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TAKING CHARGE Gallup’s new leadership talk goals; Navajo Nation elects president

Councilor Fran Palochak, Page 6

Councilor Allan Landavazo, Page 5

Mayor Jackie McKinney, Page 4

Navajo President-elect Russell Begaye & Vice President Jonathan Nez, Page 7


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NEWS GOALS FOR HIS NEW TERM: MAYOR MCKINNEY TOUCHES ON SOME PLANS By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor

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ayor Jackie McK i n ney is a s polite as mayors come. He’s appears the dapper southwestern cowboy with long silver hair and determined eyes, often donning a southwest bolo tie, pressed shirt, denim jeans and boots. Although soft spoken, he doesn’t mince words when it comes down to speaking his mind, especially when the topic is his beloved city of Gallup. Love him or hate him, he’s here to stay for the next four years. Still reeling from a heated campaign against the formidable George Galanis and being reminded of a 47

year old marijuana felony conviction that was pardoned by Gov. Bill Richardson – McKinney perseveres. His life experiences only add to his coolness factor. And depending of your views on the issues, his goals for Gallup will draw ire or praise much like any other politician. His commitment to curb public intoxication is at the forefront of his agenda, like his last term, and he’s exploring “how we can best eliminate it, if not, control it.” For instance, he would like to see the Gallup Detox Center continue to grow in its ability to help those stricken w it h a lcohol ism, such a s instituting a long-term treatment and aftercare program. He hopes the city can make

strides in this area by working with the Navajo tribe on matters concerning the detox center. “The revolving door,” as McK inney refers to it, he wants to see it shut for good. By putting a face to the name of habitual detox clients, he hopes the center can pluck those caught in the cycle of addiction and get them into treatment and aftercare, and help get them back on their feet so they can find work. “I feel that enabling can hurt and kill more people,” he said. “I feel without after care we’re missing the boat.” McKinney was asked how he feels about Gov. Susana Martinez’ veto of House Bill 108, which would have set up legislation to fund “behavioral

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Mayor Jackie McKinney and his wife Sandra enjoy dinner at the 1940’s USO Annual Banquet April 16. Photo Credit: Babette Herrmann health investment zones” statewide to fund areas considered high risk for alcohol and drug addiction among its citizens, and in need of services to deal with those challenges effectively. McKinley County ranks at the top of the list of high risk counties. “ T he gover nor ’s s t a f f wanted something that’s not legislation, but to handle it administratively.” In a move to find a solution that ha s a iled Ga llup for decades, McKinney, City Attorney George Kozeliski a nd G a l lu p Pol ic e C h ief Robert Cron are taking a trip to Farmington to discover how their public off icia ls deal with public intoxication in a much bigger city, with a population of more than 45,000 residents when compa red to Ga llup’s rough ly 22,000. As for other hot button issues, such as Gallup’s financial affairs, McKinney didn’t get into crunching numbers, but said the budget meetings

slated for next month will give him an idea of where the city sits financially. “Monies are tight,” he said. “With flat GRT revenue coming in, it’s going to be hard to expand programs.” McKinney said there are a bundle of projects he would like to delve into and many center on the strategic planning meeting the city held in March. Tackling crumbling and aged infrastructure also tops his second term priority list. But a major budget hurdle is how to tackle curbs, gutters, streets and sidewalks that need replaced. He said grants and bonds could be the answer. Meanwhile, he said, the council has focused on getting the odious smell that wafts through Mentmore to become a thing of the past by cleaning the sludge out of the water treatment plant’s lines. “Those odors will dissipate by summer.” To contact Mayor Jackie McKinney, call: (505) 863-1220, press option 2.

CORRECTION The caption in the ‘Making the Play’ photo, on page 12 of our April 17, 2015 edition, should have stated: “Gallup Bengal third baseman Isiah Mike makes a throw to first during infield practice April 14 prior to the game against Aztec.” We regret the error. If you find a factual error in our paper and would like to report it, please email: gallupsun@gmail.com NEWS


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LANDAVAZO REFLECTS ON PAST, POINTS TO CURRENT ISSUES By Melinda Russell Sun Correspondent

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usband, father and grandfather first, now City Councilor, A l la n L a ndava zo took time to raise his family before he decided to run for city office. Landavazo has deep ties to Gallup. He was born and raised here, graduating from Gallup High School. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and has been the general manager of Castle Furniture for 15 years. Landavazo volunteered as a soccer coach and when his children attended Rehoboth Christian School, and he helped with fundraising for choir trips and other school needs. “I was involved with every aspect of their school life.” Once his children left home, and after long consideration, he decided to run for office. He said his decision to run was spiritually based. “If God wants me to serve on council then that’s what he will choose for me,” he said “If he’s got something else in store, then that’s what he has in store for me.” Eight years ago, Landavazo began his first term as district 2 city councilor.

District 2 Councilor Allan Landavazo. Photo Credit: Melinda Russell grass to turf saving the city much valued water. The holding pond was drained and filled in. About $3 to 4 million was spent on Red Rock State Park to rebuild bathrooms, add handicap seating and add a new ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant pathway from the ticket center to the venue.

When asked about the controversy regarding the closure of Harold Runnels Pool, Landavazo explained the pool was never sold out. The cost to run the pool was about $300,000, of which the city subsidized 95 percent. He said he understands there were people who depended on the pool for their exercise but with the mounting repair bills, it had

to be closed. The new aquatic center has time set aside for schools, lap swims, exercise classes and recreational swimming. A big part of the decision to change the pool into an indoor recreation area was the fact that our community is “infected by diabetes”, Landavazo said. The new facility offers an indoor soccer field, walking track, weights, and a shower. “A healthy community is a productive community.” The A n nexation of the Rehoboth community was a bi g pr oj e c t . R e hob ot h spent considerable funds to upgrade their infrastructure to meet Gallup city codes. Annexation opens up land for housing projects and new businesses. W hen a sked about t he cu r rent s t a t e of t he Gallup Police Depar tment Landavazo responded, “We

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INFRASTRUCTURE Landavazo explained, a lot of the infrastructure in Gallup is over 100 years old. A five year plan is being developed to ensure projects do not overlap wasting money and time. During the past four years over $1 million has been spent on road improvements. The sewer treatment facility is under new management where new methods of treatment are being used to begin the process of reducing the sewage smell. Chemical injections at strategic points in town, transferring dried sludge to other waste disposal sites and possible upgrades to the plant are being considered as solutions to the problem.

