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NEWS Three men behind bars in jailhouse contraband scheme ONE ARRESTED IS MCKINLEY COUNTY JAILER
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
hree Gallup men – one a McKinley County Detention Center officer - remained jailed April 27 following an internal investigation connected to contraband allegedly being brought into the jail, officials said during an April 26 news conference on the matter. McKinley County Adult Detention Center Wa rden Steve Silversmith said Officer Terrance Hooper is behind bars on a conspiring to bring contraband into a place of imprisonment charge, which is a fourth degree felony. For safety reasons, Hooper, 23, was
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booked into the Cibola County Detention Center near Grants, Silversmith said. Hooper, a jailer since January of this year, has his bond set at $5,000. Also charged in connection to the scheme were Anthony
Romero, 25, and Ricardo Teran, 36. Romero was charged with conspiracy, too. Because Romero was already incarcerated at the jail, no bond was set. Teran was charged with misdemeanor possession of
marijuana and drug paraphernalia in a separate matter, but indirectly related to Hooper. Teran has a litany of charges that initially landed him in jail and, like Romero, no bond was set in Teran’s case. Neither Hooper, Romero or Teran had attorneys listed as of Wednesday. In explaining how the case unfolded, Lt. Pat Salazar of the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office said Hooper and Romero were the subjects of an internal investigation for months. Some good old-fashioned police work led investigators to the involvement of Teran, Salazar said. Salazar said a jailhouse scheme developed whereby Hooper was to bring methamphetamine into the facility with the intention of selling it to Romero for $300. Teran became involved when investigators got a hold of
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Hooper’s cellular phone, which, oddly enough, contained text messages sent to Hooper and containing the words “Ricky T” and “Trust.” “We put t wo a nd t wo together and just traced things back to the only person we knew of with those initials,” Salazar said. It was subsequently discovered that Teran had a hiding place behind an electrical outlet in his cell. That space is where he hid the phone, a charger and the marijuana, Salazar said. A bit from a screwdriver was used to open the outlet, Salazar suggested. In talking about the situation, Silversmith, hired into the warden job on April 18, was adamant about stamping out criminal behavior from within the jail’s rank and file. Saying the matter is about a “zero-tolerance” policy at the detention center, he said. Hooper was immediately terminated from the $38,000 a year job. “This is something that will not be tolerated,” Silversmith said of employee insubordination. “We will not tolerate dirty cops. We will not tolerate having drugs being brought into the facility. We will go after people who do this. My hat goes off to the officers at the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office who helped in this investigation.”
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San Juan County AG takes lead on Muñoz petition investigation ADAMS, MUÑOZ, JOHNSON ENGAGED IN DISTRICT 4 STATE SENATE RACE
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
urtis Donisthorpe, the assistant district attorney in San Juan Cou nt y, told Sen. George Muñoz, D-Gallup, in an April 5 memorandum that “…the Office of the District Attorney has received your request for an investigation rega rd i ng potentia l voter fraud. At this time, our office will begin our investigation into the authenticity of the signatures a nd upon finding good cause will ask the McK i n ley Cou nt y Clerk ’s Office to make a determination regarding the signatures’ authenticity. If they are determined to be false, we will ask law enforcement to begin a cr i m i n a l i nve st igat ion.
Jordon Johnson of Vanderwagen is also challenging Munoz’s seat, but he doesn’t have a dog in this fight.
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If probable cause exists to charge a person of a violation, we will do so.” Donisthorpe’s correspondence comes about th ree weeks after Muñoz sent an
initial heads-up letter to the district attorneys of McKinley, Cibola and San Juan counties. In that letter, Muñoz called at least 26 signatures on a petition form submitted
Felisha Adams in a race with Munoz for District 4 seat. by challenger and political newcomer Felisha Adams to the New Mexico Secretary of State “questionable.” A private investigator was subsequently hired by Muñoz to further look into the situation. Candidates running for Senate in New Mexico are required to submit 135 signatures to the Secretary of State. “Honest y a nd i ntegr it y a nd f a i r ne s s a r e ne c e s sa r y when r unning for a n elected office,” Muñoz told the Gallup Sun this week. “I think that is important.” Muñoz said one of the signatures on Adams’ list appeared to be way out of the ordinary. He said it was done by a mentally challenged person who has a caretaker. He did not provide the name of the signee nor caretaker in question. Muñoz, Adams and Jordan Joh n son of Va nder wa gen
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a re r u n n i ng for t he New Mexico District 4 seat, which Munoz, the son of a former Gallup mayor, has held since 2009. The district includes McKinley and Cibola counties. Donisthor pe copied S e c r et a r y of S t a t e Br a d Wi nter, At tor ney Genera l Hector Balderas, McKinley County District Attorney Karl Gilson, Cibola County District Attorney Lemuel Martinez, Farmington District Attorney Rober t Tedrow, Sa n Jua n County Clerk Debbie Holmes and McKinley County Clerk Harriett Becenti in the twopage correspondence. Ad a m s, of Iy n a bit o, a senior business and economics student at Diné College, has called the questionable petition allegations by Muñoz “a swing for no apparent reason.” She has said that she has amassed more than 500 petition signatures. She sa id Apr i l 26 t hat Don ist hor pe ca l led her about a week ago and drilled her about the names on the petition list. She also said she has heard from people in the community that the state police have been going doorto-door throughout the district in an attempt to match signatures. “I t h i n k he’s t r y i ng to intimidate me and the voters,” Adams, 29, said of Muñoz. “Intimidation is not the right thing to do. This is clearly a case of voter intimidation.” A state primary is set for June 7 and the general election is Nov. 8.
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GPD officer arrested at Shalimar Lounge in apparent domestic dispute CARMELITA JAMES IS A FOUR-YEAR POLICE VET; INTERNAL HEARING SET FOR MAY 2 By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
n April 23 fight at a local night spot involving an off duty Gallup police officer ended with assault on a peace officer and resisting, evading and obstruction charges, according to a police report. An internal investigation hearing on the matter is scheduled to go before Acting Gallup Police Chief Franklin Boyd on Monday. The outcome of that hearing could determine whether Ca r melita Ja mes remains a police employee, Deputy Police Chief John Allen said. A llen noted that a formal notice-to-terminate has already been sent to James. Allen said the hearing would be between Boyd and James, saying having others present,
like an attorney, wouldn’t be something looked down upon.
A d u l t D e t e n t io n C e n t e r (Carmelita) refused to exit Officer Er ic Lope’s unit,” Molina wrote in the report. “While standing outside of the unit, she refused to enter the jail. After several attempts to talking her into walking into the jail, she finally entered the jail doors,” Molina wrote. James was released from jail that same day by paying a $2,000 cash/surety bond, according to a jail official. James isn’t the only city
WHAT HAPPENED? While on routine patrol at the Shalimar Lounge, 2618 W. Highway 66, Officer Dominic Molina noted in a report that he observed James, 26, a Gallup police officer for the past four years, kicking the right door of a vehicle. Apparently, James, of St. Michaels, was engaged in an argument with Merissa Watchman, 26, of Gallup who Molina listed in the police report as James’ girlfriend. Watchman told Molina that the dispute was because James didn’t want to go home with her. At the request of another police officer on the scene, a portable breath test was given to James. After a failed breath test, James took off running,
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Carmelita James job as a Gallup peace officer is hanging in the balance. and when caught with the assistance of a Shalimar security guard, took a swing at Molina, the police report states. James was ultimately placed in a police car, but somehow managed to remove the handcuffs applied to her. “At the McKinley County
female police officer to be arrested in a domestic dispute in recent weeks. Officer Valerie Wilson, 36, resigned from the force two weeks ago. Wilson got into an argument with her girlfriend, Phaleen Morris, while partying at Fire Rock Navajo Casino. A May 19 court date before Gallup Magistrate Ken Howard is set in that situation, records show. Allen noted that the May court date is not related to Wilson’s resignation.
