VOL 2 | ISSUE 86 | NOVEMBER 25, 2016
RESPECT BY THE YARDS
Menini calls for stadium to be named after educator, coach By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he Gallup-McKinley Cou nt y B oa rd of E duc a t ion u n a n imously agreed Nov.
14 to rename Public School Stad iu m A ngelo DiPaolo Stadium. The action took place at the regular school board meeting and was not met with opposition from members of the community.
The matter was brought up by board member and retired educator Joe Menini. The vote called for changing the wait
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our a nnua l Ga llup events were the subject of individual marketing and economic analysis reports that were done in July of this year. The reports have not been released to the public, but are available upon request. Gallup Acting Tourism and Marketing Director Jennifer Lazarz said reports were done on the city’s Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial, the Gallup Film Festival, the Squash Blossom Classic and the Ride Flight and Cruise. The reports were authorized
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McKinley’s, Cibola’s unemployment rates plunge HOLIDAY HIRING PICKING UP, SLOWLY
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
ew Mex ico’s season a l ly a d ju s t ed unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in October 2016, unchanged from September, but up from 6.5 percent a year ago, according to information from the state Department of Work Force Solutions. In McKinley County, the unemployment rate was 8.8 percent for October. That figure was down from a 9.2 percent unemployment rate in September. Likewise, the unemployment rate in neighboring Cibola County, about a 55-minute drive for Gallup, was 8.3 percent in October and 8.4 percent in September. Unemployment statistics are a month behind due to the amount of time it takes to compile them.
SEASONAL HIRING “What you see in these two cou nties ref lects, to
some extent, what is happening around the state,” Tracy Shaleen, an economist with Work Force, said. “This is in large part due to retailers hiring seasonal help for the holidays.” Bill Lee, executive director at the Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce, said the holiday period in Gallup and McKinley County is typically a busy one — hence the hiring of temporary seasonal help. “Obviously, Rio West Mall is one place where you see the example of retailers increasing the number of employees that they need to work,” Lee said. “But it’s not only the mall, it’s the dollar stores and just retailers generally, particularly during this time of year.” Jasmine Pino of Gallup said she just got hired at a newly-opened Family Dollar on the east side of Gallup. Family Dollar recently opened two stores; the other is on the city’s west side. Pino said she doesn’t know how long the retailer will employ her, but said she’ll work long hours no matter if it’s
health services, the state’s largest growing private sector industries, was up by 6,200 jobs or 4.6 percent, down from last month’s revised increase of 6,700 jobs, Shaleen noted.
UNEMPLOYMENT STILL RUNNING HIGH
A graphic showing unemployment statistics across New Mexico counties. Photo Credit NM Dept. of Work Force Solutions temporary or permanent. “I’m ju st happy to be working,” Pino, 35, said. “I
appreciate the fact that they hired me.” Hiring in education and
New Mexico’s unemployment rate represents the second-highest in the United States. Alaska has a higher unemployment rate at 6.8 percent, statistics show. October 2016 represents the third month that New Mexico has had the second-highest unemployment rate next to Alaska. The national unemployment rate was 4.9 percent for October, down from 5 percent in both September 2016 and October 2015. There are 33 counties in New Mexico. Among the largest employers in McKinley and Cibola counties are the school districts and two hospitals. There is no retail mall in Grants as in Gallup.
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GPD PERSONNEL NOW AT 58 By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
hree new hires have been brought aboard at the Gallup Police Department, officials confirmed. Ransom James, Adrian Quetawki and Francis Collins graduated from the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy on Nov. 16 and will soon start work as regular officers, Marinda Spencer, public information officer at GPD, said. Spencer did not give information on where the three officers are originally from. Salary information on the three was not immediately available from the Gallup Human Resources Department. The hiring comes a few months after new Gallup Police Chief Phillip Hart promoted a slew of personnel to higher positions, among them career police employee Franklin Boyd to deputy chief. Hart was sworn in to the chief’s job in June.
Gallup Police Chief Phillip Hart S p e nc e r s a id C ol l i n s received the High Marksman Award from the academy’s Class No. 193. The state Law En forcement Academy is located in Santa Fe. These new hirings bring the number of city police personnel to 58 — following through on a mandate made to increase those numbers by Hart shortly after he assumed the job. The three will be paired with individual field training officers and then, upon completion, be released into the full police work force, Spencer said.
Local vet finalist for New Mexico ‘True Hero’ By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
enneth Riege, a veteran of the U.S. Air force a nd genera l manager at Comfort Suites on Gallup’s east end, is a finalist for the 2016 New Mexico True Hero award. Four individuals will be chosen for the honor, and the four honorees will be announced Nov. 29 at 1:30 pm at a ceremony at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, acting city tourism and marketing manager Jennifer Lazarz said. The ceremony will be hosted by Gov. Susana Martinez and state Tourism Secretary Rebecca Latham. A New Mexico True Hero is someone who was chosen for his or her contributions for NEWS
Kenneth Riege stands with his 2016 Choice Hotel’s International Service Hero Award, which he received Sept. 2016. File Photo making New Mexico a better to live, work or raise a family, Lazarz said.
TRUE HERO | SEE PAGE 22 Gallup Sun • Friday November 25, 2016
Arrest made in Elouise Cobell alleged rape at nominated for EconoLodge Presidential Medal of Freedom O By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
INDOW ROCK, Ariz. — It was recently announced that Elou i s e Cobel l will be one of 21 recipients to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a White House ceremony on Nov. 22. Cobell had passed away on Oct. 16, 2011, at 65 years of age from cancer. The Black feet community leader spent nearly 15 years advancing a class-action lawsuit on behalf of 500,000 Indians against the Interior Department. The lawsuit claimed that the Interior Department had stolen or squandered billions of dollars in royalties owed to individual tribal members in exchange for oil, gas and other leases. The case was settled in 2009 when the Interior Department agreed to the $3.4 billion settlement. “The Office of the President and Vice President commend President Obama for recognizing the critically important work of Elouise Cobell who demonstrated in court the mismanagement of royalties that
Elouise Cobell, who passed away in Oct. 2011, will receive a Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously on Nov. 22. Photo Credit: Courtesy were owed to tribal nations,” Nava jo Nat ion P re sident Russell Begaye said. “Her work was exemplary in pushing the federal government toward acknowledging and reconciling their profound mismanagement of money that should have gone to tribes or
trust beneficiaries. Her work has greatly impacted and benefited many tribal nations. For this, the Navajo Nation greatly supports her posthumous award of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.” The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest civilian honor.
ne Gallup man remains incarcerated on a $100,000 bond after a reported rape at the EconoLodge at 3101 W. Historic Highway 66, officials said. Major Singh, 47, who goes by several aliases, was arrested on a warrant, according to jail records. Singh works as a cook at Gallup’s Bombay Grill along West Historic Highway 66. The rape took place during the early morning hours of Nov. 16. In detailing the incident, Lt. Rosanne Morrissette of the Gallup Police Department said that co-workers from the Bombay Grill, 3405 W. Historic Highway 66, went out drinking after work and reserved a room at the EconoLodge. There was a female in the group and she said she woke up to find one of the males of the group on top of her and engaged in sexual intercourse against her will. Singh was still in custody as of Nov. 21, according to jail records. Singh is charged with criminal sexual penetration in the second degree (force or coercion, personal injury, harm or great mental anguish). Officer Justin Benally of the GPD said he arrived on the scene to find the female
Major Singh in question distraught, wearing no shoes and with “messy hair.” The incident took place in Room 112 of the hotel, records show. Ma jor Singh, who possesses a prior police record from Texas, and someone else named “Nick” (real name believed to be Anokh) asked the female if she wanted to have some drinks at the hotel. “Nick” is identified in police papers as the manager of Bombay Grill. An acquaintance of Singh told police that three women, k now n “ pr o s t it ut e s ,” he claimed, showed up at the restaurant and ultimately propositioned the two to have sex, according to police papers.
