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Elta Yazzie holds a flier for her son, Delvin, who has been missing for almost four years. Photo Credit: Kimberly Gaona By Kimberly Gaona & Babette Herrmann


ALLUP – There are few things in this world that are more d i s t u rbi n g, more catastrophic than a loved one going missing with the constant wonder, worry and waiting. Those left behind are stuck with a choice to either keep up the search for what could be years, or decades, or to continue on with their lives. One of the oldest cold missing cases centers on the disappearance of Anthonette Cayedito, 9, who went missing from her bed on April 4, 1986. Her mother Penny reportedly told police that she last saw her daughter fast asleep at 3 a.m., but a parent’s worst nightmare came true some hours later when Penny went to check on Anthonette in her bedroom and discovered she had vanished. Sure, there were a few leads


along the way. First, a phone call to the Gallup Police Department from a frantic young girl claiming to be Anthonette; next, followed by a girl matching Anthonette’s description who left a “please help me” note on a napkin at a Carson City diner. Years later, the missing girl’s sister Wendy came forward, claiming some men knocked at the door and swept away her sister into the night. W h i le t he my s t er iou s Cayedito case lingers, new cases of vanishing persons continue to crop up. Such as the cases of Delvin Yazzie and Craig Harrison. Delvin Yazzie Delvin Yazzie, who would be 34-years-old today, has been missing since August 2011. For four years, his mother Elta Yazzie has continued to search for him, following up on leads of her own and is waiting for her son’s return. Elta Yazzie had three children, but she lost her oldest

son in an automobile accident in July. The only tangible child is her daughter. “I’m just hurting so bad, I

try to look for him,” Elta Yazzie said. Delvin was last seen at the Safeway store in Gallup where he reportedly got into a blue super cab pickup truck on Aug. 2, 2011, and he has not been seen since then. “I didn’t even know that he took off … he said I’ll be back,” Elta Yazzie said, holding back tears. She went on to explain that her son had even asked her to wash a white shirt and pants for him for when he returned, which she did. Delvin left behind a young child who stays with his mother’s family. He was known to engage in yard work to make money, and enjoyed playing baseball and basketball. He has a tattoo of the letter “I” and a heart on his left hand, along with several visible scars on his body. At the time he went missing, Delvin stands 5’3” and weighed 155 lbs. He has brown eyes and black hair. Craig Harrison Craig Harrison, a father and a firefighter, has been missing

Anthonette Cayedito

since September 2013. He was last seen renewing his driver’s license in Houck, Ariz. It was reported to police that he was identified after this time in Sanders, Ariz., possibly drinking under a bridge with his brother, according to Gallup Police Department spokesman Capt. Rick White. His girlfriend at the time he went missing, was Jamie Curley, who said that she did know him to go into town and “hang around” and she feels very strongly that something happened to him. She said that he would use hitchhiking as a form of transportation. “I haven’t heard anything since, it’s still a mystery,” Curley said. “Something happened to him, otherwise he would have come home a long time ago.” Curley and Harrison have two boys together, one who just celebrated a birthday. Curley said that she tries not to think about Harrison’s


Age Progressed

Missing Since: Missing From: DOB: Age Now: Sex: Race: Hair Color: Eye Color: Height: Weight:

Apr 6, 1986 Gallup, NM Dec 25, 1976 38 Female Biracial Brown Brown 4'7" 55 lbs

Anthonette's photo is shown age-progressed to 36 years. She was last seen at approximately 3:00 A.M. Anthonette is biracial; she is American Indian and White, of Italian descent. She has a mole on her right cheek, a scar on her knee, and a scar on her lip.


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April 2 Strangers make scary bedfellows Imagine coming home and f i nd i ng a strange man lying in your bed. According to a police report, Jerrilene Begay experienced just that when she arrived home one day. The suspect, Louie Delbert, had allegedly made his way into the house through a window and was napping in her bed. K9 officer Jayko searched the the home a nd found Delber t sound asleep. He was arrested without incident. Delbert reportedly thought he was at his in-laws. Roses are red, handcuffs are silver It’s not clear from a GPD report what prompt ed K e l l e n Bahe to m a ke of f with three d o z e n roses from Safeway April 2. But after reportedly trying to give some lame excuse that his mom had paid for them and she was still in the store, Bahe confessed that he lied to Sgt. Martinez, and the roses valued at $29.97 were returned to the store. Bahe was arrested and booked for shoplifting. April 1 Bat attack A n a rgument between husband a nd w i fe Tyson and Shelsea Houston spiraled out of control when an alleged alcohol-fueled verbal duel turned violent. According to the police repor t, Shelsea’s husband Tyson told police that during


the argument she punched him and attacked him with a baseball bat. Shelsea was charged for Aggravated Battery against a household member. Because her daughter was reportedly present during the attack, she was also booked for child abuse. March 30 Some people ‘allegedly’ never learn A r tencio Ly nch wa s a r r e s t e d fo r h i s fo u r t h Driv ing While Intoxicated charge March 30. According t o p ol ic e r e p o r t , Ly nc h refused to g i ve c o n sent to an alcohol b r e a t h t e s t . Officer Francie Mar tinez obtained a warrant to take Lynch to the hospital, where a laboratory technician drew his blood. He was booked into McKinley C ou nt y Ad u lt D e t e nt io n Center.

MCKINLEY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE April 4 At the right place, at the right time? Deput y Nocona Clark may have just s a v e d D e n i s e Jo h n s o n’s life. As C l a r k w a l ke d up to a truck pulled over on State Highway 602, she heard a female screaming, and the smell of liquor wafting from the cab. Johnson was being choked by her boy f r iend, C h r i s H i gd o n . B a c k s e a t occupa nt Jona h Ten nison str uggled to free Higdon’s grip, but Clark was able to free one of his ha nds a nd subdue h i m. H igdon wa s booked for aggravated battery/battery against a household member and resisting arrest.

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Craig Harrison

Anthonette Cayedito

disappearance because she wants her children to be happy. She has tried to move on with her life for herself and for her children. Harrison stands approximately 5’7” with black hair and brown eyes. He weighed 120 lbs at the time he was

reported missing and is about 28-years-old. W h it e a d de d t h a t he believed Harrison was a Navajo Scout firefighter. Cedrick Taliman Cedr ick Ta lima n is a n unusual missing person’s entry, according to Capt. White.

Police believe he’s still in the Gallup area. “He’s around, he’s just ignoring us,” White said. Taliman was last seen Dec. 12, 2012, when he left his foster home. He has since become an adult. Contact Anyone with information is encouraged to reach out to local law enforcement. Even the smallest details could aid police in their search, and help to bring some peace to the families who desperately wish to be reunited with their missing loved ones. Anyone who has information on either of these persons is asked to contact the Gallup Police Department at (505) 863-9365. You may also send information or details you have related to these cases or other missing persons reports to: kispin@yahoo.com.

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ANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez signed a series of game and fish-related bills that will improve outdoor recreation and allow aquaponic farming of tilapia April 2. “New Mexico has amazing outdoor recreation opportunities, especially hunting and fishing. They are a core part


of our state’s tourism industry and support our local economies throughout the state,” Martinez said. “These bills will further improve these opportunities and help support a growing commercial sector in the state.” House Bill 202, sponsored by Representative A lonzo Baldonado (R-Los Lunas), allows certain minor game and fish violations to be disposed

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of by agreeing to pay a penalty without having to appear in court.

Senate Bill 231, sponsored by Senator Benny Shendo (D-Jemez Pueblo), allows the New Mexico Game Commission to recruit and train volunteers to assist with outdoor activities, such as teaching courses on fishing, shooting bows, and how to safely handle firearms. This will also allow volunteers to help in forest projects to improve wildlife habitat and other beneficial programs to assist game and fish species. House Bill 201, sponsored by Representative Baldonado, allows aquaponic farming of tilapia, an increasingly popular method for raising fish and vegetables in a sustainable manner while conserving thousands of gallons of water compared to traditional methods of fish farming. “I am very pleased that Governor Susana Martinez has chosen to sign this legislation into law. These laws are going to be beneficial to our wildlife resources and the citizens who appreciate them,” said New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Assistant Director Chris Chadwick. “The end result will be more opportunities for people to learn how to safely enjoy the outdoors and legally grow a popular food fish in a sustainable manner that conserves our limited water resources.”

