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NEWS Gallup Fitness Center renamed to honor late councilor By Chrissy Largo Sun Correspondent
he Ga l lup F it nes s C e nt e r w i l l s o o n have a different name c a l le d t he “C e c i l Garcia Fitness Center” by the end of this month. The new name will be in memory of former City Councilor Cecil Garcia and his total life commitment to physical fitness. The idea for the na me change was pitched to the G a l lu p C it y C ou nc i l o n Nov.10, by two close friends of Garcia’s, Joe Milosevich, owner of Joe Milo’s White Water Trading Co., and former Mayor, John Pena. It was approved unanimously with a vote of 5-0. Garcia has been described as an avid fitness guru by all that knew him, including longtime friend, Milosevich. He knew Garcia since he was in junior high and after high school, they both got married, lost touch, but were reunited one day as they were both working out at the fitness center in Gallup. They would
The late Gallup City Councilor Cecil Garcia was a fitness and health centered individual. It didn’t take much arm twisting for the City Council to vote 5-0 to change the name of the Gallup Fitness Center to the Cecil Garcia Fitness Center. Photo Credit: Tom Hartsock
continue to be workout partners for the next 15 years. “He wa s a lways, even in high school and college, a lway s con sciou s of h i s health,” Milosevich said. “He took good care of himself throughout his whole lifetime.” As workout partners, their usual workout times were Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. After their workout,
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they would eat lunch together a nd ta lk about cu r rent events. “He was here every day at the same time,” DJ Estrada said. Estrada has been working at the Ga llup F itness Center for three years as a recreation coordinator. “He always used to come in here about 1-1:30 pm. Him and Joe Milo. That was his workout partner. They would sit here on the bikes and talk about sports and daily things. They would go on the bikes for 30 to 40 minutes and go into the weight room.” Among other work projects, Garcia was known to be instrumental during his tenure as city councilor in getting the right people to operate the fitness center, but he also helped with getting the place cleaned up and adding new equipment to the facility. “It was a huge push by Cecil in making improvements at the fitness center because we had struggled for quite some time, in terms of it costing the city a lot of money to run,” Allan Landavazo, current City Councilor for District 2 and a close friend of Garcia’s said. “I think based on membership, and the fees collected, the
center basically pays for itself today.” On average, the fitness center ha s approximately between 250-300 people that sign in on a daily basis and that number continues to climb. While most fitness centers are closed during all major holidays, the Gallup Fitness Center is closed only on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, another effort that was pushed by Garcia. “Go down there at 4:30 pm every day and you are lucky to find a parking place,” Milosevich said. The Gallup Fitness Center was once privately owned and was eventually bought out by Gurley Motor Company. In 2002, the Gurley family decided to donate all the land including the fitness center to the City of Gallup. Pena, a good fr iend to Garcia, was mayor at the time of the donation and he said he was waiting on someone that he considered worthy of naming the fitness center after. Since he knew Garcia was a long-time member and fitness fanatic, he said that was the reason why he supported to have the fitness center renamed after Garcia.
“He [Garcia] always talked about quality of life,” Pena said. “I think that the fitness center is the number one ‘quality of life’ operation that the city has, period.” If Garcia would have been reelected, his goal was to expand the fitness center so that the machines were spaced out nicely, and he wanted to add a juice bar, Milosevich said, adding that Garcia just wanted a nice fitness center for Gallup. Plans are underway to purchase a sign, and it will most likely be paid for out of city coffers. “It should be very cost efficient,” Landavazo said. Currently, there is a small sign that sits by the front door entrance. “Cecil was always a very positive person. Even at the gym, he would talk to everybody, young or old, and he’d tell them to take care of their health,” Milosevich said. “That was just the type of guy he was.” Cecil E. Garcia, former Gallup City Councilor for District 4, passed away on Oct. 19 from a blood disorder. He was born on Feb. 6, 1950 in Grants, NM. NEWS
Board prez and secretary summonsed to court MANUELITO SLIPS ON ICE PRIOR TO MEETING By Chrissy Largo Sun Correspondent
allup-McK inley Cou nt y Schools Board of Education President Titus Nez and Board secretary Priscilla Manuelito were recently both summonsed to the Gallup Distr ict Cour t, pending a complaint charge that may recall their positions as Board members. Nez is scheduled to appear at the Gallup District Court on Nov. 23 at 11 a m a nd Manuelito is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 30 at 9 am the following week. There was no discussion on the matter at the Board’s regular meeting on Nov. 16 and no comment from either pa r t y wa s g iven at pre s s time. In the same night, before the meeting started, Ma nuel ito wa s wa lk i ng towards the front entrance
District 5 Board member Lynn Huenemann
Board Secretary Priscilla Manualito
Board President Titus Nez
doors to the Student Support Center when she accidentally slipped on a patch of ice. Paramedics were called and she was taken to the nearest hospital. The extent of her injuries is unknown at this time. However, the board meeting resumed and it was all business as District 5 Board member Lynn Huenemann discussed a summary of the board’s four goals that aim to strengthen the district’s operations and educational impact
on its students. The first goal is establishing the board’s goals and study topics. “I think we each individually have our hopes of contributing and strengthening the education of our students,” Huenema nn sa id, “but we haven’t articulated any specific goals for the year or even longer term, or shorter term.” Huenemann addressed the second goal that involves the concerns associated with low testing scores on state tests of
students within the districts and how to improve student achievements. The third goal was to look into conducting open public for ums by engaging ideas with constituents, parents, teachers and students. “Sometimes teachers don’t
feel free to say what they are thinking because they got to go through the chain of command,” Huenemann said. “They might be inhibited by a principal or just by their expectations. If we had some open forums where everybody could share their ideas, comparisons and to communicate together.” The last goal is the Board’s role and responsibilities in suppor ting the rev ita lization of Nava jo a nd ot her languages. “I have to say, institutionally and historically, it’s the schools more than any other institution that probably have
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CORRECTION In regards to the Nov. 13 issue, page 12, Jean Whitehorse was not a part of the 1969 protest-occupation of Alcatraz; however, she first visited Alcatraz Island during the end of the last Native American led occupation on June 11, 1971.
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Chiapetti continues his tenure with Board of Education Sun Correspondent Chrissy Largo
he long-awaited results of Super i nt endent Frank Chiapetti’s fate came to a close after nearly three hours of hashing out their decision between board members while in executive session at the Board of Education for Gallup-McKinley County Schools special meeting Nov.12. At the end of the meeting, each of the five-member board members gave their testimonies following the vote. District 5 board member Lynn Huenemann, who suppor ted Chiapetti’s retur n, was the first to speak about how the district has a long h i st or y of t r y i ng t o f i nd out ways on becoming fully educationally effective. He believes that the board is not there yet. “We need to move this whole district forward beyond its history,” he said. “Where we have students that are not performing at the levels that they need to be at and it is not because
they can’t, it is because we haven’t found the most effective methods to relate to kids in our district that from many backgrounds.” Board secretary Priscilla Manuelito, who voted against the return of Chiapetti, clarified that the school board was a “new board” and that they will continually be actively involved. “We will move forward and continue to use our authority as board members, that you have elected us to do, to control the district through the budget, through the district policies, and with our superintendent,” she said.
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However, District 1 Vice President Kevin Mitchell apologized to staff and former staff who he deemed were treated unfairly, and in his words, “bullied.” Mitchell voted “no” to reinstate Chiapetti. “I know that it is a little too late for this, for we have lost many great employees,” he said. “As a board member, along with the rest of the board, we want to move in a new direction.” Boa rd P resident T it us Nez said he has seen the fear, anger and sadness within the board room and asked why children’s education is aligned with self-interest, politics, and retribution. “What happened to the harmony?” he asked. “As a leader, we have forgotten the basic principles of being fair and impartial. This is not a racial issue.” Sonlatsa Jim, a concerned parent who attended the meeting, says she feels disappointed about the outcome. “I don’t think that all the voices were heard across the district,” she said. “I don’t think
that the true issues that have disturbed our school district were disclosed. I hope that as time goes, we will start to get the truth out there.” Chiapetti’s parents, Beth and Frank Sr., who were not able to make it to the last meeting held on Nov.2, however, they were present at last night’s meeting to hear the outcome of their son’s deposition. “We are just glad that it is over with and hope that things get on with the education with the students,” said Mr. Chiapetti Sr. “He has always been for the students first and it’s been a trying few months.” Super i nt endent F r a n k Chiapetti said his main goal was returning to the school
board and to keep moving forward. As for the investigation that was brought up against him and the complaints mentioned at the meeting, he says that he has not yet been given a report. “I will have to read the repor t to see i f some of it is perception,” he sa id “Unfortunately I do not know the exact context of everything they came out with. Once I read it, I will be able to know more.” Chiapetti was placed on administrative leave Aug.17 and Special Education Director Carmen Moffett has been acting as interim superintendent. Board members voted 3-2 to allow Chiapetti to be reinstated as Superintendent, effective Nov.13.
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Draft recommendations for Gallup Arts & Cultural District By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent
ringing Gallup into the 21st Century is a little like beating a dead horse; all the exertion may release tensions but the horse still can’t haul the load. The difference is that if the community works together, the dead horse and the load can both be moved. T he Dra f t Recom men dations for the Gallup Arts & Cu lt u r a l D i s t r ic t a nd Downtown were presented to the public for viewing on Nov. 12 in the Second Street Event Center. Interested participants were each given five adhesive stickers to place on the projects of their choice that they wanted to see implemented. There was a mixture of ideas: short, medium, and long-range plans that could and would change the landscape and use of this area which stretches from 7th Street to Strong on Historic Route 66, widens at both 5th Street and Puerco to
Hill St., and finishes on Mesa Ave. to the south. The north edge of this district jumps the tracks and includes the land between the now defunct Alpine Lumber and stops on the west at approximately 4th St. This area would extend further north almost to the banks of the Rio Puerco. The cha nges proposed include: more public art – murals and sculpture; alley clea nup a nd re - desig n; Interstate embankment Murals; a Multi-Cultural Event Center; a Makerspace/fabrication shop; a raised Rotosphere for Interstate Display; mixed-use areas of development; gateway features for the Arts & Cultural District; and creative incubator spaces. In addition to all that, there are Adaptive Re-Use plans for the future of the ComCast and Octavia Fellin buildings, a facade improvement program, bike routes, a railroad-themed parking lot with observation deck, and a potential walkway between Coal Ave. and NM 118 between Second and Third Streets.
