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NEWS Frazier Shows carnival draws hundreds; rakes in $14K for city FRAZIER WAS IN INDIAN CAPITAL THREE TIMES IN 2015 By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
xcit ement s prea d across the India n Capital the past two weeks as hundreds – perhaps thousands depending on who you talk to – of people partook in the tri-annual family-friendly Frasier Shows carnival at Rio West Mall. Based on the dates of past performances, the event could be coming back to Gallup’s Rio West Mall. “This was the first time that I brought my daughter, Anne, 10, and my son, Kevin, 13, to Gallup for the carnival,” Jannie Smith, 38, of Window Rock, said. “They like carnivals. The thing is they don’t
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get to go a lot of carnivals, because they aren’t here in Gallup a lot over the summer.” A nne Smith said she sees
A portion of the west end parking lot at Rio West Mall was closed off to accommodate the carnival, which saw dozens of carnival workers set up and take down the various rides, sound systems and food stands. Some who didn’t actually attend the carnival watched the festivity from U.S. 491 and from further away in the mall parking lot. “I’m here with my daughter,” Art Yazzie, 29, of Gallup, said. “She likes it so I like it.” Gallup City Clerk Al Abeita said, as per city ordinance, a $2,000 daily city fee is required of a company staging a carnival in Gallup. A beit a not ed t h at t he Scottsdale, A rizona-based
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carnivals on TV all the time and said she likes it when she can attend one in person. Eating blue-colored cotton candy, Anne said, “They are lots of fun,” meaning that the Ferris wheel and merry go round are her favorite rides. Anita Artalejo, manager at Rio West Mall, said mall traffic increased due to the presence of the carnival. She said carnival workers shopped at shoe stores and also frequented Rio West’s food court. “There was a pickup in mall traffic,” Artalejo said. “I think people went to all of our stores and some I think came back a second and third time. For things maybe they forget to buy.”
Frazier Shows was in Gallup from May 2-4 and again from May 5-8. Similarly, the general city license fee for a carnival is $1,000 daily if the event is sponsored by a charity, religious or civic non-profit organization as long as the time frame is below three consecutive days, according to city ordinance. Cit y At t or ney G e or ge Kozeliski said the licensing fee was instituted in 1983 by the Gallup City Council. “There have been no other carnival companies that have operated in Gallup the past few years,” Abeita said. In 2015, Abeita said Frazier was in Gallup from May 28-31, June 4-7, and from Aug. 20-24.
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Wade Rodriguez jailed on $3K cash only bond METH, PIPES, SCALE SEIZED IN TRAFFIC STOP
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ne of t he Ga l lup men arrested May 3 after a routine traffic stop led to drug trafficking and possession charges, remained jailed this week at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center, a jail official said. Wade Rodriguez, 23, was jailed on a $3,000 cash only bond, Ja i l Wa rden St eve Silversmith confirmed. Rod r ig uez a nd A a ron Gonzales, 26, were stopped a t a b o u t 10 :16 p m b y Deputy Johnson Lee of the McK inley County Sher iff ’s Off ice. Rodr iguez wa s charged with trafficking a
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were riding in, was issued a non-traffic citation for carrying a meth pipe. Gonzales was not jailed in the incident, but Gonzales was arrested and bonded out from the detention center two months ago on a possession, delivery and manufacturing drug charge, jail records show. Lee stated in the police report that he believed Gonzales had a warrant out, but after checking, he did not, Lee wrote in his report. Lt. Pat Salazar of the sheriff’s office conducted a news conference on the traffic bust last week. “We really want to laud the job our deputies are doing out there to get rid of drugs and people associated with drugs
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in pinpointing criminal activity, Salazar said. Lee’s repor t noted that Rodriguez had a meth pipe, a scale and a red baggie that contained “crystal-like substances” in his jacket pocket. The substa nces were ultimately identified as methamphetamine, Lee noted in the report.
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McKinley, Cibola unemployment rates inch downward SEASONAL, RETAIL JOBS PICKING UP, OFFICIALS SAY By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
ew Mex ico’s season a l ly a d ju s t ed unemployment rate was 6.2 percent in March, down from 6.4 percent in February and down from 6.5 percent in February, according to infor mation recently released by the state Department of Work Force Solutions. In McKinley County, the unemployment rate was 8.5 percent in March, which was a decrease from an 8.8 percent rate in February. In nearby Cibola County, about an hour’s drive from Gallup, the unemployment rate for March was 6.7 percent which represents a drop from a 7.0 rate from February. The statistics are typically one month behind due to the amount of time needed foe compilation, officials have said. “What you see with these numbers is seasonal jobs picking up,” Tracy Shaleen, an economist with Work Force Solutions, said this week. “You have to look at the construction industry where seasonal work is very relevant in this instance.” Shaleen noted that jobs
within education and health services, which represent New Mexico’s largest private industry sector, were up 6,800 jobs or 5.1 percent. “This month’s ga in is greater than anything seen since the series began in 1991, aside from one gain in April 2002,” Shaleen said. Outgoing McKinley County Manager Bill Lee referenced the latest gross receipts tax statement, saying McKinley’s bottom line is 1.6 percentage points higher than in previous months. Lee leaves the county job May 13 to take the job of CEO at the Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce. “It’s mostly seasonal jobs, but it is also people having income tax refund money coming in which allows them to spend more,” Lee said. “Jobswise, you’re looking at mostly retail and construction jobs that have made some hires. People tend to go shopping a little bit more due to the warmer weather at this time of year.” Shaleen noted that the state’s government sector added 700 jobs in March, representing an increase of 0.4
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WEEKLY CRIME BLOTTER Staff Reports
GUN THREAT 5/9, Gallup Mu lt iple Gallup Police Department officers a r r ive d t o a home on 107 E. Hill in response to a man threatening another man with a gun. According to police reports, the man with the gun was Darrell Deschene of Gallup. He also reportedly had a knife on him as well. The reported victim told police that he was in the house, with the door locked, and was
arguing with his girlfriend when Deschene reportedly kicked in the door and was holding a gun with his right hand outside of his left hip unholstered. The victim then closed the door on Deschene and called the police. Since Deschene, 23, didn’t possess a New Mexico concealed weapons permit, he was booked for unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon, and breaking and entering.
JUST MESSY 5/7, Gallup GPD Of f icer Deway ne Holder and multiple officers responded to what appears from the report a dispute that spiraled out of control on Pershing Avenue. It started with one lady accusing an
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ANTA FE – Conservation Voters New Mexico, a Santa Fe-based political nonprofit, is formally endorsing incumbents Benny Shendo, D - Jeme z P ueblo, of t he
Castillo noted that the endorsements are connected to New Mexico’s June 7 primary. Shendo is an attorney and graduate from the University of Colorado. Shendo’s District 22 includes a small portion of McKinley County. Shendo will face former District 5 state representative Sandra Jeff of
ex-boyfriend of bre a king into her home a nd striking her. T h e a n g r y ex-girlfriend proceeded to grab an antique rifle and make her way toward Arthur Chavarria, who was outside. But, the woman’s teen brother grabbed the rifle before things could get any worse. Chavarria was holding a brick, and the teen boy reportedly threatened to shoot him, although the Carcano Model 1891 calvar y carbine rif le chamber was empty. Nex t , t he teen a nd Chavarria both resorted to baseball bats, but the teen
winded up getting struck in the ribs. Chavarria had also allegedly hit his sister, maybe on accident, when he was fighting with the teen. Overall, Chavarria, 40, was determined to be the aggressor based off eyewitness reports. He was booked for aggravated burglary, battery against a household member, criminal damage to property, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, and abuse of a child.
