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IS HOOP HERO’S JOB ON THE LINE? By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
mystery surrounds t he Ga l lu p H i g h School athletic department. A high-profile coach is no longer the head coach of the Lady Bengals’ basketball team, and the program – one of New Mexico’s most successful – stands at a crossroads, with
only Superintendent Frank Chiapetti privy to the direction in which the situation is headed. And he’s keeping answers about the matter guarded. “It’s a personnel matter,” Ch iapet ti sa id th roug h a school-district phone receptionist Oct. 4, when the Sun asked for clarification on the matter. “You’ll have to submit a formal request to the school
district’s attorney to get a copy of the letter.” T he Su n s u bm it t e d a request for the letter under the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act on Oct. 5. The letter in question was sent some weeks ago to Lady Bengals’ head coach Kamau Turner, and it came from the school district’s main office, according to GHS Athletic Director James Malcolm.
Coach Turner Sidelined Like Chiapetti, Malcolm wouldn’t say much. Dominic Romero, principal at Gallup High, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment. “There was a letter sent about the coaching status of the girls basketball team,” Malcolm said. “I can tell you that we have not had any interviews as far as the girls coaching job is concerned.
That’s about all I know at the moment.” During the public comment portion of the Oct. 3 schoolboard meeting, several parents spoke out against the secrecy of the school district, which is not letting parents or students in on Turner’s job status. T u r ner, a n Ok l a hom a
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NEWS Gallup Council accepts land deed MATTER RELATED TO ALLISON CROSSING
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he Gallup City Council unanimously accepted a quitclaim deed from Gallup Land Partners, LLC, at an Oct. 4 special meeting at Gallup City Hall. The deed is connected to a 1.2-acre property donated to the city by GLP for the new alignment of Allison Road and the soon-tobe-constructed Allison Road bridge and I-40 interchange. Cit y At t or ney G e or ge Kozeliski introduced the matter to council members. The meeting lasted about seven minutes
city before the New Mexico Department of Transportation can allow the project to go out to bid for actual bridge construction.
WHO IS GALLUP LAND PARTNERS? GLP is based in Chicago and purchased all of the Gamerco Associates Ltd. land some four years ago, Kozeliski said. “We used to have a lot of dealings with [Gamerco A ssociates] because they owned all of the land around Gallup, and now GLP owns the land around Gallup and
locations, including the Navajo Nation. “Over the years, Gamerco Associates, and now Gallup Land Partners, has given us property for water line easements and such,” Kozeliski said. “Once [we] get outside the city limits, they own large tracts of land and we have to deal with them to get things done.”
THE BRIDGE Replacement of the timberframe-style bridge, which runs north and south, costs approximately $4.5 million, city offi-
larger Allison corridor project to become a reality. Additionally, the replacement will aid in economic development for passages along 491, as well as the west side, State Rep. Patricia Lundstrom has said. Specifically, the bigger Allison Crossing Project includes an interchange and frontage roads between exits 16 and 20 off Interstate 40 as it empties into Gallup. The city has contracted with Bohannan Huston Inc. of Albuquerque for bid tabulation, construction advertisement, and traffic-control services. City Public Works Director
On Oct. 4, the Gallup City Council unanimously voted in favor of a quitclaim deed for a piece of property connected with future Allison Road interchange construction. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura and was called specifically to deal with the deed component. No one on the panel spoke about the matter aside from Kozeliski and Mayor Jackie McKinney, and there were no members of the general public in attendance. “This is the last step in order to go to bid on the Allison Bridge,” Kozeliski explained. “That, essentially, is what this is. [GLP] expedited this.” Kozeliski said the property is part of a right-of-way that must be owned by the NEWS
we deal with them,” he said. “I understand that they own about 30,000 acres of land in and around Gallup.” A quitclaim deed is a legal means of transferring interest in real property. Kozeliski said GLP is donating the land near the Allison Road underpass so the city can realign the road and the approaches to the new bridge, which will be built in the spring of 2017. The bridge is a shortcut of sorts for folks headed from Gallup’s west end to northern
cials have said. The bridge was built in 1940 and travels across the Puerco River off Historic Highway 66. It’s been deemed structurally deficient by civil engineers and has been identified for replacement since 1992. The bridge replacement is part of the bigger $40-million Allison Crossing Project that stands to speed up traffic traveling U.S. 491, heading toward the west side of the city. It’s the first step that must be completed in order for the
George Kozeliski Stan Henderson has estimated the BHI contractual cost to be no higher than $470,000. Henderson has said the final BHI amount is contingent on the time it takes to complete the bridge project and whether the Federal Highway Administration and the state Department of Transportation take a reasonable approach in its completion. In past city council meetings, Henderson has said that once the right-of-way matter is taken care of, a contract can be advertised in November and awarded in December. The funds to replace the bridge come from a state grant, and Allison Road will likely be closed for about 180 days once construction begins. G ov. Su s a n a M a r t i nez wa s i n Ga l lup i n Ju ne of 2015 for an Allison Bridgereplacement groundbreaking ceremony. “It’s great to see this project get rolling,” McKinney said at the Oct. 4 special meeting.
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BASKETBALL | FROM PAGE 1 native, has coached the Lady Bengals since 2010. His job stint includes a 28-1 2015 season wherein the District 1-5A Lady Bengals lost to Roswell 59-41 at state and were ranked as high as No. 49 in the U.S. Turner’s job status, and the silence by school officials on the matter, has the Gallup sports community waiting for answers. “It’s a slap in the face. He’s done a great job. Look at all the banners on the wall,” Paulette Begay, whose daughter plays for the Lady Bengals, told school board members Oct. 3. “That’s our pride and joy. He believes in the girls so much. Get our coach back in there,” Begay said to applause from an audience that included both Bengal players and parents. Jennifer Gillson, also a parent of a child who attends a Gallup-McKinley County school, took issue with the way the board deals with most matters. “We are Gallup Strong,” Gillson said. “Gallup Strong.” Gillson talked about the need for the school district to fix the potholes – she
not acting, adding that the girls continuously inquire about their coach.
GHS The Ga llup High Lady Bengals open the 2016 basketball season Nov. 9 in an away-game against Shiprock High School. Turner, who teaches fulltime at Gallup High, attended the Oct. 3 meeting, but did not speak. He has produced winning teams of superb individual talent like that of N’Aisha McIntosh who graduated last year and is now a freshman at New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs.
In this April 2015 photo, Gallup Bengals girls’ former basketball coach Kamau Turner used a time out to explain what he needs the team to do to win the game. Community members questioned GMCS’s tight-lipped position regarding Turner’s coaching job at the Oct. 3 schoolboard meeting. File photo mentioned Crownpoint and Tohatchi — parents must fathom on a daily basis when dropping their kids off to school. With the start of basketball season about a month away, Gillson and Begay asked the panel to quickly resolve the head-coach matter. “He deserves to be where he
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wants to be,” Begay told board members. “Do it for the kids.” At least one parent who spoke during the public segment said she thinks Turner received the letter at the end of July. She didn’t elaborate on the comment. Begay said school officials are making matters worse by
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McKinley County recognized by New Mexico Association of Energy Engineers
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he McKinley C ou nt y B o a r d of Commissioners r e c e nt ly r e c ei ve d a n awa rd f rom t he New Mexico Association of Energy Engineers for the Large Energy Project of the year, officials announced at the Oct. 4 regular commission meeting. The award recognizes an innovative energy management project that has been in operation for at least six months and can be substantiated with actual installation costs and operating savings. McKinley County Attorney Doug Decker said the matter stems from a contract between McKinley County and Energy Control Inc. of Rio Rancho for the installation of energy-efficient upgrades at various local buildings. The contract is valued at about $2.2 million, Decker said. The physical award is small and shaped like a glass egg atop a foundation. Decker displayed it at Tuesday’s meeting. “In some buildings, there were lights changed out and things made brighter, and
usage made more efficient as a result,” Decker said. “There is also a cost-savings aspect associated with this that the county receives.” Decker said county buildings like the new Courthouse at 207 W. Hill Ave. and road lights along U.S. 491 heading toward the Window Rock, Ariz., and Tohatchi interchanges were changed out. “Over 100 high-density lights were switched out,” Decker said. “We’re talking LED lights that make things a lot brighter.” Decker noted that Energy Control not only installed new lighting, but replaced a substantial amount of heaters, as well as air conditioning and boiler units in some county buildings. In some cases, road-light poles were installed, he said. Pat Gibson, vice president of Energy Control, addressed the full commission in June about potential cost-savings. Gibson said at the time that McKinley County exceeded its cost expectations from March 2015 to April 2016. According to Gibson, nearly $200,000 was
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McKinley’s jobless rate down, but still high at 9.8 percent MCKINLEY STILL CARRIESCounty SECOND HIGHEST JOBLESS RATE Unemployment Rates, August 2016 (Not Seasonally Adjusted) County Unemployment Rates, August 2016 (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
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ew Mexico’s seasona l ly ad justed unemployment rate was 6.6 percent in August, up from 6.4 percent in July and 6.5 percent a year ago, according to information from the state Department of Work Force Solutions. In McKinley County, the unemployment rate for August was 9.8 percent, down from a 10.4 percent rate in July 2016. In neighboring Cibola County, about an hour east of McKinley County, the unemployment rate for August 2016 was 9.1 percent, a slight decrease from a 9.2 percent July rate. At 9.8 percent, McKinley County has the second highest unemployment rate in New Mexico, and has seen a high unemployment rate for most of the summer — it never dropped below the Top 5 highest counties for unemployment in 2016. “It’s high – and it’s consistently high,” Bill Lee, CEO at the Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce, said. “I think you’ll probably see it decrease, not a lot, but some
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As of August, McKinley County has the second highest unemployment rate in New Mexico at 9.8 percent; Union County has the lowest at 4.5 percent. Luna County has the state’s highest unemployment rate, with 10.1 percent. Photo Credit: New Mexico Department of Work Force Solutions
Zuni Pueblo man pleads guilty to federal statutory rape charge Staff Reports
LBUQUERQUE – Da lch imsk y Begay, 26, an enrolled member of the Zuni Pueblo who resides in Rio Rancho, pled guilty Oct. 4 in federal court in Albuquerque to a sexual abuse of a minor charge. Begay was arrested in June 2016, on an indictment charging him with sexually abusing a minor who was between 12 and 16 years of age. According to the indictment, Begay committed the crime on Feb. 14, 2015, on the Navajo Nation in San Juan County. During the Oct. 4 proceedings, Begay pled guilty to the indictment and admitted engaging in a sexual act with the victim who was between 12 and 16 years of age and was four years younger than Begay. At sentencing, Begay faces a statutory maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison. He will also be required to register as a sex offender after he completes his prison sentence. Begay was remanded into custody pending his sentencing. The hearing has yet to be scheduled. This case was investigated by the Gallup office of the FBI and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Novaline D. Wilson.
