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WORKING TOGETHER TODAY FOR A BETTER TOMORROW
VOTE MARCH 14TH RE-ELECT Yogash Kumar for City Councilor - District 3
NEW INDUSTRY BY UTILIZING OUR ASSETS The recently completed rail spur was an investment of over $5,000,000.00 in our community by Gallup Land Partners. The collaboration of city, county, and state entities with the Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation and Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments, among others, resulted in success because this spur is now BNSF Certified.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT THROUGH TOURISM City of Gallup recently hired a new Convention and Visitors Bureau Director (the Tourism and Marketing Manager), to market the City of Gallup and surrounding area. Our community boasts generous opportunities for tourists to explore our culture, art, and outdoor adventures. This position shines a spotlight on artists, traders, local attractions, the incredible indigenous cultures and people, as well as regional destinations such as Chaco Canyon and Canyon de Chelly. Local organizations in partnership with the City and Chamber of Commerce to create the GALLUP Real TRUE brand. The brand compliments the state’s campaign, New Mexico True but helps us to create our own unique identity in the tourism market.
BEAUTIFICATION / INFRASTRUCTURE For the first time, we have developed a systematic approach to fixing our aging infrastructure needs. Just driving around, there is road work going on throughout the city. We are working to improve our curb, gutter, and sidewalks, as seen by our pilot project on Country Club Drive. We’ve moved on to making improvements on Red Rock Drive, and once complete we will be repaving the streets. We have over $800,000.00 set aside just for paving District 3 roads. This improves the curb appeal of the neighborhoods, which in turn improves property values and the quality of life.
• Finally, for the most part we have eliminated the smell from the wastewater treatment plant west end of town. • Fixed the golf course irrigation system, drainage issues, fixed the fairways and greens on the golf course and the golf course was just voted onto the state board as one of seven prominent golf courses shaping the industry in the state and drawing attention to our community • Tore down abandoned homes that were detrimental to the neighborhoods and or invited drug use. • Opened the events center and remodeled the theater in downtown, which actually makes a profit. Thank you management! • Soon will start on improving the alley between 1st and 2nd • Skateboard Park for the community • Veteran Cemetery breaks ground this year. • Allison Bridge already has broken ground.
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NEWS GMCS welcomes new board members THOREAU ELEMENTARY TO BE RE-CONSTRUCTED
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
HOREAU, N.M. - No doubt the past few months have been professionally painful for members of the GallupMcKinley County Board of Education, the former members of which went through the ups and downs of having to get rid of a former superintendent. If that wasn’t enough, there was constant uproar that one of the board’s members didn’t actually live in the district that she represented. But at the March 6 regular board meeting at Thoreau E le me nt a r y S c ho ol , t he Thoreau High School band played a splendid rendition of the national anthem as new school board members Michael Schaaf, Christopher Mortensen and Charles Long took the oath of office. The swearing-in of the new school board members was done by Gallup Magistrate Judge April Silversmith. “It was a great way to welcome the new board members,” board vice president Kevin Mitchell said. “A great way to start the first meeting.” Schaaf, Mor tensen and Long were welcomed by dozens of community members and district administrators and teachers and by members of the McKinley County Federation of United School Employees. The union, headed by Brian Bernard, endorsed the three
Magistrate Judge April Silversmith swears in new board member Christopher Mortensen March 6. Photo Credit: MCFUSE
t he new Ga l lup -McK i n ley Cou nt y S cho ol s Super intendent about two we ek s a go, s a id pr el i m inary plans are in the works for the re - constr uction of T horeau Element a r y. T he building process could start as early as 2019, Hyatt said. The idea for the new elementa r y school ca me to Hyatt upon a recent drive through the Thoreau area. “We will be going out for bid hopefully this summer or later this winter,” Hyatt said. “We’ll be able to seek funding from the state and begin construction.” Also at the meeting, board
Magistrate Judge April Silversmith swears in new board member Michael Shaaf March 6. Photo Credit: MCFUSE
during the buildup to the Feb. 7 election. As a surprise to most in attendance, Long, a former McKinley County Treasurer, delivered introductory remarks in Navajo and English.
the past four months, equated educational success with “the climbing of a ladder.” “Yes, I do think education is important,” Benally said during a break in the meeting. “That’s what we have to have as the primary goal.”
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against the Navajo members of the school board,” Sonlatsa Jim-Martin, a Tohatchi native and self-proclaimed “education activist” and parent of four students who attend district schools said. “I hope we don’t see the same mistakes that came from the former superintendent. It was a fear-based environment and we can’t let that happen.” Maggie Benally, president of the Thoreau Chapter of the Navajo Nation, gave welcoming remarks and said decisions must be made in the best educational interests of the students attending Gallup-McKinley schools. Benally, elected within
Magistrate Judge April Silversmith swears in new board member Charles Long March 6. Photo Credit: MCFUSE
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“I think it’s going to be an effort upon everybody to move the school district forward,” Long said. “There are a lot of aspirations that we have as board members, but one of the things that’s key is that we hope to achieve a point where students will exceed all requirements.” Mortensen, a local business owner and graduate of Gallup High, stressed the notion of working together. “I feel I have a shared kinship to each of you because I have children in the school district as well,” he said. “I look forward to working with you in the future and look forward to seeing that students
achieve their personal dreams and aspirations. I hope to help them be successful in whatever endeavors they have in their life.” When members of the community had their time to speak, there were welcoming remarks, and words of caution against alleged past discriminatory behavior against some board members. “I have witnessed attacks
NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL M i ke Hyat t , cho sen a s
members met in executive session to talk about the buyout of former superintendent Frank Chiapetti’s $132,000 contract. There was no action taken on the matter. Tech n ic a l ly, Ch i a pet t i was placed on paid administrative leave by the old school board until June 30, 2017, which makes Hyatt the interim superintendent until that date.
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Gallup Council awards GFD roof contract
he Gallup City Council unanimously awarded a funding contract to an Albuquerque firm for the replacement of the roof at Fire station No. 1 – located at 1800 S. Second St. The action took place at the Feb. 28 city council meeting and was not met with opposition. “This I something that has needed to be done for a while now,” Gallup Deputy Fire Chief Jesus Morales said after the meeting. “The roof is in pretty bad shape.” The cost of the contract to replace the roof is $131,808.46 and was given to Progressive Roofing. Morales noted that $19,556.63 was ear marked for Wilson Engineering for project management, plus a contingency fee of $20,000 to replace the main fire station roof. Both Progressive Roofing and Wilson Engi neer i ng a re ba sed i n Albuquerque. Mayor Jackie McKinney thanked Morales for introducing the matter to council members and agreed that the
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Photo of the Gallup Fire Department’s ailing rooftop, 1800 S. Second St. Photo Credit: Courtesy fire station roof replacement was needed. The scope of the work includes the cleaning and removal of debris, the installation of skylights equipped with safety bars, the installation of new gutter, drip edge and down spouts, and a 20-year manufacturer’s warranty and a two-year contractor warranty, among other fixtures, Morales told council members. Morales said the main fire
station hasn’t had major work done to it since a few years ago when there were renovations completed to the living quarters section and the emergency operations center of the Nizhoni Boulevard station. Gallup Fire Chief Er ic Babcock said that the funds to repair the roof will come from a Public Regulation Commission-administered account used specifically for fire station repairs.
Also at the Feb. 28 city council meeting, a budget adjustment was completed for animal control services, which operates under Gallup’s planning and development director. City Planner C.B Strain told council members that $22,200 was needed for basic operations. “W hen a n i ma l cont rol was removed from the police department and placed under the planning and development department, it was discovered that several operations accounts were either under-budgeted or not budgeted at all,” Strain said. “In order to correct
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MSCO: Rangel back on duty TWO-MONTH LEAVE STEMMED FROM AN APPARENT FIGHT involved in the initial incident, as she took Bitsilly to a local hospital where he was subsequently airlifted to Albuquerque for further treatment due to the extent of the injuries sustained. Capt. Marinda Spencer, public information officer at the Gallup Police Department, said Morgan’s leave of absence after the incident was “personal leave” and not a paid administrative leave. Spencer declined further comment.
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he third deputy at the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office that was recently put on paid administrative leave has been reinstated, officials said. McKinley County Sherriff Ron Silversmith said this week that Richard Rangel, 20, is now fully back to work as of March 3. “He’s back on the job as of last week,” Silversmith said in a telephone conversation. “Again, he is back at work. But the investigation that we’re (the county) doing still is not yet final.” Si lver sm it h sa id Ra ngel, a Gallup High School graduate, is not patrolling, but is working “civic” duty. He said there really isn’t a time line as to when Rangel would be permitted to get back in a patrol car and return to duty. McKinley County Attorney Doug Decker said an investigation done by the New Mexico State Police is complete as of about two weeks ago. Decker did not go into detail about the contents of the report, but said a formal New Mexico Inspections of Public Records Act request would be honored by McKinley County as it pertains to viewing the report. He said a separate county investigative report is nearly done, saying disciplinary action against Rangel remains possible. “The county report is, for the most part, finished,” Decker said. “There remains the possibility of disciplinary action, however.” Deputies Joey Guillen, Johnson Lee
The Sun has made contact with at least one family member of Bitsilly, but has not gotten into lengthy conversations about the incident. The family member said the filing of a lawsuit against MCSO is not removed from the realm of reality. Neither Decker nor Silversmith commented on the possibility of the McKinley County District Attorney’s Office filing criminal charges as per the state investigative report.
Perfect Attendance MCSO Sheriff Ron Silversmith and Rangel were placed on paid administrative leave after a January party held at fellow deputy’s A.J. Noriega’s residence turned violent. A person connected to the Rangel family told The Sun several weeks ago that Cody Bitsilly, 23, of Gallup, was beaten up by Rangel because Bitsilly tried to move on Rangel’s girlfriend who was also at the party at Noriega’s Hill Avenue-area residence. “(Little Richard) beat him up, that what I was told,” the source told The Sun on condition of anonymity. “I think everybody knows that by now.” Guillen, a U.S. Navy veteran with more than a decade serving MCSO, and Lee, about four years with MCSO, were reinstated Jan. 23. A Gallup police officer, Clarissa Morgan, was indirectly
n Feb. 8, Di rector Alecs Mojica of Uplift Community School recognized 10 students for Perfect Attendance for first semester 2016.
