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CITY BOND ELECTION
ON ROADWAY IMPROVEMENTS AUGUST 9, 2016
Mayor Jackie McKinney Councilor Linda Garcia Councilor Allan Landavazo Councilor Yogash Kumar Councilor Fran Palochak
When and Where Can I Vote?
WHY IS THE CITY HAVING THIS BOND ELECTION?
The polls for the Election will be opened at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, and will be closed at 7:00 p.m. on the same day.
WHAT IMPROVEMENTS WILL BE MADE?
Voting will be held at the following locations: Southside Fire Station #1, 1800 South Second Street. Northside Fire Station #2, 911 West Lincoln Avenue. Eastside Fire Station #3, 3700 Church Rock Street. Westside Fire Station #4, 707 Rico Street. Harold Runnels Athletic Complex, 820 East Wilson Avenue. McKinley County Courthouse Rotunda, 201 West Hill Avenue. Absentee Voting will begin on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 and will end on Friday, August 9, 2016. Voters may call the City Clerk’s Office at 863-1254 to request an absentee ballot by mail. Absentee ballots may be marked in person at the City Clerk’s Office at Gallup City Hall, 110 West Aztec Avenue, during regular business hours (Monday – Friday; 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.). Early Voting by voting machine will begin on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 and will end on Friday, August 5, 2016. Early voting will be conducted at Gallup City Hall during regular business hours.
The Gallup City Council has approved a resolution to hold a special general obligation bond election August 9, 2016, to raise $5.365 million for bond question in Gallup.
The list of projects to be funded, if the bond election is approved by city voters, includes Ciniza Drive. Reconstruction for $1.6 million, Hassler Valley Road Storm Drainage Improvements for $1.45 million to provide access to the new State Veterans Cemetery, West Jefferson Avenue Reconstruction for $632,500, with remaining funds to be used for milling and paving various city streets.
WHEN WOULD THE REPAIRS BEGIN?
Improvements would begin in late 2016, or early 2017.
IS THERE A SCHEDULE OF WHEN SPECIFIC STREETS WILL BE REPAIRED?
No. Streets repairs will be grouped by area for efficient construction. Any underground utilities due for repair or replacement will be completed before any street improvements occur.
HOW MUCH WILL THIS COST ME IN INCREASED TAXES?
This election will NOT lead to a property tax increase. The City has a property tax rate of $1.48 per $1,000 of Assessed Value which will continue if the bond election is approved by voters.
CAN THE CITY REPAIR RESIDENTIAL STREETS WITHOUT THIS BOND ELECTION? Yes – But the city does not have the necessary funds required for keeping up with the rate of street deterioration over the entire City. Substantial temperature differences between daytime highs and nighttime lows and ever more traffic take a major toll on all City streets. Every year, the City falls further behind in maintaining approximately 200 miles of streets.
ADVISORY REFERENDUM QUESTIONS
City voters will also be asked to vote on two advisory referendum questions. The first advisory referendum asks if residents would be in favor of limiting the sale of liquor before 11 a.m. Although the City does not have the power to limit the hours of sale, the city’s intention for adding the referendum is to bring the results to the Legislature to seek local authority to alter the hours for alcohol sales in Gallup. The second referendum inquires if city voters are in favor of the City of Gallup instituting single-stream curbside recycling which will result in an added cost to their utility bill.
Visit www.gallupnm.gov for a map of all proposed street and drainage improvement projects.
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Gallup Sun • Friday July 15, 2016
NEWS Love is a ‘Wild Thing’
WILD THING CHAMPIONSHIP BULLRIDING REVENUE PROVIDES LOVING HELP FOR LOCAL YOUTH
This room is a dream come to true for many of the children who normally live out of a car.
office on 36 acres of property. The playground was installed three weeks ago, after a col lective fundraising, with one anonymous donor contributing $20,000. T here a re severa l cot tages with seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms each, where the children can live in a clean environment with commodities they’re not used to having. House parents live among the children and work in rotations. The point isn’t to be surrogate parents, but to model how a healthy family functions. “We’re not a shelter; we emphasize the ‘HOME’ part of Manuelito Navajo Children’s Home,” Jim Christian, the superintendent of MNCH and GCS, said. Most of the residents of the children’s home also attend the Gallup Christian School
and you feel like no one wants you. No positive future seems to await you after school — that is, if you can finish it by yourself. E v e n t u a l l y, o p p o r t u nities to experiment with drugs and other risky behav ior, and to enlist the help of gangs for safety become daily occurrences. This story is a story with no fairy tale ending for many of New Mexico’s youths. However, local community members and 65 volunteers from other states have partnered together to provide these young people without a stable home environ ment for a positive alternative: Manuelito Navajo Children’s Home, and Gallup Christian School, a component of MNCH. According to Pr iva teSchoolReview.com, GCS is an open-enrollment K-12 school that stresses a liberal arts education, offers extra-cur ricular activities, and bases its teaching on an enhanced home-schooling curriculum. T h e c h i l d r e n’s h o m e has been around since the
Sixty-five volunteers from churches in Indiana and Arkansas helped with the concessions stand at Wild Thing Championship Bullriding.
Story and photos by Andy Gibbons III Sun Correspondent
magine this: You turn 11 years old and are cut off from the last person you could have distantly called family. You are alone
1950s, but few community members could tell you how it ca me about. The Ga llup C hu r c h of C h r i s t s p e a r headed an effor t to star t a church just west of Gallup with a pleasant, yet unfore seen, outcome. “Missionaries were over
Merle Roehr working with youth for the Wild Thing parking crew. whelmed by the many Navajo families who were bringing them children to raise,” Pastor Jeff Foster of the Church of Christ said. “The focus shifted from church-planting to establishing a group home for children.” Manuelito Navajo Children’s Home has come quite a ways since the 1950s, when it con sisted of two small cinder block bu i ld i ng s. Be side s housing, there’s a brand-new playground, gymnasium, stor age buildings, a school, and an
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A new playground adds value to the kids’ experience. on campus. Of the five resi dents who graduated from the school in May, all plan to con tinue their education. “ T h i s wou ld not have happened if they would not have been in the supportive structured environment of Manuelito Children’s Home,” Christian said. Merle Roehr, a house par ent and leader of the 65-plus volunteers for Wild Thing, agrees. “It gives [the children] a sta ble environment and it gives them a better future most of the time,” he said. Wild Thing Championship Bullriding believes in MNCH’s positive impact, and has been sponsoring it for the full 23 years of its existence under the leadership of Larry Peterson. Christian said the Peterson family has been vital to MNCH, beginning with Peterson’s father in the 1950s. This year, proceeds from parking lot fees and the concession stand hit $13,000, all of which benefit MNCH. Christian and others noted that the revenue from Wild
Thing on July 8 - 9 made this “a good year.” Still, the orga nization must spend roughly $40,000 a year on propane, and $25,000 for electricity with the money they receive from dona tions. Giving decreases in the summer months, but expenses remain the same. Any donation helps. T he i n f r a s t r uc t u re of MNCH is efficient and robust. They partner with local orga nizations like the Community Pantry to make sure the kids have a well-balanced diet. MNCH provides a donated wardrobe, as most kids arrive with only the worn-out clothes they are wearing. Specific donations are pre ferred, otherwise, Christian said, “we would end up with a 1,000 bottles of syrup, but no pancake mix!” It’s also important to pro tect the privacy of the children and families involved. “Our most cherished mem ories center on those children who have come into our care from families fractured by domestic abuse, criminal activ ity, and/or substance abuse . . . children who have bounced from house to house . . . chil dren who have lived in unsafe and unwholesome and destruc tive environments . . . and who have found a place of security, comfort and love with us,” Pastor Foster concluded. “It is a beautiful thing to watch a child who has come to us with little promise be given resources and opportunities to excel in life.” This kind of love isn’t just a “beautiful thing.” In this case, it’s also a ‘Wild Thing.’ For more information, call (505) 863-5530 NEWS
NN: 11 ballots needed at Tohatchi Chapter OFFICIAL: OUTCOME NOT IMPACTED
Thirteen candidates ran for the seat and Steven Begay won with a 731-vote count. Theresa-Becenti-Aguilar of Coyote Canyon came in sec ond place with 564 votes and Nathan Notah of Tohatchi was third with 344 votes. Taking into account the Tohatchi bal lot shortage, Wauneka said the final vote tallies ultimately do not change the election outcome.
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he canvassing related to the June 28 Navajo Nation Council Delega t e s e a t for District 14 went well, except for a ballot snafu at the Tohatchi Chapter House voting poll, offi cials said. Edison Wauneka, director of the Navajo Nation Election Administration, said 11 ballots were needed at the Tohatchi Chapter House because that location “just ran out — they ran short of ballots.” Officials said the ballots ran out in the late afternoon. “I’m disappointed. The fact of the matter is that it should never have happened,” Wauneka told the Sun this week. “The polling president could have called us prior to the closing of the polls and we could have taken care of this. If they had a sense that ballots were going to be short, then we could have gotten more ballots there without a problem and in
a timely fashion.” Wauneka said voters simply waited until the extra ballots arrived. He said no one was inconvenienced, as no one was upset or verbally or physically out of order. District 14 candidate Brent Detsoi, who finished sixth in the voting, agreed the circum stance was something that never should have happened in the first place. “It should be looked into further,” Detsoi said shortly after the election. “You have to
pre-plan for things like this — and that didn’t happen.” Steven Begay of Naschitti won the race. He replaces Mel Begay who was forced to vacate the seat due to the fact that a Window Rock court found him guilty of conspiracy and making and permitting false Navajo Nation voucher charges, which totaled more than $33,000. Mel Begay was subsequently sentenced to three years in prison for the crime. D i s t r i c t 14 i n c l u d e s Tohatchi, Coyote Canyon, Twin Lakes, Naschitti, and Mexican
Springs. Elected delegates — there are 24 around the Navajo Nation — earn $25,000 annu ally and serve four-year terms.
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NN dismisses Becenti-Aguilar grievance 10-DAY APPEAL CONTEMPLATED
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
I N DOW ROCK , Ariz. - The Navajo Nation Office of Hea r ings a nd Appeals has dismissed a griev ance filed by a challenger to the council delegate seat vacated by Mel Begay. Theresa Becenti-Aguilar, who was one of 13 candidates to run for the vacancy, filed the grievance July 5. The election to fill the remaining year-and-ahalf of Begay’s seat was June 28
and was won by Steven Begay of Naschitti. Joe Aguirre, a hearing offi cer with the Office of Hearings and Appeals, responded to Becenti-Aguilar’s written claim on July 6. Aguirre wrote that the matter is “dismissed for lack of sufficiency.” The doc ument suggests the dismissal was with prejudice. “… petitioner’s complaint is facially inadequate as it fails to name the position Steven Begay holds as a permanent employee of an agency of the United States or any state,” the
response reads. The document states that Becenti-Aguilar has 10 days to file an appeal. Becenti-Aguilar’s claim stated that Begay violated a code that no one “… be in the permanent employment of the United States or any state or subdivision thereof, or be an elected official of the United States or any state or subdivi sion thereof, with the exception of service to a school board or elective county office.” Becenti-Aguila r a lso stated in the complaint that, “Ca ndidates elected, who
are employed by the Navajo Nation, must resign from such employment before taking the oath of office and shall not be employed by the Navajo Nation during their term of office.” Becenti-Aguilar said Begay is an employee of the Gallup Indian Medical Center. She said that represents a clear code violation. “I believe something is wrong here,” Becenti-Aguilar said, adding that she’d reserve comment on a next move until she confers with her legal representative.
