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SERVICE OR COMFORT DOG? Veteran refuses to produce paperwork. Page 3
Inside ... Body found on south side.5 Police catch murder/rapist suspect.6 U.S. Rep pushes for gun control.9
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Service or Comfort dog? VETERAN AND POOCH REFUSED SERVICE
By Terry Bowman Sun Correspondent
local veteran said he was denied service from a local eatery because the owner would not allow him to bring his service Chihuahua dog into the restaurant. Phillip Ramirez, Jr., along with his daughter, son, and niece, said they were denied service from Garcia’s Sunset Grill on Sept. 27 after he was told by the owner, Carlos Garcia, that his service dog, Bunny, was not allowed in the restaurant as Garcia believed the dog to be a pet. “I was in disbelief about what happened, I couldn’t belief that this took place in our community,” said Ramirez, a 23-year veteran of the National Guard who reportedly suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. W hen a sked, R a m i rez refused to show a ny service-dog paperwork for Bunny to the Gallup Sun. He also admitted that he didn’t show any paperwork to Garcia or other restaurants that have asked for proof . Family spokesman Cesar Garcia, Carlos’ son, explained that he had heard rumors that Ramirez had done this to other local diners, including Jerry’s Café, Railroad Cafe, and Panz Alegra. R a m i rez den ie s t he s e claims, and said he has photos of him dining in those restaurants, with Bunny in tow, on Facebook. He said that he’s receiving an outcry of support for he and Bunny on social media. Ramirez said he keeps Bunny in a pouch that keeps her restrained and from bothering other restaurant guests. When an individual with a service dog enters a restaurant, the American with Disabilities Act website states, “Staff may ask two questions: is the dog a ser vice animal required because of disability and, what NEWS
Garcia’s Sunset Grill owner Carlos Garcia, and son Cesar Garcia, didn’t want to be photographed for this story. They feel persecuted after Carlos refused to allow a man and purported service dog into his restaurant together. Photo Credit: Terry Bowman
work or task has the dog been trained to perform?” Garcia said his family supports veterans and all legitimate service dogs. “We support all veterans and their companions, all accredited service dogs are allowed,” he said. The Gallup Sun contacted the ADA hotline, and asked a man name Joseph, who would not give his last name, about Ramirez’ dog. He said Bunny is more than likely a “comfort” dog, and not an accredited service dog. Joseph also seemed surprised that a chihuahua is being touted as a service dog. The most common type service dogs is the German Shepherd breed or bigger breed dogs, he said. It ’s a n a rg u ment t h at Ramirez challenged. “Service animals come in all sizes now,” Ramirez said, who added that he has seen a small percentage of service dogs throughout the years. It’s clearly a civil matter, however. As arguing intensified at the restaurant that day, both Ramirez and Garcia called police to the scene. Ac c or d i n g t o a GPD spokesman, the officer did not take an incident report as no
criminal activity occurred. Ramirez added that his daughter started video recording while police were on scene. Garcia said that Garcia’s Sunset Grill Facebook page has been receiving a lot of negative comments and racist remarks from the incident. He stressed that there are three different types of dogs – service, comfort and pets – and he wants the public to know the difference between service dogs and comfort dogs. To further educate the public, Garcia said that the restaurant is collaborating with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and possibly an animal welfare organization, to host a luncheon on Oct 11 from noon - 2 pm. All veterans and accredited service dogs are welcomed. At this meeting, there will be information on how to properly register a service animal and information about the three different types of service animals people can register their animal under. Accord i ng t o U.S. D e pa r t me nt of Ju s t ice’s website, “ser v ice animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.”
The website also states, “Examples of such work or tasks include … calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack.” Meanwhile, the ADA site states that a business cannot ask about a person’s disability; require medical documents; require a special identification card; training documentation for the dog; or ask if the dog can demonstrate its ability. In addition, the website also states: “dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service dogs.” Visit: http://www.ada. gov/service_animals_ 2010. htm or https://adata.org/ learn-about-ada
Phillip Ramirez, Jr. holds his dog Bunny, who has helped get through tough times after serving two tours in Iraq. Photo Credit: Courtesy
Gallup Sun • Friday October 9, 2015
Indian Ed spending called into question SUPERINTENDENT STILL IN LIMBO
By Chrissy Largo Sun Correspondent
uring the GallupMcK i n ley Cou nt y Schools Board of Education’s regular meeting Oct. 5, the board addressed recent media reports calling into question the Indian Education Committee’s spending at various casinos. “We’ve never been cited for misuse of funds or abuse of funds,” Indian Education Committee President Monica Yazzie said. “We have components in place that justifies our spending for our Native American children. We follow policy procedures under Navajo Nation and Gallup McK inley Schools for our travel and how we utilize our funding.” Accord i ng to P r isci l la Manuelito, Board of Education secretary, funds used at casinos were justifiably spent for conferences and orientations that will be used to educate parents and their children.
BOE Vice President Kevin Mitchell
BOE member Lynn Huenemann
BOE Secretary Priscilla Manuelito
“These were mandatory meetings that our India n Education Committee members were required to send representation of our school districts,” she said. “We do not have a choice on where the Navajo Nation decides to host these events.” District 5 board member Ly n n Huenema n n recommended that an additional review be set in place to “delay the allegations” of misuse of funds. “It is presented to the public that the committee spent money at the casinos, but we
all know that the larger casinos and the smaller casinos in the country are places that have conferences rooms and a lot of meetings are held at those places,” he said. That same evening, the five-member school board went into executive session for approximately 50 minutes as a handful of curious parents and community members lingered about the meeting area. However, no i n for m a tion was disclosed regarding GMCS Superintendent, Frank Chiapetti, who was placed on administrative leave about two
months ago. An investigation into Chiapetti’s role as superintendent is being conducted by investigator Dan Patterson. “At this time, we are still wa iting to hea r from the
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investigative end or from our attorneys,” District 1 Vice President Kevin Mitchell said during a phone interview. Huenemann said that they are waiting on a report and have not received any further information. District 4 board member Joe Menini said that he had not heard anything and “I couldn’t tell you a thing.” On Aug. 17, Chiapetti was placed on administrative leave and Special Education Director Carmen Moffett was appointed to serve as interim superintendent. In previous years, Chiapetti served as principal of Miyamura High School.
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Body discovered on Gallup’s south side
transported to the Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque for an autopsy and where a toxicology test may help determined if alcohol, other substances or exposure were contributing factors in his death. The man had no identification on him, but White said there was a dial-up insulin type of prescription for diabetes discovered in a black backpack near the body. With his identification pending, police gave a description of the Native American man in his mid-30’s, who likely stood about 5’6” to 5’7” and wore a pony tail. He was wearing a pair of blue jeans with a black belt; brown hiking-type boots; two shirts – a black muscle shirt under a black T-shirt. He had taken off the shirts prior to his death. I f you h ave a ny i n for m at ion related to this case, call GPD at (505) 863-9365.
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allup Police Department Capt. Rick White said officers were dispatched the morning of Oct. 6 “in reference to a person down and out” outside the front entrance to All Star Janitorial Supply on 61 S. Hwy 602. Officer Kelsey Francisco arrived at All Star about 11:20 am and found the unconscious man shirtless and lying on his back. He was pronounced dead at the scene. When asked if this death could be related to exposure, White said that it’s too early to speculate on the cause. Temperatures dipped into the low 50s and high 40s early Tuesday morning, and it had also rained in the area. The man died sometime during the early morning hours, White said. Detective Charles Wommack said it appears that “no foul play” contributed to the man’s death. He’s being
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Local parents charged with child abuse ALCOHOL A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR
By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor
or Daniel and Yvonne Mecale, bottles and cans of alcohol seem to dominate the décor in their home at 1999 Western Skies Road – or at least it did when police were called to their home Oct. 1. According to the police repor t, officers were dispatched to check on the welfare of the Mecale’s four daughters by the state’s Children, Youth and Families Department. Gallup Police Department Officers Timothy Hughte and Harland Soseeah arrived at the home shortly after 9 pm. Aside from immediately taking notice of beer and a few bottles of hard alcohol dotting the scene, along with the stumbling drunk parents, the home was in acceptable condition except for the girls’ bedroom and the kitchen. According to the police repor t, in the girls’ room contained an uncovered and
exposed water heater; had clothing piled on the floor; an exposed wire coming from the wall; an uncovered outlet; and a single mattress with no sheet and one blanket lying on the floor. The window in their room was also broken and replaced with a hard piece of plastic. The kitchen mess was less of an issue, with dishes piling up in the sink and a dirty range top. The three girls sat with their mother while police inspected the home. The mother couldn’t
recall her children’s exact birth dates and the dad was combative and placed in a police unit shortly after officers arrived. A four th daughter was spending the night at a friend’s house, and was later picked up. All four girls went to stay with their grandparents while their parents were carted off to jail. Meanwhile, two Criminal Compla ints were f iled in Magistrate Court. Each parent faces three counts of abuse of a child (Placed in a dangerous situation).
Man hit by train By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor
er r ick M it chel l’s at tempt to crawl between two railroad cars to make it to the south side of the tracks resulted in him being hit by train traveling about 30 mph. Gallup Police Department Detective Charles Wommack said shortly after 5 pm on Oct. 5, Mitchell crawled between the two box cars on the farthest northern tracks, but before we could dart across the two remaining tracks, he was hit by an eastbound train, and sustained multiple injuries. The railroad crossing gates were down on Third Street and Highway 66 during the time of the incident, likely prompting the man to make the hasty move. Wom m a ck s a id t h a t Mitchell didn’t recall his daredevil move that could have ended his life. “He wasn’t very cooperative
at the hospital,” he said. M it c hel l a p p e a r e d t o be i ntox icated, a lt houg h Wommack wasn’t able to confirm at the time of interview. GPD Capt. Rick White said “the railroad police may charge him with trespassing.” Mitchell was arrested on Sept. 16 for an his second DWI, with the added charge of “aggravated” for refusing to the breath test.
