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NEWS Is a new shelter headed to Indian Capital? GALLUP TALKS ANIMAL SHELTER, VET SERVICES
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he cit y of Ga llup, McKinley County, and the state Department of F ina nce a nd Administration are in lock step with a new Joint Powers Agreement regarding animal control. The Gallup City Council OK’d the document several weeks ago and one aspect of the agreement pertains to the possibility of building a new animal shelter. Currently, there is an area animal shelter on Hamilton Road, off US 491. “It is something the county and city want to look into,” City Attorney George Kozeliski said of funding and site selection for a new animal shelter. “It would
The current Gallup-McKinley Humane Society, 1315 Hamilton Rd., takes unwanted animals from the local area as well as the reservation. The city of Gallup and McKinley County officials worked out a new joint powers agreement for animal control services, and currently exploring a new shelter location to streamline services. Photo Credit: NativeStars new shelter. He emphasized that nothing, however, is written in stone on the matter. T he Ga l lup -McK i n ley County Humane Society is operated by Dr. Clint Balok, who also owns the building. The city pays Balok $100,000 for services, which includes every-
City of Gallup Chief Financial Officer Patty Holland, local emergency room physician Dr. Oscar Palomo, and Joyce Lebeck. The appointments were made by McKinney at the June 14 council meeting. Both the city and the county now have members on the
and a formal JPA to operate animal control and an animal shelter.”
and came away with something: “A Dee Ann Street location was high on the list because it was city-owned property and the state gave us clearance to do with it what we wanted,” Kozeliski explained. “We went there with county reps and our facilities folks and it turned out to be too run-down and may have had some structural problems which would take hundreds of thousands of dollars to get operational.” He continued, “We would be better off building a new facility. In the end, we opted to lease the present facility starting July 1. The new city and county board is tasked with looking for options to replace what we are using now.” Kozeliski said the city has enacted a Request For Proposal
St ate Rep. Pat r icia Lundstrom, D-Gallup, said she carried legislation for a new animal shelter back in 2004, but that idea went south, as did the capital outlay funding connected to it. Lundstrom’s legislation was helped along by the Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments, where Lundstrom was executive director at the time. “It never came back up, but the idea for a new shelter never went away,” Lundstrom said. Lundstrom said she was recently asked by McKinney to see what funds are available at the state level for a new shelter. She said she continues to look
for shelter services and veterinarian services. Balok would not speculate as to whether the Humane Society would respond to that RFP. “Our present situation is that the city has no relationship with the McKinley County Humane Society or anyone else for shelter services,” Kozeliski said. “It is a relationship that grew out of years of working together, but there was nothing ever in writing. The city paid nothing to the Humane Society. The county, on the other hand, paid the Humane Society $165,000 a year. We are getting the city and the county in compliance with state law with the RFP process
into the matter and is optimistic that funds can be found. Mea nwhile, Ba lok sa id she’ll hold off commenting on the RFP process. She said the Humane Society’s five-member board of directors meets soon, and any decisions regarding getting into the RFP process will start there. “Again, I think we’ll wait and see as to what comes out of our next board meeting,” Balok said. “That’s where we are right now.” T he Ga l lup -McK i n ley County Humane Society provides a low cost spay/neuter clinic on Wednesday, and offers dog and cats adoptions MondayFriday, 9 am - 4:30 pm.
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The faces of Gallup shelter dogs looking for a new lease on life. Photo Credit: Native Stars take about $2 million for a new shelter facility to be built.” Kozeliski and Mayor Jackie McKinney noted that the last animal shelter — which was built in Farmington, in the northwest part of New Mexico — cost $2 million. That amount was financed by the state, they said. While there are no finite plans to build a new animal control center and shelter in Gallup or McKinley County at the moment, the Gallup-McKinley County Humane Society has become a “regional service center for animals,” according to McKinney. “You’ve got people who come from not only the immediate area, but people from all over Arizona who bring their critters there,” he said. Kozeliski said that part of the JPA calls for a new board of directors to investigate possible locations and funding for a NEWS
thing from spay and neutering to surgical procedures. “We also fund animal control for $300,000,” Kozeliski said. “The pur pose of the [JPA] is to combine all that money and contract things out in accordance with state law,” he said. “We are entering into a lease agreement with Balok to have legal use of the property on , which we have never had. The city and the county are combining all their funds to operate jointly. Presently, we have an informal arrangement.”
GALLUP CITY COUNCIL MEETING The vote at the June 14 city council meeting formalizes the city as the fiscal agent of the facility, Kozeliski noted. As such, the city has appointed board members, who include
board, which gives the whole matter that much more direction, Kozeliski said. Cosy Balok, the executive director of the Gallup-McKinley County Humane Society, said she welcomed the new changes implemented by the city and county. “It’s something that was just done,” Balok said. “I think a lot of people are waiting to see how it turns out.” McKinney noted that the new JPA agreement takes effect July 1. “The city will be the fiscal agent and the employees will be city employees,” Kozeliski said.
NEW ANIMAL SHELTER FOR GALLUP? Kozeliski said a new animal shelter is not a given, but the city checked into potential locations about six months ago
CORRECTION The cost of a construction management contract the city has with Bohannon Huston, Inc., of Albuquerque is $470,000. An article last week stated otherwise. Gallup Sun • Friday June 24, 2016
Gallup picks new police chief NEW TOP COP WAS DEA AGENT
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
s a special agent with the US Dr ug a nd Law Enforcement Administration in Denver, Colo., Phillip Hart, 53, participated in myriad criminal investigations over the span of two decades. As a police officer in Lakewood, Colo., Hart enforced the law — from traffic violations to street crime. The city selected Hart to lead the GPD in mid-June, ending a months-long search to replace Robert Cron who retired in March. Come July 1, Hart will bring his years of law enforcement experience to the Gallup Police Department. “I am very pleased to have Phillip Hart as our new police chief,” City Manager Maryann Ustick said in a prepared statement. “He is energetic, experienced and dedicated to keeping Gallup safe.” Over the past five months, the city conducted police chief
New Gallup Police Chief Phillip Hart, left, takes in the recent Lions Club Rodeo with Mayor Jackie McKinney and Sandra McKinney. Photo Credit: NativeStars interviews with some 30 applicants from around the United States, Ustick noted. As city manager, she is the bottom line in the hiring and firing of employees. In a telephone interview, Hart said he’s familiar with Gallup, noting that his wife hails from the Indian Capital. “I’m very familiar with the city,” Hart said. “I’m eager to get things started and looking forward to the swearing-in process.”
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PRAISE FOR BOYD Career police employee F ra nk lin Boyd ser ved a s interim chief prior to the hiring of Hart. Mayor Jackie McKinney praised Boyd for his interim work. “[Boyd] has done an excellent job overseeing the department and keeping our city safe while we looked for someone to permanently fill the position,” McK inney said. “He has set a solid foundation for
Phillip Hart to build upon, and we’re fortunate to have them both on our law enforcement team.” Specifics on Hart’s annual salary weren’t immediately available, but Cron, a former New Mexico State Police officer, earned close to $90,000 per year in the job. Cron put in his retirement notice a year ago so as to give the city sufficient time to hire someone else. Hart will be sworn-in June 28, which is the same time as the Gallup City Council meeting. Hart’s most recent law enforcement job wa s in Albuquerque as a group supervisor.
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The Jacksonv ille, F la ., native possesses an undergraduate degree in criminal justice from New Mex ico State University. He said he became acquainted with the Gallup top-cop job in periodic conversations with McKinney. Hart’s resume indicates he retired from police work in May 2013. “Gallup is a very friendly community and through our partnerships with our neighbors and merchants, we will make sure that we become one of the safest cities in the state of New Mexico,” Hart said.
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Record-setting former Gallup mayoral candidate running for NN delegate seat
BRENT DETSOI WANTS TO RESTORE TRUST TO DISTRICT 14
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
e may be the youngest candidate running for the Navajo Nation Cou nci l Delegate seat in District 14, but Brent Detsoi believes “… we need to restore trust in our Navajo leaders and that needs to start now. We need young in there.” A former Gallup Police officer, Detsoi is from Twin Lakes, and is a former probation and parole officer with the Navajo Nation office in Shiprock. Detsoi, 27, is one of 13 people running for the post vacated by Mel Begay. A special council delegate election is June 28. “We need to advocate for increased funding and keep our governmental leaders accountable,” Detsoi said in an interview with the Sun. “We need to fight for Federal Impact Aid
Photo Credit: Courtesy Brent Detsoi for our educational system. And we need to assist John Pinto [New Mexico House of Representatives, D-Tohatchi] in the fight for the betterment of Johnson Road, Deer Springs Road, and Hot Springs Road – and any other dilapidated road within the five chapters.” Detsoi said working with the probation and parole office has taught him to “read and
not interpret laws.” District 14 includes the communities of Tohatchi, Twin Lakes, Coyote Canyon, Mexican Springs, and Naschitti. A new law instituted years ago took the Navajo Nation delegate number from 88 to the current 24. Council delegates earn $25,000 annually in the job during their four-year terms. A special election is June 28, and the person elected will serve out the remainder of Begay’s term, which is a year-and-a-half. Others running for the District 14 seat are Theresa B e c e n t i - A g u i l a r, K a r e n Bedonie, Edison Begay, Jr., Steven Begay, Bob Begaye, Elvis Bitsilly, Ansley Curley, Anthony Howard, Willis Nez, Na t h a n Not a h, H a r r i son Plummer, and Tom Ranger. A few months ago, the Na v a j o Na t io n E le c t io n Ad m i n i s t r a t ion r emove d Mel Begay from office after
a conviction by the Window Rock District Court on conspiracy and making or permitting false Navajo Nation vouchers charges in amounts that totaled more than $33,000. Begay was subsequently sentenced to three years in prison for the crimes. He served 13 years as a delegate. In 2011, Detsoi was one of
three Navajos to run for mayor against Gallup Mayor Jackie McKinney. The other Navajos in that race were Ira Vandever and Mervyn Tilden. At that time, Gallup had never seen three Navajos run for mayor in the same election. Detsoi finished seventh in the Gallup mayoral race, out of a field of nine.
