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NEWS Carmen Moffett receives raise during closed session By Lealia Nelson Sun Correspondent

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ellow Boa rd of Education members granted GallupMcK i n ley Cou nt y Schools interim Superintendent Carmen Moffett a raise during an executive closed session Sept. 21. It appears she will continue to act as special education director and interim superintendent.

Multiple attempts were made by phone to reach Moffett. However, she has not responded as of press time. Moffett was appointed as

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Board members Lynn Huenemann and Joe Menini.

interim superintendent after Frank Chiapetti was placed on administrative leave last month. District 5 board member Lynn Huenemann said the investigation by Dan Patterson is ongoing. “The [investigation] will be done soon” he said. “I’d hoped it would be done last meeting, or by the meeting before that. Hopefully by this next meeting.” Huenemann confirmed that Moffett will receive $122,000

for the dual positions, as it does not appear she’ll step down, as special education director. “It’s a normal salary, not a grant,” he said. “She’ll maintain her current position, still keeping her duties.” Huenemann said he didn’t know what practices were in place, but her salary wasn’t mentioned after the board came out of closed session and announced that she was given a raise, retroactive to when

she first assumed the role as interim superintendent. “I’m not sure if it was an oversight on our part, or not common practice,” he said. “It is a matter of public record.” District 4 board member Joe Menini said he couldn’t comment. “Speak with Nez, he’s the spokesperson for the board,” he said. Board President Titus Nez couldn’t be reached for comment by publication date. Multiple attempts were made by phone and email without

response. Board Secretary Priscilla Manuelito also couldn’t be reached for comment. T he Ga l lup -McK i n ley County Schools personnel office was called in an attempt to get i n for mat ion. Judy Jaramillo, the personnel office assistant, said she couldn’t comment on the matter. She directed the call to Director of Human Resources Ronald Donkersloot. But, he couldn’t be reached for comment by publication deadline.

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Going undercover pays off in two State Police Participate in Drug Take-Back Day drug busts NM State Police

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allup Police Depar tment’s Narcotics Unit recently made two arrests – one for selling methamphetamine to an undercover agent – and another as a result of a drug raid. Te r r y C o m m a c k w a s arrested Sept. 16 for selling meth to an undercover narcotics agent during the week of June 18. The agent gave an informant $40 for the drugs and witnessed the transaction. Another drug bust occurred some months back, but resulted in the arrest of Ruben Zepeda. He was served a search warrant by agents, at his apartment located on 103 East Hill, Dec. 4. They found what appeared to be meth and it was sent to the forensic drug lab in Santa Fe, where the substance was confirmed as methamphetamine, a 4th degree felony. As for Commack, an off-thestreet drug deal landed him in jail. The agent and informant

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met him initially by vehicle, which was driven by a woman, but the actual transaction took place at Commack’s front door. “Terry handed the confidential informant a small white baggie and the confidential informant handed Terry the money,” the affidavit for arrest warrant states. The agent who conducted the transaction, the name withheld to protect identity, said Commack “is a known drug dealer in the community.” The warrant also stated that after the transaction Commack was yelling at his children to leave the house and get into a car. He went outside and

grabbed a rock and threw it toward another house and the [agent] “heard glass shatter.” “Terry told the children to get into the back seat and get ‘the f--k out,’” the affidavit states. Commack is being held in McKinley County Adult Detention Center on a $5,000 cash only bond. As for Zepeda, he was already in jail for a domestic violence charge when he was served the arrest warrant. Narcotics Agent Ronnie Gonzales said Zepeda “had a gram of meth in his possession at the time of arrest.” As of Sept. 24, a jail official confirmed that both men are still in custody.

L BUQU ERQU E – On Sept. 26 the New Mexico State Police is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in the 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day hosted by the DEA. From 10 am-2 pm on Saturday, citizens may return all unwanted, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs for safe and anonymous disposal. Each New Mexico State Police district

office throughout the state will be a collection site and will be accepting prescription drugs for disposal. The purpose of this program is to dispose of unused and expired prescription drugs, which are highly susceptible to accidental poisoning, misuse, and abuse. Additionally, these drugs will be properly disposed in a manner that will safely impact the environment and community.

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Triple robbery suspects still at large

Dramatic video still shots of the suspects that robbed Concoco west Sept. 18. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Gallup Police Department

By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor Surveillance video filmed the same two suspects robbing three gas station convenience stores within a 24 hour period, starting in the early morning hours of Sept. 17.

Gallup Police Department Capt. Rick White confirmed via store video footage that the two suspects robbed Allsups west less before pulling off two more robberies within an hour apart later that evening. Now, police are asking for the public’s help in identifying

and catching the two, armed bandits. During two of the robberies, one suspect brandished a semi-automatic handgun and the other a tire iron. The first store the duo hit was the Allsups on 2657 West Highway 66, at 12:27 am, on Sept. 17. Witnesses described

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the bandits’ height as being somewhere between 5’7” to 6’0” tall. In this case, the armed robber, wielding a tire iron, donned a sleeveless, cut-off blue shirt, and faded jeans. His face was covered with a blue bandanna. His accomplice was wearing a dark blue or black hoodie, baggy pants, and had his face covered with a blue bandanna. They took off out the store eastbound, on foot. The duo changed clothing, and at 11:37 pm, they robbed the Mustang located on 3340 East Highway 66. Less than an hour later, at 12:27 am on Sept. 18, the suspects robbed the Conoco on 3302 West Highway 66. They made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and at least one bottle of water. The suspect pointing the gun stands about 5”11,” has a thin build, and was wearing glasses, a black cap, and had a black bandanna covering his face. He was wearing a blue hoodie with white chevron stripes, which shows up black in some of the video still shots, and had on black pants, and carried a black backpack. Brandishing a tire iron, suspect two stands about 6’0” and was wearing a black hoodie that has these words plastered

City picks NCI to run detox center By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor

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on the front: “Keep One Rolled,” with each word green, yellow, and red in color. His face was covered with a black bandanna and he was also wearing a grey undershirt and black sweatpants. This is the third time this year that Conoco west has been robbed. White said the race of the suspects isn’t clear, but witnesses said the suspect holding the gun could be a light-complected Hispanic or Native American male. The suspect with the tire iron has a medium complexion and could be a Native American male. Suspects reportedly fled both scenes in a newer model brown GMC pickup truck with tinted windows. White didn’t point to statistics, but based on observation he said there has been an increase in armed robberies in the area. “There’s always been armed robberies,” he said. “It seems like it’s on the rise the last few months and we need to catch these guys before someone gets hurts.” GPD encourages anyone with information on the three robberies to call Crimestoppers at (505) 722-6161. An award of up to $1,000 is available for information leading to the arrest of these suspects.

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Gallup tops auditor’s comprehensive report By Lealia Nelson Sun Correspondent

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he New Mexico Office of the State Auditor released its Findings Report Sept. 22. The report is a comprehensive list of state local government financial workings. This report focused on three main areas: audit opinion, types of annual findings, and repeated findings. The Findings report gave the City of Gallup a Qualified Opinion. According to the Findings Report, a qualified opinion states that the auditor concludes misstatements, individually, or in the aggregate, are material, but not pervasive to the financial statements. New Mexico State Auditor T i mot hy Kel ler sa id t hat

NM State Auditor Timothy Keller. Photo Credit: Courtesy of OSA

historically the city of Gallup has had challenges. However, with the upcoming audit due in October, Keller is “optimistic the city will do better,” he said. “They [city] are proactively trying to handle problems and that is new.” O S A D e pu t y C h ie f of

Staff Justine Freeman said the data from the last audit is at lea st 18 months old. The upcoming audit due in October will have more up to date information. Keller said for the City of Gallup some of the biggest issues have been Grant compliance. But the “largest chunk” of reoccurring problems was the Housing Authority, Keller said. The city faced problems with purchase orders and fixed asset deprecation. There were lots of issues, he said. “ L o ok i n g fo r w a r d t o improving in October,” he said. The report concluded that 40 percent of all recorded findings were repeated findings from previous years, while 60 percent were new findings. Out of 93 municipalities,

the City of Gallup had the most findings with a total of 31 discrepancies. Gallup was also at the top of the list for repeat discrepancies, for municipalities, with 26 findings. According to the Findings Report, 94 percent of the 449 state and local governmental entities audited received “unmodified” opinions. In that case, the auditor concludes that the financial findings are presented fairly, the report stated. For those entities who didn’t make the cut, the report found a total 2,033 discrepancies. The audit report stated the severity of the findings for “financially challenged entities need improvement.” “Correcting these underlying causes of the repeat findings should be a top priority

The City of Gallup had the most findings out of 93 municipalities with 31 discrepancies, and the most repeat findings totaling 26. for government managers,” the report stated. The state auditors office is working with entities to reduce repeat findings. This involves working with the manager and their response to each finding. This should identify the issues for “correction,” the report stated. The 2015 audit rule requires management to identify the employee’s position tasked with implementing this corrective action and requires the auditor to report on the status of the corrective action plan.