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Good timing help police net dangerous fugitive By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor
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allup Police Department experienced a stroke of luck in catching an alleged dangerous rapist and murderer that was recently passing through the area. Jeffrey Olivarez is wanted for the murder and rape of Jessica E. Blansett. GPD Detective Charles Wommack said on Oct. 2 he received a call from Ford County, KS officials about Olivarez possibly being in the area, at a local scrapyard. Wommack said he and Det. Mark Spencer followed
a hunch and found Olivarez at All City Recycling. He was working there for the day to pay for some repairs done to his vehicle. Wommack said Olivarez had also tried to sell the vehicle, but was unsuccessful. He was arrested without incident Oct. 3, for a local traffic warrant, plus the $250,000 warrant for first degree murder. In a twist of irony, at the time of his arrest, he wore a hat that said “police.” “I am glad that we caught up with him,” Wommack said. Wo m m a c k a l s o s a i d Olivarez is the third individual charged with a connection to this crime. NEWS
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STOLEN ITEMS RECOVERED Mentmore, 10/5 McKinley County Sheriff’s Office located items that may have been stolen during a burglary in Window Rock, including an AK47 and .45-caliber handgun, and left behind a residence located at 16A Williams Acres Rd. Duputies found firearms and other stolen items. The unnamed woman also reported that her red Jeep Liberty SUV was stolen and was seen at the residence. Deputies later tailed the jeep on I-40 westbound, but they lost sight of it during a highspeed pursuit to the Arizona state line. The vehicle was found abandoned, and the suspect is still at large.
MISCHIEVOUS COWS Williams Acres, 10/4 MCSO Deputy Roxanne King took a report from Larry
Smith about three cows that a lleged ly strode onto h is proper t y, con su m i ng h i s two mature pear trees. The same, menacing cows also reportedly lifted “a red faucet handle,” allowing water to run for about nine hours. The two pear trees are estimated to be worth about $600 and the water loss $300. King advised Smith to start closing his gate.
WOMAN AND DAUGHTER BATTERED Gallup, 10/3 Stewart Lee was arrested for breaking his g i r l f r ie n d’s nose and stomping on her 15 -yearold daug hter’s leg. According to Gallup Police Depar tment Officer Douglas Hoffman’s report, Lee also broke “a large glass
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AARONS EMPLOYEE PUNCHED Gallup, 10/3 No cha rges were f i led against Ambrose Morris for reportedly punching Aarons R e n t To O w n A c c o u n t s Ma nager Tra inee Thoma s Bow ma n i n t he chest . Bow m a n a nd Accou nt s Manager Verona Saganey went to Morris’ residence to collect a television set. It’s not clear if Morris had defaulted on a rent-to-own contract, but he could face charges if Saganey files a complaint in Magistrate Court.
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NO FREE BOOZE Thoreau, 10/2 Joshua Williams didn’t grab and run with the meager a mou nt of booze that he stole, he simply told the clerk after walking out of the Giant in Thoreau that “he did not intend to pay for the two beverages, ” according to MCSO Deputy Arthur Rahimi’s report. He was arrested for shoplifting two cans of “Four Loko”
Thoreau, 10/1 It’s unclear why a 9-yearold boy would bring marijuana to school, but his peers at Thoreau Elementary turned him in to school authorities. According to Deputy Monty Yazzie’s report, the boy had a small baggy of pot in his pocket. When confronted, he “quickly began to get teary eyed.” The boy claimed the pot was from home, but he wasn’t sure how it got into his pocket. The marijuana was logged into MCSO as evidence and the report of the incident is on file.
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WEEKLY DWI REPORT By Lealia Nelson Davis Jameson 9/25, 12:37 am 2nd DWI, Aggravated D a v i s Jameson made a sudden left turn onto Basilio, from A ztec, right in front of Gallup Police Department Officer Douglas Hoffman. The sudden turn forced Hoffman to slam on his brakes. According to the report, Hoffman stopped the car and conducted a traffic stop. Davis smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot watery eyes. Hoffman asked Davis, if he’d had anything to drink and Davis said that he hadn’t. Later, Davis admitted to having three Fire Balls, the report stated. During the field sobriety tests Davis reportedly swayed from side to side, failed to follow instructions, and fell over. Davis agreed to take a Breathalyzer test, and blew a
0.24 according to the report. Davis was charged with his second aggravated DWI. Corrina Bennett 9/19, 6:06 am Aggravated DWI McK inley C o u n t y Sher i f f ’s Deputy Merlin B en a l ly w a s dispatched to a car crash near the 44 -m ile marker. The reporting party was Ranger Claudia Estrada who provided a statement. According to the report, Estrada wa s headed ea st when she saw a white vehicle crashed against the middle cable barrier. The driver was identified as Corrina Bennett. In front of the white car, was another vehicle, a CMV. Benally checked on the CMV driver, Douglas Stozeski, and his passenger Tammy Stozeski. They said they were okay and did not need medial attention according to the report. Bennett told Benally that she
was okay, except her cheek hurt, and didn’t know what happened. Benally reported that Bennett had watery eyes and smelled of alcohol. Wedged in between her seat and the rear passenger seat was an open 30 pack of Budweiser Beer. After a Breathalyzer test, Bennett blew a 0.18, the report stated. Bennett was charged with Aggravated DWI. Johnny Montano 9/19, 1:01 am 2nd Aggravated DWI GPD Officer Chaz Troncoso a nd a not her GPD Of f icer responded to a noise complaint at 601 Dani Dr, on Sept. 18. Music from the apartment could be heard from the bottom of the stairs. According to the report, the occupant was identified as Jonny Montano who was asked to turn down the music.
President Begaye welcomed NANA Development Corporation Staff Report
I N DOW ROCK , A r i z . —Nav a jo Nation President Russell Begaye met w ith representatives of the NANA Development Corporation on Oct. 6. NANA Development Cor poration is an A laska Native Corporation that has more than 14,000 shareholders who are comprised mainly of tribal or village members.
NANA Cor poration’s v isit and sharing their business expertise. The corporation has grown business ventures throughout their eleven villages in Alaska, the Lower 48, and internationally. “The Navajo Nation has similar potential to grow its economy. In our administration, we are looking for an economic engine to move us to greater heights in economic development,” Begaye said.
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Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Acting Chief of Staff Robert Joe stand with representatives from NANA Development Corporation. Photo Credit: OPVP
President of NA NA Development Corporation, Helvi Sandvik, said the purpose of their visit was to familiarize themselves with the Navajo Nation and look for mutual business opportunities. “The NANA Corporation aims to improve our community member’s lifestyles while creating economic opportunity and helping people achieve their goals,” Sandvik said. “We strive to help ourselves and Native people create an economically sustainable future. We think that’s what Navajo Nation is desiring as well.” Sandvik is of the Katyaaq people from the Village of Kiana north of the Arctic Circle. “Our purpose as an organization is to serve our people, not just the ones who are alive today, but also the next generation,” she said. Begaye was honored by
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Begaye sa id he sees the benefits in the way the NA NA Cor poration ha s worked t oget her i n t hei r business operations. “They have many entities governed by a singular board, rather than each entity having their own board. This helps them to maintain their focus and overall objective.” Begaye said the visit with NANA Corporation was not to duplicate their business model but instead to learn from their successes. “From the corporation we are learning to come up with objectives and goals that will be unique to the Nation,” he said. “We have the resources, the energy and the personnel to be successful in economic development. We can do so much more if we work together as a nation.” Visit: www. http://www. navajo-nsn.gov NEWS
DWI REPORT | FROM PAGE 8 Montano appeared intoxicated and smelled of alcohol, but he complied. On Sept. 19, another noise complaint was made to the same location and the anonymous caller said a woman was screaming. Troncoso reported that there were three occupants, Ariana Aretino-Reyes, Joshua Loiselle, and Montano. Reyes ran from the apartment down the stairs and said she was not being abused, but did not feel safe in the apartment according to the report. Montano appeared intoxicated, but compliant. Troncoso drove Reyes home. He then obser ved a white vehicle swerving on the curb. The driver was identified as Montano. After a field sobriety test, Troncoso placed Montano under arrest. While in the patrol car, Montano kept kicking and screaming, “you f--ked up now.” A t t he j a i l , Mo nt a no demanded a blood test and his lawyer. Troncoso told Montano he was getting a Breathalyzer test. Montano was argumentative, but agreed. Montano blew a 0.15 and was charged with his second aggravated DWI. Latisha Largo 9/19, 2:38 am Aggravated DWI GPD Officer Jessie Diaz was told to look out for a maroon Gra nd Pr ix vehicle whose fema le occupant was potentially intoxicated and driving recklessly. According to the report, Diaz saw flashing taillights passing the Larry Brian
Mitchell Recreation Center. The vehicle was driving eastbound in the westbound lane. At the intersection of Ford Street and Montoya, the vehicle stopped in the westbound lane facing eastbound for the red light. The driver was identified as Latisha Largo. Diaz noticed that Latisha had bloodshot watery eyes. When asked if she had a ny th i ng to d r i nk, La rgo re s ponded a “Blueber r ySt r awber r y M a r ga r it a at Applebees,” the report stated. Largo submitted to tests, but seemed unable to comply. Diaz asked Largo why she had trouble with the test, to which Largo responded, “because I’m pretty drunk,” the report stated. Largo refused a breath test at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center. Largo was charged with aggravated DWI. Matthewton Franklin 9/10, 6:28 am DWI G W D Sa rgea nt Benny Gaona was working, End DWI overtime, when he observed a white Chevy pickup heading westbound on 66. According to the report, the vehicle was speeding at 65 mph, in a posted 55 mph zone. Gaona stopped the vehicle west of Industrial Road. The driver was identified as Matthewton Franklin who had a blue hoodie over his head and appeared sleepy. Gaona smelled alcohol on Franklin and his eyes were bloodshot. When asked to perform a field test he complied, but staggered as he got out of the according to the report. Franklin agreed to take a
Breathalyzer test and blew 0.12. Franklin was charged with a DWI and speeding. Jallen Tsosie 9/08, 10:36 pm 2nd DWI, Aggravated GPD Officer Jessie Diaz was dispatched to the Giant Shell, on east Highway 66. According to the report, a welfare check was requested on a blue vehicle that was parked by the jewelry store. The intoxicated individual was walking back to the blue Ford Taurus and was getting ready to leave stated the report. The vehicle left westbound from the location passing the tunnel. Diaz observed a vehicle passing the tunnel stated the report. The driver was identified as Jallen Tsosie. Diaz observed that Tsosie had bloodshot and watery eyes. Tsosie agreed to a field sobriety test, but later said “take me in,” stated the report. Diaz administered the Breathalyzer test, and Tsosie blew a 0.21. Tsosie was charged with his second DWI. Jordan Gruber 9/5, 7:59 pm DWI GPD O f f icer Ch a nel le Preston wa s ta sked w ith assisting another GPD Officer, with a two-vehicle car crash, at Second Street and Highway 66. According to the report, Preston spoke with the driver, Jordan Gruber, of the four-door passenger car. Gruber said he was okay and denied the need for medical assistance stated the report. Preston noticed that Gruber gave short responses and his eyes appeared glassy. Gruber agreed to a field sobriety test. Preston also administered a Breathalyzer test and Gruber blew 0.10, according to the report. Gruber was placed under arrest for DWI.
