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January 16- 31 • 2014 A C O M M U N I T Y - I N P U T N E W S PA P E R
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Vol. 22 No. 2
PO BOX 275 • AZTEC, NEW MEXICO 87410 • 505-334-1039
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twice a month
In this issue
• Letters: 2,3, • Naturopathic Notes: 7
Cartoons: 14 • Puzzles: 7, 19 • Living Local: 8
• Aztec Wrestling: 14,17
• Classifieds: 18 • Advertisers: 19
Little free libraries
Aztec Tiger Dancers read TALON in San Diego, California
before performing at the Holiday Bowl!
The Aztec Tiger Dancers, head coach Dana Polledo, husband Jaime Polledo, and Tiger parents left Gallup, NM on
December 26th, 2013 by train and took the 16 hour ride to San Diego, California. They arrived at 2 pm, checked into
their hotel at 4 pm, and the team had practice from 7-10 p.m. with 600 other dancers from around the country. The
team had practice and master classes the next day and got to dance with some top notch choreographers. That night
was a free night and everyone went to Dave and Busters to have dinner and play games.
The next morning there was a dress rehearsal and then the team got to spend the day at Sea World where they were
given dinner, an award presentation, and a dance. Then, on the 30th of December, they were on the bus by 7:15 am
to go to the Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade where the Aztec Tiger Dancers actually performed on live
TV! Afterwards it was back to the hotel to get ready for the game, Arizona State University vs Texas Tech
University. The Aztec Tiger Dancers then performed at Charger Stadium in front of approximately 60,000 people.
Great job Amber Bixler (Captain), Alexis Jaramillo (Co-Captain), Kattie Rogers, Brianne Tinsdale, Robyn
Crossley (Officer), Cheyenne Karlin (Officer), Cheyanne Garcia, Bradley Foutz, Lynnsie Foutz, Jonnica Heater, and
Madison Smith.
“It was an amazing experience for these dancers!” said coach Dana Polledo. “And, I would like to personally
thank the community for their financial support and the school for their support in allowing us to do this.”
Do you love to read? If you do then we must tell you
about a Great New Thing in Aztec! With the help and
guidance of Mr. Mark Everson at Mosaic Academy, his
3rd-5th grade class built, assembled, and installed three
little libraries in the Aztec area. Little free libraries are
small boxes that look like large bird houses and are full
of books. Lots of students at Mosaic helped paint the
libraries and we also had wood working help from
Bruce Dingwall and Darren Smith. Aztec Cub Scout
Pack 325 also installed a little free library as a service
Anyone can pick up a book, read and return it or
replace it with one you have already read. There are
many fun and exciting titles to choose from. The little
free libraries are the first in our area. One is located on
Mesa Verde Avenue near the high school, one is near the
baseball fields close to Mosaic Academy and one is
across from the splash pad. They were put in Aztec so
people can have books to read and learn to love reading.
Please be respectful of them so other stuff like this can
be put in Aztec. Have fun reading! For more information
go to http://littlefreelibrary.org.
By Adler Smith 6th grade student at Mosaic Academy
Candidates state their intent to run
Residents in Aztec, Bloomfield and Farmington have declared their candidacies for municipal elections, which will occur on March 4, 2014.
In Aztec, three seats – District 2, 4 and 5 – are up for election.
Mayor Sally Burbridge, who is the representative for District 2, has
announced she will seek another term. She is being challenged by former City
of Aztec employee Joe Hubbard.
District 4 Commissioner Eugene Current announced he will not seek re-election, and art promoter Katee McClure has announced her intent to run for that
District 5 Commissioner Jim Crowley also will not seek another term. Sheri
Rogers has announced a bid for his seat.
Bloomfield City Council seats are elected at-large without district representation and there are two candidates on the ballot for councilor - Elwin Roark
and DeLaws Lindsay.
Roark was elected in 2012 to replace retiring Councilor Lynne Raner.
Lindsay is a former jockey.
Pat Lucero, who has served on the council, decided not to seek re-election.
Mayor Scott Eckstein is running unopposed.
There will be a contested race for Bloomfield Municipal Judge between
Marlon Malay, the incumbent seeking re-election, and Krista Phillips, a science
teacher at Charlie Y. Brown High School.
In Farmington, there are four contested municipal races. Incumbent Mayor
Tommy Roberts is being challenged by Matt Dodson.
District 4 Councilor Jason Sandel announced he would not seek re-election.
Two Farmington residents Nate Duckett and Debra Mayeux are vying for the
In District 3, Incumbent Councilor Gayla McCulloch is seeking a second
term in an unopposed race.
Municipal Judge Bill Liese is being challenged by Rena Scott, and part-time
Municipal Judge James Rowland is being challenged by former Farmington
Mayor Bill Standley.
The elections are March 4.
Local kids give back!
Keystone Club members Kaleb Smith,
Cristal Garcia, Emilio Martinez,
Brook Javier, Meghan Liesse, Kayla Cole,
Tylor Heath, and Chanel Rodarte.
The Aztec Boys & Girls Club’s Keystone Club
was nationally recognized for their commitment
to volunteering in the community by the Boys & Girls Club of America. The local club was
selected as a finalist in the “2013 Kids Give Back Contest,” which worked to acknowledge
exceptional clubs in the country. Chosen out of 328 entries, Keystone Club was in the top
twelve clubs of the country. It was a great opportunity for the teens involved to be recognized
as leaders in community service.
The high school members of Keystone Club have donated time and service in the effort of
serving their community and making the world a better place. We are very proud of their
hard work and dedication. If you’re interested in joining Keystone Club, let us know!
Keystone Club meets at the Aztec Teen Center, 107 Simmonds, on Mondays, 6:30 pm. For
more information, call the Teen Center, 334-1448.
JANUARY 16 - 31 • 2014
For TALON info,
call Candy 334-1039
Don’t forget that TALON really is
“community input” - call me about what
you’d like to put in TALON. If you think
you’ve missed the deadline, send it anyway; there may still be space available.
Christmas Eve
We were sitting around the Christmas
tree listening to music on 24 December
2013. All was calm-all was bright, and
then the phone rang. When I answered~
it became one of those calls from a worthy and respected organization who I
send money to from time to time.
I told the caller I didn’t want to donate
just now, nor have a long conversation
and this seemed to “set him off.” He
aggressively started reading me his “talking points.” This was a bit much so I suggested that since I am an old man, I’d
like to get back to my family and guest
and for some reason the guy began confessing to me that he was an educated
man who had graduated with a 4.0 (average). When I asked his age, he replied: “I
am twenty one years old, Sir.” Interested
now, I asked what university he attended
because I was amazed to learn of such a
young man graduating with these grades.
The answer came back like a “high
lob” in a tennis game and he admitted
that he got that GPA in high school.
Irritated now, I told him that it had been
nice visiting with him, and advised him
that I was four times his age. This
seemed to get his attention and reduce his
passion for reading me his talking points.
After a polite goodbye he was off the
phone and I went back to our quiet celebration, but not without trying to imagine that twenty-one year old sitting
politely listening to a five year old child
talk about his very own “pre-school
grade point achievements.”
Bruce L Salisbury
© 30 December 2013
City of Aztec
Candidate Forum
Join us Tuesday, February 4, 2014
from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
at the Aztec Community/Senior Center.
The Aztec Chamber of Commerce will
be hosting a forum for the Aztec City
Commissioner Candidates. Everyone is
encouraged to attend this free public
event. Moderated by Scott Michlin, candidates will answer questions submitted
by the community and Leadership San
Juan. Do not miss this opportunity to
hear each of the candidates speaking
first hand on current issues. For more
information contact Amanda at 505-3347646 or [email protected]
Aztec Schools
Child Find
If you have any questions or
concerns about a child 3-5 years of
age, screenings will be held every
To make an appointment for a
screening contact your local Aztec
Municipal School District Pre-K site.
McCoy Elem. 334-6831
Ext# 1970 or Lydia Rippey Elem.
334-2621 Ext# 1850.
Aztec, get into the Tree counters
21st Century:
I went to the dump a few weeks ago,
and was amazed at how much recyclable
material was being buried in the landfill.
I am not an environmental wacko, however am logical, reasonable and caring
about the easy steps to make this planet
more livable for our children and grandchildren. Recycling is one easy method to
save precious land. The responsible home
owners of Aztec should demand that their
elected city officials negotiate with the
waste companies and create an affordable
bi monthly pick up service. If an aggressive campaign was launched with the
goal of signing up forty per cent of the
homes, what an achievement this would
be. The plan will work if a reasonable
monthly charge is implemented, which
would pay for the plastic container, and
then the pickup. Let’s remember that
waste companies sort, and sell the cardboard, plastics, glass, newspapers, aluminum cans, and wood, thus generating
revenue. Your thoughts??
Carl Thurston, Aztec, NM
To the participants
of the 2013
Christmas Craft Fair
We wish to thank all the vendors and
helpers of the Craft Fair held the 14th of
December at the Aztec Senior/
Community Center.
All the comments received were very
helpful and just proved to Donna and
myself that everyone’s hard work was on
the right track.
One of the best comments proved just
that and it was, “Thanks for making it a
true arts and craft fair” and another one
was that they thought the date and time
were great.
We are tentatively planning another
craft fair in June or July and then also
another one in December, as we have
done the last two years.
Also another big, big thank you goes
out to all our advertisers, The American
Classified, The Tri-City Tribune, plus all
the radio stations in the entire Four
Corners, KOBF-TV and also the radio
station at San Juan College. Not to mention all the local businesses in the area
who displayed our beautiful flyers made
by Cindy Iacovetto.
All the customers deserve a great big
thank you for their participation and help
in making this show a great success.
Sincerely Yours,
Co-chairs Donna Johnson
and Joan Shelby
Water for B.I.D. Water Rights Owners
to fill stock ponds. Winter Domestic/
Stock Water flow from the Reservoir to
the West End of the Ditch will be started January 27th, and will end February
3, 2014. It is the responsibility of the
Water Right Owners to open or shut
their head gates and valves as needed to
prevent frozen pipes or damage to systems. For more information contact the
office at 632-2800.
