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Back to school

New Tibbetts Middle School will greet students Aug. 15 LAUREN DUFF Tri-City Tribune

First day of classes

Students head back to school next week and some area students will enjoy a brandnew, state-of-the-art school house. Teachers at Tibbetts Middle School have been working to get the new 97,000square-foot building on Twin Peaks Boulevard ready for classes. They will greet sixth grade students on Aug. 15, which also is the first day of school for kindergarteners, and high school freshmen. The rest of the student population will attend classes Aug. 16. The public will get a peek at the facility during an Aug. 20 ribbon cutting and open house from 6 to 7:30 p.m. A medicine man also will be at the ceremony to bless Students and faculty will fill the new Tibbetts building during the first day of school on August 16. The build-

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ing is located at 3500 Twin Peaks Blvd. – Lauren Duff photo


$10 booking fee County OKs plan to pay for inmate services LAUREN DUFF Tri-City Tribune The San Juan County Commission approved the implementation of a booking user fee at the adult detention center. The $10 fee, which will go into affect on Sept. 1, will be deducted from an inmate’s commissary account to fund services that are currently free to the inmates.

These services include televisions, printers, dryers, supplies, and recreational items, and cost more than $67,400 annually. “The cost of services adds up, and so it’s not much to ask for those inmates to pay for the services they use,” County CEO Kim Carpenter said at the Aug. 6 County Commission regular meeting. “It is the right thing to do.”

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Aztec Municipal School District • Aug. 9 for 6th grade, 9th grade, and elementary schools’ meet and greet. • Aug. 12 for all other grades. Bloomfield Municipal School District • Aug.13 for 1st grade, 4th grade, 7th grade, and 9th grade. • August 14 for all other grades. • August 19 for kindergarten Central Consolidated School District: Aug.12 Farmington Municipal School District • Aug. 15 for kindergarten, 6th grade, and 9th grade. • Aug. 16 for all other grades Sacred Heart Catholic School: Aug. 15 San Juan College: Aug. 19

Improved communications New cell tower approved for Navajo Dam LAUREN DUFF Tri-City Tribune The San Juan County Commission unanimously approved a plan from a Florida-based company to construct of a new communications tower on county land at Navajo Dam. The tower to be constructed by Skyway Towers would not only boost local cellular service, it would give county Emergency and Fire Services greater radio access in the Navajo Dam Area. The project will move forward once the New

Mexico Board of Finance gives the tower a stamp of approval during its September meeting. “This is a really good deal for the county and the citizens. It ought to go right through,” Commissioner Keith Johns said. “This is a benefit beyond the economic benefit” said Doug Echols, deputy county attorney. The cellular tower would be constructed on more than 1/10 of an acre that is adjacent to the Navajo Dam Fire Station No. 1, according to Echols. The

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Soldier back from Afghanistan

Community turns out to surprise homecoming for Henderson LAUREN DUFF Tri-City Tribune After serving nine months in Afghanistan, Pfc. Jeremy Henderson returned to San Juan County to surprise his mother, but what he didn’t expect was a crowd of cheering citizens were waiting outside his mother’s office to surprise him. Henderson received a San Juan County Sheriff ’s escort from the airport to Basin Home Health, and along the way were people from various organizations including the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Blue Star Mothers and Disabled Veterans Administration lining the streets near downtown Farmington waving American flags and holding balloons. Steven Henderson, Jeremy’s father, organized the welcome Citizens wait for Jeremy to arrive at his mother’s office at Basin Home Health on North OrArmy Pfc. Jeremy Henderson surprises his mother, Kathi, on Aug. 6 after he returned to the United States from Afghanistan.– Lauren Duff photo

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chard. There were more than 40 people there to greet the returning soldier including Farmington Mayor Tommy Roberts and Bloomfield Mayor Scott Eckstein. – Lauren Duff photo



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Argument turns deadly Sheriff ’s office investigating Farmington woman DEBRA MAYEUX Tri-City Tribune An argument between a man and woman turned deadly on Aug. 2, when

Clofes Gurule, 55, of Farmington drove her Ford Explorer into the Animas River and died. The San Juan County Sheriff ’s Office is investi-

gating the incident, but Sheriff ’s Detectives have said alcohol appears to be a factor in Gurule’s death. An autopsy, however, is pending.

The initial report received by deputies was that there was a vehicle in the river near Mile Marker 9.5 on County Road 3000. Upon arrival deputies found the

Explorer and Gurule’s body. The body was removed from the river and after an investigation, deputies learned that Gurule had argued with her boyfriend before backing

the vehicle into the river. The official cause of death is pending the findings and complete reports from Office of the Medical Investigator.

Pregnant Dulce woman leads police on high speed chase into Bloomfield DEBRA MAYEUX Tri-City Tribune A 19-year-old pregnant Dulce woman, who admitted to “huffing” harispray led police on a nearly 50-mile high speed pursuit with children in her car as she drove on US 550. New Mexico State Police received the call Monday evening from Albuquerque Police saying a vehicle was traveling at a high rate of

speed near Mile Marker 102 on US 550. There was an unrestrained child in the vehicle and officers had at-

tempted to get the driver to stop. Mercedez Talamante, later identified as the driver, drove “at an extremely high rate of speed on the shoulder of US 550,” until she pulled into a gas station at Mile Marker 139. It was there that State Police attempted to speak with Talamante and take away the keys to her white Pontiac Grand Am. She, however, reportedly accelerated the car and threw

the police sergeant to the ground. She reached speeds of up to 120 miles per hour according to reports. She continued northbound on US 550 and reportedly drove right through stop sticks set up by Bloomfield Police at Mile Marker 148. “Two of Ms. Talamante’s tires were deflated,” but she continued driving north on US 550 and her car was traveling at more than 60

miles per hour with deflated tires. She continued going even after the tires fell off the rims, until her car stopped after she drove nearly 50 miles per hour through a red light in Bloomfield, State Police report. When New Mexico State Police were able to arrest Talamante, they said there were bottles of hairspray on the driver’s side floor board, and she reportedly admitted to “Huffing” prior to being

stopped. Two children were located in the vehicle, one of which was Ms. Talamante’s 18-month-old son who wasn’t restrained, reports say. Talamante was arrested and charged with aggravated battery on a peace officer with a deadly weapon; aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer; child abuse; driving under the influence and not using safety restraints on a child.

‘Delusional?’ Man charged with property damage after breaking police car windows DEBRA MAYEUX Tri-City Tribune A man, whom police believe might have been “delusional” has been arrested and charged with property crimes after throwing rocks through the window of a police cruiser. Darrell Williams was arrested shortly before 11:30 p.m. Aug. 7, after police were called to the rear lot of the Farmington Police Station by a man calling “mayday” on a police radio. Authorities say the man sounded confused and “could not identify his location or

Williams was taken to San Juan Regional Medical Center, where it was deter-

crisis.” An investigation led Farmington Police to the rear lot, where they discovered Williams, who reportedly had been dropped off by a friend. “Williams became delu-

sional, thinking people were coming after him. Unable to find his way into the station, Williams broke the window to one of the units and radioed for help,” a press release from the police department stated.

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calendar ONGOING EVENTS AN ADVENTURE IN THE ARTS This exhibit from the collection of the Guild Hall Museum on Long Island includes 73 works of art from a stellar array of artists. They include: Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Thomas Moran, Willem de Kooning, Elaine de Kooning, Peggy Bacon, Chuck Close, Max Ernst, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Roy Lichtenstein, and George Bellows, among many others. This exhibit will be displayed at the Farmington Museum, Gateway Park Museum & Visitors Center through Sept. 22, 2013. An Adventure in the Ar ts, selections from the permanent collection of the Guild Hall Museum, was organized by the Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, N.Y., in association with Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, Calif. Information: 505.599.1174 or 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, in Animas Park off Browning Parkway, to join the friendly RNC staff for leisurely walk of 1-2 miles. Information: 505.599.1422 or MUSIC IN THE WINERY’S COURTYARD Enjoy live music & great wine at Wines of the San Juan from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. ever y Sunday from May through the month of September. Wines of the San Juan is located at 233 Hwy. 511 in Turley, N.M. Information: 505.632.0879 or www.winesofthesanjuan .com PICNIC IN THE PARK FOR PRESHOOLERS Preschool children and their families bring lunch and meet at the Riverside Nature Center for a picnic from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by a story or activity and a stroller-friendly walk in the park. Learn about plants, insects, birds, and all the interesting wildlife. Feed the friendly ducks and go home in time for naps. This pro-

gram continues weekly through to September. Information: 505.599.1422

FRI AUG. 9 CONNIE MACK WORLD SERIES Some of the best amateur baseball in the country is featured each summer at Ricketts Park in Farmington. Teams from the U.S. and Puerto Rico play in front of pro-scouts and college officials. Information: 505.599.1184 or

MON AUG. 5 – SAT AUG. 10 SAN JUAN COUNTY FAIR Visit the largest county fair in New Mexico! Fair features livestock shows, exhibits, fiddler s contest, ar ts & crafts, vendors booths, live music performances and more at the San Juan County Fairgrounds, McGee Park, on Hwy. 64 between Farmington and Bloomfield. Information: 505.325.5415 or

FRI AUG. 9 POETRY PICNIC Bring a picnic supper and eat in the garden at 6 p.m. There will be a program of poetry for about 20 minutes, and then stay to walk in the park and through the Riverside Nature Center Xeriscape Gardens. Information: 505.599.1422 CROWNPOINT RUG AUCTION 300 to 400 hand woven Navajo rugs are auctioned off each month at the Crownpoint Elementary School, 72 miles south of Farmington on Hwy. 371. American Indian arts and crafts vendors also onsite. Auction sponsored by Crownpoint Rug Weavers Association. Rug viewing, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; auction begins at 7 p.m. Information: 505.785.7386, 505.610.6797 and

Information: 505.325.0255

SAT AUG. 17 WINE & SHINE CLASSIC CAR SHOW Visit Wines of the San Juan, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., for this classic car show in Blanco, N.M. Relax under the shady cottonwood trees in the San Juan River Valley with great friends, live music and delicious food. Spectators are free! Wines of the San Juan is located 40 minutes east of Farmington. For more information and to download a registration form, please visit

FRI AUG. 23 POETRY PICNIC Bring a picnic supper and eat in the garden at 6 p.m. There will be a program of poetry for about 20 minutes, and then stay to walk in the park and through the Riverside Nature Center Xeriscape Gardens. Information: 505.599.1422

SAT AUG. 31 SUN SEPT. 1 ANNUAL TOTAH FESTIVAL INDIAN MARKET & POWWOW Juried art festival offering authentic handmade American Indian Arts and Crafts of over 100 artists, an authentic Navajo Rug Auction (Saturday) and a contest Powwow. Festival is held at the Farmington Civic Center, 200 W. Arrington St. Information: 800.448.1240 or 505.326.7602 or

EVENTS FOR ADULTS THE BONNIE DALLAS SENIOR CENTER 109 E. La Plata St. and 208 N. Wall Ave. Farmington, NM 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 p.m. - 10 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. Bonnie Dallas Senior Activity Center behind the Annex, 208 N. Wall Ave. Aug. 10 - Off the Interstate Aug. 17 - Grant & Randy Aug. 24 - To be determined Aug. 31 - NO DANCE – LABOR 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. Aug. 21 - Country Jammers 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. Aug. 8 - Led by Bobbe Bluett Info: 505) 599-1380 ON-GOING CLASSES AT THE SENIOR CENTER ACTIVITY CENTER & ANNEX 208 N. Wall Ave. Call 505.566.2256 for more information

THE SILVER FITNESS CENTER 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. & 1 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. EXERCISE CLASS – WITH JEAN ELISE 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. or 1 - 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 505.599.1380 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+. Info: 505.599.1390

ZUMBA GOLD 50+ 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays & 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 WALK LAPS IN THE GYM Monday through Friday, noon to 1 p.m., no charge Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon, no charge – Shuffleboard and Ping Pong ZUMBA Wednesdays, 7 – 8 p.m. Saturdays, 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 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 with dance, yoga, Pilates, and kickboxing movements choreographed to fun music, in just 60 minutes. This is your hour. Come try it out - 1st class is free! For more info call 505.320.5364, 505.599.1184 or visit