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LANDAVAZO | FROM PAGE 5 live in a border town. That creates opportunities but also creates challenges.” He went on to explain that because of the inf lux of population we see on weekends, we will always have challenges with regard to officer personnel. He added that he is encouraged by the cooperation between the new McKinley County Sheriff Ron Silversmith and the Gallup Police Department. City officials participated in a summit held at RMCH regarding Gallup’s homeless and inebriate population. They discussed needed services including medical and social detoxification and shelters. He said it is estimated there are from 50 to 150 people living on the streets of Gallup. Landavazo wants to see them reintegrated into their families. Two of the biggest economic challenges facing Gallup are Fire Rock Casino and predatory loan companies. Landavazo explained, the loss of income that goes to these two entities causes increased rates of poverty, increased domestic violence and the breakdown of the family unit. He told a stor y of a fixed income family who showed him a tax receipt that reported they lost $5,000 at Fire Rock Casino in one year. He told another story about one of his employees who took out a title loan on a vehicle and had the vehicle repossessed when she was only two days late on payments. He said New Mexico Rep. Patty Lundstrom, D-NM, has been active with legislation to help lower exorbitant payday lending interest rates, but he is hoping national legislation will be passed to further assist with the problem. If you have concerns you would like to discuss with Landavazo, you can reach him at (505) 863-1220 or email him at Council2@GallupNM.gov.

WORKING TO MAKE GALLUP A ‘BEAUTIFUL’ PLACE By Marley Shebala

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ewly inaugurated Gallup City Councilor Fran Palochak (District 4) is on a mission to change her beloved hometown’s image. And Palochak knows from her 25 years of experience as the 11th Judicial District’s court clerk and deputy court executive officer that it’ll take everyone that lives in and around Gallup. “It’s easy to be critical when you don’t know what’s really going on,” she said. “We all, not just elected officials, have to work together to make Gallup a beautiful place.” Palochak recalled a conversation she had with an individual who was attending a workshop in Gallup. This individual decided to drive home to Los Lunas and return the next day instead of staying overnight because Gallup was “not friendly,” she said. “That really saddened me.” Palochak said that Gallup has also been called the “most dangerous” city in New Mexico. The title of most dangerous city ca me from a Federa l Bureau of Investigations Uniform Crime Report, which ranked Gallup as number two. Number one was Espanola. The rankings were based on crime rates. According to the FBI repor t, Espanola has a crime rate of 110 per 1,000 residents. Gallup’s crime rate is 106 for 1,000 residents. Palochak said that her plan to combat and reduce crime is to educate everyone about how they can assist the police without getting in harms way and how they can make their homes and neighborhoods safe. “The police can’t be everywhere,” she said. Palochak said she’ll be inviting law enforcement representatives to neighborhood association meetings to provide information and answer questions. The re-establishment of neighborhood associations and, or watches was

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Newly inaugurated City Councilor Fran Palochak (District 4) said she wouldn’t live in a community that lacked domestic violence services, which is why she volunteered to serve as the acting director for Battered Family Services. Palochak stands in front of the Battered Family Services’ emblem in Gallup on April 21, 2015. Photo Credit: Marley Shebala one of Palochak’s campaign platforms and she’s didn’t forget that. Neighborhood association meetings are scheduled at the Southside Fire Department on May 7 for the Cedar Hills, Debra Drive, Elva Drive and Chihuahita areas. The Stagecoach Elementary School is the site for the May 13 association meeting for the Viro and Stagecoach areas. On May 21, the Westside Fire Department will be the meeting place for the Western Skies and Skywest areas. And Turpen Elementary School is where the May 28 association meeting will be held. All neighborhood association meetings will be from 6-8 pm. Palochak said that the neighborhood meetings could also be an opportunity for people to share their needs and concerns with her. She recalled that as she was campaigning that one of the issues that was brought to her attention was domestic violence services. Palochak readily admitted that providing domestic violence services has been her “passion for 30 years” because as a child, she witnessed her mother being verbally and physically abused by her father. That was in the 1950s, when people, including the police, believed that domestic violence was a “family matter” to be worked out in private, she said. There were no shelters and laws to protect her mom and other domestic violence victims, including children, like her, who witnessed the abuse.

“My mom is a domestic violence survivor,” she said. “My dream is for kids to never live in a home with violence.” Palochak said that she recently received a telephone call from a Native American man about the need to revive the Gallup Indian Center. The re-establishment of an Indian Center was also one of her campaign promises. Palochak said she plans to visit the Farmington Indian Center to find out how it’s operated and what services it provides. But the plans to revive the Indian Center should involve representatives from the surrounding tribal governments, youth, elders, and elected officials from the city, county and state, she said. “I’m willing to work with everybody. And I know I don’t have all the answers.” Palochak sighed and said that the city has so many needs and concerns but the city budget is limited. She said that her district has been very vocal about the “smell” from the wastewater treatment plant, which is located on the west side of Gallup. Palochak said that she met with Vince Tovar, who heads water and sanitation, about the smell and Tovar has been actively working on the elimination of the odor, as well the removal of sludge in June. She said whenever she smells the odor, she gives Tovar a telephone call. The smell has been a concern of the west side since before 2010. That’s according to June 25, 2010, Associated Press news article, “Smelly Wastewater Plant to Get Makeover.” Palochak hopes that the neighborhood association meetings would also be an opportunity for people to learn how city government operates, and especially how it operates on a very limited budget. She explained that this past state legislative session resulted in a state decision to deny Gallup about $200,000 in annual supplemental funding from the Hold Harmless Tax because the state believed that Gallup could generate the $200,000 from its gross receipt taxes. The Hold Harmless provision is a 2004 tax that exempted food and some medical expenses from gross receipt taxes and allowed the state to subsidize cities and counties for loss tax revenues from food and some medical expenses. Meanwhile, Palochak is hoping that the state legislature will have a special session to address $264 million in capital outlay projects and to also allow Gallup the opportunity to regain the $200,000. She said that in the past that the city used a portion of the $200,000 to purchase police vehicles and as discretionary funds for each of the city councilors to fund projects in their districts. NEWS


‘TALENT SHOWCASE’ Navajo Nation President-elect Russell Begaye, who hails from Shiprock, NM, speaks to supporters April 21.

