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NEWS During a cold winter, GPD officers take steps to serve their community THE SUN RIDES ALONG WITH OFFICER HUGHTE ON HIS DEC. 11 PATROL effort to save lives should not be overlooked. “Community service aide officers are out patrolling seven days a week. We recently purchased a UTV that is specially outfitted with 360-degree floodlights and heating,” he said. The $18,000 off road vehicle that Hart referred to is on patrol in the ditches nightly, starting at 7 pm. The GPD has been conducting these open field patrols for the past eight to 10 years. Spencer said that the searches

Gallup Police Officer Timothy Hughte has 10 years of combined experience as a law enforcement officer and a community service aide. He works with K9 Officer Kuno. Photo Credit: Rick Abasta By Rick Abasta For the Sun


allup Police Depa r tment Officers continued their open field searches across the city on Dec. 11, in an effort to prevent exposure deaths during the winter months. Recent cold weather has gripped the community, and the recent death of a Window Rock man on the east side of Gallup has been considered exposure related. Community service aide officers from the police department patrol arroyos, fields, hills, back areas of businesses, rocky purchases and overnight camps that spring up across the city. The black and white vans of the CSAs are a familiar sight on city streets. GPD Capt. Marinda Spencer said camps erected by vagrants usually consist of tents and makeshift shelters. “Our community service aides go



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into those areas and check on those folks,” Spencer said. “We had the first reported death of the winter season and we don’t know for sure if it was an exposure death. We are awaiting the autopsy report to determine death.” The purpose of protective custody is to provide a safe place for individuals that can’t care for themselves due to being impaired. In the Gallup area, most impaired individuals are high on alcohol. “Maybe their intoxication level is putting them in danger,” Spencer said. “Or people might call in and report individuals. Sometimes it’s voluntary and individuals will wave down our community service aide vans.” The police department has a total of 67 officers. Eight of these positions are for CSAs. Seven of the positions are currently filled. GPD Chief Phillip Hart said that the dedication of CSAs patrolling nightly during winter months in an

have become more intensive of late, as CSA officers have been actively searching. In 2016, there were 71 deaths in Gallup, four of which were attributed to hy per ther mia related injuries. In the same year, the Na’Nizhoozhi Center, Inc., where CSAs drop folks of f to detox, repor ted ser v ici ng 18,107 people, which was a three percent decrease from the 2015 total of 18,600. GPD Lt. Francie Martinez is assigned to the patrol. He noted that police and CSA officers work together for safety reasons. “We deploy the UTV when necessary,” he said. “Some of these homeless people set up campsites with tents, shelters, old mattresses and any items that can be used. We work with code enforcement to go in and shut down the camps.” Campsites like these ones can prove dangerous. “Sometimes [campsite occupants] start fires and in the past, this resulted in brush fires,” Martinez said.


Gallup Police Officer Timothy Hughte with K9 partner Kuno, the 6-year-old Belgian Malinois. Hughte said Kuno is “a dual-purpose dog,” who stays on duty 24-7. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the GPD

Officer Timothy Hughte began his Dec. 11 patrol with his partner, K9 officer Kuno. Kuno is a Belgian Malinois and is six-years-old. Hughte, a 10 year veteran of the job, has five years as a law enforcement officer and five years as a CSA. He said the toughest part about being a CSA was answering all the calls that came in. But Hughte has a positive outlook on the direction safety is headed in Gallup. Since the time he started on open field




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Update and Greetings from Richard F. Kontz Executive Director of the Gallup Housing Authority When I first came to Gallup Housing Authority 4 years ago the organization was designated by HUD as being in “trouble status”. The occupancy rate was in the mid-80’s, the tenant delinquency rate was over 40%, there were over 260 work orders for repair and maintenance outstanding, and the turn rate [turning vacant units into leasable units] was taking 2-3 months. Fiscal Year 2014 ended 3 months after my arrival and we ended up with 23 findings. Certainly not a “pretty picture”. Today, as I write this update, we are no longer considered a Our occupancy rate is Selina Paradise, Housing Manager “troubled” housing authority. 96-97%, our tenant delinquency rate is below 1%, our Pear Reed, Housing Assistant Jovanna Chavarria, Housing Clerk maintenance staff average less than 15 outstanding work orders at month-end and the GHA is now able to turn vacant units into leasable units within 8-10 days. Last, the most Telisia Montano Accountant recent Audit completed for Fiscal Year 2017 resulted in ZERO Stephany Skeets, Administrative audit findings. Assistant Michael Burnside Maintenance Director Evangeline Benally, Maintenance Assistant Mike Lahi, Watson Benally, Mike Sice and Geddy Epaloose, Maintenance Technicians Mr. Alfred Abeita, Sr. Board Chairman Mr. Joe Zecca Board Vice-Chairman Mr. Jim Saucedo, Member Mr. Roger Morris, Member


I cannot express in words how proud I am of the staff - all local hired. I picked staff with strong moral values, who were smart, talented and trainable. I also give “high praise and honor” to my board of Directors – I would never have been able to lead Gallup Housing Authority “out of the swamp” without their support, honesty and integrity. As 2017 comes to a close the Board and Staff of Gallup Housing Authority want to wish you all a Happy Holiday season. We hope and pray you have a great New Year. One that is “prosperous and productive”.

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he Gallup-McKinley Humane Society has one troubling constant: they are always over capacity, with domestic animals – mostly dogs and cats – that are dropped off at the shelter from residents who live on the neighboring Navajo Nation. Clyde C.B. Strain, city planning director, addressed the McKinley County Board of Commissioners Dec. 12, speaking about the influx of animals. “There are a lot of strays being dropped off,” he said. “There’s no fee to drop them off.” Strain explained that the Ga llup -McK i n ley Hu ma ne Society makes patrons aware of a suggested $15 donation for animals to “save their life.” The high rate of drop off has left animal control with 34 percent of its budget remaining for the next six months. The city and county share a 60/40

budget responsibility for nearly $620,000 a year. Strain told the commission that only $211,000 remains. More than 1,700 animals have been dropped off at the

humane society since January from residents who live on the Navajo Nation, 67 percent of the total number brought into Gallup. A Gallup city memorandum

The memora ndum also reports that Gallup animal control does not have the budget to house and care for animals outside their jurisdiction. Commissioner Bill Lee asked Strain about efforts to

LOCAL SHELTER | SEE PAGE 22 Animal Control Coordinator Cosy Balok from Strain’s office reports: “Several Navajo Nation clients have stated they were instr ucted by the Nava jo Nation to bring their animals to the Gallup shelter.”

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City Council meeting addresses budgeting costs and public works fixes ANIMAL ORDINANCES, NCI GRANT MONEY, LEGAL FEES ALSO DISCUSSED By Rick Abasta For the Sun


he Gallup City Council Regular Meeting on Dec. 12 began with a special work session with Jon DeYoung, the assistant city manager. The session focused on proposed amendments to the utility services ordinance for the city. After the special session, and a short break, the regular meeting began and the council reviewed amendments to an animal control ordinance. Most of the revisions passed without discussion, but Mayor Jackie McKinney asked for clarification on language that read: “…allow for animals that disturb the peace to be seized or impounded.” “We are going to have an issue when the neighbor calls and the dog is barking and whether somebody knows that


Councilor Allan Landavazo, Mayor Jackie McKinney, Councilor Yogash Kumar, Councilor Linda Garcia and City Manager Maryann Ustick listen to City Attorney Curtis Hayes’ reasoning for budget revisions to cover legal fees at the Dec. 12 City Council meeting. Photo Credit: Rick Abasta [animal control] will impound their dog the first time out,” McKinney said. Curtis Hayes, city attorney, said the language in question was taken from the existing city ordinance. “The ordinance, as it is currently written, says, ‘It is

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unlawful for a person to allow an animal to persistently or continuously bark, howl or make noise common to their species or other wise disturb the peace and quiet of inhabitants of the city.’ I just borrowed that out of the ordinance,” Hayes said.

After additional discussion on consistent and persistent disturbing of the peace from animals, the question was called for. Councilor Yogash Kumar motioned to approve Ordinance No. C2017-10, and Councilor Linda Garcia seconded the action before it was passed by a vote of 4-0. Item two on the agenda was the approval of budget adjustments to cover legal fees. Hayes prefaced discussions by saying, “Mayor, councilors, this is one that I am not particularly happy to be here for, but it’s necessary.” He spoke of the $160,000 budget request to cover legal fees for four legal cases that were contracted out to firms outside of the city. Of the requested amount, $115,000 will go toward the four cases. $40,000 is to cover higher

than budgeted costs for prosecutions in municipal court, and $5,000 to address a decrease in the current budget from last year’s allocation. “We calculated what our budget shortfall is going to be and it’s approximately $40,000. There are a couple of things that I mentioned in the summary form that we’re trying to do to cut costs,” Hayes said. T he s e it em s i nclude d i n-house consu ltation on human resource cases and prosecution of cases related to violations of the fire code, bu i ld i ng code a nd ot her non-criminal codes. McKinney responded to the budget and to Hayes’ suggestions. “Two points I’ll make: Doing things in-house,” he said. “That would be great if we’re not paying an outside



Window Rock man found deceased on east side THE FIRST OPEN-AREA DEATH OF THE SEASON Staff Reports

A fatal fire at 608 S. Woodrow, claimed the life of one woman Dec. 12. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons

Woman dies in house fire Staff Reports


woman pulled from a mid-morning house fire was pronounced dead at the scene

Dec. 12. “[F iref ighters] found a person unconscious inside of the house,” Gallup Police Department Capt. Marinda Spencer said. “They weren’t successful in reviving the

individual.” The victim was later identified as Terri Martinez, 52, of Rio Rancho, N.M. She worked at the Gallup Indian Medical Center. Spencer said the call on the fire, at 608 S. Woodrow, c a me i n Met ro Di s pa t ch shortly before 11 am. First responders were on scene within minutes, and kept the blaze from spreading

to other structures. O f f ice of t he Med ic a l Investigator officials arrived on scene to investigate the death. At this juncture, it’s not clear what may have ignited the blaze. Spencer said a full investigation involving the state fire marshal’s office is underway, but a police official said it was likely the result of an electrical malfunction.

