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NEWS Gallup Fire Department: Safety stressed for Fourth of July LOCAL FIREWORKS SHOW OFFERS SAFE ALTERNATIVE By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


ith the Fourth of July just around the corner, Gallup Fire Marshal Jesus Morales took the time this week to offer some safety measures for folks to adhere to both inside and outside the home. Morales, a career city fire department employee, said approved vendors began to sell fireworks on June 20 and will cease selling them July 6. “ T he f i r e de p a r t me nt is urging the public to use extreme caution when using fireworks in the city on July Fourth,” Morales said. Morales said a permit is required to use fireworks within the city limits. He noted that permits cost $15


and can be purchased from the city clerk’s office at Gallup City Hall on Aztec Ave. If someone is caught lighting fireworks without a permit, a fine of $250 can be imposed, Morales said.

“Fireworks are not toys, and children should not play w ith them,” Mora les cautioned. “Fireworks can cause serious injuries to people and pets and damage to property. Any kind of fireworks

can be dangerous if not used properly.”


else that might catch fire. Stay away from vehicles. Have a bucket of water and garden hose available for use


F i rework s shou ld be used on a flat and firm surface, such as the ground or a driveway. Stay away from bushes, grass, and trees – or anything


Inside the fireworks tent Roman Candles and variety packs are seen. Photo Credit: NativeStars

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Gallup Sun Publishing, LLC Publisher/Editor Babette Herrmann Editorial Assistant Mia Rose Poris Advertising Raenona Harvey Correspondents Bernie Dotson Tom Hartsock Photography NativeStars Calendar Editor Lealia Nelson Design David Tsigelman On the Cover: The Gallup Sun wishes everyone a fun and safe Fourth of July weekend. And a short four day week ahead! The Gallup Sun, published Fridays, is not responsible or liable for any claims or offerings, nor responsible for availability of products advertised. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. The Gallup Sun distributes newspapers in McKinley, Cibola and Apache counties. Office: 102 S. Second St., Gallup, NM 87301 Mailing Address: PO Box 1212 Gallup, NM 87305 www.gallupsun.com Phone: (505) 728-1640 Fax: (505) 212-0391 gallupsun@gmail.com Letter to the editor/guest column ACCEPTED BY EMAIL ONLY. State full name and city/town. No pen names. ID required. All submissions subjected to editor’s approval. Guest columnists, email Sun for submission requirements.

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Two families displaced after fire ravages homes INVESTIGATION YIELDS FEW CLUES ON HOW IT STARTED By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor


AMERCO– Shortly before 9 pm on a Saturday evening, a Gamerco home at 202 S. Chino Loop went up in flames. Then a second home. What expectedly ensued next was complete panic for the two families impacted by the blaze, according to McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Roxanne King’s report. Gallup Fire Department arrived on scene, and began to douse the flames. In a video submitted to the Gallup Sun, a small child could be heard saying it sounded like “popcorn” popping as memories and beloved belongings popped, melted, and burned to a crisp during the three-alarm fire June 25. Dina Barron, one of the homeowners, arrived on scene and told King “that’s my house.” She then asked, “What happened? Can you get my car?” For Barron, there was no going back to get the blue

Chevy Camero from the driveway. The vehicle was eventually consumed by the raging flames. The only thing left was the frame and surrounding ashes. Anthony Martinez, Barron’s brother and neighbor, also lost his home to the fire. According to GFD Chief Eric Babcock’s investigative report, released to the Gallup Sun on June 29, Martinez said he and his wife smelled smoke, so he looked outside toward the west side of his home, and saw nothing out of the ordinary. Next, a neighbor stopped by his home to tell him his sister’s house was on fire. When he looked outside again, toward the west side, “the entire south west corner of Barron’s home was on fire, including two trees,” the report states. When Gallup Fire Department crews arrived on scene they began to extinguish the flames, and when their trucks ran low on water, they reached for the nearest fire hydrant. G a m e r c o Wa t e r &

A close up of the devastation, the June 25 fire that also stole Dina Barron’s blue Chevy Camero. Photo Credit: Courtesy Sanitation District Manager Francisco Cantu said he was at the scene, and the closest

The Gamerco homes of Dina Barron and Anthony Martinez were a total loss when fire broke out at 202 S. Chino Loop June 25. Photo Credit: Courtesy hydrant, at Chino and Hubble, was not in working order. It resu lted i n the f i re department having to hook up to a working hydrant about 1,000 feet from where fire trucks were situated near the property. “I pointed out which fire hydrants were working,” Cantu said Chief Babcock said, “It impacted our ability to put the fire out,” adding that he’s not sure whether either structure could be saved at that juncture. “The first one went up pretty quickly,” he said. “Everything burned to the ground.” Crew s f rom McK i n ley County Fire Department were also on scene and used their tankers to help extinguish the flames. Meanwhile, Babcock said the cause is “undetermined after the investigation.” There was some


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speculation that fireworks could have set the home on fire, but Babcock discovered no such link. As for the fire hydrant shortage, Cantu said Gamerco Water & Sanitation District has jumped through some hoops to get the funding, and “the politics” and red tape has caused delays, although he didn’t go into details. A KRQE News 13 report revealed that 12 out of the 54 fire hydrants in Gamerco don’t work. Cantu explained that the water has sought federal and local funds to replace the defunct hydrants, and have plans to begin the replacement process in July. He didn’t reveal or know of a dollar amount for the project off hand, but said “this is major money.” The Sun was not able to reach Barron for comment as of press time. NEWS

New Gallup police chief sworn-in AT $100K ANNUALLY, HART IN SMALL COMPANY AT CITY HALL By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


law enforcement veteran with experience at the state and federal levels is now at the helm of the Gallup Police Department. Phillip Hart, 53, was sworn-in as police chief June 28 by Gallup Municipal Judge Grant Foutz in a specially called meeting prior to the regular city meeting. Hart starts the $100,000-a-year job July 1. The salary amount makes Hart one of the highest paid city employees, with City Attorney George Kozeliski, City Manager Maryann Ustick, and City Electric Director Richard Matzke the only other city workers pulling in six figure salaries on a yearly basis. At $119,000 annually, Kozeliski is the top paid person working for the city. Ustick earns $109,000, and Matzke brings in $105,000 a year. “I’m honored to be the chief


Gallup Municipal Judge Grant Foutz swears in new Gallup Police Department Chief Phillip Hart at the June 28 city council meeting. Photo Credit: NativeStars of police for the city of Gallup, so thank you ver y much,” Hart said to applause from a relatively crowded council chamber. At least a dozen city and

county police officers attended the swearing-in ceremony. “I’ve got family in Gallup. I’ve been coming to Gallup for the past 35 years,” Hart said. Born in Jacksonville, Fla.,

Hart worked for the US Drug Enforcement Administration for a little more than two decades. He is a former police agent in Lakewood, Colo., and most recently worked in a law enforcement supervisory position in Albuquerque. Gallup Human Resources Director Klo Abeita said Hart’s salary is the highest earned by a police department employee in recent memory. Abeita said former GPD Chief Robert Cron

earned $73,000 annually in the job. Cron, a former New Mexico State Police officer, retired in March, with Lt. Franklin Boyd taking over as interim police chief. Prior to Cron, GPD Chief Sylvester Stanley earned $82,000 a year. City Clerk Al Abeita said computer payroll records for police chiefs don’t go back any further than that of Stanley. Abeita said all but one city employee served on the interviewing committee that hired Hart: They were Abeita, Ustick, Gallup Fire Chief Eric Babcock, McKinley County Sheriff Ron Silversmith, and Jon DeYoung, who is the assistant to Ustick. Phone calls put in to Mayor Jackie McKinney and Ustick on what warranted Hart’s high salary amount were not returned as of press time. Cit y Cou nci lor F ra n Palochak weighed in on the new chief. “I think he’s a good hire,” Palochak said. “I saw him at the council meeting and made it a point to say hello to him before the meeting started. One of the things I think we need is more patrols in some of our neighborhoods. I think most people around town would agree with that.”

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Navajo Nation opposes liquor license transfer; Decision to go before county commissioners By Michele J. Crank and Mihio Manus Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President


u r ing a public hearing on Jun. 27 regarding the transfer of ownership of a liquor license currently held by Tomahawk Inc., in Prewitt, Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez said the Nation does not support the transfer of Ownership to Reds Mart, LLC. “We officially oppose this transfer,” Vice President Nez said. “It only changes the location but it does not affect the negative impact a liquor establishment has on our people. Beyond that, the liquor license will stay in close proximity to the Baca Dlo’Ayashi Community School.” The transfer of the ownership has received preliminary approval from the director of the Alcohol and Gaming Division. The sole purpose of the public hearing, held at the McKinley County Courthouse, was to take testimony and receive evidence on whether or not the proposed transfer of Ownership should be approved or disapproved. Vice President Nez presented resolutions from the Thoreau Chapter, Baca/Prewitt Chapter, Casamero Lake Chapter, and the Eastern Navajo Agency Council to County Attorney

Vice President Nez said the NN does not support the transfer of ownership from Tomahawk, Inc., to Reds Mart LLC. He said the transfer changes the location but it does not affect the negative impact a liquor establishment has on the community. Photo Credit: The Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President Douglas W. Decker opposing the proposed transfer of ownership of the liquor license to Reds Mart, LLC. He also presented letters from the Department of Dine Education and the Office of the President and Vice President opposing the transfer. In OPVP’s letter of opposition, President Russell Begaye stated the liquor license in question is within 300-400 feet of the Baca Dlo’Ayashi Community School, which is “completely unacceptable.” The Resolution from the Eastern Navajo Agency Council stated, “There are no school zone lights in the area, allowing vehicles to speed through

the school zone. Many times vehicles follow closely behind the buses with no regard to the children being transported. Parents have seen individuals coming out of the Tomahawk Bar visibly drunk.” Hoskie Largo, Chapter President for Baca/Prewitt chapter said that on behalf of his constituents, he stands in opposition of the liquor license transfer. “This liquor establishment does nothing good for our community,” he said. Geneva Werito, vice president of Baca Dlo’Aya sh i Community School, also supported that the license be transferred outside of the vicinity of the school area.