BELLIGERENT 5/6, Gallup McKinley C o u n t y Sher i f f ’s O f f i c e D e p u t y A r n o l d Noriega said that while traveling on north U.S. Route 491, Mervin Benally was crossing
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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports Terry Jim May 6, 10:33 am 4th DWI, Aggravated McKinley County Sheriff’s O f f i c e Deputy Garylle J a m e s arrived a the Deadhorse Gia nt to a s s i s t Navajo Police Department Officer Virgil Martin. According to James report, Martin told him that he responded to the Red Top Road in reference to two men drinking, and that one was also driving. From James’ initial contact with Jim, he could smell booze coming from the vehicle. Jim, 39, admitted to having one can of malt liquor that day. Jim didn’t fare well on the field sobriety tests, and blew .20 and .19 during the alcohol content breath tests. Bradford James May 4, 11:56 am 4th DWI, Aggravated A s J a m e s d r o v e s l ow l y down NM Hwy 264, it caught the a t t e nt io n of Sheriff’s Deputy Merl i n Benally. According to the report, Benally ran the license plate and learned that the registration was expired. Once pulled over, James had no driver’s license or ID on him. Benally noted that he could smell «a mixture of mouthwash and alcohol» coming from James. The deputy conducted field sobriety tests, and booked James, 55, for DWI. A
blood draw to measure alcohol content was conducted, with results pending. Bill Smith April 29, 3:44 pm 3rd DWI W hen Ga l lup Pol ice Depa r tment Off icer Luke Martin was dispatched to 1710 S. Second St., Officer Dewayne Holder was already on s ce ne investigating a car wreck i nvol v i n g S m i t h . Ma r ti n then pro ceeded to question Smith. He noted in his report that Smith had bloodshot, watery eyes, and that his breath smelled of alcohol. Smith, 51, didn’t do well on the field sobriety tests. He blew a .10 and .11 during the breath tests. Janice L. Morgan April 19, 1:14 pm Aggravated DWI MCSO Supervisor Deputy Tammy Houghtaling responded to the scene of a vehicle coll ision at Kachina a nd Coa l B a s i n , possibly involving an impaired driver. According t o Hou g ht a l i ng’s repor t , Morgan, 42, had struck a fence. When the deputy arrived on scene, Morgan was standing outside the vehicle holding her keys. She reportedly told the deputy that she was trying to do a «Chicano» U-turn when she hit the fence. From there, the story got a little convoluted because she said that she was from Tucson, Ariz. and needed to pay fines in
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order to get her driver’s license back, but she had a NM ID card. Morgan showed the usual signs of intoxication, including slurred speech. She didn’t fare well on the sobriety tests. The report was fairly long as there was a lot of dialogue going on between Morgan and the deputy – with mostly Morgan doing the talking. And Morgan took a guess that she would blow a .30, but came up short by blowing a .20 and .21. Lyman E. Price April 17, 1:53 am Aggravated DWI While Investigator Merle Bates was working the DWI Task Force Patrol on Hwy 602, he noticed a veh icle driving on the median nor t h of the Aztec Avenue intersection a nd s o m e debris flying from the vehicle. The driver, Price, continued north over the Munoz overpass. Bates caught up with Price near Denny’s north. Bates noted the moderate damage to the left, front area of the black Chrysler sedan. When he made contact with Price, Bates noted that he had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes. He readily admitted to consuming eight beers, chugging down the last 20 minutes before being pulled over. Price, 33, didn’t do well on field sobriety tests, and he blew a .18 and .20 during the breath tests. Leander Yazzie Jan. 29, 1:07 am DWI When G P D Officer Matthew A sh ley signaled for Yazzie to pull ov e r, fo r speed i ng, ba sed on his report, Yazzie got onto the I-40 then stopped for the officer. When Ashley questioned Yazzie, 31, on whether he had anything to drink, he told him that he had eight, 16-ounce cans of Bud Light. Ashley noted that there was a beer can
on the passenger floor. Yazzie didn’t fare well on the sobriety tests, and was taken to a local hospital for a blood draw to determine his alcohol levels. Bryan Lee Jan. 28, 12:30 am 2nd DWI, Aggravated G P D Officer Dominic Mol i na responded to a domestic dispute, t w ice, t o t he s a me address on Dani Drive. Lee and an unknown female were sitting in a black truck. According to the police report, there was no argument, so Molina left the scene. He got called out a second time, though, due to Lee driving off in the truck reportedly intoxicated. When Molina caught up with Lee and pulled him over, he took off on foot. Molina quickly caught him and placed him under arrest. He asked Lee, 23, if he would agree to perform field sobriety tests at the detention center because he’s a flight risk, he refused. He blew a .25, twice, during the breath tests. Roselyn D. Jones Jan. 27, 10:03 pm DWI Pol ice w e r e alerted t o Jo n e s when she reportedly ran into a bu i ld i ng, Cliffside apartments on Dani Drive, to be exact. According to GPD Officer Philamina Chischilly’s report, Jones told her the reason that she lost control of her vehicle was that «she sprayed (Armor All) on her tires and said that is what made her vehicle slide off the roadway.» As Jones, 24, explained
herself, Chischilly noted that she could smell alcohol coming from her breath, and that she had bloodshot, watery eyes. Jones said she drank two beers, two hours prior to the collision. With all the factors noted, Jones agreed to engage in field sobriety tests, but didn’t do well. Jones blew a .13, twice, during the breath tests. Erica Long Jan. 26, 1:17 am Aggravated DWI A s M C S O Deputy A r nold Noriega traveled s out h on State Road 371, he noticed a dark vehicle that blew through a stop sign. He then proceeded to pull the vehicle over. Long told Noriega that she was on her way to Thoreau Giant to get some gas. At that time, Noriega noted in his report that she had bloodshot, watery eyes and her breath smelled of alcohol. From there, Long, 42, refused to take field sobriety and breath tests, thus earning her the aggravated DWI charge. Seth Alan Sam Jan 26, 2:32 pm Aggravated DWI When G P D Officer Joe Roanhorse arrived at the downtown w a l k w ay, Officer L u k e Martin was investigating a vehicle accident reportedly involving Sam. Roanhorse was informed that Sam was showing the signs of intoxication, and took over the DWI investigation from there. Sam, 36, admitted to knocking back «a couple of drinks,» according to the report. He didn’t fare well on the field sobriety tests, and blew a .26 and .27 during the breath tests.
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MCSO arrests gun-toting Thoreau man SUSPECT TRIED TO JUMP FENCE; CARRIED 30 UNSPENT ROUNDS
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
HOREAU – A McKinley County Sheriff’s deputy was able to arrest a Thoreau man May 3 in spite of the fact that the subject was carrying a loaded Taurus 38 Special and several rounds of unspent ammunition, according to a police report. Deput y Rober t Tu r ney noted in a report that a call came at 4:18 p.m. in regarding a
CRIME BLOTTER | FROM PAGE 7 warned Benally to stop kicking, but to no avail, Noreiga drive stunned Benally in his right shoulder blade with his taser. While en-route to the jail, Benally told Noreiga that he was on probation for extreme c r u elt y t o a n i m a l s a nd requested that his probation officer be notified about this incident. He was booked for assault on a peace officer and battery.
NERVOUS DRIVER 5/5, Gallup W h e n G P D Ter ra nce Peyke t ew a was working “distracted d r i v i n g detail,” he noticed a gray, small sedan speeding eastbound on Maloney. Peyketewa also noted that the driver, Francisco Cantu, made a lane change without signaling. The officer pulled him over, and noted that Cantu was stooped over
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to retrieve and assault me with,” continued Turney. Cowey Edsitty, 31, was subsequently taken to the McKinley County Detention Center on assault with the intent to commit a violent felony on a peace officer, negligent use of a deadly weapon and the unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon charges, Turney recorded in the police report. Turney wrote that Edsitty tried to scale a nearby fence, but couldn’t because he was intoxicated. He wrote that he was
able to wrestle the gun away from Edsitty and throw it to the ground. The weapon contained “two live unfired rounds” and Edsitty possessed two more rounds in his pants pocket, Turney wrote. Another 30 rounds were located in Edsitty’s backpack “in a partially opened box,” Turney wrote. Edsitty was still incarcerated May 12 at the McKinley County Detention Center on an $8,000 bond, according to jail records.
the center console, and was shaking. The officer could smell the aroma of marijuana wafting from the vehicle, and according to the report, Cantu gave up the goods – a pipe and a bag of leafy greens. Peyketewa stated that Cantu seemed increasingly nervous, so he called a narcotics agent to further search the vehicle, and took Cantu, 39, to jail where he was booked for marijuana possession, drug paraphernalia, and traffic violations. MULTIPLE ARRESTS 4/28, Gallup As GPD detectives Steven Collins and Nicola Mar tinez worke d a stolen vehicle turned drug case at the Arrowhead Louis Garcia Lodge, 1115
E. Highway 66, Officers L u k e Martin and Dewayne Holder were there as back Edmund Bitsie up. The vehicle in question, a black Ford Explorer, was reported stolen April 15. According to Luke’s report, the detectives noticed that one of the suspects had access to the vehicle. With that not ed, t he three suspects in this case: Louis Garcia, 50, Edmond, Bit s ie , 37, Elrena Cook and Elrena Cook, 34, were being questioned by detectives. Luke stated in his report that there appeared to be a black rifle type firearm in the room, but
it was possibly a replica of gun. T he occupa nt s were handcuffed, taken out of the room, and asked to sit on the sidewalk. Luke wrote in his report that Garcia dropped several items on the ground, which appeared to be heroin, methamphetamine, and some sort of pills. Garcia reportedly had several social security and credit cards in his wallet with different names on them. Cook had syringes in her pocket and appeared intoxicated, so she was placed under arrest. And Bitsie had a syringe in his pocket that had a clear liquid in it, and appeared intoxicated, so he was placed under arrest. Garcia was booked for receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle; two counts of possession of a controlled substance; and for trying to conceal his real identity to police. Both Bitsie and Cook were each charged with one count of drug paraphernalia.
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policies and assist certain candidates in winning statewide elections. The organization is endorsing various candidates for several state offices, but none with direct ties to McKinley County.
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fist fight between two males at a Giant gas station and convenience store along New Mexico Highway 371. “A short distance from the store on Windsong Avenue, I made contact with a male subject who was alone and wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt similar to part of the description given out by dispatch,” Turney wrote. “I quickly reached and grabbed for his right hand and felt a large revolver handgun in his pocket that he was attempting
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Man sentenced to 9-years for fatal stabbing Staff Reports
H OE N I X , A r i z . – On May 9, Douglas L aw r e nc e B e d el l , Jr., 31, of Di l kon, Arizona, a member of the Navajo Nation, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Diane J. Humetewa to 108 months’
imprisonment. Bedell had previously pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter. On Ja n. 4, 2015, Bedell k i l le d t he v ic t i m , Br i a n Lee, also, a member of the Navajo Nation, by stabbing him in the throat. The incident occurred on the Navajo Reservation.