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WEEKLY CRIME BLOTTER Staff Reports
4/27, COLEMAN SERVED SEARCH WARRANT A source close to the Sun says t h a t St eve Coleman, a local prop r i e t o r and former Gallup Police Department officer, is facing five to 15 years in prison. He has two cases – one in federal court and one at the district court level. It stems largely from when Colema n wa s arrested Jan. 21 from shooting a neighbor’s trespassing dog, mushrooming into a full-blown investigation. To explain, Coleman is a registered felon and not permitted to possess firearms. According to the affidavit for a search warrant, issued April 26, 11th Judicial District Attorney Chief Investigator Richard Malone made some disturbing connections to the firearms and Indian art at Coleman’s Thoreau residence on Jan. 21. But it looks like a case against the beleaguered business owner had been brewing for some time. “(Malone) has reviewed police reports prepared by officers from the Gallup Police Department regarding high end burglaries of Indian artifacts, items of artwork, jewelry and firearms throughout the city over a period of many years,” the affidavit states, adding that Malone “conducted a criminal investigation into activities of Steve Coleman, including the recovery of multiple stolen firearms and stolen Indian art from Coleman’s residence” on Poor Farm Road. Witness testimony, some who have past dealings with Coleman, identified items in his residence as items that went missing when their homes were broken into. One report dates back to 1996. Meanwhile, Coleman is in hot water for the death of one of two of his neighbor’s dogs that were on his property, reportedly trying to get at his female dogs in heat. Coleman has a hearing in District Court NEWS
Judge Aragon’s courtroom May 6 at 9 am. He faces one count of possession of a firearm or destructive device by a felon; two counts of extreme cruelty to animals; one count of negligent use of a deadly weapon; four counts of criminal damage to property (under $1,000); five counts of negligent use of a deadly weapon. Coleman’s U.S. District Court trial starts June 6 at 1:30 pm, 333 Lomas Blvd. S.W. in Albuquerque. He faces multiple charges in relation to the firearms, and also the unlawful sale of migratory birds.
4/27, GRABBED & STABBED A man claimed that he was stabbed by three men when walking in the hills north of a residence off U.S. Route 491. According to McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Elreno Henio’s report, Navajo Police officers were not immediately available, so he provided security for emergency personnel. The victim was taken to a local hospital. Navajo Police took over from there. His condition is unknown.
4/24, FIVE FINGER FUMBLE A determ i n e d F a m i l y D o l l a r clerk, at the Second Street location, got the best of Vernall Ray Watchman, who thought he could make off with some padlocks without paying, according to Gallup Police Department Officer Terrance Peyketewa’s report. When the female clerk confronted him and followed him
outside, he got a little cocky, and despite her pulling the door closed, he came back into the store through another door and grabbed an armful of DVDs. He tried to make off with the DVDs, but the determined clerk started plucking the movies from his arms. Another customer coming toward the store grabbed the rest of the DVDs from Watchman’s arms. Peyketewa reviewed the video footage and recognized Watchman. In a stroke of luck, he saw the suspect crossing the street near the store, easily nabbing him. During booking, Peyketewa took a call. At this time, Watchman’s handcuffs were removed, and he took the moment to reportedly say that he was going to jump the counter and kick the officer’s a-s. Watchman proceeded to throw a blood pressure at Peyketewa, hitting him in the lower stomach. Watchman was booked for burglary, shoplifting, larceny theft from building, and for battery upon a peace officer.
4/21, TRAGIC ACCIDENT Felton Atkins, 37, died when his vehicle fell on him while he was making repairs to it. According to MCSO Deputy Ivan Tsethlikai’s report, NPD was already on scene and two Med Star first responders had confirmed that Atkins was deceased. Tsethlikai stayed at the scene to assist onsite personnel.
4/21, DIFFICULT TO COMPREHEND
Elementary School. According to MCSO Merlin Benally’s report, the girls were taking a test that morning when the suspect whispered “Hey baby” …. “Hey what’s your name?” The victim reportedly ignored the questions. During the afternoon testing, the young suspect sat next to the victim and allegedly grabbed her crotch. The victim rebuffed her advances, but the persistent suspect put her hand on top of the victim’s hand. It didn’t end there, though. When class was over, the victim asked a friend to stand between she and the suspect, but the suspect stepped in front of the friend and reportedly grabbed the victim’s buttocks. What’s even stranger, as the victim reported the incidents to her teacher, the suspect reportedly touched the victim’s buttocks. The teacher notified the principal. The suspect student was suspended for three days and the case referred to the District Attorney.
4/21, NEW WIFE’S REVENGE? Sophina James told MCSO Deputy Jasmine Jaramillo a strange tale, but the charges she received don’t match up with the story she told, at least
what can be gleaned from the r e p or t . Ja ra millo was called to the R e d Me s a Express as Metro Dispatch advised that there were reports of a woman breaking windows. The deputy noted that there was a vehicle fire on the west side of the building. James started her story from the beginning – at her house on 101 Blue Medicine Rd. She said that her husband’s ex-wife Debra came by for a chat. James said that she asked Debra to leave several times. Debra must have been sitting in her car during the meeting, because James reportedly pulled her from the car and punched her in the face a couple of times. James, 35, then jumped in the driver’s seat and began to drive off, but Debra jumped in the passenger seat. “James stated that she was going to take Debra to an unknown place and kill her,” the report stated. To get police’s attention, James said she ran several stop lights heading north on U.S. Route 491. Debra got out of the vehicle at a gas station, and James
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City: Curb and gutter improvements just around the corner EACH COUNCIL DISTRICT TO BE TREATED ‘EQUALLY’
and $500,000 more for fiscal 2015. Improvements to curb and gutters and sidewalks have long been a need around the city an there are some areas where cosmetic improvements
haven’t been done in more than 10 years. District 1 City Councilor Linda Garcia, whose district encompasses parts of the north side, said she welcomes the
start of the project. She said a council work shop scheduled for next week should shed some light on not only the curb and gutter situation, but other needed infrastructural projects as well. “Obviously, I think there are areas throughout the city that need the curb and gutter improvements,” Garcia said. “I know that around St. Francis (Church) needs something done and just generally there are areas throughout the entire north side that need some work. It’s definitely a priority on the north side.” Henderson said the city plans to approach each district equally and do the same amount of work, downplaying neighborhood favoritism. He said each council district is considered a big priority. Henderson said work crews would most likely begin the improvements during a warm month so as to get as much accomplished a s possible when snow and rain are not a hindrance.