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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports The legal limit is .08 Lolisha Jim Nov. 2, 9:41 pm DWI, aggravated McKinley C o u n t y Sher i f f ’s O f f i c e D e p u t y T a m m y Houghtaling was dispatched to the scene of an automobile crash on Hwy 564, west of Orleans Manor, at 9:41 pm. According to the police report, Houghtaling discovered a red Ford Mustang on the north side of the road way. The driver, Lolisha Jim, 21, stated that she had been driving to Zuni when the vehicle in
front of her reportedly slowed down abruptly. In an attempt to avoid collision, the report states, Jim swerved onto the shoulder and ended up in the ditch. At the scene, Houghtaling noted that Jim had slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes. She also noted the smell of alcohol in the report. Jim denied drinking, but submitted to field sobriety tests, which she failed, stumbling multiple times. J i m w a s a r r e s t e d fo r DWI and blew a .19 and .20 BAC. She wa s a l s o c it e d for hav i ng no ev idence of insurance. Anna Jane Kaufman Nov. 1, 2:33 am DWI, aggravated Gallup Police Department Officer Justin Benally was
d ispatched to 929 Henrietta Dr. in reference to a n automobile accident at 2:44 am. The driver, Anna Kaufman, 20, reported that a vehicle had sideswiped hers and left the scene. Upon speaking to Kaufman, Benally noted the odor of alcohol and asked if she had been drinking. Kaufman reportedly stated that she had not. Upon failing a field sobriety test, Kaufman was taken i nt o cu st ody. T he pol ice report states that she initially refused to take a breath or blood test, but did eventually agree to a breath test and blew a .21 and .20 BAC.
West Side Conoco Robbed By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
n the early morning of Nov. 21, two unidentified fema les bra ndished a black handgun and robbed the West Conoco in Gallup of an undisclosed amount of money, Lt. Rosanne Morrissette of the Gallup Police Department said. Morrissette said at about 4:56 am, the suspects walked in and demanded money from a clerk on duty. No one was
injured during the heist.
A FREQUENT TARGET The west side Conoco has been the site of multiple criminal acts in 2016. Among the incidents was an instance in May when two males walked in to the convenience store and demanded beer and alcohol after the business had closed. A clerk on duty told the
pair it was after hours, so the two picked up some display beer and ran out of the store. One of the culpr its bra ndished nun-chucks. Gallup police caught the two walking near the gas station and with beer. Prior to that incident, an unknown robber took an undisclosed amount of cash in the same fashion as the two females. Morrissette said each of the Conoco incidents remains under investigation.
She wa s cha rged w ith aggravated DWI and no driver’s license. Michael Yazzie Oct. 29, 10:14 am DWI M C S O D e p u t y M e r l i n Benally was d ispatched to the Gallup Flea Market at 10:21 am in reference to a two-vehicle accident and possible DWI. Upon arriving at the scene, Benally found Michael Yazzie, 50, passed out behind the wheel of his vehicle. According to the report, Bena lly woke Ya zzie a nd began to question him about the accident, in which Yazzie repor tedly drove directly into a parked and unoccupied vehicle. Bena lly noted signs of i nt ox ic a t ion , a nd Ya z z ie reportedly admitted to drinking. Yazzie consented to a breathalyzer test but was unable to complete it. A blood draw was completed instead. Additionally, Yazzie’s blood sugar was found to be high, and he was left at the GIMC emergency room until his blood sugar could be lowered. Reportedly, Yazzie left the ER and could not be located by hospital sta ff. He wa s later found walking near 211 Nizhoni and arrested without incident. David Yazzie Cly Oct. 29, 10:50 pm DWI At approximately 10:50 pm, MC SO D e p u t y Merle Bates wa s worki ng on the DW I T a s k Force when he noticed a vehicle traveling in the wrong lane and behaving erratically, nearly colliding with oncoming traffic. According to the police report, Bates
accelerated and initiated a traffic stop near the intersection of Hwy 411 and Hwy 118. The driver identified himself as David Yazzie Cly, 26. Cly reportedly stated he was en route to Ft. Wingate, but had missed the turn. He denied having been drinking, but two open containers of alcohol were found in the vehicle and Cly presented with signs of intoxication. Cly was arrested and submitted to a breath test. He blew a .11 and .11 BRAC. He also had two outstanding warrants for arrest out of San Juan County. Cly was charged with DWI, open container, and failure to maintain roadways laned for traffic. Obrian Brown Oct. 28, 7:06 pm DWI, aggravated G P D Officer Joe R oa n hor s e was dispatched to Ji f f y L ube at 206 E. Nizhoni Blvd in reference to an accident. Upon arrival, Roanhorse was reportedly advised that the vehicle had left the scene and driven in the direction of Sunset Hills Apartments. A vehicle matching the description of the one involved in the accident was found at Sunset Hills. Upon pulling the vehicle over, Roanhorse reportedly noted the odor of alcohol and slurred speech in the driver, Obrian Brown, 36. Brown denied having been involved in an accident and could not produce a driver’s license or identification at the scene. He did reportedly admit to having had “a couple of beers a few hours ago.” Brown refused to perform a field sobriety test. He also refused a blood test, and did not take a breath test due to technical issues with the intoxilyzer. He was charged with aggravated DWI (refusal), no insurance, and immediate notice of accident.
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Gallup Hands of Hope to gather donations on #GivingTuesday Staff Reports
hanksgiving Thursday … Black F r iday … Cyber Monday. The nex t day is #GivingTuesday, Nov. 29! This is an opportunity to become part of a new tradition of gibing back with generosity by giving HOPE through your donation to Hands of Hope. Ways to give: • G i v e y o u r t i m e b y volunteering. • Give material donations of diapers, wipes or gently used baby/maternity clothing and equipment. • Give financially – go to Ha ndsOf HopeGa llup.org and click on the “Ways to give” tab. Monetary donations can be given online through Paypal or by mailing a check. Coming together to give enables HOPE to continue prov id i ng f ree preg na ncy tests with options counseling as well as free parenting classes for both women a nd me n . T he s e c l a s s e s prov ide access to a clothing room with diapers and maternity/baby clothing and equipment.
The Hands of Hope clothing room includes baby and maternity clothing and equipment provided by donation. Photo Credit: Courtesy It also helps HOPE to visit middle and high school classes
to encourage and equip students to make wise decisions about their relationships until they are ready for a lifelong
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Hands of Hope visits middle and high school classrooms. Photo Credit: Courtesy
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New Mexico Workforce Connection
EMPLOYERS HIRING VETERANS, TRANSITIONING SERVICE MEMBERS, FAMILY
Story and photos by Dee Velasco For the Sun
recent Gallup Job Fair and Recruiting Event took place Nov. 17 at the New Mexico Workforce Connection, 2918 E. Historic Highway 66. The Hire Veteran Job Fair was open to the general public but mainly focused on hiring veterans. Nik k i L ee, Busi ness Consultant with Workforce Connection, said, this was a statewide event held by all the workforce offices in New Mexico. “We noticed lately that here in the community that veterans don’t have enough resources and non-veterans as well, we want them to know that we are here and that we do have the resources to help them on their employment barriers,” Lee said. Ni ne employer s wer e on-hand looking to recruit candidates as well as offering several programs that provide training classes, assistance or temporary employment placement. “Our main goal is job placement; we want to put people to work and to help build resumes, job search, mock interviews, and much more.” Lee said. As a state agency, each staff member is required to put two people to work every week permanently — adding up to 16 people every month. “We try to meet our numbers as much as possible ... sometimes we exceed and sometimes it’s lower; it depends on what’s going on in the area,” Lee said. “We are the hub of the reservations and we actually see about 200 people on a daily basis, as well as from New Mexico and Arizona.”
CONNECTING EMPLOYERS AND WORKERS Lee visits employers in McKinley and Cibola counties to see what job openings are available and posts them on their website. Career Consultant Camille Livingston then works with the individuals who will be applying for the jobs. F i r st A mer ica n Cred it Union was on hand with Kelly Kayonnie, Assistant Branch NEWS
Annie Davis from the City of Gallup Human Resources Division. Manager. “It’s been going good, just been meeting a lot of people, familiar faces,” Kayonnnie said. “If anyone is interested in applying with First American Credit Union, they can always go to our full website which is: firstamerican.org and go to careers and it will let you what time of job openings that are available, just apply online.” Annie M. Davis, a Human Resources Technician with the City of Gallup, said, “I came and brought with me the job vacancies that we have with the City. I’ve attended a lot of job fairs [and] this one is really good, it brought out a lot individuals seeking employment.”
