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s I reflect back on the stories that I’ve covered in the year of 2015, I chose the top five that stood out to me as important stories of 2015.

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RECYCLING AND REUSING JAMBOREE EVENT It was nice to see many friendly faces once I walked into the doors of Gallup’s Community Center on Oct.31 as I was about to embark on covering an annual event called the “Recycling and Reusing Jamboree Event.” Those friendly faces were Gerald O’Hara, vice president of the McKinley Citizens Recycling Council, Board Secretary Shafiq Chaudhary and Board member Betsy Windisch. As an avid recycler myself, I

thought it would be kind of cool to check it out and I am glad that I did. Put together by the MCRC, a non-profit organization that for the last five years, has organized the event to allow thrift savvy residents to showcase their recycled-goods-turned-into-treasured-goods for sale. I insta ntly fell in love with former English teacher, Elizabeth Foutenot’s, cute and crafty projects that included an array of gift boxes, found at various thrift and Micheal’s craft stores, covered with words from the Bible or dictionary. I learned she practically found all her crafting tools at nearby thrift stores and off the shelves of clearance racks. I was immediately inspired once I got home to cut up all my old recycled books and paste on the words of my favorite author onto an old shoe box! I just remember how unique and fun this event, and it was for a great cause for the whole community of Gallup to learn how to repurpose their recycled materials.

ALCATRAZ OCCUPATION AND AN UNJUST STERILIZATION W it h m a ny h i s t or ic a l events that took place during

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the 1960’s, the Alcatraz Island takeover is one event that has always intrigued me. So, when I heard about the Nov. 7 event hosted by Oct av ia Fellin’s Public Librar y, as part of the Native American Heritage Month, and two Native American guest speakers by the names of Jean Whitehorse and Lenny Foster would be presenting about their own Alcatraz experience, I knew I would be taking part in a moment in history. To ma ny, the A lcatra z Island occupation, is a true and defining moment in Native American history, which gave Native Americans the opportunity to address issues that were ignored for so long by the United States government. It was also a political movement that demonstrated Indian self-determination.

H o w e v e r, o n e t h i n g that stuck out to me about Whitehorse’s experience is a bit of information that had nothing to do with Alcatraz. I would never forget as she explained in detail, upon returning to Gallup in 1973, how she was a victim of sterilization. “The federal government targeted the unborn of Native babies through the federal health clinic. We didn’t have a choice,” she said. “We were labeled unfit, poor, and uneducated. I became a victim of this after I had one daughter.” She explained that it began when she had an infection in her appendix, so she drove herself to a clinic and the doctors told her that they could not operate on her until she signed some papers. At that point, she was in extreme pain so she signed the documents, not knowing it was for sterilization. Whitehorse knows that this kind of unlawful treatment, sterilization, occurred to other Native American women, but she could not prove it at the time. Documentation at the time was mishandled, misinterpreted or simply lost. Her private testimony about her unjust sterilization experience should never be forgotten.

THE RIDICULOUSNESS OF ‘RIDICULOUS 6’

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As part of Native American Heritage Month, I had a rare chance to see two Native A mer ica n actor s, L oren A nthony and Goldie Tom, speak about their walk off on the set of Adam Sandler’s controversial movie, “Ridiculous 6” hosted by Gallup’s Octavia Fellin’s Public Library Nov. 9. I applauded their act of bravery as they both talked in depth about how the evolutionary roles in which Native American stereotypes have been cast in past and present films, and why these particular stereotypical roles are still

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K, let’s get this right out in the open to start, I cheated on this article! I did not look at every issue and dither around about what I liked the best. I chose my selections from the last month and a half based on subjects I thought were important to the community at large. Be gentle with me and bear in mind that principally I am a sports writer, not a news reporter, though I am unsure of the difference most of the time. Take it or leave it, here they are!

BLEACHER TALK: THE BENEFITS OF THE AGING ATHLETE Issue # 31, 11-6-15 My regular weekly column, Bleacher Talk, was originally designed to sports-oriented topics but quickly became a place for commentary on many other subjects. T h i s p a r t ic u l a r pie c e

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dwells on the abilities of young athletes to focus their ensuing lives on being in better physical condition than their peers. Physical exercise and training is vital for our youth, regardless of ethnic, religious, or any other type of background. If you are overweight or run down, the examples you set for your children are impor tant so that they do not learn badly, copy what you do, and think it’s OK. T he k ids don’t have to be individual stars at their spor t of choice; they just have to be allowed to play under proper guidance and with goa ls in mind. There are several ways this can be accomplished. I even listed a couple that are not prohibitively expensive. It should be good advice for many, and given in the spirit of hope for a better future.

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rest of us, but with many more responsibilities. It was also nice to write an informative article that may dispel rumors and innuendos that attempt to destroy positive happenings. It is the very basic ideals that news writing is founded on; truth and explanation.