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a ltercat ion that happened the day before involving her and one other w o m a n . According to GPD Officer Joe Roanhorse’s report, the woman called Lane Ortiz to the scene. She said when Ortiz arrived, all four men started beating on him. She said Benson Joe, 33, grabbed a flower pot and struck Ortiz on the head, rendering
him unconscious. When Ortiz awoke, he had a large cut on the top of his head and blood was pouring down his face. He was taken to a local hospital where he received nine staples in his head. He was then arrested for trespassing and for two outstanding warrants. Joe, was arrested along with Arman J. Martine, 33, Bra ndon Ya zz ie, 35, a nd Matthew Curley, 33. Joe was charged with aggravated battery and the other three with battery.
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
bout $1.5 million is budgeted for curb and gutter improvement s at va r ious areas around the city and it’s a matter of time before a project start date kicks in, officials said. The final cost of the improvements hasn’t been etched in stone, so that amount could end up a bit higher after workshops and council meetings within the next few weeks, Gallup Public Works Director Stan Henderson noted. “It i nvolve s bud get i n g a nd pla n ning,” Henderson said of the project. “I anticipate that we’ll have a final plan soon.” Henderson said the project is something that’s been listed on the city’s Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan for some time. He said when things do get started that each council district will receive the same amount of detailed attention with respect to not only curbs and gutter, but
This curbside is getting a much needed makeover on Wilson, between Second and Third streets. Photo Credit: NativeStars to sidewalks, too. Henderson introduced the curb and gutter plan to the Gallup City Council in 2014 and council members approved a starting amount of $250,000
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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports Ben Lynch April 14, 7:33 pm 6th DWI, Aggravated As an officer was tra nspor ting “sub jec t(s)” he took notice of Ly nch’s silver truck that had drove onto the sidewalk at Miyamura Park. The officer called it in, and Gallup Police Department Det. Mark Spencer c au g ht up w it h Lynch as he passed over the Miyamura bridge. Once pulled over, Lynch admitted to drinking, according to the report, but refused to take the field sobriety tests. He also refused to give a blood sample. Other officers searched the truck and found open cans of Coors Light. Meanwhile, Spencer had lear ned that Lynch, 52, was on the DA’s felony DWI list. Although Lynch refused to give a blood sample, Spencer was able to get a search warrant affidavit, which resulted in the blood draw. Results are pending. Michael A. Black March 26, 5:50 pm Aggravated DWI B l a c k was pulled over by GPD Sgt. Benny G a o n a fo r d r iv i ng 6 8 mph in a 50 mph z one. According to Gaona’s report, Black exhibited all the signs of intoxication – swaying head, bloodshot, glossy eyes, and slurred speech. As he spoke, Gaona could smell booze coming from his breath. Black, 38, admitted to drinking two “99 Apples.” A roadside breath test revealed a breath alcohol content of .30 and later .25. Royden A. Haley March 25, 4:15 pm 4th DWI, Aggravated A witness called to report that Ha ley had th row n a passenger out of his Dodge Cha rger at a loca l lau ndry. When GPD Det. Steven Peshlakai caught up with NEWS
him, Haley was showing the signs of intoxication a nd admitted to drinking two Bud Lights three to four hours before hitting the road. Officers searching the vehicle found a nearly empty pint of Importers Vodka. Haley was traveling with two other passengers, who also appeared to be intoxicated, according to the report. Haley, 37, refused to engage in all tests, but Peshlakai was able to secure a search warrant for a blood test. Brandon Begay March 25, 9:44 pm Aggravated DWI McKinley C o u n t y Sher i f f ’s O f f i c e D e p u t y Ga r yl le James pulled Begay over for driving with one headlight. According to the report, James could smell booze wafting from the vehicle and that Begay “appeared to be confused.” Begay, 22, admitted to knocking back three shots of whiskey within an hour of being pulled over. He didn’t fare well on the field sobriety tests, and blew a .18 and .16 during the breath tests. Nathan Smith March 25, 4:51 pm Aggravated DWI M C S O D e p u t y N a c o n a Cl a rk w a s d ispatched to Joe Milo’s in reference to a man passed out in a vehicle with his foot on the brake pedal. The signs of intoxication were apparent, and Smith had a half empty bottle of Importers Vodka on the floorboard, next to his feet, according to the report. Smith, 25, struggled through the field sobriety tests and blew a .34 and .32 during the breath tests. Noel K. Barney March 22, 2:08 pm Aggravated DWI Barney, 38, was reportedly
refused a lcohol sales at the S a ge b r u s h ba r, a nd the clerk or bar tender there called the police to give a description of his vehicle. When MCSO Deputy Merlin Benally caught up with him, he readily admitted to drinking three to four shots, or a pint of Vodka two hours before he drove to Sagebrush. He failed the field sobriety tests and blew a .16 and 15 during the breath tests. Aaron Gilbert Nez March 19, 9:03 pm 3rd DWI, Aggravated N e z ’ s pa ssenger aler ted police to his vehicle. GPD Officer Eric Lope was advised that t he fema le passenger was knocking on the windows of customers’ vehicles at McDonald’s north. The woman reportedly jumped into Nez’s Pontiac Sunfire and headed north in the American Heritage parking lot. When Lope ran the plate, it was for a different vehicle. Ne z , 3 3 , a d m i t t e d t o k now i ng about t h is plate exchange when pulled over, a nd wa s show i ng a l l t he signs of intoxication. There were also two open cans of 12-ounce Bud Light in plain view. Nez failed to pass the field sobriety tests, and blew a .19 and .17 during the breath tests. Thurston Thomas Gail March 17, 9:42 pm Aggravated DWI A f ight between two females led MSCO deputies to Gail. From the repor t, the stop was mostly routine and Gail, 33, cooperated and engaged in the field sobriety tests. Gail did drop an F-bomb when he realized that he couldn’t win this battle. He blew a .24, twice, during the breath tests.
Johnathon B. Kee March 16, 7:53 pm DWI Kee was pulled over by GPD Sgt. Benny Gaona near Puerco and Highway 66 for driving 48 mph in a 25 mph zone. In the backseat were two children not restrained in the appropriate car seats. According to his report, upon approach, Gaona could smell booze wafting from the vehicle. Gaona noted that there was a 12-pack container of Budweiser beer on the passenger floorboard, along with two open beers, plus two empty cans. Kee showed the obvious signs of intoxication, and struggled with the sobriety tests and he blew a .18 and .19 during the breath tests. Ephriam T. Silversmith March 16, 6:15 pm Aggravated DWI S o m e sloppy driving alerted MCSO Sgt. Eric Jim to Silversmith’s c a r. O n c e pulled over, the signs of intoxication were
obvious. Silversmith, 29, struggled through the field sobriety tests. Jim also discovered a partially consumed bottle of Smirnoff Vodka in Silversmith’s bag. Silversmith ultimately refused to take the breath tests, earning an aggravated DWI. Warren Curley March 13, 4:10 am Aggravated DWI A concerned driver alerted police to Curley’s alleged reckless driving, according to MCSO D e p u t y Johnson Lee’s report. T he d r iver kept on Curley’s tail until Lee caught up with him and pulled him over for his erratic driving. According to Lee’s report, Curley was showing all the signs of intoxication. He admitted to drinking “99 Bananas.” Curley didn’t fare well on the sobriety tests. During the search of his vehicle, Lee discovered an open container of Importers Vodka; a green, leafy substance believed to be marijuana; a pipe with possibly some marijuana residue; a glass pipe for smoking methamphetamine; and a silver grinder with marijuana inside of it. Curley blew a .17 and .15 during the breath tests.
