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Negotiations begin City in talks to acquire power from PNM DEBRA MAYEUX Tri-City Tribune Four owners of Unit 4 at PNM’s San Juan Generating Station want out and are willing to give away 119 megawatts of coal-fired power. The Farmington Electric Utility wants in on the deal and began negotiating with three California entities and Tri-State Generation, out of Colorado, to acquire 65 megawatts of the 119 available. The city of Los Alamos and a Utah-based power company will take the rest, if the negotiations go as planned.

This was the message Jim McNichol, of the Farmington Electric Utility, gave the Farmington City Council during a July 2 work session at city hall. “Those owners are looking for a clean break,” McNichol said. “We believe if Farmington didn’t pursue this opportunity someone else will.” San Juan Generating Station owned and operated by Public Service Company of New Mexico, will go through major changes in the next five years. The company entered an agreement with the state of New Mexico and the En-

vironmental Protection Agency to retrofit two units with Selective Non-Catalytic Converters, SNCR, and to close down Units 2 and 3 by 2018. This is being done to meet the Best Available Retrofit Technology, or BART, to cut down on the area’s regional haze. As the plant moves toward these changes in operation, the California owners need to pull out, along with Tri-State Generation. California will no longer be able to purchase coal-fired power, because of state law, and Tri-State is diversifying its portfolio by focusing



Mine purchase on hold A DEA agent walks toward the Rollet Smoke Shop 2 in Kirtland during a June 26 search of the building for the “Spice” drug. – Debra Mayeux photo.

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Family facing federal charges after June 26 drug raid DEBRA MAYEUX Tri-City Tribune A Farmington man and his Jordanian family are facing federal drug charges after a June 26 drug raid of their businesses in San Juan and McKinley counties. Mahammed Kayed Assi, 26, is a U.S. citizen living in Farmington. He, with his family, owned and operated 15 smoke shops in Cibola, San Juan, McKinley and Bernallilo counties in New Mexico. All of those shops were searched, along with three homes in Gallup, two in Farmington and one in Grants. The operation was part of a nationwide crackdown on synthetic marijuana, also known as “spice,” which DEA officials allege was being sold out of the shops, which include VIP Smoke Shop, Rollet Smoke Shop 1 and 2, Cohiba Cigar Shop and Up N Smoke, all in San Juan County; and Fu King Smoke Shops 1-4 in Gallup. The

Albuquerque smoke shops included From Rags 2 Riches 2 and 3, The Moon Smoke Shop and Pyros Smoke Shops 1 and 2. There also was the Santa Fe Smoke Shop in Grants and the Lava Lounge in Las Cruces. The DEA-coordinated, nationwide crackdown was called “Project Synergy,” and it was the result of an investigation that began in December 2012 with the purpose of stopping the illegal sale of spice in 35 state, 49 cities and five countries. San Juan County law enforcement became involved in the project more than 18 months ago, when Region II Narcotics Task Force Agent Jeff Browning began investigating the sale of synthetic marijuana in the above listed shops. Browning sought assistance from the DEA, which began testing the substance to prove it was illegal.

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Arizona reviewing possible deregulation of local Four Corners Power Plant LAUREN DUFF Tri-City Tribune The Navajo Nation’s potential ownership of Navajo Mine has been put on hold, while the Arizona state government reviews the pos- Related Story sible deregulation of Four Corners Power A7 Plant in Fruitland. The Arizona Corporation Commission is responsible for regulating public utilities in the state of Arizona. It functions as an executive body that adopts rules and regulations regarding utilities, railroads and pipeline safety, according to the commission’s website. The commission is looking into whether the electric

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High temps bring out rattlesnakes in area DEBRA MAYEUX Tri-City Tribune When summer arrives in the deserts of the Southwest, snakes become more active and venture into areas that are sunny and moist. Rattlesnakes can be found in the rock formations in and around Chokecherry Canyon and Pinon Hills Boulevard, and more recently these critters have been visiting the Farmington Sports Complex at 2301 Piñon Hills Blvd. The city of Farmington, which owns and operates the complex, was made aware of a rattlesnake problem in an April 26 email from Andy Tarkington to parks and recreation department officials. Less than one month later, a city of Farmington employee was bitten by a “small” rattlesnake near the tennis center. The Western Diamondback Rattlesnake is commonly The New Mexico Wildlife Department said that approximately found in Northwest New Mexico. – New Mexico State Wildlife Photo

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PNM on natural gas fired power. McNichol said these entities need to get out of the plant, and therefore Farmington will be able to acquire 65 megawatts at “zero” cost to the city. “We are not constructing a new plant; there won’t be any fees or transaction or financial closing costs.” This would increase the city’s ownership in San Juan Generating Station to 20.2 percent, which would come with some financial responsibilities, including paying a portion of the SNCR upgrades and having to pay for the decommissioning of the plant when it closes. “A big topic is eventual plant decommissioning. There will be costs associated with that, there will be liabilities associated with that,” McNichol said. Electric Utility Director Mike Sims added that the decommissioning would most likely be less than $40 million and the city’s share would be around $900,000. “It’s not huge.” There also are costs associated with paying for the power. Although the ownership would be free, the city would still have to pay anywhere from


$200 to $400 per kilowatt hour. “In aggregate we still believe the range of $200 to $400 kilowatts is a good number,” McNichol said. Councilor Gayla McCulloch said she thought the entities should pay the city to take over the 65 megawatts. “I would hope instead of these people wanting out and going away with nothing – I would hope they would walk away paying us to take the liability. I hope we maintain a bullish seat at the table. I am very much for us aggressively negotiating this,” she said. Councilor Mary Fischer asked about the cost of coal, whether that would increase if BHP pulls out and shuts down San Juan Mine. She also wanted to know if PNM had secured water rights from the Jicarilla Apache Tribe for continued operation of the power plant. The coal contract between PNM and BHP ends in 2017, which is one year before Farmington would take over ownership, Sims said. “We have been in talks with BHP for years in anticipation of the expiration of this contract. PNM and the owners have


options, outside of what BHP might be willing to negotiate with us or not,” he said, adding that one of those options is “confidential.” As far as water, Sims said the need for water will be reduced by 50 percent because two units will be shut down. Mayor Tommy Roberts also asked about the availability of coal with the Obama Administration’s recent stance against the fossil fuel. “There’s been a lot of press recently on what the president came out with potential new environmental regulations on existing and new coal fired power plants. This is nothing new. The president ran on this platform in 2008,” Sims said, adding that Congress did not pass the Cap and Trade bill and would not likely allow for further reductions in carbon emissions. “He (Obama) is somewhat limited – there are laws that restrict the EPA from imposing regulations that cannot be met.” Councilor Dan Darnell wanted to know if the state of New Mexico or the Federal government might

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calendar ONGOING EVENTS BIRD WATCHING RIVERSIDE NATURE CENTER Enjoy bird watching and a beautiful walk through Farmington’s riverside trails every Tuesday morning. More than 100 species of birds have been noted throughout Animas Park and new birds fly in each season. Meet at the Riverside Nature Center, located in Animas Park off Browning Parkway, to join the friendly RNC staff for leisurely walk of 1to 2 miles. Information: 505.599.1422 or GREASE, OUTDOOR SUMMER THEATER Come experience live local theater in a beautiful natural sandstone amphitheater. Performances are held Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., June 20 through Aug. 3, at Lions Wilderness Park. Concessions available onsite or bring a picnic and eat before the show. Information: 877.599.3331 or SUMMER TERRACE SERIES The Farmington Museum hosts outdoor concerts Saturday nights throughout the summer. Concerts begin at 6 p.m. and are held at the Farmington Museum on the picturesque terrace next to the river at the Gateway Park Museum & Visitors Center, 3041 E. Main St., through August. Call for performance schedule. Information: 505.599.1174 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 September 22. Wines of the San Juan is located at 233 Hwy. 511 in Turley, N.M. Information: 505.632.0879 o r TGIF Grab some lunch and listen to live music and relax on your lunch break, at Orchard Park in Downtown Farmington, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Friday after noon, June through July 29. Three Rivers Eatery & Brew House will sell burgers and hotdogs. TGIF is a Farmington Downtown Association and City of Farmington Parks,

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FRI JULY 5 – SUN JULY 7 THE 26TH ANNUAL FREEDOM DAYS CELEBRATION The Fourth of July is celebrated with a variety of special events throughout Farmington, N.M. Festivities include fireworks, Brass Band concert, nighttime parade and Party in the Park. Information: 505.326.7602 or 800.448.1240 or

SAT JULY 6 ANNUAL FREEDOM DAYS ICE CREAM SOCIAL From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., cool down at the E3 Children’s Museum & Science Center, 302 N. Orchard Ave., with family entertainment, ice cream sundaes, root beer floats, cold drinks, hot dogs, fun photos, temporary tattoos, wagon rides, a yo-yo contest, face painting and water rocket launching. Buy a raffle ticket to win amazing prizes. All proceeds benefit the Farmington Museum System. Information: 505.599.1425

FRI JULY 12 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 will also be onsite. Auction is sponsored by the Crownpoint Rug Weavers Association. Rug viewing from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., auction begins at 7 p.m. Information: 505.785.7386, 505.610.6797 and

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WED JULY 24 HEATHER MCGAUGHY CHILDREN’S SUMMER THEATER PRODUCTION Experience live theater performed by local children in the beautiful natural sandstone outdoor amphitheater at Lions Wilderness Park, 5800 College Blvd. Performance starts at 7 p.m. and is the culmination of a summer theater children’s workshop. Information: 505.599.3331 or

FRI JULY 26 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 River side Nature Center Xeriscape Gardens. Information: 505.599.1422

FRI JULY 26 – SAT JULY 27 THE ANNUAL INDIAN MARKET & FESTIVAL This annual festival includes

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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 – 10 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. Bonnie Dallas Senior Activity Center behind the Annex, 208 N. Wall Ave. July 6 – Ramblin’ Fever July 13 - Off the Interstate July 20 - Grant & Randy July 27 - The Vintage People 50+ FREE WEDNESDAY DAYTIME DANCE 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Bonnie Dallas Senior Center Main Building, 109 E. La Plata St. July 17 – 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. July 11 – Led by Bobbe Bluett

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.

