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NEWS Closing this chapter: PARTING LIBRARY HEAD SHARES MEMORIES, ACCOMPLISHMENTS By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor
PELLINGTON’S VISION COMES TO LIFE
a r y Ellen Pel l i n g t o n , t he affable and studious Octavia Fellin Public Library director is set to retire in the coming weeks. Pellington, who hails from New Jersey, but whose career adventures readily dot a U.S. map, sat down with the Gallup Sun to reminisce on her library career in Gallup. She arrived in 2009, to the water-scarce region after spending decades near sandy beaches and flowing waterways – even living in Florida for two decades. “I lived all over,” she said, adding that she earned her Master’s degree in 1973, before “Post-It Notes” were invented and during the dawn of liquid white-out. Pellington explained that when she arrived in Gallup, she had the goal of enhancing and making the two-library system work. It struck her odd that the Children’s Branch was separate from the main branch. And logistically, it was an administrative nightmare. However, what anchored her was a supportive City Cou nci l who se member s
miles from New York City, she explained, where she’ll head to some Broadway plays and mingle with old friends. “You never know where your next adventure can be, so I am looking forward to my new adventure,” she said.
Octavia Fellin Library Director Mary Ellen Pellington. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura listened to her concerns and supported her vision of adding more children and adult programs, the latest technology in the form of computers and a 3-D printer, and even a prestigious annual book festival. “I believe we worked to make this an inviting environment,” she said. “We work to make sure the entire community knows they’re welcome.” In her eyes, Pellington believes strongly in the celebration of local cultures. So, bringing in storytellers and singers during African American and Native American awareness months is a must-do. “Hopefully the library has embraced all the cultures” from the surrounding areas, and beyond, she said.
The art on her office walls showcases her appreciation of diversity, with eclectic pieces from Morocco, Nepal, India and Egypt. Art she’s collected over the years. Pellington is heading home to Manchester Township, N.J. And she said that she’ll continue to travel, and continue to dabble in her passion for black and white photography. Manchester is about 40
When she first arrived in Gallup, Pellington knew the library needed a bigger and better place to call home, and that the adult and children’s books need housed under one roof. Her vision is one step closer to reality. It will take a collaborative effort to make it happen, one that Pellington said is essential as the current buildings are showing their age. The Gallup City Council received a concept report April 25, on a possible new library. Gallup Public Works Director Stan Henderson and Pellington stressed that the report was a follow up to last year’s downtown redevelopment planning sessions. The report was presented by the Dallas-based Huitt-Zollars
and at a cost to the city of around $35,000. Joe Ga llegos a nd José Zalaya of Huitt-Zollars told council members about design layout and cost, saying a new libra r y would cost in the range of a little more than $18 million. The proposed location of a new Gallup library is at the northwest corner of Second Street a nd A ztec Avenue, which is the current location of Gallup Children’s Branch library. The diameter of the Octavia Fellin Library and the Children’s Branch is a little more than 24,000 square feet Gallegos and Zalaya told council members. A new facility would expand to some 44,000 square feet. Pel l i ng ton sa id a new library director will go into the venture with an opportunity to see the project to completion. “A new director will have fresh eyes, and will take the library in an exciting direction,” she said. Library staf f have planned a going away celebration for Pellington July 21, from 10 - 6 pm, 115 W. Hill Ave.
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ANTA FE – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he ha s f iled a lawsuit against Presbyterian Health Plan, Presbyterian Network, and Presbyterian Insurance Co. July 11, for fraud based on the systematic, deliberate underpayment of taxes on premiums received or written. The Office of the Attorney General’s complaint alleges that between 2001 and 2015, Presbyterian routinely filed false claims for premium tax deductions and credits, thereby defrauding the people of New Mexico and evading its legal duty to pay these taxes. The Presbyterian lawsuit is the first action brought by the Attorney General as part of his independent civil and criminal review, which is ongoing, and this lawsuit is limited to Presbyterian’s alleged false
NM Attorney General Hector Balderas claims for reductions related to the Medicaid program. “New Mexicans deserve a healthcare system they can trust,” Balderas said. “When insurance providers break the rules, they must face consequences. My office is working with the State Auditor to make sure that Presbyterian—and any other companies that engaged in similar fraudulent conduct—are held responsible for the serious injuries imposed on New Mexican taxpayers.” Under New Mexico law,
every insurer doing business in New Mexico is required to pay a premium tax and surcharge. According to the Office of the Attorney General’s complaint, Presbyterian falsified its Medicaid deductions and credits, thereby evading tens of millions of dollars in premium taxes and surcharges. The complaint includes counts for violation of the Fraud Against Taxpayers Act, violation of the New Mexico Insurance Code, unjust enrichment, fraud, and negligent misrepresentation. In addition to seeking millions of dollars in unpaid taxes, the complaint seeks civil penalties and punitive damages. The Office of the Attorney General, as chief prosecutor in the State of New Mexico, is taking control of a lawsuit previously filed by whistleblowers in the Office of the Superintendent of Insurance. The New Mexico Office
of the Attorney General is a statew ide law en force ment and oversight agency with both criminal and civil jurisdiction. In November 2016, the Legislative Finance Committee, the Department of Finance and Administration, and the Officer of the State Auditor requested the Attorney General’s assistance in reviewing potential underpayments of premium tax by major healthcare companies. The Attorney General’s comprehensive civil and criminal review of allegations related
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NM one of the cheapest states for energy by household By Matthew Reichbach NM Political Report
here is a list in which New Mexico doesn’t rank near the bottom: How much energy costs residents in the state. The website WalletHub ranked New Mexico as the eighth-cheapest place in the United States for energy. The website ranked the average monthly energy bills in each state and Washington D.C. New Mexico’s total average monthly energy bills came out to $256, sandwiched between Nebraska and California. New Mexico’s electricity rank is cheapest in the country, at just $90 per month. New Mexico is also one of 21 states w it h no average mont h ly home heating oil costs. The states with heating-oil costs
are largely in the northeastern part of the country. New Mexico is one of the most expensive states for monthly motor-fuel costs, at $135 per month. Wyoming is the most expensive, at $172 per month, nearly $40 higher t ha n second pla ce Nor t h Dakota ($136). New Mex ico’s r a n k i n g for natural-gas cost is near t he m id p oi nt , a t $ 31 p er mont h or 2 8t h - h ig he s t i n the countr y. The two states with the lowest natural gas co st s a re F lor id a ($3 per month) and Hawaii ($4 per month). The most expensive is Michigan ($60 per month) followed by Alaska ($58 per month). Timothy F itzgera ld, a n associate professor of business economics at Texas Tech University, was among the experts who answered several
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Nor t hwest becau se of large hydroelectric generating capacity,” Fitzgerald explained. “Home heating is relatively expensive in New England because of the reliance on heating oil. Oil and derived products are traditionally less expensive in producing states like Texas, but very expensive in Hawaii, where they must be shipped in from elsewhere.” Sy ra cu se Un iver sit y College of Law Professor David M. Driesen was more succinct. “Energy is often cheapest where states have low cost renewable options, like abundant hydropower,” he said.