Navajo Nation Vice-President-elect Jonathan Nez and President-elect Russell Begaye join arms in celebration of victory April 21. Photo Credit: Courtesy Photos UNOFFICIAL ELECTION RESULTS APRIL 21, 2015 Special Presidential Election

Navajo Nation President and Vice President

Joe Shirley, Jr. and Dineh Benally Russell Begaye and Jonathan Nez

15,439 25,745

37.49% 62.51%

110 of 110 polls reporting Voter Participation:

Chinle Agency Board of Election Supervisors Term (2013 ‐ 2017)

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Dennis M. Dedman

Commissioner ‐ Steamboat Chapter

6,221

100.00%

Chinle Agency Board of Election Supervisors Term (2015 ‐ 2019)

Irene R. Bahe Andrethia M. Bia David Nez Ray Gilmore

37.48%

Paul Williams, Jr. Edith Yazzie

337 219

60.61%

127 290 136 126 207

14.33%

442

100.00%

413

100.00%

443

100.00%

288

100.00%

326 282

53.62%

39.39%

Commissioner ‐ Naschitti Chapter Vote For Two (2)

1,499 1,081 2,177 2,373

21.02% 15.16% 30.53% 33.28%

Jim B. Henry Gloria Ann Dennison Carol W. Bitsoi Christine L. Bitsoi Kee Yazzie Gee

32.73% 15.35% 14.22% 23.36%

Eastern Agency Board of Election Supervisors

Jeffrey Henry Rodger Martinez

3,593 4,820

42.71% 57.29%

Red Rock Day School Board Member Red Valley Chapter

Gloria C Harrison

Fort Defiance Agency Board of Election Supervisors

Dawn A. Yazzie

9,469

100.00%

2,654 5,725

31.67%

Miranda Benally

Northern Agency Board of Election Supervisors

William Lee  Sam Ahkeah

Breadsprings Day School Board  Member Tse'Lichii (Red Rock) Chapter

68.33%

Farm Board ‐ Red Valley Chapter

Gary Chavez

Western Agency Board of Election Supervisors

Eunice J. Begay Shirlee A. Bedonie Priscilla Kanaswood

2,707 3,186 494

42.38% 49.88%

Chapter Secretary / Treasurer ‐ Tsayatoh Chapter

Saraphina Blackgoat

7.73%

Referendum Question ‐ Kayenta Chapter Western Agency Rough Rock Community School

Chester Claw

5,766

100.00%

Yes (Reduce Quorum Requirement) No (Do Not Change Current Requirement)

46.38%

Count of Polls Reporting (by Agency): Chinle Agency 14 of 14 / Eastern Agency 31 of 31 / Fort Defiance Agency 27 of 27 / Northern Agency 20 of 20 / Western Agency 18 of 18

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OPINIONS REFLECTION ON NEW MEXICO’S FIFTY-SECOND LEGISLATURE Rep. Patricia Lundstrom, D-Gallup Guest Column

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he 2015 Legislative Session star ted on January 20th at noon and ended at noon on March 31st. This session marks my 25th session as a member of the House, including regular, special and extraordinary sessions. My standing committees for each of those sessions are the House Appropriations and Finance Committee and the House Transportation and Public Works Committee. Each Session starts about the same way, the legislators living outside of the Santa Fe area move to Santa Fe a day or two before the session starts, bright eyed and anxious for the session to start. It is not unlike children going back to school after a long summer. You can feel the excitement among the hotel staff and capitol staff, thinking “they’re back.” I admit I am one of those legislators that look forward to going back to session wearing my game face. It is almost robotic, we know we have a job to do and for those returning legislators who have been meeting all summer on important issues we want only to put ideas into bill form and get the process started. You can see the hustle bustle in Legislative Council Service offices with all the legislators standing in line and meeting with drafters to get their most important idea drafted. For a group of people that don’t receive any salary, experience tremendous personal sacrifice, and in some cases faced brutal elections, you would wonder why they are so excited to jump in … visualize a rugby scrum. Legislators in most cases, recognize they have a social contract with the people they represent. After all, we asked for the honor of holding this job. Ultimately, it is rewarding at a heart level to do the people’s work. For me it is also important

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District 9 Rep. Patty Lundstrom speaks with District 5 Rep. Wonda Johnson. Johnson is the freshman state representative from Gallup. Photo Credit: Courtesy to be effective with all the things I work on and to help my constituents understand that I have their best interest in mind while juggling the needs of the state as a whole. As I was packing for 60 days, I thought about how this upcoming session would be different for me as a senior legislator, soon to be governed by a different party affiliation other than my own. I wasn’t concerned about my working relationship with the senior members of the opposite party because for the most part after 15 years of service I have become good friends with them and we can agree to disagree without issue. I was more apprehensive about the newly elected Republicans and Democrats, influenced by super PACs and pretending they were in a national arena. And as anticipated, it was very different, not only for me but all the House members, as well as the public. When you are in the majority you have a responsibility to set the policy agenda and govern, I saw many rough patches in making governance happen. We started with organization/structural

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issues that needed immediate attention such as working with a new chief clerk. Of all positions critical to making the House operate this is the position of importance. Throughout the year, and especially during the legislative session, virtually everything about the operation and process happens with this office. The new chief clerk was learning the job as we marched on. Operationally, the new committee chairs had not been named which dictates office assignments, and staffing. After a few days into the session everybody finally knew where to hang their coats and those office addresses and phone extensions could then be shared with the capitol operator so the public could contact us. The business of House District 9 is very important, my district includes the west half of the City of Gallup and 9 Navajo chapters. My district is unique and has unique needs. It operates under multiple jurisdictions, large geographic boundary bordering Arizona, high unemployment, lack of basic infrastructure, and regular conflicts among elected leaders.

