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SUSTAINABLE LIVING: GALLUP PROGRAMS, GROUPS MAKE STRIDES By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor
ALLUP – With Earth Day on the horizon, residents from in and around Gallup make year round strides to beautify
six districts, wraps up its clean-up campaign Aug. 15. District 2 Councilor Allan Landavazo recalled the hund red s of volu nteer s t hat pitched in when the program debuted in 2011. “There was an air of enthu-
One of five portable solar kits that Gallup Solar loans out to individuals interested in dabbling with solar energy. the area one carbon-free footstep at a time. For starters, the City of Gallup launches its 5th Annual Community Clean-up on Earth Day, April 17. The first of six garbage runs encompasses the Allison area to the Miyamura overpass. When the city first launched the program in 2011, Solid Waste collected nearly 327 tons of trash from residents’ curbsides. Each year, the trash collected decreased more than 20 tons. In 2014, about 213 tons were collected from curb sides. A seven-minute photo slideshow shown to the Gallup City Council April 14 by Solid Waste Supt. Adrian Marrugo, shows an intact boat being placed into a traveling waste receptacle. So, nothing is off limits on clean up dates. The program, divided into NEWS
siasm when this first started,” he said. “It has been great.” Newly elected District 4 Councilor Francisca Palochak took the humorous approach to the clean-up, as it helped to
clear up old stuff she and her husband have collected over the years. “It has been great for my marriage,” she quipped.
COMMUNITY PANTRY GROWING - MULTIPLE GARDENS Kenworth Jones has been at the front and center of helping to grow multiple gardens at the Jim Harlin Community Pantry. Not only does the pantry try to promote a more sustainable living style, they are trying to educate the benefits of healthy, organic eating to their clients. And at-home gardening is a start. “Our whole goal is to get people to garden and grow their own food,” he said. There are six greenhouses in all, plus some outdoor gardens that features young chokecherr y and Nanking cherry trees that in time will serve as a wind break to protect the fragile garden nearby. There’s also a small, burgeoning orchard that will eventually grow apples, oranges and pears. Step into the actual womb of a greenhouse, the long stretches of soil feature a garden variety of lettuces, onions,
Be Sargent and her poodle Toto pose for a photo in front of her green house.
cucumbers, and sweet, petite carrots. It’s a warm, earthy smelling environment with vibrant purple and green lettuce stealing the spotlight from its neighboring root vegetables.
such as a local veterans group and Indian Health Services. Volunteers learn how to tend their own small garden, and even children get their hands dirty.
Kenworth Jones holds freshly pulled, organic carrots he recently plucked from the Community Pantry’s greenhouse garden. Photo Credit: David Tom Out of the six greenhouses on site, two are strictly for tomatoes. Jones maximizes the sustainability factor by using shredded paper for mulch. And not one drop of Gallup water gets used to water plants, he says, pointing to a 25-ton black cistern. The greenhouses are surrounded by four cisterns that collect rain and snow fall throughout the year, used to solely to water plants. The program yields about 500 lbs for the pantry each growing season. Jones said a portion of fresh vegetables go up for sale at the farmers market. And the pantry is now offering the public freshly pulled veggies, of course, at a premium cost. But, he explained that all the dollars generated from the sales of vegetables go right back into the program. Some local organizations have garden boxes on the west side of the pantry’s property,
“Seeing little kids out here makes me happy,” he said, adding that it’s getting more uncommon to see children play in the soil because of video games and other technological distractions.
LIVING OFF THE GRID Solar power hasn’t exactly taken off in Gallup, but Be Sargent of Gallup Solar has been a part of the movement to bring about change, albeit slow. Coal is a cheap way to provide power, but with air pollution as the price to pay. She said that about 15 homes in the area are solar p ow e r e d . W h i l e G a l l u p focused, Sargent explained that the organization receives calls from Navajo Nation residents wanting information on how to implement solar power in their remote reservation homes.
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MCKINNEY, PALOCHAK TAKE OATH OF OFFICE
Judge Grant Foutz reads newly elected District 4 Councilor Francisa Palochak the oath of office. By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor
t took only minutes for Mayor Jackie McKinney to be sworn in as mayor for a second term and for
freshman District 4 Councilor Francisca “Fran” Palochak to take the oath of office. McKinney was moved to tears after taking the oath, thanking his wife and family for their support.
He told the crowd that the agenda is “clear” and that “we don’t need to be driven by an outside agenda.” The mayor later said that the outside agenda is the media, but didn’t delve into details.
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Mayor Jackie McKinney gets sworn in a second term. Photo Credit: Tom Hartsock Meanwhile, Palochak said after being sworn in that she would like to hold a weekly meeting in different parts of her district to address concerns and to help educate residents on how the wheels of
government turn. “I am excited and humbled that people have faith in me, to be their voice in District 4,” she said. Palochak participated in her first City Council meeting April 14.
FEATURE STORY | FROM PAGE 3 Sargent said for anyone interested in going solar, eventually, to start out with making small changes at home. For instance, installing LED lighting and an energy efficient refrigerator is a step in the right directions and will save thousands on the power In addition, Gallup Solar can provide the education and resources to move a family off the grid. Sargent said those interested can take a portable solar kit home for a test run. “We bought five small systems that people can try out,” she said. The por table system comes in a trunk and with one large solar panel. Gallup Solar holds its potluck meetings the first three Wednesdays of the month, from 6 - 8pm, at 113 E. Logan Ave. Sargent encourages anyone interested in learning more about solar power to attend the meetings.
