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ichael Schma ltz loves pa i nti ng women, all kinds of women, as they go about their daily activities. He photographs them in not your typical pose and what he gets is an image for a painting. However, his current work is a painting of his daughter when she was 10, sitting on the floor reading the “funny papers.” He plans on giving this painting to her when he is finished. A once passionate jewelry maker in his prime years, he is now embarking on living his lifelong dream of an artist, something that his parents heavily discouraged him in pursuing when he was a teen. He says that he always knew in his heart since he was five years old that he had artistic abilities. “I just had a knack for it,” he said. “I was recognized at a real young age at being artistic. But, I was discouraged from pursing art by my parents, who’d thought it would be a waste of time.” S ch m a lt z t a l k s a bout enlisting in the Army, putting his artistic dream on the back burner, and how he remembers while he was aboard a ship, he was so bored he did some oil paintings. But, that was short lived because once he was out of the Army, he made jewelry making his passion for 40 years, however, he says that he always wanted to paint. “I didn’t have time to paint because all of my energy went into producing jewelry,” he said. “It takes a lot of concentration and energy to paint. I couldn’t do both until I got to the point where I don’t need to make jewelry for a living anymore. Now, I paint and hardly make any jewelry.” Born in Winslow, Ariz., Schmaltz has been residing in Gallup since he was four. He is a self-taught jewelry maker and artist. He remembers during the early 1970’s, when jewelry making was popular but he could not find anyone who had GALLUP FUN!

“I have a whole series of women and they are all sort of depressed. It is kind of weird but they are self-portraits through me. I have PTSD depression and men are not allowed to show emotion. So, I paint women with the emotions that I feel and they still look beautiful.” - Mike Schmaltz, artist. Photo Credit: Del Ray

the time to teach him how to make jewelry. So, he bought a propane torch, some silver and taught himself the craft. “The thing about him, he can do anything,” said Perry Null, owner of Perr y Null Trading Company and a good friend of Schmaltz’s. “He can do inlay, he can do traditional Navajo, he can work in gold, he can work in silver, he can work in platinum. He can set diamonds. He has his own design and he’s learned how to make good, clean, beautiful Indianstyle jewelry.” To le a r n mor e a b out Schmaltz, please read the following Q & A to find out what famous people he has made jewelry for and what he regrets after all of these successful years. Sun: Are the majority of your jewelry pieces Native American inspired? Schmaltz: Yes. In the early seventies, squash blossoms were very popular and so I started making hook-and-eyes for squash blossoms. The shops around town were selling tons of them. The shops would buy them unstrung. A guy told me, ‘you know, if you could make

hook-and-eyes, for me, I will buy them for 45 cents each. So, I started making those and I was making $9 an hour in 1973, and that was a lot of money back then. That is how I started. Sun: What other kind of jewelry do you specialize in? Schmaltz: I am known for is southwest style. But, I also made a lot of wedding ring sets, gold and gemstone, and diamonds. I learned how to do all kinds of techniques. I just don’t

do one style. I can pretty much make anything in the jewelry business. Sun: Where have you showcased some of your jewelry? Schmaltz: I was in a gallery in Sante Fe for many years, with my jewelry. But, not anymore. I always had orders for my jewelry. I never had to make something and try to sell it. People were always lined up to buy my stuff. They were just waiting for me to finish. The day I finished something it was sold. I really didn’t need a gallery. I was just in one for a while just because it was cool to have a gallery in Sante Fe right on the Plaza. Sun: Where do you buy your stones for your jewelry? Schmaltz: I accumulated most of my stones for many years. People would give me stones to use, to make them something and usually part of the deal, I would trade for a few stones of my own. I am using those stones to make stuff for myself and for my family. Sun: Speaking of your family, would you like the tradition of being a silversmith to be passed down to your children? Schmaltz: I have three kids but none of them are interested in jewelry making. They do not think they are artistic at all. I tried to teach them when they were small. I knew if I started them around ten, twelve years old, they would grow up and

be really great, but they had no interest. Sun: Who do you look up to as an artist? Schmaltz: I had friends who either worked or owned pawn shops and I would go into the vaults and look at the old jewelry. I would try to figure out why it was so much more special than the new stuff. The old jewelry just has a certain look that is classic and never goes out of style. I studied it so I could incorporate that in my own stuff. I eventually evolved my own look. Sun: There are so many struggling artists everywhere, what have been some of your struggles? Schmaltz: People think it is a wonderful thing to be able to work for yourself. It is very stressful because you don’t have a regular paycheck. Even though I sold everything I made, I’ve always had this stress of worrying if somebody was going to buy it or not. I had a store downtown [Gallup], I had a gallery, I had paintings, I had jewelry, I had my own jewelry, I had other people’s jewelry, and it was doing well. It was very popular, but it was very stressful, and I have a heart condition. I was told by the doctor to reduce the stress in my life. That is why I



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f you are ready to experience a little piece of tropical weather in the dead of this cold winter, hit up the Arts Crawl on Jan. 9. It could warm your soul as you allow your imagination to relax on the sand among the palm trees, beach-side. Among the places to visit will be ART123, which will be hosting an artists’ retrospective, and attached to that gallery is the Open Studio/ Outsider Ga ller y, hosting works by a number of artists in a variety of mediums. Scott Halliday will be playing one of his hand-crafted cigarbox guitars at Makeshift Gallery and Ten Minutes Max will be performing at 233 W. Coal. More music available at Coal Street Pub by the group, Picked Clean, and the popular eatery will also be offering discounts for customers in tropical attire. There will be a coffee social at Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe. People will be welcome to sample different coffee

Painting by David Schmaltz, “Downtown Gallup.” Schmaltz has some of his paintings for sale at the Gallup Coffee Company on Coal Avenue. Photo Credit: Del Ray

blends from Boston, Phoenix, Denver, Flagstaff, Durango, and Chandler. If you need to ask what state these towns are located, just drop by Camille’s and ‘don’t worry, be happy.’ There will be door prizes and discounts for customers wearing something tropical in this open-structured environment, too. And finally, La Montanita Co-op will be doing a gift basket give-away, while games will be hosted at our “Hawaiian

Games Tent” (223 W. Coal) including ‘Ulu Maika (or Pine Apple Bowling), limbo, and a hula hoop competition. So bundle up, but wear Hawaiian shirts under your coats, and carry some sandals and a pair of shorts to change into this Saturday. Arts Crawl is a FUN and different way to spend an hour or two, and maybe the colds blasts of winter will not be so depressing! The downtown fun starts at 7 pm.

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Catherine A. Miller Elementary School opens in Churchrock Story by Tom Hartsock Photos by Shepherd Waldenberger Sun Correspondents


HURCHROCK – Things have really changed in Churchrock. It’s been 56 years since this small village to the east of Gallup had

a new school. Before that school was built in 1959, classes were taught in a small collection of what can only be described as sheds; 16’ X 24’ wooden buildings with leaky roofs, inadequate heating or cooling, windows that would not close or open fully, doors with big gaps around all the edges, and floors that creaked

Frank Chiapetti, Superintendent of Gallup-Mckinley County Schools, speaks with relatives of Catherine A. Miller after the dedication ceremony for the new school on Jan. 5.

and bent with every step. How does this writer know these details? My mother was a teacher at this school starting in 1956. The wait is over now, and the community came out in force to celebrate the opening of the Catherine A. Miller Elementary School. The building was named for the woman who used her influence in the community to ensure the new school would be built in the same area, donating the use of the land to the Gallup McKinley School Board for just this purpose. The school was beautifully created and set against the massive red rocks to the north, and the modern conveniences and spaces enclosed by Murphy Builders make this building a masterpiece for learning for all those students enrolled. Loca l d ig n it a r ies a lso appea red at t h is cele br at ion, i nclud i ng Ca rol

The former Church Rock Elementary, built in 1959, compared to the entrance of the new Catherine A. Miller Elementary School built in 2015.


