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Budget increase Liquid Natural Gas City ups FPD State, local officials: Exporting LNG will create jobs legal, liability DEBRA MAYEUX Tri-City Tribune
The leader of a New Mexico research institute dedicated to prosperity and job creation for New Mexicans has come out in favor of opening up foreign trade of liquefied natural gas, or LNG. Paul Gessing, president of the Rio Grande Foundation, said the nation could increase its economic output by $200 million immediately and create 2,000 jobs by exporting LNG to countries such as Japan. He presented the idea to the local Tea Party meeting during a May 7 talk, and also met with several San Juan County businessmen on May 8 to share the idea. “Philosophically, this view flows directly from our support for free markets, but it also is a product of our desire to strengthen New Mexico’s economy by providing new markets for natural gas produced within our borders,” Gessing said. Gessing also has spoken with members of the state’s Congressional Delegation, saying it is time for a “great Kumbaya moment” that would
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The Largo Wash is filled with numerous oil and gas compression and pump stations to extract natural gas from the area. Natural gas can be converted to liquid and shipped for use in energy production.
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Council awards $61,000 of CDBG money to Childhaven DEBRA MAYEUX Tri-City Tribune Childhaven will be able to move forward with much needed repairs to its kitchen, nursery and toddler play area after the City Council agreed to award a portion of a nearly $100,000 in leftover Community Development Block Grant, or CDBG, funds to the non-profit organization. Childhaven Director Erin Hourihan told the Council that the facility needed to complete $61,000 in repairs to keep its shelter
for children operational. “The need is great to repair the building, as it is 19 years old now,” she said. “There is an urgency to this project. The repairs need to be made to ensure the health and welfare of the children.” She showed pictures of cracks in the tile floor and the drywall. “These photos are a bit alarming. What is the likelihood of you not passing an inspection with it like this?” Mayor Pro Tem Mary Fischer asked. Hourihan said she had concerns with the
kitchen, where the damage to the floor was so severe she feared a State inspector might close the area, where 10,700 meals are prepared on an annual basis for children living at the facility. “The cracks in the kitchen surprised me. With the next kitchen inspector, if he or she has an eagle eye that will be a violation,” Hourihan explained. “We haven’t been through a violation before. They could shut a kitchen down.”
Farmington Police have seen a “more violent pattern” when it comes to crimes, City Manager Rob Mayes told the City Council during a May 10 budget work session. This “violent pattern” has led the city to budget more funds toward its legal defense and general liability fund, creating a pattern of paying out more to settle lawsuits than to defend them, according to the budget numbers. Councilor Jason Sandel addressed this issue during the meeting saying, “I don't see general liability as defending ourselves, but I see it as what we have to pay out in terms of losing that defense. The budget numbers show we are going to defend less and pay out more.” Mayes responded by saying the process for developing a liability fund is not easy. “The liability budget is problematic. It is the biggest guesswork,” Mayes said. The city sets up a single liability fund to cover all of its departments, which led Sandel to
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DEBRA MAYEUX Tri-City Tribune The Eleventh Judicial District Courthouse is playing host to the McKinley County District Attorney this week in the third trial of Alex Redhorse, a 21-year-old Gallup man accused in double homicide. The DA has tried on two separate occasions to achieve a verdict of guilty in this case that involves stories of drug use, guns and partying among a group of young adults living in Gallup in April 2011. Redhorse was a member of the group and had partied with murder victims Dusty Rye and Alec Armijo, both 20 at the time
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A “beacon of light in the community” went out on May 14, when Donna Ogilvie died. Ogilvie, 82, was a pillar in San Juan County, where she lived for many years. She was a newspaper woman, an actress, an animal lover and, most importantly, a voice for the people. Ogilvie came to Farmington with her husband, the Rev. Tom Ogilvie, who pastored the First Presbyterian Church for 20 years. Tom died May 14, 1997.
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as well as the church community. The meeting hall at First Presbyterian Church is named in Tom’s memory. Donna worked as a newspaper reporter at The Farmington Daily Times under the leadership of Lincoln O’Brien. She worked her way up to editor and covered many important stories that shaped the growth and development of the region. Once leaving the newspaper, Donna took on several marketing and public relations positions. She worked at San Juan Regional Medical Center and San
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budget question whether the department heads lack responsibility for their employees’ actions. “I'm asking for some accountability back to the department,” he said. The police department is accountable, according to Police Chief Kyle Westall. “Nobody is more zealous than our department than not paying out claims. For $126 anyone in the state can file a lawsuit for whatever they want,” Westall said. “If a police officer is involved in a shooting, we are probably going to get sued, no matter how justified the shooting,” Police Chief Kyle Westall said. This discussion focused on three police officer-involved shootings that have happened in Farmington since Jan. 1, 2013. The first shooting was the afternoon of Jan. 1 in the 900 block of Loma Linda Avenue, when 49-year-old Mark Chavez called police to the scene of an alleged homicide. Upon arrival, Sgt.
