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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.
Friday July 22, 2016 • Gallup Sun
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 package 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.
West Jefferson Ave BEFORE repairs
6th St and Aztec Ave AFTER repairs
NEWS Local vets wage two-front war GALLUP VETERANS FIGHT TO REOPEN VA TRANSITION CENTER
Story and photos by Andy Gibbons III Sun Correspondent
reedom isn’t free. It costs something that can only be paid by t ho se i n u n i for m. Some pay with everything, but what about the veterans who return to the home front? Finished with one war, these vetera ns often find themselves facing another when they return home. This is the situation facing local veterans in need of care. The Gallup Veterans T ra nsition Center, at 513 Williams St., stopped receiving new admissions on June 10. The future of the center seemed uncertain at the time of closure, but later reports indicated that the center is temporarily closed due to lack of a full-time nurse on staff. Some veterans have rolled their eyes, calling this an excuse, saying it’s another move by the Veteran Affairs headquarters in Albuquerque to neglect Gallup. But is t here a ny t r ut h to these feelings about a seemingly neutral logistical problem? Sonja Brown, chief of the Voluntary Service and Public Affairs Operations for the New Mexico VA Health Care System, weighed in on this matter when contacted by the Gallup Sun. She addressed t he sit uat ion at Ga l lup Psycho socia l Re sident ia l Rehabilitation Program, the official name of the Transition Center. “The staffing became critical when the only registered nurse at the facility notified Residential Leadership of his pending resignation,” Brown said. “Because this resignation will greatly impact the program and poses a safety concern, leadership made the decision to temporarily close the facility and provide treatment here at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in NEWS
Albuquerque.” M a ny lo c a l vet s, however, decided to fight back against the closure with a petition. “I’m pushing for this petition as a concerned citizen and as a veteran myself, not necessarily as a government employee,” Paul Talamante, a former social worker’s assistant for the center, said. Talamante, who’s spearheading the petition, believes in the program’s success in helping veterans with PTSD, depression, suicidal thoughts, alcoholism, and an institutionalized background, as well as those who live on the streets after their families gave up on them. He worries this is another instance of Americans giving up on their veterans. He has in-depth experience with the center’s use of field tr ips, from balloon and bike rallies; its 90-day rehabilitation program; its 10-bed facility to treat substa nce abuse; a nd it s ef fec t ive 12 - s t ep programs. “With the help of a higher power, we help change lives,” he said. “We help veterans lead a productive lifestyle and cope with life, on life’s terms.” Ta la ma nte’s pla n is to reach out on two fronts to get the petition signed, the f i r st f ront bei ng aver a ge community members at the
Veteran and community activist Paul Talamante asks community members at the Saturday Gallup Flea Market to sign a petition to reopen the Gallup Veterans Transition Center. Saturday Flea Market north of town, as well as at businesses like Sundance Dental, where office staff signed the petition. The second front comprises other veterans, such as those at the Veterans Helping Veterans building, which was converted from an old fire station. Like Talamante, Anthony O c a n a , a v o l u n t e e r fo r Veterans Helping Veterans, h a s ex per ience w it h t he
Veterans volunteer at the Veterans Helping Veterans center waiting for new petition signatures.
center and its programs. “We gotta keep it open, especially for our returning vets from the Middle East,” Ocana said. “It’s the most successful program I’ve ever been to or heard of.” The Gallup Sun reached out to Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., for comment on this developing story. “I am deeply concerned with this development and my office has been in contact with NMVAHCS to express the importance of this facility and the need to reopen it quickly,” Luján said, in an email response. The Congressman seemed rea ssu red that the center will reopen when a nurse is hired. “Brave New Mexico men and women who served our nation deserve the care and ser vices they have earned through their distinguished service,” he said. “This facility in Gallup provides vital services to our veterans and the VA must move quickly to hire staff and reopen its doors. Our veterans deserve
nothing less.” Lu já n said he ha s supported legislation that has bolstered health care for veterans in previous sessions of Congress. Adding that his work in Congress has made steps to fix or fund many parts of the VA. “I will continue my efforts to f ig ht for f u nd i ng t hat ensures the VA is meeting the needs of veterans in our communities,” Luján said. Meanwhile, Brown explained that staff assigned to the Veterans Transition Center are currently providing care for veterans at the Gallup VA Clinic. “The question of re-opening is still on the table and will depend on the results o f r e c r u i t m e n t e f fo r t s ,” she sa id. “Recr u it ment is underway.” I f you wou ld l ike to help, come to the Saturday G a l lu p F le a M a rke t , 3 4 0 Ninth St., or to the Veterans Helping Vetera ns building, 204 W. Maloney Ave. on July 23 a nd 30, f rom 10 a m - 2 pm.
Gallup Sun • Friday July 22, 2016
Gallup Council talks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle ordinance NEW MATTER TO COME BEFORE CITY AGAIN FOR VOTE By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he Gallup City Council discussed putting into place an ordinance that would allow OffHighway Motor Vehicles, often referred to as A ll-Terrain Vehicles, to be driven on city streets. City Attorney George Kozeliski agreed to draft a
formal ordinance regarding the matter, which could be re-introduced to council members for a vote in a matter of weeks. At the request of citizenry, City Councilor Allan Landavazo asked that the matter be discussed, and the matter was listed on the July 12 regular city meeting agenda as a presentational and informational item.
I think this could work.” – Gallup City Councilor Allan Landavazo
City Attorney George Kozeliski
City discusses an ordinance that would allow off-road vehicles on Gallup streets. Photo Credit: Courtesy
“Pretty much we’re talking about any off-road vehicle,” Kozeliski said. “This was brought to me by Councilor Allan Landavazo some time ago.” He noted that a local ordinance would mirror a state law. According to Kozeliski, Landavazo asked that the matter be presented as an informational item before things went further. Councilor Yogash Kumar and Landavazo, who is an ATV owner, asked about speed limits (35 to 45 miles per hour) pertaining to such vehicles.
“It is a safety issue when it comes to speed limits,” Landavazo said. “Most city streets have that limit as far as speeding is concerned.” Council members asked about everything from who could actually drive the vehicles to where within city limits such vehicles could be driven. Landavazo noted the importance of these concerns, as parts of U.S. 491, Highway 66, Boardman Drive, and Maloney Avenue are popular driving venues.
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WHERE DO THINGS GO FROM HERE? Kozeliski will finalize the ordinance. Landavazo said enforcement of an ATV law would most likely fall along the legal lines of motorcycle traffic law— i.e., helmet requirement, eye protection, proper licensure, and
OFF-HIGHWAY | SEE PAGE 11
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GGEDC hosts Economic Roundtable on “Downtown, Tourism, and Energy”
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he Greater Gallup Economic Development Cor poration gathered with representatives of businesses, the arts, volunteer groups, nonprofit organizations, tourism, energy, as well as city, county, and tribal officials at El Morro Theatre for an Economic Roundtable to discuss the work being done to boost economic and community growth through strategic focus on three key areas of the local economy: downtown, tourism, and energy. During the roundtable, the group discussed how investments in downtown, tourism and business retention and expansion efforts present significant opportunities to grow the economy of Gallup-McKinley County while helping move the county toward a diversified and innovative economy. “The Economic Roundtable is really growing into the role that GGEDC envisioned when it launched,” GGEDC Executive Director Patty Lundstrom said. “The Roundtable brought some
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Gallup approves wastewater plant extension CITY MOST LIKELY TO CONTRACT WITH NEW FIRM IN MONTHS
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent The Gallup City Council has unanimously agreed to a
month-to-month extension of an agreement that allows the Pennsylvania-based Severn Trent Services to continue o p e r a t i n g t he we s t - s id e
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Public Meetings Scheduled to Review Preliminary Draft Plan Albuquerque, NM, June 1, 2016 – The Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands is revising its 1985 Forest Plan. Over 40 cooperating agencies are working together to co-host the meetings, improve public engagement, and set the course for the future of the Cibola. The revised Forest Plan will provide guidance and direction on the future sustainability of the resources, goods and services, and relevant management actions, based on the values defined in the plan. A preliminary Draft Plan has been completed and will be released in July 2016; the public will have 45 days to review and comment. A series of collaborative public workshops have been scheduled to present the preliminary Draft Plan for review and discussion. The workshops in the Mt. Taylor area are being facilitated by the McKinley Soil & Water Conservation District.
wastewater treatment plant. The action took place at the July 12 regular city meeting and did not receive opposition from council members or members of the general public. The agreement permits Severn Trent, which originally entered into a contractual agreement with the city for managerial services in May 2010 at an annual rate of $1.1 million, to operate and maintain the plant and its related facilities. The agreement expired June 30, 2016. Cit y Elect r ic Di rector Richard Matzke told council members that the city went through a formal pre-qualification process at the end of the 2015 and selected three vendors to participate in a request-for-proposals process regarding a new design upgrade for the plant. Those vendors were Veolia Water Nor th America, out of California, CH2M of Portland, Ore., and Severn Trent. CH2M eventually won out, Matzke said. “We anticipate CH2M to take things a step forward,” Matzke — who was put in charge of wastewater and solid waste operations when former Plant Director Vince Tovar abruptly resigned in
February — said. “There are still some preliminary matters that must be taken care of. This should move to a new level in about three or four months.” Matzke noted that CH2M has a strong presence in New Mexico when it comes to wastewater and solid waste maintenance. He said the city of Farmington contracts with the firm, noting that CH2M takes care of Farmington’s distribution and collection, as well as that city’s water and sewer system. On the contrary, Matzke commented, Severn Trent’s sole New Mexico client is Gallup. “This has to come back b efor e c ou nc i l for f i n a l a p p r o v a l ,” M a t z ke s a i d . “What we could end up seeing is something akin to a transition process – a handoff process from one firm to another.” The city electric director said the financial impact on Gallup, with respect to the extension, amounts to $4,363.51, plus state gross-receipts taxes. Severn Trent requested a 5 percent monthly increase in base operations during the extension period, with no charge to the monthly maintenance and repair budget
of $12,500. The city recently hired Dennis Romero as its new wastewater plant director. Romero is a New Mexico State University engineering graduate and former gas bureau chief for the state Public Regulation Commission in Santa Fe. Romero starts the $90,000-a-year job on July 25, City Manager Maryann Ustick confirmed at the council meeting. The city has not released an official resume for Romero, nor has Romero been made available for formal interviews.
OH, THAT PREVIOUSLY STINKY PLANT! Over the years, because of the foul odor it periodically emanates, the plant has been the butt of jokes — particularly by folks who live near it on the west side. However, City Councilor Fran Palochak, whose district includes the plant, said she hasn’t fielded public complaints or jokes about the plant in a long time. “I think things are getting better,” the councilor said. “I know there have been plant complaints in the past. But I haven’t heard any complaints in a while.”