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B ow m a n - Mu sket t of t he McK i n ley Cou nt y B oa rd of Com m issioner s, A l la n Landavazo of the City Council, and most of the school board, and many of the employees from the Student Support Center. Superintendent Frank Chiapetti was also there to deliver a few words of praise and encouragement for all. The school at Churchrock has suffered from diminishing returns, grade-wise, in the last few years. The school was rated an F one year, and then received an even lower F the following year. But changes come in bunches, and to go with the new school is a new principal, Joel Copley. “My job is to establish a good understanding of what is happening here and then turn it around,” Copley said in a

phone interview after the ceremony was completed. “This will involve a strong system to aggressively allow the students to learn. We have done well with students that fall behind but not with those in the middle to upper range. Each group needs to grow continuously. Those who do well or excel in their current grade must also be able to advance when they are promoted to the next grade. That has been a large part of the problem.” Copley does not use the “summer learning loss” as an excuse for the school’s failure, at least not entirely. The school does have a K-3 program, a reduced day learning program that starts about two weeks into


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MICHAEL SCHMALTZ | FROM PAGE 3 closed my business, so now I just paint. The jewelry that I am making now is for my family. I never had time to make them anything. I want to be able to leave something to them. I have made a lot of wonderful stuff, but other people have them. I want them to have some of the best stuff I’ve ever created. I am using some of my finest stones and taking the time to produce bracelets, rings and things that are taken to their ultimate finish, rather than, I’ve always had to not put too much energy into it because I had to sell it. I always held back because I always knew that I wasn’t going to get what I wanted. If would put a lot of time and energy into it, they would say, ‘naw, that’s too expensive.’ But, I always held off in putting the ultimate energy into these pieces of jewelry. But, now I am able to do that, because I don’t have to sell it. Sun: Back to your painting, what inspires you to do a painting? Schmaltz: Walking. I walk everyday and that’s how I clear my mind. It gives me energy to be able to go back and go to work. Walking is the greatest thing. I’ve always liked to walk. I hate running. Sun: Do you ever go back to your pieces of art and are amazed at your own work? Schmaltz: Occasionally, I see a bracelet or something on someone that I recognized that I’ve made. Sometimes I forgot that I made it. Or I’ve seen them on Ebay. I would look on Ebay theres a bracelet I made a long time ago. Things like that. I’ve made a lot of jewelry in my life. I made a bolo t ie for Michael Martin Murphey. It was a Zia symbol bolo. I made a squash blossom for Hubert Humphrey’s wife. He was a vice president at one time. I made a cross that was presented to the Pope. Sun: Where have you been on an international level? Schmaltz: I’ve been to China in pursuit of turquoise. I set up a turquoise cutting shop over there with the Chinese

people to cut turquoise. They have good turquoise. I’ve been to a lot of countries in the far East when I was in the Navy. I’ve always wanted to go back to Hong Kong. When I was in the Navy I went to Hong Kong several times, and I loved it. Sun: Do you think that southwest jewelry industry in Gallup can be revitalized? Schmaltz: I don’t know how they could fix that. We missed a great opportunity when they started the Indian Market in Sante Fe. We had all the people coming here for Ceremonial and when they started Indian Market they had it two weeks apart. People who traveled from New Mexico had to choose between Ceremonial and Sante Fe. I think that is what hurt us. They kind of let it go. They didn’t advertise. They didn’t keep it. I think what hurt the Ceremonial most was moving it out of town. Sun: When you think back on all your accomplishments and struggles as an artist, what do you regret? Schmaltz: I just wish I would have started painting earlier and stuck with it. I did start early but I didn’t stick with it. I went many years without painting at all. I’ve always wanted to be an artist. I knew I was an artist. I knew that was what I should have been doing. Sun: Any advice to aspiring young artists? Schmaltz: I think that they should learn every technique available. So that they are well-rounded and they are always producing something new. Whenever you get to the point where you think you are the best at whatever thing you are doing, that’s when you start to decline. You ca n v iew some of Schmaltz’s paintings at the Ga l lup C of fe e C ompa ny located in downtown Gallup, where owners, Tiffany and Justin Benson, say his artwork gets a lot of attention. “M i ke i s a n awe some pa i nter,” T i f fa ny Ben son said. “He has so many skills. Everything that he has done, I haven’t seen anything that he’s touched that isn’t beautiful. People just love the look of it. It is always an eye-catcher.”


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Dylan Vargas & the Black Belt Band Rocks! By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent


local Rock ‘n’ Roll band that categorizes themselves as Heavy Blues, they are adept in covering songs from AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Heart, Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top, Judas Priest, Journey to also playing oldies in a style with a unique twist. The band members in the picture above are: left to right, Phillip Romero, Dylan Vargas, Cindy Vargas, and Charlie Vargas. Tim Martin (not pictured) is a big asset to the

band and one of the best guitar players, keyboard players and singers the other members have collaborated with in their careers. The band also does their own original music and is working on CD to be released in April. D yla n g rew up l i st ening to Rock ‘n’ Roll and is an amazing bass player and song writer. His youth and energy really brings out the best in the band. Dylan and his mother Cindy have both been winners in the Colgate Country Showdown and will restart their musical season

in February, after the Karate championships. Dylan Vargas & the Black Belt Band played in June 2015 at the World Karate Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada. Playing for a pool party at the tournament venue, the band was then asked to play during the championship finals right next to the competition stage. When Dylan made it to championship finals, the band had to stop playing so he could compete. When his match finished, the young pro walked off the stage like a boss, strapped on his bass guitar and the band continued playing.

SCHOOL | FROM PAGE 5 the summer vacation and continues until the new school year begins. “We are not able to fill these vacancies well,” Copley said. “Our main focus is on the New Mexico requirements, but we’re also teaching the teachers strategy and other skills.” Math and English scores account for over 70 percent of the grade, so learning these two disciplines, if not mastering them, is vital to the success of the school. Academic rigor which will allow the students a choice as they matriculate through high school. “Catherine A. Miller Elementary School has a staff that is here for students, is focused on foundational skills, and wants the students to grow every year,” said Copley in a final remark. Part of the price paid for those accomplishments are the bricks and mortar of this new building, over $14 million, but the rest of the price will be paid by the students, teachers, and administrators of the district, in sweat and hard work. That’s what education is all about. This physical plant is one of four that are currently in the works, or close to it; the other three are Jefferson, Lincoln, and Del Norte. The

Students give a drum performance at the beginning of the dedication ceremony.

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‘The Revenant’ is cold, brutal and unforgettable By Glenn Kay For the Sun



n the midst of Hollywood sequels and reboots that relentlessly follow a predetermined formula, it’s great to see a big budget eccentricity like The Revenant. This is the type of film that clearly represents the personal vision of its filmmaker, melding western tropes with art house pretense. As a result of its unusual approach and icy tone, it’s going to garner extreme reactions. But from my perspective, this change from the norm is always welcome. Set in the 1820s, the story is fairly simple. Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a guide for a group of fur traders in the wilderness. After a series of misadventures, a tragedy befalls Hugh and he is left for dead. However, the scout survives and musters every ounce of his being to keep breathing. Literally crawling from his grave, he sets out to wreak

revenge on John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), the man largely responsible for his current predicament. There are a couple of subplots, but the majority of time is spent with Hugh. This is a tale of endurance in fact, the theme stated in the opening narration. Life is presented as brutish and grueling. Humans are stealing, abusing and killing one another, and when they aren’t, the wild animals step in to attempt the same. The elements of nature itself are equally punishing, often finishing the job started by others. And so, the story is all about its lead character attempting to fight for his life even as everything around him attempts to take it away. What really sets the movie apar t is the photography. Shot in long takes using natural light, the camera follows the characters as they trudge through various environments and numerous perils. Every sequence is staggeringly choreographed and jaw-dropping to watch - the actors hit very specific marks on a massive ca nva s while the ca mera continues to follow the elaborate action for minutes on end (there are a few cheats,

There’s some Oscar buzz going around for Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance in ‘The Revenant.’ He’s looking rugged and wildly handsome … and heck even the bear spares his life in the brutal wilderness of this cold, dark wintry land. Photo Credit: Fox Movies

but they’re seamless). These sequences include a graphic raid of the trader’s camp, a brutalizing bear attack and a chase across the plains on horseback. They’re all incredible to witness. Admittedly, these lengthy takes result in shots and scenes extending over an incredibly protracted period of time. While some will take issue with the pacing, the technique captures the chaos of such a situation in an effective, realtime manner that adds to the


feeling of panic. Frankly, the images of Emmanuel Lubezki (Birdman) are so striking all around, that just taking them in is captivating in itself. Additionally, this is a solitary, cold and harsh story about frontiersman - none of whom are exactly charmers. In all honestly, it takes a while to get used to their blunt mannerisms. And so many terrible situations occur that the movie actually teeters on the brink of black comedy after a while. Thankfully, the very strong performance by DiCaprio kept this viewer engaged through the lengthy stone-faced trials and passages. It really is an award worthy performance.

