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Gallup Boys Win Invitational. Page 19 VOL 3 | ISSUE 93 | JANUARY 13, 2017

COFFEE WITH SOME COPS Cops, Deputies Listen to Public’s Concerns

McKinley County Sheriff Steve Silversmith (center), and Undersheriff Paul Lucero (right) socialize with a member of the public during Coffee with a Cop event Jan. 9. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


he G a l lu p Pol ic e Department held its second Coffee with a Cop community outreach event Jan. 9 at the Octavia Fellin Main Library.

Coffee with a Cop brings police officers and the citizens they serve together – over a cup of coffee and pastries – to informally discuss issues and learn more about each other, Lt. Roseanne Morrissette, public information officer with the GPD, said.

The most recent event brought out McKinley County Sher i f f Ron Si lver sm it h, McKinley County Undersheriff Paul Lucero, Gallup Mayor Jackie McKinney, City Councilwoman


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Press Release McKinley County Going to Four-Day Workweek Monday through Thursday Work Schedule Extended County Office Hours Beginning March 5th, 2017, the McKinley County Administrative Offices will extend its official work hours to include early morning and evening times Monday through Thursday. Residents can conduct County business at the Courthouse anytime between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm; Monday through Thursday. These additional County hours will allow residents to maximize their time with more flexible hours to visit the County offices. McKinley County prides itself on offering residents progressive services and is proud to be the first in the county area to implement this exciting new initiative. The McKinley County administrative offices will be closed on Fridays. However, public safety departments will remain operational; McKinley County Sheriff’s Office, Metro Dispatch Center, Adult Detention Center, Juvenile Detention Center, Thoreau EMS and DWI Compliance. Assuring seamless customer service is a top priority for the County and we will continue providing community services that are needed. Without making this change, the County will be faced with other cost saving measures i.e. layoffs and furloughs. Either of these options would reduce our ability to maintain current service levels. Even with this action, the County may face other challenges to maintaining our service level depending on what the State does to local governments in the State budget cycle. Extending our customer hours beyond the traditional 8:00 am to 5:00 pm workday will make McKinley County Government more accessible to our residents; and, the change will be especially beneficial to our working residents, who will now be able to take care of business at the Courthouse without having to take time off during their busy work days. County employees will continue to work 40 hours a week as this is a Culture Change; the Process will stay the same.

Anthony Dimas Jr., County Manager Brian Money, Deputy County Manager Douglas W. Decker, County Attorney

Genevieve Jackson, Commissioner Carol Bowman-Muskett, Commissioner William Lee, Commissioner

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NEWS Gallup Council OKs 2017 rodeo contract with Walt Eddy BEST OF THE BEST HURTING TAXPAYERS FINANCIALLY

By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


he Gallup City Council unanimously approved a promotional contract with local rodeo guru Walt Eddy in connection to the annual Best of the Best Timed Rodeo. The action took place at the Jan. 10 regular city meeting and was introduced by City Attorney George Kozeliski. “After the city lost the Junior High Rodeo Finals, (Walt) came up with a proposal (Best of the Best). He agreed to do it and promote it, do all the necessary stock contracts, for $50,000,”

present contract in which he is paid $35,000 plus incentives — if more contestants come. He has never received an incentive because of the large number of contestants that need to enter. However, the rodeo has almost doubled in size every year since.” Kozeliski reiterated that the contract is practically identical to a contract drawn up last year. He said contract payments come from the city’s lodgers tax fund. The approved contract stipulates, among other things: • Eddy is contracted with the city to promote and run all aspects of the event

the trade show. City Councilor Allan Landavazo asked Eddy how far out folks came to attend the event. Eddy replied that contestants came from Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, California, Oregon and South Dakota. The approved contract contains incentives such as if this year’s rodeo exceeds 266 entries, Eddy will receive a $5,000 bonus. And if the 2017 entries are more than 500, then Eddy gets a $10,000 bonus. The city hosted the JHNR for nine years and essentially replaced it with the Best of the Best event so as to maintain some kind of respective revenue. The city has contracted with Eddy for three years, including 2017. The Best of the Best includes breakaway roping, goat tying, barrel racing and pole bending for female participants. For males, calf roping, heading and heeling are included.


Best of the Best promotor Walt Eddy. File Photo Kozeliski explained. “His idea was that in three to four years it would break even and in five to eight years we could have as many contestants as the park could handle. After the first year, which was disappointing, we came up with the



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with expertise in timed events. • The city is entitled to all revenue from the event, such as stall rentals, jackpot arena, recreational vehicle space rentals, parent arm bands, parking, office charges, sponsorships and

City Attorney George Kozeliski confirmed that the Best of the Best Timed Rodeo is not a money-making venture for the city – not yet anyway. “We feel this should be the breakeven year,” Kozeliski speculated. “We received all the stall rental fees, RV space fees and $50 from each $250 entry, so the more entries the more horse stalls and fees we make. Last year, we had excess lodgers taxes, which is used for this event, not general fund money, and we hired a national TV company to come in and film the rodeo and the Gallup area which was a promotion for the city. It was on the national TV station RFD-TV on four different occasions and that station is watched by a lot of rodeo folks. So we hope this one-time expense will help push us over the top in getting contestants.”

City Attorney George Kozeliski Kozeliski added that the city realized that it took too long last year to really promote the event in national publications. Last year, Kozeliski said the purse or the event exceeded $80,000, which, he said, is based on the quantity of contestants. “The key to the entire rodeo is we are not a promoter trying to make money on the rodeo,” Kozeliski said. “We are trying to get people to come to Gallup to put ‘heads in beds’ and increase the tourist economy.” Eddy’s view of the Best of the Best remains rosy in light of the recent financial news. “We’re optimistic about this year’s event,” Eddy said. “It’s growing in popularity and I think people like it.” City finance Officer Patricia Holland introduced a matter for a budget adjustment of $57,135.57. The revenue received from the 2016 Best of the Best, which is held at the city-owned Red Rock Park, was $158,835.733 and the expenses for the event amounted to $215,971.30, Holland said. The Gallup City Council unanimously approved the budget adjustment request.



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McKinley County OKs four-day work week

NEW MCKINLEY COUNTY WORK HOURS COME MARCH: 7 AM TO 6 PM MONDAYS - THURSDAYS employee layoffs in the future. Jackson, who in previous meetings argued in favor of the new plan, motioned for the new work week. She noted that it’s an adjustment that folks in and outside of the county would ultimately get used to – just

By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


he McKinley C o u n t y B o a r d of Commissioners approved a four-day work week venture at its Jan. 3 regular meeting. T he mea su re wa s met with some skepticism by newly-elected commissioner Bill Lee who argued that there are people who frequent Gallup specifically on Friday – some of whom do business with the county on that specific day. The vote to convert to the new work plan was 2-1. Lee dissented and commissioners Genevieve Jackson and Carol Bowman-Muskett said yes. “There are people who come here to do their business on Friday’s and they come from far away,” Lee said. “They do other shopping as well and this cuts into that regular and normal schedule.” Lee was joined in opposing the measure by several area realtors and bankers who said not opening on Friday’s would


Commissioner Bill Lee throw a monkey-wrench into the smooth flow of business. McKinley County Manager Anthony Dimas told commissioners that several staff meetings were held so as to not take employees by surprise with the new measure. Most employees were willing to at least experiment and make the adjustment, he said. McKinley County Deputy Clerk Marlene Custer warned that in converting to the fourday week, things might not go as easy as anticipated. “The clerk’s office does not

Commissioner Carol Bowman-Muskett accept cash payments and this would be a problem,” Custer explained. Custer said those folks dealing with cash would normally be sent to the county treasurer, saying, “that office would be closed.” D i m a s a n d McK i n l e y County Attorney Doug Decker explained that conver ting to the four-day work week, which has never been tried at the county, would save on electrical and vehicle use. With the county not knowing what Santa Fe will do with respect

Commissioner Genevieve Jackson to budget cuts and so forth, it makes perfect sense to go with the system right now, Dimas said. He also noted that cutting back a day could lead to less

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Gallup Sun Publishing, LLC Publisher/Editor Babette Herrmann Advertising Raenona Harvey Correspondents Bernie Dotson Tom Hartsock Lealia Nelson Calendar Editor Mia Rose Poris Photography Ana Hudgeons Ryan Hudgeons Knifewing Segura Design David Tsigelman On the Cover: Sheriff Ron Silversmith attends Coffee with a Cop event. (On right) Budget Inn room set on fire. The Gallup Sun, published Fridays, is not responsible or liable for any claims or offerings, nor responsible for availability of products advertised. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. The Gallup Sun distributes newspapers in McKinley, Cibola and Apache counties. Office (By Appointment): 102 S. Second St., Gallup, NM 87301 The Gallup Sun, pending USPS number 1, is mailed weekly. Application to mail at periodical rates is pending in Gallup NM. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Gallup Sun, PO Box 1212, Gallup, NM. Mailing Address: PO Box 1212 Gallup, NM 87305 www.gallupsun.com Phone: (505) 728-1640 Fax: (505) 212-0391 gallupsun@gmail.com Letter to the editor/guest column ACCEPTED BY EMAIL ONLY. State full name and city/town. No pen names. ID required. All submissions subjected to editor’s approval. Guest columnists, email Sun for submission requirements.


Keller officially announces run for ABQ mayor By Andy Lyman NM Political Report


ew Mex ico St ate Auditor Tim Kel ler of f icia l ly announced his run for Albuquerque mayor Wednesday. Keller issued a statement in the morning saying he would focus on the city’s economy and reforming the Albuquerque Police Department. “Albuquerque is my home – I was born and raised here – and this is where my wife and I are raising our family,” Keller said in a press release. “I’m running for mayor because I believe, together, we can meet these challenges head on and build a safe, inclusive and innovative city that works for all of us.” If elected mayor, Keller would leave an open spot in the auditor’s office, which would be filled by appointment from Gov.