Investments in modern infrastructure lay the foundations for economic development and growth. Building roads, bridges, power transmission lines and making other improvements create jobs. Communities that invest in infrastructure are better positioned to attract investment, stimulate commerce, and support local businesses. Their citizens are more likely to enjoy better health care, sanitation, and others markings of well-being. Because infrastructure projects are expensive, capital outlay provides the critical funding needed to undertake these initiatives. The potential boost to economic growth from investment in infrastructure projects is both direct and indirect. The direct economic impact goes to those involved in the construction, and the jobs required to support those workers, such as architects, engineer, and on-side food and sanitation providers. The indirect economic impact is the local, regional, and even national economic boost that results from the construction of the new bridge or the road maintenance. Part of

this spillover is the so-called “multiplier effect” – where the wages and salaries earned by those working on the bridge are spent on goods and services, which in turn generates additional spending by the providers of those goods and services, and so on. With all that said we have a good process in place to identify the key issues and projects to be addressed and I take those requests to Santa Fe for consideration by the legislative body and the Governor. I have good partners in my district for moving those requests forward. And over the years I have brought home millions of dollars in capital outlay and general fund projects and I have been successful in hundreds of new laws. Each legislator has by fiscal year the bills they carry and the bills chaptered with the Secretary of State. The 2015 session produced a small portion of success for House District 9, which is a microcosm for the state as a whole. We got no capital outlay funds, we got no general appropriations funds and we got no framework for investment toward our behavior health needs. Without question this was due to party politics. The two sides could simply not agree, first between the two chambers and then with the Governor’s office. As one legislator, I used the same approach I have used for the past 15 years; it has always worked in the past but not this year. I always tell the freshman legislators as the former caucus chair never “marry” a bill because the emotional roller coaster is not worth it. I also say to them know the members and their position on your issue and work to compromise with them to get your legislation through. I did just that and we lost what I consider to be the most important legislation needed for the Gallup/McKinley County area, House Bill 108, to the Governor’s veto pen. OPINIONS


SCHALLER PONDERS NEW GALLUP SPORTS COMPETITION Joe Schaller Guest Columnist

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he ‘athlon’ competitions feature multiple events rewarding a compilation of diverse achievement. Most of these are strictly measures of athletic ability such as the triathlon, heptathlon and decathlon. Others such as the biathlon and pentathlon have included finesse events like fencing, shooting and equestrian. The Grants Quadrathlon has achieved national status in over 30 years of existence with hundreds paying their $60 fee to bike, run, cross country ski and snowshoe 43 miles every February with the winner receiving a modest $1,000 prize. Awards are given for teams,

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age groups and gender. In fact almost all athletic competitions nowadays are gender exclusive with women’s awards separate from men’s. Senior contestants and awards are also common with age groups often staggered at five year intervals. What if an athlon competition was created which gave women and the middle aged a near equal standing as young men? Those of you who are fans of the TV series Survivor are aware of the diverse reward and immunity challenges which incorporate athleticism, finesse, coordination and brains. The women and middle-aged win the indiv idua l cha llenges almost as often as the young men. This kind of competition appeals to many would-be participants and spectators as well. In my research on American athlon-type events I have yet to find any which vary from traditional athleticism models into the types of creative and diverse events seen on Survivor. The ten event decathlon is likely the greatest measure of athletic achievement in the

world. The quadrathlon has different formats world-wide however I have yet to hear of any annual nine (enneathlon), eleven (hendecathlon) or twelve (dodecathlon) event competitions, so any community who used these for an annual event would essentially be a first. How would a place like Gallup construct a multiple event competition which featured our natural resources and kept the playing field somewhat level for all types of competitors? This could all be decided by a committee however here are some proposals. In a nine event enneathlon each contestant would have their choice of nine events from a selection of ten to twelve to participate in. The top nine finishers in each event would be awarded points on a sliding scale, points accumulating for a grand total. It would likely be a three day event starting Friday evening thru Sunday morning. Red Rock Park could be the location. A Pyramid Trail run,

mountain biking event and a climbing wall competition would fulfill the requirements for athleticism and from there the planners could get really creative. For purely brains I would include speed chess. A giant puzzle event like commonly seen on Survivor could be a wild card event changed every year so nobody can practice ahead of time. The majority of events would focus on finesse and coordination. An obstacle course set up properly can emphasize balance beams with agility, quickness and coordination skills rather than strength and speed. Here are more possible events: Horseshoes, table shuffleboard, cornhole, bocce ball, darts, basketball free throws, sudoku, jigsaw puzzle, firearm archery or slingshot target shooting, pulling your weight race, stacking blocks, frisbee accuracy throw, soccer dribble, stork stand, walking on hands, billiards, ping pong, breath-holding, fire building, juggling - the possibilities are numerous.

Each of the nine (or possibly eleven or twelve) events would have a local sponsor. Prize money should be substantial to draw serious competitors. A $9,000 cash purse rewarding the top nine finishers would be good for starters. Keeping the events fairly simple will reduce costs and volunteers. All these details would be worked out by the planning committee with format flexibility for future annual events. Gallup has shown success with our world famous balloon rally and mountain biking events utilizing our scenic high desert and mountain resources. Those events enhance our tourist economy. Economy enhances quality of life. We could very well become a pioneer of new age competitions. Here’s the sales pitch: It’s unique. It’s diverse. It’s inclusive. If you’re athletic, coordinated, dexterous and bright, if you think you have the total package, you might undertake the Gallup Giddy Up. It’s not just any athlon, it’s the Enneathlon.