Library deputy director resigns SEARCH IN PLACE TO FILL $60K POSITION
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he city is on the look out for a custodian and an information s peci a l i s t for t he
Octavia Fellin Public Library, in addition to a deputy director. A youth services librarian was recently hired to oversee oper ations at the Children’s Library. Gallup Human Resources Director Klo Abeita confirmed
the resignation of Fellin Deputy Director Suzanne Feldberg, who resigned May 31. The cus todian and specialist positions opened up within the past few weeks. Feldberg, 67, earned $60,000
Suzanne Feldberg annually in the deputy director ship job. She was previously a librarian at Hopi Junior-Senior High School in Keams Canyon, Ariz. Feldberg began the Gallup library job on June 22, 2015, Abeita said. Library Director Mary Ellen Pellington said the deputy director job has been adver tised on the city’s website for a number of weeks. “Yes, the job is still open,” Pellington said. “We hope to hire someone soon.”
The $17,000 -a-year cus todian job opened up when Katherine Schultz quit about three weeks ago. Pellington did not give a date as to when a replacement would be hired for the job, but noted that a weekslong posting ended June 27. Abeita did not provide a copy of Feldberg’s resignation letter. Typically, the library carries one of the city’s high est annual payroll accounts, as employees possess graduate degrees, officials have said.
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Navajo filmmaker receives $3K for new film ‘THE MAYORS OF SHIPROCK’ SHOT ON NAVAJO NATION
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
amona Emerson of Tohatchi is the latest recipient of a grant from the New Mexico Film Foundation, officials announced this week. The Navajo-born Emerson, who owns film production company Reel Indian Pictures, was awarded $3,600 from the NMFF toward the making of a new film documentary called The Mayors of Shiprock. The grant is a result of a partner ship between the NMFF and the Albuquerque-based Isora Foundation. “The [Isora Foundation’s] mission is to fund projects which empower individuals to improve conditions within their own communities,” Isora Foundation Director Wendy Wells said. “During our 2016 funding cycle, we reached out to the [NMFF] to see if they knew of film projects that would meet our mission goals. Dirk Norris, the direc tor at the New Mexico Film Foundation, suggested we look into Emerson’s project.” The Mayors of Shiprock is 54-minutes-long and follows
Ramona Emerson the storyline of the Northern Diné Youth Committee as they work to build and better their community. The group’s leader, Graham Beyale, has taken the lead in creating and imple menting a community-oriented base of young men and women who strive to create a better world for themselves and their
families. After a three-year hia tus from college, Beyale real izes he must return to school to implement the change he wants for his community and his tribe.
WHY SHIPROCK? E me r s o n , w ho pr e v i ously had a film at the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park
City, Utah, said she selected the Shiprock community after a lot of thought. Emerson was raised in Tohatchi and Santa Fe. “ T he you ng people of Shiprock are extraordinary,” the filmmaker said. “They com mit every week to work in their community. Their efforts have had a direct effect on the com munity of Shiprock. They have motivated a lot of people – they have created a real park in the community for youth. They hold events like dodgeball and vol leyball tournaments. They haul wood for the elderly; they pick up trash and, generally, mobilize the community to help. They remove graffiti and they actively try to learn about their language and culture. In short, they care.” Wells explained what it means to help out filmmakers like Emerson. “By providing a funding award, we are not only able to support a local New Mexico filmmaker, but support her efforts to highlight the incred ible work Navajo youth are doing to bring about change within their own communities,” Wells said. “This film is a story of empowerment. We felt that its message could bring hope and inspire youth everywhere.”
Norris noted that this is the second grant the NMFF has awarded Emerson in 2016. Emerson, who graduated from the University of New Mexico, was one of 17 submissions for a Beau McNicholas Post Production grant. Emerson said she hopes to inspire youth in every tribal com munity to take note of what the Northern Diné Youth Committee is doing and make an effort to do the same. She said the film should come out at some point next year, and she didn’t rule out Gallup as a showing venue. Nor r i s sa id t he Sa nt a Fe-based NMFF helps grow the independent film industry in New Mexico, while offer ing financial suppor t and educational oppor tunities to New Mexico independent filmmakers. I n 2010, Emer son wa s a Native Filmmakers Ford Foundation Fellow at the Sundance Film Festival. Two years later, her short film Opal — about a young Navajo girl who takes on the town bully — made its way through Sundance film circles. The film was shown at Gallup’s El Morro Theatre and drew a wide audience.
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Gallup hires new wastewater plant director CAN NEW HIRE KEEP THE PLANT’S FOUL SMELL UNDER WRAPS?
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
fter a months-long national search, the city of Gallup has hired a new wastewa ter and solid waste director. City Manager Maryann Ustick made the announcement at the end of the July 12 city council meeting. Dennis Romero is the new guy in what may be the most thankless job at the city. The plant has been the target of numerous citizen complaints over the years for the foul odors that have made some hotel, motel, and restaurant owners on Gallup’s west side unhappy. But lately, the smell isn’t so apparent. “I haven’t received a nega tive complaint in a long time,” Councilwoman Fran Palochak said. Polachak’s District 4 includes the location of the plant. “I think everyone on that side of town is pleased
Photo Credit: NativeStars with that.” Former Water and Sanitation Director Vince Tovar resigned from the plant job about six months ago. Tovar held the job for about two years. The city did not formally announce Tovar’s departure. “Water, wastewater, and solid waste services will greatly benefit from the dedicated role and expertise of our new direc tor,” Ustick said from a prepared statement. “[Romero] brings the experience and leadership
necessary to help us continue the progress made under the previous director to provide professional, data-dr iven, and customer-focused utility services.” Gallup Human Resources Di rector K lo Abeita sa id Romero’s annual salary is $90,000, with the job beginning July 25. A request for Romero’s resume went unanswered by Abeita as of press time, along with a request to speak directly with Romero.
Us t ick s a id R omer o’s responsibilities include the managing of the city’s water, wastewater, and solid-waste services. He will also oversee the maintenance, contracting, and capital planning at the plant, Ustick said. Romero will have a central role with respect to the near $1-billion NavajoGallup Water Supply Project. The Water Supply Project has been in focus for more than two decades, and when com pleted, it will bring water from the San Juan River to Gallup and the eastern parts of the Navajo Nation. Prior to the Gallup job, Romero was the water, waste water, and gas engineering bureau chief for the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission in Santa Fe. He was a project manager for the Santa Fe Public Works Department, where he managed the design, procure ment, construction, accep tance, and closeout for water
resources and utilities. Cit y Elect r ic Di rector Richard Matzke ser ved as Gallup’s wastewater director prior to the arrival of Romero. He was thanked by city offi cials at the meeting. “Richa rd ha s done a n excellent job overseeing the water and wastewater and solid waste department while we looked for someone to permanently fill the position,” Mayor Jackie McKinney said. “Richard’s extensive experi ence in city operations and implementing technology for sustainability and efficiency provided a strong foundation for [Romero] to continue our efforts to improve operations and services to our customers.” A native of New Mexico and a U.S. Navy veteran, Romero has an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from the University of New Mexico and a graduate degree in geochem istry from New Mexico Tech.
Officials ID body found near recreational area
INVESTIGATION CONTINUING, OFFICIAL SAYS By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he body of a ma n found dead north of Hassler Valley Road and not far from ATV Motorcross road has been identified as Sergio PerezPrieto, 41. “We have an ID on the body,” Anthony Ashley, an investiga tor with the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office, said. “The investigation is still open.” The death was ruled a homicide. Ashley said Perez-Prieto was reported missing by fam ily members on July 4, when he left a barbecue in the Red Hills area to take a friend home. The friend was dropped off on East
Hill Avenue at around 8 pm, and that’s the last Perez-Prieto was seen. Perez-Prieto’s car was dis covered July 5 in the parking lot of the El Rancho Hotel along East Historic Highway 66. A man was seen on video exiting the vehicle and then walking east toward the commercial area along Hwy 66, Ashley said. Ashley said the body was discovered around 12:50 pm on July 9 by a passerby who smelled a strong, unusual odor coming from the side of the roadway. He said the death appears to be the result of blunt-force trauma. Ashley said anyone with information about the death may anonymously call the sher iff’s office at (505) 722-8514.
The body of missing-person Sergio Perez-Prieto was found on Hassler Valley Road on July 9. Photo Credit: NativeStars
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WEEKLY CRIME BLOTTER Staff Reports
PIES AND PUNCHES 7/11, GALLUP G P D O f f ic e r Anthony S e c i w a responded to the A merican Heritage Plaza in reference to a drunk man yelling obscen ities at customers. The man was reported to be in the area of Safeway at 980 U.S. 491. S eciwa fou nd Wi lber t Hardy, 56, in front of Wise Pies Pizza at 820 U.S. 491. “I didn’t do s--t!” Hardy said, and yelled other obscen ities at Seciwa, but “was oth erwise compliant,” according to the report. However, when Seciwa opened the door of his vehicle, Hardy attempted to punch the officer’s face. Seciwa pinned Hardy against his unit, but was struck, sev eral times in the head. Hardy also grabbed Seciwa’s throat and squeezed. A suppor t i ng of f icer assisted Seciwa in handcuff ing Hardy, who continued to struggle. Hardy was arrested for battery upon a peace offi cer, and resisting, evading, or obstructing an officer.
BEER BASH 7/10, BLACKHAT Mckinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Roxanne King conducted a welfare check on a white Pontiac G6 in the park ing lot of Speedy’s off Hwy 264. Chantelle R. Willie, 26, claimed a Navajo Police Department officer threw a bottle of beer at her while conducting a traffic stop. Willie and her boyfriend claimed the NPD officer was rude and aggressive toward them. Willie had a cut from the alleged thrown bottle. Dispatch told King that Willie had a war rant out for her arrest. Willie was arrested because of the warrant.
