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NEWS Officials grapple with restoring funding to make jails more ‘viable’ By Chrissy Largo Sun Correspondent
he Gallup City Council a nd t he McK i n ley County Commission met in a joint work session to discuss strategies to obtain more funding from the state for housing inmates in the McKinley County Adult Detention Center Oct. 20. According to the McKinley Legislative Priorities report submitted to city and county officials by County Manager Bill Lee, the county was originally granted about $5 million dollars, under the County Detention Facility Reimbursement Act in 2007, to cover the cost of housing offenders. But funds were reduced to approximately $2.96 million for fiscal year 2016, when compared
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to the $3.3 million budget in fiscal year 2015. “The act says that $5 million should be placed into the budget in order to reimburse the counties,” Lee said. “What we are asking is that this fund be fully restored so that they can help make our jails, throughout the state, not just here in McKinley
County, more viable.” Lee mentioned that looking at what it has cost the city and the county last year to house prisoners, reimbursement to the County was over $250,000 in this last fiscal year and this amount can help offset costs so that county money can be used for other programs. The Act states that $5 million
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should be placed into the budget in order to reimburse the counties. However, there may be some division within the Act that allows for the decrease in funding but those costs continue to rise. The county has the duty to run the jails, and take care of the folks that are incarcerated and still have the directive and the duty to house those people. “In looking at what it has cost
the city and the county this last year, because we try to keep an accurate a figure as we can on those prisoners that would be reimbursed to us here, we know that it was well over $250,000 in this last fiscal year,” Lee said. “We are running a budget that is one million dollars in the red, and $250,000 can go help offset those
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Board weighs in on energy drinks in district schools By Chrissy Largo Sun Correspondent
he quest ion a s to whether energy drinks should be completely prohibited at district schools was discussed at the Gallup-McKinley County Schools Board of Education’s regular meeting Oct.19. Accor d i n g t o I nt er i m Super i ntendent Ca r men Moffett, a recent survey of all Gallup district schools revealed
that out of the 19 of 35 schools that participated, Thoreau High School allows energy drinks to be consumed even though the school “discouraged it because of health reasons.” District 5 board member Lynn Huenemann said there is a district-wide wellness policy that states that schools cannot supply energy drinks to the students such as selling them on the lunch menu or at school events, however, it does not stop students
from bringing them on school grounds. “The policy that is now constituted prohibits schools from providing energy drinks but it doesn’t say that the kids cannot drink it,” Huenemann said. “Again, as I said before, energy drinks once in awhile, are not my concern. My concern is that kids drink it and it displaces their nutritional meal so they don’t eat lunch. I think we should do this as a health policy and also as a teaching policy.” The survey also found that there are 17 district schools that do not have a policy in place that prohibits the consumption of energy drinks; however, there are two district schools that have a policy in their school handbooks that prohibit the use of energy drinks. The names of the district schools were not disclosed at press time. “F rom i n for mation that I have received, most individual schools do not have an individual policy
[regarding energy drinks]” said Huenemann. Boa rd of Education Secretary Priscilla Manuelito said that if the Board is planning to support this issue, the proper education to our children needs to be addressed. “We have got to tell them ‘why’, what can happen and those kinds of things,” she said. “I think that we need to build the education part for our children.” Moffett mentioned a community member in previous years, named Gloria Begay, who has done groundwork and advocacy in changing health across the Navajo Nation. Begay is the member of the Dine’ Community Advocacy
Alliance which promotes health and food education to Native communities. “One of the things that Begay shared with us is we had Navajo youth within the Navajo Nation die as a result of energy drinks, and I think that the Board taking this step is an important one for the health of our children,” Moffett said. Moffett added that research is underway to study the language and wording of district school policies regarding energy drinks. District 4 board member Joe Menini said that he would like to have this topic as an action item at the next school board meeting, Nov. 1, to discuss the matter further.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals and the ADA
dog themselves. Are service-animals-in-training considered service animals under the ADA? A. No. Under the ADA, the dog must already be trained before it can be taken into public places.
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he local uproar created by a single veteran with a comfort animal that entered a restaurant to eat a few weeks ago, continues with a lot of disinformation. The conversation started with an ADA activist (lack of identification on her part compels me to list her as such) attempting to mediate between the veteran and the restaurant owner. As more information was gathered, another meeting was held in the Veterans hall and was comprised mostly of veterans and spouses. It is with these concerns in mind that these frequently asked questions of the American Disability Act is reprinted here in two parts. Not all of the questions and answers a re per tinent to the loca l problem, but t hey a re a l l included to further acquaint the reader with the scope of the law. The following questions and answers were excerpted from the American Disability Act website and are reprinted
here in a condensed format to better educate the general public. The highlighted questions or answers are the editor’s, which pertain to at least some
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of the local problems encountered. For more info, log on the website at www.ada.gov or call 800-514-0301 (Voice) and 800514-0383 (TTY), M-W, F 9:30 am – 5:30 pm, Th 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm (Eastern Time) to speak with an ADA Specialist. Calls are confidential. What is a service animal? A. Under the ADA, a service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person’s disability. What does “do work or perform tasks” mean? A. The dog must be trained to take a specific action when needed to assist the person with a disability. For example, a person with diabetes may have a dog that is trained to alert him when his blood sugar reaches high or low levels. A person with depression may have a dog that is trained to remind her to take her medication. Or, a person who has epilepsy may have a dog that is trained to detect the onset of a seizure and then help the person remain safe during the seizure.
Are emotional support, therapy, comfort, or companion animals considered service animals under the ADA? A. No. These terms are used to describe animals that provide comfort just by being with a person. Because they have not been trained to perform a specific job or task, they do not qualify as service animals under the ADA. If someone’s dog calms them when having an anxiety attack, does this qualify it as a service animal? A. It depends. The ADA makes a distinction between psychiatric service animals and emotional support animals. If the dog has been trained to sense that an anxiety attack is about to happen and take a specific action to help avoid the attack or lessen its impact, that would qualify as a service animal. However, if the dog’s mere presence provides comfort, that would not be considered a service animal under the ADA. Does the ADA require service animals to be professionally trained? A. No. People with disabilities have the right to train the
What questions can a covered entity’s employees ask to determine if a dog is a service animal? A. In situations where it is not obvious that the dog is a service animal, staff may ask only two specific questions: (1) is the dog a service animal required because of a disability? and (2) what work or task has the dog been trained to perform? Staff are not allowed to request any documentation for the dog, require that the dog demonstrate its task, or inquire about the nature of the person’s disability. Do service animals have to wear a vest or patch or special harness identifying them as service animals? A. No. Who is responsible for the care and supervision of a service animal? A. The handler is responsible for caring for and supervising the service animal, which includes toileting, feeding, and grooming and veterinary care. Can a person bring a service animal with them as they go through a salad bar or other self-service food lines? A. Yes. Service animals must be allowed to accompany their handlers to and through self-service food lines. Similarly, service animals may not be prohibited from communal food preparation areas, such as are commonly found in shelters or dormitories. Can hotels assign designated rooms for guests with service animals, out of consideration for other guests? A. No. A guest with a disability who uses a service animal must be provided the same opportunity to reserve any available room at the hotel as
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WEEKLY CRIME BLOTTER By Babette Herrmann
USED NEEDLES Gallup, 10/19 MCSO Deput y Iva n Tsethlikai was called out to a residence on Caribou Lane in reference to two former detergent containers filled with used hypodermic needles. The caller said she found the icky items in an abandoned recreational vehicle, just west of her residence. The needles were disposed of in sharps containers at the MCSO.
THIEVES TARGET TOOLS Smith Lake, 10/18 A man who parked his truck on State Highway 371, at Mile Marker 8, after being involved in an accident, reported that his car was broken into overnight, according to McKinley County Sheriff’s Office report.
Darryl Maldanado said that his “Cobalt” brand toolbox was stolen along with the truck’s battery.
LAPTOP LIFTED Mentmore, 10/18 Vince Chavez repor ted that his Hewlett Packard 15” Notebook had been stolen from his bedroom and he blamed his neighbor who denied the theft and even threatened to file harassment charges against him. MCSO Deputy Ben Benally took photos of shoe prints on the hitch to the trailer Chavez resides in and one on the ground.
ROLLOVER ACCIDENT Yahtahey, 10/17 The occupants of a grey Kia SUV that rolled over on U.S. Route 491 at Mile Marker 9 are a little banged up, but seemingly OK according a backup
Dennis “Byrd” Montoya LOCAL MAN BUSTED FOR DEALING HEROIN
report filed by MCSO. The driver Andrew Pinto reportedly had a seizure when he veered off the roadway and rolled over. The Navajo Police Department took over the investigation.
VEHICLE RECOVERED Gallup, 10/16 Da n iel le K insel was t a ken i nt o custody for repor ted ly stea li ng a 1997 Oldsmobile. T he ow ner k new she had it and had reportedly received harassing texts and had one physical altercation with K insel before police caught up with her. Kinsel was arrested and booked into McKinley County Adult Detention Center for “unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.”
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PLUCKY PINION PICKERS Continental Divide, 10/14 While on routine patrol, MCSO Sgt. Robert Turney noticed a white GMC SUV parked near posted private land owned by the Menapace family. According to his report, he noticed two ladies crossing the barbed wire fence onto the private property. He issued each one of them a non-uniform citation for criminal trespass. He then told them that if they wanted to pick pinions on forest service land nearby to contact the ranger station in Grants for permit information. CAR FOUND Gallup, 10/14 Daniel Mar tinez recovered his vehicle thanks to some watchful relatives. But, the clutch was burnt out, which was the downside of
CAUGHT IN THE ACT A f t e r piecing the stor ies of together of t he v ic t i m and two w itnesses, Gallup Police Department O f f i c e r Khaera Chee placed Eric Emerson, 26, under arrest for larceny. It all started when Emerson a sked to look at g u n at Southwest Indian Jewelers. He was asked to present identification. And when he didn’t, Christopher Montoya declined to show him the gun. He then tried to ask a customer to purchase a gun for him. That individual said no. At some point he broke into the car of Montoya where he reportedly stole a set of keys and other items that were not recovered.
