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“I was born in Gallup. I attended Gallup Cathedral and Gallup High School. After college, I returned home to work with my father. My father, Mayor Eddie Muñoz, taught me the most important things are family, hard work, loyalty and community – lessons my wife Sharmyn and I have passed on to our sons, Zane and Landon. I worked to carry these priorities and values to Santa Fe. My priorities have been to expand our state and local economies, educate our children, care for the less fortunate and keep taxes and spending in check. I’m grateful for your support.”
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NEWS Gallup Summer Nightly Indian Dances return for 33rd year By Dee “JC” Velasco Sun Correspondent
emorial Day officially kicked off t he 33 r d a n nua l Ga l lup Su m mer Nightly Indian Dances, sponsored by the City of Gallup. A growing tradition, the dances are held each year at the Gallup McKinley County Court House Plaza with various Native American tribes performing dances and songs. Running everyday until Labor Day, beginning at 7 pm, for one hour, audiences get a close up view of various Native American traditional dances. Aside from the returning locals from the Gallup surrounding area, tourists from abroad are entranced as well by the performers and the significance of the dances. Each year, more songs are added to the program according to Director Teri Frazier. “This year, we’re going to have four Gourd Dances take place throughout the summer to help celebrate Gallup as the Most Patriotic Small Town in America,” Frazier said. “We’re doing more advertising this year with a billboard and table
tents in motels and restaurants throughout Gallup. We’re featured in the New Mexico Magazine August issue, the Native American issue this year. So we kind of beefed up on advertising this year, that’s the biggest thing.” The nightly dances enhance the rich Native American culture, and as Gallup is considered the Indian Capital of the world, the nightly dances are an anticipated event. “We just keep growing, we haven’t gone down in numbers anytime, but the incentive is there to try to keep bringing more and more people. And with the Mayors’ help we were able to,” Frazier said. Each night, a different Native American performance group dances and sings for the public. Along with each performance, a brief description of the dance is given by the emcee. Frazier said this season will feature the Cellicion Traditional Zuni Dancers; Pollen Trail Dancers; Shelley Morningsong; Roach Family Pow-Wow Dancers; Zuni Olla Maidens; Apache Dancers; and the Kallestewa Dance group
from the Pueblo of Zuni, which is a children’s group. “We’re incorporating the children’s group in order to build capacity so that they can always be part of our program as they grow up. The performances are
pretty much the format of the performers themselves,” Frazier said. “We should see a little bit involving the audience, we’re just trying to do the best we can with what we have. I don’t tell the dancers what to dance, they
choose that themselves.” Local emcees also entertain the crowd with the history of Gallup about the tribes of New
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The Gallup Summer Night Dances began its 33rd year at the Courthouse Square with Zuni’s Cellicion Dancers performing a variety of dances – Eagle, Turkey, and Rainbow May 30. Photo Credit: NativeStars
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HONEST, COMMITTED & TRANSPARENT As your County Commissioner I will: •Support the economic development interests of the City, County and surrounding areas. •Continue to seek funding for suicide and drug abuse. Prevention programs and collaborate with all areas of government to provide quality healthcare and quality of life for all people. •As a committed community leader I will be a working commissioner and respectfully prioritize the needs of the community. •My vision is to support quality education and values within our youth to create a culturally strong community work force. •I am asking for your vote on June 7 for County Commissioner - District 3 - Position 3.
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Mitchell: Education is paramount in District 5 NEWCOMER ATTEMPTING TO UNSEAT AN INCUMBENT
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
OHATCHI – Serving in a key position on the Gallup-McKinley County School Board has given Kevin Mitchell a birdseye look at how schools around McKinley County function. That means Mitchell is up front and personal when it comes to things like academic performance and dropout rates. There are a lot of good things within the system and then there are some that require more attention from schoolboard members, parents, and even students themselves, Mitchell hinted at during a recent Democratic political forum in Gallup. The forum was conducted by McKinley County Democratic Chairwoman Mary Ann Armijo. Education is on Kev in
Kevin Mitchell Mitchell’s mind as he heads into the June 7, New Mexico primary. Mitchell faces incumbent D. Wonda Johnson of Church Rock, an educator and former administrator with the Navajo Nation. “I think education is important,” Mitchell said at the forum. “If I was to point out the most important thing of my platform, it would definitely be education.” A Tohatchi native, Mitchell is vice president of the school board. “There are some of our students that don’t graduate,” he said. “Some are not ready for
college or are not ready to attend a major university. We have to fix that. We cannot continue to give our students waivers for no apparent reason.” Mitchell, 52, has owned and operated a Gallup pet grooming business for close to 30 years. “I’ve worked since I was a teenager,” he told the 60-plus gathered at the forum. Now serving his sixth year on the school board, Mitchell said roads and infrastructure are just as important as receiving a good and well-rounded education. He said he’s prepared to do what is necessary from the standpoint of a state legislator to secure funding for McKinley’s mostly rural school system and to keep McKinley County schools at the forefront of the decision-makers in Santa Fe. “We need funding,” Mitchell said. “Nothing can be done without the proper funding
coming from the state. We must improve our graduation rate. There are a lot of our students who are not graduating and who are not completing all of their courses so that they can graduate.” Mitchell ran for a state representative seat many years ago. He is a secretary for Region I of the New Mexico School Boards Association’s Board of Directors. He’s come under fire over the years for being the eyes and ears of former State
Representative Sandra Jeff, who held the District 5 House seat up until a few years ago. He did not respond to the purported Jeff link. Both Mitchell and Johnson are Democrats. The general election is Nov. 8.
