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Gary Farmer Rocks Your World. (and the silver screen) Page 2
NEWS Actor, musician Gary Farmer plays Gallup, chats with the Sun ‘IF WE CAN MAKE ‘EM LAUGH OR CRY, WE CAN MAKE THEM THINK’
By Dee Velasco For the Sun
long with film-fest staples like screenings and Q&A sess io n s ho s t e d by filmmakers, the Gallup Film Festival rolled out the proverbial red carpet for celebrities and live-music acts alike – and afforded an opportunity for local folks to hobnob with entertainment’s finest. One of the festival’s featured
music acts included a Sept. 18 evening performance by Gary Farmer and his troublemakers. Farmer’s band, Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers, has released two CDs, Love Songs and Other Issues, 2007, and Lovesick Blues, 2009. Before the show, the Sun sat down with Farmer and discussed music, acting, Native filmmaking, and beyond. Su n: Welcome back to Gallup, Gary, how long have you been coming to Gallup to
perform? Farmer: Well, at least a dozen [years], I guess. I love playing music, people ask me to play music. You know, I try to oblige … It keeps me young. [Laughs] I’m getting old. Sun: How long has your band been together and how has it been going? Farmer: The band has been performing since 2005 — about 11 years now. I’ve got five albums…. Today, we put on a very
Gary Dale Farmer, born June 12, 1953, is a Canadian First Nations actor and musician, born in Ohsweken, Ontario into the Cayuga Nation and Wolf Clan of the Haudenosaunee/ Iroquois Confederacy. He starred in films such as Powwow Highway, Smoke Signals, and The Dead Man, to name just a few. Farmer also recorded the audiobook of Louise Erdrich’s 2012 National Book Award-winning novel The Round House. Photo Credit: garyfarmerthetroublemakers.com
Gary Farmer stars as “Nobody” in the 1995 film “Dead Man” alongside Johnny Depp. Photo Credit: Miramax
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eclectic show. I try to get artists that have content as well as material.... so we’re all storytellers. It’s very diverse, interesting and eclectic, so it’s a lot of fun. That’s why I use different artists for different shows; we change it up depending on the situation. Sun: Are you considered a blues band? Farmer: You can call us whatever you want — rock n roll, reggae, all kinds of things — but yeah, it’s blues-based. Sun: Do you guys tour extensively? Farmer: We usually tour in the off-season, like the fall or spring, and sit by the phone during the summer, I guess.
We’ll probably do like the West Coast this year, but we do get around. Sun: When you’re not touring, do you still act? Farmer: Yeah, I do, but not as much as I use to do, because I’m not as popular as I once was, I guess. I never do any of the historical mellow dramas they do; I’m not a starvation Indian, I guess — never have been. So I guess [I do] what comes to me, and that is contemporary [film]. Sun: How do you feel about Native American films? Farmer: You want as much Native American content as
GARY FARMER | SEE PAGE 9 NEWS
McKinley County approves mental health pact; deputy manager hired NO OPPOSITION TO EITHER ACTION
McKinley County Commissioner Tony Tanner said it was crucial to fill the position of deputy county manager. File Photo By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
n Sept. 20, the McKinley Cou nt y Boa rd of Commissioners u n a n i mou sly a pproved a mental-health contract for Elizabeth Terrill of Gallup,
w h o s e wo r k d e a l s w i t h detainees at the McK inley County Juvenile Detention Center on Ha s sler Va l ley Road. The action took place at the regular commission meeting. Donna Goodrich, MCJDC director, briefed commissioners on the matter. “This is basically about r e n e w i n g a c o n t r a c t ,” Goodrich told commissioners. “That’s pretty much it.” McKinley County Attorney Doug Decker explained that Terrill’s contract has been in place for more than a year. Terrill is paid via Medicaid. D e c k e r s a i d Te r r i l l’s work involves correctional psychological ser vices. He called the contract a pro fessional behavioral-health and social-ser v ices agreement. There wa s no word from Goodrich on how many detainees are served as per
the agreement. Youth correctional counselors prov ide counseling services to juvenile offenders and their families, and act as liaisons between their clients and the courts, schools, and jails.
DEPUTY COUNTY MANAGER HIRED At the meeting, commissioners announced the hiring of Brian Money as deputy county manager. The county had advertised the position statewide and on the New Mexico Association of Cou nt ies website. T he cou nt y received fou r job applications from area candidates. Those candidates were John Chapela, a former tribal judge with the Pueblo of Zuni; Chester Ca rl, the current executive director
of the Hopi Tribal Housing Authority in Polacca, Ariz.; and, Deputy McKinley County Treasurer Robert Griego. No other candidates sought the job, which was open for several weeks. “It’s a job that is def initely needed,” Commission Chairman Tony Tanner said. “I’ve seen the qua ntity of work that comes through the county. The work load is such that the job is needed.” Tanner pointed out that Cibol a Cou nt y, wh ich i s
significa ntly sma ller tha n McKinley County, has a fulltime deputy manager. “You look at a cou nt y the size of Cibola County,” Tanner said. “Cibola County
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Publisher/Editor Babette Herrmann Editorial Assistant Mia Rose Poris Advertising Raenona Harvey Correspondents Bernie Dotson Andy Gibbons Tom Hartsock Lealia Nelson Photography NativeStars Design David Tsigelman On the Cover: The multitalented Gary Farmer has made his mark on Hollywood and the rock ‘n’ roll blues scene. The Gallup Sun, published Fridays, is not responsible or liable for any claims or offerings, nor responsible for availability of products advertised. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. The Gallup Sun distributes newspapers in McKinley, Cibola and Apache counties. Office (By Appointment): 102 S. Second St., Gallup, NM 87301 The Gallup Sun, pending USPS number 1, is mailed weeky. Application to mail at periodical rates is pending in Gallup NM. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Gallup Sun, PO Box 1212, Gallup, NM. Mailing Address: PO Box 1212 Gallup, NM 87305 www.gallupsun.com Phone: (505) 728-1640 Fax: (505) 212-0391 email@example.com Letter to the editor/guest column ACCEPTED BY EMAIL ONLY. State full name and city/town. No pen names. ID required. All submissions subjected to editor’s approval. Guest columnists, email Sun for submission requirements.
Gallup Sun • Friday September 23, 2016
City: things returning to normal at Fifth Street and Hill Avenue RARE SITUATION CREATES FLOODING, DISPLACEMENT
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
broken water and sewer line that sent dir ty water spewi n g i nt o t he a i r last week has been repaired, a nd t he sit u a t ion i n t he Chihuahuita neighborhood should return to normal by the end of the week. Dennis Romero, the city’s water and sanitation director, said city work crews repaired a break by removing a 12- to 14-inch section of the main and replacing it with a new section of ductile iron pipe and sealing it with clamps. “We are looking at installing an air relief valve down stream at this point to help manage pressures better,” Romero said. “The break at Fifth [Street] and Hill [Avenue] was in a 16-inch ductile iron water main.” Romero said the main was installed in the 1960s, and the break occurred in a weak, corroding section of the line. “The corrosion, along with the operating pressure, were the causes,” he said. Romero, who was hired into the top water and sanitation job about three months ago, said the material used in the repair has been in use for more than 50 years, and it’s used in new water-system construction, too.
HEALTH PACT | FROM PAGE 3 is a lot smaller than McKinley County and doesn’t have the sa me nu mber of employees that we have. That says something about quantity of work.” D e cker s a id a n i nt erviewing committee for the deputy county manager job consisted of Cibola County Deputy Manager Tony Boyd, Rio Arriba Deputy County Manager David Trujillo, and cu r rent McK i n ley Cou nt y Manager Anthony Dimas. Decker said Money officially began the job Sept. 19. Money’s salar y is between
Crews worked to repair a broken water main last week in the Chihuahuita neighborhood. File photo “ The splice in the line should work while we look at insta lling the a ir relief va lve nea r Mesa Avenue,” he said. On a long-ter m ba sis, the city is working with the Navajo Nation, the state of $74,000 and $91,000. Mo ne y ’s a g r a d u a t e of E a s t e r n New Me x ic o University a nd was prev iously the a ssista nt director of human resources for McK i n ley Cou nt y. Decker said advertisements for the assistant human resources job will go out within weeks, and the position will be filled soon after. The Board of Commissioners met in closed session for about 30 minutes to discuss a matter associated with the disposition of real property. The next regular county commission meeting is scheduled for Oct. 4.
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New Mexico, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the Jicarilla Apache Tribe on the design and installation of the near $1-billion Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project. When that project is completed, it will bring water from the San Juan River to Gallup and the eastern parts of the Navajo Nation. “Reach 27.6 of the project is currently under construction, and when completed, it will allow the city to transport water from the Yatahey wellfield to the Grandview tank, which is the major function of this 16-inch water main,” Romero said. The reach, Romero said, “will provide for the transmission of water by going around city streets, rather than underneath them.” Four families who live in homes in the affected area were displaced. According to Romero, the city assisted the families with accommodations in every way possible.
“I do not know the extent of the property damage caused,” Romero said. “I can’t speak to their insurance company’s assessments.” Cit y At t or ney G e or ge Kozeliski said residents who have been displaced because of events like water breaks may file a claim with the city’s risk management department. Romero and city crews worked overtime to get the situation back to normal, and local contractors were brought in to assist the city with repairs.
