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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.
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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.
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NEWS NM State Police investigating fatal shooting by Gallup Police Department NMSP, GPD NOT RELEASING MUCH DETAIL IN SHOOTING DEATH two knives. Shots were fired, and Sylversmythe was taken to Gallup Indian Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. As for the officers placed on administrative leave, “their names will not be released until interviews have been conducted,” Pierce noted.
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
hen officers are i nvolved i n a shooting, they are typically placed on administrative leave – whether the reported suspect survived his wounds or died. Officials at the Gallup Police Department confirmed through a press release that the unnamed officers who were involved with the shooting death of Gallup resident Alvin Sylversmythe, on July 24, were placed on leave with pay. But the release did not confirm how many officers were placed on leave or their names. The release states that officers were dispatched to 304 Arnold Street at 12:45 am. “… Officers took steps to disarm the male to include the deployment of less than lethal devices,” the release states. A t t he A r nold S t r e e t shooting scene, Lt. Rosanne Morrissette said the case
WHAT LED UP TO THE SHOOTING? – DETAILS MURKY Alvin Sylversmythe would be handed over to NMSP to avoid bias. “We are referring questions on the matter to the New Mexico State Police,” GPD Captain Marinda Spencer told the Sun this week. “I cannot tell you anything else.” Sgt. Chad Pierce, spokesman for the state police, confirmed the case is in their hands. He stated in a press release that Sylversmythe, 29, was wielding
Sources have told the Sun that Sylversmythe was a Native American man, and had visited some acquaintances in an apartment complex. He may have even sat down to play some poker that evening. Additionally, the sources said that he suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Shaky Assertions? Unreliable sources? Perhaps. But little is known about Sylversmythe and what reportedly drove him to charge at officers with knives. The Sun reached out to an immediate family member,
who declined to comment while police investigate the case.
WHY THE PUBLIC RECORDS SILENCE? It’s apparent that the GPD doesn’t want to release any information on Sylversmythe – even his prior arrest reports. Front desk clerks were quick to defer comments on the shooting to state police before Gallup Sun reporters could ask any questions July 27. When asked about the status of a written request for copies of Sylversmythe’s prior arrests, a clerk replied that the department has 10 days to respond to a request for records. The following day, another clerk said that Sylversmythe’s past records are part of the investigation and can’t be released to the public. A request for clarification was emailed to Pierce on July 28, to find out whether this directive was given to GPD, but no response was received as of press time.
But not everything can be kept a secret. Sylversmythe indeed has some past run-ins with the law. According to New Mexico Courts website, in January, he was charged for residential burglary, larceny, and criminal damage to the property of a household member. The court’s registration of activity list shows a “waiver of time limits” was the last update filed on the case June 29. Additionally, in February of 2012, he was charged for aggravated battery against a household member. The case was dismissed without prejudice. Other past court appearances involved vehicular-oriented violations and civil matters. Mea nwhile, GPD Capt. Spencer said this is the first shooting death since 2004, when suspect Robert Kiro killed Corporal Larry Brian Mitchell in the midst of a standoff. Babette Herrmann contributed to this report.
Udall’s Measure to Strengthen UAS Testing Hub at NMSU Is Signed into Law Staff Reports
ASHINGTON — U. S. S en a t or Tom Udall’s measure to solidify Southern New Mexico’s position as a leading testing center for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, commonly referred to as “drones”) was signed into law July 15 as part of the bill reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration. New Mexico State University’s UAS Flight Test Center was the FAA’s original UAS test center; it served as a model for six sites across the
country that were authorized by Congress in 2012. Udall’s language adds NMSU, creating a group of test ranges that can equally compete for federal projects — a move that will give NMSU parity with the sites authorized in 2012 and help attract business to the region. “Putting New Mexico State University’s UAS Flight Test Center on equal footing with the six test sites across the country will help Southern New Mexico retain its role as a leader in UAS technology innovation,” said Udall, a member of the Senate Commerce
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Sen. Tom Udall Committee. “This amendment will create jobs in New Mexico by attracting business from
innovators and the federal government alike. The FAA chose New Mexico State University as the first testing center for this technology, and I look forward to Southern New Mexico continuing to lead the way on this critical 21st century technology.” “It is great news that the UAS f light test center provision is now law,” NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers said. “NMSU is one of the leading institutions in the United States for Unmanned Aerial Systems, and its projected economic impact for the state is in the tens of millions of
dollars over the next few years. Putting NMSU’s UAS flight test center back on a level playing field with the six congressionally-authorized f light test sites managed by the FAA will make NMSU more competitive and attractive to businesses and the federal government for research, development, testing, and evaluation.” Ud a l l’s prov i sion wa s or igina lly included a s a n amendment to the FAA reauthorization bill when it was considered by the Senate Commerce Committee. The legislation was signed into law by President Obama. NEWS
Six apply for McKinley County Manager job AUG. 2 CLOSED SESSION COULD YIELD SELECTION
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
ix people have applied for the vacant McKinley County Manager job, off icia ls con f ir med this week. The job, which in the past has paid upwards of $90,000, was last held by Bill Lee. Lee vacated the job in May to return to the GallupMcKinley County Chamber of Commerce as chief executive officer. Lee also won the McKinley County Board of Commissioners District 3 seat, vacated by Tony Tanner. McKinley County Attorney Doug Decker said a closed session meeting that the McKinley County Board of Commissioners could move the matter further along. “If there is a closed session at the next meeting, then the job of county manager will probably be talked about,” Decker said. “Right now, the deadline to apply has closed.” The candidates for the county manager post are: Jeff Condrey: Condrey is
Acting County Manager Anthony Dimas is vying to remain in the county’s top position. Photo Credit: File Photo the former County Manager in Valencia County (2014-2015). A Gallup native, he holds a B.S. in business administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla. Condrey was briefly contracted with the county several years ago to work on special projects. Condrey is also a former Gallup city manager. Patricia Herrera: Herrera is the office manager for the Computers, Networks, Education, Training and Co. She served the Gallup City Council from 1995 to 1999 and is a former city mayoral
candidate. Herrera is a graduate of the University of LaVerne. M ichael Kozelisk i: Kozeliski is a civil engineering graduate of New Mexico State University and is the founder and CEO of H2OATV, LLC, western distributor for Davidson Valve, a water security device for fire hydrants. Kozeliski is a former member of the U.S. Marines. Chester Carl: Carl is the current executive director at the Hopi Tribal Housing Authority in Polacca, Ariz. Carl is a former CEO at the Navajo Housing Authority in Window Rock, Ariz. (1996 to 2006). Roy Nichols: Nichols was a credit manager at Gurley Motor Company until February 2016. He is a Gallup High School graduate with college experience at San Juan College and the University of New Mexico. As a reference on his resume, he lists John Peña, who is the sole person in the history of Gallup to ever serve as city manager, finance director, mayor, and as a state representative. Anthony Dimas: Dimas is
a criminology and psychology graduate of the University of New Mexico. He also oversees the Department of Homeland Security for McKinley County. When Lee left the job to go back to the chamber, Dimas assumed the county manager post. Lee, who earned $93,000 annually as county manager, said he’s optimistic the board of commissioners will choose a good fit for the job. He noted that the same board members chose him when he was up for the job nearly two years ago. “They chose me, so I’d say their decision-making is pretty good,” Lee joked. “Seriously, I told them before I left that I know they’ll make a good decision.”
Decker said staff who work at the county would obviously like someone permanently in the manager job as soon as possible. “Of course staffers want someone hired soon,” he said. “The final decision rests with the Board of Commissioners.” McKinley County has seen four managers leave the job in as many years: Lee, Bruce Swingle, Richard Kontz, and Tom “Speedy” Trujillo have previously worked the post.
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Publisher/Editor Babette Herrmann Editorial Assistant Mia Rose Poris Advertising Raenona Harvey Correspondents Bernie Dotson Andy Gibbons Tom Hartsock Photography NativeStars Calendar Editor Lealia Nelson Design David Tsigelman On the Cover: Police used deadly force on Alvin Sylversmythe, 29, of Gallup. He had allegedly charged at officers, while holding two knives, when he was shot and killed July 24 The Gallup Sun, published Fridays, is not responsible or liable for any claims or offerings, nor responsible for availability of products advertised. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. The Gallup Sun distributes newspapers in McKinley, Cibola and Apache counties. Office (By Appointment): 102 S. Second St., Gallup, NM 87301 Mailing Address: PO Box 1212 Gallup, NM 87305 www.gallupsun.com Phone: (505) 728-1640 Fax: (505) 212-0391 firstname.lastname@example.org Letter to the editor/guest column ACCEPTED BY EMAIL ONLY. State full name and city/town. No pen names. ID required. All submissions subjected to editor’s approval. Guest columnists, email Sun for submission requirements.
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Gallup Express, BID contemplate route change OFFICIAL: COMPLAINTS COMING IN ABOUT ‘HANGERS ON’ you move it down the street or something? These same people sitting and hanging out will most likely hang out at the new location, too.” Louis Bonaguidi, owner of City Electric Shoe Shop on Coal Avenue and chairman of the BID board of directors, said as soon as bus riders get off at the Gallup Express stop in front of Camille’s, they are often met by a throng of intoxicated vagrants who sometimes panhandle. That deters people from wanting to go to Camille’s, as well other businesses in the downtown area, Bonaguidi said. The main bus stop in question is on the south side of Aztec and within walking distance of the downtown walkway, itself a popular spot for drinking during the day and evening hours. Bonaguidi said tourists don’t want to see that kind of negativity downtown – particularly within the Business Improvement District. “It’s not something that is new to Gallup,” Bonaguidi said of the problem. “But I, and
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
here have been intoxicated people hanging a round the Ga llup Express bus stop on Aztec Avenue near Camille’s Sidewalk Café, and downtown property owners don’t like it. Moreover, bus riders who frequently take the bus downtown believe safety is important. This was the topic of a July 21 meeting between the Business Improvement District and Tommy Mims, the executive director at Gallup Express, which operates under the auspices of the Gallup Community Pantry. Mims and BID agreed to meet at a later date to iron out either a relocated bus stop or increased safety measures. “We don’t have a problem moving the actual bus stop,” Mims told the Sun this week. “But are we really getting rid of the problem if we move the stop? When you move a bus stop, you impact the lives of people along the lines of safety and convenience. Plus, let’s say
others, are noticing more of it lately.”