Police and investigators comb the scene of a fatal house fire at 608 S. Woodrow Dec. 12. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons


allup Police Department officials believe the death a man found on Gallup’s east side Dec. 8 may be exposure related. Police responded to a call on a report of a dead body south of KFC east, 2504 E. Highway 66, shortly after 11 am. The man was later identified as Ambrose Lincoln, 65, of Window Rock, Ariz. His body was found behind a shed. Police didn’t give an estimated time of death, but this likely marks the first open-area death of the winter season. “It looks like weather played a factor, but his body has been sent to OMI [Office of the Medical Investigator] in Albuquerque for

Ambrose Lincoln autopsy,” GPD Capt. Marinda Spencer said. Lincoln is listed on the Navajo Nation’s Public Sex Offender Registry. He hadn’t updated his address since 2014, and was considered an absconder living on the streets of Gallup, according to navajo.nsopw.gov. He was a “Tier 3” offender, convicted of sexual abuse of a minor in July 2007.

Gallup police investigate the scene where a dead body was found south of KFC east, behind a shed on Dec. 8. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura

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Bobby Begaye reappointed to the Navajo Nation Telecommunication Regulatory Commission and confirmed by the RDC, pursuant to Title II § 3434 of the Navajo Nation Code. During the discussion, RDC member Council Delegate Leonard H. Pete (Chinle) raised concerns regarding the placements of cell towers and agreements with non-tribal cellular carriers. “As an oversight committee for the Navajo Nation Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, we should be getting updates on initiatives and barriers of the commission. Many concerns are raised regarding the

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ARMINGTON, N.M. – On Dec. 11, the Resources a nd Development Committee approved Legislation No. 0465-17 with a vote of 4-0, which confirms the reappointment of Bobby Begaye to the Navajo Nation Telecommunication Regulatory Commission for a four-year term. Begaye is Tsi’naajinii (BlackStreaked-Wood People) and born for Tł’ógí (Weavers –Zia Clan) and is from St. Michaels. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer science systems from Northern Arizona University and has previously served on the commission for 12 years. RDC vice chair Council Delegate Benjamin L. Bennett (Crystal, Fort Defiance, Red Lake, Sawmill), who sponsored the legislation, asked for the committee’s support to reappoint Begaye to the commission due to his vast experience in the field of telecommunications. “The reappointment of Begaye would benefit the commission

Council Delegate Benjamin L. Bennett because he has served many years on the commission and it would allow him to continue the great initiatives he was working on. The Nation has many telecommunication challenges and the commission needs full membership to continue resolving those issues,” Bennett said. The commission consists of seven commissioners appointed by the Navajo Nation president

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process of cell tower placements. I am aware that many of these towers are not owned by the Nation and we need to know how much revenues are generated from outside cell carriers,” said Pete. RDC member Cou nci l Delegate Davis Filfred (Mexican Water, Aneth, Teecnospos, Tółikan, Red Mesa) also raised concerns regarding existing cell tower on sacred sites. “I have received many complaints from Navajo chapters regarding cell towers being built on sacred sites. We need to address this carefully and [establish] clear

policies. All sacred sites need to be respected,” said Filfred. Following the approval of Legislation No. 0465-17, the committee approved a directive for the Navajo Nation Telecommunication Regulatory Commission to provide a complete cell-tower inventory, information on rate fees, jurisdiction, cell tower placement on sacred sites, and to provide policy recommendations to fix each challenge within six months. The Resources a nd Development Committee serves as the final authority for the bill.

Navajo Nation files lawsuit against Wells Fargo Staff Reports


INDOW ROCK – Navajo Nation officials announced Dec. 12 that the Nation directed its legal counsel, Hueston Hennigan, to file suit against Wells Fargo. The suit alleges that Wells Fargo engaged in a campaign of predatory and unlawful practices that targeted and harmed the Navajo people. The Navajo Nation is seeking restitution, damages, and civil penalties based on Wells Fargo’s violations of federal, state, and tribal law. The complaint details a long pattern of misconduct by Wells Fargo at its branches that serve Navajo customers. For several years, Wells Fargo employees deceived and manipulated customers into opening unnecessary accounts, as stated in the complaint. As has now been well documented at other Wells Fargo branches, the bank obtained debit and credit cards without the consent of customers. BFC vice chair Council Delegate Dwight Witherspoon (Black Mesa, Forest Lake, Hardrock, Pinon, Whippoorwill) added that when confronted by the Navajo Nation Council about misconduct by its employees, Wells Fargo assured the Nation that no Navajo Nation members had been harmed by their sales practices. Wit her s poon s a id t he Nation’s investigation of this claim has revealed it to be false.

Council Delegate Dwight Witherspoon In fact, Navajo people were easy targets for Wells Fargo’s predatory sales practices, he added. “The practices of Wells Fargo are shameful because Navajo elders, many of whom do not speak or read English fluently, were targeted into purchasing products to help Wells Fargo branches meet their quotas,” stated Witherspoon. “Wells Fargo’s practices were particularly egregious because many Navajo people often have no other choice but to bank with Wells Fargo because it is often the only banking option available.” Council Delegate Seth Damon (Bááháálí, Chichiltah, Manuelito, Tsé Lichíí’, Rock Springs, Tsayatoh) said the Council’s Budget and Finance Committee began looking into the situation several months

ago when the committee members were made aware of the allegations. “Due to the actions of the Budget and Finance Committee, we are at this point,” said Damon, who chairs the BFC. “We have had a business relationship with Wells Fargo since 1964 and if these allegations are accurate, we as the Navajo Nation need to reexamine our partnership with Wells Fargo and perhaps separate ourselves and work with a new trustworthy financial institution that will help move our people and our Nation forward.” Navajo Nation Attorney General Ethel Branch said, “The Nation intends to hold Wells Fargo fully responsible for its unlawful, unfair, dishonest and despicable practices. The days of exploiting the Navajo people must come to an end.” “Wells Fargo deceived the Navajo people and lied to the Navajo government, causing substantial suffering to those who trusted the bank, and subverting the government’s ability to represent the legitimate interests of the tribe,” said attorney John Hueston. The lawsuit was filed on Dec. 12 in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico. John C. Hueston and Moez M. Kaba of Hueston Hennigan LLP, Branch, and Assistant Attorney General Jana Werner of the Navajo Nation Department of Justice represent the Navajo Nation in the case. NEWS

Rio Woes: Texas’ lawsuit against NM over the waters of the Rio Grande heads to the U.S. Supreme Court

In just four years, New Mexico has spent about $15 million on the case and could face billions in fines if it loses in court. Photo Credit: Laura Paskus, NM Political Report By Laura Paskus NM Political Report


ASHINGTON, D.C. – From Colorado to Mexico, communities siphon and spread water from the Rio Grande. For about a century, every drop of that water has been divvied up among cities and farmers. It’s not unusual to stand alongside an irrigation ditch in New Mexico and hear someone complain that

too much water is f lowing to Texas. But, in fact, Texas stands on solid ground in its lawsuit against New Mexico over the Rio Grande, oral arguments for which are scheduled for January in the U.S. Supreme Court. If New Mexico loses, southern farmers will take a hit— and so will the state budget. New Mexico could owe billions of dollars in damages (even “just” a $1 billion dollar fine would mean almost 20 percent

the entire state budget), and southern farmers could be forced to curtail groundwater pumping. Already, in just four years, New Mexico has spent about $15 million on the case. The problem started about 10 years ago when Texas argued that by allowing southern farmers to pump groundwater, which is hydrologically connected to the Rio Grande, New Mexico wasn’t sending enough water downstream. To work things out, the U.S.

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Bureau of Reclamation, Elepha nt Butte Irr igation District (EBID) and a Texas irrigation district signed a new water agreement based on sharing during dry times. But in 2011, then-New Mexico Attorney General Gary King sued the bureau, saying too much water was going to Texas. In 2013, Texas fired back with its own lawsuit. The dispute highlights one tricky fact about water deliveries to Texas: Under the Rio Grande Compact, signed before World War II, New Mexico doesn’t deliver water across the state line, but to Elephant Butte Reser voir about 100 miles north of Texas. From there, the Bureau of Reclamation sends Rio Grande Project water to Southern New Mexico, Texas—and Mexico, too. That means about 60,000 acres of fields and orchards within EBID occupy a liminal space. “Geograph ica lly, we’re located in New Mexico, but we believe for compact purposes, we’re in Texas,” says Samantha Barncastle, attorney for EBID. The New Mexico Office of the State Engineer controls groundwater permits, while

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s u r722-8994 f a c e w a t e r come s v i a the federal Rio Grande Project. The Bu reau of Recla mation a lso joined the suit against New Mexico, alleging that by allowing farmers to draw water from the river and below ground, the state is allowing people to use more water than they legally should. And it says New Mexico’s diversions interfere with water deliveries to Mexico. EBID also tried—unsuccessfully—to intervene in the Supreme Court case. “It’s hard to not feel unrepresented, though I say that very carefully,” Barncastle says. “We recognize there are attempts on all sides—by Texas, by New Mexico, by the U.S.—to make sure that the project is protected, to make sure EBID irrigators are protected, and we recognize everybody is


Kayenta man sentenced to 37 months for drunk driving death Staff Reports


HOENIX – On Dec. 12, Morris Singer, 54, of Kayenta, Ariz., and a member of the Navajo Nation, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Judge Stephen M. McNamee to 37 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release. Singer NEWS

had previously pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. The case involved Singer driving his vehicle while intoxicated. The victim, also a member of the Navajo Nation, was the passenger in Singer’s vehicle. Singer lost control of the vehicle and it rolled several times, ejecting the victim. The victim died from injuries sustained from the

crash, which occurred within the Navajo reservation. The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Navajo Nation Police Department. The prosecution was handled by Sharon Sexton and Alex Samuels, Assistant United State Attorneys, District of Arizona, Phoenix. Gallup Sun • Friday December 15, 2017


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police officer caught a m a n t r y i ng t o hot w i re a ca r at T r avelCent er s of America, 3405 W. Highway 66, Dec. 8. Gallup Police Department Of f icer Joh n Gon za les responded to the call shortly after 11 am. The suspect was reportedly trying to break into a vehicle at U Save Truck Stop, 3405 W. Highway 66, when the call came in. With the help of a passerby, police located the suspect Ruben Pena, Jr. at TA, across the street from U Save. Gonzales drove up to the teal-colored car that Pena was sitting in. The front and rear windshields were broken out. He had the fuse panel open, and “it appeared that Ruben Pena, Jr. was trying to hot wire the vehicle,” the report states. The officer asked Pena, 45, what he was up to, and he responded by saying that he


Ruben Pena, Jr. was “looking for things that belonged to him.” However, he had no idea who the car belonged to. As Pena was being placed under arrest, he had claimed that he was sprayed with mace at U Save. Gonzales called paramedics, but Pena refused treatment and appeared to be OK. Pena wa s booked into McK i n le y C o u n t y A d u l t Detention Center for trespassing and breaking and entering.