“We don’t want the liquor license transfer to be in the vicinity of our school,” she said. “It affects the children and we want our children to be safe and get a good education.” Basel Mheirat of Red’s Mart, LLC, said it was enlightening to hear the comments made at the public hearing. Mheirat said it might cause the applicant to reconsider their offer on the business and establishment based on the opinion of the community. County Attorney Decker said he will work on recommendations based on statutory regulations. “My desi re is to have i t b e fo r e t h e B o a r d of C om m i s s io ne r s a t t he i r

meeting on July 5. They will go over the findings I come up with,” he said. “They are the final decision makers and what they decide gets sent to Alcohol and Gaming Commissioners.” Vice President Nez said the public hearing was a good example of the Navajo community uniting to voice their opposition to the transfer of the liquor license. He said the local chapters and community members are telling the county to end alcohol sales generated through the liquor license of Tomahawk, Inc. Back in Aug. 3, 2015, Navajo Nation P resident Russel l Begaye and Vice President Nez signed off on the purchase of Ole Red Barn Liquor, which signified the end of liquor sales to the local community of Nahata Dziil near Sanders, Ariz. For years, the impacts of liquor sales had devastated the Nahata Dziil community.  In turn, the community organized alliances with tribal, county, and state agencies to effectively end alcohol sales from Ole Red Barn. President Begaye and Vice President Nez hope to effectively see the end of liquor sales from the Tomahawk Bar. “I hope the applicant heard the cry of the Navajo Nation,” he said. “I think we can all stand in unity, and with the help of the McKinley County Commissioners, we can say no. I respectfully ask the commissioners to heed to these words.”

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GGEDC attends summit in Washington, DC OBAMA, KERRY SPEAK AT MEETING

By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


atr icia Lundstrom, the executive director of the Greater Ga l lup Econom ic Development Cor poration, attended the third annual SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington, DC. The event was held June 19 - 21 as part of a major effort to recruit businesses to Gallup and McKinley County, and to market the state of New Mexico as a whole. For the past two years, the GGEDC has been the recipient of a $15,000 grant from the New Mexico Economic Development Depar tment. Those funds allowed for the trip, Lundstrom said.

SelectUSA is t he h ig hest profile event dedicated to promoting direct foreign i nvest ment i n t he Un ited States. The affair saw some 2,500 participants from more t h a n 70 for ei g n m a rket s bringing together investors, economic development organizations, and government off icia ls from a rou nd the world to support economic development opportunities. “SelectUSA is the premier trade show for the recruitment of international businesses,” Lundstrom said. “[GGEDC] made direct contact with 19 different countries and shared information with hundreds of attendees. We utilized the Target Industry Study to help prioritize our efforts,

A death results from collision between car and train By Mia Rose Poris Sun Editor


ENTMORE — In the early morning of June 26, one man died in a head-on collision with a BNSF train. At 4:40 a m, McK i n ley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Roxanne King was dispatched to Defiance Draw Road in reference to an accident involving a train and a vehicle. At the scene, the train was at a standstill and a black Jeep Patriot with Arizona plates was facing east on the tracks, .7 miles west of Tseyatoh crossing, according to King’s report. “Due to the direction of both vehicles, it appeared to be a head on collision,” King wrote. T he veh icle su st a i ned heavy damage, and the driver,

45-year-old Arvin Bain of Ft. Defiance died at the scene. However, engineers said a passenger may have exited the vehicle. According to the report, at about 4:20 am, the train conductor noticed headlights on the tracks that appeared to be heading in the direction of the train. The train’s horn was blown several times, and the conductor thought he saw two people in the car. He put the train in an emergency stop, but collided with the car at about 46- to 55-miles-per-hour. The train, which was hauling 84 cars, weighed 7,149 tons, and was about 8,084-feet-long. The time of death was pronounced to be 6:05 am, according to Office of the Medical Investigator Corilynn Calvin. It is yet to be determined whether the driver was intoxicated.

U.S. President Barack Obama

Secretary of State John Kerry

Rep. Patty Lundstrom, D-Gallup

schedu l i ng appoi nt ment s with representatives with best fit industries for Gallup and McKinley County and with countries to which New Mexico currently exports.” The keynote speaker for the event was President Barack Oba ma , a nd other speakers included Secretar y of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Secretary of State John Kerry, as well as top US business leaders, Lundstrom said. “US Secretary of Commerce Pritzker personally visited the New Mexico booth — only five booths within the entire exhibit hall she was able to visit,” Lundstrom said. “I gave

secretary Pritzker my one-minute elevator speech about Gallup and McKinley County.” GGEDC was part of a bigger New Mexico delegation that included the New Mexico Partnership, the city of Hobbs, and the city of Lovington, Lundstrom noted. The theme of the 2016 summit was “The Innovation Advantage,” highlighted by American leadership in research and development, entrepreneurship, advanced manufacturing, and other areas. Lundstrom said she’s in contact with representatives from two companies that were in attendance.

Topics and strategies at the event included “Building a Strategy to Attract Investment”; “Preparing to Build the Work Force of Tomorrow”; “The Future of Retail”; “Access to Capital”; and “The Future of Funding and the US as an Export Platform,” Lundstrom said. The GGEDC was established about four years ago with the goal of economic development in Gallup and McKinley County. Lundstrom, who has served the New Mexico House of Representatives since 2001, is a former executive director of the Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments.

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SUSPECT JAILED ON $56K BOND By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


Gallup man remained jailed June 29 after a n ea rly mor ning raid by sheriff’s deputies of the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office. Lt. Pat Salazar of the MCSO said Brandon Yazzie of 307 E. Persching Ave. was taken into custody June 24 on five counts of child abuse, one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and a count of the possession, delivery or manufacturing of drug paraphernalia. Steve Silversmith, warden at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center, said Yazzie, 36, is behind bars on a $56,000 bail bond. There are no attorneys listed in jail records for Yazzie. “This was the result of months of investigative work,” Salazar said. “In arresting this individual we have a person associated with drugs off the street, and a neighborhood made that much more safe.” Salazar said the MCSO had been conducting undercover

Brandon Yazzie narcotics buys at the address for a couple of months. He said meth and marijuana were the drugs associated with the arrest. Salazar noted that the living conditions at the address were “sub-standard” and “dirty.” “There were kids in the home and they were living amid drugs and drug paraphernalia,” Salazar said. “The house was not vey well-kept.” Salazar said there were 11 people at the two-bedroom residence at the time of the arrest and the minors ranged in age from 3 to 16 years old.

MCSO drug agents served a search warrant on Brandon Yazzie’s home, 307 E. Persching Ave, Gallup, June 24. Photo Credit: Tom Hartsock

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L BUQU ERQU E – Patrick Wadsworth, 46, a n en rolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Sanostee, pled guilty June 28 in federal court to an assault charge under a plea agreement with the US Attorney’s Office. Wadsworth was arrested on Jan. 22, 2016, on an indictment charging him with assaulting a woman resulting in serious bodily injury on Nov. 6, 2014, in San Juan County. During the June 28 proceedings, Wadsworth pled guilty to the indictment and admitted that on Nov. 6, 2014, he assaulted the victim

by striking her and causing bruising to her face, arms, and knees. Wadsworth further admitted that the crime took place as his residence on the Navajo Indian Reservation in San Juan County. This case was investigated by the Farmington office of the FBI, the Farmington Police Department, and the Shiprock Police Department. A ssista nt US At tor ney Elaine Y. Ramirez is prosecuting the case as part of the Tribal Special Assistant US Attorney (Tribal SAUSA) Pilot Project in the District of New Mexico, which is sponsored by the Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women under a grant administered by

the Pueblo of Laguna. The Tribal SAUSA Pilot Project seeks to train tribal prosecutors in federal law, procedure, and investigative techniques to increase the likelihood that every viable violent offense against Native women is prosecuted in either federal court or tribal court, or both. The Tribal SAUSA Pilot Project was largely driven by i n pu t g a t h e r e d f r o m a n nua l t r iba l con su lt a tions on v iolence aga i nst women, and is another step in the Justice Department’s on-going efforts to increase engagement, coordination and action on public safety in tribal communities.

Continental Divide man jailed on domestic abuse charge SUSPECT OUT ON $1,000 CASH SURETY BOND By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


Continental Divide man sent to jail June 22 on an aggravated battery on a household member charge was jailed and immediately bonded out the same day, officials said. Delray Largo, 31, was taken into custody after McKinley County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call about a female thrown down some stairs, according to a police report by Christopher Tsosie. The assailant refused to cooperate with deputies when it came time for explanations, according to a police report on the matter. The incident took place in Continental Divide at 1:25 am. “…I saw a female approach me crying and holding her right arm,” Tsosie wrote. “I recognized the voice and upon close contact identified the

Delray Largo female … ” The police report states that Yazzie and the victim got into a physical altercation after they returned from an evening at dinner. The victim, according to the police report, stated that she wanted to go back home to Crownpoint, but Largo apparently didn’t want her to and took her car keys. That apparently fueled Largo’s bad

attitude, the report suggests. “[The victim] stated that Delray just took her ca r keys and threw her the key ring,” Tsosie wrote. “I asked [her] if she was OK and what happened.” The victim stated that she “begged” Largo to return her car keys. Largo accused her of damaging the windshield of his vehicle, the report states. The police report states that Largo pushed the victim at one point during the altercation, causing her to fall down some steps. The two continued arguing, and at one juncture, Largo yelled at the victim, “Look what you done to my car.” Tsosie reiterated that Largo refused to cooperate with deputies and answer questions. Largo bonded out on a $1,000 cash surety bond within hou rs, Steve Silversm ith, jail warden at the McKinley C ou nt y Adu lt D e t e nt ion Center, said.

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WEEKLY CRIME BLOTTER ‘SKOOL BOY’ NEEDS SCHOOLING 6/28, THOREAU As a Thoreau firefighter was fueling one of his trucks, he noticed two men fighting north of the Giant gas station. Lt. Nicholas Cloud told MCSO Deputy Gabrielle Puhuyesva that he honked his siren to break up the fight, which worked. One of the men approached Cloud and told him that he was stabbed. The victim was taken to a local hospital where he told Puhuyesva that the altercation between him and Skool Boy started at the Giant gas station because he “didn’t want to pull out for him.” Skool Boy then reportedly stabbed him in the right forearm with a knife. The victim also admitted to drinking a six pack of “Blue Moon” alcoholic beverage.