Parents and community members were witness to this wonderful achievement. Front row (from left) Keira Burnham (Kinder); Carla Steinback (1st); and Elijah Archuleta (3rd); 2nd row (from left) Caile
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Chavez: Why is the Gallup Soccer Complex just sitting there? By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
sco Chavez, the Gallup native, New Mexico State University graduate and the former executive director at Gallup’s parks and recreation department, sees enormous potential in the Gallup Soccer Complex. It’s the size of four official soccer fields and was once the talk-of-the-town by Gallup youth, but is barely used as of late, he says. And there is a reason for its lack of use. “This is a gem no matter how you look at it,” Chavez said March 7, standing in front of the field along Sanostee Drive on the city’s west side. “Look at this. Why isn’t this field in use?” Chavez recalls a time when players of all ages would practice various sports at the field, mostly soccer. The field is a stone’s throw away from the city wastewater treatment plant – which carries its share of past controversies. He said these days, though, the city seems to have “just let the place (Gallup Soccer
Complex) go,” saying a locked front gate at the field sends a “stay away” message to the general public. It’s taxpayer property and people deserve to know what’s going on, Chavez said. Chavez noted that the field contains concession stands and bathrooms, and is American Disabilities Association compliant and is big enough to be used for a variety of purposes. “It’s a sad day in Gallup when something like this happens and nobody is doing anything about it,” Chavez said. “Somebody at the city has to step up.” Current Gallup Parks and Recreation Director Vince Alonzo said the Gallup Soccer Complex hasn’t been consistently used in practically three years, hence the locked front gate. Alonzo said the field contains prairie dog holes, which makes the field dangerous for folks who want to use it. Prairie dogs are herbivorous and are a type of ground squirrel which feed on grass and other greenery-like substances. They multiply like
Gallup’s west side soccer field. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura rabbits and are very numerous around Gallup. “The holes are a safety concern,” Alonzo said of the holes created by the prairie dogs. “We do go in and cover the holes, but from July through about October is when the majority of prairie dogs come out. You’re talking about a lot of holes.” Chavez said the prairie dog holes have been an issue at the Gallup Soccer Complex ever since he commanded parks and
recreation more than a decade ago. He said there is a Gallup soccer group that utilizes the field, but they can’t anymore because the city refuses to do anything about the holes. Representatives from the soccer group did not immediately return telephone call to the Sun. Chavez and Alonzo believe turf is the answer. “Yes, you can put artificial turf on the field,” Alonzo said. “You’re talking about $4 million to do that, more or less.” Chavez said it looks like the Gallup Soccer Complex is going the way of the National Junior High Finals Rodeo and New Mexico Cross Country Championship events went. Gallup hosted the former for eight straight years up until about three years ago. Both of those events were held at Red
Rock Park “back in the day,” Chavez said, adding, “They were very successful events. How’d the city let them get away?” Continued Chavez, “We used to host both of those events – but now look,” he said. “It makes you wonder what the city is doing with our sporting events and our sports economics.” Don McFall, 36, a Gallup resident the past two years and resident of the west side, said he runs near the Gallup Soccer Complex nearly ever yday. Opening the complex would allow runners to stay away from the actual street. “It would be nice to at least open up the field every now and then,” he said. “I haven’t talked to anyone about it, but I’m sure there are reasons as to why it isn’t open for people.”
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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports The legal limit is .08 Gualena Descheny Dec. 10, 3:54 am Aggravated DWI A s McKinley C o u n t y Sher i f f ’s Department O f f i c e D e p u t y Roxanne King was clearing debris from a fallen traffic signal someone had hit, she noticed a car without headlights on, traveling through the dark, south on U.S. 491. The driver pulled over for the deputy, but remained on her cellphone, and would not make eye contact with her. The deputy asked her for her driver’s license, and told her to put her phone down. She also advised the driver that her headlights were not turned on. The driver argued that the headlights were on, but, one did not work. King stated that neither headlight was turned on. King smelled alcohol, and observed cans of Mike’s Hard Lemonade behind the driver seat, on the f loor board. A passenger told the deputy that they had just left a trailer park, and at that point Descheny looked at the officer. It was then that King noticed she had bloodshot, watery eyes. Descheny then struggled to find her driver’s license, and spoke with slurred speech. They advised the officer that they had just visited their cousin, and had knocked back a few beers, before intending to head over to Denny’s. King tested the obviously drunken driver, per proper protocol, and she failed all sobriety tests. She blew .21/.20 during the breath tests.
Edmund Ben James Dec. 9, 7:22 pm DWI McKinley C o u n t y Sher i f f ’s O f f i c e D e p u t y Christopher Rangel was patrolling U. S . 4 91 southbound, at the 6 mile marker, when he came upon an SUV, passing without using a turn signal. After passing, the driver swerved over the white line to the right, according to the report. The deputy notified Metro Dispatch, and proceeded to switch on his lights and sirens, in order to pull the swerving SUV over. The driver pulled over after a half mile chase, and he came to a stop, James, 34 jumped out with a cell phone to his ear. He took one look at the deputy before dashing across U.S. 491 southbound, over the median, and into the dirt field on the other side of the northbound lanes. The deputy immediately ran after him, reportedly yelling at him to stop, the entire time. The drunken sprinter was no match for the deputy, who tackled him, and placed him in handcuffs, before leading him back to the patrol car. The suspect had difficulty standing up, and refused a field sobriety tests. The deputy explained that he was under arrest for resisting and evading. Once at the Sheriff’s office, he complied with a breath test and blew .21/.22. Nathan A Holman Dec. 8, 12:03 am Aggravated DWI Gallup Police Department Of f icer Ad r ia n Quet awk i arrived on the scene of a traffic stop in progress, at the request of GPD Officer Dominic Molina.
Holman, 31, had been drinking and racing his vehicle on Aztec Avenue and N.M. 602. Holman was booked and blew .21/.19 during the breath tests. Perry Nolan Bitsilly Dec. 3, 9:56 PM Aggravated DWI T h e G a l l u p P o l i c e Department DW I Ta s k Force wa s ca lled to the scene of a traffic stop in progress, by Officer Chavo Chischilly and Andrew Thayer, at the Gallup Airport, 2111 W. Highway 66. Bit s i l ly, 27, h a d be en stopped for driving without headlights on. He admitted to drinking before driving, and several empty bottles of vodka were found behind
the driver’s seat. The officers reported that he was ver y polite and cooperative during the investigation. He blew a .23/.25 during the breath tests. Carol J. Tso Mar. 3, 10:07 pm Aggravated DWI T h e G a l l u p P o l i c e Department was called to the location of a muscle car stuck in the mud off of Churchrock Street, between Indian Hills and Rehoboth. GPD O f f ic e r H a r l a nd Soseeah approached the vehicle, which still had its motor running. Tso, 47, explained, she was only trying to make a u-turn when she just “ran off the road”. The officer noted the strong odor of alcohol on her breath, and questioned her about how much she had to drink. Tso replied, “Why are you asking me? I drank, but not enough to get drunk,” the report stated. Tso had difficulty locating her driver’s license when asked about it. She agreed to take the field sobriety tests, but
requested her jacket from the vehicle, as she was cold. The officer retrieved it for her, and allowed her to put it on before beginning the field sobriety test. A f ter bei ng g iven her jacket, she refused to cooperate with the officer’s tests, and began arguing with him contentiously, according to the report. After refusing to listen to instructions for the test, she was placed into the back of the squad car. She refused to submit to a breath test, and was booked for aggravated DWI, careless driving, evidence of insurance, and open container. Garron Burns Dec. 4, 1:12 PM 2nd DWI Gallup P o l i c e Department O f f ic e r R a n som James was on patrol when he received a call to investigate a vehicle collision at South Patton Drive in Gallup. As he joined a fellow officer already attending, GPD
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WEEKLY CRIME BLOTTER Staff Reports
CYCLIST MUGGING 2/27, GAMERCO One alleged crime turned into another when a mugging victim allegedly threw a rock at a Gamerco resident’s window, breaking it. The events took place near 608 Rust Ave. at about 3:06 pm. The owner of the residence called for help, and accused Kendrick Yazzie, 25, of throwing the rock. Yazzie was already walking away from the scene when McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Joseph Guillen was sent to investigate. Bleeding from his nose and mouth, Yazzie explained to Guillen that he had just been attacked by two men dressed in black. The men allegedly beat him, and stole his bicycle, a black and orange Mongoose UNK model. The man then knocked on the door at 608 Rust Ave., for reasons not listed in the report, but possibly he was seeking help of some kind to deal with the aftermath of the alleged violent robbery. Guillen, concerned, provided Yazzie with some gauze and called medical personnel to the scene, who assisted in further treating his injuries. The victim refused an offer to be taken to the however; however, the ambulance team advised the deputy that Yazzie would be okay. Guillen examined the resident of the house to make sure he was not one of the attackers. The resident’s hands were clean and his demeanor was cooperative, and the officer states in the report he did not suspect that he was one of the assailants. No arrests were made, however, both parties were advised a report had been filed at the Sheriff’s office.
METH AT THE FORT 3/7, FORT WINGATE McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Garylle James joined deputies already on the scene of a vehicle stop at 16 Jeff King Loop in Fort Wingate, at around 9 am according to the report. NEWS
The deputies were executing an arrest warrant. Two of the three passengers stopped were found to have warrants for their arrests, issued out of McKinley County Magistrate Court. The two individuals were Kristin Gutierrez, 26, and Michael Garcia, 60. The third passenger in the vehicle, Robert Lopez, 62, was found with a syringe in between his feet and was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. Deputies asked Garcia if they could search a yellow duffel bag that he claimed belonged to him, according to the report. The report states that they found heroin, and drug paraphernalia in the bag. It’s also recorded that after the suspects were transported to the jail, and a pat search revealed that Michael Garcia was also in possession of methamphetamine.
NECESSARY PAPERWORK 2/28, GALLUP A l a nd lord a sked the Ga llup P o l i c e Department t o r emove t wo i nd iv idu a l s who were sleeping at his property, 903 ½ East Hill Ave. Officer Ryan Blackgoat arrived on the scene to investigate. According to the report, the owner told the officer that he had sent a maintenance person to change the locks, and they had discovered the unexpected tenants. The individuals had allegedly kicked the door
in, damaging it, and had proceeded to take up residence without signing any paperwork, which the landlord had expected to be signed the day before, he said. Upon being discovered by the maintenance person, they ambushed and rushed the surprised individual. The landlord was adamant that he expected a signed agreement with them, before allowing the hasty individuals to move in. When Blackgoat entered the home in order to talk to Chelsea McCabe, 25, he found her on the floor, covered in mud, spewing profanities. Blackgoat advised the woman that she must sign the paperwork before she was allowed to reside there. McCabe responded by yelling at the officer that she was already living there, and had property inside. The landlord decided, at that point reportedly, that he did not ever want to rent the property to this individual. She was booked for breaking and entering at the county jail.