Info: 505.599.1380 50 +AARP DRIVERS’ SAFETY CLASS 8 a.m. – noon Friday, July 12 Bonnie Dallas Senior Activity Center behind the Annex, 208 N. Wall Ave. Discount on your insurance can be good for two to three years, check your policy. Cost: $14; $12 for card carrying AARP Members. Preregistration is required by calling 505.566.2256. Payment is due to the instructor on the day of class. ON-GOING CLASSES AT THE SENIOR CENTER ACTIVITY CENTER & ANNEX 208 N. Wall Ave. Call 505.566.2256 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.

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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

Monday through Friday, noon to 1 p.m., no charge – Walk Laps in the Gym Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to Noon, no charge – Shuffleboard and Ping Pong ZUMBA Wednesday, 7 – 8 p.m. Saturday, 10 – 11 a.m. At the Farmington Recreation Center, with instructor Shirley Murphy, inter val-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

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

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; eight 30-minute lessons are $35. Info: 505.599.1167.

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On Supreme Court decisions, divining the future The Supreme Court had a historic term, issuing several critical rulings just in the last days of its term. A ruling Tuesday struck down a key portion of the Voting Rights Act, which had helped African-Americans finally vote across the South after its passage in 1965. Then on Wednesday, the court issued rulings that voided the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8, allowing gay marriages to proceed in the Golden State. What do these rulings tell us about the Roberts court and the near-future of Supreme Court jurisprudence? Joel Mathis and Ben Boychuk, the RedBlueAmerica columnists, debate the issue. MATHIS: We learned this week there’s less to conservative judicial philosophy than meets the eye. All that talk you’ve heard in recent years about “judicial activism” and “judicial restraint” is just so much sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Conservatives, you see, have long told us there are two main rules for how the Supreme Court should rule on a given case: • First, in interpreting whether laws are Constitutional or un-Constitutional, justices should hew as closely as possible to the plain words and meaning of the Constitution itself. • Second, where there’s doubt about that meaning, the unelected, undemocratic Supreme Court should defer as much as possible to the sensibilities of members of the elected branch – usually Congress – that wrote and passed the law. Poppycock. The 15th Amendment, for example, plainly gives Congress explicit, ample power to pass laws ensuring no one is denied the right to vote. The court’s conservatives voted to pull the heart out of the Voting Rights Act anyway. And they did this even though the law was reaffirmed in 2006 overwhelmingly – 390 to

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33 in the House and 98 to 0 in the Senate. In Justice Antonin Scalia’s view, that very popularity made the law constitutionally suspect. “This is not the kind of question you can leave to Congress,” he said during oral arguments last spring. Before 24 hours had passed, though, Scalia was decrying the court’s arrogance in overturning the Defense of Marriage Act – even though that law had passed Congress by lesser – though still very large – margins in 1996. “We have no power under the Constitution to invalidate this democratically adopted legislation,” Scalia thundered. Considering the previous day’s ruling, it was both entirely incoherent and a breathtaking act of chutzpah.

Conservatives on the Supreme Court are willing to follow their own supposed principles just as long as they produced the desired results – and no further. In practice, their philosophy is about as sophisticated as an 8-year-old’s: They want what they want, how they want, when they want it. BOYCHUK: We learned from the Supreme Court that self-government in the United States is in considerably worse shape today than it was last week. We also learned that “progress” is in the eye of the beholder. In liberals’ eyes, it will always be 1965 in America on matters of race, and nothing has changed. The court’s decision on the Voting Rights Act is instructive. Turns out many Americans have no idea what

the law says or what the Supreme Court actually ruled. A very different group of justices decided in 1966 that the law was a necessary remedy to pervasive discrimination and disenfranchisement. It declared “exceptional conditions can justify legislative measures not otherwise appropriate.” Over the decades, Congress has renewed the VRA on several occasions. But one part of the law Congress left untouched was the section establishing the formula that would subject certain states and local governments to “preclearance,” meaning they needed approval from the federal government to make certain changes that would affect minority voting or turnout. Five justices this week, citing the 1966 case, ruled that one section of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional because the “exceptional conditions” of yesterday no longer apply today. The rest of the law remains perfectly intact. We learned, too, that the

people have little recourse in the ballot box or in the courts if their elected representatives decide they don’t like a particular law. While supporters of samesex marriage in California celebrated the High Court’s decision to vacate a lower court’s ruling on Proposition 8 for lack of “standing,” everyone should be troubled by the implications for future ballot measures. If a governor or an attorney general in any state, not just California, decides not to defend a voter-approved measure, there is nothing the people can do about it. For good or ill, Americans have long looked to the Supreme Court as a bulwark of liberty. But after Wednesday’s rulings on marriage, we’re clearly not as free as we were before. Ben Boychuk: associate editor, Manhattan Institute’s City Journal. Joel Mathis: contributing editor, The Philly Post. Reach them at, or

Paula Deen’s heapin’ helpin’ of woe I’ve got this great idea. Let’s wipe every vestige of Paula Deen from the media and go about our business. After all, she has admitted using the deplorable N-word – years ago, she says – that unfortunately has been part of the national vernacular forever and still is used too often, particularly by those it demeans. This jumped-up fry cook also has assaulted our sensitivity by her inarticulate, insincere mea culpa on national television and in other interviews, her Southern glibness failing her when she most needed it. She even had the temerity to cry while she watched her empire unceremoniously being dumped into the garbage disposal like overcooked grits. Now the publisher of her best-selling recipe books wants out. I have watched Paula’s

DAN THOMASSON SCRIPPS HOWARD Best Dishes only a couple of times. The things Deen cooks and the ingredients they contain aren’t high on my diet. I remember my grandmother, and even at times my mother, using them. But since I became an adult, I have learned that while they may taste quite good, their contents can be as lethal as a knife stuck into the paunch they create. Truthfully, I never have found Deen important enough to grant the honor of being universally denigrated. Before I am placed on the same griddle for suggesting that perhaps this whole furor has gone a bit

over the top, let me tell you I don’t use the offending word and it was never said in my household or that of my parents. In fact, my father once threatened to beat the stuffing out of a man who shouted it at an athlete in a crowded gymnasium. That is not a claim of piety. Like most Americans of my generation, I have laughed at ethnic humor and have been guilty of telling stories that on reflection were hurtful. And it can’t be excused by the fact that African-Americans were among the biggest fans of Amos ’n’ Andy, an enor-

mously popular radio series of the early 1950s in which two white guys portrayed the daily lives of blacks. Nor can we excuse the N-word’s utterance just because Americans of color – including talented actors, comedians and musicians – enshrine it by usage that is neither humorous nor tasteful. Deen tried to defend herself by referring, not terribly well, to this inequity. One could only hope for her sake that, if a sympathetic note is now permitted by the guardians of our correctness, she is not paying much for the advice she has been getting. She seemed not to understand the doctrine of racial license. It isn’t complicated. Members of any race have more freedom when referring to another member of that race, humorously or otherwise, than

do those of a different ethnic background – especially if there is a history of persecution. However, the Nword is despicable, whoever is using it. Deen clearly can make a case of having been raised in a culture that not only taught her to cook, but also was utterly insensitive in its casual treatment of minorities, particularly blacks. In that, she is not unlike the rest of us of a certain age. That changed, thankfully, and Deen tried to tell us that she also realized some time ago the impropriety of that attitude. Apparently in one of her restaurants that wasn’t the case. At least that's what has been alleged in a discrimination suit, which Deen and her allies contend was vindictively filed after she refused to pay more than $1 million to the person who com-

plained. Is all this an outlandish overreaction? Does the punishment far exceed the crime? One could make a case for that. It seems clear there is no statute of limitation on when someone has used an offensive word or phrase: Off with their heads, apologies unaccepted. Had we been this intolerant 50 years ago, the father of the most important civil rights bills in history, Lyndon B. Johnson, would have roundly been condemned. What’s left of Paula Deen’s reputation and empire at least should be given a compassionate wake before she is forced to slink away to wash dishes. Email Dan K. Thomasson, former editor of the Scripps Howard News Service, at Distributed by SHNS at


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Old District Attorney’s Office will be torn down LAUREN DUFF Tri-City Tribune

utility in Arizona should be deregulated or whether to open the state’s electric supply to free market competition.

Deregulation could affect the future of the Four Corners Power Plant, which in turn would affect Navajo Mine, which sup-

plies coal to the facility, according to Pat Risner, asset president of BHP Billiton, owner of Navajo Mine. He spoke to the San Juan County Commission during its regular July 2 meeting in Aztec. “We understand from APS that they will need to gain more clarity as to how the market will function, and if deregulation will proceed before they enter into the long-term agreements necessary for us to conclude our transactions to sign the agree-

ments and ensure the power plant runs beyond 2016,” Risner said. Navajo Mine is supposed to supply coal to the plant through 2031, according to a coal sales agreement, but if the plant undergoes deregulation, the need for coal could be cut short. Despite a possible setback in the ownership transfer, Risner said BHP Billiton will continue to work out an agreement with the Navajo Nation. “Our intention is to move forward and get the agreements in place, and wait for the (Arizona Corporation Commission’s)” decision on deregulation. County CEO Kim Carpenter said he heard a “rumor” that if deregulation occurred the APS Four Corners Power Plant would shut down. “But it doesn’t sound like that is fully the case. Are you saying until they get their hands around what the deregulation would comprise of they will evaluate their situation and then make a determination,” Carpenter asked. “It is our understanding the decision to proceed with retail competition or not is a significant factor in the (Arizona Corporation Commission’s) decision in entering into these long-term agreements,” Risner said, adding that APS also is considering whether it will buy out the ownership of Southern California Edison in Units 4 and 5. Four Corners Power Plant has five units that provide coal-fired electric-

A building that formerly housed the San Juan County District Attorney’s Office has been a “thorn in the county’s side” since it was purchased from Jerry Clayton in early 2001. The 18,000-sqaurefoot building at 710 E. 20th St. was Clayton’s offices for his Thriftway Corporation, prior to being sold to the county. After a July 2 county commission vote, the county will schedule to have the building demolished.It was built in 1978 and had several problems including leaking roofs and broken water pipes. Commissioner Keith Johns said the county had to spend more than $13,373 for utilities and maintenance on the structure, which was appraised in December 2012, for $80,000. The county also tried to sell it twice, but was unsuccessful. “Each time we had no takers,” County Deputy CEO Linda Thompson said. “We had a couple of people look at it” but “once they saw the condition of the building and we disclosed to them the collapsed sewer line and condition of the roof, they were not interested.” There also is asbestos in the building’s tiles that needs to be removed, Thompson said. Commissioner Jack Fortner wanted to know if there would be value in repairing the structure.