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calendar LIONS POOL 405 N. Wall Ave. Call 505.599.1187 for more information ADULT SWIMMING LESSONS 7 – 8:30 a.m., noon – 1 p.m., 4 – 5:30 p.m. Monday – Friday Adult Swimming Lessons will be offered at Lions Pool during lap swim. Four 30minute lessons are $20 or eight 30-minute lessons are $35. Info: 505.599.1167. MORNING AQUACISE 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Monday – Friday

CROSS POOL* 11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m. Monday – Friday EVENING AQUACISE 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Monday – Friday Aquacise classes, $2 a visit *All adult aquatic exercise classes, $1.50 a visit FARMINGTON AQUATIC CENTER 1151 N. Sullivan Road Call 505.599.1167 for more information EARLY BIRD SPLASH 8 – 8:45 a.m. Monday/Wednesday AQUA JOGGER 8 – 8:45 a.m. Tuesday/Thursday Classes are $2.50 a visit

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that can be found on office supplies and all General Mills foods. Bring them to the Sycamore Park Community Center to help us earn free recreational supplies! Please call us with any questions at 505.566.2480. BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF SJC Want to help a “Little”? Sycamore Park Community Center is partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Find out more at 505.566.2481 SENIOR FITNESS 9 - 10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays Senior Fitness is offered at Sycamore Park Community Center through the San Juan College ENCORE program. Info: 505.566.2481 COMMUNITY LINE DANCE CLASS 6 - 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays Floread Hodgson is teaching a free line dancing class each Tuesday from 6 - 7 p.m. at Sycamore Park Community Center. You will enjoy learning different line dances and have a lot of fun along the way. Info: 505.566.2480 FIT CLUB 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays Join Nexal Flores-Baez for the free community Fit Club fitness class at Sycamore Park Community Center. This is a great

cardiovascular workout that is sure to get your heart pumping! Info: 505.566.2480 -8111 or 505.566.2480 SAN JUAN COUNTY VICTIM IMPACT PANEL Doors open 6:30 p.m., presentation begins 7 p.m. Thursday, August 15 Sycamore Park Community Center, 1051 Sycamore St., is home of the San Juan County Impact Panel. Visitors are welcome at no cost. If you need additional information or have questions please contact coordinator Carol Kohler at 505.334.8111 or 505.566.2480 SPCC OPEN HOUSE 5 - 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 Come check out the Sycamore Park Community Center and all that we have to offer in the fall at our annual open house. We will also have vendors present with whom we work throughout the year. There will be games and refreshments for everyone! This is a free event. Info: 505.566.2480 COMMUNITY YARD SALE AND CRAFT FAIR 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Get a booth and mark your calendars for Saturday, September 7 Join us for the Sycamore Park Community Yard Sale and Craft Fair. Booths are $10 per table for both the yard sale and craft fair. This will be an outdoor event. Bring the family and enjoy a fun day in the park! Info: 505.566.2480 FARMINGTON MUSEUM 3041 E. Main St. Call 505.599.1174 for more information FARMINGTON MUSEUM EXHIBIT TOURS By appointment Let an experienced docent at the Farmington Museum be your host for guided tours of the permanent and visiting exhibits. Tours are FREE and available to the public by appointment. Any

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size group is welcome! Call 505.599.1169 for more information about the Museum’s current exhibits or to schedule a guided tour. SUMMER TERRACE MUSIC SERIES 6 - 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, through August Join the Farmington Museum at Gateway Park each Saturday evening during the summer months for some live, local entertainment at our 10th Annual Summer Terrace Music Series. Admission to this program is FREE. Remember your folding chair and dancing shoes! Info: 505.599.1174 Aug. 10 – Close Enuff Aug. 17 – Chokecherry Jam Aug. 24 – TBA Aug. 31 – Trumpet Geezers HANDMADE FINE ART SHOW NOW – Saturday, September 7 Come explore the ar tistic wealth of the Four Corners region at Handmade, the newest temporary art exhibit at the Farmington Museum, 3041 E. Main St. Admission to the exhibit is free. Please call 505.599.1174 for more information. AN ADVENTURE IN THE ARTS Through Saturday, Sept. 21 Great art has come to the Four Corners! Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol are just two of the many talented and famous 20th-century artists whose work will be featured this summer at the Farmington Museum, 3041 E. Main St,, in the visiting exhibition, An Adventure in the Arts. Admission for this special exhibition will be $5 for adults, $3 for students with ID, and $2 for children over 2 years. For more information call 505.599.1174. HISTORY HIKE – BUTLER RANCH BIRDING/ESCALANTE DAYS 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, August 10 On the second Saturday of the month, through September, meet at the Farmington Museum, 3041 E. Main St., for a fun and informative hike that explores the cultural and

natural history of the Four Corners region. In August participants can explore the woodland and meadow trails of the Butler Ranch in Dolores, Colo. Participants will also get a chance to attend the annual Escalante Days, which includes a short ride on the historic Galloping Goose train. Space is limited. Register online at or by coming in to the Museum. The cost is $10 per person and includes transportation and lunch. This is an adults-only program. Info: 505.599.1169 RIVERSIDE NATURE CENTER In Animas Park off Browning Parkway Call 505.599.1422 for more information Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 - 4 p.m. Please note that Tuesday Birders begin meeting at 9 a.m., October through March. BIRD WATCHING 8 - 10 a.m. Tuesdays Join Donna Thatcher, Education Specialist, and other birders for bird watching from the Riverside Nature Center, and a leisurely walk of 1 to 2 miles in Animas and Berg parks. Info: 505.599.1422 BROWN BAG BIRDING Noon - 1 p.m. Thursdays Bring your lunch and join Riverside Nature Center staff and volunteers in the observation room to watch wildlife as we eat. Info: 505.599.1422 POETRY PICNICS 6:30 p.m. Fridays, Aug. 9 & 23 Bring your picnic and favorite poems to the Riverside Nature Center, in Animas Park off Browning Parkway, Fridays, on these summer evenings, to eat in the beautiful Xeriscape Gardens. Then stay for a short program of poetry readings. Learn about some poets new to you, and hear old favorites read aloud. Afterwards, you may enjoy strolling in the park until sunset. Info: 505.599.1422.



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Do businesses owe workers a living wage? A new phenomenon has spread across the nation in recent weeks: “fast-food strikes,” named for the restaurant chain workers who have walked off the job in several cities, saying that establishments like Burger King and McDonald’s don’t pay employees enough to make ends meet. McDonald’s became an object of ridicule recently when it offered employees assistance in home budgeting – and put together a model budget showing its own fulltime workers needed a second job to pay basic expenses. This comes as a new Associated Press survey suggests 80 percent of Americans “struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives.” Are full-time workers owed a living? If not, how can they survive? Joel Mathis and Ben Boychuk, the RedBlueAmerica columnists, debate the issue. MATHIS: A good chunk of conservative ideology these days is based on the idea

that the people at the bottom of the heap are there because they’re lazy, and perhaps parasitical. It’s one of the foundational ideas of the Ayn Rand-inspired elements of the Tea Party movement. It found its expression most clearly in Mitt Romney’s infamous “47 percent” comments during the presidential race last year: Folks want government programs because they’re too lazy to work. Perhaps that was true, back in early postwar America, when the economy was booming and the opportunity to lift yourself up out of humble circumstances really did exist for many folks. But consider this: The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that 63 percent of all new jobs created in the United States will require a high school degree or less. The “food services” industry will be the fastest-growing source of jobs for such folks. No longer can a young American walk out of high school and into a factory job that will land him or

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her in the middle class. “Working at McDonald’s doesn’t usually amount to a career today,” Jordan Weissmann wrote in The Atlantic recently. “But it might tomorrow.” This isn’t to pick on McDonald’s, whose aim isn’t different from any widget maker in a capitalist society: Make a product and sell it at a price that’s high enough to earn a profit but low enough to draw customers. Accomplishing that task might be trickier if the company suddenly paid its employees a “living wage.” But if the rest of us are fair-minded, we Americans – conservatives especially – will have to reconsider whether it’s moral to let folks work careers in industries that won’t let them pay the rent, or whether it’s better

– for them, and for capitalism’s survival – to surround the working poor with services instead of berating them for failures they don’t possess or can’t change. Businesses may not provide their employees a living, but even unskilled workers deserve one. BOYCHUK: A good chunk of the liberal ideology these days is based on the idea that the people at the bottom of the heap are there because they can’t help themselves. But for the tender mercies of government, who knows how much more miserable their lives would be? It’s an old, paternalistic idea that has lately found a new voice in these silly fastfood strikes. If it’s true that millions of Americans will be consigned to McDonald’s and similar low-skilled jobs

for the rest of their working lives, then why shouldn’t government force those businesses to pay a “living wage”? Surely the benefits would outweigh the costs. To buttress the point, the liberal Huffington Post alighted upon a University of Kansas study claiming to show McDonald’s “can afford to pay its workers a living wage without sacrificing any of its low menu prices.” Sounds great! Let’s do it! Well, maybe not so fast. Turns out the “study” was conducted by an undergraduate, and its methodology was less than rigorous. Oh, and prices would go up substantially. The price of a Big Mac would rise “just 68 cents,” which is nothing when you’re talking about a single meal on a single day. But 68 cents adds up quickly for a family of four over weeks and months. And don’t think price hikes would be limited only to Big Macs. That’s the problem with demands for a “living wage” – liberals rarely seem to

think through real costs and consequences. San Francisco has a “living wage.” It also has one of the nation’s highest costs of living. There is “one and only one” responsibility of business, as the great free-market economist Milton Friedman observed half a century ago: “to use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits so long as it stays within the rules of the game, which is to say, engages in open and free competition without deception or fraud.” It’s a lie that “open and free competition” doomed Americans to “McJobs.” Instead of pining for a living wage and other mandates, we should help people find ways to live and thrive by their own best efforts. Ben Boychuk is associate editor of the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal. Joel Mathis is a contributing editor to The Philly Post. Reach them at, joelmmathis@ or

Edward Snowden deserves begrudging gratitude The case of Edward Snowden is complicated, isn’t it? Snowden aroused considerable consternation with his revelation that the government has been amassing a vast trove of so-called “metadata” –records of the frequency and duration, though not of the content – of millions of phone calls made by Americans. As it turns out, much more than phone calls is involved. On July 31, the British newspaper The Guardian reported on a National Security Agency program called XKeyscore, which provides analysts with access to essentially everything that users do on the Internet, including emails, online chats and browsing histories. This issue is readily reduced to the conflict between liberty and privacy and security. More than once, Benjamin Franklin has been

JOHN CRISP SCRIPPS HOWARD cited in connection with this case: “Those who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” But this high-minded 18th-century aphorism probably oversimplifies modern realities that Franklin would have had a hard time imagining. The brilliant visionary might have had trouble understanding modern concentrations of power – for example, a high-powered semiautomatic weapon with a 30-round magazine or a portable nuclear bomb – that give a relatively small number of people the ability to wreak widespread de-

struction and havoc. Further, Franklin, the genius behind the American postal system, probably would have had difficulty envisioning our astonishingly sophisticated worldwide network of communications, which gives bad people extraordinary capacity to develop, coordinate and execute catastrophes and gives good people the capacity to stop them. This context is important to our estimation of Snowden’s actions and the government’s extensive collection of metadata. Nevertheless, our hairtrigger outrage over this indiscriminate data mining – how dare they! – is probably

healthy, and it comes from both the left and the right. Whether we’re doing anything wrong or not, we hold our privacy in considerable regard, and we have an inherent suspicion when other people, especially the government, know too much about our business. Furthermore, many American citizens of a certain age have an appreciation for whistle-blowers in the tradition of Daniel Ellsberg, whose release of the Pentagon Papers in 1971 revealed the mendacity and corruption behind the Vietnam War. It’s not clear that Snowden has risen to Ellsberg’s level, but many Americans still have trouble condemning him as an outright traitor. Nevertheless, let’s try to keep our consternation under control and in tune with the realities of the situation. We may not like the idea that government is collecting data on our private com-

munications, but it doesn’t really have a choice, does it? For example, last week the U.S. State Department issued a global travel alert to American citizens and closed more than 20 diplomatic missions in the Middle East and North Africa because of security concerns based on intercepted electronic communications among al-Qaida operatives that indicated attacks could be imminent. What would spark much more outrage than Snowden’s revelations would be the discovery that the government had failed to prevent a terrorist attack by neglecting communications that could be accessible to any second-rate hacker. In any case, our consternation over governmental data mining is ironic. Our era may be the most “confessional” ever. People will say anything on TV and

publish the most intimate details of their lives on Facebook and Twitter. Politicians and celebrities readily post snapshots of their anatomies on the Internet for all to see. And then we’re shocked when we discover that anyone is actually looking or listening. The term “new normal” is probably overused to describe all the bad things that are happening these days. But circumstances have changed since Franklin’s day. The monitoring of our use of cell phones and the Internet is probably inevitable in the interest of security. Judicial oversight is essential, and so is transparency. We should at least know that data mining is happening. And for that, I guess, we have Edward Snowden to thank. John M. Crisp teaches in the English Department at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas. Email