A new library would mean the merging of the Children’s Branch with the main library. Photo Credit: Courtesy
Also in the planning stage are a bike and pedestrian railway under pass, a nd a two-way path along the west side of Second St., which will remain one way northbound. Artist conceptions for a Purky Interpretive Viewing Deck which will front Aztec Dr. just east of Third St., an oasis park in the current midblock walkway that opens onto Coal Ave., an alleyway improvement project for pedestrians behind City Hall, shading for the Cour thouse Square, a southern gateway on Second
St. that could include open courts and a community gardens and a Food Cart Park, a mural on the old Post Office facade, turning Coal Ave. into an ‘Event Street,’ a midblock crossing on Coal Ave., and the use of vacant storefronts for a ‘Phantom Gallery’ temorary and transient art program. All of that barely touches improvements being planned for the area north of the tracks and makes no mention of the ‘jewel’ being planned for downtown Gallup over the next several years, a new library.
Focus groups of Gallup citizens, especially the younger generation, revealed that the words ‘library’ or ‘museum’ have a negative connotation. To many they implied static repositories, but contemorary curators recognize that these institutions need to be living centers of active learning and community gathering places to make learning and knowledge more alive. More on this subject in the next issue, and the dreams and reality of what the new structure could mean to the downtown area.
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WEEKLY CRIME BLOTTER Staff Reports
THE CREEPER Gallup, 11/12 W h e n Gallup Police Department O f f i c e r Matthew A s h l e y a r r i v e d at 403 Arnold St. he saw a woman holding Randall Jim, who reportedly entered her home uninvited, against a wall to keep him running from the police. Accord i ng to A sh ley’s report, the woman became awa re that there wa s a n intruder when she laid her daughter down to sleep and heard noises coming from her bedroom where Jim was creeping about. Jim reportedly entered her home through the bedroom window. The woman knows Jim as the father of her cousin’s children. The footprints outside the bedroom window matched Jim’s shoes. He was arrested for breaking and entering.
TRICK OR TREAT TO JAIL Gallup, 10/31 Two sisters got into an argument after returning from a
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Trick or Treat trip with their fa t her, s i s ter, and children. Monica Tsosie, who had been knocking back shots of 99 Bananas alcoholic beverage, broke a window at her father’s home. She returned to her home where police met up with her. Her two children, ages 4 and 8, were fast asleep. Tsosie, 31, on the other hand was awake, drunk and “bleeding heavily” from a laceration to her right arm, according to GPD Officer Luke Martin’s report. Her father came and got the children, and once she was medically cleared, Tsosie was booked into McKinley County Adult Detention Center for abandonment of children.
MAN ASSAULTS SON AND OFFICER Gallup, 10/28 Kendall Olsen, who got keyed up over his son wrecking his car, was arrested for assaulting his son with a stick and “punching him in the head several times,” according to GPD Officer Justin
Benally’s report. Olson, 66, didn’t go quietly into the night, as he assaulted another officer, reportedly leaving scrapes on his right hand. He was arrested for both battery on a peace officer and household member, and for resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.
KNIFE-WIELDING MAN Gallup, 10/26 A secur it y g ua rd working in t he v ic i n ity of Taco Bell on U.S. Rout e 491 got an early Halloween scare when a man donning a black leather jacket,
jeans and boots, pulled a knife on him. He escaped injury and the suspect Cordell Bahe headed across the road where police stopped him. According to Officer Benally’s report, Bahe had a “Leatherman” with the knife exposed in his right pocket. Further questioning of the security guard revealed that Bahe, 21, was throwing rocks at vehicles. Each time the security guard tried to catch up with him, the police report stated that Bahe would take out the knife and “do a jagging motion.” Bahe was booked for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Gallup, 10/27 G P D Officer Chavo Chischilly responded to infor mation about a highly intoxicated woman chasing kids with a knife at the Courthouse Square. It took him a few minutes to locate her, but when he did, he witnessed Latonya Baker throwing her fists around causing those nearby to flee the area. Also, a witness said she stabbed a friend who had already left the scene. Baker, 28, tried to jump some stairs to get away from officers, but fell face first on the cement. Chischilly seized the opportunity to cuff her, and when he turned her around, he noticed that her nose was cut and mouth was bleeding. She was medically cleared
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at GIMC and taken to jail where she was booked at MCADC for aggravated assault, resisting arrest and tampering with evidence. She also she got into a brawl with a fellow inmate.
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23 Candidates vie for GPD top spot Staff Report
allup City Clerk Alfred Abeita said 23 candidates applied to replace Chief Robert Cron when he retires in the coming months. Abeita said as of Nov. 18 that the city hasn’t set the dates on when they plan on holding interviews to round down the list. However, according to a press release, a meet and greet for the five finalists is scheduled at the Second Street Events Center from 5:30-7:30 pm on Dec. 1. Here’s the list of the applicants: Robert Brodnan of Las Vegas, NV Scott Conner of Roswell, NM Kevin Curreri of Avon, CT Daryl Fisher of Black Mountain, NC Richard Geib of Oak Ridge, NJ Deidra Gonzales of Gallup, NM Rick Harrison of Roosevelt, UT Geoffrey Herweg of Lovington, NM Philip Holmes of Albuquerque, NM Robert Lopez of Farmington, NM James Maiorano of Gallup, NM Mark Mitchell of Morgantown, IN Alan Parker of Roswell, GA Jeffrey Powell of Grapeland, TX Mohammad Rafaqat of Reno, NV Jerry Ramos of Braselton, GA Eddie Reyes of Stafford, VA James Ritchie of Fort Wayne, IN John Rowan of Buckeye, AZ Eric Rubin of Denver, CO Rohnnie Shaw of Hobbs, NM Fred Thompson of Valley City, ND Anthony Webb of Aurora, CO NEWS
WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports Tierro R. Haley 11/13, 2:21 am 1st DWI, Aggravated Haley first caught a police officer’s attention when he was napping in his Dodge Charger at the Giant ON 1223 E. Highway 66. Before an officer could approach him, he took off and led Gallup Police Department Officer Chaz Troncoso on a high speed chase through the side streets of Gallup and Highway 66, reaching speeds of more than 60 mph. He also ignored and drove over police “stop sticks.” Haley eventually stopped and parked at Chuska Apartments and popped open the trunk. Troncoso noted that Haley, 24, showed the signs of intoxication and admitted to drinking five “Yukon Jacks.” Police also found a pipe and marijuana when searching his Charger. He blew two .16s, and one .19 during the Breath Alcohol Content test. Haley was booked for his first DWI, aggravated for blowing a .16 – double the legal limit – and charged for aggravated fleeting, possession of marijuana, among other charges. Corrine Terrazas 10/24, 8:15 pm Aggravated DWI Terrazas caught a McKinley C o u n t y Sher i ff ’s Office deputy’s attention as she headed the wrong way down U.S. Route 491. When Deputy Loren zo Guer rero of t he Sheriff’s DWI Unit approached Terrazas, she claimed to have drunk two beers. He asked her to step out of the vehicle and engage in field sobriety tests, which she struggled with and was arrested for an Aggravated
DWI. She blew .23 and .21 during the breath test. Dorrin Thomas 10/24, 4 pm DWI Thomas wa s pu l led over by Deputy Guerrero fo r r e p o r t edly trave l i n g d ow n Highway 264, going 95 in a 65 mph speed zone. At first he told the deputy that his name was Aaron Archie, but upon search of his vehicle, Guerrero located his Arizona driver’s license. According to the deputy’s report, Thomas said he gave a false name because he was “scared.” He took the field sobriety tests, and was placed under arrest, but refused to take the breath tests. Darrin H. Washburn 10/15, 7:09 pm Aggravated DWI G P D O f f i c e r S t e v e n Pesh la ka i responded to a call at the Giant gas s t a t ion on south Second Street. There he encountered Washburn who was described in the police report as a intoxicated pony-tailed man wearing a Slayer shirt with a belligerent attitude to boot. Witnesses said he hit a semi-truck and a Jeep with his maroon Chevy Trailblazer. Washburn admitted that he had been drinking all night, but denied that he had been driving or was involved in either accident. Peshlakai tried to conduct some field sobriety tests, but Washburn was uncooperative, and was trying to chat with a Community Service Aid on scene. He was arrested, but refused to take the breath test. He was also booked for careless driving and damaging property.
Mail theft in Gallup By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor
allup Police D e p a r t m e n t Capt. Rick W hite s a id pol ice h ave responded to a handful of reports of mail theft occurring in the area.
“The past several weeks, the Gallup Police Department has seen an increase in mail theft, in incoming and outgoing mail, “ he said. White recommends that take all outgoing mail to the post office and utilize a Post Office box, if doable. If not, have holiday packages and
mail delivered to a secure location. If you see anyone suspicious in your neighborhood, White said to call police.
Hampton Inn west robbed SUSPECT STILL AT LARGE
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olice need the public’s help identifying a suspect that robbed the Hampton Inn west, 111 Twin Buttes Rd., at gunpoint around 8:10 pm. on Nov. 12. Gallup Police Department Capt. Rick White said the suspect walked in and demanded an
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Martinez wants ‘very clear plan’ before state accepts Syria refugees By Matthew Reichbach NM Political Report
ov. Susana Martinez isn’t on board with accepting refugees fleeing the unrest in Syria at this time. A spokesman for the governor said, “The Governor strongly opposes the Obama Administration’s plan to accept more Syrian refugees until there is a very clear plan in place to properly vet and place the refugees, and the voices of governors and the public can be heard.” Lt. Gov. John Sa nchez agreed on Facebook on Monday night. “I strongly oppose the President’s proposal to allow the unchecked flow of Syrian ref ugees i nto t he Un ited States,” Sanchez wrote. “The potential security threat that this represents must be reconsidered in light of the need to keep U.S. citizens as safe as possible.” President Barack Obama’s administration pledged to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees in the next year. Earlier this summer, the United Nations Refugee Agency repor ted
that over 4 million people fled Syria to other countries and just days ago, Canada pledged t o a ccept a not her 2 5,0 0 refugees. The process of accepting refugees from Syria is lengthy; it takes between 18 and 24 months and the United States has accepted fewer than 2,000 since the Syrian civil war began. A number of governors, all but one who are Republicans, have said they will not accept Syrian refugees, though federal law passed in 1980 doesn’t give them leeway to do so. As Quartz noted this law, and the Civil Rights Act, would seem to stymie the governors’ efforts. But the fact remains that any executive order designed to refuse refugees or asylees on the basis of national origin is, by definition, prejudicial—and possibly a violation of the Civil Rights Act. Governors Snyder, Bentley et al are also likely to disappointed in their ability to enforce the lockdown, as the Refugee Act of 1980 gives the White House explicit authority over what refugees are accepted into and resettled in the United States. W h at gover nor s l i ke
Martinez can do, however, is make things more difficult. American University law professor Stephen I. Vladeck put it this way: “Legally, states have no authority to do anything because the question of who should be allowed in this country is one that the Constitution commits to the federa l gover n ment .” But Vladeck noted that without the state’s participation, the federal government would have a much more arduous task. “So a state can’t say it is legally objecting, but it can refuse to cooperate, which m a ke s t h i ng much more difficult.” NM Political Report reached out to the governor’s Director of Communications earlier this morning about the question of refugees from Syria. The governor sent a statement to a number of media outlets but did not include NM Political Report. NM Political Report again asked a spokesman for the statement but did not receive a response on Monday night. Another source sent the statement along (the AP also ran the whole statement).
