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NEWS Gallup hires tourism, marketing director EL MORRO THEATRE MANAGER MOVES UP THE RANKS

By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


ennifer Lazarz, the manager of the El Morro Theatre, has been hired as Gallup’s tourism and marketing manager, city officials confirmed. Gallup Deputy City Clerk Alicia Palacios said Lazarz, a native of Illinois, was recently confirmed for the tourism job. K lo Abeita , the cit y’s hu ma n resources director, said the city won’t be looking to hire a new theatre manager as the position is now under the umbrella of the tourism and marketing manager. “Lazarz will continue to oversee the the El Morro Theatre as well as the (Rex) museum,” Abeita said. As theatre manager, Lazarz earned $46,000 a year, but in her new position, effective Dec. 19, her annaul salary increased to $65,520. The city conducted its search for a tourism manager over a six-month period, Palacios said. In her new role, Lazarz reports to City Manager

El Morro Theatre Manager, and now, Gallup’s Tourism and Marketing Manager Jennifer Lazarz. Photo Credit: Courtesy Maryann Ustick. “I am very pleased to have Jennifer Lazarz as our new tourism and marketing manager,” Ustick said in an email.

The city’s new tourism and marketing manager now manages the historic Rex Museum. File Photo

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“She is energetic, creative and dedicated to innovative branding and marketing that will not only domestically, but internationally highlight Gallup.” Ustick said Lazarz will also oversee the Second Street Events Center, adjacent to the El Morro Theatre. Overall, the position is key to supporting and marketing city-owned historic buildings and venues. In addition, she will also oversee the city’s tourism-related marketing, advertising, promotions, and social media. “Jennifer Lazarz is passionate about the people of Gallup and its high potential as a destination for guests from around the world,” Ustick said. “She has worked in the theatre for 10 years as an opera singer, ran her own business as a professional singer and voice teacher, and brings eight years of arts administration experience to Gallup. She has been an extensive traveler with trips to Austria and China, and trips all over Europe and the United States. Her combined love for Gallup and travel made her the ideal candidate for the position.” Lazarz was enthused to have been chosen for the job.

“I am honored and thrilled to be able to serve the Gallup community in a greater capacity,” Lazarz said. “Our tourism brand, Gallup.Real.True, rings personally for me as someone who moved here from the opposite side of the country. The people and experiences in Gallup are as real and authentic as it gets. I love living in a community with so much to do and see and the most amazing people around. I am excited to work hard to show the world what I fell in love with when I moved here.” Lazarz possesses an undergraduate degree from Augustana College in Illinois and a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina. In the theatre manager job, Lazarz earned the yearly salary plus a living stipend that allows an apartment at the El Morro Theatre. She replaces Catherine Sebold who earned $63,000 a year as city tourism and marketing manager. The El Morro Theatre, located on Coal Avenue in downtown Gallup, has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1988.

The city’s new Tourism and Marketing Manager, Jennifer Lazarz, will continue to oversee the management of the El Morro Theatre. File Photo

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Two file to run against UNM-G advisory board incumbents WRITE-IN CANDIDATES CAN STILL FILE

By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


wo incumbents have filed to run for seats on the University of New Mexico-Gallup Adv isor y Boa rd, off icia ls confirmed. McKinley County Director of Elections Rick Palolcak said Edwin J. Begay will face Priscilla Smith for the Position 1 post and Marvin Murphy will take on Ralph Richards for the

Position 2 post. Sm it h, a for mer ow ner a nd operator of a Ga l lup copy i ng a nd pr i nti ng a nd g r aph ic a r t s bu si ne s s, i s a Democrat. Richards is a Republican. The political persuasions of Begay and Murphy weren’t immediately clear as of press time. No one filed to run for Position 3, Palochak said. If no one ends up running for the Position 3 slot as a write-in

candidate, then someone will be appointed to that post, he added. “ Those a re the f ilings that we have at the moment,” Palochak said. “There is still time for write-in candidates.” Palochak said interested candidates have until Jan. 3 to run as write-in candidates. The election is Feb. 7. Positions 1 and 2 represent McKinley County whereas Position 3 is based in Zuni, Palochak noted.

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University of New Mexico-Gallup Advisory Board conducts business as usual during this September meeting. File Photo

UNM-Gallup advisory board members serve four-year voluntary terms. Terms are staggered so there is an election every two years, according to the school’s website. Position 1 is up for re-election in March 2019. According to the school’s website, the duties of the advisory board include acting as an advisory board to the university’s bigger Board of Regents; approving a campus budget and relaying it to the Board of Regents; providing approval and certification for the tax

lev y to McK inley Cou nt y Commission; call elections for tax levies for the Gallup campus, after approval of the Board of Regents; and call elections for advisory board positions. The other members of the UNM-G Local Advisory Board are Gerald O’Hara and Olin Kieyoomia. Early and absentee voting starts Jan. 13, Palochak said. The next advisory board meeting is Feb. 21 at 1 pm in the Director’s Conference Room in Gurley Hall on the UNM-G campus.

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DWI joint Task Force at work in McKinley County MCSO: DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE

By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


lcohol and the gas pedal simply don’t m i x . T h a t ’s t h e mantra of the area’s

Driving While Intoxicated Task Force. There are too many reasons not to chance driving the streets of Gallup and McKinley County and the DWI Task Force wants people to know the laws

of the road. “We do checkpoint procedures and also saturation patrols,” Tammy Houghtaling, DWI Task Force supervisor with the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office, said. “If you’re

driving a car under the influence, you are committing a crime and you could seriously hurt or kill someone. I think we’ve been very successful with the program,” she said. Houghtaling, who has run the area program for about the last four years, said the DWI Task Force works saturation patrol Tuesday through Sunday and at various hours. “We also have joint checkpoints,” she said, noting that the last one was Dec. 20 at the intersection of Historic Highway 66 and Woodrow Drive, near downtown Gallup. At that checkpoint, “There were 1,294 vehicles that passed through and we did have five

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arrests during a 5-hour period,” she said. Houghtaling works alongside MC SO Deput y Iv a n Tsethlikai, and there is a designated prosecutor to handle DWI Task Force cases that come through the McKinley


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Skandera to get Trump job? By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


ANTA FE –New Mexico P ublic Education Secretary Hanna Skandera is under consideration for a job within the U.S. Department of Education – when President-Elect Donald Trump takes office, Politico reports. According to the publication, Skandera could land a position as deputy secretary or undersecretary of education in the Trump administration. Trump nominated Betsy DeVos of Michigan on Nov. 7 as Secretary of Education. Skandera’s stance on charter school expansion is aligned with that of DeVos. Sk a nder a , 4 3, a r r ived in Santa Fe in 2011 prior to working with the Jeb Bush gubernatorial team in Florida. Bush dropped out of the 2016 Republican presidential

PED Secretary Hanna Skandera nomination. The Dec. 16 repor t i n Politico was based on unidentified sources. A stream of telephone calls to Skandera’s Santa Fe office by the Gallup Sun weren’t returned this week. Skandera got confirmation for the state education job despite having no teaching or administrative school experience. Skandera and Gov. Susana Martinez have duplicated some of Bush’s education initiatives, including giving schools “A” through “F” grades with respect to performance.

She was confirmed by the Senate Rules Committee in 2013. But the full senate did not hold a confirmation vote on Skandera until four years later. She was conformed 22-19. Politico is a journalistic publication based in Arlington, Va., just outside Washington, D.C. Skandera, a California native, holds an undergraduate degree in business from Sonoma State University in California. She has a master’s degree from California’s Pepperdine University. Ska ndera is a staunch advocate of charter schools and toured one such school in Jemez Pueblo on Dec. 16 with U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. Robert McIntyre, spokesman for the PED, assisted in facilitating contact with Skandera, who did not return phone calls seeking comment about the prospective federal job.

Replacement of Ganado Wash Bridge requires closures on State Route 264 PLAN FOR DELAYS AND CONSIDER ALTERNATE ROUTES ON JANUARY 4 Staff Reports


ith the new year comes phase one of a new bridge over the Ganado Wash on State Route 264 in

northeastern Arizona. The A r i zona Depa r t ment of Transportation is scheduled to set 12 bridge girders on Wednesday, Jan. 4, requiring a series of highway closures that will impact drivers in both

West Gallup ‘sees’ power outage, again By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


he strong winds that blew across Gallup in spurts over the holiday weekend contributed to a massive power outage on Gallup’s west side, officials said. Cit y Elect r ic Di rector Richard Matzke said city work crews simply had to clear power lines of debris and tree branches so that things could go smoothly. “We did not have to replace equipment in this instance,” Matzke sa id. “Power wa s restored.” At around 3:30 am on Dec. 24, the indoor and outdoor lights went out everywhere from McDonald’s West to past the Love’s Travel Stop. That distance covers several miles.

The only residences and businesses that maintained power were those that had portable generators. Matzke said tending to a broken light pole was one of the things city work crews did during the wind storm. But that wasn’t the actual cause of the outage, he said. The city’s west end experienced a similar power outage about a month ago. In that instance, fuses related to a transformer blew out and were quickly replaced, Matzke said at the time. Still, the electricity going out is something you don’t want to really ”see” too often, a west side resident said. “It gets sca r y,” Rober t Donaldson, 44, said. “Seems like they can do some kind of prevention to make it not happen again.”

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Robbery of Wells Fargo Bank branch in Santa Fe Staff Reports


he FBI and Santa Fe Police Department are asking for the public’s help in tracking down an unknown man who robbed a bank three years ago. On December 20, 2013, at approximately 5:45 pm, the suspect robbed the Wells Fargo bank branch located at 3150 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe.


The suspect at the time was described as a white male in his early 30s, approximately 5’10” to 5’11” tall, weighing about 170 pounds, with a thin to medium build. He had gray or blue eyes. He wore a gray zip-up hooded sweater, a dark gray military-style cap, and dirty blue jeans. He appeared to be sucking on a lollipop at the time of the robbery.