Jerome Torrez 9/5, 1:33 am Aggravated DWI GPD O f f ic e r T i mo t hy Hughte was dispatched to the area of Chamisa Street for a reported vehicle crash. Accord i ng to t he repor t , Hughte noticed a tan vehicle sitting on the curb. A male was standing next to the car. Several males ran from the area and left the scene. The male identified himself as Jordan Torrez who said his brother Jerome Torrez was the driver. Torrez said that another vehicle ran a stop sign and his brother couldn’t stop the vehicle, the report stated. A f t er a f ield sobr iet y test, Hughte observed that he smelled of alcohol and appeared unbalanced, according to the report. Jerome Torrez refused the Breathalyzer test. After medical attention was administered Jerome Torrez was charged with an aggravated DWI. Pearl Tsosie 8/28, 1:47 am 2nd DWI, Aggravated G P D O f f i c e r s T i m o t h y Hu g h t e a n d Cha nelle P r e s t o n responded to a possible vehicle crash with injuries on Interstate 40, at the 21-mile marker. A semi-truck was parked on the shoulder of the roadway, with its hazard lights on. According to the report, a fema le wa s sta nding at the driver’s side of a white Pontiac Grand Am. She was identified as Tammy Walker and witnessed the accident. Walker saw a vehicle crash
into the shoulder barrier, the report stated. The driver of the Pontiac was Pearl Tsosie, who said she was okay. Hughte could smell alcohol coming from the vehicle. Hugthe observed that Tsosie had bloodshot watery eyes and it was hard to ask Tsosie questions. Tsosie admitted to drinking “4” Coors Light Beers before driving. During the field sobriety test, Tsosie swayed back and forth and emitted a strong smell of alcohol. Hughte observed an open 24-ounce can of Coors Light that was cold and still contained alcohol. Tsosie refused a Breathalyzer test and was charged with an aggravated DWI. Christopher Becenti 7/16, 2:47 pm 2nd DWI, Aggravated G P D O f f i c e r K h a e r a Chee was dispatched t o po s sible shots fired in t he a rea of Lewmann Dr. According to the report, the area was updated to Dairy Drive. Another GPD officer was first on scene and had a male subject on the ground. The male was later identified as Christopher Becenti, the report stated. Becenti was seen coming out of the driver seat of the vehicle that was parked at the residence stated the report. Chee spoke with a witness who pointed out several areas where the vehicle crashed. Becenti was identified as the driver stated the report. Becenti agreed to a field sobriety and Breathalyzer test. He blew a 0.26 and was charged with his second DWI.
Lujan Grisham calls for action on gun violence By Matthew Reichbach NM Political Report
n a fundraising email to supporters, an “angry” and “frustrated” U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham called for “common sense” action to curb gun violence. In the email, from her Friends of Michelle campaign committee; Lujan Grisham notes a Washington Post article that showed there have been more mass shootings so far this year than days in the year. NEWS
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Photo Credit: NM Political Report.
The Washington Post has been tracking shootings with multiple people injured or killed, such as the Los Altos Skate Park shooting that left one dead, one paralyzed and several others injured. Other counts only list those with multiple people killed. Lujan Grisham said that t he “g u n cu lt u re” i n t he United States helps lead to the shootings. “I would argue that it’s our gun culture that is unique to the deadly violence in the United States. Most people are
responsible,” she wrote. “They can appreciate and own guns without putting the safety of
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Millions for tribal prevention programs FUNDS ALLOCATED FOR SUICIDE, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND DRUGS Staff Report
A S H I NGT ON , D.C . – On Oct . 7, U.S. Sen s. Tom Udall and Mar tin Heinrich announced that several New Mexico Tribes and organizations will be receiving a total of $4.4 million over five years, for prevention programs. The money will be used to prevent suicide, fight drug abuse, and combat domestic violence through the Indian Health Service’s Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative, and Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative programs. The MSPI program provides suppor t for Tribal communities to develop culturally appropriate prevention and treatment methods for suicide and drug abuse, pa r t ic u l a rly met h a mphet a m i ne. Similarly, the DVPI program helps Tribes prevent domestic violence and support survivors. “This funding will help provide support for tribal communities as they combat domestic violence, substance abuse, and suicide,” Heinrich said. “We must ensure that Pueblos and Tribes throughout the state have the resources to provide access to quality care that is often unavailable in rural communities.” Native communities are at a higher risk for suicide and substance abuse, especially Native youth. Suicide rates among Native Americans ages 15 to 24 are more than double the national
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich. Photo Credit: Courtesy
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average. And according to the National Congress of American Indians, an estimated three in five Native women will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes. “Suicide, drug abuse, and domestic violence tear apart too many New Mexico families, and Tribal communities are particularly vulnerable,” Udall said. “But we can fight these epidemics through collaboration and strong leadership, and these grants will help support those efforts.” The New Mexico Tribes and organizations receiving suicide and drug abuse prevention funding through the MSPI program are the Pueblos
of Isleta, Acoma, Ohkay Owingeh, Sandia, Santo Domingo and Taos; the Ramah Navajo School Board in Pine Hill; First Nations Community HealthSource based in Albuquerque; and Five Sandoval Indian Pueblos, which represents the Pueblos of Cochiti, Jemez, Sandia, Santa Ana and Zia. A total of $580,000 will be awarded in the first year. Orga nizations receiv ing funding for domestic violence prevention through the DVPI program also include First Nations Community HealthSource and the Ramah Navajo School Board. Additionally, the Eight Nor thern Indian Pueblos Council
GUN VIOLENCE | FROM PAGE 9 others or themselves at risk. Others, regardless of whether they have a mental illness, are susceptible to the gun culture that glorifies gun violence on a daily basis.” A spokesman for Lu jan Grisham told New Mexico Political Report that she has sponsored two pieces of legislation related to gun violence. One is the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2015, which is sponsored by U.S. Reps. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., and Pete King, R-N.Y. The legislation would expand background checks to all commercial sales. Currently, background checks are not required for gun sales over the Internet, or at gun shows. This would add these, as well as, sales through classified ads to the required background checks.
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is receiving funding to support programs, at the Pueblos of Santa Clara, S a n I ldefon so, Te suque, Oh k ay Owingeh, Nambé, Picuris, Taos and Pojoaque. A total of $300,000 will be awarded in the first year “By adapting prevention programs to the culture and unique needs of New Mexico’s Native communities, this funding will help Tribal communities work to prevent further tragedy,” Udall said. “This is a battle we cannot afford to lose — together, we’ll make progress and renew hope, especially among our young people.” Award amounts for each year, for five years, for the Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative program include: Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council - $150,000 F irst Nations Com mu n it y HealthSource - $100,000 R a m a h Nava jo School Boa rd - $50,000 Award amounts each year for five years for the Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative program include: Pueblo of Sandia - $100,000 Five Sa ndova l India n Pueblos - $75,000 Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo - $53,000 Pueblo of Isleta - $50,000 Pueblo of Acoma - $50,000 R a m a h Nava jo School Boa rd - $50,000 Santo Domingo Pueblo - $50,000 Taos Pueblo - $50,000
The legislation would ban the federal government from creating a registry and makes misuse of records a felony. The legislation would also make sure transfers between family members are unaffected. The second piece of legislation is the Gun Violence Research Act. Lujan Grisham agreed to cosponsor the legislation on Tuesday. The legislation would lift a ban that bars the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention from studying the relationship between gun ownership and gun violence. Lu ja n Gr isha m a lso signed onto a letter by Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif., requesting a meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch to ask how Congress and the office of the Attorney General can work together to reduce gun violence in minority communities. In a Republicancont r ol le d Hou s e a nd a
Republican-controlled Senate, any legislation that does not loosen regulations on guns has a very small chance of reaching the president’s desk. S h e s a i d t h a t “c o m mon-sense gun safety legislation” needs to go into effect “but it is also time to look inward at the culture of violence that plays into this crisis.” The congresswoman referenced Jeb Bush’s statement last week after the Oregon college shooting last week where he said, in part, “stuff happens.” “We can no longer stick our heads in the sand, or throw our hands up in the air and say ‘stuff happens’ in response to this crisis,” Lujan Grisham said. “It’s time for Washington to take action.” Lujan Grisham also referenced an Up Front column in the Albuquerque Journal on the gun violence that shows no signs of stopping. Visit: www.nmpolitcalreport.com NEWS
EPA cherry-picked data, according to joint Congressional hearing Staff Report
ANTA FE – At a joint Congressional Hearing for Natural Resources a nd Oversight & Government Reform, New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn clarified numerous discrepancies from testimony made earlier in the day by the Env ironmental Protection Agency. This included the agency’s summary-level, cherry-picked data that sought to downplay the severity of the Gold King Mine spill. Flynn testified that the EPA neglected to include a key contaminant, arsenic, among the data supplied. Nor did EPA include total metals, just dissolved metals, which skirted a health comparison with Safe Drinking Water Act levels. It also downplayed the severity of the spill. EPA inappropriately presented the data creating a visual impression that lead and
cadmium measurements were at zero. The EPA neglected to plot Safe Drinking Water Act standards showing that metal concentrations exceeded safe limits. When asked about New Mexico’s long-term monitoring efforts, Flynn said, “Their [EPA’s] Plan should be to support our [New Mexico] Plan. I don’t think the fox should be guarding the henhouse. They created the situation.” New Mexico’s multi-agency Long-Term Impact Review Team is made up of the same agencies that were in San Juan County immediately following EPA’s Gold King Mine Spill: Env ironment, State Engineer, Game & Fish, Health, Agriculture, and Homeland Security. G ov. Su s a n a M a r t i nez na med t he se a gencie s to the team, so that they could continue investigating the results of the spill. The team
is collaborating with local communities, universities a nd colleges, federal officials, and members of the public. The team will shortly announce a Long-Term Road Map Meeting to include all citizen stakeholders, along with New Mexico’s technical experts.