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MCSO: Corrections officer charged with bringing contraband into jail By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
Gamerco man, who worked as a corrections officer at the McK i n ley Cou nt y Adult Detention Center, was jailed and later bonded out Sept. 28 after his arrest for bringing contraband into the MCAD, officials said. Esidro Olguin, 22, was initially jailed on a $5,000 surety bond, according to jail records. Olguin’s cha rges a re two counts of bringing contraband into a place of imprisonment and two counts of trafficking a controlled substance. Lt. Pat Sa la za r of the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office said Olguin’s arrest came after the sheriff’s office received a tip, followed by three months of investigation. “This is a result of some old-fashioned police and investigative work,” Salazar said. “This kind of activity won’t be tolerated.” Salazar said Olguin was involved in the distribution of hydrocodone pills. He said six such pills were found on Olguin. They were split in half to apparently double the dosage, Salazar said. Suboxone, a drug used to treat drug addiction, was also found on Olguin. Pills were also found in a vehicle that belonged to Olguin,
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Esidro Olguin Salazar said. Members of the Gallup Police Department and the MCSO were waiting for the suspect as he arrived at work at about 8 pm, Salazar said. He was dismissed from the corrections officer job, jail officials said. Olguin is not the only corrections officer to have been charged with such a crime recently. Terrance Hooper, 23, of Gallup was taken into custody several months ago on similar contraband smuggling charges. Hooper was one of three inmates involved in the scheme at the time, according to jail information. McK i n ley Cou nt y Ja i l Warden Steve Silversmith said bringing drugs — or anything else illegal — into the McKinley County Adult Detention Center will not be tolerated.
Microtel Inn intruder gets day in court By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
Mentmore man who broke in to a local mot el a nd m a de himself at home in a first-floor room received a suspended sentence on the matter, according to a court outcome. Eric Begaye, 23, went before 11th Judicial Court Judge Robert Aragon Sept. 22 and pleaded guilty to criminal damage. Begaye wa s i n it ia l ly arrested on Dec. 30, 2015, and charged with breaking and entering. After being released from the McKinley County Adult Detention Center, Begaye was required to check into the NEWS
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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports Legal limit is .08 Cheyanna M. Thompson Sept. 23, 2:48 am DWI, Aggravated G P D O f f i c e r Harland Soseeah was d ispatched to the inters e c t ion of Nizhoni Boulevard and South Second Street in reference to a white vehicle that had been parked in the intersection for more than 40 minutes. A female was passed out inside, with the engine running. Soseeah put stop sticks in front of the tires, and began to wake up the female driver. As Soseeah told Thompson, 21, to open her door, she began rolling forward, running over the
stop sticks. The car hit a curb, blew a tire, and went toward a ditch. It then drove through the bushes next to the ATM at 1801 S. Second St., returned to Nizhoni and stopped — but not before driving in the wrong lane and almost hitting a pole. As Soseeah began conducting field sobriety tests, Thompson became disorderly and was placed into custody. She was taken to a local hospital, cleared, and brought to jail. She blew .16 and .17 during breath testing. Ronald Hood Sept. 22, 8:41 pm DWI M C S O D e p u t y J. Bowman was waved down by a woman in a white SU V
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JOBLESS | FROM PAGE 6 over the next few months.” L e e s a id he b el ie ve s the unemployment rate in McKinley County will inch downward as employers begin to hire more employees for endof-the-year holiday shopping. He said that’s a trend across New Mexico. Lee said while he couldn’t speak to the circumstances in Cibola County, that county typically experiences trends similar to McKinley. “ T h e r e a r e d i f fe r e n t locales,” Lee said. “Regarding McKinley County, I do think we’ll see employers, particularly in the retail sector, start to do some hiring as the year comes to an end.” Lee also noted that jobs
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Yazzie, 68, told Hughte he’d had two cans of alcohol. He failed field sobriety tests and blew .23 and .24 during breath testing. He was taken to a local hospital, cleared, and booked at the McKinley County Detention Center. Er nestine Cata l ina Paredes Sept. 19, 1:35 pm DWI, Aggravated G P D O f f i c e r Harland Soseeah was d i spatched to 3069 Adobe Ct. in reference to a welfare check on a home wherein a fight may have occurred. At the scene, Soseeah made contact with several individuals. Among them were Paredes, 19, and another female, who entered a black Volkswagen and hit an electrical box when backing out of the driveway. Paredes smelled strongly of alcohol and slurred when she spoke. She failed field sobriety tests and refused breath testing. She was booked for aggravated DWI. Derrick V. Peters Sept. 16, 10:26 pm DWI, Aggravated When turning onto Third Street from Maloney Avenue, Peter s, 34, we n t o v e r the curb and ran into the Interstate
40 underpass — a brick wall. He then continued on, hitting the curb again at Third and Maxwell Avenue. He went a short ways further before his car gave out from the damage at 111 N. Third St. GPD O f f ic e r D ou g l a s Hoffman made contact with the Peters as he exited the vehicle with difficulty due to vehicle damage and intoxication. Peters smelled of alcohol and was difficult to understand. He staggered and almost fell. When Hoffman asked how the car got there, Peters said, “it magically appeared.” Peters refused field sobriety tests and was transported to jail. Logan McKenzie Benally Sept. 15, 12:39 am DWI, Aggravated W h i l e o n p a t r ol , GPD Officer Clarissa Morgan was advised of a car traveling northbound on Third Street, which is a one-way road for southbound traffic. Morgan found the passenger car at Third Street and Coal Avenue; it continued th rough the intersection. Morgan pulled the vehicle over at Third and Highway 66. Benally, 21, smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot, watery eyes. She failed field sobriety tests and blew .16 and .17 during breath testing. There were open containers in the car.
related to school districts figured into the lowering of the McKinley County unemployment rate — bus drivers, for instance, return to work in August. Tracy Shaleen, an economist with the New Mexico Depa r t ment of Work force Solutions, sa id Aug ust i s t y pic a l ly a t i me when employee s work i ng for conglomerates like GallupMcK i n ley Cou nt y Schools return to their jobs. “What you see in August is bus drivers, and other school personnel, returning to the work force,” he said. “This is true in both part time and fulltime school-oriented jobs.” Everyone looking for a job has a reason why McKinley’s unemployment rate is consistently so high.
“We live in a rural county and it’s not really a lot of industry here,” Mervin Suarez, a chef at a Gallup restaurant, said. “That’s just the way it is here.” Union County in the northeast sector of the state has the lowest unemployment rate for August 2016, with 4.5 percent. Luna County in southwest New Mexico has the highest, with an unemployment rate of 10.1 percent. The national unemployment for August was 4.9 percent, unchanged from July and down from 5.1 percent in August of 2015. There a re 33 cou nties in New Mexico. The state’s unemployment statistics are released one month behind due to the amount of time it takes to compile the data, officials have said. NEWS
Poll: Double-digit lead for Clinton in N.M. By Matthew Reichbach NM Political Report
poll for KOB-TV by SurveyUSA shows a double-digit lead for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in New Mexico. The poll also showed a new low for Gov. Susana Martinez when it comes to approval ratings and a wide lead by the Democratic candidate for Secretary of State. T he pol l shows t he Democratic presidential nominee leads the Republican nominee 46 percent to 33 percent. Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson, a former gover nor of New Mex ico, has the support of 14 percent while Green Party nominee Jill Stein has the support of 2 percent. In a Research and Polling, Inc. poll commissioned by the Albuquerque Journal that was released earlier this week, Clinton lead 35 percent to 31 percent. Clinton’s lead comes in large par t because of her
Hillary Clinton at the Winning Healthcare in 2009 forum in Denver. Photo Credit: WEBN-TV cc support among Hispanic voters. The poll found that 52 percent of Hispanic voters support Clinton, compared to 21 percent who support Trump and 19 percent who support Johnson. Hispanic voters made up 39 percent of the SurveyUSA sample. Among white voters, Trump narrowly leads Clinton 42 percent to 40 percent, with Johnson trailing at 11 percent.