“Some states have supported nuclear power, which is very expensive.” T he cheape st pla ce i n the United States for energy is the District of Columbia at $219 per month on average. This is led by the lowest motor-fuel cost rank in the country, at just $63 per month. The most expensive place in the countr y for energ y is Connecticut, at $380 per month, led by $76 per month in heating oil costs, second in the country, and $166 per month in electricity costs, third-highest in the country. Visit: nmpoliticalreport. com
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Udall, Heinrich team up on diabetes bill Staff Reports
ASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Uda ll a nd Martin Heinrich introduced bipartisan legislation to improve patient access to podiatrists in Medicaid and improve care for patients with diabetes who need therapeutic shoes via Medicare. The Helping Ensure Lifeand Limb-Saving Access to Podiatric Physicians Act would recognize podiatrists as physicians under Medicaid as they are defined under Medicare. The bill would bring Medicaid in line with Medicare and a majority of U.S. health-care delivery systems, and ensure that Medicaid patients have access to a range of options presented by the physicians who are best trained for the foot and ankle care they seek. In New Mexico, more than 230,000 adults have diabetes and an estimated 620,000 adults have prediabetes, a condition that precedes type 2 diabetes. “Diabetes is a significant health issue in New Mexico and we need to ensure New Mexicans suffering from diabetes have access to the care they need to treat this lifelong disease,” Udall said. “Many New Mexicans rely on Medicaid — especially in rural communities — and the HELLPP Act is a commonsense solution to ensuring our Medicaid patients suffering from diabetes are getting the specialty care they need to help them live their lives with less pain, and improve their health overall.” “New Mexico has one of
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the highest rates of diabetes in the country. Providing treatment for diabetes requires a comprehensive approach to help prevent other health-related problems,” Heinrich said. “Improving access to podiatric care for patients with diabetes is fundamental to overall health, and results in less time spent in treatment and reduces health care costs.” The bill would also clarify and improve the coordination of care in Medicare’s Therapeutic Shoe Program for patients with diabetes. The current processes and Medicare contractor requirements for determining eligibility for Medicare’s Therapeutic Shoe Program for patients with diabetes, and for providing this medically necessary benefit, are unnecessarily burdensome and frequently bogged down, leading to frusGABSA League 12u girls’ championship June 27. The Mariners beat the Pirates 8-7. tration on the part of the cerTop row, from left: Taylor Shorty-Jordyn Yazzie-Raeanna Chee-Treasure Hines-Autumn Leetifying physician, prescribing TiaRae Harrison-Jayden Yazzie. Bottom row, from left: Taylor Dineyazhe-Gabriella Garcia-Daliyah doctor, and supplier. Morris-Mary Leslie-Seniah Haines-Nateiya Yazzie. Photo Credit: Brad Hines The clarifications in the legislation would remove confusion and regulatory inconsistencies in the provision of this medically necessary benefit. The bill would strengthen Medicaid program integrity by closing a loophole that allows tax-delinquent Medicaid providers to still receive full Medicaid reimbursements. This provision would save the Medicaid system money and more than offset any additional federal budget costs associated with the recognition of podiatrists as physicians under Medicaid. Such a mechanism already exists in Medicare, so this could save billions of dollars for the public health care system.
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Opioid prescriptions significantly decline in NM Staff Reports
he New Mex ico Department of Health announced July 12, that the amount of opioids prescribed in New Mexico have significantly declined, dropping by 5 percent for the first quarter in 2017, compared to last year. Additionally, benzodiazepine prescriptions decreased by 3 percent over the same period. The drops come after Governor Susana Martinez enacted legislation to make it mandatory for healthcare providers to check a patient’s prescription history in the state’s Prescription Monitoring Program database when prescribing opioids, in an
effort to stop doctor shopping for drugs. There has been a 63 percent increase in providers using the PMP since last year.
“While this is encouraging news, there’s a lot more work to be done,” said Department of Health Secretar y Lynn Gallagher. “Drug overdoses,
mostly caused by opioids, tragically end far too many lives and we are committed to continue our fight to prevent and treat drug addiction in our state.” Under stronger prescription monitoring laws, dangerous prescribing practices have also seen dramatic decreases: The number of patients with overlapping opioid prescriptions from different prescribers decreased by 13 percent from 1Q 2016 to 1Q 2017. “Doctor shopping”, or going to multiple providers for prescriptions, will continue to fuel the opioid crisis. The number of patients with concurrent opioid and benzodiazepine prescriptions decreased by 10 percent over
the same time period. Mixing opioids with other medications like benzodiazepine tranquilizers (such as Xanax, Valium, etc.) increase a patient’s risk for overdose. Newly released 2016 mortality data from NMDOH shows that the nu mber of d r ug overdose deaths among New Mexicans rose slightly from 493 in 2015 to 497 in 2016. However, the state’s population also increased during that period, leaving the overdose death rate of 24.8 deaths per 100,000 New Mexico residents unchanged. Governor Susana Martinez ha s made d r ug overdose
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he Office of the State Auditor released a report July 12, showing a significant gap i n pay bet ween men a nd women in New Mexico. According to the report, women who are employed in managerial or policy making roles in New Mexico are paid on average 26 percent less than men in the same positions in the state. The smallest gap, according to the report, is in the service industry where women are still paid about 10 percent less than men. Be side s pay gaps, t he report also shows the “category for manual workers of relatively high skill level” is made up of only three percent women. In addition to showing the disparity between pay for men and women in the workforce, the auditor’s report also noted that the state’s General Services Department (GSD) has a “low compliance rate” with keeping and tracking reports submitted by state vendors. F o r m e r G o v. B i l l Richardson issued an executive order to examine gender pay gaps in 2009. The order also directed state agencies and state vendors to submit
NM State Auditor Tim Keller. Photo Credit: Andy Lyman and keep reports on the pay rates by gender. In a press conference on Wednesday, State Auditor Tim Keller told reporters the Gov. Susana Martinez administration has not kept up with the Richa rdson executive order and said he hopes the governor will consider better reporting after she reads his office’s report. “I hope tomorrow, after reading about this, the governor steps up and starts doing this the way it was supposed to be done,” Keller said. Keller also said the data on the topic that was “collecting dust” until recently. Deputy Press Secretary Emilee Cantrel responded to a request for comment
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Lawmakers announce federal review of behavioral health access in NM Staff Reports
A SH INGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Tom Uda ll a nd Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham a n nou nced t h at t he U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General will review the level of access that New Mex ica n s have to behaviora l hea lth ser v ices pro vided through the Medicaid program. T he OIG a g r e e d t o a reque st f rom Rep. Lu ja n Grisham, along with Sens. Udall and Heinrich and Rep. Luján, to investigate behavioral health access issues in New Mexico, and will also be conducting a review of four other states. Udall, Heinrich, Lu já n a nd Lu ja n Gr isha m have previously pressed for increased federal oversight to ensure that vulnerable New Mexicans have timely, consistent access to the behavioral health services they need. In 2013, the New Mexico
Human Services Department suspended Med ica id payme nt s t o 15 nonpr of it behavioral health providers claiming “credible allegations of fraud.” This led to the closure and eventual replacement of 12 behavioral health providers with Arizona-based providers. Four of these replacement providers have left the state, leaving gaps in access for critical behavioral health services under Medicaid for ma ny New Mexica ns with serious mental illness and substance abuse disorders. The New Mexico Attorney General subsequently cleared all of the 15 providers from allegations of Medicaid fraud. Recent settlements also show that the initia l audit wa s incorrect and several providers have settled overpayments with the state at a fraction of what was estimated they owed. The most recent settlement was for just $485 of what the Human Ser v ices Department initially claimed was $2.8 million in Medicaid overpayments. Me m b e r s of t h e New
Mexico delegation released the following statements: “This was a manufactured crisis that has had tragic consequences for children and families struggling with mental illness, behavioral health issues and substance abuse, who lost access to care altogether or haven’t been able to find steady care. It has also wasted tens of millions of taxpayer dollars and cost dedicated health care workers their jobs as behavioral health clinics across New Mexico have been forced to close or lay off staff due to the disruption caused by the state’s actions,” Sen. Udall said. “Our fragile network of behavioral health providers is still struggling to meet the needs of these patients. I look forward to the results of this study and will continue fighting for improved behavioral health access in New Mexico.” “New Mexico’s behavioral health system was tur ned upside down overnight when
the state unilaterally suspended Medicaid payments for vital services. It’s clear that this was a manufactured crisis that dangerously left patients w ithout the ca re they deserved and had come to rely on, caused hundreds of New Mex ica n s to lose their jobs, and wasted tens of millions of taxpayer dollars,” Sen. Heinrich said. “I’m glad the Office of Inspector General has agreed to review whether the state is still failing to provide New Mexicans with mental health services they need.” “Ever since New Mexico’s behavioral health system was needlessly thrown into chaos a few years ago, my colleagues and I have been working to rebuild this aspect of our system of care and ensure steps are taken to prevent such a crisis from happening again,” said Rep. Luján. “While we cannot undo all the damage that was done, we can take steps to protect continuity of
care for those who need it, provide due process for providers, and prevent such a crisis from happening in the future. Hopefully, the results of this study will help us improve the behavioral health situation in our state in both the short and long term.” “ G o v e r n o r M a r t i n e z ’s Ad m i n i s t r a t ion not on ly failed to take responsibility for dismantling the state’s behavioral health system; the Governor refuses to ensure v ulnerable New Mexica ns have access to services,” Rep. Lujan Grisham said. “I pushed the federal Office of Inspector General since the beginning of this crisis, and we finally succeeded in convincing investigators to conduct a thorough review of those ser vices. I want the OIG to determine where the state continues to fail its mission of providing mental health services.” For more information about our releases, please contact (202) 226-4256.