The Workforce Solutions team, from left: Zeleste Romero, Work Experience; Ramona Alonzo, Work Experience; Kelly Kayonnie, Assistant Branch Manager for First American Camille Livingston, Career Consultant; Nikki Lee, Business Bank. Consultant.
prisoners, and we just got a new location in Milan, New Mexico. We’re here to recruit veterans to come work for us. The event is great and this is my first time; everyone was so friendly really interested in getting a job and I like it.” Regarding veterans, NMWC
has certain services to help veterans get jobs, including services for gaining skills, work opportunity tax credits, and a federal bonding program for individuals who were dishonorably discharged, Lee said. NMWC is open Monday through Friday, from 8 am to
5 pm. As a state agency, all of their services are free. They are planning on doing another job fair in January. For more information on NMWC, visit jobs.state.nm.us or call 505 - 863 - 8995. You can also stop by at 2918 East Historic Highway 66.
NOT THE UNEMPLOYMENT OFFICE New Mexico Workforce Connection differs from a traditional unemployment office. Through unemployment, people may receive benefits, with NMWC, they can utilize different resources to get work, such as use of computers in their resource room. Jesica Adeky, Job Developer for National Indian Youth Council, said, “The turnout has been really good, we actually had people scheduled and found out about our program, so it’s really working out well, for our Gallup field office, besides us getting the word out.” R oby n L e e. T r a n s C or Recruiter, said, “We transport
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STADIUM | FROM PAGE 1 time from 10 to two years when it comes to name changes and buildings. The name change initiative includes a lengthy process, and Monday’s vote set into motion the plan to rename PSS. “He was a pillar of the community,” Menini said. “I don’t know anyone more deserving who served the community like [Angelo DiPaolo] did.” Each of the board members agreed to the DiPaolo name change, and agreed that the policy of waiting 10 years needed to be changed. “Who knows what can happen if you actually wait that long? Menini said. “Sometimes, people forget who you’re referring to.” School Board Vice President Kevin Mitchell said 10 years is a long to wait. “Ten [years] seems like a long time,” Mitchell said. “I like the idea.” School Board President Prescilla Manuelito was in complete agreement with the name change impetus. Manuelito suggested that a committee should
GALLUP EVENTS | FROM PAGE 3 in conjunction with Gallup City Manager Maryann Ustick and former City Tourism Director Catherine Sebold. Sebold left the job a few months ago. The reports cost $19,000 and were done by Southwest Planning Corporation of Santa Fe. At the moment, there are no plans to bring the results of the reports before the Gallup City Council, Lazarz said. “The [lodgers tax] committee is working closely with the tourism and marketing manager to examine the report for each organization,” Lazarz explained. “The goal is to create a report or plan with those organizations on how they can more effectively market their event in the future. Rather than just giving funds and saying ‘good luck,’ the committee is moving forward with their plan to provide recommendations that can help events that, in turn, help the community.” Lazarz said tourism is one of the highest grossing financial industries in New Mexico, saying the city is “fortunate to have the funds to distribute to help market events.” She added, “A majority of the events are done by local
Angelo DiPaolo was a long time educator, coach and Rotarian. He passed away in 2014. Photo Credit: Ana Hudgeons be formed and undertake a plan of action while working alongside Superintendent Frank Chiapetti. “I t h i n k [t wo yea r s] i s a good nu mber to cha nge t o,” M a nuel it o s a id . “We can appoint a committee to assist the Superintendent in this.” That committee consists of Menini and Board Member Lynn Huenemann. Located on South Grandview Drive and the playing place for the
football and soccer teams at Gallup and Miyamura high schools, PSS, owned by the Ga l lup - McK i n ley C ou nt y School District for several yea rs, is in Huenema n n’s district. Huenemann did not object to the name change and offered Menini support in moving the idea forward. Men i n i worked w it h DiPaolo when the two were GMCS employees. He said he got the name change idea from a Gallup Sun article written about a month ago about the late Gallup City Councilor Cecil Garcia. Last year, the Gallup City Council renamed the City Fitness Center the Cecil Garcia Fitness Center. The council erected a bronze memorial at the Old Zuni Road facility a few weeks ago to honor the fitness buff. Men i n i sa id t he na me change idea would be put on the Dec. 5 Board of Education meeting agenda and from there move to its next phase. He said there is still some investigatory work to do, saying everything must be done legally and the
right way. “There is still some stuff yet to be done,” Menini said of the process. “Between now and the next meeting, things should be further along than what they are now.” This vote is not Menini’s first name change recommendation for a public building. About four years ago, Menini addressed the Gallup City Council and asked that the newly built $1.4 million East Side Fire Station be renamed in honor of a Menini family member. The Gallup Council welcomed the idea at the time and city officials have said the name change recommendation remains on the table. Right now though, the station, which is located in the Indian Hills neighborhood, is named the East Side Fire Station.
HONORING DIPAOLO DiPaolo was not a stranger to the board members and Menini, who knew DiPaolo for close to 50 years, didn’t have to
go into long discourses about the former educator. A Gallup native, DiPaolo was a career educator. Over the course of his 39-year career at Gallup-McKinley County Schools, Gallup Catholic High School and the Window Rock Unified School District, he served as a teacher, administrator, coach and athletic director. DiPaolo was a long-time member of Gallup’s Rotary Club. “I think it’s a wonderful honor,” Diane DiPaolo widow of Angelo DiPaolo said, of the plans to rename the stadium. “I found out about the renaming from Facebook and I myself and our entire family are very appreciative of Joe Menini and the GallupMcKinley County School district. Angelo was very passionate about Public School Stadium. He was always making sure it was in good condition. Sports and news were his passions.” DiPaolo died in 2014 in San Antonio, Texas, of brain cancer. He was 66 years old. He was posthumously inducted into the New Mexico Activities Association Hall of Fame in 2015.
folks and they don’t have the time or knowledge of a marketing person at hand.”
LODGERS TAX FUNDING Each of the organizations mentioned received city lodger tax funds. The Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial is one of New Mexico’s longest-running and most attractive annual events. Lazarz noted that due to the lodgers tax initiatives that have been developed by the tourism and marketing office that now is the first time such reports have done. “The responsibility of the [tourism manager] is to interpret the reports, report to the committee and discuss, and then go back to the organizations and give then the resources that we have available.” Lazarz, who is the full-time manager of the city-owned El Morro Theatre, said the state’s hospitality sector is working with convention and visitor bureau officials, hotel owners, and city council members across New Mexico to develop a Best Practices Handbook that helps recipients of lodgers tax funds that help the communities put on the events. “Once that is completed the city’s lodgers tax committee will adopt a new set of best practices
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The Gallup Film Festival, hosted at the El Morro Theatre, was one of four events assessed for marketing and economic analysis. File Photo on the local level, a set that heavily takes into account the reach of event marketing plans and the economic impacts of grant-recipient events,” Lazarz said.
A MEASURING STICK FOR THE FUTURE Bill Lee, executive director at the Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce, said the marketing analysis is a
good measuring stick for what is needed to be done and not something that is negative with respect to the events. “This gives one an idea of, to some degree, what groups should your event target and how you should go about doing that,” Lee said. “We have events that are put on annually and something like this can only make them better.” The city entered into an $185,000 professional services
agreement with the chamber earlier this year. Lazarz said the lodgers tax committee chose the events for diversity purposes. “The [committee] decided to evaluate four different events – a sporting event, a film event, Ceremonial and a multi-faceted downtown event.” Lazarz said the committee can direct people to the various organizations to view one or more of the reports. NEWS
Gallup Rotary Seniors of the Month PHOTOS BY RYAN HUDGEONS
Ramah High School – Breanna Martine
Navajo Pine High School – Matt Wilson
Window Rock High School – Jade Goodwill
Ft Wingate High School – Treg Kee
Thoreau High School – Frances Tayaban
Tohatchi High School – Sonya Paulette Nez
Gallup High School – Allison Begay
Gallup High School – Dade Lincoln
Zuni High School – Kiara Zunie
Miyamura High School – Jeremiah Hinkley
Rehoboth High School – Lance McMullin
Crownpoint High School – Rishawnda Begay
Miyamura High School – Tyler Arviso
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OPINIONS ROLL CALL By Bernie Dotson
an you believe that we’ve reached the home stretch of 2016? Thanksgiving is upon us, Christmas is not that far away, and we’ll spend the next few weeks eating, and buying holiday presents. Soon, a lot of the homes around Gallup will be adorned with Christmas decorations. They call it the most wonderful time of the year, and for good
Happy Thanksgiving! reason. Gallup residents really take it to the limits come Holiday season. The Indian Capital, and its surrounding areas, is just a good place to be during the holidays. Just about every municipality and Chapter House on the Navajo Nation will put up a tree. We have reason to be thankful all year round. We are fortunate enough to live in a very special place. Thousands of people come through the Indian Capital
yearly. We know they come here to get more than pictures of downtown or of the historic El Rancho Hotel and Historic Highway 66. Thanksgiving is a time when we realize how thankful we are for what we have been given, instead of complaining about what we don’t have. Yes, it is easy to get caught up in our hectic lifestyles and look at the things that we don’t have, all the while missing the good in our lives.
