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Japanese Americans shed light on a dark history Story by Chrissy Largo Photos by Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondents


he n he w a s a teenager, Hiroshi “ H e r s h e y ” Miya mura once saw a train arriving, full of Japanese citizens, at the train station in Gallup. He thought to himself, “Where are they going?” There were so many of them, he recalled. Miyamura – a JapaneseAmerican, Korean war veteran, and Medal of Honor recipient – had no idea at the time that these Japanese Americans, peeking through the train’s windows, were being sent to a nearby internment camp. “I was 16 when the war broke out i n 1941,” sa id Miyamura, a lifelong Gallup resident. “I was surprised and couldn’t believe it. But, by that time the Japanese community was very well integrated into to community.” According to Miyamura, at that time, there were 25 Japanese-American families residing in the Gallup area. His father owned a restaurant and remembers the area being a “town of immigrants that all grew up together.” After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on the dreadful day of Dec. 7, 1941, as many as 120,000 Japanese-Americans were forced to internment camps throughout the United States. President Franklin D. Roosevelt took it upon himself to enact Executive Order 9066, which would ultimately displace Japanese Americans to desolate areas around the country. About 6,000 Japa nese Americans were rounded up and sent by train to four New Mexico confinement camps with locations in Santa Fe, Ft. Stanton, Old Raton Ranch, and Camp Lordsburg. As part of a project called, “Confinement in the Land of Enchantment,” or CLOE, under the New Mexico Chapter of the Japanese-American Citizens League (NM JACL), Victor NEWS

Victor Yamada waits patiently for the sound technicians to perfect the sound system for the “Memories of Heart Mountain and Lordsburg” program at UNM-G Nov. 19.

Ya mada , specia l projects coordinator, spoke to an audience at the University of New Mexico-Gallup campus about plans that are underway to educate students about the history of his people Nov. 19. “Some of the examples and materials that will be in the project … we are going to include materials that have never been seen before, or certainly, never been widely distributed,” he said. He describes a Buddhist priest that kept a diary that started on Dec.7, 1941 and ended when he was released. He was imprisoned in both the Lordsburg and Santa Fe internment camps. The diary is about 1,000 pages, written entirely in Japanese, and so far, a few pages has been translated by researchers. “I think that it would be very interesting because being a Buddhist priest, he would have had a different perspective on being imprisoned and his observations day-by-day,” Yamada said. The CLOE project hopes to complete their final stage of initiatives by spring of next year, which include a website, public outreach brochure, and new historical markers that will be placed in Lordsburg, Fort Stanton and Old Raton Ranch. T he project is f u nded by t he Nationa l Pa rk Service’s Japanese-American Con f i nement Sit e s g r a nt program.

Sam Mihara waits for his turn to talk on Nov. 19 for the program titled as “Memories of Heart Mountain and Lordsburg.” The memories of the four survivors of the internee camps developed for Japanese-Americans just after Pearl Harbor is a sad tale in America’s history.

Nikki Nojima Louis and Herb Tsuchia read from a prepared script during the program and talked about the living conditions in the internment camp during a presentation Nov. 19 at UNM-G.

Under this federal grant program, this forum allowed the sharing of three personal experiences of surviving prisoners that aims to educate a wide and diverse audience. Sam Mihara, project director, and former child prisoner of the Heart Mountain,

and lived in horse stalls. “The first camps that we went to were horrible!” Mihara said. “All the horserace tracks were closed during the war and the government put in barbed wire fences, guard towers, and weapons to make sure we were enclosed. They started filling it with people.”

Hershey Miyamura, Medal of Honor recipient, came to the presentation with Gerry and Patty Hererra, his nephew and niece. Hershey talked about seeing the internment trains go through Gallup full of people being relocated from one place to another.

WY prison camp, shared his experience during that difficult time as a child before departing from his home in San Francisco. He said buses were loaded and that they were only allowed one suitcase per person. In route to their destination, buses stopped at temporary locations in which his people were taken to horse race tracks

Exactly three months after arriving at the horserace track prison camp, prisoners were loaded into a train. Not knowing where they were going, after four days and three nights, they made it to Heart Mountain, WY, near the area of Cody. Upon arrival, there were nine guard towers that surrounded the camp and the

signs were obvious – that anyone that tried to cross the fence would be shot. It was eventually reported that two prisoners died in the early morning hours at the Lordsburg prison camp on July 27, 1942 for trying to escape. However, it was said that both prisoners were both physically unable to run. Many interpretations have been heard, and it is still being determined. Mihara goes on to describe that conditions within the prison camp were difficult, which included the sharing of 16 toilets lined up in a row that served 500 people. They were given food such as bread, potatoes, powdered milk, and mutton that was shipped from Australia. “We said to the government, ‘let us grow our own food.’” Mihara said, since they did not eat such foods. The JapaneseAmericans were allowed to clear and irrigate a section of land, and within a year, they had food that brought them some satisfaction. UNM-G Executive Director Dr. Christopher Dyer, who attended the event, said the imprisonment of JapaneseAmericans during WWII was an act of social injustice and racism. “There was never really any definitive proof that anyone, any significant persons of Japanese-American ancestry, had anything to do with betraying the United States of America,” he said. “In fact, the most decorative groups of soldiers were Japanese-Americans fighting in Italy for a country, which at the same time, imprisoned their families.” The twisted irony is that 33,000 Japanese-Americans, wh ich i ncluded men a nd women, joined in the U.S. military during WWII. “We had sons and daughters of the people inside the prison camp that are going into war for the government,” Mihara said. “The same government


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300 turkeys and $500 donated to Community Pantry By Chrissy Largo Sun Correspondent


hen the Western New Mexico Motorcycle Riders Organization is not out lobbying state representatives and senators, fighting for biker rights in Sante Fe, or educating local high school students about their Motorcycle Awareness Program, you can find them donating their time and money to non-profit organizations such as the local Jim Harlin Com mu n it y Pa nt r y, a l s o known as “The Community Pantry.” The Community Pantry was established by Jim Harlin and Tom Crider in 1999. They felt there was a strong need for more healthy food alternatives and nutritional education in the area of Gallup and surrounding towns. In prior years, in coordination with the Community Pantry, the WNMMRO has organized various motorcycle fun runs and all proceeds were donated to the Community


The crew from iHeart Radio, from left, Sylvester Paquin, Danny Sandoval, Jen Saucedo, Savio Sanchez, and Julius Torrez, were on hand all day on Nov. 21 to encourage customers at Lowe’s Shop and Save to purchase two turkeys for a much lower price than normal, and then donating one to the Community Pantry.

Pantry; however, this year, they ran out of time. So, they decided they would present a $500 check on Nov.21, during the “T’s for Turkey’s” event held at Gallup’s Lowes Shop-n-Save shopping center. The $500 will go toward general purchases of food to give out to local families for the holidays.

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“There are a lot of good people that are involved. Just like any other volunteer organization, you have your core group of people, you depend on them to make things happen,” said Jim Smith, coordinator of WNMMRO.


The Western New Mexico Motorcycle Rights Organization donated $500 to the Community Pantry on Nov. 21. From left, standing, Charlene Sekiya, Barbara Esquibel, Jim Smith, Community Pantry Director Alice Perez, and Dale Regensberg. Standing in front of them are Hilda Kendall from the Pantry, Monica Morrissette and Larry Smith, while the two kneeling in front are Rick Eustace and War Hippie Rabbit (the name he gave). Photos by Tom Hartsock


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A Crown Jewel for Downtown Gallup By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent


hen the planners for t he A r t s & Cultural District first got together, several items jumped onto their agenda immediately, but none so well needed as a new library. The Octavia Fellin Library building is over 60 years of age and has far outgrown its usefulness, so much so that a Children’s Branch was added a block away in the old bank building down Second Street to handle the overflow. That is not a good thing, as

The next decision of the planners was location, and they believed that it would be imperative to keep it near the center of the Arts and Cultural District, as an anchor if nothing else. However, with the latest proposal that a new learning center be placed on the north side of Aztec Avenue and west of Second Street to the parking lot of Dental Innovations, the anchor could and should turn into a “Crown Jewel.” If the current Children’s Library was razed and a new two-story (at least) edifice was erected in that spot, the Arts and Cultural District would

A artist’s rendering of how the front of a new, modern Gallup library could appear.

it separates adults from their children, and besides, the bank was not constructed to hold the weight of books – approximately 170 pounds per foot – needed to fill the shelves. Other problems became evident as well, including adequate space for the ever-growing numbers of computers for cardholder needs, accessible meeting rooms of varying sizes, space for art and other programs to assist in the learning process, and a host of other, smaller needs that libraries must have in the 21st Century. Speaking of which, focus groups have recently noticed that the words “library” and “museum’” have decidedly negative connotations, especially among the younger generation. Contemporary curators of both recognize that their institutions need to be living centers of active learning and community gathering places in which the subjects to which they are dedicated are brought to life. Thus, a name change is not just expected, but demanded, in the future. NEWS

have a centerpiece among the Second Street Event Center, El Morro Theater, City Hall, and the County Courthouse. The vibrant nature of a majestic building in this area would only increase the value of the buildings around it, either intrinsic or market. And the community value will rise as well. The artist’s conception of this building is simple, but elegant. The current walkway from Aztec to Coal would be kept in place but would feature a raised pedestrian crossing to connect to the parking area across to the south side of Aztec. The crossing area would also be well lighted for safety with blinking yellow lights to warn vehicles to slow down or stop for pedestrians wanting to cross the wide avenue. “In my career, I’ve been involved in working with about 10 new libraries,” said Mary Ellen Pellington, director of Library Ser vices in Gallup. “I am excited to use my

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Staff Reports

SCREWDRIVER STABBING Gallup, 11/23 Deputy Roberta Jaramillo responded to a call that a man had been stabbed, but while in route to the scene of the alleged crime at Grand Canyon Trailer Park, she was told by Metro Dispatch that the victim was walking toward Navajo Shopping Center. According to Jaramillo’s report, she soon discovered that the stabbing victim was at Gallup Indian Medical Center, and had been stabbed in the ear with a screwdriver. His ear was nearly sliced in half and a hematoma was forming on his neck. Apparently, he had gotten into the middle of a domestic dispute that involved one of his relatives. Meanwhile, the domestic brawl continued at the trailer


thief or thieves made their way into the north side of the residence, using a a piece of 2’ x 4’ piece of wood to boost themselves into the window.

LOCK YOUR DOORS park, with windows being broken and tempers flaring. By the time police arrived, the suspected brawlers had fled the scene.