IS MOVING THE BUS STOP THE SOLUTION? C.B. Strain, planning and zoning director at the city, attended the July 21 BID board meeting. He said the city, which is a funding agent for the district, can’t erect a concrete bus stop on private land, which limits relocation efforts. Those attending the meeting suggested moving the stop in question further west and between Second and Third streets near Lowe’s grocery store. “Building codes and zoning laws have to be considered in a situation like that,” Strain said. “The city adopts building codes of the state.” Francis Bee, executive director at BID, said the people sitting around might mean well, but drinking and panhandling obstruct business. “I think moving the stop is where we are on everything,” she said. “There are a few
A July 21 meeting addressed the potential relocation of the Gallup Express bus stop in front of Camille’s Sidewalk Café, where panhandlers and drunks often hang out. Photo Credit: NativeStars moving parts to this, but I think the situation can be resolved.” Mims said the downtown bus route is popular and the stop in front of Camille’s is a major transfer point. He said Gallup Express had more than 100,000 riders in 2015, and he predicted that number would be even bigger at the end of 2016. “Ridership is growing,” Mims said. “Again, a lot of people utilize our services.” Established in 2009, the
BID is a 35-block radius that includes art galleries, restaurants, trade shops, and retail establishments. The property owners within the district pay a special tax or fee based on a 2006 McKinley County proper ty assessment. The district encompasses parts of Historic Highway 66 and Coal and Aztec avenues, and is one of two such areas in New Mexico. The state’s other BID is in Albuquerque.
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Martinez considering a special session to address shortfall By Matthew Reichbach NM Political Report
epor ts indicate t h at Gov. Su sa n a Martinez is consider i n g c a l l i n g t he Legislature into a special session to deal with what looks like a large shortfall in the state’s budget. The news comes nearly a week after Senate Finance Com m it tee Cha i r Joh n Arthur Smith said a special session would be needed. Smith made the comments during a legislative interim committee. T he A s s o c i a t e d P r e s s r e p o r t e d [Ju l y 2 6] t h a t Ma r tinez ha s been “working for weeks with executive agencies and a key legislative committee” on how to deal with the shortfall. Smith, a Democrat from Deming, sa id he spoke to Mar tinez’s staff about the need for a special session. T h e Sant a Fe Ne w Mexican was at the State Investment Council meeting where Martinez first publicly broached the subject of a special session. According to the paper, Ma r tinez spoke about the need to bring legislators back
Gov. Susana Martinez in to “close the books” on the budget for the fiscal year that ended recently. “I really like to see this get resolved before we get to the Capitol,” she told members of the council. “[I’m hoping it’s] a four-hour session. We walk in and walk out.” Democrats want a special session to take place soon. “The longer the Governor delays in calling back the Legislature to deal with this pressing crisis, the worse it is going to be for children, families a nd communities across New Mexico,” Senate M a jor it y L ea der M ich a el Sanchez, D-Belen said. “It is irresponsible to think that we can continue to kick the
can down the road. We are already spending money we do not have.” Democrats in the Senate also said their caucus ruled out a ny cut s to educa tion, either K-12 or higher education. It’s not clear if Martinez is addressing what Smith said could be a $500-million shortfall in the current year’s budget. Martinez is the only one who can call the Legislature i nto a specia l session. Martinez would be able to limit the bills that could be considered to specific topics. Smith said last week he told Mar tinez’s office that cuts alone would not be able to fill the shortfall. Martinez pledged to not r a i se a ny t a xe s wh i le i n office when she first ra n. Adhering to that pledge has been a mainstay of her political stump speech and various addresses during her time in office. T he A P a l so repor t ed that members of the SIC said per ma nent f u nd s, la rgely funded by oil and gas revenues, shrunk by $386 million in the year ending on June 30. Visit: www.nmpoliticalreport.com
NM members of Congress speak at DNC t wasn’t quite New Mexico Day at the Democratic Na t ion a l C onve nt ion on Wednesday, but two New Mexico elected officials addressed the delegates.
Lu já n represented t he Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The DCCC, t he g roup wh ich Lu ján chairs, seeks to get more Democrats elected to Congress. Luján went after Republican presidential nominee Donald
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Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham, both members of Congress, spoke to the delegates July 27. The speeches came hours ahead of scheduled speeches by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine. Earlier in the week, Democrats at the convention voted to nominate Hillar y Clinton as their presidential candidate.
Trump and House Republicans in his speech. “For nearly six years, House Republicans have put party over country,” Lu ján said. “For nearly six years, they’ve been afraid to stand up to the birthers and bigots and conspiracy theorists—like the one they just nominated for President.” T he e a rly p or t ion s of
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Gallup Council passes 4Q budget adjustment By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he Gallup City Council unanimously passed a resolution July 26 rel a t ed t o bud get adjustments for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016. The action took place at the regular city meeting and was not met with opposition. Cit y F i n a nce D i rec t or Patr icia Hol la nd i ntro duced the matter to council NEWS
member s, prefaci ng t he infor mation by say ing the finance department reviews budget ch a nge s a nd sub mits changes to council for approval. “This is a relative routine matter,” she said. According to Holland, the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration requires the city council to pass resolutions for budget increases, decreases, and transfers between funds. Areas
that were reviewed by finance personnel included personnel, operations, capital outlay, and transfers. “The [finance department] requires approval of the report of actuals showing cumulative activity for the fiscal year,” Holland said. Holla nd ex pla ined that the budget revision encompasses changes processed April 1 through June 30 of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016. Gallup Sun • Friday July 29, 2016
Udall, Haaland announce New Mexico delegation’s votes at DNC Matthew Reichbach NM Political Report
n July 26, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and Democratic Party of New Mexico chairman Deb Haaland teamed up to cast the state’s votes for U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as Clinton clinched the Democratic presidential nomination. New Mexico cast 27 votes for Clinton and 16 votes for Sanders. The votes came as a result of a June primary, which Clinton narrowly won, and the votes of super-delegates, who unanimously supported Clinton. Clinton ultimately was nominated by acclamation, at the request of Sanders himself who has fought throughout the convention to unify Democrats against Donald Trump, even as some of his supporters insist they will not back Clinton. Those speaking to announce the votes and the state, however, are firmly on Hillary’s team. Udall and Ha a la nd were a mong the
Sen. Tom Udall superdelegates to back Clinton. Udall mentioned the national labs and the Native American tribes in the state in his remarks, before he handed off to Haaland. Udall also mentioned veterans and the Navajo Codetalkers. It was similar to how Gov. Susana Martinez handed off the announcing of votes to Republican delegate Samuel LeDoux, though Udall endorsed the Democratic candidate while Martinez still has not endorsed Republican nominee Donald Trump. Haaland mentioned two things many New Mexicans are familiar with—the state question of “red or green,”
MEMBERS | FROM PAGE 7 Lu já n’s speech add ressed h is fa m i ly, goi ng back to his gra ndpa rents. He sa id t hat t he va lues t hey held a re t he sa me va lues t hat Clinton ha s a nd the sa me values as House Democratic candidates. “As Democrats, we believe that everybody in America should have the same opportunity my grandparents and parents had—to work hard, to have a place of your own, to build some real economic security that you don’t have to worry will disappear overnight, to pass something onto your kids and grandkids,” Luján said. Lujan’s speech is available on the C-Span website. A n hour earlier, Lu ja n Grisham spoke. Her speech is embedded at [nmpoliticalreport.com]. She praised Clinton on women’s issues while at the same time criticizing Trump and his running mate, Tim Kaine. “I also look for ward to the day—a nd I ca n see it from here—when we have a P r e s id e nt w ho k now s
and the TV show Breaking Bad. Breaking Bad filmed in Albuquerque and red and green chile are all but a religion for most New Mexicans. Haaland, the first Native A merican women to head state party, also mentioned the tribes, pueblos and sovereign nations in the state. “Today, Democrats made history—Hillary Clinton became the first woman nominee to run for President of the United States, and I was honored to announce New Mexico’s delegate votes at the Democratic National Convention,” Haaland said in a statement afterward. “Hillary broke a glass ceiling, and now we’re going to move forward and elect her president of the United States.” Hours after the delegate votes, former President Bill Clinton, the husband of Hillary Clinton, spoke to the crowd. U.S. Reps. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Ben Ray Lujan [spoke July 27] during the convention, [as did] President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Visit: www.nmpoliticalreport.com
f i r s t - h a nd how wome n’s economic security is tied to issues like access to women’s healthcare, equal pay for the same work, and longterm care for our disabled children and aging parents,” Lujan Grisham said. From there, Lujan Grisham went into her criticism of the Republican ticket. “We all know how Donald Trump talks about women,” she sa id. “He’s suggested that working mothers aren’t ‘giving 100 percent’ at their jobs. He’s called breastfeeding ‘disgusting.’ He thinks that equal pay for women gets away from, and I quote, ‘capitalism.’” Lujan Grisham also spoke about suppor t i ng fa m i ly caregivers. Delegates nom i nated Kaine as vice president by acclamation, with no controversy, [earlier that same d ay]. Cl i nt on a n nou nced her choice of Kaine as vice president. The end of Luján’s speech focused on House Democrats and their efforts to re-take cont rol of t he Hou se of Representatives. Visit: www.nmpoliticalreport.com
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WEEKLY DWI REPORT The legal limit is .08 Matthew Ramone July 8, 1:08 pm DWI, Aggravated Gallup P o l i c e Department O f f i c e r Ter ra nce Peyke t ew a was dispatched to 1000 E. Hwy 66 in reference to a driver slumped over the wheel of a GMC pickup. At the scene, Peyketewa found an open can of beer under Ramone’s feet. Ramone, 28, picked the can up and spilled it on his lap. His breath smelled of alcohol and he had bloodshot eyes. He failed field sobriety tests and refused breath testing. Brian Uentillie July 7, 12:07 am DWI, Aggravated GPD Officer John Gonzales was on patrol at East Highway 66 and Will Street, when he noticed a black Kia four-door with Arizona plates swerving and unable to maintain its lane.