The problems with the EPA’s graph include: • EPA plotted the metals all on the same graph with a linear scale, even though the manganese and zinc levels were much higher than cadmium and lead. As such, the cadmium and lead concentrations appear to run along the zero axis.
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allup Police Department’s narcotics and K9 teams netted 78 grams of heroin when they conducted a drug raid Oct. 6 at David Grijalva’s residence, 104 S. First Street, Apt. 6. Grijalva, 63, was part of a three-month long investigation, in which during that time he allegedly sold drugs to undercover narcotics agents. GPD Capt. Rick White said the drugs confiscated were sent to the state’s Forensic Laboratories Bureau for testing to confirm the presence of heroin. When police receive
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Duran’s preliminary hearing set for December By Andy Lyman NM Political Report
ANTA FE— New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran’s attorney was granted some extra time in the criminal case against her client on Oct. 8. First Judicial District Court Judge Glenn Ellington granted an extension for Duran’s attorney Erlinda Johnson after she asked the court for another 60 days to comb through documents related to the case. Joh n s on h a s not yet responded to New Mexico Political Report‘s requests for comment. A spokesman for the Attorney General said the office would not be releasing a statement regarding the extension, but did say the office would proceed with business as usual. Spokesman James Hallinan told the New Mexico Political Report, “the Office of the Attorney General remains focused on preparing for the preliminary hearing.”
NM Secretary of State Dianna Duran.
The criminal case has been in and out of the courtroom with each side pointing fingers back and forth. In August, New Mexico Attor ney Genera l Hector Balderas filed 64 criminal charges against Duran accusing her of illegally using campaign money. The charges included money laundering, fraud and skimming money from her campaign and using it at casinos in New Mexico. Since then, the Attorney General charged Duran with an additional count of identity theft against a former state Senate
colleague. Ba lder a s’ of f ice lat er announced they would not be providing legal assistance to Duran’s office due to the pending criminal matter. Duran’s office fired back saying Balderas had a personal score to settle with Duran and that he should not be associated with the case. The same day the AG’s office filed a response claiming Duran’s attorney was “prosecutor shopping.” They also filed additional charges alleging Duran fraudulently named a former state senator, as her campaign’s treasurer. NMPolitics.net reported that Johnson has a history of filing motions that ultimately drag court proceedings out. Meanwhile, a legislative panel was formed to look into the possibility of impeaching Duran. There is still a hearing scheduled for October 23 to hear motions filed by each side, but the preliminary hearing is now scheduled for December 1. Visit: www.nmpolitcalreport.com
‘Patriotic Meeting Place’
Angelo Lovato painted the beautiful logos on the overhead doors of the fire station at Second and Maloney. The well-known local artist incorporated the patriotism of the city-owned building used by Veterans Helping Veterans as a meeting place for the largest single veterans group in Gallup. VhV is also the most active group with over a 125 veterans meeting every other Friday for breakfast at Don Diego’s restaurant. The building is also made available to other veterans groups upon request for meetings and other functions. Photo Credit: Tom Hartsock
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$1.5 million grant to combat human trafficking DOJ GRANT WILL EXPAND AG’S EFFORTS
AS CRUCES––As part of his commitment to combat human trafficking, New Mexico At tor ney Genera l Hector Balderas announced Oct. 8 the award of $1.5 million in federal grant funding to combat human trafficking in New
on criminals who prey on our most vulnerable citizens.” Loretta Lynch, attorney general of the United States, made the following remarks announcing the grant awards: “I am pleased to announce that the Department of Justice is expanding our support by awarding $44 million in grant funding to combat human
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Mexico. The collaborative grants will fund efforts across New Mexico to fight human trafficking, provide services for victims and expand research. New Mexico is one of 16 sites selected for an anti-trafficking task force award, receiving $1.5 million to support law enforcement efforts and victims’ services for the next three years. “Human trafficking, modern-day slavery, is not someone else’s problem; it’s happening across New Mexico, in our communities and in our neighborhoods. The callous disregard of traffickers for the lives of their victims is a tragedy and we cannot delay in acting to end it,” New Mexico Attorney Genera l Hector Ba ldera s said. “My office is committed to cracking down on violent offenders in New Mexico and
trafficking. These grants – administered by the Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime and the National Institute of Justice – will fund efforts across the country to fight human trafficking, to provide services for survivors and to expand research going forward. The grants include nearly $23 million as part of a DOJ initiative called the Enhanced Collaborative Model, which is designed to bring together law enforcement and victims’ services providers to address human trafficking in a comprehensive way.” F o r m o r e i n fo r m a tion on the Department of Justice grant visit: http:// ojp.gov/ovc/grants/pdftxt/ FY15_ ECM_Competitive_ Solicitation-508.pdf
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PART 7 IN A SERIES CHAPTER SEVEN – BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAY, THINK AND WISH FOR P O L I T I C A L CORRECTNESS A scheme of social engineering. Political correctness is the politically correct term for Cultural Marxism, a systematic method to punish dissent and
to stigmatize social heresy. Its trademark is intolerance, classifying its adversaries as haters, or mentally ill. PC for short (or BS), it means conforming to a particular sociopolitical ideology or point of view, such as a liberal’s promotion of tolerance thru intolerance. As the new age bully, PC can be any true statement that has been transformed into a lie to control or mislead the weak minded or used as a weapon of intimidation to silence any and all criticism of a leftist authoritarian political agenda … PC is also the modus operandi for revisionist history. TRIGGER WARNING: A phrase posted at the beginning of various posts, articles, or blogs. Its purpose is to warn weak minded people who are
easily offended that they might find what is being posted offensive in some way due to its content. * T r i g g e r Wa r n i n g *… Politically incorrect definition of political correctness – ‘A term used for whiny overly sensitive pansies who need everything sugar-coated for them.’ P O L I T I C A L INCORRECTNESS: For the most part, factually correct. CULTURA L M A RX ISM: The fundamental transformation of society by subversion of Western culture to create a society fully dependent on government. For cultural Marxists, no cause ranks higher than the breakdown of the nuclear family, which they despise as a dictatorship and the incubator of sexism and social injustice.
NUCLEAR FAMILY (traditional): A family unit that includes two married parents of opposite genders and their biological or adopted children living in the same residence. It is historically the foundation of society. S O C I A L /C U LT U R A L ENGINEERING: Cultural transformation by forceful and coercive government intervention into society and family life so as to bind people into a ‘better’ existence. Familiar examples include dictating our food choices, affirmative action, mandatory recycling, demonizing smokers and micromanaging personal energy consumption. WUSSIFICATION: To wussify is to make weak and ineffectual. Wussification is the
systematic sissifying of men or women, afraid to speak up, afraid to take charge, trending to an increasingly wimpy society. Political correctness is the leading edge of the wussification of America. If members of every possible subgroup in American society are too delicate to survive being joked about, then we have become a nation of wusses, afraid of our own shadows. Related to this is the trend of helicopter parenting replacing traditional free range parenting despite crime rates continuing to decline. The dramatic rise in broken homes is another source. I N T E L L E C T UA L DIVERSITY: Diversity of ideas
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GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF OCT. 9 - 15
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
The sun is in Libra this month. She is the house of tact, balance, and relationships. But, you would rather forge ahead with a machete than negotiate. Think and reflect this month. Use good judgment, at work, and in love. You’ll be surprised by the results. Don’t expend energy fighting battles that don’t matter to you. Pick your passion.
Your crabby nature rears its head this week. Do your best to maintain your bearing. It’s the sign of a professional. Plus, you’ll only beat yourself up for saying what you don’t mean. Think before you speak this week. Watch Bambi, if it helps, and remember the sage advice: “If you have nothing nice to say. Don’t say anything at all.”
Poor Libra, Mercury rattles your sign. Nothing is working right from the computer to the car radio. It’ll pass. Someone is trying to force your hand. Your critical judgment and careful analysis usually serve you well. Don’t fret. Take a chance — it may surprise you. Move across the country, on a pipe dream, or across the continent to pursue your passion. Destiny is just around the corner.
You Earth signs love to have those hooves, I mean feet, planted firmly on the ground. You’re in luck this week. You’ll get your wish. It’s just in time too. Your patience was wearing thin, with all the wish-washy unpredictable behavior. With Venus in your house of romance, you’ll make a decision about your love-interest. For better or worse, it’ll be decided soon, just in time for the holidays.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Dear Taurus, the previous weeks have wreaked havoc on your control. Have no fear. Madame G is here with good news. Love is in the air. For those in relationships, take your beloved on an unexpected date and get caught in the rain. Enjoy a delicious and romantic meal for two. Singles should pay special attention to their appearance, dress up, and go out.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Your road was forged with steel and sweat. The past weeks have not let up. It’s been go, go, go. But, everything is looking up. Your fellow air sign, Libra, takes over with calm collected energy. Her presence will smooth out those rough edges and bring much needed peace. Communication is key this week. Don’t lose your head over spilled milk.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) You’ll have quite a few choices to make this week, especially in the area of love and romance. You were very lucky in love this past month. Now, it’s time to pick one. Stringing someone along for that perfect moment is cruel and useless. Take the plunge. Your business and work life need you back. You can handle it.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Love is all around you Virgo. Venus dropped by your sign for some much needed tune ups in the romance area. Perhaps you meet up with an old flame, or re-kindle a long lost passion. Those in committed relationships step up the romance. Don’t worry, expensive gifts are not required. Your earthy qualities revel in foot massages over gemstones every time. Enjoy!