RECYCLE GALLUP Recycling cans and plastic bottles has become one of the most common forms
of helping to rid the environment of toxic trash. McKinley Citizens Recycling Council aim is to make recycling convenient as possible for its earth conscious residents. To celebrate Earth Day, the council is hosting an education and arts fair at Larry Brian Mitchell Recreation Center April 18, from 11am - 1pm Community recycling sites accepts plastic bottles and containers, aluminum, steel/tin cans, cardboard and an assortment of paper. R e c yc l i n g d ay s a r e Monday, Wednesday and Friday at two locations: Gallup Cultural Center, 201 E. Historic Highway 66, from 8am - Noon. La r r y Br ia n Mitchell Recreat ion Center, 701 Montoya Blvd., from Noon 4pm. T h e r e c r e a t i o n center site is also open on Saturdays from 10am - 2pm. Contact information: Community Pantry: (505) 870-3100 Gallup Solar: (505) 726-2497 Gallup Recycling: www.recyclegallup.org NEWS
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THIEVES MAKE OFF WITH HISTORIAN’S PRIZED, SOUTHWEST COLLECTION POLICE BUSY WITH A GARDEN VARIETY OF ROBBERY CALLS By Kimberly Gaona Sun Correspondent
hen it comes to raising a family, one t h i ng t h at most all people have in common is the want to keep them safe and secure. This security becomes threatened when someone breaks into the family home, or steals or destroys something on the property. The multiple burglaries that have struck, not just in the city, but McKinley County as a whole, serve as a reminder for citizens to be vigilant. Martin Link, a well-known local writer, historian and all around Gallup citizen, just had this happen to him last month. According to the police report filed, Link was given a stack of ceremonial newspapers that he wanted to add to his collection, which was housed in his shed. What he found inside the shed is that almost 100 of his precious Navajo woven rugs were missing along with two dozen pots of Anasazi, Hopi, Navajo and Zuni origin. The police report, filed by Officer Andrea Tsosie, says that there were boot prints and pry marks found at the scene, but a surprising lack of fingerprints. “It was a lifetime of collections, these items were eventually going to go into a municipal museum which I was just in the process of planning,” Link said.
“What they have stolen, it was not just from me, it was stolen from the community, I hope they can sleep at night.” Link added that the stolen collection was worth about $150,000.
Link said that on April 15 at least one Gallup police officer was in Santa Fe responding to a tip from Link checking on items recovered from a man who was arrested for robbery. Link said he saw the arrest
on the news and that the man arrested admitted that almost all of the items found at the
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SOUTHWEST COLLECTION | FROM PAGE 5 man’s residence were stolen from Gallup. He called the local police and was told that they were going to send someone to look at the recovered property. He hopes that if he doesn’t benefit from the recovery that other citizens of Gallup will. In another complete violation, Justin George returned home to his residence in Vanderwagon to find items missing. McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Robert Turney took a backup report due to the residence being on Navajo land. George showed Turney footprints that led around the residence, pry marks on doors and windows and explained items missing, according to the report. A chainsaw was taken from his vehicle, and a long extension cord and air compressor were stolen. “I told him that there had been numerous burglaries in the area and that our office is working on most of them,” Turney said in his report. Sheriff deputies also responded to an unusual theft of trees on Smith Lake Drive located in Thoreau. The accuser Eric House told Deputy Johnson Lee that the barbed wire to his fence had been cut and three dead pinon trees were taken off his property. The large tire tracks led him to believe that his neighbors had used a tractor to take the trees out of the ground and then had repaired the barb wire that had been cut. House declared the amount of the trees stolen to be approximately $300. I n t he Va nder w a gon a r e a , Jonathan Helf called MCSO to report that two guns had been stolen from his residence. After being away from his home for a couple of days, Helf found his Mossberg shotgun missing. The gun is described as having a brown stock and silver barrel, there is also a shell pouch on the stock. His handgun missing is described in Deputy Chris Escamilla’s report as a “Ruger GP100 .357 Magnum with a 4 inch barrel, black handle with silver
frame and barrel.” Both weapons were valued at over $600. Deputies are currently on the lookout for what Helf described as a “small white pickup truck,” which he saw in the area. Lt. James Mariano said that the vehicle was possibly occupied, at the time, by three dark-complected males. “We are encouraging residents to secure their property, have their doors locked, windows closed and locked, if you have bolt locks, use them, these are daytime burglaries that are occurring while people are at work,” he said. Maiorano said the Sheriff’s office is encouraging neighbors to watch out for each other and to call in any suspicious activity as soon as possible. He also suggests that any high-dollar items, especially guns, be removed from plain sight. I n a more recent bu rg la r y, Brandon Yazzie came out of his work place at DCI Biologicals and heard a window break. It turned out to be the window to his vehicle and he saw 25-year-old Trenton Ranger crawling out of the back window. He followed Ranger into the Marcy Lane housing area, which is where Ranger resides, and confronted him. He was hit by Ranger. According to the report, officer Tsosie followed Ranger and finally caught up to him at the back door of a residence on Marcy Lane where she drew her gun and ordered him to get on the ground. Ranger was taken to jail and booked on the charge of burglary. Yazzie’s vehicle sustained damage and his black leather wallet was taken out of the vehicle, according to the report. Gallup Police Department Capt. Rick White said that vigilance can go a long way in preventing crimes like these from happening or at the very least catching the people who are responsible for committing these crimes. “We need neighbors to watch after neighbors, call police if they see suspicious activity or suspicious vehicles in the area or parked at neighbors houses,” White said. “Citizens need to be the eyes and ears for the police.