A CROWN JEWEL FOR DOWNTOWN GALLUP

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Issue 37, 12-18-15 I don’t always mix with the social and economic wheels in town, but when I do... Actually this was a very nice get together and informative as well. It’s always good to see parts of the community different from your normal coffee-drinking sports fans. Rubbing shoulders with these business leaders can be exhilerating and entertaining. The biggest surprise is that they are only human beings, like the

Issue #34, 11-27-15 I’ve been an avid reader e ver s i nce I f i g u r e d out t h e d i f fe r e n c e b e t w e e n

t he word s pol it ici a n a nd cat. I read everything, and anything. I’m also on the Advisory Board of the Octavia Fellin Library and, in case you can’t tell from the article, am fully supportive of a new library, or as the younger set would call it, A Functional, Interactive, Learning Place. The name really doesn’t matter; the concept does. A s societ y move s f u rther into the 21 st Century, it is vital that out government provide a place for learning and instruction. Schools are not the only answer to this need; a place for additional k nowledge is, a nd that is what makes a new librar y most important.

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MILITARY MUSEUM GAINING MOMENTUM Issue #33, 11-20-15 I thought I did a great job on this story, but shortly after it was written I discovered that the issue was dead in the water. ‘They’ never did ask me for the plans I had drawn up to make it an enticing destination, whoever ‘they’ are. To paraphrase Mark Twain: ‘Idiots and politicians...sorry, I repeat myself.’ Museums are thought to be relics of the past, dry and dusty and relegated only to very brief moments in time. That doesn’t need to be the case, though. A modern day mu seu m ca n a nd shou ld reflect the feelings of all who have sacrificed for their country; right or wrong, it is still their country. T he rea l problem w it h a ny mu seu m i s prov id i ng enough data, and programs to make history come back to life for those who have never lived it! A very tough task!

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Staff Reports Hyram Ducan Dec. 10, 6 pm 6th DWI Some people never learn. Ducan is one of those people. This sixth time around, he rearended the back of a black Jeep Patriot with his silver GMC pickup truck on State Road 264, near the Sagebrush bar. From there, he allegedly fled the scene and winded up at the airport, getting into a fight with someone. MC S O D eput y A r nold Noriega arrived on the scene and began questioning Ducan and learned of his revoked license. He then asked if he was willing to take the field sobriety test, which he agreed to, but, he told Noriega that he would not pass it because he was “all buzzed out.” Duca n, 42, wa s tra ns ported to a local hospital for a blood draw to determine his blood alcohol content, and was also admitted to the

hospital’s intensive care unit for unknown medical reasons. Owen J. Jackson Dec. 8, 11: 31 pm 2nd DWI, Aggravated Jackson, 37, must not have really wanted that second DW I . W h e n GPD O f f ic e r L u ke M a r t i n pulled him over on Lincoln Avenue near Carver Street for not having “one operational front head la mp” Jack son jumped out of the car and was reportedly staring at Martin. When Martin told him to get back in the vehicle, he took off running west on Lincoln. Another officer helped to quickly apprehend Jackson. When asked why he ran, he stated, according to the police report, that he was “paranoid.” He admitted to having three, 12-ounce Bud Light beers. Jackson also had an active warrant for his arrest. Jackson refused all tests.

Tyler J. Martinez Dec. 6, 2:07 pm Aggravated DWI Martinez had no business dr iv ing, but still decided to get behind the wheel and cause a fender b e n d e r. H i s answers to Officer Dewayne Holder seemed flippant, according to the officer’s case report. Holder asked Martinez, 22, where the accident occurred and he said, “I don’t know.” W hen Holder a sked Martinez what happened, he replied, “Ran the stop sign I guess.” He failed the field sobriety tests and when he took the breath tests he blew a .21 each time. Herbert Kaye Dec. 5, 11:43 pm Aggravated DWI Kaye, 55, was behav ing badly after being pulled over by Deputy Merle Bates. He didn’t want to walk and he

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Virgil Bahe Dec. 3, 10:53 pm 6th DWI, Aggravated Bahe is another serial DWI offender, who can’t seem to learn that it doesn’t pay to drink and drive. This go around he managed to park his vehicle to where its bumper was rested against another vehicle near the Taco Bell east location on east Aztec Avenue. Bahe and his passenger were fast asleep with the vehicle still in drive. According to Officer Martin’s case report, Bahe “appeared highly intoxicated” and had multiple beer cans scattered throughout the vehicle. He refused to take the field sobriety tests. When Martin found a prescription bottle of Tramadol with the name of a woman on the label, Bahe, 50, was asked if he would take the breath test, and he reportedly said “f-ck you” to the officer. Martin had no problem securing a search warrant for a blood draw. Those results are pending.

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refused to take the usual tests. He was taken to a local ho s pit a l for a blood draw to deter m i ne his blood alcohol content, but refused once he arrived, a n ger i n g t he nu r s e w it h his drunken and disorderly behavior. Jason Howe Dec. 5, 12:53 am 2 nd DW I , Aggravated Howe wa s pulled over by Officer Martin on suspicion of DWI and upon engaging with Howe, he could smell the booze wafting from the vehicle and noted his slow, deliberate moves. Howe, 33, told Luke that he was heading to the Colonial Motel. He readily admitted to drinking some beers at the Shalimar that evening. Howe refused to take the field sobriety tests and the two mandated breath tests. He was booked for an aggravated DWI.