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Can Gallup make a lift-off with Lee? FORMER COUNTY MANAGER WEIGHING AN EFFORT TO ‘FRY BIGGER FISH’
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
aving successfully worked as McKinley C ou nt y M a n a ger for 18 months, not to mention a previous six-year stint as the executive director of the Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce, Bill Lee now seeks the District 3 seat on the McKinley County Board of Commissioners. The seat includes Gallup and Gamerco. Lee left the county post in recent months to run for office without any potential for conflicts of interest, and returned to the local Chamber, but this time as CEO. “I think I have the experience to do a very good job as a
Bill Lee commissioner,” Lee said. “It’s not about trying to fry bigger fish. I have dealt with county budgets. I am from Gallup. I have dealt with businesses as chamber director. It makes sense to run for this seat.” If elected, Lee would like to work to secure sustainable
funding for Na’nizhoozhi Center, Inc., commonly called NCI, and Gallup’s sole detox center. Over the years, the center lost a lot of annual funding – at one point about $4 million - from the Navajo Nation, which forced the city to step up its funding portion. “With respect to NCI, one of the things we have to do is make NCI a gateway, a way for people to find jobs and housing during what is a period of transition,” Lee said. “We have to create ways of partnering with the Navajo Nation, the city of Gallup, and IHS.” Another thing Lee said deser ves attention is the improvement of county infrastructure. “We have to work together,” he said. “We have to look for ways to collaborate
when it comes to not only funding, but other things as well.” Lee noted that as county ma nager he was pr iv y to reviewing gross receipts taxes reports and budgets. “We have to find ways to make the best possible use of revenue in a time when revenues are not necessarily increasing,” the former county manager said. Lee is an avid balloonist and owns X-Treme-Lee Fun Balloon Adventures. He has been actively involved in Gallup’s annual Red Rock Balloon Rally, both as a board president and participant, for the better part of two decades. He is active as a city and state tourism promoter, having served on various boards like New Mexico Hospitality Association and the state tourism
board. Lee was appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez to the State Fair Commission. Some view Lee as Gallup’s primary promoter and marketer. Lee graduated from Gallup High School and attended Eastern New Mexico University and North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Lee faces former McKinley County Commissioner David Dallago, former City Fire Chief Johnny Greene, Jr., and retired Bureau of India n A ffa irs administrator Gerald O’Hara in the June 7 primary. The general election is Nov. 8. Each of the candidates is a Democrat and Gallup native, except O’Hara who is from Pennsylvania. McKinley commissioners annually earn around $19,000.
Record-setting Clahchischilliage readying for another District 4 run INCUMBENT IS A RETIRED EDUCATOR
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent K IRTL AND – Sha ron Cla hch isch illiage is a
trailblazer, plain and simple. In a political area histor ica l ly dom i nated by Democrats in the House of Representatives and Senate,
t he Iv y L ea g ue - educated Clahchischilliage is a longt i me Republ ica n a nd t he first Navajo female elected to the District 4 House of Representatives post in the history of the New Mexico Legislature. “I’m running again because there is a lot of unfinished bu s i ne s s i n D i s t r ic t 4 ,” Clahchischilliage said. “I want to finish what has yet to be done.” Clahchischilliage said the issue of utility infrastructure is big and important in District 4. Improvements to school-bus roads are a big
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weather periods, at places like Red River Valley, it can take up to two or three hours one way for school buses to reach their destinations. “There’s a lot to be done with respect to quite a few things,” she said. “The quality of life of my constituents cannot be ignored. I am the best person and most qualified person to get things done.” She said she doesn’t feel isolated as a Republican in a sea of area Democrats, noting that it is the Republicans who have a majority at the moment in the New Mexico House of Representatives. Her opponent in the June 7 primary is retired educator GloJean Toda cheene of Sh iprock, a Democrat who is also of Navajo descent. F i r st elected to t he state legislatu re in 2013, Clahchischilliage was born and raised in Farmington. She graduated from Eastern New Mexico University and later from the University of Pennsylvania. She is one of six Navajo Republicans to ever serve the New Mexico Legislature. NEWS
Shiprock newcomer Todacheene qualified, experienced By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
HIPROCK – You can call it one of the most educated area candidate fields for a New Mexico legislative seat in 2016. The fact that both candidates are Navajo, possess master’s degrees, and have achieved “firsts” throughout their professional careers is an accomplishment within itself. Politica l newcomer Glo Jea n Todacheene a nd incumbent Sha ron Clahchischilliage are engaged in a campaign for the District 4 seat in the State House of Representatives. “The state of New Mexico
GloJean Todacheene is facing droughts and fires, job losses a nd a need for job creation,” Todacheene, of Shiprock, said. “Environmental issues, outof-state migration and a loss
