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NEWS Upper Division UNM-Gallup Native American classes canceled By Dee Velasco Gallup Sun Correspondent


or a campus comprised o f m o s t l y Na t i v e American students, there are only but a few choices of classes that delve into North American Indian history and heritage. And now those classes have been scr ubbed f rom t he University of New MexicoGallup’s fall line up. “Native American History & Culture of North America” and “The Pueblo People” were both canceled in July. T he s e u pp er d i v i s ion classes were substituted with other classes to meet the necessary criteria towards a Bachelor’s Degree. Ken Van Brott, operations manager for UNM-G’s Bachelor and Graduate Programs, said it wasn’t the Gallup branch’s choice to cancel the classes. “ T he Nat ive A mer ica n classes were canceled directly from the main campus in Albuquerque, as they are pulling back resources in order to create a ‘Native American

Bachelors Degree’ program,” he said. This program change will take effect in about a year, Van Brott said, and would be streamed from the main campus in Albuquerque. “This is a big improvement, we haven’t seen many Native American classes for awhile,” Van Brott said. “It’s going from really a few scattered courses to a full Native American program.” The cut was bad news for UNM-G ad junct instructor Martin Link, who was slated to teach, “The Pueblo People.” “I felt very sad, and very frustrated, it was done without any appeal or alternative suggestions,” he said. “Saddest thing was, no attempt was

made to contact myself from the UNM administration.” He pointed out that 90 percent of the students at UNMGallup branch are Native Americans. “We were very aware and concerned that they were so many Native American students, getting there western knowledge here,” he said. “Students need to be in a position, to have a face-to-face relationship, question to question, have more contact, besides the classroom. My classes in Navajo are gone, its not offered at the main campus.” With online classes, students can sit at home and gather information, but Link feels it’s not a step in the right direction.

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“It”s too impersonal, its devoted to technology, there is no chance for special projects, no incentive to learn more,” he said. “Its becoming a mechanized program. It’s a shame when education becomes what do you get for your dollar.” Link said he’s not in teaching for the money, but for the love of education. “The real losers are the students,” he said. “I lost that part to pass the information onto the students.” U N M st udent , Geneva Wilson, who is pursuing her Human Services degree, said, “Online classes are too impersonal, a lot of people say its convenient with busy lives, but you have no communication with the teacher. You miss out on the whole classroom atmosphere, the teaching-student interaction.” Has online courses helped other area schools? Navajo Technical University E Learning Director Jennifer Stanley said online classes take discipline versus face to face.

“I pr ov ide or ient a t ion for students to learn about online as well as teachers; how to teach online, how to interact with teachers and peer s, how to get a s sig nments,” she said. “I tell students t hey have to log on twice a day to keep up with the class.” With online classes, she explained, students find it ea sier to attend college – especially those who do not have the means to travel far from home due to transportation challenges or other issues. “We find most students aren’t able to travel to class, some don’t have ga s, nor the transportation,” Stanley said. “So, online classes are benef icia l, si nce we have mo r e s t u d e nt s t r a v e l i n g from afar, this is more cost effective.” UNM-G Executive Director Dr. Christopher Dyer’s office deferred comment to the UNM main campus in Albuquerque. Calls to the main campus were not returned. NEWS

Victim tells all from deathbed By Kimberly A. Gaona Sun Correspondent


allup Police Department is current ly i nvest igating the death of a 37-year-old woman who told police from her hospital bed that she was beaten. GPD are looking for the boyfriend of the woman who died in the hospital Aug 4. According to Capt. Rick White, GPD Officers were sent to Gallup Indian Medical Center Aug. 3 at 9:57 pm. Officers spoke to Lorry Lucero, 37, of, Gallup who told them that she had been beaten up by her boyfriend at Hidden Valley apartments on Patton

Drive. “Officers met with her, got her statement,” White said. Lucero passed away sometime around 1 am on Aug. 4. Detectives served a search warrant on the apartment later that day. According to White, some evidence was recovered and will be sent to the crime lab in Santa Fe, NM. He said that he could not release details on what was recovered. Detectives then attended the autopsy in Albuquerque Aug. 5, but were unable to pinpoint the exact cause of death. “It’s still under investigation, the cause of death is unknown at this time,” White said. W h ite a lso sa id that

t hey a re st i l l look i ng for Lucero’s boyfriend, but can not release his identity yet because the investigation is

ongoing. “Nobody is in custody, we are still looking for the guy,” he said.

Anybody with information on the crime is asked to contact the GPD Detectives at (505) 863-9365.


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Tragic family tale: Death and Jail By Kimberly A. Gaona Sun Correspondent


n wh a t c a n on ly be described as heartbreaking tragedy, a seven month old child is deceased and a mother and father have been arrested in connection with the death. According to the arrest wa r ra nts f iled by Ga llup Police Department Detective Neil Yazzie, the seven month long investigation ended in the arrest of Zachary M. Terrazas, 21, of Vanderwagen, NM along with his girlfriend and mother of the child, Lashana James, 21, of Vanderwagen, NM. The arrest warrant states that police officers responded to a call of a baby not breathing at the Villa De Gallup Apartments on Klagetoh Drive Jan. 2. Terrazas was administering CPR to the baby while medical personnel were on their way to

Zachary Terrazas and Lashana James are looking at doing some hard time for the alleged murder of their infant daughter.

assist. GPD Officer Matthew Graham noted that he smelled marijuana in the house and medical personnel observed signs of bruising to the baby’s face. The baby was rushed to a local hospital and later pronounced dead. Terrazas told officers and detectives that they had laid the baby face down on the couch to sleep and when they went back to check on her, she

wasn’t breathing. Next, they ran next door and told neighbors to call 911. Of f ice of t he Med ica l Investigator Senior Deputy Investigator Richard Malone also observed swelling, bruising and bumps to the baby’s face and head area, according to the arrest warrant. Terrazas and James both said that their other son commonly threw toys at the baby

to explain the marks on their daughter. “A f f i a nt ex pl a i ned t o Lashana that with [her son’s] age, the weight of the toy, it just was not consistent with the injuries to [the baby’s] face and head,” Yazzie said in the warrant. Both parents soon admitted that they were young parents and sometimes overwhelmed by the cries of the children and the financial problems that they were having. Terrazas told Yazzie that he did get upset with the baby for crying and that he “forced her down into the bed” and he thought she might have hit her head on a plastic drum. “Zachary stated [the baby] hit her head and he got so scared that he started patting her down,” Yazzie said in the warrant. Terrazas admitted that he kept James in the dark about the baby hitting her head on the drum.

GPD secured a search warrant for the apartment Jan. 3 and collected evidence. A few hours after the warrant was served, Yazzie attended the autopsy of the infant but cause of death could not be determined until lab results were received. On May 12, GPD received word from the Office of the Medical Investigator that the cause of death was smothering and was classified as a homicide. James was arrested July 24 on the charge of abuse of a child, a third degree felony. The warrant held a $5,000 cash or surety bond. Terrazas was arrested July 24 on the charge of abuse of a child resulting in death, a first degree felony. The warrant was for $50,000 cash only bond. A preliminary hearing was scheduled Aug. 5 in Magistrate Judge Kenneth Howard Jr.’s courtroom.

On the run: Armed robbers, booze thieves By Kimberly Gaona Sun Correspondent


h e G a l lu p Pol ic e Department is searching for two Hispanic males who held up the clerk at El Dorado, the liquor store Aug. 3. According to GPD Officer Matthew Graham, one of the respond i ng of f icer s, t hey wa s sent to El Dorado i n reference to the clerk gett i ng robbed a t g u npoi nt . The suspects could only be identified as two Hispanic males, one in a black shirt with writing, a black hat and glasses. The other male was described as wearing a light shirt and shorts. “Dispatch said she had a hard time getting a description because they forced her to the floor,” Graham said. Both suspects were said to have been armed and had originally walked into the store as customers. According to Capt. Rick White and the call log, the suspects both left on foot, running south on Aztec behind the Super 8 Motel after they made off with an undisclosed amount of money. Crimestoppers is offering


a reward for information on this crime, up to $1,000. To make that call and possibly receive your award, dial (505) 722-6161.

ANOTHER ARMED ROBBERY Another armed robbery occurred Aug. 5, but this time with no outcome for the wannabe thief. White said that at about 12:26 am Mustang east at

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3340 E. 66 was held up. “A young male with a BB gun tried to rob [them],” White said. While no money was taken, police are still searching for the man who was last seen leaving towards Elizabeth Street in Indian Hills wearing a black “hoodie” and black pants. A Crimestoppers reward up to $1,000 is available for anyone with information.

BEER SKIPS MCSO handled five grab and run “beer skips” over the Aug. 1 weekend. Mustang south, on Highway 602 near the Bread Springs turnoff, was hit twice July 31. The first beer skip occurred when a man left the store with an 18-pack of Bud Ice. The clerk said that he stood around and even stood in line for a while before leaving the store with

the $13.99 item. He is described as being 5’9” wearing a black shirt and blue jeans. The store was again stolen from when a Native American man, approximately 5’2,” 189 lbs, stole a 30-pack of Bud Ice valued at $19.99 and left the store in a tan Oldsmobile with three other males inside the vehicle. The Giant Mustang store in Thoreau also had two beer skips over the weekend. On Aug. 1, three men left the store with one can of “Camo beer,” valued at $1.99, two 30-packs of Budweiser beer valued at $27.74 and a 30-pack of Bud Light beer also valued at $27.74. On Aug. 2, another 30-pack of Bud Light beer was stolen by two males who were recognized and possibly identified by the store clerks. They left in a dark gray Ford pick up truck. El Sabino, on South 602, was also the target of a beer skip Aug 2. The clerk wrote i n h is st atement t hat t he man went to the register and then “just made a run for the door.” The man was wearing a light blue pullover with a black hat and got into a four door gray Neon with Arizona plates. NEWS

GPD recovers stolen copper By Kimberly A. Gaona Sun Correspondent


allup Police Department officers were sent to Armored Electric the morning of Aug. 3 to investigate a theft at the business. According to GPD Detective Charles Wommack, officers responded and were able to gain access to surveillance video that showed two people in a white Chevrolet truck taking electric wiring from the business. “The suspects are seen getting into the back of the Armored Electric truck where they proceed to take items from the back of the truck,” Wommack said in his search warrant request. “The first item was able to be carried out by one of the suspects. The next item was a large plastic bucket containing the various wire spools.” Wommack said that he made fliers and visited various recycling places around town until one recognized the vehicle shown on the video. “One of the recycling places

