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NEWS 2016 Gallup Authors Festival ready to blast off EVENT IS BRAINCHILD OF LIBRARY DIRECTOR MARY ELLEN PELLINGTON
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ALLUP – For two days next weekend, downtown Gallup becomes the literary hub of the Four Corners with the second annual Gallup Authors Festival. “The Gallup Authors Festival: A Celebration of Cultures” features 32 authors from the Southwest, including Anne Hillerman, Jimmy Santiago Baca and Max Early. Locally retired University of New Mexico-Gallup instructors Martin Link and John Taylor will be available to discuss their works and sign books. “We are expecting a lot of people,” Library Director Mary Ellen Pellington said, noting the 800-plus that frequented
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the festival two years ago. The festival was last held in Gallup two years ago. “In a general sense, we want this to be something whereby we can expand on what we’ve previously done. The goal is to do this every year.” A n open i n g r e cept ion takes place at 7 p.m. on April 8 and includes reading and discussion sessions by Baca, author of Stories from the Edge. Baca is the winner of the Pushcart Prize, the American Book Award and the International Hispanic Heritage Award. Hillerman will give the festival’s keynote address at at 1 pm Saturday. The author of the New York Times bestselling mystery novels, Spider Woman’s Daughter and Rock With Wings, Hillerman is the founding director of the Santa Fe-based WORDH ARVEST Writers Workshop, the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference, and she assisted in the creation of the Tony Hillerman Prize. Hillerman will be followed by John Fortunato, a former Gallup resident and author of Dark Reservations, winner of the 2014 Tony Hillerman Prize,
and Robert Kidera, author of Red Gold, winner of the 2015 Hillerman Award for Best Work of Fiction, Best eBook and Best Mystery. Taylor said during a telephone interview March 29 that he’s excited about attending the festival and being on hand to field questions and comments about his first ever published book. He said he did not attend the festival the first time around, so that makes things all the more special this time. “I think it’s something that everyone will enjoy,” Taylor said of the festival. “This is not simply for people who have written books. This is something for everyone.” Taylor’s book i s ent itled, “Looking For Dan: The Frontier life of a Puzzling Character – Dan DuBois.” DuBois lived in the Chichiltah community for many years where he ran a small trading post. DuBois left a lot of descendants in the area and several shed colorful details of DuBois’ life with Taylor, hence the title of the book.
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Shattered dreams: When faith, abuse intersect TWO ADULTS SHARE PAINFUL MEMORIES
Craig Vernon, left, and Bill Keeler talk to the media about their lawsuit filed Mar. 24 in the Navajo Nation District Court. The suit alleges the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints operated a Lamanite Placement Program from 1947 to the mid-1990’s, placing Navajo children in foster homes where some were sexually abused. Photo Credit: Tom Hartsock
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ime ca n cha nge beliefs. What was once thought to be correct converts easily to a much darker side of society over just a few years. Examples are plentiful in the world today though we must never lose sight of basic rights and wrongs, regardless of the passage of time.
On March 24, a press conference was held in the offices of Keeler and Keeler to discuss the filing made the same day in the Navajo Nation District Court by attorneys Billy Keeler of Gallup, Craig Vernon and Leander James of Idaho, and Patrick Noaker of Minneapolis. The attorneys hope that this suit will shine a “spotlight” on sexual abuse of Navajo children within the Lamanite Placement Program
of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS), which lasted from 1947 to about the mid 1990’s. Vernon and Keeler were present with their clients, identified only as MM and RJ, both enrolled members of the Navajo Nation, and both minors at the time their alleged abuse took place. The program had robust growth until LDS president George P. Lee stopped it. Accord i ng t o repor t s, recognized beliefs of LDS members, Native Americans were in two separate groups: the righteous and civilized Nephites (light-skinned), and the idle, savage, and bloodthirsty Lamanites, cursed by God with a skin of blackness and became loathsome. (See verse in 2 Nephi 5:21, Book of Mormon.) Both fled Israel in 600 B.C. With that belief as a starting point, it becomes easier to understand the abuse that came after, even towards children as young as eight, and both male and female.
Transported by buses at several locations on the Navajo reservation, the children were shipped to foster homes in Utah for education and training, and for skin lightening, as spelled out in a Conference Report entitled “Improvement Era” by Mormon Prophet Spencer W. Kimball in 1960. “... These young member of the Church are changing to whiteness and delightsomeness.” With general attitudes such as this, it is no wonder the leaders of the LDS Church felt driven to instruct the Lamanite within the Navajo Nation concerning their true ancestry and convert them back to the one
true faith. That’s the background, but for RJ the past of those years haunts him. He was only 10 and in the fourth grade when his mother agreed to put him in the Lamanite Program. He was from a large, and poor family of 12, with little chance of getting ahead, or so his mother thought. Placing him in this program must have seemed like a dream come true. Four other siblings also joined the program for varying amounts of time, three of them were reportedly
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McKinley County unemployment numbers edge upward COUNTY CONSISTENT IN 8.7 HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT RATE By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
ew Mex ico’s season a l ly a d ju s t ed unemployment rate was 6.4 percent in February, down from 6.5 percent in January and down from 6.5 percent from last year, according to information distributed by the New Mexico Department of Work Force Solutions. I n M c K i n l e y C o u n t y, the unemployment rate for February was 8.7 percent, down from 9.1 percent in January. And in neighboring Cibola County, about a 55-minute drive from Gallup, the unemployment rate was 7.0, which represented a drop
from a 7.3 rate from January. The unemployment statistics are typically one month behind due to the amount of time it takes to compile them. McKinley County remains in the Top 5 around New Mexico with respect to unemployment rate. “I think in McKinley County there are a couple of immediate factors that you have to consider when you talk about unemployment,” McK inley County Manager Bill Lee said. “When you consider those factors and look at them with some depth, the high rate of unemployment sort of makes sense.” Lee noted that Gallup and McKinley County began with mining and coal as economic
points. As those two things decreased in demand, so did the jobs that came with them. Over time, the makeup of the area changed and when you throw in the 54 percent unemployment rate on the Navajo Nation, the numbers really do make sense, Lee said. “Just looking at the numbers and the fact that a huge part of McKinley County encompasses parts of the Navajo Nation, that impacts into the local unemployment rate,” Lee said. “You could argue that we’re witnessing years of fall off from the mining and railroad industry. That’s certainly a starting point to begin an unemployment argument.” Lee noted that Gallup’s strong point is its tourism base,
There are 33 counties in New Mexico. Luna County: 18.7 unemployment rate. A rural county that is agriculturally dependent. Luna County’s unemployment rate in January 2016 was 20.7 percent. Catron County: Also considered a rural county. Catron’s unemployment rate in February was 9.5 percent. Mora County: A rural county as well. Mora’s unemployment rate in February was 9.3 percent. Sierra County: Sierra borders Luna County. The unemployment rate in Sierra County for February was 9.3 percent. McKinley County: Also considered a rural county, the 8.7 unemployment rate in McKinley County is high, but lower than what it has been in several months. The high unemployment rate on the Navajo Nation, which occupies a large portion of McKinley County, impacts the overall unemployment rate in McKinley County.
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adding that if the area’s unemployment level decreases, it will mean that the area’s retail sector is experiencing good times. The national unemployment rate for February was 4.9 percent, equal to the rate in January and down from 5.5 percent in February of last year, records show. There are 33 counties in New Mexico. At the state level, Tracy Shaleen, an economist with the Department of Work force Solutions, sa id the slight decrease in McKinley County’s unemployment rate is related to the fact that people are coming off jobs from the Christmas holiday period. “Those jobs were seasonal,”
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Shaleen explained. “That represents a lot of reasons as to why you see a numbers drop.” Shaleen also said in education and health services, the largest private industry sector, was up 6,100 jobs, or 4.6 percent. He said employment growth in January and February in New Mexico was up at levels last seen in 2002. Leisure and hospitality, which includes accommodations and food services, was up 3,200 jobs, or 3.6 percent. Construction around the state saw its largest gain since 2015, Shaleen said. Professional and business services employment was unchanged from February 2015, he said. NEWS
car window. Escoto-Lazaro is a Hispanic male who stands about 5’9” and weighs 170 lbs.
WEEKLY CRIME BLOTTER Staff Reports
3/29, FALSE IMPRISONMENT A lovers spat in Thoreau allegedly crossed the l i ne, a ccording McK inley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Ivan Tsethlikai’s report. A man said the he was assaulted with a coffee cup, rock and was held against his will by his girlfriend Phoebia Lee. Both had redness and bumps on their bodies, but Lee took it too far by absconding with his vehicle keys. A witness said that she also held him by the shirt, which prevented the victim from leaving the scene. Lee, 30, faces the charges of aggravated battery, false imprisonment and also had an outstanding bench warrant.
3/28, SPITTING MACHINE Yes, spitting on a police officer is considered assault. Gallup Police Depar tment Officer Terrance Peyketewa wa s pat rol l i ng A mer ica n
Heritage Plaza when a reported J C Pe n n e y ’s employee was trying to catch up with a man wea r i ng a l l black, who had allegedly stolen some shoes from the department store. According to Peyketewa’s report, the signs of intoxication were present as he confronted Travis Touchine. He refused to cooperate, so the next plan of action was to have him transported to detox. Next, the spitting ensued, along with kicking. The spitting was out of control, so the officer placed a spit mask on Touchine. Touchine, 26, was booked for assault and battery.
3/26, INMATE ASSAULT At first he denied it, but later admitted to assaulting a fellow inmate a t McK i n l e y County Adult Detention Center, thanks to video coverage. Richard Martinez, 41, reportedly beat inmate Marty Natan while he was sleeping. It’s not
clear what inspired the event, but Natan asked to be placed in protective custody, according to MCSO Deputy Roxanne King’s report. It’s not clear if Natan was treated for his injuries, and the case if being referred to District Attorney Karl Gillson.
3/25, WARRANT FOR BURGLARY ISSUED GPD is on t he lookout for Jo s ue S. Escoto-Lazaro, 23, for allegedly stealing money from other house mates. According to the two women that reside in the same home, one had money missing from her dresser and the other off of a bed. And to boot, there was a trail of blood that somehow led to Escoto-Lazaro, according to GPD Officer Dominic Molina’s report. It’s not clear how he sustained injuries, but his blood was all over the house. He reportedly ran into the ladies at the house after the theft and cursed at them and punched a Wanted!
3/24, ABUSE OVER DOG POOP? Raymond Ra m i rez, 46, let his temper get t he be st of him when he a l lege d ly slapped his 11-year-old daughter for failing to clean up where the pet dog pooped in the house. The daughter said that Ramirez slapped her in the face one time with an open hand, and did not complain of any injuries, according to GPD Officer A ngelo Cellicion’s repor t. Ramirez was booked for child abuse or neglect/intimidation.