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f t e r a 10 - m o n t h long investigation by Ga l lup Pol ice Department criminal investigations division, Dennis “Byrd” Montoya was arrested Oct. 13 for selling drugs to Gallup Police Department’s undercover narcotics agents. Lt. Matt Wright said the narcotics team conducted “undercover buys.” T he s e buy s o cc u r r e d between Oct. 3 – 10 and the packets of heroin purchased were taken in as evidence. Wright said that when they served the search warrant to 2433 Sarracino Court, they at first banged on the door. When Montoya didn’t answer, they broke open the door and were able to confiscate 2.5 grams of heroin. “This time he didn’t get to [dispose] of it in time,” he said. This is Montoya’s second trafficking charge, a first-degree NEWS
felony, and the same day he was arrested and booked, he was bonded out on a $10,000 cash or surety bond. His arraignment is scheduled for Magistrate Court on Oct. 27 at 8 am in Judge Cynthia Sanders courtroom. Wright said that Montoya may face charges for operating an alleged theft ring. Montoya said he served as “fence,” an individual that knowingly buys stolen goods. While search his home, investigators found a suitcase with out-of-state names in it, guitars and a stolen bicycle worth $2,700.
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By Babette Herrmann cK i n ley Cou nt y Sher i f f ’s Of f ice deputies were dispatched to Fire Rock Casino Oct. 16 to apprehend Dominic Childers, who was reportedly “armed and dangerous” and wanted on felony warrants. He was being detained in a room at the casino. Childers was with Stephanie Garcia, and the duo had left her 9-year-old daughter in the car while they visited the casino. Everything seemed routine until Deputy Jonathan Todachine asked Childers to exit the room. According to the report, he tried to make a run for it. A scuffle ensued. And when the group of deputies and Navajo Police officers gave the green light for Todachine to tase Childers, a deputy was hit in the process. But Childers was unfazed. “I drive stunned Dominic at least three times between the shoulder blades with my tazer,” Todachine stated in his report. Childers complied after several hits with the taser. According to the report, Navajo Police Officer Willis Martine confiscated two baggies from Childers – one that resembled “brown sugar” and another a white powdery substance.
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Childers was arrested for the felony warrants from Bernalillo and Valencia counties, four counts of assault on a peace officer, and for resisting/evading/ obstructing an officer (arrest). The powdery substances were sent to the state crime lab to determine content. Meanwhile, Garcia was arrested and charged with abandonment of a child, and her daughter was taken to Gallup Christian Care Service in Gallup. Childers is being held in McKinley County Adult Detention Center on a $5,000 cash only bond; in Bernalillo a $35,000 cash or surety bond; in Valencia, a $100,000 cash only bond. In Bernalillo County, he’s wanted for possession of a
stolen firearm, felon in possession of a stolen firearm, two counts of possession of a destructive device, and trafficking of a controlled substance. In Valencia County, he’s wanted for two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, six counts of child abuse, and possession of a firearm (felon). A jail official said that Childers would have to pay on all three bonds – a total of $140,000 – to be eligible for release. He faces extradition to the other two counties to face charges. Childers arraignment was in Magistrate Court Oct. 19. He is scheduled for a non-jury trial on Nov. 11 in Magistrate Judge Kenneth Howard, Jr. courtroom.
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CSO Deputy Johnson Lee no t ic e d a m a n beh av i ng odd ly while filling up with gas at the Giant gas station in the American Heritage Plaza Oct. 16. The ma n, Steve Howe, exited a vehicle parked in the Sonic parking lot across the street and was throwing his hands in the air while talking on his cellphone. Lee caught up with Howe as he headed east on Jefferson toward 9 th Street. The man initially ignored sirens to stop where he was at, but stopped shortly after stepping into a field. Lee noticed that he threw an object on the ground into some tall weeds. Lee would find out that the object on the ground was reportedly heroin. Another syringe was found
in Howe’s pocket that resembled a brown substance, which Howe admitted was heroin, the deputy’s report stated. Lee also found another syringe, large rubber bands, lighters, and other items. According to the report, Howe said that he gets his heroin from “different dealers around town.” He was arrested and booked into the McKinley County Adult Detention Center.
Begaye’s statement on the Interior’s report blaming EPA for mine spill Staff Report
I N DOW ROCK , Ariz. – President Russel l Begaye released the following statement on the United States Department of Interior report on the Gold King Mine Spill Oct. 22. According to the Associated Press, which received an advanced copy of the repor t pr ior to its public release, the Interior Department found that “an EPA cleanup crew rushed its work and failed to consider the complex engineering involved” and triggered “the very blowout it hoped to avoid.” The Interior report directly refutes the EPA’s assertion that t he blowout wa s “likely inevitable.” “ We a p p l a u d the Department of Inter ior for thoroughly investigating the Gold King Mine Spill and refuting the Environmental Protection Agency’s f lawed contention
that the blowout was inevitable. This report exposes the EPA’s gross negligence that triggered a disaster that has culturally and economically devastated the Navajo Nation. “The Department of the Interior’s report calls into question the competency of the EPA and demonstrates why this embattled bureaucracy is the wrong federal agency to manage the response to the crisis it created. It’s time for President Obama to respond to bipartisan calls to issue an emergency declaration and instruct all federal agencies to assist the Navajo Nation instead of sending our requests back to the EPA.”
WEEKLY DWI REPORT By Babette Herrmann Ryan J. Spencer 10/17, 11:10 pm Aggravated DWI Spencer fled the scene of an accident, according to Gallup Police D e p a r t me nt Officer Chee Khaera’s report. When police caught up with Spencer and asked for identification, he handed the officer a debit card. Spencer, 25, had to balance himself on the vehicle when exiting to take field sobriety tests, which he later failed. He refused to take the two required breath tests to determine breath alcohol content, saying “It doesn’t matter I am gonna suicide anyway,” the report stated. Larry Livingston 10/13, 4:36 pm Aggravated 4th DWI GPD Officer Valerie Wilson responded to h it a nd r u n accident at 215 A r nold Street where she met with the victim. The victim said the accident occurred when he was heading west on Aztec. As he made the merge from New Mexico Highway 602 onto Aztec, Livingston failed to yield and struck his vehicle. Livingston admitted to drinking two beers, and reeked of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes. Livingston, 46, refused to take a breath test and was arrested for fourth DWI among other charges. Lisa Nelson 10/10, 12:56 pm DWI – alcohol/drugs Nelson not only hit a vehicle heading out of the Shop and Save store on Aztec, she backed up and drove off from the accident to her reported
residence on 606 Stagecoach Dr. The d r i v e r c au g ht up with her and waited outside the house for police to arrive. She came outside and according to the police report, she admitted to GPD Officer Andrea Tsosie that “Yeah, it was me and I did it.” Nelson, 50, failed the field sobriety tests and later blew a BAC of .29 and .30. Marklin M. Yazzie, Jr. 10/10, 12:32 am Aggravated DWI G P D O f f i c e r Dougla s Hoffman was r e s pond i n g to a domestic dispute call at 733 Kevin Dr. when he noticed Yazzie pull into the driveway of the residence. Hoffman could smell alcohol wafting from the vehicle and Yazzie. He also discovered that Yazzie had a warrant for his arrest for a traffic violation. Yazzie, 26, refused to take the field sobriety and breath tests, which earned him his first aggravated DWI. He was also cited for having three open containers in his vehicle. Tawny Denetclaw 10/2, 1:23 am 3rd DWI, Aggravated D e n e t claw’s n ig ht out at a local bar, then getting into a n a cc ident on the way home, a nd m a k i n g the poor decision to leave her children, ages 8 and 11, at home alone, landed her in jail. She admitted, according to GPD Officer Chad Troncoso’s report, to drinking a six-pack of Bud Light.