Susana Martinez. Later in the day, Keller told NM Political Report he is not concerned about leaving his current position if elected mayor. “We have great team in place and no matter what happens, there’s going to be a lot of good work that is going to continue,” Keller said. The nex t mayor of Albuquerque will take office this December. Keller’s term as state auditor doesn’t end until December 2018. Keller, a Democrat, is one of five candidates who have officially announced a run for mayor. He is seeking to finance his campaign publicly in the race. The city allows mayoral and city council candidates to get public money for campaigns on the condition that certain rules are followed. Publicly financed candidates are limited in what

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A N TA F E – T he Department of Veterans Ser v ices a nd the Department of Health proposed streamlining the State Veterans’ Home in Truth or Consequences to improve services for New Mexico’s veterans Jan. 5. The proposal, if approved by the legislature, will move ma nagement of the State Veterans’ Home from DOH to DVS, aligning both state and federal resources to better serve veterans. “The Department of Health and Department of Veterans Services have had a long-standing working relationship and have developed this pla n to ser ve our veterans and their families in the best way


NM Dept. of Veterans Services Secretary Jack Fox possible,” Governor Susana Martinez said. “This transition takes an important step to improve government efficiency by ensuring that we are better utilizing our resources.” The care veterans receive at the state veterans’ home will be further enhanced by allowing the NMDVS to utilize


type of outside contributions they can accept, for example. In his announcement Keller said he is committed to “getting big money out of politics.” Keller said public financing demonstrates a “community driven process.” “How we get there matters,” Keller said of the race for mayor. T he A lbuquerque Cit y Council tried to get a public finance increase question on the ballot last November, but the issue stalled when the Bernalillo County Commission blocked it. City Councilor Dan Lewis, a Republican who announced his candidacy for mayor over the weekend, told NM Political Report he is in favor of public financing for mayoral candidates, but that the current amount, roughly $1 per voter, “makes it difficult for a candidate to compete with other

New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller is running for mayor of Albuquerque. Photo Credit: Andy Lyman ca nd idates w ith resou rces.”According to the City of Albuquerque’s website, four other mayoral candidates have officially filed with the city clerk’s office seeking public financing. Below is a breakdown of registration information from the City of Albuquerque. • Stella Padilla – seeking public financing • Eddy Aragon – seeking public financing • Michelle Garcia Holmes – seeking public financing

• Scott Madison – seeking public financing • Tim Keller – seeking public financing • Brian Colon – private financing • Da n Lewis – pr ivate financing Candidates who are seeking public financing have until April to submit petition signatures from roughly 3,000 registered voters and $5 from each person who signed. Visit: nmpoliticalreport. com

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Annual New Mexico Gov. Martinez KIDS COUNT Data announces budget Book set for release solvency plan By NM Voices for Children


LBUQUERQUE—The annual New Mexico KIDS COUNT data book—a project of New Mexico Voices for Children—will be released on the first day of the 2017 legislative session. The annual publication presents the latest state and national data on child well-being in New Mexico in the areas of economic security, education, health, and family and community. Data are presented by county, tribal area, school district, race and ethnicity, and other demographics where available. This year’s essay focuses on how important it is to make public investments in our children despite the state’s precarious financial situation. The release will be part of Celebrating Children and Youth Day and will include youth speakers talking about the issues they’d like our lawmakers to address. The theme this year is “Forget Me Not” and youth will deliver packets of flower seeds to legislators to remind them that children, like flowers, need optimal conditions in order to grow and thrive. “If a seed falls in poor soil and does not receive enough sunshine and rain, and then fails to bloom we understand what’s to blame—and it’s not the seed,” NM Voices for Children KIDS COUNT Director Amber Wallin said. “But when children grow up in environments lacking in resources and opportunities, we are all too eager to blame them when they struggle in school and later in life. Like any good gardener, we need to ensure that all our children are receiving the resources they need to thrive

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S NM Voices for Children KIDS COUNT Director Amber Wallin and grow into productive and contributing members of society. Nothing less than our state’s future economic well-being depends upon it.” WHAT: PRESS CONFERENCE for the Release of the 2016 NM KIDS COUNT Data Book WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 17, 10 am WHERE: Rotunda, New Mexico State Capitol, Santa Fe W HO: New Mexico Voices for Children James Jimenez, Executive Director, New Mexico Voices for Children A mber Wa l l i n, K IDS COU N T Director, New Mexico Voices for Children Gloria M. Lopez, youth speaker Crystal Pena, youth speaker Diana Salcido-Favela, youth speaker, Juntos Danielle Wheeler, youth speaker, AmeriCorps Vista Jacob Griego, youth speaker, Enlace

A N TA F E – G ov. Su s a n a Martinez announced Jan. 10 her proposal to balance the state budget, which involves moving $268.5 million from various state agencies. “This is a responsible budget that reduces the size of government while at the same time protects the progress we’ve made in diversifying our economy, reforming our education system, and keeps our communities safe,” Martinez said in a press release. The proposal includes taking $120 million from public education in funds that Martinez’s press release referred to as “slush funds.” Sen. John Arthur Smith, D-Deming, told NM Political Report that the proposal is a “starting point for negotiation purposes,” but that real discussions will happen in committee meetings once the legislative session begins next week. Smith, a fiscal conservative, also criticized Martinez’s proposed sweep from public schools. “I’m not as harsh on education as she is,” Smith said. Martinez also proposed a 3.5 percent “retirement swap,” that would require state employees to pay more into their own retirement plans in order to avoid furloughs or wage cuts. The swap, Smith said, shows how Martinez views public employees. “She has a disdain for state employees obviously,” Smith said.

NM Gov. Susana Martinez Smith did agree that the $268.5 million is close to the amount the state should try and recover during the upcoming legislative session, but he said that moving money from schools will be “a real challenge” for the administration. Smith said he doesn’t yet have any tangible ideas for balancing the budget and emphasized that the Legislature still needs to fix last year’s budget. During the 2016 special legislative session, Martinez pushed for increased criminal penalties and battled with the Democrat-controlled Senate over crime bills as well as budget issues. This year, Martinez will be up against a Democratic majority in both the House and Senate.


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Climate change protesters call out Trump’s cabinet picks By Laura Paskus NM Political Report


L BUQU E RQU E – Climate change protesters in downtown Albuquerque spoke out against four of Presidentelect Donald Trump’s cabinet picks. Rallying outside the offices of Democratic Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, protesters called on the two lawmakers to oppose the confirmations of Ex xon Mobi l CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, former Governor of Texas Rick Perry as head of the Department of Energy and Montana congressman Ryan Zinke as Secretary of the Department of the Interior. Organized by 350.org, a nonprofit organization focused on cutting greenhouse gas emissions enough to avert the worst impacts of climate change, the rally in Albuquerque was

related to national protests organized across the United States. Udall’s State Director Greg Bloom delivered a message to the crowd from the senator. Calling global warming “one of the greatest threats to public health, our environment, the economy and our national security,” Udall pointed out that New Mexico is right in the “bull’s eye.” In the statement, Udall reiterated his support for the agreement countries hammered out in 2015 to cut emissions globally, as well as of the Clean Power Plan and new rules from the EPA and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to cut methane emissions from oil and gas drilling. Udall also pointed out that the science on human-caused climate change is clear. According to Udall’s statement, New Mexico’s priorities should include developing a statewide climate change action plan, cutting methane emissions in the Four Corners

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Report: MCSO deputies placed on leave DECKER: INVESTIGATIONS IN PLACE

By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


hree deputies from the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of internal and external investigations. McKinley County Attorney Doug Decker did not release the names of the deputies involved in a physical altercation at a house pa r ty at a n address on or

nea r West H i l l Avenue i n Gallup Jan. 6. In explaining the matter, Decker said the incident stems from a Jan. 9 citizen complaint to McKinley County Sheriff Ron Silversmith. The citizen revealed that there was some kind of altercation involving at least one local deputy that sent an unknown young male to an Albuquerque hospital. Decker did not reveal the name of the person taken to the hospital, but that individual was released and is back home

in Gallup, according to information posted on the KRQE TV website. Decker said an investigation of the matter is now underway by the New Mexico State Police. The initial investigation was put into the hands of the state police so as to avoid bias, he said. After the state investigation completes itself, the county will do its own separate internal investigation and another investigation will be done by Universal I nvestigation Ser v ices of

Albuquerque. The latter could cost the county as much as $3,000, Decker said. Decker said once the full investigatory processes are complete, then personnel action by the county, if deemed necessary, would be handed down. Rega rd i ng t he f u r t her release of information, Decker said something concrete on the matter should be available in about two weeks. There a re about th ree dozen deputies that work at

the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office. Decker said there won’t be problems covering any specified areas for MCSO, saying various deputies might have to pull double-duty at times. If there are charges to come out of the matter that aspect of things could come out of the initial state police investigation, Decker noted. “It’s an unfortunate circumstance, but right now we have to wait until the entire matter runs its course,” he said.

Man builds bomb at ‘old batting cage’ biz ARRESTED FOR AGGRAVATED BATTERY

By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor


allup Police Depa r t ment of f icers encountered an unusual situation when they responded to a call at 2025 E. Aztec Ave. Donovan David

Mills reportedly broke into the business to stay warm Jan. 9. But there was something dangerous brewing in the microwave oven on the premises, and it wasn’t coffee. “Mills began to what officers stated as [making] very st r a nge st at ement s,” t he

police report compiled by Det. John Yearly states. “Mills was asked what he was going to do with the stuff in the microwave” what was essentially an “improvised explosive device.” “It appeared that Mills had placed two container[s] with butane in them – one being


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a lighter, along with a bag of microwave popcorn,” the report reads. “And on top of the microwave two gallons of gas were found in a red gas can.” The cooking timer was set to 6:66. An arson investigator on scene “came to the conclusion that the device would have caused an explosive fire,” the report states. Mills, 36, told police that he suffers from schizophrenia, and was medically cleared before being booked into McKinley

County Adult Detention Center for Aggravated Battery. He was still in custody as of Jan. 12.

Body of dead female found near TA truck stop By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


he body of an unidentified white female was found on the west side of Gallup Jan. 11, near an open field and between the TA truck stop and County Road 1, officials said. Capt. Marinda Spencer, public information officer with the Gallup Police Department, said a passerby discovered the body at around 7:30 am and called authorities. “The person was deceased upon arrival,” she said. “The investigation is ongoing.” Spencer said foul play was

suspected in the situation, but declined to elaborate saying the case is still open. Spencer did not give the age range of the deceased or say what type of condition the body was in. The location where the body was found is close to a commercial and residential area and near Gallup’s Greyhound bus station. The dead body report is the first of its kind investigated by GPD in 2017. There were less than a dozen cases of bodies found outdoors in Gallup last year, according to GPD statistics, and each person was ultimately identified. NEWS

GPD: Arson cause of Budget Inn fire


A photo of the lobby area of the Budget Inn, 3150 W. Highway 66. It was the scene of an arson fire Jan. 10. Photo Credit: Courtesy A guest of the motel initially called the police, according to Gonzales’ report. Deepak Mehta, the owner and operator of the Budget Inn, said a female guest and a young male from North Carolina were checked into the room on Jan. 8 for two stays. He said he wasn’t exactly sure when the two checked out. A guest interviewed at the motel said a young male is often seen “walking around doing nothing” and talking on a cell phone. He declined to give his name or any further information.

