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NEWS November Teacher of the Month: Jennifer Wilhelm Chrissy Largo Sun Correspondent
When I have them and they come to this classroom, they are as much as mine as my own is, so I hope that I give them what they need not only for here but for life” Jennifer Wilhelm. 5th Grade Teacher, Jefferson Elementary
en n i fer W i l hel m , a fifth grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary School, never knew she would become a teacher. She began her career as a journalism student in high school and in college she was a history major. Her career after college quickly took a different turn as she embarked in a career in business banking for 10 years. Years later she had a daughter and took some time off. When she decided to go back to work she wanted to do something different so she became a preschool teacher. She realized that she loved teaching and made teaching kids her main passion. Find out why teaching fifth grade to her is perfect. Su n: How did you get started as a teacher? Wilhelm: I was actually working at Gallup High School in the counseling office as a secretary and the assistant principal. At the time, Kim Orr, hounded me for an entire year before I would finally go back to school. S o, I go t my e d u c a tors degree in elementary education. Before that I was originally a history major in college, and that was right out of high school. I left college and I spent ten years in business banking. I did high-end business loans and construction loans. We got pregnant with my youngest daughter and we decided that I didn’t want to be working at that time, so I quit and I stayed home. When I was ready to go back to work, I wanted to work somewhere else, so I started teaching at a private Christian preschool. And that is when I realized that I enjoyed teaching and that was nine years ago. Sun: How long have you been a teacher at Jefferson Elementary? Wilhelm: This has been my third year here teaching. I started out with second grade and then I moved to third grade in the middle of last year, and the principal put me up to fifth NEWS
November Teacher of the Month Jennifer Wilhelm stands next a sign that signifies one of her philosophies on learning. Photo Credit: Tom Hartsock
grade. And I love it. Fifth grade is the best and I will stay here forever. Sun: How is it like being a teacher in such a diverse environment such as Gallup? Wilhelm: My dad was in the military, so I was born in Germany, I grew up in Texas, went to high school and college in Arizona. I guess growing up in the military, I grew up with such diverse friends and in such diverse cultures. My husband, however, was born and raised, fifth generation Gallupian, and he was part of the founding families. I really like it because the kids bring so much to it, you know, some of them are city kids. My daughter, we live in a ranch, that is what my husband does, my husband is a rancher, and so she brings the country aspect. We have some kids that have just moved here, and some that have been here for generations. We have some kids whose parents went to school with teachers. I’ve got kids that are Hispanic and I got kids that are Native American. I’ve got kids that are of mixed ethnicities. There really is a sense of community amongst our kids
and I really like that. I think that if you had kids that were all the same, I think you almost lose that. Sun: What kind of impact do you think your role, as a leadership role, has on your students? Wilhelm: I think more than I could ever probably realize the impact that I have. I am always honest with them. I tell them that this isn’t going to be this easy and tell them this is something that you are going to use in this class but when you leave out that door, you may never use it again, but you got to know it! But, just as honest as saying, this is something you will have to have for the rest of your life. This is something that you are going to have to know to be able to be a parent, an employee, a successful person in life. I never thought as myself as a leader. I am their teacher. I am teaching them, and giving them, hopefully what they need and I hope it is enough. It is like being a parent. I mean, I worry about them on the weekends, birthdays, and how they are doing. When I have them and they
come to this classroom, they are as much as mine as my own is, so I hope that I give them what they need not only for here but for life. Sun: How do you feel that elementar y education has changed up until now versus 10, 20, or 30 years ago? Wilhelm: I can tell you right now, what I am teaching, in math, in fifth grade is what I learned in eighth grade. It is three years ahead of where it was, 10-15 years ago. The students are expected to know just as much at a younger age, and so, you have to really encourage them and let them know they can do it. Then, giving them the tools, the skills, and the confidence to do it. I have three posters up. One says, “Mistakes are just proof that you are trying.” I always told them, if the world was perfect, there would be no erasers. I always tell them, “I’m not telling you it is going to be easy, I’m telling you that it is going to be worth it,” I try to use examples of real life people. I use the example of Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison a lot. They were both told in school that they weren’t intelligent enough, they weren’t worth the time, they couldn’t do it, and they would never be successful. And look at where they ended up. A lot of my kids realize that just because they are struggling does not mean that they cannot succeed. Sun: Do you have any goals as a teacher right now that you would like to share with us? Wilhelm: To me, I will be a success this year if they walk out that door and they love to read. They read because they love it and not because someone told them they have to, or if it is required for class. Also, if they can be successful in life.
I mean to me, not all my kids will not go on to college. Sadly, a lot of them will not graduate high school. It is the fact in our community. Do I want them to? Oh yes! Are they all capable of it? You better believe it! I will be on their tail if I ever find out that they are think about dropping out. But it is a reality we face, but I want them to be successful in life and to understand that you can be successful in life, even if you don’t go to college. Sun: Besides teaching, what do you do in your spare time? Wilhelm: We hunt, we fish, and we camp. I don’t do as much free time as I would like, because you take everything home with you. A teacher’s free time is planning for the next lesson. But, I just like spending time with my family. Our family has a ranch, so, I help out my husband. Our daughters do too ...we are free labor. I give them a hard time about it. Sun: Who do you look up to as a teacher? Wilhelm: I would not be here, where I am at today, if it hadn’t been for Kim Orr. Dr. Kim Orr. She is the principal at the Gallup High School. I absolutely would not be here. She truly believed in me and my possibilities as a teacher when I didn’t even know they were there. Sun: One of your students wrote, “Mrs. Wilhelm has helped me to be a straight-A student and has taught me what discipline and respect is.” How do you feel about this? Wilhelm: I was so blown away first away that one of my students thought that much about me. Then really reading that, makes me realize, the little things that you do, and you don’t think about, you are not conscientiously doing it, those are the things that they pick up on. It was very humbling, that here he is, eleven years old and that is his take away. Sun: Describe your students in one word. Wilhelm: Enthusiastic. T hey a re ent husia st ic i n
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‘Ridiculous Six’ actors talk stereotypes in film … WHY THEY WALKED OFF THE SET OF SANDLER COMEDY their recent highly publicized walk-off of the Adam Sandler movie, “Ridiculous Six,” this past April. The film, “Ridiculous Six,” is a western slapstick comedy film, starring Sandler, about an outlaw that reunites with five of his brothers as they are encountered by Native Americans. It is scheduled for release on Netflix Dec.11. A nt ho ny, h a v i n g b e e n brought up in a traditional Navajo family, and knowing the grim reality of statistics stacked against Native American women and its youth were just a few of the reasons he gave for walking off the set before his role in the
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nce upon a time it was acceptable and comical to see non-Native Americans play the stereotypical Native American characters in past movie roles. Many Caucasian actors would paint their pale faces brown, that contrasted their blue eyes, and wear costumes that cheaply resembled traditional Native American regalia. However, today, things have changed dramatically for Native Americans actors who are determined more than ever to play their own roles that accurately portray Native Americans in films. In recognition of Native A mer ica n Her itage Month, young guest speakers and Native American actors, Loren Anthony and Goldie Tom hosted the Nov.9 viewing of the documentary, “Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian,” hosted by Gallup’s Octavia Fellin’s Public Library.
Loren Anthony and Goldie Tom spoke on their decision to walk off the set of the Adam Sandler‘s comedy, “The Ridiculous Six,” at the Octavia Fellin Public Library Nov. 10. Photo Credit: Tom Hartsock
The documentary explains the evolutionary roles in which Native American stereotypes have been cast in past and present films, and why these particular stereotypical roles are still
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harmful to the image of Native Americans today. To an audience of 32 community members, Anthony and Tom discussed after the documentary and how it parallels with
film even began. Goldie Tom, Anthony’s good friend, originally from Iyanbito, NM, but lives in Gallup, was also one of the cast members who walked off the set that day. She credits Anthony for getting her into films because she went with him to different auditions and has experience as an extra in some short films. “In the beginning we didn’t know exactly what would be happening from this film or what it was,” she said. “We just knew it was a comedy. As we got on set, we started seeing a whole bunch
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O Russell Luna was shot by Jessie Gutierrez, who was still at large as of press time. Luna was shot at Black Diamond Mobile Home Park, 333 Black Diamond. He was shot in the abdomen and went to the Med Star Ambulance location on Maloney for help. Luna was transported to a local hospital. According the police report, there were up to three shots fired. Police area asking for the public’s help in locating Gutierrez. Call Crimestoppers at (505) 722-6161. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered.
n Nov. 10, at the 2015 New Mexico Ho s pit a l it y a nd Tou r ism Awa rd s Ba nquet i n A lbuquerque, the Comfor t Suites a nd I came away with some nice awards. We received awards in the Product Development Categor y for Outstanding Attraction for our lobby display honoring all military, veterans and families and I received an award in the Hospitality Professional of the Year Category. It wa s such a n honor being there representing my hotel and my staff, of which none of our many awards would be at all possible without them. it was funny too, in these categories the other hotels, event s. etc. were
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WEEKLY DWI REPORT
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ROBBING HIS OWN GAL Gallup, 11/5 Tina Begay, a.k.a. “Cindy Escobar,” was d r iv i ng her reported husb a n d C h ic o Escoba r to an appointment at Gallup Indian Medical Center. But, he had been drinking that day and when Chico asked his five-month pregnant wife for money, she refused. So, he proceeded to take it anyway, and according to the police report, a struggle ensued. He reportedly hit her three times on the chin and mouth and absconded with $125 hidden in her bra. He also ran off with her purse. Several Gallup Police Department officers were able to catch up with him. He was hiding in a shed on Kiva Drive. Chico was arrested and booked on an arrest warrant, as well as robbery and aggravated battery on a household member.
Dani Drive in response to a party and some fighting going on, he arrived to a more subdued environment than originally anticipated. He knocked on the door of the apartment that was host to the alleged party and found Boone inside and highly intoxicated. Nearby, was her 2-year-old son, who had on a wet T-shirt, but was in good condition otherwise. Brown asked Boone to let her speak to her boyfriend to see if a sober person was around to care for the child, but there was no such luck. He too, was intoxicated. Boone made a run for it, with her son in tow, and hid out at her sister’s-in-law. She was arrested for child abuse and resisting/evading arrest. Her son was placed in custody with the state’s Children, Youth and Families Department.