Aztec Municipal Schools
District Spelling Bee
January 16, 2014 (Thursday)
6:00 p.m. (Spellers should be
there at 5:45)
Park Ave. cafeteria
San Juan County Spelling Bee
January 30, 2014 (Thursday)
6:00 p.m. (Spellers should be
there at 5:45)
Koogler Middle School Gym
An old man in Northwest New Mexico
recently received a long questionnaire in
the mail asking him to indulge in a tree
After scanning the document, he realized that they were asking too many
probing questions and what they really
needed was some of his money for their
programs. Feeling a bit let down because
he couldn’t donate, he began searching
online and found that there are a number
of “ public servants” paid to count trees.
Then he realized that New Mexico was a
place where trees did not stand shoulder
to shoulder (so to speak) and they might
be harder to find. Now he is sending
those “counters” a nice letter, explaining
that he cannot donate, but suggests that
they can find the trees easier if they take
“tree sniffing dogs” along with them to
“point” on the smaller specimens. Well
hydrated male dogs pick (and kick) the
most trees.
Bruce L Salisbury
© 01 January 2014
Dear TALON readers,
Even though the opportunity to participate locally in easy, practically effortless,
single-stream recycling right here in
Aztec is no longer available, I would like
to thank Aztec Well Service/Roadrunner
Fuels and Waste Management for the
short time during which they gave us this
After taking advantage for a month or
more of the large green WM singlestream recycling bin located on the south
end of Roadrunner Fuels, I drove up on
Thursday to find it missing. After several
phone calls to Roadrunner/Aztec Well
and to Waste Management, who neither
one seemed to know where the bin had
gone, I went into Roadrunner this morning and learned that the bin had been
removed because people were putting
their trash in it.
Well . . . thanks a lot - not! There is a
large blue Waste Control bin right there,
too, for trash, and the green WM receptacle was clearly marked Single-Stream
Recycling. Yes, there is other limited
recycling available in Aztec, if you want
to separate the few items accepted there,
only go during limited hours, and often
get to deal with a rather grumpy attendant.
So, until we citizens of Aztec can
either read better or care more, down the
road we go to the far west side of
Farmington instead of being able to readily partake, right here at home, in the
simple and worthwhile act of recycling.
Linda Harris
Letter to the Editor
It’s always a good time to think about
how we store our prescription medications.
The use of these medications by someone other than the person to whom they
were prescribed is an emerging issue in
our county. It is becoming more frequent
that youth are gaining access to these
meds and using them to get high. This is
very dangerous and can have serious and
long-lasting effects.
Please keep your medications in a
secure location and monitor their use.
Old or unused medications may be taken
to area law enforcement agencies for
proper disposal. Drop boxes are located
at Aztec, Bloomfield, and Farmington
Police Stations along with Sheriff’s
Office locations.
Please talk to your children about the
dangers of prescription drug misuse!
Pamela Drake, Executive Director
San Juan County Partnership, 566-5867
Aspen’s Riddle
I don’t have lungs or a chest but I need
air. I’m not alive but I grow. I don’t have
a mouth and don’t like water.
What am I?
Answer on page 18
• T h e TA LO N R e g u l a r s •
Susan Barnes, Natural Health
Mike Heal, Chief’s Corner
Book Nook, Library Staff
Superintendent’s Corner, Kirk Carpenter
John Rees, Bird Talk
Oil & Gas Basics, Susan Franzheim
Bruce Salisbury
Cindy Iacovetto, Senior Center
Living Local, Elisa Bird
Water, Robert Oxford
These folks share their time on a regular basis
to write in their field of interest. If you have subjects and tidbits they might be interested in, give
them a call. If you would like to try your hand at
writing, give us a call at 334-1039. Many others
have submitted stories, poems and information on
an occasional or one-time basis. Thanks to everyone, it sure makes for good reading.
Don’t Be Left Out
Next (preferred) deadline for
the 1 February issue of
January 24th
You are encouraged to send your
articles, photos, ads, etc. in early
(but send in even if past deadline if there’s room it could run).
The Aztec Local News, 334-1039
PO Box 275, Aztec 87410
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Anti-bullying message shared at Teen Center
Aztec Boys & Girls Club Keystone Club is a youthled community service organization that focuses on academic success, career preparation, and community service for high school students. This year’s members have
been busy helping the community and Aztec youth.
Based out of the Teen Center, Keystone Club has taken
on the role of Club Program Leaders. Club President
Chanel Rodarte, and other club members, decided to
focus their efforts during 2014 on the issue of bullying.
Inspired to help all those who suffer from the negative
effects of bullying, Keystone members Chanel Rodarte,
Krysta Johnson, Kayla Cole, and Carissa Gomez
planned and implemented an anti-bullying session at the
Aztec Boys & Girls Club Teen Center with local middle
schoolers. The Keystone members not only addressed
the staggering national statistics, but also discussed tech-
Martin Luther King Day
designated as Fee Free
at Aztec Ruins
Mark your calendars! Aztec Ruins, along with all
NPS units, will offer free admission in honor of Martin
Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. The date is Monday,
January 20, and park hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Get
out and enjoy your National Parks!
Cooking class...
Come and learn how to cook!
All are invited, kids too! Learn how to make bisquets, pie crust, tortillas and cinnamon rolls. Learn to
stretch your grocery budget. Swap recipes and have
fun! Sundays in February (2, 9, 16, & 23) from 4 to
6pm at the Seventh-Day-Adventist Church in Aztec.
Turn north on Oliver from 516, left on Sierra, then
right. Bring a mixing bowl, measuring spoons, a large
spoon and a rolling pen. Free of charge.
See you there! FMI, call 505-516-9995.
niques on stopping bullying in its tracks. It was an
informative and inspiring experience, and all involved
left empowered.
Keystone members are excited to help out their community and to continue making a positive impact on
social issues affecting Aztec. If you’re interesting in
joining or are a community member that has a project
that you would like Keystone to help out with, let us
know! Keystone Club meets at the Aztec Teen Center on
107 Simmonds on Mondays at 6:30 pm. For more information or potential volunteer opportunities, please call
the Teen Center at 334-1448.
Aztec Feed & Supply
216 S. Main • Aztec • 334-8911
Thank you!!
The Aztec Community Christmas Dinner was blessed
with our most successful year yet, as we served approximately 300 meals. We saw an increase of about twenty
percent over past years. We had many new volunteers,
and many who just show up every year and know where
to go and what needs to be done. It is a real community
Our kitchen manager, Gene, was unable to join us this
year. We want to thank him for several years of service.
In his absence a few people stepped up to fill in. Cindy
from the Senior Center cooked all the turkeys and really
got everything pulled together.
And then there are the generous businesses and people
that make it all possible by donating food, supplies, and
money. Thank you so much, Wink of Aztec Excavation,
John Faverino, Kathy's Party Store, Subway, Big O
Tires, Aztec Restaurant, Carl's Repair, Step Back Inn,
Kare Drug, Golden Corral, Spare Rib, Los Barelas,
Main Street Bistro, Rubios, A and W, Dons Boots,
Farmers Market, and the ladies at Citizens Bank.
The City of Aztec is providing our insurance and
space, which frees us up to fix a better quality meal,
thank you very much. We also want to thank Candy at
TALON, who always takes care of getting the word out.
Thank you to all who participated in the Aztec
Community Christmas Dinner, we wish you a blessed
New Year.
Sincerely, Susan Rarick
A Huge THANK YOU to the Aztec Soreheads from
Aztec Cub Scout
Pack 325
The Aztec Soreheads were kind
enough to donate the money they collected to the local Cub Scouts! And we
will use those funds to buy awards for
the achievements the boys complete.
We are a very active group of 30 registered scouts, aging from 7 to 11. We
participate in service projects, sports,
camping, hiking, and just join together
to have fun and learn new skills.
If you would like more information
about scouting, you can reach us at
Everything you want
Everything you need
Right here at
Aztec Feed!
1409 W. Aztec Blvd., Ste 2, Westside Plaza
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JANUARY 16 - 31 • 2014
Thanks to everyone for Nick’s
Coloring Book Drive success!
Thank you to the girls at
Citizen's Bank for
allowing us to put a
donation box in the
bank and for all the
Thank you Avon Store for participating in the 6th
Annual Coloring Book Drive and for your donations!!
Thank you Bloomfield Auto Body and Paint for helping
in the Coloring Book Drive
+, 7 $ '((5
:, 1 $ & 2:
Nick, his little brother Sammy, and the nurses with some
of the donations from this year’s coloring book drive.
Aztec Restaurant has been participating since the 1st
Annual Nicholas Garcia Coloring Book Drive. They
have made it a success every year. Thank you for the
continuous support and helping with donations.
www.rivasautofinish.com • [email protected]
ed Technicians Mon. - Fri. 7:30am - 5:30pm • Saturday by Appointment
621 NE Aztec Blvd. Aztec, New Mexico 87410
Gabriel Munoz at 505 Barbers Shop, helping with a
donation box displayed in his shop for
Nick's Coloring Book Drive.
Send some loving hearts!
Perfect for Valentine's Day this
bright, beautiful bouquet of red
roses and pink alstroemeria delivered in a cute heart-adorned bowl is
sure to put some happy in a special
someone's heart!
Teleflora's Happy Hearts Bouquet
Call us, we deliver!
Full Of Love Bouquet
Spring into pink! Delicate roses,
tulips and carnations fill a graceful
vase with a cheerful expression of
your love. It's affection perfection!
Toys for Tots a success!
A winter gift
Dec. 20, 2013 – The Winter Solstice – the longest
hours of darkness of the year for some but – the brightest hours of the year for others. For, on this day, Wyatt
James Miller was born; all 7 lbs., 13 ozs & 20 1/2 inches of beautiful, gorgeous, baby with a great head of dark
hair (like his daddy, Jay) and inquisitive eyes, blue eyes
(like his mommy, Celena), and awaited (not so patiently)
by both these long suffering parents (dads suffer too!
Ask Jay!) Wyatt’s grand entrance into this different
world was enjoyed by grandparents Tim & Tami Cottrell
and Sherry & Mike Miller. Wyatt was born at Durango
Hospital, Colorado.