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Shawn Scott approached the house to investigate. He was confronted by Chavez, who was holding a metal pipe. Chavez refusing to drop the weapon, moved aggressively toward Scott, who fired his department issued handgun into Chavez. Two bullets hit Chavez and he died from the injuries. The Chavez family filed a Tort Claim Notice on March 25 with the city of Farmington, thus putting it on notice of its intent to sue under a civil rights violation claim. The second shooting was the evening of Jan. 22 at a home in the 500 block of Leighton Avenue. A woman called from the house to report a domestic violence incident. Officer Jeremy Hill responded to the home, where he heard screaming coming from inside. He entered the residence to find 33-year-old Daniel Rey in the kitchen and coming at him with a “machete.” Hill fired his departmentissued handgun at Rey six times, with five bullets hitting
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and killing the man. The third shooting was March 22, when Officer Chris Blea stopped a pickup truck in the area of Cherry Lane for an alleged seatbelt violation. The passenger got out of the car and ran. Michael Chavez wasn’t stopped until he ran into a parking lot on the corner of 15th Street and Schofield Lane, where he allegedly brandished a cell phone that Blea thought was a gun. Blea fired multiple shots at Chavez, striking the man in his “elbow, foot and back” according to a Tort Claim Notice filed on April 10 by Chavez’s attorney Arlon Stoker. Chavez survived the incident, but was unarmed at the time. Blea also shot numerous area businesses and vehicles parked in the lot. “Either he is grossly incompetent, lacking the basic skills, training and judgment necessary to be entrusted with using deadly force, or he committed a felonious criminal act pursuing and shooting an unarmed man,”
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10K, 5K RUN & 2 MILES WALK Saturday, May 25 MUST PRE-REGISTER by Friday, May 24 at 1pm Information:Farmington Recreation Center: 599-1184. Start time is 8am Animas Park Parking Lot $20 runs, $12 Walk.
KIDS ACTIVITIES MAGIC ‘N FUN SHOWS Saturday 12:30-1pm Chicken Little 1:30-2pm Mark R. Board 5:45-6:15pm Red White & Blue Sunday 12:30-1:50pm Silly Snake Sisters 4:15-5pm The wonders of Nature sponsored by AT&T
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Mississippi Heat Blues Harmonica & Vocals Sunday — 3-5 pm
Sunday — 8-10am at the Red Barn in Animas Park MUCH MORE MUSIC fun walks with your dog; INCLUDING LOCAL TALENT $10 per dog or 2/$15 Music times subject to change To benefit the San Juan Animal League
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Stoker wrote in the Tort Claim Notice. While there were the shootings which could lead to liability payouts, the police department also is in a legal battle with a former detective, who believes he was wrongfully fired. Farmington Detective Sgt. Robert Perez was fired from his nearly 20-year position with the city on Feb. 14, 2013. Mayes’ fired Perez after he conducted a yearlong investigation in the embezzlement of more than a half million dollars from the Farmington Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. The firing came after an Internal Affairs Investigation was completed. It cited Perez for “truthfulness” and “unsatisfactory performance” with regards to police reports the sergeant wrote in connection with the visitor’s bureau investigation. Perez filed a Tort Claim Notice on March 7, putting the city on notice of his intent to sue. Corporal Russ Bradford, a former partner of Perez’s,
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also has a pending discrimination claim against the Farmington Police Department, as does Sgt. Frank Dart. Both Bradford and Dart remain employed by the agency. City Attorney Jay Burnham said his department tries to figure out where the lawsuits will come from. This year he said they will be coming from the police department. “We've had three police officer shootings. We try to guess where the lawsuits are going to come from – we think that is where they will come from,” Burnham told Sandel. Sandel wanted to know why the “liability” dollars were not taken out of Westall’s budget. “There’s no real accountability on a department-todepartment basis. There is no real accountability for their liability to the city,” Sandel said. “Let’s say we have a police liability case, and we guessed what that would be. We could give them more money
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or take cops off the street,” Mayes said. “It works best for us to have it in central pool.” Sandel did not agree. “If they did have their own liability line item, then they would be more responsible for what that budgeted amount was,” he said, adding that if the police department liability budget was higher the city could “mandate” training. “You could evaluate dollars, you could make changes.” Mayes said those “tools” are in place. “I think we have some of the highest trained police officers in the country. We have added more non-lethal training – it is variant on what they experience in the field,” Mayes said. Westall added that he has the “best-trained managers” the department has seen, and his officers go through “the most aggressive reality based field officer training – certainly the best in state if not the best in the country.”
