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NEWS A puppet’s blueprint to ‘Building A Better You’ OCTAVIA FELLIN’S KIDS SUMMER PROGRAM
By Dee Velasco For the Sun
ctavia Fellin Children’s Branch presented a funny a nd ent er t a i n i ng puppet show on behalf of Rocky Mountain Puppets – “Building A Better You,” as part of the Summer Reading Program.
The event was held July 22 . It wa s s pon sored by Richardson’s Trading Co. The show was based on building up a child’s character, teamwork, listening, morals, and honesty, encouraging the acronym B.U.I.L.D.: Bel ieve, Under st a nd, Innovation, Learn, Determination. A packed room of 55 kids
Casey reaps some smiles by using puppets to explain the concept behind the “Building A Better You” summer reading campaign. Photo Credit: Rocky Mountain Puppets
Meghan Casey along with “Aiden” the fun-loving green dinosaur performed at the Children’s Branch July 22. Photo Credit: Dee Velasco
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and adults were entertained by puppets learning how to build a castle with construction tools and with lots of interaction from the audience. The star puppet “Aiden,” a green and blue dinosaur along with his puppeteer, Meghan Casey, showed the audience various construction tools used to build a castle while relating character building skills. Ca s ey i s a n awa rd i ng winning professional ventriloquist with 17 years of experience, and loves performing for all audiences of any age. Casey begins the show by helping Aiden tell the audience what proper steps must be taken to properly build a castle, such as beginning with the blue print.
“Do you know what a blueprint is Aiden?” Casey asked. “Sure, I’m not duh, I know what a blueprint is.” Aiden replied. Roars of laughter sprung from kids sitting in the front row as Aiden produced his ver sion of a bluepr i nt . A paper showing his dinosaur
“prints” in “blue” paint …” blue-prints!” Other puppets were introduced into the act, such as Schooster the Puppy; Arnold the Dragon; a Monkey who was the plumber; a Kitty who
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Caught on camera: Men carry out brutal ambush ATTACK DUO BEING HELD ON NO BOND
By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor
wo men arrested for an attack on a man and woman remain in custody July 27, on aggravated battery and tampering with evidence charges. The victims claim the duo attacked them wearing “brass knuckles.” Marlin James and Darrick Desiderio, a registered sex offender, are being held at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center on “no bond,” for an alleged brutal attack in broad daylight, near the railroad tracks adjacent to the business Supersmith’s, Inc., 716 W. Maloney Ave. The incident, which occurred July 24, was caught on surveillance camera, according to Gallup Police Department Det. Neil Yazzie’s arrest warrant report. Police were called to the scene shortly after 2 pm. The victim, Andre Pinto, was interviewed at a local hospital where he was being treated for injuries. The brutal
attack left about 30 yards of “low velocity” blood splatter at the scene. P i nt o t old de t e c t i ve s that he and Claudia Johnson were walking in the area of Supersmith’s, seemingly minding their own business, when a man wearing a “green marijuana cap,” later identified as James, and another man, “skinny with a bald head,” later identified as Desiderio, approached them. It immediately turned into a terse confrontation, with the victim saying he feared that he was about to be robbed. Pinto
said Desiderio, 39, circled behind him, then attacked him, beating him to the ground. He suffered blunt force trauma to his nose and face. He told detectives that he believes his girlfriend, Johnson, was attacked with brass knuckles, but wasn’t sure. However, when Johnson was interviewed by GPD Lt. Rosanne Morrissette, she said the men used brass knuckles to beat on Pinto, and James, 20, struck her in the mouth with the weapon before throwing her to the ground. Desiderio didn’t walk away from the attack unscathed. He
was taken to a local hospital for treatment to wounds on his arms, hands and face. GPD Det. John Yearly noted that Desiderio was in an “irate state of mind” when he spoke to him. Desiderio claimed Pinto attacked him with a knife and that he “told him to put it down, and fight like a man,” the report states. He told another detective that Pinto knows he’s sex offender and initiated the confrontation. A “Milwaukee knife” was found at the scene, which Morrissette said belonged to Pinto who was attempting to defend himself against the two men surrounding him. Morrissette said detectives
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were unable to find brass knuckles on the duo or in the immediate area, but Pinto’s injuries seem consistent with being hit by an object other than a closed fist. Both Desiderio and James are scheduled for a motion hearing in Magistrate Judge Cynthia Sanders courtroom July 31.
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Behind bars: Man arrested Alleged impaired for allegedly raping teen driver strikes man on bike By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor
n unsuspecting teen became the victim of an alleged rape when she made the fateful decision to hop into Michael Lasiloo’s car July 11. A s of Ju ly 27, L a si loo remains behind bars at the McK i n ley Cou nt y Adu lt Detention Center. He’s being held on a $15,000 cash only bond. Accord i ng to Ga l lup Po l ic e D e p a r t m e n t D e t . Khaera Chee’s arrest warrant report, the 17-year-old teen, noted as “C.L.” in the report as to protect her identity, was going to pick up some “paper” for her mother. Chee said the term “paper” means a “a small amount of heroin.” Before Chee interviewed C.L ., t he t een gave GPD Officer Adrian Quetawki an overview of what happened w it hout get t i n g i nt o t he gritty details of the alleged
Michael Lasiloo rape that involved drugs and alcohol. C.L. told the officer that she knew Lasiloo, 38, through her mother, and there were two other women in his car, so she felt it was “okay” to get into the vehicle. When C.L. was later interviewed by Chee, she divulged the details of the rape and the events leading up to it, while staying consistent with the story she told Quetawki. She sa id when L a si loo picked her up f rom a n
unidentified location at 1 am on July 11, he was wearing a leather vest with no shirt, and jeans. C.L. said Lasiloo was drinking alcohol from a clear bottle and offered her a drink. “C.L. stated that she took two ‘slams’ or gulps of the liquor and smoked ‘weed,’” the report states. Lasiloo dropped the two women off at a motel before heading to a motel near the E l S ombrero re s t au r a nt . C.L. told Chee that she didn’t k now eit her woma n, a nd couldn’t recall the name of the motel. Once at the motel, Lasiloo proceeded to put on a white ta nk top a nd ta lk w it h another man. C.L . said he next filled up a syringe with cr ystal methamphetamine and injected it into his arm as they headed eastbound on Highway 66.
BEHIND BARS | SEE PAGE 9
By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor A man riding his bike near the Wendy’s at 2410 E. Highway 66 was struck by van and horrifically pinned under it until bystanders rescued him July 18. And the driver, David T. Yazzie of Gallup, appeared intoxicated, possibly under the influence of controlled substances. Gallup Police Department Officer Luke Martin responded to the scene, and found Johnny Lee sitting on the ground, east of the vehicle that hit him. He was suffering from shoulder pain and multiple abrasions. His bike sustained damaged, and Luke noted in his report that the handlebars were bent downward. When Martin interviewed Yazzie, he said that he just got off work from KFC east, and
David T. Yazzie was picking up his nephew from work at Wendy’s when he heard yelling. He then stepped out of his van, and in a panic he tried to “help lift up the vehicle to get the boy.” “Yazzie advised that he and other bystanders were able to pull the boy out who yelled “my leg, my leg” and “I’m going to die,” the report states. Meanwhile, another officer
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Sheriff’s Office seeking new recruits By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor
cK i n ley Cou nt y Sheriff’s Office is running at about half its capacity due to a shortage of deputies. MCSO Capt. Ja mes Maiorano said the department is gearing up to conduct a recruitment drive in September and sat down with the Gallup Sun to go over some details for individuals considering a career as a deputy. “We’re trying to fill 12 deputy positions,” he said. W hen folk s i nterested in applying learn about the seemingly arduous process, they may count themselves out before trying, so Maiorano wanted to cover some details about the entry level “unclassified deputy position.” For star ters, prospects must have a h ig h school diploma or GED, no exceptions. And applicants must be 18, and can’t have any past felony convictions. Misdemeanor convictions must be five years
in the past. Maiorano said he understands that not all candidates were a ngels du r i ng t hei r younger years, so for those who dabbled with illegal substances, he wants them to come clean about those past transgressions as a lie detector test will be given. “We’re looking at your history of ethical decision-making,” he said. “What you have done since then and now.” This includes a credit history check. Maiorano said the department doesn’t expect everyone to have a stellar report, but instead the department is looking at more of debt to income ratio and payment history. If apply i ng, there’s no escaping the physical fitness and written test that he doesn’t consider overly demanding. The fitness test determines whether a candidate will move forward in the hiring process. The written test is done to gauge basic math and English skills. A whole s h i f t i s n’t
dedicated to chasing down bad guys all day like the 70’s cop show “Starsky & Hutch.” The less glamourous, but essential incident reports need typed up, so scoring adequately in reading comprehension, basic
math and grammar skills are essential to the job. And be expected to put some miles on a patrol unit as the MCSO patrols all 5,455 miles of McKinley County. So, what’s the starting pay?