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Time slows for no woman, not even you dear Scorpio. But you’re okay, that’s how you like it. Your dancing cards are full this week. And you’re charging ahead with a busy schedule. Networking takes precedence for the next six weeks. Your social calendar is full. But, with Venus in your house of hopes and dreams, you’re headed for greatness. Good luck! Not that you need it.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) It’s time for fun! All the issues that keep popping up unexpectedly, and for no reason, will magically disappear. Well, not completely, they’re just not as bad as you thought. There are still a few hurdles, but they’re less powerful than you imagined. Your newly formed friendships have opened unforeseen doors and you’re excited. Well done!
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You’ll have an interesting week. Libra extends her blessings of balance to you. Check yourself out in the mirror and brush your hair. This month you’ll likely spend time in your head contemplating the meaning of existence and loftier goals. Remember to look ahead and watch your step. Don’t break your neck because you tripped down the stairs.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) LOVE is within your sights this week. It’s your lucky week. Dress up and smell nice. Prepare for the unexpected. Those in relationships will feel renewed passion, fuzzy feelings, and love. Romance your partner. Singles get out there and mingle. You’re feeling lucky and you should.
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LEXICON | FROM PAGE 13 which are virtually forbidden on campus, mainstream media and public institutions due to conflicts with the abject conformity required by political correctness. L A NGUAGE ACTI V ISM a ka L A NGUAGE POLICE: Imposition of a ‘correct’ political language by creating new words (Hispanic, sexism, victimization, social justice), or redefining words (discrimination, diversity, budget cuts) with the goals of deconstructing American culture and producing socialist ways of thinking and behaving. SHAMING: Historically, public derision and stigmatization of those engaging i n cu lt u ra l ly t aboo act ivit ie s , u s u a l l y t o mo d i f y
behav ior by inducing guilt or to assign blame. The term t h at s pa rked t he cu r rent surge, ‘slut-sha ming’ goes back millennia as a preventive measure to the breakdown of the nuclear family and society as well as STD prevention. ‘Fat- sha m i ng’ i s a pol it ic a l ly i ncor rec t cont empor a r y met hod of r e duc i n g o b e s e p e o ple’s excessive health care costs which are paid for by healthy people… Nowadays anyone who is slightly insensitive or not PC enough can be led to a public character lynching (shaming) without due process. What a shame. PC PHOBIA MISNOMERS: A phobia is an irrational fear of something. Judging the behavior and character of individuals and cultures is rational and normal. Disapproving of promiscuous cultures as well
as intolerant violent religions is totally rational and has little to do with fear. Homophobic and Islamophobic labels are examples of politically correct deceptive terms used to confuse the issue and control the debate. M ICROAG GR E S SIONS: Acts or words that are perceived to be insulting by a person who is looking to be insulted, whether or not that was the intent of the transgressor. Usually a symptom of a persecution complex. SEXUAL HARASSMENT: The accusation when heterosexual men try ‘coming out’ by discussing their sexual orientation with women in the workplace. COM I NG OU T (of t he closet): When homosexuals ‘come out’ or discuss their sexual preferences in the workplace it is considered a
courageous act. BIGOTRY: Intolera nce of ideas, opinions, or beliefs that differ from one’s own, and intolerant of the people who hold them. Indeed for some, even judging content
of character is considered bigotry. THE TOLERANCE PARADOX: Arises when a tolerant person holds antagonistic views toward intolerance, and hence is intolerant of it.
Duran’s attorney accused of ‘prosecutor shopping’ By Andy Lyman and Matthew Reichbach NM Political Report
A N TA F E —A f t er being accused of filing criminal charges against Secretary of State Dianna Duran based on a personal bias, the Attorney General’s office fired back with a response Oct. 2. The Attorney General’s Office countered claims of a conflict of interest with their own claims that Duran is “prosecutor shopping” by trying to have Attorney General Hector Balderas removed from the case. Earlier this week, Attorney Genera l Hector Ba ldera s announced that he would no longer provide counsel to the Secretary of State’s office. He returned 31 cases of potential campaign finance violations to her office and said she should work with district attorneys on the cases. According to the motion by the AG, “The law affords criminal defendants many rights. The right to pick the prosecutor is not one of them.” The AG’s office also argued that Duran did not provide
enough proof that she and Balderas have any kind of contentious relationship that would create a conflict. According to the response AG’s office said, “Duran has simply not produced sufficient evidence to justify the extraordinary remedy of disqualifying
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the state’s chief law enforcement officer. This court should deny her motion.” Further the motion stated, it is the Attorney General’s job to represent those in public office, “but when the person who holds that office commits a crime, the Office of the
Attorney General has duty to prosecute the office-holder.” Duran’s attorney, Erlinda Johnson, told New Mexico Political Report on Oct. 2 that she had not seen the motion yet. The motion filed by Johnson earlier stated that a conflict would be perceived since Balderas is tasked with both representing and prosecuting Duran. The motion from Duran’s attorney, Johnson said, “The acrimony between Ms. Duran and AG Balderas has continued for months, now giving rise to questions about this prosecutorial agencies bias against Ms. Duran.” A spokesman for Balderas’ office denied the allegations at the time. The motion from Duran’s attorney mentioned t he c a s e a ga i n s t for mer Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil-Giron. In that case, former Attorney General Gary King was removed from the case. That case was eventually dismissed after a district court judge ruled repeated delays violated her right to a speedy trial. But, the Oct. 2 motion says the circumstances are not the
same. A court ruled the basis of the conflict in the VigilGiron case was “the AGO’s office approving the contracts associated with how these [Help America Vote Act] funds were dispersed” and that the Attorney General’s office “was inextricably involved with the SOS’s approval of these contracts.” In this case the Attorney General’s office motion stated, “the Office of the Attorney General’s theory for prosecution centers on Defendant in her personal capacity, namely as a private citizen seeking political office.” NMPolitics.net outlined how a drawn out court battle led to the dismissal of charges in the housing authority scandal; one of the attorneys for bond attorney Robert Strumor, a defendant on that case, was Erlinda Johnson. In all, Duran is facing dozens of charges, including new charges related to identity theft filed Friday afternoon. Duran also faces impeachment by the state House, which could lead to removal from office by the state Senate. Visit: nmpolitcalreport. com OPINIONS
COMMUNITY GGEDC unveils new logo LOGO SIGNALS BRAND EVOLUTION
GGEDC Executive Director Patty Lundstrom
reater Gallup E c o n o m i c Development Cor por a t ion , t he nonprofit economic development organization undertaking business recruitment a nd attraction effor ts on behalf of the City of Gallup and McKinley County, today u nveiled a new logo that s e ek s t o emph a s i z e t he
organization’s commitment to advance the economy of the Gallup-McKinley County area. “A s GGEDC cont i nue s to expand Gallup-McKinley County’s national economic development footprint and with the successful launch of our website, we felt the timing was right to update our brand to better highlight the organization’s mission to create economic-base jobs and to reflect our commitment to growing the economy of the Gallup-McKinley County area,” GGEDC Executive Director Patty Lundstrom said. The former logo had been in place since 2012, when GGEDC was formally created. The refreshed logo, with its rich color options and new, contemporary look, better reflects the enthusiasm of GGEDC
and speaks to the momentum generated over the past three years. The new logo’s bold, active and forward moving G shape symbolizes GGEDC’s goal of advancing GallupMcKinley County. In addition to the redesigned main logo, GGEDC has undertaken a refresh of its website incorporating new color schemes and updating graphics to better accentuate the competitive advantage available to
businesses in Gallup-McKinley County. “The evolution of our brand identity showcases GGEDC as a powerful, innovative, and progressive economic development orga nization at the center of a connected and ever-changing world,” Lundstrom said. “Our approach and services are engineering the connections between Gallup-McKinley County and the business community. The
reinvention of our logo symbolizes the ever-evolving spirit of the organization and our commitment to innovating brilliant initiatives that truly integrate Gallup-McKinley County into the world economy”. Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation organized around the experience and talent of its Board of Directors and the professional management and economic development expertise of its Executive Director. GGEDC ser ves as the official Economic Development Organization (EDO) for the City of Gallup and McKinley County. For more information on Greater Ga llup Economic Development Corporation, visit www.GallupEDC.com
DOH to issue medical cannabis licenses Staff Report
ANTA FE — The New Mexico Depar tment of Hea lth (DOH) announced Oct. 5 that it will be issuing licenses to 12 applicants who applied to become licensed non-profit producers (LNPPs) in the st ate’s Med ica l Ca n nabis Program. Licensure is contingent upon the applicants’ acceptance and demonstration of regulatory compliance. This will bring the total number of LNPPs to 35. Secretary of Health Retta Ward reviewed the 17 highest scoring applications, which represent the top 20 percent of total applications submitted. A four-member Scoring Committee of DOH employees recommended to Secretary Ward that she review the17 highest scoring applications, and that she make her selection from that pool. She adopted that recommendation. In making her decision about which applicants to COMMUNITY
license, Secretary Ward considered the individual and aggregate scores given by the Scoring Committee, as well as the notations made by the Scoring Committee members.
She also reviewed and evaluated the content and overall quality of each application, including other factors such as the quality of the applicants’ production plans, with
an emphasis on location, safety and security components, the quality of the applicants’ distribution plans, and the products that applicants planned to sell to qualified patients.
The applicants selected for licensure are in the following counties: Bernalillo (8); Chaves (1); Santa Fe (1); Taos (1); Valencia (1). The applicants demonstrated in the application a clear plan to serve patients in underserved communities. The DOH will begin setting up site visits with selected applicants, which is one of the requirements as part of the licensing process. The timeframe for the new LNPPs to begin ser v ing patients will vary due to a number of factors. Consistent with Governor M a r t i ne z’s d i r e c t ion for more transparency in the Medical Cannabis Program, the Department of Health is working on a rule change so that LNPP information is public. The DOH anticipates publication of the proposed rule changes, and conducting a public hearing sometime this fall. There are 17,537 patients in the program and 21 qualifying conditions.
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St. Francis Fiesta Fun PHOTOS BY TOM HARTSOCK
A yard sale happened on the playground of St. Francis School on Oct. 4 as part of the Annual Fiesta for the Saint, which includes the blessing for the pets of the parishioners.