GFD RESPONDS Gallup Deputy Fire Chief Jesus Morales said firefighters

arrived at 5:44 am and discovered light smoke coming from the interior of Room 123, which is a corner unit of the two-story hotel. At least one mattress and a box spring were removed from the room, Morales said. Morales estimated damages to the motel be around $20,000. Both police and fire personnel were on the scene for practically four hours, Spencer and Morales said. The Budget Inn was the scene of another bad fire about three years ago. In that incident, an out-of-town woman who was renting a room died apparently of smoke inhalation after she smoked a cigarette and fell asleep with the cigarette still lit, officials said at the time.

Daniel released from custody; could serve time in Bernalillo County By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent

A k now n d r ugg ie wa s released from the McKinley County Adult Detention Center, only to face felony and misdemeanor charges in Bernalillo County, records show. Corey Da n iel, 23, wa s released from custody on Dec. 26 by 11th Judicial District Court Judge Lyndy Bennett after an admission of a violation of probation. That case was in court Dec. 16 and dealt with breaking and entering and concealment of identity charges, records show. The case dates back to August 2015 when McKinley County Sher iff ’s deputies caught Daniel in a Thoreau storage unit that was not hers. NEWS

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By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent he Gallup fire and police departments responded to what is believed to be a deliberately set motel fire Jan. 10 that was done by an unknown person. Accordingly, the cause of the fire has been determined as arson. There were no reported injuries in the fire. Capt. Marinda Spencer, public information officer with the Gallup Police Department, said officers were dispatched to the Budget Inn, 3150 W. Highway 66, at 5:37 am. Spencer said officers observed smoke coming from west side of the building and from the first floor of the structure. “There was a male in the room trying to put out the fire,” Officer John Gonzales wrote in the police report on the matter. “Gallup Fire arrived on the scene and put out the fire.” Gonzales recorded that he interviewed a witness at the scene who said she saw a male wearing black clothing “banging” on the door of Room 123, and said she saw the unknown male break the room window. The name of that person is not noted in the police report.

Desiderio released on own recognizance

Corey Daniel At the Dec. 16 hearing, Daniel admitted to testing positive for methamphetamine. Theresa Gomez, her defense attorney in Gallup, said Daniel must answer to charges in

a r r e l l D e s i d e r io of Twin lakes was released on his own recognizance Jan. 11 after being arrested on a variety of warrant charges, including theft of a motor vehicle, possession of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving and resisting arrest. Desiderio, 39, was arrested Dec. 27 after a three-month sea rch, accord ing to ja il records. He was housed at the McKinley-County Adult Detention Center on a $12,000 cash bond. Gabrielle Puhuyesva, an investigator with the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office, had been looking for Desiderio in connection to a stolen car incident dating back to September 2015. At one juncture, the vehicle was seen near the Fire Rock Navajo Casino near Church Rock. A sheriff’s deputy reported seeing the vehicle in the area and tried to make a traffic stop, according to an arrest warrant. The driver did not stop and MCSO deputies, along with officers from the New Mexico State Police, employed spike strips, which the driver of the

Darrell Desiderio vehicle managed to avoid. The pursuit ended along Highway 122 in Thoreau where the driver ran from the pursuit of officers. An arrest was avoided pending laboratory results on DNA testing from the car’s steering wheel and from two cigarette butts found on the floor board of the vehicle. Desiderio was also the primary suspect in a downtown Gallup stabbing in August 2016. That incident sent a local man to an area hospital with four stab wounds, police said at the time. There was not an attorney listed in jail records for Desiderio. According to court records, Desiderio has been arrested in New Mexico 18 times dating back to 1999 on charges ranging from aggravated battery on a household member and various drug charges.

Bernalillo County, which, according to the New Mexico Courts website, include five felonies and a misdemeanor. A mong those charges are receiving or transferring a stolen motor vehicle, reckless driving, multiple counts for aggravated assault on a peace officer with a deadly weapon, and aggravated fleeing from a peace officer. Daniel was incarcerated in Albuquerque on those charges, but was later transferred to Gallup for the Bennet hearing. As of Jan. 12, Daniel was not jailed at the McKinley C ou nt y Adu lt D et ent ion Center or Bernalillo County’s Metropolitan Detention Center. She has a jury trial set for May 22 in Albuquerque District Court. Gallup Sun • Friday January 13, 2017


WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports The legal limit is .08 Edman H. Touchin Jan. 1, 11:51 am 4th DWI, Aggravated Touch i n was arrested for his fourth DW I when he pulled in front another vehicle, crashing into it, on U.S. 491 as he left Tohlakai Road and attempted to make a straight shot to the Shell gas station across the highway. According to McK inley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Salina Brown’s report, the vehicle that he hit sustained heavy damage and a tow truck had to be called to the scene. The driver and two passengers didn’t appear to be injured. Touchin, 44, had alcohol on his breath, and bloodshot, watery eyes. He failed the field sobriety tests, and blew a .228 at the scene, and .18, twice, at the Sheriff’s station. Zebulon P. Graves Dec. 31, 1:57 am Aggravated DWI Graves “knowingly drove his vehicle into a house next to

199 Western Sk ies Rd. #50,” according to Gallup P o l i c e Department O f f i c e r Andrew Thayer’s report. Thayer said that Graves, 25, refused to exit the vehicle upon request, a nd wa s s we a r i n g a t o f f i c e r s o n scene. When Graves finally exited the vehicle, he refused to engage in f ield sobriety tests. As an officer wa s placi ng h i m i n ha ndcuffs due to his disorderly behavior, he pulled his arm away. Another officer helped subdue him. Meanwhile, the passenger in Graves’ vehicle, Tyler Hoskie, refused to get out of the car, and was tasered with one “drive stun” to the back. He cooperated moving forward. In the vehicle there were t wo op e n b ot t le s of “ 9 9 Bananas” and one open bottle of “99 Cherries.” Hoskie wa s bo oke d on s epa r a t e cha rge s, a nd Gr ave s wa s booked for a a g g r av a t ed DWI for refusing to take the breath tests.

Hope Etsitty Dec. 30, 2:37 am 4th DWI, Aggravated E t s i t t y, 26, tried to get out of a DWI by hopping in the back passenger seat, but it didn’t work for her largely due to the keen eye of MCSO Inv. Gabrielle Puhuyesva. She was dealing with one of the passengers when she noticed Etsitty reach up and put the car keys in the center console. Puhuyesva administered field sobriety tests, which didn’t go well for Etsitty, and she was promptly arrested for DWI. She blew a .19/.20 at the Sheriff’s station. Robert Sanchez Sept. 27, 10:48 pm DWI G P D Officer John Gonzales was dispatched to t he 40 0 block of Coal Av e nu e i n reference to a reckless driver. He caught up with the likely

culprit, Sanchez, whose Ford Explorer was parked halfway on the sidewalk and halfway in the street. The vehicle taillight was smashed, which Gonzales said said was consistent with the damage to the sandstone wall at 402 E. Coal Ave. Sanchez, 62, failed field sobriety tests and blew a .13 and .14 during the breath tests. Shayanne A. Richards Sept. 25, 3:02 am DWI A s Richards r e p or t e d ly swerved her w ay d ow n we stbou nd Hwy 66 she caught the attention of GPD Officer Andrew Thayer. Thayer was on the way to another call, but pulled Richards over instead. She admitted to being intoxicated, according to the report. Richards, 22, engaged in the field sobriety test, but not surprisingly, she failed. She blew a .12 twice. Leon Unkestine Sept. 26, 10:59 pm Aggravated DWI Unkestine, 56, had no problem admitting to GPD Sgt. Benny Gaona that he ran into a divider on Allison Road. He was interviewed at the Royal Holiday Motel parking lot, 1903 W. Hwy 66.

He a l so had no problem admitting that he was drunk, and had consumed three six packs of B u d we i s e r beers that day. He blew a .26 during the roadside breath test, and a .20 and .18 at the jail. Joshua J. Jim Aug. 20, 2:09 am Aggravated DWI Jim was being tailed by a n of f duty deputy for his sloppy driving. Shortly after turning down Allison Road, Jim got into a collision with his baby and significant other in tow. When GPD Officer Harland Soseeah asked how he got into the crash, he said “an unknown male subject hit him on the face and took off from the scene.” Soseeah asked Jim how much he had to drink, as he showed the signs of being intoxicated. Jim, 23, sa id he had one sip of “Crystal Palace.” Jim refused to take the field sobriety and breath tests. He was also charged with abandonment/abuse of a child (no injury) for putting his child in harms way.

Suspect arrested for shooting at Mossman home By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor


vendetta over some s t olen weed a nd property reportedly led to a Sunday evening shooting at 702 Julie Ct., in the Mossman neighborhood. Whatever ax Julian Richard Giron had to grind with the man that supposedly made off with his pot and things, was taken out on the home of man not involved with the situation.

Giron, 18, fired at least two times at the home of Frank Diaz with a 12-gauge shotgun sometime after 9 pm on Jan. 8. He was taken into custody Monday evening and booked for shooting at an inhabited building, shooting from a motor vehicle, criminal damage to property and three counts of aggravated assault. And this wasn’t Giron’s first stop at the residence. Diaz told Gallup Police

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Department officers that Giron and a friend came by on Jan. 3 looking for his nephew who had recently visited him during the holidays. He noticed that one of the men had an expandable baton in his lap, and the other had his hands down low by his side. He told the men to leave, and as they drove off one yelled, “we’re going to get the f-c-er,” the arrest warrant report states. Shortly after the incident Diaz installed a security camera on his property. So, when Giron pulled his latest stunt on Sunday, it was caught on tape. Gi ron a d m it t ed t o t he shooting dur ing his interv iew w ith police, a nd expressed how he “wished someone was hurt.” He also said that the weapon used for t he s ho o t i n g w a s a t 209 W. Lincoln Ave. Police secured a search warrant, and found both the weapon

and narcotics while searching the residence. No details were g iven on a t y pe or amount of drugs found.

On Ja n. 11, Giron wa s released from McKinley County Adult Detention Center on a $15,000 bond.