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The west-side wastewater treatment plant, which recently hired a new director, has extended an operations agreement with Pennsylvania-based Severn Trent Services. Photo Credit: File photo NEWS
Kayenta veterans clinic GPD promotes now the third location Toadlena-Pablo GPD CHIEF: ‘MORE open on the Navajo Nation PROMOTIONS TO COME’ Staff Reports
AY E N TA , A r i z .— Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of the Kayenta Veterans Clinic on July 12. The clinic is the third location to open on the Navajo Nation and the sixth Veterans Association clinic activated in northeastern Arizona since 2010. Operating for one day a week, the new clinic will extend to five days per week as utilization grows, providing primary care, mental health, and limited specialty services. Enrollment and eligibility services will also be provided. Vice President Nez viewed the facilities and state-of-theart medical equipment, which provide extended service via tele-health services. Cameras
and monitoring devices provide primary care physicians from other locations a bird’seye view of veteran patients at the clinic. “During our campaign, we
made a commitment that the first of our four pillars would be our Navajo Veterans. It is
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he G a l lu p Pol ic e Depar tment held a formal ceremony July 18 to promote Erin Toadlena-Pablo from the rank of sergeant to that of lieutenant. The ceremony took
VETERANS CLINIC | SEE PAGE 11
On July 12, Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez took a break from the Chuska 150 to participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly opened Kayenta Veterans Clinic, the third facility of its type on the Navajo Nation. Photo Credit: Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President
place at police headquarters on Boardman Drive and was attended by a few dozen personnel from the GPD and family members of Toadlena-Pablo. “She is very deserving of the honor,” new Gallup Police
GPD PROMOTES | SEE PAGE 12
Lt. Erin Toadlena-Pablo of the Gallup Police Department receives a gift item from Chief Phillip Hart. Toadlena-Pablo was promoted from sergeant to lieutenant on July 18 during a ceremony that included family and colleagues. Photo Credit: NativeStars
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Suspect sought in three gas station robberies REPORTS SUGGEST THERE IS ONE SUSPECT IN ALL THREE INCIDENTS
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
n unknown suspect remains on the lam after three gas station and convenience store robberies on July 6, according to police reports. In each of the robberies, the lone suspect brandished a pistol and an accomplice waited in a getaway pickup truck. The reports indicate that, in each incident, the suspect wore the same clothing and fled in the same vehicle. Accord i n g to pol ice records, the robberies took place at: At around 9:07 pm, an unknown suspect committed armed robbery and two counts of aggravated assault at the Conoco gas station at 3302 W. Hwy. 66. A lone suspect pointed a black gun at two store clerks and “racked the slide” of the chamber, showing that he was ready to shoot, according to Gallup Police Officer Dominic Molina’s report.
The suspect fled in a white truck, and the only distinguishing factor from the other two robberies was that the suspect had a white stripe on the sides of a pair of black shoes he was wearing. At about 9:37 pm, a lone suspect entered the Gilbert Ortega gas station at 3306 E. Hwy. 66. As a store clerk was giving change to a customer after a sale, the suspect ran around the counter, pointed a gun at a clerk, and demanded money. The suspect fled through a west door, according to GPD Officer Angelo Cellicion’s report. Around 10 pm, GPD Officer John Gonzales recorded that shots were fired at the Giant Shell at 3798 E. Hwy. 66. “As I was exiting the businesses, witnesses pointed out that there were shell casings on the floor close to the east entrance,” Gonzales wrote. “Witnesses also stated that the suspect had fired a small black pistol into the counter.” According to Gonzales, a witness statement said the
2016 has been quite the year for gas station robberies. The saga continued July 6, when three gas stations and convenience stores were robbed by an unidentified, armed suspect. Photo Credit: File photo suspect entered through the west entrance of the business and demanded money from the female store clerks on duty. The suspect then jumped into a white or grey extended-cab Ford with tinted windows. The suspect, believed to be Native American or Hispanic, was about 6-feettall and wore a grey hoodie with
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CANNIBAL IN CUFFS? 7/16, GALLUP Gallup Police Department D a n i e l Brown was d ispatched to the area of 204. W. Jefferson Ave. in reference to a man threatening his mother. When Brown arrived at the scene with a supporting officer, Adrian Chavez, 30, was walking eastbound at 107 W. Jefferson Ave. Chavez, who had a warrant out for his arrest, smelled of alcohol. After being handcuffed, he grabbed Brown’s h a n d a n d s q u e e z e d . He became combative, refused to get to the ground, and told Brown he was going to eat him; he began to spit on the officer. He also kicked and attempted to bite Brow n. Chavez wa s eventua lly secured in the police vehicle.
He was booked on charges of battery upon a peace officer, assault upon a peace officer, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, and disorderly conduct.
MISGUIDED ANGER 7/16, GALLUP GP D O f f ic e r H a r l a n d Soseeah was dispatched to D u ke C i t y Gas Station a t 1512 E . Hw y. 66 in reference to a possible domestic dispute. U p o n arrival, Soseeah met the female victim who claimed the male suspect was walking around the west side of the building. Soseeah found Dallas B. Lee, 22, who said he didn’t know what was going on and did not want to be involved. According to the victim, while she was driving after picking up her younger sister and brother, Lee was drunk, got mad, a nd bega n to hit
Friday July 22, 2016 • Gallup Sun
her with his fist and palm. He pulled on her steer ing wheel so she could not turn, did not let her call her parents, a nd continued to hit her. The victim had a swollen cheek and bruising. She said she could not hear from one ear, and that Lee threw her down and almost hit her with a hatchet. Lee was charged with abandonment or abuse of a child, aggravated battery on a household member, and interference with communications.
MAD AT MAMA 7/13, TOHLAKAI McKinley C o u n t y Sher i f f ’s O f f i c e D e p u t y Roxanne King was dispatched to the Tohlakai Shell gas station off N.M. 491 at the 9-mile marker in reference to a domestic dispute involving a suspect in a McDonald’s uniform walking northbound. Sgt. Er ic Jim detained
a grey-and-white T-shirt. The suspect also had on shorts and sunglasses. Jay Dominguez, who lives near the west-side Conoco, said he drove up to the station for some snacks and saw “a slew of police cars, so I figured it was a robbery.” “I don’t know who’s doing it,
but maybe more police protection is necessary,” he said. You have to check out the people already working there as well.” The west-side Conoco has been robbed five times in the last 18 months. The Gilbert Ortega gas station has been broken into, with liquor, smoking pipes, and cigarettes stolen three times in 2016.
Chad. R. Caballero, 20, at the 10-mile marker. The victim told King that her son, Caballero, became mad at her because she did not text his girlfriend while she was driving. Caballero, who was sitting behind her, grabbed her seatbelt and pulled several times. Caballero hit his brother, who was defending his mother. The victim pulled over and asked her son to get out of the car. Caballero was not compliant with King and smelled of alcohol. He was booked on charges of battery against a household member.
66, near the gas pumps. Long was “ver y, ver y close to an elderly lady who was at t he ga s pump trying to clean her vehicle windows.” The victim appeared frightened. Long was following the lady, too closely, around her vehicle. Long staggered and smelled of alcohol. The victim said she was OK, and that Long had asked her for money. Long was booked on aggressive solicitation charges.
COAL FIRE 7/13, GALLUP MC S O D eput y A r nold Nor iega not i f ied Deput y Johnson Lee of a fire on Coal Basin Road. Lee found the 21 Coal Basin Road structure fully engulfed, and the Gallup Fire Department arrived to extinguish the fire. MCSO was able to get ahold of female homeowner, who was not able to get to the residence.
PUMP PROBLEMS 7/9, GALLUP While on patrol, GPD Sgt. Benny Gaona noticed Ernest Long, Sr., 47, on the west side of Giant east, 2654 E. Hwy.
ROOM SERVICE 7/9, GALLUP G P D Officer Cindy R om a ncit o w a s r eq u ested at 3009 W. Hwy. 66, in reference t o a m a le trespassing in room 249. Sgt. Benny Gaona attended as backup. According to a housekeeper, she went into the room and saw a black male near the phone.
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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports The legal limit is .08. Orlando Yazzie July 14, 8:07 pm 4th DWI McKinley C o u n t y Sher i f f ’s O f f i c e D e p u t y A r nold J. Noriega was pa rked i n t he lo t of Big Bear Furniture at N. Ninth Street and W. Jefferson Avenue in Gallup, when he noticed a silver Ford Mustang traveling northbound on Ninth, failing to stop at an intersection before heading west on Jefferson. Noriega pulled the Mustang over in the lot of Church’s Chicken, 1015 U.S. 491. Yazzie, 40, claimed he had not been drinking, but both the car’s interior and Yazzie smelled strongly of alcohol, and there was an unopened beer can in the back. Yazzie refused field sobriety testing. He blew .20 and .19 during breath testing. Lathanine Ray Tsosie July 11, 7:12 pm 2nd DWI, Aggravated While on patrol at a traffic stop on Hwy. 264 at the 1-mile marker, MCSO Sergeant Eric
D. Jim was approached by a woman who claimed the vehicle beh i nd her was swerving. Jim followed the suspect white Chevy Lumina with Arizona plates. Metro Dispatched verified that the vehicle had previously been called in for a possible drunk driver. The vehicle pulled over in the lot of the First American C r e d it Un io n , 1375 U. S . 491, and the driver exited. Tsosie, 42, had red, watery eyes, smelled of alcohol and slu r red his speech to the point where it was difficult to understand him. Tsosie failed field sobriety tests. During breath testing, he blew .24 and .23. Garrick A. Tsosie July 10, 5:26 am DWI, Aggravated Gallup P o l i c e Department O f f i c e r Douglas Hoffman not iced Tsosie’s v e h i c l e wh i le at t he McDon a ld’s
drive-through at 2300 E. Hwy. 66. Tsosie drove forward to pick up his food, yelled at the clerk, and threw change at the window. When he pressed on the gas, he went backward, a l most h it t i ng Hof f ma n’s patrol unit. Tsosie smelled of a lco hol, had bloodshot, water y eyes, and claimed he’d had three drinks. He failed field s o b r i e t y t e s t s a n d bl e w .17 a nd .16 du r i ng breat h testing. Violet Brown July 9, 4:37 am DWI, Aggravated G P D Officer Chaz Troncoso was dispatched to N.M. 602 in reference to a driver asleep at the wheel in the middle of the road. The calling party had attempted to wake the driver up. At the scene, Troncoso found a dark, “older model truck” stopped in the northbound lane of N.M. 602 near the intersection of West Park Avenue. There was an empty 50-mL bottle of liquor on the pa ssenger seat. Troncoso
NNOSHA deems education center restricted area due to rodents Staff Reports
I N DOW ROCK , Ariz. — On July 19, the Navajo Nation Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued an order restricting the Department of Diné Education building with limited access, and the education facility will not reopen w it hout t he approva l by NNOSHA. The order is a result of rodents w ith i n the facility. There is limited access for education programs within the Education Center for the retrieval of documents and files from workstations in order that business may continue for the remainder of this week and next. NEWS
DODE programs are seeking other worksites in order to continue business hours. Facilities maintenance has contracted a company to fumigate and clean the building beginning this weekend. The cleanup will continue next week, and it may take an additional three to five days to complete. For safety and health reasons, the public may not enter the Education Center during the time the restriction is in effect. In the meantime, Navajo OSHA recommends Education Center employees identify other temporar y workstations. A consultant will enter the Education Center to clean the first and second floors of the facility. On July 20, all employees
within the Education Center held an informational meeting with the chief of staff of the Office of the President and Vice President, who issued a directive to DODE program directors to identify and setup temporary work offices outside the Education Center. DODE anticipates normal operation will continue Monday, Aug. 1. On a tempora r y ba sis, Navajo Head Start will set-up office in the DODE Auditorium and DODE admin will be at the Navajo Library. Contact DODE Website and Facebook page for update on location of DODE Programs temporary offices. For additional information on the education building restriction and limited access, please contact Navajo OSHA at (928) 871-6742.