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A N T A F E — G o v. Susana Mar tinez announced July 12 that Department of Indian Affairs Cabinet Secretary Kelly Zunie will be stepping down to pursue other opportunities. “Secretary Zunie has been a strong asset in building and growing our relationships with New Mexico’s tribes, nations and pueblos,” Martinez said. “Her leadership helped us work with Native American communities throughout the state to strengthen schools, improve healthcare and create more economic opportunities for all our families. Her skills and experience will be missed.” Governor Martinez appointed Zunie as cabinet NEWS
Kelly Zunie secretary in November of 2014, and she was the first woman to lead the Department. Since her appointment, the Administration continues to work with New
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Man pleads guilty REFUND ALERT: DeVry University students to to assaulting receive refund checks tribal officer Staff Reports
and assault involving physical cont act. T he i nd ictment L BUQU ERQU E – alleged that Joe committed Abner Joe, 55, an the crimes on Aug. 4, 2016, on enrolled member of the Navajo Indian Reservation the Navajo Nation in San Juan County, N.M. who resides i n Sh iprock, During the proceedings, N.M., pled guilty t in federal Joe pled guilty to assaulting a cour t in A lbuquerque July federal officer. In entering the 12, to assaulting a federal guilty plea, Joe admitted that officer. on Aug. 4, 2016, he threatened Jo e w a s a r r e s t e d o n two uniformed tribal officers Aug. 10, 2016, on a criminal as he approached them while complaint charging him with holding a raised 2” x 4” board. assaulting a federal officer. He also admitted throwing a According to the complaint, hammer at one of the tribal Joe assaulted an officer of officers who was commisthe Navajo Nation Division sioned as a Special Federal of Public Safety on Aug. 4, Officer by the BIA. 2016, by spitting on her and At sentencing, Joe faces a threatening her with a ham- maximum penalty of 20 years mer and a wooden board. At in prison. A sentencing hearthe time of the assault, the ing has yet to be scheduled. tribal officer was commisThis case was investigated sioned as a Special Federal by the Farmington office of Officer by the BIA’s Office of the FBI a nd the Shiprock Justice Services. office of the Navajo Nation Joe was indicted on Aug. Div ision of Public Safety. 23, 2016, and charged with A s s i s t a nt U. S . A t t or ne y assaulting a federal officer Michael Murphy is prosecutwith a dangerous weapon ing the case. Staff Reports
L BUQU ERQU E – At tor ney Genera l He c t o r B a ld e r a s announced that hundreds of New Mexico students will receive refund checks from DeVry University as part of a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settlement over deceptive statements made by DeVry about their job prospects and earning potential after graduation. On July 5th, the FTC began mailing 173,000 refund checks worth more than $49 million to some students who attended the school between 2008 and 2015. The checks will expire 60 days after they are mailed so it is important for former students in New Mexico to watch the mail. “Ensuring that New Mexico students who are deceived by for-profit schools get their hard earned dollars back into their pockets and their communities is a top priority for my office,” said Attorney General Balderas. “If you were a DeVry
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Shiprock man pleads guilty to federal assault charge Staff reports
L BUQU E RQU E – Aaron Curley, 55, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, N.M., pled guiltyin federal court in Albuquerque July 10, to an assault charge under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Curley was arrested in Nov. 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with assaulting a Navajo woman by stabbing her in the leg and sternum area with a knife. Curley was indicted on Dec.
20, 2016, and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, a knife, with intent to do bodily injury and assault resulting in serious bodily injury. According to the indictment, the offenses took place on Nov. 20, 2016, on the Navajo Indian Reservation in San Juan County, N.M. During today’s proceedings, Curley pled guilty to Count 1 of the indictment charging him with assault with a dangerous weapon. In entering the guilty plea, Curley admitted that on Nov. 20, 2016, he assaulted the victim by stabbing her in the left leg and caused the victim to sustain cuts to her left arm and hand as she was
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defending herself. At sentencing, Curley faces a maximum penalty of ten years in federal prison. Curley remains in custody pending a sentencing hearing which has yet to be scheduled. This case was investigated by the Farmington office of the FBI and the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle T. Nayback is prosecuting this case as part of the Tribal
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Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (Tribal SAUSA) Pilot Project in the District of New Mexico, which is sponsored by the Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women under a grant administered by the Pueblo of Laguna. The Tribal SAUSA Pilot Project seeks to train tribal prosecutors in federal law, procedure and investigative techniques to increase the likelihood that every viable
violent offense against Native American women is prosecuted in either federal court or tribal court, or both. The Tribal SAUSA Pilot Project was largely driven by input gathered from annual tribal consultations on violence against women, and is another step in the Justice Department’s on-going efforts to increase engagement, coordination and action on public safety in tribal communities.
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he quick actions of a Mentmore resident whose mobile home wa s broke i nto, led to the arrest of Carlton Kaamassee July 3. According to McK inley C o u n t y S h e r i f f ’s O f f i c e Deputy Nocona Clark, Dino Ba i ley wa s home when Kaamassee allegedly broke his window and kicked in the front door. Any attempts to hold onto the suspect were thwarted when he ran off. But another deputy caught up with him and placed him in a patrol unit.
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Carlton Kaamassee Bailey identified Ka a ma ssee, 38, a s the botched burglary suspect.
“O n t he f r ont do or of the mobile home there was evidence of forced entry as i f t he su spect k icked t he f ront door f rom t he out side i n,” accord i ng to t he deputy’s repor t. “The door had a shoe print with small squares with cross through the squares.” T here wa s about $30 0 worth of damages done to the mobile home. Kaamassee’s clothes and shoes were collected as evidence. He was booked into the McKinley County Adult Dentention Center for burglar y, breaking and entering, and criminal damapge to property.
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L BUQU ERQU E – Nochise Martinez, 23, an enrolled member of the Nava jo Nation who resides in Ramah, N.M., was sentenced July 12 in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to 48 months in prison for his conviction on a voluntary manslaughter charge. Martinez will be on supervised release for three years after he completes his prison sentence. Martinez was arrested on Jan. 4, 2017, on a criminal complaint charging him with killing a Navajo man on the Ramah Navajo Indian Reservation in Cibola County, N.M., on Dec.
31, 2016. According to the criminal complaint, Martinez stabbed the victim multiple times during a fight. On March 27, 2017, Martinez pled guilty to a felony information charging him with voluntary manslaughter. In entering the guilty plea, Martinez admitted that on Dec. 31, 2016, he
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OPIOID | FROM PAGE 6 prevention a major priority of her administration and has implemented comprehensive solutions to fight drug abuse in New Mexico. In addition to strengthening PMP laws, earlier this year, Governor Martinez was the first governor in the US to sign legislation requiring all local and state law enforcement agencies to provide officers with naloxone, a medication that reverses opioid overdoses. This built on previous legislation enacted by Martinez to allow pharmacists to dispense naloxone without a prescription -- expanding access to the life-saving drug. F u r t her, N M DOH a nd
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been a wonderful opportunity,” Zunie said. “Her commitment to making our state better – for all our communities – is relentless, and I am so grateful for her leadership.” Effective Friday July 14, Deputy Secretary Suzette Shije will serve as acting cabinet secretary.