CARWASH JACKED Thoreau, 11/21 Talk of the Town carwash was broken into sometime after 10 pm on Nov. 21. Thanks to video surveillance, owner Jimmy Cotant was able to provide evidence that two thieves used a crowbar to pry open a coin box on one carwash stall, in addition to two coin boxes welded onto vacuum cleaners. The thieves made off with $500 -$600 wor th of qua rters, along with the damaged boxes. Cotent suspects it was

two thieves that hit his establishment a couple of months ago, according to Deputy Ivan Tsethlikai’s report.

THIEVING BOYFRIEND? Yatahey, 11/20 A 21-yea r- old Yat a hey woman called on police to report that someone ransacked her bedroom and rifled though her grandmother’s belongings. The woman told police that she immediately noticed a broken window and that her boyfriend’s items were gone from her room. It quickly turned into a case of “he said, she said” when she told McKinley County Sheriff’s

Office Deputy James Garylle that she had spoken to her boyfriend on the phone, who, she said, sat in the car while his friends broke into her place. Items reported missing include an iPad mini, silver iPad mini with case and a black, Dell laptop computer.

ROBBERS SUCK Manuelito, 11/16 A Manuelito resident is feeling the sting of having his place burglarized. According to Deputy Arnold Noriega’s report, the thief or thieves reportedly made off with nearly $3,400 worth of his possessions. This included jewelry, televisions, multiple tools, a computer, and Remington rifle. The

Jamestown, 11/13 Sometimes you can’t trust those closest to you – including children. A Jamestown couple didn’t lock their car door and came out in the morning to find that there was money and checks missing from the wife’s purse. She immediately suspected her son and it turns out, according to Deputy Monty Yazzie’s report, that the checkbook was stolen a week earlier. The husba nd said they froze the accou nt, but it appears some spending was done – about $177 worth. The handwriting on the forged checks allegedly matches their son’s.

GOP governors choose Martinez to lead RGA By Matthew Reichbach


s was widely expected, Republican governors selected Susana Martinez to lead the Republican Governors Association. T he gover nor s picked Martinez to be the next chair of the organization on Nov. 19 at a meeting in Las Vegas, which pushes Martinez even further into the national spotlight. The selection will surely prompt more discussion of Martinez as a possible Vice Presidential candidate or cabinet member of a Republican presidential

administration. Martinez has denied any interest in national office each time she is asked. Martinez previously was the vice chair of the RGA, which is an organization that represents Republican governors throughout the country and seeks to get more Republicans elected to the position. Republicans currently are in the majority of governor’s mansions across the country, 31 in all. “As this year’s gubernatorial elections proved, the RGA is the most effective political organization in the country and it is my honor to serve as RGA Chair for 2016,” Martinez

said in a statement. “I am eager to build upon the RGA’s 2015 momentum with the 12 gubernatorial elections we have in 2016, each of which presents a real opportunity to elect or re-elect a Republican governor. All across America, Republican chief executives are solving the problems that Americans need fixed and I am proud to serve in this role to help elect more of these outstanding leaders.” Martinez is the first female governor and first Latina to c h a i r t h e o r g a n i z a t io n ; Martinez is still the only Latina ever elected as governor in the United States. Keeping governor’s offices in the next few cycles will be key; redistricting takes place in 2021. In 2017, two states (Virginia and New Jersey) will hold elections, while in 2018, 36 states will hold elections, though Vermont and New

Hampshire have two-year terms. The vote comes after several weeks of bad headlines for Martinez, including reported FBI investigation into her top political adviser Jay McCleskey and into possible retaliatory audits from her Taxation and Revenue Department. Martinez herself confirmed

to media that she spoke to the FBI. The Democratic Party of New Mexico highlighted the recent reports in a statement sent on Thursday morning, hours before the vote. “To keep Jay McCleskey by her side even as a federal grand


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PANTRY | FROM PAGE 4 The WNMMRO is an organization that consists of about 40 members that meet once a month advocating for the rights, safety, awareness and education of motorcycle riders. Eight of the members were able to make it to the event to present the $500 check to Alice Perez, the executive director of the Community Pantry. Also, in attendance at the event, for their seventh year, was iHeart Radio, who had a live-broadcast of three of their radio stations 99.1 KGLX, 99.9 KXTC, and 106.1 KSMQ during the event. They were on the air for a total of four hours, advertising to the community to stop by and donate. “We do this to benefit the Community Pantry and what we do is try to help fill their freezers with turkeys and non-perishable foods,” iHeart Media Account Executive/ Promotions Director Jennifer Saucedo said. “The community pantry, in return, gives it to the needy families, elderly, as well, as veterans within the community.” The theme “T’s for Turkey’s” event brought in 300 donated turkeys this year that will be distributed to local veterans who are already listed in the Community Pantry database. T-shirts were also given to people that donated turkeys to the Community Pantry. This is how it went: If you bought a turkey for yourself, you had to purchase one for the Community Pantry. The turkey donated to the pantry had to be of equal weight to the turkey that you purchased for yourself. This year, the cost of the turkeys during the event was 57 cents per pound and that was for four hours. After the four hours were up, the price of the turkeys increased to their advertised price of 67 cents per pound. “The event is a pretty pricey event, I mean, as far as a radio

station to put on,” Saucedo said. “We do have to get local sponsors to help us out with that as well.” Last year, Saucedo and her volunteer team helped the pantry with almost 400 turkeys. This year they had volunteers from the Gallup Lions Club helping out along with their minimal staff, all who took time off to do this event for the organization. “We had a huge amount of community there,” Perez said, “It being a grocery store, some people were there just to shop and some people were there specifically for the turkeys. We had Pinnacle Bank show up, and they, as an organization, purchased a bunch of turkeys for us.” Barbara Esquibel, WNMMRO treasurer, said that the community pantry is one of the programs in Gallup that they do support; however, it is not the only one. They are the local community organizer for the “Toys for Tots,” a toy drive that helps children in need during the holiday seasons. Each year, drop off locations are set up locally so that donators can drop off an unwrapped toy. The organization is also part of the Patriotic Guard Riders and Veterans Helping Veterans. Usually they support other clubs or riders organizations, by not only being there to participate, but by putting information up about upcoming motorcycle rides. “We do a lot. We have carried the remains of two soldiers this year,” Esquibel said. “We call it a pony express. WNMMRO has their hands in a little bit of everything around Gallup.” On Dec. 6, the organization has an upcoming bike r ide scheduled at t he Red Rock Balloon Rally, and they have their meetings set up every third Saturday of the month. V i s i t : w n m m r o .w e b s . com. The Community Pantry: thecommunitypantry.org or (505)726-8068.

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NACC selected to operate Navajo Nation BHP Mine Staff Report


INDOW ROCK, Ariz. – North American Coal Corporation (NACC) is a subsidiary of NACCO Industries, Inc. and traded on the New York Stock Exchange as NC. NACC has been selected by Navajo Transitional Energy Company (NTEC) to be the new operators of the Navajo Nation owned BHP Billiton mine. NACC mines and markets lignite, bituminous and metallurgical coal primarily as fuel for power generation and for steel production. The Corporation has been around since 1913 with corporate headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio. NACC has 1,800 employees, had revenues of $172.7 million in 2014. On Nov. 23, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye was introduced to the new mine operators executive team from NACC including President and CEO J.C. Butler, Jr. and mine operations President Vern Lund.

DOWNTOWN | FROM PAGE 5 expertise and talent in working with the City of Gallup on a newly designed, 21st Century building.” So far, the plans are merely conceptual, but Pellington does expect to double the number of computers at a minimum and has many other ideas firmly implanted in her mind after a lifetime of experience and success as a head librarian.

She has been in Gallup only seven years but has greatly increased the respect our small town has earned by winning national awards from associations where she competed with libraries across the country, many of them in much larger cities. Initial plans call for approximately 40,000 square feet of space, but nothing is set in stone at this point. “This is a long-range plan with many steps involved,”

Pellington said. “I want to make out progress as smooth as possible toward the end result.” Whatever the final result, our next generation will benefit from having a completely modernized attraction in a convenient and pleasant setting in which to learn and study about this marvelous world where we live. Writer Tom Hartsock currently serves on the library board.


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Bennett Freeze update BEGAYE, NEZ SIGN MOU

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ATA A N I I A R E APresident Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez have been actively addressing the lack of infrastructure issues that exist in the Former Bennett Freeze Area (FBFA). On Nov. 21, both leaders traveled out to Lorrena Sheppard’s residence, in what is known as the Nataanii Area near Black Falls, to formally sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the Navajo Nation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs Navajo Region to develop an Integrated Resource Management Plan (IRMP) addressing the FBFA. An interdisciplinary team will be composed of both Navajo Nation and BIA personnel that will develop and address an Environmental Assessment/ Impact Statement along with other compliance work. The MOU

President Russell Begaye along with Vice President Jonathan Nez and BIA Regional Director Sharon Pinto gathered at the residence of Lorenna Sheppard’s residence to sign a Memorandum of Agreement between the Navajo Nation and the BIA to develop a Integrated Resource Management Plan addressing the Former Bennett Freeze Area. Photo Credit: Courtesy identifies interdisciplinary team members, defines roles and responsibilities of each party and identifies project time frames. The MOU also defines the resources to be evaluated. In developing the goals and

policies for the project, the Navajo Nation and BIA must form a cooperative relationship to provide direction for the planning and implementation of the IRMP for the FBFA. “I want to congratulate the

Begaye-Nez administration for understanding the need for this MOU and agreeing to this high-level partnership,” said Sharon Pinto, regional director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Navajo Region. According to Pinto, by implementing the MOU, an interdisciplinary team will go out and collect data on the existing natural resources located in the area. They will then determine how these resources can be utilized in the development of the FBFA.   “This is a critical document,” she said “I appreciate the administration for seeing that this is the first step toward some real development.” President Russell Begaye said the MOU is a way to effectively collaborate between the Navajo Nation and the BIA to bring substantial change within shorter time frames. “I think collectively we can do more,” he said. “Right now, if we’re looking strictly at one department or agency to address the many issues that exist, it’s not going to happen. The need is too overwhelming.” To see the conditions FBFA residents are facing, both Begaye and

Vice President Jonathan Nez have toured the area and listened to the needs expressed by area families. For this reason, Begaye felt it was important to sign the MOU at a residence located on the FBFA and not at a chapter house. “We are here to see first hand the conditions our people are living in and it’s better for us to be where the people are to adequately address their concerns.” Begaye said. Begaye said he sees the MOU as a way to untangle the bureaucracy that can often stifle progress in bringing infrastructure to the area. The response to these needs should be immediate and shouldn’t take five or ten years, he said. “It’s a beautiful country out here.  It’s peaceful under the open skies and land.  However, in the midst of all this beauty, there is so much need that exists among the residents of the FBFA.” Over 60 community members gathered at the Sheppard residence for the day’s signing. Afterward, President Begaye and Vice President Nez gave away over 200 turkey baskets to the gathered elderly and those across the FBFA for their Thanksgiving meal.