HIGHWAY HELL 7/9, THOREAU MCSO Deputy Roxanne K i ng wa s d i s pa t ched t o the 52-mile marker of I-40 NEWS
eastbound in reference to a woman jumping in front of traffic, possibly drunk. At the scene, King found the woman running in the roadway; the woman also attempted to climb over a fence to get away. When King was able to calm her down and handcuff her, she could see the woman was bat tered and missing a shoe. The victim said she needed medical attention. The victim claimed she was pushed out of a moving vehicle by her mother-in-law. The car was moving at 30-35 mph. Her boyfriend, Kevin L. Allapowa, 27, arrived and began to yell at and push her. The mother-inlaw and Allapowa drove away, leaving the victim on the road. The victim said she was trying to kill herself by running in the roadway. A llapowa was arrested for battery on a household member.
STICK-AND-NAILED 7/8, GALLUP GP D O f f i c e r H a r l a n d Soseeah was dis patched to the intersec tion of Ford Dr ive a nd Green Street in reference to a f ig ht involving bats or pipes. At the scene, Soseea h spoke with a woman who said her neighbor and a friend were fighting and she was trying to help out. The woman, Krystal Yellow feather, wa s dr unk and slurring, according to Soseeah’s report. Soseeah spoke to a man who said Yellowfeather came to his home, swung a bat at his brother and son, and hit the brother in the head. Yellowfeather, 30, claimed the weapon was not a bat, but a stick with a nail on it. She was booked for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
GIMME THE CHEESE 7/7, GALLUP GPD O f f icer A nt hony Seciwa responded to Lowe’s Uptown Plaza, 1120 E. Hwy 66, in reference to a man reach ing into a woman’s car and
touching her thigh. According to the victim, the man approached her vehicle while she was parked a t 1119 E . Hwy 66, and a sked her for money. She drove away, but stopped to wait for traffic to clear on Hwy 66. The man reportedly jumped on her driver’s-side running-board and contin ued to ask for money. When the victim told him her name and that she was just a teen ager, he put his hand on her thigh. The victim was scared and drove across the street to Lowe’s. The ma n a r r ived at her car and knocked on the win dow, before stoppi ng a nd going to a nother ca r. The victim’s father arrived and chased the man toward Big Cheese Pizza at 1516 E. Hwy 66. A supporting officer located Nolan A. Bahe, 26, who was drunk. He was booked for bat tery and solicitation.
SHELL SHOCKED 7/7, TOH-LA-KAI M C S O D e p u t y Gabrielle P u hu ye s v a was dis patched to the Shell Station, 1039 U.S. 491, in reference to a domestic dis pute. A female claimed a male was beating her up while they were parked at the gas station. At the scene, Puhuyesva found the victim hysterically crying and gathering items from a maroon Ford. The vic tim said Donovan Miller, 34, her boyfriend, was hitting her with a closed fist while driving. She said he told her that when they got home, he would beat her up, and she was scared. The cashier at the gas sta tion said Miller was intoxi cated. Miller returned to the business on foot, and was det a i ned by a suppor ti ng officer. He was booked on battery against a household member.
SHAMEFUL SHOWERS 7/7, THOREAU M C S O D e p u t y Jasmine Jaramillo was dis patched t o t he S t . Bonaventure trailer park, off 25 Navarre Blvd, in ref erence to a break-in. At the scene, Jaramillo found a man in his underwear sitting on the pavement, east of No. 3 St. Bonaventure, with sand on his body. He was screaming, “They are trying to kill me.” A female victim said the man broke into her home, bang ing on all doors and windows. He ran toward her bedroom and approached her, wear ing two towels. The victim’s teenage sons grabbed him and dragged him out. Jaramillo detained Roger Roan, 52. He said he was run ning from all the people who were trying to kill him because he is a rich man. He said he had to get help from his neighbors. He was confused and did not know where he was. Another female victim, who lives at No. 40, said she told him to get out of her house “and he could not take a shower there.” The victim said Roan entered her house, showered, and left. A male victim at No. 5 said Roan entered his home with out permission, wearing only
underwear. The victim forced Roan out of his home, but gave him two towels to cover him self up. Roan was booked for break ing and entering and criminal damage to property.
BREAKING BANK 7/7, GALLUP G P D Officers K e l v i n Akeson and R a n s o m J a m e s were on bike patrol whe n t hey responded to Pinnacle Bank, 107 E. Aztec Ave., in reference to a check fraud. Jacob A. Rangel, 43, ran north out of the parking lot along Puerco Street, pursued by Akeson and James. Akeson tackled and handcuffed the suspect, and returned to the bank. Rangel had attempted to cash a forged check from an account belonging to someone else. He was arrested for forg ery, and obstructing and resist ing an officer.
SOMETHING HIT HIM 7/3, GALLUP GPD Officer Daniel Brown was dispatched to 207 S.
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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports The legal limit is .08. Herman Jim June 30, 1:24 am 5th DWI, felony McKinley C o u n t y Sheriff ’s Office DWI Task Force Super v isor Ta mmy Houghtaling arrived at the five-mile marker on Hwy 265 in Blackhat in response to a request for backup by Deputy Josie Bowman. Bowman had arrived on scene to find a red Chevy Silverado in the ditch with its lights on and still in drive. Jim, 42, was asleep in the driver’s seat. Houghtaling woke him and could smell alcohol on his breath. Jim’s eyes were bloodshot a nd watery. When he exited the truck he was unsteady, and he refused field sobriety tests. Jim blew .24 and .25 during breath testing. Enrique Gonzales June 28, 7:11 pm DWI M C S O D e p u t y A r n o l d Noriega was heading west on NM 118 near Williams Acres in Mentmore, when he noticed a blue GMC Sierra going the same way and swerving into oncoming traf fic. The vehicle refused to pull over for about a tenth of a mile before stopping at the Spencer Valley Road turnoff. Gonzales, 29, smelled of alcohol, and had bloodshot, watery eyes. He claimed he was merely hungover, but failed field sobriety tests. He blew .10 twice during breath testing.
Harold Bia June 27, 9:25 am DWI M C S O D e p u t y Nocona Clark was sitting in the parking lot of RA 452 NM 264 in Yatahey. Clark was waved down by an employee who pointed to a black car with Arizona plates. Clark pulled the vehicle over, and noticed the smell of alcohol, as well as a can of beer in the glove compartment. Bia, 28, failed field sobriety tests and blew .18 twice during breath tests. Maria A. Lee June 25, 7:05 pm 3rd DWI, Aggravated W h e n Gallup Police Department Officer Daniel Brown arrived at the scene of a crash at Hwy 566 and Challenger Road in Church Rock, he noticed a beige pickup in the brush off the roadway and a gray Ford Escape facing south on Hwy 566 with frontend damage. Lee, the pickup driver, was intoxicated and sitting in a supporting officer’s car. Lee, 53, smelled of alco hol, slurred her speech, and had bloodshot eyes. She failed field sobriety tests and blew .23 during breath testing. She had driven her truck head-on into the victims’ car. Matthew J. Smiley June 21, 11:09 pm DWI G P D O f f i c e r Chris Molina stopped a gold Ford F150 with a headlight
out at 1210 E. Hwy 66. Smiley, 31, smelled of alcohol, had slow speech, and bloodshot, watery eyes. He failed field sobri ety tests and blew .12 during breath testing. Av e r i l l L. Norton June 18, 1:42 pm D W I , Aggravated G P D O f f i c e r Dominic Molina wa s dis patched to the Ford Canyon area in reference to a possible drunk driver in a silver car. At the intersection of Burke and Aztec Avenue, a silver Mitsubishi Galant proceeded without stopping. When the vehicle eventually pulled over at 1720 E. Hwy 66, it hit the curb. Norton, 21, did not have his license with him and smelled of alcohol. He failed field sobri ety tests and blew .16 during the portable breath test. There were several open beer cans in
the car. Norton became rowdy in the sally port of the jail and was also charged with resist ing, evading or obstructing an officer, and assisting in assault upon a peace officer. Ru s sel l B r a n Thomas June 8, 5:23 am DWI G P D O f f ic er Dominic Molina wa s dis patched to the area of 406 Arnold St. in reference to a break-in. The suspect report edly drove off in a maroon car without hubcaps. A support ing officer found the suspect vehicle. When asked to exit the vehi cle, Thomas, 38, was unsteady on his feet. He failed field sobriety tests and blew .30, more than twice the legal limit, during a portable breath test. At the jail, he could not stand up on his own. Marvin Begay Jr. June 2, 1:23 am DWI MCSO Deputy Arnold J. Noriega was advised of a pos sible drunk driver in front of the McKinley West Fire
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‘Fireball’ Ginsburg will be in NM next month By Andy Lyman NM Political Report
nited States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be in New Mexico next month for an annual law convention. Ginsburg will serve as the keynote speaker for the State Bar of New Mexico’s Bar and Bench conference in August. State Bar executive director Joe Conte said the organization is “excited and grateful” that Ginsburg is willing to come and speak to the legal community. “She’s a woman who’s got decades of life to share with us,” Conte said. Ginsburg recently received immense media attention after she made disparaging remarks about presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Trump responded, saying her comments were inappropriate and called on Ginsburg to resign from the Supreme Court. Trump later went after the second ever female justice on social media, saying her “mind is shot.” Visit: www.nmpoliticalreport.com Ruth Bader Ginsburg Photo Credit: WFULawSchool cc
DWI REPORT | FROM PAGE 10 Martinez found the van stopped on the side of the road, with smoke wafting from underneath it. The van took off when Martinez approached. The van continued to flee from the officer, nearly striking
another vehicle, until it even tually struck a curb, left the road, hit a traffic sign, and ended up in a culvert. Still, the van continued on with a shred ding wheel. The driver began to lose control. The van finally stopped at the 15-mile maker of N.M. 118, and Martinez conducted
a high-risk felony traffic stop. When the driver exited the van, Martinez took the driver to the ground and handcuffed him. Begay, 28, smelled of a lcohol a nd h a d wat er y, bloodshot eyes. He could not stand without support. He blew .28 twice during breath testing.
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CRIME BLOTTER | FROM PAGE 9 Wo o d r ow Ave. No. A in reference to a domestic dispute. At t he s ce ne, B r o w n spoke with a female who said Terrance Tucson, 44, her boy friend, was not acting nor mal. She said he left the scene about 15 minutes before Brown arrived. According to the woman, Tucson had hitchhiked toward Zuni, “where they sell alcohol,” and came back to the house seeming fine until something “hit him.” He couldn’t sit still and rolled onto the living room floor, flailing. The victim called an ambulance. Tucson became verbally abusive to the v ictim a nd her 15-year-old daughter, and then he pushed the mother. The v ictim kicked Tucson out. Outside the residence, Tucson was highly intoxicated. He was arrested for battery on a household member.