DRUNK AND DEADLY 6/26, GALLUP At about 4:45 am, GPD Officer Chris Molina and a suppor t i ng of f icer a r r ived at 410 N. Third St. in reference to a noise complaint. At the scene, Molina heard yelling coming from a yard and saw two men seated near a fireplace; their speech was slurred. The gate was locked and Molina asked Blas Silvestre Villegas, 20, to come to the gate so he could convince him to quiet down. When Villegas turned away, the officer noticed a handgun. Molina shouted commands at the men, but was ignored. Villegas put the handgun in a car parked inside the property and began to approach Molina. A supporting officer arrived and convinced Villegas to give him the keys to open the gate. Villegas was arrested and booked for negligent use of a deadly weapon under the influence of an intoxicant or narcotic.

MR. NOT-SO-CLEAN 6/26, YATAHEY At 6:05 pm, McK i n ley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy NEWS

Christopher Tsosie was d ispatched to T&R Market at 671 N. US 491 in reference to two males caught shoplifting. According to the report, an employee pushing shopping carts back to the store noticed a man walking from v e h ic le t o v e h ic le i n the lot. The employee saw the ma le pu ll meat out of his backpack and thought perhaps the suspect, Richard A. Billy, 54, was panhandling meat. The employee sought backup from a cashier, and the two noticed bulges in the suspect’s shirt and pants. Indeed, Billy was hiding meat there, too. Eprem Z. John Sr., 43, had a bottle of cleaning solvent — store merchandise — protruding from his pocket, and when confronted, he said, “ because I am alcoholic and was going to drink it.” Jo h n a n d B i l l y we r e arrested for shoplifting. Both were intoxicated.

HEROIN SNEAK 6/25, GALLUP M C S O D e p u t y M o n t y Yazzie was d ispatched to the White Cliff’s trailer pa rk, 126 Bishop Dr., in reference to a possible breaking and entering. Neighbors claimed a female crawled through a nextdoor window. At No. 108, Yazzie and a supporting officer made contact with Marissa Lujan, 25, who gave the officers a false name. She claimed her uncle, who lived at the residence, was at work and told her to crawl through the window. She said the officers should call him. The officers did reach a different uncle, who confirmed Lujan lived there. T he of f icer s sea rched a locked room and found

narcotics and paraphernalia spread on the bed. Lujan admitted the items were hers, and that her uncle said she could not stay at his home if she continued to use drugs. Lujan was under the influence of heroin, according to the report. She had a warrant out from the Magistrate Court. Her uncle confirmed she was not allowed at the residence. Lu ja n wa s booked for breaking and entering, possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, concealing identity, and an outstanding bench warrant.

HIGH WATERS 6/24, MENTMORE MCSO received a report of proper ty damage at 24 Williams Acres Road from a neighbor calling on behalf of the property owner, who lived remotely. The neighbor, who is also a tenant of the owner of the vacant property, told MCSO Deputy Jonathan Todachine, he’d noticed there were no curtains on the windows, and he heard water running. The south side bedroom windows were broken, and there was cardboard in the window. Upon entering the property, the neighbor found the bathtub overflowing. Officers took photos of the damage and filed a report on criminal damage to property.

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LESSON: AVOID YOUR EX 6/24, GALLUP An early evening visit t o a lo c a l park turned into an alleged scary encounter with an ex-boyfriend, Tyron Billiman. According to GPD Officer Jessie Diaz’s report, the v ictim said that her ex wanted to talk, so they went to his vehicle. From there, things turned ugly. Billiman repor tedly grabbed the woman’s wrist and told her to “hit him.” He then forced her to hit his face. Tota lly f r e a ke d o u t , t h e wo m a n t r ied t o ex it t he veh icle, but Bi l l i m a n g r abbed her by the waist and pulled her back in. From there, the woman k icked, screa med, broke Billiman’s glasses, and fought to get out of the car. It was enough to break his hold on her. But t here’s more. T he repor t states that he wa s squeezi ng h is phone i n order to break it so he could tel l t he pol ice t he v ict i m d a m a ge d it . T he bi z a r r e scene continued outside of Billiman’s vehicle, when he laid on the ground in front of h i s t r uck , i n a not her move to prevent the woman from leaving. She called the pol ice, a nd Bi l l i ma n wa s a r re s t ed for ba t t er y a nd false imprisonment.

JUST FRIGHTENING 6 / 2 3 , FT. W I NGATE HIGH SCHOOL Hen r y Hildreth repor ted ly a r r ived at Fort Wingate High School, at about 9:30 am, to kidnap his wife. According to MCSO Deputy Jeff Barnhurst’s report, Hildreth tried to kidnap his wife by holding a knife to her neck. While the wife got away unscathed, Hildreth took her Toyota Camry – and their son. But, Hildreth’s girlfriend intervened and brought the child back to the school. Police caught up w ith Hildreth. He wa s booked into McKinley County Adult Detention Center for aggravated assault and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle. His $5,000 bond was paid, and he was released from jail the same day.

GOT GUNS? 6/21, JAMESTOWN MCSO Deputy Ja smine Jaramillo was dispatched to 172 Birch Dr. in reference to a burglary. The victim claimed four of her weapons were missing from her second-floor bedroom. No other items were missing, and there as no sign of forced entry, according to the report.


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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports The legal limit is .08. Christopher Bitsilly June 18, 5:45 pm 3rd DWI, Aggravated McKinley C o u n t y Sher i f f ’s Office Sgt. Eric Jim headed south on US 491 in response to a potential drunk driver in a gold GMC Sierra. Jim noticed the vehicle heading northbound, trailed by a Forest Service vehicle, which flashed its lights at Jim, near the 2-mile marker. The suspect driver continued to drive for about a mile after Jim turned on his lights and siren; he stopped near the 4-mile marker. The driver, Bitsilly, 39, had red, watery eyes and smelled of alcohol. When asked if he had anything to drink, he responded, “Just this one,” as he held up an open can of Coors Light. Eventually he admitted to having more than 12 beers. He failed the field sobriety tests and blew .25 twice during breath tests. Javis Frank June 18, 1:25 am DWI, Aggravated Gallup P o l i c e Department Officer John Gonzales was dispatched to Hw y 602 and Park regarding someone waving down a Community Support Aid. He found a white Pontiac at the intersection of Hwy 602 and Second Street. Gonzales followed the vehicle, which was swerving southbound until the 28-mile marker. Frank, 27, was instructed to

come to the rear of the vehicle. He smelled of alcohol, slurred his words, and had bloodshot watery eyes. He denied drinking, and refused field sobriety tests. Frank blew .17 and .19 during the breath tests. Tonieka Jean Tsosie June 16, 2:08 am DWI W h i le o n p a t r ol , GPD Officer Jessie Diaz pa ssed the Days Inn at 1603 W. Hwy 66, and obser ved a vehicle traveling eastbound with a headlight out. It then turned onto Arnold Street without a turn signal. Tsosie, 27, t he d r iver, smelled of alcohol, slurred her speech, and had bloodshot, watery eyes. She failed field sobriety tests and blew .09 twice during the breath tests. Reyes Gonzalez June 18, 2:22 am DWI, Aggravated GPD O f f icer Dom i n ic Molina noticed a silver car pa rked i n the alley between Chainsaw City and Ta co Bel l. A s Mol i n a t u r ned h is v e h ic le Reyes Gonzales a r ou nd t o go check on the vehicle, it began to leave the parking lot of Chainsaw Cit y, d r iving off the c u r b a n d Jocelyn Keeswood s c r a t ch i n g its exhaust pipes as it did so. It traveled eastbound on Highway

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66, holding up traffic as it swerved, driving far below the speed limit. Molina stopped the vehicle in the parking lot of Giant Central, 1223 E. Hw y 66. Gonzalez, 41, smelled of alcohol, slurred his speech, and had bloodshot and watery eyes. He said he’d been drinking at the Shalimar. He refused field tests and breath testing. There were three open containers in the car. Gonzalez and his girlfriend, Jocelyn S. Keeswood, had left three children, ages 2, 8, and 14 in a motel room. Keeswood, 35, was charged with three counts of child abandonment. Gonzalez was also charged w it h t h r e e - cou nt s c h i ld abandonment. Harrison Yazzie May 29, 10:30 pm DWI, Aggravated G P D Officer Chris Molina was forced t o stop his vehicle in order to avoid hitting a Chevy truck trying to pull out of Louis Lane. Molina pulled Yazzie, 58, over in the parking lot of the Arrowhead Lodge, 1115 E. Hwy 66. Yazzie slurred his speech and smelled of alcohol. He failed field sobriety tests and refused breath testing. Harold Gray May 16, 8:04 am 3rd DWI, Aggravated G P D O f f ic e r D a n i e l Brown was dispatched to the inters e c t ion of North Third St reet a nd West Maloney Avenue regarding a crash with injuries. At the scene, Brown found a silver Chevy Camaro with Arizona plates and front-end damage, and a blue Nissan pickup with rear-end damage. The Nissan driver said he was rear-ended at a red light, “then he seen stars,” according to the report. Gray, 44, was sitting on the curb after getting medical attention. There were two open

beer cans in the car. He smelled of alcohol and claimed “those guys” were driving. A witness said it did not appear that Gray climbed from the back of the car, as Gray had claimed. The witness said two other people also exited the vehicle. Gray was transported to the Gallup Indian Medical Center on a gurney. He refused testing. Witness statements lead Brown to believe Gray was indeed the driver. Sherwin Begay May 27, 12:40 am 5th DWI, Aggravated G P D O f f ic er Dominic Molina was dispatched to Highway 602 and A z t e c A v e n u e in reference to a crash with injuries. At the scene, Molina found a black Nissan with its front end in the back of a silver Dodge Ram. Begay, the driver of the Nissan, was standing outside. Begay, 65, smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot, watery eyes. He was speaking slowly and slurring. When asked if he had been drinking, he said he had a few beers. When asked how many, he said “a half a pint of Whiskey.” Begay failed field sobriety tests and blew .25 and .26 during breath tests. Leanderson Gaddy May 27, 6:29 pm DWI G P D O f f i c e r Ter ra nce Peyke t ew a was dispatched to Giant on Second Street in reference to a fight involving thrown rocks and a grey sedan. While in that area, he was dispatched to Allsup’s in reference to an intoxicated driver at a gas pump in a gray sedan. On arriving, Peketewa saw a grey Ford Taurus with Arizona plates heading away from Allsup’s and into the driveway of 222 Nizhoni Blvd. The car’s rear stoplight was out. The passenger had a bleeding laceration on his forehead. The driver, Gaddy, 24, had red bloodshot eyes, slurred his speech, and smelled of alcohol. He failed field sobriety tests and blew .13 twice during breath testing.