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LONE ROBBER BRANDISHED A PISTOL By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he lone robber of a we st side hot el remains on the lam following a June 21 robbery of the Knights Inn & Suites at 3208 W. Historic Hwy 66. Ga l lup Pol ice O f f icer
Charles Steele recorded in a report that at about 12:51 am, a male, possibly Native American and wearing a zip-up black hoodie, black sunglasses, and a red bandana, told a desk clerk at the hotel to “give me the money.”
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McKinley Dems trounce; voter turnout low LESS THAN 30 PERCENT OF REGISTERED VOTE IN PRIMARY
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
cK i n ley Cou nt y D emo c r a t s fervent ly backed incumbents in the June 7 primary election, sending familiar names back to the Roundhouse in January. McKinley’s sole race featuring a Republican was related to the 11th Judicial District seat. But t he rea l st or y i n McKinley County was the low number of voters who turned out for the primar y, both Democratic and Republican. The cost to put on the election was around $80,000, according to Rick Palochak, executive director of the McKinley County Bureau of Elections. The canvassing process now moves on to the state, as
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required by law, Palochak said. The McKinley County Board of Commissioners and two county workers participated in the canvassing, or certification, he noted. “It was definitely a rather low number in terms of turnout,” Palochak said. “There are probably a lot of reasons that can explain why, but I think most of all, it’s related to a certain age group, and by that I mean the younger generation.” Palochak said there are 24,940 registered Democrats in McKinley County, and of that number, 6,314 voted in the primary. The voter turnout wasn’t any better on the Republican side. Of the 6,077 Republicans registered to vote in McKinley County, just 1,069 showed up on June 7. There are 937 people registered in the Green and Libertarian Parties of McKinley
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Canvassing the June 7 primary election at the McKinley County Courthouse are Steve Garcia (left) and McKinley County Bureau of Elections Director Rick Palochak. Photo Credit: NativeStars County. “It’s the age range from 18 to about 26 that doesn’t have a lot of turnout,” Palochak said. “If that age bracket increases, then the final [vote tally] numbers increase.” McK i n ley Cou nt y h a s been widely considered a Democratic stronghold over the yea rs, w ith ver y few Republicans holding office at any level. The sole Republican to hold a state legislative seat over the years is Sharon Clahchischilliage of Kirtland, a rare female Navajo Republican who lost the 2016 primary to retired educator and newcomer GloJean Todacheene of Shiprock. Attorney Marcela Ben-King
was a Democratic write-in candidate facing incumbent Republican District Judge Lyndy Bennett. Bennett was appointed to the seat by Gov. Susana Martinez after Grant Foutz vacated the post to the 11th Judicial District. Ben-King garnered 755 votes and will face Bennett in the November general election. The sole other Republican in an area race was Bradford Dalley of San Juan County who ran unopposed in the primary. Incumbent Sen. George Muñoz, Democrat of District 4, reclaimed his seat with a near 63-percentage win over newcomer Felicia Adams of Iyanbito and Jordon Johnson of Vanderwagen. That race saw
racism claims by the Navajoborn Adams and a petition challenge by Muñoz that stands to be acted on soon. Palochak said there were no problems with McKinley’s Dominion ImageCast precinct machines. “They worked fine,” he said. Rega rd i ng the genera l makeup of the New Mexico legislature, the GOP took control of the House of Representatives in 2014 at the same time Martinez was elected to a second term. Cur rently, Republica ns control 37 House seats out of a total of 70. Dems are the majority in the Senate with a 24 - 18 advantage. The general election is Nov. 8.
Gallup OKs hard dollar cap resolution By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he Gallup City Council passed a resolution June 14 requesting that the US Congress place a hard dollar cap on the city’s obligation under a repayment contract with the Bureau of Reclamation relevant to the near $41-billion Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project. The council approval
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was unanimous and was not met with opposition. Cit y At t or ney G e or ge Kozeliski introduced the matter to council members, explaining that a series of events have occurred over the past two years that has lead city staffers to believe that the cost of the Water Project will far exceed original estimates. “The federal government is in charge of about 80 percent of the project,” Kozeliski
explained. “They bid it and award it. Part of the problem is the cultural and environmental clearances seem to be way above the original estimates.” Kozeliski told council members that the city’s part of the project is under budget. “We have to go before Congress and ask our Senators for a cap,” he said. “One was
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Gallup extends NCI funding 6 more months CITY KEEPS PROMISE NOT TO ABANDON NCI By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he Gallup City Council kept its word June 14 and unanimously approved emergency funding for Na’nizhoozhi Center, Inc., commonly called NCI, and Gallup’s sole detox center. City Manager Maryann Ustick
six months to Dec. 31, 2016,” Ustick explained. “This would be month-to-month after this [December] date — pending identification of additional funding.” Mayor Jackie McKinney — who in past meetings on NCI funding noted that the city will not abandon the detox center — said in a recent meeting that
EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS Cit y Cou ncilor Yoga sh Kumar suggested every little bit of funding helps. He said he’ll continue to donate to NCI materials like soap, shampoo, and used bedspreads from the hotels and motels he owns. “There are a lot of things we discard and don’t use,” The exterior of NCI, 2205 E. Boyd Ave, in Gallup. File Photo
The inside of NCI, seen from surveillance cameras. File Photo informed council members that a current emergency-funding contract that the city shares with NCI expires June 30. NCI runs the detox center, which was established back in the 1990s. Ustick told council members that the city has expended a one-time amount of $234,000 toward NCI operat ion s. T he re -i n st it uted agreement pertains to the detoxification center and for emergency shelter during winter months. “Since full annual funding has not yet been determined, it is recommended that the contract with NCI be extended
the city will continue to explore funding possibilities with the Indian Health Service, the liquor excise tax fund, and funds associated with the Behavioral Health investment zone. McKinney said the city is in talks with IHS about funding mechanisms. Currently, the city funds NCI with about $500,000 from the liquor excise fund and with like funding ($500,000) from the recently established Behavioral Health investment zone fund. There is some funding that comes from IHS, and that component of the funding puzzle will continue to be looked at, McKinney has said.
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and testify. He noted that the city ha s met w it h Bu reau of Reclamation officials to talk about the matter on several occasions. “The process of putting a hard dollar cap on this project will take five to six years,” Kozeliski told the panel. W he n c omple t e d , t he Navajo-Gallup Water Supply will bring water from the San Juan River to the eastern sections of the Navajo Nation and Gallup, officials have said.
placed on the Animas/La Plata project a few years back, so it is possible. For every $1 they spend over the estimates, it costs the city 10 cents to 16 cents. We have no control of the costs.” Kozeliski said attempts will be made to contact federal representatives. He said if legislation ends up being introduced, someone from the city will have to go to Washington, DC, NEWS
Kumar said. “These things can help.” Cit y Cou nci lor F ra n Palochak, the newest member to the panel, said NCI Executive Director Kevin Foley took her on a recent tour of the facility. Palochak said positive things about NCI, particularly in regards to its staffers. “I saw a caring and compassionate staff,” Palochak said. “They [the staff] are very dedicated to the people who come to NCI.” Until about three years ago, the Navajo Nation was a
primary funding agent for NCI. At one time, the Navajo Nation was forking over close to $4 million annually toward the functioning and operations of the facility. Lately, though, the city has stepped in with respect to funding. NCI was built and opened in 1992. At the time, an inter-governmental agreement existed between the City of Gallup, the Navajo Nation, Zuni Pueblo, and McKinley County in regards to running the institution, which still primarily functions as a detox center.
Gallup Sun • Friday June 24, 2016
Houck man jailed on rape charge VICTIM WAS 15-YEARS-OLD By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
Houck, Ariz., man remained jailed June 22 on criminal sexual penetration and kidnapping charges, according to an affidavit for arrest warrant. The alleged incident took place on the west side of Gallup at a truck stop and a motel, records state. Derek Avery, 32, was taken into custody June 21 on a sex charge that took place in October 2015, the affidavit states. Avery is charged with picking up a 15-year-old girl at the Love’s travel stop and then taking her to a nearby motel, where he sexua lly assaulted her various times, records show. McK inley County Adult Detention Center Wa rden Steve Silversmith said Avery is being held on a $10,000 bond. He was still in custody June 23, according to jail records. The crime was reported about a month later by the victim because, according to investigators, she didn’t think she’d be believed. The victim told McKinley County Sheriff’s investigators she ran away from her home to the west side Greyhound bus station so that she could take a bus and visit her father in Tucson, Ariz. That’s where
Derek Avery she met Avery, who forced the victim into his vehicle. The affidavit states that Avery gave the victim a drink, and the v ictim sa id the dr ink may have been spiked with something. Once arriving at the hotel, the victim was forced to disrobe and have sex multiple times, the affidavit states. Investigators obtained motel reg i st r at ion record s a nd subsequently located Avery. Investigators were able to put together a suspect lineup in which the victim identified Avery. Aver y has made a first appearance in court before Magistrate Cynthia Sanders, records show. It wa s not immediately clear if Avery had any previous charges in McKinley County.
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6/19, GALLUP Gallup P o l i c e Officers Chaz Troncoso and D. Johnson were d is patched to Dani Dr., Apt. D-30, regarding a possible drunken fight among household members. Upon their arrival, a woman with a scratch on her face, blood on her shirt, and a baby in her arms came outside. The woman pointed out a male, Ardale Chiquito, 27, and claimed he attacked her. According to the police report, Chiquito is the father of her eldest son and her ex-boyfriend. While at her house, he began to argue with her, so she told him to go to bed. The victim went into a separate bedroom to be with her fourmonth-old child (not the child of Chiquito), and Chiquito attempted to get into the room, while she fought to keep the door closed. The victim called 911 on her cell-phone, it states that Chiquito broke into the room and attacked her. The baby began to scream; the victim grabbed the baby and ran out of the house, followed by Chiquito. According to the report, the victim had bruises, a scratch, and blood on her body. Chiquito claimed the victim instigated the fight. He was booked for battery against a household member and abuse of a child.