A n d f i n a l l y, d i r e c t o r Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Birdman, 21 Grams) has a penchant for taking trippy asides involving oddball dream sequences (often involving figures floating in the air). These moments are a bit over-the-top and bizarre at times, but are always interesting. The Revenant is certainly an acquired taste and won’t appeal to all viewers. It’s cold, ugly and brutal throughout. But that’s exactly the point - giving viewers the experience of a fight to survive the harshest of elements in both nature and humanity. It is a unique, powerful and gorgeously filmed experience that one isn’t likely to forget.

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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Jan. 8, 2016 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


ope ever y ha d a good holiday. Unlike the past couple of editions, this one is absolutely loaded with releases. Here are the highlights. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!

BIG NEW RELEASES! C l o s e Range - An ex- sold ier t a kes on a d r ug ca r tel who is threatening his sister and niece in this low-budget action picture. Those who saw it warned that the script and acting was downright wooden and silly. However, they also stated that the fight choreography was impressive and that the action sequences in general were well-handled. As direct-to-DVD B-movie schlock-fests go, they felt that the fisticuff scenes make it slightly above average. It features Chad Adkins, Nick Chinlund and Caitlin Keats. Condemned - A privileged young woman rebels and squats with her boyfriend in a seedy apartment building. When drugs and noxious chemicals combine into a virus and turn the residents into bloodthirsty maniacs, she struggles to get out alive. This low-budget horror effort got toxic reviews, with many stating that the characters weren’t engaging and that the gross-outs eventually lost their impact. The movie stars Ronen Rubenstein, Lydia Hearst and Michel Gill. D e at h ga s m - This hor ror/ comedy festival favor it e f rom Ne w Z e a l a n d follows a couple of teenage head-bangers in a heavy metal band. Trouble arises when their music accidentally raises a nasty demon. Critics were mostly positive about the attempt, writing that while the movie was derivative of genre classics like Shaun of the Dead and Dead/Alive, it was elevated by its likable kids, high-energy approach


and several funny gags. Milo Cawthorne, James Blake and Kimberly Crossman take on the lead roles. Experimenter - Based upon the work of Stanley Milgram, this biopic tells the story of how the professor created and employed a series of unique obedience experiments back in 1961, and follows them through to their shocking and controversial results. A few members of the press didn’t think the material warranted a feature, but in general almost all enjoyed the film and the work of its stars. Personally, I found it quite interesting and felt it only falters by not knowing exactly how to wrap the story up. It’s got a great cast that includes Peter Sarsgaard, Winona Ryder, Taryn Manning, Anton Yelchin, John Leguizamo, A nthony Edwards, Dennis Haysbert, Lori Singer and Jim Gaffigan. The Games Maker - A young boy with an interest in board games enters a fantastical landscape and must use his wits to defeat a sinister game inventor. This Argentina/Canada/Italy co-production split reviewers. All admired the attempt to tell an epic story with limited means and appreciated the art design, but about half found the story too convoluted to really recommend. Now viewers can roll the dice and decide for themselves. It features Joseph Fiennes, Tom Cavanagh, Megan Carpenter, Valentina Lodovini, Edward Asner and David Mazouz. The Green Infer no Di rector El i Roth’s cannibal terror flick had quite a difficult time reaching the big screen (not because of the content, but rather a legal tussle among producers and distributor). It follows a college student who joins an activist movement in the Amazonian rainforest. After a plane crash, the kids find themselves captured by hungry natives. Naturally, it received a wide variety of extreme reactions, although most found its attempts to shock unappealing. Personally, the weak and unconvincing performances of its young cast is its biggest issue. Curious horror fans will likely want to give it a try regardless. Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Aaron Burns and Sky Ferreira are on the menu.

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Infinitely Polar Bear - A man suffering from bi-polar disorder attempts to win back the affections of his wife and children after a stay at a hospital. He decides to help care for the kids while mom attends business school, leading to varied stresses and comic episodes. Critics generally liked the film, calling it sweet overall. They praised the performances as well, although a few felt that the movie dealt too lightly with the lead’s mental state. The movie features Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Kier Dullea and Imogene Wolodarsky. Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser - Some 14 years after the original, comic David Spade returns for this sequel about a whitetrash-hero. This time out the character finds himself caught in a tornado and transported to the past, where he attempts to correct some of his worst decisions. As expected, the press weren’t fond of the follow-up calling it an unnecessary flick full of repetitive scatological gags. Brittany Daniel, Patrick Warburton, Mark McGrath, Dennis Miller and Christopher Walken also make appearances. Memories of the Sword Three warriors get involved in a failed revolt against a corrupt King in South Korea. Many years later, a survivor raises one of his friend’s daughters to take revenge on her father’s killer. Notices were decent for this foreign effort. It has been described as a bit bloated and slow, but write-ups also liked the cast and found the visuals to be absolutely gorgeous. The cast includes Byung-hun Lee, Do-yeon Jeon and Go-eun Kim. Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse - Wow, it really is a big week for horror releases. This gory, R-rated comedy deals with a Boy Scout troop who end up in the middle of a zombie rampage. Critics were really split on the movie when it came out at theaters a couple of months back. About half called it uneven but felt that it offered a few interesting new gags on the undead flick formula, while others called it crude and tasteless. Guess it’ll all depend on your sense of humor. It stars Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller, Joey Morgan, David Koechner and Cloris Leachman. Sleeping With Other People - A womanizer and a serial cheater befriend one another and slowly form a friendship

that eventually turns romantic in this indie comedy starring Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie. It received a few more positive writ-ups than negative. While several found it to be a fresh and amusing comedy, others didn’t find it quite funny enough to recommend. Adam Scott, Billy Eichner, Jason Mantzoukas, Amanda Peet and Natasha Lyonne also make appearances. The Visit - The latest from M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, The Last Airbender) marked something of a turnaround for the director, receiving better than average notices and grossing large sums at the box office. It’s a found-footage effort about two kids who are sent to meet their estranged grandparents and stay with them. Unfortunately, the odd behavior displayed by the hosts soon becomes downright creepy. While some critics wished that it had been more original, the majority found it to be both scary and amusing in turns. The cast features Olivia De Jonge, Ed Oxenbould and Kathryn Hahn. The Walk - Philippe Petit’s harrowing 1974 tightrope walk between the Twin Towers in Manhattan is fictionalized in this drama from director Robert Zemeckis (The Polar Express, Back to the Future). Perhaps most interesting is that much of it was shot in front of a greenscreen. Reviews were decent overall. Although many found the approach to the humans a bit broad and lacking in subtlety, all were impressed by the gorgeous cinematography and finale (although the sequence might work better in IMAX 3D than on the small screen). It stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon and Ben Kingsley.

BLASTS FROM THE PAST! Shout! Factory was another double feature Blu-ray containing a couple of cheeseball titles, The House Where Evil Dwells (1982) and Ghost Warrior (1984). In the first, a samurai murders his family. When an American clan moves in, he thinks he’s found a great deal. However, the ghosts start to manipulate them in the hopes of repeating the events of 100 years ago. The second feature is an action flick about a samurai who is unfrozen and attempts to attempt to life in the modern world.