OUTLAW PROWLER AT DON DIEGO’S 2/20, GALLUP Gallup P o l i c e Department Officer Ryan Blackgoat and Officer K e l v i n A k e s o n a r r ive d a t Don Diego’s Restaurant at 406 W. Coal Ave. to investigate a suspicious character. Employees had reported a prowler in the
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parking lot looking around vehicles. He was not there when Akeson and Blackgoat arrived, and the employees at Don Diego’s advised the officers that he had walked eastbound on Coal Avenue. The officers caught up with the individual, Michael Ya t s ay t e, 4 3 , a nd q ue s tioned him. He claimed that two unknown persons had assaulted him for an unknown reason and that he was just looking for his girlfriend. After checking Yatsayte’s license, dispatch adv ised the officers that there was a bench warrant out of Ruidoso Police Department, NM for his arrest. The police explained to Yatsayte that the warrant was extraditable, whereupon, the suspect pleaded with the officers, “Let me just run away.” The officers responded by stating that they would have to arrest him. Ya t s ay t e t u r ned r ig ht around and fled, with Blackgoat and Akeson hastily pursuing on foot, yelling after him. The chase continued, across Coal Avenue towards a dark area in between C&R Insurance Company at 401 W. Coal Ave. Blackgoat grabbed his taser and warned the wanted man that he would use it on him if he did not stop. Yatsayte continued to flee and the officer discharged the taser on him, but it did not seem to affect him. He didn’t get far after this; however, as the man soon after encountered a brick wall, which he jumped off of, injuring himself. He immediately began rolling around on the ground, complaining to his pursuers that he was injured. The officers called an ambulance for him immediately, while the suspect began cursing and threatening Blackgoat and Akeson in return. “Wait till I see you when I get out!” he railed at them. Blackgoat inquired if he was threatening him. The suspect stated that he was not, according to the officer’s report. The individual also tried to slip his handcuffs at the hospital and inflicted minor injuries to his wrists. He was booked
for the warrant as well as the charge of resisting arrest and assault upon a peace officer.
GANG COLOR STABBING 3/3, GALLUP A possible ga ng fight at Hacienda Motel at 2510 E. Highway 66, left one young man Brandon Willie hospitalized after assailants stabbed him in the stomach with a knife. Some of the witnesses stated that Brandon Willie, 25, and Brian Willie, 29, were engaging in an argument with the victim over colors and gangs, according to the report. The conflict turned deadly, when the pair dragged the man they were arguing with, forcibly, into room 27 of the motel. They held him down, and stabbed him in the stomach, the victim’s sister claimed, in the report. This seems to have sated their bloodlust as they let the victim go. He later ended up in the hospital for the stab wound, after he was found wandering westward along Highway 66. Gallup Police Department Of f icer s F ra ncis Col l i ns, Ransom James and Victor Rodriguez were dispatched to handle the situation around 8:15 pm, in response to an anonymous caller. In addition to the victim’s sister, officers also questioned the sisters of the alleged assailants, who offered a similar story. According to the report, the victim had been smashing the assailant’s mother’s vehicle with a baseball bat, which culminated in a broken rear window. The reasons for the victim’s actions against the car were not covered in the police report. Brandon Willie was booked for two counts of aggravated battery, and the case was turned over to Det. Chavo Chischilly who took over the investigation. Brandon Willie is being held at McKinley County Adult Detention Center on a $10,000 cash only bond.
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Felony outlaw Paradise in trouble with the law – again By Naomi Mercedes Chan Sun Correspondent
ethamphetamine, a Glock 42 handgun, hollow point bullets, heroin, and a notebook filled with narcotic sales transactions was found on John Paradise, after he was taken into custody on March 3, at the end of yet another long hunt by Gallup Police Department. Some readers may remember the Sun’s coverage of John Paradise earlier this year, when it was reported he was taken into custody on Jan. 31, for charges of shooting at or from a motor vehicle, criminal damage to property over $1,000, and negligent use of a deadly weapon charges. A wanted poster on the Sun’s website and in print had been issued in December in relation to the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office wanting him for questioning on a homicide. After he was booked on Jan. 31, the bail stood
at $22,000. GPD Officer Dominic Molina made the latest arrest, with fellow officers backing him up, after the department trapped his vehicle at gunpoint, on the premises of the Alcon gas station located at 1500 S. Second St. in Gallup. Daryl Desiderio, 22, was driving, also a wanted felon, and Paradise was in the front passenger’s seat. Thomas Heredia, 33, was in the backseat. During the tense standoff, all of the occupants refused to step out of the vehicle, which was set in reverse. Desiderio began yelling at the officers, while Paradise shiftily placed his hands near his lap and the sides of his leg. Molina commented in the report that the occupants of the vehicle kept looking at each other, nervously, throughout the ordeal. The officers warned him to keep his hands in the air, but Paradise just ignored them. They continued to exhibit signs of refusal to exit the vehicle. Molina
John Paradise finally approached the vehicle’s passenger side and opened the door, bravely, ordering Paradise to step out of the vehicle, once again. Paradise refused, again, and the police had to remove him by force, along with the equally stubborn Desiderio and rear passenger, Heredia. “If you happen to find an ounce of meth in the car, it’s Daryl’s not mine, just so you k now,” spouted Pa rad ise later, at the jail. A pat search
Daryl Desiderio conducted by Officer Chaz Troncoso revealed a .380 caliber Glock 42 loaded with four deadly hollow point bullets and two full metal jacket bullets. In his pockets, a blob of black tar heroin was found hidden inside of a dollar bill, along with some aluminum foil filled with glassy shards of crystal methamphetamine. Heredia and Desiderio were both booked on outstanding warrants, while Paradise
Thomas Heredia was placed under arrest for being a felon in possession of a firearm. They were taken to the McKinley County Adult Detention Center. Paradise remains in custody as of March 7 on an $8,000 cash bond, and must attend pre-trial services. Desiderio posted bond on March 6 by paying $129, $29, and $500 with pre-trial services, according to a jail official. Heredia was released on his own recognizance on March 6.
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L BUQU ERQU E – Ra ndal Gordon P a u l , 47, of Albuquerque, N.M., entered a guilty plea March 7 to a federal child pornography charge. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Paul will be sentenced to ten yea r s of i mpr isonment followed by a lifetime of super vised release. Paul also will be required to pay restitution in the amount of $1,000 to any victim who is identified and requests restitution, and to register as a sex offender. Paul was arrested on Dec. 2, on a criminal complaint charging him with possessing and distributing visual
Randal Gordon Paul depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit activity from June 2015 through Nov. 2016, in Bernalillo County, N.M.
SEX OFFENDER | SEE PAGE 11 NEWS
Grand theft auto, wild west edition By Naomi Mercedes Chan Sun Correspondent
victim of vehicle theft hesitated to call the police immediately when she reportedly witnessed her vehicle being stolen and driving off into the distance around noon March 5. She finally called for help from the Gallup Police Department about 30 minutes later, when a friend informed her that she had seen the vehicle – in the worst possible circumstances. People who saw it described her stolen vehicle as “a beautiful new truck,” after it was witnessed downtown – crashing into buildings and other cars. The first v ictim of the reckless criminal said that she had been driving east on Coal Street, when she noticed a vehicle barreling erratically towards her. She pushed the gas to the floor, into her green light, to avoid being struck. She was not successful in avoiding the collision. Her car incurred damage to the bumper, door and trunk, but she wasn’t injured, according to reports.
SEX OFFENDER | FROM PAGE 10 According to the criminal complaint, the investigation into Paul began in Nov. 2014, after an email address belonging to Paul, was used to register an account with a website know n to show images of minors engaged i n sex u a l ly ex pl icit conduct. Further investigation revealed that Paul was a registered sex offender with two prior convictions; the first in 1996 for lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14, and the second in 1998 for aggravated sexual abuse. On Nov. 16, law enforcement searched Paul’s residence and found a computer conta ining a v ideo a nd at le a s t 3 0 i m a ge s of ch i ld pornography. During the change of plea hearing, Paul pled guilty to a felony information charging him with possessing child pornography between Dec. 2 01 2 a n d N o v. 2 016 , i n Ber na l i l lo Cou nt y. I n h is plea agreement, Paul admitted downloading child pornography from the internet NEWS
She was forced to pull over, but the rogue vehicle continued northward. The driver then plowed into Nizhoni Music Therapy at 111 S. Second St. before nearly striking a man changing his tire on the side of the road near the building. An onlooker shouted at the man to get out of the way, and he was able to move out of the way in time. C o i n c i d e n t a l l y, S u n phot og r a pher, K n i few i ng Segura, was on the scene at Second Street and saw what was happening, and heroically decided, right then and there, to pursue the driver. He chased them in his own vehicle onto Highway 66. He noted that the driver was rolling along with only three tires at this point, due to the damage accrued up until then. “They damaged part of the road on Route 66 because of the missing tire,” Segura said. By the time the pursuant photographer caught up to the truck, the driver had abandoned the vehicle, just a few blocks away, on Fourth Street, and had fled on foot. Segura continued a nd sav i ng t hem on electronic devices, including a desktop computer. Paul has been in federal cu stody si nce h i s a r rest . He remains detained pendi n g h i s s ent enc i n g he a ri ng, wh ich h a s yet t o be scheduled. T h is ca se wa s i nvest igated by the A lbuquerque office of the FBI and the New Mexico Regional Computer F o r e n s i c L a b o r a t o r y. A s s i s t a n t U. S . A t t o r n e y Holland S. Kastrin is prosecut i ng t he c a se a s pa r t of Project Safe Childhood, a nat ionw ide i n it iat ive lau nched i n May 20 0 6 by the Depar tment of Justice t o combat t he g row i ng epidem ic of ch i ld sex u a l exploitation and abuse. L e d by Un it e d S t a t e s Attorneys’ Offices and DOJ’s Cr i m i na l Div ision’s Ch i ld Exploitation and Obscenity Sect ion, P roject Sa fe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to bet t er loc a t e, a pprehend a nd prosecute indiv iduals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.
A truck that was allegedly stolen and taken for joy ride came to a stop at Fourth Street and Highway 66. The driver reportedly hit two vehicles on Second Street and struck a building on Second Street and Coal Avenue March 5. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura searching the surrounding city blocks for the suspect, but could not locate the driver. When asked why he had decided to pursue the driver, the photographer answered, “ T h a t ’s j u s t t he wor ld I come from, when something
needs to be done you do it. Someone else cou ld have gotten hurt, they needed to be stopped.” Police are still searching for any information about the dangerous driver. The only reported clue as to why the
driver drove so recklessly, was a can of Foster’s Beer, found in the console area of the derelict wreck. The owner of the vehicle, clearly upset according to the police report, stated that she does not know who took it.
The City of Gallup Regular Election will be held on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Voters from District 1 and District 3 will vote for a City Council Candidate for a four-year term. Polls will open at 7:00 A.M. and close at 7:00 P.M. The following locations have been designated as Voting Convenience Centers for the Election: 1. Southside Fire Station #1, 1800 South Second Street. 2. Northside Fire Station #2, 911 West Lincoln Avenue. 3. Harold Runnels Athletic Complex, 820 East Wilson Avenue. 4. McKinley County Courthouse Rotunda, 207 West Hill Avenue. Voters from Districts 1 and 3 will be allowed to vote at one of the four designated Voting Convenience Centers on Election Day. Voters will not be assigned to a specific polling place on Election Day. Early and Absentee Voting is being conducted at Gallup City Hall, 110 West Aztec Avenue until Friday, March 10th at 5:00 p.m. If you have any questions concerning the Election, please call the GALLUP City Clerk’s office at 863-1254.