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By Babette Herrmann Robbie R. Daniels II 11/5, 8:17 pm DW I 3 rd Offense, Aggravated G a l l u p P o l i c e Depa r tment Officer Harland Soseeah was training an officer as part of the field officers training program, when the officer in training noted that a vehicle exiting the Gilbert Ortega Shell gas station on east Highway 66 had no headlights on. Soseeah pulled the vehicle over, and Daniels, 31, presented a revoked/suspended drivers license. The license stated that he can be arrested if caught driving. Aside from the obvious, Daniels took the field sobriety tests, which were not fairing well for him. Next, he blew a .18 on the Breath Alcohol Content test and was booked into McKinley County Adult Detention Center for his third DWI. Milton Washington, Jr. 10/26, 6:12 pm 2nd DWI, Aggravated When GPD Sgt. Francie
Mar tinez p u l l e d Wa s h i n g t o n over for a routine traffic stop he could only present an ID card. He also reeked of booze and showed the obvious signs of intoxication – bloodshot, watery eyes. Milton, 24, tells Martinez that he had two beers, well … wait, likely more. When Martinez was giving Milton the field sobriety tests, he gave in shortly after starting the series. “You know I’m not going to pass, and I know I’m going to jail,” Milton said, according to the police report. Milton was booked into jail and refused to take the alcohol breath tests. Karla Leekity 10/25, 2:27 am 2nd DWI, Aggravated Officer Soseeah pulled over Leekity at t he A lon on South Second Street for good reason. After he initiated the stop, he asked her why she was driving with her door open, according to the report. The signs
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of intoxication were obvious and Soseeah asked how much she had to drink, but Leekity, 37, denied having anything to drink. After failing to pass the field sobriety tests, and being placed in cuffs, Leekity spewed some verbal venom, including the dreaded “F-Bomb.” She refused to give a breath test, earning her an aggravated DWI. Eugene Smiley 10/23, 2:53 pm DWI A sw inging time at the Shalimar and erratic driving on Interstate 40 landed Smiley his first DWI. A good Samaritan noticed the Kia Smiley was driving was swerving along the highway and called police. GPD Officer Luke Martin located Smiley shortly after he exited the freeway. He admitted to drinking four to five 12-ounce cans of Bud Light From there, the stop was routine, with Smiley, 50, struggling to pass the field sobriety tests and being placed under arrest. He blew a BAC of .15 – twice.
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Gov confirms FBI spoke to her, staff about investigations By Joey Peters NM Political Report
ov. Susana Martinez dismissed complaints that have led to an FBI investigation of her top political operative, speaking publicly Monday afternoon for the first time in person to reporters about the matter since it rocked news headlines over the weekend. In doing so, she acknowledged to reporters that federal authorities had talked with her and members of her staff. She also told reporters that she has talked with Jay McCleskey about the investigation which reportedly is looking into money that he controlled. “I speak to him every day,” Martinez said. “And when I talk to him—he’s working right now, I’m working right now, we’re moving forward, we’re doing our thing.” Martinez kept her comments short following an unrelated press conference in the Albuquerque Northeast Heights announcing job expansions of Skorpios Technologies, a tech
Susana Martinez speaks to reporters about FBI probes into her administration. Photo Credit: Andy Lyman
company that creates photonic integrated circuits. Her comments follow a revelation by The Santa Fe New Mexican that federal authorities have been interviewing Republicans about Martinez’ campaign fundraising activities and how they relate to McCleskey. McCleskey ran both Martinez’ gubernatorial campaigns as well as political action committees and super PACs in the previous five years. Martinez gave a statement to the Associated Press earlier in the day. A reporter for The New Mexican, Steve Terrell, said on Twitter that the governor had
not given his newspaper a statement.NM Political Report had also asked for a response from her office. A separate report by The New Mexican says that the FBI was looking into possible retaliatory tax audits from the state Taxation and Revenue Depa r t ment . A Ma r t i nez spokesman denied these claims on social media but did not respond at the time to requests for comment from NM Political Report. One former Martinez official, Brent Eastwood, told NM Political Report over the weekend that he has been talking
with the FBI for two years about “governance issues” in her administration and has handed over information. Martinez told reporters that the FBI interviews are based on “claims that have gone back two years from the Jamie Estrada case.” In 2011, Estrada, her former campaign manager, leaked several emails from Martinez staffers’ private accounts. Most of the leaked emails centered around a controversial racino lease deal backed by Martinez and her wealthy donors. Estrada served time in federal prison for the theft of the campaign emails. Several have alleged that the racino deal, which went to the Downs at Albuquerque, was rigged. In 2013, former Martinez finance director Andrea Goff told reporters that the FBI had interviewed her about the racino lease. Martinez said complaints that have sparked the recent FBI investigation are “the same people making the same claims.” “It’s disappointing that they just keep doing it over and over,” she said. “And yes, I am confident
that neither Jay nor anyone else has done anything wrong and that [if] they can’t beat him, they’re just going to smear him.” When asked whether the FBI has talked to her or any of her staff, Martinez responded by saying, “Sure.” “Every time there’s somebody that makes a complaint, it’s the process,” she said. “I was a prosecutor. Anytime that [someone] makes a complaint, of course there’s going to be a process that takes place.” FBI spokesman Frank Fisher told NM Political Report that he could not confirm or deny whether FBI investigations are taking place. He added that FBI procedures following allegations “depend on the circumstances.” “It depends on the case,” Fisher said. “Obviously, if somebody is accused of committing a federal crime, there would come a time when that person is approached to ascertain that side of the story.” Andy Lyman and Matthew Reichbach contributed to this report. Visit: www.nmpoliticalreport.com
Lujan’s statement on Manhattan Project National Historic Park
ANTA FE – Congressma n Ben R ay Lu já n of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement Nov. 10 on the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Secreta r y of Energ y Ernest Moniz to establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. The MOA off icia lly establishes the Manhattan Project National Historic Park as a unit of the National Park System. “Today’s signing of the Memorandum of Agreement to officially establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park is the culmination of the tireless efforts by so many to preserve the story of the Manhattan Project and Los Alamos’ contributions to a critical time in our nation’s history. “The Manhattan Project National Historical Park will ensure that future generations can understand the full impacts, both positive and negative, of a project that changed NEWS
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Big PAC spending in Las Cruces elections gets national attention By Matthew Reichbach NM Political Report
AS CRUCES –The big spending by a political action committee in the recent Las Cruces elections is receiving national attention. USA Today cited the spending by GOAL WestPAC in trying to defeat incumbent mayor Ken Miyagishima as one way that money is increasingly flooding into local elections. In New Mexico, the focus of the Goal WestPAC is “the economic and business climate” in the state, said Mark Murphy, the PAC’s chairman and president of Strata Production, an oil-and-gas exploration company in Roswell, N.M., about 180 miles northeast of Las Cruces. Murphy and his company also have donated $35,000 to the super PAC, records show. PAC officials decided to target Miyagishima and city politicians over what Murphy called a “history of overregulation and taxation,” including support for a 2013 gross receipts tax. The PAC spent tens of thousands of dollars on mailers, advertisements and other campaign expenses. Miyagishima, and the two city council candidates targeted by GOAL
WestPAC, ended up winning but the spending still showed the effects on campaign spending in a post-Citizens United world. On the other side, ProgressNow PAC* went to the aid of two city councilors who narrowly won. Murphy defended the spending in the municipal election despite the fact that the PAC was run by those out of the city and the donations came from those in different areas of the state. “We have family and friends over there,” he said, calling the super PAC a “great model” for political participation. Las Cruces Sun-News managing editor Walter Rubel wrote that the out of town origin of the money may have led to the spending backfiring on the PAC. The effort was not successful. All of those targeted by negative ads went on to claim victory in Tuesday’s election. Given that the attacks were ultimately unsuccessful, it is fair to ask whether the ads hurt or helped the candidates they were seeking to oust. “I think they hurt me a little bit,” said Ken Miyagishima, who won his third term as mayor by a comfortable margin. Of course the money came
near the end of what was essentially a sleepy race for mayor and became a major storyline in and of itself in the final days (a f t e r m a ny had already cast early or absentee ballots, it should be noted). Increa sed spending is something that looms large as Democrats and Republicans fight for control of both the state House in Senate in elections that are now less than a year away. Big spending i s n’t new i n New Mexico, though it has increased in recent years. Big spending isn’t even new to Murphy. In 2008, incumbent House member Dan Foley lost to challenger Dennis Kintigh in a high profile Republican primary in a deep-red district. Murphy and his family were involved in that race, pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars in efforts to defeat Foley and then-State Sen. Rod Adair (Adair won). New Mexico instituted campaign contribution limits that
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CRIME BLOTTER | FROM PAGE 6 t o 4 0 2 W. W i l s o n Av e in response to a 911 call, in which the caller hung up. W hen Steele showed up, he noticed straightaway that the parents of four young children, ages ranging from 2 – 10, were drunk. They both were arrested for one count each of abandonment of a child. T h e f a t h e r, T i m o t h y Ya z z ie, 31, by pa s s ed t he f ie ld s o br ie t y t e s t s a nd wa s pla ced u nder a r rest . He blew a .26 on the breath test, which means stinking dr unk. His wife, Ma rcella Lee, 30, blew a .18, was also pretty drunk, and couldn’t remember how to spell her kids names nor remember one of their birthdays. The children were relea sed to the custody of a sober family member.