The longest anticipation period was by Great
Grandma Anne Cottrell, who waited 83 1/2 years before
it came to fruition. On Dec. 25, 2013, G.G. Anne got to
sit in a rocker and hold that precious bundle of joyful
happiness and memorize all his activities – facial
expressions, graceful movements of his long fingers and
hands, squirmy arms and legs (even in his sleep). He
smiles when he sleeps but mostly he has those dark blue
eyes looking around and noticing what’s around him and
moving his head this way and that (showing off all that
dark hair, I’d bet). How can I describe the emotions felt
– to be given this great gift, a blessing from our
Heavenly Father – on this wondrous day when He presented the world with a Special Baby, His Son Jesus
Christ. Thank You, Father.
Anne Cottrell
Our Toys for Tots event was a huge success and I
want to personally thank all of you that provided toys to
the less fortunate children this Christmas season. It really warmed our hearts here at Farmers Insurance in Aztec
to see people bringing in loads of toys. As you can see
we had two large boxes and a few bags to deliver to the
children this year. We hope to participate in this again in
2014 and also want to thank all of the other volunteers
dedicated to Toys for Tots to see that the toys get distributed to the kids.
Again, thank you to all of you for your generous
hearts. Happy New Year.
Kelly A Eaves
Farmers Insurance Group
Secretary of State
announces online voter
SANTA FE—Secretary of State Dianna Duran
announced that beginning January 13 voters in New
Mexico can register to vote online through Motor
Vehicle Division (MVD) offices throughout the state.
Voters who conduct a transaction at MVD will now be
offered the opportunity to register to vote online. The
information will be transmitted to New Mexico county
clerks electronically, eliminating delays and improving
the efficiency of the voter registration process.
“We are excited to be able to provide this service to
New Mexico voters,” said Secretary of State Dianna
Duran, “this is yet another part of our modernization
program, and our continued efforts to make the entire
voting and elections process more convenient for New
In addition, Duran went on to say that in compliance
with legislation passed by the legislature last year, all
voters will be able to update their voter registration
information online, from their personal computers, by
mid-summer of next year.
How to ensure success with your New Year’s resolutions
During 2014, did you vow that you would:
Wear your “skinny” jeans or your summer swimsuit?
Improve your posture?
Experience less fatigue or pain when climbing stairs or other physical activities?
Feel more confident about your balance and worry less about falls?
Eat a more nutritious diet and less junk food?
When can you get started? The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to make life-style changes. Change is
always hard. Making changes by yourself is sometimes impossible!
Who can help you get started? Use a fitness trainer to provide support and motivation to enable you to achieve
your goals. Lawrence Guillen is a Physical Therapy Assistant Technician, with certification in fitness training
through the National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF). Not only does he have the credentials to guide your
program, he also has more than eight years hands-on experience working with seniors to
increase core strength, range of motion, and balance; to assist clients recovering from knee
and hip replacement surgery and aiding through water aerobics and wheelchair exercises; to
consult individuals who have a poor relationship with food and weight management; and to
encourage and motivate individuals who have started and failed to stick to a regimen of regular physical activity.
Where can you get started? Lawrence Guillen works out of Premier Fitness in Aztec
New Mexico, owned by the Jimmy Magee family who are well known in the community.
The Premier Fitness facility provides a safe, clean and pleasant environment, with well
maintained equipment, and friendly and courteous clientele. Based on your goals and
Lawrence’s assessment of your needs, an affordable personalized program can be established with sessions scheduled at your convenience.
How can you sign up for personal and fitness training? Call Lawrence Guillen at 505360-5250 for consultation to jump-start 2014! Have a great (and productive!) New Year.
Dale Anderson, owner of Aztec Media in Aztec, NM, has been training under Lawrence
for four years because he says this is the cheapest health insurance available. Instead of taking medications, he opts to exercise to prevent diabetes, strokes, heart attacks, and other
health ailments.
Bloomfield Florist
306 N. 1st St. , Bloomfield • 632-3440
We deliver to the tri-city area
Bubba’s Tax Services
404 Aztec Blvd. NE
(across from Hiway Grill)
JANUARY 16 - 31 • 2014
Letter to the Editor
Although the 2013 holidays are now behind us, 2014
will also bring celebration opportunities where we are
tempted to give our youth a little leeway and sometimes
host parties for them and their friends.
It serves well at this time to remind ourselves that it is
a fourth degree felony to provide alcohol to minors,
other than our own children in our own homes. This
felony also applies to purchasing alcohol and giving it to
minors to drink in other locations.
Underage drinking can have very serious consequences that may impact our young people’s lives in the
short term and sometimes in the long term. Think about
the effects of alcohol poisoning from binge drinking and
drinking and driving, both of which can be fatal. In
addition, underage drinking parties lend themselves to
fighting, unprotected and/or unwanted sex, property
damage, and bullying to name a few.
Our laws serve to protect youth and the legal drinking
age is 21 for good reason. The development of the brain
is affected by drinking and our young people are still
learning about risky behavior and good choices. Please
help them make good decisions by following the law
and keeping their best interests at heart.
Let’s hope that our communities are smart this new
year and keep our youth safe and healthy!
Pamela Drake, Executive Director
San Juan County Partnership
3535 E 30th, Ste. 239, Farmington, 566-5867
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SJ Regional Medical Center hosts, Age of Champions, a
Senior Olympics Documentary Screening January 18
San Juan Regional Medical
Center will host the feature documentary, Age of Champions, at the
Totah Theater (315 West Main
Street in Farmington, New
Mexico) on Saturday, January 18,
2014 at 1:00 p.m. with a special
appearance by film director, Chris
Rufo. All ages are encouraged and
invited to attend the film which
shares the importance of celebrating life at any age. Those in attendance are also invited to sign up
for the 2014 Goosebump Race
(Saturday, February 22).
Age of Champions is the inspirational story of a group of athletes—a 100-year-old tennis
champion, 86-year-old polevaulter, team of basketball grandmothers, and a pair of swimming
brothers—all chasing gold at the
National Senior Olympics. The
film captures the triumphant spirit
of these competitors as they tackle
the challenges of old age with
grace, humor, and optimism.
Age of Champions made its
world premiere at the 2011
Silverdocs Film Festival and was
heralded by the Washington Post
as “infectiously inspiring.”
Athletes featured in the film have
received wide attention from the
national media, including NBC
Evening News, CNN, The Regis
& Kelly Show, ABC News, NPR,
and a cover story in Washington
Post magazine.
“Age of Champions shares an important story that life
should be celebrated at any age,” says Film Producer,
Keith Ochwat. “We are honored to partner with San
Juan Regional Medical Center as we share the film with
communities across the country.”
Immediately following the Age of Champions premiere, Film Director, Chris Rufo, will participate in a
question and answer session with the audience and will
be available for interview. Visit ageofchampions.org for
more information and to view the trailer.
What: Age of Champions showing sponsored by
San Juan Regional Medical Center
When: Saturday, January 18, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Where: Totah Theater
315 West Main Street, Farmington
All ages are welcome and invited to attend.
Available at no charge. No ticket needed.
Be inspired, excite your inner champion, and sign up
for the 2014 Goosebump Race scheduled for
Saturday, February 22.
Help us help Jennifer
My little sister, Jennifer
Doyle, was recently diagnosed with Stage One
Ovarian Cancer at the age of
27. In September 2013 she
began chemo and hormone
treatment in hopes that she
can become a survivor. She
currently does not have
health insurance and is paying for her treatment out of
pocket. We are doing all we
can to raise money to help
with her treatment costs, as
her battle is our family’s battle until she wins this fight!
We are putting together a dinner and dance on January 18th at the Farmington Elk’s Lodge
for her. We will be having a raffle and items to bid on. Anything you can offer is greatly appreciated and we will forever be grateful for each and every thought and prayer that comes her
God Bless and Thank You,
Stacy Archibeque, 505-360-0207
If I don’t answer please leave a message or send me a text.
Have a wonderful day!
22 Things Happy People Do by Susan Barnes, ND
A new year, new beginnings, new ways to live out
lives. How do we do that? Here is a list of things that
happy people do. How many do you do? How many are
you willing to incorporate into your life?
1. Let go of grudges. Bad feelings only injure you
and your immune system. It lowers the voltage in your
cells, enabling dis-ease to enter.
2. Treat everyone with kindness. Isn't that what you
want for yourself? Kindness will take you much farther
than hurtful words.
3. Regard your problems as challenges. Every challenge is an exercise in seeing your strengths and may
turn into your greatest blessing.
4. Express gratitude for what you have. There is no
room in your life for anything else unless you can be
grateful for what you already have, and you have everything you need at this moment in time.
5. Dream Big. Smallness begats smallness. If you
have no where to go, then you will go nowhere.
6. Don't sweat the small stuff. And almost everything is small stuff. Family, friends, love are what matter
most in our lives.
7. Speak well of others. Whatever you say of others
is probably being said about you. When you speak well
of others, this will come back to you many times over.
8. Avoid making excuses. You either will or you
choose not to. To make excuses only makes you
9. Live in the present. The past is over. The future is
not here. There is only now. Enjoy it, for it is the only
time you really have.
10. Wake up at the same time every morning.
Eighty percent of people die in bed. Get up and get
going. Life is an adventure. Rising at the same time
every morning – yes, even Saturdays and Sundays keeps
your body more harmonic and balanced.
11. Don't compare yourself to others. You are you
and you are the best you can be at this time.
12. Surround yourself with positive people. Want to
know what you look like to others? Just look at the people who surround you. Birds of a feather really do flock
together. When those people are positive you will notice
that they are also healthier. The voltage in your cells is
higher with every positive thought.
13. Realize that you don't need
other people's approval. What others think of you is none of your business. Go back to number 11. You are
the best you that you can be.
14. Take time to listen. Part of
communication is talking, but part of
communication is listening. Others
need to express themselves and share their lives and
knowledge with you.
15. Nurture social relationships. People with no
friends are prone to illness and die younger. Having
other positive people around us, keep us up and positive.
16. Meditate. Take time to really know yourself and
your Creator. Stillness is one more of those things that
builds health and happiness.
17. Eat well. Be grateful for your food, blessing it
allows it to work more efficiently in your body. Read
labels and listen to what your body is telling you about
what you are eating. If you are ill, unhappy, lonely,
depressed, you need to look into changing your diet.