Gallup Sun • Friday March 10, 2017
Martinez vetoes bill on use of sick leave impacting teachers’ evaluations By Matthew Reichbach NM Political Report
ov. Susana Martinez vetoed legislation March 9 that would allow teachers to use their sick leave without it affecting their evaluations. Martinez said if the bill, which sponsors dubbed the “Teachers are Human Too Act,” became law, it would lead to more teacher absences, which would create more expenses, including for substitute teachers. Martinez said this would also lead to decreased quality of education. “We need our teachers in our classrooms, and House Bill 241 would lead to more teacher absences,” Martinez wrote. T he P ubl ic Educ at ion Department was unable to estimate in the bill’s Fiscal Impact Repor t how many teacher absences there would be under the bill, and at what cost. A substitute teacher is
paid $66.50 per day. The bill would let teachers use their ten days of sick leave before it would impact their evaluations. Currently, teachers can use three days of sick leave before it impacts their evaluation. Martinez said she would support raising that to five days. “I am extremely disappointed at the Governor’s veto of HB 241, which would ensure
that teachers would not have to go to work sick, and would protect the health and well being of their students,” Sen. Craig Brandt, R-Rio Rancho, said in a statement Thursday afternoon. NM Political Report reached out to the other sponsors of the legislation, through their caucuses, for reaction to the veto. We will add responses from the sponsors to this story if and when we receive them. Sponsors argued that when teacher evaluations are negatively impacted by the use of sick leave, teachers come to school sick and are less effective. The Senate passed the bill unanimously, 39-0, while the House passed the bill 64-3. A two-thirds vote of both chambers would overrule Martinez’s veto and allow the bill to become law. The Legislature hasn’t voted to override a governor’s veto since Gary Johnson vetoed a budget in 2003.
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Martinez wrote it is possible for teachers to be rated “highly effective” or “exemplary” while using the ten days of leave currently. The Legislative Education Study Committee noted during the interim, a teacher would need to be nearly perfect in other areas to reach these high ratings. Martinez also tied the veto of the teacher absences bill to the failure of other educational bills. The governor mentioned a bill that would allow some “experienced and qualified professionals” two-year licenses to teach as adjunct instructors. “I would welcome a bill that
considers reasonable changes to attendance measures as part of an effective, comprehensive teacher evaluation system,” Martinez wrote. “However, the Legislature continually refused to engage despite the Public Education Department’s (PED) repeated good-faith attempts to meet teachers and teachers’ unions halfway.” A bill to codify the evaluation system into law failed earlier this session in a House committee. Currently, evaluations are done through rulemaking at PED. Visit: nmpoliticalreport. com
DWI REPORT | FROM PAGE 8
d r iv i ng t o Wa l m a r t , on 1650 W. Maloney Av e . T h e fearful child reached out to the police after her mother ran several red lights, and was speeding. According to the report, after entering Walmart, the mother drunkenly kept bumping into aisles. When the pair left the store, presumably, the child was able to give a detailed description of the vehicle and license plate, before explaining that they were now leaving for Ramah, and she would have to hang up. GPD Officer Chaz Troncosco responded to the call. Ashley was observed by the officer stopping at an intersection, with no stop light or stop sign. He stopped Ashley in front of Father Dunston Park after following it to ascertain the status of the driver and a license plate match for the vehicle. As he approached the vehicle, he observed the young girl in the front seat who had made the call. After Ashley failed the officer’s inebriation tests, he spoke with the child, before assigning other officers to watch her, until she could be picked up, and taken to safety by her grandmother. The officer placed Ashley under arrest, and also cited her for abandonment and abuse of a child, expired registration, and for stopping in the middle of the street.
Officer Joe Roanhorse, he was told witnesses saw the suspect, Garron Burns, 28, flee the scene. Roanhorse had managed to pursue and detain him in his squad car. Ja mes wa lked over to interrogate the suspect, while Roa n horse exa m ined the scene. James noted Burns intoxicated state. He was having trouble standing up, and refused medical attention. Burns yelled at the officer after being asked for his side of the story. According to the report, he exclaimed in frustration, “What do you think, I got in a crash! I’ve been driving, I been drinking! I been drinking all day, I had a fifth of Fireball. This is my second DWI!” James observed empty bottles of hard alcohol in the suspect’s vehicle. The suspect refused to submit to testing, exclaiming “F**k that you know I was driving drunk!” He was placed under arrest. After he listened to the Implied Consent Act, he relented and agreed to testing. He was transported to the Gallup Indian Medical Center to check for injuries from the accident, and for testing. Cheryl Ashley Dec. 10, 11:13 PM DWI A child, 13, called Metro Dispatch, reporting her mother, Ashley, 36, for drunk driving. The child later stated that her mother had met a friend at a hotel, and had consumed several alcoholic beverages, before
Candidates readying for March 14 election By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
allup voters decide who leads two council districts March 14 and by the looks of it the candidates vying for District 3 could make things quite interesting.
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city’s aging water and sewer lines, panhandling and doing something about the number of vacant buildings downtown are platform priorities. The condition of city streets can be maintained a little better, Chavez said. “I think there are solutions to a lot of these problems,” Chavez said at a recent candidate forum. “We just have to find them.”
Chavez said. “That’s all you here when somebody starts talking about Gallup.” Rega rding potholes, Chavez said the city needs a plan whereby repaving is done slowly but surely on a weekly basis. On panhandling, he said perhaps more police enforcement is needed. In Gallup, aggressive panhandling can garner an arrest. Chavez said to get at the panhandling epidemic, he’d get the panhandles and homeless people together and give them paid odd jobs on a daily basis, jobs like picking up trash or pulling weeds. “I want to represent the people,” Chavez said. “That’s what I’m about. That’s why I’m running.”
Esco Chavez Angela Chavez Growing up in Michigan, restaurateur Angela Chavez never imagined that she’d get deeply involved in municipal politics. But here she is, on the cusp of entering into a threeway election for a Gallup city council seat. “I’ve served on boards, but I’ve never held elected office,” Chavez said during a recent interview with the Gallup Sun. “But I feel it’s something that I can do and can do well.” Chavez has lived in the Indian Capital the past 24 years and owns and operates Angela’s Café at 201 E. Historic Highway 66. She said infrastructure, the
Esco Chavez, a former city and parks and recreation director, wants the job for the long haul. But so do incumbent Yogash Kumar and political newcomer Angela Chavez. Esco Chavez, no relation to Angela, a Gallup native and graduate of New Mexico State University, has never held public office in McKinley County. “I am the voice and person for the people,” Chavez said. “This is something that I want to do.” Chavez said he’d like to see a lot more done with panhandling and the condition of city streets and wants to re-open the Ford Canyon Senior Center. “Potholes and panhandlers,”
Kumar is a member of the board of directors off the Greater Ga llup Economic Development Corporation. Regarding panhandling, Kumar said at a recent political forum at the Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce that there is an ordinance on the books, but unless city police catch the culprits panhandling in an aggressive manner, there isn’t a lot police can do to enforce the ordinance. “They have a right to be there, as long as they aren’t being aggressive,” Kumar said at the political forum.
DISTRICT 1 CONTENDER Like Kumar, Distr ict 1 incumbent Linda Garcia was first elected four years ago. A retired municipal court legal assistant, Garcia is unopposed in District 1. Born and raised in Gallup, Garcia is against the issuing of more liquor licenses, “because we have too many already and that has become a problem,” Garcia said. Ga rcia a nd fellow
Linda Garcia councilwoman Fran Palochak are out front with respect to holding neighborhood association meetings. Garcia was instrumental several months ago in establishing a neighborhood watch Program in Gallup’s Roosevelt neighborhood. Garcia’s political platform includes beautification, infrastructure improvements and the placement of speed bumps in neighborhoods to cut down on speeding. Gallup councilors serve four-year staggered terms and earn an annual salary of $21,000. The election is Tuesday.
Yogash Kumar A local hotelier, Kumar was first elected to the City Council four years ago. He is a former Gallup mayoral candidate. Kumar’s platform consists of economic development through tour ism, br inging in new industry by the utilization of current assets and systematic infrastructure improvements.
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OPINIONS Letter to the Editor: Examining the Navajo Housing Authority crisis March 6, 2017 I have been thinking very hard about whether I should talk about the NHA situation. My Dad [Rex T. Kontz] used to say “Richard you need to understand: in Tribal government and politics the people with power can’t stand the truth, the truth hurts too much”. He also said: “you can’t expect people
to really trust you if you don’t tell the truth”. So, with those thoughts in mind, I will say the following. A s pointed out by the press NHA has received over $1.5 billion since 1998 in NAHASDA grants to provide Indian housing on the Navajo Nation. These funds were to manage existing public
housing projects, the mutual help housing program and to develop and build more public housing. So, the Arizona Republic Article and the KOB Channel 4 report have created the “wrong impression” that all of the $1.5 billion was for new construction. In another recent article, it was stated one half of each year’s grant
[$40 Million] goes to managing existing public rental and mutual help programs. What I recall from my participation in reviewing NAHASDA allocations when I worked for the Navajo Nation another $10 million annually goes to the central office of NHA and Construction and Development services. So, $85 minus $40
minus $10 is what is left for “development and construction of new housing”. The truth is the total allocation wasn’t just for new construction. When NHA first started receiving large NAHASDA grants, Chester Carl [then
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GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF MARCH 10
The Sun is in Pisces and a Full Moon emerges on March 12. Prepare for a wild ride. You may feel like a watering pot, but it’s time to kick out the weeds. It’s up to you to take on the world and get moving. Spring is just around the corner, and NOW, is the perfect time to get in shape and ready for Ibiza. Madame G suggests you get outside and enjoy!
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Growing pains are painful. But, this too shall pass. In this life, you sometimes outgrow friendships. This doesn’t demean what you had. You may continue to love them even, if they’re no longer in your life. Remember, nothing is permanent. They may yet return— any maybe they won’t. Either way, it’s time. The only way forward is one step at a time. March on!
Nothing beats hope for a better future! Except action of course. You must believe that you can change, but you must also take steps in order to ensure you get there. If you don’t want to wake up with regrets, you better put some fire under your butt. Get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Work your body hard and get where you need to be. This is your time. Go!
All that complaining will get you nowhere. It’s about as good as an opinion everyone has one (and something else…). Your heart may be weary, but are you the master of the chaos? Perhaps you generate more than you know. Stop martyring yourself and make a change. The ending is when the fat lady sings at the end of a movie: FIN. Until then, stop moaning about. Go!
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
Your heart is a tender flower. In order for it to grow, you need good soil, sun, and rain. This means you must let others inside and share yourself. This is often painful, if you don’t know how. But, as you care for others they soon care for you in return. You don’t need to run from emotion. Embrace it and show yourself that you’re worth it. Love and be loved in return.
Live large! The time for games and playing is upon you. Get out the horse shoes and dancing shoes and take those caballos for a walk. Your job is to enjoy the sun and blue skies. There is no other time, but now. Follow your heart along the beaten, and less beaten paths, for there you will discover great truths. In this life, you’re always growing or stagnant. Live well!