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¡ASK A MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: Why do Mexican men have thicker hair than Caucasian men? Because I’ve seen more Mexican men with thicker hair and a lot more of it that Caucasian men. Why? Is it because it runs in the genes? (I am only asking about hair on the head not body hair). Frankie e a r G a b a c h o: I t ’s A LWAYS about t he genes for Mexicans, whether it’s our love of tortillas and tamales (indigenous ancestors), beer (Ger ma ns), or frizzy hair (the negritos in our family tree that no one ever acknowledges even though your brother was born with a Jheri curl that made Lionel Richie’s mane seem as florid as a high and tight). The same influence applies male-pattern baldness. Scientific consensus that Native Americans are the least-affected ethnic group on

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Earth when it comes to being pelones is so prevalent that you can find it repeated without citing any study in multiple medical dictionaries. The Mexican couldn’t find any study specifically focusing on Mexicans, but don’t forget that a bunch of us have sangre india in our veins. As for those of us who are getting calvos? As a sweatshirt that my mami once bought at the swap meet and used to wear before realizing what it meant, I don’t have a bald spot: it’s a solar panel for a sex machine! I’m from a Hispanic heritage, and long bloodline of Hispanics who came to this continent in the 1600s. H av i n g re s ea r che d my roots, I discovered that the Spaniards are of Germanic roots, and the migration to the Americas and interbreeding soon created the mestizo, with other bloodlines and heritages. The

“Ask the Mexican at themexican@ askamexican.net, be his fan on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @ gustavoarellano, or Instagram @ gustavo_arellano. generalization of terms used to describe a Hispanic were, for centuries, labeled as “white,” and to make my point clearer, there was no such race as brown. In all of the documents that our forefathers filled out, there were lists of the races, which included white, red, black,

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yellow, or red. There was never an option for brown. Then the question of nationality came: listed as Anglo, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, Mexican-American, African-American, Oriental, Pacific Islander, or other. This is where my soapbox becomes a podium. Mexicans are white. You hear on all the polls on TV that the whites voted this way, and the Hispanics voted that way! I cannot stand to hear that all the people in attendance at a particular school were 20 percent white, and 60 percent Hispanic! They are all the same people! Hispanics are white! There is the bigger issue that I touched base on earlier in this story: that point is that either Anglo, and Hispanics are in the same race. It’s their nationality that makes them two separate entities. Thank you for listening, and hopefully

some clarity will come of the misnomer that Hispanics are a separate race than the Anglo, when we were both white all along! Manito Manuel ear Wab: Repeat after me: Brown is beautiful. Brown is beautiful. Brown is beautiful. Brown is beautiful. Brown is beautiful. Brown is beautiful. Brown is beautiful. Brown is beautiful. Brown is beautiful. Brown is beautiful. Brown is beautiful. Brown is beautiful. Now, go repeat that to all your Hispano friends in New Mexico who insist their ancestors never got it on with a mestizo, and tell them que se vayan a la chingada with their claims of pure bloodlines—or, better yet, go hang with Hitler.

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GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF APRIL 24-30

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-June 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

What’s eating at you lately Aries? You may think you are the supreme multi-tasker of the universe, filing like the wind, typing as fast as a demon, and running off to buy your superiors iced mochas, but Madame G has some wisdom to impart. Your coworkers could perceive you as a sneaky snake in the grass trying to slither your way to a promotion that you’re not worthy of at this time. Slow down, and do one thing well, at a time.

Are you feeling light on your toes, like a ballerina? Take that as a sign from the stars that it’s time to lighten up! Let go of your iron grip on your highly structured “to do list” and have some fun crabby. Go on a nice walk in Ford Canyon park, just to loosen up. Still uptight? Close your eyes and smile, visualize yourself in a pink tutu, twirling endlessly. Use visualization until you have fully unwound.

Sha-la-la-la-la, I love ________. Yes, you fill in the blank you big ole’ love bug! You may feel otherwise these days as everyone around you seems engrossed in their lives. If you’re single, you want to go out carousing. If you’re hooked up, you want to snuggle with that special someone. Madame G suggests wearing bright colors to get their attention. Next, do the “hustle” dance, yeah, that will get everyone’s attention.

Stay away from the flames. It may be enticing to get involved with family or friendship drama. It would be wise to throw your hair back and walk away when confronted with tense “people” matters. Spend some quality time on horseback or tending to livestock. If in town, take your dog to the doggy park or hangout with your favorite feline. Show the people you love that you still care, but keep your distance from the fire.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) As the wise and dead Nietzsche says, “We have art in order not to die of the truth.” Angry Taurus loves to bathes in reality to the point of bitterness. To relax, you’ll watch Clint Eastwood’s “High Plains Drifter,” but it only makes you feel more uptight. Try reading a romance novel, yes guys, you too. Whip out that 50 shades of something or the other and get that loving feeling back in your heart.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) The stars are telling me that you are stressed to the max. Your home girls or boys want to go out and tear up the town this weekend, but you’re feeling like curling up in your onesie jammies with a good book and hot chocolate. Relax, you’re not getting old. For one weekend, your overloaded brain just needs some rest and not to be loaded with tequila and some barfly talking in your ear.

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Seriously Leo, give the lonely lion spiel a rest. Your friends are not avoiding you. They are sick with allergies; seriously, they can’t take roaming in the concrete jungle like you. And not everyone wants to go watch art-house, independent movies with you in Albuquerque. Try seeing a campy flick, like “Get Hard.” You will get more of your buds to hang out with you.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) The mall is your favorite hang out these days, but G here, warns you not to overextend yourself financially. You’re not sure why you have this sudden urge to shop until you drop, but I know why: boredom. Pull yourself out of the trenches of despair and realize that you’ll only wear those gaudy earrings one time. Find less guilt filled ways to seek pleasure, such as horseback riding, golfing or skydiving.