18. Exercise. It doesn't have to be a chore. Walking,
yoga, dancing, a few minutes a day will add to the
endorphines in the body, taking you from depression to
19. Live minimally. More is not better. See what you
can eliminate from your life. Clutter in the home can
clutter the mind.
20. Be honest, not just with others but with yourself. Is this thing, situation, relationship causing you
worry and grief, or is it bringing joy into your life?
21. Establish personal control. Do you want to be a
truly powerful person? This is your key. Control yourself, your emotions. True power does not come from
controlling others, but knowing yourself and controlling
22. Accept what cannot be changed. Learn to
choose other ways to live your life and this comes from
doing the other 21 things to create your own happiness.
For comments and questions e-mail:
[email protected] Susan (a nationally certified tui-na
practitioner and instructor, and certified by ANCB as a
Certified Traditional Naturopath) lives in Belize, Central
Family Math Night to stimulate learning through family fun at E3 Children’s Museum!
The E3 Children’s Museum & Science Center is hosting a Family Math Night for all ages on Friday,
January 24, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Family Math Night is designed to engage children through hands-on learning and activities that will
help reinforce curriculum learned during the school year. The goal is for kids to have a fun, shared
experience that promotes family involvement with math.
Studies show that when schools and families partner, no matter what the demographics, students are
more likely to earn higher grades and test scores, attend school regularly, have better social skills, graduate and go on to higher education.
The E3 Children’s Museum & Science Center is located at 302 N. Orchard Ave. in Farmington, NM.
Regular business hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Family Math Night is free of charge, but registration is required. For additional information and registration, call (505) 599-1425.
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Offices in Farmington, Gallup and Grants
Help from your friends or family.
Call us to see if you qualify
Blanco Senior Center
Blanco Senior Center, 7338 US Hwy 64, Blanco, NM,
is welcoming new seniors. Seniors must be 60 years old
or older. Lunch served Monday - Friday starting at noon.
Closed holidays.
We also offer home delivered meals for those that cannot come into the center.
We have transportation for those who cannot drive.
FMI on meals or transportation services, call Mary Jane
at 632-9146.
Bingo - Monday & Wednesday
Pool Tables - 7 am - 2 pm everyday
Play cards every Monday thru Friday.
Senior volunteers still wanted
Have you ever wondered, as you're taking a drive around our community, who lives inside certain homes? I know I have often wondered. Now that I've been working with senior citizens, I wonder
how many of those homes house senior citizens who have no one, no
one to talk to, no one to visit them, no one to spend holidays with
them, and no one to call them or whom they can call, in case of an
emergency or just because.
As the Senior Companion Coordinator for NW New Mexico
Seniors, Inc., for the past year and half, I have seen it way too often,
so many lonely senior citizens, who have no family in the area.
Where, I ask myself, are their children? Why are they all the way in
California, Florida, Texas, etc., and why are their parents all the way
over here in New Mexico, so far away from them? It makes no sense
to me. I guess I'm a little old fashioned. I believe that our parents
took care of us, and we should, in return, take care of them. My parents are both deceased now, but a few of my siblings and I helped
them to the very end of their lives, by running errands, paying bills
for them, taking them to doctors appointments and simply visiting
and keeping them company. I hear that all so famous excuse, "well, I
have to work." Nonsense! You can still help your parents and loved
ones. You can spend your evenings with them, pay their bills on-line,
go to the grocery store for them, visit with them or even spend the
night with them.
Our program, the Senior Companion Program, helps the homebound, lonely, elderly and frail in their homes. We also help developmentally disabled adults. Senior Companion Volunteers work schedules are flexible and are specifically tailored for each volunteer.
Senior Companion Volunteers get paid a small federally mandated
stipend ($2.65 an hour), they get paid for mileage and meals. This
stipend helps Senior Companion Volunteers supplement their Social
Security and/or pensions, without it affecting their benefits, while
performing a worthy cause.
Senior Companion Volunteers are needed in Aztec, Bloomfield and
Farmington. If you are a compassionate human being, over the age of
55, and have a love for the elderly and developmentally disabled,
then you are qualified to become a Senior Companion Volunteer.
Please contact: Frances B. Miramontes, SCP Coordinator at NW NM
Seniors, Inc., 742 W. Animas St., Farmington, Nm 87401; 505-3267462, Monday thru Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
JANUARY 16 - 31 • 2014
Living Local in
San Juan County
Elisa Bird - Resource Specialist
[email protected]
Sustainable health and being joyful
Part of living a sustainable life is maintaining, as
much as possible, good mental and physical well being.
Along with diet and exercise, our mental condition
affects our bodies. Feeling positive is crucial for optimum and sustainable health.
Many health practitioners point out that what impacts
our health is how and what we think – negatively or joyfully. One line of thought is the influence of the ego in
our attitude. Some philosophers believe that whenever
you are feeling disgruntled, stressed and negative, this is
the ego asserting itself. Never being satisfied, the ego
will fight you to keep its position.
But this is not who we are. Dr. Wayne Dwyer and
Gina Lake speak of our true self being peace, love, joy,
compassion, all the positive sensations. So whenever
negative feelings arise, one can say, this is not me and
return to thoughts that produce joyous feelings.
Many philosophers suggest connecting to our true self,
by being still and quieting the endless chatter of the
mind. Deep, slow breathing and relaxing the body also
slows down the mind, to allow in the sensations of peace
and joy. And through prayer or meditation, we can also
unite with inner peace, joy and understanding.
Gina Lake promotes the concept of being in the now,
which helps keep us from falling into conditioned negative thinking. And finally, it is said to feel uplifted, you
need to practice the art of seeing the good and beauty in
every moment. This could be a real task at times.
However one goes about it, to assist in maintaining
sustainable health it is important to be in a joyful and peaceful state whenever we can, even
when it is a real challenge. So here’s to remembering our true nature is peace and joy. Here’s
to sustainable health for all in our beautiful
Middle San Juan River Watershed of Northwest
New Mexico.
“Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy” - a great way to
maintain sustainable health
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On January 18th, FCER will hold our first
Volunteer Orientation for 2014. As part of the
retooling of our volunteer program, this orientation will focus on training volunteers to work
with unhandled horses. We are very excited to
announce that this orientation will include a
demonstration on horse handling by professional trainer DeLaws Lindsay at 2 pm at FCER 22 Road 3334, Aztec. DeLaws has been working with several of our "untouchables," and we
need to keep these horses moving in a positive
direction once they return to FCER from training.
If you are interested in attending this demonstration, please contact Debbie at 505-3347220. It is open to all current volunteers and
supporters as well as new volunteers.
It’s time to think about
local food production
• New Mexico Organic Farming Conference 2014
Friday, Feb 14, Sat 15 – Farm to Table -www.farmtotablenm.org 505-473-1004
• Seed Library being organized in Durango – A meeting is planned for Saturday, January 25, 1:00
Durango Library. The idea is to create a network of
seed libraries in the region. FMI: Bev – 320-7034.
Prayer to the
Virgin Mary
(never known to fail)
Oh most beautiful flower of Mt. Carmel, fruitful
vine, Splender of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the
Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my
necessity. Oh Star of the Sea, help me and show
me here you are my Mother. Oh Holy Mary,
Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I
humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart
to succour me in my necessity. Make request.
There are none who can withstand your power. Oh
Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have
recourse to Thee. Three times say this prayer for
three consecutive days and then you must publish
it and it will be granted to you.
BALANCING by Kay Murray
Can you remember when the family phone never
got lost because it was tethered to the phone base
with a phone cord? Or party lines? Or telephone numbers with a word prefex… (Talon 7-1776). . . . Can you
remember when nobody in your neighborhood owned a
pure bred dog? . . . . Can you remember
when most of your business was conducted face-to-face and agreements were
sometimes sealed with a hand shake? . . .
If your answer to one of these questions
was “yes,” then you may understand my
dismay on two separate occasions last
month, when I was instructed to submit
paperwork by e-mail with my electronic
In the first instance, I was unable to
perform the electronic signature or even
submit the completed application by email. All discussions of the ensuing problems were conducted by e-mails. Eventually, the very
patient person on the other end of the transaction sent an
e-mail asking me to come to his office and sign a completed form in front of him. Problem solved, face-toface.
A few days later, I decided to purchase insurance by
telephone. A friendly young man somewhere in Florida
answered all my questions. When we had agreed on
prices and benefits, I gave him my credit card information and he thanked me nicely. Then to my disappointment, he said he was transferring me to a second
employee who would approve the policy and obtain my
electronic signature. I protested that I did not know how
to do an electronic signature. He assured me, “Oh, it’s
simple. He’ll walk you right through it.”
“Just click on that red box on the right side of your
computer screen,” said the next insurance person (who
was in Arizona). I told the man, “There is no red box.”
He replied in surprise, “Oh, really. Well, this is a PDF
file and if your Adobe Reader is functioning, you should
be able to type your name on that signature line and type
today’s date and we’ll be all done.” I had to tell him
that I did not have Adobe Reader. . . . . Sure enough, this
man was very efficient and in a few minutes Adobe
Reader was installed on my pc and he had my electronic
signature. So it seems that face-to-face has been
replaced by Adobe Reader?
This discourse on my problems of accepting and utilizing electronic signatures brings to mind the
possibility that one day in the not-too-distant
future, somebody will ask, “Do you remember cursive writing?” . . . . “What’s that?” . .
. . “Aww, you know, how people used to
write in conjoined or flowing letters.
Sometimes it was called script or just handwriting. In Britain, I think they called it
joined-up writing.” . . . . “Naw, I don’t
remember anything like that.” . . . . “Well,
don’t feel bad. I don’t remember it either, but
my granny does. She says they actually used
to teach it in schools when her mother was a
little girl.” . . . . “Why did they stop?” . . . .
“Said it was too slow. Texting was lots faster.”
A few days after my last struggle with an electronic
signature, a little boy found a picture of an old fashioned
feather writing quill. He asked me what it was and I
explained that 200 years ago people in America still
used them for writing letters and documents. He was
delighted with this knowledge and immediately asked if
he could make a quill and write a letter with it. I told,
“Oh, no, honey! Writing with feather quills is too slow
and messy.”