“I don’t know if our maintenance (department) priced that out, but I think that was taken into consideration when the appraisal was initially done, which is why the facility was valued so low,” Thompson said. Johns wanted to know if a buyer might be interested in purchasing the property for the value of the land, which was appraised at $260,000. Thompson said that while no wanted to purchase the building, there was interest from potential buyers wanting the land, once the building is removed. The building was vacated in January, after the District Attorney Rick Tedrow moved his offices into a new building at 335 S. Miller Ave. This was a project Tedrow began working on when he took office more than 5 years ago. The new building was located in the Metropolitan Redevelopment Area of downtown Farmington to help in the revitalization of the community south of Broadway. The old building is now set for demolition at a cost to the county of approximately $70,000. “We would hire an engineering firm to come in and evaluate the best way to (demolish the building) so we would have minimal impact on surrounding neighbors,” Thompson said, adding that the cost includes hiring an engineering firm and disposal fees.

ity to Arizona, California and Nevada. Southern California Edison owns 48 percent of the shares in Units 4 and 5, and if APS purchased those shares the company planned to shut down Units 1, 2, and 3, according to Risner. While the plant’s future remains uncertain, Risner said APS intends to run all five units at APS until BHP and the Navajo Nation complete the proposed sale of Navajo Mine. Risner added it is im-

portant to complete the mine’s ownership transfer, because Four Corners Power Plant and Navajo Mine will generate $5.6 billion for San Juan County’s economy between 2016 and 2031, according to a recent study conducted by the business school at Arizona State University. Navajo Mine employs 400 workers, of which 85 percent are American Indian. The mine has been operated by BHP Billiton for 50 years.

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A corner window inside one of the many rooms at Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon Nation Historic Park. – Debra Mayeux photos

Kids Kollege students, parents tour ancient ruins DEBRA MAYEUX Tri-City Tribune More than 1,000 years ago, an ancient race traveled the Southwest in search of a place to settle and build homes. They were told of rock formations and cliffs that would mark the right location. When they found Fajada Butte in a canyon of what would later be Northwest New Mexico, the Ancient Puebloans knew they had located their homeland. They constructed homes, kivas, marketplaces and other structures throughout Chaco Canyon. They lived, worked and played there. They worshipped there; created art there; and left clues for future generations there. A group of Kids Kollege students at San Juan College spent the week of June 24 learning about the Chacoan Culture with Debbi Gregory and Kathee Bayfus de Garcia – two local edu-

cators who spend their summers as park rangers. The National Parks Service Program is called Teachers-Rangers-Teachers and it gives educators an opportunity to spend the summer living and working in the park while also developing a curriculum that could be used in the classroom. Gregory and Garcia worked on developing a curriculum and then presented it for the first time during the Kids Kollege program, which was open to children ages 9 through 14. “Over the course of the week we had rangers, a geologist, an archeo-anthropologist, a ranger who has spent 25 years in the park – G.B. Cornucopia – and a leading authority in Navajo rock art visit with the students,” Gregory said. The students then on June 25 were immersed in Chacoan culture with a day trip to Chaco Canyon National Historic Park, where they toured Pueblo Bonito and Una Vida, and also looked at Petroglyphs. The students were encouraged to document their visit in a journal. They developed presentations,

which were given to their parents in the Visitor’s Center at Chaco Canyon where the families visited together on June 29. “The petroglyphs were really cool, because I like art, and it was great to see other ancient cultures making art,” said Nick Mayeux,

13, in his presentation. “Looking at the petroglyphs, you’ll never really know what story they were trying to tell.” Nick took the class with his younger brother Alexander Mayeux, 9, whose favorite part of the experience was Pueblo Bonito. “I really liked Pueblo Bonito, where there were doors, doors, doors and more doors,” he said. “It was all made of brick, and I thought it was cool.” Taryn Yazzie also enjoyed Pueblo Bonito. “It was a big building with hundreds of rooms connected together with doors,” she said. “It was built according to the Earth and the sun and the moon.” Yazzie touched on the theory that the Ancient Puebloans kept track of the seasons by creating solstice markers in their buildings and on the top of Fajada Butte. “They read the land and the moon and the sun and the stars,” Yazzie said. “They told their story on petroglyphs, because they did not want to be forgotten.” Hazelina Peete took a lot of photographs of what she saw, and said Pueblo Bonito was her favorite place in the park. “They had many doors in lines,” she said. “It was really fun to learn their history.” After the presentations, the families drove to Pueblo Bonito, where the students led their parents and siblings on a tour of the ancient dwelling. The students were tasked with acting as tour guides, explaining the structures and the petroglyphs nearby. Gregory and Garcia stayed with the group to


The students who participated in the San Juan College Kids Kollege Chaco Canyon Camp gave Chaco Canyon Ranger Cindy Winkler a handmade “thank you” card on June 29, when they visited Chaco Canyon with their families.

ensure everyone was safe and stayed hydrated on the hot summer day in a park with plenty to see, but very few trees. The families, after touring Pueblo Bonito and nearby petroglyphs, had a picnic lunch and then returned to the visitor’s center for a free movie about Chaco Canyon. It included a history of the park and stories from Pueblo Indians whose ancestors lived at Chaco Canyon. They pointed out a fact the children learned that the park is considered sacred as are the dwellings and any item that might be on the ground, including pottery sherds, animals and rocks. They were taught

to respect the place and leave everything intact so the next visitor can enjoy it as well. This Chaco Canyon immersion camp was the first to be offered through the San Juan College Kids Kollege program. It was free to the participants in cooperation with a grant from the National Parks Service. A second Chaco Canyon Camp will be offered through Kids Kollege the week of July 8-13 at San Juan College. “We are very excited about sharing this week of learning and fun with the children and their families,” Gregory and Garcia said.

Chaco Ranger and educator Kathee Bayfus de Garcia shows a replica of Chacoan pottery found in the original dig at Pueblo Bonito. She said there was evidence of cocoa beans in the pot, which led archaeologist to believe it was used for hot chocolate used in ceremonies.

Students from the University of New Mexico are doing an archeological dig in Pueblo Bonito to learn more about the Chacoan Culture.


TRI-CITYTRIBUNE Friday, July 5, 2013

String Slingers, Ice Cream, and more .… E³ Children’s Museum & Science Center, 302 N. Orchard Ave., on Friday, July 5, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., will feature Yo-Yo Man Extraordinaire, Luke Renner, for a free yo-yo workshop. Learn the tricks you’ll need for the Annual Yo Down Show Down free yo-yo contest on Saturday, July 6. All ages and skilllevels are welcome. Register by 1 p.m. on Saturday to compete at 1:30 p.m. The Yo Down is sponsored Duncan Toys, Vulto Yo-Yos, YoYo F a c t o r y, Yomega, and MagicYoYo. Please bring your own yo-yo to the workshop and competition. Be a part of this eye-dazzling

display, watch the yo-yo masters, see new exhibits, be the winner of numerous raffle prize drawings, launch water rockets, and eat ice cream favorites at the Ice Cream Social – all at E³ on the 6th of July! For more information, call 505.599.1425. Showoff your ollies, manuals, shove its, and flips On Thursday, July 4, come by the skate park in Brookside Park during Party in the Park for a FREE skateboarding competition hosted by the Sycamore Park Community Center and sponsored by SNS Skate Shop. Registration will be at 11 a.m. to com-

pete at noon. The competition is a game of SKATE with a double elimination bracket. The competition will consist of three age divisions: 10 and under, 11 through 14, and 15 and up. The competition is free, but all competitors must sign a waiver. Prizes will be awarded to the top three in each age division. For more information, call 505.566.2480. Explode into July! Continue Independence Day celebrations with a bang at the Annual Firecracker Fun Festival at Brookside Pool, 20th & Dustin, on Friday, July 5. The festivities are from 1 to 4 p.m. Enjoy fun water games, face painting, and lots of prizes. Bring your own tank top or T-shirt to tie-dye. The cost is $3.00 per person. On Thursday, July 4, the Farmington Aquatic Center and Brookside Pool will be open from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. for public swimming. The Aquatic Center will

Make your own toys Summer make-and-play workshops Join us at the E³ Children’s Museum & Science Center for two weeks of Make and Play summer activities, 11 a.m. to noon – July 9 through July 12, and July 16 through July 19. Make your own toys and games. During these mini-workshops, you can create handmade playthings to take home to amaze your friends and family. Tuesday, July 9 – Box Harp Hear something? That’s music, baby. Wednesday, July 10 – Clothespin Catapult Let’s launch something. Thursday, July 11 – Marbleous Maze Box lid + straws = a way cool handheld game Friday, July 12 – Constrawction Zone

We got the straws, you bring the idea. Tuesday, July 16 – Rocket Cars Who knew? A little Styrofoam, a straw, and a balloon all to make your little car go ZOOM! Wednesday, July 17 – Cottonball Soccer Let the table top be your field, and your breath be the force. Thursday, July 18 – Alexander Calder Sculptures

Let’s be an art-chitect. Friday, July 19 – Popsicle Stick Puzzles Bring your own pictures, or use one of ours. The E³ Children’s Museum & Science Center is located at 302 N. Orchard Ave. in Farmington. Regular business hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. These programs are free and fun for all ages. For additional information, call 505.599.1425.