UNM Athletic Director talks sports with Gallup Lobo fans By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor

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n i ver s it y of New Mex ico A t h l e t i c Director Paul Krebs spoke about the college’s current state of athletics to the Gallup Rotary Club at Sammy C’s Sept. 23. He touched on NCAA government structure, and the more controversial topic of Fantasy Football, which reportedly ma rkets towa rd college-age males. The NCA A go v e r n s c ol lege sports and defines Fantasy Football as gambling. If a student-athlete is caught playing the popular game, the penalties are harsh and could result in a suspension or ban from playing college sports. Mea nwh i le, K rebs expressed confidence about UNM hav ing a voice on t he NCA A Boa rd of Di rec t or s. Kendall Spencer, a UNM long jump champion,

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UNM Athletic Director Paul Krebs speaks to the Gallup Rotary Club Sept. 23. Photo Credit: Tom Hartsock

has become the first student to sit on the board in the histor y of the organization. “We are well represented on the council,” Krebs said. K rebs a l so spoke about how the college struggles to find its edge on the football field in a sport where losing one game can edge a team out that’s “in the hunt for the playoffs.” “We have to get our football better,” he said. T h is i ncludes ga rner i ng more fa n sup por t. He sa id that

at tenda nce at ga mes was down 6 percent, so the college is exploring some marketing methods to draw in spectat or s, i nclud i ng U N M students. Also, Krebs said the college has “ramped up our academics” and has a study center for athletics, full time nutritionist and clinical psychologist on staff. K rebs touched on more topics, giving fans and Rotarians a tour-like rundown of what’s happening in UNM college sports. NEWS


WEEKLY DWI REPORT By Lealia Nelson For the Sun Titus Nelson Sept. 15, 9:22 pm 2nd DWI Offence McKinley County Sheriffs Deputy, Merlin Benally was working overtime for 100 Days and Nights. While patroling State Highway 602 he clocked a speeding vehicle. Using his Kustom Signals Eagle II radar equipment, at 64 MPH in a 55MPH. According to the report, Titus greeted the officer and said, “Oh Really? I was coming down the hill right there.” As Benally approached t he veh icle, he not iced Nelson smelled of alcohol. Benally noticed that Nelson’s eyes were blood shot a nd watery. But, Nelson said his passenger, Andromeda, was the one who smelled and had been drinking. Nelson denied t h at he’d been d r i n k i ng. The off icer a sked Nelson to be honest with him and

let him know, if Nelson had been drinking. Nelson then admitted to hav ing had a Pabst before driving. Benally conducted a field sobriety test and observed that Nelson s w a ye d w h i l e s t a n d i n g . Nelson was given a portable Breathalyzer that read 0.1222 percent BRAC reading. Nelson was charged after a search of the vehicle, with speeding, a second DWI, and an open container. Lisa Begay Sept. 11, 4:55 pm 3rd DWI/Hit and Run Gallup Police Department, Of f icer Steven Pesh la sk i wa s on saturation patrol and Officers M. Graham, R. Blackgoat, C. James were investigating a hit and run vehicle crash. Two witnesses to the incident, Patricia Platero and Nina Murphy, witnessed the crash and followed the suspect’s vehicle a white Chevy SUV. The victim was Shannon Wilson of Vanderwagon NM.

The suspect later identified as Lisa Begay. Blackgoat made the traffic stop and requested a saturation unit. Peshlaski headed to the scene. Begay’s vehicle had damage to the front bumper. Two open and empty cans of 12oz Steel Reserve were in the vehicle. Begay said she was fine and did not need medical attention. She agreed to a field sobriety test and she kept swaying from side to side and had to lean on the unit to keep upright. Begay was transported to the McKinley County Detox Center where she refused a breath test and was yelling that she wanted to be left alone. After she was cleared medically, she was charged with her third DWI offense and aggravated refusal. She was also charged with leaving the scene of an accident, failure to register vehicle, and failure to insure vehicle. She also had a bench warrant out for shoplifting.

Calvin Tsosie Sept 11, 6:28 pm DWI Gallup Police Department reporting Officer Matthew Ashley wa s pa rked in his marked patrol unit on the cor ner on Mesa Ave. He saw a four door Chevy Malibu drive through the intersection without slowing dow n . H a l f w ay t h r ou g h the intersection the vehicle suddenly stopped and then continued forward. Ashley then pulled behind the Malibu and turned on his emergency lights. The male driver was asked for his license and registration. According to the report, the driver, Calvin Tsosie looked confused by the question. When asked why he was pulled over, Tsosie said “he failed to use turn signals.” But the Ashley informed him that it was the failure to stop at the intersection. Ashley noted a 6 pack of Budwieser in a white plastic bag, with several bottles missing. Tsosie smelled of alcohol and said he could only find his ID and no other documents.

The officer asked Tsoise if he could do a field sobriety test. Tsosie said he could. When asked if he had injuries by Ashley, Tsosie said he had pins in his knee. When asked by Ashley, if he could sit, stand, walk, and turn around, Tsosie said “sometimes.” He was transported to Gallup Detox Center where nurse Stacey McDonald said Tsosie’s BRAC was .395. Tsosie was charged with a DWI, failure to yield or stop at intersection, no license, failure to register or insure a vehicle, and an open container. Rhoda Peralto 9/06, 8:42 pm Failure to maintain lane McKinley county Sheriff’s deputy Roxanne King, was traveling on Hwy 118 t r avel i n g east bound. She observed a black Buick passenger car that was unable to maintain its traffic lane, crossing center and going approximately 46 MPH. She followed the vehicle until mile marker 33 where it was safe to conduct a traffic

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CITY PICKS | FROM PAGE 5 The cit y had to issue an emergency Request for Proposals after they received a letter from the Navajo Nation stating they were terminating the agreement to run the facility Oct. 3. NCI will run the detox center for at least five months, starting Oct. 4 at an estimated cost of more than $400,000. Purchasing departments often weigh RFPs on what entity will serve as both the lowest and most qualified bidder. Qualifications, not amount, gauges the decision making. NEWS

Three other entities threw their hat into the ring. MorningStar Healthcare Services came in as the lowest bidder, asking for a mere $175,000 through the end of February. Care66 specified that they would need nearly $800,000 to run the center. Native American Behavioral Health Services requested $225,000 per month for five months, which would cost the city in excess of more than $1.1 million. Meanwhile, Dr. Kevin Foley of NCI has to obtain insurance for the facility prior to take over. NCI ran the detox center prior to the tribe taking the reins. Gallup Sun • Friday September 25, 2015

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NM served two million meals to children in need By Chris Sanchez Communications Director

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ANTE FE – Gov. Susana Martinez announced Sept. 23 that the state served more than two million nutritious meals to low-income children over the summer. The Children, Youth, and Families Department, t h r ou g h it s pa r t ner s h ip with the US Department of Agriculture, provides free nutritious meals during the summer months to children age 18 and younger. “Making sure that New Mexico’s children have food on their plates every day is so important to their health and wellbeing,” Mar tinez said. “And sadly, when school is out of session, many of our kids no longer have access to the healthy meals they once relied on. That’s why I’m proud that our summer food program continues to feed our low-income kids who need it most – even when school is not in session.” This summer, an average of 33,500 meals a day were served to New Mexico children through more than 600 meal sites located across the state. Over 565,000 of those meals were ser ved in the Albuquerque metro area. Since

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2010, Martinez has expanded the Summer Food Ser vice Program, increasing the number of meals served by 7.5 percent. New Mexico continues to be a national leader in providing meals to low-income children. The Food Research and Action Center has ranked New Mexico the No. 1 state in the country for serving meals to low-income children over the summer months. In addition to the summer food program Martinez has also expanded the Breakfast after the Bell program, which allows schools to serve breakfast to kids who don’t make it to school in time to eat before class. The summer food program is funded nationally by the USDA, which reimburses statewide sponsoring organizations for administering and serving meals at approved sites. V i sit: www.goven or. state.nm.us

DWI REPORT | FROM PAGE 7 stop. King informed Peralto that she was stopped for failure to maintain her lane. When asked for her license and registration, Peralto said she didn’t have them. King could smell alcohol while speaking with Peralto. King conducted a sobriety test after informing dispatch. Peralto confirmed she understood her rights. King asked if the passenger Samuel Curley had a license. Peralto informed King that he didn’t

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GENERATOR THEFT Sept. 1 Gallup Police Department Officer Ciney Romancito was dispatched to 1710 2nd street in reference to a disorderly male. Romancito observed several males around a handcuffed male in a black jacket, identified as Michael Gruber. Romancito spoke with a witness to the incident Jason Null. The victim David Notah said he had his GenerationBrigs and station 500 watts, valued at $1,500 fixed and was picking it up to take home. It was tied down in the back of the truck. When Null witnessed Gruber stealing it. Gruber was charged with burglary a 4 th degree felony.

Sept. 8 Officer Roxanne King was dispatched to #26 Williams Acres RD in reference to a male subject who was possibly deceased in a truck, at the residence. On scene, King made contact with Gloriann Tom standing outside the residence, who stated her husband’s friend later identified as Leonard Lonjose was in a Tan Ford F-150 pickup and was believed deceased. An investigator was called. He was confirmed dead, at 6 am.

DRUG POSSESSION Sept. 18 Officer A rnold Noriega

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the old State Police office. W hen he spotted a black lifted truck with a veterans plate. An ATL went out that it was involved in a Larceny, at Gilbert Ortega’s East, 3306 E. Hwy. 66. A male subject stole two packs of beer. The vehicle matched the description, the Benally met with the driver, Leona Yazzie. She smelled of alcohol. Ty Yazzie was identified as the shoplifter and arrested on scene. The driver, Leona Yazzie, was charged with an aggravated DWI. Both passengers were intoxicated.

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and was too drunk to drive. King found an open container after handcuffing Curley to take him to the Gallup Detox center. Peralto was charged with an aggravated DWI and open container. Leonna Yazzie Sept. 5, 12:23 pm 4th DWI McK i n ley c o u n t y Sheriff’s deputy Merlin Benally was on patrol near

obser ved a gold passenger car driving north on White Cliffs Road. Metro dispatch advised Noriega of a stolen vehicle that matched the description. Noriega turned on his emergency lights and initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver was identified, as Jose Ledezma who seemed nervous and shaky. Noriega eventually asked to search the vehicle. Both the driver and passenger were arrested and transported to McKinley County Adult Detention Center where they were booked with possession of a controlled substance.