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Volkswagen to pay total of $4.3 billion to resolve criminal, civil actions FBI News


A S H I NGT ON – Volkswagen has agreed to plead g u ilt y to th ree criminal felony counts and to pay a $2.8 billion criminal penalty as a result of the company’s long-running scheme to sell thousands of diesel vehicles in the U.S. by using a defeat device to cheat on mandated emissions tests. In addition, the company has agreed to pay $1.5 billion in civil penalties to resolve a variety of environmental, customs, and financial claims. The announcement was made Jan. 11 in Washington, D.C. at a press conference with U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, Detroit FBI Special Agent in Charge David Gelios, and a number of other federal government officials. The 16 -month criminal investigation into Volkswagen was conducted by the FBI and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Criminal Investigation

Division. Along with the actions taken against the company, a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Michigan returned an indictment today charging six VW executives and employees for their roles in the nearly 10-year conspiracy. The investigation revealed that VW falsely advertised that its vehicles complied with federal anti-pollution measures when, according to Attorney General Lynch, “hundreds of thousands of cars that VW sold in the United States were pumping illegal levels of nitrogen oxides into the atmosphere—up to 40 times more than amounts permitted.” Turns out that the vehicles were equipped with cheating software that circumvented the U.S. testing process. “Consumers expect that companies tell the truth about their products. If environmentally conscious buyers are told they are purchasing green cars, then they should be getting, in fact, green cars—not cars that spew out pollution,” FBI Deputy Director McCabe said.

FBI: Search ends for missing women, children in Santa Ana Pueblo Staff Reports


he five bodies found on Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico this past week have been identified by relatives as Leticia George (adult), Vanessa George (adult), Zoe Becenti (child), Chloe Becenti (child), and Haleigh Toledo (child). It appears the bodies recovered are of the missing women and children who were the subject of a recent Albuquerque Police Department missing

persons bulletin issued Jan. 5. The Office of the Medical Investigator will make a definitive determination on the identities of all the recovered bodies. The FBI, U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, Albuquerque Pol ice Depa r t ment , New Mexico State Police, Santa Ana Police and Conservation Departments, Jemez Pueblo Police Department, Navajo Nation Criminal Investigation Section, and Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office are involved in

Sisters Leticia George and Vanessa George were found dead in Santa Ana Pueblo.

The George sisters three children were also found dead on the Santa Ana Pueblo. the investigation. An extensive investigation has been conducted and continues. “As this case remains under investigation, no further comment can be made at this time,” Albuquerque FBI Spokesman Frank Fisher said. Fisher stated in a Jan. 10 press release that “autopsies are pending to determine the cause of each death, but foul play by another party is not suspected at this time.”

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, speaks at a January 11, 2017 Department of Justice press conference to announce criminal and civil penalties against Volkswagen as a result of a scheme to cheat U.S. emissions tests. Six of its executives and employees have been indicted in the matter. Photo Credit: FBI

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ROLL CALL By Bernie Dotson


t’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone. With a new year, comes New Year’s resolutions, that sometimes long list of goals that we’d like to accomplish in the new year. Goals may come in the form of verbal lists, written lists – or simply mental notes. When thinking about New Year’s resolutions, it’s easy to get caught up in hopeful desires, which seem to come with

OPINIONS New Year’s Resolutions good intentions, but may not be realistic. It is important to keep goals realistic, attainable and in perspective. Otherwise, after the initial celebration fades, reality sets in and being able to accomplish your goals may seem overwhelming. No matter what habits you have developed, there are ways to break with those negative patterns. So before taking action toward your goals, you may expect to feel motivation. However, if you wait

until you are fully motivated to begin, you could be setting yourself up for failure. Keep in mind that all too often the goals we tend to create are sometimes impossible given our lifestyle, career or family life. W hen you t h i nk about your New Year’s resolutions, be hone s t w it h you r s el f about what you really want and break things down into small steps that you are not on ly able to a ccompl i sh, but can manage. It can be


disappointing when we begin to work toward our goals and then realize we have created goals that may be too high to attain. We then might become discouraged and give up on our goals altogether.

SOME THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND IN 2017: • Create goals that have meaning to you and not to anyone else: Your goals should be what you really want to

achieve, not what you want to work on. • Set realistic goals: When you make your goals, keep in mind the demands of career and family life. • Learn from past mistakes: When you make a mistake, ask yourself what you can learn from it. • Stay away from all-ornothing resolutions and begin with baby steps: Instead of saying I won’t drink sodas, make a decision to drink less of them. Happy New Year!


Are you stuck in a funk? Maybe you’re feeling paranoid and superstitious. Whatever the case, consider the company you keep. Jim Rohn said, “you are the average of the five people you spend time with.” On this Friday 13, look deep in your heart. Madame G suggests you challenge yourself and expect more. It’s never too late to live the life you’ve always wanted.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Remove that stick up your butt. This discomfort is of your own making. Jen Sincero points out in her work, You are a Badass, that it’s not your fault you’re messed up, but it is your fault if you stay that way. You’re more than DNA. You’re more than circumstances. You can take up the pen and write the play for your own life, with you as the hero. Get up stand up! You got this!

What would you do for love? Maybe you’re resentful. Perhaps you’ve made too many sacrifices. You might be headed down a lonely road. It’s all fun and games until someone starts crying, even you. Words can wound and hurt. This is the way of the world. In the end those words push the ones you love away. You may need a little help. Seek a professional, if necessary. It’s okay!

Sour grapes make a tasty and refreshing wine. Why not embrace a little change? You don’t always have to be in control. You don’t always have to be perfect. It’s time someone said it: everyone can see past your barriers. And that’s a good thing. You may try to force the issue, but it won’t work. Allow others to help you and have a little faith. It will work out in the end.

Yo! Don’t be so hard on yourself! Life is tough and sometimes you get kicked around, but you pick yourself up and get right back on the fence. Don’t ride a bull—that’s cray cray! You don’t have to be an adrenaline junky to have a little fun. It’s never too late to be who you always should have been. Do something exciting. Be daring! Live a little. You’ll regret it, if you don’t.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Are you ready? This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. It’s not just the ending of a lovely film, Casablanca—it’s also arguably one of the most propaganda filled movies of the century (and that’s saying something). You may find beauty in anything even an overly sappy film about love and friendship. Ultimately the message is sound. In the end, there is always a beginning.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) So this is love (duh duh duh duh)… Don’t you just love Disney? It brings back nostalgia and feelings of a simpler time. For some, it’s the only real example of happiness. This isn’t wrong, but it’s not exactly healthy, especially if you’re waiting for a shining knight. Madame G suggests you pick up the sword and fight your own battles. Sing your own tales. Smile—you’re the hero! OPINIONS

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) So, what’s next? You may want to head for the hills or catch a bit of the ocean waves, but the sound and smell of rain will always draw you back. Consider taking a break for a while. Do something that you’ve never done before. Try something that’s never been done. It’s never too late to live the life you’ve always wanted. Be you, have fun!

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You may want to take a look around. What’s familiar? What’s unrecognizable? If you don’t know the person in the mirror, you may have a problem. Growth is a necessary part of life. It’s up to you to search out what’s good and what’s bad. It’s awesome when our lives go as planned, but it’s even better when they don’t. You can do anything. You just have to try. Have no limits!

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Dear Scorpio, don’t make yourself small for anyone else. Stop hiding that brilliant light behind a bushel. You’re not helping anyone, especially yourself. The time for mild mediocrity is past. Release yourself and live the life you’ve always dreamed of—live better than what you can imagine. Take risks! Be more afraid of what you won’t get, than losing anything. You can!

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) What’s up buttercup? Don’t worry, it won’t stick. You’re up to no good and ready for trouble. It’s definitely important to enjoy life. Live beyond your wildest dreams. This is the time, and it’s better to enjoy the experience. No one is ready to fly mainly because no one imagined you could until you did. You’re headed towards the sun and it’s glorious. Fly!

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Are you headed for disaster? It’s hard to tell sometimes. One minute you’re heading down the road just fine when WHAM! a semi hits you from the side. Life can take you by surprise. You’re not guaranteed a thing. But, don’t let that get you down. Consider that you might just be purging all the bad energy from your life in order to invite positive light. Namaste!

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) You’re ready for a change. It might be time to change out the batteries or head in a new direction. This could mean something small like getting a new toothbrush or getting a new relationship. Not all habits are healthy, that dirty toothbrush doesn’t help. A bad relationship can ruin your health (even kill you). What’s worth having and what isn’t? Only you can say!

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Details can be weighty when renting commercial space By Finance New Mexico


enti ng a com mercial space is a move many entrepreneurs postpone as long as they can, because it’s one of the biggest expenses and most consequential commitments a startup or young company faces. A commercial lease binds landlord and tenant to a variety of promises. A well-executed lease can benefit both parties, but a hasty, vague arrangement can break an embryonic enterprise.

COMMERCIAL V. RESIDENTIAL LEASES When someone rents an apartment or home, consumer protection laws dictate many terms of the landlord-tenant contract. Not so with commercial leases, which have few of the privacy protections and other regulations afforded residential rentals. A renter rarely performs a radical makeover on a new

home, but commercial renters often need to customize a space to accommodate offices, retail operations or assembly lines. Because they’re tailored to meet the business’s requirements while respecting the owner’s property rights, commercial leases are negotiated from scratch. This lack of standardization means business owners and landlords need to exercise due diligence before signing a contract that can bind them for years.

COMING TO TERMS The renter’s monthly payment must be affordable, and the contract should state what that payment covers. Some landlords include the cost of property insurance and taxes, utilities and maintenance in a commercial lease, while others bill tenants separately for these expenses. In the latter case, the landlord should explain how these costs are calculated. The amount and frequency of rent increases, or escalations, should be addressed:

Some landlords specify dollar amounts, while others tie hikes to an objective yardstick like the Consumer Price Index. The lease term needs to be long enough to provide stability but shor t enough to free the business if it outgrows the space or finds it unworkable. The contract should list all necessary improvements to the commercial space and identify who’s responsible for doing and paying for buildouts and who owns permanent fixtures when the business leaves. If renovations are required to make the space accessible to disabled customers or workers, the contract should state what they are and who pays the bill. The contract also needs language that clarifies: • T h a t t he i nc om i n g bu si nes s i s compat ible with the property’s zoning classification. • Who’s responsible for maintenance and repairs of the grounds, building and important systems, such as heating, air conditioning and ventilation.