moving to Super PACs, which can raise unlimited funds but cannot coordinate with candidates, which can raise unlimited funds but cannot coordinate with candidates. Another recent election with bi g mo ney c om i n g i n f r om PAC s wa s a n A lbuquerque Public Schools Board of Education race. Frequent Ma r t i nez cr it ic K at hy Korte lost her position on the school board and blamed Susa na PAC for her loss to Peggy Muller-Aragon. With a key election coming next November, expect to see more of these PACs—on both sides. *ProgressNow PAC was run by ProgressNow New Mexico. ProgressNow New Mexico helps find funding for NM Political Report but has no editorial control or input on this or any other story, including story selection. Visit: www.nmpoliticalreport.com
BOOZING MOMMA Gallup, 10/26 A broken bathroom window and barefoot child r e n do n’t m i x well. GPD Officer Chanelle Preston arrived to a residence at 601 Dani Drive to find just that – three kids in danger of stepping on glass and an unexplained broken window. Melvina Yazzie, 28, appeared a nd smelled intox icated. According to the police report, she claimed to have consumed two beers. Preston was able to piece together the story, and Yazzie admitted to breaking the window during an argument with her boyfriend Christopher John. John was arrested for an outstanding warrant and Yazzie for three counts of child abandonment. The two children were Yazzie’s and one was her niece. The children were released to the grandparents. Yazzie blew a .16 on the breath test. NEWS
RIDICULOUS SIX | FROM PAGE 4 of Native Americans who were from around the area.” She and Anthony said they started witnessing things on the Sandler set such as teepees facing the wrong direction, teepees with two entrances, and teepees with scalps on top of the teepee poles. Additionally, feathers were laid on the ground, and Navajo baskets were placed on the ground with bear skin rugs. “When this whole Adam Sandler thing came about, it was us being on set, and just realizing a lot of things that were wrong,” Anthony said. “Because the education is not there.” Even though the film did not set easy with him, he understood why the other Native American cast members chose to stay. He said many stayed because jobs are hard to find and he knows the beginning struggles of becoming an actor. “You have this idea that if I don’t this, I will be blackballed, I am not going to be able to move forward, and my name is going to be out there,” he said. “So that fear is put into us, and for me, I didn’t care.” Speaking from experience, Anthony has been acting for a while now, gaining some drama experience in high school and pursuing theatre for four years. He was also part of a heavy metal band that toured nationally and internationally, which gave him a clear insight on how the industry worked. When he had some time to land some auditions with people that he met, his first audition was for the film, “The Lone Ranger,” which he eventually was hired. He said there was a big difference working on the set of “The
TEACHER | FROM PAGE 3 anything that they do. They really do pour ever ything into whether it is projects, or games we play, or work we do, they jump in with both feet and sometimes it is just the physical. They are bouncing-off-the-walls-enthusiastic. Sun: Is there any advice that you would like to give to your students? Wilhelm: Never give up. Never. For Jessica LandavazoGuillen, first year principal of Jefferson Elementary School, had many positive things to say about Mrs. Wilhelm, saying that NEWS
Lone Ranger” as compared to the Sandler film. “When I was on the Lone Ranger, they had cultural consultants that were respectful towards the feathers and what not,” he said. “There is a difference in scene and production and how things were done.” Finally upon being able to view the script, both actors were surprised to learn that the film named certain female Native American character’s names such as, “Beavers-Breath,” or “Wears-No-Bra.” “The females had demeaning names, and the men in the movie, they had all these really powerful warrior names,” he said. “We saw the difference there and the double standard.” For Anthony, in the beginning it was exciting to know that he was going to be part of a film with Sandler, considering he loves doing stand-up comedy himself, not expecting things to turn out the way they did. He was even more surprised that for Adam Sandler, with Jewish roots, an ethnic background who has been through a genocide themselves, did not understand the sensitivity of the issue. “When you are pointing someone out, and saying, we are going to laugh at you, we are going to laugh at your people, we are going to laugh at your culture, we are going to laugh at your traditions, and then we are going to make fun of your women, and your children … in the end, people don’t understand why we had to walk out,” he said.
ACTORS DECIDED THAT THEY HAD TO DO SOMETHING After reportedly being turned away from talking to Sandler, she is heavily involved in the school’s activities: “She is an amazing teacher. She gets her student’s excited about learning and you can see that with every student in her class. She is willing to help out in the school in any area that needs it. She’s helped do professional development with staff. She’s our spelling bee chairman this year. She’s willing to help not to just better her class but better the school.” Camille’s Sidewalk Café continues to award a candidate each month for the 2015-2016 school year. To nominate your teacher, fill out an entry form at Camille’s Sidewalk Café, 306 S. Second St. in Gallup.
Native cultural consultant, Bruce Klinekole, was the first to walk off the set. Tom said that the producers and directors were not listening to him. “He wa s saying he wa s Apache a nd t he Nat ive Americans in the movie were Apache,” she said. “He was saying that the women weren’t dressed right and tried to correct them all, during the time that he was there.” Then a group of Native Americans cast members, Tom explained, went to the directors and tried to negotiate with them but they were not willing to change the script. “It wasn’t about respecting the people,” she said. “It wasn’t about respecting traditions and religions, it was all about the money. We were done after that.” After the walk-offs of a handful of cast members, the mainstream media caught wind of the walk off, and from there, the situation grew intense. Anthony said he was followed to work and the television station, TMZ, followed him to Crownpoint High School at one time. He claimed he even got death threats from various people. However, looking back on it now, he has no regrets. “It was my own choice on my own and everybody has their own choice,” he said. “There were a lot of people that stayed. But, the media likes to blow things up out of proportion. They said, ‘everybody left.’ And someone said, ‘like 20 left’ But, officially, 6 for sure, out of a cast of 150 Natives.” As for Tom, she felt uneasy about her role in the film from the beginning, and as her role as a cosmetologist in making women feel good about themselves – unlike how she felt the movie portrayed Native American women. After graduating from the University of New Mexico’s cosmetology school, and obtaining her cosmetology license, she set off in her own ventures as
a freelance makeup artist and hairdresser. One of her most recent accomplishments are she recently went to New York City’s fashion week, during the spring and was invited back for the fall. “Bei ng i n the ha i r a nd makeup industry, I want to bring women up to feel beautiful about themselves or feel good about themselves, whether they wear makeup or don’t wear makeup,” she said. “It would be conflicting with that. It felt just upsetting and disturbing.”
MOVING FORWARD With the movie’s release date scheduled for next month, it has been arranged through Netflix that it will produce three more sequels to the movie. Anthony is okay with that considering that he knows Native Americans love seeing their people on film but he wants to remind them that they ultimately have the resources and knowledge to make their own films. “It just takes one person to say, ‘enough is enough.’ And if we get enough people on board, then the world will listen and say ‘hey these natives are something, they do have a voice,’” he said. Anthony says that he feels the respect now from non-Natives since being on a recent audition for a movie in Hollywood. The crew broke out some smudge for him and he thought that it was interesting because they said they really wanted him to be a part of this movie, so they tried educating themselves. Even though it was not a Navajo thing, to him, it spoke volumes versus other times he went to other auditions and they would ask him if he could ride a horse or how long is his hair. He feels that things are changing but it will take some time. Today, life continues for both actors. Anthony will continue his dedicated work with the youth, partaking in motivational speeches, lifting weights and he will continue his pursuit for more accurate Native American roles.
“I am working on new stuff for some movies, but it is really about trying to pick the good roles,” he said. “For me individually as an actor, I’m really picky now. We can get thrown these native roles all the time, and that’s good, but we also have a choice.” Tom will continue to pursue her cosmetology dreams by spreading her positivity and creativity throughout her communities. Her ultimate goal is to do special effects in movie industry one day. “That is where I am at in my life right now and just trying to the whole hair and makeup thing. That is where my path is going,” she said. Overall, Anthony knows that there are a lot of people that are Native American that would disagree with the decision of walking off the Sandler set, but yet he feels that they do not have anything to justify why they are right. He says people can say it is just comedy or it is just for fun but he feels that it is to the point where it just it has not hit them personally. “Like I said before, people will disagree, but this has created a big platform for people to talk about it, if they didn’t like it, or if they were for it,” he said. “It pretty much broke the ice for anybody to say, ‘we can finally talk about this.’” At the end of the documentary and discussion, a Window Rock com mu n it y member, Edsel Pete, an actor himself, asked both actors what is the core message that they are striving to convey and maintain from the continuity of their actions. “There is a lot of cultural sensitivity in entertainment, often times we neglect it, but in essence, how do we use this cultural sensitivity to say that Native Americans are just as human as everybody else,” he said, “That we also, thrive for success. That we look for higher education.”
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By Joe Schaller CH A P T E R T W ELV E : I D ON ’ T CAT C H T H E SU STA I NA BI L I T Y OF YOUR DRIFT, PARDNER – Part One, A Primer for the Sustainable Gallup Board SUSTA INA BILIT Y: T he basic idea is ‘indefinitely repeatable’ however sustainability has become an euphemism for a fundamentalist faith marking out a new and
larger ideological territory in which curtailing economic, political, and intellectual liberty is the price that must be paid now to ensure the welfare of future generations. The cavemen certainly had tremendous difficulties obtaining sustainable resources however nowadays to say we’ve only scratched the surface is to significantly understate how little of this planet’s potential we’ve unlocked. We already know that we have enough of a combination of fossil fuels and nuclear power to last thousands and thousands of years. The amount of raw matter and energy on this planet is so incomprehensibly vast that it is nonsensical to speculate about running out of it.
UNSUSTA INABLE: Medicare, Obamacare, Social Security, the federal debt and renewable energy. That’s right, wind and solar energy are so heavily subsidized they cannot survive subsidy cuts as European countries have learned the hard way as they are forced to scrap wind and solar projects in favor of fossil fuels. ALTERNATIVE ENERGY: An euphemism for ‘woefully inadequate substitute’. RENEWABLE ENERGY: A meaningless term with no established standards. Wind and solar don’t deliver concentrated energy (the ‘diluteness problem’) and require massive amounts of energy and non-renewable materials (many of
them rare and toxic) to produce a unit of energy. The erratic intermittency of the wind and sun allows them to only be used as a costly backup to fossil fuels since there are no batteries large enough to store the energy. EUROPEAN RENEWABLE ENERGY COSTS: Since the European Union wind and solar energy revolution took off in 2006 their average electricity rates increased by 43% to 26.57 cents per kilowatt hour kWh in 2013. In the same time period the US experienced a 17% increase to 12.12 cents/ kWh. U S G R E E N E N E R GY COSTS: Despite the downward pressure on electricity prices by natural gas availability, the
recent forced use of wind and solar energy by new EPA government regulations has led to the largest US electricity price increase in six years in 2014. This is in step with President Obama’s green energy goal he set in 2008 that “electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket”. F U E L / E N E R G Y P OV E R T Y: T h e s t a t e of being unable to afford heating one’s home adequately. Almost unknown in Europe i n 2006 the World Hea lth Organization claims renewable energy costs in Europe now take tens of thousands of lives ever y winter. The
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GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF NOV. 13 – NOV. 19
Paraskevidekatriaphobia! It’s the fear of Friday 13. Madame G suggests breaking free of self-induced fear. Halloween is over and with the Sun in Scorpio, you don’t have time for nonsense. Dig deep into meaningless superstitions. “Only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” FDR. Live free!