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Course, 2101 Fairgrounds Road, is pleased to host the Independence Day Best Ball Golf Tournament at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 6. Mixed teams are okay! The tournament is flighted by combined HDCP, 80 percent used for scoring. This event is USGA HDCP required. The entry fee is $30, cart fee of $14, and a tournament green fee (plus cart) of

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THURSDAY – JULY 11 7 a.m.: The Scott Michlin Morning: Four Corners Economic Development 7:30 a.m.: New Mexico Mile Marker: Antelope Wells - New Mexico's smallest community 7:55 a.m.: Save-A-Buck Thursday: Weekly economic & investing news Noon: A Review Too Far: local movie reviews

MONDAY – JULY 8 7 a.m.: The Scott Michlin Morning Program: San Juan College Health & Human Performance Center 7:30 a.m.: New Mexico Mile Marker: Navajo Traditions in Canyon de Chelly 7:55 a.m.: Monday Reboot: Tech News

FRIDAY – JULY 12 7 a.m.: The Scott Michlin Morning Program: Best Of 7:30 a.m.: New Mexico Mile Marker: Adventures in Art: Modern art comes to Farmington Noon: Book Buzz: Guest: To Be Announced

TUESDAY – JULY 9 7 a.m.: The Scott Michlin Morning Program: Farmington Chamber of Commerce 7:30 a.m.: New Mexico Mile Marker: Jedediah Strong Smith - Mountain man whose life ended in New Mexico 7:55 a.m.: Adopt-A-Pet Tuesday

MONDAY - FRIDAY 5 – 5:30 a.m.: Focus on the Family 5:30 – 6 a.m.: Adventures in Odyssey 6 – 9:30 a.m.: "The Morning Show" with Devin and Rachel 9:30 – 10 a.m.: "Four Corners Spotlight" with Jim Baker July 8: San Juan Safe Communities – Greg Allen July 9: SJRMC Community Benefit – Roberta Rogers July 10: REWIND - Matthew Bardwell – Memorial Scholarship Fund July 11: Counseling Center – Bill and Linda Eubank July 12: Grease- Sandstone Productions – Shawn Lyle, Lisa Hutchens 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: "The Lunch Crunch" with Leah 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.: "The Drive" with Donnie SATURDAY Noon – 2 p.m.: The Weekend 22 10 – midnight: The HypeChristian Hip Hop Show

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A weekend of Blues and fun

Animas River Blues & blues Fest is next weekend LAUREN DUFF Tri-City Tribune Blues music will ring throughout areas in Aztec next week with five national blues bands performing during the 8th Annual Animas River Blues & Brews Fest hosted by Animas River Arts and Entertainment and Crash Music The festival spans a twoday event with the first opportunity to listen to music at 7 p.m. Friday, July 12, at the Historic Aztec Theater. Crash Music is hosting this Blues festival kickoff concert. Tickets cost $12 per person and can be purchased by calling Crash Music at 505.427.6748.

“We are trying to foster cooperation and get the music scene going in this part of the world,� said Susan Rys, Crash Music manager. The two singers who will perform at the kickoff concert are CW Ayon, a performer from Las Cruces, who had won the “Best Blues Song� at the 2010

New Mexico Music Awards, and The Michael Lee Band from Texas. Recently, Crash Music moved into the Historic Aztec Theater to provide more room for guests who attend concerts. “There is so much room for everyone here and the seats and sound are great,� Rys said. Then, from noon to 10

p.m. on Saturday, July 13, at Riverside Park, 500 S. Lightplant Road, the public can lean back in lawn chairs, relax and enjoy a variety of blues music. Tickets to the Saturday festival cost $22 per person and can be purchased at Kids 12 years old and under may attend the festival free. This year’s performers include The Avey Brothers, a band from Iowa that won the 2008 and 2009 Iowa Blues Challenge; The Todd Wolf Band, a Pennsylvania group where the lead singer was once the lead guitarist for Sheryl Crow; The Daddy Mack Blues Band, an urban blues band from Tennessee; Shari Puorto, a singer from California who won at the 2010 Los Angeles Music Awards for her song Free in the “Americana, Blues, Roots Song of the Year� category; and The Michael Lee Band. “(The bands) are awesome,� said Katee McClure, Animas River Arts and Entertainment president. “There are so many good


8th Annual Animas River Blues and Brews Fest Aztec, N.M. Friday, July 12 – Saturday, July 13 Festival Kick-Off Concert Friday, July 12, at the Historic Aztec Theater, 104 N. Main Ave.

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Noon: Doors Open 1 p.m.: The Michael Lee Band 2:45 p.m.: Shari Puorto 4:30 p.m.: The Daddy Mac Blues Band 6:30 p.m.: The Todd Wolfe Band 8:30 p.m.: The Avey Brothers

bands out there and it’s hard to choose. We didn’t want all the bands to sound alike.� All of the performers have never played in this festival before except for The Avey Brothers, who were the headline band last year. McClure said The Avey Brothers are returning this year because they were “very impressive� last year and their Cajun swamp with blues-rock style was

“well received� by the audience. “Every music genre has different styles and sounds within that genre,� McClure said. Beer will be sold by the micro-brewery Rio Grande & Sierra Blanca Brewing Company based in Moriarty. For more information about the Animas River Blues and Brews Fest visit the website

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TRI-CITYTRIBUNE Friday, July 5, 2013

Mixed media show

Robb Rocket, Tina Marie Farrow exhibit at Studio 116 Artists Robb Rocket and Tina Marie Farrow will show work at Studio 116 during the month of July. The show will open from 6 to 9 p.m. with an artist reception Friday, July 5, in conjunction with the Freedom Days festivities. Studio 116 is located at 116 W. Main St. Husband and wife team Robb and Tina share studio space at their home in Farmington. Between the two of them, they champion a wide variety of mixed media artwork. After a longtime fascination with

light, shadow, and reflections, Tina came to terms with her creativity in Albuquerque in 1987.

She studied under some of Albuquerque’s most renowned artists from CNM and The Harwood Art Cen-

ter, and has worked as a commission artist for several years. Tina has lived in Farmington since 2010 and freely explores several media and styles in her work. Robb considers himself a “low brow” artist. He is influenced from several avenues, including mid-century pop-culture, steam punk, hot rod and tiki, and contemporary street and comic art. “I like strange, quirky art, and that’s what I do,” he said, “and I use whatever style or medium that seems like the most fun for each piece.”

aztec pets of the week

These two handsome boys have tons of energy. Their names are Angelo and Apollo. Angelo is a 1-year-old Pit/Retriever mix. Apollo is a neutered 3-year-old Border Collie/Pit mix. They both are great with kids and would love to celebrate Independence Day with their new families.

(Above) These are Summit and Lupine. Summit is a 2 þ-year-old female Husky/Shepherd mix. Lupine is a spayed 2-year-old Keeshond. These good girls love to wrestle and have a good time. Both are good with other dogs and older kids. Let them be the fireworks in your heart. (Above left) Let these two enthusiastic Labs greet you at the door. Their names are Desi and Lucy. Desi is a 3-year-old male. Lucy is a 5-year-old female. These two are simply wonderful. They are great with kids and other dogs. Let these sparklers light up your life. (Left) This brother and sister are looking for a fun and active family. Their names are Achilles and Tinkerbell. Achilles is a 3-year-old male, Pit bull. Tinkerbell is a spayed, 2-year-old Pit bull that LOVES water. Both are great with kids, super sweet and very loving. Please give them the chance they deserve.

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

farmington pets of the week

L.E. is a cool little bull terrier mix. She has a heart of gold and gets along well with other dogs. She loves to run and play and wants to live with someone who has a big yard in which to romp and a big couch for her to lie on.

Ava is a young rambunctious little girl, who has a lot of love and energy. She is a Great Dane mix, mostly black with some white markings on her face. She is 6 months old and she loves attention. She would make a great addition to any home.

The Farmington Animal Shelter Hours are Mon. - Fri. 10 a.m. to 5:30p.m.; Sat. and Sun. noon to 3p.m. Also on Sundays at PETCO from noon to 3 p.m. Adoption Prices (Dogs): $10 is refundable when the Rabies shot is given by a vet; 6 wk. to 6 mo. $100; 6 mo. to 6 yrs. $80; Over 6 yrs. $50 Senior Citizen Costs: Adopter must be 50 or older and the dog must be over the age or 6 yrs. $33 ($10 is refundable when the Rabies shot is given by a vet.) Adoption Prices (Cats): $10 is refundable when the Rabies shot is given by a vet; 6 wk. to 6 mo. $70; 6 mo. to a 6 yrs $60; Over 6 yrs. $50. Senior Citizen Costs: Adopter must be 50 or older and the cat must be over the age or 6 yrs. $33 ($10 is refund-

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able when the Rabies shot is given by a vet.) If you are interested in any of these animals, please give us a call at 505.599.1098. We have a large variety from which to choose, and we want to take the opportunity to thank everyone who chooses to save a life and adopt a local shelter animal.



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Tracking rounds is key to future success FIRST TEE Tom Yost When most golfers head to the golf course to play 9 or 18 holes, they only concern themselves with the score that they shoot. The end result becomes “the holy grail,” while the process of shooting that particular score gets lost in the focus. And while our score is how we measure ourselves against other players (not by height, Ty Webb), if we took some time to realize how we got to our end score – we could impact our future scores. The next time you play golf – either alone or with other players – take an extra scorecard with you for tracking purposes. In the name column, write down the words: score, fairways, greens and putts. After each hole, pencil in your score for the hole, mark and “X” if you hit your tee shot in the fairway, mark another “X” in the box if you hit the green in regulation, and list how many putts you took for the hole. At the end of the round

your score will begin to tell a story. For example, let’s say that Player A hit two fairways out of a possible 14 – par 3 holes don’t count because you are supposed to hit it on the green in one shot. The same player then hit four greens out of a possible 18 and took a total of 36 putts – two putts per hole. This tracking round will tell a player a few things. The first thing it will tell them is that they need to practice their ball striking on the driving range. By only hitting the ball in the fairway two times, they are making it awfully difficult to have success with their approach shots. Hitting four greens may be a direct result of their tee shots, since it is harder to hit approach shots from the rough and desert areas than the short grass. The round also would tell me that their short game needs work. If a player is not hitting very many greens and is still taking two putts per hole, this tells me that they are

Upon arriving at the ice breaker for my 30th high school reunion, a friend of mine named Randy Farley quickly warned everyone there, “Watch what you say. It will end up in the newspaper.” How right he was. Then and now Immediately following the uncomfortable, “Who are you?”, “Where are you?” and “What are you doing?”, the talk for 48-year-olds turns to the kids, and I found it fascinating that parents from a host of other places have the same issues when it comes to the education and athletic careers of their kids. Now the first thing you notice is how different athletics have evolved over the 30 years. First, of all the time commitment has become a family issue. Even at the reunion, families were split up, attending off sea-

son tournaments with one of their kids while others members attended the reunion. This was not an issue 30 years ago. Teams were not allowed to play together out of season. When five of us attended a camp at Northwest Community College, we were not allowed to play together in games. At the YMCA summer league, only three team members could play together on a team. So everyone was separated and playing with graduates and members of other teams. Most sports rarely met in the off season at all. Outside play was another theme for the old crowd. Many reminisced about backyard games of wiffle ball, tackle football in the front yard and playing basketball at the local elementary school where we would embarrass ourselves on the