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OPINIONS ROLL CALL
Does Gallup need trash officers?
By Bernie Dotson
opefully, the premise of having an annual cleanup day around Ga llup will seem unnecessary in due time. Perhaps eventually all of the folks around town will take the matters of public quality of life and personal responsibility a little more seriously. But unfortunately, all too often there exists a small portion of people that weren’t reared to believe that no one else wants to pick
up trash after them. But how do you tell somebody what they should’ve learned as a child? Frequently, the alleyways throughout Gallup’s downtown are full of trash and debris. It’s definitely a sight for sore eyes and not something tourists to see. Some of the downtown business owners honestly throw their trash inside of dumpsters, but there are some who don’t. Then there are the dumpster divers that look through trash to get things like aluminum cans, clothing and food and
whatever else they can get, including a comfortable place to sleep. When this happens the dumpster divers leave trash scattered over the alleyway and then they just go on about their normal daily routine. Who’s responsible for picking up the pieces? As some people like to say when they spot a person who is unclean and doesn’t appear to care about how things look, “I’m not your mama.” We applaud all of the people who go behind others and make
an effort to keep Gallup clean and beautiful. And we certainly applaud the folks like those at Comcast Cable who spend an average of $3,000 yearly to get volunteers together to clean up parts of the Indian Capital. Comcast will be out April 30th around Gallup’s downtown to do just that yet for another year. Ultimately, though, the efforts of Comcast are shortterm fixes to what appears to be a much greater problem. The city and county must put some teeth in public littering
laws in public places such as downtown, and maybe install security cameras to catch the fools who continue to toss and scatter trash as if no one is looking or cares. Maybe the city of Gallup and McKinley County should think about hiring a full-time trash enforcement officer, you know, a sort of police officer who does nothing but enforce litter laws. The down side of
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GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF APRIL 29 - MAY 5, 2016
Mercury goes into retrograde on April 29. Usually we expect the Universe to work against our energy while in retrograde, but not this time. This week is full of energy and strength. Taurus’ steady nature ensures that our efforts aren’t wasted. In fact, there’s a hint of destiny in the air. You’ll face challenges with composure and strength. Madame G suggests spring-cleaning. Keep what works and ditch the baggage.
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
You may have received seemingly negative news about a job prospect. Maybe you’re facing a hiring freeze or salary cap. Whatever the case, consider this a blessing. You may have overlooked an opportunity in front of you. Perhaps now is the time to start your own business or live your life according to your own rules. Madame G says, go for it!
Life is full of unexpected surprises some good some not. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best. This week, Taurus’ energy will connect you with the Earth. You may feel unexpectedly drawn outside and feel a need for a deeper spiritual connection. Madame G suggests you rid yourself of clutter and reexamine any hoarding instincts. Spring clean your living and office spaces. Make room for new items and positive energy.
You may hate the latest Spring fashions and the worthless parade of nonsense. But, that doesn’t mean you don’t appreciate style. This week, instead of accumulating more stuff look for the items that add a touch of personal flare. You know what it looks like. It’s the piece that puts a bounce into your step and a little sass to your walk. Go for it! You’re due for kudos, even if they come only from you.
Frustrations, life is full of them. You’re not the only one. Science has proven that complaining is actually bad for you. Constant negative mental feedback and verbalizing your complaints makes the situation worse — by making you unhappy. Consider that the next time you say something mean or negative. It’s hurting you and not the other way around. Instead, try looking for the positive. You’ve got to fake it till you make it.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Mercury is in retrograde and showering all the signs with luck this week. Steadiness and purpose will prove useful. When you’ve made a decision it’s best to stick with it. You may have regrets. But, when you stick with the path and look ahead you’ll eventually reach your goal. Good luck, not that you need it.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) You’ve been putting off something unpleasant and now is the time to deal with this issue. It may involve speaking with an unpleasant co-worker, family member, or another situation involving conflict. You can’t avoid conflict, but war isn’t always necessary. Instead of approaching the issue head on, do your best to remedy the situation peacefully. However, if it’s a matter of conscience or personal safety (or that of another) take action.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) You may experience a moment of melancholy over a terrible tragedy or painful memory. Acknowledge your pain. Don’t shy away from it. Lean on your loved ones. When they offer support take it. You don’t have to live alone or face anything by yourself. Share your thoughts with your community and friends. You may help yourself and many others along the way without ever knowing it. Blessings are coming your way!
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Sometimes life comes at you pretty fast with twists and turns. Life may throw a hard hitting curve ball or a sad piece of news at you. At times, you may not know how to handle these experiences. You may even shy away from them. Madame G suggests looking life in the eye. Straighten your shoulders and take a deep breath. You’ve got this!