BASKET CASE 6/19, GALLUP According to a report by GDP Officer Troncoso, at 2:52 am, he joined another officer at 422 Zane Drive in reference
father outside. Anderson said she was involved in a domestic dispute with her boyfriend while drinking at their house at 900 S. Boardman Dr., D-40, a residence where officers had responded to a domestic call earlier in the morning. According to Anderson, her boyfriend became aggressive and she armed herself with a bat. Her boyfriend called his sister and a family friend to pick him up. Anderson said the sister and the friend came to fight her, and that her boyfriend put her in a chokehold. But according to the sister and the friend, Anderson had wielded a knife, and her boyfriend put her in a chokehold to subdue her. They took Anderson’s child and left. The friend said the knife was put in a basket. Troncoso reported that Anderson agreed to let the officers search for the knife at the Boardman location; and, indeed, Troncoso found the knife in the basket. Anderson was arrested for aggravated assault.
INDECENT PROPOSAL 6/19, GALLUP A manager to the new Panda Express restaurant on US Route 491 was the victim of a car burglary near the business. The shor t-lived saga began when MCSO Deputy A r nold Nor iega spot ted a man leaning against a wall outside of the restaurant. In front of him was a white passenger car occupied by the manager, who was waving at him to come over. According to the deputy’s repor t, the
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m a n f led on foot t owa rd Golden Cor ral restaura nt, t hen ju mped a fence a nd headed eastbound. Noriega was unable to apprehend the suspect, so he headed back to speak with the manager, who said she was walking to her vehicle, which was parked on the east side of the building when she saw the male sitting in the driver’s seat. She reportedly told him to get out of her car. “The male advised her that he would give her all her things if she would perform oral sex for him,” the report stated. The manager declined the offer, and the perpetrator made off with $400 cash and her driver’s license. Noriega asked the manager if the restaurant has video surveillance, to which she replied yes, but that “she is sick of the police at her restaurant because it is bad for business.” She declined to participate in the investigation any further.
KICK FOR KICK? 6/18, GALLUP G P D O f f i c e r D a n i e l B r o w n a r r ived on scene at 1710 E Aztec Ave. to assist O f f i c e r Dominic Molina at a DWI traffic stop. On arrival, he noticed Virgil Norton, 20, walking from a stopped silver car. Norton’s eyes were bloodshot; he was raising his voice at a supporting officer, and his words were slurred. According to the report, Brown believed Norton might attack the supporting officer and attempted to escort the suspect to a CSA van. Norton resisted, and Brown put him on the ground in handcuffs. Norton refused to calm down and kicked Brown in the chest. He continued to refuse to get in the vehicle, and demanded his glasses. The supporting officer assisted Brown in putting Norton in Brown’s
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FBI offers reward in hitand-run near Shiprock Staff Reports
LBUQUERQUE — The FBI is offering a $1,0 0 0 r ew a r d for i n for m a t ion lead i ng to t he a r rest a nd conv ic t ion of t he d r i ver responsible for a hit-and-run crash that killed a woman on the Navajo Nation on or about April 4. The Native American woman’s body was found along the south shoulder of the eastbound lanes of US Highway 64, near mile marker 29-1/2, approximately seven miles east of Shiprock.
Evidence at the site indicates the vehicle may have been a 1999-2003 Dodge Ram truck. The v ictim’s body wa s believed to have been at the scene for several hours before being discovered by a schoolbus driver early on the morning of April 4. The FBI is not disclosing the victim’s identity at this time. Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI (24 hours) at (505) 889-1300. The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety are investigating.
Albuquerque bank robbers flee in damaged car SUSPECTS STILL AT LARGE Staff Reports
LBUQUERQUE — T he F BI a nd Albuquerque Police Department are looking for a team of robbers who hit an Albuquerque bank on June 22, and fled in a vehicle with front-end damage. Three suspects were possibly involved, and they fled in a late-model, four-door car with faded gold paint. The vehicle was missing a front driver-side hubcap and its hood was not closed completely. The robbery occurred at the Bank of the West at 5401 Central Ave. NE at approximately 3:21 pm. A male suspect described as approximately 6-feet-tall and skinny entered the bank and demanded money. He wore a red bandana over his face, a hood over his head, a dark baseball cap, a blue Nike windbreaker, and blue jeans. A teller handed over an NEWS
undisclosed amount of money to the suspect, who left the bank and got into the vehicle with a driver and a passenger. The vehicle was last seen heading north on Madeira Drive NE. Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to call the FBI at (505) 889-1300 or Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at (505) 843-STOP. Tips also can be submitted online at: tips.fbi.gov. The FBI may pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to arrest and conviction of a bank robber. Information about this and other bank robbers wanted by the FBI can be found at bankrobbers.fbi.gov. Bank robbery carries a possible prison term of up to 20 years. The use of a gun, other dangerous weapon, toy gun, or hoax bomb device during the commission of a bank robbery can be punishable by a prison term of up to 25 years.
The FBI is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver responsible for a hit-and-run crash that killed a woman on the Navajo Nation on or about April 4, 2016. Photo Credit: FBI Albuquerque Division
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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports The legal limit is .08. Ryan Gene Plummer June 17, 8:30 pm 2nd DWI, Aggravated Things got a little w i ld when Gallup Police Department O f f i c e r a r r i ve d t o the scene of a DWI traffic stop to assist three other officers. Plummer was reportedly in possession of an 18-pack of Budweiser that was stolen from the Giant Shell station, 3798 E. Historic Hwy 66. Officer Dominic Molina said Plummer failed to stop at two red lights before he came to a stop. He also fought with the sergeant who went to handcuff him. And it turns out the 2016 KIA he was driving was reported as stolen. Plummer, 30, refused both the field sobriety and breath tests. In addition to his DWI charge, Plummer was also charged with receiving or transferring a stolen motor vehicle; driving while license is suspended/revoked; receiving stolen property; resisting, evading or obstructing an officer; and obedience to traffic control devices. Tushawa James June 8, 11:39 pm 3rd DWI, Aggravated According to a repor t, GPD Officer Dominic M o l i n a noticed a gold vehicle traveling ea stbou nd on Hwy 66. Two of the three passengers were not wearing seatbelts, including the driver. The vehicle struck
the curb when pulling over for the officer on Second Street. The dr iver, Ja mes, 36, smelled strongly of alcohol, had bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred his words, and did not have his license, insurance, or registration on him. The passengers also appeared to be intoxicated. There was an open bottle of vodka in the car. When James exited the car he dropped a baggie of marijuana. He refused field sobriety and breath tests. Devin Casey Sam June 7, 6:01 pm DWI G D P officer Joe R oa n hor s e was dispatched to Lincoln Ave and Ninth in reference to an accident without injuries. Sam, 21, driver of a silver Chevy Cavalier, had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, and smelled of alcohol. He claimed that while another car made a U-turn, the two vehicles sideswiped one another. Sam failed the field sobriety tests and blew a .02 during the breath tests. He admitted to taking “about 10” Benadryl pills, according to the report. Marcus Sean Henry June 6, 10:46 pm DWI, Aggravated G D P O f f i c e r Dominic Molina was d i spatched to the area of the Golden Cor ra l, in reference to a speeding, reckless driver. While in the area of 1118 W. Wilson, a white Pontiac G6 nearly collided with Molina’s vehicle, running onto the curb
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in an attempt to avoid collision. Henry, 21, smelled strongly of alcohol, and had bloodshot, watery eyes. He failed field sobriety tests and blew a .19 and .20 during breath tests. Tom MacCleon June 4, 3 am 2nd DWI, Aggravated McKinley C o u n t y Sher i f f ’s O f f i c e D e p u t y Jasmine Jaramillo was dispatched to Tohlaka i Shell Gas Station, US 491, in reference to a man passed out behind the wheel of a car. Joined by Deputy Arnold Noriega, Jaramillo approached the car, noticing MacCleon, 27, passed out with his foot on the brake. After Jaramillo knocked on the window, MacCleon woke up. He smelled of alcohol, according to the report. He failed field sobriety tests and blew .08 and .07 during the breath tests. He possessed marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Kayla M. Hayes June 4, 12:18 am DWI G P D O f f i c e r Dominic Molina was d ispatched to the area of 1018 E. Mesa in reference to a fight. On his search, Molina trailed and pulled over a white vehicle with a tail-light out at 705 E. Montoya Blvd. The d r iver, Hayes, 25, smelled of alcohol, slurred her words, and had blood on her jacket sleeve. Hayes claimed she’d been in a fight with her boyfriend at 1018 E. Mesa. She failed field sobriety tests, and blew .14 and .12 and during breath tests. Edison Morgan May 23, 10:05 am DWI, Aggravated GPD Officer Daniel Brown was dispatched to 980 US Route 491 in reference to a crash involving a drunk driver. The complainant, a security guard with Western NM Security, was at the scene. According to the report, he
approached a Chevy and noticed Morgan, 49, a sleep in the driver’s seat, as well as two passengers, also passed out. During the security guard’s attempt to take the keys, Morgan attempted to drive the car away, crashing into a Nissan. The security guard pepper-sprayed Morgan’s eyes. According to Brown, when he arrived on the scene, he found Morgan slouched in his car, drooling; he slurred his speech. The car emanated the scent of alcohol. There was an open vodka container inside. Morgan failed the field sobriety tests and blew .24, .21, and .20 during the breath tests. Mario A. Lozano-Herrera May 8, 1 am DWI Sheriff ’s deputies were d is patched to 710 Ray Ave in Gamerco, in reference to a t r uck that had crashed into a camper trailer. When Sgt. Eric Jim arrived, Lozano-Herrera was stuck. Jim said in his report that he obser ved LozanoHerrera back his Ford F250 into a fence. Lozano-Herrera, 23, admitted to consuming two to three beers, plus a shot of liquor. He didn’t fare well on the field sobriety tests and blew a .12, twice, during the breath tests. Jim noted in his report that he found open containers of beer in Lozano-Herrera’s truck, and that he found a “bag containing a green leafy substance, marijuana, a small digital scale, and a pipe.” Kevin Cooper Benally May 7, 10:40 pm Aggravated DWI A f t e r b e i n g reported on for reckles s d r ivi ng, wh ich included running drivers off the roadway on US 491, Benally apparently needed a nap. So, he stopped his vehicle in the middle of the northbound right lane on US 491, and proceeded to take a nap. W hen MC SO Sg t . Ji m
approached Benally his vehicle was still running, and he was out cold. Another deputy attempted to unlock the door with a device, but to no avail. Benally woke up, and the black KIA rolled forward when he released his foot from the brake. Benally, 23, rolled down the window, allowing deputies enough time to turn off his car and take his keys away. Jim noted in his report that Benally had red watery eyes and reeked of booze. He blew a .17 and .16 during the breath tests, double the legal limit, earning him the “aggravated” status. Flora Koiyaquaptewa April 24, 3:51 am DWI Koiyaquaptewa picked a prec a r iou s place to pa ss out – the I-40 eastbound exit ramp at Mile Ma rker 20. GPD Officer Anthony S e c i w a tried multiple times to wake the woman up. And when she finally woke up, she drove through the intersection and made a left turn northbound on to the Munoz overpass. She then got back onto the freeway, heading westbound. Seciwa stated in his report that she drove under a mile before stopping for police. When he approached her, Seciwa asked if she was alright, and Koiyaquaptewa reportedly responded by saying “yes” and asked “why?” Koiyaquaptewa, 31, showed the signs of intoxication and didn’t fare well on field sobriety tests. An open container of Bud Light was found on the floor on the front passenger side. She screamed and kicked the doors to Seciwa’s police unit, saying they needed a warrant to search her vehicle. When given the breath tests, she blew a .14 and .12.