Electric wire, taken from Armored Electric and recovered by GPD on a search warrant, being processed and organized to be put into evidence. Photo Credit: Kimberly A. Gaona

were able to give me information on who drives that truck,”he said. Once given a na me, Wommack said he recognized it from previous dealings. The name was not released because the people involved in the theft are still being investigated. He went to the residence associated with the truck, just west of Gallup near the McKinley West Volunteer Fire Department. “We knew that it was county, so we requested a Sheriff’s deputy to assist,” Wommack said. “In plain view, inside the trailer, there was wire strewn about. They had been stripping wire

diligently.” Officers sat on the residence while Wommack secured a search warrant for the residence. The search warrant asked that electrical wire of very specific spools be allowed to be seized along with a black color “Smart tub” which was used to hold the wire, a red in color bandana and the White in color Chevrolet pick up truck. “We came back – made announcements for people to come out [of the residence],” he said. Officers had seen people moving about inside the residence, after no one came out,

they went into the residence. After the initial sweep, they were unable to locate anyone. Wommack said that an officer went to open a dresser drawer and the entire front came off exposing two people who were hiding in the hollowed out dresser. McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Lt. James Maioriano said that those two people, Marissa Lujan and Louis Garcia, were both arrested by MCSO deputies based solely on outstanding warrants. Wommack stressed that the two were not arrested based on the theft or the search warrant,

only on their outstanding warrants. They were later questioned about the theft. The details of that questioning have not been released and is still under investigation. “We recovered a bunch of bare copper that had been stripped of it’s coating, the coating and the tub it was in,” he said. Crimestoppers is offering a reward for anyone with information (505) 722-6161. “We recovered the vehicle, all we need is to find out who the suspects are,” Gallup Police Department Capt. Rick White said.


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Freeland to serve as interim superintendent for Rehoboth Christian School Staff Report


r. F r a n k l i n R . Freeland (B.A., M.A., Ed. D.) ha s been selected to serve as the Interim Superintendent for Rehoboth Christian School, starting officially on August 1, 2015. Freeland comes to Rehoboth with over 35 years of management and leadership experience in the fields of hea lt h a nd educat ion within state, tribal and federal entities; including Indian Health Services, the Navajo Division of Education, and the Navajo Nation Head Start Program, amongst others. Dr. Freeland acquired his Master’s and Doctor of Education in Management & Development; and Counseling from New Mexico State University, and received his Bachelor of Arts in History & Biology from New Mexico Highlands University. He is a graduate of Fort Wingate High School. Freeland also served in the Vietnam War (19651969), and as a Navy Hospital Corpsman. As an advocate of quality Christian education, Dr. Freeland served as President of Rehoboth’s school board for

Dr. Franklin Freeland

four years in the mid 1990’s. He and his wife, Janice, who have been married for 47 years, have 3 children who attended Rehoboth Christian School. “In 1896, m issiona r ies from the Christian Reformed Church planted the Gospel and a school that has flourished in the Four Corners region. Rehoboth Christian School, with God, will continuously measure its strength and direction in its relationships with the supporting church communities of America and Classis Red Mesa,” Freeland said. The staff at Rehoboth look forward to the new leadership of Dr. Freeland as they begin another year carrying out the school’s mission and looking toward the future of the ministry.




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WEEKLY CRIME BLOTTER By Kimberly Gaona Sun Correspondent

EAST SIDE, GALLUP G a l l u p Po l i c e Department Officer Nor m a n Bow m a n arrested Nelbert Lee, 34, of Church Rock, NM July 26 after he was identified as being the person who pushed down Zelda Cadman, 46, of Gallup and took money out of her pants pocket. Cadman told Bowman that $300 was taken, but $12 was recovered from Lee’s person. The incident took place in a field next to Gallup Detox. GPD Of f icer s were searching for a red van, which had run a stop sign, when they got word that a red van had crashed into a fence in the area of Bortot and Boyd. Officer Daniel Brown wrote in his report that there was signs of a vehicle crash and parts of the vehicle were left behind, including the front grill with a Dodge emblem on it. A vehicle matching that description was soon found in a parking lot on East Aztec, unoccupied. In a vehicle near the van, Brown found Ryan Williams, 36, of Church Rock, NM who became extremely agitated upon contact. While being questioned, Williams got into a “fighting stance” and threw several punches at his brother and at Brown. He was arrested for assault upon a peace officer and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.


McKinley County Sheriff ’s Off ice Deput y Iv a n Ts e t h l i k a i caught a fugitive from justice Aug 3. Brian Ramsden, 46, of Gallup was seen loading up gravel from property belonging to the State of New Mexico Highway Department, located in Thoreau, NM. Ramsden’s warrant check came back with an outstanding warrant from the Superior Court of Arizona (Navajo County) for possession of dangerous drugs, transportation of a dangerous drug for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia times two and misconduct involving dangerous

weapons. The warrant held a $5,000 bond. Candice Begay, 30, of Thoreau, NM was arrested on two charges of child abuse and open container in Thoreau Aug 2 (See Weekly DWI report) after she was found to be in a vehicle, impaired along with her children in the vehicle and other impaired occupants. The driver, Shelby Tolth, was also arrested for child abuse and DWI. Melissa Joe, 30, of Jamestown, NM wa s a r rest ed i n Texas for a stolen vehicle after her mother f iled the vehicle stolen earlier in the day from Jamestown. Rita Joe, 65, of Sanders, Ariz., told MCSO Deputy Shane Bennett that her daughter took her vehicle and her half of the car payment and left. Thoreau Elementary was damaged and burglarized sometime over the Aug. 1 weekend. MCSO Deputy Merlin Benally was called to the school Aug. 3 after a school employee found a portable porch damaged, a back window broken and an open door. Benally found blood from the broken window in the classroom and the teacher of the classroom reported that an iPad mini was missing.


Br ya n Begay, 25, of Yahtahey, NM was arrested for destroying, damaging or defacing property as well as resisting, evading or obstructing an officer after he was seen spray painting graffiti on the I-40 bridge near the Maloney railroad crossing. He led GPD Officer Jessie Diaz on a short foot pursuit until Diaz warned him of an impending taser deployment. When asked why he was spray painting, “he stated because he wanted to get into a gang,” Diaz wrote in his report.


Georgianna G e o r g e , 21, o f Smith Lake, NM wa s a r rested on what appears to be her third charge of child abandonment, according to the report filed by GPD Officer

Nor ma n Bow ma n July 30. Bowman responded to the area of the 3000 block of West Highway 66 and observed a female yelling at two males and a 2-year-old child “not being watched over and near the roadway.” George admitted to drinking and was displaying signs of intoxication, she was taken into custody and the child was given over to Children, Youth and Families Department. Bowman wrote in his report that he had arrested George Nov. 30 for the same charge. According to that report, George was found in a room at the Hacienda Motel, intoxicated and the room was full of beer cans and trash and was found to be unsuitable for the child. At that time, she was arrested for child abandonment along with an outstanding warrant for failure to appear on a charge of child abandonment. GPD Of f ice r Timothy Hughte had to take himself to an non-disclo sed hospit al emergency room after he was head butted in the face by Larrison Hunch, 39, of Mentmore, NM. Hughte, according to the report, was attempting to help Community Service Aide J. Miles to get Hunch into the van to be taken to Gallup Detox. Hunch became disorderly and had to be handcuffed. When Hughte turned towards Hunch after opening up the van doors, Hunch head butted him. Hunch was taken to the hospital to be checked out and then taken to jail and charged with disorderly conduct and battery upon a police officer. Hughte went to the ER, was seen, cleared and released, according to the report.

WEST SIDE, MCKINLEY COUNTY MCSO Deput y Jonathan Todachine responded to Manuelito Canyon to assist Navajo Police Department in regards to a man with a weapon. It was first described as a big stick, then later a gun. Two MCSO Deputies and two NPD officers arrived in the area. “We all converged on him and the subject gave up with out incident,” Todachine reported. “Although he taunted us into shooting him.” No weapon, a stick or a gun, was seen or located by MCSO. NEWS

Perspective: A More ‘Transparent’ School Board By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent


bviously stung by the criticism in editorials and articles in the Gallup Independent – the only daily newspaper in town – the Gallup McKinley Cou nt y School Boa rd of Education attempted to deflect those opinions at the meeting held Aug. 3. The reg u la r meeti ng included – almost as an afterthought – the process on how to replace a board member in District 5 who had recently resigned due to his wife’s medical condition, and was also reported to take action on the eva luation of the Superintendent. The issue quickly opened with some board members floundering to present their case for transparency, and most of the large crowd did not seem impressed with their statements, deeming them defensive in nature rather than enlightening. Adding to the confusion was the fact that the use of the microphones provided for the board and superintendent was not consistent and the use of Navajo words, albeit in short bursts, was not designed to be understood by the majority of Anglo and Hispanic that filled the room. The dissatisfaction began w it h a few t i med publ ic comments, mostly on how the board would or should

find a replacement for Dr. BruceTempest, who is moving to Albuquerque to ensure a better medical quality of life for his wife. During his short speech, he encouraged the board to become even more transparent in their search and allow the voters in District 5 a chance to apply for the vacancy.


he tax holiday begins at 12:01 am on the first Friday of August and concludes on the following Sunday at midnight, Aug. 7-9. During that time the law provides a deduction from gross receipts for retail sales of qualifying tangible personal property; in effect allowing the retailer to sell the items “tax free.” Some categories have a set dollar maximum. To qualify for the deduction, clothing or shoes must be priced at less than $100 per unit. The price limit for desktop, laptop or notebook computers is $1,000, NEWS

The aud ience su ffered through the slow moving, twohour agenda that is the regular fare for such meetings, interrupted with questions that could easily be answered in a non-public setting. There was a brief mention of the $578,000 needed for t he on- goi ng repairs to Gallup High School

Ryan Hudgeons, candidate for the GMCS Board’s 5th District seat Former Board of Education member, Dr. Bruce Tempest, sits with his recomvacancy, chats amiably with NM Representative Patty Lundstrom prior mended successor, Marilee Petranovich, at the regular board meeting for GMCS to the start of the regular BOE meeting Aug. 3. Aug. 3.

Although any mention of a possible replacement by Tempest was spoken against by boa rd member Kev i n Mitchell in an earlier statement, the well-known doctor and long-term board member nevertheless strongly recommended Marilee Petranovich be selected as his successor, but also suggested that whoever was chosen should be thoroughly discussed and explained by the board in public.