As we approach a new year, it can be tempting to focus exclusively on what needs to be changed or improved for the future — in short, what went wrong that needs to be fixed. Again, Thanksgiving is the time to be grateful for how far we’ve come this year and to be thankful for what went right in our work and in our lives. It is important that we show gratitude for the good things that we have. Count your blessings from living in this
great nation. Get behind president-elect Donald Trump and give him some support! Love the people who love you. Revel in the emotion. Breathe it in. For the unconditional love that we have for each other is the distilled essence of God’s love for each of us. Happy Thanksgiving!
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Welcome Sagittarius! Now is the time of the restless warrior. You may experience periods of profound optimism and pessimism. You’ll loathe confinement and entrapment. Don’t run! On November 29, a New Moon emerges — time for rest and renewal. Level up your energy! Madame G suggests channeling strength from the archer: pull your energy tight, aim, fly, and soar.
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Are you at the dawn of a new experience? Perhaps you’ve fought through the night and are watching the sunrise. Maybe you’re waking refreshed from sleep. Whatever the case, enjoy the moment. Use this momentum for happiness. You’re entitled. You’ll encounter more hurdles, obstacles, and challenges, but for now, rest. Struggle isn’t necessary. Smile. You’ve earned it.
Life isn’t always fair. This isn’t a criticism or lecture. Look at your situation as it is, but don’t make it worse than it is. Take the steps necessary to help you out. This may mean you can’t take on more duties at work. It may also mean that you can’t take over the family dramas either. If you find yourself trapped, take a breath and step aside. You’re allowed!
Everybody has a few manic moments. But, you’re in danger of one too many. Consider that your emotions affect others, especially if you’re a parent, teacher, or someone in authority. Don’t take your boiling emotions out on others. You’ll regret it because it goes against your inner nature: justice and balance. Take a knee and rest, for a bit. You may need to sit this one out.
Are you a sensitive soul? Perhaps you dish out truth, but can’t take it yourself. You must stop and ask yourself what you want from this world. Don’t blame anyone for your failures. Life offers no guarantees. God helps those who help themselves. Now, today, this moment is the time for transformation. Stop being stubborn and look within. What are you waiting for?
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Scorpio’s presence lingers in freewilled Sagittarius and you respect their independence. Take a page from this sign’s book and think like an archer. Don’t take hurried action. Take slow measured steps. Get comfortable. Cozy up with an online management course or an expensive seminar. Invest in yourself. Take aim on your next step and fire. Now is the time.
What’s your heart’s desire? Human beings are creepy creatures. We can do great things that are terrible. And insignificant things that are wonderful. We may reject love for fear of losing it or stop dreaming for fear of getting it. If this is you, STOP! Reflect. Breathe. Courage is not the absence of fear, but action in spite of it. You’ve got this!
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
Do you know the tale of rabbit and hare? Life is a marathon, not a sprint. You can race towards your goals, but what are you missing? It could be something important. Remember, the turtle won because it realized its purpose and kept on going. The hare was easily distracted and lost. Which one are you? Discover yourself along the way. Smell the roses. Live now!
Human beings aren’t rational — they’re emotional. We’re driven by our fears. Research shows that humans are much more likely to regret what they perceive as loss than they appreciate a gain. For instance, people are angrier over losing $100 than gaining $100. Don’t underestimate the powerful fear of loss. Next time you blame someone else remember you too are human.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
Your heart aches. Do you know why? It could be fear or desperation. Maybe you think you’ve lost your soulmate or the life you should be living. Are you lost in daydreams? This can be healthy, to an extent. You must first imagine what you want. But, it’s easy to get stuck there. Madame G recommends you get out and live life rather than imagining one.
Life’s a voyage. But, without a destination you’re just a ship adrift at sea. If you find you’re lost and not sure where to go from here, reflect on what you want. Once you’ve taken time to think about your situation act: ACT NOW! Take action with all of your heart and soul. Provide a shining beacon for those who lack one. Dream big! Take bigger action and don’t stop.
Your sun sign is at full strength. Consider basking in the renewing energy of the Full Moon before you take any new action. First reflect on what steps are available to you. Weigh your options carefully. Once you’ve reached a decision tackle it. There’s nothing in this world that you can’t handle. You’ve got this. You’re more than ready. Madame G salutes you.
Do you judge harshly? Perhaps your quick temper gets the better of you. If this is the case, you’re pushing people away. Madame G recommends looking within your heart. Believing your own opinion is easy. But, we’re often blinded to our own prejudices. True intelligence comes from understanding where our faults begin and how to live beyond them. Try it.
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Streamlined food prep helps local chain expand By Claudia Infante Finance New Mexico
hen Albuquerqueb a s e d D io n’s restaurant turned its entrepreneurial vision toward larger markets outside New Mexico in 2014, owners of the privately owned chain thought it was a good time to review operations with an eye to improving efficiency in its 20 existing outlets. So Dion’s asked the New Mex ico Ma nu factu r i ng Extension Pa r tnership to offer its expert assessment of how the restaurant was preparing and serving food and to suggest how it could modify the process to give the restaurant more value for its efforts. That process, known as value-stream mapping, is a comprehensive management approach to improving productivity and maximizing profitability. Restaurant managers hoped to use the information they obtained to design a kitchen layout with a pared-down footprint that maximized space and used labor most efficiently to meet growing customer demand. By standardizing its
approach to customer service, the restaurant hoped to minimize the risk it faced competing well beyond its home base.