The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Navajo Department of Criminal Investigations. The prosecution was handled by Cassie Bray Woo and Brandon Brown, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, District of Arizona, Phoenix. NEWS
State Auditor Tim Keller Launches Statewide “Rape Kit” Backlog AUDIT AIMS TO IDENTIFY CAUSES OF STATEWIDE BACKLOG
A N TA F E – New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller announced May 5 that the Office of the State Auditor is conducting a statewide audit of the inventory of untested sexual assault evidence kits, com mon ly refer red to a s “rape kits.” The OSA will survey all law enforcement agencies statew ide rega rding their practices for handling rape kits and has selected certain law enforcement agencies around the state for a special audit to perform a detailed review of policies and procedures related to the kits. The special audit will outline best practices needed to clear the backlog and prevent it from happening again. “Clea r i ng t he ba ck log of sexual assault evidence
UNEMPLOYMENT | FROM PAGE 6 percent. Most of that growth occurred in local government employment, he said. But, Shaleen said, state government employment was down 200 jobs, or 0.3 percent. The losses occurred in state government education employment, which was down 300 jobs, or 1.1 percent, Shaleen said. Luna County, located in the souther n par t of New
State Auditor Tim Keller kits is absolutely critical for survivors and for our state’s public safety. Last year, over 5,000 untested kits were identified in New Mexico. Now we will look at the policies, procedures and practices that will tell us how the backlog came to be,” Keller said “We
are working with law enforcement agencies and stakeholders to shine a light on what changes are needed to eliminate the backlog and keep it from happening again.” The law enforcement agencies that follow were selected for the in-depth special audit based on factors such as geographic location and size: Albuquerque Police Department, Bernalillo C ou nt y S her i f f ’s O f f ic e, C u r r y C o u n t y S h e r i f f ’s Office, Farmington Police Department, Gallup Police Department, Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Hobbs Police Department, and Las Cruces Police Department. OSA staff will also meet with community members and advocates in each of these locations. Designation for the Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Special Audit does not
indicate that the OSA has identified or suspects any irregularity in the Agency’s handling of kits. “We appreciate the efforts of Auditor Keller to take a close look at the procedures in handling our state’s untested Sex ua l A s sau lt Ev idence Kits,” said Connie Monahan, the Statewide Sexual Assault Nu r se E x a m i ner (SA N E) Coordinator at NM Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs. “Many survivors consent to hav ing ev idence collected because they trust that the kits will be examined. We owe it to them to them to uphold that promise and to not let this happen again.” In 2015, the OSA worked w it h t he D e pa r t me nt of Public Safety and other agencies and advocates to identify a backlog of over 5,000
untested sexual assault evidence kits in the state. Law enforcement agencies have been working with the crime labs to process the backlog and the Legislature appropriated funds to assist with this effort. However, in addition to testing the backlog, it is imperative to understand the policies and procedures that may have contributed to the creation of a backlog. Without this insight, the state runs the risk of spending substantial resources to clear the backlog now, only to find itself with a new backlog of kits in a few years. (continued on next page) The audit work will take place this summer and the results, including the best practices, will be made available to policymakers and the public.
Mexico and dependent on agriculture, carried the state’s highest unemployment rate at 17.5 percent. Union County in the northern sector of New Mexico had the lowest unemployment rate in March at 3.9 percent. Even with the downward edge in the unemployment rate, the mostly rural McKinley County remained one of New Mexico’s highest unemployment rates. There are 33 counties in New Mexico.
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OPINIONS ROLL CALL By Bernie Dotson
redit Lt. Pat Salazar of the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office for doi ng h is pa r t i n keeping the heat on McKinley County’s drug dealers who operate under the radar of other drug-fighting agencies. Street level drug activity isn’t done by the kingpins, but by the people who sell and use illegal narcotics. “Druggies” at whatever level are the scourge of every neighborhood. They
MCSO scores with drug approach attract crime and violence like a dead animal attracts vultures. The people who do such illegal are fairly blatant in some areas of Gallup and McKinley County. This observation is maddening, but it is something that Salazar has grabbed by the horns and something that doesn’t appear that he’ll rest on. That means if you’re doing something wrong, Salazar and crew probably aren’t far off the trail. Recently, Salazar oversaw
a jail investigation whereby some methamphetamine was suspected of being brought into the McKinley County Detention Center by a corrections officer. That idea of that going anywhere was quickly squashed thanks to some heady investigative work done by deputies taking direction from Salazar along with officials from the detention center. And then there are the instances in which deputies make routine traffic stops and go the distance in nailing drug
offenders. Salazar recently singled out deputies A.J. Noriega and Johnson Lee as two of MCSO’s finest that you don’t want to cross. No doubt about it, working drug cases can be labor intensive. Plain clothed officers have short street lives that last only until the good guys become recognizable to the bad guys. Ditto for undercover informants, whether employed by the police or otherwise. To say that one’s life is on the line in such instances is an
understatement. In Gallup and McKinley County, there seems to be no shortage of street dealers who peddle meth and heroine. Bust one, and another one pops up. Local political leaders must continue giving people like Salazar the resources needed to stamp out illegal drug activity and the “kingpin” players who run the game. The effor ts by Sa la za r
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GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF MAY 13 - MAY 19, 2016
Do you suffer from Paraskevidekatriaphobia? Unlike most western cultures, the ancient Egyptians revered the number13. They believed that human beings pass through 12 stages of mortal life while the number 13 passed into the realm of spirituality. Modern scientists believe that fear of 13 creates accidents and self-fulfilling prophecies of disaster. Madame G says: take fate into your own hands. Ditch the fear and create luck!
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
You’re soaring to new heights and accomplishing more than you expected. The restless fire of the Aries soul only ever cools to a lower flame and it ignites with little provocation. Consider focusing your drive with purpose and direction. Make your passion work for you, not against you. This is an excellent time to learn a new skill. Lao Tzu said the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Get moving.
You’ve a suspicious nature, and superstition, is just another part of the makeup. Often you appear overly rational, but that’s just to keep the critics at bay. You know something “else” is going on in the universe—you’re just not sure what. But, you know there’s something. Sit down and have a cup of chamomile. Enjoy a good book maybe read some Douglas Adams. Don’t forget your towel. If you need to add a little tinfoil for effect no one will judge you—to your face. Don’t panic!
Some members of the zodiac are so suspicious of Friday the 13th that they refuse to travel or make important decisions. Take advantage of their silliness and make a few exceptional purchases. Although you may wish to avoid making very important decisions such as changing jobs or buying a car this week that doesn’t mean you can’t buy a new bag or wallet. Live it up!
It’s fun to consider new ideas. But, you hesitate to act. You hoard ideas and own them before you act. Often by the time you do it’s very old news. If you have a favorite phrase it might sound like: “no one ever helped me.” But, no one ever will. You must help yourself by taking what you learn and taking action. Sometimes it’s better to act than do nothing at all. Fortune favors the bold!
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Eclectic, best describes your personal style. You dance to the beat of your own drum. It may surprise you to learn that this may upset some people, including family. Compromise is not an evil word. It’s merely the acknowledgement that other people have feelings. Madame G suggests taking time to read quietly in the sun and smile. It’s going to be okay. Just breathe.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) This is a fun day for you. Of all the signs, you love a good joke and revel in absurdity (well mostly). Madame G suggests treating Friday 13 like any other day. You’ve nothing to fear, but fear itself. As a person of good sense and sound judgment, you make your own luck and won’t fall victim to suspicions. But, you won’t test your luck either: no flying or stepping on cracks today. Have fun on Freaky Friday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
You’ve got some excellent projects in the works. Don’t let something trivial like a hip-replacement get you down. You’re just the bionic man in training. You’re eternal youth and optimism serve you well. It’s to your benefit that you pursue your dreams and goals relentlessly. You’re a credit to humanity. Take of yourself. Rejoice! Life is good.
You’ve had an interesting month. The force of the Earth pulling you in different directions would enrage even the most eventempered Scorpio (and none are even tempered). Though the emotions never quite reach the surface, the ripples above water show the trouble stewing below. Is it a crocodile, or gas? Some people will never know, and they’ll be glad for it. Most wouldn’t want to find out. You create your own luck. Live on!
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
If you accidentally “butt dialed” a close relative at 4 am, giving them a near heart attack with worry— consider adding a passcode to your iPhone. It’s better security and you won’t terrify the family by calling very early on their day off. Make a minor adjustment and be on your way. Small victories are a good theme for the week. Minor adjustments over the course of a lifetime result in incredible things.
You may have resentment towards a friend. Their life appears perfect on the outside. This angers your independent spirit that hates resentment or anything resembling conformity. Everyone has moments of self-doubt—it’s just a bad mood. Remember that when looking at someone’s life from the outside, you usually just see the surface. You rarely see the real struggles from within.