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There followed a sizable list of other speakers: Ryan Hudgeons and Irene Denblyker, both candidates for the open seat; Navajo Nation Council Delegate Edmund Ya zzie, encouraging cross-commissioning support for the Sheriff’s Office and the Nation; Sonlatsa Martin, a community activist

and for related computer hardware it is $500. School supplies for use in standard, general-education classrooms must be under $30 per unit. There are items specifically excluded by statute in all categories. Those items are always taxable. For more specific information on the legislation, definitions, types of sales, (rain checks, exchanges, refunds, gift cards, layaways, Internet, mail order and telephone sales) please see FYI-203, Gross Receipts Tax Holiday available on the Taxation and Revenue Department web site at www. tax.newmexico.gov, select “Forms and Publications.”

and mother of a GMCS student, who spoke against a new election; Rita Capitan of the Crownpoint Chapter; and Olin Kieyoomia, the vice president of the UNM-Gallup Board.

and overly-long presentations – standard stuff when dealing with a bureaucratic system – of staffing updates, the Indian Education Committee/ JOM Report, and other minor

details before the action necessary to replace Tempest was discussed. It was agreed that persons interested in becoming the replacement member of the board until the next scheduled election must submit a resume and letter of interest in a sealed envelope personally to Joan Nez, secretary to the superintendent, by 5 pm on August 10. All candidates must reside in District 5 and must send an e-mail to the district notifying them that they have fulfilled the above requirements, in case the sealed envelopes are lost or misplaced. This includes those that have previously submitted these documents via e-mail. A special session is scheduled for August 13 at 6 pm to allow candidates to speak for at least five minutes on their own behalf, after which the board will meet in executive session for further discussion on the candidates before returning to vote in public for the selected person. T he eva luation of t he Superintendent Frank Chiapetti was postponed until after the board vacancy has been filled.










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WEEKLY DWI REPORT By Kimberly Gaona Sun Correspondent Colleen Notah, 28, Ft. Defiance, Ariz. July 19, 6:52 pm Nota h wa s a r rested i n t he Wal-Mart parking lot after a witness followed her there a nd ca lled into Metro Dispatch. Prior to entering Wal-Mart, the vehicle Notah was driving had, according to the police report as stated by witnesses, “drove on the side walk – then collided with the stroller while the (10month old) child was inside.” The child was taken to the hospital, but did not appear to have any noticeable injuries. Witnesses told police that the vehicle continued on, without stopping, and went into the Wal-Mart parking lot. Gallup Police Department Officer Luke Martin arrested Notah for abandonment of abuse of a child and aggravated driving while intoxicated. Notah blew a .37, .36 on the breathalyzer exam. She was

also charged with immediate notice of an accident, open container in a motor vehicle, driver must be licensed and duration of evidence or no insurance. Shelby Tolth, 25, Church Rock, NM Aug 2, 1:40 pm McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Josie Bowman observed several individuals in the Thoreau area, all surrounding a vehicle and appearing to be intoxicated. When she approached the individuals, three of them jumped into a vehicle and appeared to be attempting to leave the area. Bowman was able to get them to stop and saw a 1-yearold child inside the vehicle. After failing several tests, Tolth was arrested and taken to the jail where she refused to give a breath sample. She was then transported to the Gallup Indian Medical Center for a medical clearance where she gave her consent for a blood alcohol test and submitted to a blood draw. She wa s cha rged w ith driving while intoxicated, two counts of child abuse, open container, evidence of

registration, vehicle must be insured and driving while license is revoked, according to the report. Charlene Attakai, 47, Gallup Aug 2, 9:54 pm Fifth DWI GPD Off icer Douglas Hoffman arrested Attakai a f t er s he w a s c a l led i n a s a possible drunk d r iver w it h a small child in the vehicle. The witness, a ccord i ng t o t he repor t , fol lowed Attakai from 7 t h a nd Maloney to the Ex it 16 off of Interstate 40 where Hoffma n was able to catch up with them. After noticeable signs of intoxication and refusing several tests due to medical problems, Attakai was arrested. It was later discovered that she had four prior DWI arrests. She blew a .20, .21 on the

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breathalyzer and was arrested for aggravated DWI, open container and driving with a license, which is revoked or suspended. D e r r i c k Ya z z i e , 3 2 , Gallup July 29, 6:32 pm GP D O f f i c e r A ngelo Cellicion a r re s t ed Ya z z ie after he caught him on radar driving at 78 mph in a 45 mph zone on Mendoza Road. After failing to properly identify

himself and refusing any type of tests, he was arrested for aggravated DWI, concealing his identity, reckless driving and driving on a suspended or revoked driver’s license. Yazzie’s family drove to the traffic stop and confirmed his real identity. Ha r r ison Yazzie, 34, Aurora, CO July 31, 8:27 am Second DWI GPD O f f ic e r Ju st i n Ben a l ly was looking for a vehicle, July 31, whose description had been given out over the police radio as driving south in the north bound lane of Highway 491. Benally caught up with that vehicle, which was driving in the correct lane at the time, and watched it pull into Giant north. Both the driver, Yazzie, and his passenger displayed signs of intoxication. Yazzie had a difficult time completing field sobriety tests and finally became “uncooperative” at which time, he was placed under arrest.

He blew a .21 on his first breathalyzer test and declined to complete a second. He was booked into the jail for his second DWI, aggravated, two charges of open container, driving on a suspended or revoked driver’s license and no insurance. Phillip Larry Gene, 60, Indian Wells, Ariz. Aug. 1, 8:48 pm MCSO Deputy Johnson Lee was searching for a vehicle that had been called in as “swerving all over the roadway,” when they got word that the vehicle was at the Shell station on the east side of Gallup. “ I activated my emergency lights and the vehicle began to back up towards me. I also backed up to avoid t he veh icle colliding with me,” Lee wrote in his report. T he veh icle then parked and the driver began to walk away. Lee detained Gene who admitted to drinking at the casino 15 minutes prior to the stop. Gene performed poorly on the field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest for DWI. His breathalyzer test results were .21, .22. He was booked into the jail for aggravated DWI, open container and two outstanding bench warrants from other agencies. Chelby Castillo, 25, PO Box Gallup July 24, 10:32 pm Ca stillo wa s arrested on aggravated DWI, careless driving and open conta iner by GPD Officer Charles Steele. Castillo told Steele that she had been driving her truck when her cell phone rang; and as she answered it, she crossed over the lines and then over corrected and ended up rolling the vehicle. She was checked out by medical personnel and, according to the report, was attempting to hide her face and her breath from the officer. She admitted to taking


Chinle woman recovered in aftermath of flood, Navajo Police conclude search including schools and several public buildings. Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye urged the public to be careful when traveling through flooded areas. “ T he Nava jo Nat ion Division of Public Safety is working with other resources

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HINLE, Ariz.—A person who was swept away during flooding in Chinle on August 2 was found. Jesse Delmar, executive director of Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety, said a female individual was swept away while inside her vehicle during flash flooding last night. The body was recovered earlier today. “The female individual was recovered. We are concluding the search and rescue,” Delmar said. “Please be safe out there, don’t attempt to cross flooded areas. He thanked division personnel, Arizona Department of Public Safety and community members who helped in the

DWI REPORT | FROM PAGE 8 “a couple” shots of “Yukon.” Steele did find two empty shot size bottles of 100 proof Yukon Jack. Officer Harland Soseeah later found a third bottle. Castillo blew a .16 on both breath samples and was arrested for the charges. Kev i n Ben net t , 34, Thoreau NM July 23, 6:29 pm Second DWI GP D O f f i c e r DeWayne Holder’s report states that he was dispatched to Hassler Valley R o a d due t o a motorcycle crash. He found the Harley Davidson motorcycle lying on it’s side and saw Bennett sitting on a sand bank a few feet away. Bennett told officers that the motorcycle was not his and was taken to the hospital due to his injuries. A witness told Holder that he observed Bennett driving the motorcycle. At the hospital, Bennett told Holder that he was beat up and again said that it was not his motorcycle. He did consent to a blood draw. Based on the witnesses statement, Holder did book Bennett for his second charge of DWI. Chad Toadlena, 20, PO NEWS

to ensure Navajo residents are safe in the aftermath of the storm,” he said. “The nation is being blessed with a lot of moisture, but that also comes with flash floods. The public needs to respect Mother Nature and not take any chances, especially with floods.”

President Begaye and Vice President Nez encourage the public to remain safe during rainstorms and not attempt to cross flooded washes, like this one located west of Gallup. Photo Credit: Rick Abasta

rescue and recovery efforts. The helicopter crew from ADPS evacuated nine people from Canyon de Chelly, in addition to providing air support for

the search and rescue. More t ha n t wo i nches of hailstorm was reported. Canyon de Chelly and the main community were flooded,

BOX Yahtahey, NM July 28, 11 pm GPD O f f ic e r Harland Soseeah arrested Toadlena for driving while intoxicated, aggravated, and careless driving after he witnessed him driving in the Sonic parking lot where Toadlena almost collided with two separate cars before pulling into a parking space. After taking several field sobriety tests, Toadlena was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated. At the jail, Toadlena threw up several times and then refused to take a breath test, adding an aggravated onto the DWI charge. Chyna Billsie, 25, PO Box Mentmore, NM July 24, 7:17 pm Billsie wa s ch a r ge d w it h aggravated DWI and traffic violations, as well as not possessi ng a d r iver’s license, valid registration and insurance. Accord i ng t o Of f icer Valerie Wilson’s report, she responded to a vehicle crash at McKinley and Maloney and observed a female, Billsie, running away from the crash. A

witness and the driver of the other vehicle said that Billsie ran the stop sign at McKinley and crashed into her vehicle that had been traveling on Maloney. She displayed several signs of intoxication and performed poorly on the field sobriety tests. She was arrested and taken to the jail where she was given a breathalyzer test, with results .20, .19. Averill Leon Norton, 20, Gallup July 25, 6:13 pm Nor ton wa s witnessed by GPD Sgt. Benny Gaona as driving on the wrong side of the road on Miyamura Overpass. Gaona made the stop and then called for a saturation unit, Officer Daniel Brown. Brown continued the DWI Investigation and found Norton to be too impaired to operate a motor vehicle. He performed poorly on several field sobriety tests, had open containers in the motor vehicle and displayed several signs of intoxication. His breath test results were .19, .20. Norton was taken to the


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Heinrich explains why he supports the Iran deal By Matthew Reichbach NM Political Report