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Maiorano said he recommends that anyone who receives an unexpected check from an unknown company should contact local law enforcement before depositing it.


he McKinley County Sher i f f ’s Of f ice is warning the public to be aware of the growing rate of fraudulent activity after two deputies became the latest targets of a scam. Lieutenant James Maiorano said that two separate deputies had received checks made out to them for well over $1,000. They immediately brought them into the department and started investigating. Maiorano said that they contacted the banks and were told that the account numbers were correct, but that the company that had sent the checks had gone out of business. “All that comes in the envelope is a check with your name on it, no instructions,” he said. It is unclear how the con works unless the payee was to deposit the check into their personal account, where it would most likely bounce, causing financial hardship. “These businesses have no idea how they got a hold of their checks, it’s quite the scam,” he said. “I don’t know how they make money.” Maiorano recommends that anyone who receives an unexpected check from an unknown company should contact local law enforcement before depositing it. Another scam is taking place over the popular community-monitored site Craigslist, according to Maiorano. He said that the buyer sends a check for

Fake checks from real bank accounts and businesses have been sent via FedEx and priority mail to two local deputies. Photo Credit: Kimberly A. Gaona more than the purchase price and when they are contacted about it, they are told that it was a mistake. “They tell them to just cash the check and send us the remaining balance,” he said. He explained that several more scams involve phone calls, with some scammers identifying themselves as law enforcement officials and others as missionaries. All of the cases have been turned over to the New Mexico At tor ney Genera l Hector Balderas’ office for further investigation. Counterfeit money is also a common scam. The latest $100 bill that was turned in to the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office was first passed around

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should use care when leaving their vehicles, making sure that personal items and information are not left in plain view. “They can open accounts, clear out your accounts,” he said. “We do have several people in jail right now [for that].” White also warned about a mystery shopper scam that asks for consumers to test Western Union. Also, a lottery win in which you have to pay the taxes in advance is likely a scam. “If you have to pay, if you didn’t enter to win anything, it’s bogus,” he said. “They develop new scams daily, usually from foreign countries that you can’t trace back to.”

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n one of the most contentious mayoral campaigns in Gallup history, incumbent Jackie McK inney edged out challenger George Galanis by just over a hundred votes April 7. Before the results were in, McKinney said, “The results are in God’s hands” to a group of his supporters. About an hour later, these supporters burst into a wild round of cheers and applause when the unofficial numbers were announced. McKinney wasn’t the only one with cause to celebrate. Francisca “Fran” Palochak edged out incumbent Cecil Garcia to win the District 4 council seat. Galanis declined to comment on t he close r a ce. Meanwhile, on Wednesday, in the much quieter venue of the mayor’s office, McKinney expressed his appreciation for all the voters that turned out, but expressed some concern that this run-off “pulled at

everybody,” and that mudslinging was commonplace during the election season. He said there’s the notion that he’s not allowing people to voice their concerns at city council meetings; but, there are policies set in place to keep meetings running smoothly. “There had been efforts in previous meetings before the initial election for some to use the citizen comments portion of the bi-weekly meeting to campaign for some candidates, and for others to ask questions of himself or city councilors,” he said. That portion of the meeting should not be used for either. Both had become a virus that was affecting city business.” He clarified that no answers are be given for questions during the public comment portion of the meeting, and added that any and all queries should be directed to the city manager, who will then determine if they should be discussed on the agenda. “Some people think the mayor has a lot of power or discretion, but the fact is that I always vote last, after the

Mayor Jackie McKinney and wife Sandra pause for a photo during a post-election celebration. Photo Credit: Tom Hartsock council has voted.” McKinney hoped that a healing for the community would soon happen and his new administration would

be able to move forward with plans for the future. “Strategic planning is key to this,” McKinney said. “The retreat held last week for

department heads and city council members helped to define a vision for the future, and we set goals and prioritized them.”

SEN. MUNOZ TANGLED IN TEXTING SCANDAL By Kimberly Gaona Sun Correspondent


en. George Munoz, D-Gallup allegedly attempted to solicit an incoming University of New Mexico (UNM) regent for a vote, in exchange for the termination of UNM President Bob Frank and Vice President of Finance David Harris, according to KOB-TV. Munoz said that the text messages exchanged with newly appointed UNM regent Rob Doughty were simply a conversation between two men. Munoz reportedly texted the regent nominee while Doughty was attending his confirmation hearing, according to KOB-TV. It was at this time that Munoz requested that President Bob Frank and Vice President Harris be fired. According to Munoz, the entire situation was orchestrated by Governor Susana Martinez in an effort to keep


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Gallup Mayor Jackie McKinney in office so the Right to Work bill will pass. “The governor is supporting the mayor, they want Right to Work, they have nothing on me other than the need to put a play in,” Munoz said. McKinney said that he does not have a have a say in the Right to Work vote or bill being passed. “The decision on Right to Work is all discussed at the state level,” McKinney said. “I have never talked to the governor about Right to Work.” Munoz said that his issue with the UNM is that he has been asking for an audit to be done for quite some time, no exact time frame was given. “We have the largest community college in the state, we have asked for audits, the president promised to give me an audit,” Munoz said. According to Munoz, there are funds that UNM students are not receiving and that is the reason for requesting an

audit. “I don’t know where [the money is] going,” Munoz said. Munoz also said that tuition for students has been continuously raised and has never been reduced. Marilee Petranovich, Marketing and Communications Officer for the University, Gallup branch, said that Munoz could receive an audit by simply taking the proper steps. “If that were his pleasure, he would need to go through the main campus, we would take direction from the main campus,” Petranovich said. “All of our records are public, we are happy to comply.” Munoz has since continued to make claims against Governor Martinez and Mayor McKinney and said that it is all political strategy, and that he believes himself to have integrity. “They are trying to put political pressure on me,” Munoz said.

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ihigaal Bee Iiana has been called a modern day Navajo scouting party and it recently made an overnight stop in Gallup. Ni h i g a a l B e e I i n a or “Journey for Existence” started as an environmental pilgrimage to the Four Sacred Mountains of the Navajo reservation. The spiritual movement has continued to evolve into an environmental and human rights effort. As the small group of young Dine’ (Navajo) women and men walked across the eastern part of the reservation, they soon realized that the people, including children and youth, that they were meeting along their journey were pouring out their hearts to them about not only the devastating environmental impacts of the oil and gas industry, but also its horrific social impacts. They also realized that the deluge of testimonies manifested because the communities needed to tell their stories

to individuals who shared the same desire— to have a home that was safe and surrounded by healthy air, water, and land. Dana Eldridge, one of the co-founders of Nihigaal Bee Iina, said, “We all come from places impacted by resource ex t r a c t ion a nd re sou rce colonization.” For Eldridge, a gas compression station sits about five miles behind her family’s home in Navajo Station, Ariz., which is south of Ganado, Ariz. And there are huge power lines that cross over her family’s land. The Transwestern pipeline also runs though the family’s land. Eldridge said she remembers tribal, federal and company officials coming to the homes of her grandmother and relatives and promising them running water and electricity if they signed leases to allow the power lines and pipeline to cross their homestead. They signed, but the promises were never fulfilled, Eldridge said. “We realized that if we don’t do this then nobody else will,” she said.

Three-year-old Essiem Vandever of Haystack, NM, is the youngest member of Nihigaal Bee Iina. Her father, Ira Vandever, said Essiem is part of the walk so she will learn and remember that the females are the voice of the people. “It would be a revolution if we allowed the women to be the voice of the people and the federal and Navajo governments,” he said. Photo Credit: Marley Shebala Eldridge said they decided that they needed to educate the people about what the extractive industry was really doing to the land and people.