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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Life isn’t easy, but it doesn’t need to be difficult. Sometimes, we create the problems in our lives that doesn’t need to be there. It’s easy to say “you don’t like drama.” But, if you’re the person running around creating chaos, you might just love drama. Don’t be afraid to change your perspective. Take a walk, and run towards, your destiny because the time for change is now.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Your life is yours to live. So, why are you hanging around hoping it will change? The only person who can shape your life is you. Don’t let a boss, girlfriend, or TV show rule your future. Take action now. If you want to lose weight, get outside and exercise. If you want a new job, get career training. This is your life—live it! OPINIONS
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Your heart says yay, but your head says no. Which is right? Only the devil knows. It’s up to you to decide. Stop fearing the unknown answers. There is no right or wrong direction. You chose right or left and north and south. You don’t need to know the entire truth. So, get out a map and pick a direction. Once you’ve made up your mind, you can take time for details. Get going.
Life is a stage. There are good plays and bad. Good actors and poor ones. You may feel like a failure, at times, but is this really the honest truth. Perhaps the universe is merely getting you ready for your next performance. It’s never too late to start over. It’s never too late to be better. Take a deep breath and prepare, for the show is starting. Break a leg!
Your heart is in the right place, but is your head? You may think you’re doing the right thing. You may have lost a few marbles. It’s never easy admitting your wrong or you’ve made a bad decision. But, it’s better to admit it sooner rather than later. Stop hesitating. Take a good hard look in the mirror and smile. For you are the center of the issue and you can change it. Act now!
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PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
Your leg looks healed. Was it a fake injury? Perhaps your merely faking feelings or emotions. Maybe you have visions of grandeur. Whatever the case, you should stop. Get focused in the here and now. What do you want? What will you do to get it? Your heart is not an infinite device one day it will stop. Your life is for the living. Don’t stop now. Get going.
You’re getting into the swing of things. You’ve let your hair down and said your farewells. It’s time to make that change. It may be a little scary and you may feel like tossing up your lunch, but you’re not stopping. Go you! If you tried any harder, you’d be on cloud nine. Don’t take time to doubt yourself. Just get out there and have a fantastic time Live it up!
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New U.S. House Bill Would Hurt New Mexico’s Health, Job Growth and Economy NM Voices For Children
L BUQU ERQU E — Bill Jordan, Senior Pol icy Adv isor a nd G ove r n me nt Relations Off icer of New Mexico Voices for Children, issued the following statement regarding the U.S. House of Representative’s American Health Care Act: “The American Health Care Act, as written, would repeal major provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and impose a per capita cap on Medicaid, which would drastically cut federal funds coming into the state. This would be detrimental to New Mexico in
LETTER TO EDITOR | FROM PAGE 15 Execut ive Di rec t or] wa s responsible for putting together the system that would be used to properly plan, manage and control the use of those funds. For the most part Chester developed a fairly good system to do this, but where problems arose was when “final-decisions” were made on which new housing projects were funded. That is typically where some of those projects reported by the AZ Republic and KOB were slipped in. They shouldn’t have been funded. In fairness to Aneva Yazzie by the time she took over, NHA was in big trouble. Much of what I have read about her explanation of what she had to deal with is the truth. Her hands were tied when HUD placed a moratorium on new
Bill Jordan many ways. “The Medicaid expansion under the ACA is not only development and construction. She had to deal with the existing backlog, all of the problems with improper procurement on several major projects and projects which had stalled due to poor construction and clearing up numerous audit findings. In a very similar manner, I faced some of the same things when I took over Gallup Housing Authority and it took me 2 years to clean up the mess and get things back on track. My situation is very small in comparison to what she faced, so I tip my hat to her. Also, when I took over GHA, I had the full support of my board and the local politicians allowed the board and I “to do what we had to do” to fix the problem. From what I know, I don’t think Aneva always had that kind of support. Tribal politics can be ver y nasty [at times] and
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providing health care coverage to thousands of New Mex ica ns who ca n otherwise not afford insurance, it a lso ha s generated the best job growth in the state a s hospita ls a nd doctor’s offices across New Mexico have added sta ff to meet the increa sed health ca re demand. These new jobs create economic activity, which in turn supports and creates additional jobs in communities across the state. In short, the ACA and Medicaid expansion have provided the one bright spot in New Mexico’s otherwise anemic economy. “In addition, more than 30,000 children have been
enrolled in Medicaid as a direct result of the expansion. Thanks to the ACA, New Mexico’s national KIDS COUNT ranking in the health domain actually improved this year. New Mexico went from ranking 49th in health to 44th. Drastic cuts to Medicaid threaten to take away these important gains in child well-being. “Public policy matters— good policy provides the tools that families, communities, and small businesses need to thrive while bad policy hurts the many for the benefit of the few. The American Health Care Act is bad policy that will hurt New Mexico’s ch ild ren, fa m ilies, hea lth
care providers, and economy so that Congress can give out tax cuts to the rich and well-connected. “We call upon Governor Martinez to urge Congress to protect health care coverage for all New Mexicans and reject any federal cuts to Medicaid.” New Mexico Voices for Children is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization advocating for policies to improve the health and well-being of New Mexico’s children, families and communities. 625 Silver Ave. SW, Suite 195, Albuquerque, NM 87102; 5 0 5 - 2 4 4 - 9 5 0 5 ( p); w w w. nmvoices.org
vindictive [Remember I have over 20 years of experience working in that environment]. When I read the Independent article about Aneva being surprised by the “politics”, I had to chuckle. She is a very educated and technically, competent Executive Manager. She may have assumed, and relied on the fact that, rational and logical decision-making is what everyone agreed was needed to solve this massive problem. Unfortunately, elected officials and “career” politicians do not always operate that way. That is why due to constant political pressures from federal officials, past NHA Commissioners, elected Tribal Presidents, Tribal Councils and local Chapter officials,
Chester Carl pushed to fund some unmerited projects and just got things built. Were all the rules followed, were the best most reputable contactors always used, were proper inspections always conducted – not really – there was just too much pressure to get houses built to make “politicians” happy and hopefully get a whole lot of “poor people” housed. Last, giv ing one entity [NHA] that much money on an annual basis to spend in a timely manner was just “luscious” when you consider all the federal and tribal requirements for developing and building on federal trust lands. Consider all the redtape attached to environmental
clearances, right-of-way clearances, surveying, engineering and other complicated pre-development activities as well as the massive and very restrictive contract “bidding” requirements there is no way they could have gotten it done in a timely manner. If NHA needs help expending NAHASDA funds, they could allocate some of those funds to the Gallup Housing Authority since 80% of our clientele are Native American and Gallup would qualify as an “Indian area” under HUD criteria. Sincerely, Richard F. Kontz Gallup, NM 505-236-1122 Email: email@example.com OPINIONS
COMMUNITY Second Annual Battle of the Bands By Dee Velasco For the Sun
Rippy and The Sillyettes. Photo Credit: Hawk Segura
Students of The New School’ band. Photo Credit: Hawk Segura
cores of music lovers flocked to Gallup’s Second Annual Battle of the Bands Championship, held downtown at the El Morro Theatre March 3. The event was sponsored by The Door Gallup Christian Center, a local church, that wants to both showcase the talent of local bands and spread their message of faith. After the bands played a winner was chosen, and Kool Country took first place. Four bands competed to win the grand prize, which was a $500 shopping spree to Serenade Music of Gallup. Bands competing were: Kool Country, Steel Reserve, Bad Country, Students of the New School, and Rippy & and The Sillyettes. Each band was given the opportunity to play two songs and wow the crowd. This year’s crowd was much bigger than last years, as perhaps the majority of this year’s bands were of the country music genre, and not that of the heavy metal genre from last year. The event proved to be more successful as the crowd grew to well over 200 people. The participation was great according to Josh Montoya, outreach director for the Door. “It was a great turn out and it was good to give the community some family fun since there is really nothing going on during the winter,” he said. “The community has so much talent but really no place to showcase it.” The Battle of the Bands idea was first introduced last year and this year proved successful
that hopes of its continuation will happen, since it’s a family friendly event. “It’s a no-brainer that this worked well so be looking out for this event to hit next year,” Montoya said. “It’s a family friendly event for everyone.” Kool Country of Gallup, who have been playing for over 10 years around the Four Corners, had heard about the contest on the radio and seen it on a flyer. “It felt good and way different since it was done by a church ... but we did it for fun,” Kool Country drummer Christopher McCork said. Door prizes were given out through the night as the crowd cheered on the bands. One favorite of the crowd was Students of the New School, a youth band from the Door whose members consist of teenagers whose ages range from 13 to 16. James Wilson, who helped with this years event, and whose son, Austin Wilson, band member of Students of the New School, said the crowd was amazing. “It was a better audience participation and the crowd was really into it,” Wilson said. Other helpers like Stewart Yellowhorse agreed the turn out was great. “I thought it was great, a really good turnout from last year. The crowd was really excited, and I thought we were really going to fill up the place,” Yellowhorse said. Montoya expressed his gratitude to folks that attended the event “Thank you to the community from myself and the church for coming out and supporting these local bands.” he said.
Josh Montoya of the One80 awards a $500 check to Kool Country. Photo Credit: Hawk Segura COMMUNITY
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‘Kong: Skull Island’ does its monsters proud, but ignores humans RATING: «« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 120 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun
have a confession to make. As a kid, I grew up watching old giant monster movies on TV weekend afternoons, featuring the likes of Godzilla and other fantastical creatures. As a result I still have a fondness for them. Looking back, most of those films weren’t par ticularly strong (and some are downright awful), but they were fun. Kong: Skull Island feels a bit like one of those old movies, only heightened with top-tier special effects. It’s certainly enjoyable to an extent. Yet after so many iterations, these movies still forget an essential element that can really elevate a story - the human characters. This re-imagining is set in the early 70s. Bill Randa (John Goodman), the head of a secret government bureau named Monarch, is given clearance to lead an expedition to a hidden island in the South Pacific. Leading the team is Army Lieutenant Colonel Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson), along with a group of soldiers and scientists. Also along for the ride is tracker James
Conrad (Tom Hiddleston) and photographer Mason Weaver (Brie Larson). It isn’t long after their arrival that the group come under attack from numerous giant species, getting separated and losing their way. Conrad and Weaver encounter Hank Marlow (John C. Reilly), a man who has been stuck on the island for 30 years and enlist his assistance in getting them back to a recovery site. A s ment ioned, t here’s plenty of action here and most of it is very well-executed. Helicopters come under attack and are grasped out of the air and crunched. There are some impressive POV crash moments as characters are thrown around, with plenty of slow-motion shots of destruction and torn metal. And when the characters are in the jungle, they fare no better, facing off against lizard-like predators dubbed “Skull Crawlers.” These beasts are appropriately menacing, although I would have liked to have seem them hidden in the shadows a bit longer. Regardless, the action here is fine. It’s creatively shot and at times quite thrilling to watch. Still, there are problems... namely the characters. Marlow is harmlessly unhinged enough to earn some laughs and stand out from the crowd, but most of the other leads are one-note. Heroes Conrad and Weaver aren’t given much to do except
If you’re into monsters and love King Kong and don’t care all that much about human interaction, you won’t have to worry about the human stars flapping their gums all that much in ‘Kong: Skull Island.’ Samuel Jackson, seen here, doesn’t want to become a monster’s next meal. Now playing. Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures react to events occurring around them. Sadly, there is little in the way of sharp banter and the protagonists are not developed enough for viewers to have much of a rooting interest in them. Additionally, the simple motivations of expedition-head Randa and revengeminded Packard seem silly and difficult to fathom at times. Part of the problem is that there are too many characters in general. There’s a whole team sent to the island and early on the movie struggles to establish the twenty-plus persons involved. The odd thing is that many of the bit parts are entirely unnecessary and could
have been dropped or been amalgamated, allowing for more time with the leads. As it stands, the movie seems exclusively interested in presenting action. There’s an attack and then a quick dissolve into creaky exposition, suggesting that all of the personal interactions have been pared to the bone in editing. It’s a strange choice, given that there’s ultimately very little at stake here story-wise beyond the survival of its human characters. And the 70s setting, while interesting, attempts to set up a subtle Vietnam analogy in which the army steps in to take control and find themselves in
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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for March 10th, 2017 By Glenn Kay For the Sun
elcome back to another look at all the highlights arriving on Bluray and DVD. There’s incredible variety in this week’s releases, with interesting films featured from all around the globe. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!