BAD BEHAVIOR 7/2, GALLUP G P D O f f i c e r D a n i e l Brown was d i spat ched t o 310 0 E . Hw y 66 i n reference to subjects throwing obscene gestures at a vehicle. A sup porting officer found the two occupants of the vehicle to be drunk.
Dom i n ic Ma r ti nez, 29, was shouting. He was drunk and aggressive, and yelling obscenities, according to the police report. Martinez began to approach Brown, and he refused to obey commands. A supporting officer attempted t o h a ndcu f f h i m. Brow n tasered the unruly Martinez, who had a warrant out for his arrest. Shackles were put on his feet, as he continued to be aggressive. Ma r tinez wa s booked for assault upon a peace officer, and warrant execution.
JOE BLOW 6/27, GALLUP G P D Officer Chris Molina was d i s pat ched t o 4 01 E . Hill Ave. in reference to a domes tic dispute. At the scene, a reportedly drunken Benton John Yazzie, who told the officer that his name is “Joe Blow,” was detained. According to the victim, she arrived home only to be con fronted by her ex-boyfriend. During the argument, Yazzie, 43, scratched the victim’s face, threatened to hit her vehi cle with a cinder block, and refused to leave the residence. When finally locked out, he began to hit the door with the cinder block. Yazzie was placed under arrest for battery on a house hold member and criminal damage to property of a house hold member.
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Expert: Court documentation of HSD scandal ‘unprecedented’ By Joey Peters NM Political Report
wo things about New Mexico’s scandal over the state allegedly fal sifying applications for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program stand out to Samuel Chu. The first is documentation
of the scandal in federal court, which in May included three top state Human Ser vices Department officials refusing to answer a total of nearly 100 questions from lawyers. Instead, they asserted their Fifth Amendment rights, which allow people to avoid possibly incriminating themselves. “We generally don’t see
that,” Chu, the national syna gogue organizer with Mazon, a California-based anti-hun ger organization that tracks food stamp issues across the country. T he F i f t h A mend ment pleadings came after multiple HSD employees told the court of an alleged statewide prac tice of adding false resources to applications for emergency benefits through SNAP, the fed eral program formerly known as food stamps. HSD officials encouraged the practice, according to nine employee testimonies, to clear backlogs of emergency SNAP applications that hadn’t been processed in the required amount of time. Federal law requires those emergency applicants, which only apply to the poorest of the poor, receive their benefits within seven days. Failure for a state to do so can lead to sanctions from the federal government.
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TESTIMONY ON SCANDAL ‘UNIQUE’ Chu said allegations of sim ilar practices have come up in other states. But they’re rarely documented in public, as they have been in New Mexico since April. “The fact that all these things are coming out in court records and under oath makes it unique, because we don’t usually get the opportunity to really see the department’s inner workings in this way,” he said in an interview. “I think that that is a precedent.” The sheer length of the problem in New Mexico is the other big stand-out to Chu. The allegations came as part of the Debra Hatten-Gonzales lawsuit, which attorneys filed in 1988. The suit accused HSD of mishandling Medicaid and food stamp processing. That resulted in a 1990 federal con sent decree, which plaintiffs from the lawsuit—including lawyers with the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty— say HSD still isn’t meeting today. Last week, lawyers finished closing arguments on a motion for a federal court to appoint an independent monitor that would direct HSD’s benefits division, the Income Support Division (ISD), and bring it into line with the Hatten-Gonzales consent decree. The process is known as a receivership and is also sup ported by local Democratic Party leadership and local advocacy groups like New Mexico Voices for Children. Chu, whose organization
provides funding for the Center on Law and Poverty, also sup ports the idea. “It is almost impossible when there is such a broad, longstanding inability to per form a particular function, to expect that the department is going to fix itself,” he said. HSD argued such a receiv ership would only make the department’s benefits process ing worse. In an April court hearing, HSD Secretary Brent Earnest called the plan a “rec ipe for chaos.” Earnest said such a receiv er sh ip wou ld creat e “a n inherent conf lict” between the independent monitor and HSD’s leadership by prompting an inevitable clash for dollars within the department between the two. “The [receiver] would want to take money away from other parts of the department like Medicaid,” Earnest said in court.
STATE ADMITS PROBLEM, CALLS FOR ‘OBJECTIVE REVIEWER’ HSD’s leadership gradu ally acknowledged the gravity of the situation in the three months since the fake SNAP assets allegations first rocked the agency. During the May hearing, HSD attorney Christopher Collins first made statements that the depa r tment wa s willing to hire “an objective reviewer” to identify the exist ing issues that still need to be fixed to comply with the con sent decree. Collins also said HSD would open a competitive bid for “consulting and assis tance” to the department in three areas: compliance with the consent decree, the agen cy’s operations and training of employees. At the time, Collins also acknowledged the hiring pro cess for this consultant firm could take nine months. He added that the firm would take at least another three months to complete the reform process. But la st week, HSD
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OPINIONS Unintended consequences: Fraud Against Taxpayers law works against economic development By Randy S. Bartell Shareholder, Montgomery & Andrews Law Firm
el l-i nt ent ioned laws are known to backfire and cause more harm than healing. And when good laws go bad, the taxpayer can suffer. The New Mexico Fraud
Against Taxpayers Act is an example of such legislation. Passed in 2011 to address the theft of state and local t a x payer dol la r s t h roug h fraudulent activity, the law contains provisions that pro tect people from retaliation for reporting such crimes. T he i rony i s t h at t a x payers whose interests are protected by FATA may be liable for punitive damages
awarded to a public employee who repor ted, test i f ied about, or furthered a Fraud Against Taxpayers action.
LANGUAGE OF THE LAW Under the provisions of FATA, any public employer who reta liates aga inst a n employee for reporting sus pected fraud is liable for “all
relief necessary to make the employee whole,” i nclud ing “two times the amount of back pay w ith interest on the back pay, compensa tion for any special damage sustained as a result of the violation and, if appropriate, punitive damages.” “Employer” is specifically
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GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF JULY 15 – 21
On July 22, the Sun enters Leo, the lion. Our sun rules this sign with all the subtlety of, well, the sun. Individuals born under its influence are larger than life. Those not born under the influence of the sun may experience bouts of exhibitionism in their own ways. Consider these words by the notorious Leo, George Bernard Shaw (July 26, 1856): “What really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering.” Madame G says flash those pearly whites and join Instagram, or just read a good book. Either way, you win!
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Summer is here and you couldn’t be happier. Enjoy all those evening BBQs with family and friends. You’re creating good memories. Remember that everything is fleeting, and it’s in your best interest to not take that special time for granted. You may enjoy adding a novel to your daily study. Madame G recommends Barbara Kingsolver’s famous novel The Poisonwood Bible. It’s exciting and terrible. You’ll love it. Enjoy!
The Sun is passing out of your sign this week and into Leo. Learn from the sign that follows yours. Though Leo is a fixed fire sign and you’re a cardinal water sign — you can learn from their enthusiasm. In most instances, Leos work well with others and help spark enthusiasm in the workplace. Give it a try. If not, you could read Margaret Atwood’s novel the Blind Assassin. It’s a fitting title for your mental train of thought.
You don’t enjoy the spotlight quite like a Leo, but you enjoy hearing your own praises. You may experience a little disruption this week, but don’t worry, it’ll pass. When life takes over and pushes you in various directions that you’re unwilling to go in, take time to breath. Do something enjoyable. For good measure, read Salman Rushdie’s novel The Enchantress of Florence. It’s entertaining and extreme just like you!
Did you see something unexpected? If you keep coming across the odd and unexpected, learn from the moment. Even if you see a tornado on Taos Mountain, remember that we live in an irrational world that’s fraught with disorder. You may want to temper the madness with William Barrett’s work on existential philosophy, Irrational Man. Have fun! But, if a tornado really does come out — it’s probably better to hide in the bathtub or hallway. Good luck!
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill. Overreacting may seem like the right thing to do, but it’s not. Everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect. For your summer reading list, you may want to discover or rediscover Carson McCuller’s The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. You’ll appreciate the lovely title and poignant message. Read!
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) This is an exciting time for you. The sun is shining and the ambiance of the season encourages fun, activity, and showing off. You may even encounter your other half in a kindred spirit and joyful soul. But take a moment for yourself. Before it becomes another blockbuster hit read Ransom Riggs’ novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Indulge your mind with great works. Have fun! OPINIONS
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) You’re sign is taking center stage. Are you ready? Of course! You’ll want to stride, or strut, in the direction of your dreams. Do something extreme even it seems a little selfish. You could hire a photographer to put on a photo-shoot of you in your best suit and on your favorite horse. Maybe you’ll even have a life-sized portrait made to highlight your esteem of the glorious animal — yourself. If you have any time leftover read: David Sedaris’ Holidays on Ice. You’ll love it!
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) It’s true what Tolstoy said: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” You’re family isn’t perfect, but neither are you. Show love for them each day by calling, emailing, or texting. It’s okay to demonstrate your boundaries, but always do this with kindness. Consider reading Joyce Carol Oates’ novel We Were The Mulvaneys. You could also read anything by Tolstoy and learn more about crazy families that aren’t yours. Families are complicated. Blessings to you and yours!
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) In life, a little destruction is necessary for your health. Farmers will remove a diseased limb from a healthy tree in order to save it. As we head into midsummer and prepare for fall, consider cutting out bad habits or things that no longer serve you. Do you need to conquer your student loans? Maybe you should drink less. Whatever the case, take action and live well. Consider reading: Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie. You always gain a little illumination from the darkness. Live well!
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You’ve a complicated mind. It seems that you’re conflicted in a variety of areas and being pulled in one too many directions. Now is the time to make decisions. You must either choose to move forward or sideways, but you must choose. You can’t move backwards no matter how much you wish that you could. Take a moment to chill and rest. Consider reading Philip Roth’s Goodbye Columbus. You’ll appreciate the irony.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You must learn to take a little action, especially when it comes to your dreams. They’re beautiful, but you can’t live in a fantasy. Now, take a moment to do the opposite and enjoy a great book by Arlene Chai entitled: Eating Fire and Drinking Water. The novel has slow elements, but matches the exciting title. Enjoy it for all it’s worth. Live long!
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) You need an exciting, if slightly edgy summer read. Consider wasting a whole day reading Stephen King’s Needful Things. Yes, it’s an indulgence, because you have dishes to do and storm drains to clean. But, that’s what tomorrow’s for. Today, indulge and enjoy a moment of fun for yourself. No doubt you’ve earned it. Live a little, and have fun!
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CONSEQUENCES | FROM PAGE 13 defined under FATA as “the state a nd a ny of its agen cies, institutions or political subdivisions.” That means a public employee who proves a FATA v iolation a nd suf fers retaliatory action by the public employer can obtain compensatory and punitive damages from the same pub lic agency victimized by the fraud. This conf licts with the New Mex ico Tor t Cla i m s Act, which prohibits punitive damages claims against the state and its political subdi visions for personal injury cl a i m s, i nclud i ng cl a i m s for something as serious as wrongful death. FATA is the only state statute per mit ting punitive damages to be awarded against the state or local governments.