Your life may resemble a Telenovela right now. If it’s not one family member it’s another. If you don’t have an evil twin coming out of hiding or your former fiancé coming out of a coma to meet your husband of 20 years and 10 children—then it’s something else. Consider that you may start as much drama as you sense around you. Look for the common factor.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
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Life is often full of surprises. Do yourself a favor and live a little. It’s up to you to enjoy your life and have fun. Take a job in a new city, start a business, or take a drive. If you don’t live now, then you never will. It’s not enough to say, “I’ll do it tomorrow” or next week or next year. The time is now.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
MAY 8, 2016
Letter to the Editor: Priorities the futureelected District 3 Commish should pursue
omeone this past week asked me if I planned to write anymore on the District 3 County Commissioner election. I told the person I had wanted to write a couple more letters – one on key priorities and one on that “pesky” alcohol problem. Here are the 5 priorities I see for District #3 over the next 3 to 5 years: #1 - Deal with the Alcohol and Drug problems that we experience in District #3. During the last mayoral election this was one of the main issues – mainly the alcoholics, homeless and mentally ill people frequenting the streets of Gallup. The Liquor Excise Tax doesn’t provide enough funds for a “full service” program. Besides believe me no amount of counseling will work
if the individual doesn’t want to change. So, the solution has to be something else. I will talk more on that later. BUT, the larger and in my opinion more important concern is the drug problem – ask law enforcement folks and they will tell you this
is the bigger problem. I commend the new Sheriff in attacking this problem and he needs more help. #2 – Create Jobs through local business development and support. Notice I didn’t use those words “economic development”. That’s because since the Casino opened in Churchrock and the national economy went south in 20082010, the biggest issue is our local businesses are really struggling and bringing in another “big box” or building roads and infrastructure for the Gamerco land group doesn’t do one bit of good for our local businessmen. How can we support them? #3 – Develop opportunities for creation of affordable housing coupled with desired community facilities. When I say “affordable housing” I am
not referring to low income rental units. Gallup has a lack of high quality, safe [up to code] affordable homes for sale price ranges of $95,000 to $125,000 and $125,000 to $145,000. When you get lower the homes tend not to be quality and in “quote” undesirable neighborhoods. The “quote” desirable neighborhoods typically do not offer homes in this range. I think the next District #3 commissioner has to look at this along with the City. Promoting Homeownership needs to be a priority and focus on what it takes to change “quote” undesirable neighborhoods to “quote” desirable [i.e. Priority #1 above]. #4 – Plan for replacement of key high cost community facilities before they fall down. Two items the Detention facility and the Detox Center both
need to be replaced. While neither is totally the County’s responsibility the County will be expected to be involved. Also, like it or not, the Hospital is just going to continue to be a financial drain – increasing taxes and forgiving rent owed doesn’t address the need to seriously restructure. #5 – Realizing that District #3 is becom i ng a Native American District develop a vision to guide social-cultural change. Like it or not the time is coming so you need to plan for it. In closing, just think about which candidate can best address these priorities? Sincerely, Richard F. Kontz 507 Apache Court, Gallup, NM 505-236-1122 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Letter to the Editor: Two students lead teddy bear collection for Ashlynne Mike’s peers May 05, 2016 Dear Sir or Madam, Yaateeh, our names are Owen Willeto, Clint Willeto and we are 08 and 06 years old. We both attend Wingate Elementary School in Fort Wingate, NM and are in third a nd first grades. We live in the community of White Cliffs, east of Gallup and our parents are Patrick Willeto and Cheryl Benally. We are of the Water Flows Together clan born for the Red Bottom clan. Today, we are informing you of a project that we both feel very dear to and request for your assistance. In light of the recent tragic events
that have taken place on the Navajo Nation, we feel that it is our duty to help the young st udent s who at tend Ojo Amarillo Elementary School in Fruitland, NM. We understand that it is probably very difficult to deal with the loss of their beloved classmate, the late Ashlynne Mike. As students ourselves, we have spoken with our parents about our feelings of the loss and also the feelings her brother, Ian who survived the ordeal. During times of difficulty we’ve always found comfort in our big teddy bear that our cousin Faith Holyan gave us and we know a teddy bear or stuffed animal will help
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the years, is to get at illegal drug activity. It’s good to see that Salazar is sticking to an aggressive approach in what has become an illegal wholesale and retail business. Let’s hope Gallup and McKinley County’s yearend crime statistics show a big improvement.
a nd the MCSO should be applauded. Most of the crime i n Ga l lup a nd McK i n ley County is attributed to substance abuse and one of the ways to decrease crime, police officials have said throughout OPINIONS
the students and classmates left behind. We are asking for donations of new or used st u f fed a n i ma ls or teddy bears. We are able to provide a decorated box that we can set up for your area. We would like the teddy bear/stuffed animal drive to begin right away and run until Monday May 16, 2016. Our family will be delivering the collected teddy bears/stuffed animals to Ojo Amarillo Elementary School the next day. We are hoping to collect enough teddy bears/stuffed animals for the entire school which ha s a student body of 474. The idea came to us while watching the news and noticing that the Albuquerque Police Department give out these items to young children who are afraid. Our mother can be reached at (505) 7281463 if you need more information. We tha nk you for your time and consideration of our request. Sincerely, Owen Willeto Clint Willeto
The late Ashlynne Mike UPDATE: Teddy bear drop off locations are : AJ Tires, Nu Kreation Hair
Salon, Rio West Mall office, Shima Grill & Transport, and the UPS Store.
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COMMUNITY CELEBRATING “ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WEEK” The face for economic development in Gallup-McKinley County By Patty Lundstrom Executive Director, Greater Gallup EDC
n recognition of National Economic Development Week, key local organizations will be sharing their work and focus on our GallupMcKinley County economy. The Greater Ga llup Econom ic Development Corporation (GGEDC) is the economic development organizations for the City of Gallup and McKinley County. While ‘economic develop’ is a globally recognized term, “economic development program’ appears to have a wider and sometimes less consistent interpretation. Economic Development Week kicks off on May 8, so this is an ideal time to share our interpretation. GGEDC’s mission is to “drive economic
Patty Lundstrom growth through building on local assets and strategic partnering to target attraction and recruitment of business and industrial employers.” GGEDC’s approa ch to economic development is consistent with federal and international economic development organizations. The
U.S. Economic Development Administration says that economic development creates “the conditions for economic growth and improved quality of life by expanding the capacity of individuals, firms, and communities to maximize the use of their talents and skills to support innovation, lower transaction costs, and responsibly produce and trade valuable goods and services.” The International Economic Development Council describes economic development in terms of objectives that most commonly includes the creation of jobs and wealth, and the improvement of quality of life. The GGEDC definition is much simpler. At the most basic level, our definition of economic development is based on strategic objectives that center on creating and retaining jobs
while stimulating investment in the Gallup-McKinley County area. You can see the results with the expansions of companies such as Gallup Pipeline and Compliance Services, Panda Restaurant Group, and Pearson Hospitality Group – all of which are creating and retaining jobs and investing in GallupMcKinley County. You can see the impact that our initiatives such as the development of the Gallup Energy Logistics Park and strategic partnering including Energizing the Workforce, Gallup Executive D i r e c t or s A l l i a nc e , a nd Economic Roundtables have on generating real momentum – providing a sense of hope that Gallup-McKinley County is on the cusp of an economic revival. The goal of our projects and
initiatives is jobs and investment. Simply put, GGEDC le a d s e conom ic g r ow t h , engages existing industry, connects companies to resources, and fosters networking opportunities to increase collective community capacity to create a prosperous Gallup-McKinley County. GGEDC is guided by a private sector board with over 230 years of business experience and a highly professional and qualified staff. With the state and national economy facing real headwinds our job has become more challenging. However, we are confident with the strong foundation and programs in place that success is around the corner. GGEDC is located at 102 W. Hill Avenue, Gallup, NM, 87301. Phone: 505-722-2980. Website: www.GallupEDC.com
Connecting local education with job opportunities Vicki Mora CEO, AGC NM Education Foundation
n 2012, Associated General Contractors New Mexico (AGC) bega n working with the Greater Gallup Econom ic Development Corporation (GGEDC) and UNM-Gallup to connect the local education system with job opportunities. An informal agreement was signed to help align what students learn at school with what employers need at the workplace and what industries need to locate in northwest New Mexico. We struck up a new conversation to see how worlds that sometimes collide can cement new partnerships that benefit the whole community. The three-way partnership among AGC, GGEDC, and UNM also reaches into the Gallup-McKinley school system. In order for students to graduate “career ready” and for companies to rely on our local workforce, we are building an
integrated “pipeline” that connects educators and employers. We are learning there are three critical building blocks: an earlier start with students, an industry-recognized curriculum, and a more seamless path from the classroom to the job site.
HOW DOES OUR PARTNERSHIP WORK? AND WHAT ROLE DOES EACH PARTNER PLAY? GGEDC targeted promising industries for the Gallup market with its Target Industry Analysis. The Analysis ident i f ied educ at ion /t r a i n i ng strengths and opportunities. UNM- Ga l lup Ca mpus worked closely with industry to focus outreach to the major employers in the region and develop a leadership role in adjusting curriculum and strengthening programs that lead to jobs. AGC brought a curriculum relevant to job placement
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Vicki Mora and recognized across industries, employers, and markets. Identifying skill sets that matter to construction, pipeline and alternative energy as the first step. The case grew to start earlier with Gallup McKinley High Schools and incorporate curriculum competencies that employers need and want. These employment skills include: Personal Effectiveness, Academic and Work pla ce Competencies
directly preparing for career ready Industry-Wide Technical Competencies. Competencies to be specified by industry sector representatives. Gallup McKinley High Schools quickly partnered with industry to incorporate industry certified curriculum and certify instructors. Next step took place with aligning dual credit opportunities anchored at UNM Gallup Campus. This tees up long-ter m opt ion s a nd h ig h - pay i n g opportunities for students. For example, this industry driven curriculum ad justment s a nd credent i a l i ng have included feedback from Wester n Ref iner y, K inder Morgan, Gallup Land Partner and BNSF.
