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Congratulations School Grades Rise Again All GMCS Students, Teachers, staff, parents and community! Two Year Data
One Year Data
29 schools on the PED report card increased the number of points earned.
27 schools on the PED report card increased the number of points earned.
83% of schools……….Gained!
77.14% of schools…………Gained!
Zero “F” Schools! GMCS SCHOOL GRADE COMPARISON BY YEAR
“Top 10” Highest Growth Over a 2-year period 18
Indian Hills Elem
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Statewide - All Students, All Schools
GMCS - All Students, All Schools
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To find your school’s grade, please log on to www.gmcs.k12.nm.us Gallup Sun • Friday August 26, 2016
A real reason to celebrate for district schools GMCS OVERALL SCHOOL GRADES RISE ABOVE F’S
Story and photos by Andy Gibbons III Sun Correspondent
n Aug. 25, the Gallup McK i n ley Cou nt y S c h o ol s S t u d e n t Suppor t Center boardroom at 640 Boardman Dr. was full for a second time in two weeks. This time, though, instead of a room full of tension, the meeting revealed the smiling faces of children and adults, along with frequent outbursts of applause. The reason for such celebration, Superintendent Frank Chiapetti said, was that “we’ve raised the bar for our students and they have succeeded.” Chiapetti was referring to the release of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test scores, which revealed consistent growth in student performance over the whole GMCS school district.
We work in a district that has no failing schools.” Superintendent Frank Chiapetti
The scores affect the grades given to individual schools. In the past, multiple GMCS schools received “F” grades. Indian Hill Elementar y School went from an F to an A in one year. Applause and cheers erupted when Chiapetti told the audience that the GMCS district had no F-graded schools in the new school year. “We work in a district that has no failing schools,” he said. Statistical graphs showed that, among the improved schools, 96 percent of that growth came from students who are classified as economically disadvantaged. “Everyone is expected to grow. From the bottom to the top,” Chiapetti said about the new way GMCS measures students.
Other speakers joined in the celebration, too. School Board President Priscilla Manuelito greeted the group in Navajo and echoed the sentiment that this was a day to celebrate. “We a re ver y tha nk ful to our children and the successes they are making and with everyone that is supporting their endeavors,” Manuelito said. “It is awesome!” The president and CEO of the Gallup McKinley County Chamber of Commerce, Bill Lee, shared words of congratulations on behalf of business leaders in the community. “Sometimes it’s easy to stand up and point fingers and assess blame,” Lee said, about recent alleged problems in the school district. “But it is even better to stand up and point fingers of praise.” Lee also called Chiapetti a fair and strong leader. “These new grades prove that he is the superintendent Bill Lee praised Superintendent Frank Chiapetti for his leadership qualities during the Aug. 15 press conference that unveiled the district’s school grades.
Students from the top 10 improving schools of GMCS celebrate their success with Superintendent Frank Chiapetti Aug. 15.
Friday August 26, 2016 • Gallup Sun
this community needs,” Lee — who also commended the hard work of administrators, teachers, and students — said. “W hat we know at the Chamber is that each and every one of you [students in attendance] will be our future workforce, the entrepreneurs and starters of businesses that will take our community farther than we ever dreamed of,” Lee said. “I see a room full of hope and potential.” After the meeting had officially concluded, high-fives and hugs were exchanged between principals, students from the top-growing schools, teachers, and even the superintendent himself.
O ne school s a id t hey pla n ned to celebrate the improvements the following morning, Aug. 25, with what they claimed would be the longest conga-dance line in Gallup’s history. The Sun witnessed the dance line in action at Rocky View Elementary School, 345 Basillio Dr. After the regular morning announcements, the intercom played music from artist Katy Perry roaring in every classroom, hallway, and even the recess field outside. Every grade level came out in its own line, slowly combining with other classes until all the lines converged on the playground with confetti in the air. NEWS
Board takes no action on Chiapetti MANUELITO: NEXT MEETING MIGHT YIELD DECISION
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he Gallup McKinley County School Board took no action Aug. 24 on the job status of Superintendent Frank Chiapetti. A special meeting was held purely for closed-session purposes to discuss personnel matters related to the supervision, evaluation, and employment contract of the superintendent, as well as a report on personnel. The meeting, conducted at the cafeteria of Tohatchi High School, the alma mater of board member Kevin Mitchell, went nearly four hours. Board members emerged from the meeting with a synopsis that wasn’t what those in attendance had expected. “We talked about everything except the report on personnel,” Board President Priscilla Manuelito said after the meeting. “And that’s all I can say at the moment.” For months, the board has
GMCS Superintendent Frank Chiapetti repeatedly postponed an evaluation of Chiapetti for undisclosed reasons. Chiapetti earns an annual salary of around $132,000. “I’m in the dark,” Chiapetti said. “I still don’t know much. I’m in the dark.” Manuelito said some action on the discussed matters would probably be brought forward on the next school-board meeting agenda. Items are placed on the board agenda the Wednesday
before regular meetings. “I don’t know exactly what will be on the agenda at this time,” Manuelito said. “The board members will present what they want on the agenda and other items will be placed on the agenda, too. On Wednesday of next week we will have a clearer idea of what the agenda looks like.” The next school-boa rd meeting is scheduled for Sept. 6 at the district office on Boardman Drive. Asked why no action was taken after many hours, while close to 100 parents, teachers, and administrators patiently waited, Manuelito said everything has its proper timeline. She did not comment further.
GALLUP CITY HALL The matter has become rather controversial and uncertain. City Attorney George Kozeliski fired off a three-paragraph letter to Dan Hill, general counsel of the New Mexico Public Education Department,
dated Aug. 17. “I write this letter on behalf of Mayor Jackie McKinney who is out of state this week,” Kozeliski began. “The mayor, other city leaders and myself have been inundated with calls regarding the GallupMcKinley County School Board of Education and the callers wanting the city of Gallup to somehow fix a problem in which we have no control.” Kozeliski continued, “The mayor asked if you and/or Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera, could look into the situation at the school district. The environment in our town is to a boiling point and
we believe only Secretary Skandera has the authority to investigate the allegations and take whatever the appropriate action may be, if any.” Hill responded to Kozeliski on Aug. 19. “I a m for wa rding your letter to the Secretar y of State [Skandera],” he wrote.
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Honesty is the best (dress code) policy FACT CHECKS NEEDED FOR RECENT DRESS-CODE COMMENTS BY BOARD MEMBERS By Andy Gibbons III Sun Correspondent
ensions ran high at the Gallup McKinley County Schools Board of Education meeting on Aug. 15 over a number of issues previously reported by the Sun. One topic loudly interrupted the school district superintendent when it solicited cheers and boos from audience members, and even a member of the school board. T he t o pic w a s a b ou t dress-code policies that are instituted and upheld at multiple Gallup McKinley County Schools at an autonomous level. Superintendent Frank Chiapetti clarified near the beginning of the discussion that most questions would be better posed to a panel of principals who all have different school codes made for different reasons and, in some cases, during different school years. T he conver sat ion wa s tame enough to begin with when Board Secretary Lynn Huenema nn brought up a singular issue concerning students not being allowed to wear blue jeans. He didn’t disagree with any dress-code policy concerning modesty, offensive graphics, or wearing gang colors. Huenemann said it’s important for students to be able to wear neutral clothing that’s common to the area they live in — for instance, professionals
in Gallup and the surrounding rural area often wear jeans. “Even pastors in our rural area wear jeans at Sundaymorning church services,” he said. “So why can’t our kids wear jeans to school?” Chiapetti said each school is independent in regards to dress-code policy, but there are school district requirements it must meet. Some schools allow je a n s, wh i le ot her s do not. Either way, Chiapetti asked the board to direct quest io n s , l i ke t h o s e regarding jeans, to the principals of the schools in question.
Manuelito said students couldn’t afford polo shirts that cost $50. “I wish you could see the poverty of these students that are not living as comfortably as you,” Manuelito said to Chiapetti. The Sun followed up with Ch iapet ti i n order to better
$50 VS. $3.99 The Sun did some fact checking to see whose prices were more accurate concerning polo shirts for students: Manuelito at $50 or Chiapetti at $3.99. The truth favors the super in-
DISCORD ENSUES Ch iapet ti then explained the benefits of dress-code policies that require a uniform like polo sh i r ts a nd k ha k i pants. When the matter of cost was addressed, he mentioned that, in town, polo shirts are affordable. It was this talking poi nt that caused Boa rd President Priscilla Manuelito to loudly interrupt the superintendent with interjections of, “That’s where you are wrong,” and, “I disagree with you there,” multiple times.
understand this issue and Manuelito’s response. “I cannot figure out what she is arguing on dress code,” Chiapetti wrote in an email concerning Manuelito. “Polos
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had while attending a birthday party for an elementary-age child. “This family’s relatives and friends bought [the student] nice new clothes that he wasn’t able to wear for the first day of school,” because of this particular school’s dress-code policy, he said. Newest boa rd member Sandra Jeff contributed to the conversation by offering a story she heard second-hand elsewhere in the country. Jeff spoke of a student who wore clothes that fit the school’s dress-code policy, but that weren’t the right size. The mother of the student bought the clothes from a thrift store, and chose the size that most closely fit her child. After the student had been bullied for having shoes that didn’t fit, the young teen committed suicide. Jeff had no comment for the Gallup Sun when asked for clarifications, and no news articles could be found to verify her comments.