It’s on the low side, $13 hr. and some change. But it’s a start and increases to $15.88 hr. when a deputy graduates from the academy. At two years, the pay goes up to $18.98 hr. “This field offers retirement in 25 years for your dangerous and rewarding commitment,” he said. “No two days will be the same, preventing crime from occurring by proactive patrols, handling crashes, arresting drunk drivers, helping a domestic violence victim or giving a talk to a class of school kids.” For l a t er a l t r a n sfer s w it h t wo yea r s of ex per ience, and New Mexico certification, the pay star ts at $18.98 hr. Maiorano encourages those sitting on the fence to take the leap and apply. “Being a deputy sheriff is not just a job, it’s a profession,” he said. “A chance to make a d ifference a nd become a lea der i n you r community.” For information, visit: http: //www.co.mckinley. nm.us/175/Recruiting
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Aneth official pleads guilty to stealing $105K in HUD funding AG: USED FOR PERSONAL, FAMILY GAIN Staff Reports
INDOW ROCK, Ariz. – Attorney General Ethel Branch announced July 24 that Victor Dee, the former a c t i ng execut ive d i rec tor of the Aneth Community Development Corporation, an agency that receives funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, has pled guilty to charges brought by federal prosecutors relating to his misappropriation of $105,000 of HUD funds that he used to benefit himself and his family members. “ T he Nava jo Nation w ill conti nue to make it a priority to hold all tribal officials accountable for these t y pes of abuses,” Branch said. “We will no longer allow individuals to enrich themselves and their families at the expense of the health and strength of our community.” The prosecution arose from an audit of the Aneth Community Development Corporation conducted by the Navajo Nation Office of the Auditor General at the request of the Aneth Chapter. The audit found that Dee had taken, or otherwise mismanaged, significant sums of government funding, and recommended charges be brought against him. The Auditor General, with assistance from the Navajo Nation Office of the Prosecutor, investigated the audit findings. The tribal investigation revealed that Mr. Dee had abused his position and the findings were turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Attorney’s Office. As acting executive director of the Aneth Community Development Corporation, Dee was responsible for ensuring federal funds received by the agency were used for economic development opportunities for the
Navajo Nation Attorney General Ethel Branch Aneth Chapter. On July 11, Dee pled guilty to a federal felony in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah for willfully misapplying over $100,000 of HUD funding, with the intent to defraud HUD, by giving that funding to himself and his family members. Dee’s plea agreement will require him to repay the $105,000 that he misappropriated, and the prosecution will recommend that he be given a 6-month sentence with half served in incarceration and half served in home confinement. However, the final sentence will be decided by the Judge at a sentencing hearing in September 2017. The plea agreement does not bar the Navajo Nation Department of Justice from pursuing its own charges against Dee.
STRIKES | FROM PAGE 6 investigating the vehicle vs. pedestrian scene informed Martin there was possibly Marijuana in the van. “I then observed two round green plant-like substances in the interior of the driver side door handle. The substance appeared to be marijuana; I also observed a prescription bottle in the lower driver side door pocket,” Martin stated, in his report. When Martin asked Yazzie, 34, why there was marijuana in the vehicle, he told him that a man approached him in the KFC parking lot, and he accepted it for “someone else.” He claimed the prescription bottle of unspecified pills belonged to his wife. Martin noticed the classic signs of intoxication as he interviewed Yazzie. “I obser ved that Yazzie had bloodshot watery eyes, appeared disorientated, spoke very low, and was extremely calm during the incident,”
Martin stated. Yazzie denied being under the influence. He agreed to take field sobriety tests, and didn’t fare well, according to the report. After gaining his permission, Yazzie was transported to a local hospital for a blood test to determine whether he was under the influence of controlled substances. He was also driving with a suspended/ revoked license. The results from the blood draw could take weeks, and will determine whether Yazzie was under the influence. Yazzie was booked into McK i n le y C o u n t y A d u l t Detention Center July 18 for great bodily harm by vehicle (driving while under influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug); aggravated DWI (bodily injury, second DWI); and driving while license is revoked (DWI-related). Magistrate Judge April Silversmith recused herself from the case, and it’s now in the hands of Magistrate Judge Cynthia Sanders.
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Former Oaks Springs Chapter employee pleads guilty to theft USED HER POSITION TO STEAL NEARLY $40K
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I N DOW ROCK , Ariz. – Attorney Genera l Ethel Branch announced July 24, that Deane Katherine Johnson, the former office maintenance specialist for the Oak Springs Chapter has pled guilty to a charge of Theft from a Tribal Organization, a federal felony offense. In the plea agreement, Johnson admitted that in her position with the Oak Springs Chapter she knowingly and willfully took approximately $39,251.23 of funds belonging to the Chapter for her own use and the use of others. “For too long, Chapter Officials and Employees have taken advantage of their positions to enrich themselves and their families at the expense of the Navajo Nation,” Branch said. “Navajo DOJ will not turn a blind eye to abuse by tribal officials. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to protect the Nation’s limited fina ncia l resources and ensure those who take advantage of their
BEHIND BARS | FROM PAGE 6 C.L. said Lasiloo weaved recklessly as he drove down 66. He event ua l ly t u r ned south on Toltec Drive, then east on Churchrock Drive until they reached a rural area in Rehoboth. It was here that Lasiloo allegedly forced himself on top of her and proceeded to rape her. When the alleged assault was over, she wiped herself off with Lasiloo’s white tank
positions receive the punishment they deserve.” An audit conducted by the Navajo Nation Office of the Auditor General led to the investigation that resulted in this guilty plea. The Auditor General, with the assistance of the Navajo Office of the Prosecutor, completed the investigation. The tribal investigation was turned over to the United States Attorney for the District of Arizona and the Flagstaff
Federal Bureau of Investigation for prosecution in federal court. Johnson’s plea agreement will require her to repay the Navajo Nation for the full amount of loss, up to $39,251.23. In exchange for pleading guilty and waiving her appeal rights, the Federal Government will recommend a two or three level reduction under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. However, the Sentencing
top. But, C.L. attempted to preser ve forensic evidence from the rape in a manner too graphic to list in this report. T he t r a u m a t i z e d t e e n said she couldn’t remember any details about the vehicle she was in, only that it had a butterfly hanging from the review mirror and the car wa s a pur ple or pink late 1990’s model sedan. The warra nt repor t doesn’t state whether a ny evidence collected immediately aided detectives in their
decision to arrest Lasiloo. Chee showed C.L. a photo of Lasiloo, who she identified as her rapist. He was booked July 18 on one count of criminal sexual penetration in t he second deg ree (force or coercion, ch i ld 13 -18), contr ibuting to the delinquency of a minor, and false imprisonment. Lasiloo has a a preliminary exam scheduled Aug. 2 in Magistrate Judge Cynthia Sanders courtroom at 8:30 am.
and the final sentence will be imposed by the Judge at a sentencing hearing on Aug. 14. The plea agreement does not bar the Navajo Nation Department of Justice from pursuing its own charges against Johnson.