From SurveyUSA’s write-up of the poll: Clinton holds 83% of the Democratic base, compared to just 76% of Republican who stand with Trump. Johnson siphons 24% of the Independent vote, where Clinton manages 35% to Trump’s 29%. Clinton leads among college-educated whites by 22 points. She leads among suburban women by 21 points. She leads among
the most affluent voters by 15 points. Secretary of State’s race The poll also shows a big lead for Democratic candidate Maggie Toulouse Oliver over Republican candidate Nora Espinoza for Secretary of State. The poll shows a 54 percent to 34 percent lead for Toulouse Oliver among likely Secretary of State voters. Like in the presidential race, the Democratic candidate has a wide lead among Hispanic voters—57 percent to 26 percent. But unlike that race, the Democratic candidate has a wide lead among white voters as well—52 percent to 39 percent. Approval ratings The poll also looked at the approval ratings of the governor and both U.S. Senators. The poll found that just 36 percent of registered voters approve of Martinez’s job performance, while 49 percent disapproved. The poll shows Martinez’s approva l rati ng a mong
Republicans is just 57 percent while 22 percent of Democrats approve of her job performance. Meanwhile, 68 percent of Democrats disapprove of her job performance compared to 27 percent of Republicans who disapprove. Both U.S. Senators have higher job approval ratings than Martinez, though both also have higher rates of those who say they aren’t sure. Among the same registered voters, 52 percent approved of Tom Udall’s job performance, compared to 29 percent who disapproved. For Martin Heinrich, 46 percent approve of his job performance while 28 percent disapprove. The poll of 594 likely voters was conducted between September 28 and October 2. SurveyUSA polled 69 percent via landline and 31 percent who are not reachable by landline through questionnaires on cell phones, tablets or other mobile devices. Visit: www.nmpoliticalreport.com
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President Begaye’s line-item vetoes determined to be invalid Staff Reports
I N D OW RO CK , Ariz. – On Oct. 3, Navajo Nation Speaker LoRenzo Bates informed President Russell Begaye that the resolution passed by the Navajo Nation Council approving the fiscal year 2017 budget for the Nation would be in place, despite Begaye’s overreaching of the line-item authority. Begaye denied funding for Navajo elders, the Nation’s 110 chapters, grazing officials, and many other employees and programs for the Navajo Nation. Begaye used the presidential line item authority on Sept. 27 to deny funding for the crucial programs that provide services
to senior citizens, the 110 chapters, grazing officials, veterans, Judicial Branch, and Legislative branch despite the fact that he was in Washington D.C. — a clear violation of Navajo Nation law that states that the president is required to be within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Navajo Nation when he takes such action. “The Navajo Nation Code clearly spells out the legal procedure and President Begaye did not comply with the procedure and therefore his line-item vetoes are invalid,” Bates said. On Oct. 3, the Office of the President and Vice President issued a press release stating that Begaye signed the budget on Sept. 24, despite the fact that OPVP also issued a press release
on Sept. 28 that included the following statement: “That sentiment was expressed on Sept. 27, when Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye executed his line item veto authority in 17 areas of the comprehensive budget that was approved by the tribal council on Sept. 8.” “It’s clear that President Begaye is inconsistent and misinforming the public,” Bates added. “His accusation that this is a ‘frivolous’ issue is unfounded. This is a serious matter that would have affected many of our people had the lineitem vetoes been valid. Words have meaning and leaders must choose their words carefully.” The Office of the Speaker delivered the memo and the legal opinion issued by the Office
of Legislative Counsel to the Office of the President and Vice President on Monday afternoon despite claims in a press release from OPVP that the information was shared with the media prior to the memo being delivered. “Our staff hand delivered the memo and the legal opinion and it was received by OPVP staff on Monday afternoon,” Bates sated.“President Begaye took an oath of office to abide by the laws of the Navajo Nation, he should follow those laws and let our elders, veterans, chapters, and others benefit from the peoples’ funds.” OPVP’s Oct. 3 press release also stated that the Council attempted to rescind the presidential line-item veto authority, however, there has never been
legislation introduced to do so. The legislation introduced was to clarify the line-item veto authority. Bates also issued a memorandum to Dominic Beyal, director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Controller Jim Parrish informing them of Begaye’s invalid action and instructing them to carry out the budget that was approved by the Council. “President Begaye has had the opportunity on numerous occasions to meet with Council to discuss the budget and he did not,” Bates said. “This affects our constituents, I expect the local chapters will respond to the president’s action. Delegates will be available to discuss this issue at the chapters.”
Udall, Heinrich announce $344,325 to UNM to support Native American educators Staff Reports
ASHINGTON, D.C. – On Oct. 5, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the University of New Mexico will receive a $344,325 grant to provide training, licensing and induction services to Native
Americans interested in pursuing a career in education. The purpose of the grant is to train more highly qualified Native American teachers and administrators to serve Indian student populations throughout New Mexico. The grant was awarded through the Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and
Tom Udall Secondary Education under the Indian Education Discretionary Grants Program. Udall said that while all children deserve the best possible education, “Native children often face a difficult path, and we must do everything we can to help them succeed.” Supporting Native educators “is one way we can ensure children in Tribal communities have good role models and a strong
Martin Heinrich connection to their culture,” he said. “This grant provides a path for prospective educators from Tribal communities who recognize the unique challenges Native American students face and want to return to teach. And I’m proud to support this funding as a member of the Senate Appropriations and Indian Affairs committees.” “When students see themselves reflected in their teachers,
it can make all the difference. This grant will help develop the next generation of Native educators who are devoted to preparing students for bright futures,” Heinrich said. “I will continue to work with tribal communities to ensure that our students and schools in Indian Country thrive.” The grant is provided through the Department of Education Professional Development program and will last four years. With the funding, UNM will provide a collaborative and comprehensive degree program to 12 Native American participants who intend to pursue work in New Mexico public or Bureau of Indian Education schools. Ultimately, each participant will receive a teaching certification or a graduate degree in education administration, job placement assistance and one year of induction services after graduation.
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MCKINLEY COUNTY | FROM PAGE 5 saved in electricity and natural gas cost, and a cost-savings report would be presented to the county on an annual basis. “We got a good product,” Decker said. “That’s always a positive thing.” Decker sa id McK i n ley County Ma nager A nthony Dimas was among a small contingent of county brass who attended the Sept. 27 award ceremony at the Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque.
EMS Also at the Oct. 4 regular county meeting, the Board of Commissioners authorized an
MICROTEL INN | FROM PAGE 7
WHAT HAPPENED? Begaye broke into Room 135 at the Microtel Inn & Suites, 3270 W. Hwy. 66, apparently with the intention of getting some rest and escaping the cold, Deepak Mehta, owner of Microtel Inn, said. Mehta said he checked a paid guest into the room, only to discover that Begaye had broken the window to gain entr y. Apparently, Begaye entered the room from the backside of the motel, which
internal budget adjustment for $17,000 to be transferred from medica l supplies to Thoreau’s ambulance budget. The matter was introduced by McKinley County Fire and Emergency Management Office Coordinator Ken Hoffman. The Board of Commissioners approved a resolution regarding the purchase of a cardiac monitor for the Zuni EMS. Commissioner Carol Bowman-Muskett asked about the function of the equipment. “This is used to save lives,” Hoffman replied. The commission panel met in closed session to discuss the disposition of real property personnel issues. No action was taken once the closed session ended. is how he was able to go unnoticed. W hen Begaye encou ntered Mehta, he began walking quickly out of the room, according to court documents. A hotel staffer caught up to him and kept him under wraps until police arrived. Under the plea agreement, Begaye is required to pay for the window damages, which amounts to about $250, Mehta said. Aragon sentenced Begaye to six months in jail, but suspended that sentence and placed him under supervised probation for six months.
The facts about Zika virus in New Mexico Staff Reports
ew Mexico has had seven reported cases of Zika v ir us. Of those, all seven were in travelers who were infected abroad and diagnosed after they returned home. The two mosquito species in the United States that can transmit Zika virus have been found in some parts of southern New Mexico. If a person gets infected with the virus while in an area with Zika virus transmission and then goes to a part of New Mexico where Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus mosquitoes are present, those mosquitoes could become infected with the virus by biting the infected person and could then spread the infection to other people they bite. To prevent this from happen i ng, t he New Mex ico Department of Health recommends that anyone who has
There are only two kinds of mosquitoes in the U.S. that are able to transmit Zika: Aedes albopictus (the Asian tiger mosquito; shown in this photo) and Aedes aegypti (the yellow fever mosquito). Photo Credit: Courtesy traveled to a Zika-affected area in the previous two weeks protect themselves against mosquito bites by following the precautions listed at cdc.gov and nmhealth.org. Case counts by county • Bernalillo - 4 • Chaves - 1 • Doña Ana – 1 (this person
was not in Doña Ana County during the part of his illness when he could infect any mosquitoes or people) • Santa Fe – 1 Mosquitos capable of transmitting Zika were found in
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OPINIONS ROLL CALL By Bernie Dotson
s you read this, the nation celebrates Hispanics and their contributions to the United States during National Hispanic Heritage Month. The recognition runs from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. The celebration began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week, under then-President Lyndon B. Johnson, and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period
Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month beginning Sept. 15. Those 30 days are especially important for Gallup and McKinley County, as the city and its surrounding confines have significant Hispanic populations. Hispanics celebrate the 30-day interval, but who celebrates with them? Who among us joins in and recognizes the tremendous value of America’s — and New Mexico’s — Hispanic population? There were generations of Mexicans who came to this area long ago to work in the coalmines, among other
industries, and that culture continues to permeate the city today. The proclamation itself is an act of recognition, an invitation of sorts for everyone to join in on the celebration. But it seems that the month should be advertised a bit more. With Gallup being a place where Hispanics have figured prominently in the city’s founding, we could only find one locale in town that publicly acted in recognition of the month, and that was Octavia Fellin Public Library and the various events it holds in the heritage month’s
honor. The library recently held the Miss Latina showcase; holds Somos un Pueblo Unido Of Gallup on Oct. 11; screens episodes of Latino Americans: 500 Years of History on Oct. 8 and 15; and with Miyamura High School, hosts the Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skulls Workshop on Oct. 13. We imagine high schools like Miyamura and Gallup are conducting their share of events, too, so that students, teachers, and administrators can share in the month’s recognition. Still, locally,
the month ought to be advertised and promoted even more. Hispanic Heritage Month spans two months for inclusiveness. Sept. 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of the independence of many Latin American countries, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively. Let’s all join in on the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month in Gallup.
GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF OCT. 7 – 13
The moon is void of course on Oct. 7, and Venus squares Mercury on Oct. 10. Get ready for a bumpy ride! Madame G suggests taking it all in stride. Even if you fight with your spouse or feel awkward, lean in to your feelings. The greatest gift is your honest truth. As Maggie Kuhn said: “Speak your mind even if your voice shakes.” You’ve got this!
