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NEWS Veterans honored with ‘Quilts of Valor’


By Melinda Russell Sun Correspondent


uilts of Valor, a national foundation, mission is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. Here in Gallup, there are several groups who strive to satisfy that mission. With long hours of designing, cutting and sewing, these dedicated women create magnificent quilts that are nothing short of art. But the outer beauty of the project is only the tip of its importance. The Gallup McKinley County Quilters have been making quilts together since 1985. They first met in a house in Allison and have moved several times until

Jane Ashley, who served 30 years in the US Army, was reminded of the depth of appreciation she has from fellow Americans when she received a Quilt of Valor.

quilts and sent onto Walter Reed Medical Center where they were distributed to wounded veterans. However, they decided to start taking care of the local community and now complete the quilts and distribute them locally. Susan Ackerman is a member of the Gallup Service Mart Quilt Club and is a registered member of the Quilts of Valor national organization. Her group is planning to give 10 quilts at the ceremony on UNM’s North Campus in June. “We put on quite a show last year,” Ackerman said. “It is very


Ron Kramber, who served four years in the US Air Force is proud to be the recipient of this beautiful Quilt of Valor. Photo Credit: Melinda Russell

finally acquiring a room at the Larry Brian Mitchell Recreation Center, compliments of the City of Gallup. These ladies made more than 30 quilts for veterans this year. Eleanor Moller is a member of the Gallup McKinley County Quilters, and the collaborative effort helps the group reach its lofty goals of providing veterans a quilt. “We help each other,” she said. “There is a $10 annual membership that buys coffee, paper goods and NEWS

some fabric.” She would like to see more people show up to help make the quilts and says the experienced quilters are happy to help newcomers learn. This group meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am until “we can’t see anymore,” she quipped. Moller shared some history about the group. “We started making blocks and sending them to Santa Fe,” she said. The blocks were assembled into

Laura Jijon holds a quilt during the 2014 Quilts of Valor ceremony.

Jane Ashley retired as a Major in the US Army after about 30 years of service. Ashley was introduced to the group at the recreation center by an art teacher. She visited with the quilters and noticed that one of them jotted down her name. About a month later, she was home alone when the ladies came to present her with a quilt of her own. She said the experience was “very emotional.” “Every stitch, every thought is genuine love,” she said. Ashley explained that when “you’re in uniform people thank you” and when she served her country, like many veterans, she viewed it as her job, her career. But how others see her career, such as with the gift of a quilt, tugged at her heart. “It is so nice of the ladies to make them,” she said. “It’s an honor, the kind of love that envelopes you because people really care.” Ashley will be visiting her daughter, US Army Sgt. Shandiin Ahsley-DeFrancisco, in Korea this summer. Her son, Jacob, is in the Jr. ROTC program at Gallup High School and has expressed interest in joining the military upon his graduation. Tom Hartsock, Gallup Sun’s photographer, is honored to be the recipient of one of the quilts. “I felt very honored, very privileged to have earned it through my service in the military,” he said. Hartsock served almost 4 years in the army, 2 ½ years in Vietnam. When asked how he felt coming home, Hartsock replied, “Terrible. I was a late comer to the PTSD movement. It affected everything I did once I got out.” He added The Quilts of Valor are a “very visible form of thanks for the guys that served in Vietnam. It’s nice to know that somebody appreciates our service.” Wyatt Steiger, academic advisor for UNM-G, received his Quilt of Valor in the summer of 2014. “It was a great honor. I got to receive my quilt alongside Hershey Miyamura, a Medal of Honor recipient,” he said. Steiger served nearly 24 years in the US Navy and was involved with many humanitarian missions as well as in the Persian Gulf during the Gulf War. He is the faculty advisor for the Student Veteran’s Association at UNM Gallup and is involved with Veterans Helping Veterans. “They have changed my life,” Steiger said, referring to Veterans Helping Veterans. “It is the best group ever.”

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QUILTS OF VALOR | FROM PAGE 3 heart-warming to be able to give back to the veterans.” L a u r a J ijon , pr og r a m manager for the UNM North Campus, says their campus has become very involved with Quilts of Valor. Last year, they hosted an event where veterans were honored by receiving quilts in a community ceremony. Over 200 people attended including Medal of Honor recipient Hershey Miyamura, To h a t c h i C o l o r G u a r d , M ayor Ja ck ie McK i n ney, John Mata jcich, owner of Ga llup Ser v ice Ma r t a nd UNM Executive Director, Dr. Christopher Dyer. Each quilt was presented by a quilter. The university provided a meal while students of the Community

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Medal of Honor recipient Hershey Miyamura (white polo shirt) holds his Quilt of Valor, alongside other veteran recipients, during the 2014 Quilts of Valor ceremony. Photo Credit: Courtesy

Based Education and Workforce Development Division’s, North Campus, decorated and helped with serving food. “There were a lot of tears,” she said. “We incorporate the families in this, acknowledging

there is pain included whenever war is involved.” The next Quilts of Valor ceremony at the North Campus will be held June 26 from 4pm - 8pm. The community is invited.


Memorial Day observances begin at 10 am on May 25 at the veterans plots at Hillcrest Cemetery. The Memorial Day Parade will begin at 11 am from the cemetery down Aztec Avenue, continuing to Courthouse Square and the Veterans Memorial. There will be ceremonies at Courthouse Square beginning at 11:30 am. The public is invited to participate in all events.

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Jua n Casuse Jr, 52, Crownpoint, NM Casuse was arrested May 16 on his fifth d r iv i ng wh i le intoxicated after McKinley County Sheriff’s Office ( MC SO) were called to the area of Highway 491 and Chino Loop in regards to a vehicle crash. He was also charged with lack of proof of insurance, vehicles approaching or entering intersection and was booked on an outstanding warrant for his fourth DWI offense. Gary Lee, 39, Gallup, NM M C S O Deputy Arnold Noriega stopped a vehicle for speeding and ended up taking Lee to jail May 17 for Aggravated DWI, speed regulation, fail to yield to emergency vehicle (due to him not pulling over right away for the deputy.) On the breathalyzer, Lee blew a .18, over twice the legal limit. Gene Jordan, 24, Gallup, NM M C S O Deputy Johnson Lee observed a pewter colored t r uck d r iv i ng south bound on Highway 602 that was having difficulty maintaining his lane of traffic. Jordan was found behind the wheel displaying obvious signs of intoxication, including an open container of alcohol inside the truck. Jordan’s

breath results were a .27, .26. Jordan was booked May 17 for aggravated DWI, roadways laned for traffic and the open container charge. Regina Bee, 34, Window Rock, Ariz. Bee was arrested May 17 after she was called into Metro Dispatch as possibly being involved in an accident. Deputy Nocona Clark immediately noticed the smell of alcohol coming from the vehicle Bee was driving. Bee blew a .17, .16 on a breathalyzer and was booked into the jail for aggravated DWI, open container and lack of proof of insurance. Elvina Tracy, 38, Pinion, Ariz. Gallup Police Department O f f i c e r s Timothy Hughte was called to Shaffer’s Tire on Maloney May 12 to check on a vehicle that was reported to be full of intoxicated people. Hughte located the vehicle quickly and parked behind it, but when he exited his unit the vehicle took off, driving off the curb and driving erratically east bound on Maloney Avenue. Hughte got the vehicle stopped and the driver, Tracy, was displaying signs of being intoxicated. After an admission and not passing the standard field sobriety tests, Tracy was arrested and charged with her second DWI, this one aggravated, not having a valid driver’s license or insurance, turning movements and required signals.

DRUNK WOMAN ABANDONS 8 YEAR OLD By Kimberly A. Gaona Sun Correspondent Valcita Begay, 34, of Gallup, was arrested May 15 after Gallup Police Department officers were called to the apartments on Elm Circle to do a welfare check on a small female child. According to the police report, filed by Officer Jessie Diaz, when they first arrived at the apartment, he saw a male carrying out a the child. T

The man, Robby Emerson, 29 of Church Rock, told Diaz that he was the girl’s uncle and that she had called him because she was scared of her mother. Emerson’s sister arrived and gained access into the apartment that Begay was refusing to let the officer’s in. Emerson and the child, reportedly told Diaz that she (the child) had been thrown down by Begay


ABANDONS | FROM PAGE 4 and that she was yelling at her prior to their arrival. Begay, according to Diaz, was “highly intoxicated” to the point that she was not even sure where her 8-year-old daughter was, telling officers that she was with her upstairs neighbor. Begay was arrested for child abandonment and for an outstanding warrant. According to the supplemental report, filed by Officer Charles Steele, Emerson was also taken into custody due to an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Statewide Central Intake was called and other family members arrived at the apartment. Officers released the child to the custody of Leander Yazzie, 30, of Gallup. “On a previous incident, which I handled involving Valcita for being intoxicated with [her child], I released [the child] to go with Leander. Same decision was made tonight,” Steele said in his report.

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WEEKLY CRIME BLOTTER By Kimberly A. Gaona Gallup Police Department wants their citizens to wear their seat belts and watch out for scams. The Click It or Ticket National Mobilization period has begun and officers a re work ing ha rd to check that all those traveling in vehicles are wearing their seat belts. “Everybody wear your seat belts, everyone in the vehicle, even passengers have to wear their seat belts,” Capt. Rick White, spokesperson, said. “Seat belts save lives, all passengers in the vehicle have got to be buckled up or they will also get tickets.” There is also another scam going a round Ga llup a nd McKinley County. According to White, citizens have been receiving phone calls from callers that tell them their city utilities are past due, and they will be disconnected without an immediate over the phone payment. “The City does not call people [on their bill], they either tag their house with an urgent notice or send a letter, they do not call people,” White said. If citizens receive a phone call requesting money from any company, they should explain that they will call back to the business using the phone number off of their account bill or statement. If you find that the received phone call was fraudulent, contact law enforcement and/ or the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office.

TWIN BUTTES McKinley County S h e r i f f ’s O f f ic e ( MC S O) Deput ie s r e s ponde d t o a party May 16 on Twin Buttes Road. Deputy Nocona Clark, a ccor d i n g t o her r epor t , went a rou nd to check the vehicles. “I checked the vehicles to prevent any intoxicated drivers, driving away from the party,” Clark sa id in her report. Clark found Brett Lewis, 19, of Gallup, N.M. was “passed out” inside one of those vehicles. Upon waking him, Deputy Clark found herself being yelled at, being swung at and being struck in the leg by a closed fist. Lewis was taken into custody and booked on battery upon a peace officer and an outstanding warrant out of State Police.

THOREAU James Yazzie Jr., 18, of Prewitt, N.M. was arrested M ay 6 by MC S O D e put y Monty Yazzie on five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. According to the report, James Yazzie followed 19 year old Cody Je f f r ie s i n t o a g a s s t a tion pa rking lot where he attempted to star t a fight. Jeffries told deputies that he got back to his vehicle and tried to drive away, taking several turns and even turning his vehicle around. James Yazzie continued to follow Jeffries and eventually pulled his truck in front of Jeffries vehicle. Jeffries tried to slow down, but ended up sliding into the vehicle. Passengers in both vehicles confirmed the stor y. A pa ssenger in James Yazzie vehicle even t old de put ie s t h a t whe n Jeffries car attempted to go around James Yazzie’s truck that he backed into Jeffries vehicle.

NORTH SIDE GALLUP Five adults were arrested for drinking in public. Carl Alonzo, 28, of Tohatchi, N.M. and Harrington Alonzo, 30, of Pinehill, N.M. were found drinking on the north side of Rio West Mall May 16. Luther Per r y, 39, of Crow npoint, N.M ., Joh n Ji m , 4 2 , a nd Fer na ndo Eva ns, 43 both of Churchrock, N.M. were arrested after being observed by plain clothed Gallup Police Department officers in the Golden Age Park, across the street from the Senior Center and Boys and Girls Club, May 16

EAST SIDE GALLUP Larry Joe, 47, of Window Rock, Ariz., Edward Perales, 5 3, of Ga l lup, N.M . a nd Joh natha n A r thu r, 37, of Window Rock, Ariz. Were all arrested after they were seen drinking in a doorway at Zecca Plaza.