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WEEKLY CRIME REPORT APRIL 3 - APRIL 13 GALLUP POLICE DEPARTMENT April 3
NORTH SIDE NEIGHBORHOOD NORTH 5TH AND WEST WILSON AREA “You’re not going to shoot me in the back” That’s what Roman Ortiz allegedly told Nathan Holman after trying to steal his dirt bike from his residence. Holman confronted Ortiz with a gun in his hand, protecting his property. Ortiz then reportedly yelled, “You’re not going to shoot me in the back” and left the area running. After a short search of the area and a chase around the North side neighborhood, Ortiz was located, intoxicated, and arrested for unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer. Interestingly enough, Ortiz had just been released from jail five hours earlier where he had been booked the previous night on a domestic battery charge. April 4
NORTH SIDE BUSINESS DISTRICT Drunk shopping Irvin Dennison, 48, of Gallup was arrested on three counts of abandonment or abuse of a child after he was called in by mall security and located by Gallup Police. Dennison was found intoxicated and with his two children and his grandson. He told police that
he didn’t have that much to drink, but still had a BAC of .29, and .27 when he was taken to the jail. When police took the three children to their residence, the mother thought that the children were at the park with Dennison. She was not intoxicated and took custody of the children. April 9
EAST SIDE BUSINESS DISTRICT More drunk driving After observing erratic driving, Brent Pacheco tried to steer his vehicle out of the way of intoxicated driver Anthony Garcia. Pacheco got hit anyway. After striking Pacheco’s vehicle, Garcia drove rapidly out of the Walgreen’s parking lot, ran a stop sign and continued eastbound on Aztec where he was located by State Police and arrested. Garcia had a BAC of .19, and later .18, according to the police report. April 13
EAST SIDE NEIGHBORHOOD Stay in school Raynaldo Henio, 32, of Tohatchi, NM was arrested for battery on a household member and abandonment or abuse of a child/ no injury on April 13 after allegedly throwing his girlfriend around and threatening to twist the neck of their two-year-old child. Henio reportedly returned home from drinking instead of going to school. He abused his girlfriend and forcefully grabbed her arm and chin area.
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MCKINLEY COUNTY WEEKLY DWI REPORT
Karen Moore, 35, of Yahtahey was arrested on April 13 and booked at McKinley County Adult Detention Center for Aggravated DWI (her fifth offense), driving on a suspended and revoked driver’s license, vehicle to be insured, vehicle to be registered and open container in a motor vehicle. McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Merlin Benally witnessed the Gold Hyundai Accent driven by Moore at Deadhorse Mustang on State Road 566. After observing her “awkward” driving manner, as Benally described it, he ran the plate and found it to be expired. At the traffic stop, Benally noticed clues of DWI, such as the smell of intoxicating beverage, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. Despite Moore’s claims that she had not been drinking, but was instead hung over, she failed several field sobriety tests and blew a 0.194 on a breath test. Her passenger was made to dump his alcohol and leave the area. Michelle Chapman, 33, of Gallup was arrested following a vehicle crash at Third St. and Maloney on March 25. Chapman was displaying signs of intoxication, failed several field sobriety tests and was, according to the officer, making incomplete and incoherent statements regarding the crash. She was booked on charges of aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor due to the fact that she was over two times the legal limit, blowing a .20 and a .19 on the breathalyzer. She was also booked for not having a license and an accident involving damage to vehicles. Ivan McKinley, 36, of Brimhall was arrested after driving his vehicle, NEWS
allegedly intoxicated, the wrong way and into a train April 2. McKinley was booked into the jail for his seventh DWI, an aggravated offense instituting a felony charge, open container in a motor vehicle, driving on a suspended revoked license (for a prior DWI), careless driving, not having his headlights on, not wearing his seat belt and driving the wrong way on a one way roadway. McKinley was arrested driving northbound on the southbound one way Third Street where he then ran into a train that was on the track. Officer Daniel Brown, Gallup Police Department, observed the vehicle from the other side of the train and had to make his way around via Miyamura Overpass to assist Officer Harland Soseeah with the DWI investigation. After refusing field sobriety tests and breathalyzers, McKinley was taken to the hospital for a medical clearance and a blood draw, results pending. Nieko Jessup, 24, of Pinehill was arrested after reportedly leaving a fight at Shalimar lounge and driving away with his hazard lights on. After driving very close to the curb and swerving in and out of the lane, Officer Victor Rodriguez, GPD, motioned Jessup to pull over with the use of lights and sirens. Jessup’s vehicle then ran into a curb, turned onto Eighth St. where it drove on top of the curb before coming to a stop. Jessup refused field sobriety tests and breath tests, so he was arrested for aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor. Compiled by Kimberly Gaona.
UNM BOARD OF REGENTS APPROVES TUITION INCREASE AND INCENTIVIZED TUITION MODEL Staff report
L B UQ U E R Q U E — The University of New Mexico Board of Regents approved an innovative tuition model that offers an incentive for students to graduate in four years and predictability in financial planning for students and the university. Regents passed a 3 percent tuition increase for next year. They also passed a plan that projects 3 percent increases in the coming years with no tuition charge in a student’s eighth semester if the degree is completed within four years. The boa rd a lso una nimously approved a 4.6 percent increase in fees for next academic year to pay for programs and initiatives supported by students. Combined, the overall increase for tuition and fees for next school year will be 3.37 percent, which amounts to an additional $217 per year for a student taking 15 credit hours. “We’re confident that this approach is one of the most comprehensive financial incentive packages in the country offered by a public flagship university,” President Robert G. Frank said. “Starting with the Bridge scholarship for incoming freshmen, complimented
by the Legislative Lottery Scholarship and UNM’s financial aid packages and ending with a four-year graduation incentive of a free final semester, it makes UNM’s degree a tremendous value for our students.” F irst-ter m Regent Rob Doughty proposed the incentivized tuition model. “It’s great for UNM and for students because it provides stability and predictability in tuition,” Doughty said. “It encourages students to graduate sooner and get into the workforce faster. I think it will also be a good marketing tool for UNM to recruit students and increase enrollment, too.” With enrollment projections for the next year remaining flat and a budget shortfall of $3.6 million predicted, the university’s budget leadership team focused on strategic cost
reductions to balance the budget, so the additional increase in tuition could be used to fund student success initiatives. Regents also approved a $15 differential tuition per credit hour for undergraduates in the School of Engineering. Several students told regents they consider it an investment in their future. “I’m here to show my suppor t because I believe in a high quality education,” said Jordon Chavez, a junior in the Department of Civil Engineering. “Improving our engineering program will benefit the students here at UNM.” Regents also decreased a differential tuition passed last year for Speech and Hearing Sciences by $31 per credit hour because it generated more money than anticipated. The branch campuses had also requested resident tuition increases ranging from just over 4 percent at Taos to 7.27 percent at Valencia County, all of which passed with a unanimous vote by the regents. UNM administrative staff is now looking at the finer points of implementing the new incentivized tuition model for existing and incoming students, as well as creating a financial aid mechanism to fund the final free semester offer.