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TEXAS’ LAWSUIT | FROM PAGE 9 trying to balance their own sets of complicated issues.” But, she says, EBID’s farmers are feeling isolated and scared. “We know what the consequences could be, but we don’t really know what anybody is asking for at this point in the process,” she says. “We can speculate about how bad the loss could be,” Barncastle says: billions in damages, billions of gallons of lost water, and billions in losses to chile farmers, pecan growers and the rest of the agricultural community. “But we certainly know that the outcome, if we do not control it ourselves, is not what we necessarily will want.” As usual, the questions that NM Politica l Repor t posed to the State Engineer, the state’s top water official, were ignored. But the Attorney General’s office formed a joint defense team earlier this year that includes the Office of the State Engineer, the Interstate Stream Commission and Lower Rio Grande water users, like the City of Las Cruces. Ta nia Maesta s, deputy attorney general, says attorneys for New Mexico, Texas, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and Colorado (also named in the suit) will have 10 and 20 minutes each to argue before the Supreme Court in January.

Burrola; Christopher Edison; Jake Kenneth Miller; Joshua O. Jishie; Leroy McCray, Jr.; Lucas Bebo; Gertrude Livingston; Caleb Herman Samm; Glen Lonkesion; Ricky M. Chavirez; Annalisa Holian; Shyleka Goldtooth; Jarrold Davis Lahaleon, Jr.; Felix E. Burbank; Viola Sandoval; Michael J. Benally; Jerome Manuelito; Gerald Patterson; Jeffrey Denton; Michael A. Nastacio; Charlene Eddy; The court won’t decide the merits of the larger case, she says. Rather, justices will decide the extent to which the federal government can be a part of the case. Maestas and Attorney General Hector Balderas will go to Washington, D.C., she says, but will rely on outside counsel for oral arguments. Those contracted firms include Denver-based Trout Raley, as well as Robles, Rael & Anaya in Albuquerque. Trout Raley is well-known for its water work, and Bennett Raley is a former assistant secretary for water and science at the US Department of the Interior. Robles, Rael & Anaya is Balderas’ former law firm, and partner Marcus Rael, that firm’s lead attorney on the case, largely focuses on business litigation and government and administrative law. “The impact to the state will be far-reaching, all the way from the Colorado border south through the Rio Grande Valley,” says Water and Natural Resources Committee Chair Sen. Joseph Cervantes, whose district is in southern New Mexico. “Texas is also demanding a greater delivery of water to the reservoir itself—which is water that is going to have to come from upstream of Elephant Butte.” If New Mexico is forced to find more water, it will have to be bought or traded from

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an upstream user. Or, the state will have to find another source, such as groundwater, and pump it into the river channel. That’s what happened after a similar lawsuit New Mexico lost against Texas on the Pecos River. “Right now, New Mexico is isolated and opposed by the federal government, the state of Texas and the state of Colorado— and those are very formidable adversaries if our strategy is to fight,” says Cervantes, who is also campaigning for governor in the June primary election. “I think a much better course is to have the right people sit across the table and find solutions with our neighboring states.” Most New Mex ica ns don’t rea l ize t he i mpl ica tions of losing in the high court. “If Texas is demanding, which we’ve been told, a billion dollars—and New Mex ico’s ent i re budget is $6 billion, we are not being very thoughtful if we don’t anticipate what an adverse r uling would mea n to the state financially,” he says. “It would be devastating to ever y thing the state does and the entire state budget.” This story was published jointly by New Mexico Political Report and the Santa Fe Reporter. Visit NMPoliticalreport. com NEWS

WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports Larren Ramone Dec. 3, 4:18 pm Hom icide by Veh icle (DWI) McKinley C o u n t y Sheriff’s Sgt. Ta m my S. Houghtaling wa s c a l led t o a cr a sh scene at the five mile marker of State Highway 612. Houghtaling was advised that the intoxicated driver, Larren Ramone, 23, was being flown to UNM Hospital in Albuquerque for head injuries, according to the police report. Houghtaling was also advised that the other passenger, Garry Ashley, 51, had died. MCSO Dep. Bra nhurst, who was on the scene before Houghtaling, informed him that Ramone smelled and appeared intoxicated. He said, “his eyes were bloodshot and watery,” according to the police report. Ramone had admitted to drinking alcohol during a fishing trip that afternoon, and Branhurst was able to see several open containers of Fireball in the vehicle. During the crash, Ashley was ejected from the vehicle, and flew between 60 and 100 feet, according to the report. Ramone had been speeding and lost control of the wheel of the car. The vehicle sustained heavy damage. Its back tires had come off and were found in a field nearby, and the windshield was shattered. Because of the medication administered to Ramone in the hospita l, Houghta ling was unable to get a blood draw to determine his level of intoxication. Ramone was still in the hospital as of Dec. 13.

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Larrimie Bodie Nov. 25, 10:25 pm 3rd DWI, Aggravated Bodie, 36, w a s we a ving a long Interstate 40 when the police were d i s p a t c he d to stop him. MCSO Officer Patr icia A. Smith made contact with the driver, who had red eyes and “a strong odor of intoxicating liquor coming from his person,” according to the police report. Smith noticed that Bodie had slurred speech and blood in his lap, which he attributed to an earlier fight. Bodie admitted to drinking two beers prior to driving. Bodie performed poorly on three field sobriety tests. He did agree to a breath test, and blew a 0.16 and a 0.15. Bodie had two prior DWI arrests and a revoked license at the time when he was brought in and then booked. Nicole R. Thomas, 22 Nov. 25, 9:44 pm 1st DWI, Aggravated T hom a s, 22, drove intox icated from the scene of a crash to an Allsup’s parking lot with no license. Nicole R. Thomas She was then stopped by Gallup Police Department Officer Andrew Thayer, who noticed that Thomas appeared intoxicated. T h o m a s admitted to not hav ing a d r i v e r ’s license, and to her involve- Kendall Begay ment in the crash on State Highway 602 and Aztec Avenue. Thayer was still gathering

information from Thomas when he was approached by a man holding an axe, who was part of a separate DWI investigation. At this point, another vehicle approached and a woman informed Thayer that she was a witness to the crash on Aztec Avenue. She claimed to have seen Thomas and her passenger, Kendall Begay, 23, switch places in the car. An additional DWI investigation was then put in place for Begay. Thomas refused field sobriety tests and a breath test at the scene. Begay also refused field sobriety tests and a breath test, and told Thayer he “wouldn’t pass” because he was drunk, according to the police report. Both Thomas and Begay were booked for DWI charges. Michael J. Benally Nov. 25, 2:46 pm 2nd DWI MCSO Lt. Eric Jim was driving east on Interstate 40 when he s aw a c a r pass by with a child in the backseat who was jumping around and appeared not to be restrained by a seatbelt or car seat. Jim stopped the car and made contact with Benally, 33, and saw that he appeared intoxicated. Benally first denied that he was drunk, but later admitted to being hungover, according to the police report. Benally showed signs of intoxication on three field sobriety tests. He blew a .09 on his breath test, and was booked for his second DWI and two counts of abuse of a child. Katrina Chee Nov. 25, 1:30 am DWI, Aggravated GPD O f f icer Ad r ia n Quetawki was patrolling East Highway 66 when he saw a vehicle in the parking lot of Fairfield

motioned to accept and Kumar seconded. The action was passed by a vote of 4-0. Item three on the agenda was for amendments to the Na’Nizhoozhi Center, Inc. agreement for the India n Health Ser vice Preventing Alcohol Related Deaths Grant. The fiscal year 2018 allocation to NCI is for $1,305,890.

The request was for an amendment to reduce the grant amount to $1,129,890. Debra Martinez, behavioral health investment zone manager, requested a reduction to the contract by $176,000 to fund positions and provide needed equipment and supplies to the facility. “We’re asking you to reduce

Inn & Suites. As Quetawki approached t he c a r, it sped off, causing him to turn on his emergency lights and pull the car over. After successfully approaching the car, Quetawki encountered Chee, 36, with a passenger. He asked if she was okay, and she replied that her and her passenger had just been talking, according to the police report. Quetawki noticed that Chee refused to make eye contact with him. When she finally did, he saw that her eyes were bloodshot. He also spotted a can of malt liquor in the car. Chee performed poorly on three field sobriety tests. She refused a breath test, and was placed under arrest. Andrew Begay, 28 Nov. 24, 5:42 pm DWI, Aggravated G P D O f f i c e r A n d r e w T h a y e r responded to a call about a vehicle crashing into a pedestrian. At the scene, Thayer encountered Begay, who admitted to driving the car and hitting the pedestrian. Begay said he had drank two bottles of wine prior to driving, and then changed his answer to two glasses of wine, according to the police report. The pedestrian was transported to the hospital for his injuries. Begay performed poorly on two of three field sobriety tests.