woke Brown, 28, up. Brown admitted to drinking, smelled of alcohol, and had bloodshot, watery eyes. She fa i led f ield sobr ie t y t e s t s a n d b l e w .16 , . 2 0, a nd .17 du r i n g br e a t h testing. Kendall Audie Roan July 9, 2 am 2nd DWI M C S O Deputy Ivan Tset h l ika i, Jr. was dispatched to 671 N.M. 491 i n reference to a vehicle that ran into a ditch. Medical personnel were already at the seen stabilizing the driver’s neck. Tsethlikai found a large quantity of plastic baggies in the car, and the vehicle smelled of marijuana. Roan, 21, was transported to Ga l lup I nd ia n Med ica l Center, where he was uncooperative. He smelled of alcohol and slurred his speech. He ref used f ield sobr iet y tests. Roan blew .15 and .14 during breath testing, and “appeared to be hallucinating as he was sitting in the DWI office,” according to the report. David A. Cuellar June 24, 5:59 pm DWI, Aggravated G P D O f f ic e r M a r t i n Lu ke wa s dispatched to 1203 E. Hwy. 66 in reference to a cra sh w it h i nj u ries. Cuellar, 38, the driver of a blue GMC Yukon, had bloodshot, watery eyes, and his breath smelled of alcohol when he spoke. His vehicle had moderate damage to the front bumper. Cuellar claimed a white truck swerved into a green truck, which collided with
his own. He failed field sobriety tests and refused breath testing. Carol J. Tso June 24, 10:07 pm DWI, Aggravated G P D O f f ic er Dominic Molina was adv ised of an attempt to locate a reck le s s black Dodge. Molina found the vehicle going east on Nizhoni, traveling faster than the traffic around it. At the intersection of Cactus and Mesquite Drives, the vehicle did not stop; it was traveling quickly. It blew another stop sign, and failed to signal its intentions. Finally, Molina caught up with the vehicle, and it pulled into 302 Canoncito Ave. Tso, 46, had bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred when she spoke. She smelled of alcohol and said, “I’m fine. I’m just really drunk.” She failed field sobriety tests and blew .20 on the portable breath test. Kyle S. Brewer June 4, 9:45 pm DWI While on patrol, MCSO Sergeant Eric D. Jim not iced a black Hyundai Ela nt r a heading west on Hwy. 264 with a headlamp out. He pulled the vehicle over on North Ola Drive. Brewer, 33, had red, watery eyes and smelled strongly of alcohol. He failed field sobriety tests and blew .14 and .15 during breath testing.
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NM Environment Department’s Gold King Mine Spill Air Quality Bureau eliminates Citizens’ Advisory met to discuss sediment backlogged enforcement cases GROUP DISCUSSED EFFECTS OF LEAD IN 63 ENFORCEMENT CASES NOW TRIAGED AND IN THE PROGRESS PIPELINE Staff Reports
a nt a Fe – O n Ju ly 20, the New Mexico E n v i r o n m e n t D e p a r t m e n t ’s A i r Quality Bureau announced substantial progress toward reducing a back log of a ir qua lit y v iolations in New Mexico. “While remaining up-todate with the current oversight of air quality permittees, the Air Quality Bureau as a whole, and its enforcement section in particular, have pushed through a backlog of enforcement issues— 63 to be exact,” New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn said. “Under new leadership in the enforcement section, the previously dormant
and backlogged enforcement cases, dating as far back as 2006, are now triaged and each case is in the progress pipeline. Air Quality’s Compliance and Enforcement Section Chief Ralph Gruebel and staff are to be commended.” The Environment Depa r tment’s A ir Qua lity Bureau protects the inhabitants and natural beauty of New Mexico by preventing the deterioration of air quality. The Bureau implements strategic planning to ensure that all air quality standards are met and maintained and issues air-quality construction and operating permits to make sure that air quality regulations are implemented fairly and consistently. The Bureau also ensures compl i a nce w it h a i r- q u a l it y
SOILS, EPA’S GLADSTONE TREATMENT FACILITY, AND SPRING RUNOFF
regulations and permit-conditions and provides guidance on air-quality modeling to demonstrate compliance with air -quality standards. The team at Environment’s A i r Q u a l it y Bu r e a u w a s instrumental in accomplishing the largest greenhouse gas reduction in the history of New Mexico, projected at 5.7 tons through the San Ju a n G ener a t i n g St a t ion Agreement brokered through the Environment Department w it h t he tech n ica l a ssis tance and collaboration of the Bureau’s scientists and regulators. More information about the work of the Environment Depa r tment’s A ir Qua lity Bureau can be found at env. nm.gov/air.html.
Reported toxic runoff from the 2015 Gold King Mine spill that polluted southern Colorado’s Animas River and tributaries. Photo Credit: File Photo Staff Report
anta Fe – New Mexico’s Gold King Mine Spill Cit i z e n s’ Ad v i s or y Committee, based out of San Juan County, met July 25 at the San Juan Community College Student Center-SUNS Room. Bruce Yurdin, program manager with the New Mexico Environment Department’s Surface Water Quality Bureau provided an update on the Long-Term Impact Review Teams’ acquisition of x-ray f loresence technology for the testing of lead in soils and the current status of sediment in the Animas/San Juan watershed. Yurdin also discussed the Environment Department’s observations at the Environmental Protection Agency’s mine wastewater treatment facility at Gladstone, Colo., the results from the 2016 Spring runoff, and an overview of EPA’s Fate and Transport Model, which attempts to measure the effects of the spill.
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The Citizens’ Adv isor y Committee is a group of 11 citizen volunteers from Northern New Mexico, including the Navajo Nation, who provide a forum for public concerns while tracking the scientific long-term monitoring activity of the Gold King Mine spill’s effects in the state. The CAC was established by Gov. Susana Martinez in 2015, along with New Mexico’s LongTerm Impact Review Team to work with stakeholders regarding the continuing effects of the Aug. 5, 2015 mine blowout that EPA officials have admitted to causing. The blowout released three million gallons of mining wastewater laden with 880,000 pounds of metals into the Animas and San Juan River systems. For more i n for m at ion please visit NMD’s Gold King Mine website, nmedRiverWaterSafety.org. For CAC information please visit, env.nm.gov/ river-water-safety/animas-river-citizens-advisory-committee-public-participation-page. NEWS
Martinez ignored Trump’s phone calls to vet her for VP slot By Matthew Reichbach NM Political Report
ew Mexico journalists shouldn’t feel too upset that Gov. Susana Mar tinez’s office doesn’t return phone calls or emails—the governor reportedly did the same to Donald Trump’s campaign manager. That’s part of a story in The New York Times about how Trump came to choose Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate. A l i st of 16 n a me s put t oget her by then-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and campaign chairman Paul Manafort, did not include Mar tinez. It did include five women. From the Times story: Before the list was drawn up, Trump also expressed interest in Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico, but after Martinez did not return repeated phone calls from Lewandowski, Trump said that he was done with her — and then bashed the governor on a campaign stop in Albuquerque in late May. M a r t i n e z d i d n o t a t t e n d T r u m p’s A lbuq uer q ue r a l ly, d ay s a he a d of t he Republican primary in New Mexico. Martinez has also repeatedly declined to endorse Trump, though she took part in formally casting New Mexico’s Republican delegate votes for Trump at the Republican National Convention Tuesday. Spokesmen for Martinez did not respond to a request for comment from NM Political Report Tuesday about if she endorsed Trump. She said in the past she would need to hear from Trump on how his policies would help New Mexicans before she endorsed Trump. NM Political Report also reached out to the spokesmen on Wednesday about the Times report. Trump said in early June, ahead of the primary, that he wanted Martinez’s support.
OFF-HIGHWAY | FROM PAGE 4 the like. “I think there will be a few to start, but they will increase,” Kozeliski said of public interest. “I see it more as people driving [the off-road vehicles] to the ATV Park [off Hassler Valley Road], as opposed to putting them on a trailer and going over there.” Kozeliski noted that the city of Farmington has an ATV ordinance in place, making it the first municipality in New Mexico to adopt such a law. Landavazo noted he believes Farmington’s ordinance deals with side-by-side ATV driving rather than solo operation or driving with a passenger. According to Kozeliski, it’s not legal for people to simply NEWS
CRIME BLOTTER | FROM PAGE 8 Romancito found Charles Lenard Stewart, Jr., 59, hiding in the room, and handcuffed him. He had marijuana in his pocket and had not paid for the room — somehow, he’d gotten ahold of a master key. Stewart was arrested and booked on charges of drug paraphernalia, falsely obtaining services or accommodations, and marijuana possession.
SUBWAY SUSPECT 7/6, GALLUP GP D O f f i c e r No r m a n Bowman was dispatched to Subway East, 2206 E. Hwy. 66, in reference to a potentially drunk female entering a vehicle that did not belong to her.
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drive an ORV through city streets, which is one of the reasons it has to be put into ordinance. “It’s not legal under state law,” he said. “The state controls all traffic law. The legislature gave this exception, and we have to adopt an ordinance to make it legal.” Kozeliski noted he believes Mayor Jackie McKinney is the only other person on the city council who owns an offroad vehicle. McKinney didn’t comment much on the matter during the meeting, but encouraged the formation of a formal ordinance. Representatives from Red Rock Motorsports attended the meeting and spoke in favor of adopting an ordinance. The group periodically sponsors ATV events at the Hassler
VETERANS CLINIC | FROM PAGE 7 an exciting moment for the Begaye-Nez administration to open this clinic,” Nez said. “Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and I are ecstatic that this clinic will serve up to 400 veterans,” the vice president said. There were many partners who worked diligently through this process, including the Nor thern A rizona Vet er a n s Ad m i n i s t r a t ion Health Care System, Veteran Ad m i n ist ration Of f ice of Rural Health, and the Navajo
At the s c e n e , Bowman found a white GMC parked in the lot, with a female in the driver’s seat. When Bowman asked Danielle R. Lujan, 21, what she was doing, to which she replied, “I’m just trying to leave,” and claimed the truck was hers. The man who owned the truck arrived at the scene with his wife, who was missing money from her wallet. Lu ja n entered Subway and became combative when Bowman and a supporting officer attempted to escort her out. The keys were recovered from her hand. Lujan was booked for vehicle burglary. Area Office of Indian Health Services. “We thank all who were involved in this effort,” Nez said. “We hope someday to have a VA hospital here on the Navajo Nation,” President Begaye said during the signing of the Navajo Nation Veterans Act in February 2016. “A hospital to serve our Navajo veterans.” “Opening a VA clinic like the one in Kayenta is a first step toward the future vision of having a hospital to serve our Navajo veterans, and we hope to have more of these facilities,” Begaye said.
Valley motocross park. “It’s something that would be good for the city. It could be good for tourism,” Greg Kirk, a local physical therapist and ATV enthusiast, said. Kozel i sk i referenced i n for mat ion f rom for mer Gallup City Councilor Charlie Chavez, who recently visited Williams, Ariz., and said that city uses golf carts and ATVs to shuttle tourists to popular spots. Chavez suggested this might boost interest in downtown Gallup and other city attractions. Landavazo added that in the future, Gallup could host an annual “jamboree” of sorts with respect to ATV use. “I think this could work,” Landavazo said of the ordinance. “I think it’s a good idea.” Gallup Sun • Friday July 22, 2016
Begaye meets with NM Indian Affairs Committee Staff Reports
ENTMORE – President Russell Begaye gave the welcome address and provided a status update before the New Mexico Indian Affairs Committee July 19. T he New Mex ico I nd i a n Affairs Committee Co-Chairs Representative Sha ron Clahchischilliage and Sen. John Pinto both in attendance along with other members of the Committee. Committee member Rep. Patricia Lundstrom, D-Gallup, has question for President Begaye after the welcome address and status update on Transportation, which was the agenda topic for this session. Although, transportation was the topic Lundstrom provided additional information regarding the New Mexico States’ Gold King Mine clean up initiatives. Within the update Lundstrom posed the question to President Begaye on “How can this committee assist the Navajo Nation with Gold King Mine?” B e g a y e i n fo r m e d t h e
New Mexico Indian affairs committee, “we have been promised a number of issues would be addressed by EPA region 9 such as on-site laboratory for testing soil and water, we also know that the baseline for contamination is set higher in other areas and on the Navajo Nation is shows differently.” “People no longer shopping with our famers due to suspensions contamination and they travel elsewhere, this has impacted the economy and will take years to recover,” also stated Begaye. “ We h a v e m e t w i t h the New Mexico Office of Environmental Protection and entered into an agreement with them to help each other out with the Gold King Mine Spill,” Begaye added. Begaye also informed the committee on the immediate addressing of the Child Abduction alert system task team implemented and the aggressive training the task team has started on this alert system. “We have agreements in place with the State of Arizona
President Russell Begaye gave the welcoming address to the New Mexico Indian Affairs Committee meeting July 19. Photo Credit: OPVP and New Mexico on the Amber Alert System, training and implementation,” he sa id. “This system was put to the test when two young boys were abducted by their father and within a very short timeframe the alert was heard through out the Navajo Nation on numerous mobile phones, the boys were found and safely returned to family.” Begaye was asked about the
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Coal companies and what was Navajo Nations plans. He informed the committee that the tribe will continue to operate the mines, and have entered into a longterm agreement with Arizona Public Service. The tribe is paying off BHP and buying the mine. Just recently APS had retrofitted the generators, generators that were shut down for a long time and revenue were lost. A s it relates to Tr iba l Infrastructure Funds from the State of New Mexico, the Office of the President and Vice President of the Navajo Nat ion ha s a n Execut ive Staff member Mark Freeland
who has been working with the New Mexico Office of Indian Affairs on the Tribal Infrastructure Funds (TIF) as they fund community projects on the Navajo Nation and this has made a great impact in completion of projects, Begaye stated. In closing Begaye told the committee, “We continue to work with the State of New Mexico on addressing projects such as the Red Valley school student transportation, safe school bus routes, rev iew i ng sha red ga m i ng revenues into state coffers, Medicaid, social services and behavioral health and capital outlay programs.”