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calendar ONGOING EVENTS LIVE HORSE RACING SunRay Park & Casino brings live horse racing to Farmington each week through June 23rd. Races are held on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays. Simulcast horse racing year-round. SunRay Park & Casino is located off Hwy. 64 between Farmington and Bloomfield. Information: 505.566.1200 or www.sunraygaming.com AROUND THE PARKS IN 8 SATURDAYS WALKING PROGRAM The City of Farmington Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Affairs invites walkers to participate in this free program over 8 Saturdays between May 4th and June 22nd from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. During the program we will visit 8 of the parks listed in the “Farmington Trails and Walking Guide.” Everyone is welcome to participate at any time during the program. Come walk the designated park with family, friends and pets. Register online at www.fmtn.org. Information: 505.599.1484 BIRD WATCHING RIVERSIDE NATURE CENTER Enjoy bird watching and a beautiful walk through Farmington’s riverside trails every Tuesday morning. More than 100 species of birds have been noted throughout Animas Park and new birds fly in each season. Meet at the Riverside Nature Center, located in Animas Park off Browning Parkway, to join the friendly RNC staff for leisurely walk of 1-2 miles. Information: 505.599.1422
FRI MAY 17 ASTROFRIDAY “Path of Totality” will be shown at 6:30 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m. in the San Juan College Planetarium. A stargaze follows, weather permitting, at 8:30 p.m. The Planetarium reser ves the right to substitute shows. This is a free event, but seating is limited. Information: 505.566.3361 or www.sanjuancollege.edu /Planetarium/index.htm
FRI MAY 17 SAT MAY 18 FRI MAY 24 SUN MAY 26 GOD OF CARNAGE Theatre Ensemble Arts presents “God of Carnage” at 7:30 p.m. in the San Juan College Little Theatre. God of Carnage (originally Le Dieu du carnage) is a play by Yasmina Reza. It is about two pairs of parents, one of whose child has hur t the other at a public park, who meet to discuss the matter in a civilized manner. However, as the evening goes on, the parents become increasingly childish, resulting in the evening devolving into chaos. Information: 505.326.2839
SAT MAY 18 DUTCH OVEN BAKING For a real treat during camping or backyard cooking, try baking in a cast iron Dutch oven. If this is a new type of cooking for you, come to a demonstration and get some hands-on experience, recipes and tips from an ex-
pert at the Farmington Museum at Gateway Park Museum & Visitors Center. Donna Thatcher will be demonstrating several recipes from start to tasting during a twohour outdoor session at 9 a.m. Bring a lawn chair and dress to spend the time outdoors around the fire in the sun and breezes of spring. Registration is required for this pioneer skill. Information: 505.599.1422
FRI MAY 24 SUN MAY 26 RIVERFEST Area rivers are celebrated with a festival of music, food, entertainment, a 10K and 5K run & walk, riverside trail walks and river raft rides. Festival takes place at the River Reach Terrace, corner of Scott Ave. and San Juan Blvd., and at Animas Park, just off of Browning Parkway in Farmington. Information: 505.599.1140 or www.riverreachfoundation .com
SAT MAY 25 RIVERFEST 10K & 5K RUNS AND 2-MILE WALK Register in advance at the Farmington Recreation Center, 1101 Fairgrounds Rd., or online at www.fmtn.org/prca, for this annual Fun Run and Walk. This beautiful course weaves throughout Animas and Berg Parks during Riverfest. There will be no race day registration, register by Friday, May 24th at 2 p.m. Information: 505.599.1184
THURS MAY 30 SUN JUNE 2 AZTEC FIESTA DAYS Celebrate the arrival of summer in Aztec with the Hot
Spot Car Show, a parade, live music, vendors, food, the Bennett’s Amusements Carnival (May 31-June 3) and the Burning of Old Man Gloom. Call for specifics! Information: 505-334-7646 or www.aztecchamber.com RACHAEL CARSON: THE WOMEN OF NATURE BY ANN BEYKE Rachael Carson was a marine biologist when few women dared to tread water. Her life-long love of nature and science led to her research on how uncontrolled chemical use devastated wildlife and food sources. Her bestselling book, Silent Spring, detailed this devastation and led to the eventual ban on DDT in the United States. Ann Beyke has performed in local theater, film, television for nearly 25 years. She is pleased to bring to life one of the most influential women in modern history at the San Juan College Little Theatre at 7 p.m. This free event is part of the Chautauqua Learning Series. Information: 505-3349325.