BIG NEW RELEASES! Bad Kids of Crestview Aca d e my Only in the movies can you end up spending a Saturday in detention. Ta k i n g it s cue from The Breakfast Club, this comic thriller is about a group of kids who find themselves at school, locked up and being picked off one by one by another student who blames them for a sibling’s death. Apparently, it’s based on a graphic novel series. Critics did not give this effort a passing grade. In fact, almost all flunked it for being an ineffective feature with no charismatic leads for viewers to root for. Cameron Dean Stewart, Ben Browder, Jeffrey Schmidt, Ali Faulkner, Eloise DeJoria, Sean Astin and Gina Gershon headline the film. Bunyan and Babe - The history of this animated kid’s flick may be more interesting than the actual movie. This one has been in production since 2008 - various bankruptcies have found it changing studios and creator hands, only to finally come out this month on a small label. It’s a new take on Paul Bunyan, featuring a brother and sister who find the giant, legendary figure and convince him to help them stop a land developer from razing their town. Nobody has seen this at present and frankly it’s a miracle that the movie was finished at all, so I wouldn’t expect too much. The impressive voice-talent includes John Goodman, Kelsey Grammer, Jef f Fox wor t hy, Joh n ny Orlando and Mark Hamill. T h e C Word - Morga n Freema n narrates this COMMUNITY
document a r y about cancer prevention. The film’s director tells her ow n s t or y of sur v ival dealing with the dreaded disease. She also uses interviews with experts like French neu r o s u r ge on D r. Dav id Servan-Schreiber about health steps that can help to stop its progress. The press were very positive about the feature, calling it an important and interesting doc that brings forward some effective ideas about prevention, helped tremendously by the personal experiences shared by the filmmaker. The Eyes of My Mother Those with a taste for strange and eccentric storytelling may want to give this horror flick a try. Shot in black and white, it follows the odd and lonely daughter of a surgeon who is taught anatomy from an early age. A traumatic childhood family event inspires some very bizarre and disturbing behavior as she becomes an emotionally isolated woman. Critics liked this curious effort overall. Some had difficulty getting on its wavelength, but those who did described it as atmospheric and completely unique in its approach. Kika Magalhaes, Will Brill and Olivia Bond headline the feature. Havenhurst - A woman fighting a lcohol i sm manages to secure an impressive, Gothic-style apa r tment in New York C it y. However, they have strange rules and she learns that the previous tenant disappeared under highly suspect circumstances. Soon, the lady begins to fear that her life may be at risk from the caretakers. Notices were poor for this horror feature, with most critiques stating that the story was fairly run-of-the-mill and overly familiar, leaving the entire enterprise feeling uninspired and unmemorable. It stars Julie Benz, Belle Shouse, Josh Stramberg and Fionnula Flanagan. I Am Michael - This biopic drama tells a story based on
the life of Michael Glatze, a gay man and activist who suddenly finds religion. He then rejects his old lifestyle and friends and becomes a church pastor. Reaction from the press was mixed-positive. Some didn’t find that the events were presented in a compelling enough manner. Still, most praised the lead performance of James Franco and his surreal transformation into a preacher. These reviews also admired its detached and subtle approach to the material. The feature also includes performances by Emma Roberts, Daryl Hannah, Zachary Quinto and Leslie Ann Warren. Incarnate - An 11-year old boy becomes possessed by a demon in this horror flick. His mother calls on a Vatican priest to help, who then pulls in a scientist with special skills to assist with the exorcism. This troubled expert can travel into the minds of patients and in doing so must battle wits with the demon. As expected, the film did not convert any reviewers. They panned it, suggesting that while the basic idea was original, it came across as a muddle of undeveloped ideas and ultimately doesn’t deliver the scares. It stars Aaron Eckhart, Carice van Houten, Catalina Sandino Moreno and David Mazouz. Jackie - This biopic of Jacqueline Kennedy follows her grief and struggles immediately following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, recreating some well-known and private moments in the subject’s life. The movie earned very strong notices from the press. While a few found it a bit cold had difficulty connecting with it on an emotional level, most were impressed with look and period detail of the film and highlighted the exceptional performance of lead Natalie Portman (which earned her an Academy Award nomination). The cast also includes Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, John Hurt and Richard E. Grant. Man Down - A US Marine returns home after serving in Afghanistan and discovers that his wife and child are no
longer there. Desperate to solve the myster y of wh a t h a p pened, he enlists the assistance of his hot-temp e r e d Marine friend to help him search for his family. Notices were quite poor for this drama. The comments seemed to suggest that while the cast were good, they were saddled with a silly, moody and melodramatic screenplay that doesn’t do its themes any justice. This effort stars Shia LaBeouf, Jai Courtney, Gary Oldman, Kate Mara, Tory Kittles and Clifton Collins Jr.. Moana - Disney’s latest animated opus tells the tale of an island princess who yearns to travel the seas and explore, despite the protestations of her royal family. When a curse threatens her people, she decides to sail out and teams up with some eccentric companions. Notices were very good for the studio’s latest family feature. While several thought that it wasn’t necessarily a classic, most agreed that the gorgeous animation made up for the missteps and believed kids would certainly enjoy the tale. The voice talent includes Auli’i Cravalho, Dway ne Joh nson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jema i ne Clement , Nicole Scherzinger and Alan Tudyk. Pocket Listing T h i s i nde pendent satire is set in the housing market of Los Angeles. It involves a couple who hire a property broker to sell their Malibu home. Seems fairly simple, but their questionable background involving adultery, mistaken identities, double crosses and murder soon complicate the sale. This is a very small film and so there aren’t really any reviews of it available as of yet. Interested v iewers will just have to make a blind rental to find out what they’re in store for. The cast includes Rob Lowe, Burt Reynolds, Jessica Clark and James Jurdi. Tanna - Shot entirely in the
tribal community of Vanuata (a small series of islands east of Australia), this effort was nominated at last week’s Academy Awa rds for Best Foreig n Language Film. The indigenous people shared their culture and stories with the filmmakers and act in this feature that depicts a real-life tale that has been passed down through generations of storytelling. The press were quite taken with what they saw. While they all agreed the yarn itself wasn’t anything earth-shattering, they found the South Pacific locales a nd strong per for ma nces from the amateur performers compelling.
BLASTS FROM THE PAST! Arrow Video are typically known for their high quality transfers of genre pictures to Blu-ray. However, they’ve just started a new line called Arrow Academy that focuses on arthouse titles. Their first release is Ludwig (1973), an Oscarnominated Italian, German and French co-production about the Bavarian King, telling his life story from his appointment in 1864 until his death 22 years later. This is a 4-disc set that includes a 4K restoration, two viewing options (a nearly 4 hour theatrical cut and a version separated into 5 episodes), English and Italian audio tracks, an hour-long documentary on the director, as well as interviews with the stars and screenwriter. Arrow Academy also have a Blu-ray/DVD combo of the Italian cult film, Property is No Longer a Theft (1973). This satire from Elio Petri (Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion) is about a bank cashier who is unhappy with his life. After he’s turned down for a loan that he believes will change his life for the better, the employee decides to enact a form of revenge on one of his wealthiest, nastiest customers. This take down of capitalism includes a 4K restorations from the original negative, a DVD presentation, new subtitles and interviews with the actor, producer and make-up artist. Shout! Factor y have a Collector’s Edition of the
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Gallup Sun • Friday March 10, 2017
SPORTS 360 Tohatchi Lady Cougars winning streak to state By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he red-hot and No. 3 ra nked Tohatchi Lady Cougars broke open a close game in the third quarter and beat the Dexter Lady Demons 67-48 in a first round 3A state playoff game March 3 at Tohatchi High School. The Lady Cougars advanced to play Tucumcari (21-6, 6-2) March 7 at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. The Lady Cougars beat Tucumcari 84-47. Tohatchi takes on No. 2 Texico (21-7, 6-1) on March 9 at Santa Ana, a team in which they’ve never played. The Lady Wolverines beat No. 12 Loving 54-39 to earn the right to face Tohatchi. The Lady Cougars pounced the Lady Wolverines by a score of 69-44 Thursday, and headed to the finals March 10 to face Eunice Lady Bobcats at Wise Pies Arena. (For results, visit: gallupsun.com) Tohatchi hasn’t lost a game since Jan. 3 when Bloomfield beat the Lady Cougars 65-57 at Bloomfield. In the Dex ter ga me, Tohatchi got out to a 23-8 first quarter lead, but Dexter grinded things out and slowly got back in the game. The second quarter ended with Tohatchi up 30-24. “We picked it up on defense
Tohatchi junior guard Kalian Mitchell (5) eyes the goal in a recent state playoff game against Dexter. Photo Credit: Michelle Silver and Cheyenne (Begay) got hot on offense,” Tohatchi head coach Tanisha Bitsoi said. “It was almost as if we were just waiting for a moment to break
the game open.” Begay was part of a 13-0 Tohatchi run in the beginning part of the third quarter in which the senior all-state guard
Lady Cougar Kalian Mitchell takes the ball to the basket during their game against Texico High at Santa Ana Star Center March 9. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons
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Tohatchi senior guard Cheyenne Begay (30) looks down a rebound against Dexter March 3. Photo Credit: Michelle Silver stole the ball several times and got back on multiple occasions on defense during Dexter fast breaks to deflect passes. Begay converted layups on steals on back-to-back plays that all but sent the jam-packed Tohatchi faithful into mad frenzies several times. The Lady Demons never recovered from Begay’s offensive and defensive outburst. “It was that third quarter,” Lady Demons’ head coach El i zabet h El i zondo sa id. “Basically, they went on multiple runs and we weren’t able to answer with points or defense.” On one play with 4:43 left in the third, Begay stole the ball outright from near the top of the key and went coastto-coast for an uncontested left-handed layup. Begay, who transferred to Tohatchi from