CRIME BLOTTER | FROM PAGE 11 The v ictim sa id things were out of pla ce i n t he closet from which two of the guns went missing. A report was filed regarding the stolen property.

HATCHET MAN 6/13, GALLUP A man taking a shortcut between Ni nt h a nd Seventh s t r e e t s not iced another man who appeared to be “shooting up” drugs. The man told GPD Officer Matthew Graham that man, who was identified as Richard Ganter, “got up and came after him,” the report states. He pushed the man on the ground and asked how much money he had on him, and in response, the man took out his wallet and opened it up to show Ganter, 33, that the wallet was empty. Ganter reportedly took his cell phone. The ma n told Gra ha m that he noticed a hatchet in Ganter’s pocket during the altercation, and that he had been sitting on it when he was reportedly injecting drugs. While Ganter didn’t wield it during the robbery, it was enough to scare the victim into calling the cops.

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Pinon community advocates for a police district to address high crime rates Staff Reports


INON, Ariz. – On June 27, members of the 23rd Navajo Nation Council received a report from Pinon chapter officials and community members regarding public safety issues and the need for a police sub-station. The rural community of Pinon is located 50-miles west of Chinle on Navajo Partitioned Land and within the Chinle Judicial District. Pinon Chapter President Bessie Allen said the community has been experiencing high rates of crime and shootings stemming from two rival gangs within the past year. She also stated that the chapter is proposing to construct a police sub-station to address the crime issues. “The crimes committed by the two rivalry gangs are getting out of control. Our schools,

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public buildings, shopping centers, and residential housing are not safe from shootings, vandalism, and assaults,” Allen said. The chapter has accomplished building a court facility but we need a police station. We need our elders and children safe. We need to take back our community.” Council Delegate Kee Allen Begay, Jr. (Low Mountain, Many Farms, Nazlini, Tachee/ Blue Gap, Tselani/Cottonwood) stated that the community is in great need of a police station and recommended that Pinon become its own police district. Currently there are seven judicial districts within the Nava jo Nation located in Shiprock, Dilkon, Tó Nanees Dizi, Kayenta, Crownpoint, Chinle, and Window Rock. Crime rates, the quantity of emergency and service calls, and the amount of arrest would justify the need to create a

new judicial district in Pinon, according to the Navajo Nation Department of Public Safety. Ch i n le Pol ice Di st r ict Delegated Capt. Gary Grandson explained that the community needs their own police district because the response time from police in Chinle is intensive and the amount of emergency calls are increasing. “In 2014, there were 7,767 calls. In 2015, the number of emergency calls increased to 8,185,” Grandson said. “In the past five months, there have been 3,666 calls. There are only 22 police officers at Chinle district and it takes more than an hour to respond to emergency calls. Only one officer is stationed in Pinon, but if immediate back up is needed, there are five officers that live near Pinon. It would be convenient if Pinon had their own police district and it would also deter crimes committed by gangs.”

If a fire starts due to fireworks, use a bucket of water or garden hose to extinguish the fire so it won’t spread. “Fireworks should never be

a ya rd. A bucket of water comes in ha ndy even if it do e s n’t end up get t i n g used. Keep pets inside, particularly during the evening of the Fourth of July. Keep veh icle s t h a t a re pa rked at home locked, w it h w i ndows shut . “Pa rk in a ga rage or under a ca nopy i f po s sible,” Mor a le s sa id. But of cou r se, t here’s always a good, old-fashioned public fireworks display — the safest way to enjoy this national holiday. T h i s ye a r, t h e Ju l y Fou r t h St a r s a nd St r ipes Celebration, sponsored by iHear t Media, kicks off at noon at the Gallup Spor ts Complex , 92 5 Pa rk Ave., with the National A nthem and the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by Fourth of July cake and watermelon, and l ive mu sic. T here w i l l be game and craft booths, as well as food vendors and a Gourd Dance, hosted by the Black Creek Gourd Society from noon to 7 pm. Then of course, when the sun has set (around 9 pm), it’s finally time for the fireworks. Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!

A fireworks tent near Safeway features the safe and sane fireworks variety. Photo Credit: NativeStars respon sible a du lt present when f i rework s a re bei ng used. After a firework has been used, it should be picked up with a shovel, dropped into a bucket of water a nd left to soa k for severa l hou r s before being thrown in the trash. “Duds” or fireworks that did not go off after being lit should be picked up with a shovel and dropped in some water. “Don’t try and re-light a dud,” Morales said. NEWS

used in a building,” Morales said. Morales gave some home safety tips: Clean outdoor yards of unnecessary weeds and plant growth. “Cut grass and keep watered. Green plants are less likely to burn,” Morales said. Clean combustible material and other dead growth and dispose of it. Keep a ga rden hose connected a nd ready to use in c a s e a f i re bre a k s out i n

On June 16, Pinon chapter officials presented a funding proposal to the Síhasiin Fund Sub-committee in the amount of $33 million to construct a 47,000 square-foot public safety and judiciary complex facility. The facility is included in the Navajo Nation Master Plan and in the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety’s priority list. Pinon chapter has withdrawn 20-acres of land and completed a rcheolog ica l, environmental, and cultural clearances. The chapter also acquired funds to complete the architectural design and engineering services for the facility. Council Delegate Lee Jack, Sr. (Di lkon, Grea sewood Springs, Indian Wells, Teesto, Whitecone) suppor ted the funding proposal presented by the chapter and emphasized the need for public safety for rural communities.

“I hear all kinds of dangerous stories of Pinon and I wonder why public safety is not addressed,” Jack, who is a member of Síhasiin Fund Subcommittee, said. “We need to consider this funding proposal because our communities need to feel protected and safe. I am in support and I will do whatever I can to help this initiative.” Following the report, Law and Order Committee Chair Council Delegate Edmund Yazzie (Churchrock, Iyanbito, Mariano Lake, Pinedale, Smith Lake, Thoreau) directed Pinon chapter to provide a support resolution to establish a police district in Pinon and to have NNDPS Executive Director Jesse Delmar to station a permanent police office in Pinon until a district office is created. Pinon chapter will provide an update report to LOC in July.

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ny individuals interested in the District 2 School Board seat recently vacated by former President Titus Nez are encouraged to submit their letter of interest to the GallupMcK inley County Schools Office of the Superintendent by Wednesday, July 13. The appointment process is as follows: We d n e s d a y, J u l y 1 3 : Deadline for letter of interest/ to Office of the GMCS Superintendent

Thursday, July 14: School Board will verify place of residency for all applicants Friday, July 15: School board will pick up all applicant information Tuesday, July 19: A special GMCS School Board meeting will be held at Crownpoint Elementary School at 6 pm for the board to review and hear from potential candidat e s. I m med iat ely a f t er this process, the board will appoint an individual to fill the vacant seat to complete the term ending in February of 2017.

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Steven Begay wins District 14 NN council delegate seat THERESA BECENTI-AGUILAR TAKES SECOND PLACE By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


I N DOW ROCK , A r i z . – St even Begay of Naschitti Chapter was elected June 28 to fill the remaining one-and-half-year term of the Navajo Nation Council Delegate District 14 Candidate Elvis Bitsilly Edison A. Begay, Jr. Ansley L. Curley Tom Ranger Theresa Becenti-Aguilar Bob Begaye Anthony K. Howard Brent A. Detsoi Harrison Plummer Nathan Notah Willis Nez Karen E. Bedonie Steven Begay

seat vacated by Mel Begay. Steven Begay, an administrator at Gallup Indian Medical Center, won the race with 731 votes. There were 2,534 total ballots tallied from Coyote Canyon, Naschitti, Mexican Springs, Tohatchi, and Bread Springs chapters. Council delegates earn $25,000 annually

and serve four-year terms. They are not limited in terms of how long they can serve, meaning they can serve as many terms as they win.

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second place with 564 votes, and Nathan Notah of Tohatchi garnered 344 votes for a third place finish. “It was a tough race and obviously Steven Begay was the winner,” Brent Detsoi, 27, a council delegate candidate who finished in sixth place, said. “But there are some things that should be looked at.” Detsoi, who is from Twin L a ke s, s a id a s fa r a s he k nows, t he election went of f wel l. He sa id t houg h, the Tohatchi Chapter experienced a big problem with paper ballots. “There weren’t enough actual ballots at Tohatchi, and that delayed voting and counting,” Detsoi said. “That should never have happened. We all must take something from this.” Detsoi, a Gallup mayoral candidate in 2011, continued, “Where was the pre-planning and planning for the unexpected when it came to

Tohatchi?” Kimmeth Yazzie, a Navajo Nation Election Administration official who distributed District 14 results to the media, said he couldn’t comment on the Tohatchi ballot situation until the end of this week and after at least one election board meeting. “ I c a n’ t c o m me nt o n Tohatchi right now,” Yazzie said. “That’s all I can say about that.” Mel Begay was removed from office by the Navajo Nation Election Administration a fter a conv iction by the Window Rock District Court on conspiracy and making or permitting false Navajo Nation vouchers charges that totaled more than $33,000. Begay was sent to prison for three years because of the crime. There are 24 delegates who represent various chapters in the Navajo Nation. A new law passed a few years ago took the total delegate amount from 88 to 24.