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KIDS PROGRAMS | FROM PAGE 3 was the electrician; pieces of lumber called Woody; and a small drawing of a house that talked. Each of the puppets voices had its own unique personality. The summer reading program coordinators aim to get different entertainers/performers to entertain the kids on Saturdays during June and July. The New Mexico State Library gives the Children’s Branch links to as which performers will be in the area, a nd feedback f rom ot her libraries on the performers. This was Casey’s second time visiting the Children’s Branch and even more entertaining this time around, according to Octavia Fellin Youth Services Manager Anne Price. “It’s always a great show and fun for the whole family, lots of laughs, lots of giggling,” Price said. “A really good solid performance out of Meghan. It’s a pretty full meeting room for us here at the library.” Casey star ted out with ventriloquism when she was 5, inspired by her father Ed Casey. When she was small, her father would read to her using puppets, creating different voices. One night when her father was reading to her she placed her hand on his throat and realized the voices were coming from him. This not only shocked her, but opened a whole new world to her. Casey is currently pursuing her goal of becoming a doctor and
wants to use her puppets as a way of warming up to children. She does the puppeteering gig during the summer to finance her college. “I’ve been doing this for the past 17 years, and I’m 22 now and I love it,” Casey said. “I want to send a message to the kids, like having a solid foundation for themselves and building upon that.” Proud parent Ed Casey said he never imagined reading to his daughter would produce this outcome. “I’m real proud of her and never thought it would go this route,” Ed Casey said. “She discovered it was me doing the voices and she wanted to learn how to do it too. I enrolled her in a ventriloquist course and she passed it all. The next year she performed in a convention and has been doing it ever since.” “It’s like Captain Kangaroo meets Dr. Oz – applying both that can connect with the kids, sort of like a Dr. Oz for the kids.” Casey said. Casey comes from Denver, Colo., and has performed in Shiprock, Taos, Santa Fe, Lov ing ton, Ca rlsbad, a nd has toured throughout New Mexico. She also performed in Wyoming and Nevada. Parent, Anna Kozeliski, a long w it h her ch i ld ren, Da mina no, 8, A madore, 6 and Faustino, 4, were both surprised and pleased with the show. “It was even better than last year; it’s nice to have some real talent in Gallup that we usually don’t see with performing arts for the children,”
Kozeliski said. Daminano also enjoyed the show. “I like it, I liked everything … it was funny,” he said. Gra ndpa rent Ch r ist i ne Diaz brought her 3-year-old granddaughter, Khloe Diaz, to the show and both truly got a laugh out of it. “I thought it was wonderful … very educational, the kids all enjoyed it,” Diaz said. “First time I came, and I was my watching (granddaughter) from behind, and she really enjoyed it,” she sa id. “We will come back whenever she comes back.” Another parent, Geneva Wilson, said that this brought back childhood memories as she remembers shows like this when she was in elementary school. “I really had fun and so did my daughters,” Wilson said. “I remember sitting in the gymnasium at boarding school while enter ta iners like this performed for us, and now I’m a mom watching my daughters with the same expressions on their faces I had as a kid.” T he l ibr a r y ’s “E nd of Summer Round-Up” takes place on July 29, 1- 4 pm. Location: 200 W. Aztec Ave (behind building). For more information on children’s programs, contact the Children’s Branch at (505) 726-6120. And for information on Rocky Mountain Puppets, contact (303) 469-4155. Visit website: www.rockymountainpuppets.com, or email r o ck y mou nt a i n pu p p e t s @ gmail.com.
Ajo man sentenced for two sexual offences Staff Reports
UCSON, Ariz. – On July 25, Patrick Paul Charley, 39, of Ajo, Ariz., and a member of the Navajo Nation, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jennifer G. Zipps to concurrent terms of imprisonment for sexual offenses committed against two adult members of the Tohono O’odham Nation. Charley had previously pleaded guilty to one count of sexual abuse committed in 2014 and was sentenced to 43 months’ imprisonment. Charley
was also sentenced to a term of 16 months’ imprisonment for his plea of guilty to one count of abusive sexual contact from a 2011 incident. After completing his imprisonment, Charley will be placed on lifetime federal supervision and will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. The investigation in this case was conducted by both the Tohono O’odham Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution was handled by Micah Schmit, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Tucson.
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RMCHCS—First rural New Mexico hospital to be certified to treat strokes By Cynthia Dyer RMCHCS Director of Marketing
ehoboth McK inley C h r i s t i a n He a lt h Care Ser vices a n nou nced t od ay that it received Acute Stroke Ready Cer ti f ication from DNV-GL, its hospital accrediting agency, effective May 24, 2017. The Acute Stroke Ready Certification Program of DN V- GL He a lt hc a r e
USA , I nc. i nteg rates cert a i n requ i rement s of t he Centers for Medica re a nd Med ica id Ser v ices (CMS) Conditions of Participation for Hospitals, and Guidelines of the Brain Attack Coalition and Recommendations of the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association. As an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital (ASR), this certification demonstrates RMCHCS’ commitment to excellence by complying with standards of
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care for the initial treatment of stroke patients when rapid action and proper medications can save lives and limit the long-term disabling effects of strokes. RMCHCS has the infrastructure and capability to care for acute stroke, including administration of intravenous thrombolytic therapy (also known as tissue plasminogen activator “tPA” or alteplase). “O u r s t a f f h a s u ndergone months of extensive t r a i n i n g t o a ch ieve t h i s r e cog n it ion ,” s a id Pa u l a Hartog, RMCHCS Emergency Depa r tment Director a nd Stroke Coordinator. “This means that our hospital is now certified to treat and care for patients who, in the past, would have needed transport to stroke centers out of our region. We are very excited to provide this service here in Gallup.” ASR facilities become part of a region’s larger stroke system of care in which the
hospital is equipped to evaluate, stabilize and provide emergency care to patients with acute stroke symptoms. This certification is a major achievement for the hospital and this region, and will be renewed every three years. Rehoboth McK inley Christian Health Care Services (RMCHCS) is a 501(c) (3) healthcare network serving McKinley County. RMCHCS’ mission is to serve God by making a profound and lasting difference in the health and
quality of life for all people in the community. Accredited by DNV-GL, the College of American Pathologists and t he A mer ica n Col lege of Radiologists, RMCHCS offers a wide range of medical and diagnostic services including a 69-bed acute care hospital, medical practice clinics, home health and hospice services, behavioral health services and a residential addictions program. The RMCHCS Hospital is the only non-government hospital in McKinley County.