ASSAULT ON PEACE OFFICER Sept. 18 Officer Terrance Peyketewa of t he Ga l lup Police Department was on patrol facing west on Aztec when a group of males in two groups began to face off in the middle of the road. Peyketewa approached the duo, one Ricky Miller, who ran away and was seen with Terry Miller. The two ignored comma nds to stop. Rick y hit Peyketwa with a piece of wood. Sgt. Francie Martinez was waiting for the two when they headed down a cliff and he deployed his Ta ser on Ricky Miller when he didn’t stop. Terry Miller was taken to county jail and Ricky Miller was taken to Gallup Indian medical center, cleared and taken to county.

KNIFE CUTTING Sept. 21 Of f icer Rod r ig uez of the Gallup P o l i c e Depar tment was called while on patrol to a fight with a male subject and knife. According to the report, Rodriguez noticed several people outside and a male subject approached him stating the male with a knife wearing a white T-shirt and black shorts at space #17 was the suspect. The male was identified as Henio Dorsett. Pauline Sam was a victim and stated there was a fight. Dorsett was taken to county jail and was promptly jumped by several subjects, but would not give any names.

NOT SO STOLEN CAR Sept. 20 Officer Noriega with the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a possible vehicle rollover. On scene, he observed a single vehicle rollover. A silver dodge sport utility vehicle did not contain any occupants. It was later advised by metro that a caller was online reporting a stolen vehicle and was involved in a rollover. However, they did not want to meet with an officer to make a report. Noriega made contact with Charley who appeared intoxicated. He was charged with aggravated DWI and leaving the scene of an accident.

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Human plague case confirmed

NM Secretary of Health Retta Ward. Photo Credit: NM Department of Health

ANTA FE—The New Mexico Department of Health announced on Sept. 23, a laboratory confirmed case of plague in a 73-year-old woman from Santa Fe County. The case was confirmed at the Department of Health’s Scientific Laboratory

Division. This is the fourth human case of plague in New Mexico this year and the second in Santa Fe County. The woman was hospitalized and is back home recover ing. The other cases in the state occurred in a 52-year-old woman from Santa Fe County, who died from the illness, and in a 65-year-old man and a

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SLEEPY DRIVER Sept. 20 D e p u t y R o b e r t a Jaramillo of the MCSO department was dispatched to the corner of Chino and U.S. Route 491 for a vehicle crash. An unknown caller advised deputies that the driver was falling asleep at the wheel. Gray maintains she was not driving her vehicle and that an unknown male was. Jaramillo located marijuana paraphernalia. Gray claims she ran from the guys in black because she thought they were bad guys. She was cha rged w it h pos ses sion of paraphernalia, resisting,

59-year-old woman, both from Bernalillo County, who have recovered. “This is the fourth case of plague in New Mexico with the patient presenting clinical signs of septicemic plague,” said Department of Health Secretary Retta Ward. “Though septicemic plague is less common and harder to recognize than the more common form of bubonic plague, health care providers need to consider plague in their diagnosis when the patient has a fever of unknown origin and when the patient is from plague endemic areas of the state.” Septicemic plague accounts for approximately 20-25 percent of New Mexico cases. No detectable swollen lymph node (bubo) is found. Plague is a potentially fatal illness in people that occurs in many parts of New Mexico. It is caused by a bacteria found in rodents, especially ground squirrels, rabbits and pack rats. Most human cases of plague are acquired through the bite of infected fleas. Dogs and cats are also susceptible to

plague and are infected either through bites of infected fleas or by eating an animal that has died from the disease. “Several of our plague cases this year have most likely been exposed to plague-infected rodent fleas brought into the home and bedroom by dogs and cats that are allowed to roam and hunt and aren’t treated with a flea control product,” said Paul Ettestad, state public health veterinarian with the Department of Health. Symptoms of plague in people usually develop two to eight days after exposure. Plague symptoms are sudden fever, chills, headaches, and swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck, armpit, or groin areas. As previously stated, in some cases, infection may progress without swollen lymph nodes making it harder to diagnose. In addition to the four human cases, there have been eight cases of plague this year in dogs and cats, including pets from Bernalillo, Santa Fe, and Torrance counties. Reduce the risk of plague: u s e i n s e c t r e p e l le nt o n

exposed skin and clothing when you go outdoors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends repellents containing DEET, Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535 for use on skin, and permethrin for use on clothing. Always follow label directions when using insect repellents. Keep your pets from roaming and hunting. Talk to your veterinarian about using an appropriate flea and tick control product on your pets, as not all products are safe for cats, dogs, or your children. Clean up areas near the house where rodents could live, such as woodpiles, brush piles, junk and abandoned vehicles. Don’t allow children or others to handle sick or dead wildlife. A veterinarian should examine any sick pets promptly. See your health care provider immediately about any unexplained illness involving a sudden and severe fever. Also, put hay, wood, and compost piles as far as possible from your home. Visit: www.nmhealth.org

ASSAULT ON HOUSEHOLD MEMBER Sept. 20 Officer Roxanne King of the Gallup Police Department, was called to a residence because Dylan Dayton was intoxicated and threatening his grandma. Delores Dayton said she picked up Dylan Dayton on Saturday night and he was intoxicated. He was hiding in Delores’ room. Jonathan and Delores said that Dylan Dayton threatened to hurt them. He was taken to the hospital for a psychological evaluation and was later booked with assault on a household member, possession of Marijuana.

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Legislators hoping to ‘ban the box’ in NM By Andy Lyman NM Political Report

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national conversation about criminal justice reform and employing convicted criminals is making its way back to New Mexico. A f ter a n u n succes sf u l attempt to pass legislation that would prohibit asking applicants about past criminal convictions, Sen. Bill O’Neill, D-Alb., brought the discussion to an interim legislative committee Sept. 22. O’Neill and Rep. Alonzo Ba ldonado, R-Los Lu na s, fielded questions and concerns from the committee. Rep. Rick Little, R-Chaparral, said he was concerned about the hiring of teachers and faculty

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who might be working with children. He cited the recent Albuquerque Public School scandal involving a former deputy superintendent. Baldonado assured Little

and the rest of the group that there are already exemptions for hiring teachers and asking about criminal history on an initial application. When asked by Little if employers would still ask about criminal history in an interview, Baldonado said it depends on the employer. “Some employers may ask every question under the sun,” Baldonado said. “Others might say, ‘Get your tools and let’s get to work.’” O’Neill told New Mexico Political Report that he plans to keep making changes to his draft until he gets an endorsement from the committee. “I’m going to just keep working on the language and make sure that small businesses have their concerns addressed,”

O’Neill said. O’Neill introduced a similar bill during the 2015 legislative session. That bill narrowly passed the Senate and passed its first House committee, but never made it to the floor for a vote. The Senate has a Democratic majority, while Republicans are a majority in the House. According to the language in the discussion draft, both public and private employers would be prohibited from asking an applicant about prior convictions until after the applicant is cleared through the initial application process. The idea of “banning the box” on employment applications that ask of criminal history has gained momentum across the country with

a number of lawmakers from around the country introducing similar laws. Earlier on Tuesday, the Palm Beach Post reported that a congressma n from Florida was the latest lawmaker to be a cosponsor for a similar bill. U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., introduced a similar measure in the Senate. According to its website, the Ban the Box Campaign aims to discount past criminal convictions for potential applicants. “The campaign challenges the stereotypes of people with conviction histories by asking employers to choose their best candidates based on job skills and qualifications, not past convictions.” Visit: www.nmpoliticalreport.com

Heinrich urges National Guard to fully compensate state service members Staff Report

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ASHINGTON, D.C .– U S S e n . Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is urging the National Guard Bureau near Washington D.C. to conduct an audit. This is to ensure a ll New Mexico Nationa l Guardsmen are being properly compensated for their service. After a New Mexico National Guardsman, who said

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he wasn’t fully compensated for his re-enlistment bonus, contacted Heinrich’s office. Heinrich received confirmation that there was no record of his payment being processed. In response, Heinrich sent a letter to the National Guard asking that it immediately rectify the situation. “My staff inquired about the status of this payment and we have since received confirmation from the Army

National Guard that he was owed $7,500 in 2009, but there is no record of this payment ever being processed. I ask that you move quickly to rectify the situation,” wrote Heinrich in the letter today to National Guard Bureau Chief General Frank Grass. “To ensure that no other New Mexico National Guardsmen have been denied his or her earned reenlistment bonus, I also urge you to immediately conduct an audit

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to determine whether all were fully paid, and if not, to take immediate measures to ensure that service members receive all outstanding payments they are owed.” Heinrich is committed to ensuring the United States keeps its promises and fairly compensates our men and women in uniform and encourages New Mexicans to contact his office for assistance with federal benefits. Heinrich’s letter is located below: General Frank Grass Chief, National Guard Bureau Jefferson Plaza 1 1411 Jefferson Davis Highway Arlington, VA 22202-3231 Dear General Grass: I write to express my serious concerns regarding the possibility of a significant breach of contractual obligations to our service members and the need to take immediate

action to ensure the United States keeps its promises and fairly compensates our men and women in uniform. Earlier this year, a constituent contacted me and indicated that he never received the full re-enlistment bonus promised to him for extending his obligation with the New Mexico Army National Guard. My staff inquired about the status of this payment and we have since received confirmation from the Army National Guard that he was owed $7,500 in 2009, but there is no record of this payment ever being processed.  I ask that you move quickly to rectify the situation. To ensure that no other New Mexico National Guardsmen have been denied his or her earned reenlistment bonus, I also urge you to immediately conduct an audit to determine whether all were fully paid, and if not, to take immediate measures to ensure that servicemembers receive all outstanding payments they are owed. The ability to maintain the strongest and most dedicated military force in the world depends on our nation’s ability to keep its promises.  I look forward to your prompt reply and to hear what steps you will take to ensure those promises are kept. Thank you for your service to our country. NEWS