ANOTHER BURST Just as things were getting back to where they should be, another burst along the same main occurred across town along North Ninth Street. “Another 25-inch-long section of the same 16-inch break cracked slightly near Ninth Street and Lincoln Avenue,” Romero said. “This was likely due to the pressure on the line that built up after isolating the
section at Fifth and Hill. The break at Ninth and Lincoln [Avenue] was likely due to corrosion over the years and pressure on the line.” The water service line near Sky City was impacted for about 30 hours, according to Romero. “This is because the service line for that area comes off the 16-inch main that was isolated for repairs,” he said. The 16-inch pipe that supplies water to the city was shut off between 24 and 30 hours in order to repair, disinfect, and test the line before restoring it to service. During that time, water was supplied to the city from the Grandview storage tank, Romero said. Gallup Councilwoman Fran Palochak, whose council district includes the Fifth and Hill area, said residents in that neighborhood couldn’t understand why water had to be shut off for so long. A Gallup native, Palochak said she’s never seen or heard anything quite like the water from the break, which burst violently into the air. “I think we were all in shock that this happened,” Palochak said. “Obviously, we [the city] must take a more proactive stance on this as opposed to a reactive one.” Valerie Chavez was visiting relatives on nearby Sixth Street when she heard about the water main break. “It was a scary situation,” Chavez said. “I think what a lot of people want to know is what triggered the break?” Romero said, during his career, he’s seen similar situations in both municipal and investor-owned water systems. He said the replacement of these water distribution systems is typically worked into utility rates in a sort of financial balancing act. “ The utilit y [compa ny] wants to make sure that its customers can afford water service, but has to work the cost of ma i ntena nce a nd replacement into its rates,” he said. “This is a nationwide problem.” NEWS
Official: No plans to ‘scrap’ solid waste pickups MCKINNEY INITIATIVE A HIT WITH RESIDENTS ANNUAL RESIDENTIAL CLEANUP
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
ver t he pa st few months, the city’s solid waste pickups have been successful, and there are no plans to scrap the idea. That was the word this week from city Solid Waste Superintendent Adrian Marrufo. Marrufo said plans are on the table for a 2017 pickup schedule. The pickups began when Mayor Jackie McKinney took office in 2011. “They went well,” Marrufo said. “Ever since they started, they’ve been successful. One pickup in August was pushed back due to the [Inter-Tribal Indian] Ceremonial.” Items collected dur ing the six solid-waste pickups —between April and August — included yard debris, household items, chemicals, paint, and tires. “Nothing out of the ordinary was picked up,” Marrufo said. “Green waste and mattresses were the most common items picked up this year.” If a resident misses the regularly scheduled pickup date, a call can be made to the city for
City of Gallup Solid Waste Department 8/30/2016
2011 TONS 2012 TONS 2013 TONS 2014 TONS 2015 TONS 2016 TONS
AREA 1‐NORTHSIDE AREA 2‐WESTSIDE AREA 3‐SOUTHWEST AREA 4‐SOUTHEAST AREA 5‐SOUTHSIDE AREA 6‐EASTSIDE 49,89 59,83 67,88 45,84 50,58 52,91 66,19 47,53 36,70 36,17 38,89 41,37 46,32 48,13 47,10 30,96 35,36 37,93 47,34 53,15 32,02 24,06 25,86 30,63 48,47 44,94 41,51 24,33 46,74 31,46 72,30 73,68 49,79 25,65 54,13 47,62
TOTAL 2011 TIPPING FEES 2012 TIPPING FEES 2013 TIPPING FEES 2014 TIPPING FEES 2015 TIPPING FEES 2016 TIPPING FEES
2011 METAL REFUND 2012 METAL REFUND 2013 METAL REFUND 2014 METAL REFUND 2015 METAL REFUND 2016 METAL REFUND
$2 095,38 $2 784,40 $2 415,07 $2 393,28 $2 583,99 $3 441,75
$2 517,85 $2 086,26 $2 481,56 $2 698,51 $2 556,85 $3 063,84
$3 234,96 $1 581,92 $2 143,03 $1 711,15 $2 122,57 $2 375,61
$1 926,07 $1 519,14 $1 454,95 $1 084,57 $1 246,70 $1 114,51
$2 124,36 $1 731,75 $1 065,43 $1 228,75 $2 227,08 $2 298,11
$2 226,37 $1 739,59 $1 851,06 $1 722,08 $1 549,32 $2 085,81
$14 124,99 $11 443,06 $11 411,10 $10 838,34 $12 286,51 $14 379,63
0 2,98 2,63 3,61 9,29 3,16
7,07 0 2,54 0 1,86 2,37
3,46 4,59 2,95 0 0,52 0
0,91 0 0 5,85 0 3,38
2,05 2,07 2,92 0 3,51 6,23
2,01 2,94 0,90 7,92 2,87 2,51
15,50 12,58 11,94 17,38 18,05 17,65
$0,00 $298,00 $302,45 $649,80 $929,00 $284,40
$530,25 $0,00 $292,10 $0,00 $186,00 $213,30
$259,50 $367,20 $308,70 $0,00 $57,20 $0,00
$68,25 $0,00 $0,00 $1 053,00 $0,00 $304,20
$153,75 $165,60 $306,60 $0,00 $315,90 $498,40
$150,75 $294,00 $99,00 $1 346,40 $258,40 $200,80
$1 162,50 $1 124,80 $1 308,85 $3 049,20 $1 746,50 $1 501,10
2011 Combined Total Area 1 & 2
are not part of the daily work schedule. “The hours have varied each
City’s solid-waste pickups have been a success, according to residents and officials. Photo Credit: Courtesy an open-call pickup at a fee of $36.16 per load. C i t y e m pl oye e s f r o m various departments were paid overtime hours for the Saturday pickups, as Saturdays NEWS
326,93 266,85 245,80 213,06 237,45 323,17
2011 METAL/TONS 2012 METAL/TONS 2013 METAL/TONS 2014 METAL/TONS 2015 METAL/TONS 2016 METAL/TONS
year, but are almost similar,” Marrufo said about overtime. He said employees from Parks and Recreation, Streets and Storm Drainage, and the Solid Waste Division participated in
2012 Combined Total Area 2 & 3
each of the pickups. According to Marrufo, the parks department contributed four to six employees for an overtime amount of 282 hours; the streets department contributed 11 to 13 employees for 822 hours; and solid waste employees saw 647 overtime hours worked by eight to 13 employees. “The pickups began in July 2011 and they have been a huge success,” Marrufo said. Mayor Jackie McKinney said he’s heard a lot of good things about the pickups. “I think it’s something that everyone appreciates,” he said. McKinney said upon being elected, the solid waste pickups were something he’d institute within a year. “It has turned out to be a very good thing for the city,” the mayor said. “There are people, residents, who believe the city should do more of them per year.” Gallup Councilwoman Fran Palochak, the newest member
2012 Combined Total Area 4 & 5
of the City Council, said the pickups are a huge success. “There are people who don’t have big trucks to haul stuff, so in that sense it was a welcomed idea,” she said. “I’ve heard nothing but very positive responses.” Palochak served lunch to the workers when it was her district’s turn for solid-waste collection. She said the workers were appreciative of the food and drinks.
John Freeman, who lives on South Second Street, said everyone he knows around the city likes the solid-wastepickup idea. He said he got rid of a lot of old furniture and mattresses – all in one shot. “A lot of people just have things sitting around that they don’t know where to take,” Freeman said. “It’s a good idea, and I think everybody will say that.”
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ANTA FE – On Sept. 20, State Auditor Tim Keller released a special audit of premium taxes collected by the state of New Mexico. New Mexico’s Office of the Superintendent of Insurance is responsible for accurate and timely collection of premium taxes from insurance providers that do business in the state. A sample of one-quarter of the total premium tax collected from 2010 to 2015 revealed that the state may have been underpaid at least $193 million just for those transactions. The total amount due to the state for all transactions is likely to be more. “Given New Mexico’s budget shortfalls, it is critical for the state to competently collect the taxes it’s owed,” Keller stated. “Unfortunately, this is another driver of our state’s budget woes. As time goes on, our state stands to lose out on even more money, adding to the millions that should be collected from insurance companies. We are overdue for the administration to seal these cracks that allowed millions of dollars in much needed revenue to slip through.” The audit, conducted in conjunction with OSI at the request of the Legislative Finance Committee, was completed by the independent audit firm Clifton Larson Allen, LLP. It notes that OSI relied on the insurance companies to self-report but did not have a process for tracking which companies should have been reporting or for adequate verification of amounts paid. “With such signif ica nt amounts of revenue involved, the honor system is a wholly inadequate approach to tax administration,” Keller said. In the cover letter to the
Tim Keller audit, Keller outlined recommendations to address the concerns raised. First, the Keller urges OSI to pursue all past underpayments to make the state whole. The State Auditor has required OSI to provide a monthly timetable for specific dollar amounts recovered and outstanding. Second, the state auditor urges OSI to take swift, specific and measurable corrective actions to avoid further underpayments. These measures should include transparency and accountability to the Legislature and the public. In 2014, the New Mexico legislature appropriated funds to OSI to conduct a premium tax audit. When the audit was not completed in a timely manner, the Legislature made the audit subject to oversight by the State Auditor. The complete audit report is available here: osanm.org/audit_reports/ detail/10327. The Office of the State Auditor helps government work better by providing transparency and accountability for government spending; informing policy choices; and tackling fraud, waste and abuse. OSA is an independently elected executive agency responsible for examining the use of public dollars in New Mexico. NEWS
Health, Education, and Human Services Committee reinstates Equivalency Clause Staff Reports
I NDOW ROCK , Ariz. – On Sept. 12, the Hea lth, Education, a nd Human Services Committee approved L eg i slat ion No. 0 078 -15, wh ich rei nst ates the Equivalency Clause into the Navajo Nation Personnel Policy Manual. According to the legislation, the reinstatement of the Equivalency Clause establishes “minimum qualifications for a position, whether a cer tain number of years of ex per ience, a speci f ic educat iona l requ i rement , or bot h, for qua l i f icat ion assessment,” and to seek the best qualified candidates for hiring. O n M a r c h 2 5 , 2 01 5 , the HEHSC considered Legislation No. 0078-15 and was ruled out of order due to inaccurate la nguage in t he bi l l , a nd a d i r e c t ive wa s m a de t o cor rect t he er rors a nd to re- dra ft the legislation. H EH SC Ch a i r Cou nc i l D e le g a t e Jo n a t h a n H a le (Oak Springs, St. Michaels, Ariz.) issued a letter on Sept. 12 stating that the legislation was corrected and was legally sufficient to be considered by the committee.