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tendent, as two stores offer polo shirts in multiple student sizes for $4 or less. In fact, as of press time, Fallas at the Rio West Mall, 1300 W. Maloney Ave., had polo shirts for $3.33. The Sun couldn’t find a store in town that sold plain polo shirts for over $30. Du r ing the meeting, Manuelito also said that some parents couldn’t afford to go to a Laundromat once a month to clean school clothes. Accord i ng to GMCS dress-code policy, whether a “student’s appearance is detrimental to the educational process” is up to the school’s personnel and may relate to the cleanliness of the attire — whether it be polo shirts, graphic t-shirts, or blue jeans.
BOARD MEMBERS OFFER THEIR TWO CENTS During the meeting, Vice P resident Kev i n M itchel l shared a recent experience he
The Sun reached out to teachers, parents, and students in the Gallup area on Facebook for input regarding dress codes that require all students to wear polo shirts and khaki pants. Of those who participated, 80 percent were in favor of having such a dress-code policy. “They equalize kids, reduce bullying, and make the morning routine easier,” parent and GMCS alum Mandy Remenar said. Taylor Walker, a teacher at Chief Manuelito Middle School, said some schools like her own help with the cost of clothing if families can’t afford the uniform-style dress code. “Dress codes help to equalize students/minimize bullying due to different types of dress,” Walker commented on Facebook. “I also feel they help prepare students for life outside of school by teaching them that places of work (and school is their job currently) have certain expectations they will need to follow — how to dress being one of these expectations.” NEWS
Sebold out; Lazarz to assume Gallup tourism duties
GFD: Motel fire began in trashcan ROAD RUNNER MOTEL SHUT DOWN
NO SPECIFICS GIVEN ON CHANGE
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
ennifer Lazarz, the manager of the city-owned and historic El Morro Theatre, is now the interim city tourism and marketing manager, officials confirmed. Klo Abeita, city human resources director, told the Sun this week that Gallup tourism and marketing manager Catherine Sebold departed the $63,000 job on Aug. 19. There was no elaboration by Abeita Jennifer Lazarz Photo Credit: jenniferlazarz.com nor the city on why Sebold vacated the job. “[Lazarz] will be performing the tour ism ma nager duties until we fill the position vacancy,” Abeita said. A sked i f S ebold, who Catherine Sebold
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he cause of a fire that shut dow n a loca l motel Aug. 11 can be traced to a trashcan inside one of the rooms, officials said. Gallup Deputy Fire Chief Jesus Morales said the fire began in a trashcan in Room 215 of the Road Runner Motel. “We’re still looking into what was in the trashcan that ignited the fire,” Morales said. “The investigation is not yet closed.” Gallup police and firefighters responded to the blaze, which tore through the upper deck of the two-story structure. The south portion of the upper deck was burned away, along with parts of the attic and a section of the second floor. Ga llup f ire a nd police spokespersons said a call about the fire came in at about
File Photo 8:50 pm. Residents at the hotel were given shelter at the Larry B. Mitchell Recreation Center along East Montoya Boulevard, cour tesy of the American Red Cross. The motel housed mostly locals on a weekly and monthly basis. Morales said the cost of damage to the motel, which is believed to have been built in
the late 1970s, is significant. Va r ious a rea emergency-response agencies were at the scene, including city fire personnel, McKinley County Fire and Rescue, and the New Mexico State Police. An accompanying café that sat on the same property was torn down about four years ago after a kitchen fire forced its closure.
Gallup Sun • Friday August 26, 2016
Wanted: GPD looking Official: Bomb threats at for Darrell Desiderio McKinley County Courthouse SUSPECT WANTED IN DOWNTOWN STABBING
were false alarms
505 PHONE NUMBER UNDER INVESTIGATION
By Bernie Dotson and Babette Herrmann
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
a l lu p p ol ic e a r e on the lookout for Darrell Desiderio Sr. of Twin Lakes, who is wanted for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Gallup Police Department Capt. Marinda Spencer said Desiderio, 39, is a suspect in a downtown stabbing that sent Andrew Garcia to a local hospital last week. “An arrest warrant has been issued for [Desiderio],” Spencer said. “The investigation remains open.” The incident occurred Aug. 18 near Camille’s Sidewalk Café at 306 S. Second St. GPD Lt. Rosa nne Morrissette said Desiderio allegedly stabbed Garcia up to four times. Garcia was in stable condition as of Aug. 22. According to an eyewitness account listed in the arrest warrant, around 9 am Aug. 18, Garcia confronted Desiderio in front of the McKinley County Courthouse about stealing his brother’s backpack at Trade Mark Square. When the argument grew heated, Desiderio started searching his pockets, when a woman by the name of “Charlene” possibly “Charlene Hannaweeka”
W Darrell Desiderio handed him a knife. Desiderio then stabbed Garcia and fled from the scene. He was last seen wearing a white tank top with a white shirt, and blue jean shorts. Garcia was f lown to an Albuquerque hospital with life-threatening injuries. He was stabbed twice in the liver. Spencer said GPD Detective Neil Yazzie obtained the arrest warrant for Desiderio on Aug. 19. A preliminary bond amount has been set at $2,000, Spencer confirmed. The arrest warrant lists a $10,000 cash only bond. An administrator at the McK i n le y C o u n t y A d u l t Detention Center sa id Desiderio was last in jail in January of this year. At that time, he was jailed for driving without a license.
i t h t wo b o m b threats in the past few weeks, the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office dropped a proverbial bomb of its own Aug. 23, putting the word out that pranks and empty threats will absolutely not be tolerated. “This is a serious matter,” MCSO Lt. Pat Salazar said in a news briefing this week on bomb threats. “It’s not something that anybody should be doing. It is a crime.” Salazar said sheriff’s deputies responded to a threat Aug. 22 at the McKinley County Courthouse at 207 W. Hill Ave. He said deputies canvassed a wide area around the building and then some, and found nothing. “We have reason to believe
that this is the work of pranksters,” Salazar said. “This is something that is very disturbing to everyone.” Salazar said whoever called in one of the bomb threats did so not knowing the Sheriff’s Office has caller ID. The number from which at least one threat was made came from a 505 number, according to Salazar, who believes the caller resides in Gallup or the surrounding area. “As we speak, we are pursuing the background on this number and everybody and everything connected to it,” he said. “The call came from a pre-paid phone. That’s what we believe, but we are pursuing all angles.” McKinley County Attorney Doug Decker said the most recent bomb threat came into District Court on Aug. 22. He said the entire McKinley
County Courthouse was evacuated, as it was for a previous bomb threat, early in the morning for about one hour. “Not h i n g wa s fou nd ,” Decker said. “Both scenarios required evacuations.” Making a bomb threat is a fourth degree felony that is punishable by more than a year in jail. Salazar said he doesn’t rule out a scenario wherein someone is attempting to create a distraction by disrupting the county routine. “Is it somebody who doesn’t want to go to court?” Salazar mused. “I don’t know. But we will catch this person. That, I can guarantee.” Decker said there have been four McKinley County Cour thouse -related bomb threats called in within the past two to three months. “They are all being investigated,” he said.
‘100 Days and Nights of Summer’ in Gallup By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
h e G a l lu p Pol ic e Department is participating in the 100 Days and Nights of Summer Campaign, according to GPD
Capt. Marinda Spencer. The campaign is an enforcement program that encourages local law-enforcement agencies to conduct checkpoints and saturation patrols during the summer months. The 100 Days campaign ends Sept. 30.
According to safernm.org, “in 2007, the inaugural year of the campaign, traffic fatalities for June, July, and August
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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports Legal limit is .08 Benjamin Begay Aug. 13, 1:44 am DWI McKinley C o u n t y Sher i f f ’s O f f i c e D e p u t y Gabrielle P u huye s v a w a s he a d ing northbound on the Munoz Overpass when she observed a blue car unable to maintain its lane. It turned onto I-40 and continued eastbound, stopping at the 22.5-mile marker. Begay, 52, did not have his driver’s license, had a flushed face, and did not make eye contact. He slurred his words and admitted to having a few beers. There were three passengers in the vehicle who were all intoxicated. Begay refused breath testing but agreed to a blood draw at a local hospital.
He was then transported to the McKinley County Adult Detention Center. Gerald Clark Aug. 13 10:01 pm DWI, Aggravated M C S O D e p u t y Merle Bates was working the DWI task force patrol o n Hw y. 264 near Speedy’s Gas Station in Black Hat, when a call came in regarding a drunk driver in a white pickup unable to maintain its lane. Bates found the vehicle heading eastbound at the 11-mile marker of 264. Clark, 24, had bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred his speech. The vehicle’s registration and insurance were expired. Clark swayed when he walked and smelled of alcohol. He failed field sobriety tests before refusing further testing.