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to call the FBI at (505) 889-1300. Tips also can be submitted online at tips.fbi.gov. The FBI may pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a bank robbery suspect. Information about this and other bank robbers wanted by the FBI can be found at bankrobbers.fbi.gov. Gallup Sun • Friday December 30, 2016


Giant robbed by wannabe ninja


By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


Yatahey man jailed Christmas Eve on an armed robbery charge bonded out of the McKinley County Adult Detention Center a few days later, records show. Rober t Brown, 30, had no idea that the moment he decided to rob the Giant at 3340 E. Historic Highway 66 was the same instance that a deputy sheriff from the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office was at the store. Brown was carrying a 4-foot silver ninja sword at the time of the robbery. “I was on routine patrol to use the air pump,” Deputy Merlin Benally wrote in a police report on the matter. Benally saw Brown, who was wearing all black and carrying “a long silver item,” quickly walk away from the store. This prompted


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the deputy to go inside of the store and check on the clerk. “’He went that way,’” a terrified store clerk told Benally. Benally recorded in the report that Brown entered the business at 6:52 am, and left the business in a huff, only to find the deputy trailing. Brown was found with a pack of Energizer batteries, a lighter and a pair of sunglasses. He told the store clerk to give him a fifth of Jack Daniels, too, which the store was out of. During arrest procedures,

Benally said he noticed a strong alcoholic odor coming from Brown’s breath. At the point of entering the jail, Benally recorded in the report that Brown began to cry and said he committed the robbery because he ran out of gas “and needed some gas money.” Brown bonded out of jail on a $6,000 bond. The charges in the incident were armed robbery, assault with the intent to commit a violent felony, tampering with evidence and resisting and evading or obstructing an officer. A supplemental report of the robbery by Benally indicates that Brown stole $35.75 from the Giant gas station and convenience store. The robbery is one of several gas station robberies that occurred on Gallup’s east side in 2016. The Shell gas station at 3306 E. Historic Highway 66 was broken into and robbed twice this year.


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Unknown suspect fire bombs office of Sen. George Muñoz By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


n unknown suspect remains on the lam in connection with a possible arson of the local property maintenance office of a Gallup state legislator. S e n . G e o r g e Muñoz, D-Gallup, said his office, Munoz Properties, at 2607 Chamisal Ave., was partially set ablaze Dec. 27. He said he has no idea why somebody would do such a thing. “I don’t know why someone would do this,” Muñoz said. “The situation is under investigation.” According to a fire report, the left side screen and window pane of the business was broken and burned. Smoke damage was noted in the report as having occurred inside the

TASK FORCE | FROM PAGE 4 County court system. That prosecutor is Paula Pakkala. A grant amount received from the state in the amount of $496,000 allows for the salaries and expenses of the three. In given some recent stat i st ic s, Houg ht a l i ng sa id between Oct. 1, 2015 and Sept. 30, 2016, there were 57 DWI arrests with 1,599 citations written. She said the three highest number of citations issued were for speed ing (462), no proof of insurance (270) and driv ing without a registration or having an expired registration. “These stats do not include the (New Mexico State Police)

walls of the business. A mini set of blinds was pulled down from its hinges and was on the ground, the fire report states. “It appea red a n unknown liquid had been splashed on and down a desk,” t h e report reads. There was damage to a computer and printer in the one-story building, according to the report. Mu ñoz sa id t here wa s no one injured in the incident . T he Ga l lup Pol ice Department became involved because investigators determined the incident to be possible arson. A Gallup native and son of a former Gallup mayor, Muñoz said he’s owned the building for about 40 years and nothing of the sort has happened in that time. since those were turned over to the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office,” she said. The DWI Task Force grant renews annually and is administered by the state department of Transportation.

DID YOU KNOW? The cost of getting a DWI ca n be expensive. A DWI can run as high as $10,000 when one figures in the cost of an attorney, fines, probation supervision costs, DWI school and alcohol treatment. Automobile insurance is also impacted. Some insurance companies increase fees three to five times higher after a DWI arrest. NEWS

WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports The legal limit is .08. Shawn Dawes 2nd DWI, Aggravated Dec. 17, 2:05 am Dawes a l e r t e d Gallup Police Department Officer John Gonzales by driving with his headlights turned off down Hwy 66. Gonzales, who was traveling eastbound, turned around near the intersection of Arnold street to check on Dawes. According to the police report, Dawes, 26, sped up and started driving on the shoulder. At this point, Gonzales turned on his overhead lights and sirens. Dawes increased his speed until he arrived at the intersection of Marguerite and pulled into the parking lot of Sonic west. When Gonzales approached the vehicle, Dawes denied having any drinks, the report

states, but the signs of intoxication were present. Gonzales could smell alcohol on his breath, and noted that Dawes had bloodshot, watery eyes, and a glass bottle of Blue Moon beer in the center console. Dawes failed the field sobriety tests and refused to take the two required breath tests. Another officer found a pipe, earning Dawes an extra charge of possessing drug paraphernalia, along with open container and driving without headlights on. Angela A. Begaye 2nd DWI, Aggravated Dec. 16, 1:17 am Begaye, 49, caug ht the attention of McKinley C o u n t y Sher i f f ’s O f f i c e Deputy Ivan Tsethlikai when he saw her turning left toward the TravelCenters of America. But, she missed the entrance. Instead she ran into a drainage ditch. According to the

deputy’s report, Begaye continued on until she ran over a curb. Tsethlikai initiated a traffic stop, and he immediately smelled the strong odor of booze coming from the driver’s side as he approached the vehicle. When he approached Begaye, her eyes were bloodshot and she was slurring her words. She refused to take the field sobriety tests, but did submit to taking the two required breath tests. She blew a .20 twice. Herman Chee 3rd DWI, Aggravated Nov. 29, 5:20 pm Chee was pulled over for not using a turn signal as he made a right turn at the intersection of Sixth Street and Coal Avenue. When GPD Officer Dominic Molina approached the white Ford truck, Chee was on the phone with a woman. Molina ran the plates, which had expired registration, and

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he learned that the registration tags were for a black pick up truck. When asked for his driver’s license and insurance card, Chee, 50, said he didn’t have either item. Molina could smell alcohol on Chee’s breath and noticed that he was slurring his words. He did admit to having “two small ones” at about 7 am. Chee didn’t fare well on the field sobriety tests, and blew a .18 and .16 during the breath tests. Leibert Lynch 2nd DWI, Aggravated Nov. 29, 9:46 pm GPD Officer Molina assisted Officer Andrew Thayer in a traffic stop. Molina was

working the DW I t a s k force. T h e vehicle was a l ready pulled over when Molina approached Lynch. Molina asked him to step out of the vehicle. With the signs of intoxication present, Molina asked Lynch if he had been drinking. According to the police report, Lynch said that he had a “4 Loko” beer. Lynch, 26, engaged in one of the field sobriety tests, then


State police to up DWI Checkpoints, Saturation Patrol in 2017 By NM State Police


TATEW IDE – State Police will be conducting Sobr iety Check poi nt s, S a t u r a t i o n Patrols, a nd Registration, Insurance and Drivers’ L i c e n s e C he ck p oi nt s in a ll New Mexico counties du r i ng the month of Ja nua r y 2017. We are bringing awareness to this, in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities, through continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society’s attitude about drinking and driving.

People are choosing to not drink and drive. This is the biggest step in keeping impaired drivers from crashing into our friends and families. Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage to make the right decision. Who: New Mexico State Police What: S obr iet y Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols and Registration / Insura nce/ DL Checkpoints When: January 2017 Where: All New Mexico Counties Why: So we can ENDWI in New Mexico

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A Look Back: A Small Office with a Big Mission FBI EXCLUSIVE…



veryone knows that the holiday season is well under way when the giant Christmas tree is lit at Rockefeller Center in New York City. What is less well known, however, is the connection between Rockefeller Center and the birth of America’s civilian foreign intelligence efforts. It was 1940 and the world had plunged into war the

previous summer. Although America remained neutral at that time, it did not ignore the massive international threat, and an FBI operation—small but cr itica l to A mer ica’s response to that threat—was centered in the heart of New York City in Rockefeller Center. It was called the Importers a nd Ex por ter s Ser v ice Company and operated out of room 4332 at 30 Rockefeller Center—the RCA Building— beginning in August 1940.

Exterior of the RCA Building at Rockefeller Center during the 1940s. Photo Credit: © 2015 Rockefeller Group Inc/Rockefeller Center Archives

Importers and Exporters was the Bureau’s first attempt to set up a long-term cover company for our covert program, the Special Intelligence Service (SIS). The SIS was the United States’ first civilian foreign intelligence service and was less than a year old. Under a 1940 agreement signed by the Army, Navy, and FBI and approved by President Roosevelt, the FBI was given responsibility for “foreign intelligence work in the Western Hemisphere.” This saw us gathering intelligence about espionage, counterespionage, subversion, and sabotage concerns—especially about Nazi activities—pertaining to civilians in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. We were to create a n undercover force that would proactively protect America’s security from threats in our international neighborhood. Given that our past success was mostly in criminal matters, taking on this task would be a steep learning experience. To begin, we wanted to center the operation away from traditional FBI facilities and wanted to anchor it in commercial efforts, because they would provide the freedom of movement and access our agents would need. Although it is not clear why the Bureau chose to establish a presence at 30 Rock, it likely had something to do with the support that Nelson Rockefeller had provided to President Roosevelt’s intelligence work. Furthermore, on multiple occasions after the SIS’s

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Employees and visitors board an elevator inside the RCA Building at Rockefeller Center (circa 1940), site of the FBI’s first cover office for its covert program known as the Special Intelligence Service. Photo Credit: © 2015 Rockefeller Group Inc/Rockefeller Center Archives creation, our personnel were a fforded cover by Nelson Rockefeller’s Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs. The RCA Building placed the FBI within a hotbed of foreign activity, both allied and enemy. The Rockefellers provided space in the same building at little or no cost to British Security Coordination, an intelligence agency/liaison service. It also hosted Italian, German, and Japanese tenants until the U.S. government detained them as enemy aliens when America entered World War II. And the Soviet Union had office space in the building as well. Of course, the sign on the door did not read “FBI/SIS— Spies Welcome.” Instead, the Impor ters a nd Ex por ters Ser v ice Compa ny—wh ich never imported or exported anything—was supposed to be completely unidentifiable with the Bureau and would provide “backstopping” or cover identities, employment, and other necessary tools for our agents to operate undercover.