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No crystal ball for NM revenue projections By Joey Peters NM Political Report


he amount of money expected to come into New Mexico’s coffers this year looks better than previous estimates, but with several caveats. At the beginning of the year, dipping oil and gas prices put the state’s projected surplus lower than previously expected levels. But now, new projections show $136 million more coming to New Mexico in revenue through the end of the year, a 2.2 percent increase compared to similar forecasts in February. In total, revenue projections for New Mexico add up to $6.25 billion. Yet while the projections look good and news headlines gush over this seemingly sudden and unexpected “money under the mattress,” state Legislative Finance Committee Chief Economist Peter van Moorsel made sure to present his report with an important stipulation. At a hearing in the state Capitol last week, van Moorsel told committee members that many of the revenue sources in the report were “volatile” and could change.

“What comfort level do you have that we can sustain this increase?” asked state Rep. Luciano “Lucky” Varela, D-Santa Fe, during the hearing. It’s a question that goes back to the heart of the common misunderstanding with the practice of predicting money that isn’t there yet. “Most forecasts are just that,” said Suzan Reagan, a senior program manager at the University of New Mexico’s Bu reau of Bu si ne s s a nd Economic Research. “They are projections.” While revenue forecasts are often useful for businesses that want to know what to look for when they’re starting up or governments that need guidance when writing budgets, they’re not at all helpful for predicting

money that’s currently in the bank. “It’s very dicey at best to come up with a forecast that’s within a hundred dollars” of the actual revenues when they finally come along, according to Reagan. “They’re not set in stone,” Reaga n told Ne w Me xico Political Report in a recent inter v iew. “They’re based on a set of assumptions, and assumptions can change.”

BIGGEST INCREASE IN CASH FROM THE MOST UNPREDICTABLE SOURCE One of the most volatile revenue sources happens to be in an area where the

LFC projects the biggest revenue increase from its earlier projections this year— corporate income taxes. For the entire calendar year of 2015, LFC now projects corporate tax revenues to come in at $268 million, nearly $38 million higher than earlier predictions from this year. But revenue projections for corporate taxes are shaky for many reasons. For one, they rely on corporate tax payments com ing in consistently every quarter. Yet in reality, corporations sometimes file quarterly taxes early. Other times, they can file taxes late. T hese u npred ict able payment periods can throw off projections for when that money is expected land in state coffers. Other unstable aspects of corporate revenue add to the predicament. One big reason is that projections are essentially guessing how much money a business is going to make at a certain time. That essentially amounts to predicting how well businesses will perform—a tough task to say the least. “Let’s say a company starts laying people off,” Reagan says. “Then you’re going to have less taxes.” In more favorable periods, businesses shore up plans to

expand capital and hire more employees. But at the end of the day, New Mex ico i sn’t ex a ct ly a b a s t io n of t he pr i v a t e sector. “Quite frankly, we don’t have a lot of industry in this state,” said state Sen. John Arthur Smith, D-Deming, chair of the Legislative Finance Committee. “We don’t have many corporations.” That means that the share of corporate tax in New Mexico is spread relatively thin. Though Smith said it’s “great” to see the revenue uptick in his committee’s projections, he told Ne w Mexico Political Report that he’s not sold that the numbers indicate strong long-ter m gains. “I’d like to see a sustained reporting period rather than a bounce in the road,” he said. S p e c i f i c a l l y, S m i t h sa id he isn’t sure that the revenue nu mber s com i ng i n f r o m t h e s t a t e ’s o i l reser ves are ref lecting the overa l l decl i ne i n oi l a nd gas production following the drop in prices. “We’ve got a n up side in income but a potential


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ANTA FE – New Mexico Attor ney Genera l Hector Balderas joined with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, all 50 States and the District of Columbia in a complaint charging four sham cancer charities and their operators with bilking more than $187 million from consumers. The defendants told donors their money would help cancer patients, including children and also women suffering from breast cancer, but the overwhelming majority of donations benefitted only the perpetrators, their families, friends, and fundraisers. “Our office works diligently to protect New Mexicans from scammers and fraudsters, but this case is repulsive. We must support legitimate charities and stamp out fraudulent behavior,” Attorney General Balderas said. “We must ensure that donations go to those in need and attack scammers that misuse funds on luxury items.”

PROJECTIONS | FROM PAGE 6 downside in oil patch country,” Smith said. “I don’t mean to sound overly negative, I’m just cautious.”

CORPORATE TAX PROJECTIONS QUESTIONED To Gerry Bradley, a senior researcher and policy analyst with New Mexico Voices for Children, all of these variables in corporate tax revenue lead to “notoriously” unreliable projections. Bradley is par ticularly critical of the lingering effects of a corporate tax cut deal passed at the end of the 2013 state legislative session. That deal, par t of a larger tax package, dropped the state’s corporate income tax rate from 7.6 percent to 5.9 percent over five years. B r a d le y r e c e n t l y pu t together a chart mapping out six different corporate income tax projections beginning in 2012, one year before the tax NEWS

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Named in the federal court complaint a re defenda nts Cancer Fund of America (CFA), Cancer Support Services (CSS), The Children’s Cancer Fund of America (CCFOA) and The Breast Cancer Society (BCS) as well as individuals James Reynolds, Sr., James Reynolds, II., Rose Perkins (ex-wife of Reynolds, Sr.) and Kyle Effler. The Children’s Cancer Fund of America and the Breast Cancer Society as well as their associated individuals,

James Reynolds, II., and Rose Perkins have agreed to settle the charges against them. Kyle Effler also agreed to settlement. Under the proposed settlement orders, the individuals will be banned from fundraising, cha r ity ma nagement, a nd oversight of charitable assets, and the corporations they led will be dissolved. Litigation will continue against Cancer Fund of A merica, Cancer Support Services and James Reynolds, Sr. According to the complaint, the defendants used telema rketing ca lls, direct mail, websites, and materials distributed by the Combined Federal Campaign, which ra ises money from federal employees for nonprofit organizations, to portray t hem selves a s leg it i mate charities with substantial programs that provided direct support to cancer patients in the United States, such as providing patients with pain medication, transportation to chemotherapy, and hospice care. In fact, the complaint

alleges that these claims were deceptive and that the charities “operated as personal fiefdoms characterized by rampant nepotism, flagrant conflicts of interest, and excessive insider compensation, with none of the financial and governance controls that any bona fide charity would have adopted.” A lso accord i ng to t he complaint, the defendants used the organizations for lucrative e m p l o y m e n t fo r f a m i l y members and friends, and spent consumer donations on cars, trips, luxury cruises, college tuition, gym memberships, jet ski outings, sporting event and concert tickets, and dating site memberships. They hired professional fundraisers who often received 85 percent or more of every donation. T he compla i nt a l leges t h a t , t o h ide t hei r h ig h administrative and fundraising costs from donors and regulators, the defendants falsely inflated their revenues by reporting in publicly filed fina ncia l documents over $223 million in donated “gifts

in kind” which they claimed to distribute to international recipient s. I n fact , t he defendants were merely passthrough agents for such goods. By reporting the inflated “gift in kind” donations, defendants created the illusion that they were larger and more efficient with donors’ dollars than they actually were. Thirty-six states alleged that the defendants filed false and misleading financial statements with state charities regulators. In addition, the FTC and 36 states cha rged Ca ncer Fund of America, Children’s Cancer Fund of America and The Breast Cancer Society with providing professional fundraisers with deceptive fundraising materials. The FTC and the states further charged the same defendants w it h v iolat i ng t he F TC’s Telema rketing Sa les Rule (TSR), CFA, CCFOA and BCS with assisting and facilitating in TSR violations, and Cancer Suppor t Ser v ices w ith making deceptive charitable solicitations.

cut deal passed, and ending in December 2014. Basing his numbers off of revenue projections from the LFC, the state Taxation and Revenue Department and the state Department of Finance and Administration, Bradley found the share of corporate t a x r evenue pr oje c t ion s dropping more than 60 percent in that two-year period. In December 2012, for e x a m ple , c or p or a t e t a x revenue was expected to jump $260 million through fiscal year 2017. But by December 2014, corporate tax revenue for a similar five-year period was projected to increase just $163 million comparatively. Bradley told New Mexico Political Report that over the years, corporate income tax revenue projections have been uniformly dipping. “Every time they’d come up with a set of estimates, they’d go down,” he said. “I’m worried about the trend, that the overall trend is down.” V i s i t : w w w . nmpoliticalreport.com Gallup Sun • Friday May 22, 2015


The hidden treasures of Navajo land Story and Photos by Marley Shebala Sun Correspondent


HURCH ROCK – The month of May is when the U.S. including the Navajo Nation, celebrates travel and tourism. The tr iba l Div ision of Economic Development Tourism Department held a Navajo Nation Tourism Appreciation Week from May 4-8. The tourism appreciation week was kicked off with a “Hiking the Trail” event at the Red Rock State Park, which is about 19 miles east of Gallup, on May 8. The trail was actually two hikes that both started at the Red Rock State Park in the morning. The first one, which was estimated to be about three hours, ascended to a red sandstone monolith called Church Rock. The second hike, which was about two-hours, went up to the top of Pyramid Peak. G er i Bi net t neeK i rk, a s e n io r t ou r i s m s p e c i a l ist with the tribal Division of Economic Development Tourism Department, said that the tourism appreciation week was also to promote all the scenic areas of the Navajo Reservation, which is about 27,000 square miles.

TOURISM AND SMALL BUSINESSES But since the reservation is so large, the tourism department decided to do this little kick off celebration, which included a tribal presidential proclamation that also thanked the visitors for spending their dollars on Navajo land, especially at the small businesses owned by Nava jo people, BinettneeKirk explained. Alvin Thompson, a volunteer for the tribal tourism department and City of Gallup, co-owns Thompson Station and Market with his older brother, Ivan Thompson. The station and market is a small Navajo business that is located at Church Rock. Thompson said his family is always involved with whatever the Navajo Nation hosts at the Red Rock State Park. The Thompson family also promotes small businesses


and tourism, which includes cultural awareness and preservation, he added. BinettneeKirk said that Navajo tourism businesses include scenic tours, jewelry making and a host of other goods and services. “We’re trying to promote everyone,” she said. And she said since the appreciation week kickoff event is the first one, it will definitely get bigger. The weather, which was cool and sunny with huge billowy white clouds in a deep blue sky, was perfect for the two hikes but there were only about 10 hikers. Thompson started talking about the “hidden treasures” of the Church Rock area but

which is about two miles east of Church Rock. He pointed to the north and said that there’s a cave back there that’s called Kit Carson’s cave but the road was blocked off to the public. According to The Bosque Redondo Memorial, about 10,500 Navajos of all ages were forced march by the U.S. Calvary more than 400 miles through dangerous river crossing and other hazardous situations from their homeland to southern New Mexico between the summer of 1863 and the winter of 1866. About 9,000 died before reaching Bosque Redondo. Gen. Carlton recruited Col. Kit Carson to help him starve the Navajo people in submis-

Alvin Thompson, a volunteer for Navajo Nation Tourism Department and City of Gallup, and Geri BinettneeKirk, tribal tourism specialist, agreed that tourism promotes small businesses and cultural awareness during the Navajo Nation Tourism Appreciation Week ‘Hiking the Trail’ at the Red Rock State Park May 4.

by the Navajos ‘The Fearing Times.’”