ASHINGTON, D.C.– Without the nuclear deal with Iran, the Middle Eastern country would be able to have enough enriched material to build a nuclear weapon within months, while the deal means the country would not be able to build any nuclear weapons according to Senator Martin Heinrich. Senator Martin Heinrich speaking on the Senate floor about the Iran deal. A n d t h e o n l y “c o n crete alternative” to the deal would be a military strike and another war in the troubled region, Heinrich said. this would lead to a nuclear-armed Iran in “just a few years.” “This agreement represents the best chance to make sure Iran never obtains a weapon a nd t he best cha nce for Congress to support American

diplomacy—without taking any options off the table for this or future presidents,” he said. Heinr ich spoke on Wednesday about his support for the deal negotiated by Secretary of State John Kerry on the Senate floor. The full video of Heinrich’s remarks are available below. The Democratic Senator said that the deal was an improvement on the current state of affairs. The nuclear program in Iran “surged ahead rapidly and unchecked” while the United States was involved in the War in Iraq under George W. Bush, Heinrich said according to prepared remarks. Heinrich said that the deal means that Iran will not have enough enriched uranium to build even one nuclear weapon. This will come from reducing centrifuges and reducing the amount of enriched uranium Iran is allowed to have. And these will be verified by

Udall Votes to Protect Funding for Women’s Health Care Staff Report


ASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tom Udall voted against an effort to cut off life-saving health care services for women in New Mexico by de-funding Pla nned Pa renthood Aug. 3. He issued the following statement: “Planned Parenthood provides critical health care and preventive services, such as cancer screenings and tests, for women and men, many of


whom do not have access to services elsewhere. I’m not going to allow this life-saving care to be cut off for thousands in New Mexico. “Exploiting women’s health care for political gain does the Senate a disservice and wastes the people’s time. New Mexicans - and all Americans - can’t afford more threats of stalemates and shutdowns. It’s time to stop playing games and get back to work on legislation to keep the government running and help families get ahead.”

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inspections of all Iran’s nuclear sites, Heinrich says. The deal has been controversia l, w ith ma ny Republicans saying that it would actually enable Iran to build a nuclear weapon. The Senate will debate the deal on September 8 after returning from the annual August recess. According to reports, it looks increasingly unlikely that the Senate will be able to block the deal. . Heinrich said that his experience as part of the Senate Armed Services Committee, t h e S e n a t e I n t e l l i ge n c e Committee and even as an engineer led him to support the deal. Still, Heinrich acknowledged that the deal will “not be without risk.” “But the risks—and consequences—of rejecting a deal are far more dire,” he said. New Mexico’s other U.S. Senator, Tom Udall, supports the Iran deal as well.

DWI REPORT | FROM PAGE 9 jail where possible drug paraphernalia was located on him and was taken into evidence. Nor ton was charged with aggravated DWI, careless driving, open container, not having valid insurance, as well as not having a driver’s license (his license was restricted). A n d e r s o n “A n s o n ” Shirley, 24, Ganado, Ariz. July 16, 10:48 pm GPD O f f icer Ch a nel le Preston booked Shirley for DWI, immediate notice of an accident, open container,

among other violations. Witnesses called into dispatch after they saw Shirley almost hit a parked vehicle, another vehicle and then did hit a light pole at North Second Street and Wilson Ave. They told Preston that the driver “passed out” after hitting the pole, woke up and then drove to Bubany Park where Preston found Shirley slouched over in the driver’s seat of the truck. Damage to the truck was consistent with witness statements and Shirley was taken to the hospital for a blood draw

and then to jail. Julius Torrez, 27, Gallup July 29, 10:59 pm Tor rez wa s arrested by GPD Officer Jessie Diaz after he observed Torrez run a stop sign at North Third Street and Wilson Ave. Torrez displayed signs of intoxication, performed poorly on the field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest. At the jail, he did give a breath sample, of which the results were .15, .15. Torrez was booked for driving while intoxicated and other violations.

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Letter to the Editor: GOP’s genocidal policies at work Editor, Along with the 2016 presidential election, after its August Congressional recess, hearings will resume with this notorious Republican agenda: 1. Abrogate all treaties signed between the United States government and all 566 federally recognized tribes; 2. Dissolve all established reservation boundary lines; 3. Begin the plunder of the vast natural resources that lie under our feet (water, uranium, coal, gas, oil. etc.). After the mass killings of millions of Indigenous peoples the U.S. government and military placed us on the “Bad Lands” dubbed “reservations” in the hope that its genocidal policies would wipe us off the

face of the earth, however, we stood our grounds and refused to surrender. W hat the U.S. militar y could not do back then, the Republican Party is going to try and finish off if it is successful in ousting Democrats in the upcoming national election. The GOP, in its usual deceptive practices, says this is in line with putting “national interests” first ending U.S. invasions and dependency on other countries energy resources although “Manifest Destiny” has always been their objective. And when Lady Liberty and Lady Justice were given White House a nd Congressiona l approval to marry, the flood gates of distraction were

opened so the public—especially “Native Americans”— would not notice the diabolical actions presently being undertaken at the national level. This is not a “business proposal” like a sham marriage designed to “make all Americans one”—but more like the manipulation of the judicial system with perjury being the practice that has set precedent for everything that will follow. After being reduced to 24, the Navajo Nation Council and the Office of the President and Vice-President has left the Republican agenda out of every meeting with the end result being these lies force-fed to the Navajo people and American public.


Appearance is not always the Truth for even Satan can appear as the “Angel of Light”. Perjury is now allowed to be entered into the record so as to set the GOP national agenda and if their attorneys have their way (absent ours) in Congress and the court of law, we must take the fight to them in defense of our homelands and for our future generations. After the Treaty of 1868 was signed (under duress and extremely brutal conditions imposed upon our ancestors in captivity) we see the mindset of Carlisle Barracks founder Capt. Richard H. Pratt—who’s personal motto was “kill the Indian and save the man”— being the same as those who

would harm our children by killing the Navajo in them. Consider: The Declaration of I ndependence st ates in its obv ious cha racter izat ion of Nat ive peoples: “He has excited domestic Insurrections amongst us, an d h a s e n d e avo ure d t o bring on the Inhabitants of our Frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose k n o w n R u l e of War far e , is an undistinguished De str u cti o n of a l l Age s, Sexes and Conditions.” Anything goes at this point in United States history and karma is not going to be a wonderful thing for all Indigenous peoples if we don’t act now. Mervyn Tilden Gallup, New Mexico


LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

The fabulous birthday Leo would like to sink his claws into the lowly hunter that took down your kindred spirit, Cecil, and put a damper on your birthday season. Imagine you’re Cecil and armed with a 500 Nitro Express Holland & Holland … Wait, Madame G doesn’t condone the use of violence to deal with stupid humans. He’s being tried and convicted in the court of public opinion – the ultimate payback.

Did you party like it was 1999 this past weekend? Or, over indulged on some level? It was tough for you to keep impulses in check during the blue moon. Scorpio, don’t let it all hang out just to have some fun. Have some good judgement and stay in for one night and refrain from overindulging with fountain drinks, coffee or energy drinks. Be mellow for a change.

Aquarius how I love your balance of logic and emotion, very deep, very powerful. But, you have been a little preoccupied by a love interest. If you’re in a relationship, you’re feeling oh so lovey dovey. This is a positive thing, but can also be a diversion, a detour from deeper issues. Relax, it’s nothing that you can’t handle if you focus on it and think solutions.

You’re the type to grow bored on the weekend, especially Sunday. There’s this fabulous car show at Camille’s. You will enjoy it even if hot rods are not your thing. Also, you long for after-work connections during the week. And being smart, you’ll enjoy Gallup Solar meetings, a good way to meet new people in town and to learn something new. Don’t mope, be adventurous.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

If you’re wondering whether the glowing blue moon has turned your neighbors into bizarre creatures the answer is yes. Each one of them seems off kilter, carrying on in a strange fashion, such as mowing the lawn at 3 am. You wonder if they are actual aliens or werewolves. The moon has an effect on the tides, so it impacts the human body made up of mostly water. Just be yourself and stick to coffee or tea and ignore the neighbor tinkering with his car at 4 am.

Does driving on I-40 lately annoy you? You’re not alone, but feel alone on trucker highway. To escape from Gallup, it’s usually essential to traverse this highway. You can gripe or get your roadmap out and explore the treasures along Historic Route 66. Take that selfie with that dinosaur, wigwam, inside the El Rancho Hotel, McGaffey or the faraway meteor crater.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22) Libra couldn’t feel happier these days. You desire to take road trips lately and that’s okay, live a little. The messy house can wait, enjoy the warm and balmy weather, a rare treat in Gallup thanks to this thing called “El Nino.” That little situation, misunderstanding with a friend should pass this week. Don’t force a resolution just to balance your scales. Let the other person speak first or not at all.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Meticulous Capricorn loves to dance these days, but you automatically break into the robot, clumsily popping those creaky joints, trying to look cool dancing to the summer hit “Can’t Feel My Face.” It’s okay to flaunt your moves because you are usually more uptight than a mouse trapped in a roach motel. Admit it, you’re smart. Smart and cool does blend on occasion.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Blue moon and blue waters have you feeling like a million and one bucks Pisces. Run with it as you are usually the beguiled fish, torn by trying to swim in two different directions. Well, G is here to tell you that you can do it this month. Look at your Zodiac sign, there are two fishes. Make the opposing forces work for you. Work hard, but take time to jot down some rhymes in your blank leather journal with the archaic cover and lock. Relax and let your creative mind flow.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) Lately you have suffered from the boomerang effect. It’s both good and bad. All those favors you did for your family this past winter have blessed you with money and gifts 10-fold. However, any situation or people you have forgotten to acknowledge or nurture have come back and delivered a slight sting. Be the Benadryl that removes that sting: apologize, buy them lunch, give a hug.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) I used to think parents are the blame for our adult insecurities, but it’s more than likely our childhood peers that teased us to the point of discomfort. Now those bullies are all grown up and have neatly tucked their cruel little ways into the tapestry of their past, finding some justification and moving on. No matter what happened Gemini, when you run into this person, show him or her that you have moved on. Smile and shake hands.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) Moon and sun do this dance each day that keeps this earth balanced. But when the planets pull closer, like how Mars likes to get ultra close to earth from time to time, Cancer really feels the pinch and tends to either excel or deflate. Make the choice to excel, but keep those pinchers out for any pushy huggers that you would rather not hug. Back off Aunt Edna or Uncle Lester!