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
This month seems to pile up and get away from you, just breathe. All will be well, manage your emotions. Anxiety is a like a caged dog pacing back and forth. It’s trying to release energy. Don’t be a bad pet owner take your dog (anxiety) for a walk. Enjoy this incredible weather. Who knows, all that walking might just melt the pounds right off.
The struggle is real and you feel it. Your pushing against unseen forces trudging up a steep pathway. But in this case, it’s mind over matter. If you believe it’s hard—it’s hard. Relax, this challenge will soon pass and others will take its place. Life is an ebb and flow of ideas and energy. Pet owners know the value of their furry friends. It’s getting cold so go ahead and winterize shelters and ensure pet safety. You’ll be glad you did.
Have a secret relationship, with yourself. Concentrate on working through those areas of weakness that hold you back from really living life. Perfection is wonderful, but it kills creativity. Adopt the grace and lack of concern of a house cat. When life seems stressful and hard just say “whatever.” Cats often live much longer than dogs. Maybe it’s because all they do is sleep, or it could be their “don’t care” attitude.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Dear Capricorn, somehow you balance humility with arrogance— it’s usually called hypocrisy. But, on you it’s charming. Take advantage of this gift and use it for good. Host a nonprofit event or fundraiser. Lead the way for a cause of your choice. Heck! Run for office. Everyone is doing it these days. You’re as good as any other candidate. Pick a party, or several. Why not? It’s not like anyone uses democracy anymore anyway— it’s like so 1984.
Is it Valentines? No. Well, who would know dear Leo? Your basking in passionate intellectual and romantic pursuits. Your energy exceeds hours in the day. This week try giving back to the community. Volunteer at a local animal shelter, or donate to a worthy cause. It’s getting cold out there. Homeless people and animals need a little support. Madame G suspects you might just be the one to save a life. And in return the universe will smile back at you.
You’re a force to be reckoned with. Others realize the benefits of having you in their corner. Your ambition takes everyone to the top. Scorpio is like a Mac truck dragging anything caught under your wheels. You’ll carve a road to the peak, or level the mountain to the ground. Just remember to check your tires before you drive. It’s cold out there and small animals often hide in tires. Check them out before you leave, then charge.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Travel is in the stars for you this month. Practical matters were bogging you down, but now you’re preoccupied with family matters. This is the time for breaking with tired and unhelpful traditions. If the thought of a family dinner gives you a headache rather than a sense of joy—get it catered. If your family is the issue, leave town and celebrate differently. There are no set rules. Don’t forget the purpose for family time is spending it together not staring and glaring at each other.
The world often underestimates your plotting nature. Unlike direct and forceful Aries, or quiet and cunning Scorpio, Sagittarius maneuvers from far away. Usually they hit their marks with accuracy and precision. You’re an excellent hunter, if only in the proverbial sense. Use these talents to track and assess your career goals. They’ve fallen by the wayside and it’s time to prioritize. Aim directly for the heart of the goal and don’t relent until you’ve caught it.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) It’s the season, for colds. The flu shot can’t save you from co-workers who show up hacking and sneezing. Belief is powerful and can produce positive and negative results. Believe that you’re healthy and act accordingly. Take the kids, dog, cat, bikes, and turtles for a walk everyday. Perhaps if you act like a healthy and active person—you’ll begin to feel like one too.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Dear Gemini, you’ve experienced an explosion of creative passions. Your career has benefited. Take time and continue to explore yourself and others. The Scorpio Sun sheds light on secrets and hidden passions. Develop meaningful dialogue between coworkers and don’t forget to listen. Perhaps this is the time to make your own traditions. Variety is the spice of life, but routine eases anxiety and establishes order. Enjoy it!
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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You’re doing well Aquarius, congratulations. Likely your intellectual prowess and ability to manage emotions keeps you well above the rest. But, you feel off center because the balance of power has tipped. Have you developed a crush on your boss? Perhaps it’s your boss’s dog? You know it can never be, a Great Dane will never fit into your one bedroom apartment. Madame G suggests checking out the shelter— there’s lots of cats.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Partnerships are important this month, dear Pisces. Forge relationships with family, friends, and co-workers. Take the most difficult person in your life out to lunch this week, and really listen. If you can afford it buy them lunch. It will seem challenging at first. You may even forget the experience, but they never will. Spread your compassionate joy around—it just might be catching.
LEXICON | FROM PAGE 10 solution is affordable energy from fossil fuels, thus the silence of green activists. CO2 REDUCTION POVERTY: Green policies hurt the poor and working class the most. Soaring electricity, vehicle, transportation, heating and appliance costs, opposition to modern mining and drilling techniques and blocking infrastructure projects leave a heavy footprint on the less fortunate. WOOD BURNING STOVES: The greatest cause of both outdoor and indoor air pollution. When energy costs rise due to absence of fossil fuel energy, renewable wood sources are utilized for heating. INDOOR AIR POLLUTION: The world’s and Navajo Nation’s greatest environmental health hazard and killer (4.3 million people each year) caused by
wood, coal and dung burning stoves as a consequence of fuel poverty. Virtually ignored by green activists since affordable fossil fuel energy is the solution. OUTDOOR A IR POLLUTION: Thanks to our advanced technology in fossil fuel energy the United States is ranked in the top six of over 90 countries for clean air quality by the World Health Organization in 2015. ELECTRIC CAR POLLUTION: Whether powered by coal, solar or wind, they each leave a larger environmental footprint than gasoline. On the positive side, despite being so expensive the wealthy owners (the top income quintile) of plug-in cars receive large tax credits. CANCER VILLAGES: Over 400 in China, many associated with unsafe mining and manufacturing of rare earth minerals for solar panels, wind
turbines, electric car batteries as well as recycled American plastics, paper and e-waste processing. Cancer rates have risen 80% over the last 30 years making it China’s leading cause of death. Ignored by green activists. SOLAR FARM POLLUTION: The behemoth Ivanpah Solar Power Facility in the Mojave Desert opened in 2014. The amount of natural gas required to operate the solar farm would have produced enough electricity to meet the annual needs of 17,000 California homes. So now for all those $billions spent on crony corporate interests, for all that destroyed pristine desertscape, dead birds, displaced tortoises and more – the darn thing emits more CO2 than an ordinary power plant would’ve anyway, twice as much as the threshold required to pay carbon taxes. And not only that, it costs four times as much per
kilowatt hour produced than a natural gas power plant. Ivanpah makes Solyndra look like petty larceny. S O L A R I M P O T E NC E : Despite over 20 massive solar farms constructed over the past decade the total US energy production for solar is less than one half of one percent. They are quite impressive as an elitist community status symbol though. PV BRUSH-OFF BLUES: Salesmen may whisper sweet promises in your ear however reliability, installation and safety issues abound with PV solar panels often putting forth less than half what promised (50 years rather than 25 to cover costs) and lifespans of only 15 to 20 years triggering performance anxiety. By that time the fly-by-night operation is long gone with not even a Dear John letter. Solar regret is a terrible thing….. Pssst, I got a can’t miss deal on some
cheap PV cells – made in China. T H E CRON Y SOL A R SW I N DL E: Wit hout bot h explicit and hidden large government subsidies paid for by citizens the solar industry would collapse as is currently happening in Europe. Competitive claims by crony sola r compa ny proposa ls ignore the costs associated with unreliability, water usage and backup fossil fuel plants since solar farms generate such a tiny amount of energy only during daylight hours. The cost is passed on to the utility customers with the connivance of the government. As with virtually all green projects it is the poor who suffer the most, particularly here in McKinley Cou nt y where a f fordable energy should be a priority. **You can have all 13 chapters of the Lexicon in a booklet for $2.00 at the UPS store, 2418 E HWY 66**
Five NM Child Advocates to be honored at Spirit of Hope Gala NM Voices For Children
LBUQUERQUE—Five New Mexicans who have spent their lives working on behalf of some of the state’s most vulnerable residents will be honored at the Spirit of Hope Awards Gala on November 21, 2015. The annual event is a fundraiser for the child advocacy group New Mexico Voices for Children. The honorees are: • Kathie Winograd, Ed.D., President of Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) • Lance Chilton, MD, an Albuquerque pediatrician who taught at University Hospital • Representative Luciano “Lucky” Varela, who serves Santa Fe County in the state Legislature • Ted Martinez, who has served on the APS school board, Director of the UNM Student Union, and President of TVI (now CNM) • Mary Dudley, Ph.D., a long-time early childhood specialist and advocate Dr. Winograd will receive the Alice King Public Service Award, Dr. Chilton will be honored with the Patty Jennings & Polly Arango Citizen Advocacy Award, Rep. Varela will receive the New Mexico Legislative Advocacy Award, and Mr. Martinez and Dr. Dudley will both be honored with Spirit of Hope Awards. OPINIONS
“Our annual awards celebration is always so inspiring because we honor and talk about the work of such truly dedicated and hard-working individuals,” said Veronica C. García, Ed.D., Executive Director of NM Voices. “The awards have a dual purpose, in that they also honor three outstanding New Mexicans who dedicated so much of their own lives to making New Mexico a better place to be a child.” Dr. García is referring, of course, to Alice King, the former First Lady, who is credited with numerous changes to how the state deals with children in trouble and in crisis; Patty Jennings, the late wife of former Senator Tim Jennings, who worked to get laws passed around disability and health insurance issues; and Polly Arango, who advocated for better support systems for families with special needs children, often working alongside Patty. This year’s celebration is marked by the issuance of a new award—the New Mexico Legislative Advocacy Award. “We’ve honored numerous legislators in past years, but we decided to make legislative advocacy its own award category this year,” said Dr. García. “Our state legislators work tremendously hard for no pay and often little recognition, so we felt that those who are champions for children deserved their own award.”