3/24, KNIFEWIELDING MAN Antonio Dubois lost it i n Ma r ia’s Restaurant in downtow n Ga llup. According to owner Mary Guillen, Dubois was served food, but started acting bizarrely by pulling on his hair and clothes while cursing, according to GPD Officer Terrance Peyketewa’s report. He also had his bike in the small restaurant and was
asked to take it outside. That’s when things escalated and Dubois grew enraged and pulled a knife on one of the owners, Jerry, and reportedly said “come out I got a knife I’m gonna stab you.” Before he could deliver on that threat, police apprehended him. He was sweating profusely and talking fast, Peyketewa, noted. Meth was discovered in one of his socks. Dubois, 45, was booked for aggravated assault and possession of a controlled substance.
3/23, BEAT OVER A BEER According to MCSO Deputy Merlin Benally’s report, Kevin Joe allegedly got angry at his girlfriend for drinking a beer that he thought belonged to him. From her account, it was hers. “Kevin got up from the couch, confronted Jennifer, threw her around the living room, then down the hallway,” the report states. He then jumped on her and forced his right elbow into her left chest … “began to strangle her, and made her pass out.” He reportedly made her pass out again before he left the scene. Next she called the police. Joe, 32, was charged with aggravated battery on a household member.
President Begaye says Winslow shooting warrants investigation Staff Reports
I N S L OW, A r i z – Accord ing to a press relea se issued by the City of Winslow, on Mar. 27, at 4 pm, Winslow Police officers were dispatched to the Circle K located at 323 N. Williamson Avenue to investigate a report of a shoplifting. Officers were alerted to search for a subject described as a Native American female wearing gray sweatpants and a white top. Officers located a subject fitting this description in the area. The press release states t h at wh i le at t empt i ng t o take the subject into custody, a struggle ensued. The subject displayed a weapon which the responding officer perceived as a substantial t h r e a t . T h e of f ic e r d i s charged his weapon resulting NEWS
in the death of 27-year-old Loreal Tsingine. Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye supports the efforts of public safety department s across t he Nava jo Nation including those that serve border town communities. He said that police officers risk their lives on a daily basis to ensure the public’s safety and they deserve to be commended. Begaye said he would like to see an independent investigation done on the shooting of Loreal Tsingine, who is a member of the Navajo Nation. “We hear about these types of shootings happening across the country,” he said. “If there is no legitimate justification for taking Tsingine’s life, then the Navajo Nation wants the fullest extent of the law to be taken in serving justice.” According to the City of Winslow, the involved officer
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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports Leonard L. Doctor March 24, 5:10 pm 8th DWI, Aggravated It would be i nterest i ng to f ind out what kind of sentence a nd f i nes t he courts will hand down to Doctor, who this time around got into an accident near T&R Market, then fled the scene. According t o MC SO Deput y Merl i n Benally’s report, Doctor nearly eluded him. He had sped off in a Ford Mustang, but Benally was finally able to catch up with him at North Clekai and Tso Drive in Yahtahey. He didn’t fare well on field sobriety tests and blew a .32 and .30 during the breath tests, meaning … he was totally wasted. Christopher James Feb. 28, 3:04 am 3rd DWI James is the latest in another case of driver passing out in the median, or some other inappropriate place on the highway, and getting busted by police. McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Arnold Noriega was traveling south on Diamond, approaching Hubble in Gamerco when he noticed James hunched over in his grey Ford F-150. James, 47, was demonstrating all of the signs of intoxication. He admitted to having just two beers. He refused to take field sobriety tests, but did take the alcohol content breath tests, blowing a .13 and .12. Michelle J. Pat Feb. 27, 1 am Aggravated DWI Similar to James, Pat came to rest in the middle northbound lane of County Road 1, at
Sanostee Drive. GPD Of f icer Darius Johnson noticed that Pat, a nd pos sibly her significant other, were both passed out in the GMC Sierra truck. It took some convincing by the officer to wake the duo up. And when Johnson was giving Pat, 31, the field sobriety tests, she became uncooperative, saying, “I’m not going to take these stupid test(s), just take me where you need me …” so Johnson did – straight to jail. Pat refused to take the breath tests as well. William Padavich Feb. 26, 5:38 pm Aggravated DWI For tunately no one wa s hurt – not even Padavich – when he rolled his vehicle near the Mile Marker 18 mark on westbound I-40, according to GPD Officer Chanelle Preston’s report. Padavich, 23, is the son of GPD Sgt. Billy Padavich. GPD Det. Nicola Martinez was the first to arrive on scene. He reportedly said he had a drink that morning, but breath tests may have proved otherwise. He blew a .19 and .20. The legal limit is .08. Lizsol Juan Price Feb. 25, 3:41 am DWI As GPD O f f i c e r Philamina Chischilly went to McDonald’s east to locate a possible drunk driver, in a grey Dodge Neon, she found a Neon matching the descr iption parked next to a black Nissan Titan with its engine running. According to her report, when
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she approached the driver’s side window of the truck, she noted that Price’s passenger was giving him fellacio. Price started to back his truck up, and despite demands from Chischilly and another officer to stop, he continued to back up, hitting a patrol unit then fleeing the scene. After a short pursuit, Price, 27, came to a stop at 2070 E. Aztec. He didn’t fare well on the field sobriety tests and blew
a .13, twice, during the breath tests. Anthony Gaddy Feb. 24, 10:28 pm Aggravated DWI Gaddy wa s pulled over near M i le Ma rker 61 o n w e s t bound I- 40. Accor d i n g t o Deputy Lorenzo Guerrero’s report, Gaddy, 57, had an open container of alcohol in his car, which turned out to be a small bottle of Jose Cuervo with the seal broken. He admitted to drinking two to three cans of beer that day. Gaddy refused to take the field
sobriety tests, but readily took the breath tests and blew a .18 and .17. Antoinette M. Hardin Feb. 23, 6:17 pm 3rd DWI, Aggravated Hardin was already facing a speeding ticket when a deputy approached her in the the pa rk ing lot of El Sabinos, 1863 State Highway 602, for driv ing her Chev y Camero at speeds of up to 93 mph.
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Briefcase triggers evacuation of McKinley Courthouse NO EXPLOSIVE DEVICES FOUND
By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor
briefcase found under a trashcan liner by a maintenance worker on the north side of McKinley County Courthouse triggered an evacuation of the area March 28. The worker was changing out the trash when he made the potentially troubling discovery. Gallup Police Department Capt. Rick White said police responded to the scene at about 10:20 am. But there was no bomb in the brown-colored briefcase, just some personal effects, such as artist pencils, deodorant, a macrame ring, a scarf, and a hat, McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Roberta Jaramillo said. “After everything was said and done, it looks like a transient was trying to hide it,” she said. Emergency responders were quick to evacuate the area of Third and Hill, near the Courthouse, so New Mexico State Police Bomb Squad and local law enforcement agencies could secure the area to determine whether the briefcase contained any explosives. McKinley County Office of Emergency Management Director Anthony Dimas said that police checked other trashcans in the area and scoured the perimeter in search of other suspiciously placed items. None were found.
State Police Bomb Squad officers place a ladder against the McKinley County Courthouse sign so one of them can lower a hook down to pull the briefcase out of the trashcan without being in harms way should an explosive device detonate. No explosives were found. Photo Credit: Courtesy
PED shakeup continues – two more top staffers leave By Joey Peters NM Political Report
wo more top -level employees at the state P u bl ic E d u c a t io n Department recently left their jobs, taking the number to at least five since the beginning of the year. Terese Vigil, who headed the PED’s human resources bureau, left the department in mid-February. Aimee Barabe, director of Strategic Outreach for the department, left around the same time period. Vigil and Barabe’s exits make at least five resignations from top-level PED staffers since the end of January. The three others were Deputy Secreta r y for Pol icy a nd Program Leighann Lenti, Chief Information Officer Michael A rch ibeque a nd Nationa l Assessment of Educational Progress a nd Inter na l Assessments State Coordinator Stephanie Gardner.
NM Political Report reported on the previous resignations earlier this month. Vigil declined to comment when reached by phone Wednesday morning. She is now a lead payroll administrator at the state Department of Finance and Administration. Ba r a be si m i l a rly l a nded another state government job as the marketing outreach and par tnerships director at the New Mexico Tourism Department. PED spokesman Robert McEntyre didn’t return an email and phone message left by NM Political Report Wednesday morning. McEntyre also didn’t return email or phone messages when NM Political Report reported on the previous resignations. Vigil wrote her resignation letter to PED on Jan. 28, the same day Gardner wrote her resignation letter. Vigil and Gardner each worked their last day at the department on
Feb. 12. Gardner, the wife of Gov. Susana Martinez’s Chief of Staff Keith Gardner, is now an assistant principal at Albuquerque’s Madison Middle School. Barabe didn’t submit an official resignation letter, according to a public records request response from PED.
But she started at the Tourism Department during the first half of February, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Archibeque sent his resignation letter on Jan. 25 and worked his last day Feb. 10. It’s unclear when Lenti submitted her resignation letter. Her last
day was March 14. NM Political Report first heard rumors of a shakeup in PED in February, but were unable to substantiate the claims until we filed a public records request with the department. Visit: www.nmpoliticalreport.com
ACLU suit seeks to end testing ‘gag rule’ By Matthew Reichbach NM Political Report
lawsuit challenges a ban on “disparaging” school tests by public education students that has been called a “gag rule” in the past. The A mer ica n Civ il L iber t ie s Un ion of New Mexico filed the lawsuit in First Judicial District Court Wednesday morning on behalf of six public schools teachers and one parent of a student in public schools. A regulation from t he s t a t e P ubl ic E d u c a t i o n Department ( PE D) s ay s that public educat ion employees cannot “d i s p a r a ge or d im in ish the significance, importance or use of standardized tests.” Penalties for violating the provision include “suspension or revocation of a person’s educator NEWS
or administrator licensure or other PED license.” The ACLU of New Mexico says that this runs counter to the rights of teachers and students under the New Mexico Constitution. The suit seeks an injunction to stop the enforcement of the rule. “The Public Education Department can’t enact sweeping restrictions intended to intimidate teachers and silence viewpoints that they don’t like,”
ACLU of New Mexico Staff Attorney Maria Sanchez said in a statement. “Beyond the illegality of this restriction, there is something unsettling and fundamentally un-American about the government compelling praise for its policies. Our society is in the midst of an important conversation about what role standardized testing should play in education, and the government shouldn’t be trying to forcibly elbow teachers’ voices out of the public square.” The lawsuit claims that “parents and students suffer” because teachers cannot give parents “honest and accurate information about the impact these tests have on their children.” NM Political Report left a messa ge a nd em a i l w it h t he P ubl ic Information Officer for PED seek i ng c om me nt on t he lawsuit, including the reason why the non-disparagement regulation exists. In 2014, a teachers
union called it a “gag rule” against teachers. Then-PED spokesman Larry Behrens told the Albuquerque Journal the issue was a “red herring” and said that the regulation was in place since the Richardson administration. “Since then, no doubt teachers have voiced opposition to
assessments in general, and the number of teachers who have lost their license over it is exactly zero,” Behrens told the newspaper at the time. “No teacher will face disciplinary action from PED for speaking their opinion.” Visit: www.nmpoliticalreport.com
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Odds and Ends: Judge keeps GOP candidate on ballot By Matthew Reichbach NM Political Report —Judge keeps candidate on ballot. A judge ruled that Jeremy Tremko will remain on the ballot for the Republican primary in House District 50. Matthew McQueen, the Democratic incumbent from Galisteo, challenged a number of his signatures, including from an individual who signed multiple times; McQueen said none of these should count, while Tremko argued at least one should count. McQueen can still appeal to the Supreme Court. T remko wa s repre sented by a Republican state
Representative, Zach Cook of Ruidoso. The race will be a tough one for Republicans; it has been solidly Democratic and McQueen beat Republican Rep. Vickie Perea after Gov. Susana Martinez appointed her to the position after the death of Democratic state Rep. Stephen Easley. —Teachers unions celebrate SCOTUS decision. Two major teachers unions in New Mexico, the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers both celebrated a split SCOTUS decision that upheld some collective bargaining rights.