of funding from oil and gas industry are big issues in the state,” she said. “We need to use science to solve problems. Leadership is about encouraging citizens to achieve what they can with purpose, plans, and ethics.” Tod a cheene, who wa s born in Ganado, Ariz., on the Navajo Nation, was the first Native American female to serve on the San Juan County Boa rd of Com m i s sioner s (2 0 0 7 - 2 012). S h e a l s o served the 21st Navajo Nation Council, where she was one of nine female delegates to serve on the former 88 council delegate system. A Democrat , a nd bot h a bachelor’s a nd ma ster’s degree recipient from the
District 22 candidate Sandra Jeff named to ‘Dirty Dozen’ list GROUP CALLS JEFF BAD ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
ANTA FE – Conservation Voters New Mex ico a nd the national League of C o n s e r v a t io n Vo t e r s announced May 31 that Sandra Jeff, a former member (District 5) of the New Mexico House of Representatives, has been named to the “Dirty Dozen in the States” for the second time in as many years. Modeled after LCV’s trademark federal “Dirty Dozen,” the state version highlights 12 of the most anti-environment state-level candidates from around the country. CVNM released the information to media outlets across New Mexico. “[Sandra Jeff’s] record made her an obvious choice for this dubious distinction,” Ben Shelton, CVNM political and legislative director, said. “By naming [Sandra Jeff] to the ‘Dirty Dozen in the States,’ we are highlighting her misguided priorities for District 22 [of the New Mexico Senate].” During her time as a New Mexico state rep, Jeff, who is from Crownpoint, established a record as an anti-conservation legislator. Jeff was named
Sandra Jeff to the ‘Dirty Dozen’ list in 2014, Shelton said. “This past year we’ve seen some tremendous progress on building our clean energy future at the state level,” Gene Karpinski, president of the LCV, said. “While that progress has not been uniform, we have seen states pass legislation that accelerates the transition to renewable, clean energy. Defeating anti-environmental candidates like [Sandra Jeff] in New Mexico is how we build pro-conservation majorities that lead to these kinds of successes.” The Navajo-born Jeff, who is running for the District 22 seat for the first time ever a nd against attor ney a nd
incumbent Benny Shendo of Jemez Pueblo, earned inclusion on the list by taking the anti-conser vation stances listed below: Jeff has not supported the community’s attempts to clean up legacy uranium waste that impacts land, water, air, and health. The largest radioactive material took place in Church Rock, which is located in District 22. The spill left some people victimized by cancer. In 2013, Jeff cast votes against the establishment of private rights of action for violation of state environmental laws (HB 429), and in favor of privatizing key public services (HB 405), according to CVNM. CVNM is a Santa Fe-based organization that seeks to connect people to their political power with respect to the protection of air, land, and water. The organization does this by mobilizing voters, holding elected officials accountable, and advancing responsible public policies, CV NM Com mu n icat ion s Director Liliana Castillo said. Jeff did not respond to repeated calls for comment. Her email address listed on Secretary of State’s website is non-functional.
University of New Mexico, Todacheene’s political platform includes infrastructure improvements and to, generally, promulgate new laws to help elderly people, students, and society’s neglected. Todacheene is a retired elementary school principal and recently held two fundra isers for her ca mpa ign, where she raised something in the neighborhood of $10,000, she said. Patr icia Lundstrom, D - Ga llup, a nd the incumbent running unopposed for another term in District 9, helped Todacheene organize one of the fundraisers and called Todacheene “a very formidable candidate who would be good for New Mexico.”
Todacheene is confident she ca n pull off a win in the June 7 primary against Clahchischilliage. “When individuals believe in your abilities, experience, leadership, discipline and authenticity, they see you as a leader that they want to be their voice,” she said. Interestingly, the candidate said the late Fred Rogers, of the hit TV show Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, selected her as one of his heroes in a 12-minut e P ubl ic Broa dc a s t i n g Service segment in 1994. District 4 includes San Jua n Cou nt y a nd goes a s far south as Newcomb on the Nava jo Nation India n Reservation. The general election is Nov. 8.
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GPD arrests two on drug charges ONE SUSPECT OUT; THE OTHER STILL JAILED ON $25K BOND
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
ne known drug dealer remained jailed June 2 and another bonded out May 25 after a Gallup police field operation yielded a drug bust in a grocery store parking lot, according to a police report. Russell “Rusty” Luna, 29, and Jeremy “We” Henry, 24, were taken into custody May 24 a f ter Ga l lup na rcot ics agents seized weapons and d r ugs. Lu na wa s cha rged with possession of heroin, marijuana, and drug parapher na l ia . Lu na wa s a lso found to be in possession of a knife, the report states.
Henry was arrested on two outstanding bench warrants, one for the possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and the other for failure to comply with the conditions of probation. Luna posted a $3,000 bail bond. Both Luna and Henry were listed as “known drug users and dealers” in the police report on the matter.