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
You create destiny. This is the mark of greatness and despots. Learn to follow, as well as lead. Remember, you may be right some of the time, but you’re not right all of the time. Marcus Aurelius said, “Everything we hear is in fact an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” The same is true of our thoughts. Be generous. Act wisely.
Will your life be perfect one day? Why not now! One day, you might find perfect love or a perfect partner. Would you be satisfied? Madame G suggests you consider John F. Kennedy’s wise words: “The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie deliberate, contrived, and dishonest, but the myth persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.” Live a life of meaning, not myth.
You’re an honest soul. People believe yours is a life of integrity. Consider tempering your judgements of others. As Friedrich Nietzsche said: “There are no facts, only interpretations.” You may see the situation differently, but others are entitled to an opinion. Madame G recommends reading Aries’ portion, too — opposites share similar qualities in a different package. Enjoy!
You’re stubborn. But your heart is generous. For those who really know you, it’s clear that you have lots of layers — like an onion. When coworkers are cruel, you take it to heart. Consider: it’s not always about you. Reflect on the following sentiment from Frank Clark: “Gossip needn’t be false to be evil — there’s a lot of truth that shouldn’t be passed around.” Don’t spread disease.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Do you love [FILL IN BLANK]? Never lie to yourself, only you’ll be fooled. Sometimes admitting the truth is hard, but it’s necessary. Thomas Jefferson said: “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” The best place to begin this journey is with yourself. You’ll want to hide, but you can’t escape. Smile! This is all part of the journey.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
The Leo is a force of nature. You have great talents, dreams, and aspirations. But the difficult part is remaining happy when everything doesn’t work out according to plan or your dreams. Iris Murdoch famously said: “We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality.” What will you find if you strip away the sheen? Have courage!
Antoine de Saint-Exupery once said: “It’s only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” What’s hiding in the depths of your soul? Maybe you’re suffering from unrequited feelings. Perhaps you’re an accountant dreaming of being a rodeo clown. Whatever the case, admit your dirty secrets. Who knows what you may find. Life is the destination. Good luck and have fun!
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
Marshall Mathers (aka Eminem) said: “A lot of truth is said in jest.” In other words, making a joke of something is still a jab and it may diminish the power of the truth. It could also make the situation worse. Some things require a somber presentation. Words matter! Consider giving feedback in a constructive way. If you want to live a life of integrity, let your remarks be heard clearly. Be bold!
The great satirist and writer Samuel Clemens, also known as Mark Twain, said: “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” What a freeing experience. Don’t run from yourself or your dreams when you can fly. And if you can’t fly, then you won’t have to pretend. As a fire sign, you really abhor deception, especially when you see it. Seek truth and live free!
You’re a friendly water sign, most of the time. Perhaps your disillusioned or jaded. Maybe you feel defeated by the cruelty in the world. Martin Luther King Jr. said: “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.” Take heart for love is near. We’re stronger together!
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What will you do next? Action is necessary at some point. Learn from mistakes. Give up the notion of perfection and make a decision. Either way, as Sir Conan Doyle said: “Any truth is better than indefinite doubt.” You may feel ill prepared to make the leap of faith in any direction. But you’ve waited long enough. It’s better to fail than never try again. Be bold!
What to do? There are many choices and many options. Who will you vote for? What will you watch on Netflix? Everyone has an opinion and it’s shaped by their life experiences. Ask the police: witnesses of crime remember it a thousand different ways. “Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true.” What is your truth? Keep looking.
Value stream mapping boosts productivity for awning maker By Claudia Infante, projects coordinator, New Mexico MEP
ometimes it just takes a fresh perspective — and expertise in lean manufacturing — to help a respected manufacturer streamline productivity and increase profitability. The owners of Rader Awning & Upholstery Inc. requested that type of feedback when their 70-year-old company, New Mexico’s leading supplier of quality custom awnings and shades, faced challenges satisfying growing demand. T he compa ny a sked New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Pa r tnership to evaluate its operations and offer ideas for improvement. And the rewards of the collaboration were ta ngible: Productivity improved by 20 percent per salesperson, production defects decreased by 15 percent and installation corrections dropped by 25 percent. Rader Aw n i n g & Upholstering, Inc. was founded in 1947 by the Rader family of Albuquerque and later expanded to Santa Fe. Dan Mowery and Johanne Kosak took over operations in 1974, and Mowery continues to run the business with his daughter Jill Mowery Litt. Over time, the demand or Rader Awning’s products and services outgrew the original processes the company followed to fill orders. Employees didn’t have a
Claudia Infante system for processing the high volume of orders they received each month, especially when demand surged from spring through fall. When the production team received a large batch of orders that weren’t ranked by priority, it often completed the easier ones first and left the difficult, time-consuming jobs for last. This created a deadline crunch that led to rushed jobs and occasional mistakes in production and installation. Furthermore, instructions and specifications were communicated in complex ways to employees who were skilled in assembly, fitting and sewing but were not fluent in written English. Misunderstandings sometimes caused delays and mistakes. New Mexico MEP had previously worked with Rader Awning to teach the production team lean techniques and improve the organization of materials and supplies in the
company’s different departments. The latest project addressed how information flowed from sales to product installation. For two days, MEP worked with employees from each department to create an administrative “value stream map” that identified each step involved in ordering, creating and installing a product and assessed the purpose of each step to determine if it was essential. By deconstructing and evaluating established procedures, the team developed an action plan to improve efficiency. Rather than spending 30 minutes with an order adding highlighted notes that were overlooked, misunderstood or misinterpreted, for example, sales employees started conveying information to the production team with pictures and illustrations and freed
Rader Awning & Upholstering, Inc. was founded in 1947 by the Rader family of Albuquerque and later expanded to Santa Fe. Photo Credit: Courtesy their own schedules to process other orders and obtain new business. Order s now go to t he materials department sooner, reducing last-minute shipping
Rader Awning & Upholstery Inc. asked New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership to evaluate its operations and offer ideas for improvement. As a result, productivity improved by 20 percent per salesperson, production defects decreased by 15 percent, and installation corrections dropped by 25 percent. Photo Credit: Courtesy
A blueprint for a state in the red PART 1 OF 2 By New Mexico Voices for Children
THE NEW MEXICO THAT COULD BE
ew Mexico can be a place where commu n it ies t h r ive and there is opportunity for everyone to build
a secure future. We k n ow w h a t i t takes to create strong com mu n ities — good schools, roads, libraries, and so forth. Today, t houg h, ou r budget prioritizes tax breaks instead that starve our s t a t e of t he revenue it needs to fund critical programs and services. This is the wrong choice for New Mexico’s
future. To afford the things we need, it w i l l t a ke a more sensible approach to revenue. We’re losing millions of dollars in tax breaks for powerful special interests that are inserted into the tax code. When we clean up our tax code, we’ll have more for the public investments New Mexico has been avoiding. T he reces sion h it New Mex ico ha rd. Revenues
costs, and new visual tools help employees determine at a glance how long a job will take and when it is due so projects can be organized accordingly. Rader Awning is one of dozens of successful New Mexico manufacturers that are hosting public tours of their facilities during this year’s celebration of Manufacturing Day. For more information about New Mexico MEP and Mfg Day events taking place during the entire month of October, visit newmexicomep.org/mfgday. To learn more about Rader Awning, visit raderawning. com. F in a n c e Ne w Me x i c o a ssi st s in div i du a l s an d b u sin e sse s with obt ainin g s k i l l s a n d f u n din g resources for their business or idea. To learn more, go to FinanceNewMexico.org. p l u m m e t e d . T h e s t a t e’s investment in health care, education, and other essential services declined. As the economy started to improve, lawmakers made a fateful choice —ma ssive tax cuts in 2013 for corporations, instead of revenue to invest in the common good. The tax cuts, it was promised, wou ld br i ng jobs to New Mexico. But ta x cuts don’t cre ate jobs—public investment
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ZIKA VIRUS | FROM PAGE 11 Sierra County as recently as August.
SOME BACKGROUND ON THE VIRUS Zika is the virus that causes the Zika infection. The virus is mainly spread to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. Only certain kinds of mosquitoes are able to transmit the virus that can cause disease. About four out of five people infected with Zika virus will have no signs or symptoms of illness. The people who do become ill may have fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes). Symptoms are usually mild and last from a few days to a week. It is rare for a person with Zika virus infection to become severely ill or be hospitalized. Although more investigation is needed, there is evidence that Zika virus infection causes birth defects or miscarriage in some pregnant women who are exposed early in their pregnancies. T here have a l so been reports of Guillain-Barré syndrome following Zika virus infection. Guillain-Barré syndrome is a rare but serious disorder that affects nerves and can cause a number of complications including paralysis, respiratory distress, and rarely death.
TRANSMISSION Mosquitos are infected by feeding on a person who has the virus. There are only two kinds of mosquito in the U.S.
that are able to transmit Zika: Aedes aegypti (the yellow fever mosquito) and Aedes albopictus (the Asian tiger mosquito). These mosquitoes are also capable of transmitting other diseases to people, such as dengue a nd ch ik u ngu nya viruses. T he s e t wo s pe c ie s of mosquitoes like to live near people, either indoors or outdoors, and mostly bite during the daytime. They can sometimes be distinguished by their bold black-and-white markings, which are different from the gray or brown color of most other kinds of mosquitoes. If you have seen black and white mosquitoes that bite during the day in New Mexico, take a clea r pho tograph and email it as an attachment to doh-zoono firstname.lastname@example.org m.us add ress. Plea se be sure to include when and where you saw the mosquito. T he v i r us ca n a lso be transmitted from a mother to her fetus du r ing pregnancy or to her baby at the time of delivery; these risks are currently being studied. There have been no reports of infants becoming infected w it h Z i k a v i r u s t h rou g h breastfeeding. Zika virus can be spread t h roug h blood t ra n sf usions, too. Because of this, American blood banks are not accepting donations from people who have traveled to a Zika-affected area until an appropriate number of days after they have returned to an area where Zika virus is not present. There is also a risk of Zika virus transmission through sexual contact. Visit: nmhealth.org
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BLUEPRINT | FROM PAGE 13 creates jobs. T ho se t a x cut s — following tax cuts enacted in 2003 for the wealthiest New Me x ic a n s — h a v e m a d e New Mexico too dependent on revenue from gas and oil extraction. This over-reliance on oil and gas revenue became a serious problem—as it has in the past—when the bottom dropped out of gas and oil prices last year.