One of the booths set up for the Annual Fiesta at St. Francis on Oct. 4 on the school grounds of the elementary school, across the street from the church on Gallupâ€™s north side.
The Knights of Columbus led the procession into the playground area of St. Francis School for the start of the celebration on Oct. 4.
From left: Fathers Jorge, Abel, and Andres lead the faithful with scripture and prayer to open the Annual St. Francis Fiesta on Oct. 4.
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A row of food vendors stretch the length of the school building in preparation for the crowds attending the St. Francis Fiesta on Oct. 4. The varieties were many and the combined aromas had mouths watering well before the food was ready.
Four young Catholics carry the statue of St. Francis of Assisi into the playground area on Oct. 4. St. Francis is the patron saint of animals and the environment, and this annual fiesta is a day for parishioners to bring their pets for blessings by the priests.
From left: Two of the Knights of Columbus and four Communion servers make room for a couple of parishioners with their pets in hand at the Annual St. Francis Fiesta on Oct. 4.
A lineup of four Knights of Columbus stand at attention during the ceremonies at the Annual St. Francis Fiesta on Oct. 4.
THE WALK Features Spectacular Views By Glenn Kay For the Sun
RATING: ««« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 123 MIN.
t isn’t often that a movie rev iewer will actually suggest paying a premium to check out a film. This week is an exception. The Walk takes the famous story of Philippe Petit’s 1974 highwire walk between the World Trade Center skyscrapers and maximizes the visual content for full impact. The movie itself isn’t without some issues, but one cannot watch it without admitting that it looks spectacular. If you’ve ever considered seeing a movie in IMAX 3D, but were waiting for a title that really takes advantage of depth, this is the one. T he n a r r a t ive i s t old through Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). Petit’s story was previously depicted in the exceptional 2008 documentary, Man on Wire. The Frenchman describes his start as a performer and how his unusual dream came to be. Over six years, he is assisted by mentor Papa Rudy (Ben Kingsley) and takes on various accomplices to help him pull off his act of “anarchy.” In order to attempt the feat, it a lso involves
The Walk staring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, rated PG, opens in theaters Oct. 9. Photo Credit: Courtesy
sneaking into to a massive building full of construction workers and setting up equipment without being seen. Movies with an odd protagonist and a strange goal can sometimes be difficult to relate to. This movie doesn’t get as detailed, or as deep as it should. But, Gordon-Levitt plays the man with a winning personality and a sharp sense of humor. The character is likable and his flowery explanations are a bit silly, but there’s just enough information to at
least help us understand his motivation. He admits he’s “mad” and he may also be an attention seeker, but the film shows us how he develops his specific talent and skill over the years. He’s very good at what he does and one could argue that he simply wants to take it to the next level and do something impossible. However, some of t he human moments featuring cast members feel exaggerated. As the big event approaches, Petit begins to bicker with his
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significant other and crewmembers around him. These story bits feel as though they are forced in to add human drama and tension to the walk, but they don’t feel natural. Obviously, the actors had to compete with the incredible scenery and effects work, and as a result emotional moments are directed in a grander manner than they perhaps needed to be. It’s a minor qualm though, mostly because the movie looks so wonderful. The 3D work is excellent, emphasizing the great distances below. Not only that, but the image incorporates both foreground and background elements effectively. The walker’s balancing pole extends out of the screen during certain moments and bolts occasionally pop out of the frame. Some may consider the effect gimmicky, but this reviewer applauds the filmmaker’s use of all fields of vision.
While much of the final third may be almost entirely created via green screen, it still looks believable. The secret operation into the building creates some fun caper hi-jinx (particularly when a co-conspirator with a fear of heights is suspended over a shaft running down the entire length of the building). And the stunning walk itself creates genuine moments of tension as Petit moves slowly across the thin line. For a minute or two, the film effectively captures what it must feel like to be suspended in the air hundreds of meters above the ground. It’s certainly a Hollywood retelling of an incredible true story and takes a less-thansubtle approach to the material, but the Gordon-Levitt’s likable turn and the technical skills on display make it entertaining nonetheless. The Walk may not be perfect, but it is an enjoyable stroll that features The Familyviews. Loves It some spectacular
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Pan is a visually spectacular jumble By Glenn Kay For the Sun
RATING: «« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 111 MINUTES
ver wondered how Peter Pan ended up in Neverland? I didn’t either, but a new film aspires to tell the story of the young boy who travels to a magical land and learns to fly. Pan is a marvel to look at, with imaginative adventure scenarios that feature stunning visuals. However, story wise, this is a hodge-podge of ideas that never quite gel. Kids may still enjoy the wild imagery, but most adults will likely be left scratching their heads. Set during World War II, Peter (Levi Miller) is a boy living in a London orphanage under the stern rule of Mother Barnabas (Kathy Burke). One night, while the city is being shelled, she raises a pirate flag. Blackbeard (Hugh Jackson) arrives on a flying ship, stealing Peter to work mining pixie-dust to keep him young. While there, Peter learns of a prophecy suggesting that he will fly and lead a revolt against the nefarious buccaneer. But to do this, he must overcome his crippling fear of heights. If it already sounds like a chaotic jumble, it is. In the first thirty minutes alone, the film speeds from the kids
‘Pan’ starring Hugh Jackman opens in theaters Oct. 9. Photo Credit: Courtesy
trying to get the better of their nasty, food-hoarding keeper, to battles in the sky between pirate ships and the RAF, and then to the cast unexpectedly breaking into a musical rendition of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and The Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop” oddly enough, the musical elements are abandoned almost as suddenly as they are introduced. It possesses an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink feel, as though every production meeting idea was thrown into a bouillabaisse. The film is certainly larger than life and appears aimed
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primarily at children. Miller is likable and understated as the title character, but he’s surrounded by performances that will strike adults as anything, but subtle. Blackbeard is like something out of Kabuki Theater. He’s loud, exaggerated and his costuming and hairstyle is as over-the-top as some of his mannerisms. And when his motivations are revealed, I don’t even think that it makes sense. He
appears to want to wipe out a species, even though they produce the substance that keeps him young and alive. Pan also befriends James Hook (Garrett Hedlund), who possesses an odd southern drawl that sounds like it was dubbed in post-production. The Neverland production design is equally overloaded, with environments that look like a cross between Mad Max: Fury Road and Jurassic World (with
giant, attacking skeletal birds to boot). Despite all the strangeness, there is something, oddly fascinating, about it all. Generally, I enjoy the films of director Joe Wright (Hanna, Anna Karenina) and like all of his films this is a finely polished work, with many unique and interesting touches. There are a few minor lines and gags early on that are particularly funny. And the images themselves look stunning. The 3D effects are excellent and feature elements in all areas of the frame. It’s hyperactive and aggressive, in its visual assault, and for that reason alone it’s never boring. Viewers will even have the opportunity to see a weightless floating chicken lay an egg that flies out of the screen because, well... why not? In the end, it all looks lavish and expensive. You can see every cent on the screen. Due to the wild and jarring approach with bizarre changes in tone from act to act, I can only imagine that this was a difficult production that may have been reworked a few times over. It must have gone through a series of re-shoots. The credits list two directors of photography, which certainly suggests it. Kids probably won’t notice these issues, and enjoy Pan for what it is. As an adult, it’s a mess, but I’ll give it some points for being a wild and crazily surreal misfire. COMMUNITY
DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for October 9th, 2015 By Glenn Kay For the Sun
ow, this week is packed with all sor ts of f licks, running the gamut from independent, to Hollywood, to low-budget horror (Halloween is coming, after all). 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! Burying the Ex - A young man must contend with a possessive a nd controlling ex-girlfriend who has risen from the grave in this indie comedy-horror flick from director Joe Dante (Gremlins). It also puts a damper on the lead’s burgeoning relationship with his dream girl. A few critics called it an amusing bit of fun, but most weren’t as forgiving, suggesting the material was well below the talents of the director and cast. Now viewers can make up their own minds. It stars Anton Yelchin, Ashley Greene, Alexandra Daddario, Mary Woronov and, of course, Dick Miller. Dead Rising: Watchtower - Initially debuting on the Sony Crackle streaming service, this zombie feature and video game adaptation tells the story of a undead invasion and the attempts by survivors to find a cure for the outbreak. There haven’t been ma ny notices posted, but the ones that have popped up suggest it’s a good-looking, but overly familiar tale that adds nothing new to the subgenre. At least it features a lot of wellknown faces, including Jesse Metcalfe, Meghan Ory, Virginia Madsen, Rob Riggle and Dennis Haysbert. G r a v y - Gue s s wh a t? Here’s yet another genre film, this time about a group of costumed oddballs who take control of a Mexican cantina and force those within to take part in a series of bizarre acts. The independent title has been described as a horror/comedy and got a decent write up or two on the festival circuit. Shout! Factory picked up the COMMUNITY
distribution rights and is handling its exclusive release to video this week. So, horror fans will now be able to see what the fuss is about. Lothaire Bluteau, Lily Cole and Molly Ephraim headline the movie. Insidious: Chapter 3 - This second sequel to the horror hit is actually a prequel that det a i l s t he h istor y of the medium c h a r a c ter who appeared in prev ious films. In this tale, she helps a teenager being tormented by a supernatural entity. Reviews were mixed, but ultimately there were a few more positive write-ups than negative. While most admitted that this effort provides more of the same and doesn’t have as strong an impact as its predecessors, more felt that the numerous jolts were staged well enough to earn it a pass. The cast includes Lin Shaye, Dermot Mulroney and Stefanie Scott. Magic Mike X XL - The first Magic Mike was a somber d ra ma about male strippers. In this sequel the tone is considerably lighter, fol low i ng the lead and his buddies as they stage one final show for their adoring fan base. Critics weren’t as enamored with this follow-up and many criticized the lack of deeper subtext, but it still managed to receive a generally positive reception. Those who liked the movie recommended it as a fun and raunchy comedic romp. It stars Channing Tatum, Joe Ma nga niello, Kev in Nash, Gabr ielle Iglesia s, A mber Heard, Jada Pinkett Smith, Dona ld Glover, Elizabeth Banks and Andie MacDowell. Manglehorn - Al Pacino plays against type in this comedy/drama from David Gordon Green (Prince Avalance, Joe and the upcoming Our Brand Is Crisis). It’s about an introverted, heartbroken elderly man who is befriended by a bank teller and begins to slowly open up about his troubles. Reviews were mixed for this effort. Half found it to be
an effective and low-key slowburner. However, just as many claimed it was too moody and downbeat to enjoy. Guess viewers will have to decide for themselves. It also features Chris Messina, Holly Hunter and Harmony Korine. Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! - Yep, the Syfy TV movie is arriving on home video, and it’s a popular series so I figured it deserved a mention. This time out, a giant storm unleashes sharks in Florida. That doesn’t actually sound outrageous in and of itself, but you can bet over-the-top silliness follows. It wasn’t well thought of in the papers, with many calling it a dull sequel that doesn’t do much except roll out celebrity cameos. The extended cast features Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Frankie Muniz, David Hasselhoff, Bo Derek, Michael Winslow, Ne-Yo, Chris Jericho, Mark McGrath, Grant Imahara, Lou Ferrigno and Lorenzo Lamas (and that’s not even close to everyone who pops their head in frame). Tremors 5: Bloodlines - Straight-to-video fans can now pick up this fourth sequel to the extremely entertaining 1990 comedy/horror, Tremors. This new edition takes its heroes to the wilds of South Africa, where they attempt to survive not only animals, but a new onslaught of monstrous “Graboids.” No reviews are available, but it’s hard to imagine why you wouldn’t want to just go back and revisit the original film instead (if you haven’t seen it, it’s worth your while). This follow-up includes actors Michael Gross and Jamie Kennedy.
