. We are now under one name, McKinley County Search and Rescue. We are looking for donations for training and to acquire equipment for our members. To donate, please go to believe • gallup


Opinion Poll 1. 2. 3. 4.

What are you thankful for? What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish? What type of business would you like to see in Historic Downtown Gallup? Do you think Fox Run Golf Course should allow cross-country skiing this winter?



1) For happiness and everybody. 2) Gravy 3) Nice place for people to sell their artwork. 4) Yeah

1) Everything 2) Red chile stew 3) I live out of Gallup. 4) See previous answer.


1) I’m thankful for an interesting life. 2) Island sweet potatoes (his own recipe) 3) A regional museum. 4) I honestly think why not? If there’s snow, ski!


1) My healthy children. 2) Turkey and cranberry sauce 3) A Native-owned shop. 4) No


1) My mommy. 2) Mashed potatoes and green beans. 3) A music shop. 4) Yes!



1) Cheesecake, Twinkies, and Hostess 2) Everything 3) Another Subway and an Italian restaurant. 4) No, they should put in a Pizza Hut.


1) My family. 2) Turkey, mash potatoes, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. 3) A dance club for teens to hang out. 4) Sure if there’s enough (snow).

Nayee’eji Fierce MMA/Jiu-Jitsu “Fiercely Protecting Love” Lena

1) My life. 2) Turkey and dressing. 3) Maybe tourist information just for Zuni. 4) Yeah, we have enough snow.

Self-Defense Knife Fighting (Navajo/Apache) Kickboxing/Boxing Jiu-Jitsu/Submission Grappling Dale

1) For this awesome life I live. 2) Turkey and ham. 3) Off-road shop for trucks. 4) Yeah.

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1) My sheep. 2) Mutton 3) Sheep trading. 4) No, they should let us graze our sheep in the springtime.

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Dolores, Laverne, Gloria and Roberta


1) My family and the ability to have a great education, and for health. 2) Everything, especially turkey. 3) Boba Tea & Co. and a Panda Express. 4) Sure . . . I don’t see why not


1) My health and family. 2) Besides turkey, deserts, any desserts. 3) To have a museum gallery where all traders contributed to promote Native artists. 4) No, it isn’t a place to ski.

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6. Vanessa Brink and Cathy McCarthy take a minute to peruse the Journey during World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain and to see Pope Benedict XVI.

2. Bill Bright reads the Journey at our very own Gallup Flea Market.

7. Nellie Lee (from Church Rock, NM) reads the Journey in Bangkok, Thailand.

3. Tina Venker, Michelle Justice and Roleen Milton read the Journey while visiting St. Louis, MO.

8. Over the summer, Stephen Baca and some fellow students at UNM went on a field entomology expedition to Peru to collect insects for the arthropod division of the Museum of Southwestern Biology (MSBA) on UNM’s main campus. Here is Stephen (with a female specimen of the genus Megasoma on his shoulder) reading the Journey as the day winds down.

4. Rick Kruis, Anna Redsand & Bob Kruis relax with the Journey at the Beversluis cottage on Lake Michigan. 5. I misplaced another caption . . . I’m superlame! Sorry!

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3 1. Gallup Junior Girl Scouts from Troop #1307 read the Journey at the Annual Roar ‘n Snore at the Albuquerque Zoo. They are, of course, in front of the Seal and Sea Lion exhibit. 2. 54 people from Gallup, plus friends and family from Chattanooga, Mexico, Kansas City, Seattle, and Colorado, took a break from a beautiful Alaskan cruise to read the Journey. 3. Former lead singer of the Temptations, Glenn Leonard, and the Hitsville Band in Mississippi love reading the Journey . . . and, yes, I did say the Temptations. Those Temptations!


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AMIGO TOYOTA 2000 S. Second, Gallup (505) 722-3881 Prototype vehicle shown with options. Production model may vary., CY 2010 sales. 2 Be sure to obey traffic regulations and maintain awareness of road and traffic conditions. Select Entune™ apps use a large amount of data and you are responsible for all data charges. Apps and services vary by phone and carrier. Apps identified by “TM” or “®” are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies and cannot be used without permission. See toyota. com/entune for the latest information regarding apps and services. 3 Do not rely exclusively on the Blind Spot Monitor to determine if a lane change is safe. Always look over your shoulder and use your turn signal before changing lanes. There are several limitations to the function, detection, range and clarity of the monitor. For a complete list of limitations and directions regarding use of the monitor, please see the Owner’s Manual. 4 Based on manufacturers’ data. 5 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE preliminary 43 city/39 highway mpg estimates determined by Toyota. EPA estimates not available at time of printing. Actual mileage will vary.

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awrence Andrade graduated from Gallup High in 1990. He studied at UNM and then UNM School of Medicine where he earned his medical degree. When he returned to Gallup, he began practicing family medicine, as well as volunteering his time and services as a team doctor for Gallup High’s football team. Soon, his voluntary responsibilities were expanded to other schools and teams. Now, Dr. Andrade volunteers at home games (and some away games) for both high schools’ football teams, Gallup High’s boys basketball team, Gallup Catholic’s girls and boys basketball teams, Miyamura’s girls soccer team and Gallup Touchdown Football League (TDFL). Dr. Andrade attends two or three games during most weeks. His presence is precautionary, but injuries do occur. Most common are concussions and knee injuries in football, leg injuries in soccer, and finger injuries in basketball. Dr. Andrade works closely with athletic trainers, Candice Balok and Freddie Carabajal to treat any injuries and assess whether or not continued play is possible. Watching the game closely to see how potential injuries occur helps in knowing how to treat them. Having a field-side or courtside seat is just one of the perks of the job! The biggest challenge of the job is time. Often it means being away from his family or another team that he’d like to support, but it’s impossible to be everywhere at once. Dr. Andrade loves giving back to the community in this way. Many of the athletes are patients that he has seen since they were in 3rd grade! Being able to maintain those relationships and supporting local schools has made this job very rewarding.

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Gallup Senior of the Month

Honoria McClanahan Over fifty years ago, Honoria McClanahan moved to Gallup from Nogales, Arizona. In the 1950s and 60s, Gallup was a smaller town and Honoria enjoyed getting to know people and seeing familiar faces often. With five children in school, opportunities to get involved were plentiful. One of Honoria’s daughters had Down syndrome and, at the time, there were no services for her in the public schools. With a group of about ten other concerned parents, Honoria raised funds to hire a teacher for her daughter and others like her. The group was instrumental in getting legislation passed to allow for special education in the school system. Honoria came to Gallup, like so many other professionals’ wives, and found a beautiful and diverse place with much to offer. Through all the years and changes, she says, “I just love Gallup.” This Gallup Senior of the Month is sponsored by the Rosebrough Law Firm T: (505) 722-9121 F: (505) 722-9490 101 W. Aztec Ave., Suite A Gallup, NM 87301

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Gallup Journey November 2011  

Free, community magazine from Gallup, New Mexico.