Navajo DOJ presses EPA on Gold King Mine Spill Staff Report


I N D OW R O C K , Ariz. – In a letter sent this week to US Environmental Protection Agency General Counsel Avi Garbow, Attorney General Ethel Branch questioned the agency’s efforts to address claims for damages caused by

the Gold King Mine spill. Earlier this month, Garbow sent a letter saying that a decision had not been made as to whether the Navajo Nation could assert claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act. “Despite the USEPA’s repeated commitments to members of Congress, to the press, and to the Navajo Nation regarding fair,

effective and expeditious compensation for harms caused by the Gold King Mine Spill, your letter appeared to take several steps back,” wrote Branch. “I was surprised by the suggestion in your letter that the USEPA has not yet decided that the FTCA applies to the Gold King Mine Spill. This position cannot be squared with the USEPA’s repeated public


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statements of responsibility for the spill.” Branch also expressed her frustration with the fact that more than three full months after the spill the USEPA still does not have a process in place that will ensure full, fair and prompt recovery for the Navajo people and the Navajo Nation. The USEPA has thus far failed to establish an interim claims process and relief fund to allow members of the Navajo Nation

to seek compensation without releasing future unknown claims. “I remain committed to working with any and every federal agency that will provide support and fair treatment to the Navajo Nation and its people,” Branch said. “But I am sure you appreciate that your letter has raised more concerns and questions for us,” concluded Attorney General Branch, again imploring the US EPA to provide full recovery for the harms caused by the spill. NEWS

Sec. Padilla tried to help former client with tax audit

By Joey Peters NM Political Report


n Oct. 15, 2014, Kevin Sourisseau sent a message to his boss with the subject line “Harold’s Trucking Audit.” As second and first in command of the state Taxation and Revenue Department’s audits, Sourisseau and his then-director Lizzy Vedamanikam were in charge of making sure individuals and businesses paid their share of taxes in New Mexico. Their boss, TRD Secretary Demesia Pad i l la , wa nted to help Harold’s Grading & Trucking save money after the Bernalillo-based company faced an audit from their department. Before Gov. Susana Martinez named her head of the state agency in 2011, Padilla had done accounting work for the trucking company. In his email to Vedamanikam, Sourisseau wrote that the situation was a “difficult and uncomfortable issue.” Still, it didn’t seem like he had a reason for concern.

“This audit has not received any special consideration from the audit staff,” Sourisseau w rote, i n a n ema i l later released to the media by TRD. Just four days after this exchange, however, Padilla inserted herself into the audit.

LETTER FROM TRD SECRETARY In an Oct. 19, 2014 letter addressed simply to the state Taxation and Revenue Department, Padilla asked that the department abate—or in other words reduce or eliminate—negligence penalties assessed to a former client. I n t he let t er, Pa d i l l a explains that any tax penalty imposed on her former client should be reduced because of the way her accounting firm handled that client’s tax documents in the past. “All the books, records and source documents (including NTTCs) were maintained and stored by Padilla & Garcia,” Padilla writes in her letter to her own department. Padilla & Garcia refers to the accounting

firm Padilla ran before becoming TRD secretary. NTTCs are Nonta xable T ra nsaction Cer ti f icates, which businesses must collect and provide to TRD to prove they qualify for certain tax deductions on items they sold. In TRD emails released to NM Political Report last month, Padilla noted that NTTCs for her former client were destroyed. In the Oct. 19 letter, she writes that “some documents” weren’t transferred to her former client “and are no longer recoverable.” “Given the circumstances noted above, the negligence penalty should be abated,” Padilla writes. “Thank you for your time and consideration to this matter.” T R D s p oke s m a n B e n Cloutier characterized Padilla’s effort as “simply a short letter, attesting to the facts.” Cloutier noted that taxpayers have a right to submit messages from their accountants during tax audits. Cloutier downplayed the fact that Padilla wrote the letter. “It’s not written on state letterhead, or from the secretary in her official capacity, but as the taxpayer’s former CPA,” he said in a statement. “In fact, had the taxpayer not been afforded the opportunity to have his CPA attest to this information, he would have been discriminated against and denied a basic right given to all other taxpayers in New Mexico under the Tax Administration Act.” Last month, TRD denied handing over the document


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Teec Nos Pos Chapter to receive $500k for Chapter House overhaul

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez traveled to the Teec Nos Pos community on Friday, Nov. 20 to sign legislation that allocates $500K toward renovations for their chapter house. Photo Credit: Courtesy

Committee, the Budget and Finance Committee, the Resource EEC NOS POS-Navajo Committee and then through Nation President Russell Navajo Nation Council. Begaye signed legislation “Now the President is here to on Friday, Nov. 20, appro- sign it,” Bitah said. priating $500,000 dollars toward Before the chapter can start renovations to the Teec Nos Pos renovations, the building will chapter house. need to have structural blueprints The signing ceremony was reprocessed and initial assessheld at the current facility. ments done. From there the deterPresident Begaye said he wanted mined renovation will undergo a to show the chapter that he was cost analysis. personally aware of their need.  “Then finally the construcBegaye said he had attended a tion part will begin,” said Steven chapter meeting at their former Benally, Teec Nos Pos community facility. service coordinator. “We’re look“We came here to sign the ing at approximately over a year document and make those dol- before it will be open for business.” lars available to you,” he said. “It’s Chapter President Alfred important that your community Jim said he thinks renovations have a proper facility to conduct could take up to two years. In the business.” meanwhile, he said the chapter is Currently, the chapter runs looking into leasing mobile units all of its administrative services to conduct meetings and adminout of a modest hogan while istrative services. conducting larger chapter meetHe thanked both President ings in a nearby warehouse. The Begaye and Vice President warehouse has no central heating Jonathan Nez for coming to Teec or stove and no plumbing. Nos Pos for the signing ceremony. Chapter Vice President Arnold Benally said he was honored Bitah said the original chapter to have both leaders come to Tees house building is over 30 years old Nos Pos to approve the legislation. and suffers from roof damage.  He “We feel good about knowing said the chapter has been trying to there is something good up ahead,” have renovations done since 2013. he said. “We thank both President Thus far the legislation has Begaye and Vice President Nez went through committees to get for all their doing to support us.  where it is today: Naabik’iyati’ Thank you” Staff Report


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Dems push ethics bills after year of scandals By Matthew Reichbach NM Political Report


ouse Democrats gathered in Santa Fe to unveil a slate of ethics and transparency bills Nov. 24. The bills come after a year that saw a state Senator resign after violating the state constitution and the Secretary of State resigned after pleading guilty to six crimes, including two felonies. One bill that they included was instituting a state ethics commission, legislation that has been introduced in one form or another for over a decade without ever passing. New Mexico is one of just eight states that do not have an ethics commission. House Minority Leader Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, is the latest to attempt to bring the legislation to the governor’s desk. In the 2015 legislative session, the legislation passed one committee but stalled in the House Judiciary Committee. “Clea rly with what ha s tra nspired with our former Secretary of State Dianna Duran and the current

MARTINEZ | FROM PAGE 6 jury considers indictments against him sends a message to New Mexicans that Susana Martinez is comfortable with sca nda l a nd cor r uption,” DPNM Executive Director Joe Kabourek said. “New Mexicans have had enough. Her key political adviser, her secretary of state, her secretary of taxation and revenue – where does it stop?” Dianna Duran, the Secretary of State mentioned by Kabourek, resigned shortly before pleading guilty to corruption charges. Duran, however, was elected to the position and while she is a Republican like Martinez is not part of Martinez’s administration. According to Albuquerque

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questions around the Gover nor’s political financing regime, the time to create a n Independent Ethics Commission is now,” Egolf said in a statement. “We need to have a mechanism to receive complaints and concerns from the public and investigate them in an expedited and transparent way, just like we have for our judicial branch.” Egolf suggested that the Judicial Standards Commission could serve as a blueprint. “This is important because every four years, gubernatorial inauguration committees raise money totaling nearly $1 million from many sources, including out-of-state corporations,

J o u r n a l c a pit ol bu r e a u chief Dan Boyd, no one has ex pressed concer n about McCleskey joining Martinez at the meeting. Martinez takes over from Ten ne s see gover nor Bi l l Haslam. Haslam said Martinez is an “outstanding” choice. “She has made the tough decisions necessary to move New Mexico for ward a nd knows what it takes to win in a blue state, a skill that will be vital to ensuring our governors and candidates have the resources they need to win in 2016,” Haslam said in a statement. “It has been an honor to serve with her as my Vice Chair for this past year and I look forward to the success she will achieve as the RGA’s Chair for 2016.” The Family Loves It

lobby ists, loca l busi nesses, a nd hard-working New Mexicans,” Javier Martinez said. “In 2015, 90% of funds raised to the Gubernatorial Inaugural Committee were in the form of contributions of $5,000 or more. New Mexicans should have the opportunity to easily view information about these big donors, and see how this money was spent.” Another piece of legislation surely to get a lot of attention this year is one by Rep. Matthew McQueen, D-Galisteo, that would strip the pension of any elected official who is found guilty of corruption. Again, this received attention following the charges and eventual guilty plea by former Secretary of State Dianna Duran over campaign finance issues. After a plea deal, Duran will keep her pension, something that has opened up Attorney General Hector Balderas to criticism; he says that the law as is currently written does not provide for the stripping of the pension. “If an elected official is guilty of corruption, the loss of their pension should be swift and certain; they

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should be off of the state’s payroll once and for all. If you read the current statutes, it’s not clear and it’s not certain,” McQueen said. “We need to give our current Attorney General and any future attorney general the tools they need to make sure this does not happen again.” Rep. Javier Martinez, D-Albuquerque, said he will introduce legislation to require inauguration committees to register with the Secretary of State, report all contributions and expenditures and also place a limit on expenditures to the inauguration committees. The FBI is reportedly investigating charges allegations about money related to Susana Martinez’s 2011 inaugural committee and her top political adviser, Jay McCleskey. A fourth piece of legislation, also to be introduced by Egolf, is an updating of the campaign finance system. Media reports have brought campaign finance irregularities that were not caught by the Secretary of State to light in recent months. Visit: www.nmpoliticalreport. com