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NM 49th in child well-being again: What will it take to make change? By Amber Wallin, MPA


nother year… another ranking at the bottom of the barrel. New Mex ico h a s ranked among the worst states in which to be a child for so long that it hardly seems like news anymore. In the 25-plus years that the Annie E. Casey Foundation has been publishing the KIDS COUNT Data Book, we’ve never ranked above 40th. Most years, we’ve ranked in the bottom five, but we can and we must do better by our kids We have made progress in some areas. Over the last several years, child and teen death rates and teen birth rates have gone down, along with the percentage of children who lack health insurance, while high school graduation rates have gone up. While these are positive trends, they align with national trends, so our improvements don’t necessarily change our placement among the states because most other states are

seeing these improvements too. There are some equally significant negative trends as well—such as increases in child pover ty, children living in areas where there is widespread poverty, and children whose parents do not have secure employment. A nd then there a re those indicators that seem i nt ract able —where, f rom children attending preschool to fourth grade reading scores, we’ve seen no real movement one way or the other. When taken in the aggregate, child well-being seems to have flatlined in the state. When will New Mexico’s lawmakers and leaders make improving child well-being their top priority? When will the people of New Mexico demand it? When our children aren’t doing well it’s an indication that our whole state isn’t doing well. Our future workforce is being shaped now. Almost one-third of our children live in poverty, and children in poverty do not have the same opportunities their better-off peers have; opportunities that help them be successful in school and life. With so many of our children missing out on these opportunities, what kind of workforce will we have in the next decade or so? Will

we have workers who are well educated, skilled, and ready to take on the challenges of the coming years or will we have a workforce fit for low-wage jobs? Children do better when their parents do better, but unemployment is high and we were recently ranked as hav i ng h ig hest long-ter m unemployment in the nation. Despite that, the state’s Human Services Department wants to take SNA benefits away from children whose parents cannot find work. Our future parents and families are also being shaped now. With nearly one-third of our children living in poverty, what kinds of families will we have in the decades to come? Will we have parents who delayed starting a family until they were older, better educated and more financially secure? Or will we have parents who were still children themselves when they had kids, didn’t go far in school, and won’t do better than lowwage work if they can find a job at all? Better-educated parents lead to better-educated children. Children in families with less well-educated parents don’t do as well in school. This is why pover ty is gener a t ion a l. Pover t y i s so difficult to break out of

because it puts children at a significant disadvantage— whether it’s a lack of health care, not enough nutritious food, no books in the home, no safe places to play outdoors, few or no opportunities that enrich them and stimulate the brain development that ensures them success in school, or the presence of chronic stressors that actually diminish this allimportant brain development. For ma ny children, it’s a combination of all of the above. We can shake our heads and say other people’s children are not our responsibility, or we can demand that all children have access to the opportunities that put them on the path to success in school and beyond. Their futures depend upon it, to be sure. But so do ours. Today’s children, each with his or her own unique potential, are tomorrow’s doctors, teachers, entrepreneurs and engineers. Or not. They can also be tomorrow’s economically disenfranchised who will not reach their own potential and, therefore, will have little in the way of positive contributions to offer their communities and the state. We can help kids in poverty reach their full potential, but only if we take intentional action and we take it early. As NM Voices for Children has

been saying for years, one of the best ways to turn things around for our state is to make investments in our children in their early years. So much of a child’s life trajectory is determined in the first five years of life. Home visiting, highquality child care, pre-K—these programs lay the foundation for healthy brain and social development a nd positive educational outcomes. They make up for the opportunities low-income kids so often miss out on. They work, and they are the best investment in the future that we can make. The state is increasing its investments in early childhood care and education programs like these, but the increases in funding have been incremental. Kids can’t put their childhood on hold, so when we fail to invest in those early years we’ve missed the best opportunity to put children on a path to success. Our NM K IDS A RE COUNTing on Us campaign offers numerous actions our leaders and lawmakers can take to improve child wellbeing. It’s time we demand they put child well-being first. Amber Wallin, MPA, is the KIDS COUNT Director for New Mexico Voices for Children.

Life-threatening infections for newborns New Mexico Department of Health


hen we think of strep throat, we generally think of that infection most of us get during a lifetime where we get this sudden, painful sore throat and fever. We just go to the doctor, get antibiotics, stay home from work or school a day or two and everything’s fine. Truth is, there are many different types of strep bacteria. Some cause more serious illness than others. Strep throat is a bacterial infection in the throat and the tonsils. It’s caused by streptococcal (strep) bacteria, and it can be passed from person-to-person when the infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes, tiny droplets with the strep bacteria go into the air. It’s that simple: those itty bitty droplets


can be breathed in by other people. If you come into contact with strep, it will take 2 to 5 days before you start to have symptoms. One type of strep is called Group B Streptococcus. It makes people of all ages sick – but it’s a very dangerous

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strep for newborns. You may have also heard of it called GBS or baby strep. Whichever name you use, group B strep in newborns can often lead to sepsis (infection of the blood), pneumonia (infection in the lungs), and sometimes meningitis (infection of the fluid and lining around the brain). Here’s the scary part: Strep B is as common as it is dangerous. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports Strep B is a very common bacteria found in one out of four healthy pregnant woman. Any woman can get the bacteria and possibly infect her baby. Being a carrier for these bacteria does not mean you have an infection. It only means that you have group B strep bacteria in your body. These bacteria are usually not harmful to you -- only to your baby during labor. So how do you protect you r

newborn from Strep B? The New Mex ic o D e p a r t me nt of He a lt h (NMDOH) and the CDC recommends that mothers-to-be ask their doctor for a GBS test when you are 35 to 37 weeks pregnant (in your 9th month). Each time you are pregnant, you need to be tested for GBS.  It doesn’t matter if you did or did not have this type of bacteria before -- each pregnancy is different. The medicine to stop GBS from spreading to your baby is an antibiotic given during labor. The antibiotic (usually penicillin) is given to you through an IV (in the vein) during childbirth. If you are allergic to penicillin, there are still other choices to help treat you during labor. Talk to your doctor or nurse if you have any questions. For more information you can also visit the CDC’s webpage. OPINIONS

COMMUNITY Local artist’s murals, paintings capture Gallup’s cultural tapestry By Dee Velasco Sun Correspondent


allup is filled with many talented artisans who showcase their talent by means of silversmith, rug weaving and painting. As this area is

“In elementary school I was recognized as a great artist,” he said. “I was so disruptive. I lacked discipline and this helped me keep in check. I always escaped in drawing, I found solace and peace.” Later on in high school, he was given the privilege to

scene on a the window of a business. This led to signs, murals and portraits. He’s created commercial signage for businesses such as Richardsons Trading, Gurley Motor Co., Ellis Tanner, First American Traders, Auto Glass, and more. Currently, Sarracino has been working on beautifying Gallup by painting on city trash can, primarily in the downtown area, about 80 in all. “I’m painting a series of pictures on these as I display


“Gallup Community Life Mural”, was painted in 2005 on the side of City Hall, Aztec & 2nd Street. Photo Credit: Ric Sarracino

Artist Ric Sarracino stands behind two portraits he painted, on his left side is a painting of his daughter, Jade Sarracino, and the other is of a church member, entitled, “Isiah.” Photo Credit: Ric Sarracino

an unique diversity of culture and art, many artisans come out of this spectrum making their mark in the art world, one of those is, Ric Sarracino, talented painter. Sarracino first discovered his talent at a very young age. “I started to paint and found my niche, oh about when I was a small child in my kindergarten class.,” he said. Throughout his school days, he discovered that painting was his outlet. On the cover: Local artist Ric Sarracino has been com m issioned to paint about 80 trash cans as part of a city beautification project. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ric Sarracino COMMUNITY

design the cover of his high school yearbook. “I’ve been given a God given talent,” he said. “I found I was

naturally talented, I’ve had no schooling, I’ve been self-taught. I do have my influences, these were of course the masters: Rembrandt, Picasso and Monet. As well as, post-impressionist like Modigliani, a painter from the 1900’s. Sarracino’s talent led him to do commercial painting around Gallup. His father was a contractor and he would help him paint. His first commercial job entailed painting a Christmas

“Hispanic Mural”was painted in 2008, located at Coal & 1st Street. Photo Credit: Ric Sarracino

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GPD seeks help fund raising for one of their own By Kimberly A. Gaona Sun Correspondent


wo years ago, the Gallup Police Department received sad news that one of their own had been diagnosed with cancer. Lt. Gerald Tholund accepted the diagnosis and carried on. Now, the cancer has spread and his family has begun to feel the weight of this tragic disease not only in what the future holds, but also the weight of mounting medical bills. GPD PFC Andy Yearley spearheaded, along with other members of the GPD, a gofundme account to help, and they are now asking for the help of the community. Tholund spent over a year accepting

TAPESTRY | FROM PAGE 15 phases of creativeness,” he said. “I experiment with different styles that have been in the past, like cubism,” he said. “I stretch my boundaries. I sometimes become stagnate and I want to reach a pinnacle of where I want to be.” He’s also created a number of murals around town

Lt. Gerald Tholund. Photo Credit: Courtesy

his diagnosis all while continuing to keep doing his important work at GPD. “Sometimes he would do his treatments and would come back to work,”

such as the Hispanic mural, Gallup Community Life Mural, and the Japanese mural honoring Medal of Honor recipient Hiroshi Miyamura. Just recently, he received approval to paint a mural at the Gallup Chamber of Commerce. Aside from commercial painting, Sarracino also puts his talent to work on canvas. “It’s hard to break away from commercialism, but I love

Yearley said. Tholund retired in 2014 after serving Gallup for 27 years. At the beginning of 2015, he found out that the cancer had spread. Doctors have given a grim prognosis. While Tholund and his family is suffering under these conditions, the dollar amount of treating this disease is adding to the stress. “Current medical supplies, chemo, med flights and mounting medical bills are causing even more stress on the family,” Yearley said. The gofundme account has already helped raise over $500 just in gifts from 11 people. While that is amazing, it will make little impact. Every dollar can add up and help to ease some of the burden from this suffering family. While

to paint what I feel on canvas,” he said. “I feel every child is born an artist, and every child is connected to that. I want to reconnect with that child each time I paint.” He also said that when he paints, he feels more complete. It brings out a sense of satisfaction and spurs his self-confidence. Sarracino explained that New Mexico has greatly influenced his paintings with

gofundme does take a very small percentage off of the donation for the service of running the web page, 92 percent of every dollar donated will go to the family. It’s a l ready bei ng sha red on Facebook, but those wishing to donate can go directly to the site: gofundme. com /ger a ldt holu nd to ma ke a donation. “Please help us put Gerald at ease knowing that his wife will not have to worry about the medical expenses,” it reads on gofundme. “It is our time to give back to Gerald and his family.” Anyone wishing to make a donation without using the site can contact Yearley at the Gallup Police Department: (505) 863-9365 or email: eyearley@gallupnm.gov

its bright and illuminating colors of both the territory and its people. “ T he l a nd s c a pe help s me, the Navajo tradition, the jewelry, the culture – all has become an inspiration to me,”

a painting for $2,000. “I just sell locally. I haven’t tried to sell my paintings nationally because its a lot of work, it takes a lot of time,” he said. “It’s hard sometimes, and I’m glad I have my family’s