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TOP STORIES | FROM PAGE 3 harmful to the image of Native Americans today. “It just takes one person to say, ‘enough is enough.’ And if we get enough people on board, then the world will listen and say ‘hey these natives are something, they do have a voice,’” Anthony said. I believe that for too long movie industries have portrayed Native Americans in an incorrect or negative light. To me, it is still amazing that two young Native Americans stood up for what was right for Native Americans as a whole. In a world that is still mesmerized by the many romanticized portrayals of Native American roles, these two actors made a monumental leap into changing that for upcoming accurate Native American roles in film.

JAPANESEAMERICAN INTERNMENT CAMPS If there was another chapter in U.S. history that was not taught during my high school history courses, this

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was one subject that I was unfamiliar with. I was very ignorant to the fact that as m a ny a s 6,0 0 0 Japa ne se Americans were rounded up by train and held in imprisonment camps throughout the United States. This came after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on the dreadful day of Dec. 7, 1941. 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 Yamada, special projects coordinator, spoke to an audience on Nov. 19 at the University of New Mexico’s Gallup campus to educate students about the history of his people. Three guest speakers spoke about their experiences while they lived in various internment

camps. One presenter, Sam Mihara, project director, and former child prisoner of the Heart Mountain, 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 they were only allowed one suitcase per person. What I remember him mentioning is the time when himself and his people made it to Heart Mountain prison camp, he remembers prison camp life extremely difficult. They had to share 16 toilets 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 Japanese-Americans were allowed to clear and irrigate a section of land, and within a year, they had food. It reminded me how the Navajo people were given similar foods during and after their imprisonment during the Long Walk to Bosque Redondo, which was an Indian removal effort that stemmed from the U.S. government between 1863 to 1864.

UNM-Gallup student Ariana Joe, said of the presentation overall: “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.”

FRANK CHIAPETTI’S SUSPENSION AND ELUSIVE INVESTIGATIVE REPORT

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W he n S u p e r i nt e nd e nt Frank Chiapetti was placed on administrative leave on Aug.17, and interim superintendent Carmen Moffett took his place, the details of his absence have yet to surfaced. On Nov. 12, the Board voted

3-2 to retain Chiapetti as superintendent after a lengthy executive meeting that lasted more than 3 hours. However, the district continues to remain tightlipped on the whole Chiapetti investigation even though various New Mexico’s Inspection of Public Record Act letters have been submitted to his Secretary Joan Nez. It’s clear that they are in violation of IPRA and have put their heads in the sand on the matter, or it’s a case of not being well-versed on the law. If there is anything more non-transparent and uncertain that I had to partake in, it would have to go to the Gallup McKinley County Schools and its staff. Since attending their regular Monday school board meetings, I also find it disheartening that they allow “public comments” from the parents and staff; however, board members are not allowed to comment back based on these “public comments.” If anything, the district should make some of their New Year’s resolutions to have some accountability to their communities and to be more transparent in their school affairs. After all, it’s the taxpayers paying their salaries.

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OPINIONS By Joe Schaller CH A PTER T W ELV E: I D ON ’ T CATCH TH E SUSTAINABILITY OF YOUR DRIFT PARDNER – Part Three, You Can Position Those Solar Mandates Where the Sun Don’t Shine FOSSIL FUELS MORALITY: There is a powerful historical link between increased fossil-fuel use and rising living standards, increased life expectancy, decreased infant and child mortality, and so forth, as well as drastic drops in climate-related misfortunes, including deaths from droughts and storms, with no cessation of those benefits through 2015.

GER M A N Y ’S COA L RENAISSANCE: Failed green energy programs in Germany have resulted in subsidy cuts with the consequence of skyrocketing electr icit y bills and the inevitable return to coal power as they have now built nine new coal powered plants. None of this is what env i r on ment a l i s t s pr om ise voters when they plug t he v i r t ue s of a low- c a rbon future. Germany’s coal rena is sa nce is a caut iona r y t a le i n what happen s when you tr y to substitute unsustainable green dreams for econom ic re a l it ie s. Renewable energy subsidies have a lso been sla shed in Britain, Spain, Netherlands, Den ma rk, It a ly, Austra l ia and Canada with the same chilling consequence.

ENVIRONMENTAL SURCHARGE: Politically correct for a slush fund tax. Did you know you pay a four percent tax on your Gallup utilities bill for ‘environmental endeavors’? That’s $6.00 on a $150.00 bill. Hopefully ‘environmental endeavors’ means ‘finding ways to reduce our utility bills’, but don’t hold your breath. R E N E W A B L E PORTFOLIO STA NDA RDS RPS: PC for ‘energy taxes’. RPS is a government boondoggle benefiting corporate cronies at the ex pense of the fuel impoverished. RPS requires increased production from renewable energy sources. This distor ts the e ne r g y m a rke t a nd u lt i m a t ely m a ke s elec t r icit y more ex pen sive a nd le s s reliable for energy producers