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FDA: LEAD POISONING RISK FOR CHILDREN
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Mexico Department of Health’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program provides education, home visits, lead risk assessment, and consultation with healthcare providers. The FDA advises consumers to discontinue use and discard any “Bo Ying compound” they may have purchased. Additionally, parents and caregivers who may have given “Bo Ying compound” to their children should consult with their health care provider for evaluation and potential blood-lead testing. Consumers and health care professionals are also encouraged to report to the FDA any adverse events related to the “Bo Ying compound” product. This report form can be found on the FDA’s MedWatch Online Voluntary Reporting Form page. For more information about the prevention and management of childhood lead poisoning in New Mexico, please call 505476-1734 or submit an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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GOV. MARTINEZ PENS MILITARY SUPPORT BILL Staff report
anta Fe, NM — Today, Gover nor Susa na Martinez signed several pieces of legislation that provide support for New Mexico’s military members, veterans, and their families. “New Mexicans have always stood ready to answer the call to serve our state and nation in the U.S. Armed Forces,” Governor Martinez said. “We want to continue to recognize our military members and our veterans for their service, and signing these bills into law help do that.” Senate Bill 506, sponsored by Senator William Payne (R-Albuquerque), allows disabled veterans to transfer their property tax exemption to a new home. Until now, they would lose this importa nt exemption when they move. House Bill 203, sponsored by Representative A lonzo Baldonado (R-Los Lunas), provides a 50 percent discount on any hunting or fishing license to all New Mexico veteran and military members. Hou s e Bi l l 2 2 0, s p o n s or e d by R e pr e s e nt a t i ve Joh n Z i m mer m a n ( R - L a s
Governor Susana Martinez attends New Mexico Veterans Advisory board meeting Cr uce s), a l lows member s of the New Mexico National Guard to receive the maximum amount of life insura nc e a v a i l a ble f r o m t he Federa l Ser v ice Members’ Group L i fe I n su ra nce Program. House Bill 327, also spons ored by R epre s ent a t ive Zimmerman, will allow all New Mexico militar y personnel deployed overseas to receive valuable assistance for their family. Among other t h i n g s, t he a s si s t a nce – funded through income tax
donations – provides necessities such as food and clothing. Previously, only those specifically serving in support of the “Global War on Terrorism” were eligible. House Bill 427, sponsored by Representative Stephanie Ga rcia Richa rd (D -Los Alamos), brings New Mexico into compliance with federal G.I. Bill guidelines. This will allow veterans’ family members to receive in-state tuition, allowing them to earn a college education at an affordable cost.
GOV. MARTINEZ SIGNS GAMING COMPACT BILL Staff report
a nt a Fe — Tod ay, Gover nor Susa na Ma r tinez brought together Native American tribal leaders from around the state to sign a new gaming compact, which will allow them to operate casinos for another 22 years. Leaders from the Pueblo of Acoma, the Pueblo of Jemez, the Jicarilla Apache Nation, the Mescalero Apache Tribe, and the Navajo Nation gathered at the Governor’s Office for her signature. “I’m pleased that we were able to come together to secure this compact,” Governor Martinez said. “It preserves the stability and predictability of gaming in New Mexico while addressing key priorities of the State and each individual tribal
government.” This compact is the result of three years of hard work and good faith negotiations between Governor Martinez and tribal leaders. The compact addresses each tribal government’s unique challenges and priorities in a fair and responsible way. It preserves the established framework of tribal gaming in New Mexico while giving tribes important tools that will help them continue to grow and thrive. The compact is a balanced approach that provides economic development opportunities for tribes, protects the revenue the State receives, and ensures safe and responsible tribal gaming in New Mexico. With this compact, the tribes will provide regular reports to the State about their gaming
activities so the State can identify problems quickly and work with tribes to resolve them. State regulators will have better access to information than ever before to ensure compliance with the compact terms. In exchange for the significant benefits they receive in this compact, the tribes have agreed to increase the revenue sharing amounts they pay to the State. The compact also better addresses problem gambling issues by putting a percentage of gaming revenue toward treatment services, providing new transparency on how those funds are being used, and including tribal casinos, for the first time, in a statewide self-exclusion program for problem gamblers that only private race tracks had participated in up until now. NEWS
OPINIONS ¡ASK A MEXICAN! By Gustavo Arellano Dear Mexican: Do Mexicans know that if just one of their grandparents was born in Spain, they could immigrate immediately not just to Spain, but also any other country in the European Union? I know this is not an option for a lot of Mexicans, but it certainly seems like a better one for those that have the “Spanish” option. Spain is a First World country with free health care, seven-hour work days and, quite simply, Spanish people seem to share much more in common with Mexicans. Don’t get me wrong: I think that they are a great thing for America, and that anyone who wants to live here should be able to, yet I am also a realist. I only bring this up because, well, it just seems like it might be an easier option for those