Cheyenne Pino Aug. 13, 11:11 pm DWI On patrol, heading west on Highway 66, Gallup Police Department Officer John Gonzales noticed a silver ca r without headlights on heading eastbound near the intersection with Boardman Drive. The car swerved, hit the meridian, crossed into the westbound lane, and came to a stop on the shoulder. Pino, 22, stumbled when she got out of her car, and had a hard time standing on her own. She smelled of alcohol and admitted to drinking. She refused field sobriety testing and blew .29 during breath testing. Juliana Thompson Aug. 13, 1:53 am DWI, Aggravated While turning west onto
Highway 66 from Arnold Street, GPD O f f i c e r Douglas Hoffman noticed the car in front of him turn too widely before weaving back into its lane. It drove far below the speed limit, and was pulled over in the parking lot of the Days Inn at 1603 W. Hwy. 66. Thompson, 27, smelled of alcohol and admitted to drinking. She failed field sobriety tests a nd refused breath testing. Chansey Dando Brown Aug. 13, 6:23 pm DWI, Aggravated GPD O f f ic e r H a r l a nd Soseeah was dispatched to the Sun Valley Apartment complex
a t 2 01 E . Montoya Blvd., where t he d r i v e r involved in a hit-and-run at a not her location was seen entering the building. Soseeah met Sgt. Francie Martinez at the apartment complex, where Brown, 24, admitted to drinking. He smelled of alcohol and had red, bloodshot eyes. A witness of the hit-andrun identified him as the driver. Brown was argumentative and refused field sobriety tests. He was taken to a local hospital for medical clearance before being booked in jail. He blew .17 and .15 during breath testing.
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MCSO: Help needed in identifying dead body HOMICIDE NOT SUSPECTED, OFFICIALS SAID By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
ocal police want the public’s help in locating next of kin or extended family in a case involving a white male found dead about two weeks ago. Joey Guillen, an investigator with the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office, said a person who was scouting elk in McGaffey on Aug. 11 discovered the body of 62-year-old Antel Takacs. Guillen said the body was found along with what investigators believe to be Takacs’s car, which bore Arizona plates. The vehicle associated with the incident was a 1997 maroon four-door SUV. Various papers and an identification card were also found at the scene.
“We are asking for the public’s help in notifying family or next of kin,” Guillen said. “This appears to be a medically related death.” Guillen said the doors of the vehicle were open, and medical reports were located near the body. Investigators believe the man could have suffered from heart trouble and possibly had a heart attack. Investigators have pieced together some facts, a nd believe Takacs lived out of his car. They also believe he was divorced for about three or four years. He was about 5-foot-10 and weighed around 195 pounds. “There was no foul play associated with this,” Guillen said. Anyone with information about the matter can call the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office at (505) 863-1400.
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WEEKLY CRIME BLOTTER Staff Reports
DIRTY LAUNDRY 8/22, GALLUP Gallup P o l i c e Department O f f i c e r Harland Soseeah was dispatched to a Laundromat at 2780 E. Hwy. 66 in reference to a male with a chainsaw who was trying to attack a female. At the scene, Soseeah made contact with the crying victim who said she was pushed, kicked, and hit by Edwin Etcitty, 33. She said she’d been hostage at his home and was beaten up. The victim said that when she and Etcitty went to the Laundromat, she asked customers for a phone to use, and when her husband noticed, he got mad and began to argue with her. Her parents arrived at this point, but Etcitty would
not let her go with them. When the victim went to the truck to get the laundry, Etcitty punched her face about three times, pushed her down, and kicked her. Etcitty almost ran over the victim’s mother and stepfather, who had tried to help. The stepfather told police that Etcitty took off toward the reservation in a black truck. A warrant was signed for his arrest on charges of aggravated battery on a household member and aggravated assault.
JEALOUS FRIEND 8/20, GALLUP GPD Of f icer St even Peshlakai was dispatched to the Gallup Indian Medical Center, 516 E. Nizhoni Ave., in reference to a battered woman. On arrival at the emergency room, Peshlakai met with the victim, who said she lives at a home belonging to Thomas A. Ortiz, 42. The victim said Ortiz, who is not her boyfriend but still gets jealous, became upset with her, would not calm down,
hit her several times, and kicked her twice in the ribs. During the assault, the victim said, she lost consciousness. When she came to, she tried to call police — the call went through to dispatch but was disconnected when Ortiz took the phone away. The victim said she felt she could not leave the residence, as Ortiz held her back. When she began yelling for help, Ortiz fled, and the victim eventually got a ride to the hospital. Peshlakai filled out and later filed an arrest warrant affidavit for Ortiz on charges of aggravated battery, false imprisonment, and interference with communications.
PISTOL WHIP 8/19, GALLUP G P D O f f i c e r C h a v o Chischilly was dispatched to the area of 308 Victoria
Ave. in reference to a male who’d called in saying he’d hit his friend in the head with a gun. The friend was now unconscious. On arrival, Kyle Leslie, 26, was cooperative and was placed in handcuffs. The gun was found with a round in it. The victim was treated at the scene and taken to a local hospital. Leslie said the victim had been uncooperative and would not sit still. He had asked her to calm down several times, but she refused and threatened him. He said the victim came at him threateningly, so he told her had a gun and to stay back, but she refused and came at him. Leslie struck the victim on the head twice with the gun’s butt. According to Leslie, the victim fell and he put the gun on the driveway, walked to the road, and sat there until the police arrived. The victim was intoxicated and said she only remembered a little of what happened. Leslie, a MedStar ambulance employee at the time of the altercation, was booked on charges of aggravated battery and negligent use of a deadly weapon.
BREAK-IN 8/13, GALLUP GPD Officer Luke Martin was dispatched to the 700block of South Fifth Street in reference to a burglary. On arrival, Martin met with a family that had left the residence to go to the Ceremonial pa rade. Upon retur n, the north and south bedrooms were ransacked, and the living-room window was wide open. Numerous items were missing, such as jewelry, electronics, and a little cash at an estimated combined value of more than $275. The suspect is unknown.
JACKET THIEF 8/10, GALLUP G P D O f f i c e r A n d r e a Tsosie wa s dispatched to the Rio West Mall at 1300 W. Maloney Ave. in reference to a shoplifting incident. The owner of Urban Wear
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Navajo woman sentenced on involuntary manslaughter and assault conviction Staff Reports
LBUQUERQUE – Mira nda Rentz, 41, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Red Valley, Ariz., was sentenced in federal court in Albuquerque on Aug. 16 on involuntar y ma nslaughter a nd a ssault charges. Rentz w ill ser ve a n 84 -month prison sentence
CRIME BLOTTER | FROM PAGE 10 told Red Rock Security Officers that Darrell Desiderio, 22, was trying to steal a jacket from his store. Security said Desiderio was uncooperative, argumentative, and refused to pay for the jacket, which he was wearing. Desiderio was “slightly intoxicated a nd bega n to resist arrest,” according to the
followed by three years of supervised release. Rent z wa s a r re st ed i n Januar y of 2015 on a crimi n a l c om pl a i nt c h a r g i n g her with involuntar y manslaughter and assault that resulted in ser ious bodily i nju r y. Accor d i n g t o t he complaint, Rentz killed one victim and seriously injured another when she crashed her vehicle head-on into the victims’ vehicle. report. GPD Officer Martin Luke arrived to help. Desiderio continued to resist getting into the police vehicle. Eventually, the off icers shackled his feet, but Desiderio remained uncooperative. He was transported to a local hospital for medical clearance before being booked in jail for shoplifting and resisting, evading, and obstructing an officer.
At the time of the crash, Rentz was under the influence of alcohol. Court documents indicate that the assault victim suffered fractures to her right collarbone, ribs, upper chest wall, and right wrist, as well as brain bleeding and a bruised left lung. The crash occurred Jan. 17, 2015, at a location within the Nava jo Nation in Sa n Ju a n Cou nt y. R ent z w a s
BURGLARIES/ LARCENIES 8/18: A black 2007 Ford F-150 (Plate #UNM0527) was stolen from the Gallup area.
WARRANT ARRESTS 8/23 Christopher Wayne Matthew Joe
subsequent ly i nd icted on the same charges on Feb. 25, 2015. On Jan. 20 of this year, Rentz pled guilty to the indictment and admitted killing one victim and assaulting a second, causing her to sustain serious bodily injury, by driving recklessly while under the influence of alcohol. Rentz acknowledged that t he a lcohol rendered her incapable of exercising clear 8/21 Cordell J. Smith 8/20 Art Nelson Karen A. Cooche Jallen Tsosie 8/19 Richard Mazon Judith J. Davis Stanley Thompson Marlon Johnson 8/18 Caralynn Meyers
100 DAYS AND NIGHTS OF SUMMER | FROM PAGE 8 decreased by 18 percent, compared to the same period in 2006.”
judgment and a steady hand in operating the vehicle. She admitted operating the vehicle without due caution and w ith a reck less d isrega rd that imperiled the lives of others. This case was investigated by the Farmington office of the FBI and the Shiprock office of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle T. Nayback. 8/17 Sharrie L. Ryan James Anderson Anthony C. Slim Tamara Cleveland 8/16 Wayne Leroy 8/14 Andrew Michael Falcon 8/13 Wilfred Johnson 7/27 Carmelita D. Begay Spencer said 159 vehicles were stopped on Aug. 19, with 44 tickets written and three arrests, none of which were DWI-related. Another saturation point is set for Aug. 27.