Shame on me! I plan to take him on a search for feathers and liquid ink very soon. I have read that the best
feathers for writing by right-handed people are molted
from the left wings of swans, geese, turkeys, crows,
eagles, owls, or hawks. The tail feathers from my two
parakeets won’t do.
Enjoy this day and think about whether cursive
writing should become a lost art. Do the schools in
your district still teach handwriting or cursive or
Ask the San Juan County Extension Service
What in the world is a “Master Gardener”?
by Bonnie Hopkins, Agriculture Agent, NMSU Cooperative Extension Service
The first Master Gardener program began in 1973
near Seattle, Washington and was developed by the
Washington State University Cooperative Extension
Service. Extension professionals created the program to
meet the ever growing demand for urban horticulture
(gardening) information and advice. Once the program
was launched in Washington it spread to other states and
into Canada. The New Mexico Master Gardener
Program began in 1981 in Albuquerque. Today, nearly
95,000 knowledgeable Master Gardeners across the
United States provide valuable, research based gardening information to their communities through volunteer
work. According to a 2009 Extension Master Gardener
Survey, these gardeners provide around 5,000,000 volunteer service hours each year to their communities.
Master Gardener Program participants are trained by
university and other agency specialists in topics such as:
plant pathology, soil health, entomology, permaculture,
integrated pest management and vegetable production.
Once they have completed the eleven week course, participants begin working with local Extension professionals and other Master Gardeners to benefit the community. In San Juan County, we have a variety of exciting
volunteer opportunities such as the support and development of community gardens; the Master Seed Program
and other youth education; assistance with local growers
markets and the participation in various community
The San Juan County Cooperative Extension Service
is hosting its bi-annual Master Gardener Program on
Friday mornings at 8am-12pm from January 24 to April
4, 2014. Interested parties should fill out an application
San Juan County NMSU
Extension upcoming events:
January 24-April 4, 2014 Master Gardner Classes
held each Friday 8-12
February 4, 2014Annual Four Corners Beef
Symposium, Pagosa Springs CO
February 6, 2014 NMDA Pesticide Workshop,
McGee Park 8-1pm
February 10, 2014 Agro-tourism workshop,
10AM-12PM, Sycamore Park Community
Center, Farmington
March 25, 2014 4 Corners Annual Weed Symposium,
La Plata County fairgrounds
March 25, 2014 Integrated Land Management
Symposium, La Plata County fairgrounds
Call 334-9496 for more information or
to register for events
and return it with the $100 class fee to the Extension
office. After completing the forty hour volunteer requirement for 2014, class participants will be refunded twenty
five dollars of their class fee. The application deadline
has been extended to January 22, 2014. Space is limited, so participation will be limited to the first 35 applicants.
If you are interested in joining the program, and have
questions, please contact Bonnie Hopkins at 505-3349496 or [email protected]
Applications can be found in the Aztec Extension
office at 213-A Oliver Drive and on the San Juan
County Extension website
New Mexico State University is an equal opportunity
employer. All programs are available to everyone
regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, handicap, or
national origin. New Mexico State University and the
U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating.
The San Juan County Cooperative Extension Service
is open Monday- Friday 8AM to 5PM (closed from 12-1
for lunch). New Mexico State University is your state’s
land grant university, serving the educational needs of
New Mexico’s diverse population through comprehensive programs of education, research, Extension education and public service. Call 505-334-9496 or visit the
San Juan County website sanjuanextension.nmsu.edu for
more information.
New Mexico Sing-A-Long
The Farmington Convention & Visitors Bureau is
proud to announce its participation in the New Mexico
Tourism Department’s Sing-A-Long. In November 2013,
the NMTD released the official video for the song
“Feels Like Home” which they have used in conjunction
with the New Mexico True campaign.
After creating the original video, the NMTD worked
with 43 communities throughout NM, over a nine month
period, to showcase the diversity of the state in the SingA-Long. Who better to explain why New Mexico “Feels
Like Home” than the people who live here? Farmington
can be found at 1 minute 18 seconds into the video. The
Farmington Convention & Visitors Bureau wanted to
feature something identifiable to the area and worked
with the local Caliente Community Chorus and the
Farmington Strike Zone Cardinals to perform in front of
the newly remodeled entryway of Ricketts Park.
“Feels like Home” was written by the band,
Richmond. It is comprised of Albuquerque natives, Nate
Boitano and Heath Warren. The video can be viewed on
youtube at:
Farmington, NM….Where your Four Corners
adventure begins!
Harley’s Humor:
One day a man is walking down the street when he
sees an old man with a nice looking dog. He goes over
to the man and asks: 'does your dog bite?'
The old man replies, 'No never.'
When the man bends down to stroke the dog, it immediately takes a snap at his hand. The man says 'I thought
you said your dog didn't bite!
'I did' replies the old man, 'but this isn't my dog!'
Fort Lewis College
honors Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. Day
with unity activities
DURANGO - The annual Fort Lewis College tradition
of celebrating Dr. King’s legacy will be held on
Monday, January 20. The community is invited to join
in the day’s free activities.
The traditional peace and unity march will begin the
celebration at 12:20 p.m. Those wishing to participate
should gather at the Center of Southwest Studies. The
march will wind through campus, ending at the Student
Union where an open mic and choir performance will
take place.
Monday evening will feature a showing of the documentary White Like Me at 6:30 p.m. The film will be
shown in the Student Union Ballroom. A panel discussion of the film and the significance of MLK Day will
follow with FLC faculty and staff members Carey
Vicenti, Emma Salazar, Yohannes Woldemariam and
Jennifer Stollman.
For more info on FLC’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Day celebration, contact the FLC Diversity
Programming Coordinator Nancy Stoffe, 970-247-7170.
Internationally acclaimed
winter celebration coming soon
NM Poison Center:
DURANGO, Colorado – Going on its 36th continuous year,
Snowdown Durango persists in promoting fun, commerce and
tourism, in that order, for tens of thousands of participants. This
year Snowdown boasts a record-setting number of 146 events which
will all take place as a part of the Original Cabin Fever Reliever.
The theme, Snowdown Safari So Good, will surely entertain
safarians, humans and wildlife of all species’ and ages. The annual
Snowdown Light Parade attracts over 10,000 spectators to the
streets of downtown Durango to tame the cold and take part in the
fun. The light parade features amazing, theme-oriented light floats, performance art and costumes. Whether it’s the
old favorite events like Outhouse Stuffing, The Snowdown Jokedown, and Outlaw Josie Pete’s Golf Tournament; or,
some of the rated “F” for family fun events such as the Feline and Canine Fashion Show, The Snowdown Kids
Follies or The Snowdown Hot Air Balloon Rally, everyone will want to be sure to join in the monkey business!
We’re not lion! Get giraffe over to Durango for the 2014 Snowdown Safari So Good celebration, beginning on
Wednesday, January 29th and running through Sunday, February 2nd.
The annually changing themes of Snowdown Durango make this five-day festival truly one of a kind. Voted one of
Outside Magazine’s top five winter carnivals in North America, past themes have ranged from A Jolly Roger
Snowdown (pirates) to Snowdown In Da Nile (Egyptian) and many, many more. For complete details and more
information please visit www.snowdown.org and like Snowdown Durango on Facebook, follow #snowdown2014 and
check out snowdowndurango on Instagram.
JANUARY 16 - 31 • 2014
Dear Editor,
With the topic of healthcare being such a hot topic
right now I wanted to share some information I gathered
while conducting research for a college writing assignment. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is the most commonly contracted sexually transmitted infection (STI)
according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
However, there is a vaccination that has been proven
effective thus far in preventing HPV. Unfortunately too
many American kids are falling through the cracks, so
why not add the vaccine to the list of mandated childhood vaccinations?
The CDC states that approximately 79 million
Americans are infected with HPV, and that approximately 14 million people will be newly infected each year.
There are 26,000 new cancers attributed to HPV each
year. Only about half of U.S. girls have received the
vaccine and the amount of U.S. boys is far fewer.
Since the vaccination was first introduced to the public in 2006, the prevalence of vaccine- type HPV in
females ages 13-17 has decreased 56%. Parents and
guardians in today’s society more than ever need to be
protective of their kids. If the vaccine was a mandatory
childhood vaccine, it would allow parents/guardians to
insure their son or daughter is protected from contracting HPV. I urge readers to educate themselves, their
families and friends about this infection and vaccine.
Someone’s life could depend on them.
Mallorie Ross,
English Student, San Juan College
Hot Nails! by Amy
Find Amy at
Wild Hare
2012 Hutton Rd.
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793-6245 Cell
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Animas River in Aztec in early July
Animas River in Aztec after big storms mid-September.
Is it safe? Bacteria pollution in our rivers
By Melissa May, San Juan Soil & Water Conservation District
It is easy to get confused (and nervous!) when the
news is reporting the presence of E.coli and other bacteria in the Animas and San Juan rivers. The San Juan Soil
& Water Conservation District has gotten many questions from people wondering about the risks associated
with this type of pollution. This article will hopefully
answer some of those questions.
How bad is the bacteria problem in the river?
The first year of our bacteria study found increasing
levels of E.coli as you move downstream in both the
Animas and San Juan Rivers. Since E.coli comes from
the fecal material of humans and warm-blooded animals,
this means we have higher levels of fecal pollution in
our rivers than we should. Hence the question from our
last article – “Who pooped in the river?”
Can swimming and playing in the rivers get
me or my family sick?
Because fecal indicator bacteria were found to be
present in the water, there is an increased chance that illness-causing microbes such as giardia, cryptosporidium,
and harmful E.coli strains could also be present.
According to The Water Project.org writer Lori Lewis,
“Diseases acquired from contact with contaminated
water can cause gastrointestinal illness, skin, ear, respiratory, eye, neurologic, and wound infections. The most
commonly reported symptoms are stomach cramps, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and low-grade fever.”
There is no guarantee you will get sick if you enter the
river, but just think of this example: If you have close
contact with a high number of people who have the flu,
your risk of contracting it is increased – especially if
you already have a weak immune system. Similarly, the
higher the bacteria levels in the river and the closer your
contact, the higher your risk of coming down with a
waterborne illness.