A Japanese Mural Honoring Hiroshi Miyamura, was painted 2015. This was done on the side of Camille’s on Aztec & 2nd Street. Photo Credit: Ric Sarracino

he said. “Art is more than just a thought process, I’ll go over an idea and go over it and then produce it. The actual work is a progress and it takes time to do it from that thought that pops in my head.” He’ll also take peoples suggestions and utilize experiences from past years. He admitted that he’s influenced by other artists and will explore images from the southwest and make them his own. “I don’t copy them, but take their idea and make it my own,” he said. Sarracino not only has been commissioned by the city to paint murals, he’s showcased his solo projects in Gallup and galleries. He has been featured on television newscasts, received awards and recognition in articles. He recently sold


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support and encouragement. I could be making high dollar with my construction, but I sacrifice all that to do what I want to do, to sell a Ric Sarracino painting. We were all created in the image of God and that creation is in all of us. When I create a work of beauty, I’ll just feel content and satisfied until I do my next painting. It’s most satisfying to create,” he added. S o, wh at a dv ice doe s Sarracino have for young, aspiring artists? “Study the masters, learn art history, if you’re young enough go to school ... learn ar t histor y, contemporar y work, because knowledge is power.” For more information, contact Ric Sarracino: ricsarracino@yahoo.com. COMMUNITY


Different Approaches to Art PART 3 OF 3 OF SERIES ON ART

By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent


rt, of and by itself, is a form of many and varied disciplines. Artists are vigorously independent, combining their talents and needs rarely with artists of other talents and needs. Any approach mentioning art must be aware of these divergencies, recognizing all without disrespecting others. Attempts to form coalitions of artists almost always bump into what another artist might deem to be their territory. These usually fail at an alarming rate simply because of these differences. A thought had occurred initially to this writer that a series of interviews – hopefully with direct and meaningful responses – would be a fitting conclusion to this series. The more these thoughts expanded, the more conf licting they became. How would it be possible for a small town like Gallup to operate a venue containing all of the different forms of art into an attraction that would bring in thousands of visitors each day and keep them coming back for more. I even went

as far as actually talking to some of those involved and had set up tentative talks with others when it was decided in my mind that the resulting confusion and clashes in focus would be self-defeating. Not even a building the size of Disney World could possibly hold the continuing works of artists in this community, and still there would be those on the outside – unable or unwilling to join the centralized location, using their own independence as a badge of honor. Yet some sense of control, assignment, purpose and integration is surely needed, and working with state programs, business leaders, and promotional advisors is also necessary. Should the city take control of these entities, forming a department to handle the different aspects, instead of relying on a mish-mash of other programs – mostly self-centered – to operate a little more efficiently? Or will life in arts continue as before in the haphazard manner we too easily accept? I always thought Arts Crawl was a great idea, except when the weather interferes. But disputes too quickly arose between the organizers and the business community, who always seek the black and

Amy Coats seen with Nitasha Manning, who served as the coordinator of the monthly Arts Crawl program. File Photo

white of financial statements as proof of success. Not that money is not important, but some leeway needs to be given – in writing, specifically – and even additional help offered to the often financially inadequate organizers that just want to provide residents and visitors with a showcase of what Gallup can offer, at least once a month. In short, attempting to put

Op-ed from Secretary Witte: New Mexico agriculture’s role in state economy, culture, water cycle


a t io n a l F a r m e r s Market Week this week got me thinking about the economic and cultural importance of not just the state’s 75 farmers markets, but of New Mexico agriculture more broadly. On the economics side, New Mexico agriculture is a $4 billion-a-year sector. But the true financial impact of agriculture in the state is much bigger.  Four billion is a measure of the value of agricultural commodities at the farm or ranch: things like live cattle, raw milk, and unprocessed wheat.  Turning those commodities into the COMMUNITY

products that most people no longer make for themselves – such as when milk gets turned into cheese, and when wheat

gets turned into flour – adds several billion dollars more to the system. In fact, resea rchers at New Mexico State University recently estimated that agriculture and food pro­cessing, combined, “accounted for $10.6 billion (roughly 12.3%) of New Mexico’s $86.5 billion gross state product (GSP) in 2012. In addition, the two industries directly created 32,578 jobs and 18,308 jobs in related support activities for a total of 50,886 jobs statewide.”


the blame on one person, or one group is just not acceptable. If the central idea is to promote, attract, and encourage a growth in local arts, communication must be better established, by demand if there is no other way. There is some talk about establishing an Arts Expo in Gallup that could become a rival for the Santa Fe Market, but that plan will never see the

light of day without a great deal more communication mandated through a centralized controlling authority, not just an advisory board that will be ignored on any whim. The Arts Crawl is growing in numbers; Nitasha Manning has done a great job in the organization and assignments of this monthly event. More is needed, though, much more. If the city is content with the ‘as is,’ fine! If not, put up or shut up, and yes I’m talking about financial help for starters, but there is more. Encouraging landowners and businesses in the downtown area to participate in one way or the other is certainly not out of the question. Not all businesses are for the arts, I know, but being able to use their parking areas and convincing employees and visitors to use available city and county parking lots not excessive either. Although I am not a fan of increasing government, this case could be an exception unless one of my readers has a better solution. As Mayor Jackie McKinney expressed to me recently, “If you don’t have a solution, don’t bring me the problem.” Or something to that effect but you get the point, I’m sure.

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The Gift: A Creepy Mood Piece By Glenn Kay For the Sun



hile horror flicks and thriller pics from Blumhouse Productions often follow supernatural tales along the lines of Insidious, Ouija and The Gallows, it appears that every now and then, the company does attempt some variations on their low-budget genre formula. The Gift certainly falls into this category. There aren’t any vengeful apparitions or undead axe murderers chopping teenagers to pieces. Instead, this is a mood piece, focusing entirely on its characters and attempting to create a general sense of unease. Co-star Joel Edgerton also serves as writer and director of this effort, and it’s clear that as a performer, he’s far more interested in the characters and their deep-seated motivations than typical suspense film conventions. The plot follows

married couple Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall). Simon is a software security salesman striving to make his way up the corporate ladder. After taking a position in the husband’s home town in the hopes of starting a family, the pair run into his old schoolmate, Gordo (Edgerton). Gordo is genial, but it isn’t long before he begins arriving at the house unannounced and leaving multiple wrapped welcome gifts at the front door. Simon jokingly begins relaying information about Gordo to Robyn, explaining that he was an odd kid who earned the nickname of “Weirdo” during their school days. As Simon politely (and then more explicitly) suggests to Gordo that his attempts at friendship aren’t going to be reciprocated, the acquaintance begins living up to his childhood moniker. While most films of this ilk would immediately cut to some kind of overt and violent assault/kidnapping scenario, this movie is a slow burn. There’s nothing truly explicit in the film; it merely hints at the possibility of multiple characters becoming violent or acting

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Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall star in ‘The Gift,’ and it’s easy to infer that the gift they receive is an unwelcome one. Opens in theaters Aug. 7. Photo Credit: Courtesy of STX Entertainment

out, creating a different kind of tension. The photography emphasizes the unease with Gordo’s sudden appearances, using focal length effectively to suggest a moving shape in various background environments. The three stars also have a lot of good character material to work with. Simon’s attempts at a big promotion and more aggressive techniques towards Gordo raise stress levels and cause a martial rift between husband and wife. The hero role changes dramatically as the story progresses and it’s

SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE Is Warm and Woolly By Glenn Kay For the Sun



haun the Sheep made his first appearance in the Walla ce & Gromit short A Close Shave, but in the years since the young buck has become the star of a very popular children’s “claymation” series. By now, tykes may be more familiar with the animal than the characters who introduced him. The 10 minute segment format of the television show might make one wonder whether the sheep can carry a feature. While it is certainly aimed at a younger audience, Shaun the Sheep Movie should entrance


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interesting to see Bateman take on a more complex character with less emphasis on comedy. Additionally, Robyn begins to suffer from anxiety while home alone, and eventually paranoia as she learns more about her secretive husband’s past. Naturally, there’s plenty going on in Gordo’s head as well, leaving viewers to wonder what the stimulus for his behavior might be. And lest it all seem too solemn, there are even a few moments of subtle black humor. This is

highlighted in Simon’s eccentric dislike of monkeys as well as a scene involving a pair of posturing police detectives. The only problem with a genre film taking a slow approach to the material is that it does lag in a few sections and there are some unavoidable genre tropes that pop up here and there. It also allows viewers time to process what is happening, and many will have figured out the final twist long before the reveal. Yet even so, the cast are fun to watch and the sting is depicted in a thoughtful and unsettling manner. In many respects, the movie presents a more believable and disturbing scenario than its more explicit chiller counterparts. The Gift is a small and subtle character-based genre flick suggesting that one’s past will always eventually catch up with them. Its simple goal is to be unsettling and the movie generally succeeds. This is not a fast-paced horror show, but it is a well-acted and creepy character piece that should appeal to patient suspense fans in the mood for something just a little different.

all members of the family - it makes for a pretty darn warm and woolly big screen debut. The story is simple enough. Bored by the repetition of daily life on the farm, Shaun attempts to take a day off. To do so, he enacts an elaborate plan to temporarily put his Farmer to sleep. However, things hit a snag when his master is accidentally knocked unconscious and laid up in a big city hospital. Concerned for the Farmer’s well being, Shaun and his friends attempt to find the Farmer, but in the process become targets of a ruthless animal control official. Much like the show, the story features absolutely no dialogue to speak of (besides some unintelligible muttering from human cast members).