KOAT TV reporter Nancy Laflin and former state Senator Eric Griego will emcee the event, which will include a poetry reading by Jimmy Santiago Baca and a performance by Mariachi San Jose of Washington Middle School. Social mixer and dinner entertainment will be provided by talented pianist Arnold Bodmer. The Spirit of Hope Awards Gala is Saturday, November 21, at the Sandia
Resort and Casino from 6-10 pm. The evening includes live music, dinner, a silent auction, and the awards presentation. Tickets are $100 and all proceeds benefit NM Voices. T i c k e t s m a y b e r e s e r ve d on l in e a t: d on a te . n mvoi c e s . org/2015sohtickets. More information about the Spirit of Hope event is available at: www.nmvoices.org/ spiritofhope.
Gallup Sun • Friday November 13, 2015
COMMUNITY Navajo activists share experience during 1969 Alcatraz Island takeover By Chrissy Largo Sun Correspondent
t the age 19, a young Navajo by the name of Jean Whitehorse was given a one-way bus ticket to Oakland, Calif., during the late 1960s. She traveled by Greyhound, her first time on a bus, to Los Angeles, into San Francisco and across the bridge to Oakland, where she arrived at 2 am. Under a relocation program headed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, she was told to travel there to receive job training. Little did she know that she was going to be a part of a major historical event that would change the lives of many Native Americans. “ T he nex t day when I stepped out in the street, there were tons and tons of people. Traffic, noise, and you are just lost,” she said. “Lost in the BIA system because they took you there. It affects you mentally because you just want to go home because you feel like you don’t belong there.” At that time, Oakland had the highest Native American population because of relocat ion prog ra m s i mple ment ed by t he feder a l government. W hitehorse a nd Len ny Foster, were both occupants of the Alcatraz takeover in 1969 and they had an opportunity to speak about their Alcatraz experience on Nov. 7, as part of Octav ia Fellin’s Public Library month-long dedication
Jean Whitehorse shares her experience with the 1969 takeover of Alcatraz Island Nov. 7. Photo Credit: Tom Hartsock
to Native American Heritage Month. Lenny Foster, a Navajo and son of a Code Talker, had a similar story. He was in his third year as a student at Colorado State University and at the time he was helping the “Colorado Migrant Council,” a Chicano movement aimed to help organize migrant workers. This enabled him to meet young Chicano leaders such as Cesar Chavez. During this same time, he met up-and-coming Native American activists such as Den n is Ba nk s a nd Clyde Bellecourt. He met Leonard Peltier in the streets of Denver. At that time, Peltier wa s 21-years old.
Upon hea r i ng about Alcatraz, he hitchhiked to California and it took him two
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days to get to San Francisco. When he got to the pier, he saw lots of Native Americans. “At that time, there was a lot of racism toward Indians. Everywhere we went, it was like that,” he said. He w a s i nt r o duce d t o well-known Native American a ct iv ist s, Richa rd Oa kes, John Tr udell, a nd Russell Means. T he A lcatra z ta keover originally started in March of 1964 and two more takeovers were to follow. The last takeover was on Nov. 20, 1969 and lasted for 19 months, ending on June 11,1971. During this time, Native American activists tried to negotiate with Washington officials to renovate the former prison into a school, cultural center and museum. However, their requests were not met, and in return, Native American activists occupied the area for as long
and defining moment in Native American history, which gave Native Americans the opportunity to address issues that were ignored for so long by the United States government. It was also a political movement that demonstrated Indian self-determination. Strider Brown, a Gallup resident of 14 years, attended the Nov. 9 discussion, and he said was 15 when he first heard about the occupation of Alcatraz, as he was growing up in New England, Conn. “It was around Thanksgiving in 1969 that it was on the national news and I distinctly remember it as being something really powerful,” he said. “My brother and his wife were living in San Francisco at that time and they used to go down to Fisherman’s Wharf and look out at the Island to see what was going on.” Whitehorse remembers sav-
as they could. When arriving in California, Whitehorse noticed that the Black Panther Movement was going on in Oakland, she witnessed the Hippie Movement which was very much alive in San Francisco, and in Berkeley, she witnessed students protesting against the Vietnam War. “Everybody was out there demonstrating and protesting for their civil rights and equal opportunity,” she said. To many, this was a true
ing newspapers clippings from the Nov. 9 second takeover of Alcatraz and she vouches that the newspaper crew were out there with the occupiers. She displayed one newspaper clipping that read, “Alcatraz civilizes an Indian reservation” since there was no running water, no electricity, and no heat. “When they started staying
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A Navajo Code Talker’s wish Staff Report
UBA CITY, Ariz. -As a Navajo Nation Code Talker, Sergeant Major Dan Akee is a national treasure whose military service is a testament to freedom and cultural perseverance. He is one of the few remaining Code Talkers left on the Navajo Nation. Akee’s hearing is failing and his eyesight has diminished. He gets around with the assistance of a walker and the help of his son Danny. As he’s grown older, Dan Akee has expressed a lingering desire to live in the home he built for his family that now sits dormant and unoccupied. The house, which was built in the mid 50s, is in severe need of roof repair and overall renovation. He often reminisces about raising his children and grandchildren in the home. Through his memor ies he catches glimpses of hope in a nostalgic rearview mirror. “I was sitting outside with him and he was crying,” Akee said. “He said he wished God would bless him to somehow have the house fixed.” Currently, the Code Talker and his family live in a doublewide mobile home that sits directly east of the old brick-structure. But the elder Akee said he would be more comfortable in the house he built. “I have a lot of memories
Sgt. Major Dan Akee. Photo Credit: Courtesy
there. This trailer, although it looks nice, I’m not comfortable here,” he said. “Having my home fixed would be a wish come true.” A ke e’s wor d s we r e not in va in. His w ishes were conveyed to Eunice Begaye, Veteran’s Ser v ice Officer in Tuba City through Arnold Maryboy, Veteran’s Commander. Begaye conducted a home visit to Akee’s residence to assess the extent of the damages. It was then that she knew the renovation of Akee’s home was a worthy cause. She then went to work organizing volunteers and resources. “We have donated a lot of our time and money to make it possible for him to come back into his house,” she said. “I
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Does ‘The 33’ delve deep enough into its characters? By Glenn Kay For the Sun
RATING: «« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 125 MIN.
ost people rememb e r t h e 2 010 Chilean calamity that left miners stranded miles beneath the ground. So it comes a bit of a surprise to see a dramatic recreation of events so soon afterward. The 33 does its best to do justice to its working class heroes, but doesn’t delve deeply enough beneath the surface and ultimately comes up a little short. As in many disaster movies, the plot introduces the miners all too quickly; in this case, at a social function and the following morning as they start their day and head out for work. We get all too brief snippets of these people and don’t learn any more than the basics. There’s family man
and optimist Mario (Antonio Banderas), his friendly but more pessimistic boss Don (Lou Diamond Phillips), as well as several other characters with a single character trait (the ladies man, the foreigner from Bolivia, the senior with a week left until retirement, and the guy who enjoys doing Elvis impersonations). Only a few minutes later, the film’s big set piece occurs. With the men working underground, disaster strikes and rock from the mountain itself crashes down upon them. It’s an elaborate and well shot sequence, but it’s over very quickly. At least it leaves characters in a dramatic situation early. The limited resources start to cause panic, but Mario keeps a cool head and does his best to help the group survive as long as possible. Naturally, there are a lot of men to establish and one can’t expect too much background, but these gentlemen are drawn so simply in the film that they often border on caricatures. As a result, only Banderas comes
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Antonio Banderas and Lou Diamond Phillips attempt to mine all they can out of their characters in ‘The 33,’ which opens in theaters nationwide Nov. 13. Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures
across as compelling in his efforts to keep the miners safe and sane. There’s some bickering among the workers and minor squabbling, but any incident results in a lengthy speech about believing in others or staying focused on survival. It’s a repetitive approach and makes the film feel long. Additionally, we get little sense of the claustrophobia the miners must have experienced. The wide framing of the area the miners take refuge in often makes it appear more spacious
than it should. You really should feel the walls closing in during the ordeal, but viewers never do. Of course, there’s plenty of drama above ground, but it isn’t particularly compelling either. This includes a small group (played by Rodrigo Santoro, Gabriel Byrne and James Brolin) working desperately to increase the rate of drilling and free the men below. Unfortunately, it’s the spouses and family members who come off the worst. Juliette Binoche
gets some opportunity as a family member demanding action, but many others are treated as comic relief. There’s even a fight scene played for laughs between the wife of one of the trapped workers and a mistress. The tone of the scenes feels out of place with the story being told. And honestly, the film struggles to provide more than a simple moral. Over the course of the story, the group find a newfound respect for the importance of family. This, along with the similar motto of their brotherhood sticking together and never giving up are the themes repeated again and again. But for a project that runs at over two hours in length, there just isn’t enough meat to the characters. These incredible men and their fight for survival may have seemed like great material for a narrative feature, but the screenplay only delivers surface level characters, and the filmic techniques don’t effectively capture the horror of being trapped in an enclosed space. In the end, The 33 is an unremarkable and generic adaptation of an incredible true story.
