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NEWS Event aimed at promoting better parenting skills attracts small crowd GOVERNOR BACKS OUT FROM ATTENDING

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n Sept. 7, New Mexico’s Children, Youth and Families Depar tment held a “Pull Together” rally at Gallup High School’s Kenneth Holloway Auditorium. The event was spearheaded by CYFD Cabinet Secretary Monique Jacobson, the main speaker at the event. Gov. Susana Martinez, who originally planned on attending the event, did not make it to Gallup. Her absence may have contributed to the low attendance during the afternoon event. But with news of the event being released to the public one day before the event, the attendance was dismal – 48 in all. GMCS Public Relations Director Teri Frazier said a CYFD spokesperson told her to release information to the public one day before event, but she didn’t

Cabinet Secretary Monique Jacobson delivers the main speech. Photo Credit: CYFD consider the directive out of the scope of her daily requests to disseminate information to the public. Meanwhile, Jacobson apologized on the governor’s behalf, saying Martinez had to stay in Santa Fe to work with politicians on the state’s budget. The current budget allots about $470 million to CYFD per year. The lack of Martinez, though, did not prevent Jacobson from giving a speech outlining the new program that will help CYFD partner with other organizations and make New Mexico the best place

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The large auditorium at Gallup High, 1055 Rico St., was reserved for a much larger crowd. Gov. Martinez was not able to attend as originally planned. to be a kid. CYFD has 2,000 employees, 30 offices, and four divisions that cover the children in New Mexico. With such a large staff, and among the various roles CYFD plays in the state, Jacobson said she envisions a unified mission. “The mission is improving the quality of life for our children,” she said. “Every single day, all of our staff can do at least one thing to improve the life of a child, no matter how big or small.” CYFD’s aim is to ensure the safety of the child, prevent fatalities or injuries, empower kids with a feeling of safety, and provide legitimate human connections to broaden their social horizons. One arm of CYFD is the juvenile justice department, which aids children whose behavior has gotten them into trouble. “We have a real shot of changing the trajectory of a lot of these kids, of breaking the cycles of violence we too often see,” Jacobson said. The public typically associates CYFD with the displacement of children from their biological families into foster care, according to Jacobson, who said that aspect of the department is necessary for ensuring a child’s safety. “If it can’t happen with the family God gave them, then we will find a family that can fulfill that role,” she said. Much of Jacobson’s speech was an appeal to the public to report possible

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child abuse by dialing #SAFE on a phone. But she also had something to say about this process and the stigma behind it. “Every time I hear people saying CYFD needs to take those kids away from those bad parents, I wonder if people know the implications,” she said. “Before we or law enforcement can take those kids, we need to have a safe place to put them, so we need even more foster parents.” This past year, CYFD was able to recruit 100 additional foster parents.

to report child abuse. “So often, people tell me that it’s not my business,” Jacobson said about reporting possible child abuse. “But I tell you, child abuse has to be everyone’s business because those kids won’t have a voice otherwise.” Jacobson asks the public to change their perspectives and embrace the notion that New Mexico really can be the best place to grow up as a child. “Try to see Gallup, New Mexico, as the best place to be a kid, not in 15 or 20 years after we’ve addressed all the family issues, but tomorrow,” Jacobson said. After Jacobson’s speech, the audience was encouraged to meet at least two new people and to network for the sake of helping kids. “The event was amazing and excellent,” Mayor Jackie McKinney told the Sun. “[Jacobson] was great as the Secretary of Tourism when she came up with the ‘New Mexico True’ campaign, and now she is great at this position.” McKinney concluded with: “This really pulls on your heart when you’re talking about kids. People really should take the time to check this organization out. Nobody wants to see kids hurting — let’s take care of our kids.” To become involved or to learn more, visit pulltogether.org. The public may also participate in a ‘Community

Jacobson hugs Gallup Chamber of Commerce CEO Bill Lee after shaking Mayor Jackie McKinney’s hand. Both men congratulated her on the event. While not everyone is in the best situation to help by becoming a foster parent, there are other ways to help, too. It’s the legal duty of every New Mexico resident

Hub,’ wherein local organizations and citizens help families navigate the resources available to their own unique situations. NEWS


Trump counter-message gains popularity VANESSA BOWEN WANTS TO HIGHLIGHT NATIVE PRIDE, ‘HÓZHÓ’ my political stance. It truly is in direct opposition to the current Republican’s ideals,” she said. Over the past few months, her hat has been featured on CNN, ABC News, and KOAT Action 7 News of Albuquerque, as well as in national publications like Black Enterprise. The hat costs $30, with Limited-edition hats selling for $40. To date, Bowen said she’s sold more than 500 ‘Make America Native Again’ hats to folks as far away as Australia. Bowen also has jackets and sweaters on back-order due to popularity. Soon, she plans to sell the hats, and other paraphernalia, at the Downtown Conference Center on Coal Avenue in Gallup. “I think it’s something that has a very interesting concept to it,” Knifewing Segura, CEO of the DCC at 204 W. Coal Ave., said. “I plan to sell them here.” Meanwhile, Trump and Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, a former New

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ormer Gallup resident Vanessa Bowen did what she felt was necessary to counter what she said was a hateful political message put out by Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump. A few months ago, Nativeborn Bowen began creating hats bearing the words “Make America Native Again.” The words are a take on Trump’s c a mpa ig n sloga n, “M a ke America Great Again,” but they’re also inspired by Native American history and values. “I was terrified of what our country would become if Trump was to be elected president,” Bowen, a Gallup native and former marketing and event coordinator at the city’s Business Improvement District, said. She said Trump’s racist and anti-immigrant remarks inspired the hat’s creation. “The hat’s meaning is more focused on the Indigenous values that Native people share: matriarchy, sustainability, strong community, the Seventh Generation Principle (how decisions impact descendants) NEWS

and the Navajo belief of living in hózhó (beauty, order, harmony and balance in Navajo culture).” Bowen said these values, which are “quite the opposite of [Donald Trump’s] rhetoric,” should be upheld by the country as a whole. Trump has publicly called Mexicans “rapists.” He’s also accused them of bringing illegal drugs over the border and into the United States. He’s called women “bimbos,” and referred to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, who is part Native American, as “Pocahontas.” “I am Diné – a proud member of the Navajo Nation,” Bowen said. “I am not a racist.” Bowen studied at For t Lewis College, in Durango, Colo., and now lives and works in Albuquerque as a web and graphic designer. A self-proclaimed political activist, Bowen said, “I advocate for marginalized people with a focus on Indigenous rights. They say dissent is patriotic, so educating and protesting are my ways of being patriotic.” As far as Bowen’s political identity goes, “I am a Democratic Socialist due to

Mexico governor, are set to square off in the first of four televised debates on Sept. 26 at Hofstra University on Long Island, N.Y. The general election is Nov. 8. Bowen said she’s received all kinds of feedback on the “Make America Native Again” message, including the negative. She said she receives stereotypical remarks about Native Americans, some of which suggest that oppressed people should just get over

their traumatic history. The positive feedback, though, congratulates Bowen on turning Trump’s message against itself. “I don’t like the message that [Trump] preaches, and I find him to be a bigot,” Bowen said. “Trump’s racist, misogynistic, and hateful rhetoric was the catalyst to create the [Make America Native Again] hat.” To purchase Bowen’s merchandise, visit bowencreative.co/shop.

Vanessa Bowen’s popular “Make American Native Again” hats were inspired by Trump’s campaign slogan. Photo Credit: Vanessa Bowen

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North side gas explosion injures one ONE MAN TREATED, RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL

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ne person wa s injured in a roofing accident caused by a blow torch t hat

was too close to a gas line, officials said. Gallup Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief Jesus Morales said construction workers were repairing one of two roofs at a home at 215 W. Lincoln Ave., when an

explosion occurred at about 5:50 pm Sept. 7. Workers were warming up tar to slather on the roof prior to laying shingles. Antonio Castaneda, 41, a worker with Dominguez

Construction of Gallup, was working atop the home. He said he was using the torch and it apparently got a little too close to the line. “That was it,” he said. “It just got a little close and ignited.” Morales said one of the workers suffered minor skin injuries and was taken to Rehoboth McKinley County Hospital where he was treated and released. According to Morales, firefighters arrived on the scene within minutes of the incident, and immediately shut off the electricity and gas, which prevented the situation from getting worse.

“We were able to get the situation under control in a matter of minutes,” he said. The Ga llup Police Department helped to keep the scene safe and assisted with traffic control. “We didn’t see anything, but we heard an explosion,” Joleen Nuñez, who lives across the street from the location of the

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OPVP extends condolences to Levier family FATHER, DAUGHTER SWEPT AWAY IN FLOODWATERS

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OHATCHI – Navajo Nat ion P re sident Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez were saddened to learn about a tragic accident that took place in Tohatchi Sept. 2, involving a father and daughter who were swept away in flash flood waters, ultimately losing their lives. This accident has devastated the community. It has been reported that Jay Levier entered floodwaters after his daughter Aschley fell in trying to save her dog. “We need to constantly remind our Navajo people to stay away from floodwaters, flood zones and to be aware of the power of flood waters. The bodies of Jay and his daughter Aschley were said have been washed five miles downstream,” Nez said. “It’s terrible, yet it also exemplifies the power of our washes and rivers during flash floods. Flood waters are not to be taken lightly.” Several Agencies across the Navajo Nation have recently

Aschley and Jay Levier. Photo Credit: Courtesy been struck with flash floods re su lt i n g f rom mon soon downpour. Flash flooding has washed out roads, caused severe damage to homes, and it has even caused both injury and death. “It’s heartbreaking to hear about this,” Begaye said. “The

Motorcycle ride takes tragic turn: Two Gallup men dead Staff Reports

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A N J UA N COUNT Y – New Mexico State Pol ice i nvest igated a double motorcycle crash that resulted in the fatalities of both drivers Sept. 3. The crash occurred at around 4 pm at the intersection of Navajo Route 5 and N.M. State Road 371 (85-mile marker) in San Juan County. Ac c o r d i n g t o a n ew s release issued by NMSP Sgt. Elizabeth Armijo, the initial investigation indicated both motorcycles were riding in t a ndem on Nava jo Route 5. Both failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of NEWS

State Road 371 causing both to crash off the opposite side of the roadway. Both drivers are believed to have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash, Armijo stated in the report. Both drivers sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased on scene. The deceased are identified as Willie Roy Jr., 56, and Abraham Vining, 43, both of Gallup. Roy ow ned Speedway Tow ing and was also the co-owner of Smokey’s restaurant. Vining was a Marine veteran, and a line technician for a local cable provider. This crash remains under investigation.