With these new identities, representatives of the company were to travel throughout the hemisphere to collect intelligence and help to disrupt the Axis threat. It looked good on paper; however, the plan took an unexpected tur n because Bureau person nel had to fend off daily advances from unsuspecting salesmen and other parties knocking on the door wanting to do business with the new company. The FBI ended up shutting down the Importers and Exporters business in June 1941, but we kept the office itself open until November 1945, using it to quietly handle logistics for deploying SIS personnel. Although the Importers and Exporters Service Company was a short-lived enterprise, its method of operation, providing what is known as “non-official cover” in the spy business, became crucial to the SIS’s intelligence activities and its


Corruption on the Border



uring his trial on public corr uption charges in 2013, former U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer Hector Rodriguez admitted that he had been receiving bribes of cash and luxury items for two years in return for admitting illegal aliens into the U.S. through his inspection lane at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego, California. While the overwhelming majority of law enforcement officers and public officials who work at the country’s ports and borders are honest and dedicated, even one corrupt official like Rodriguez can pose a serious threat to the nation’s security—because what if one of those individuals smuggled through a port of entry is a terrorist carrying a bomb? For that reason, the FBI— in collaboration with the Depa r tment of Homela nd Security—is launching a campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of border corruption so that citizens and government employees who see corruption or suspicious activity will call the FBI to report it. “Public corruption is the FBI’s top criminal priority,” said Sergio Galvan, chief of the Bureau’s Public Corruption Unit at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. “It is critical for us to engage the public to help stop these crimes. We’re not expecting citizens to be detectives,” Galvan explained, “but if you see something that doesn’t seem right, report it.

Staff Reports If you notice someone going through security without being searched, or if you work on the border and know someone in your agency that is looking the other way, call the FBI.” The border awareness campaign will include publicity outreach efforts in 10 FBI field offices whose areas of responsibility include U.S. ports of entry such as border crossings, airports, and seaports. The cities are Buffalo, New York; Detroit, Michigan; El Paso and San Antonio, Texas; Fargo, North Dakota; Los Angeles and San Diego, California; Miami, Florida; Phoenix, Arizona; and Seattle, Washington. “We want to know what people are seeing and hearing,” Galvan said, “whether you are a frequent traveler, a truck driver, or a law enforcement official who works on the border.” Hector Rodriguez pleaded guilty to receiving bribes and bringing aliens into the country for financial gain. In 2013 he was sentenced to five years in prison and three years of supervised release for receiving thousands of dollars in cash, along with Rolex watches and an expensive vehicle, for looking the other way. But public corruption on the border

is by no means limited to the Southwest border. The FBI has 22 border corruption task forces and working groups across the country staffed by 39 local, state, and federa l pa r tner agencies, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Drug Enforcement Administration, a nd t he T r a n s p or t a t io n Security Administration. More than 250 officers are working cases and gathering intelligence to stop public corruption along all U.S. ports of entry. And while federal, state, and local officials who serve along our borders are working hard to keep the country safe from outside threats, “when even one of those individuals is compromised, it creates a grave situation,” Galvan said. “What I would like to say to the public and to individuals who work in agencies that serve at the border is that the FBI is here to help you—but we can’t help if we don’t get information. If you see something, pick up the phone. Call your local field office or submit a tip on our website. The point of our public awareness campaign,” he added, “is that we need your eyes and ears to help keep the country safe.”

Attorney General Balderas Announces Murder Indictment against Davon Lymon Staff Reports


L BUQU ERQU E – A t t o r n e y He c t o r Balderas announced Dec. 23 that a Ber n a l i l lo Cou nt y g r a nd jury returned an indictment against Davon Lymon for first degree murder and seven other charges involving the death of Albuquerque Police Office Daniel Webster. Balderas’ Special Prosecutions Division will NEWS

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“The Office of the Attorney General Special Prosecutions Division prosecutes the most violent and complex criminal cases in New Mexico and also provides assistance and trial support to local prosecutors and law enforcement,” Balderas said. “We must all work together to keep New Mexico families safe and I would like to thank the federal authorities for their assistance and cooperation regarding this complex jurisdictional matter.”


I N D O W ROCK, Ariz. – T he He a lt h , Education, a nd Hu ma n Ser v ices com m ittee approved L eg i slat ion No. 0407-16, which accepted amendments to the plan of operat ion for t he Nava jo Nation Department of Child Suppor t En forcement . The HEHSC ser ves as the oversight authority for the program. In accordance with the legislation, the program will now be referred to as the “Navajo Nation Department of Child Support Services.” Amendments to the plan of operation include modifications of child support obligations, the hiring of tribal court advocates and legal secretaries, locating custodial and non-custodial parents, and the establishment of paternity and medical support. Other amendments that a re sig n i f ica nt a dd it ion s include enforcing suppor t orders, foreign judgments, orders and administrative agreements, and improving child support enforcement through case management specialists. HEHSC chair and legislation sponsor Jonathan Hale (Oak Springs, St. Michaels) raised concerns regarding accountability in how child support funding is utilized for the benefit of children. “You see some children outfitted in poorly, ragged clothing while the mother is dressed ver y nice with new purses and items that child support money could be potentially going toward. These children are important and I want to know what steps the department is taking to ensure the children have their needs met,” Hale said. He added that the child support system should also ensure that a non-custodial parent is still able to visit

their children to foster a positive relationship with both parents, and offer counseling if need be for all persons involved. Judy Platero, prog ra m supervisor for the NNDCSE, said in August the program held public hearings across the Navajo Nation to obtain feedback on proposed changes to the Navajo Nation Child Support Act and guidelines. HEHSC member Council Delegate Nelson S. BeGaye (Lukachuka i, Rock Point, Round Rock, Tsaile/ Wheatfields, Tsé Ch’ izhí) recommended a work session between the HEHSC and the NNDCSE to discuss the results of the public hearings and to provide recommendations to amend the act. The work session will be scheduled in January 2017. HEHSC vice chair Council Delegate Norman M. Begay (Alamo, Ramah, Tóhajiilee) asked Platero if the program has implemented safeguards to prevent individuals from filing for child support benefits off the Navajo Nation if they already have active benefits with the Nation, and vice versa. “For instance, you have people who w ill cla im in B er n a l i l lo Cou nt y, [New Mexico] and then come to Tohajiilee to try to collect other benefits, how are you guys tracking that?” asked Begay. Pl a t er o s a id t h a t t he current system they utilize provides tracking by social security numbers and will alert their office if child support benefits are currently being paid out to the custodial parent and child from an outside agency, and will also aler t the outside agencies if an individual is already receiving child support from the Navajo Nation. HEHSC members voted 3-0 to approve Legislation No. 0407-16, and the committee serves as the final authority on the bill.

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AG announces convicted child killer to remain in prison


RANTS – Attorney Genera l Hector Balderas announced on D e c . 2 2 t h a t Jadrian Lucero will remain in prison following his conviction for the fatal abuse of his own daughter, who was just 47 days old at the time of her death. The New Mexico Supreme Court agreed with the arguments of the Office of the Attorney General Criminal Appeals Division and affirmed Lucero’s conviction for intentional child abuse resulting in death. A Cibola County jury found Lucero guilty after the baby’s autopsy revealed that she died from “devastating brain injuries” caused by blunt force trauma. “The tragedy of an innocent life cut so short is difficult to comprehend, but I hope today’s decision will bring some solace to the community,” Balderas said. “I want to thank the Grants Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office for their work on this case. I

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U hope that the case will serve as a reminder of the crucial impor ta nce of protecting New Mexican children from violence.” The Supreme Cour t rejected Lucero’s arguments alleging errors in the trial and affirmed the conviction for intentional child abuse resulting in death, for which Lucero received a life sentence. The Office of the Attorney General Criminal Appeals Division handles all murder conviction appeals in the State of New Mexico. nearly indispensable to their cover employers.) Room 4332 at 30 Rock and what went on there more than 70 years ago is little remembered now—the room itself doesn’t even exist anymore because the floor it was located on has an open plan today. However, those who enjoy the Christmas tree and skating rink at Rockefeller Center during the holiday season might take a minute to reflect on the building’s role in America’s first civilian foreign intelligence service.