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MULTIPLE OFFENDER DWI REPORTS Staff Reports Everette Begay 07.24.17, 1:01 pm Aggravated DWI, 3rd McKinley C o u n t y Sher i f f ’s Office Sgt. T a m m y Houghtaling was dispatched to the west end of town in an attempt to locate a teal colored Pontiac that was heading west on Hwy. 118 near the Motel 6. She was advised that the driver was DWI and had a 30-pack of beer in the vehicle. After driving erratically over curbs and making wide right hand turns, the vehicle came to a stop on County Road 1. Sgt. Houghtaling contacted the driver, identified as 40-yearold Begay of Ganado, AZ. The driver stated he had no driver’s license, registration, or insurance card since he had just
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purchased the vehicle from Troy’s Auto, but did have an ID card. When asked how much he had drank, he replied ‘a lot.’ He proved that statement when Houghtaling asked him to get out of the car and he couldn’t, saying the door wouldn’t open. Houghtaling finally removed him when she discovered the door was merely locked, and not broken or jammed. Begay refused to take a field sobriety test and was handcuffed, and transported to the Sheriff’s Office, where he was asked again to take a breathalyzer test. Again, he refused. While waiting for the paperwork to be completed, Begay began cursing and was told by Sgt. Houghtaling to stop but he refused, stating he was a veteran. He also pushed his left shouler into the Sgt.’s body and told her he would remember her, calling her a common name for a female dog and stating proudly that he was a Marine. Houghtaling got him to the McKinley County Adult
Detention Center and notified the correctional officers that Begay had quite a bit of cash on his person including tucked into the waistline of his boxer shorts. That’s when the fight started, as two correction officers attempted to remove the money for safekeeping while Begay resisted, and ultimately added more charges to his booking. Ivan McKinley 07.22.17, 00:01 am Aggravated DWI, 7th M C S O D e p u t y Roxanne Slim was dispatched t o M M 5 7, about three m i les ea st of the I- 40 exit for Thoreau in relation to a motor vehicle accident. Thoreau Fire Department was already on the scene, as well as the Thoreau ambulance. They were trying to restrain the driver of the wrecked vehicle from
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leaving on foot, but Deputy Slim solved that problem by putting the 38-year-old suspect in handcuffs. McKinley tried to put the blame on a passenger for wrecking the car, but Deputy Slim observed signs of common injuries from deployment of the air bag only on McKinley’s face. Both passengers stated they had been in the back seat at the time of the crash. MKinley agreed to a field sobriety test but failed. He refused a breathalyzer test upon reaching the Sheriff’s Office but had his blood drawn at 03:53am at RMCH after Judge DePauli signed a warrant. Erwin was transferred to Gallup Detox though no mention was made in the report of where the female subject was taken. Ronald Vallo 7.19.17, 2:34 pm Aggravated DWI, 2nd M C S O D e p u t y No c o n a C l a r k and Sgt. LeSheena Johnson tea med up on 44-yearold Vallo of Acoma for several violations of state law, including Possession of a stolen vehicle, Possession of drug paraphernalia, and a second DWI (aggravated) in east Gallup. Glass pipes, some with white crystal powder, were in more than one place in the car. The suspect admitted to drinking a can and a half of beer about 15 minutes before the stop but failed the field sobriety test and was deemed too impaired to operate a vehicle. Vallo refused to take the breathalyzer test and was booked into the MCADC. Leander Bitsie 07.17.17, 1:25 pm Aggravated DWI, 4th Dispatched to a single-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 491, Gallup Police Department Officer Tyler Woody spoke with Bitsie, and a witness to
the accident, who reacted quickly and possibly prevented the impaired driver from leaving the scene. The witness reached inside of the car, removed the keys, and placed them on the roof of the car. Although Bitsie agreed to a field sobriety test, Officer Woody deemed him too intoxicated to perform the actions required. Woody noted that Bitsie could not stand under his own power and created an affidavit, later signed by Judge DePauli, for a blood draw at RMCH about 5:14pm. The suspect was then booked into MCADC and the DNA Blood Kit was stored pending trial. Christopher Lee Morgan 07.16.17, 2:05am Aggravated DWI, 2nd W h i l e en-route to U.S. 491, MCSO Deputy Paul Davis Jr. was adv ised by dispatch that the vehicle he was trying to locate was in Gamerco on South Chino Loop. A witness told the Deputy he had seen the vehicle in the middle of the roadway and stopped to check on the driver’s condition. The engine was turned on, but the doors were locked. Deput y Dav i s c a l led for assistance and when Deputy Lorenzo Guerrero arrived, he parked his unit close to the rear bumper of the subject car, preventing it from leaving the scene. Deputy Davis knocked several times on the window to wake the driver, and he slowly came awake but seemed disoriented. Reaching quickly inside when the 27-year-old
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OPINIONS LETTER TO THE EDITOR
RE: “CLOSING THIS CHAPTER” Gallup Sun, July 14, 2014 July 21, 2017 was a day filled with both happiness and sadness as I attended the retirement event for Mary Ellen Pellington, the director of the Octavia Fellin Public Library in Gallup, New Mexico for the past eight years. Her last day on the job will be August 01 but her legacy will last forever. As is her nature, the welcoming atmosphere was felt even as she
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invited me to sit at her table along with another “favorite patron”, Chris. The theme was “Let’s blame it on the BOOGIE!”— Totally 1970’s, with a well decorated “meeting room” that was totally transformed into a disco dance room with a ball light device and vinyl records hanging from the ceiling and on the walls. Helium balloons added to the happiness along with the purple frosted three tier cake
that was delicious. The guest speakers reiterated her long list of accomplishments and her vision for the future of the new location which will be in a multi-story building on Second and Aztec Streets. Of course, the Gallup City Council has fully backed her in every way
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GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF JULY 28
The sun is in Leo, the proud lion. Now is the time to shine. Your greatness is bursting out of you like a scene from Alien. Never you mind—it won’t be that graphic. Or maybe it will. The only fear you really should have is not letting your greatness break through. Stop holding yourself back. Madame G suggests you get out there and let the world hear you roar. RAWR!
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
So, it’s not all going according to your perfect plan. But, you’re making the necessary adjustments and making those necessary course corrections. This means you’re on the right path towards greatness. Now is the time to seek out challenges. Stop lolling about. The only fear is fear itself. You’re not afraid of fear, are you? Of course not! You’re a badass. Get out there!
You’re planning ahead. You can do your best and still fail. But, it’s always better to fail at trying rather than giving up and backing away. Don’t retreat. Take a tactical repositioning. You may need to lick your wounds and that’s okay. Just sharpen your blade and get ready for the next battle. You’ve not been licked—it’s only a flesh wound. Take a salt tablet. Charge!
You have a hole in your heart that’s ready for love. But, you keep others in your back pocket. You have charm, but getting deeper is a terrifying business. Stop hiding from the truth. People may surprise you. You may surprise yourself. In fact, you might be hiding from your greatest asset— yourself. Take a chance on loving yourself. Give love a chance.
The heart is a lonely hunter. But, the human experience is so much more than that. You have worlds to experience and a plethora of ideas to explore. The only fixture stifling your progress is you. The only loneliness you feel is that of your own unloved soul. Only you can conquer that. Only you can become the person you’ve always dreamed of. Take over your heart. Live.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
What can you do? If you can’t control the situation—control your own actions. You can’t change someone else’s mind or make someone give a shit. All you can do is make the best out of where you are at this moment in time. Is this the best road? Maybe not. But, you got yourself here and you can get yourself out. Stop looking outside of yourself. You’re enough and you can do it.
The Sun is in your sign and in your favor. What will you do? This is a time for making new friends and learning corny jokes. Your personality is a driving force that enjoys the company of others. Solitude is good and sound. But, our friends keep us healthy, wealthy, and wise. Chose yours carefully and learn something new each day. Go wild! Take a nap.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Your greatness is locked inside. It’s time to let it out of the cage. Stop leashing your impulses and over-thinking your next step. Patience is virtue, but persistence gets results. You’re more than the sum of your parts and more than a cog on the machine. Living is for the brave. Don’t hold back, give all you have towards living by your own standards. This is your time.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
The world of adventure and greatness await. What will you do? Who will you choose to be? Your soul seeks many things and there is great adventure every time you walk out that door. You can step into a wonderland every day you wake up. This is your choice. You may live the greatest life you can. Or you can choose to live a moderately happy one. It’s on you.
Well, your bags are packed and the tears have been shed. Now what? If you’re a little afraid of the next step—that’s good. You need caution, but you’re also more than ready. Your nerves are also equal parts excitement and anticipation. This is not all there is. Trust Madame G, this is only the beginning of a long and crazy road. You will have one hell of an adventure. Go crazy!
You have healthy talents and you’re using one. Stop getting in the way of yourself and take a chance on all the opportunity around you. You can do so much more than you ever imagined. Take your green thumb and spread it around the world. That one great idea will save the world. Get out there and start drafting your plan. Life is passing you by. Jump on board and live.
So, you’ve got a problem. If someone is jerking you around on a chain don’t give up. You can still take action in a loving and caring way. You may feel this person owes you—maybe you owe them. Whatever the case, this behavior is a little troubling. Stop taking words as a punishment. You deserve a fresh start. It’s now or never. This is your life. GO!
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PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Don’t assume. Only a fool refuses to look deeper. Don’t be guilty of hubris. You may appear to have won so far. But, don’t let that fool you. You may have won the battle only to lose the war. Hold tight to your friends who mean well and have always demonstrated loyalty. If you’re unable or unwilling to tell the difference—you may miss more than you know. Good luck! OPINIONS
AG Balderas: Trump transgender ban weakens national security
LBUQUERQUE – Attorney Genera l Hector Ba ldera s issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s ban on transgender service members July 27: “At a time when our nation faces unprecedented threats at home and abroad, President Trump is putting his ideology over national security,” said Attorney General Balderas. “American lives should not be put at risk simply because a beleaguered President needs a political distraction. Transgender service members should be allowed to serve our country based on their abilities and without fear of prejudice.”