BUILDING A MODEL FOR FUTURE SUCCESS. UNM Gallup and AGC are actively pursuing resources t hat w i l l a l low t he pa r tner sh ip t o focu s on t he
connection between students and employers. The partnership will work together to develop full-time attention to connected instruction integrating industry driven curriculum that ties instruction and applied learning to the employment oppor tunities in the region. Emphasis will be to establish strong programs that place students to internships, apprenticeships, and employment. Our workforce development goal for the Gallup McKinley Region is to Communicate, Connect and Employ. This partnership is forcing us to rethink schools and requires the active support of those who actually hire, business leaders, government officials, educators and families. Vicki Mora, CEO of the AGC NM Education Foundation work ing closely w ith Dr. Christopher Dyer, Executive Director, UNM Gallup Campus to connect and rebuild relevant education-to-employment systems. COMMUNITY
Creating new job opportunities in a changing economy By David Hinkle Economic Development Manager, Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments
he Nor thwest New Mexico Council of Governments is using the resources of a federal EDA “POWER” grant and working with partners in our region to create jobs replacing energy and coal jobs that have been or will be lost. The long-term demand for coal has fallen, with energy industry sources blaming governmental regulation, international climate agreements, alternative energy production, and supply-and-demand pressure as the culprits. The US Energy Information Agency (EIA) estimates that U.S. coal production in the Western region will decline by 20% in 2016. Fa r mington, NM ha s
David Hinkle recently been named as the “Fastest Shrinking City in the US,” and general economic trends in the Four Corners region are not heading in a favorable direction. Coal has been an important resource and job creator for Northwest New Mexico for 160 years. Coal brought
the railroad through the area, which became “Gallup” in 1881, and has been important to the economy ever since. Even today it figures significantly into our economy. And in addition to coal, oil and gas resources produced from the San Juan Basin have been economic drivers in the region since the 1980’s. Jobs related to coal mines, railroads, power plants and other energy-related activities support families, as well as every type and kind of business in our communities throughout the region. The products generated from these industries are sold outside of this market and, therefore, bring outside money into our economy and also result in the creation of jobs in the local area – both directly and indirectly involved in those industries. So as a net benefit of these jobs, we get relatively high wage jobs that bring new money into our area and result
in the creation of numerous support jobs – all of which are directly related to the coal and energy industry. A s of 2010, coa l mines and coal-fired power plants on t he Nava jo Nation, a s well as on lands shared with the Hopi Tribe, accounted for 1,500 jobs and generated ta x revenues representing over one-third of the Tribes’ annual operating budgets, the largest source of tribal revenue after government grants and taxes. I was assigned as the COG’s new Economic Development Program Manager, and lead the POWER project, and have just finished my first full quarter of work, including conducting numerous stakeholder meetings and consultations, hiring a consultant firm, and promoting the project in the region. “In Northwest New Mexico, everyone is affected in some way by the mining and
energy industries. Either you have family working in them or they are your customers. There are no easy answers to the economic problems our Four Corners region is facing. Working with economic development organizations, local governments and individual citizens, we are trying to get ahead of the trends. So first, we are going to work to take care of the industries and jobs we have now (including the energy and coal jobs), and secondly, we are doubling our efforts in helping people to start their own businesses, while thirdly, we are working to bring targeted and responsible new industries here, and fourthly, we are always working at improving promotion of our tourism and recreation assets to outside visitors.” Website for the POWER initiative. http://www.nwnmcog. com/power-grant.html
UNM-Gallup departments collaborate By Marilee Petranovich UNM-Gallup
hile at first glance jewel r y-ma k i ng and construction technology may appear to have little in common, two creative instructors at the UNM-Gallup campus found a way to bring their departments together to improve the work environment for one group while providing valuable educational experience to the other. K r isti Wilson, Visiting A s si st a nt P rofe s sor a nd Instructor of Small Metals Construction, received an internal mini-grant to fund the design and construction of new jewelers
benches for her students. Chris Chavez, Instructor and Coordinator of Construction Technology, was happy to have his students construct the new ergonomically correct island workstations which gave them practical know-how in their field of study. Wilson requested the help of Chavez to modify the existing work stations in the Small Metals Construction Lab by constructing a new table top with open drawers to provide a more comfortable and convenient table height for students as they learn sawing and piercing skills. According to Wilson, “Being able to achieve the recommended posture will
Students in Chris Chavez’s Construction Technology class install a new ergonomically designed table top to a workstation in Kristi Wilson’s Jewelry-making lab on the UNM-Gallup Campus. Photo Credit: Courtesy allow students to have less stress on their neck and backs while working. All future students taking Small Metals Construction will benefit from this addition.” The additiona l storage
provided as a result of the construction project will also allow for a larger and safer space for students to apply their newly learned skills in small metals and jewelry-making. The efficiency of the design
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‘Money Monster’ – Not a worthy investment RATING: «« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 98 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun
here have been some pretty crooked events in the financial world over the past decade or t wo. Mo n e y Mo n st e r attempts to tap into the anger that we’re all feeling by telling a story of Wall Street corruption. And yet, while the inspiration for this tale may likely have been true, this overly polished effort comes across as preposterous despite the best efforts of cast and crew. The title refers to a financial show hosted by fast-talking Lee Gates (George Clooney), a man who does as much overthe-top entertaining as provide financial advice. Unfortunately for Gates, his show is suddenly stopped by the arrival of angry viewer Kyle Budwell (Jack O’Connell). Kyle has lost everything on a failed investment endorsed by the celebrity. Forced to wear a bomb, Gates is coached by producer Patty (Julia Roberts) to buy time while the police attempt to work out a rescue. As the host speaks with his captor and attempts to contact the corporate head who not only lost Kyle’s money but an additional $600 million dollars due to a “technical glitch,” it becomes clear that a deeper conspiracy is afoot.
George Clooney, Julia Roberts take on the evils of Wall Street in ‘Money Monster.” Opens in theaters May 13. Photo Credit: Sony Pictures Viewers can always count on solid work from the actors and they do their best to sell the less-than-stellar material. There aren’t any bad performances here, but the screenplay really lets down the performers. The events depicted never feel believable or realistic in any respect. Right off the bat, it’s difficult to believe that Kyle could simply stroll into a Manhattan TV studio with a gun and bombs. As the situation escalates and policemen as well as a bomb squad get involved, it all becomes even more
preposterous. Hostages are escorted out of the studio and then proceed to follow events as they move outside the building - guess they didn’t need to be interviewed by authorities after their ordeal. One feels particularly bad for thinly written roles like that of a police chief (Giancarlo Esposito), who is given little to do but look confused for 90 minutes while the show host and producers appear to solve all of the issues raised. Even the villain of the piece is inauthentic. While there are undoubtedly some horrible
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people manipulating the market for their personal benefit, this guy comes across as a Snidely Whiplash-type antagonist. For a man who has taken investors for millions of dollars through an elaborate scheme, he doesn’t come off as particularly sharp either. At the close, the film attempts to humiliate him on camera for the benefit of the audience, but it only adds to the phoniness of the situation. Finally, there’s a strange sense of humor to the enterprise that doesn’t help matters. This includes a young producer who is constantly following
the demands of his boss, getting himself into embarrassing situations in the process. It’s supposed to break the tension, but given the fact that this is happening in the middle of a bomb crisis, it appears completely out of place. One or two of the movie’s comments earn a laugh, but most fall flat. You have to be in an incredibly forgiving mood to suspend disbelief and buy into all the events depicted in Money Monster. While the central idea may have had plenty of importance and value, the end product won’t provide much return on your investment. 207 WEST COAL GALLUP 505.863.1250 www.elmorrotheatre.com
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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for May 13, 2016 By Glenn Kay For the Sun
elcome back for another look at highlights coming your way on Blu-ray and DVD. There certainly are some interesting and unusual flick arriving. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one these titles a try!
BIG NEW RELEASES! T h e Boy - In t h i s ho rror f l ick, a young woman is hired as a nanny for a youngster at an old, eerie English estate. Things get even stranger when she discovers that’s she’s caring for a porcelain figure and that it seems to have a mind of its own. Reviews veered more towards the negative, with many feeling it relied too heavily on clichés. Personally, I didn’t mind it and feel like it’s a decent creeper (with a nice sting or two) that should satisfy horror fans. It stars Lauren Cohen, Rupert Evans, Jim Norton and Diana Hardcastle. Creative Control This small product ion f rom Amazon Studios uses bl a ck a nd w h i t e (a s well as color photography) to tell a drama set in the future. It’s about a marketing man who uses new, augmented reality technology to conduct an affair with his best friend’s wife. Serious complications and troubles arise as a result. Critics were generally upbeat on this effort. Some found it a bit too emotionally cold and felt the satire didn’t work, but others stated it was an interesting effort with plenty of points to make. The cast includes Benjamin Dickinson, Nora Zehetner, Dan Gill, Alexia Rasmussen and Reggie Watts. Deadpool - You might have heard of this flick. Based on the popular Marvel character, COMMUNITY
this R-rated X - m e n spin-off features a smarttalking, scarred superhero out to get revenge on the evil scientists who created him. He spouts a lot of rude quips as he dispatches bad guys. Notices and box office were surprisingly strong for the film. It has been written that if you don’t mind the violence and smug humor, you’re in for a fast and funny action flick. Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller and Gina Corano headline the feature. Mustang - Set in a Turkish village, five sisters struggle w ith li fe and their extremely st r ict a nd conservative guardians. After spending the afternoon playing with boys they’re treated like prisoners in their own home a nd a r ra nged to be married off. It leads the young women to react in different ways. The mov ie received raves from the press, who called its message powerful and praised the naturalistic work of the young cast. It ended up being nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at last year’s Academy Awards. Gunes Sensoy and Doga Zeynep Doguslu play two of the siblings. Regression - This internationa l thr iller from the director of T hesis, The Others and T h e Sea Inside fo l l ow s a detective investigating the s e x u a l abuse of a teenage girl by her father. Using an experimental technique to regain memories from the participants, an even more sinister plot is revealed. Unlike the filmmaker’s previous titles, reviews were quite poor. Apparently, the majority felt that it didn’t generate enough tension or
surprises to recommend. The cast includes Ethan Hawke, Emma Watson, David Thewlis and Aaron Ashmore. Where t o In v a d e Next Michael Moore’s latest documentar y d id n’ t ge t a s big a push at theaters as some of his previous efforts. In it, he takes on the role of an invader and visits various nations in an attempt to deter mine what a ssets can be taken. Reviews were quite strong for the feature. There were a few who felt the humor was forced, but most called it a surprisingly gentle, optimistic and inspiring effort about the positive things that the US government can learn from other nations in regards to public welfare and foreign policy.