fficials from around Gallup and McK in ley Cou nt y want ever yone to be safe on the Fourth of July. It’s news that’s preached a lot at this time of year. Folks in Gallup typically line Hwy 602 and watch an extravagant city fireworks display from the overpass. No doubt, local police will be out on July 4 implementing a traffic-operations plan

Don’t blow up on Fourth of July to reduce delays and relieve congestion. Everyone must do their part, because safety isn’t just a police department issue. Ex pect additiona l off icers to be present not only downtown, but throughout all parts of the city and some surrounding areas. Long traffic backups, short tempers, and some who may have had too much to drink are the norm on the Fourth — along with DWI checkpoints. Officers will be working

the major intersections of the city to assist with traffic flow, prevent bottle-necking, and to keep motorists moving safely. To ensure safety, motorists are asked to be vigilant, patient, and co-operative, and to not get upset at slow-moving vehicles. Officers directing traffic will most likely not have a lot of time to take questions, engage in small talk, or give long-winded answers. And then there’s the actual lighting of the fireworks. As


in ever y loca le, there a re those who light illegal fireworks. Everyone knows that there is nothing better than setting off bottle rockets on July 4, but that fun is marred when you are caught lighting the fuse. The sale and use of firecrackers and cherry bombs is illegal in Gallup, and if you get caught, it could mea n fines, and in some cases, jail time. There are plenty of people every July 4 who end up in the hospital with injuries

from fireworks. Next week, police won’t be changing their mode of operations simply because it’s the Fourth of July, but along with members of the city fire depar tment, they will be keeping their ears wide open for the sound of illegal fireworks. At this time of the year, nobody can say it enough: Be careful. Stay safe and be smart with respect to lighting fireworks. Celebrate the Fourth of July safely.


What’s more important, emotional intelligence or intellect? Brains will get you into Harvard—and you might discover a cure for ingrown toenails. But, that doesn’t lead to happiness. Studies suggest happy people display high levels of emotional intelligence. This results in people who are more empathetic and generous. Madame G suggests cultivating emotional awareness. You’ll be happier, and our world will be better.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Life is full of surprises. Perhaps the so-called burden that you were too afraid to carry is not nearly as bad as it seems. Who knows, maybe playing video games with your nephews makes you want kids — or just one. You might be ready to take the plunge and retire from 25 years on the job. Maybe you’re ready to buy a new vehicle or move somewhere new. Whatever the case, once you set your mind to it — you can!

Live it up Cancer! The Sun is in your sign and you’re feeling the pull of that energy. As the New Moon approaches, remember to re-evaluate your priorities. It’s always a good idea to step back and ask yourself: Why? Sometimes we get so caught up in the routine that we don’t even know how, or why, we got where we are. It’s convoluted. Step back. Review the big picture. Give yourself an honest thumbs up or thumbs down. Be bold!

You may be a bit frayed this week, but that’s just part of the process. It’s wise to try new things and even fail. Though it may seem scary, the greatest lessons are learned when you think you’ve lost it all. This is the time to buckle down and reassess your plans. You may need to tweak the pattern, but you don’t necessarily need to throw out the cake. Think carefully and act rationally. It’ll be fine!

The upcoming election may have you pretty fired up, but don’t let it interfere with your life. This is true in politics and in many social settings. Develop a stronger sense of emotional wellness. It’s up to you to live according to your own dreams and values. Only you can be the best you can be—therefore, only you can determine your future. Stop the blame game and be your most authentic self today.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Your dreams are big and your hope is stronger. But developing a life that’s worth living requires more than just a daydream. It requires a little action. Your plans are already well thought out. You’ve agonized over it. You likely have a B, C, and possibly Z option already planned. It’s healthy to take a little risk when you know you’re ready. The only risk is realizing you never accomplished your dreams or lived the life you wanted.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Take a deep breath and let it all out. It’s about to get real weird. But that’s OK because you’re prepared and you can handle anything. The New Moon enters Cancer on July 4. Consider taking an emotional hiatus from drama, or people who create it — even yourself. This is a great time to take the dog on a walk and enjoy the day. But, put her on a leash. The fireworks are freaking out the neighborhood pets and she’s liable to bolt.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) You love a good laugh and this week will be full of them. You just need to remember to see the sunny side. If you need a little lift, consider watching Shawn Achor’s TedTalk: “The Happy Secret to Better Work.” You were right all along. It’s better to be happy than right. But, it’s fun when you’re both. Don’t forget that no matter what happens, you got this! Madame G salutes you! OPINIONS

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) You’re an asset to your family. They need you and rely on your calm emotional energy. But, don’t forget that you’re entitled to share in the wealth of support, too. You don’t have to be everything to everybody. It’s okay to rely on someone else. Reach out to the right person, and you’ll feel instant relief. Sharing the burden with someone awesome is not nearly as bad you think. It’s OK to be a little vulnerable. People may surprise you — in a good way.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Do your best and move onward. We can only move forward not backward. You don’t control the moon. You can’t save a friend from themselves and you can’t always stop someone from driving drunk, or getting into the car with someone who is. And as much as it may hurt, you can’t make someone change. Sometimes, this means walking away for a time, or forever. You must take care of you. Do what is necessary to keep yourself and anyone in your care safe. Madame G believes you’re worth it. You’ve got this!

You’re probably feeling a little tossed, like a Caesar salad. Your head is pounding as a ping-pongsize ball goes back and forth in your head. Hell, even your hair has split ends. Never fear! This too shall pass. Take care of yourself. Remember, this important bit of advice: “Lack of planning on your part doesn’t constitute a crises on my part.” You can’t fix everything, so don’t try. Handle your projects carefully and carry on!

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Jealousy is an ugly disease. It seeps into the soul and rots it to the core. You don’t always feel it, but when you do it hits like a Mac truck. It may be that a friend appears to have it all: the beer, a dog, a truck, and a super cute girlfriend. But keep in mind that appearances are deceiving. You don’t always get to see the whole picture. You only see the surface of the situation. Focus on yourself and work toward your goals. Do it now!

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Don’t be an ass! If you’re grandkids or nephews come to visit, don’t water down the juice. And don’t complain about what they eat. Food is expensive, but that’s no excuse. Generosity is the ability to share what you have graciously. Remember this sage advice from Tony Robins: “If you’re not generous with 10 cents out of a dollar, you won’t be generous with a thousand out of a million.” Don’t dream about being rich. Dream about being generous. You’ll live longer and be happier.

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The Lost Potential of the Red Rocks (and the hush-hush Pyramid Trail), Part Two By Joe Schaller Guest Columnist


artin Link’s impressive 1981 Heritage Ca nyon a nd the development of the Red Rocks into a major tourist attraction never got off the ground, all because of a lack of vision from narrow-minded politica l leaders, bu reaucratic restraints, local apathy, and a lack of private-sector involvement. Considering its location along the most panoramic scenic stretch of I-40/Route 66, the potential for Gallup and the Church Rock area a s a n at t r a ct ion r iva l i ng Sedona, Ariz., Moab, Ariz., or Santa Fe is not far-fetched. Step one has to be the construction of a Church Rock freeway exit and overpass, a huge oversight by regional economic pla nners of the time. With appropriate freew ay e x it s a t t a c he d , t he poorly located Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort east of Flagstaff, Ariz., would have been a huge success in Gallup — if not at Red Rocks, then on the south side of I-40 or Fort Wingate depot. East and west entry- and exit-route infrastructure to the Red Rock Park area still needs to be developed. With easy access and proper billboard and Internet marketing, the rest of the pieces could fa ll into place with hotels, casinos, restaurants, c onve nt ion c e nt er, dude


ranch, Native American market, frontier town, pueblo v i l lage, a mu sement pa rk, condos, par-3 golf course, concert arena, music festivals, athletic contests, horse

to the present rodeo arena, museum, RV campground, and hiking trails. Tourism doesn’t just happen; there must be a public investment in infrastructure.

day hikes” or “Gallup tourism.” It’s absolutely mind boggling. Ta ke it f rom someone familiar with hiking trails all over the Southwest, the

freedom. Maybe it’s time for the federal, tribal, and local bureaucrats a nd politicos to remove their boots from our necks, gra nt proper ty rights to citizens, encourage equality of effort, and nurture a spirit of free-market enterprise. But I’m dreaming again. Fat chance that will ever happen as long as Democrats and tribal progressives regard business, profits, and wealth creation a s ig noble a nd even da ngerous — unless it’s crony favoritism.

“Outsider” vision like Martin Link’s Heritage Canyon and the development of Red Rocks can turn “just a bunch of rocks” into the potential tourist attraction they are. Photo Credit: Joe Schaller rides, balloon rides, mountain biking, chair lifts, and canyon zip lines all added

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The private sector can handle the development, construction, and marketing part, if allowed — not just for the Red Rocks but for downtown Gallup as well. A thriving Red Rock Village would create hundreds of jobs, many for those living in the Church Rock community, an impetus for BIA cooperation regarding land-swap/sale issues. Private land ownership is pivotal. To t h i s d ay, even t he spectacular Pyramid Trail is a well-kept secret from the 20,000 vehicles that pass by daily — our city leaders, Chamber of Commerce, and even Adventure Gallup refuse to market the natural attraction after years of prompting. Try finding it with a Google search of “hiking trails in New Mexico” or “Southwest

Pyramid Trail is a top-tier blue - ch ip day h i ke. Bea r in mind that most adventure-themed tourist destinations don’t have the luxury of being located right next to one of the busiest interstate freeways in the country. That’s my dream. It could happen. However, the pr imar y obstacle is the same force t hat st ra ng les eco nomic innovation throughout McK inley County: the heav y ha nd of the federal government. They control 87 percent of our land, and most attempts at economic expansion are met with stiff regulations and legal red tape, which scares away potential development. The city, county, and BIA need a major attitude adjustment rega rd i ng econom ic

The rugged “can-do” indiv idua l i sm of f ree -ma rket capitalism has been snuffed in favor of the socialist credo “more free stuff” and its track record of the equal sharing of misery. Panhandling for federal and state funding has replaced industriousness and economic vision. “The Firehouse Capital” might appeal to local union gangs of the old guard, but it just doesn’t cut it for tourist appeal. In order to capitalize on our natura l resources, Ga l lup need s more “out sider” v i sion l i ke Ma r t i n Link’s Heritage Canyon creation, and less of the local st at u s - quo est abl i sh ment that beholds the cliffs and canyons of the Red Rocks as “just a bunch of rocks.” Giddy up, Gallup. OPINIONS