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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Nov. 13, 2015 By Glenn Kay For the Sun
elc ome t o t he highlights of new releases on DVD and Blu-ray. There’s a lot to go through, with plenty to see in a wide variety of genres. 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! Duran Duran: Unstaged A Film by David Lynch - The 80s new wave band appear in this concert film that wouldn’t normally be mentioned in this column if it weren’t for the famed director involved. Repor tedly, Ly nch (T win Peaks, Mulholland Dr.) uses smoke and projected images of dolls to add a unique sense of texture to the performance. And naturally, it includes live takes of some of the band’s biggest hits. If you’re a fan of either the band or filmmaker, you may want to check it out. K u r t C o b a i n : Mo nt a ge of He c k - H BO P r o duc t io n s a re responsible for this documentary chronicling the life of the famed “grunge” musician and Nirvana front-man. It’s an authorized account, meaning the Cobain’s family was heavily involved in the production. Critics were positive about the movie. They complimented the storytelling techniques (that include animated sequences) and stated that the doc helped reveal more insight into the mind of the late artist. It also includes interviews with Courtney Love, Dave Grohl and Kurt Novoselic. Pay the Ghost - Viewers curious to see what Nicholas Cage is up to will have to check out this suspense/horror film about a professor whose son disappears during a Halloween celebration. A year later, the dad searches desperately to find out exactly what happened. Write-ups were incredibly poor, suggesting that headlining actor Cage still hasn’t found his way out of low-budget, B-movie schlockfests. The ma in cr iticism COMMUNITY
seemed to be that the story was slow-moving and preposterous (apparently, it even features a haunted scooter). Sarah Wayne Callies, Veronica Ferres and Lyriq Bent also appear. M r . Holmes A n elderly Sherlock Holmes suffer ing from memory loss attempts t o pu t t h e pieces together and solve the final (and unfinished) case that resulted in his retirement. The mystery revolves around a husband who suspects his wife of sinister activities. members of the press responded well to this take on the famed literary character. While some found the story somewhat insubstantial and approach too muted, all praised the performance of star Ian McKellen. The cast also includes Laura Linney and Milo Parker. Self/ less - In this sci-fi action effort, a wealthy but terminally ill man has his consciousness implanted in a young man’s body. While he’s thrilled with the immediate results, the lead soon begins experiencing flashbacks to a previous life and wonders if the body arrived via legal means. While many complimented the visuals of this effort, reviews were still weak overall. Most wrote that it failed to live up to the interesting promise of its concept. The movie stars Ryan Reynolds, Natalie Martinez, Matthew Goode, Ben Kingsley and Victor Garber. Tangerine - Renters interested in edgier fare may want to give this independent comedy/drama a try. Set during Christmas Eve, the plot concerns a young transgender sex trade worker just out of prison who attempts to find and confront her cheating pimp. The press raved about this low-budget effort at various film festivals, calling it a unique, high energy film that is impressively acted and consistently entertaining. It features Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian and James Ransome. Te r m i n a t o r G e n i s y s - A r nold Schwa rzenegger returns to the franchise that made him famous in this fourth sequel. When the evil robots of the future figure out
how to travel back in time a nd alter history, the Terminator and his human counterparts spin of f onto a new timeline and attempt to save the future. Reaction was quite poor - it was felt that the story became overly convoluted.... frankly, many called it an uninspired cash-in on the famous property. Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke, Jai Courtney and J.K. Simmons also appear. We’ll Never Have Paris This love-triangle comedy follows a couple who have been together since high school. W hen a co -worker makes advances towards the male lead, he questions whether or not he should remain in his current relationship. After realizing that he has made the wrong choice, he attempts to win back his sweetheart by following her to Paris. Reviews were terrible, stating that while the movie was well-produced, the characters were thinly written and hard to like. The cast includes Simon Helberg, Mela n ie Ly nskey, Magg ie Grace, Zachary Quinto and Alfred Molina. Trainwreck - In this c o m e d y, a career-or iented woman who doesn’t believe in monogamy is forced to reassess her beliefs when she begins dating a genuinely nice guy. But will the heroine be able to curb her wild, partying antics and slow down? This summer hit garnered a lot of positive press. It’s been described as an amusingly raunchy comedy with a strong cast that only falters when it adheres to the typical romance film formula. It stars Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Colin Quinn, Brie Larson, Mike Birbiglia and plenty of notable celebrity cameos. Wild City - Hong Kong director Ringo Lam (City o n F ire, T win D ra go n s, Maximum Risk) returns for his first feature in 8 years. The story involves a bar owner who f inds himself thr ust into a violent gangster plot
after befriending a customer. Reactions from critics were mixed for this foreign-language feature - while most noted it was nice to see the filmmaker back and that the movie had a couple of good action scenes, many felt that it came across as one of his more pedestrian efforts. Now viewers can make up their own minds. It stars Louis Koo.
BLASTS FROM THE PAST! B e a c h mov ie fa ns, this is your week. A couple of classic, goof y teen titles are a r r iv i ng on Blu-ray courtesy of Kino Lorber. Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965) stars Vincent Price as a mad scientist who creates swimsuit-clad female robots to take over the world... and only Frankie Avalon’s secret agent can stop them. And Kino have the sequel, Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs (1966), as well. It also stars Vincent Price as the same character using essentially the same female robots to take out the world’s leaders. Fabian steps in as a new agent recruited to get to the bottom of things. Kino also have the French sci-fi time-travel drama, Je t’aime, je t’aime (1968) coming your way. Criterion are releasing Code Unknown (2000), another unusual dramatic effort from M ich a el H a neke (F u n n y Games, Cache). It involves a street incident between a couple of men and a beggar that changes the lives of all parties. The Blu-ray contains a new transfer, a new interview with the director, an introduction to the film, a making-of documentary, interviews with scholars on its importance and other bonuses. The French, I s a b e l l e Adjani drama O ne Deadly S u m m e r (1983) is a lso a r r ivi n g o n B lu ray cour tesy of Bayview Entertainment. Extras include two interviews with its star and its director
(one at the time of release, and one from 2007). Cohen Media are delivering Two Men in Town (1973), a well-received, slow-burn crime picture from the same countr y about a ex- con who is repeatedly harassed by a cop after getting out of prison. If the story sounds familiar, there was an English-language remake of the film released last year that wasn’t well received. This release comes with a commentary track. In honor of the original film’s 20th anniversary, Sony have a Bad Boys 1 & 2: 20th Anniversary Collection. There are no new bonuses, only the extras the previous Blu-rays had. However, this version does boast new 4K remasters of the films themselves, meaning there should be a upgrade in picture quality for fans of these titles. Finally, Warner Archives have a couple of new Blu-ray releases too. Deep in My Heart (1954) is a musical biography a b ou t c om poser Sigmund Romberg a nd Pa ssa ge t o Marseille (1944) is a war flick that features Humphrey Bogart as a French journalist who is framed for murder, escapes prison, joins the resistance movement and helps fight some Nazis.
YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! There’s a lot of interesting variety for the kids as well. Read below to find out what’s new. Alvin & the Chipmunks: Alvin’s Wild Adventures Dinosaur Train: Dinosaurs Are Different (PBS Kids) Galtar and the Golden L a n c e : T he Complete Series Justice L e a g u e Un limited: The Complete Series The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest: The Complete 2nd Season Super Sentai - Gosei Sentai Dairanger: The Complete Series
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Veterans Remember and are Remembered By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent
o v e m b e r 11 of ever y year is Ve t e r a n s D a y. Initia lly na med
A rmistice Day in honor of t he sig n i ng of t he pea ce accords for World War I – the war to end all wars – on the eleventh day of the eleventh month at the eleventh hour, the quasi-holiday is a time to
celebrate the ser vice of all Americans who spent time with the military, past and present. The holiday is often confused w ith Memor ia l Day, but the difference between
one member who has done just that, and they do indeed deserve to be remembered. F r om t he C a nd lel i g ht Vigil sponsored by Veterans Helpi ng Vet er a n s, t o t he Memorial Service at Hillcrest
Golden Corral, and Denny’s. There may have been more involved in this effor t, so please excuse any omission. Not even the cold weather could keep the crowds away from the Courthouse Plaza,
Veterans and supporters participate in festivities at Courthouse Square Nov. 11.
t he t wo i s wel l - def i ne d . Veterans Day marks the serv ice of all, no matter how la rge or how sma ll, while Memorial Day is about those who have passed on, either as a result of their service or more natural causes. It i s howe ve r, a l mo s t i mp o s s i ble t o r emem b er those who ser ved without r e me m b e r i n g t ho s e w ho gave t he la st mea su re of themselves for their country. Every American family, or so it seems, has at least
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Cemeter y, the eight-block pa rade to the County Courthouse, complete with speeches from dignitaries, it was all about memories. Some were pleasant, some were not, but the collective memories are an integral part of our national conscience. T he memor ies la sted beyond t he for ma l recogn it ion a s severa l ent it ies offered discounted or free meals to vetera ns, includi n g Ch ief M a nuel it o M id School, Applebee’s, Sizzler,
though many took advantage of the hot drinks and other treats being offered for sale by Miyamura High School. A nd the ca ma rader ie wa s ev ident t h roug hout , a s it should be, and warmed the hea r ts of those who were chilled by the wind and low temperatures. It was a good year for veterans in 2015, maybe not perfect but progressing as life always does in these matters. Hope your Veterans Day was as good as mine! COMMUNITY
Veterans Helping Veterans host candlelight vigil for fallen veterans.