THE NEW MEXICO THAT IS These tax cuts have done so much damage that we now have a hole in our budget. New Mexico has a choice: raise enough money by rolling back the ineffective corporate ta x cuts or reduce public investment. Lawmakers have already chosen to protect tax cuts for cor porat ion s. I n stead of increasing public investment in health care and education — two areas where New Mexico needs to grow — we’ve seen educators laid off, fewer fa milies helped w it h c h i ld c a r e, s c ho ol based health centers closed, and college tuition raised.
THE PATH TO PUBLIC INVESTMENT The path to a strong New Mexico begins with making
sma r t investments. There a re m a ny com mon - s en s e ways to ra ise new money, create jobs, and bolster our economy: • Freeze the corporate income tax cuts T he big cor por at e t a x cut of 2013 phases in over 5 years and will cost the state $70 m i l l ion a ye a r when fully pha sed-in. We could f reeze t he cor por at e t a x rates where they a re now and save millions for public investment. Could raise $70 million if repealed or $20 million if frozen through FY20. • Freeze the tax break for manufacturers At the same time the corporate income tax rate was cut , t he for mu la for how manufacturers were taxed w a s m a de le s s fa i r. T he phase-in could also be frozen so we don’t continue to lose revenue. Could raise at least $45 million if repealed or $10$15 million if frozen. • R a ise t he persona l income tax rate for those at the top In 2003 New Mexico cut the personal income tax rate by nearly half for the wealthiest households. Restoring t he r ate wou ld help t u r n ou r upside - dow n ta x sys t em r ig ht - side up. Tod ay the wealthiest pay a smaller percentage of their income in state and local taxes than anyone else does. The 2003 rate cut made that wor se (see the graphic below for
just how unfair our tax system is). Am o unt r ai se d wo u l d depend on several factors, but a full repeal of the 2003 cuts would raise up to $500 million. • Curtail tax breaks for capital gains income New Mexico taxes income from capital gains (the profits from sales of assets such as stocks or real estate) at a lower rate than it taxes the wages of work ing people. This break mainly helps the wealthiest—those making over $200,000—while taking revenue away from muchneeded public investment. It also helped make our tax system less fair. Could raise $34-$36 million in FY18; $44-$48 million in FY19. • Repeal wasteful and ineffective tax breaks T here a re hu nd red s of ta x breaks that have been car ved out of the GRT base ov e r t he ye a r s , m a ny of wh ich si mply qua l i f y a s a h a ndout t o s peci a l i nt erest s. W hat’s more, few of them have ever been rev isit ed, let a lone ev a lu at ed. Repea li ng wa stefu l a nd ineffective ta x breaks will a l l ow l aw m a ke r s t o p u t that money to work where it w i l l m a ke a d i f ference for ou r k ids, fa m i l ies a nd communities. Could raise hundreds of millions. To be continued next week. Visit: nmvoices.org
COMMUNITY Suicide Prevention event rocks local lives Story and photos by Dee Velasco For the Sun
hat does “Rockin’ Life” mean to you? Those words held ma ny d i f ferent meanings for the folks who attended an open-stage evening at the Rio West Mall, 1300 W. Maloney Ave., on Sept. 30. September is recognized nationally as Suicide Prevention Month, and the mall invited local community members to come out and express their way of “rockin’ life.” “We put this event on so that people can show how they celebrate life, and to focus on life,” Rio West Mall General Manager Anita Artalejo said. The event was open to anyone who has been affected by suicide, and Artalejo said it was a great way to get involved with the community. “We were approached by UnitedHealthcare who sponsored this event, and we are doing our best to be involved in the community, as well as opening up our doors to the community,” she said. Un ited Hea lt hca re i s a division of one of the nation’s
Gallup Indian Medical Center Health Promotion Specialist Colleen Hoskie displayed information related to suicide prevention at the Sept. 30 open-stage event held at the Rio West Mall. l a r ge s t he a lt h c a r r ie r s , UnitedHealth Group. According to its website, UnitedHealth Group aims to improve quality
Two Navajo female scouts to be honored at Veterans Summit Staff Reports
n Oct. 12 and 13 at Red Rock Park, off N.M. 118 in Gallup, the second annual Veterans Summit is held. Military veterans, retirees, National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve service members, transitioning active-duty personnel, along with family, friends, and members of the community, are invited to attend this free event. A special program and presentation centers on the involvement of women who participated in combat roles while serving in the armed forces. Through the efforts of David C’de Baca, a retired Army colonel living in Corrales, who has
been seriously researching the history of the Army’s Navajo Scouts, an interesting aspect of that colorful unit came to light. In 1886, as the Apache conflicts were winding down, one last effort at recruiting a couple dozen new scouts was made. Aside from a number of young men, two Navajo women also answered the call. Once these women successfully passed the entry tests, they were signed on as full-fledged members of the compa ny of Navajo Scouts for a sixmonth tour of duty out of Fort Wingate. These two women, Mex ic a n a Ch iqu it o (a l so
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In recognition of Suicide Prevention Month, Watson Billy shared about and played in honor of a friend lost to alcoholism.
and effectiveness of health care, enhance access to health benefits, and make healthcare more affordable. The mall held the event in an effort to bring awareness to suicide and celebrate life through music, sharing, informational booths, and a large banner signed by attendees who were “rockin’ life.” Several people came out to perform in honor of someone they lost to suicide and to show that there’s plenty in life to live for. Community participants Michael Morris and Lynnar Elliott “rocked life” by singing and playing music. “We came to support our friend and to hopefully shed some light on what is happening in our area. I know people struggle with the idea of suicide, and even find it hard to come out with it and just talk about it,” Morris said. Elliott added, “W hen I younger and feeling sad, music always helped me out, so that’s why we’re out here singing it and expressing it out.”
displayed information related to suicide prevention included Gallup Indian Medical Center Health Promotion Specialist Colleen Hoskie. “We were invited by UH, we do collaborate with them and support what they are doing here for suicide prevention. We’re passing on information regarding suicide prevention, domestic violence, healthy eating and other related material,” Hoskie said. Zuni Fitness Instructors Lorinda Gchacu and Rebecca Qua m ca me out to show that suicide can indeed be prevented. “We’re here to promote healthy alternatives — Zumba, diabetes awareness classes, all free of charge — and to show how to prevent suicide by relieving stress and depression,” Gchacu said. “We’re here to help the youth between the ages of 18 and 24,” HELP New Mexico Inc. Employment Community Specialist Michelle Bitsie said. “Depending on what their barriers are, we help them get into
The Rockin Life event, held by Rio West Mall and sponsored by United Healthcare, featured a large poster signed by attendees in celebration of life. One participant, Watson Billy, dedicated his performance to a friend lost to alcoholism. “When we were younger, we would play in a band and have a few,” Billy said. “As I got older and started my own family, I got away from that. He never did, and alcohol got a hold of him and eventually took him. He was very talented; I told his family that I would dedicate this to him to help celebrate life.” The local vendors who
a program where they can overcome those barriers, such as being unemployed, more education, even getting their high school diploma, lack of work experience, and such.” The Rockin’ Life open-stage event was the first of its kind for Rio West Mall, but Artalejo says the mall will be promoting other community events in the month of October. “We have several events coming up, so follow us on Facebook,” she said. Visit: riowestmall.com.
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Local historian gets his kicks on Route 66 By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor
ed or Green? Locals know in an instant that they best select t he t y pe of ch i le they want smothered on their enchiladas unless they want to seem like an outsider. Go down Historic Route 66, in the heart of Gallup, and there’s plenty of restaurants along the way and beyond where that’s a typical question asked by servers of their customers – and the official state question. And this normal aspect of dining out in New Mexico is one snippet from the Land of Enchantment’s rich, cultural history that’s woven into local historian Martin Link’s new book New Mexico Kicks on Route 66.
Link’s book takes readers on a road trip down time-honored Route 66, from the far reaches of Glenrio to the east, and Gallup to the west. In between those boundaries, Kicks provides an intriguing balance of photos and the stories of the beloved highway’s landmarks and its people – capturing the iconic, the picturesque, and the sometimes rusted remnants of a glorious era, stopping in such places as Santa Rosa, Tucumcari, Moriarty, Los Lunas, Albuquerque, Grants, and more. The 91-page coffee tablestyle book introduces some facts about New Mexico before taking readers on a seven-chapter road trip down 66, complete with suggestions for side trips, such as to Chaco Canyon, Zuni Pueblo, and El Morro National Monument – places in our neck
of the woods. Ki c k s m ay even p ersuade locals to take Link’s New Mexico trip where the Burlington-Santa Fe’s locomotives and railcars, seemingly a mile-long, chug past cloud-busting cinnabar mesas – probably one of the few places in the Southwest where you can see the front and back of a train while driving along Interstate 40. As locals know, starting in the 1960s, the emerging I-40 slowly phased out Route 66. But the interstate serves as the gateway to places where time has stood still, like Moriarty – the town with the last operational Whiting Bros. gas station, where its fully restored sign serves as a monument to signify the end of an era. While the book ends in
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October 31st Local historian Martin Link holds his recently published book, “New Mexico Kicks on 66.” Photo Credit: Babette Herrmann
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Gallup, it’s where Link said he embarked on this fun, investigative journey. “I w rot e t he book i n reverse,” he said. “I wrote Chapter 7 first.” Link said it’s the second book in a series about states that are lucky enough to have Route 66 as a part of their landscape. The first book, Arizona Kicks on Route 66, was penned by Roger Naylor. Photographer Larry Lindahl shot the stunning photos for both Naylor’s and Link’s books. “He knows his art, and he knows his business,” Link said of Lindahl. Link explained that he was first approached by the distributor, Treasure Chest Books, in 2012. The inquiry stemmed from a talk he gave about Gallup at a college in Las Vegas, N.M. No stranger to publishing, with five books already published on the Southwest,
history-buff Link was captivated by the idea of penning a book on Route 66’s tourist sites and the mystique of a bygone era. With New Mexico’s rich history, Link could have probably created another 100 pages of text and photos. But this book was meant to serve as a traveling companion, the type of book that will look good on the coffee table or the dashboard of your car. Seemingly humble, and a man of few words — except if you want to talk about southwest Native Americans or the area’s military history, you’re bound to get a passionate earful — Link said he’s “very, very happy” with the outcome of his book. Ne w Me x i co Ki ck s o n Route 66 retails for $12.95, and is available at Butler’s Office Equipment & Supply, USA RV Park, and Bill Malone Trading. COMMUNITY
‘The Girl on the Train’ isn’t a classic, but provides some pulpy sights By Glenn Kay For the Sun
RATING: ««« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 112 MIN.