Gonzales p u l l e d Uentillie, 32, over in the parking lot of t he El Capita n Motel at 1300 E. Hwy 66. Uentillie smelled of alcohol and said, “I am all f----ed up.” He was unable to perform field sobriety tests and refused chemical testing. Dewayne H. Yazza July 6, 2:06 am DWI, Aggravated G P D Officer Chris Molina was dispatched to Safeway at 980 U.S. 491 in reference to a po s sible drunk driver in a silver Ford Focus. On arrival, Molina was told by Safeway employees the driver had already left. Molina found the car speeding on U.S. 491 with its headlights out. Yazza, 26, stopped in the far right lane at a stoplight
on Third Street, but continued straight through the light. Molina pulled Yazza over at Third Street and Aztec Avenue. Yazza had bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred his speech, and smelled of alcohol. He failed field sobriety tests and blew .19 twice during breath testing. Lawrence Gishie July 5, 3:06 am 2nd DWI, Aggravated G P D Officer Chaz Troncoso was dispatched to the site of a cra sh w ith i nju r ie s at the intersection of Clark Street and Aztec Avenue. He was told a man from one of the vehicles was running south and possible intoxicated. Troncoso found the suspect north of 602 S. Dani Dr. Gishie was sitting on top of the hill, and claimed he was not involved in the cra sh. Gishie had bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred his speech, and smelled of alcohol. Troncoso
transported Gishie back to the scene of the crash where he was identified by a victim. Gishie blew .33 and .31 dur ing breath testing a nd had three warrants out for his arrest. Brian Billie July 2, 7:57 pm DWI, Aggravated G P D Officer John Gonzales wa s worki ng a DW I checkpoint at Aztec Avenue and Eleventh Street when he asked Billie, 34, for his insurance card. Billie could not find the card and there was a beer can on the floor. Billie failed field sobriety tests and blew .19 on the portable breath test. Bryan Begay, Jr. June 29, 5:47 pm 2nd DWI, Aggravated G P D O f f ic e r S t e v e n Pesh la ka i was advised of a possible d r u n k driver in a g r a y Fo r d Explorer in the El Sobrero area. Peshlakai found the
vehicle swerving near Park Avenue and Hwy 602. On Dani Drive, the vehicle drove in the opposite lane of traffic. Peshlakai stopped Begay, 26, in the parking lot of Cliffside Apartments, 601 Dani Dr. Begay did not have his license or registration, smelled of alcohol, drooled, slurred his speech, and had bloodshot, watery eyes. Begay refused field sobriety tests and blew .26 and .27 during breath testing. Nathan Randall Kee June 29, 9:34 pm 2nd DWI, Aggravated M C S O Deputy Ivan Tset h l i k a i, Jr. was advised that t he d r i ver of a maroon Pontiac SUV left Sage Brush Liquor after being refused alcohol sales due to intoxication. The driver was pulled over by MCSO Deputy Shane Bennett at the T & R Feed and Rope parking lot at 671 U.S. 491. Kee, 38, smelled of alcohol but claimed he had not been drinking. He failed field sobriety tests and blew .14 during the portable breath test. He refused chemical testing.
UNM-Gallup students attend Sen. Tom Udall Town Hall meeting
By Marilee Petranovich University of New Mexico - Gallup
t the invitation of Senator Tom Udall, members of the UNMGa l lup A mer ic a n Indian Business Association attended a July 20 Town Hall meeting to discuss the introduction of the Senator’s CREATE Act. This recent legislation will help New Mexico artists and others working in cultural education and tourism to access resources and gain support for their businesses. Some key provisions of the CREATE Act include:
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AIBA students Alan Ashley, Georgeanna Leekity, and Daisha Holyan, Staff Advisor April Coonsis, and Faculty Advisor Al Henderson with Sen. Tom Udall. Photo Credit: UNM-G • S u p p or t by t he S m a l l Business Administration in assisting artists and entrepreneurs in obtaining financial support • P rov ision of i ncubator s and grant programs that suppor t t he a r t s i ndu s t r y f rom key gover nmental units such as the Econom ic Development Administration and
Rural Development Administration • Revised laws that give artists a more equitable tax deduction for the market value of their artwork rather than just for materials used • Encouragement of a more global influx of artwork to museums and educational institutions by expedition of visa processes
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Gallup Council doles out $33K in lodger’s tax funding GALLUP FILM FESTIVAL RECEIVES BULK OF FUNDS
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
hroughout the f iscal year, the city’s Lodger’s Tax Committee recommends funding for the promotion and marketing of various events that bring tourism to Gallup. The Gallup City Council allocated $33,400 at the July 26 regular meeting to five different groups, upping the ante for the annual Gallup Film Festival and taking off $2,000 from the Second Street Arts Festival. “I would like the council to consider raising the proposal to $16,000,” City Councilor Allan Landavazo told the panel when it came time to talk about the film festival. “I think the festival can become something bigger than what it was last year.” GFF organizer Knifewing Segura, who is the founder and CEO of the Downtown Conference Center on Coal Avenue, said the film festival, which takes place at the El
Councilor Allan Landavazo
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Morro Theatre, has grown since its inception four years ago. Segura named actors Wes Studi, Roger Willie, and Gary Farmer, and he didn’t rule out bigger names either attending or starring in one of the films to be shown during the three-day festival this September. “How much will it bring ba ck t o t he c it y ? ” Cit y Councilor Yogash Kumar asked Segura. “This is something that must be considered. If we’re going to spend that kind of money, we have to make sure
it gets to the right places.” Mayor Jackie McKinney a sked Segura if the GFF shared similarities with the annual Native Film Series put on by Lisa Rodriguez. The NFS received $15,000 earlier this year in lodger’s tax funds. Rodriguez is the city film liaison for the state of New Mexico. “[There] is nothing else in Gallup like the [Film Series],” Segura said, explaining that GFF and NFS are not the same. Segura noted that downtown Gallup fills up during the time of
the festival, explaining the spinoff effect from the event. He said most people come from the greater McKinley County area, but folks also travel from as far away as Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and parts of Colorado. While Gallup’s festival isn’t in the same class as the Utah-based Sundance Film Festival, it is talked about a lot. “This [has] gotten to the point where it’s getting bigger and bigger each year,” Segura told council members. “It’s popular.” Catherine Sebold, city tourism and marketing manager, introduced a list that contained a little more than $69,000 in allocations. She and Kumar said every group or organization that made a request for the funds was approved. “This year, we have allocated about $324,000,” Sebold said. “This was just the latest batch of allocations.” T he G a l lup C ou nc i l authorized: • $3,000 for the Gloria Saucedo Women’s Softball
Tournament • $5,000 Gallup Old Timers C l a s s ic S of tba l l L e a g ue Tournament • $1,400 for an Evergreen brochure via gallupArts • $5,000 for the Second Street Arts Festival • $3,000 for the Softball Warriors Adult Slow Pitch Tournament The Second Street Arts Festival recommended $7,000, but received the decreased amount of $5,000. That was the sole decrease in allocation amounts. Sebold noted that each entity to receive the lodger’s tax must sign paperwork denoting the allocation. Lodger’s taxes must be used for events that promote or market municipalities, according to state law. T he L od ger’s Ta x Committee consists of Kumar, Cindy Tanner, Ron Samardzia, Steve Har per, and Jeremy Boucher. Members of the committee serve unlimited terms. Tanner is its president.
ACCT 214‐1015‐411.47‐05 Organization Name 1
FY 2016 Award FY 2017 Request
New Mexico High School Rodeo Association
NMHSRA Gallup Rodeo
Jason Rice Ph: 575‐760‐8169 $ 6 000,00
Gallup Christian School
Wild Thing Bull Riding
Jim Christian Ph: 863‐5530 $ 5 000,00 $ 5 000,00
Cycle City Promotions
Red Rock Arenacross
$ 5 000,00
$ 5 000,00
Red Rock Motorsports Club, Inc.
Zuni Mountain ATV/UTV Jamboree
Greg Kirk Ph: 870‐8518 $ ‐
$ 6 000,00
$ 6 000,00
Greg Kirk Ph: 870‐8518 $ ‐
$ 8 000,00
$ 8 000,00 $ 4 000,00
Red Rock Motorsports Club, Inc.
Red Rock Motorsports Summer MX Series
Red Rock Motorsports Club, Inc.
Red Rock 100 Desert Race
Good Samaritan Society ‐ Grants
Holy Frijole Annual Alzheimer's Softball Bash
Red Rock Trailer Roping
Red Rock Classic
Gallup Family Fitness Series
Squash Blossom Classic
Tod Hammock Ph: 918‐629‐9930
$ 5 000,00
Greg Kirk Ph: 870‐8518 $ ‐
$ 6 000,00
FY 2017 Committee Recommendation $6 000
$ 6 000,00
$ 5 000,00
$ 4 000,00
Richard Morgan Ph: 505‐285‐5581 $ 4 000,00
$ 4 000,00
$ 4 000,00
Walt Eddy Ph: 879‐6181 $ 2 000,00
$ 2 500,00
$ 2 500,00
$ 5 000,00
$ 5 000,00
Jennifer Van Drunen Ph: 862‐1865 $ 10 000,00
$ 10 000,00
$ 10 000,00
24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest
Seth Bush Ph: 505‐554‐0059 $ 5 000,00
$ 5 000,00
$ 5 000,00
Dawn til Dusk
Seth Bush Ph: 505‐554‐0059 $ 10 000,00
$ 5 000,00
$ 5 000,00
GallupFest Downtown Arts & Crafts Fair
Carol Sarath Ph: 505‐488‐2136 $ 4 000,00
$ 2 800,00
$ 2 800,00
Gallup Inter‐Tribal Indian Ceremonial
Gallup Inter‐Tribal Indian Ceremonial
Dudley Byerley Ph: 863‐3896 $ 50 000,00
$ 50 000,00
$ 50 000,00
4th Annual Native Film Series
Native Film Series
Lisa E Rodriguez Ph: 870‐1124 $ 5 500,00
$ 15 000,00
$ 15 000,00
Gallup Lions Club
68th Annual Gallup Lions Club Rodeo
Adventure Gallup & Beyond
Outdoor Adventure Marketing
TDFL Tony Dorsett Touch Down Football League
Annual Four Corners Youth Football Championships
Gallup Business Improvement District
Freedom Ride Flight Cruise
Walt Eddy Ph: 879‐6181 $ ‐
David Lewis Ph: 870‐0568 $ 20 000,00
$ 25 000,00
$ 25 000,00
Bob Rosebrough Ph: 722‐9121 $ 25 000,00
$ 25 000,00
$ 25 000,00
Sammy Chioda Ph: 593‐3737 $ 18 000,00
$ 10 000,00
$ 10 000,00
Francis Bee Ph: 722‐4430 $ 16 032,00 $ 20 611,00
$ 20 611,00
Land of Enchantment Opera, Inc.