ALCATRAZ | FROM PAGE 12 longer, they started fixing the plumbing system,” she said. “The water was turned back on and the federal government started working with the people on the Island for safety reasons because there were children on there, too.” She talks about how she fa m ilia r ized herself w ith Richard Oakes, who was a student at the time, and how he spearheaded a lot of the Alcatraz negotiations. On June 11, 1971, the last 15 occupiers were removed from the area and that was the first time she went to Alcatraz. She talked about how she was used to having short hair and remembers her hair growing longer as she went to Alcatraz Island. “This is the only picture I have of me, on the island,” she said. “I started letting my hair grow because the BIA was not around with scissors to cut my hair.” For four years, she worked in San Francisco and she worked at the Oakland Army Base until 1973. She eventually came back to Gallup where the American Indian Movement was progressing. She says it was a dangerous time in Gallup, especially when a shootout occurred that killed a Navajo man by the name of Larry Casuse. Foster, a son of a Navajo Code Talker, remembers hearing about the shootout and how it related to the liquor industry that boomed in the town of Gallup. “It was about the COMMUNITY
exploitation of the Navajo people,” Foster said. “The liquor industry was trying to take control and some Navajos were standing up for our dignity and our pride when the shootout happened.” The same year, Whitehorse was a victim of how the federal government targeted the unborn of Native American babies through the federal health clinic. “In 1973, around August, I had an infection in the appendix, so I drove myself to the clinic in Crownpoint,” she said. “From there I was transported to the Indian health hospital in Gallup.” The doctor told her that they could not work on her unless she signed certain documents. Whitehorse was in pain and needed to have the appendix taken out so she signed the documents, not knowing that it was for sterilization. She has only one daughter as a result of it. W hitehorse added that Na t i v e A m e r i c a n s we r e labeled as “unfit, uneducated, too poor” to bring their own kind into the world. She still ponders if this was genocide or some sick method of family planning on the federal government’s part. A friend of Whitehorse, Toni-Lynn Hart, originally from North Carolina, has known her for nine years and says that she has learned many things about Whitehorse’s experience with boarding school and the occupation of Alcatraz. She says what she admires most about Whitehorse is her courage and honesty. “It is important information
and it is something that everybody should know about. People rely on the history books from school,” she said. “But, you are only getting the side that the government wants you to see and you are not getting the whole truth.” Whitehorse knows is that this kind of unlawful treatment, sterilization, occurred to other Native American women but she could not prove it at the time. Documentation at the time was mishandled, misinterpreted or simply lost. In 1978, the Indian Child Welfare Act was passed and it allowed children to be adopted by non-Native families. To this day, many people are coming back to rediscover who they are and who their families are. Many years passed, and in 1997, she took a plane to go back to the Alcatraz Island. By 2009, she was there again, celebrating the 40 th anniversary of the takeover. She has been invited to speak at many national and international events. Her quest to educate is not over yet. She says that oppression continues in Indian Country such as recent contamination of the Animas River and San Juan River brought by the Gold King Mine. “No matter what our ancestors and I went through, we are still here,” she said. “Stand up for what is right, even if you are standing alone.” As for Foster, within the last 34 years, he has been a Program Supervisor for Navajo Nation Corrections Project. He was instrumental in getting the sweat lodges, pipe ceremonies,
and talking ceremonies into the federal prisons and state prisons. He also spends his time being a volunteer spiritual advisor to many inmates. “We have a right to pray in penitentiaries. Guards nowadays tell prisoners, ‘Don’t speak your language,’ or accuse prisoners of getting to ‘riled up’ during ceremonies,” he said. He recently traveled to Bolivia to advocate to their president, Evo Morales, about releasing Leonard Peltier and issuing an executive clemency. Peltier has served 40 years in prison, convicted of killing two FBI officials during
a shootout on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975. He was also part of the American Indian Movement. Foster is continues to work on getting Peltier released. “What began with Alcatraz has grown now and it is going to continue,” he said. This month commemorates the 46th anniversary of the ‘Indigenous People’s Sunrise Gathering’ that will take place at the Alcatraz Island to commemorate the 1969-1971 occupation.” Foster and Whitehorse have been attending the Sunrise Ceremony at Alcatraz Island every year for the last 24 years.
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NAVAJO CODE | FROM PAGE 13 have so much appreciation for those people who have been willing to help without asking for money. They are volunteering their time to make Mr. Akee’s dream a reality.” In a coordinated effort, organized by the Tuba City Veteran’s Service Office and Red Feather Construction, with a ssista nce from the Office of the President and Vice President (OPVP), a group of volunteers rolled up their sleeves to begin cleaning and renovating Akee’s residence. On Nov. 7, volunteers, who included both President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez, dedicated an entire Saturday afternoon to removing old counters, bathtubs, and window frames. These volunteer efforts exemplify what the Begaye-Nez administration has continued to promote in both supporting Navajo veterans and empowering communities through sweat equity not entitlement. “We have partners out here that are assisting like Red Feather Construction,” Nez said. “This is a good example of getting everybody together to help and empower our people through volunteer assistance and in this case rebuilding and remodeling a home for a Navajo Nation Code Talker.” As the day began, rooms in the house were filled with
boxes of old clothes a nd the f loors had thick coats of dust and sand from years of vacancy. Construction leads directed the crews of volunteers toward the day’s objectives. Taking a quick break from hammering out window frames for replacement, Begaye commented that the day’s efforts were certainly worthy and appreciated. “God blessed us with a beautiful day to work and assist our Code Talker and it’s good to see a lot of folks out here trying to help,” he said. “We just removed all the windows. We did a lot of clean up in and around the house and now we can get it ready for some interior building.” Begaye said the next big project would be to replace the roofing and then start working on renovating the interior and eventually paint the house. Eunice Begay agreed the roofing would be next in line and put a two-week timeframe on completing that project with weather permitting. “It will be quite an accomplishment when the roofing is finished,” she said. “We’re hoping to have it done in two weeks.” Being back in his home is his dream and Code Talker Akee said he hopes to see this before his days are done. “That’s something that we need to work with,” she said. Before t he noon hou r,
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Akee came outside to greet the volunteers and leadership. With the help of his son and grandson, he let everyone know he was very grateful for everyone coming together to help him. His jacket and hat were emblazoned with U.S Marine logos, which is the branch of military in which he served. As with most Navajo Code Talkers, his service was top secret and many of his stories remain untold. “They didn’t talk about it and he still doesn’t want to talk about it,” said his son Danny. “He has told me some of his war stories but for the most part that is in the past. That’s the way my dad is.” Danny said he hadn’t known his father was a Code Talker until the 70s when the Navajo Code Talkers were being recognized and honored with gold and silver medals. T h i s si mple a spect of A kee’s per s pec t ive t r u ly exemplifies the humility and integrity with which our Code Talkers served our country
for the greater purpose of our Navajo Nation. “They are not just Navajo Nation treasures. They are national and international treasures,” said President Begaye. Akee obliged requests for photos. He called upon his grandson to fetch his uniform that he displayed with pride. His wife Martha joined him for a few photos. His movements and words were carefully chosen and deliberate. Inspired by his quick visit, volunteers went back to work clearing the final remnants in the near empty rooms and packing boxes of memories into storage. The metal trash container was filled to capacity with refuse removed from the house. When it came time to call it a day, the once cluttered and dusty home was clean and empty. The preparation for future renovations and roofing were set in place. “We’re not done yet,” Begaye said. “OPVP is going to help buy more materials. They are needed and we are going to
pitch in and buy them to make this into a good, solid house again for him to live in.” Nez reinforced that veterans have been put to the forefront of the administration’s pillars. With the help of collaborative partners, departments and programs, making tangible change for veterans is completely possible, he said. “We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel. There are great partners out there and what we’d like to do is take it to the next level by bringing everybody together,” he said. Eunice Begay expressed her gratitude for the assistance the volunteers and OPVP had provided that day. “I appreciate the President and his staff being here today,” she said. “It’s wonderful to see him out here working.” For Akee, his wish to be back in the home he built will be realized very soon. His service and legacy as a Navajo Code Talker will not be forgotten. Instead, a culmination of efforts will work to make his wish a reality.
SPORTS 360 A Busy Week is Always the Best By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent
f the headline for this column is true, there must have been a lot of happy people in Gallup last week.
Kristy Tiley and her dancers always put on a great show, whether it is for halftime or in this competitive environment of the Turquoise Classic. She starts with mini-dancers – about the age of four – and tries to keep them interested and improving every year right through high school. The ultimate goal for most of these young ladies is to become a member of the Gallup High Bengal Girls Dance Team, a highly evolved and greatly experienced team of teenagers that at the least make you want to tap your feet as they move. A few go beyond even that goal and continue their dream in college. It’s not an easy life, though, as some would think. Tiley is demanding of all her students and receives the best they can offer, at any age. By the time the girls reach high school and try out for the Dance Team, they are more than acclimated to the discipline Tiley has instilled in each of them. They run prescribed courses before actual practices, and an hour or two of dancing
is NOT similar to sitting in a recliner with a cold drink and your feet up. The other gender may deride the idea of dancing as a sport, but few of them would make the cut.
RUGBY I know little about the game of Rugby, but if the weather had been a little nicer on Nov. 10, I would have tried to learn more about the game. As it was, I had dressed for a Candlelight Vigil, indoors, and had not bothered to check the weather report before I left the house. Not that it would have done me that much good, since Gallup’s weather station is at the airport on the western plains of town and the stadium is several hundred feet higher. The crowd was sparse but determined to stay for the most
part as the white flakes fell heavily at times. Bundled warmly into blankets and heavy coats, these ‘pioneers’ made the best of a bad situation, and at the least will have something uncommon to talk about for the next month or so. Switching seasons from Fall to Winter is always a hard thing for me, but I do appreciate knowing that every game will be indoors, no matter the sport. That must come with my advancing age, since I didn’t feel like that years ago. But never mind, the best part is being able to see more of you in the bleachers as the new season progresses. Until then, stay off the ice, stay warm, and smile if I point my camera in your direction!
Miyamura senior Niles Thomas for his second straight CrossCountry State Championship. He didn’t have a perfect record this year, mostly due to injuries and illness, but when it came time for the final run he was able to prove all the ‘experts’ wrong. These knowledgeable ones had been predicting all season long that Thomas was a one-hit wonder who could not compete with the ‘big boys.’ The best finish predicted for him was second and some did not even allow him that, but Niles came through when it counted and even brought another Patriot runner with him for second place. The highly vaunted runner from Academy finished third. Good luck in the future, Niles!
23.9 MILE WALK
I have always wished that my physical body would cooperate with my gentle mind when it comes to benefit walks or runs. Alas, that is not the case. So I am left as a cheerleader for those who can do it, and only moral support for the target of the benefit, which is to reduce the number of suicides among returning war veterans to zero. The number now stands at 22 per year and that is totally unacceptable to Myles Lytle, a career Marine of twenty years. The walk starts at Twin Lakes Chapter House on Nov. 14 at 6:45 a.m. If you can walk it, do so. The 23.9 miles will end at the Window Rock Veterans’ Center.
NILES THOMAS Belated congratulations to
Groups of dancers sitting on the sidelines – for the moment. Dance teams from the region participated in the Turquoise Classic Nov. 7. Photo Credit: Tom Hartsock
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Rugby in the Snow
By Tom Hartsock Photos by Del Ray
here were two styles of Rugby played on Nov. 10 at Public School Stadium, one before the snow started (BS) and one after the sudden storm kicked into high gear (AS). It was quite an inv itation to a team of Indigenous Australians that had traveled several thousand miles to
play a mostly local team of Indigenous Warriors, especially based on a feature video that was distributed in over 100 countries. But the invitation was accepted by the team from Down Under and Gallup’s Rugby maven Timaris Montano put together a group of former Gallup High players to meet the challenge. It wa s more of a ‘fu n’ event than an actual contest. The Australians had played
together for some time, even whipping the UNM team by a score of 82-27 in decent weather. But the benefit of this inaugural meeting was twofold; to build this sport into a more widely accepted activity in this area, and also to raise more awareness of the Community Pantry and the work they do. All proceeds from this match, either monetary or in foodstuffs, went to the Pantry to help in their
Sebastian Elliot of Indigenous Warriors contemplates his next play at Gallup’s First International Rugby match.