• What common areas, such as lobbies, restrooms and meeting rooms, are part of the rented space. • Speci f icat ion s a nd allowances for exterior signs designed to attract customers. • The security deposit amount and provisions for its return. • The tenant’s right to sublease and procedures for terminating the contract. • The consequences of defaulting on a lease and the tenant’s options to renegotiate contract provisions. A commercial real estate broker can help business owners understand and negotiate the details of a lease. An

experienced broker can also assist with property search. One of the most important functions a commercial broker can perform is helping to identify the best location for a business — especially if the business is in retail. Defaulting on a lease can be catastrophic for a business and costly for a landlord, which is why both should review the lease carefully and consult a commercial real estate attorney before signing. F in a n c e Ne w Me x i c o assists individuals and businesses with obtaining skills and funding resources for their business or idea. www. FinanceNewMexico.org.

Immigrant Youth and Allies To Dear members of the March On National Day of Action Plateau Sciences Society By United We Dream


LBUQUERQUE – Immigrant youth from all across the state, together with hundreds of community members, people of faith and labor advocates, will rally and march beginning at the corner of MLK Jr. Ave. and University Blvd. on a national day of action to prevent deport at ion s by preser v i ng the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which currently protects three quarters of a million young immigrants and provides stability for their families, and winning local policy changes at the state and city level as well as creating sanctuary spaces in churches and schools to protect immigrants and refugees.


In nearly 50 cities across the country, immigrants and people of conscience of all backgrounds will raise their voice to declare that they will stand in the way of deportations, racial profiling, criminalization and hatred. We are #HereToStay and will not be moved. The march culminates at Civic Plaza, where community members, immigrant youth, and allies will mount support in favor of a sanctuary policies that publicly supports   DACA and outlines protections for the immigrant and refugee community ahead of a Trump administration. Who: NM Dream Team; including its 7 chapters from across New Mexico, United We Dream and community members wearing orange #HereToStay shirts What: Rally and March

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in honor of Martin Luther King’s Legacy and in preparation for the upcoming Trump’s administration. W h e r e : 10 a m University of New Mexico; at the corner of MLK Jr. Ave. and University Blvd. C u l m i n a t io n : Albuquerque’s Civic Plaza Visu a ls: Immigra nt Youth and Allies holding #HereToStay posters, banners and orange shirts declaring the immigrant community is #HereToStay. program which currently protects three quarters of a million young immigrants and provides stability for their families, and winning local policy changes at the state and city level as well as creating sanctuary spaces in churches and schools to protect immigrants and refugees.

By Martin Link


happy New Year to all our members, and as we enter 2017, hopefully everyone is in good health and full of energy. Our December meeting/ Christmas party was well attended and we had more than enough to eat. Special recognition was paid to longtime member Martha Zollinger, who, at 94, was just as spry as ever! Our January meeting is scheduled for Sunday, January 15, at the Red Mesa Center, 105 W. Hill Street. The program will start at 2:30 p.m. and will take on a different format this month. We have scheduled a round table discussion focusing on our commitment to engage in the preservation of old Fort Wingate. All the members who took photos of the old

buildings last October are encouraged to bring them. Invited guests who will attend include Jennifer Lazarz, the newly-appointed Gallup tourism director and Rose Eason, the ArtsCrawl director. Also invited is Sharon Pinto, Regional Dir. of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Scott Merrill, owner of the Ft. Wingate Tdg. Post. Retired Col. David deBaca might show up. too. Martin will also give a report on THATCamp, sponsored by the N.M. Humanities Cou ncil, that he attended on Saturday, in Albuquerque. All members are encouraged to bring some refreshments to the meeting and program. The monthly meeting will follow the program. A major item is the selection of a secretary, as Linda Popelish declined the position.

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COMMUNITY Three Navajo Arizona lawmakers inaugurated by state legislature PRESIDENT BEGAY IN ATTENDANCE

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HOENIX – The Arizona State Legislature inaug u r at ed Ja me scit a Peshlakai as Senator for Arizona’s Legislative District 7 and both Wenona Benally and Eric Descheenie as State Representatives for District 7 Jan. 9. Peshlakai currently serves as an Executive Staff Assistant for the Office of the President and Vice President and Benally ser ve s a s t he Execut ive Director for the Navajo Hopi La nd Commission Off ice. Descheenie had previously served as an Executive Staff Assistant for OPVP. A s Senator, Pesh la ka i said she would serve on the Natural Resource, Water and Energy Committee as well as the Transportation and Technology Committee. “Legislative District 7 is progressive and electing a

Native American woman and veteran is symbolic of who we are,” Peshlakai said. “It is truly an honor for me to take my oath and serve the people to the best of my ability. I am ready to roll up my sleeves to work for Legislative District 7.” Representative Benally said she looks forward to working with President Russell Begaye to advance the interests of the Navajo people. “My colleagues and I greatly appreciate the attendance of President Begaye at yesterday’s Opening Day of the 53rd Arizona Legislative Session and Governor Ducey’s State of the State Address,” Benally said. Begaye congratulated the newly inaugurated officials stating he was glad to have highly qualified Navajos representing their constituents from both their legislative districts and the Navajo Nation. “They made us proud as they

Representative Wenona Benally (left) stands next to Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Senator Jamescita Peshlakai. Both Benally and Peshlakai were inaugurated into the Arizona State Legislature along with Eric Descheenie during Opening Day on Jan. 9. Photo Credit: Office of the President and Vice President were inaugurated to be a state senator and state representatives,” Begaye said. “We look forward to working with our leaders and all members of the House

and the Senate on both sides of the aisle. We also look forward to working with the new Speaker of the House, J.D. Mesnard and all the other elected officials and

various committee members.” President Begaye attended Opening Day as a guest of Rebecca Rios, state representative for Arizona Legislative District 27. “I was honored to have President Russell Begaye join me on Opening Day at the Arizona Legislature. I look forward to strengthening our relationship with the Navajo Nation and other tribes,” she said. R io s s a i d s h e h o p e d Opening Day would bring opportunities for the Arizona Indian Nations to share ideas with the Legislature. “Again, we congratulate Jamescita Peshlakai, Wenona Benally and Eric Descheenie,” Begaye said. “They made the Navajo Nation and the Navajo people proud by stepping up and running for these offices. They gained the confidence of all their constituents in being elected into their respective offices.”

NTU grad reflects on obtaining M.A. in Diné Culture, Language and Leadership Staff Reports


a v a j o Te c h n i c a l University conferred 117 degrees and certificates on Dec. 9 at the university’s commencement ceremony, including a master’s of arts degree in Diné Culture, Language and Leadership when Aurelia Yazzie of Sheep Springs graduated. Yazzie became the second student ever to earn the degree from NTU after Perry James of Continental Divide earned one in May 2016. Yazzie said she was appreciative of the program and enjoyed the approach it took in blending western education with traditional Navajo values and thought. “The program goes in depth


NTU president Elmer J. Guy hoods Aurelia Yazzie of Sheep Springs, N.M., at NTU’s winter commencement ceremony in Crownpoint. Yazzie received a master’s degree in Diné Culture, Language and Leadership, becoming the second such person to receive that degree in the history of the school. Photo credit: Navajo Technical University about what it really means to uphold traditional values and

to learn and teach from that perspective,” Yazzie said.

Yazzie said her clans are Bit’ahnii and Tsi’naajinii. “A lot of information I learned was so overwhelming, especially from the people who knew these things and have lived through it. It was just a wealth of information that I never knew and it caused me to look at my life differently and the way I teach.” Yazzie worked 20 years in the education field prior to enrolling at NTU, having spent 17 years at To’haalí Com mu nit y School in Newcomb, and another two years at Ch’ooshgai Community School in Tohatchi. She also worked five years teaching at various satellite sites for Diné College, where she earned her associate of arts degree in Diné Studies before obtaining an

undergraduate degree in bilingual education from Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colo. As an educator, Yazzie said she appreciated the fluidity of NTU’s master’s program and its appeal to people of all backgrounds and professions. That’s really what education is about, she alluded. “The master’s program I was in could be looked at from every angle,” Yazzie said. Yazzie wrote her thesis on Diné Bi Beehas’aanii Bits Silei (Parenting Skills Utilizing Navajo Perspective).” “From my sta nce it wa s f rom a n e duc a t ion a l a nd parenting perspective,


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Nearly 100 folks socialize with area cops

Linda Garcia, former University of New Mexico-Gallup instructor Martin Link – and a host of area people who happened to be randomly visiting the library. “This is something that fosters a relationship between the community and residents,” Morrissette said. “There are no distractions in this kind of setting. In just looking at the numbers, I’d say it’s very successful.” Morrissette noted that some 99 people walked through the doors of Fellin to attend the event. Most stayed long after the event was over, just to small talk and catch up on community news, Morrissette said. She explained that most people went right into thanking the police officers on hand for the job they do everyday in protecting the public from crime. Library Director Mary Ellen Pellington said four dozen donuts were served and several dozen cups of coffee were consumed – notable considering the cold outdoor temperature and early morning hours. The event started at 9 am and ended at 10:30 am.

“This was very successful and I hope we can do it again very soon,” Pellington said. “We had quite a few people. Some were already here and some heard about it through advertising or by word of mouth. Personally, I don’t think I’ve seen that many guns in one place and at one given moment.” Barbara Stanley, a retired Gallup entrepreneur who used to run a 24-hour eatery on the city’s east end, said the event definitely stresses a sense of community. Stanley said cops used to come in to her eatery at all hours – something you don’t see much of in this day and age anywhere. “I think every municipality, no matter the size, needs something like this,” Stanley said. “You know, this humanizes police officers. And that’s important when you look at what’s happening between communities in the world and police departments. I’m glad Gallup is doing something like this.” Sgt. Fra ncie Ma r tinez, one of several Gallup officers that attended the event, said

questions and comments from those participating ran the gamut. Martinez and Morrissette put together the event and promised more. Martinez and Morrissette attended a training session last March in Hawthorne, Calif., to see how the event worked over there, the two said. The event started in Hawthorne and has taken off in communities around the U.S.

“It was mostly people thanking the GPD for what they do,” Martinez said. “But there were people with questions about patrol and about all sorts of things that we do.” Ashtynn Samuels, 15, the reigning Miss Gallup High School, said she heard about the event via the Internet. She said attending it was worthwhile, even though it cut into school hours. “It’s a chance to get to know

the people who work at the police department,” Samuels said. “It’s a way to get to know the officers.” Morrissette said the last Coffee with a Cop event was held at Angela’s Café in October 2016. She said the event idea initially took flight with former Gallup police chief Robert Cron and deputy chief John Allen, and was picked up by current police chief Phillip Hart.

