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June Featured Artisan: Jewelry Maker Marla Chavez PART-TIME HOBBY DEVELOPS INTO FULL-TIME PASSION
Marla Chavez stands in front of her jewelry collection on display at Coal Street Pub. Photo Credit: David Tom
By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor
n the second Saturday evening each month, during the downtown Arts Crawl, you can find Marla Chavez and her standout jewelry collection at Coal Street Pub.
Elegantly displayed on a round table draped with white fabric, plastic forms showcase her earring and necklace collections. On the wrist of translucent replicas of human hands hold a bracelet or two, and a few pair of iridescent, highly textured dichroic glass earrings lay
directly on the table. Chavez sets up a pro fessional display, and each completed necklace, pair of earrings or bracelet starts out as a silver strand – a canvas to create her one-of-a-kind pieces utilizing natural gemstones, Swarovski crystals and beads. Ch avez , t he ow ner of Designs By “Marla D,” actually moonlights as a jeweler. She works for the city as an executive assistant in the mayor’s and city manager’s office. Instead of resorting to the couch with remote in hand after a long day at the office, she elects to get crafty. While humble about her gift of creating whimsical and elegant pieces, she said getting things straight and symmetrical has taken years of practice. And she caught the jewelry-making bug by happenstance. The bead seed was planted after she witness some relatives crafting jewels.
“I have cousins that do beadwork,” she said. “It wasn’t really the medium as it was what they were making.” Looking for new stones and beads has become second nature. When she travels with her husband Ramon Chavez, she is often fortunate enough to strike up a conversation with small town locals to get some
“It’s silver wire … so there’s not a lot of room for error,” she said. And no two pieces are the same, for the most part. She limits the re-creation of a particular set of earrings and necklace to three times. Chavez, who hails from California, moved to Gallup when she was a teenager and
Marla Chavez crafts necklaces out of different shape shells and stones, but the magic is making it lay nicely around the neckline. Photo Credit: David Tom
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great deals on jewelry supplies. On a recent trip to Silver City, NM, locals led her to the home of a prolific bead collector. Upon entering the house, there were few signs of a collection. But stashed away in the cabinets and niches were a hidden treasure trove of gemstones and beads. More stuff to add to her growing collection. Locally, she has her eyes out for supplies as well. Getting deals on gemstones is a priority so she can pass the savings onto her customers. For instance, pricing for a butterfly necklace and matching earrings starts in the $40 range. “I try to keep prices low,” she said. “It’s nice to be able to afford to buy them.” Chavez credits University of New Mexico-Gallup and Thunderbird Supply Co. for classes that have taught her a thing or two about her craft. She has learned that working with silver allows little wriggle room for error, so she emphasized that patience is essential to creating optimum pieces.
has been here ever since. “The town and people kind of grab you, “ she said. But, her love for life in Gallup and natural enthusiasm were almost cut short when she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer more than a year ago. The mother and stepmother with a combined family of six children and three grandchildren didn’t back down from the challenge. “It took a lot of surgeries,” adding that she has been in remission since July 2014. Additionally, recovering from a close call has drawn her closer to family. “You really do appreciate things more,” she said. This of course, goes for designing jewelry. Chavez is currently in the process of building a new website and “Designs By Marla D” has a Facebook like page and Pinterest account set up so customers can view her wearable art. To contact Marla, send her an email: firstname.lastname@example.org GALLUP FUN!
A Cultural Showcase – Gallup Summer Nightly Indian Dances By Dee Velasco Sun Correspondent
h i s su m mer when you’re pla nning of t h i n g s t o do a nd visit, be sure to mark down and experience, “The Gallup Summer Nightly Indian Dances.” Nestled in the heart of Gallup, New Mexico, this deeply rooted cultural experience is a must to see. Sponsored by the City of Gallup and the Gallup Chamber of Commerce, the GSNID has been a tradition that draws crowds from all over the world. Making this year its Thirtyfirst year tradition, the GSNID offers you traditional Native American dances from various Native American tribes from around the area. Tribes include: Zuni Pueblo, Navajo Dine Nation, Lakota Sioux, San Juan Pueblo, and others. Gallup is considered to be the, “Indian Capital of the World”, and thus it permeates it with the rich cultural heritage each night with traditional dances. L oc at ed i n dow nt ow n Gallup at the McKinley County Court house plaza, the outdoor setting is just right for the ambience. The GSNID begins each night at 7 pm and last for one hour. Each year it begins on Memorial Day and ends on Labor Day.
As the preparations for each night begin, tourists as well as locals begin to seek a place to sit and are getting ready to enjoy the nightly performance. If by chance you’re tummy is calling for food – you’re in luck, a local food truck is on hand. Not just a ny food but, authentic Native American food prepared by members of the Navajo Dine nation. A local favorite is, Fry bread, and of course – green chili. If you’ve never had one ... now’s the time. You’ll also find local Native American artisans on hand displaying their arts & crafts of all sorts. This event is for the entire family, young and old, and best of all it’s free! It’s the highlight of Gallup summer activities. When you attend the performances, be sure to bring your camera, as this is highly recommended by the emcees to take all the pictures you want; in fact you can also take group pictures with the performers after their performance. The GSNID is a hidden treasure just of Interstate Forty. Teri Frazier, Director of the GSNID says, “It’s a family, safe and educational atmosphere and it’s entertaining.” The GSNID are held every night of the week and are even emceed by local Native Americans as well. Each night they inform the audience of the
Ramona Roach sings in Navajo while playing the hand drum at the June 3 Norman Roach demonstrates the fast moving and exciting to watch Hoop Nightly Indian Dances. Photo Credit: Tom Hartsock Dance June 3. Photo Credit: Tom Hartsock
history of Gallup, the significance of the dances, and even tell of their own tribal ancestry. Locals and tourists leave with a deep spiritual sense of the great southwest and a new kinship among Native Americans. Tourists from the entire world come out to enjoy these per for m a nce s: G er m a ny, Europe, China, Great Britain, France, Switzerland, and many from all over the United States. An ambassador of the GSNID,
Multi-talented Norman Roach shows off his grass dancing skills at the the June 3 Nightly Indian Dances. Photo Credit: Tom Hartsock
is also present to answers questions and hand out free literature to the audience. The GSNID can also be found on the web at www.nightlyindiandances.com. Each night the GSNID offers performances from groups such as: The Cellicion Traditional Zuni Dancers, White Eagle Dancers, The Roach family, Morningsong, and others just to name a few. Each group brings its distinct style of traditional dances, their regalia, and the sacred meaning behind the dances. Fer na ndo Cel l icion, group leader of the, Cellicion Traditional Zuni Dancers, says, “Our dances are to teach, preserve, and pass down the social songs and dances.” Cellicion and his group are from the Zuni Pueblo, which is the largest of the Pueblos in New Mexico. The group was founded in 1983 by his late parents, and since then, Fernando has kept the group going. Cellicion says, “Our group has always been a family affair consisting usually of fifth-teen family members.” The group is well renowned and has traveled throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Southeast Asia, the South Pacific, and even, Northern
Africa. They have traveled to thirty-eight countries so far and recently have been invited to perform in Turkmenistan, for a festival this coming July. Cellicion also plays the flute and mesmerizes the crowd with a virtuoso performance each time. So whether it’s the Cellicion group or one of the Native American dance groups, all are sure to please; a schedule of the performance groups is available so as to be sure you don’t miss any of the performances. You’ll soon find yourself coming back for more. Such is the case for this writer, one night three years ago, I was intrigued by the sound of drumming and ventured over, and that was it...now I look forward to it each year. Whether if you’re a local or perhaps passing through Gallup, don’t miss out on the GSNID. Come enjoy a cool evening outdoors as the sun begins to dip in the horizon, partake of authentic Native American cuisine, and be prepared for a breath-taking performance. Known also as, “New Mexico True”, the GSNID offers a rich, cultural, adventure that everyone should experience. See the Gallup Sun’s Calendar on page 23 for Nightly Indian Dances time and location.
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June Arts Crawl bustling with activities Shop, listen to music or color the streets! By Melinda Russell Sun Correspondent
ccording to Nitasha Manning, Arts Crawl C o or d i n a t or, t he monthly festival is more than an event, it is a great way to build community and relationships. The June 13 event is all about exploring cultures through visual and performing arts. “It’s a great outlet for alleviating stress,” Manning said. She encourages everyone to come downtown and hang out for an hour or two. She says you’ll be surprised, you might just paint the street with your feet while listening to the bands. There will be seven live artists working on the streets including Vanessa Wild from Albuquerque and Greg Ballinger. Ballinger attended Rehoboth High School, Idyllwild Arts Academy in California and will be starting his second year at the Institute of American Arts in Santa Fe in August. You can preview his work at the southeast
Amy Coats and Nitasha Manning are looking forward to the ways Arts Crawl can promote not only downtown Gallup but also respect, empathy and compassion among Gallup residents. Photo Credit: Melinda Russell
corner of Coal Street and 2ndStreet. He is doing a six mural project for the city. The project will highlight local veterans. His first work features Desert Storm and Desert Shield veteran, Sheila Silva. KleenSl8 is a Christian Rock and Gospel band from Shelbyville, MI. The four siblings in this band try to send a message about fresh starts (clean slates). They will be one of the
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street performers during Arts Crawl. Activities will kick off early this month. At 2 pm the Children’s Branch Library will feature Rainforest Birds. At 5 pm the El Morro Theatre will have a ribbon cutting and grand re-opening ceremony along with tours for those interested. Recording artist, Nite Gomez will sing the National Anthem for this
event and will also be singing with a band of friends later that evening. The 2nd Street addition to the El Morro will be host to a Navajo Nation Museum exhibition entitled “Working With The Wool.” Arts Crawl is also expecting the Zuni Dancers to appear on the streets during the festivals performing the Zuni deer and buffalo dances. Also at 5 pm, Marco Bello, chef at The Eagle Café will be serving a four course meal. The Eagle has been around for more than a century, according to Manning. And while eating, you can enjoy the artwork display in the restaurant’s gallery. Arts Crawl officially starts at 7 pm. Amy Coats, owner of Foundations of Freedom Performing Arts Studio, will feature hip hop dancers, break dancing and belly dancing. Students will perform pieces that were a part of their Spring Recital entitled “The Story of Hip Hop.” “[Arts Crawl] is a great event and it’s continually building,” she said. Manning said that their attendance has been growing, starting with around 400 participants in January and February, but increased to about 900 participants in April. With the weather getter nicer and tourists starting to visit, Arts Crawl attendance is expected to get even bigger over the summer. Manning says one of her favorite parts of Arts Crawl is how the downtown walkway transforms into a vibrant and beautiful gathering place. “I love to stand back and watch people enjoy,” she said. Manning discussed the walkway’s stigma of being an undesirable pathway. She said the event really changes your point of view. More than 24 businesses offer specials for their products and many of them add entertainment to their palette of products for Arts Crawl each month. Other June activities during Arts Crawl include an outdoor cornhole tournament at Sammy C’s, free demonstrations at Zumba Fitness, MMA sparring sessions at Jody Sanchez Academy of Martial Arts, and the spray paint art of Josh Fambrough at Max’s Tattoos Zone.