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Denetclaw, 33, blew a .17 BAC twice during the breath test and was also charged with two counts of child abandonment. Jonas Clinton 10/3, 10:18 am Aggravated DWI Clinton was tightlipped when approached by GPD Officer Carmelita James about the accident he was involved in with his two children, according to the officer’s report. Witnesses filled her in though. Clinton had hit a light pole and walked to Golden Corral with his two children. His nose was bleeding along with his son’s. He refused medical care, and to divulge information on his children, and to take standard field sobriety tests. James found two open containers in the backseat. Clinton, 37, was arrested for an aggravated DWI, and also charged with two counts of child abuse, open container, and no driver license. Michael Yazzie 10/3, 2:51 pm 4th DWI, Aggravated Ya z z i e parked his vehicle on the Allison R o a d railroad tracks. According to Officer Charles Steele’s report, EMTs with Medstar Ambulance pulled Yazzie, 37, from his car as a train was heading his way. Yazzie tried to escape by foot, but was caught. The train was on the south tracks heading west and missed Yazzie’s vehicle sitting on the tracks to the north. He
took the field sobriety tests, but refused to take the breath tests. Silance Logan Golden 10/3, 8:03 am 2nd DWI, Aggravated G P D O f f i c e r Ja me s w a s dispatched to respond to a fender bender at Ma loney Avenue and U. S . R out e 491. A witness pointed to Golden, 35, as being intoxicated. Golden was cooperative and told James that he had a firearm in his vehicle. He took the field sobriety tests, which he struggled with, and was arrested for his second DWI. He blew a BAC of .22 and .20, which is more than twice the legal limit. Alexander John 10/2, 7:11 pm 7th DWI J o h n was reportedly driving recklessly through town w it h a ca r full of other inebr iated individuals when GPD Officer Steven Peshlakai caught up with the Ford Mustang that John, 46, was driving. He attempted to walk away from the vehicle and even denied that he was the driver. John, who was driving with a revoked license, also refused to engage in field sobriety tests. However, he did agree to give a blood sample to determine his BAC. GPD Sgt. Rosanne Kavzlarich said it takes about one month for the department to receive the test results. Cain Trevor Thomas 9/21, 10:25 pm DWI GPD Sgt. Benny Gaona was conducting seatbelt enforce-
ment at the intersection of Maloney Avenue and U.S. Route 4 91 w h e n Thomas d r o v e u p. The passenger rolled down the window of the van and Gaona could smell alcohol coming from the vehicle. He noted that there was an open Bud Light in the center console, which the passenger claimed. Gaona later found other cans of beer and a “Fireball” alcoholic beverage in the van. Thomas, 18, blew a BAC of .15, twice. Manuel Garcia 9/19, 9:26 pm Aggravated DWI Garcia alerted GPD Officer Matthew A s h l e y due to his erratic driving, according to the repor t. He was cooperative in taking the field sobriety tests, although he struggled. Garcia even requested to take a portable breath test, which Ashley administered. His breath test result was a .19. Garcia was taken to a local hospital for medical clearance but refused any further testing, earning him an Aggravated DWI charge. * In New Mexico, it is illegal to drive with a breath or blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more if you’re 21 or over, or .02 if you’re under 21, or .04 if you drive a commercial vehicle. You can be convicted of DWI even if the breath or blood test is below the legal limit if it is proven that your ability to drive was i mpa i red to t he sl ig htest degree by drugs or alcohol. – MVD New Mexico
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SERVICE ANIMALS | FROM PAGE 6 other guests without disabilities. They may not be restricted to “pet-friendly” rooms. Ca n hotels cha rge a cleaning fee for guests who have service animals? No. Hotels are not permitted to charge guests for cleaning the hair or dander shed by a ser v ice animal. However, if a guest’s service animal causes damages to a guest room, a hotel is permitted to charge the same fee for damages as charged to other guests. Can people bring more than one service animal into a public place? A. Generally, yes. Some people with disabilities may use more than one service animal to perform different tasks. For example, a person who has a visual disability and a seizure disorder may use one service animal to assist with way-finding and another that is trained as a seizure alert dog. Other people may need two service animals for the same task, such as a person who needs two dogs to assist him or her with stability when walking. Staff may ask the two permissible questions (See Question 7) about each of the dogs. If both dogs can be accommodated, both should be allowed in. In some circumstances, however, it may not be possible to accommodate more than one service animal. Does a hospital have to allow an in-patient with a disability to keep a service animal in his or her room? A. Generally, yes. Service animals must be allowed in patient rooms and anywhere else in the hospital the public and patients are allowed to go. They cannot be excluded on the grounds that staff can provide the same services. W hat happens i f a patient who uses a service animal is admitted to the hospital and is unable to
care for or supervise their animal? A. If the patient is not able to care for the service animal, the patient can make arrangements for a family member or friend to come to the hospital to provide these services, as it is always preferable that the service animal and its handler not be separated, or to keep the dog during the hospitalization. If the patient is unable to care for the dog and is unable to arrange for someone else to care for the dog, the hospital may place the dog in a boarding facility until the patient is released, or make other appropriate arrangements. However, the hospital must give the patient the opportunity to make arrangements for the dog’s care before taking such steps. Must a service animal be allowed to ride in an ambulance with its handler? A. Generally, yes, if space allows and the animal does not interfere with the emergency medical staff’s ability to treat the patient.
CERTIFICATION AND REGISTRATION Does the ADA require that service animals be certified as service animals? A. No. My city requires all dogs to be vaccinated. Does this apply to my service animal? A. Yes. Individuals who have ser v ice a nimals are not exempt from local animal control or public health requirements. My city requ i res a l l dogs to be registered and licensed. Does this apply to my service animal? A. Yes. Service animals are subject to local dog licensing and registration requirements. My city requires me to register my dog as a service animal. Is this legal under the ADA? A. No.
Public will get say on SOS rule proposed campaign finance changes By Andy Lyman
he New Mex ico Secretary of State’s office will hold a public hearing on proposed campaign finance rule changes Oct. 23. The rule changes are aimed at specifying how candidates can spend money received through contributions to their respective campaigns. A candidate, for instance, would not be able to spend campaign money on personal expenses such as membership dues or medical procedures. Recently, a state lawmaker’s campaign came to the attention of the Secretary of State’s office for spending money on personal expenses like clothing and a surgical procedure as well as donating money to a family. The new rules would also prohibit donations to groups other than tax-exempt organizations. The proposed rules spell out that, “If the expense would exist even in the absence of the candidacy, or even if the legislator were not in office, then it is not a campaign expenditure.” The hearing falls on the same day as a court date for Secretary of State Diana Duran, who is facing charges of violating campaign finance laws herself. Duran pleaded not guilty to the dozens of charges brou g ht by New Mex ico
At tor ney Genera l Hector Balderas. Com mon Cau se New Mexico, a group that advocates for clean elections, provided feedback on the new rules to the Secretary of State’s Interim Election Director Kari Fresquez. Heather Ferguson, the campaign manager for Common Cause New Mexico, wrote to Fresquez in an email that her group has concerns with how a non-candidate could possibly raise money for a candidate and not be forced to report contributions or spending. Common Cause also drafted a document with their suggestions for the Secretary of State’s office regarding campaign finance rules. One issue that Common Cause saw as “the most glaring issue” was that the proposal
does not address individuals or groups who sponsor political ads but are neither a candidate or a political action committee. “These groups would have no reporting obligation at all under the rules and therefore would not have to disclose any information about the sponsorship or financing of their political ads,” the document from Common Cause reads. The group’s director Viki Harrison called this, “the bulk of the problem” with the new rules. In addition to these proposed r u le ch a nge s, t he Secretary of State is also proposing a change to how judges are listed on ballots as well as an effort to clean up voter records for a move to electronic voting and registration. Visit: nmpoliticalreport.com
AG’s Fraud Recover Strike Force recovers big money Staff Report
ANTA ROSA – Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the Office of the Attorney General’s Fraud Recovery Strike Force reached a $124,455 settlement with United Parcel Service (UPS), the world’s largest package delivery company, stemming from allegations that its employees violated the false claims acts of New Mexico, 13 states, Chicago, New York City and Washington, D.C. The agreement resolves allegations that certain UPS employees violated the law by recording inaccurate delivery times on packages sent via UPS next-day delivery services by government customers. That resulted in premium-priced packages that appeared to be delivered by their guaranteed commitment times
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STRIKE FORCE | FROM PAGE 10 when, in fact, they were not. “Corporations that improperly profit at the expense of taxpayers will be held accountable and the Fraud Recovery Strike Force will continue to aggressively seek damages on behalf of New Mexico taxpayers,” said Attorney General Balderas. The governments alleged that UPS employees a lso applied inapplicable or inappropriate “exception codes” to NEWS
President Russell Begaye signed a proclamation declaring the third week in October to be Navajo Nation Disability Awareness Week. Begaye is pictured with Jamescita Peshlakai and Hoskie Benally. Photo Credit: OPVP
opened her eyes to the challenges that disabled people face on a daily basis. As an advocate for disability rights, Dennison has served as the Board President of Assist to Independence. “The work isn’t done. Since I’ve been been advocating for accessibility, the main issue I want to see is the reconsideration of the Navajo Nation Vocationa l Rehabilitation and Opportunities for the Handicapped Act,” Dennison
said. The law, which was passed in 1984, requires that both public and private entities provide reasonable accommodations for the special needs of persons with a disability. “Some of the things this act addresses are the accessibility to buildings and employment,” she said. “We want this act to be reconsidered and for the whole Navajo Nation to comply with it.” The number of disabled
excuse late next-day packages – including claims of “weather emergencies” despite sunny conditions. As a result, the government customers were unable to claim or receive refunds for the late deliveries under the terms of their contracts. Under the agreement, New Mexico taxpayers will recover $124,455. The settlement covers allegations of wrong doing from 2004 to 2014 against government agencies in New Mexico, California, Delaware, Florida,
Hawa ii, Illinois, India na , Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and the three cities. As a result of the settlement, the state and local governments will be compensated for these inaccurately recorded late deliveries. In addition, as reflected in the agreement, UPS has instituted remedial training, monitoring, and reporting compliance programs to address any potential delivery failures or policy violations.
Navajos is significant said Hoskie Benally Jr., President of the Navajo Nation Advisory Council on Disabilities. The Nava jo Nation Advisor y Council on Disabilities is established under Title 13 w ithin the Navajo Nation Code. “We are within the gover nment to advocate for those with disabilities,” Benally Jr., said. The Navajo Nation Advisory Council on Disabilities is established to advocate for
individuals with disabilities to ensure equal access to employment, education, housing, public safety, communications, recreation, medical treatment, and socialization opportunities. “We are stronger as a Nation when we work together,” President Begaye said. “We must work to remove obstacles so every Navajo and person has the opportunity to fully utilize their talents and skills in the workplace and communities.”