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at the Children’s Library; the Rosetta Stone system that has been installed ensures our lanand Councilor Fran Palochek guage is a part of her contribueven played a song for her on tion to the “Indian Capital of her “Urban Guitar”. the World” for anyone wanting The innovative beginnings to learn more of the Navajo Ms. Pellington has introduced involvement that helped estabare numerous and outstanding. lish Gallup. These include a 2014 National The only sta in on the Medal for Museum and Library event was the treatment of 18 Service, the highest honor con- Navajo individuals—all sober, ferred in the nation which was well-meaning patrons who presented by former First Lady wanted to wish Ms. Pellington Michelle Obama on May 08, 2014. good tidings and farewell but With over 123,000 public librar- were barred entry to the event ies in the United States, this is a by Barbra Stanley of Comcast recognition well-deserved. Cable; she even tried to refuse Ms. Pellington was also my entry but I would have none recognized by the New Mexico of this as I have considered Ms. State Senate for her outstand- Pellington a personal friend ing accomplishments in the since her arrival. These undefield of science and advocacy sirable actions included forbidfor library services and pro- ding my Mother admission. grams that benefit Gallup and Octavia Fellin was a friend the surrounding communities of my family ever since I can which includes the Navajo remember so I know the Gallup Nation. This par tnership public library will fare well building will be carried on by as it is in capable hands of the dedicated employees who employees who will carry on will continue her labors of love both Fellin’s and Mary Ellen as she has added to the work Pellington’s tireless contribuof Octavia Fellin who was the tions to Gallup and the world. director from 1947 to 1990. My humble thanks to both One extraordinary addition women of valor and distinction. to Gallup’s public library is the Mervyn Tilden Navajo language room located Church Rock, N.M. OPINIONS
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LEVI PLATERO DROPS INTO GALLUP FOR A SHOW By Dee Velasco For the Sun
ocal Dineh Blues musicia n, L ev i Platero, made a concert stop to promote his latest blues album “Take Me Back,” at t he Ga l lup Dow ntow n Events Center July 22. A local favorite, Platero plays lead guitar and his niche is the Blues. Platero got bit by the blues bug at an early age, noting his father as a big influence. Since then, Platero along with his siblings formed a band, and later Platero ventured out on his own making a name for himself. The Gallup Sun caught up with Platero before he headed out on stage. Walking into the conference center, Platero, along w it h h is ba nd were busy conducting sound checks. I spotted him, and let him know that I was here for an interview. Being this was my first t i me meet i ng h i m I wa s excited, having caught some of h i s p e r for m a nc e s o n YouTube. I was eager to find out why he chose the Blues and all that it entailed. We stepped outside the venue for little less distraction. Sun: You’ve per for med here at the Gallup Downtown Conference Center, right? Platero: Yeah, I’ve been here about three or four times y-owned now. I’m here on a small tour the way with a CD release party for my new album called, “Take Me
Back.” It has about five songs on it and it’s a EP. We’re kind of on a little tour headed out to California. Sun: Where did you guys start out at? Platero: We started out in Oklahoma and then we headed out to St. Louis, from there to Columbus, Ohio, and then New Jersey, New York, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and then came back (laughing) out here to the west. We have tonight here and then California. It’s kind of a busy run. Sun: Wow that’s crazy, what’s your tour called? Platero: I don’t have a tour name (laughing) cuz then I’ll have a lot of names and I wouldn’t know what to call
them (laughing). I would run out of names by tour three (laughing). At this point people start to show up for the concert and are watching me do the interview and taking pictures of us. Platero seemed nonchalant. I on the other hand was getting nervous, but continued with the interview. Sun: When did you start on this tour? Platero: I started out on July 10, so it’s been recent. So, I’ve been kind of keeping it going, and oh yeah … I’ll end it out on July 27th. Sun: So, you like touring Gallup? Platero: Oh yeah, it’s like family here? Sun: You’re Native right…
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what k i nd? I mea n t r ibe (laughing). Platero: (Laughing) What kind … I’m the red kind (both laughing), I’m a Navajo, Dineh. I’m from Tohajiilee, about 35 miles west of Albuquerque. Sun: How many albums have you guys put out so far? Platero: We got out two right now, I’ve got “Hang On” and this EP that’s coming out. I’m working on a whole new album that’s ready to go, just trying to pick a release date. Sun: Now going back you were touring with your family, first, right? Platero: Oh yeah, I took a little break to just finish the album and kind of do my own thing for a while you know. Get a little more established, and I’m going back on tour with them in September with Indigenous. That should be really cool. I’m excited about that. Sun: Any other top musicians you played with? Platero: I played with Los Lonely Boys, there’s quite a couple … ahh Los Lobos … War; I got the opportunity to open for Johnny Lang. I shared the stage with a lot of them the names are up there (laughing). Sun: That’s all cool, so who are your influences? Platero: My main inf luence is probably Stevie Ray Vaughn. Stevie is a big part of my influence. The raw motion on how he played the guitar, that’s what I take from him. I like his style, he’s cool. I would have love to play with him or Hendrix, Hendrix is a cool inspiration too. Sun: How’d you get into it? Platero: My dad really brought home a cheap pawn shop guitar for me one summer, and I learned how to play a Stevie Ray Vaughn song. That’s all I did the whole summer. Sun: How old were you then? Pl at e r o: I wa s a bout 9 -yea r s - old, a nd I d id n’t have a lot of friends … like I lived on the reservation, but I went to public schools in Albuquerque. I had friends in Albuquerque, but none on the rez … just my guitar. Every time I came home that’s all
I practiced on. I really never bot hered w it h homework (laughs). Sun: So, this does pretty well for you then? Platero: This is my fulltime job; it’s taking care of me. I’ve been doing this since I was 12 … touring and doing shows, and now I’m 25. Sun: How many guys you have in your band? Platero: Well, tonight it’s a trio, I want to keep it small. Sun: You write most of your stuff? Platero: Yeah, I tr y to write most of my stuff, but sometimes I throw in covers. But the release is all of mine. Sun: You hoping to get on a major label? Pl at ero: I wou ld love to get on a major label, still working on it. Other than that (I) just keep playing. I have Knifewing Segura who books some of my shows, and sometimes I go out and do it. Sun: Well, cool is there anything else you want to add or maybe something that we don’t know about you, like what you do in your spare time? Platero: I love to skate, I love to read my bible, and I like to play video games …y eah video games. I usually like to when I’m not on the road …. write music and reading the bible. It keeps me sane (laughing). God has been a major part of my life. He’s the reason why I’m living today. There was time in my life where things weren’t rays of sunshine. God is a big reason why I’m doing what I’m doing. My songs are based of some of my experiences like, drugs, relationships, … pure life you know. A lot of it can go either way like secular to gospel, I like talking about the real anything that can relate to life’s experiences. I’m just telling a story and just hoping people will listen. Sun: Cool, well I really appreciate you taking the time out for this, how can people get a hold of you? Platero: Oh, you’re welcome. People, they can find me on facebook, or my website w w w.lev iplatero.com, and find me on Instagram, Snapchat. COMMUNITY
RMCHCS physical therapist earns ‘Osteopractic’ diploma By Cynthia Dyer RMCHCS Director of Marketing
ehoboth McK inley C h r i s t i a n He a lt h C a r e S er v ic e s i s pleased to announce the award of a DIPLOMA in OSTEOPRACTIC™ from the Spinal Manipulation Institute to Pawel Gredecki, physical therapist with RMCHCS Rehabilitation Services. He is certified by the American Academy of Ma nipulative Therapy. Dr. Gredecki completed courses in dry needling, spinal manipulative therapy, extremit y ma nipulative therapy, instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization and differential diagnosis and multi-modal management of upper and lower extremities. This diploma is awarded to licensed physical therapists
or medical physicians who have the appropriate clinical sciences background and successfully completed an intensive post-graduate training program that includes 180 CEUs or 23 days of lecture and hands-on classes. Osteopractic Physical therapy is a sub-specialty within physical therapy, and more accurately describes the kind of physical therapy services (rather than simply “physical therapy”) offered. The osteopractor concept is fir mly focused on the management of neuromusculoskeletal disorders in an evidence-based fashion. Ma nipulation of the s pi n e a nd /o r e x t r e m i ties, I nstr u ment A ssisted S of t T i s sue Mobi l i z a t ion (Graston), and Dry Needling ( DN ) t her apy a re proven tech n iques i n facilitati ng t i s s ue he a l i n g, r e duc i n g
Navajo Nation Council members seek to bridge telecommunication gaps Staff Reports
EUPP, A riz. – 23rd Navajo Nation Cou ncil members met w ith the F irst Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet, on T ue s d ay t o d i s c u s s t he expansion and improvement of telecommunication networks on the Navajo Nation, specifically relating to public safety. FirstNet was established in 2012 by the U.S. Congress in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, in which the system was designed to deliver a nationwide broadband network dedicated to public safety, to strengthen public safety users’ communications capabilities enabling them to respond more quickly and effectively to accidents, disasters, and emergencies. Law and Order Committee member Council Delegate Kee COMMUNITY
Allen Begay, Jr. (Low Mountain, Many Farms, Nazlini, Tachee/ Blue Gap, Tselani/Cottonwood) and the Office of the Speaker coordinated the leadership meeting, and said the purpose of the discussion is to seek cooperation and collaboration between the Navajo Nation and surrounding communities, counties, and neighboring tribes. “Understanding that the state’s governors are the final authority in considering to opt into the FirstNet system, I implore the governors to prioritize the Navajo Nation and surrounding rural communities,” said Delegate Begay. “I also want to encourage my colleagues to be fully aware of what FirstNet can do for the Navajo Nation, it’s so important that we take advantage of this program.”