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By Joe Schaller

PART 5 IN A SERIES CHAPTER FIVE – HI THERE, MIND IF I RUN YOUR LIFE? THE NANNY STATE: aka busybody politics. Politicians, bureaucrats and citizen boards know more about how to live your life, manage your health,

and raise your kids than you do. Mandatory recycling? No thanks. T H E B U L LY S TAT E : Nannying dressed up in stewardship clothing, threatening people rather than nudging. It is state sponsored shaming, coercion and propaganda. It is often associated with the authoritarian (rather than economic) component of fascism. OCPD CONTROL FREAK: In the behavioral sciences field there is a differentiation between Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder and Obsessive Comp ulsive Personality  Disorder. Those with OCD will be very rigid about running their own lives. Those with OCPD have a need to run other people’s lives. The former might be neat freaks or hoarders and

cause problems and inconvenience for family members or acquaintances however the latter are “control” freaks and they cause problems for everyone. They are uncomfortable without rules and established procedures, a nd a re ver y uncomfortable if everyone else does not follow THEIR rules. They naturally gravitate toward government service, academia and media. REUSA BL E GROCERY BAGS: Sticky, smelly, filthy, cloth bag carriers of bacteria and viruses which waste more energy and resources than plastic bags. Nanny state control freaks love ‘em. LIBERAL ELITE: Those who claim to support the rights of the poor and working class yet are themselves members of

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the upper class, or upper middle class, and therefore out of touch with the real needs of the people they claim to support and protect. LIMOUSINE AND LATTE LIBERALS: Terms used to illustrate hypocrisy of the liberal elite. They consider themselves exempt from mass transit, high mpg vehicles and public schools for their children. CLASS ENVY: Coveting thy neighbor’s goods is an emotion based on a subjective perception of other people’s wealth regardless of how it was earned. It is the justification for collectivist redistribution of wealth by force with the historical unintended consequence of the equality of impoverishment. Class envy is the foundation of Marxism.

WELFARE STATE: A concept of government in which the state attempts to play a key role in the protection and promotion of the economic and social well-being of its citizens by providing free services and money. It is a mechanism for the redistribution of wealth taken from productive members of society. Historically conspicuous by a n abundance of unintended negative consequences. LIBERTARIAN PARADOX OF INDIVIDUAL FREEDOMS IN A WELFARE STATE: Open borders and drug legalization are both impossible in a welfare state. MEDIA BIAS: The

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GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF SEPT. 25 – OCT. 1

The SUN travels into Libra this week and promotes compromise in relationships. Focus on promoting a healthy work-life balance. Decisions may seem harder, as the attempt to achieve peace promotes strife. Madame G suggests taking care of yourself and do a little yoga—it might help.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Poor Aries always misunderstood. This is the time to compromise and not wage war on the other signs. Libra is your direct opposite, but opposites attract. Follow you heart on this one and try to listen to the calm and rational voice of reason. You might just find yourself smiling and dare I say, happy.

Dear water sign, after the pressures of a hidden moon you’ll appreciate the coming relief. Though not your house sign, you’ll crave the peace and harmony Libra brings your daily life. Maintain your health by practicing good etiquette and self care. Being polite never goes out of style. A well-placed handwritten note might just be the ticket this month. If anything, it’s a nice gesture.

The sun is in your house. Now is the time for a bit of fun and work. The key to achieving this perfection is letting go. You can’t control how others act or don’t. Take it all in stride and practice releasing control. Your emotions may surprise you and that dear Libra, could be a good thing. Passion is wonderful.

Madame G wishes you well this month

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

This month your fire sign delights in the relationship side of the Venus ruled house. But, you might find your decisive nature tormented by conflicting interests, indecision, and passive people. Remember, not everyone has your quick wit, or fire, and those supposedly timid types may have a method to the madness. They may think before they act, which is a good lesson to learn.

Take care Scorpio, don’t eviscerate your enemies only to harm friends and family, or more importantly yourself. Use this time to study and wait. Rise above your initial instinct to lash out and reach for compromise—it’ll be well worth it. Practice self-care this month and maybe indulge, a little, in your desires. Remembering balance is the key.

You’re luckier than you realize. Enjoy

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Balance is hardest of all for you my friend.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) With Libra dear Taurus, you’re struggling to maintain a perfect balance between business and family. But, never fear your ability to handle investments is a great strength. Charge ahead and maintain a positive attitude. Smile deep and show those pearly whites. It’s looking bright for the tough ox.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) You’ll find it difficult to reach your balance this month, Gemini. You want to compromise, but somehow everything, or someone, keeps getting in your way. Try to keep that sunny attitude warm and open. The negative Nancy’s will try to thwart you, but you’re concerned with more lofty ideas anyway. Madame G applauds your efforts.

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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Madame G basks in Virgo’s perfection. Always on time and capable of handling the most difficult situations with grace, you’re a tribute to poise. Have some compassion for us common mortals. You may feel your temper stretched this month because you dislike disorder. Allow your friends and family to reach conclusions on their own. You’re probably right, but you don’t have to brag.

Keep it steady this month. Try to keep a level head. The world is apt to drive you crazy. Your worst enemy is indecision in others and of course your reactions or over reactions. Work to maintain your health, but act as you must and trust in yourself.

Capricorn. Your stubborn nature is often like a Beta fish fighting with your own reflection. It’s in your best interest to calm down and work against your nature. Your generous spirit will relish the friends you make for your efforts.

this time as fall steps in and takes over for summer. Libra’s sun reflects kindly on your sign. The lunar eclipse worked in your favor, don’t waste it. Live in the here and now and give thanks for what you have.

Your passionate nature encourages you to give your all to everything, but not all at once. This month you’ll likely feel pulled in too may directions, with nothing left to give at the end. Trust yourself and learn to prioritize, saying no is not just for toddlers. In fact, it’s a sign of maturity.

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LEXICON | FROM PAGE 11 perception that the media is reporting the news in a partial or prejudiced manner. Media bias occurs when the media seems to push a specific viewpoint, rather than repor ting the news objectively. Keep in mind that media bias also occurs when the media chooses to ignore an important aspect of the st or y. Nu merou s st ud ie s reveal a four or five to one liberal to conservative ratio of reporters, journalists and media professionals. PUBLIC RADIO: Taxpayer funded media with a persistent liberal bias even after being outed. KGLP Gallup’s signature program Democracy Now features anti-capitalist Amy Goodman, an identity politics and warfare sociology crusader. ACADEMIC BIAS: Nearly identical to media bias, with similar ratios of liberal to conservative professors and scholars. Claims are widesprea d of d iscr i m i nat ion aga inst those who hold a conser vative ideology and a rg u ment s t h at re sea rch has been corr upted ( junk science) by a desire to promote a progressive agenda. Recent exposures of extensive anthropogenic climate change fraud is an exemplar. L I BER A L ACA DE M IC/ MEDIA COMPLEX: A manifestation of class solidarity. Those who commandeer to

themselves the production of ideas and dissemination of information develop distinctive interests and perspectives, which lead to what the Marxists used to call ‘class consciousness’. The power of this complex has an ability to push the rest of us in directions dangerous to the national welfare. REVISIONIST HISTORY: History is seemingly revised to ref lect a more accurate account when – in most cases – it is mainly to appease the current social, political, economic, religious or racial biases of those who record it, thus becoming politically correct. Democrats still attempt to erase their lengthy racist history of pro-slavery and anticivil rights. IVORY TOWER: If you’re in an ivory tower, you live in a world of ideas separate from the realities of most people’s lives. Your university philosophy department might be your ivory tower, where discussions about theory are the most important things in life. It’s a privileged situation to be in, since ordinary people tend to have more mundane priorities, concerns, and struggles. The phrase most often describes academia. TENURE: The status of holding one’s position on a permanent basis without periodic contract renewals. It is a teacher’s dream that allows them to conduct their classes however they want without worry of being fired.

Census data reports insurance rates good for New Mexicans NM Voices for Children

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L BUQU ERQU E — Veronica C. García, Ed.D, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, released the following statement regarding the U.S. Census Bureau’s release of data showing that New Mexico had some of the biggest decreases in the nation in the percentage of the population without health insurance: “This Census data represents great news for all New Mexicans. Ensuring that everyone can see a doctor when they’re sick makes the state’s population healthier and it’s a good prescription for our economy. Clearly the Affordable

Care Act is working, as hundreds of thousands of previously uninsured New Mexicans now have health insurance. “The Medicaid expansion has been especially successful in New Mexico. Although the expansion covers low-income adults, we’ve seen a huge wave of children—more than 30,000— gain coverage when their parents enrolled. That is exactly what we expected would happen and is why we advocated so strongly for the expansion. “While this news gives us cause to celebrate, we must not become complacent. Next year we will have to begin paying our share of the cost of the Medicaid expansion. The Legislature’s own studies

have shown that the expansion will bring in more than enough revenue to cover this cost through at least 2020. We hope that our lawmakers will see the enormous value in Medicaid—for both the health of New Mexico’s people and her economy—and choose to fully fund it.” The Census data show that the rate of New Mexicans who lack health insurance dropped from 18.6 percent in 2013 to 14.5 percent in 2014. The rate for children dropped from 9 percent to 7.3 percent. New Mexico is one of eleven states with the highest decreases in the nation—3.5 percent or more—in the share of residents without health insurance.

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COMMUNITY ‘God’s Blessing’ – Part 2 LIFE AFTER TENNESSEE

By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent

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here do you go after a whirlwind of activ it y a nd intense learning of five years comes to an end? Most would choose home, that one place of family and friends that you grow up with and where you are able to rest until the next step of your future

She eventually got a job at Miyamura High School teaching Biology and Chemistry a f ter subst it ut i ng i n t he classroom for a while. The steadier position allowed her to wait patiently for an opening in medical school, and she became involved in coaching cross-country. “It was a brand new school and the team consisted only of freshmen, sophomore, and juniors,” she said. “The team placed third in state both years.”