Rippy and the Sillyettes serenade Gallup ’50s-style By Dee Velasco Sun Correspondent


ho wou ld have thought a tough Marine veteran, and former bass player for a death-metal band would be belting out cutesy love songs with none other than his two little girls. Rippy Williams — a Dineh musician and single father of Lily, 11, and Lola, 9 — is passing his talent onto his daughters while entertaining local audiences. The Sun caught up with Rippy and the Sillyettes to find out more about this unique Gallup trio. Gallup Sun: Rippy and the Sillyettes: How did you come up with this name? Rippy: There’s this band called The Raise from the 1950s, and they had this song called, “Two Silhouettes on the Shade,” so we learned that song and my youngest daughter, Lola, started singing her own little chant to it… “We are sisters and our favorite thing is being silly with a can of willies.” So they decided to call themselves The Sillyettes. Originally, they were supposed to start the band with

another girl … and this girl wasn’t able to make it, so my daughters asked if I could sing for them. At first, I was telling people I don’t play with them; I’m just the dad that takes them to the shows. So that is how we ended up with the three of us. GS: Lily, what instrument do you play? Lily: I play the Ukulele. GS: And what about you Lola? Lola: I play the drums. I’ve been playing for the last sixand-a-half months. GS: Rippy what do you play? Rippy: I play bass and I sing along with Lily. GS: I noticed off your CD that you guys play a lot of 1950s songs. Rippy: Yes, a lot of songs from the 1950s, and the reason is because they have the same chord progression. Once you learn those chords there’s like a million songs you can play from. GS: Now Rippy, you used to play in other bands? Rippy: When I was in the military, I had a heavy-metal band called, S.M.E.A.C. It’s an

Rippy and the Sillyettes perform live in this undated photo. Photo Credit: Courtesy COMMUNITY

acronym for: Situation, Mission, Execution, Administration/ Logistics, Command/Signal — a five-paragraph order from the Marine Core. I was in the Marines for four years and always thought this was a cool word, so I decided to name the band that. We would open for bands like Alien Ant Farm, Static X, and System of a Down when I was in Southern California. Then I started a band in 2002 called Sacred Blood here in Gallup. So I went from playing death metal to oldies (laughing). GS: What made you guys decide to do this more than for fun? Rippy: There was this coffee house here in town and Lola said we should try putting a song together for open-mic night. So we had played this song, “Hats Off to Larry” by Del Shannon … So far we have played at 28 places. GS: Now Lily, you recently wrote a song for Ashlynn Mike, the little girl who was tragically killed in Shiprock — can you tell us why? Lily: Well, she was the same age as me ... 11, and it made me feel emotional when I heard

Local father-and-daughter trio Rippy and the Sillyettes will play at the Coal Street Pub July 22 and 30. Photo Credit: NativeStars about it. It made me feel scared, mad, and sad, too ... really sad. The song is called, “Rest In Peace Ashlynn.” We played it at the memorial event they had for her in Fruitland. Rippy: I was so impressed with Lily writing this song and others, and thinking she is just a kid. GS: Now being a single father with all this, how has that been? Rippy: It’s fun and challenging at times, also an emotional rollercoaster. I’m not a patient person or an emotional person, but this is bringing it all out. Normally, I wouldn’t be doing this about songs with love — teenage love at that — but these girls are going to be

experiencing it later, and I have to tell them about love since they will be hitting their teenage years. Like how love is an amazing feeling, and how they will be feeling that soon. GS: So where can we catch you guys performing? Rippy: If you go to Coal Street Pub here in Gallup, we will be playing this coming July 22 and 30, with three-hour sets. The girls like playing in the band, and we have a lot of fun doing it. As Lily always says to me, “Don’t you feel all happy and excited all over just playing Dad?” Rippy and the Sillyettes are currently working on a CD and can be reached at (505) 2902647 for bookings.

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‘The BFG’ is polished, but dramatically flat RATING: «« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 117 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun


s a boy, my favorite author by a country mile was Roald Dahl. Obviously, his tales, which include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach, among many others, were always incredibly imaginative. Still, I think that I most appreciated the author’s embrace of darker story elements (always peppered with a sense of humor). His young protagonists are often put through the ringer. Dahl had an amusing way of putting the screws to any character with traits that he found repellent or rude — it never mattered if it was a child or an adult. As a young reader, I always felt that he wasn’t patronizing me or sanitizing elements. The latest Dahl adaptation comes from famed director Steven Spielberg in the form of The BFG. It’s an incredibly slick and well-produced effort that impresses visually and follows the original tale fairly closely (if memory ser ves, it only alters a couple of elements, mostly toward the close). Yet in a strange way, following several aspects so meticulously ultimately hobbles the movie. The end result is cute, with a couple of amusing moments, but also sluggishly paced and dramatically lifeless. Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) is a lonely orphan whose life is turned upside down after witnessing a large and strange

Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s ‘The BFG’ never quite catches its footing — or Dahl’s edge. The film stars Ruby Barnhill as Sophie, and opens July 1. Photo Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures f igure wa nder ing the city streets in the dead of night. She’s quickly abducted by The BFG (Mark Rylance) a “big, friendly giant” with an odd, “squiggly” manner of speech. He takes Sophie to his home, where she learns that he collects drea ms a nd delivers them at night to the sleeping citizens. Unfortunately, The BFG is bullied by his fellow giants, who are cannibals that will eat any human they can get their hands on. Together, the two new friends set out to stop the villains. O n a pu rely t ech n ic a l level, it’s flawless. There are i ncred ibly choreographed a nd elaborate long shot s that follow Sophie through va r ious g ia nt-world env ir on me nt s . T he h i g h l i g ht includes her cross into the land of dreams, where the camera follows her through



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water, flips upside down, and continues with the girl as she enters the magical land. There are some very effective moments when The BFG slinks through city streets, a nd evades being seen by careful and creative lunges into the shadows. Yet it’s all so ornate that it often feels f lat. The performers are excellent, but The BFG CGI takes a bit of getting used to. Sophie’s lines are a little too smart-alecky at times, and there’s just a stra nge lack of chemistr y between the two friends (even though they share plenty of annoyingly doe-eyed stares). The emotion comes across as forced. While impressive to look at, when the title character takes Sophie on a dream-collecting journey, it goes on and on to the point of tedium. And everything feels

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watered down, with grimmer elements described rather than shown. The result is a leisurely paced film that never develops a whole lot of tension, and frankly, it feels a bit dull. Thankfully, when the pair meets up with The Queen and her consortium late in the film, events liven up briefly. It actually results in the most a mu si ng sequence i n t he movie. However, it all comes too late to really make a big difference to the picture. Overall, The BFG is too slick, polished, and sanitized

for its own good. Kids will certainly enjoy sections of it, but it never quite finds its footing and doesn’t even provide the sense of awe and wonder you’d expect from a Spielberg production. If you wa nt to see a Roa ld Da hl adaptation that really captures the spirit of the author, I’d highly recommend Nicolas Roeg’s The Witches (1990), D a n ny D eV it o’s Ma t i l d a (1996) or Wes Anderson’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009). They keep both the general feel and biting edge of Dahl’s work fully intact.

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he A mer ic a n R ed Cross New Mexico w i l l be i n Ga l lup Ju ly 16 promoti ng the Home Fire Preparedness Ca mpa ig n, of f icia ls sa id. Gallup Fire Marshal Jesus Morales said Red Cross members a nd local volunteers will visit neighborhoods at sites t hat have yet to be determined. “At no cost, the Red Cross will install smoke alarms at

residences,” Morales said. The Gallup Fire Department will assist in the installation. “It’s something that is done every year,” Morales said.


‘The Legend of Tarzan’ has its flaws, but adds some interesting elements RATING: ««« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 110 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun


t s eem s l i ke Wa r ner Brot her s’ ex pen sive attempt to reboot the Edgar Rice Burroughs character of Tarzan hasn’t been getting a whole lot of publicity over the past couple of weeks. Perhaps this is because it’s an aged property that appears old-fashioned to many. And a truly horrific real-life incident involving a gorilla earlier in the month may have caused some discomfort for viewers and marketing departments. Whatever the reason, T he Legend of Tarzan appears likely to take a beating with critics and at the box office. I feel a little badly for the film. Yes, it is clunky in spots and certainly has its fair share of issues, but in actuality this movie is a perfectly competent endeavor. Faint praise to be sure, but it’s noticeably better than the latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Independence Day sequels, and it’s a considerable improvement on previous live-action adaptations like Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan (1984) or the abominable Tarzan and the Lost City (1998). The reboot begins with Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård) having returned to England from Africa with wife Jane (Margot Robbie), taking up an aristocratic position as Viscount John Clayton. When he’s asked to return to the Congo Free State as an ambassador to see the humanitarian efforts of Belgian King Leopold II, the protagonist initially refuses. However, concerns raised by George Washington Williams (Samuel L. Jackson) about abuses in the territory convince the hero and wife to return. Once there, a nefarious plot by King Leopold II’s envoy, Captain Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz) is revealed. No doubt the filmmakers have had a difficult job in re-imagining this character for the modern age. In between COMMUNITY

‘The Legend of Tarzan,’ starring Alexander Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson isn’t a classic, but it is engaging. Now playing in Gallup. Photo Credit: Warner Bros. the traditional action, our story must deal with the very serious, disturbing, and real violence brought about by colonialism. Tarzan is inherently a bit goofy when embracing his feral instincts, as well as swinging around from vine to vine. In certain instances, elements of corniness (slow-motion heroic poses and lengthy embraces with Jane) come across as an odd contrast to the darker, heavier themes. Still, despite the occasional slice of cheese, the cast is capable. Skarsgård makes for a fine Tarzan and Jackson stands out once again as Williams. He serves as an enjoyable entry point for viewers, staring in baff lement at his cohort’s animalistic turns, and often sharply commenting on the strange actions being asked of him. The two characters share an enjoyable camaraderie. The villain is also an appropriately officious and stuffy character, nonplussed by the brutality and carnage he causes. And Jane is given more strength and pro-activeness than she has possessed in previous adaptations.