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Reforming the Navajo government with prayers, people By Marley Shebala Sun Correspondent
orman Brown is not afraid of challenges and that is probably why he’s taken on the gargantuan task of returning the Navajo Nation government to the people. And Brown knows that he’s not the first one to try. But he knows that he needs to succeed where the others have failed because he truly believes that the Navajo Nation is running out of time. Brown, who is originally from Chinle, Ariz., said he feels like he really had to choice in pushing for the restructuring of the Navajo government. He lets out a long sigh, looks down at the floor for about a minute and then he looks intensely at the Gallup Sun reporter for about half a minute before speaking and carefully choosing his words. “I want to be humble in how I explain how I became involved,” Brown explained. “I’ve been on a spiritual journey of healing and I’ve always been talking about change. I realized that if I couldn’t change myself then how
could I help my nation change. “So in this spiritual process of healing and growth, I saw what laid ahead for my people and I didn’t like what I saw,” he said sadly. “And I couldn’t sleep for days. I couldn’t eat because of what I saw.”
THE VISION Brown said, “What I saw was land with no water, no life; a land barren of all its riches, animals. That is what I saw. “And I realized that prophesies weren’t shown to happen, but shown so it won’t happen,” he emphasized. “So after I saw that I was given another vision or view that showed us as strong people. “Then I saw this fire within the Four Sacred Mountains and there was a corn pollen trail to that fire,” Brown said with amazement. “And it was a real tiny fire because it was so far away. And I thought that is a long path. It’s going to take decades, a lifetime.” As he thought about the fire and the corn pollen trail, he smoked some tobacco to help him understand. “After smoking the holy tobacco, I understood that there
is no time and space and that the fire was made with hope, faith, unity, K’e’,” Brown said. “What I saw was this constitution. I shared what I saw with others. One sister mentioned that maybe we (Navajo people) need a constitution.” He said he was asked to lead this movement for a Navajo constitution and he said no. As more and more people heard about his vision, the question of who could lead was repeatedly raised. After six more months of prayer and meditation and talking with his relatives and family about whether he should initiate the Navajo constitution movement, Brown said he started hearing people say that this could be the “last chance to create this ideal independence.” Dedicating his life He said that’s when he finally decided to ask a core group of Navajo community members and leaders to help him lead the transformation of the current Navajo government into a constitutional government. “It took half a year for me to decide if I would dedicate my life,” Brown said. “But for me, this is our last chance. If
we don’t do this now then we’ll never do this because right now we still have our language, our philosophy, our land, our way of life. It’s still strong.” He added, “For myself, as a lifelong activist, my main concern in helping to produce this (constitutional reform) document is the future. By developing this document, we can assure future generation a more stable, more fair, more transparent Navajo government.
THE LEGACY “We want to leave a legacy that will ensure that our future generations will continue to evolve as a nation with language, culture, and a plan for our own destiny,” Brown said. “Our youth don’t need to go through the same government turmoil’s that we have been experiencing since 1989.” He emphasized, “We want to leave a Navajo government that honors all citizens and a system of government that honors our rights over corporate and federal rights. And it will be through this constitutional reform document that the world recognizes the Dine’ people as truly independent.”
Norman Brown greets Father Sun with sacred tobacco. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Chantal Viellard
Brown said that i nd e p e nd e nc e a nd s e l fdetermination are words that are familiar to the people. But the proper inclusion and legal definition of those words in this government reform document would give the people, not the Navajo Nation Council, the legal right to decide how to use their homeland, he explained. Brown said, “The people would have the power to decide how to use their water, their natural resources without pressure from outside corporation or the federal government forcing us to follow their plan. The federal
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Native Veteran Profile: NAVAJO WOMAN OVERCOMES TAUNTING, JOINS ARMY By Marley Shebala Sun Correspondent
I N DOW ROCK , Ariz. – If it wasn’t for her older sister, Helena Ba r neyAnthony, calling her a “crybaby”, telling her she was “too small” and saying she wouldn’t make it through boot camp, Angela Barney-Nez might not have joined the Army. A r my vetera n Ba r neyNez said that was her sister’s response in 1974 when she told her that she was going to join Army. “I was wanting go into the Army in 1974 and I would have made it to Vietnam,” she remem-
Army? And what I also didn’t know was that the military had changed its pattern of basic combat training or BCT.” That was in 1978. “I thought I would just regret it if I didn’t do it,” Barney-Nez remembered. “I would never know for myself if I made it or not. So it was like a self challenge. It was also a challenge in a way because I was a college-educated young woman and a former Miss Navajo Nation.” She laughed as she remembered how she became a contestant for Miss Navajo. Right after graduating from college, Barney-Nez, who is from Tohatchi, decided that
Navajo competition. “Our excuse was she’s in school,” she said. “But once my grandmother said yes that was it. I always said ask my grandmother. And so after I got my degree, my grandmother said she’s ready to do other things; she’s not in school. She gave me away.” Barney-Nez laughed again as she remembered her grandmother and how the Miss Navajo pageant was under the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs. That was in 1975. “I had to go to the BIA super i nt endent of f ice t o apply to be Miss Navajo,” she recalled. “The superintendent was Donald Dodge. It was good encounter.
she said. “Miss Navajo had a scholarship but you had to show documents.” Barney-Nez then realized that her bachelor’s degree would earn her a $3,000 educational bonus when she joined the Army. “I could finish the masters program and get over not being good enough, being a cry baby,” she said. “My sister doesn’t know she put incentive, a challenge into me to join the Army. She was in the Marines. If she didn’t say anything then maybe I would have stopped thinking about joining the Army. “But she’s my older sister and we spent lot of time together,” Barney-Nez said. “She took care of me at boarding school. She fought my battles. She knows how small and petite I was. How people picked on me. “She also knew my abilities and where to take me,” BarneyNez said. “I was a fast runner and I won $30 at the Gallup Ceremonial. I guess that’s how she knew I was a crybaby.” Barney-Nez laughed again. She said that she joined the Army on July 19, 1978, and her sister, Helena, joined the Marines right after high school in 1968.
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U.S. Army veteran Angela Barney-Nez was among several Navajo female veterans that participated in the 10th anniversary of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial in November 2002. Photo Credit: Courtesy
bered. “But when I told her I was thinking about joining the Army, she really just came out and said, ‘You’re too much of a cry baby. You’re not going to make it.’ And I thought, ‘Oh yeah! Oh yeah!’ And the more I thought about whether I could make it or not, this movement about women being equal to men happened.” B a r ney-Nez ex pl a i ne d that NOW or the National Organization of Women had just made a “great fuss about women’s equality. «I had a chance to see for myself what that meant. How equal would I feel in the
U.S. Marines veteran Helena Barney-Anthony is the older sister of U.S. Army veteran Angela Barney-Nez. Barney-Anthony is pictured before the 10th anniversary of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial parade in Washington, D.C., in November 2003. Photo Credit: Courtesy
she didn’t want to go to work immediately.
MISS NAVAJO “I could have gone to work but I went way out there with the sheep,” she said. “I built an open pit fire where I cooked my food. I carried a rifle all summer. Right after that I went into Miss Navajo. “I had no idea what Miss Navajo was about,” she said. “It was something my parents got talked into.” Barney-Nez explained that relatives or community members would often ask her parents to enter her into the Miss
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“I went through the Miss Navajo competition and it had its own little things that challenged women’s feminism,” Barney-Nez said. Barney-Nez, who was single at the time, became the 1976-77 Miss Navajo. After her term as Miss Navajo, Barney-Nez decided that she wanted to earn a master’s degree.
MILITARY BENEFITS “I had started the masters program but I had no money,”
Helena went to a n a llfemale Marine boot camp at Paris Island. Barney-Nez, ten years later, went to the first co-ed A rmy boot camp at Fort Dicks, N.J., with 12 other females. All the female recruits had to have high school diplomas, which was not a requirement for the ma le recr uits, she said. And since she had a college deg ree, she wa s of fered officers’ school, which she declined because she wanted to prove that she could make it though boot camp without special treatment. But she was relieved that t he “old m i l it a r y” wh ich was “very, very brutal in its treatment of trainees” was a thing of the past because boot camps were now co-ed. Co-ed boot camps also ended “name calling,” she said.
Army veteran Angela Barney-Nez remembers her military career, especially why she decided to joined the Army. Photo Credit: Marley Shebala
Barney-Nez said there more 200 men in her whole company and maybe 40 to 30 in each platoon. She was assigned to the 3rd platoon, Alpha Company. At the end of boot camp, n i ne of t he 13 fe m a le s graduated. Women in uniform “You’ll be surprised at how many men feel uncomfortable with women in unifor m,” Barney-Nez said. “It’s like this is mine. You’re not supposed to be in my profession. You’re supposed to be at home. You’re supposed to be married to somebody and not in combat garb. “And even today, here on Navajo Reservation, there’s a little bit of that kind of t h i nk i ng,” she sa id. “But Navajo men are getting use to it because of different experiences. “Before 1976 or 1975, somewhere in there, women soldiers became the feminist m o v e m e n t ,” B a r n e y - N e z said. “And it was the equality movement that changed boot camps.” She smiled a s she remembered her father telling her and her sister, Helena, that women can do anything a man can do. He also said that the only thing that a woman can’t do by herself is have a baby. That was in the late 1960s a nd before t he fem i n i s t movement, Barney-Nez said. GALLUP FUN!
‘Gallup Reads’ a major success By Kimberly A. Gaona Sun Correspondent
s the summer begins and school wraps up, it is not uncommon to find students, teachers and parents reflecting on what did or did not make the school year great. The weather begins to warm up, students become children again, assemblies are held for the various extra-curricular activities and hard working teachers and staff get to relax for a couple of brief months before beginning to plan for the next school year. One group of volunteers is taking a much deserved breather after instituting the Gallup Reads program. For the first year ever, a group of volunteers joined Gallup Reads and each read to all of the Kindergartners at Stagecoach Elementary t h ree days of t he week. Diana Romero, the Gallup Reads Coordinator, said that the program wouldn’t have happened without the help of Super i ntendent F ra n k Chiapetti, Alice Perez, former employee of the GallupMcK in ley Cha mber of Commerce, and the more than 100 volunteers. “The tutors really need to be thanked, for coming in every day, getting prepared, they all worked hard,” Romero said, adding that they are all appreciated greatly from the entire Stagecoach Elementary staff. One of the volunteers, Linda Murphy, summed up the program in perfect words. “O u r goa l i s t o h ave
REFORMING | FROM PAGE 7 government and corporations have been telling us that these are the rules that we have to follow. We are saying, no.” He said that the first public forum on the transformation of the Navajo government was at the Whitecone Chapter in May. The second one is June 6, at the Phil L. Thomas Performing Arts Center in Shiprock from 9 am to 5 pm. Brown said that the first gathering generated four areas of concerns. Number one is how this document, which could be called GALLUP FUN!