Portrait of Edna and Lawrence Guliford. Photo Credit: Courtesy

presents itself. That was where Felicia Guliford went after her days in Tennessee. Gallup was where her parents were, Lawrence and Ruth – both teachers in the Gallup McKinley School District. Her dad taught Special Education and her mother Art, and both were active athletic supporters a nd chu rch members. Her three brothers Joshua (now 34 a nd work i ng for Molina Healthcare), Maurice (32 and a financial analyst for IHS) and Daniel (a floor manager for Santa Ana Star Casino) were all out of high school a nd pursuing their own dreams, but here was the place where Felicia had been born and raised and it was a comfort to her in so many ways. COMMUNITY

In July of 2010, two events occurred that would propel her to even further heights than she had scaled previously. One was

the acceptance from UNM into their medical school, where she earned her medical degree and “white coat” on May 8. Even more important – her self-described “greatest honor” – was her marriage to Eric Taylor a week before school was scheduled to start back in 2010. She had met Eric in Ford Canyon by chance. Taylor was coaching for Gallup Catholic at the time and both were practicing with their teams when a friend of Eric’s told him he should meet her. He didn’t see much of her for a while, but when they finally did get together, it was only a matter of a few months before they were ready for marriage. Eric had come to Gallup in 2009 from Atlanta for a job opportunity and found two, one at Gallup Christian School and one at Gallup Catholic, where he worked with Angelo DiPaolo. He described Angelo as becoming a surrogate father to him – important to him because of the recent loss of his biological dad. Following their marriage, the young couple settled in A lbuquerque for Felicia’s post-graduate work and Eric coached at East Mountain and West Mesa High Schools. Born in Houston and living there until the age of 14, Eric had moved to Dallas with his family when his dad was transferred by the U.S. Navy as a Senior

Snapshot of Felicia Taylor in her white coat after receiving her M.D. at UNM. Photo Credit: Courtesy

Portrait of Eric, Felicia, and Lake Taylor. Photo Credit: Courtesy

Chief Petty Officer, and then to Virginia, where his love and success of soccer really came to the forefront of his life. His talent at that game sent him to Rochester College in Michigan, but after two years and an associate degree he left the frigid climes of the north to finish his education at Freed-Hardeman University in Tennessee with a B.A. in Communication. His first job was coaching a girls’ soccer team at Ohio Valley University in West Virginia. The Division II position was a “tough job” according to Taylor, but was also good experience. Now married, the focus of this pair abruptly changed as they supported each other in their different avenues of life. Felicia was busy, and sometimes preoccupied, with her course work while Eric brought in the steadier income. Felicia continued receiving other honors, selected to the NM Coaches Association Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011, and being a nominee in 2014 for the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Then there were the scholarships she received from UNM SOM Full Tuition Grant (2010-2015), American Indian

Graduate Center Fellowship (2010-2015), Michael Berger Endowment (2010-2011), H.J. Holden Endowment (2010 2011), Margaret and Sidney Jaffe Endowment (2011-2012), Marie Hutton Endowment (2011-2012), Ed mu nd a nd Thelma Evans Endowment (2012-20133, La Tierra Sagrada (2014), UNM SOM A lumni (2014), and the Dr. Anthony Martinez Memorial (2014). But the greatest honor for the couple was the birth of their son Lake during Felicia’s third year of medical school. Past and almost gone from her memories of injuries and other hardships she had endured at U.T., this new member of their family rapidly became a new focus for them, or as Felicia so eloquently put it, “Lake is a reflection of our love for each other.” All of the above is not the end of the story, though. Life continues with the latest challenges and accomplishments of this amazing couple. The conclusion of this story will be in the next issue of Gallup Sun, covering what the couple is doing now and where they see their future going.

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Fashion Show raises more ‘Sparky’ appears before City Council than $2k for charity By Ida Mangum Leasing/Marketing, Rio West Mall Photos by Patrick McHale

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hen we decided to do the Fashion Show after many years of not having one, we want people to recognize Rio West Mall as a place to be for events and that we are a part of the community so we decided that the Fashion Show would also be a great opportunity to raise money for a non-profit organization in McKinley County. We chose the John Harlin Community Pantry because by helping them, we would be helping 16 plus organizations that they provide food to on a daily basis. Our “What’s In the Bag” F u nd ra iser ra ised a tota l of $2,256.00 for the pantry and on top of that, we had an awesome Fashion Show Sept. 12.

From Left, Gallup Fire Department Lt. Jonathan Dayton, Councilor Allan Landavazo, Fire Marshal Jesus “Chuy” Morales, Sparky, and Chief Eric Babcock are presented with a proclamation by the city (Sept. 22) for Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 4-10. Morales and fellow fire fighters gave a short presentation on the importance of having fire alarms in each room of your house and hallways as well. Preparation is key during a structure fire, including designating a meet up place once everyone escapes from the home. In 2013, there were 3,240 reported civilian deaths and more than $9.5 billion in reported fire damages in the United States. Photo Credit: Babette Herrmann

DRUG | FROM PAGE 4 Collection sites in every local community can be found by going to www.dea.gove or calling (800) 882-9539.

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Vice President Nez celebrates student union building renovations

Vice President Jonathan Nez gives keynote address at Dine’ College. Photo Credit: Courtesy OPVP

By Rick Abasta Communications Director OPVP

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SAILE, A riz.— Students at the main c a m p u s o f D i n e’ College now have new housing.

On Sept. 18, college faculty, administration, special guests and the general public celebrated 32 new housing units and the newly renovated Student Union Building. A Title III grant from the U.S. Depar tment of Education funded the new housing units and building renovations, at a cost of more than $15 million. The housing units totaled $13

million and the SUB renovations were completed at a cost of $2.1 million. The housing complex incorporated Navajo cultural elements and are a mix of two and three-bedroom units with a full service kitchen, bathroom, washer, dryer, microwave, refrigerator and stove. Additionally, each unit will have wireless Internet access for students to work on their studies. Perimeter fencing around the complex was included for child safety and security. Dr. Maggie George, Dine’ College President, said the SUB was constructed in 1972 and a lot of work went into making it shiny and

new. The college utilized the “one stop shop” concept and the SUB now houses student services, admissions, financial aid, registrar, and student advisors. “It’s still a work in progress. We have some monies that we will be putting into the auditorium and we’re hoping to have that done by December,” George said. She reported that Dine’ College received another $16 million grant from DOE three weeks ago, which will be split and used for student success and programming focused on access to higher education, retention, persistence and graduation rates. The other $8 million will

go to building renovations and for fiber optic connection from the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority last mile project. A d d i t i o n a l l y, D i n e’ College received word earlier in the week about their selection for a $2.5 million grant for a STEM initiative from the National Science Foundation. Nav a j o Na t io n V ic e President Jonathan Nez pr o v id e d t he ke y no t e address. “On behalf of my nalí, President Russell Begaye, we congratulate you on this milestone for the college. Take care of your renovated student union building, it cost more than $2 million to complete,” Nez said. The new housing units are going to provide Navajo families an opportunity to

return to school and reach their educational goals, an admirable goal in step with self-determination and self-reliance, he said. “The one stop concept should be out there at all our communities. Every chapter wants a senior citizens center, chapter house and youth center. With the budget deficit, we need to start promoting the one stop shop concept,” he said. V ic e P r e s ide nt Ne z attended Dine’ College as a student and as an adjunct faculty member, teaching classes in history and government. A ribbon cutting ceremony, barbecue luncheon and a tour of the housing units concluded the celebration.

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EVEREST has spectacle, but could use a bit more focus RATING: «« OUT OF 4 RUNNING TIME: 122 MIN. Ever considered a perilous trek up the highest mountain on Earth? Everest may certainly dissuade any thoughts with a cold, harsh re-creation of what is perhaps the mountain’s most infamous tragedy. As disaster films go, it features some great visuals and several tense moments. Yet it occasionally suffers from a lack of focus on a central role. While the events as depicted are harrowing, the storytelling leaves some emotional distance between the viewer and the characters. Based on the ill-fated 1996 excursion to the summit peak, the plot follows two commercial tour groups that assist adventure seekers up Everest. The focus is on Adventure Consultants’ owner Rob Hall (Jason Clarke) and his group of clients. They include a brash Texan (Josh Brolin) and a postal worker (John Hawkes) making his second and final attempt at the peak. Also along for the trip are the members of, Mountain Madness, a competing company headed by Scott Fischer (Jake Gyllenhaal). As events progress, mistakes are made by just about all involved. With all the trips being made, there are numerous bottlenecks along the route and security ropes aren’t properly installed, leading to various delays. That, along with the low oxygen levels, inexperience of several climbers and personal competition between the various businesses are a recipe for trouble. And before long, it finds them. Clark still manages to make his character likable despite

Jake Gyllenhaal starts in Everest, which opens in theaters Sept. 25. Photo Credit: Universal Pictures

some questionable decisions made (of course, it’s always easy to judge in hindsight). We certainly feel empathy and sympathy for him and his struggle to succeed with his business, as well as help clients and friends achieve their dreams. Still, we don’t feel it quite as intensely as hoped. This is a f ictiona lized account, and part of the problem may be due to the fact that it’s an ensemble piece with a dozen or more characters; the massive cast also includes Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley and Emily Watson. Several get a bit lost in the shuffle. As events take a turn for the worse in the final third, we lose focus as the point-ofview shifts around. While some roles are clearly defined, most of the characters are heavily bundled for large chunks of the movie and it results in occasional difficulty determining who is onscreen (particularly when it comes to tour group

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crew members). There are other storytelling decisions that may account for the lack of emotional investment. The movie frequently emphasizes how dangerous the hike is and that one omission could lead to instant death. When mistake after mistake is highlighted in such a short span of screen time, some of that compassion is diffused. And a few less-than-subtle

disaster film conventions can’t help but wedge their way into the proceedings. While many events really happened (tearyeyed goodbyes, sacrifices for the team, an inspirational action of hope and survival against the forces of nature), in this particular staging of the story, they still can’t help but come across as grandly mounted genre tropes. At least there is plenty to enjoy on the

technical side. The action is impressive and there are effectively cringe-inducing moments as blizzards and other maladies occur (including a character who suffers horrific frostbite on various areas of his body). As expected, the scenery is fantastic and there are some striking individual scenes that really maximize the incredible height and depth of the mountain. This includes a gorge crossing sequence and even a few smaller moments that include a character point-ofview exiting a tent and reveling in a spectacular Nepal landscape. The IMAX experience definitely helps in these moments, although just as much of the movie takes place in whiteout conditions and cramped tents. Overall, I enjoyed Everest, although more for its technical merits than the narrative abilities. Additionally, the actors should be complimented in selling characters whom we don’t get to spend a lot of time with. For this reviewer, it is ultimately not a great movie, but it is a good disaster flick that recounts the more harrowing details of this unfortunate journey with skill.