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Tibbetts the building. The new building is 6,700 square feet larger than the old Tibbetts Middle School on Apache Street. The old middle school building was Farmington’s first high school, built in 1940. It became Tibbetts Middle School when the new Farmington High was constructed on Sunset Avenue. The building, however, became too small for a growing student population, and the School District decided in the 20032004 school year to place it in the state’s ranking

index for construction of new schools. By 2007, the board asked the administration to have Greer Stafford Architects conduct a master plan update for both Tibbetts and Farmington High School. Farmington Schools received an approval and funding from the state to begin architectural design services for a new Tibbetts in 2009. The state gave the district $19.1 million to begin the project, which took Jaynes Corporation 13 months to complete. Tibbetts Principal Karen Brown said she looks for-

ward to working in the new Tibbetts building because of the natural light and additional space. The teachers also have expressed their excitement to Brown, saying they look forward to teaching in the classrooms and “they love the additional storage space,� Brown said. Superintendent Janel Ryan, who has already toured the facility, said it will give the community a “whole new perspective on Tibbetts Middle School.� “I can hardly wait to see the faces of the students as they walk into the wonderful facility,� Ryan exclaimed. The new Tibbetts build-

ing is welcoming and it “lends itself an aura of academic professionalism and will inspire the kids to do better because of its environment,� said Erin Gockel, energy and conservation teacher at Tibbetts. Another benefit to the students is the new building could help them with transitioning into college, because it helps foster an attitude of academic professionalism. “The expectation is there with the teachers and the curriculum, but they will learn in a building that I think will raise a whole other level of academic professionalism. The students need to respect the build-

ing, and their learning as well,� Gockel added. One of the school’s greatest challenges could be that fact that more students will ride the bus rather than walk. “That does change the culture of how the kids come in. I feel we will have more students bused to school than walkers, which could be a challenge,� Gockel said. An additional minute also will be added to students’ classroom transitional time because the school is “spread out.� While the district celebrates the new Tibbetts, uncertainty remains about the future of the old building on Apache. “There are numerous

possibilities, and at this point, we haven’t explored them yet. I would anticipate within the next couple of months we will be deciding on a course of action,� said Ted Lasiewicz, chief of operations for Farmington Municipal Schools. “Once you vacate a school, because it is too costly to bring it up to code or remodel it, you cannot put students in it. So that restricts the usage that the Farmington Municipal Schools would have for it,� Superintendent Janel Ryan said during a July 9 interview. The old Tibbetts could be demolished or it could be appraised and sold.

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property was appraised for $7,200 and San Juan County would lease the property to Skyway Towers for up to 10 five-year terms at an annual rent of $10,200 with a $3,500 signing bonus. The rent would increase each year by 2 percent. Building a cell tower in the Navajo Dam area will benefit residents and tourists who visit the area for the purpose of fly fishing, said Thaddeus Cano, general manager at Fisheads San Juan River Lodge, which offers guided fishing tours. “We have so many high-profile customers there

who need phone service to connect with their businesses. That would help out the tourism industry and the population. It would be a win-win situation for everyone.� If the project moves forward, Skyway Towers also has agreed to provide space on the cellular tower for the county to install EMS and fire communications equipment for public safety purposes. “We have limited radio contact in that area due to the hills and valleys that are there, so this tower will help EMS and (the fire department) talk to

each other� said San Juan County Fire Chief Doug Hatfield. He added that the cellular tower would also help residents report an emergency. “There is limited cell phone coverage for the low spots down in that area. If someone has an emergency and needs to call 91-1 they must drive to a high spot.� Skyway Towers is a company based in Land O’ Lakes, Fla. According to the company’s website, Skyway Towers’ goal is “to be the next premier tower infrastructure provider for the wireless community, offering maximum flexibility and customer service.�













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Roads and signals

City talks traffic congestion; Foothills Phase 2 on agenda DEBRA MAYEUX Tri-City Tribune Congested roads and needed traffic signals were recently discussed by city staff and the Farmington City Council as the city has budgeted for a new signal this fiscal year. Councilor Jason Sandel brought up the possibility of using those funds for signalization at the intersection of Dustin Avenue and Pinon Hills Boulevard after noticing the congestion in the area and the difficulty for drivers to access Piñon Hills Boulevard from Dustin Avenue. “Is there any desire to look at pursuing some type of traffic control at that intersection?” Sandel asked. Mayor Tommy Roberts informed Sandel that city staff has developed a formal policy for the Council to follow for signalization issues. “It is my reaction that there is room within that process for signalization throughout the city. That will be a process that lends itself to that intersection,” Roberts said. The new signalization policy will be presented by the city’s contracted traffic engineer to the council during a Sept. 17 educational workshop on traffic signalization, according to City Manager Rob Mayes. During an earlier discussion on

The Farmington City Council will hear a plan for traffic signalization during a Sept. 17 educational workshop that will cover the basic needs for road signalization. This after councilors said the intersection of Dustin Avenue and Pinon Hill Boulevard would be a good location for a new traffic signal.

signalization, Councilor Dan Darnell agreed with Sandel saying that while he supports the efforts of city staff, he believes this intersection should be treated differently. “You’ve got an area that is heavily impacted at certain times of the week and certain times of the day. It is incredibly difficult to get out of the churches,” Darnell said. “I think being a new fiscal year it is time we pull the trigger on this particular project. While there has to be some guidelines, there also has to be the ability of the Council to move those projects

forward.” Darnell pointed out that Sunday mornings and evenings at the intersection are a “disaster waiting to happen,” because of the church traffic. He added that Pinon Hills Community Church pays Farmington Police Officers to provide traffic control at the intersection on weekends. “My preference is we pull the trigger on the project. I need to lend my support to the signlization of that intersection, or whatever traffic control is needed at that intersection,” Darnell said. Roberts stated there is a matter of process that needs to be followed, but Darnell and Sandel both agreed that staff should enter into talks with the churches and residents in the area about possible signalization. “I am wanting, regardless of the study, to move forward with signalization of that intersection,” Sandel said. Mayes added that a draft signalization policy should be complete, and that study could show that the intersection on Butler Avenue and Pinon Hills Boulevard might have a higher priority. “There could even be liability for the city, if we do not look at those comprehensively,” Mayes said. He stated that Piñon Hills Community Church has no obligation to assist with the costs of a traffic light until the church moves for-

ward with its second phase of development, which includes a residential subdivision on church property. Mayes did point out that the church offered to help pay for a light. The Council agreed to move the issue forward. The municipal body also agreed to have staff look at traffic flow in the Mickey Drive neighborhood. This came up when the Council was asked to approve a zone change that would allow a new residential development in the area. “We have speed problems in the area, difficult corners that cars are zooming around. I don’t feel that we have a very good plan for what we are going to do for the traffic (in that area),” Sandel said. “I’m wondering if this has had a good vetting from the traffic department that this is the best way to handle a complicated intersection. I don’t know that we will solve this problem tonight. I would like someone to recognize that we need to have some attention paid to this neighborhood.” Staff said that Traffic Engineer Steve Krest had looked at the neighborhood and there were plans to extend Lakewood Drive down to the Old Aztec Highway as part of the city’s major thoroughfare plan. Sandel said he would like to see more, with perhaps an inhouse study for traffic flow in the

area. Councilor Dan Darnell said he had concerns about staff being overburdened if tasked with this project, and if it would be done by traffic engineer, then he wondered if there was money in the budget to fund it. “I think we would go outside to get a review,” said Public Works Director Jeff Smaka. “It was my intent to have staff look at it and provide a proposal,” Sandel said. Darnell wanted to know how “time consuming” this project would be, and Smaka said it would take a while. “My suggestion would be to look at the time it would take to do this,” Darnell said. Mayor Tommy Roberts agreed. “This neighborhood has waited for awhile. I am looking for solutions as to how we can get that accomplished,” Sandel said. The Council decided to have Mayes and Smaka determine the time frame and come back to the Council with a recommendation of how to handle a traffic study in the Mickey Drive neighborhood. A proposal to move forward with the second phase of widening Foothills Drive also was set to be discussed Tuesday, Aug. 6, but the plan was put on hold and tabled until the Aug. 20 council meeting.

Aug. 25 celebration

Community can visit National Parks for free DEBRA MAYEUX Tri-City Tribune There are several National Parks in and around San Juan County and area residents will have an opportunity to visit them for free on Aug. 25, in celebration of the National Park Service’s 97th birthday. Historically, the park service has waived the entry fee on this day to give people an opportunity to visit


their national park. The National Park Service began in 1916 with the passage of the Organic Act, signed by then-President Woodrow Wilson. Its purpose was to unite various parks, monuments, and battlefields under one National Park Service. “The United States was the first country in the world to set aside such expanses of land specifically for public enjoyment, and the National

Park Service has become a model for many nations trying to preserve their own cultural and natural heritage,” according to a press release from the Park Service. In addition to the Aug. 25 free day, Aztec Ruins, our local national park will waive the $5 adult entry fee on Sept. 28, which is Public Lands Day, and during Veteran’s Day weekend, which is Nov. 9-11.

The National Park Service also is gearing up for a huge centennial celebration in 2016. The centennial involves new initiatives and partnerships to bring the National Park Service into its second century. Aztec Ruins has been working to meet some of the “second century goals,” by adopting a class of 2016 from Bloomfield High School. This special group of students will take field

trips to the monument and receive classroom ranger visits throughout their high school careers. They will graduate from high school the same year that the National Park Service turns 100 and will represent the next generation of National Park Service stewards, the press release stated. The park service also offers annual passes for people that want to visit multiple national parks in a year.

The $80 pass provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other Federal lands. A $10 pass is available for people 62 years and older. There is a free pass to all active duty military members and their dependents. Aztec Ruins also offers an annual pass for $20. For more information call Aztec Ruins 505.334.6174.

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Gallery walk in downtown Farmington Three galleries will open their doors from 5 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 16 for the August Gallery Walk. Artifacts Gallery, 302 E. Main St.; Studio 116, 116 W. Main St., and the Three Rivers Art Center, 109 N. Allen Ave., will be participating in this annual event. There will be refreshments in all three locations. Artifacts Gallery will host a reception for the themed show, The Fruits of our Labors. The exhibit will include the work of several area artists. The art of local children also will be exhibited in the Kids’ Show.

Studio 116 will feature the work of clay artist Michelle Gomez Houk. She is a native of Bloomfield and a currently lives in Las Vegas, Nev. Houk began her career in clay at the age of 15. She has worked in clay studios in Casa Grande, Ariz., Provo, Utah, Atlanta, Ga., and Las Vegas, Nev. She has been teaching wheel throwing, hand building, and sculpture in the clay medium for over six years and shows work in several galleries in the Las Vegas area. “From the beginning of the process, with the transforming of a soft malleable clay into something solid, permanent, and beautiful, struck me as magical. Ceramics fill me with a sense of accomplishment. It has proven a vehicle for translating my inner vision into a true form of artistry,” Houk said about her work. Three Rivers Art Center will be celebrating its Third Anniversary with a General Members exhibit. This show occurs just once a year. There will also be live music at TRAC. For more information call 505.360.0147.