Beginning Junior Golf Camp set for July 15-19 Piñon Hills Golf Course will conduct a Junior Golf Program under a relationship with The First Tee of San Juan County, from Monday, July15, to Friday, July19. The program will take place at Piñon Hills and Civitan Golf Courses (depending on the day) for a week, wit times based on age groups. The program will focus on developing new stu-

dents based on The First Tee Code of Conduct and expose them to the Nine Core Values of the program. The cost is $45 per child. • Ages 11 and 12 – 8 to 9:15 a.m. • Ages 9 and 10 – 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. • Ages 7 and 8 – 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The First Tee Nine Core Values

are honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, perseverance, confidence, courtesy, responsibility, respect, and judgment. Piñon Hills Golf Course is located at 2101 Sunrise Parkway in Farmington. For additional information on the Piñon Hills Junior Golf Program, contact the Pro Shop at 505.326.6066, or go online at

Free one-day golf clinic for kids at Piñon Hills Piñon Hills Golf Course and The Hillcrest Junior Golf Foundation would like to invite all children, 8 through 17 years of age, to a free golf camp on Monday, July 22, at the Piñon Hills Golf Course Practice Range. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with instruction starting at 9 a.m. The camp is designed for children with little or no prior contact to the game of golf. The camp will include instruction, lunch, not chipping and pitching it very close to the hole to give themselves one-putt opportunities. This tracking method can increase in scope to give detail on which side of the golf course the player is missing their shots, if they are leaving putts

competition and prizes. No equipment is needed; we will provide the necessary items. Instruction will be led by PGA Life Member Jim Fiala, president of The Hillcrest Junior Golf Foundation, and assisted by Piñon Hills Golf Course PGA Professional Ty Hamer, PGA Apprentices Isaac Bickle and Luke Tanner, and Assistant Professional Jeremy Young. Our goal is to expose as many Four Corners area young people

short or hitting them too hard, etc. Even in its most basic form, a tracking method will help identify problem areas moving forward and help the player set goals toward improving those areas. Once weaknesses have been identified, a player


Rick Hoerner nine-foot rims. Outdoor play is gone. Consider the last time you witnessed a pick up game of anything in your neighborhood. As one would expect, our kids were roughly the same ages and had similar concerns when it came to high school athletics. The pressure of having to choose one sport over another was a constant theme. So was the loss of multiple activities and athletics where now time and perceived commitment is an issue. The cost of high school sports also was a hot topic, with many considering athletics a luxury or even a sacrifice. And the lack of

perceived importance of their children’s sport was the focus of conversation. One family has children that are on the high school ski team that gets nowhere near the recognition of traditional sport, but has been just as successful. My hometown, like Farmington, has two high schools, so intracity rivalry was also a problem. Casper has been dealing with this issue since the mid 1960s, and has some of the same concerns we have here in Farmington. One school gets preferential treatment over the other. One school has better facilities. One gets more ink in the paper.

as possible to the game of golf, “A day of Golf for a Game of a Lifetime.” For more information about this free event, or to sign up your child, call the Piñon Hills Pro Shop at 505.326.6066. Find out more about Piñon Hills Golf Course at Piñon Hills Golf Course is located at 2101 Sunrise Parkway in Farmington.

can spend more practice time to improve those areas. Goals can then be set and measured as further tracking takes place. As you constantly improve weaker areas, your game as a whole will become more consistent and your scores will decrease.

This tracking method takes hardly any time at all and can be completed after each hole as you wait for your playing competitors to perform their shot. Make your round tell a story; your future success on the course might depend on it.

In Farmington we are 30 years behind with our second high school, but the issues are strikingly similar. Let’s hope it doesn’t take our community that much time to get over these petty matters, but my guess is it won’t. Education was a topic of concern as well. It was interesting how many fellow educators struggle with the same problems we have here in New Mexico. They worry about apathetic students, the mass exodus of teachers and the over-abundance of testing going on. As parents, they worry about paying for college, employment in a changing economy and the loss of educational choices. What I learned this weekend Cliques are a waste of time: While friends that stayed in touch spent time

together, everyone did associate with everyone else. Consider all the wasted time in high school establishing who is in and who is out. The women – and the men, I assume – who turned heads 30 years ago still have that unique ability today, and those you found interesting or a bit quirky are incredibly more so today.


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picks with whom I spoke this weekend interrupt our conversation to take a cell phone call or answer a text. This was a welcome change from watching people sit at the same table texting instead of interacting with each other. It doesn’t hurt to have a former vice president as an alumnus. Vice President Cheney had the school athletic facilities completely rebuilt, including an updated stadium, field turf practice fields and a

new track. That “It’s only a game” is a lie. Games are remembered and cherished. A group of us still cringe at losing the state semi-finals in basketball 31 years ago, ruining an undefeated season. A small group of us still celebrated, and rubbed it in to our opponents, championship football games from elementary school. Sad, perhaps, but also integral. Finally, high school does matter. Either it is a positive

experience that is character forming, or a place you loathed and hated and forms a negative reaction to education in general. You might as well choose the first. Get involved and build relationships that last even when you are miles and years away. Thank you to all who planned and participated in a great weekend. Sports on the radio Prep Sports Weekly with

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Bisti Writing Project helps educators improve skills DEBRA MAYEUX Tri-City Tribune

Jillian Kinnard, left, listens to Stephanie Jaquez, right, speak about the Bisti Writing Project’s Technology Conferences, which will be offered three times during the 2013-2014 school year. Both were participants in the four-week Bisti Writing Project seminar at San Juan College.


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It’s for teachers who write and writers who teach, and the Bisti Writing Project has been going strong since 2005 when it became an independent affiliate of the National Writing Project. The Bisti Writing Project was developed by local educators who wanted to improve writing in the schools while working on their own writing. The group puts on a summer writing institute each year with the hope of encouraging teachers to become better writers so that they might instill a love of writing in their students. There were approximately 20 teachers who gathered for four weeks in the San Juan College Cultural Center to hone their writing skills, share with other educators and develop outreach programs that will continue throughout the school year. The goal was to work on their own writing, work in writing groups, read professional books and share best practices, according to Vicki Holmsten, an English professor at San Juan College and founder of the Bisti Writing Project. “When you write alongside your students it changes the whole experience,” said Frances Vitali, another writing project coordinator. “Writing is a very powerful art.” Vitali, who works at UNM, encouraged the educators to teach their students to write with purpose. “The more we can make writing an extension of who you are, it is writing with a purpose. You have a voice, and it is courageous,”

Frances Vitali, a UNM professor and coordinator of the Bisti Writing Project, speaks to educators about the importance of writing with a purpose during the June 28 meeting of the group at the San Juan College Cultural Center.

she said. The four-week course focused on writing with purpose and teaching children to write daily through journals or school projects. Vitali told the teachers to approach writing from a natural purpose as a joy. “Teachers figure out relationships with writing, and it will help children learn to use their voice,” she said. There were educators from all over the Four Corners including Durango, where Tiffany Mapel teaches elementary school and said the writing project excited her about the upcoming school year. “I enjoyed this four-week writing conference and I’m sad it had to end,” she said, adding this gave her new ideas to improve her “stagnant” writing. The teachers take the writing skills they have honed throughout the summer into the classroom and encourage the children to write. It follows the new Common Core Standards developed by the local school districts and it helps students learn to appreciate writing, whether it is for fun in a journal or for a non-fiction term paper. In order to accomplish

this goal throughout the school year, Coila King, Jennifer Choate and others who participated in the writing project will write a grant request for $20,000 to develop a writing partnership with Blanco Elementary School. The purpose would be to empower and engage teachers in writing, so that they might involve children in writing each day. “This will be a pilot project so the Bisti Writing Project can build a relationship with the schools,” King said. “It has a broad purpose that is a much needed one.” Choate added that it “also will help teachers do place-based education.” Another new project affiliated with this one will be three tech conferences on Sept. 14, Dec. 7 and Feb. 22 at the CATE Center in Farmington. “What we are trying to do is we are trying to take something and work with a group of teachers so they understand it and use it in their classroom,” said Jillian Kennard, who is working on the tech conferences. These will be fee-based as a way for the writing

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snakes 1,000 people are bitten by rattlesnakes each year in the U.S., with only 3 percent being fatal. Seeking medical treatment as soon as possible after the bite is the best way to treat it. The city did get the seasonal parks employee to the hospital for treatment, and Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Director Cory Styron said the employee is back at work. Styron received the email from Tarkington warning about the presence of snakes in the area. It stated that on the afternoon of April 26 there “was a snake coiled up around the temporary outfield fence and it was hissing at the center fielder,” of the PV girls softball team. Earlier that week in April there were several snakes outside the permanent outfield fence. “We had several instances of rattlesnakes last year such as one in the tennis center office and one in the Field 3 press box,” Tarkington wrote. Styron contacted Marcy

Eckhardt from the animal shelter and asked her to continue the park ranger call-out policy for rattlesnakes for “non-work hour issues.” He also asked that staff make a final walk-through at the end of the day to check for snakes. The policy has continued, and Styron reported July 1 that the city purchased a repellant to put around the perimeter of the sports complex fields. James E. Knight, a former wildlife specialist with the New Mexico State University Extension Service, said in a write-up about snakes that the only efficient method of discouraging snakes is to modify the environment and making it unattractive to them. “No fumigants or poisons are registered for snake control. Although there are chemicals that are said to repel snakes, most scientific investigations have found them ineffective,” Knight wrote, saying the best way to discourage them is to change

the environment. The Colorado State University Extension Service also stated that a mixture of 7 percent naphthalene and 28 percent sulfur, found in commercial snake repellent, was not successful in repelling western rattlesnakes, nor was it successful in repelling gopher snakes, brown tree snakes or garter snakes. “Snakes often live in dark, cool places where food is abundant,” Knight said. They will go into grassy areas that are unkempt and with tall vegetation. They also tend to gravitate toward places where there is “abundant debris or trash,” including areas with rodent, bird or bat problems. Stryon said rodents, specifically “rats, field mice and grasshoppers,” are the reason for the rattlesnake activity at the Farmington Sports Complex. “The snakes come because of the rodents, and the rodents come because of the food such as sunflower seeds dropped or deposited

by people at the games,” he said. “They’re always going to be out there.” Styron said he has made all of the youth leagues and school teams aware of rattlesnakes at the location. He claimed the city had posted signs at the complex about the snakes, but a July 1 visit to the complex proved there were no signs, and multiple softball players in the women’s league stated they had not been told about the presence of rattlers. “Staff remains on the lookout for them,” Sytron said of the snakes. The staff would be looking for one or more of seven rattlesnake species that live in New Mexico. These snakes vary in size and color and their scales often match the environment – brown, gray, green, red, pink or yellow, according to Knight. The seven species found in New Mexico include the rock rattlesnake in isolated mountain ranges in southern New Mexico; the western diamondback rat-

tlesnake, found throughout the state; the western (prairie) rattlesnake, distributed across New Mexico, much of the western U.S. and into Canada; the Mojave rattlesnake, found in extreme southern New Mexico, but more common in southern California, Nevada, Arizona and Texas; the black-tailed rattlesnake, distributed in southwestern and central New Mexico; the massasauga found in southern, central and eastern New Mexico; and the ridgenose rattlesnake, a threatened species found in a small part of the southwestern bootheel of the state, according to the NMSU Extension Service. The best way to avoid a snake bite is to be aware of your surroundings and understand that while in snake habitat you might encounter a snake. The extension service recommends you wear long, loose pants and calf high leather boots in areas where snakes are to be found.