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OPINIONS Part 1 of 2: What “Can Be Done” By Deniece Cornett, Candidate for Village of Milan Treasurer
uring the Town Hall Meeting last week at the Milan Recreation Center, it was apparent that no one had a plan of action on “what to do,” or even a direction on “where to go from here” in order to support community and the economy. Words like crisis and blame were used to express the layoffs that have been taking
place in Cibola County. For years I have been pondering over these very issues, but
prior to now it was the “what if” these things happen. A number of elected officers for local government and representatives for the New Mexico delegation were present to make statements and hear what the people had to say about the local loss of so many jobs. Each one spoke in turn. A Grants city councilman was correct in stating that this situation is not a political sort of thing. As I see it, this is a community thing. It takes everyone doing their part in
order to get through an emergency or crisis. Citizen comments spoke of alternatives for the use of the building currently being used by Corrections Corporation of America for the housing of their federal prisoners, which will be shutting down operations at that facility as of Oct. 1 of this year. Another comment suggested building a road up to the top of Mount Taylor in the expectations of promoting tourism. There were a number of
suggestions. There was a suggestion for BIOMASS utilization supporting the Use Green campaign and Buy American law. And, yes, there was a suggestion for the growing of medical cannabis (marijuana) at the facility. One suggestion that took a special interest for me was the need to send people to school, here at the local college, to get the educational background
CAN BE DONE | SEE PAGE 14
GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF AUG. 26 – SEPT. 1
On Aug. 27, Venus conjuncts Jupiter. This is a sensual pairing. You’ll notice an increase in your desire for the finer things in life and love. Consider what makes you happy and pursue it with all the strength and vigor associated with young love. Don’t take this new-found energy for granted, because it won’t last long. Madame G recommends you embrace the day with love.
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
If you’re facing a new endeavor show love for those who support you. Ignore the haters and those who wear you down—they’re not worth your notice. Even if it’s a family member, don’t let someone else diminish your joy. You’re a gentler soul than most realize. Take care of yourself this week. Speak with your doctor if necessary, and don’t forget to smile..
It’s time to try something new and embrace change. You may feel a little stuck in the mud. You’re in the mood to take on something new. If you’re feeling very impulsive you might buy a train ticket to anywhere or hop on a flight to wherever. However, if you’re less bold, consider dying your hair. Several companies make a great dye that you can spray on and wash off. Have fun!
Fall is just around the corner. This will bring Chile roasting, warm fires, and the clear crisp scent of the desert. Are you ready? You’re preparing for a very interesting time in your life. This is the time to embrace something wonderful and new. It may seem odd at first, it may even seem like a flaw, but don’t make hasty decisions. Choose wisely and you’ll experience joy.
Life is a bit like the Olympics. You spend years training for something, and sometimes it just doesn’t work out. But sometimes it does work out and you get the gold. What’s next? If you find yourself asking: is this it? What do I do now? Consider taking a moment to reflect. You may have forgotten something in the rush toward whatever you were doing. Slow down and relax.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) If you have a child or children, it’s very likely that they’re your entire world. You love them more than they’ll ever know. If you’re not a parent, you shower love on animals, friends, and special projects. In many cases, you’ll give everything you have. But, don’t forget to show love for yourself. It’s better for everyone if you remain healthy.
As the Sun heads out of your sign, and into the more meticulous sign of Virgo, take a few breaths and enjoy the sunset. You’ll appreciate the stars in the sky and the cooling and refreshing air of the coming fall. If you didn’t get the birthday presents you wanted, just pretend. You can always donate them to charity. If you’d rather poke fun at the gift-givers, put on all the horrid gifts from the past and give them a fashion show. Be kind!
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Life is a bowl of cherries and green-chile stew. And you’re generally happy. Most people try to find their happiness outside of themselves. You’re one of the lucky few who realize that happiness only occurs from within. Do yourself a favor and have some fun. The stars will align with your sense of play. Enjoy a new love, job, or adventure. You’re lucky!
Change is in the air. This is often terrifying for the steady “control freak” (i.e. Virgo). You may wish you’d made different choices or lived somewhere else. However, everything that happens to us happens for a reason. And it’s usually for the best. You can make this work for you. Accept the challenge with open arms and learn to love and embrace change, disorder, and lack of control. You can do this!
If it feels as if the problems of the world are resting on your shoulders — they probably are. But that doesn’t mean you can give up. Reach out to your friends and family. Ask them for help. Let them know that you’re in need of a strong shoulder to get you through. It’s in your best interest to get some help. You don’t want it all to drop. Be brave and ask for help.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Though it may be hard, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. You’ll face challenges and change, much like anyone else. But you always face them with determination, strength, and power. Unlike many of the signs, you don’t easily forget who you are, but when you do, your psyche pushes it to the forefront. What do you want? Pursue your purpose with love and dedication, for it is you.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You’re ready for some action. Life will pass you by if you’re not willing to act. This is true in life and in love. Sometimes you must think and process. But most of the time you just need to ask that pretty girl or guy out, demand a promotion, or start a business. Whatever the case, embrace it and don’t forget to be grateful. We’re all on this rock together!
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) So this is love? If you find yourself a bit confused and trapped in the middle, don’t take sides. Always consider both sides of the argument. If you love someone, you must be willing to hear them out. Even if you think they’re wrong, you’re not entitled to be disrespectful or mean. You’ll lose all credibility if you do. Save the world; show compassion and love. OPINIONS
Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine takes action to increase physician diversity By Jessica Salopek Guest Submission
hen the founders of the Burrell College of O steopat h ic Medicine first contemplated positioning a medical school in Southern New Mexico, they hired nationally recognized consulting firm Tripp Umbach to conduct a feasibility study. The study found that this region not only has a critical shortage in health-care providers, but that the current physician workforce “does not represent the regional population ethnicity and is less able to deliver culturally competent care.” Plans to change that were immediately put into BCOM’s mission. According to Founding Dean and Chief Academic Officer George Mychaskiw II, DO, part of the solution is tailoring the curriculum with language courses and topics relevant to the border region’s populations. “Our students will learn medical Spanish,” he said. “Our students will learn about Native American healing practices. All of our students will be given the opportunity to train at health clinics serving a Native Nation or Pueblo. They’ll be more comfortable and better prepared to live and work in the area.” Another part of the solution involves admitting students who already understand those cultures. T h e s c h o o l’s B u r r e l l Expedited Admission Review Pathway program encourages students from New Mexico, El Paso, southern Arizona, all American Indian and Alaskan Native Tribal Nations, and Chihuahua, Mexico, to apply directly to BCOM for admission and by-pass the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine’s application process. Ad r i a n A lba , BCOM ’s director of admissions, said recruitment efforts also focus on other races and ethnicities that are underrepresented in the physician workforce as a whole, like African Americans. Antonia Novello, MD, gave
BCOM’s inaugural class with keynote speaker, Antonia Novello, MD, the 14th surgeon general of the United States. Photo Credit: Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine the keynote address at BCOM’s recent White Coat Ceremony, a rite of passage during which the new students receive the traditional physician’s white coat and are officially welcomed into the medical profession. Novello, the 14th U.S. surgeon general, is also the first woman and the first Hispanic to hold this prestigious position. Her attendance seemed fated — not just because she traveled all night and somehow caught the only red-eye flight not cancelled out of Dallas to make it to the ceremony on time — but because she represents BCOM’s focus on increasing diversity in the physician workforce and providing “culturally humble” care. Novello spoke to that in her address, giving the new students insight she’s picked up over her 46 years in the medical field on communicating effectively with minority patients, and reminding the newest members of the health care community that “your patients will not care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Novello also gave praise
to BCOM for admitting more Native Americans than any other osteopathic school in the United States. “God will help you in your vision of diversification in the medical field because you have shown that you can walk the walk and not just talk the talk,” she said. The Native American students identify as members of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo located north of Santa Fe and the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma. Although this may seem small, at two percent of the entering class, this is 10 times the number admitted to an average U.S. medical school. The class of 2020 is also 46 percent female, 19 percent Hispanic, and six percent African American. There are students of Japanese, Chinese, Middle Ea ster n, F ilipino, Ta n za n ia n, a nd Niger ia n descent, making BCOM’s class
one of the most diverse of any osteopathic medical school. In addition to the Native Americans, BCOM has admitted more than four times the number of Hispanic students and double the number of African American students, relative to an average U.S. medical school. At the ceremony, BCOM President John Hummer noted in his welcome speech that tolerance for other cultures and lifestyles is one of the greatest strengths in this region of the country. “My family and I have lived all over and it’s truly like none other we’ve ever experienced,” he said. To welcome this diverse group of newcomers to the community, the invocations at the ceremony were offered by Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, Christian, and Islamic spiritual leaders. A Jewish rabbi
conveyed remarks of support, but was unable to attend due to the Sabbath. BCOM also made history as the very first medical school to have students swear the Osteopathic Oath in not one, but three languages. President Russell Begaye of the Navajo Nation led the students in reciting the oath in Navajo, solidifying BCOM’s commitment to addressing the health needs of Native American populations. D r. Je s u s G u a d a lu p e Benavides Olivera, director of the Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua’s medical school, led the oath in Spanish, and Adrienne White-Faines, CEO of the American Osteopathic Association, led it in English. Following this trailblazing ceremony, the new physicians-in-training are now hitting the books. Classes are now officially underway at BCOM.