HOW DID THE BUST GO DOWN? According to the police report, at 3 pm on May 24, agents pulled over a vehicle driven by Luna in the parking lot of the Uptown Lowe’s along Historic Highway 66 and near
the intersection of Ford Drive. The report states that agents recognized both Luna and Henry as people with possible
drug warrants. Neither of the two resisted arrest, the report states. McK inley County Adult
Detention Center records show that both Luna a nd Hen r y have pr ior d r ug records. Henry was last in custody in Februar y after police raided the apartment of his girlfriend, Corey Daniel, 22, on First Street near downtown. In that incident, Henry was charged with drug possession and the two tried to evade police by exiting a backdoor of the apartment. J a i l Wa r d e n S t e v e Silversmith said Luna possesses an arrest record that dates back to 2009. “He [Luna] was in custody six times in 2015,” he said. There were no attorneys listed for Luna or Henry in jail records.
Gallup man arrested on warrant; drug charge By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
Ga l lup m a n wa s jailed May 27 and was later released the same day after posting a $5,000 bond, officials said. Jo s é A le j a nd r o R io s Castillo was taken into custody by narcotics agents with the Gallup Police Department after hotel personnel at the Red Lion, 3009 W. Highway 66, on the city’s west side suspected something as the result of frequent foot traffic going in and
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an outstanding warrant pending from McKinley County, according to the police report on the matter. A gent s a r re st ed R ios Castillo after he and a female companion exited the hotel to apparently take a ride somewhere. Rios- Ca stillo was charged with trafficking methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. According to the police report, Rios-Castillo had the warrant out for failure to comply with conditions of release on a
previous charge of possession of a controlled substance. While searching the vehicle that Rios-Castillo was
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WEEKLY DWI REPORT The legal limit is .08. Daryl Desiderio Jr. May 7, 10:19 pm 2 nd DWI, Aggravated A vehicle approachi n g a DW I checkpoint, m a n ne d by Ga l lup P o l i c e Department O f f i c e r Dominic Molina reportedly attempted to turn around, striking two orange traffic cones as it did so. Molina pursued the vehicle, which ca me to a stop on A r nold Circle. The passenger and driver f led on foot. Molina pursued the runners; when he told the suspect driver to hit the ground, he complied and was handcuffed. Desiderio, 22, had a district-court warrant out for
his arrest and a suspended driver’s license due to DWI. He repor ted ly smel led of a lc o hol a nd s lu r r e d h i s words. The car contained a marijuana pipe and smelled of m a r iju a n a s moke. He refused chemical testing. Ferlin Platero Jr. May 12, 3:24 pm DWI G P D O f f i c e r Ter ra nce Peyke t ew a was dispatched to t he D ol l a r T ree pla za for a h it and-run involving a gray Ford Escape. Upon arrival, a witness told him she’d seen the Ford back into unoccupied vehicles and then park. Upon investigating the vehicle, the officer found a male slouched
in the driver’s seat. Platero, 24, repor ted ly held a n a er o s ol du s t i n g spray can. He was slurring as he spoke, seemed dazed and confused, and claimed to black out when he huffs; there were two more spray cans in the car. Platero had no alcohol in his system. He was arrested and booked in the county jail. Virgil Pinto May 9, 4:46 pm 2 nd DWI, Aggravated Driving up to the R i o We s t Mall in response to a n auto c r a s h , Peyke t ew a not iced a Chr ysler PT, with frontend damage, stopped in the middle of the road without
a driver. According to the police report, the victim of the incident claimed a male crashed into her car, running east as the officer arrived. Peyketewa noticed a man w a l k i n g q u ic k l y t ow a r d Lotaburger. Pinto, 38, was reportedly breathing heavily and held Chrysler keys. The victim identified him as the driver. He failed the field sobr iet y test s. P i nto wa s arrested; he refused to submit to a breath test. Derrick Sarracino Jan. 14, 3:12 pm Aggravated DWI Running a stop sign at Park and Fourth alerted GPD Sgt. Benny Gaona to S a r r a c i no. Once pu l led over, Ga on a noted in his report that he could smell the “strong odor of an intoxicating beverage on his breath” and bloodshot, watery eyes. Upon exiting the vehicle, Sarracino, 35, was
given a breath test, and blew a .20, more than double the legal limit of .08, earning him the aggravated DWI status. Garrilyn S. Begay Jan. 22, 11:34 pm Aggravated DWI Accord i ng to Of f icer J e s s i e D i a z ’ s r e p o r t , combined pol ice a nd eyew itness accounts le d t o t h e arrest of B egay for DWI, careless driving, among ot her cha rges. She ha d allegedly struck some parked cars at 107 E. Aztec. While Dia z noticed t he sig ns of intoxication, such as bloodshot, water y eyes, slurred speech, and the smell of alcohol coming off her breath as she spoke to the officer – she denied drinking. Begay, 20, didn’t fare well on the field sobriety tests, and blew a .24 and .23 during the breath tests.