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and consumers. RPS taxes create or prop -up a fa lse market for renewable energy companies that cannot compete on their own. RENEWABLE MANDATES COST: Many states such as California and Oregon are experiencing the harsh reality of soaring electricity rates due to the implementation of RPS mandates requiring certain percentages of energy produced by renewable sources. Electricity rates are 38% higher in the 29 states with mandates. The obvious consequence is a departure of industries with resultant loss of jobs and economy. Regions without mandates benefit which is why New Mexico had a bill to revise our own RPS. Ohio, West Virginia, Texas, Colorado, North Carolina and Kansas

have taken recent action to curtail or eliminate their wind and solar mandates. Even Arizona has considered repealing their RPS mandates. NATURAL GAS: An abundant affordable fossil fuel allowing the US to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions as well as electricity and heating bills. Considering the extensive hidden footprint of wind and solar energy, natural gas and nuclear are indeed the cleanest energy sources. Natural gas is ideal for fuel impoverished regions such as McKinley County yet it is vilified by privileged green activists thru media propaganda campaigns as well as the Sustainable Gallup Board, political activists posing as a citizen advisory council. To be continued next week.

GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF DEC. 25 – DEC. 31

Your new projects are jumping out of the starting gate and you didn’t buy a saddle. This isn’t the time to go all willy-nilly. Enjoy time with your family. If nothing else, you can always run away on your stead. Madame G suggests holding on tight for the ride. Happy Holidays, Yippee!

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

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There’s a spark charging up your routine. It’s an unexpected thrill and the excitement is surprising. As you pull a fellow trainee lifeguard from the bottom of the pool, imagine the enjoyable prospects of summer. Daydream of Christmas in July, the heat of summer beckons you. Happy Holidays!

A dark force enters your life, don’t worry, you’re excited. You’ve prepared in advance and brought out the cape. Star Wars can’t watch itself. You’re taking the kids, and dragging out the spouse. You’re playing it cool. But, Darth Vader is coming along for the ride, or maybe Boba Fett. Enjoy your weekend!

Don’t be cranky. It’s unattractive. Plus, your being nit picky when it’s not necessary. The holidays are upon us and we’re learning from past mistakes. Make your goals moving forward and tackle the stacks on your desk. Finish up any lingering work and allow yourself a free run into the New Year. Enjoy!

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

There’s no balance this season. Creativity is taking over and you can’t wait to tackle the next great project. You feel conflicted about rushing forward and others may not have your standards. They’re too busy having fun. You want it done right, but the hedonist in you enjoys the good life. Let it go, and move onward and upward. Happy Holidays!

You have a steady on attitude—it’s very stoic. You’d make a good Brit with that stiff upper lip. But, now you’re being pushed up a steep path with your pants on fire. You’re not sure if you should run, stop, or tuck, and roll. In this life, the tortoise beats the hare. It’s your time of year. Happy Christmas!

Well, it begins with a push out the door and then a walk on Mars. Just kidding. Madame G suggests buckling down and taking notes. You can’t fight bureaucracy. It’s hard to push through friendly fascism. But, you’re not complaining. Every time you walk by a mirror it’s a glorious sight. Don’t fight your pride. Merry Christmas!

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Searching for excitement is your daily grind. But perfection gets in the way of fun. You’re a funny mixture of wild abandon and type-A personality. In fact, you’re a rubber band pulled back and ready to snap. When you finally release, it’ll come out and pop. Make sure your aim is true because there’s no need to harm an innocent!

The holidays are here and you’ve barely had time to stop for eggnog. Where’s the Christmas cheer? Maybe you’ll find a party on New Year’s. The money will have to compensate for freedom. Don’t lose yourself in the mundane. Life is for the living and money can’t solve all problems. But, it can fix many of them. Good luck!

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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

You’re in the limelight and ready for anything. Your exacting standards mean you’re never satisfied, but a minor blunder doesn’t faze you. You’ll push forward better than ever. The only expected thing you’ll ever do is the unexpected. The world better look out, the Scorpion is in town. Happy New Year!

The time to act is now. You’ve thought and planned, but it’s now or never. All plans go askew and sometimes you need to think on your feet. You’ve done your due diligence, but pushing forward is key and sometimes you just have to wing it. If you’ve never failed—you’ve never tried. Be creative and have some fun this holiday season.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

Accomplish your goals before the New Year. You’ve rested up and negotiated the contracts. Now is the time for action. It may seem unfair at first, but everyone faces challenges. Heed the wise words from the Princess Bride: “Life isn’t fair. Anyone who says otherwise is selling something.” Love the one your with. Happy Holidays!

It’s hard to imagine life as anything, but drama and conflict. But, you should try. Madame G suggests doing the unexpected. Interact with those you would normally disagree with. If you’re religious, volunteer at Planned Parenthood. If you’re an atheist, attend a church service. You might learn something new and find happiness on Earth. Feliz Navidad.