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TAX AUDIT | FROM PAGE 9 when NM Political Report a sked for it in a records request, saying that it contains confidential taxpayer information. When asked if she could redact the confidential information and send the document, TRD records custodian Mary Baily wrote in an email that she couldn’t because “it is the entire document that is confidential because it was part of an audit.” NM Political Report later filed a request with Keller’s office for all correspondence with state Attorney General Hector Balderas’ office following Keller’s preliminary investigation. Padilla’s letter came as part of that request. Balderas’ office is currently investigating Padilla for allegedly giving preferential treatment to a former client for whom she use to do accounting work. TRD has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing by Padilla. W h i l e K e l l e r ’s of f ic e redacted the name of the taxpayer—releasing confidential taxpayer information publicly without the taxpayer’s consent is against state law—NM Political Report has confirmed

JAPANESE | FROM PAGE 3 that imprisoned the families that were with these people that volunteered for the military.” Dr. Nikki Nojima Louis, a humanities scholar and program designer for the event, recalled that on her fourth birthday, her father was taken away from his Seattle home by the FBI and spent time at Lordsburg and Santa Fe prison camps. “We were part of the last generation to have directly experienced removal from our homes on the West Coast by our government,” Louis said. “To live behind barbed wire and under gun towers in isolated parts of the country for three years.” It was not long before Louis and the rest of her family would be taken to temporary prison camps that once served as racetracks and stockyards. Eventually, in November of 1942, Louis and her family were taken to the Minidoka, ID prison camp. Mea nwh i le, Herber t NEWS

that Padilla’s letter in fact refers to Harold’s Trucking.

To Keller’s office, the fact that Padilla inserted herself in the audit is problematic. “ The letter speaks for itself in terms of the allegations of abuse of power by the Secretary and raises serious concerns about the fair administration of our tax laws,” State Auditor spokeswoman Justine Freeman said in a statement to NM Political Report. A spokesman for the governor’s office didn’t a phone call and email seeking comment Monday morning. Last Febr uar y, Keller’s office received an anonymous tip on its fraud hotline that Padilla gave preferential treatment to a New Mexico taxpayer. He then contracted w ith McHa rd Accou nti ng Consulting, an Albuquerque forensic auditing firm, to conduct a preliminary investigation into the matter. In July, Keller publicly announced the preliminary investigation found that Padilla may have acted wrongly and retaliated against TRD employees who voiced concerns about

her actions. Citing the investigation, he added that her actions may have cost the state revenue. Keller referred the matter to Balderas on July 9. At the time, a spokesman for TRD criticized Keller and called him “the most political State Auditor in New Mexico history.” T he fol low i n g mont h , Keller’s office notified Balderas’ office that it had since received Padilla’s Oct. 19, 2014 letter, which was attached to the message. “The letter was received anonymously,” State Auditor Specia l Investigations Supervisor Hamish Thomson wrote to the Attorney General’s Office. Attorney General spokesman James Hallinan wouldn’t comment specifically on the matter other than saying that his office reviews complaints it receives and investigates “when appropriate.” “It is the policy of this office to neither confirm nor deny an existence of an investigation, in order to preserve the integrity of our investigations and protect those individuals not charged with a crime,” Hallinan said.  Whether Padilla’s letter succeeded in relieving Harold’s

Tsuchiya, a retired pharmacist and actor, has vivid memories of when he lived in the Minidoka prison camp. “I wa s 10 yea rs old. I remember my address: Block 13, Barrack 6, Apartment C.” Tsuchiya said. Japanese-American citizens would eventually find an ally in James Percell, an attorney from San Francisco, who filed a lawsuit on behalf of those interred. He would go onto win that lawsuit. This led to the release of all the Japanese-American prisoners in late 1945. In the late 1970’s, a redress committee was developed by the descendents of former Japanese-American prisoners and surviving prisoners to allow for an investigation into internment camps. The investigation called for compensation to imprisonment victims and an apology by Congress. Some 50 years later, in 1998, President Ronald Reagan signed a law that allowed for the families that were imprisoned to be compensated. Then, in 1990, President H.W. Bush sent a formal letter of apology.

Mea nwh ile, English Professor Myrriah Gomez participated in the event, said the internment camps are a repressed part of New Mexican and U.S. history. “I think that this is a very neglected part of not only New Mexico history, but U.S. history at large,” she said. “I think that it speaks to the relevance of what is happening in the world today because when the New Mexico governor is coming out and saying ‘we are not accepting refugees,’ this whole history is being repressed and that is part of that.” The president of UNMGallup’s Asian Club, Ariana Joe, found the NM JACL’s presentation to be intriguing mainly because in high school, she vaguely recalled the topic being discussed, but never learned more until hearing the personal testimonies of internment camp survivors. “I think that it teaches people, later in the future, so that history won’t repeat itself,” she said. “And ultimately, I think this teaches people to try not to make the same mistakes again.”


Trucking from certain tax penalties is not publicly known. Harold’s Trucking received an assessment from the Tax Department on Oct. 30, nearly two weeks after Padilla wrote her letter. Harold’s Trucking protested the assessment the following January and lost the protest because it was filed too late according to online records. Harold Dominguez, the owner of Harold’s Trucking, told NM Political Report that he didn’t remember Padilla’s letter. He added that his company had to end up borrowing $69,000 for the TRD assessment earlier this year. “And we paid it,” he said. Cloutier emphasized that “as the taxpayer has already publicly stated, his dispute with the department did not result in his favor.” He also cited Sourisseau’s email stating that the Harold’s Trucking audit “has not received any special treatment from staff,” despite the fact that it came four days before Padilla’s letter. Cloutier did not answer whether Padilla’s letter influenced TRD’s assessment of Harold’s Trucking. As NM Political Report previously reported, emails between TRD officials show that Padilla wanted to write an affidavit for her department’s audit of Harold’s Trucking stating that she “was in possession of the NTTCs in question and that they were destroyed.” Citing state statute,

Sourriseau wrote in an Oct. 2 email that Padilla’s planned affidavit wouldn’t be sufficient enough to support Harold’s Trucking’s tax deductions. Padilla wrote her letter supporting Harold’s Trucking’s tax deductions less than three weeks later. Sourriseau now works in the State Auditor’s office as director of the office’s special investigation division. Vedamanikam is now director of a division at the state Department of Finance and Administration. Neither would comment for this story. Carl Harper, a tax accountant with Albuquerque-based Pulakos CPA, said that an accountant admitting they lost items for a taxpayer is an example of “falling on your sword for your client.” State statue allows TRD to excuse a taxpayer’s failure to pay taxes “caused by reasonable reliance on the advice of competent tax counsel or accountant” when considering penalties At the same time, Harper said he “wouldn’t be surprised” if an argument like the one Padilla made—that her client shouldn’t be penalized because she, and not her client, lost key tax documents—didn’t fly with TRD. “That’s not a standard they do,” Harper said. “And, beyond that, it shows mismanagement of the audit.” Andy Lyman contributed to this report. Visit: www.nmpoliticalreport.com

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OPINIONS THARS GOLD DOWN BY THE PERKY – Part Two A MASTER DEVELOPER AGREEMENT FOR AN ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT the experience however the key t o f ut u re succe s s i n the downtown district will depend on ma jor pr ivate sector development north of the railroad tracks which can truly be considered the heart of town as viewed from the freeway. The freeway completion in the 1970s was to the detriment of many bypassed communities however Gallup, with its downtown area visible from the elevated highway, was granted a gift to capitalize on. Yet forty years later the view of the heart of town is still an eyesore. Gallup Land Partners, an outsider fa mily, ha s done wh at nobody el se i n ou r region full of millionaires had the vision or will to do, take the investment risk of pu rch a si n g t he Ga merco Associates properties with

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 d i s t r ic t e x pr e s s e d by a Downtown Redevelopment Plan it bears repeating. In part one I talked about the city’s notion that they can solve the economic woes of dow nt ow n Ga l lup. A side from enhancing street and pedestr ia n in fra str uctu re and then asking the proper ty owners how they can make life easier for them by reducing regulations and providing incentives, there’s not much else they can do. More open spaces with additional pedest r ia n wa lk way ma l l areas and expanded parking would certainly enhance


plans of creating an industrial hub complete with a railroad spur. With the proper incentives and infrastructure improvements the land purchase in the heart of Gallup might also be appealing to i nvestor s, a nd I mea n a n Entertainment District development on a large scale. Once that is in place it becomes a facilitator for an Ar ts and Cultural District in old downtown. Step one needs to be the appropriate infrastructure upgrade by the city in order to attract developer/ investors. I have heard some fascinating infrastructure ideas for downtown however not ma ny a re rea listic. These included such things as a



Madame G suggests updating your passport. Black Friday is here to drain your last remaining dollars in the bank. Perhaps travel is in your future, as you take a break from the holidays and run away from relatives. It’s not you, they’re truly mad. But, it’s a mad world. Happy trails!

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

You’re choking on untapped adventure. You wanted to grab your SO and run off into the sunset, instead of spending Thanksgiving with the in-laws. But, the gods ignored your sacrifices. Barcelona is lovely this time of year. Take a chance. Take a drive. The dog looks bored, you should take her on a walk while dreaming of the Mediterranean.

Eyes are the windows of the soul and yours are fuming, just keep on keeping on. They didn’t mean it. Take a breath. They’re not worth it. Whatever you’re thinking, no. Instead, look up baby pandas sneezing on YouTube. Kitties are cute. Puppies are cool. Pack your overnight bag and head out for a wild adventure. You need it.

You’re looking a bit stressed. The sudden gray hairs and bags under your eyes give it away. You can’t stand outside Old Navy for 15 hours alone. Those deals don’t buy themselves. You love preparing for Christmas and having everything just so. Is it worth it? Nah! You need your beauty sleep. There’s a pumpkin spice latte and cranberry bliss bar with your name on it. You don’t even have to share.

Your career goals are on the right track. But, don’t forget to save for retirement. Help your loved ones out around the house, change the litter box, walk the dog, and mind the baby. Your animals love you, but they’re no escape from reality. Hoarding isn’t just a show on Netflix. It’s a serious condition. You probably need a vacation.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Halt! Put the cookie down and back away slowly. Madame G is here with reinforcements. You can do it. Your healthier self is not a thing of the past. You can do it! The stress feels like it’s killing you, and it probably will. This is the time for feeling grateful, and if not, gracious. It could be worse.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) You’re phenomenal! Keep it up. Don’t fall victim to the maddening crush of Black Friday fervor. Keep calm and carry on. It’s true what they say not all that glitters is gold. Buy experiences not things, unless it’s a Nikon 810 or Panasonic Lumix GF7— then you can photograph adventure. They’re the perfect gifts for the holidays, for you.


LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Sunny is your middle name. You’ve got every single ball in the air and you couldn’t be happier. Leo’s love the adventure of life. The crazier your world, the happier you appear. Don’t worry, you’ve got this and everyone knows it. No one has any doubts in you, not a single one.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Is a hair out of place? Dear Virgo, don’t panic. Everything will be okay, if you let it. Perfection is your happy place. But, Madame G will let you in on a secret—it doesn’t exist. Find beauty in imperfections and join the land of the living. We all check out in the end. So, drop the ball and head out of town. Let your family host you for once. It’s okay.

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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You’re mad. You can’t figure out what went wrong. Don’t worry Scorpio always prevails in the end. Plus, it’s not always your fault. If you’ve never failed—you’ve never tried. Madame G suggests staying the course. It’s not like you care. Their opinions have never meant a thing to you before. Play with the dog. She’s nice and won’t judge you.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) This is your month. Adventure is around the corner and your career prospects are looking up. You’ve done the research and taken the risk. You’re ready. But, is everyone on the same page? Family may be pulling you back and holding you down. They’re just scared. Think outside that box. In fact, there’s no box. It’s a bowl of petunias shouting: “Oh, not again.”

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Your enthusiasm for the arts is tested. Some people are driving you to the brink of madness. It’s that time of year. Though it’s not “high brow,” this isn’t Europe and you’re not at the Louvre. Enjoy yourself. But more importantly, allow others the opportunity to enjoy themselves. It’s all in good fun. Best of luck!

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Loved ones are not looking very nice right now. Santa may give every single one of them a lump of coal. Violence is never the answer. You don’t know their journey. They have troubles of their own. Shock the world and put on a tough skin. Madame G suggests wearing iron around your heart, but look out for the dinnerware.


THARS GOLD | FROM PAGE 12 street tunnel underpass, a massive complex and expensive project, or mov ing a stretch of the railroad closer to the freeway – not gonna happen. The intentions are to tie in the railroad-freeway district with downtown by removing obstacles. As far as I can see though only one alteration of a smaller scale should be necessary, a relocation of the Second Street railroad crossing to either First or preferably Puerco with a new street curving along the Perky (Perky Drive) to connect with the Second Street bridge and Third Street. The east-west Maxwell Avenue would be removed so Perky Drive could run along the Perky Wash bank. This would open up considerably more unobstructed area for development, creating a n a rea larger than four city blocks. Taking it a step further would be a n extension of Perk y Drive from Third Street to a new railroad crossing at Fifth Street allowing the removal of the Third Street crossing and even more area for not only Entertainment District development but residential as well. Perky Drive would function well as a two-way street with the Second and Third Street under pa sses remaining one-way. At this point the investor- developers could step in facilitated by a Ma ster Developer Agreement allowing the garnered funds of the Downtown Redevelopment Pla n to be tra nsfer red to those developers. Offering the city owned land on the che a p wou ld a l s o be a n incentive to developers with the city receiving a return on their ‘investment’ from property, sales and lodgers ta xes. Later on the downtown landowners might collaborate to create a walkway mall connecting Coal a nd 66. That wou ld a llow the second infrastructure addition by government entities - a sensational eye-catching neon-lit pedestrian overpass as a downtown centerpiece linking ‘old downtown’ to my proposed Entertainment District. The possibilities are enormous and I offer to you what I have envisioned for nearly 40 years. First of all I see an upscale Entertainment District with OPINIONS

an old town f lavor featuring open areas comparable to A lbuquerque and Santa Fe old town districts – open areas which are so lacking in the confines of downtown Gallup. El Rancho Grande Hotel would be located on the east side off ‘Perky Drive’ with a three star restaurant row to the west bordering Third Street. The Gra nde Hotel and Convention Center m ig ht i nclude t hei r ow n India n Ma rket Pla za w ith gazebo in the central area and easy access to the downtown pedestrian overpass. Plenty of parking would be available along the railroad r ight- of-way a nd nea r the overpass. North of and facing the central plaza could be an outdoor concert arena. The district outer perimeter could include an IMAX theatre, bowling alley, shuffleboa rd club, roller coa ster and a Giddy Up Gallup western dance hall in the old A G Cash & Carr y - I’m just postulating on a myriad of possibilities for a very large area, all to be determined by private sector developers with a profit motive, a motivation which public projects lack, with the consequence of such ill-advised schemes as our hidden Cour thouse Square. With 20,000 vehicles passing by daily on I-40 looking down on a modern ‘old town’ hub of activity and carnival atmosphere complete with a mega retro-neon and digital billboard, the image of Gallup would be immediately upgraded and downtown an actual destination for many. Scha ller’s postulate #7 states “The private sector does it twice as good at half the cost and half the time.” You can have all your gover n ment BID, MR A , ACD, COC, EDC a s well a s city planners-zoners cooking up 10-year strategies ad infinitum to haphazardly recreate downtown at great expense to taxpayers, yet in the end it all comes down to the landowners, private developers and investors with the City of Gallup assisting thru infrastr ucture upgrades a nd a Master Developer Agreement. Will there be a vision, initiative and will to take a few r isks i n order to h it that mother lode which lies hidden in the heart of Gallup, yet in plain sight from that busy freeway?

Report: Food Tax could harm low income New Mexicans COSTS OUTWEIGH BENEFITS

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L B UQ U E R Q U E — Reinstating a tax on the sale of food for consumption at home could harm the health of New Mexicans who are already food insecure—meaning they don’t always have enough to eat. And while the revenue generated from a tax on food could be used to mitigate some of the damage the tax would do, the report finds that it is unlikely governments would spend the new revenue toward that end. The child advocacy group New Mexico Voices for Children released their report, “A Health Impact Assessment of a Food Tax in New Mexico,” today in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The report looks at three possible outcomes of a food tax: that families would maintain their current food purchasing patterns, leaving less money for other necessities such as medication and health care; that families would spend the same amount of money on food, but be able to purchase less of it (or substitute less-expensive, less-nutritious foods); and that state or local governments would collect more revenue, which could impact their spending patterns. “When all is said and done, taxing food will hurt those New Mexicans who are already hurting the most,” said Veronica C. García, Ed.D., executive director of NM Voices. “Almost a third of our state’s children don’t get enough to eat—even with school meals, SNAP benefits and food banks. How can we, in good conscience, expect them to do with even less food? “While most New Mexicans will be celebrating Thanksgiving with abundant food, we must remember that many, many New Mexicans who don’t get enough to eat, not just during the holidays, but all year long. We hope lawmakers will keep these children and their families in mind if they debate food tax legislation,”

she added. The repor t is a hea lth impact assessment (HIA), which follows specific protocols. Among them is a review of academic literature, research and data, and interviews with stakeholders. For the stakeholder interviews, NM Voices held three focus groups around the state—in Albuquerque, Vado and Gallup—in which New Mex ica ns who were low-income, food-insecure, or eligible for SNAP benefits talked about how they thought a tax on food would impact them. “The focus groups were very informative and really brought the whole tax issue to the level of real people and the problems they already face,” said Amber Wallin, MPA, who was the lead author of the HIA. “People talked about having to decide between buying food and paying the electric bill or buying their prescription meds. Some talked about having to buy cheap, filling—but not very good-for-you—food just to have something to eat. And even though a food tax might cost a family just $25 more a month, one participant talked about how $25 is a small fortune when you don’t have a penny to your name.” Quotes from the focus group participants and other stakeholders are included in the repor t, along with

demograph ic i n for mation about New Mexico’s food-insecure and low-income residents. The HIA also looks at how tax revenue could be used to improve health outcomes. “Based on current spending patterns, however, it is very unlikely that revenue from a food tax would be spent in such a way that would mitigate the harm done,” Dr. García said. It is likely that legislators will consider taxing food during the upcoming 2016 legislative session. A food tax has been discussed as a way to allow cities and counties to recoup some of the revenue they are losing since the hold harmless payments from the state were changed in an omnibus tax bill enacted in 2013. A food tax has also been discussed as part of a tax system overhaul that would result in a lower gross receipt tax rate overall. The HIA was supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Joh n son Fou ndat ion a nd The Pew Charitable Trusts. The full report (http://www. nmvoices.org /w p - content / uploads/2015/11/HIA-reportf u l l-web.pd f ) a nd executive summary (http://www. nmvoices.org /w p - content / uploads/2015/11/HIA-reportexec-sum-web.pdf) are available online.

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COMMUNITY Gallup Rotary Club Seniors of the Month Story by Chrissy Largo Photos by Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondents

Shenoah Begay, 17, of Gallup High School, is a member of the Varsity Basketball team, cross country team, track and field and has been a part of a student internship. She has obtained her academic letter for the last three years, obtained the Class Sportsmanship Award (NMAA), and selected Most Dedicated and Inspirational Runner (cross country). She is Vice President for the class of 2016 and enjoys helping out at local fundraisers. Her hobbies include traveling, helping people, baking and running. “My plans are to go to college either at GCU or NAU and major in Biology and Exercise Science.”

Jefferson Bahe, 17, of Gallup High School, is involved in the MESA (Math Science Engineering Achievement) club, National Honor Society and the local swim team. He has contributed his time and efforts as an intern for the Southwest Youth Services and Deplani Engineering. His hobbies include reading, gaming


and he enjoys collecting books, coins and bills. “My plan for the future is to obtain the skills needed in the career of my choosing. I am open-minded as long as my career involves engineering.”

Christian Belone, 17, of Miyamura High School, is a member of the C Team Ba sketba l l, J V Ba seba l l, Varsity Tennis, Varsity Golf, the National Honor Society, and the Key Club. He is the Junior Class Vice President and National Honor Society Treasurer. He has obtained a Board Scholar Award, and has achieved High Honor Roll. His hobbies include playing chess, golf, tennis, traveling with family and running. “I hope to become a civil engineer by attending Arizona State University, the University of California, Los Angeles, or the University of Southern California.”

Cha nel-Dion Scott, 16, of Miyamura High School, is an assistant Marital Arts Instructor (2 nd degree black belt) and is the cross country team captain. She is a member of the National Honor Society, cross country, and track. She has been given the award for

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the Most Dedicated Runner Award. Her hobbies include reading, martial arts, running and hiking. “I hope to attend at Northern Arizona University and study to become a certified doctor in physical therapy.”