BLASTS FROM THE PAST! B r a m St ok e r’s D r a c u l a (1 9 9 2 ) h a s been a popular catalog title for Sony pictures, but the image quality of the previous Blu-ray (released during the format’s infancy) was heavily criticized. This week, a newly minted 4K transfer arrives via the studio’s Supreme Cinema Series. Reportedly, it still isn’t quite perfect, but it’s a lot better than the previous incarnation.
The disc also includes loads of extras, including multiple commentary tracks, documentaries on the production (as well as the famous character himself), deleted scenes and just about everything else you could possibly want. That is, except for the “Editing Workshop” from the old Criterion Lasersdisc. If you haven’t seen the movie, it’s a gorgeous-looking gothic melodrama filled with amazing in-camera special effects work courtesy of director Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, The Outsiders). Warner Brothers have a couple of very interesting box sets arriving. The Horror Classics, Vol . 1 set cont a i n s fou r Hammer Films titles on Blu-ray. T hey h ave one genuine cla ssic i n The Mummy (1959), along w it h some enter ta ining sequels in their “Dracula” and “Frankenstein” series. Specifically, you’ll get Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1968), Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969) and Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970). A d d i t i o n a l l y, Wa r n e r Brothers have the Special Effects Collection. The awesome science f ict ion a nd horror movies included are Son of Kong (1933), Mighty Joe Young (1949), The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953) a n d T h e m ! (19 5 4). T h i s reviewer says that any Bluray set conta ining a gia nt ape movie and killer ant flick is worth your while. They’re great flick (and you’ll quickly see that Them! had an influe nc e on s e ver a l mo der n day horror f licks, including Aliens). Not to be outdone, Un iver sa l is del iver i ng a Restored Edition Blu-ray of the Stanley Kubrick classic, Spartacus (1960). It’s about a slave and gladiator who turns revolutionary and leads an uprising against the Roman Republic. As mentioned, the Blu-ray features a 2015 transfer restored from original, 35mm large format elements. It also comes with bonus features like deleted scenes, interviews with cast members (including a brand new clip with star Kirk
Douglas), as well as behindthe-scenes footage and promotional material. If you like Lee Van Cleef mov ie s, K i no L orber h a s you set with a couple of Blurays from the actor’s oeuvre. Bad Man’s River (1971) is a Spanish western in which the thespian stars with James Mason and Gina Lollobrigida. Also made in Spain (probably back to back with River), C a p t a i n A p a c h e (19 71) serves as a tongue-in-cheek wester n /comedy in which Van Cleef shares the screen with Stuart Whitman. If you prefer horror, Kino also has a Blu-ray of the supernatural creeper Burnt Offerings (1976), featuring Oliver Reed and Karen Black. And Criterion has a noteworthy Blu-ray to promote as well. My Own Private Idaho (1991) is a well-regarded drama from Gus Van Sant (To Die For, Good Will Hunting, Milk) about a pair of male prostitutes living on the streets of Portland, Oregon. Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix essay the lead roles. The disc includes a new director approved transfer and loads of bonuses like documentaries on the film and interviews with the director and cast. Finally, Film Movement has a Blu-ray of the French drama Full Moon in Paris (1984). It’s about a young interior decorator who uses her wiles on various men, leading to some unexpected complications.
YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! And here i s wh a t ’s com i ng for the kids this week! T h e Ne w T hre e S t o o g e s Collection (animated) P e e We e ’s P l a y h o u s e Christmas Special (Blu-ray) S h a l o m S e s a m e : T he Complete Series (Sesame Street) Tee nage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete 1st a nd 2nd Season
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SPORTS 360 Theories of Coaching AN EVOLUTION OF THOUGHTS
By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent
heories, whether scientific or not, a re mer ely ide a s a nd opinions. They are not FACT! A fact is that which can be proven over and over again, even through different circumstances. For instance, the sun always rises in the east and sets in the west in a pattern that may only change slightly depending on where you are on the planet. It may not rise directly to the east or set in a straight line to the west because of the changing locations of the rotation of earth, but the general fact remains true, regardless. A theory is much different; every opinion a human can think about is little more than a theory, and opinions change according to the thoughts, wants, and experiences of the human involved, without regard for their individual or collective intelligence. These theories often come to light in sporting contests, and spectators often insert their own theories into the outcomes of these games, particularly when their favorite loses. Should the coach have allowed the field goal kicker one more chance at the end of the game for the win, even though he had missed the last two times? Is a running play mandated at the goal line instead of a pass? Who takes the final shot in a
tied-up basketball game? Is a pinch-hitter always the key to a win? And the list goes on and on. These are known as ‘what if ’’ theor ies, a nd as such are merely wishful thinking. Strategy and tactics are important in these physical meetings between teams, but the problem is always that they rely not just on the ability and drive of one team but are offset by the ability and drive of the other team. Too much emphasis is usually loaded on the shoulders and performance of a single player in sports, when the real culprit may indeed be the coach (or parent or teacher). In these ‘what if’’ moments it is really difficult to lay the blame. My experiences in Vietnam taught me a lot about these circumstances. Strategy and tactics are often thought to be the same thing. Definitions of these two words show a marked difference though. Strategy describes the ultimate goals to be achieved while tactics are employing the available means to be accomplished. That is a fine line to draw, perhaps, but having an overall plan is more important while the tactics are merely the way to get to a positive result. Both rely to a certain extent on being able to present an unsolvable solution to the opposition. If what your team is doing works, then changing
it is not only unnecessary but can be very damaging. This results in a loss of momentum and drive and takes away the confidence of your players. Even coaches at the professional level do not understand this well. Second-guessers abound once the game has finished unsatisfactorily. Coaches depend on theoretical plans, never quite being 100% sure of what will transpire on any given play. A pitcher, batting about .068, may hit a bases loaded home run; a weakarmed quarterback may deliver a pinpoint pass for a touchdown; a Shaq-type free throw shooter may hit the last six of seven from the line. My most stirring memory was at a high school girl’s basketball game years ago. Gallup vs. Farmington was closely played through three quarters as the Scorpions’ defense controlled the inside tenaciously against the controlled ball offense of Gallup. The only time Farmington relaxed was when post Dani Aretino rotated to the outside. She was more than tough inside, but coach Lomasney only wanted his
hotter-shooting guards to shoot from three-point range. Even her parents were vocally in agreement with the coach, encouraging her, over and over, to pass the ball, even when she had several good looks at the basket. Farmington really wasn’t guarding her closely outside of the line, leaving the tall, quick center plenty of time to line up the shot. Meanwhile the clock was ticking away and the Scorpions were still ahead by one point. Finally Dani took the action into her own hands, set her feet and fired the ball in a high arc towards the basket. Swoosh! Gallup went up by two and the rest of the game belonged to
the Bengals as they finished with an eight-point win. Did the coach, parents, and most of the fans know best? Not in this case, although her dad just shakes his head when the memory is brought up to him today. T her e w a s no ‘ wh a t i f ’ i n th is ca se, no regrets, a nd e v e r y t h i n g w a s p o s i t i v e . Un fo r t u n a t e l y, t h e re su lt s a re not a lway s t he s a me. T h a t i s wh a t m a ke s s por t s excit i n g. The weather is getting colder, a sure sign of seasonal change. That’s good though, as we’ll all move inside now where we can keep warm. See you in the bleachers!
Lobos head to Reno
File photo courtesy of NM Lobos
ALBUQUERQUE — The University of New Mexico Lobos (3-2, 1-0 MW) head back into the rigors of the Mountain
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West as the team heads to Reno, Nevada to take on the Nevada Wolf Pack (2-3, 0-1 MW). New Mexico is in first
place in the Mountain Division
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Scenes from ‘Mother Road Bicycle Classic’ PHOTOS BY TOM HARTSOCK
Sanjay Chouderie (left), director of CARE66, talks with Eryn Hannink prior to the start of the Mother Road Bicycle Classic on Oct. 3 in the lobby of the Lexington Hotel in downtown Gallup.
Local cyclists gather at the starting line on Oct. 3 for the Mother Road Bicycle Classic. Almost 20 of the hardiest participated in one of the three events, deciding whether to ride for 9.45 miles, 62.5 miles, or an interim course of 20.02 miles. The purpose of the Classic Race is to raise money for CARE66 and their many projects in providing housing, jobs, and other services for the homeless.
Resting and chatting before the Mother Road Bicycle Classic in the lobby of the Lexington Hotel in downtown Gallup are Josh Kanter providing a softer seat for Sarah Weinstein while talking and listening to Cassie Fleming.