2015 Summer Season
Sacred Heart Cathedral
Sacred Heart Spanish Market
Rocks the Rock Productions
Wild Thing Bull Riding
Larry Peterson Ph: 863‐5402 $ 15 000,00
$ 15 000,00
$ 15 000,00
Red Rock Balloon Rally
Red Rock Balloon Rally
Tom Robinson Ph: 863‐0262 $ 25 000,00
$ 25 000,00
$ 25 000,00
iHeart Media ‐ Gallup
4th of July Stars and Stripe Celebraton
$ 6 000,00
$ 6 000,00
Gallup Amateur Baseball/Softball Association
Pee Wee Reece Regional
$ 5 000,00
$ 5 000,00
Patrick Mason Ph: 722‐4463 $ 15 000,00
$ 15 000,00
$ 15 000,00
Rev. Matthew Keller Ph: 722‐6644 $ 5 000,00
$ 11 500,00
$ 11 500,00
Mary Ann Armijo Ph: 863‐9391 $ ‐ Lawrence Andrade Ph: 722‐5008
$ 10 000,00
The above chart represents organizations, their events, and the funds recommended and received through the lodger’s tax, which benefits events that promote or market the city of Gallup.
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Tow services A world of trouble from placed on notice one chronic illness to secure cargo By NM Dept. of Heatlh
CONSUMER COMPLAINTS PROMPT ACITON Staff Reports
A NTA FE – At the u r ge n t r e q u e s t o f New Mexico Public Regulation Commission Chair Valerie Espinoza, the NM PRC’s T ra n spor t at ion Division has issued an advisory to tow services operating in the state to properly secure their cargo after the agency received a number of complaints from the public. “Our chief concern is always public safety, for our families and those traveling to and within our state,” Espinoza, who represents District 3, wrote. “I have personally observed many instances where something could have easily gone wrong, and thus prompted a letter being mailed on July 7 to towing companies, reminding them of their legal responsibilities in reference to the securement of cargo.” That letter informed all recipient compa nies that it had been brought to the Commission’s attention that tow services had been observed transporting passenger vehicles on tow trucks with no more than the winch cable securing the vehicle to the tow truck. “This practice is not only unsafe, but it violates state and federal law regarding securement,” NMPRC Transportation Div ision Director Avelino Gutierrez said. The Commission’s motor carrier rules contain several technical requirements regarding various towing methods, with each method requiring adequate provisions of additional safety devices, such as safety chains, cables, or similar devices to prevent the towed vehicle from breaking loose, moving laterally, or shifting. The letter also included
NMPRC’s Chair Valerie Espinoza several technical requirements pertaining to the types of and performance requirements for securement devices and systems, each of which is required to prevent the load from shifting or falling from the tow vehicle. “Timing is of the essence as we revise rules,” Chair E s p i n o z a s t a t e d . “ It i s extremely important that, as part of my duties, I want to ensure compliance and safety of all Motor Carrier Rules.” Gutierrez said towing passenger vehicles with “no more than a winch cable” violates several laws. The prevailing compliant practice, she said, is for each towed vehicle to be secured by two devices in the front and two in the back. “This requirement protects the public, protects the towed vehicle, and protects the tow vehicle’s stability and maneuverability,” Gutierrez said. “I want to avoid the occurrence of any all possible accidents,” Espinoza concluded. “We get into our vehicles daily, and need to know that the professionals on the road are behaving in a professional capacity, being ever vigilant toward public safety.”
epatitis is one of those silent illnesses we talk about often in public health. It’s estimated to be the seventh leading cause of death in the world, and yet it is one of those infections that many people living with it are not even aware they have. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report hepatitis is an infection caused by one of five viruses – hepatitis A, B, C, D or E. Every form of hepatitis can cause inflammation of the liver, but hepatitis B and C often leads to cirrhosis and liver cancer. That’s why World Hepatitis Day was recognized July 28, by the World Health Organization to raise awareness and promote u nder st a nd i ng of hepatitis. Not all hepatitis is dangerous. Hepatitis A and hepatitis B can be prevented with safe,
effective vaccine. There’s no vaccine though for hepatitis C… the most common killer. There has been progress in recent years with new anti-viral medication, however that is able to reverse the effects for the estimated 80-95 percent who compete treatment. All pregnant women in New Mexico and the United States and many other countries are now routinely screened for hepatitis. If a pregnant woman has it, doctors and other health care providers take extra steps to assure their newborn gets timely vaccination to prevent it being passed to them. The New Mexico Depa r tment of Hea lth (NMDOH) reports an estimated 23,000 to 55,000 residents are infected with hepatitis. The cause often comes from substance-use behaviors, like sharing needles… or in tattooing with a used needle. It’s t at toos t hat a ct ually lead many to late life
diagnoses. Tattooing was not as safe or as well-regulated among our baby boom generation, people born between 1945 through 1965. That’s why the CDC recommends all baby boomers get tested for hepatitis regardless of the whether substance abuse has been an issue in their lives or not. I n a dd it ion to Baby Boomers, testing is recommended for: • Anyone who currently injects drugs and anyone who ever injected drugs. (even once many years ago) • People with liver disease or abnormal liver tests. • People with HIV infection. • Children born to HCVpositive women. • Anyone who was ever on long-term hemodialysis or received transfusions or organ transplants. For information on how to get tested, talk to your primary care provider or call your local public health office.
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Behavioral health shakeup prompts another call for HSD head’s resignation By Joey Peters NM Political Report
fter testimony from officials from three nonprofits that prov ided beh av ior a l health services that were targeted with fraud allegations but later cleared by the attorney general, a second New Mexico lawmaker called for state Human Services Department Secretary Brent Earnest to resign. “This is just morally repugnant behavior that this administration, this department, has done,” state Rep. Christine T r u ji l lo, D -A lbuq uer q ue, said [July 27] at an interim Legislative Health and Human Services Committee meeting. “It’s criminal and obscene.” Trujillo and eight other state lawmakers listened to the heads of three of the 15 behavioral health organizations that were infamously accused of “credible allegations of fraud” in 2013 by HSD’s then-Secretary Sidonie Squier. The department cited an aud it f rom Boston-ba sed Public Consulting Group that
Human Services Department Secretary Brent Earnest found $34 million in Medicaid fraud between the 15 providers. Squier cut off Medicaid funding from the providers, but the Attorney General’s Office has since cleared all from any wrongdoing. Now, many of these providers—most of which shut their doors after the Medicaid freeze—are going through “fair hearings” with HSD to resolve the alleged overpayments. In the meantime, five firms from Arizona took over providing behavioral health ser v ices. T h ree of t hose Arizona firms have already left the state. Patsy Romero, CEO of Easter Seals El Mirador, one
of the nonprofits, choked up when she spoke at the hearing of the patients she said aren’t being served because of the shakeup. She mentioned hearing about two youths who her organization served recently committing suicide. “What happened to the 30,000 lives that were totally displaced by this?” Romero told lawmakers. Trujillo called the actions “criminal behavior.” At one point in the hearing, she turned to state Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino, D-Albuquerque, who in May called for Earnest’s resignation amid a different scandal involving food stamps that has been recently rocking the department. “I would love to join you in asking for his resignation again and for criminal charges to be pressed,” Trujillo told Ortiz y Pino. “This isn’t human error anymore. This is actually criminal behavior. And so many people have been asked to pay the price for venial sins.” Critics have said the audit on which HSD based its “credible allegations of fraud” findings was unreliable. Public
Consulting Group extrapolated from samples of $42,500 in Medicaid overbilling and came up with the $34 million figure. Attorney General Hector Balderas cleared 13 of the providers earlier this year. Former Attorney General Gary King cleared the other two providers while he was in office. Clearing the providers of wrongdoing opened the providers up to a “fair hearing” process with HSD to resolve the overbilling issues. HSD officials have stood by the department’s 2013 action to cut Medicaid funding from the providers and said they would seek to collect all overbilled Medicaid funds. Romero a nd Na ncy Jo Archer, executive director of Hogares, both told lawmakers that they had recently concluded their fair hearings. Both criticized the process. “In our experience, a fair hearing is an unfair process,” Romero said. “HSD acts as auditor, judge and jury.” Romero said the fair hearing concluded that Easter Seals owes $127,000 from Medicaid
overbilling, the vast majority of which she said was extrapolated from actual findings. Archer said her organization’s fair hearing with HSD concluded that Hogares owes $3.1 million from Medicaid overbilling, which she said was extrapolated from $2,500 in actual findings. Shannon Freedle, CEO of Teambuilders, said HSD is currently claiming his organization’s Medicaid overpayments amount to $2.2 million. That number was extrapolated from less than $750 in actual overbilling findings, he said. Freedle is set to begin his hearing with HSD next week. Both Romero and Archer have appealed their hearing conclusions in Santa Fe district court. All contended that their organizations’ Medicaid overbilling issues amount to common errors and that HSD didn’t give them due process. “ We we r e w it h i n t he national expected margin of error of 6 to 9 percent,” Freedle said. Visit: www.nmpoliticalreport.com
Udall, Heinrich, Luján, secure funding for Farmington airport in FAA reauthorization Staff Reports
ASHINGTON – On July 15, a pr ov i sion s up por ted by U.S. S en at or s Tom Ud a l l a nd Ma r tin Hein r ich a nd U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján to secure funding for the Four Corners Regional Airport in Farmington was signed into law as a part of the bill reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration. Udall pushed for the prov ision i n the Senate bill, which Heinrich supported, to ensure that Four Corners will be eligible for full Airport Improvement Program funding in fiscal year 2017. After the Senate passed its FA A reauthorization legislation
in April, Lu ján pushed for the provision’s inclusion in any final legislation considered by the U.S. House of Representatives. AIP is a critical source of funding that helps airports maintain air ser vice facilities a nd make necessa r y upgrades. The FAA reauthorization bill provides $1 million per year for airports that see more than 10,000 passengers per year. Udall, a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, pushed for a provision to create a temporary exception for the Four Cor ners a irport and others like it that have recently experienced a decline in passenger numbers. Farmington went from more than 14,000 passengers
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in 2013 to fewer than 6,000 in 2014; this exception ensures that Farmington will remain eligible for crucial AIP funding in the next fiscal year. “Small and rural airports across New Mexico provide a critical link for our rural communities—but while many small carriers are cutting back flights, airports like the Four Corners Regional Airport still need funding for essential maintenance and upgrades,” Udall said. “After hearing from Farmington Mayor Tommy Roberts, I worked with the Senate Commerce Committee to ensure the FAA reauthorization allowed Four Corners Regional Airport to be eligible for full AIP funding in the next fiscal year. This funding is a step forward and we will
keep working to support rural air service at the Four Corners Regional Airport and others like it across New Mexico.” “I’m proud to have worked with my colleagues to secure this provision in the final FA A agreement,” Heinrich said. “This ensures the Four Cor ners Regiona l A ir por t w i l l receive f u l l A i r por t Improvement Program funding for the next fiscal year. T h i s fe der a l i nve s t me nt s u p p o r t s c r it ic a l s a fe t y en ha ncements, ef f iciency improvements and facility upgrades. The air ser v ice industry in Northwestern New Mexico contributes to the local economy and plays an important role in supporting commerce in the state.” “The Airport Improvement
P rogra m prov ides a v ita l source of funding to small airports that contribute to the economy of their region,” Lu já n sa id. “I k now how important AIP has been to the Four Corners Regional Airport by supporting efforts to ensure that it continues to serve the people of San Juan County safely and effectively. That is why I am so pleased that our efforts have ensured that the airport will continue to be eligible for these essential funds in the next fiscal year.” The prov ision was included in the FA A reauthorization bill when it was considered by the Senate Commerce Committee. The legislation was signed into law by President Obama. NEWS
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All lives matter
STAY PATIENT AFTER GPD SHOOTING By Bernie Dotson
he July 24 early-morning fatal shooting of an armed Gallup man by local police demands a full and thorough investigation. The death of any citizen at the hands of a police officer is bound to produce strong emotions and a quest for the truth. The matter also demands the community remain calm and patient.