Juriel Jacob Brown, 18, of Navajo Pine High School, is a member of the basketball and football team. He was secretary for his junior year and received awards for math and reading. He has been an Honor Roll member for all four years of his high school career. His junior year he helped participate in creating a community garden. His hobbies include math, learning new things everyday and he enjoys helping others. “I would like to enroll into a small college or a community college and major in math. I plan to get my associates and bachelors in electrical engineering.”

Mar i a L a d on, 18, of Ramah High School, is a member of the volleyball and basketball teams. She is captain for the volleyball team and she is treasurer of her senior class.

She is currently involved in the National Honor Society, a member of the LDS and participates in the young women’s activities at her school. Her hobbies include playing sports, especially volleyball, and watching movies. “I plan on going to a four-year college after high school and majoring in psychology. After college I hope to continue onto law school to become a lawyer.”

Katelin Plumm er, of T horeau H ig h S chool, i s ranked second in her class and is a member of the basketball, cross country, track a nd f ield, a nd vol leyba l l teams. She is the Student Council President and was select ed a s Homecom i ng Princess in 2012. She has received awards for being a member of the National Honor Society and has been an honor roll recipient from 2012-2015. Her hobbies include running, reading, and spending time outdoors. “I plan to attend the University of New Mexico and major in nursing.”

Mike Mitchell, of Tohatchi High School, said

that ever since he was a young kid, he has always wanted to help his community any way that he can. He devotes his free time teaching his fellow school mates and community member’s martial arts and offering them music lessons. He said that he has a strong ta lent in music a nd he is currently learning to master playing the piano. His hobbies include practicing martial arts and studying music. “I plan on continuing my education. I would like to go to UNM to study construction and engineering. My main goal is to help recognize others around me and those in my community.”

Shoshan a D eschin e, 17, of Window Rock High School, is President of DECA (Distribution Education Clubs of America), Treasurer of Window Rock Running Club and President of LDS YW Program. She has participated in the DECAlympics which she taught leadership skills. She has been a worker for the Southwest Food Services for the last two years. She has accumulated over 100 hours of community service by baking goods for Christmas, painting at Sage Memorial Hospital, d e l i v e r i n g fo o d d u r i n g Thanksgiving, picking up trash along the highway and participating in canned food drives. Her hobbies include reading, writing, playing the piano, and learning how to play the violin. “My plan for the future is to attend college at BYU or


ROTARY CLUB | FROM PAGE 14 NAU and major in business for a master’s degree.”

Nizhoni Young, 17, of Wingate High School, is a member of the National Honor Society, Vice President of the Book Club, and second AllTeam Honorable Mention in Volleyball and is involved in the school’s basketball team. She has participated in nursing home activities, tutored elementary students at Lake Valley, and participated in various food drives, books fairs and the “Toys for Tots” event. She contributed her help to the Assayii Lake Fire in 2014. Her hobbies include reading poetry,

drawing, and helping others. “My plan for the future is to attend Haskell for two years, transfer to Seattle University to pursue my career as a psychiatric family nurse.”

Kei sha Kallestewa, 18, of Zuni High School, is a member of the Nationa l Honor Society, Class of 2016 Secretary, and member of the Art Club. She is a member of the basketball, softball and volleyball teams, in which she made captain of all three sports. Her hobbies include traditional sash belt weaving and printmaking. She enjoys learning about math, physics and technology. “I plan to attend New Mexico Tech in Socorro to study in the field of engineering.”


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Cheyenne Bates, 17, of Crow npoi nt Hig h School, i s Vice P re sident of t he Student Council and Senior Class Representative. She par ticipates in the school club’s: MESA (Math Science Engineering Achievement), Student Council, Dine’ Club, A r t Club, a nd the Sen ior T-shirt Committee. She has obtained a 4.1 GPA and has been on honor roll all her four years of high school career. Her hobbies include reading,

traveling with her family, and participating in the rodeo during the summer. “My plan for the future is to attend the University of New Mexico and attend the College of Nursing. Hopefully one day, I get to be a nurse practitioner.” Abbott J. (Jay) McCollum, Jr., c h a i r p e r s o n fo r t he Gallup Rotary Club’s Senior of the Month and Senior of the Year Committee, commended each student a nd their parents for their efforts and dedication in the making of a n outsta nding student within their school. “I wa nt to express my thanks for you being outstanding students,” he said. “This celebration that we do each month is to recognize outstanding students that have been chosen by the faculty and staff of the area high school. The seniors that are here to be congratulated in your excellence in education, I just want to thank the parents

because you were your child’s first teacher. You helped mold them into the person that they are today.” The Gallup Rotary Club is a civic community organization that started in 1945 and strives to advocate for high school seniors and community members. For more than four years, it has implemented the “Senior of the Month” award to qualified high school recipients that are at the top of their school’s academic sta nding cla ss. Typically, it is the high school counselors and teachers that choose the candidates that qualify for an award. Each high school has a different process of selecting a qualified student and awards can range from approximately $500 to the highest amount of $5,000. It is based off of a merit scholar and not a need basis. Visit: www.galluprotaryclub.org

Lujan celebrates Native American Heritage Month


a nta Fe, NM – Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released t he fol low i n g s t a t eme nt today on Native American Heritage Month, which is celebrated during the month of November. “During Native American Heritage Month, we take the time to honor the many contributions of Native peoples on New Mexico’s unique culture and our nation’s history.  As proud home to 19 Pueblo nations, two Apache nations, and the Navajo Nation, New Mexico has been shaped by the richness of the art, language, and culture of our indigenous tribal populations.  Native American culture and

NM Congressman Ben Ray Luján

deep-rooted traditions will always be an essential part of the fabric of New Mexico. “As we look back on the accomplishments and influence of Native Americans throughout New Mexico’s rich

history, we must also look forward and work to strengthen tribal communities today and in the future. With respect for tribal sovereignty and by honoring our trust responsibility, we can partner with our Native brothers and sisters to meet the dreams and aspirations of tribal communities.  Through investments in education we can support the next generation of Native American leaders in New Mexico who are shaped by their tribal colleges and universities.  By increasing access to health care and building infrastructure, including broadband access, we can ensure that the doors of opportunity are opened wide for all Native Americans.”


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First Annual Second Streets Art Festival ‘Moments’ PHOTOS BY TOM HARTSOCK Cheryl Cooeyate stands behind her ceramic work at the Second St. Art Show on Nov. 21.

Jessica McKinney, left, and her daughter Nevaeh Mendoza, right, keep an eye on the work of artist Gilbert Jumbo at the Second St. Art Show on Nov. 21. Barbara Ashbrook, left, helps to show the work of artist Lavon Loncassion on Nov. 21 at the Second St. Art Show in downtown Gallup.

Dey and Night Gomez (Dey with the blue hair, of course) entertain the vendors and customers during the Second St. Art Show on Nov. 21.

Gloria Cooeyate is the sister of Cheryl and does some ceramics as well, but she also spends a lot of time sewing her crafts, as displayed at the Second St. Art Show on Nov. 21.

From the left, Maryann John, Delilah Bill, Fannie John and Auggie John share their work with potential customers at the Second St. Art Show on Nov. 21.

Annie Tsosie, left, stretches while Veronica Smith and Matthew Tsosie chat together at the Second St. Art Show on Nov. 19. Veronica makes the earrings while Matthew does the necklaces and other pieces.

Mary Ann Watchman displays selected jewelry pieces for the customers at the Second St. Art Show on Nov. 21.

Chet and Cindy Blay display their different works, carving and quilting, at the Second St. Art Show on Nov. 21. The couple moved to Gallup from Massachusetts recently and enjoyed the sunshine during the show.


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Sandra Thomas of Naschitti displays her work in sand painting on Nov. 21 at the Second St. Art Show.

Larry Cisco displays a nice collection of fetishes at the Second St. Art Show on Nov. 21.

John and John (no last names given) have a different set of crafts, creating various items from metal, including horseshoes at the Second St. Art Show on Nov. 21.

Trudy Cedarrain brought her merchandise all the way from Mixed Water, UT for the Second St. Art Show on Nov. 21.

Artist Geraldine Tso displays some of her beautiful work inside the Second St. Event Center on Nov. 21. Becky Wesbrook of Bluewater Village does a little bit of everything, as evidenced by the wide assortment on her table at the Second St. Art Show on Nov. 21.

Marlene Chavez used a large tabletop to display her work inside the Second St. Event Center on Nov. 21.

From Left, Kim, Julia, and Vera Simms look over their handmade wreaths inside the Second St. Event Center on Nov. 21. Tom Simms, who had stepped away at the time, is also an artist, see picture on extreme left.

Gorgeous pottery by Dewayne and Heather Eskeets was one of many items for sale inside the Second St. Event Center on Nov. 21.

Inside the Second St. Event Center on Nov. 21, more artists were set up, but that didn’t seem to concern City Councilor Francesca Palochak and Gallup historian Martin Link as they conversed on more serious matters.


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‘Victor Frankenstein’ stiches a bizarre patchwork of a movie By Glenn Kay For the Sun



his is a strange one. Mary Shelley’s famous novel has been updated numerous times, and the latest attempt is one of the most unusual of the lot. Despite the title suggesting otherwise, Victor Frankenstein is actually a tale about his assistant. In what appears to be an attempt to win over the masses, it also tries to be every kind of movie to every person, mixing action, horror, police procedural and romance into one package. The results are a mixed canvas stitched together from wildly varied approaches and inspirations. Narrated by the man who would eventually be known Igor (Daniel Radcliffe), the story begins with a hunchbacked character owned by a circus and working as both a clown and occasional medical practitioner. When a beautiful trapeze artist named Lorelei (an underutilized Jessica Brown Findlay), falls, Igor jumps to the rescue and

This is no ordinary “bromance.” Daniel Radcliffe plays Igor and James McAvoy plays Victor in this strange tale of two men piecing together dead people into a monster of a man and what not. Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox

his incredible skills are noted by Victor Frankenstein (James McAvoy). Frankenstein breaks him out of his awful environment and asks the younger man to help him with his secret experiments. Before you know it, Igor’s getting a big makeover. His large hunch turns out to be an easily remedied abscess and his hairstyle goes from a Robert Smith (of The Cure) look to something of a Prince Valiant “do”. I’m not sure if that’s an improvement, but it impresses Lorelei and romance blooms. In the meantime, the pair of medical scientists are hunted by the religiously devout Inspector Turpin (Andrew Scott),

who will stop at nothing to get his men. Yep, it sounds completely ridiculous. Just as it is in execution. Did I mention that a resurrected chimp goes on the rampage at one point? As you might have guessed, there is no hint of subtlety to be found. Turpin walks around crime scenes and states what happened and why without much explanation of how he came to his outrageous conclusions (even Sherlock Holmes would be confounded). When Frankenstein’s reckless and crazed approach to experimentation reaches its heights, the amount of spittle flying from his mouth appears to increase

dramatically. One can’t help but think the actors based their performances on those from classic monster movies. There are even a couple of brief but elaborate chases and scuffles, which is extremely odd for what is usually a cerebral horror tale. They show our heroes running, sliding and punching foes - essentially, being much more adept at fighting than any bookworm should be. It all becomes very surreal during the final confrontation with the monster, which has a feel more akin to a WWE showdown than a terrifying struggle with a beastly creature.