EVENTS FOR ADULTS THE BONNIE DALLAS SENIOR CENTER 109 E. La Plata St. and 208 N. Wall Ave. Farmington, New Mexico 87401 Information Numbers: Main Building: 505.599.1380 or 505.599.1390 Senior Center Annex: 505.566.2256 Senior Center Activity Center: 505.566.2288 The Silver Fitness Center: 505.566.2287
50+SATURDAY NIGHT DANCES 7– 10 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. Bonnie Dallas Senior Activity Center behind the Annex, 208 N. Wall Ave. May 18 – Ramblin’ Fever May 25 – NO DANCE – MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY Info: 505.599.1380 50+ FREE WEDNESDAY DAYTIME DANCE 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Bonnie Dallas Senior Center Main Building, 109 E. La Plata St. Info: 505.599.1380 HILLBILLY BAND ENTERTAINS 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Bonnie Dallas Senior Center Main Building, 109 E. La Plata St. Info: 505.599.1380 JUNKIN’ WITH JUDI IN DURANGO Depart at 7:30 a.m. Friday, May 17 Bonnie Dallas Senior Center Main Building, 109 E. La Plata St. Bring money for shopping and a bag to carry all your treasures home. We will stop at a few yard sales and continue on to visit thrift stores in Durango, Colo. Buy your own lunch in Durango. Cost is $5 and you must be 60+ years of age. Info: 505.599.1390 FOOT CARE AND DIABETES 10 – 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 22 Bonnie Dallas Senior Activity Center behind the Annex, 208 N. Wall Ave. This class will help you learn about proper nail care, proper footwear, and how to prevent or delay problems with your feet. Class is taught by Basin Home Health. Info:
505.566.2287 ACTING 101 – NEW CLASS! 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 28 through July 23 Bonnie Dallas Senior Center Annex, 208 N. Wall Ave. Are you a character? Or do you want to be one? Join us Tuesdays for excitement and creativity at Acting 101. This is a beginner class for 50+ wanting to learn and create through acting. The basics of acting will be taught through improvisation, games, monologues, and scene work. Have lots of fun crafting new scenes and making new friends. We will also attend the Sandstone Theater Production of “Grease” on Thursday, July 11. The class will put on a performance during the final session, showcasing scenes worked on throughout the course. Come expand your mind and create with us! This is an Encore Class brought to you by San Juan Community College and taught by Melissa Souers. For information and registration, call 505.566.3121. SENIOR CENTER ACTIVITY CENTER & ANNEX On-going Classes 208 N. Wall Ave. Call 505.566.2256 for more information THE SILVER FITNESS CENTER 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday – Friday Bonnie Dallas Senior Activity Center, behind the Annex, 208 N. Wall Ave. We feature exercise equipment that is extremely safe and easy to use. Perfect for improving your overall health, stamina, and range of motion. Cost is $20 a year. Call 505.599.1390 for more information.