Office of the President and Vice President would like to offer prayers and condolences to the Levier family at this time. The lives we are given are sacred and any loss of life is completely tragic and devastating.” Heavy rainfall can cause water levels to rise rapidly in washes and rivers.  When waterways get flooded, OPVP is reminding everyone to stay away from flooded areas. Make sure your elders and children area not near flooded washes or ditches. Many Navajo people are fa r mers who tend to cattle and sheep, and farmers

foundations and homes that had lost everything inside to water damage,” Begaye said. “Floodwaters can be ver y powerful.” If you live in or near a flood zone, please use extreme precaution in flash flood situations. Residents in Shiprock who lived near Salt Creek said they could hear the waters star ting to rush and they noticed how fast the water levels were rising. Always be aware of water and flood levels in extreme weather conditions. Use precaution when considering the safety of yourself, your family and even your livestock and pets. “President and I have seen the after effects of communities hit by flash floods and it can be tremendous,” Nez said. are reminded to make sure “We cannot reiterate the importheir livestock are not left tance of safety and precaution nea r f looded water ways.  enough when it comes to dealF loodwater cu r rent s ca n ing with flash flood situations.” sweep livestock away very OPVP would like to extend easily. their gratitude to the first On Aug. 8, President Begaye responders on the scene in and Vice President Nez signed Tohatchi and also the New a Declaration of Emergency Mexico State Police, the Navajo for Communities Affected by Nation Police Department and Monsoon Storms. This was the McKinley County Fire and the day after certain areas of Rescue. Shiprock were hit with flash St or y cour t e sy of th e flooding. The instances of flash Navajo Nation Office of the flooding continue. President and Vice President “When I visited the area, A gofundme page has I saw cars that had been been set up to help the fammoved miles by floodwaters.  ily pay for funeral expenses, There were mobile homes to donate, go to: gofundme. that had been moved off their com/levierfamily

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Roosevelt forms Neighborhood Watch SLEW OF VEHICLE BREAK-INS, BURGLARIES BESET NEIGHBORHOOD

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n east-side neighborhood in Gallup is taking steps toward becoming more proactive in solving and preventing crimes. A meeting held three weeks ago at Roosevelt Elementary School discussed a number of vehicle break-ins and burglaries around Gallup’s Roosevelt neighborhood. Kelly Akeson of the Gallup Police Department introduced residents to the idea of a Neighborhood Watch Program. City Councilor Linda Garcia, whose council district includes Roosevelt, organized the Aug. 25 meeting. Afterward, she said things are off to a great start. “This is a step in the right direction,” Garcia said. “There have been some problems in the neighborhood and this meeting is about the residents of the neighborhood coming together to do what they can to help stop the crime that has been happening.”

Akeson said by implementing a Neighborhood Watch group, crime wil be deterred, and the power will be in the ha nds of the community, rather than the criminals. He said he could relate to the residents’ concerns, because years ago, when he first moved to Gallup, he lived near Roosevelt Elementary. “In doing this you encourage people to meet each other for neighborhood watch purposes,” Akeson told the threedozen or so residents gathered for the 45-minute-long meeting. “You’re putting the word ‘neig hbor’ ba ck i nto t he neighborhood.” A nna Biava, a married resident who has lived in the Roosevelt area for about four years, said she’s heard and been victim of vandals and thieves. Most of the crime, she believes, is connected to substance abuse by people who don’t live in Roosevelt. “It seems to have gotten worse each year,” Biava said. “I think a lot of people feel the

City Councilor Linda Garcia. File Photo way that I do.” Biava said she knows at least three cars have been stolen in parts of Roosevelt this year. Her own vehicle was

stolen and later recovered in April. She encouraged residents to immediately report suspicious cars and people to the police. “There are problematic people who come into this neighborhood,” Biava said. “I think working with the police

to solve things is a very good step. There are a lot of families who live in the neighborhood.” GPD Capt. Marinda Spencer said there’s no specific data about neighborhood criminal incidents, but she can recall calls coming in to police dispatch this year regarding thefts and break-ins around Roosevelt. Akeson gave residents of the neighborhood tips, like designating block captains. “We’re not asking you to take personal risks, and we’re not asking you to put yourself in harm’s way,” Akeson cautioned, pointing out that residents should report condemned and vacant homes that look like eyesores and are havens for criminal behavior. GPD Capt. Edwin Yazzie attended the meeting, too. He spoke individually with a few folks who wanted their concerns kept private. Garcia said she plans to meet GPD Chief Phillip Hart about the outcome of the meeting. Biava a nd Ga rcia sa id another neighborhood group meeting is scheduled for the second week of October.

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IBOLA COUNTY – On Sept. 3 at 6:30 am, New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash involving an offroad vehicle. According to a news release issued by NMSP Sgt. Elizabeth Armijo, the crash occurred near Bonita Canyon Road and N.M. State Road 53 milemarker 70, south of Grants.

The initial investigation indicated Johnny E. Hall, 53, of Jonesboro, Louisiana, was driving an off-road vehicle on Bonita Canyon Road when the vehicle lost control and rolled. Mr. Hall was ejected from the vehicle and the vehicle rolled over him. Hall sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased on scene. This crash remains under investigation.

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CVNM Action Fund endorses pro-conservation, pro-voting rights candidates for general election By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent

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onser vation Voters New Mexico, through its political action committee, announced Sept. 1 the continuation of its efforts to build a strong political voice for air, land, and water by endorsing candidates who will work to protect New Mexico families and communities. Two candidates noted in the announcement — incumbent Sharon Clahchischilliage and newcomer GloJean Todacheene — face-off for the District 4 seat of the New Mexico House of Representatives. Liliana Castillo,

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communications manager at CVNM, said the group’s action fund endorses candidates

running for the state House of Representatives, state Senate, and Secretary of State in the

Nov. 8 general election. “When it comes to ensuring that our families and communities are healthy and resilient, every vote counts – whether at the ballot box or in the Roundhouse,” Ben Shelton, CVNM legislative and political director, said. “That’s why we are honored to endorse a slate of New Mexicans who will ensure that each voice is heard both in our elections and in the policy debates that impact our lives.” Both Clahchischilliage and Todacheene are Navajo and retired educators. Cla hch i sch i l l ia ge i s a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and one of six female Navajo Republicans to

ever serve the New Mexico legislature. She is from Kirtland. Todacheene is a University of New Mexico graduate from Shiprock who once appeared on the PBS television show Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. District 4 includes San Juan County and runs as far south as Newcomb in the Navajo Nation. CVNM is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that connects the people of New Mexico to their political power in order to protect the state’s land, water, and air. According to Castillo, the organization achieves its goal by holding elected officials accountable, helping candidates win elections, and advancing responsible public policies.

WaPo/SurveyMonkey Poll: Clinton leads in NM By Matthew Reichbach NM Political Report

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n e w p o l l s h ow s Hillary Clinton with more than 50 percent support in New Mexico in a two-way race but, perhaps more interesting, Gary Johnson with nearly equal the support of Donald Trump in a four-way race. The results of the Wa sh i n g t on Po s t - Su r vey Monkey poll found Clinton, the Democratic nominee, leads Trump, the Republican nominee, 51 percent to 37 percent in a two-way race. But when you add Johnson, the Libertarian Party nominee, and Green Party nominee Jill Stein, Clinton falls to 37 percent, Trump falls to 29 percent, but Johnson picks up 25 percent support and Stein picks up 5 percent. The poll itself, however, has a non-traditional methodology which could cast doubts on the results. Following the poll, Nate Silver of FiveT hirtyEight noted that Johnson’s odds of winning New Mexico went up to two percent in their pollsonly forecast (Johnson is at just 0.7 percent in the polls-plus forecast, which includes information on the economy as well as historical voting trends from the state). The poll was part of a survey conducted in all 50 states and showed some counterintuitive NEWS

Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore results. For example, the poll found Clinton leading Trump 46 percent to 45 percent in Texas in a two-way race and tied at 40 percent in a four-way race in the Lone Star State. T h e p o l l a l s o s h ow s Trump narrowly leading in Mississippi, another traditionally Republican state. The pollster, SurveyMonkey, may give some pause. SurveyMonkey conducts all of its polling online. The aforementioned FiveThirtyEight gives the pollster a C- grade. The Post explained the poll was conducted “based on random samples of cellular and landline phones.” More: From Aug. 9 to Sept. 1, the survey asked the sample of

74,886 registered voters about their presidential support, including between 546 and 5,147 respondents in each state. The final sample was weighted to the latest Census Bureau benchmarks for the population of

registered voters in each state. The poll also does not have a margin of error since it is a non-probability sample where “the probability of any given voter being invited to a SurveyMonkey is unknown.”

Such polling is also much cheaper than traditional polling, as the Post acknowledged. In New Mexico, SurveyMonkey polled 1,788 registered voters between Aug. 9 and Sept. 1. The poll is separate from other polling conducted for the Post, including their polling along with partners ABC News. Previously, NM Political Report commissioned a poll from Public Policy Polling. That poll used an internet panel to survey 20 percent of the respondents who were cellphone only voters. The remaining 80 percent were found via auto-dial technology. That Public Policy Polling survey found Clinton leading with 40 percent, Trump at 31 percent, Johnson at 16 percent and Stein at 4 percent among registered voters. Visit: www.nmpoliticalreport.com

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Probe finds multiple wrongdoings by ex-Farmington BLM head By Matthew Reichbach NM Political Report

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recent ly-rele a s ed report by the U.S. Department of the Inter ior Office of Inspector General looked into the actions of Steve Henke from when he was in charge of the Bureau of Land Management office in Farmington. The report says the investigation initially looked into the former Farmington district manager’s move from manager of BLM’s field office to being in charge of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association. NMOGA represents the oil and gas industry in the state and lobbies BLM and state authorities on behalf of the industry. T he OIG, howe v e r, expanded the investigation into other areas, including “inappropriate acceptance of meals and other gifts from oil and gas industry representatives,” “authorization of a commercial shooting range illegally construction on BLM land” and alleged misrepresentations and misuse of BLM resources in a land sale. Greenwire, a trade publication, first obtained and wrote about the report by the Interior

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Department OIG. The OIG cleared Henke of any wrongdoing in the original allegations, but did “substantiate the other aforementioned allegations” and said he “made false statements to investigators and attempted to instruct our investigation.” Though redacted in the report, Henke’s name is not difficult to find out. He is described as the person who retired from BLM in August 2010 and became the president of NMOGA. Greenwire referred to the report as “long-buried.” The publication also confirmed Henke was the subject of the investigation. However, the dates of Henke’s employment at BLM outlined in the report and the date of his hiring as president of the oil and gas trade group pointed to Henke. So did an earlier Interior IG investigative report of Henke, as well as the Oct. 18, 2010, letter [former BLM Director Bob] Abbey wrote to acting Interior IG Mary Kendall requesting the second investigation. A government source with knowledge about the investigation also confirmed that Henke is the subject of the IG’s report.

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A driller working on a New Mexico-based oil rig. Photo Credit: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health The publication of the report comes days after the former head of New Mexico’s Env ironment Depar tment, Ryan Flynn, recently left his position to NMOGA, taking over for Henke. Henke told Greenwire the years-long investigation was “political.”