The first year for Gallup Reads saw approximately 100 volunteers read to 60 Stagecoach Elementary Kindergartners for the 2014-2015 school year. Photo Credit: Courtesy
Kindergartner reading levels to the first grade by the time they start the first grade,” she said. With the help of the chamber members, that got the idea from the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, and under the direction of Gallup McKinley County Schools, the volunteers paired up into groups of three. E a ch t ook one d ay a week to read to two different Kindergartners for 30-minutes each. As the reading progressed, the tutors would also work on the alphabet, recognition of letters, reading and sight words as the student needed and as the teachers deemed necessary. The tutors were able to tutor all 60 Kindergartner’s throughout the school year. Theu received the tutoring three days a week. “Each kid gets one on one time three times a week,” Murphy said. “We really got to know the kids, which is nice.” Romero said that not only did the program help increase
reading levels, but it also opened up the lines of communication for the Kindergartners. Murphy and Romero both said that the progress that the students made from October to April was “amazing.” Another volunteer, Sandra McKinney, shared in their enthusiasm of the program. “It’s a team effort, it’s been a wonderful program for these little kids,” McKinney said. Not only did this group of individuals give of their time and talent to tutor these students, they also raised approximately $10,000 from the
business community to fund the project. This helped provide the materials as well as fingerprint and background check all of the volunteers. Murphy said that the business district was a wonderful support throughout the program from donating funds to allowing their employees time to be part of the program and tutor students. “The only bad thing was that it cost $44 a person to get [the volunteers] fingerprinted,” she said. With their limited budget, it was difficult spending money
on the background checks instead of more materials for the students. The group is already looking towards the 2015 -2016 school year with the goal of first grade reading levels in mind. “We could always use new tutors,” Murphy said. Those interested in the program, for more information or to donate time or money can contact Linda Murphy at Murphy Builders (505) 8636274 or the Gallup-McKinley Chamber of Commerce at (505) 722-2228.
a constitution, would insure that the people – not elected officials, political appointees and attorneys – determine their future. Second is the protection of our homeland, the air, water and natural resources. The third concern is the preservation of our way of life, which includes our language. The fourth area of interest is whether this government reform involves a total makeover or taking the best of our current government and making it better with Dine’ wisdom. For more information, go to: https://www.facebook.com/ norman.p.brown.3?fref=ts. Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Gallup Sun • Friday June 5, 2015
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t’s true. You do not need to have watched the HBO cult show Entourage to be able to enjoy the film version of Entourage. T h i s i s not a g ue s s or a n a ssu mption a s I never watched a si ng le episode out of the eight seasons of the show and had no trouble keeping up with Vince (Ad r ia n Gren ier) a nd h i s bro/ buddy support system. This is due, in most pa r t, to the simplicity of the concept. Pretty boy makes it big and the City of Angels and brings his entourage (hence the name) along with him for the ride. There are parties, dr inking a nd par ties. A nd lots of girls. Wa sh, r i nse, repeat. Got it. T he mov ie f i nds Vi nce on the top of the world having sta r red in the biggest movie ever: James Cameron’s Aquaman. His ex-agent, Ari Gold (Jeremey Piven) is now t he head of a st ud io a nd Vince would like to have Ari
greenlight his next project which is a futuristic retelling of Jekyll and Hyde. The catch is Vince wants to direct it himself. A r i agrees a nd chaos ensues. That’s about it for the plot. Really Entourage is merely an opportunity to catch up w it h t he beloved cha racters and hang out with them for a while. Or, in my case, introduce you to the world of Hollywood Nights and Malibu Dreams. There are a couple of elements that make Entourage shine. First one being cameos galore!! I did some research (meaning I Googled it) and from my findings I believe that Entourage is no. 2 alltime in respect to cameos falling only behind to It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. World had something close to 60 cameos but it is (no joke) three hours and thirty m i nutes long! Ent o ur a ge squeezes in about 35 cameos in an hour and forty four minutes. So if you’re looking at cameos per minute, Entourage takes the prize. Ever yone from Warren Buffet to Russell
Emily Ratajkowski & Adrian Grenier star in ‘Entourage,’ which opened in theaters June 3. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
Wilson jumps in to deliver some incredibly stilted dialogue. But these brief appearances are a fun throwback element that helps you feel like you are living the dream along with the boys. T h e n t h e r e’s Je r e m e y Piven. He is a maniac!!! As
A r i Gold, he destroys the scenery whenever he’s on the screen. He is the main reason to catch this flick as he screams at the world around him for being so much stupid e r t h a n h i m s el f. T he other actors a re made for television and come across
awkward on the big screen. Kev i n Dillon does a l r ig ht a s big bro Joh n ny Dra ma but the rest don’t belong. In fact Adrian Grenier looks so uncomfor table in his skin t h at I felt sor r y for h i m. The worst lead in a motion picture since Pa r is Hilton starred in T he Hottie and the Nottie. But none of that matters because this is Piven’s film. He makes up for any shortcomings and delivers the life and the laughs. As the movie moves along, Piven picks up pace until he reaches a spectacular level of lunacy. He got me wanting to go and watch every episode of the series. I’ll go add it on my Amazon Prime. While Entourage comes across more as an extended telev i sion epi sode rat her tha n a film, the approach works for the material. There is zero doubt that if you loved the show, this is a ticket to buy. If you are green like me, you’ll still get your money’s worth. David Pinson writes for the entertainment website www.cinemastance.com
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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup June 5, 2015 By Glenn Kay For the Sun
t ’s t i me for a not her roundup, featuring upcoming highlights on Blu-ray and DVD. Once again, there are plenty of interesting releases coming your way. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!
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press and underperformed at the box office earlier in the year. The story follows a poor house cleaner who discovers she is a princess from another galaxy. She must return to her home world to claim her title and save the Earth. It was called a visually spectacular but confusing effort littered with plot holes. Many also complained that this unfathomably strange flick was highly derivative of The Matrix. Check it out for yourself and see what you think. It features Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Freddie Redmayne and Sean Bean.
Gardenia, Sid Caesar and Alex Rocco. Finally, Warner Brothers are bringing a box set of classic titles to Blu-ray. The John Wayne Westerns Film
by the likes of Tom Kenny, Clancy Brown and Matt Berry.
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Focus - A con man’s latest scheme gets increasingly complicated when a woman from his past enters the picture. Naturally, it becomes difficult to tell who is playing who and to what purpose. While notices were mixed, there were more that fell on the positive side than negative. It has been described as an overly complicated comedy/crime flick that occasionally has difficulty suspending disbelief, but manages to work overall thanks to the charisma of its cast. Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santiago and Gerald McRaney headline the film.
Jupiter Ascending - The latest science-fiction epic from The Wachowskis (The Matrix, Cloud Atlas) got a lot of bad GALLUP FUN!
McFarland, USA - This Disney drama tells the true life story of the 1987 McFarland High School cross country running team. They exceeded expectations and eventually challenged for a championship title. While almost all the critics called it incredibly old-fashioned and formulaic (with some even suggesting that it was a tad condescending), most of them admitted that the underdog story ultimately worked and that the end result was inspirational. The movie stars Kevin Costner as the team coach and Maria Bello. T he SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water - A decade after the first animated movie, the bizarre talking sea sponge returns for another round of slapstick gags. This time out, a nefarious pirate plots to steal the Crabby Patty formula, forcing the gang out of the water to retrieve it. The press were generally positive about the follow-up. While they suggested that it was episodic and wouldn’t appeal to anyone who isn’t already a fan, they implied that there was plenty of quirky and surreal laughs that would appeal to both the young as well as young-at-heart. Antonio Banderas plays the pirate, while voices are provided
It’s a quiet week for reissues and older films, but there are still a couple of noteworthy titles. Shout! Factory are releasing a Blu-ray of the low-budget, atmospheric cult horror film Scarecrows (1988). It’s about a heist gone wrong that strands a gang of criminals in a massive cornfield with the supernatural, malevolent title characters. Honestly, I don’t remember the movie all that well, but the scarecrows do look creepy and the movie’s reputation has grown over the years, making it seem like a title worth revisiting. The Blu-ray contains multiple audio commentaries, interviews as well as the trailer and other promotional materials. 1776 (1972) is a musical adaptation (based on the Broadway play) of the Founding Fat her s i n t he A mer ica n Revolution. The new Blu-ray from Sony Pictures includes the Director’s Cut of the film in high definition. It also contains a director commentary, deleted scenes and other extras. Many readers may be familiar with the Warner Archive, a service brings some of their lesser known catalog films to DVD, burned for each buyer on a DVD-R disc. It’s a great service that helps forgotten movies see some form of distribution. 20th Century Fox has the same service and are bringing the Alan Arkin comedy Fire Sale (1977) via their Cinema Archives line. It’s about a very eccentric family who run a clothing store - the movie features a great cast that includes Rob Reiner, Vincent
Collection features the star in films from various eras of his lengthy career. This collection includes Fort Apache (1948), The Searchers (1956),
Rio Bravo (1959), The Train Robbers (1973) and Cahill: United States Marshall (1973).
YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Young ones have a lot to choose from this week. The highlights are listed below. Beetle Ba iley: 65th Anniversary Collector’s Edition - Complete Cartoon Collection Bubble Guppies: The Puppy and the Ring (Nickelodeon) Dora the Explorer: Whirl & Twirl Collection (Nickelodeon) Max & Ruby: Sharing & Caring (Nickelodeon) Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures: Jurassic Pac The Spongebob Mov ie: Sponge Out of Water Spongebob Squarepants: Spongebob Goes Prehistoric Tom & Jerry: Dean Deitch Col lec t ion - Rem a s t ered Theatrical Shorts Turbo Fast: Season 1
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he Annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life event w ill ta ke place i n Gallup on June 12. All survivors of cancer are invited to attend and be our honored guests! At registration they will receive free t-shirts while supply lasts, and other goodies. They are asked to check in at 6 pm. The Opening Ceremony begins at 7 pm.