Participants in the Navajo Nation Tourism Appreciation Week ‘Hiking the Trail’ celebration begin hiking the four-hour trail up to the red sandstone monolith, Church Rock, from Red Rock State Park May 4.

then he stopped to thank the team of tourism “friends,” which included the tribal tourism department, the Red Rock State Park, Gallup Mayor Jackie McKinney and the tribal Special Diabetes Program for sponsoring the hikes and providing fruit, water, sandwiches and tee shirts.

sion by “killing Navajos, burning crops and orchards, killing livestock, destroying villages, a nd conta minating water sources. This ‘scorched earth’ campaign of Carson’s ‘designed to starve the Navajo into submission’ would be aptly called

Thompson said that to the west of the tall red sandstone monument called Church Rock is a peak that is called Pyramid Peak. “This entire area was my playground,” he recalled with a huge smile. He added that a s pa r t of his volunteer work with the tribal tourism department and Gallup, he showed BinettneeKirk the Church Rock Trail by hiking it with her. “She was overwhelmed with the beauty (of the trail),” Thompson said. “I hoped more people would have come out. We have information about local plant life, sheep trails.” Maybe people were scared away by the initial information on the brochure about the Hiking the Trail kickoff because it talked about watching out for the wildlife, he said. Thompson noted, “There’s

HIDDEN TOURISM TREASURES “Church Rock is a hidden treasure,” he said as he looked around at the huge red sandstone that created a colorful and majestic backdrop for the state park, which sat across the road from Church Rock. Thompson, a lifetime resident of Church Rock, said that Navajo elders told him that during the Long Walk, which he called a “travesty,” that Navajo people were taken through the Church Rock area to a “holding camp” at Fort Wingate,

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been no mauling (by wildlife).” He said that the only cautionary message that he had for hikers was “be in shape. For first time hiker this trail is overwhelming.” Thompson recommended that hikers wear loose clothing, carry water and bring binoculars and cameras because the trails are breathtaking. It’s worth your time.” T he t r a i l s h ave sm a l l markers that are stacks of rocks, which the Gallup Youth Conser vation Cor p made several years ago, he said. But livestock have created so many trails that it’s easy to get lost if you’re not familiar with the area, which is why the hikes should not be started late in the evening. Thompson said that the l ive stock t ra i l s a re a l so breathtaking. BinettneeKirk added that hiking is part of the tribal special diabetes program’s mission of promoting the Navajo way of life, which always included wellness, ea t i ng hea lt hy, wa l k i ng, running and keeping your body agile.

DISCOVER NAVAJO The trails to Church Rock and Pyramid Peak are “hidden t rea su res” wa it i ng to be discovered and the theme of the tribal tourism department is “Discover Nava jo,” she explained. “The Navajo Nation has so many attractions and so many are hidden.” She pointed to a la rge colorful mobile mural with Pyramid Peak was the destination of one of two hiking trails offered at the ‘Hiking the Trail’ event at Red Rock State Park on May 8. The two-hour hike to Pyramid Peak kicked off the Navajo Nation Tourism Appreciation Week.


HIDDEN TREASURES | FROM PAGE 8 four photos of spectacular red rock monoliths that stood next to the registration table for t he h ikes. T he words “Discover Nava jo,” wh ich was printed in large yellow le t t e r i n g , n e a t l y pl a c e d between the photos. BinettneeKirk said that the photos were of Spider Rock, which is in Chinle’s Canyon de Chelly Antelope Point, which is near Lake Powell, the Shiprock, which is near Shiprock, N.M., and Monument Valley, which is near Kayenta. She said that the tribal tourism department has a website, discovernavajo.com, where information is available about Navajo land’s points of interests, trails, scenic sites, including the National Scenic

Byway N-12, which goes north into the Navajo Reservation off Interstate 40 at the Lupton, Ariz., turn off. From Lupton, N-12 takes you through several small Navajo communities, such as Oak Springs and St. Michaels, she said. BinettneeK irk sa id that if you turn east at the intersection of N-12 Arizona highway 254 and drive about t h ree m i le s, you’l l be i n Window Rock, the capitol of the Navajo Nation. The discovernavajo.com website provides a walking tour of Window Rock. BinettneeK irk sa id that if you turn west at the intersection, you will drive through Ganado and eventually reach Burnside, where you’ll head north on 191 to Chinle and Canyon de Chelly.

She said that the tribal tourism department works with visitors’ centers in Winslow, Holbrook, and Flagstaff and provides them visitors guides with road maps that include the N-12 and 191 scenic routes through the reservation.

COMBATING STEREOTYPES BinettneeK irk said she u ndersta nds that some visitors may have negative stereotypes of Navajos and Native Americans but that’s what they are, stereotypes. “I wish they would come a nd see t he hea r t of t he Nava jo Nation,” she sa id. “ That’s where the hidden treasures are. That’s where all our traditional stories are. We have storytelling. We also talk about the significance of our culture and how we

appreciate our land, our air, our water, our environment, and how beautiful it is. “There’s just so much to talk about,” BinettneeKirk said. “I wish people would really see how we live, how we are as Navajos, Dine’ people.” She recalled, “For me, I took pride as a child growing up as a Navajo on Navajo land. Navajo was my first language and it’s so beautiful. If you take the time to be around the Navajo people, you will find that they are very friendly.” BinettneeKirk said that Navajo vendors at the outdoor ma rket places across the reservation, including Window Rock and the Four Corners, are kind and sociable. She that the tribal visitor centers collect comments from the reservation’s visitors, who come from across Europe, and

many of them have stated that the Navajo people’s homeland is the “most beautiful land in the world.” The Navajo Nation Tourism Appreciation Week included tours of the Navajo Nation Museum and Library, tribal zoo, and tribal Veterans’ Memorial Park, which are all located in Window Rock, Canyon de Chelly, an art show at the Navajo Nation Twin Arrows Casino and Resort, which is near Flagstaff, dinosaur tracks in Leupp, Elephant Feet in Monument Valley, and a special tourism event with the Hopi Tribe. There a re th ree tr iba l tourism specialists, including BinettneeKirk. Rose Morgan oversees the northern portion of the reservation. And Mike Etcitty takes ca re of the western portion.

Momentum grows for renewable electricity standard legislation Staff Report


ASHINGTON - A bill introduced by U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) to create a national Renewable Electricity Standard ( R E S) r e c ei ve d a n important hearing May 19 in the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. The bill, S. 1264, would create jobs, save consumers money, and reduce pollution. In an effort to diversify the United States’ energy sources and lead in clean energy production, the bill would require utilities to generate 30 percent of their elecSen. Tom Udall tricity from renewable energy sources by 2030. The hearing was a key step forward in order for the bill to receive a vote by the committee later this year. “This legislation builds on the successful portfolio standard we’ve seen adopted in states across

the country, including New Mexico,” said Heinrich, a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. “I commend Senator Udall for his leadership on this common-sense approach to reducing carbon pollution and creating good jobs, especially in our state where we have abundant solar and wind potential. Through American ingenuity we can slow the impacts of climate change, unlock the full potential of cleaner energy, and create a healthier more stable environment for future generations.” “This bill would help unleash our renewable energy potential in New Mexico and throughout the country, enabling us to lead the world in clean energy innovation and create hundreds of thousands of good jobs,” said Udall, who first introduced RES legislation as a member of the U.S. House in 2002. “Combined with energy from traditional sources, this kind of smart investment in renewables is critical for our economy, our environment and our livelihoods. I want to thank Senator Heinrich for his support and for helping build momentum for the bill in the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.” Senator Udall and Heinrich’s bill received support during the hearing from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NDRC). Franz Matzner, NDRC Director of the Beyond Oil Initiative Government Affairs Program, said in his opening testimony, “ A strong RES would significantly advance

renewable energy and cut pollution. States that have embraced renewable energy standards have routinely met or exceeded the targets while growing jobs and reducing harmful pollution. A ‘30-by-30’ target would secure America’s place as a global leader in clean energy while reducing carbon pollution by eleven percent below businesses as usual levels in 2030.”

An analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists found that a “30-by-30” national RES would: • Increase renewable energy generation 265 percent over current levels by 2030, helping to support and build upon the hundreds of thousands of jobs in the wind, solar, geothermal, and biopower industries today. • Save consumers $25.1 billion in cumulative electricity and natural gas bills from 2015 to 2030. • Drive $294 billion in cumulative new capital investments from 2015 to 2030 - $106 billion more than business as usual. • Spur nearly $4.3 billion in additional annual operation and maintenance payments in 2030. • Provide an additional $3.4 billion in new local tax revenues and wind power land lease payments to landowners through 2030, creating new economic activity in rural communities. NEWS

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President Begaye meets with ASU leadership, attends American Indian convocation Staff Report

“I think we could incubate some Navajos in the financial field because there’s a huge need for us.” - President Russell Begaye


EMPE — On May 15, Nava jo Nat ion P r e s ident Ru s s el l B egaye s p ent t he day in Tempe for several key meetings and scheduled convocations at Arizona State University. Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President Policy Advisor Dr. Peterson Zah and Attorney General Ethel Branch joined President Begaye for the events. Throughout the day, the common thread during the discussions was the need for educated Navajo professionals, especially CPAs, nurses and attorneys.

ASU OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT The first meeting was with Michael Crow, ASU President. Because he was on travel, Crow sent representatives to the meeting. The top management at the university provided an update on the collaboration with Navajo Head Start for the master’s degree cohort program that was established to assist teachers with obtaining post-graduate level education. President Begaye praised the program and said there were many Navajo leaders and students that were educated at ASU. He commended the creativity of ASU to implement the master’s degree cohort program to assist the Navajo people with education. “I’d like to see the school entertain some other aspects of education that you might

Left to right, Rolanda White, Sam Johnson, President Begaye, and Priscilla Shortman. The three Navajo women graduated with the master’s degree and are taking their knowledge home to their jobs with Navajo Head Start. Photo Credit: Courtesy

help u s w it h,” P re sident Begaye said. “Such as the need for CPAs. “I think we could incubate some Navajos in the financial field because there’s a huge need for us,” he added. Branch said she worked for the ASU Center for Indian Education to establ ish a grant program at Rough Rock Community School. “We were trying to revitalize the bilingual education program (at Rough Rock). I’ve watched ASU Law School really build its Indian Law Program,” Branch said. “You are helping us grow our own on our nation.” The sentiment of appreciation for ASU was echoed by Sharon Singer, assistant superintendent for the Department of Dine’ Education. She said Navajo Head Start began working with the Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College two years ago.

“We have a master agreement that was actually initiated by former President Peterson Zah. Now we have three students who will be receiving their master’s degree in curriculum instruction and assessment with an emphasis on early childhood education,” Singer said. One of the primary goals of the 2007 reauthorization of Navajo Head Start was to establish a highly qualified workforce. More than 50 percent of the staff obtained their bachelor’s degrees. The ASU master’s degree cohort program provided classroom instruction on the Navajo Nation on the weekends. “We found it to be very successful using the cohort model. We’re very excited to continue the partnership with ASU. It’s been a very good move for the nation,” Singer said. Dr. Lamont Yazzie, director of educational services at

Navajo Head Start, said it’s a very exciting time for the Navajo Nation because of the ASU partnership. Initiatives like the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Bureau of Indian Education restructuring and developing the Navajo Nation response plan to the common core are new opportunities for the tribe, he said. “It’s very exciting to be able to develop the foundation of all of this through Navajo Head Start. We’re also infusing language and culture,” Yazzie said.