ADDING TO INJURY In BM W of North America, Inc. v. Gore, 517 U.S. 559 (1996), the United States Supreme Court ruled that a cou r t cou ld awa rd punitive damages of up to 10 times the compensatory damages against a defendant without automatically trig gering questions about due process violations. Because of this, the puni tive damages prov ision of FATA could injure the tax paying public far more than the reported fraudulent activ ity did. For example, a pub lic employer earlier this year settled a case involv ing a retaliation claim under FATA (and related claims under the W h istleblower Protection Act) for $2 million because the potentia l exposure to
punitive damages and attor ney’s fees was too great to let the case proceed to trial. This was the same agency allegedly victimized by the fraudulent scheme. W h ile the employee, if actually punished for report ing fraud, may be due some compensation for lost wages, a la rge pu n itive da mages award magnifies injury to the state and the agency that was harmed.
IMPEDING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT The potentia l under t h i s l aw for a n e m ploy ment claimant to obtain a large jury verdict prompted the 2015 Hiscox Guide to Employee Lawsuits to list New Mexico as the state with the highest employee lawsuit risk in the nation. While U.S. companies on average had an 11.75 -percent chance of facing an employment dis crimination charge in 2014, employers in New Mexico “are 66 percent more likely to receive a charge than the average.” If the New Mex ico L e g i s l a t u r e i s i nt e nt on growing the state by creat ing a favorable business cli mate, it should modify the punitive damages provision of FATA to eliminate these unintended consequences. At a m i n i m u m , l a w m a ke r s should limit damage awards under FATA to the maximum amounts permitted under the Tort Claims Act. F i n a n c e Ne w Me x i c o a ssi st s in div i du a l s an d b u sin e sse s w it h obt ain ing skill s and funding resources for their business or idea. To learn more, go to FinanceNewMexico.org.
Budget cuts put our KIDS COUNT gains in child health at risk By Bill Jordan, MA NM Voices for Children
ne of the few bright spot s for New Mexico in this year’s recently relea sed national KIDS COUNT Data Book — which ranked New Mexico at 49th in the nation for overall child well-being — was in child health outcomes. Improvements took us from ranking 48th in the nation in the four health indicators to 44th. That higher ranking is due in large part to New Mexico’s expansion of Medicaid for low-income adults because it led to the enrollment of tens of thousands of children who were eligible for this health coverage but had not been enrolled. If nothing else, this is a suc cess story showing that public policies can make a difference. And it’s not just made a differ ence for kids. The Medicaid expansion had led to some of the state’s only job growth as health care providers have been hiring to meet the new demand. Unfortunately, those gains are now at risk because the Medicaid program was under funded by more than $400 mil lion this year. When crafting this year’s budget, lawmakers faced dras tically reduced revenue, so they chose to underfund Medicaid instead of raise new revenue by repealing irresponsible and ineffective tax cuts. Some even tried to rationalize the choice by saying that Medicaid was costing too much. Let’s be clear about one
Bill Jordan thing: the Medicaid expansion will more than pay for itself through 2020. Because of a generous fed eral match—New Mexico gets $19 in federal money for every $1 that the state invests in the expansion—several inde pendent studies have shown that the expansion will gen erate more than enough bud get savings and tax revenue to save money for the state through 2020. But instead of using those dollars to fund Medicaid, policy-makers chose instead to protect their failed strategy of massive tax cuts for corporations, thus forcing harmful cuts to health care services. While big corporate tax cuts are protected, low-income children and their parents are being asked to pay more for their health care. Additionally, physicians, dentists, and hos pitals will have their pay ments reduced by over $140 million in the coming fiscal year, an action that might also adversely impact patient care. To protect the governor’s pledge to not raise taxes (even though her tax policies have forced cities and counties to
raise taxes) our low-income children, adults, disabled, and elderly will all be asked to pay more. So while the governor tries to impress all of us and her national audience with the “37 tax cuts” she likes to men tion whenever possible, the cost of those tax cuts is being paid for by cutting health care for our kids and families. Our improved ranking in the health domain of KIDS COUNT shows clearly that when the state invests in strat egies that work, we see mea surable gains. New Mexico can be proud of the gains we’ve made, and New Mexico Voices for Children has often lauded the governor’s decision to expand Medicaid as part of her embrace of the Affordable Care Act. Her decision led to some of the positive gains measured in this latest KIDS COUNT report, but those gains are now at risk. Sadly, New Mexico’s budget still is not fixed, even with the deep cuts to health care. Lawmakers are already talking about the possibility of a special legislative session to make further adjustments. If they do, they’ll have a choice to either make even deeper budget cuts or raise new reve nue to protect the health and well-being of New Mexico’s kids and families. You’d think that decision would be a no-brainer, but for many law makers it’s not. So the next time those leg islators and candidates show up at your door asking for your vote this November, ask them what they’ll put first — the health of corporations or the health of New Mexicans.
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COMMUNITY Navajo heavy-metal band makes an album in Denmark ALBUM PRODUCED BY METALLICA’S PRODUCER
By Dee “JC” Velasco Sun Correspondent
magine your wildest rock-star dreams have come true: You play in front of a huge crowd, fans scream your name, and you’re produc ing your very first album. Well, that’s exactly what happened to three Native American heavy-metal musicians from the Dine Nation. The band, “I Dont Konform,” from Window Rock, Ariz., consists of Kyle Felter on guitar/vocals, Brett Begay on base, and, Randy Billy on drums. The band’s dream came true when they found themselves heading to Denmark to have their first album produced by the legendary, Flemming Rasmussen, the producer of Metallica’s Ride the Lightning album. The Sun sat down with the band; university professor Ashkan Soltani, who is currently filming a documentary on the heavy-metal scene on the reser vation; Jerold Cecil, the bands manager; and the legendary Rasmussen. Gallup Sun: How did you guys come into contact with Flemming Rasmussen? Felter: I wanted a good sounding album, because today’s albums are too machine-like, there’s no attitude or feelings in it. So I decided to look online for analog recording, and I came across some notes on how to do this. At the time, I didn’t know [Rasmussen] was the Metallica producer. I just saw the notes, every detail drawn out, and that’s what caught me, I was like, “Wow.” I emailed him. GS: Now Flemming, so you get the email and what caught your attention of this band? Rasmussen: I got the email and said to myself, “Navajo Nation ... where is that?” (Laughs.) It instantly caught my attention, and I wanted to know more about it, so I listened to their music. I liked the aggression, the style, and the energy, so I thought about it, heard the songs a couple of times, and I contacted Kyle. As I said before, I see the same aggression with this band as I saw when I produced those albums for Metallica. So it should be very cool, we’re gonna produce the album in my studio, Sweet COMMUNITY
From left, ‘I Don’t Konform’s’ Flemming Rasmussen, Brett Begay, Jerold Cecil, and Kyle Felter, along with professor Ashkan Soltani, who is documenting the creation of the album. Photo Credit: Dee “JC” Velasco Silence Studios, in Denmark GS: So Ashkan, how did you get involved in all of this? Soltani: I didn’t intend to meet these guys. I was working on a docu mentary about the whole heavy-metal rez scene. At the time, I was on my way to another heavy-metal concert on the rez, and I meet this lady who insisted I meet with this band, I Dont Konform.
I actually met the band at this Zumba place in Window Rock, and they really rocked! So now I’m actually going with them to Denmark to film the whole pro cess, being right there in the studio and seeing what happens. I’m simply amazed at what great tal ented heavy-metal musicians there are from the reservation. I found this with both Navajos and Zunis, and I’m sure
there are other great talents from other Native American tribes as well. GS: Jerold, what was your reaction when Kyle told you about Flemming? Cecil: I was pretty stoked, and when he told me it was the Metallica guy ... I didn’t believe it. But the more Kyle kept telling me it was really him, I just thought ... man, this could really be a reality. So we started raising money, hit ting the streets, like simple things like getting ourselves out there in the com munity so that they know us. That’s the whole key to what we were doing, we would go out and push our business card on to people, telling people to listen to our music, asking local busi nesses and establishments if we could post our show flyers there. GS: So it really paid off, huh? Cecil: (Laughing) I think Kyle put it best ... “This would be really messed up if it was a dream.” GS: Now Brett, you’re the bass player, what do you think? Begay: I still think it’s all unreal (laughing). It’s crazy because when I joined the band three years ago, I never would have thought this would happen. I went from fan to roadie to now playing in the band. GS: Flemming, what do you see is going to be the final project? Rasmussen: I’m hoping we record a very killer album with some good songs. We’ve been composing some songs already and fine-tuning some of them, doing some rearranging. I got a game plan so we won’t be wasting time. I’m gonna do whatever I can to get these guys on a label when the album comes out. I’m hoping in 10 years, we’ll look back and say, “Hey, remember [when] you came out to that Hogan, and now look where we are.” GS: One last question for the band. How’s your family feel all about this? Felter: (Laughing) Our family is pretty freaked out about it ... they just keep saying, “Wow...wow!” Our fami lies are trying to help us out as much as they can here and there. I’m hoping in 10 years we’ll be on our third album. GS: Guys, I wish you nothing but the best, and Flemming, thank you so much for doing the interview.
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Navajo Zoo opens doors of eagle sanctuary
ZOO’S NEW FACILITY EDUCATES ABOUT, PROTECTS LIVELIHOOD OF SACRED BIRD By Mia Rose Poris Sun Editor
n July 1, after five years in the making, The Navajo Nation Zoo opened the doors of its Eagle Aviary and Education Center, a facility with space for over 25 injured birds. The sanctuary provides refuge for and care to eagles that are not releasable into the wild. “We cur rently have six Golden Eagles at the Navajo Nation Eagle Sanctuary. All of the eagles are Golden Eagles ... no Bald Eagles yet,” zool ogist David Mikesic told the Sun. “Two of our eagles are able to f ly short distances, but four have had pa r tia l wing amputations, so they are un-flighted.” A nnua lly, the zoo sees around 40,000 visitors, and the sanctuary “will hopefully allow us to provide excellent educational opportunities on eagle conservation,” Mikesic
Currently, the sanctuary provides refuge to six golden eagles. Photo Credit: NativeStars wrote in an invitation letter for the opening of the aviary. The eagle is one of the larg est birds of prey and sacred to many. According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, 40 years ago, the bald eagle was
“Live” eagle feathers will be provided to the Navajo for ceremonies and other uses. Photo Credit: NativeStars
nearly extinct. Because of conservation efforts, the once dwindling eagle population has made a strong comeback over the past few decades. Eagle feathers, which are
On July 1, The Navajo Nation Zoo opened the doors of its 4,000-square-foot eagle aviary and education center. Photo Credit: NativeStars
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trade of eagle feathers and the poaching of eagles for their feathers are real threats to the species. A 1940 bill protects the bird, a nd la rge f ines a nd prison sentences are in place for the possession of feathers. Still, the sacred birds are both killed and maimed as a result of poaching, as the price per feather is high. The zoo hopes to reduce poaching by allow ing local distribution of “live” eagle feathers to the Navajo.