MAPPING MANUFACTURING Over Dion’s 38-year history, the company experimented with different layouts depending on where each restaurant was located. Early restaurants were frequently found in strip malls, but later incarnations were free-standing buildings with pickup windows. Building layouts weren’t uniform companywide, nor was the process of preparing and serving food. Given this variability, MEP experts visited three different stores over four days to observe operations in the food-preparation areas and to map out each step in meal production and delivery. MEP’s innovation directors found that the stores followed the same general procedures, even though the actual execution of these steps differed at each site depending on kitchen and counter layout. The counter person took an order and physically delivered the ticket to the appropriate
Pizza dough is rolled and shaped by hand. Photo Credit: Courtesy
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A Dion’s location at Academy and Wyoming in Albuquerque, NM. Photo Credit: Courtesy “cell” or work area, depending on whether the customer wanted a whole pizza, a salad, a sub sandwich or an individual pizza slice. Workers then made the product, and a server
delivered it to the customer.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHANGE Creating this map for Dion’s allowed MEP experts to analyze what worked and what didn’t in each restaurant setting and to suggest areas for improvement. After they completed the rev iew, MEP’s innovation directors met with members of Dion’s management team to discuss the findings and offer optimization opportunities. Among many other suggestions, they encouraged Dion’s to centralize its phone network, especially in the salad prep area, and to standardize the sub sandwich/pizza slice area to reduce cross-traffic, bottlenecks and congestion — the kinds of obstacles that were pinching production during busy hours. Another suggestion was to improve the ticket delivery system: Instead of having an employee run tickets to each station, Dion’s could use cables
or a point-of-sale system to minimize the risk of employees colliding with one another and to save time. Employees performing the day-to-day activities are able to offer a unique perspective. MEP’s innovation directors encouraged Dion’s managers to send all employees to MEP’s training classes so they would understand the process and contribute to discussions. MEP also offered to work with the restaurant to evaluate its commissary layouts. “Value-stream mapping is just one of the tools MEP u s e s t o help compa n ie s change mindsets and maximize efficiency,” said Jennifer Sinsabaugh, center director in New Mexico. For more information about NM MEP, visit newmexicomep. org or call (505) 262-0921. 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. OPINIONS
Rio West Mall Second Annual Craft Fair Show BRINGING THE COMMUNITY BACK TO THE MALL
Story and photos by Dee Velasco For the Sun
ocal crafters came out for the Rio West Mall Second Annual Craft Fair, Nov. 19 in Gallup, to display their talented works such as hand-stitched shawls, Navajo Pottery, Christmas candy, Snowman desktops, and much more. This year’s event drew in quite a crowd to center court as onlookers walked around lo ok i n g for t h a t u n i q ue Christmas gift. With over 35 vendors there was much to choose from, and events like this helps bring the community back to the mall according to Ida Mangum, Leasing/ Marketing Manager for the mall. “We’re trying to bring the community back into Gallup and events like this surely do it,” she said. “Back in the day they used to have the craft fair here, so I suggested we bring back the craft fair here to the mall once again. I’m a crafter myself and I know how hard it is to find a place to display your art. This year turned out huge and I’m excited about that, while giving the shoppers a reason to come back shopping to the Rio West Mall.” Being invited back for her second year, Heather Eskeets, says this yea r’s cra ft fa ir turned out great. “This is my second year coming back, and the outcome has been pretty good, much busier than last year. I do Black-Etch Navajo Pottery and am trying out new different designs, so this fair is definitely helping me out. “ A no t he r lo c a l ve ndor excited about this year’s craft
fair is Don Young and Linda Foster with Tijua na Jim’s Gourmet Salsa. “This is our first one here, we usually do other local shows around town, but so far I’m impressed ... really impressed. We weren’t sure how it would be in the mall, but we’re doing some great sales with our different types of salsa,” said Young. Geneva and Bethany from Crafty Crafters said, “There were so many people here and so much crafts that it was good to see it and the support from the community was awesome!”
RIO WEST MALL AND THE GALLUP COMMUNITY T hou g h R io We s t M a l l i s of t en s t ig m a t i zed a s a “shoe mall” with not much going on, Mangum says this cou ld be no f u r t her f rom the truth. “People think the mall is empty, but we’re really not. Ninety-five percent of the mall is occupied, which is amazing and really good for this area,” she said. Mangum adds, “We are part of the community and we do a lot of behind the scenes things for non-profits. If you haven’t been to the ma ll, come check us out. It’s really changed, it’s different, and we almost have something going on every weekend.” Aside from the craft show, the mall was bustling with other events taking place: the Golden Angel Tree, Cupcake Walk, Turkey Trot, Zumba, and College/Career Fair. Mangum explained the significance of the Golden Angel Tree project, which is a partnership with iHeart Media to
Heather Eskeets shows off her black-etch Navajo pottery. provide gifts to the residents of Red Rock Care Center. Visitors can choose an angel from the tree any time before Dec. 19. On the back of the angel is a wish list of items for that resident. Gifts on the wish lists are usually small and include things like socks, clothes and puzzles. Visitors will buy those gifts and bring them back to the mall. On Dec. 22, the gifts will be delivered to the residents, and a Christmas party will be thrown for them. Red Rock Care Center has 102 residents and with the Cupcake walk, this ensures the gifts will be made available to the residents. “We’re doing the cupcake walk so we can raise money in the event the public doesn’t
Howard Lesarlley does Zuni fetish carving and painting.
get all the angels,” Mangum said. “We can then purchase what’s left for the residents so that all the residents at the care center can receive a gift.” Mall shoppers also took part in the Turkey Trot and Zumba, which was co-sponsored with the Navajo Nation Health Prevention Program as a part of the diabetes prevention program. Participants received a free T-shir t a s they walked around the mall during this free event. A raffle was also held for turkeys and other prizes. The Festival of Trees also began their selling of tickets, held by the Soroptimist International, an organization working to improve the lives of women and girls locally.
Raffle tickets are on sale for this event until Dec. 3. The winner will receive the tree, the decorations, and everything under the tree as well. “The money raised goes to an organization called ‘Live Your Dream.’ It’s an amazing program and 100 percent of the proceeds go to that,” Mangum said. Next month, the mall will be hav ing an event called Christmas Carol Smackdown, where choirs can sign up and go head to head in a singing competition. “We put everything on our website and we’re very active on our Facebook page, so please check it out and see what’s happening here at the Rio West Mall,” Mangum said.
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Bahe Whitethorn, Jr. – comic Gallup Second book creator and illustrator Street Arts Festival PHOTOS BY RYAN HUDGEONS
PHOTOS BY RYAN HUDGEONS
Bahe Whitethorn, Jr., presented his works of art and technological know-how during his presentation at the Gallup Children’s Library Nov. 19.
The annual festival draws hundreds of visitors looking for one-of-a-kind gifts and items. This year’s event took place Nov. 19 in Downtown Gallup.
Tera Selleck takes a moment to smile for the camera as she organizes some of the items she has for sale.
Flipping through some of his art.
Whitethorn showcases some of his work to the crowd.
Gallup Cars ‘n Coffee Final Show
Maria De Armond-Chavez showcases her fine handmade jewelry at the Second Street Events Center.
PHOTOS BY RYAN HUDGEONS Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe’s Cars N Coffee season came to a close Nov. 20. Friends and family came out to bid farewell to the season … and mingle.
Kristin Lengefeld & Rockelle Hunt with a 1969 Cadillac Coup DeVille.
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From left, Chris Aretino and Tine Hayes have some fine paintings and jewelry for purchase.
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‘Moana’ looks incredible, but isn’t very memorable RATING: «« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 113 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun
he latest animated tale from Disney is a Polynesian-inspired adventure that lends itself to gorgeous landscapes and impressive vistas. Moana is a film chock full of incredible imagery and animation: Lush tropical gardens, striking seascapes and eye-popping animals and Deities. And without a doubt, kids will definitely enjoy what they see. It’s too bad that the rest of it, including the characters, don’t make as much of an impact. Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) lives on an island paradise, the daughter of Chief Tui (Tamura Morrison) and next in line to inherit the throne. However, she desires a different life. It involves breaking from family tradition, leaving the island and exploring the ocean waves. Moana gets her chance when she discovers a jewel that has cursed her home. The youngster steals a catamaran and sets out to find the demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson) to help her return the gem to its original resting place. As mentioned, the highlight of this feature are the beautifully rendered visuals. The sea shots are gorgeous and there’s a bright musical number involving an enormous sea crab (voiced by Jemaine Clement) that really pops off the screen. Later, the climax involving a creature spewed from the lava of a volcano looks equally astounding. There’s also a group of evil coconuts on a strange barge who attack Moana and Maui, leading to a massive chase. It’s a spectacular sequence, filled with images of boats crashing as well as characters running through unique-looking vessels (even if it does feel extraneous, wedged in as an action scene tangent that simply has been thrown in to add some excitement).