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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Scorpio, for once you’re not feeling like a social stinger these days, but everyone still wants a piece of charismatic you. You would rather throw back the easy chair, than dance all over the club. Relax, you haven’t lost your edge, it’s nothing that a good day at the spa can’t cure. So slap those cucumbers over your eyes and linger in the hot tub for awhile. You’ll be recharged and ready to boogie.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Sometimes it’s best not to respond to other people’s wacky behavior. You feel the need to tell it like it is, even when it’s not invited. Stop. Think. Then speak. Simple instructions for you this week. You will receive an unannounced visitor.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Madame G says the stars are lined up right for a good week. But, pay attention to the little things at work. By tending to the details, and taking a leadership role, you’re more likely to grab your boss’ or lover’s attention. But do this out of the goodness of your heart, not for your own selfish motives. A man with a tall cowboy hat and boots with spurs has an important message for you. He’s in Gallup.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Feeling like life has been presenting you one difficult situation after another? Welcome to real life Pisces. You have a tendency to think everything will be great once you reach the next hurdle. Well, life is all about hurdles. Get your sprinting shoes on and keep jumping like everyone else. On your next day off, visit a lake to connect with water and to soothe your fishy soul.

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COMMUNITY DABBLING IN PHYSICS: SACRED HEART GETS A HEAD START By Melinda Russell Sun Correspondent 

“We are studying simple machines” started Sr. Christi Ann Landolff, C.S.A. as she began to describe, enthusiastically, the new curriculum she is using for teaching physics starting in sixth grade at Sacred Heart Cathedral School. She goes on to explain that physics is the base science and math is the language. If you get physics, chemistry and biology come easier because you already know the language. The curriculum was developed largely by Dr. Anatoliy Glushchenko a physics professor at the University of Colorado. He was discouraged by the number of students dropping out of his classes and realized they were coming to college totally unprepared.   So, Glushchenko and his colleagues developed «See The Change USA,» which introduces physics in grade six, and builds upon those skills in grades 7 and 8. In 8th grade, Landolff says they are studying «waves, sound, magnetism and nuclear.» Computer programming is introduced in the seventh grade and chemistry is introduced in the eighth grade.   Landolff started using the curriculum in 2014.  She explained that the first year is an introduction of science. Students learn what physics is: basic motion, Newton’s laws, forces and matter. She displayed her lesson plans, a thick three ring notebook filled with everything she needs to present a cutting edge program including time guidelines for each exercise.  When asked why this teaching model is not being used more widely, Landolff said, «It’s new.  It’s been, the third or fourth year.  They started rewriting the curriculum last year.  I’m probably the most, definitely the most senior teacher they are working with, the most educated.  I am a physics teacher.» COMMUNITY

Sacred Heart students, from left: Yoli Nicholson, Di’Zhon Chase and Sr. Christi Ann Landolff, C.S.A. The two students qualified for the state science fair held in Socorro, NM, March 27-28.  Photo Credit: Melinda Russell Other teachers using this model are not physics teachers so the See the Change USA developers are teaching teachers before the teachers are able to teach the kids.    Her teaching experience includes high school science across the Un ited States, typically working in lower middle cla ss, multi-racia l neighborhoods where the students are likely to be the first generation to attend college. Her dedication, enthusiasm a nd sk ills were rewa rded in 2013-2014 when she was named Middle School Science Teacher of the year in New Mexico.  Landolff said that the first year they implemented this program their science scores soared.    The school uses the Iowa Test of Basic Skills. This test is helpful because the scores are cumulative over the life of the student.  Ever y year you ca n see the student’s progress in relation to the years before.   Eight Sacred Heart students advanced to the regional

science fair, and two of the students qualified to attend the state science fair in Socorro. Yoli Nicholson exhibited a project about music changing the rate of speed when running. She won an award from the American Psychological Society for her project. Di’Zhon Chase built a solar car and tested it on varied surfaces. According to Anna Biava, parent and alumnus at Sacred Heart Catholic School, See The Change USA is not the only great thing about the school.   The school was first established in 1912, the same year New Mexico became a state. And though has had some interruption in services it is strong and growing. Sacred Heart offers cheerleading, basketball and chess club. They also have a full music program including choir and band.   Encouraging older students

to mentor the younger students is an important part of the culture at Sacred Heart. Dylan Vargas, karate expert and student at Sacred Heart offers classes to his fellow classmates. Older students have mass buddies (preschool and kindergarteners) who help each other focus during services. Through National Junior Honor Society there is a tutoring program between the older and younger students as well.   “These programs create a real bond between the middle school and elementary kids,” Biava said.    T he student s a re a lso encouraged to participate in service projects. This year they collected over 400 pair of socks to give to the needy, gave 3 car loads of baby items to Hands of Hope Pregnancy Center, and raised hundreds of dollars for Catholic Charities.  