Gov. Susana Martinez in 2011. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons
“The Governor’s top priority is keeping New Mexico’s families safe,” a spokesman for the governor said. “In light of the attacks in Paris, she has directed all relevant state agencies to work closely with federal authorities to help prevent and respond to threats of any nature.” I n S e p t e m b e r, U. S . R e pr e s e nt a t i ve M ic hel le Lujan Grisham signed onto a letter saying that the United States should accept 100,000 refugees from Syria. U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who is running for the Republican presidential nomination, said that Muslim refugees from Syria should
be barred from entering the country —but that the United States should accept Christians from the country. He also said he will introduce legislation barring Muslims from Syria from enter ing the United States. Because of the ongoing unrest in Syria, hundreds of thousa nds a re seek ing refuge in Europe and other countries. The Paris attacks have led to an anti-refugee sentiment throughout Europe, as well. The United Nations High Commissioner for Huma n Rights, Zeid Raad al-Hussein, criticized the recent European actions.
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Controversial choice sworn Public input into state House seat meeting on Gallup Growth Management T Master Plan Art De La Cruz, commissioners Wayne Johnson and Lonnie Talbert voted for her to fill the vacancy. Commissioners Debbie O’Malley and Maggie Hart Stebbins voted against the appointment. Days later, the Bernalillo County Clerk asked the Second Judicial District Attorney to look into Lechuga-Tena’s votes before she became a citizen. The statute of limitations is up on any crime. Some have also said that she does not actually live in the district. From our report before the Bernalillo County Commission vote: As for those who say she does not live in the district, Lechuga-Tena admitted that she moved into House District 21 in order to run, but that she has always lived in the International District. The International District makes up part of House District 21.
Lechuga-Tena said she still owns her previous house and intends to keep it in order to help care for her parents next door. She said the attention of her address is starting to take it’s toll. The house she owns next door to her parents is in House District 19. Lechuga-Tena said that she has already spoken to community leaders and legislative staff in preparation for the legislative session that is just two months away. “I am committed to working hard and listening to the voices and needs of the families in our community while moving New Mexico forward,” she said. “Our families need a more secure economy that works for every New Mexican, not just the wealthy few.” Maez resigned from the position to focus on the trial her son faces in a high profile murder case. Maez herself was a replacement to a vacancy last year, after then-Rep. Mimi Stewart was appointed to the Senate. Correction: The story originally said Lechuga-Tena was sworn in on Thursday, when it was actually Wednesday. This was just a case of wishful thinking by the author thinking the weekend was closer than it actually is. Visit: www.nmpoliticalreport.com
know that you have succeeded in prioritizing your goals.” District 1 Vice President Kevin Mitchell suggested the best way to start dialogue about addressing the board’s goals is by having work sessions between board members, that way everybody is aware of what to take back to their communities. “I had a parent’s forum i n Toh at ch i la st mont h,” Mitchell said. “I am planning on continuing this and having another parent forum and bring in different areas from central office from our administration to communicate and answer questions that our communities have.” It was recommended by Nez to conduct a work session an hour and half prior to the Dec. 21 regular board meeting,
if weather permits, to discuss an exact date on conducting a future open public forum. “I like the idea of hosting a district forum in my area to talk with parents,” Nez said. “A lot of times these elders, don’t have transportation to get to the schools. I think I feel more comfortable sitting down reaching their homes and listening to them.” Super i nt endent F r a n k Chiapetti had no comments to add a s he rema i ned mum throughout the whole meeting. Chiapetti wa s recently under investigation and was placed on ad m i n ist rative leave on Aug. 17, while Special Education Direct Ca r men Mof fet t ser ved a s a ct i ng interim superintendent. He returned to his post Nov. 12.
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he New Mexico House of Representatives again has 70 members after an appointee was sworn in Nov. 18, according to the House Democratic caucus. Idalia Lechuga-Tena was sworn in by Court of Appeals Judge Michael D. Bustamante to fill the vacancy in House Distr ict 21. Lechuga-Tena replaces Stephanie Maez, who resigned earlier this month. “I am humbled to have the opportunity to represent the neighborhood where I grew up as a member of the New Mexico House of Representatives,” Lechuga-Tena said in a statement. “I would also like to recognize all of the legislators who have served in this role for our district before me for their hard work and dedication.” Since House District 21 is fully within Bernalillo County, the decision came down to just the five county commissioners. They voted 3-2 to appoint Lechuga-Tena to the position. She will face voters next November. The selection is not without controversy. Lechuga-Tena admitted before the vote that she had voted in 2003, before becoming a citizen. She said she was 18, but was 20 years old. Still, after a nomination by
BOARD | FROM PAGE 3 undermined, caused the lost of native language and some other languages in our various heritages,” Huenemann said. Boa rd P resident T it u s Nez said since each student, teacher a nd pa rents have different goals and ideas, he would like to sit down first with his district’s parent advisory committees, students and schools and come back to the board room to exchange ideas. “I think we can stand and say this is where we want to be, in the coming months and coming years,” Titus said. “If you keep your goals to a minimum, one to three years, you want to see the performance measures on those objectives and when you do that, you NEWS
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he Cit y of Ga l lup Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a workshop to review and receive public comments about a draft of the updated Growth Management Master Plan. The growth management master plan is an official public document adopted by the City as a policy guide to decisions about the physical development of the overall community. F o l l o w i n g t h e P& Z ’s October 28 review of plan materials, planners prepared a complete draft document that takes into consideration that discussion and incorporates other topic areas. The P&Z will hold a public hearing and make a recommendation for City Council’s adoption on Jan. 6. T he Cit y’s consu lt a nt , A rch itectu ra l Resea rch Consultants, Incorporated (ARC), will present recommended policies and implementation actions for land use, economic development, city facilities, utilities, water, trails and open space, housing and hazards mitigation. The City adopted its current plan in 2009. The plan lacks
What: Special Meeting of the Gallup Planning and Zoning Commission When: Mo nd ay, December 7th, 5:30 PM Where: City of Gallup Council Chambers, 110 W. Aztec Avenue elements required by some state agencies that address facilities, water and hazards mitigation. These plan elements are included in the plan update. ARC will incorporate key recommendations from a separate planning effort for the downtown and arts and cultural district into the growth management master plan. The Dec. 7 meeting will also present drafts of the downtown and the arts and culture district plans for a recommendation for adoption. Public involvement is essential to building a good framework for a community plan and the City is eager to involve the community in the process. For additional information contact: C.B. Strain, Planning Director at (505) 863-1240 or Steve Burstein, Planner, A rch itectu ra l Resea rch Consultants, Incorporated (505) 842-1254
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STUDENTS | FROM PAGE 8 Mackie College and South University. EDMC operates a Brown Mackie campus in Albuquerque and numerous resident s st atew ide have enrolled in various online programs as well. “Over 550 students will have their student loans forgiven thanks to today’s agreement for a total of $632,000 in loan forgiveness for New Mex ica ns,” sa id Attor ney General Balderas. “My office will continue to hold corporations accountable when they employ unfair tactics and prey on New Mexicans’ desires to build better lives for their families. Today’s agreement will not only have a great impact on former students, but on all New Mexico students going forward thanks to the changed business practices of EDMC.” The agreement with attorneys genera l in 39 states plus the District of Columbia
mandates added disclosures to students, including a new interactive online financial disclosure tool; bars misrepresentations to prospective students; prohibits enrollment in unaccredited programs; and institutes an extended period when new students can withdraw with no financial obligation. Nationwide, the agreement requires the for-profit college company to forgive $102.8 million in outstanding loan debt held by more than 80,000 former students. Agreement Highlights Under the agreement, EDMC must: • Not make misrepresentations concerning accreditation, selectivity, graduation rates, placement rates, transferability of credit, financial aid, veterans’ benefits, and licensure requirements, or otherwise engage in deceptive or abusive recruiting practices. • Provide a single-page disclosure to each prospective student that includes the
student’s anticipated total cost, median debt for those who complete the program, the student loan default rate for those enrolled in the same program, warning about the unlikelihood that credits from some EDMC schools will transfer to other institutions, the median earnings for those who complete the program, and the job placement rate. • Require every prospective student utilizing federal student loans or financial aid to submit information to the interactive Electronic Financial Impact Platform (EFIP) in order to obtain a personalized picture of the student’s projected education program costs, estimated debt burden and expected post-graduate income. • Reform its job placement rate calculations and disclosures to provide more accurate information about students’ likelihood of obtaining sustainable employment in their chosen career.
• Not enroll students in programs that do not lead to state licensure when required for employment or that, due to lack of accreditation, will not prepa re graduates for jobs in their field. • Require i ncom i n g u nder g r a du a t e students with fewer than 24 credits to complete an orientation program prior to their first class. • Permit incoming undergraduate students at ground campuses to withdraw within seven days of the beginning of the term or first day of class (whichever is later) without incurring any cost. • Permit incoming undergraduate students in online programs with fewer than 24 online credits to withdraw within 21 days of the beginning of the term without incurring any cost. • Comply with New Mexico law prohibiting the use of third parties in student recruitment and enrollment. Relief Eligibility Those who will receive automatic relief related
to outstanding EDMC institutional loans must have been enrolled in an EDMC program with fewer than 24 transfer credits; withdrew within 45 days of the first day of their first term; and their final day of attendance must have been between January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2014. The agreement is expected to provide an average of $1,370 per person in loan forgiveness. Separate Resolution of Federal False Claims Lawsuit EDMC also agrees to pay a $95 million settlement of a separate federal whistleblower lawsuit under the False Claims Act. In that case, brought by the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of the Department of Education, the government alleged that EDMC illegally paid incentive-based compensation to its admissions recruiters tied to the number of students they recruit. New Mexico is also a beneficiary of this qui tam settlement.