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joint dysfunction and minimizing pain. When combined with an effective therapeutic exercise regimen, these treatment interventions are powerful tools in eliminating functional impairments and reducing disability. An Osteopractor is very distinct from, and should not be confused with, a chiropractor or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO), as neither of these are Physica l T herapi st s. T he Osteopractor credential distinguishes those physica l therapists, MD’s, or DO’s that have achieved a level of highly skilled, hands-on manual therapy techniques post graduate through the Spinal Manipulation Institute. This certification, combined with Dr. Gredecki’s other educational achievements, further enhances the services provided through RMCHCS Rehabilitation Services.
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Navajo President, Vice President address Chief Manuelito Scholars Staff Reports
AN JUAN COLLEGE – President Russell Begaye a nd Vice President Jonatha n Nez attended the 2017 Chief Manuelito Scholarship Award Ceremony, imparting to the scholars that continuing education is the key to the future. “ T h i s generat ion ha s t he g reat oppor t u n it y t o conceptualize solutions in ways that have never been thought of before,” President Begaye said. “The technology we have today is amazing. Let’s be a nation that builds drones, robots and cell phones.” The award ceremony took place at the San Juan College, Henderson Fine Arts Center in Farmington, N.M., on July 2. “The door is open for you to come home and help our
President Russell Begaye (far left, front) and Vice President Jonathan Nez (far right, front) pose with Chief Manuelito Scholars. Photo Credit: Courtesy nation. We were told from a young age to get an educ at ion, ret u r n home a nd help our people. That’s the
challenge we continue to propose to you,” Nez said. Encou rag i ng t he Ch ief Manuelito scholars to remain
focused on their educational goals, Vice President Nez said they must also be prepared for personal sacrifice and reaching out for help. “Somet i mes you w i l l have to ask for assistance to find additional resources. The people at the scholarship office and the financial aid staff at the schools are there to help you. People like Vita Allison, who for 30
years, assisted students with f i na ncia l a id at Nor ther n Arizona University,” he said. “We want you to succeed. We want to see a 100 percent graduation rate for this class.” Allison was presented a plaque for her 30 years of service at NAU in the financial
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‘Atomic Blonde’ delivers incredible action with routine spy story RATING: «« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 115 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun
t has been a decent month at the movies, with several solid titles being released over the past week. Atomic Blonde isn’t the best of the bunch and suffers from a lack of emotional investment in the character, but it does provide a few excellent moments of popcorn thrills and a charismatic lead, which help elevate it over a fairly humdrum plotline. S et i n 19 8 9, L or r a i ne Broughton (Charlize Theron) is a British agent with MI6 sent to Berlin to investigate the murder of another agent. She’s met by station chief Percival (James McAvoy) and informed that the killing may have had something to do with a list of spies and double agents that an informant wants to smuggle out to the West. With the Berlin Wall on the brink of being torn down, tensions are rising between parties on both sides of the city who all have something to hide. Broughton attempts to find the person and help them across the border.
‘Atomic Blonde’ might be a dumb movie, starring a not so dumb blonde: Academy Award winning actress Charlize Theron. This is not another Oscar moment for her. If you’re looking for some gritty, mindless action then this is your flick. Photo Credit: Focus Features As mentioned, this highly-stylized action flick benefits from a compelling lead in Theron. While the character is hard-boiled, she’s still likable, even when she seems as much at home with beating the hell of out people as with manipulation and seduction. It’s a good deal of fun to watch her interact with fellow agent Percival, a decidedly slimier individual whose motivations are a bit more mysterious. The two bicker and play well off of each other. This is a self-consciously
80s movie and they don’t hold back with the references, which is both a blessing and a curse. Visually, it features a lot of neon, particularly across the West Berlin sections of town. It adds some punch and contrast to the grey, dimmer East Berlin areas, although at times this glossiness is a bit over-the-top. Also, the constant streaming of 80s tunes that tie in with the events occurring onscreen feel a bit forced and artificial. I’m a fan of some of this music, but even I was getting a bit tired of the jukebox score and
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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for July 28, 2017 By Glenn Kay For the Sun
t’s time for another look at Blu-rays and DVDs coming your way. There are some big movies to choose from this week as well as some interesting independent 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! B l a c k Butte r f ly Based on a h it F rench thr iller c a l l e d (a p p r o p r i ately enough) Papillon N o i r, t h i s remake involves a struggling screenwriter who heads out to a mountain cabin to work on a new project. He offers a drifter a place to stay for the night, but tension soon arises between the pair and events spiral out of control. It doesn’t help that several murders have been reported in the area. Notices for this independent production were split right down the middle. Half complained that the movie lost its way in its final half with some silly and nonsensical plot twists, while the others called it a well-acted and pulpy little B-movie thriller. It stars Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Piper Perabo and Abel Ferrara (yep, the filmmaker). The Boss Baby - This animated comedy involves a seven-year-old who becomes a little jealous of a new arrival in the family... a baby brother. The business suit-wearing new addition isn’t warmly welcomed, but the two must patch up their differences and join forces to take on a sinister scheme that will put pets in control of the entire world. This one also divided the press. Some thought it was jumbled, tonally uneven and didn’t make the most of its premise. An equal amount complimented its humorous, throwback style and impressive animation. The voice cast includes Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel and Lisa Kudrow. T h e Fin a l Ma st e r - A
martial arts m a s t e r decides he’d like to open a school and pa s s dow n the teachings of his master in this period Hong Kong action flick. Unfortunately, he soon learns that other institutions aren’t as enthusiastic, meaning that he will have to send an apprentice to face off against other masters to prove himself worthy. Reaction was decent and the film earned more recommendations than pans. A few thought the story was needlessly complicated and overly serious, but more were impressed by the incredible fight scenes and unique approach to the well-worn subject matter. It features Fan Liao and Jia Song. Ghost in the Shell - The famous Japanese animae movie gets a Hollywood remake in this live-action sci-fi picture. It involves a cyber-enhanced soldier who hunts down the world’s most dangerous criminals. Assigned to stop a criminal mastermind hacking into the brains of citizens, she soon uncovers a conspiracy that endangers her own existence. Like many other releases this week, this one also split critics. Some criticized it for being good-looking but dramatically flat and less than involving. The remainder said that while it didn’t match its source material, it was visually dynamic and housed some interesting themes under the surface. It stars Scarlett Johannson, Pilou Asbaek, “Beat” Takashi Kitano and Juliette Binoche. G if t e d This drama i nvol ve s a single father struggling to raise h is you ng daughter i n F lor ida . When she’s revealed to be a math prodigy, her mother reenters the picture and fights the dad for custody of the youngster, threatening to separate them. Reviews were pretty solid for the picture. A few thought it was formulaic and felt that the mom was too one-note, but the majority were positive. They found the
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lead performances exceptional and empathetic, resulting in a sweet and effective little film. The cast includes Chris Evans, McKen na Grace, L i nd say Duncan, Octavia Spenser and Jenny Slate. Unforgettable - An angry ex-wife goes absolutely mental in this thriller and decides to target the new fiancé of her ex-husband. Angry that this new woman has also befriended her daughter, the woman set out to destroy her life, leading to an inevitable confrontation. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the press ended up panning this effort. A scant few called it trashy fun but most described it as very forgettable. They stated that the film was full of preposterous tropes and unbelievable scenarios. They also wrote that it wasted the talents of its stars. It features Rosario Dawson, Katherine Heigl, Geoff Stults, Whitney Cummings and Cheryl Ladd.