ALLEGATIONS Among the report’s more serious findings were that Henke “improperly used his influence and position at BLM to initiate and advocate the sale of 160 acres of BLM land in Lindrith, NM.” According to the OIG’s findings, “Henke may have misled BLM approving officials into believing that the land was isolated and inaccessible to the public, and that it would be in the best interest of the public if it were sold.” Investigators also found he had a friendship with the family of those who wanted to buy the land. After Henke left, the BLM canceled the sale. Among the reasons for the cancellation was that the tract was not isolated—indeed, it could be accessed through a county road. Henke said he did not know it was a county road, though investigators found the appraisal of the land, required before any BLM land sale, documented that the road passed through the land. Henke continued to be involved in the attempted

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sale past his retirement from BLM. Another serious allegation from the report says that Henke “conspired with witnesses to mislead and obstruct our investigation, potentially violating Federal conspiracy and obstruction laws.” This alleged obstruction came as part of the aborted sale, including involving an incident where a witness said Heinke instructed him to “get their stories straight” in case of an interview by the OIG. Henke also “circumvented BL M pol ic y ” t o pr ov ide approval for “a local firearms dealer and trainer” to operate a commercial shooting range on BLM property, according to investigators. BLM does not allow operating shooting ranges on the agency’s property because of potential lead contamination. Still, a local gun store owner operated the range and taught concealed weapons permit training classes while Henke was in charge of the office. Not only did the shooting range operate for years, the company that ran the illegal shooting range made a number of improvements to it. The company that ran the shooting range also legally operated a sand and gravel pit on the land. They claimed the BLM gave them authorization to run the shooting range in the mid-2000s. At one point, according to the investigation, BLM employees under Henke fought to

shut down the shooting range. Henke instead overruled them and said it would continue to run until a final determination was made. Henke even encouraged those who opposed him to speak to the OIG.

ALLEGATIONS OF ACCEPTING GIFTS Federal employees have strict rules on gifts. They can only accept unsolicited gifts of $20 or less. Gifts from any one source cannot exceed $50 in a calendar year. The investigation found under Henke, oil and gas companies would bring food to the Farmington office and introduced themselves to staffers as they waited in line to get the food. Henke told investigators this practice predated him and that he believed the food cost less than $20 per employee. This isn’t the first time an investigation put Henke in hot water when it came to accepting gifts. A report in 2010 obtained by the San Juan Citizens Alliance, an environmental group, found Henke accepted gifts from Williams Exploration and PRoduction, including golf tickets. Henke also was accused of soliciting “about $8,000 in donations from the company for his son’s youth baseball teams,” according to the Associated Press. Visit: www.nmpoliticalreport.com NEWS


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he McKinley County S h e r i f f ’s O f f i c e , t he Ga l lup Pol ice Depa r tment, the Probation and Parole Security Threat and Intelligence Unit, and the U.S. Marshals Service conducted a warrant roundup in McKinley County Aug. 30, officials said. A total of 31 law-enforcem e n t p e r s o n n e l p a r t ic i pated in the warrant sweep, MCSO Lt. Pat Salazar said. All arrests were for felony warrants. “It was very successful,” Salazar said. “We got a lot of people off the street and we are thankful that the other agencies helped in this.” T he McK i n ley Cou nt y Emergency Response Team also assisted in the roundup.

Salazar said 52 warrants were screened, and 18 were confirmed to be at possible locations within Gallup and McK inley County. Salazar said of the 18 warrants, nine were found and arrested without incident. Five of those taken into custody remained jailed as of Sept. 7. Two of the five were transported to Albuquerque, as they were in federal custody. T ho s e a r r e s t e d wer e: R o b e r t C a s t i l l o, 2 9, o f Crownpoint; Brennen Nez, 25, of Shiprock; Jose Estrada, 22, of Gallup; Josue Garcia, 31, of Gallup; Reese Hayes, 22, of Gallup; Marc Yazzie, 31, of Gallup; Sylvia Thomas, 62, of Gallup; Rochelle Yazzie, 26, of Gallup; and Richard Gail, 31, of Gallup. Castillo and Nez were federal cases, and the two were immediately transferred to

Albuquerque for processing, according to Salazar. Marc Yazzie, Estrada, and Garcia remain at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center without bond. Hayes, Thomas, Rochelle Yazzie, and Gail each bonded out of jail on amounts ranging from $120 to $1,000, records show. “This was a really good outcome based on the information that was gathered by [intel] on short notice,” Salazar said. “We are still looking for the rest of the outstanding subjects with warrants. Just because they were not found and arrested doesn’t mean we’re not going to stop looking for them. We will find them.” Salazar urged those who were not arrested and still have outstanding warrants to turn themselves in as soon as possible.

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Twin Lakes man jailed for hitting female with hammer ACT LEFT THREE HOLES IN VICTIM’S HEAD

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T w i n L a kes ma n a r rested by t he Gallup Police D e p a r t m e n t remained jailed Sept. 7 on an aggravated battery charge. Jail records indicate that Barney’s bond was set at $15,000. In referencing the incident, GPD Officer Douglas Hoffman wrote in a report that Donavan Barney, 21, hit a female victim in the back of the head three times with a hammer in the parking lot of Kentucky Fried Chicken off U.S. 491. “…I asked the male [suspect] if this was his backpack and he said it was his girlfriend’s,” Hoffman recorded. “I asked if I could look inside and he said yes. I opened the NEWS

Donavan Barney backpack and located a hammer with blood on the head.” The v ictim con f ir med Barney’s identity, and Barney was subsequently put in handcuffs. The victim said she was hit three times. Three large holes located in the back of her head were confirmed by ambulance personnel. Barney’s $15,000 bail bond is cash-only. Gallup Sun • Friday September 9, 2016

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WEEKLY CRIME BLOTTER Staff Reports

BAD KNIGHT 9/4, GALLUP Gallup Police Department Off icer Dougla s Hoffma n responded to an early evening call the Knights Inn at 1601 W. Hwy. 66 in reference to a burglary. At the scene, motel staff told Hoffman the male and female suspects had left the premises, traveling eastbound on Aztec Avenue. A t A z t e c Av e n u e a n d D e a n S t r e e t , Hoffman noticed two males fighting. Er ic J. Mar tinez, 29, ran east into a pa rk i n g lot . T he ot her male shouted that he’d been stabbed. Hoffman ran after Mar tinez, who went to the ground and had blood on his hands and clothes. The victim and a motel employee pointed out the woman, Shannon Etcitty, 29, who had been involved in the burglary. E t c it t y i n it i a l ly g a ve improper identification to the police. A TV and a Direct TV cable box had been taken from Room 143. Hoffma n found a pocketknife at the scene of the fight. Mar tinez had a warra nt out of h is a r rest. He a nd Etcit t y were booked. The charges included aggravated battery, burglary, and concealed identity.

HOUSE PARTY 9/3, GALLUP GPD Officer John Gonzales was dispatched to 1401 Red Rock Dr. to assist other department officers in breaking up a house party. The owner of the house a r r ived on scene; he’d not

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been aware that anyone wa s i n t he hou s e, nor had he given per m ission for a par ty. Gonzales found about

40 to 60 people in the basement w ith alcohol and pipes a nd c iga ret t e s; it was a large party, Brandon Garcia according to the report. About 25 people were under the age of 18, a nd severa l of them were drunk. Parents were called to pick up their minors. Bra ndon Ga rcia , 22, a nd A l f redo E st r a da , 21, were a mong the adu lts at the s cene. A n u n k now n m a le ha d a n a s sau lt r i f le at t he pa r t y. E st ra da a nd Ga rcia were a r re st ed on ch a rge s of a ba ndon ment or a bu se of a ch i ld, a nd cont r ib ut i n g t o del i nq uenc y of a m i nor.

NOT-SO-WELCOME MAT 9/2, GALLUP GPD Officer John Gonzales was dispatched to the Villa de Gallup apartments at 325 N. Klagetoh S t . i n r eference to a drunk male with a gun banging on the door of B104. At t he scene, of f icer s encountered Manuel Chavez, 21, outside the apartment. The officers asked Chavez to show his hands, and he went behind a pillar and put an object under the welcome mat. Chavez was patted down and secured in

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the back of Gonzales’s police car. A supporting officer found a black and silver Smith and Wesson handgun under the welcome mat. The female victim said she came home from work and tried to contact Chavez over the phone because he was out drinking. When he got home, he was upset at the victim for not having food ready. He threw things around the apartment and insulted her. Chavez also hit the victim on her back. The v ictim left for her gra ndmother’s apar tment, B104, in the same complex. She was outside smoking when Chavez arrived, and allegedly lifted his shirt, and revealed the gun. The victim went into her grandmother’s apartment and Chavez began knocking on the door. Chavez was arrested and booked on charges of aggravated assault on a household member, battery of a household member, and negligent use of a deadly weapon.

G P D Officer Joe Roa n hor se was dispatched to Home Depot at 530 Kachina St. in reference to a larceny. The caller said he was assaulted by a male who also stole his tools. The victim had a bloody nose. He said he was working on a bicycle with his friend when Danathan Willie, aka “Willie Styles,” 36, approached him and started “mouthing off to them.” The victim said he knew Willie, who was drunk, from detox. Willie grabbed a bag, and tools fell out. He held a screwdriver in his right hand and walked toward the victim saying, “I’m going to stab you guys.” But he then walked away toward the west. Officers located the suspect at the Comfort Inn, 1440 W. Maloney Ave.; he was transported to jail and booked on charges of assault with intent to commit a violent felony, and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

CAR KIDS 8/26, GALLUP G P D Officer Ryan Blackgoat was dispatched to the Rio West Mall at 1300 W. Maloney Ave. in reference to a child abandonment case. At the scene, Blackgoat met with the female caller who said she had been sitting next to a grey car, when she heard a baby’s cry from inside. The window was partially cracked. Inside, she saw an infant with another child lying at the bottom of the seat. The children were alone. The caller watched them for about 15-20 minutes, and when no one returned, she went inside the mall to call security. Security arrived at the car, and the children were “sweaty, crying, and pink in the face.” As the caller went to look in the vehicle, a woman, Tammi Lee, 26, approached, asking what they were doing. Soon, officers arrived, too. Lee said the children were OK, as she was watching them from another car. She was arrested on charges of abandonment of children.