Yet, the story is rather dull overall and the adventure isn’t as exciting as it should be. Part of the issue has to do with the fact that Moana sails off alone and doesn’t have any humans to play off of early on. Additionally, the sea water literally takes a liking to the girl, forming around Moana and helping her when she’s in trouble. The simple fact that even the ocean wants to assist her in a perilous journey drowns much of the suspense. When Maui is introduced, things improve dramatically and there’s some good-natured dialogue highlighting their personality conflicts. However, their issues aren’t anything unique or memorable. The youngster wants to make her own way in the world and the boasting demigod simply wants love and attention from humankind. It may be well-handled, but this is pretty by-the-numbers stuff. And to nitpick a little more, it all seems confused about what it’s trying to say. This is a story about a girl finding independence free from the constraints and obligations forced upon her. Yet, as she learns about her history, we discover that she’s simply following the exact same footsteps of her ancestors. The intent of message is nice, but by the time she begins to sing about the noble lineage of her family, it all feels a bit weird. Why does the lead character even need to be the daughter of a Chief? As expected, Disney movies are typically populated with cute animal kingdom friends. In this case, there’s a cute pig and an idiotic rooster. It may seem strange to criticize a movie for not paying more attention to its critters, but they should have some sort of a character arc. The rooster walks into posts and falls repeatedly. It’s amusing for a while, but that’s all the bird does for two hours. And the pig adds nothing to the story; its sole reason to exist is to smile at Moana and look sweet. Overall, Moana isn’t a bad film. It is admittedly gorgeous to look at; I enjoyed the
Moana (voiced by Auli’I Cravalho) and Maui (Dwayne Johnson) set sail on a perilous adventure in this visually stunning but ultimately by-the-numbers animated feature. Photo Credit: Walt Disney Animation Studios environments and chuckled occasionally at events. This title will certainly please children,
but the story feels bland in comparison to the tropical imagery on display. In the end its visuals
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The creatures of ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ steal the show RATING: ««« OUT OF 4 RUNNING TIME: 133 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun
ive years was all it took. The Harry Potter franchise was one of the biggest in cinematic history, breaking box office records and drawing in huge audiences worldwide. So, it isn’t that much of a surprise that some sort of follow-up was eventually fast-tracked, despite after everything having been wrapped up. Fant a sti c Be a st s an d Where to Find Them is that new addition. It’s a prequel of sorts, set in the same universe as the previous series but featuring all new characters and a different focus. The stor y begins in Manhattan during the late 1920s, with the arrival of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). He’s a Ministr y of Magic employee writing an encyclopedia of sorts about the various creatures within the wizarding world. Unfortunately, some of the creatures from his international collection get loose in the city, drawing the ire of the local Magic Congress. Specifically,
Eddie Redmayne stars in the newest installment of the Harry Potter franchise, the creature-filled prequel “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Photo Credit: Warner Bros. members Porpentina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) and her boss, Percival Graves (Colin Farrell). Newt and the escaped creatures are blamed for a death and destruction in the city, forcing the hero to hurriedly collect them all up and prove their innocence. Helping the protagonist is a baker without magic abilities named Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), along with Porpentina and her sister, Queenie (Alison Sudol). It doesn’t all work, but I’d say enough of it entertains to earn a recommendation. Director David Yates, who was behind the camera on the last four Harry Potter films, returns to helm this tale.
His presence helps to tie together the new film visually with the old ones and keeps some sense of familiarity to the proceedings, along with some familiar references to the past (or future, in this case). The impressive cast helps t remendou sly. Red may ne doesn’t get too big or exaggerated in his portrayal of the introverted Newt. His deep care for the magical species subtly and sweetly makes a plea for animal welfare. Farrell and an anti-magic protester named Mary Lou (Samantha Morton) are suitably menacing when they’re onscreen. But what works exceedingly well are a couple of the supporting turns.
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The Kowalski character makes a great partner for Newt and entry point for the audience. Fogler is extremely likable and entertaining in the role, keeping his character affable while making the most out of his shock at the strangeness occurring all around. O f c ou r s e , t h e c r e a tures themselves are a treat. Specifically, one that bears a strong resemblance to a platypus and is compelled to steal anything shiny. The furry little animated character pretty much steals the entire movie, creating havoc wherever it runs loose. Based on the audience reaction, this cute little individual could probably have fronted its own successful spin-off series.
As mentioned, the movie isn’t without a few problems. Early on, the stakes don’t seem all that high and there isn’t a big, imminent threat. There is a fair amount of set-up in establishing the US branch of magic and some outside pockets of intolerance towards wizardry. One does get the feeling that characters and organizations are being developed for future installments, but it slows the pacing down at times. And while the look of the film is impressive, I couldn’t help but focus on one strange aspect in the background. Dur ing ma ny scenes, the streets of Manhattan look very, very sparsely populated. It doesn’t look like a bustling metropolis and it couldn’t help but stand-out. And finally, because the villains are put so far in the background until late in the feature, the climax ends up feeling a little underwhelming. Still, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is enjoyable overall and serves as a decent enough introduction to this new line of franchise features. As long as the villains are more prominently displayed in the future and the fuzzy and unique creatures are given just as much attention the next time out, audiences should be well entertained into the foreseeable future. Visit: cinemastance.com 207 WEST COAL GALLUP 505.863.1250 www.elmorrotheatre.com Facebook @elmorrogallup
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‘Allied’ secures some pulpy thrills, but its drama falls flat RATING: «« OUT OF 4 RUNNING TIME: 125 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun
ow well do you really know your partner? Honestly, you proba bl y k now you r spouse a whole lot better than the lead in the new film Allied, but then there wouldn’t be a movie without some kind of a juicy mystery. For the most part, this is more of a pulpy thriller than it is awards bait. And on that level it offers a few fun moments. Un for t u nately, t he big reveal isn’t a very rewarding pay off for what it sets up. Set during World War II, the story follows Canadian intelligence officer Max Vatan (Brad Pitt). He parachutes into French Morocco, teaming up with French resistance agent Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard) on a secret mission to infiltrate and assassinate a high-ranking Nazi ambassador. Matters are complicated when the pair fall in love. Some time later, Max’s perfect love life is rattled when his superiors (Jared Harris and Simon McBurney) report that they believe Marianne to be a double agent. Frustrated, Max obeys his instructions but also does investigating on his own to try and clear his partner’s name. The concept has the makings of a fun suspense picture and is enjoyable early on. There’s good chemistry between the two stars and engaging banter as they get to know one another. Of course, Marianne frequently talks about how to lie and keep a ruse going, offering some foreshadowing to what she will soon be accused of. There’s also some thrills as the two attempt to befriend Nazi agents and enact their murder plot without getting caught. Once Max begins to suspect Marianne, the film has some very entertaining and tense moments, as just about every COMMUNITY
WWII Intelligence officer Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) is up against French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard) in this pulpy thriller. Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures simple action and look comes under scrutiny. The locations (The Canary I sl a nd s) s t a nd i ng i n for Morocco look impressive, as do the period costumes. One of the less successful production elements is the overuse of CGI. There are a couple of desert and sand dune scenes that look like green screen backdrops, with one in particular coming across as remarkably phony. Still, for a movie that initially feels like an old-fashioned thriller, the dodgy visuals aren’t a deal-breaker. After all, how seriously can you take a story in which characters excuse themselves for lovemaking sessions with a sandstorm raging (and a swelling dramatic score)? It’s the final act where things do fall off the rails. Honestly, it’s obvious early on
that the movie is anything but high art. Given the tone, this reviewer was hoping for a diabolical plot to be revealed or a character to be driven mad by paranoia and perhaps take rash action. Essentially, something big and in keeping with the grandiose scale. Instead, the movie takes
a more muted and melodramatic turn. As all is revealed, the rain pours down, the music swells and there’s weeping. It feels out of place with the rest of the picture and ultimately disappoints. Allied is enjoyable enough when it is focused on generating suspense and isn’t taking
itself too seriously as a heavy drama. When it eventually does, it isn’t nearly as effective and falls flat. The stellar cast members do their best, the movie has a few good lines and a couple of pulpy thrills. Yet ultimately, these plusses don’t quite end up saving the day.