His breath test results were .11 and .12. Begay was booked. Zachary R. Charley Nov. 24, 12:24 am 1st DWI G P D O f f i c e r N o r m a n Bow ma n r e ceive d a call from an employee of Conoco Gas Station on 3302 W. Highway 66 about an intoxicated driver heading east from his business. Bowman found the car using the license plate description provided by the employee. Bowman then encountered Charley, 24, who admitted to drinking two beers earlier in the day. Charley showed signs of intoxication on three field sobriety tests, and he blew a .10 on a breath test. Tiffany A. Bitsue, 26 Nov. 18, 1:49 am 1st DWI, Aggravated G P D Officer Joe R o a n ho r s e noticed a ca r swer ving between lanes on Highway 564. Roanhorse placed a call to metro dispatch giving them the license plate, and dispatch informed him that the vehicle was suspended, with outdated registration. The car pulled into the parking lot of the Orleans Manor Apartments. Roanhorse made contact with the driver, Bitsue, 26, and noticed that she was staggering as she walked toward him. Bitsue reluctantly agreed to take field sobriety tests. She performed poorly on two, and then refused to take a third.

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Garcia mentioned needs in her district too, specifically on the streets of Marguerite and Franco, near the Larry Brian Mitchell Recreation Center. “On McKinley, there [are] no sidewalks on either side. On McKinley, near Pershing, there’s a bus stop,” Garcia said. “When the kids are walking to that bus stop, they’re walking on the street because it’s muddy and there’s no sidewalk.” Henderson reminded Garcia of her own role in the decision making process. “Ma’am, you have that decision. That’s why I said it’s a subjective process and you have my subjective opinion,” he said. No action was taken and the issue will be discussed in early 2018. DeYoung returned for a hurried presentation on the quarterly strategic plan before the council adjourned for a closed session.

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The prophecy of quitting (and how we overcome it), part two

By Greg McNeil


any writers and coaches have a tendency to focus on specific diet and exercise programs as a way to achieve excellent health. Of course I agree that proper nutrition and appropriate exercise are important. But I also believe that diet and exercise alone provide

very little in the way of support for the countless individuals who struggle to maintain consistency in their lives when it comes to their health. The first mistake with health is the assumption that it begins with the body. When you consider how many books on health, nutrition and exercise are sold every year, not to mention the books that line the shelves


of our homes, it’s clear that access to information is not the problem. Yet the United States is one of the worst nations on the planet when it comes to health. After more than 20 years as a health professional and strength coach it became clear that what people needed most was not to be found in the latest diet or exercise book. For t he per son who

struggles with consistency, December can be a painful time of the year. Many people find themselves staring down the barrel of another new years resolution, starting another exercise program and quietly knowing that somehow, someway, they are going to quit...again. In part two of our



A New Moon arrives on Dec. 18, which is the perfect time for reflection. With Mars in Scorpio and the Sun in Sagittarius, be prepared for innovative and life-altering awakenings. Madame G recommends you take time to pamper yourself while figuring out your purpose and seeking your bliss. Tis’ the giving season, so get on out there and be someone’s miracle. Feliz Navidad!

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

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This adventure called life has been taking you on an awesome journey. It’s okay to be tired. You’re only human. Yes, even you dear Aries are but a mortal human being. This down time is a joyous time. It’s not boring. So much can be accomplished by just slowing down long enough to reflect on your successes and failure. It’s not bad if you learned from it. Namaste.

Good morning! Of course, you could be reading this at night. Keep letting that sunshine in, no matter what it looks like outside. You’ve been stressed out, that’s for sure. Embrace nature, and take time for yourself. Try to look on the bright side, even when things look dark. You’ll find it!

The Sun is nearly in your sign. You probably have mixed feelings about this. Another year, another year older... Dear Capricorn, always the pessimist. It’s time to stop wallowing. Start thinking, you might be getting older—so what’s there left to lose? It’s not like you can take your regrets and shame with you. Get out there and have a ball. Don’t get lost in the weeds, dig out.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Enjoying your freedom? Good! It looks good on you. You’re living the dream and you know it. Reflect on all the good things you have and revel in how life has taken so many blessed and wonderful turns. It’s always surprising that the bad things never last and the good things (when honored) remain with you forever and ever. Don’t get stuck in the past. Enjoy the moment.

What’s up pussycat? Has anyone ever told you that you might have a frog up your butt? No. Well, they were probably thinking it. Even if you’re not passing unusual forms of gas, you might be wearing a face with a temperament that screams “leave!” If this is working, great! We’re done here. If it’s causing a few issues, you may want to consider how you make others feel. Bless you.

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Between the New Moon, the New Year and some extra juice from Mars in Scorpio, you’re ready for action. You know what you want and you’re ready to settle in for the attack. Just remember while calculating your prey’s movements, beware of outside dangers. Not to worry though, you have it all in hand. Set a time limit and goals for success. Then ready, set, GO!

You can’t hide from yourself. You can lie to everyone around you, but you’ll know the truth. Have you hurt someone? Even if it’s yourself, don’t be afraid to forgive and move onward. The only failure is the one who stops trying to be good. The only difference between good people and bad ones is the bad ones give up on themselves and each other. Do better. You will!

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

The Sun is still shining in your sign, but it’s about ready to go. Use this time to think about what you really want. You can’t keep waiting for fate to hand you the mallet of success. You still have to work for what’s around you. You won’t find anyone willing to give a 30 year old able bodied man a handout. Don’t worry. Being a man is not a preexisting condition. You can do it.

Bipolar much? You may find that your relationships with others are strained. If you can’t keep it together, your first instinct is to project blame. But, consider the common factor. If you can’t keep a friend for more than a few seconds—it’s probably you. Don’t get down on yourself. That’s part of the problem. You can’t be a friend if you don’t like yourself. Look inward.

What the heck is going on? You have no idea. And let’s be honest—you don’t really care. It’s time for some relaxation and dare we say it—a little fun. Start taking little moments for yourself each day. Sneak in a treat you really like. Smile. Drink in the sun and think about all the happy joyful things in your life. Don’t wait or you’ll be too tired for fun. You have 15 minutes—so use it.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Hello lovely! You’re going to be okay. Just take a breath and put the chocolate doughnut down. You know it will make you feel better until you beat yourself up for eating it. Madame G recommends that you eat what you want and live how you want. Just be mindful about this practice. What’s the point of eating a good doughnut when you’re dealing with guilt? Yuck! OPINIONS

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) When reflecting on the upcoming year, think on what you’d like to change and what worked. Not everything was a failure or a success. Did you enjoy yourself? You need to remember to laugh, sing, and dance more. It’s only up to you to live the life you’ve always wanted. You can’t allow others to force you down a road you no longer wish to travel. We all make choices. Make yours.

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Heinrich and Udall protest ‘reckless’ changes to net neutrality 41 DEMOCRATIC SENATORS PEN LETTER TO FCC CHAIRMAN AJIT PAI

Martin Heinrich, United States Senator for New Mexico


ASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., announced that they have joined a group of 39 Democratic senators in urging Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to abandon his plan to repeal the agency’s net neutrality rules in

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favor of giving internet providers the ability to freely block or slow down consumers’ access to the internet. The senators’ letter comes ahead of a Dec. 14 vote by the FCC to dismantle net neutrality protections. “Your plan gives a broadband provider the ability to significantly alter their subscribers’ internet experience,” the lawmakers wrote. “Once adopted, this proposal will permit that provider to freely block, slow down or manipulate a consumer’s access

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to the internet as long as it discloses those practices – no matter how anti-consumer – somewhere within mounds of legalese in a new ‘net neutrality’ policy. …It is a stunning regulatory overreach.” “The future of the internet hangs in the balance,” the lawmakers continued. “The FCC’s responsibilities over the nation’s communications networks remain, and are more crucial than ever, as the internet has become fundamental to every aspect of our society. On behalf of our constituents – and future generations of Americans – we urge you to abandon this radical and reckless plan to turn the FCC’s back on consumers and the future of the free and open internet.” Repealing net neutrality rules will affect New Mexicans in many ways – from small business owners who rely on the internet to compete with bigger companies, to students who need to access internet content for school, to the growing number of consumers who stream television shows and movies instead of paying higher costs for cable. Dear Chairman Pai: We write to urge you to abandon your reckless plan to radically alter the free and open internet as we know it. Your proposed action will amount to the largest abdication of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) statutory responsibilities in history. At its inception, Congress delegated to the FCC the primary responsibility to protect consumers and the public interest with respect to the nation’s communications networks. With your current proposal, you have now decided to throw overboard those long-standing responsibilities – and consumers with them. In short, you are walking away from your statutory duties and effectively eliminating FCC oversight over high-speed internet access. Your plan gives a broadband provider the ability to significantly alter their subscribers’ internet experience. Once adopted, this proposal will permit that provider to freely block, slow down or manipulate a consumer’s access to the internet as long as it discloses

those practices – no matter how anti-consumer – somewhere within mounds of legalese in a new “net neutrality” policy. Your proposal also makes sure that no other state or local government can fill this gaping consumer protection void by preempting them from adopting their own open internet consumer protections. It is not enough for the FCC to turn its back on consumers. You willfully plan to tie the states’ hands to prevent them from protecting their own residents. It is a stunning regulatory overreach. Underlying your plan is the false notion that your action will return the internet to the supposed halcyon days of “light touch” regulation in the past. This notion – that the way the agency approached internet access in the 1990s and early 2000s is the perfect approach today – ignores the very different role that the internet plays in 2017. Over the past 20 years, internet communications have become widely adopted and relied on by American homes and businesses. Yet, your plan ignores the central and critical role that access to a free and open internet plays in Americans’ lives and the role that the nation’s expert communications agency should play with respect to the networks underlying that access. Moreover, your assertion that your plan returns internet access to the way it was before is not correct. Even under the Bush-era FCC, the agency adopted open internet principles and held out the threat of regulatory action to combat harmful activity. Your plan eradicates even that backstop and leaves Americans without a regulatory safety net. The future of the internet hangs in the balance. The FCC’s responsibilities over the nation’s communications networks remain, and are more crucial than ever, as the internet has become fundamental to every aspect of our society. On behalf of our constituents – and future generations of Americans – we urge you to abandon this radical and reckless plan to turn the FCC’s back on consumers and the future of the free and open internet. OPINIONS