Legislation Sponsor Council Delegate Benjamin L . Ben net t (Cr yst a l, For t Defiance, Red Lake, Sawmill, Ariz.) said the elimination of the Equivalency Clause caused delays in hiring for numerous employment positions throughout the Navajo Na t io n , w it h ne a r l y 2 0 0 vaca ncies still needing to be filled. “W hen t he clause wa s taken out, it was done with good intentions to attract recent college graduates, but it has been two years now and there has not been a significant hiring of those individuals nor are they coming back to work for the Navajo Nation,” Bennett said. “So there is a need to begin hiring Navajo people who have the experience and need the jobs.” He added that filli n g t he v a c a nc ie s wou ld increa se moneta r y contr ibutions to the Navajo Nation Retirement Plan, which has had recent issues with fundi ng shor t fa l ls, a nd a id i n decrea sing the 75 -percent unemployment rate on the Nation. I n D e c em b er of 2 013 , the HEHSC eliminated the Equivalency Clause from the personnel policy, in which amendments were intended to add ress concer ns over
recent col lege g r a du a t e s who were unable to obtain employment with the Navajo Nation due to being overqualified or lacking experience, however, many had the necessary degree or certificate requirements to be considered for employment. I n suppor t of t he legi sl at ion, H EHSC Member C ou nc i l D eleg a t e A m b er Kanazbah Crotty (Beclabito, C o v e , G a d i’ i’á h i / To’ K o i , Red Valley, Tooh Haltsooi, Toadlena / T wo Grey Hills, Tsé ałnáoz’t’I’í) said there is a vast need to fill vacancies throughout the Navajo Nation to ensure that Navajo citizens receive direct services. “ T he l a r ge nu m b er of vaca ncies directly effects the ser vices we provide to Diné citizens a nd as leaders, it is our responsibility to make policy changes when we see a need. In addition to ensuring direct services, reinstating the Equivalency Clause will allow our Navajo people to fill those vacancies and provide them with employment that many desperately seek,” Crotty said. HEHSC members voted 3 - 0 to approve Legislation No. 0078-15, and the committee serves as final authority on the bill.
‘G’ crew caught, jailed wo locals fell victim to a Sept. 14 McKinley County Sheriff’s Office undercover drug operation and remained jailed on
player, Luján was involved in the buys and is recorded in documents as being a passenger in Castillo’s 1998 Camaro. Meth is commonly called ‘G’ on Gallup streets. According to paperwork on the busts, one exchange wit-
trafficking, conspiracy and solicitation charges as of press time. Shawntel Lu já n, 21, of Gamerco, and Reyes Castillo, 24, of Gallup, remained behind bars Sept. 20 at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center. Additionally, both Castillo and Luján were wanted by law enforcement on outstanding drug warrants, officials said. Luján was jailed on a $5,000 cash-only bond, and Castillo’s bond wa s set at $15,000, according to information provided by jail officials. Leading up to the bust, MC SO a gent s conduc t ed methamphetamine buys from Castillo. Although a secondary
nessed by agents involved more than $1,000 handed-off between Castillo and an undercover agent at the west-side Love’s Travel Stop at 3380 Historic Hwy. 66. The sting also involved at least one trip to the Navajo Travel Plaza, located next to the Love’s truck stop. There were no attorneys listed in jail records for Luján or Castillo. The d r ug operation is among several conducted by the MCSO over the past few months. “We’re just not going to tolerate drugs in McKinley County,” MCSO Lt. Pat Salazar has said.
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GPD: Man stabbed, murdered along South Second Street By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
woman was arrested Sept. 21 after she reportedly confessed to police that she stabbed 22-year-old Kendrick Chee Smith, which resulted in his death. Capt. Marinda Spencer, public information officer with the Gallup Police Department, said Brandie Allen, 24, was booked for one open count of murder, tampering with evidence, and aggravated assault. She’s being held at the McK i n le y C o u n t y A d u l t Detention Center on a $25,000 cash-only bond. The stabbing occurred at about 5:30 pm Sept.19 when two Native American men ambushed two brothers that were drinking “four Loko” behind Sundance Dental, 1601 S. Second St. According to the victim’s brother, Brandon Smith, 27, prior to the altercation they were visiting with a woman who told them that her name was “Cindy.” As they chatted with Cindy, now revealed as Allen, two men jumped out from behind bushes and started fighting with the brothers. Bra ndon sa id that the woman stabbed his brother as the two men held him back. Spencer said that Kendrick died of stab wounds, and his body was transported to
Brandie Allen Albuquerque for an autopsy. “We are still gathering facts and interviewing witnesses,” Spencer said. As of press time, Spencer did not clarify whether the two men were connected to the attack. The two men are described as Native American, standing between 5’7” to 5’9” tall. Both are thin and have shaved heads. One of the men donned a white tank top and the other a grey shirt. One of the men was wearing eyeglasses with duct tape wrapped around the frame. Second Street is frequented by street people, homeless folks, and those under the inf luence of va r ious substances — and it’s not without its share of unfortunate happenings. About two months ago, the body of a Native American man was found dead not far from the scene of the recent stabbing.
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Martinez to call to bring back death penalty in special session By Matthew Reichbach NM Political Report
he de a t h p e n a lt y debate will be coming to the Legislature sooner tha n ma ny expected. Susana Martinez a n nou nced Sept . 20 t hat she will add the death penalty to the call for the upcoming special session, adding a contentious piece of debate to a special session that already prom ised to hold heated debates over fixing the state’s massive budget deficit. Martinez still has not set a date for the special session. “I will ask the legislature to reinstate the death penalty as an option for those who murder children and police officers, as well as correctional officers,” Martinez wrote in a statement on Facebook. “Those horrific crimes deserve the ultimate punishment.” She says that Rep. Monica Youngblood, R-Albuquerque, and Rep. Andy Nunez, R-Hatch, will co-sponsor the death
Gov. Susana Martinez penalty repeal bill. She also announced that Rep. Paul Pacheco will again sponsor a bill to expand the state’s “three strikes” law that mandates a life sentence for those who commit three crimes on a certain list. Previously, Martinez said the death penalty would be part of her agenda for the 2017 regular legislative session. Now, she’s mov ing the high-profile up to the special session, which will likely take place in the run-up to November’s elections.
A poll conducted by Public Policy Polling for NM Political Report last month found that 59 percent of New Mexico voters supported reinstating the death penalty. Martinez’s call comes after several high profile deaths, including the killing of multiple police officers in recent years and killing of several children that made national headlines. In originally calling for the reinstatement of the death penalty, Martinez mentioned the killing of police officers in Dallas. Since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, New Mexico has executed just one person, Terry Clark in 2001. Clark was convicted of raping and murdering a six-year-old girl. Former Gov. Bill Richardson signed a death penalty repeal into law in 2009. Richardson said when signing the bill that he didn’t oppose the death penalty but that he was not confident that the system could be 100 percent accurate. Visit: www.nmpoliticalreport.com
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GARY FARMER | FROM PAGE 2 possible. I always thought the best thing to do [for] anyone [with] any money was to make a Native American pilot and sell it to the networks — that would be the strongest thing [for] our Native young ones to do. We need a lot of Native American producers. Like if I had any time or money, I would do a piece on the Navajo [about] the degradation to what is happening to them. Su n: Wou ld you v iew t ho se t y pe s of f i l m s a s entertainment? Farmer: It’s not entertainment as much as it’s education. I mean, television doesn’t have to be so fully entertainment. It should have a beginning, middle, and end, and we should have a sense of something we learned from the experience … We need our voice out there more than ever, and I always believe that if we are the protectors of Mother Earth, let’s get busy, man. Su n: How did you get started in acting? Farmer: I took an interest in photography in high school. From there, I went to cinematic interest and ended up in Toronto in college. Then I got into filmmaking, where I ended up in the theater. In the theater, I saw the power of story and how we can make people laugh — if we can make ‘em laugh or cry, we can make them think. I thought, now there’s a way to make a change. Because I grew up in a fairly dysfunctional Native American community, I knew we needed change. So when I discovered the theater, that was when I realized
this was how you do it: You just gotta make people think to make the world a better place — that’s why I became an actor. Sun: I heard that you also teach classes on acting ... Farmer: I [pull students] together and pull on their subconscious and help shape the story, and then I help guide them through. Sun: Do you see other methods in telling a story? Farmer: We gotta continue doing the work, we’re quite a few years behind in doing it, you know. We need some new stuff — you guys are gonna have to do it: the community, the people. [Figure out] what changes they want, and find a creative way of telling it and how it will help. That’s how you make stories. Radio is the best way to start because it’s so cheap. Start with sound first, the story, that’s the important thing, and when it’s time for visual, that’s when you do that. I like to work it like that — cheaply, you know. We are “Indians,” we don’t have any money. If we do, then everyone is chasing you around for it. We gotta be wise for our dollars; we gotta get our people telling the stories. Sun: Anything else happening with you? Farmer: Yeah, I try to work on a new album every couple years. Sun: Thank you, Gary. How would one get a hold of you regarding your music or acting? Farmer: Thank you, I’m on Facebook, Twitter; I’m easy to get a hold of — just search Gary Farmer. Visit: garyfarmerthetroublemakers.com
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By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
ne person was killed Sept. 17 after she was hit by a train nea r F ire Rock Navajo Casino at 249 Hwy. 66 in Church Rock, according to a police report. At about 8:10 pm, Deputy Gabrielle Puhuyesva of the McK inley County Sheriff ’s Of f ice wa s d i spatched to the area behind the casino in reference to two pedestr ia ns hit by a westbound train. “While walking from the front to the back of the train, I passed the conductor of the NEWS
Carries these Fine Dog Food Brands: A mtrak train,” Puhuyesva recorded in the report. “The conductor advised that there were two victims.” Puhuyesva wrote that a female victim, Chelsea Chavez, 24, of Borrego Pass, was pronounced dead at the scene. Derrick Silentman, 19, of Gallup, who was apparently
with Chavez when the incident occurred, was transported to Gallup Indian Medical Center. P u huyesva obser ved Silentman to be awake and talking as he was helped into an ambulance. Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the incident, officials said.
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Balderas wants answers from EpiPen makers By Matthew Reichbach NM Political Report
t tor ney Genera l He c t o r B a l d e r a s announced Sept. 21 that his office sent an investigatory letter to the makers of EpiPens. The devices, which inject synthetic adrenaline through the brand-name injector to those suffering severe allergic reactions, have been in the news recently after public outcry about a massive increase in costs in recent years. The prices for the devices increased 550 percent in just under a decade.