ASU AMERICAN INDIAN CONVOCATION There were 368 American Indian students that graduated from ASU in 2015. The ASU American Indian convocation wa s held at the Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium. President Begaye sat on stage and when introduced, was greeted by a roaring crowd. During the procession of students receiving their degrees, he shook hands with them and congratulated them on their educational achievement. Toward the end of the ceremony, the tribal leaders on stage were allowed time to speak. “I’m really honored today because we have so many

graduates from the Navajo Nation,” President Begaye said. He spoke of the need for lawyers to litigate on behalf of the Navajo Nation to secure water rights and to prosecute all crimes that occur on tribal lands, including non-Navajos. Dur ing the evening, President Begaye attended the Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College convocation, which was held at the Wells Fargo Arena. There, he met Mary Lou Fulton, the namesake of the college and alumna. Fulton met with the three Nava jo students receiv ing their master’s degrees and expressed happiness with the post-graduate initiative with the Navajo Nation and ASU. Samantha Johnson works as a school readiness coach for NHS. She was excited to receive her master’s degree. “We want to continue and we want to get our doctoral,” Johnson said. Another graduate, Rolanda White, also worked for Navajo Head Start as a school readiness coach said she was thankful and happy. “I’m very thankful for Ms. Singer and Dr. Yazzie. Thank you ASU for establishing the partnership and paving the way for us,” White said. Priscilla Shortman serves as a teacher for Navajo Head Start. “This is exciting to practice what I’m learning in the classroom. Opportunities like this don’t happen for a lot people and I am blessed because it’s an education I can use and share with others,” Shortman said.





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WINDOW ROCK – During a Navajo Nation Council Special Session on Tuesday, members unanimously approved Legislation No. 0063-15, which will amend Title II provisions in the Ethics in Navajo Government Law and the Navajo Nation Election Code, if signed into law. According to the legislation, it states that candidates who run for “public elective offices should not

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have any outstanding ethics judgments, including orders for restitution to the Navajo Nation pursuant to the Navajo Ethics in Government Law,” and ensure that candidates running for office do not have any outstanding ethics violations before serving in an elected office. If elected officials are in violation of the Ethics in Government Law, the penalties will include disqualification from an election, while current tribal officials would face the possibility of

removal. Other penalties may include administrative fines, civil damages, orders of restitution, criminal punishment, and ineligibility to run for a public office for a period of five years. Legislation sponsor Council Delegate Alton Joe Shepherd (Jeddito, Cornfields, Ganado, Kin Dah Lichíí, Steamboat) said there is approximately $673,000 owed to the Navajo Nation by employees and elected officials who misappropriated Navajo funds, dating back to 1997. NEWS

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83 Graduate from Wingate High School of the Month for December. Mariah Peshlakai was Senior of the Month for November while Sherry Begay was awarded that recognition for January, and Pauletta John was the Senior of the Month for February. Nicole Yazzie expressed gratitude to the teachers and residential staff and Deianara Billie gave a Tribute to the parents. Finally, diplomas were presented to the 83 graduates

Story and Photos by Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent


ingate High School made a smart decision last Friday, May 15, when they moved the Commencement Program inside the gymnasium. Although it was a little crowded inside, it was definitely warmer, and the spirit of the audience was not dampened by the fierce winds or the dropping temperatures. The JROTC Color Guard posted the colors prior to the processional and the national anthem was led by Tonisha

by Acting Associate Deputy Director Emily Arviso; the Wingate High School Board of E duc a t io n ; P r i nc ip a l Arviso; Assistant Principal Mark Woestehoff; Academic Counselor Marjie Long; and Class of 2015 Sponsor Roberta Avery. After a short benediction, the recessional began while the Class songs were played: Fire by Gavin DeGraw and Dreams by Fleetwood Mac.

Antonio Tso & Lucas Begay

Decor fitting for young scholars.

Desider io, Un ique L a rgo, Jacinda Bodie, Kaelyn Bahe and Hurlicia Nez. The Pledge of Allegiance was a tri-cultural event as Pauletta John and Alondra Willie recited the verse in Navajo, Shaqnia Livingston and Garek Thomas followed with a Spanish version and Allana Largo and Terrence Martin finished in English. Sherry Begay gave the invocation. Principal Gloria Ar viso welcomed the guests and introduced the special guests on the stage before turning everyone’s attention to the Valedictory Address by Mariah Peshlakai and the Salutatory Address by Danielle Peshlakai. Cora Lucio introduced the Guest Speaker, Dr. Regina Holyan, followed by the recognition of outstanding graduates by Principal Gloria Arviso and Athletic Director Alfred NEWS

Families and friends came out in force to support graduates.

Martinz. The Honor Graduates were Mariah Peshlakai, Danielle Peshlakai, Shalina Morgan, Willhelmina Murphy, Selena Largo, Pauletta John, Jeremy

Augustine, Jr., Syndi Walker, Jasmine Becenti and Teesha Antonio. Danielle Peshlakai was recognized as the Senior of the Year and had been Senior Diploma time! Members of Class of 2015 in route to stage.

Kaelyn Bahe & Shaynce Curtiss.

Wingate High ROTC on route to post colors.

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164 Gallup High students earn diplomas Story and Photos by Tom Hartsock


n e hu n d r e d a n d si x t y-fou r h a ppy st udent s beca me g r a du at e s at t he c o m me nc e me nt e xe r c i s e

la st Fr iday, May 15, in the a ren a of Red Rock Pa rk. Undet er red by t he ch i l ly weat her a nd w i nd, a ver y la rge col lection of fa m i ly a nd f r iend s at t ended t he event i n suppor t of t hese students.

Gallup High Principal Dr. Kimberly Orr.

Gallup High School Class of 2015.

Gallup High Valedictorian Kayla Begay gives her commencement speech.


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T he len g t hy ceremony included the Presentation of Colors by the GHS JROTC, t he Ple d ge of A l leg i a nce led by La kota Jorda n, the national anthem by Blaine Ya z z ie, a nd a t r i- cu lt u r a l prayer by: M ia Sa la za r i n English, Gov inda Lingayat in Hindu, and Shawn Jim in Navajo. Dr. K i m Or r, t he pr i ncipa l of GHS, welcomed t he g uest s a nd i nt roduced t he specia l people i n at tenda nce. M i ke But kov ich, the prev ious pr incipa l, w a s t h e g u e s t s p e a k e r, a nd honor g ra duates were recog n i zed. The Salutatorian Address w a s g i ve n by E s mer eld a A r reg u i n, a nd a double Valedictorian Address was given by K ayla Begay a nd Loisse Ledris, who had tied for the top honor. Smiles and laughter followed when Lakota Jordan, A len a Ga ze, M ia Sa la za r, G ov i nd a L i n g ay a t , T i le a Reyna, Cheyenne Livingston and K ristel Brown regaled t hei r cl a s sm at e s a nd t he audience with remembrances of their four years at Gallup High. T hen it a l l got ser iou s, k i nd of, a s Domon ic Romero presented the class to the gathering, and School Board President Joe Menini accepted the certification as the students collected diplomas that will mark the next step in their life. Class Songs were played du r i ng t he recessiona l: Don’t (you) Forget About Me by Si mple M i nds; Forever Young by Jay Z; a nd Don’t Blink by Kenny Chesney. Congratulations!

Gallup High faculty windblown, but focused on graduation ceremony.

Long time educator Mike Butkovich address students.

Salutatorian Esmerelda Arreguin.

The grads applaud Mike Butkovich after he wraps up his speech.


Gallup Central High School: Class of 2015 Story and Photos by Tom Hartsock


eventy-one hard-working students at Gallup Central High received diplomas on May 14 after a happy celebration, and a few speeches. There were also diplomas for 26 adult graduates of Gallup’s only alternative school for those students who, for a variety of reasons, found the mainstream schools too harsh or incompatible to their needs or educations. The large crowd that filed into the Miyamura gymnasium were present to support these students for their continued effort, and the hugs and applause were as genuine, if not more so, than the other public high schools in town. T he pr o ce s sion a l wa s fol lowed by a t r i-l i ng u a l Pledge of Allegiance to the f lag of America, recited by Ju s t i n a Joh n i n E ng l i sh, A nna Kaufman in Spanish a nd Rose Tom i n Nava jo. P r i ncipa l Joh n O verhei m II welcomed the crowd and m a de t he i nt r o duc t ion s . Shannon Yellowhorse read Graduation Words of Wisdom, Makaylie Tsosie did the same with Graduation, and Brandy Grenier read Our Day Has A r r ived before O verhei m took the reins again and presented the Honor Graduates to the audience. Shenqwauna McCray earned the Paul Hanson Memorial Scholarship, Renee Martinez the UNM-G Lobo Scholarship and Nicholas Watchman the GCHS Wildcat Scholarship. The Sunrise Kiwanis Seniors of the Month were: Makaylie TsosieJanuary; Christopher MartinezFebruary; Isaac Garcia-March; Nicholas Watchman-April; a nd Bra ndy Gren ier-May. Recognized seperately were Isaac Garcia and Sean Yazzie, who have committed to the U.S. Marine Corps. Overheim then introduced the guest speaker, newly elected City Councilor Fran Palochak. The rest of the program proceeded as expected with Board of Education President Joseph Menini delivering the Confirmation of the graduates while Christopher Adams presented the diplomas to the high NEWS

Several audience members at the Central High Commencement Exercise on Thursday, May 14, show a variety of expressions. Jimmy Graham smiles while Beverly Gasparich applauds, and the young man in the middle tries to figure out what is going on.

Central High graduate Makaylie Tsosie gave a short speech, “Graduation,” during commencement exercises Thursday, May 14.

Justina John, Anna Kaufman and Rose Tom wait patiently for their turn in leading the Pledge of Allegiance in three languages to open the graduation ceremony for Central High School Thursday, May 14.

School Board members Dr. Bruce Tempest and Priscilla Manuelito pose for a photo op during the graduation ceremony for Central High School Thursday, May 14.

school students and Robert Ray Spencer presented diplomas to the graduates of the Adult Program.

And then, with the turning of the tassels and the recessional, the program was finished for another year.

Shannon Yellowhorse reads the ‘Graduation Words of Wisdom.’

Gallup Sun • Friday May 22, 2015


OPINIONS Schaller conducts his own curbside recycling ‘analysis’

By Joe Schaller Guest Columnist PART 3 In fact it can be argued Seattle should be the poster child for curbside failure. When asked of Seattle’s fees Mr. Parker could only guess at $25.00/month. That gives CDM serious credibility issues. In Gallup we currently pay $15.00 a month and that should be lower considering our location. EPA bureaucrats claim the revenues received for processed commodities offset program costs however the evidence shows the costs of curbside are far greater than the revenue generated. The cost of living in Seattle is bad enough for those of low income without piling on more costs. Recycling regulations have become so intrusive in Seattle citizens have described their curbside program as eco-fascist, garbage nazis and green tyranny - rules, rules, rules. And that’s not all, one recycling plant in Washington State produces more toxic emissions than any other factory in the region. And the next three biggest polluters in the area? Yeah, they’re also recycling plants. In fact, almost all new superfund sites are not


landfills, but recycling plants…. New York City found their waste disposal costs doubled with curbside and every one of their mayors has attempted to eliminate it since it was begun in 1989 only to succumb to the demands of green activists. Bear in mind metropolitan areas are the places that are supposed to most likely reduce costs and generate revenue as compared to small communities like ours. In Seattle recycling is a sacred cow. As the Seattle Times concludes “recycling is almost a religion in Seattle” however it sounds more like an OCD neurosis to me…. That is CDM’s utopian model. Does anybody really believe the only cost increases Gallup households will experience are $2.80 per month? That’s what the curbside supporters keep telling us. That’s what the Gallup Independent tells us, those bastions of objectivity and credibility. Would the media lie? That’s also likely what was told to Seattle’s citizens in 1988. ***Initial meetings with CDM brought a total of 54 people attending two meetings and 146 responses on an online survey. CDM characterized this as a high level of support for curbside recycling. In a district meeting 20 people raised their hands in support. There are about 5,000 people in each district, so there is actually very little support by just a small handful of activists. Even the Gallup Independent concedes “a small minority cannot be