COMMUNITY Camille’s ‘teacher of the month’ passionate about science, sports By Deswood Tome Sun Correspondent


t’s a return to a familiar place for Braden Homan, who spent h is eighth grade year at Rehoboth Christian School in a summer soccer program. Now, nearly 10 years later, Homan is Camille Sidewalk Cafe’s “Teacher of the Month” at the same high school where he played soccer in his youth. Rehoboth Christian School was originally founded as Rehoboth Mission School in 1903, and serves students from pre-K to grade 12. For Homan, teaching runs in the family. Originally from Denver, Colo., his father was on faculty at Denver Christian High School in Lakewood. Homa n tea ches chemistry to his junior year students, along with physics and pre-calculus. “Chemistry for me is the most fun,” Homan said about the advanced science course. “Everyone groans about. It has this negative connotation —‘It’s hard, I’m not going to understand it,’” he explained. “They hate it the whole time through.” Homan teaches 45 students in the junior class in a classroom that is divided in half to accommodate a laboratory. “My passion for is chemistry,” he said. “I get excited about sodium bonding with chloride.” T e a c h i n g c h e m i s t r y, while rewarding, can prove a challenge. It is not a subject that is easily explained. Demonstrations through models, laboratory experiments, and hands on application are how students learn best. “Seeing a demo is better than a teacher telling us something crazy-whacky that happened. The hope is that I get the student to love that subject,” Homan said. He desires for every student to understand science COMMUNITY

by taking a mathematical approach to the subject. “We just started talking about bonding,” he said. “It can be hard. You can’t see what you’re actually learning.” Working with molecule model kits in teaching science at the atomic level has been useful with students. Homan’s goal is to prepare students for college by working with each of them as they grasp chemistry and science. Space in the high school laboratory is limited. Yet, the high school anticipates a new facility on campus by the next school year.

FROM SOCCER TO SCIENCE Soccer is what piqued Homan’s interest in a teaching position at Rehoboth. He participated in soccer camps for three consecutive years during the summer, and Denver Christian High School, where his father taught, sends students to Rehoboth during the summer. “He had a desire to coach soccer,” Chris Van Slooten, who serves as high school principal, said of Homan. “We needed a coach.” Hom a n pl aye d ce nt er midfielder in soccer at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, where he majored in chemistry. “I’m the headman soccer coach,” Homan said for the Lynx varsity team at Rehoboth. Rehoboth plays competitive soccer against teams in Kirtland, Santa Fe, Sandia Park, Socorro, and Moriarty. “You’ve lived down here a couple of times,” Van Slooten said about his conversation with Homan. “You want to have a heart for kids — to reach them spiritually and academically.” Rehoboth Christian School lost a teacher to another school two years ago. The high school has had to double up its math

and science teachers to fill the gap. “We know how hard it was to find a math and science teacher,” Van Slooten said. “We had a dual back up plan if we were not able to find a math and science teacher. We would split the role.” Homan’s arrival to the high school this fall has alleviated the stress of math and science teachers doubling their roles. But the demands of a difficult subject and a limited resource of teachers are still felt. Student enrollment for the high school grades at Rehoboth Christian School this fall is 170 students. Homan is the only chemistry teacher at the high school.

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Fans cheer hard for Butcher Babies as the metal band rocks Gallup SPECKFEST HITS NINE YEARS IN GALLUP’S HEAVY METAL SCENE

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hey say that music makes the world go ‘round. That was definitely true on Dec. 8 - 9 in Gallup. The cold nip in the air couldn’t stop music lovers and metal heads from enjoying different concerts around the area on those weekend nights. ArtsCrawl was in full swing, with local bands rocking the crowd. Negative Zero performed, and acoustic performances also took place along Aztec Avenue from different artists. The Ga llup Dow ntow n Conference Center had a rap show going on, featuring Razakel and the Slice Girls, Omega Sin, Don Orias, Thommy Nekro, Flipsyde, and special guests Ill Nickel, Bizirk, and Earn1. One concer t, ca lled

SpeckFest, was highly anticipated in the rock and metal genre and was held at Wowie’s Event Center. Marking its ninth year, Speck Entertainment brought in numerous local metal bands to rock the house. Bands on the bill included Testify, Shadow Remain, Faceless, Quell the Occult, Phx Amongst The Dead, Born of Winter, Unsheathe, Almost Lost, and Klendathu. But the real attraction at the SpeckFest show was the headlining band, “Butcher Babies.” A sea of black clothing greeted the metal band as they took the stage Dec. 8. Butcher Babies’ music has been described as heavy metal, groove metal, a nd thrash metal, and they are especially known for their aggressive stage appeal. What makes Butcher Babies unique a re the two front

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women, Heidi Shepherd and Carla Harvey, whose antics have caught the attention of many fans. Shepherd and Harvey are both from Los Angeles, and formed the heavy metal band in 2010. They gained success with their high-pitched screaming vocals and sultry costumes, one of which involves placing black electric tape across their breasts. The band took the name from the Plasmatics song, “Butcher Baby.” They added their own style and flare and proved to be a hit. Having inter viewed the band in 2013 at the Mayhem Festival in Albuquerque, they made true on their promise to come back to New Mexico. “We love play i ng New Mexico and the fans are just super crazy and we love that, so definitely we want to come back,” Shepherd had said after her 2013 performance.

BUTCHER BABIES SHOW PROMOTES LOCAL BANDS Promoti ng their latest album, Lilith, which dropped in October, the band took the stage on Dec. 8, and did what

they do best – rock the crowd. They also performed songs from their other a lbums, Goliath and Take it Like a Man. Having Butcher Babies perform in Gallup was an early Christmas present for the fans as well as for the bands on the bill who were excited to open for them. One loca l opener wa s Shadow Remain. Drummer Eric Joe, along with singer a nd guita r ist Everett Jim, was thrilled to be sharing the stage with Butcher Babies. “It’s actually pretty cool, I saw them in Albuquerque the other day and they were bad ass!” Joe said. The vocalist Jim agreed. “It’s an honor to be on SpeckFest, and for Shadow Remain to be on stage with Butcher Babies is an honor too,” he said. Reese Tsosie, a vocalist for Quell the Occult, said the band is barely a year old, and to be playing at SpeckFest with Butcher Babies is mind blowing.


Health, Education, and Human Services Committee supports Navajo student housing pilot project at UNM Staff Reports


INDOW ROCK, Ariz. – – On Dec. 11, the Health, Education, and Human Diné College graduating senior Denise Denny of Chinle gives a presentation on her four-month student teaching assignment at Tsaile Services Committee voted Public Schools. The college honored five elementary education early graduates who will formally graduate with a B.A. in Spring 2018. in support of Legislation No. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Bernie Dotson 0475-17, which seeks approval of supplemental funding from the Unreserved, Undesignated Fund Balance in the amount of nearly $1.5 million, which would Nation Council Delegate Jonathan Hale provide exclusive dormitory space for Navajo students on Delegate Nelson S. BeGaye the University of New Mexico (Lukachukai, Rock Point, Round campus in Albuquerque. Rock, Tsaile/Wheatfields, Tsé The legislation states that Ch’izhí) expressed support for $1.5 million would be allocated the initiative, however, raised Staff Reports The student teaching aspect elementary education classes. to the Navajo Nation Office concerns regarding the equity was what each graduate talked The graduates received sashes of the President and Vice of the housing project in terms SAILE, Ariz. — The to the public about in pull out and assorted gifts. President, which would exe- of including other colleges on C e n t e r f o r D i n é sessions. cute the contract with UNM. the Navajo Nation and off the Teacher Education at Denny spent four months EARLY COMPLETION The Navajo student residence Nation. Diné College honored student teaching seventh and hall would reflect cultural and “We need to treat all our five graduating seniors at an eighth graders and used a U.S. historical values of the Navajo Navajo students fairly, wherever awards reception Dec. 8 at the Revolutionary War taxation The five completed the eleNation, and would be located in their educational ventures are. college’s Ned Hatathli Museum. without representation exam- mentary education program at the Lobo Rainforest Building. I would like to see what other The event included student pre- ple “to get my students upset Diné College early and will forHEHSC chair and legislation institutions are involved, as sentations and featured a brief and thinking about something mally graduate with a Bachelor co-sponsor Council Delegate well as Diné College and Navajo musical recognition by CDTE that wasn’t good for people at of Arts degree in spring 2018. Jonathan Hale (Oak Springs, St. Technical University,” BeGaye instructor Blackhorse Mitchell. the time,” Denny explained. The presentations encomMichaels) said that one of the said. Mitchell played renditions “The example I used was passed professional portfolios main barriers that Navajo stuBeGaye added that if the by the late blues musician about the colonists wanting and unit lessons that the students face when attending col- funding is not utilized in time, Fats Domino. Navajo Nation to break from Great Britain dents prepared for full-time lege is the high cost or lack of there needs to be a safety net Vice President Jonathan Nez because their money was mock teaching jobs. Each said housing, interfering with their and timeline for the funds to was penciled-in as the guest being unfairly taken,” Denny they welcomed going back to academic aspirations. either revert back to the UUFB, speaker, but cancelled. said. “They [students] were their respective Navajo Nation “Rental agreements and other or OPVP needs to create an “They are all very won- very interested in the learning communities to teach. housing contracts can be outra- account to keep track of the derful and smart students,” model.” “The college is doing an geous, and can lead students to unutilized funds so that it is M itchel l sa id. “ T hey a re Charleton Long, a CDTE amazing thing in producing either having to get loans or leav- only earmarked for the housing hard-working and have already instructor and a co-coordina- graduates who want to go back ing school altogether because agreement with UNM. achieved success.” tor of the event, said the oral to their communities,” Brandon they can’t afford housing. Council Karis Begaye responded to Denise Denny, one of the presentations and student Dinae, a Diné College elemenAmber Kanazbah the concerns stating that she is senior honorees and a grad- teaching components represent tary education student and also o live byDelegate such as honesty, integrity and clarity. As a family-owned Crotty… along with OPVP legal still processing a cost analysis uate of Chinle High School, a step along the way to certifi- an event organizer, said. “Diné old these values every day. It’s the way ofyou live and the counsel Karis Begaye, looked for each the schools such as way conducted her student teach- cation. He said three of the stu- College really does have a lot at establishments outside of the possible property acquirements, ing at Tsaile Public Schools. dents were in at least one of his to offer.” Navajo Nation to house students,” land acquisitions, and purchasing said Hale. apartment complexes near the noun According to the housing campuses, and she will include agreement with UNM, the Diné College and NTU. She added Navajo student housing would that property and land near Fort be a pilot project beginning in Lewis College and NAU are Building something together. Jan. 2018 and ending in July extremely high in cost, and the 2021, totaling approximately OPVP is researching possible three years and seven months. dormitory construction. The proposed residence hall HEHSC members voted T H E W A Y B A N K I N G S H O U L D B E would house about 118 Navajo 3-0 to approve Legislation No. students, units would be fully 0475-17, and moves forward GALLUP 107 E. 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At Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, cops and kids team up to build special holiday gingerbread houses