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MUSIC THROUGH THE GENERATIONS CONCERT ASSOCIATION SHOWCASES THE BEST OF GALLUP

Melinda Russell Sun Correspondent

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i n c e 19 4 4 , G a l lu p Community Concer t Association has been providing world class entertainment to the Gallup Community. GCCA has provided a diverse plate that will suit the palette of any music lover: brass ensembles, opera trios, piano concertos and the favorite of association director, Antoinette Neff, Riders In The Sky. The association was formed in 1944 at a time when morale was low. People were concerned about World War I. In celebration of the Early Bird Specials May 3-May 12 Family $90.00 Adult $ 40.00 Student $15.00 2015-2016 Concert Line UP October 22, 2015 David Osborne Trio (Known as the Pianist of the Presidents) November 20, 2015 Bella Hristova: Internationally acclaimed violinist Fe b r u a r y 2 8 , 2 016 Southwest Chamber Winds: oboe, clarinet and bassoon trio M ay 10, 2016 Buckets a nd B oa r d s: come dy, t a p d a nci ng, i nvent ive instrumentation

50th anniversary of the concert association, Octavia Fellin wrote (in 1995) about that era: “Yet, the spirit of music, art and literature nurtured the spirits … which were sometimes weary.” This is the 70th anniversary o f the concert association. They kicked off the season with local trumpeter, Julian Iralu, who opened for Alliance Brass. Iralu was inspired to become a musician after attending a concert by Chris O’Hara and Synergy Brass presented by Gallup Community Concert Association when she was only 5 years old. At 9, she began playing the trumpet, and as the saying goes, nobody can stop her now. She has been accepted into the studio of David Hickman at Arizona State University. Hickman is considered one of the world’s leading trumpet virtuosos. Antoinette Neff, four year owner of Nizhoni Music Therapy, was a music teacher in the Gallup McKinley County School District for 15 years and has been the director of GCCA for the past five years. With degrees in music education and music therapy, she understands the importance of music in society and in schools. Neff says there’s evidence based research that shows the benefits of music in brain mapping. Neff’s story behind her musical career is similar to that of

Iralu. She attended community concerts with her granny in Southern California. “I cherished those times when my grandmother would take me,” she said. “Just she and I would go.” She remembers seeing Chinese acrobats, pianists and clarinetists. Because of one of those concerts, she fell in love with the clarinet. At 8, she began playing clarinet and now plays almost every instrument at a functional level. The association contracts with Allied Concert Services out of Minnesota to bring the best talent possible to the Gallup area. Paul and Joyce Graves, volunteers with GCCA since the early 1980s, remember helping with concerts at different venues: El Morro Theatre, JFK Middle School, Red Rock State Park and now at Gallup High School in the Ken Holloway Auditorium. Responding to a question about why music is important, Paul replied, “Music is the universal language. Without music in the classroom, we’re in trouble.” One of the missions of the association is that of community outreach to students. When possible, students are bused to concerts in an effort to introduce them to different kinds of music. Neff says, “Students learn proper concert etiquette.”

Trumpeter, Julian Iralu plans to attend Arizona State University to work on a degree in music and possibly play with a group that travels to Gallup. Photo Credit: Courtesy They are quiet and respectful during classical concerts, but get very excited and participate with pop and jazz concerts. She explained that performers feel like rock stars when the children are enthusiastic during their performances. As with all non-profit organizations, GCCA depends upon the public for support. They have a board, patrons, advertisers and members who make the concerts possible. You can contribute by buying a membership which allows you access to the 2015-2016 concert season. Memberships are $100 per family, $45 per adult and $20 per student. But with the membership drive, you not only get a special rate, you also get a free concert.

The last concert of the season (free to the public) will be on Sunday, May 3 at 3pm in the Ken Holloway Auditorium at Gallup High School. This concert will feature the local group Red Rock Strings. Red Rock Strings is in its 11th season and is directed by Bill Krzynowski and conducted by Sam Pemberton. Classical guitarist, Michael Chapdelaine, who is the only guitarist to win national champion acclaim in both classical and fingerstyle genres, will also be featured in this concert. If you are interested in helping the Gallup Community Concert Association or would like more information you can reach them on Facebook or call Neff at (505) 862-3939 or Joyce Graves at (505) 863-3075.

PETS OF THE WEEK HOUND SISTERS 6024 Julius and 6025 Anased are two female hound puppies, very cute and playful about 10 weeks old. It’s puppy season, so be sure to stop by and meet a new or even an old friend!

These puppies are ready to go home!

MELLOW CASH Cash is a male orange tabby that looks rough a bit roughed up, but he is is sweet as pie, about 5 years old. No. 6004. Come greet all our fine felines in search of a furever home!

Cash will steal your heart.

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SPORTS 360 ‘CELEBRATE THE INTENSITY’

Photos and story by Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent

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love sports! I especially like the high school variety, though I have no aversions to T-Ball, TDFL or GYBL games. I have discovered over the years that this interest is not always about t he qu a l it y of play, but rather about the intensity these players

utilize on the field, court, or pitch. I know the same intensity is also with them as they build LEGOS, play computer games, or when they study, but those are more private moments, whereas sports is open for everyone to see. The looks on their faces as they strive to do their best is one that never gets old and has been ageless for centuries. Their particular expression, usually a grimace, seems to light up their face. Even if they are cool enough not to make these gestures with their mouths, the eyes

SPORTS SCOREBOARD APRIL 16, 2015 MHS Baseball 1, Piedra Vista 6 RCHS Softball 19, NACA 3 WHS Softball 9, Zuni 28 WHS Softball 18, Zuni 25

APRIL 17, 2015 WHS Softball 19, Tohatchi 3 WHS Softball 17, Tohatchi 6

APRIL 18, 2015 GHS Baseball 0, Farminton 16 MHS Softball 16, Farmington 5 MHS Softball 18, Farmington 8 ANGELO DIPAOLO INVITE BOYS – MHS 144, Grants 80, Zuni 68, Laguna-Acoma 37, Magdalena 23 Pine Hill 19, Thoreau 17, GHS 14, RCHS 10, Crownpoint 9, TseTiGai 8, Alamo Navajo 4. GIRLS – Grants 94, Ramah 79, MHS 73, GHS 49, RCHS 45, Zuni 34, Crownpoint 19, Laguna Acoma 19, Magdalena 13, WHS 6, Thoreau 1.