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sacred to the Navajo and used in traditional ceremonies, are difficult to obtain legally, and only federa lly recognized tr ibes may possess them. The resulting black market
“We do hope by providing feathers to the Navajo People that need them for ceremo nies or other uses, then no wild birds will be harassed for feathers,” Mikesic said. “Since eagles naturally shed t hei r feat her s once per year, we are now per mitted through the US Fish a nd W i ld l i fe S e r v ic e t o relea se those feather s to the Navajo People,” Mikesic explained. “We allow two long feathers (wing or tail) per year per person, plus every one gets two bonus body and plume feathers.” Va l i d i d e n t i f i c a t i o n i s r e q u i r e d fo r fe a t h e r applicants. The 4,000-square-foot avi ar y was made possible by contributors such as former President Ben Shelly and the 23rd Navajo Nation council; the Navajo Tourism Department; US Fish & Wildlife Service; Navajo Department of Fish and Wildlife; Navajo Parks
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a n d R e c r e a t io n ; Na v a j o Forestry Department; among many others. The zoo, which first opened in the 1970s, provides “quality exhibit of injured and orphaned Southwest wildlife,” Mikesic said, as well as “excellent ani mal care to over 100 animals of 50 species on a daily basis.” The zoo’s aviary and educa tion center is the most recent such facility in the Southwest, and the first Native American eagle sanctuary in Arizona. COMMUNITY
‘Ghostbusters’ has some laughs, but is choppy and haphazard in execution RATING: «« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 116 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun
irector Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Spy) has made some hilar iously funny movies with some very talented comics. His latest, Ghostbusters, offers a new take on the beloved 1984 comedy. There’s been a lot of controversy surrounding the production, which now seems surprising, given the ultimate quality of the feature itself. In the end, this is a middling, scat tershot effort. It’s passable and there are a handful of chuckles here and there, but the movie feels equally choppy and hap hazard in many respects. This reboot of the original introduces four new characters taking on a supernatural threat. Erin Gilbert (Kristin Wiig) is a physics professor in New York City, applying for tenure and try ing to hide her past from the fac ulty ... specifically a book about the paranormal she wrote with estranged friend, Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy). When ghosts begin to pop up all over town, the two are reunited. With the help of tech-head Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) and ex-transit worker Patty
Ghostbuster’s female-led cast includes Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Wiig, and Kate McKinnon. Opens July 15 at Allen Red Rock 10. Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures Tolan (Leslie Jones) the four forge a business to rid the city of spirits. Adding less-than-help ful assistance is the muscular but dim-witted secretary, Kevin (Chris Hemsworth). First, there are some funny moments when the story breaks away from routine. Wiig and McCarthy are always funny, even though they are forced to deliver more exposition in their roles than usual. And McKinnon and Jones have a few solid one-liners reacting to or com menting on the strangeness they’re encountering. When the screenplay gives us some thing new and different, inter est peaks. There’s a funny bit involving a creepy, possessed mannequin hunting the group. It’s over far too quickly, but
offers one of the film’s few orig inal (and memorable) dust-ups. Unfortunately, some of the weaker elements involve the film playing off of the origi nal. The first scene, featuring a tour guide and the appearance of a ghost, earns a smile. But after a time, the appearances of classic apparitions become more familiar than funny. Since this is a reboot, we also have to endure the business starting from scratch. There are sev eral sequences featuring the Ghostbusters developing their equipment that seem extended and unnecessary. I’d rather have seen this group show their stuff than fall over themselves learn ing to use their proton packs. And the numerous cameos are wedged in awkwardly. With
the exception of Rick Moranis, just about everyone from the original feature pops up some where. One of the surprise appearances around a hearse feels organic to the story and effective; the other four are throwaway moments that don’t offer humor or advance the plot. They ultimately slow the pacing. The movie also suffers greatly from a nebbish, uninterestingly written antag onist who never stands out as a threatening (or even amusing) foe to the ladies. I’m going to nit-pick here, but one technical issue really began to get on my nerves. The major ity of the movie is shot in wide screen 2:35:1, but projected on a 1:85:1 screen. Every now and again, slime, proton beams, and ghosts extend over the black
bars of the frame. Most won’t notice this, but it took me right out of the feature every seem ingly random time it was used. Another sequence during the climax is suddenly framed at full 1:85:1 before cutting back to 2:35:1. I’m used to multi-aspect ratios and have seen the device used by directors Wes Anderson and Christopher Nolan ... here, it appears arbitrarily applied and is a big distraction. Of course, many remem ber the or iginal film as a fun adventure with memora ble characters and a breezy c h a r m . P e r s o n a l l y, I ’ m starting to believe it was an incredible fluke. Even the first sequel Ghostbusters II (1989) was a weak attempt to recap ture the original’s magic. The new Ghostbusters features great talent in front of and behind the camera; it does fare somewhat better than the first sequel and offers a handful of laughs. However, it still feels like we’re witness ing variations on the same theme, on ly to somewhat diminished returns. It’ll do in the moment, but it’s hard to imagine anyone remembering the film, or much about it, in the years that pass. Note: There is a post-cred its scene that may be the most irksome, eye-rolling element for fans of the original film — a reference to a familiar foe as the starting point for a poten tial sequel. 207 WEST COAL GALLUP 505.863.1250 www.elmorrotheatre.com
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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for July 15, 2016 By Glenn Kay For the Sun
elcome back to another edition of highlights arriv ing on DVD and Blu-ray. Those looking for something new to rent or buy will definitely be able to find something below. 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! The Dark Horse - This l it t le New Zealand pro duction rec reates a true story about a br i l l i a nt speed-chess champion struggling with bipolar disor der. After being released from a psychiatric institution, he begins to find some hope in life after agreeing to coach a children’s team. The press gave this drama excellent reviews, complimenting the lead performance and stating that although the story fol lows a formula, it does so in a believable and naturalistic way. The cast includes Cliff Curtis, James Rolleston, and Kirk Torrance. T h e Dive rge nt Se r ies: Allegiant - Chapter three in the Divergent series of films finds its young protagonist going beyond the walls of her dystopian society and befriend ing the elite group of humans responsible for it. However, do they have her best inter ests in mind or are they plot ting something more sinister? Notices were very poor for the latest sequel. The drama was described as cheesy and the effects were criticized for look ing chintzy. It stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Jeff Daniels, Octavia Spencer, and Naomi Watts. Everybody Wants Some!! - The latest from Richard Linklater is a “spiritual sequel” to his beloved ’70s coming-ofage film, Dazed and Confused. This time out, he follows a col lege freshman in 1980 during his first weekend at school. Much time is spent with his roommates, wandering the city in an attempt to get a handle
on his new environ me nt . T he press greatly enjoyed the film. While a few found the narrative a bit loose a nd d id n’t feel it was as strong as its pre decessor, most were amused by the eccentric characters and their observations on college life. The cast includes Blake Jenner, Tyler Hoechlin, Ryan Guzman, Wyatt Russell, and Glen Powell. G ree n Room Looking for a good scare? Yo u c a n ’ t do much better than this violent thriller ... it’s about a punk band that arrives at a remote venue populated by skinheads. When the musicians witness a violent crime, they find them selves trapped inside the club and in mortal danger. Critics praised the film as nail-bit ingly tense and disturbing, ratcheting up tension scene by scene, thanks to its strong performances ,and delivering a couple of unexpected twists along the way. Patrick Stewart, Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Mark Webber, and Eric Edelstein headline. Miracles From Heaven “Based on a true story” (take that with a grain of salt) — this drama follows a 10-yearold girl struggling with an incurable disease. After she suffers a freak accident, her family finds that she’s mirac ulously been cured. Reviews were mixed for this faith-based drama, with more falling on the negative side. Some thought it was well-produced and offered some above-average perfor mances for this type of movie, but more found the tone overly sanctimonious and felt the efforts to induce tears too obvi ous and ineffective. The cast includes Jennifer Garner, Kylie Rogers, Martin Henderson, and Queen Latifah. Mountains May Depart Also known as Shan he gu ren, this foreign-language romance/ drama is a China /France/ Japan co-production. The story involves two friends attempting
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to woo the same w o m a n . A fter she chooses one, events jump ahead several years a nd show how the characters’ lives have drastically changed. A few found it too languid to recom mend, but the press generally gave the film high marks; many called it a low-key and insight ful melodrama. It features Tao Zhao, Yi Zhang, and Jing Dong Liang. Napoli N a p o l i Napoli Although it wa s com pleted back in 2009 and did the rou nds at various film festivals, this com bination documentary-drama is only now receiving a straightto-video release. It tells the story of the descent of Napoli, Italy, into organized crime and violence. Eccentric director Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant, The Addiction) includes inter views and dramatic recre ations of gang-related brutality. Festival notices were mixed, saying it was rough and slip shod, although it also featured a few striking moments. Road Games - This small suspense feature follows an English hitchhiker in France who finds his attempts to return home spoiled after being picked up on the road by a strange couple. Reviews were pretty decent for this effort. Many stated that it too obvi ously tries to emulate the vibe of an Alfred Hitchcock thriller. Nonetheless, many enjoyed the dark humor and tension as well as the dramatic miscommuni cation between the characters speaking different languages. Sounds like it could all depend on your personal taste. It stars Andrew Simpson, Josephine de la Baume, Frederic Pierrot, and Barbara Crampton.