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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Nov. 25, 2016 By Glenn Kay For the Sun
elcome to the latest edition of new highlights on Bluray and DVD. It’s a really busy week with lots of fascinating flicks. 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! He l l o r High Water - A Tex a s rancher desperate t o prov ide for his family recruits his brother to help him hold up banks; they are endlessly pursued by Rangers eager to catch them before their getaway. This independent drama/thriller earned fantastic reviews earlier in the year. It has been called a tense and exciting heist picture with eerie and desolate photography. Additionally, most believed that it also had something to say about banks and the financial system. It stars Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges and Gil Birmingham. Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World F a m e d G er m a n f i l m m a ker W e r n e r Herzog (Fitzcarraldo, Grizzly Man and countless others) narrates this documentary that explores several facets of modern technology and how it affects our lives. Starting from the beginnings of the internet and extrapolating into the future, issues are explored through conversations with a variety of experts on various subjects. While admitting that it goes off on tangents, the press greatly enjoyed the feature. They called it an interesting and at times frightening look at the technology that holds incredible power over our lives. Mechanic: Resurrection This sequel to the 2011 remake of the old Charles Bronson
m o v i e a r r i ve d a t theaters as a bit of a surprise to a ud ience s . M a ny m ay have asked if there were re a l ly a nd unresolved questions left from the previous entry. In this follow-up, the title character has his wife kidnapped and is forced to take part in three dangerous assignments to free her. Naturally, he’s plotting his own retaliation as he takes on the missions. Write-ups were poor, stating that while the locations and stunt work were above average, everything else was strictly by-the-numbers. It stars Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones and Michelle Yeoh. Kubo and the Two Strings - T he l at e s t f rom L a i k a (Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls) is a Japanese-themed tale of a young boy on the run from strange forces that want to capture him a nd take away his one working eye. Of course, he finds help in the form of a magical monkey and large samurai insect. Reviews were quite strong, complimenting the powerful and impressive visuals on display and praising the theme of forgiveness. It features the voices of Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara and George Takai. Silicon Cowboys Computer company Conpaq is the subject of this docu m e n t a r y, which charts their r ise from a small group of friends to successful entrepreneurs, to their eventual demise at the hands of competitors and lawyers. Reaction was pretty good for the film. Most were pleased with the filmmaker’s attempt at a different approach to delivering the information;
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in this case, telling the story in a manner akin to a thriller. They stated that the fast pace and vintage advertising spots made it of interest to computer fans and general viewers. War Dogs - This biopic involves two 20-year-olds who ma naged to gain a weapon s contract from the US government by undercutting their competition. Unfortunately, it means that they have to make good on their promises, leading them into danger. Notices were mixed for the feature, although there was slightly more positive reaction than there was negative feedback. Almost all felt that it contained some funny bits, but didn’t take advantage of using its subject to explore deeper themes and told its tale in a somewhat typical and predictable manner. The cast includes Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Ana de Armas, Kevin Pollak and Bradley Cooper. Y o g a Hosers - The latest from writer/director Kev in Smith is r e p or t e d ly the second in a trilogy of films loosely connected to the country of Canada. This tale involves two convenience store clerks and their adventures stopping an ancient, evil force from wiping out the city of Winnipeg. Critics slammed the effort, suggesting that while the performers were fine, the movie felt shaggy and unfocused, almost as if one were watching the filmmaker shoot a home movie. They may have felt that way because it stars the director’s daughter, Harley Quinn Smith, along with Lily Rose Depp, Johnny Depp, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment and Natasha Lyonne.
BLASTS FROM THE PAST! Shout! Factor y have a couple of noteworthy Blu-ray releases this week. If you haven’t seen it, To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) is a great cop flick about a detective who lives “on the edge” in his attempts to
stop a murderous counterfeiter. It’s very steeped in the 80s, b u t i t ’s a great thriller with plenty of memorable scene s and unexpected surprise up its sleeve. This Collector’s Edition contains a new scan from the original film negative supervised by director William Friedkin (who also made The French Connection, The Exorcist and Sorcerer) as well as new interviews with the stars and crew. It also contains a previously recorded director’s commentary, deleted scenes and other bonuses. They are also releasing R a bi d (1977 ) on Blu-ray. This early effort from David Cronenberg (T h e B r o o d, Videodrome, The Fly and Dead Ringers to name but a few) is about a woman who, after surgery, finds herself desiring the taste of human blood. The epidemic spreads as victim after victim are attacked and show similar symptoms. This release includes a new director approved transfer, new inter views with the writer and some of the cast, multiple audio commentaries and featurettes with producers and finally, publicity materials. If you like disturbing, low-budget horror, this flick may do the trick. Criterion also have a couple of new releases. The first is the western, One-Eyed Jacks (1961), directed by and starring Marlon Brando. He plays a robber who leaves his cohort for dead and then suffers from pangs of guilt. The disc includes a new digital restoration of the film in 4K, as well as an introduction from Martin Scorsese and featurettes on the movie’s troubled production. They also have the more recent title, The Squid and the Whale (2005). It’s a sharp and biting black comedy about a teen who witnesses the bitter break-up of his intellectual parents first hand. This release also features a nice new transfer, as well as new interviews with director Noah Baumbach (Mistress America, While We’re Young), and cast members Jeff Daniels, Jesse Eisenberg, Owen Kline and Laura Linney as well as plenty
of other extras. Kino have a couple of Blurays to offer as well. They include the western, 100 Rifles (1969) and the early creature feature, The Undying Monster (1942). T h e W a r n e r Archive are bringing ba ck a big selection of titles t hat have been out-of-print for some time. It’s Always Fair Weather (1955) is a classic Gene Kelly musical that is getting the Blu-ray treatment. On the DVD front, you can now special order the Christopher Walken/Natalie Wood sci-fi flick Brainstorm (!983) and the underrated John Carpenter horror flick, In the Mouth of Madness (1994). Additionally, they’re putting out a Best Picture nominee with T he Killing Fields (1984). Other titles include the comedy Little Giants (1994), the drama One Night Stand (1997) and the political thriller Seven Days in May (1964). There’s plenty of great stuff there to choose from.
YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Unfortunately, it’s a slow week for kid’s stuff with only one dubious title coming your way. Space Dogs: Adventure to the Moon
ON THE TUBE! A nd below a re t he TV-themed releases. Amer ican Exper ience: Tesla (PBS) T h e D e Pa ti e / F r e e lin g Collection (The Ant and the Aardvark, T he Inspector, Roland and Ratfink, Tijuana Toads) Lou Grant: Season 3 Mystery Science Theater 3000: Vol. XXXVII Nature: Super Hummingbirds (PBS) Poldark: Season 2 (PBS Masterpiece) S am Be n e di ct: The Complete Ser ies (Wa r ner Archive) Time For School (PBS) Willie Velasquez: Your Vote is Your Voice (PBS) COMMUNITY
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he New Mex ico Department of Health is proud to join the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention in celebrating Nov. 14 - 20 as “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week”, an important campaign to increase awareness about the benefits and risks of antibiotics. While deaths due to infections caused by bacteria have decreased dramatically since antibiotics became available in the 1940s, widespread use of antibiotics has led to bacteria that are resistant to antibiotic treatment. Antibiotic resistance is now one of the most pressing public health threats of modern times. A lthough resistance to antibiotics can occur spontaneously in nature, the development of widespread antibiotic resistance is largely due to overuse and inappropriate use
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prescribed in the United States – or 47 million prescriptions — are unnecessary. Over 23,000 deaths per year in the United States are attributable to bacteria resistant to antibiotics. Another 29,000 deaths may be related to complications related to antibiotic use. Healthcare organizations and providers are urged to team up to become good antibiotic
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Working with the Gallup Pantry, the Rotarians work to distribute “baskets of brotherhood” to area families. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons
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2,000 petitions turned in demanding a healthier, cleaner NM Staff Reports
LBUQUERQUE — Immigrant Latino com munity members and leaders came together w ith “Juntos: Our A ir Our Water” to turn in over 2,400 s i g ne d p e t it io n s t o G ov. Su s a n a Ma r t i nez a nd t he Environmental Department in Santa Fe, demanding our st at e t r a n sit ion to clea n, renewable energy Nov. 21. T he pet it ion gat her i ng s t a r t e d e a rly S e pt em b er of t h i s yea r a f t er Ju nt o s h a d conduc t e d a s u r vey, from October 2015 through Fe b r u a r y 2 016 , w h i c h demonstrated that 89 percent of the su r veyed fa mi l ie s — mo s t ly f r om t he Latino immigra nt community — expressed that their nu mber one concer n wa s the air quality and air pollution levels found in their communities. The survey findings were t hen cor roborated by t he American Lung Association study which gave Bernalillo County a grade “F ” for air quality. The petitions tur ned in on Monday demand that the M a r t í ne z a d m i n i s t r a t io n implements a strong plan to help our state transition to clean, renewable energy — specifically wind and solar energy — and creates more “green jobs.” Investments in renewable energy are investments in hea lthy fa milies, and yet the Martinez administration continues to invest in dir ty energy, despite its impact on New Mex ica ns’ air, land, water and health. Accord i ng to t he Sola r Jobs Census, nearly 40 percent of s ol a r worker s i n t he s t a t e of New Mex ico
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Community members gather to demand clean energy. Photo Credit: Courtesy a re H i s pa n ic / L at i no. T he s a me ce n s u s s how s t h a t solar industr y employment ha s grow n by 123% i n the past six years, resulting in nearly 115,000 domestic living-wage jobs. The following are statements by leader s from Juntos: Our A ir Our Water on the petition turn-in at the State Capitol Building: Martha Favela, Leader of Ju ntos’ “Mother P romot or a s” prog r a m said, “Our families are passionate about clean air and water for our children today and tomorrow. It is time for the governor to stop looking after the interest of big corporations that continue to pollute our environment at the expense of our families’ he a lt h . S u s a n a M a r t i ne z ha s to listen to our needs a nd make sure to create a cleaner, healthier NM.” Sergio Granados, Ca nva s ser/Sout h Va l ley Academy student expressed, “Our fa milies deser ve to be treated with d ig n it y a nd t hat i ncludes ensuring the clean air, clean water and clean energy we n e e d . We h a v e g a t h e r e d t hou s a nd s of s i g n a t u r e s veterans museum located in the lobby of the hotel that was started by Riege. Originally from Ohio, Riege nominated Gallup for the Most Patriotic Small Town in America designation in 2013. There are signs that have been erected around the city alerting folks to the designation.