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I N DOW ROCK , Ariz. – President Russell Begaye signed a proclamation Oct. 20 declaring the third week of October to be Navajo Nation Disability Awareness Week. “Despite their contributions to our society, people with disabilities face discrimination and limited access,” President Begaye declared in the proclamation. “This Administration will work to strengthen protections against disability-based discriminations Our people should not fear discrimination in disclosing one’s disability.” Supporters and advocates for disability awareness set out on a march this morning from the Navajo Shopping Center in Window Rock to the Navajo Nation Council Chambers. Upon arrival at the Council Chambers, marchers were greeted by staff from the Office of the President and Vice President and members of the 23rd Navajo Nation Council. The Navajo Nation has enacted laws to protect the disabled. The Vulnerable Adult Protection Act, passed two years ago, says that any Navajo with a disability should not be abused, neglected, abandoned or exploited. T he Vu l ner a ble Adu lt Protection Act, also known as the Doris Act, is named after Doris Dennison who faced disability injustices after being injured in a car accident that left her wheelchair bound. Losing her ability to walk
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Advocates encouraged by White House movement on opioids By Matthew Reichbach NM Political Report
he White House rolled out a new way of dealing with opioid addiction and prescription this week with the president appearing in Charleston, West Virginia on Wednesday to discuss the efforts. The move is the latest in an ambitious set of second-term moves by the President Barack Obama. As Huffington Post reported, it downplays abstinence in favor of medication-assisted treatment, in an effort to curb the growing epidemic of opioid addiction and overdoses nationwide. New Mexico has had a massive problem with opioid overdoses. A study by the New Mexico Department of Health released this summer found that overdose deaths in New Mexico reached a new high in 2014. New Mexico has done a lot to try to address the problem, including some things that the federal government is now looking at. Emily Kaltenbach is the state director for the Drug Policy Alliance in New Mexico. She told New Mexico Political Report in a brief interview that she was “really encouraged by the president’s memorandum that he sent out to his agencies and also the presentation” on
EXPANDING ACCESS TO NARCAN One thing she was encouraged by was that it could mean more widespread prescription of naloxone, a drug that is used to treat narcotic overdoses. “We are hoping that this increased awareness and endorsement of Naloxone on a federal level will again trickle down to our state,” Kaltenbach said. New Mexico is already doing some things with naloxone, also known as narcan, that Kaltenbach says are putting them on the front lines. “We led the nation in having these great laws for people that have access to narcan in New Mexico,” she said. In 2014, pharmacists began to be able to prescribe the drug. State Rep. Debbie Armstrong, D-Albuquerque, sits on the Legislative Health and Human Services interim committee and said the issue is one that the committee has discussed. “We’ve been talking about it in LHHS over the interim about the overdose rate in New Mexico a nd some of the inter ventions that are occurring and need to be expanded,” Armstrong said in an interview.
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She said that while pharmacists are able to prescribe naloxone, it needs to go further. “We’ve got one leg up at least getting started on that in New Mexico and I think that’s a critical piece,” she said. K a ltenbach noted t hat “mid-level providers” such as physicians assistants and nurses provide much of the rural care in the state. They currently cannot prescribe suboxone, a dr ug used to treat opiate addiction, and the barriers to accessing the drug have led to a black market of suboxone—when those who need it even know it is available. She said that there needs to be more public education, but hopes the national attention brought by Obama will help. “We are hoping that this i ncrea sed awa renes s a nd
endor sement of noloxone on a federal level will again trickle down to our state,” she said. Armstrong also looked at education for prescribers of opioids, including continuing education that has reportedly reduced opioid abuse and overdose rates. “We’ve got one leg up at least getting started on that in New Mexico and I think that’s a critical piece,” she said.
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prisoners if the state is not paying their share. “I think that this has been a real crucial blow to our budget in our county,” County Commissioner Genevieve Jackson said. “I understand that other counties are facing the same hardships. In one county, the people that are incarcerated have to buy their own toilet paper and that is how bad it is now. This is a crucial area that needs to be addressed.” The reasons behind the budget cut were not clear. Lee said if there is reason behind why the funding has been cut, he would be open to listening to those reasons, to try to find a meeting ground to find a resolution to get this funding restored. “What we know is that the number of state prisoners in our care does not decrease,” he
costs a lot and by law these are state prisoners and fall under the state to pay.” As for the consequences, the taxpayers are mandated to take care of prisoners in the county. Last year, they had more than a $1 million shortfall. That $250,000 could have been offset if the state would have paid their share. Bottom line: the money is not going where it needs to go. Pulling money out of general funds impacts taxpayers and the $250,000 could have been used for another program. Mayor Jackie McKinney added that it is hard for our local judicial system and law enforcement to uphold the laws of the state and to incarcerate
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM Kaltenbach, who watched a livestream of the West Virginia event, also mentioned criminal justice reform as a key part of addressing the problems. She mentioned the Law En forcement A s si sted Diversion, or LEAD, program
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as one way to address this. Santa Fe participates in the program, where instead of booking those arrested for low level opiate drug offenses, they a re put in treatment programs. Actually, Kaltenbach says “It’s much more than just treatment.” The program includes case management, housing support, employment support, medical help, dental help and more in addition to treatment. Seattle has been using the program since 2011 and has seen less recidivism and lower costs when compared to putting them in jail. A r mstrong agreed that c r i m i n a l j u s t i c e r e fo r m ne e d s t o b e pa r t of t he conversation. “If the answer every time is to throw them in jail, we don’t get anywhere,” she said. “We have to be able to treat. The only way we can bring people out of the shadows to treat, they have to not be under the threat of being thrown in jail.” Visit: nmpoliticalreport.com said. “We still have roughly the same numbers of folks coming through, not only in McKinley County Jails but jails across the state that this impacts.” According to the McKinley County’s Legislative Priorities report, under the County Detention Facility Reimbursement Act, it “specifies reimbursement by the State to the Counties for three specific categories of offenders in county jails: 1) parole violators; 2) inmates sentenced to prison and awaiting transport; and 3) offenders under supervision for both probation and parole violations.” City Manager, Mary Ann Ustick said she fully supports the county’s efforts for state funding. “The jail is a critical service for the entire community,” she said. NEWS
By Joe Schaller CHAPTER TEN – LET’S A L L DA NC E NA K E D ROUND THE BONFIRE – Part One ORIGINA L H I PPIE S, LIBERTARIANS AND THE TEA PARTY: The fundamental core values of the mid1960s hippie counterculture movement were 1. A craving for independence. 2. A celebration of indiv idua lity. 3. Joy in the freedom of
self-sufficiency. 4. An acceptance of the natural order of things. The Tea Party and Libertarians are the social movements in contemporary America that can rightfully claim to be the ideological heirs. Sadly, by the late 1960s the hippie counterculture ideals became contaminated by big government socialists. The hippies lost their way, forgot their roots, embraced statism and a nanny state progressing to a bully state marked by collectivism, dependency, force and coercion, all in an attempt to control others. COUNTERCULTURE: A way of life and set of attitudes opposed to or at variance with the prevailing social norm. The late 1960s counterculture opposed capitalism.
C O U N T E R COUNTERCULTURE: The new campus counterculture embraces Milton Friedman/ Ayn Rand conservative values counter to the prevailing progressive establishment norms including 1. Individual f r e e dom s w it h p er s on a l responsibility. 2. Free market capitalism over fascist crony corporatism. 3. Fiscal responsibility over unsustainable debt. 4. Content of character over racial-gender-class identity. 5. Limited government over progressive statism (socialism). THE ESTABLISHMENT: Denotes a dominant group or elite that holds power or authority in a nation or organization. The Establishment may be a closed social group
which selects its own members or specific entrenched elite structures, either in government or in specific institutions. Bureaucrats, media, academia, Hollywood and Wall Street comprise our contemporary leftist progressive establishment. A LTRUIST: PC for do gooders and bleeding heart liberals. Man has no right to exist for his own sake, service to others is the only justification of his existence, and selfsacrifice is his highest moral duty, virtue and value. STATISM: The political expression of altruism is collectivism or statism, which holds that man’s life and work belong to the state—to society, to the group, the gang, the race, the nation—and that the
state may dispose of him in any way it pleases for the sake of whatever it deems to be its own tribal, collective good. SELF-ACTUALIZATION, SELF-LIBERATION, SELFTRANSCENDENCE: “No one is more interesting to anybody than is that mysterious character we all call ‘me’, which is why self-liberation, self-actualization, self-transcendence, etc., are the most exciting games in town.” – Rober t Anton Wilson NAVA L - GA Z I NG: S el findulgent or excessive contemplation of oneself to the point of being narcissistic, or a single issue at the expense of a wider view. Naval-gazing
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GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF OCT. 23 – 29
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
“No man is an island,” this means you Aries. Your independent spirit longs for fulfillment in all areas of your life: work, relationships, and creativity. This is a tall order for anyone, except for you. But, your loved ones can’t read your mind. Let them know you need help. It’s not a weakness to ask for assistance. They’ll appreciate you even more when you do.
Creativity flows through your talented fingers. While snipping away at dead hair, maybe you opt for a short and unexpected bob. It’s a little messy, looks amazing, and it’s easy. It’s just the right amount of edgy to suit you. Crabby moods are behind you, reach for the stars and dance.
This is the time to shine Capricorn. Entertain guests and experience joy. Use your influence generously and help a friend in need. Sometimes introducing two unlikely people does wondrous things. Just watch the bragging. Let your friends sing your praises.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
Got rest? You’ve laid a stunning foundation. Everyone is impressed. But, all mortals need a little down time. Your family misses you, especially the furry ones. The sun heads into Scorpio on Oct. 23, so don’t be afraid to tackle those projects near to your heart. It’s the perfect time to finish your novel, run a marathon, or spend time with family.
You’re one year older, stronger, and wiser. The cake is eaten and the presents are tucked away. Now, it’s time for work. Your ventures need your focused attention. Libra, your charm and enthusiasm are infectious. People follow your advice. Use a little of that on yourself. Does that outfit say fashionable soccer mom, with a corner office? Or, does it say, overworked, tired, and stressed? Think about it.
Efficiency is your first, middle, and last name this month. Libra graced you with creative bursts of energy. Now is the time to master your skills. Do you finally get your heels down in downward facing dog? Maybe you balance all the crooked paintings at Starbucks. Whatever you do, take time to breathe and heal yourself. Perfection is nothing without health.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Go boldly! That’s you dear Scorpio, never one for half measures the sun’s upcoming ascension into your house bolsters energy and morale. No one would accuse you of timidity or shallowness. For better or worse, you’re as extreme as life and death itself. The third and final of the super moons occurs this month. Defend those in need, even yourself and pet projects. What would you do, if you knew you couldn’t fail?
You adore everyone at the moment. Love is in the air and living is easy. Enjoy this time of peace and harmony. Singles get out there and mingle. Your fling may not last forever, but it’s good for the moment. Couples should explore and try something new. Don’t forget the romance.
Get ready, get set, FOCUS. Opportunity barged through your doors last month. You’re ready to tackle and master. This is the time to sort out those big ideas and projects you love, from those that don’t matter. Watch your career and family goals and focus on that. Listen to your gut this month.