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.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham will be a Senior Whip in the Democratic caucus when the new Congress convenes next year. Lujan Grisham received the position after being named by Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer on Thursday. This is the second high-profile position for Lujan Grisham in the upcoming Congress. Lu ja n Gr isha m was recently elected chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, which is made up of Hispanic members of the chamber, currently only Democrats. Hoyer referenced that position Thursday in a statement. “I am proud to announce that Rep. Lujan Grisham will serve as a Senior Whip in the 115th Congress,” Hoyer said. “As chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, she will bring an important perspective to the whip operation. I look forward to working with her to support job creation and expand opportunity for all Americans, as well as oppose efforts to undermine critical programs that assist working families in

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham with other panelists on a discussion about the environment. Photo Credit: Andy Lyman New Mexico and throughout the country.” Whips generally count votes among the caucus and try to make sure all the members of the caucus vote the way leadership wants on key votes. Lujan Grisham also commented on the new position, saying she appreciated Hoyer for naming her to the team. “We will need a united front to stop the incoming administration from dismantling Medicare and Social Security,” she said. “We need to work together to build on the job growth realized under Democratic leadership

and ensure states like New Mexico aren’t left behind. And we to protect the environment from the climate deniers that President-elect Trump is appointing to prominent Cabinet positions.” In 2015, Steve Pearce was part of the House Republican whip team, but was kicked off after bucking the party on a vote for rules on a trade proposal. Lujan Grisham won’t be on the whip team for more than one term—she announced earlier this month that she would run for governor in 2018. Visit: nmpoliticalreport. com

Another AZ behavioral health provider leaving the state By Matthew Reichbach NM Political Report


nother of the behavioral health providers brought in from Arizona to fill the gap made after the state Human S er v ice s Depa r tment cut off funding to 15 organizat ion s i s leav i ng t h e state. Valle del Sol is the fourth of five organizations from Arizona that were brought into the state in 2013 to take over behavioral health services to leave the state.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported that an executive with Valle del Sol said the company is working with HSD on the transition to aid patients. A spokesman for HSD s a id t he s a me thing to the northern New Mexico paper. Valle del Sol had seven locations throughout the state. In 2013, HSD sa id they found credible allegations of fraud in 15 New Mexico behavioral health organizations. The department cut off Medicaid funding to the organizations. T he “c r e d i ble a l le g a tions” came from an audit

of behav ioral health providers conducted by Public Consulting Group, or PCG. The federal law that allows HSD to cut off funding also allows for some discretion in cutting off funding. Several organizations shut their doors because they could not keep their doors open without Medicaid funding. Later, an investigation by the state Attorney General cleared the organizations, though the state has said they are still looking to recoup over pay ment s from t he organizations. The state says behavioral health services have increased in the last two years, though some Democrats dispute the numbers. NEWS

BLM announces call for nominations to Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Staff Reports


A S H I NGT ON – T he Bu reau of Land Management issued a call for public nominations to fill three positions on its national Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Dec. 27. To be considered for selection, nominations must be received via email by Feb. 10, or postmarked by that date. The BLM published its request for nominations in the Federal Register. Nominations are for a term of three years and are needed to represent the following

categories of interest: public interest (equine behavior), wild horse and burro research, and natural resource management. The Advisory Board advises the BLM, an agency of the Department of the Interior, and the U.S. Forest Service, an agency of the Department of Agriculture, on the protection and management of wild free-roaming horses and burros on public lands administered by those agencies. The Board generally meets twice a year and the BLM’s Designated Federal Official may call additional meetings when necessary.  Members serve without

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New program focuses on finding, arresting DWI absconders STATEWIDE EFFORT TARGETS DRUNK DRIVERS WHO SKIP COURT

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If you drive drunk, you better be prepared to pay the pr ice,” Gov. Susana Martinez


ANTA FE – Governor Susana Mar tinez a n nounced Dec. 28 that State Police will be conducting a targeted law enforcement operation every three months next year to find and arrest drunk drivers who failed to show up to court. “If you drive drunk, you better be prepared to pay the price,” Martinez said. “Unfortunately, too many drunk drivers never even show up to court. These are dangerous drivers who have no respect for the law, and they are still out on our streets putting lives at risk. This operation sends a strong message that you cannot avoid justice – officers will find you and bring you back to jail where you belong.” The operation targets DWI offenders who have avoided justice – many of whom are repeat offenders who have no regard for the safety of their fellow New Mexicans or for the law and continue to put lives at risk. The Governor announced a similar operation earlier this year. During a three-day operation, law enforcement arrested 33 drunk drivers who didn’t show up to court. The


This year, the Governor en a c t e d leg i sl a t ion t h a t increased penalties against drunk drivers to some of the toughest in the region. M o s t r e c e n t l y, t h e

administration launched a campaign aimed at stopping servers and establishments from over-serving alcohol. Last year, in addition to a three-day DWI bench warrant roundup, she announced a court monitoring program that placed citizens inside courtrooms in six counties to shed light on how DWI cases are handled and

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NM Gov. Susana Martinez roundups are a coordinated effort between law enforcement and courts across the state that identify DWI offenders who have an outstanding DWI bench warrant. “The New Mexico State Police is committed to keeping our roadways safe from drunk drivers,” State Police Chief Pete Kassetas said. “Part of our reinforcement of DWI laws is partnering to apprehend those who disregard all aspects of justice by driving drunk and fleeing prosecution. In coord i n at ed ef for t s throughout the year, State Police officers will be dedicated to arresting DWI offenders who have failed to show up to court and continue to put New Mexicans in danger.”

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OPINIONS Gallup Sun Editorial: How could this happen?


ike other taxpaying citizens, we at the Gallup Sun have been appalled in 2016 by the actions of the Gallup-McKinley County Schools Board of Education. Putting Superintendent Frank Chiapetti on paid administrative leave last week was something everybody this side of Santa Fe saw coming a long time ago. But why do it at Tse Yi Gai High School in Pueblo Pintado and out of eyesight from folks who would have otherwise

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attended the school board meeting? Now, folks with students attending McKinley County schools are watching to see where the situation goes from here: Will there be some concessions offered by either side? Is the situation really a done deal? Was racism involved in the situation? It wasn’t a shocker when the state Public Education Department cautioned GMCS about board member Sandra Jeff liv ing outside of the


district’s boundaries. Nor was it shocking to see retired Gallup educator Joe Menini vote against the Chiapetti paid administrative leave thing. Things at GMCS tend to go from bad to worse, at least lately, anyway. Chiapetti led the district through a rise of student test scores, and was effective by the board’s own measurement. Most parents and teachers who recognized the improvements liked him. A guy who was making a difference in a short amount

of time was, effectively, dismissed. There are no scandalous allegations here. And if there was anything scandalous, it would be in the investigative report of Chiapetti conducted while he was placed on administrative leave in 2015. The Gallup Sun’s repeated Inspection of Public Records Act requests to obtain this document has been met with roadblocks, with the



Happy New Year! Madame G recommends taking everything in stride. Focus on changes only you can make. Tap into the steadying energy of Capricorn to guide you. Pursue your dreams with wisdom. Take deliberate action towards your goals. Consider each step you take and map out how you can get there. Slow and steady wins the race! You’ve got this. Good luck!

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Are you taking proper action? If you feel stagnant, don’t despair. You’re in emotional limbo, but this is a natural part of life. You can’t spend life running away from danger like an action hero. That’s exhausting! Slow down! Take time digging deep into problems that plague you. Read. Learn. Consider meditation and exercise. This may well provide the answers you seek. You can!

Life has a funny way of knocking you on your ass. You may respond in anger or with humor. Madame G recommends taking a moment for laughter. Despite what happens, we’re never guaranteed anything. All we have is this one moment. Share your moment with a total stranger and give them your best smile. Go home and hug your mother, friend, or pets. Life is good!

So, you’re ready to plunge right into the future. Are you sure? Perhaps you’ve not been the best boss. Maybe you’re trying and people just don’t understand you. Heavy weighs the crown of responsibility whether you’re a parent, employer, or friend. Look at your own intentions and question your motives. You may need to check yourself. But, you must continue forward too.

Are you looking towards the future? Maybe your planning on quitting your job or moving out of state. Whatever the case, stop talking and starting doing. Make a plan and set goals. If you want to quit your job ask yourself: who, what, where, when, and why. Once you’ve determined those five consider the next one: how. Then write it all down and put it on the fridge. GO!

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Your heart yearns for better days. But, maybe you’re unsure if you’ve ever had such days. It’s hard to assess where you are when it’s staring you in the face. Consider a Monet painting, it may appear fuzzy up close and when you step back it gets clearer. You may need some time for reflection and looking into your soul. What do you want? Who are you? Only you can say.

The holidays are a time for happiness and sadness. You may rejoice over what you have and mourn for what you’ve lost. This is natural. Be grateful that you’re a human being capable of such feelings. Be grateful for your incredible and wondrous existence. Remember, that life is an adventure. Every person who exists is a miracle. We are all in this together. Enjoy!

The time is now! You’ve waited and considered your options. Now you must look deep and take swift and decisive action. Once you’ve made a decision don’t look back. Dig deep and be relentlessly honest with yourself. Only you know the truest answers for what you need. Only you know what’s deep in your heart. Stop chasing phantoms and cut out all the fluff. Focus on you!

Take a chapter from Capricorn’s book. When you want change, sit down and think it through. Then take action, don’t just think about it. You’ll need to write down your goals and head in a positive direction towards them. Take small steps at first. But, once you’ve made the decision: burn the ships! Meaning you’re either in all the way or you’re not in at all. Good luck!

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

You may find many soul mates along your path. They could include family, friends, strangers, geographic locations, and animals. You may know them for a lifetime or only a moment. But, don’t despair dear Gemini. This is all part of the journey. You may meet hundreds of soul mates and they may not share your space forever. Enjoy your time together. It’s enough.

It’s never easy to determine what path you should take. There is no right answer. You must make a choice and your actions will determine what type of journey you’ll have. You’ll take a journey even if you don’t make a choice. Even if you sit down and stare at both directions, you’re still making a choice. There is no right answer. Make your decision. It’s all good.

You’ve a lot to learn still. But, you’re closer than you’ve ever been. Maybe you’re discovering hidden talents. Perhaps you’ve taken to your new position. It could be a job most people hate and yet you seem to do well and thrive. Who cares if other people don’t get it! It’s your life. Take pride in what you do and how you live. The rest of the world will celebrate your success.

Dear Pisces, what brings you joy today? Maybe you love your family and friends. Perhaps sitting quietly with a good book is your favorite. Maybe you may prefer a wild ride instead. Whatever the case, be sure and find yourself some happiness this week. What’s stopping you? The time for living is now. Yes, you must be responsible. But, you’re not dead yet. So, live!