Get ready to feel warm and fuzzy inside. ‘Shaun The Sheep’ opens in theaters nationwide Aug. 7. Photo Credit: Courtesy



sizes – including small farms with $1,000 worth of production a year – as well as ethGiven the slim profit mar- nic backgrounds, ages, and gins in agriculture, farmers crops. And agricultural diverand ranchers are always look- sity translates into a diverse ing for new efficiencies.  That economy. fact bears out in some interWhile a dollars-and-cents esting ways.  For instance, approach is helpful when recent news stories about our talking about agriculture and declining chile acreage ignore its water use, it ignores the the fact that New Mexico chile tremendous cultural contrigrowers are now growing more butions farming and ranching chile per acre than they were make to New Mexico.  What 25 years ago.  They and other would this region be like withgrowers have adopted things out the people who have called like laser leveling, drip irriga- this place home for centuries tion, sensor technology, and and even millennia, thanks satellite imaging – all of which in part to the Three Sisters of contribute to more efficient beans, corn, and squash?  How water use by both plants and different would the meaning farmers.  But traditional flood of la comunidad be in northirrigation – watering crops by ern New Mexico without the applying water to the surface water-sharing approach of our of the ground in which they’re acequia system?  What water growing – has its own merits.  would sustain our state’s Research conducted at NMSUå wildlife populations if not for shows that as much as 58 per- the rainwater that sheep and cent of the water applied to cattle ranchers catch in dirt some of New Mexico’s major tanks to water their animals crops v ia f lood irrigation year-round? returns to the aquifer.  With And what would a Saturday these “return flows”, as they’re morning in your community known, water gets filtered as it feel like without the vibrancy percolates through the ground.  of your local farmers market?  Then it’s available for others, The state’s 75 farmers markets including municipalities that are all the more important provide drinking water to the when you consider the high bulk of the people reading rate of food deserts (low-inthis…perhaps you. come communities with limEven if you dwell in an ited access to grocery stores) urban area, chances are that here.  Many of these markets agriculture exists nearby.  Data are now participating in a proreleased by USDA last year gram called Double Up Food showed that there are nearly Bucks, which allows recipi25,000 farms, ranches, and ents of Supplemental Nutrition other such agricultural opera- Assistance Program (SNAP) tions across New Mexico.  That benefits to double their purfigure covers a wide range of chasing power of fresh, local

food at the farmers market. That’s good for low-income families, farmers and ranchers who sell at the market, and communities that will see those dollars spent and re-spent locally. I often tell people that farmers and ranchers take water – a substa nce that begins with zero calories, zero protein, zero fiber – and make it nutritious. If you’d like to consider directing water away from agriculture, I ask you to please save that thought for the next time you sit down to eat.  Would you be willing to part with the enchiladas that were made using New Mexico chile, onions, and cheese?  Neither would I.  New Mexico’s unique cuisine is dependent on New Mexico’s unique agricultural heritage.  And while our unique cuisine is something we have access to whenever the craving hits, it’s coveted by those who live elsewhere.  Eating New Mexican food is an important part of the experience tourists come here looking for. I grew up on a ranch in northern New Mexico.  I know how hard agricultural work is, and how thankless it may seem on tough days – but in the end, it’s still one of the most rewarding things people can do for themselves, their families, and their communities.  Thank you to all the past, present, and future farmers and ranchers across New Mexico, and thanks to everyone who stands in strong support of them. Sincerely, Jeff Witte

SHAUN | FROM PAGE 18 Continuing to take its cue from old-fashioned silent comedies, the animators mine gentle, absurdist humor from just about every variety of visual jab imaginable. In fact, it’s a wonder that the movie is rated PG (for “Rude Humor”) - it’s so innocent and sweet one wonders how a burp joke and a manure gag could possibly have resulted in such a rating. Whatever the reason, much of what occurs onscreen is funny. There’s an entertainingly silly subplot in which the Farmer finds a bizarre new line of work and becomes a wellknown figure in the process. In fact, whether it involves a shady duck being bribed with slices of bread to commit an underhanded act, a group of wild partying pigs taking advantage of an empty farmhouse, or awkward behavior as the animals attempt to pass as humans in the city amidst funny background signage, there’s a lways something amusing to look at. However, the highlight goes to a crazy dog locked up in an animal shelter (or more to the point, prison). The mutt’s

intense and bizarre expression is repeated with reactions of increasingly concerned animals, and through the repetition somehow manages to become funnier and funnier. And there’s a great payoff for the running gag during the end credits. It is also a beautifully animated flick. On the big screen, the city streets and shops look striking and one can really see all of the impressive detail in the physical sets and environments. It may all be built in miniature, but it never stops looking grand and impressive. The pacing itself is fairly zippy as the characters quickly move from one misadventure to the next - it keeps moving without any notable slow spots. And between the laughs, the story even manages to work in a subtle message about animal adoption and the plight of the homeless. Like the series it is based upon, this isn’t a hysterical film, but it is an adorably quirky tale that easily garners smiles throughout its entire running time. Little kids will likely enjoy Shaun the Sheep Movie, and parents may find themselves having a chuckle or two along the way.


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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for August 7, 2015 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


t’s time for another column featuring the highlights among new Blu-ray and DVD releases. Looks like it’s a very busy week with plenty to choose from. As always, be sure to click on any links to read detailed reviews. So, if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure and give one of these titles a try! Big New Releases!

Any Day - A boxer gets into an argument at a party and beats a man to death in this brooding drama. After being released from prison, he attempts to rebuild his life and meets a potential partner. However, even greater struggles arise for the lead after another personal crisis. The press didn’t care for this effort. They suggested that it completely wastes a great cast with a ponderous screenplay that veers into self-importance far too often. Sean Bean, Kate Walsh, Eva Longoria, Tom Arnold and Shane Black headline the production. Barely Lethal - This comedy aimed at the young crowd follows a teenage special ops agent who is forced to go undercover and attend high school with kids her own age. Of course, she finds assassinations easy compared to the new assignment. This effort only received a limited release and the reviews that did trickle in were poor. Almost all wrote that the movie mixes silly teen comedy clichés with ineffective action and is never able to decide exactly what it’s trying to do. It stars Hailee Steinfeld a nd features Ja ime K ing, Samuel L. Jackson and Jessica Alba in supporting roles.

Child 44 - Here’s a high profile title that barely got any press during its release earlier in the year. It’s a $50 million dollar thriller from the director of Safe House set in the USSR during the reign of Stalin. An idealistic government official goes on the hunt for a serial killer, but finds his work hampered by political red tape. It garnered tepid notices that called it an ineffective police procedural that did little to thrill or raise chills, despite the great performers. Cast members include Tom Hardy, Noomi Repace, Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Vincent Cassel, Paddy Considine and Charles Dance. Sounds like you might be better off watching the similarly-themed HBO title Citizen X (1995) instead.

Insurgent - Also known as T he Divergent Ser ies: Insurgent, this is the second film in the futuristic young adult series. The plot follows its heroine as she goes on the run from the nasty Erudite leaders and attempts to join a revolutionary force that will free the world from its oppressors. The press weren’t taken with this follow-up - while the majority agreed that there was plenty of action, they still referred to it as mediocre and underwhelming. It stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Octavia Spenser, Kate Winslet and Naomi Watts. To read a full-length review of teh movie, click here. Madame Bovary - Based on the famous French novel, this arthouse drama tells the tale of a pretty young woman who marries into wealth to escape her life on a pig farm. Upon entering high society, she attempts another upward move in the hopes of escaping her dull husband. It’s been called a

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difficult novel to adapt to film, and reviews suggested that it still hasn’t been done properly. While complimenting some of the performances and scenery, many felt it was a choppily condensed version that lacks both passion and the subtext of the written work. Mia Wasikowska, Ezra Miller, Rhys Ifans and Paul Giamatti take on the lead roles.

Toolbox Murders 2 - Despite being released in some parts as Coffin Baby, this is an official sequel to the 2004 remake of the original 1978 exploitation horror flick (I’m already confused, but that’s the deal). This time out, the serial killer from the previous film rampages through Hollywood and attempts to murder the sister of the woman who survived the previous film. Shout! Factory are releasing it, so perhaps it’s better than it sounds. At least it features Bruce Dern in a supporting role.

True Story - Based loosely on an actual event, this drama follows a disgraced New York Times reporter who scores an exclusive interview with an accused killer pleading his innocence. As the writer slowly get s to k now t he inmate, he must investigate

the claims to determine if they have any validity. Reviews were mixed for this effort. While most appreciated the low-key performances from stars Jonah Hill and James Franco, they felt that the filmmakers failed to develop much in the way of suspense or tension. The cast includes Felicity Jones and Gretchen Mol. To read a full-length review, click here. Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead - A mechanic attempts to survive a zombie apocalypse by developing weapons and an elaborate suit of armor to fight off attackers. Armed to the teeth, he sets out to cross the outback and rescue his sister from a mad doctor. This Australian midnight movie mixes the undead genre with Mad Max. Horror publication writers as well as festival audiences appeared to appreciate the effort. They called it a fun, high-energy action/horror flick that delivers the exploitation goods. It stars Jay Gallagher and Bianca Bradley. Blasts From the Past! Criterion have a Blu-ray of the classic film noir Night and the City (1950) coming your way. This British crime flick follows a wrestling promoter who attempts a complicated get-rich scheme that involves conning underworld figures. However, it soon becomes clear that his play may have dire consequences. This release includes the full UK version of the film in a new 4K restoration, as well as multiple director interviews and an audio commentary from a film historian. Wa r n e r B r o t h e r s a r e br ing a few notable titles t o Blu -r ay. T hey i nclude the A licia Silverstone and Br e nd a n F r a s ier r om a n tic comedy Blast From the Pa st (1999) a nd t he pop ula r kid’s film Free Willy (1993). The highlight of the group is Innerspace (1987) - it’s a comedy directed by Joe Dante (G remlins) and loosely inspired by the sci-fi title Fantastic Voyage (1966). The story involves a test pilot who is shrunken down in a capsule to microscopic size by scientists. When crooks brea k i nto t he lab a nd attempt to steal the technology, the hero is accidentally inserted into the body of a

meek grocery clerk. Together, they must stop the evil plot. This fun, funny underrated ge m f r om t he 8 0 s s t a r s Dennis Quaid, Martin Short and Meg Ryan. Kino Lorber also has some noteworthy thrillers arriving on Blu-ray. These include the prison-set film noir Big House, U.S.A . (1955), the Rober t Mitchum French Riviera effort Foreign Intrigue (1956) and the heist flick He Ran All the Way (1951). Finally, they’ve also got the heist drama Storm Fear (1955), starring Dennis Weaver and Lee Grant. Lions Gate are reissuing a DVD of the Pierce Brosnan take on Robinson Cr usoe (1997). For those unfamiliar with it, the classic tale revolves around a British castaway who lands on an island in the Pacific during the 1700s and struggles to survive the elements. Help comes in the form of a local tribesman named Friday - the two eventually become mutual friends. You Know, For Kids! There are some plenty of choices available for little tykes of all ages. Check out the list below.