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COMMUNITY Teacher of the Month: Trib Choudhary By Jennifer Kerr For the Sun

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r. Trib Choudhary who is a professor at U N M Ga l lup a nd Zu n i c a m puses, won our “Teacher of the Month” honor and took the time to sit down with me and answer some questions. I always love it when I see that interviewing someone is a requirement for kids in school. When you sit down and ask someone questions about their life, you never know what you’re going to get. It could be a life-changing experience, and sometimes the hidden treasures that people have never told unless someone asked them about it. In our inter v iews with local teachers who were nominated by their students, I have learned so much about their passion – teaching, and am also able to give them some recognition at the same time. “I do my best to understand my students, their strengths, their weaknesses, so I can think of a way to teach them so they will understa nd,” Choudhary said. Sun: Start by telling me a little about yourself. Choudhary: I was born in Nepal, received my BA there

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and my Master’s in what was called the Soviet Union at that time, and is now Russia. I came to the United States in 1979. Sometimes it seems like yesterday, but when I look back it was quite a long time ago! I worked in Los Angeles making shelves for stores, but it was a very stressful job and I really didn’t like it. Then I worked for the Navajo Nation doing research

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The Hateful Eight is an intimate epic By David Pinson For the Sun

«««« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME 182 MINUTES Are you ready to take a deep soak in the mind of Tarantino? His new mammoth Western, The Hateful Eight is a fullblown, bat-shit crazy epic built entirely from the wonderful words you’d expect in a QT film. Important thing is there are signs of growth yet again in Tarantino’s work. We must begin with the presentation in the grand sense of the word. The Hateful Eight is the first film to be shot in Ultra Panavision 70 mm in almost 50 years. This is a large format that used to be the IMAX of the era. You see Lawrence of Arabia in 70. You see Ben Hur. Films with expansive scope. WhileThe Hateful Eight is epic in story, visually it is rather claustrophobic making the decision to film such an intimate movie in this throwback format interesting. To explain it away I would say that if fits the vibe of the film. As hardcore as the particulars may be, it is a nostalgic piece that evokes Old Hollywood. There will be a two week roadshow where about fifty 70mm prints will tour the country. This presentation will include a 12 minute intermission with a 4 minute overture. This is how Gone with the

This flick puts the “wild” back in the wild west, of course, likely with no shortage of over the top Tarantino gore. “The Hateful Eight” stars Samuel Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Kurt Russell. Opens Christmas day. Photo Credit: The Weinstein Company

Wind was originally shown. It is a wonderful spectacle to witness, making cinema an event again and breaking out of the multiplex mold of mass consumption. The film is a bit of a Who-Dunnit and the intermission comes a perfect point in the film for the audience to ingest and speculate before the lunacy proceeds. SEEK THE ROAD SHOW OUT!! The cast is stellar; a genuine ensemble that hits the tone of “Agatha Christie meets the Wild, Wild West” with perfection. Jennifer Jason Leigh is wonderful as Daisy Domergue. She utters very little dialogue but tells much of the story in her face. Watch the movie twice just to focus on her. 207 WEST COAL GALLUP 505.863.1250 www.elmorrotheatre.com

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Kurt Russell gruffs along just fine and Michael Madsen continues to be ever grateful that Tarantino makes movies. It is Sam Jackson’s show, however, as he masterfully explains the world to us. Leigh and Jackson

deserve award noms as does Tarantino for script. With T he Hateful Eight Tarantino ups himself from Django as he limits the storytelling to pure word play. The characters are stuck in a

stagecoach then confined to a cabin. So the “action” lives in the dialogue. A return to the Reservoir Dogs template t h at showc a se s ju st how good Tarantino can weave a story.

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things that get mixed up with the English language and being here in the U.S. Every time I say “ Tha nk you very much,” I think about my niece, who always used to say, “Thank you big much,” and said it for many years because she did not realize, and nobody told her that this was not the right way to say it! Another joke I like is one I always use to help students remember the order of the x and the y in equations is x=2 and y=3, the x is always first because my x came first, and then my wife! Su n: W h at words of encouragement would you give to other teachers? Choudhary: Try to think from your students point of view, not your own. Connect with them all the time. Their strengths, their weaknesses. My students’ weaknesses make me a stronger teacher because I need to adjust my teaching so they can understand. Make no assumptions of your students, get to know them. Sometimes I observe students in classrooms that are not engaged at all, they are in another world, disconnected, thinking about other things … not in my classroom; all my students are always engaged.

One story that has always meant a lot to me over the years is this: two men were walking and they saw a scorpion floating on the water. One man scooped it up and was going to put it on dry ground so it wouldn’t drown. When he picked it up, it stung him, and he dropped it back in the water. He tried again, and it stung him again. This happened three times altogether, and finally he was able to get it on the dry ground and it ran away and was safe. His friend asked him, “Why did you keep trying to save it when it kept stinging you? I don’t understand.” The man answered, “The scorpion did not forgot his character, (to sting, his defense) and I will not forget my character, (to save and not give up)” Camille’s Sidewalk Café continues to award a candidate each month for the 2015-2016 school year and is happy to recognize the incredible contribution and influence teachers have in our community. To see a complete list of all the nominations, or to nominate your teacher, visit Camille’s Sidewalk Café at 306 S. Second Street in Gallup to fill out an entry form!

start out struggling and having a very hard time in the beginning, then end up understanding and rising to the top of the class with pride and confidence, I know I did something right. Mr. Choudhary told me numerous stories of students that have caught up with him years later and have thanked him for being the best teacher they ever had. One student told him she went on to earn her Master’s degree because of the help and encouragement he gave her. Another student, he recalled, started his class always putting herself down and saying she just couldn’t do anything. With constant encouragement and understanding, she received the highest grade in the class one time; he said that was the day she changed, and there was no stopping her from that moment on. It is so rewarding for him to witness students like this. Sun: Tell me about a funny moment or situation you recall regarding teaching. Choudhary: Oh! There are too many to tell you. You know, there are so many little

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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Dec. 25, 2015 By Glenn Kay For the Sun

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appy holidays, e ve r yo ne! W h i le there are still some shoppers out braving the crowds, there are still plenty of new releases on DVD and Blu-ray for those ready to relax indoors. The highlights are listed below. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!