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) There might still be some uncertainty about the decision you made. But a quick check of the facts should reassure you that you're doing the right thing. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) The tidy Taurean needs to be a little more flexible about accepting some changes to those carefully made plans. You might be pleasantly surprised by what follows. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Consider stepping away from your concentrated focus on your new project for a bit so you can get some perspective on what you've done and where you plan to take it. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) The understandably angry Crab might not want to accept the reason why someone might have tried to hurt you. But at least you'll have an insight into why it happened. LEO (July 23 to August 22) There might be some facts you still need to know before leaping onto center stage. Best to move carefully at this time so that you can observe what's happening around you. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) It's a good time to expand your outlook by getting out and around, whether you do some long-range traveling or just explore the great things to see closer to home. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Your wise counsel continues to be needed as that family situation works itself out. Meanwhile, the decisions you made on your job begin to pay off quite nicely.

Poetry Picnics Get a taste of poetry and bring your picnic dinner to the Riverside Nature Center, at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9, in Anim a s Park off B ro w n ing Parkway. We’ll stroll out to the Herb and Xeriscape Garden and eat in the newly built seating circle for a short program of poetry readings by more than one reader. Feel free to bring your favorite poem about our featured theme, Summer. Afterwards, you may enjoy strolling in the park until sunset. Don’t miss the last Poetry Picnic program of the season on Aug. 23. Program is free. For more information call 505.599.1422.

and more. The fee is $6 – $2 for Civitan pass holders – and may be paid at class. At 5:30 p.m., don’t miss the Family Night Scramble. Come to Piñon Hills Golf Course, 2101 Sunrise Parkway, for this 9-hole s c ra m bl e. Kids play free! To register for these last family programs of the summer season, contact the Piñon Hills Golf Course Pro Shop at 505.326.6066. Get more information at Beat the heat at Brookside Kids, don’t miss Twilight Swim from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug.

9, at Brookside Pool, 1501 N. Dustin Ave. Always a favorite event, you can swim as the sun sets and get a glow-in-the dark necklace or bracelet. Be sure to bring your own flotation devices. On Saturday, Aug. 10, join us for the last day of summer swimming at Brookside. Public swim hours are 1 to 4 p.m. and 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information call 505.599.599-1167 or 505.599.1188, or go online at History Hike – Butler Ranch Birding/Escalante Days Be at the Farmington Museum, 3041 E. Main St., on the second Saturday of the month, through September, for a fun and

informative hike that explores the cultural and natural history of the Four Corners region. On Aug. 10, meet at 8 a.m. and return by 4 p.m. Participants can explore the woodland and meadow trails of the Butler Ranch in Dolores, Colo. Get a chance to attend the annual Escalante Days, which includes a short ride on the historic Galloping Goose train. Space is limited, so registration is required and can be completed by registering online at, under the quick links tab on the right, or by coming in to the museum. The cost is $10 per person and includes transportation and lunch. This is an adults-only program. For more information call 505.599.1169 or go to

Families play golf! Mark your calendars for Friday, Aug. 9! From 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., sign your child up for the Junior Golf Program, 9 Holer Club, under a relationship with The First Tee of San Juan County, NM. Meet at Civitan Golf Course, 2100 N. Dustin Ave., for this playing class, designed for par level and older player level kids who are able and eager to play more golf. They will get instruction on form, pace, rules, etiquette,

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library events Get the latest information about what’s happening at the Farmington Public Library. Follow us on twitter @FarmPubLib. Did you Dig Into Reading this summer at the Farmington Public Library or Shiprock

Branch Library? Don’t forget to pick up your summer reading T-shirt if you logged all of your books! Details at Tuesday, Aug. 13 – 9:45 a.m. Come to the Farmington Public Library for a free computer class. Learn the basics in today’s Intro to Internet class. Registration

is required and may be completed by calling 505.599.1270. Thursday, Aug. 15 – 9:45 a.m. Come to the Farmington Public Library for a free computer class. Learn the basics in today’s Intro to Email class. Registration is required and may be completed by calling 505.599.1270.

During the month of August, the Shiprock Branch will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call 505.368.3804, or log on to Please note that the Farmington Public Library will be closed Aug. 31 through Sept. 2 for the Labor Day Holiday Weekend. Online resources will continue to be available at during the closing.

aztec pets of the week (Left) Rudy, Rudy he’s our man, if Rudy can’t do it, Bella can! Rudy is a 1year-old male Harrier. Bella is a 9-month-old female Lab mix. These two are great companions who will do anything to keep your family happy. Great with other dogs and kids. Open your hearts to these two. (Below left) Denver is a beautiful 3-year-old female Heeler mix. She is a perfect running dog with a terrific personality. Little Man is a debonair, neutered 5-year-old Pekingese. Although he is partially blind and can only see images and shadows, this does not stop his little spirit. He gets along just fine. Both are great with kids and other dogs. Please adopt today. (Right) These are Turnip and Sunny. Turnip is a handsome 3-year-old male. His personality is as tasty as an orange Popsicle. Sunny is a beautiful, green-eyed, spayed 10-year-old Tortie. Don’t let her age fool you. She is quite playful! She is also de-clawed. Both are awesome with kids and other cats. Don’t hesitate. Adopt today.

The Aztec Animal Shelter, 825 Sabena, is open from noon to 4 p.m. daily.

Talk about happy hearts. Opie is a striking 1-year-old male German Shepherd-Aussie, another great running dog who enjoys adventures. Zoey is a foxy spayed 8-year-old, Chow-Lab. She is nothing but a bundle of joy who knows commands. Both are great with kids and other dogs. Please make them new members of your loving family.

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Cookie is one of the many mama kitties with babies that we have here at the shelter. She is loving and sweet, and would love a nice quiet and warm place for her to rest and take care of her babies. If you have an extra bedroom, or a closed off laundry room, please consider fostering one of our many beautiful mamas with their babies until the babies are old enough to be on their own.

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Epilepsy, seizure in pets

Advanced imaging recommended for mid-age dogs Epilepsy is a brain disorder that strikes pets as well as humans. While this condition is relatively rare in cats, it is common in dogs. Unpredictable, recurring seizures caused by an electrical “storm” in the brain are the hallmark of epilepsy. A diagnosis of epilepsy is made only after all other reasons for such seizures have been ruled out. Although there is no cure for epilepsy, frequent seizures can typically be managed with drugs. A seizure consists of spontaneous, uncontrolled movements such as trembling, twitching or leg padding, or changes in consciousness or behaviors, which are caused by electrical abnormalities in the brain. Seizures can be localized, such as in areas of the face, or generalized, involving the entire body. During a seizure, a pet may salivate, and lose bladder or bowel control, and it is common for pets to appear disoriented for minutes or hours after a seizure. In many cases, a seizure

PAWSITIVELY PETS Darren Woodson may be an isolated event, brought on by any number of reasons, such as low blood sugar, infectious diseases, toxins, kidney or liver failure or trauma. Anything that puts pressure on the brain, such as a tumor, can also cause seizures. Treatment of the underlying cause can often resolve the seizure activity. When seizures recur over a period of weeks, months and years, the condition is known as epilepsy. Epilepsy is often called “idiopathic epilepsy,” meaning that the exact cause of recurring seizures cannot be identified. Epilepsy in dogs can present at any age, but most will make their disease known via owner-observed seizure activity before the age of 5. The condition may have varying degrees of severity and amenability

to treatment. While very mild cases carry an excellent prognosis, a few dogs can suffer from an intransigent form that leads almost inevitably to euthanasia. Most dogs, however, fall somewhere in the middle. Based on the evaluation of breed and line-specific predispositions to epilepsy, it’s suspected that this disorder may be inherited. The mode of inheritance, however, has not been worked out and seems to vary depending on the affected breed. Multiple genes may be involved in some cases. Signs may vary widely in terms of the length, frequency, and general manifestation of the seizures. Generally, signs may include trembling, twitching, padding of limbs, salivation, urination, defecation and changes in consciousness,

which would be known as a grand mal seizure if all these signs are seen. While most seizures only last a few minutes, pets experiencing seizures of longer duration should be seen by a veterinarian immediately. In most cases, the timing of the seizures is effectively unpredictable. Typically, idiopathic epilepsy is diagnosed only after all other obvious causes of seizures have been eliminated from the list of possibilities. A physical examination and basic laboratory testing – complete blood count, chemistry, urinalysis – are usually recommended. Toxicology studies, specific testing for infectious diseases and cerebral spinal fluid analysis can be very helpful as well, especially for patients with severe or seemingly progressive symptoms. Advanced imaging studies – MRI or CT scan – are strongly recommended for middle-aged to older animals to rule out the possibility of brain tumors or other lesions.

Epilepsy can occur in all breeds of dogs. Those most affected include the Belgian Tervuren, Beagle, Bernese Mountain Dog, Cocker Spaniel, Collie, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Irish Setter, Keeshond, Labrador Retriever, Poodle, Miniature Schnauzer, Saint Bernard, and Wirehaired Fox Terrier. Cats have less genetic predispositions. Idiopathic epilepsy itself is considered incurable, but the disease can be managed with the long-term use of drugs. The goal of treatment is to decrease the severity and frequency with the least side effects from medications. These medications typically serve to raise the brains’ resistance to the abnormal electrical impulses that trigger seizures. The most common drug used for dogs is Phenobarbital, but several other choices exist for chronic therapy if this drug produces intolerable side effects or if seizures remain uncontrolled. Unfortunately, almost all other drug choices are significantly more

expensive. In almost all cases in which drug therapy is elected, frequent monitoring of these patients – typically through several lab workups – is necessary. Other drugs being used are potassium bromide and, more recently, human drugs such as Kepra. Some dogs, however, may not require any treatment at all. Dogs with infrequent seizures may, in fact, be more amenable to experiencing the occasional seizure than risking the side effects of the drugs used to treat them. There is no known mode of prevention for idiopathic epilepsy save a dedication breeding program that seeks to eradicated the trait via sterilization of affected animals and at least all firstdegree relatives. Some seizures may be prevented by avoiding specific drugs that can reduce the seizure threshold. To learn more about epilepsy, visit the website or call your family veterinarian.