She recalled that the night before the Tuba City, Ariz., parade, they decided that they needed to do more than participate in parades. “This is so critical,” Eldridge said. “This is so urgent. We couldn’t afford to wait another year for the parades.”


After an overnight stop in Gallup, NM, on March 28, 2015, Nihigaal Bee Iina starts walking out of Gallup towards Window Rock, Ariz., on March 29, 2015. Fifteen-year-old Toby Begay of Flagstaff, Ariz., said he skateboards when he can. Begay is behind Kim Smith of St. Michaels, Ariz., and Lyla June Johnston of Taos, NM. Photo Credit: Marley Shebala


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But the parades helped them understand why their ancestors endured the forced removal and death marches from their homeland between the Four Sacred Mountain by the U.S. Army in the mid1800’s over 350 miles, which included the powerful Rio Grande River, to Fort Sumner, NM, where they survived in pits in the ground for about four years. That was 150 years ago. The Navajo word for Fort Sumer was «Hweeldi,» which means place of sorrow, or suffering. “They literally stared their extinction in the face,” Eldridge said. “But they survived and

what got them through that horrific time period was their songs and their prayers. They prayed so hard to journey back into the Four Sacred Mountains. “How are we upholding their memory, their intentions?” she asked. “We, the Dine’ people, are not respecting the land. We’re desecrating the land. And that is how this all this got started.” Eldridge’s is referring to a 225 mile walk from Dzil Naa’oodihi, NM, or Huerfano Mounta in to Tsoodzil (Turquoise Mountain), which started on Jan. 6 and ended on Feb. 1; a second wa lk f r om B a c a - P r ew it t , N M , to Doo’ko’o’sliid (Aba lone Mou nta i n), wh ich sta r ted on March 21, and teach-ins at t he Ga l lup Dow nt ow n Conference Center on March 28, the Window Rock High School on March 31,and the Navajo Nation Museum on April 1. Nihigaal Bee Iina is also making separate journeys to the other two sacred mountains, Dibe Nistaa (Black Jet NEWS

Mou nta in) a nd Tsisna jini (White Shell Mountain). Eldridge said that Nihigaal Bee Iina started its pilgrimages to the Fou r Sacred Mountains at Dzil Naa’oodilii or Dithnahodithli, NM, on Jan. 6. Eldridge laughed gently as she added that people told the “collective” of young Dine’ people that they were “crazy” and they didn’t know what they were doing when they announced that they would be walking through the eastern part of the reservation in January.

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Di rector Stephen Et sit t y about the fire and how his office is monitoring the oil and gas activities or fracking. At print time, Etsitty had not responded. Navajo Nation Crownpoint, NM, District Police Capt. Steven Nelson recalled that former New Mexico Indian Affairs Secretary Arthur Allison called a joint meeting of law enforcement from the Navajo Nation and the counties of San Juan and Rio Arriba, which is the area impacted by oil and gas activities in the Mancos Shell. “Secretary Allison wanted to be pro-active about crimes that may generate out of the development, such as the ones experienced by tribes up north,” Nelson said. “When Kelly Zunie was promoted to Indian Affairs director, the meetings stopped in December 2014.”

After camping overnight at the Hozho Center in Gallup, NM, on March 28, 2015, Nihigaal Bee Iina walked through Gallup and headed to Window Rock, Ariz., on March 20, 2015. Their final destination is a sacred mountain, Doo’ko’o’slííd, which is by Flagstaff, Ariz. Photo Credit: Marley Shebala «hozho» (ha r mony/peace) and so we wanted to highlight positivity. “By being on the land, doing prayers, we are healing ourselves and our relationship with the land,” she said. “There’s a lot of talk about the role of young women. In retrospect, we are care takers of life. We remind people about life. After stopping in Gallup, W i ndow R o ck a nd For t Def ia nce, Ni h iga a l Bee Iina continued walking to Doo’ko’o’sliid. Their route from Window

Rock is Hunters Point, Oak Spr i ng s, Lupt on, Houck, Sanders, Pine Spring, Wide Ruins, K lagetoh, Ga nado, Cor n f ield s, Grea sewood, Dilkon, Birdsprings, Leupp and Doo’ko’o’sliid. “Today, we’re surrounded by so much death and destruction that we have to remember to respect life, to uphold life,” Eldridge said. “In this day and age of climate change, negativity is happening. So, how do we maintain life and keep life going? These are some of the principles driving this walk.”

After camping overnight in St. Michaels, Ariz., on March 31, 2015, Nihigaal Bee Iina walks through Window Rock, Ariz., to Fort Defiance, Ariz., on April 1, 2014, where they held a teach-in at the Window Rock High School. Photo Credit: Marley Shebala Enci no, Tor reon, P ueblo Pintado, White Horse Lake, Borrego Pass, Baca-Prewitt, Grants and up to Tsoodzil, they witnessed a hot oil truck catching fire in Lybrook and shutting down highway 550 on Jan. 14. A newspaper in the region reported on Jan. 16 that the h ig hway wa s shut dow n because two, 500-gallon propane tanks were close to the fire, but there was no indication of why the fire started and if there were any health risks. Eldridge said she remembered the stench in the air, which she feels harmed her respiratory system, and the elementary school that was located nearby. T he Ga l lu p S u n c on tacted the Nava jo Nation Env ironmental Protection Agency to interview NEPA NEWS

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t was April 4, the first weekend of the month and, as usual, the city streets were packed with vehicles and people filled the sidewalks. But there were other sounds and sights. About 50 people walked down Route 66 chanting, “Hey Gallup, you can’t hide, you support genocide.” Melanie Yazzie, a co-founder of The Red Nation, said, “We’re here today to tell the city of Gallup to tell its economic system that profits off of our deaths, we are reclaiming this space as indigenous space. “I’m here on behalf of The Red Nation,” said Yazzie. “We demand to thrive, just not survive. We demand life, not just death. And we don’t demand just respect, we demand that the laws that are supposed to protect us are enforced to protect native people and that the city of Gallup and the United

We demand to thrive, ju st not su r v ive.» Melanie Yazzie

States acknowledge the fact that the entire system, the economic system, the political system and the cultural and social system, is premised on colonial violence against native people.” Stella Johnson, a local organizer for The Red Nation who also identified herself as a transgender woman, said she’s been trying to understand the continued violence against the homeless, lesbians and transgender people. “I’m here because we need change,” Johnson said. “We need accountability.” Johnson called for a joint “ethical” investigation by the Navajo Nation and the city of the Gallup Detox Center, which replaced the Na’nizhoozhi Center; the abolition of the criminalization and racial discrimination of Native people, especially the low-income, homeless, and LGBTQs

Charmayne Toadlena, 13, of St. Michaels, Ariz.,and Shania Toadlena, 14, also of St. Michaels, sisters, and their cousin-sister, Michelle Cook of Oak Springs, Ariz.,were part of an April 4, 2015,demonstration and memorial along Route 66 in Gallup, NM, for 170 individuals who have died of unnatural causes in Gallup since July, 2013. Cook, who held her right hand in the power sign, is a UNM Law School student. Photo Credit: Marley Shebala

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(Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgenders, and Queers), wh ich wou ld requ i re the repealing of all anti-homeless and anti-poor laws. “We demand an end to the aggressive panhandling ordinances in Gallup and the forceful use of the New Mexico Detoxification Act to harass Native people and excessively place them in protective custody,” Johnson said. Johnson also said that Native participation in the local political structures must be openly encouraged and promoted, along with Nativeowned businesses. Johnson said that the state of New Mexico, McK inley County Commission and city must review and enforce liquor license laws, instead of profiting from the deaths of Native people. “ S o m a ny ye a r s h a v e passed and we are still being ex t er m i n a t ed ,” she s a id . “Over 170 relatives have died unnaturally the past three years and liquor saturates these streets. It is no longer an Indian problem; it is a people problem.» Nick Estes, a Lower Brule Lakota and The Red Nation member, said he grew up in