“Alert them of your approach by sweeping grassy areas with a long stick before entering. Never jump over logs, turn over rocks, put your hands in rock crevices, or sit down without first carefully checking for snakes,” the Colorado Extension Service stated on its website. “Remember, rattlesnakes do not always shake their rattles before striking, so do not rely solely on your sense of hearing. If you are confronted with a rattlesnake, remain calm and still at first, then try to back away slowly and carefully.” If bitten by a rattlesnake, it is best to remain calm – panicking will spread the venom more quickly. It is best to leave the snake alone and get to a hospital immediately. Most U.S. hospitals stock rattlesnake anti-venom, which will help, according to the extension service. If you come upon a snake within city of Farmington limits, animal control can be called out to assist in its removal.

the active ingredient in marijuana,” the release stated. “Users have reported impaired perception, reduced motor control, disorientation, extreme paranoia, and violent episodes.” It is alleged that Mohammed Assi sold the product, along with his family members, Khaled Assi, 39, of Gallup, Nael Assi, 41, of Gallup, and Amro Assi, 33, of Grants. Mahammed is the only U.S. citizen in the group. Khaled is a Jordanian national pending an immigration review to continue living in the U.S.; and Nael and Amro are Jordanian nationals with permanent U.S. residency. Khaled Assi, Mohammed Assi and Nael Assi are charged with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance analogue in an indictment filed on June 25, 2013. These three reportedly conspired to distribute Spice in San Juan and McKinley counties from January 2012 through April 2013, according to the indictment. Khaled also was charged

with distributing “Spice” on Feb. 14, 2012, in San Juan County, according to court documents. Amro Assi is charged with conspiracy and distribution of a controlled substance analogue in a criminal complaint filed on June 26, 2013. If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and Khaled Assi, Nael and Amro Assi will be deported after serving their prison sentences. The search warrants of the Assis’ homes, businesses and bank accounts led to the seizure of 100,000 retail sale packets of “Spice,” 15 pounds of bulk “Spice,” more than $1.2 million in bank assets, more than $135,000 in cash, 18 vehicles and 13 firearms, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. “I thank DEA and its federal, state and local partners here in New Mexico for working very hard not just to eradicate these dangerous drugs from our community, but also for their efforts to educate the

public about the dangers they present, particularly for our young people,” U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales said during a June 27 press conference, attended by Farmington Police Chief Kyle Westall, San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen and McKinley County Sheriff Felix T. Begay, who said there has been an increased problem with synthetic drugs in McKinley County. “We have been receiving countless complaints from both citizens and the business community within McKinley County concerning the sales and the use and abuse of spice,” Begay said. “We are proud to have been involved in this operation and we applaud the Drug Enforcement Administration for their outstanding dedication to our

community.” Westall said Farmington also has experienced an “exponential increase” in spice use. “Without the help of the DEA it would have been impossible for us to inhibit the flow of these dangerous drugs.” A spike in “Spice” use has grown across the country, according to DEA Agent in Charge Joseph M. Arabit, who said the law enforcement will con-

tinue to investigate the sale of the product and arrest individuals involved in the manufacturing and distribution of this product. “Individuals, retailers and organizations that continue to circumvent the law and engage in the trafficking of these dangerous drugs should be on notice that law enforcement agencies will utilize all available resources to hold them accountable for their actions.”

Assi DEA came into San Juan County and began assisting Region II in the efforts to stop the spread of this drug, which has been known to cause severe hallucinations and health problems. “Those who have abused synthetic drugs have suffered vomiting, anxiety, agitation, irritability, seizures, hallucinations, tachycardia, elevated blood pressure, and loss of consciousness. They have caused significant organ damage as well as overdose deaths,” according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office concerning “Project Synergy.” The drugs – sold as herbal incense, potpourri, bath salts, jewelry cleaner, or plant food – are created by spraying a chemical compound on some type of dried vegetation. They became popular with teens and young adults because they were easily accessible through these smoke shops. “These products consist of plant material that has been impregnated with dangerous psychoactive compounds that mimic THC,


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An ounce of prevention

Foliar feeding helps prevent insects, disease We are at that point of the season where the garden is really starting to produce. In our garden, tomatoes are ripening daily, squash and zucchini are beginning to mass produce, and everything else seems to be growing right in front of our eyes. This also is that point in the season where we begin to see problems in the garden. At the nursery we have seen problems with insects, fungal and mildew issues, and soil and nutritional problems. We have a spray for that, and we have a dust for this, and of course we have a fertilizer for everything. There are curative products for almost everything that can ail the garden. The most important thing with gardening is to prevent problems by keeping plants healthy and strong. Healthy plants are less likely to have problems than weaker plants. Did you know that insects, disease and nutrient issues can be prevented with supplemental foliar feedings? I can almost see the confusion in your face!


I can hear the muddle in your voice! “What is foliar feeding?” you ask. It is when plants consume nutrients through their leaves! Whoa, there is that look again! Foliar feeding is when liquid fertilizer or liquid compost is sprayed on the leaves of plants. Plants have openings on their leaves called stomata, which absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen and water vapor. The stomata also will absorb nutrients;

in fact, they can absorb nutrients at a rate far faster than the normal uptake through the plant’s root system. I don’t want you to think that soil feedings are not important; they are still the most important feedings you do. Leaves can’t absorb enough macronutrients – nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium – to maintain good plant growth. However, foliar feedings do a tremendous amount of beneficial things for plants.

sults that we got and justified the position that we take.” Gary Vicinus, also of Pace Global, stated his company’s opinions are independent. “We have been asked to look at options and work to create options with a completely independent view. The analyses and conclusions of our analyses have always been ours,” he said, adding that the conclusions were reached independently with no pressure in coming up with an answer.” Sandel stated that he is in favor of natural gasfired power and believes the city ought to build a natural gas plant and say that the natural gas needs to come from San Juan County. “Yes we need power, but the risk of coal is tremendous. We went down the road that we need to build natural gas and we need renewable. I don’t think this is surprise to us, I think we realized that it would be available once all of these bad deals were made. It’s time for us to commit to a future. This is an energy conversation going on across the U.S.,” he said. Darnell compared the quest for power as an “incredible journey,” when he made the motion to continue negotiations for

PNM’s 65 megawatts. McCulloch seconded the motion, which was approved on a three-to-two vote, with Sandel and Fischer voting against the plan. Roberts broke the tie vote, in favor of the negotiations.

Foliar feeding has many known advantages to plants: • It can be used at flowering to increase fruit set – studies on tomatoes have shown huge increases in yield. • It is supposed to make plants less sensitive to frost. • Foliar sprays of compost tea help prevent plant diseases and insects. • Nutrient related complications can be remedied by foliar sprays of the specific nutrient, such as calcium to prevent blossom end rot on tomatoes. Foliar feeding is considered especially useful for introducing trace elements to plants that have a specific deficiency. Deficiencies in soil can hap-

pen for a number of reasons. Specific nutrients may just be lacking in the soil or the nutrients could be locked up because of pH or an over-abundance of another nutrient. Nutrient lock-up in soil is common and can prevent plants from getting the stuff they need. Spraying plants for mineral deficiencies bypasses the soil and gets the nutrients straight to the plant. It is also faster and more efficient than placing them on the ground around plants and waiting for normal root uptake. Everyone understands that mulching a garden not only helps hold moisture, it can prevent weeds and, over time, build soil

PNM place a mandate on municipalities with regard to what type of power generation is in their portfolio. “We don’t anticipate it, but it is something that could happen,” Sims said. Councilor Jason Sandel said he heard from two Public Regulation Commissioners that mandating a diverse electric portfolio could be coming. Sims stated that would be “difficult” to do. Sandel, however, pressed the issue, pointing out that a study completed in 2012 by Pace Global showed the city would be better off by diversifying its electric generation to include less coal and more natural gas and solar. Pace Global representatives, however, were at the July 2 meeting and stated that they changed their mind on that issue, “because there is an opportunity to acquire it at zero costs. The cost is zero on a purchase basis, but there is a $500 kilowatt cost on it,” said Pat Augustine with Pace. “The impression I have is we went and sought out a study to justify our position,” Sandel said. “Six months later we hear (from Pace Global), ‘Coal is OK, as long as we can add natural gas to it.’ My concern is that we wanted the re-

structure. When you spray plants with compost tea – basically liquid mulch – you cover the plant with living organisms. The results can be astounding, producing large, mineralrich vegetation with clear glossy leaves, decreased disease, and even reduced insect attacks. Plants treated with foliar fertilization, and particularly compost tea, has higher “Brix” levels. Brix is a measure of the carbohydrates and mineral density in the sap of plants. High Brix is said to make the plants less attractive to pests and more resilient to stress. Higher Brix in fruits and vegetables produces sweeter, better tasting, and more nutritional produce. Apply foliar fertilization or sprayed compost tea every two to three weeks during the growing season. Foliar treatments should never be applied during the heat of the day; early morning applications are best. Don’t wait for problems to occur. An ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure.