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at the pay gap was a lack of readily available information. “Making that connection takes having some of that data,” Nair said. Dr. Ma r tha Burke, who worked i n t he pa st on pay gap t a sk forces bot h for the state a nd the City of A lbu q uer q ue, pr a i s e d A lbu q uer q ue le a der s for their work on the issue and s a id s t a t e le a der s cou ld learn a lot from city leaders. “New Mexico could still be a leader in this,” Burke said. Burke added that since she worked on the state task force under the Richardson administration policies for reporting wages are more lax. For example, Burke said, or igina lly a ny contractor offering a bid to the state had to first submit data on who they employed and how much they pay. Now, she said, there is no incentive to submit that information or penalty for not submitting it. “We must end the ignorance, or just the writing off the initiative of pay equity,” Burke said. Vi sit: nmpoliticalreport.com NEWS
OPINIONS Employers have a duty to stop employees who harass co-workers online By Sandy Nelson for Finance New Mexico
mployers who fail to protect employees from a co-worker’s racist, sexist or otherwise derogatory and defamatory comments on social media platforms can find themselves on the losing end of a workplace harassment lawsuit.
Case law on work-related cyber-harassment is evolving with the popularity of social media as a way for people to connect, communicate and commiserate, but one trend is clear: Courts expect employers to intervene immediately when they learn of workplace disputes spilling over onto social media, and the law increasingly considers online
harassment and bullying just as egregious as the kind that happens obliquely or directly in an office or other physical job site. Some courts have ruled that any work-related harassment is actionable even if conducted off the job on private equipment; it’s not necessary for the attack to be perpetrated on work time using company property. In the eyes of the law,
cyberspace is simply another place where one co-worker can engage in inappropriate conduct against another. During a panel discussion sponsored by the Equal Employ ment Oppor tu n it y Commission in 2014, longtime District of Columbia civil rights attorney Lynne Bernabei noted that “even if employees post harassing or derogatory
information about co-workers away from the workplace, … an employer may be liable for a hostile work environment if it was aware of the postings or if the harassing employee was using employer-owned devices or accounts.” In light of this, employers
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GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF JULY 14
You may notice everything is a little out of whack. It’s not as if everything is turned around. You just feel off kilter like you walk into a house and suddenly get vertigo. It’s not you. The floor is crooked. That’s because the moon is void of course on July 14. Energies will work against you. Madame G recommends that you take a moment to breathe and try again later. You’re fine.
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
You’re on a new and exciting path. Where will you go? What will you do? The choice is yours and the options are limitless. The only fear to fear is fear itself. Don’t lock yourself away in a little box. Become more than you could ever have imagined and then become more than that. Break your own expectations of yourself. You can do this. Go!
In time your path will be clear. It takes time to break through the barriers that you’ve created. You know what you think you want, but maybe you don’t really understand it. In order to have the life you’ve always wanted, you must become the person who lives that life. You must let go of what you think is the truth so that you may see what truly is. Good luck!
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
Peace be with you. You have the opportunity to take what scares you and transform it into something beautiful and strong. It’s always on us to live and act in the ways that are meaningful and good. Stop acting as if the world revolves around you. Take action and others will respond. Show compassion and kindness and the rest will follow. You’re heading in the right direction.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
You’re open in a world of fascinating heartache and beauty. You may not always see what’s coming at you, but there will inevitably be something. What do you consider sacred? What’s you’re defining purpose? Take time to think about this before you take the next step. Instead of taking the next best option or doing something that’s just good—consider what’s best for you.
Your walk is full of grace and composure. You can do anything you set your mind to do. It’s on you to look towards the sun and decide which direction to follow. Will you take the road most followed or will you try out a new way? Neither choice is wrong. You have the options and you may decide whatever you want. Madame G suggests you take some time to think and reflect.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Your heart’s in the right place. But, only you know if this is the life you want to lead. It may seem like you’re fighting an uphill battle. It may well be worth it and maybe it’s not. That decision is on you. Instead of trying to figure out the world’s problems on your own and in one sitting go ahead and breathe. You have options. You may take time to think. Relax. OPINIONS
Your opportunities are boundless. You may feel slightly defeated or disturbed by recent events. There could be events in your life that seem annoying or disturbing. But, they’re actually there to show you a new reality. Perhaps what you think must always be doesn’t really need to be. You’re committed to one path, but it may not be right. Consider letting go of these. Be free.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You have your eye on the prize: freedom. What’s the cost? What are you willing to sacrifice? You have options and there are always ways to live differently. Maybe what you need is not what you think you need. In fact, maybe the cost of freedom is too high. Maybe the cost of pure freedom is not freedom at all. Stop and reflect before you take action. Think carefully.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
You don’t know everything. That’s a very good thing. You may not always have the answers and you might fail, but so long as it’s forward—you’re good. Be flexible. Your life can be better than you could have ever imagined. It may not always be the little details like the car you drive, house you live in, or cash in the bank—it’s in the really important ways like love and family.
You need a little R&R. This is the time for rest and relaxation. You may need to change your mind about a few things, but you’ll find the answers you’ve always needed. In your heart, the world is open. In your mind, the world is closed. You must pick one because you will deprive yourself of a full life without some balance and happiness. Trust your gut. You can do this.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
You’ve made a few good and bad decisions. Now you must choose what way to move forward with purpose and decision. It’s on you to live the life you’ve always wanted. Only you can define that. Only you know what you’re missing out on. You have to believe enough in yourself to take that dream and live it out to the fullest. Your heart is an open doorway—step through it.
You’re on the precipice of a new journey. Instead of living on the edge chose a loftier horizon. You don’t need to panic at every thought or action. Change your inner words and the rest will follow. Change your life and the world will take notice. Stop placing yourself in a limited box. You’re capable of more than you think. You’re incredibly strong. Go you.