Will bacteria in the rivers get into
my drinking water?
Because of the Safe Drinking Water Act, the threshold
for bacteria that is allowed in drinking water is much
lower than for river water. Municipal water is always
treated to remove bacteria before it reaches your tap. If
you get your water from a well, it should be bacteriafree as long as it is a safe distance from your septic system.
River recreation is important to me and my family.
How can I reduce our risk?
The most common pathway for contracting illness
from contaminated water is by ingesting it. You should
ALWAYS avoid swallowing river water when swimming
or boating. Exposing open wounds to river water can
also increase your chance of infection.
Average bacteria concentrations during the 2013 monsoon season were 2 to 10 times higher than the recommended limit for safe recreation. While this pattern may
vary from year to year, staying out of the river during
and after rain storms will reduce your exposure to bacteria carried in stormwater. If the river looks muddy, it’s
probably not a good day to go swimming!
San Juan Soil & Water Conservation District
1427 W. Aztec Blvd Ste 1 • Aztec, NM 87410 • 505-334-3090 x 108
Bloomfield pool climbing
wall dedication
The Bloomfield Family Aquatic Center has a new
water feature—a rock climbing wall. The “Friends of the
Pool” submitted a grant application last summer to BHP
Billiton and was granted an award of $10,000 to finance
the rock climbing wall project. The wall crates arrived
and the pool staff assembled and installed the wall.
The “Friends of the Pool” are hosting a celebration on
Saturday, January 25, at 12:00 noon. The wall will be
unveiled and a demonstration of the safety rules will be
presented, before the public will be invited to attempt a
climb. Refreshments will be served. For those who are
successful in reaching the top of the wall, a bell has
been provided to signal that success. The bell was donated by Long John Silver’s.
Other donors have been Gasco Propane, Riley
Industrial Services, Davis Plumbing and Mechanical,
and Kerney Taylor State Farm.
Before people are allowed to attempt a climb, they
will have to swim a lap in the pool to demonstrate their
ability to swim. The pool management and the “Friends”
hope that families will come to enjoy the pool, learn to
swim, and achieve success in climbing to the top of the
wall and ringing the bell.
Left to right with the wall: Steve Gromack, pool manager; Marty Hickman, life guard; Daisy Latta, life guard;
and Erin Eagle, assistant pool manager.
Mind if I
cut in?
Aztec's Jessica Kresl (10)
tries deflecting away a pass
intended for Bayfield,
Colorado's Aspen Smith (23)
during Day 3 action at the
Lady Tigers' 2014 Webb
Toyota “Rumble in The
Jungle” tournament, held
inside Lillywhite
Gymnasium January 2-4.
AHS faced, but fell, 41-33
to the 3A Lady Wolverines
in the consolation-stage
finals after dropping a 42-36
shocker to Tohatchi on Day
1, but bounced back with a
59-45 defeat of Wingate.
BHS became Aztec's last
opponent when it was decided that the Lady Tigers
would not face off against
their own JV -which had
beaten Bayfield on Day 2.
photo by Joel Priest/Pine River Times
Provided by Bill Dunn and the
Department of Game and Fish
This fishing repor has been generated from the best information available from area
officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as
stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.
Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 243 cfs. Trout fishing
was fair to good using olive wooly buggers, San Juan worms and salmon eggs.
Lake Farmington: Fishing was fair to good using Power Bait, small Daredevles,
salmon eggs and homemade dough bait.
Navajo Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. Fishing pressure was very light.
San Juan River: Water flow below Navajo Dam on Monday was 243 cfs and stained.
Fishing through the Quality Waters was fair to good using black and olive wooly buggers, San Juan worms, red larva, red annelids and black bunny leeches. Fishing through
the bait waters was fair using olive wooly buggers, Power Bait and salmon eggs
Foster homes needed!
Please stop by any of
the Durango Joe's locations and take a close
look at your coffee
Durango Joe's and
Citizens Bank have
partnered with
Childhaven to help find
loving foster families
for the children in our
If you would like
more information on how you can provide a safe,
loving home for a child in need, please visit our website at www.childhavennm.org or contact Susan
Mullin, (505) 325-5358.
TALON is Read in Far Out
Places by Far Out People!
Chicken Speak by Rosalie Lawson Current
Check out these amazing band members reading TALON
during their Christmas Concert!!
Holding TALON is Kelsie Shelby (left) & Lasly Dowell at the December 17th
concert. They are Koogler Middle School advanced band members.
This particular portion of the concert consisted of both
advanced and intermediate band members.
JANUARY 16 - 31 • 2014
Bar D Wranglers with
Grant & Randy
Honoring our WW II Veterans at our basketball games
I am proposing that high schools in the San Juan
County system join in honoring our World War Two
It could be done in this way:
At the opening of each basketball game the JROTC
can bring in the flags and before the game starts someone can announce that we will be honoring America’s
WW II generation at each home game because they are
leaving us at such a rapid rate, and before long they will
all be gone.
Then have sixteen people, including five ball players,
assemble in the center of the floor each having a basketball in hand and their coach joining them for introductions.
The announcer can then say, “Ladies and gentleman
we realize that our Greatest Generation is leaving us
rapidly, but to help us visualize the numbers: There were
just over sixteen million Americans in the American
Armed Services during that conflict. To better visualize
what has happened to them since the end of that war, we
will let each one of the sixteen people at mid-court represent one million WW II veterans.”
The ball players can start peeling off from the little
group and, dribbling a basketball, leave to stand quietly
at the edge of the floor. When the players have left the
floor, the others (each person representing one million
members of our greatest generation) can walk to the
edge of the floor. They would leave one by one and perhaps quietly wave a farewell.
An announcer can state that the coach who is still on
the floor represents that just over one million members
of those World War II veterans who are thought to still
be alive. They can thank the audience ~ as well as share
the Pledge of Allegiance ~and the game can commence.
It seems to me that a presentation like this, could help
us wrap our mind(s) around the concepts of millions.
Bruce L Salisbury
© 28 December 2013
No deaths from
vitamins. None.
Once in a lifetime
Birthday Greetings to a
World War one Soldier
Dream the
Impossible Dream!
A helping hand
Come to the Bonnie Dallas Senior Center, Main
Dining Hall, on Saturday, January 18, and enjoy a
very special performance by the Bar D Wranglers with
Grant and Randy. The Bar D Wranglers will perform
from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, then Grant and Randy will take
the stage from 8:00 to 10:00 pm for your dancing pleasure. Doors open at 6:00 pm.
The Bar D Wranglers entertain with their famous old
west songs, accompanied by their lively instrumentals,
and comedy stage show. Grant and Randy will engage
you with their classic country brand of dance music, to
keep you dancing the evening away.
The cost is $8 (non-refundable) and tickets are available at the Bonnie Dallas Senior Center. This is an event
for people age 50+.
The Bonnie Dallas Senior Center is located at 109 E.
La Plata St., Farmington, NM 87401. For more information, call (505) 599-1390.
Supplement Safety Once Again Confirmed
by America's Largest Database
(OMNS Jan 3, 2014) The 30th annual report from the
American Association of Poison Control Centers shows
zero deaths from multiple vitamins. And, there were no
deaths whatsoever from vitamin A, niacin, vitamin B-6,
vitamin C, vitamin D, or vitamin E.
It was claimed that one person died from vitamin supplements in the year 2012, according to AAPCC's interpretation of information collected by the U.S. National
Poison Data System. That single alleged "death" was
supposedly due to "Other B-Vitamins." Since the
AAPCC report specifically indicates no deaths from
niacin (B-3) or pyridoxine (B-6), that leaves folic acid,
thiamine (B-1), riboflavin (B-2), biotin, pantothenic
acid, and cobalamin (B-12) as the remaining B-vitamins
that could be implicated. However, the safety record of
these vitamins is extraordinarily good; no fatalities have
ever been confirmed for any of them.
Even if it were to be allowed that the lone alleged
fatality claim was correct, one single death in a year
associated with nationwide vitamin supplementation is
an astonishingly small number. Well over half of the
U.S. population takes daily nutritional supplements. If
each of those people took only one single tablet daily,
that makes 165,000,000 individual doses per day, for a
total of over 60 billion doses annually. Since many persons take far more than just one single vitamin tablet,
actual consumption is considerably higher, and the safety of vitamin supplements is all the more remarkable.
Abram Hoffer, MD, PhD, repeatedly said: "No one
dies from vitamins." He was right when he said it and he
is still right today. The Orthomolecular Medicine News
Service invites submission of specific scientific evidence
conclusively demonstrating death caused by a vitamin.
There isn't any. Case closed.
by Andrew W. Saul, Editor
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A few years ago I wrote an article entitled “Birthday
Greetings to a World War One Soldier” (see a copy to
the right) and suggested that people would be making
history by sending him a 108th birthday greeting. Frank
Buckles was 16 years of age when he enlisted in the US
Army at Fort Logan, Denver, Colorado in 1918.
While I don’t know if Aztec students sent greetings, it
would have been appropriate to keep a copy of that document because these same young men and women will
likely live to see the last man (or woman) from the WW
II veterans’ population fade away.
There are few of that “Greatest Generation” living
now, and we can predict that in the year 2036 the last of
them will be no more. It is also reasonable to believe
that the last surviving WW II veteran will be an “underage veteran”!
Bruce L Salisbury
© 02 January 2014
Audiences at the Farmington Civic Center will soon
be able to share the delights of theatregoers all over the
world in experiencing the Broadway musical interpretation of the world’s first modern novel, “Don Quixote of
La Mancha.”
“Man of La Mancha” is the musical version of this
epoch-making novel and it’s headed to Farmington, New
Mexico. On Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:30pm
Don Quixote will bring his medieval chivalry and his
quest for the impossible dream to the Farmington Civic
Center stage.
Against all odds, Don Quixote, a man who sees good
and innocence in a world filled with darkness and
despair will take the audience on a lyrical and amusing
adventure that is a classic tale of the triumph of man
over his own follies.
“Man of La Mancha” at the Farmington Civic Center
– Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:30pm. Ticket prices
are $45 and $48. Call the box office at 505-599-1148 for
Please contact Civic Center Supervisor – Lisa
Hutchens at 505-599-1150 for additional information.