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allowed to dictate policy”. At those district meetings rather than raising questions of a scientific, historical or economic nature I mostly heard repetitive stories by the same attendees concerning their own recycling experiences and their concerns of our spiritual responsibility as stewards of the earth. When I offered my knowledge I was asked by a Recycling Board member to provide on-thespot proof, something which they themselves have none to offer. Another green activist proclaimed to all that I do not care about America’s environment after I expressed concern for China’s cancer villages. ***Landfills! The national average of waste which still goes to the landfill in curbside programs is 75% even with many programs recycling glass. So once we invest more and get businesses and apartments on board, since glass will not be recycled all of our added curbside costs will likely reduce waste which goes to the landfill by 15 to 20%..... Contrary to what Al Gore has claimed modern landfills create absolutely no environmental harm. Landfill space is abundant nationally, requiring far less space than green activists would have us believe, far less space than the supposedly ‘green’ solar energy farms. Even the EPA admits it and CDM acknowledges that fact as well. However no matter how many times you remind eco-activists of the facts they will always return to the ‘landfills are bad’ fallacy…. Since recyclables are not compacted it costs more to transport them from neighborhoods, as well as the increased emissions of transporting equal amounts compared to waste. In a place like Gallup with so much open land, clay soil, dry climate, minimal leaching and the relative space required for landfills so small it’s absolutely mindboggling that we send our trash all the way to Thoreau or even pay someone a landfill cost. Once again it appears the federal government’s land hoarding and an out-of-control EPA staffed with radical green activists are obstacles

to our community’s progress with over-the-top ridiculous regulations, which actually result in increased pollution. Considering the large amount of our waste - likely 80% or more - which will still go to the landfill, it may be wise for us to focus more on lowering the cost of disposal by finding landfill space nearby and reduce emissions at the same time. ***Plastics! The many negatives of recycling plastics was not covered by CDM. Plastics recycling has always been an unstable market due to cheap petroleum and China’s ‘green fence’ which now prohibits contaminated as well as certain types of plastics. 70% of the worlds and 60% of the US plastics has been sent to China with a resulting devastating environmental impact due to China’s lack of processing technology. There’s even a term in China, “cancer villages”, wherever plastics and solar panel minerals are processed. There are over 400 cancer villages in China with skyrocketing mortality rates. Here again CDM was totally unaware of these facts. Recycling plastic and paper is an extremely dirty business requiring greater amounts of toxic chemicals than manufacturing virgin plastic and paper. A third of recycled paper ends up as a toxic sludge which must be carefully disposed of. Clean and green sounds pretty however the massive footprint of green projects is pretty ugly and far larger than any damage from carbon dioxide… How many miles is it to China? If you think transporting waste to the landfill produces emissions, how about sending 60% or more of America’s recyclables half way around the world? Seriously? And then 30% of that ends up in Chinese landfills. Mister John Q Public is likely ignorant of those facts. To them once the recyclables are picked up it’s out-of-sight outof-mind…. Despite the efforts of the Obama administration and eco-activists to raise the price of oil as well as energy costs, thanks to advanced technologies the increased

availability of petroleum will likely keep the demand for plastics down with the result of it ending up in landfills - of which there are no shortages of space nor danger to the environment. Currently it is cheaper to buy virgin plastic than recycled plastic and since oil prices dropped European recyclers are going bankrupt. If Friedman Recycling goes belly up Gallup’s large investment is jeopardized. There are many more negative complexities about plastics recycling such as contamination by uncleansed and incompatible recyclables. ***Paper comes from renewable forests. There is no shortage. There is an abundance of timber grown by forest product companies. World biomass is at record high levels. Glass is made from the most common mineral on earth, silica sand. Processing recycled glass is also more detrimental than creating virgin glass. There is very little demand for recycled glass but plenty of cheap landfill space. ***All in one recycling like the method proposed for Gallup has drawbacks, like the costly technology of the $20 million Friedman Recycling facility in Albuquerque. That technology focuses on quantity over quality which creates contamination issues so common with recycling. ***We already have successful recycling in Gallup. It is free market environmentalism and it’s all voluntary. Citizens get paid for their recyclables also. Thanks to advanced technology the free market, particularly big industry, has been the leader in ecology for the past century – ironic, isn’t it. Mandatory recycling is an authoritarian imposition of morality on society, however it is a false morality contrary to reality. ***Winners and losers: Despite what bureaucrats and activists claim, science and economics tell us that landfills are not an environmental issue, resources are not in danger, more energy is used by


In Loving Memory

Michael Charles Sullivan April 10, 1942 - May 17, 2015

Michael Charles Sullivan ended a brief battle with cancer on May 17th, 2015, in Boise. He was 73. He had spent most of his working life in journalism, employed with the Wood River Journal, Hailey, Idaho; Twin Falls T i mes -News, Ida ho; Gallup Independent, New Mexico; Aspen (Colo.) Da i ly News; Ga zet te Times, Cor vallis, Ore.; Ironwood (Mich.) Daily Globe: Marquette (Mich.)

CURBSIDE RECYCLING | FROM PAGE 14 curbside recycling, more emissions are created and social benefit is zero. So who stands to gain and who stands to lose, not just with curbside recycling but with most green schemes such as renewable energy? The profiteers include: 1. Big business interests such as CDM Smith. 2. Crony green corporate giants such as General Electric. 3. Politicians and EPA bureaucrats seeking to expand their power. 4. Public servants and their labor unions. 5. Ecoactivists supported by the crony billionaire’s club led by the likes of progressive statists Tom Steyer and George Soros. 6. The missionaries of the earth worshipper cult seeking to validate their religion…. Many special interests stand to OPINIONS

Mining Journal and Upper Peninsula (Mich.) Sunday times. Immediately prior to his transition, at Marquis Skilled Nursing, he had b e e n s u r r ou nd e d by friends and family. Su l l iva n wa s bor n in Chicago in 1942 and graduated from Nor th Park University there in 1966, with a bachelor of arts degree in English and a minor in psychology. He was the author of four books: In Search of a

gain from curbside however the losers, the pawns in this game, are the unwitting taxpayers (particularly those with low incomes), the economy and ironically even the environment. There’s an economic reason why so many communities have opted out of their curbside and any notion that the environment benefits more than it is harmed is scientifically proven to be erroneous. ***Finally, what I take issue with more than anything are the green activists on the Recycling Council and Sustainable Energy Board, who made it quite clear at district meetings as well as their formal monthly meetings that curbside recycling is just the beginning of their green makeover plans as stewards of the earth (with humans of secondary concern), thus opening

Perfect World: Fulfillment - It’s All About Power; House of Sun; and The Desert is Green. He sha red his love of literature with others through teaching creative writing at Cochise College, Sierra Vista, Ariz. In July of 2014, he w a s d i a g no s e d w it h prostate cancer, which meta sta sized into the skeletal system. He left Arizona to reconnect with his family in Idaho and to receive treatment for the illness. The family asks that donations be made in his name through GoFundMe. c o m . No s e r v i c e i s planned. Su r v ivor s i nclude his former wives: Lita Sullivan, Hailey, and Judith Trudeau, Janesville, Wis.; sons: Brett, Boise; Todd, Janesville; and Timothy, Greenfield, Mass; daughter Kerry, Bellevue, Idaho; brother Thomas, St. Louis; and four grandchildren. Su l l iva n enjoyed ex plorat ion, h ik i ng, sk i i ng, re sea rch i nt o a ncient civ i l i z a t ion s, mysteries and re-creating himself.

the door to even bigger projects. Those projects are of an anti-affordable energy nature such as anti-fracking in the county, apparently one of the next targets of the SGB – apparently using Hollywood as their primary source of data rather than the Dept of Energy, USGS or even the radical greens in the EPA who have been forced to give fracking their safety stamp of approval due to the inconvenient truths of science. Then the green crusade will move onward to pro-renewable energy which is erroneously labeled clean energy. They are the next overreaching schemes to scare away industry and chase off prospective businesses by sending our utility rates skyrocketing, as Europeans have learned the hard way from wind and solar unsustainability with their

To the editor: What I could not of would not see before, I see now. Alcohol will never be banned in our drunk city. I am all-one in publicly advocating for the banning of alcohol in McKinley County and the reservation. Zero incumbents or contenders, Indian or non-Indian are for the banning of alcohol. The overwhelming majority of voters and non-voters, Indian and non-Indian are for keeping alcohol legal. Bring on the money and to hell with death and destruction. I finally throw in the towel. I am beaten. In 1980, at age 45, after 32 years of drinking, I finally quit cold. Too late. Alcohol cost me my first wife and my children. In my guilt and desire to keep others from suffering from what I still suffer from, I lost sight of the fact that they would not listen to me.

I have been told in 3 letters to the editor to mind my own business, that I am a dry drunk and that collateral damage is part of the territory. The officials and the alcohol dealers never once responded to my attempts to get alcohol banned in drunk city and the reservation. They knew, what I didn’t know: that I was doomed to failure. I will never again advocate for the banning of alcohol in drunk city or the reservation. Drinkers: help yourselves by quitting drinking now. The hypocrite people that we blindly continue to elect will not help you by banning alcohol in drunk city or the “dry” reservation. You are on your own. Louis Maldonado (505) 905-5939 Gallup

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MADAME G IS TAKING THE WEEK OFF IN OBSERVANCE OF MEMORIAL DAY. SEE YOU BACK HERE NEXT WEEK. devastating epidemic of fuel poverty, while at the same time wreaking havoc on China’s humanity and ecosystems. In conclusion, separation of church and state is a big deal for some, however I am more concerned about the separation of good empirical science from junk science, political special interests and bad religion now recognized as the secular faith of ‘sustainability’. Despite early good intentions green activism has evolved into a religion of bullies, hogging the pulpit in a one sided debate and dismissing opposition as heretics - deniers! I am in favor of opening a diverse dialogue regarding green schemes and starting a diverse conversation beyond the current political correctness of the Gallup Establishment. I hope the City Council

and management will make informed decisions about green projects based on science and intellect rather than emotional reactions of a politically correct nature. I will be providing the SGB with copies of my analysis as well. You have now been forewarned of the risks and unintended consequences of not only curbside recycling but of the many pie-in-the-sky schemes which lie ahead as Gallup and McKinley County stumble thru the green gauntlet. Ignorance will not be an excuse for failure. As I have made quite clear in the past, with my considerable knowledge of navigation thru the environmentalist miasma I will always be available as a resource. My door is always open. Joe Schaller

Gallup Sun • Friday May 22, 2015


COMMUNITY Local man reflects on humanitarian missions By Melinda Russell Sun Correspondent


he days surrounding Memor ia l Day a re sometimes filled with sad memor ies. No matter if loved ones are old or young, they are still missed. Much attention is focused on service members who died while serving this great country. Those service members are remembered fondly by their friends and families and greatly appreciated by those they were protecting. It is also good to remember the other side of the military. The humanitarian efforts of the armed forces of the United States have saved countless lives. Senior Chief Shon Lewis, US Navy retired, comes from a family of Navy men. His father, Glen Lewis and his grandfather were in the Navy. “I wasn’t forced into the Navy, but it was the best choice for me,” said Lewis. He is employed with Powerline Technologies where he uses the managerial skills he learned in the Navy as a project manager in his new job. “I served 25 years, 10 months and 18 days … and I don’t regret any of it.” “I’ve been a part of 4 different large humanitarian efforts.” He remembers his days on the ships that offered relief after those 4 disasters in the Indian Ocean.