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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Remember Scorpio that slow and steady wins the race. This is true in investing and in life. Short sprints build a faster mile, but when you’re training for a marathon eventually you must run the distance. You don’t quit or let up. You’re relentless, but even you have limits. Keep steady and you’ll face the rewards this week. You’ll accomplish more than you ever imagined—you’ll even get the promotion and grades to prove it.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) As you plan ahead for the future you may want to include your family. They appreciate your stubborn independent streak, but it has its down sides. Nothing happens magically. If you want your kids to succeed, you must actively engage their minds with books, good food, and healthy relationships. You can’t expect any system to care for them better than you can. It’s time to take a stand.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You may have some minor annoyances this week regarding your plans. Sometimes, the best strategies go astray. Often our visions for our lives are bigger than our ability or we get sidetracked: “life happens while we’re busy making plans.” The lesson is that you should enjoy each moment as it comes or you’ll miss out on everything as it comes.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Selfishness isn’t always bad. You should take care of yourself. But, consider what this means for your family and health. You may think that a drink every night is needed, but is it killing you? What about those luxury items that waste money? Consider investing in quality experiences rather than cheap thrills. Madame G believes a whole new world is waiting for you just around the corner. OPINIONS
SBA honoree salutes state’s business-resource network
By Claudia Infante, Projects Coordinator New Mexico MEP
arl Halpert’s collaborative relationships with multiple business service providers has helped the Taos entrepreneur build Private Label Select (PLS) into the personal-care industry’s premier maker of lip balms, lip tints and other cosmetics in just 22 years. The business is growing so robustly — with annual growth of 40 to 50 percent — that the U.S. Small Business Administration recently named the company’s president and chief executive officer the Small Business Person of the Year for New Mexico. Before the celebration of that achievement May 5 in Albuquerque, Halpert will travel to Washington, D.C.,
to learn if he’s been named the nation’s top entrepreneur for 2016. At its Taos plant, PLS develops and manufactures natural and organic cosmetics for many clients, including such retail giants as Walgreens and Target and prestigious cosmetics companies like Estée Lauder. “We accurately predicted years ago that organic products were going to enter the mainstream (mass market),” Halpert said. So PLS focused on research and development and acquiring the credentials required for mass-market competition, including obtaining federal certification as a maker of organic products. Once he began tapping into the network of funding and training resources available to small businesses, Halpert’s company improved its profitability and became a significant job creator in Northern New Mexico. New Mexico Manufacturing Ex tension Pa r tnership helped PLS implement quality-management systems and elevate its supply-chain management expertise. A class on International Standards Organization (ISO) certification co-sponsored by New Mexico MEP and the state Economic Development Depar tment,
Karl Halpert, right, with New Mexico Economic Development Department Cabinet Secretary, Jon Barela. Photo Credit: Courtesy Halpert said, “provided us with an extremely important template for setting our company up on a quality-management system that would pass our largest customers’ requirements.” Halpert credits MEP’s ongoing assistance with helping PLS land a major account with Colgate. MEP also helped PLS design its new plant, which is three times larger than the original,
to accommodate increased client demand — and to move to the new space in 2014 without pausing production. “We conducted the move in the middle of successfully launching a huge product line for The Honest Company without interruption. We had to bring utilities to the building and re-certify the new facility to meet USDA Organic and FDA guidelines. Again, MEP’s
support was invaluable.” Once inside the network of resource providers, PLS connected with additional assistance that proved critical to its growth. At the state level, PLS participates in the Job Training Incentive Program and has hired, trained and promoted ma ny employees th roug h this channel. Its collaboration with the state Economic Development Department’s Office of International Trade has allowed representatives to join several trade missions to Asia and the Middle East. “Recognition by the SBA … gives me a platform to encourage other small businesses, especially ones in rural areas, to take advantage of what the state and federal government offer in assistance,” Halpert said. “It is a common misconception that these programs benefit the larger companies only. While small businesses certainly need the infrastructure and commitment to take advantage of these programs,
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TRASH OFFICERS | FROM PAGE 8 that idea is just how much authority would a trash chief have and would the taxpaying public take this person with any degree of seriousness? For most law-abiding and taxpaying citizens, it’s frustrating and difficult to fathom
how someone can simply disregard their own property or that of others’ by not keeping trash and debris in its proper place. Only with much tougher consequences and more serious enforcement can Gallup and McKinley County turn this area’s dirty knuckleheads into clean citizens.
Report: 10 Percent of New Mexico Kids Have Had Incarcerated Parent STRESS OF INCARCERATION CONTRIBUTES TO CHILD POVERTY, HOMELESSNESS, HUNGER By NM Voices for Children
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LBUQUERQUE — More tha n 5 million children in the United States have had a parent incarcerated at some point in their lives, including 52,000 kids in New Mexico—10 percent of New Mexico’s child population— according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. New Mexico’s percentage of children with incarcerated parents is not only higher than the national average of 7 percent, but only two states—Indiana (11 percent) and Kentucky (13 percent)—have higher rates than New Mexico. These data are highlighted in the new KIDS COUNT® report, A S h ared Se nt e n ce: T h e Devastating Toll of Parental In c a r c e r a ti o n o n Ki d s , Families and Communities, which offers commonsense steps policy makers can take to help millions of children who struggle with instability as a result of having an incarcerated parent. “Having a parent incarcerated is devastating for children in a number of ways,” said Veronica C. García, Ed.D., executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, the Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT grantee in New Mexico. “Often their families lack the financial resources to cover basic needs such as food and housing. In addition, having a parent in jail or prison is emotionally traumatic. So much so, that parental incarceration is recognized as one of the adverse childhood experiences that can have long-lasting effects on a child’s development and well-being.” Besides increasing poverty,
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homelessness, hunger and emotional pain, parental incarceration also destabilizes children’s lives and severs their connection to a parent. Research shows having an incarcerated parent can have as much impact on a child’s well-being as abuse or domestic violence. While many states are moving away from incarceration of non-violent offenders, New Mexico’s most recent legislative session saw a heightened focus on bills that would lead to even higher incarceration rates. This trend could disproportionately harm children of color because incarceration rates are higher among blacks, Native Americans, and Hispanics in the state. “Having a parent in prison creates a tremendous vacuum in a child’s life,” said Amber Wallin, director of New Mexico KIDS COUNT. “Unfortunately, we are a state that offers very few alternatives to incarceration, and children are often not a sentencing consideration even for non-violent offenders. The devastation in recent years to our behavioral health system—a system that helped provide treatment to many who otherwise might have been in the correctional system—could further hurt children and families and increase our already
high rate of children who have had a parent incarcerated.” While proposed justice reform in much of the nation i s prom i si ng, t he Ca s ey report stresses the need to offer more support systems to children who are currently being impacted by parental incarceration. Numerous recommendations are provided that include: having judges consider the impact on children of sentencing decisions; providing family counseling and parenting courses at prisons and community organizations; facilitating access to financial, legal, child-care, and housing assistance;minimizing the effects of a criminal record once a parent has successfully reentered society through “ban the box” policies; and connecting parents who have returned to the community with pathways to employment. Detailed recommendations can be found in A Shared Sentence, which is available at www.aecf.org/sharedsentence. Additional information is available at: www.aecf.org. A New Mex ico fact s he e t i s a t t a c he d s e pa rately and is available at ht t p://w w w.n mvoices.org / wp-content/uploads/2016/04/ NM-incarceration-factsheet.pdf
visit HYPERLINK “http://www. FinanceNewMexico.org” www. FinanceNewMexico.org. New Mexico MEP services can be found at: www.newmexicomep. org. The SBA Small Business Week Awards Breakfast is May 5 from 8-10 a.m. at the Sandia Golf Club in Albuquerque.
Register at: ahcnm.org, under the events tab. Finance New Mexico assists individuals and businesses with obtaining skills and funding resources for their business or idea. To learn more, visit: www.FinanceNewMexico. org. OPINIONS
COMMUNITY Local author tells stories of drugs, money Staff Reports
o c a l r e s id e nt a nd writer Gaye Brown de Alvarez has taken her 20 years of interviewing people as a journalist, combined her knowledge as an editor and thrown in her imagination to publish three novels. Available in the K indle format on Amazon.com, two
of the books, “Chihuahua For Sale” and “Chihuahua Cage,” a re t he stor y of a you ng woman who gets a little too involved with the drug trade in Northern Mexico. The third book is “Mona Lisa Navajo,” which is a murder mystery set in Gallup. A ll three pieces of f iction a re ba sed on stor ies told to Brown de Alvarez by COMMUNITY
different people. “When my husband, who wa s i n t he i mpor t /ex por t business told me stories of things that happened to him in Mexico, I couldn’t believe it,” she has told many people. She said she actually had to tone down some of his stories about the Mexican border, because they were a l most u nbel ievable. T he result? A fictionalized comi n g- of- a ge s t or y a bout a yo u n g wo m a n w h o ge t s caught up in the violence of drug smuggling and money laundering. Her story is told in two books. “Mona Lisa Nava jo,” is based on a story she heard about a young Nava jo girl who wa s a twin, a nd wa s raised in California, while her twin sister was raised on the reservation. The fictionalized story involves the Native American art scene in Santa Fe. A l l t h r e e K i nd le nov-
els are for sale for 99 cents each on Amazon. Money was never the object for Brown de Alvarez, who said it takes her about one year to write a book and another year to clean it up. Recently retired, she finds she has more time to devote to her fiction. “I’m a writer,” she said. “It’s not what I do, it’s who I am.