Diabetes Awareness Month – DOH recommends healthy habits NM Dept. of Health
ou can ask any one out of thousands of New Mexicans, and they’ll tell it to you straight: Living with type 2 diabetes is not easy. The New Mexico Department of Health reports that diabetes affects more than 170,000 adults statewide. That’s one 1 out of every 8 adults, and for some of them, it’s an emotional roller coaster. The National Diabetes Education Program says it’s common for people with diabetes to feel overwhelmed, sad, or angry when they have to make lifestyle changes to stay healthy. Diabetes is a group of diseases marked by high levels of blood sugar due to defects in insulin production, insulin action, or both. Blood sugar is usually regulated in our bodies automatically thanks to insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas. But when our body doesn’t produce enough of it or the cells in our body resist the insulin, it may be a sign of diabetes. The NMDOH Diabetes Prevention and Control Program reports you are at increased risk of diabetes if: • You are overweight. • You are physically inactive. • A parent, brother or sister has
diabetes. • You are Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Asian American, African American or Pacific Islander. • You had a baby weighing more than 9 pounds or had gestational diabetes. • You have high blood pressure. • You h ave low H DL (go o d cholesterol). • You have high triglycerides. • Warning signs include frequent trips to the bathroom, unquenchable thirst, losing weight without trying, weakness or fatigue, tingling or numbness in your hands, legs or feet and more. Symptoms can also include blurred vision, itchy or
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dry skin, cuts and bruises that take a long time to heal. Diabetes may be managed without medication with lifestyle changes that include diet and exercise. The challenge for some is finding ways to move more each day and staying active over time, especially if they don’t have access to healthy foods and safe opportunities for physical activity. Just remember that while making the healthy choice isn’t always easy, it is worth it. The NDEP recommends that if you are living with diabetes or prediabetes choose a goal that’s important to you and that you believe you can do. Make a list of the small steps you will take
to reach that goal. For example, if your goal is to eat fewer calories, you might skip second helpings at dinner, and drink water instead of soda or fruit juice at lunch. Consider also making an appointment with a dietitian to talk about other ways to cut back on calories during the day. Reach out to friends, co-workers, or family for support and ideas about how to cope with the stress in your life. Learning ways to deal with stress and your emotions is a key step in reaching your goals. Diabetes is serious. Taking control of diabetes is more complicated than simply popping a pill. It involves the careful balancing act of nutrition, exercise and, sometimes, medication. That’s why you’re better off knowing your risks and taking action to prevent diabetes. To assess your risk, go to the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test. Losing weight, exercising, managing your blood pressure and cholesterol, and if you smoke, giving up the habit, can help you prevent or delay not just diabetes, but many other chronic conditions. If you find you are at risk for diabetes, bring the risk assessment to your health care provider to discuss your options. A next step may be to have a blood test to see if you have pre-diabetes. If you do, don’t delay! Act today. NEWS
ABQ ethics board rules against anti-abortion group By Andy Lyman NM Political Report
LBUQUERQUE – The City of Albuquerque’s Board of Ethics ruled unanimously that an anti-abortion group broke city election rules when the group sent mailers in opposition of a City Council candidate. The board issued a $1,000 fine and a public reprimand. Protest ABQ sent f liers depicting graphic scenes purportedly from abortions in an attempt sway voters in District 6 from voting for Pat Davis, who won the race. Davis, the Executive Director of the political group ProgressNow New Mexico*, previously worked on a campaign against a ballot initiative in Albuquerque that would have banned late-term abortions. Alex Curtas, an employee of ProgressNow New Mexico, filed a complaint against Protest ABQ and it’s founders Bud and Tara Shaver arguing they should have registered as a Measure Finance Committee. The city charter requires groups that take part in certain political activity to register as a measured finance committee, or MFC. These are similar to PACs in other races.. A compla int aga inst ProgressNow New Mexico was dismissed. NM Political Report previously reported that the Shavers
and Protest ABQ did not register as an MFC because they didn’t view their work as all out political. “I didn’t really think of that because it’s not like we’re telling people to vote for someone else,” Tara Shaver previously told NM Political Report. “This is what you’ll get if you vote for him.” The Shavers nor their attorney could be reached for comment. When they respond, this story will be update. The board questioned the Shavers’ attorney about how much money was spent for the mailers in question. According to the city charter, any action that results in an expense over $250 would require official registration as an MFC. The Shavers’ lawyer argued there is no proof that the couple spent more than $250 and it was Curtas’ burden to prove otherwise. Curtas, who filed the complaint in his capacity as a private citizen, told NM Political Report he is pleased with the outcome and that the board ultimately agreed with him. “This shows that the process works,” Curtas said. The Albuquerque Journal reported that the Shavers plan to appeal the board’s decision. *ProgressNow New Mexico helps find funding for NM Political Report but has no editorial input on this or any other story.
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ASHINGTON, D.C. – In the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee markup earlier this month, Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District discussed the need to improve the mental and behavioral health systems in New Mexico and across the nation. New Mexico’s behavioral health system is in a state of crisis following the freezing of payments to15 behavioral health providers and the eventual closure of a number of these organizations, as well as the exit of some of the Arizona providers that came into replace them. Luján offered an amendment to address this important issue during the markup of the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. He focused on the need to provide resources to states to improve their behavioral health systems as well as their data collection. The Luján amendment provided an enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentage of 90 percent to states that prioritize behavioral health infrastructure, data, and access. “If we want states to build and maintain strong behavioral health systems then we must provide states with the necessary support,” Lujan said during the markup.“This transition and turmoil caused many New Mexicans to fall through the cracks. As a result, too many families are hurting, too many people are suffering, and too many New Mexicans were unable to access the care they need. This amendment would encourage my home state to make the necessary investments to rebuild this damaged system.” “During the New Mexico delegation’s many conversations with CMS on this crisis and its impact on New Mexicans, the New Mexico delegation asked CMS to provide us with data it was collecting from New Mexico,” continued Luján. “We hoped that this data could provide us with a better understanding of what was happening on the ground. Unfortunately, after months and months of delay, when CMS finally provided the requested analysis, it admitted that the state-provided data had ‘significant limitations.’ This left CMS largely unable to determine
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which ‘areas and populations may be experiencing decreases in utilization.’ A report from the New Mexico’s Legislative Finance Committee identified similar concerns. The report stated that the amount and quality of utilization data collected by the state had ‘deteriorated leaving the question of whether enrollees are receiving more or less care.’” “This is simply unacceptable. Without access to meaningful data, it is impossible for the people of New Mexico to hold policymakers and administrators of programs accountable. Without access to meaningful data, how can anyone know if enough is being done to ensure that the most vulnerable are being protected? Without access to meaningful data, how can anyone determine how best to invest to strengthen our behavioral health system?” Luján concluded.” In a hearing back in July, Luján raised concerns with CMS over the lack of quality data from the State of New Mexico, which made clear the need to focus on data collection in his amendment. Finally, Luján’s amendment also encouraged states to create a behavioral health ombudsman to collect track, and quantify problems and inquiries encountered by individuals with respect to access; educate individuals on their rights and responsibilities; and assist individuals in accessing behavioral health services by providing information, referral, and assistance. While the amendment was defeated by Republicans on the committee, Luján will raise these issues once again when the legislation is marked up by the full committee.
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Presidential Proclamation - Honoring the Governor Susana Martinez unveils series of powerful TV Victims of the Attack in Paris, France ads to fight drunk driving
HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE ATTACK IN PARIS, FRANCE BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION
he American people stand with the people of France. Friday’s terror attacks were not just an attack on Paris; they were an attack on all humanity and the universal values we share, including the bonds of liberté, égalité, and fraternité. These values will endure far beyond any terrorists or their hateful vision. The United States and our allies do not give in to fear, nor will we be divided, nor will anyone change our way of life. We will do whatever it takes, working with nations and peoples around the world, to bring the perpetrators of these attacks to justice, and to go after terrorists who threaten our people. As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on November 13, 2015, in Paris, France, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, November 19, 2015.
I also direct that the flag shall be flown at halfstaff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth. BARACK OBAMA
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LBUQUERQUE – G o v. S u s a n a Martinez unveiled a series of powerful TV ads to fight drunk driving on the state’s roads and highways Nov. 17. These new ads feature New Mexico State Police officers sharing their personal stories of coming face-to-face with the real and horrible consequences of drunk driving, witnessing the devastating fatal crashes and having to inform families that their loved ones have been killed. To view these new ads, visit www.endwi.com. “Our police officers are often the first on the scene. They see firsthand -- with their own two eyes -- the horror when someone decides to take the wheel after drinking,”Martinez said. “These ads feature their stories. They are powerful and heart-wrenching. By sharing their experiences, we hope more people will think twice before drinking and driving.” So far this year, 234 people have been killed in traffic crashes in New Mexico, 95 of them alcohol-related. These new ads will run on radio and TV throughout the state from November 22 through January 23. Governor Mar tinez has repeatedly fought for tougher DWI penalties. Just this year, she called on lawmakers to crack down on repeat offenders and increase penalties for
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those who recklessly toss the keys to someone whose license has been suspended due to a DWI conviction. While the Legislature has failed to act on these and many other proposals, the Governor will continue her fight to make New Mexico’s roads safer from drunk drivers. The gover nor also announced the results of the 2015, 100 Days and Nights of Summer, a statewide law enforcement effort that ran from June through September, which put more police officers on the roads to target drunk drivers. During this year’s effort, 82 people were arrested for DWI, and 86 fugitives were apprehended during traffic stops, 46 for felonies. 12,305 drivers were cited for speeding, 1,640 people were cited for seatbelt violations, 1,381 for child restraint violations, and 867 were cited for cellphone use while driving.
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OPINIONS THARS GOLD DOWN BY THE PERKY- Part One
THE PRESCRIPTION FOR DOWNTOWN’S WOES IS A HEALTHY DOSE OF FREE ENTERPRISE. By Joe Schaller
n past years I have written about the untapped potential in the heart of Gallup, so with recent interest in the north-tracks district expressed by a Downtown Redevelopment Plan it bears repeating. Remember when the Courthouse Square was constructed? Several structures were demolished and despite the plaza’s horrible location (you can’t even see it from the streets) the open spaces and parking were a downtown upgrade and the newly constructed Camille’s became an overnight sensation. So with downtown redevelopment plans under way in attempts by the city to garner more funding I found it a little peculiar when I encountered
such adamant opposition to any such notions of tearing down a couple more buildings to enhance the downtown atmosphere. For city bureaucrats, BID, MRA and ACD it appears to be a forbidden topic. Yet who are they or even I to say what should happen to other people’s property? That is up to the landlords. They are the ones stuck with paying taxes on vacant buildings. Bureaucrats can spend millions upon millions
of other people’s money on failed projects and never even be held accountable, including by a n enabling media which believes government projects are the panacea for all problems. Consider this, if the walkway connecting Aztec and Coal has succeeded in facilitating downtown accessibility why not extend it to 66? That would require the removal of two more buildings, likely the old Jet Sight Optical on Coal
and part of the one story bordering Kitchens Opera House’s east side on 66. This would also allow for a spectacular neon-lit pedestrian overpass leading to the ‘new old town’ private sector development north of the tracks, of which I will address in part two. Another ideal walkway mall location requiring demolition of two buildings is directly across from Sammy C’s, connecting Coal and 66. Downtown landowners should know that businesses adjacent
to walkway mall areas benefit the most. If you look at other revitalized downtown districts across the country, one thing I’ve noticed is an attempt to create a mall atmosphere of open spaces for pedestrians and easy parking access, not to mention opening up dark alleys. After all, it was the popularity of shopping malls and big-box stores which led to the demise of Main Streets. One of the big appeals of ‘old towns’ such as Santa Fe and Albuquerque is the central open park area surrounded by shops on the perimeter. Pedestrian walkway mall areas also allow bordering buildings to offer easier business access as well as outdoor cafes.