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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for September 25, 2015 By Glenn Kay For the Sun

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t’s yet another busy week with tons of releases both new and old that should pique anyone’s interest. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!

BIG NEW RELEASES! A l lelu ia - A n introverted nurse fa l l s for a charming womanizer in this French/ B elg i a n thriller. She’s soon convinced into helping the man target and murder wealthy, single woman, and stealing their goods. Inspired on the real life “Lonely Hearts Killers” of the 1940s, plenty of graphic violence ensues. Notices were very good for this picture - it was described by most as disturbing and not for the faint of heart, but beautifully shot and compelling is its brazen bizarreness. Lola Duenas and Laurent Lucas play the deranged pair. Big Sky - This indie suspense flick follows an agoraphobic teenager in a van on her way to a treatment facility. Problems arise the vehicle is stolen by crooks, leaving escape as the only means of survival for the young woman. Despite the interesting concept, reviews were not particularly strong. It was described as a good-looking movie that ultimately doesn’t develop its characters enough to engage aud iences. It st a r s Bel la Thorne, Kyra Sedgwick, Frank Grillo and Aaron Tveit. Blumenthal - Brain Cox leads the cast of this independent comedy as the grouchy and envious brother of a playwright, famous for writing satirical works about the family. When the irritable brother learns that his sibling has passed away, he must deal with the fallout. Critics were split on this effort, praising the performances but calling it uneven. Some felt that the jokes that worked were worth enduring the slow patches, while others felt that it was too derivative of the work of Woody Allen. Chain of Command - In the mood for some B-movie action? COMMUNITY

This tale follows an ex-special ops agent who witnesses his brother’s murder and goes out for revenge, only to uncover a government conspiracy. The movie wasn’t shown to many critics, but the few write ups that have appeared online are very, very poor, calling it a dull and routine effort. If you want to take a chance, the cast includes Michael Jai White, Max Ryan and WWE wrestler Steve Austin. The Great Museum - If you’re looking for an offbeat documentary, this German effort definitely offers something a little different. Without much (if any) narration, the filmmakers capture the tireless, detail-oriented work of an art restoration team at The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, Austria. Viewers simply witness them doing their daily jobs on several works of art as the camera moves around. The filmmaking approach split reviewers. Some found it to be an unbiased and fascinating show of the inner workings of a museum, but others found the lack of story disconcerting and couldn’t get involved in the movie. P i t c h Perfect 2 - The big release of the week is this follow-up to the 2012 sleeper h it . After winning the national a capella championship, the protagonists travel across the Ocean and complete for the world title. Reviews were decent for the comedy. Like most sequels, many admitted it didn’t have quite as many laughs or possess the same charm that the original did. However, they still felt that a few big laughs and a likable cast made it enter taining enough to recommend. It stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Stanfield, Brittney Snow and plenty of celebrity cameos.

BLASTS FROM THE PAST! There are so many classic (and not-so-classic) titles coming to high-definition that it’s going to take a bit of time to run through them all. But keep reading and rest assured that there’s something coming for everybody. Olive Films have a massive slate of Blu-rays. If you enjoyed Hackers from a few

editions back, you might want to try the computer thriller Antitrust (2001), starring Ryan Phillippe, Rachael Lee Cook and Tim Robbins. Black Caesar (1973) is a fun low-budget action flick with Fred Williamson as a criminal figure who goes toe-to-toe with the mafia. On the c o m e d y front, Dirty Work (1998) fe a t u r e s a h i la r iously acerbic Norm M a cD o n a ld as a man who begins a revenge-for-hire business. His schemes are pretty silly but generate plenty of laughs. Fatal Instinct (1993) is a parody of Basic Instinct in the style of Zucker Brothers (Airplane!), throwing out hundreds ridiculous puns and bad jokes in a manic style. It isn’t the strongest title in the resume of director Carl Reiner (The Jerk, The Man With Two Brains, All of Me), but it may provide a few lowbrow chuckles. There’s also the award winning Civil Rights TV movie, For Us, The Living: The Medgar Evans Story (1983). The cast includes Howard E. Rollins Jr., Irene Cara and Lawrence Fishburne. Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973) is a WWII drama with Alec Guinness about the title character’s final days locked deep within an underground bunker. Mad Dog Time (1996) was an all-star crime caper about a mob family that comes under attack after its patriarch is put into an asylum. It never found an audience during its initial release, but features Ellen Barkin, Gabriel Byrne, Richard Dreyfuss, Jeff Goldblum, Diane Lane, Burt Reynolds, Kyle MacLachlan, Angie Everhart, Gregory Hines, Billy Idol and many more. John Larroquette and Kirstie Alley star in the wack y comedy Madhouse (1990) about a yuppie couple whose home is invaded by unwanted guests. Despite receiving a wide release, this movie has never been made available on DVD, so it’s great to see it appearing on Blu-ray. And there’s even more from Olive. Romance fans may find some enjoyment in the cheesy hit Mannequin (1987) featuring Brat Packer Andrew McCarthy as an artist who falls for a mannequin come to life (played by

Kim Cattrall). It is very of its time, but has its share of fans. The flick also featured the radio hit, “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” performed by Starship. Enthusiasts can follow it up with Mannequin: On the Move (1991) aka Mannequin Two: On the Move, featuring William Ragsdale as the man and Kristy Swanson as the store display dummy. Also coming to Blu-ray from Olive is the well-regarded Denzel Washington action/ thriller The Mighty Quinn (1995) - it’s about a cop in the Caribbean who finds himself a suspect in a murder investigation. The Mod Squad (1999) is a feature update of the old TV show. It’s about a group of young delinquents hired by cops to go undercover and infiltrate a drug organization within a high school. Claire Danes, Omar Epps and Giovanni Ribisi star. Shout! Factory have an old terror flick arriving on Blu-ray well. The Sentinel (1977) follows a fashion model who experiences odd events at her new apartment. Could it have something to do with the neighbors, or is there a more supernatural force at work. I never really cared for this film, but it does come full of great extras that include three commentary tracks and promotional materials. It also features tons on familiar faces onscreen - you’ll even see Christopher Walken in a bit part. Fox are putting out a 40th Anniversary Blu-ray of the midnight cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1974). It comes with just about every extra that’s been added to previous editions (hours upon hours of stuff) as well as rubber gloves and a film soundtrack. Also from the same company is a Blu-ray of another Beresford film, Mister Johnson (1990). Set in Nigeria, this one follows a local who takes a job as a civil servant to British authorities, only to soon find himself between the two worlds. Pierce Brosnan co-stars in this well reviewed drama. Besides the new transfers, the disc comes with recent interviews with the director, producer and two lead actors. Finally, Criterion has a new edition of the Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel) comedy, Moonrise Kingdom (2012). It ’s a f u n ny a nd

beautifully shot effort about two young runaways on an island off the coast of New England. In addition to the excellent movie, the Blu-ray features loads of bonus material, including a documentary on its production, behind the scenes footage, interviews, home movies shot by actor Edward Norton and a commentary track featuring the director and many members of the cast. Sounds like a great release. “Attica!” Warner Brothers are releasing a 40th Anniversary edition of the Al Pacino classic, Dog Day Afternoon (1975). In addition to the film and numerous making of extras, this edition also includes a full length documentary about the movie’s co-star John Cazale (who was also a big part of the first two Godfather films). Speaking of anniversaries, Columbia are releasing special edition Blu-rays of two family titles celebrating their 10th and 20th years - The Indian in the Cupboard (1995) and Zathura (2005). Anyone interested in knowing more about the late, great Dennis Hopper can now see a documentary about him. Etiquette Pictures have a Blu-ray/DVD combo of The American Dreamer (1971). It follows the actor as he prepares to helm the ill-fated 1971 flop, The Last Movie (which was the follow-up to his 1969 directorial debut, Easy Rider). Reportedly, it’s an up close and personal portrait that doesn’t shy away from presenting the actor at both his best and worst.