The New Mexico State Police is piecing together the facts that culminated in the death of 29-year-old Alvin Sylversmythe at the Arnold Street public housing. The Ga llup Police Department immediately put the investigation in the hands of the NMSP to avoid bias, which is proper. The state police will take an independent look at what exactly happened. Then its findings will be
turned over to a New Mexico District Attorney’s office, who will determine if any criminal charges will be filed. In the meantime, there are reports that six city police officers have been placed on paid administrative leave as the investigation takes its due course. That’s routine in such matters. Indeed, it’s important at this point not to prejudge the officers involved in the shooting.
While there are witnesses who saw what happened, NMSP needs time to fully process all of the information and to talk to as many witnesses
as possible, as well as to the officers who responded to the
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GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF JULY 29 – AUG. 4
Dream BIG this month with Leo the lion’s help. The planet of communication (Mercury) lingers in Virgo. This lends credibility and logic to large projects. Madame G recommends using your resources. Get creative and be kind toward friends, family, and co-workers. Consider John Steinbeck’s wise words from Of Mice And Men: “Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.” Give more than you take.
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Fear is the greatest enemy of the mind and spirit. Bravery is not the opposite or lack of fear, it’s merely resilience and persistence combined. In Emily Bronte’s novel Wuthering Heights, Lockwood, proclaims: “Terror made me cruel!” Don’t let your fear prevent you from living or sharing yourself with another. You must show love to receive it. Live well!
You might be feeling a little dramatic in light of recent events. This may be an excellent time to head on over to the Santa Fe Opera to enjoy Mozart’s famous Don Giovanni. In life as in music, silence is powerful. Mozart said: “ Be silent, if you choose; but when it’s necessary, speak — and speak in such a way that people will remember it.” Madame G says, use your speech wisely and go vote!
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
You may find yourself looking for a sign, any sign, good or bad. Sometimes they’re bold; often, they’re right in front of you. Madame G suggests going outside and enjoying the fresh air. This is a great day to binge on the Netflix series Stranger Things and George Orwell’s novel 1984. “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” Read the signs carefully, but don’t read into them. Have fun!
Sometimes it’s hard to know if there’s good in the world. It may be even more difficult if you feel you’re not doing any good. You’re a bright soul and your life needs purpose. When in doubt, do no harm. E.M. Forster conquered this idea in a Room with a View: “Choose a place where you won’t do harm — yes, chose a place where you won’t do very much harm, and stand in it for all you’re worth, facing the sunshine.” Be kind!
In the cult show, Firefly, Zoe Washburne says: “I ain’t so afraid of losing something that I ain’t goanna try to have it.” Are you grappling with this sentiment? Maybe you’re in a struggle for what you want and the fear of losing it. Don’t back down from your personal power because no one can devalue you. Remember that fortune favors the bold in life and in love. Good luck!
You have an infectious roar. It’s charming and serves you well. But beyond the flash of mentoring and coaching those in your circle, some things don’t require glory. In fact, as Leo Tolstoy points out in Anna Karenina: “It’s much better to do good in a way that no one knows anything about it.” In this way, you’ve done it for the sake of good and humanity rather than your ego — the shallow end of happiness. Smile!
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
You’re probably feeling a little lost this week. You can’t escape the chaos. At least your conscience is clean, mostly. You may not conquer the world, but you won’t pay the price either. As James Ellroy said in his work, L.A. Confidential: “Some men get the world, some men get ex-hookers and a trip to Arizona. You’re in with the former, but my God I don’t envy the blood on your conscience.” So, raise a glass and keep calm and carry on!
They say an elephant never forgets. And you know, it’s hard to forgive. You possess an analytical and thoughtful mind. This makes it hard to let go. Trainers employ this tactic on young elephants by strapping a thick rope to a youngster and allowing it to tug until eventually it stops. Where are you stuck? In The Road, Cormac McCarthy says: “You forget what you want to remember, and you remember what you want to forget.” Get unstuck!
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Everyone underestimates the cost and use of the creative. This is true in corporations, governments, and daily life. But you must never forget your own value or worth. Rest is as necessary for value as hard work, but don’t expect anyone to thank you for it. As Oscar Wilde said in the Portrait Of Dorian Gray: “Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” Know thyself!
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) The upcoming election has the world in upheaval. Add in the Brexit, mass shootings, and China’s strange behavior, and reality seems a little too real. Sometimes it’s a good idea to step back and acknowledge that at every major event in history, the people watching were often powerless to stop it. But we’re not the first. Consider James Joyce’s words: “History, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.” Wake up!
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Madame G highly recommends sleeping, eating properly, and exercising regularly. A healthy lifestyle is not only, well, healthy, but studies suggests it helps with stress levels. This may also increase your happiness. Consider the main character in Miguel de Cervantes’ classic novel, Don Quixote: “Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind.” Stay sane!
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) You may experience a little nostalgia this week. Are your kids out of the house? Your nephews or granddaughters may remind you that certain stages in life are over, including adolescence. This is a blessing and a curse. What would you like for the rest of your life? Haruki Murakami said: “Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.” Don’t dwell on the past.
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Makerspaces nurture business development by offering workspace, tools Paying members of FUSE receive training in the sophisticated industrial, fabrication and manufacturing equipment housed in the space, including 3D printers and machines used in milling, metalwork, vinyl cutting, electronic fabrication, welding, and woodworking. While it opened formally in April, the makerspace has been in the works for a few years, said Shaffer. “We help people
spreads to smaller communities like Taos and Las Vegas. Giving entrepreneurs and creatives access to the tools they need to develop business concepts could reverse rural population losses and strengthen the tax base in smaller towns. “It would be fabulous for New Mexico if we got some more of these [makerspaces],” Tiasse said. The New Mexico Municipal
New Mexico is home to half a dozen makerspaces, including FUSE, located on the Central New Mexico Community College campus. Photo Credit: CNM Ingenuity Inc. Facebook page By Finance New Mexico
ncertainty about the commercial viability of an innovation or idea — in addition to the cost of renting or buying the machinery needed to build a working prototype — has stifled many an entrepreneurial impulse. But the makerspace movement that’s gaining a foothold in several New Mexico communities is trying to change that. Makerspaces offer access to expensive equipment and expert mentoring that innovators need to turn a concept into something tangible. Their advocates see them as cauldrons of entrepreneur ism and economic development — as early-stage business incubators.
NURTURING CREATIVITY New Mexico is home to half a dozen makerspaces, many of them only a few years old. Los Alamos Makers calls itself “a scientific playground for all ages,” and its members can use all sorts of industrial, mechanical, laboratory, and electronic equipment that the organization has procured in its two years of existence. Lots of people have ideas, said founder Prisca Tiasse, a former biologist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, but they lack the means to invest in something that might not go anywhere. “That is a major hurdle for entrepreneurism,” she said. Donations from business and community sponsors and government grants have helped the
Los Alamos makerspace obtain most of its tools and machinery, Tiasse said. And she’s been able to buy surplus equipment from the Lab at auction for a fraction of its original price. The organization encourages community members to participate as mentors and teachers, and those who do so enjoy free use of the space. Others can join for a year, a month, a week, or a day. FUSE, located on the Central New Mex ico Com mu n it y College campus, is one of two makerspaces in Albuquerque (the other is QueLab). Intel and the college are prime sponsors of FUSE, donating equipment, software, and maintenance services, according to Aidan Shaffer, who’s contributing to the project as an AmeriCorps participant.