Operation Fiery Vigil was launched after the June 12, 1991 eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines. Lewis said, “I had friends that were stationed there.” The operation was charged with evacuating Clark Air Base and Subic Bay Naval Base. The volcanic blast sent ash 100,000 feet into the air laying a sheet of 1-2 feet of ash. The troops also gave emergency water and food to residents while they awaited more substantial help. Operation Sea Angel was a response to Cyclone Marian that devastated Bangladesh on April 29-30, 1991 with 140 mile per hour winds and tidal surges of 15-20 feet. Over 100,000 people died in this disaster and millions became homeless. “There were bodies in the water that we had to fish out,” Lewis said.He was aboard the USS St.

Louis during this relief effort. He remembers there were 4 or 5 ships in the Philippines at the time. “Probably 3,000 sailors and marines were involved in the effort,” said Lewis. He added, “We went ashore and provided food and water until a larger emergency infrastructure could get there.” It is estimated that US military relief efforts were responsible for saving over 200,000 lives after this catastrophe. Christmas Tsunami in Sumatra was a result of an 8.9 magnitude earthquake that happened after two earth plates shifted in the Indian Ocean causing a wave to travel about 550 miles per hour and devastate 11 countries. The Abraham Lincoln was deployed out of Hong Kong to assist in relief efforts. Lewis said they arrived in Hong Kong

Shon Lewis served nearly 26 years in the Navy. He is transitioning back into his life here in Gallup. Photo Credit: Courtesy

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Christmas Eve. “We heard about it, packed our bags and got back to the ship,” Lewis said, adding “That was the shortest I ever stayed in Hong Kong.” They left Christmas day but it took four or five days to get to Sumatra. They were in Sumatra two weeks dispensing drinkable water and giving out food. Lewis said they made a way to distill water on the ship and then took it ashore. They had supplies for 5000 people and were able to get more from other ships. They emptied almost all their backup supplies. Operation Tomadachi (Japanese for “friendship”) started after the 2011 Japanese Tsunami caused by an 8.9 magnitude earthquake that created 30 foot waves. This disaster

was complicated by the instability of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Lewis was in Malaysia and attached to the USS Essex at the time. Once again, the US military was deployed to assist. 911 changed everything. After 911, there are no set schedules. “That’s the really hard part,” explained Lewis. When you leave home, you never know when you’re coming back.” Missing the kids and the family are a part of the Navy life. “The upside to all of this is the kids. You’re helping them. They are happy to see you,” says Lewis. “No one else in the world can do it the way we can,” he commented about the way the US helps in disaster situations.

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same day, Comfort Suites hosted a meet and greet with U.S. Army Ssgt. Brian Mast. Mast was hit by an IED while serving in Afghanistan in 2010. As a result, he lost a finger, part of his forearm and both legs. While he was able to resume most activities, riding a motorcycle seemed out of reach. But, not for long. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of Run For The Wall and Eagles Up teams, a bike was donated and modifications were made so Mast could join in this ride to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington, D.C. On line donations can be made to: www.eaglesup.us/

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free workshop, “Recycling in the 21st Century, “will be held June 5 for teachers and educators in McKinley County. The intent is to raise awareness about recycling in our community, to help teachers integrate recycling with Common Core Standards, and to introduce educators to a variety of resources in our area that can enhance student learning. The workshop begins with registration and breakfast at 8:30 am and ends at 2 pm. Lunch and resource materials included. The workshop will be held at the Westminster Presbyterian Church,

151 State Highway 564 (Boardman Drive). Space is limited. Contact Shafiq Chaudhary (schaudha@gmcs. k12.nm.us) for more information and to register. “Where do smelly old sneakers, sticky soda cans and other yucky things go after you throw them away?” Participants will find out by viewing “The Rotten Truth”, a Children’s Workshop Production. In addition internationally recognized for their conser vation efforts, Bio-PAPPEL (Prewitt corrugated cardboard paper mill) will share their technical staff for a special presentation about their green technology.

Teachers are encouraged to bring examples of arts, crafts, science projects, dioramas and the like, from their classroom teaching that utilize recycled materials for a fun and informative display.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY 8:30 am Registration / Breakfast 9:00 am Welcome / Introductions / Review what MCRC is about - History, Volunteer opportunities - Saturday Bins / Recycling Depot / Advocacy 9:20 am “The Rotten Truth” (30 min)  A Children’s Workshop / 3-2-1 Contact Production

10:00 am Break 10:10 am How Recycling can enrich Math, Science, Social Studies and other Curriculum Coordinates with CCS, Community Service and ServiceLearning Opportunities 11:30 am Lunch / During this time check out the display of recycled art projects and other resources. 12:00 pm Bio-PAPPEL presentation – BP is one of the largest paper mills in North America. John Shaw, Technical Manager (Prewitt, NM mill) will share a film about the international company and discuss the use of recycled water and paper products at the facility. 2:00 pm Depart

Support upcoming Pine Hill spay/neuter clinic Staff Report


wo months ago, thanks to collaborative efforts from hundreds of private donors and support from organizations such as CAWL, CARE, and Telluride Animal Foundation, RezDawg Rescue, Inc. was able to hold our first Spay/ Neuter Clinic in Pine Hill, NM. The response from RezDawg supporters and the community of Pine Hill was most welcoming. RezDawg and CAWL teamed up and were able to extend our clinic to three days, completing 125 spay/neuter surgeries,

transporting 21 dogs to CO, as well as distributing donated dog/cat food and other supplies to community members and foster homes who participated in the clinic. Before the end of the clinic, we had already created a wait list of over 100 surgery requests. We are happy to announce that we will be holding our second clinic June 7, 8, 9 ~ which is fast approaching! We are very thankful to have the collaborative support of both Best Friends Society,  CARE and Telluride Animal Foundation who are contributing toward the costs of this upcoming ote Prom r u o Y ness Busi

clinic, as well as CAWL who will be donating their mobile spay/neuter unit again! ! We are still in need of financial support for this life saving event. We will be providing 125 spay/neuter surgeries, rabies and DAPP vaccinations, deworming, flea and tick medication and other basic meds as needed. We are also providing the food and lodging for the 10+ volunteers traveling from all over CO and NM to contribute their services to the clinic. We will providing transportation to and from the clinic for the community to ensure everyone is able to get

their kiddos in for surgery, as well as run a transport of surrendered animals back to CO when the clinic is complete. Please consider making a tax deductible contribution to our fundraising campaign for this clinic at: http://igg.me/at/ junespayneuter/x/4863316 We are also in need of the following items: - dog and cat food - gift card to Safeway to purchase food, water, paper towels and other supplies for the volunteers and clinic - puppy pads

- suture (absorbable 2-0 and 3-0) - 1 mL and 3 mL syringes and needles - sub Q fluids - topical flea and tick meds - vaccines - any other supplies for both dog/cat care and spay/neuter surgeries you can think of! Not comfortable making a donation online? Mail a contribution to: RezDawg Rescue 14138 Burgess Lane Paonia, CO 81428 (Please be sure to include your email address to receive a tax deductible receipt!)

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DVD/Blu-ray roundup: May 22, 2015


elcome to another edition featuring highlights of what is new of DVD and Bluray. There should be something below to pique your interest. Remember, should you see any films that catch your eye and feature links, click on them to read more. So if you can’t make out to the movies this week, be sure and give one of these titles a try!


American Sniper - One of the biggest box office behemoths of the past year was this biopic directed by Clint Eastwood. It tells the story of Navy SEAL sharpshooter Chris Kyle and his difficulty adjusting to life away from the frontlines. The drama earned some Oscar nominations (including Best Picture), and received solid (though not exemplary) reviews. It seems everyone felt differently about the intent. Some found it to be an impressive, even-handed take on the material featuring a great performance, while others believed that its political view was too simple were too pronounced. It stars Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller. Cymbeline - This moder n day ret el l i ng of t he Shakespeare play of the same name uses the same text, but places it in the modern world with plenty of technological bells and whistles. The plot involves a bitter war between cops and a drug kingpin. Overall, critics were not taken by the approach. They suggested that the present day setting and its cell phones felt anachronistic and forced into the already slow-moving narrative. The impressive cast includes Ethan Hawke, Ed


Harris, Milla Jovovich, Dakota Johnson and Anton Yelchin. Girlhood - A girl with no prospects in life quits school and joins a gang in this French drama. While things don’t necessary improve within her new world, the young woman attempts to find some sense of identity and self moving forward. The film did very well on the festival circuit, earning some Ceasar and Lumiere nominations back in its homeland. Many felt it effectively portrayed the trials of being a teenager with naturalistic performances from its mostly inexperienced cast. Karidja Toure plays the main character. Hot Tub Time Machine 2 - A surprise hit comedy receives the sequel treatment once again, although this time without the original’s main character. This time out, the remainder of the gang attempt to stop the murder of one of their own. However, they accidentally travel into the future. The press blasted this installment, calling it a lazily hashed together effort in poor taste. They also stated that it that lacked the likable spirit of the first movie. Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke and Chevy Chase return, receiving help from new co-stars Adam Scott, Gillian Jacobs and Kumail Nanjiani.

BLASTS FROM THE PAST! It’s a busy week for older films on Blu-ray and DVD, with plenty of great ones to choose from. Ol ive F i l ms have fou r releases this week. If you like science-fiction and horror, you’ll be pleased to learn that It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958) is coming your way. It’s a classic B-monster movie about a space crew who discover a murderous alien on board. The nasty stowaway attempts to kill them off one by one. There has always been talk about this movie inspiring the Ridley Scott film Alien (1979), and there are notable similarities in the plot structure. Sci-fi enthusiasts should definitely get a kick out of it. Speaking of monster movies, a more recent title is Peter Benchley’s Creature (1998) aka Creature. Based on the author’s bestseller, it was a miniseries

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about a mutant shark terrorizing the residents of a local seaside town. Presented on the disc is the complete threehour version that stars Craig T. Nelson and Kim Cattrall - gripping, cheesy, or a bit of both, this looks like it could be an awful lot of fun. Extremities (1986) is a searing drama based on a stage play that features Farrah Fawcett as a woman seeking revenge on a man who assaults her. Finally, on a lighter note, Flawless (1999) tells the tale of a conservative police officer (Robert De Niro) who suffers a stroke and is nursed back to health by a transvestite neighbor (Philip Seymour Hoffman). All of the films are being made available on Blu-ray and DVD.

Not to be outdone, Shout! Factory have a pair of 90s titles as well. Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991) is a goofy, old-fashioned action flick about a biker and cowboy out to stop a black trenchcoat-clad gang of drug-dealers from shutting down their favorite bar. If memory serves it’s pretty silly stuff, but does feature some offbeat casting in the form of Don Johnson and Mickey Rourke as the two heroes. Stigmata (1999) is a horror effort starring Patricia Arquette as an atheist who begins to bleed out from her wrists for no reason. Worried about her stigmata wounds, she approaches a priest and they attempt to discover what is happening and why. This one isn’t a personal favorite, but the Blu-ray features loads of extras, including a director commentary, deleted scenes, alternate ending and making-of documentaries. That’s a whole lot here that should excite

the movie’s fans - overall, it appears to be a great package. Criterion are distributing Limelight (1952). This is Cha rles Chapl i n’s la st American movie, and features the actor as a fading comedian who tries to find meaning in his life with the help of a ballet dancer. It’s also notable for featuring Buster Keaton as the main character’s rival. The Bluray features a new restoration of the movie, outtakes, interviews and documentaries on the movie, as well as a couple of bonus Chaplin shorts.