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GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF NOV. 20 – NOV. 26
Madame G suggests tackling your Thanksgiving preparation early. The Sun enters Sagittarius on Nov. 22 and wanderlust settles into your bones. This is the house of freedom and intellectual pursuits. You may neglect a pie in the oven because you’re pining for adventure while you stare out at the falling snow. Happy cooking!
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Dear Aries, you’re feeling bold. You want to take on a few extra commitments this month. Maybe you get a job, adopt a dog, or opt for a new gym membership. Beware of taking on too much at once. Your gym membership could take a back burner to Holiday fun. Don’t sneak a bite of pie just because it’s cooling on the stove. Santa’s watching!
It’s time to come out of your proverbial shell. The family is coming and dishes need cooking. Don’t burn the house down chasing the new puppy. He’s cute and more interesting than a green bean casserole, but you have an obligation. Focus on the task at hand. Remember, Thanksgiving only comes once a year. Bust out the apple cider mimosas and enjoy.
Dear Libra, you’re forced to balance family and everything else. Is the universe against you? No. It’s just the Holiday season. You need time for that new book and your favorite vino. But family demands take precedence. You love a good table setting. Try something new. Feng Shui Thanksgiving? Put your creative juices to work and the time will fly by.
You feel good. This is an exciting time. Are you finally getting the recognition you need? Maybe you finally got that well-earned raise. Whatever the issue you’re ready to live large and loud. So do it! Don’t take on any new commitments. Agree to Thanksgiving dinner, at a friends or relatives house. The pressure is off and all you have to do is buy some pie. Go you!
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Adventure is in the wind. You’re feeling the wanderlust slapping your face. It’s not subtle. But don’t be hasty Leo. You have finesse—use it. Don’t be a bull in the china shop. Tell your loved ones you need alone time. Use good judgment and don’t leave your special someone in the lurch, with all the cooking and cleaning. But, do yourself and those you love a favor. Take a day trip somewhere, even if it’s with a good book.
You’re ready for trouble, but don’t create it. As the sun leaves Scorpio, you may feel a sense of loss. Your power resides in the forceful sun. Sagittarius pushes you to pursue those passions that feel like freedom. Not all who wander are lost. The same is true of the mind. Write down your thoughts and put them to song, or invent a new language.
Your insight is well known. Listening is in the job description. The numbers are in and you’ve heard the family demands. You’ll take over the leadership role, though reluctantly. But, the pressure of commitment sticks in your gut. You want to be traveling on the planes overhead, or driving far away. Is that a train in the distance? Perhaps it’s time for “all aboard.” Take a breath and strap in; the Holiday season has just begun.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) You’re feeling friskier than a can of cat food. Steady on this month and don’t do anything too crazy. Twenty cats don’t look good on anyone—it’s called hoarding. Clean, prep, and Swiffer the house, your family and friends are coming. They may not be as amused by your “collection” of Cool Whip Tupperware and plastic accessories. Think recycle.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Your energy has been up for the last few months. In fact, you’re ready for something stable and solid. Commitments don’t scare you, but it better be worth it. Gemini drops what doesn’t work for them. You don’t have commitment hang-ups, but your loyalty isn’t free..
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You’re annoyed with loved ones. They’ve changed a Thanksgiving tradition without your knowledge or advice. How rude! You must carry on bravely. It’s best to ignore their lack of consideration. Take a breath and feel free. The pressure is off, so you don’t have to do a thing. Take a drive, but turn the oven off before you leave.
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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) The pressure is on and not slowing down. You have mouths to feed and career goals to conquer. Of course, loved ones can’t see the stress. Aloof is your middle name. Your boss can’t see your struggle. She’s not a mind reader. Communication is key this month. Give it your all American best and try. You can’t cook 25 Turkey meals alone. Seek help.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) It’s no secret you’re sensitive. Perhaps your daughter was a bit snippy on the phone, or you got passed over for Thanksgiving dinner. Life is full of these little trials. You’ll handle each with a smile on your face. But, passive aggression is for immature children. Speak up, or get left out. In this instance, Madame G suggests going with the flow.
THARS GOLD | FROM PAGE 14 T h e A B Q Up t ow n i n Albuquerque is a recent private sector creation of an outdoor mall combining elements of shopping mall and downtown atmospheres. Streets run thru the ABQ however pedestrian space with easy parking dominate. That is the model which downtown owners should be looking at if they are truly interested in making big profits rather than just paying big taxes on vacant buildings. And it is the property owners, the landlords who will or won’t solve the vacancy problem, not the government. All we ever hear about are the city’s efforts to revitalize, however aside from the streets they don’t own downtown and what they create more than anything are large stacks of reports. The big decisions have to be made by the owners. They are the ones in control. The City of Gallup’s role in enhancing our economy is to provide street, bridge, pedestrian and utilities infrastructure as well as removing regulatory obstacles which stifle growth. Bonehead regulations such as elevators required by the A merican Disabilities Act have stifled d i rely needed dow ntow n development across America. Our own K itchen’s Opera House is a casualty. Don’t blame big boxes and shopping malls, blame an oppressive bureaucracy. City leaders should be meeting with the property owners and asking them ‘What can we do to help? What are the obstacles you encounter? What do you want from us?” With assistance from the GGEDC it took an outsider family with a bold v ision
to purcha se the dor ma nt Gamerco Associates properties and initiate plans for an industrial hub complete with a railroad spur. Bear in mind only 13% of McKinley County is privately owned, a tremendous burden for economic development. I would think downtown property owners would want to collaborate and figure out a way for all of them to profit. Do they really want to continue down the same path of downtown decline? If there was such a meeting the city manager could be included to answer questions and hear requests. All of the collaboration would likely be an economic moot point though unless Gallup’s ‘gold mine’ is developed. The gold mine is the large undeveloped area north of downtown between the freeway and tracks which has been begging to be developed since the elevated freeway opened in 1978, offering to all eastbound passersby something which very few communities were rewarded, a view of the center and heart of Gallup – and it hasn’t been a pretty sight. We’ve learned the folly of city planned development such as the Courthouse Square. Government funded entities such as GGEDC, BID and C of C should be utilized as facilitators to attract bigtime private developers as well as investors among our own plethora of millionaires, with intentions of creating an Entertainment District. This would also serve as a means for our current downtown to thrive as an Arts and Cultural Distr ict, each side of the tracks promoting the other. This is where a Master Developer Agreement comes into play – in part two, next week.
CURBSIDE RECYCLING – What it Could Mean for Gallup
Submitted by Betsy Windisch
ecycling, particularly Curbside Recycling, is the “smart” thing for communities to do. Cost factors such as (1) the high cost of creating a new landfill cell for trash [.5 million], (2) higher cost for transporting that trash to the Red Rocks Landfill in Thoreau [fuel and personnel], and (3) tipping fees paid on the amount of trash generated by the citizens of Gallup and deposited in the landfill have made Curbside Recycling a more attractive option. These cost savings can add dollars to recycling and solid waste infrastructure. Our overly consumptive lifestyle combined with an overly compulsive need to just throw stuff away has filled our landfills with items that can be reused, repurposed, and recycled. Recycling, along with reducing and reusing the trash we produce, is an important component in the effort to preserve our natural resources and reduce environmental pollution. For over 25 years the 3 Rs (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) have been the catch words for growing a green movement, but we’re still producing too much personal waste. It is time to add a 4th R – Responsibility, and a 5th R – Respect (for Mother Earth). I n 2 013 t he McK i n ley
Citizens’ Recycling Council initiated an informal survey to calculate interest in curbside recycling and what amount citizens would pay for the service. 142 responded positively and committed to paying up to $5 extra. *People were interviewed randomly or they responded online through CREDO. (*Ma ny of those interviewed said they would support a curbside program and an additional fee even though they already subsidized solid waste by having their dumpster emptied only once a month, or less. When you recycle, your true trash volume shrinks considerably.) The City hired a consultant to conduct 6 meetings in the past year, two informal and four district wide, to gauge citizens’ support of curbside. Good questions were raised. Concerns were discussed. The City then initiated another survey. In your City Utility bill you will find a postcard asking citizens to indicate their support, or not, of a curbside program and if in favor what additional fee you would be willing to pay. Though the initial program would only effect approximately 6500 residents, the survey was sent to all City utility customers. What would a Curbside Program mean for citizens of Gallup? *I ncre a s e d volu me i n
recycled materials would further reduce tipping fees at the landfill providing additional funds for infrastructure and improvements. *Reduce congestion and overflow at the bins at the three recycling centers. *City residents will be instructed in the proper way to prepare recyclables for market, reducing contamination and increasing their value. *A curbside program will show new residents that Gallup is a progressive city that is concerned about reducing its carbon footprint: recycling saves water, energy, and other natural resources. *Initiation of a Curbside Recycling Program will show leadership and forward thinking in our elected officials and City administration. Across New Mexico 15 communities participate in Curbside Recycling. Let’s make Gallup #16! McKin l e y Citize n s’ Recycling Council (MCRC) is a local non-profit working to increase recycling through education, community outreach, and partnership with local governments/agencies. MCRC meet s th e first Saturday of the month at 2pm at Red Mesa on Hill Street. For more information call 722-5142 or go to www.recyclegallup.org
Gallup Sun • Friday November 20, 2015
COMMUNITY Military museum idea gaining momentum By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent
allup’s current prominent histor ia n, Ma r ti n L i nk, ha s taken an idea to the favorable momentum stage of development and is using that for leverage in his quest to
One of Link’s first shots in this battle was to establish a public information campaign. He did this with an article in the Gallup Independent last week, which detailed the importance of the military in this area from 1868 to the present. That history lesson alone was enough to get the
Front view of the Larry Mitchell Recreation Center, also known as the old National Guard Armory in Gallup. Photo Credit: Tom Hartsock
Could the music of American Composer John Philip Sousa be played at new military museum? Photo Credit: Courtesy
establish a Military Museum in America’s Most Patriotic Small Town.