MCSO: 29 pounds of marijuana seized SUSPECTS ARE NATIVES OF DOMINICAN REPUBLIC By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent

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wo Florida men originally from the Dominican Republic were jailed Sept. 2 after they were arrested by deputies with the McKinley County Sheriff’s

Office. MCSO Lt. Pat Salazar said Jean Carlos Rodriguez-Williams, 26, of Land O’ Lakes, Fla., and Cleto Dominguez-Reyes, 35, of Tampa, Fla., were taken into custody after 29 pounds of marijuana was found in the vehicle in which the two were traveling. Salazar said the pair was charged with trafficking a controlled substance and conspiracy to distribute marijuana. The arrests were made by MCSO undercover agents who recently underwent special training to handle roadway drug busts. Both suspects were identified as natives of the Dominican Republic. Upon stopping the vehicle, MCSO deputies observed that both individuals appeared

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nervous. When permission was granted to search the vehicle, duffle bags were discovered in the trunk. Salazar said the contraband was sent to a laboratory in Albuquerque for testing. “This was some very good work,” he said. According to McKinley County Jail Warden Steve Silversmith, there were no attorneys listed for either arrestee. McKinley County Sheriff Ron Silversmith praised the work of Salazar and deputies at the Sept. 7 regular commission meeting. He told commissioners that MCSO is out front in eradicating the illegal transport of drugs. NEWS


WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports Legal limit is .08 Calvin J. Charley Sept. 1, 9:51 pm 3rd DWI, Aggravated McKinley C o u n t y Sher i f f ’s O f f i c e D e p u t y Ta m my S . Houghtaling, was on scene at a motorcycle crash when she was advised of a white Ford Taurus speeding west on Hwy. 264 and unable to maintain its lane. A not her MCSO of f icer stopped the vehicle at the 3-mile marker of Hwy. 264 in Wildcat just before Houghtaling arrived on scene. Charley, 50, smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot, watery eyes. He slurred his words and stumbled when he exited the car. Charley failed field sobriety tests and blew .18 twice during breath testing. Willis George Sept. 1, 9:21 pm DWI, Aggravated George, 35, backed into another v e h ic le i n t he d r i v e through of McDona lds at 700 U.S. 491, according to Gallup Police Department Officer Douglas Hoffman’s report. George pulled into the parking lot when contacted by another GPD officer. His license was suspended. George admitted to drinking but refused field sobriety and breath tests. He was placed under arrest for DWI. Ryan Notah Aug. 30, 7:26 pm DWI Traveling west on Interstate 40, MC SO D e p u t y Gabrielle P u huye s v a passed a speeding bl a ck c a r. Puhuyesva attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the car NEWS

continued westbound, exiting I-40 at the 20-mile exit. It eventually turned onto Maloney Avenue, and stopped in the parking lot of the Rio West Mall at 1300 W. Maloney Ave. in Gallup. Nota h’s insura nce wa s expired/suspended from a prior DWI. He smelled of alcohol and agreed to perform field sobriety tests, which he failed. Notah, 25, blew .11 and .12 during breath testing. Vivian M. Largo Aug. 30, 12:10 am DWI, Aggravated M C S O Deputy Ivan Tsethlika i Jr. noticed a vehicle drivi n g nor t h bound on the shoulder of N.M. 566 near the 3.8-mile marker. The vehicle matched the description of a previously called in possibly drunk driver. The vehicle drove into the southbound open field area of the road, “running over everything in its path,” according to the report. The vehicle almost rolled a couple of times, made a U-turn, sped eastbound, ran through a fence line, went airborne, and collided with another fence before getting stuck in the sand off of N.M. 566, near mile-maker 7.1 in Churchrock. Largo, 32, was incoherent and could barely stand on her own or walk. She passed out in the back of a police unit. Medstar arrived on scene and checked on her, and she agreed to field sobriety tests, but they were short-lived as she could barely stand on her own. Largo was taken to a local hospital and cleared, and was then booked at the Gallup Adult Detention Center. Lucinda Spencer Aug. 28, 7:27 pm 3rd DWI, Aggravated G P D O f f ic e r D a n i e l Brown was working the 10 0 D a y s and Nights of Summer patrol, when he was advised of a vehicle parked at the 5-mile marker of

U.S. 491 with a “down and out” female inside who then drove southbound. Brown found the vehicle swerving on the Munoz overpass and stopped it at South A r nold St reet a nd A z tec Avenue. Spencer, 38, had bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred speech, and smelled of alcohol. She failed field sobriety tests, refused breath testing, and was transported to jail for booking. Rodney Nelson Aug. 26, 5:46 pm DWI G P D O f f ic e r J e r e m y Shirley was working a s obr iet y check point at Third St reet a nd Maxwell, when a silver Dodge pickup rolled in. Shirley could smell alcohol on Nelson, 46, who also had bloodshot eyes. Nelson failed field sobriety tests and blew .12 and .11 during breath testing. He was transported to a local hospital for medical clearance before he was booked in jail. Flora Tsaipi Aug. 23, 12:46 pm DWI, Aggravated M C S O D e p u t y J a m e s Maiorano was attempting to locate a vehicle that had been called in for a possibly drunk driver who was swerving all over the road. The vehicle was a white Grand Prix with tinted windows. Maiorano pulled off at the 4-mile marker of U.S. 491 and a black pickup rolled up and pointed out the suspect vehicle, which was swerving. Maiorano pulled the vehicle over north of Navajo Tractor Sales Inc. at 221 U.S. 491. He found the driver slumped in the car. Tsaipi, 40, smelled of alcohol and had trouble standing. There was an open container in the car, and she admitted to drinking. Tsaipi was placed under arrest and could not remember her child’s birthday when asked. She said, “Suicide, hang myself,” on the ride to the jail. She refused breath testing.

Alamogordo man pleads guilty to methamphetamine trafficking DEFENDANT IS ONE OF 34 CHARGED

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LBUQUERQUE – Rober t Alan R ut le d ge , 3 4 , of Alamogordo, pleaded guilty Sept. 6 in federal court in Las Cruces, to methamphetamine trafficking crime charges. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Rutledge will be sentenced to 48 months in prison followed, by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court. Rutledge was one of 34 individuals charged in December 2015 with federal and tribal drug offenses as the result of an 18-month multi-agency investigation led by the DEA and BIA into methamphetamine trafficking on the Mescalero Apache Reservation.  E i g h t e e n d e fe n d a n t s , including five members of the Mescalero Apache Tribe and 13 non-Natives were charged in six federal indictments and a federal criminal complaint.  Sixteen other members of the Mescalero Apache Tribe were charged in tribal

criminal complaints approved by the Mescalero Apache Tribal Court. The investigation leading to the federal and tribal charges was initiated in May 2014 in response to an increase in violent crime on the Mescalero Apache Reservation perpetrated by methamphetamine users. The investigation initially targeted a drug trafficking organization that was allegedly distributing methamphetamine within the Reservation, and later expanded to include two other drug trafficking organizations in southeastern New Mexico that allegedly served as sources of supply for the methamphetamine distributed within the Reservation.  In Aug. 2014, the investigation was designated as part of the Justice Department’s Orga nized Cr ime Dr ug Enforcement Task Force program, which combines the resources and unique expertise

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co-defendant, which he sold to other individuals. Rutledge further admitted that on Aug. 29, 2015, he sold 18 grams of methamphetamine to another individual.  A sentencing hearing has yet to be scheduled. Rutledge is the 13th of the 18 federal defendants to enter a guilty plea. The remaining five federal defendants have entered not guilty pleas to the charges against them.  Charges in indictments are merely accusations and defendants are presumed innocent unless found guilty in a court of law. The federa l a nd tr iba l cases were investigated by the Las Cruces office of the DEA, District IV of the BIA’s Office of Justice Services (Mescalero Agency), BIA’s Division of Drug Enforcement, Mescalero Tribal Police Department, Hatch Police Department, FBI and Lea County Drug Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Terri J. Abernathy of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office is prosecuting the federal cases, and Mescalero Tribal Prosecutor Melissa Chavez is prosecuting the tribal cases. Morales said there are quite a few homes in Gallup built years ago that were constructed that way. Morales wasn’t able to provide the amount in damages, but said the case is under investigation.

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OPINIONS Legacy of Love — Part 1 of 2 MOTHER TERESA’S SISTERS UPLIFT THE UNWANTED PEOPLE OF GALLUP

By Suzanne Hammons Voices of the Southwest “Drunk Town, USA.” It’s a nickname that will make most residents of Gallup cringe, or roll their eyes, or shrug sadly. They didn’t ask for it, but the name, given to the town by passing motorists in the 1980s, still lingers.

You see, Gallup still has a problem: the presence of homeless, vagrant, or wandering people, mostly Native American, nearly all struggling with addiction and alcoholism. Every year, the deaths from exposure, cold, and street injuries reach into double digits. And no one seems to have a concrete solution.

F r om t he d ay Ga l lup received its nickname to the present day, the debate carries on. And in the meantime, you see them on the streets, alone or in groups, each and every day. O f t e n , you c a n’t r u n

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The Sisters of Charity, founded by recently sainted Mother Teresa, have been opening their doors daily to the homeless of Gallup for nearly three decades. Photo Credit: Voices of the Southwest

GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF SEPT. 9 - 15

According to Tarot.com, Jupiter will move into Libra and remain there until October 2017. This is a peaceful and lucky pairing. You may find new and exciting relationships or strengthen older ones. Whatever the case, tuck in your chin and get ready for some full-body belly laughs. Madame G suggests you look forward and smile. You’re blessed!

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Don’t get nervous if you’re girlfriend or partner brings home a new man. He’s a lovely fellow, with one blue and one brown eye. He also has the wettest nose on the block. You’ll fall in love too, eventually. Consider opening yourself to the possibility of a new friendship — of the canine variety. Support your local animal shelters and adopt or foster a little bundle of joy. Yay!

Are you crazy? Perhaps you’re just a little mentally unstable. You may not be asking this, but everyone around you is saying: he’s nuts. You’ve had a tough year. Not all of the drama is your fault, you’re just a participant in it. Remember, it’s not what happens to us, but how we respond to the situation that counts. Reflect on your behavior and make the appropriate changes.

Helping family is fun and rewarding. If your kid needs a little extra support, you’re always there. You even provide support to friends and act like a mentor for anyone in need. Look for positive and equal relationships this month. You need to find people who love you for you and don’t expect anything in return. Live, laugh, and love.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

You’re ready for some relief and you’re going to get it. You’ll be pleased with this week. It’s going to take some work, but it’ll be worth it in the long haul. In the meantime, just have some good, old-fashioned fun. Get in a big and full-belly laugh. Shout at your neighbors and wave. Hey, you could even do something completely random and adopt a homeless animal from the shelter. Nothing says love better than a devoted friend.

It’s tough to open up for new love. But that’s exactly what you must do for your own sake and that of your future. Try revealing your softer side. You don’t have to completely expose your entire heart just show a little at a time. Over time, you’ll notice that you’ve given your heart and it’s wonderful. You’ll be so excited that you did. It’ll be worth it. Good luck!

You have projects all over the house and you keeping finding new ones. Don’t get too distracted. But if your kids ask for help with an “around the house” project you should help. It might just make their lives easier, and it’s a chance to connect. They may even make you a fancy chocolate cake for all your effort. If you’re a health nut, maybe they’ll make apple butter instead. Yum!

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This past week was emotionally draining. Now you’ve a decision to make. What will you do? You know your purpose and what you want. But reflect on how you’re doing this. If you’ve been facing resistance or having difficulty getting to where you need to be — try a different approach. You may need to sit down and write out how to do this. You will!