At least it’s never boring, and it certainly looks fantastic. The production is more lavish than just about any horror movie of recent years. This includes the colorful and elaborate backdrops at the circus and the environments within the lab (both in Frankenstein’s loft and later in a large castle set). They’re full of strange objects and impressive detail. Additionally, there are plenty of neat visual tricks when Igor talks about anatomy, we see diagrams of skeletons superimposed over figures. Pretty much every penny spent is visible onscreen. Regardless, I can’t honestly recommend this. This retelling doesn’t really have much to say about science, creation, obsession or for that matter anything else. I ended up taking it as an intentionally campy riff on the classic tale. And I’m not even sure if that was the actual intent. Would a major studio really spend $90 million dollars on an over-the-top, silly lark? Something tells me that things just got a little out of hand and this is the resulting patchwork. Victor Frankenstein earns some cheesy B-movie smiles, but one wishes its creators had spent more time in the lab before bringing their creation to life.


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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Nov. 27, 2015 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


ello folks, it’s a very bu s y we ek once again for releases on Blu-ray and DVD. There’s something for horror, drama, comedy and even a picture or two for the whole family. So if you can’t make it out to the movies tonight, be sure to give one of these titles a try!

BIG NEW RELEASES! American Ultra - Jesse Eisenberg a nd K r ist i n Stewart star in this dark comedy about a stoner who is activated as a sleeper agent for a government organization. Reviewers were split on this effort. While many felt that it had its share of laughs, some believed that it went off on strange tangents (from comedy to action film to introspective drama), and was too uneven and schizophrenic to recommend. Now viewers can make up their own minds. The cast also includes Topher Grace, Tony Hale, John Leguizamo and Bill Pullman. A Christmas Horror Story - There appears to be a big push towards horror-themed festive entertainment this year, especially with Universal’s Krampus arriving in cinemas in a couple of weeks. This feature features numerous intertwined tales set around the holiday - characters face of against an evil tree, zombie elves, and a demonic anti-Santa (among many others). Notices were decent for this low-budget independent. While just about everyone wrote that tales were hit-and-miss, most believed that the successful ones were entertaining and zippy enough to earn the title a passing grade. It features William Shatner and George Buza. Cut Snake - Set in the 1970s, this Australian thriller involves an angry ex-con who has just been released from jail and is attempting to restart his life with a new fiancé. Things get complicated when a fellow inmate (with whom he had a relationship while in prison) arr ives unexpectedly a nd recruits the main character to COMMUNITY

help him burn down a nightclub. Critics gave the movie good notices; while some found it uneven, others praised the film’s authentic look and complimented the attempt at a different spin with a familiar plot. Sullivan Stapleton, Alex Russell and Jessica De Gouw take on the lead roles. No Escape - An American moves w it h his family to Southeast Asia. No sooner do t hey a r r ive than a revolution breaks out, with armed mobs out to kill foreigners. The clan must survive numerous attacks as they flee the country. There was more negative reaction to this thriller/horror flick than there was positive. While the majority found it technically accomplished and tense, more than half found the tone prejudiced and xenophobic in its view towards other nations. It stars Owen Wilson, Lake Bell and Pierce Brosnan. Ricki and the Flash - An aging and forever-touring rock star decides to return home try and reconnect with her estranged daughter in this comedy/drama written by Diablo Cody (Juno) and directed by Jonathan Demme (Philadelphia). Reviews were slightly more upbeat than dismissive for this effort. While a few found it to be a run-ofthe-mill redemption story, more found the cast charming enough to make it worthwhile. The impressive talent involved include Meryl Streep, Rick Springfield, Kevin Kline and Mamie Gummer. Shaun the Sheep Movie - Kids are certain to get a kick out of this amiable kids film (based on the TV series) from the makers of Wallace & Gromit. Using stop-motion animation, it follows the animal residents of a farm who break free and head for the big city. It’s only after they arrive that they begin to miss the farm owner and attempt to find their way back, getting into all kinds of trouble along the way. This is the best reviewed film of the week, receiving raves for its impressive animation, charming characters and mischievous streak. As a family entertainment option, you can’t go wrong.


Wow, this is an enormous week for Olive Films - they’re releasing Blu-rays of several catalog titles and viewers will be sure to find something that suits they’re cinematic tastes. Paul Hogan stars as crook who believes he’s been given supernatural powers to help others in the comedy/drama Alm ost an An ge l (1990). Critically acclaimed director John Sayles tackles the famous 1919 Chicago Black Sox baseball scandal in the drama, Eight Men Out. It’s a very strong film (the cast includes John Cusack, Christopher Lloyd and Michael Rooker among many others) and readers would be well advised to check out a full review of the movie right here. Heartbreakers (2001) is a roma ntic comedy about a mother and daughter who run a con to meet men and steal their money. It stars Sigourney Weaver, Jennifer :Love Hewitt, Gene Hackman and Ray Liotta. Simon Pigg headlines the New York set dark comedy How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008). It Runs in the Family (2003) is a family drama featuring three generations of the Doulgas brood, Kirk, Michael and Cameron. But that’s not all. The Kid From Cleveland (1949) is another baseball drama about a professional team who help out a teenager with a troubled home life. Bill Murray fans can pick up Larger Than Life (1996), a comedy that pairs the actor with an elephant - it’s part of a very strange inheritance. It also features an early appearance from Matthew McConaughey. And there’s more, John Malkovich plays a scientist and robot attempting to woo the same woman in Making Mr. Right (1987). Mr. Saturday Night (1992) is a drama starring and directed by Billy Crystal depicting the lifelong struggles of a fictional comedy performer. Of Mice and Men (1992) is a well-regarded adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel that also stars John Malkovich along with Gary Sinise.

Romance & Cigarettes (2005) is a musical comedy directed by John Turturro and starring James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon and Kate Winslet. There’s also a Blu-ray of the Laura Dern comingof-age drama Smooth Talk (1985). Dennis Quaid and Kathleen Turner play ex-spies with newborn babies who end up engaged in work-related shoot-outs in the goofy effort, Undercover Blues (1993). Finally, Voodoo Man (1944) is a creaky old zombie/ supernatural B-picture that teams Bela Lugosi and John Carradine. And Kino have some very interesting titles arr iv ing on Blu-ray too. A Child is Waiting (1963) is a drama starring Burt Lancaster and Judy Garland about teachers working at a boarding school for developmentally disabled kids. The Devil’s Disciple (1959) is a comedy about a man whose identity is mixed up with another during the Revolutionary War. It features Lancaster along with Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier. If you’re looking for classic disaster films, one of the first is The Hurricane (1937). The Oscar winning effor t was directed by John Ford and includes Dorothy Lamour, John Hall and John Carradine in a Tahiti-set effort with heavy doses of romance, that climaxes with the title event. It one of the films that set the template for the genre. There a re some fu n B-movies arriving as well. T he Incredible 2 Headed Transplant (1971) is a cheesy, so-bad-it-might-be-good effort that features a scientist who transplants the head of a killer onto that of a slow-witted man. Unsurprisingly, it results in a troublesome monster. The cast includes Bruce Dern, pat Priest and Casey Kasem. Finally, The Mask 3-D (1961) is noted as one of the first Canadian horror movies. It tells the tale of a psychiatrist who receives a mark from an archeological expedition in the mail, and begins to experience hallucinations and nightmares (resulting in some goofy, trippy 3-D visions). Shout! Factory also have a couple of cult flicks on the way. Blood and Lace (1971) is considered by some cult movie fans as an entertainingly bad terror flick about a teenage girl who is sent to a creepy

orphanage after the death of her mother and brother. Just about everyone running the place is deranged and the lead finds herself stalked by a sledgehammer wielding killer. This violent film comes with an audio track featuring a film historian talking about the movie and its impact in the genre. Ghost Story (1981) didn’t get much love upon its theatrical release, but it has found a small following over the years. It follows a group of older gentlemen who find themselves stalked by a vengeful ghost for something that occurred 50 years previous. One of the men’s young sons attempts to solve the mystery for himself before everyone meets a nasty end. The cast includes Fred Astaire, Douglas Fairbanks Jr, John Houseman, Melvin Douglas, Craig Wasson and Alice Krige. The Shout! Factory release comes with a director’s commentary and new interviews with several of the stars. As always, there are some impressive art films coming from Criterion. Don’t Look Back (1967) is a documentary about Bob Dylan, following the musician as he toured the UK in 1965. In addition to a new digital transfer of the title, some of the other numerous bonuses include a commentary track with director D.A. Pennebaker, a documentary about the filmmakers, short non;-fiction films from the man, outtakes, interviews with participants and an alternate version of the famous Subterranean Homesick Blues cue card sequence featured in the movie. Ikiru (1952) is a Japanese film from iconic director Akira Kurosawa. about a bureaucrat who is diagnosed with a terminal illness and attempts to make sense of it all. It also comes with a commentary, a feature length documentary on the move and a production feature including interviews with Kurosawa and other cast and crew members.

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Here’s some entertainment that should please the young ones in your family. Adventure Time - Finn the Human (Cartoon Network) Shaun the Sheep: Season 1 Shaun the Sheep Movie Thomas & Friends: Tales on the Rails

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Scenes from Rio West Mall’s ‘Holiday Craft Fair’ PHOTOS BY TOM HARTSOCK

A more panoramic view of the entranceway to Rio West Mall on Nov. 21, where vendors and customers lined up to look at or select a huge variety of arts and crafts.

This entrance to the Rio West Mall was crammed with three rows of tables and customers for the Crafts Fair on Nov. 21.

Scarves, pillows and blankets with your favorite NFL team logo and name always makes a good gift for Christmas. This and much, much more was available at the Crafts Fair in Rio West Mall on Nov. 21.

These happy ladies are still smiling at the end of a long day of displaying and selling their crafts in Rio West Mall on Nov. 21.

Blue Bird Flour sacks lend a nice touch to a variety of items, as displayed here in the Rio West Mall Crafts Fair on Nov. 21.