BLASTS FROM THE PAST! A rrow Video have a horror classic get t i ng a “li m ited edition” Bluray treatment. Based on the work of author H.P. Lovecraft, Re-Animator (1985) is a fun horror flick with a pitch black sense of humor, about a young medical student who teams with a mad doctor working on a serum for life. Unfortunately, the compound trends to drive the corpses they inject it with mad. Craziness follows as the two get themselves into all sorts of trouble, and even meet some competition from another undead doctor at the institute. In addition to a 4K restoration featuring two different cuts of the movie, the 2-disc package includes multiple audio commentaries, a full documentary on the making of the film, interviews with director Stuart Gordon, as well as with the writer, producer and composer. There’s also an extended interview with co-star Barbara Crampton, deleted and extended scenes and promotional spots. There’s also a new collector’s booklet
included. It’s one of the best horror flicks of its era and this release comes highly recommended. Shout! Factory have some fun stuff too. This includes the Blu-ray box set called Billy Jack: The Complete Collection. It contains four films featuring the drive-in action hero, including The Born Losers (1968), Billy Jack (1971), The Trial of Billy Jack (1974) and Billy Jack Goes to Washington (1977). In addition to the high definition transfers, the set includes 2 commentaries with director/star Tom Laughlin on every film (the second track features extras guests), still galleries and theatrical trailers. T h e y also have a Blu-ray of S c o r c hy (1976), starring Connie Stevens as a sultry agent who goes u ndercover to take down a drug ring. Just so you know, this version features a slightly altered soundtracks (guess all of the music clearances couldn’t be obtained). Also from Shout! Factory is the “Collector’s Edition” of Slither (2006). This horror/comedy about alien slugs taking over a small town by infecting its residents has a very recognizable cast and comes from writer/ director James Gunn, who would later find success with the Guardians of the Galaxy series. This release includes tons of features including a new commentary with Gunn as well as co-stars Nathan Fillion and Michael Rooker. Don’t worry, the previously recorded commentary from an earlier release is also included. There are also deleted and extended scenes, a ton of featurettes on the making-of the movie and plenty of other bonuses. Criterion has the great Albert Brooks comedy Lost in America (1985) on Blu-ray. It’s about a husband and wife who decide to quit their jobs, buy a Winnebego and travel the country. It doesn’t go as smoothly as hoped. This edition includes a new 2K restoration of the feature, a new conversation with Brooks, recently recorded interviews with co-star Julie Haggerty, producer James L.
Brooks and others. The trailer is also included. A n d there’s more. Kino are putting out t he O sc a rwinning crime come d y /d r a m a Pr izzi’s H o n o r (19 8 5). It fe a t u r e s Ja ck Nicholson and Kathleen Turner as hired killers who end up having to target each other. They’re also releasing the Meryl Streep drama Silkwood (1985), in which she plays an employee at a nuclear facility who becomes concerned that she and others are being exposed to radiation. Finally, Blue Underground are giving the disturbing horror picture T he Ste ndahl Syndrome (1996) the Blu-ray treatment. It’s been transferred from the original camera negatives and arrives with a new film historian commentary as well as new interviews with most of the cast and crew.
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DWI REPORTS | FROM PAGE 12 driver rolled the window down, Davis unlocked the car doors and assisted Morgan out of the driver’s seat. The subject was unable to finish the field sobriety test because of inattention and was transported to GIMC for medical clearance. At 5:16 am he was transported to the MCADC and booked. Valerie Jake 07.15.17, 2:24pm Aggravated DWI, 2nd M C S O Sgt. Sha ne Bennett and Deputy Ga r yl le James were dispatched to the Giant Store in Thoreau to check on a suspected DWI subject parked at the gas pumps. En-route, Deputy James spotted the vehicle just north of the Giant Store at BJ’s Country Store. Making contact with the driver, Sgt. Bennett began the field sobriety tests but t he subject wa s a r rested before the finish based on observations of the veteran officer. She refused to take a breathalyzer so she was transported to GIMC for medical clearance. Before being transported to MCADC, Jake made a reference to an officer that was recently killed in the line of duty, “you’re going to get shot and killed one of
SCHOLARS | FROM PAGE 18 aid office. The ceremony hosted former Chief Manuelito Scholar from ’91, Martha Dailey, as t he key note spea ker. She said that through her educationa l jou r ney, she wa s able to i nter n for Nava jo poet a nd lectu rer Lucy Tapahonso. When she graduated from high school, Dailey said she was naive and didn’t have a sol id pat h i n l i fe. She told the scholars that there will be times in their lives where t hey w i l l que st ion t hei r i nt eg r it y a nd t hei r knowledge. “These tests will make you a stronger person. I had to lear n hard lessons and had come across failure,” she said. “My suggestion is to find a mentor and to stay mindful COMMUNITY
these days, just like Largo.” She was booked for DWI at MCADC. Pearl Tsosie 07.15.17, 1:08 Aggravated DWI, 3rd W h i le on routine patrol, M C S O D e p u t y Frank Villa, Jr. observed a vehicle stopped in the intersection of Juniper Ridge Road and Mae Lane. A closer look revealed a female sitting behind the steering wheel, sound asleep. Opening the driver’s side door, Deputy Villa noticed that the vehicle was not in park so he reached inside to adjust the gear shift to a safer position and engaged the emergency brake. It took several attempts to wake the 45-year-old driver who responded as if she was not aware of what was happening. There was a strong odor of alcohol coming from her and her speech was slurred, but she claimed not to know what she had been drinking. Tsosie failed the field sobriety test and refused to take it again. She still was not aware where she was and insisted that she was either driving to or driving from Dani Drive, which is on the other side of Gallup. She wa s booked i nt o MCADC for her third DWI. of your direction in life.” Dailey told the group that their families have invested in their futures a nd wa nt them to succeed. “You have to i nvest i n yourself. At night when I pray, I don’t ask to be successful. I ask to be effective,” she said. “Everything you need to be successful in life is already there within you. You just need to feel it. You are the manifestation of a dream that Chief Manuelito had.” For 2017, there are over 260 Chief Manuelito Scholarship recipients. Scholars must ma inta in a 3.0 GPA while enrolling in 12 credit hours. Running deadlines for scholarship applications are Jun. 25 for the fall semester and Nov. 25 for the spring semester. Recipients must file applications every academic year.