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New Mexico’s economic policy is counter-productive By Bill Jordan


concur with two points from D. Dowd Muska’s [NMPolitics.net] recent opinion piece. One: “It’s certainly true that by themselves, lower individual and corporate taxes have not generated much joband wealth-creation in New Mexico.” Yep. Two: New Mexico is in a “dire fiscal condition.” Or, more simply put, our state’s economy is in the tank. Under Governor Martinez’s watch, our state has developed a deficit of hundreds of millions, we’ve spent all of our savings — which led Wall Street to lower our bond rating — and we’re ranked the worst-run state in the countr y (again). Governor Martinez’s economic policy — rooted in the decadesold ideology of “tax cuts for

Bill Jordan jobs” — has failed, and failed spectacularly. We know what creates jobs, and they’re the same things that make our nation’s modern economy possible: investments in human capital and infrastructure. Sure, businesses like tax breaks, but they don’t need tax breaks. They need well-trained, educated employees; customers with money to spend; and the infrastructure that enables

them to get their products to market. But those are the ver y things they’re less and less likely to find in the Land of Enchantment. That’s because, instead of investing in its human capital, New Mexico has actually been divesting. Some of the deepest cuts of the past decade have been to our universities and colleges, which have had to raise tuition significantly in order to survive. If you’re relocating a business that will need educated workers, would you set up shop in a state that’s made it more difficult to get a college degree? Or would you pick a state that makes educating their workforce a top priority? Investments in our workforce a nd i n f ra st r uct u re require money — which we’re short on at the moment, in large part because of tax cuts

we’ve passed for out-of-state corporations. Since these tax cuts have failed to stimulate the economy, it’s foolish to continue them. If we rolled them back we’d be able to reinvest in the things that will grow our economy. To be fair, Mr. Muska’s opinion piece is really about the fact that taxes have been raised on the county and city levels, and he has a fair point there. His point, however, simply reinforces our underlying argument — that tax cuts at the state level have failed and those failures are felt at the municipal level as well. City and county governments have been short-funded both because of the poor economy and because the 2013 corporate tax-cut legislation decreased the amount of money going to cities and counties. It also gave municipalities the power to increase

their gross receipts tax rates — a tax that Mr. Muska accurately points out falls hardest on consumers. In fact, all taxes at the city and county level fall hardest on working families. Only the state can tax incomes — both personal and corporate — which helps spread the tax responsibility more evenly than do sales or proper ty taxes. The outdated, disproven ideology of “no new revenue” offered up by Governor Martinez and the Rio Grande Foundation is a failure. New Mexico deserves better. We need to invest in New Mexico in order to transform our economy so ever yone has a n oppor t u n it y to bet ter themselves. Bill Jordan is senior policy advisor and government relations officer for New Mexico Voices for Children.

Financial literacy essential for business owners By Carmen Martinez, director, Small Business Development Center at San Juan College


usiness owne r s d o n’ t ne e d a degree in accounting, but they do ne e d t o k now how t o read ba sic fina ncia l statements and when to ask the a ccou nt a nt s who prepa re them to expla in what they don’t understand. No one wants to be like the business owner who believed she wa s ma k i ng a prof it because her checkbook had a positive balance. But even business owners who diligently record financial transactions using basic accounting software don’t always comprehend the repor ts their CPA generates based on these records. That means they’re not using the expertise they pay for, and they’re not using the numbers as tools to build their business. The three financial repor ts ever y business ow ner shou ld u nder st a nd a re the prof it a nd loss statement, the ba la nce s h e e t a nd t h e c a s h f low statement.



The P&L, or income, statement shows how much profit a company makes — or doesn’t make — over a given period. The statement reports revenues, expenses, gains and losses. If a positive balance remains once expenses and losses are subtracted from revenues and gains, the result is net income. If the balance is negative, the statement shows a net loss. Understanding the profit a nd loss statement helps the owner understand why he’s making or losing money and suggests where to trim expenses. Knowing the difference between fixed and variable expenses helps him make this decision. Variable expenses — such as raw materials and sales commissions — increase or decrease with changes in production. But fixed expenses — like rent, phone service and loan payments — are paid even if sales are flat.

BALANCE SHEET The balance sheet tallies a company’s assets, liabilities and shareholder’s or owner’s equity at a specific moment, offering a summary of the

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company’s financial strength. Assets are what a company owns, and they include cash, accounts receivable, inventory, supplies, land, equipment and trademarks or other intellectual property. Liabilities represent a company’s obligations, such as accounts and wages payable, unearned revenues and income taxes owed. Owner’s equity in a sole proprietorship or shareholder’s equity in a corporation shows a company’s book value — its assets minus its liabilities. Banks use the balance sheet to determine if a business has enough assets to qualify for a loan, and owners need it to assess their business’s health.

CASH FLOW STATEMENT An owner needs to know how much cash enters and exits a company over a given period by way of operating, investing, financing and other activities, and that’s the purpose of the

cash flow statement. A company that’s making a profit can still fail if it doesn’t have the resources to pay its bills when they’re due because of uneven or inconsistent cash flow. If a business doesn’t have enough cash to survive the slow periods, the owner needs to review the cash flow statement and make adjustments. If the business has more cash than it needs, it should invest excess money

EDITORIAL | FROM PAGE 13 district claiming that it’s part of Chiapetti’s personnel file and not subject to public review. And regardless of what’s in the report, Chiapetti was reinstated until now. This latest move looks like pure politics: Someone apparently just got bent out of shape to the point where they just didn’t like Chiapetti and he became the fall guy.

in an interest-bearing account to create more wealth for the business. Bu s i ne s s ow ner s c a n learn more about financial s t a t ement s by a t t end i ng workshops offered by the New Mexico Small Business Development Center Network. Since 1989, SBDC consultants have supported the growth of small-businesses and startups through training and mentorship. Learn more at www. nmsbdc.org. Finance New Mexico assists individuals and businesses with obtaining skills and funding resources for their business or idea. To learn more, go to www.FinanceNewMexico. org. The release of Chiapetti was a mistake. He was getting results, and his motivation was to continue getting results. Why in the world would anyone have a problem with that? The Board of Education should have continued working with Chiapetti, at least until the end of his contract. The inability of some board members to do so, and learn from the experience, reveals another glaring deficiency. How could this happen? OPINIONS

COMMUNITY Navajo Nation Council applauds designation of Bears Ears National Monument by Obama Staff Reports


A S H I NGT ON – The 23rd Navajo Nation Cou ncil commended President Oba ma’s designation of the Bea rs Ea rs National Monument under the Antiquities Act of 1906 Dec. 28. “This is a historic victory for tribes and this is an initiative that the Navajo Nation Council has supported through resolution, lobbying efforts, and numerous meetings that were held and we are grateful that our voices were heard,” said Speaker LoRenzo Bates, who also thanked his Council colleagues, particularly those representing Utah Navajo communities for their strong support and advocacy. The landscape within the Bears Ears National Monument is the ancestral home of many southwestern Native American tribes. It is also the birthplace of Navajo Headman Manuelito. Navajo, Ute, Zuni, Hopi, and other Native American people depend on the land within the region to sustain their traditional livelihoods and cultural practices, such as hunting, gathering, and ceremonies. “Today marks a significant victory for Utah Navajo people and the entire Navajo Nation and we thank President Obama

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich for supporting our efforts and for listening to our people,” said Council Delegate Davis Filfred, who was an outspoken advocate for the national monu ment desig nation throughout the process. “With today’s action, our ancestral homelands in the Bears Ears area will be protected and preserved for future generations.” The Navajo Nation was one of five tribes that formed the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition that also included the Ute Indian Tribe, Ute Mountain Ute, Hopi Tribe, and Zuni Tribe. In 2015, members of the Navajo Nation Council unanimously approved a resolution sponsored by Council Delegate Wa lter Phelps suppor ting the designation. Since then, Council members along with the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal

From left, Speaker LoRenzo Bates; Council Delegate Walter Phelps; Council Delegate Davis Filfred; Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition members: U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell; U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary Robert Bonnie; Senior Advisor to President Obama Brian Deese; Managing Director at the White House Council on Environmental Quality Christy Goldfuss; and staff members with the Obama Administration in Washington, D.C. on July 6, 2016. Photo Credit: Courtesy Coalition have met on numerous occasions with officials from the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Obama Administration to advocate for the national monument designation. “I wholeheartedly support today’s a nnouncement by the Obama Administration. Together, as tribes we sought a resolution that required the support of the highest levels of government and together we did it – this truly exemplifies

the power of tribes when we unite,” Delegate Walter Phelps said. In recent years, tribal leaders have called for the protection of the 1.9 million areas known as Bears Ears, located in southeastern Utah, as the land base and sites face threats from looting, vandalism, and energy development. “We as Navajo people are always looking in the best interest of mother Earth and after careful research and conversations with our medicine people, I understand how important it is for us to preserve the Bears Ears landscape. This is about taking care of the land, the plants, the water, and most importantly it’s about preserving the sacred sites and medicine that our people have used since time immemorial,” said Council Delegate Nathaniel Brown, who also represents several Utah Navajo communities.


The Bears Ears formation, seen from this campground, is near Natural Bridges National Monument in San Juan County, N.M. Photo Credit: Brewbooks COMMUNITY

U. S . S e n a t o r M a r t i n Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee,

released the following statement on President Obama’s designation of the Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah: “The Bears Ears region, a spectacular landscape with its big skies and red rocks east of the Colorado River and south of Canyonlands National Park, includes thousands of historic and cultural sites with deep meaning to numerous Native American tribes. The Navajo, Zuni, Cochiti, Ute Mountain Ute, Hopi, Uintah and Ouray Ute, and many others should be proud of the years of tireless work they committed to making this day possible. They raised their voices about how closely tied the Bears Ears region is to their people and told the stories of the legacy left in the canyons and on the mesas by their ancestors. Bears Ears is sacred ground and the tribes will now have a say in the stewardship and management of it. America’s public lands are part of the fabric of our democracy. I thank President Obama for recognizing the extraordinary history of Bears Ears and protecting these lands for our children and all future generations.”

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NM Environment The Coach’s Korner: Dept.: Successful WIPP TRAINING VERSUS WORKOUT inspection results PERSPECTIVE ...