Brush your hair and clean out your ears Sagittarius. This is the time to clean up and tidy up. Don’t leave a loose thread on your best suit, snip it off. Your birthday season is just around the corner. New energy will whip through your like a cyclone. Strap down your tray tables and get ready for a bumpy ride. You’ll love it.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Little steps will take you right to the top. You want to accomplish everything. But, you’re like a dog chasing a squirrel, easily distracted. Every morning write down exactly what you need to do. Don’t get behind, jump forward and get ahead of the game. Track your progress and you might just surprise yourself.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Bon voyage! Your unexpected extroversion and energy will set you on an adventurous path. You’re ready for the world and it’s ready for you. Take it head on. Pack your bag and feed the dog because you might just be gone for a day, a week, or maybe even four. You’re excited and ready for adventure.
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LEXICON | FROM PAGE 13 is a n old h ippie practice passed on to our self-absorbed Millennials. A PPEA L TO NAT URE: An argument or rhetorical tactic in which it is proposed that “a thing is good because it is ‘natural’, or bad because it is ‘unnatural’. Often used in green marketing campaigns as well as the propaganda campaigns of ecologists. An appeal to nature is indeed the foundation principle of the entire green movement. C L I M AT E A L A R M I S M and CLIMATE REALISM: A climate alarmist says, ‘the sky is falling, do something!’ A climate realist says, ‘if a warming planet, weather manmade or natural cycles, has a net benefit to mankind, why should we be alarmed if there is no crisis?’ PROGRE S SI V ISM: T he belief that you can get something for nothing, that you can get the government to
take something by force from other people and give it to you. Historically the unintended consequence of progressivism is an unsustainability of debt which robs from the young, relatively poor to give stuff to the old, relatively wealthy. Constructing a collectivist utopia requires that human nature be altered and therein lies the rub, something the Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony quickly realized nearly 400 years ago. OBJECTIVISM: The philosophy of Ayn Rand, advocating independent thinking, rational self-interest, individual rights, laissez-faire capitalism and reason over faith. There is no greater moral good than achieving happiness, accomplished by productivity, moral integrity and respect for the rights of others. Objectivism has been an inspiration for both Libertarian and Tea Party movements. **You can have all 13 chapters of the Lexicon in a booklet for $2.00 at the UPS store, 2418 E HWY 66**
Public investments in our precious resources must be smart, sustainable By Veronica C. García, Ed.D., executive director, New Mexico Voices for Children
ew Mexico ha s a long history of forging innovative solutions to a whole host of problems. Our knowhow and ingenuity have influenced everything from the creation of the personal computer to the exploration of the moon, Mars, and beyond. Surely we can come up with workable solutions for the myriad problems we face here at home. One long-term problem— child poverty—has worsened and recently released Census numbers drop New Mexico to the very bottom in the nation, with 30 percent of our children living at or below the poverty level (just $24,250 for a family of four). Poverty is a complex issue, but one that we ignore at our peril. Brain science and biology show us that the damaging effects of poverty on a young child’s development are irreversible. In other words, if we do not counteract the effect of poverty during childhood, we have little hope of abating it
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at all. States like New Mexico, with small populations, cannot afford to allow nearly a third of its children to fail to meet their full potential. Our future depends too much upon it. Access to water, particularly in the more agrarian areas of our state, is also a long-term problem and an issue upon which our future depends. Unfortunately, there are some in New Mexico who seem bent on one particularly expensive and ineffectual solution—the Gila River diversion. The diversion of the river, via a series of reservoirs and pipelines, will
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cost the state an estimated $1 billion. Even at that price tag, it will only allow New Mexico to purchase water from the state of Arizona during those rare times when the river is at or above peak flow. Any water diverted from the Gila during high spring runoff and in wet years would be held in reservoirs, where some would be lost to seepage and evaporation, before being piped over the continental divide for use in Deming. Over the last decade, local stakeholders and water experts have proposed nu merous
sustainable alternatives to the diversion project that would help meet the region’s water needs and put people to work, while protecting both taxpayers and the river ecosystem. These alternatives could include forest and watershed restoration projects, irrigation efficiency upgrades, improvements to existing public water systems, and groundwater protection projects, to name a few. While the estimated cost of the Gila diversion has risen exponentially—from around $300 million, to $600 million and, finally, the current $1 billion—the amount of funding for the project that New Mexico would receive from the federal government has dropped from $128 million to just $100 million. New Mexico would still be eligible to receive about $66 million in federal funds for the alternative projects. To embark on a $1 billion project at a time when the state faces shrinking revenues seems fiscally irresponsible at best. Add to that the fact that the state still underfunds the anti-poverty programs for young children that have been shown to have the best
long-term results—programs like home visiting, high-quality child care, and pre-kindergarten—and the idea is downright incomprehensible. Some of our lawmakers are taking a waitand-see approach to expanding these early childhood programs even though they are proven to be effective. It’s unfortunate that those making decisions about the Gila River diversion are not being similarly cautious. Wa t e r i s a p r e c i o u s resource, but there are better, smarter and more cost-effective ways of meeting the state’s water needs. Our children are also a precious resource, yet we continue to allow them to rank at the bottom of the nation in well-being. That we would divert taxpayer dollars that could be used to improve their outcomes in order to build a questionable and fiscally irresponsible boondoggle is unacceptable.
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COMMUNITY Gallup Rotary Club Seniors of the Month for October By Chrissy Largo Photos by Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondents
eager to attend the University of New Mexico to get my bachelor’s degree in Nursing. Then, I plan on becoming a traveling nurse.”
Wayde Morgan, 16, of Crownpoint High School, is a United Health Care youth intern leader, a member of the National Honor Society and peer helper. His hobbies include reading, running, and becoming a community health educator. “I would like to go in the field of medicine and obtain a M.B. with a specialty in infectious disease.”
Mary-Trynee Canete, 16, of Gallup Miyamura High School, was nominated ninthgrade class president, and volunteers her time at Gallup Catholic School and Sacred Heart Cathedral. Her hobbies include playing piano, guitar, playing tennis, bowling, watching TV, movies, and listening to music. “After graduation, I want to go to medical school to become a doctor. Growing up in this community, I became aware that there is a doctor shortage in New Mexico, including Gallup. I would like to come back and serve communities in need.”
Mariah Gonzales, 17, of Gallup High School, is a part of the Starlette Dance team and competition team coach for 3 years, also, a captain of Bengal Girl Dance team for two years. She is a member of the National Honor Society, a varsity dance team captain, and has obtained the Bengal Pride Academic Excellence Award. Her hobbies include dancing, reading, and helping her community. “I am COMMUNITY
D ylan O verh eim, 17, of Gallup Miyamura High School, is a Board Scholar Award recipient, Torch and Laurel Honor Society member, a secretary of student council,
treasurer and vice president of the National Honor Society. He has received the High Honor Award for four years and is an active member of the AntiBullying Committee. His hobbies include painting, drawing, print making, ceramics, writing, playing video games and running. “I have applied to the University of New Mexico and Regis in Colorado and will soon be applying to the Sante Fe University of Art and Design.”
Jordan Upshaw, 17, of St. Michael’s High School, is a member of the National Honor Society, Cardinal Maniacs Spirit Club president, a First Honors student, and a member of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament Youth Group. Her hobbies include playing volleyball and softball. “I would like to attend an in-state college and study political science and tribal government. After attending college, I am pursuing to become a tribal government counselor to promote educational and community health of local Native American tribes.”
member, MESA (Math Science Engineering Achievement) member for the fifth year, a Honor Roll recipient, he is the State President of t he Te c h nolog y S t ude nt Association, and cross country runner. His hobbies include appreciating literature and music, running and assembling sealed model replicas. “I would like to attend the University of New Mexico for a Master’s in Dental Hygiene.”
Ty Metteba, 17, of Window Rock High School, is a National Honor Society member, president of the Orchestra Club, and a native american activist and advocate. His hobbies include playing the viola, reading, hiking, camping, and traveling. “My leadership roles, academics, community activities, hobbies and interests inspired some of my goals and future plans. My immediate goal is to apply early decision to Dartmouth College.”
standing student within her class, pursuing the Gates Millenium Scholarship, and member of the varsity volleyball team. Peshlakai plans to attend the University of Northern Colorado and major in law. “I would like to travel the world and experience new things.”
Ricardo Rico, 17, of Gallup High School, is the president of the National Honor Society, captain of the varsity soccer team, and member of the varsity swimming team. His hobbies include making music, playing the guitar and bass guitar, creating independent short films for local film festivals, and working with dogs. “My plans for the future, is to attend college and major in either Neuroscience or Film Studies.”