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fa mou s ches s showdow n between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky is recreated in this drama. Viewers follow the idiosyncratic Fischer as he becomes one of world’s best players and struggles during the competition with paranoia and early signs of mental illness. Reactions to the project were generally positive, with most praising the work of the cast, even if they felt that the story played out in a safe and mannered fashion. It features Tobey Macguire, Peter Sarsgaard, Liev Schreiber, Michael Stuhlbarg and Lily Rabe. To read more about the film, just click here.

and presented a deeply unsettling picture of a woman’s mental collapse. Elizabeth Moss takes on the lead role, with help from Katherine Waterston and Patrick Fugit.

instinct is to save her brain, so he resurrects her decapitated head and goes looking for a new body. Unfortunately, the newly revived lady has plans of her own. It’s very cheesy stuff and should provide B-movie fans with plenty of laughs.

R ich a rd M a su r, Veron ic a Ca r twr ight a nd La nce Henriksen. The video game seg ment is pa r t icu la rly amusing, as Estevez’s character talks obsessively about reaching the final level of his game and his quest to, “Beat t he Bishop,” wh ich sou nd s l ike some sor t of rude euphemism. The Blu-ray includes both widescreen and fullscreen versions, an audio commentary with executive producer a nd one of t he actresses, a trailer and radio spots.

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Looks like families are going to be stuck with the latest Peter Pan adventure.

12 Rounds 3: Lockdown - I had no idea there was even a follow-up to the original, but this week bring a second sequel to the action title 12 Rounds. In it, a police officer finds himself hunted down in his own precinct by crooked cops. None of the cast of the previous installments return, making this a sequel in name only. The few reviews posted have been negative as well, calling it a dull, routine B-movie. It stars Dean Ambrose and Roger R. Cross. Dragon Blade - Known in its homeland as Tian Jiang Xjong Shi, this 65 million dollar action epic is one of one of the most expensive film productions to ever come from China. When corrupt Roman leader Tiberius decides to take control of Silk Road, a general rebels and defects, teaming with a local army to fight back. It was a huge hit in the East, but failed to ignite the passion of Western reviewers, who thought the battle scenes were elaborate, but found the dialogue creaky and the story muddled. The cast includes Jackie Chan, John Cusack, Adrian Brody and Si Won Choi. Paw n S a c r ifi ce - The COMMUNITY

Project Almanac - This fou nd-foot a ge teen sci-f i thriller hit theaters in January, so it’s taken quite a while for it to finally arrive on DVD. It follows a young man who creates a time machine and attempts to use it for his own benefit. Unfortunately, altering events ends up creating more problems than it solves. Notices were negative, with the majority disliking the shaky camerawork and feeling that it just didn’t generate enough tension to recommend. Now viewers can make up their own minds. The movie stars Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-D’Elia and Sam Lerner. Queen of Earth - A woman who has lost her father and just gone through a breakup retreats to the lake house of her best friend in this arthouse drama. However, her inner state spirals further downhill and tension builds between she and her compatriot. This is an eccentric one that has been described as an odd slow-burner. However, it received raves from reviewers. They wrote that the lead performance was mesmerizing

War Room - This religious film follows a seemingly amiable family who are actually coming apart at the seams. Through the power of prayer, they come to respect and understand each other like never before. Critics were not taken with the movie. While some felt it was slickly made, they suggested that the writing wasn’t up to narrative standards and that it felt like a strange advertisement/instructional video for the church. The cast includes Priscilla C. Shirer, T.C. Stallings and Karen Abercrombie.

BLASTS FROM THE PAST!

Only two big releases this week, but they’re kind of amusing genre efforts from different eras. Shout! Factory are delivering the goofy sci-fi B-movie The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (1962). It’s about a scientist who loses his girlfriend in a car accident. Naturally, he first

This Blu-ray ha s some great features too. It includes an uncut print of the movie, a full episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 in which the characters riff on the flick, a film historian commentary, an alternate scene from the international cut, and some promotional materials. Sounds like fun. They also have the anthology horror title, Nightmares (1983). This was one of those fright flicks that always seemed to be playing on cable in the early 80s. Appropriately, the movie was originally made for television. Upon completion, Universal found it too intense, and it was deemed decent enough to garner a theatrical release. The four stories include one about a woman being stalked by an escaped lunatic at a gas station. an arcade obsessed teen who ends up fighting a video game for real, a family dealing with an oversized supernatural rat, and an ex-priest who goes fights off a demonically possessed car. It features a strong cast, including Emilio Estevez,

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Pan - Speaking of mega-budgeted flops, this effort was certainly one of the year’s biggest money losers. It’s a prequel to Peter Pan that shows how the young boy found his way to Neverland and introduces all of the famous fable’s characters. Despite possessing some incredible visuals, response was quite weak from the press. They found it to be an inconsistent jumble of ideas that never really cohered. Hugh Jackman headlines along with Levi Miller, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara and Amanda Seyfried.