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Jim Harlin Community Pantry receives $10,000 donation By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
lue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico provided a $10,000 donation to the Jim Harlin Community Pantr y June 21 to help fund the Pantry’s Feed McKinley County program. The donation took place at the JHCP at 1130 Hasler Valley Road. On hand were Alice Perez, chief operating officer at JHCP, Becky Kenny, public information officer with BCBS, and Sammy Chioda, a local businessman and member of the BCBS board of directors. “It is something that is very respected and very welcomed,” Perez said. “We are thankful for the donation.” T he prog ra m prov ides family-style food products of high nutritional value to supplement meals for qualifying McKinley County residents, Kenny explained. The JHCP’s goal is to enrich the lives of the McKinley County community through supplementing the nutritional goals for better health, Perez noted. “We supplement the food,” she said. “The government and donations are just part of where our food comes from.”
BOARD MEMBERS REACT: “I think I speak for everyone in that this is a very welcomed donation,” Chioda said. “Gallup
Alice Perez, Becky Kenneth, and Sammy Chioda attend the $10K Blue Cross Blue Shield donation June 12 at the Jim Harlin Community Pantry. Photo Credit NativeStars and McKinley County appreciates this.” Ken ny sa id fu nd i ng
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GUNPOINT | FROM PAGE 5 Steele noted that the clerk on duty stated that the robber entered through a west-side door of the two-story building. The robber got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. “The suspect walked around the corner to the front counter and showed the clerk the gun in his hand,” Steele recorded. “The suspect again said, ‘Give me the f***ing money.’” Steele wrote that the suspect ran out the front door of the hotel a nd south toward Gallup High School and the west-side fire station, amid three semi-trucks. When the suspect initially walked into the hotel, he came across another hotel employee who was stocking shelves, Steele
The Knights Inn, 3208 W. Hwy 66, was robbed June 21, by a gun-toting, unidentified male. Photo Credit: NativeStars wrote. That employee said the robber told her to “be quiet.” The employee called the owners of Knights Inn, who also own Super 8 along West Hwy 66, and the owner responded
the [Community Pantry],” she said. The Jim Harlin Community Pantry serves people in the greater McKinley County area. It is the sole branch in Gallup and McKinley County wherein the focus is food distribution to the needy. JHCP ser ves more tha n 1,200 fa m ilies with food boxes, and children receive a backpack on weekends containing seven to 10 food items, Kenny and Perez said. Some two dozen agencies receive produce and various dry goods to assist with their homeless programs, the two said. The Community Pantry was founded in 1999 by the late Jim Harlin and Tom Crider. It serves people in northwestern New Mexico and includes a branch in Grants.
that he saw nothing on a cable videotape. The police report states that some clothes belonging to the robber were found scattered on the ground near the intersection of Mendoza Road and Armand Ortega Boulevard, which is walking distance from the Knights Inn. The report doesn’t state what kind of gun was wielded, but says it was silver in color. No shots were fired, according to the police report. The Knights Inn robbery is one of several that have occurred at west-end businesses over the past few months. The Conoco gas station and convenience store, which is minutes away from the Knights Inn, has been robbed three times in the last nine months. The Econo Lodge and Red Lion Hotel have also been robbed at least once.
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CRIME BLOTTER | FROM PAGE 8 vehicle; the gla sses were located and brought to the unit. On the drive to the jail, Norton asked whether the officer could hit him back, and call it even. “That’s how we do it on the rez,” he said. While in the sally port of the jail, Norton continued to be aggressive, and again was put on the ground, as it appeared he might grab Brown, according to the report. He was booked on charges of battery and assault upon a peace officer; resisting, evading or obstructing an officer; and disorderly conduct.
INTER-LOCKED UP 6/18, GALLUP W h i l e traveling ea stbound on Hwy 66, near the Boardman Drive intersection, GDP Officer Chris Molina noticed Raymond R. Romero, 23, speeding westbound, failing to stop at a red light. He turned south
on Valentina and did not stop at the Valentina/Aztec stop sign. When stopped, Romero told Molina he was going to his mother’s on the north side of town; but given the direction he’d been traveling, he wasn’t really heading to that part of town. According to the report, Romero could not sit still or look Molina in the eye. Molina asked him to exit the vehicle and placed him under arrest for reckless driving. He failed field sobriety tests. An uninstalled interlock, which his license required him to install in order to drive, was found in his vehicle. He blew a .00 during the breath test. DWI charges are pending.
SEXUAL ASSAULT 6/16, TSE-YA-TOH MCSO Deput y Josie Bowman was dispatched to Rehoboth McKinley County Hospital in reference to a woman who had been raped. According to the report, the woman said she was raped in a field by a man named “John.” The victim told Bowman that John picked her up in
Albuquerque. She had known him for some time, and he was taking care of her dog. She reportedly asked John if he could take her to see her dog. Instead, he drove her out to a field past Love’s Truck Stop. “He raped me in his truck in the field area, with music going,” Bowman noted, the victim’s words. “He was driving a blue Dodson with a white camper.” The woman also described the front of John’s home, and had told Bowman that she knows the location. Bowman didn’t discuss any further details with the victim. MCSO Inv. Anthony Ashley said he’s not sure whether the suspect was apprehended, as the case was turned over to the Navajo Police Department.
DRUNKEN ASSAULT 6/16, MENTMORE A night of drinking mixed with some hos tility landed Christopher Henr y of Gallup in the
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slammer for allegedly assaulting a mom and son in the Mentmore area. MCSO Deputy Ben Benally was on patrol when the male victim waved him down, saying his mom was stabbed by a man, identified as Henry, who was standing outside of the residence sans shirt. As Benally got out of his patrol unit, Henry brief ly jumped into a vehicle, then stepped out a nd st a r t ed wa l k i ng toward the deputy. “At this time I drew my service firearm to a low ready position and instructed him to get to the ground and he complied …” Benally wrote in his report. After he detained Henry, Benally interviewed the victims. Apparently, Henry was dr inking across the street from the victims’ residence and the son confronted him. Those two got into a fight, a n d w h e n m o m t r ie d t o break it up, Henry “attacked her with a key.” As the mom a nd son wa lked away, the mom wa s concer ned t hat Hen r y wa s th reaten ing to run them over with his car, so she got a stone and threw it , bre a k i n g out t he re a r window. The son, feeling the same threatening vibe, threw a stone and broke out the windshield of the car. Henry, 31, was booked into McKinley County Adult Detention Center for aggravated battery, abuse of a child, and criminal damage to property.
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G P D O f f i c e r Terra nce Pe y ke t e w a was dispa t ched t o Giant at 701 US Route 491 rega rding a woman
sitting at the ga s pump for more than an h o u r, a n d who was possibly intoxicated. According to his report, Raelynn Toadlena by the time he got there, he was informed that a woman with blonde hair, later identified as Jennifer
Salabiye, took the baby that was still in its car seat and headed toward the mall. Some onlookers pointed to Raelynn Toadlena, who was sitting near Smokey’s. She tried to hide from Peyketewa by going behind a car. Toadlena, 25, reportedly said they were parked at Giant because “her sister went crazy on her and took her child.” Peyketewa said he could smell “the strong odor of intoxicating liquor” emanating from Toadlena. When he found Salabiye, 23, she was aimlessly roaming the mall parking lot, carrying the baby. He could smell booze on her as well. It was enough to arrest both for abandonment of children.
LEAVE MOM’S STUFF ALONE! 6/2, GALLUP A mom called the police on her sons to report that at least one of them was destroying her property. According to GPD Officer Michael Graham’s report, when he arrived, the mom was outside and she had to u n lock the door t o let h i m in. Graham immediately encountered Marc Yazzie, who Michael Yazzie he deemed intoxicated, and who tried to pull away f rom him. He took Marc Yazzie, 3 0, t o t he ground and ha ndcu f fed Marc Yazzie him. At that point, he tried to handcuff the brother, Michael Yazzie, 21, but he began to resist. Next, Ma rc Yazzie stood up and “was going to try to kick me,” Graham wrote in his report. He was able to grab both men and take them to the ground, but Marc Yazzie kicked him in the chest. Other officers soon arrived on scene to assist Graham. The mom repor ted that her f lat screened T V a nd two DVD players sustained damages. Both were charged w it h cr i m i n a l da m a ge t o property; resisting, evading, or obstr ucting a n off icer; a nd batter y upon a peace officer. NEWS
OPINIONS ROLL CALL By Bernie Dotson
fficials in McKinley County always seem to predict that each election cycle will be better than the last. Which is to say, the voters are out there — it’s just a matter of time before they go to the polls. A look at the most recent area election dictates that old adages don’t ring true when it comes to McKinley County. Is it apathy? Is it voter distrust or intimidation? You be the judge as to why folks just
McKinley primary winners take low roads to victory don’t vote. There are more than 30,000 registered voters in McKinley County and not many of them went to the polls June 7 to decide races related to the McKinley County Board of Commissioners and beyond — from district judges to seats in the Senate and House of Representatives of the New Mexico Legislature. About a quarter of registered Democrats voted in the primary, and even fewer Republicans. McKinley County E le c t ion s D i r e c t or R ick
Palochak said he believes that if voters in the 18- to 26-yearold range came out to do their civic duty, the primary results may have been that much better. “I think that’s where things get interesting,” Palochak said. “I’m for taking a closer look at that demographic.” Let’s do that, to some degree, Rick. In two of the more publicized races, that for Senate District 4 and House District 5, there were some interesting dynamics at play. The state Senate race
between incumbent George Muñoz, Felicia Adams, and Jordon Johnson was truly something to keep your eyes on. Adams accused Muñoz of running a racist campaign when Muñoz failed to attend a pol it ica l for u m Ada m s invited him to. Prior to that, Muñoz accused Adams of having faulty signatures on a required petition form, which led to multiple district attorney investigations. The real story, overlooked in that race, was that even though Muñoz won the contest
with close to 65 percent of the vote, it was nothing compared to the close to $75,000 he spent via campaign funds. That is, in spite of the 65-percent winning percentage, coupled with the thousands of dollars spent by Muñoz, there wasn’t a super-majority of voters who came out to the polls. The situation was similar in the District 5 House of Representatives race, featuring incumbent D. Wonda Johnson
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GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF JUNE 24 - 30
Summer is officially here! She came in with a bang that included: a full-moon summer solstice. And the southwestern heat wave continues to disrupt our desert bliss. Madame G recommends staying hydrated. You may want to stay inside during the day. But at night, head outside and take a look at that sky. On June 25, Pluto will be close enough to see with the naked eye. Get ready for some fun! It’s gonna be a bumpy ride.