Melanie Van Dorp’s third grade class from Indian Hills Elementary School stopped by Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe on Dec. 8 to construct a row of tasty gingerbread homes. Yum! Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura

McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Merle Bates helps Thomas Segura to build his cookie home, while Dep. Monty Yazzie helps Isaiah Hazano with his. The MCSO deputies stood out among the other, smaller attendees at the Dec. 8 gingerbread building field trip. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura

The third-graders decorate their confectionary constructions with gummy bears, frosting and jelly beans at the tasty Dec. 8 event. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe

The completed gingerbread houses built by third graders from the Dec. 8 event at Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe

PSA: Second annual ArtsCrawl community brainstorm Staff Reports


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Community Brainstorm on Jan. 13th from 4:30 – 6:30 pm in the El Morro Events Center. Be the first to hear the themes for 2018 and share your ideas for next year’s ArtsCrawl events in a series of speed brainstorming sessions. Help make the 2018 season the best yet.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi will please franchise fans RATING: ««« OUT OF «««« RUNNING TIME: 152 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun


t hardly seems that reviews are necessary given the anticipation for the latest entry in the behemoth Star Wars saga. While this reviewer will admit to not being a huge aficionado of the franchise, or one who understands the gargantuan enthusiasm, I will confirm that Star Wars: The Last Jedi provides series devotees plenty more of what they want. While overlong and clunky in spots, it includes enough action, adventure and otherworldly beasts to entertain. The opening crawl claims that despite the huge victory in blowing the up the planet-sized “Starkiller” base, the rebels have been whittled down. In fact, they’re on the verge of being wiped out by Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) of the First Order. The remaining resistance tries to make an escape through space, but find themselves being pursued by

the massive enemy fleet, which can track their every move. Poe (Oscar Isaac), Finn (John Boyega) and a worker named Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) try to locate a code-breaker who can dismantle the First Order’s tracing signal as Rey (Daisy Ridley) attempts to recruit Jedi Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) to help in the fight. The improvement in this particular chapter comes with the addition of a welcome sense of humor. There’s an amusing joke early on as a First Order general (Domhnall Gleeson) attempts to communicate with the rebels and messages aren’t acknowledged. And later, there are fun physical gags with the Porg, who are essentially a species of space chickens. The villains are mocked frequently in this feature. While the use of humor does diminish the sense of threat, it does add a bit of levity amidst the personal melodrama. And, of course, Luke Skywalker gets to deliver a couple of sharp comments. Admittedly, plenty of jokes fail, but the playfulness on display helps. This humor makes up for a very simple story. Rey spends much of the film on a remote island training alongside a

Daisy Ridley plays Rey in the latest Star Wars installment, a fan-pleaser with plenty of action. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Disney less-than-enthused Skywalker. Via the power of telepathy, she also develops a closer relationship with Ren, who attempts to explain his motivations and why she should consider him an ally. A weaker element is the covert mission to find a code-breaker on a planet that looks like... well... Monte Carlo. There is talk about the uncaring upper-class who reside in the resort, but Finn and Rose never confront these characters directly. In all, there’s too much exposition in the middle of the film that slows

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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Dec. 15, 2017 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


elcome back to another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. There are plenty of interesting features both new and old vying to grab your attention. 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! All Saints - This faith-based drama tells the true story of a salesman-turned-pastor and his attempts to lead a church congregation. He has a difficult time, but soon encounters some Burmese refugees. Together, they take on projects like planting crops and the lead begins to earn the support of the community. Reaction was better-than-average for this type of feature. While a few suggested it was a bit obvious in its emotional manipulations, the majority complimented it for its likable characters, subtle approach and positive message. It stars John Corbett, Cara Buono, Barry Corbin, David Keith and Gregory Alan Williams. Detroit - The 1967 Detroit Riots are the backdrop for this biopic, which involves a group of citizens taking refuge at the Algiers Motel during the fracas. They are threatened by a group of officers that torment the group and commit horrific crimes of brutality against them. The press were positive about this disturbing drama. There were a few who commented that they didn’t care for the home-invasion movie tropes or the brutality on display. However, most thought the events were powerfully portrayed and stated that the film did an excellent job of depicting the horrors that the individuals were subjected to. The cast includes John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, Algee Smith, Jacob Latimore, Will Poulter and John Krasinski. England is Mine - The early days of Steven Patrick Morrissey (front-man for The

Smiths) is the subject of this biography. It follows his struggles as a young artist in the 70s and his discovery of music, leading to the beginning of one of the most iconic acts in Britain. Critics were split on the end result. About half didn’t believe that the movie offered enough insight into the figure and disliked the fact that there weren’t any Smiths tunes featured. The others found it to be an interesting, low-key and understated coming-of-age tale. It features Jack Lowden, Jessica Brown Findlay and Jodie Comer. Home Again - A divorcee decides to take her two daughters and move to LA to restart her life in this romantic comedy. Once there, she agrees to allow a trio of aspiring filmmakers in her guest house. Before long, relationships develop and things get even more complicated when the lead’s ex shows up hoping for reconciliation. Unfortunately, reviews were very weak for this effort. A small percentage called it enjoyable fluff, but far more complained that the lead came across as privileged; they found the movie formulaic and unmemorable. The movie stars Reese Witherspoon, Michael Sheen, Candice Bergen and Pico Alexander. Kingsman: The Golden Circle - This sequel to the surprise 2015 hit continues the story of this quirky secret intelligence agency as they battle a new foe. As the story begins, their headquarters are destroyed, leading them across the pond and team up with a similar group of agents based in the US. This one also divided the press. Fifty percent thought it didn’t come close to measuring up to the original, taking a much sillier and over-the-top approach to the material, while the remainder enjoyed enough of the nonsense to give it a pass. The cast includes Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Julianne Moore, Halle Berry and Elton John. Viceroy’s House - Set in India, 1947, this ar thouse drama involves an English family who arrive in the country to oversee its transition to independence from British rule. Of course, it is anything but a smooth transition as various people with different views as well as religious and cultural difference make their feelings

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known. Overall, critics liked this feature. There were some criticisms that the film was a surface-level examination of a deeper issue and featured far too much exposition, but most liked the performances and thought it provided interesting background into a historical event. Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon and Hugh B on nev i l le he a d l i ne t he feature. W o l f Warrior II This Chinese action sequel involves the heroic martial artist from the first film. In this chapter, he attempts to move to the sea, settle down and live a quiet life. However, he is brought back into the fray when some nasty mercenaries begin targeting his neighbors. The lead decides to beat up a whole lot of bad guys in order to rectify the situation. While some complained that the movie was exaggerated in its jingoism and featured a predictable storyline, more were impressed by the elaborately choreographed fight scenes set in a variety of environments. The picture stars Wu Jing and Frank Grillo.

BLASTS FROM THE PAST! Arrow has some really interesting Blu-rays arriving this week. The first, from Arrow Academy, is a “Limited Edition” of The Apartment (1960). This comedy won a n Academy Award for Best Picture back in the day. It re-teams director Billy Wilder and Jack Lemmon (who worked together on Some Like It Hot) in this tale of a man who rents his apartment out to company bosses and their mistresses. Things get complicated when the lead falls for his renter’s girlfriend. The movie arrives with a 4K transfer, film historian commentary, a select scene commentary with another film critic, numerous interviews and making-of featurettes. In fact, there’s literally too much stuff here to list. Arrow Video also has the cult item, Pulp (1972). This one re-teams director Mike Hodges and actor Michael Caine (who collaborated on Get Carter). This effort, however, is a comedy about a ghost writer working

on a biography of an actor. The scribe soon discovers that rumors about the performer and his ties to the mob might actually be true. This one arrives with a 2K restoration as well as brandnew interviews with Hodges and numerous crew members. Sounds like a fun Blu-ray. Arrow is also releasing House (1985) and House II: The Second Story (1987) as individual Blu-ray discs. Cr iter ion is deliver i ng some great new Blu-rays too. Election (1999) is an excellent satire set around an increasi ngly heated h igh school presidency election. This one includes a 4K restoration, an audio commentar y por ted from the 1999 DVD, a new interview with co-star Reese Witherspoon, a documentary on the feature, a student thesis film from director Alexander Payne as well as other extras. The same distributor also has General Idi Amin Dada: A Self-Portrait (1974), a documentary about the notorious dictator. This edition features a 2K digital transfer, a new interview with director Barbet Schroeder and a talk with a journalist about Idi Amin’s regime. Criterion also have the musical documentary Monterey Pop (1968), which chronicles the famous festival and features live performances from Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Otis Redding, Simon a nd Garfunkel and many others. The 4K Blu-ray has more than two hours of outtake performances, audio commentaries, interviews and loads more. And Kino has a ton of old titles coming your way on Bluray. They include Brannigan (1975), a cop film featuring John Wayne, as well as the neonoir thriller China Moon (1994) with Ed Harris and Madeline Stowe. The latter title comes with a director commentary. Chuck Norris fans can pick up a “Special Edition” of Code of Silence (1985). It’s considered one of the star’s best titles; in it, the butt-kicking star takes on a member of the mob (played by Henry Silva). This one was directed by Andrew Davis (The Fugitive) and arrives with a filmmaker commentary and some interviews with supporting cast and crew. But that’s not all. Kino is also putting out Blu-rays of another Wayne film, Legend of the Lost (1957), along with the