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! There are plenty of new arrivals for kids this week. Check them out below. The Adventures of S p o n ge b o b S q u a r e p a n t s (includes all Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy Episodes) (Nickelodeon) Bernstein Bears - Trick or Treat: Spooky Stories Franklin and Friends - Trick or Treat: It’s Halloween Time Gumby - The Gumby Show: The Complete 50s Series Gumby - The Gumby Show: The Complete 50s Series (with Bendable Figures) Rea lly Wild A n i ma ls Collection (National Geographic)

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Council to help youth, veterans Staff Report

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I N DOW ROCK , Ariz. – The Navajo Nation Cou nci l approved the 2016 budget. Following seven hours of debate concerning the many needs of the Navajo people, the Navajo Nation Council voted to approve the Nation’s Fiscal Year Comprehensive Budget on Sept. 22. The budget required twothirds approval, or 16 supporting votes, to pass. Legislation sponsor Council Delegate Alton Joe Shepherd (Jeddito, Cornfields, Ganado, Kin Dah Lichíí, Steamboat), asked his colleagues to support the budget as opposed to considering a continuing resolution. According to the legislation,

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the overall operating budget totals approximately $620 million, including $556 million for the executive branch, $16 million for the legislative branch, and $15 million for the judicial branch. If signed into law, the budget will also allow each of the Nation’s three branches of government to carryover unexpended funds from the current fiscal year to next year’s budget to fulfill unmet needs ― $2.5 million for executive, $1 million for legislative, and $500,000 judicial. The majority of Tuesday’s discussion centered on the approval of seven amendments including one pro posed by Council Delegate Jonathan Hale (Oak Springs, St. Michaels), to carryover

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approximately $215,000 from the current year’s legislative budget to fund the creation of a Navajo Nation Youth Council to represent each of the Nation’s five agencies. The Council also unanimously approved an amendment by Council Delegate A mber K a n a zba h Crot t y (Beclabito, Cove, Gadi’i’áhi/ To’Koi, Red Va l ley, Tooh Haltsooi, Toadlena/Two Grey Hills, Tsé ałnáoz’t’I’í), to allow the Navajo Department of Veterans Affairs to carryover approximately $538,000 to fund water/waste lines and power line projects for Navajo veterans. Council Delegate Benjamin L . Bennett (Cr ysta l, For t Defiance, Red Lake, Sawmill) sponsored an amendment to allow the carryover of approxi mately $350,0 0 0 for t he Navajo Nation Department of Water Resources for repairs to include windmills and water wells on the Navajo Nation, including those in Navajo Partitioned Lands. Cou ncil a lso approved an amendment proposed by

Council Delegate Nelson S. Begaye (Lukachukai, Rock Point, Round Rock, Tsaile/ Wheatfields, Tsé Ch’ izhi) to reallocate approximately $51,000 from the legislative budget to be distributed evenly among the five chapters he represents to seek grant writers to benefit the communities. The three remaining amendments include the approval of carr yovers for var ious amounts for the Navajo Board of Election Supervisors, Office of Background Investigations, General Leasing Office, and the Office of Ethics and Rules. Also included were several carryovers that were previously approved during budget hearings including $100,000 for the Judicial Conduct Commission, $670,0 0 0 for Fa ci l it ie s Maintenance, $100,000 for Karigan Professional Office, and $2 million for the Tourism Department. Moments before voting on the budget, several Council members expressed support and opposition to the budget, including Council Delegate Leonard Tsosie (Baca/Prewitt,

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A More Balanced View By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent

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’ve tried to be balanced in my recent columns about coaches (and /or teachers a nd parents) but have had many friends and readers tell me I have come down more harshly on the above mentioned category while seeming to give more lenience to the younger or coached set of players in the game. There is a reason for this, at least in my mind. Empathy is more often deser ved by those with the least amount of power, be it players of a game, entry-level workers, or Privates in the military. They a ll need to be trained by those in power. It is a common trait they all share. When they are better trained, the equanimity gets closer together and the trainers don’t have to work nearly as hard as in the early stages. Some coaches tr uly believe that harsher, longer training will result in a better product in a shorter amount of time. Seldom is that the case; the opposite is usually true. Understa nding a nd patience a re much bet ter tools to developing young m i nd s, but t hat does not mean that ever y neophy te will completely receive that mes sage. T here is a lso a marked difference between how much of those qua lities a re needed to obta in the necessary results. Too much and the bad training starts again; too little and the effort becomes wasted and meaningless. I n spor t s of a ny k i nd, certain basic requirements must be met: conditioning, practice, and repetitions are just three of them. Of these three, none can be eliminated without affecting the overall effort to succeed, but none are good enough by themselves to be the deciding factor in winning. SPORTS

Cond it ion i ng may be t hou g ht t o b e t he mo s t impor ta nt. A strong body is a powerful tool to use in almost any athletic endeavor. At h letes ca n rely on one favor ite streng t h – a r ms, legs, hands, back – without realizing they need an overall strength to balance out their needs. An athlete who believes that only the legs will win a race may discover that the other parts of the body grow lax and useless, and they will be beaten out by other runners who have not neglected them. Practice is also important, but again both the offense and defense should be stressed. A player may complain they are only a linebacker and don’t need to practice offense, but if they or another team member controls a turnover during a game, the defensive unit immediately becomes an offensive unit and as such, should know what to do without even thinking about it. If a reader thinks this is easy, just watch what happens in a lot of games when this occurs! Humorous, maybe, but the results can also determine the outcome of the game. Repetitions are also necessa r y in practice: which hole to run through; how far downfield is the buttonhook and in which direction; will the pitcher throw a cur ve on this pitch; will the batter hit it to the right or left of the fielder; and the list goes on and on. Total anticipation of every circumstance would be nice but it is totally impossible in a large number of ca ses, even by the professionals. Desire is yet another necessary attribute the player must bring to their game. It includes the mindset that the player will work harder on a daily basis, that they will practice even by themselves if necessary, and log in all the repetitions they are capable of so that every step, swing, shot or tackle will result in a

positive outcome. The victim of a disease in early childhood could have left a young person wheelchair-bound for life, but they foug ht t h roug h a la ck of balance, atrophied muscles, and a lonely farm-existence to eventually become a fair athlete. Not a super-star in anyone’s estimation, but one who could participate in several sports with good results, even above average in some cases at certain times. The desire in this victim was so

intense that practice became a tennis ball bounced against the side of his father’s barn for hours, caroming back at different angles that forced movement to the right and t he lef t; bat t i ng pra ct ice was a matter of hitting small rocks w ith a broomstick, after tossing the stones in an arc that descended through the strike zone. For basketball – the only other known sport to this youngster – the practice was at first underhanded in order to reach the

goal, then more countless hours later in life from the right, left, and center: jump, hook, or set. It ’s t oo ea s y t o s ay ‘I can’t’ and allow life to move around you in the passing lane. Unfortunately, we have too many in our world having that particular mindset. Get up, and move it, move it! Another Friday, another Homecom i ng com i ng up. Ga llup High this time, so hope to see you all in the bleachers!

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Miyamura High School Homecoming 2015

Some of the Patriette Dancers that performed for the crowd on Sept. 18 at Public School Stadium before the Homecoming game against Grants.

MHS Head Football Coach Wes Shank walks the sidelines just prior to the kickoff on Sept. 18 against Grants. The Patriots won the Homecoming game by a score of 34-14 to go 3-1 for the season. Jose Sanchez (3) gets tackled by the Grants’ Pirates after a short punt return on Sept. 18 at Public School Stadium.

MHS Homecoming Queen Candidate Emeril Huber.

MHS Homecoming Queen Candidate Gabby Thornton.

MHS Homecoming Queen Candidate Zarinah Dialillo.

Alex Arreguin catches a short pass on Sept. 18 at Public School Stadium in the Miyamura Homecoming game against Grants.

MHS Homecoming Queen Candidate Marissa Gray.

Kyle Keeler (56), A.J. Starkovich (21) and another Patriot stop a Pirate runner in the Homecoming game Sept. 18.

Patriot quarterback Matt Chavez looks for a receiver on Sept. 18 in the game against Grants at Public School Stadium Chavez passed for 91 yards and also played receiver for 23 more in the game.

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Frank and Rennie Lente walk proudly at the halftime Homecoming program Sept. 18 for their son, Daniel (55), a nominee to the Royal Court from the football team.

Patriot quarterback Matt Chavez finds some room to run on Sept. 18 in the Homecoming game against Grants. Chavez ran for 51 yards, passed for 91 more and scored twice in Miyamura’s 34-14 win.

Homecoming King Niles Thomas.

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Chanel Scott from the MHS crosscountry team is escorted during halftime festivities for Homecoming on Sept. 18.

Parents of Alex Arreguin (87) take the Homecoming walk for him, since the players were all in the locker room at halftime.

The parents of Thomas Castillo (28) take the long walk in honor of his selection to the Royal Court on Sept. 18 for Homecoming.

Johnny Cuellar is escorted by his parents at the halftime of the Homecoming game on Sept. 18.

Cross-country runner Tyler Begay is escorted by his mother during halftime Sept. 18 for the Homecoming lineup.

Cross-country runner Niles Thomas is escorted by his parents to the mid-stripe of Public School Stadium Sept. 18.

Bobbi Taylor is escorted by her mother Peggy at the Homecoming festivities Sept. 18.

Andreana Lonasee is escorted by her parents during the Homecoming game on Sept. 18.

Gabby Thornton is escorted by her parents at halftime of the Homecoming game on Sept. 18.

Shadi Jawad is escorted by his parents at the Homecoming celebration Sept. 18.

Natalie Depauli, Homecoming Queen.

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Zarinah Dialillo is escorted to the 50-yard line by her parents at halftime of the Patriot Homecoming game Sept. 18.

The King and Queen of the 2015 Miyamura Homecoming, Niles Thomas and Natalie Depauli take center stage on Sept. 18.

Marvin and Rachel Gray escort their daughter Marissa at halftime of the Homecoming festivities for Miyamura High on Sept. 18.