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Traveling with pets

The trip doesn’t have to drive you crazy With their own seatbelts, luggage and collapsible food and water bowls, our pets are now, more than ever, ready to travel with us. So, what can you do to insure that your pet will arrive safely and ready to enjoy

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travel season, what are the best ways of traveling with your best friend? Of the four major travel choices that Americans have, pets are not allowed to travel on half of them. According to the American Veterinary

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STATE OF NEW MEXICO COUNTY OF SAN JUAN ELEVENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT IN THE MATTER OF THE PETITION OF FRANCISCO CARLOS PAREYRA FOR CHANGE OF NAME No.D-1116-CV-2013750-1 NOTICE OF PETITION TO CHANGE NAME OF PERSON AGE 14 OR OLDER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Francisco Carlos Pareyra filed a Petition to Change Name in the Eleventh Judicial District Court in San Juan County, New Mexico at 103 So. Oliver Drive, Aztec, on the 12th day of June , 2013. The Petitioner seeks to change the Petitioner’s current name from FRANCISCO CARLOS PAREYRA to the name of FRANCISCO CARLOS PEREYRA. Legal No.96 Dates 6/21,6/28,7/5/2013


TO: Waymon Wright PO Box 955 Fruitland NM 87416 Thomas Wilson PO Box 1432 Kirtland NM 87417 James Dance PO Box 6791 Farmington NM 87499 Gerald/Imogene White PO Box 1476 Fruitland NM 87416 Keith Yazzie PO Box 3074 Kirtland NM 87417 Notice is hereby given that a sale of miscellaneous and personal items will be held to satisfy debt of back rent. The sale will be held on or after July 20, 2013 at Cubby Mini Storage 4340 US Hwy 64 Kirtland, NM 87417. Legal No. 100 Dates 7/5, 7/12/2013


IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF KEITH LYNN ISLE, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS Heather Holtman has been appointed Personal Representative of the Estate of Keith Lynn Isle, deceased. 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 Personal Representative at 5708 Sierra Grande Dr., Taylorsville, UT 84129, Dylan O’Reilly and William T. Denning at P.O. Box 869, Farmington, NM 87499-0869, or filed with the District Court of San Juan County, New Mexico. DATED: 5-9-2013


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Nosey Nellie has decided to dig out her banners and flags and signs and hit the groupie trail once again. NN has been a groupie before. She “grouped” for Ward Burton (Go 22!) and Elliott Sadler (when he was da man who drove the M&M car before that whiney ole Boo-hoo Busch stole his ride) and is still a Dale Earnhardt Jr. fan (who has been voted the sport’s most popular driver for ten years – TEN! – in a row). NN loves her NASCAR and has “grouped” at several tracks. Unfortunately, her most recent groupings were in Vegas, and almost all of ’em were captured on film. Not the good film that has won NN accolades and free drinks over the years (didya know NN was once honored as the “Actress Most Often Nominated for Every Award by Herownself and Never Won Until Now, On Accounta We Don’t Want to Ever Ever See Her Nominate Herself For Anything Ever Ever Again” by the Las Vegas Actors/Actress Guild Of Them Who Are All Hoping to Be Discovered by Donald Trump or Tom Bergeron or Guy Fieri or QVC. NN did many films before she was visited by the Governor, the Strip Mafia and the NASCAR “officials,“ all of whom

suggested she leave Vegas and Nevada and never return. She also hadda give ’em her groupie ID card, her groupie ankle bracelet and her groupie password and secret handshake information. Whatever. Ya try to visit a NASCAR driver in the middle of the night in his motor home and everyone gets all panicky and thinks you’re trying to “break in” and take stuff that could be sold on WheeBay for a gazillion dollars and they banish you from groupiedom for life. Well, NN was banned from NASCAR groupiedom, but NN has discovered another sport in which she intends to group. Baseball. NN is a big baseball fan and has been for years. NN kept a scrapbook when New York Yankees Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris were trying to beat the Babe’s homerun record and was also a big fan of Eddie Matthews, who played for the Braves. NN thought about grouping for Nolan Ryan, Cal Ripken, Randy Johnson, Derek Jeter, Paul O’Neill and Mark McGwire – who did not do steroids. NN has a poster of MM drinking milk, which makes him some kinda sorta gawd, just so’s ya know. Because the Statute of Limitations on her Vegas NASCAR thingey had not yet been removed from NN’s “file,” she was not able to group her baseball crushes in the manner to which she would have liked.


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That has ended. NN is no longer considered a “threat” to groupiedom, so this year she is starting a groupie fan club for the son of a good friend of NN’s. The son also happens to be one of the rising stars of the San Francisco Giants, which NN has never really thought about as far as a groupie club, but since the Giants were so smart in selecting Shilo McCall in the ninth round of the draft (like, the one of the first if not the first ever from New Mexico to be drafted that high AND right out of high school), NN has decided she will be Shilo’s groupie and queen of his San Juan County Fan Club. Shilo is the son of NN’s good buddy Tana McCall, who is Shilo’s biggest cheerleader. Tana is justifiably proud of her boy and NN loves the fact that Tana knows more about Giants baseball than prob’ly any or all of the coaches, trainers and bat boys. And Shilo is an attractive young man, which will no doubt help us grow our groupie numbers. Not that looks are everything, but they are something, just so’s ya know. And because he’s attractive, our T-shirts, tote bags, baseball caps and wall-size posters will be big sellers. And he’ll prob’ly be invited to pose for a milk poster sometime, too, and prob’ly also be invited to do commercials for Nike or Adidas or Rolex or Gillette’s line of men’s deodorants. NN thinks the groupiedom might want to purchase a touring bus so’s we can all attend Shilo’s games together and sit in the stands. We will call ourownselves Shilo’s Sorority, and we will wear Shilo shirts, shorts, shoes and sunglasses. NN is working with the worldrenowned designer, Tommy Willfiger, to create our wardrobes. NN and TW

are thinking sunglasses that have baseball size lenses and little baseball bats for the ear thingeys will be very cute and should sell really well at our Shilo Sorority’s Stuff to Sell booth, which we will take along with us in the tour bus. We will also invite Shilo to ride to games with us, in case he needs a break from the baseball team testosterone and would like some quality time with people who love him for reasons other than his amazing good looks, his ability at bat and on the field, and the fact that someday he will make a gazillion dollars and we all want to be part of his will and legacy. Just sayin’. . . . NN is also planning a big coming home party for Shilo when the baseball season is over – although it does seem like the baseball season is never, ever over. NN knows he’ll want to come to the big party, pose for photographs with all the Sorority people and watch us quaff a few glasses of Girls Are Meaner and Sweet Jenner Rose. NN is also considering “negotiating” with the Wines of the San Juan to create a Shilo’s Sangria at Bat wine. Not that Shilo can drink any of that stuff (hence the milk poster contract NN is working on for him – NN is nothing if not helpful, just so’s ya know) because he’s always in training because the baseball season never, ever ends, but the members of SS will enjoy the fruits of the wine for him. So, if anyone is interested in joining Shilo’s Sorority Groupie Group, call his mom or call NN, but her phone is still being “tagged” by the government on accounta the feds say she receives calls from Bad Guys in the Big House and they hope to get “information” from her


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calls. Whatever. In other news this week, one of NN’s alltime most favorite 4-Hers, Sealee Walraven, is getting married. The lucky guy is Jeremy Foster. NN watched Sealee grow up at the San Juan County Fair and NN loved the teeny, tiny little girl who put her goats on a treadmill for exercise! Sealee was good and sweet and kind and NN was always cheering her on when she showed her animals. She has grown up to be a good and sweet and kind and beautiful young woman and NN wishers her all the happiness in the world! Candles were blown out and presents opened by people who had birthdays this week. Darla Miller (who attempts to keep detectives and deputies and, occasionally, the sheriff, in line and outta trouble), Ginger Lusk, Sandy Chapman, Leslie Dimmick, the amazing and wonderful and beautiful Pat Fortner, and Cowgirl Crystal Tafoya are all a year older this week. Neener, neener, neener – NN finally got to that age where she can take advantage of the Senior Discount and the age where she can say anything she wants and blame it on what she had for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner. Or the wine she had last night – or the wine she DIDN’T have last night. Whatever. Terry and Natalie McCoy celebrated a wedding anniversary, which NN thinks is wonderful. Marriages do last and remain happy and healthy. NN has just never discovered one of those. . . . NN has always considered being a Biker Babe, so attended the big open house/fashion show/Hardly Angels demonstration Carrie Olson offered up at Four Corners Harley-Davidson

last week. NN felt a little out of place on accounta she didn’t have a Biker Babe shirt or jeans or accessories or a big ole bike, but she blended into the crowd as only NN can do. (’K, so she stuck out like a sore thumb. The black and orange worn by every other woman there was a stark contrast to NN’s pink, purple, green and yellow short shorts and tube top. Whatever.) Seen checking out the bikes and the goodie bags were Melissa Porch, Debbie Ritchie, Randy Wethington, Arlene Nourse, Mary Stock, Karol Young, Kim Hicks (who is totally the Biker Babe with a huge bike and a heart every bit as big), Gayle Almond, Tarren Wethington and Jen Moffit. Jen’s cute little guy, Ty, modeled the kids line of Harley stuff and was absolutely adorable. NN tried to buy Ty but, since he’s one of a kind, he’s not for sale. Whatever. NN offers up her thanks and gratitude and love to Samantha Covert of Real Estate Matters and Rick, Sammie’s friend and incredibly nice man, who made sure NN’s swamp cooler works, her roof is patched and her ceiling repaired. There are so many nice and wonderful people in this world and NN is blessed to know most of ’em. Samantha sold NN her little casita years ago and every time NN walks into her house, she is forever thankful to Samantha that she is able to provide a home for Mojito, the Devil Kitten, and Oliver, the Cat Who Won’t Stop Talking, who are willing (most of the time) to share it with her. It’s the Fourth of July weekend, and NN plans to celebrate her freedom and continue to pray for those who have lost their lives keeping our country free and great!