ight off of the bat, I’ll admit that I haven’t read the hugely popular 2015 book upon which this week’s high-profile movie release is based. I went in cold, knowing almost nothing about the story or what it entailed. Even as a complete novice, The Girl on the Train still wasn’t what I anticipated. But if you set your expectations a bit lower and allow yourselves to appreciate its voyeuristic chills, it will provide a few good moments. Rachel (Emily Blunt) is a downcast alcoholic who rides the train daily to and from Manhattan. The route is so familiar that she recognizes many of the same people passing by. One day, she sees something very out of the ordinary. Without giving too much away, Rachel begins to investigate a disappearance. Yet her own blackouts and odd behavior end up making her a suspect. While this is occurring, two women from the neighborhood, Megan (Haley Bennett)
There are worse ways to pass than time than sitting through ‘Girl on the Train,’ starring Emily Blunt as a train-riding alcoholic, but it’s not the high-minded thriller one might hope for. Photo Credit: Universal Pictures and Anna (Rebecca Ferguson), share their own recollections leading up to the strange event. While primarily narrated by Rachel, the timeline and point of view frequently shifts between the three female leads. The device is effective in keeping viewers engaged and off kilter; one’s mind can’t help but attempt to put these broken pieces together. As portrayed by Blunt, the Rachel character is quite sympathetic. Despite
her sad, suspicious, and often drunk state, the actress manages to leave viewers feeling empathy for her plight. And the blackouts add a bit of interesting unreliability to her narration and storytelling. There’s also some interesting camerawork, with the lens often extremely close to the character, and a few distortions present during her stumbling, alcoholic-fueled actions. I’ll be direct here. This
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isn’t high art or great cinema and it doesn’t come close to matching similarly themed suspense thrillers like Gone Girl (sorry, one can’t help but make the comparison). In fact, it becomes clear early on that the approach taken is that of a pulpy suspense flick. Sure, it’s introspective to a degree and addresses a couple of serious issues. However, the wild romantic escapades seen and imagined that often take place in clear view of passersby and
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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Oct. 7, 2016 By Glenn Kay For the Sun
ow! It’s another busy week with all kinds of interesting releases both big and small — the highlights are all listed below. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!
BIG NEW RELEASES! A l l Through the Ho u se - A deranged Santa goes on a killing spree in this low-budget horror featu re modeled after slasher flicks from the ’80s. Fifteen years later, St. Nick returns to a sorority in the town he once terrorized and causes more violence and mayhem. This one hasn’t gotten any reviews at all, so you’re on your own if you decide to check it out. Be in g Charlie - In this drama from director Rob R e i n e r (St a n d B y Me, The Princess Br ide, T he Bucket List), an 18-year old with substance-abuse problems resists when his family sends him to an adult treatment facility. However, a romantic relationship with a patient there may see him turn a corner. Reviews were not strong. T h e Demolisher - An unstable man with a disabled wife begins to crack under pressure in this small a nd g r it t y independent action/suspense flick. He soon heads out on the streets and becomes a paranoid and ragedfilled vigilante. This little flick actually played quite well at several horror film festivals. Into the Forest - A power outage leaves two sisters alone
at a remote house in the woods. As time passes and cond it ion s worsen, they worry about how w ide spread the situation is... as well as how to survive without electricity. The majority of the press appreciated this indie effort, complimenting the performances. The movie stars Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, Max Minghella, Callum Keith Rennie, and Wendy Crewson. Jo s h y - This independent comedy follows a sad g uy whose engagement h a s f a l le n apa r t. He and his buddies go on their planned bachelor party anyway. This leads to a series of drunken, drug-induced misadventures as the lead attempts to deal with the end of his relationship. Notices were good for this feature as well; some had problems with the final act, but most found the impressive cast engaging and felt the “mumblecore” approach to a lost weekend worked well enough to recommend. Mi c r obe & Gasoline - Note: This title is being released on DVD; a Bluray will be a n nou nced at a later date. The new picture from French director Michel Gondry (Eter nal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Mood Indigo) is a coming-of-age tale about two misfit teens who build their own mode of transportation to help them escape their humdrum lives. Critics enjoyed the foreign-language feature, calling it a sweet, charming, and melancholy effort that marks an interesting change of pace for the director. Ange Dargent, Théophile Baquet, and Audrey Tautou appear. The Mind’s Eye - A mad scientist kidnaps two teens with psychokinetic abilities in this low-budget horror offering. They attempt to plot an escape
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from the lab before he can extract their powers for himself. A few members of the press stated that the practical make-up effects were a nice touch, but the majority felt the movie was a silly pastiche of stylistic references to ’80s horror flicks, with little story and no substance or subtext backing it up. T h e P u r g e : Election Year - This s e c o n d sequel in the action / horror film ser ies wa s a su m mer b o x- o f f i c e hit. The stories are set in a dystopia where for one night every year, murder is legal. This time, a security guard must protect a presidential candidate targeted by the public because of her pledge to outlaw the night of legalized killings. It split reviewers and stars Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, and Mykelti Williamson. Satanic - College students get more than they bargained for in this independent horror film. While on their way to Coachella, they decide to tour sites of strange and satanic events. Of course, they find an actual cult and try to help a young woman from being sacrificed. Critics were not exactly enraptured by the flick. S h a r k n a d o: T h e 4 t h Awa k e n s - W h ile tech n ically SyFy TV-movies, these f licks have enough fans to wa r ra nt a me nt io n in this section. Some f i ve ye a r s after the last attack, the ch a r a c t er s believe that the worst is over. But while vacationing in Las Vegas, they find storm clouds forming and sharks ready to invade the gambling strip. Reviews were pretty terrible for this one, suggesting that the novelty factor has long since worn off and that the gags are retreads of already familiar
material. Swi ss Ar my Man - This dark comedy was certainly an odd one. A man stranded on a deser t isla nd finds a dead body that washes ashore. He begins befriending the corpse, talking to it in order to help him deal with his own loneliness. It received a variety of responses from the press, although most appeared to like what they saw. W i l d Oats - Here’s another t it le t hat’s initially arriving on DVD, to be followed by a Blu-ray release at a later date. The plot is about a retired widow who receives a life-insurance check incorrectly made out for the sum of $5 million. She sets out with her friends on a wild adventure in Vegas and becomes a fugitive in the process. Reviews were muted, calling it a sweet but forgettable bit a fluff. At least it has a great cast that includes Shirley MacLaine, Jessica Lange, Demi Moore, Judd Hirsch, Billy Connolly, Adam Arkin, and Santiago Segura. X-Me n: Apocalypse - The latest superhero opu s fea tures the title characters facing off against a devastating villain who can absorb and take on any mutant’s abilities. All of the central figures, both good and bad must join together to thwart the villain. Overall, reviews were mixed for the latest installment. Half stated that there were just enough bits that worked (n a mely t he Q u ick s i lver sequence) to earn it a pass. The other side complained that it was overstuffed and didn’t feature a worthwhile story; it was just a group of superheroes battling each another. Now viewers can decide for themselves. It stars James
McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Oscar Isaac, and Rose Byrne.
BLASTS FROM THE PAST! Warner Bros. has an interesting Blu-ray set arriving. It’s called the Prince Movie Collection and it contains the musician’s three pictures — that includes the iconic Purple Rain (1984), as well as the notso-iconic Under the Cherry Moon (1986) with Kristin Scott Thomas and the Purple Rain sequel, Graffiti Bridge (1990). All of the films have been given new, high definition transfers, so they’re going to look and sound fantastic. The very sa me studio is also releasing the miniseries It (1990). This is an adaptation of the Stephen K i ng book that features a group of kids tormented by a very creepy and murderous clown (played by Tim Curry). As adults, the survivors return to their hometown to face the monster once again. Ju st i n time for the election, Criterion has a Blu-ray of the Robert Altman epic, Nashville (1975). This drama stars Keith Carradine and Karen Black and details the interconnected stories of musicians, journalists, and elected officials at an elaborate political convention. The disc includes a new restoration, feature commentary with the late director Altman, archival interviews, behindthe-scenes footage, and other bonuses.
YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Here are some titles that might be of interest to children. Dinotrux: Reptool Rescue Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas We Bare Bears - Viral Video (Cartoon Network) COMMUNITY
Sen. Udall meets with Navajo farmers and leaders Staff Reports
HIPROCK – On Sept. 30, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D – N.M., Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crot t y ( Beclabit o, Cove, Gadi’i’áhi/To’Koi, Red Valley, Tooh Haltsooi, Toadlena/Two Grey Hills, Tsé ałnáoz’t’I’í), and Council Delegate Tom Chee (Shiprock) met with Navajo farmers Earl and Cher yle Yazzie, a couple whose farming operations ceased soon after the Gold King Mine spill occurred in August 2015. When the spill occurred, Udall met with the Yazzies and said he would do all he could to provide them justice and compensation for the losses they have experienced. During the recent meeting, he said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is prolonging the process to provide compensation for farmers and ranchers in Navajo and non-Navajo communities, and would continue to push for accountability at the federal level. “I just hope the Navajo Nation Council can understand our concerns and what it’s done to us – mentally, physically, and spiritually. It’s emotional. I am proud of our Navajo leadership for helping us, especially Sen. Udall—he has been a tremendous support to our family,” Cheryle Yazzie said. The Ya zzies sa id their family has relied on farming as their primary source of income for almost 39 years, but because they do not trust the water in the irrigation system, they refuse to farm until clean water is provided to their community. They added that the absence of farming has taken a toll on them financially and have relied on family for support. Delega t e Cr ot t y com mended Udall and said that justice to the family is long overdue and that the affects of the mine spill would affect
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future Navajo generations who may not trust the produce that are grown in the Shiprock area. “This is an assault on our human rights because it is preventing access to food, medicine, and who we are as Diné. Future generations may not trust our medicines such as corn pollen, which is not just a commodity—it is the essence of life,” Crotty said. “That is why we are demanding the fresh water upstream, because engineer-wise, that can come to the farmers and ranchers canals.” Crotty said the discussion of diverting fresh water to the canals should have been discussed at the time the mine spill occurred so it would not affect Navajo farming and ranching. She added that the process of justice for the communities needs to restore trust and that help at the federal level from Udall is critical. Chee said the federal government treats trust land differently from private landowners, who are generally compensated expeditiously when there are disasters to their land, farming and ranch operations. “The federal government should just pay the value of the crop to the farmers, but because we are trust land, we don’t get the full funding,” Chee said. “Private land isn’t more valuable than trust land and we need to change that perception with the federal government.” He added that in some instances when there is a national surplus of crops, farmers are told to idle their farming for a season and they are compensated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and said the same concept should be applied to Navajo farmers and ranchers who lose out on their operations for a certain amount of years. Speaker of the 23rd Navajo Nation Council LoRenzo Bates ( Nen a h nez a d , Newcomb, pensions in recognition of their services. On the morning of Oct. 12, two officers from the United States Army Women’s Museum in Fort Lee, Va., will make a special presentation about these two women, the first female enlistees of the U.S. Army to serve and fight in a strictly combat situation.
On Sept. 30, Council Delegates Amber Kanazbah and Tom Chee, and U.S. Sen. Tom Udall met with Cheryle and Earl Yazzie, Navajo farmers who were affected by the Gold King Mine Spill. Photo Credit: Courtesy San Juan, Tiis Tsoh Sikaad, Tse’Da a’K a a n, Upper Fruitland) offered his appreciation to Sen. Udall for visiting the affected areas and aiding the Navajo Nation with compensation efforts for farmers and ranchers. “I would like to extend
appreciation on behalf of the Navajo Nation Council to Sen. Udall for his concern of our Navajo citizens affected by the mine spill,” Bates said. “He has been very supportive of this issue since the spill occurred and we trust that he will expend every effort to ensure
just compensation for our Diné communities.” A l so i n at tenda nce at the meeting were President Russell Begaye, Vice President Jonathan Nez, and Navajo Nation Washington Office executive director Jackson Brossy.
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SPORTS 360 Pirates run away from Gallup, 36-6 BENGALS FLAT IN SECOND HALF By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he Gra nt s P i rates played Gallup relatively even in the first half, but came out in the second half and outscored the Bengals 26-0 to close out an Oct. 3 football game played at Gallup Public School Stadium. “I’m proud of our team,” P i r at e s’ hea d coa ch R io Thompson said. “We stuck together and came together on both offense and defense when we had to in the whole game.” Gallup (2-4) took a 6 -0 lead in the first quarter when junior quarterback Dominick Stewart found senior wide receiver Kevin Stewart on a 28-yard touchdown. The point after TD was not good, but the Bengals looked a s t hou g h t hey were just getting warmed up. Grants got its offense started early in the first quarter with a balanced attack led by junior qua r terback Justin Mattila. Gallup experienced some trouble in trying to prevent Pirates’ running back Ed Woodbur y from gaining yardage up the middle. G r a n t s (4 - 2 ) scooped up a
On Oct. 3, the Gallup High School Bengals played the Grants High School Pirates at the Gallup Public School Stadium. Grants won the game 36-6. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura
Gallup defense tries to stop Grants from getting in the end zone. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura
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the game. “We will put some emphasis on our offensive and defensive lines in the next few practices and games.” Gallup ran a variety of offensive plays in the first half, with Stewart periodically handing off to senior running back Jason Alatorre for short gains. Blueeyes, who starts as wideout for the Bengals, was open at times in the first half, but the Bengals’ passing game failed to develop consistency. Woodbur y ran well for Grants throughout the game and helped open up the passing game for senior wideout
Grants running back and safety Ed Woodbury attempts to make a play on offense for the Pirates and against Gallup. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura Gallup fumble on the Bengals’ first possession of t he s econd
h a l f a nd r a n t he f u mble back 28 yards to build on game momentum and a lead. Dominic Stewart went down with a shoulder injury in the third quarter and that forced Bengals’ head coach Josh Olsen to end up using four quarterbacks in the game. Johnny Blueeyes, Quincy Smith, and Burton Stalker did what they could as replacements for Stewart, but the trio went a combined 6-for-14 and a minus six yards passing against a stingy Pirates defense. Blueeyes and Smith are freshmen, and Stalker is a sophomore. “I think we need more focus up front,” Olsen said after
Joshua Bustos. Mattila scored on a 20-yard scamper in the third, and ultimately scored on a successive running play for a 24-6 Grants lead. Fittingly, the Grants defense forced the Bengals to give up a safety when a when a bad Gallup snap on a second down play went awry and into the end zone. Both Gallup and Grants play in District 1-5A. Gallup takes on Farmington (0-4-1) at home on Oct. 7. The loss was the third consecutive for Gallup, which suffered a 51-14 home drubbing to Los Alamos (3-3) two weeks ago. Grants plays St. Pius X of Albuquerque (5-1) on Oct. 7. SPORTS
McKinney’s grandson leads UNLV over Fresno State, 45-20
91-YARD RECORD RUN MAKES ESPN HIGHLIGHT REEL; UNLV HISTORY BOOKS By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
AS VEGAS, Nevada - Dalton Sneed, the starting redshirt quarterback for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, led the Rebels to a 45-20 win over Fresno State University Oct. 1 in a homecoming football game played at Sam Boyd Stadium in front of a little more than 17,000
fans. Sneed, who is from Scottsdale, Ariz., is the grandson of Gallup Mayor Jackie McKinney. Sneed scored on a record 91-yard run midway through the third quarter — and the play made the ESPN Top 10 highlight reel after the game. The r un is the longest in school and stadium history, according to the sports information department at
High School Sports Scoreboard Mayor Jackie McKinney’s grandson, Dalton Sneed, starting quarterback for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, led the Rebels to a 45-20 win over Fresno State University Oct. 1. Photo Credit: unlvrebels.com
Oct. 1 Grants @ Gallup 36-6 (Gallup 2-3)
Sept. 30 St. Pius X @ Miyamura 69-38 (Miyamura 4-1)
Tohatchi @ Wingate 1622
Aztec @ Miyamura 2-1
(Rehoboth 8-8) Girls Soccer
Oct. 4 Kirtland Central @ Gallup 5-2 (Gallup 4-9-1)
Oct. 4 Miyamura @ Kirtland Central 1-3
East Mountain @ Rehoboth 3-2
Desert Academy @ Rehoboth 3-1 (Rehoboth 7-4) Boys Soccer
Oct. 4 Gallup @ Kirtland Central 0-10 (Gallup 0-13) SPORTS
Ariz. The Rebels improved to 2-3 on the 2016 football year, and the Bulldogs fell to 1-4. Both teams play in the Mountain West Conference. UNLV next plays at Sa n Diego State University (3-1) on Oct. 8 in a game that will be televised by ESPNU.
East Mountain @ Rehoboth 3-2
Miyamura @ Aztec 0-7
Bloomfield @ Gallup 3-2
McKinney said. “He’s a very good athlete.” Sneed wa s sta r ting his first college football game in place of Johnny Stanton who was out with a ligament tear in his right knee and hamstring. Sneed was a threestar recruit out of Horizon High School in Scottsdale,
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UNLV. The 6-foot, 195-pound Sneed threw for 129 yards on eight of 16 passing, and didn’t throw an interception against Fresno State. Sneed, the son of McKinney’s daughter, Tracy Sneed, recorded 147 yards on the ground. “He’s a very good player and I’m very proud of him,”
(Rehoboth 4-10-1) Scores and overall standings feature Gallup, Miyamura, Wingate, and Reboboth high teams, courtesy of maxpreps.com, which is not always up-to-date. We will only post scores from Thu - Wed. prior to publication. Submit up-to-date varsity team scores/standings by Wednesday 9 pm to: email@example.com
Miyamura High Quarterback Matt Chavez goes for the touchdown during their Sept. 30 game against St. Pius. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons Gallup Sun • Friday October 7, 2016
CALENDAR COMMUNITY CALENDAR OCT. 7 - 13 2016 FRIDAY Oct. 7
INTRODUCTION TO THE INTERNET
Free computer training for the community. 10:30 am to 12:30 pm: 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.
FALL CARNIVAL AT REHOBOTH CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
The annual fall carnival includes games, a bake sale, and a Navajo taco dinner. Grab bags and a cake-walk will be part of the fun! Tickets for games are 4 for $1. The Navajo taco dinner, $7 a meal. Carnival: 4-8 pm. Dinner: 5-7 pm. All proceeds benefit the bands and choirs of Rehoboth Christian School. Enjoy a night of great fun with your family! take place at the Rehoboth Christian School’s Sports and Fitness Center and Fellowship Hall, 07B Tse Yaaniichii Lane, Rehoboth.
DIST. 9 AA SOBRIETY GATHERING
6 pm and Oct. 9, at noon: Fun, educational event for Gallup area. Catholic School, 405 Park Ave.