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Dear Aries, are you feeling emotional? You’re a fiery sign and with the Sun in Cancer, you’ll probably feel that everything is a little touchy feely. You have volatile emotions on the best of days. But, now you’re experiencing a plethora of emotions. You might even experience guilt, shame, and pride all at once. Have no fear—that’s what humans do. You may learn something new and loved ones may appreciate this softer side. Live on!
The Sun is in your sign this month. And it’s wreaking havoc on the other relatively emotionally stable signs. Don’t look so pleased with yourself. You’re halfway between believing you have a high emotional IQ and knowing that you may have a few things to work on. Try it! What do you stand to lose? They’ve even put out a few books on the topic. It can’t hurt.
Don’t be afraid of a good cry. Get it all out! Let it pull you to your knees and make you beg for freedom. Then just let it go. You’re free! Now is the time to move onward and take care of yourself. Practice the art of emotional resilience this week. You can’t grow if you don’t pull out a few mental weeds. It’s painful now, but you’ll notice the difference in four to six weeks—just keep at it.
You’re feeling more pressure and anxiety than usual. It may be the assault of the water sign Cancer along with the pull of Scorpio’s ruling planet: Pluto. This may seem like an emotional time and it is, but you’re likely making it harder on everyone else and yourself. What are your intentions? Do you want to be happy or right? Madame G suggests choosing one. And FYI there’s a right answer, but you must choose it wisely.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) You’ll be grateful for your tenacity and grounded-ness this week. While the other signs appear overwrought, emotionally unstable, and physically unsound—you’ll trudge on. You’ll wonder what the heck is going on. Yes, they’re all nuts! Pluto rules Scorpio and heads closer to Earth causing distress along with the Sun in Cancer. Who knows what shenanigans people will pull. You do you and it’ll be fine!
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Look on the brightside: it can’t get any worse! Psyche! Yes, it can. Here’s the thing, when you make the situation worse than it is, then it will always be that—the worst thing ever. You must look at what is, not what could be, might be, or even what will be. You must look at life and yourself as is. Pull out the mirror and evaluate yourself. Are you happy? If not, what’s the hold up? No more self-defeating behavior. You can do this! OPINIONS
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) You ready for this? Life is coming at you in several exciting ways. You could see them as problems or annoyances. Instead face them down like challenges and opportunities. You know there’s a great deal for you to accomplish and you’re so ready. It’s up to you to take life head on: learn, live, and love. Enjoy it!
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) What inspires you? Maybe you listen to music and feel the melody seep straight through your bones. You might enjoy a good work out at the gym or creating masterpiece dishes in the kitchen. Whatever makes your heart sing do it—do it right now! Don’t wait or worry about who’s looking. Do it for you! Like Nike says: Just do it!
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Well, that was one way to start. Madame G suggests re-focusing your thoughts and redirecting your actions. However, they only require a few minor adjustments. This may come as a surprise to you, but you’re only human. Do your best and take pride in what you do. Aim for excellence and achieve greatness. Look to the stars, as your planet takes to the sky guiding you. You’ll land with purpose and strength at your destination.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) This week will be one of change and potential confusion. You’re doing your best and making the most out of a difficult situation. Hang in there! Don’t fall back to old unnecessary patters. It’s your job to care for yourself and make happiness happen. Madame G suggests taking the journey one step at a time. It only seems impossible because you’ve never done it before. You can do this!
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Enjoy the summer sun and the glorious warming rays. You’re capable of so much more than you think. Do yourself a favor and swim with dolphins and take a walk in the rain. It’s in your best interest to learn to walk a little on the wild side. Take a few calculated risks and enjoy the time you have with friends and loved one. Have fun!
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Madame G suggests that you share your opinions with your family and friends. But, it’s wise to share them softly. There’s no reason to destroy others in the process of speaking with them about a few flaws, or ten. Show love to your family with smiles and grace. Warm their hearts by first granting peace to yourself. Shalom Alejem!
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Martin Link’s Heritage Canyon, An Outsider’s Vision, Part One By Joe Schaller Guest Columnist
mov e d t o G a l lu p i n 1978. Coming from the Northwest, I had hopes of scenic Southwest panoramas with mesas, canyons, and rock formations. On my drive across Arizona, I began to wonder where the scenery was. I was quite relieved and excited when I approached the spectacular cliffs of Lupton. Upon arrival in Gallup, my first impression was, “This place has tourist potential.” Thirtyeight years hasn’t changed my impression. It was immediately obvious to me that our greatest tourist draw was located just east of town at Church Rock — however, easy access off the freeway was overlooked by planners. Like many outsiders of the Southwest, I was drawn to the spectacular cliffs, canyons, and vistas of Red Rock Park, described by one of our former mayors as “just a bunch of rocks.” There weren’t many trails back then, but that did not stop many of us from exploring Church Rock and Pyramid Peak. The park was established in 1972 and in 1981, Park Director Martin Link — an
— created Heritage Canyon as a tourist draw to generate income. Link put it this way: “… So the concept of a Heritage Ca nyon wa s conceived. It would be located in the canyon just behind the arena, where there were already good pa rking spaces, a nd in a controlled, but natural environment, the tourist cou ld wa lk th roug h a Native A mer ica n complex [which eventually consisted of a small pueblo, Nava jo hogan and Apache wikiup], a Spanish hacienda with appropriate gardens and livestock, and then a pioneer American village. “We negotiated the purchase [for $1] of all the movie sets that had been built for the movie Peter Lundy and the Medicine Hat Stallion and had lumber trucks from NFPI transport the trading
site without charge. Rehoboth Mission donated their small roadside chapel. Bob Noe, against the mayor’s orders, as I found out later, came in with a crew and installed underground water and electrical systems for the project.
general public in the spring of 1982. We had enough volunteers in costumes to staff all three units and published a brochure and started to publicize the project. That’s when the mayor finally realized that we were going to complete the
Employment Program, and fired me, with only one day’s notice... “Needless to say, Heritage Canyon never opened, and by now all the buildings have been destroyed.” Sadly, the Outlaw Trading Post at the RV park did not survive either. I was quite impressed by Heritage Canyon and took several winter photos. Japanese film crews were there at the Aug. 30, 1981 grand opening for tourist promotion in Japan. It could have been a big tourist attraction if not for our headstrong and short-sighted local
Martin Link, creator of Heritage Canyon, holds a brochure, circa 1982.
These photos of Heritage Canyon, a defunct tourist attraction, were taken by the author in 1982.
Black and white photos taken at Heritage Canyon from Martin Link’s personal collection. “outsider” from Wisconsin and a Gallup resident since 1959
post, two pioneer log cabins, and out buildings down to the
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“Basically, we were completed enough to open to the
project without his, or the City Council’s, active support. He had the city’s finance director accuse me of misusing the funds that I had gotten in a grant for a Summer Student
politicos. Indeed, it is outsiders such as Martin Link who see the incredible potential
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COMMUNITY Math lab travels to Gallup for an enriching learning experience Staff Reports
allup Middle S c ho ol ho s t e d a Mathematically C o n n e c t e d Communities MathLab. This unique experience offers students entering grades 5, 7, and Algebra I an opportunity to help teachers improve their instructional practices June 20 - 24. In the words of a Gallup MathLab student: “Math Lab is fun and educational!” Locally, approximately 35 students along with 75 teachers from Gallup and surrounding areas attended the MC2 summer program from June 20 - 24. “I love when MC2 MathLab comes to Gallup each summer, because it is such a powerful learning opportunity,” said Anne Morrison, instructional coach at David Skeet
June 20 - 24, Gallup Middle School hosted MC2 MathLab. Elementary in Vanderwagon. She went on to say, “Not only do we get to explore the Math that we will be teaching students, but we also get to see students engaging in the math.” According to a MathLab student, “Something that made me feel good is that I learned a lot. Something that made me feel proud is that I learned something about decimals.”
MathLab is a unique experience for students in grades 5, 7, and Algebra I to help teachers improve their practices.
During the morning sessions, students learned from MC2 teacher leaders, while the lessons were video streamed live to teacher participants’ observation classrooms. Students set to enter grade 5 are learning about the application of fractions; students entering grade 7 study ratios a nd propor tions; a nd the Algebra 1 topic for middle/high school students is conceptual learning of systems of equations and inequalities. In the afternoon, participants discussed highly effective instructional strategies and math practices that support all students’ learning in mathematics. “Something that makes me feel really good,” said one student, “is figuring out the distance.” I n a d d it io n , t e a c her s enhanced their content knowledge by participating in professional learning based on the same core math concepts that the students are learning. Teachers also collaborated in lesson planning for future implementation in their classrooms. Georgine Meese, middle
Who said math should stay in the classroom? These MathLab students take to the outdoors. school teacher from GallupMcKinley County Schools, likes that, “MC2 summer lab provides the opportunity to practice Math and learn while collaborating with colleagues
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MathLab gives teachers a chance to explore the mathematics they’ll teach, as well as to watch students interact with the subject.