(Reprinted from 2009 - Frank Buckles died in
2011 at 110 years old)
I think it would be wonderful if Aztec students would
send a birthday greeting to Frank Buckles for his 108th
birthday, which is February 1st 2009. What makes this
so great? He is the lone surviving WWI combat veteran
in America, and his story is that of an American Hero.
He is the Last Man Standing, after those millions of
his fellow Soldiers, Sailors Marines and Coast
Guardsmen have gone on before, and we do not expect
Frank to live forever. You will be making history just by
being among those who send him a greeting. This is one
of those events that happen but once in all of history,
and you can be a part of it.
Bruce L Salisbury, Aztec, NM
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Applications for Veterans
Creative Arts Festival
ALBUQUERQUE – Every veteran has some type of
creative gift, whether it is playing a musical instrument,
singing, dancing, sculpting, painting or writing poetry.
New Mexico’s veterans are invited to show off their talents in the 12th annual Veterans Creative Arts Festival to
be held Feb. 26-28 at the Raymond G. Murphy Veterans
Affairs Medical Center, 1501 San Pedro Dr. SE,
Main divisions for the festival are Music, Art,
Creative Writing, Drama and Dance. Local winners go
on to compete at the national level via digital images
and videotape. The Visual Arts entries will be on display
Feb. 26 & 27 in the Recreation Hall (Building 2), while
the Performance Arts competition takes place on Feb. 28
in the Education Auditorium (Building 39). First-place
winners from local competition may be invited to the
National Veterans Creative Arts Festival Oct. 22 to Nov.
2 in Milwaukee, Wis.
“As our veterans are younger and of the new generation of music, Rap has been added and can be entered in
the ‘Original Vocal” – Category 12’,” said Barb
Tremmel, recreation therapy assistant.
The National Veterans Creative Arts Festival, presented by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the
American Legion Auxiliary, is the culmination of a yearlong, fine arts talent competition involving more than
3,000 participants nationwide. The festival is open to all
veterans receiving care at VA medical facilities, including NMVAHCS veteran employees.
For applications or more information about the festival, please call Barb Tremmel at (505) 265-1711, ext.
4208. Veterans needing information about the
Performance Arts can call Liz Apperson at (505) 2651711, ext. 2487. Veterans calling from outside of
Albuquerque may call TOLL FREE at 1-800-465-8262,
ext. 4208. Visit the Creative Arts Festival Website at
www.creativeartsfestival.va.gov/ for more information.
Harley Raffle News Flash!
Aztec Boys & Girls Club fundraiser ticket sales
have reached 1400, only 600 more to sell before we
reach 2000 sold, and after 2,000 tickets are sold, we will
be drawing for a gorgeous 2014 Harley-Davidson
Dyna Switchback!!
Patty Clements, owner
Happy New Year!!
Back on Nov. 1st when we started this raffle, we sold
more than 250 tickets in two hours so don’t miss out on
a chance to win our 2nd Early Bird Harley.
All 2,000 tickets, including the winner of the 1st Early
Bird Bike, a Dyna Fat Bob, and the winner of 2nd Early
Bird Bike, a Dyna Switchback, will go back into the
drawing on March 22, 2014!!
After we sell 3,000 tickets, we will have a 3rd drawing and all 3,000 tickets, including the winners of the
Dyna Street Bob and the Dyna Switchback will be in a
drawing for a 2014 Street Glide Special.
AND all of those tickets, including all three of the
winners will go back into the drawing on March 22,
On March 22, 2014 we will be giving away a 2014
Softail Breakout, a 2014 Night Rod Special, a 2014
Road King and a 2014 Heritage Softail Classic.
Maximum number of tickets sold will be 3500.
Tickets are $100 each or 3 for $250.
Need Not Be Present To Win.
Check out our website to see pictures of all of the
bikes we will be giving away. Visit us at
Or call 800-461-1238. If we do not answer, kindly
leave a message and we will return your call as soon as
Thank you for your support of the Aztec Boys & Girls
Club and Teen Center and Best of Luck to you all.
Please tell all of your family and friends. You are our
best source of advertising and the reason we have had
such a successful organization helping children with our
Harley Raffles for the past 15 years.
Aztec Municipal Court
“Have a Heart”
Photo by Joel Priest/Pine River Times
Springs into action:
Laila Mitchell (10) leaps for a rebound during the
Aztec JV's game against Bayfield, Colo., on Day 2 of
the Lady Tigers' 2014 Webb Toyota "Rumble in 'The
Jungle'" tournament, held inside Lillywhite Gymnasium
January 2-4. AHS' junior varsity was entered in the varsity-level bracket, and after losing to Gallup Miyamura
on Day 1, proceeded to stun--check the expression of
BHS' Haley Clarke (4) at left--the 3A Lady Wolverines
50 to 46. After a decision to not have Aztec's varsity facing its own JV in the consolation-stage finals, the JV
was moved down to the seventh-place game where it fell
59-46 to Wingate.
The Aztec Municipal
Court will again be doing
the “Have a Heart
Campaign” for the month
of February.
Anyone with an outstanding bench warrant
with the Aztec Municipal
Court will have the contempt fees waived and the warrant quashed if the
defendant contacts the court and pays outstanding
fines and fees.
Carlton Gray
Municipal Judge
City of Aztec
TALON is Read in
Far Out Places by
Far Out People!
Photo by
Chris Duthie
Thanks for a
great year!
Stop by our
Aztec location
Stop by our Aztec location at 104 W. Aztec Blvd.
The Statue of Liberty reads TALON
over the shoulder of Karen Lynch
on her trip to New York City.
Aztec Cemetery Website
Searching for the gravesite of a relative? Doing
genealogical research? Want to make a donation to assist
with the upkeep of a grave?
The Aztec Cemetery website is now operational. The
site, www.azteccemetery.org, was built in cooperation
with Aztec Media, and enables visitors to get information on a variety of subjects.
Those visiting the site can learn something of the history, the organization, the rules and regulations, the
costs, and the location of graves. Questions regarding
the cemetery can also be posted.
Robert Retherford,
Attorney at Law, P.C.
Social Security Disability,
Small Businesses, Probate, Wills,
and other Estate-Planning
With a Fine Art Gallery
120 East Chaco Street,
Aztec • 334-5750
First half-hour of initial consultation is free
Bloomfield Senior Citizens’
Center happenings
124 West Ash, Bloomfield • 505-632-8351
January Menu:
Lunch served
Jan. 16
Beef Burrito
MondayJan. 17
Chicken Salad
Friday, NoonJan. 20
Green Chili Stew
Jan. 21
Hamburger Pizza
All meals are
Jan. 22
Chicken Fajitas
tasty, healthy,
Jan. 23
and diabetic
Jan. 24
Chicken Breast
Jan. 27
Jan. 28
Lentil Soup/Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Jan. 29
Roast Turkey
Jan. 30
Beef Stew
Jan. 31
Chicken ala King
Utility Help began in November for Bloomfield
Seniors or seniors who frequent the Bloomfield Senior
Center. We have $1000 worth of utility help available
with a maximum of $100 per person. Seniors may only
apply one time per year for this help. Once 10 people
have been helped the assistance will end. Applications
are taken on a first come first serve basis and a utility
bill(s) will need to accompany the application. Checks
will be written directly to the utility company. This
assistance will take place through March 2014 or until
the $1000 is used. Contact Jessica at 632-8351 for more
Encore Classes begin again in January. Come by the
senior center and sign up for a class today! Encore classes offered in Bloomfield include: water aerobics, senior
fitness, writing your memoirs, mixed media, and computer basics. Call Jessica for more info - 632-8351.
Friday Knitting Group meets every Friday morning
at the Bloomfield Senior Center from 9:30am-11:30am.
Whether you are an experienced knitter or just a beginner, come by the center and spend 2 hours with us on
your project. Those wanting to learn are welcome and
this group is open to the public of any age! Other types
of handwork such as crochet and embroidery are welcome as well.
Monthly Movie is held the last Friday of the month
at 1:00pm. Free popcorn is provided! The January
movie will be “Life of Pi” and will be shown on
Friday the 31st. The Friday monthly movie is presented
in partnership with the Bloomfield Public Library.
Bloomfield Library News
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Online Bloomfield
Events Calendar
The Bloomfield C.A.R.E. Coalition and the City of
Bloomfield have created a new community events calendar for residents of the Bloomfield School District. You
may access the calendar by:
• Going to the City of Bloomfield website
• Clicking on “community events” on the left hand
column... And voila!
If your organization would like to submit a community event to the calendar, please contact:
• Jessica Polatty
[email protected]
• Angela Romo
[email protected]
• Fax: 632-6857 • Call: 632-8351
• Or come by the Bloomfield Senior Center, 124 W.
Ash, and submit your event to Jessica in person.
JANUARY 16 - 31 • 2014
Aztec Wrestling 2013-14 Newsletter #4, 1/6/2014
Our young men had the best Christmas break, as far as practice and work, that has happened in a long time. They
traveled to the toughest tournament that an Aztec team has been involved in for the past ten years. The results from
that tournament will be felt throughout the season and next. We were able to see, experience and wrestle up to a
higher level. We departed by train at 7:30 p.m. from Gallup and arrived in San Bernardino, California. at 6:00 a.m.
We then had a 45 mile drive to Corona, CA., weigh-in, and then wrestle until 9:00 p.m. that night. We then had to
restart the next morning until 6:00 that evening. Royal Yazzie, our top wrestler, went 7-3 with a 6th place finish over
the two days. Tough was not just a word to describe, but rather the tone set for the two days. Eleven of the 14
wrestlers who made the trip scored points, and 3 made it to the second day. This was truly a “meat grinder” and so
very important for our young men to be involved in. There were 67 teams wrestling, and Aztec finished 22 out of the
two-day, 10 mat festival of wrestling.