BLASTS FROM THE PAST! Made for a mere $30,000 dol lars, Carnival of Souls (1962) is one of those drive-in mov ies that really touches a nerve with viewers and shows you can make a scary film despite
very limited resou rces. Consistently wei r d a nd nightmarish in its tone, the stor y i nvolve s a woman who finds herself in a small town and drawn to a strange, run down pavilion. She’s soon tormented by odd, ghostly fig ures. It’s an effectively eerie piece that has drawn more and more fans over the years. Now, Criterion is bringing it to Bluray with a huge assortment of extras. Besides a 4K restoration of the film, it features a director commentary, interviews with fans and movie critics about the film, a 1989 documentary on the movie, a tour of the loca tions, deleted scenes, outtakes, and a history of the resort the film was shot on. There are even more bonuses, but you can look those up on your own. Kino has some interesting Blu-rays. Invisible Invaders (1959) is an eccentric B-movie about aliens who invade Earth by taking over the bodies of the dead and forcing them to do their bidding. It features John Agar and John Carradine and is silly fun for zombie fans. The distributor also has a cou ple of Westerns for you. There’s The Ox-bow Incident (1943) with Henry Fonda; it’s about a lynch mob who disagrees over whether or not the men they’re about to hang are really guilty. Additionally, Yellow Sky (1948) stars Gregory Peck as a bank robber on the run in the old west. Belladonna of Sadness (1973) i s a s t r a n ge , arthouse animated fe a t u r e from Japan. Cinelicious Pictures is releasing a new Bluray that presents the film in its entirety for the first time in North America. For those interested, the story follows a pea sa nt woma n who is violently abused and makes a pact with the Devil to get revenge. Might be an inter est i ng one for a n i mat ion enthusiasts. Just Desserts: The Making of Creepshow (2007) from Synapse is a release devoted
to a very specific title, but a worthy one nonetheless. Since its original run decades ago, horror fans have really taken to the 1982 George Romero/ Stephen King anthol ogy film, Creepshow. T h is fea ture-length documen tary was made some ti me ago, but after being out-of-print for years, it is finally debut ing on Blu-ray. It shows how the movie was conceived and created, using inter v iews with cast and crew, as well as behind-the-scenes footage. Genre fans have described the non-fiction film as phenome nal, so if you’re a big fan of film, you should get a kick out of it. There are hours of extras as well, including com menta r y tracks, extended interviews, and various other bonuses. Warner Archives is also making available some cat alog titles for made-to-or der DVDs. These include the Edward G. Robinson drama, A Dispatch From Reuters (1940) and Fred Zimmerman’s Five Days One Summer (1982), which stars Sean Connery as a doctor having an illicit affair with his niece. They’ve also got the comedy, It’s A Date (1940), about a mother and daughter fighting for the same role on stage. Finally, Warner is releasing a Blu-ray of the well-regarded Fred Astaire musical comedy, Silk Stockings (1957).
YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! There’s plenty for the little ones this week; you can read the list below. Blaze and the Monster Machines: Fired Up! Cartoon Network: Adventure Time: Card Wars Dinosaur Train: Under the Volcano Histeria!: The Complete Series (1998-2000) (Warner Archive) LEGO DC Comics Super He r oe s: Ju sti ce L e a g u e: Gotham City Breakout My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: Season 5 Powe r Range rs Dino Charge: Breakout COMMUNITY
SPORTS 360 Wild Thing Championship Bullriding draws fans to Red Rock Park By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent
ven after 23 yea rs, Wild Thing Championship Bullriding continued
to draw old and new fans to Red Rock Park for a two-per formance extravaganza full of testosterone, fireworks, the baddest bulls, the toughest cowboys, and a cowboy poker game that will keep you on the
Large crowds on both sides of the shortened arena at Red Rock Park were buzzing with anticipation on July 8 and 9 as the 23rd Annual Wild Thing Championship Bullriding grabbed their attention with spectacular fireworks and plenty of testosterone in the arena.
Wild Thing Promoter/Director Larry Peterson stands next to a sponsor’s sign inside the arena at Red Rock Park on July 9, calmly looking over the large crowd that surrounds him.
Bullriders line up inside the arena on July 9 during introductions before the real action begins.
Intercollegiate rodeo champion Reno Eddy brings out the American flag during the opening ceremony on July 9 at the Wild Thing Bullriding in Red Rock Park. SPORTS
edge of your seat. Add to that a little wooley riding by the younger set – some call it mutton busting – and a yearly contribution from parking fees and a concession stand benefitting the Manuelito Navajo Children’s Home and
Gallup Christian School … and Wild Thing pretty much has it all in one package. The heav ily sponsored event, which was held at Red Rock Park on July 8 - 9, also made the persistent cowboys – the ones who manage to stay
on for the eight-second ride – a little happier at the end of the day, when they collected their checks. Only four managed this feat
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BULL RIDING | FROM PAGE 19 last weekend, pocketing almost $22,000. Rozen Nobles scored an 89 ($8,656) for first place; 17-year-old Tucson cowboy Tyler McBay scored 87 ($6,491) and will have another story to tell classmates when he returns for his senior year in high school; Lane Granger of Tuba City was third with a score of
Latrell Long’s bull came out in a rush that caught one gatehand on the run to safety during the Wild Thing Championship Bullriding on July 9.
Oldest veteran in Gallup cemetery to be honored Staff Reports
n July 23, a memo rial service and mil itary ceremony will be held to honor Gallup’s oldest veteran, who is interred at Hill Crest Cemetery. Jose Del los Reyes Bustamante was a veteran of the Civil War who fought in the battle at Valverde. T he ceremony w i l l be held at 10:30 am at Hill Crest Cemetery, located on Aztec Avenue in Gallup. Civil War Historian Jerry Thompson will also be in attendance to help honor this soldier, as well as reenactors and other commu nity volunteers. The service is open to the public. There will be a special program/reception following the ceremony at a location to be announced. Born in 1844, Jose Del los Reyes Bustamante was a private under the command of Captain James “Paddy” Graydon during the American Civil War. Their job was to keep sur veilla nce on the Confederate invasion force coming up from the Texas border. Bustamante fought in
Gallup’s oldest veteran, Jose Del los Reyes Bustamante, to be honored July 23 at Hill Crest Cemetery. Photo Credit: Octavia Fellin Public Library the battle of Valverde and was one of 15 soldiers who had their horses shot out from under them. Given an honorable dis charge on April 15, 1863, Bustamante eventually settled in Gallup. He died in Gallup on May 29, 1930 at the age of 87. Organizers of the event are looking for descendants of Jose Del los Reyes Bustamante to be part of the ceremony. Please contact Phil Marquez at (505) 870-7707 or Martin Link at (505) 863-6459 for more information. Special thanks to the Gallup Lion’s Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and City of Gallup for their help and support.
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HSD SCANDAL | FROM PAGE 12 attorneys and Earnest added a new proposal; the department pushed for the judge to appoint a “special master” who would effectively monitor HSD’s actions on compliance with the consent decree and report findings periodically to the court. He or she would answer to Earnest and HSD leadership. The receivership, on the other hand, would give the monitor authority to make decisions regarding HSD’s benefits processing to put the department in compliance with federal law. HSD spokesma n Kyler Nerison didn’t return requests for comment Tuesday on how department officials arrived at t hei r cu r rent position advocating for a special mas ter. Nerison typically does not respond to requests for comment from NM Political Report. Louise Pocock, a staff attor ney at the Center on Law and Poverty, called HSD leader ship’s steady admission of the department’s problems with following the consent decree “a step forward.” “After these last few months of hearings, Secretary Earnest is beginning to see the prob lems we’ve been alleging over
83 ($4,328); and Lupton, Ariz., bullrider Tustin Daye was fourth with an 82-point ride for $2,163. Round 24 will get started in just a couple of months, as another batch of bulls and boys gets together next July for brag ging rights, hard-luck tales, and maybe some money to go with the excitement of the crowds and the event itself. Be there, or feel left out of the action.
Tustin Daye became the first cowboy to ride-for-eight at the Wild Thing Championship Bullriding on July 9 at Red Rock Park. the years are maybe more serious than he previously understood,” Pocock said in an interview. But she argued the remedy of a “special master” over a receivership would not fix the underlying issues.
CALIFORNIA CORRECTIONS IN 11-YEAR RECEIVERSHIP New Mexico, of course, isn’t the only state govern ment t o m i sh a nd le food benef its processing. La st year, Massachusetts came under controversy after its Department of Transitional Assistance switched to a new computer system and left nearly 100,000 people who oth erwise should have received aid without food benefits. Massachusetts addressed the scandal by adding help phone lines for applicants, pri oritizing SNAP beneficiaries who are at the highest risk of losing aid and adding resources to its call centers. The state did not need a special master or to be put into receivership. But difficulties with ASPEN, the new computer system in New Mexico, is just one of many problems that the Center on Law and Poverty point to in
the need for a receivership. Other problems include enforc ing unnecessary standards on applications from immigrants, a failure to write SNAP appli cations and notices on the required sixth grade level and denying applications for proce dural reasons. L ega l pr e ce dent for a receiver sh ip come s f rom a ca se i n Ca l i for n ia t hat led to the appointment of an independent monitor in 2005 to oversee and direct health care at the California Department of Corrections. At the time, an average of one California inmate died a week, which a judge ruled was caused by “medical mal practice or neglect” by the state. Advocates like Chu, who said he lived through the con troversy in California, say the result of a receivership has been worth the trouble, lead ing to better health care and accountability. But it’s also been costly. Today, 11 yea r s later, the California Corrections Department still remains in a receivership. California’s corrections agency runs on a roughly $10 billion budget. HSD runs on a $6.5 billion budget. Visit: www.nmpoliticalreport.com SPORTS
Gallup baseball teams take top two spots in state By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent
t has become somewhat the nor m in Pee Wee Reese play – baseball for the U12 set – for Gallup to capture the South Plains Regional Tournament as they did for the third straight year, July 7 - 10. What is not so nor mal is for another Gallup team to battle eight out-of-town teams and come in a close sec ond to the eventual champion Giants. Both the Red Sox and the Giants started strong and, except for minor blips result ing in a narrow loss for each, which pushed the final game to Sunday morning, all the players handled the pressure and the competition very well. Unfortunately, one team had to lose for a second time so the other could advance to the next
Standing, left to right: Coach Ramon Guerrero, Nolan Spencer, Jeremiah Paredes, Antonio Lovato, Shawn Gomez, Daniel Guerrero, Joseph Mendoza, coach Denis Griego, and coach Rafael Rodriguez. Sitting, left to right: Antonio Rivas, Tyler Griego, Rhys Sellers, Mathias Rodriguez, Oscar Flores, Tyler Keedah. Not in photo due to illness, Issac Gonzales. round in Puerto Rico on August 3 - 7. The winning team was the Giants — 5-3 winners over the Red Sox in the championship game. T he Gi a nt s r o s t e r i s
included below the team pic, but it wouldn’t be quite right if the players for the Red Sox were not celebrated in this arti cle as well. These are all Gallup boys, and they’re all winners in
their own right. Coached by Blas Saucedo, who wa s a ssisted by Ben Chavez, Tracy Joines, and Greg Stewa r t, the Red S ox t e a m mem b er s a r e,
alphabetically: Bryce Balok; Dylan Barney; Chris Chavez; Ja cob Fer na ndez; M ig uel Her na ndez; T. J. Ji menez; Dylan Joines and his older brother Ethan; James Leleiwi IV; Blas Saucedo IV; Chris Silva; Cael Stewart; Logan Tsosie; and Talon West. Spec t at or s got t o see some very good play from all teams. But one-by-one, the away teams — Aztec, El Paso, Estancia, Farmington, and Santa Fe — fell victim to the homeboys, though not without a fight. This is the year for the Gallup Giants. And now the hard work begins, raising enough money to ensure the team’s expenses are covered for the upcoming tournament. Please contribute generously to whatever fundraiser appeals to you. It is for the youth of Gallup, after all!