APRIL 21, 2015 MHS Baseball 8, Gallup 3 Scores in this column are for Gallup, Miyamura, Rehoboth and Wingate High schools, the area high schools covered at this time. These four schools are color-coded for easier reference while schools outside of our coverage area are always in black. The Gallup Sun encourages coaches in all sports at these schools to submit their scores weekly, no later than Wednesday. Call 505-236-9029 or e-mail info to: gallupsports@msn.com

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can tell the story. There is a ray of hope in them at the starting line, a final desperate effort at the finish, that cannot be denied. The accompanying pictures to this article were all taken at the Inaugural Angelo DiPaolo Invitational Track and Field Meet, held April 18, at Public School Stadium. They are not full representations of the schools involved, but are a sample of different athletes trying their best. What the next few years holds for any of them is a large unknown. That doesn’t really matter, for who among us can foretell the future. I have very little kinship with any of these athletes;

what little there is stems more from the fact that I’ve seen their mothers, fathers, uncles, aunts, grandfathers and grandmothers participate in some of these same events, in a different time and place. It may be deja vu, but it is different at the same time. It is more a sense of the circle of life that surrounds us all. Some of these young people will go on to compete at the college level, though there is a world of difference between Division 1 schools and the NAIA. It doesn’t really matter; it is the joy they experience from their endeavors, not the esteem of the school they work for in their own way. Many, and probably most of these athletes will accept this level of talent and never attempt the next level, for a

variety of reasons. Pick the one you prefer: marriage, babies, work, a lack of academics or the lack of wanting to continue. The story gets much sadder when you throw in the number of these kids, regardless of what they try upon completion of high school, that will not see their thirtieth birthday without severe injuries or succumbing to the call of sudden, unexpected death. But for t o d a y, t h e i r intensit y is still alive and should be acknowledged and recognized. Celebrate their efforts, their desires, and their dedication. Time is forever running out of everyone’s hour glass.

THIS WEEK IN SPORTS APRIL 25, 2015 GHS Baseball @ Aztec, 11 GHS Softball @ Aztec, 11 GHS T & F @ Aztec, MHS Baseball vs. Farmington, 11 MHS Softball @ Kirtland, 11 MHS T & F @ Bloomfield. 8:30 RCHS T & F @ Hope Christian, 8 WHS Baseball vs. Tohajilee, 11/1 WHS T & F vs. Wingate Shash Invite, 9

APRIL 27, 2015 MHS Golf @ San Juan CC, 9 RCHS Boys Tennis @ Grants, 3 RCHS Girls Tennis vs Grants, 3

APRIL 28, 2015 GHS Softball @ Bloomfield, 4 GHS T & F @ Bloomfield, MHS Baseball @ Piedra Vista, 4 RCHS Softball @ Newcomb, 3 WHS Softball @ Navajo Prep, 3/5

APRIL 29, 2015 RCHS Softball @ Shiprock NW, 3

APRIL 30, 2015 GHS Baseball @ Farmington, 4 WHS Baseball vs. Shiprock, 3/5 WHS Softball vs. Shiprock, 3/5

MAY 1, 2015 M HS Ten n i s @ Fa r m i ng t on (District) RCHS T & F @ District (Aztec)

MAY 2, 2015 GHS Baseball @ Miyamura, 11 GHS JV Softball vs Miyamura JV, 11/1 MHS Baseball vs Gallup, 11 MHS Softball @ Piedra Vista, 11/1 MHS Tennis @ Farmington (District) MHS T & F @ Aztec, 8:30 RCHS Softball vs. Thoreau, 10/ Noon RCHS District Tennis WHS T & F @ Santa Fe Indian, 8 Schedules are only for one week at a time. Times and locations may change for a variety of reasons. Please conta ct your sch ool to confir m th e dates and times. ONLY the four schools from our coverage area appear in this schedule: Gallup, Miyamura, Rehoboth Christian, and Wingate, and these are color-coded for easier reference. The summer league games will also be included by age groupings.

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ANGELO DIPAOLO MEMORIAL TRACK MEET

The Angelo DiPaolo Memorial Track Meet, held April 18, celebrated the life of long time educator and coach Angelo DiPaolo who passed away in recent months.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR APRIL 24-30, 2015 FRIDAY, APRIL 24 POPCORN THEOLOGY AT CHURCH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT Come enjoy a free movie, sodas, popcorn, and conversation as we explore the gospel message in contemporary movies at 7 pm. This month’s film is “The Fault In Our Stars.” The Church of the Holy Spirit is located at 1334 Country Club Drive, Gallup, just one block west of Red Rock Elementary School. For information, call (505) 863 -4695.

SATURDAY, APRIL 25 CELEBRATE DIA DE LOS CLASSIFIEDS

NIÑOS WITH EXPLORA! 1pm to 3 pm: Explora! Museum and the Children’s Library Branch will celebrate Dia de los Ninos/Dia de los Libros with science experiments and building projects for the whole family. Come see what the Maker’s Club has been up to, try your hand at putting a circuit together, help build a Lego Tower, and much more! We’ll even have free books to give away!

WAGING PEACE Re-scheduled forum with Sr. Joan Brown, Exec. Dir. NM Interfaith Power & Light

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“Environmental Justice as Peacemaking” at 2 pm. Westminster Presbyterian Church. For more information call: (505) 905-3247

SUNDAY, APRIL 26 PFLAG (Family and Friends of GLBTQI folk) will hold a potluck picnic at 5 pm on the fourth Sunday each month in Viro Circle Park, one block south of Aztec and S. Clark, through September, with the next picnic on April 26. “From the Foundation of the World” at 10:30 am, with guest speaker. Westminster Presbyterian Church. For more information (505) 905-3247

HIGH DESERT TEA 3:30-5:30 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Fundraiser for the “Prezzzbeez” Relay For Life Team. Join us for an afternoon of Teas, Sandwiches, Dessert, Live Music! Tickets $10   For more information and tickets call: (505) 870-3608 / (505) 722-9257

MONDAY, APRIL 27

The City of Gallup’s Sustainable Gallup Board meets on first Monday each month from 3 to 5 pm in the Mayor’s Conference Room at City Hall. Community members concerned about

conservation, energy, water, recycling & other environmental issues are welcome. Call Bill Bright at (505) 722-0039 for information.

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