Bob Hope romantic comedy, Paris Holiday (1958). The distributor also have a Michael Dudikoff double-feature Blu featuring the B-movie action flicks Platoon Leader (1988) and Soldier Boyz (1995). Also arriving from Kino is a series of DVDs that contain low-budget action films. They include Cocaine Wars (1985), in which John Schneider (star of The Dukes of Hazzard) plays an undercover DEA agent taking down a South American drug cartel. They also have In the Aftermath (1988), which is an animated post-apocalyptic tale. Finally, Silk (1986) features a muscular, Honolulubased female cop taking out a smuggling syndicate. Scorpion is releasing a Bluray of Hard Country (1981), a drama about a small town girl who’s tempted to leave her boyfriend after another man comes back from the big city and offers to take her away. It stars Kim Basinger, JanMichael Vincent, Michael Parks and Daryl Hannah. And ClassicFlix is putting out a Blu-ray of the film-noir, Raw Deal (1948).

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Here are some new titles that small fry may enjoy. Power Rangers Jungle F ur y: The Complete Series Ta l e s o f the Teenage Mutant Ninja Tur tles: The Final Chapters

ON THE TUBE! And here are the week’s TV-themed releases. A Chef’s Life: Season 5 Death in Paradise: Season 6 Doc Martin: Series 8 Ducktales: Woo-oo! Father Brown: Season 5 Fuller House: Season 2 Game of Thrones: Season 7 George Gently: Series 8 Life on the Line: Season 3 Simon & Simon: The Final Season The Strain: Season 4 The Strain: The Complete Series Tangled: The Series: Queen for a Day Zoo: Season 3 COMMUNITY

Gallup takes third place in annual City of Champions tournament By Bernie Dotson For the Sun


RTESI A , N.M. — Ju n ior for wa rd A shley A ntone scored 18 poi nt s a nd fellow junior for wa rd A ma nda M itchel h it 12 i n a 6 9 - 52 w i n over A r t e si a Dec. 9 i n t he a n nua l Cit y of Cha mpions tour nament . T he L a dy B enga l s’ win was good enough for t h i rd pla ce i n t he tournament. G a l l u p (6 -2, 0 - 0) led 15 -14 at the e nd of t he f i r s t q u a rter of play. G a l l u p outscored the Lady Bulldogs in the second h a l f a nd pu l led away for t he win. The loss was the second consecutive for Artesia H i g h (2 - 2 , 0 - 0), w h ic h d ropped a 50 - 4 3 decision to Silver on Dec. 8 a nd in the same tournament. Antone, Gallup’s leading scorer over the 2017 girls ba sketba l l sea son, wa s n a med t o t he a l l- t ou r n a ment team, as was Mitchel. Junior guard Kamryn Yazzie scored 11 points for Gallup a nd s e n ior g u a r d L a n a e

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Notah pit up 10 for the Lady Bengals. I n pr e v iou s g a me s a t the Cit y of Cha mpions Tou r n a ment , t he L a dy Bengals beat Goddard 52-45 in a f irst round ga me a nd lost to Carlsbad 63 -33 in a semi-final game. The Lady B e n g a l s t a ke on Ca pit a l (6 - 4, 0 - 0) of Sa nt a Fe on Dec. 15. San Carlos 49 Chinle 46 CHINLE, A r iz. — Senior guard E l ij a h Ja m e s scored 8 p o i n t s , bu t s e n io r s h o o t ing guard Christian Noise of Sa n Ca rlos scored a game high 20 points for the Braves in a 49-46 win at the Chinle Wildcat Den. The game was part of the annual Choice Wireless Invitational Tournament. Sa n Ca rlos led 20 -10 at t he end of t he f i r st qua rter. Noise was named Most Va l u a b l e P l a y e r o f t h e tournament. Ch i n le (3 -2 , 0 -1) plays away ga mes t h is week against Holbrook (4-2, 0-0), T u ba Cit y (2 -1, 0 - 0) a nd Window Rock (2-2, 0-0). before April 2018. No stranger to the metal scene, Irv Wauneka of Born of Winter was happy to be playing in Gallup again, but even happier because this was his first time seeing the Butcher Babies. “We haven’t played Gallup in a long time and it feels good to be back here, I had fun despite some technical difficulties,” he said. “It’s great meeting new friends and I’m excited to meet the Butcher Babies, I’ve never seen them perform so I’m excited to catch them.” For more info, vi sit Speck_ Revelation on Facebook.

COACH’S KORNER | FROM PAGE 13 “prophecy of quitting” series, we are going to temporarily put aside thoughts of calories, diets, food journals, the effects of prescription medications and exercise and replace them with more familiar symbolic tools of success such as the flashlight, the shovel and the wheelbarrow. The Flashlight: Picture yourself walking out the back door of your home at night. You quickly realize that your security lights can only extend so far, and if you haven’t already done so you immediately go back inside to get the trusted flashlight to help find your way. When it comes to searching out the habits that lurk in the shadowy places in our mind, the symbolic flashlight is the first tool we need. In part one of the “prophecy of quitting,” I said desire is a tool of inspiration and the first step to determine how strongly we feel about the goals we have. However, desire is more than strong feelings; desire is a focused and concentrated form of thought powered by action. As 2018 quickly approaches, many people already have a vision for their new years resolution, the burning desire to see it achieved and be prepared to take action, but if the hope is to experience a different outcome than years past they will need a tool to help examine the thoughts and behaviors that consistently undermine their efforts to succeed. Behaviors that trip us up and sabotage our goals have history with us and are never new. These thoughts a nd behaviors lurk in the shadows of our thinking and arise at very specific times, every time. For some people quitting the new program might take three weeks while some may even make it through a year. But until we discover the root cause of the issue we are not going to succeed. Science is still baffled as to why people continuously struggle to lose weight and maintain health, but the fatal flaw of science is persistently looking for things they can measure like calories burned and miles ran per week. The road map for success is never found outside the individual, but from within. And to read it they need the correct tool. That tool is the

flashlight. The Shovel: The shovel is a tool of effort and every successful person has one. Once you have used the f lashlight to discover the thinking and behav iors that undermine your efforts to succeed you need to get to the root causes in order to prevent them from happening again. Perhaps in your search you discovered that you spend so much time focusing on the needs of others that you no longer have time for yourself. That’s a great discovery, but the work and hence the need for your shovel is to determine why you continue to do so at the expense of yourself. The next step at this stage is to accurately assess your strength and resources to create the change you seek. This is the stage where you usually find that there is significant fear a nd resista nce that make change difficult to achieve. Do not be fooled, the stronger your desire for change the greater your efforts must be to overcome the fear and resistance to change. Fear and resistance take the form of stress or obstacles in our lives, but realize stress is the tool of the universe constantly testing your desire to change. Remember, the shovel is a tool of effort and every successful person has one. The Wheelbarrow: The wheelbarrow is the final tool needed and represents the power to set healthy boundaries between ourselves and the circumst a nces t hat t h reaten to derail our goals. Everyone is born with their individual wheelbarrow and within that wheelbarrow contains every experience the individual is required to work though in life – the challenges, the joys, the highs and the lows. Although we can and should help others there is a point we cannot go beyond. One of the biggest challenges that cause people to quit is not having enough time because their lives are

too busy managing the lives or circumstances of other people. Relationships are areas that impact your time the most, where so much effort is used to control the lives of others in the form of assistance that is usually rejected by the person you are attempting to help. For example, your partner or spouse may have a history of ignoring medical advice from the doctor and then receive a diagnosis of heart disease or diabetes. The news is terrible, but despite your tireless efforts there is absolutely nothing you can do. For those of you familiar with the Old Testament story of Lot understand this is exactly what he faced. No matter how much Lot loved his wife he had no control over what she willingly chose to do. Lot’s wife according to the biblical account would turn into a pillar of salt. This is a sad story, but one that happens all too often in life when we fail to respect the natural boundaries that exist in our relationships. Again, it is important to remember that loving those in our lives and working tirelessly to influence what they chose to do are too separate t h i ngs. T he wheelba r row reminds us that we have the ability to enjoy our lives fully by respecting the appropriate ways to use our time and energy. As we grow comfortable in the changes that make our lives more efficient, we remove the obstacles that affect our ability to succeed. The question was asked, “What do I need in order to succeed?” The answer is simple. “You need a flashlight to find your way, a shovel for the work required of you and a wheelbarrow to understand what is yours to carry.” Coach G G reg McNeil is a S t r o n g F i r s t In s t r u c t o r, P r ofe ssio n a l Stre n gth & Conditioning coach, Licensed Clinical Counselor (LPCC), Life Coa ch , Auth or, an d the owner of Gallup School of Strength (www.gallupschoolofstrength.com)