To serve and protect?
To the editor, A headline says: “Knifewielding man killed as he rushed Gallup Police.” It should have read: “Obviously drunk man staggers toward five or six Gallup Police and these half-dozen police, armed with batons, tasers, pistols — not to mention the fact that they outnumber this drunk six to one — were so in fear for their
lives that they shot this drunk six times.” Six police could easily have hit this drunk with six batons from all directions and taken this knife from one dizzy drunk (they were all sober) without killing him. Instead, their solution was to take this drunk’s life. On the same front page, we are told that the officer
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who fired five bullets into a 5-foot, 95-pound drunk female, wielding fearsome scissors and taking her life, will not be prosecuted because “Shipley did not commit any act that warrants prosecution.” They also refuse to name the officer who was with the shooter. To serve and protect? Louis Maldonado Gallup
Makerspaces give innovators access to equipment and mentoring so they can turn their concepts into something tangible. Photo Credit: CNM online Tweet bring ideas to market. We help with rapid prototyping” so inventors and innovators can develop a proof of concept to attract investment.
PROFITABLE COLLABORATION Makerspaces frequently are housed in vacant or repurposed buildings, a form of resource recycling that reduces project costs. Economic development advocates see great potential in this trend, especially as it
ROLL CALL | FROM PAGE 15 incident. The investigators need time and space to do what is fair and just. Citizens should keep their cool as the state investigation proceeds. Jumping to conclusions is not the wise thing to do. In the meantime, questions are swirling. The most obvious being why the cops unloaded on a man armed with knives, who was already at a short distance from them. But according to reports, the knife-wielding Sylversmythe apparently
League agrees. It is sponsoring a workshop on “Repurposing Com mu n it y A s s et s for Economic Development” at its annual conference Aug. 31 - Sept. 2 in Hobbs. Participants will hear how the City of Santa Fe partially funded the makerspace at Meow Wolf, and learn what the city hopes to achieve. 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. looked as though he was going to charge the officers, who feared for their own lives. While it’s natural for people to draw premature conclusions and to be upset, it’s wrong for anyone to fan the flames of rumor and innuendo without the necessary facts. The incident illustrates that there is no such thing as a routine call for a law enforcement officer. The answers to the whole unfortunate situation will come out soon. All lives matter: Pray for the family of the victim, and remember to thank a police officer, as blue lives matter, too. OPINIONS
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ave you ever wondered what happens to the students with the most severe of disabilities who have needs too great for the staffing and resources of the smaller school districts surrounding Gallup? Where can they go to receive an education and learn applicable skills for daily life? The answer is just on the other side of the Arizona border at the St. Michaels Association for Special Education. SMASE’s program for students with special needs has been in operation for over 40 years on the Navajo Nation, with no direct support from the tribe. That is, until this year, when a grant was officially requested to help with needs that range from fixing roads and water lines to funds to hire teachers and buy curriculum. The grant was supported by the Health Education and Human Services Committee of the Navajo Nation Tribal Council and managed by the Office of Special Education
and Rehabilitation Services. Jonathan Hale, council delegate for Oak/Pine Springs Chapter a nd St. Michaels Chapter, sponsored the grant. “The grant was well supported by the Navajo Nation, the Navajo Nation Council, that is, it also had supporting resolutions from area chapters and the general public,” Hale said in an interview with the Sun. After much support, the grant finally made it to the desk of Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye for the needed funds of $2,418,660. The president used his executive power of line-item veto to cut out 74 percent of the requested funds to help Navajo Nation children with special needs.
WHY WAS THE GRANT VETOED? The Gallup Sun reached out to the Nava jo Nation Office of the President and Vice President for comment on this developing story a week in advance. As of press time, a response has not been received. Several reasons were given by the president’s office as to
Down a winding dirt road outside Window Rock, Ariz., you will find multiple colorful hogan structures that make up St. Michaels Association for Special Education. why a majority of the grant was vetoed. The overall explanation was that the particular undesignated unreserved fund was only for Navajo Nation government programs. Councilman Hale disagreed. “Past councils made appropriations to other entities,” he said. “I was saddened by that remark, as it was an ill-advised statement to submit to say no to those employees that have the heart to take care of children that have disabilities.”
Ms. Lane makes use of this robust double-hogan classroom with three para-educators to instruct non-verbal students with autism. COMMUNITY
After the initial disappointment, the leadership at SMASE has been very grateful for the $629,472 that was passed. For a staff who will take all the help they can get, approximately a quarter of the original grant was nothing to look down on.
WHERE WILL THE FUNDS GO? The association’s education director, James Conner, said the grant would fund two new yellow buses and two shuttle vans, both with wheelchair access; mileage reimbursement for transporting students; some curriculum materials and programs; general materials and supplies; some technology; and the hiring of two contract therapists. “These are all required services and equipment needed to comply with the student educational plans (IEP),” Conner wrote in an email to the Sun. “Our Transportation fleet is in dire need of new vehicles. Hundreds of thousands of miles are traveled every year for student transport. We cover most of the Navajo Nation and try to get students back to their families as often as possible.” There were some conflicts with parts of the grant that were passed and parts that
were vetoed. For instance, the online instructional programs for the curriculum were passed, but the school doesn’t have the technology to use it. “The veto eliminated the purchase of new computers that are compatible with online programs,” Conner said. “Our classroom technology for students is outdated. We are currently trying to resolve this issue with the grant.”
LOOKING TOWARD THE FUTURE While the grant is still a work in progress, the staff is already gearing up for another school year. Some of the association’s nurses, teachers, and therapists are actually volunteers through Mercy Corps who have specialized college degrees and are fully licensed to work. These volunteers do not receive a salary. Rebecca Lane, who is one of the volunteers from last school year, has been hired on as the association’s autistic support teacher. “I serve the students with severe and profound autism,” Lane said. “My favorite part about working at SMASE is
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Meow Wolf slays the Santa Fe art scene with support from UNM artists By Katie Williams University of New Mexico
n old bowling alley on the south side of Santa Fe has undergone an artistic transformation that promises visitors a unique, multisensory art experience like they have never encountered before. As Meow Wolf gains national attention and accolades, current and former Lobos say they are thankful to be a part of this unprecedented arts and entertainment experience. It is apropos that the newly renovated Meow Wolf Art Complex was born out of a partnership between Meow Wolf, an arts and entertainment production company, and well-known Game of Thrones author George
the building was adorned with larger-than-life sculptures loudly announcing Meow Wolf’s presence. The centerpiece of Meow Wolf’s Art Complex is a recently opened, 20,000-square-foot permanent attraction called the “House of Eternal Return”— an explorable wonderland built for audiences of all ages. Bu i lt on t he prem ise, “Something has happened inside a mysterious Victorian house that has dissolved the nature of time and space.” Each visitor is invited to choose their own path through the exhibition—walking, climbing, and crawling through “an imaginative multiverse of unexpected environments.” Visitors are encouraged to figure out what happened to the family
thesis project, “Eat Me.” The hanging chrysalis-like pod has a three-point computer vision system that allows the sculpture to track movement around it and respond to changes in its environment. During the “Eat Me” exhibition, food grown within the three Livestock pods was harvested and fed to viewers through a series of performances. UNM alumna Kristen Woods spearheaded the performance aspect of “Eat Me,” which included aerialists on silks serving the food grown from the BETA. Later, it was Woods who connected Bauer to Meow Wolf ultimately leading to the prototype being fitted with fake plants for permanent display in the “House of Eternal Return.” “I installed my piece at Meow Wolf, and then came back to help them out because I believe in their mission and want to support the cause as so many folks do,” Bauer said. “There are so many facets in this unique world to explore.”
Eternal Return” is becoming wellknown nationally. The New York Times captured the experience by writing, “nothing about this work of art is behind velvet ropes.” But there are multiple people running the project’s day-to-day operations behind-the-scenes. One such person is UNM student Chris Clavio, who took a sabbatical from studying in the electronic arts program to pursue fulltime work with Meow Wolf. “Working at Meow Wolf is super fun—it’s like a Disneyland exhibit,” Clavio said. “Working day-to-day here is quite an experience.” Clavio credits Meow Wolf with breaking down traditional barri-
Larger-than-life sculptures greet visitors in the Meow Wolf parking lot. Photo Credit: Meow Wolf Facebook R.R. Martin. The old Silva Lanes bowling alley had been on the market for six years, with only minimal interest. Meow Wolf CEO Vince Kadlubek worked for George R.R. Martin at Martin’s Jean Cocteau Theater and thought Martin might be interested in the prospect of owning the building. Over the course of four months, Martin and Meow Wolf hammered out the details. The building was purchased and almost immediately began a transformation. The front of
from Mendocino, Calif., living in the Victorian house in the midst of a dimensional rift. The scope of this project is made possible by a mastermind of many artists. Adding to this unique experience is artwork and talent by UNM College of Fine Arts alumni and students. Russell Bauer, who received his Master’s in Fine Arts in art and ecology at UNM, has his original work of art, “Livestock BETA” displayed as part of the house. The sculpture was originally created for his master’s
The neon forest in Meow Wolf’s “House of Eternal Return.” Photo Credit: Maya Holt Larry Bob Phillips, another UNM CFA MFA graduate, painted the murals in the entrance and the eyeballs in the back hall lining the permanent exhibition. Meow Wolf’s “House of
ers for artists. The exhibit is comprised of many different works of art created by professional and
amateur artists. “You can be classically trained or have attended art school.” Clavio said. “It takes a different approach from traditional art in Santa Fe.” Working with the daily tech team at Meow Wolf is only part of Clavio’s contribution to the project. During its installation, he helped design many of the low voltage infrastructure systems and lead the team that installed most of them. This includes all of the LED lighting in the show, the network backbone and surveillance system. “The project could not have been a better fit for my skill set,” Clavio said. “A huge amount of the skills I used on Meow Wolf were due to my education in the Electronic Arts program as well as my employment at the UNM ARTS Lab. There I had mentors like Associate Professor Claudia X. Valdes and Associate Director of Immersive Media David Beining who were big advocates for my education and success as an artist.” Initially, Meow Wolf expected around 100,000 visitors annually to the “House of Eternal Return.” Having only been open since March, the exhibit has already surpassed this attendance expectation, thus solidifying itself as one of the premiere family attractions for both locals and tourists.