grandchildren who f led Spain to come to Mexico during the times of Franco. A hell of a lot cheaper than a coyote also. Learning to say “vosotros” and “vos” instead of ustedes and tu, and using “joder” instead of “ch i n ga r ” s e e m s a small price to pay. Then again, “Jodo tu mama” just doesn’t have the same ring... Genuinely Concerned Gabacho living in Mexico ear Gabacho: Don’t just limit your goodwill to Spanish refugees from the Franco regime. Last year, the Spanish government said anyone who could prove that their ancestors were Sephardic Jews cast out during the Inquisition could apply for Spanish citizenship (conveniently left out, of course, were descendents of the Moors because, you know, Muslims). Becoming a member of the European Union might sound appealing to gabachos
States norteamericanos instead of unidenses? Don’t they know that Mexico and Canada are also in North America? El Habrano e a r Wa b: B e c a u s e Mex ica n s a re a l so U.S.-ers—the full name of their country in habla is Estados Un ido s Me x ic a no s . A nd while mexicanos know that Canada—and Mexico, for that matter—are in North America, we didn’t discover the Great Gabacho North until 1994, once the North American Free Trade Agreement let us know of another country to eventually conquer. PU BL IC H E A LT H A N N O U N C E M E N T : D r. Ron Romero, a dentist from Santa Fe, New Mexico, let the Mexican know at the annual Servicios de la Raza gala in Denver that not only did dentists appreciate me discussing their profession in February (in the column answering why so
“Ask the Mexican at themexican@ askamexican.net, be his fan on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @ gustavoarellano, or Instagram @ gustavo_arellano. looking to backpack for a year, but a mass migration to Al-Andalus ain’t happening for Mexicans: only give a shit about Spain when they win the FIFA World Cup or a Mexican soccer player gets to ride the bench for Real Madrid or FC Barcelona. Why is it that Mexicans call people from the United
many Mexican children have silver teeth), but also asked whether I can pass along the following public health announcement. He says that childhood caries (the disease that makes babies teeth rot and is colloquially known as baby bottle tooth decay) is a communicable disease, and that it can be transmitted by the simple act of feeding each other from the same spoon or drinking from the same glass. Doc Ron also wants ustedes to know that childhood caries are easily preventable—just go to your local dentist, and they’ll apply a simple wash that’ll put you in the clear for a while. Consider your request done, Dr. Romero—and think you can fit a diamond in my front teeth ala Lenny in The Simpsons?
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GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF APRIL 17-23
You should be feeling at the top of your game today, Aries. If you sell stuff, you’re probably closing deals like crazy. If that guy/gal you have been bugging to go out on a date with finally says “yes,” the stars are in your favor. If you’re married, you can work your “magic” and buy that thing your spouse always rolls their eyes and says “no” on. Give it a shot, big shot.
You are a flower child at heart. Admit it, you’re excited about Earth Day no matter how stern you may have grown over the years. Or maybe you’re wondering about the future of an overpopulated planet filled with lots of dumb people. Whatever the case, take that energy and do something that makes you feel good. Plant that tree, or cultivate a garden. Get down with your green thumb!
Ah, the charming Libra. You know how to strut your stuff. You are sexy and you know it, for real. All of this confidence makes those around a tad annoyed. Your smug attitude wants to tell them to get over your hotness. Well, as tempting as that may be, sometimes it’s better to adopt some humility. Tone it down for one day. Men: we get your confidence, but don’t push the pink shirt too much.
Like Scorpio, you have to watch out for that Gallup gossip circulating. Stay away from that group as you have better things to do with your time, like balancing your checkbook or rolling your pennies. Yes, Madame G is trying to divert your attention away from the gossip mongrels. Focusing on something technical should keep you pretty safe.
Loosen up that tie Taurus, you’re due for some quality time with that special someone. The stars tell Madame G that you’re also due for some rest and relaxation. Some sweet activity like walking the Courthouse Square and downtown Gallup holding hands with your sweetheart can soften the roughest of bullheads. If you’re feeling both brave and romantic, sing aloud to your loved one in a bar.
Feeling like a big old lion with a chip on its shoulder? Madame G feels the cosmic need to steer you toward self-discovery. Not the meditate -on-a-mountain-alone type of self-discovery, but more in a self-help type of way. First, shut down the voices in your head that nag at you incessantly. Next, grab your favorite dessert and savor it. And then, treat yourself to a pedicure. You must keep those paws fresh.
GEMINI Make that twin energy work for you, not against you. That yin-yang twin needs an activity to look forward to. It’s time to finish sewing that quilt, building that ship in a bottle or some other type of quirky activity your twin enjoys. Maybe it’s spending countless hours in front of the computer looking for long gone relatives. Once you appease the twin, you’ll receive an important phone call.
VIRGO Tonight, take note of your dreams. Get out that journal and write down your dreams each night for a week. See if you find a pattern. OK, so it’s hard to find a pattern on why you keep falling or running down the street with your pants off. But, there could be some hidden message behind that dreamy nonsense. Become your own guru, figure it out. Madame G has faith in you.
Everyone loves to get his or her daily dose of Gallup gossip, but that gossip is usually a bunch of malarkey by the time it gets passed onto the third person. What Scorpio has to watch for is the gossip about a dear friend. In the matter it gets told, you may be disgusted with your friend and want to throw in a sting. It’s not worth losing a relationship over a lie.
Your ship may have arrived and docked in Gallup. Whatever the case, Madame G feels that you have some abundance coming your way. Even if money isn’t the prize, it’s going to make you feel better than the joy you feel when you eat that first chocolate spread and banana sandwich of the day. It’s the kind of “calorie free” abundance that you deserve.