4 pm: a family film for everyone to enjoy. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Film: Casper
MIYAMURA HIGH SCHOOL FALL FEST
4 – 7 pm: Food, fun, and games. Tickets: .25 cents. Hiroshi Miyamura High School, 680 S. Boardman Dr.
Karaoke at Sammy C’s with DJ Marvelous. 9 pm. 107 W. Coal Ave. (505) 863-2220. SATURDAY Oct. 8
Meetings every Saturday at 10 am, First United Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Dr., corner of Nizhoni/Red Rock. Enter northwest corner off Nizhoni: Library room. Contact (505) 307-5999 or (505) 721-9208.
LATINO AMERICANS: 500 YEARS OF HISTORY DOCUMENTARY
This documentary series focuses on Latino history and experiences throughout American history. Episode 4: The New Latinos will be screened. 4-6 pm, Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. Free
ARTSCRAWL: IN DISGUISE
Costume Contest & Pumpkin Carving Contest: Prizes will
be awarded in five categories — tots 5-and-under, kids 6-13, teens 14-18, adults 19 and over…and pets! Be at ArtsCrawl at 7:15 pm for the first contest. Tots are up first! Camille’s Sidewalk Café is also hosting a Pumpkin Carving Contest. First place will win $100, second $75 and third $25 in both the 13-and -under and 14+ categories. Drop off your pumpkins to Camille’s at noon. Judging will be at 7 pm! artscrawl@ galluparts.org. SUNDAY Oct. 9
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.
The non-denominational monthly Taize’ service will take place 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 N.M. 564 near the Orleans Manor Apartments. For more information, call Kathy Mezoff (505) 870-6136. MONDAY Oct. 10
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DAY 2016
Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2016, noon to 5 pm at the Gallup Cultural Center located at 201 E. Hwy. 66. Bring your signs, posters, banners, and prayers. Info: (505) 567-8561. TUESDAY Oct. 11
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MS WORD FOR BEGINNERS
3-5 pm: Octavia Fellin Library is offering free computer training to the community. Class size is limited to 10 people. Register at the Front Desk. Prerequisites: Basic Computer Skills. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave.
SOMOS UN PUEBLO UNIDO OF GALLUP PROGRAM
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR OCT. 7 - 13 2016 Continued from page 22 Somos un Pueblo Unido of Gallup as they discuss worker’s rights and how to prevent wage theft. This informative session is open to anyone that wants to know more about this topic and about services available in the area. For more information on this event, call (505) 863-1291 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. Free WEDNESDAY Oct. 12
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: Paper airplane flight school. Starts: 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave.
OCTOBER FILM SERIES: FRIGHT NIGHT FILMS
5:30 pm: popcorn is provided. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. Film: Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
Local talent takes center stage from 7:30 - 9:30 pm at Coal Street Pub, 303 W. Coal Ave. (505) 722-0117. THURSDAY Oct. 13
CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES)
Fun crafts for the whole family (all ages). Starts at 4 pm. This week: Pasta art. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave.
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS SUGAR SKULLS
6-8 pm: Miyamura High School Spanish Club leads a workshop on Sugar Skulls. These skulls, common in Mexican iconography and Day of the Dead imagery, are decorated in traditional bright colors. Students will talk about the meaning of the skulls and how they fit into the culture. Skulls and supplies will be provided for decoration. Participation is free but space is limited to 30 participants. Registration is required. To register, come to the library or call (505) 8631291. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. ONGOING
ArtsCrawl is held the second Saturday of every month from 7 to 9 pm, downtown Gallup. CALENDAR
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 Public 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.
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: email@example.com. Location: 1315 Hamilton Rd.
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) 7224226, Warehouse Lane off Allison Road.
McKinley Citizens Recycling Council is a local nonprofit working to increase recycling through education, community outreach, and partnership with local government agencies. MCRC meets the first Saturday of the month at 2 pm, at Red Mesa on Hill St. For more information, please call (505) 722-5142 or visit Recylegallup.org. SAVE THE DATE
Oct. 14: All day. Octavia Fellin Library is offering free computer training to the community. Class size is limited to 10 people. Register at the Front Desk. Prerequisites: Must have taken Intro to the Internet. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave.
Oct. 14, 4 pm: a family film for everyone to enjoy. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Film: The Addams Family
FIRE PREVENTION DAY
Oct. 15: 2 -4 pm: The Fire Department will be doing a special day of reading, activities, and prevention drills for kids of all ages. There will be two stations, one for kids aged 4-7 with stories read by firefighters and coloring/ activity sheets related to fire prevention week. The other station for kids 7 and older will have bunkers (firefighter gear) and exit planning. For more information, call (505) 726-6120 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave.
LATINO AMERICANS: 500 YEARS OF HISTORY DOCUMENTARY
Oct. 15, 4 – 6 pm: This documentary series focuses on Latino history and experiences throughout American history. Episode 6: Peril and Promise will be screened. Octavia Fellin Public Library, Octavia Fellin Public Library: 115 W. Hill Ave.
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.
POWERPOINT FOR BEGINNERS
Oct. 17, 3-5 pm: The library is offering free computer training to the community. Class size is limited to 10. Register at front desk. Must have basic computer skills. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave.
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.
NEW MEXICO KICKS ON ROUTE 66
Oct 18, 6-8 pm: Martin Link will present his new book about route 66 and will sign copies. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. Free
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) 2905357, email@example.com.
Oct. 20, 3-5 pm: Octavia Fellin Library is offering free computer training to the community. Class size is limited to 10 people. Register at the Front Desk. Prerequisites: Must have taken Beg. PowerPoint. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave.
DISABILITY AWARENESS WORKSHOP
local law enforcement. Your contribution to the Olympics is appreciated. Cocina De Dominguez Restaurant, Indn. Rte. 12, Window Rock, Ariz. (928) 871-6111.
NEW OVERTIME PROVISION WORKSHOP
Oct. 25, 9 am to noon: Free seminar to learn more about the Wage and Hour Division, its enforcement of federal labor laws, and common violations to avoid. Gallup Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room, 106 W. Hwy. 66, (505) 722-7222.
MS EXCEL FOR BEGINNERS
Oct. 25, 2-4 pm: Octavia Fellin Library is offering free computer training to the community. Class size is limited to 10 people. Register at the Front Desk. Prerequisites: Must have taken Beg. PowerPoint. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave.
JOB SEARCH WITH TECHNOLOGY
Oct. 28, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm: Octavia Fellin Library is offering free computer training to the community. Class size is limited to 10 people. Register at the Front Desk. Prerequisites: Must have taken Beg. PowerPoint. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave.
ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR AND RECYCLING JAMBOREE
Nov. 5, from 9 am - 3 pm: Gallup Community Service Center (Old Bingo Hall) Seeking vendors of recycled arts and crafts. Contact: Betsy (505) 721-9879, firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRICK OR TREAT AT THE LIBRARY
Oct. 31: Families are encouraged to come to the library to show costumes and receive a special treat. Trick-or-treat time will be 5 to 7 pm. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave.
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.
Oct 21 at 1-4:30 pm: A one-day workshop that offers educational opportunities to all professionals, small business owners, and the community, 2016 WINTER ARTS & CRAFT FAIR with understanding and respect Dec. 3 – 4 at the Larry Brian for disabilities. Topics: service Mitchell Recreation Center, animals, disability awareness, 700 Montoya Blvd. (505) 722accessibility. Gallup Chamber 2619 of Commerce, 106 W. Hwy. 66. Contact: Small Business Development Center, (505) 722-2220 To post a nonprofit or civic event in the calendar or email@example.com.
TIP-A-COP FUNDRAISER FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS
Oct. 21, 11 am – 1 pm: Enjoy lunch while being served by
section, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.
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NOVEMBER 8, 2016 GENERAL ELECTION MCKINLEY COUNTY, BUREAU OF ELECTIONS
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF “EARLY VOTING” AND AVOID THE LINES ELECTION DAY Absentee Voting
McKinley County Bureau of Elections Ofﬁce PO Box 1268, Gallup, NM 87305 207 W. Hill Ave., Room 100, Gallup NM 87301 Begins Tuesday October 11, 2016 Through Friday November 4, 2016 @ 5:00PM (Regular Ofﬁce Hours)
McKinley County Courthouse Rotunda 207 W. Hill Ave. Gallup, NM 87301 Begins Tuesday October 11, 2016 Through Saturday November 5, 2016 Mondays through Fridays 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturdays 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
ALTERNATE EARLY VOTING:
October 22, 2016 THROUGH November 5, 2016
CLOSED Sundays and Mondays AT ALL Alternate Early Voting Locations Thoreau Fire Station
Crownpoint Navajo Election Ofﬁce
Zuni Tribal Ofﬁce
# 65 First Avenue, Thoreau, NM, 87323 Tuesdays through Fridays: NOON to 8:00 pm and Saturdays 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Corner of Chaco and Route 9, Crownpoint, NM, 87313 Tuesdays through Saturdays: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
1203 B State Highway 53, Zuni, New Mexico 87327 Tuesdays through Fridays: NOON to 8:00 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Twin Lakes Chapter House
Rio West Mall
State Hwy 491, Mile Marker 13, Twin Lakes, NM 87375 Tuesdays through Fridays: NOON to 8:00 pm and Saturdays 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
1300 West I-40 Frontage Road (by Food Court) Gallup, NM 87301 Tuesdays through Fridays: NOON to 8:00 pm and Saturdays 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
ALL PRECINCTS AND VOTER CONVENIENCE CENTERS WILL BE OPEN ELECTION DAY 7:00 AM TO 7:00 PM FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL OR VISIT OUR OFFICE AT THE MCKINLEY COUNTY COURTHOUSE, ROOM 100, 207 W. HILL AVE. GALLUP NM 87301 505-722-4460 OR 800-245-1771 OR VISIT US ON THE WEB @ WWW.CO.MCKINLEY.NM.US UNDER DEPARTMENTS > BUREAU OF ELECTIONS
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LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD – VOTE-