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Letter to the editor: Expulsion of drunks, not jail
f WE choose to ignore reality and simply go about our own business, reality has a way of hitting us in the face. The governor and Mr. Munoz are dead set on l-o-n-ge-r sentences for the problem drunks. Reality tell’s us that the drunk population will continue to grow eternally. longer sentences and a never ending supply of problem drunk’s would mean that the tax payer’s would N-E-V-E-R stop paying for all of the medical, dental and eye glass needs, shelter, utilities, beds, clothing, shoes, food and eventually all burial expenses, of ALL of these problem drunks. God expelled Cain from Eden FOREVER, for killing his brother. God did not apply the death penalty or even put Cain in jail. Castro of Cuba cleaned out his jails and prison’s and other misfit’s and sent them all to the U.S.A. Reality tells us that we either continue to tolerate this SOLVABLE problem or we start expelling ALL of the problem drunks FOREVER and never stop expelling them, with the
end result being that the entire city would become and remain as drunk free as the hospital area has ALWAYS been. Not to mention SOLVENT. Reality is that Gallup cannot survive without Native Americans. Reality is also that more Native American’s DO NOT drink alcohol, than those that do. Reality is also that Gallup can thrive without the problem drunks of ANY national origin. If WE choose to continue to look the other way, reality will continue to hit us in the face. A very important reality that we all need to understand and accept is: the growing number of problem drunk’s that give Gallup the deserved name of drunk city, are NEVER going to solve this problem by quitting drinking on their own. Judges have the authority to impose a sentence of expulsion in the place of jail. It would wake the problem drunks up and it would certainly help us. Otherwise, let’s bring King Solomon back up. Louis Maldonado Gallup, NM
DWI REPORT | FROM PAGE 9 Sean Simpson July 2, 12:15 pm DWI G P D O f f i c e r Timothy Hughte was d ispatched to I-40 near Allison Road to a ssist a community service aid. A vehicle had driven off the interstate onto Allison and into a ditch, and the driver needed medical assistance. Medstar had already taken the driver to a local hospital when Hughte arrived. There was an empty bottle of alcohol in the car. Hughte met the driver,
CAN BE DONE | FROM PAGE 12 and/or technical skills needed to bring in good paying technical jobs. Educated and skilled labor does not solely attract companies, large or small, to an area. There are many issues to work past that have been in place in this county for decades. What do you do when your educated and skilled decide to move away or take jobs in other towns and cities where pay and advancement is better? There is also no absolute assurance that outside business will locate to the area. That leaves the most frequently
Simpson, 22, at the hospital. Simpson said he’d been driving “a little too fast,” according to the report, and crashed into the barrier of the roadway. He recalled the vehicle rolling once, and admitted to drinking prior to driving. Simpson claimed the open container in the vehicle was old, though. He consented to a blood kit and was transported to the detention center when he was medically cleared. Jaron Roy Guerro June 23, 10:40 pm DWI, Aggravated G P D O f f i c e r Timothy Hughte and several other officers were d ispatched to the area of 403 E. Maloney
Ave. in reference to a crash. The car “was sitting on its nose” at 403 ½ E. Maloney, and a man was standing nearby with blood on his head. Guerro, 24, stuttered and slurred when he spoke, and smelled of alcohol. He staggered when he walked and needed help getting to the ambulance. The windshield of the vehicle was cracked with blood on it. The seatbelt was locked and did not appear to have been worn during the crash. There were containers of alcohol in the car. At the hospital, Guerro said he was OK, and said, “F--- no,” when he was asked whether he’d consent to a blood draw. When cleared from the hospital, he was transported to the adult detention center and booked.
over-looked option, building from within. Government can do their part and support local businesses. Offer incentives for businesses that hire local residents, preferably those that are unemployed, struggling families, and students. Encourage apprenticeship and cooperative programs where government can partner with local trade professionals that train the next generation. Government should not be creating one or two $60,000$85,000 annual salary, with full benefits, jobs when that could be used wisely to create 2-5 jobs at $24,000 annual with benefits. When funding
allows for additions to your employee numbers, utilize it. Here is the BIG government secret, actually fill all the positions you request state money for. Don’t hold onto approved position funding to later be used for agenda fulfillment. If government is authorized to use the funding for a position, they should fill that position no less than four weeks after approval. If you have asked the state for the money for the position, you should already have done your HR research and have that position ready to be filled. To be continued next week.
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COMMUNITY Camille’s Sidewalk Café awards 2015-16 “Teacher of the Year” Story and photos by Andy Gibbons III Sun Correspondent
ore than a week into the 2016 -17 school year, few educators in the area had enough time to recall the previous year. School is in session, and there’s much to be done to make sure every student and an entire classroom get off to the right start. Howe ve r, C a m i l le’s Sidewalk Café took a moment on Aug. 20 to appreciate last year’s winners of the “Teacher of the Month” awards, as well as to unveil the “Teacher of the Year.” Leaders of the awa rds
committee considered handing the awards out at the end of May or the beginning of June. The owner of Camille’s, James Rich, however, recognized that many teachers would like to enjoy their hard-earned summer vacation free from another required meeting to attend, and the awards ceremony was postponed until August, when it would kick off the new school year.
TEACHER OF THE YEAR W h e n lo c a l e d u c a t o r Monique Martinez arrived at Camille’s, she didn’t know what to expect. Martinez was the “teacher of the month” back The “Teacher of the Month” awards are golden apples with bells inside.
On Aug. 20, Monique Martinez received the 2015-16 “Teacher of the Year” award at Camille’s Sidewalk Café. COMMUNITY
in February, as reported by the Sun in March. Martinez was surprised when, out of the pool of victors, she found out she had won “Teacher of the Year.” Rich and others narrowed the pool down to Martinez for many reasons, among which were her close ties to the Gallup community. Martinez grew up in Gallup, and left for a few years to get her teaching degree before she returned home to put that degree into practice. She’d been teaching for 11 years at Juan de Oñate Elementary School when she received her first award. “I came back to this community to serve,” Martinez said, “not because it’s the easiest, but because it deserves it the most.” Martinez said she sees the desire to learn in the faces of her students. By showing them where their education can take them, Martinez hopes that, in the future, her students will no longer have to face their current life struggles. Martinez’s first batch of
students, from 2005, begin this school year as high-school seniors and are nearing the end of their educational journey with Gallup McKinley County Schools. W he n s he r ef le c t s o n her own educational experience in Gallup, Mar tinez especia lly remembers her teacher K a ren Pember ton for encouraging her to push herself farther. “When a teacher takes interest in who you are and meets you where you are academically, it makes a difference for a lifetime,” Martinez said about Pemberton. Now a teacher herself, Martinez says her strongest ally is her husband, who loves that his wife has summers off — when the two can spend quality time together — but who also knows every bit of help he offers through the school year goes a long way. “My advice [to husbands a nd w ives of teacher s] is t o be suppor t ive of you r spouse a nd u ndersta nd that their day is not just 7 [am to] 3 [pm],” Martinez’s
hu sba nd sa id. “ T here a re many times that your spouse w i l l b e home lon g a f t er school hours, bring school work home, and have events a f t er school. It ’s a l so so important to listen to your spouse, because teaching is a daily grind where no two days are the same, and they need a sounding board.” Martinez’s husband also mentioned some of the “jobs” he’s had over the years to help his wife. His tasks ranged from making and decorating bulletin boards to fixing things in the classroom. Still, he said, his No. 1 role as a teacher’s spouse is to pray for his wife as a teacher. Rich and others at Camille’s Sidewalk Café at 306 S. Second St. want previous teachers of the month to know they can stop by the café during normal business hours to pick up their awards. The 2016 -17 ballots for “ Te a cher of t he Mont h” will begin for the month of September and can be found near the dessert display at the front of the store.
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Local artist paints law enforcement in a positive light By Dee Velasco Sun Correspondent
n a time of turmoil and police shootings, law enforcement has recently been portrayed in a dark light. But a portrait created by Gallup artist Ric Sarracino paints a fresh perspective of the men and women who enforce the law. Sarracino’s painting, “Thin Blue Line,” tells a unique story. Within the painting, Sarracino says, “There are three lines, the middle line is blue and the top and bottom are black. The top black line represents the civilians, the middle blue line represents the police, the bottom line represents the criminals. So in order for the criminals to vandalized the civilians, they have to pass thru the police.” The artist says the idea for the painting came from his church pastor, Jonathan Heimburg of the Door Christian Fellowship Church. “My pastor was a missionary in India at one time, and he needed the police, as he and his family’s lives were in jeopardy—[the police] weren’t that responsive,” Sarracino said. “Here in America, we sleep good every night because of them; we live a secure life because of the police department; they deserve to be respected, and to be honored for their service. In fact, we always pray for them at every service.” Sarracino, who in the past had his own negative dealing with police officers, was commissioned by the Door to
CHIAPETTI | FROM PAGE 5 “Because t he a l legations involve an individual appointed to an elected office, I believe it falls within the authority of the Secretary of State. [The PED] will remain in contact with the Secretary of State’s Office to determine if any further action is necessary.” State Sen. George Muñoz, D-Gallup, who has spoken and chastised the school board in past meetings, said the board has many unanswered questions from the taxpaying public to respond to. “I think what they a re forgetting, in par t, is that they are a public board and they answer to the taxpayer s of McK i n ley Cou nt y,”
Gallup artist Ric Sarracino’s painting, a “Thin Blue Line” honors both fallen officers and the officers who continue to protect the public and one another. Sarracino’s daughter Jade is on the left. Photo Credit: Dee Velasco paint the mural. “I myself was in prison, thrown in by the police department,” Sarracino said. “During that time of my insanity, I was able to regain sensibility. The Door came to jail and gave services, and it was that time I gave my life to Jesus Christ, and I have never been back to jail since. My outlook on law enforcement has changed tremendously.”