This is the fourth year Relay is taking place in downtown Gallup at the Courthouse Square. The teams hope that all of Gallup will come out for Relay For Life! The festivities continue all night because, as we say, “Cancer never sleeps and for one more - night, neither do we.” The closing ceremony is at 8 am, Saturday morning, June 13 is a time to celebrate our accomplishments. At this event Relay For Life Teams camp out around the track. Relay is a celebration
Lap starts off Relay. Survivors are invited to circle the track together with their caregivers. The Team Parade follows with the teams showing off their costumes and enthusiasm. After dark, we honor people who have been touched by cancer and remember loved ones lost to the disease during the Luminaria Ceremony. Candles are lit; each bag bearing the name of a person touched by cancer. All participants walk for a few minutes in silence, in honor and remembrance. We fight back against can-
monetary “votes.” There are nice prizes for the team who collects the most money. At 7:30 am the race begins! Team members “wear” their box cars and run around the track. One year a team had a fire truck “worn” by 3 firefighters in full gear! Again this year we will have our Downtown Scavenger Hunt. The Downtown Business Development group- BID- has been very supportive of our event. To honor that support, we’re taking our Relay downtown from midnight to 1am at
dancing and many more. All night long PJ, our favorite DJ, will keep the Relayers up and going with music and laughter. Don’t be concerned if you’re unable to walk long distances. Only teams are required to have someone on the track at all times. Visitors are welcome to walk or not as they choose. Unique GALLUP WALKS TO CRUSH CANCER T-shirts will be on sale at half-price — $10 each! Luminarias can be purchased until shortly before the ceremony for a donation of
of life, those who have survived this menace and those who have cared for them. It is also a time to remember the (too) many that have been lost. Relay teams have a member walking the track throughout the night. During the year teams have raised money and awareness by holding events. Fundraising opportunities continue the night of Relay, June 12. Food, games and activities provide entertainment. It is a family-friendly environment for the entire community. No alcohol, smoking or pets are allowed. It is great fun! Come, and once there you’ll probably find it hard to leave. There are many moments that create the Relay experience. The Survivors
cer by raising money for the American Cancer Society for research, education, advocacy and services. One Relay activity that brings in a crowd is the Purse Auction at about 8pm. Various purses and male bags (tackle boxes, briefcases, or whatever) will be up for auction. The contents are worth at least $25 and several special prizes, including a new Dyson vacuum cleaner, and some terrific gift certificates which are worth much more! Once again this year we will cap off the morning with our unique Box Car Race. Teams have built and decorated Box Cars that will be displayed at their campsites throughout the evening. The public will select their favorite box cars with
Sammy C’s Pub & Grill. Join in this fun-filled, puzzle-solving, careful-counting, exploration of this downtown restaurant. Everyone is invited to participate and there is no entry fee. Terrific prizes have been donated by the downtown businesses and BID! Throughout the night we’ll have games, activities for all ages, special laps, teams selling items or food and having different activities at their campsites. Come to Relay and enjoy a Navajo Burger or Navajo Hot Dog, regular burgers and hot dogs will also be available; Fry Bread, Root Beer Floats and more. Activities include Karaoke, Twister, Rock/Paper/ Scissor tournaments, life-size Pac Man, exercise classes, line
at least $5. You are welcome to decorate your own bags. If you’d like to create your bags early, contact any Relay For Life team member or call Linda (505) 722-2175. Other items including fun sunglasses, flashlights, ball caps and fleece blankets will be available to purchase at our sales trailer. Come out Gallup and our neighbors in the surrounding area, and fight cancer with us! Bring your money! Talk to us about starting your own teams for next year or joining our Relay For Life Board. We are committed to find a cure! As of June 3, Relay For LifeGallup’s 13 teams and 121 participants have raised $21,353 for the A mer ica n Ca ncer Society.
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June 12, 2015 5 pm Entertainment b e g i n s a nd c o nt i nu e s throughout the evening Randy Markham - Steel Drums 6 pm Survivor registration begins Zumba with Pam 6:45 pm Survivor Blessing 7 pm Opening ceremonies followed by Survivor Lap & Group Photo and Team Parade 8 pm Purse and Male Bag Auction 10 p m L u m i n a r i a Ceremony June 13, 2015 12 am Scavenger Hunt at Sammy C’s 7 am Breakfast 7:30 am Box Car Races 8 am Closing ceremony, f i na l lap a nd clea n-up Various games, special laps, food sales, and other activities will take place throughout the event. Volunteers are most welcome to assist with set-up Friday anytime from noon and throughout the night and/or clean-up Saturday morning. Call Joyce (8633075 / 862-1457 or Betsy (722-9257 / 879-2581) if this is a way you can support the cause.
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NEWS Battery, the new past time? By Kimberly A. Gaona Sun Correspondent
t seems in the last year, every major American city has been broached with the question of police brutality. The riots in Ferguson, MO, the more recent incident in Baltimore, MD have caused national speculation. More locally, the recent indictments of two ex-Las Cruces officers or Albuquerque’s numerous shootings. These scenarios have caused protests on both sides of the coin, riots, destruction, injuries and indictments. McKinley County is not without it’s fair share of crime and battery charges are not in short supply, even being named in the list of the most dangerous cities in the state. The Gallup Police Department [GPD] has already handled 614 battery reports and 596 assault reports since January. McKinley County Sheriff’’s Office [MCSO] has handled 128 assault and battery reports in the same time frame. Despite the fact that law enforcement is put into dangerous situations at any given point during their shift, our city has not had an officer involved shooting since 2001. In May 2001, GPD Officer Michael Mitchell was shot and injured and GPD lost Corporal Larry Brian Mitchell (no relation). Robert Kiro is currently serving his sentence for those shootings. The leaders at the various law enforcement agencies say that it is their training, experience, knowledge and the respect of the community that are the contributing factors that diffuse dangerous situations Capt. Rick White, Gallup Police Department, is not shy to tell you what a great department GPD is. “We’ve got a good reputation with our citizens,” White said. “Our department has the citizen’s respect.” McKinley County Sheriff Ron Silversmith said that every scenario in law enforcement is different than the last. Officers have to endure many different scenarios and handle many different tasks while on patrol in the city and the county. They could go from testifying in court, to having their lunch, to fighting with a person who just beat up their girlfriend all in one afternoon. They have to remain calm and professional through it all. GPD is currently averaging one battery upon a peace officer per month, having already had five reported, year to date. GPD Officer Douglas Hoffman just experienced that first hand with 49 year old Duane Freeland of Fort Wingate, N.M. According to the police report, Hoffman responded to the 2100 block of East Highway 66 where he found 53 year old Kathy Charley who had been battered to the point of being unconscious and was bleeding heavily from the head. Witnesses described the suspect and Hoffman located him walking on Aztec adjacent to the spot Charley was at. Freeland was identified as the aggressor and was taken to the jail. “While in the jail, Freeland made several threats toward myself, stating he was going to catch me on the streets and kill me,” Hoffman wrote in his report. Freeland is currently charged with aggravated NEWS
batter y and aggravated assault upon a peace officer. A regular citizen does not have to endure threats such as that on any given day, for police officers, it comes with the job. How do they carry on with their jobs after such a threat? White says training and experience are a plus. “We are disciplined, we are experienced and we don’t overreact,” White said. “And training, not only the police academy, but also on the job training.” MCSO has reported one battery of a peace officer for this calendar year thus far. MCSO has also had their fair share of battery calls. Deputy Nocona Clark had to transport a battered subject from Thoreau, N.M. all the way into the Gallup Indian Medical Center before he was flown out to UNM Hospital. According to Clark’s report, on May 23, she responded to a fight call in Thoreau. Clark found 53 year old Sampson Sam of Thoreau with dried blood on his forehead, a fat lip as well as a swollen and black eye. Sam and his girlfriend told deputies that they were both battered by 49 year old Hubert Damon. Damon allegedly punched the girlfriend and hit Sam with a rock. After knocking Sam unconscious, Damon ran into his home in Thoreau and did not answer the door for MCSO deputies. The extent of Sam’s injuries and his current condition are unknown. The same deputy, Clark, was the victim of a battery on May 16 when she attempted to wake 19 year old Brett Lewis and he swung and kicked her several times. This was reported in the May 22 issue. Yet, Clark remained professional, did her job and returned to duty. Both GPD and MCSO have a massive call volume. As of May 28 at 5:56 pm, Metro Dispatch advised that MCSO had 10,832 calls for service. As of June 2 at 12:48 pm, GPD had 24,369 calls for service. “I think we average 180-200 calls a day,” White said. These calls for service include everything that is called into Metro Dispatch and does include the transportation of intoxicated individuals, as well as burglaries, domestic disputes, fights, etc.
Silversmith contributes the fact that deputies are able to diffuse dangerous situations safely to three words: “Courage, training and discipline.” While these incidents were handled with the best possible outcome, it is important to note that law enforcement officers are well trained in various levels of force, from restraint to non-lethal to deadly, in order to protect the citizens of Gallup and McKinley County as well as themselves. “When the threat arises, we will use necessary force to stop the action,” White finished.
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WEEKLY DWI REPORT By Kimberly A. Gaona Lyle Alexius, 27, Gallup, N.M. Alexius was charged with his second DW I on May 22 after being called in as a reckless driver and then being struck by a train at the County Road 1 crossing. Even after being hit by a train, Alexius remained in the driver’s seat “trying to mess with the keys while [they were] in the ignition.” Neither Alexius or his passenger sustained any serious injuries. His passenger, 22 year old Jordan Etsitty, was taken to Gallup Detox. Alexius was transported to the hospital for a blood draw and taken to jail. He was also charged with open container and driver’s license required. Timothy Begay, Jr., 27, Gallup, N.M. MC S O D e pu t ie s we r e flagged down on Kevin Drive, Red Hills area, on May 31. While deputies were attempting
to sort out a fight, domest ic d i s put e situation, one male fled the scene in a vehicle. Deput y Nocona Clark spotted the vehicle and attempted to stop it. The driver did not yield to law enforcement until he reached Hacienda Motel, on East 66. Timothy Begay was taken to the jail and charged with DWI after blowing at the legal limit of .08. Begay will also be answering to resisting, evading an officer and driver to be licensed. All of the people involved in the fight were checked out for their injuries and did appear to be intoxicated. Valeda A. Chapito, 33, Zuni, N.M. Chapito was arrested May 29 by MCSO Deputy Nocona Clark after she was wa s fou nd pa ssed out inside of her vehicle in the parking lot of Mustang in
Vanderwagon with a small child in the vehicle. Clark was waved down by employees of the gas station and found Chapito asleep and hard to wake up in the front seat, a sleeping child in the back seat and open containers of alcohol in the vehicle. The child turned out to be her 4 year old niece and was picked up by the child’s grandmother. Chapito was charged with Aggravated DWI for refusing to give a breath sample, child abuse, two charges of open container and parking in handicapped parking. Jennifer Martinez, 41, of Gallup, N.M. Martinez pr o b a bly thoug ht she was being sma r t when she was called in as a possible intoxicated driver on May 25, but witnesses outsmarted her. A good Samaritan called Martinez’s driving into Metro Dispatch after it almost collided with his vehicle and was swerving in the lane of traffic on Maloney.