SAGITTARIUS Don’t sag this week Sagittarius. It may seem like everyone around you is being recognized for something big, and you may be a tad envious and want the recognition that you feel you deserve. Resist the temptation. Think about it, you know how you like basking in the limelight. Let someone else steal the show for a change. Madame G thinks you should go dancing this weekend.
Pisces. Pisces. Pisces. Dear emotional one, stop taking peoples feedback on your projects so personally. Maybe they don’t understand your art or it reminds them of something bad from their past. Regardless, keep swimming forward and follow your dreams. And while you’re at it, pick a few of those wild flowers growing near your house. Cut the stems and put them in a bowl of water with some floating candles.
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COMMUNITY YOUNG GIRL OVERCOMES OBSTACLES, INSPIRES OTHERS By Melinda Sanchez Sun Correspondent
She lights the room with her smile, but her first 14 years have been anything but sunny. Kaela Gaulden has been battling Ewing Sarcoma bone cancer for the past seven years. She has endured 15 surgeries, the last of which was in December when most of her right leg was amputated. And she is determined to keep up with her friends, prosthetic leg or not. Gaulden is in the eighth grade at Rehoboth Christian School. She said she likes Rehoboth because she is allowed to practice her faith without fear of judgment. She missed most of her second and third grade years because of the cancer, but since then, her
grandparents, Scott and Rosa Armstrong, have been able to schedule appointments and surgeries during school breaks. Though she has missed school and has been frequently, she is an “A” student and has plenty of friends. Gaulden was able to attend Camp No Limits in Prescott, Arizona from March 19-22. Camp No Limits is a camp for kids with limb loss that offers therapeutic programs with specialized professionals, including physical and occupational therapists, prosthetists and adult amputee role models. It is set up so young people can form a network with others experiencing similar obstacles in life. Gaulden participated in rock climbing and a high ropes course during the camp. She
said she was able to try on a running leg and thinks she would like to run track some day soon. Bryan Lott, certified prosthetist, built Gaulden’s new leg. Lott comes to Gallup every Wednesday from Durango, Colo. When he read Kaela’s story, he reached out to the family and asked them to let him help her with prosthetics. He encouraged her to attend Camp No Limits and helped secure a scholarship. Rosa Armstrong said that Gaulden has been in a cast nearly all of the past seven years. By the time she was diagnosed, the tumor had grown so big, it broke her leg. The doctors did a complete bone replacement at that time and it worked for a while. The last effort to save her leg
Kaela Gaulden puts past struggles with bone cancer behind her. Photo Credit: Tom Hartsock
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included putting plates in it and hoping the bones would regenerate. Sadly, they did not, leaving amputation as the only alternative. Gaulden was able to start physical therapy here in Gallup this past Saturday. Rosa said this is the first time they have been able to get services locally. The family is pleased that they no longer have to d r ive to A lbuquerque for Gaulden to receive treatment. Next year, she will be in high school. “I love volleyball. I really want to play next year, but I can’t with this leg,” she said. The prosthetic leg she has is not made for athletics and her insurance doesn’t cover anything different. Prosthetic legs cost more than $24,000. Gaulden set up a Go Fund Me
page so she can start saving for another leg. She said she also wants to help her grandparents who have been taking care of her. The people around Gaulden have been inspired by her. Her uncle, Scott Armstrong, Jr. said, “I wish I was half the person she is.” She said that she believes people are inspired by her because she isn’t one to give up. “I always kept going and tried to put a smile on my face,” she said. “I’m only 14 and I’ve been through more than others.” But she keeps on smiling. Readers can keep up with Gaulden and contribute to her efforts to raise money for medical and living expenses at: www.gofundme.com/qv8rg72t COMMUNITY
‘SIX APPEAL’ TO MCKINLEY COUNTY PERFORM APRIL 23 FRIENDS OF NRA BANQUET AT LOCAL SCHOOL & AUCTION, APRIL 11, 2015 MEMBER PROMISES THAT UNIQUE VOCAL STYLINGS WILL NOT DISAPPOINT Melinda Sanchez Sun Correspondent
i n nesota-ba sed voca l ba nd Si x Appeal, the 2012 Harmony Sweeps National Champions, will be performing April 23 in the Ken Holloway Auditorium inside Gallup High School at 7pm. This all-male ensemble is known for their a cappella harmonies, as well as their wit and enthusiasm during performances. They rock to the
are trained dancers, but they all have their own boogie style, This concert will be about appreciating all kinds of music including pop, country, classic, rock, jazz, R&B, and much more. “We really appeal to all ages. Definitely bring your children, grandchildren and all your friends,” Berkowitz said. He promises everyone that Six Appeal music will not disappoint them. The band gained national attention in 2013 when they
Award-winning a cappella group is coming to Gallup. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Gallup Community Concert Association oldies, sing covers of current favorites and throw in a few originals as well. Reviews for Six Appeal have been positive. “These gentlemen have such talent and humor it’s impossible not to love them. What an amazing show,” a fan posted on their Facebook page after seeing them perform live in Virginia, Minn. Six Appeal is not just a barbershop quartet or choir. “We try to emulate what a full band would be, but still a cappella,” said Andrew “Berko” Berkowitz, the beatboxer of the group since 2010. Beatboxing means he uses his voice and face to replicate percussion and distinctive sound effects. The rest of the group: Michael Brookens, Nathan Hickey, Reuben Hushagen, Trey Jones and Jordan Roll sing from high tenor to baritone, coordinating their voices in perfect harmony. To make it even more exciting, they like to move. None of them COMMUNITY
sang for the Allstate Sugar Bowl live on ESPN. In 2015, the champion singers are touring all year and have scheduled about 200 nationwide concerts. But they have never been to the southwest. Berkowitz said they are excited to come to Gallup. Six Appeal is the fourth of five planned concerts hosted by the Gallup Community Concert Association this school year. The association’s goal is to offer everyone the opportunity to experience the magic of live performances by professional artists. Tickets for the concerts are affordable. A season pass for adults is $45 and $20 for college students with school ID. Attendees will also have the opportunity to see this concert for free with purchase of a 2016 membership to the series. The GCCA depends on members, donors and advertisers to keep the music playing. For more information, call Antoinette Neff: (505) 862-3939.