GPD Sgt. Francie Martinez mingles with the crowd Jan. 9. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons

Second annual ‘Team Navajo’ appreciation dinner EVENT HONORS THE REGION’S ELITE RODEO CHAMPS

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I N D OW R O C K – T he Nava jo Nation Office of the President and Vice President will recognize the Team Navajo cowboys for the second annual Team Navajo appreciation dinner at the Twin Arrows Navajo Casino and Resort on Jan. 21, 2016 at 5 pm. “We are proud of our Navajo cowboys that continue to represent the Nation well in the professional rodeo arenas,” President Russell Begaye said.

“Their hard work and determination to excel in their sport speaks volumes to our Native Youth. We are excited to recognize their efforts during this time.” Team Navajo consists of the following professional athletes: Derrick Begay, Kassidy Dennison and Erich Rogers. Rogers along with Cory Petska placed 3rd in Team Roping at the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Pro Rodeo Wrangler National Finals. Rogers is currently ranked 7th in the world as a Team Roping Header.

Begay a long with Clay O’Brien Cooper placed 2nd in Team Roping for Elite Rodeo Athletes 2016 World Championship. D e n n i s o n pl a c e d 2 nd in Barrel Racing for Elite Rodeo Athletes 2016 World Championship. “Congratulations to the Team Navajo rodeo contestants for their participation in the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and the 2016 ERA World Championship,” V ice - P r e s ident Jon a t h a n Nez said. “Representing the Navajo Nation in the biggest

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arenas for rodeo is an inspiring accomplishment.” This appreciation dinner is a gesture of the BegayeNez Administration’s continuous support of our Navajo Professional Rodeo Athletes. “Let’s not forget our many other talented Navajo athletes competing across the board, from running, football, basketball, volleyball and other sports,” Nez said. “Navajos are natural athletes and we are taking things to the next level.” Entertainment will be provided by Pax Harvey and Miss Navajo Nation Rhonda Joe. The event will be followed by a meet and greet with Team Navajo and a country-western dance featuring Stateline. There will be a meet and greet with Team Navajo comprised of the featured Navajo cowboys. OPVP extends the invitation to the general public to join in honoring our champion Navajo rodeo athletes. Tickets for the dinner will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 500. Tickets will be sold at

OPVP through Jan. 20 at 4 pm. Tickets will also be available in limited number at the door. Registration for the dinner at Twin Arrows will open at 2 pm on Jan. 21. Adult tickets are $20 and children under 10 years old are $10. Cash and money order are the only accepted forms of payment. Please make money orders payable to: Twin Arrows Navajo Casino & Resort and include the booking ID number: 4152. Tickets for the dance starting at 9 pm featuring Stateline can be purchased separately from the dinner event. These tickets will be $15 per person or $25 for couples. There will be two separate wristbands available for purchase, one for the dinner and one for the dance. To book your lodging at the Twin Arrows Navajo Casino & Resort for the event, mention the booking ID number: 4160. For further information or any questions please call Charity Sam at (928) 810-8505. Send all email correspondence to: opvp.wnfr.appreciationdinner@gmail.com COMMUNITY

‘Live By Night’ can’t find its footing RATING: «« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 128 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun


ometimes despite the best of intentions, things just don’t work out. The period drama Live by Night is based on a well-regarded novel by Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone and The Drop among many others). The movie has an excellent cast and crew, some very impressive imagery and strong individual moments. Yet, this tale doesn’t end up translating well to the screen. In fact, it’s a bit of a muddle. There’s too much material here and events feel both rushed and slow-moving at the same time. Set in the Prohibition era of the 1920s, the plot follows outlaw Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck). He’s a crook, but generally a nice guy with a soft spot for the ladies; in particular, one Emma Gould (Sienna Miller). After pulling various small heists, the city of Boston’s Irish and Italian mobsters attempt to recruit the protagonist. However, conflict arises when Emma’s boyfriend, Irish crew kingpin Albert White (Robert Glenister), learns of her relationship with Coughlin. As the plot progresses, our hero attempts to make a new life for himself as head of a rum smuggling band in

From left, liquor smuggler Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck) and Emma Gould (Sienna Miller) rendezvous for a moment in this prohibition-era film, filled with too many characters and a double shot of dizzying subplots. Now playing. Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Florida. While there, he plots to build a casino and begins to fall for Graciela (Zoe Saldana), a member of a local Cuban outfit. And even more characters are introduced during the first hour. Specifically, there are subplots involving Coughlin’s dad (Brendan Gleeson), the Tampa police depar tment Chief (Chris Cooper), a prominent Klu Klux Klan member (Matthew Maher), as well as the Chief’s daughter, Loretta (Elle Fanning), who undergoes a radical transformation and becomes an outspoken opponent of Coughlin’s casino. It’s a lot for any lead character to handle and Coughlin’s mea sured approach is

constantly questioned - basically, he’s told he isn’t cruel or vicious enough to survive in his position. But perhaps Coughlin’s real problem is just keeping track of what’s going on. There are too many subplots here and the film would have been wiser to narrow its focus. For instance, the intriguing Loretta storyline initially shows a lot of promise, but like many other aspect, ends up underdeveloped. One wishes that the two characters had butted heads for longer than they ultimately do. Essentially, the movie collapses under its own weight. The opening ten or fifteen minutes have so much narration

and introduce so many people that it almost feels like a lengthy montage. The dialogue is exposition heavy, giving updates as well as awkwardly explaining away the fates of many persons involved. It leaves little time for everything to gel. And with so many storylines, the pacing also suffers. Coughlin generally tries to use wisdom and reason in his decision making; it makes him a likable enough rogue, but doesn’t make the events themselves tense or dramatic. By the close, the climax makes little impact. At least this is a pretty looking film. Early sections of the film set in Boston are

a bit monochromatic and dull (no doubt shot that way on purpose), but as soon as the characters move to Florida, the visuals really spring to life. There are a couple of quick and dynamic shoot-outs as well, featuring a few memorable images of characters falling from great heights. In summation, I appreciated the efforts of the cast and crew and enjoyed certain plotlines and performances. However, this adaptation of Live by Night is so busy and overstuffed that it never finds its footing. Ultimately, it ends up feeling like a bit of a jumble. Visit: cinemastance.com

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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Jan. 13, 2017 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


elcome back to another edition highlighting the newest DVDs and Blu-rays coming your way. There’s an interesting mix this time out with plenty of curiosities. 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! T h e Accountant - Ben Affleck stars in this action/ thriller about an assassin with autism who h ide s h i s i l leg a l activities while working as a registered accountant. When he’s called in on a big corporate account, he and his coworker become targets. Reviews were split for the final product, complimenting the performances but suggesting that the story was contrived and that the enterprise came across like a B-movie action flick. The cast includes Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal and Jeffrey Tambor. The Birth of a Nation - This period drama tackles real life subject Nat Turner, a slave and preacher who was hired to give sermons on plantations in order to pacify. After witnessing various atrocities, Turner leads the slaves on a revolt. Notices were mixed, although it received more positive write-ups than negative ones. Some found it on difficult footing tonally and stated that it occasionally comes across as uneven and occasionally corny, while others believed that the high energy level made up for its deficiencies. It stars Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Penelope Ann Miller, Jackie Earl Haley and Colman Domingo. Closet Monster - A closeted teen in Newfoundland dreams of becoming a special effects artist. However, he must deal with the complications arising from “coming out” in his small town community. Helping him navigate troubled waters is his pet hamster (who talks and is


voiced by Isabella Rossellini). Critics generally liked this little, independent drama. They commented that it was an amusing first feature for its director and was a completely unique take on the comingof-age film. It also features Connor Jessup, Aaron Abrams, Aliocha Schneider and Joanne Kelly. Deepwater Horizon - This biopic drama is based on the 2010 real-life offshore oil rig accident in which a la rge a nd v i o l e n t explosion resulted in one of the worst spills in history. It depicts the many workers on-site who struggled to survive the man-made disaster. The press were complimentary towards the film. Although many wanted it to be harsher towards the parent company pressuring the workers, most thought the movie itself was suitably tense and thrilling. It stars Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, D yl a n O’Br ien a nd K at e Hudson. Kevin Hart: What Now? - If you’re a fan of popular comedian Kevin Hart and haven’t been able to see him live, this concert film presents an good opportunity. Recorded at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia before an audience of 50,000, the performer riffs on subjects like family life and his own newfound fame and celebrity. Reviews were generally good, suggesting that if you liked the performer, you would certainly find the film funny. Halle Berry and Don Cheadle also appear in some brief comedy sequences that open the movie. Max Steel - Here’s a weird one. This science-fiction superhero film got a wide release in theaters last October but received little to no publicity. Based on the Mattel action figure toy line, the story involves a teenager named Max who befriends a techno-organic a l ien force na med Steel. Together, the two become symbiotic and use their combined powers to fight crime. As expected, write-ups were absolutely terrible. It has been described as a complete

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misfire; flat, unexciting and lacking in any sense of joy or fun. The cast includes Ben Winchell, Mario Bello, Anna Villafane, Josh Brener and Andy Garcia. Under the Shadow This well-rega rded, independent horror picture sounds very intrigui n g. It ’s a UK /Jordan / Quatar co-production about a medical student and her daughter living in a war-torn Tehran apartment complex in the 1980s. After a missile hits their building and kills an upstairs neighbor, the pair begin to witness strange phenomena and believe an evil spirit is stalking them. This one received near unanimous praise from the press, who called it an extraordinarily unnerving and well-crafted creeper that also resonates with deeper themes. It stars Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi and Bobby Naderi.