Rapid City, SD, and feels the city is also plagued by racism. “But I have never experienced a more racist and violent city than Gallup,” Estes said. “So when we’re talking about border town violence, we’re not just talking about the actual acts of violence, people dying on the streets but the ways in which the city extracts value, extracts profit from native people.” Estes said he believes it to be a dependence upon Navajogenerated business. “Indians don’t depend on Gallup; Gallup depends on Indians,» he said. Ma x i ne Ha n ley, 56, of Tohatchi said she turned her vehicle around when she saw the banners, yellow placards and the crowd of people at the chamber of commerce. “I’m a recovering alcoholic,” said Hanley. She drank for 36 years and it took a toll on her husband, children and grandchildren. In 2010, Hanley decided it was time to stop and find out what was wrong. She said she remembered asking herself if there was anything better in life. Hanley said she went to the behavioral health center on the NEWS

Navajo Nation Council Delegate Jonathan Perry was the only elected official to speak at the «Stop Racist Violence Against Natives» protest. Perry urged everyone to remain unified in addressing border town problems and he promised to stand with them. Photo Credit: Marley Shebala east side of Gallup and asked someone to please help her because she didn’t want to die. She said she was admitted for treatment and on the sixth day, she wondered if she could handle it. “I cried for three days and then I realized that I’m not the only one with issues in their lives,” Hanley said. “It came to me that there is help out there if you wanted it. I wanted it. I wanted to change my life for myself, my kids. I wanted to be a better person. My grandchildren didn’t know me. They

Un iver sit y of N M- Ga l lup branch. She said that she recently earned a 4.0 grade point average, which put her on the Dean’s List. “I never thought I could do it,” Hanley said. “People give me hope. We all struggle. The people on the streets are my family because I lived with them. Alcoholism is a disease that brings homelessness, domestic violence, intoxicated transients, violence.” A nd it wa s w it h t hat t houg ht i n m i nd t h at she sa id she ca me up w ith

Hanley said it will take a series of meetings for the surrounding tribes, the city, county and state to come together. Hanley said that the students of UNM-Gallup could help by mobilizing and reaching out to the surrounding tribes, the city, county and state with solutions. “By coming together we can create a better Gallup and help those individuals who are suffering from alcoholism,” she said. “My personal suggestion for all would be take

Maxine Hanley, 56, of Tohatchi, NM, who lived on the streets of Gallup and was an alcoholic for 36 years, said that a local newspaper reported that in 2012, that about 24,000 people were provided services at the now defunct Na’nizhoozhi Center in Gallup, NM, which is alarming when compared to the city’s population of 22,000. Photo Credit: Marley Shebala

Stella Johnson, 34, of Tohatchi, NM, who is a local member of The Red Nation of Albuquerque, Lola Nicole Tsosie, 35, of Crystal, NM, and Jeremy Yazzie, another local organizer of the «Stop Racist Violence Against Natives» protest, were among about 50 individuals of all ages that attended a press conference, memorial and public forum on the west side of the chamber of commerce. Photo Credit: Marley Shebala called me Maxine. They call me grandmother now.” Hanley said her goal was also to return to school and in 2012 she enrolled in the NEWS

t he fol low i ng solut ion: the Ga llup Dex tox Center needs to be fully funded and f u l ly st a f fed w it h t ra i ned professionals.

a step back and realize that this problem indirectly affects us all whether or not we consume or are in recovery from alcoholism.

Nihigaal Bee Iina (Journey for Existence) was among numerous groups supporting the “Stop Racist Violence Against Natives” protest in Gallup. Dana Eldridge, co-founder of Nihigaal Bee Iina, was among numerous individuals to speak at a press conference on the west side of the Gallup Chamber of Commerce. Photo Credit: Marley Shebala Gallup Sun • Friday April 10, 2015




ANTA FE – State Auditor Tim Keller announced April 6 that the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) is examining allegations of financial “irregularities” in the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office. The special examination is focused on the potential misuse of DWI prevention program funds by the Sheriff’s office from 2010 to 2014. “The Office of the State Auditor is looking into the past financial affairs of the Sheriff’s Office in McKinley County to address allegations of public funds being misused and to ensure that the proper financial controls are in place moving forward,” Keller stated, in a press release. “I would like to thank current officials for their cooperation and for working closely with our investigators on the ground in McKinley County.” Keller sent a team of investigators to McKinley County to conduct fact-finding procedures after the current county administration was notified of the examination. Sheriff ’s office spokesman Lt. James

Maiorano said he’s not privy to what the investigation entails at this time as the department has several funding sources for DWI prevention. When complete, the results of the state auditor’s examination will be released on the OSA website at www.osanm.org.



A N TA F E — G ov. Susana Martinez signed legislation to help protect NewMexico’s children from e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine products April 8. Senate Bi l l 4 33, sponsored by Senator John Ryan (R-Albuquerque), will prohibit the sale of e- cigarettes to minors and requires retail liquid nicotine packages to be sold in ch ild-resista nt containers. If a child consumes liquid nicotine, it can be fatal. Hou s e Bi l l 213, s pon s ored by R epre s ent a t ive Sa ra h Maesta s Ba r nes ( R - A l b u q u e r q u e) , a l s o requ i res ch ild-resista nt packaging for liquid nicotine products. Martinez also signed House Bill 415, sponsored by Rep. Carl

Trujillo (D-Santa Fe), that will create a statewide dog and cat spay and neuter program.

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LBUQUERQUE – G o v. S u s a n a Martinez has named two appointments to the board of regents overseeing The University of New Mexico. Long-time regent Jamie Koch was reappointed to the board, along with newcomer Marron Lee, an attorney with strong

newspaper, was named after her great-grandmother Frances Halloran Marron, a 1901 UNM graduate who served as one of the first female regents at the university from 1931 to 1933. Her grandmother, Frances Marron Lee, was also a regent in the 1940s. Lee’s grandfather, father, aunt and husband are all graduates of UNM. She and her husband, Mike Nelson, are mem-

such thoughtful selections. I am thrilled to have Regent Koch back in a time when we need his vast experience, and Marron Lee has a four generation history with UNM. What stellar qualifications she brings to the table!” The governor said Koch has championed reforms designed to increase the number of graduates at the university and decrease the number of years it takes students to earn their degree. He previously served as a state legislator and was an original author of the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act. Koch is the former President of Daniels Insurance and holds a Bachelor of Arts in

Education from UNM. Koch says he’s ready to get right down to business with the University’s budget summit set for Friday, April 10. “This is probably the toughest budget I’ve seen in my days as a regent,” Koch said. “We have some difficult decisions to make in the next few weeks, and I am pleased to be able to return and utilize my experience on the University’s Finance and Facilities committee.” Lee and her family have worked to establish scholarships at the university and are proud supporters of Lobo athletics. She worked in the U.S. Attorney’s office from 2001 to

2004 prosecuting cases related to violent crime, and abuse and neglect of children on tribal lands in New Mexico. Lee started her legal career in New Mexico as a prosecutor in the 3rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office in 1998. Lee also served on Senator Domenici’s Washington, D.C. staff from 1989 to 1995. She has served on the New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation and the Albuquerque Museum Foundation Boards of Directors and as a parents’ association vice-president at Manzano Day School. Lee also serves as chair of both the New Mexico Crime Victims Reparation Commission and the New Mexico