ANTA FE – The New Mexico Environment Depa r tment’s H a z a r d o u s Wa s t e Bu reau tra nsm it ted t he re su lt s of it s i n s pec t ion for the U.S. Department of Energ y’s Wa ste Isolat ion Pilot Plant to DOE and its contractor, Nuclear Waste Partnership Dec. 16. The environmental compl ia nce i n spect ion s t ook place over multiple days in August of 2014, December 2014, November 2015, and, most recent ly, December 2016. The inspection team eva luated W IPP’s ha za rdous waste permit conditions a s wel l a s t he cor rective actions resulting from issues dating back to the 2014 salt truck fire and radiation leak incident that led to WIPP’s

temporary closure. NMED Resource Protection Division Director Kathryn Roberts wrote in the NMED inspection letter dated Dec. 16, “…the Permittees are hereby notified that NMED is approving the resumption of normal operating status at WIPP. …Additionally, NMED would appreciate confirmation that all DOE Operational Readiness Review Pre-start activities and actions have been completed.” Violations associated with a safety shower and legible labeling for a mixed waste pa ck a ge wer e ob s er ve d , corrected, and described in NMED’s Notice of Violation and Resolution letter. “We va lue ou r feder a l facilities, and appreciate the hard work and cooperation


s I prepared for the 1997 New Mexico Physique Southwest bodybuilding competition I worked out 5 days a week, 2-3 hours a day. Although I won the contest and took state I realized as I got older there was nothing left to show from what I had achieved back then. No, I didn’t get fat right away but there was no application for all the “working out”

Special Forces instructor in the Soviet Union, Pavel certainly wasn’t putting down working with weight but he was addressing skill development. You don’t become a successful rock climber, accomplished musician, marathon runner, or surgeon over night. The same can be said for learning to ride horses, bulls, bodybuilding, losing weight or any activity that demands a level of consistent improvement.

NM Environment Dept. Secretary Butch Tongate of the workforce, leadership, a nd the broader Ca rlsbad com mu n it y a s t he W I PP facility approaches full readiness to safely re-open,” said New Mexico Env ironment Department Secretary Butch Tongate. Greg McNeil prepares to dive with Great White sharks. Photo Credit: Greg McNeil

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I had done. I had nice shoulders, triceps, quads and glutes but I also now had a gut, rising blood pressure from work/life stress and I no longer moved around as well as I used too. As well as I used too… There was a phrase that kept floating around in my head I never fully understood during all my years of working out and that was “training and practice.” As someone who played sports, dabbled in bass guitar lessons, riding horses and learning to breathe through a regulator in preparation for Great White shark cage-diving you would think I could have made the connection, but I didn’t. Am I criticizing working out? No, but there was a disconnection between “working out” and training that had to be resolved, not only for me but for the clients I would eventually train. When I first met Pavel Tsatsou li ne more tha n a decade ago I learned “workout” is not used in the Russian language. “That word does not exist in Russia” he said. As a

What process improves your performance when you workout at the gym, go running in the foothills, sit in front of the piano, prepare meals, seek to increase speed, or chart a course for a long healthy life? Do you have a plan that is guaranteed to make you better 6 months from now than you are today? Remember, to succeed in the gym or get better at any activity it will never happen just because we go to the gym 5 days a week or simply doing something over a nd over, i n stea d we get better because our level of skill increases. We increase skills through training and practice.

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Top 10 Best Movies of 2016 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


t has been another fascinating year filled with plenty of memorable titles. Here’s a list of some of my favorites over the past 12 months. You may not feel the same way about them as I did, but there may be a few here that you haven’t seen and may make an impression.

1. HELL OR HIGH WATER This topical, Texas set

become overly ponderous and pretentious, but there’s a steady dose of dark humor between the lead and his nephew as they attempt to cope with a terrible situation. As bleak as it is, this effort is memorably compelling and heartbreaking.

3. HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE This hilariously quirky comedy from New Zealand managed to be both silly and sentimental without veering too far in either direct ion.    You ng st a r Ju l ia n

4. APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD There were several solid animated films this year, but the one that keeps sticking in my brain is this visually spectacular France/Belgium/ Canada co-production set in a twisted future where coal is the only means of power. It’s a blazing adventure flick that features a subtle environmentalist theme as well as slipping in commentary on the importance of science and technology between the inventive, wild images.


This movie made the top of the reviewer’s list of best films for 2016. From left, Ben Foster and Chris Pine play two Robin Hood-type brothers who steal from West Texas banks in ‘Hell or High Water.’ The justification for the robberies? The banks are reportedly keeping rural landowners mired in poverty. Photo Credit: Lionsgate Films crime drama about a pair of desperate bank robbers rang true with its current and relevant themes. Filled with wonderfully eccentric characters from the leads to the small town clerks and waitresses, not to mention thrilling heists with unpredictable complications, it’s both exciting and a commentary on the troubles facing many rural families today. This feature moves like a bullet and always rings true.

Dennison holds his own as an awkward, rap-obsessed teen alongside grizzled vet Sam Neil as the two travel through the remote bush. They make for an unusual and thoroughly entertaining misfit pairing and the laughs never cease from the opening credits to the close.

Often, film critics complain about clichés and predictable story lines. Despite having plenty (if not all) of the familiar elements, this Australian effort still managed to shine. This tale about a boy from India searching for his lost family was so good at bringing the elements together that the end result still resonates emotionally. The performances, music and cinematography were so strong that even a hardened individual like myself couldn’t help but get teary-eyed.  



7. SING STREET This Irish 80s set comingof-age comedy/drama exudes pure charisma. It’s a movie about music and how it relates to discovering one’s identity. Populated almost entirely with high school kids, the acting is surprisingly consistent and exceptional across the board; the infectious tunes and music-related talk are nothing short of a blast to take in. As little independent efforts go, this one doesn’t get any sweeter or more enjoyable. 

8. CHRISTINE Some films get lost in the awards shuffle. This underrated one deser ves more attention. It’s a true story and character study about a television news reporter suffering from deep depression. Rebecca Hall gives a stunningly authentic and believable performance as a woman uncomfortable in her own skin. Her mannerisms and at times contradictory behavior feel true and communicate the feeling of utter helplessness of one suffering from such a condition better than any other film that I can think of.  


2. MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Grief is the subject of this downbeat character study. Casey Affleck gives a marvelous performance, playing a man dealing with multiple tragedies and trying to hold his emotions in check. This is the type of film that could have

an ex-husband and a fictional novel that he has written. It gives no straight answers and keeps your brain searching for meaning in the events. Whatever you make of it, this is another movie filled with exceptional performances and a unique narrative.

Here’s a movie that falls into the category of love it or hate it. It effortlessly integrates three separate tales within one framework and asks the viewer to figure out the connection between the lead character, her relationship with

This heavy drama makes a power ful impact tha nks to its impressive ensemble, seamlessly following its lead character through a troubled and tumultuous youth into adulthood. It’s a quiet and powerful film that presents a different kind of coming-ofage story, helped by several memorable per for ma nces and images that linger in the brain long after the credits roll.

10. LA LA LAND Ma k i ng a f i l m enti rely fa sh ioned a f t er mu sic a l s of the 40s is no easy chore, and the fact that this effort turned out as well as it did is remarkable in and of itself. Filled with impressive and elaborate da nce nu mber s captured in expansive long takes, severa l memorable melodies and a sweet, endearing love story, this effort may be gimmicky, but is filled to the brim with old-fashioned magic. A nd there were plent y of other winners. The sci-fi drama Arrival also landed a powerful emotional blow. If you can get on its wavelength, The Lobster ended up being one of the most original (and bizarre) eccentricities of the year. Speaking of the oddball, T he Dressmaker is one of the quirkiest movies in some time; it’s also very funny. The French adventure Long Way North was another strikingly animated film that stayed with me. Eye in the Sky offered a ch i l l i ng look at t he mora l and ethical questions faced by m i l it a r y force s, wh i le the thr iller R e m e mbe r offered a different take (a s wel l a s a shock i ng f i na le) on the revenge picture. T he Ni ce G uys wa s one of t he mo s t e nt er t a i n i n g budd y pictu res in some time, f illed w ith a musing ba nter between the leads. A nd for hor ror fa n s, t h i ng s d id n’t get a ny more ten se a nd ch illing th is yea r tha n the u nset tl i ng moments del iver e d i n G r e e n R o o m a nd Don’t Breath e.

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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Dec. 30, 2016 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


t’s a busy time, but the studios are still squeezing in some new releases on DVD and Blu-ray before the year’s end. Surprisingly, some of them are quite good. As always, be sure to click on any links to read more. 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! American Honey - In this i nd ie comi ng- of-age d r a m a , a povert y- st r icken teenage girl decide s t o leave home a nd joi n a traveling troupe who sell magazines during the day and par ty hard at night. She finds a kindred spirit while on the road. Notices were very strong for the feature and it received positive reaction at film festivals. A few did complain that it was far too long and self-indulgent for its own good, but the majority complimented the film as a well-acted, unique and free-spirited character piece. It stars Sasha Lane and Shia Labeouf. The Dressmaker - Here’s an eccentric little Australian picture. It follows a garment maker who returns to her very

small, very quirky hometown to get back at those who sent her away as a child. Her unusual fa sh ion creations attract a following, reigniting relationships and ill-feelings from the past. This one split the press. Half were unable to accept the many twists and tonal shifts over the course of the running, while others enjoyed its unpredictability and bizarre vision. Personally, I thought it was completely unique and was entertained by its oddities. It may end up becoming a big cult movie. The cast includes Kate Winslett, L i a m He m s wo r t h , Hu go Weaving and Judy Davis. In a Va l l e y o f Violence - A dr if ter i n t he old west takes a shortcut and finds he and his dog passing through a derelict mining town. They find it populated by strange misfits and nitwits. These folk don’t take kindly to visitors and tension between them quickly escalates. Critics liked this independent feature from horror director Ti West (The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers, The Sacrament). Some found it a tad too slow-moving and minimalist, but more called it 207 WEST COAL GALLUP 505.863.1250 www.elmorrotheatre.com Facebook @elmorrogallup