GPD PROMOTES | FROM PAGE 7
very honored to be a part of the Gallup Police Department.” A former GPD public information officer and patrolwoman, Toadlena-Pablo isn’t the only police officer to be promoted since Hart became chief. Billy Padavich was promoted in early July from sergeant to lieutenant. Padavich also is a 15-year GPD veteran. Both Toadlena-Pablo and Padavich went through the required oral interviews and a test, Hart said. The latter is something new at GPD. Hart said the public can expect more promotions to come within the next few months. Hart did not comment on the still-vacant deputy police chief job that opened when John Allen retired last month. Besides Allen and former Police Chief Robert Cron, Capt. Rick White retired last month, too.
Chief Phillip Hart said of Toadlena-Pablo. “There were a few individuals whose promotions were already on the table when I arrived and ready to get done,” Hart, who was hired as police chief about three weeks ago, said. “This was one of them.” Toadlena-Pablo star ted working with the city in 2001. She sa id field operations are among her new duties. To a d le n a - P a blo’s s a l a r y increase was not available as of press time. Hart gave her a boxed gift item containing a badge and police paraphernalia during the ceremony. “I am very happy and honored to get the promotion,” Toadlena-Pablo said, joking that the ceremony took place a day before her wedding anniversary. “I love Gallup and am
OPINIONS Local manufacturers empowered by visual-workplace training By Finance New Mexico
rmando Soto is a convert to the visual-workplace concept. The director of operational excellence at Albuquerque jewelry-maker Relios Inc. attended a two-day workshop this spring that was sponsored by the New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership. He came away with the tools he needed to put Relios on the path to being a fully functional visual workplace. The point of visual-workplace training, according to guest speaker Gwendolyn Galsworth,
The 10 Doorways system helps to remedy information deficits that stall product flow, documentation flow, and transaction flow in the work place. Photo Credit: Finance New Mexico
Ph.D., founder of the Visual-Lean Institute, is to “convert the physical (work) environment into a visual one” and “to share vital information about the task at hand at a glance, without speaking a word — in short, to let the workplace speak.” Galsworth’s method uses the concept of “10 Doorways” to evaluate a company’s visual competency and to chart a path for improvement. The 10 Doorways system attempts to remedy information deficits that stall product flow, documentation flow, and transaction
flow. It does so by embedding visual answers to critical questions near the place where they’re relevant. A sign or label with words and images that impart a message — about safety, for example — eliminates the need for workers or customers to slow production by asking questions. “We humans operate based on the exchange of information called communication — whether written, verbal, or by any other means,” Soto said. “If such information in the workplace
VISUAL-WORKPLACE | SEE PAGE 15
GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF JULY 22 – 28
According to the Farmers Almanac, The Buck or Thunderstorm Full Moon occurred on July 20. This marks the growth of new antlers on young male elk and a few more thunderstorms in the sky. You may experience a variety of new events that signify milestones of growth in the midst of summer storms. This may be equally terrifying and exciting. Madame G suggests putting on your rain-gear and heading out. You’ve got this!
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
You may experience a few discomforting challenges this week. Are they an annoyance because they’re new or difficult? Only you can decide what’s best for you. Consider that others in the world have also experienced this and may provide some much needed counsel. If not, pick up a good book and enjoy your free time. Good luck!
What goes up must come down — are you ready? Sometimes, you let your anger get the better of you. Consider toning it down for more than just friends and family. It may hurt your professional life as well. Remember that when you shoot a gun into the air, the bullet must come down somewhere. Where? Well, that depends. Madame G suggests caring for your friends and family. It’s wise to not remain too self absorbed. Show mercy!
You’re thinking some very deep and serious thoughts. They may make you uncomfortable. Lean into the discomfort and follow their trail. You don’t have to fully understand them or fear them, just listen. Hear your own thoughts and evaluate them. Don’t dismiss them or call them names. Provide a safe haven for thought in your own space. You’ll be amazed at what you learn. Have fun!
The winds they are changing for you. You may be close to retirement or moving. Whatever the case, don’t just sit back and let someone else carry the whole burden; help. They need more than a smile and a thumbs-up. You may need to shoulder a larger share of the burden and risk. If you don’t, then you may lose the one person who cares. Madame G suggests you not take your family for granted.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) You think you know what’s wrong, but you probably don’t. It’s best not to pretend to have mental powers. You can’t read the minds of other people, so don’t try. Ask the person or persons in question to express themselves using plain language. Express yourself in the same way. Be honest. Be kind. And you’ll experience growth and peace.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) You’re enjoying the weather? How about spending time with friends and family? It’s such a joy to do what you love. Be grateful. You’ve earned every bit of what you’ve made and done. You should be proud. But no one gets to the top alone. Don’t forget that even if it’s in the smallest and most insignificant way, someone helped you — thank them for the help and remain humble!
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Smile; everything is going to be all right! It may feel overwhelmingly dull at first, but appearances are deceiving. It’s not always a good idea to judge others harshly without first learning all the facts. Judge carefully. Do your best to be a wise friend and loving daughter (or son). But you may overstep both if your opinions are too harshly spoken. Always be kind.
You make a mean martini or at least a tasty cheese-and-tortilla sandwich. You’ve got a real talent for creating delicious things, whether it’s art, food, or a finely executed business transaction. Whatever you do — you do it well. Congratulations! However, when you find that everything is too easy, stop! Take a look around. Are you growing and getting better? If you are, then is now a good time to move? What do you define as success? Do your best!
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You’re probably thinking that you want a break! But it probably feels like things are spinning out of control. It’s okay. Remember that feelings, though valid, are not always a representative of the truth. You may be experiencing growth and that’s not always comfortable. Face the hard truths and then let go of regret, sadness, and pain. Moving toward your goals is not a straightforward process — it’s a struggle, but you’ll win.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) So much to do and so little time, you may feel like life is wearing you down. Your mind is probably stretched a little thin and your nerves are shot. Don’t dwell in this state because it’s detrimental to your self-esteem. Take charge of your life. What does success mean to you? How will you achieve your own happiness? Live long and prosper. Life is an adventure of our own making.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Life is an odd assortment of trial and error, and luck. You have all of the above. Trust yourself to succeed. You’ve planned and plotted, but now is the time for action. You may think that life will work out without effort or focus, but that’s rarely true. You must steer your ship in the direction of your dreams or risk never reaching them. Don’t wait around forever.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) You’re life is beautiful. No matter what happens in the world, focus on the beautiful things in front of you. Don’t take your grandkids, nephews, or friends for granted. Show love in an open and giving way. Be free with this affection. Shout it to the hills. Then do the most selfless act you can imagine for them, without asking for recognition. Give freely without the possibility of return, and you’ll experience pure joy.