“New Mexico’s students benefit when their teachers and other education employees are a respected voice in what programs and curricula are best for our students,” Betty Patterson, President of NEA-New Mexico, said.” This decision to keep intact Union organizing rights is important for all New Mexicans.” “The court’s ruling today means that for those states with fair share laws there are no changes, including to current opt-out procedures for fee payers,” AFT national president Randi Weingarten said in a statement. “While the Friedrichs case is now concluded and our rights to collect
fair share remain intact, so much of our other work continues: our member engagement and community work; our electoral work; our social, educational and economic justice work; our work against austerity and for students, patients and all those we represent and serve; and our advocacy around the Supreme Court replacement for Justice Scalia.“ The big ruling came down 4-4, so it upheld the lower court decision. Antonin Scalia, the justice who passed away earlier this year, almost certainly would have sided with those against the unions. —Jon Jones booked into jail.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones was booked into jail on Tuesday for violating his probation. He received five traffic citations related to alleged drag racing on Central Avenue in Albuquerque last week. Viral video showed Jones calling the police officer a “pig” and a “liar.” Jones t ra i n s out of Albuquerque and is scheduled to face Daniel Cormier in a UFC Light Heavyweight championship fight next month in Las Vegas. Jones was stripped of his title and suspended by UFC after a hit-and-run. It’s that hitand-run from last April that led to Jones’ current probation.
NM Veterans Business Outreach Center recognized as top in nation TEACHES VETS HOW TO START, MANAGE A BUSINESS
ANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez announced M a rch 3 0 t h at t he New Mexico Veterans Business Outreach Center has been recognized as the best in the nation by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The outreach center, which teaches veterans how to start and manage a business, will receive the “Excellence in Service” award by the Small Business Council. “I’m proud of the staff at our
Veterans Business Outreach Center. This is a job well done. Because of their hard work, veterans are learning the ins and outs of starting and managing a business of their own,” Martinez said. “This is a well-deserved recognition, and I have no doubt that our team at the outreach center will continue the great work they are doing for our brave men and women who served our country.” Workshops by the center include “VBOC on the Road,”
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and “VBOC on the Rez.” These programs, in partnership with local chambers of commerce, teach veterans in rural communities how to start a business. More than 1,300 New Mexico veterans have attended these free workshops since 2011. The Vetera ns Business Outreach Center is funded through a grant issued by the Small Business Administration and is managed by the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services. In addition to providing free one-on-one business
counseling for veterans, the center hosts training conferences and workshops – all with the goal of helping more veterans start their own business. “We’re proud of the work being done by our Veterans Business Outreach Center division,” NMDVS Secretary Jack Fox said. “It comes as no surprise that one of the most hard-working, diligent and integrity-filled teams I’ve ever worked with is being given such praise and recognition.” New Mex ico Vet er a n s
Business Outreach Center Director Joseph Long and his staff will be presented the award at a special ceremony in Washington D.C. on May 1 as part of “National Small Business Week.”
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re sponded t o Western Skies T ra i ler Pa rk as he was advised that a d r iver had left the scene of a n accident. Tsosie, 23, wa s that d r iver a nd made his way to Travel Centers of A mer ica’s pa rk i ng lot , where Guerrero caught up with him. The deputy noted in his report that Tsosie had a open bottle of Yukon Jack between h is legs a nd wa s demon s t r a t i n g a l l of t he sig n s of i nt ox ic at ion. He didn’t do well on the field sobriety tests, and refused to take the breath tests. Guy Begay
Feb. 16, 6:48 pm Aggravated DWI Begay’s involvement in a car accident at Highway 66 a nd Second Street alerted GP D O f f i c e r Carmelita James to Begay’s behavior. Accord i ng t o her repor t , Begay was “swaying back and forth,” and she “detected an odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath.” He repor tedly admitted to having some whiskey, when asked. James found an open bottle of Jim Beam in his vehicle. Begay, 72, refused to take the breath tests.
DWI Task Force Super visor Tammy Houghtaling could smell booze wa f ti ng from the ca r a nd a sked Ha rdin, 63, how much she ha d to drink. According to Houghtaling’s report, Hardin admitted to consuming a six pack of “Natural Light,” and that her last drink was 30 minutes earlier that evening. She didn’t fare well on field sobriety tests and blew a .23, twice, during the breath tests. Dallas Tsosie Feb. 23, 8:30 pm 2nd DWI, Aggravated MCSO Deputy Guerrero
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AG Balderas, FTC announce $75 Million settlement against sham cancer charities
STATE AG’S CHARITIES UNIT WAS A LEAD AGENCY IN THE ACTION AGAINST THE SHAM CHARITIES Staff Reports
ANTA FE – Attorney General Hector Balderas along with t he Fe der a l T r a de Commission and an unprecedented group consisting of all fifty states and the District of Columbia, announced that the last two nationwide sham cancer charities named in the largest charity regulation case in history, are to be dissolved, their assets transferred to a receiver for liquidation, and their president banned for life from profiting from fundraising, consulting or conducting charitable activity March 30. The stringent ban and total forfeiture of all assets available under the law was obtained through settlement agreement. The two holdout ‘charities’ bilked more than $75 million from donors across the country who thought their hard earned donations would help people suffering from cancer. The Office of the New Mexico Attorney General’s Charities Unit was a lead agency in the action against the
Attorney General Hector Balderas
sham charities from the initial investigation comprised of only three states, to this final historical result. «Our office is proud to have shut down these individuals who stole donations meant to benefit people suffering from cancer and used those funds to live luxurious lifestyles and for their ownpersonal gain,» Balderas said. «Together, the FTC and charity regulators from every state in the country have made it clear---we will not sit idly while scammers
defraud consumers and deprive legitimate charities of much needed support.» Cancer Fund of America Inc. (CFA), Cancer Support Services Inc. (CSS) and their leader, James Reynolds, Sr., agreed to settle charges that CFA and CSS claimed to help cancer patients, but instead, spent the overwhelming majority of donations on their operators, families and friends, and fundraisers. The agencies’ complaint, filed in May 2015, targeted four sham charities run by Reynolds and his family members. The complaint, a nd the stipulated settlement agreements, included a judgement in the full amount of $187 million which was collected from donors over a five year period. CFA and CSS were responsible for more than $75 million of that amount. The other two sham charities, Children’s Cancer Fund of A merica, r u n by Ja me s Rey nold s, Sr’s ex-wife, and the Breast Cancer Society, run by James Reynolds, Jr., both settled in May 2015.
The settlement announced today is the result of nearly six years of dedicated, concerted effort in the largest joint enforcement action ever undertaken by the FTC and state charity regulators. Under the settlement order, CFA and CSS are permanently closed and their assets liquidated. The order imposes a judgment against CFA, CSS, and Reynolds, jointly and severally, of $75,825,653, the amount consumers donated to CFA and CSS between 2008 and 2012. As a result of the action, Mr. Reynolds now lives in a greatly diminished manner from the luxurious trips, houseboat, cruises, lake house and sports cars to which he had become accustomed. Although these individuals squandered the lion’s share of the donations, every asset available under the law in such a judgement was collected. Should any of the individually named targets be found to have misrepresented their financial condition, the full amount of the judgement will become
immediately due in full. The other defendants in the case were CFA’s and CSS’s chief financial officer and CSS’s former president, Kyle Effler; Children’s Cancer Fund of America Inc. (CCFOA) and its president and executive director, Rose Perkins; and The Breast Cancer Society Inc. (BCS) and its executive director and former president, James Reynolds II. Under settlement orders, Effler, Perkins and Reynolds II were also banned for life from fundraising, charity management, and oversight of charitable assets. CCFOA and BCS are in receivership and will be dissolved after their assets are liquidated. If you believe you have been a victim of a charity scam, please contact the Charities Unit of the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General at (505) 827-6000 or toll free at 1-866627-3249. For more information regarding the Charities Unit of the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General please visit http://www.nmag.gov/charities. aspx
AG announces $605K judgements in Meth Money Laundering Case
la mogordo, NM – At tor ney Genera l He c t o r B a ld e r a s announced March 28 that an Alamogordo judge, t he Honor able Ja me s W. Counts, assessed $605,000 in penalties against brothers Joe and Robert Chavez, nicknamed “the AZ Boys”, who ran a meth-trafficking operation between New Mexico and Arizona. In 2014, both were convicted at trial of felonies including racketeering, conspiracy, drug trafficking, and multiple counts each of money laundering. The Office of the Attorney General jointly prosecuted these criminal cases with the Twelfth Judicial District Attorney’s Office. The civil penalties, sought by the Office of the Attorney General, are believed to be the first ever assessed in New Mexico following money laundering convictions. “We are attacking criminal NEWS
for the State of New Mexico in these matters, assessing a penalty against Joe in the amount of $479,759.25 and against Robert in the amount of $125,400.00. Both Joe and Robert Chavez
enterprises and money laundering on all fronts in New Mexico, both criminal and civil,” Balderas said. “The Office of the Attorney General maintains an aggressive antimoney laundering initiative fu nded by the Southwest Border Alliance and we will continue to root out money laundering operations and a ssociated cr imes in ou r state.” New Mexico’s money laundering statute, NMSA 1978,
Section 30-51-4 (1998), provides that anyone convicted of money laundering is subject to a civil penalty of three times the value of the property involved in the crime. In December 2014, following the Chavez criminal conv ictions, the Office of the Attorney General filed civil complaints asking the Honorable James W. Counts to assess those penalties. Late last week, Judge Counts granted summary judgment
are currently incarcerated in the Department of Corrections as a result of their 2012 convictions. Joe Chavez is also currently facing unrelated first-degree murder charges in Otero County.