Marguerite Street gas station robbed in broad daylight SUSPECTS FLED EAST TOWARD STAGECOACH AREA By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
robber a nd the driver of a getaway car eluded authorities May 22, but not before getting away with an undisclosed amount of money from the Phillips 66 gas station and convenience store at 200 S. Marguerite St., according to a police report. The only clues police have in the incident are the description of the vehicle in question and a few details about what one of the perpetrators looked like. According to a police report by Gallup Police Officer Jeremy Shirley, at about 4:22 pm, a male got out of a gray Chevy Trailblazer that was parked in the back of the Phillips 66 and near the establishment’s dumpster. The gas station and convenience store are part of the bigger Lowe’s grocery store, which sits across the parking lot toward the east. Referencing witness statements, Shirley wrote in the report that a 5-feet-6 -inchtall male, possibly Hispanic or Caucasia n, entered the store dressed in black pants NEWS
and wearing a hoodie and T-Shirt. The female clerk on duty descr ibed the suspect a s somewhat agitated, moving his hands near his pockets as if he had something like a gun. Although the clerk was not threatened, the report states, she handed over money and the suspect and the other unidentified male fled east along Aztec Avenue and in the direction of the Stagecoach neighborhood. A secu r it y g ua rd who patrols Lowe’s and its accompanying liquor store told Shirley he saw the gray vehicle speed off. He said the car had “rims” on it, but no noticeable markings or exterior damage that stuck out. “He said the trailblazer had no license plates,”
The Phillips 66 at 200 S. Marguerite St. was robbed May 22. The suspects remain at-large, according to a police report. Photo Credit: NativeStars Shirley wrote in the report. The Marguerite Phillips 66
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Crownpoint’s Kenneth off to Haskell Indian Nations University KANSAS SCHOOL WAS ONE OF TWO ON KENNETH’S LIST
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
hen the decision to leave home for college and collegiate sports arises, not everybody settles into the right choice. Such a decision can be nerve-racking. But Cr ow npoi nt H i g h School’s Kitana Kenneth made the right college choice on May 26. Kenneth — who played volleyball, basketball, and ran track and field for the Lady Eagles — took Haskell Indian Nations University up on its scholarship offer. “I am very happy with my selection,” Kenneth said. “I took my time in making the
INDIAN DANCES | FROM PAGE 3 Mexico, types of dances, and all information pertaining to the Nightly Indian Dances. “My staff consists of two emcees, two ambassadors, two city workers on sound, and of course, the dance groups,” Frazier said. “We also have 13 Native American vendors for the public, displaying their arts and crafts.” Ambassadors also display free information to the public on Gallup and the surrounding
(Top) Crownpoint High School Principal Ophelia Sanchez, Athletic Director Sheri Moore; (Bottom) Tammy Kenneth, Kitana Kenneth, and Darryl Kenneth. Photo Credit: Sheri Moore decision. I’m going to be meeting new people and playing volleyball at a whole different level.” area. Along with the performances, the Veterans Memorial Walkway is also a must-see. “It’s a great way to spend your evening, it’s a safe place to be, and we’ve enhanced our security this year. It’s just a great place to hang out, and if you have people visiting you here in Gallup, it’s a great place to bring them,” said Frazier, who added that people come from all over the world. “It’s amazing how many people come here to Gallup, to see what Gallup is all about.”
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Sheri Moore, athletic director at Crownpoint, called Kenneth a very good student. She said “Kit” was an outside hitter and defensive specialist on the volleyball team. In track, Kenneth threw the shot put and javelin and ran the 100-meter
relay and long jump. Kenneth was a post player in basketball and played at least one sport each of her four years at Crownpoint High, Moore noted. The Lady Eagles finished the year last season with a 7 - 13 record in volleyball, Moore said. Donna Aguilar, a school guidance counselor who coached the Lady Eagles last season, and just for one season, left Crownpoint, Moore noted. Kenneth, 18, said she’s not exactly sure what position she’ll play on the volleyball team for the Lady Fighting Indians, saying that’s up to the coaches when she gets there in the fall. “I think I can play a lot of positions,” Kenneth said. “But it’s something that I’ll have to see when I get there. Wherever I play, I am going to do the best to help my team.” The University of Maine
was a school that was high on the list for Kenneth in terms of sports and academics, the graduate said. Kenneth said she played softball when she was a student at Crownpoint Middle School, but didn’t play in high school because the Eagles don’t have a softball team. “I played pitcher, first base, third base, and catcher when I played softball,” she said. Haskell Indian Nations University is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, competing as an independent in all sports. The school competed in the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference prior to July 2015. The school offers basketball, track and field, and softball for women, but Kenneth said she’ll think about going out for other sports upon arrival.