BLASTS FROM THE PAST! Wow, there are some incredible older titles hitting high definition this week. Shout! Factory have the prickly, atmospheric thriller Dead of Winter (1987) with Mary Steenburgen and Roddy McDowall. Directed by Arthur Penn (Bonnie and Clyde, Little Big Man), this one involves an actress who takes a job at the remote home of an unstable psychologist. Soon, she is kidnapped and made part of an elaborate blackmail plot. The Blu-ray includes a new inter view with star Steenburgen about the making the film, as well as some publicity materials. If memory serves, it’s a decent little picture that should entertain those who enjoy suspense films. Sony Pictures Classic are debuting the fantastic animated effort The Triplets of Belleville (2003); it’s coming to Blu-ray for the first time in North America. This unique French effor t is about an elderly woman out to rescue her cyclist son after he gets involved with some criminal figures. The story is told almost entirely through song and pantomime and the visuals really

pack a wallop. It comes highly recommended. Band of th e Han d (1986) is a pulpy little action flick produced by writer/director Michael Mann (who was riding the success of Miami Vice at the time). Mill Creek Entertainment are releasing an inexpensive Blu-ray of the film that will give viewers a neon-tinged, 80s fix. The story is about a group of juvenile delinquents who are retrained as an elite strike squad - they are eventually instructed to take down a local drug cartel. It stars Stephen Lang, Lauren Holly, Leon, Lawrence Fishburne and James Remar. Boy, am I looking forward to catching up with this one. Not to be outdone, Criterion have a couple of big movies on the way. The 400 Blows (1959) is a French arthouse classic and the first effort from director Francois Truffaut (who also helmed Jules and Jim as well as Day for Night). The plot involves a poor young boy who is enticed into the world of petty crime as he hopes to make a better life for himself. It’s a great film and the Blu-ray comes with numerous extras. The movie comes restored and the package features two audio commentaries. Additionally, there is audition footage, a Cannes newsreel and interviews with Truffaut about the movie. His Girl F r i d a y (19 4 0) i s another classic; this one is a comedy w it h C a r y Gr a nt a nd Rosalind Russell. She’s a hard-nosed reporter who butts heads with her editor (and ex-husband) while working on a story. Criterion delivers the film in another impressive package. It also features as new restoration of the film and a second feature - The Front Page (1931), which was based on the same source material. You’ll also get interviews with films scholars, a piece of director Howard Hawks, making-of featurettes,

the radio adaptations of the film as well as a couple of radio plays of The Front Page and movie trailers. Warner Archive have plenty com i n g a s wel l f rom their madeto-order l i ne. T hey have a Blur ay of t he Van Johnson war film B a t t l e g r o u n d (19 4 9). Additionally, they’re releasing plenty of features arriving on DVD. These titles include The Harvey Girls (1946), I’ll Cry Tomorrow (1955), In the Good Old Summertime (1949) and Libeled Lady (1936). And there’s still more. Kino have three Blu-rays arriving this week. The first is the Gregory Peck historical drama, David and Bathsheba (1951). If you like all-star comedy capers, Scavenger Hunt (1979) may do the trick. Made in the spirit of It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, this one has another group of varied, greedy characters racing to uncover a hidden fortune. It stars Richard Benjamin and is full of famous faces - the movie even features an early appearance by Arnold Schwarzenegger. If Spaghetti Westerns are more to your liking, you can pick up The Unholy Four (1970) in high definition. The movie is about an amnesiac who wanders aimlessly until he’s recognized as being one of the fastest guns in the land. A n d there are a couple more titles. If odd d i sa s ter mov ies are your t h i ng, T h e Survivor (1981) should fit the bill. It’s an Australian film about a pilot who walks away from the wreckage of a horrific passenger airline crash. He doesn’t remember anything about what happened and attempts to learn why he was the only one to survive. It’s a strange one with supernatural overtones, but the opening plane crash is quite impressive. Perhaps the most notable aspects of the film is that


SPORTS 360 Gallup blows through Gallup Invitational championship, beats Artesia, 60-45 TROY ETSITTY SHINES IN WIN WITH 19 POINTS

By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


he Ga llup Benga ls tightened up on defen s e a nd t ook adva ntage of a cold-shooting Artesia team in the second half and beat the Bulldogs 60-45 in the Jan. 7 championship game of the annual Gallup Invitational Basketball Tournament at

Gallup High School. The Bengals improved to 5-8 and Artesia fell to 9-4 on the 2016-2017 basketball season. The Bengals blew through the tournament with prior wins over Tohatchi (78 -31) and Miyamura (69-42). In winning the weekend championship game, the Bengals avenged a 63-40 loss to Artesia last month at Artesia. “We came together in a

Gallup High’s boys basketball team and the girls dance team gather to take a photo after their big win against Artesia High Jan. 7. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons much better fashion on offense and defense in the second half,” Bengals’ head coach James Voight said. “We were able to control their big guys and they missed some shots, and that helped as well.” Sophomore gua rd Seth Manuelito and junior guard Noah Romero consistently found openings in the Bulldogs’ interior defense in the second half, something that was

practically non-existent in the first half. In what turned out to be a big defensive boost, the Bengals held the Bulldogs to just 4 points in the third quarter, while Gallup scored 17. It seemed like Artesia sat on the number 35 forever in the third quarter. Throughout the third quarter, Gallup power forward Troy Etsitty maneuvered inside for back door points and put backs

– and at times simply overpowered the Bulldogs inside and outside with sheer strength and determination. “They are a good team, I’ll say that,” Artesia head coach Michael Mond ragon sa id. “They were able to get some inside shots in the third quarter and that momentum carried


Gallup High’s Boys Basketball member Troy Etsitty (42) takes on the Gallup Invitational MVP award. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons

BOX SCORES Gallup (5-8) Troy Etsitty 19, Nate John 16, Seth Manuelito 10, Zakarri Fields 7, Cyru John 6, Korey Billy 1. Artesia (9-4) Alan Cosio 10, Taylor Null 9, Devin Thomas 6, Bryce McCallister 6, Caleb Dean 5, Chaney Hardt 5, Joe Willingham 4. Fouled Out: None. Total Fouls: Gallup: 24: Artesia: 19. Three-Pointers: Artesia 5-16. Gallup: 2-14. Free Throws: Gallup: 24-31. Artesia: 10-15. Gallup’s Zakarri Fields (22) ditches Artesia’s defense as he moves down center court Jan. 7. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons SPORTS

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Del Norte boys best Miyamura Photos by Ryan Hudgeons T he M iya mu ra Pat r iot s boys

Highland overwhelms Miyamura girls Photos by Ryan Hudgeons T he M iya mu r a Pat r iot s g i rl s

ba sketball tea m lost their home non-conference game against Highland by a score of 44-33 Jan. 11.

ba sketball tea m lost their home non-conference game against Del Norte by a score of 59-47 Jan. 10.

Miyamura’s Sarah Gilmore (10) looks to escape Highland’s defense.

Miyamura’s Brandon Vidal (20) drives past the Del Norte defender.

Daquan Walker (23) with the layup.

Hannah Murphy of Miyamura drives past the Highland defender.

Jason Upshaw (10) driving to the basket.

Lady Patriot Katianna Toledo (32) with the early jump shot.

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Coach’s Korner Q &A By Greg McNeil Question from a reader: Is there a happy medium to eating well? Sure, working out is obviously important, but does a regular Joe who wants to live healthy need to eat so restrictively all the time? ZH There is a happy medium to eating well and I encourage everyone to find it. However, in terms of eating restrictively I would like to offer another approach when thinking about healthy eating. Let us began with the idea of “happy medium” and the hormone cortisol. Cortisol is a major life hormone produced in the adrenal glands and is controlled by the adrenal, hypothalamus, and pituitary glands. Cortisol affects many of the body’s processes including controlling blood sugar levels, regulating metabolism, help reduce inf lammation, assist with memory, controls the effect of salt and water balance, and supports the developing fetus during pregnancy in addition to helping to control blood pressure. Cortisol is also produced when the brain perceives a threat in what we call the “fight or flight” response. It is the perception of threats when it comes to eating that makes cortisol problematic for us. When we experience stress in relation to food or eating we experience elevated cortisol levels. Elevated cortisol levels can dramatically influence weight gain. For this reason it is important that we develop a

DVD REVIEW | FROM PAGE 18 was directed by actor David Hemmings and features the last onscreen appearance of Joseph Cotton. Synapse are bringing this one to Blu-ray. Finally, Sony have a 15th Anniversary Edition of XXX (2002) to coincide with the release of the upcoming sequel in a couple of week s. Ye a h , t h i s Vi n Die sel action picture wasn’t all that great to begin with and one expects that SPORTS

sense of ease as opposed to restriction when it comes to food and eating well. The second part of your question relates to how we define healthy eating. When I think of healthy eating I think of the zoo. The animals we enjoy at the zoo have particular, but not restrictive diets. The eagle, which is a meat eater, does not have the diet of the humming bird which eats nectar. The polar bear, another meat eater, does not have the diet of the zebra, the elephant or the gorilla. What does this mean for you and me as human beings? Despite classification, animals eat according to genetic makeup and have specific foods. I will address food, nutrition and supplementation in a future series, “Sheep Don’t Walk Backwards.” Food does not have to be restrictive if we understand what types of food, like the animals in the zoo are good for us. For instance, when you hear that an individual or it probably will look even more ridiculous now than it did back then. There aren’t any extras listed; if any exist, they’ll probably involves promos for the new film.

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Here are some titles that kids might enjoy! Bob the Builder: Building Fun at the Zoo T h e G r uffa l o a nd T h e G r uf fa l o’s C hi l d Double Feature (PBS) Mir a c u l o u s: Ta l e s of Ladybug and Cat Noir: Be Miraculous Po we r R an ge r s: D in o Charge Roar

group is lactose intolerant, or that others are allergic to gluten, what this means is that those foods do not assimilate or belong in the body of these individuals or groups, the result is often inflammation in the form of weight gain, joint pain or in some cases severe illness. What I suggest in cases like these is to find foods that you love to eat but chose ingredients that are good for you and make the meal or deserts yourself. If this is too much work, then the next step is to eat what you like but work hard to control how much you eat so that these foods do not become a problem in your efforts to live a healthy lifestyle. Coach G G reg McNeil is a S t r o n g F i r s t In s t r u c t o r, P rofe ssio n a l Stre n gth & Conditioning coach, Licensed Clinical Counselor (LPCC), Life Coa ch, Auth or, an d the owner of Gallup School of Strength (www.gallupschoolofstrength.com)

ON THE TUBE! Here are some TV-themed releases, including a nother Michael Mann e c c e n t r i c i t y, Crime Story. B l a c k America Since MLK: And I Still Rise (PBS) Broad City: Season 3 Crime Story: The Complete Series Homeland: Season 5 Mr. Robot: Season 2 Nova: Treasures of the Earth (PBS) Star Trek: Enterprise: The Complete Series Swamp People: Season 7

INVITATIONAL | FROM PAGE 19 forward to the fourth quarter. We had a stretch where we were getting shots, but just couldn’t hit anything.” Etsitty dominated down low in the second half, hitting inside shots on passes from Manuelito and grabbing misses by Romero and sharp-shooting guard Nate John. Artesia’s interior trio of Alan Casio, Joe Willingham and Tanner Harris couldn’t get into a rhythm due to the fact that the beefy Etsitty was clogging the middle with regularity.