Hector Balderas The Attorney General’s office wants Mylan, the manu fact u rer of EpiPens, to
provide his office information on EpiPens in New Mexico. Balderas is requesting how many such devices were sold in New Mexico in the last five years, how many schools take part in the controversial “EpiPen4Schools” program, the number of EpiPen prescriptions paid for by Medicaid in New Mexico, copies of all advertising for EpiPens in New Mexico and more information on EpiPens sold by Mylan in New Mexico. The letter came from P. Cholla Khoury, the director of Consumer and Environmental Protection in the Attorney General’s office.
The letter ca me just a d ay a f t er t he revel a t ion that the ma in booster of t he Epi Pen4School s pro gram was Gayle Manchin — Bresch’s mother and the wife of U.S. Senator Joe Manchin. Gayle Manchin is the former president of the Nationa l Association of State Boards of Education. “Protecting New Mexico children and families is my top priority,” Balderas said. “I have initiated this investigation to make sure that we are holding out of state corporations and giant drug companies accountable to New Mexico laws, and that we are doing everything in
our power to make sure New Mexico children and families can afford their life-saving medications.” Heather Bresch, the CEO of Mylan, appeared in front of Congress Sept. 21 to defend the price hike. T he E pi Pe n 4 S s c ho ol s program became law in 2013 when President Barack Obama signed the legislation. The New York Attorney General is now investigating the program and Mylan for potential antitrust violations. Balderas said this is not yet a formal investigation. Visit: www.nmpoliticalreport.com
Poll puts Martinez’s approval rating at 50 percent By Matthew Reichbach NM Political Report
new su r vey s ay s 50 percent of New Mexican registered voters approve of Gov. Susana Martinez’s job performance, according to a Morning Consult poll that looked at the approval ratings
of all 50 governors. That’s compared to the 45 percent who disapprove. Her approva l rating increased from the last time Morning Consult released results, in May. At that time, 48 percent of New Mexican registered voters approved of Martinez’s job performance to 45 percent who disapproved. Gov. Susana Martinez Martinez has the 11th highest percentage of those who disapprove, and the 32nd highest amount of those who approve of her job performance. Still, there’s a big distance between her rating and the top ten governors with the highest disapproval numbers. Every governor in that top ten has more constituents who disapprove of their job performance than approve. Sam Brownback of Kansas, a Republican, and Dan Malloy
of Connecticut, a Democrat, lead the pack when it comes to the highest disapproval ratings. Brownback’s is at 71 percent and Malloy’s is at 70 percent. On the other end of the scale, 74 percent of South Dakotans approve of the job Republican Dennis Daugaard is doing, to just 15 percent of those who don’t. In Maryland, Republican Larry Hogan’s spread is 70 percent approve to 17 percent disapprove, just over Massachusetts Republican governor Charlie Baker’s 70 percent to 18 percent. One thing is certain, New Mexicans definitely know who Martinez is and have an opinion of her job performance. Only 5 percent said they don’t know or have no opinion of Martinez, the fifth-lowest percentage of any governor. Matt Mead of Wyoming, by contrast, is relatively unknown. Nearly a quarter of those in Wyoming, 24 percent, don’t know or have no opinion of
the Wyoming Republican governor’s job performance. The results come as part of the Internet pollster’s regular questions in their polls of 71,900 registered voters throughout the country between May 2016 and early September 2016. The pollster asks registered voters if they approve of the job performance ratings of President Barack Obama, their U.S. Senators, member of Congress and mayor, and if they live in a city with more than 10,000 residents. The margin of error varies depending on the size of the state. For New Mexico, the margin of error for Martinez’s approval numbers is +/- 5 percent. Such 50-state polls can be useful, though FiveThirtyEight editor in chief Nate Silver noted they are not the same as individual polls of all 50 states. He broke down the difference here. Visit: www.nmpoliticalreport.com
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City gave ranch million-dollar water discount, documents show By Joey Peters NM Political Report
This story was reported in partnership with the Jal Record, a weekly newspaper based in southeastern New Mexico. AL - Like many areas in New Mexico, water is in short supply in this southeastern oil patch town of 2,500 people. In the past few years, city officials have tried to address the matter by limiting water use, including barring businesses from buying city water for industrial use in the summer of 2013. But between 2012 and 2014, the city gave one ranch an unusual perk—a more than $1 million discount on its water bills. On top of this, Jal continued to sell industrial water to Beckham Ranch, Inc. for six months after the ban went into effect. Public records indicate that the city gave Beckham Ranch $1.2 million in credits for water billed and charged to this ranch between August 2012 and April of 2014, during an oil boom in southeastern New Mexico. Shortly after the city stopped giving credits to the Beckham Ranch, Jal borrowed $6.2 million from the federal government for water and sewer improvements. The terms of the loan require the city to pay $260,000 every year for a 40-year period.
LEGAL QUESTIONS Du r i ng t hose mont h s, Beckham Ranch used 105 million gallons of water, enough to rack up a bill of nearly $2.3 million from the city utility. But when factoring in the seven-figure credit, city records show that Jal only charged about $1.1 million—less than half the total cost. How t he a r ra ngement between the city and Beckham Ranch came about is unclear, as multiple Jal officials interviewed for this story gave different versions while others, including Jal City Manager Bob Gallagher, declined to comment. Beckham Ranch’s arrangement with the city also raises legal questions. The anti-donation clause of the New Mexico NEWS
State Constitution prohibits public institutions from giving public resources to “any person, association or public or private corporation.” “If any local government in New Mexico gave away public resources, it would raise serious concerns for taxpayers and possibly violate our state’s constitution,” New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller told the NM Political Report in a statement. To date, the city has been unable to recover a written agreement detailing the arrangement with Beckham Ranch. Brad Beckham, who is listed in state business records as president, agent and one of the directors of Beckham Ranch, limited his comments on the arrangement in a short interview with NM Political Report. He denied that he ever received credits for his water use with the city, an assertion that contradicts city utility records obtained for this story. “I was charged what the mayor and the city manager at the time said the charges were,” Beckham said in an interview. “The city manager set the price. They told me the price.” He would not comment further.
example, increased the industrial water price from $8 per 1,000 gallons to $18 per 1,000 gallons in July 2012. That same month, the city cha rged Cuatro Tr ucking $10,000 for using 596,000 gallons of water. This was more than twice the amount Cuatro paid the month before. Simila rly, the cost for 171,000 gallons of water for Rapid Transport in June 2012 amounted to nearly the same cost for 70,000 gallons in July, the month the increased price went into effect. For Beckham Ranch, the city charged $190,000 for 10,675,000 gallons of water that month, amounting to the new $18 per 1,000 gallon charge enforced by the city. But one month later, the city gave Beckham Ranch a credit worth more than $98,000, enough to bring his price back down to the old $8 per 1,000 gallon rate.
Birds-eye view of Jal, NM. Photo Credit: Joey Peters T h i s t r end cont i nue d through the summer of 2013, when Jal officials once again raised the price of industrial water to $24 for every 1,000 gallons used. Beckham Ranch’s credits kept flowing in, continually bringing its cost down to $8 per
1,000 gallons while other businesses paid the increased rates. Meanwhile, water issues continued to dominate Jal’s government. In May 2013, Midla nd,
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PRICES GO UP FOR SOME BUSINESSES Other Jal businesses that bought industrial water didn’t get the same treatment. Public records show that at least five other area businesses— Cuatro Trucking, Qua lit y Tra nspor t, Ba sic Energy, Lea Energy Services and Rapid Transport—paid for industrial water at the city’s normal rates. None of these companies received credits or discounts, according to city records. It’s a setup that Cuatro Trucking owner Daniel Baeza said is wrong. “If they’re going to help one man and leave the rest of us hanging, I don’t think that’s fair,” Baeza said in an interview. Jal continuously raised rates to deal with its water problems even as Beckham Ranch continued to get its deal. Jal city councilors, for Gallup Sun • Friday September 23, 2016
WATER DISCOUNT | FROM PAGE 11 Texas—a city of 130,000 people located an hour and a half east from Jal by car— tapped into the aquifer that is Jal’s only water source. At the time, Jal’s then-city manager Curtis Shrader told KOAT-TV that he was “begging to the city of Midland to try and consider our needs as well as theirs.” By August 2013, Jal stopped allowing businesses to buy water for industrial use. Once the ban went into effect, Baeza said his business “was a struggle for a while.” “They just came and told me, ‘We’re closing, we don’t have enough water in the water wells,” Baeza said. “I had to find water elsewhere.” Not so for Beckham Ranch. Between September 2013 and February 2014, the city sold it more than 37 million gallons of city water. The city also continued to give Beckham Ranch credits through April 2014, the month it received its last bill for industrial water use. It’s unclear what Beckham Ranch used the water for. But its arrangement came during a period of boom for the oil fracking business in the area. Baeza, for example, sells water to oil companies. His trucking company continues to transport water to oil rigs for use.
CREDITS CAME AFTER A MEETING At t he t i me Beck ha m Ranch’s credits began, Shrader
was city manager of Jal. In an interview, Shrader said the deal between the city and Beckham Ranch stemmed from negotiations between Brad Beckham and a city council subcommittee made up of himself, Mayor Cheryl Chance* and City Councilor and then-Mayor Pro Tem Duane Jennings in 2012. During this meeting, according to Shrader, they “came to an agreement” to give Beckham Ranch favorable water rates in exchange for Beckham Ranch providing the city right-of-way access through its property to water wells. Shrader, who left Jal in December 2013 after the city council declined to renew his contract, emphasized he doesn’t recall using the term “water credits.” “His rate would increase over a certain time period to be comparable to what other bulk rates were for other bulk rate users,” Shrader said of Beckham Ranch. Jal’s city council approved the arrangement with Beckham Ranch, according to Shrader. Yet neither Chance, Jennings or City Councilor JoAnn Chesser recall ever voting on the arrangement. Nor can anyone, as of press time, locate documentation of the arrangement. “Was there an agreement and was it voted on? I can’t seem to find anything,” Chance said. Chance’s recollections of the 2012 meeting differ from those of Shrader. For one, she says it involved no official subcommittee of the city council. “There wasn’t ever any
committee pulled together that I’m aware of,” Chance said. Chance said she couldn’t recall many details of the meeting, though she does remember discussing the right of way through Beckham Ranch. To her, such an exchange, “didn’t make sense to me because those water wells have been there since at least the 1980s.” In other words, the city had already accessed water through Beckham Ranch for decades. Chance said she raised concerns with Shrader about the deal right after the meeting, but added that Shrader assured her it was OK. Jennings said he doesn’t remember attending the meeting with Beckham. “I don’t remember the city ever voting on it,” he added. Nor does Chesser, who said she was unaware of the city’s arrangement with Beckham Ranch. “I think it’s against the law to do that,” Chesser said. “I don’t think we could do that, it would probably be a problem if it happened.” Jim Ellison, another city councilor, refused to answer questions about the Beckham Ranch deal and hung up on NM Political Report during a brief phone conversation. City Councilor Mike Orr didn’t return multiple voicemails left on his phone over several days seeking comment for this story.