Jamie Koch. Photo credit: Courtesy family ties to UNM. Koch was already reappointed by the governor previously, but resigned in the confirmation process during the recently completed legislative session. The former Democratic Party chair was unanimously confirmed by the Senate, but resigned as another appointee was not confirmed. Martinez pointed to Koch’s strong leadership in financial oversight as a key reason for reappointing him. “Regent Koch is an experienced and talented leader, and I firmly believe that he will be a strong servant on the university’s governing board as they seek to increase our graduation rate and prepare a stronger workforce in New Mexico,” Martinez said. “He’s the right person for this position and that’s why I’ve chosen to reappoint him.” The other appointee brings a familiar name to UNM. Lee is a former Assistant United States Attorney and legislative assistant to Sen. Pete V. Domenici. UNM’s Marron Hall, which now houses the Daily Lobo student NEWS

bers of the Tom Popejoy Society. The Lee Family also owns a wellknown ranch in Cibola County. «Both of these appointees have deep ties and long histories of support for this university,” said President Robert G. Frank. “We are indebted to Governor Martinez for making such thoughtful selections.» “I am excited to appoint Marron as a regent at the University of New Mexico, where she will be able to continue her family’s legacy of effective service to the institution and our state,” Martinez said. “I know Marron well, and I believe she will bring a reform-minded approach to the university; she’s tough but fair, and will work tirelessly to ensure the education our students receive at UNM is exactly what they need to succeed in the workforce and in life.” “Both of these appointees have deep ties and long histories of support for this university,” said President Robert G. Frank. “We are indebted to Governor Martinez for making


L BUQU ERQU E – the University of New Mexico Board of Regents conducts its annual budget summit April 10 at 9 am in Student Union Building Ballroom B. The board will consider UNM’s budget for Fiscal Year 2015-16. The regents will consider and approve budgets for all campuses, and the Health S cience s Cent er. P ubl ic

comment will be allowed. Executive session will be held in the Cherry-Silver Room on the third level of the SUB at approximately 11:30 a.m. The meeting begins with introductory statements from UNM President Robert Frank, a presentation of revenue and expenditure scenarios. A report follows on enrollment projections from Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management Terry Babbitt. UNM Provost Chaouki

Abdallah and Associate Vice President for Planning, Budget and Analysis Andrew Cullen will present proposed expenditure reductions, followed by information on newly-funded initiatives, and on tuition and fee alternatives. In accordance with Open Meetings Act, Section 10-151(F) N.M.S.A. 1978, copies of the agenda will be made available at least 72 hours prior to the meeting and accessible on the public website, UNM regents.

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¡ASK A MEXICAN! By Gustavo Arellano Dear Mexican: I’m a 23-year-old Latina attending a Texas university. I’m taking a class that is centered around Latino culture and history. I’m a first generation Tex-Mex kid, and lately all of the documentaries and other course work have been making me “feel some type of way” angry/sad/and overall confused, for lack of better phrasing. I don’t know how to handle these feelings, and it is making me be more introspective about the Latino/Mexican part of my identity—as if I didn’t already have enough issues there. I don’t want to overthink it, and I don’t want to always wonder how people perceive me because of my background. But I don’t know how to feel about what I am learning and if it’s okay what I am feeling. Did you ever go through something like this identity crisis type thing? And any advice on how to feel/handle it? Down in Denton



ear Mujer: Was I ever con fused about my ethnic identity? Absolutely— tell your Chica no Studies professor to assign Orange County: A Personal History to ustedes, and you’ll get the carne asada of the matter. But your situation deserves a more insightful perspective t ha n m i ne, so I tu r n t he column a over to one of my bos ses: A lex a nd ro José Gradilla, chair of the Department of Chicana and

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Chicano Studies at Cal State F u l ler t on , wher e I ’m a n adjunct-at-large. “Dear Iztaccíhuat, you are experiencing ‘Chicano Studies Rage 101,’” Gradilla writes. “Here is a synopsis of why you are feeling the way you do. After over decade in a K-12 school system that never really broached or addressed issues of institutional racism, most students of color coming out of high school would probably answer ‘no’ if asked ‘Have you ever experienced racism?’ Here is the double problem. Most students have not learned anything about ‘their’ group. More importantly, they have not been taught about institutional racism. So taking a college level history or sociology course—or, as you experienced—an ethnic studies class where systemic or structural racism analyses is par for the course. Then you get what happened to you. A sudden flood of cold, hard facts connected with theories of racism—then BAM! You are forever aware of the nature of

social inequality in the United States. “You ‘see’ how unfair ad obscene racism is. Racism— and not individual prejudice or bigotry but an embedded system of exclusion and denig rat ion—is a profou nd ly r id icu lou s a nd i r r at ion a l system. W hether you a re learning about the Mendez, et al. vs Westminster case or the Felix Longoria affair and all within the short confines of a quarter or semester— even the most complacent coconuts are overwhelmed and bothered! The rage is fa mously captured by the quintessential Chicano movement poem “I a m / Yo soy Joaquin” written by Rodolfo “Corky Gonzales.” So my little brown Aztec volcano: your pending explosion within the classroom is nothing new. Just remember: use your new knowledge to heal, not to hate…” Awesome job, profe jefe! Just one more thing I’ll add: while it’s okay to feel angry, never let the other side get

the better of your anger, as I’ll show with the next question… D o e s you r c e s s p o ol homeland of Mexico allow illegals to break the law and sneak in??? Hell no—but I guess it’s okay for the USA to allow it for you and your deadbeat wetback cousins. Go fuck yourself, and I am sure that this is not the first time you’ve heard that from a fed-up USA taxpayer who is sick of you parasite moochers from down South. Clean up your land if you want a good life. Don’t ride our coattails, you damn losers. Klein in Van Nuys ear Gabacho: Parasitic moochers riding coattails? Olla: meet hervidor. Or, in English: can’t wait for your beautiful brown grandchildren to take Chicano Studies 101!


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n iver s it y of New Mex ico - Ga l lup r e ceive d m a ny high-quality submissions and are pleased to announce i nd i v idu a l c a t e gor y w i n ne r s for t he f i r s t e ve r Celebration of Student Writing contest.

The five students, listed below, will compete for the best overall writing award at National Librar y Week. The public will vote for the winner based on a poster display contest. This event will take place April 14 at Zollinger Library. Food will be available at the event, which is open to the public, from 3-5 pm. Please come meet our talented student writers and cast your vote for the best essay. The winner will receive $125, in addition to the $75 they were awarded for winning their category. Winners, categories, and essay titles are printed below: Best Essay- Developmental English Farrah Hood, «Cause and Effect Essay» Best Essay- English 110 Carlton Henio, «Uncle at Fourteen» Best Essay- English 120 Corey Holyan, «Bleed Red for Change» Best Research Essay- non English Course A nthony Cor nwell, «How Sociology Relates to the Environmental Sciences» Best Creative Work Jeremy Yazzie, «Second Best»

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Usually you’re the more intuitive of the other sun signs. But sometimes you are really off, like when your cat meows you hear “aloha”. Your cat can be trying to tell you many things but you are looking for “the sign” to book that trip to Hawaii. You are ready, but start slathering on the self-tanning cream for that Gallup glow.

Feel like love is in the air? For single Cancers, don’t let your longing to be in love cloud your judgement like when the Moon trines Mercury. If you’ve already found true love, then it’s time to rethink date night. Just do something different. Like go out for dinner instead of slogging down a large pizza in front of the tube.

You are the natural loner, philosophical and contemplative. You’re the king/queen of pros and cons. This only works initially, and if you keep it up, you will be forever driving back and forth across the railroad tracks of life. We all know how bumpy the tracks can be. Pick one side to stay on. Now focus.

The Four Corners is the perfect place for you. Learning about different cultures suits you well. But, deciding what fabulous place to visit first has you confounded. Start with a hike to Pyramid Peak. You’ll clear your mind and be able to prioritize your plans, and get those legs in shape for shorts weather!





Don’t complain about feeling alone and lonely. Some people are never alone, so strike away that hole in your gut feeling and enrich your life. Take a trip to Chaco Canyon and learn about the rich culture of ancient peoples. Or, start writing that book. Don’t just sit there, go get it!

You have money on your mind. Yes, everyone does, but you obsess over it and your friends are too nice to tell you to put a lid on it. It’s time to take a look in the mirror, get your hair and nails did, polish that resume and get out there and look for a new career. Use that lion heart to take big leaps! Your friends will thank you.

Trying to minimize a past sting that’s still stinging someone you love? A part of you wants to say forget apologizing, “I was right.” Take some advice from Madame G, just frickin’ apologize and move on. It’s not about being right, but about closure. Also, expect good news via email or snail mail.