Kiana Etsate 17, of Zuni High School, is student council body president (2015-2016) and National Honor Society vice president (2015-2016). Her hobbies include running, playing basketball, spending Isaiah Peterman, 17, of Thoreau High School, is a National Honor Society
P a r i s P e s h l a k a i of Wingate High School, is the school’s top academically
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Mission House Celebrates 100th Anniversary Press Release (For Immediate Release)
By: Dr. Paul Bremer, Rehoboth Christian School By: Dr. Paul Bremer, Rehoboth Christian School Archivist Archivist Early Christian Reformed missionaries searched for a location for a mission in the southwest and in
Mission House Celebrates 100th Anniversary
ate 1902 found Smith’s Ranch about 6 miles east of Gallup. It included 320 acres, a house with 7 ooms, a well, windmill and a few out buildings. They named the place Rehoboth.
arly Christian Reformed missionaries searched for a John Spyker and his wife Jennie came to Rehoboth in 1912; he was a retired builder and supervised location for a mishe building of the new Mission House in 1915. The cement blocks used were produced on site. The mission raised money, received some money from insurance for an earlier loss, and received a gift sion in the southwest and in rom a Gallup merchant to the build the new building. late 1902 found Smith’s Ranch The cement blocks used were The building consisted of a dining room that could accommodate 120 people and a kitchen for the school and hospital that was nearby. The second floor included 10 rooms and a bath. The Mission about 6 miles east of Gallup. produced on site. The mission House served the needs of the campus and visitors who stopped to visit Rehoboth as they travelled o the west. The Rehoboth Archive has guest books signed by many of the visitors. The basement It included 320 acres, a house raised money, received some served as a commissary. with 7 rooms, a well, windmill money from insurance for an On three separate occasions the Mission House survived a fire. On December 31, 1931 at 4 am an overheated furnace chimney caused a fire. The temperature outside was 10 below zero. People and a few out buildings. They earlier loss, and received a gift emembered that Jacob Bosscher fought the fire in his pajamas. During an evening worship service on Sunday March 22, 1936 lights went out on campus and named the place Rehoboth. from a Gallup merchant to the someone said, “Fire in the Mission House.” The heavy snow, strong wind and darkness made the situation look serious. A short in an electrical circuit caused the fire. Some Native American boys They added a dining room build the new building. helped fight the fire by hauling water in a hose cart. The commissary was damaged but the building survived. and kitchen to the Smith Ranch The building consisted On August 4, 1942 a fire in the Mission House destroyed a large supply of provisions. People in the home and used its original of a dining room that could building fled to the second story and went out on the roof of a side porch because the stairway and hall of the building were filled with smoke. They were stranded on the roof until Dora Hofstra brought rooms for housing mission work- accommodate 120 people and a ladder that made it possible for them to escape. ers and other activities. They a kitchen for the school and called the building the Mission hospital that was nearby. The House. Fire was always a danger second floor included 10 rooms for buildings at the mission in its and a bath. The Mission House early years because water was served the needs of the campus scarce and the climate was dry. and visitors who stopped to visit While baking bread, the heat of Rehoboth as they travelled to the oven caused a fire and within the west. The Rehoboth Archive an hour the entire structure was has guest books signed by many destroyed in 1914. The mission of the visitors. The basement realized that a new Mission served as a commissary. House was needed. On three separate occasions John Spyker and his wife the Mission House survived a Jennie came to Rehoboth in fire. On December 31, 1931 at 1912; he was a retired builder 4 am an overheated furnace and supervised the building of chimney caused a fire. The temthe new Mission House in 1915. perature outside was 10 below
They added a dining room and kitchen to the Smith Ranch home and used its original rooms for housing mission workers and other activities. They called the building the Mission House. Fire was always a danger for buildings at the mission in its early years because water was scarce and the climate was dry. While baking bread, the heat of the oven caused a fire and within an hour the entire structure was destroyed in 1914. The mission realized that a new Mission House was needed.
zero. People remembered that Jacob Bosscher fought the fire in his pajamas. During an evening worship service on Sunday March 22, 1936 lights went out on campus and someone said, “Fire in the Mission House.” The heavy snow, strong wind and darkness made the situation look serious. A short in an electrical circuit caused the fire. Some Native American boys helped fight the fire by hauling water in a hose cart. The commissary was damaged but the building survived. On August 4, 1942 a fire in the Mission House destroyed a large supply of provisions. People in the building fled to the second story and went out on the roof of a side porch because the stairway and hall of the building were filled with smoke. They were stranded on the roof until Dora Hofstra brought a ladder that made it
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possible for them to escape. People who planned and built the Mission House served the needs of their own time but also looked to the future when Rehoboth would grow and serve more people. Rehoboth now has a Fellowship Hall that offers food service and a dining hall. Today the Mission House contains the main choir room for the school, a piano/keyboard lab and a practice room. The second floor is still used to house some teachers, volunteers and visitors. The service of the building goes on as it enters its second century. Please join us in celebrating 100 years of God’s faithfulness at the Rehoboth Mission House.
We will be hosting an all-school anniversary celebration on Oct. 30 at 2:30 p.m. Additionally we will turn the mission house into a coffee house on Nov. 17. Members of the Rehoboth choir will be performing. Lastly on December 17, Rehoboth alumni from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s are invited to a luncheon at the mission house at 11:30 a.m. A formal invitation to follow. For more information on the upcoming mission house events, please contact Rachael Kass at rkass@rcsnm. org. Rehoboth Christian School, PO Box 41 Rehoboth, NM 87322, Phone: 505-863-4412, www.rcsnm.org
ROTARY CLUB | FROM PAGE 15
playing video games, playing basketball and hanging out with friends. “I do plan to go to college and get a bachelor’s and master’s degree. I want to enjoy my early adult life, have a stable job, love what I do, and be there for my family.”
time with family and friends, and listening to Zuni stories. “I would like to attend Stanford University to major in Psychology and minor in Native American studies.”
Tyrell S. Smith, 17, of Tohatchi High School, is the vice president for the National Honor Society, has been an Honor Roll student for middle school, elementary school, and high school levels, he is an active member of the Boys & Girls Club, a member of the high school boy’s basketball team, and a member of the MESA (Math Engineer ing Science Achievement). His hobbies i nclude r u n n i ng,
The Gallup Rotary Club is a civic community organization that started in 1945 and strives to advocate for high school seniors and community members. For over four years, it has implemented the “Senior of the Month” award to qualified high school recipients that are at the top of their school’s academic standing class. Typically, it is the high school counselors and teachers that are the personnel that choose the candidates that qualify for an award. Each high school has a different process of selecting a qualified student and awards can range from approximately $500 to the highest amount of $5,000. It is based off of a merit scholar and not a need basis. For more information, please contact the Gallup Rotary Club (505) 863-4421. COMMUNITY
Glenn Ratmeyer R.I.P. City Councilor Cecil E. Garcia FEB. 6, 1950 named commended OCT. 19, 2015 student in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program Staff Report
ecil Garcia, the former Gallup City Councilor for District 4, passed aw a y O c t . 19 i n Phoenix due to a blood disorder. He was 65. Garcia was born in Grants, NM on Feb. 6, 1950. His family moved to Gallup when he was a child. A graduate of Gallup High School, Garcia has worked in the mines and was also employed as a Teamster truck driver. As of recent, he was selfemployed as the owner/operator of Garcia’s Landscaping. I n h i s s pa r e t i me he enjoyed weightlifting, biking, sports, and the arts. Cecil leaves behind his wife Debbie, his three daughters who live in the Phoenix a rea , a nd grandchildren. He served as the Councilor for District 4 from March 2011 to April 2015.
hris VanSlooten, principal of Rehoboth Christian High School, announced today that Glenn Ratmeyer has been named a Commended Student by the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although Glenn will not continue in the 2016 competition for National Merit Awards, Commended Students are placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2014 Preliminar y SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Ratmeyer has attended Rehoboth Christian School since Kindergarten. He lives in Gallup, NM and is son of Dr. John and Liliana Ratmeyer. Glenn is a young man of many talents outside of the classroom, as well. While a student at Rehoboth, Glenn has participated in band, sings in the choir, and plays soccer and tennis. He has taken piano lessons independently for the past 12 years. He is also the current president of the Rehoboth chapter of the National Honor Society. Glenn is a passionate person with gifts in leading and working hard. Rehoboth has helped him to embrace his strengths by giving him many opportunities in which he was challenged to think critically and apply himself. Glenn is undecided on where he will attend college as he awaits hearing from colleges regarding scholarship options. He plans to major in Biology and follow the Pre-Med track with the hopes of becoming a Pediatrician. He feels led to pursue this degree, not only because of COMMUNITY
Cecil E. Garcia
Ga l lup Cit y Cou nci lor A l l a n L a nd av a z o v i sit e d with Garcia shortly before he passed away and lauded his efforts and passion for his district, which included Chihuahuita. “He was a champion for
District 4,” he said. “He worked really hard.” A Rosary is scheduled for Sunday 6:30 pm at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Mass will take place here Monday at 10:45 am. There will be a reception following mass.
the ways he has seen careers in medicine change those in his family but because he feels practicing medicine is a tangible way of directly helping others. “I want to live my life being a blessing to others, and not as a pursuit of making money or being famous, Ratameyer said. “I see medicine as a perfect catalyst for helping me to discover even more ways to help others.” L a s t y e a r, R e h o b o t h Christian School was selected as one of the 50 Best Christian High Schools in America based on factors including academic excellence, extracurricular richness, geographical and demographical diversity, and reputation. Known for its academic excellence, Rehoboth Christian School consistently prepares students to be leaders in their professions, communities, and churches. O ver the pa st decade, Rehoboth has consistently produced a number of winners of the prestigious Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Schola r sh ip, i nclud i ng a National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) Gallup Sun • Friday October 23, 2015
‘Rock the Kasbah’ could use some fine-tuning By Glenn Kay For the Sun
RATING: «« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 100 MIN.