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Haatiishaa ool yee? Autoimmune Disease (part 2) By Greg McNeil
s we approach the 150 year anniversary of the treaty of 1868, a signing that would release the Navajo and other native tribes from imprisonment at Fort Sumner, it’s time to celebrate another form of freedom, freedom from disease. Last week I wrote the column “Haatiishaa aaldi nei? (Autoimmune Disease)” and described what autoimmune disease is and what it does to our bodies. In this week’s column I was asked go a step further and tell you what it means for you, the native. Let’s start with a little history. When I went to the Navajo Museum in Window Rock, AZ for the first time about 4 years ago I was struck by the fact that no pictures contained any native person, child or adult who appeared overweight. The answer was simple. Obesity as we know it today, along with diabetes did not exist in the tribes of your ancestors regardless of tribal affiliation. Let us proceed. For those who read last week’s column I said that diabetes is classified as an autoimmune disease that creates many serious health problems such as elevated blood sugar, obesity, kidney, heart, liver disease and blindness. This is true. Haatiishaa ool yee? (What does this mean for me?) In order to heal the medical problems created by autoimmune diseases like diabetes
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that plague our communities, our tribes, and our loved ones it starts with accepting unavoidable truth and hard facts. Do ever y thing in your power to avoid eating artificially made food. Like the path to adulthood this will not be easy, but necessary to enjoy the health available to you. Food that is considered artificial is created through laboratory and technological means. For instance, any plant or fruit that does not produce a seed on its own and will not produce fruit the following year (such as seedless water melons) is not a product of your natural environment or Mother Nature. Avoid Glucose. Glucose has many names, such as high
fructose corn syrup and other big words that confuse our understanding, but do not be fooled. Glucose is a chemical used to artificially sweeten nearly everything we consume. To put it another way, glucose is a substance the food industry uses to get you to eat something that you would normally avoid. According to the head of the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) glucose is 8 times more addictive than crack cocaine. This is the main reason you struggle to stop drinking the soda, candy and other products you know are unhealthy for you. If you are diabetic, understand that insulin will never cure diabetes. Insulin, which is an artificially made substance will help manage your elevated blood sugar levels to a degree, but it will NOT cure your diabetes. The cure for diabetes has always been in the hands of the individual or parents in the case of children. Combating the plague of diabetes and obesity The structures at Canyon de Chelly (Canyon de Shay) were not built in a day, so when it comes to making healthy lifestyle changes we need patience. We take control of our health in small steps or one brick at a time. However, there are some
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Senate Republican Health Bill Would Harm New Mexico’s Tribal Communities
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LBUQUERQUE—By slashing Medicaid and making marketplace coverage unaffordable, the U.S. Senate Republican health bill would have devastating consequences for New Mexico’s American Indians. The uninsured rate among Native Americans in New Mexico would jump an estimated 232 percent under the bill, according to a new report from the Washington, DC-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. “The Senate Republican health bill would be devastating to Native American people living in New Mexico,” said James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children. “Our tribal communities are the cultural backbone of our state and have proven their resiliency despite centuries of challenges. These communities already face significant barriers to getting health care, despite centuries-old treaties and promises. A bill that makes things worse is unacceptable.” The Senate bill would: • effectively end the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid to adults, through w h i c h 4 5 ,6 0 0 o f Ne w Mexico’s American Indians gained coverage; • dramatically cap and cut Medicaid, likely forcing states to cut eligibility, benefits, and provider rates. An exemption in the bill makes it appear that American Indians would be unaffected by this change, but as these cuts would apply to New Mexico’s entire Medicaid program it’s unlikely that any group will be safe; and • eliminate subsidies, known
Sharon Kaye as cost-sharing reductions, that help low-income New Mexicans, including 45,600 American Indians, afford out-of-pocket health costs like copays and deductibles. The Senate bill would not only affect coverage for New Mexico’s American Indians, but also would weaken Indian Health Service (IHS) and Tribal facilities, for which Medicaid is a key source of financing. The bill’s Medicaid cuts would take needed revenue from IHS and Tribal facilities, forcing them to ration care, as they did before the Affordable Care Act. A mer ica n I nd ia ns a nd Alaska Natives face persistent health disparities, including a high uninsurance rate, barriers to accessing care, and significant physical and mental health needs. Like many other groups, Native Americans have benefited greatly from the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansions. Nationally, the uninsured rate among American Indians and Alaska Natives has fallen by more than a quarter, from 29 percent in 2010 to 21 percent in 2015. The Senate Republican health bill would reverse these gains. “There are many opportunities for Congress to improve our health care system,” said Jimenez. “But this bill can’t be fixed: the Senate needs to start over and take a different, bipartisan approach.” OPINIONS
Heinrich, Udall call on Trump Administration to consider public support for monuments
ASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich led a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol with U.S. Senator Tom Udall and a number of other Senate Democrats July 11, on President Donald Trump’s executive order that could unravel dozens of A merica’s national monuments despite the strong outpouring of support from across the nation. The Senators were joined by public lands and community coalitions who called on President Trump and Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to listen to the American people and keep existing monument protections in place. T he monu ment rev iew threatens public lands and national monument designations including the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Río Grande del Norte National Monuments in New Mexico. Over 2.5 million comments were submitted opposing the Department of the Interior’s unprecedented national monument review. In New Mexico, strong majorities of more than 80 percent want to keep protections for existing national monuments in place. Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Rio Grande del Norte National