Council Delegate Kee Allen Begay, Jr. speaking at the FirstNet leadership meeting at Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort on July 25. Photo Credit: 23rd Navajo Nation Council
TELECOMMUNICATION | FROM PAGE 17 Delegate Begay added that it was important for all entities to continue maintaining partnerships to coordinate an effective public safety telecommunication system. He also thanked the county officials and law enforcement, city mayors, and other neighboring tribes for attending the leadership meeting. FirstNet is led by a board composed of individuals from the public safety community, federal, state, and local governments, as well as technology, finance, and wireless sectors. FirstNet has a staff of about 200 employees with expertise in public safety, telecommunications, customer service, technology, procurement, and other areas needed to develop the network. In an address at the FirstNet leadership meeting, Speaker of the 23rd Navajo Nation Council LoRenzo Bates (Nenahnezad, Newcomb, San Juan, T’iis Tsoh Sikaad, Tse’Daa’Kaan, Upper Fruitland) expressed appreciation to FirstNet for providing vital information regarding the telecommunications network and how it can supplement the Nation’s public safety initiative. “The Navajo Nation is eager to work with and understand the states’ proposal and deployment of their FirstNet integration plans. It is very important the tribes are consulted as progress is made regarding telecommunications expansion in Indian Country, especially the Navajo Nation which lies in three states,” said Speaker Bates. He added that the Council supported the use of deployable
technologies such as mobile communication systems that can be temporarily installed in areas where emergencies may occur, which allow the use of existing satellite, microwave, and radio systems to communicate emergencies to rural communities with limited telecommunication capabilities. Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty (Beclabito, C o v e , G a d i’ i’á h i / To’ K o i , Red Valley, Tooh Haltsooi, Toadlena / Two Grey Hills, Tsé ałnáoz’t’I’í), chair for the Sexual Assault Prevention Subcommittee, reiterated the need for the Navajo Nation to implement its own unique AMBER Alert system, and said FirstNet is a vital component to its development. “E ver y Nava jo cit i zen should have access to emergency communication. Living in a rural area has many positive aspects, but we are constantly challenged with emergency communications and notifications like severe weather and AMBER Alerts. We need to continue to have fra nk conser vations with elected officials from the three states and service providers. This will save lives and prevent future tragedies,” said Delegate Crotty. Cou nci l delegates i n attendance at the leadership
meeting included Edmund Yazzie, Raymond Smith, Jr., Otto Tso, Herman Daniels, Jr., Dwight Witherspoon, and Jonathan Perry. In addition to the leadership meeting, Delegate Begay who also serves as chair for the Tribal-Interior Budget Council’s Subcommittee on Public Safety and Justice provided an overview of the subcommittees activities and updates regarding the FY2018 U.S. Department of Justice and Bureau of Indian Affairs public safety budget proposals. “The current process for tribes to gain access to public safety funding is done on a competitive basis, however, tribes should not have to compete for federal funding. We have to advocate and push for a way to decrease the bureaucratic processes and streamline funding directly to tribes,” said Delegate Begay. The TIBC also held its council meeting at the Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort from July 24-27. The council provides a forum and process for tribal governments and federal officials to work together in developing annual budget requests for Native American programs within the U.S. Department of the Interior, and educates and advises tribes regarding the federal budget process.
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END OF SUMMER ROUND-UP Join us for a carnival to celebrate all the hard work our children have put into their Summer Reading. There will be games, prizes, face painting, and more. The Round-Up is sponsored by the Plateau Sciences Society. Call (505) 726-6120. 1-4 pm, at the Children’s Branch. 200 W. Aztec Ave. SUNDAY July 30
CARS & COFFEE Meet the neighbors and car enthusiasts each Sunday from noon to 2 pm at Camille’s Sidewalk Café, 306 S. 2nd St., Gallup. MONDAY July 31
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.
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CITY OF GALLUP’S SUSTAINABLE GALLUP BOARD Meets on the first Monday from 3 - 5 pm at the Octavia Fellin Library (management room). Community members concerned about conservation, energy, water, recycling and other environmental issues are welcome. Call (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) 7268068 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: email@example.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 - 8 pm, at 113 E. Logan Ave. All welcome any week. No registration required. For info call: (505) 728-9246. GREEN REVOLUTION 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 hands-on 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. INTERTRIBAL INDIAN CEREMONIAL PHOTO EXHIBITION Select Ceremonial photographs from the Octavia Fellin Public Library’s archival collection will be on display during the month of August.
Photos illustrate the history of the Intertribal Indian Ceremonial beginning in the 1920s through the later part of the 20th century/ Explore the visual history of this great event all month long.
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 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) 8701483. 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
GALLUP POETRY SLAM On Aug. 4, gallupARTS is excited to share the Gallup Poetry Slam 6:30-8:30 pm. Featuring renowned Dine poet Roanna Shebala. Location ART123 Gallery in downtown Gallup. Visit;www.galluparts.org. BENEFIT CONCERT FOR BATTERED FAMILIES On Aug. 6, welcome Delbert Anderson Trio (DAT) and Def-I (DDAT). This Native American inspired band blends jazz, funk, and hip
hop. All proceeds will go directly to Battered Families Services Inc. and ATD Fourth World New Mexico. 4pm, Church of the Holy Spirit, 1334 Country Club Drive.
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: Final Public Comment in Santa Fe on Friday, Aug. 11 at NMDOT: 1120 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM. Email Rebecca.Maes@state. nm.us TAIZE STYLE WORSHIP On Aug. 13, join us for a non-denominational worship service, 4pm. Take this time to calm and quiet the soul before a new week begins. Call (505) 870-6136. Location: Presbyterian church on Boardman Drive, 151 state Highway 564 (near Orleans Manor Apartments). GALLUP INTERFAITH GATHERING On Aug. 15, bring food or drink for a shared meal 6:30 pm. All are welcome. Call (505) 290-5357. Location: home of Rev. Lorelei Kay, 509 Cactus. 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. To post a nonprofit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.
Gallup Sun • Friday July 28, 2017
Friday, August 4th
$10 All Access Admission | $5 Parking
12p-5p Artist check-in 7p-10p Native Film Series
Saturday, August 5th
6:30a 5k/10k Fun Run/Walk 9a-5p Artist Check-In 1p RFD-TV's The American Steer Wrestling Qualifier 2p-10p Native Film Series
Sunday, August 6th
8a-6p Art Judging 10a Cowboy Classic Bull
Monday, August 7th
Exhibit Hall El Morro Theatre Ellis Tanner Trading Exhibit Hall Main Arena El Morro Theatre Exhibit Hall Main Arena
6p Tiny Tots Pageant & Grandma and Grandpa Contest 7p Nightly Indian Dances
8a Open Junior Rodeo 6p Art123 Best of Show NIght 7p NMJBRA Junior Bull Riding 7p Nightly Indian Dances
Main Arena Art123 Gallery Main Arena Courthouse Square
Tuesday, August 8th
Wednesday, August 9th
12p Inter-Tribal Ceremonial Queen Luncheon 6p Preview Night & Wine Tasting 7p All-Navajo Open Mic 7p Nightly Indian Dances
Thursday, August 10th
El Morro Theatre
Fire Rock Casino RRP El Morro Theatre Courthouse Square
10a Inter-Tribal Ceremonial El Morro Theatre Queen Contemporary Talent 10a-8p Exhibit Hall Opens Exhibit Hall 11a-6p Amphitheatre Performances Amphitheatre 12p-4p The Art of Collecting Red Mesa Center Native American Art 2p Inter-Tribal Ceremonial El Morro Theatre Queen Traditional Talent 7p Fire Rock Cash Out Chute Out Bull Riding Main Arena 7p Nightly Indian Dances Courthouse Square 7:30p Night Parade Downtown Gallup
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8a Open Rodeo Slack 9a Elder Fest Song & Dance 9a Church Rock Outdoor Indian Market 10a-8p Exhibit Hall Open 11a-6p Amphitheatre Performances 1:30p Open Rodeo 1st Performance 5p Gourd Dance 7p Voladores (The Flying Men) 7:30p Pow-Wow Grand Entrry 7:30p 2017-2018 Miss Inter-Tribal Ceremonial Queen Coronation 8p Night Performance Featuring White Buffalo and Eagles
Friday, August 11th
Main Arena Balloon Field Balloon Field Exhibit Hall Amphitheatre Main Arena Pow-Wow Pow-Wow Pow-Wow Main Arena Main Arena
Saturday, August 12th
8a Open Rodeo Slack 9a Church Rock Outdoor Indian Market 10a Parade 10a-8p Exhibit Hall Open 12p-6p Amphitheatre Performances 12p Gourd Dance 1p Song & Dance Grand Entry 1:30p Open Rodeo 2nd Performance 6p Pow-Wow Grand Entry 7p Voladores (The Flying Men) 8p Night Performance Featuring White Buffalo and Eagles
Main Arena Balloon Field Downtown Gallup Exhibit Hall Amphitheatre Pow-Wow Balloon Field Main Arena Pow-Wow Pow-Wow Main Arena
Free Gate Admision Sunday, August 13th
9a Song & Dance Roll Call Balloon Field 9a Church Rock Outdoor Indian Market Balloon Field 11a Exhibit Hall Open Exhibit Hall 1p Open Rodeo Top Ten Short-Go Main Arena Plus Amigo Automotive Old School Days Events: Buffalo Riding, Women's Steer Riding, Wooly Riding, Pony Express Race, Hide Race, Wild Cow Milking, Donkey Race, Wild Horse Race, Men and Women Frybread Pan Throwing