Criterion have an impressive Blu-ray set called The Complete Lady Snowblood. It features Lady Snowblood (1973) and Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance (1974), two Japanese cult flicks about a female assassin out to kill the men who murdered her family when she was a child. Extras include a 2K digital image restoration, new English subtitles, interviews with the artist of the manga that inspired the movie and the screenwriter as well as an essay on the film’s importance in cinema. Kino have a bunch of great flicks arriving o n B l u - r a y. T h e Captive C i t y (19 52) from director Rober t Wise ( We s t S i d e Story) features John Forsythe in a thriller about organized crime. Fantomas (1913) is a silent film from France famous for its visuals - the story follows a criminal mastermind. The Hotel New Hampshire (1984) tells the tale of an oddball family vacation and includes early performances from Rob Lowe and Jodie Foster. They’ve also got The Phantom From 10,000 Leagues (1955) a sci-fi monster flick about a creature that rises from the depth. Spellbinder (1988), starring Tim Daily and Kelly Preston, sounds like an enjoyably goofy thriller. It’s about a lawyer who falls for a woman escaping a witch’s coven. Two for the Seesaw (1962) is another flick from Robert Wise. It’s a romance title starring Robert Mitchum and Shirley MacLaine. They’ve also got Valentino (1977), filmmaker Ken Russell adaptation of the famous ladies’ man. Finally, you can pick up a Blu-ray of the South Korea/ Japan giant creature feature, Yongary, Monster From the Deep (1967) in which the title reptile attacks the city of Seoul.

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Here are some new releases the kids might enjoy. E l m o’s Wo r l d: E l m o’s Wonders The Games Maker Grimm’s Fairy Tales - 6 Classic Stories Wild Kratt’s Australian Adventures GALLUP FUN!

NEWS District spent nearly $100k on salaries, legal fees during Chiapetti’s leave


fter several efforts requesting documentation rega rding the investigation of Gallup-McKinley County Schools Superintendent Frank Chiapetti, and the cost of such an investigation, Custodian of Records and Superintendent

Secretary Joan Nez, disclosed some financial information to the Gallup Sun in a response letter dated Jan. 4. According to the letter, Chiapetti was paid $42,690.87 w h i le o n le a v e; A c t i n g Superintendent Carmen Moffett was paid $12,058.48; and legal fees added up to $45,248.09. A grand total of $99,997.44. The response letter also states

that, “On November 12th Central Office received confidential documentation from the GMCS School Boards lawyer regarding the investigation of Mr. Chiapetti. These documents are sealed and are in Mr. Chiapetti’s personnel file and are not considered public information. Central Office is not aware of the allegations or results of the investigation. We are only aware that the Board of Education

WEEKLY CRIME BLOTTER DOUBLE WHAMMY 1/3, GALLUP Em ma nuel Tsosie of Blue Gap, A r i z . fa ce s cha rges for aggravated batter y and DWI for some late n ig ht, drunken antics. It appears that jealousy motivated him to throw a can of beer at his friend, leaving a laceration, as they partied at Motel 6 on west Hwy 66. Tsosie, 27, then reportedly chased his girlfriend, who dived over the front desk counter at the motel, prompting a worker to call the police. The woman said he accused of her of cheating with the man he nailed in the head with a beer. He then tried to drive off in his white KIA, but Gallup Police Department officers were blocking all the exits. He was charged with a DWI and Aggravated Battery.

PURSE SNATCHER 1/2, GALLUP A mother a nd daug hter parked at the Giant gas station on 1223 E. Hwy 66, must have been sca red out of t hei r wits when Zachery Lee of NEWS

Window Rock, Ariz. tried to at first steal the daughter’s pickup truck with her mom sitting in the truck (mom pulled the keys out of the ignition, away from Lee), but settled on her purse instead, running off with her cash. All of this occurred after Lee, 21, reportedly tried to steal booze from Giant. He was caught near Earl’s Restaurant. He booked for burglary to a vehicle, attempting unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, and larceny.

PISTOL WHIPPED? 1 / 1 , GALLUP On New Year’s Day, GPD officers were dispatched to Ranchito Motel, 1009 W. Coal Ave in response to a “domestic dispute.” According to Officer Ryan Blackgoat, the victim claimed to have been pistol whipped with a Ruger 9MM. She said the man, Jared Smith, also kicked her in the back and that she just had back surgery. Police had seen Smith, 31, flee the scene but did not pursue him. Gun shots were heard in the area, but there was no evidence linking Smith to the shots fired. Smith, of Acoma, returned to the motel room on his own where police struggled to detain him. The victim

refused medical treatment. The gun was found under the bed. Smith was arrested for aggravated battery.

withheld,” Boe said. “They can’t make a statement that it is a sealed confidential document.” On Aug.17, Chiapetti was placed on ad ministrative leave; however, the details of his absence and investigation have yet to surface. On Nov.12, after a lengthy three-hour executive session, the Board voted 3-2 to retain Chiapetti as superintendent. Special Education Director, Carmen Moffett, had taken his place for nearly three months.

Henry was disarmed for on-duty officers safety. When Caramine Largo from the Crownpoint District arrived, local law enforcement from GPD and MCSO were released from the scene. Apparently,

Henry had parked her unit on Navajo soil. Henry faces charges for running a red light, failure to report an accident, and failure to render aid. The victim had complained of a head injury. The Family Loves It is World, Out of th , Wood FinrePizza! Brick Ove

HOTEL BREAK-IN 12/29, GALLUP W hy rent a hotel room when you can break a w i n d o w, crack open a Bud Ice, and crash out on the bed. Well, that’s what got Eric Begaye of Mentmore in trouble at the Microtel Inn, on west Hwy 66. It was cut and dry arrest. Begaye, 22, was booked for breaking and entering.

NAVAJO COP FLEES ACCIDENT 12/28, GALLUP A Navajo Police Department officer could be in some hot water for fleeing the scene of an accident that occurred at the intersection of east Hwy 66 and Patton Drive. According to McK inley County Sheriff’s Office Ivan Tsethlikai’s report, NPD Officer Patricia Henry was parked at State Hwy 118 and Sundance Road post-accident. When asked why she left the scene, she reportedly said that “she hit a vehicle and ‘Freaked Out’ so she kept driving.”

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Six district schools earn grade of “B” or “A” on PED report card BOARD MEMBERS WEIGH IN By Chrissy Largo Sun Correspondent


ith a fresh new year ahead, Gallup-McKinley County Schools students, faculty, and administrators, continue to work with students on improving and refining learning techniques and test scores. It’s likely that many of the schools in the district have the New Mexico Public Education Department’s school grades, released on Dec. 18, on their minds as they look for ways to improve student performance. The report card showed that six district schools earned a grade of “B” or “A” for the 2014-15 school year. Miyamura High, Gallup Middle College High, Ramah High, Chief Manuelito Middle, Indian Hills Elementary, and David Skeet Elementary schools

– all earned a “B” or higher. The majority of schools, however, earned a C grade or lower, which means improvements are needed to bolster overall school grades. District 5 Board of Education member Lynn Huenemann said he feels that the district made a few steps forward in the school grades; however, there is still a long way to go. He also mentioned that the work session participation before Board meetings are highly encouraged because some good discussions take place at that time. No decisions or no votes are made but it is a time for “talking ideas.” “There are many things to be looked at and many things to be addressed,” he said. “But, at least there is some movement in the right direction in school grade report cards. I said how one chain climbs the mountain, one step at a time.

WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports Steven O. Henry Dec. 11, 6:55 pm 2nd DWI, Aggravated H e n r y didn’t stand a chance of getting away from this DWI. He was involved in an accident at 911 E. Green St., and fled to Duke City at 1512 E. Hwy 66. His silver-colored Toyota Camry had sustained heavy front end damage and both the dr iver a nd pa ssenger airbags had been deployed. Gallup Police Department Joe Roanhorse noticed an empty bottle of Yukon Jack in the


District 5 Board member Lynn Huenemann.