Life is an odd assortment of mishap, good luck, and boredom. You’re always ready for a new idea. But you’re not always ready for action. That’s because you must think everything through carefully. This is a positive attribute. This week, try to be open to new experiences. You’ll have fun with new people and new projects if you remain open. Have fun!

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

The past weeks have been intense and disruptive. You’ll appreciate the positive pairing between Jupiter and Libra. This offers a lovely aspect right in time for fall. Consider taking action on anything that you’ve left undone. Say yes this week! Stay open to the unexpected in odd packages. You may find love in a wonky-eyed shelter cat or a barrel-chested bookwork. Enjoy!

Enjoy your time in the Sun. This is the time to take action and really work through a challenge. You’ve been working hard and you’ll make it. Think through each problem and assess your situation. The solution will reveal itself in time. Even if your restaurant recently closed and left you without work, you’re not worried. You’re ready for the next move. You’re on it!

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

Sometimes you have to let everyone down in order to be true to yourself. This is hard when you have children and loved ones relying on you. But if you quit your job in order to head in the direction you need — you may be right. Just don’t sit too long in one place, your family needs you. Search for your dreams, but remember your commitments. Find a way to fuse the two.

Your sign is notorious for being floaty and free. Use that to your advantage and have fun this week. Be open to new experiences and live the life that you’ve always wanted. Show love to your family and friends by taking the lead. Take them on a madcap adventure of the local trails and sights. You’ll be so glad that you did. Adventure awaits!

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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

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Multigenerational workforce can be greater than the sum of its parts As long as work gets done well and on time, employees should be free to communicate by text message or chat if email or even hard-copy communiqués seem too slow to them. Compa nies should a lso consider ta ilor i ng per formance feedback to the needs of individual workers: Some employe e s ne e d on ly a n a n nua l rev iew to st ay on track, but others might need r e a l - t i m e nu r t u r i n g a nd coaching. A rigid approach to how things get done is bound to alienate one group

Finding the common ground between generation gaps in the workplace is critical to minimizing conflict and maximizing talent. Photo Credit: Finance New Mexico By Finance New Mexico

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he generat ion gap o f t h e e a r l y 21 s t cent u r y i s d i f fere nt t h a n t he o ne that led sociologists to coin that term in the 1960s, when young-adult baby boomers were adv ised not to tr ust anyone over 30. Today’s workplace might i nclude people i n t hei r late teens up to their 70s. Managing that multigenerat iona l méla nge present s many of the same challenges as managing a multicultural one, but it also offers a rich resource for businesses that u nder st a nd t he st reng t h s a nd benef it s of d iver sit y a nd appreciate that ever y employee, regardless of age, wants to work with others toward a common goal and feel productive and valued. F i nd i n g t h i s c o m mo n grou nd is cr itica l to m ini m i zi ng i ntergenerat iona l con f l ic t a nd m a x i m i z i n g intergenerational talent in a few areas where they’re most obvious.

OVERCOME STEREOTYPES A s su mpt ion s ba sed on age are normal among people of different generations. Older employees might feel

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that younger people lack a work ethic and expect promotions a nd ra ises fa ster t h a n t hey’re de ser ved. You nger employees m ig ht see older co-workers as outdated obstacles to their own advancement and resistant to new ways of thinking and working. Such prejudices can poison the work env ironment and lead to demoralization and resentment if allowed to fester. For wa rd-thinking ma na ger s w i l l g u a rd a ga i n s t their own biases and bridge work place d iv ides by fostering a culture of intergenerational collaboration and inclusion, such a s pa ir ing employees of different ages on projects that allow each person to demonstrate the value of her knowledge and work style.

PLAY TO GENERATIONAL STRENGTHS People who have been in the workplace for three or four decades have seen radical changes in technology, communication, and workplace culture, a nd they’ve had to adapt to survive. People who beca me a du lt s at t he t u r n of t he centu r y grew up using

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or the other. Workshops that help managers bring out the best in their sta ff a re sometimes of fered by or ga n i z a t ion s like WESST and the Small Business Development Center network. Visit bizca lenda r.org to f ind loca l workshops. F i n a n c e Ne w M e x i c o a s s i st s in div i d u a l s a n d b u s in e s s e s w it h o bt a in ing skills and funding re source s fo r t h e ir b u siness or idea. To learn more, go to FinanceNewMexico. org.

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comput er s, em a i l, v ideo c o n fe r e n c i n g a n d o t h e r high-tech tools found in the modern workplace and have little patience for co-workers who struggle to keep up. Businesses can turn this potential negative into positive synergy by encouraging co -worker s to cross -tra i n and mentor one another for mutual professional development. Managers can create work groups that allow each demographic to demonstrate its contribution to the common goal. For example, younger workers pushing for innovations can benefit from the wisdom and experience of older workers who teach them how to assess the risks and expenses associate with their ideas.

ALLOW DIFFERENCES Because older worker s and younger workers might approach a job with different ex pe c t a t ion s, ne e d s, and learning styles, managers shouldn’t impose a onesize-fits-all style of training, communication or per formance evaluation. A s long a s workers get the training they need, they should be free to learn on an Internet platform or in a classroom setting.

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was presented with the 2016 Choice Hotel’s International Service Hero Award. This award is presented to only one Choice Hotel’s employee per year, and when you consider there are over 6,000 Choice Hotel’s in the United States alone, well, that’s pretty cool and a great honor for me, my hotel, and for our community.  I am honored to have received this award and will continue doing what I do to help our community and to help all veterans.  Kenneth P. Riege General Manager Comfort Suites, Gallup OPINIONS


LEGACY OF LOVE | FROM PAGE 13 a n er ra nd w it hout bei ng approached and given the typical line: “Can you help me out with some change?” But how to truly respond to the human problem presented by addiction? One group of nuns, unconcerned with the greater debate, has been opening their doors daily to the homeless of Gallup for nearly three decades. The Missionaries of Charity are instantly recognizable, even to non-Catholics. First founded by Mother Teresa in the slums of India, they wear simple white saris, in the tradition of their native country, with signature blue stripes. Mother Teresa personally founded many of the homes that are now spread in countries across the globe, and came to visit Gallup in the

1980s in order to start a soup kitchen and overnight shelter. Recently renovated, this shelter, Casa san Martin, serves daily hot meals, provides showers, and has a room with five beds for women and another, larger room with over 40 beds for men. One sign on the wall instructs visitors that no weapons, alcohol, or drugs are permitted on the premises, among other hand-drawn signs on cardboard expressing various Catholic prayers. A large crucifix, f lanked with the words “I Thirst,” completes the decorations in the dining hall. There are six sisters here. Most of them are camera-shy, but after a little encouragement, two of them sit down to be interviewed. Sister Maria Auxilia is from a small village in northern India – in fact, each of the sisters currently in Gallup

come from either India or other, prepping for the camera, like a stamp, and the picture Bangladesh. Was it hard for they dissolve into laughter. said ‘token of love’, and she’s her, coming halfway across the Their simple joy is infec- holding a little baby on her world to a country with a dif- tious, and at first glance, might hand. And I had no idea what is ferent language, culture, sights seem implausible. Like the peo- the token of love. But I wanted and smells? ple they serve, they have no to do what Mother is doing. So “No, I had so much enthusi- possessions, save the clothes my desire increased…one of asm to go for my mission!” Sr. on their back, sandals on their the sisters came, and she told Auxilia assures me. feet, and one or two small reli- me ‘I want to take you.’ And I “Wherever God sends me, I gious items, such as a rosary did not tell her anything about am happy to come!” or Bible. my vocation or anything, but She laughs, and continues Reportedly, they do not she said ‘I want to take you, to laugh, or grin, throughout even have mirrors in their con- would you like to come?’ I said, the interview. This is not a vents. But with the material- ‘Yes, Sister, I want to come with nervous reaction, but her true ism of the world thus stripped you.’ On the way she asked me personality, laid bare and unas- away, they are free to fill their ‘do you want to be a sister?’ I suming. All of the sisters here lives with prayer, the company said ‘Yes, I have long desired are continually smiling, lightly of one another, and the needs to be a sister. But I don’t know teasing each other. of the poor. how to do it.’ And she took me I ask if I can take their Sister Auxilia found this to the Missionaries’ house. picture. Excitedly, they line joy when she was allowed to “So I was so happy, really themselves up. But before I join the order, soon after her happy about my vocation, can press the shutter, they call schooling was completed. because God gave that sister to out “Wait, wait!” and begin to “I wa s in six th grade. read my mind, and that sister adjust the hems of their saris, Mother [Teresa] was not then took me.” OFFICE OF THE PROJECT COORDINATOR 523 SANTA AVENUE, GRANTS, NM 87020 making sure they are straight. thatFEfamous. And what hapTo be continued next (505) 285 3981 Office (505) 285 -4489 Fax When they catch sight of each pened, I got Mother’s picture, week

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Wa shington to A nder ma n Street, and west on Washington Street to Mountain Road. The Special Projects Coordinator, has also contacted the Cibola County Schools regarding the continued road closure and on the continued need for alternate routes for the buses. Phase 3 of the Second Street Road Reconstruction Project is being funded by a Municipal Arterial Program (MAP) Grant and two Cooperative Agreements f rom t he New Mex ico Department of Transportation, and Capital Outlay Funds from the State of New Mexico. For more information or status updates, contact Paul Pena, Special Projects Coordinator, or Deniece Cornett at the City of Grants Special Projects Office 523 Santa Fe Avenue or call the office at (505) 285 - 3981.

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COMMUNITY Navajo Code Talker Joe Kellwood dies at age 95 KELLWOOD SERVED IN WWII, WON CONGRESSIONAL SILVER MEDAL

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I N D OW RO CK , Ariz. – Navajo Code Talker Private Joe Hosteen Kellwood died Sept. 5 at the age of 95. Kellwood was a Navajo Code Talker who served in World War II. He was trained at Navajo Code Talker’s School at Camp Elliott in

San Diego, Calif. Kellwood was the recipient of the Congressional Silver Medal. “Our Navajo Code talkers are iconic and Private Joe Hosteen Kellwood was no exception. He, along with our other revered code talkers, was able to save our nation, our freedom and our lives by using the sacred Dine’bi’zaad. For this, he will

always be remembered and honored,” Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said. Vice President Jonathan Nez said the Navajo Code Talkers are a vital piece in the histories of both the United States and Native Americans. Beyond bullets and bombs, these young Marines were able to save the nation by translating military code into the

Kellwood served in World War II as a Code Talker from the Navajo Nation. He won the Congressional Silver Medal. Photo Credit: Courtesy Navajo language. “In our administration, both President Begaye and I have been able to work for the betterment of Veteran’s services that are provided across our Nation,” Nez said. “The Veteran’s pillar in our administration is founded in historical service of our Navajo Code Talkers. They deserve much more credit than they are given

Navajo Nation Code Talker Joe Kellwood died Sept. 5 at the age of 95. Photo Credit: Courtesy

nationally. But here on the Navajo Nation, we hold them close and dearly. It’s a tragedy for us to lose even one.” The Office of the President and Vice President is calling upon the entire Navajo Nation to come together in prayer in honor of the service of Code Talker Kellwood. The Office sends its condolences to Kellwood’s family and those he left behind.