U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall. Monuments have recieved widespread support across New Mexico. “Erasing America’s national monuments from the map would devastate our thriving outdoor recreation economy, which generates 68,000 jobs and $6.1 billion of annual economic activity in New Mexico alone. And it could easily lead us down a slippery slope toward the selloff of our public lands to the highest bidder and massive giveaways of public resources to special interests,” said Senator Heinrich, who sent letters to Secretary Zinke last week regarding the history of the O r ga n Mou nt a i n s -De s er t Peaks and the Rio Grande del Norte National Monuments, highlighting the broad public suppor t and extensive
consultation with and input
from local communities.“The Rio Grande del Norte and O r ga n Mou nt a i n s -De s er t Peaks National Monuments in New Mexico are two of the most spectacular places on earth—and were the direct result of the efforts of the local communities who worked for years to protect their natural and cultural heritage for future generations and recognized the enormous potential of these new monuments to serve as destinations for both locals and visitors from around the
world. I stand with millions of Americans who want to protect and conserve our public lands, watersheds, and wildlife for our children and all future generations to enjoy.” “ Fo r ov e r a c e nt u r y, eight Republican and eight Democratic presidents have designated national monuments to preserve our nation’s trea sured places —a nd to help grow and sustain the
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Quilts of Valor:
LOCAL VETS HONORED FOR THEIR SERVICE
By Dee Velasco For the Sun Photos by Knifewing Segura
o cover veterans w it h com for t a nd hea l i ng,” wa s the comforting words for this year’s present ation of Qu i lt s of Valor for local veterans June
30, at the UNM-G North Adult Education Center. The handmade quilts were made by the lady volunteers of the “Loyal Order of the Quilt.” Mayor Jackie McKinney proclaimed the last day of June as Proclamation of Quilts of Valor Day and gave a moving speech to honor these veterans. The presentation of the
qu ilts is a n a n nua l event where veterans are nominated by the public for their service to this country. This was the fifth year of this event and the following veterans were given special recognition and a quilt from the Loyal Order of the Quilt: M e l v i n T a l i m a n , S r. (A r my); Ja ck s o n Gi b s o n (Army); Winona D. House (Air
James Jeffries (Navy)
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Force); James Jeffries (Navy); James Parr ish (A r my); Ed Carney (Army); Hoskie Jim (A r m y); F r e d C a r a b a j a l (Air Force); Willie Thomas (A r my); a nd F r a n k Wa rd (Army). Each veteran was escorted by the women of the Loyal Order of the Quilt, who handstiched the quilts: E s t her Hol id ay, A n it a Richardson, Nellie Kelsey, Linda Williams, Carol Toledo, Libby Kyselka, Cheryl Toledo, Beth Quintana, Bertha Joe, and Shirley Hodge. Community turnout was great according to Laura Jijon, director of Adult Education at UNM-G North Campus. She said the presentation couldn’t have gone any smoother and it was all because of her staff and the countless volunteers who helped prepare for this event. “Ever y t h i ng went perfectly and I want to thank everyone for coming out and being a part of this momentous event,” Jijon said. “It’s really a collaboration of staff and community organizations that put this all together such a s: ga llupA RTS, Vetera ns Helpi ng Vetera n s, Ga l lup Service Mart, UNM-Gallup, and of course the Loyal Order of Quilt.” “ We a r e a d i v e r s e
James Parrish (Army)
community of diverse cultures, languages, ages, races, and abilities, and you can see everyone came here today to eat together and honor the veterans and enjoy. It’s a unity of Gallup and we also like to think this is a model of what Gallup can be.” A Presentation of Flags k icke d of t he event followed by the placement of a Memorial Wreath in honor of those veterans who served and have passed on. A unique singing of the Star-Spangled Banner was done in English and Navajo by Dr. Christopher Dyer (English), and Vidalis Roberts (Navajo). Jijon sa id t he l i m it of handing out a maximum of 10 quilts is done so that the event can be intimate and personable. “We had a veteran here from the Vietnam era and in fact he was sharing with us of how badly he was treated when he returned back in 66,’ and how people spit on him and called him horrible names,” she said. “This was the first time he was publicly acknowledged in a positive way, and that’s 50 years later.” Jackson Gibson was one of those veterans that received a quilt at the ceremony. Gibson served in the Army, engaging in two tours in Vietnam, and was surprised and excited to receive a quilt. “I wa s ver y excited … very surprised to get one of them, it meant a whole lot to me because of the treatment I received when I came back, especially from the Veterans A ffairs,” he said. “I really appreciate the ladies who done the quilts and for the veterans. I think now is the time our country needs to get back and realize the freedom we have and who made that possible ... it is the veterans. Coming back to an ungrateful nation (sic) it makes me feel good that we are really appreciated. I just love the quilt.” Ed Carney, was another recipient , who ser ved i n Vietnam 1965-1966, and was one of the first to arrive in Vietna m. He wa s ecstatic
QUILTS OF VALOR | SEE PAGE 15 COMMUNITY
QUILTS OF VALOR | FROM PAGE 14 about receiving a quilt. “I thought it was great. I really felt honored being that us Vietnam vets don’t get much recognition in the years past,” he said. “I was happy and kind of ner vous being on stage in front of a lot of people. I never realized that the Valor of Quilt was such a huge organization and I really appreciate the women that honored us veterans.” Frank Ward, who served in
the Army three years during the Vietnam era, was solemn as he also received a quilt. “Surprised I was chosen ... I was glad that we were picked,” he said. “I thought it was pretty neat. I didn’t give it that much thought and was glad that they chose me. I love it and it’s very nice and high quality.” D av id C uel l a r, of t he Veterans Helping Veterans organization, was moved by the support of the community for the veterans. Cuellar who was one of the first to receive
Willie Thomas (Army)
a quilt five years ago shared the same sentiments for these veterans. “I really happy for them, the quilts mean a lot,” Cuellar said. “I had ser ved in the Army and when I received mine I felt validated, a nd it was nice that somebody cared you know, and a quilt is comforting.” Every branch of the armed forces was in attendance. Phillip Ramirez, who served 23 years in the National Guard, received a quilt two years ago. Ramirez was deployed during the 911 attack and deployed to Iraq in 2005. “Today was very inspiring, patriotic, and you feel the support from the community,” Ramirez said. “It’s an honor and it felt so good … there are people out there that do care and it’s a great feeling.” Tooley Brown, who served in the Navy showed his support. He received a quilt three yea rs ago, a nd felt elated that someone cares for these veterans. “No matter who they are, what color they are, it’s just a matter of good gesture,” Brow n sa id. “For me t he quilting outfit is a meticulous hobby and they pay attention to detail, so it’s an honor to receive it. I’m just a component along with these veterans, and I received it for those who were left on foreign soil as a promise to them we make these gestures … that if no one will take care of us, we will take care of each other.”