School Board President Titus Nez

School Board Vice President Kevin Mitchell

Well, we’ve taken a step for climbing a mountain.” The Board’s Vice President Kevin Mitchell agreed that there were improvements across the board and that schools did a fantastic job. “ T he one s t h at d id n’t improve as much, I still think that they did well,” he said. “No matter what program they were following, our principals, our teachers, and our children all did a great job with the testing.” Boa rd P resident T itus Nez added a comment to the Gallup Sun’s Facebook page on Dec.18 with this statement: “I always stress to parents that the important key to student success is being actively

involved in their education. We must inspire them to succeed and support their creativity. It takes a community to build a positive role model. Despite the negativity, dirty politics, and personal agendas; I stand firmly in my position of being a positive influence in my community and children. As I always stated, the teaching must come from the hogan level. Even though my great grandma was not educated, it was because of her teachings and discipline, I am who I am. That’s just my example of being a positive influence. Every home, every background have their own personal stories. To close my statement, I would just like to say we must always

support our children’s education and be actively involve in their everyday education. Whether it is helping them read a book, solving a math problems or supporting them. Try it.” District 4 board member Joe Menini refused to comment, saying, “I am not a spokesperson for the Board.” Multiple efforts were made to contact Superintendent Frank Chiapetti and Board secretary Priscilla Manuelito for comment, but neither party could be reached for comment by press time. To review the full list of school grades for Gallup McKinley County Schools, visit:

intoxicated, which she initially denied to GPD Officer Norman Bowman.

L a t er she a d m it t e d t o hav ing a beer. She blew a .20, during an initial breath

t e s t , but fol low u p t e s t i n g y ielde d “ i n s u f f ic ie nt samples.”

passenger seat. Henry, 41, readily admitted to drinking and upon the breath test he blew a .24/.26. The legal limit is .08. Wanda M. Brown Dec. 4, 6:15 pm DWI Brown, 57, got into trouble for backing into a customer t hat was waiting in the Taco Bell east drive through. Not so much for the slight fender bender, but for fleeing the scene. The driver followed her to 310 E. Maloney, where she parked her car. The driver that she hit noticed that she appeared

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OPINIONS By Joe Schaller Continued from last week CHAPTER THIRTEEN: WATCHDOGIE ROUND-UP Part One – Diverse Strays PATRIOTISM: Maintaining the values and principles of America’s Founding Father Patriots who stood up to the tyranny of an oppressive government. Those principles emphasized limited government, individual freedoms, personal responsibility, free market capitalism and their revolutionary extremist conviction that all men are created equal. A M E R I C A N EXCEPTIONALISM: ‘While most nations evolved from

tribal clans and royalty the US was born, and born of ideas: that all men are created equal, that they have been given by God certain rights that can be taken from them by no man, and that those rights combine to create a thing called freedom’. – Peggy Noonan The American spirit was essentially anarchistic – the antithesis of collectivism-statism-socialism – an exceptional spirit which has bedeviled radicals around the world to this day. SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: The fall or disintegration of human societies including abrupt societal failures such as the Mayan Civilization as well as gradual declines like the fall of the Western Roman Empire and Soviet Union. Government central planning overreach and

disintegration of cultural mores (fundamental moral values) are typical catalysts. ACCU LT U R AT ION a nd ASSIMILATION: Acculturation is the process of learning and adapting to the practices and customs of a new culture. Assimilation involves being absorbed into the new culture. People can assimilate without being acculturated. INTEGRATION: The stimulus for the entire civil rights movement. Motivated by equal opportunity for all, integration is a two-way societal process where there are cross influences from differing cultures and both change a small bit to accept the minority culture into the majority culture. MULTICULTURAL SALAD or MOSAIC: The racial identity politics of modern political


correctness fosters multicultural segregation over integration. Immigrants often come to America seeking all the freedoms and benefits without any desire of abandoning their failed national culture nor have any desire for social contact with any outside their own ethnicity, even seeking to alter the American legal system to conform to their own cultural norms. Prior to the welfare state, immigrants escaped cultural and racial oppression, abandoning their previous nationalities while still retaining ethnic pride and assimilating into a new American culture. Multiculturalism as we know it is not about respecting or celebrating the salad bowl of cultural or ethnic diversity, but about indicting American civilization for its imperial, colonial,

xenophobic, and racist sins. E U R O P E A N MULTICULTURALISM: The United Kingdom, Germany and the famously progressive and permissive Netherlands have declared multiculturalism as a failure and are seeking obligatory integration, assimilation and acceptance of British, German and Dutch values. ANCHOR BABY: Politically incorrect for ‘automatic birthright citizenship’. Among developed nations, only the US and Canada still offer automatic citizenship to children born on their soil. Not a single European country follows the practice. UNLAWFUL IMMIGRANT DE F IC I T : A n e x t e n s i v e Heritage Foundation 2010 study



A New Moon phase enters Capricorn this month and Mercury is in retrograde. Madame G suggests staying away from the computer and possibly all electronics. Take a lesson from the goal-oriented sign and head outside. You can enjoy winter’s crisp, clear, wind while you’re at it.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Aries you’re at it again. What will break first, your head, or the wall your banging it against? Give yourself a break. Like the tenacious and strong-willed goat, the ram runs straight into danger and challenges without thought. They walk straight down 90-degree inclines and balance on the edge. Face your challenges head on. You’re built for action.

As you emerge from hibernation give yourself some credit. You may require a little more care than usual. The skin is always tender after a molting. Pamper yourself within reason. Get the body geared up and ready for adventure. Remember the sage advice from airplane safety: if you want to help others – you must first help yourself.

Your airy side makes you a perfect friend until things get serious and murky. Then you run for the heels on steroids. This is not altogether wrong. However, be aware that the more serious and introverted signs don’t appreciate false compassion. Here’s your challenge Libra, if someone burdens you unnecessarily let them know it. Their reaction might surprise you in a nice way. And if it doesn’t, you’ve done yourself a favor.

This is your time. Don’t forget it. Use that determination on yourself. You and Madame G know that you could climb a mountain barefooted with the sheer force of your will. But, you’re not made of metal. Flesh and blood requires rest and food. Liquid diets of coffee and alcohol really don’t count. Start fresh this year.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) There’s a company that sells actual bull excrement in a neat package with the image of a bull stamped on it. It’s not fertilizer – it’s bullshit in a box. Consider your words, for they may come back to haunt you, both literally and figuratively. Either that, or learn to package what you sell in a neat little package. Madame G suggests checking your packages for odd smells.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Tender is the night. You may feel a bit underwhelmed at times, but it’s a good idea to practice patience. You’re wise and kindhearted most of the time. But that doesn’t mean you’re always right. Wise men are fools who listen. It’s easy to give up and move on, but courage requires perseverance in the face of failure.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Did you know that Gemini’s are the sign most likely to be a serial killer? Sometimes Earth and Air signs conflict over simple issues of ideology. But, don’t forget that your imagination often runs away with you. This makes you great at parties and unreliable in the boardroom. Reflect upon your New Year’s goals and don’t lose your head, or be the reason someone else loses theirs.

Tender Virgo, how does your garden grow? With work, work, work. No doubt you’re the master. You’ve got the nitpicking down and you’re ready for more. Your exterior usually shouts “whatever” while your inner soul screams in turmoil begging for help. People might surprise you. Reach out when you need it. We’re all in this world together.


SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You’ll appreciate the goal-oriented influence of the goat this week. Mercury is in retrograde and this may mean that your incredible will power may be diverted to other areas. But, this could be positive. Use your calm librarian voice to pacify the scene for an elderly bleeding diabetic. Rescue a puppy instead of editing. The possibilities are endless.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Okay, you’re not quite battle ready. But, you will be. Focus your mind and hone those skills. Practice some meditation and try for calm and focused energy. You’re the pack leader NOT a puppy. If you can get her to use the bathroom outside you might just be able to do anything.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Plato suggested crawling out of the cave to see the light. This is true of you too. Ignorance can take on many forms. Sometimes, the ones who’re busy proving the ignorance of others really reveal their own. Use better judgment and listen to those around you. They might just be telling you to duck, instead of looking up as a football smacks you in the face. Heads up!

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) It’s a Brave New World and you’re feeling a bit lonely. So, don’t forget self-care. But that doesn’t always mean spending money. Head out and take the dog for a long walk. Make new friends and show them your kind and beautiful side. Exercise is never a bad idea either. You’ll probably be glad you did and your canine friend will too.

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LEXICON | FROM PAGE 11 utilizing US Census Bureau data revealed the average American unlawful immigrant household paid $10,334 in taxes annually. They also collected $24,721 in government benefits and services for a net annual deficit to lawful taxpayers of $14,387. GUN CONTROL: Russia has one tenth the number of firearms per capita as the U.S. Their murder rate is four times greater. The only question that needs to be asked is, what happened to the Russian culture

that made them so dysfunctional and violent? CA M PA IGN F I NA NCE REFORM: A PC euphemism for controlling free speech. If the goal is to get money out of politics, the real solution is to get politics out of money. In other words, shrink government THE PARTY OF POLITICAL DONORS: Of the top 40 organizations making political contributions 24 give almost exclusively to the Democratic Party while only four give exclusively to the GOP. Some 20 labor unions give almost exclusively to democrats yet on

VA Poor Follow-Up Care and Incomplete Assessment of Disability Leads to Suicide By Carolie Watkins Guest Columnist


have been telling Albuquerque VA Regional Office that suicide rates are partially due to inaccurate compensation claims raters not reviewing all medical conditions that are available to them via electron Health records. Albuquerque VARO continues to ask Veterans over and over for their medical records when they have them available at the touch of a hand. I further believe this is used as a stall technique. Veterans unable to work and support themselves or and a family finally give up and feel his or her family would be better off without carrying the load of caring for the Veteran Office of Inspector General, recently conducted an inspection to evaluate the circumstances surrounding the death of a patient at the VA San Diego Healthcare System. The Office of Healthcare Inspections evaluated the quality of care provided for the patient prior to his suicide. The Office of Audits and Evaluations assessed whether the San Diego VA Regional Office (VARO) Rating Decision accurately decided the patient’s compensation claim. It was determined that the quality of care provided for the patient’s chronic pain did not adhere to the VA/DoD clinical practice guidelines. We determined that the patient was newly diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic headaches during a Compensation and Pension examination in January 2014, but there was no follow-up plan to address these issues.


Although the San Diego VA Regional Office decided the patient’s claim prematurely without obtaining all relevant service treatment records. It was recommended that the Under Secretary for Health ensu re that Compensation & Pension examiners document patients with new diagnoses are counseled on the need for follow-up care and provided assistance in obtaining VA care, and that all clinically relevant communications are documented in the electronic health record; the System Director implement processes to ensure that providers adhere to the VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for Management of Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain, including follow-up assessment at appropriate intervals, when treating patients with chronic opioid therapy, and confer with Regional Counsel for possible disclosure(s) to the surviving family member(s) of the patient; and the San Diego VA Regional Office Director review a sample of the specific rater’s work and determine whether failure to obtain relevant service treatment records is a systemic issue with this rater when making compensation claim decisions. C a r o l i e Wa t k i n s , o f Vanderwagen, husband is a Vietnam era Veteran. She has a passion for helping veterans with disability claims and has been volunteering her services for 17 years. She says that she is currently helping 57 veterans in five states, “doing what Attorneys do, but for free.”

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the generosity index for charitable giving they are far down the list. Corporate giants such as Walmart, Alcoa and Koch Industries are the most generous organizations in the world for donations to charity. GEN ERO SI T Y I N DE X : Despite now being the party of the super-rich, the Democratic Party are still tightwads. Several studies reveal republicans give 30% to 50% more to charities than democrats. Similarly in European countries they love to provide government safety nets for the poor yet give far less as individuals than Americans.

FEEDME RATIO: You might call this a ‘change-my-diaper’ ratio as well. It is the number of clients drawing from the government (welfare recipients, generously paid government employees and people collecting government pensions) compared to those chipping in by working outside the government and paying taxes. When the ratio goes above 1.0 the departure of jobs can lead to an economic death spiral. Of the six states with a feedme ratio over 1.0, including California and New York, New Mexico is far in the lead at 1.43.

ECONOM IC DE AT H SPIRAL: The government burdens remain but too many of the providers - employers in the private sector - shrink or depart. Why add jobs in a state that asks each productive worker to carry not just his or her own weight but also the weight of one other person or more? What happens when employers tire of the burdens and leave? Detroit, Puerto Rico, Greece and the former Soviet Union is what. **You can have all 13 chapters of the Lexicon in a booklet for $2.00 at the UPS store, 2418 E HWY 66**

Helping Each Other as Necessary By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent


ne of the first lessons learned in the military is that no matter how strong you are, everyone must be able and willing to help each other to be fully successful, regardless of the mission. It is a primary lesson, taught in the morning runs, and encouraged at almost every step of the trainee process. You are only as good as the weakest link in your chain; necessity demands help to operate at a maximum level. Veterans Helping Veterans bel ieves t h is ph i losophy, totally. Sta r ted some 15 yea rs ago by several young (a relative term) veterans who were dissatisfied with help they needed from the Veterans Administration, they formed a weekly coffee get-together to discuss options and to reports on what they had learned of the system. The group grew rapidly and today numbers as many as 155 on every other Friday, all congregated in Don Diego’s Restaurant for a meeting that offers cameraderie, advice, and other help from those who have been where they once were: the military. Not restricted to combat veterans or any particular service, this largest group of Gallup ex-military finds some warmth and solace in the company of those who have been there – before, during, or after their term of service. David Cuellar is the de facto leader of Vetrans Helping Veterans, though he has a smaller unit nicknamed the

A Team that provides most of the assistance any leader needs. He starts every meeting, ge ne r a l or A Team, the sa me way: the Pledge of A l leg i a nce, a short prayer; and then a r undow n of what is going on, not necessarily in any strict order. That order after the pledge and the prayer is what will be attempted in this column. A quick run through the sick and disabled members fou nd Rober t Peoples on chemo for lung cancer; Steve Starkovich on chemo again; Steven Mahnkee still in VA Hospital since Sept. 28 recovering from an infection of his knee replacement; and the good news that Felix Martinez got his meds changed and is not having multiple seizures every day. Other good news shared was that John Unale, the brother of Danny Unale, finally received 100 percent compensation after a 15-year battle. This is a very quiet time on the calendar, but Cuellar was eager to talk about some recent events in the veteran community that happened on Dec. 18, 2015. Andrew Welch, the director of the VA Hospital in Albuquerque, came to the last general meeting of the year to listen to problems or complaints from several veterans. Welch promised to look into some of the complaints and on some others made immediate demands on his staff to rectify the problems. Included among

these was one vet who needed back surgery and another who had been waiting for a CPAP. From that point, the conversation shifted to a warning to veterans, whether in this particular group or not, to be careful who they pick as a representative for disability and other claims they may have. He was especially adamant that veterans should never sign over a power of attorney to any of these individuals or groups. The information they present may be fraudulent and can result in an even lengthier delay of benefits, or a vastly reduced amount. The next patriotic holiday is Memorial Day. This year is the tenth anniversary of the pillars next to the County Courthouse being dedicated, and the annual celebration will be slightly larger this year. More planning is in the works and final decisions may not be complete until April. Without a formal leave of any kind, which is never needed, Cuellar transformed back into his role as an advisor and began counseling a nearby female veteran of Afghanistan. It’s what he does best! The next general meeti n g of Vet er a n s Helpi n g Veterans will be on Jan. 15 at Don Diego’s, while the next A Team meeting is this Friday, Jan. 8 in the old Fire Dept. building on Second and Maloney. Both meeting begin at 9 am. OPINIONS

SPORTS 360 A Thought From the Other Side By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent


am pretty sure it is my military training as an analyst that makes me rega rd cha nge w ith a great deal of skepticism. I do remember that I was carefree before that time, just going with the flow, as my generation used to say. Well, the flow isn’t all that bad, until you tumble over the falls onto the rocks below. At that point, you might become a skeptic as well.