The going got so good for the Bengals that Voight inserted his second stringers with about a minute left in the game and Gallup leading 59-38. Et sit t y ended w it h 19 points and John put in 16 poi nt s a nd Ma nuel ito h it 10. Etsitty was named Most Valuable Player of the championship game. Gallup takes on Thoreau (6-10) in an away game on Jan. 13. “We won,” Miss Gallup High Ashtynn Samuels said after the game and after the award ceremony which she participated in. “It was a good game.”

Gallup’s Nate John (10) puts some height into his run game down the court during Gallup High’s game against Artesia High Jan. 7. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons

WORK WEEK | FROM PAGE 4 like she got used to when she worked at the Window Rock Unified School District years ago. “This is something that we can make work,” Jackson said. “We have to change with the times.” Dimas and Decker noted that the change won’t impact employees at the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office or at Metro Dispatch. McKinley’s

road department is already under such a work plan. Both Dimas and Decker said there are going to be u nex p e c t e d h a pp e n i n g s , but such things can be dealt with. The work hours under the four-day work week beginning in March are from 7 am to 6 pm Monday through Thursday. The plan is to operate at the four-day work week for three months and then to decide later if things will be permanent, officials said.

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VETERANS | FROM PAGE 5 its connections with the VA Health Care System, the VA regional benefits office, and other organizations that serve veterans. The move also brings New Mexico in line with the model used by most states in the nation of management of state veterans’ homes by state veterans’ departments instead of by state health departments. NMDVS Secretary Jack Fox said that day-to-day operations at the veterans’ home will not be affected by the change. “Because our sole mission is service for all veterans in New Mexico, we will rely on the current facility administration and staff to continue its excellent level of service for the residents to help us fulfill our mandate of ‘Serving Those Who Served,’” he said. Fox also said that current facility director Colleen R u nd e l l a nd he r e nt i r e administrative staff will not only remain, but are looking

NTU | FROM PAGE 15 where a s a not her s t udent m ay s ee it f rom a n env ir on me nt a l p oi nt of v iew or a not her st udent m ig ht s e e it f r o m t he p oi nt of v iew of t h i ngs t hat a re goi ng on w it h i n t he community. It was a lot of good information.” Prior to enrolling at NTU, Yazzie explored several other programs for an advanced degree, but each progra m that she came across was focused solely on curriculum, which Yazzie said she felt she pretty much knew after 20 years of teaching. And the cost of attending a la rger institution weighed heavily on her mind. “The cost of attending Western University or UNM was crazy, sometimes between $300 and $400 per credit hour,” Yazzie said. “NTU wasn’t too expensive, at the same time, I was really interested in making a contribution to the Navajo Nation with what I know.” Yazzie continued, “Take Navajo children: I need to know where they’re coming from and what their values are in order to understand what these kids go through – having to function in Western

forward to becoming an integral part of the NMDVS. “We’ve had an excellent relationship with Colleen ever since she assumed the director’s position this past February,” he said. “We look forward to having her leadership for many more years to come.” In order for the change to take effect, state lawmakers will have to pass legislation during the upcoming legislative session to make changes to state statute. The New Mexico State Veterans’ Home is located on sixteen acres and offers 135 nursing home and ten assisted-living beds. The state-ofthe-art facility was established as the state’s only state veterans’ home in 1985. In May of 2015, the VA awarded a $17.1 million grant to the facility for the construction of a 59-bed expansion project to include a 39-bed Alzheimer’s unit, a 20-bed Skilled Nursing Unit, a new rehabilitation section for inpatient and outpatient services, and a new pool. society and juggle Nava jo traditions.” Yazzie said she plans to keep working at Cho’ooshgai School where she can focus mor e o n t he t r a d it io n a l va lues of her students i n order to be a more effective instr uctor. That sta nce is something she cherished at NTU, which she says sets it apart from other colleges and universities. “I could have gotten a master’s degree from anywhere else, but it wouldn’t be as meaningful as what I’ve lea r ned here,” Ya zzie exclaimed. “I think that’s why it’s meaningful, because it’s from a traditional perspective and because it identifies who I am.” Yazzie’s perspective was enough to convince Cheyenne Sloan of Yatahey to enroll in the Navajo culture program. Sloan, 19, graduated from Thoreau High School. “That’ what I’m going to major in next year,” Sloan said. “It seems exciting and fun.” NTU was established in 1979 to meet the educational and cultural needs of Navajo s t udent s. T he u n iver sit y offers a va r iety of undergraduate progra ms a nd a limited number of graduate programs.

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BUDGET | FROM PAGE 6 “She no longer ha s the m a jor it y she h a d on t he Hou se side,” Sm it h s a id. “It’s going to be completely different.” Rep. Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, who is slated to be the

BLM NEW MEXICO | FROM PAGE 7 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

next Speaker of the House, said his party’s goal is to work toward more jobs and and a secure economy. Egolf did not address the specifics of Martinez’s plan. “The Governor today has acknowledged the need to tackle the state’s deficit,” Egolf said in a statement.

“Job creation and economic growth are the top priorities for the incoming leadership in the House of Representatives. We are ready for the difficult task of finding common ground to turn our state’s economy around.” Visit: nmpoliticalreport. com

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 manage and conserve

the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Ryan Hudgeons of RAH Photography and the Gallup Sun captured the full moon and its glow on Pyramid Peak and Church Rock Jan. 11.


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Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. Registration is required — to register call (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@gallupnm.gov or visit the front desk of the library. Today: Introduction to the Internet, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave.


4 pm: a family film for everyone to enjoy. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. This week: Angry Birds Movie


Rug Weavers register and check in their rugs at 4 pm. Rug displays begin thereafter. The auction begins at 7 pm. Visit crownpointrugauction. com. SATURDAY Jan. 14


10 am – noon. Learn what options are available. Classes are free; pre-register by calling Robert at (505) 615-8053.


At 2 pm, a celebration for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Learn more about Dr. King and the civil rights movement and to celebrate the freedoms we have today. There will also be a special activity to write letters to the people that inspire us to be better every day. For more information, call (505) 726-6120 or e-mail childlib@gallupnm.gov. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave.


2 - 4 pm. Hospice can provide many benefits to help a person and their family when they have been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Classes are free; pre-register by calling Robert at (505) 615-8053.


4:30 – 6:30 pm: Calling all artists, business owners, ArtsCrawl enthusiasts, creative folks, and community members! Help us plan the 2017 season. Learn the 2017 themes and share your ideas for artists, performances, and activities for next year’s events. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP: artscrawl@galluparts.org or CALENDAR

(505) 488-2136. Second Street Event Center.


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. 15


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. 17


Jan. 17 at 6:30 pm, Jan. 18 at 10 am: Grief is an individual journey, but it can be made easier when shared with others going through the same process and you learn how to grieve. Classes are free; pre-register by calling Robert at (505) 615-8053.


Starting at 6:30 pm, the library hosts Tuesday night sessions for veterans to discuss readings from the book, Standing Down. The New Mexico Humanities Council and Great Books Foundation have collaborated to sponsor Talking Service: A Reading and Discussion Program for Veterans in six sessions. Registration is required and is open only to veterans. To register, contact the library at (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@gallupnm. gov. For more info, contact Joe Lacayo at (505) 399-8197. WEDNESDAY Jan. 18


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


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.


5:30 pm: Free weekly film. Popcorn provided. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. Film: Selma




Fun crafts for the whole family (all ages). Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. This week: Bottle-cap art


6 pm: The library presents Storyteller Mary Ellen Gonzales whose stories span the many cultures of New Mexico. Gonzales was raised on a sheep ranch near Chama and has used her experiences to help collect the stories that most reflect the diverse cultures of New Mexico. For more information, contact the library at (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@gallupnm.gov. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. ONGOING


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 is held the second Saturday of every month from 7 to 9 pm, downtown Gallup. Not held January and February.


Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services is offering childbirth education classes the first Saturday of the month beginning Jan. 7. Classes are from 9 am to 1 pm in the RMCH library, second floor. Classes are free. For more information, call Women’s Health unit at (505) 863-7026.


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, recy-

cling and other environmental issues are welcome. Call Bill Bright at (505) 722-0039 for information.


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.


Gallup’s longest-running live show! Every Friday night from 7 - 9 pm. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. Second St.


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


The nonprofit, Gallup Solar, is hosting free Solar 101 classes about all things related to off-grid solar systems on the first three Wednesdays of each month, 6 - 7 pm, at 113 E. Logan Ave. All welcome any week. No registration required. For info call: (505) 728-9246.


Habitat for Humanity work sessions held each week. Volunteers to serve on decision making meetings or wish to volunteer at or help fund construction projects. Call Bill Bright at (505) 722-4226 for details.


Wednesdays: Local talent takes center stage from 7:30 - 9:30 pm at Coal Street Pub, 303 W. Coal Ave. (505) 7220117.


Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. This week: Kubo and the Two Strings


Jan. 21, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm: Soroptimist International of Gallup hosts the Ninth Annual Live Your Dreams Luncheon. Tickets $20. The Live your Dream Award will be distributed to three local women to help them with college expenses. Join us for fun and to honor the winners. The funds for the awards were raised during the Festival of Trees and we would like to thank all the sponsors. (505) 721-9121. El Rancho Hotel, 1000 E. Hwy 66.


For your small business. Jan. 31, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm: How to Get Your Business Online. 1 – 4:30 pm: The Perfect Facebook Business Post. $15. Gallup Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room, 106 W. Hwy. 66, (505) 722-7220.


Chief Manuelito Middle School will be hosting a Community Book Fair in the School Library from Feb. 1 – 14, 8 am - 4 pm daily, and all day during Parent/Teacher Conferences on Feb 6. Chief Manuelito Middle School, 1325 Rico St.


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.


McKinley Citizens Recycling March 11, ArtsCrawl: Chaco Canyon is turning 110 years Council is a local nonprofit old! Mark the occasion with working to increase recycling through education, Symphony Chaco, presented community outreach, and by the Gallup Community partnership with local govConcert Association, and ernment agencies. MCRC have some intergenerational meets the first Saturday of fun with student art shows, the month at 2 pm, at Red family-friendly hands-on Mesa on Hill St. For more workshops, and glimpses into information, please call historic downtown Gallup. (505) 722-5142 or visit Recylegallup.org. Note: Not To post a nonprofit or held in December SAVE THE DATE


Jan. 20 at 4 pm: a family film for everyone to enjoy.

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