adrenalin flowing for some more recent veterans, and also exposed much younger readers
to the true facts of how their ancestors managed life before, during, and after the numerous conflicts of this country. Link has further advanced his idea with talks to the Code Talkers Association and the City of Gallup, receiving some support for his idea from both. And a location for his museum has also been solidified in his mind, the Larry Brian Mitchell Recreation Center on the North side of town. “It’s ideal because of the placement in relation to I-40.” Link said. “Visitors will be able to see it as they are driving through and some will want to stop and see what we have.” The building would need some additional dressing, of course. Extra flagpoles with
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banners flying to represent the different conflicts would be one inexpensive idea, and perhaps a selection of patriotic murals on the exterior walls would be another. T he bu i ld i n g i s l a r ge enough, though aged, and should survive many more years. The parking is more than adequate, though a new coat of sealant would be helpful, with stripes for more controlled parking an additional plus. The effort would be one capable of growing over time as new artifacts are added, and the patriotic flavor could be further enhanced with Muzak from John Phillips Sousa. Martin’s idea is still in its infancy, but his plan is one worthy of consideration for the community and the surrounding area. The spirits of the Dine’ returning from Bosque Redondo, the Navajos used as scouts against the Chiricahua Apaches, the Buffalo Soldiers at Ft. Wingate, Roosevelt’s Rough Riders recruited from Gallup, all the workers at the Ordinance Depot, the 200 th Coast Artillery Regiment that suffered through the Bataan Deat h Ma rch, t he you ng Navajo men who created the Code Talkers, and Hiroshi Miyamura, Gallup’s only Medal
of Honor recipient would all be recognized in one place. And besides those mentioned above would be the efforts of all other veterans in all other conflicts, who by their very presence helped our military to survive and even prosper, in good times and bad. Not heroes in the true sense of the word, but vital in their consistency. ‘All of the real heroes are not storybook combat fighters, either. Every single man in this Army plays a vital role. Don’t ever let up. Don’t ever think that your job is unimportant. Every man has a job to do and he must do it. Every man is a vital link in the great chain.’ Gen. George S. Patton’s speech to the U.S. Third Army, Southern England, June 5, 1944 So often we praise our obvious heroes, those men and women who create or fight in such a manner that is the subject for many books or movies. This museum would not ignore them, but neither would it ignore the soldier(s) in support roles that diligently worked behind the combat arenas for the good of all. It’s only a thought at this time, a Military Museum in Gallup, but it is a good and proper thought that needs more serious consideration. COMMUNITY
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L Two NM legislators get MADD awards By Andy Lyman NM Political Report
national group that advocates against i mpa i red d r iv i ng a n nou nc e d t hei r list of Legislators of the Year today which included two New Mexico lawmakers. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) named Sen. Lisa Torraco, R-Albuquerque, a nd R ep. Pau l Pa checo, R-Albuquerque, as two of 70 legislators from around the United States who pushed for laws that helped with MADD’s goal of eliminating impaired driving. A pre s s rele a s e f rom the group also touted New Mexico for being the only state to require ignition interlock devices before MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving. “Prior to the Campaign, only one state — New Mexico — had an all-offender interlock law. Today, 25 states have enacted all-offender interlock laws,” read the release. During the 2015 Legislative session, Torraco introduced SB 499 which would have made it a misdemeanor for a driver to have a blood alcohol level of .08 while a minor is in the vehicle. Currently .08 is the legal limit to drive in New Mexico. Torraco, an Albuquerque lawyer, has pushed for numerous types of criminal justice reform. She toldNM Political Report that New Mexico is one of the only states that does not have a provision for driving under the influence with a minor in the vehicle. She said she is optimistic about COMMUNITY
introducing her bill again in 2016. She said she thinks Gov. Susana Martinez is going to make the upcoming 30 day session a “tough on crime session” which will likely mean Torraco’s bill will have a chance. “If there’s an opening I’ll introduce it,” Torraco said. Pacheco sponsored HB 303 which would have allowed a search warrant for blood tests as long as there is probably cause to suspect a driver is under the influence. Current law says a search warrant for testing can only occur if there is probably cause a driver was responsible for death or great bodily harm. Pacheco, a for mer law enforcement officer, could not be reached for comment. His response will be added when we receive it. Torraco said that while she worked with MADD in drafting the legislation, she did not know until Tuesday morning that she was named by the group. “It’s a huge honor,” Torraco said of her recognition. “I’m really surprised.” NM Political Re por t reached out to Gov. Susana Martinez, who often pushes for tougher criminal penalties. On Tuesday, she announced more TV and radio commercials aimed at ending DWI in the state. We will add her response when we receive it. T h e u p c o m i n g 2 016 Legislative session will primarily focus on budget issues, but Gov. Susana Martinez can add non-budget legislation to “the call.” Visit: www.nmpoliticalreport.com
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Greenlight a Vet: Show Support for Veterans Staff Report
merica’s veterans are some of our nation’s bravest, hardest-working men and women. However, it’s hard to show them the appreciation they deserve when, back home and out of
uniform, they’re more camouflaged than ever. Greenlight A Vet is a campaign to establish visible national support for our veterans by changing one light in your home to green. Vi sit: www.green lightavet.com for more information.
Gallup Sun • Friday November 20, 2015
‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2’ MAKES IT ACROSS THE FINISH LINE WITH A FEW STUMBLES
By Glenn Kay For the Sun
RATING: «« STARS
OUT OF 4
RUNNING TIME: 137 MIN.
f you’re a fan of The Hunger Games series, you will undoubtedly go to see the latest chapter regardless of what anyone thinks. And based on the reaction at the preview this reviewer attended, you’re likely to love it as well. However, it’s difficult not to note something of a change from what’s come before. The first two films had a faster pace, an immediate sense of danger and enough subtext to make it all feel fresh. By comparison, the third title came across as slow, ponderous and obvious in its themes. And so The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 falls somewhere in the middle... the film is better than most teen lit adaptations you’re likely to see, and yet it still has its fair share of faults. This is a passable (but far from exceptional) finale. Anyone expecting to witness epic scenes of revolt or a full scale battle should immediately temper their expectations. As the movie begins, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is officially the poster child of the revolution, meaning that her leader Coin (Julianne Moore) wants her nowhere near the conflict. Angry, Katniss sneaks into the rebel base, determined to find and kill
Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is geared up to take on the leaders of the dystopian city of Panem in the ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.’ Photo Credit: Lionsgate
President Snow (Donald Sutherland) on her own. However, she’s found immediately and teamed up with boyfriend Gale (Liam Hemsworth), a mentally damaged Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), and a propaganda camera crew for the purpose of shooting more promo footage for the masses. This means that they see none of the main conflict - instead, they merely follow through the wreckage left behind and attempt to sort through a personal love triangle. At least a couple of elaborate booby traps make it clear that someone doesn’t
want Katniss to survive long enough to reach Snow. There can be little doubt that the filmmakers felt compelled to follow the source material closely; the pacing is still a little sluggish. As the series has opened up from its original arena confines, it has expanded its world considerably. Many characters have been introduced over the course of three movies, meaning several are forced into the plot so fans can see them all, even if for the briefest of moments. But the frequent introductions, re-introductions and goodbyes slow things down
considerably. At least all of the performances are excellent. Had the casting not been as strong, it would be painful to watch the details of Katniss’s social life unfold as they do. The movie also doesn’t feel as grand as expected (in some respects it comes across as smaller than previous installments) and there’s a minimal amount of pulse-pounding thrills for the finale of an action film franchise. Only two major sequences are notable within the nearly two hours and twenty minute running time; one is an elaborate trap involving an oil slick and another involves a chase through the city’s sewers. These bits are well put together and exciting, but they can’t help but feel minor in scale. As a viewer unfamiliar with the source material, it was also odd to see a monstrous element added to the latter sequence. It’s difficult to recall seeing characters this supernatural appearing in any previous installments. While the dust-up is enjoyable to watch in the moment, the creatures still seem oddly out of place within this fantasy world. In the end, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 has a couple of strong action beats and brings up some interesting issues about the motivations of persons in positions of power as well as those seeking to assume it. However, the effort to give every character their due and please its obsessive young viewers results in an awkwardly plotted tale. It makes it across the finish line, but stumbles a bit along the way.
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Friday November 20, 2015 • Gallup Sun
DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Nov. 20, 2015
hew! There’s a lot to get through for t h is ed ition so we’ll get right to it. 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! Deadliest Prey - This sequel to the 1987 B-movie cult item Deadly Prey fol lows t he first film’s villain as he is released from prison. Eager for revenge, he sets about kidnapping the our hero and this time finishing the job he set out to do nearly 30 years earlier. The movie is set to debut on disc and hasn’t garnered any reviews as of yet, but fans of the original film will likely want to see their favorite characters back in action. It stars Ted Prior and David Campbell. Faults - Parents fearful for the safety of their daughter and grandchild (who have joined a cult) hire a man to help extract the pair. However, as he enters their society, even he finds himself at risk of being roped in. Critics were very positive about this indie drama. They stated that it was an impressive slow-burner with great performances and a dark sense of humor. The cast includes Leland Orser, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Chris Ellis, Jon Gries and Lance Reddick. T h e Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Extended Edition) - It’s already been released, but now fans can pick up an extended version of the final film in The Hobbit trilogy. Expect about 20 minutes of new additional footage. Reviews were mixed for the movie in general, saying that it was technically impressive, but that the wonder and thrills of this fantasy world were beginning to dissipate. Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and Richard Armitage headline the film. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. COMMUNITY
- This spy caper and update of the TV series disappointed at the box office over the summer. It’s a bit of a s h a m e , because the poor marketing campaign never hinted at the fun to be had. The 60s, Cold War era story follows a Russian and American spy who must team up to stop an evil plot by a megalomaniacal villain. The press enjoyed the film, calling it a slick and stylish effort with plenty of tongue-in-cheek laughs alongside a few thrills. It features Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander and Hugh Grant. Sinatra: All or Nothing At All - This two part, four-hour HBO documentary chronicles The story of one the world’s greatest crooners. As told by the man himself using archived interview footage, it is intended to give as deep a look into the singer as has ever been seen. Reviewers greatly enjoyed the project - while they admitted that viewers will still be left with a few questions, they also stated there is plenty of fascinating material (including his standoffishness with the press and involvement with the mafia) that will keep viewers riveted. T h e S t a nfo r d P r i s o n Experiment - Based on a true story, this movie depicts a shocking 1971 event in which noted researcher Dr. Zimbardo attempted a social experiment on the inmates of a prison, testing their psychological and physical limits in order to better control them. It’s been described as extraordinarily well-acted and hard hitting to the point where it actually is painful to watch at points. The title doesn’t answer of the questions raised, and will likely lead to discussion afterward. The cast includes Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano and Tye Sheridan. Trash This high e n e r g y dra ma set in Brazil features three children who live off of the trash at a dump in Rio. When they come across a mysterious key, they find
themselves being chased by cops and sketchy figures. Critics generally liked the film, with a few caveats. They praised the kinetic energy and pacing but felt it got a little too sappy for its own good late in the story. While much of the film is spoken in Portuguese, Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen also appear in English speaking roles.