According to the police report, filed by GPD Officer Luke Martin, the witness told police that on approach of Third Street Tavern, the female driver exited the vehicle and switched places with a male passenger. Martin found the vehicle parked at Third Street Tavern and the male driver told police that Martinez had been driving and was “drunk.” Martinez refused to perform any testing and got belligerent with Martin at the scene. With the witness agreeing to testify in court, Martinez was arrested for her third DWI, this one aggravated due to the refusal. She was also charged with unlawful use of a license, her’s being suspended/revoked, and open container in a motor vehicle. Sharon Mae Bahe, 32, Chinle, Ariz. In another case of good citizens, three females driving on Interstate 40, from out of town, noticed a vehicle driving recklessly, the van stopped and
the witnesses were able to get the keys away from the driver, as well as get her and her vehicle off to the shoulder of the busy Interstate. Bahe was uncooperative and emotional with GPD Officer Cindy Romancito. She was eventually booked into the jail for her first DWI, aggravated for refusal, open container in a motor vehicle, driving on streets laned for traffic, resisting evading or obstructing an officer and disorderly conduct. J e r e m y Ya z z i e , 3 4 , Gallup, N.M. Ya z z i e was arrested May 24 after he a lleged ly drove his truck into his neighbors house on South Strong. He le f t t he vehicle blocking his neighbors driveway. Yazzie was found at his home and taken to the jail. Officers did find physical marks that suggested that the truck did hit the house. Yazzie’s breath results were .23, .24, three times the legal limit. He was charged with his first offense of DWI, aggravated.
WEEKLY CRIME BLOTTER By Kimberly A. Gaona
WEST SIDE BUSINESS DISTRICT Gallup Police are searching for another robbery suspect. According to the police report, filed on May 27 by Officer Steven Peshlakai, Red Lion Hotel was robbed. The clerk told officers that an African American male walked into the business around 4:30 in the morning and demanded all of the money. The clerk did not see a weapon, but was admittedly scared and he turned over an undisclosed amount of cash from the business, the man walked out the front entrance and left the area. Capt. Rick White said that Crimestoppers would offer a reward of up to
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$1000 for information on the suspect. Tips can be called into them at (505) 722-6161 or contact the GPD directly at (505) 863-9365. The suspect is described as being between 5’7 – 6’0 tall, skinny build (175 lbs was given by a different employee) with a mustache and being between 19-27 years of age. According to another employee, a man matching the description is known to frequent the area.
FIRE ROCK CASINO AREA MCSO responded to a domestic dispute in the area of Fire Rock Casino. The vehicle was found on Highway 66. The front passenger window
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Navajo Nation Treaty Day message delineated a reservation for the tribe. Other terms included land distribution, education for Navajo children, agriculture and other conditions. The Navajo people agreed not to attack U.S. citizens or their belongings. After the Treaty of 1868 was signed, the Navajo people were allowed to return home after years of suffering in captivity. To this day, the Navajo language and culture survive. We will be forever indebted to Navajo leaders such as Barboncito, Manuelito, Largo, Narbono, Ganado Mucho and others. With an X, 29 Navajo leaders signed the Treaty of 1868 with Lt. Gen. William T. Sherman. From the small parcel of land that was allotted the Navajo people as their reservation, the Navajo Nation today has the largest land base in the country. Moreover, we have preserved our language and culture, our songs and prayers that have been held in reverence since time immemorial. Navajo Nation President Rus sel l Begaye a nd Vice President Jonathan Nez send a message of unity and strength for Navajo Nation Treaty Day. It is a day to remember those who came before us, our Navajo ancestors, many of whom suffered and died to
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time ago, our grandmothers and grandfathers returned back from Ft. Sumner on foot, after years of captivity by the federal government. The Long Walk of the Navajo people was a time of suffering and sadness for the tribe. Many of our Navajo ancestors, especially the young, old and sick, died during the march to Bosque Redondo, located southeast of Santa Rosa, N.M. Many more died in captivity. Because of the strength and resilience of our ancestors and their Navajo leaders, the Treaty of 1868 was signed on June 1, 1868, between the Navajo Tribe and the United States of America. Today, we celebrate the Treaty of 1868, naaltsoos sání. The treaty retur ned our ancestors back to our tribal homelands between the Four Sacred Mountains of Tsisnaajini, Tsoodzil, Dook’o’oosliid, a nd Dibe’ Ntsaa. The Treaty of 1868 ended the war between the Navajo people and the U.S. Provisions in the treaty
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return home under the rainbow of Navajo sovereignty to advance our nation forward. “My relations, my people, we stand strong by this treaty. We will stand by this treaty forever and it will not be taken from us. Thank you for observing this day and may God bless you,” President Begaye said.
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allow the survival of our tribe to become the thriving nation it is today. This afternoon, President Begaye and Vice President Nez visited the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., where they toured the exhibit of the Treaty of 1868. Spea k i ng i n Nava jo, President Begaye said, “Today, we celebrate this treaty across the Navajo Nation.” “This exhibit talks about the Navajo people being moved off Navajo land and marched to Ft. Sumner. The Treaty of 1868 is the authority and according to it, we are the Navajo people of today,” President Begaye said. Our ancestors suffered at Ft. Sumner. Vice President Nez said it is because of their strength and perseverance that Navajo people are survivors of the highest caliber today. “Our Navajo people are strong. Many of them still live the old way: they haul water, chop wood, care for their livestock and make a living from the land. Today, we acknowledge the sacrifice of our forefathers and pay tribute to their strength and leadership,” Vice President Nez said. The intestinal fortitude of leaders like Chief Manuelito
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CRIME BLOTTER | FROM PAGE 14 was busted, the occupants disagreed on how this had occurred and Navajo Police were unable to respond to take over the investigation.
GAMERCO MCSO re sponded to Cascade Street in Gamerco on May 31 and were told that a man, 26 year old Ricky Chavirez, had run over his girlfriend. 24 year old Auna Terrazas told deputies that she was dragged for a short while as she was attempting to get the keys out of the vehicle and fell under the open driver’s side door, but was not run over by the vehicle. Chavirez was not located. On June 1, Deputies also responded to assist Navajo Police in reference to shots being fired on China Springs Loop. They did locate two individuals, but they did not locate any weapons.
WEST AZTEC RESIDENTIAL AREA I n wh a t c a n b e on ly described as an abusive, conflicting and vicious scene, 26 year old Cori Stapleton was charged with several felony counts of aggravated battery
on May 27. Family members from the tra iler on West Aztec told police t h a t t hey didn’t want Stapleton at the residence because of a previous stabbing incident, when they told him to leave, he turned violent and grabbed a bat. They told Officer Cindy Romancito that he chased after the mother and eventually ended up hitting the brother in the head with the bat. Stapleton left the area and was found later in the area of the 16 on ramp to Interstate 40 where a felony stop was conducted. Stapleton’s story was that the family came after him with a knife and a brick and that he was only defending himself. The 22 year old victim, Tyler Begay, was taken to the hospital for a serious head injury, but was listed in stable condition. Stapleton was also treated at the hospital for injuries sustained and then taken to the jail where he was charged with four third degree felony charges of aggravated battery, a fourth degree felony charge of aggravated assault and criminal damage to property, for hitting the trailer with the bat.
Journalists not happy with new attempted restrictions by court By Matthew Reichbach NM Political Report
LBUQUERQUE – Quickly after the Second Jud ic i a l D i s t r ic t Court announced restrictions to journalists covering cases, journalists denounced and mocked the restrictions. The court admitted it was “overbroad” and said that the restrictions were being rewritten. A memo to members of the press titled “Media Access to the Courthouse” laid out the new restrictions and is dated June 2, though journalists received it on Wednesday morning, June 3. The memo acknowledges that “cameras and recording
and reporters are required to notify the Clerk of the court at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance of their desire to cover a court proceeding.” It a l s o s e ek s t o ba n repor t er s f rom “ f i l m i ng, photographing, interviewing, or related activity, in the Court’s hallways, lobbies and elevator foyers.” The Rio Grande Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (see note below) sa id i n a st atement t hat the restrictions “mock the principles of open courts.” “The public has a right to see its justice system at work,” the statement from the group that represents journalists in the state said. “Impeding the
Report in a statement. “FOG is not aware of any other court which has attempted to place these type of restrictions on the press. If the Second Judicial District Court attempts to enforce these new restrictions, it is the public who will suffer.” “FOG calls on the Second District Judicial District Court to immediately withdraw its new policy,” Boe continued. In speaking to the Albuquerque Journal, Chief Judge Na n Na sh sa id on Wednesday that the policy was being rewritten. “This is overbroad,” she a d m it t ed. “It wa s never intended to address reporters. It’s intended to clarify the rule about when and how film
‘Flower Power’ Second Judicial District Court in Albuquerque. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Andy Lyman
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devices are allowed in the courtroom” as long as they abide by a rule set forth by the New Mexico Supreme Court. More from the memo, with quotes from the Supreme Court: In addition, the media coverage must not “detract from the dignity of the court proceedings or other wise interfere with the achievement of a f a i r a nd i mpa r t i a l hearing…” and the “…decorum and dignity of the court…must be maintained at all times.” Using this justification, the court imposed a new rule saying that “broadcasters, photographers, film crews
work of journalists who report from the courts will only erode that right and, we fear, limit the community’s access to this institution.” The New Mexico Fou ndat ion for O pen Government also opposes the new restrictions. “The Foundation for Open Government believes the Media Access Policy issued today by the Second Judicial District Cou r t pla ce s u n fa i r a nd unconstitutional restrictions on the First Amendment right of our local media to report on matters of public importance,” executive director Susan Boe told New Mexico Political
crews could be present in the courthouse.” The policy was sent to the media before lunch Wednesday by public information officer Tim Korte asking that it be distributed to photographers, reporters and anyone who “interfaces” with the court. According to the paper, the rule was put in place because a ca mera crew sought to interview a judge involved in a controversial plea deal, dubbed a “sweetheart deal” by local TV stations, for Andrew Romero. Romero is allegedly the man who shot and killed a Rio Rancho Police Department officer. NEWS
Bill that stops data collection signed into law By Matthew Reichbach NM Political Report