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a fun throwback to B-movies and Spaghetti Westerns. It features Ethan Hawke, John Travolta, Taissa Farmiga, James Ransome, Karen Gillan and Larry Fessenden. A Man C a l l e d O ve - T h i s Swedish, foreign-language come d y/d r a m a was a huge hit in its homeland a nd won a good nu mber of awards at film festivals a round the world. It tells the story of Ove, a grouchy a nd s u ic id a l s en ior who constantly bickers with his neighbors. When a new family force themselves into his life, he begins to open up about his experiences. While almost every review admitted that the movie was clichéd, they also couldn’t help but f i nd it endea r i ng, wa r mhe a r t e d a nd i r r e s i s t i ble thanks to the charismatic performance of the lead curmudgeon. The cast includes Rolf Lassgard, Bahar Pars and Zozan Akgun. N o Manches Frida - A bank robber is desperate to ret r ieve his loot a fter being released from prison. Unfortunately, he finds that a school has been built on

the site and must pose as a substitute teacher to get his ha nds on the money. This Spanish-language, Mexicanset comedy did well at the box of f ice e a rl ier i n t he year, but didn’t impress the press. They remarked that the humor was too juvenile, many of the gags missed the mark and the story became less and less interesting as it progressed. Now viewers can make up their own minds. It s t a r s O m a r Ch a pa r r o, Martha Higareda and Monica Dionne. Snowden - T he l i fe of Edwa rd Snowden is ch ron icled in this biopic from director Oliver St one (W., Alexander, Nixon, JFK, Platoon). We follow his work with the NSA, where he learns of the government’s illegal surveillance activ ities a nd decides to break the story to the media. Reviews were mixed, although more were positive than negative overall. Several found events exaggerated, didn’t care for the lead performance and complained that it isn’t nearly as edgy as it should be. Others stated that it was a decent biopic with an important, timely message. Joseph G o r d o n - L e v it t , S h a i le ne Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Q u i nt o, Tom W i l k i n s on , Rhys Ifans and Nicolas Cage headline.


installing guardrail and signage; and completing other roadway and safety improvements. The project began in  August 2016 and is scheduled for completion in October 2017.   ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions and closures, but it’s possible that unscheduled impacts might occur because of weather or other factors. For the most current information about highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT’s Travel Information Site at www.az511.gov, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511, except while driving. For more in for mation, please contact the ADOT Project In for mation Li ne at: (855) 712-8530. Email: Projects@azdot.gov

between 8 am and 5 pm while work is underway. Milepost 446 is a half mile west of the intersection of SR 264 and US 191 South in Ganado. Drivers should plan for delays of at least 30 minutes. Access will be permitted only for emergency responders when feasible. After each bridge girder is set and braced, traffic will be allowed through the work area.   The work is part of a $24 million highway safety improvement project on SR 264 from the community of Burnside to Ganado on the Navajo Nation. In addition to replacing the bridge, ADOT is paving and widening the roadway; replacing or


T h e r e ’s just one title in this edition, but it is an interesting one. The House That Screamed (1970) is a Spanish horror flick set in France about a secluded school for wayward girls in the 19th century. Trouble arises when the students begin mysteriously disappearing. It’s a well-regarded cult f lick that many state has loads of style and atmosphere. Shout! Factory are bringing the title to Blu-ray with plenty of extras. It includes two versions of the film (the theatrical version as well as an extended cut with 10 minutes of reinserted footage), interviews with two of the cast members and publicity materials like trailers, television and radio spots.

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Sorry folks, every once in a while there’s a lull in children’s entertainment. This is one of those times, so you’ll have to make due with what’s already out there this week. Visit: cinemastance.com

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Christmas recitals: Local schools spread holiday cheer PHOTOS BY RYAN AND ANA HUDGEONS

MHS Choir serenades the crowd with Christmas carols Dec. 14.

Miyamura High School Jazz band performs Christmas music, as the crowd is served dinner Dec. 14. The band is under the direction of Felicia Sanchez.

The culinary arts program at MHS is under the direction of Buffy Klumpenhower. The students, prepared, plated, and served the food at the community event Dec. 14.

Gallup High School Choir preforming for their Christmas concert Dec. 15. They are under the direction of Victoria McNamee.

Chief Manuelito Middle School Band preforming for their Christmas concert Dec. 15. They are under the direction of Victoria McNamee.

Gallup High School Band preforming for their Christmas concert Dec. 15. They are under the direction of Victoria McNamee


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New Mexico’s Top Baby Names for 2016

The New Mexico Department of Health released their third annual list of top ten baby names in the state Dec. 28. Two of the 20 names on the list are new additions this year.

GIRLS NAMES 1. Mia 2. Sophia 3. Olivia 4. Emma 5. Isabella 6. Ava 7. Emily 8. Sofia 9. Abigail 10. Amelia

BLM | FROM PAGE 11 public interest (with special knowledge of protection of wild horses and burros, management of wildlife, animal husbandry, or natural resource management). Individuals shall qualify to serve on the Board because of their education, training, or experience that enables them to give informed and objective advice regarding the interest they represent. They should demonstrate experience or knowledge of the area of their expertise and a commitment to collaborate in seeking solutions to resource management issues.  Any individual or organization may nominate one or

more persons to serve on the Advisory Board; individuals may also nominate themselves. In accordance with Section 7 of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, Federal and state government employees are not eligible to serve on the Board.  Fo r t ho s e i nt e r e s t e d , please submit a nomination letter and full resume.  The following information must be provided: the position(s) for which the nominee wants to be considered; the nominee’s first, middle, and last na me; business a nd home addresses and phone numbers; e-mail address; present o cc upa t ion / t it le a nd employer; education (colleges, degrees, major field(s) of study); career highlights;

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BOYS NAMES 1. Elijah 2. Noah 3. Michael 4. Liam 5. Josiah 6. Sebastian 7. Ethan 8. Jacob 9. Aiden 10. Lucas

q u a l i f ic a t ion s: r ele v a nt e duc a t ion , t r a i n i n g, a nd experience; experience or knowledge of wild horse and burro management; experience or knowledge of horses or bu r ros (equ i ne hea lth, training, and management); a nd ex per ience i n working with disparate groups t o a ch ieve col l a bor a t ive solutions.  Applicants must also indicate any BLM permits, leases, or licenses held by the nominee or his/her employer; indicate whether the nominee is a federally registered lobbyist; and explain why the nominee wants to serve on the Board.  Also, at least one letter of reference from special interests or organizations the nominee may represent must be

provided. Nominations may be submitted by e-mail or regular mail. E-mail the nomination to: dboothe@blm.gov. To send by U.S. Postal Service, mail to the National Wild Horse and Burro Program, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, 1849 C Street, N.W., Room 2134 LM, Attn: Dorothea Boothe, WO -260, Wa sh i ng ton, DC 20240.  To send by FedEx or UPS, please mail to the National Wild Horse and Burro Program, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, 20 M Street, S.E., Room 2134 LM, Attn: Dorothea Boothe, Washington, DC 20003.  For questions, please call Boothe at (202) 912-7654.

Of those 20 names, only Sebastian and A melia are new to the list. The New Mex ico Depa r tment of Health began compiling the list back in 2014 and since it’s first release, Mia and Sophia have rema ined in the top two spots for girls’ names. For the boys names, Noah has remained in one of the top two spots all three years. They also say that they’ve seen an increase in the popularity of Michael. The classic name has increased from 10th place in 2014 to fourth in 2015 and third in this year’s top names list.

ABOUT THE BLM The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands. COMMUNITY

The Gallup Sun’s top stories of 2016 By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent

federal courts as it was committed on reservation land.


ith 2016 a record year for the Gallup Sun, the newspaper’s editorial board took a moment to name the paper’s top stories of 2016: The shooting death of Alvin R. Sylversmythe near the Arnold Street public housing projects tops the list of the Sun’s top stories for this year.

librarian from 1947 to 1990. The painting was part of a 25-piece series that Sarracino did in 2009 on famous people in Gallup. Besides the paining, Sarracino painted the sign that adorn the Gallup Coffee Company on Coal Avenue in downtown Gallup.

Kamau Turner protocol. People from the Tur ner camp threatened lawsuits, but to date no such lawsu it is pend i ng Gallup school officials have said.

Frank Chiapetti

Alvin Sylversmythe 1. July 24: Gallup police said Sylversmythe, 29, who was hanging out with friends at the time in one of the Arnold housing units, reportedly came at officers armed with two knives. Sylversmythe was shot several times and died after being taken to Gallup Indian Medical Center. The investigation was turned over to the New Mexico State Police and that agency to date has not released a full and complete report on the matter.

3. Dec. 23: Frank Chiapetti was dismissed from his job as Superintendent of Gallup-Mckinley County Schools. Chiapetti had been in the job for three years, and an evaluation that was done was never revealed to the public. A local media outlet sued for the details of the evaluation. Chiapetti was placed on administrative leave at a school board meeting that took place in Pueblo Pintado at Tse Yi Gai High School.