Ben Yazzie, who ser ved 12 ye a r s i n t he M a r i ne s, was in attendance to show support not only to the veterans, but also to his wife Roda Yazzie, who helped in making the quilts.
“To be here in the presence of these guys was very emotional.” Yazzie said. For more information on the Loyal Order of the Quilt contact Laura Jijon (505) 722-7500.
Frank Ward (Army)
Jackson Gibson (Army)
Ed Carney (Army)
Fred Carabajal (Air Force) COMMUNITY
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PUBLIC SUPPORT | FROM PAGE 13 thriving local economies built around these national monuments. New Mexico’s Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Río Grande del Norte national monuments are stars on the map attracting visitors from around the world. In Rio Grande del Norte’s first year alone, the BLM reported a 40 percent increase in visitors to the area. Similarly, Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks has attracted visitors to the city of Las Cruces, where lodging tax revenue has grown from $1.87 million in 2013 to $2.04 million last year,” said Senator Udall. “But now, President Trump is threatening to take away protections from monuments across the country — including Río Grande del Norte and Organ MountainsDesert Peaks, and Bears Ears in Southeastern Utah, the firstever monument to be co-managed by Indian Tribes. I don’t believe that the president has the authority to rescind or shrink national monument designations. But ‘details’ like the law haven’t stopped him before, so I join New Mexicans and Americans from all backgrounds in fighting against this politically motivated attack on our public lands.” “An attack on one national monument threatens all of our national parks and public lands,” said Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conser vation Voters. “We need to protect these pristine places for future generations so they can keep benefiting
local economies, preserving ecological wonders, and serving as reminders of our nation’s rich and diverse history. It’s no wonder communities across the countr y mobilized to submit over 2.5 million comments so quickly when people overwhelmingly disapprove of the Trump administration’s extreme anti-env ironmental policies. Now it’s time for President Trump and Secretary Zinke to listen.” “Many of these monuments were established to represent or celebrate the diverse heritage and cultures that make up this country,” said Maite Arce, president and CEO of the Hispanic Access Foundation. “We have a moral obligation to protect these special places and our cherished outdoor heritage. These places are more than just acres of land, they are chapters in the great American story.” “Now is the time for Sec. Zinke to open his eyes and heed the millions of Americans who want to see our nation’s monuments and public lands protected for all time,” said Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune. “Public lands and waters tell the story of our nation – a story that should be of our shared democracy, not a celebration of corporate greed.” In June, Udall, Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham sent a letter urging Secretary Zinke to protect New Mexico’s national monuments designated under the Antiquities Act.
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‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ delivers a fitting finale
Alpha-ape Caeser (Andy Serkis) doesn’t blink an eye as he takes down corrupt human primates. Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox
RATING: ««« OUT OF 4 RUNNING TIME: 140 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun
’ll admit that I can be somewhat dismissive of remakes and reboots from time to time. More often than not, they don’t hold up nearly as well as the films they are attempting to emulate. There are, however, exceptions, like the redo of the Planet of the Apes series. Unlike most summer flicks, these films provide thrills as well as plenty of deeper themes and ideas to digest. War for the Planet of the Apes is no different and finishes this series on a strong note. Set some time after the events of the previous film, Caesar (Andy Serkis) and the apes have found themselves battling human military forces and suffering great losses. None more so than a tragic attack at the hands of a cruel and extremist Colonel (Woody Harrelson), who wants to wipe apes off the face of the planet for good. Battle-hardened and filled with a desire for vengeance, Caesar
develops tunnel-vision and decides to leave his clan and kill his nemesis. Traveling with a few close simian friends, the group head out on a suicidal mission that doesn’t go according to plan. While the movie’s title may conjure thoughts of elaborate, full-scale battles between the two groups, this is actually a smaller and more intimate film in many respects. In fact, a lot of the film is played on the base in a prison camp... kind of a simian take on Spartacus. Caesar has plenty to grapple with, including grief, loss and rage as well as hanging guilt from the previous episode over causing the death of a compatriot - which has resulted in splinters among his kind. This chimp is dealing with a lot of personal strife, resulting in a more somber and grim tone (further emphasized by a locale switch move to a snowy cold mountain where the military outfit are set up). Harrelson is also solid as the icy Colonel. This guy is particularly unpleasant, expressing some radical ideas based on his own fears and anger issues. The character even forces captured apes to labor to their deaths building a great wall for his
compound and employs gorillas who have left Caesar’s lead to do menial tasks for the soldiers. It’s another new and interesting wrinkle to the formula. What’s most remarkable about this feature is the work of Serkis and the other cast members playing apes. Using motion capture, these characters are essentially created digitally. While the previous films boasted some incredible effects, they’re even further developed this time out, allowing numerous close-ups and facial expressions that look flawless in execution. In a story with so much dark material, the emotional heft still translates through the CGI characters to the audience. It’s a remarkable accomplishment, really. Don’t worry, though, the film isn’t completely without some lightness. One chimp referred to as Bad Ape (Steve Zahn) offers a
few moments of comedy to the proceedings. And on a purely visual level, one gets a lot of amusement out of his costume. This is an ape who feels the chill and insists on wearing a human winter vest and hat. It isn’t deep, but he does provide a chuckle or two. As for fans of the entire Apes series, they may also enjoy plenty of small nods to the original 1968 film. Admittedly, the movie doesn’t go out of its way to connect them in an explicit way, but there are some subtle links. War of the Planet of the Apes isn’t the lightest movie at theaters right now, but it aspires to be a great deal more than your average forgettable summer blockbuster and hits the right notes most of the time. If you’ve liked any of the previous installments, this finale provides an appropriate and fitting close. Visit: cinemastance.com
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Four Corners Rod Run to draw classic cars, crowds to historic downtown Farmington By Lisa Hutchens Sun Guest Submission
ARMINGTON – The City of Farmington’s Pa rk s, R ecrea t ion & Cultural Affairs’ Four Corners Rod Run hopes to draw thousands of people to historic downtown Farmington again this year on Saturday, July 15. Main Street will be closed from Auburn to Commercial from 11am to 8 pm, so that attendees can roam up and down the rows of classic cars and hot rods with ease. The event will also feature vendors and live music all day where the Kirk James Blues Band finishing out the evening with their headline performance. This event is free to attend, and is the first featured event in the PRCA’s 60-year anniversary celebration. Starting July 2017, and continuing through June 2018, PRCA will be hosting a full year of fun, showcasing a different aspect of the department each month. People who
would like to follow the yearlong celebration can pick-up or print out “Our 60 Year Journey” stamp cards. The stamp cards have a featured event or activity for each month. If people attend the event or complete the activity they will earn a stamp for that month. If participants get seven or more stamps they can turn the card in, in June 2018 to be entered to win outdoor recreation prize packages! Organized by the Fa r mington Civ ic Center, the Four Corners Rod Run is just one of many large, free com mu n it y event s PRCA hosts throughout the year in Farmington’s historic downtown and the first place people can earn a stamp on “Our 60 Year Journey” stamp cards. There are 21 classes car show participants can compete in at the event. If people would like to participate in the car show, they can register online at www.fmtn.org/ RodRun, in-person at the Farmington Recreation Center,
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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for July 14, 2017 By Glenn Kay For the Sun
elc ome t o t he latest summar y of new releases arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. One of the year’s biggest hits is premiering as well as a couple of critical darlings and some interesting indie fare. 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! American Fable - This independent thriller is set in the 80s on a struggling Midwestern farm. While pl a y i n g , a you n g g i rl discovers a businessman being held captive in one of the silos on their property. The child must decide whether to help the victim and face retribution from the party responsible as well as financial foreclosure, or leave things as they are. Reviews were generally decent. Some believed that the story unraveled after a strong beginning, but more complimented the photography and called it an interesting feature. The cast includes Peyton Kennedy, Richard Schiff, Kip Pardue and Marci Miller. The Black Room - A young couple think they’ve found the perfect home. But after purchasing it and moving in, they begin to feel the effects of an evil, demonic and amorous presence living in an area deep in their basement. Suffice to say that things get pretty ugly very quickly. There aren’t a lot of reviews for this independent horror picture, but the ones that have appeared have been dreadful. These write-ups have described the movie as tasteless and gratuitous. At least it features plenty of familiar faces, including Natasha Henstridge, Lin Shaye and Dominique Swain. Devil’s Domain - This independent horror picture involves a female high school student who becomes a victim of cyber bullies after an intimate recording of her surfaces online. Suicidal, she suddenly meets a mysterious COMMUNITY
stranger who may have Satanic ties; he promises to help her enact revenge on the nasty students. It appears as though this release was made for the direct-to-disc market, so there aren’t any reviews available as of yet. At least the cast is interesting. It includes Michael Madsen, Sticky Fingers, Fred Rose, Rene Nezhola, as well as tunes from Iggy Pop and DMX. The Fate of the Furious - The eighth in this hugely successful carthemed series follows its lead to Cuba, where he’s introduced to a new villain. An antagonist blackmails the hero into turning on his friends and obtaining a dangerous weapon. Of course, his pals step up to try and figure out what’s going on, teaming with ex-adversaries to take on this new threat. Reaction was positive if not overwhelming. Some complained that it was repetitive and offered little that was new, but a few more stated that it had enough goofball thrills to earn it a pass. The movie stars Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Johnson, Ludacris, Charlize Theron and Kurt Russell. The Lost City of Z - This biopic tells the story of adventurer Col. Percival Fawcett; he disappeared during the 1920s while seeking out a lost city of gold in the Amazon jungle. It follows the events in his life and the man’s tunnel vision in adventuring to new parts of the globe. Of course, his actions also lead to scorn from contemporaries as well as family issues due. There were a few who found it too dry and lowkey in its approach. However, the majority of critics appreciated the lush cinematography and felt it left plenty to mull over, including the many troubles that the character’s obsession ultimately caused him. The cast includes Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller and Tom Holland. Norman - Also known as Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer, this independent drama involves a shady consultant who befriends a small-time
p ol it ic i a n . W hen his acquaint a n c e becomes a world leader, the character decides to use their relationship to his own benefit. Notices were great for this little picture. Most were particularly impressed with the star performance. They suggested that the toned down but desperate and morally grey character was fascinating to watch. It features Richard Gene in the lead, along with Lior Ashkenazi, Michael Sheen, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dan Stevens and Steve Buscemi. A Quiet Passion - Emily Dickinson is the subject of this biopic drama focusing on the woman behind many famous poems (who didn’t earn recognition for her work until well after her death). Living in the mid to late 19th century, the picture details her personal struggles and relationships with family members. The press raved about this picture as well. While most admitted it was moody and subtle, they were all extremely impressed with the central performance and stated that the movie did an exceptional job of detailing both the flaws and heroics of its writer. The movie stars Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Elhe, Keith Carradine and Duncan Duff. Their Finest - Set in 1940, this period comedy/drama from England follows filmmakers hired by the government to produce propaganda films for the war effort. Specifically, a woman who is assigned to assist with creating authentic female dialogue. Together, the group deals with egos and production troubles as they set about inspiring the nation. The press were positive about the feature with the worst comments stating that it was a bit sleight. Overall, it was described as a cute, cheery and cheeky film that provides plenty of smiles over its running time. It stars Gemma Arterton, Bill Nighy, Sam Claflin, Jack Huston, Jake Lacey and Richard E. Grant.