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‘Jason Bourne’ delivers great action, but feels familiar RATING: ««« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 123 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun
t’s been nine years since we last saw Matt Damon as author Robert Ludlum’s uniquely skilled ex-CIA agent. Re-teaming with director Paul Greengra ss (T h e B o ur n e S up re m a c y, T h e Bourne Ultimatum), Jason Bourne is the latest title in the lengthy series. Like many of the other chapters, this is a decent and well-produced action f lick with a couple standout chases. The downside to this endeavor is that it all feels, for lack of a better term, overly familiar. In the time since we last saw him, Bourne has gone off the grid, apparently making ends meet as an underground bare-knuckle boxer. His retreat doesn’t last long, as a face from his past finds him. Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) tells him she plans on releasing secret CIA files that will expose all of the government’s nefarious activities, both in the past and plans for the future. Additionally, she has discovered something previously unknown about Bourne’s past. The two are soon on the run from CIA Director Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones), recent bureau recruit Lee (Alicia Vikander) and icy
The newest in the hit series, ‘Jason Bourne,’ which stars Matt Damon, feels like more of the same. Now playing in Gallup. Photo Credit: Universal Studios black ops agent Asset (Vincent Cassel). A decade ago, director Greengrass was noted for his unique use of the shaky camera technique. It’s a style in which the lens constantly moves around, zooming in and out randomly in an attempt to create a lively, almost documentary-like mood. Recent gen re ci nema ha s moved away from the approach, but the director is back to the same tricks here; he rattles the camera during hand-tohand combat scenes, chases on wheels, and even moves it during routine conversations about pursuit strategy. Despite the constant shiftiness, the
chaos is always clear and easy to follow. It’s just funny that only a decade later, shooting action in this manner almost feels old-fashioned. It’s still fun to watch, and there are a couple of standout scenes. One is in Greece, where Bourne rides a motorcycle with agents and automobiles following through crowds of rioters and down narrow alleys and streets. The fast camera moves and rapid editing serve this bit well, making events look even more sped up and dangerous for both the characters and passersby. A climactic, crash-ridden chase in Las Vegas on the strip is also impressively captured.
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Yet while they’re exper tly choreographed, we’ve seen the same events in previous installments; it’s all very enjoyable, but it doesn’t have quite as strong an impact this time around. And because the entire movie is an extended chase, the characters don’t have a whole lot to say to one another. Bourne isn’t allowed as much interplay with his friends and foes as he should. Frankly, the dialogue could do with more than permanent grimaces and banter like, “We’ve lost him,” or, “Acquire the target, now!” At least there are moments in the exposition that manage to bring up some interesting themes, making
pointed comments about the way modern technology can be used nefariously as tools of surveillance. In actuality, I’m being a little kind with my rating. I think it may be because of the strong technical skills on display. As a hard-hitting action picture, Jason Bourne gets the job done. Yet somehow, the fact that the film’s close suggests the possibility of yet another chapter leads to concern. Even this time out, one can’t escape the nagging sensation that we’re simply getting another variation on the very same elements we’ve seen before. If Bourne returns again, his next story needs a different, more provocative angle. 207 WEST COAL GALLUP 505.863.1250 www.elmorrotheatre.com
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‘Bad Moms’ are more bland than badly behaved RATING: «« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 101 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun
ad Moms is the latest comedy from the writers of The Hangove r ser ies, who made their directorial debut with the underwhelming flick 21 & Over (2013). Promos for this effort promise the same kind of wild shenanigans for mothers as the filmmakers have depicted for bachelor parties and college students. Admittedly, the concept has potential, and it features a great cast. Alas, this title is far more generic than one might expect — Bad Moms even seems like a misnomer; Bad Husbands and Children is far more apt. Amy (Mila Kunis) is a harried working mom struggling to juggle a career and family. Unfortunately, her family doesn’t seem to be helping her in the least. Husband Mike (David Walton) is, well, an idiot
who expects to be waited on hand and foot, and her children are no different. She finally reaches her breaking point, kicking Mike out and deciding to run against judgmental and snooty Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate) for the head of the PTA. Along the way, Amy commiserates with moms Kiki (Kristin Bell) and Carla (Kathryn Hahn). Frustrated, the trio begins to shirk the ridiculous duties expected of them. First, the good news. These are very funny ladies, and when they gather to shoot the breeze and riff on the trials of parenting, they deliver some funny stuff. Carla’s crude and blunt comments result in some laughs. Tied-down Kiki also earns some yuks; her fantasy of being horrifically injured and hospitalized so that she won’t have to tend to her family is amusing. And there is an entertaining montage wherein the women go out to a supermarket to buy booze. However, that’s about as outlandish as events get. It’s unfortunate that the performers are trapped in a dull and bland story that doesn’t
A more apt title for the film starring Mila Kunis, Kristin Bell, and Kathryn Hahn might have been ‘Bad Husbands and Kids.’ ‘Bad Moms’ is now playing at Allen Red Rock 10. Photo Credit: STX Entertainment allow them to truly be the bad moms viewers want to see. Besides tossing a few insults around and throwing a party, the majority of gags revolve around Amy attempting to win a heated PTA election. Not exactly edgy material here. Threats are made by the nasty Gwendolyn, but no outrageous pranks or sabotage is attempted by the leads. Any time the movie makes a biting remark or seems to be leading to something raunchy, the script hedges its bets. For every joke directed at their kids, a character will
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deliver a line like, “I know we make fun of our kids, but I love them so much.” In fact, it’s so broadly written, there’s an air of falseness surrounding the whole enterprise. There’s also a serious problem with the supporting cast. As written, Mike appears to be one of the worst, dimmest husbands ever witnessed. This exaggerated behavior could work in a zany comedy, but there’s so much sappiness and sentiment wedged in between the humor that it doesn’t play. Mike is so clueless that not only is it difficult to buy, but one can’t help but wonder if he might actually be suffering from a traumatic brain injury. The majority
of family members are one-note with, of course, the exception of widower/man-of-Amy’s-dreams, Jessie (Jay Hernandez). He’s clearly supposed to be perfect in every way, which is, well, also kind of dull. Clearly, I’m not the target audience for Bad Moms. This movie is intended to hit a very specific demographic, and the screenplay is blatantly obvious in its manipulations. However, the cast is very talented, and could have executed a dark, satirical comedy about moms behaving badly and breaking convention. That does not happen here; these moms are more bland than bad.
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for the other students,” she said after working with this student for over a year. “It is a beautifully rewarding job.” Conner, Lane, and others at SMASE have consistently expressed their gratitude for the portions of the grant that were not vetoed. Many are glad for the Navajo Nation’s first step in supporting these students. Councilman Hale is still working with the association’s board members to see if there will be any more future allocation from the NN. “Often times, people don’t understand them and ignore them,” Hale said of the students at SMASE and the nature of their needs. “They are gifts from God like we all are, and they shouldn’t be ignored or shunned due to their situations. They are people, too. Now how do we move forward to help them in our social environment with facilities and basic human needs is another consideration that needs governmental attention.”
the students. I get the students that other school districts are unable to work with, and I get to see the amazing progress they make in a year. All of my students have improved significantly.” Lane is excited that the grant will provide her classroom with a new printer. This will help with paperwork, but more importantly, instead of going across campus to print something out, staff will be free to give students muchneeded attention. Lane will not be receiving any other technology, resources, or sensory materials that could have fostered specialized learning for students with autism. Regardless, she wants to stay optimistic. Lane was told that one student was beyond helping and couldn’t even sit and listen. “One of my students with the worst behaviors ... has become my best listener and role model
DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for July 29, 2016 By Glenn Kay For the Sun
nother week, another stack of interesting new releases on Bluray and DVD. Read on, because we’ve got the highlights for you below. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!
BIG NEW RELEASES! The Boss - T he t it le character in this release i s a n a st y businesswoman serving time for insider trading. After her release, she goes about trying to repair her image. The executive decides to do so by moving in with her personal assistant and helping out with her daughter’s Girl Scouts. Of course, the lead’s crudeness and aggressive tactics cause fur ther problems. Reviews were poor; despite a couple of amusingly bizarre moments, most said the film was shrill and unfunny. Now viewers can make up their own minds. It stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Bell, Peter Dinklage, Kathy Bates, Kristen Schaal, and Cecily Strong. Criminal - This action flick follows a psychopathic murderer who has the memories of a CIA agent implanted in his brain. Can the deranged convict process these visions and manage to stop an evil plot? The press didn’t really care, and disliked the end result. A few found it entertainingly silly, but the majority referred to it as a dull and preposterous action effort that left a good cast scrambling to make the most of a largely incoherent script. Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, Ryan Reynolds, and Gal Gadot headline the feature. Hardcore Henry Shooting from a first-person perspective (simila r to a v ideogame) is the gimmick of this action picture. The title COMMUNITY
character wakes up without any memory and is forced to run around Moscow with thugs in pursuit while attempting to figure out what is happening. This movie split critics. Some described the elaborate stunts as dynamic and wrote that gamers would enjoy what they saw, while others said it all becomes very tiring and wears you down as it progresses. The cast includes Sharlto Copley, Da n i la Koz lov sk y, Ha ley Bennett, and Tim Roth. I Am Wrath Boy, I can’t tell you how m a ny times in the mov ie s a n ex-Bla ck Ops member has a wife or daughter kidnapped or killed... and then seeks revenge. It happens again in this title, with the lead hunting down the gang responsible and unveiling a larger conspiracy in the process. The movie only earned a limited release and garnered terrible reviews. It was called a dull and predictable clone of, well, every other movie in this genre. The feature stars John Travolta as the man out for vengeance, as well as Christopher Meloni, Amanda Schull, and Rebecca De Mornay. The Last Diamond This French myster y/ thriller (released as Le Dernier Diamant in its homel a n d ) fo l lows a recently paroled thief talked into one final heist — stealing a priceless diamond. Unfortunately for him, other criminals have the same idea, complicating his elaborate scheme. Notices were split right down the middle; some found it a light and enjoyable caper, but just as many believed the film was ultimately too inconsequential to recommend. Yvan Attal, Berenice Bejo, and Antoine Basler lead the cast. Rive r An American doctor volunteering in Laos gets h i m sel f i n
over his head in this independently produced thriller. When he steps in to protect a woman from being attacked, he accidentally kills the assailant and becomes a fugitive from Thailand authorities. The press didn’t mind the end results; they didn’t exactly rave about it, but most reviews were positive, overall. They said the lead did a good job of displaying panic without a lot of dialogue, and the flick was reasonably tense. Rossif Sutherland, Sara Botsford, and Douangmany Soliphanh headline the feature. S i n g Street - The best-reviewed film of the week is this small, Irish musical comedy/ drama from the director of Once. Set in Dublin in the early ’80s, the story follows a high-school kid who starts a band in an attempt to impress a local girl. Along the way, he begins to develop his own artistic style. Critics generally praised the final results. They called it a sweet little comingof-age film with some great tunes and charming performances that will win over most viewers. It stars Ferdia WalshPeelo, Aidan Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Jack Reynor, and Lucy Boynton.