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SPORTS 360 Sarcasm Makes Cynics of Us All By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent


t’s a good thing we have friends to keep us grounded and also to make sure we are wearing pants before stepping outside the house! One of mine was quick to point out that in last week’s column, I failed in writing just about sarcasm, because sarcasm usually leads to cynicism, which can easily become an argument, then to a fight, and eventually to a full-blown war. We need to rein back those impulses some, I know, regardless of the urges we feel. Don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings, after all. Ooops! My friend was also quick to disparage my home-spun morality tales in the same column, telling me point blank that they needed an update. Ok, already, I get the point! What ever it is. In today’s society, disagreeing with the speaker is not considered good manners, unless of course the speaker is totally wrong, in your mind. If you think that statement is a little confusing, just look around. Where are the free and open debates of the past that were geared to make your brain work, and not just solidify into hard shells of resistance? They are gone like the art of cursive writing, discarded for the NEW and IMPROVED! One of the current ‘hot button’ items of the day is the massive migration of Syrians to other countries and the scattered pockets of terrorism that are everywhere. Sides have been chosen in this battle: good vs. bad; empathetic vs. non-caring.


But the portion that is lacking in both sides is a more clearheaded rationale, although both think they are the only ones who have it. Now, this column is not intended to be an arena for either side to either present their views, mostly narrow ones, or to attempt an ‘academic’ knockout kick to the head, in the manner of Holly Holm, who has a much firmer grasp on the physical than most of us and may also be superior to us in knowing when to use the kick to full advantage. The above compound sentence fulfills my requirement to use this column in the name of sports. Done, and done! Now, the above italicized and underlined sentences are sarcasm. The next step is becoming a cynic, as in “You really don’t care what I write, you just keep reading to see if I can spell!” Then, everything starts going downhill from there! No home-spun adages need to be included. It is what it is and what it becomes is often much worse than what it started out to be. Are you still reading? We get so involved protecting our side that we absolutely cannot find room or time to even consider the ideas of others. And we think that is OK! Gallup High lost the season opener in the boys basketball arena last week for the seventh time in eight years, but that little tidbit of info means little, since they have adequately used those games to rebound into very good seasons, including a couple of appearances in the state championship game.

So keep your spirits up! There is a lot more games to this season to keep you excited. There are also a couple of wrestling matches to be held on

local mats this year and some young men with very good chances to use their talents will particpate for Gallup, Miyamura, and Wingate High schools. Get

out and see them perform and lend them your supports. Maybe I’ll see you near the mats, or somewhere between there and the bleachers!

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This Week in Sports

Nov. 27 Friday Wingate BBB @ W. Las Vegas Shootout, 4 Nov. 28, Saturday GHS GBB vs. Las Cruces, 2 Wingate BBB @ W. Las Vegas Shootout, 7 Nov. 30, Monday Wingate BBB @ Miyamura C Tourn, TBA Dec. 1, Tuesday GHS BBB @ St. Pius, 7 MHS BBB vs. Wingate, 7 MHS GBB @ Valencia, 7 RCHS BBB vs. Zuni, 6:30 RCHS GBB @ Thoreau, 6:30 ToHS GBB @ Red Mesa, 6 Wingate BBB @ Miyamura, 7 Dec. 2, Wednesday GHS BBB @ Atrisco, 7 Dec. 3, Thursday GHS GBB vs. John Lomasney Tourn., 7 MHS GBB @ St. Pius, 6 RCHS BBB vs. Mancos, 8 RCHS GBB @ Santa Rosa Tourn, TBA ToHS BBB @ Rehoboth Tourn., TBA ToHS GBB @ Lomasney Tourn., TBA Wingate GBB vs. Laguna Acoma, 7 Dec. 4, Friday GHS GBB vs. John Lomasney Tourn., 7 RCHS BBB vs, Rehoboth Tourn., TBA RCHS GBB @ Santa Rosa Tourn, TBA ToHS BBB @ Rehoboth Tourn., TBA ToHS GBB @ Lomasney Tourn., TBA Wingate BBB @ Miyamura C Tourn., TBA Wingate BBB vs. Taos, 7

CALENDAR COMMUNITY CALENDAR NOV. 27 – DEC. 3, 2015 FRIDAY NOV. 27 CITY OF GALLUP Thanksgiving—offices closed MCKINLEY-COUNTY SCHOOLS Thanksgiving Break—no school MOVIE: MINIONS

Starts at 6 pm. El Morro Theater, 207 West Coal Ave. PG. SATURDAY NOV. 28 FESTIVAL OF TREES Soroptimists presents the Festival of Trees. Tickets are on sale from Nov. 21Dec. 03, one ticket for $3 or four for $10. Trees will be on display in the old PacSun space. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit Soroptimists of Gallup community projects. For more information please call (5050) 722-7281. Location: Rio West Mall, 1300 W Maloney.

MONDAY NOV. 30 MCKINLEY COUNTY SCHOOLS EOC Window opens for High School students who are retaking an EOC or who are in a block course. Information call (505) 721- 1000. Location: 700 South Boardman Drive. TUESDAY DEC. 1 QUICKBOOKS WORKSHOP Learn the basics of QuickBooks Accounting software, 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. Lunch included. For more information, please call (505) 722- 2220. Location: 106 W. HWY 66. MITTEN TREE PROJECT The Octavia Fellin Library presents the Mitten Tree Project. Donations of NEW mittens, hats, and scarves can be placed on trees at the Main Library and in the Children’s Branch. Help us decorate our trees and celebrate the season of giving, by making someone’s Continued on page 22

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Bengals ‘bedeviled’ in season opener

Photos by Del Ray It may have been a rocky start for the Bengals, but they have the rest of the season to regroup, and strategize, their performance on the court.

Shawn Eskeets #23 Bengals scores on a lay up against Espanola Valley Sundevils in the second half.

Colten Lowley #32 of Gallup Bengals takes the opening game tip-off against James Archuleta #43 Espanola Valley Sundevils. The Bengals lost its season opener 62-49 Nov. 19.


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holiday season warmer. All items will be donated to Battered Families Inc. For more information, please call (505) 863 - 1291, or email library@gallupunm.gov.

OPEN-MIC-NIGHT Local talent takes center stage from 8 - 10 pm at Coal Street Pub, 303 West Coal Ave. (505) 722-0117. THURSDAY DEC. 3

GADGET GARAGE WORKSHOP The Octavia Fellin Library presents the Gadget Garage, on Dec. 1 and Dec. 5. This is a “Technogadget” buying workshop and is meant to help consumers decide which electronic device fits their needs and budget. A variety of e-readers, tablets, and laptops will be available to view. Staff will help answer questions about functions and price so that patrons can make sure they’re choosing the right gift, at the right price this holiday season. Starts: 3 pm. For more information, email: librtrain@gallupunm. gov, or call (505) 863-1291. WEDNESDAY DEC. 2

COMPUTER CLASS The Octavia Fellin library is offering free computer training, Basic Computer skills from 3 - 5 pm. Registration is required to register call (505) 863-1291 or email librtrain@gallupunm.gov or visit the front desk of the library. Location: Main Branch, 115 W Hill Ave.

TODDLER TIME (AGES 2 TO 4) An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement rhymes, and stories. Starts: 10:30 am. Children’s Branch, 200 W Aztec Ave. Free MAKER’S CLUB (AGES 7 AND UP) A club for kids interested in science, math, building, and inventing. Each week will feature a different challenge, project, or experiment. Starts: 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. Craft: Lego Challenge OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Meetings every Wednesday at 6 pm, First United Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Dr., corner of Nizhoni/ Red Rock. Enter northwest corner off Nizhoni; Library room. HOLIDAY HUSTLE FILMS

Family movie, popcorn provided. Free. Starts 5:30. Main Branch, 115 W Hill Ave. All ages. Featured Film: Avengers: Age of CALENDAR

CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) Fun crafts for the whole family. Starts: 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Craft: Sock Snowman. INTERFAITH EARTH SABBATH Join us for a monthly interfaith prayer on 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: Nov. 30 to Dec. 11. For more info. call (505) 722- 7564. Location: 604 Jeff King St. ONGOING JERRY BROWN ART EXHIBIT

Join us in celebration of Jerry Brown’s artwork that will be on display at the Octavia Fellin Library throughout November. Main Branch 115 W. Hill. For more information please call (505) 863-1291, or email: libref@ gallupunm.gov 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. MCRC 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. Information: (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: gallupsolar@gmail.com or call (505) 726-2497. GALLUP SUSTAINABLE GALLUP BOARD The City of Gallup’s Sustainable Gallup Board meets on the first Monday each month from 3 - 5 pm in the Mayor’s Conference Room at City Hall. Community members concerned about conservation, energy, water, recycling, and other environmental issues are welcome. Call Bill Bright at (505) 722-0039 for information. Location: 404 West Maxwell, Ave. 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: mdchavez@gallupnm.gov QUILTING GROUP Come on down and join our quilting group. We have quilting bees every Tuesday from 9 am – 2:30 pm, and Thursday from 9 am – 2:30 pm. For more information please contact Virginia Gustafson (505) 879-3001. Located by the Playground of Dreams and Harold Runnels Center in the Larry Brian Mitchell Recreation Center, 705 Montoya Blvd. SAVE THE DATE 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. Information: (928) 871- 7436, or visit the NNHRC website: www. nnhrc.navajo-nsn.gov. CITY OF GALLUP There will be a mandatory pre-proposal meeting Dec. 7 at 11 am. The Power Purchase Agreement & Asset Purchase Option is for a 10MW AC Solar Photovoltaic Generation Facility for the City of Gallup. The City of Gallup is seeking proposals from solar power generation developers or wholesale power marketers to provide a long-term purchase agreement, for all the electric energy output from a 10MW AC Solar Generation facility. Location: City of Gallup Council Chambers, 110 W Aztec Ave.

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 Dec. 5: Career and Technical Expo, from 10 am – 5pm Dec. 5: Balloon Glow at 6 pm Dec. 12: Santa’s Workshop from 7 - 9 pm Santa Hours: Sunday (12 – 6 pm); Monday – Friday (11 am – 7pm); Saturday (11 am -8 pm); Pet Photos, Monday (5 – 7 pm). VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Four Corners Pet Alliance, a new 501c3, needs gift wrapping volunteers to man some hours at Rio West Mall. All proceeds go to benefit Four Corners foster and spay and neuter programs. Contact Babette: (505) 7281640 or email: babsie220@ gmail.com To post a non-profit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: gallupsunevents@gmail.com or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday 5 pm.

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