The Rose (1979) is an epic, fictional biopic about a musician struggling with fame and drug addiction - Janis Joplin seems to be the obvious inspiration. Bette Midler stars and won accolades for her work the film itself ended up receiving several Oscar nominations. The Blu-ray includes a director’s commentary as well as new interviews with cast and crew members. Courtesy of Anchor Bay, there’s a new Blu-ray of The Osterman Weekend (1983) arriving. This strange but very engaging little thriller (based on the Robert Ludlum bestseller) marked the final feature of director Sam Peckinpah (The Getaway, The Wild Bunch, Straw Dogs). In it, a man holding a party at his cabin in the woods is informed by government officials that some of his friends are KGB agents - it isn’t long before the paranoid guests start turning on one another. The impressive cast includes Rutger Hauer, John Hurt, Craig T. Nelson, Dennis Hopper, Meg Foster, Helen Shaver and Burt Lancaster. With the release of the Poltergeist remake on movie screens, MGM have wisely used the opportunity to distribute a Double Feature Blu-ray of Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986) and Poltergeist III (1988). Neither are particularly good follow-ups, but I will give props to

the villain of the first sequel, who is one of the creepiest preachers ever committed to celluloid. It may be worth picking up just for his ten minutes or so of screen time - the remainder, including a trip to “the other side” and a character being attacked by his own braces, are less than thrilling. The skyscraper-set follow-up is even sillier. Still, this release will provide horror fans like me with plenty of campy entertainment value for their dollar. If you’re only interested in one of the titles, don’t worry, they’re each available separately as well. Additionally, Kino Lorber are putting out a Blu-ray of the Mario Bava horror flick The Evil Eye (1963) aka The Girl Who Knew Too Much, about a tourist who witnesses a murder and becomes the target of the killer. Full Moon have Trancers II: The Return of Jack Deth (1991) a low-budget action/sci-fi movie that boasts Helen Hunt and Jeffrey Combs in its cast. Finally, VCI Entertainment have a Blu-ray of the Laurel & Hardy comedy The Flying Deuces (1939) which features the pair joining the Foreign Legion and piloting planes in order to impress a romantic interest.

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TOMORROWLAND Doesn’t Quite Launch Into Orbit RATING: «« AND 1/2 STARS RUNNING TIME: 130 MINUTES By Glenn Kay For the Sun


r a n k l y, I d o u b t that Disney’s Tomor rowla nd ha s ever struck anyone as a great jumping off point for a movie. A ride like Space Mountain certainly makes sense, but a project about the plaza on which it’s located...? The Tomorrowland movie is a curious experiment that emphasizes mystery as it slowly reveals its grand purpose. But while the film is diverting and fun in spots, it never excites or reaches the heights it should. As the story begins, the modern world is in terrible shape, nearing an apocalyptic tipping point - apparently, only two people can right the course. There’s Frank (George Clooney), a gruff inventor who was once part of a cadre of brilliant minds. That is, before a personal issue caused him to lose his focus. And there’s Casey (Britt Robertson), a brilliant teenager struggling

George Clooney stars in Tomorrowland, which opens in theaters Friday. Photo courtesy of Disney.

with being, well, smarter than everyone around her. While Clooney is top-billed, the bulk of the film follows Casey. When she discovers a trading pin that shows her a vision of the title location, she becomes determined to find it. However, this proves to be a much trickier task than expected. Chased by Men-inBlack-like figures, Casey encounters Athena (Raffey Cassidy), an enigmatic young girl responsible for the magical buttons. Slowly, the child reveals bits and piece of information about why the

teenager is so important to the cause. This is a great-looking film with some fantastic photography. The gleaming, futuristic city is impressive to behold. It is fully displayed via a complicated and clever one-shot master. This reveal follows a character as she explores the location, overcome with awe. And during the entire journey, there are some impressively shot and edited chases and fights in which the leads must fight to survive. There is also an amusing moment or two as

Athena doles out some serious beatings to nasty pursuers. While there’s nothing particularly deep about the story, it is revealed in too complicated a manner. The numerous twists and turns result in a great deal of lengthy exposition. Characters inexplicably keep information close to the chest rather than be explicit as to what is happening. Much is made of a disastrous creation from Tomorrowland that should never have been put into use, but no one elaborates until the climax. This is obviously done to create suspense, but the cryptic conversations dissipate the thrill factor and slow events down. And despite its spirit of adventure, there’s an odd tone. Characters are incinerated by futuristic laser guns (apparently, death rays were not considered a r uinous Tomorrowland invention) and nasty events are occasionally played in too flippant a manner. There’s a lot of humor, but it rarely clicks. As written, the leads feel stiff and their character arcs aren’t easy to relate to. In the end, the big emotional payoff is rather flat and unmoving.

Finally, the movie is awkward in one more respect. From the numerous trading pins, to the rides (Space Mountain and It’s A Small World) and intellectual property in the background (including Star Wars toys and a jet pack right out of The Rocketeer), it really does feel like an extended commercial for all things Disney. Not including the whole Disney consumerist subtext, the movie’s message is admirable, telling kids to never give up and encouraging them to put their minds to fixing problems. And forgiving viewers may get a simple kick out of the visuals and action. However, there isn’t much else to grasp on to. In the end, this is a bold and at times interesting movie that works in brief spells, but never quite won this reviewer over. As for what the future holds for Disney, who knows? Epcot: The Movie? The Liberty Square Riverboat Adventure? A Hall of Presidents film adaptation? (Actually, that one is easy to imagine - give me a call, Disney people, if you’d like to hear my take on it.) Based on the mere existence of Tomorrowland, any attraction will be on the drawing boards now.

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SPORTS 360 “It Means More to Teach” Story and photos by Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent


his writer has written many stories in the last 10 years about the exploits and talents of 14-year old Dylan Vargas. None are more important to me than the overall skills this young man demonstrates in other fields, rounding out his thirst for knowledge and accomplishments that seems never-ending. His Second Degree Black Belt and the accumulation of 745 trophies and 49 World Championships he has garnered in the last decade are very impressive, but his short life so far has not depended on these accomplishments alone. Dylan is also an awesome sudent, holding a 4.0 GPA as he finishes his eighth-grade year, and holding two Regional Science first place awards. He was unable to attend either of the last two state science events because of a conflicting schedule with the U.S. Martial Arts Grand International tournament. He won both titles, though.

When talking of the physical side of his life with martial arts, one must mix into this his long love of baseball, and a new passion, golf. He keeps in great shape by practicing his karate moves daily and with isometrics, building a six-pack of abs on his slight frame that many older athletes aspire to have, but few accomplish. He is also an accomplished musician, as his first entry in the Country Showdown last year proved, when he beat out the competition in Gallup and then almost won a regional contest in Prescott, AZ. His musical skills are inherited from his mom and dad, Cindy and Charlie. Cindy won the Country Showdown in 1995, and Charlie played with the Elektro Katz and Sudden Impact before starting his own band. Looking for a young guitar player, Charlie found that his own son had the ‘professional feel’ he was looking for and named the band, Dylan Vargas and the Black Belt Band. Mom and dad are part of this band with their only child and have picked up Tim Martin and Philip Romero to round out the Classic Rock sound they play.

Daniel Guillen (left) and his brother Isaiah pose with their trophies during a recent interview at Maria’s Restaurant in downtown Gallup.

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According to Charlie, the band is currently working on an original CD, with four tracks laid down presently with five more to go. Charlie also reported that after Dylan performed in Prescott, the family received a call from “America’s Got Talent,” but it was about the time Cindy’s mom died, which put that plan on the back shelf. There are videos of Dylan on YouTube showing his performance in Prescott. Several people in Las Vegas, connected to the MMA world, have mentioned the possiblity of a ‘reality show’ that would feature him, but are waiting for a couple more years to pass while taking videos of Dylan in competition and singing the national anthem at the start of the World Championships. That said, Dylan is working

hard at teaching the skills he has learned to others. His friend and Karate instructor, Joe Mandaragan of Joe’s Karate Club in Grants, has put Dylan in charge of teaching private Weapons’ classes to his students – there are 10 weapons at which he is skilled: Nunchucks, 3-Sectional Staff, Bow Staff, Kama, Rope Kama, Tomfa, Sai, Sword, Whip Chain, and Escrima. Barbara Kozeliski, the principal at Sacred Heart School, has also chosen Dylan to teach a Karate class at the school, where the only other athletics they have are basketball and cheer. The teaching has become more satisfying than the winning, according to Dylan. “It means more to me to see my students win than it does for me to win,” Dylan said.

Dylan Vargas, center, and four of his students from Sacred Heart School, pose with their trophies and medals after participating in the U.S. Martial Arts Grand International. From left, Daniel Guillen, Isaiah Guillen, Vargas, Cross Malcolm, and Damiano Kozeliski. Photo Credit: Courtesy.

His instruction paid off on March 27-28 when four of his students went with him to the Grand International tournament in Albuquerque. All returned with medals or trophies. Five-year old Damia no Kozeliski received two first place trophies for Forms and Fighting, seven-year old Cross Malcolm earned a medal for Fighting, 11-year old Daniel Guillen and his 13-year old brother Isaiah (pictured below) captured four trophies and two medals between them: Isaiah for firsts in Kata and Sparring and a third in Bareknuckle Koshiki, and Daniel for a second place in Sparring, though the latter also competed in Forms and Chambara. The Guillen brothers had trained previously with the Sanchez Academy for about five years. “Dylan taught us about take downs, mounts, and put us in different positions,” said Daniel, while Isaiah said their instructor taught them “Tae Kwan Do and new weapon forms.” Their mother, Jennifer Guillen, added that she is happy with the instruction, “The boys are doing really good, and having fun.” Vargas commented that his students “did awesome. They all showed heart and respect, and never gave up.” Which sounds very much like another young man, who hopes to start his own MMA Academy this summer, appropriately named after himself, Dylan Vargas. SPORTS

Boxing Resumes in Gallup The last time boxing was alive and well in Gallup was several years ago when Jimmy Montano, now the head softball coach at Miyamura High, was working with the Police Athletic League progra m. Since then, nothing, except for a much more modified event

called MMA which involves cage fighting. Joe Olivas, who has been in Gallup for about five years, hopes to change that with his small group of young “Lights Out” fighters, aided by his assistant Raymond Yazzie. Olivas, a boxer from the age

of seven in Oxford, CA had 176 bouts as an amateur and fought in the Olympic Trials in 1988 at the age of 18 at 135 pounds. He turned pro four years later at 140 pounds and trained with Robert Garcia and his dad Eduardo from 1990 until

From left, coach Joe Olivas, Richie Archuleta, Jaime Delgado, Joshua Yazzie, Thalia Delgado, Demetry Yazzie, and coach Raymond Yazzie in back, during a brief time out from practice.

moving to Gallup. Olivas took several of his young fighters to Los Lunas on April 10-11, and came home with two state champions: 13-year old Richie Archuleta at 75 pounds and 14-year old Blaine Wilson at 125. Wilson

Richie Archuleta works with Joe Olivas at Lights Out.

disqualified himself with a leg injury during a rodeo, but Richie is pumped and ready to face the competition in Ogden, UT at the Nationals this weekend. “I had five fights (at state),” Archuleta said. “They were OK, but I’m better! My last fight was against a boy that had 33 fights (against other opponents), but I like challenges.” “The coaches teach us sportsmanship and I like the hitting and counter punches,” said the JFK Mid School seventh grader. The ancient sport, started as an Olympic event in BC 688 though it wasn’t called boxing until 1719, is no stranger to the High Desert Plateau, where regular bouts were scheduled at Kitchen’s Opera House in the last part of the 19th century and well into the 20th century. Updates on the National match will be available in the next issue of The Gallup Sun.

“No Mercy” MMA Fighter Yazzie Ron Ga rcia ha s tra ined more than a few MMA fighters at No Mercy MMA since 2 0 0 6 , bu t A d r i a n Ya z z ie perseveres despite his 3 - 6 record and will be fighting June 6 at Buffalo Thunder Ca sino to attempt to push his record to more positive numbers. He will be fighting Josh Morales of the Jackson MMA.