Stop trying to figure out who has what ailment. You like to explore deep subjects, both medical and psychological. Instead, turn the mirror toward yourself, okay, not literally. But admire your own assets. Journal and write poetry. Share that poetry on open mic night somewhere, or not.




Express yourself! Let the creative beast out of its cage. Like to sing, then sing. Like to dance, then dance. Just do it alone, in the comfort of your bedroom. Jammies optional. Take note of your experiment and share your new found self-expression with those closest to you. For instance, host a karaoke pajama party.

Madame G knows you are a private person. You don’t like to talk about all that financial stuff that is consuming your thoughts. Meditate, gyrate or do something to escape the stress. Madame G is not saying to go buy those red suede pumps. Ok, if you must snag them, get them on sale! Wink, wink.

So, you like to think you are in tune with the universe? Yet, you’re still shaken over the Time mag article that claims there’s no other life “out there.” It makes you a little sad to think of a lifeless cosmic neighborhood. Pisces, pull your head from the stars. Focus on earthly things like vanilla lattes and poodles.

GEMINI Having strange dreams lately? Stop hitting the peanut better at Midnight. If dreams persist, it’s time to become a dream detective. Yes, your own psychic detective! You will learn strange things about yourself, like why you seem to always run into that weird guy at the gym or selfie obsessed girl at the coffee shop. It’s kismet.


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By Melinda Sanchez Sun Correspondent

Ledres is the recipient of a Presidential Scholarship from UNM and K ing is a Gates Millennium Scholarship finalist. The seniors have recruited underclassmen to carry on the Team Bengal tradition.


man told me, “You won’t be able to get high school students to do anything,” said Team Bengals sponsor Pam Yardley. That was the challenge that created the drive in the volunteer group. Team Bengals is a Relay For Life team that is comprised of more than 20 students from Gallup High School. Last year, Team Bengals was the number two money maker for the cancer-fundraising events network. That was the most rewarding part of the year for team member Loisse Ledres, when she realized her team was able to raise over $4,000 for the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event, she said. Last year’s benefit events included a staff versus youth volleyball game and a talent show that featured students from all area schools. They also

Members of Team Bengals, Loisse Ledres (left) and Karolyn King (right), were friends before they joined SADD and Team Bengals. But now they use their friendship to make volunteering fun!  Photo Credit: Melinda Sanchez partnered with Denny’s on Hwy. 491. Denny’s allows the youth group to help serve meals and donate the tips they collect to the global fundraiser. The restaurant also donates a portion of each meal sold to the event. Team

Bengals will be serving meals at Denny’s on April 11-12, from 3 pm to 6 pm each day. Relay For Life is not the only event at which the students participate. They also cook and serve meals at Care 66. The Care 66 partnership is the one student

and Bengals teammate Karolyn King finds most rewarding. The students sell root beer floats and have bake sales to pay for the groceries used for the Care 66 project. King said everything is made from scratch and Yardley makes sure of that. It takes the group from two to three hours to complete the work, from meal prep to clean up, King said. The residents are very appreciative. Most of the students on Team Bengals are members of the high school’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) club. Their chapter has made movie trailers about alcohol abuse and prescription drug

abuse, among warnings against other harmful substances. The trailers have been shown at Allen Theatres in Gallup. Many of the students are also involved with MESA (Math, Engineering, Science, Achievement), and drama, sports and art. Team Bengal member Loisse Ledres said she would describe the group as “a bunch of random kids.” Ledres and King are both seniors this year and have become close friends. Ledres is the recipient of a Presidential Scholarship from UNM and King is a Gates Millennium Scholarship finalist. The seniors have recruited underclassmen to carry on the Team Bengal tradition. “We are a close knit community, almost a family,” Ledres said. Loisse said she wants to call out other youth to serve the community as well because she has found volunteering to be very rewarding and hopes others can be inspired by seeing what this group has accomplished.



By Melinda Sanchez Sun Correspondent


he Gallup community has a long-standing reputation for supporting and remembering their veterans and the American Legion Post #8 is no exception to this tradition. The Hometown Heroes banner program was introduced in 2011 by Reverend Dennis Gardner who was inspired by a similar display of respect he witnessed when visiting his hometown in Pennsylvania. Along with other members of Post #8, Gardner petitioned the city council to allow the display. “It has been received real well and is growing,” he said. This program functions as a way to recognize and celebrate the soldiers


from McKinley County who have served or currently serving in the military. Mary Ann Livingston, lifelong Gallup resident, said, “I love the banner program. It means so much to me and my family.” The Hometown Hero program has allowed her family to honor her seven brothers who served in the army and air force at the same time during World War II. All seven brothers are featured on one banner, she said. The Kezele and Mesich brothers are the only family with seven sons in the service at the same time, according to Livingston. Livingston also honors her late husband, Doc Livingston, with a banner at the county courthouse. The banners are printed on both sides with information including a picture of the soldier, branch of service, and hometown in McKinley County. More than 45 banners will be hung in the McKinley

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County Courthouse Square from May 2 through June 13 and again from Oct. 31 through Nov. 28 this year. Applications for Memorial Day 2015 banners are due by April 17. Donations are welcome and tax deductible. If you would like to participate with the Hometown Heroes program please call Reverend Dennis Gardner at (505)8792193, Commander Roman Herrera (505) 870-9619, or Bill Martinez (505) 863-3886. The American Legion meets every first Wednesday of the month in the basement of the old McKinley County Courthouse. This institution has been active in the United States since 1921. Post #8 of McKinley County is active with Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day parades and offers an educational presentation to elementary schools regarding the history and meaning of the flag.

A Hometown Heroes banner created to honor Sgt. Thomas Adelaido Ortiz who served during the Korean War and was tragically killed in action in Nov., 1951. Photo Credit: Melinda Sanchez COMMUNITY


If you do the math, there are a lot of hours in a week that a person can give to their program, said Piano. Given 45 hours for work, 56 hours for sleep and 30 hours for meals and a morning routine, the average person would have 37 hours left in a week to fit in mentoring, she said. At present, the McKinley County office of BBBS has about 20 youths on a waiting list with 60 percent of them boys. They need male volunteers. Bowl for Kids’ Sake will be held on April 25 at Gal-a-Bowl. You can help by becoming a sponsor, becoming a team captain or by signing up as an individual bowler. The mentoring organization also hosts a golf tournament every August. For more i n for mat ion regarding Bowl for Kids’ Sake or about Big Brothers Big Sisters matching program, please call Sarah Piano at (505) 728-8356.

Big brother mentor Lane and his “little” Isaiah enjoy a day of fun at the 2014 Bowl For Kids’ Sake. Photo Credit: Courtesy Sarah Piano, Regional Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters By Melinda Sanchez Sun Correspondent “Luau at the Lanes!” is the theme of this year’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake bowl-a-thon put on by Big Brothers Big Sisters. Every penny raised is used here in McKinley County to help with the local mentoring program. The bowl-a-thon is the biggest fundraiser sponsored by BBBS with its 2014 event raising more than $48,000. Though the goal of the bowla-thon is to raise money, it is also designed to raise awareness. BBBS is the largest provider of one-to-one youth mentoring services in the United States. The offices of Northern New Mexico have been working with disadvantaged youth since the early 1980s. The organization matches children ages five to 15 with adults who can mentor them. Mentoring is not a very time consuming activity, according to Sarah Piano, Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region director. It only takes four to six hours each month to make a difference in the life of a child. Mentoring involves taking the “littles” (little sister or little brother) to a movie, bowling, or simply for an ice cream COMMUNITY

cone. The biggest benefit comes from the quality time spent with the “little.” Mentoring can help to empower the children they work with by listening to them and encouraging them.