Political speeches aside, we Americans are much too eager to accept a radical solution to a problem that needs careful consideration. The opposite has also been true; too much talk and too little action. In today’s world we only tr ust our own judgement, no matter how badly it has abused us in the past. A shortterm solution seems more positive than a long-term one, of course. Americans are usually great at putting the cart before the horse. That’s an

old time expression but it still holds true today. “Make all firearms illegal!” “Tax the rich 90 percent!” “My feelings count, yours don’t!” and the dumbest one I’ve heard in a while, “Make free speech illegal!” The last one comes from the immature brain of an overly bright college student who wants to scream the epitaph in your face in public, not realizing that killing free speech would mean they have to shut up first! All of those exclaimated bits may have some truth in them, but our rush to correct obvious injustices doom us all to a future with no freedoms. We become the ultimate result of our dema nds, a nd that future looks pretty bleak from where I sit. In the newspaper business, freedom of speech and information are the most vital resources available to us. We try to separate fact from emotion, which is not always easy, and our attempts to remain impartial in any argument are often failures of the first order. The other side is like a good debate between opposing thoughts and experiences. It starts early on when a person decides that either: all people are inherently good, or all people are inherently bad. The side you choose says a lot about you and your expectations of life in general. Being good does not mean being naïve, no more than being bad means you should be in jail. Good and bad are

just relative terms we like to throw around. Religion may have inadvertently set us on this track but it is human nature that wants to fully define the terms, according to our own personal wants and desires. Good is an extension of what I believe and bad is ever y thing else, or so we would like to think. This extends even into other situations. I cr inge when I see or hear, “(Fill in the blank lives matter” or “Again with the filler Pride,” indicating that only one ethnic or career background is important and that only one group of people deser ves Pride. What nonsense. All of our lives matter and everyone should have a certain amount of pride. But here’s where it get touchy. How much of your life really matters and how much pride should you have? Simply being is not enough in either case. In both cases, a person must do something to make their life worthwhile

to society, and then they are able to express pride in what they have done. It is a double-edged sword at best. It w a s a ple a s u r e t o attend the Grand Opening of the Catherine A. Miller Elementa r y School in Churchrock on Jan. 5. As I wrote in the article on that event, the school has about 60 years of memories for me since I first went into my mother’s classroom in 1956. And memories never really die. I find it impossible to visit Churchrock without thinking of mom, and dad too, who did a lot of work in maintaining the classroom the way she wanted it to be for her students. Ga mes were ca ncel led statewide last week, leaving schools a little short of the maximum number of games they are allowed to play in a season. Replacement games may be found but probably with little notice, so keep your ears open for ones you might want to watch and perhaps I’ll see you in the bleachers!

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Scores Dec. 28, Monday GHS GBB @ Clovis Tournament – Cancelled 12/28-2930/15 Dec. 29, Tuesday MHS BBB 47 vs. St. Pius 59 @ Stu Clark Tournament MHS GBB @ Goddard Holiday Tournament – CANCELLED, WEATHER WHS BBB 61 vs. Navajo Pine 57 WHS GBB 81 vs. Navajo Pine 55 Dec. 30, Wednesday MHS BBB 52 vs Kirtland Central 71 @ Stu Clark Tournament MHS GBB @ Goddard Holiday Tournament – CANCELLED, WEATHER Dec. 31, Thursday MHS GBB @ Goddard Holiday Tournament – CANCELLED, WEATHER Jan. 2, Saturday GHS BBB 66 @ Bernalillo 55

GHS GBB 66 vs, Cleveland 46 GHS WRST @ Miyamura, 8 am Coach Esco Chavez: “We are moving along and improving every match. We practiced all Winter Break, including New Year’s Day at 8 am to get ready for Miyamura Duals.” MHS WRST Duals, 8 am Coach Ken Starkovich: “We placed first of the six teams in our meet, ahead of Piedra Vista, Academy, Bloomfield, Gallup and Grants. Three members of our team were undefeated: A.J. Starkovich at 152 pounds; Jeremiah Salaz at 145 pounds; and Max Aycock at 132 pounds.” ToHSBBB 55 @ Monument Valley 59 ToHS GBB 76 @ Monument Valley 54 WHS BBB 38 @ Pojoaque Valley 42 WHS GBB 56 @ St. Michael, AZ 49

The Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment (COPE) Program is a Partners In Health sister organization and a non-profit entity 501(c)3 based in Gallup, NM. COPE’s vision is to eliminate health disparities and improve the wellbeing of American Indians and Alaska Natives. COPE is currently hiring for the following positions: - Chief Operating Officer - Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program (FVRx) Coordinator - Rosebud Program Manager - Training Specialist - Women’s Health Project Coordinator


WHS BBB @ Striking Eagle Tournament, TBA Jan. 12, Tuesday GHS GBB @ St. Pius, 7 MHS BBB @ West Mesa, 7 RCHS GBB vs. Laguna Acoma, 7 ToHS BBB vs. Wingate, 7 WHS BBB @ ToHS, 7 WHS GBB vs. Grants, 7 Jan. 14, Thursday RCHS BBB @ Lion Classic, Acad. For Technology, 2 RCHS GBB @ Wingate, 6:30 ToHS GBB @ Zuni, 7 WHS GBB vs Rehoboth, 6:30 Jan. 15, Friday GHS BBB @ Albq. Academy, 7 GHS GBB vs, Grants, 7 MHS BBB @ Espanola Valley, 7 MHS WRST @ Joe Vivian, 10 RCHS BBB @ Lion Classic, TBD RCHS GBB vs. Ramah, 6:30

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Schedule Jan. 8, Friday GHS BBB @ Gallup Invite, 7 GHS WRST @ Academy, 9 MHS WRST @ Al Salazar Invite (SF), 10 RCHS GBB @ Sandia Prep. Tournament, TBA ToHS BBB @ Gallup Invite, TBD ToHS GBB @ Striking Eagle Tournament, TBA WHS BBB @ Striking Eagle Tournament, TBA WHS WRST @ St. Mike’s Invite, 9 Jan. 9, Saturday GHS BBB @ Gallup Invite, 7 MHS BBB vs. West Las Vegas, 1 MHS GBB vs. St. Pius, 7 RCHS GBB @ Sandia Prep. Tournament, TBA ToHS BBB @ Gallup Invite, TBD ToHS GBB @ Striking Eagle Tournament, TBA


505-870-3430 or Carmelita 505870-4095.