OPINIONS Letter to the Editor: Pesky Alcohol Problem – Part Two By Richard Kontz
art one was printed in the Gallup Sun on Friday May 27, 2016. Part one talked about being trapped in a “weird time warp” with periodic round table discussions of Key officials, promises being made, the continuing lack of concrete data on the problem and how to solve the problem. Here is the continuation of that Opinion letter Personally like a lot of citizens, I am disgusted with the
whole issue. I believe these people need to be held accountable for their actions. Ask any counselor who will give an honest opinion on the matter
and they will tell you no counseling program will help a person unless that person “really” wants help. If they truly want help there are a host of local options to help these people. To me it’s a matter of the people who need the help getting into these programs and sticking it out. I also still believe it is better to spend money on education, prevention and counseling of youth and young adults to stop the flow of people into the “pipe line” as opposed to trying to get long time chronic alcoholics
reformed. Here is my take on the problem. First, when I drive to work every morning I see largely Navajo people on the streets. I believe the Navajo people as a unique people group with unique spiritual and cultural beliefs are the main ones who can solve this problem. Numerous times past and the current Navajo leaders have pressed the need to restore the core principals of “Hozho” and “K’e”. Hozho is the basic concept of maintaining harmony,
peace and beauty. Certainly the Navajo people who wander the streets are not in harmony or at peace with themselves, their families, the community they come from or the people they come in contact with in Gallup. Certainly there is no beauty in this kind of existence. That is where “K’e” comes in. “K’e” essentially is about kinship and maintaining that bond for the good of the whole. That is why I feel the Navajo people
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GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF JUNE 3 – 9, 2016
Mercury rules the planet Gemini, which has taken center stage this month. Naturally, this is the planet of communication, intellect, and awareness. Take stock of your emotional and physical state. What is the ROI (return on investment) of your emotional and physical self?
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Patience is indeed a necessary virtue. You must practice selfcontrol in order to achieve the goals and dreams you have. Action is an admirable quality, but finishing a project is also a worthwhile endeavor. If you truly hate certain elements of a project, learn the art of delegation. Use your charm and communicate your needs with those who can help you.
You’ll never know what you can accomplish until you try. It’s often difficult to step out of our comfort zone. In fact, it’s terrifying. You may resist at first. The shell of the crab is not easily cracked. But, you’ll be grateful that you didn’t lower your expectations or standards. All good things come to those who wait and, in turn, accept the gifts given to them.
Summer is just around the corner and you’re ready for a family vacation. It’s merely a matter of where and when. Will you choose the staycation or fun by the beach? It’s always fun to plan and scheme. Use the motivation to help you energize. Allow the fun energy to incorporate itself into your work and family life right now.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
You don’t control the universe or other people. If you want something done, you may ask your spouse, friend, or kids. But, if they do it their way and it’s not good enough, consider not remarking on it. The best way to cultivate bad behavior is to kick someone when they’ve offered their time. Treat everyone (even your kids) as volunteers.
If you don’t ask for help then you’ll never receive it. People are not mind readers and you really are the best person to explain what you want from a given situation. Don’t underestimate your ability to work out a challenge in communication. Difficult conversations are scary, but if you choose not to react you’ll come out on top.
Enjoy the beautiful world around you. Take a long drive with the dog, or pick up that delicious book you’ve put on hold. It’s never too late to start a new project or try something new. You may be heading into an even more interesting time of life than you first imagined—self-discovery. Don’t be afraid to embrace the new you, with your whole heart.
Anxiety is a beast of burden and it doesn’t suit you. Your current situation (for better and worse) is not permanent. Learn all that you can from those around you. Adopt a permanent student mode. Do you have a mentor? What about the anti-mentor? Don’t react. Sit forward with a notepad and write down each and everything that you can.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Your need to explain is almost overwhelming. It’s important to you that you demonstrate your enthusiasm and no one doubts that it exists. You may temper this with serious reflection and contemplation as you figure out how to tackle your next big step. Share this information with others. You never know who will benefit from your insight.
Work may have you down right now, and your frustration with your career opportunities inspire ire. Use that energy to emerge from your comfort zone and become a beautiful butterfly. Perhaps it’s time to move to a new city, start a new job or career path, or just learn something new. Whatever it is that you MUST do, don’t wait. Act now!
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You’ve been sluggish in a few endeavors, but you know what you’re doing. It’s in your best interest to learn more about yourself and act less selfishly. You’re an independent spirit. But, if you have lives depending on you then there is no excuse for laziness. Educate yourself as much as you can. Visit the library, read articles online, and take a course or two.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You’ll appreciate the Sun in Gemini this month. Your fellow air sign is leading the charge with open communication and awareness. This may strike all the right cords with you. Use it to your advantage and speak with loved ones about the ideas and challenges on your mind. Share with others what you’ve been thinking on for sometime.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) You’ll appreciate plenty of long walks and vacation planning this month. It’s up to you to use good judgment when dealing with family this coming year. Watch what you say. A loved one doesn’t understand your change of heart or sudden need to communicate. Perhaps you should take them through your thought process.