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Krystal Benally hits the last second shot for the first half to bring the score Tohatchi 41- Texico 20 March 9. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons SPORTS
cop d ra ma C o l o r s (19 8 8). It st a r s Sea n Pen n a nd R o b e r t Duvall as two officers patrolling the gang-ridden streets of East LA. The cast also includes M a r i a C onc h it a A lon z o, Randy Brooks, Don Cheadle, Sy Richardson and Damon Wayans. This release includes a restored, unrated cut of the feature that adds footage from the international and home video versions of the movie. Extras also include an interview with the screenwriter and technical advisor. Pulse (1988) is a amusing little low-budget thriller that bares no relation to the more famous J-Horror feature from 2000. This one stars Cliff De Young, Roxanne Hart and Joey Lawrence as a family terrorized by an evil surge of electricity that follows them into their house and takes control of their appliances. This Bluray comes from Mill Creek Entertainment, which means that it’s a very cost effective disc for those who enjoy cheesy genre pictures. Kino have Compulsion (1959) arriving in high d e f i n i t io n . It’s a biopic crime drama a b ou t t wo upper class law students who were arrested and charged with a horrific murder. This feature is well-regarded and has been described as a solid effort that attempts to get into the minds of a pair of sociopaths. Orson Welles and Dean Stockwell are featured. In the 60s, writer Samuel Beckett teamed with the great
Buster Keaton on a silent short titled, Film (1965). Milestone is releasing this unusual but interesting collaboration on DVD. Along with it, they are putting out Notfilm (2015) a feature-length documentary on the movie, that attempts to explain how and why the pair got together to take on this project. Warner Archive have some interesting titles as well that can be made-to-order. You might not realize this, but one of the first movies directed by Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather, The Conversation, Ap o c a l y p s e No w, T h e Outsiders) was a musical. It’s called Finian’s Rainbow (1968) and it features the last starring performance by Fred Astaire as an Irish immigrant in America who must face off against a nasty politician. You can now order a Blu-ray of the feature. Also being made available in high definition is the comedy S.O.B. (1981) about a film producer attempting a... questionable project to try and bounce back from his latest flop. It’s from writer/director Blake Edwards (T he Pink Panther, A Shot in the Dark, The Party). On DVD, you can now or der copies of the Patricia Arquette thriller B e y o n d Rangoon (1995) a nd the Elizabeth Hurley/Ice Cube crime pic, Dangerous Ground (1997). They also have Gossip (2000) with James Marsden, Norman Reedus and Kate Hudson, as well as Human Nature (2002) starring Tim Robbins. Finally, you can also order the family comedy, The Stupids (1996) with Tom
And here’s what is being released on the TV scene... Amer ican Exper ience: Oklahoma City (PBS) The Americans: Season 4 Arthur: King of the Britons(BBC) City in the Sky (PBS/BBC) The Jamie Foxx Show: Season 2 J.L . Fa mi ly R an c h (Hallmark TV-movie) Kendra On Top: Seasons 4 & 5 Mama’s Family: Mama’s Favorites Collection NOVA: Search for the Super Battery (PBS) Saving Hope: Season 4 Star Trek: Voyager: The Complete Series (individuals seasons also available) Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le (Lifetime TV-movie) Suspects: Series 5 That 70’s Show: The Complete Series (Flashback Edition) Wentworth: Season 2 Wicked Tuna: Season 5 (National Geographic) You Me Her: Season 1
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forward Gabrielle Thomas had their hands full trying to contain Dexter junior shooting guard Madison Bogle. When Bogle wasn’t killing the Lady Cougars with the complete floor game, junior point guard Bryana Muñoz was penetrating and dishing to junior guard Vlaney Villalobs for jumpers or back door layups. Begay finished the game with 21 points – most were scored in the decisive third quarter. Mitchell pouted in 16 points and was a handful from the point guard position
for Dexter. The Lady Demons were coming off two consecutive losses – one to Lovington 65-39 on Feb. 18 and the other to Capitan 31-19 on Feb. 20. “I expect every game that we play from here on out to be like this,” John Brooks, athletic director at Tohatchi, said of the capacity crowd. “This is how it is when any of our basketball teams make the post-season.” Tohatchi (23-5, 8-0) ended the 2017 regular season as the No. 3 ranked girls team in 3A in New Mexico.
Wingate three years ago, is a right-handed player. On another play in the third, fellow all-state Tohatchi point guard Kalian Mitchell found Begay open in the left corner on what appeared to be a busted play. Begay sank what looked to be a 3-pointer, but got credit for two points on the play. Tohatchi’s inside core of freshman forward Samantha Belone and fellow freshman SPORTS
Arnold, based upon the popular children’s book series.
YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Here are some titles kids might enjoy... Bunyan and Babe C a r e Bears & Cousins: BFFs Vol. 2 Ice Age: T he G reat Eggscapade Little Charmers: Sparkle Bunny Day (Kaboom!) Paw Patrol: Pups Save the Bunnies (Nickelodeon) Power Rangers Dino Super Charge: Extinction: Vol. 2 The Stupids (1996) (Warner Archive)
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Coach’s Korner By Greg McNeil
e t u r n O n Investment. R.O.I is associated with bu si ne s s i nve s t ments but if you spend money, regardless of what you spend your money on you have the basic idea of what return on investment means – value for dollars spent or invested. We want value for the money we spend. But there is another, more critical aspect to ROI and that is time. Seasoned investors preach caution and patience to the newcomer to the investment arena. But what does ROI have to do with health and fitness? Allow me to explain. The big concern for most Americans right now is healthcare legislation. Many want to know if they will have health insurance or if their health insurance will cost too much? I read a statement from a certain Senator who suggested people consider how much they spend on smart phones as a way to budget for potential changes in healthcare premiums. Is this a harsh statement? Perhaps, but it makes the point. Is the ROI better used for the smart phone or rising healthcare premiums? If we haven’t already done so I think it’s time for another point of view when it comes to return on investment (ROI) and our health. For starters we need more clarity on what we think we’re getting from the current medical system as it currently stands. Hopefully most of us realize by now that going to the doctor does not make us well. What we get from the doctor’s visit are co-pays, a reminder to pursue healthier lifestyles, another prescription and a medical bill. When you consider how long you have been dealing with a current set of symptoms then this makes more sense. Changing medications doesn’t improve
the medical condition, it just increases the cost. So where is the return on our investment then? Great health is the ultimate return on our investment but to get there we have to face a few realities preventing the health wealth we seek. First and foremost, our health is entirely in our own hands. Medication doesn’t stop diabetes people do. Medication doesn’t prevent hypertension people do. Managing the medical condition and preventing the medical condition is not the same thing. When you take up exercise don’t simply go the gym and workout, make sure you’re getting the ROI you deserve since those premiums usually cost $600 - $1,200 yearly depending on where you live. Like the doctor you trust, seek out those you are certain can help improve your condition, which in turn creates value for you. The quality of our lives is often in direct proportion to our caliber of health. There are many things in life beyond our control, but health is not one of them. Great health is the winning return on investment. G reg McNeil is a S t r o n g F i r s t In s t r u c t o r, P rofe ssion a l Stre n gth & Conditioning coach, Licensed Clinical Counselor (LPCC), Life Coa ch, Auth or, an d the owner of Gallup School of Strength (www.gallupschoolofstrength.com)
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CALENDAR COMMUNITY CALENDAR MARCH 10 - 16, 2017 FRIDAY March 10 COMMUNITY HEALTH & JOB FAIR 9 am - 2 pm: New Mexico Workforce Connection, Dine Hooghan Bii Development and The Department of Veterans Affairs Vet Center host the job fair featuring various health educators and recruiting employers. For more information, call Nikki Lee at (505) 863-8181. The Gallup Community Service Center, 410 Bataan Veterans St. GET UP AND GAME (ALL AGES) Join us for family-friendly video games every Friday afternoon. 4 pm at the Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. SATURDAY March 11 A FORUM ON TRAUMA AND ITS PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS 8 - 9 am: A no-cost forum presented by Gallup Indian Medical Center and RMCHCS Behavioral Health Services in concert with the Behavioral Health Collaborative. “Understanding Trauma and Chronic Conditions; ‘Flight or Flight Responses’; Behavior and Emotions; Responding to Stress. Lunch is provided. 1901 Red Rock Dr. WARRIOR WALK El Malpais National Monument Veteran Hike. Meet at the Monument Visitor Center at 1 pm. Part of a monthly series of hiking groups for veterans, family, and supporters. For more information, contact Robertson Yazzie (505) 274-1747. FREE COMPUTER CLASSES IN MARCH! 2 - 4 pm, MS Excel for Beginners: The library is offering free computer training throughout the month. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. Registration is required, (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@gallupnm. gov or visit the front desk of the library. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. GALLUP HIGH SCHOOL RELAY FOR LIFE TEAM FUNDRAISER Denny’s North today and tomorrow, from 3 - 6 pm.
Students will act as greeters, servers and bussers and will earn 10 percent of all register receipts and all tips during these times. All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society/Relay for Life. 836 N U.S. 491. NATIONAL SEAL OF BILINGUAL PROFICIENCY TEST There’s no fee to take this proficiency assessment for graduating high school. High school seniors may participate in the Navajo Nation Bilingual Proficiency test held at the Department of Dine Education Building, Window Rock, Ariz. Call (928) 871-7660 for more info. Navajonationdode.org. MURALISTAS NANI CHACON & BE SARGENT Artists will be present to talk about their work and experience as muralists. 307 S. Second St. (207) 5229107 or (405) 395-8686. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Overeater’s Anonymous 12step meetings. Held every Sunday at 6 to 7 pm at the Hozho Center, 216 W. Maloney Ave. Open to anybody who has a desire to stop compulsive eating. Contact info. (505) 307-5999, (505) 721-9208, or (505) 870-1483. IT’S A GENERATIONAL THING 7 - 9 pm, ArtsCrawl: Chaco Canyon is turning 110 years old! Mark the occasion with Symphony Chaco, presented by the Gallup Community Concert Association, and have some intergenerational fun with student art shows, family-friendly hands-on workshops, and glimpses into historic downtown Gallup.