BLASTS FROM THE PAST! K i n o have some notewort hy titles involving youngsters arriving on Blu-ray. T h e Litt l e Girl W ho Lives Down the Lane (1976) is an eccentric little thriller starring Jodie Foster as a 13 year old who has moved to a small town along with her mysteriously unseen father. Unfortunately, she attracts the attention of a local creep (played by Martin Sheen) who wonders why no one has ever witnessed her parent around town. Additionally, there’s a Blur ay of T h e Manh att an P r o j e c t (1986), a well reviewed f lick that d i d n ’ t make a big impact at the box-office but has built a fan-base over the years. It’s about a brilliant high school student whose mom is dating a scientist working in a secret government weapons
lab. He breaks in and steals plutonium, with the goal of building an atom bomb for the New York Science Fair and exposing the secret work. Nat u ra l ly, federa l a gent s become involved in trying to stop the protest. It stars John Lithgow, Christopher Collet and Cynthia Nixon. Finally, Solarbabies (1986) i s a not o rious sci-fi fantasy that bombed at the box-office and has been out-ofprint for severa l yea rs. It involves a group of kids who live in the post-apocalyptic wasteland and get around on roller-skates - they try to stop a nasty and militant agency who are oppressing the citizens. The cast includes Jason Patric, Jami Gertz, Lukas Haas, James Le Gros, Charles Durning and Richard Jordan. Shout! Factory have a new Blu - r ay of You’ll Like My Mother (19 7 2). This is a creepy l ittle thr iller st a r r i ng Pat t y Duke a s a pregnant widow goes to visit her in-laws for the first time. She ends up stay ing w ith them dur ing a snowstor m and accidentally discovers some very disturbing family secrets. The disc features new i nter v iews w ith ca st members, photo gallery and a trailer. Criterion have the Humphrey Bogart filmnoir In A Lonely Place (19 5 0). It arrives with a newly restored, high definition transfer. The actor plays a violent-tempered murder suspect who has his named cleared by a neighbor. Not long after, she begins to wonder if she didn’t make a huge mistake. The Blu-ray disc features extras that include a film historian audio commentary, a 1975 documentary
about the film’s director, a 1948 radio adaptation of the source material and many other bonuses. Horror low-budget B-movie f a n s , M o n d o Macabro is relea s ing the English/ Belgiamn horror flick Symptoms (1974), while Raro Video USA have the odd a nd atmospher ic Italian thriller, The Perfume of the Lady in Black (1974). Hor r or / sci-f i fa n s can also pick up a new Lionsgate DV D r ei s sue of t he D av id Cronenberg film, Existenz (1999). This is a dark satire set within a gaming world and exposing the addictive culture of video games. The subject matter and themes were several years ahead of the curve during its original release. Boy, does it hold up well. Personally, I think it stands as the director’s most underrated work. It stars Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ian Holm and Willem Dafoe. F i n a l ly, Wa r n e r Archive have a Bluray of the Spencer T racy a nd Elizabeth Taylor comedy, Father of the Bride (1950).
YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Here’s are some titles for youngsters. B u b b l e Guppies: Fun on the Far m (Nickelodeon) ScoobyDoo & Lego: H a u n t e d Hollywood
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Luján pushes for $1 billion to combat opioid epidemic Staff Reports
ASHINGTON, D.C. – Members from communities that have been hardest hit by the growing opioid crisis joined together today to introduce legislation calling for more than $1 billion in funding to combat the epidemic. Led by Representatives Ben Ray Luján (NM-3), Elijah E. Cummings (MD-7), Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), Joe Kennedy III (MA-4), Derek K ilmer (WA- 6), a nd A nne McLane Kuster (NH-2), the Opioid and Heroin Abuse Crisis Investment Act has the support of 90 House Democrats and reflects President Obama’s budget request for much-needed resources to increase treatment programs that will help address the drug crisis. In 2014, 47,055 people died from drug overdose, with opioid overdose accounting for 28,000 deaths, an increase of 200 percent since 2000. With 78 people dying from overdoses of heroin and prescription opioids per day—and deaths from the opioid epidemic surpassing the number of Americans killed in motor vehicle accidents each year—more resources are needed for prevention, treatment, and recovery. “The drug crisis is tearing apart the fabric of communities
which destroys lives and tears apart families and communities. We can no longer afford to ignore this public health and safety crisis,” Congressman Elijah E. Cummings said. “While I fully support the package of opioid bills moving through the House of Representatives as a first step, it will take actual funding to attack this crisis—funding that these bills unfortunately do not provide. The bill we introduced today will give our partners on the front lines the funding they need to fight this Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M. epidemic by supporting treatment and recovery, as well as in New Mexico and across the programs to monitor and discountry,” Luján said. “While rupt the flow of opioids into our there are many dedicated indi- communities.” viduals who are working as “When I worked for nonhard as they can to help our profit agencies committed to friends and neighbors who are addressing substance abuse, I struggling with drug abuse, saw how addiction devastates it is painfully clear that the families,” said Congresswoman only way we can make signif- Lucille Roybal-Allard. “If icant progress is by putting in A mer ica is ser ious about the resources that will make fighting the opioid crisis, if treatment a nd prevention American families are serious more accessible and affordable. about saving the lives of our Right now, too many people friends, neighbors, and loved who want help and need help ones, then we must make the simply cannot get it. This leg- necessary robust investments islation, with a commitment to in effective treatment and provide robust funding, rep- prevention measures. That is resents a much-needed step exactly what our bill seeks to forward that will save lives.” do.” “Growing up in Baltimore, “E ver y si ng le day, a n I saw the destructive nature of average of three families in opioid and heroin addiction, Massachusetts lose a father, mother, brother, sister or ch i ld to a dd ict ion,” sa id Congressman Joe Kennedy III. “Without providing the necessary funding, our response to the opioid crisis gripping communities across our country is a half-step at best. While I am encouraged by the bipartisan
support for the bills passed in the House this week, any serious policies and programs need real resources behind them to be effective. I’m hopeful both sides of the aisle in both chambers of Congress can come together in the coming weeks to fully address an increasingly urgent crisis.” “Wherever you live too many folks have felt the impact of heroin and opioid abuse,” Congressman Derek Kilmer said. “This scourge has led to overcrowded jails, overwhelmed medical professionals and emergency responders, and families who simply want to do more to help their loved ones. I’m proud to join my colleagues in introducing a bill that invests in programs and professionals that are on the ground helping those struggling with addiction and working to provide lifesaving care.” “Across the Granite State and around the nation, far too many Americans struggling with addiction are unable to find necessary treatment options. Our law enforcement officials do not have the resources they need to fight this epidemic and get these drugs off our streets, and community stakeholders and advocates working to tackle this epidemic need our support to get their jobs done. That’s why I’m proud to support this bill, which will provide over $1 billion dollars to fight the opioid epidemic. We cannot wait to fund these efforts; far too many lives across the nation depend on it,” said Congresswoman A nnie Kuster, who is the co-founder of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the
Heroin Epidemic. Earlier this year, President Obama called for action to address this crisis and the need for more resources. The comprehensive Opioid and Heroin Abuse Crisis Investment Act reflects the President’s plan, which calls for $1.16 billion to combat the roots of the current epidemic by providing: • $930 million to support cooperative agreements with States to expand access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders; • $50 million to expand access to substance use treatment providers; • $12.5 million for DEA heroin enforcement; • Studies of real-world medication-assisted treatment; • Advancing safe opioid prescribing guidelines; • Enhancement of prescription drug monitoring programs; and • Treatment for prisoners, Second Chance Act grant program funding, and residential substance abuse treatment programs. This legislation sta nds in stark contrast to House Republicans’ action on the opioid cr i si s, wh ich pre scribes solutions but offer no support. In a week that has seen votes on bipar tisan legislation to authorize d r u g t re a t ment a nd pre vent ion prog ra m s, Hou se Republicans have blocked efforts to provide any additional funding to combat this epidemic. Without additional resources to support new and existing programs, too many people will continue to face challenges accessing care.
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Udall, Heinrich Announce $884,000 for green construction certificate program Staff Reports
ASHINGTON, D.C. – U. S . S e n a t o r s To m Ud a l l ( D -N.M .) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced May 12 that the University of New Mexico (UNM) will receive $884,573 from the National Science Foundation to collaborate with Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) to develop a certificate program in green construction technologies. The program will prepare students to work on clean energy projects, sustainable buildings, or water efficient technologies, and it will support a pathway for high school and college students to participate in an internship program and dual credit courses.
Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.
Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M.
T he f u nd i ng w i l l a lso support outreach and mentoring efforts to encourage underrepresented students to pursue Science, Technology, Engi neer ing, a nd Math (STEM) fields, specifically in
construction technology and engineering. “This funding will open new doors to help New Mexico students learn the STEM skills they need to land jobs in the surging clean energy economy,”
said Sen. Udall.”Advancing green construction technologies and preparing students for these careers will help New Mexico’s economy and enable us to reduce pollution and fight climate change at the same time.” “Wit h ou r i ncred ible sola r a nd w ind potentia l, New Mexico has a unique oppor t u n it y to become a major producer and exporter of clean power,” said Sen. Heinrich, a member of the Senate Committee on Energy a nd Na t u r a l R e s ou r c e s . “This award will help New Mex ico students ga in the skills they need for the jobs of the future. The burgeoning clea n energy industr y already supports thousands of jobs in our state, and with rapidly evolving technologies, clean energy production
a nd tra nsmission w ill become even more important parts of our economy.” T h e f a c u l t y a t U N M ’s Department of Civil Engineering and CNM’s School of Applied Technologies will lead the effort to implement the academic plan, which is expected to impact more than 400 students. The knowledge gained from this plan will be shared with other institutions that have a focus on g reen con st r uct ion technology and sustainability. The Nationa l Science Foundation’s (NSF) Division of Undergraduate Education is responsible for awarding this funding. NSF is an independent federal agency that supports research and education in all the non-medica l f ields of science a nd engineering.