Gallup Sun • Friday July 22, 2016
Clinton and Trump are two sides of the same authoritarian coin FOR THOSE WHO SEEK FREEDOM THERE IS A LIBERTARIAN OPTION
By Joe Schaller Guest Columnist
he subjugation to government fostered by socialism is often likened to voluntary slavery (communism is forced slavery). McKinley County just might be America’s poster child for failed socialist policies of helpless dependency on government programs culminating only in equality of restraint and servitude. If there was one place hankering for “live and let live” freedom and independence from the shackles of bureaucracy, it should be right here. Let’s set aside the sleazy character issues of candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump which have two of every three Americans holding their noses and desperately yearning for a third choice. In this presidential election cycle, the choice for many appears to be that of an authoritarian big-government criminal vs. an authoritarian big-government demagogue rivaling our current divisive president. Cl i nton represents a demented Democrat Party that has gone so far to the left it actually embraces a socialist ideology, which has been the scourge of mankind. That it can happen after a century of socialistic horrors, impoverishment, ruination, tyranny, war, and tens of millions dead, bespeaks not just deadly ignorance and delusion, but depravity. Trump represents a fractured Republican Party that has abandoned principles of constitutionally limited government and instead champions the traditional progressive values of Democrats, which limit our freedoms while expanding government control over our lives. Both candidates embody arrogant New York City
values of back-room deal-making and big-government corruption. The progressive regulations which both Democrats and Republicans seek to impose on private sector businesses are easily adapted by big business franchises such as Walmart and McDonalds, yet put such a burden on small businesses, farmers, and ranchers who can’t compete and so must lay off employees, shut down, or sell out to larger entities, all to the advantage of the corporate giants who welcome the added consumer base. In our destitute region of fuel poverty and excess winter deaths of epidemic proportions, affordable energy for survival is at a premium, yet both Hillary Clinton and Trump support crony corporate subsidies for obsolete, inefficient, and unsustainable alternative energy sources which drive up our electricity, heating, and gasoline bills, while stifling access to our abundance of affordable and sustainable energy resources such as natural gas. Both parties now engage in divisive identity politics rather than determining value by qualifications or content of character. Their alienating policies guarantee the perpetuation of segregation by the heavy hand of government. Rather than reduce government spending through principles of fiscal and personal responsibility, both will continue to enslave our children to unsustainable debt. Both candidates support perverse welfare incentives that destroy family integrity and traumatize children. Both Hillary Clinton and Trump are set on authoritarian force and coercion thru expansion of government powers rather than constitutionally limiting government. They disrespect Second and Fifth Amendment principles of gun rights and due process. Both support forced purchase of healthcare insurance by government, in opposition to free-market options that would provide quality care at a much lower cost without government demands, mandates,
Friday July 22, 2016 • Gallup Sun
Photo Credit: Joe Schaller interference, and the inevitable rationing of care. In their zeal to protect crony corporate interests, monopolies and labor union gangs, both candidates ignore principles of free trade that benefit low-income consumers by lowering the cost of goods. Both support minimum wage increases that stifle and deprive jobs from Natives, blacks and Hispanics — and teenagers of every color, those same minorities that Hillary claims to promote. Imagine if you will that you live in a land where you have few freedoms. The government says you cannot own property because you are so helpless you will squander it, so they only allow you to live on allotted land owned by the government. Those who govern also deny availability of alcoholic beverages — they say you lack self-control — you can’t be trusted to make responsible decisions on your own. Those in power also prevent you from
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engaging in free market enterprise since making a profit from a product or service is considered theft. Any business activity must be strictly overlooked and controlled by the government since you can’t be trusted as an individual to engage in voluntary exchange. Whatever you do must be for the good of the collective group, not yourself. What I have just described occurs when economic and individual freedoms are suppressed. McKinley County has one of the lowest ratings in North America on the Economic Freedom Index and as a result, investors avoid our region like the plague. It is no coincidence that our region has long been ruled by the suffocating grip of the Democratic Party, the party of less freedom and more government. Wouldn’t it be nice if a political party made it easier for you to start a small business and rather than place burdens on you while giving the big businesses advantages, gave you all the abilities to
compete on a level playing field? For those who crave the freedom denied by the dependency on government that enslaves our region, the choice between Clinton and Trump, Democrat and Republican, can be downright depressing. There are options though, and one of them is the Libertarian Party candidate, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, who embraces principles of free markets, free expression, personal responsibility, more freedom, and less government. Allow me to explain using the two cow analogies. In a land of liberalism, if you have two cows and your neighbor has none, you feel guilty, so you pass legislation to help him get a cow and then wear a ribbon to show you care. However, the actual outcome under socialism or progressivism is that the government confiscates one of your cows by force and gives it to a distant “neighbor.” On the other hand, in a Libertarian society, one who has two cows will likely sell one and buy a bull. Those who have only one cow don’t care how many cows their neighbors have, but will applaud their productivity and moral integrity as long as they respect your own property rights – they live and let live. In Part Two next week, Libertyland, and the price you must pay for freedom. OPINIONS
Dist. 4 Candidate Todacheene: ‘Together we have a powerful voice for a better tomorrow’ By GloJean Todacheene
ur community in Northwest New Mexico has a strong and proud history of resiliency. Yet this resiliency has its limits; we have suffered too many years of stagnant economic growth where hard-working families are unable to make ends meet even when working two or three jobs. Because of this, our youth have been leaving New Mexico in great numbers in search of opportunity elsewhere, and one would think that our elected Republican leaders in Santa Fe would make great haste in addressing the loss of our young, bright, and talented people. Instead, they have chosen to use their time and energy to bring opportunity and more wealth only to those who hold no lasting interest in the vitality of our community. My name is GloJean Todacheene, a nd I a m a D e mo c r a t r u n n i n g fo r t h e Ne w M e x ic o Ho u s e of Represent at ives i n Dist r ict 4, because I wa nt to represent t he needs of our people instead of the
VISUAL-WORKPLACE | FROM PAGE 13 is deficient, your process falls short in many ways. Unfortunately, information flow is the one most companies procrastinate on. Then we act based on the lack of information, incomplete (information), or inaccurate information.” Under Soto’s leadership, Relios will take its first steps toward visuality. “In our company, we have many elements of the 10 Doorways in place, but in a random way — not under the one structure designed to support the visual workplace concept, so there is an opportunity for us there,” Soto said. Workshop participants put the new ideas into use with a visit to Desert Paper, an Albuquerque manufacturer of envelopes and paper products. “The participants were separated into groups of four or five and first toured through our plant (with) one of our employees,” said Strategic Project Manager Margeaux Anderson, who participated in the seminar with three co-workers. “Afterward, the groups set out to grade a particular area on how visual it was, or how much information you could disseminate simply by looking. Then each group presented its findings and noted which areas OPINIONS
GloJean Todacheene needs of the wealthy and large corporations. Having lived in the community of Shiprock for more than 50 years, I have been an active member of the Nava jo community, hav ing served as a council delegate to the
could use the most improvement.” Desert Paper has been a lean-manufacturing facility since 2004, Anderson said. “A central part of our lean efforts is continuous improvement, (so) we knew that this was a tremendous opportunity to host multiple accomplished manufacturers at our facility,” she said. Soto said his team’s assessment of the work environment at Desert Paper “offered opportunities for information supply to the lower levels of the organization on high-level company goals.” It also led to a relationship between Relios and Desert Paper. “We now collaborate for the
Navajo Nation, and two-terms as a San Juan county commissioner. I believe in an economy centered on supporting hard-working individuals and local businesses. Small shops, local farms, and our legacy of ranching are the backbone of our economy and need support from our state government to ensure they have what they need to thrive. An important step to creating a robust economy that works for the people is raising the minimum wage so families are able to provide for their loved ones, rather than worrying about having enough money at the end of the month. Providing working families a tax credit is a proven method of ensuring that hard-earned money stays within our local economy, as families have more money to buy the goods and services they deserve. I intend to enact all of these if I am elected to represent you. Having been an educator for 26 years in Shiprock, I know that we need to do what is right for our children by investing in their potential; Noosélí naasgo ba naashnishdóó. I want to work for the future of the next generation. We
continuous improvement process by offering each advice,” Soto, who had only admiration for Desert Paper, said. “It takes pride and integrity to be willing to accept a team of unfamiliar people to come and assess your company and tell you where and how to improve,” he said. “My hat’s off to them for that!” For more information about MEP workshops, visit newmexicomep.org. Finance New Mexico assists individuals and businesses with obtaining skills and funding resources for their business or idea. To learn more, go to FinanceNewMexico.org.
have to improve our school systems. We must stop over-testing of our students and sending millions dollars to out-ofstate testing companies, as we have seen under Republican leadership. Let us focus on class time, more classroom resources, and hiring more better-qualified teachers. In this election, the most important thing is for the voters to have their voices heard, and I hope to hear many voices, not just at the polls, but also at campaign events, in the newspapers, and even on social media. I welcome everyone to attend my rallies and ask me any questions they have. My campaign is about you and our community, because together we have a powerful voice for a better tomorrow. If you have questions or want to get involved, please contact me at (505) 2581896 or email email@example.com GloJean Todacheene is a Democrat from Shiprock who is running against incumbent Sharon Clahchischilliage from Kirtland in the general election. The two will face off Nov. 8 for the District $ House of Representatives seat.
The honoring of a ‘brave and solid’ man By Marc Simmons, Ph.D. To the people of McKinley County: Recently, I was pleased to learn that on this day of July 23, 2016, the almost forgotten name of José del los Reyes Bustamante was being pulled at long last from the shadows of the past so that he may receive a measure of the recognition that he indisputably deserves. I am grateful that my longtime friend of the Gallup area, Phillip Marques, aided by a not her loca l h istor y enthusiast, Martin Link, has pulled together the pieces allowing today’s honoring of Bustamante. Born in the year 1844, just two years before an American a r my seized New Mexico, Bustamante was still in his
late teens when he helped defend New Mexico from an invading Confederate army of Texans early in the Civil War. On Febr ua r y 21, 1862, P v t . Bust a ma nte, hav i ng become a member of Captain James Graydon’s Independent Company of Spies and Scouts in the Union Army’s defense of New Mexico, fought gallantly with his unit against the Texans at the bloody battle of Valverde Ford, south of Socorro. On this day, I find it fitting that the people of Gallup and McKinley County have taken notice of the life of Jose del Reyes Bustamante, since brave and solid men l i ke h i m a re too of ten overlooked. Marc Simmons is a historian in Cerrillos.
Gallup Sun • Friday July 22, 2016
STOP before you GO
LOCAL PLAYERS OF THE NEW PHONE-BASED GAME, POKÉMON GO, HAVE INSIGHTS WORTH SHARING difficulties? On July 17, local players experienced this firsthand when they were stopped from having a large group-journey through town because of the threat of rain and overloaded game servers. The few players who did show up met at one of the game’s many “Pokémon Gyms,” which have real-life counterpoints like Gallup Christian Church. Several church members, including the pastor, are avid players. “It’s a good way to get off your couch and be active,” Nathan Hilderman, a volunteer with the church’s technology ministry said. Later, he added that the game’s a “great way to practice social skills.” G o get s u s er s out of their homes by walking and exploring their cities to hatch Pokémon eggs. The app uses GPS tracking to see if someone is actively moving, but cuts off at 15 mph to make sure no one is cheating by using a vehicle. The four players who stuck around to see if the servers
would get back online shared tips. One local said he found a way to trick the game by strap-
Players (left to right) Nathan Hilderman, Ginger Turner, Riley Etcitty, and Troy Joe are stopped from playing Pokémon Go because servers were down. ping his phone to a ceiling fan and letting it spin on a low setting. “When it says be aware, be aware!” Go player Riley Etcitty said from the beginning. The others agreed,
The Pokémon known as “Geodude” appears to exist on a phone screen near downtown. Story and photos by Andy Gibbons III Sun Correspondent
here is a motto in this fast-paced and impatient digital age that flashes on every smartphone screen— it’s not Disney Frozen’s “Let it Go,” but rather, “Let’s Go!” Pokémon Go made record-breaking history in the mobile app world, currently beating Twitter and even pornographic apps in ter ms of use. However, if you aren’t a millennial or a
Generation X pa rent, you probably a ren’t a n exper t of the Japanese franchise “Pocket-Monsters,” known as Pokémon in America. It has its own anime cartoon show, trading card game, merchandise, and video games. Now it’s in your backyard … literally — OK, maybe not actually in the real world, but in “augmented reality,” thanks to the app’s use of your smartphone’s GPS, camera, and Google Maps. But what happens when you can’t Go play Pokémon Go becau se of tech n ica l
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admitting that some of them have tripped and are concerned that local traffic accidents may soon follow from carelessness. Etcit t y a lso sha red a n app for users who have dogs they would like to take for a walk while they play. It’s called “WoofTrax” at wooftra x.com, a nd ever y time you walk your pet, it accu-
If players aren’t careful when pursuing a Pokémon, they may stumble into unsafe areas, as has happened in other cities.
mulates real-world dollars toward the animal charity of your choice. Another dog owner said Pokémon Go was the best thing to happen to his dog since he was rescued from the local animal shelter three years ago because of all the walking the game has inspired. “If a ny thing, I believe Pokémon Go will attract a crowd of people who are new to the Pokémon franchise into making a purchase,” Devin Richards, store manager of Gallup’s Gamestop video game store, said. “It’s no coincidence that a new Pokémon title, and possibly a Pokémon themed [Nintendo] 3DS, is releasing this same year.” So far, the game has had favorable rev iews a mong Gallup players, aside from the frustrations of frozen servers. “I think the community has become the very thing Pokémon was meant to be. A friendly rivalry, a challenge.” Richards, a player himself, said. “To put it in the perspective of the [Pokemon TV Show] theme song, “You teach me and I’ll teach you.’” COMMUNITY
Native American music icon Jim Boyd dead at 60 CAUSE OF DEATH NOT RELEASED
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
early a month after the iconic Native American musician Jim Boyd pa ssed away, folks who knew him are still in shock. Boyd was a Native American singer, songwriter, actor, and member of the Jim Boyd Band, which was based out of the Colville Indian Reservation in northeastern Washington State. Boyd sang four songs with lyrics written by Sherman A lexie for the soundtrack of f ilm Smoke Sign a l s, a 1998 breakthrough feature d i rec t ed, w r it t en, a c t ed, a nd pr o duce d by Na t ive Americans. He also appeared in Alexie’s The Business of Fancydancing. Boyd, 60, died June 22 in Washington. The cause of death is unknown. “It was a total shock to hear about this,” Chris Eyre,
Actress and Producer Irene Bedard performed in Gallup with the late Jim Boyd, and played Pocahontas in the 1995 film. Photo Credit: Courtesy the director and producer of Smoke Signals, said. The film garnered a Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Award in 1998 and put Eyre on the map as a director and producer. “I heard about it from a friend of mine. He was a fantastic musician and an even better
person,” Eyre said. Boyd performed several times over the years at Gallup’s El Morro Theatre, where he drew large audiences. His songs ranged from blues to folk, country to rock. “He wa s a n i ncred ible musician,” Knifewing Segura, a member of the Chiricahua Apache Tribe and a former volunteer production coordinator at the El Morro, said. “If you are Native American, then you definitely know who Jim Boyd is. The theatre was packed whenever he performed there.” The death of Boyd spread to Native circles everywhere. I rene Beda rd, a n A la sk a native who is of I nupiat, Yupik, Cree, Inuit, and Métis ancestry, performed alongside Boyd a couple times in Gallup. Bedard is part of Segura’s Ga llup -ba sed NativeSta r s ta lent agency. She played Pocahontas in the 1995 film of the same name.