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President speaks in support of Economic Development SHARES HIS VISION OF SOVEREIGNTY VIA NETWORKING AT RES 2016
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A S V E GA S , N V – I n bu i ld i ng Nat ive American economies, tribes need to embrace their identity as nations, not minorities or federal programs, and be recognized as such by the federal government said President Russell Begaye during his keynote address at the American Indian Enterprise luncheon. The luncheon took place last March 29 at The Mirage Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, N.M. and was held in coordination with the 2016 Reservation Economic Summit. The president’s keynote address hit on several key issues affecting economic development within tribal lands. He strongly addressed politicians holding tribal enterprise board positions, telling politicians they should step down from these positions and make room for qualified tribal members. “We need to separate politics from business, or business from politics.” Begaye said. “We need professional experts to serve on tribal enterprise boards on Indian Nations. Politicians often complain and fire first class CEOs. If you are one of those guys, get off that board and let a young professional person be on the board. I guarantee that company will take off with that person’s expertise.” Begaye ment ioned t he Navajo Nation has 13 enterprises and corporations whose
board membership will be comprised of professional experts in relevant fields. He spoke to a room full of about 600 attendees underscoring the government-to-government relationships that exist between Indian tribes and the federal government and not state or county governments. The president addressed concerns over how states are trying to control Indian Gaming and impose dual taxation on non-Indian owned businesses operating on Indian lands. In this, he said, states are attempting to diminish the sovereign inherent rights of Indian tribes. “We’ve signed treaties. We have a government-to-government relationship with the United States,” he said. “Today the states are trying to take control of Indian gaming. We are saying, ‘Hands off!’ We didn’t sign treaties with states but with the federal government.” Regarding dual taxation, the president said states are “killing the economy on the reservations.” “States should never tax companies on our nations because we are sovereign,” he said. “States want jurisdiction to tax non-Indian business on the reservation. That is wrong.” In his address, Begaye reinforced the need for tribes to partner in making known to each other what types of businesses and services they can offer. He said that 80 percent of the contracts he signs go to non-Indian businesses.
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Navajo Nation President Russell Begay speaks during a luncheon at the Reservation Economic Summit at the Mirage Casino and Hotel March 29. Photo Credit: OPVP
“I should be able to pick up the phone and call a (Nativeowned) business and say, ‘Can you do this job? I’m ready to send you some money because you’re a Native-owned business,’ he said. “We need to value each other’s businesses. We need to learn how to partner in a strategic manner.” A nt hony Edwa rd sen, P resident a nd CEO w it h Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation (UIC), noted Begaye’s push for inter-tribal business networking and met with executive staff to discuss any possible partnerships that the two tribes could pursue. “We were deeply inspired by President’s Begaye’s keynote address, in which he promoted Native partnerships,» he said. «As tribes we need to engage in more of these partnerships because it’s important that we establish these relationships.” Established by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act in 1971, UIC has since been very successful and strategic in establishing a family of companies that encompass designing and building, oil and gas, sand and gravel and government services. As a federally recognized
corporation, UIC has economic strength and are committed to hiring tribal members, Edwardsen said. “We truly want to start a relationship and partnership with the Navajo,” he said to President Begaye. “We don’t want to be left behind.” Begaye and members of executive staff also met with the Novello Corporation and Navajo Transitional Energy Company to discuss the possibilities of converting natural gas to gasoline. The company proposed the Nation fund the feasibility and engineering studies, while Novello Corporation through private equity investments would proceed with the capital project based on results of the feasibility and engineering studies. The Nation prefers an asymmetric risk-reward approach to investing in projects. Representatives from the Novello cor poration have developed technology facilitating this process and said it’s an alternative to utilizing crude oil while moving away from drilling methods like hydraulic fracking. The president also met with representatives from Horton
Construction Solutions (HCS), a division of DR Horton, to discuss possible partnerships in moving forward to provide adequate housing to communities across the Nation. DR Horton is the largest home builder in the U.S. Co-founder of HCS, Terry Hor ton said HCS prov ides the most efficient residential constr uction methods through utilizing advanced building systems and providing it at an affordable cost. Horton said HCS strives to obtain the utmost in energy ef f iciency, sust a i nabi l it y, wh ile offer i ng the lowest carbon footprint of any construction methods in the marketplace. This opportunity has the potential to create ma nu factur ing, tr uck load deliver drivers, site assembly, and administrative jobs. Begaye’s attendance at 2016 RES highlighted critical networking among tribal and non-tribal entities with the underlying purpose of moving the Nation forward in both economic development and partnerships addressing issues of housing, natural resource development and inter-tribal business relationships. NEWS
GALLUP AUTHORS FESTIVAL 2016 April 8, 2016 7:00pm – 8:00pm Jimmy Santiago Baca 7:00 pm: Public Reading and discussion Aut hor s Fe st iv a l Opening Reception Early Authors Meet and Greet and Reception April 9, 2016 10am – 4pm Schedule of Events 10:00am – 4:00pm Authors available for Meet and Greet Welcome – Authors’ Hall Children’s craft activity: Cultural puppets 10:30am – 11:00am Two Cultures connect through Weaving (Main Library Meeting Room) Featuring: Sharleen D a u g h e r t y w it h D i n é M a st er we aver M a r ie Sheppard 11 : 0 0 a m – 11 : 3 0 a m Influence of Many Cultures (Main Library Meeting Room) Feat u r i n g: M a r y Neighbour 11:30am – 12pm Cowboy Culture (Main Librar y Meeting Room) Featuring: Slim Randles 12:0 0 pm – 1:0 0 pm Books and Culture Panel Discussion Part 1 (Main Library Meeting Room) Featuring: Max Early: Book Reading – Ears of Corn: Listen G e r a l d M c Fa r l a n d : Book Reading - What the Owl Saw Lon na Enox: Book Reading – The Last Dance Books and Culture Panel Discussion Pa r t 1 (Main Library Southwest Room) Featuring: Rani Divine: Book Reading - Cedwig: People in the Vines Deanna Leah: Book Reading – Unpublished Works Andy Gibbons: Book R ea d i n g - Lu cifer ’s Loophole 1pm – 1:30pm Key Note Speaker Address by Anne Hillerman (Main Library Meeting Room) 1:30pm – 2:00pm Dark Reservations (Main Library Meeting Room) Featuring: Hillerman Prize w inner John Fortunato Gabe McKenna Mystery Series (Tony Hillerman NEWS
Award for best work of fiction) Fe at u r i n g: R ob er t Kidera 1:3 0 pm – 2:15 pm Ch i ld ren’s Aut hor s Jamboree at the Children’s Branch What makes a rainbow? Children’s Activity featuring: Ross Van Dusen 2 :15 p m – 3 :15 p m Ch i ld ren’s Aut hor s Jamboree Panel (Children’s Branch) Feat u r i n g: L a r r y Greenly: Book Reading Eugene Bullard: World’s First Black Fight Pilot Karen Glinski: Book Reading – Danger at the Rodeo Sue Hou ser : B ook Reading – Hot Foot Teddy Melissa (MJ) Neal: Book Reading – Dreamer Anita Poleahla Vee Browne Essie Yazzie *Drawing for children’s door prizes (Children’s Branch) 2:00pm – 2:30pm Books 101 including Handouts (Main Library Meeting Room) Learn all things about books, marketing of books and book production Featuring: Barbe Awalt, Co-owner of LPD Press/Rio Grande Books 2:00pm – 2:30pm Gallup in Film (Main Library Southwest Room) Featuring: Jeff Berg 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Books and Culture Panel Discussion Part 2 (Main Library Meeting Room) Featuring: Jim Kristofic: Diné Culture John Taylor Martin Link Ernie Bulow B o ok s a nd Cu lt u r e Panel Discussion Part 2 (Main Library Southwest Room) Featuring: Martha Egan Alford (Andy) Johnson: Book Reading - Spiritual Passports Jeffe Kennedy: Book Reading – Talon of the Hawk Tanaya Winder: Book Reading - Keeping the Fire 3:30pm – 4pm Drawing for Door Prizes/Closing Reception – Authors’ Hall (Main Library)
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“I started writing the book in 2011 and finished in 2014,” Taylor said. “I think it’s an interesting read.” Larry Greenly is a retired civil engineer and teacher and wrote a book called, “Eugene Bullard: World’s First Black Fighter Pilot.” Greenly was named a 2015 Booklist Top Ten Multi-Cultural Nonfiction Book for Youth and also won a Gold Medal in the 2014 National Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. Originally from Pennsylvania, but now an Albuquerque resident, Greenly said, “I’m looking forward to coming to Gallup. I think festivals like this are fun and represent a learning experience for everyone.” Greenly’s book is a biography about a pioneering black aviator from his birth in 1895 to his combat experiences in both World War I and II, and Bullard’s return to a segregated America. “A lot of what Bulla rd, t he g r a nd son of a slave, could or could not do in life a lot of times was based on race, but he didn’t let that become a deterrent,” Greenly explained. Link is also a former history instructor at the University of New Mexico-Gallup. He is the author of Navajo: A Century of Progress, 1868-1968. In 1976, along with his good friend Geraldine, Link published, “The Goat in the Rug and in 2001 he published the Signers of the Treaty of Peace, June 1, 1868 as a companion document to the poster (original by Irving Toddy).