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SPORTS 360 Biggest Tournament, Others Eat Crow

Oh yeah, and the ball playing was pretty good as well! The Wingate boys came within a single play or two of knocking off the Farmington Scorpions,

which is always a pleasant result in these parts. The crowd

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Wingate JV coach Joycelynn Boyd explains what her girls need to do in this game on Dec. 21 against Rehoboth.

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Chandler Charles, #15, wills his shot to drop through the hoop in Miyamura’s game against Whitehorse, Utah on Dec. 19.

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othing better in any season than watching a tournament. In this area basketball is King, of course, and the biggest tournament belongs to Wingate High School and their threeweek, 32-team Holiday Classic. This tournament starts off the week before Winter Break with a varsity girls’ bracket, then goes to varsity boys’ the next weekend. Following those two are two-day junior varsity tournaments, one for each gender. This current edition started in 1998 as a JV tournament for

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Jason Upshaw dribbles out of a tight spot for Miyamura on Dec. 19 in the game against Whitehorse, Utah.

girls and boys, but added varsity boys in 2002 and varsity girls in 2012. To my knowledge, it is the largest basketball tournament in the state if all divisions are counted. And the facilities at the gym in Wingate are very nice, not to

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mention the efforts of the workers in the Hospitality Room and the great food they serve to coaches, staff, and media. I’d travel twice as far for half of the good food that was available for free in Bear Country last week.

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TOURNAMENT | FROM PAGE 12 was very expressive throughout the contest, as they always are, and kept those people in striped shirts on their toes. The most talked about item during the last week wa s double - ed ged. F i r st the Gallup McKinley School District Board reinstated (in November) Superintendent Frank Chiapetti after their investigation could find no fault with his conduct as at least members had hoped. The up side for those two members is that recall petitions against them also failed. They were fortunate, I believe, that the petitioners did not hire legal counsel in this matter. No sooner was the recall finished though when the board un-suspended Chiapetti and put him back to work at the job he was hired to do. Shortly thereafter it was announced that the programs Chiapetti had promoted, and which the board did not like, proved to have been successful. Time for at least two board members to ‘Eat Crow.’ Not a ll of the schools are fixed, but improvements are being made and that is a good sign. Another year of so should keep GMCS out of the basement, academically, if the board will only stand down and keep their noses out of what they don’t understand! I’m always asked if I get in a holiday mood this time of year and have to admit that Santa Claus and resolutions don’t do much for me. I practice my religion and celebrate the birth of our Savior, but in my way, which is pretty low key as compared to most, I’m sure. I do say Merry Christmas and not Happy Holidays, and I don’t apologize if my free speech offends you. Yours doesn’t bother me, so try to take the higher road on this minor subjcct. It only takes a glance at the Sports Schedule for this coming week to see there isn’t much in the way of local games to see. Barring an out-of-town trip for a tournament, spectators will have to wait until the new year for the local season to start up again. The Gallup boys’ will have their tournament starting the seventh of January and those games should provide lots of interest and excitement. Until then, stay safe, warm, and enjoy your family. Then we’ll see you in the bleachers! SPORTS

Snapshots of New Mexico Bowl 2015 UNM Lobo’s played with heart, but in the end the Arizona Wildcats prevailed 45-37 during the New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque Dec. 19. Photos courtesy of RAH Photography.

13 Lamar Jordan UNM is into the end zone for his first touchdown of the day.

1 Cayleb Jones AZ receives a pass as 19 Nias Martin UNM tries to deflect. 28 Diquon Woodhouse UNM dives after 2 Tyrell Johnson AZ.

13 Lamar Jordan UNM leaps into the end zone for his second touchdown of the day.

Hershey Miyamura with Gildan New Mexico Bowl Executive Director Jeff Siembieda after being acknowledge for his United States Medal of Honor and South Korean Medal of Honor during the New Mexico Bowl Dec. 19. Photo Credit: RAH Photography 2 Dameon Gamblin UNM fully extends for the ball in a final attempt at a comeback.