Grandparents should help their kids be better parents Q: Our daughter and son-in-law have consented to be the guardians of our first grandchild, due in a few months. In preparation for this momentous event, we want to understand what our boundaries are. They will be living fairly close and we anticipate seeing them fairly often. When should we give advice and when should we not give advice? If we see them handling something wrongly, should we mention it to them? If they disagree with something we do, should we change our ways? Thanks for helping us out with this. A: Your first sentence summed up exactly how my wife and I saw the role

LIVING WITH CHILDREN John Rosemond of our children in our grandchildren’s lives. The young ones were our grandchildren first, their children second. In effect, they acted “in loco grandparentis.” But in all seriousness, you obviously have a good sense of humor, which you will sometimes need, let me assure you. As you are well aware, parenting is to great degree a trial-and-error process, and some parents make more errors along the way, and some children make

for more parental error. It is difficult, therefore, for those of us who’ve gone through the struggle and emerged relatively unscathed to keep our mouths shut when we see young parents making mistakes we learned not to make – after making them. We so much want to help them not have to travel along that hard road. The problem is they have to travel the same road in order to learn the same lessons. The further problem is

that the world of parenting has turned 180 degrees since you and I were young first-time parents. For example, today’s parents believe paying children lots of attention is a right and proper thing. I need not remind you that there was a day when children were supposed to pay far more attention to their parents than their parents paid them. My point is that most of us Baby Boomers have a different parent-view than do our children. We understand the pitfalls of trying to be liked by one’s kids. We know that explanations lead to arguments. And so on. Today’s parents discover all of this the hard way, if

they discover it at all. And they discover it in their own time, in their own way. Until then, any attempt to teach them is going to go in one ear and out the other. Worse, when grandparents try to sow these seeds of wisdom on ground that isn’t properly prepared, the resulting harvest is likely to be bitter. Many parents and grandparents out there are barely on speaking terms as a result of conflicts over how grandchildren are being raised. You don’t want to go there. So my recommendation to grandparents is to take whatever opportunities present themselves to help parents become the best parents they can be and

raise the best kids they can raise. Be gentle and know when to back off. My personal policy has been to give advice only when it’s asked for, albeit there have been times when I’ve said “I have some experience here, so if you want some advice, I’ll be glad to share it.” I have only given unsolicited advice when I truly felt that the health, broadly defined, of the child in question was at issue. In short, try your best to lead the horse to the water, but stop well short of trying to make it drink. Family psychologist John Rosemond answers parents’ questions at

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Pebble Beach, Glacier Club prizes attract sponsors, golfers For dedicated and diehard golfers, playing the Pebble Beach® golf course would be a dream come true. For one lucky Corporate Sponsor of the 24th Annual San Juan College Foundation Golf Scramble that dream will become a reality. The golf tournament will be Sept. 13 and 14 at Piñon Hills Golf Course. At the tournament’s dinner Sept. 14 at the San Juan Country Club a ticket will In honor of the Connie Mack World Series – one of the most underrated events in the country – I decided to start this week’s column with some baseball. Take yourself back to the fall of 1988. The Los Angeles Dodgers were playing the Oakland A’s in the World Series. Orel Hershiser Connie Mack week of course means baseball overload and the perfect week to put a little fertilizer on the lawn – because Connie Mack week is synonymous with rain. Connie Mack week also means back to school time as teachers report on Monday and the kids report on Thursday and Friday. So

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College students who will receive 100 percent of the tournament proceeds in the form of scholarships. Gayle Dean is the executive director of the San Juan College Foundation and is, as always, excited about the tournament and how it benefits college students. “We’re proud of this tournament,” Dean said. “It’s a top notch event and people are always eager to participate – especially knowing

THIS WEEK IN SPORTS JP Murrieta and Kirk Gibson solidified their names as Fall Classics of their own. Josh Suchon was a teenaged diehard A’s fan who just watched an

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that the money raised goes directly into the hands of the students.” The San Juan College Foundation has provided almost $5 million to San Juan College students in the form of scholarships – an achievement of which Dean and the San Juan College Foundation Board of Directors are justifiably proud. Wells Fargo and Aztec Well Servicing are major sponsors of the tournament. There are several levels of

sponsorship. A Corporate Sponsorship is $1,500, which includes two days of golf for a fourplayer team, the Corporate Sponsor dinner on Friday evening, recognition in the program, and advertising of their business name on the Corporate Sponsor sign. For those who prefer not to play golf, but want to participate in the fundraising and dinner, there are options available including an Activity Sponsorship

($500); and Hole Sponsorship ($200). Signage is also available for these sponsors. Individuals may participate in the tournament for $250 per person. The fee includes dinner for the golfer and a guest in addition to the opportunity to win great door prizes. For additional information about the tournament, or to sponsor the event, call the San Juan College Foundation at 505.566.3200.

First Tee

Looking back on the summer of 2013 As the summer has started to wind down and participants of The First Tee program are heading back to school, I would like to share my thoughts that I have accumulated since early June. First and foremost, watching junior golfers progress in their golf skills and life skills over a 3month window is extremely rewarding. Unfortunately for most, the practicing and the progress come to a complete halt when school starts. As with any activity, the continued efforts of parents and grandparents to take these youth to the

FIRST TEE Tom Yost golf course will have lasting effects for years to come. Not only will their golf games improve, but they will also be able to apply the many life skills that they learned throughout the summer. Golf is a great way to spend an afternoon with your family and will make for lasting memories. And as practice has become the constant theme

to improvement, the key area to practice is still and always will be – putting. I watched all summer as youth participants struggled with putting. Scores that should have been in the 5, 6 or 7 range turned quickly into scores of 9,10 and 11 due to the inability to get the golf ball into the hole. This problem isn’t just isolated to juniors – putting

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Murrieta and see Orel Hershiser being led up to the interview room and I shout out ‘You were lucky Hershiser!’,” said Suchon. The Dodgers ace replied, “Oh yeah? Grab a bat.” It turned out to be an exchange the two would never forget. Fast forward to present day and Suchon is the radio voice of the Albuquerque Isotopes. The playby-play man is also the author of Miracle Men, a book about the improbable 1988 Los Angeles Dodgers. “I talked to Hershiser and he thought (writing the book) would be a great idea,” explained Suchon. Hershiser even was convinced to write the foreword. “Josh’s book will enhance your memories. He’s going to put a new spin on that season. He’s going to tell you facts that you never knew and provide details that you had long forgotten.

Truth be told, this book is going to remind me of a lot of things that I’d forgotten about myself,” wrote Hershiser. The book was supposed to be cathartic for Suchon and help him get over the grief. Instead he found just the opposite. “I started getting upset again. I found the 39-year old Josh becoming the 15-year old Josh and getting mad at the A’s inability to get a hit.” Suchon says baseball in 1988 was very different than it is now. “I think I have an appreciation now for a team that I hated as a kid,” he joked. As for that exchange between Hershiser and a young Suchon back in 1988, both parties remember it well. “We still joke about it all the time,” Suchon explained. “When we see each other, we don’t say goodbye. I say ‘You

were lucky, Hershiser’ and he says ‘Grab a bat, kid.’ That’s how we say hello and goodbye to each other.” As for that loss to the Dodgers, Suchon says he’s over it by now – but barely. Back, better than ever The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team is wrapping up their tour in Australia this week. The Lobos played three games in three different cities Down Under. Unfortunately, freshman guard Cullen Neal underwent an emergency appendectomy while in Australia and didn’t get to play. But UNM big man Alex Kirk continued to impress. Before leaving, Kirk reflected on the long journey he’s taken – and it has nothing to do with that trip halfway around the world to

Australia. Two years ago Kirk underwent back surgery. He told us it was a rough couple of months. There was a point he didn’t think he would play basketball again. Two years and a lot of rehab later, Kirk has turned into one of the best big men in the country. He represented his country at the World University Games this summer and is getting a lot of national publicity prior to the season. “I think the year off really helped him,” said head coach Craig Neal. “The year he sat out he really got hungry for the game. He missed it and realized what it meant to him. He’s been a monster in practice and I’m excited for him.” Gone south for the summer The UNM football team is in the middle of camp down in Ruidoso. The team packed up the

pads, weights and equipment and headed south for a week and a half. The Lobos have held camp in Ruidoso since 2010. First and foremost, the conditions are cooler at Ruidoso’s 6,900-foot elevation. It also gives Davie and the coaching staff a 24/7 reign over the team without any distractions. My favorite Martin I’ll end this week with a good luck sendoff to former Piedra Vista standout Charly Martin. The wide receiver was claimed off waivers by the Jacksonville Jaguars. This is Martin’s second go-round in Jacksonville. He was with the Jaguars practice squad for the final four weeks of the 2011 season. Martin’s NFL career has taken him to Carolina, San Diego, Seattle, and – for a brief stay – San Francisco. He played his college ball at West Texas A&M.

Hoerner tom of the sixth inning against D-BAT in a loser’s out game. D-BAT scored two runs on a two hit to chase Short, then went on to win the game on a walkoff single by Luke Hoyl. Fun moment Best lighthearted moment of the series goes to the Midland coaching staff. After getting ejected from the Midland-Southern California game, the Midland coaches watched the game from the bleachers at Justis Park. That was when the World Series committee decided to send a runner over to see if they needed anything from the concession stand. Impressive play The most impressive play I saw during the Series was in what ended up being a rout of a game. Southern California Renegade outfielder Gavin Collins took off on a 1-1 count from third base and stole home on a straight steal. With the number 42 on his back, it was hard not to think of the same thing done 60 years ago by another 42, named Jack Roosevelt Robinson. Lessons From Summer Vacation That Have Nothing to do With Sports 1. Apparently Colorado is an ancient Druid word meaning drive in the left lane for no apparent reason even after passing a car. On the long drive from Farmington to Cheyenne, Wyo., 90 percent of the drive runs through Colorful Colorado where long amounts of my

time on I-25 is spent staring at a single set of taillights. 2. Old rock groups still bring it. Nothing makes you feel old like watching a rock group you grew up with play live and realize that theses guys are now 60. After attending RUSH last week and Bruce Springsteen this past winter, it’s good to know they can still rock the house. 3. There are movie theaters in the world that cater to the adults in the theater having a good experience.

1. In 2012, Mike Trout set an Angels franchise record for most runs scored in a season, with 129. Who had held the mark? 2. Which player led the National League the most times in both doubles and triples for a season? 3. When was the last time a Big East football player won the Heisman Trophy? 4. Who was the last NBA player before New York's Tyson Chandler in the 2011-12 season to have a field-goal percentage for a season of at least 67.9 percent? 5. When was the last time before 2013 (New

In Cheyenne the movie theaters have a policy of charging the adult movie price for any R-rated movie no matter the age. The ticket takers also ask if their patrons are sure this movie is appropriate for your children. This has drastically decreased the number of children attending movies inappropriate for their age. This is one of my biggest pet peeves going to the movie here in Farmington. Last month my wife and I attended the last daily showing of This is the End,

hoping there would be no elementary school age children, or lower, in the theater that late. It was not to be. There were five children under the age of 10 at the movie. Cheyenne will be also offering film times for adults only at the beginning of next year, which means no kids and no texting teenagers.

Jersey) that a Stanley Cup finalist failed to make the playoffs the next season? 6. Of the original 10 Major League Soccer teams, how many have won an MLS champi-

onship? 7. How many years was it between George Foreman winning a major heavyweight boxing title for the first time and the second?

shots in the 1972-73 season for the Los Angeles Lakers. 5. In 2007, both Carolina and Edmonton failed to reach the playoffs. 6. Six. 7. Nearly 22 years (January 1973 to November 1994).

out in two games, they got to spend a few extra days in the host city. It rained, of course! Meanwhile, due to the weather, the Midland Redskins were undefeated going in to Wednesday’s play. Then were eliminated in just a matter of hours, having lost a 10 a.m. game to Southern California, then losing a heartbreaker 3-2 game to DBAT in the second game of what ended up being a doubleheader after leading 2-0 going into the bottom of the sixth. All this was caused by the weather Tuesday night and the monetary necessity of having the host team play the last game of the night. It is completely understandable to have the host team play when the most fans are available to get to the game, but it would seem fairer to have the Strikezone play the noon game on Wednesday, allowing both the winner and the loser of the 10 a.m. game a little time between games. Great job ground crew! Speaking of the weather, the Ricketts Park ground crew did an incredible job getting the field ready to play on after Tuesday’s storm. Not only did they get the game in after a nearly three-hour rain delay, they got the field ready to go by 9 a.m. the next morning for the makeup game. Heartbreaker Heartbreak of the series goes to Midland pitcher Wyatt Short. Short had a no-hitter going into the bot-

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are some observations on week one. The bunt Bunting is still a lost art. With the implementation of wood bats to the World Series small ball has become more prominent, but there were still times when a bunt was needed yet not executed, costing teams scoring opportunities. The lone exception was the East Cobb Yankees who executed the sacrifice very well to championship day. Home team It’s always a more interesting series when the home team is doing well. The Strikezone reached the Final Four this week, which by any standard is a successful showing in the national tournament. Every year, there is local chatter that this is the year the host team could win it all. While I would never doubt the possibility, it would take a unique set of circumstances for that chance to happen. Just a simple look at the press packet and where the other teams’ players are either drafted or going to college and it’s easy to see the talent level is not quite the same up and down the roster. Bye, bye, bye The byes have to go. While the “Qualifier“ tournaments mean more teams come to Farmington, it does make for some difficult and interesting schedule issues. For example, the South Troy Dodgers played in Game No. 1 on Friday and then sat around waiting until Tuesday to play in Game No. 11. So while they were

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rather be a great putter than a great striker of the golf ball. Finally, as the temperatures begin the downward trend into the most comfortable time of the year, I would like to take a moment and thank all of the many volunteers, donors and parents that helped make The First Tee what it has become today. The idea of teaching life skills and character values through golf can only succeed with the generosity of our donors, the hard work put forth by our volunteers and mentors and the openness and understanding of our parents. The First Tee of San Juan County, NM is thriving because of these groups of people – and on behalf of the board of directors and our staff, we say “Thank you.�


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Honey research buzzing forward

Patients needed to participate in clinical trial The collaborative efforts of two local doctors, San Juan Regional Medical Center and San Juan College surrounding a study examining the effects of treating methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, wounds with local honey is making progress. Working with the college and SJRMC, Dr. Joseph Pope, family practitioner, and Dr. R. Stephen Rankin, pediatrician, have established a multidisciplinary group that includes SJC faculty and staff from the medical laboratory technology program, biology and technology services. Dr. Rankin is serving as the primary investigator, overseeing the clinical trial planning committee whose members include

Dr. Pope; Mary Doshi, SJC Medical Laboratory Technology associate professor; Dr. Don Hyder professor of biology; Lynn Lane, SJC technology trainer; and Beth Philips, research consultant and SJRMC Institutional Review Board administrator. Currently, Doshi has shown that the local honey is effective in laboratory cultured MRSA samples, and the research group has received FDA approval to move forward with clinical trials. Patients are still needed to complete the study, and Dr. Joseph Pope, family practitioner, and Dr. R.