NO COMMENT FROM THE CITY Gallagher, who took over as Jal’s city manager in 2014,
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declined to comment on the matter, citing “threatened or pending litigation” from Gregg Fulfer. Fulfer is part owner of Desert Town Investments, the company that owns the Jal Record. The Jal Record has no threatened or pending litigation against the city. Instead, it filed two public records requests on the matter. Barry Crutchfield, a Lovington-based attorney, sent the two public records requests. The first netted Beckham Ranch’s water bills. The second, sent to Gallagher on August 20, asked for records of written contracts between Beckham and the city, among other documents related to the arrangement. As of press time, the second records request is still
pending. Crutchfied, however, said the city has since not been able to locate written contracts with Beckham. In his second public records request sent to Gallagher, Crutchfield cited state constitution provisions that ban “any public officer using public money for [purposes] not authorized by law.” “Accordingly, I believe the serious nature of this matter is evident,” Crutchfield wrote. *Chance is the sister of Gregg Fulfer, who is part owner of Desert Town Investments, LLC. Desert Town owns the Jal Record newspaper. Visit: www.nmpoliticalreport.com
Reports: AG’s office looking at money from Griego political committee By Matthew Reichbach NM Political Report
he case against Phil Griego is growing. The former State Senator may have a “slush fund” where he took money from political donations to a political committee. Griego is already facing trial on nine public corruption charges related to a real estate deal the then-Senator profited from that was only made possible by legislation passed by the Legislature. Now, it appears the investigation is going into the San Jose Democrat’s political campaign accounts. That latest revelation, repor ted by by t he Albuquerque Jour nal and Santa Fe New Mexican, comes after a district judge granted a warrant to an investigator in the AG’s office to examine Griego’s bank records with Griego’s political committee, Advance New Mexico (not to be confused with the SusanaMartinez-aligned Advance New Mexico Now). A $4,000 donation went from his campaign account to Advance New Mexico, but that report was not in campaign finance reports for the
Phil Griego political committee. Another $3,800, between two checks, went into the account from the Carlisle Solutions Group, an IT firm. In 2014, Griego took all of the money left, nearly $2,800, out of the account. NM Political Repor t reported that in 2015, Griego was still spending campaign cash to reach out to constituents even after he was no longer in office. Griego said at the time he was not intending to run for office again. Gr iego re sig ned f rom his seat in the state Senate because of the real estate deal. His resignation came ahead of a possible vote to remove him from office. Visit: www.nmpoliticalreport.com NEWS
OPINIONS ROLL CALL
By Bernie Dotson
ow that the 2016 Gallup Film Festival has come to a close, we can safely say it
Wowza! Gallup Film Festival closes a standout 2016 boasted a unique schedule of shorts, documentaries, and features in what we hope is becoming a Gallup institution. The event brought all kinds of people downtown – close to 3,000, by some estimates. And the city should pat itself on the back for investing in this venture. T h is isn’t to say pa st
editions of the GFF have been lackluster. Each of the last three festivals has offered up a handful of truly memorable and brilliant selections. And there have been some misfires, too. The directors and stars who attend film festivals hope to create buzz from advanced screenings. The offering of
sneak-peaks is a nice perk, especially for a small festival like the GFF; everybody wins. The takeaways from the 2016 Gallup Film Festival? Run, don’t walk to see films like Te Ata, which is based on an inspiring and true story of Mary Thompson Fisher from the Chickasaw Nation i n Ok la homa . T he f i l m’s
protagonist is a woman who traverses cultural barriers to become one of the greatest Native American performers ever. Born in Indian Territory, Te Ata’s journey to find her true calling leads her through isolation, discovery, love, and
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GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF SEPT. 23 - 29
September 23 is the Last Quarter Moon. According to CafeAstrology.com, this phase “points to some sort of crisis of consciousness.” Perhaps you’re struggling with faith, spirituality, or religion. Maybe your job, career, and relationships are shaping up in a different way than you first imagined. Madame G suggests taking a deep breath, and keeping calm and carrying on.
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
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Are you homesick? Perhaps business took you out of town, or you moved. Maybe you miss your childhood or what you imagine is the ideal version of youth. Take time for yourself this week. Consider what is pushing those thoughts to the surface and then let go. Enjoy this moment, because that’s what matters. Nostalgia is beautiful, until it’s not. You’ve got this!
Sometimes we ignore the signs that are right in front of us. Are you? The universe has a funny way of kicking us out of our comfort zone and into the hot seat. Perhaps you’re letting others dictate your feelings and sway you in a certain direction. Don’t be afraid! As they say, “It ain’t over till the fat lady sings.” In other words, it’s not over until your dead. And that’s debatable.
This is your time of year. The light is changing and so are the leaves. You’re excited and maybe even a little sad. Did you accomplish all your goals? What’s missing? If you can’t remember what you wanted to accomplish for the year, consider writing it down. Make a list of the top five things you’d like to see in your life and then read that list every day. You’ll be glad you did.
Don’t take anything for granted this week. Reflect on what you see with a critical eye, then let that critic go. It’s not always wise to run your mouth or stand your ground, especially when you’re wrong. Consider all the facts and learn to take everything with a grain of salt. Remember: “People are not against you. They’re for themselves.” Good luck!
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
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Give yourself a break this week. You’re a difficult person to please, especially yourself, but keep it all in perspective. You may not know what you want, but you know what you don’t want — and that’s a very good place to start. Madame G suggests you give in to yourself. Take a long walk. Read a great book and laugh. Enjoy yourself!
Do you play enough? Remember being a kid when you could play outside all day. Each day was an adventure. You tackled every challenge with enthusiasm. That kid still lives there. Let her out. Instead of calling customers, maybe you’re hunting for treasure, or instead of filing papers, you’re searching for landmines. Who knows, it might just brighten your day. Have fun!
Your passions run deep and still. Rarely are you out of control. Instead, you possess strength like a deep moving stream fueled by the force of a great lake. You may not always speak the loudest, but you’ll have the last laugh. You’re steadiness of purpose is your greatest strength. You’re like a great general leading your army, stoically. Carry on! But don’t forget who you are.
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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
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Life is odd. You’re ready for adventure, but not sure where to go. It may feel like you have the weight of the world on your shoulders and you just don’t quite know how to keep it up. Madame G suggests you stop and remove the burden. You can’t save the world if you’re distressed. Take up meditation, or running, or both. You’ll learn to relax while taking action. You can do it!
You’re a bright star. But what brightens you? Purpose is a funny thing. We often know what we want, but are too afraid to admit it. Look at your dreams from the outside looking in. They may be more attainable than you think. If you want to be a doctor, that requires lots of school and hard work. But being an artist requires just as much dedication. There’s a way, if you look closely.
Don’t let perfection kill you. If you’re feeling the struggle, maybe you’re trying too hard. It’s not easy to pace yourself, especially when you’re a perfectionist, but you should try. What path do you want to travel? You’re excellent at helping others reach their goals, and that’s wonderful, but unless that’s your dream you should consider helping yourself. What do you love?
You’re moved by many things, but force is rarely one of them. As a rebel at heart, you fight your nature by pretending to do one thing and saying another. It’s okay to put up with a bad boss for your kids, or with a questionable situation while you figure things out. But keep in mind that you can’t maintain that for long. You must pursue life on your own terms. Do it!
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Don’t worry (not that you would) we’re all a little weird here. You may feel you’re pushing away a friend and maybe you are. But don’t be quick to take it personally. They may have something they’re working through. Be a loving presence in your friend or loved one’s life and this too shall pass. Don’t give up!
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COMMUNITY Glitzing up Gallup GALLUP FILM FEST HAS MULTICULTURAL DRAW
Staff Reports Photos by NativeStars The fourth annual Gallup Film Festival drew some of the best movies traveling the film fest circuit this year. Subm is sion s ca me i n f rom Indian Country and as far as Spain, Kazakhstan, Croatia, Poland, Germany and more. Here’s a list of the movies that the GFF judges thought earned a statue for “best of” … FOU RTH A NN UA L GA LLU P FILM FESTIVAL ‘BEST IN SHOW’ Short Film Awards Best Short Film Mousse Best Short Comedy MONDAY
Best Editing (Short) Bad Habits Best Director (Short) Mehmet Tıglı - Twin Stars Best Screenplay (Short) Twin Stars Best Original Music (Short) Choose Me Best Cinematography (Short) Under the Heavens Best Male Performance (Short) Faith Dokgoz - Twin Stars Best Female Performance (Short) Alba Ribas - Choose Me Language Preservation Award Best Language Preservation Film Monster Slayer Foreign Film Awards Best Foreign Feature (NEW)
A young boy holds up a copy of the Gallup Sun and poses for a picture at the Gallup Film Festival media wall.
Gallup Film Festival Director Knifewing Segura, actor Willie Roger, actor Martin Sensmeier, and filmmaker Barri Chase pose for a photo at the media wall.
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The Historic El Morro Theatre hosted the fourth annual Gallup Film Sept. 16-18. BitterSweet Best Foreign Short (NEW) Twin Stars Animation Award Best Animated Short
The Present Documentary Awards
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Country singer Kelly Mortenson entertains folks during an intermission break Sept. 17.
Fate’s Highway gets down with some classic rock ‘n’ roll Sept. 17. OPINIONS
Dempsey Chapito accepts his award for his language preservation film “Monster Slayer.”