BLASTS FROM THE PAST! It’s a very busy week for reissues on DVD and Blu-ray. Olive Films have a huge slate that includes numerous action B-movies and horror-themed slashers. Cemetery Sisters (1987) is a shot- on-v ideo thriller about two siblings who marry men and kill them for their insurance money. The more recent Cinco De Mayo (2013) is a no-budget horror/ comedy about a teacher who takes his revenge on some of his nasty student. Dangerous Game (1993) is a weird thriller from Abel Ferrara (King of New York, Bad Lieutenant) about a film director who starts an affair with an actress. It stars Harvey Keiter and Madonna. Deadly Prey (1987) is a popular cult action film in the Rambo mold that’s perhaps most famous for its over-thetop ridiculousness. As mentioned in the Big New Releases! section, they’re also distributing its sequel from a couple of years back, called Deadlier Prey (2013). Death Nurse (1987) is another late 80s slasher about a psychotic woman and her brother; they open a medical clinic and begin to kill their patients, while continuing to bill the state. Those who want more can also check out Death Nurse 2 (1988), which features the villains returning to do more of the same to new victims. There’s also Killer Workout (1987) aka Areobicide, a flick that sets a series of murders at an aerobics studio and gym. Speaking of silliness, Olive also has a musical slasher of sorts in Shock ‘Em Dead (1991). It involves a young man who make a deal with a voodoo priestess in order to be a heavy metal star - Traci Lords also appears. But that’s not all. There’s
also Splatter: Architects of Fear (1986). It claims to be a behind-the-scenes documentary about a crew creating make-up effects for a low-budget feature, but many sources claim that the film never existed and that this is simply a faux doc interspersing make-up tips with random effects scenes. On a completely different tact, Criterion are releasing The Apu Trilogy on Blu-ray. The set includes three Bengali art-house classics from India that were once thought lost in a fire. They have since been rescued and painstakingly restored. There’s the 1955 effort Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road), the 1966 follow-up Aparajit o (T h e Unvanquished) and the 1959 title, Apur Sansar (The World of Apu). The discs come with numerous bonuses, like new interviews with the actors, an audio recording with the director, a ha lf-hour documentary on the films and video essays detailing their cinematic importance. There are even more extras, but it’s all too much to go through here. Criterion also have a new Blur ay of t he famous film a d a pt a t io n of T r u m a n Capote’s In Cold Blood (1967). It is chock full of features as well there are new interviews with the cinematographer, film critics and jazz historians on the film. Additionally, you’ll find archival material with the director. And as always, the elements have been fully restored in 4K, giving viewers the best possible picture. It’s the 20th Anniversary of the French film The City of Lost Children (1995), and Sony are marking it with a new Blu-ray of the eye-popping visual treat. Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro (Delicatessen, Amelie), the story involves a mad scientist who attempts to steal the dreams of children. A group of small fry attempt to fight back. Parents beware, while kids are the protagonists, this gorgeously shot film has a lot of dark elements and is really for older viewers.
Shout! Factory have several interesting Blu-ray releases as well. They include the crime/ thriller Farewell, My Lovely (1975), which stars Robert Mitchum as famous detective, Philip Marlowe. If you are a budding filmmaker, you’ll get plenty of laughs from the 20th Anniversary edition of Living in Oblivion (1995). The same distributor are putting out a double feature of the B-movies Troll (1986) and Troll 2 (1990). Of course, Troll 2 is among the most hilariously terrible movies ever made and has quite a deserved following. Shout! are adding a nice bonus to those who pick up the double feature early. They’re including a DVD of the documentary Best Worst Movie (2009) with the first 5000 copies.! Finally, Shout! are delivering a Blu-ray of the thriller W hite of the Eye (1987). It’s a n u nu s u a l f i l m a b out a man in a desert community who is accused of a series of local murders and must prove h is ow n i n nocence. Dav id Keith sta rs a nd the mov ie wa s d i rected by Don a ld Ca m mel l (D e m o n Seed, Performance). Kino have a few noteworthy releases as well. They include the Edward G. Robinson / George Raft film noir A Bullet for Joey (1955), the Kelly McGillis/Jeff Daniels Cold War thriller, The House on Carroll Street (1988) and another film noir named Pitfall (1948). The latter is reported to be an underrated effort with a great twisty plot and memorable femme fatale. And Scorpion have a couple of low-budget B-movie that will be arriving exclusively on DVD. The movies listed are The Cheerleaders (1973) and The Haunting of Morella (1990)
YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! There’s little this week for the kids, besides a re-release of a kid’s film that flopped during its or igi na l release. Brave souls can give it a try, it does feature a lot of famous names in the voice cast. We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story (1993)
Gallup Sun • Friday November 20, 2015
SPORTS 360 The Biggest Lie: It’s All About the Kids By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent
eople sometimes wonder why I’m sarcastic. I tell them that a steady dose of listening to politicians and even non-government types talk about their lofty goals that will benefit EVERYBODY, or maybe just a small group of people unable to defend themselves, has made me that way. You’ve heard the same words, maybe. The one that bothers me the most are when these same ‘leaders’ use the phrase, ‘It’s all about the kids.’ That one makes my blood boil, especially when it is evident that whatever they are doing is not for the kids, it’s for the egos and control of those making the decision. Take the recent decision of the New Mexico Activities Association, the governing body for ex t ra cu r r icu la r events in the public and private high schools in the state. Their complete book of rules are too complex for most, and too boring for others, yet they always seem to insert themselves into matters that do NOT benefit the kids but does benefit public schools, especially those not doing well academically. Here’s the situation in a nutshell. For the last several years the majority of the students excelling at the statewide Science Fairs and moving on to the National level are homeschooled students. The NMAA took those wins as an insult to the Public School System, it seems, and halfway through the preparation period for Science Fair entries, ruled that homeschoolers must join a public school team in order to be eligible, despite the face that at least for this year, most
or all the slots have already been filled. What the NMAA is really saying is the public and even private schools are unable to compete with the originality, imagination, and talent of those who learn from their parents. It’s not about ALL the
“Their complete book of rules are too complex for most, and too boring for others, yet they always seem to insert themselves into matters that do NOT benefit the kids …” - Tom Hartsock
kids, just the kids that can’t or won’t keep up academically. Someone needs to remind the NMA A that this isn’t a basketball game or a cheerleading program, this is about who can do the work and do it well. Not physical work, or work that comes easier when your post player is seven-feet tall, but brain work. You know, the stuff that schools are supposed to be teaching you. My uncle used to tell a story about a mule he used to clean the ditches around his farm. He trained this mule to get into the ditch and pull a kind of rake behind him that would pull out the weeds and whatever other debris that accumulated in the ditch. The mule worked well for years, even enjoying being put into harness for this dirty job. But one day a smart man from the government came by and told my uncle that he was cleaning the ditches all wrong. He reprimanded him for putting the mule into that filthy ditch and told him that the place for the mule was on the bank of the ditch, where he could stay dry while pulling the rake. So my uncle adjusted
the harness, brought the mule up from the ditch, and tried to get him to pulling the rake. But the mule just stood there, looking around. He nibbled a few bites of grass that were nearby, stretched a couple of times, but made no effort to move the rake, not even another inch. The moral of his story, my uncle said, was that once some animals get out of the rut, they don’t know what to do next. The rut I’m writing about is the one prevalent in the national school systems, that if a student does not attend a mainstream school, they will suffer in the future. Data suggests otherwise, but teachers and other leaders refuse to be moved by facts. Students must be intimidated, inf luenced and manipulated into believing what the teachers and administrators want for their own benefit, not for the kids. Exceptions may be made for the very well-behaved ones, but that is all. Everyone else needs to stay in the ditch! Basketball season is upon us. It starts out slowly because
of the Thanksgiving holiday, but will pick up dramatically
next month. Hope I see you in the bleachers!
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Lobos start 3-0 after 75-51 win over Loyola-Chicago Staff Report
LBUQUERQUE – The (-/RV) University of New Mexico men’s basketball team (3-0) snapped the Loyola-Chicago Rambler’s (2-1) seven-game winning streak in a 75-51 victory in WisePies Arena Nov. 18. “I’m really proud of my guys,” stated Craig Neal. “I thought they played really, really hard. I have a lot of respect for Porter, I think he’s a great coach. They have a really good, veteran team. I didn’t think the score was going to be like it was, but we just played well and with a lot of energy. I’m just really proud of my guys for doing everything I’ve asked them to do. They’ve really been able to take scouting reports and do some things that were impressive. They’re making great progress, I’m really proud of them.” Tim Williams became the third different leading scorer in as many games, with 22 points on 10-for-14 shooting, the most he’s scored as a Lobo. He also
Lobos off to a great start, beating Loyola-Chicago 75-51 Nov. 18. Photo Credit: Courtesy
brought down seven rebounds and a game-high tying four assists. Sam Logwood scored 12 points on a perfect 5-for-5 s ho ot i n g, i nclud i n g t wo 3-pointers. Obij Aget had a season-high eight rebounds to go with eight points on 4-for-5 shooting. The win came on an emotional day for the Lobos, who learned prior to the game that forward Devon Williams was advised by his doctors to end his basketball career after suffering a neck injury in the previous game. The Lobos dedicated their effort Wednesday to Williams, with all of the players
writing “DWill” on their shoes. The first half featured a strong defensive display by the Lobos, who stif led the road team in front of a ruckus fanbase. The Lobos held the Ramblers to 7-for-28 shooting before halftime and 1-for-9 from the 3-point range. On the other end, New Mexico went right to the paint for efficient shots. They scored eight of their first 10 points in the paint, immediately building a lead they never gave up. Within the first 10 minutes, the Lobos went on an 11-0 run to build a gap on the scoreboard. The Ramblers started to
find their shot late in the half, but the Lobos found other ways to stop the opposition. New Mexico forced five turnovers in the final five minutes of the first period and entered the break leading 38-19. In the second half, the Lobos continued to push the ball to the paint and contest on every possession. The Lobos earned a 25 point lead with around 15 minutes left and never allowed the Ramblers to make a run. New Mexico hit five of its last six field goal attempts to end the game, pushing the lead to as much as 29 points with a minute remaining. The Lobos hit their highest shooting mark this season at 61.7 percent (29-for-47). They held Loyola-Chicago to 31.7 percent (19-for-60) and forced 12 missed 3-pointers. New Mexico won the rebounding battle by a wide margin, 38-25. “The guys are getting used to each other, we’re getting more comfortable,” said Tim Williams. “Since this summer, we’ve clicked off the court, we are so close and now we’re bringing that onto the court.”