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calendar EXERCISE CLASS – WITH JEAN ELISE 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. or 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday/Wednesday/Friday Bonnie Dallas Senior Activity Center behind the Annex, 208 N. Wall Ave. Cost: .50 cents per session. Are you losing flexibility and want more energy to do the things you enjoy? If so, this class is what you need to get back into a good exercise program. Work at your own level and build up to where you want to be. Call 505.599.1390 for more information. DRAWING & CALLIGRAPHY 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays Bonnie Dallas Senior Center Annex, 208 N. Wall Ave. Bring your own materials and learn some new techniques! Call 50. 599.1380 for more information. TAI CHI 9:30 a.m. Thursdays
Bonnie Dallas Senior Activity Center, behind the Annex, 208 N. Wall Ave. Tai Chi is a series of fluid movements that can help with balance, flexibility, and muscle tone. These gentle exercises will leave you feeling refreshed. Free to anyone 50+. Information: 505.599.1390 ZUMBA GOLD 50+ 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays (NEW DAY!) and Thursdays Bonnie Dallas Senior Activity Center, behind the Annex, 208 N. Wall Ave. Party on the floor with Latin dance music that will make you smile. This exhilarating exercise class will get you moving to the beat. Cost is $2.50 per session. Info: 505.566.2288 FARMINGTON RECREATION CENTER 1101 Fairgrounds Road Call 505.599.1184 for more information Monday through Friday, noon
to 1 p.m., no charge – Walk Laps in the Gym Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon, no charge – Shuffleboard and Ping Pong ZUMBA Wednesday, 7 – 8 p.m. Saturday, 10 – 11 a.m. At the Farmington Recreation Center, with instructor Shirley Murphy, interval-training sessions where fast and slow rhythms and resistance training are combined to tone and sculpt the body while burning fat. Check out the website at www.farmingtonzumba.com. Info: 505.599.1184 JAZZERCISE Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Saturday, 8:30 a.m. Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Th ursday, 5:30 p.m. At the Farmington Recreation Center, with Jazzercise you’ll tighten and tone in just 60 minutes with dance, yoga, Pilates, and kickboxing movements choreographed to fun music. This is your hour. Come try it
out –1st class is free! For more information call 505.320.5364 or 505.599.1184, or visit www.jazzercise.com RIVERFEST 10K, 5K, & 2-MILE WALK Race starts at 8 a.m. sharp Saturday, May 25 Join us for our annual Riverfest 10K, 5K, & 2-Mile Walk on Memorial Day weekend. Both runs and walk will start and finish at the Animas Park parking lot area and run along the scenic river trails. The 10K & 5K races will use electronic chip timing! All entries receive a T-shirt and there will be age group awards, both male and female, for the 10K and 5K. Register online at webtrac.fmtn.org or in person at the Farmington Recreation Center, 1101 Fairgrounds Road. Registration ends Friday, May 24 at 1 p.m. There is no race day registration! Entry fee is $20 for runs and $12 for walk. Information: 505.599.1184. LIONS POOL 405 N. Wall Ave.
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budget Mayes also pointed out that when a liability claim is made against the city, the department head is made aware of the claim and receives reports throughout the process. “They get the report; they are involved in the investigation in the settlement. .... They are very involved,” Mayes said.
The only department not completely involved is the legal department, according to Burnham, who admitted he doesn’t have enough attorneys to handle the claims. He has to hire outside legal services to take on the lawsuits. “Three attorneys aren't enough to do litigation. If you
would have a litigation department in the city attorney’s office you would need three or four attorneys in there,” Burnham said. His office is made up of three attorneys – himself, Jennifer Breakell, and Jason Ely. “I'm assigned to the Council. We're very busy. We're working hard on the volume of telephone
calls and emails we receive every day,” Burnham said. “If someone is in litigation and a case goes for a couple of weeks of trial you wouldn't have that service to department heads. That same attorney can't do both.” The city spends $297,000 a year on outside legal costs, Councilor Mary Fischer pointed
out. “In the olden days there was a lot more in-house litigation. We were operating with two attorneys. When we went to three it was going to free up more time for litigation,” she said. Despite the $297,000 payout in defense, the city has budgeted $500,000 to the liability fund.
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Thank You to ALL of our 3rd Annual SASSY Tortoise and Hare Run/Walk
Sponsors & Donors! ½ Marathon Donors ($1,000+) Kysar Insurance 10K Donors ($750+) Domestic Violence/ Sexual Assault Task Force 5K Donors ($500+) RC Mobile Home Transport Bunny Hop Donors ($250+) Bob and Janet Burns Wellness Solutions Tortoise Donors ($100+) Citizens Bank Desert Hills Dental Care Freytag & Farrar Jewelers San Juan OB GYN – Dr. Karabin State Farm - Trudy Goldsmith
In-Kind Donors Cascade Water & Coffee Service City of Farmington Clear Channel Radio Three Rivers Brewery Garrison Graphics Majestic Media Natural Grocers San Juan Signs Simpson Law Office Stoad Screen Printing Williams Goodie Bag Donors Citizens Bank Farmington Police Department Natural Grocers San Juan Medical Foundation Wells Fargo
($50+) Steve Oldfield & Associates, CPA Prizes & Raffle Donors Amy Kay – Mary Kay Rep • Baskin Robbins • Best Buy Canon Café • Conoco/Phillips Downtown Salon & Spa • Great Harvest Bread Company Nearly Famous-Totally Glamorous Willow Wicks Candles Wines of the San Juan THANK YOU to our video/photographer: Betty Archer THANK YOU to Baskin Robbins in Farmington for coupons for our Kid Participants! SASSY Logo designed by ‘Art by Little Fish’ ~ Artist, Tina Codling ~ THANK YOU!