BLASTS FROM THE PAST! Plenty of fascinating older titles are getting the high definition treatment , t oo. Criterion has a great one coming your way. Terrence Malick’s The New World (2005) stars Colin Farrell and retells the story of Pocahontas. It’s a beautifully shot and meditative effort that will impress many art-film fans (and may leave others scratching their heads). This Blu-ray edition includes new restorations of all three cuts of the feature, as well as an incredible assortment of extras that includes new interviews and documentaries about the making of the movie. Rest assured, fans of the feature will be very
pleased with what they see. On a completely d i f f e r e n t (a n d somewhat c h e e s i e r) note, Shout! Factory has some fun titles coming your way as well. They include The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (1973), a long-lost cult movie about a young boy who fears his father has turned into a werewolf. This one has been hard to come by for decades, so it’s great to see the feature getting released (and in high definition) after such a long wait. It comes with a trailer and still gallery. Cha rles Bronson fans will also be able to buy a new “Special Edition” Blu - r ay of Death Wish I I (19 8 2). The disc includes both the theatrical version and an unrated cut of the film. Additionally, it comes with an audio commentary from a Death Wish historian (!). Personally, I’m not as fond of this title as some of the others in the series, but it does have a couple good lines. If you’re looking for some trashy fun, Shout! is also releasing a Blu-ray of amusingly titled schlock f l i c k , Hellhole (1985). It’s about a woman who witnesses her mother’s murder, hits her head, and finds herself in an asylum being pursued by the killer. The disc includes an interview with cast member Mary Woronov and a trailer. Kino also has some Blu-rays coming your way. Deadline U.S.A. (1952) is a well-regarded but somewhat forgot ten film noir starring Hu mph rey Boga r t. I t ’s a b o u t a new s pa per ed it or
r u s h i n g t o complet e a n expose of a local mobster before the paper is shut down. Additionally, they’ve got Five Miles to Midnight (1962), a crime flick about a man who manages to survive a horrific airplane crash, and then cajoles his estranged wife to collect on the life insurance policy anyway. It stars Sophia Loren, Anthony Perkins, and Gig Young. Blue Underground has a triple-bill Blu-ray that includes three genre pictures from Italy. They include Baba Yaga (1973) aka The Devil’s Witch aka Kiss Me Kill Me; Night Train Murders (1975); and Strip Nude for Your Killer (1975)... don’t think you could get away with giving that title to a movie anymore. Speaking o f It a l i a n genre pics, S ever i n i s deliver ing the zombie f l i c k , D r. Butcher, M.D. aka Z o m b i e Holocaust (1980) as a Blu-ray. It’s probably most famous for its graphic propeller scene. This Blu-ray set includes two separate cuts of the same movie; Dr. Butcher was the version released in the U.S. with a few added scenes for American audiences. The original version is superior (relatively speaking), but now you can own both versions on Bluray in the same package. It also comes with 2-and-1/2 hours of new bonus material. Finally, you can order some new titles made-on-demand from the Warner Archive. They include About Face (1951), Act One (1963), A Cry in the Night (1956), Manhunt in the Jungle (1958), Stop the World, I Want to Get Off (1966), Stop, You’re Killing Me (1952). If you like your entertainment with gorillas, or at least a person in a gorilla suit (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t?), you can also pick up Born to be Wild (1995). You Know, For Kids! Here are some releases aimed at younger viewers. L E G O Ne x o Kn i g h t s: Season 1 W h e re’s Hud d l es? The Complete Series (1970) (Warner Archive) WordWorld: It’s Time For School
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At 4 pm, a family film for everyone to enjoy. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Film: Zootopia
RT. 66 FREEDOM RIDE, FLIGHT & CRUISE
The July 29 - 31 event features a motorcycle rally with a ride from the New Mexico-Texas state line to the New Mexico Arizona state line; a benefit run and biker games on Sunday; 66 hot-air balloons fly the canyons of Red Rock Park on Saturday and Sunday morning. Call (505) 722-2228 for more details. The event is held at Gurley Motor Co. Hwy 66 and at the downtown plaza.
FORT DEFIANCE SOCCER CLUB REGISTRATION
Interested in playing in the Gallup Soccer League this fall? Hurry and register. Deadline is Aug 1. Registration is held at Quality Inn, 6 – 8 pm. Quality Inn, 1500 W. Maloney Ave. SATURDAY July 30
END OF SUMMER READING PARTY
At 10 am, by invitation only — children who complete at least one level in their sports training log will get an invitation — there will be prizes, treats, and more. Then at 2 pm, Rocky Mountain Puppets will give a grand-finale performance to end the Summer Reading Program. Learn about health, nutrition, and even some basic survival skills, as Rocky Mountain Puppets ascends to the top of Mount Healthmore. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave.
BENEFITS FAIR AND RECRUITMENT DRIVE
Join us for 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.
From 1 – 6 pm, join the fun at the End of the Summer Carnival. There will be game booths, a jumper, and much more. (505) 722- 2619. Har-
old Runnels Athletic Complex, 820 E. Wilson Ave.
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 31
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 Aug. 1
THE CITY OF GALLUP’S SUSTAINABLE GALLUP BOARD
First Monday of the 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. TUESDAY Aug. 2
GALLUPMCKINLEY COUNTY SCHOOLS
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.
WORKER’S COMPENSATION WORKSHOP
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. WEDNESDAY Aug. 3
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gram for toddlers, featuring music, movement rhymes, and stories. Starts: 10:30 am. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Free
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 week: Pom-pom maze races. Starts: 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec.
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: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 THURSDAY Aug. 4
CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES)
Fun crafts for the whole family (all ages). Starts at 4 pm. This week: Water painting. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave.
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
Thursday and Friday, 8 am - 5 pm, we are extending an invitation to all community members and employers in Gallup and the surrounding region to help plan workforce development. Register at gallup.unm.edu. Calvin Hall Room 248, UNM-Gallup, 705 Gurley Ave. ONGOING
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 9 am - noon every Saturday. If you have household items to donate or wish to volunteer CALENDAR
on construction or another service call Bill Bright at (505) 722-4226, Warehouse Lane off Allison Road.
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.
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.
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
FORT DEFIANCE SOCCER CLUB (AGES 4 TO 19)
Join us for the Fort Defiance Soccer Club. Registration is open until August 1. For
more information, please visit: fortdefiancesc.com.
POLKA IN THE PINES
On 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.
WISEPIES BENEFITS HANDS OF HOPE
Join us at the WisePies & Salad on Aug. 9, when 40 percent of the proceeds (when you mention Hands of Hope at checkout) will benefit Hands of Hope Pregnancy Center. Keep your friends close, and your pizza closer. Tuesdays are family day, when kids eat free. 820 N. Hwy 491.
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.
ARTSCRAWL: DOG DAYS OF SUMMER – CLASSIC CAR SHOW – PSA
Calling all car guys and gals! gallupARTS is hosting a classic car show at ArtsCrawl: Dog Days of Summer on Saturday, Aug. 13. Park your ride and show off your wheels on the 100 block of Coal Avenue starting at 6 pm. The public will be voting on the coolest cars, and prizes will be awarded! ArtsCrawl is the second Saturday of every month from 7 to 9 pm in downtown Gallup.
NAVAJO CODE TALKERS DAY 5K
Aug. 14, run/walk begins and ends in the beautiful Navajo Nation Veteran’s Memorial Park. Benefits the Young Marines Navajo Code Talker Day Fund, which helps raise money for funeral expenses for the NCT and helps educate young marines on the history of the NCT.
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. Next discussion will be held Aug. 16 at 6 pm. Location: Main Library Meeting Room, 115 W. Hill Ave.
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 email@example.com. Location: UNMG Calvin Hall, 203 College Rd.
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.
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a parade, and much more. Visit rnsb.k12.nm.us/fair.html for full details. Ramah Navajo Fair Grounds, Pine Hill.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and Barbara Phillips email@example.com 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.
ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI PARISH FIESTA
Oct. 2: Mass begins at 10:00 am. Blessing of Animals at noon. Bike run, food, games, entertainment. Performance by Starlette Dancers and Bengal Girls; Dylan Vargas Karate demonstration, fire safety house and lots more! Pie-eating contest! Karaoke contest! Drawing for the Calcutta Raffle starts at 5:00 pm — grand prize is $10,000. Tickets are $100 each, with only 350 tickets to be sold. For fiesta or ticket information, call Father Abel at (505) 863-3033 or Fran Palochak (505) 879-6570. St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 411 N. Second St.
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 To post a nonprofit or
24TH ANNUAL RAMAH NAVAJO FAIR & RODEO
Aug. 25 – 28, the event features song and dance, rodeo, branding, doctoring, milking,
civic event in the calendar section, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.
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