The sets are truly impressive as well, from a waterfall locale to various environments on the plains, in the jungle, and on the river. In fact, it’s surprising to learn that the entirety of the feature was shot in England and Wales. Viewing the film in IMAX 3D was also a pleasant surprise. Despite the 3D being a post-conversion job, there’s a lot of depth on display and elements often pop out of frame. Director David Yates has had plenty of experience using this technique in the final four Harry Potter films. And so the shot setups work in either dimension. Overall, it’s a good-looking movie. And the story itself is fastpaced. The fights, including showdowns with wild animals as well as gun-toting soldiers are all effectively put together ... even if some of the confrontations play out to quickly. Of course, in today’s day and age, all gorillas, leopards, ostriches, and otherwise are computer generated. They look it, but aren’t so phony that they stick out as too much of a

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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for July 1, 2016 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


ow! It’s an incredibly busy week for new releases on DVD and Bluray, with all kinds of genres and styles represented. One thing’s for certain ... readers are sure to find something here to match their tastes. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!

BIG NEW RELEASES! Cemetery of Spl e n d or - Soldiers suffer ing from a sudden and unexpected sleeping sickness are transferred to a medical facility in this arthouse fantasy film. After arriving, doctors and even mediums attempt to help the patients. This multinational production is primarily a Thai project that won numerous awards at film festivals, and praise from critics. They stated that if you allow yourself to be drawn in to its unique approach and unhurried pace, you may find it strangely haunting and atmospheric. The cast includes Jenjira Pongpas and Banlop Lomnoi. Elstree 1976 - Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope enthusiasts may show an interest in this little documentary. It’s about the numerous character actors and extras who played background roles in the original 1977 classic (which was shot at Elstree Studios in England). Reviews for the project were mildly positive. Many explained that convention fans should find the “Where are they now?” approach to the subjects being interviewed interesting, although those hoping for a behind-the-scenes documentary about the movie itself may be disappointed. Eye in the Sky - This small war thriller earned raves from reviewers. The tale involves a government agency planning a missile strike against a terrorist threat. From within t hei r hea dqu a r t er s, t hey use covert means to try to determine where and how to attack. Complications arise

when unaware and innocent parties enter the strike zone. It has been called a riveting and tense nail-biter that subtly addresses the moral complexities of military action. It features Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman, Barkhad Abdi, Jeremy Northam, and Iain Glen. Fastball Baseball fans may be interested i n t h is d o c u me nt a r y devoted entirely to the history of the fastball pitch. It chronicles some of the greatest throws in history and includes interviews with legends like Hank Aaron, Nolan Ryan, and Derek Jeter, who talk in detail about the game. Notices were strong, with the majority feeling the film did a great job of conveying how the game changed as a result of this speedy development, as well as relating interesting stories from its subjects. Kevin Costner narrates the film. Francofonia - This multi-national production is a documentary in part. However, several historical elements have been recreated with actors for the cameras. Set entirely within the Louvre in Paris, France, the film tells the museum’s history during the time period of the Nazi occupation. It also meditates on the works of art within. Critics were positive with a few caveats. They believed the approach, featuring lengthy, ponderous narration was a bit odd. Still, most appreciated the denseness and found the imagery striking. Louis-Do de Lencquesaing and Vincent Nemeth appear, playing important historical figures. Kung F u Panda 3 - The third entry in the popular anim at ed ser ie s fo l l ow s l e a d cha r a cter Po discovering his long-lost father and a tribe of other panda martial arts enthusiasts. Together, they stand to fight a supernatural force out to defeat every master in the field. Once again, reviews were strong. While some didn’t feel it was as memorable as its predecessors, almost all found the characters engaging and the

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animation exemplary. Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, J.K. Simmons, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, Kate Hudson, and James Hong provide the voices. Precious Cargo - This action flick involves a thief who is recruited by his ex-lover to help her steal gems. She’s doing so to get a mob boss off her back after an earlier heist mess-up. But can she really be trusted? Critics panned this movie, which didn’t play in theaters and instead premiered on demand a couple of months back. They complained that a weak script left its cast adrift in a dull and unmemorable story. It stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Bruce Willis, Claire Forlani, and John Brotherton. Rabin, The Last Day - The 1995 assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is chronicled in this docudrama. It depicts what lead up to the man’s death, as well as the aftermath that essentially ended peace talks for the region. Notices for the Israeli/ French production were decent overall. Several found the twoand-half-hour effort stiff, awkwardly constructed (some of the actual persons involved play themselves onscreen) and also believed it went overboard on the detail, but more thought it was a tense and interesting look into a troubled area. The cast includes Yael Abecassis and Yitzhak Hizkiya. Rams For ei g n f i l m enthusiasts may want to take a look at this little drama from Iceland. Known as Hrutar in its homeland, the plot involves estranged brothers who are forced to speak to one another after 40 years of silence. The cause? A scrapie infection that begins to spread among their sheep population. The movie earned great praise from the press. They called it a surprisingly moving effort that effectively deals with loneliness and alienation, thanks to some great performances and a black sense of humor. Sigurður Sigurjónsson and Theódór Júlíusson play the brothers. The Steps - Two adult children head out of the city to visit their newly remarried dad

at his lake house in the country. They get a shock when the father announces that he and his recent bride are adopting a child to “bring the family together.” Naturally, it has the reverse effect, pitting the characters against each other. This small, Canadian comedy got mixed-negative reviews across the border — while a few complimented the cast, they knocked the screenplay for being bland and unoriginal. The movie features Emmanuelle Chriqui, James Brolin, Jason Ritter, Christine Lahti, and Kate Corbett. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - This adaptation of a memoi r r e cou nt s a jour nalist’s travels a nd war coverage reporting from Afghanistan and Pakistan. Reaction to the comedy from most critics was somewhat muted. They stated that it has some scattered laughs here and there thanks to the charismatic leads, but suggested that the movie lacked the heft and insight one would have expected given the serious subject matter. It stars Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin F reema n, A l f red Mol i na , Christopher Abbott, and Billy Bob Thornton.

BLASTS FROM THE PAST! T her e a r e some great older titles arriving in high definition this week. Perhaps none a s br illiant as Stanley Kurbick’s Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964). Criterion is giving this fantastic war satire starring Peter Sellers the deluxe treatment. Besides a 4K digital image upgrade and new soundtrack, there are new interviews with historians and crew members, an archival interview with the director, four short documentaries about the movie, Sellers and Kubrick, even more interviews and promotional and advertising materials. If you’re a fan of the movie, it’s a must-own. And

on a side note, Criterion is also giving last year’s Clouds of Sils Maria the “Special Edition” treatment. Shout! Factor y has the Charlton Heston thriller TwoMinute Warning (1976) arriving on Blu-ray. It’s about a madman who plots a shooting rampage at a football game — a police captain sets out to stop him. It also features John Cassavetes, Martin Balsam, Gena Rowlands, and Beau Bridges. The release includes a second, TV-cut of the movie that features an extra 26 minutes of footage, a new interview with the director, and publicity materials. Not to be outdone, Kino has a couple of interesting titles. While it wasn’t a success during its original run, Movie Movie (1978) earned a lot of praise for critics and earned a couple of Golden Globe nominations. It presents a double feature poking fun at films of the ’30s (specifically the boxing and musical genres), with a trailer for a third imagined “war” film thrown in between. Think of Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse as a wacky comedy and you’re on the right track. George C. Scott, Eli Wallach, and Harry Hamlin all appear. Way back in day, members of SCTV made an HBO TV-mov ie inspired by the Twilight Zone series. The result was Really Weird Tales (1987), which amusingly tells three strange stories that involve telekinesis, aliens, and robots. I have fond memories of it and am glad that it is finally being released on DVD after being out-of-print for so long. Guess I can throw out my old VHS now! Catherine O’Hara steals the show, but it also features John Candy, Martin Short, Olivia d’Abo, and Joe Flaherty. Mondo Video has an impressive, extras-loaded Blu-ray of the bizarre French/German arthouse horror flick, Possession (1981). It’s a filmmaker-approved new edition of the director’s cut, which has never before been released in North America. A strained couple (played by Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neill) begins to face serious marital issues and eventually one of


GALLUP SUN SPORTS CORNER Rough Rock’s Lakota Curley to walk on at St. Augustine University in NC



he decision to attend college is a timely one, e s peci a l ly i f you’re going there to play sports. Most places prefer prospective student athletes to sign letters-of-intent. Rare is it for schools to hold a spot for someone who has missed a signing deadline or has had a delay in their decision. That was the case with Rough Rock High School’s Lakota Curley who’ll go to St. Augustine University in Raleigh, NC, next year as a walk-on basketball player with the Lady Falcons. Curley also played volleyball as a student at Rough Rock. “I didn’t sign a letter, but I am still going there and [will] try out as a walk on,” Curley said. “I have spoken

DVD REVIEW | FROM PAGE 20 them suspects the other might be an alien. It includes director commentary, a making-of documentary, and numerous other bonuses. On a different note, Return of th e Kil l e r Tomatoes! (1988) is also a r r iv ing in a B l u - r a y / DV D pack courtesy of Arrow Films. Not many remember that it featured a future Hollywood star in his first major movie role. Besides an impressive new high-quality transfer of the cheesy film, it features a director’s commentary, an interview with the star, and publicity materials. The disc packaging also contains nifty new artwork. Blue Underground is putting out a Blu-ray Double Feature that i ncludes the Br itish titles Circus of Fear (1966) aka Psycho-Circus and Five COMMUNITY

to the coach at St. Augustine University and they are aware of what I can do on the court. I’m excited. I know I can play this game.” Sharon Todacheenie, the first-year head girls basketball coach at Rough Rock High School, said Curley played shooting guard and forward for the Lady Sun Devils and averaged a little more than 16 points per game for an under-achieving team that finished last year with a 7-13, 3-7 overall record. The team had just three seniors and the entire year was a learning experience, Todacheenie said. Rough Rock is a small school on the Navajo Nation, but it plays bigger schools like Chinle, Many Farms, and Monument Valley high schools at least twice per season. The girls basketball team typically does not win many games each year, and blow-out losses are Golden Dragons (1967). The first is a pulpy little mystery/ thriller starring Christopher Lee about a gang of crooks who take refuge in a traveling circus that harbors a knife-wielding killer. Lee also appears briefly in the second film, a goofy comedy action flick set in Hong Kong co-produced by the Shaw Brothers and featuring plenty of spy movie shenanigans. Wa r n e r Archive is making plenty of their older titles av a i lable for order on DVD via their website. The discs are simple, made-to-order copies, but offer an opportunity for fans to pick up some of their lesser known and cult movies. This week’s releases include the beauty pageant comedy Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999), which features Kristie Alley, Ellen Barkin, Kirsten Dunst, Denise Richards, A llison Janney, Brittany Murphy, Amy Adams, and Will Sasso — quite a cast.