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Donald Trump: The rape apologist Donald Trump thinks it’s a no-brainer that so many American servicewomen are raped by their fellow soldiers. This week, when the increase in these crimes is the subject of a Senate hearing, Trump tweeted: “26,000 unreported sexual assults (sic) in the military—only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?” I normally ignore The Donald as a publicity-hound half-wit celebrity shill. But now that he’s a rape apologist, he deserves a response: The natural product of men and women together is not sexual assault. Rape is not an eventuality. It’s not a method of conception as (thankfully still-a-Congressman) Paul Ryan likes to refer to it. It’s not a means of
God “gifting human life” as former Senator Rick Santorum believes. There’s not illegitimate rape and legitimate rape as former Congressman and 2012 senatorial candidate Todd Akin felt the need to clarify. There’s just consensual sex and a felony. Rape is a crime. So Trump’s “genius” solution would be to ban women from military service? Segregate the sexes? What about the men who are sexually assaulted by other men? Them too? If we’re going to blame an entire gender for their innate rape-ability, it’s worth mentioning men can also be raped. But that nuance isn’t what Trump is tweeting about. It’s the idea that men are just going to commit rape,
TINY DUPUY CAGLE CARTOONS so women need to be covered, hidden, separated, escorted, and armed. A burka and a Beretta: Welcome to Trump’s America. Ah yes, weapons profiteers conveniently think the cure to rape is arming all women. Well servicewomen are all armed. Try again. The gun-dealing industrial complex, specifically the NRA, likes to MondayMorning-Quarterback all tragedies. How could it have gone better? If you had their product on you. Guns are a crime panacea, especially when coupled with hind-
sight. Trump has basically blamed all servicewomen for being assaulted. They’re culpable in their own rape because a) they’re women and b) they’re serving alongside men. Instead of blaming the victims, how about blaming rapists? Instead of banning women, how about banning the perpetrators? We are so conditioned for deference to all who wear the U.S. military uniform that it’s hard to be critical, because everyone who serves is automatically dubbed a
hero, regardless of whether their service is heroic or not. The idea that they could commit hideous crimes is uncomfortable. It’s akin to pedophile priests. Because these are holy men whom we are taught are pillars of their communities, the idea of them being child rapists is tough to accept. We like it when there are good guys and bad guys. Not where there are purported good guys who also commit sexual assault. We need our boogeymen not to be morally complicated for us. Just simply and purely evil is best. In the context of rape, the victims are easier to vilify. They could have been asking for it. They could just have “buyer’s remorse” as former Colorado senatorial candidate
Ken Buck put it. They could be lying. They could have put themselves in that position. They could have worn the wrong thing. They could be trying to destroy a good man. They could be too attractive. They could have decided to work in the U.S. military. No wonder rapes are the most underreported crime we have – we assume rape victims are partially responsible. Rape is something that can be avoided by a victim so the culprit is entitled to some understanding. Separate the rapists from the military, not the women. And bring our troops home. TinaDupuy.com, distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate. Email her at email@example.com. have your say
CCSSI is government takeover of our children’s education
Arrest of alleged U.S. spy in Moscow has elements of farce Russia's propaganda apparatus may need an infusion of fresh talent to impart a much-needed touch of realism for what movie theaters used to call "selected short subjects." This arcane branch of Russian cinematography began with a regular series of propaganda films showing Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president and former prime minister, engaged in all manner of macho activities – hunting, fishing (from which, unlike regular practitioners of those sports, he never emerged empty-handed), wrestling, target-shooting, leading a flight of cranes in an ultralight aircraft. Alas, the Putin videos jumped the shark when he emerged from scuba-diving in the Black Sea brandishing artifacts from an ancient shipwreck that his Kremlin handlers later admitted had been planted. Thus, the arrest of U.S. diplomat Ryan Fogle on spy
DALE MCFEATTERS SCRIPPS HOWARD charges, fortuitously recorded in detail by a state-funded TV station, spurred skepticism and suspicion, rather than outrage, in both countries, according to The Washington Post. To those reactions we would add a third: derision. The Post said “there are a number of credulity-straining details in this incident so bizarre that it’s difficult to square them with what we know about how the CIA actually works.” Considering how successful the Russians were in infiltrating the CIA during the Cold War, they should certainly know how it works, and it works a lot better than the clumsy attempt to frame the third secretary at the U.S. Embassy