Gallup Sun • Friday June 3, 2016
COMMUNITY Special Memorial Day memories for veterans, families, and the folks of Gallup Story and photos by Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent
n the 10th Annual Memorial Day Celebration, hosted by the Gallup McKinley Veterans Committee on May 30 this year, the crowds were larger at both the Hillcrest Cemeter y and the County Courthouse, the parade was longer, and enthusiasm was at a much higher level than had been witnessed in the previous nine years. Memorial Day is especially
significant for veterans and families, even as it is also shared by civilians who commemorate the lives of family members and friends who have passed. There is enough empathy to go around. The Veterans Committee was proud to show the spectators the two new pillars erected for additional veterans – one for WWII vets and one for those who served in Vietnam. One thing that made this day stand out for many in the Gallup community was the appointment of Hiroshi
Members of Veterans Helping Veterans from American conflicts ranging back to WWII lead the parade down Aztec Avenue from Hillcrest Cemetery to the County Courthouse on Memorial Day, May 30. The independent and localized unit participates in many activities concerning veterans, and as their title indicates, does whatever is needed for individual vets and their families.
Franklin Zecca and his wife Jerry bow respectfully during Memorial Day services at the County Courthouse on May 30. Jerry is the sister of Jody Huerta, a Gallup Marine who was killed in Vietnam early in that war.
The granddaughter of Delfred Smith, Isabelle Acque holds tightly to her grandfather’s hand as they walk from Hillcrest Cemetery to the County Courthouse during the Memorial Day parade. Isabelle regularly attends the meetings of Veterans Helping Veterans at Don Diego’s Restaurant and usually has her Marine cap firmly in place.
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‘Hershey’ Miyamura, Gallup’s only Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, as the grand marshal of the parade and ceremony. Miyamura has fulfilled his other duties as a member of the very select club of living MOH recipients and had not been able to attend until this year. Veterans Helping Veterans members posted the colors for the event, and David Cuellar, the leader of that group, led the Pledge of A llegia nce. Kassandra Kleeberger sang the National Anthem and VHV spiritual warrior Tooley Brown gave the invocation. As the heat from the noonday sun increased, it was finally Miyamura’s turn at the podium, and he delivered a short, passionate speech about his service and that of others. He also introduced members of the Korean War Veteran’s Association who had come to Gallup to hear him speak. Cuellar then recognized Army veteran Benny C. Diaz from Ga llup. T he a l most 22-year-old was killed during the last days of the Battle of the Bulge on Jan. 25, 1945. Ve t e r a n s C o m m i t t e e Chairman Joe Zecca, who also
handled the roll call duties of those who are no longer walking on this earth, made further presentations, followed by the VHV’s 21-gun salute and the playing of Taps, which preceded the closing of the
program by Zecca. VHV retired the colors, and the hot, sun-burned audience returned home for yet another year’s worth of inspiration from those celebrated – some gave all, all gave some.
Hiroshi ‘Hershey’ Miyamura takes the stage at the County Courthouse to the appreciation and applause of the large audience. Miyamura is Gallup’s hero, having received the Congressional Medal of Honor from then President Eisenhower in the mid 1950’s for his actions in Korea. COMMUNITY
Solace paid to GPD’s fallen CLOSE TO 100 ATTEND ANNUAL MEMORIAL SERVICE By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
hey came as if to their own funeral. Law enforcement and personnel from the Gallup Police Department, the Gallup Fire Department, the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office, and generally, officials from Gallup City Hall – their brethren killed in the line of
Department will forever hold great respect for them and you,” Boyd said to the families of the fallen officers. A few of the family members gave short remembrances. Chief of Detectives John Arvizo was shot and killed in 1965 while conducting a stakeout at a motor company. Officer Richard Madrid was struck in the head in 1958 while attempting to make a protec-
A display of banners commemorating Gallup’s fallen officers. Photo credit: NativeStars burglary suspect. The suspect was never apprehended. Mitchell’s assailant, Robert Kiro, gave himself up to police. He was found guilty of second degree murder and two counts
of attempted murder. Kiro was sentenced to 34 years in prison. Boyd served with Mitchell. Sg t. Matt Wr ight sa id he was one of the officers who responded to the scene with
Mitchell. “It was a chaotic scene,” Wright recalled. “They were all good men.” Boyd noted that the tribute to the fallen officers occurred during National Police Week.
it’s recess! Chief Franklin Boyd addresses GPD officers, family, and guests. Photo credit: NativeStars duty years ago – took their places at a May 20 tribute titled “The Gallup Police Annual Fallen Officer’s Memorial Service.” “This is to pay tribute to our brothers who sacrificed for their fellow man with honor,” Interim Police Chief Franklin Boyd said. “They will never be forgotten.” Boyd, a career city police officer, introduced family members of John A r v iso, Richard Madrid, Larry Brian Mitchell, Ronald Baca, Barney Montoya and Louis Silva. “We remember them and they will always be honored,” Boyd told the gathering of nearly 100 people. “The city of Gallup Police COMMUNITY
tive custody pickup in downtown Gallup. Madrid completed the protective custody pickup and continued with his shift despite the injury. Cpl. Larry Brian Mitchell was shot and killed in 2001 while responding to a barricaded person in a mobile home. Officer Ronald Baca was hit by a motorist in 1986 while returning to the police station. The motorist had run a red light and Baca was returning to the police station. Sgt. Barney Montoya was hit by a drunk driver in 1977 as he was ending his shift. Officer Louis Silva was shot and killed in 1930 while questioning someone about a
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR JUNE 3 - 9, 2016 FRIDAY JUNE 3 FAMILY MOVIE (ALL AGES) Join us for a free family movie. Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Film: Disney and Pixar’s Up
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. SUNDAY JUNE 5
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SKILLS Join the Octavia Fellin Library for free community computer training classes. They’re new and improved. Starts at 11 am. Location: Main Branch, 115 W. Hill Ave.