sexually abused as well. “(The sexual abuse) was like a monster,” RJ said during the conference, and sobbing loudly. “I’ve struggled through this abuse, and being gay … I’m not sure if that is what caused my being gay or if it was genetics … being Native, becoming dependent on alcohol, (and being disoriented) this is what I went through. I just wanted to protect my sisters, but I was so ashamed.” RJ said he was abused in three of the homes where he was placed. Reporting the abuse did little good as the adults, even the ones he should have been able to trust, did not believe him. And in the Navajo culture, talking about the subject was considered taboo. MM is one of the sisters of RJ, and the other plaintiff in this case. “I was afraid to come forward,” she said. “Mom was poor but very traditional. I was 11 when I was placed in a foster home.” She sa id that she wa s raped by a friend of one of her step-brothers, who was approximately 40 years old. In her second placement she was sexually abused by her foster father. Most difficult of all for both RJ and MM was being aware of the sexual abuse of their younger siblings, who were sometimes in the same foster homes as they were. T he lawsu it na mes a s defendants: The Corporation of t he P r e s ide nt of t he Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a Utah
corporation; The Corporation of the Presiding Bishop of the Church of Latter-Day Saints, a Utah corporation; LDS Family Services, a Utah corporation; a nd The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, an unincorporated religious association. Asked why the lawsuit wasn’t filed in Utah, Vernon, who had been a practicing Mormon for most of his life, replied that the statute of limitations had run out in that state. Keeler mentioned that they plan to use the determinations found in the Supreme Court case against the Catholic Church. “Church leaders should not cooperate in these matters,” said Vernon. “It was the same for the Catholics. They are all concerned about secrecy. I’ve dedicated my practice in the last five years to survivors of child sexual abuse.” If any other area residents have gone through the same problems, especially in the Lamanite Program, and you would like to join this lawsuit, are encouraged to call Billy Keeler at (505) 979-0688 or e-mail him at: email@example.com
CHILDREN’S JAMBOREE There is also a C h i l d r e n’s J a m b o r e e a t t h i s fe s t iv a l wh ich t a ke s pla ce S at u rd ay at 1:3 0 p.m. Ros s va n Du sen w i l l r e a d f r om h i s c h i ld r e n’s book, “ W h at m a k e s A R a i n b o w? ” Fo l l ow e d b y rainbow-themed games and activ ities, Pelling ton sa id. There will be a Children’s J a m b o r e e P a n e l a t 2 :15 p.m. on Saturday featuring Essie Ya zzie, who penned Lester’s Big Cover Up.” Anita Poleahla (Celebrate My Hopi C o r n a n d C e l e b r a t e My Hopi Toys) are among the panelists. Gallup Sun • Friday April 1, 2016
OPINIONS Letter to the Editor: Past County Manager weighs in on Dist. 3 race
s we approach the upcoming County e le c t io n fo r t h e position of District 3 County Commissioner. Four people are in the race – David Dallago, Jr., Bill Lee, Johnny Green, Jr., and Gerald O’Hara. Here is what I am looking for with regard to each candidate. W ho displays integr ity and honesty in all they do? I know there are many people who are tired of leadership in government lacking these two things. The question is which of the four candidates can you “TRUST” to oversee County government on your behalf and in the best interests of the County. W ho will exercise fairness and equality in hiring? I believe everyone deserves to be treated fair and equal
in the hiring of employees to vacant positions in the county. When I was County Manager that was one of the biggest complaints I heard from people. Closely related was who got internal promotions and pay increases. People knew certain Commissioners had their favorites and they were the ones who got hired, promoted a nd pay increa ses. People want an equal playing field for everyone. So, the question people have to ask themselves is which of the four candidates will allow the County Personnel office to run a fair and equal process in filling vacancies and not pull things behind closed doors? Who will exercise servant leadership? People need leaders who view their elected
position as one in which the people have elected them to “public service” not “self-service’. We don’t need people in leadership who only want to direct business to their companies or through “threats and intimidation” force staff to violate county policies in procurement activities, employment opportunities, travel reimbursements and use of county credit cards. A s I have stated these things – these are all about “character”. I think people still want people of “excellent character” to serve them as their elected leadership. Sincerely, Richard F. Kontz 507 Apache Court Gallup, NM 505-236-1122 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF APRIL 1-7, 2016
A New Moon enters on April 7 and it’s important to evaluate our behavior. This week is a good opportunity to reflect on past habits. According to the article New Moon Magic by Molly Hall, “New Moons are a symbolic portal for new beginnings.” Madame G suggests using the week leading up to the New Moon, to focus on personal goals. Write down what you want to do and enlist the help of friends to hold you to it.
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Dear Aries, your opportunity for personal growth continues this week. Adapting to new environments is sometimes challenging, but it’s absolutely necessary. Do your best to listen to others. Honor them by showing empathy. You don’t have to agree just listen. Consider this sage advice from Ludwig Wittgenstein: “Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.”
As a water sign, introspection comes easily for you. But, your conclusions may not always be reasonable. This likely leads to confrontations with loved ones, friends and co-workers. It’s in your best interest to examine your own thoughts and feelings, and more importantly, your actions. Consider Martin Heidegger’s wise words: “he who thinks great thoughts, often makes great errors.” Apologize when necessary.
Hedonistic tendencies may get the better of you this week. Though you may have your reasons it’s important to stay focused on your goals. Thomas Hobbs famously said: “The life of man (in a state of nature) is solitary, poor, brutish, and short.” Before you falsely idolize anything you don’t fully understand examine your own motives and behaviors.
You’re a hardheaded and warmhearted contrast of natures. Your earth sign tendency is to stick firmly to the ground. But, the nimble goat also scales impossible heights both up and down the mountain. Madame G suggests taking Francis of Assisi’s advice: “Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you’re doing the impossible.” Climb mountains literally or figuratively and take on the world.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
You may have residual anxiety this week. That upsets Scorpio’s sense of control. Take time to re-evaluate goals and strategies. Cultivate peace in your workspace, home, and among acquaintances. Everyday that you practice your craft (whatever that is) gets you closer to mastery. Aristotle said: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Sharpen your blades, practicing your art, and you’ll reach excellence.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) You may experience emotional pangs for a former relationship. And it may seem easier to continue old habits out of convenience. Madame G urges caution. Follow your heart, if you’re ready to accept the consequences. But, avoid apathetic decisions. Socrates said the “unexamined life is not worth living.” You might also conclude that passive decisions aren’t worth making.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Your pursuits are growing out of hand. Use the time of the New Moon to focus your attentions on what truly drives your spirit. Are you physically fit? What about emotionally? You may have stretched yourself too thin this month and moved away from your purpose. Immanuel Kant said: “Happiness is not an ideal of reason but of imagination.” What’s your happiness? Go out and find it for the time is now.
This week it’s important to reexamine your goals. What do you want from life? You may have retired, moved from one career to the next, or from one relationship to another. You may have also opted to stay in one place. But, it’s important to review what you know and ask yourself: is this for me? If you feel challenged and mobile great, but if you have doubts now is a good time to ask yourself why.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Soren Kierkegaard said: “Life must be understood backward. But it must be lived forward.” You don’t want to look back on your life and realize you missed gems hidden in plain sight. Madame G suggests learning a new skill or developing new tools for your career. You may have a mentorship opportunity that wasn’t obvious to you at first. Sometimes it’s hard to see what’s in front of us, but don’t miss out. Open your eyes.
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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) As the most independent and solitary of the Zodiac signs you may miss out on several obvious social cues. But, it’s not always clear if this is intentional or ignorant. If you’ve accomplished all that you can then by all means give up. Among the living, we realize there is always something to be learned. Consider the wise words of Seneca the Younger a Roman Stoic, “even while they teach, men learn.” Give it a try. You may be happy.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You have a million and one ideas floating around. Pick the ones that are important to you and write them down. Then consider how you might act upon them. Look up strategies for those who’ve already succeeded. When your mind is clear and you’ve created space for clear thoughts allow your mind to wonder, for as Thomas Hobbes said: “Leisure is the mother of philosophy.” Go forth and create wondrous things.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Human hearts can be fickle and human interaction doubly so. Taking your daughter-in-law to lunch doesn’t mean that she’ll take your side in a dispute. Mending fences requires more than a $10 sandwich. Thucydides who is often considered the father of Political Philosophy said: “History is Philosophy teaching by examples.” This was true in Ancient Greece and it’s true in 21st century America. Learn from your mistakes and move forward or be forgotten.
No rich people or corporations were harmed in the making of this budget (but plenty of other people were) By Bill Jordan NM Voices for Children
aced with a revenue shortfall while crafting the state budget, the majority of our lawmakers chose to protect tax cuts for corporations and the rich—even though there’s absolutely no evidence that they’ve created any jobs—and voted instead to force more than $400 million in cuts to Medicaid. After years of enacting massive tax cuts, then getting hit with a rapid drop in gas and oil prices just before the 2016 legislative session, New Mexico lawmakers had to find a way to balance the state’s budget with a whole lot less money than they had anticipated. Medicaid is the state-federal program that provides health care to children, low-income adults, the elderly, and the disabled. For every state dollar we spend, we draw down three to four dollars from the federal government, so it’s a great deal for our doctors, hospitals, and residents who could otherwise not afford health care.
There are only a couple of realistic choices when the state is short on cash: provide fewer services by cutting spending or raise more revenue by increasing taxes. Governor Susana Martinez has made it clear that she will not sign any tax increases. Two bills were introduced that would have delayed—just for a year or two—a massive corporate income tax cut that will cost the state hundreds of millions of tax dollars when fully phased in (and considerably more than it was projected to cost). Those proposals would have simply delayed a tax cut and would not have raised taxes. Still, these bills never got serious consideration. To t h e i r c r e d i t , fo r ward-thinking legislators introduced more than a dozen bills that would have raised revenue as an alternative to cutting vital services. There were bills for raising tobacco and e-cigarette taxes, increasing personal income taxes for the very rich, and repealing a capital gains tax break that didn’t create the jobs its supporters claimed it
Everything you need to know about NM’s state budget in one infographic That’s equal to:
What got cut:
Tuition for 3,015 students at UNM
Higher Education: $19.9 million Behavioral Health: $800,000
22 mental health counselors
School-Based Health Care: $300,000
Health clinics at 6 schools
That’s equal to:
What got underfunded: Early Childhood Care & Learning: $191 million* Medicaid: $86 million**
What got increased:
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Pre-K for 5,000 4-year-olds, Home visiting for 20,000 babies, Child care for 10,000 kids, FIT for 6,000 kids, AND K-3 Plus for 15,000 kids Health coverage for 78,181 babies, kids, adults and seniors
That’s equal to:
Corrections, Courts and Cops: $61.1 million
Incarcerating 1,350 people in state prisons
LESS education and health care ... MORE incarceration New Mexico Voices for Children 625 Silver Ave. SW, Suite 195 Albuquerque, NM 87102 505-244-9505 • www.nmvoices.org
*Based on LFC’s estimated need rather than departmental budget requests. **Does not include federal matching dollars. Sources: HB 2 for FY17 (spending cuts and increases); LFC estimates and FY17 HSD budget request (under-funding); and FY17 Budget Recommendations, Volume III, LFC, Jan 2016 (equivalency spending)
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would. Like the corporate tax cut delay, these proposals got no serious debate. Instead, some lawmakers led the way and chose austerity and cut the budget—deeply. So instead of fueling the job creation in the one sector of our economy that is growing— health care—they ordered more than $400 million in cuts to Medicaid. Cutting Medicaid will almost surely slow economic growth in the one job sector that shows any signs of life. Not only is Medicaid spending providing new health care jobs but there has been a significant increase in construction activity as providers build facilities to accommodate more people seeking health care services. The legislative austerity plan is like pulling the plug on an already stagnant economy and it puts us on the verge of a double dip recession. More importantly, it could endanger the health of our children, low-income families, elderly and disabled. Med ica id is a l ready under-resourced. The NM Human Services Department has been under a federal court order for years for failure to properly enroll all eligible applicants and manage the Medicaid program. Cutting $400 million from an already underfunded program is likely to compound these administrative problems. The state’s Human Services Department is already deciding how to handle this huge and unexpected cut. In other words—whom to harm and by how much. Payments to health care providers will be cut and benefit plans to recipients may be slashed. The state is also considering increasing co-pays and premiums, which will keep many low-income New Mexicans from accessing the health care they need. You are encouraged to share your suggestions with the NM Human Services Department: http:// www.hsd.state.nm.us/medicaid-public-comment.aspx. The sick and the elderly will pay more and get less. But at least the wealthy and
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COMMUNITY Udall drops by Veterans Helping Veterans meeting March 25 Photos by Tom Hartsock
e n a t o r To m Ud a l l spent March 24 and the morning of March 25 at t he Vetera n s
Helping Veterans meeting at Don Diego’s. Veterans asked an assortment of questions, from legalizing recreational marijuana to what Udall is doing to help improve local VA services.