Muñoz, who did not attend Wednesday’s special meeting, said. “Right now, it doesn’t appea r t hat t he boa rd is being open and honest with taxpayers.” One parent, whose daughter attends Gallup High, said she hasn’t seen anything like this in a long time. “I’m not really sure what they want to do and why it’s taking so long to do it,” she said. T he Ga l lup -McK i n ley County School Board consists of Manuelito, who is pre sident; M it chel l, v ice president; Lynn Huenemann, secretary; Joe Menini; and Sandra Jeff. Jeff is the newest member of the board, and her residency status has been questioned.
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On Aug. 16, a special service was held for local law enforcement in honor of the men and women who serve their community. New Gallup Police Department Chief Phillip Hart attended the service, along with several GPD officers. “I thought it was exceptional, this town is very supportive of its law enforcement, and has been very
GALLUP TOURISM | FROM PAGE 7 started the job in February of this year, resigned or was terminated, Abeita said, “It was the end of her at-will assignment.” A t -w i l l me a n s a c it y employee can be extricated from the job at any given moment. Abeita said an advertisement for the tourism job would go out no later than Aug. 26. Mea nwh i le, L a z a r z h it t he g r ou nd r u n n i n g t h i s we ek a nd wa s f ront a nd center at the Aug. 23 regular city meeting. In her new role, she’ll handle a lodgers tax agenda matter that saw c ou nc i l mem b er s u n a n i mously awa rd $3,000 to a
supportive of me,” Hart said. “It’s a wonderful thing to see, and this is just another way of supporting the police department. The whole congregation was very warm. To see that much support — visible support — made us feel welcome.” Sarracino, who gave a speech at the unveiling of his painting said, “The police are having a bad rap right now, it’s [an artistic] appreciation for the law enforcement right now, because it’s unheard of right now. The painting, he said, honors both fallen officers and the officers who continue to protect the public and one another. Hart also gave a speech at the presentation. “It’s exceptional,” the police chief said. “It’s a beautiful painting — really tells a great story within the painting itself. This community support lets us know that we are not alone out there doing it by ourselves.” Hart said GPD officers are approachable, professional, and respectable in their dealings with the public. “Everyone is treated the same,” he said. “We care about the citizens and they care about us.” “Thin Blue Line” currently awaits just the right hanging place, and will be hung by Hart. Sarracino is currently working on murals for the Southwest Indian Foundation, the new Marriott Hotel in Gallup, and Jerry’s Cafe, among other projects.
softball tournament. After the city meeting, Lazarz, who earns $46,000 annually, plus a living stipend, said she’ll follow through on what was already put in place by Sebold. She said she’ll concentrate on the formation of the city’s tourism website and growth master plan, among other projects. The city recently e n t e r e d i n t o a $18 5 , 0 0 0 professiona l ser v ices agreement with the GallupMcK inley County Cha mber of Commerce. “A lot of what I’ll be doing is already in place,” the interim tourism and marketing manager said. Abeita did not respond to a question about Lazarz receiving extra pay for her
double - dut y, nor d id she elaborate on the “at-will” statement. The El Morro Theatre has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places s i n c e 19 8 8 . T h e G a l l u p tou r i sm a nd ma na ger job was the first of its kind in Gallup. Reached by telephone, Sebold, previously a communications and public affairs manager in Prescott, Ariz., said she was moving on and otherwise had no comment on the job matter. An Illinois native, Lazarz is an accomplished opera singer. She possesses an undergraduate degree from Augustana College in Illinois and a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina. COMMUNITY
Filipino community shares culture with Gallup
FUN-LOVING FILIPINO CULTURAL EXTRAVAGANZA BENEFITS RMCHCS By Andy Gibbons III Sun Correspondent
ecently, headlines were made because of a lleged dispa raging comments about Filipino teachers made by Sandra Jeff, the newest Board of Education member for Gallup-McKinley County Schools. Last week, the Sun reported on the heated Aug. 15 school-board meeting and the
Charity Invitational, and he and his wife want to share that honor with other community workers who have Filipino backgrounds. In pa r tnership w ith RMCHCS, an Aug. 26 Filipino Cultural Extravaganza event, from 6 -7 pm at JFK Middle School Auditorium at 600 Boardman Dr., benefits the charity, with the aim of building a community wellness center for Gallup.
comments. But looking forward, the overall perspective seems positive for many Filipino community leaders. Gonzaga
in particular sees the Filipino Cultural Extravaganza event as an opportunity for those in the community who are unfamiliar with Filipino culture to better
understand and appreciate all it has to offer. For information about the Aug. 26 event, contact: Monica Greene at (505) 863-7282.
Filipino educators and supporters attend the Board of Education meeting at Central Office Aug. 15. File Photo
The Filipino Cultural Extravaganza is an example of recent proactivity by the Filipino community. Photo Credit: Andy Gibbons III large turnout by the Filipino community. Jeff reportedly told an area media group in a July 28 story that teachers who hail from the Philippines don’t speak English “as well as they should.” The commentary featured more alleged stinging comments, with Jeff supposedly asserting that Filipino teachers were merely foreign exchange students. In response, the Filipinos, including teachers and local professionals, showed up to the school-board meeting en masse to show their solidarity as a community. L o c a l p h y s i c i a n D r. C h r i s t opher G on z a g a , a Filipino himself, gave a memorable speech on behalf of the Filipino community. “It’s kind of funny, because I was already planning on speaking about the Filipino community for another reason entirely,” he said. Gonzaga is an honoree of this year’s Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services COMMUNITY
The event is a celebration of Filipino culture, with live music, dancing, and food. “We are a fun-loving community,” Gonzaga said, and the community wants to share this fun with other locals, all for a good cause. Irene Fuller, a math teacher at Miyamura High School, says she is excited about the event. She’s one of many Filipino teachers to have spread the word about the extravaganza. Fuller is also disenchanted by Jeff’s previous comments to the media about Filipino teachers. “None of us came from an exchange program,” Fuller said. “In fact, most of us have master’s degrees and have level II or III licenses with multiple endorsements.” Fuller originally heard about attending the schoolboard meeting from Filipino friends on Facebook, where the invitation was extended to show that Filipinos are united as a community. Many felt they had been victims of discrimination because of Jeff’s
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own items and come from where we buy the seeds, too.” Vernon Garcia is the Hope Garden gardener. “He maintains the appearance and structure of the garden,” Perez said. “We rely heavily on our volunteers to come in on a daily basis and keep the garden watered, weeded, and harvested. This is a community garden made available for the McKinley County community.” Perez said the garden’s greatest cost is time. But onlookers and Pantry visitors appreciate it. “The garden is more than just a garden for the people who plant things there,” Carmelita Donald of Gallup said. “There is a lot of time and effort that goes into it. I haven’t eaten anything that
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has come out of the garden, but I know people who have, and they like it.” The Sept. 3 family-oriented event costs $10, with proceeds benefitting the programs that assist those who utilize the pantry, which was founded in 1999 by Jim Harlin and Tom Crider, and serves people in Northwestern New Mexico with healthy food and nutrition initiatives. The Garden Party features a raffle, entertainment, a silent auction, and door prizes. COMMUNITY
‘Hands of Stone’ bobs and weaves but can’t land a blow RATING: «« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 105 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun
f you watched any boxing in the ’70s and early ’80s, you’ll certainly be familiar with Roberto Durán. The Panamanian was an incredible pugilist who courted controversy and provoked strong reactions over his career. The new film Hands of Stone depicts his life story, from his youth in the slums to success (and more troubles) in the ring. However, unlike the real figure, this biopic feels generic and soft. The telling of this tale could have used a lot more fire and passion. The story is narrated by famed American trainer Ray Arcel (Robert De Niro), who recounts meeting Roberto Durán (Edgár Ramírez), seeing his potential and agreeing to prepare the brash and angry fighter for the professional leagues. Along the way, Arcel has to handle Durán’s temperamental personality and ready him for a title bout with Sugar Ray Leonard (Usher Raymond). The cast is fine, and the
‘Hands of Stone,’ starring Robert De Niro and Edgár Ramírez, is a run-of-the-mill biopic that feels more like a TV-movie than a theatrical experience. Now playing in Gallup. Photo Credit: The Weinstein Company boxing itself isn’t bad. Usher is compelling as Sugar Ray, effortlessly recreating the athlete’s swagger and showmanship. Durán’s matches with Sugar Ray and the lead-up to them offer some of the film’s best moments, even if the movie tries a little too hard to sell many of Durán’s nasty and insulting remarks as a strategic tactic to upset his opponent. Perhaps there’s some truth to this, but given how easily the character flies off the handle, it doesn’t exactly ring true. Unfortunately, there are many more threads throughout
the movie than matches. It’s actually a problem, as the story bounces around too much for its own good. There are some interesting scenes early on, depicting the U.S. occupation of Panama, as well as a later one in which Durán verbally lashes out at a soldier, exemplifying his distaste for their treatment of his people. But just as soon as the movie brings up a compelling issue, it quickly moves on. Durán also has to deal with a profiteering manager (Rubén Blades). Additionally, the personal lives of Durán, Arcel and