Real bowling pins are painted by Miyamura High School and Gallup High School art students. The pins are one of the prizes donors receive. Photo Credit: Courtesy Sarah Piano, Regional Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters

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L BUQU E RQU E — G ov. Susana Martinez signed two pieces of the legislation to help improve New Mexico’s schools. The first bill (HB 479) expands access to K-3 Plus, a program for struggling students that provides additional instruction over the summer. The second bill (SB 153) streamlines the administrator licensure process, allowing certain teachers to become principals much quicker. “Helping struggling students and schools is at the very core of our reforms, and I’m proud of the progress we have made in just a few years,” Martinez said. ”But while we’ve seen important improvements, we still have work to do. By expanding our successful K-3 Plus program and helping our

best teachers reach leadership positions faster, we can continue to build on our momentum.” House Bill 479, sponsored by Representative Dav id Adk ins (R-Albuquerque), will allow schools to continue utilizing the K-3 Plus after improving from a D or F. Currently, only D or F schools receive funding for the program. But once a school improves, they no longer have access to the program. This bill helps schools build upon their progress, so they don’t fall behind. Senate Bill 153, sponsored by Senator Sue Wilson Beffort (R- Sandia Park), streamlines the administrator licensure process to allow excellent teachers with a proven track record of success to become administrators after three years, instead of the current requirement of six. This not only brings

New Mexico in line with neighboring states, but can help retain the state’s most talented educators. The Governor, who spoke at an Albuquerque elementary school, also highlighted several key items in her agenda that she was able to secure through the legislative process, despite the unprecedented partisan gridlock. These included funding a second year of pilot programs that will allow New Mexico’s highest performing teachers to receive additional pay, increasing starting teacher salaries by another $2,000 per year, and providing teachers with a pre-loaded debit card to help with the purchase of classroom supplies. The budget also provides substantial funding for the governor’s early reading initiative, expands Pre-K and K-3 Plus, establishes a new mentorship program for teachers modeled after a

successful program for principals, and contains new funding to combat truancy problems in areas where the need is greatest.



ANTA FE – The New Mexico Depa r tment of Health in collaboration with the Public Education Department work year round to promote public health in New Mexico schools. “School health is much more than ensuring students have access to a nurse at


school. Strong school health programs help prevent chronic disease by ensuring students have access to nutritious food and opportunities for physical activity before and after school,” said Department of Health Secretary Retta Ward, MPH. “We know that healthy children miss fewer days of school, and generally perform better academically.”

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The Department of Health through the Office of School a n d A d ole s c e n t He a l t h , works closely with the Public Education Department to help schools develop strong wellness and nutrition policies. The Health Department also funds 54 school-based health centers across the state. They offer a wide array of services, including health assessments,

immunizations and mental health counseling. Some other services provided by the Department at New Mexico schools include: • Oral Health: The Oral Hea lth Progra m prov ides dental sealants and fluoride varnish to pre-school and elementary school-aged children at schools across the state. In the 2013-14 school year, more than 6,100 school-aged children participated in the dental sealant program. • Tobacco Prevention: The Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Program promotes prevention of tobacco use to children in public schools. St r at eg ie s i nclude yout h engagement in promoting tobacco-free school policies. The program promotes 24/7, which is tobacco-free environments all the time, including before and after school and at school-sponsored events. • Reproductive Health: The Family Planning Program contracts with community organizations to provide an evidence-based educational prog ra m ca lled the Teen Outreach Program or TOP.    TOP promote s posit ive

youth development with service learning (volunteer work in the community) and curriculum-based activities in a program to decrease teen pregnancy and increase school success.  “We have health programs at schools because that’s where children spend most of their day,” said Office of School and Adolescent Health Director Yolanda Montoya-Cordova, MSW. “We also work closely with the After School Alliance so that they can incorporate activities that promote health. This can help our children realize that they have to make healthy choices all day, even after the school day ends.” The Department of Health will be hosting the 19th Annual Head to Toe Conference April 15 -17 at the A lbuquerque Convention Center. The conference is the state’s premier event for school health professionals, and welcomes everyone from school nurses to guidance counselors – all working to improve student health and academic success. Please visit the 2015 Head 2 Toe website for more information attendhead2toe.com. COMMUNITY




LBUQUERQUE – Dr. Karl Karlstrom may not be a University of New Mexico-Gallup, professor, but he is an UNM professor and the recipient of 2015 Annual Research Lecturer award, one of the highest honors the university bestows on its faculty. Karlstrom has spent a lifetime studying rocks. A professor of geology in University of New Mexico’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (E&PS), Karlstrom has carved out an impressive academic career conducting research on rocks at one of the world’s most famous laboratories in one of the most fascinating places – the Grand Canyon. Karlstrom, who has been at UNM for 22 years including a full professor since 1994, has spent a good portion of his academic career studying rocks while working to understand geologic time and earth processes. He is a foremost expert on geologic evolution of Grand Canyon, and has made major contributions to evaluating mantle influences on the near surface hydrologic and geomorphic systems in the Colorado Plateau-Rocky Mountain region. The selection for the award is made by the UNM Research Policy Committee and through nominations from peers across the United States and abroad. As part of the ARL honor, Karlstrom presents a lecture, “It’s about Time: Forty Years of Geologic Work in the Grand Ca nyon- Rock y Mou nta in Region,” April 23. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. with introductions to the Provost’s Shared Knowledge Conference. Karlstrom’s lecture follows at 6:15 p.m. with a reception afterwards. “The integration of research and teaching is what academia should be about,” he said. “I’m being honored for my career work mostly at UNM, but to me, the success of my career has been the integration of research and teaching through working with and mentoring students.” K a r l s t r o m’s r e s e a r c h COMMUNITY

UNM Professor Karl Karlstrom teaches a Freshman Learning Communities class to his students grom one of his laboratories – the Grand Canyon. Photos courtesy of UNM. specialties include structural geology and tectonics. His interests include formation and stabilization of continents, the supercontinent cycle, the two billion year tectonic evolution of the southwestern U.S., mantle-to-surface tectonic interconnections, dynamic topography, and neotectonics. “The understanding of geologic time and Earth processes is assuming increasing importance as human populations exceed 7 billion on our small planet,” he said. “Cognition of geologic time provides the vital and difficult- to-comprehend connection between human time scales, societal needs, and the million-year heartbeat of the Earth.” One massive example that tries to illustrate geologic time is the recently installed Trail of Time Geoscience Exhibition at Grand Canyon. Designed and installed by a UNM team led by Karlstrom and his wife, E&PS Professor and Chair Laura Crossey, The Trail of Time encourages many of the Grand Canyon’s five million annual visitors to ponder, explore and understand the magnitude of geologic time and the stories encoded by Grand Canyon rocks, landscapes, and waters. Their project took 15-years to complete (1995 to 2010), was enabled through support from the National Science

Foundation and Grand Canyon National Park, and was the winner of the 2011 first place award from the National Association for Interpretation in the Media

took place 70 million years ago.” I n s t e a d , K a r l s t r o m’s research suggests that uplift in the western U.S. and carving of deep canyons has taken place in several episodes, and is ongoing today. “The Grand Canyon and Rocky Mountains are spectacular landscapes,” he said. “The western U.S. is not like the Himalayas where two continents collided to create a high mountain belt. This is a huge region that is really buoyed up by the underlying mantle. We’ve been working hard to show that the mantle has driven uplift that took place in several stages over millions of years to lift up the Rockies. Once you lift up the topography, rivers carve away and make the canyons.” But perhaps, more rewarding than his 40 years of geologic work in the Grand CanyonRocky Mountain Region, is the impact Karlstrom has had on students throughout his career. He has mentored 56 graduate