Alpha & Omega: Family Vacation (straight-to-DVD movie) A Bunch of Munsch: The Complete Series The Busy World of Richard Scarry The Country Mouse and the City Mouse Adventures: 26 Mice Tales Around the World (featuring episodes from 1997 animated TV series) Dora & Friends: Doggie Day Looney Tunes: Rabbit Run Madeline: The Complete Collection (6 Original Specials and All 59 Episodes produced between 1993 and 2001) Peppa Pig: School Bus Trip COMMUNITY

SPORTS 360 The Art of Judo By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent


he ma r tial a r ts all have a dual purpose in their practice, as defined in the very name. On one hand they may be used in both aggressive and defensive ways, but the movements are an art form, more closely related to dance than to fighting. Sensei Miguel Garcia has been operating the Ga llup Judo Club for the past three years, building up a clientele

of interested students who a re excelling at their ow n pace in the practice of this ancient form. Located at 230 W. Coal, next to a nd upsta irs from Cit y Elec t r ic Shoe Shop, t he nor m a l ly q u ie t C lu b becomes a beehive of activity when the students show up for the next session. At every age, they congregate, don their gi’s for the rigorous practices, and prepare their minds and bodies for what is to come. T he t r a n s for m a t ion i s

Nancy Rodriguez displays her medals while standing next to Sensei Miguel Garcia. Photo Credit: Tom Hartsock

Seven-year-old Alayson Pinto is very proud of her medal for winning the state competition after only three months of training. Photo Credit: Tom Hartsock

Mateo Loeras is comfortable with his second place medal in the New Mexico Championships. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Gallup Judo Club


l it tle shor t of a ma zi ng a s they become miniature warriors, intent and determined, instead of carefree youngsters. Sensei Miguel

is somet i mes helped by another instr uctor, Gallup


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JUDO | FROM PAGE 21 Pol ice O f f icer M a t t hew Gr a h a m, who i s t he 2 015 National Master Champion. Gra ha m doesn’t necessa rily rely on his own physical skills, since he is also the K- 9 of f icer for h i s pol ice unit.

But Gr a h a m i s not t he on ly s t udent t o ea r n rec og n it ion for h i s sk i l l s on the mat. Mateo a nd A r turo Loera both have ea r ned second pla ce meda ls i n competition a nd A r tu ro i s t h e 2 015 N M S t a t e C h a m pio n . H a le y G o me z a l s o c a p t u r e d s e c o nd i n the A rizona championships

From left: Haley Gomez, Nancy Rodriguez, Sensei Miguel Garcia, and Chester Hubbard pose for a congratulatory picture after the NM Judo Championships. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Gallup Judo Club

Arturo Loeras points proudly to his medal. The young man placed second in the 2015 NM Championships. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Gallup Judo Club

wh i le Chester Hubba rd wa s t h i rd i n h i s d iv i sion. A layson P i nto won t he NM title in her group a f ter only three months of tra ini ng. A layson is on ly seven yea r s old a nd a student at Lincoln Elementa r y. The most awa rded student though is Na ncy Rodriguez, an eighth-grader at Gallup Mid. She has been preparing for competitions for a lmost fou r yea rs a nd ha s eig ht meda ls to show for her ef for t s: s i x f r om A r i z on a , wher e s he won four titles a nd placed second tw ice; three for titles earned in New Mexico; and a more recent International Championship. A very respectable record for a sma ll, a nd relatively new club. If your children would be interested in this activity, please call Se n sei Miguel at 879-5641.

Lobo men’s soccer tabbed second in C-USA


LBUQUERQUE – The University of New Mexico men’s soccer team has been picked second in Conference USA’s preseason poll done by the league’s coaches. The Lobos received one first-place vote and finished behind Charlotte, which received six.

wa s n a med t o t he M AC Hermann Trophy watch list, while Hansen is currently at the U.S. Men’s National Team collegiate identification training camp in preparation for Olympic qualifying, which begins in October. The Lobos open their preseason schedule with a pair

Photo Credit: Courtesy of New Mexico Athletics

Juniors Niko Hansen and Chris Wehan were also honored by being voted to the Preseason A ll-Conference Team. The duo finished onetwo in scoring for the Lobos last season, with Wehan leading the way with 10 goals, two assists and 22 points. Hansen added five goals and three assists for 13 points. Earlier Wednesday Wehan

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of home exhibition matches. The first is Saturday, Aug. 15 against Air Force at 7 pm, and the second is against Grand Canyon on Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. UNM opens the regular season at No. 1 UCLA on Saturday, Aug. 29, and its first home match of the regular season will be on Friday, Sept. 4 vs. San Diego at 7 pm. SPORTS

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DROP-IN FILMS All ages. Tonight: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Starts 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec.

CITY COUNCIL 6 PM Agendas will be available at least 72 hours prior to each meeting. Meetings are held in the City Council Chambers, 110 West Aztec Ave. Contact: (505) 863-1254.

3 BEARDS ON A BLOND Live music tonight at Coal Street Pub, featuring “3 Beards an a Blond.” Their first time performing at the pub! From 8-10 pm. 303 W. Coal Ave (505) 722-0117. TAX FREE TIME! AUG 7 thru 9 - Back to school Free Tax weekend in New Mexico! SATURDAY Aug. 8 505 BLUES BAND Live music tonight at Coal Street Pub, featuring “505 Blues Band.” From 8-10 pm. 303 W. Coal Ave (505) 7220117. SATURDAY STORIES Start your Saturday mornings off right with an interactive story time for children of all ages and their families. Each week will feature songs as well as books, at least one puppet story, and include a short craft or activity at the end. Starts 10:30 am, Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. MONDAY AUG. 10 FREE COMPUTER CLASS The Octavia Fellin Public Library is offering free computer training at the Main Branch, 115 W. Hill. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, call (505) 863-1291 or email: libtrain@gallumnm.gov or visit the front desk of the library. Today’s class: Windows 8.1 Training, 5:30-7:30 pm. CLASSIFIEDS




kids interested in science, math, building, and inventing. Each week will feature a different challenge, project, or experiment. Starts 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. Today’s project: Colorful Chemistry.

TEEN CAFE Ages 11 to 14: A place for middle schoolers to hang out and make crafts, design, build, experiment, watch movies, or play video games. Starts 4 pm. Today’s Craft: Duck Tape Pencil Cases. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec.

FREE COMPUTER CLASS The Octavia Fellin Public Library is offering free computer training at the Main Branch, 115 W. Hill. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, call (505) 863-1291 or email: libtrain@ gallumnm.gov or visit the front desk of the library. Today’s class: Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, 2-4 pm.

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OPEN-MIC-NIGHT Come hear some live, local talent tonight at Coal Street Pub. From 8-10 pm. 303 W. Coal Ave (505) 722-0117. THURSDAY Aug. 13

LIBRARY MOVIE NIGHT August Film Series – “Dog Days of Summer Films.” Wednesday nights at 5:30pm – popcorn provided. Featuring this week: “When the Game Stands Tall” Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill.



FREE COMPUTER CLASS The Octavia Fellin Public Library is offering free computer training at the Main Branch, 115 W. Hill. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, call (505) 863-1291 or email: libtrain@ gallumnm.gov or visit the front desk of the library. Today’s class: Microsoft Word 2010: A Beginner’s Course, 2-4 pm

TODDLER TIME Ages 2 to 4: An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement, rhymes, and stories. Starts 10:30 am. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. WEDNESDAY Aug. 12 StandsTall.jpg


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CRAFTY KIDS All Ages: Fun crafts for the whole family. Today’s craft: Tissue Roll Minions. Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec.

NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING We invite residents of the Viro and Stagecoach areas to meet with Councilor Fran Palochak at our neighborhood meeting beginning at 6 pm, Stagecoach Elementary School. Councilor Palochak will be there to listen to your concerns. It’s a great opportunity to share ideas and we welcome your compliments and complaints. Please join us and feel free to bring a friend or two.

ONGOING CEREMONIAL PHOTOGRAPH EXHIBIT From Aug. 1 - 29, the Octavia Fellin Public Library will display vintage Gallup Ceremonial Photographs. The photographs were taken in the early decades of the Ceremonial before the move to Red Rock State Park and feature the downtown parade, the old Ceremonial grounds, and many dancers. The photographs will be on display throughout the library, 115 W. Hill. For more information please contact the Library at (505) 863-1291 or libsuper@ gallupnm.gov. COMMUNITY PANTRY The Hope Garden is offering organic produce for sale from 10 am -12 pm Tuesday - Friday. We are located at 1130 E. Hasler Valley Rd. All funds go to helping feed local folks. For personal attention call (505) 726-8068 or when visiting ask for Kenworth Jones. GALLUP SOLAR MEETINGS Interested in learning more about solar energy? Come to a Gallup Solar meeting, held the first three Wednesdays of the month from 6-8 pm, East Logan Ave. Email: gallupsolar@gmail.com or call (505) 726-2497. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Habitat for Humanity Yard Sale fund raisers are open 9 am to noon every Saturday on Warehouse Lane off of Allison Road. If you have household items to donate or wish to volunteer, call Bill Bright at (505) 722-4226. SPACE ADVENTURE EXHIBIT From Aug. 1 - 22, the Library,

partnered with ATD Fourth World, will host a Space Adventure Exhibit in the Main Library Meeting Room. The exhibit was built with the help of the Chief Manuelito Middle School gifted class students and their teachers. “Space Adventure” explores what it’s like to travel and live in space as well as what the solar system is. This includes touchscreen videos, digital displays, interactive displays, plaster reproductions of the planets in our solar system, and much more. For more information, please contact the Library at (505) 863-1291 or visit our website at www.galluplibrary.org. SUMMER NIGHTLY INDIAN DANCES Dances take place every night through Labor Day, from 7 pm to 8 pm, at the Courthouse Square, located on Aztec between 2nd and 3rd streets. Free admission. (505) 7222228. SAVE THE DATE EMAAC’S ANNUAL MEETING The El Morro Area Arts Council will hold its annual meeting. Please join us for this celebration of change and renewal. We will pay special tribute to all of the volunteers who gave of themselves during this past year. Refreshments provided. When: Aug. 16, 3 pm – 5pm Where: The Old School Gallery Who: EMAAC’s Members and Volunteers To post a non-profit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: gallupsunevents@gmail.com or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday 5 pm.

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