MOVIE: EVEREST Starts: 6 pm. El Morro Theater, 207 West Coal Ave. PG-13. NAVAJO NATION BREASTFEEDING COALITION Join Grace Bible Church for the Navajo Nation Breastfeeding Coalition. Agenda includes: Introduction of the Navajo Nation Breastfeeding Coalition, history, mission and accomplishments. Begins: 9 am. For more information please contact (928) 206 - 7885. Location: Grace Bible Church 222 Boulder Dr. FAMILY MOVIE Join us for a free family movie and popcorn is provided. Starts: 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200


W. Aztec Ave. Film: Shaun the Sheep the Movie AWARD-WINNING LECTURE SERIES Rehoboth Christian School presents Laurie Garrett: Health and the Changing World. This lecture kicks off 15 days of free liberal arts education, from an award winning lecture series. Live Internet video feed will be available. For online listening and archives of past lectures, please visit From 10:30 am - 11:30 am. Location: 07B Tse Yaaniichii Lane. Free LIVE MUSIC Muddy Soulz…Classic Rock n’ Roll from 7:30 - 9:30 pm at Coal Street Pub, 303 West Coal Ave. (505) 722 - 0117 SATURDAY JAN. 9 GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY SCHOOLS There will be a Regular IEC meeting. Starts: 8:30 am. Location Student Support Center. For more information please call: (505) 721 - 1000. LIVE MUSIC Picked Clean…Old time Folk takes center stage from 7:30 - 9:30 pm at Coal Street Pub,

303 West Coal Ave. (505) 722 - 0117 SUNDAY JAN. 10 TAIZE’ WORSHIP A worship service in the style of Taize’ will be held at the Westminster Presbyterian Church. Please join us for quiet, mediation, song, prayer, and scripture. Starts: 4 pm. For more information please call Kathy Mezoff (505) 722 5011. Location: 151 Boardman Drive. MONDAY JAN. 11 AWARD-WINNING LECTURE SERIES Rehoboth Christian School presents Eboo Patel: Interfaith Leadership. This lecture kicks off 15 days of free liberal arts education, from an award winning lecture series. Live Internet video feed will be available. For online listening and archives of past lectures, please visit calvin. edu/January. From 10:30 am - 11:30 am. Location: 07B Tse Yaaniichii Lane. Free CLEAN POWER PLAN BULLETIN The New Mexico Environmental Department will host Continued on page 15 CLASSIFIEDS

COMMUNITY CALENDAR JAN. 8 – JAN. 14, 2016 Continued from page 14 additional public meetings for developing a State Plan in response to the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Begins: 5pm. Questions may be submitted in advance to: Basic information about Clean Power Plan will be provided and is also available at: www. For more information please contact Cindy Hollenberg: (505) 476 - 4356. Location: Octavia Fellin Library meeting room, 115 W. Hill Ave. TUESDAY JAN. 12 CITY OF GALLUP There will be a City Council meeting and agendas will be available at least 72 hours prior. Starts: 5 pm. For more information please call: (505) 863 - 1254. Location: City Hall, 110 W. Aztec Ave. AWARD-WINNING LECTURE SERIES Rehoboth Christian School presents Bethany Haley Williams, The Color of Grace: Healing and Hope for Child Survivors of War. This lecture kicks off 15 days of free liberal arts education, from an award winning lecture series. Live Internet video feed will be available. For online listening and archives of past lectures, please visit calvin. edu/January. From 10:30 am - 11:30 am. Location: 07B Tse Yaaniichii Lane. Free CLEAN POWER PLAN BULLETIN The New Mexico Environmental Department will host additional public meetings for developing a State Plan in response to the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Begins: 12 pm. Questions may be submitted in advance to: Basic information about Clean Power Plan will be provided and is also available at: www. For more information please contact Cindy Hollenberg: (505) 476 - 4356. Location: NMSU Multi-purpose room #007, 1500 N. 3rd street. WEDNESDAY JAN. 13 TODDLER TIME An active and energetic program for toddlers (2-4), featuring music, movement, rhythm, and stories. Starts: 10:30 am. Location: Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. Free MAKER’S CLUB A club for kids interested in science, math, building, and inventing (Ages 7 and up).

Each week will feature a different challenge, project, or experiment. Starts: 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. This Week: Lego Challenge: Excavation. Help free our Lego friends from their ice prison. Free HOLIDAY FILM The Octavia Fellin Library presents a special film in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Popcorn provided. Starts: 5:30 pm. Location: Main Branch, 115 W. Hill Ave. Free AWARD-WINNING LECTURE SERIES Rehoboth Christian School presents David Brooks: The Road to Character. This lecture kicks off 15 days of free liberal arts education, from an award winning lecture series. Live Internet video feed will be available. For online listening and archives of past lectures, please visit calvin. edu/January. From 10:30 am - 11:30 am. Location: 07B Tse Yaaniichii Lane. Free OPEN-MIC-NIGHT Local talent takes center stage from 7:30 - 9:30 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 JAN. 14 CRAFTY KIDS Fun crafts for the whole family (all ages). Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. Make: Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Doves NAVAJO WINTER CULTURE FESTIVAL TMC Health Promotion and Disease Prevention presents the Navajo Winter Culture Festival. There’ll be special events such as, Winter Stories, Navajo Shoe Game, Moccasin Making, and more. Special guests include: The Pollen Trail Dancers, Sunny Dooley, 2015-2016 Miss Navajo: Alyson Shirley, and The Tsehootsooi Middle School Dine Club Dancers. For more information please call: (928) 729 - 8055 or (928) 729 - 8172. Starts: 5 pm. Location: Office of Dine Youth Gym (behind That’s A Burger), Fort Defiance, AZ.


AWARD-WINNING LECTURE SERIES Rehoboth Christian School presents Jill Doughtery: Russia: Past, Present, and Future. This lecture is part of the 15 days of a free liberal arts education, from an award winning lecture series. Live Internet video feed will be available. For online listening, and archives of past lectures please visit From 10:30 am - 11:30 am. Location: 07B Tse Yaaniichii Lane. Free

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.

ONGOING TEACHER’S TRAILER Attention educators, craftspeople, and citizens! If you’re looking for recycled materials for your Holiday projects, the McKinley Citizens Recycling Council has a resource center. Contact a MCRC volunteer at the Larry Brian Mitchell Recreation Center on Saturdays, from 10 am - 2 pm. The items available include: cardboard tubes, cylindrical containers, egg cartons, popsicle and chop sticks, tissue boxes, 2-Liter bottles, boxes and tins of all sizes, and much more. For more information call (505) 722 - 9257 or leave a message on the MCRC website: 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. / www. 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: 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: or call (505) 726-2497.

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. SAVE THE DATE AWARD-WINNING LECTURE SERIES Rehoboth Christian School presents 15 days of a free liberal arts education from an award winning lecture series, Jan. 6 - 26. Live Internet video feed will be available. For online listening, and archives of past lectures please visit Begins: 10:30 am. Location: 07B Tse Yaaniichii Lane. Free

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) 722- 4226. 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) 8631291 or email: mdchavez@ 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.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CELEBRATION On Jan. 16 from 2 - 8 pm, the Octavia Fellin Public Library will have its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in honor of his birthday. There will be many activities and crafts as well as a birthday cake. For more information, please call the Children’s Branch at (505) 726-6120 or email AMERICAN INDIAN DAY Save the date! It’s American Indian day at the Legislature on Friday, Feb. 5. Broadening State Tribal Relations for generations to come. For more will be posted on the Indian Affairs Department website: or call Nicole Macias at (505) 476-1600. NAVAJO NATION SCIENCE FAIR The Red Rock State ParkChurch Rock presents the Navajo Nation Science Fair, Feb. 23- 25. Registration deadline: Feb. 17 at midnight. Categories available include: animal science, behavioral and social science, biology, chemistry, and more. For online registration please visit: www. For more information please contact the Dine School improvement: (505) 871 - 7452. To post a non-profit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday 5 pm.

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Gallup Indian Medical Center, Life Skills International and Family Life Skills of the First Nations invite you to our FREE Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Seminar


ITS CAUSES AND ITS CURES Presented by: Dr. Paul Hegstrom Ph.D.

Founder of Life Skills International, Inc. & Funded by Gallup Indian Medical Center, HP/DP & MSPI Program

Gallup High School Auditorium 1055 Rico St. - Gallup, NM 87301 January 20, 2016 (1:00 pm - 5:00 pm) January 21, 2016 (9:00 am - 5:00 pm) January 22, 2016 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) FREE BOOK, for First 100 in Attendance, “Broken Children-Growing Up Pain” by Dr. Paul Hegstrom


The seeds of PTSD Arrested development Abuse in the home Were you involved in a war Traumatic death of a loved one

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Rejection as a child Witnessed a traumatic event What is trauma and its effects Reactive behaviors Healing the losse s

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Restarting the brain Steps to normal development

The stages of life, the wounds, the healing Understand shame and guilt

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