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ASHINGTON, D.C. — On Sept. 7, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that New Mexico will receive $2,604,223 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to improve access to potentially life-saving treatment and prevention programs for people addicted to prescription opioids. In 2014, New Mexico had the second-highest rate of drug overdose deaths in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Udall and Heinrich have strongly urged Congress to provide funding and support to help communities treat and prevent

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prescription opioid drug abuse. The funding will allow New Mexico to leverage alreadyawarded fiscal year 2016 monies for opioids-related activities through the Substance Abuse

and Mental Health Services Administration and the CDC: • $1 million through the Prescription Dr ug Opioid Overdose Prevention Grant program to reduce

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opioid overdose-related deaths. Funding will support training on prevention of opioid overdose-related deaths as well as the purchase and distribution of naloxone to first responders. • $371,616 through the Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Prescription Dr ugs Gra nt progra m to strengthen drug abuse prevention efforts. The grant program is designed to raise awareness about the dangers of sharing medications and work with the pharmaceutical and medical communities on the risks of overprescribing. The program also seeks to raise community awareness and bring prescription drug abuse prevention activities and education to schools, communities, parents,

prescribers, and their patients. • $953,074 through the Prescription Drug Overdose: Prevention for States program, which will support ongoing work to address issues such as high overdose death rates in Tribal communities and improve toxicology and drug screening. • $279,533 through the Enhanced State Surveillance of Opioid-Involved Morbidity and Mortality program to increase the timeliness of reporting nonfatal and fatal opioid overdose and associated risk factors; disseminate surveillance findings to key stakeholders working to prevent opioid-involved overdoses; and share data with

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UNM-Gallup showcases successful Bridge Program at local board meeting Story and photos by Andy Gibbons III Sun Correspondent

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ome know Gallup as “Na’nízhoozhí,” which lo o s e l y t r a n s l a t e s f rom t he Di né la nguage as “bridge” in English. Some view the city as a bridge between Native A mer ica n and Euro-American cultures. The Gallup branch of the University of New Mexico acts as a bridge in its own right. That is, UNM-Gallup’s Bridge Program helps local students make the transition to four-year college for their bachelor degrees after they earn their associate’s degrees locally. On Aug. 30, t he Ga l lup campus, at 705 Gurley Ave., held its loca l boa rd meeting amidst a campus full of students. The meeting’s topics included working out a bond escrow agreement for over $1 million and rev iewi ng a bud get for over $17 million. The financial aspect of the meeting was followed by a presentation that brought tears to the eyes of those who testified — and even to some listeners. The presentation concerned the aforementioned bridge program, which was founded in 2001 by Dr. Kamala Sharma to help local

students transition to institutions of higher education after their time in Gallup is finished. Sha r ma sha red t hat i n the lifetime of the program, a grand total of 66 students h ave pa r t icipa t ed i n t he su m mer act iv it ies. T hese activ ities are a par t of an internship that collaborates with higher-level universities in research fields that students are interested in. Of the student pa r ticipants, 45 percent have transitioned to continue their educat ion beyond t hei r degree from UNM-Gallup. Sharma said she’s proud of for mer student A lfreda Nelson for recently earning her Ph.D. in pharmacology. Nelson’s currently conducting her post doctorate work at the UNM’s hospital. “I got tears because she is a local Native American student doing her post doc at UNM,” Sharma said. T wo for mer s t ude nt s , Anthony Cornwell and Tyson McCabe, were in attendance at the board meeting to share the rigorous research they conducted during the Bridge Program. S ome b o a r d mem b er s laughingly admitted that what the students had learned and experienced was “over their [the board members’] heads.”

Board Chair Ralph Richards with students Anthony Cornwell and Tyson McCabe, along with Dr. Kamala Sharma after the Bridge Program presentation. Their meaning became clear when Cor nwel l bega n t o describe how he was able to manipulate strands of DNA in his research using a gene editor known as “clustered regularly interspaced short

palindromic repeats.” Both Cor nwell a nd McCabe were qu ick to express their gratitude to the program and to Sharma. “I could feel her energy,” McCabe s a id of h i s f i r st

encounter with Sharma. “I really liked the idea of going to a new school and seeing how it operates,” he said. “I can never thank Dr. Sharma enough; she is my idol.”

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70 Annual Navajo Nation Fair highlighted visit from Jude Schimmel th

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I N DOW ROCK , A riz. - The 70 t h A n nu a l Nav a jo Nation Fair launched into full swing Sept. 7, with an opening ceremony at the fairground entrance, followed by the annual barbecue. This year, along with hosting N7 A mba ssador Jude Schimmel at Kid’s Day, the Navajo Nation fair welcomed back the Miss Navajo Nation Pageant. Schimmel gave a motivational presentation and book signing at the Navajo Nation Museum on opening day, along with an appearance at the Fair Pow Wow that same night. She also attended Ashkii Happy Kid’s Day on Sep. 8. “We’ve changed the schedule a bit by having both the opening ceremony and the barbecue on the same day,” said Director of the Division of Natural Resources Bidtah

The Annie Wauneka Arena at the Navajo Nation fairgrounds in Window Rock, Ariz., is primarily used for Navajo Song & Dance social competitions during the annual Navajo Nation fair. Photo Credit: Courtesy Becker. “It’s definitely better than last year. We have improved the carnival grounds to make it easier for walkers,

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be patient and practice safety during this year’s fair. The president said the fair’s theme — “Let us come together as one - Through K’e we are strong” — reinforced the traditional Navajo philosophy of kinship. “We encourage everyone to look out for each other. Parents please watch your children and don’t let them wander off as there will be a lot of people in attendance,” he said. “We want everyone to have a fun time. The Navajo Nation Fair is family time when relatives and friends return to the Nation to gather with their families.” Vice President Jonathan Nez said that K’e is the “foundation of who we are as Navajo people.” The Navajo Nation fair is a time when everybody comes together, according to the vice

president. “We want everyone to be safe this week. Many friends and family will come together during this time and that is what fair time is about,” he said. “It’s at this time that we reach out to share our harvest and bring our families together.” Beyond the carnival rides and midway lights, the core of the Navajo Nation Fair is rooted in harvest season for the Navajo people. OPVP Executive Sta ff Assista nt Yvonne Kee Billison said the Navajo Nation Fair signifies a transition from summer into fall and winter.   “It signifies core teachings that are associated with planting and harvest time,” Kee Billison said. “It also signifies our Navajo New Year which takes place in October.” Kee Billison, who organized this year’s Ashkii Happy Kid’s Day on behalf of OPVP, said the fair is a good place to network and provide useful information to attendees. “For Kid’s Day,” she said, “we will have approximately 2,000 to 4,000 kids come through. I recommend that our programs take advantage of this to meet with parents and talk about safety and prevention issues.” The Navajo Nation Fair is a drug- and alcohol-free event.  The Nava jo Nation Police Department was onhand to enforce the no drugs and alcohol policy.   “We ask that you don’t come intoxicated and ask that you refrain from drinking while at the fair. It will cause disruption and can cause bad times at the fair,” President Begaye said.

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Naabik’iyáti’ Committee considers funding for a new senior citizens center Staff Reports

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INDOW ROCK – On Sept. 2, the Naabik’iyátí’ Com m it tee approved Legislation No. 021716, which seeks to approve supplemental funding from the Unreserved, Undesignated Fund Balance in the amount of $3,745,312 for the construction of a new Tó Nanees Dizi senior citizens center. Council Delegate Otto Tso (Tó Nanees Dizi), sponsor of the legislation, stated that in 2012 the Navajo Office of Environmental Health closed the Tó Nanees Dizi senior

citizens center. The center was built in 1979 and maintenance became impossible because of continuous deterioration, added Delegate Tso. According to the legislation, the proposed new senior citizens center will consist of administrative offices, multi-purpose room, conference room, fitness/saunas room, lounge area, computer center, handicap accessible bathrooms, storage rooms, cafeteria area, and a commercial kitchen. The new center will allow direct attention to services to senior citizens in an environment that is age-appropriate and comfortable.

Council Delegate Leonard Tsosie (Baca / Prewitt, Casamero Lake, Counselor, Littlewater, Ojo Encino, Pueblo Pintado, Torreon, Whitehorse Lake) stated that the UUFB has limited funding and questioned if Tó Nanees Dizi Chapter had the capability to contribute to the project cost. “The UUFB is a balance of $7 million and this proposed project would take half of the balance,” Tsosie said. “Tó Nanees Dizi Chapter is a tax based and the chapter should be able to contribute to the cost of the new center from their tax revenues. Council approved the chapter to be tax

Local survivor travels to D.C. to urge Congress to prioritize cancer Staff Reports

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ext week, more than 700 cancer patients, survivors, volunteers, and staff from all 50 states and nearly every congressional district will unite in Washington, D.C. as part of the annual American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Leadership Summit and Lobby Day. On Sept. 13, advocates will ask Congress to take specific steps to make cancer a national priority and help end a disease that still kills 1,600 people a day in this country, and Joyce Graves, a cancer survivor from Gallup, will be on the Hill with her fellow ACS CAN volunteers. She joins hundreds of volunteers representing every state to ask lawmakers to increase cancer research funding, improve patient quality of life, and make colorectal cancer screenings more affordable for seniors. A two-time breast cancer survivor and retired elementary school teacher, Graves often describes herself as “not a political person.” However, she and her husband Paul, also a cancer survivor, stay active with ACS CAN as they meet with state and federal elected leaders to discuss cancer-fighting policies. Graves will meet with her representatives on Capitol Hill to discuss the need to support an increase in federal funding cancer research. She will also ask them to co-sponsor legislation that supports patients’ quality of life and to support legislation that would close a loophole in Medicare that often results in surprise costs for seniors when a polyp is found during a routine colonoscopy. COMMUNITY

Joyce Graves “One in two men and one in three women will hear the words ‘you have cancer’ in their lifetime. We need a full and unwavering commitment from Congress to take action to help prevent and treat cancer,” Graves said. “We want our lawmakers to know that volunteers from New Mexico, and from every state across the country, are counting on them to take a stand.” ACS CAN is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society. It supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national priority. It gives ordinary people the power to fight cancer with the training and tools they need to make their voices heard. For more information, visit acscan.org.

based because the intent was to let chapters help the community with projects. How much money does Tó Nanees Dizi Chapter have from tax revenues? Most likely they have enough to contribute to the project.” “I took on this initiative to help my elders of Tó Nanees Dizi and surrounding communities. I agree that other parties such as Navajo Area Agency on Aging and Navajo Division of Community Development should be involved to make this project possible,” Tso added. Cou nci l Delegate Tom Chee (Shiprock) said initiatives regarding senior citizens

need to be taken serious and supported. “I support initiatives and projects that involve our grandmothers and grandfathers,” Chee said. “Our elders gather at senior citizens centers to eat, socialize, participate in activities, and spend time with each other. We don’t know what they go through at their own homes but the center allows them to explore and share experiences. Life is too short and we need to take care of our elders.” The Naabik’iyátí’ Committee approved Legislation No. 0217-16 with a 14-0 vote. Council will serve as the final authority for the bill.