Local author Gaye Brown de Alvarez. Photo Credit: Courtesy
Rotary Seniors of the Month Each month, Gallup Rotary Club selects outstanding high school students in order to honor their academic achievements. Front Row: Kylynn Brown, Navajo Pine; Mary-Trynee Canete, Miyamura; Pashen Beyale, Wingate. Middle Row: Glen Ratmeyer, Rehoboth; Ricardo Rico, Gallup; Adrieanna Stewart, Gallup; Brianna M ortensen, Gallup Middle College. Back Row: Wayde Morgan, Crownpoint; Stephen Buddy Joe, St. Michaels; Ty Metteba, Window Rock; Kobe Natachu, Zuni; Jeremiah Salez, Miyamura; Philbert Joe, Tohatchi; Israel Gonzales, Thoreau; Maria Ladon, Ramah. Photo Credit: NativeStars
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Mother’s Day takes the stale, schmaltzy route RATING: « OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 118 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun
o matter what you m ay rea d i n t he coming paragraphs, make no mistake, I appreciate the work of director Garry Marshall. Growing up, he was responsible for two of my favorite TV shows (Laverne & Shirley and Happy Days) and has had popular hits on the big screen with titles like Pretty Woman. However, over the past few years he’s delivered a pair of ensemble comedies (New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day) that I haven’t cared for. Clearly inspired by the excellent Christmas-set 2003 hit Love Actually, neither of them have come even close to attaining that sharp balance of humor and warmth. Mother’s Day is the latest in his series of films based around holidays. And let me tell you, I really, really disliked it. To be blunt, it just doesn’t work... at all... on any level. The jokes are stale and the drama interspersed is pure schmaltz. I can’t believe I’m writing this, but it was so ineffective that it actually made me wish that I was watching New Year’s Eve again instead. This latest picture is the worst of a bad batch. Set in Atlanta, the loosely interconnected stories follow several families going through
Lackluster reviews suck the life out of “Mother’s Day,” staring Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston. Opens in theaters April 29. Photo Credit: Open Road Films t u r moi l. Sa ndy (Jen n i fer Aniston) is the mother of two boys who becomes incensed when her ex-husband Henry (Timothy Olyphant) remarries a much younger woman named Tina (Shay Mitchell). Bradley (Jason Sudekis) is a widower tasked with raising two teenage daughters and figuring out how to deal with the loss of his wife. Sisters and moms Jesse (Kate Hudson) and Gabi (Sarah Chalke) are forced to deal with their bigoted parents, who arrive unexpectedly to meet the pair’s significant others. Kristin (Britt Robertson) is an adoptee who lives with her comedian boyfriend Zack (Jack Whitehall) and newborn, but 207 WEST COAL GALLUP 505.863.1250 www.elmorrotheatre.com
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can’t commit to marriage. And finally, Miranda (Julia Roberts) is a career-obsessed host on the Home Shopping Network who harbors her own issues about parenthood. It’s a lengthy list of plotlines and it’s obvious where they’re all going from the start. Unfortunately, the screenplay doesn’t do much for its female characters, or the plight of mothers in general. As written, the lead characters are the sole creators of their own problems. For example, the jealous Sandy acts out harshly against Henry and Tina, while Jesse hides the fact that she even has functioning parents to her husband of many years. If any of them
communicated properly with the people they supposedly cared about, there wouldn’t be any conflict... or a movie, for that matter. Frankly, it makes them difficult to identify with. Adding to the inauthentic feel is the overly glossy photography. The leads complain about the difficulties and frustrations of their personal lives, but they all look like they just walked out of a high-end salon. They’ve been lit to look like movie stars instead of frazzled parents and not a hair on their head ever appears to be out of place. Of course, some of these problems would be forgiven if any of the jokes worked.
During this two hour exercise, I chuckled twice - one of Sandy’s meltdowns and an accident that befalls Bradley did earn a smile. The dialogue is never witty or sharp. This is no more evident than during a series of badly written stand-up performances from Zach. He’s supposed to be hilarious, yet his big show involves making off the cuff remarks with his infant to the crowd (who are laughing like this is the funniest thing they’ve ever witnessed) and earnestly declaring his love for his partner. It’s a surreal scene. And naturally, as the tone shifts towards heartfelt admissions and dramatic resolutions, it only gets worse. We haven’t connected with the characters and none of it is believable in any way. The performances aren’t helped by the fact that many moments are scored by what sounds like Muzak you might hear in an elevator. I’ll always like and admire Marshall and his great comedic work over the years. Just not on this title. Mother’s Day is a creaky mess that doesn’t provide laughs or even provoke an emotional response. One hopes he moves in a different direction with future projects. Or if he is going to continue in this vein, that he take a goofier tangent with more comedic potential. Might I suggest Talk Like a Pirate Day? At this point, he’s got nothing to lose. Vi sit: www.cinema stance.com
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SPORTS 360 Gallup trainer getting boxing off the stool KIDS TRAVEL ALL OVER FOR BOUTS
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
If you give kids a half truth, you’re only giving them a half effort.” - Joseph Olivas
oseph Olivas likes being in a corner. It’s a space where r e - e n g i ne er i n g a nd re-evaluating are paramount. During a minute between rounds, he gets to relay a lifetime of advice. Sometimes his words are simple: Lead with your left and keep your chin down and hands up and keep moving. Olivas, 46, volunteers a few hours an evening to train up-and-coming amateur boxers at the nonprofit Lites Out gymnasium on Gallup’s tough north side. “Sometimes your reward doesn’t have to be money,” Olivas said. “My payment is when I see a kid develop in the ring from a young prospect to a real good prospect with a future. That’s my payment.” Olivas, a former Oxnard, Calif.-based professional boxer and 1988 Olympic team boxer, arrived in Gallup five years ago and now owns and operates Ghetto Fabulouz and King’s Barbershop at 108 E. Maloney Boulevard. The gym is situated in the same building that houses the thrift store and the hair shop. “This is for the kids,” Olivas explains. “I see kids with nothing to do here. I don’t get paid for this. We go on bouts practically everywhere in the Four