Coach Garcia says that Adrian has come a long way to get to where he is today. “He has fought some tough opponents in his career and is working hard to get to the top. Adrian has been humble and knows that in this sport, it’s any fighter’s game on any night. Win or lose, never underestimate your opponent.” Adrian Yazzie turns a head. Photo Credit: Courtesy

Sports Scoreboard MONDAY, MAY 11, 2015 State 5A Golf in Roswell John Lomasney opening round of 80

THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2015 State 3A Tournament RCHS Softball 0, Jal 12 RCHS Softball 1, Raton 13

TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2015 State 5A Golf in Roswell John Lomasney final round of 86 166, 5-way tie of 31 golfers

SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2015 State 5A Track Meet Finals Miyamura Boys – 5th with 33 points Niles Thomas won 1600m in 4:22.61

WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2015 State 3A Tournament RCHS Softball 15, McCurdy 0 RCHS Softball 12, Pecos 2 SPORTS

Unbeaten in 10 races this year Thomas second in 800m at 1:58.08 Thomas second in 3200m at 9:30.77 Thomas scored 19 points in 3 races

Nicholas Jameson 5th in 3200m at 9:50.64 Jameson 8th in 1600m at 4:36.86 4X100m Relay Team of Kiona Lucio, David Gustillo, Ernesto Giron and A.J. Starkovich second in 43.67 seconds Starkovich also 4th in 400m at 50.72 and 5th in 100m at 11.74 seconds Gustillo 6th in Triple Jump at 41’ 2” Girls’ Team did not score 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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This Week in Sports SATURDAY – MAY 23





ROD CAREW LEAGUE (T-BALL PARK) 6:00 PM Cardinals vs. Cubs

7:00 PM Indians vs. D-backs 8:00 PM Pirates vs. Tigers ROBERTO CLEMENTE (INDIAN HILLS PARK) 6pm Red Sox vs. Indians 8pm Reds vs. Dodgers WILLIE MAYS (STAFIE FIELD) 6pm Pirates vs Nationals 8pm Yankees vs A’s U-10 SOFTBALL (FATHER DUNSTAN FIELD) 6pm Seminoles vs. G. Hounds 8pm Ducks vs. Horned Frogs PEE WEE REESE LEAGUE (PEE WEE REESE FIELD) 6:00 Yankees vs. Rangers 8:00 A’s vs. Braves

U-14 SOFTBALL (F.C. SOFTBALL FIELD) 6pm D-backs vs. Yankees 8pm Trojans vs. Giants MICKEY MANTLE LEAGUE (MICKEY MANTLE PARK) 6pm Pirates vs. Yankees 8pm A’s vs. Dodgers


ROD CAREW LEAGUE (T-BALL PARK) 6pm Red Sox vs. Rockies 7pm Angels vs. Yankees 8pm A’s vs. Astros ROBERTO CLEMENTE (INDIAN HILLS PARK) 6pm Tigers vs. Cardinals 8pm Twins vs. Angels U-8 SOFTBALL (FATHER DUNSTAN PARK) 6pm Rockies at D-backs 8pm Nationals at Padres WILLIE MAYS (STAFIE FIELD) 6pm White Sox vs Rangers 8pm Nationals vs Angels PEE WEE REESE LEAGUE (PEE WEE REESE FIELD) 6:00 Dodgers vs. A’s

8:00 Rangers vs. Yankees U-12 SOFTBALL (F.C. SOFTBALL FIELD) 6pm Yankees vs. Pirates 8pm Giants vs. D-Backs SANDY KOUFAX LEAGUE (MICKEY MANTLE FIELD) 6pm Reds vs. Yankees 8pm Tigers vs. Giants


ROD CAREW LEAGUE (T-BALL PARK) 6pm Braves vs. White Sox 7pm Cardinals vs. Giants 8pm Indians vs. Dodgers ROBERTO CLEMENTE (INDIAN HILLS PARK) 6pm Padres vs. Yankees 8pm Red Sox vs. Mets WILLIE MAYS (STAFIE FIELD) 6pm D-Backs vs Angels 8pm Rangers vs Giants U-10 SOFTBALL (FATHER DUNSTAN FIELD) 6pm Greyhounds vs. Wildcats 8pm Mustangs vs. Ducks


(STAFIE FIELD) 6pm Dodgers vs Giants

6pm Yankees vs. Trojans

8pm Nationals vs White Sox

8pm Giants vs. D-backs

U-10 SOFTBALL (FATHER DUNSTAN FIELD) 8pm Mustangs vs. Bruins

PEE WEE REESE LEAGUE (PEE WEE REESE FIELD) 6pm Dodgers vs. Braves 8pm Rangers vs. Red Sox MICKEY MANTLE LEAGUE (MICKEY MANTLE PARK) 6pm Dodgers vs. Pirates 8pm Yankees vs. A’s


ROD CAREW LEAGUE (T-BALL PARK) 6pm D-backs vs. Cubs

PEE WEE REESE LEAGUE (PEE WEE REESE FIELD) 6pm Braves vs. Yankees 8pm Red Sox vs. A’s U-12 SOFTBALL (F.C. SOFTBALL FIELD) 6pm Braves vs. Yankees 8pm Pirates vs. D-Backs

7pm Red Sox vs. Tigers


8pm Angels vs. Pirates

8pm Giants vs. Reds


Schedules ae only for one week at a time. Times and locations may change for a variety of reasons. Please contact your school to confirm the 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 are included by age groupings, in red.

8pm Tigers vs. Indians U-8 SOFTBALL (FATHER DUNSTAN PARK) 6pm Nationals at Angels 8pm Dodgers at Giants WILLIE MAYS

Hillary Clinton to hold Albuquerque fundraiser By Matthew Reichbach NM Political Report


emocratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be in A lbuquerque next month for a campaign event. According to a tweet by former Albuquerque mayor Martin Chavez, the former Secretary of State and U.S. Senator w ill appea r at a f u nd ra isi ng brea k fa st on June 3. The fundraiser will take place at the house of Ed Romero, a former U.S. Ambassador to Spain. A photo of the invite is included at the bottom of the post. Chavez is a long time Clinton supporter and he was a senior adviser to the Ready for Hillary

PAC that ran until Clinton officially announced she would run for President last month. Attending the breakfast is not cheap. Attendees will owe $2,700 for admission. Becoming an event co-host will set donors back $27,000 while hosts will owe  $50,000. The hosts and co-hosts will meet with Clinton in a host reception. New Mex ico is not a n important early state for the Democratic nomination, which Clinton is the odds-on favorite to easily win, and it went handily to President Barack Obama in both 2008 and 2012. However, the state was as wing state in 2000 and 2004 and was actually the closest state in raw votes in 2000—even closer than Florida.

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In 2008, when Clinton last ran for president, she narrowly defeated Barack Obama in New Mexico, 49 percent to 47.86 percent. By the time New Mexico had come around, the two were the final Democratic candidates still in the race. Cl i nt on h a s a t t r a c t ed the support of several high profile Democrats in the state including both U.S. Senators and one of the state’s three U.S. Representatives. The final Ready for Hillary event was held in Albuquerque in April. That weekend, Clinton officially announced that she would run. New Me x ic o’s mo s t prominent Democrat w ill likely not be at the fundraiser. Bill Richardson ser ved in

President Bill Clinton’s cabinet but when he endorsed Obama over Hillary Clinton in 2008, it created a r ift between Richardson and the Clintons. Richardson endorsed Obama after it was clear that Obama would win the nomination. Richardson had dropped out of the race for the Democratic nomination months earlier.

Clinton’s appearance will be the second in less than a week by a presidential candidate. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina will attend a fundraiser for the Republican Party of New Mexico on May 30. Fiorina is a long shot candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. Visit: www.nmpoliticalreport.com SPORTS



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FREE COMPUTER CLASSES IN MAY! The library is offering free computer training throughout the month of May at the Octavia Fellin Library. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. Registration is required, to register call (505)863-1291 or email libtrain@ gallupnm.gov or visit the front desk of the library. Today: Intermediate Excel: 2 pm - 4 pm

CHILDREN’S BRANCH MOVIE NIGHT Octavia Fellin Public LibraryChildren’s Branch is hosting a drop in film for all ages. Movie starts at 4 pm. This week’s feature: “Holes.”

EL MORRO PRESENTS: ‘LAWRENCE OF ARABIA’ (1962) Lawrence of Arabia is a 1962 British epic adventure drama film based on the life of T. E. Lawrence. It was directed by David Lean and produced by Sam Spiegel through his British company, Horizon


Pictures, with the screenplay by Robert Bolt and Michael Wilson. The film stars Peter O’Toole in the title role. It is widely considered one of the greatest and most influential films in the history of cinema. Rated PG. 207 West Coal Ave, 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm. May 22-24. $5 (cash only).

SATURDAY MAY 23 THE HOBBIT MOVIE MARATHON The Octavia Fellin Public Library will have a Hobbit Movie Marathon with all three films, including Battle of the Five Armies. Join us as we take a film trip to Middle Earth and watch the adventures of Bilbo Baggins from beginning to end. The first film begins at 9:30am. Popcorn will be served. For more information, please contact mdchavez@gallupnm.gov or call (505) 863-1291.

EL MORRO THEATRE PRESENTS ‘MARY POPPINS’ Mary Poppins is a kind of Super-nanny who flies in with her umbrella in response to the request of the Banks children and proceeds to put things right with






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MONDAY MAY 25 MEMORIAL DAY PARADE AND CEREMONY Memorial Day observances begin at 10 am on May 25 at the veterans plots at Hillcrest Cemetery. The Memorial Day Parade will begin at 11 am from the cemetery down Aztec Avenue, continuing to Courthouse Square and the Veterans Memorial. There will be ceremonies at Courthouse Square beginning at 11:30 am. The public is invited to participate in all events.

SUMMER NIGHTLY INDIAN DANCES Runs Memorial Day thru Labor Day at the Courthouse Square. Information: (505) 722-2228


This meeting will be held in the Commissioner Chambers, Third Floor of the McKinley County Courthouse, 207 West Hill, Gallup, New Mexico. A copy of the agenda will be available 72 hours prior to the meeting in the Manager’s Office and the County Clerk’s Office.

CITY COUNCIL 6 PM Agendas will be available at least seventy-two (72) hours prior to each meeting. 110 West Aztec Ave.

WEDNESDAY MAY 27 MAY FILM SERIES Octavia Fellin Public Library. Starts at 5:30 pm – popcorn provided. This week feature, “A Most Wanted Man.”

MONTHLY MEETING WITH COUNCILOR LINDA GARCIA We invite you to meet with District 1 Councilor Linda Garcia at the Northside Neighborhood Association monthly meeting beginning at 6:30 pm at the Northside Senior Center, 607 N Fourth. Councilor Garcia will be there to listen to your concerns.

It’s a great opportunity to share ideas and we welcome your compliments and complaints. Please join us and feel free to bring a friend or two. If you have any questions, please call Linda at (505) 879-4176.

THURSDAY MAY 28 CRAFTY KIDS! All ages are welcome to engage in craft fun for the whole family at the Octavia Fellin LibraryChildren’s Branch. The craftmaking fun starts at 4 pm.

NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING We invite residents of the Mentor neighborhood to meet with District 4 Councilor Fran Palochak at our meeting beginning at 6 pm. Councilor Palochak will be there to listen to your concerns. It’s a great opportunity to share ideas and we welcome your compliments and complaints. Please join us and feel free to bring a friend or two. Tobe Turpen Elementary School, 3310 Manuelito Dr.

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