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Working with immigrant Latino community members and leaders, Juntos turns in over 2,400 signed petitions to the Environmental Department in Santa Fe. Photo Credit: f rom ou r com mu n it ie s to Courtesy ensu re t hat New Mex ica n During the petition turn-in, fa milies a re hea rd a nd we generations.” can build a better future for “Martinez’s administra- leaders demanded more spaces our families.” tion ha s presented ma ny for public input from Latino Christopher Ramirez, challenges for the Latinx com- com mu nities. Com mu nit y P r o g r a m D i r e c t o r o f munity, and environmental leaders also express their J u n t o s : O u r A i r O u r justice is another one of them. demands — by sharing their Water also added, “Latino We are ready to continue stand stories — for clean air, water communities have histor i- with and organize alongside and clean, renewable energy cally been left out of deci- other communities to ensure in our state and the city of sions that w ill impact the a safe and healthy future for Albuquerque, specifically in he a lt h a nd wel l - bei n g of our families and loved ones in the Westgate, South Valley and o u r f a m i l i e s a n d f u t u r e the present and the future,” International District.
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR NOV. 25 – DEC. 1, 2016 FRIDAY Nov. 25 NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH Throughout November: “Leading the Way to Healthier Nations” Bahe Whitethorne Jr. – artist exhibition. Bahe Whitethorne Jr. will have his work on display at the Main Library. Whitethorne Jr.’s art is inspired from his father and from graphic novels. This mix of traditional and contemporary techniques makes his work stand out. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. SANTA ARRIVES AT CENTER COURT At the Rio West Mall, 1300 W. Maloney Ave. FAMILY MOVIE 4 pm: a family film for everyone to enjoy. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. SATURDAY Nov. 26 OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Overeater’s Anonymous 12-step meetings. Held every Sunday at 6 to 7 pm. at the Hozho Center. 216 W. Maloney. Open to anybody who has a desire to stop compulsive eating. Contact info. (505) 307-5999, (505) 721-9208 or (505) 870-1483. SUNDAY Nov. 27 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. WEDNESDAY Nov. 30 NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION UNM-G 5:30-7 pm: For all incoming freshmen including transfer students. UNM-G, Student Services and Tech Center Room 200, 700 Gurley Ave. PLANNING A MEANINGFUL FUNERAL/CREMATION 10 am – noon: Learn from an experienced former funeral home and cemetery CALENDAR
employee. Robert Keene, Dementia Educator, is providing the following community programs in November. There is no charge to attend, however, participants are asked to pre-register. For more information, contact Robert at (505) 615-8053. 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. Starts: 5 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. HOLT HAMILTON FILMS Free weekly movie. Popcorn provided. 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. This week: More Than Frybread OPEN-MIC NIGHT Local talent takes center stage from 7:30 - 9:30 pm at Coal Street Pub, 303 W. Coal Ave. (505) 722-0117. THURSDAY Dec. 1 CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) Fun crafts for the whole family (all ages). Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. ONGOING ARTSCRAWL ArtsCrawl is held the second Saturday of every month from 7 to 9 pm, downtown Gallup. 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.
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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.
RECYCLING COUNCIL McKinley Citizens Recycling Council is a local nonprofit working to increase recycling through education, community outreach, and partnership with local government agencies. MCRC meets the first Saturday of the month at 2 pm, at Red Mesa on Hill St. For more information, please call (505) 7225142 or visit Recylegallup. org. Note: Not held in December
COMMUNITY PANTRY The Hope Garden offers organic produce for sale from 10 am - noon, Tue – Fri., 1130 E. Hassler Valley Rd. All funds go to helping feed local folks. Call (505) 726-8068 or when visiting, ask for Vernon Garcia. FRIDAY NIGHT HOOTENANNY Gallup’s longest-running live show! Every Friday night from 7 - 9 pm. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. Second St. GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY Wednesdays are low-cost Spay and Neuter Days, at the Gallup-McKinley County Humane Society. For more information, please call (505) 863-2616, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Location: 1315 Hamilton Rd. GALLUP SOLAR The nonprofit, Gallup Solar, is hosting free Solar 101 classes about all things related to off-grid solar systems on the first three Wednesdays of each month, 6 - 7 pm, at 113 E. Logan Ave. All welcome any week. No registration required. For info call: (505) 728-9246. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY YARD SALE The fundraisers are open 9 am noon every Saturday. If you have household items to donate or wish to volunteer on construction or another service call Bill Bright at (505) 722-4226,
SAVE THE DATE HOSPITAL AND AMBULATORYBASED DETOXIFICATION AND WITHDRAWAL COURSE 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, Dec. 3: Presented by Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services and the New Mexico Behavioral Health Collaborative. This nocost course is designed to provide evidence-based guidance on medical detox from drugs and alcohol in emergency, inpatient hospital and outpatient clinical settings. Learn to identify common withdrawal syndromes, triage patients, use an algorithm for outpatient detox, identify local community resources and more. For more info, contact Niles McCall at (505) 863-7333. Held in RMCH third floor solarium. NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION UNM-G Dec. 3: 9:30-11:30 am; Dec. 14: 2-4 pm; Jan. 7: 9:3011:30 am. For all incoming freshmen including transfer students. UNM-G, Student Services and Tech Center Room 200, 700 Gurley Ave. 2016 WINTER ARTS & CRAFT FAIR Dec. 3-4 at the Larry Brian Mitchell Recreation Center, 700 Montoya Blvd. (505) 722-2619. PYRAMID ROCK TRAIL RUN Dec. 3, registration begins at 8 am. Early registration costs $25; after Nov. 26 it costs $30. The event is a fundraiser for the choirs of Rehoboth and happens in
conjunction with Red Rock Balloon Rally. Visit rcsnm. org to register. TAIZE’ WORKSHOP Dec. 11, 6:30 pm: Join us for a special Advent service — a time of rest, silence, and spiritual refreshment before the busyness of the season. Take this 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 info, call Kathy Mezoff (505) 870-6136. HOLIDAY TOUR OF HOMES Dec. 11: The event is a fundraiser for the Ups & Downs Relay For Life Team of the American Cancer Society. Tour four Beautiful Holiday Decorated Homes in the Gallup community. Meet and Greet at 5 pm at the New Mexico Cancer Center, 2240 College Drive, where refreshments will be served. Vans depart 5:30 pm. Tours end at the New Mexico Cancer Center. Tickets $20, contact: Joyce Graves (505) 863-3075 or Linda Shelton (505) 722-2175. ADOPT A GRANDPARENT Bring joy to local elders by providing them with a gift. Navajo Health Education Program sponsors the event, which is looking for volunteers to adopt a grandparent from Ramah Senior Center, Tohatchi Senior Center, and Lupton Senior Center. Pick up a card from the tree at the NHEP office, (505) 7268544; wrapped gifts should be dropped off no later than Dec. 12. To post a nonprofit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: email@example.com or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.
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