U.S. Senator Tom Udall talks with veterans in Don Diego’s Restaurant on Mar. 25 about some of the problems they have encountered recently with the Veterans Administration. Udall promises that a new doctor is on the way.
David Cuellar, right, talks face to face with U.S. Senator Tom Udall at the Veterans Helping Veterans regular meeting on Mar. 25 at Don Diego’s Restaurant.
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t i s of t e n s e e n a nd reported on that busy people often look for more to do with their lives. Johnny and Monica Greene are very good local examples of that belief. Johnny retired as the Fire Chief for the Ga llup F ire Department just three years ago but still had the time to operate, with his wife of 25 years Monica, Mr. Teez, a popular screen printing and embroidery shop. Monica is now the Marketing and Public Relations person at RMCHCS and Johnny, after moving Mr. Teez to a new location, has since purchased the Fluff and Fold Dry Cleaners and Leisure Laundry next door. The businesses are located behind Burger King on the Northside of Gallup. Mr. Teez has two screen printers – six-color and eight-
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which uses pure liquid silicone rather than petrochemicals. Silicone is essentially liquefied sand – non-hazardous and non-toxic to the environment. GreenEar th also does not cause shrinkage. Both said they are bringing a service to the community while providing options for their customers.
“I wa nt t o benef it t he community with my experience,” Johnny said. “I know how t h i ngs were r u n a nd how they need to be run. I have a vision for the future, serving on a huge variety of advisory boards, and during my yea r s a s F i re Ch ief, I developed a five-year, tenyear, and fifteen-year plan for them. A mong t he boa rd s he served on were: the Fire Tax Adv isor y Board; the EMS
Advisory Board, the State Trauma Board; 911 Metro; NM Head Start, Fire Chiefs Association; and the Tri-State Association. He was also an instructor in CPR and HazMat. And he’s still a fire fighter at heart, wanting to build up the volunteer programs in the county. “We need more volu nteers,” he said. “Monica and I are constantly recruiting. There is enough work for everyone: the physically fit can fight the fires but other, p erh a p s older r e sident s,
can assist with the records needed and organize them into a useful way.” “In the county, we have to fix the lines of communications between city, county, schools, hospitals, and Navajo, each working with the others with no thought of territory, only of helping all residents progress. “A ‘working’ Commissioner is what the voters will get if they choose me!” Hard to argue with the resume’ Johnny Greene’s can present.
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The couple have also raised or are still raising 6 kids, five boys and a girl, the two youngest still in high school. “All the kids are learning the value of a dollar, watching us operate these businesses,” Monica said. As if all the above isn’t enough, Johnny has thrown his hat into the political ring, a n nou ncing recently that he is a candidate for County Commission, District 3, which encompasses Gallup.
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UNM-Gallup to host diversity conference By Marilee Petranovich
NM-Gallup will host the 3rd Annual New Mexico Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Summit on April 20 - 21, 2016. The purpose of this conference, which is open to the public and free of charge, is to initiate discussions about how New Mexico’s institutions of higher education can best serve increasingly diverse student populations.
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Conference attendees will have the chance to engage in conversations, listen to speakers who are experts in the field, and participate in events aimed at promoting diversity and equality. The summit begins at 8:30 am April 20 with registration and a continental breakfast followed by a welcome address from UNM-Gallup Chief Executive Officer Dr. Christopher Dyer. T he ke y no t e s p e a ke r
for the first day will be Dr. Jordan Johnson, Coordinator for McKinley County Place Matters. After a variety of breakout sessions, Dr. Eliseo “Cheo” Torres, UNM Vice President for Student Affairs, will lead a session on the “Ancient Art of Curanderismo.” Dr. Jozi De Leon, UNM’s Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, will be the keynote speaker for the second day of the conference followed
by a pa nel discussion on Community Activism. Day 2 will also include a student and faculty panel discussing Student Learning Styles. Dr. Jordan Johnson notes, “This is a great opportunity to come together and have some critical conversations to advance and uplift our students, educators and community.” To register and v iew a full agenda please visit: www.gallup.unm.edu/ diversity.
Senate candidate Adams wins AIHEC honor DINÉ COLLEGE REPRESENTED AT MINNEAPOLIS-BASED CEREMONY
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SAILE – A throng of students from Diné College travelled to M i n nea pol i s f rom Ma rch 13 -16 for t he 2016 A mer ic a n I nd i a n H i g her Education Consor tium S t ude nt C on fer e nce a nd brought back 10 awards – among them six first place honors, the most that students from Diné College have ever won at the annual AIHEC. The AIHEC is an annual gathering of tribal colleges and universities in the U.S. The conference offers tribal college students the opport u n it y to at tend i n for ma tiona l sessions, engage in f r iend ly compet it ion a nd networking.
A mong those attending the conference this year was D i né Col lege s en ior eco nomics and business major Felisha Adams, who is a candidate for the District 4 seat in the New Mexico Senate. At the event, Adams, 29, was recognized as the 2015-2016 Coca-Cola First Generation Nat ive Schola r a nd t he Adolph Coor s Fou ndation Student of the Year. “ Ye s , I w a s s u r pr i s e d that I received this honor,” Adams said. “It is something that I respect ver y much. I see it a s continu ing on in leadership a nd a lso being recognized for the k nowledge that I have in business administration, legislative affairs, performing academically, and most importantly, com mu n it y i nvolvement ,”
Adams said. Lor i Tapa honso, public information officer at Diné College, said the college had 38 students compete in 13 areas at the event, including ar t, archer y, creative writing, business bowl, informative speech, critical inquiry a n d we b d e s i g n , a m o n g other categories. Diné College was
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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for April 1, 2016 By Glenn Kay For the Sun
t’s time for yet another roundup of highlights on Blu-ray and DVD. Once again there are some great (and not-so-great) films coming your way. 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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Cartel Land - This documentary earned an Oscar nomination for its gripping ta le of the dr ug trade in Mexico. Featuring unprecedented access to all sides, it focuses on a physician who leads a citizen’s revolt against his region’s Knights Templar drug cartel. As the story progresses and confrontations mount between the rogue faction, cops and traffickers, the motives and actions of many parties shift. The tension-filled movie received raves for its complexity and up-close depiction of the conflict. If you’re a documentary film fan, this is a must watch. Concussion - Will Smith leads this bio-pic as the forensic pathologist who discovered the devastating effects of head trauma in professional football players. When he attempts to present his findings publicity, he’s met with skepticism and adversity. A few more critics liked the film than disliked it. All agreed that it was well-intended and that Smith was engaging as the doctor. However, several found the movie stilted and obvious in its drama, and felt that it was trying too hard to cater to academy award voters. It co-stars Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, COMMUNITY
Gugu Mbatha-Raw and David Morse. Confession of a Child of the Century - Truthfully, I’m not sure if this 2012 drama has already been released, but I can’t find any evidence of it coming out in North America. It’s a F rench /Ger ma n / UK English language co-production set in the 1830s about a socialite who learns that his lady has been cheating on him. After a severe injury, he meets another woman but struggles with feelings of suspicion. Festival reviews were awful, calling it dreary and stating and that the performances weren’t up to snuff. The cast includes Pete Doher ty (of the band T he Libertines), Charlotte Gainsbourg, August Diehl and Lily Cole.
Ex posed - This cr ime/ mystery tale involves a police detective investigating the murder of his partner. Evidence suggests some police corruption, putting the cop’s own life in danger. Notices were very poor for this effort. It has been described as confusing and disjointed in its construction as well as a bit lofty and ponderous in its approach. Unfortunately, most felt that the storytelling really left its good cast unable to generate any suspense. Ana de Armas, Keanu Reeves, Christopher MacDonald, Mia Sorvino and Big Daddy Kane headline the film. Forsaken - Father and son Donald and Kiefer Sutherland sha re t he screen i n t h is western. It features a gunfighter who returns home to repair his relationship with his dad, only to find that a criminal gang is rampaging through the town. The family members come into conflict when the pop
demands that the boy not get involved in the fight. Again, the press weren’t particularly fond of this effort. They wrote that while they enjoyed the cast, the story was old-fashioned and a little hackneyed. It also features Demi Moore, Michael Wincott and Brian Cox.
The Hateful Eight - Quentin Tarantino’s star-studded western involves a bounty hunter taking a captured criminal across Wyoming. When a snowstorm hits, they take shelter in a cabin populated by oddballs who may have ulterior motives. In general, it received solid reviews from critics. A few disliked the level of violence and the leisurely-pace, but most loved the nasty characters, sharp-dialogue, beautiful cinematography and majestic score (which won composer Ennio Morricone an Oscar). If you like director Tarantino then odds are you’ll enjoy this little thriller. The cast includes Sa muel L . Jack son, Ku r t Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walter Goggins, Demian Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern and a surprise or two. Mediterranea - This foreign-language drama follows African brothers from Burkino Faso attempting a perilous and dangerous journey to Europe in the hopes of starting a new life. Along the way, they face incredible hostility and violence. Reviews were very strong. While a couple of writers felt it was a little too narrowly focused, all praised the story as humanistic and timely as well as complimenting the work of the filmmakers in creating a narrative that feels completely authentic. They also suggest that the movie never resorts to cloying sentiment. It stars Alassane Sy, Koudous
Seihon and Paulo Sciarretta. Natural Born Pranksters - I don’t watch a whole lot of Youtube, but apparently Roman Atwood, Vitaly Z and Dennis Roady are big stars on the service who have made their name performing pranks on random people. They’ve made a movie and LionsGate are releasing it direct-to-DVD. Based on trailers, it definitely has a Jackasslike feel to it. It features gags like the gang faking a tanning salon accident to the horror of new patrons as well as other elaborate stunts. Point Break - This remake of the cult 1991 Keanu Reeves/ Patrick Swayze surfing crime flick didn’t make much of an impact at the box office over the Christmas holidays. The story follows an FBI agent who infiltrates a group of extreme sports enthusiasts that he suspects are bank robbers. Notices for the effort were as weak as the financial returns. While some admitted the stunts were impressive, almost everyone called the movie dramatically flat and dim-witted, resulting in an ultimately pointless exercise. Now viewers can decide for themselves. It features Edgar Ramirez, Luke Bracey, Ray Winstone and Teresa Palmer.