Miyamura’s Morgan to attend Mount Marty College in S.D. EX-LADY PATRIOT TO PURSUE ZOOLOGY CAREER
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iya mura High S c h o o l’s Ya e l Morga n w i l l be taking her athletic skills onto the volleyball court next season at Mount Marty College in Yankton, S.D. The former Lady Patriots superstar signed a letter-of-in tent May 19 to attend the Division II institution come August. Morgan is one of a few area student athletes to sign at a four-year school in any sport this summer. “I’m very happy with my decision,” Morgan said in a telephone interview with the Sun last week. “It’s far. But it is somewhere where I felt com fortable, and is somewhere that I felt was the best option for me.” David Scott, the head vol leyball coach at Miyamura High for the past seven years, said Morgan played setter a nd outside hitter for the Lady Patriots, who finished SPORTS
la st yea r w ith a n overa ll 13-6 record. He said Morgan averaged around 10 kills per game, with an eye-popping 22 assists per game from the set ter position. Morgan, who played var sity volleyball for three years and JV one year, played other positions for the Lady Patriots while at MHS, too. Scott said the fact that Morgan played club volleyball in the offsea son helped her with timing and aggression. “She is a very versatile and intelligent player,” Scott said. “She was our team leader and captain. She helped our team tremendously each year.” Mo r g a n , 18 , s a id s he weighed a couple of other scholarship offers from two sma l l schools i n K a nsa s. She said a couple of months ago, she took a visit to Mount Marty College with her par ents and felt it was the right choice. “I really liked the campus and I liked the town,” Morgan, a Vanderwagen resident, said.
Volleyball star Yael Morgan played setter and outside hitter for the Lady Patriots; she heads to Mount Marty College to play for the Lancers this fall. Photo Credit: The Morgan Family “I’m happy for the opportunity.” Morgan said she’d like to study biology and pursue a career as a zoologist upon graduation. She leaves for South Dakota the first week in August. Cotillion Sneddy, Morgan’s mother, said she’s excited that
her daughter is going off to college and equally elated that she’ll be playing college volley ball against a whole new com petition level. “Yes, I am very excited,” Sneddy said, adding that she’s happy her daughter will be fulfilling her dreams. “We will
miss her and I know that she will do great in college.” A private Catholic liberal arts institution, Mount Marty College is part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The Lancers play in the Great Plains Athletic Conference.
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Family Movie (all ages) Join us for a free family movie. Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Film: Alice in Wonderland MAD SKILLS TALENT SHOWCASE Join the Rio West Mall for a Mad Skills Talent Show case event. Come show off your amazing talent at this fun event. If you have talent we want to see it. It’s free to enter and can invite your friends to cheer you on. Schedule a time by calling (505) 722-7281 or you may show up with your talent. Begins: 5 pm. Location: Rio West Mall, 1300 W. I-40/ Frontage Rd. SATURDAY July 16 CURIOUS CHRIS THE SINGING SCIENTIST Join the Octavia Fellin Public Library for an afternoon of science and music. Curious Chris is part musician and part scientist. He’ll teach and entertain the kids and show them how to be curious, too. Sponsored by Butler’s Office Equip ment and Supply. This is an all-day event. For more information, please call (505) 863-1291. Location: Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Meetings every Saturday at 10 am, First United Meth odist Church, 1800 Red Rock Dr, corner of Nizho ni/Red Rock. Enter north west corner off Nizhoni: Library room. Contact (505) 307-5999 or (505) 721-9208. SUNDAY July 17 CHURCH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT Join us for the Holy Eu charist. Begins: 10:30 am. For more information,
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 sixth Annual: Running for a Stronger and Healthi er 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. GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY SCHOOLS Join us for a Board of Education Meeting. Begins: 6 pm. For more information, please call (505) 721-1000. Lo cation: Student Support Center, 640 Boardman Dr. TUESDAY July 19 READING CHALLENGE Join the library and help commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize. Book of the week: Lovely, Dark, Deep by Joyce Carol Oates. Begins at 6 pm. Location: Main Library Meeting Room, 115 W. Hill Ave. MCKINLEY COUNTY Join us for a Commission Meeting. Begins: 9 am. For more information, please call (505) 863-1400. Loca tion: 207 W. Hill St. TODDLER TIME (AGES 2 TO 4) An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, move ment rhymes, and stories. Starts: 10:30 am. Children’s Branch, 200 W Aztec Ave. Free KIDS TECH CORNER (AGES 6 TO 12) Learn to do simple com puter coding and other fun activities. Starts: 4pm. Continued on page 22
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Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Free MS WORD FOR BEGINNERS The Octavia Fellin Public Library is offering comput er training: MS Word for Beginners. Begins: 3 pm. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. Registration is required. Register at front desk or call: (505) 863-1291, or email: libtrain@gallupnm. gov. Main Branch: 115 W. Hill Ave. WEDNESDAY July 20 MAKER’S CLUB (AGES 7 AND UP) A club for kids interested in science, math, build ing, and inventing. Each week will feature a differ ent challenge, project, or experiment. Starts: 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. Make: How do fish breath? WEDNESDAY NIGHT MOVIES Join us for a free fami ly movie. Starts at 5:30 pm. Main Branch, 115 W. Hill Ave. Film: Kram pus 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 21 CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) Fun crafts for the whole family (all ages). Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. Make: Scratch Art Book Mark THE CITY OF GALLUP Join us for a BID Board Meeting. Begins: 3 pm. Lo cation: Rico Motor Confer ence Room, 220 S. Fifth St. CITY OF GALLUP Join us for a neigh borhood meeting with Council or Fran Palochak District 4. We invite residents of District 4 to CALENDAR
visit with Councilor Fran Palochak at our meeting beginning at 6 pm. Council or Palochak will be there to listen to your concerns. It’s a great opportunity to share ideas and we wel come your compliments and complaints. Please join us and feel free to bring a friend or two. Residents outside of District 4 are also welcome to attend. For more information, please call (505) 863-1220. Begins: 6 pm. Location: Tobe Turpen Elementary School, 3310 Manuelito Dr. ONGOING 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PULITZER PRIZE—READING CHALLENGE Join the library and help commemorate the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize. The Octavia Fellin Public Li brary 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 win ning and nominated books. Discussions will be held Tuesdays at 6pm. Loca tion: Main Library Meeting Room, 115 W. Hill Ave. SUMMER INDIAN DANCES Join us for Summer Nightly Indian Dances from Memo rial Day to Labor Day. The Summer Nightly Indian Dances have been happen ing in the Gallup area for 24 years. We are excited to be in our new facility at the Gallup Courthouse Square. Visitors to Gallup can take the opportunity to visit and learn from the many different dance groups. For more information, please call (505) 722-2228. Begins: 7 pm. Location: The Court house Square on Aztec between Second and Third. 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 informa tion, please call (505) 863-
1291 or visit: octaviafellin. libguides.com CARS N COFFEE Every Sunday in the Ca mille’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. Second St., Gallup. COMMUNITY PANTRY The Hope Garden is offer ing organic produce for sale from 10 am - noon, Tue - Fri. We are located at 1130 E. Hassler 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. Ca mille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. Second 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: gmchumanesoci firstname.lastname@example.org. Location: 1315 Hamilton Rd. RECYCLING COUNCIL McKinley Citizens Recy cling Council is a local non profit working to increase recycling through educa tion, 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 RIPPY AND THE SILLYETTES On July 22, join us for good food and music. Local talent takes center stage — Rippy and the Sillyettes — from 7:30 - 9:30 pm at Coal Street Pub, 303 West Coal Ave. (505) 722-0117. BENEFITS FAIR AND RECRUITMENT DRIVE On July 30, join us for a Benefits Fair and Recruit ment Drive: Operation Veterans Wellness. There will be a Gourd Dance hon
oring Veterans from 1 - 4 pm in the front parking lot near Big Bear Furniture. Begins: 10 am. For more information, please call (505) 722-9470. Location: Rio West Mall, 1300 W I-40 Frontage Rd. GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY SCHOOLS On Au gust 2, join us for the John son-O’Mal ley Indian Education Committee meeting. The tentative agenda will be posted on the district web site: gmcs.k12.nm.us at least three days before the sched uled meeting. For more information, please con tact Carmen Moffett (505) 721-1036. Location: GMCS Student Support Center. WORKER’S COMPENSATION WORKSHOP On August 2, join the SBDC and UNM-Gallup for a workshop: Worker’s Compensation 101. What you don’t know could cost you. Learn about employer responsibilities and rights. You’ll develop the skills to navigate the system for your business. Begins: 10:30 am. For more information, please call (505) 722-2220. Location: Gallup Cham ber of Commerce Meeting Room, 106 W. Hwy. 66.
Ed Personal Enrichment event. Topics include: computer vocabulary, oper ation of programs, email information, Internet aid for online search, and cre ating your own documents. Course fee: $100. Addi tional class dates: October 4 - 5 and 11 - 12. Begins: 5 pm. For more information, please call Denise Silva (505) 863-7743 or email email@example.com. Location: UNMG Calvin Hall 200 College Rd. 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 presents Pol ka 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 mu sic. Tickets: $20 adult (ages 11 and up), $5 for children 5-10 years- of- age, children under the age of five are free. Begins at noon. For more information, please call Darlene Yochham (505) 863-5773. Location: Z-Lazy-B Ranch, Fort Wingate.
BALANCING THE BOOKS 1-2 MISS NAVAJO NATION PAGEANT On August 16-18, join the On September 7, join us for SBDC for a Community Ed the Miss Navajo Nation Pag Personal Enrichment event. eant. There will be sheep This course will provide butchering, bread making, instruction in the basic contemporary and tradi principles of accounting for tional skills, and an inter non-accounting personnel view by the Navajo Panel and small business own of Judges. Hand deliver your contestant application ers. Learn the necessary packet no later than July 26 skills to perform essential accounting and record at 9 am. For more informa keeping operations. Course tion, please contact Dinah fee: $100. Additional class Wauneka dinahwauneka@ dates: August 23-25. Begins: yahoo.com and Barbara 5 pm. For more informa Phillips brphillips16@ya tion, please call Denise Sil hoo.com or call the Office va (505) 863-7743 or email of Miss Navajo Nation: firstname.lastname@example.org. Location: (928) 871-6379. Contestant UNMG Calvin Hall 203. application packets are available at: Office of the To post a nonprofit or Navajo Nation Museum, civic event in the calendar Hwy 264 and Loop Road. section, please email: email@example.com or
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