Auctioneer Steve Vandiver is not only a fast talker, he’s persuasive. NRA banquets statewide raised $4.8 million over the past 20 years. Proceeds benefit shooting sports and firearm education and safety programs.
Friends of NRA Chair, Gary Hallock, having a blast showcasing a Ted Nugent guitar being auctioned off at the fundraising event.
Tim Adcock of Ted’s Pawn examines a hunting crossbow up for grabs during the auction. Photo Credit: David Tom
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Gallup Sun • Friday April 17, 2015
FORMER CRIME REPORTER TURNS TO CROWD FUNDING TO COMBAT CANCER
Paula Bauman Assistant Editor
uthor and previous Gallup Independent wr iter Michael Sullivan was recently and unexpectedly diagnosed with bone cancer. Sullivan is set to begin radiation therapy this week and has joined GoFundMe, an online fundraising website. As of today, Sullivan has raised over $1,000 and has a goal of bringing in $100,000 to offset medical expenses. According to Sullivan, he was initially diagnosed with prostate cancer, which soon metastasized into his bones. Sullivan also said that the benefits provided to him by Medicare don’t cover the necessary treatments. “Medica l expenses a re skyrocketing, exceeding the ability of my family and I to keep pace,” Sullivan said. So, I established an account with GoFundMe to accept donations. Anything you can spare will be appreciated.” Sullivan said he worked as a crime reporter during
Former Gallup reporter Michael Sullivan looks hopeful as he deals with recent cancer diagnosis. Photo Credit: Courtesy photo
Gallup Sun reader Theresa Diaz snapped this sunset photo from east Historic Highway 66 on April 13. Got an interesting photo you would like to submit? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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his time w ith the Ga llup I ndependent a nd ret i red in 2013. He then moved to Arizona and wrote his fourth book, “The Desert is Green,” which he described as a murder-mystery novel. Sullivan now resides in Idaho with his family and is currently hospitalized in Boise, he said. To st ay updat ed w it h Sullivan’s condition and to donate to his efforts, please visit his GoFundMe page at www.gofundme.com/rw7382j.
Gallup High School Aztec Baseball third baseman Isiah Mike warms up his arm during in-field practice April 14. Photo Credit: Tom Hartsock
PETS OF THE WEEK MEET SASHA! Sasha is an incredibly friendly female Siamese cat and is thought to be about two-years-old. No. 5954 The fee to adopt Sasha is $55 and includes spaying and vaccinations. Don’t be shy! Sasha is a beautiful, outgoing cat and would love to be your new best friend!
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Adorable male Australian Shepard mix puppy needs a name and a place to call home! At 10 weeks old, this darling pup is still a bit timid, but is sure to warm up quick! No. 5937 The puppy adoption fee is $100 and includes neutering and vaccinations.
This little guy is hoping to find his fur-ever home!
Visit and adopt these deserving furry friends at Gallup-McKinley County Humane Society: 1315 Hamilton Rd # B, Gallup, NM. Information: (505) 863-2616. 12
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SPORTS 360 BLEACHER TALK
MICKEY AND RICKY STICK TOGETHER, GET SKILLS FROM ATHLETIC FAMILY By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent
he Menapace family has a long history of involvement with athletics in Gallup, starting with the oldest grandson of Rico, the founder of Rico Auto Complex. Howard, their father, coached all three of the boys through their baseball programs in summer leagues. Oldest son Mickey is the only one to start and finish his early years in school at Cathedral School (now Gallup Catholic), from kindergarten through high school. He played Minor League, Little League and Babe Ruth baseball in the summer months before and during his high school years, and competed in Connie Mack as he aged up. Cathedral did not have a baseball program during his years there. As a freshman, he was listed as a quarterback on the football team, though he admits he
played little that year. “I was only 5-7, 130 pounds and had to roll out to pass since the linemen were much taller than me,” Mickey said. He also said he was a guard in basketball, but decided it wasn’t the sport for him as he wasn’t incredibly quick on the court. Mickey always loved summer league baseball and remembers his grandpa Rico in the front row for all of his Little League games. “The summer I graduated, he bought me a plane ticket to Santa Clara College in San Francisco and told me to try out for the team there. I made the team but there was no scholarship,” Mickey said. When Mickey returned he said he played on a Connie Mack team in a tournament at Farmington. During the game a coach from ENMU took notice and offered him a fullride scholarship for playing baseball. While Mickey was grateful
the scholarship so he could be closer to his younger brother, Ricky. Mickey explained that Ricky had been in a car accident and was currently undergoing physical therapy in
Relaxing after work, from left, Diana, Mickey, Rick, Marty and Debbie. Photo Credit: Tom Hartsock to have his education paid for, he said he was quick to take
Roswell, which was close to Portales where Mickey would
Everyone in the family relaxing at a get together. Rick is in the top row, third from left; Marty in top row, sixth from left; Mickey is next to him or fifth from the right; Debbie is in the first row on the far right. Also picture are Howard, bottom row, fourth from left and his wife Julia, second from left. SPORTS
be going to school. “Ricky was better at baseball than all the rest of us. He was gifted with more ability and was a very good, natural hitter,” he said.