Dept. of Health warns: There’s no such thing as a safe tan By NM Dept. of Health
s I ty pe this, it’s cloudy. Yesterday it was sunny and hot. That’s New Mexico weather for you. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned hiking and cycling across the state, it’s you can get a sunburn no matter the temperature. The New Mexico Depa r tment of Hea lth (NMDOH) is gearing up to get the word out about National Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month this May, but for us living in the desert southwest, there’s no doubt this is a message that needs to be taken to heart year-round. As much as we love the sun, the truth is overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays causes not only sunburns and premature aging, but greatly increases our chances of developing skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. The number of new ca ses of non mela noma skin cancer appears to be increasing every year. These COMMUNITY
nonmelanoma skin cancers can usually be cured. Melanoma is not as common as nonmelanoma skin cancers, but it is more dangerous because it grows and spreads quickly. The number of new cases of melanoma is also increasing – and has for at least 30 years. NMDOH reports skin cancer cases to be one of the most common cancers in our state, and it has been for years. According to the National Cancer Institute, melanoma is found most often in men on the skin on the head, on the neck, or between the shoulders and the hips. In women, melanoma is often found on the skin on the lower legs or between the shoulders and the hips. Melanoma is rare in people with dark skin. When melanoma does develop in people with dark skin, it is usually found under the fingernails, under the toenails, on the palms of the hands, or on the soles of the feet. T h e Na t io n a l C a n c e r Institute reports if your skin freckles, tans poorly, or burns easily after sun exposure, you
are particularly susceptible to developing skin cancer. A tan can slightly lower the risk of sunburn, but even people who tan well without sunburning have a higher risk of skin cancer because of more lifetime sun exposure. Sunburns during childhood or adolescence may be particularly significant to our chances of one day getting skin cancer, according to researchers. That’s why the New Mexico Department of Health supports sun safety education for elementary-school-age children and encourages schools and communities to identify strategies to provide increased protection for children and adults alike. It’s why you see so many school playgrounds these days with shade structures if tall trees aren’t available where kids are playing. Students in some cases are allowed to wear protective clothing like hats, sunglasses and long-sleeved shirts and pants when outside at school. The hou rs between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. are the most
hazardous for UV exposure outdoors not just here in New Mexico but also the entire continental United States. UV rays from sunlight are the greatest right now during the late spring and throughout the summer. Remember, UV rays from the sun can reach you on cloudy and hazy days, as well as bright and sunny days. UV rays also reflect off of surfaces like cement, sand, and water. Indoor tanning (using a tanning bed, booth, or sunlamp to get tan) exposes you to UV radiation, too. The New Mexico Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) recommend the following easy ways to protect yourself and your loved ones from UVradiation: • Stay in the shade, especially during midday hours. • Wear clothing that covers your arms and legs. • Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade your face, head, ears, and neck. • Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block both UVA and UVB rays. • Use sunscreen with sun protective factor SPF 15 or higher, and both UVA and UVB protection. • Avoid indoor tanning altogether.
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SPORTS 360 Patriot girls shut down Los Alamos; Pat boys out in two straight losses Story and photos by Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent
very large crowd at Ford Canyon took on the clouds and threatening rain on May 7,
with sunshine being the ultimate reward as the Miyamura Patriot girls’ team shut out Los Alamos in the opening round of the State Tournament, 11-0. The boys’ games in Artesia were not so happy as they were beaten in the first two games
The introductions of the players may have been more exciting than the game as each one slapped the hands of the others in gleeful anticipation of what was going to happen after the umpire said, “Play Ball!” Cassandra Esquibel is shown here jumping for the final bump from Francesca Chioda before shaking hands with umpires, coaches from the opposing team, and their players.
Monique Ashley kicks up a puff of dirt behind her during her windup, but it is the velocity and accuracy of the pitch that determines the final outcome. Ashley was excellent on May 7 as she struck out 13 of 17 Los Alamos batters in a five inning no hitter won by Miyamura, 11-0. The Lady Pats will have played Roswell on May 12 in the next round of State Tournament at Cleveland High School.
Jennie Grijalva, #18, watches from the on-deck circle as Katlynn Silva, #6, sets herself in the batter’s box against Los Alamos on May 7. The Patriots won easily, shutting out the Hilltoppers 11-0 in five innings.
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of a best-of-three series, 2-0 on May 6 and 11-1 on May 7. The losses eliminated the sophomore-heavy team from further play this season. Behind the no-hit pitching of Monique Ashley, the Lady Patriots completely dominated the game with an eight-run first inning. It was all downhill from there as Ashley allowed only two baserunners - one on a hit pitch and one walk – and struck out 13 of the 17 batters she faced in five innings. The win did not start out in a dominating fashion as the leadoff batter went down swinging. Not even three consecutive singles by the Pats played well when they only scored one run out of them, and that on a wild pitch. The next batter walked to re-load the bases but the one following her was out on strikes, and a big rally did not look promising. Wake-up time for the ladies, though, as they produced three more singles, a double, and waited patiently for three walks that chalked up seven more runs before the final out of the inning. The Hilltoppers were devastated at that point and could never recover. The girls will have played against Roswell in Rio Rancho
on May 12, one day before this story is published. For a little retrospective, Roswell finished district play with a perfect 12-0 record, but against much weaker teams – barely able to
Ashley throws hard, the ball breaks well for her, and she is consistently around the plate. Everything a coach wants from a pitcher. Ashley also had three strikeouts in three of the five innings she pitched, and two each in the other two innings. She hits well too, having gone 3-3 at the plate, including a double. And the rest of the team backs her up well, on both sides of the field. The Lady Pats totaled 13 other hits in this game – Monique Flores was 3-4 with a double, Dayna Howard included a triple in her 2-3 performance, while Phrankie Pawlowski and Cassandra Esquibel both had two hits. Katlynn Silva, Alysha Mecale, and Desirae Madrid also collected hits for the Pats. It was a disappointing end for the Patriot boys – as it is for every team except the eventual champion – as they lost two straight in oil country. The five sophomores, one freshman and three juniors had a rough time
Desirae Madrid, #10, takes the turn at third in front of the Los Alamos fielder. Miyamura blanked the Hilltoppers 11-0 in the run-rule shortened playoff game on May 7. sustain # 8, 12 and 18 rankings. Miyamura’s district includes #1 Aztec and #3 Piedra Vista. The girls in purple and black also have Monique Ashley, or Mo as she’s called by her teammates.
in the playoffs, the first one for some of them. It was much sadder for the four seniors, who will not get another chance to further advance in this tournament. SPORTS
Navajo Pine’s Nez selected for annual Australia football tourney SUPERSTAR DT WAS FOURTH IN NATION IN QB SACKS LAST SEASON
Nabahitachiini “Bona” Nez was fourth in the nation in high school quarterback sacks this past season. Photo Credit: Courtesy By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
AVA J O , N . M . – Nabahitachiini Nez, a student athlete at Navajo Pine High School, is the latest area athlete to be accepted to play at the Down Under Sports Tournament in Australia. The annual tournament takes place over the summer and includes student athletes from all over
the world. A graduating senior, Nez, 17, was a standout defensive tackle for the Warriors for four years. He played offensive when necessary, but Nez anchored a Warriors team which was at times short-handed and overmatched. “I was totally shocked. I was surprised,” Nez said of getting the chance to go to Australia. “It’s a great opportunity. I am honored to be an ambassador
Scores Apr. 30, Saturday GHS T&F @ Bloomfield Invite GIRLS – 22 points. Wyonna Martin, Q for 3200-meter run, 12:13.81. Twin sister Winona Martin, 2nd in 3200 @ 12:38.22. Wyonna 2nd in 1600 @ 5:42.17. Jessica Ramirez, 5th in 800 @ 2:37.04. BOYS – 10 points. Jaden White 3rd in Javelin @ 132-10. Lazaro Lutsie, 5th in 100 @ 11.57. MHS T&F @ Bloomfield Invite GIRLS – 33 points. Gabby Dempsey, 2nd in Shotput @ 34-8.5 and 3rd in Discus @ 102-5. Ashley Thomas, 1st in 800-meters @ 2:28.49. Ariel Josafat, 4th in 100 @ 13.18. Mairna Bond, 4th in 200 @ 28.53.BOYS – 30 points. Nicholas Jameson, 2nd in 3200-meter @ 10:30.37, 4th in 1600 @ 4:41.40. Tye McKray, 4th in 3200 @ 10:42. Kyran Morgan, SPORTS
1st in 400-meters @ 52.90. Kiona Lucio, 1st in 200-meters @ 23.85, 4th in 100 @ 11.47. May 3, Tuesday RCHS SOFT 7, 6 Navajo Prep 8, 9 May 4, Wednesday ToHS BASE 0, Texico 13 (1st Round State) May 5, Thursday RCHS SOFT 18, 15 Tohatchi 3, 0 ToHS SOFT 3, 0 Rehoboth 18, 15 May 6, Friday GHS SOFT (#15) 0, #2 Centennial 10 (Play-to game) MHS BASE (#12) 0 #5 Artesia 2 (Game 1-Best of 3) MHS SOFT 11 Los Alamos 0, (1st Round State, Ford Canyon)
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of not only my community and state, but also our country.” Nez, who wants to study engineering in college, could go down as the best football player ever at Navajo Pine, located on the Navajo Nation and a 20-minute drive north from Window Rock, Ariz., the capital of the Navajo Nation. Pine is a Division 1-2A school that ended the past season with a 1-11 record, which was par for the course for Warriors’ football teams over the years. Nez is considered a local hero and a “can’t miss” prospect by most scouting agencies. In every sport, there is that one player that simply stands out from the rest of the team. The 6-feet-4 inch tall, 286 pound Nez, was fourth in the nation in quarterback sacks this past season. Nicknamed “Bona,” Nez recorded 41 solo tackles, 69 total tackles, 35 sacks and 22 quarterback hurries for the 2015-16 football season. Toward the end of the 2015 football season, Nez led the nation in sacks. William Nez, Bona’s father, said his son is being recruited by a host of Division I and II schools, among them Texas A & M, New Mexico Military Institute, Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, Brown University in Rhode Island, Wi l la met te Un iver sit y i n Oregon and Wester n New
Mexico University, among others. “I don’t want him to go to college just to play football,” William Nez said. “It’s important that you get a good education while there. Right now he’s leaning toward (New Mexico Military Institute).” Bona agreed, saying that he’s established a relationship with NMMI coach Drew Thatcher. “I like what I see in the school. If I need help academically, I can get it there. At a bigger school, that may not be possible.” But for right now the Nez family wants to put its focus with getting ‘Bona’ to Australia for the sports tournament. “One of the things I’m going to do is sell raffle tickets,” the younger Nez said of potential fundraising. “It’s going to cost over $3,000, but I think I will be going.” Nez, who began playing organized football in Gallup’s Tony Dorsett Youth Football League, said he was selected to go Down Under because of his on-the-field accomplishments the past few years. He said he’s never been out of the United States, but looks forward to meeting new players and coaches and friends.