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in the head,” and his, “Brains over brawn,” speeches get a little old after being revisited for the third or fourth time. Not only that, but there are other tangents that include Arcel’s relationship with a child from a previous marriage and his uneasy dealings with the mob. Believe it or not, there is still more. Between this, Durán also must address his daddy issues, as well as his struggles dealing with fame and fortune, and the unfortunate fate of a close childhood friend. The story wraps up several of these subplots with only a quick scene, never delving deep enough into any area for viewers to become invested in. It also doesn’t help that the stringheavy score oversells some of these emotional moments and makes it all feel artificial. During his boxing career, Roberto Durán was one of the most incredible, charismatic, and polarizing competitors to ever get into a ring. Hands of Stone never really knows what it should be focusing on and so it attempts to briefly cover just about everything. This odd narrative approach leads to some thin and surface-level examinations of its characters. The end result is a run-of-the-mill biopic that feels more like a TV-movie than a theatrical experience. It bobs and weaves, but never lands a blow. 207 WEST COAL GALLUP 505.863.1250 www.elmorrotheatre.com Facebook @elmorrogallup
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‘Don’t Breathe’ is pulpy, efficient, and very very tense RATING: ««« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 89 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun
irector Fede Alvarez made his cinematic debut three years ago with the better-than-expected remake of The Evil Dead. His follow-up is an original tale of a heist gone wrong. While the plot may suggest it’s a thriller or sorts, make no mistake... it is a graphic and distressing horror picture all the way... just not one that features any kind of supernatural scares. Don’t Breathe is definitely gross and at times a little trashy, but it effectively accomplishes its simple goal — to make you feel uncomfortable and unnerved. The story follows Rocky (Jane Levy), her boyfriend Money (Daniel Zovatto) and friend Alex (Dylan Minnette). They’re a trio of break-in artists, looking for a big score to help them escape Detroit and their poverty-stricken lives. They think they’ve found it when they learn about a blind, ex-milita r y ma n (Stephen Lang) who has just come into a massive cash settlement following the death of his daughter in a car crash. He lives alone in a dilapidated old house in a derelict district, making the trio believe that this heist is the one they’ve been waiting for. But soon after arriving, the group comes to the disquieting realization that there are just
Stephan Lang plays a blind and dangerous old man with killing precision in the flick “Don’t Breathe.” Now playing in local theaters. Photo Credit: Screen Gems/Stage 6 Films as many locks on the inside as on the outside. This movie is fully populated with ethically and morally gray characters. These kids aren’t the nicest lot and are initially difficult to relate to, but a scene or two that shows just how miserable their lives are helps somewhat. And of course, The Blind Man is even more unstable and threatening, leading to a painful game of cat and mouse between the participants. All do their best to succeed, but are consistently stymied. While brutal and ugly throughout, there are just enough winks and a sense of demented joy to the proceedings to keep one curious
— since all of these people are deeply flawed, it makes the resolution a little more up-inthe-air than many other films of its genre. What really helps the film stand out is the skilled visual s t or y t el l i n g. For a l it t le scare picture, there’s some impressive camerawork to behold. Despite the majority of events taking place in a single location, the movie is filled with inspired moves. This includes a lengthy shot early on that explores the home with the cha racters as they break in. Not only does it heighten tension as it follows the robbers from room to room, but it a lso
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onscreen squeaks. Many horror films have at least one big gross-out and this title is no exception. It has a few twists up its sleeve, and a big revelation results in a sequence that is so darn icky it veers dangerously close to tastelessness. Yet one has to concede that it is a completely unique and ultimately memorable horrific moment. As a genre fan, you don’t want a movie’s journey to be predictable. You expect these films to push boundaries, and this effort delivers a disturbing and unsettling shock near the end of its second act. Don’t Breathe is undeniably pulpy and raw. In the end, there are a couple of things that are a little difficult to buy, and it may be hard to side with the participants, but the technical skills on display are more than apparent. Once the second act begins, the movie delivers about 70 straight minutes of increasingly tense and nutty madness that had me feeling uncomfortable on several occasions. On that basis, mission accomplished. If you’re a horror aficionado, this one delivers solid thrills and chills in equal measure. COMMUNITY
DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Aug. 26, 2016 By Glenn Kay
nother week, another impressive grouping of titles arriving on Blu-ray a nd DVD. Read below to look at all the highlights. Overall, there’s an incredible variety of releases in various genres. 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! Already Tomor row in Hong Kong - This independent flick is a U.S./ China co-prod u c t i o n that follows a Chinese American girl who visits Hong Kong, only to fall for an ex-pat. Can their love survive bad timing and the great distance between them? Notices weren’t half bad for this romantic feature. Apparently, some found it too slight and uneventful to recommend, but more considered the pretty photography as well as the sweet and breezy tone effective enough to earn a pass. The cast includes Jamie Chung, Bryan Greenberg, and Richard Woo. The Brainwashing of My Dad - Telling a very personal story, a filmmaker struggles to figure out how her father slowly changed from mild-mannered and apolitical to an angry, rightwing fanatic — she noted the change after he discovered talk radio on his commute to work. This documentary attempts to get the bottom of what caused the shift, as well as how media can influence its audience. Despite the interesting concept, reaction was mixed. Many described it as thought-provoking and occasionally insightful, but also commented that it didn’t delve as deeply into its subject as it should have and could have presented much stronger arguments. Clown - Clowns can only mean one thing: creepiness. This project from John Watts (director of Cop Car and the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming) has been in release limbo for years. It is about a father who dons the red-nosed costume. However, COMMUNITY
he finds it won’t come off and the get-up is forcing him to commit nefarious acts. Reviews were split on this horror picture, with a few more coming down on the negative side. Almost everyone felt it was icky and disturbing, but about half believed it loses its way and falls apart midway through. The movie stars Peter Stormare, Laura Allen, Elizabeth Whitmere, and Eli Roth. The Duel This Western i nvolves a Texas Ranger investigating the disap pearances of several locals in a small town. The trail leads him to the charismatic leader of a cult religious order. Despite a strong cast of talented and familiar faces, critics didn’t respond well to this independent feature. While all complimented the photography and the performance of the villain, the story was roundly picked on for being muddled, confused and slow-moving. It features Woody Harrelson, Liam Hemsworth, Alice Braga, Emory Cohen, and William Sadler. Lake Eerie - A young widow decides to make a new start and buys an old house on Lake Erie, only to find strange events occurring that begin to test the limits of her sanity. There currently aren’t any reviews available for this indie, sci-fi suspense feature. Online however, those who have seen it suggest it’s a bit slow-moving and will only appeal to forgiving fans of very low-budget horror flicks. At least it features a turn by genre vet Lance Henriksen. The cast also includes Marilyn Ghigliotti, Betsy Baker, and Meredith Majors. Maggie’s Plan - This independent comedy earned some great notices during its limited release earlier in the year. The story involves a young woman desperate to be a mother, who woos a married man away and ultimately breaks up his marriage. A few years later, she realizes the man she thought she loved is better suited to his original partner and sets out to rectify the situation. While a few write-ups mentioned they didn’t care for the characters, overall reaction was excellent. It was called a unique,
screwball spin on the romantic comedy, with exceptional performances that make up for any minor missteps. It stars Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore, Travis Fimmel, Bill Hader, and Maya Rudolph. The Man W h o Kn e w Infinity - Set in 1913, this biopic tells the story of sel f-t aug ht mathematics gen ius Srinivasa Ramanujan and his studies at Cambridge, where he overcomes prejudice and becomes a student of G.H. Hardy. Critics gave the drama solid marks, although they stopped a little short of raving about it. Many found it likable and enjoyed the lead performances, but believed the storytelling was a tad pedestrian and the pacing a bit too sluggish for its own good. The movie features a great cast that includes Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons, Stephen Fry, Toby Jones, Jeremy Northam, and Kevin McNally. Ratchet & Clank - Based on the video game of the same name, this animated tale is an origin story of sorts. It follows a feline mechanic who befriends a sentient robot. Together, they traipse through the galaxy and stop an evil alien overlord from destroying the galaxy. Notices were pretty poor for the feature; while the majority admitted that it may provide some appeal to fans of the game, they also said there wasn’t much point to the bland story, and the animation wasn’t up to snuff. James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Rosario Dawson, Paul Giamatti, John Goodman and Sylvester Stallone provide some of the character voices. Weiner - This documentary garnered raves during its release in arthouse cinemas a few months back — if you’re interested in politics, you’ll likely want to check it out. The movie details the bizarre exploits of U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner and his ill-fated run for mayor of New York in 2013. Obviously, the sex scandal that plagued him is explored as well as other troubles along the way. The movie received high marks for its fast pace and fascinating insight into the mind of a man whose campaign implodes before viewers’ eyes. Some
even described it as like witnessing a train-wreck that you just can’t take your eyes off of. Wiener-Dog - Prepare yourselves for the darkest of dark comedies with this eccentric effort from filmmaker Todd Solondz (Welcome to the Dollhouse, Happiness). A small dog moves from owner to ow ner a nd i ntroduces viewers to various characters who behave in severely misanthropic ways. Reaction to this one has been extreme, although more have responded positively to it. Some stated it tries too hard to shock and the characters are so awful that it’s all impossible to watch; others have called it a biting and downbeat look at the ugly side of humanity. It stars Greta Gerwig, Kieran Culkin, Danny DeVito, Julie Delpy, Ellen Burstyn, and Zosia Mamet.