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SCORES AND RESULTS Wednesday, Dec. 16 GHS WRST @ Wingate Shash Duals – Fourth place team, Dade Lincoln and John Gutierrez both 3-0 MHS JV WRST @ Wingate Shash Duals – Fifth place team, Heavyweight Cooper Jim and 132# Isaiah Sanchez both 3-0 WHS WRST vs. Wingate Shash Duals – Sixth place team, Jordan Ashley 3-0 Thursday, Dec. 17 GHS BBB 51 Piedra Vista 42 @ Eddie Pena Classic GHS JV GBB 69 Navajo Prep 38 MHS BBB 66 Crownpoint 31 @ Holiday Classic MHS GBB 60 Grants 54 RCHS BBB 70 Northwest 17 RCHS GBB 59 Zuni 48 ToHS BBB 47 Tuba City 72 @ Coca Cola Classic, Chinle WHS BBB 83 Navajo Pine 58 @ Holiday Classic WHS GBB vs, Mora @ Ben Lujan Tournament NO RESULTS

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR DEC. 25 – DEC. 31, 2015 FRIDAY DEC. 25 MERRY CHRISTMAS RECYCLING BIN CLOSURES On Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, the recycling bins at the Cultural Center and Larry Brian Mitchell Recreation Center will be closed. Regular hours will be observed all other days. The Cultural Center is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 8 am - noon. Larry Brian Mitchell is open noon - 4 pm: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. For more information call the NWNM Regional Solid Waste Authority: (505) 905 - 8400. GALLUP MCKINLEY COUNTY SCHOOLS Winter Break No School CITY OF GALLUP Offices Closed SATURDAY DEC. 26 MOVIE: HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2

Pixels OPEN-MIC-NIGHT Local talent takes center stage from 8 - 10 pm at Coal Street Pub, 303 West Coal Ave. (505) 722-0117. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Meetings every Wednesday at 6 pm, First United Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Dr., corner of Nizhoni/ Red Rock. Enter northwest corner off Nizhoni Library room. THURSDAY DEC. 31 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. ONGOING OCTAVIA FELLIN LIBRARY The Octavia Fellin Main Library and Children’s branch will be closed Dec. 24, 25, and 26, for the holiday.

Starts at 3 pm. El Morro Theater, 207 West Coal Ave. PG-13. LIVE MUSIC The Navajo Wrangler. Country Western takes center stage from 8 - 10 pm at Coal Street Pub, 303 West Coal Ave. (505) 722 - 0117 SUNDAY DEC. 27 WEEKLY PROGRAMS There will be no programs at the Octavia Fellin Public Library from Dec 13 - 31. For more information please call the library: (505) 863 - 1291. MONDAY DEC. 28 GALLUP MCKINLEY COUNTY SCHOOLS Schools are closed for Winter Break, from Dec. 21 - Jan. 1. WEDNESDAY DEC. 30

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a tote, please call (505) 722-5142 or visit: to www. recylegallup.org. COAT DRIVE Happy Holiday! The City of Gallup Seniors Centers is sponsoring a Coat Drive. Coat collections will be taken during business hours from 8 am - 4:30 pm. The coat drive will accept gently used adult coats. Location: Ford Canyon Senior Center, 908 East Buena Vista Ave, and Neighborhood Senior Center, 607 North Fourth St. 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. 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.

HABITAT GALLUP Join us for the Habitat Gallup, a home building organization offering a hand up, not a hand out. We need your help to plan for our sixth home in Gallup. For more information please call Bill Bright (505) 7224226. Meets monthly on the third Monday of each month 6 - 8 pm. Location: 113 E. Logan 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. Information:(505) 863-1291 or email: mdchavez@gallupnm.gov MITTEN TREE PROJECT Beginning Dec.1, the Octavia Fellin Public Library presents the Mitten Tree Project. Donations of NEW mittens, hats, and scarves can be placed on trees at the Main Branch and at the Children’s Branch. Help us decorate our trees and celebrate the season of giving, by making someone’s holiday season warmer. All items will be donated to Battered Families. Information: (505) 863-1291, or email: library@ gallupunm.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. RECYCLING COUNCIL McKinley Citizen’s Recycling

Council is a local non-profit working to increase recycling through education, community outreach, and partnership with local government agencies. MCRC meets the first Saturday of the month at 2 pm, at Red Mesa on Hill St. For more information please call (505) 722-5142 or visit www. Recylegallup.org. HOLIDAY SPIRIT There is an open choir invitation for Rio West Mall. They’re looking for choirs to sing. If you’re interested, please call the Mall Office at (505) 722-7281. SAVE THE DATE AWARD-WINNING LECTURE SERIES Rehoboth Christian School presents Stephen Ritz Harvesting Hope and Cultivating Minds: Stories from the South Bronx underwritten by Miller Company. Fifteen days of free liberal arts education coming to New Mexico, Jan. 6 - 26. Takes places from 10:30 - 11:30 am. Location: 07B Tse Yaaniichii Lane. NAVAJO NATION BREASTFEEDING COALITION Join Grace Bible Church for the Navajo Nation Breastfeeding Coalition on Jan. 8. Agenda includes: Introduction of the Navajo Nation Breastfeeding Coalition, history, mission and accomplishments at 9 am; What does Community breastfeeding support look like to you, at 11 am; networking lunch; community talks at 1 pm; and closing remarks at 2 pm. For more information please contact (928) 206 - 7885. Location: Grace Bible Church, 222 Boulder Dr. AMERICAN INDIAN DAY Save the date! It’s American Indian day at the Legislature on Feb. 5. Broadening State Tribal Relations for generations to come. For more will be posted on the Indian Affairs Department website: www.iad.state.nm.us or call Nicole Macias at (505) 4761600. 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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