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Sports Schedule Friday, Sept. 25 GHS FB vs Espanola, 7 (Homecoming) GHS XC @ Academy Invite, 3 MHS XC @ Academy Invite, 3 RCHS VB @ Monte Del Sol, 4 Saturday, Sept. 26 GHS VB @ Bernalillo, 11 MHS FB @ St. Pius, 11 MHS FB JV vs Laguna-Acoma JV, 11 MHS FB C vs Thoreau, 1 RCHS GS @ Kirtland, Noon RCHS VB @ Desert Academy, 1 WHS VB @ Laguna-Acoma, 1 WHS XC @ E. Mountain, 9 Monday, Sept. 28 GHS FB JV @ Bernalillo, 4 Tuesday, Sept. 29 GHS BS @ Farmington, 6 GHS GS vs Farmington, 4 GHS VB @ Miyamura, 4:30 MHS BS vs Piedra Vista, 4

MHS GS @ Piedra Vista, 3 MHS VB vs Gallup, 4:30 RCHS BS vs Bloomfield, 3 RCHS GS vs Bloomfield, 5 RCHS VB @ Crownpoint, 4 WHS VB @ Bloomfield, 4 Wednesday, Sept. 30 Gallup Mid FB vs. Choosgai, 5 Thursday, Oct. 1 GHS BS @ Piedra Vista, 6 GHS GS vs Piedra Vista, 4 GHS VB vs Aztec, 4:30 MHS BS vs Aztec, 3 MHS GS @ Aztec, 4 RCHS BS vs Socorro, 5 RCHS GS vs Socorro, 3 RCHS VB vs Newcomb, 4 WHS VB vs Zuni, 4 Friday, Oct.2 GHS FB @ Moriarty, 7 MHS FB vs Albuquerque, 7 WHS FB @ Tohatchi, 7

CALENDAR COMMUNITY CALENDAR SEPT. 25 – OCT. 1, 2015, 2015 FRIDAY SEPT. 25 COMPUTER CLASS The Octavia Fellin Public Library is offering a free intermediate Microsoft Word (2010) computer training class from 2 - 4 pm at 115 W. Hill Ave. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. Registration is required at the front desk call (505) 863-1291; or email: libtrain@ gallupnm.gov. DROP-IN FILMS Tonight’s feature: Cinderella (2015). Starts 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. All ages. Movie: Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation PG-13. Starts at 5 pm. El Morro Theater, 207 West Coal Ave. Rated PG-13. LIVE MUSIC 10 Minute Max, Vocal Duo to perform 8 - 10 pm at Coal Street Pub, 303 W, Coal Ave. For more information please call (505) 722-0117. SATURDAY SEPT. 26 SATURDAY STORIES Start your Saturday mornings off right with an interactive story time for children of all ages and their families. Each

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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. Activity: Moon and Stars PRAISE AND WORSHIP Annual healing and praise camp meeting with Evangelist Beverly Benton, from Phoenix, AZ. Prayer requests are available. Special guest singers will attend. Begins at 11: 30 am. For information please call Betta (505) 409-6221. Chamber of Commerce, 106 W Highway 66. STRANGE BUT TRUE TALES OF NEW MEXICO Mary Mortensen-Diecker will be presenting her collection of strange, but true tales from New Mexico. This is part of our Latino American programming. Latino Americans: 500 Years of History has been made possible through a grant from the Nation Endowments for the Humanities and the American Library Association. For more information please contact Markos Chavez at (505) 863-1291. Starts at 2 pm, at the Main Continued on page 23

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Jody Sanchez of the Academy of Martial Arts takes his students through several of their programs in the Rio West Mall on Sept. 19. Photos By Tom Hartsock

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TUESDAY SEPT. 29 BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS McKinley County Board of Commissioners meets at 9 am. Agendas are available 72 hours prior to the meeting and available at the County Clerk’s or County Manager’s offices. The meeting will be held on the third floor of the County Courthouse building, 207 West Hill Street, Gallup. (505) 722-3868. COMMUNITY PROVIDERS MEETING The purpose of this meeting is to create an opportunity for all of our agencies, businesses and providers to connect with each other so we can create and access local resources for our clients and for other professionals in the community. No RSVP required. Noon - 1 pm at Sammy C’s, 107 W. Coal Ave. Contact Erika Baxter: Erika.baxter@state.nm.us or call (505) 722-4391 ext. 107. TEEN CAFE A place for middle schoolers to hang out and make crafts, design, build, experiment, watch movies, or play video games (Ages 11-14). Starts 4 pm. Design: 3D Comics. SINGER JILL COHN Songstress Jill Cohn will present a free concert at the Library. Cohn’s songs pay homage to the likes of Joni Mitchell, Sarah McLaughlan, and Counting Crows. Contact the library for more information (505) 863-1291 or libsuper@gallupunm.com. Begins at 6 pm. Location at the main branch, 115 W. Hill Ave. WEDNESDAY SEPT. 30 TODDLER TIME An active and energetic program for toddlers (2 - 4), featuring music, movement, rhythm, and stories. Starts at 10:30 am, Children’s Branch, 200 West, Aztec. MAKER’S CLUB A club for kids interested in science, math, building, and inventing (Ages 7 and up). Each week will feature a different challenge, project, or experiment. Starts 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. This Week: Toppling Dominoes SEPTEMBER FILM SERIES The library hosts the September film series, popcorn provided. Begins at 5:30 pm. For more information contact (505)

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863-1291. Location at the Main Branch 115 W. Film: Chappie CITY OF GALLUP Meet with Councilor Linda Garcia, District 1, share your ideas, compliments, and complaints at the monthly Northside Neighborhood Association. Meeting starts at 6:30 pm at the Northside Senior Center, 607 N Fourth. For more information contact (505) 879-4176. OPEN-MIC-NIGHT Local talent takes center stage from 8 - 10 pm at Coal Street Pub, 303 West Coal Ave. (505) 722-0117. THURSDAY OCT. 1 CRAFTY KIDS Fun crafts for the whole family (all ages). Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. This Week: Fall Tree Painting LATINO AMERICANS DOCUMENTARY VIEWING WITH SCHOLAR The library will hold a viewing of the Latino Americans Documentary, as seem on PBS, and a discussion led by local scholar John Lewis Taylor. There will be an open viewing of Episode 5: Prejudice and Pride, which focuses on Latin Americans’ development of a cultural identity. For more information call the library at (505) 863-1291 or email mdchavez@gallupnm. gov at the Main Branch 115 W. Hill. ONGOING QUILTING GROUP Come on down and join our quilting group. We have quilting bees every Tuesday from 9 am – 2:30 pm, and Thursday from 9 am – 2:30 pm. For more information please contact Virginia Gustafson (505) 879-3001. Located by the Playground of Dreams and Harold Runnels Center in the Larry Brian Mitchell Recreation Center, at 705 Montoya Blvd. HISTORIAS DE GALLUP The library is collecting oral histories from people in the community. Historias de Gallup will focus on Hispanic History in the area and stories that will give listeners a picture of Gallup in the past. For more information, please call If you would like to contribute an oral story please contact M.E. Pellington (505) 863- 1291, or email mdchavez@gallupnm. gov, at the Main Branch at 115 W. Hill.

COMMUNITY PANTRY The Hope Garden is offering organic produce for sale from 10 am - 12 pm, Tue - Fri. 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. FIRST INDIAN BAPTIST CHURCH Monday Night Back to Basics Bible Class, Red Hills Trailer Park recreation center 7 pm; Tuesday Family Bible Study FIBC 501 S. 3rd St., 6 pm; Sunday Worship and Prayer at FIBC 501 S. 3rd, 10:30 am. Contact: Pastor Robert Fontenot (505) 906-2808 / fibcgallup@gmail.com / www. fibcgallup.weebly.com GALLUP SUSTAINABLE GALLUP BOARD The City of Gallup’s Sustainable Gallup Board meets on the first Monday each month from 3 - 5 pm in the Mayor’s Conference Room at City Hall. Community members concerned about conservation, energy, water, recycling, and other environmental issues are welcome. Call Bill Bright at (505) 722-0039 for information, 404 West Maxwell, Ave. 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) 7262497. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Yard Sale fundraisers are open 9 to noon every Saturday on Warehouse Lane off of Allison Road. If you have household items to donate or wish to volunteer on construction, call Bill Bright at (505) 722-4226. SAVE THE DATE MIYAMURA BOOK SIGNING Three war heroes, featuring local Medal of Honor recipient Hershey Miyamura, will hold a book signing Oct. 10 from 9 am - Noon at Miyamura High

School, 680 Boardman Dr, Gallup. Miyamura is celebrating the release of the second edition of his book “Forged Fire.” Vincent Okamoto and Joe Annello will also be signing books that can be purchased at the event. HUMANE SOCIETY FUNDRAISER Gallup-McKinley County Humane Society holds its Great Gatsby Bow Meow Gala: Dinner & Dance Oct. 17 at Red Rock Park Auditorium. Comedians James & Ernie will serve as the Masters of Ceremonies. Cocktail hour is from 6 - 7 pm and dinner from 7:30 - 8 pm. There will be a live auction and games to win prizes. Tickets sold at GMHS: (505) 726-1453 or Mystique Salon and Day Spa: (505) 7229566. RECYCLED ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR In celebration of America Recycles Day the McKinley Citizens’ Recycling Council will sponsor Recycling Arts & Crafts Fair & Recycling Jamboree, Oct. 31, from 9 am -3 pm. The event will be held at the Gallup Community Service Center, 410 Bataan Veterans Street (Old Bingo Hall), across from the Community Pantry. To reserve a table please contact Betty (505) 722-9257. RIO WEST MALL EVENTS Oct. 3: UNM-GALLUP “Building a Community of Learning” 12 pm - 4pm Oct. 9:    Fall Student Job Fair 12 - 4pm, Rio West Mall Center Court Oct. 17: Halloween Carnival 10 am -2 pm, Rio West Mall Center Court       Oct. 29:  Pet Costume Contest 7 pm, Rio West Mall Center Court Oct. 30: Kids Costume Contest 6 pm, Rio West Mall Center Court Pumpkin Carving Contest 7 pm, Rio West Mall Center Court Oct. 31: Mall Trick or Treat 3 pm - 6 pm, Rio West Mall Center Court, while supplies last ST. FRANCIS FIESTA! Sunday, Oct. 4. Mass at 10 am, Fiesta 11 - 5 pm. Games, food, and entertainment. Calcutta raffle starts at 3:30 pm. $10,000 grand prize. 213 W. Wilson Ave, Gallup. 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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