Bicycles must be maintained and checked for tire pressure before these riders start on their rides on Oct. 3 for the Mother Road Bicycle Classic.
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Sports Schedule Friday, Oct. 9 GHS FB vs Aztec, 7 WHS FB @ Bloomfield, 7 WHS XC @ Bloomfield, 3 Saturday, Oct. 10 GHS FB JV @ Aztec, 4 GHS XC @ Los Lunas Invite, 8 MHS FB C @ Shiprock, 1 MHS XC @ Zuni Invite, 9 RCHS BS @ Hope Christian, Noon RCHS GS @ Hope Christian, 10 RCHS XC @ Zuni, 8 RCS MS XC @ Zuni MS, 8 Monday, Oct. 12 GHS GS JV vs Miyamura JV, 5 GHS VB vs Farmington, 4:30 MHS GS JV @ Gallup JV, 5 Tuesday, Oct. 13 GHS BS @ Miyamura, 6 GHS GS @ Miyamura, 4
GHS VB vs Farmington, 4:30 MHS BS vs Gallup, 6 MHS GS vs Gallup, 4 MHS VB vs Aztec, 4:30 RCHS VB vs Navajo Prep, 4 WHS VB @ Shiprock, 4 Thursday, Oct. 15 GHS BS vs Farmington, 5:30 GHS GS vs Farmington, 4 GHS VB vs Miyamura, 4:30 MHS BS @ Piedra Vista, 3 MHS GS vs Piedra Vista, 3 MHS VB @ Gallup, 4:30 RCHS BS vs Sandia Prep, 5 RCHS GS vs Sandia Prep, 3 RCHS VB vs Crownpoint, 4 WHS VB vs Bloomfield, 4 Friday, Oct. 16 MHS FB @ Piedra Vista, 7 RCS MS XC @ Gallup MS, TBA WHS FB @ Zuni, 7
CALENDAR COMMUNITY CALENDAR OCT. 9 – OCT. 15, 2015, 2015 FRIDAY OCT. 9 DROP-IN FILMS Family Movie. Starts 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. All ages. Feature Film: Planet 51 EL MORRO THEATER “Star Trek Into Darkness” beginning Friday with showtimes weekdays at 6 pm (Saturday and Sunday at 3 pm). Tickets are $5. 207 W. Coal Ave. LIVE MUSIC Hard Days Night, classic rock n roll, to perform 8 - 10 pm at Coal Street Pub, 303 W, Coal Ave. For more information please call (505) 722-0117. STUDENT JOB FAIR The event sponsored by UNM Gallup takes place, 12 - 4pm. Rio West Mall Center, 1300 W. Maloney Road. SATURDAY OCT. 10 MIYAMURA BOOK SIGNING Three war heroes, featuring local Medal of Honor recipi-
ent Hershey Miyamura, will hold a book signing, 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. SATURDAY STORIES Start your Saturday mornings off right with an interactive story time for children of all ages and their families. Each week will feature songs as well as books, at least one puppet story, and include a short craft or activity at the end. Starts 10:30 am, Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec.
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LOBOS | FROM PAGE 20 of the conference after its 38-28 win at Wyoming, while Nevada lost at home to UNLV in the Battle of the Fremont Cannon 23-17. UNM is riding a two-game winning streak after winning 38-29 in comeback fashion over the New Mexico State Aggies in the 106th meeting of the Rio Grande Rivalry. New Mexico rushed for 401 yards on Saturday night in defeating the Aggies in a game in which the Lobos trailed 29-14 in the third quarter. The game showcased a strong Lobo defense, particularly in the second half. Overall, the Lobo defense forced three turnovers, scored a touchdown
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and a safety and had seven sacks. UNM allowed just 62 yards in the second half The Coaches The University of New Mexico Lobos are coached by Bob Davie, who is 14-28 in his fourth season with the Lobos, and he is 49-53 overall in his ninth season. He spent his first five seasons as a head coach manning the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. For the Wolf Pack, they are coached by Brian Polian in his third year as a head coach. He is 13-17 overall. Last year he helped Nevada to a 7-6 record and a berth in the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. Series History The two teams have a brief history, but one that spans 74
years. The series is tied at 2-2-1, but its been played in two short series. The most recent was in 2011 and 2012, when Nevada won 49-7 in Reno on October 15, 2011 and when Nevada nipped UNM 31-24 in a game in which the Lobos were down to their third string quarterback. The teams first met for a two-game series in 1941 and 1942. UNM won 23-7 on November 1, 1941 i n Albuquerque, and then the two teams tied on Halloween a year later in Reno 0-0. New Mexico did defeat Nevada 23-0 in the 2007 New Mexico Bowl, UNM’s first bowl win in 46 years. UNM scored on two long pa sses from Donovan Porterie and three John Sullivan field goals.
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LIVE MUSIC Picked Clean, old time folk music, to perform 8 - 10 pm at Coal Street Pub, 303 W. Coal Ave. For more information please call (505) 722-0117. SUNDAY OCT. 11 ST. FRANCIS ROSARY RALLY The event begins at Sacred Heart Cathedral, at 4 pm, and concludes at St. Francis with the 5:15 pm Mass. For more information please Continued on page 23
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR OCT. 9 – OCT. 15, 2015 Continued from page 22
contact (505) 863- 3033. 214 W. Wilson Ave. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Meetings every Sunday at 6 pm, First United Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Dr., corner of Nizhoni/Red Rock. Enter northwest corner off Nizhoni; Library room. MONDAY OCT. 12 MCKINLEY COUNTY SCHOOLS Data day. No school. TUESDAY OCT. 13 BASIC COMPUTER CLASSES The library is offering free computer training throughout the month of October at the Octavia Fellin Library. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. Registration is required. Classes are 3 - 5 pm. You can register at the library Front Desk, call (505) 863-1291, email: libtrain@gallupunm. gov. Location: Main Branch, 115 W. Hill Ave. COMMISSION MEETING There is a McKinley County Board Of Commissioners meeting at 9 am. For more information please contact Michelle Esquibel (505) 863-1400. Agendas available at the County Clerk’s or Manager’s office. County Court House, third floor, 207 W. Hill. TEEN CAFÉ 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 at Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Craft: Glove Monsters CITY COUNCIL Meetings are held in the City Council Chambers at 6 pm. Agendas will be available at least 72 hours prior to each meeting. Location: City Hall 110 W Aztec Ave. For more information call (505) 8631254. LIVE MUSIC David M. Miller, touring the southwest to perform 8 - 10 pm at Coal Street Pub, 303 W, Coal Ave. For more information, please call (505) 722-0117. WEDNESDAY OCT. 14 TODDLER TIME An active and energetic program for toddlers (2 - 4), featuring music, movement, rhythm, and stories. Starts at CALENDAR
10:30 am, Children’s Branch, 200 West, Aztec. Free.
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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. Craft: Game Makers
UNM-GALLUP The Ingham Chapman Gallery presents, Square States and Moonscapes (Sept. 28- Oct. 30). New Work by Patrick Kikut. Located: 705 Gurley Ave. For more information contact (505) 863-7500.
FRIGHT FEST FILM The library is hosting a fright fest. Popcorn provided. From 6 - 8 pm. Feature: Tremors. Location: Main Branch, 115 W. Hill Ave. Free 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. 15 CRAFTY KIDS Fun crafts for the whole family (all ages). Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. Craft: Interwoven Fish GROWING RECYCLING BUSINESSES The New Mexico Recycling Coalition will present and discuss small business idea templates to demonstrate that recycling can equal job growth. The event takes place, from 1 - 4 pm. Location: Gallup-McKinley Chamber of Commerce, 106 W Hwy 66. For more information please contact, (505) 722-2220. ONGOING 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. These histories will be recorded and stored at the library for future generations to listen to. Anyone interested in participating should contact the library to schedule an interview time. Latino Americans: 500 Years of History has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. For more information, please call the library
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. 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) 979-0511. fibcgallup@ gmail.com / www.fibcgallup. weebly.com GALLUP-MCKINLEY HUMANE SOCIETY Wednesdays are low-cost Spay and Neuter Days, at the Gallup-McKinley County Humane Society. For more information please call (505) 863-2616, or email: email@example.com. Location: 1315 Hamilton Rd. GALLUP SOLAR 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (505) 726-2497.
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. 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) 7224226. SAVE THE DATE 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) 722-9566. FUN RUN UNM-Gallup’s Student Veteran’s Association presents, a spooky costume fun run, and a kids’ trick or treat dash on Oct. 24. Wear your Halloween costumes. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers and top three best costumes. Begins at 9 am. Kids under 10 are free. For more information call Brandon Lorenzo (505) 863 -7520, or email: email@example.com. Location: UNM-Gallup Course, 705 Gurley Ave. WHITE SHELL WOMAN WORKSHOP The White Shell Woman Workshop will be hosted by the Miss Navajo Council, at the Gallup Campus. This save the date event will take place on Oct. 24. On site registration from 7:30- 8:30 am. The workshops takes place from 8:30 am – 4
pm. Location: Calvin Hall UNM-Gallup Campus, 705 Gurley Ave. For more information contact: Geri at (505) 488-8526. SMALL BUSINESS TAX WORK SHOP The Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce is hosting the small business tax workshop. The event takes place Oct. 20 from 8:30 am - 3 pm. Please register by Oct. 15. Location: 106 W Hwy 66. For more information please contact, (505) 722-2220. 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. MANAGING BY THE NUMBERS WORKSHOP UNM-Gallup presents Managing by the Numbers Workshop. Space is limited to 25 participants. Event takes place on Nov. 6 from 9 am - 3 pm. Deadline to register is Oct. 30. Fee is $75 and includes book. Location: Gallup Small Business Development Center 106 W Hwy 66. Call for more information: (505) 722-2220. RIO WEST MALL EVENTS Oct. 17: Halloween Carnival 10 am -2 pm, Rio West Mall Center Court Oct. 27: Pumpkin Carving Contest Drop off, 5 pm, Rio West Center Court Oct. 29: Pet Costume Contest 7 pm, near Big Bear Furniture Oct. 30: Kids Costume Contest 6 pm, Rio West Mall Center Court Pumpkin Carving Contest Winners, 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. To post a non-profit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday 5 pm.
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