A close-up of the awards handed out to film festival winners at the El Morro Theatre Sept. 18.
Maxim Vitkovsky, 17, won an award for best director, for his film “The Tale of Three Thieves.” Comedian Isiah Yazzie gives actor Martin Sensmeier a high five.
GLITZING UP GALLUP | FROM PAGE 14 est Documentary Short B Shiloh Best Documentary Feature The Rebound Best Director (Documentary) Shaina Allen - The Rebound Best Cinematography (Documentary) The Rebound Best Editing (Documentary) The Rebound
Drama Feature Awards Best Drama Feature Taraz Best Director (Feature) Nurtas Adam – Taraz Best Cinematography (Feature) Te Ata Best Editing (Feature) Taraz Best Screenplay (Feature) Te Ata Best Original Music (Feature) Te Ata “Toward the Rising Sun” – Tabitha Fair and Original Score
This lovely family takes a moment to pose in front of the media wall during the Gallup Film Festival Sept 16-18. COMMUNITY
est Male Performance (Feature) B Gil Birmingham - Te Ata Be st Fem a le Per for m a nce (Feature) Lisa Brand - BitterSweet Music Video Awards Best Music Video Taste the Time Be st Ci nem at og r aphy ( Mu sic Video) Taste the Time Youth Award Martin Sensmeier, who stars in the “Magnificent Seven,” Best Youth Short (NEW) engages the audience during a live Q&A at the El Morro The Tale of the Three Thieves Theatre Sept. 16.
Jennie Barbour, writer for the Chickasaw Nation-funded film, “Te Ata,” shares what went in to making the full length feature at the El Morro Theatre Sept. 17. Gallup Sun • Friday September 23, 2016
Community health fair promotes tools for healthy lifestyles Story and photos by Dee Velasco For the Sun
n Sept. 19, the public wa s i nv ited t o a Com mu n it y Hea lt h Fa i r held in the gymnasium of Chee Dodge Elementary School at 641 U.S. 491 in Yatahey. The event kicked off a full day of health-oriented information on various topics, and coincided with parent-teacher conferences. “We’re here promot i ng community health with others, and it’s good because it w i l l be w it h t he pa rent - t e a cher con fer ence,” Nava jo Hea lt h Educat ion Program Gallup Service Unit member Kelly Bitsilly said. “Parents are hard to get a hold of because of work, so this way, we can get the parent engaged, too, rather than just always the student.”
Other health-related vendors were on ha nd at the event to teach the public about what they do in and for the community. “We basically go out into t he com mu n it ie s a nd we teach safe driving practices,” Navajo Department of Safety Office Aide Brian James said. “We also join the national campaigns about texting and driving, we bring awareness of impaired driving.” Ja mes sa id the depa r tment also has a child-passenger-safety program that teaches parents about proper car-seat installation. “Anything that has to do with highway safety, that’s what our program goes out and educates on,” James said. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Gallup, a nonprofit youth mentoring program, was also in attendance. “It’s really important for the parents and children to
have resources in the community,” Big Brothers Big Sisters Regiona l Director Sarah Piano said. “This is a great way for kids to get into our program and have a positive mentor in their lives. Piano said her role at the event was to chat with families, give out information, “and hopefully, this will be helpful to everyone here at the school and provide some additional resources for them.” According to Piano, the program entails “six scopes of work: Substance Abuse Inter-Prevention, Family and Mater nal Health, Physical Activity, Communicable diseases, Chronic diseases, and Emergency Preparedness.” Bitsilly said she tries to hold an event like this every month. “I inv ited all programs around the Gallup area, so we will have informational booths on health, hygiene,
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Many sponsors with booths like the one pictured were on hand for the Community Health Fair at Chee Dodge Elementary School on Sept. 19.
Navajo Department of Highway Safety Office Aide Brian James and Safety Tech Rhoquel Delarosy display information about child car-seat safety.
diabetes, anything related to healthy behaviors,” she said. The event not only offered information about healthy eating habits, but it touched on difficult topics like bullying, too. According to Navajo Nation Senior Community H e a l t h w o r k e r Va n e s s a Woods-Henry, four types of bullying were taught at the event: physical, social, verbal, and cyber. “Mainly cyber bullying, because now a lot of kids have cel l phones, t ablets [wh ich a re] accessible to the Internet,” she said. “We teach them to be cyber-smart because cyber-bullying has led to suicides. We educate parents on setting boundaries, trusting your child, too.” United Hea lthca re Community Liaison Watson Billie was on hand to teach the commu nit y about the Medicaid Centennial Care plan. Billie said the goal was to provide information to community members — Native
and non-Native alike — about New Mexico Medicaid. “We a s si s t t hem w it h enrolling with an MCO [mana ged c a re or ga n i z a t ion], helping to get them United Hea lthca re,” he sa id. “We promote ou r added-va lue services.” Bit si l ly sa id com munity events like health fairs help organizations show off health-related aspects of their work. The event collaborated with Indian Health Service health-promotion programs like the Just Move It campaign, which promotes physical activity among Indigenous peoples. A t t ende e s wer e g iven information about healthy food-related programs like ChooseMyPlate.gov, which aims to get kids (and adults) on healthy diets for a lifetime. The event promoted the consumption of more fruits and vegetables, food portioning, beating diabetes, and drinking more water.
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Udall commends NM author Rudolfo Anaya on White House humanities honor
‘BLESS ME ULTIMA’ AUTHOR RECEIVES MEDAL FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA IN WHITE HOUSE CEREMONY Staff Reports
ASHINGTON, D.C. – On Sept. 21, U.S. Senator Tom Udall congratulated celebrated New Mexico author Rudolfo Anaya, who was honored with the National Humanities Medal on Sept. 22. Udall attended the ceremony at the White House. “This is a well-deserved honor for a treasured New Mexico storyteller. Great books captivate our attention and allow us to walk in the shoes of ordinary and extraordinary
people, and Rudolfo Anaya’s stor ies have touched the hearts of New Mexicans — and Americans across the country — for decades,” Udall said in a statement. “The son of a vaquero, A naya ha s honored New Mexico’s Hispanic culture and traditions, especially through books like ‘Bless Me Ultima’ and stories like The Legend of La Llorona,” Udall said. “And through sharing our stories with the world, he has helped expand the understanding of our state’s unique American experience.”
Udall said Anaya’s work is both inspiring and entertaining to generations of readers, and added that Anaya has given back to the community in ways other than his words. For instance, Udall said, Anaya has shared “his love of learning as a teacher in Albuquerque and a faculty member at the University of New Mexico, and through his commitment to the state, the Albuquerque community, and his native Santa Rosa.” Udall called Anaya “our own father of modern Chicano literature.”
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Falls are leading cause of hospital visits for New Mexicans 65 and older MARTINEZ PROCLAIMS SEPT. 22 ‘NEW MEXICO FALL PREVENTION AWARENESS DAY’ Staff Reports
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FILM FESTIVAL | FROM PAGE 13 a stage career that culminates in performances for presidents and royalty. Whispers about the 2016 GFF being a barren wasteland, devoid of star-power and poorly attended are just that — rumors. Those of us who were there know differently. Festival Director Knifewing Segura outdid himself this yea r, br i ng i ng i n Ma r t i n Sensmeier of the Tlingit and Koyukon-Athabascan Alaskan tribe, who stars alongside Denzel Washington in a remake of The Magnificent Seven. Did anybody tally the number of complimentary photos that Sensmeier took with locals? COMMUNITY
and Aging and Long Term Ser v ices Depar tment, are working together to raise awareness that older adult falls are not a normal part of aging and many falls are preventable. Falls are the leading cause of emergency room visits, hospitalizations and injury-related And for local folk who attended the GFF, Thoreau’s renaissance man Roger Willie (Windtalkers, 2002) was on hand to provide film synopses and entertainment for his new film The Watchman’s Canoe. Willie and Canoe director Barri Chase gave a short talk about the film to festivalgoers. Te Ata, which was shown Sept. 17, was packed to the gills with people filling up Coal Avenue’s El Morro Theatre. This festival, like any other, had its usual ebb and flow. But for the most part, people went away with a sense of enjoyment. Segura put some films in this fest that are sure to resurface elsewhere at a later date. We’ll see you at the movies.
deaths for New Mexico residents 65 and older. Ma r tinez ha s decla red Sept. 22, the first day of fall, as statewide Fall Prevention Awareness Day. New Mexico residents are urged to support fall prevention strategies for seniors such as: regular exercise, professional eye examinations, an adequate level of Vitamin D (specifically found to reduce the risk of falls) a medication review with their hea lt h ca re prov ider a nd home safety improvements. Nationally, one out of three
seniors age 65 and older will experience a fall — that’s 12 million people in the United States. “When older adults fall, it often leads to a loss of independence and reduced mobility, but falls can be prevented by understanding the needs of New Mex ico sen ior s,” Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Lynn Gallagher said. “Seniors should wear low, nonslip shoes to provide better and more stable support. Living spaces should be well-lit and uncluttered.” The latest state data show 347 adults 65-and-over who fell died from their injuries in 2015. The 2015 fall death rate for seniors was 104.3 per 100,000 people, up slightly from 102.2
per 100,000, in 2014. A combination of interventions can significantly reduce adult falls. These include physical activity with balance and strength training; getting a fall risk assessment by a health care provider; having medications reviewed periodically; getting eyes checked annually; and making sure the home environment is safe and supportive. National Falls Prevention Awareness Day is observed a cros s t he cou nt r y, w it h this year’s theme of “Ready, Steady, Balance: Prevent Falls in 2016”. Visit: the New Mexico Adu lt Fa ll P r event i on Coalition website, healthinsight.org.
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Gallup’s own royalty: Miyamura High School’s 2016 homecoming PHOTOS COURTESY OF RAH PHOTOGRAPHY
The 2016 Miyamura homecoming parade took place Sept. 16, downtown Gallup.
The Miyamura Patriots let loose for the 2016 homecoming game. The home team won 40-6 against Santa Fe’s Capital Jaguars.
The 2016 Hiroshi Miyamura High School Homecoming king and queen, Dayna Howard and Jose Sanchez.
The top three queen and king candidates sit upon their thrones at Miyamura’s Sept. 16 homecoming.