Stephen Rankin, a pediatrician, are encouraging those eligible for the study to contact Piñon Family Practice at 505.324.1000. The study needs about a total of 60 patients. MRSA is a staph bacterium that doesn’t respond to the first-line antibiotics that usually cure this type of staph infection. While people are often fearful of MRSA, it is actually far more common and present in everyday life than realized. It can be found on a door handle, just as other known bacteria and viruses can, but is difficult to treat. “MRSA has become a real

challenge,” Dr. Pope said. “It is difficult to treat that type of infection because the MRSA bacteria have become resistant to antibiotics. Our hypothesis is that honey grown in Northwestern New Mexico will be safer and better than antibiotics.” Any person ages 16 through 79 can participate in the study with the following: n An abscess less than or equal to 6 cm in diameter on the extremity (arms or legs), or trunk (chest, ab-

domen or back) requiring incision and drainage. n Consent to try honey prepared dressing. n The ability to return to the office each day for seven days for evaluation Those with any of the following exclusionary criteria will not be allowed to participate in the study: n Under the age of 16 and age 80 or older n Have an underlying immune system disease n Abscess of face, scalp, breast or genitals, hands or feet n Diagnosed as a diabetic n Pregnancy n Allergic to bee pollen, honey or sulfa antibiotics and lidocaine n Diagnosed with peripheral vascular disease n Patient acknowledgement of current drug or

alcohol abuse All patients in the study will receive free treatment of their wound. All patients will be treated with either honey or antibiotics, but patients will not get a choice.“Honey is really an old remedy,” Dr. Rankin said. “In many different cultures and in many different parts of the world, honey has been commonly used to treat wounds for a long time. Honey also appears to have a safe profile as far as treatments go. It has very few side effects, especially compared to antibiotics.” For more information about the study or to inquire about eligibility, contact Piñon Family Practice at 505.324.1000.

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hay fever and pollination! Breathe with Caution!” Ah Choo!

Hay fever and cars In searching for a cause to explain the increase in “hay fever” incidence in humans, some scientists have postulated that it might be the increase in the burning of coal, oil and other fossil fuels. Hmmm? In their defense, scientists are allowed, even encouraged, to speculate. In this case their reasoning is: the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) has increased in our atmosphere. CO2 traps heat in the atmosphere. The increase in temperature causes more plants to grow. The more plants that grow, the more pollen they produce THUS – the more you drive the more you sneeze! We read their speculations in the newspaper therefore – we think it is true! We tell our friends, our family and our children, columnists write about it, and carnival barkers concoct miraculous cures for it. It becomes common knowledge, a celebrity endorses it, when in fact, no one has ever scientifically proven it to be true. It is the same scenario that drives the “climate change/global warming” controversy, the “alternative medicine” controversy, and the “origin of the universe” controversy. I remember a big story when “experts” were proclaiming red meat caused colon cancer. They based their conclusions on this reasoning: Fact: Americans have more colon cancer than Japanese, Americans eat more red meat than Japanese, therefore red


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athletic humans who generate fractionally more CO2 then sedentary humans, suggesting that jogging, basketball and play-

fish diet high in cod liver oil – but it still remains conjecture. As for our good scientist’s proposition about driving your car as being the cause of hay fever, how ’bout this for an alternative theory: In 1970 the world population was 3.7 billion. Today the world population is 7 billion – twice as many. Humans inhale oxygen made by plants. Plants inhale CO2 made by humans. Thus, the blame for hay fever could be the increased number of people exhaling CO2, which the plants then absorb causing them to grow and generate pollen. This hypothesis allows for other factors such as

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The root of the problem

Building good soil creates best growing conditions There are many situations where people struggle growing certain plants in their yard, or in certain spots within their yard. There are those who continually struggle with their lawn in particular areas year after year. What about those people who have trees in the yard that either don’t grow as they should or are always yellow or never look that good? There are many different issues that can affect the health of your plants. Heat and drought are a big factor this time of year. As temperatures rise each summer, the stress on plants can often be seen in a number of ways. Wilting and/or dry crunchy leaf edges are the most obvious signs of drought and heat, but normally can be corrected by simply increasing the amount of water. Sunburn is also a problem that often affects plants this time of year. Sunburn nor-

mally creates discoloration on the surface of leaves, with some curling and burning. Sunburn is generally seen on young plants that have not completely acclimated to a new location. This is usually caused by direct sun or reflective heat off of buildings, gravel, concrete, etc. Plants will typically acclimate over time to this problem, assuming the plant can handle full sun and heat. Nutrient intake by plants can be a big problem, particularly in our part of the country. Fertilizing is important as many times our soils do not have good nutrient levels. Nutrient levels in the soil alone may, however, not take care of the plant’s needs. If the plant cannot pull the nutrients out of the soil, then it does no good for the plant. There are situations where nutrients can be in the soil, but are unavailable to the plants. When pH levels are too high, nutrients such as zinc,

iron and phosphorus can be locked up in the soil. In most sandy soils, simply adding an acidifier to the soil can break the bond and allow the nutrient intake by the plants. There are conditions in which simply adding an acidifier alone may not work. Creating a mycorrhizal

The booking user fee is common in other detention facilities nationwide to help offset the costs associated with providing inmate services, according to Havel. “I believe the taxpayers would benefit from the inmates paying for some of their share of their using the services.” San Juan County is the only county in New Mexico to have a booker user fee at a detention facility, according to Carpenter. “Is $10 a standard number or do some charge more?” Commissioner Keith Johns asked. “The fee is not standardized across the entire nation.

It can range from a $2 fee all the way up to $50,” Havel answered. Approximately 13,000 inmates are booked into the detention facility each year, Havel said.“It is anticipated that we will collect 50 percent” of the booking user fees, which would generate $65,000 annually. The reason why it is anticipated that only 50 percent of the booking user fees will be collected is because if inmates cannot afford to put money into their commissary accounts, they do not have to pay for the available services. “What we try to do is not make anyone indigent


relationship in the soil may be the answer. Mycorrhiza is a beneficial fungus that attaches to the roots of plants and helps in the absorption of nutrients. Mycorrhiza is an important component in soil life and chemistry. In order for plants to absorb nutrients, the nutrients

must be in a water/soil solution. This means it takes water to dissolve the nutrients so that roots can consume them. This is not an issue if your plants are in a mycorrhizal relationship. The fungus of mycorrhizae can uptake or sequester those nutrients even in arid soil conditions, taking nutrients that were not in a soil/water solution, and making them available for plant consumption. Tight compacted soils or overly saturated soils also create nutrient uptake problems. All soil microbes and

even mycorrhizae need oxygen to live and work in soils. Compaction issues can be corrected most of the time by adding gypsum or soil activator (humic acid). In some cases a mechanical aerator is required to open up heavily compacted soils. Anytime you have problems with plants in certain areas of the yard, it is important to get to the “root” of the problem. In this part of the country, we have been given soil challenges. The best way to create good growing conditions for plants is to build the soil.

when they come to the facility,” Havel said. “If the fee is imposed and they don’t have that fee it will carry through and if they are ever incarcerated again

that would just be added.” Although it is not anticipated the booking user fee would cover all the costs of the inmate services, it would help offset the subsidy from

the county’s general fund, according to Havel. The collection of the fee will be handled by Trinity Services Group, the county’s current commissary provider.

fee “In an effort to offset the direct cost to the taxpayers, staff is proposing a booking user fee of $10 to begin on Sept. 1. This fee would be a one-time fee per inmate book,” said Tom Havel, adult detention center administrator. The $10 will automatically be deducted from an inmate’s commissary account. The commissary account is money inmates use to purchase food and hygiene items. “(The account) is driven by the inmate on whether they have money that will go into their account or if their family members will put money into their account,” Carpenter said.



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Community support Advantage Dodge donates $7,500 to Childhaven LAUREN DUFF Tri-City Tribune

Community support is what helps Childhaven thrive, said Childhaven CEO Erin Hourihan, who received a donation from the local car dealership Advantage Dodge Chrysler Jeep on Aug. 7. Steve Melloy, Advantage dealer principal, donated $7,500 to Childhaven. The money was raised during a weeklong community sales event in July, which is when a customer purchases a vehicle and part of the final cost is donated to an organization selected by the dealership. Advantage has been doing this for three years, and Childhaven received the donation last year and this year. “This is for a great cause and Childhaven is a great asset to the community

and we want to help them out,” Melloy said. Hourihan said the $7,500 will help out a great deal and it allows her not to “stress” about the non-profit organization’s budget. “In order to make our budget flush we need the help and support of the state and local funds. This nice surprise from the community makes it all come together.” The money will be used for personnel purposes and to also pay for the children’s food and clothing. “Sometimes there can be a gap and this money allows us to be flexible and fill in the gap,” Hourihan explained. She added that she appreciates the community’s constant support and hopes “people still see (Childhaven) as a vital service” within San Juan County.

From left, Jamie Church, Childhaven Foundation development director, Steve Melloy, Advantage dealer principal, and Erin Hourihan, Childhaven CEO, hold the check that was donated to Childhaven by Advantage on Aug. 7.

‘NM Reads to Lead’

Literacy program pumps funds into local school districts DEBRA MAYEUX Tri-City Tribune Farmington Municipal Schools will receive $195,000 to help expand childhood literacy through the state’s “Read to Lead” initiative. Governor Susana Martinez announced the funding on Aug. 4 when she said the “New Mexico Reads to Lead” initiative would be implemented in every New Mexico school by funding it with $14.5 million this next school year. Each district was set to receive at least $50,000, but Farmington received $195,000, while Aztec and Bloomfield School Districts received $130,000. Central Consolidated Schools was given $162,500. The "New Mexico Reads to Lead" initiative provides funding for resources to increase student reading levels in Kindergarten through 3rd grade, according to the governor’s office. “Grade-level literacy should be the minimum expectation for every student in our state,” Martinez said. “We know all too well that students who can’t read on grade level will face ever-increasing challenges in school and in life. The

Gov. Susana Martine was in town to promote the statewide reading program on June 12. – Josh Bishop file photo

ability to read is the key to excel in every other subject and serves as the foundation for success inside and outside the classroom.” Martinez said the program has a proven success record, because in its first year, test scores showed

those students in the 13 initial participating school districts improved their reading comprehension. The districts’ reading scores improved by 7.8 percent, compared to a statewide improvement of 2.9 percent, according to the state

education department. The initiative has helped pay for reading coaches, educational screening tools, professional development programs for teachers, and reading interventions for more than 100,000 New Mexico stu-

dents. This year the state will provide 14 regional reading coaches at a cost of $2 million. These coaches will assist teachers with best practices for teaching reading to elementary school students. Some 46 reading coaches were hired statewide last year, when “New Mexico Reads to Lead” first was implemented. Districts and schools also can use the funds to hire their own reading coaches to serve teachers and students. Additionally, more than $2 million in funding will be used to provide two common diagnostic testing systems to measure reading progress. The systems would be Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills, or DIBELS Next, and Indicadores Dinámicos del Éxito en la Lectura, or IDEL, which measures progress for English as a Second Language learners. These tools will be used to identify struggling readers and allow for early reading interventions that also include monitoring student programs and maintaining their progress, even if the student transfers into a different school district. The funds are expected to be awarded later this month.