in Moscow, if you believe he wasn’t a spy. Fogle was arrested for allegedly trying to recruit a Russian counterterrorism officer specializing in the Caucasus, an altogether reasonable thing to do considering the alleged Boston Marathon bombers originated there. But Fogle was arrested with a clumsily written letter – the Post compared it to the writing in a Nigerian email scam – offering $1 million a year for his expertise. Only Afghan President Hamid Karzai gets that kind of money from us. The spy kit included a map of Moscow – surely the Russian FSB knows there’s a smartphone app for that – two wigs that looked
like they came from a cheap theatrical-supply store, a knife, flashlight and – get this – a compass. We know budgets are tight, but the guy would at least have had a GPS. Fogle was returned to the U.S. Embassy and told to get out of the country. The U.S. has been expecting something like this since the FBI broke up and expelled 10 members of a sleeper Russian spy ring in 2010. Russian officials assured their American counterparts that the Fogle incident would not affect relations with the U.S., which are not too good but improving, or upset joint cooperation on international issues. The whole incident shows that somebody – more likely them than us – is not ready for prime time. A compass? Really? Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service, www.shns.com
To the Editor: I was sick as I read that Farmington schools are implementing the Common Core State Standards Initiative, or CCSSI, and that all of New Mexico is falling in step as well. It takes little research to understand why Common Core is such a threat to the U.S. and why several states are rebelling. People of New Mexico, I beg you to wake up. Please talk to your schools and state legislators and abolish this massive government takeover of the education of our children. Senators and House Representatives have indicated the Department of Education has violated the structure of the education system by bribing states with taxpayer funded “Race to the Top” moneys and “No Child Left Behind” waivers to adopt CCSSI, and that the Obama Administration was advancing “education reform policy” without Congressional authorization. Current federal law specifically prohibits federal involvement in school curricula. CCSSI is touted as a “voluntary” and “state-led” scheme but clearly is not state led. CCSSI shifts the power to set school standards and curricula away from the states, denying parents the right to hold accountable those planning the education of their children in public schools. According to lawmakers, the Obama Administration circumvented Congress to avoid privacy protections in U.S. law and is using federal bribes to coerce state governments into collecting vast amounts of private, sensitive information on students and parents. Parents need to understand their child is being tracked and information can be shared among companies, government agencies, unions, and others. This is an invasion of privacy! Eagle Forum chief Phyllis Schlafly said “This process bypasses parents and state and local school boards, and will fundamentally transform education by dictating what every child will learn and not learn,” adding that Common Core was a “dictatorial” part of the president’s effort to “fundamentally transform” the nation. “Obama Core is a comprehensive plan to dumb down schoolchildren so they will be obedient servants of the government and probably to indoctrinate them to accept the leftwing view of America and its history.” Compare: Currently, tests have right-or-wrong answers, and the majority of test questions are generally scored objectively. CCSSI assessments are subjectively scored based upon evaluators’ cognitive domain (opinions, feelings, and emotions) and may also utilize artificial intelligence. The types of questions on assessments might include students’ opinions/beliefs/emotions, performance-based projects, simulations, and/or open-ended responses. Adrienne Carruth Bloomfield The Tri-City Tribune invites readers to submit letters. They can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed at 516-1231. Letters can also be mailed or dropped off at 100 W. Apache St., Farmington, NM 87401. Letters should not exceed 300 words and must include the writer’s name, address and telephone number for verification. Anonymous letters will not be published. Letters may be edited for length or content.
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LNG not only bring jobs to New Mexico, but also increase state dollars. Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall have expressed an interest in opening free trade with Japan. Congressman Steve Pearce also is interested in boosting the state’s exports of natural gas, according to Gessing, who has spoken to representatives for all three men. Farmington City Councilor Jason Sandel said Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham also is on board. “Her goal is jobs, jobs, jobs.