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had been funded annually with a $47,000 grant from the National Writing Project. That funding went away this year, so the founders are developing the outreach programs as a way to continue, according to Holmsten. There also are opportunities for the public to support the program through donations and grants to the San Juan College Foundation. All of the educators who have been involved in the writing project tout its importance and how it inspires them to live as writers, work as teachers and create future writers in America.


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45 #1 on the American Film Institute’s “Greatest Movie Musicals” list 47 Tech media Web site founded in 1994 48 John at a piano 49 Basis of some ticket discounts 50 Patient mover 51 Computer user ’s shortcut

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52 Viewed with contempt


54 What’s expected

25 Food in the Bible

55 Confers

26 Caspian Sea feeder

56 Sentence unit

27 Des ___, Iowa

57 Like nougat

28 Repudiates

59 Toot one’s own horn

29 Checkpoint needs

79 “Exactly right!”

9 Made-up alibis

80 Wrangler rival 81 Went (for)

10 Stops on a whistlestop tour

82 Gulf war missile

11 Love

83 Company of two? 84 Makes a go of it

12 Subject of many a Burns ballad

86 Really impresses

13 Size up

87 Palmed off

14 Something to grow out of

88 Hold the fort, say 90 Holders of addl. thoughts 92 Existential anxiety


29 Early release



105 Sideways

67 Be relevant to

106 French or Italian bread

41 Mortarboard tosser 42 “Really useful engine” of children’s books 43 Wilson of Hollywood 44 “What nonsense!”

For any three answers, call from a touch-tone phone: 1-900-285-5656, $1.49 each minute; or, with a credit card, 1-800814-5554.

103 Horrorful

70 Over the hill

72 Gas in a vacuum tube 73 German-born Emmy winner of 1960s TV

Down 1 Cool, in hip-hop slang 2 English war poet Gurney 3 Hardly a slow poke














51 54














104 Tired

71 Former Indiana senator Bayh



63 Home of Hannibal



28 Hold for questioning

34 Coffee containers

40 SeaWorld


24 Setting up

33 Like birds of prey

37 Baseball card stat


100 Unalaska native




99 Tweeters

62 [Gone … instantly!]

68 Withdraw



13 21






16 Musical duo Brooks & ___




23 Fruit growers

32 Star

35 Give one’s address?




94 Various things

102 Patriarch who lived 950 years

9 20


93 Welcome sight after a flood

101 Beam from one end to the other



17 They have springs

60 Where Arab Bank is headquartered

31 Periodic payments

15 Elocution phrase











21 All ___

30 One of the authors in the game Authors


68 73

84 88

















32 Procter & Gamble soap



33 Drank to excess









34 Pressed 35 Award won by Alice Munro and Stephen King 36 Pulitzer-winning composer Ned 38 Some drafts 39 Krakauer ’s “___ the Wild”

63 Got through difficulties

77 Lifts a finger?

88 Small dollops

53 Playwright O’Casey

79 Soft shade

89 “Spamalot” writer

55 Line on a map

64 Get retribution for

82 Betraying nervousness, in a way

90 Untidy stack

67 Socialite’s party

83 How utility bills are usually paid

94 Détente

68 Green ___

85 Set preceder?

69 Like some stores of years gone by

86 1981 comedy or its 2011 remake

73 Erased, as a tape

87 Volume control on a soundboard

51 Entree, often

57 Recoiled fearfully 58 Catchy parts of pop songs

75 Not just a tiff

4 1942 Cary Grant comedy

76 Untrustworthy sort

5 Besieger ’s bomb

41 Zesty staple of Asian cuisine

77 Breaking developments?

6 Rink jumps

42 Martial-arts move

60 Hard-to-reach nest

7 “Dear” one

45 Old Nick

78 “Regrets” and others

8 What a gutter may lead to

46 Melodious

61 Classic name in crossword puzzles

47 Initiates a conflict


59 Farm machines

62 Puerto Rican port

65 Guesstimated 66 Ewoks’ home in “Star Wars”

74 Eggplant casserole


91 Out of port

95 State-of-the-art 96 Biblical pronoun 97 Shucked item 98 Density symbol, in physics

thought for the week “Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.”

— Sholom Aleichem

Answers to this week’s puzzles are on page A23


TRI-CITYTRIBUNE Friday, July 5, 2013

at the movies 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.

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 10thbiggest animated motion picture in U.S. history. In summer 2013, get ready for more Minion madness in Despicable Me 2.

WORLD WAR Z Rating: PG-13 Synopsis: The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop a pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself.

WHITE HOUSE DOWN Rating: PG-13 Synopsis: The White House is under siege in this action thriller from Independence Day director Roland Emmerich and The Amazing Spider-Man's writer James Vanderbilt in this Sony Pictures release. Channing Tatum stars.

MAN OF STEEL Rating: PG-13 Synopsis: A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY Rating: G Synopsis: Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn't always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn't stand each other. "Monsters University" unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends.

NOW YOU SEE ME Rating: PG-13 Synopsis: NOW YOU SEE ME pits an elite FBI squad in a game of cat and mouse against "The Four Horsemen", a super-team of the world's greatest illusionists. "The Four Horsemen" pull off a series of daring heists against corrupt business leaders during their performances, showering the stolen profits on their audiences while staying one step ahead of the law.

THIS IS THE END Rating: R Synopsis: The comedy This Is The End follows six friends trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles. As the world unravels outside, dwindling supplies and cabin fever threaten to tear apart the friendships inside. Eventually, they are forced to leave the house, facing their fate and the true meaning of friendship and redemption.


Rating: PG-13 Synopsis: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of all-stars as the global blockbuster franchise built on speed races to its next continent in Fast & Furious 6. Reuniting for their most high-stakes adventure yet, fan favorites Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges and Elsa Pataky are joined by badass series newcomers Luke Evans and Gina Carano. Since Dom (Diesel) and Brian's (Walker) Rio heist toppled a kingpin's empire and left their crew with $100 million, our heroes have scattered across the globe. But their inability to return home and living forever on the lam have left their lives incomplete. Meanwhile, Hobbs (Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled mercenary drivers across 12 countries, whose mastermind (Evans) is aided by a ruthless second-in-command revealed to be the love Dom thought was dead, Letty (Rodriguez). The only way to stop the criminal outfit is to outmatch them at street level, so Hobbs asks Dom to assemble his elite team in London. Payment? Full pardons for all of them so they can return home and make their families whole again. Building on the worldwide blockbuster success of Fast Five and taking the action, stunts and narrative to even greater heights, Fast & Furious 6 sees director Justin Lin back behind the camera for the fourth time. He is supported by longtime producers Neal H. Moritz and Vin Diesel, who welcome producer Clayton Townsend back to the series.

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." Movie information and ratings are from Rotten Tomatoes. Ratings are based on 0 - 100%; each star represents a 20% rating.


library schedule


Sign up for the 2013 “Dig in to Reading� summer reading program at the Farmington Public Library and Shiprock Branch Library. Log the books you’ve read and earn a free limited edition summer reading T-shirt. Details and registration at


















Monday, July 8 – 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Summer reading Story Time! “Dig in to Reading� at the Farmington Public Library with today’s Story Time featuring this week’s theme “Groundbreaking Reads.� For more information about summer reading at the Farmington Public Library and Shiprock Branch Library, please go to Summer reading Story Time and craft at the Shiprock Branch Library! “Dig Into Reading� with this week’s theme “Groundbreaking Reads.� For more information about summer reading at the Shiprock Branch Library, please go to .


Tuesday, July 9 – 10 a.m. Stop by the Farmington Public Library between 10 a.m. and noon for crafts, science and a movie. This week will feature “Bulldozers� and “Volcanoes.� All supplies are provided, but some younger children

may need parental assistance. For more information about summer reading at the Farmington Public Library and Shiprock Branch Library, please go to <> Tweens, ages 8 through 12, are invited to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dig in to Readingâ&#x20AC;? at the Shiprock Branch Library. Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activity will be an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Indiana Jones Party.â&#x20AC;? For more information about summer reading at the Farmington Public Library and Shiprock Branch Library, please go to Thursday, July 11 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Colin Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien will be at the Farmington Public Library to present a family event, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Guitar, Fiddle, Banjo & Feet.â&#x20AC;? For more information about summer reading at the Farmington Public Library and Shiprock Branch Library, please go to Friday, July 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10 a.m. Tweens, ages 8 through 12, are invited to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dig in to Readingâ&#x20AC;? at the Farmington Public Library. Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event will feature a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Library Scavenger Hunt.â&#x20AC;? For more information about summer reading at the Farmington Public Library and Shiprock Branch Library, please go to






boarding procedures. According to the website,, the majority of accidents and injuries that happen to pets are the result of poor quality carriers or kennels that have pieces missing. Again, a few moments of preparation by the owner can avoid the loss or even the death of their pet. And for these owners who have contemplated sedation for their pets, the answer is a resounding NO! The AVMA, and the American Humane Association both agree emphatically that sedation during flight is a risk pet owners should not take. When you reach your

destination, be sure you are aware of pet-friendly hotels and campsites in the area. Also, veterinary and animal experts recommend owners to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;considerateâ&#x20AC;? and have a kennel or crate available. There are many sites online that can help you find lodging that allow pets. At, over 25,000 hotels and other locations that allow pets are listed. For owners who will be camping with their dogs, veterinarians recommend the application of a topical flea and tick preventive to help avoid bringing home any unwanted guests. Just as with their owners, many pets are individuals

and wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t accept the changes that travel brings to their lives. For these pets, having the name of a good local boarding or reliable pet sitter is probably the smartest idea. As always, your family veterinarian likely has information about local boarding facilities that he or she trusts with the care of your pet. So, as the busy travel season gets underway, remember that many problems and potential injuries can easily be avoided with a little bit of preparation and homework. Be sure to talk with your veterinarian about your petâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s special travel needs and what he or she recommends for traveling.


TRI-CITYTRIBUNE Friday, July 5, 2013



Prices: Adult (after 6:00 pm) $8.50 | Child $6.50 | Senior $6.50 Matinee (before 6:00 pm) $6.50 | *3D Movie Surcharge $2.00

Online ticket sales available at


Advance ticket purchase available | All theatres digital projection ATM available | Stadium seating available

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No shows before 4pm on Tuesdays

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Tuesdays 9:00am 11:20am 1:40pm Pickup your free tickets at any 7-2-11

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Weekly newspaper in Farmington, New Mexico