Top Row: Joseph Olivas (trainer), DeWayne Yazza, Richard Archuleta, Adrian Barros. Bottom Row: Gabriel Rodriguez, Jaden Romero, Daniel Zaragoza, Christopher Armstrong. Photo Credit: NativeStars Corners and then some. And it keeps the kids out of trouble and keeps them engaged in something positive.” Anywhere from three to a dozen amateur boxers from ages four to 16 work out and train at Lites Out on a daily basis. One of the amateur fighters that Olivas handles is ‘Ragin’ Ritchie Archuleta who has been a mainstay at Lites Out for the better part of two years. Archuleta, 14, won state last year in Los Lunas in the 90-pound Junior Olympics, but lost in the regionals. Next month, he’ll be in Phoenix
for another shot at winning a regional bout. Archuleta was ranked No. 1 in New Mexico last year in the 13-year-old, 75 pound weight class. “ I j u s t l i ke b ox i n g ,” Archuleta said. “I like Sugar Ray Leonard. I like boxing a lot. I want to work hard enough so I can fight as a professional one day.” DeWayne Yazza, 13, is a relatively new fighter at Lites Out, having just about four months of training under his belt with Olivas, but still with a 1-1 record in the ring. Like Archuleta, Yazza is an
SCORES Apr. 16, Saturday GHS B TEN 0, 0 Farmington 9, (PV 9) GHS G TEN 0,1 Farmington/ Piedra Vista 9/8 MHS TEN 0, 0 Farmington/ PV 9/9 Apr. 18, Monday MHS G TEN 9, Rehoboth 0 RCHS BASE 4, 5 Tohatchi 6, 6 RCHS SOFT 16, 24 Newcomb 6, 0 RCHS G TEN 0, Miyamura 9 ToHS BASE 6, 6 Rehoboth 4, 5 Apr. 19, Tuesday SPORTS
WHS BASE 4, 0 Kirtland 16, 12 Apr. 20, Wednesday GHS SOFT 0, 0 Piedra Vista 18, 14 GHS T&F @ Angelo Dipaolo Memorial Invite – Boys-Third Place, 74 points-1600 meter Sprint Medley. Girls-Fourth Place, 55 points- Deedra Cadman, 1600 meters, 1st; Wynona Martin, 3200 meters, 1st; 1600 meter Sprint Medley, 1st. MHS SOFT 13, 17 Farmington, 0, 10 MHS T&F vs Angelo DiPaolo
Memorial Invite – Boys-First Place, 122 points-Ernesto Giron, Long Jump, 1st; Cooper Jim, Shot Put, 1st; Shawn Yazzie, Discus, 1st; Niles Thomas, 800 meters, 1st; Niles Thomas, 1600 meters, 1st; Nicholas Jameson, 3200 meters, 1st; Ernesto Giron, 100 meters, 1st; Kyran Morgan, 400 meters, 1st. Girls-Second Place, 75 points-Juliana Salaz, 100 meter Hurdles, 1st; Marina Bond, 200 meters, 1st.
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Middle School and is classified within the (amateur) Novice Division. “I like boxing and I like coming here,” Yazza, who fights in the 100-pound class. “I come here after school. I plan to come here as much as possible.” Olivas said being straightforward with his fighters is the key to being a good trainer. He said there are a lot of positives connected to the sport. He said he’s constantly looking for sponsors to assist with things like equipment purchases and travel expenses. “If you give kids a half truth, you’re only giving them a half effort,” Olivas said.
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SCORES | FROM PAGE 13 RCHS T&F @ Angelo DiPaolo Memorial Invite – Boys-Fifth Place, 27 ½ points-800 meter Relay. Girls- Third Place, 61 points-Sidni Brown, High Jump, 1st; Julieta Sweeny, Long Jump, 1st; Skylar Blackbull, 800 meters, 1st. ToHS BASE 14, 8, Navajo Pine 3, 2 ToHS SOFT 11, 18 Tohajiilee 9, 3 ToHS T&F @ Angelo DiPaolo Memorial Invite – Boys-12th Place, 2 points-No Winners. Girls-Tied for Last Place, 2 points. WHS T&F @ Angelo DiPaolo Memorial Invite – Boys-Tenth Place, 8 points-Willie Becenti, 300 meter Hurdles, 1st. Girls-8th Place, 10 points-No Winners. Apr. 21, Thursday GHS BASE 0, Piedra Vista 16 MHS BASE 0, Aztec 9 MHS B TEN @ Rehoboth, SCORE NOT REPORTED RCHS SOFT 1 E. Mountain 7 RCHS B TEN vs Miyamura, 4 SCORE NOT REPORTED ToHS BASE 6, 3 Navajo Prep 18, 16 ToHS SOFT 13, 8 Shiprock NW 4, 10 WHS BASE 25, 18 Thoreau 15, 2 WHS SOFT 11, 15, Thoreau 1, 2 Apr. 22, Friday GHS SOFT 0, 0 Aztec 21, 23 ToHS SOFT 6, Navajo Prep 18 Apr. 23, Saturday GHS BASE 6, Aztec 23 GHS B TEN 0, Hope Christian 5 GHS G TEN 0, Hope Christian 9
MHS BASE 7, Farmington 9 MHS SOFT 14, 16 Santa Fe 0, 6 MHS T&F @ Aztec Boys: Fourth Place, 50 points-Niles Thomas, Fourth Place, 1600 meters; Kyran Morgan, Second Place, 200 meters. Girls: Seventh Place, 24 ½ pointsAshley Thomas, First Place, 800 meters; Gabby Dempsey, First Place, Shot Put; Ashley Thomas, Sixth Place, 3200 meters; Ariel Josafat, Third Place, 100 meters. RCHS BASE 0, 0 Navajo Prep 14, 14 BY FORFEIT RCHS SOFT 13, 11, Estancia 3, 1 ToHS BASE 0, 0 W. Las Vegas 21, 23 ToHS SOFT 16, 18, Santa Fe Indian 0, 2 Apr. 26. Tuesday MHS BASE 2, Piedra Vista 1 RCHS SOFT 20, 18, Shiprock NW 3, 3 RCHS B/G TEN @ Bosque, 3 NO SCORE ToHS BASE 1, 1 Wingate 11, 16 WHS BASE 11, 16 Tohatchi 1,1 Apr. 27, Wednesday RCHS B TEN vs Grants, 3 RCHS G TEN @ Grants, 3 ToHS BASE @ Laguna, DH 3/5 Apr. 28, Thursday GHS BASE vs Farmington, 4 RCHS SOFT vs Tohatchi, DH 4/6 ToHS BASE @ Navajo Prep, 3/5 ToHS SOFT vs Navajo Prep. DH 3/5 WHS BASE @ Shiprock, DH 3/5 WHS SOFT vs Shiprock, DH 3/5
Schedules Apr. 29, Friday GHS TEN @ District - Farmington MHS SOFT vs Piedra Vista, DH 3/5 MHS TEN @ District - Farmington RCHS B/G TEN @ District (Bosque-G, Los Ranchos-B), TBA Apr. 30, Saturday GHS BASE vs Miyamura, 11 GHS TEN @ District – Farmington GHS T&F @ Bloomfeld, TBA MHS BASE @ Gallup, 11 MHS JV SOFT @ Piedra Vista, DH 11/1 MHS TEN @ District – Farmington MHS T&F @ Bloomfield, 8:30 May 2, Monday GHS TEN @ District – Farmington MHS TEN @ District – Farm-
ington May 3, Tuesday RCHS SOFT @ Navajo Prep, DH 3//5 May 5, Thursday RCHS BASE @ Tohatchi, DH 3 RCHS SOFT @ Tohatchi, DH 3 ToHS BASE vs Rehoboth, DH 3 ToHS SOFT vs Rehoboth, DH 3 May 6, Friday GHS TEN @ State - Albuquerque GHS T&F @ Districts – Gallup MHS TEN @ State - Albuquerque MHS T&F @ Districts – Gallup RCHS T&F @ State – UNM Albq ToHS T&F @ State – UNM Albq
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR APRIL 29-MAY 5, 2016 FRIDAY APRIL 29 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SKILLS Join the Octavia Fellin Library for free community computer training classes. They’re new and improved. This week: Pinterest. Prerequisites: basic computer skills and a working email address. Starts at 11 am. Location: Main Branch, 115 W. Hill Ave. FAMILY MOVIE (ALL AGES)
TAKE BACK DAY National Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 10 am - 2 pm. Solid medication and liquid medication are the only products that will not be accepted. Needles will not be accepted. Drop off any unused and expired prescription medication to any of these following sites for safe disposal: Crownpoint Police Department; Rio West Mall, NM State Police Department; Ramah Chapter House’ Thoreau Police Substation; Tohatchi Chapter House; Zuni Tribal Building. SUNDAY MAY 1