bill to stop the bulk collection of data as allowed through the post-9/11 Patriot Act passed the Senate on Tuesday and was quickly signed by President Barack Obama.Both members of the Senate from New Mexico voted in the majority on the 67-32 vote on the bill dubbed the USA Freedom Act. The bill had overwhelmingly passed the House weeks ago, but the Senate failed to get 60 votes to pass the bill and instead tried to pass a full reauthorization of the Patriot Act. That effort by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McCon nell, R-Ky., failed because of bipartisan opposition, highlighted by a filibuster by his fellow Kentuckian, Sen. Rand Paul. N e w M e x i c o’s j u n i o r Senator Martin Heinrich was among the Democrats who pitched in to the filibuster. Another high profile Democrat who participated in the filibuster was Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., who was instrumental behind the scenes in organizing against the full reauthorization. After the failure of the full reauthorization of the Patriot Act, the Senate was able to pass the USA Freedom Act. The main difference is that
the legislation takes out the bulk collection of data by the National Security Agency. While the NSA did not collect the actual audio of phone calls, the agency did collect things such as the time and location of phone calls of many United States citizens. “The USA Freedom Act will finally end the government’s dragnet collection of law-abiding Americans’ personal information,” Heinrich said in a statement following the vote. “The legislation is a product of bipartisan compromise that helps restore the balance between keeping our nation safe with protecting the Constitutional liberties we all cherish.” Heinrich has long been an opponent of government surveillance. Tom Udall admitted that he “wanted to make this bill stronger” but said in a statement that “the USA Freedom Act ends a dark chapter in our history by finally ending the illegal dragnet phone records collection program and making other important reforms.” “The bipartisan passage of this law — and rejection of amendments to weaken it — is a historic step,” Udall continued. “It will allow greater oversight, transparency and accountability with respect to domestic surveillance for the first time since the original
Capitol Hill Building, Washington, D.C. Photo Credit: Courtesy of New Mexico Political Report
legislation was rushed through following the 9/11 attacks. I firmly believe that our nation’s security doesn’t have to come at the expense of the constitutional freedoms that make our country great.” Both Heinrich and Udall are Democrats. Udall voted against the Patriot Act while a member of the House in 2001. Democrats overwhelmingly voted for the USA Freedom
Act—Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin was the only Democrat to vote against the bill and she did because she thought it did not go far enough—while 23 Republicans voted for the bill. There were 31 Republicans who voted against the bill, while newly-announced presidential candidate Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., missed the vote. Paul voted against the bill because he felt it did not go far
enough. The New York Times reported that at least two other Senators voted against the bill because it did not go far enough to curtail NSA surveillance. Obama preferred a full renewal of the Patriot Act. The USA Freedom Act pa ssed the House of Representatives on a 338-88 vote. All three members of the House from New Mexico voted for the bill. Visit: www.nmpoliticalreport.com
Attorney General Complaints Allege Medicaid Fraud at Carlsbad-area Mental Health Center Staff Report
ARLSBAD, NM - Attorney General Hector Balderas’ office today charged four top personnel at Carlsbad Mental Health Center with Medicaid fraud and also brought charges against the center as a corporation. Criminal complaints against the four individuals— Michael Stoll, Noel Clark, Darrill Woodfield and John Bain—and the corporation were filed June 2, 2015, in Eddy County Magistrate Court. The corporation and each of the individuals was charged with eight counts of Medicaid fraud
Attorney General Hector Balderas
under the Medicaid Fraud Act, one count of conspiracy and one count of fraud involving non-Medicaid funds. “We will aggressively defend victims of fraud and abuse by prosecuting providers who violate the public trust,” Attorney General Balderas said. “The Medicaid Fraud and Elder Abuse Division is actively investigating Medicaid fraud across the state to keep pressure on New Mexico medical and behavioral health providers to work honestly on the public’s behalf. “The charges against Carlsbad Mental Health Center come from our statewide efforts to pursue Medicaid
providers who defraud the public,” he continued. “The Office of the Attorney General Medicaid Fraud and Elder Abuse Division welcomes the reporting of any and all concerns from the public and is committed to collaborating with state agencies that fund Medicaid providers to put a stop to fraudulent practices.” The criminal complaints were filed by the Medicaid Fraud and Elder Abuse Division of the Office of Attorney General, a division that accepts reports from members of the public and is active statewide. To report Medicaid fraud, call 1-800-525-6519.
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OPINIONS Accept blame Sen. Munoz: Provide bold, new solutions “Liquor dealers are also easy targets of blame for the vagrancy, alcohol abuse and exposure deaths …” Schaller
By Joe Schaller Guest Columnist
hile addressing Gallup’s vagrancy problem at a public meeting last year our state senator George Munoz proclaimed “This is not a blame game, we need solutions”. My initial thought was, how can any solutions be offered without first knowing the root cause? My second thought was, those who avoid the blame game are usually part of the problem. Whatever the solutions are to our region’s myriad of problems it should be obvious that everything we’ve tried thus far has been a colossal failure. Yet, the same old solutions are proposed over and over again by our Gallup Establishment
consisting of elected officials, bureaucrats, public schools, academia and local media. Gallup and McKinley County’s national notoriety includes vagrancy, alcoholic suicide, payday loan markets, multicultural segregation, #2 national ranking for poverty, the top tier for welfare dependency, #1 state ranking for violent crime, bottom 1% in labor force participation rate, bottom 1% on the Economic Freedom Index, and arguably the worst economy in the nation. All of that despite $billions in federal money funneled into our region – yes, we are also in the top 1% for federal dependency. Gallup is indeed America’s poster child for what can be described as failed progressive statist policies. Blame is indeed appropriate - as long as it is accurate. The easy scapegoat for the Gallup Establishment is the private sector, even though
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there isn’t much of one, ours being primarily a government town. Payday loan markets are targeted by elected officials without even pondering why people would be so ignorant or so desperate. Why can’t they get loans at banks? Why doesn’t the Navajo Nation offer easy low interest loans to its own citizens? Could lack of property rights, economic freedoms, individual freedoms and resulting lack of job opportunities on the democrat plantation have something to do with it? Liquor dealers are also easy targets of blame for the vagrancy, alcohol abuse and exposure deaths yet have the accusers considered the desperation of those on the reservation escaping the deplorable conditions of their homeland, traveling long distances without a place to stay nor transportation home, endangering their lives just to experience the freedoms of Gallup? Maybe they do it because of the false sense of security Gallup offers with free room and board by way of protective custody, NCI and other charities. Those good intentions become enablers of
Sen. George Munoz, D-Gallup
self-destructive behavior. Has the Navajo Nation warned their citizens that in the land of freedoms personal responsibility is required for survival? If they are not willing to provide jobs and freedoms, why hasn’t the NN provided food and shelter in Gallup for those tribal refugees who escape oppressive reservation conditions? Why hasn’t the Gallup Establishment confronted
the NN concerning their dereliction of human rights? Senator Munoz and our local elected officials may say they want solutions to our problems however they must first prove they have the courage to challenge their politically correct sacred cows which keep us careening toward more #1 rankings. Joe Schaller Gallup
To the Editor: GGEDC tours the BNSF Logistics Center By Michael Sage For the GGEDC
say at the top that I am not attempting to get alcohol banned in drunk city or “dry” reservation. I will also not bring up the pros and cons of drinking alcohol. Used, abused, addicted drinkers, the calvary is you. If you do not quit drinking cold, the cons that I am not listing, await you. Not one pro is in store for you. The hypocrite officials, Indian and non-Indian, will not come to your rescue. Their calvary is always too late.
Used, abused, addicted drinkers, a profit making jail is wanted in drunk city, if you refuse to understand that you must first help yourselves or God will not help you. Then a potter’s field like the one that Judas paid for with his betrayal and his death by his own hand, is in your immediate future. That is the semi-bottom line. You will become aware of the bottom line at the instant of death. Louis Maldonado (505) 905-5939 Gallup
WEETWATER, Texas – Greater Ga l lup Economic Development Corporation along with newly elected Gallup City Councilor Fran Palochak and Gallup Land Partners participated in a site visit of the BNSF Logistics Center in Sweetwater, Texas. Organized by the BNSF Railway, the site visit took place on May 18 and also included a tour of the Levelland
Jake Bracken, GLP; Aaron Kowalski, GLP; Tommy Haws, GGEDC; Patty Lundstrom, GGEDC; Fran Palochak, City of Gallup; Kent Wilson, GGEDC; Michael Sage, GGEDC. Photo Credit: Courtesy
Industrial Park in Levelland, Texas. The delegation was
Frac Sand Terminal – Levelland Industrial Park (Levelland, Texas). Photo Credit: Courtesy
accompanied by Ean Johnson, BNSF Regional Manager for Economic Development. “There is nothing like experiencing the reality of your vision. This field trip provided the perfect prototype of the project we envision for the Energy Logistics Park,” said GGEDC Executive Director Patty Lundstrom. “I was so impressed with both Kent and Fran on what quick studies they are and how quickly they connected the dots of opportunity for all us in the Gallup area.”
GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF JUNE 5-11
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Well, it’s getting hot out there honey, and to boot, you heard a little unsettling news. Heat + Bad News = Grumpy Goat Holder. Yes, I know, it’s a ram … just a little joke to cheer you up. Chances are if you’re from Gallup you have dabbled in flea market cuisine, and some vendors may roast a goat rib or two. Tie one on this weekend, and try something new. Food I mean!
Emotional and physical stress has Cancer feeling crabby. Don’t’ start any new projects, such as knitting winter socks or mittens, just chillax as the kids say. Instead, get near some water so you can recharge you crab-like soul. Heck, venture to a nearby lake and do a little fishing and camping. Bring a fly swatter, Benadryl and some bug spray.
Okay, so Bruce Jenner is now Caitlyn Jenner. Love it or hate it, it’s unsettling for some Librans that grew up seeing the Olympic jock plastered across boxes of Wheaties back in the day. You believe this broke the Internet, literally. Well, that’s fine, and kind of comical, but G says to stop wasting time overanalyzing celebrities like an armchair psychologist. Live and let live.
While you are pondering on the composition of stars in the universe, the rest of us are struggling with everyday people problems. Your logic and reasoning seems void of emotion to those around you. Capricorns feel deeply though, but you engage in nerdy activities to avoid uncomfortable feelings. Pay attention, a friend needs you here on earth.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
In journalism, there’s supposed to be this person called a “fact checker.” They even check Madame G’s horrible grammar. OK, you have received some misinformation. You have been told that Uncle Barney is flirting with ladies at the senior center. When in fact, he’s just being extra friendly. Take rumors with a grain of salt and laugh off unky’s exploits.
Wow, the king or queen of the jungle is struggling with scary dreams. You’re like the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz – a bit jumpy and sobbing all over the place. Relax Leo, if something bad happens, it will be on a much smaller scale than you think. Time to listen to some music, something hypnotic. Not that techno stuff, but the sounds of crashing waves.