Pearce is energy, energy, energy,” Sandel said. “I think we’ll have strong support from the delegation.” The problem is the delegation has to convince the Obama administration to go along with the idea of exporting LNG, despite roadblocks from environmentalists and lobbyists in the manufacturing industry. Gessing said both groups are trying to stop this movement, and Sandel is frustrated by this as well. “I’m a little concerned that you have energy plants, or coal plants, chemical plants and manufacturing plants with a desire to in-
crease their profits rather than put Americans to work,” Sandel said. Gessing agreed, saying these groups seem to be afraid that LNG exports will increase their costs of doing business in the U.S., and this is a false assumption. “Because of the supply, you’re not going to see prices go up in the U.S. They would probably stabilize,” Gessing said. In researching this issue, Gessing turned to data from the HIS Global Insight which stated that “exports would create over 100,000 direct, indirect, and economy wide jobs and have an im-
mediate impact resulting in between $3.6 and $5.2 billion in potential revenues.” According to the US Energy Information Administration, New Mexico produces 5.3 percent of total U.S. natural gas, thus making it likely that New Mexico would experience a similar ratio of economic benefits. Gessing believes 2,000 new jobs would be created and at least half of those would come to New Mexico and San Juan County. “You could use 1,000 high-paying jobs right now,” he said. LNG is considered to be a clean burning fuel, but environmentalists don’t like
it because it involves fracking to access it. The environmentalists also do not like coal, because it is considered dirty. Sandel said the country has to decide what its energy policy will be, and if it invests in natural gas then there are numerous opportunities. “Will we make the switch from archaic coal and dirty coal to clean-running natural gas,” he asked, pointing out that the city of Farmington’s Public Utility Commission just entered an agreement to purchase more coal-fired electricity from PNM. “We continue to invest millions of dollars in old
technology. LNG is new dollars going into new technology,” Sandel said. Gessing agreed that LNG can be the energy of the future, which increases revenues for the nation, reduces carbon emissions over other energy sources, reduces trade deficits, and shows the government has a principled support of free trade with a desire to develop closer relations with foreign people and governments. “If we have an existing trade agreement, we can export it,” Gessing said. “LNG exports are a true win-winwin policy. President Obama should act now.”
program also operates safehouse interviews and offers behavioral health services to children from the ages of birth to teens. There are an average of 20 children in the shelter each day, and Childhaven averages 160 children going through it each year, according to Hourihan. “We provide them clothing, food and recreational activities, and take children to school and appointments as is needed,” she said. Hourihan explained that Childhaven receives Federal and State funding, but 80 percent of that money goes to nights of care for children. “We apply to the county in-
digent fund that is calculated on a loss overall that we would have,” she said. The foundation also applied for United Way funding and city funding. “Those funds just barely make up the operational costs for the shelter,” she said, adding that the money had to be used for care of the children. CDBG funds in the amount of $61,685.51 would help pay for repairs to the building, which the city actually owns. The Council also agreed to award $37,730.49 to the Four Corners Foundation for the expansion transitional living apartments that will be up to standards put forth by the American with Disabilities Act. When the project first got off the ground there was a plant to have one ADA compliant apartment, but because of need, the Four Corners Foundation decided to put in four ADA compliant apartments in its 7,200-square-foot transitional living facility to be constructed on 5.25 acres of land off of Hydro Plant Road, according to Karen Broten, executive director of the Four Corners Founda-
tion. She explained that the foundation had purchased land from the city of Farmington and completed all of the pre-construction activity before breaking ground on two housing units to be constructed on the lot. This includes a 13,600-square-foot emergency shelter that could house 60 individuals and four families. The homeless individuals essentially could move into the transitional apartments. “The CDBG funds are focused only on the transitional housing apartments. It will serve the homeless who have achieved stability and are working toward independent living,” Broten said, adding that there is a “critical need” for these types of services. Broten told the Council that this week 12 families and two individuals were turned away from the PATH homeless shelter, because there was not enough room. “That’s a tragedy every day,” she said. The new shelter should be completed by December 2013 to provide shelter when the weather gets colder. The total cost for the
project is about $3 million and the Four Corners Foundation has raised $2 million. Police week In other Council business, Fischer proclaimed the week of May 12-18 as Police Week in recognition of the service city police officers provide to their citizens. “Law enforcement officers play an important role in protecting the property and lives of our citizens,” Fischer said, reading the proclamation, which also pointed out that 60,000 assaults are reported each year against police officers, with almost 20,000 law enforcement officers in the U.S., dying from these assaults. “Every year throughout the nation, ordinarily a little over 50 police officers are lost in the line of duty. It’s a very dangerous occupation,” Police Chief Kyle Westall said. “These guys work the streets every day and are out there protecting us. I am very proud of these guys and the work they do every day.” Fischer added a thank you to the officers and their families who allow them to serve.
Childhaven The other area in need was the place where infants and toddlers are cared for, bathed and sleep. There were ceiling, drywall and plumbing issues in there. “It is the nursery and toddler play area, where the shelter kids reside and play during the
day if they are not going to school or preschool. They nap there on the floor during nap time,” Hourihan said. Childhaven takes in abused, traumatized and homeless children, offering them a safe place to live in a controlled environment. The
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