BLASTS FROM THE PAST! Well, it’s another very busy week of cinema greats getting high definition debuts and upgrades. Criterion are releasing a Blu-ray of one of the best films ever made (at least in my opinion). Bicycle Thieves aka The Bicycle Thief (1948) is Vittorio Di Sica’s neorealist classic about a poor man supporting his family in Rome by posting advertising bills on the streets. When his bike is stolen, the camera follows his desperate, panicked attempts to recover it, with his small son following. This masterpiece arrives on Blu-ray with a 4K restoration of the film, a documentary called Working with Di Sica, a second 2003 documentary by one of his collaborators, a program named Life the details the filmmaker’s entire filmic history and a track with an English dub of the flick. A lso from Cr iter ion is another one phenomenal film. Akiro Kurosawa’s The Hidden Fortress (1958) follows a pair
of greedy and at times goofy peasants who discover and escort a general and princess across enemy lines and away from an oncoming force. The Blu-ray contains a 2K restoration with a new sound mix and more accurate subtitles, a film historian audio commentary, a documentary on the making of the feature, and an interview with George Lucas this movie was a notable influence on his classic, Star Wars (1977).
Way back in the day, there was a really popular variety program called T he Gong Show. In it, various amateurs would come up and perform some kind of talent for a panel of judges who could end the performance if it was terrible (and they often were) by hitting the gong. Just before the series came to an end, show creator Chuck Barris made The Gong Show Movie (1980), depicting a week in the life of a producer on one of the craziest shows ever created. It tanked during its original release and has been nearly impossible to find on any home video format since. Finally, they’re bringing a Blu-ray of this long-lost film. The disc includes an audio commentary from a pop-culture historian. Those interested in show create Barris should also take a look at the biopic based on his life (if his many wild stories are to be believed) called Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002). Shout! also have a Double Feature Blu-ray of Murders in the Rue Morgue (1971) and The Dunwich Horror (1970). The first features Jason Robards and Herbert Lon in a horror tale adapted from the Edgar
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SPORTS 360 Playing by the Rules By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent
or years I umpired softball and baseball games. Rules were an important part of the game, as they are still supposed to be today. One of those rules in slow pitch softball was that the base runner must remain on the base until the pitched ball is either hit or goes past the batter. Players then, as today, always looked for ways around the rules and this one was no
exception, though it was written very clearly. A couple of players, or maybe it was only one, thought the way to get around this rule was to stretch your legs, one in front of the base and one on it. To further confuse the issue, they would then begin to move the foot on the base up and down while berating the pitcher. I warned one such player not to continue this, because when his back foot was in the air he was not on the base. His vocal response is not
printable, and sure enough as the next pitch was being tossed, he resumed his antics. When the pitch was still in mid-air, I stepped from behind the catcher and called the offending runner out at first. He was a little angry and let me know about it, claiming “the rule was stupid and he shouldn’t be penalized, etc, etc.” He’s probably still claiming he was right, but he was out that night and no other runner questioned my call in the following games.
That is applicable to so many rules in life and in sports. They are there for a reason. Just because you don’t like them doesn’t mean they
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Wingate and Zuni runners battle it out in the 100-meter Dash on Mar. 26 at Public School Stadium.
Rainy Crisp appointed interim AD at Navajo Prep
FORMER PREP AND STATE BASKETBALL STANDOUT IN INTERIM POSITION
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
ARMINGTON – Rainy Crisp, a former standout basketball player and track and field athlete at Navajo Prep, has been named interim athletic director at the school, officials announced. Crisp takes over for Mike Tillman who left the AD job about a month ago. No details were given as to whether Tillman was terminated or resigned. “This is a great experience for me,” Crisp said Wednesday in a telephone interview. “I have worked and gone to school here so I am very familiar with Navajo Prep academically and athletically.” Originally from Shiprock, on the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation, Crisp said she’s interested in the AD job permanently. Crisp has coached the girls basketball team at Navajo Prep for 11 years and girls volleyball for eight years. An allstate point guard for the Lady Eagles during her playing days, Crisp took the Lady Eagles to the 2008 and 2009 District 1-2A state title basketball games, winning the championship in 2009. In volleyball, Crisp took 2A Prep to the state title game in 2007 and 2008 and advanced to the 3A title game in 2014. The Lady Eagles fell to Texico High School in each of those three title appearances. Prep moved up to the bigger 3A two years ago due to athletic redistricting and is set to begin 4A play
come fall. Betty Ojaye, executive director at Navajo Prep, said the search for a new AD would be done in-house first and then expand outward. She did not put a time line on a job hiring. “It will be advertised regionally after we do an in-house search,” Ojaye said. “That’s where we are right now.” Crisp is a 1998 graduate of Navajo Prep. She later graduated from A rizona State University with a degree in exercise science and a minor in
education. She said she doesn’t want to leave coaching, saying if offered the Prep AD job she’d like to still coach. “That’s my passion,” Crisp said of coaching. “There are people out there in 3A who coach and work as athletic directors.” B e side s Nav a jo P r ep, D i s t r ic t 1- 3A i nclude s Crow npoi nt , Newcomb, To h a t c h i a nd R e ho b o t h Christian high schools. Tillman was athletic director for five years.
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Allen Poe story. The second title, based on the story by H.P. Lovecraft, is about a student who meets the grandson of a warlock - he may have sinister plans for the naive young lady. It stars Sandra Dee, Dean Stockwell and Ed Begley. Finally, Shout have a Bluray of the Director’s Cut of The Sicilian (1987). From director Michael Cimino (The Deer Hunter, Heaven’s Gate) this tale based on the book by Mario Puzo (The Godfather) follows a bandit who fights corruption within the Church, landowners and the mafia in order to free his people. The movie wasn’t a success and felt choppy, having suffered from numerous studio cuts for its American release (that amounted to over 30 minutes of excised footage). This title hasn’t been easy to get over the years and it’s great to see the complete version of the film in letterbox format for the first time in North America.
DVD combo package. Frightmare (1983) follows a bunch of drama students who decide to steal the recently deceased body of their favorite action (because that makes perfect sense). Little do they know that the star was involved in black magic, putting the kids in danger. The disc arrives with loads of extras, including multiple commentary tracks, interviews with crew members and more. Pigs (1972) is a really strange one about a cafe owner who owns a pen of flesh-eating porkers that he feeds victims to. The disc arrives with a newly restored transfer, featurettes, interviews and several alternate versions of scenes. Finally, they are putting out a Double Feature DVD of two cheesy efforts, Revenge of the Virgins (1959) and Teenage Zombies (1960). The first title is a nudie western co-written by Ed Wood, while the second is a hilariously bad no-budget undead flick that features a zombified gorilla. Not to be outdone, Blue Underground are distributing a Double Feature Blu-ray of their own. It contains the British B-movie thriller Code 7, Victim 5 (1964) and the cheesy crime flick Mozambique (1964).
Shiprock native Rainy Crisp was recently appointed athletic director at Navajo Prep. Crisp has coached the girls basketball and volleyball teams the past few years at Prep, which includes a state basketball title in 2009. Photo Credit: Courtesy
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Here’s an underrated little gem. The City of the Dead aka Horror Hotel (1960) is an effective UK creeper co-starring Christopher Lee. VCI Entertainment are releasing a new Blu-ray of the film, newly restored and uncut (with the assistance of the British Film Institute). It follows a young student writing a paper on witchcraft who travels to a small and creepy village for research pur poses. Not a good idea. Soon her professor follows to try and help her. The movie oozes with style and atmosphere using fogdrenched sets - it is actually far more effective than you might initially expect. The Blu-ray comes with three commentary tracks, interviews and advertising materials. Vinegar Syndrome have some B-movies arriving as a Blu-ray/
Finally, The Film Detective are debuting a Blu-ray of the Restored Cut of an Edward G. Robinson film-noir called The Red House (1947) (the DVD has already been released). I’ve never seen this one, but apparently it’s an underrated effort with a nifty twist or two - apparently movie-makers like Martin Scorcese speak fondly of it.