Singer/songwriter Jim Boyd died at the age of 60. In the past, he played in Gallup to a packed house. Photo Credit: Courtesy “I was just shocked, and I still can’t believe it,” Bedard said. “He was an incredible musician. I remember the songs he sang went across very well with audiences. Gallup liked him.” B o y d ’s m u s i c c a r e e r spanned four decades. At the time of his death, Boyd
was serving his second term as chairman of the Colville Business Cou ncil. Boyd’s AlterNatives won Record of the Year in 2001 at the Native American Music Awards. Over the years, he’s worked and performed with artists like Bonnie Raitt, Joe Cocker, and the Indigo Girls.
McKinley County Senior Olympics athletes travel to the Senior Olympic State Games in Roswell Staff Reports
n July 12, McKinley County Senior athletes headed to the s e n io r O l y m pic s State Games in Roswell. The ath letes included: P r isci l la Becent i, Er nest Benally, Guy Bitsilly Jr., Joann Chava r r ia , Pau li ne Claw, Virginia Jean Cometsevah, Sylv ia Con ley, Genev ieve Cooley, Mary DeLao, Tony
DeL a o, Glor ia Den n ison, Sam Florence, Peggy Franz, E st her Gatewood, Ja mes Glacier, Carol Halona, Esther Holiday, Robert Koops, Lenora LeMaster, Richard LeMaster, Antoinette Martinez, David “Bronco” Martinez, Michael Martinez, Margaret Mitchell, Dorothy Montano, Frances Perez, Rosie Quicero, Gloria Santiago, Patricia Slinkey, Manuel Troncoso, Dennis Van Andel, Cecelia Varanauskas,
Ira Wallace, Sharon Wallace, Daisy Wero and Joann Wren. McK i nely Cou nt y S en ior Olympics President Michael Martinez, Vice-President Mary DeLao, and Secretary Gloria Santiago. The Senior Olympics would like thank Cathy McKinneySenior Olympics Coordinator, Gr e g S a nt i a go -A s s i s t a nt Senior Olympics Coordinator, B e ve r ly New m a n - G a l lu p McKinley County Senior Olympics athletes headed to the Senior Olympics in Roswell on July 12. Photo Credit: NativeStars
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‘Star Trek Beyond’ isn’t deep, but it provides plenty of thrills RATING: ««« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 122 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun
t’s amazing to think about, but this week marks the latest film entry in the Star Trek series, specifically, the 13 th feature. While that number may be considered unlucky to some, this chapter escapes the curse relatively unscathed. Although Star Trek Beyond isn’t nearly as deep as it thinks it is, the movie successfully provides a fun dose of summer action and high adventure. In fact, it’s considerably more entertaining than the prev ious installment. As the story begins, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) is beginning to find the routine of space exploration a bit too familiar, to the point where he becomes concerned about his direction and meaning... it’s about as close as the latest incarnation of the character has come to having an existential crisis. These ruminations don’t last long, as the Enterprise responds to a distress call and soon comes under attack. After a devastating battle with
‘Stark Trek Beyond’ isn’t quite as thoughtful as you might have expected — or as Spock (Zachary Quinto) looks here — but it still provides plenty of bang for the buck. Now playing in Gallup. Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures the nasty Krall (Idris Elba), the crew finds itself stranded and separated on an unforgiving, rocky planet. The space mêlée early on is perhaps the best action sequence in the movie. In it, the crew struggles to defend against an imposing enemy that devastates by swarming the Enterprise with beehive-like coordination. This section does a great deal to put the leads out of their element and up against difficult odds. There’s great danger, drama, and tension as
the ship is boarded and bombarded, with some clever visuals that send the heroes sliding around the ship and spinning upside down as they fight off their attackers. The dialogue from writers Simon Pegg and Doug Jung helps tremendously. There’s great onscreen camaraderie between the heroes, resulting in plenty of laughs. The amusingly strained relationship between Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Doctor McCoy (Karl Urban) might be the most
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effective. It results in several funny barbs between the characters, particularly when the physician pokes fun at a gift the Vulcan has given to a significant other. There are also plenty of chuckles courtesy of the bewildered Scotty (Simon Pegg), as well as some sharp exchanges between Kirk and Chekov (Anton Yelchin). In the end, it’s the interplay and offhanded wit that really keeps viewers engaged. When all is said and done, villain Krall’s motivation is actually incredibly simple.
There’s some posturing and deep pondering from various characters about duty and the need to believe and trust in others. Still, these themes aren’t nearly as complex as some of the earlier movies in the series; some of which dealt head-on with difficult concepts like death, loss, and even religion. The film does begin to get a bit shaggy toward the close. In fact, it seems as if the last 45 minutes are a continuous barrage of action scenes. It eventually veers into overkill as the confrontations move from a fight in a kind of a space quarry/crater, to a ship-to-ship battle to, well, more skirmishes in flight and further hand-tohand conflict. At least they’re peppy and enjoyable to watch, even if the loud and grandiose explosions start to tire one out by the close. Star Trek Beyond isn’t quite as thoughtful as you might have expected, but it still provides plenty of bang for the buck. In fact, one almost gets the impression that the intent this time out was to keep things simple and old-fashioned, presenting a concise, fast-paced and thrilling action flick. Ultimately, it delivers on this level. It may not be the greatest chapter, but the film definitely ranks in the upper half of series entries. 207 WEST COAL GALLUP 505.863.1250 www.elmorrotheatre.com
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The 37th anniversary of the Church Rock uranium tailings spill By Jordon Johnson McKinley Collaborative for Health Equity
his year marks the 37th anniversary of the largest accident releasing radioactive materials in U.S. history. In the early morning hours on July 16, 1979, an earthen dam that held liquid uranium waste broke, releasing 1,000 tons of solid radioactive mill waste and more than 90-million gallons of acidic and radioactive liquids into the Rio Puerco. The contaminants flowed downstream through the town of Gallup and across nine Navajo
chapters. Residents in the area tell stories of being out herding sheep and then seeing a wave of green liquid coming their way. Some of them were covered in it while they returned home. The Red Water Pond Road and Church Rock communities live adjacent to this spill and have lived with the impacts of uranium mining and milling – the process of extracting uranium from mined uranium ore – since the 1960s. Within this small area are three Superfund sites, recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency as highly contaminated sites requiring cleanup.
On July 16, community members journeyed to heal Mother Earth as well as those living in the Church Rock uranium spill area. The Red Water Pond Road Community Association believes people need to support one another and cherish all our families and communities, just as Diné elders have practiced. Photo from 2015 walk. Photo Credit: Jordon Johnson
There are two abandoned mine sites and a mill site – the Kerr-McGee Quivira mine site, the North East Church Rock mine, and the United Nuclear Corporation mill site. The combined proximity and lack of, or slow clean up of, these facilities has been a concern for residents since learning of the potential toxicity of uranium and the by-product of its mining and milling. The community continues to respond to concerns about contaminated areas and to deal with the future cleanup process, as some people will relocate. The Red Water Pond Road Community Association has a strong connection to the land, with many families having lived in the area for over seven generations – long before uranium mining began here. Not only do members of this community suffer from ill health from working in the mines, but many individuals struggle with environmentally induced post-traumatic stress syndrome from their experiences living in the contaminated area and dealing with the slow and arduous cleanup process. Despite recognition that these mine and mill sites require
The day featured a walk to the historical spill site, followed by the sharing of stories, a meal, and much more. Photo from 2015 walk. Photo Credit: Jordon Johnson substantial and long-term cleanup to mitigate the existing effects of uranium mining to the area, to date, cleanup of existing abandoned uranium mines in the region has been adequate. On July 16, the community journeyed to heal Mother Earth, as well as those living in the area. The Red Water Pond Road Community Association believes that people need to support one another and cherish all our families and communities, just as Diné elders have practiced. This historic event was open to all ages, and people learned about the struggles encountered by community members on a daily basis, the healing yet to come for the people and Mother Earth, and the efforts to raise
awareness in the local area, tribally, statewide, and nationally. Information was available about the report Looking Within: A Health Impact Assessment on Uranium Mining. Given the historical lack of attention to the health risks associated with uranium mining, the years of impacts to McKinley County – including the Navajo Nation lands – and the devastating existing environmental contamination in Northwest New Mexico, McKinley Community PLACE MATTERS conducted a health impact assessment to analyze the impacts of uranium mining. For more information, visit, swuraniumimpacts.org, or contact Jordon Johnson at (505) 503-5183.
‘Lights Out’ is a bit dim RATING: «« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 80 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun
t’s really too bad. The new horror picture Lights Out is based on a very scary short film that garnered so much attention from studios that it was developed into a feature. It’s about the nasty, violent spirit of a girl who exists exclusively in the darkness, stalking her prey whenever the lights go out (and when they don’t, she turns the bulbs off herself). There’s a really fun and exciting opening scene that really takes advantage of the premise, locking a couple of workers in a factory space and moving the spirit closer and closer between flickers of light. Unfortunately, there isn’t much more to this feature. Yes, several sequences with silhouettes moving in the dark and reaching out for characters COMMUNITY
are quite eerie, but the script isn’t nearly developed enough to carry us though its brief 80 minutes. As well-timed and skillfully edited as some of these scares are, if we don’t buy into the plight of the characters, the end result isn’t gripping. And unfortunately, the script struggles to develop believable roles. Rebecca (Teresa Palmer) is an independent young woman estranged from her mother Sophie (Maria Bello). After her little brother Martin (Gabriel Bateman) arrives at her door unexpectedly to voice concern about his mom’s behavior, Rebecca is forced to return home. As if Sophie’s bouts with depression and the recent loss of her husband aren’t enough, the boy expresses fear about the strange, two-way conversations their mom has been having by herself in darkness. As Rebecca becomes entangled in the mess, she soon realizes that it has to do with someone named Diana... a strange figure from her parents’ past. One big mistake made
early on is to focus on just how antagonistic the relationship between Rebecca and her mother is. They’re obviously supposed to be at odds, but the movie doesn’t offer anything to help us sympathize with either of them. The only character audiences will be feeling badly for is the heroine’s boyfriend Bret (Alexander DiPersia), who gamely takes a lot of unnecessary f lak from Rebecca. Overall, our lead doesn’t come across as the most relatable character. As mentioned, the film’s scare sequences are well-handled. A couple are tense, even though the familiarity of having lights go out and come on again with the supernatural force moving closer eventually loses its impact. Later in the tale, characters are forced to find alternative sources of lighting to save themselves, a nd the mov ie takes silly tu r ns w ith a ll ma n ner of illumination being thrown around. And as for the myster y a rou nd who that stra nge
‘Lights Out’ is one of those B-movie drive-in features that will garner as many laughs as authentic scares. The film stars Teresa Palmer and Maria Bello. Now playing in Gallup. Photo Credit: Warner Bros. figure Diana is... that is solved, well, ridiculously quickly. The protagonist visits her mom’s house and quickly discovers a file that pretty much accounts for everything (as well as it’s going to be explained, anyway). It’s another tension killer that gives away too much, too early. The movie also suffers from inexplicable decisions and behavior. Why do characters seem relatively nonplussed in the next scene after being assaulted by a malevolent spirit? Why does Rebecca continually choose not to inform her helpful boyfriend Bret of the mortal danger he is in
while staying with them? For that matter, why is Bret even interested in the lead when she treats him so poorly? These and many other questions will not be answered over the course of the film. Lights Out has a couple of early scares and is quickly paced. There just isn’t enough meat on its bones. After a strong opening, everything slowly falls apart. I can really only vouch for it as one of those B-movie drive-in features that will garner as many laughs as authentic scares. It certainly isn’t the worst horror film I’ve seen in a while, but overall, the fright factor is dim.