MathLab gives students and teachers a chance to experience mathematics, hands-on, in a fun environment.
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Cash Cow in full operation By Dee Velasco Sun Correspondent
he face and leader of Cash Cow faced one adversity after another in recent years leading to what some local folks thought was the end of an era. But, Tim Delgado is back in the saddle once again, re-opening some of his stores that shuttered last year. Delgado’s empire started seeing some cracks when it was slapped with a class-action lawsuit for charging customers an application fee for loans. He soon would file for bankruptcy and shutter the doors to his retail locations and car dealership. It seemed like the end of the spotted cow brand seen around town, but Delgado fought back, and reopened his flagship store - Cash Cow Furniture. He sat down with the Sun to discuss what went into resuscitating his business and brand image. GS: What businesses are back up and running and tell us about the changes to any of
these places? Delgado: Well, we currently have the furniture store open — Cash Cow Furniture — Cash Cow Tires is open, Cash Cow Auto is currently closed, but we plan on opening that maybe around tax time. As far as the changes, one of the big changes is — and everybody may think [that] somebody else came up with this idea — but we will no longer do cash loans; that’s the way we started 12 years ago. A big percentage of our portfolio was actually retail installment loans on merchandise, and over the years, when we first started, 100 percent of it was cash loans. But over the last 12 years, it flipped, where we were financing 80 to 85 percent retail, meaning we were selling product, financing product, and customers were coming into the store to buy product. So we got away from that, my wife and I decided to not loan cash anymore. It was an internal decision that we made, and it wasn’t by the court. We presented to the court,
and of course the Consumer Claimants Committee wanted to try to put us out of business, but they agreed with it. We are the only locally Native American-owned in the entire state of New Mexico. GS: Who tried to put you out of business? Tim: Well, it’s kind of interesting what happened, we were in the middle of a merger and we got hit with this Class Action law suit, so basically it disentangled; it took apart that merger. The company that was going to merge with us and buy us, they decided to retract the purchase because of the suit. So the biggest problem wasn’t necessarily the law suit, the law suit became the problem because the lawyer wouldn’t settle. The moment we filed the Chapter Eleven to protect us, it really took the power away from the lawyer, so it upset them and they sent people to investigate us. But through every investigation, we’re still sitting here — it shows you that we’re still trying to run an Tim Delgado, owner of Cash Cow, which has reopened after undergoing some changes. Photo Credit: Dee Velasco upright business to the best of our ability. The biggest issue became the secured creditor that was going to buy us; they began to try to take us over, and that’s what happened. That’s the truth of the matter. GS: How has Cash Cow survived after what has happened? Tim: Cash Cow is doing great; Cash Cow has always had a spirit of coming from nothing. We started with nothing 12 years ago. A lot of hard work and sweat, caring for people and reaching out to people, taking care of our consumers is what’s going to continue as we move forward. We’ll continue to operate the way we always have and we’ll continue to give great service, great pricing, great finance options, and people will continue to shop with us. I just want to thank the community and reassure them we’re here to stay. GS: What is the status with Baskin Robbins? Tim: My wife and I own Baskin Robbins; we’re actually selling it on a contract to my
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nephew and his wife. They’re great operators — [he and] his wife have run it for the last three years and have been our manager. So we decided to empower them with the blessing of ownership, they’re buying from us. GS: How did shutting your doors impact you? Tim: It gave me a most necessary rest that I needed. It was a blessing to my family and [me]. I look back because I was blessed to spend time with my family. GS: Tell me about your family. Tim: My wife and I were both born and raised here in Gallup; we have six kids. My father’s from Gallup, and he worked for the city in the Recreation Department. My mother worked for the Fort Wingate Depot for 30 years. I learned hard work, honesty, and dedication [and] loyalty from my parents. I love where I’m at, I love the city of Gallup and believe there’s a reason I’m here — and that’s to help people. COMMUNITY
‘The Shallows’ is as silly as it is suspenseful RATING: «« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 87 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun
f you’re going surfing, remember to always do so with a friend. Rip currents and sharp coral are dangerous, not to mention the stinging jellyfish and, well, sharks that make the Great White from Jaws look like a mild-mannered aquarium pet. At least, that’s what The Shallows seems to want you to take away from the experience. This movie throws in just about every ocean-related malady it can think of in less than 90 minutes. The story involves a young woman named Nancy (Blake Lively). Reeling from the recent death of her mother, she has taken a break from medical school to travel to a remote Mexican beach (the location was a favorite spot of her late guardian). But after surfing too close to a feeding area, she is suddenly targeted by a very aggressive shark. Wounded and alone, Nancy takes refuge on a raised rock in the ocean that is 200 yards away from the shoreline. It’s difficult for any young star to carry an entire picture on their shoulders. W hile the character isn’t remotely complex, sta r Lively is at least likable enough to keep
‘The Shallows’, starring Blake Lively, isn’t on par with ‘Jaws’, but it is a reasonably entertaining popcorn flick. Now showing in Gallup. Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures us watching. And it’s a good thing, considering the awkward situations the screenplay put s her i n. Clea rly, a cast of one makes exposition difficult. The script often uses Nancy’s medical schooling as an excuse to have her speak out loud to herself and explicitly state what she’s doing (as if she’s in an emergency room). It’s quite a strain and isn’t the most believable way to convey information. Director Jaume ColletSerra (Run All Night, NonSt o p, Un k n o w n) is more familiar with action than terror, and it often shows. Given
the filmmaker’s previous credits, it’s hard not to wonder what movie tough-guy Liam Neeson might have done in the same situation (I believe he probably would have dived headfirst back into the sea, insulted the fish, and then punched it in the nose). At least this director knows how to shoot and cut suspenseful chases, with Nancy struggling to reach safely while the shark is in pursuit... he often extends skir mishes by hav ing the character get caught in coral or other sharp objects as the attacker closes in. The moviemaker also succeeds in generating a couple of decent jumps
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There are a series of misadventures in the final third that really strain credibility. And a couple of decisions are highly questionable; in the case of one choice, this character must have had an incredible sense of foresight. O vera ll, T h e S h a l l ows doesn’t swim anywhere close to the likes of Jaws (or even Deep Blue Sea). Yet while it is nowhere near as frightening as the ads have promised, as a goofy popcorn flick, it still offers an engaging lead and a couple of fun, if silly, shark sequences. If your expectations aren’t too high, you might have a reasonable time wading in. 207 WEST COAL GALLUP 505.863.1250 www.elmorrotheatre.com
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Stronger state economy requires shared vision and collaboration By William F. Fulginiti Executive Director, NM Municipal League
s elected city leader s, New Mex ico Municipal League members understand the importance of creating jobs in a state where recovery from the 2008-2009 recession has been slow at best. Because the Municipal League represents the state’s 106 cities, towns, and villages — from small towns like Tatum and Chama to urban hubs like Albuquerque and Las Cruces — we have a statewide perspective on economic development. That’s why the league has taken a leadership role in initiatives that stimulate job creation in every corner of this diverse state. As league director, I’ve had the privilege of serving on several boards, councils, and committees dedicated to strengthening the state’s economy. One, t he New Mex ico F i n a nc e Aut hor it y, pr o vides fiduciary oversight for
William Fulginiti is the executive director of the New Mexico Municipal League. Photo Credit: Finance New Mexico infrastructure projects through its flagship program, the Public Project Revolving Fund. PPRF lends money to communities to finance public projects, such as water systems and other infrastructure upgrades; to pay for equipment needed by fire departments and law enforcement agencies; and to build public facilities. As of September 2015, the PPRF had 664 active loans representing $1.24 billion that’s
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creating jobs and the framework for economic growth throughout the state. The New Mexico Finance Authority board also oversees loan programs accessible by private businesses in the state. The New Markets Tax Credit, Collateral Support and Smart Money programs are funding mechanisms that are essentially public-private partnerships for job creation. T he New Mex ico Jobs Council is another place where the Municipal League has an impact on economic development. The Legislature launched this interim committee in 2013 to review the job market and potential new industries and identify a tangible path to full employment. At the invitation of co-chairs Senate President Pro-Tempore Mary Kay Papen (D-Las Cruces) and Speaker of the House Don Tripp (R-Socorro), we offer lawmakers insight into the challenges and opportunities that exist in different parts of the state. Together with Steve Kopelman, my counterpart at the New Mexico Association of Counties, every resident of New Mexico is represented on the Council. At the loca l level, the League is supporting its membership with initiatives like the Grow It! project. Grow It! helps municipalities support local businesses by providing the tools businesses need to expand, and by connecting startups with organizations and resources that provide crucial financial and entrepreneurial assistance. More municipalities are participating in the project by linking to their city’s website and connecting local businesses to resources that often aren’t available beyond the state’s largest metropolitan areas. The League also continues to advocate for expansion of the Local Economic Development Ac t , wh ich allows the state to contribute public money toward private ventures that demonstrate a specific community benefit,
such as job creation. More municipalities are adopting LEDA ordinances and using funds generated by their 1/8 percent local option gross receipt s t a x to i nvest i n local businesses that create jobs. In its 2016 session, the Legislature increased LEDA funding for the state, which the Economic Development Department can channel into infrastr ucture projects in communities that participate in public-private partnerships. The league has been at the forefront of policy development for decades — leadi ng a nd col laborat i ng to
create tax increment financing, LEDA statutes, the NMFA and its financing instruments and other economic development tools that build communities. Through these and many other activities, the Municipal League is demonstrating how New Mexicans can work together to improve economic opportunities for all our residents. Finance New Mexico assists individuals and businesses with obtaining skills and funding resources for their business or idea. To learn more, go to FinanceNewMexico.org.
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December 11, 1938 - May 13, 2016 Memorial Services for Millennium Media executive George Malti will be held at 11 am on Thursday, June 30. L ocat ion: F i r st Bapt i st Chu rch, 2112 Col lege Dr., Gallup Phone: (505) 722-4401 COMMUNITY
DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for June 24, 2016 By Glenn Kay For the Sun
ooking for something to rent th is week? Well, look no further. There’s plenty of interesting stuff coming your way. So if you can’t make it out to the movies, be sure to give one of these titles a try!