Ervin Chavez honored

SJRMC Tribal Liaison receives national Indian Health Award The Direct Service Tribes Advisory Committee, or DSTAC, has recently awarded Ervin Chavez one of its Recognition and Appreciation Awards. Chavez has been a governmental and tribal liaison for San Juan Regional Medical Center since 1994; he represents the Navajo Nation, particularly the Shiprock Service Unit, and is dedicated to improving health services for the Navajo people in

northwest New Mexico. As a liaison, Chavez works closely with San Juan Regional Medical Center President and CEO Rick Wallace, Indian Health Services, and the Navajo and Jicarilla Tribes, including their tribal officials. He also works to ensure San Juan Regional Medical Center’s AirCare air ambulance services and emergency medical services can provide effective care within the Navajo Nation.

Upcoming projects include communicating changes from the Affordable Care Act to the Navajo people who chose non-IHS or private healthcare providers. Award recipients – including 10 national winners – are recognized for their dedicated service and significant contributions to Indian Health Service Direct Service Tribes’ healthcare programs and activities. Chavez has exhibited per-

sonal and professional commitment in the delivery of quality healthcare services and programs through exceptional leadership and performance for the benefit of American Indians, tribes, and communities, as established by DSTAC’s award description. Additional factors that contributed to Chavez’s nomination are his ability to work with governmental agencies as well as state and federal officials

to improve the lives of others – specifically, serving as a county commissioner for 16 years, on IHS health boards for 32 years, as Huerfano Chapter president for six years, and Navajo Chapter President at Nageezi for 11 years, for which he just started a new term for 20132016. “I find it most enjoyable to work with San Juan Regional Medical Center and Mr. Wallace,” said Chavez,

in reference to his liaison position. “I find my job interesting and something different every day.” “We extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to Ervin for his continued work and dedication as he bridges an important gap by representing those living in the Navajo Nation with health services they need,” said Wallace. “He is very deserving of this recognition.”



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No. D-1116-PB-201300037-8 NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned has been appointed Personal Representative of the Estate of Belva Thacker Fieldsted. All persons having claims against this Estate is required to present their claims within two months after the date of the first publication of this Notice or the claims will be forever barred. Claims must be presented either to the undersigned Personal Representative’s attorney, Val. R. Jolley, Jolley Law Firm, P.C., P.O. Box 2364, Farmington, New Mexico 87499, or filed with the San Juan County District Court, 103 South Oliver, Aztec, New Mexico, 87410. DENNIS DON FIELDSTED Personal Representative of the Estate of Belva Thacker Fieldsted, Deceased P.O. Box 253 Waterflow, NM 87421 JOLLEY LAW FIRM, P.C. VAL R. JOLLEY Attorney for Personal Representative P.O. Box 2364 Farmington, New Mexico 87499 (505)327-6116 Legal No. 114 Dates 8/2, 8/9/2013

NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOHN M. COY and PAMELA COY have been appointed Co-Personal Representatives of this Estate. All persons having claims against this estate are required to present their claims within two (2) months after the date of the first publication of this Notice or the claims will be forever barred. Claims must be presented either to Larry T. Thrower, THE THROWER LAW FIRM, P.C., attorney for John M. Coy and Pamela Coy, Co-Personal Representatives of the Estate of Jimmie R. Cooper, Deceased, 411 North Auburn, Farmington, New Mexico 87401 or filed with the Eleventh Judicial District Court, 103 South Oliver Drive, Aztec, New Mexico 87410. Dated July 25, 2013 Larry T. Thrower Attorney of John M. Coy and Pamela Coy Co-Personal Representatives of the Estate Of Jimmie R. Cooper, Deceased 411 North Auburn Farmington, New Mexico 87401


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that M. Wesley Clements has been appointed Personal Representative of this Estate. All persons having claims against this estate are required to present their claims within two (2) months after the date of the first publication of this Notice, or the claims will be forever barred. Claims must be presented either to the undersigned Personal Representative at the following address: M. Wesley Clements 640 CR 4990 Bloomfield, New Mexico 87413 Or filed with the Probate Court of San Juan County, New Mexico at the following address: 100 South Oliver Drive, Aztec, New Mexico 87410. DATED this 29th day of July, 2013. T. Ryan Lane Attorney for the Estate of Mannen Clements P.O. Box 1020 Farmington, New Mexico 87499 505-325-1804 Legal No.111 Dates 8/9, 8/16/2013

Legal No.110 Dates 8/2, 8/9/2013


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homecoming home ceremony at Jeremy’s mother, Kathi’s, office. When Jeremy arrived at his mother’s office, he immediately saw her shocked expression. “I got out of the car and saw everyone around then I just saw her face and everything became blurry. It was amazing,” Jeremy said. Kathi was overwhelmed with emotion when she saw her son, wiping tears from her cheeks. “It was good to see his face and know he was safe,” she said. “There is nothing like holding him and knowing he was O.K.” She admitted the past few months were challenging knowing her son was in Afghanistan. “It’s been a test of faith knowing my son is going to be O.K. I also know how strong and spiritually strong he is too,” Kathi said. Also overwhelmed by the amount of community support, Jeremy said this is what serving in the military is about. “It is amazing and gives me hope. Once my buddies hear about this, it will keep them going just as much – it is not just for me.” Born and raised in San Juan

County, Jeremy loved to play all sports: football, baseball, and riding motorcycles. Jeremy has many memories from this area, which is also where he met and married his wife, Haley, in Bloomfield. They later had their first son, Draven. Jeremy enlisted into the United States Army and became a member of the Army Corps of Engineers. He was stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina and in October 2012, he was deployed to Afghanistan with the 919 Airborne Combat Engineers. Jeremy and Haley’s second son, Colter, was born when Jeremy was serving in Afghanistan. He was finally able to hold his child when he returned from Afghanistan a couple of weeks ago. Even though Jeremy and his family now live in North Carolina, the community still came out to celebrate his return home. “I was surprised,” Haley said about the number of people at the celebration. “People are always willing to come and honor a hero.”

Farmington Mayor Tommy Roberts and Bloomfield Mayor Scott Eckstein presented Jeremy with letters of appreciation. “I hope (this letter) will help you remember this day that is a very special day for you, your family, and all the people here this afternoon,” Roberts said. “We want to tell you we appreciate your selfless sacrifice for the effort to protect the freedoms that we sometimes take for granted.” Steve said he appreciates the amount of community support he received when organizing the surprise celebration. “Every person, without a doubt, said ‘We are there and we will bring some friends.’ People love supporting soldiers. The very reason why we can gather here is because of men like my son,” Steve said. “I’ve always been patriotic. But you’ll never know until you send a child to war what patriotism really is.” Jeremy will be stationed at Fort Bragg for a couple more years and then he will decide whether he wants to reenlist into the army or pursue a degree in engineering.


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Nosey Nellie thinks maybe she’ll go into the field of foreign relations. NN thinks if she was a foreign relations person, she could travel to foreign countries and form bonds and create relations that would be good for her country and for the world. NN has a lot of experience in foreign relations, although not in for reals foreign countries and prob’ly not the kinda relations she might get to do as a foreign relations mogul. NN spent a lot of time in Paris (the Vegas branch) and in New York (which also has a branch in Vegas) and the Riviera (which NN know for a fact other foreign relations people use as a base when they’re in Vegas on busi-

ness) and the Bellagio (which NN thinks is one ’nother foreign country with “offices” in Vegas), so she learned a lot about foreign relations with her clients and friends who represent those countries. NN also knows that New York isn’t a for reals foreign country, but NY has been known to welcome people from ’nother countries to live there and help support the tax system. Whatever. NN heard that there will be an important “contingency” from Mexico visiting the area this month and has submitted her application to be the foreign relations representative. NN doesn’t know if they want/need a foreign relations person, but sometimes people don’t know what they need until you remind ’em. NN isn’t fluent in Spanish, but knows the important words in the vocab – Margarita, Si

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Senor, muchas gracias, bueno, Hot Tamale and Taco Bell – so she’s pretty sure she can communicate. Once NN gets her Foreign Relations Certification from Sam’s Club, she’ll be able to market herownself and become another Hillary Clinton or Miss America. NN can be nice, and while she is prob’ly a tad bit older than Miss America, she does have a better hairstyle than Hillary. Just sayin’. . .. NN is also thinkin’ that most Foreign Relations Professionals get some kinda immunity for traffic tickets and felonies, and that would help NN clear her record, which would allow her to return to Vegas and to the Off Vegas Strip, where she met a lotta people from foreign countries who had a lotta foreign money that NN discovered you can cash at one of the “banks” that also have “offices” in Vegas. Whatever. In case the Foreign Relations thingey doesn’t work out, NN is also considering a musical career. NN knows Pam Tillis is performing at the San Juan County Fair tonight, and that when you’re a famous star, you can ask for designer water, all the Taco Bell you can eat, a Persian

rug to stand on when you’re performing and a cabana boy to hand you that designer water, which must be in an equally designer glass and not from the designer bottle. NN was a stand-in for Polly Darton in Off Vegas once and people didn’t even notice that NN made up the words to the songs on accounta she didn’t know the for reals ones. They did notice that the faux Polly Darton wasn’t as “endowed” as the real one, but if ya give ’em enough Three Buck Chuck, they pretty much don’t care anyway. Just sayin’. . . . NN’s been out at the fair all week and discovered that half of the men there are named Justin. NN isn’t quite sure how that happened or why, but all of ’em have their names on their belt buckles, which NN thinks is cute. And most of ’em are for reals cowboys on accounta they all have Wranglers written on their jeans so everyone will know they’re professional cowboys. NN saw lotsa people at the fair, eating fair food and checking out the exhibits and lotsa the ladies checkin’ out the Justins. NN saw Bill and Louise Van Huss, Cheryl Simkins, Sheri Rogers, Janna Elkins,

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TUESDAY – AUG 13 7 a.m.: The Scott Michlin Morning Program: Farmington Chamber of Commerce 7:30 a.m.: New Mexico Mile Marker: Gardiner: coal made the town until the Great Depression 7:55 a.m.: Adopt-A-Pet Tuesday

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Rita Gibson, Cindy Rash, Julia Foy, Norma Easley, Jack and Martha Morrison, Amanda Price, Sandy Williams, Bill and Joy Woodard, Kit Doerfert, Rosemary Mestas and her handsome son, John, who plays semi-pro baseball and will be a major league player soon, Cindy VerHaar, Dee Ann Durbin, Adam Savage, Steve Bortstein, Candy Blassingame, Schaefer Church, Shanna Webb, Blaine Williams, Ben Hazelwood, the whole entire Huish family, Lucille Jones, Kim Martinez, Clifton Wages, David and Jeanne Stark, Bert and Gene Stark, Richard Reilly, Gwen Gonser, Linda Ferrell, Phil Hutton, Dave Schafer, the wonderful staff of Spare Rib Barbecue, Ryan Woodard, and Rusty Chance. Also having fun at the fair were Dale Walls, Terri Roquemore, Daniel Hill, Michael Davidson, Stephannie and Jeff Hammons, Coy Waybourn, Kaleb and his Dinky Donuts, Clyde Ward and his lovely wife, Doug and Cathy Hallock, Peggy Jones, Jamie Turrentine, Pat and Liz Valdez and the cutest kids ever, Cheryl Sitton, Kathy Price, Crystal Tafoya, Sheridy and Mike Walker, and all those Justins. There were lots

more people at the fair, but the nice law enforcement people confiscated NN’s camera when they saw her taking pictures of all the belt buckles of all the Justins and gave her a nice escort off the grounds. Whatever. In other news, Melissa and Dustin Porch celebrated their five-year wedding anniversary and the AVI employees donated 49 backpacks filled with school supplies to kids who need them. Sharon Zubrod, Darryl Dunlap, Erica Wells, Marc Weigel, Amber Valencia, NN’s buddy and pal, Jo Ann Culpepper, Kim Martinez (who’s been at the fair all week working hard and having fun!), Tana McCall and LaDonna Mace all celebrated birthdays this week. NN managed to sneak into the Fair Board Office all week to sample the cakes Ann Huish makes for the Fair Board and has gained 33 pounds in three days. The Snickers cake is the best and 30 of those pounds came from that cake. Fortunately, NN “carries” her weight pretty well on accounta she has those cute hooker heels from Tony Lama that whinny like a horse when she walks down the midway. The Justins LOVE her Tony Lamas!