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returned. The Navajo Nation Animal Control program is organizationally under Fish and Wildlife. Despite difficulties getting in touch, the goal, said Strain, is to try and work together. “They don’t have a facility on the reservation,” Strain said. The Navajo Nation shows animal control facilities in the five agencies in Arizona and New Mexico. Strain suggested that the Navajo Nation pose legislation, and provide a low-cost spay and neuter program as potential

solutions to the problem. “We can’t take care of all Navajo Nation animals,” he said. Animals dropped off are held for five days for owners to reclaim them before they are put up for adoption with the humane society. Cosy Balok, who serves as the city animal control coordinator, discussed the humane society’s policy on euthanizing the dogs and cats left there. “We don’t kill animals that are adoptable,” she said. The repor t to the

commissioners stated that since January, 355 of the animals euthanized were unwanted pets and could not be adopted. An additional 69 pets were euthanized at owner requests. Since January, 4,250 animals have been dropped off at the animal shelter. Slightly more than 3,000 of them were transported to 15 other facilities in Colorado, Utah, and Arizona. Shelters in Denver and Boulder have received animals from Gallup animal control. A spay-neuter policy is in place for animals up for

adoption. Efforts to control the animal population in Gallup also affect those looking to breed a pet. “Anyone who owns an animal in Gallup and breeds them must have a breeding permit,” Balok said. To that same point, inspections are made by the Gallup animal control of residential homes or places where animals are bred to determine if qualifications are met. Civil citations are issued for breeding without permits.

patrol work, narcotics, field searches and tracking. We’re on [duty] 24-7, 365. He’s my fur baby.” The radio crackle signaled the start of the shift for the Gallup K9 unit. It relayed their first report: aggravated battery and kidnapping. Later, at 4:57 pm, a report came in of parked vehicles

obstructing the roadway on Boyd Avenue. “The number of calls we get really depends on the time and day of the month,” he said. “We get a lot of calls of the first of the month. You see an influx and this small city suddenly becomes a population of 100,000. The local motels fill up and sellout on first of the month.” There is an influx of intoxication calls at that time of the month, too. At 5:18 pm, a domestic violence call came in regarding an intoxicated male at a trailer court on the west side of town. Hughte responded and was met by backup police officers Steven Peshlakai and Justin Foster. A woman answered the door and told officers she was the sister of the man in question. She said that her brother came over intoxicated and that she did not want to let

him in because she feared he might cause trouble. She said he found a ride back home to Arizona. Intoxication calls often outnumber regular calls for service, Hughte said. The GPD is taking steps to integrate its presence into the community, beyond patrolling or intervention when a problem arises. “Sometimes, we have our shift meetings downtown in an effort to be visible and create an omnipresence. We like to get out there and surprise people,” Hughte said. “Sometimes people come up to us and talk. We encourage that, we’re friendly.” But a days work means getting involved during some tense situations. At 5:23 pm, a custodial call came in at a west side apartment that called in twice earlier in the day. The police units pulled up with lights off

for the element of surprise, a nd made contact w ith a female in possession of court documents. The district court documents she held named her for custody and referred to a restraining order that was filed against her spouse. The officers spent time speaking with the grandmother and mother of the child in question. Such custody disputes take time and Hughte knew that this call would take a while to complete. Eventually, CYFD was called at the request of the father. As 7 pm rolled around, the open field patrol began. “I commend each officer I ser ve with in the city of Gallup. Hats off to my Gallup crew,” he said, knowing that the start of his shift is just another night protecting and serving residents of Gallup and beyond.

contact the Navajo Nation Animal Control program. “You tried to contact Glenda Davis with Navajo Nation animal control—anything going on in that arena?” Lee asked. “At one point we had a pretty good dialogue going on.” But Strain said that, so far, contact has been unsuccessful. Calls to Glenda Davis, animal control manager, and Gloria Tom, director for Fish and Wildlife, have not been

GPD OFFICERS | FROM PAGE 3 patrol, the number of calls has decreased, he believes. Kuno is one of four K9 Officers in the GPD. Together, he and Hughte perform building and vehicle searches. “Kuno is a dual-purpose dog,” Hughte said. “He does

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR DEC.15-21, 2017 FRIDAY, Dec. 15 COMPUTER CLASS: INTERMEDIATE MS EXCEL 10:30 am12:30 pm @ Main Branch. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. No registration is required. Please arrive a little early for the class. For more information call (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@gallupnm.gov. GET UP AND GAME 4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch. Get moving with these fun and active Kinect video games. Free. BENEFIT CONCERT Join “On Call Jazz” as they play the annual Christmas benefit concert for Thai Burma Border Health Initiative. Enjoy an evening of Christmas jazz favorites. 7-9 pm, upstairs at the Gallup Cultural Center at the Gallup train station. Donations are appreciated and 100 percent of the proceeds directly benefit refugees on the Thai-Burma border: www. tbbhi.org. Contact Tammy Iralu @ (505) 726-7206. SATURDAY, Dec. 16 UNM-GALLUP Join UNM-Gallup for “Fall 2017 Commencement.” 10 am @ Miyamura High School. MONDAY, Dec. 18 GADGET GARAGE 6-7 pm @ Main Branch. The Octavia Fellin Public Library is offering one-on-one technology assistance. Bring in your personal technology devices to one of the dates listed and our technology trainer will answer questions and help you trouble shoot. Gadget Garage is on a first come first serve basis. Call (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@gallupnm.gov. TUESDAY, Dec. 19 COMPUTER CLASS: JOB SEARCH WITH TECHNOLOGY 3-5 pm @ Main Branch. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. No registration is required. Please arrive a little early for the class. For more information call (505) 8631291 or email libtrainnm. gov. CALENDAR

MAKER ZONE (6 AND OLDER) 4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch. We provide supplies, you supply the ideas. WEDNESDAY, Dec. 20 TODDLER TIME (AGES 2 TO 4) 10:30-11:30 am @ Children’s Branch. An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement, rhymes, and stories. COMPUTER CLASS: INTERMEDIATE MS WORD 3-5 pm @ Main Branch. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. No Registration is required. Please arrive a little early for the class. For more information call (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@ gallupnm.gov. WEDNESDAY NIGHT FILMS 5:30-7 pm @ Main Branch. Free weekly movie. Popcorn provided. This week’s movie: Christmas with the Kranks. THURSDAY, Dec. 21 CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) 4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch. Fun crafts for the whole family. This week’s activity: Tissue Roll Snowman. ONGOING CITY OF GALLUP’S SUSTAINABLE GALLUP BOARD Meets on the first Monday from 3-5 pm at the Octavia Fellin Library. When those Mondays are holidays, the meetings ar on the following Monday. Community members concerned about conservation, energy, water, recycling and other environmental issues are welcome. Call (505) 722-0039 for information. CHURCHROCK CHAPTER Churchrock Chapter is now accepting toy donations for the Christmas toy drive until Wed. Dec. 20. The toys will be distributed at the annual community Christmas dinner on Thursday Dec. 21. Please drop off an unwrapped toy for distribution at Churchrock Chapter. Let’s spread the Christmas cheer by giving. Call (505) 488-2166. Churchrock Chapter Adminsitration. CO-DEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS Meets Wednesday, 6-7 pm, at First United Methodist Church, 1800 Redrock Dr.


(in the library). All are welcome. 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: gmchumanesociety@gmail. com. Location: 1315 Hamilton Rd. GALLUP SOLAR Gallup Solar is hosting community conversations about all things solar Wednesdays from 6-8 pm at 113 E. Logan. Call: (505) 728-9246 for info on topics and directions. 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. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY - WORK SESSIONS Habitat for Humanity work sessions held each week. Volunteers to serve on decision making meetings or wish to volunteer at or help fund construction projects. Call Bill Bright at (505) 722-4226.  MCKINLEY COUNTY HEALTH ALLIANCE McKinley County Health Alliance convenes on the second Wednesday of the month from 11 am-1 pm at the New Mexico Cancer Center across from UNM-Gallup. Everyone is welcome to attend and engage in discussions about health, education, economic and environmental inequities and to help facilitate

change in those systems. Call (505) 906-2671. 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. TEDDY BEAR DRIVE We are collecting NEW stuffed animals to donate to hospitals, police and fire departments for children in need. Donation locations: Navajo Treatment Center for Children and their families Admin. Bldg. #2, second floor Division of Social Services in Window Rock, Ariz; Navajo Treatment Center for Children and their families Kit Carson Rd, Fort Defiance, Ariz. Call (928)871-6807 or email t.yazzie@navajo-nsn.gov. WOMEN’S AA MEETING Join the women’s closed AA step study meeting from 7:30-8:30 pm on Friday evenings. Call (919) 6199432. Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church South Boardman Ave. SAVE THE DATE GALLUP POETRY SLAM On Jan. 5, there will be a Gallup Poetry Slam. Join us for the Gallup Poetry Slam 6:30-8:30 pm @ART123 Gallery in downtown Gallup.

DEMENTIA/ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP On Jan. 10, there will be a Dementia/Alzheimer’s Support Group. Call (505) 615-8053. 6:30 pm @ Gallup Masonic Center, 4801 E. Historic 66 Ave. BEREAVEMENT/GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP On Jan. 17, there will be a Bereavement/Grief Support Group. Call (505) 615-8853. 6:30 pm @ Gallup Masonic Center, 4801 E. Historic 66 Ave. SBDC WORKSHOP On Jan. 17-18, there will be a “Boots to Business Reboot” workshop: Starting or Growing a Veteran-Owned Business. 8 am-3 pm, Gallup Small Business Development Center, 106 W. Hwy 66. Call (505) 248-8227 or email ivan.corrales@sba.gov. MONTHLY MEETING On Dec. 28, we invite you to meet with Councilor Linda Garcia at the Northside Neighborhood Association meeting. Councilor Garcia will be there to listen to your concerns. It’s a great opportunity to share ideas and we welcome your compliments and complaints. 6:30 pm @ Northside Senior Center. Feel free to bring a friend or two. Call (505) 879-4176. Location: 607 N. 4th St. ARTIST TO ARTIST: BUSINESS MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP On Jan. 13, join us for “Artist to Artist: Business Mangement Workshop. This workshop will be led by father and son artist duo Bahe Whitehorne Sr. and Bahe Whitethorne Jr. This business management workshop for artists will focus on how to start your business, manage it and grow capital, as well as making the most of social media and digital marketing. 11:30 am-2:30 pm at Navajo Tech Innovation Center, 309 B Historic Highway 66, Church Rock, NM. (Bring your own lunch; light refreshments provided.) Free. To post a nonprofit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: gallupsunevents@gmail.com or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.

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