BIG NEW RELEASES! Anesthesia - A professor at Columbia University is brutally attacked at the outset of t h is i nd ie drama. The movie then follows the many troubled lives of the people he intersected with before the v iolent incident. Despite a big cast, critics were not taken at all with the feature. They found the characters and situations inauthentic and complained that events weren’t really pulled together to make a cohesive or thematic whole. It stars Glenn Close, K. Todd Freeman, Gretchen Mol, Tim Blake Nelson, Kristen Stewart, Corey Stoll, and Sam Waterston. The Brothers Grimsby - In the mood for a raunchy grossout comedy? This effort follows a dopey soccer hooligan who is accidentally reunited with his long-lost brother (who is now working as a suave secret agent). The two must work together to save the world from a nefarious plot. The press wasn’t very positive about this comedy. Many found it too sloppily put together and, well, gross to recommend. Additionally, the film didn’t get much of a release and many believe it’s due to some off color remarks about a current presidential candidate. Still, a few out there managed to enjoy the effort. The cast includes Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong, Isla Fisher, Rebel Wilson, and Penelope Cruz. Embrace of the Serpent - This drama earned a Best Foreign Language film nomination for Columbia at last year’s Academy Awards. The plot involves two scientists’ efforts to locate a plant with healing properties, as well COMMUNITY
as their relationship with an Amazonian shaman they encounter on their travels. The movie received raves during its art-house run, being called completely unique, original, and compelling. Many were also impressed with the black-and-white photography. Nilbio Torres, Jan Bijvoet, and Antonio Bolivar essay the lead roles. Knight of Cups - The latest from director Terrence Malick is an interpretive art-house film that is even more experimental and abstract than his recent output (The Tree of Life, To the Wonder). An emotionally distant Hollywood screenwriter going through an existential crisis wanders Los Angeles ruing his past, while experiencing the sights and sounds of the city. This polarizing, impressionistic film split the critics down the middle. All felt that it was gorgeously shot. However, while several found it meaningful, half felt it was self-indulgent; they tired of sitting through the dreamy, non-narrative forms on display. It features Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Wes Bentley, Brian Dennehy, and blink-and-you’ll-miss-them cameos from just about half of Hollywood. Midnight Special - A father breaks away from a cult with his young son, who possesses strange and powerful supernatural abilities. Before you can say Escape to Witch Mountain, they’re on the road and pursued by both the religious group, as well as secret government agents. Reviews were surprisingly strong for this independent science-fiction flick, complimenting the feature for its engaging performances, as well as a sense of realism that helped add to the tension. It stars Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton, Adam Driver, Jaeden Lieberher, and Sam Shepard. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 - Coming some 14 years after the original comedy hit, this follow-up reunites the entire cast of the first film for more wacky shenanigans. The married leads from the original struggle to add the spark back into their relationship when a family secret is revealed (leading to another potential wedding). Notices were mixed to negative this time out, stating that while it provided a
chuckle or two, there wasn’t enough here to justify bringing this family back to the big screen. The cast includes Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Michael Constantine, Lainie Kazan, and Andrea Martin. The Wave - Want to see a d i s a s t er film as seen th roug h a Nor weg i a n len s? T h i s e f f o r t ( k now n i n its homeland as Bolgen) involves a family living near a lake resort village. After a significant portion of nearby mountain collapses into the water, a resulting tidal wave rushes toward town, forcing the clan members to take extreme measures to survive. Critics were generally positive about the movie. While most admitted the story was conventional, many said the smaller scale and more personal stakes helped elevate the movie above others of its genre. Kristoffer Joner and Ane Dahl Torp do their best to swim to safety.
BLASTS FROM THE PAST! It’s a busy week for great, older titles arriving in high definition. Olive Films has another great group of Blu-ray arriving. Appointment With Crime (1946) is a British film noir about a jewel thief who goes to jail after a botched theft. When he gets out, the ex-con decides to target his old accomplices. Cornbread, Earl and Me (1975) is a drama about a young man traumatized after the death of a local, basketball-playing hero, who is shot dead in the streets by overzealous cops. The well-regarded film features Bernie Casey and an early appearance from Lawrence Fishburne. A Home of Our Own (1993) is another well-received dramatic effort that stars Kathy Bates as a woman who decides to move her six children out of Los Angeles to a rural community in Idaho. The story follows them as they attempt to adjust to their new surroundings. On a more comedic note, If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969) is a comedy about a group of American tourists and their misadventures while on a bus tour of
Europe. The cast includes Ian McShane, Suzanne Pleshette, Murray Hamilton, Norman Fell and many others. I’ll Take Sweden (1965) is a comedy with Bob Hope about a man who takes his daughter to Scandinavia to help her forget about a relationship gone wrong. He begins to regret his decision after being introduced to the country’s liberal ideals. It also stars Tuesday Weld. Richard Harris returns in the sequel, The Return of a Man Called Horse (1976). The follow-up depicts the British protagonist from the first film returning to his adopted Native American tribe and helping them stave off extinction from invading forces. The movie is said to be more violent than its predecessor, and was directed by Irvin Kershner (reportedly, his work on this film got him the Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back directing gig). Finally, Olive is releasing Stagecoach (1986) in high definition. This isn’t the original, but rather a well-reviewed made-for-TV remake that was shot in widescreen for theatrical exhibition in other parts of the world. The cast includes Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and John Schneider, so they probably sung up a storm between takes. Criterion has an elaborate Blu-ray of the cult science-fiction f il m, Fantastic P l a n e t ( 1 9 7 3 ) . This animated Czech/French co-production is set on a distant world where humans are the pets of large blue aliens. They fight the oppression and lead an uprising. The disc includes a new 2K restoration of the movie, two early, short films from the director, a documentary on the filmmaker, period interviews, and publicity materials. Add itiona lly, K ino ha s severa l lesser-k now n but entertaining film noirs, the first two starring John Payne. These include 99 River Street (1953), about an ex-boxer who is framed for the murder of his wife and Hidden Fear (1957) in which the actor plays an American in Denmark who
stumbles upon a counterfeit ring. Shield for Murder (1954) features Edmond O’Brien as a crooked cop hunting down the only witness — a deaf mute — to a murder he committed. B u t t h a t ’s n o t a l l. Shout! Factory has a couple of new Blu-rays as well. The Crush (1993) features an early performance by Alicia Silverstone as a teenager stalking a journalist neighbor (played by Cary Elwes), threatening to sabotaging his life when he refuses her advances. The disc comes with extras, including a director commentary, new interviews with supporting cast members Kurtwood Smith and Jennifer Rubin, as well as TV spots and the trailer. They’ve also got a Blu-ray of the disaster flick, Rollercoaster (1977), which stars George Segal as a quirky cop out to stop a maniac (Sam Bottoms) who blows up amusement park rides. This release features a new interview with the producer and co-writer, but the most notable feature is its presentation with the original “Sensurround” sound mix which, if played loud enough, should shake your home to its foundation. Wa r ner A rch ive ha s a made-to-order Blu-ray of the Debbie Reynolds musical, The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964). And they’ve got a new Blu-ray of the Oscar-winning Blake Edwards comedy, Victor Victoria (1982). It’s considered one of the director’s best films (and that’s saying something, since he also helmed Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Pink Panther, A Shot in the Dark, and The Party among many others). Additionally, the studio is also releasing a DVD of the well-reviewed film noir, No Questions Asked (1951). And finally, previous editions of this column mention the release of Neil Young’s Human Highway (1982) and the concert film, Rust Never Sleeps (1979). There was a last-minute delay in their release, but they should finally be available this week. Same
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SPORTS 360 Gallup High Bengal girls dance team hosts Summer Dance Camp
The 240 Summer Dance Camp kiddie campers performed for parents on June 16. Story and photos by Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent
t is billed as a ‘Kiddie Camp’ but the annual Gallup High School Bengal Girls Summer Dance Camp has provided lots of experience and fun for girls, and a couple
of boys, ranging in age from kindergarten to high school. Coaches for the three-day camp, which began on June 13, are the ladies of the award-winning Gallup High Bengal Girls Dance Team, who do an absolutely great job handling all the energy brought to the gym floor by these youngsters. Kristy Tiley The Gallup High Bengal Girls Dance Team coached youngsters at the annual Summer Dance Camp. is the coach of the GHS team and has directed and choreographed her girls to a multitude of awards over the years past. This year, there were 240
campers in attendance. Each of the age groups performed for parents on June 16, then participated in a drill-down competition. The Drill Down Princess
(or Queen, if you like) for 2016 was Mia Carabajal, surrounded
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Dancing, dancing, and more dancing is the theme of the kiddie camp, hosted by the GHS girls dance team.
The kiddies watch as GHS girls dance.
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The 2016 Gallup High School Girls Dance Team. SPORTS
DANCE CAMP | FROM PAGE 20 in one of the accompanying pictures by friends, and in another, displaying her crown and smile. The question many have is what, exactly, goes on at these camps, and the answer
is dancing, dancing, and more dancing. And when the final act is over, and the contests are done and awards given, these girls just crank up the music and dance some more. Parents and other relatives don’t seem to mind, as they wait patiently to gather up their young and make the trip home.
Rehoboth’s West to attend Ohio Valley University
WEST WAS SUPERSTAR IN SOFTBALL, SOCCER, BASKETBALL By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
ometimes you just have to travel far to accomplish things in life. The d ista nce ta kes one away from family and friends,
At Rehoboth, West said she learned a lot about the three sports she played, saying she never put academics second to basketball, soccer, or softball. “I studied, even though I had to practice a lot,” West said. “The coaches were very
West. “Just an all-around great player,” Taylor said, noting that West was team captain of the soccer team at Rehoboth. “She is very smart and is very coachable. I think she will do very well at OVU.”
The three-day Summer Dance Camp began on June 13 at GHS.