irector Barry Levinson has had a storied career filled with plenty of strong titles (Diner, The Natural, Rain Man, Bugsy, Wag the Dog) and a few misfires (Toys, Sphere, Bandits). His latest, Rock the Kasbah, falls somewhere in between. The flick features an entertaining Murray and some impressively shot locales, but struggles when it comes to the more serious elements and delivering its overall message. Richie Lanz (Billy Murray) is an aging rock tour manager, struggling for cash and working out of a motel in Van Nuys, California. To make some fast money, he accepts an offer to take a client (Zooey Deschanel) on a USO military tour of
Bill Murray stars as Richie Lanz, a worn out rock manager looking for some rekindled fame in Afghanistan of all places. Photo Credit: Open Road Films
Afghanistan. After arriving, the talent steals the protagonist’s passport, money and flees. In debt and without any documentation, Richie must use his wits to talk his way out of the wartorn country. Along the way, he also discovers a teenager
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named Salima (Leem Lubany) who may have the star qualities that he’s always been searching for. As always, Murray is a lot of fun to watch. Much of the mater ial feels improv ised and when the character is in over his head, it can be quite funny. Among his newfound acquaintances are a pair of illegal ammo dealers (Danny McBride and Scott Caan), a prostitute (Kate Hudson) and a tough mercenary (Bruce Willis). He’s constantly in danger early on and his fasttalking interchanges with the various underhanded types result in a few laughs. One amusing thread are Richie’s conversations with the soldier
of fortune and his attempts to help find “a hook” for the t ou g h g uy ’s u npubl i shed autobiography. Ritchie is also dynamic when he’s telling exaggerated stories of his glory days w it h rock st a r s (a nd t he importance of a singer being at just the right level of irritating). However, the movie is as much of a drama as it is comedy, and this aspect i sn’t nea rly a s ef fec t ive. A fter discover ing Sa lima , Ritchie personally takes her under his wing and attempts to la nd her a position on Afghan Star, the country’s e q u i v a le nt of A m e r i c a n Idol. Unfortunately, a woman doing so is forbidden. This is
reportedly the section of the film inspired by true events, and it definitely appears to take liberties. While there are jokes here and there, from this point forward the message become loud, clear and occasionally forced. Ritchie is shown as the primary motivator, arguing with the teen to break tradition and the show producers to let her on against the religious views of the country’s conservative factions. Frankly, it becomes awkward to watch an outsider impose his ideas on those around him (I could be wrong, but from what I’ve read about the real story, the girl and show producers took action without a foreigner pontificating to them on the importance of “freedom”). Murray does his best to keep it as subtle as possible, but there’s still a lingering oddness about it all. In general, there’s also a loose approach to the proceedings. The movie does tend to ramble, characters enter and then disappear from the movie, and it all ends up causing some pacing issues. Without the star’s charm on display, this mov ie could have easily fallen to pieces. Truthfully, I had mixed feelings about Rock the Kasbah, and also see it having trouble appealing to general audiences. Murray and the cast are fine and make the most of what they have, but the approach to the drama could have used a bit of fine-tuning.
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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for October 23, 2015 By Glenn Kay For the Sun
ow, it’s another busy week with all sorts of interesting mater ia l hitting the shelves, including the year’s biggest box office hit. 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! About Alex P r omot e d as a comedy/drama a long t he lines of The Big Chill, th is i nde pendent feature involves a group of twentysomething friends who reunite. When one of them has a breakdown, it forces the others to deal with the various personal conflicts they have with each another. Reaction was very split - while some found it to be an honest look at the troubles of its generation, others felt that many of the characters were stereotypes and caricatures. It stars Nate Parker, Jason Ritter, Maggie Grace, Max Greenfield and Aubrey Plaza. Alex of Venice - A workaholic Ve n i c e Beach lawyer goes th roug h a crisis when her husband leaves her and she must make a new start in life. Reviews for this indie drama were more positive than negative. While most admitted that this character piece story was a bit slight and offered no big surprises, the majority suggested that it was a warm movie with above average performances. The cast includes Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Don Johnson, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Chris Messina. I Spit on Your Grave 3: Vengeance is Mine - This second sequel to the remake of the original 70s shocker follows a young sexual assault victim who joins a support group and then heads out for COMMUNITY
revenge against the creeps who have abused her newfound friends. There aren’t any official reviews for this title as of press time. It may be better than it looks, but given that the previous sequel received a rating of 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, I wouldn’t hold out too much hope for this followup. Jennifer Landon and Doug McKeon headline the flick. Jurassic World - The b o x- o f f i c e take for this summer hit suggests you’ve already seen it, but now fans can own a hard copy of the movie for their own collection. Picking up well after the original series, two kids travel to a dinosaurfilled theme park. When the beasts break free, the boys team with a park trainer to survive the onslaught and get to safety. Critics were generally positive about this belated follow-up. While they wrote that it couldn’t match the original, they also admitted that it was arguably the best sequel in the series, and that non-stop action was exciting and impressively handled. It stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Irrfan Kahn, Vincent D’Onofrio and Judy Greer. Te st a m e nt of Yo ut h Romance fans will probably want to check out this period drama set during WWI. Based on the autobiography by Vera Brittain, the story features a young woman coming of age and becoming a battlefield nurse as battle encroaches around her. The press were quite positive about the film. They suggested that it featured a new and unique perspective of the war and included excellent performances from its cast. Cast members include Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Hayley Atwell a nd Ta ron Egerton. T he Vatican Tapes - A priest attempts to exorcise an ancient demonic force from a young woman. In the process, he reportedly is tasked with saving the world by doing battle with the forces of Satan. This horror effort was poorly reviewed, with many calling it ridiculous and over-the-top in every respect. Some actually
r e c o m mended it as a cheesy, B-movie pick that del iver s a few u n i n tentional laughs. At least brave souls will witness talented performers Michael Pena, Djimon Hounsou, Dougray Scott and Kathleen Robertson taking on the supernatural. Z For Zachariah - After war has ravaged the world and left it desolate, a woman struggles to survive. She eventually does find two men. One is a traumatized scientist, and the other a mysterious stranger, causing stress within the group. Writeups were generally positive for this little indie sci-fi drama. There were criticisms that it was too ponderous and slowmoving for its own good, but more felt that the performances were engaging, the ideas fascinating, and the cinematography impressive. It stars Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine.
BLASTS FROM THE PAST! As you may have noticed, Jurassic World is arriving this week, which means that Universa l Picture is a lso releasing an updated Blu-ray box set of the dinosaur movies - it’s called The Jurassic Park Collection. In addition to containing the 1993 original, as well as the 1997 and 2001 sequels, it also comes with both 2D and 3D versions of Jurassic World. The set includes “hours of bonus features” from all of the films, including deleted scenes and featurettes from the latest cinematic rampage. There’s been some talk in the press recently about crazy fan theories behind Back to the Future II (the date that the sequel was set is actually this week, and many are noting some of the “future events” that the film predicted). As a sort of anniversary celebration, Universal is also releasing the Back to the Future: T he Complete Adventures Blu-ray set. In addition to the 1985, 1989 and 1990 films, it also includes Back to the Future: The Animated Series (1991-1993). This children’s program featured series co-star
Christopher Lloyd and Bill Nye in live-action sequences. The animated series is also being made available separately. Finally, the new set boasts of a brand new feature length documentary on the series entitled Back in Time. Apparently, the documentary contains neverbefore-seen behind-the-scenes clips and footage from the productions, which will be of great interest to series fans. Spea k i ng of box set s, Shout! Factory have The Larry Fessenden Collection, which includes four of the actor/ independent filmmaker’s titles on Blu-ray. The movies in the set are No Telling (1991), Habit (1995), Wendigo (2001) and The Last Winter (2006). There are commentaries for all the features and frankly too many other extras to mention. Perhaps the most unique bonus are numerous and hard to come by short films made by the director over the years. If you like indie horror, you’ll probably want to check it out. Shout! Factory also have Bluray of two cult, campy titles, each available sepa r ately. First is Tales From the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight (1995), a goofy and gory feature spin-off from the popular cable series. In this one, a group of strangers are stranded in the desert hotel and must do battle with a vengeful demon who want to open the gates of Hell. The disc comes with two audio commentaries, one with the director and the other with the make-up crew. It’s also got a 40 minute documentary on the making of the movie. A lso bei ng relea sed from Shout! Factory is the sequel, Tales From the Crypt Presents: Bordello of Blood (1996). It’s another tale with an entirely different cast and story, this time about a private eye hired to find a missing person. He ends up discovering a bordello run by voracious vampires. Bonuses include a writer/producer commentary and a 35 minute making-of documentary. Kwaidan (1969) is a wellregarded Japanese ghost story anthology with incredible cinematography and production
design. It’s now available on Blu-ray via Criterion, and comes with a wealth of extras. Besides the new restoration, it features the director’s original three-hour cut, which has never before been available in the US. There’s also a commentary with a film historian, archival interview with director and numerous other interesting special features. Not to be outdone, Kino Lorber have some catalog titles arriving on Blu-ray. They include Diary of a Lost Girl (1929) and the horror flick, The Oblong Box (1969). 80s film fans will be happy to see the wacky Virginia Madsen/ Daphne Zuniga/Cynthia Gibb comedy Modern Girls (1986), about LA club kids who end up on an all-night adventure. Also a r r iv ing is the Virginia M a d s e n murder/mystery thriller Slam Dance (1 9 8 7 ), wh ich feat u re s Tom Hulce, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Adam Ant and Harry Dean Stanton in supporting roles. Finally Warner Archive are making several of their catalog titles available for purchase on DVD. They includes Consolation Marriage (1931), The Great Man Votes (1939), Independence Day (1983), The Mad Genius (1931), Never A Dull Moment (1950), Rapa Nui (1994) and Sweet Adeline (1934).
YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Here are the latest titles aimed at you nger viewers (and those young at heart). Back to the Future: The Complete Animated Series The Barkleys/The Houndcats: 2 Disc Collector’s Set (70s Animated Series) Dinosaur Train: Dinosaurs in the Snow (PBS) D r. S e u s s’s Ho w t h e Grinch Stole Christmas: 50 Anniversary Deluxe Edition Justice League Unlimited: The Complete Series (Warner Archive)
Gallup Sun • Friday October 23, 2015
SPORTS 360 Cumulative Stats Are the Best Determination By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent
one-hit wonder is u s u a l l y a r e fe r ence to a musical group that on ly produces a si ngle song that makes the top 100. In another context, one could say that the novel, To K ill a Mock i n gbi rd , wa s a l s o a one -h it wonder, t houg h the recent publication of a sequel by the 90-something year old writer may convert it to a two-hit wonder. I n t he s por t i ng world, at h lete s who do not cons i s t e n t l y p e r fo r m a t a n expected level quickly find that their level, and usually their pay, drops off. That’s what cumulative statistics are all about, and why they are so important. This column was going to be a season-closing cumulation of details in all the high school sports played in our four-school area. Dutifully, I opened my computer to MaxPreps and began scrolling to each of the schools and the sports in which they pa r t icipat ed. T he re su lt s ex pected were simply not there! Because this is a one-person spor ts operation, i nd iv idu a l ga me s a re not t r a cke d , a nd neit her a r e i nd iv idu a l per for m a nce s, though I do sometimes have a fa i r idea of t he more t a lented player s, i n at least some of the sports.