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week for older films arriving on Blu-ray – the Blu-ray/ DVD pack of the British thr iller, S t o r m y Mon d ay (1988). This one features some major players before they hit the big time including Melanie Griffith, Sean Bean and Tommy Lee Jones. The movie also features Sting in a prominent role. Set in Newcastle, it follows a young man who slowly gets caught up in some shady business during a festival. Besides a shar p transfer, the disc includes a commentary with director Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas, Timecode), a video appreciation from a English film critic from the area. Their art-film offshoot line, Arrow Academy, have Terror in a Texas Town (1958). This one was written by Dalton Trumbo (T he Brave One, Roman Holiday, Spartacus) and is said to combine elements of the western and film noir genres. It’s about the son of a Swedish immigrant who goes out for revenge after his father his murdered by a powerful land owner. This well-regarded movie is said to twist many western conventions as well as pose a lot of thoughtful questions. It’s been restored and given a new 2K restoration, as well as an introduction by a western film authority as well as scene-specific commentary from the critic. Shout! Factory have some popular sci-fi films hitting high definition as we l l . T h i s includes the B-movie, The Man F ro m Planet X (1951). It’s about an alien who lands in Scotland and is done wrong by one of the first humans he encounters. The Blu-ray features a new transfer from a fine grain print, a film historian commentary and publicity materials. They are also delivering a “Collector’s Edition” of Species (1995). This one is about a monster who is essentially... a babe. She goes about trying to mate with earth men and produce
villainous offspring to help her take over the planet. A government team sets out to find and vanquish her. This is a two Blu-ray set that includes a 4K transfer, multiple audio commentaries, a lengthy documentary on the production, interviews with cast and crew, make-up effects featurettes, an alternate ending, trailers and more. If you like the flick, you’ll be happy. And there’s more. Mill Creek Entertainment have some notable titles as well. The first three have been out-of-print for more than a decade and are arriving on DVD. The Beast of War aka The Beast (1988) is about a Soviet tank and its crew who find themselves lost in an Afghan valley. It stars Jason Patric. It’s funny, everyone now refers to it under its first title, but I don’t remember it being called anything other than The Beast. Go figure. They also have a DVD of the well-regarded Alan Parker drama Birdy (1984), which stars Matthew Modine and Nicolas Cage as two war vets returning home after a tour of duty. One is physically scarred, while the other has psychological issues, specifically an obsession with becoming a bird. Also arriving on DVD for the first time in a long time is Gardens of Stone (1987), a war drama from Francis Ford Coppola. Perh a p s the company ’s h i g h est prof i le relea se is arriving on Blu-ray. It’s the bizarre c o m e d y Shakes the Clown (1991) that stars Bobcat Goldthwait as a drunken clown causing havoc wherever he goes. After his rival scores a big TV job, Shakes becomes completely unhinged. It’s an amusing unique feature and something of a cult item. This disc includes a new commentary with Goldthwait, as well as co-stars Julie Brown and Tom Kenny (as well as a cameo from Robin Williams). I’m definitely curious about revisiting this one. Kino have some Blu-rays
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DVD REVIEW | FROM PAGE 21 to offer as well. They’ve got t he he av y we s t er n , T h e Hunting Party (1971), with Oliver Reed, Candace Bergen and Gene Hackman. Also on the cards is Shalako (1968), another gunslinger which features the extremely oddball casting of Sean Connery and Brigitte Bardot. If cheesy, sci-fi B-movies are more to your liking, you’ll be able to pick up Star Crystal (1986). This one which is generally considered a low-rent Alien knock-off. They also have Star Slammer (1986), which is a woman-in-prison GALLUP SUN ARCHIVES Need a past issue? $1.50 per copy. Note issue date and send check or M.O. to: Gallup Sun, PO Box 1212, Gallup, NM 87305. Subject to availability. HELP WANTED The Gallup Sun is looking to hire a freelance writer or two to craft compelling profiles, Q&As, and in-depth news and feature stories. If you know how to take pics and/or shoot videos, that’s a plus, but not a deal-breaker. If you’re looking to write thought-provoking, long-form pieces for our cover, and you’re reliable and detail-oriented to boot, please send your resume, 3-5 clips or links to clips, and professional references to: gallupsun@ gmail.com mailto:gallupsun@ gmail.com The Gallup Sun is hiring independent contractor delivery drivers. Grants, Crownpoint, and Zuni routes available. Must have valid driver’s li-
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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 July 15
SUMMER READING PROGRAM
Magician Tall Paul join us for some silly magic. 2 pm at the Children’s Branch. 200 W. Aztec Ave
38TH ANNUAL COMMEMORATION EVENT
Join us for the 38th Annual Church Rock Uranium Tailings Spill Commemoration. 12 Miles North of Red Rock State Park. Sunrise prayer walk to the site, now a Superfund site. Red Water Pond Road. SUNDAY July 16
tures a different challenge, project, or experiment. Starts: 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. This week: LEGO Stem
funds go to helping feed local folks. Call (505) 726-8068 or when visiting, ask for Vernon Garcia.
WEDNESDAY July 19
Gallup’s longest-running live show! Every Friday night from 7 - 9 pm. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. Second St.
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.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT FILMS
Wednesdays at 5:30 pm, popcorn provided. Film: Roller Boogie. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave.
MONDAY July 17
RUNNING DINE BIKEYAH
July 10-17 join the Navajo Nation for the 7th Annual Running for a Stronger and Healthier Navajo Nation. For more information visit: www. nnsdp.org or call Eddie Scott Yazzie (928) 871-6553.
BRAIN INJURY PEER SUPPORT GROUP
Meets every Monday from 11 am-1 pm. Facilitator Ken Collins. Discussions designed to help relieve stress for those living with a brain injury. Hozho Center for Personal Enhancement, 216 W. Maloney Ave. Call (505) 870-1483 or (505) 330-1885. TUESDAY July 18
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THURSDAY July 20
Meet with Councilor Fran Palochak (District 4). Call (505) 8794176. Councilor Palochak will listen to your concerns, compliments, and complaints. 6-8 pm, Turpen Elementary School, 3310 Manuelito Dr.
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Fun crafts for the whole family. Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. This week: Tic-Tac-Toe Game Boards. ONGOING
ArtsCrawl is held the second Saturday of every month from 7 to 9 pm, downtown Gallup.
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Location: 1315 Hamilton Rd.
Feature film: Beauty and the Beast. Starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. Show times: 1, 4:30, and 8 pm. (505) 863-1250. Tickets: $5 adults. Children 12 years old and under are free with an adult. El Morro Theatre, 207 West Coal Ave.
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 - 8 pm, at 113 E. Logan Ave. All welcome any week. No registration required. For info call: (505) 728-9246.
Through September 9, enjoy: Green Revolution. This Smithsonian Institution “Traveling Exhibition Service” uses recycled and repurposed materials to teach creative ways to reduce waste and conserve energy. Don’t miss this free exhibit full of handson fun for everyone at the Farmington Museum, 3041 E Main Street, during regular museum hours. For more information visit www.fmtn. org/FarmingtonMuseum or call (505) 599-1174.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Habitat for Humanity yard sales are held every Saturday, 9 am - noon on Warehouse Lane, weather permitting. Volunteers wishing to serve on construction projects may sign up there or call (505) 722-4226.
K-3 PLUS: A SUPER START TO SCHOOL
Give your kids a “Jump Start” this summer. Program is available at all GMCS Elementary Schools. For students who will enter Kindergarten and 1st-3rd Grades next school year. Contact your local Elementary School for enrollment information.
Overeaters Anonymous 12step meetings. Held every Saturday at 10 am. The First Methodist Church, 1800 Red
Rock Drive. Open to anybody who has a desire to stop compulsive eating. Contact info. (505) 307-5999, (505) 721-9208, or (505) 870-1483.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY KEN HOFFMAN
Through July 22, experience the photography of Ken Hoffman. New Mexico: A Meditative State features 25 photographs Hoffman has taken throughout the state. All of his photography is film based utilizing a Chamonix large format camera. Working exclusively in black and white, he develops and prints in his own darkroom. Nothing is manipulated digitally. This exhibition is free to the public with a SUGGESTED DONATION of $3 per person. For more information contact the Farmington Museum at (505) 599-1174 or online at www.fmtn.org/FarmingtonMuseum.
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
GREAT MUDDY ENDURANCE RACES
On July 22, come out and experience the Great Muddy Endurance Races at the Gallup OHV/MX Park. There will be lots of mud, obstacles, music, food and fun for the whole family. Online registration: active.com. Registration packet pickup begins on Friday July 21 5-9 pm. Registration continues on race day from 6-7:30 am at the Gallup HV/MX Park. Free camping is available. Parking: $3. Call (505) 863-7136 or (505) 8637519.
a father and mother; trauma informed care, adverse childhood experiences, and active parenting. Call (505) 722-1660. RMCH 3rd Floor Solarium.
SHREK THE MUSICAL
Through July 29, enjoy an evening of live entertainment under the stars amidst a natural sandstone amphitheater at Lions Wilderness Park Amphitheater: Shrek the musical. Performance held every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening from June 15- July 20. Shrek the Musical brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life onstage. Gates open at 6:30 pm. Performance begins at 8pm. Come early to eat dinner before the show or enjoy concessions and drinks. Visit: www.fmtn.org/Sandstone for tickets or call (877) 599-3331.
PUBLIC COMMENT SOUGHT— NMDOT
New Mexico Department of Transportation seeks comment for the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) 2018-2023. The program will serve as a four-year plan for the state’s federal aid highway program and will be implemented on Oct. 1. Please visit: http://dot. state.nm.us. NMDOT accepts public comment through Aug. 11. In person comment will be accepted at the following locations: Public Comment on Thursday, July 20, at NMDOT District 6 office: 1919 Pinon Drive, Milan, NM. Final Public Comment in Santa Fe on Friday, Aug. 11 at NMDOT: 1120 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM. Email Rebecca.Maes@ state.nm.us.
NATIONAL SEAL OF BILINGUAL PROFICIENCY TEST
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.
post a nonprofit or FAMILY ENGAGEMENT WORKSHOP To civic event in the calendar
On July 26, join us for a Family Engagement Workshop 8:30 am-4:30 pm. Topics include: cultural perspective of male and female roles as
section, please email: email@example.com or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.
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