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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for July 22, 2016 By Glenn Kay For the Sun
elcome back to another look at highlights arriving on DVD and Blu-ray. There are some hugely popular releases, as well as noteworthy small films featuring recognizable casts. 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! Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice - Two DC superher o e s c ome to blows for t wo - a nd - a half hours in this gloomy follow-up to the previous glum reboot of the Superman character. Despite the promise of glowering, fighting, and little in the way of resolution, many still lined up and forked over their money for the experience. Critics reacted just as despondently, suggesting that it wore the majority of them down and came across as an ineffective work of drama and entertainment. The cast included Henry Cav ill, Ben A ff leck, A my Adams, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Gal Gadot, and Jesse Eisenberg. Demolition - This character-based drama involves a successful businessman in a lowly personal state following the death of his wife. After a vending machine eats his money, the man is inspired to attempt unique methods to deal with his problems. Reaction was split — about half felt it was ponderous and pretentious, but just as many were impressed by the excellent performances and intriguing subject matter. Looks like your reaction to it will depend on your particular taste. The movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper, Judah Lewis, and Heather Lind. E lv i s & Ni x o n - T he bizarre, real-life story of a meeting between the famed musician and US President is recreated in this light comedy. Concerned about the future of America, Elvis goes to extreme lengths to meet Richard Nixon,
getting himself a badge and being officially appointed as a federal officer. The press praised the work of the two leads. The majority stated that even though the movie was disposable and didn’t provide much depth, it was fun to watch the performers take on these historical figures. It features Michael Shannon, Kevin Spacey, Alex Pettyfer, Johnny Knoxville, and Colin Hanks. Kill Zone 2 - Marital arts expert Tony Jaa (Ong Bak) stars in this action sequel, known as Saat Po Long 2 in China. He plays a prison guard whose job is to keep an eye on a mob boss who’s fronting an underground organ transplant business. Believe it or not, our hero’s daughter has leukemia and the mobster is a suitable donor — unfortunately, the violent warden wants the crook dead. Reviewers admitted the story was rather silly and took too long to get going, but they all liked it overall, stating that the fight scenes and stunt work were simply awe-inspiring to watch. Louis Koo and Zhang Jim also appear. Miles Ahead - Jazz musician Miles Davis is the subject of this biopic that stars and was directed by Don Cheadle. When a reporter locates and befriends the reclusive artist, the journalist gets numerous details about the trumpet player’s elaborate back story and is tempted to steal unreleased recordings from him. Notices were good for the drama. Some felt it focused on the music and didn’t provide enough new information about the man, but all admired Cheadle’s impression of the legend and felt that fans would enjoy. The feature co -sta rs Ewa n McGregor, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Keith Stanfield. A Pe r fe ct D ay - T h i s English-la nguage Spa nish production tells the story of a group of foreign-aid workers stationed in a violent war zone in the Balkans. They’re followed for 24 hours as they contend not only with wounded fighters, but government red tape. More members of the press liked the feature than disliked it. Some found it scattershot, but more were impressed enough by the low-key work of the two male leads to give it a minor recommendation. The cast includes Benicio Del Toro, Tim Robbins, Olga Kurylenko
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and Melanie Thierry. The Perfect Match - A playboy gets a taste of his own medicine in this comedy. When his best friend bets him to stay with the same woman for a month, the protagonist agrees, believing that he is immune to love. However, the tables are soon turned and as the month progresses, he begins to develop feelings he never knew he had. Reviews were poor, calling it a formulaic effort that feels more like a TV-movie than a feature film. It features Ter rence Jenk ins, Ca ssie Ventura, Paula Patton, Donald Faison, and Joe Pantoliano. Rio, I Love You - Following in the footsteps of Paris, I Love You and New York, I Love You, this anthology is composed of 10 shorts from various directors (including John Turturro), all set within the city of Rio de Janeiro. Sadly, critics disliked the final product and called this chapter the worst of the series thus far. They thought the locations were beautiful, but found the segments lacking in drama and the end result more of a commercial for the city than an engaging narrative. It stars Vincent Cassel, Rodrigo Santoro, Jason Isaacs, Fernanda Montenegro, Harvey Keitel, John Turturro, Ryan Kwanten, Vanessa Paradis, and Emily Mortimer.
BLASTS FROM THE PAST! W hat a busy week! A s always, Olive Films have an interesting slate of noteworthy titles arriving on Blu-ray. Gang Related (1997) is a crime flick featuring the final onscreen appearance of Tupac Shakur. It’s about corrupt detectives trying to cover their tracks by both criminals and authorities. This is the first opportunity to pick it up on Blu-ray. If Westerns are your thing, Gun the Man Down (1956) is being released for the first time on Blu-ray. James Arness plays a robber out for revenge against the partners and girlfriend who set him up. Speaking of criminals, Hoodlum (1997) is a period gangster film with a great cast... it stars Lawrence Fishburne and features Tim Roth, Andy Garcia, Vanessa Williams, Cicely Tyson, and Queen Latifah in supporting roles. ‘Neath the Arizona Skies
(1934) is a very early effort from John Wayne. Long before Stagecoach (1939), he plays a cowboy out to help a young woman receive her rightful inheritance after her mother passes away. The Outsider (1979) is a drama starring Craig Wasson about a Vietnam veteran who joins the IRA, only to find that he is being manipulated by his superiors. Finally, The Ratings Game (1984) is a TV-movie about a t r uck i ng mag nate who attempts to become a famous TV producer and sets about rigging the system to do it. It marks the directorial debut of Danny DeVito, who stars with Rhea Perlman, Gerrit Graham, Vincent Schiavelli, Michael Richards, and Jerry Seinfeld. Besides a re-mastered image, this release also includes short films made by DeVito, deleted scenes, and a featurette. Shout! Factory has some horror titles coming your way on Blu-ray. Bad Moon (1996) is a goofy but well-shot werewolf flick starring Michael Pare as a beast who ingratiates himself with his sister’s family. The only one who can save the clan is the family dog... yep, you read that right... the pooch is the hero. The disc includes the theatrical version as well as a director’s cut and multiple commentaries. There are also documentaries on the feature, as well as an unused opening scene. Sounds like a great package for B-movie fans. One of the best horror/ comedies of the ’80s is the zombie flick, The Return of the Living Dead (1985). It’s a fantastic little film. Besides some memorable creatures and scare scenes, this one has a biting sense of humor and features some subtle digs at the military and government. Besides a sharp new transfer, the “Collector’s Edition” contains two full Blu-rays chock full of bonus material. There’s so much that it literally would take pages to list. Rest assured, if you’re a fan of the movie, you’ll probably want to pick it up. Criterion also has three Blu-rays coming your way. Muriel, or The Time of Return (1963) is French Director Alain
Resnais’s follow-up to the arthouse classic Last Year at Marienbad (1961). It’s a drama about an antiques dealer, but of course, presented as a series of memories, which means that events are strangely choppy and inconsistent. They’ve got more coming from the same director as well. Night and Fog (1955) is a short and chilling documentary from the filmmaker about the Holocaust. The distributor is delivering both titles with new transfers and plenty of extras. On a different note, Criterion is releasing the three-hour Chinese martial arts masterpiece A Touch of Zen (1971) on Blu-ray. It comes with a 4K digital restoration and plenty of interviews with the movie’s director and cast members. Kino has a Blu-ray of the Sean Connery period drama, Cuba (1979). In it, he plays a British advisor on the island nation who finds himself stuck between the dictatorial President Batista and rebel forces led by Fidel Castro. The lead also finds some time to romance a lady. A r row a lways delivers quality and loads of extras in their Blu-rays. The latest is the eccentric and erotic thriller from Ken Russell, Crimes of Passion (1984). It stars Kathleen Turner and Anthony Hopkins. The plot involves a fashion industry worker who discovers that a designer/ co-worker moonlights as a prostitute. This Blu-ray/DVD combo features two cuts of the movie, director audio commentary, deleted/extended scenes, interviews, and other bonuses. Finally, silent film fans can, courtesy of Milestone, pick up a Blu-ray of the western The Daughter of Dawn (1920), which is notable for a cast that includes real Native American tribes. And if you were interested in the two inexpensive William Castle Double Features discs from Mill Creek that were slated to be released a couple of weeks back, they were delayed, but are now officially available.
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Wingate’s Antonio, Young headed to Haskell in Kansas ANTONIO WAS THREE-TIME ALL-STATE PLAYER FOR LADY BEARS
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
shanti Antonio and Nizhoni Young of the Wingate High School volleyball team are headed to Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kan. The two signed individual letters-of-intent June 24 to attend the school. “I’m excited and ready to learn a new system and meet new friends,” Antonio said. “It will be a challenge, but I’m ready.” Antonio is a highlight film waiting to happen on the volleyball court. She possesses a 15-inch vertical leap and emerged over the past three years as one of the most dominant volleyball players at the net in New Mexico. Antonio and Young also played basketball for the Lady Bears. “I’m happy for them both,” Wingate Head Coach Karen Malone said. “I know they will both do very well. Both are very smart and very hard-working. I plan to follow their progress while they are there.” Young played outside hitter and libero for the Lady Bears and Antonio played middle hitter. The two and fellow graduating senior Keziah Pine formed a hitting trio that was simply lethal for opponents. Young was consistently the player who kept balls alive so that Antonio and Pine could score kills or spikes at the net. Young, who hails from Bread Springs,
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said she and Antonio will spend the next month working out together and getting themselves mentally and physically ready for Haskell. Both girls have been friends for years and said they plan to support one another while away at school. “I’m looking forward to meeting people from different tribes,” Young said. “I’m ready for the school part of things, too.” Antonio, who is from Low Mountain, Ariz., wants to study dentistry at Haskell, and ultimately hopes to pursue a career as an orthodontist. Young said she’d like to study nursing. Neither graduate was sure if she’d play other sports for the university, but both said they’d make that decision when they get there. “I’ll think about it,” Antonio said of possibly playing other sports. “I’d probably play basketball or run track. It’s something that I’ll think about.” Wingate went 20-5, 8-2 in District 1-4A last year and lost to Silver 3-0 in the state playoffs. Under Malone, the Lady Bears have made the state playoffs the past several years, and Antonio was often the go-to player in close and exciting games. Haskell is a federally operated tribal university. The school name is the Fighting Indians and their team colors are purple, gold, and white. The school is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and competes as an independent in all sports. Auto Glass, Rico Motors, Sun Dance Motors, R&M Furniture, Earls Restaurant, Anthony’s Restaurant, Don Diego’s restaurant, Grandpa’s Grill, Railway Café, Sammy C’s restaurant, Pepsi for being a big supporter, The City of Gallup for providing the facilities Neighborhood Senior Center Staff, the Gallup McKinley County School Bus Barn for providing the transportation to Roswell, NM, the Gallup Independent for all your support and the Gallup Sun Newspaper. A special thanks to all who helped behind the scenes. Thank You.