Dr. Karl Karlstrom, and his wife, E&PS Professor and Chair Laura Crossey, next to the beginning of the Trail of Time where visitors can traverse two billion years to ponder, explore and understand the magnitude of geologic time and the stories encoded by Grand Canyon rocks, landscapes, and waters. Awards Competition. “The Grand Canyon story is very visible to people because everyone knows about the Grand Canyon and identifies with it and a lot of people have been there, but I like its history to the whole history of the western U.S.,” said Karlstrom, a Flagstaff, Ariz. native. A major 140-year-long debate has been about the age of Grand Canyon. “The old Grand Canyon model, which we think we’ve disproved, claims that uplift of the Rocky MountainColorado Plateau region and carving of Grand Canyon both

students to completion including five post-docs, nine Ph.D.’s, 42 Masters’ of Science and numerous undergraduate theses. He currently has two Ph.D., four M.S. and three B.S. active students. Most of his students have authored peer-reviewed publications and many of the students have gone into the professoriate and other influential geosciences positions. “The integration of research and teaching is what academia should be about,” he said. “I’m being honored for my career work mostly at UNM, but to me, the success of my career has been the integration of research and teaching through working with and mentoring students. That’s been a very successful endeavor to get students publishing papers, getting involved in research and exciting them to make new science advances. I’m not only celebrating the research accomplishments of my life’s work, but also of my students and their students.” Karlstrom has generated $5.15 million in external funding, including more than $3.4 million in the last 10 years. He has had continuous funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), including three active NSF grants. He has published 170 journal articles, 23 geologic maps, 57 technical reports and guidebook articles, and more than 430 abstracts from professional meetings, most coauthored with students. Karlstrom received his B.S. in Geology from Northern Arizona University (1973), his M.S. in Geology (1977) and Ph.D. (1981), both from the University of Wyoming.

Dr. Karl Karlstrom is the recipient of 2015 Annual Research Lecturer award, one of the highest honors UNM bestows on its faculty. Gallup Sun • Friday April 10, 2015




Gallup Bengal boys’ basketball coach Domonic Romero draws a diagram for one of his teams, who have been having some remarkable runs during his tenure as head coach. His teams have won five district championships and finished second in the state tournament twice in his seven years as head coach. Photo Credit: Tom Hartsock By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent


econd place isn’t somewhere most people like to end up, but that does not mean that it is all bad. Take the case of the Gallup High basketball teams in the season just finished.

The girls’ team had losses to just two teams: 6A Clovis at their tournament on the east side of the state, and two losses to Los Lunas, one regular season and one in the final game of the state tournament. The boys did even better, though they lost to two teams as well; the opening game of the season back in November and in the last game of the state tournament. Some may view these as mere excuses. I don’t! Domonic Romero, boys’ head coach for seven years, and Kamau Turner, girls’ head coach, are similar in many ways, both growing up as

coaches in Gallup, so to speak, over the past years. Both are laid back, but very focused on the court, and in practice. Romero was Gallup-raised, a superb athlete himself, while Turner took a more round about journey to Gallup, playing college ball in York, NE before accepting positions at San Jon and Newcomb, NM, Elkhart, KS, and Coronado High in Gallinas, NM before arriv ing here. Turner has already led one of his Bengal teams to the state championship, while Romero has another second-place trophy to call his own in that big game. Although their reasons and responses are different to the question, “How does it feel to come in second at state,” both appear valid to an extent not fully recognized or understood by their vociferous fans. Romero was pleased with the second place state finish, Turner not so much.

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“Centennial High School was granted a waiver by the NMAA for two more years to stay in Class 5A because they are a new school - though they have well over two thousand students, almost twice the student numbers allowed for that classification (1,200),” stated Romero. “And they out-sized us a lot. We were down by only five points to start the fourth quarter, and we had opportunities, but our tallest player was about 6-2. They had four players at 6-5 or 6-6.” “Our district also required that our players put school first, with being in their own homes a close second. That meant we travelled back and forth since the tournament alternated days of play between the girls and boys. “I’m pleased with the kids for coming in second under these conditions. This year was one of the most decorated teams from Gallup High with 29 straight wins, losing only

the first and last games of the season.” There are four large public high schools in Las Cruces. The other three are 6A and the teams from them have always been perennial contenders and champions in most sports, especially the top three: football, basketball and baseball. Despite the disadvantage in height, Romero’s teams have won district titles in five of the seven years he has been head coach, despite the lack of size that opponents always seem to bring to the floor. The team also set a state record this year for the largest comeback in the state playoffs, 24 points against archival Farmington, a fourtime opponent this last season. Gallup also played another rival, Grants, four times in the same season and the Bengal boys won all eight games, which is not easy, either. The Chicago-born Turner said that this time the win was for the team.

“I’m proud of the kids. The officiating changed and we got in foul trouble in the second half. We were not able to score because of charge calls, and the back and forth travel that affects the legs. Our best players fouled out.” This writer would point out the fact—from his years of experience wearing striped shirts—that the myth about officiating not affecting the outcome of a game is just that, a myth. Officials can (and the worst ones do) alter the game flow and the eventual winner in many cases. Officials are human, too, and it is easy to blame them for a multitude of errors, as they make split-second decisions, but they are not entirely without fault. Or haven’t you ever yelled at a referee before? The Gallup girls have been a recognized force in the state for years, and still maintain that respect from opponents where ever they play. The boys are not far behind.

Gallup Bengal girls’ basketball coach Kamau Turner uses a time out to explain what he needs them to do to win the game. His teams have won a state championship and finished second this last season. They are respected and feared wherever they play in the state. Photo Credit: Tom Hartsock SPORTS


ith the big crosstown rivalry coming , April 11, the

Miyamura girls made a long trip to Moriarty on April 7 and beat the Pintos 12-2 in five innings to put their season record at 10-7 for the season.

Un a ble t o a t t end t h a t ga me, a s ma ny loca l fa ns were, area spectators will be able to catch a double header in Ford Canyon between the

two public high schools. It should be a treat for all, win or lose, w ith the w inners possibly enjoying it more. The pictures below are just a

sample of the players all will see in that game. All of these shots were taken during an earlier game this year against Grants.

Kat Silva, pitcher.

Kat Silva, working on her home run trot.

Kelli Burnham, center field. SPORTS

Stevie Palacios, left fielder and designated ‘slapper.’ Gallup Sun • Friday April 10, 2015



The Junior Track and Field meet was on March 21. Eleven schools attended, including schools from Gallup and Zuni.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR APRIL 10 17, 2015 FRIDAY APRIL 10 ONGOING: Habitat for Humanity is in need of volunteers for one or more part day construction or support sessions. No experience required. Yard Sales are closed for Winter. If you have household items to donate or wish to volunteer, call Bill Bright at 505-722-4226

SATURDAY APRIL 11 Don’t forget to schedule your annual blood test with RMCHCS! Testing is from 7


am-9 am, now thru April 18. Call 505-863-7325 to schedule your appointment.


SPA DAY-RELAY FOR LIFE FUNDRAISER 11 am-6:30 pm Facials, Manicures, Pedicures - $5 each UNM-Gallup Cosmetology Department - Basement of Gurley Hall Call 863-7561 for an appointment and walk-ins also welcome! Proceeds support cancer


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City Council meets at 6 p.m. in council chambers. Agendas will be available at least 72 hours in advance. 110 West Aztec Ave.

THURSDAY APRIL 16 GALLUP MCKINLEY COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNUAL BANQUET Theme: 1940’s USO Performance by Natalie Loftin-Bell Pick up tickets at 106 West

Hwy. 66 Table of 10 $1,000 w/tent (includes drink ticket for each person and one Trip ticket per table) Table of 10 $800 w/tent Individual Tickets $80 Call 722-2228, or email alice@ thegallupchamber.com

PFLAG MEETING PFLAG (Family and Friends of GLBTQI folk) will have their next support meeting at 6 pm in the RMCHCS 3rd Floor Solarium. For more information, email PFLAGgallup@gmail.com.

FRIDAY APRIL 17 RIO WEST MALL FIRST ANNUAL STUDENT JOB FAIR Rio West Mall and UNM-Gallup have teamed up together to host our first ever “Student Job Fair, at the Rio West Mall in and around the center court. We would like to invite your business to reserve a table at this event. There is no fee to participate and space is limited. Call our office at 505722-7281. Email: ida.mangum@ riowestmall.com or anita. artalejo@riowestmall.com Email calendar items by Monday 5 pm. to: gallupsunevents@gmail.com

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