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 JUNE 6
USTRC TEAM ROPING CLASSIC On June 3-5, join us for the USTRC Team Roping Classic. Begins: 9 am daily. For more information please visit: ustrc.com. Location: Red Rock State Park, NM 566.
GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY SCHOOLS Join us for a Board of Education Meeting. For more information, please call (505) 721-1000. Begins: 6 pm. Location: Student Support Center, 640 Boardman Dr.
NNHR COMMISSION MEETING Join the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission for a regular meeting. The regular meeting is open to the public. Begins: 10 am. For more information, please call (928) 871-7436. Location: St. Michaels Professional Bldg. 1, Ste. 112, St. Michaels Navajo Nation, AZ, 86511.
SUMMER KIDS COLLEGE Join us for UNM Kids College. For more information, please call (505) 863-7738 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Begins: 9 am. Location: Rio West Mall, UNMG Community Center, 1300 W. Maloney Rd.
GHS RELAY FOR LIFE Join the Gallup High School Relay for Life Team, Team Bengals, for a late night-swim party. Youth ages 14-yearsold and older are invited to join us for movies, aquatic games, and races. Admission: $4 per person. All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Begins: 9 pm. For more information, please call Pam (505) 870-6205. Location: Gallup Aquatic Center, 620 Boardman Dr. SATURDAY JUNE 4 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. COMMUNITY COFFEEHOUSE Join us for the Community Coffeehouse open-mic. This is a fun and free celebration of music, poetry, and storytelling. All ages are welcome. Begins: 6:30 pm. Location: Church of the Holy Spirit, 1334 Country Club Dr. TREATY DAY ROUGHSTOCK RODEO Join us for the Treaty Day CALENDAR
SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS Summer is coming and it’s time for the kids to get out of the house. Rehoboth Christian School will be offering basketball and soccer camp this summer. The schedule is as follows: June 6 - 9: Soccer camp for students going into grades 1 - 9. For more information, please contact Coach Donkersloot (505) 863-4412. June 20 - 23: Basketball Camp for students going into grades 3 - 9. For more information, please contact Kevin Zwiers (505) 863-4412. If you’d like to enroll your son or daughter in a summer sports camp, please stop by the Rehoboth Administration building, 7 Tse Yaaniichii Ln., Rehoboth, for an application or visit: rcsnm. org. SUSTAINABLE GALLUP BOARD Join us for a Sustainable Gallup Board. Begins: 3 pm. Location: Octavia Fellin Library Meeting Room, 115 W. Hill Ave. TUESDAY JUNE 7 TODDLER TIME (AGES 2 TO 4) An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement rhymes, and stories. Starts: 10:30 am. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Free
INTRODUCTION TO THE INTERNET Join the Octavia Fellin Library for free community computer training classes. They’re new and improved. Starts at 3 pm. Location: Main Branch, 115 W. Hill Ave. WEDNESDAY JUNE 8 MAKER’S CLUB (AGES 7 AND UP) A club for kids interested in science, math, building, and inventing. Each week will feature a different challenge, project, or experiment. Starts: 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. Craft: Hovercrafts
WEDNESDAY NIGHT MOVIES Join us for a free family movie. Starts at 5:30 pm. Main Branch, 115 W. Hill Ave. Film: Point Break (2015) OPEN-MIC NIGHT Local talent takes center stage from 7:30 - 9:30 pm at Coal Street Pub, 303 West Coal Ave. (505) 722-0117. THURSDAY JUNE 9 CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) Fun crafts for the whole family (all ages). Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. Make: Physical Activity Cube Game THE CITY OF GALLUP Join us for a neighborhood meeting with Councilor Fran Palochak District 4. This is a great opportunity to share ideas. Your compliments and complaints are welcome. Begins: 6 pm. Location: Stagecoach Elementary School, 725 Freedom Dr. CANCER SURVIVORSHIP CONFERENCE On June 9 - 10, join us for a cancer survivorship confer-
ence. Increase community engagement in and knowledge of patient-centered research. Begins: 8 am. For more information, please call, (505) 862-2029 or email: casey@ coperproject.org. Location: Navajo Nation Cultural Museum, Window Rock, AZ. ONGOING SUMMER NIGHTLY INDIAN DANCES Join us on May 31 - Aug. 6 for Summer Nightly Indian Dances. This is a 24-year-running event. Begins: 7 pm. Location: Gallup Courthouse Square. For more information please call (505) 722-2228. 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. COMMUNITY PANTRY The Hope Garden is offering organic produce for sale from 10 am - noon, 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 Vernon Garcia. 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 nonprofit working to increase recycling through education, community outreach, and partnership with local government agencies. MCRC meets the first Saturday of the month at
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