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Miyamura High School played the Capital Jaguars out of Santa Fe during this year’s homecoming game on Sept. 16. Pictured: Miyamura’s Giovanni Chioda.
What would homecoming be without a little tailgating?
Facing the camera, center: Nicole EsparzaHill smiles for the camera at Miyamura’s 2016 homecoming, Sept. 16.
Homecoming Royalty Julianna Salaz and Max Aycock walk arm-in-arm at Miyamura’s 2016 homecoming.
Dayna Howard was crowned Miyamura’s 2016 homecoming queen on Sept. 16.
Miyamura Patriot’s quarterback, Matt Chavez, tosses the ball at the 2016 homecoming game against Santa Fe.
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The lovely 2016 Miyamura High School homecoming queen candidates.
Gallup Sun • Friday September 23, 2016
‘The Magnificent Seven’ is pretty darn average RATING: «« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 132 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun
his week’s most prominent release is The Magnificent Seven, and it certainly has big shoes to fill. Based on the 1954 Japanese film Seven Samurai, the 1960 original starring Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen is one of the most popular Westerns of all time — it even earned the approval and praise of the source material’s director, Akira Kurosawa. Now, a new version saddles up with some famous faces in front of the camera. In this retelling, cruel industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard) has the town of Rose Creek under his control, pushing citizens out with intimidation and destruction. Young widow Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett) seeks vengeance for the death of her husband and hires bounty hunter Chisholm (Denzel Washington) to protect the village. Chisholm recruits a troubled team that includes alcoholic gambler Josh Faraday
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In the past decade or so, we’ve seen cable shows like Deadwood and Hell on Wheels really turn up the grittiness. Films like The Proposition, The Homesman, Slow West, and Django Unchained have spun a lot of these well-worn tales in completely unique, new directions. Yes, this flick updates certain aspects of the story for modern audiences. However, it remains surprisingly traditional in other respects, paying homage to the films of the ’50s and ’60s to a fault. There are a few plusses. Hawke gets in a few good moments as a sharpshooter facing a crisis of confidence (just like the Robert Vaughn character in the original); additionally, Rocks and Red Harvest offer roles that are a little different from the original formula. The action itself is well handled, with the grand finale shoot- out featur ing some impressive horseback tricks. Yet it all comes across as a little flat. These are supposed to be flawed characters looking for redemption and straddling the line between hero and
villain. Here, they don’t look menacing, like men who could kill you as soon as look at you. These are PG versions of those kinds of guys. Washington exudes intensity, but he’s pretty much the same here as in other recent projects. Co-lead Pratt is a likeable screen presence, but he feels miscast; he’s just too goofy as an alcoholic card shark with a violent streak. I couldn’t help but lament the lack of edginess onscreen; I missed the craggy and weathered faces you might see in old genre titles. Ultimately, this project is all about Hollywood stars playing gunslingers. The leads look a little too, well, good to really take seriously. A couple of them do appear scruffy, but the majority are well-groomed. This is a strange thing to notice, but a few of them had pretty darn good hair for desperados. It’s like the make-up department stopped after putting a light bit of dirt on their face and spritzing them with a water bottle. As events progress, one can always imagine the numerous Honeywagons, craft service tables, vehicles,
and crew just out of frame. There also isn’t nearly as much emphasis on the relationships between the hired guns and the villagers themselves. It’s all very simple and revenge has more to do with the motivations of the main characters than anything else. The story is also hurt by the lack of an evil presence. The Bogue character’s screen time can’t be more than 10 minutes in total. Sarsgaard tries his best, chewing as much scenery as he can in his two brief scenes before the climax. In the end, it’s just not enough time for the character to make an impact. To be fair, The Magnificent Seven is passable entertainment in the moment. However, that’s not really strong enough justification for its existence. It may be paying homage to old Hollywood, but the movie still feels inauthentic and distancing. Even worse, the film appears to be content with only a few minor updates and alterations (often simplifications) to the original story. This is a remake that probably won’t be remembered a year from now, let alone 50. COMMUNITY
DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Sept. 23
elcome back for another edition of DVD and Blu-ray highlights coming your way. Some of the summer releases are starting to arrive, so there are plenty of big flicks hitting shelves. If you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure give one of these titles a try!
BIG NEW RELEASES! F r e e State of Jones This Civ il Wa r biopic revolves a r o u n d N e w t o n K n ig ht , a liberal Sout her n Un ion ist i n Mississippi who rallied slaves, deserters, and like-minded farmers to fight against the Confederacy. The movie itself had some trouble gaining supporters — reaction was split with a few more weighing unfavorably on the results. While the performers earned compliments, there was a feeling that the script was muddled and attempted to cover too much in too short a time. It stars Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, and Keri Russell. Ma Ma - Penelope Cruz stars in this Spanish-language drama. She plays a woman whose husband leaves her for a younger woman. Even worse, she loses her job and develops a serious illness. Despite the tragedies, the lead attempts to find some joy in life. Notices weren’t particularly good, calling the screenplay a blunt and obvious tearjerker that’s as preposterous and melodramatic as it comes. Neighbors 2: Soror ity Rising - This comedy sequel follows the family from the first movie. After managing t o su r v ive a male frater n it y a s next-door ne i g h b or s , they now find a wild sorority moving in. While there was more positive reaction to the film than negative, critics were COMMUNITY
a bit muted on the final result. The majority liked the feminist streak and thought it had a few moments, but also admitted it was scattershot and didn’t hit the gross-out heights of the original. Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Ike Barinholtz star. Sacrifice - A couple who’s ju s t moved to the remote Shetland I sl a nd s ma kes a n u nplea sa nt discovery... the body of a brutally murdered young woman with strange signs carved into her. As they attempt to learn more about the victim, their own lives are threatened. The press wasn’t overwhelmed by this independent thriller; they complained that the final product was bland and the movie relied on too many genre clichés. The cast includes Radha Mitchell, Rupert Graves, and David Robb. Star Trek Beyond T he l a t e s t entry in this popular sci-fi series t a kes t he crew of the E nt er pr i s e on a rescue mission. Unfortunately, soon after arriv ing, the heroes find themselves under attack, stranded on a remote planet, a nd sepa r at ed f rom one another. Critics were fairly positive about this entry. They stated that while the movie wasn’t particularly thoughtful, it was an improvement on the previous chapter, thanks to the well-staged action and strong chemistry between cast members. It features Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, and Idris Elba. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows - The reptilian kung-fu protagonists return in this sequel to 2014 live-action reboot of the franchise. In this follow-up, villain Shredder escapes custody and teams with another nasty otherworldly character to take over the world. Only the turtles can save the day. The
press didn’t have any of it. Very few l i ked t h i s one. It stars Megan Fox, Will Arnett, L a u r a L i n ney, Stephen Amell, and Tyler Perry. T h e Witness - This documentary earned great praise upon it s l i m ited release earl ier i n t he year. It tells the story of a crime in 1964, in which a young woman in Queens was brutally murdered on the streets. Despite the fact that 38 witnesses saw the event occur, no one came to her help or attempted to stop the attack. This exposé of apathy has been called thought-provoking and upsetting, but is also said to be gripping and even inspiring by its close. It looks like a mustsee for viewers with an interest in non-fiction filmmaking.
BLASTS FROM THE PAST! Olive Films has a new imprint specializing in classics titles. It’s called Olive Signature, and the first two releases are debuting this week. The first is the all-time great Western, High Noon (1952). It stars Gary Cooper as a Sheriff on his last day after spending years cleaning up his local town from criminals. When a group of murderers announce word that they’re coming back to kill the Sheriff, he attempts to round up some assistance. Despite his stellar service, none of the locals are willing to help. In the same genre, J o h n n y G u i t a r ( 1 9 5 4 ) st a r s Joa n Craw ford as a saloon owner who becomes the target of a lynch mob after being set up for a crime she didn’t commit. She hires the title character to help train her to defend herself for an
impending showdown. Besides a new 4K restoration, the amazing extras include an introduction from Martin Scorcese, a film historian commentary track, as well as some features in which critics comment on its impact on the genre and the use of role-reversal with a female gunslinger. Disney has a big Blu-ray re-release arriving as well. It’s a 25th Anniversary edition of the beloved animated musical, Beauty and the Beast (1991). In addition to owning the feature in high-definition, you’ll get a commentary track with the directors, producer, and music composer, as well as featurettes on its production. Speaking of anniversaries, it’s been 30 years since the late, great David Bowie donned spa ndex to joi n Jen n i fer Connelly in the Jim Henson fantasy picture, Labyrinth (1986). Sony’s 30th Anniversary Blu-ray comes with a 4K picture restoration, as well as some new bonuses. But that’s not all. Criterion has a couple of great Blurays on the way. Blood S i m p l e (19 8 4) i s the first movie from the Coen Brothers. It’s phenomenal little thriller with plenty of twists and turns that ended up jump starting a modern day film noir movement. The Val Lewton/Jacques Tourneur horror classic Cat People (1942) comes out in high definition. This beautifully shot chiller exudes atmosphere as it tells the tale of a woman who falls for a man, but believes that any intimacy with him will turn her into well... an actual feline. Not to be outdone, Kino’s releasing some eccentric titles on Blu-ray. Beware! The Blob (1972) is a low-budget sequel to the 1958 Steve McQueen scare flick The Blob that emphasizes comedy over scares. It pits Larry Hagman, Carol Lynley, Gerrit Graham, and Dick Van Patten against the gelatinous killer. Rober t M it chu m st a r s in the WWII, Destroyer vs. U-boat flick The Enemy Below (1957), while Fixed Bayonets! (1951) finds a platoon coming
under fire during the Korean War. Arrow’s providing some B-movie thrills: Dead End Drive-In (1986) is an Australian post-apocalyptic action flick about a young couple who’s put into a futuristic drive-in prison for undesirables, where they are fed diner food and watch exploitation movies on the big screen. The two plot a daring escape. This Special Edition package includes a restored picture, commentary with the director as well as an earlier short made by the filmmaker, a documentary about the stunt per for mers, a nd publicity materials. Bay view Entertainment is releasing a DVD Double Feature that contains T he Giant Gila Monster (1959) and The Killer Shrews (1959). They’re boasting enhanced widescreen transfer of the movies of 1.66:1 taken from t he o r i g i n a l 3 5 m m f i l m elements. A n d t h e r e ’ s more! Shout! Factory has Fanny! (1 9 61) , a F rench- set romance s t o r y bet ween a young woman and an aspiring sailor. Once childhood friends, the pair finally expresses their feelings for one another, but must choose between love and their careers. The movie was nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture. F ina lly, Ea ster n Sta r’s deliver ing Golgo 13: T h e Professional (1983). This is an animated feature from Japan about an oil baron hunting down the assassin who killed his son, who was set to inherit the lead’s estate. It’s a well-regarded effort that is being made available on Blu-ray for the first time ever.
YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Here’s what you can expect to find in the kid’s section of your local retailer: Kate & Mim-Mim: T he Mimiloo Zoo The Lion Guard: Unleash the Power! Little Charmers - Spooky Pumpkin Moon Night
Gallup Sun • Friday September 23, 2016
CALENDAR COMMUNITY CALENDAR SEPT. 23 - 29, 2016 FRIDAY Sept. 23
FACEBOOK FOR BEGINNERS The library is offering free computer training throughout the month of September. 10:30 am – 12:30 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.
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SOUP AND SALAD SUPPER 4:30 – 7 pm: Enjoy a smorgasbord of soups and salad fixings, many from the Pantry’s Hope Garden. Suggested donation: $5. Event is a fundraiser for the annual CROP Hunger Walk on Oct. 16. Community Pantry, 1130 Hassler Valley Rd. WALK 4 HÓZHÓ Walk to prevent suicide in our communities. Free registration from 4 - 5:45 pm. Begins at 5:30 pm. Volunteers needed. St. Michael’s Mission, St. Michael’s, Ariz. (928) 729-8541, Jaet Hoskie, or (928) 729-8172, Lisa Chee. KARAOKE Karaoke at Sammy C’s with DJ Marvelous. 9 pm. 107 W. Coal Ave. (505) 863-2220. SATURDAY Sept. 24
FOURTH ANNUAL MCKINLEY COUNTY PREPAREDNESS DAY The Gallup Lions Club will be cooking free hot dogs from 10 am to 2 pm. They’ll also be asking for your donation of slightly used eyeglasses. Your donated eyeglasses could help people in our community to see better. If you have eyeglasses that you no longer use, please bring them to the Gallup Lions Club Collection Box located at the south side of The Rio West Mall, 1300 Maloney Ave.
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. “SPOTLIGHT” PUBLIC DISCUSSION “Spotlight: A Public Discussion about Faith, Journalism and Protecting Children from Sex Abuse” will be held Sept. 24, 6:30 to 8 pm, at Gallup’s El Morro Theatre, 207 W. Coal Ave. There will be free screenings of Spotlight, the 2015 Academy Award winner Best Picture of the Year, at 3 and 8:15 pm, and a panel discussion and public Q&A. Because of the mature content of the panel discussion and film, parents are asked not to bring any children younger than 15. Information: Elizabeth at (505) 870-0745. MUSIC VIDEOS Music Videos at Sammy C’s. 10 pm – 1 am. 107 W. Coal Ave. (505) 863-2220. SUNDAY Sept. 25
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. TUESDAY Sept. 27
COMMUNITY PROVIDERS MEETING Noon – 1 pm: The meeting is open to all who are providing services, in one form or another, to the people of Gallup. This meeting features San Juan Center for Independence Program Manager Ken Collins; Bill Camarota with the RMCHCS work rehab program; Curtis Hayes, WNMU; Jay Azua, peer support worker training program. Sammy C’s Restaurant, 107 W. Coal Ave. BASIC COMPUTER CLASSES Sept. 27 - 28, join the SBDC Continued on page 23
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AD HERE! FIRST 25 WORDS FREE. LOGO and/or PHOTO $5 EACH. APPEARS ON GALLUPSUN.COM FOR FREE! EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org CALL: 505-728=1640 MOBILE HOMES MOBILE HOME SPACES Mobile Home Spaces – Single wide – any size $205/mo. Double Wide $260/mo. Call Mike 505-870-3430 or Carmelita 505870-4095. SERVICES BUILD A GUITAR! Build this acoustic seven string Russian guitar. This is a one week class and includes all materials and hardware. Full instruction and tools provided. I have opening for three students. The class will run from Saturday November 5th. through Saturday November 12th. The cost of the class is $1200.00, a 50% deposit required to register. For more information and to register please contact Robert Brochey at 505-979-4027 VEHICLES 2016 ATV Spanking Brand New (4x4) 400 CF-MOTO ATV Mileage: ZERO Sticker Price $4559 + $160 Taxes Total 4719 Will sell for $4200 505-287-3357
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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 email@example.com. Location: UNMG Calvin Hall, 203 College Rd. WEDNESDAY Sept. 28
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: Static-electricity butterflies. Starts: 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. MONTHLY MEETING WITH COUNCILOR LINDA GARCIA We invite you to meet with Councilor Linda Garcia at the Northside Neighborhood Association monthly meeting beginning at 6:30 pm. Councilor Garcia will be there to listen to your concerns. It’s a great opportunity to share ideas and we welcome your compliments and complaints. Questions: Linda, (505) 879-4176. Northside Senior Center, 607 N. Fourth St. OPEN-MIC NIGHT Local talent takes center stage from 7:30 - 9:30 pm at Coal Street Pub, 303 W. Coal Ave. (505) 722-0117. THURSDAY Sept. 29
CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) Fun crafts for the whole family (all ages). Starts at
4 pm. This week: Toilet-paper-roll car. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. ONGOING
ARTSCRAWL ArtsCrawl is held the second Saturday of every month from 7 to 9 pm, downtown Gallup. CARS N COFFEE Every Sunday in the Camille’s parking lot from noon to 2 pm. Check out cars – new, old, vintage, and bikes. Cruise at 1:30 pm. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. Second St. CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION CLASS RMCHC Women’s Health Unit offers childbirth education classes, at no charge, every second Saturday of the month in the RMCH Library, 1901 Red Rock Drive, from 9 am-1 pm. Contact WHU at (505) 863-7026. CITY OF GALLUP’S SUSTAINABLE GALLUP BOARD First Monday of the month, from 3 - 5 pm. Community members concerned about conservation, energy, water, recycling, and other environmental issues are welcome. Call Bill Bright at (505) 722-0039 for information. Octavia Fellin Library: 115 W. Hill Ave. 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. 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 offers organic produce for sale from 10 am - noon, Tue – Fri., 1130 E. Hassler Valley Rd. All funds go to helping
feed local folks. 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. 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. GALLUP SOLAR The nonprofit, Gallup Solar, is hosting free Solar 101 classes about all things related to off-grid solar systems on the first three Wednesdays of each month, 6 - 7 pm, at 113 E. Logan Ave. All welcome any week. No registration required. For info call: (505) 728-9246 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) 722-4226, 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.
GALLUP SUN ARCHIVES Effective June 24, 2016, ALL Gallup Sun *archives (past issues) will be mailed. Must provide exact release date and mailing address. Send info. and check or money order for $1.50 to: Gallup Sun PO Box 1212 Gallup, NM 87305 *Based on availability. CALENDAR
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ADVANCED FACEBOOK Sept. 30: Free computer training for the community. Class size is limited to 10; register at the library’s front desk. Prerequisites: must have active Facebook account. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI PARISH FIESTA Oct. 2, noon to 5 pm. Mass begins at 10 am. Blessing of animals at noon — bring your beloved animal on leash or lead or in a container. 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) 8633033 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. DIST. 9 AA SOBRIETY GATHERING Friday Oct. 7 at 6 pm; Oct. 9, at noon: Fun, educational event for Gallup area. Catholic School, 405 Park Ave. TAIZE’ SERVICE The non-denominational monthly Taize’ service will take place Oct. 9 at 6:30 pm. Join us for a time of rest, silence, and spiritual refreshment. This is an opportunity to calm and quiet the soul before the new week starts. Music, chant, Scripture, and candlelight are part of this special service held at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Boardman Drive, 151 State Hwy. 564 near the Orleans Manor Apartments. For more information, call Kathy Mezoff (505) 870-6136.
QUICKBOOKS WORKSHOP Learn the basics of QuickBooks accounting software. Seating is limited to eight. Register by Oct. 14. $90. Class is held Oct. 19, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Held at the Gallup Chamber of Commerce meeting room, 106 W. Hwy 66. Contact: Gallup Small Business Development Center, (505) 722-2220. CROP HUNGER WALK Oct 16: Tours of the Pantry and Hope Gardens begin at 1 pm. Walk begins at 2 pm. CROP is an initiative of the Church World Service, a first responder organization to global tragedy. Shafiq, (505) 227-7242; Betsy (505) 7229257. Community Pantry, 1130 Hassler Valley Rd. LEARN EXCEL SPREADSHEET Learn the basics of using the Excel spreadsheet program and earn an 8G thumb-drive. Seating is limited. Register and pay by Oct. 17. $10. Class is held Oct. 20. Held at the Gallup Chamber of Commerce meeting room, 106 W. Hwy 66. Contact: Gallup Small Business Development Center, (505) 722-2220. GALLUP INTERFAITH COMMUNITY GATHERING 6:30 pm, Oct. 18: Get to know your neighbor, and be a part of creating a better community. As the Rev. Derwin Gray of Charlotte, N.C., says: “How can I love my neighbor, if I don’t know my neighbor?” Bring a dish or drink for a shared meal. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 151 State Highway 564, on the hill near Orleans Manor Apartments. For more information, contact Rev. Lorelei Kay (505) 290-5357, firstname.lastname@example.org. TUBA CITY CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING Nov. 18: As always, this is a community Christmas tree. It is you tree — a tree that will bring your family together once again, to laugh, to giggle, to cheer and “Rock Around the Christmas Tree.” Hogan Family Restaurant parking lot, 10 Main St., Tuba City, Ariz. 2016 WINTER ARTS & CRAFT FAIR Dec. 3 – 4 at the Larry Brian Mitchell Recreation Center, 700 Montoya Blvd. (505) 722-2619 To post a nonprofit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: email@example.com or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.
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