BLASTS FROM THE PAST! Shout! Factory has a Blu-ray of a per s on a l favorite t h i s we ek . Midnight Run (1988) is a comedy from director Martin Brest (Beverly Hills Cop) that teams Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin. De Niro plays a bounty hunter tasked with catching a quirky accountant who has embezzled $15 million dollars in mob money and returning him across the country. Things don’t go according to plan. The movie was a modest success during its original release, but holds up incredibly well. In fact, it’s one of the best buddy flicks out there. The interplay between the misfit pairing is exceptional, resulting in a real gem. The disc comes with new interviews with De Niro, Grodin, Joe Pantoliano, John Ashton, Yaphet Kotto, and writer George Gallo, as well as a vintage featurette and trailer. If you’ve never seen it, it comes highly recommended. Kino also has some Blu-rays featuring titles from a variety of eras. American Dreamer (1984) was a romantic comedy with JoBeth Williams, Tom Conti, and Giancarlo Giannini. It’s about a housewife on a Paris trip who bumps her head and wakes up believing she’s the lead character from her favorite
series of spy novels. Naturally, she gets herself as well as the book’s author involved in an actual adventure. Chandu the Magician (1932) is a fantasy about a scient i s t who is kidnapped by a na st y mega loma niac ( pl ayed by Bela Lugosi) and must stop the villain’s fiendish scheme for world domination. Modesty Blaise (1966) is a British spy spoof set in the Mediterranean with a female agent out to thwart the efforts of a diamond thief. It stars Monica Vitti and Terence Stamp. Finally, you can also pick up a Blu-ray of Fritz Lang’s The Spiders (1919). The set includes two German productions in which an adventure-seeker takes on a couple of daring missions: one to Peru to find gold and another where he must stop an evil organization from stealing a priceless diamond. Not to be outdone, Criterion has a couple of noteworthy Blurays of their own. A Taste of Honey (1961) is a British coming-of-age tale (based on a play) about a teenager in Blackpool who befriends a gay co-worker and fathers a child with a black sailor. This release includes an impressive 4K transfer, new interviews with stars Rita Tushingham and Murray Melvin, interviews with the director and screenwriter, a feature about the play’s origins and themes, as well as other bonuses. The dist r ibut or i s also bringing Woman in the Dunes (1964) t o Blu-r ay. The Japanese d r a m a involves an entomologist out collecting insects who finds himself trapped in a sandpit on the property of a local widow. He soon discovers he’s been ensnared on purpose and expected to become the woman’s permanent caretaker. It comes restored with a video essay on the feature, as well as four shorts from director Hiroshi Teshigahara, and a retrospective on the production. Finally, Arrow has T he
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Chief Manuelito Middle School hosts a Community Book Fair in the School Library. Today is the last day. 8 am - 3:45 pm. We are also hosting an online book fair for our school families at bookfairs.scholastic.com/ homepage/chiefmanuelitomiddleschool. Scholastic Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Chief Manuelito Middle School’s library, 1325 Rico St.
At 5:30 pm, a family film for everyone to enjoy. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Film:
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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) 307-5999 or (505) 721-9208.
TRIP TO CHACO CANYON
Gallup’s Plateau Sciences Society has planned a field trip to Chaco Canyon. Whether this is your first visit to Chaco Canyon, or you want to experience the history and mystery of Chaco again, the public is invited to join members of the PSS in celebrating the National Park Service’s special anniversary. Departure at 9 am. Bring your own water, lunch, head covering, sunscreen, and comfortable walking shoes. For more information contact Martin Link: (505) 863-6459 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit nps.gov/chcu. If you are interested in participating please gather at the Red Mesa Center, 105 W. Hill Street, at 8:30 am to work out car pool and caravan arrangements. SUNDAY Aug. 28
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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: Lego Challenge. Starts: 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT MOVIES
Join us for a free family movie. Starts at 5:30 pm. Library Main Branch, 115 W. Hill Ave. Film: A Hologram for the King
MONTHLY MEETING WITH COUNCILOR LINDA GARCIA, DISTRICT 1
We invite you to meet with Councilor Linda Garcia at the Northside Neighborhood Association monthly meeting beginning at 6:30 pm. Councilor Garcia will be there to listen to your concerns. It’s a great opportunity to share ideas and we welcome your compliments and complaints. Please join us and feel free to bring a friend or two. If you have any questions, please call Linda at (505) 879-4176. Northside Senior Center, 607 N. Fourth St.
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DVD REVIEW | FROM PAGE 21 Bloodstained Butterfly (1971), an Italian Giallo (which are pulpy murder mysteries) about a man convicted of a murder he didn’t commit. His daughter tries to clear his name and becomes the primary target of the real killer, a madman who
is driven to slaughter whenever he hears the musical compositions of Tchaikovsky. The Blu-ray/DVD combo has a new transfer, an audio commentary with horror film critics, shorts on the director of the film, as well as featurettes on the production and other bonuses. Sounds like it could be a fun one.
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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.
FRIDAY NIGHT HOOTENANNY
ArtsCrawl is held the second Saturday of every month from 7 to 9 pm, downtown Gallup.
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.
CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION CLASS
RMCHC Women’s Health Unit offers childbirth education classes, at no charge, every second Saturday of the month in the RMCH Library, 1901 Red Rock Drive, from 9 am-1 pm. Contact WHU at (505) 863-7026.
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.
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Gallup’s longest-running live show! Every Friday night from 7 - 9 pm. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. Second St.
GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY
Wednesdays are low-cost Spay and Neuter Days, at the Gallup-McKinley County Humane Society. For more information, please call (505) 863-2616, or email: email@example.com. Location: 1315 Hamilton Rd.
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 on construction or another service call Bill Bright at (505) 7224226, Warehouse Lane off Allison Road.
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.
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. SAVE THE DATE
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Sept. 2 -12, Axle Contemporary mobile gallery launches its project documenting the people of the Southwest in
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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 dinahwauneka@yahoo. com 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.
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Gallup, Window Rock, and beyond. The portrait studio will be open, for free, for all members of the community. Bring any small object of personal significance to hold for your portrait. Photos are immediately printed; one is given to the participant (no charge); one is wheatpasted to the exterior of the mobile studio-gallery; a third will be part of an exhibit of the entire project at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, Ariz. A book will be published with the entire collection of photographs, writing by participants, and a singular image on the cover created by blending the hundreds of individual portraits. Copies of the book will be distributed for free to all of the participants. Visit axleart.com for dates and locations.
Sept. 8, from 9 am to noon. Trails are a good investment in community health and welfare, but they require funding to cover costs such as surveys, signage, trailhead amenities and construction. The purpose of this workshop is to provide Navajo Nation communities with resources, tips and tricks for obtaining funds from government agencies, private businesses and foundations. The workshop features four presentations by people who have successfully raised millions of dollars for trail projects. The second session will provide an opportunity for attendees to meet with the presenters in small groups, ask questions and get advice about specific projects. Navajo Nation Museum, Window Rock, Ariz.
NEW MEXICO LIVESTOCK BOARD AT THE STATE FAIR
Sept. 8 is opening day of the New Mexico State Fair. It is also Law enforcement day. The New Mexico Livestock Board will have a booth to answer questions about our
programs, career options (law enforcement or livestock inspectors), and personnel. Please come by, 8 am - 4 pm, and visit with the inspectors, and meet the new state veterinarian, Dr. Ralph Zimmerman. Expo New Mexico, 300 San Pedro Dr. NE, Albuquerque.
100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
Octavia Fellin Public Library is one of six libraries in New Mexico to partner with the New Mexico Humanities Council, to bring a very special reading grant, “5 Pulitzers in 5 Months” to our community. As a recipient of this grant, the library reads and discusses five Pulitzer-winning and nominated books. Next discussion: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, Sept. 20, 6 pm in the Main Library Meeting Room, 115 W. Hill Ave.
BASIC COMPUTER CLASSES
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Location: UNMG Calvin Hall, 203 College Rd.
ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI PARISH FIESTA
Oct. 2: Mass begins at 10 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 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. To post a nonprofit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: email@example.com or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.
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