Join us for a free family movie. Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Film: Norm of the North Gallup-McKinley County School Navajo Sovereignty Day— No School TEEN FILM FESTIVAL The Octavia Fellin Library in conjunction with El Morro Theatre will host a Red Carpet Screening Event. Doors will open at 6 pm. Screening begins at 6:30 pm. Five entries will be screened as part of this year’s Teen Film Festival: Aliens Attack Native America, Beautiful World, Friend Zoned, Love All, and Unto the Dessert. For more information please call (505) 726-6120 or email libtrain@ gallupunm.gov. Location: El Morro Theatre. SATURDAY APRIL 30 RIO WEST MALL Join us for the RMCHCS Community Health Fair. Begins at 10 am. For more information please call (505) 722-7281. Location: Rio West Mall, 1300 W. Maloney Ave. GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY SCHOOL Help prevent childhood obesity and join us for the First Annual 5K Run and Walk. This is a free event. T-shirts will be given to the first 300 registered runners/ walkers. For more information please call, Carmen Moffett (505) 731-1800. Begins at 8:30 am. Location: Gallup Sports Complex. CALENDAR
BIRDHOUSE AUCTION Join us for the ninth annual birdhouse auction to benefit Relay for Life. 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.
ter 7 pm; Tuesday Family Bible Study FIBC 501 S. 3rd St, 6 pm; Sunday Worship and Prayer at FIBC 501 S. 3rd, 10:30 am. Contact: Pastor Robert Fontenot (505) 979-0511. fibcgallup@ gmail.com / www.fibcgallup. weebly.com TUESDAY MAY 3 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SKILLS Join the Octavia Fellin Library for free community computer training classes. They’re new and improved. This week: Introduction to Computer Skills. There are no prerequisites. Starts at 3 pm. Location: Main Branch, 115 W. Hill Ave. WEDNESDAY MAY 4 TODDLER TIME (AGES 2 TO 4) An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement rhymes, and stories. Starts at 10:30 am. Location: Children’s Branch, 200 W Aztec Ave. Free.
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MAKER’S CLUB (AGES 7 AND UP) A club for kids interested in science, math, building, and inventing. Each week will feature a different challenge, project, or experiment. Starts: 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. Craft: Spring Terrarium
GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY SCHOOL Join us for a Board of Education Meeting. For more information please call, (505) 721-1000. Starts at 6 pm. Location: Student Support Center
MAY FILM SERIES: EPIC SEQUELS Join us for a free family movie. Starts at 5 pm. Main Branch, 115 W. Hill. Film: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
CHURCH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT Join us for the Holy Eucharist. Begins: 10:30 am. For more information please call (505) 863-4695. Location: 1334 S. Country Club Dr.
GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY SCHOOL Join us for the ninth Annual Navajo Language and Culture Festival. This event is for all High School students. The participants will compete in three categories: oratory, singing, and dancing. Awards will be given to first place, second place, third place, and honorable mention. Begins at 9 am. For more information please call (505) 721-1000. Location: Gallup High School. FIRST INDIAN BAPTIST CHURCH Monday Night Back to Basics Bible Class, Red Hills Trailer Park recreation cen-
OPEN-MIC-NIGHT Local talent takes center stage from 7:30 - 9:30 pm at Coal Street Pub, 303 West Coal Ave. (505) 7220117. 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 MAY 5 CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) Fun crafts for the whole family (all ages). Starts at
4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. Make: Ojo de Dios ONGOING COMMUNITY PANTRY The Hope Garden is offering organic produce for sale from 10 am - 12 pm, Tue Fri. We are located at 1130 E. Hasler Valley Rd. All funds go to helping feed local folks. For personal attention call (505) 726-8068 or when visiting ask for Kenworth Jones. GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY Wednesdays are low-cost Spay and Neuter Days, at the Gallup-McKinley County Humane Society. For more information please call (505) 863-2616, or email: gmchumanesociety@gmail. com. Location: 1315 Hamilton Rd. RECYCLING COUNCIL McKinley Citizens Recycling Council is a local non-profit working to increase recycling through education, community outreach, and partnership with local government agencies. MCRC meets the first Saturday of the month at 2 pm, at Red Mesa on Hill St. For more information please call (505) 722-5142 or visit www. Recylegallup.org. SAVE THE DATE PUEBLO OF ZUNI: MAIN STREET BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT Beautify your yard of business. Categories for residences and businesses. People’s choice judging date May 7. In addition to a beautiful yard, your hard work could earn you a handcrafted, recycled flower box, and a $50 Wal-Mart gift card for the winner in each category. For information and entry, call ZEPP: (505) 782-2484 READING CHALLENGE On May 17, join the Octavia Fellin Public Library as we commemorate the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize. The library is one of six libraries in New Mexico to partner with the New Mexico Humanities Council, to bring a special reading grant to our community: Five Pulitzers in Five Months. We’ll read and
discuss five Pulitzer winning and nominated books. Discussions will be held on Tuesdays. Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved kicks off the event. Lynn Huenemann will facilitate discussions. Begins at 6pm. For more information please call (505) 863-1291. Location: Main Library Meeting Room, 115 W. Hill. SACRED HEART CATHEDRAL Sacred Heart Cathedral will be holding its second Annual Spanish Market and Fiesta from May 27-29. This weekend event will feature nationally acclaimed artists from New Mexico and Arizona who specialize in contemporary and traditional Spanish Colonial Art. Their work will be on display and available for sale. Many of the artists provide special lectures and demonstrations on their artistic process. The event will feature a classic car show, $10,000 raffle, and activities for kids. Location: Sacred Heart Cathedral. TREATY DAY ROUGHSTOCK RODEO On June 4, join us for the Treaty Day Roughstock Rodeo. Events include Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, and Bull Riding. Added Attraction: Fruit Scramble. Admission: $5 per person. Starts: 11:30 am. For more information please call (928) 797-0575 or (505) 728-3654. Location: Dean C. Jackson Arena, Window Rock, AZ. 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 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 email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Location: Rio West Mall, 1300 W. Maloney Ave. 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.
Gallup Sun • Friday April 29, 2016
Friday April 29, 2016 • Gallup Sun