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3/4: Wingate vs St. Micheal’s 48-59 Girls Basketball (16-10) 3/3: Wingate vs Sandia Prep 68-85 TOHATCHI COUGARS Boys Basketball (12-17) 3/4: Tohatchi vs Texico 32-74 Girls Basketball (26-5) 3/10: Tohatchi vs Eunice: TBA
SUNDAY March 12 CHURCH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT Join us for the Holy Eucharist. Begins: 10:30 am. For more information, please call (505) 863-4695. Location: 1334 S. Country Club Dr. NON-DENOMINATIONAL MONTHLY TAIZE’ SERVICE 4 pm: Join us for a special service — a time of rest, silence, and spiritual refreshment. Take this opportunity to calm and quiet the soul before a new week begins. Music, chant, scripture, and candlelight
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3/9: Tohatchi vs Texico 69-44 GALLUP BENGALS Varsity Baseball (0-5) 3/4: Los Alamos @ Gallup 13-6 3/2: Gallup @ St. Michael’s 3-8 2/25: Gallup @ Belen 0-10 Gallup @ Belen 2-16 Boys Basketball (11-17) Gallup vs Capital 38-54 Girls Basketball (14-15) 3/7: Gallup vs Espanola 41-48 3/3: Gallup vs St. Pius X 54-44 Varsity Softball (0-2) 3/4: Belen @ Gallup 13-9 MIYAMURA PATRIOTS
(1-2) 3/7: Grants @ Miyamura 0-10 3/4: Hope Christian @ Miyamura 14-6 Varsity Softball (4-0) 3/7: Grants @ Miyamura 0-11 3/4: Santa Fe @ Miyamura 0-15 Santa Fe @ Miyamura 5-13 REHOBOTH CHRISTIAN LYNX No recent reports. WINGATE BEARS Boys Basketball (15-13)
3/7: Tohatchi vs Tucumcari 84-47 3/3: Tohatchi vs Dexter 67-48 Scores and overall standings feature Gallup, Miyamura, Wingate, and Rehoboth high school varsity teams only, via maxpreps.com. Other high schools are welcome to submit scores and standings. Submit up-to-date varsity team scores/standings by Wednesday to: gallupsun@ gmail.com CLASSIFIEDS
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are part of this hour held at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Boardman Dr., 151 N.M. 564 near the Orleans Manor Apartments. For more information call Kathy Mezoff (505) 8706136. TUESDAY March 14 COUNTY COMMISSION MEETING 9 am at McKinley County Board of Commissioners, 207 W. Hill Ave. PI / PIE DAY FUNDRAISER FOR CANCER RESEARCH 10 am - 2 pm (or until sold out). To celebrate this day, be irrational! Eat pie for breakfast, lunch, coffee break, or a midnight snack. Purchase pie by the slice ($3) or buy a whole pie to share or for yourself ($15)! Fight Cancer and Feed Your Face! Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe Patio Room, 306 S. Second St. MCKINLEY COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL MEETING 1:30 pm: Meeting called to remedy the allegation of an Open Meetings Act violation that was received on Feb. 15, 2017. Meeting held in the Commissioner Chamber, third floor of the McKinley County Courthouse, 207 W. Hill Ave. MAKER’S CLUB (AGES 6 AND UP) A club for kids interested in science, math, building, and inventing. Each week features a different challenge, project, or experiment. Starts: 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. This week: Pi Skylines for Pi Day MIYAMURA HIGH SCHOOL CULTURAL FESTIVAL 6 - 9 pm. For more info, (505) 721-1200, gmcs.k12. nm.us WEDNESDAY March 15 TODDLER TIME (AGES 2 TO 4) An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement, rhymes, and stories. Starts: 10:30 am. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Free BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP 10 am; 6:30 pm: This group provides anyone who has been impacted by the death of a loved one, how to work through your emotions. Free. Call Robert at (505) 615-8053. Gallup Masonic Center, 4801 E. Hwy. 66. CALENDAR
EDUCATION MATTERS LIVE STREAM Held at 2 pm with guests “Healthy Kids New Meixco.” For more info, (505) 721-1200, gmcs.k12.nm.us GALLUP HIGH SCHOOL/TEAM BENGALS TALENT SHOW AUDITIONS Today and tomorrow in the Gallup High School Auditorium from 5 - 7 pm. Auditions are open to all High School and Middle School students in the region. Students must audition in order to perform in the April 1 Talent Show. Audition fee is $10 and all proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society/Relay for Life. Please call (505) 7212518 if you have questions. 1055 Rico St. MARCH FILM SERIES: GIRL POWER 5:30 pm: popcorn is provided. This month celebrates women’s history month, honoring trailblazing women. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. Film: Gracie LENTEN SILENT MEDITATION Anytime between 6:30 and 8 pm: Wednesdays during the season of Lent, Westminster Presbyterian Church-Gallup invites the community to participate in a time of self-directed worship, silent meditation, and prayer. For more information, contact Pastor Kay at (505) 905-3247, wpcgallup@ gmail.com. 151 N.M. 564 (Boardman Drive near Orleans Manor Apartments). THURSDAY March 16 MANAGING CREDIT FOR BUSINESS SUCCESS 9 am – noon: Learn how you can find credit options to fit your needs with Wells Fargo. Gallup Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room, 106 W. Hwy. 66. (505) 7222220, email@example.com, nmsbdc.org/gallup. CROWNPOINT MIDDLE SCHOOL BOOK FAIR For more info, (505) 7211200, gmcs.k12.nm.us. NAVAJO NATION SPELLING BEE Held in Shiprock: for more info, (505) 721-1200, gmcs. k12.nm.us. CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) Fun crafts for the whole family. Starts at 4 pm. Chil-
dren’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. This week: St. Patrick Shamrock Jewelry ONGOING ARTSCRAWL ArtsCrawl is held the second Saturday of every month from 7 to 9 pm, downtown Gallup. BABY AND YOU Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services is offering childbirth education classes the first Saturday of the month beginning Jan. 7. Classes are from 9 am to 1 pm in the RMCH library, second floor. Classes are free. For more information, call Women’s Health unit at (505) 863-7026. CITY OF GALLUP’S SUSTAINABLE GALLUP BOARD The City of Gallup’s Sustainable Gallup Board meets on first Monday each month from 3 to 5 pm at the Octavia Fellin Library. When those Mondays are holidays, the meetings are on the second Monday. Community members concerned about conservation, energy, water, recycling and other environmental issues are welcome. Call Bill Bright at (505) 722-0039 for information. COMMUNITY PANTRY The Hope Garden offers organic produce for sale from 10 am - noon, Tue – Fri., 1130 E. Hassler Valley Road. All funds go to helping feed local folks. Call (505) 726-8068 or when visiting, ask for Vernon Garcia. FRIDAY NIGHT HOOTENANNY Gallup’s longest-running live show! Every Friday night from 7 - 9 pm. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. Second St. GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY Wednesdays are low-cost Spay and Neuter Days, at the Gallup-McKinley County Humane Society. For more information, please call (505) 863-2616, or email: gmchumanesociety@ gmail.com. Location: 1315 Hamilton Rd. GALLUP SOLAR The nonprofit, Gallup Solar, is hosting free Solar 101 classes about all things related to off-grid solar systems on the first three Wednesdays of each month, 6 - 7 pm, at 113 E. Logan Ave. All welcome any week. No registration required.
For info call: (505) 7289246. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Habitat for Humanity work sessions held each week. Volunteers to serve on decision making meetings or wish to volunteer at or help fund construction projects. Call Bill Bright at (505) 722-4226 for details. OPEN-MIC NIGHT Wednesdays: Local talent takes center stage from 7:30 - 9:30 pm at Coal Street Pub, 303 W. Coal Ave. (505) 722-0117. RECYCLING COUNCIL McKinley Citizens Recycling Council is a local nonprofit working to increase recycling through education, community outreach, and partnership with local government agencies. MCRC meets the first Saturday of the month at 2 pm, at Red Mesa on Hill St. For more information, please call (505) 722-5142 or visit Recylegallup.org. SUPPORT EARLY LANGUAGE AND LITERACY FOR SCHOOL SUCCESS! Gallup McKinley County Schools is currently recruiting pregnant women and teens in McKinley County with children from birth to 5 years of age. There are no income guidelines and services are free to ALL community members. Learn more about this opportunity by contacting BeBe Sarmiento at (505) 721-1055. SAVE THE DATE FREE COMPUTER CLASSES IN MARCH! March 17, 10:30 am -12:30 pm, MS Excel Intermediate Course: The library is offering free computer training throughout the month. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. Registration is required, (505) 863-1291 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the front desk of the library. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. NATIONAL SEAL OF BILINGUAL PROFICIENCY TEST March 18, Oct. 7, and Nov. 4: There’s no fee to take this proficiency assessment for graduating high school. High school seniors may
participate in the Navajo Nation Bilingual Proficiency test held at the Department of Dine Education Building, Window Rock, Ariz. Call (928) 871-7660 for more info. Navajonationdode.org. PLATEAU SCIENCES SOCIETY March 19, 2:30 pm: Join us for stimulating conversation and discussion about shared concerns. PSS programs are varied and deal with the history, geology, geography, the diverse cultures of our region, and critical environmental concerns in our area. The community is welcome. Refreshments served. For information, contact Martin Link, (505) 863-6459. Red Mesa Center, 105 W. Hill Ave. MARCH FILM SERIES: GIRL POWER March 22, 5:30 pm: popcorn is provided. This month celebrates women’s history month, honoring trailblazing women. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. Film: The Women (2008) MARCH FILM SERIES: GIRL POWER March 29, 5:30 pm: popcorn is provided. This month celebrates women’s history month, honoring trailblazing women. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. Film: Frida 5TH ANNUAL TEEN FILM FESTIVAL: THROUGH THE LENS The library will hold its annual Teen Film Festival at El Morro Theatre on April 29. Submissions are to be no more than 7 minutes and are due April 1. For more information call (505) 726-6120 or e-mail childlib@ gallupnm.gov. To post a nonprofit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: email@example.com or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.
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FY-2016 FINANICAL HIGHLIGHTS GALLUP HOUSING AUTHORITY
The goal of the accounting Department of the Gallup Housing Authority is to insure proper recording of all financial transactions in accordance with generally accepted accounting standards, and to safeguard all GHAâ€™s assets. The GHA accountant has the responsibility to oversee appropriate financial policies to maintain internal control and reports monthly to the Board on the financial condition of the Gallup Housing Authority.
Statement of Revenues and Expenditures: Revenues: Operating Revenues Non-Operating Revenues TOTAL REVENUES:
2016 $2,101,153 $24,212 $2,125,365
2015 $1,786,484 $2,469 $1,788,953
% Change 18% 881%
$726,349 $1,092,099 $304,953 $2,123,401 $1,964
$662,100 $1,175,278 $305,175 $2,142,553 ($353,600)
10% -7% 0%
Expenses: Personnel Expenses Other Operating Expenses Depreciation TOTAL EXPENSES: Change in Net Position:
ANNUAL REPORT TO THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY OF GALLUP
Statement of Net Position: Assets:
2016 $653,417 $8,078,246 $90,058 $8,821,721
2015 $618,291 $8,134,710 $41,035 $8,794,036
% Change 6% -1% 119%
Current Liabilities Non-Current Liabilities Total Liabilities
$231,703 $522,945 $754,648
$182,679 $402,834 $585,513
Investment in Capital Assets Unrestricted Net Restricted for Housing Assistance Total Net Position
$8,078,246 -$24,328 $0 $8,053,918
$8,134,710 -$91,317 $12,267 $8,055,660
-1% -73% -100%
Total Liabilities, Deferred and Net Position:
Current Assets Net Total Capital Assets Deferred Outflows Total Assets and Deferred Outflows:
Gallup Housing Authority 203 Debra Dr, Gallup, NM
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