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medication-assisted treatment for opioid-use disorder; and increasing the use of naloxone to reverse opioid overdoses. The initiative concentrates on evidence-based strategies that can have the most significant impact on the crisis. But agency officials have said that additional funding is necessary to ensure that every American who wants to get treatment for opioid-use disorder will have access. Udall and Heinrich strongly support a proposal by President Obama to provide over $1 billion in new mandatory funding over two years to expand access to treatment for prescription drug and heroin abuse, including $920 million to support cooperative agreements with states to expand access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid-use disorders. Earlier this year, the Senate passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act to help tackle the drug abuse epidemic in communities in New Mexico and across the nation, but Senate Republicans blocked an amendment that Udall and Heinrich cosponsored to add $600 million in emergency funding to the bill to directly aid health and law enforcement professionals in the fight against addiction. More information about SAMHSA grants and the grantees is available at samhsa.gov/ grants. More information about CDC grants and the grantees is available at cdc.gov/drugoverdose/states/index.html.

the CDC to support improved multi-state surveillance of and response to opioid-involved overdoses. “The opioid epidemic has taken a devastating toll on families across New Mexico, particularly in our rural communities, and this badly needed funding is welcome news,” Udall said. “But while this funding will help our communities in the short term, we need to do more to ensure that anyone who wants treatment can get it — and that means putting real resources behind the prevention, treatment, and enforcement programs that work.” “These are much-needed resources to combat the opioid addiction epidemic in New Mexico and across the country. Far too many families have lost loved ones and many more are struggling to find treatment and recovery programs,” Heinrich said. “For years, New Mexico’s communities have suffered through some of the highest rates of opioid and heroin addiction in the nation…. We urgently need more resources for prevention, treatment, recovery, and enforcement programs.” HHS made the funding available as part of the Obama administration’s Opioid Initiative, launched in March 2015, which is focused on helping doctors and medical professionals improve their practices for prescribing pain killers; expanding access to

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‘Sully’ is a nice tribute, but lacks drama RATING: «« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 95 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun

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he basis of drama in cinema is very simple: characters perform and enact highly tense and volatile situations for effect. The stories are often filled with various forms of conflict between the characters, building to a heightened climax. Of course, there are always exceptions to any rule, but generally speaking, the more opposition you can create, the better the results. Sully is a biopic based on the admittedly flawless heroism of a man and his compatriots during a real-life crisis. It’s efficiently made and a decent film, but it’s also one that struggles to create a lot of drama. The plot depicts the events of Jan. 15, 2009, when United Airways pilot Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) and co-pilot Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckhart) lost both engines of their aircraft shortly after takeoff from New York’s LaGuardia Air por t. As ever yone will remember, the two managed to pull off an incredible landing in the Hudson River, saving the lives of everyone onboard. This biopic picks up after the events, as the two men prepare for a hearing that will

‘Sully,’ which stars Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart, portrays the aftermath of a miraculous Hudson River landing by pilot Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger. Now playing in Gallup. Photo Credit: Warner Bros. detail exactly what happened during their unfortunate flight. And that’s where a few problems arise as a narrative feature. The end result is crystal clear from the outset; the movie has to work especially hard to create crisis. It does so using an investigation hearing, wedging in some material wherein Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board members question the pilot’s decision to land in the Husdon instead of attempting to reach

the runways of LaGuardia or Teterboro Airports. As the story unfolds, we do get to see more of what actually occurred from the protagonist’s perspective. Director Clint Eastwood handles the airplane-based scenes quite well. The images of a large passenger aircraft coming down in the highly populated areas of Manhattan are impressively rendered and at times chilling to watch. However, the three-minute flight and its aftermath are by far the movie’s most

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compelling moments; even the storytellers seem to realize this... they return again and again to this flight. This includes recollections, nightmares, as well as simulations of the same event. It’s initially interesting, but it can’t help but feel repetitive. In fact, it seems as if the film has a hard time stretching this material to 90 minutes. There may have been more personal aspects that could have been elaborated on, but they’re left unexamined. Sully’s nightma res suggest some post-traumatic stress disorder, but are never elaborated on.

There’s the suggestion of tension in the relationship between the pilot and his wife Lorraine (Laura Linney), but again, it doesn’t lead anywhere. There are also a couple of vignettes of a passenger or two, as well as the flight crew, but they’re too brief and straightforward to lend more depth to the proceedings. As expected, Hanks does a solid job in the role of a relatable everyman. But as mentioned, this isn’t a deep examination of the personal ramifications of such an event, and he isn’t given much more than the basics to work with. The pilot pretty much does everything perfectly and holds his character with grace and poise throughout the entire process. At least the performance gives viewers an inspiring and strong role model of how to handle pressure and anxiety. To be fair, Sully is a decent film. It’s a nice tribute to the pilot, crew, and passengers of the United Airways flight, as well as to New York City emergency service workers and first responders. Under stress, these people made all the right decisions and did all the right things, leading to an incredible and miraculous feat. As an ode to these people and their grace under pressure, the movie works just fine. But dramatic narrative films primarily revolve around conf lict; beyond the event itself, this feature doesn’t end up developing a whole lot of tension. 207 WEST COAL GALLUP 505.863.1250 www.elmorrotheatre.com Facebook @elmorrogallup

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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Sept. 9, 2016 By Glenn Kay For the Sun

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h boy, oh boy. This is among the busiest weeks I’ve ever written about — there are more than 20 new releases arriving in a wide variety of 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! All the Way - While technically an HBO m a d e for- c a ble m o v i e , this recent effort features an all-star cast and garnered critical raves that make it worthy of a mention here. Based on an award-winning play, this is a biopic about US President Lyndon B. Johnson and his early days in the White House after the Kennedy assassination. It has been called a powerful and well-acted drama with some interesting historical insights on its subject. It features Bryan Cranston as Johnson, as well as Anthony Mackie, Melissa Leo, Bradley Whitford, Aisha Hinds, Frank Langella, and Stephen Root. A Bigger Splash - This independent arthouse film follows a rock musician vacationing with her par tner in Italy. Complications arise when a record producer/old boyfriend arrives with his daughter and romantic sparks are reignited. Reviews were good overall for this drama/thriller. The cast includes Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Dakota Johnson. Buddymoon - After being left at the alter by his brideto-be, a groom decides to go on his planned honeymoon with his best man instead. Together, they backpack through the mountains of Oregon, encountering unusual strangers while trying to sort out how his relationship suddenly fell apart. Notices were solid for this independent comedy, featuring endearingly quirky characters and some genuine, funny moments. T he Darkness - In this COMMUNITY

horror flick, a supernatural force residing in the Grand Canyon follows a vacationing family back home and seeks to tear their home to pieces by using their worst fears and insecurities against them. This effort comes from producer Jason Blum (the Insidious, Paranor mal Activity, and Purge series), but didn’t make a good impression with critics. They hated it. The cast includes Kevin Bacon, Radha Mitchell, Mat t Wa lsh a nd Jen n i fer Morrison. Equals - This sci-fi effort is set in a strange future world where emotions no longer exist. Two citizens come into contact with a disease that brings their sentiments and passions bubbling back to the surface. Unfortunately, writeups were quite poor for this dramatic effort. Most acknowledged that the production looked impressive, but felt it suffered from the same conditions of its characters; it was flat, bland, rather slow-moving, and ponderous overall. The movie stars Kristen Stewart, Nicholas Hoult, Guy Pearce, Bel Powley, Scott Lawrence, and Jacki Weaver. In-Lawfully Yours - A divorced woman decides to move in with her small town, widowed mother-in-law and ends up falling in love with a local pastor. As the relationship blossoms, her ex reappears in an attempt to win her back. This faith-based romance flick was made exclusively for the DVD market. It features Marilu Henner, Corbin Bernsen, Chelsey Crisp, Philip Boyd, and Joe Williamson. Love & Friendship This p e r i o d comedy ba s ed on t he Ja ne Austen novella was an a r thouse hit at theaters and received a fantastic reception in the press. It involves a beautiful widow and her daughter who travel through high society and attempt to set themselves up with new husbands. Naturally, they attract numerous suitors, adding various complications to the plot. The movie was uniformly praised for being an effective take on the original

story. Kate Beckinsale, Chloe Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, and Stephen Fr y headline the feature. Money Monster - A Wa l l Street TV ta lk- show host finds himself in hot water when a financially r u i ne d viewer shows up at the studio and holds everyone hostage. As the host and producer try to investigate the details of what happened, they uncover some nasty trading practices, leading to a crisis of conscience. The movie split the press, although a few more gave it a passing grade. George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell, Dominic West, and Giancarlo Esposito take on the leading roles. The Neighbor - This horror flick is about a young man living in the Mississippi backcountry. When his girlfriend disappears, he begins to suspect his neighbor of having kidnapped her. After breaking in, he learns the truth and must struggle to find his way out of the creepy house. Cast members include Josh Stewart, Luke Edwards, Bill Engvall, and Alex Essoe. Night of the Living Deb - Zombie-themed romantic comedies don’t come around too often (in fact, only a couple come to mind offhand). This addition to the subgenre tells the story of a woman who has a brief, drunken fling with a stranger; her walk home the next morning is complicated by a full-on undead apocalypse. Apparently, the screenplay won the second season of Project Greenlight. Notices were reasonable, calling it a sweet if somewhat slight effort that provides a few effective gags here and there. It features Maria Thayer, Michael Cassidy, Ray Wise and Chris Marquette. Nina - Last week saw the release of a very notable documentary about the life of musician and activist Nina Simone. This week, a narrative biopic arrives with big names in its cast. The plot focuses on the woman, as well as her bouts with depression and alcohol abuse. It has been called an awkwardly staged, hammy, and

ineffective misfire. Now viewers can decide for themselves. Zoe Saldana, David Oyelowo, Mike Epps, Ella Thomas, and Ella Joyce headline the feature. The Ones Below - Here’s a little suspense film from the UK that wasn’t seen by many but got some good notices from the press. It’s about a couple awaiting the birth of their first child and living in a tiny apartment flat. Unfortunately, their new downstairs neighbors begin to cause them problems and psychological games ensue. While reviewers found it got a little silly toward the close, most described the movie as an effective slow-burn thriller with some nifty twists. The cast includes Clémence Poésy, David Morrissey, and Stephen Campbell Moore.