Charlton Long, athletic director at Navajo Pine High, said Nez is the first Warriors student athlete to go on such a long trip. He said such a trip is something he knows ‘Bona’ appreciates. “Everybody’s very happy for him,” Long said. “He’s had four different football coaches since he’s been here. He’s got the athleticism. He’s got the intelligence. We will help him get there in every way that we can.” Nez said he’s actively looking for sponsors to make the Australia trip, which takes place from June 24 to July 9 and after Nez plays in New Mexico’s annual all-star football game near Albuquerque. He said he’ll be accepting financial donations and contributions over the next month. The Down Under Sports Tournament includes competition in football, cheerleading, wrestling, volleyball, golf, cross-country, basketball and host of other sports. Miyamura High School wrestler Bennie Baca, 17, was selected to go. Baca has said that he’ll spend the rest of this year fundraising to make the trip in 2017.
Navajo Pine High School star defensive tackle Nabahitachiini Nez (No. 75), who goes by the nickname “Bona,” was recently invited to play at the “Down Under Sports Tournament in Australia.” Photo Credit: Courtesy Gallup Sun • Friday May 13, 2016
SCORES | FROM PAGE 21 May 7, Saturday MHS BASE 1, Artesia 11 (2nd game, Best of 3 series, MHS eliminated) MHS SOFT 11, Los Alamos 0 RCHS T&F @ State – UNM Albq GIRLS – Skylar Blackbull, 2nd in 800-meters @ 2:30.33. 1600-meter Sprint Medley team, 3rd @ 4:38.46. WHS SOFT (#14) 0, #3 Hope Christian 11 May 11, Wednesday RCHS SOFT vs Tularosa @
Rio Rancho Complex, 8am ToHS SOFT vs Raton @ Rio Rancho Complex, 10 May 12, Thursday MHS SOFT @ #3 Roswell, Cleveland HS. 9 May 13, Friday GHS T&F @ State – UNM, Albq. MHS T&F @ State – UNM, Albq May 14, Saturday GHS T&F @ State – UNM, Albq. MHS T&F @ State – UNM, Albq
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CLASSIFIEDS ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS STUCCO UNITS GALLUP HOUSING AUTHORITY GALLUP, NEW MEXICO Sealed bids will be received for the Stucco Units project at the Gallup Housing Authority main office, located at 203 Debra Drive, Gallup, NM 87302, until 1:30 p.m. local time on Thursday, June 2, 2016. All interested parties are invited to attend. Proposals will be opened publicly and read aloud. Proposals received after that time will not be accepted. Contact Lowry Consultants, Inc., Project Engineer at (505) 259-5915 for questions concerning this project. Documents pertaining to this project may be viewed at the Gallup Housing Authority main office, phone number: (505) 722-4388, or secured at the following plan rooms: Construction Reporter 1607 2nd Street NW Albuquerque, NM (505) 243-9793 Builders News & Plan Room 3435 Princeton Dr. NE Albuquerque, NM (505) 884-1752 General Contractors, Subcontractors, Suppliers, and Manufacturers: One (1) set of Contract Documents may be obtained upon deposit of $50.00 per set, is refundable and paid by check to the plan room. The deposit will be refunded to those who return the Contract Documents in good condition within seven days of the bid opening. Bid security in an amount of not less than five percent (5%) of the total amount of the bid submitted is required of each bidder. An acceptable Bidder’s Bond must accompany each bid as a guarantee that, if awarded the contract, the bidder will enter into a contract promptly and execute the required Contract Documents. The successful bidder’s security will be retained until they have signed the contract. Gallup Housing Authority reserves the right to retain the security of the next lowest bidder until the lowest bidder enters into a contract or until thirty (30) days after the bid opening, whichever is shorter. If any bidder refuses to enter
into a contract, the Gallup Housing Authority will retain their bid security as liquidated damages. Bidders are advised that the specifications of the Project Manual require that Davis-Bacon federal wage rates be paid for labor. Any state labor wage rates that exceed the corresponding federal rate is inapplicable and shall not be enforced. (Federal Register August 10, 1988, 24 CFR Part 905, 941, 965 & 968). The state procurement code, sections 13-1-28 NMSA 1978, imposes civil and misdemeanor criminal penalties for its violation. In addition, the New Mexico criminal statutes impose felony penalties for bribes, gratuities, and kickbacks. Bidders are advised that a liquidated damages clause is included in the Contract, as called for in the General Conditions of the Contract for Construction. No bidder may withdraw their bid within thirty (30) days after the actual date of the opening thereof. The Gallup Housing Authority reserve the right to reject any or all bids and waive any or all informalities. HELP WANTED DELIVERY DRIVER Gallup Sun hiring delivery driver. Pays Hourly + Mileage. Must be available some Thurs. eves and all Fridays. For consideration, email resume or work history to: email@example.com EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Need an assistant with a sharp eye for detail and can meet deadlines. Will write briefs and other reports. Writing and editing experience a must. Training provided. Part-time/ On call. MUST submit resume for consideration. Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org PHOTOGRAPHER Gallup Sun is looking for an on call, general assignment/ sports photographer. Must write captions and get names for pics. Email resume/samples: email@example.com HOMES FOR RENT 1 bedroom house 2 bedroom apartment Call 863-4294 before 7 pm
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Take a walk in the past! This lovely Pueblo Style Home could actually be 2 separate houses! With its million dollar views of Ford Canyon Park & Church Rock is in original condition! One of Gallup’s original mansions with downstairs maids quarters, hardwood floors, original kitchen, bathrooms, electric and radiator style radiant heat! This home needs YOU to restore it to the grandeur that it once possessed. Conventional financing or Cash only. $129,900. Call Elizabeth 505-870-7603 or Kathleen @ 505-870-0836 MOBILE HOME RENTALS MOBILE HOME SPACES Mobile Home Spaces – Single wide – any size $200/mo. Double Wide $260/mo. Call Mike 505-870-3430 or Carmelita 505870-4095.
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR MAY 13 - MAY 19, 2016 FRIDAY MAY 13
TUESDAY MAY 17
FAMILY MOVIE (ALL AGES) Join us for a free family movie. Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Film: Finding Nemo SATURDAY MAY 14
COMMISSION MEETING Join us for a McKinley County Board of Commission Meeting. For more information please call (505) 863-1400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. nm.us. Begins: 9 am.
OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Meetings every Saturday at 10 am, First United Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Dr, corner of Nizhoni/Red Rock. Enter northwest corner off Nizhoni; Library room. Contact (505) 307-5999 or (505) 721-9208. SUNDAY MAY 15
CHURCH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT Join us for The Elden Brass Quintet. The members are faculty at Northern Arizona University. Donations are appreciated and will support kitchens and homeless shelters in Gallup. Begins: 3 pm. Location: 1334 Country Club Drive. 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. MONDAY MAY 16 GALLUP MCKINLEY COUNTY SCHOOLS Join us for a Board of Education Meeting. Begins: 4 pm. For more information please call (505) 721-1000. Location: Ramah High CALENDAR
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SKILLS Join the Octavia Fellin Library for free community computer training classes. They’re new and improved. This week: Using Twitter. Prerequisites: you must have a working email and basic computer skills are needed. Starts at 3 pm. Location: Main Branch, 115 W. Hill Ave. READING CHALLENGE 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: 6 pm. For more information please call (505) 863-1291. Location: Main Library Meeting Room, 115 W. Hill. WEDNESDAY MAY 18 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 at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. Marble Run
MAY FILM SERIES: EPIC SEQUELS Join us for a free family movie. Starts at 5 pm. Main Branch, 115 W. Hill. Film: Ride Along 2 OPEN-MIC-NIGHT Local talent takes center stage from 7:30 - 9:30 pm at Coal Street Pub, 303 West Coal Ave. (505) 7220117. THURSDAY MAY 19 THE CITY OF GALLUP Join us for a neighborhood meeting with Councilor Fran Palochak. We invite residents of District 4 to share their ideas, compliments, and complaints. Please feel free to bring a friend or two. Starts at 6 pm. For more information please call (505) 863-1220. Location: Tobe Turpen Elementary School CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) Fun crafts for the whole family (all ages). Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. Make: Rock Painting ONGOING CARS N COFFEE Every Sunday in the Camille’s parking lot from noon to 2 pm. Check out cars – new, old, vintage, and bikes. Cruise at 1:30 pm. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. 2nd St., Gallup. 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. FRIDAY NIGHT HOOTENANNY Gallup’s longest running live show! Every Friday night from 7-9 pm. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. 2nd St., Gallup. 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: email@example.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 UNM-GALLUP On May 24, join us at the Gallup McKinley County Chamber of Commerce Conference Room. ACCION and the UNM Gallup SBDC will conduct a workshop titled: How to Finance Your Small Business. This workshop is the beginning of many upcoming dynamic sessions in Financial Literacy. These workshops focus on small business Financial Management that’s designed to help you get into better financial shape. Starts at 1 pm. For more information please call (505) 722-2220 or email gallupsbdc@unm. edu. Location: Meeting Room, 106 W. Hwy. 66.
SACRED HEART CATHEDRAL Sacred Heart Cathedral will be holding its second Annual Spanish Market and Fiesta from May 2729. 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.
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