Ashanti Antonio of the Wingate High School volleyball team jumps to hit a winning shot against Gallup High in a 2015 game. Nizhoni Young, a teammate of Antonio’s, is in the background. Both have committed to Haskell Indian Nations University in the fall. Photo Credit: Wingate High School
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CALENDAR COMMUNITY CALENDAR JULY 22-28, 2016 FRIDAY July 22 FAMILY MOVIE (ALL AGES) Join us for a free family movie. Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Film:
The Smurfs RIPPY AND THE SILLYETTES 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. DINE’ BI’ EASTERN FAIR July 21 – 24, the 29th annual fair features four days full of concessions, exhibits, arts and crafts, song, dance, rodeo, pow-wows, and more. Call (505) 612-8137 for more information. Crownpoint Rodeo Grounds, Navajo Service Route 9, Crownpoint. SATURDAY July 23 SUMMER READING PRESENTS JOHNNY MOON MAGIC At 2 pm, Johnny Moon performs a hilarious, fast-paced, interactive, audience participation comedy magic show that will fool you and make you laugh. This high-energy show will have kids moving and wondering how he did it! Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Free OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Meetings every Saturday at 10 am, First United Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Dr., corner of Nizhoni/ Red Rock. Enter northwest corner off Nizhoni: Library room. Contact (505) 3075999 or (505) 721-9208. SUNDAY July 24 CHURCH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT Join us for the Holy Eucharist. Begins: 10:30 am. For more information, please call (505) 863-4695. Location: 1334 S. Country Club Dr. MONDAY July 25 SUMMER KIDS COLLEGE From 9 am – noon, Monday through Thursday: Musical Instruments for ages 5 and up. Kids love noise! They always find ways to create musical instruments. In this class they will create, guitar, drums, rain stick, and more. $35. Rio West Mall - UNMG Community Center, 1300 W. Maloney Ave.
RECYCLE ART From noon to 3 pm, Monday through Thursday: Find new ways to reuse materials that would otherwise be thrown away. Make fun objects out of everyday recyclable items. $35. Rio West Mall - UNMG Community Center, 1300 W. Maloney Ave. TUESDAY July 26 TODDLER TIME (AGES 2 TO 4) An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement rhymes, and stories. Starts: 10:30 am. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Free KIDS TECH CORNER (AGES 6 TO 12) Learn to do simple computer coding and other fun activities. Starts: 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Free WEDNESDAY July 27 CITY COUNCIL MEETING Meeting is open to the public and held from 6 – 8 pm. City Hall, 110 W. Aztec Ave. BOOK MAKING FOR PRESCHOOLERS The Library, gallupARTS, ATD Fourth World, and UNM-Gallup Early Childhood and Family Center want to help young children express themselves by drawing or writing a book about what they can do. Parents are encouraged to bring their children ages 3 to 6, to one of the workshops, where they will get to create a book. 5 pm: DEAP Charter School, Shepard Springs Blvd/Mill Rd. MONTHLY MEETING WITH COUNCILOR LINDA GARCIA Linda Garcia, District 1 welcomes public input. Purpose of Meeting: To obtain public input concerning the capital improvement projects listing for the City of Gallup’s Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan (ICIP). Call (505) 879-4176 with questions. 6:30 pm, Northside Senior Center, 607 N. Fourth St. MAKER’S CLUB (AGES 7 AND UP) A club for kids interested in science, math, building, and inventing. Each week features a different challenge, project, or experiment. This Continued on page 22
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Pueblo-Style Home Take a walk in the past! This lovely Pueblo Style Home could actually be 2 separate houses! With its million dollar views of Ford Canyon Park & Church Rock is in original condition! One of Gallup’s original mansions with downstairs maids quarters, hardwood floors, original kitchen, bathrooms, electric and radiator style radiant heat! This home needs YOU to restore it to the grandeur that it once possessed. Conventional financing or Cash only. $129,900. Call Elizabeth 505-870-7603 or Kathleen @ 505-870-0836. OPEN HOUSE! Join our Gallup Living Team at an open house on Saturday July 23, 10 to 2, 707 W HIll. This lovely house sits on 3 lots, kitchen and bathrooms have been remodeled ,mud room, spacious living room, large yard with boat or RV
MOBILE HOMES MOBILE HOME FOR RENT 1 BR MH $480/mo. Deposit $380. Washer & dryer. Small 2 BR MH $500/mo. Deposit $400. White Cliffs, 4 miles east of Gallup; Credit and Police Check. Call Manager 870-4095. MOBILE HOME SPACES Mobile Home Spaces – Single wide – any size $200/mo. Double Wide $260/mo. Call Mike 505-870-3430 or Carmelita 505-870-4095.
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week: How do fish breathe? Starts: 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. 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. WEDNESDAY NIGHT MOVIES
Join us for a free family movie. Starts at 5:30 pm. Main Branch, 115 W. Hill Ave. Film: Divergent Series: Allegiant THURSDAY July 28 CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) Fun crafts for the whole family (all ages). Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. THE CITY OF GALLUP BID Join us for a BID Board Meeting. Begins: 3 pm. Location: Rico Motor Conference Room, 220 S. Fifth St. POWERPOINT FOR BEGINNERS The Octavia Fellin Public Library is offering computer training: Powerpoint for Beginners. Begins: 3 pm. Register at front desk or call: (505) 863-1291. Main Branch: 115 W. Hill Ave. ONGOING THE CITY OF GALLUP’S SUSTAINABLE GALLUP BOARD First Monday each month from 3 - 5 pm. Community members concerned about conservation, energy, water, recycling, and other environmental issues are welcome. Call Bill Bright at (505) 722-0039 for information. Octavia Fellin Library: 115 W. Hill Ave. Gallup Solar The nonprofit hosts educational presentations and offers potential solutions about all things solar every Wednesday evening 6 - 8 pm. Your questions, ideas, and expertise are welcome. For info call: (505) 728-9246, 113 E. Logan. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY YARD SALE The fundraisers are open CALENDAR
9 am to noon every Saturday. If you have household items to donate or wish to volunteer on construction or another service call Bill Bright at (505) 722-4226, Warehouse Lane off Allison Road. 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PULITZER PRIZE—READING CHALLENGE Join the library and help commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize. The Octavia Fellin Public Library is one of six libraries in New Mexico to partner with the New Mexico Humanities Council for a special reading grant: Five Pulitzers in Five Months. As a recipient of this grant, the library will read and discuss five Pulitzer winning and nominated books. Discussions will be held Tuesdays at 6 pm. Location: Main Library Meeting Room, 115 W. Hill Ave. SUMMER INDIAN DANCES Join us for Summer Nightly Indian Dances from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The Summer Nightly Indian Dances have been happening 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 Courthouse Square on Aztec Avenue between Second and Third Streets. SUMMER READING PROGRAM Run, don’t walk to the Octavia Fellin Library’s Summer Reading Program: June 11July 30. This year, we’re focusing on health and fitness. Our theme is: On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! For more information, please call (505) 863-1291 or visit: octaviafellin.libguides.com COMMUNITY PANTRY The Hope Garden is offering 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) 726-8068 or when visiting ask for Vernon Garcia. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Location: 1315 Hamilton Rd. FRIDAY NIGHT HOOTENANNY Gallup’s longest running live
show! Every Friday night from 7 - 9 pm. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. Second St. RECYCLING COUNCIL McKinley Citizens Recycling Council is a local nonprofit working to increase recycling through education, community outreach, and partnership with local government agencies. MCRC meets the first Saturday of the month at 2 pm, at Red Mesa on Hill St. For more information please call (505) 722-5142 or visit Recylegallup.org. CARS N COFFEE Every Sunday in the Camille’s parking lot from noon to 2 pm. Check out cars – new, old, vintage, and bikes. Cruise at 1:30 pm. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. Second St., Gallup. SAVE THE DATE BENEFITS FAIR AND RECRUITMENT DRIVE On July 30, join us for a Benefits Fair and Recruitment Drive: Operation Veterans Wellness. There will be a Gourd Dance honoring 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. 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. GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY SCHOOLS On Aug. 2, join us for the Johnson-O’Malley Indian Education Committee meeting. The tentative agenda will be posted on the district website: gmcs.k12.nm.us at least three days before the scheduled meeting. For more information, please contact Carmen Moffett (505) 721-1036. Location: GMCS Student Support Center, 640 Boardman Dr. THE ART OF COLLECTING NATIVE AMERICAN ART In conjunction with the 95th Annal Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial, local historian and art collector Martin Link is presenting a four-hour interactive workshop of the evolution and development of Southwest Indian Art at Red Mesa Center on Aug. 13 from Noon - 4
pm. Attendance is limited to 25 participants. Registration required, $15 per person. Lunch and handouts will be provided. Registration forms are available at the Ceremonial office, 210 W. Coal Ave or Chamber of Commerce, 106 W. Hwy 66. For info. call Martin Link at (505) 863-6459 or email: email@example.com
NMSU IT TECH CERTIFICATION Take six core courses in four months at low-cost tuition. Financial aid is available. Earn top industry certificates, with no prior computer knowledge required. Fall classes begin Aug. 17; register now. Grants.nmsu. edu/it-bootcamp, or contact admissions, (505) 287-6678.
WORKER’S COMPENSATION WORKSHOP On Aug. 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 Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room, 106 W. Hwy. 66.
DELBERT ANDERSON TRIO DAT& DEF-I DDAT Saturday, Aug. 20, 3 pm. This Native American inspired band, blending jazz, funk and hip hop styles, has been featured on NPR. All proceeds from the concert go directly to Battered Families Services, Inc., and ATD Fourth World New Mexico, two agencies working in Gallup to improve the lives of children and families. Church of the Holy Spirit, 1334 Country Club Drive. Free
ZUMBA FITNESS GLOW PARTY WITH LORIE AND ALEX WITH DJ SHOOGZ Friday, Aug. 12 from 7 - 9 pm: Glow sticks, water, and refreshments will be provided while supplies last. $6 per person or 2 for $8. For safety: Ages 13-plus. Thunderbird Supply Co. Parking lot, 1907 W. Hwy 66. POLKA IN THE PINES On Aug. 7, The Gallup Slavic Lodges presents Polka in the Pines. The show features: Thomas Brothers and the Hot Shots. Adult and kid games will be available. Bring cash and win a prize. You could be the lucky winner of Heads or Tails. Enjoy traditional Slavic Picnic food and polka music. Tickets: $20 adult (ages 11 and up), $5 for children 5-10 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 On Aug. 16 - 18, join the SBDC for a Community Ed Personal Enrichment event. This course will provide instruction in the basic principles of accounting for non-accounting personnel and small business owners. Learn the necessary skills to perform essential accounting and record keeping operations. Course fee: $100. Additional class dates: August 23-25. Begins: 5 pm. For more information, please call Denise Silva (505) 863-7743 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Location: UNMG Calvin Hall, 203 College Rd.
MISS NAVAJO NATION PAGEANT On Sept. 7, join us for the Miss Navajo Nation Pageant. There will be sheep butchering, bread making, contemporary and traditional skills, and an interview by the Navajo Panel of Judges. Hand deliver your contestant application packet no later than July 26 at 9 am. For more information, please contact Dinah Wauneka email@example.com and Barbara Phillips firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Office of Miss Navajo Nation: (928) 871-6379. Contestant application packets are available at: Office of the Navajo Nation Museum, Hwy. 264 and Loop Road. BASIC COMPUTER CLASSES On Sept. 27 - 28, join the SBDC for a Community Ed Personal Enrichment event. Topics include: computer vocabulary, operation of programs, email information, Internet aid for online search, and creating your own documents. Course fee: $100. Additional class dates: October 4 - 5 and 11 - 12. Begins: 5 pm. For more information, please call Denise Silva (505) 863-7743 or email dsilva@ unm.edu. Location: UNMG Calvin Hall, 203 College Rd. To post a nonprofit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: email@example.com or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.
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