Mickey and Ricky weren’t the only athletes in the family either. Their sister Debbie played basketball and softball, first at Cathedral and then Gallup High where she was forced to transfer when the private school closed down before her senior year. Debbie continued to play AAU fast pitch softball, her main focus, and basketball for the next several years. She remembers being on a Fr. Dunstan-coached team that finished fifth in state and another team, coached by Joe Vargas, which won a big tournament in Durango. In later years, she took up golf and won the City Championship once. Marty played basketball and baseball during his two years at Gallup High and signed with the NMSU Aggies but blew out a rotator cuff on a throw from third base that ended that venture. Marty also played on the Little League team that won state before losing in the regional to Reno, Nevada, 8-7. He also served two years as the VP of GABC.
Gallup Sun • Friday April 17, 2015
SPORTS THIS WEEK IN SPORTS SCOREBOARD APRIL 17 – 24, 2015
Scores in this column are for Gallup, Miyamura, Rehoboth and Wingate high Schools, the only area schools covered at this time. Those four schools are color coded for easier reading while schools outside this are are always in black. The Ga l lup Su n encou rages coaches in all spor ts to submit their scores weekly and no later than Wednesday. Track scores will feature only those athletes in the top six of their specialty.
APRIL 11, 2015 MHS Softball 14, 17 GHS 6, 9 GHS Baseball 0, Piedra Vista 21 MHS Baseball 2, Aztec 3
APRIL 14, 2015 MHS Softball 23, West Mesa 8 MHS Baseball 2, Farmington 5 GHS Baseball 0, Aztec 14 RCHS Softball 17, Wingate 1 WHS Softball 14, Rehoboth 13
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Schedules are only for one week at a time. Times and locations may change for a variety of reasons. Please contact your school to obtain updated info. Only the four schools from our circulation area are included in these schedules: Gallup, Miyamura, Rehoboth and Wingate High Schools, and these are color coded for easier reading. The summer league games will also be included when their schedule is received by The Gallup Sun.
SATURDAY, APRIL 18 GALLUP PUBLIC SCHOOL STADIUM Gallup T & F @ Bill Slade Invite, 9 Miyamura T & F @ Angelo DiPaolo Invite, 9 Rehoboth T & F @ Angelo DiPaolo Invite, 9 Wingate T & F @ Angelo DiPaolo Invite, 9 GHS Baseball vs Farmington, 11/1 GHS JV Baseball vs Piedra Vista, 11/1 MHS Baseball vs. Aztec, 11/1 – V/JV MHS Softball vs. Farmington, 2/4 (MHS JV Softball @ Farmington, 11/1) MHS Tennis (Both) @ Piedra Vista, 11 MHS Tennis (Both) @ Farmington, 3 RCHS Softball vs Thoreau (DH), 3 RCHS Tennis (Both) @ Hope Christian WHS Softball @ Tohatchi, 3-5
MONDAY, APRIL 20
RCHS Tennis (Girls) vs. Miyamura, 4
TUESDAY, APRIL 21 GHS Baseball vs. Miyamura, 4/6 – V/JV MHS Baseball@ Gallup, 4/6 – V/JV WHS Baseball vs. Kirtland Central, 3-5 WHS Softball @ Kirtland Central, 3-5
THURSDAY, APRIL 23 GHS Baseball vs Piedra Vista, 4 GHS Golf @ Abbie Paiz, Tierra del Sol MHS Baseball vs Aztec, 4 MHS Softball @ Santa Fe, 3/5 – V/JV MHS Tennis ( B o y s) v s Rehoboth, 4 RCHS Softball @ Estancia (DH), 1/3 RCHS Tennis (Boys) vs Miyamura RC H S M S T r a ck @ Newcomb, ? WHS Baseball @ Thoreau, 3-5 WHS Softball @ Thoreau, 3-5
MHS Tennis (Girls) @ Rehoboth, 4
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR APRIL 18-24, 2015 SATURDAY, APRIL 18 IN CELEBRATION OF EARTH DAY Grand Opening of the Recycled Resources Center Larry Brian Mitchell Recreation Center. 701 Montoya Blvd., from 11-1 pm.
“IN CELEBRATION OF EARTH DAY” 11AM - 1PM Refreshments provided National Library Week Movie Marathon begins Octavia Fellin Public Library will celebrate National
Library Week with a Librarian Movie Marathon. Beginning at 12pm, the Library will show The Librarian: Quest for the Spear and The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice. Popcorn will be served. For more information, please contact: mdchavez@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291.
would like to contribute to this project by donating your creative talents, please contact Linda (505) 722-2175 to make arrangements to get a pre-built birdhouse or to get an information pamphlet if you will be building your own.
Entries for the 8th Annual Birdhouse Auction for Relay For Life will take place on May 3 are due. Artists and craftspeople are needed to decorate / create birdhouses for the auction. If you
The library is offering free computer training throughout the month of April at the Octavia Fellin Library. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. Registration is required, to
MONDAY, APRIL 20
register call (505) 863-1291 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tonight’s class is Introduction to Excel from 5:30pm – 7:30pm
TUESDAY, APRIL 21
Free computer training class at the Octavia Fellin Library, Intermediate Excel from 2pm – 4 pm
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22 EARTH DAY FAIR 3pm - 6pm The McKinley Citizens’ Recycling Council will join other area environmental groups at the La Montanita Coop Food Market for an Earth
Day Fair to raise awareness about the steps citizens of Planet Earth can take to make for a healthier, cleaner, and more sustainable environment.
THURSDAY, APRIL 23 11th Annual Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner, contact John Taylor (505) 863-3770
FRIDAY, APRIL 24
Free computer training class at the Octavia Fellin Library, Windows 8.1 Training from 11am – 1pm *Limited to five participants, or you can arrange to bring your own laptop.*
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