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Scores Mar. 22, Tuesday GHS BASE 6, 5 Wingate 3, 2 WHS BASE 3, 2 Gallup 6,5 Mar. 23, Wednesday RCHS SOFT 10, Laguna Acoma 7 Mar. 24, Thursday GHS SOFT 1, Rio Rancho 11 MHS SOFT 7, Artesia 0 RCHS BASE @ Zuni, 3 DH NO SCORES REPORTED WHS BASE 2, Pecos 12 WHS JV SOFT 4, Raton 13 Mar. 25, Friday GHS SOFT 5, Los Alamos 0 GHS SOFT 8, Portales 13 MHS SOFT 7, Deming 3 MHS SOFT 0, Cleveland 7 ToHS SOFT 3, Wingate 15 WHS BASE 10, Tucumcari 11 WHS SOFT 15, Tohatchi 3 Mar. 26, Saturday GHS BASE @ Bernalillo, DH 11/1 NO SCORES REPORTED GHS SOFT 11, Shiprock 1 GHS SOFT 5, Cleveland JV 4 GHS T & F vs Route 66 Classic INCOMPLETE RESULTS MHS BASE 1, 0 Los Alamos 2, 5 MHS SOFT 10, Valencia 9 (8 innings) MHS SOFT 1, Los Lunas 12 MHS T & F @ Route 66 Clas-
sic INCOMPLETE RESULTS RCHS T & F @ Route 66 Classic INCOMPLETE RESULTS ToHS SOFT 16, Newcomb 13 ToHS T & F @ Route 66 Classic INCOMPLETE RESULTS WHS BASE 2, Questa 14 WHS SOFT 15, Navajo Pine 4 WHS T & F @ Route 66 Classic INCOMPLETE RESULTS Mar. 29, Tuesday GHS JV SOFT @ Thoreau (Ford), DH 4/6 GHS TEN vs Grants (Ford), 3 MHS BASE @ Espanola, 3/5 MHS SOFT @ APS (Atrisco), 4 ToHS BASE vs Navajo Pine, DH (Mickey Mantle), 3/5 Mar. 30, Wednesday MHS B TEN vs Grants, 3 Mar. 31, Thursday GHS JV BASE vs Tohatchi, DH 3/5 GHS SOFT vs Bloomfield (Ford), DH 4/6 GHS JV SOFT vs Bloomfield (GHS), 4 GHS TEN vs Moriarty (Ford), 3 MHS BASE @ Moriarty, 3/5 MHS G TEN @ Grants, 3 RCHS BASE @ Thoreau, 10 ToHS BASE @ Gallup JV, DH 3/5
Schedules Apr. 1, Friday GHS BASE vs Moriarty, DH 11/1 GHS JV BASE @ Moriarty, DH 11/1 GHS SOFT vs Farmington, DH 3/5 GHS B TEN vs Rehoboth (Ford), 4 GHS T & F @ Pegasus Invite (PSS), TBA MHS SOFT @ Aztec, DH 3/5 RCHS B TEN @ GHS (Ford), 4 RCHS T&F @ Ramah/Zuni Meet (PSS), TBA WHS T & F @ Pegasus Invite (Ramah/Zuni) 3 Apr. 2, Saturday GHS BASE vs Moriarty, DH 11/1 GHS JV BASE @ Moriarty, DH 11/1 GHS JV SOFT @ Farmington, DH 11/1 MHS BASE vs West Mesa, 11/1 MHS JV SOFT vs Aztec, DH,
Apr. 4, Monday MHS BASE @ Bloomfield, TBA ToHS SOFT vs Newcomb, DH 3/5 Apr. 5, Tuesday GHS BASE @ Grants, 3 GHS SOFT @ Grants, 3 MHS SOFT vs Moriarty, 3 ToHS BASE vs Zuni, DH 3/5 ToHS SOFT vs Zuni, DH 3/5 WHS SOFT @ Bloomfield, 3 DH Apr. 7, Thursday MHS SOFT vs Navajo, 3 Apr. 8, Friday GHS SOFT @ Miyamura, DH 4/6 MHS SOFT vs Gallup, DH 4/6 ToHS BASE @ Shash Invite, TBA ToHS SOFT @ Shash Invite, TBA WHS BASE vs Shash Invite, TBA WHS SOFT vs Zuni (Shash Invite) TBA
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CLASSIFIEDS HELP WANTED ARTS CRAWL COORDINATOR gallupARTS is seeking a coordinator for the monthly downtown ArtsCrawl. If interested, email letter of interest and resume to: gallupArts@gmail.com PHOTOGRAPHER Gallup Sun is looking for an on call, general assignment/sports photographer. Must write captions and get names for pics. Email resume/samples: firstname.lastname@example.org PORTER/DETAILER Ed Corley Nissan We are currently taking applications for Porter/Detailer positions. Full time position. Must be dependable. Must be 18 years of age or older. Clean driving record and Valid driver’s license is required. Apply in person at 1000 W. Jefferson Ave, Gallup
REPORTER WANTED Gallup Sun is looking for a dedicated reporter to cover public safety and general assignment. Ability to take own photos preferred. College degree and social media savvy preferred. For consideration, send resume/ clips to: email@example.com SALES ASSOCIATES WANTED Ed Corley Nissan is looking for dependable, self-motivated sales associates. Must apply in person, 1000 W. Jefferson Ave, Gallup. Ask to see Lou. Sign on bonus available to the right candidate! SERVICE ADVISOR Ed Corley Nissan is seeking one qualified experienced candidate for the position of service advisor. Must be dependable, personable, likable and outgoing. Clean driving record and Valid Driver’s license required. SIGN ON BONUS for the right candidate! See Brian at Ed Corley Nissan, 1000 W. Jefferson in Gallup
SHINGLE ROOFERS NEEDED Job location: Becenti, Tohatchi and Window Rock. Native American Preference Applies. Must have shingle experience. Must have tools. Fax resume to (505) 244-1250 Or call (505) 244-1252 ask for Lauren or Kristi HOME FOR RENT Stagecoach Neighborhood 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms home Dining Area, Garage Big Back Yard Call Patricia 505-879-7611 MOBILE HOME RENTALS MOBILE HOME SPACES Mobile Home Spaces – Single wide – any size $200/mo. Double Wide $260/mo. Call Mike 505870-3430 or Carmelita 505-8704095.
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Join us for a pancake breakfast GHS Bengal Band is hosting a Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser PeeWee’s Kitchen, 1644 South Second Street, Gallup, NM 87301 Saturday, April 9, 2016 8am to 11am $6.00 per person includes: 3 pancakes, 2 scrambled eggs, 2 bacon, 1 sausage, coffee/juice Carry out is available
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR APRIL 1 - 7, 2016 FRIDAY APRIL 1 FAMILY MOVIE (ALL AGES) Join us for a free family movie. Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Film: The Batman Superman Movie MCKINLEY COUNTY SENIOR OLYMPICS Join us April 1-2 for the Gallup-McKinley County Senior Olympic Local Game Day. This event welcomes all seniors statewide who are 50-years-old or older. Registration is $15. The registration deadline is March 19. There’ll be 15 sports events including: Basketball Free Throw, Cycling 5K-10K-20K, Shuffleboard, and more. Physical therapist and athletic trainer Anthony Arviso will be on site. Bring comfortable shoes and hats. Don’t forget sunscreen. For more information please contact, Timothy Draper (505) 8796527. PURPLE HEART DESIGNATION Join us for a special dedication at the Comfort Suites. We’ll be designating one of our parking spaces to the Purple Heart Recipients. We’re honored to provide this service for those who have spilled blood for our freedoms. Starts at 4pm. Location: 3940 E Hwy 66.
10:30 am. You may also attend mini-information sessions on a variety of topics. Learn how you can help prevent child abuse and help keep children safe. The local police, Sheriff, and Fire Departments and many other agencies will be available to provide information about their role in the community. Booths are open from 11:30 am -3 pm. For more information, please call (505) 863- 9556. Location: 640 S. Boardman. SUNDAY APRIL 3 THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT Join us for the Holy Eucharist. Begins at 8 am. For more information please call (505) 863-4695. Location: 1334 S. Country Club Drive. MONDAY APRIL 4 GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY SCHOOLS Join us for a Board of Education Meeting. Begins at 6 pm. Location: Student Support Center, 700 South Boardman Dr., Gallup. TUESDAY APRIL 5
SPRING JOB FAIR Employers from all around McKinley County will be set up to take applications for positions they are hiring for. Open to everyone and free to attend & free for Employers to set up a booth. Rio West Mall, 1300 W. Maloney Ave. SATURDAY APRIL 2
MCKINLEY COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS The McKinley County Board of Commissioners will hold a regular meeting at 9 am. This meeting will be held in the Commissioner Chambers, Third Floor of the McKinley County Courthouse, 207 West Hill, Gallup. A copy of the agenda will be available 72 hours prior to the meeting in the Manager’s Office and the County Clerk’s Office. Auxiliary aides for the disabled are available upon request; please contact Michelle Esquibel at (505) 722-3868 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting to make any necessary arrangements.
CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION Please join CYFD in a parade of people who care. The walk will start at the Gallup CYFD office. Location: 1720 E Aztec. Begins:
SBDC BRANDING THROUGH SIGNAGE The Small Business Development Center at UNM-Gallup is excited to introduce their new brand and signage with new
signage—updating their old branding for a new and revised look. This introduction is beneficial to the clients we serve and to us in order to promote our services: as trusted partner, consistent branding nationwide, long-standing relationships, experience, and existence in community. For more information please call (505) 722-2220. Location: 106 W. Hwy 66. WEDNESDAY APRIL 6 TODDLER TIME (AGES 2 TO 4) An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement rhymes, and stories. Starts: 10:30 am. Location: Children’s Branch, 200 W Aztec Ave. Free. APRIL FILM SERIES: NEW MEXICO MADE FILMS Family Movie (all ages) Join us for a free weekly movie. Popcorn provided. Starts at 5 pm. Main Branch, 115 W. Hill Ave. Film: No Country for Old Men 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 APRIL 7 CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) Fun crafts for the whole family (all ages). Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. Make: Cardboard Scrapbook ONGOING 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) 7225142 or visit www. Recylegallup.org. COMMUNITY PANTRY The Hope Garden is offering organic produce for sale from 10 am - 12 pm, Tue - Fri. We are located at 1130 E. Hasler Valley Rd. All funds go to helping feed local folks. For personal attention call (505) 7268068 or when visiting ask for Kenworth Jones. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Location: 1315 Hamilton Rd. FIRST INDIAN BAPTIST CHURCH Monday Night Back to Basics Bible Class, Red Hills Trailer Park recreation center 7 pm; Tuesday Family Bible Study FIBC 501 S. 3rd St, 6 pm; Sunday Worship and Prayer at FIBC 501 S. 3rd, 10:30 am. Contact: Pastor Robert Fontenot (505) 979-0511. email@example.com / www.fibcgallup.weebly. com SAVE THE DATE AMATEUR RADIO TEST SESSION On April 23, join us for the amateur radio test session. Starts at 12 pm. For more information please contact, Jimmy Graham (505) 713-0671 or email k5gra@ yahoo.com. Location: 413 Bataan Memorial Dr. AUTHORS FESTIVAL The authors festival will feature 32 authors from the the southwest. There will be book signings, special panel presentations, and much more. Join us from 10 to 4 and don’t miss key-
note speaker Anne Hillerman at 1 pm. Main Branch, 115 W. Hill Ave. Authors Festival - Children’s Jamboree starts 1 pm at the Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec BIRDHOUSE AUCTION The ninth annual birdhouse auction, for Relay for Life, will take place on May 1. Area artists and crafts persons who would like to contribute to this project are encouraged to pick up an instructional pamphlet and birdhouse instruction sheet. You may build your own. All entries must be submitted by April 17. Birdhouses will be photographed and added to the Website: www. gallupbirhouses.com. Many will be displayed at local businesses the week before the auction. The project is sponsored by the American Cancer Society Gallup Relay for Life Ups and Downs team. All proceeds go to the fight against cancer. For more information, please call Linda Shelton (505) 722-2175. Location: Sammy C’s Pub and Grill, 107 W Coal Ave. VETERANS JOB FAIR On June 15, join us for the fourth annual Veterans Job Fair. The job fair helps all who’re seeking employment especially veterans. Participants will be provided a table, two chairs, and lunch. There is no fee for this event. Last year we had a great turnout and had 91 on-site job hires. We invite you to be part of this successful event. Starts at 9 am. For more information or for employers wishing to participate please call (505) 722-222or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Location: Rio West Mall, 1300 W. I-40 Frontage Rd. EVENTS AT RIO WEST MALL April 25—Entry Deadline for RMCH Health Fair Poster Contest To post a non-profit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: email@example.com or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5pm.
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Ed Corley Nissan 1000 W. JEFFERSON AVE, GALLUP , NM 87301
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