4. Sept 9: Vanessa Bowen, formerly the marketing director at the Gallup Business Improvement District, came out with a clothing line and hats that say, “Make America Native Again.” Bowen, like many New Mexicans, was against president-elect Donald trump’s political platform. Bowen is Navajo. Ashlynne Mike 2. May 6: The killing of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike in Shiprock and on the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation. This was a national news story that Shiprock police put to rest with a local arrest. Tom Begaye, Jr., of Waterflow was arrested and charged with kidnapping and murder. Begaye apparently picked up Ashlynne and her brother and then dropped the brother off and took Ashlynne to a remote area where he sexually assaulted and killed her. The case is making its way through the COMMUNITY

Ric Sarracino 5. March 18: Gallup artist Ric Sarracino donates a painting of Octavia Fellin to the city library that is named after the late Fellin, who was the city

Angelo DiPaolo 6. Nov. 25: Joe Menini, a member of the Gallup-McKinley County Board of Education, asked that Gallup Public School Stadium be named after the late local educator Angelo DiPaolo. The matter gets unanimous approval from fellow board members as nearly all knew and respected DiPaolo as a pillar of the community. In agreeing to the name change, board members equally agreed to adopt a new policy on timelines related to name changes. A Gallup native, DiPaolo died in 2014 of brain cancer. 7. Aug. 26: Overall school grades at Gallup-McKinley County Schools rose above the “F” level. Superintendent Chiapetti revealed the information at a school board meeting, saying the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test scores revealed consistent growth in student performance throughout the school district. In spite of the improvement, the board members still got rid of Chiapetti. Indian Hills Elementary went from a F to an A. There were no schools within the district that received an F grade, Chiapetti informed at a board meeting. 8. Nov 4: Gallup hired a new girls basketball coach and fired the previous coach Kamau Turner. Parents spoke out against the firing at a school board meeting and chastised the entire school board for making the unpopular move. Wilbert Nez is the new coach and came from a previous basketball coaching stint at Navajo Pine High School where he literally turned around that program. At the root of the dismissal was an apparent connection to a booster club, which is not permitted within the Gallup McKinley County Schools

Joe Olivas & Richie Archuleta 9: The Gallup Sun garnered two awa rds by the New Mex ico Press A ssociation for stor ies wr itten in 2016: One award by Bernie Dotson was for an ar ticle entitled “Gallup T r a i ner ge t t i n g B ox i n g O f f t he Stool.” The stor y wa s about loca l box i ng coach a nd for mer box i ng professional Joe Olivas who trains up and coming boxers at his nor th side gym.

10: Gallup Sun Publisher a nd Editor Babette Herrmann won an award for an article entitled “Meet John Doe,” about an unsolved cold case murder investigation. Both articles, and the awards, cemented the Sun’s relevancy on the local newspaper scene.

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DWI REPORT | FROM PAGE 7 said that he didn’t want to do any more tests. The report didn’t indicate the results – or whether Lynch refused – to take the breath tests. Jerome Yazzie 2nd DWI Nov. 24, 7:02 pm Ya zzie r e p or t e d ly stole his mom’s truck, who lives on Midway Drive in Mentmore, and took it on a high speed joy ride down County Road 1, eventually punching out a friend at Long’s Rodeo Arena and leaving him to hoof it back home. MCSO Lt. James Maiorano caught up with the heavily intoxicated man with facial injuries, and stated in his report that as the two spoke, he saw headlights headed toward the front of his patrol unit. He pushed the man into the backseat, and got as close as he could to his unit. He narrowly escaped being sideswiped by Yazzie. A chase pursued from there, but, Yazzie, 33, sped back at his mother’s home on Midway Drive. On arrival, he threw the car keys out of the window. Maiorano told Yazzie, who stands about 6’3” and weighs 400 lbs, to get on the ground. From there, he was uncooperative and refused to give his name and take any field sobriety tests. A nearly empty 750 ml bottle of Importer’s Vodka was found on the passenger seat. And he caused damage to the right, rear door of Maiorano’s unit by kicking it, which he stated, no longer closes correctly. Things were nasty to the end. As Yazzie exited the unit, he said to Maiorano, “F-cers like you are getting killed every day.” Dillon W. Martinez 2nd DWI Nov. 21, 11:43 pm M C S O D e p u t y A r n o l d Noriega took to social media to get information on a suspected shooting in the Gamerco area. As he headed up Chino Loop he noticed a white Ford pickup truck that matched the description of the alleged shooter. Noriega flipped a U-turn

‘Making the Holidays Brighter’

From left, Battered Families Services Director Willard Eastman, Ryan Hudgeons, From left, Lucretia Morris, Ryan Hudgeons, Tina Martinez, Sammy Chioda, and Larry Dorsey donate Larry Dorsey, Sammy Chioda, Dale Buser. The toys were donated to Battered toys Little Sisters of the Poor. Morris and Martinez are employees of Little Sisters. Photo Credit: Ana Families on behalf of Gallup Rotary Club. Photo Credit: Ana Hudgeons Hudgeons and proceeded to pull the truck over. Instead, the truck took off at a high rate of speed. Noriega lost contact with the truck after it turned its headlights off and turned on a dirt road in a heavily wooded area. The same man that contacted Noriega about the possible shooting, contacted him via social media and said that someone stole Dillon Martinez’s truck. But, as Noriega spoke to witnesses it became apparent that Martinez, 21, was driving the truck that had fled from Noriega earlier. Martinez appeared intoxicated, and according to Noriega’s report, he admitted, to having four beers. He engaged in the field sobriety tests, and blew a .08/.07 during the breath tests. Fredrick B. Hudson 2nd DWI, Aggravated Nov. 20, 1:28 am It ’s n o t c l e a r w hy Hudson, 36, didn’t let his girlfriend drive his pickup truck. She was sober, and he had apparently knocked back some beers. According to Deputy Noriega’s report, Hudson was weaving over the white lines as he drove, prompting the traffic stop. Hudson refused to take field sobriety and breath tests. Raymond Kee Yazzie 5th DWI Nov. 10, 1:12 am GPD Of f icer Gon za les was dispatched to the area

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of Vi rg ie’s r e s t a u r a nt in reference to someone driving recklessly in a white Jeep Cherokee.

He quickly discovered the vehicle and pulled it over on W. Hwy 66. As Gonzales approached the jeep he could tell that the driver, Yazzie, was impaired. He also noticed an empty bottle of vodka and two cans of beers

on the floorboard. His passengers were also intoxicated and were transferred to detox by a Community Service Aid van. Yazzie, 47, refused to take the field sobriety tests, but took a breath test. He blew a .21.


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COMMUNITY CALENDAR DEC. 30, 2016 – JAN. 5, 2017 FRIDAY Dec. 30 FAMILY MOVIE 4 pm: a family film for everyone to enjoy. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. This week: Enchanted SATURDAY Dec. 31 OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Overeater’s Anonymous 12step meetings. Held every Sunday at 6 to 7 pm at the Hozho Center, 216 W. Maloney Ave. Open to anybody who has a desire to stop compulsive eating. Contact info. (505) 307-5999, (505) 721-9208, or (505) 870-1483. SUNDAY Jan. 1 CHURCH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT Join us for the Holy Eucharist. Begins: 10:30 am. For more information, please call (505) 863-4695. Location: 1334 S. Country Club Dr. TUESDAY Jan. 3 UNM-G WINTER BREAK ENDS The campus re-opens for business at 8 am.  RMCHCS AUXILIARY AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS Scholarships each fall and spring semester to students pursuing an education in medical or health careers. Applicants must be full time students, have completed 12 college credit hours, and have at least a 2.0 GPA. Application deadline for the spring 2017 semester is Jan. 3. Applications are available at the UNM-Gallup Financial Aid Office and at the RMCH information desk. For more information call (505) 8637325. WEDNESDAY Jan. 4 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. NEW YEAR NEW MOVIES Free weekly film. Popcorn provided. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. Film: Star CALENDAR

Trek Beyond THURSDAY Jan. 5 CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) Fun crafts for the whole family (all ages). Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. This week: Yarn coiled tree ONGOING 30TH JANUARY SERIES AT CALVIN COLLEGE From Jan. 4 through Jan. 24, Rehoboth Christian Reformed Church will be one of 50 remote webcast locations worldwide to broadcast one of the nation’s leading lecture and cultural arts series. The January Series lectures will be video streamed live at Rehoboth Christian Reformed Church (30 Tse Yaaniichii Lane, Rehoboth) from 10:30 am. Covenant Fine Arts Center, 12:30 – 1:30 pm. Free. For a full list of speakers, dates, topics, visit calvin.edu/january-series/speakers. ARTSCRAWL ArtsCrawl is held the second Saturday of every month from 7 to 9 pm, downtown Gallup. Not held January and February. CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION CLASS RMCHCS 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 The City of Gallup’s Sustainable Gallup Board meets on first Monday each month from 3 to 5 pm at the Octavia Fellin Library. When those Mondays are holidays, the meetings are on the second Monday. Community members concerned about conservation, energy, water, recycling and other environmental issues are welcome. Call Bill Bright at (505) 722-0039 for information. COMMUNITY PANTRY The Hope Garden offers organic produce for sale from 10 am - noon, Tue – Fri., 1130 E. Hassler Valley Road. 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


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Center Room 200, 700 Gurley Ave. MCKINLEY CITIZENS’ RECYCLING COUNCIL MEETING The monthly meeting will be held at 2 pm, Jan. 7 at the Red Mesa Center, 105 W. Hill Ave. The public is encouraged to attend to learn about recycling opportunities in our region, updates on residential Gallup curbside recycling, plans for recycling outreach and more. For more information, call Gerald / Millie (505) 722-5141 or Shafiq  (5-05) 2277424.Check out the MCRC web site recyclegallup.org  or call the City Solid Waste Department (505) 863-1212. TAIZE SERVICE Jan. 8 at 4 pm:  Join us for a special service as we enter the New Year — a time of rest, silence and spiritual refreshment. Take this opportunity to calm and quiet the soul before a new week begins. Music, chant, scripture, and candlelight are part of this hour 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. GALLUP INVENTS! Feb. 8: A workshop for inventors and innovators. Find out about the many resources available in New Mexico. 1-4 pm, Gallup Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room, 106 W. Hwy. 66, (505) 722-7220. DEMENTIA CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP Jan. 10 at 6:30 pm, Jan. 11 at 10 am: The load for caregivers is lightened when they can share with others on the same journey and receiving practical tips and help to care for their patient. Classes are available at no charge and those attending are asked to pre-register by calling Robert at (505) 615-8053. YAH-TA-HEY WATER AND SANITATION DISTRICT BIENNIAL BOARD ELECTION Jan. 10 at the Navajo Estates Volunteer Fire Department from 11 am to 7 pm. The monthly board meeting is rescheduled from Jan. 9, to Tuesday, January 10, at 7 pm. 44 Estate Hwy. 264, Yah-tahey. NEW YEAR NEW MOVIES Jan 11, 5:30 pm:Free weekly film. Popcorn provided. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. Film: Ben

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