That’s why a progra m like Ma xPreps is so impor ta nt to me. It wa s desig ned to prov ide a place for a ll the details of every sport to be entered, both for the athletes, families, and friends, and to provide information that other coaches might be able to use a variety of ways, from seeking employment to scouting an unknown team which may not be in their geographical area. Pe r h a p s t h e l a t t e r i s why some coaches do not include these details in the s pa c e pr ov ide d , for fe a r t hat a not her coach w i l l use them aga inst him at a later date. Guess they never heard of the old fashioned way of scouting, in person, wh ich w i l l g ive a n oppo nent a much better look at what his team might be up against. A nd especially in timed events, if your team doesn’t h ave a nyone close to t he posted time, that’s not even a matter of scouting except for the coach deciding not to waste their time or energy on much slower individuals. Ca n’t be much of a race if the other team has six runners in the 1600-meter with times considerably less than your fastest runner. If that’s t he ca se, t hen you’re just running for pride. A nd s t a t i s t ic s don’t show how much of a break a pitcher gets on his cur ve, or whether the r u n n ing ba ck i s rea l ly a s good a s
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his yardage shows, or if the post player is taking all of h i s shot s f rom si x i nches away. There’s a lot of room for decision ma k i ng, even w it h a l l t he s t a t s i n t he world. Maybe it’s just not ca ring on the coaches par t as to why they don’t post these numbers, or laziness. It certa in ly ca n’t be for lack of help since even the sma llest school has at least one student that would be content and happy putting this data into the system. A little bribe might help, of course,
like a passing grade in P.E. without having to do all that sweating. That data, though, could go a long way towards promoting the players, keeping the parents happy, and even building up the reputation of the school. Take a second thought about it, coaches. The TDFL Four-Corners Fo o t b a l l To u r n a m e n t i s coming up at the end of this mont h. I hope t h at m a ny Ga llup residents will take some time to watch these you n g s t er s f r om s e ver a l states go head-to-head with
other tea ms their sa me age. It’s not just exciting to watch, but it will be almost ever y where i n t ow n. T he Gallup Sun will include an ar ticle a nd inter v iew with Sammy Chioda for the Oct. 30 issue, so pick up a copy to be fully informed of where and when these games will be played. T h a t s a id, you k now I will be there with my trusty Nikon, so slick down your hair or wear a hat, because you too might get included in one of my pictures. Hope to see you in the bleachers!
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Sports This Week Friday, Oct. 23 GHS FB @ Miyamura, 7 GHS XC @ Grants Invite, 3 MHS FB vs Gallup, 7 MHS XC @ Grants Invite, 3 WHS FB vs Kirtland, 7 WHS XC @ Grants, Invite, 3 Saturday, Oct. 24 GHS FB JV/C vs Miyamura JV/C, 1 MHS BS @ Gallup, 4 MHS FB JV/C @ Gallup JV/C, 11/1 RCHS VB @ Newcomb, 1 Tuesday, Oct. 27 MHS VB @ Piedra Vista, 4 RCHS VB vs Tohatchi, 4 WHS VB @ Thoreau, 4 Wednesday, Oct. 28 Gallup Mid FB vs Tohatchi, 5
Thursday, Oct. 29 GHS VB @ Farmington, 4 MHS BS vs Piedra Vista, 4 MHS VB @ Aztec, 4 RCHS VB @ Navajo Prep, 4 WHS VB vs Shiprock, 4 Friday, Oct. 30 GHS FB vs Piedra Vista, 7 GHS XC @ Districts Farmington, TBA MHS FB @ Farmington, 7 RCHS BS @ 1st Round State, TBD RCHS GS @ 1st Round State, TBD RCHS XC @ District – Crownpoint, 5 WHS FB vs Thoreau, 7
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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: brandonlorenzo@ unm.edu. Location: UNM-Gallup Course, 705 Gurley Ave. Continued on page 22 Gallup Sun • Friday October 23, 2015
COMMUNITY CALENDAR OCT. 23 – OCT. 29, 2015 Continued from page 22 LIVE MUSIC 3 Blind Mice to perform 8 - 10 pm at Coal Street Pub, 303 W, Coal Ave. Info, call (505) 722-0117.
WEDNESDAY OCT. 28 FRIGHT FEST FILM
SUNDAY OCT. 25 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. TUESDAY OCT. 27 CITY COUNCIL MEETING City Council will meet in the City Council Chambers at 6 pm, at 110 W. Aztec Ave. Agendas will be available at least 72 hours prior to the meeting. Info: (505) 863-1254. FREE COMPUTER CLASS The library is offering free computer training throughout the month of October at the Octavia Fellin Public Library. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. Registration required. Register at the library; call (505) 863-1291; email: email@example.com. Location: Main Branch, 115 W. Hill Ave. Today’s class: Facebook for Beginners, 2 - 4 pm PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST DROP OFF Get creative and carve that pumpkin! Drop it off at 5 pm, Rio West Center Court. 1300 W. Maloney, Gallup. 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: Marshmallow Monsters
entry fee goes to benefit Four Corners Pet Alliance. Starts at 7 pm, near Big Bear Furniture in Rio West Mall, 1300 W. Maloney Ave. ONGOING
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. This week’s story: Pumpkins 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 7:308:30 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.
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.
The library is hosting a fright fest. Popcorn provided. From 6 - 8 pm. Location: Main Branch, 115 W. Hill Ave. Free. Feature: Insidious Chapter 3 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: Glow in the Dark Play Doh MONTHLY MEETING WITH COUNCILOR GARCIA We invite you to meet with Councilor Linda Garcia at the Northside Neighborhood Association monthly meeting beginning at 6:30 pm at the Northside Senior Center. Councilor Garcia will be there to listen to your concerns. It’s a great opportunity to share ideas and we welcome your compliments and complaints. Please join us and feel free to bring a friend or two. If you have any questions, please call Linda at (505) 879-4176. OPEN-MIC-NIGHT Local talent takes center stage from 8 - 10 pm at Coal Street Pub, 303 West Coal Ave. (505) 722-0117. TODDLER TIME An active and energetic program for toddlers (Ages 2 - 4), featuring music, movement, rhythm, and stories. Starts at 10:30 am, Children’s Branch, 200 West, Aztec. Free.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org / 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
THURSDAY OCT. 29 CRAFTY KIDS Fun crafts for the whole family (all ages). Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. Craft: Paper Plate Ghost/Jack-O-Lantern PET COSTUME CONTEST Get your pet dressed up, and even get yourself dressed up! There’s four categories you can win prizes for, and the $5
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Yard Sale fundraisers are open 9 to noon every Saturday on Warehouse Lane off of Allison Road. If you have household items to donate or wish to volunteer on construction, call Bill
Bright at (505) 722-4226. 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 at 505-863-1291 or email: email@example.com 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, 705 Montoya Blvd. 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. SAVE THE DATE HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL Families are invited to join the Children’s Branch Library on Oct. 31 from 2 to 5 pm for our annual Halloween Carnival, 200 W. Aztec. There will be crafts, games, treats, movies, and a costume parade. Info: (505) 726-6120 or email: childlib@ gallupnm.gov MANAGING BY THE NUMBERS WORKSHOP Gallup Small Business Development Center 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. Info: (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 Commu-
nity Pantry. To reserve a table please contact Betty: (505) 722-9257. RIO WEST MALL EVENTS 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. SACRED HEART CATHEDRAL BAZAAR Sunday, Nov. 1; Noon to 4 pm Sacred Heart School Gym Games, food, raffle and entertainment. Turkey dinner begins at Noon at the School’s cafeteria - “til it’s all gone” 6TH ANNUAL FOUR CORNERS REGIONAL FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS Oct. 31 - Nov. 1, 2015. The Tony Dorsett, Touch Down Football League, Inc. is proud to announce our 5th Annual Four Corners Regional Football Championships in Gallup, New Mexico. We anticipate another great field with 30-40 youth football teams ages 8-13 years old from all over the Southwest; teams from Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, and of course New Mexico. It is a first-come (& paid) / first-served basis and space will be limited. Website: www.tdfl.org 7TH ANNUAL T’S FOR TURKEYS On Nov. 21, join iHeartMedia as we broadcast live from 11 am to 3 pm from this year’s host location, Lowes Shop N Save Supermarket on 200 Marguerite St. We ask your help to fill the The Community Pantry’s freezers with Turkeys and their shelves with non-perishable foods for our needy families in Gallup and the surrounding areas. 240TH MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY BALL Navajo Nation Marine Birthday Ball Committee invites you to the upcoming ball at Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort. Social hours starts at 5 pm; Ceremony at 7 pm; Dinner 8 pm; and Dancing to the Desert Sun Band of Shiprock, Ariz. starts at 9 pm. Tickets cost $50 per person. Tickets cost $50 per person and 75 rooms are blocked for this event and discounted at $79. This year’s guest of honor is Navajo Code Talker Thomas Begay. For tickets call Sgt. Cassandra Morgan (505) 879-9559 or Cpl Hugh Smith (505) 879-8476. 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.
American Fare Served with a smile Something for everyone! Come discover the taste of homemade in the USA.
Celebrate with any of these tasty meals The star of the show…
Summer Sausage Breakfast Skillet* Two eggs any style, served over seasoned hash brown potatoes, with your choice of grilled chicken sausage, smoked sausage, or Linguiça sausage links and toast.
Chicken Sausage Melt* Savory chicken sausage on grilled rye with Swiss cheese, caramelized onions and horseradish mustard sauce. Served with a side of seasoned fries.
Smoked Sausage Pretzel* Split and grilled sausage with caramelized onions, balsamic honey sauce and Swiss cheese on a warm pretzel roll. Served with a side of seasoned fries.
Grilled smoked pork sausage seasoned with garlic and paprika served open face on garlic toast, smothered in grilled tomatoes, peppers, and onions and served with a side of seasoned
1-40, Exit 16 (Hwy 66) 3404 W Highway 66 Gallup, NM 87301 (505) 863-6801 *Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellﬁsh or eggs may increase your risk of food borne illness.
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