Maybe you’re feeling down in the dumps and had a little tizzy over the whipped cream placed atop your skinny, twopump, extra shot, nonfat mocha latte with no whip cream. That problem is solved with spoon … presto, whip cream is gone and you can enjoy your guilt free, nasty tasting indulgence. Don’t yell at the barista over this nonsense. In essence, don’t sweat the small stuff.
Hey angel, yes you, Madame G detects halo syndrome. You’re getting by with pure charm while gritting your teeth and wearing clinical strength deodorant. You are the knight or knight-tress that comes to the aid of those that need your help. But, Aquarians need love and a helping hand too. So take up your best friend’s offer to get a mani, pedi or hot oil massage.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Having muddled thoughts lately? Trust me between allergies and hot weather, Madame G has been loopier than a sailor’s knot. But, aside from the obvious, your troubles are much deeper. You have been pondering on whether you should enter a new relationship, albeit professional or personal. Don’t make any big decisions right now.
Madame G is sensing that things are falling apart, not you, but something material like the plumbing, roofing or perhaps a car. Not sure as there are millions of Virgos so things get jumbled in my big ole’ brain. Just take the time to deal with the matter before it explodes. For instance, you don’t want a leaky roof when monsoon season hits.
Well, my crystal ball tells me it’s time for a good book. Not me, you Saggy. Time to read that romance novel that’s beckoning you, but you’re too embarrassed to buy at the grocery store. Get some nerve, and buy it already. Yes, it’s okay for dudes to read this stuff too. Younger folks, go to your children’s library. There are plenty of books that deal with teen angst.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Are you wondering if you’re in the right profession, relationship or town? Well, Madame G assures you that you belong in Gallup or somewhere thereabouts. As for the other things, you will always struggle with belonging or fitting in. It’s because the fishes keep swimming away from each other. It’s not your fault that you were born that way. Give someone a hug, you’ll feel better.
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SPORTS 360 I’m Sooo Bored! By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent
et me admit right off that I am not, repeat NOT, the person to come to for sympathy. Oh sure, I have lots of empathy for people living in conditions they have little control over, but if you go much beyond those conditions, you’re barking up the wrong tree.
Canoeing, Darts, Exercise, Futbol, and etc. A game for almost every letter of the alphabet, multiplied by an X factor, taking into consideration just how many activities there are starting with the most popular character. In short, those who complain about the lack of things to do have not looked beyond that tree in front of them. Instead they use it as an excuse to sit idly and complain. There are so many summertime activities, in fact, just printing a complete list would require two or more pages of this publication. Some do require a small fee, but many are freeexcept for the tine and effort required to transport your children to and from the ones holding the most interest for them. A case in point is the one con nected to the accompanying picture, the Junior Reporters. Some of these kids are quite young, but have all expressed an interest in learning the qualities needed to prepare them for a career. It’s not like any of them will win a Pulitzer Prize in the next couple of years, but the experiences they have may well feed other curiousities that will
come up in the future. Keeping children’s minds and bodies occupied in this and other ways feeds their need to learn, and might even keep them from becoming bored adults. No guarantee there, as 250-channels on the TV, the Internet and other electronic toys, and other distractions are always present to shorten attention spans, but it is at least a start. My advice, for whatever it’s worth, involve your children into one of these activities, or more. Keep their minds sharp, let them make new friends, and allow them to see different sides of our community. The payoff may not be immediately forthcoming, but your children are for the rest of your life, so it is worth doing, NOW.
If absolutely none of the a ct iv it ies appea l to you r children, explain forcefully how weeds always need to be pulled, dishes wa shed and dried, vacuuming and house cleaning are always constants, and a whole other list of alternatives that make their involvement in these programs seem much more enjoyable. Well, that about exhausts my thoughts for today, and uses up all the words I’m allowed. But in closing, since this is supposed to be a sports column, let me revert to my favorite line with a small add-on.. See you in the bleachers, and we’ll talk! See Kid’s Event calendar on pages 21 (Rio West Mall) and 22.
Ida Mangum, leasing and market specialist for Rio West Mall, watches over her sons’ as they write their stories for the Gallup Sun Jr. Reporter event June 2. Photo Credit: Tom Hartsock
It’s a common complaint, now and even in the past, for those afflicted with boredom to never look past the one tree in their life while forgetting the many and varied trees in the entire forest or jungle. Thus, the headline of today’s column. Perhaps my unsympathetic response to this subject is rooted in my occupation. In my experience as a sports writer, I have covered a multitude of activities. Quite a few of them I had no connection with, but a story demand required me to involve myself whether I liked it or not. Do I need to make a list? A r c h e r y, B o w l i n g ,
It only takes a quick glance at Summer Activities available in Gallup to open one’s eyes, mind, and imagination to the possibilities. The City of Gallup Recreation Department has a complete free booklet on the events they sponsor, the Rio West Mall is also allowed the use of their space for many more, and other organization like the Octavia Fellin Public Library, several churches, and youth groups like Girl Scouts, Civil Air Patrol, and Broken Arrow Bible Ranch also contribute to the very long list of things for kids, up to and including high school in some cases, to do during the lazy summer months.
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There are plenty of activities to engage in, such as the Rio West Kids Fest, free Summer activities on Tuesdays 10 am and Fridays 1 pm, through June. Sixteen students participated in the Gallup Sun’s Jr. Reporters workshop June 2. Photo Credit: Tom Hartsock
This Week in Sports June 6, 2015 Roberto Clemente League (Indian Hills Park) 9am Angels vs. Red Sox 11am Dodgers vs. Mets 1pm Twins vs Yankees Roberto Clemente League (Stafoe Park) 9am Cardinals vs. Padres 11am Indians vs. Marlins 1pm Angels vs Tigers Willie Mays League (Stafie Field) 6pm Angels vs. Dodgers 8pm Yankees vs. White Sox U-12 Softball (F.C. Softball Field) 9am Pirates vs Giants 11am D-Backs vs. Braves June 8, 2015 T-Ball League (T-Ball Field) 6pm Braves vs. Angels 7pm Cardinals vs. Red Sox 8pm Indians vs. Pirates Roberto Clemente League (Indian Hills Park) 6pm Cardinals vs. Reds 8pm Dodgers vs. Red Sox U-8 Softball (Father Dunstan Park) 6pm Giants @ Rockies 8pm Angels @ Nationals Willie Mays League (Stafie Field) 6pm White Sox vs Pirates 8pm Nationals vs Giants PeeWee Reese League (PeeWee Reese Field) 6pm Rangers vs. Dodgers 8pm Red Sox vs. Yankees U-12 Softball (F.C. Softball Field 6pm Pirates vs. Yankees 8pm D-Backs vs Giants Sandy Koufax League (Mickey Mantle Park) 6pm Giants vs. Yankees 8pm Reds vs Tigers June 9, 2015 T-Ball League (T-Ball Field) SPORTS
6pm D-Backs vs Rockies 7pm Cubs vs. Yankees 8pm Dodgers vs. Astros Roberto Clemente League (Indian Hills Park) 6pm Indians vs. Padres 8pm Marlins vs Mets Willie Mays League (Stafie Field) 6pm Rangers vs Angels 8pm D-Backs vs Dodgers U-10 Softball (Father Dunstan Park) 6pm Mustangs vs. Bruins 8pm Wildcats vs Ducks PeeWee Reese League (PeeWee Reese Field) 6:00 Braves v Dodgers 8:00 A’s v Rangers U-14 Softball (F.C. Softball Field) 6pm Trojans vs Yankees 8pm D-Backs vs Giants Mickey Mantle League (Mickey Mantle Park) 6pm A’s vs. Yankees
6pm Yankees vs. Braves 8pm D-Backs vs. Pirates Sandy Koufax League (Mickey Mantle Park) 6pm Reds vs. Yankees 8pm Tigers vs. Giants June 11, 2015 T-Ball League (T-Ball Field) 6pm Indians vs. Angels 7pm D-Backs vs Red Sox 8pm Cubs vs. Pirates Roberto Clemente League (Indian Hills Park) 6pm Dodgers vs. Tigers 8pm Indians vs. Reds Willie Mays League (Stafie Field) 6pm Giants vs. Angels 8pm Dodgers vs Yankees U-10 Softball (Father Dunstan Park) Grayhounds vs. Horned Frogs Seminoles vs Mustangs PeeWee Reese League
(PeeWee Reese Field) 6pm Dodgers vs. Yankees 8pm A’s vs. Rangers U-14 Softball (F.C. Softball Field 6pm Yankees vs. Giants 8pm Trojans vs D-Backs Mickey Mantle League (Mickey Mantle Park) 6pm Pirates vs. A’s 8pm Yankees vs. Dodgers June 12, 2015 T-Ball League (T-Ball Field) 6pm Dodgers vs. Rockies 7pm Giants vs. Yankees 8pm White Sox vs. Astros Roberto Clemente League (Indian Hills Park) 6pm Marlins vs. Red Sox 8pm Mets vs. Padres U-8 Softball (Father Dunstan Park) 6pm Padres @ Nationals Willie Mays League (Stafie Field)
6pm Pirates vs. Rangers 8pm White Sox vs. A’s U-10 Softball (Father Dunstan Park) 8pm Bruins vs Wildcats PeeWee Reese League (PeeWee Reese Field) 6pm Dodgers vs. Braves 8pm Rangers vs. Red Sox U-12 Softball (F.C. Softball Field 6pm Giants vs. Yankees 8pm Pirates vs Braves Sandy Koufax League (Mickey Mantle Park) 6pm Tigers vs. Yankees 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 Dodgers vs. Pirates June 10, 2015 T-Ball League (T-Ball Field) 6pm Giants vs. White Sox 7pm Braves vs. Tigers 8pm Cardinals vs. A’s Roberto Clemente League (Indian Hills Park) 6pm Angels vs. Yankees 8pm Cardinals vs. Twins U-8 Softball (Father Dunstan Park) 6pm Giants @ D-Backs 8pm Angels @ Dodgers Willie Mays League (Stafie Field) 6pm A’s vs. Yankees 8pm D-Backs vs. Nationals PeeWee Reese League (PeeWee Reese Field) 6pm Yankees vs. Braves Red Sox vs. A’s U-12 Softball (F.C. Softball Field Gallup Sun • Friday June 5, 2015
Youth Summer Calendar 2015 Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails Day Camp-June 8th-11th Westminster Presbyterian Church (151 NM-564/Boardman) Ages 5-8: 9am—Noon Ages 9 and up: 1pm-4pm $20 per girl. Open to both Girl Scouts and non-Girl Scouts. Limit of 30 girls per group. Payment required on the first day of camp. To register go to: http://goo.gl/forms/NOoGdZqo8y, for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org Camp CEO – July13– Aug. 2 10th -12th graders Free. Transportation, lodging, meals and all program materials will be provided. Apply online: nmgirlscouts. org. Deadline to apply is June 2, 2015, only 30 slots available. For more information contact Vanessa Wheeler at 505-923-2525, email@example.com Rehoboth Camp Activities Soccer Camp – June 1-4 1st - 2nd Grade 8:30 - 10am, $15 (free if enrolled in June Camp) 3rd - 9th Grade 8:30 - 11:30am, $25 (free if enrolled in June Camp) Basket Ball Camp – June 15-18