Rough Rock girls basketball player Lakota Curley will attend St. Augustine University in Raleigh, NC, this coming fall to play for the Lady Falcons. Photo Credit: Rough Rock High School not uncommon. “We were a relatively young team last year,” Todacheenie said. “We will bring back They’ve also got the Jane Fonda/Jeff Bridges thriller The Morning After (1986), the Julie Christie drama Petulia (1968), and Alan J. Pakula’s Rollover (1981), which also stars Fonda. Furthermore, viewers can see an early performance from Leonardo DiCaprio as poet A r thur Rimbaud in Tot a l Eclipse (1995). Finally, there’s Up the Down Staircase (1967), a drama about a young teacher striving to make a difference in an overcrowded New York City high school.

experience, but lose a great player in Lakota. She will do well at the next level. She’s very aggressive and hard-working.” Todacheenie called Curley a very good shooter. She said Curley was a team captain and possesses top leadership qualities. “She was a very good player for us,” Todacheenie said. Curley, 17, said she’d like to study sports management or nursing when she gets to

St. Augustine University in August. She said she’s not sure whether she’ll try out for other sports. Jarita Crump, head girls ba ske t ba l l c o a c h a t S t . Augustine, did not return telephone calls seeking comment. A Na t ion a l Col leg i a t e Athletic Association Division I I school, St . Au g u s t i ne University competes in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

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Apache County District II, Navajo Nation Zoo partner to fix road Staff Reports


I N DOW ROCK , Ariz. - Thousands of school ch i ld ren who v isit the Navajo Nation Zoo annually will finally have a much smoother ride to the zoo, t h a n k s t o a pa r t ner sh ip bet ween A pa che Cou nt y District II and The Navajo Nation Zoo to improve its road. Visitation to the zoo is increasing each year, and zoo officials have calculated more than 42,000 visitors annually. Of those numbers, 4,000 local Navajo school children visit annually. The zoo has been gaining more interest from national and international travelers. The zoo was established in the 1970s to provide quality exhibition of local native plants and animals, and to foster an understanding of the local environment on the Navajo Nation. The zoo only houses injured and orphaned animals of local species, and it offers free admission to all its visitors. Tom M. White, Jr., Apache County District II supervisor, explained he and his crew stepped in to offer their help mainly because of the high-volume of school children visiting the zoo, which is located within his county district on the Navajo Nation. White serves as county supervisor for Apache County District II in northeastern

Arizona. He is currently serving his fifth four-year term and is the vice chairman of the board. He was first elected in 1997. The board of supervisors is the governing body of the county, and they are represented by three supervisors for three districts. “We want to be sure that school field trips arrive safely and have an awesome educational experience at the Zoo,” White said. “This type of project is a perfect fit [for us]. We recently celebrated a major milestone by upgrading 200 miles of unimproved dirt roads in the public works project.” David Mikesic, a zoologist at the Navajo Zoo, appreciates the county helping to improve their entryway. “This project will provide visitors of the Navajo Nation Zoo, and especially large school buses, with a safe road to visit the zoo in Window Rock,” Mikesic said. “Many of our recent visitors have observed a difficult road to navigate when it rains or snows, and we’ve even had potential visitors turn around because of the awful road conditions.” Mikesic explained the zoo has struggled for many years to maintain its road and parking lot. He said the Navajo Division of Transportation provided the materials and labor nearly a decade ago, but the roads have since deteriorated from everyday use and from weather conditions.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR JULY 1-7, 2016 FRIDAY July 1 FAMILY MOVIE (ALL AGES) Join us for a free family movie. Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Film: Annie (1982) KAYENTA 4TH OF JULY RODEO This all Indian rodeo will showcase traditional rodeo competition featuring bareback, saddle bronc, bull riding, calf roping, and more at the Kayenta Township Rodeo Grounds. It’s an NNRA Region 6 approved rodeo. Points counted toward the Indian National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, NV. Performances start at 7:30 pm, July 1-4. Fireworks show starts 10 pm on July 4. Info: Kayentarodeo.com SATURDAY July 2 ALL STARS FUNDRAISING EVENT Join us for a carwash fundraising event for the Dine Nation Little League Softball Team. Help the girls go to the state tournament. Begins: 11 am. For more information, please call (928) 309-0215. Location: Smokey’s Parking Lot, 505 U.S. 491. PANCAKE BREAKFAST Join us for an all you can eat pancake breakfast and flea market. It’s free to set up for the flea market—everyone is welcome. Pancake breakfast: $5. Begins: 8 am. For more information, please call (505) 7753020. Location: 371 Candy Kitchen Rd, BIA 120. 3-D ARCHERY RANGE FUNDRAISER Join us for a 3-D Archery range fundraiser. This shoot is a fundraiser for the up coming Ramah Navajo Fair and 3-D Archery shoot in August. Bring your bow and have some fun. For more information, please call (505) 495-8933. Registration begins: 10 am. Shooting starts: noon. Location: 4 mile North of Pine Hill, NM M.P. 8. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Meetings every Saturday at 10 am, First United Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Dr., corner of Nizhoni/Red Rock. Enter northCALENDAR

west corner off Nizhoni: Library room. Contact (505) 307-5999 or (505) 721-9208. SUNDAY July 3 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 July 4 THE CITY OF GALLUP Independence Day! The City of Gallup offices will be closed. Solid waste collection will operate on its normal schedule. TUESDAY July 5 SUSTAINABLE GALLUP BOARD Join us for a Sustainable Gallup Board meeting. Begins: 3 pm. Location: Octavia Fellin Library Meeting Room, 115 W. Hill Ave. GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY SCHOOLS Join us for a Board of Education meeting. Begins: 6 pm. Location: Students Support Center. 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 BOOK MAKING FOR PRESCHOOLERS (AGES 3 TO 6) This summer, join the Octavia Fellin Library for a special bookmaking workshop. The Library, gallupArts, ATD Fourth World, and UNM-Gallup Early Childhood and Family Center want to help young children express themselves. The books will feature drawing or writing by kids. The theme is: What you can do. Children accompanied by an adult are encouraged to attend. Books will be on display at the Children’s Library. Begins: 11:30 am. Location: Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Free WEDNESDAY July 6 MAKER’S CLUB (AGES 7 AND UP) A club for kids interested

CALENDAR 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: Bottle Scuba Diver JULY FILM SERIES Join us for a free family movie. Starts at 5:30 pm. Main Branch, 115 W. Hill Ave. Film: Hail Caesar! 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. THURSDAY July 7 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SKILLS Join the Octavia Fellin Library for free community computer training classes. They’re new and improved. Registration is required, to register please call (505) 863-1291. 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: Maze Game with Straws ONGOING 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PULITZER PRIZE—READING CHALLENGE Join the library and help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize. The Octavia Fellin Public Library is one of six libraries in New Mexico to partner with the New Mexico Humanities Council for a special reading grant: Five Pulitzers in Five Months. As a recipient of this grant, the library will read and discuss five Pulitzer-winning and nominated books. Discussions will be held Tuesdays at 6 pm. Location: Main Library Meeting Room, 115 W. Hill Ave. 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) 8631291 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. Cruise at 1:30 pm. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. 2nd St. COMMUNITY PANTRY The Hope Garden is offering organic produce for sale from 10 am - noon, Tues - Fri. We are located at 1130 E. Hasler Valley Rd. All funds go to helping feed local folks. For personal attention, call (505) 7268068 or when visiting ask for Vernon Garcia. FRIDAY NIGHT HOOTENANNY Gallup’s longest-running live show! Every Friday night from 7 - 9 pm. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. 2nd St. GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY Wednesdays are low-cost Spay and Neuter Days at the Gallup-McKinley County Humane Society. For more information, please call (505) 863-2616, or email: gmchumanesociety@gmail.com. Location: 1315 Hamilton Rd. RECYCLING COUNCIL McKinley Citizens Recycling Council is a local 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 23 ANNUAL WILD THINGS CHAMPIONSHIP On July 8 - 9, join us for the toughest riders on the rankest bulls. Begins: 8 pm. Location: Red Rock Park RD

Arena, Church Rock. ARTSCRAWL: WILD WEST— WESTERN HAT CONTEST On July 9, cowboy- and cowgirl-up for ArtsCrawl: Wild West. Join City Electric Shoe Shop and Zimmerman’s as they host a Western hat contest. Gift certificates will be awarded to the snazziest Western hats. For more information, please email artscrawl@galluparts.org. Begins: 8:30 pm. Location: Downtown Gallup in the Second Street Event Center. 6TH ANNUAL RUN—FOR A STRONGER AND HEALTHIER NAVAJO NATION On July 11 - 18, join us for a Navajo Nation special diabetes project at the 6th Annual: Running for a Stronger and Healthier Navajo Nation event. There will be a relay run across the Lukachukai and Chuska mountains in collaboration with the office of the President and Vice President’s bicycle ride and elite runners. For more information, please call (928) 871-6278. FORT DEFIANCE SOCCER CLUB (AGES 4 TO 19) Join us for the Fort Defiance Soccer Club. Registration is open until August 1. For more information please visit: fortdefiancesc. com. POLKA IN THE PINES On August 7, The Gallup Slavic Lodges present 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-yearsold, 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, Fort Wingate. To post a nonprofit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: gallupsunevents@gmail.com or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.

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