BLASTS FROM THE PAST! Some really fun stuff to talk about this week. Shout! Factory is bringing a heavy helping of cheese this week with their release of the Patrick Swayze cult item, Road House (1989). It’s an over-the-top action flick about a bouncer who takes on a position at the meanest, nastiest bar in Missouri. He also faces off against a corrupt bigshot businessman played by Ben Gazarra. Tongue-in-cheek ridiculousness, fisticuffs, and monster truck mayhem ensue. Kino has some great Bluray titles as well. Daddy Long Legs (1955) is a Fred Astaire romance flick that probably isn’t easily available today due to its politically incorrect subject matter. The famous dancer plays a millionaire visiting France who falls for a young student a nd a nonymously sponsors her schooling. When he returns to check up on her progress, the two come into contact and she falls for him. Presumably, they end up dancing with each other a lot. I’m more interested in a couple of smaller ’80s flicks from my childhood that Kino’s also putting out this week. Grandview U.S.A. (1984) is a coming-of-age film starring C. Thomas Howell. It’s about a high-school student who joins a demolition derby and becomes romantically involved with the owner, played by Jamie Lee Curtis. My Bodyguard (1980) is a well-regarded effort about an awkward teenager being

tormented at school by a gang. He h i r e s the meanest, toughe s t loner around to act as his go-to security — naturally, events escalate and the odd pairing must examine their roles in school society. With the passing of Gene Wilder last week, Kino’s also bumped up the release date of two Blu-ray scheduled for the end of the month. Haunted Honeymoon (1986) is a comedy about a man set to inherit a creepy old castle. He visits and must contend with various eccentric family members, one of whom may even be a werewolf. The second title is the much stronger The Adventures of Sherlock Homes’ Smarter Brother (1975), about the famous detective’s lesser-known sibling, who attempts to make a name for himself as a crime-solver. Warner Bros is releasing a Signature Edition of the beloved animated feature, The Iron Giant (1999) about a young boy who befriends a giant robot from outer space. The child decides to protect him from fearful and violent government agents. This is a sweet and very effective feature with arresting visuals. It’s probably a must-own. A n d t h a t ’s n o t a l l . Paramount has a special (and expensive) Blu-ray box set hitting store shelves this week — Star Trek 50th Anniversary Movie Collection. It includes all seasons of the original series, the ’70s animated program in its entirety, as well as the feature films with original cast members, spanning from the 1979 original to the sixth film in 1991. The set also comes with over 20 hours of bonus material.

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Here are some new releases that young children may enjoy. The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Halloween Daniel Tiger’s Ne i g h b o r h o o d : Yo u Ar e Special, Daniel Tiger! Dennis the Menace: The Complete Series The Iron Giant: Signature Edition (1999)

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CALENDAR COMMUNITY CALENDAR SEPT. 9 - 15, 2016 FRIDAY Sept. 9

SATURDAY Sept. 10

E PLURIBUS UNUM: DINÉTAH Through Sept. 12, Axle Contemporary mobile gallery embarks on its project documenting the people of the Southwest. The portrait studio will be open, for free, for all members of the community. Bring any small object of personal significance to your portrait. Photos are immediately printed; one is given to the participant; one is wheatpasted to the exterior of the mobile gallery; a third will be part of an exhibit of the project at the Navajo Nation Museum. 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 portraits. Copies of the book will be distributed for free to all participants. Visit axleart.com for exact dates and locations.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Meetings every Saturday at 10 am, First United Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Dr., corner of Nizhoni/ Red Rock. Enter northwest corner off Nizhoni: Library room. Contact (505) 3075999 or (505) 721-9208.

CAMELS RETURN TO EL MORRO NAT’L MONUMENT Through, Sept. 12, help celebrate the unique 1857 expedition of the US Army Camel Corps, featuring historian Doug Baum and his camels! The Plateau Sciences Society is sponsoring a field trip on Saturday Sept. 10 and Sept. 11. Meet at Red Mesa, 105 W. Hill, next to the Library at 8 am. Carpool or Caravan. Volunteers Welcome! AN EVENING WITH MARK TWAIN Presented by the Gallup Masons. 7 pm. Tickets $10, available at the door of the event. El Morro Theatre & Events Center, 207 W. Coal Ave. FAMILY MOVIE

At 4 pm, a family film for everyone to enjoy. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Film: Tale of Despereaux

KARAOKE Karaoke at Sammy C’s with DJ Marvelous. 9 pm. 107 W. Coal Ave. (505) 863-2220.

FOUR CORNERS PET ALLIANCE MEETING Four Corner Pet Alliance is looking for animal lovers with a can-do attitude to join its board. Requirements include: attending monthly meetings, Gallup-based, and being a proponent of spay/ neuter, vaccinations, and a no-kill rescue philosophy. Positions open: three board members. Can be representatives from rescues/shelters. Meeting 11 am today. Email for location and RSVP: babsie220@gmail. com. GROSS SCIENCE From 2 to 3 pm, a day of messy science fun. We will play with all things sticky, gooey, and slimy. Fun for the entire family. For more information, please call (505) 726-6120 or email aprice@gallupnm.gov. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. UFC 203 Miocic vs. Overeem at Sammy C’s. 10 pm – 1 am. 107 W. Coal Ave. (505) 863-2220. GALLUP REMEMBERS Veterans Honored in Film: two documentaries featuring veterans from the Gallup area. The directors and producers will be on hand to discuss their films and the veteran community. At 1 pm: Homecoming: A Vietnam Vets Journey with a panel discussion. At 3 pm: Searching for Home: Coming Back from War, with a panel discussion. At 6 pm: Award-winning live band “Consider the Source – Jeff Senour.” El Morro Theatre & Events Center, 207 W. Coal Ave. SUNDAY Sept. 11

GALLUP REMEMBERS The 15th Anniversary of 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony starts at 10 am. Members of the Gallup Fire Department, Continued on page 23

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Police Department, and Emergency Services join with city leadership to honor lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001. Courthouse Square, Downtown Gallup.

Library Main Branch, 115 W. Hill Ave. Film: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

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.

OPEN-MIC NIGHT Local talent takes center stage from 7:30 - 9:30 pm at Coal Street Pub, 303 W. Coal Ave. (505) 722-0117.

FREE STATE OF JAMES At 6 pm, the film is based on the incredible true story. With Academy Award-winner Matthew McConaughey. El Morro Theatre & Events Center, 207 W. Coal Ave.

GALLUP SUNRISE KIWANIS RUN FOR FUN The 37th Annual Run For Fun will be held at 6 pm. Registration is free and T-Shirts will be awarded to the first 100 runners/ walkers, 12-years-of-age or younger. The run/walk courses are within the Sports Complex distances of 1.5 and 3 miles. This event is held to promote youth fitness in Gallup and McKinley County. For information, contact John at (505) 863-3770. Gallup Sports Complex, 925 Park Ave.

MONDAY Sept. 12

GLEASON Shown through Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7 pm. Tickets are $5, children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult. El Morro Theatre & Events Center, 207 W. Coal Ave. TUESDAY Sept. 13

POWERPOINT BEGINNING COURSE The library is offering free computer training throughout the month of September. From 3 to 5 pm. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. Registration is required, to register call (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@gallupnm.gov, or visit the front desk of the library. Octavia Fellin Public Library: 115 W. Hill Ave. WEDNESDAY Sept. 14

TODDLER TIME (AGES 2 TO 4) An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement rhymes, and stories. Starts: 10:30 am. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Free 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: Marker chromatography. Starts: 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. WEDNESDAY NIGHT MOVIES Join us for a free family movie. Starts at 5 pm. Popcorn is provided. CALENDAR

THURSDAY Sept. 15

CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) Fun crafts for the whole family (all ages). Starts at 4 pm. This week: Mexican metal art — Hispanic Heritage Month craft. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. MS WORD BEGINNING COURSE The library is offering free computer training throughout the month of September. From 5 to 7 pm. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. Registration is required, to register call (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@gallupnm.gov, or visit the front desk of the library. Octavia Fellin Public Library: 115 W. Hill Ave. ONGOING

ARTSCRAWL ArtsCrawl is held the second Saturday of every month from 7 to 9 pm, downtown Gallup.

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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. COME TO THE WATERS A nine-week exploration of some of the Bible’s more than 800 references to water — from the waters of chaos at the beginning of earth’s story to the river of the water of life in John’s Revelation – begins Aug. 31. Written by Judy Record Fletcher, this study will help participants to understand and articulate our faith through rich imagery and interaction with the issues we deal with everyday. The study begins at 7 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 151 State Highway 564 (Boardman Drive) – the Church on the Hill near Orleans Manor Apartments. All are welcome. For more information, call the church office at (505) 905-3247. COMMUNITY PANTRY The Hope Garden is offering organic produce for sale from 10 am - noon, Tue - Fri. We are located at 1130 E. Hassler Valley Rd. All funds go to helping feed local folks. For personal attention, call (505) 726-8068 or when visiting ask for Vernon Garcia. FRIDAY NIGHT HOOTENANNY Gallup’s longest-running live show! Every Friday night from 7 - 9 pm. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. Second St.

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-MCKINLEY COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY Wednesdays are low-cost Spay and Neuter Days, at the Gallup-McKinley County Humane Society. For more information, please call (505) 863-2616, or email: gmchumanesociety@gmail. com. Location: 1315 Hamilton Rd.

CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION CLASS RMCHC Women’s Health Unit offers childbirth education classes, at no charge, every second Saturday of

GALLUP SOLAR The nonprofit hosts educational presentations and offers potential solutions about all things solar, every

Wednesday evening 6 - 8 pm. Your questions, ideas, and expertise are welcome. For info call: (505) 728-9246, 113 E. Logan.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY YARD SALE The fundraisers are open 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. RECYCLING COUNCIL McKinley Citizens Recycling Council is a local nonprofit working to increase recycling through education, community outreach, and partnership with local government agencies. MCRC meets the first Saturday of the month at 2 pm, at Red Mesa on Hill St. For more information, please call (505) 722-5142 or visit Recylegallup.org. SAVE THE DATE

GALLUP FILM FESTIVAL Sept. 16 – 18. The festival brings the surrounding Gallup communities together to be entertained by the films that made us fall in love with “The Movies.” For a full schedule, visit gallupfilmfestival.com. (505) 722-8982. 100 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. TH

in religious institutions. Free. El Morro Theatre & Events Center, 207 W. Coal 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 dsilva@unm.edu. Location: UNMG Calvin Hall, 203 College Rd. ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI PARISH FIESTA Oct. 2, noon to 5 pm. 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. FACEBOOK FOR BUSINESS 10 am – 4 pm, Oct. 6. Facebook Pages 101: A tow-hour course wherein you’ll learn the basics of setting up a corporate Facebook page. Facebook Advertising: A three-hour course that delves into Facebook ads manager and types of advertising campaigns. Register and pay by Sept. 30. $25. Call (505) 722-2220. Held at Gallup Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room, 106 W. Hwy 66. 2016 WINTER ARTS & CRAFT FAIR Dec. 3 – 4 at the Larry Brian Mitchell Recreation Center, 700 Montoya Blvd. (505) 722-2619

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