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effort to feed those who would otherwise go hungry. The brave souls in attenda nce were well-bu nd led a ga i n st t he ea rly w i nter weather and attempted to encourage players from both teams to do their best. The teams met shortly after the game at the Community Center for a Nava jo Taco dinner and a chance to talk about their sport with others of a like interest. Both teams
exchanged small gifts to keep the memories of this night present for a longer period of time. For the local players, it was an opportunity to again play like they had in high school, and for the men from Australia, the game was another chance to spread the excitement of this sport to areas where it is little known. Both teams succeeded, but next time we’ll hope for much better weather!
As seen, Rugby is a high contact sport. Gallup Rugby Football Club, fell short of winning when they played against the Australian Indigenous Rugby team, 82-27, but gave it all they got that stormy evening Nov. 10.
Moving with the Music Story and Photos by Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent
t was an action-packed event on Nov. 7 at Gallup High School as hundreds of dancers performed in the Fourth Annual Turquoise Cla ssic. This competition drew participants and fans from around the state, and
the enthusiasm for the efforts was overwhelming, and not just from ‘Dance Moms.’ The two large speakers by the announcer’s stand vibrated with the music selected by each group, building the beat and encouraging everyone to become a part of what was happening in front of them. A s ex pected, the loca l dancers were at the top and
collected most of the awards, a lt houg h tea ms from Los Lunas, Piedra Vista, St. Pius, and Aztec provided plenty of competition. In the end, it wa s Ga l lup H ig h w it h the Gra nd Cha mpionsh ip, and many of the local solo per for mer s a l so d id wel l in their div isions, including: Heaven Lee, Mela Ray Romero, Malayzah Kennedy,
and Tiara Tom in the Mini Solo division, placing first through four th and representing the Starlette Dance Studio; and Mia Caraba jal captured first, third, and seventh in the Junior Solo division, while Julia Romero was fourth, Alyssa Gonzales was sixth, Raelynn Sisneros was eighth, and Amaya Sanchez was ninth. In the Senior Solo division, Nicole Hill of Miyamura placed second while Juliana Salaz of
Miyamura tied with St. Pius’ Victoria Moreno for third, and Tyler Arviso of Miyamura was ninth. The Dazzlers and the Rhythmettes from Starlette Dance Studio won for Youth and Junior Pom, respectively, and a look through the pictures can show the feelings and concentration of the dancers, loving what they do and doing what they love!
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The Miyamura dance team, the Patriettes, runs through a final practice in the alternate gym at Gallup High School prior to facing the audience at the Fourth Annual Turquoise Classic on Nov. 7.
A member of the Rhythmettes can’t hide her delight during the teams’ performance in the Turquoise Classic on Nov. 7.
Maddie Martinez, left, and Mia Carabajal get unexpectedly put on display when Jeff Hartog encouraged them to lead other dancers in a popular group dance.
In the front row of Patriette dancers, this unidentified young lady assumes a position of rest and beauty at the Turquoise Classic on Nov. 7.
A Patriette dancer pauses after the completion of a routine, with total poise and not a hair out of place.
Members of the Rhythmettes Come to attention before starting their routine at the Turquoise Classic in the Gallup High gym on Nov. 7.
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The new season is just beginning and only the following four games will be played in the coming week. Stay in touch for the much fuller schedule next issue! Saturday, Nov. 14 Tohatchi Girls @ Farmington (Scrimmage), TBA Tuesday, Nov. 17 Miyamura Boys vs Thoreau, 4 Wednesday, Nov. 18 Tohatchi Boys at Window Rock, 4 Thursday, Nov. 19 Gallup Boys vs Espanola, 4
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MOVING WITH THE MUSIC | FROM PAGE 21
Starts at 6 pm. El Morro Theater, 207 West Coal Ave. PG-13. SATURDAY NOV. 14 DROP-IN FILMS
Family Movie. Starts at 2 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. All ages. Featured Film: Raven Tales JERRY BROWN ART EXHIBIT Join us in celebration of Jerry Brown’s artwork that will be on display at the Octavia Fellin Library throughout November. Meet and greet with the artist during a special reception from 6:30 – 8:30 Continued on page 22
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Mini dancers from Los Lunas got their approval from the audience after they had rocked to the sounds of ‘Car Wash.’
Brianna Mortensen leads a line of the Gallup High Bengal Girl’s Dance Team during their performance Nov. 7 in the Turquoise Classic.
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pm. Refreshments provided. Main Branch 115 W. Hill. For more information please call (505) 863-1291, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org MONDAY NOV. 16 BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING There will be a Board of Education Meeting. Begins at 6 pm. Location: Student Support Center. Please call (505) 721-1199 for additional information. NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH The Octavia Fellin Library is proud to host Miss Navajo Nation Alyson Shirley 20152016; from 6 - 7:30 pm. Shirley will talk about her journey to become Miss Navajo. She’ll also discuss her goals for her people including preserving the Navajo language and traditions. For more information please call (5050) 863- 1291, or email: libtrain@gallupunm. gov. Main Branch 115 W. Hill Ave. TUESDAY NOV. 17 HOLIDAY CRAFTS Card designer Ethel Hill will give a presentation on card making. Add a personal touch to your holiday cards this year from 6 – 7 pm. Supplies will be provided, but class size is limited to 10 people. Main Branch 115. W Hill Ave. REHOBOTH COFFEE SHOP & CONCERT Rehoboth Christian School’s Mission House will be transformed into a Coffee Shop. Students and alumni from Rehoboth High School will be performing live throughout the evening. Hot beverages and baked goods will be for sale (cash only). CALENDAR
Proceeds will benefit, the Preparing the Way Capital Campaign for a new Rehoboth school. Begins at 6:30 pm. For directions or more information please contact, Rachel Kass rkass@rcsnm. org, or call (505) 863 - 4412. WEDNESDAY NOV. 18 TODDLER TIME An active and energetic program for toddlers (ages 2 - 4) featuring music, movement, rhymes, and stories. Children’s Branch 200 W Aztec Ave. Starts 10:30 am. MAKER’S CLUB Fun crafts for the whole family (all ages). Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. Craft: Construct a Fort NATIVE AMERICAN FILMS Bring the whole family for a free weekly movie, popcorn provided. Discussion with Terri Frazier to follow. Begins at 5:30 pm. Main Branch 115 W. Hill Ave. Feature: A Thousand Voices CHRISTIAN ROCK BAND Everyone is invited to an evening of worship led by the band Sixteen Cities, at the Rehoboth Christian Reformed Church. The band just returned from a tour in Denmark. This public concert is a threeday disciplinary retreat being held on the Rehoboth’s Campus for students from Rehoboth Christian High School. For information and directions, please contact Bob Ippel bippel@ rcsnm.org or call (505) 7269681. OPEN-MIC-NIGHT Local talent takes center stage from 8 - 10 pm at Coal Street Pub, 303 West Coal Ave. (505) 722-0117. 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. THURSDAY NOV. 19 COMPUTER CLASS The library is offering Facebook for Beginners at
the Octavia Fellin Library from 3 – 5 pm. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. Registration is required. You may register at the library Front Desk, call (505) 863-1291, or email: libtrain@gallupunm. gov. Main Branch 115 W. Hill Ave. CRAFTY KIDS Fun crafts for the entire family. Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch 200 W. Aztec Ave. Craft: Pine Cone Turkey ONGOING 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) 7268068 or when visiting ask for Kenworth Jones. FIRST INDIAN BAPTIST CHURCH Monday Night Back to Basics Bible Class, Red Hills Trailer Park recreation center 7 pm; Tuesday Family Bible Study FIBC 501 S. 3rd St., 6 pm; Sunday Worship and Prayer at FIBC 501 S. 3rd, 10:30 am. Contact: Pastor Robert Fontenot (505) 979-0511. email@example.com / www.fibcgallup.weebly. com GALLUP-MCKINLEY HUMANE SOCIETY Wednesdays are low-cost Spay and Neuter Days, at the Gallup-McKinley County Humane Society. For more information please call (505) 863-2616, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: gallupsolar@gmail. com or call (505) 726-2497. GALLUP SUSTAINABLE GALLUP BOARD The City of Gallup’s Sustainable Gallup Board
meets on the first Monday each month from 3 - 5 pm in the Mayor’s Conference Room at City Hall. Community members concerned about conservation, energy, water, recycling, and other environmental issues are welcome. Call Bill Bright at (505) 722-0039 for information, 404 West Maxwell, Ave. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Yard Sale fundraisers are open 9 to noon every Saturday on Warehouse Lane off of Allison Road. If you have household items to donate or wish to volunteer on construction, call Bill Bright at (505) 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 505-8631291 or email: mdchavez@ gallupnm.gov 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.
SAVE THE DATE 7TH ANNUAL T’S FOR TURKEYS On Nov. 21, join iHeartMedia as we broadcast live from 11 am - 3 pm from this year’s host location, Lowes Shop N Save Supermarket on 200 Marguerite St. We ask your help to fill the Community Pantry’s freezers with Turkeys and their shelves with non-perishable foods for our needy families in Gallup and the surrounding areas. MANAGING BY THE NUMBERS Due to unforeseen events, the workshop Managing by the Numbers has been rescheduled for Dec. 11. Workshop will provide information on how to find financial solutions to advance your business net profit, operating cash flow, and return on assets. The new schedule for the workshop is 9 am - 3 pm. Deadline for registration is Dec. 4. Cost: $75. Location: Gallup-McKinley Co. Chamber of Commerce 106 W. HWY. For more information please call: (505) 722 – 2220. RMCHCS SCHOLARSHIPS Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services Auxiliary offers scholarships each fall and spring to students enrolled full time in a health careers program. Applications can be picked up at the RMCH information desk. Spring 2016 deadline is Dec. 31 2015. For more information call the information desk at (505) 863- 7325. EVENTS AT RIO WEST MALL Nov. 21 – Turkey Trot; 11 am – 2 pm. Nov. 21 – Holiday Craft Fair Nov. 21 – Dec. 5 – Festival of Trees To post a non-profit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: email@example.com or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday 5 pm.
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