The starting back court of Cullen Neal and Elijah Brown logged nine and six points, respectively, Wednesday. Neal also had a team-high four assists to go with four boards. Brown had five boards and three assists. Xavier Adams was the leader off the bench with seven points and three rebounds. Three Lobos, Adam Cu mber, Con ner Joy a nd Michael Nesbitt, all saw action for the first time this year. Joy, a manager for the last three years, hit a 3-pointer from the corner in his first play of the regular season. The victor y gives head coach Craig Neal his second 3-0 start in three years as head coach of the Lobos. “It’s awesome, just because you’re giving a guy a chance that just a true Lobo, through and through,” said Neal. “It’s just great to see it, and you can tell by the way our bench reacted, what we think of him.” The Lobos return to the road Nov. 21 to face the USC Trojans at 8:30 MT. Stay up to date on www.golobos.com
Seniors Shine as Lobos Top Utah State on Senior Night
LBUQUERQUE — Hannah Johnson had the final word as she spoke to the Johnson Center crowd after playing her final home match as a Lobo on Senior Night. “I remembered today that we had to do a speech and I knew I had to do this, so I wrote it all down,” Johnson said. But, a long with fellow senior Skye Gullatt, she also had the final word against Utah State Nov. 18. Johnson dished out a gamehigh 35 assists and connected with Gullatt for the game’s final kills as New Mexico volleyball turned away Utah State in three sets, 25-18, 27-25, 25-21 on Senior Night. “At game point, I knew I had to give it to Skye,” Johnson said. “I wanted to do everything in my power to get her to finish off her season with a kill.” And Johnson was able to do just that, helping power the Lobos (16-123, 9-7 Mountain West) over Utah State (6-24, 2-14 MW) as New Mexico sent out it three seniors — Johnson, SPORTS
Gullatt and Simone Henderson — with a win. Johnson and Gullatt also continued their ascent of the UNM record books, as Johnson is now just 94 assists from breaking the program record in career assists and Gullatt is 16 total blocks from eclipsing the all-time mark in blocks. But Wednesday night’s game was a team effort as the Lobos fought off a scrappy Utah State team. “It was good to get a win on our last home game on the court,” Johnson said. “I thought our defense looked phenomenal. ... This win was a whole team effort. It wasn’t one individual person.” Ca ssie House led New Mexico with a match-best 14 kills, while Devanne Sours, Juliea Warren and Henderson each had seven kills. Johnson added six kills and Gullatt contributed five. Defensively, Gullatt led the team with seven total blocks, ahead of six for Johnson and five four Henderson. Ashley Kelsey notched a game high-tying 18 digs, while Warren chipped in 13 digs.
Hannah Johnson dished out a game-high of 35 assists during the women’s volleyball match up against Utah State Nov. 18. Photo Credit: Courtesy
“Overall though I felt that our defense was really good, both floor defense and blocking,” head coach Jeff Nelson said. As a team, New Mexico hit .202 (46 kills, 21 errors, 124 attempt), while holding Utah State to just a .094 hitting percentage (35-23-128). The Lobos also had more total blocks (12 to 7), digs (55 to 50) and assists (43 to 33) than Utah State, which dropped its 14-straight true
road match dating back to last season. Uta h State opened the match scoring the first three points, but New Mexico quickly knotted the first set up at 4. Both teams would keep it close through an 11-11 tie, but the Lobos eventually posted a 4-1 run to go up 15-12 at the firstset media timeout. UNM extended that 4-1 streak into a 9-3 streak to go up 20-14 on the Aggies. Utah State would score just four
more times in the set as New Mexico cruised to a 25-18 set win. The Lobos hit .273 (14-5-33) in the set with Henderson (four kills) and Johnson (three kills, 10 assists) leading the way offensively. UNM held USU to just .026 hitting (9-8-38). Set two started with New Mexico leaping out to a 7-2 lead, but Utah State responded with a 7-1 run to take a 9-8 lead. UNM scored four of the next five to go up two points at 12-10, only to have a persistent Aggie squad tied the set at 15. Each side then traded runs (5-0 for UNM followed by 4-0 by USU) and battled back and forth into another tie (one of eight in the set) at 22-all. Utah State moved ahead to set point at both 24-23 and 25-24, but the Lobos fought off both points and scored the final three of the set to win 27-25. Both teams hit .156 in the set, with New Mexico converting 16 kills against nine errors on 45 attempts, while Utah State posted a 14-7-45 line.
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SENIORS SHINE | FROM PAGE 21 House had five kills — including the set winner — and Sours tallied four in the set. “Cassie House really picked it up in the second and third set,” Johnson said. Out of intermission, Utah State took control early, going up 7-2. However, the Lobos reeled off a 6-1 run to tie the set up at 8, sparking another tight match. Both teams played to eight more ties en route to an 18-18 tie. But UNM went on a 5-1 run to take a 23-19 advantage, and staved off two late Aggie points for a 25-21 set win. New Mex ico capt u red its 10th sweep of the season in front of a vocal crowd announced at 1,120 that chose Lobo volleyball over the UNM men’s basketball team, which also won Wednesday night. “I think it was a great crowd,” Nelson said. “... It was one of the bigger crowds. It was fun and I’m glad we could win for them and for the seniors tonight. Our fans are always
Skye Gullat team worked with Hannah Johnson to help land some killer moves that led the Lobos to a victory over Utah State Nov. 18. Photo Credit: Courtesy
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR NOV. 20 – NOV. 26, 2015 Continued from page 22 For more information please contact: (505) 722-7281. Rio West Mall, 1300 W. I-40 Frontage Rd. 7TH ANNUAL T’S FOR TURKEYS Join iHeartMedia as they broadcast live, from 11 am - 3 pm. We ask for 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. Location: Lowes Shop N Save Supermarket, 200 Marguerite St. NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH The Children’s Branch presents the Cellicion Zuni Dancers. They’ll perform traditional Zuni Dances.Under the direction of Fernando Cellicion the group has become one of the top professional touring native Dance companies. For more information please call (505) 726-6120 or email email@example.com. NAVAJO NATION ZOO Join us for a Hozhio learning experience. The Navajo Zoo and the Navajo Nation Museum present winter stories and songs serenading our sacred animals. Presenter: Anderson Hoskie. Event takes place from 1 - 4 pm. For more information call the NNM (928) 871-7941. ARTS FESTIVAL Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce presents the Second Street Arts Festival, from 10 am – 4 pm. There will be Jewelry, quilts, photography, ceramics, and more. All items are handmade, local, and unique. Get a head start on your holiday shopping. Spend the day in Historic Downtown Gallup 106 W Highway 66.
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Join us in celebration of Jerry Brown’s artwork that will be on display at the Octavia Fellin Library throughout November. Main Branch 115 W. Hill. For more information please call (505) 863-1291, or email: email@example.com COMMUNITY PANTRY The Hope Garden is offering organic produce for sale from
10 am - 12 pm, Tue - Fri. We are located at 1130 E. Hasler Valley Rd. All funds go to helping feed local folks. For personal attention call (505) 726-8068 or when visiting ask for Kenworth Jones. FIRST INDIAN BAPTIST CHURCH Monday Night Back to Basics Bible Class, Red Hills Trailer Park recreation center 7 pm; Tuesday Family Bible Study FIBC 501 S. 3rd St, 6 pm; Sunday Worship and Prayer at FIBC 501 S. 3rd, 10:30 am. Contact: Pastor Robert Fontenot (505) 979-0511. fibcgallup@ gmail.com / www.fibcgallup. weebly.com GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY 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: gmchumanesociety@gmail. com. Location: 1315 Hamilton Rd. RECYCLING COUNCIL McKinley Citizen’s Recycling Council is a local non-profit working to increase recycling through education, community outreach, and partnership with local government agencies. MCRC meets the first Saturday of the month at 2 pm, at Red Mesa on Hill St. For more information please call (505) 722- 5142 or visit www. Recylegallup.org. GALLUP SOLAR MEETINGS Interested in learning more about solar energy? Come to a Gallup Solar meeting, held the first three Wednesdays of the month from 6 - 8 pm, East Logan Ave. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (505) 726-2497. GALLUP SUSTAINABLE GALLUP BOARD The City of Gallup’s Sustainable Gallup Board meets on the first Monday each month from 3 - 5 pm in the Mayor’s Conference Room at City Hall. Community members concerned about conservation, energy, water, recycling, and other environmental issues are welcome. Call Bill Bright at (505) 722-0039 for information, 404 West Maxwell, Ave. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Yard Sale fundraisers are open 9 to noon every Saturday on Warehouse Lane off of Allison Road. If you have
household items to donate or wish to volunteer on construction, call Bill Bright at (505) 722-4226. HISTORIAS DE GALLUP The Library is collecting oral histories from people in the community. Historias de Gallup will focus on Hispanic History in the area and stories that will give listeners a picture of Gallup in the past. These histories will be recorded and stored at the library for future generations to listen to. Anyone interested in participating should contact the library to schedule an interview time. Latino Americans: 500 Years of History has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. For more information, please call the library at 505-863-1291 or email: email@example.com QUILTING GROUP Come on down and join our quilting group. We have quilting bees every Tuesday from 9 am – 2:30 pm, and Thursday from 9 am – 2:30 pm. For more information please contact Virginia Gustafson (505) 879-3001. Located by the Playground of Dreams and Harold Runnels Center in the Larry Brian Mitchell Recreation Center, 705 Montoya Blvd. SAVE THE DATE QUICKBOOKS WORKSHOP Learn the basics of QuickBooks Accounting software Dec. 1, from 8 am – 4: 30 pm. This workshop will cover learning how to set up your company using the easy step interview and how to customize your QuickBooks for your business work with item lists. Fee: $80, manual included. For more information, please call (505) 7222220. Gallup-McKinley CO, Chamber of Commerce, 106 W. Hwy. 66.
NAVAJO NATION HUMAN RIGHTS MEETING The Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission will meet at 10 am on Friday, Dec. 4. NNHRC conference room 343 highway 264 in the Saint Michael’s Professional Bldg. 1, Suite 112 in St. Michael’s, Navajo Nation, AZ. Meeting open to the public. For more information please call the NNHR office at (928) 8717436, or visit the NNHRC website: www.nnhrc.navajo-nsn.gov. INTERFAITH EARTH SABBATH Join us for a monthly interfaith prayer on Dec. 3, from 7 - 8:15 pm. This is an opportunity to pray for healing, strength, and support for all of us. Our prayer this month will be for participants at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change COP21: November 30 to December 11. For more information call (505) 722- 7564. Location: 604 Jeff King St. 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 – Dec. 5 – Festival of Trees To post a non-profit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday 5 pm.
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