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New York Times Crossword Puzzle FAST WORK By Andrew Reynolds / Edited by Will Shortz


49 Express

97 She outwitted Sherlock

1 Holiday cheer

50 GMC truck

7 Early round

51 GPS lines: Abbr.

99 ___ greens

13 “30 Rock” or “3rd

52 Texas athletic site

102 Versailles resident

Rock From the

54 Dive, maybe

103 Is a poor night


55 Molding material

19 P.G.A. event played on Father ’s Day 20 Company in a 2001

watchman, say


62 Like the 116-Across

112 Showy

67 Common pg. size

113 Greets the day

22 See 36-Across

68 “___ magic”

114 “Feeling Good”

23 Tickles

69 Auto safety feature, for short

27 Wordsworth’s “___ to Duty” 28 Short race? 29 ___ Peninsula 31 Opposite of eternally 35 Suffix with green or bean 36 With 22-Across, shortly 37 Accident marker 39 Subject of many a war

18 Unkempt

28 Fictional character

21 Old TV component

chanteuse 115 Hide-and-seek cheater

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95 N.F.L. owner who moved the Cleveland Browns to Baltimore in 1996































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58 63









70 74











87 89





40 Off course 93


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5 Business titan born

find it nauseating”

July 30, 1863 6 Not conned by

8 Take off 9 Give off 10 Light show light 11 Put away 12 Hip-hop’s ___ Def 13 Blasted


















47 He wrote, “I exist,

4 “L’Africaine,” e.g.

during the summer

93 Furtive



41 Tobiko, in Japanese

7 Grp. that rarely meets

48 Stamp, perhaps



46 Poorly insulated,

92 “No ___!”


33 Words to live by

3 2012 Emmy winner

45 Whole ___




44 A Beatle

91 Rise


32 Before, poetically

43 Bloody

44 Melee





2 Bear, in Baja

89 Generosity




1 Run smoothly

42 Cobra’s foe




30 Before long,

79 Con

88 How many Playboy bunnies dress

7 20


77 Seventh letter

87 “Nifty!”




38 Failed investment

86 Lord or lady



34 Exposed

82 Strong-smelling cheese


29 Give the silent

117 Consumer Reports

81 Narrow valleys



116 5-Down unit

73 A computer may be in it


for hands

71 Eye affliction



with steel pincers

70 Dead-end jobs, perhaps

72 Pizza order


17 More curious

26 Genetic enzyme

109 Showy shrub

25 Bobble


106 Gargoyle features,

61 Cons

24 Corrects

16 Feature of a 57-

105 Polo ground?

merger with

Law Firm

15 Balcony, e.g.

59 Seminary subj.


Tucker, Burns, Yoder & Hatfield

14 “Garfield” waitress

58 Robed ruler

60 New newt

Brought to you by

49 Bobble 50 Hook’s hand 52 Wake-up times, for short 53 Tolkien creatures

62 Get down pat 63 Up to the task 64 Northeast university town 65 Getup

71 Winter sprinkle

56 Many a Dream Act

74 Discharge

57 5-Down innovation 58 Latin 101 verb


75 Ending with cyto76 Space rock, maybe 77 List ender

88 Casting source for some H’wood

98 Lots 100 Tip for a reporter,


80 Like 82 Shrew 83 Bit of TV real estate

66 Pac-12 player

55 Impressive golf shot beneficiary

78 116-Across,


90 Hose holder

101 Status quo ___

91 Harvey of “Taxi

104 Brewery fixture


106 Cooke of soul

84 Pearl Buck heroine

93 Cone filler

107 For

85 Where 5-Down’s

94 “The Big Bang

108 Bygone flier

company gets an

Theory” co-creator



87 Bookworm, maybe

96 Extinguish

110 Phoenix-toAlbuquerque dir. 111 ___ Lingus

thought for the week Life is a compromise of what your ego wants to do, what experience tells you to do, and what your nerves let you do.

— Bruce Crampton

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at the movies ELYSIUM Rating: R Synopsis: In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the planet's crime and poverty, and they critically need the state-of-the-art medical care available on Elysium - but some in Elysium will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve their citizens' luxurious lifestyle. The only man with the chance bring equality to these worlds is Max (Matt Damon), an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission - one that pits him against Elysium's Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her hard-line forces - but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well.

PERCY JACKSON Rating: PG Synopsis: Percy Jackson, the son of Poseidon, continues his epic journey to fulfill his destiny, as he teams with his demigod friends to retrieve the Golden Fleece, which has the power to save their home and training ground, Camp Half-Blood.

WE’RE THE MILLERS Rating: R Synopsis: David Burke (Jason Sudeikis) is a small-time pot dealer whose clientele includes chefs and soccer moms, but no kids-after all, he has his scruples. So what could go wrong? Plenty. Preferring to keep a low profile for obvious reasons, he learns the hard way that no good deed goes unpunished when he tries to help out some local teens and winds up getting jumped by a trio of gutter punks. Stealing his stash and his cash, they leave him in major debt to his supplier, Brad (Ed Helms). In order to wipe the slate clean-and maintain a clean bill of health-David must now become a big-time drug smuggler by bringing Brad's latest shipment in from Mexico. Twisting the arms of his neighbors, cynical stripper Rose (Jennifer Aniston) and wannabe customer Kenny (Will Poulter), and the tatted-and-pierced streetwise teen Casey (Emma Roberts), he devises a foolproof plan. One fake wife, two pretend kids and a huge, shiny RV later, the "Millers" are headed south of the border for a Fourth of July weekend that is sure to end with a bang.

PLANES Rating: PG Synopsis: Dusty is a cropdusting plane who dreams of competing in a famous aerial race. The problem? He is hopelessly afraid of heights. With the support of his mentor Skipper and a host of new friends, Dusty sets off to make his dreams come true.

2 GUNS Rating: R Synopsis: Two crooked undercover officers - one from the DEA and the other from the Navy - unknowingly lead investigations on the other in this crime thriller from director Baltasar Kormakur. Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, and Bill Paxton head up the starring cast.

PACIFIC RIM Rating: PG-13 Synopsis: When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes-a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)-who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind's last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

THE CONJURING Rating: R Synopsis: Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. "The Conjuring" tells the true story of Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga), world renowned paranormal investigators, who were called to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most horrifying case of their lives.

THE WOLVERINE Rating: PG-13 Synopsis: Hugh Jackman returns as Wolverine in this sequel to the member of the X-Men's first solo outing. Mark Bomback and The Usual Suspects' Christopher McQuarrie penned the script, which takes its inspiration from the Chris Claremont/Frank Miller Marvel miniseries from the 1980s dealing with the character's adventures in Japan as he fights ninjas in the ceremonial garb of the samurai. Knight and Day's James Mangold directs.

THE LONE RANGER Rating: PG-13 Synopsis: From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaking team behind the blockbuster "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, comes Disney/ Jerry Bruckheimer Films' "The Lone Ranger," a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice-taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.

SMURFS 2 Rating: PG Synopsis: The Smurfs team up with their human friends to rescue Smurfette, who has been kidnapped by Gargamel since she knows a secret spell that can turn the evil sorcerer's newest creation - creatures called the Naughties - into real Smurfs.

THE HEAT Rating: R Synopsis: Uptight FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) and foul-mouthed Boston cop Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) couldn't be more incompatible. But when they join forces to bring down a ruthless drug lord, they become the last thing anyone expected: buddies. From Paul Feig, director of "Bridesmaids."

GROWN UPS 2 Rating: PG-13 Synopsis: The all-star comedy cast from Grown Ups returns (with some exciting new additions) for more summertime laughs. Lenny (Adam Sandler) has relocated his family back to the small town where he and his friends grew up. This time around, the grown ups are the ones learning lessons from their kids on a day notoriously full of surprises: the last day of school.

DESPICABLE ME 2 Rating: PG Synopsis: Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's worldwide blockbuster Despicable Me entertained audiences around the globe in 2010, grossing more than $540 million and becoming the 10th-biggest animated motion picture in U.S. history. In summer 2013, get ready for more Minion madness in Despicable Me 2.

TURBO Rating: PG Synopsis: A freak accident might just help an everyday garden snail achieve his biggest dream: winning the Indy 500. Movie information and ratings are from Rotten Tomatoes. Ratings are based on 0 - 100%; each star represents a 20% rating.

Orientation begins today

School starts Monday; Aztec ready for great year AZTEC SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT Kirk Carpenter Wow! A new school year is upon us. This is good news as we love what we do in Aztec and the staff and students are what make the world go around. Orientation will take place on Friday Aug. 9, for 6th and 9th grade students. For those students in our elementary schools, this day is designed as a come and go for parents and students, so plan to come in and meet your child’s teacher. This is a regular day of school and attendance will be taken, so be sure those students who are required to attend are present. For all of our other students the first day of school will be Monday Aug. 12. As a reminder, here are the starting and ending times for all schools. School grades were issued for last year and we have some things to celebrate and some things we need to improve, as well. We are very excited that three of our six schools moved up a grade. VNHS went from a D to a B, Aztec High School went from a C to a B and Lydia Rippey went up from a D to a C. All of this is good news, but as we move forward at these sites, Park and Koogler both slipped down from a C to a D. The grades are based on growth, but it is very difficult to figure out exactly how they are calculated. We are currently in the process of looking at each student and drilling down in the data to look at the specific skills and gaps in learning for each student. Data is important and there is so much more to the grades than what one sees. We will continue to work to improve learning for all students in our district. If you have any questions about your child’s individual results please contact your child’s school. As we move into another school year we have a lot of work ahead of us and we will have some new faces as well. We have 35 new staff members. The majority of those are teachers. We are excited about every new staff member as each of them brings in new and fresh ideas that will help us improve. As we say in our district, “We want to get the right people, on the right bus, in the right seat and headed in the right direction.” As we hire staff we understand that they are

an important investment and we must make sure that we do all we can to encourage and support them because in the end it is our students that gain the most benefit. This year we will continue our work in Professional Learning Communities. One of the hot topics in education today is “reform.” The only real effective reform that will work is finding ways to have staff work together to improve learning for all students as well as for staff. “To truly reform American Education we must abandon the longstanding assumption that the central activity of education is teaching and reorient all policy making and activities around the new benchmark; student learning.” Carroll, (page 13), 2009. Teachers have the largest impact on student achievement and that is why we must do all we can to improve staff learning as well. “The idea that a single teacher, working alone, can know and do everything to meet the diverse learning needs of 30 students every day throughout the school year has rarely worked, and certainly won’t meet the needs of learners in years to come.” Carroll (2009), p.13. In high-achieving schools, teachers working together and learning from each other is the norm. Finally, one change we will see to our report cards K - 3 for Language Arts and K - 5 in Math is that they will be standards based. This will be a new concept to many, but as we continue to drill down to the specific skills that our students need to improve in, it is important that we make this move. This will also help us inform parents more specifically how their child is doing on specific standards instead of just giving a grade. This will be an adjustment, so we will work with parents as needed to facilitate understanding. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s principal. We look forward to another great school year and, as always, we love to have families involved in all our schools. Educating and preparing our students for their future is something that takes all of us to accomplish. We would also like to thank the community of Aztec for being such a great place for our kids.


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