Gallup Raptor Composite Squadron Cadet Program includes: flying, leadership training, obstacle courses, model rocketry, team building, hiking, camping, earning ranks & awards, search & rescue, exploring aviation careers, and many other activites. Meet every Thursday at 6:30pm at the Gallup Airport in a portable building on the Broken Arrow Bible Ranch west side of the fire station. Summer Camp For more information visit Junior Camp-June 8-13 capgallupraptors.com or email (Ages 8-12) Shonna at: Junior Camp-June 15-20 firstname.lastname@example.org (Ages 8-12) TDFL Sign ups Teen Camp-June 22-27 Applications can be picked up (Ages 13-19) and turned in at Sammy C’s. Junior Camp-June 29-July 4 Flag Football (Ages 8-12) 6-7 year olds, Junior Camp-July 6-11 registration fee $90 (Ages 8-12) Tackle Football Junior Camp– July 13-18 8-12 years old (Ages 8-12) Registration fees: Teen Camp– July 20-25 June 1-30: $130 (Ages 13-19) Teen Camp-July 27-Aug. 1 July 1-15: $150 July 16 to start of season: $185. (Ages 13-19) Cost: An entire week of fun for The Octavia Fellin Library only $85. Discounts available if more Summer Reading Program June 6th - July 25th than one child in the immediate For more information call family comes: 505-726-6120 2nd child pays only $80, 3rd child or more pay $75 each. ATD Fourth Word For more information call Story Garden, is a space where 505-778-5526. illustrated books are available
3rd – 5th Grade 8:30-9:45am, $10 (free if enrolled in June Camp) 6th - 9th Grade 10am -11:30am, $15 (free if enrolled in June Camp) Vacation Bible School-June 8th-11th, 8:30-11:30am. For more information contact Deanna Benson at dbenson@ rcsnm.org
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Paper Mache/puppet for families to look at and talk /mask making about with their children. It is a free activity and open to adults June 29-July 2, 9am-12 Jewelry Making with children of all ages. Saturdays at the Gallup Flea June 8-11, 12-3pm Wood Burning Market, near the tree. Weather permitting, 11am - 2pm. June 29-July 2, 12-3pm Mosaic Art Foundations of Freedom June 15-18, 9am –12 Summertime Fun Performing Arts Center Classes available: toddler July 6-9, 9am-12 Insects and Habitats movement, Hip Hop, Break Dance, Tap, Belly Dance, Ballet, June 15-18, 12-9pm Computers Jazz/Modern, Tumbling, Pointe, July 13, 9am-12 Yoga, and Adult Combo. Ceramics Privates available upon June 22-25, 9am-12 request. Scrapbooking For more information contact Amy Coats at 505-567-0360. July 13-19, 12-3pm Musical Instruments Miyamura High School June 22-25, 9am-12 Summertime Solar Dance Camp – June 8-11th. Car Project Registration is $35, includes July 13-16, 9am-12 a T-shirt. Mad Laboratory June 22-25, 12pm-3pm Gallup High School Nutrition and Dance Camp - June 22-25th. the Human Body Registration fee is $35. July 20-23, 9-12pm Cheer Kiddie Camp Fourth of July Fun June 8-11. Registration fee is June 29– July 2, 9am– 12. $35, includes a T-shirt. Decoupage July 20-23, 12-3pm UNM Early Childhood Recycled Art Family Center Kid’s College located at Gal- July 27-30, 9am-12 Fee is $25 per class. lup Middle School, Room 214. Age groups varies on classes. (1000 S. Grandview Dr.) For more information call Creative Art 505-863-7738. June 8-11, 9am - 12
CLASSIFIEDS CHURCH PEWS FOR SALE 10 feet wide, $250 each or $1500 for all 7 Cash and carry. Call 505-863-3088 to arrange meeting.
Gallup Sun is hiring independent contractor newspaper delivery drivers for the following routes: -Grants/Milan-Acoma-Laguna -West Gallup-Navajo-Ganado Send work history/resume to: email@example.com
FREE CLASSIFIEDS! Place a standard FREE classified in the Gallup Sun! Runs four weeks. Need to add photo/logo, highlighting or bold text? Call 505-728-1640 for rates. Email classified to: firstname.lastname@example.org
HOUSE FOR RENT Gallup, NM Great Downtown Location
2 Bedroom, 1 Bath Call Patricia 505-879-7611
NEIGHBORHOOD GARAGE SALE Saturday, June 13th at 8:00 A.M. 1100 Block of Boggio Dr. Antiques, Furniture, Household items and lots of miscellaneous. Green St. Treats will be present selling coffee, cupcakes and other yummy sweets. Mark Your Calendars!!
ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVE Looking for a career minded individual that can gain new accounts and manage existing ones. Sales experience preferred. Commission & Mileage. Email resume: email@example.com
Gallup Sun is looking for English or Journalism students and photographer interns. Must be deadline driven and detail-oriented. Email resume: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gallup Sun is looking for an experienced freelance reporter to cover Gallup city/county/ education news. Will consider candidates from outside of the area. Send resume and clips to:
MCKINLEY COUNTY ROADS MEETING
Come and listen to County Commissioners, Navajo Nation and BIA officials provide the public with an update to McKinley County road projects and issues. Meeting starts 2 pm at Manuelito Chapter House. Address: 26 Hunters Point Rd, Mentmore, NM (505) 905-3073
SATURDAY JUNE 6 The Children’s Branch will kick off the annual Summer Reading Program with a free Family Superhero Carnival which will feature: a bounce house, snacks and treats, prizes, the Fire Department’s Smoke House, face painting, crafts, games, and a Summer Reading Program registration table. Children will also be able to go through superhero training, make their own costumes, and perform super feats. There will also be real heroes from the police and fire departments on hand with special activities. The Family Carnival is sponsored by the Plateau Sciences Society. 11am-3pm. 200 W. Aztec, behind Children’s Branch.
SUNDAY JUNE 7 Polyphony Marimba is a tenpiece world beat band from Santa Fe, NM, blending the musical traditions of southern Africa with their own New Mexican flair. Polyphony
Marimba has previously toured the Midwest and East Coast, playing over 250 shows and selling over 4,000 CDs. This will be their first appearance in Gallup! Time: 4pm-7pm. Church of the Holy Spirit 1334 Country Club Drive in Gallup. (505) 8634695. FREE admission.
MONDAY JUNE 8 FREE COMPUTER CLASSES IN JUNE
The library is offering free computer training throughout the month of May at the Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. Registration is required, to register call (505) 863-1291 or email email@example.com or visit the front desk of the library. Today: Social Media – 5:30-7:30 pm.
TUESDAY JUNE 9 EXPLORA! MUSEUM VISIT
Folks from Explora! Museum from Albuquerque will visit the Children’s Branch as they present a variety of hands on science projects and demonstrations that are as exciting and entertaining as they are educational. Explora! Museum is dedicated to creating opportunities for inspirational discovery and the joy of lifelong learning through interactive experiences in science, technology and art. Starts at 4 pm, 200 W. Aztec.
SHOP FOR RENT 3 shops available for rent. Located in Allison (1/2 mi. west of WalMart) 1,000 sq. ft. each $500-575 Call Phyllis 505-870-0730
PLACE YOUR CLASSIFIED! FREE STANDARD CLASSIFIED (ONE PER CUSTOMER, MAXIMUM OF FOUR ISSUES)
ANY BOLD TEXT, TEXT BOX, YELLOW HIGHLIGHT OR LOGO/PIC $5 EACH, PER WEEK
SEND SPECIFICATIONS & CLASSIFIED TO: GALLUPSUN@GMAIL.COM OR FAX (505)212-0391 DEADLINE MONDAYS 5 PM. EMAIL/FAX SUBMISSIONS ONLY. PAYMENT DUE IN ADVANCE. ALL MAJOR CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED.
COMMUNITY CALENDAR JUNE 5 – 11, 2015 FRIDAY JUNE 5
MCKINLEY COUNTY COMMISSION MEETING
The McKinley County Board of Commissioners will hold a regular meeting at 9am. Among other items the Commission will hold a Public Hearing and consider adopting a Declaration banning the sale of certain fireworks due to severe or extreme drought conditions in the County. This meeting will be held in the Commissioner Chambers, Third Floor of the McKinley County Courthouse, 207 West Hill. 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 MEETING
Agendas will be available at least seventy-two (72) hours prior to each meeting. Starts 6pm. Council Chambers, 110 West Aztec Ave.
WEDNESDAY JUNE 10 TODDLER TIME
Starts at 10:30 am (walkers to age 5): An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement, rhymes, and stories. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec.
FREE COMPUTER CLASS
The library is offering free computer training throughout the month of May at the Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session.
Registration is required, to register call (505)863-1291 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the front desk of the library. Today: Basic Computer Skills I –11am-1pm.
JUNE FILM SERIES
Octavia Fellin Public Library movie night. Featured this week: «The Seventh Son.» 5:30pm – popcorn provided. 115 W. Hill.
Starts at 6pm (all ages): End the day with an amusing and entertaining story time. This interactive program includes a puppet show, stories, and songs for the whole family. A craft or activity will also be included. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec.
THURSDAY JUNE 11 CRAFTY KIDS
All ages are welcome to engage in craft fun for the whole family at the Octavia Fellin Public Library- Children’s Branch. The craft-making fun starts at 4 pm. This week’s project: Superhero Bookmarks. 200 W. Aztec.
NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING DIST. 4
We invite residents of the Viro and Stagecoach areas to meet with Councilor Fran Palochak at our neighborhood 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. Stagecoach Elementary School, 725 Freedom Dr.
ONGOING GALLUP SOLAR MEETINGS
Interested in learning more about solar energy? Come to a Gallup Solar meeting, held the first three Wednesdays of the month from 6-8 pm, East Logan Ave. Email: email@example.com or call (505) 726-2497.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Habitat for Humanity is in need of volunteers for one or more part day construction or support sessions. No experience required. Yard Sales are closed for Winter. If you have household items to donate or wish to volunteer, call Bill Bright at (505) 722-4226.
SUMMER NIGHTLY INDIAN DANCES
Dances take place every night through Labor Day, from 7 pm to 8 pm, at the Courthouse Square, located on Aztec between 2nd and 3rd streets. Free admission. (505) 722-2228. To post a non-profit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday 5 pm.
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