Tyra West of Rehoboth Christian School signed a letter-of-intent June 17 to attend Ohio Valley University in Vienna, West Virginia, next fall. West will attend the school on a softball and soccer scholarship. Photo Credit: NativeStars
Mia Carabajal, 2016’s Drill Down Princess at the kiddie camp, hosted by the GHS Bengal Girls Dance Team. SPORTS
but everything works out in the long run. That was the mindset June 17, when Rehoboth Christian H ig h School’s T y ra West selected Ohio Valley University to attend college, come fall.. West signed a letter-of-intent to play soccer and softball at OVU. “I’m very happy with my decision,” West said. “I will be playing soccer and softball and that was part of the reason I selected Ohio Valley. At first, I thought I’d just be playing one sport and not the other, but at Ohio Valley I have the chance to play both.” West was a particular terror on the softball field the past four seasons for the District 1-3A Lady Lynx. Rehoboth ended the 2016 softball season with a 19-6, 4-2 overall record.
helpful in stressing the importance of academics.” West said she’ll miss her family and friends at Rehoboth, saying they are all just a plane ride away. “I will miss everybody,” West said. “Yes, I will definitely miss Rehoboth.” Eric Taylor, girls soccer coach at Rehoboth, said West was the team’s leading scorer the past season. The Lady Lynx finished last year with a 6-16, 3-9 record, but West was usually everywhere on the field doing what it took to win games, Taylor said. West played midfielder, but played other positions very well when called upon to do so. Taylor also coached at 3A foe Ea st Mounta in in Albuquerque, and ended up coaching a few games against
Taylor, who coached soccer at Ohio Valley University for four years, said Coffeyville Com mu n it y Col lege a nd Hesston College, both located in the state of Kansas, and the University of the Southwest in Hobbs, were also interested in West. “She’s going to a school where I coached, so I was able to provide a lot of information about the school when talking to her,” Taylor said. “A lot of the coaches at OVU know me, so that’s always a plus when it comes to recruiting.” Established in 1960, Ohio Valley University is a private four-year Christian College loc at ed i n Vien n a , We st Virginia. A Division II school, the Fighting Scots play in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.
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ROLL CALL | FROM PAGE 13 of Church Rock and Kevin Mitchell of Tohatchi. Johnson won the race 52 to Mitchell’s 48 percent, respectfully. But the fact that Johnson, who is from Crownpoint on the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation, won locales like Standing Rock by just 10 votes, to a degree, means that not a lot of folk in Johnson’s neck of the woods bother to vote – or if they do vote, does it mean they voted for Johnson? Johnson might want to keep an eye on Mitchell, as he will surely be back next time around and just might figure
TRAVELS | FROM PAGE 15 now in its third year, includes mathematicians from New Mexico State University’s College of Arts and Sciences, MC2 Teacher Leaders and staff, NMSU Creative Media Institute (CMI) faculty, and other New Mexico educators. Funding for MathLab is provided by the US Department of Education, New Mexico Public Education Department (Literacy & Early Childhood and Math & Science Bureaus), and New Mexico Higher Education Departments’ Math-Science Par tnership Program. Gallup-McKinley County Schools provided students with breakfast and lunch throughout the week. L aver ne Ya z z ie, m a t h teacher at Kirtland Middle
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Sandy Koufax 6pm Mets vs Yankees 8pm Giants vs Cubs out a winning formula to capture the District 5 seat. A s expected, Mitchell, vice president of the GallupMcK i n ley School Cou nt y Board, carried the community of Tohatchi, but fell short a small number of votes in territories won by Johnson. Who’s to say if more voters had turned out, we wouldn’t be looking at different winners in not only the House District 5 and Senate District 4 race, but other races as well? There was no excuse for voters not to come out in droves on June 7. Let’s hope things change come the Nov. 8 general election. School, shared her passion about math by saying, “I understand my students may not enter my class loving math, but I hope they leave, at least, appreciating math. I believe the workshop will help me further my students’ knowledge of mathematics.” Of course, the students put it best: “Math Lab is awesome and educational. P.S. it is fun.” Throughout the month of June, other MathLab weeklong learning experiences took place in Artesia, Pojoaque, Los Lunas, and Las Cruces. Photos and story content courtesy of Sara Morales. For more information about MC2 MathLab, contact Sara Morales at smorales@ nmsu.edu, Kathe Kanim at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Wanda Bulger-Tamez at email@example.com. giant monster and robot-fighting action, because that is all that’s coming your way this week! Gaiking: The Complete Original 1876 TV Series Powe r R an ge rs Ninja Storm: The Complete Series Transformers Rescue Bots: Heroes of Tech
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HERITAGE CANYON | FROM PAGE 14 of a tourist industry centered around the spectacular Southwest panorama of the Red Rocks, which many locals take for granted as just a bunch of rocks. Link’s Heritage Canyon should be an embarrassment to the Gallup establishment, who let a golden opportunity slip away. There ha s been no mention of it by the local media since 1982, and very few know that Heritage Canyon even existed. After 35 years, the story needed to be told, and Martin’s vision, creativ ity, and hard work honored. In Part Two next week, the lost potential of the Red Rocks.
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FAMILY MOVIE (ALL AGES) Join us for a free family movie. Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Film: Despicable Me 2
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 27
LIVE MUSIC 3 Blind Mice — Tim, Merlin, n Rick — takes center stage from 7:30 - 9:30 pm at Coal Street Pub, 303 W. Coal Ave. (505) 722-0117. SATURDAY JUNE 25 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) 3075999 or (505) 721-9208. EXPLORA! MUSEUM HANDS-ON SCIENCE Join the library for Explora! The museum will be at the library to conduct hands on activities. For more information please call (505) 863-1291. Begins at 2 pm. Location: Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. SPORTS WARRIORS CLUB PRESENTS Join us for the eighth annual Jim Thorpe Community 5K run and Native American Championship 5K. Other events include: one- and two-mile walks, toddler 300-meter dash, and a kids 12 and under 1K run. Register before the price goes up, please visit: nativeamerican5kchampionships.org. For more information, please call (505) 710-3323 or email sportswarriorsTC@aol. com. LIVE MUSIC The Navajo Wranglers — Country Western — take center stage from 7:30 - 9:30 pm at Coal Street Pub, 303 W. Coal Ave. (505) 722-0117. CALENDAR
TENNIS CAMP Join us on June 27 - 30, for Tennis Camp and learn basic techniques. Register for camp at Larry Brian Mitchell Recreation Center. For more information, please call (505) 722-2619. Begins: 9:30 am. Location: Ford Canyon Park, 908 E. Buena Vista. TUESDAY JUNE 28 THE CITY OF GALLUP Join the city of Gallup for a City Council meeting. Agendas will be available at least 72 hours prior to each meeting. For more information, please call (505) 863-1254. Begins: 6 pm. Location: City Hall, 110 W. Aztec Ave. UNM GALLUP Join us for a New Business Tax Workshop. The New Business Workshop is a comprehensive look at the Combined Reporting System (CRS) for gross receipts, withholding, and compensating tax programs. Registration is required. Begins at 11 am. For more information, please call (505) 722-2220. Location: Gallup Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room, 106 W. Hwy. 66. 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 JOB SEARCH WITH TECHNOLOGY Join the Octavia Fellin Library for free community computer-training classes. They’re new and improved. Pre-
requisites: basic Internet knowledge. Starts: 3 pm. Location: Main Branch, 115 W. Hill Ave. WEDNESDAY JUNE 29 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: Lego Challenge WEDNESDAY NIGHT MOVIES Join us for a free family movie. Starts at 5:30 pm. Main Branch, 115 W. Hill Ave. Film: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies THE CITY OF GALLUP Join the City of Gallup for a monthly meeting with Councilor Linda Garcia, District 1. This is a great opportunity to bring your compliments and complaints. For more information, please call (505) 879-4176. Begins at 6:30 pm. Location: Northside Senior Center, 607 N. 4th St. SBDC FREE LUNCH WORKSHOP Join us for free business development lunch workshop; counseling will be available. This event is intended for Military veterans, active duty and reserve personnel, and spouses. Free lunch included. This event will assist McKinley County service members and their families who are interested in starting their own business. For more information, please call (505) 722-2220. Begins at 11:30 am. Location: 106 W. Hwy 66. OPEN-MIC-NIGHT Local talent takes center stage from 7:30 - 9:30 pm at Coal Street Pub, 303 W. Coal Ave. (505) 722-0117.
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Cruise at 1:30 pm. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. 2nd St.
SBIR-STTR WORKSHOP Join SBIR-STTR for a comprehensive workshop that will provide a general overview of our programs. Begins at 1:30 pm. Location: Navajo Tech Innovation Center, 309 B East Historic Hwy 66.
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 Road. All funds go to helping feed local folks. For personal attention, call (505) 726-8068 or when visiting, ask for Vernon Garcia.
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH INVESTMENT CONFERENCE Join us for the second conference of the Behavioral Health Investment zone. Breakfast begins at 8:15 am. Please RSVP by June 27. For more information, please call Juliana Dooley firstname.lastname@example.org. Location: Hilton Garden Inn, 1530 W. Maloney Ave. FACEBOOK FOR BUSINESSES Join the Octavia Fellin Library for free community computer training classes. They’re new and improved. Prerequisites: must have an existing Facebook account and some experience with Facebook is recommended. Starts at 3 pm. Location: Main Branch, 115 W. Hill Ave. CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) Fun crafts for the whole family (all ages). Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. Make: Plastic Bottle Turtles ONGOING SUMMER READING PROGRAM Run, don’t walk to the Octavia Fellin Library’s Summer Reading Program: June 11 - July 30. This year, we’re focusing on health and fitness. Our theme is: On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! For more information, please call (505) 863-1291 or visit: octaviafellin.libguides.com. 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.
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-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 Road. 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 2 pm, at Red Mesa on Hill St. For more information, please call (505) 722-5142 or visit Recylegallup.org. SAVE THE DATE POLKA IN THE PINES On August 7, The Gallup Slavic Lodges presents Polka in the Pines. The show features: Thomas Brothers and the Hot Shots. Adult and kid games will be available. Bring cash and win a prize. You could be the lucky winner of Heads or Tails. Enjoy traditional Slavic picnic food and polka music. Tickets: $20 adult (ages 11 and up), $5 for children 5- to 10-years-old, children under the age of 5 are free. Begins at noon. For more information, please call Darlene Yochham (505) 863-5773. Location: Z-Lazy-B Ranch in Wingate. To post a nonprofit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.
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