Aztec Wrestlers scoring and placement:
106# Dillon Blue
scoring 5
112# Brandon Trennepohl
scoring 4
120# Jesse Ridgley
scoring 4
126# Branden Sewell
scoring 1
132# Clay Green
no score
138# Josh Snow
1-0 defaulted out
scoring 2
145# Isaiah Valdez
scoring 7
152# Royal Yazzie
scoring 15 6th place
160# Ethan Reimers
scored 3
170# Justice Francisco
scoring 7
182# Orien Israel
scoring 11
195# Michael Marquez
no score
220# Delvin Begaye
no score
285# Justin Slavey
scoring 10
Wrestling Star of the week: Orien Israel for his efforts at the Shark Tank coming one move short of placing.
Encore Mixed Media
Classes in Bloomfield!
Have you always wanted to experiment with various
mediums in art but thought you didn’t have the talent?
Do those supplies just seem too pricey to experiment
with? Well this class is for you. Join us at the
Bloomfield Senior Center for Mixed Media
Extravaganza! This class will explore various art forms,
including drawing, oil, pastels, watercolor, acrylics, and
water-based oils. The instructor provides all supplies so
you can experiment to your heart’s content without worrying about wasting supplies or money. This class allows
you to find the medium that is just perfect for you!
The class is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from
1pm-3pm at the Bloomfield Senior Center. Class starts
on Jan. 21 and runs through Feb. 27. There is also a
second session that begins on March 4 through April 17
for those who wish to continue, but taking the first session is not necessary to join the second session of the
For more information or to sign up for Mixed Media
San Juan College
Jessica Polatty
Cost: $19.75 (65 years and over); $55.75 (under 65).
Computer classes at the
Bloomfield Senior Center
Starting January 21st, computer classes will be held at
the Bloomfield Senior Center, through the Encore program sponsored by San Juan College. Encore classes are
aimed at students 50+, but are open to all ages, 18 and
older. Bring your laptop, if you want to. Class enrollment is limited to 10. You can sign up at San Juan
College East in Aztec, the Bloomfield Senior Center or
the San Juan College main campus in Farmington. The
telephone number for the Encore office on the main
campus is (505) 566-3214. Cost of each class varies,
depending on New Mexico residency and age: Resident
65+ = $19.75 • Non-resident 65+ = $30.75 • Resident
under 65 = $55.75 • Non-resident under 65 = $130.75
Computer Basics I in Bloomfield
Are you struggling to use your computer effectively?
Turn it on? Get the help you need to learn basic operations and terminology. Explore the Windows 7 environment and all that it offers (do you know what gadgets
are?). Learn to use your mouse, open and close programs and work with files.
Bloomfield Senior Center
9:30—11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays
1/21 to 2/13
Computer Basics II in Bloomfield
Exploring the Internet—it’s a basic part of using your
computer knowledge. Expand your knowledge by
exploring local internet websites and learn about the
pros and cons of social networking. Learn how to set up
an email account and find out about the wonderful world
of public domain.
Bloomfield Senior Center
9:30—11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays
3/4 to 3/27
by Jessica Anderson
New tips for communicating with your kids
(StatePoint) In today’s digital world, connecting with
your children goes beyond face-to-face communication.
While nothing beats in-person quality time, on-the-go
lifestyles don’t always allow for it.
But physical distance when you or your kids are out of
the house shouldn’t present too much of a communication barrier between parents and kids, say the experts.
“These days, most children are fairly comfortable
using communication technologies. Capitalizing on your
children’s tech prowess can help you stay connected,”
says Dr. Eric Klopfer, Learning Expert for VTech, a
maker of age-appropriate and developmental stage-based
electronic learning products for children.
Whether you’re at the office, a frequent business traveler or simply want to keep in touch with your kids
while they’re away from home, Klopfer says there are a
few things to keep in mind when communicating with
your children electronically:
Age-Appropriate Technology
It’s crucial to find technologies that are age-appropriate, safe and easy-to-use. Many messaging services are
restricted to those over the age of 13. And messaging
services with fewer restrictions can present a hassle for
parents who want to ensure that kids are only corresponding with approved contacts.
Luckily, emerging technologies designed for a
younger audience are addressing these concerns. For
example, VTech Kid Connect, a new communication
app for the company’s children’s learning tablet,
InnoTab 3S, features tablet-to-mobile capabilities, making staying in touch both safe and easy. It eliminates the
need for setting up a complicated restriction system,
which can be a big relief for parents questioning the
safety of their kids online. More information and a
demonstration can be found at www.vtechkids.com/kidconnect.
Writing Skills
For parents skeptical about the impact that texting and
electronic messaging will have on children’s written
communication skills, Klopfer assures that with care,
you can use the technology to actually improve literacy.
“Through time, great minds have worried about the
impact that emerging technologies would have on
human intelligence,” says Klopfer. “While these
advances - from the printing press to the Internet - have
certainly changed the way we communicate, when used
appropriately, their impact is immensely positive.”
Encourage kids to develop their writing skills while
communicating with you electronically by paying attention to their spelling and grammar. And you can set a
good example by avoiding excessive acronyms and
emoticons, and including great vocabulary words into
It may seem paradoxical, but in this fast-paced, techdriven age, keeping kids and parents connected is getting easier.
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Raymond J. Learsy, author, "Ruminations on the
Distortion of Oil Prices and Crony Capitalism" posted
August 26, 2013 in The Huffington Post…"Blatant
Distortion and Manipulation of Oil Prices Laid Bare"
"‘… (8.23.13) was a red letter day for the oil producers. In the space of three hours, from 9:00-noon, the
price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil as
traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange leapt from
$104.30/barrel to $106.94/bbl., finally closing the day at
$106.42/bbl. A staggering range for a commodity that is
core to our economy with its attendant impact on further
increasing the price of gasoline, heating oil and on. The
press will normally trot out the usual alibis provided
them by the well oiled PR Departments of the petroleum
behemoths or the likes of the American Petroleum
Institute. But here for once, all the long-standing shibboleths forever used to alibi the distortions in the oil market, giving phony credence to market manipulation,
were not seen nor heard as they (didn't apply):
-Egypt did not close the Suez Canal
-Iran was not threatening passage through the Straits
of Hormuz
- The dollar was not plunging
-Oil production had not peaked
-No threatening hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico were
spotted nor forecast in the days ahead
-Chinese oil imports continued at a steady, not at an
accelerated pace
-Commercial oil inventories in the U.S. had not been
decimated, and were in fact ample and near their highest
levels ever
-Production of America's newly developing oil production was not retrenching but was in fact expanding
unabated and increasing in North Dakota and West
-Shipping on the Houston Ship Channel was not
threatened by fog (yes, a reason occasionally cited)
-No sudden shortage of cargo vessels to deliver oil
from offshore suppliers (actually a vast oversupply of oil
tankers continues)-and on
"None of the major business dailies picked up on
Friday's perverse oil trading on the exchanges. ...(T)here
was CNBC, instead of alerting its readership and listeners to the deep distortion taking place in ...trading, trotted out a text-book example of erroneous information
the public is being fed, blazoning: ‘Oil VAULTS on
refinery shutdown, US oil settles above $106,’ pointing
its readers to the shutdown of the ‘fluid catalytic cracking unit at Irving Oil's New Brunswick, Canada refinery’ that had been using 70,000 barrels of oil a day.
"Only in the oil world is such nonsense accepted as
gospel whereby the less oil you consume the more
expensive it becomes. Go figure. But it is exactly this
silence, this misinformation, this absence of a sense of
outrage that has permitted the oil nabobs to run all over
us enriching themselves beyond the dreams of Croesus,
all at our expense,
"What transpired on Friday was a brutal movement in
the price of oil to the enormous benefit of oil interests.
And for no reason that can be explained by either an
interruption in supply, direct nor indirect, nor significant
change in demand, nor economic data supporting the
move (on the contrary, earlier that day it was reported
that housing sales plummeted by 13%).
"So what is going on? Clearly the price of oil is no
longer set by supply and demand, but rather the trading
of oil futures (derivatives) on the commodity exchanges.
"Some thirty barrels of oil are traded for every barrel
produced(‘Policy Brief #25 United Nations Conference
On Trade and Development’ 9/12), a staggering differential that has converted the oil market from actual real
barrels of product production and sales to a financial
paper market of oil derivatives, leaving the determination of prices to those who have the vested interest and
moneyed means to manipulate the trading of oil and oil
product futures to their enormous benefit at the expense
of the economy and the public at large.
"Consider the following: Farmer Smith grows wheat.
The price of his wheat is set by and large on the com-
by Susan Franzheim
OIL & GAS Basics
modity exchanges. He would naturally like to see the
price of his wheat go as high as possible. The same for
farmer Jones and his corn crop. Yet neither farmer
Smith nor farmer Jones has anyway near the financial
wherewithal to move the commodity markets, let alone
to spike the price of wheat or corn.
"Yet oil trading on the commodity exchanges is a very
different animal. Here we have producers, and those
with a vested interest in the producers or their production (banks such as JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs,
Morgan Stanley, and such as the powerful Swiss trading
houses as Vitol and Glencore with close ties to the oil
companies, not to speak of the humongous Sovereign
Wealth Funds-from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Russia
et al. representative of many of the oil-producing
nations). The assembled wealth is enormous and its ability to move markets unquestioned but un-investigated.
One can reasonably assume it was this gathering of
wealth and a focused policy to hype the price of oil that
moved the markets this Friday past as well as the weeks,
and months and years before.
"Oh yes, back in April 2011 there was this proclamation by President Obama: ‘So we're going to look at a
whole range of measures -- including, by the way, making sure that my Attorney General is paying attention to
potential speculation in the oil markets. I've asked him
to reconstitute a task force that's examining that.’
"Concurrent to President Obama's proclamation the
Justice Department created the ‘Oil and Gas Price Fraud
Working Group’ amidst great fanfare and from whom
we have heard nada since.
"This June we were similarly regaled that the Federal
Trade Commission was to open a probe on oil price fixing. Far less time has elapsed, but to date nothing, no
news on how probe will be constituted and who will
serve on board.
"The beat has been going on a long time. Back in
2010 the Commodity Futures Trading Commission
(CFTC) was deputized by Congress to establish trading
limits on the size of oil futures contracts being held by
commodity traders. The CFTC gets an ‘A’ for student
work. They have been studying the issue ever since,
with no resolution nor meaningful program in sight.
"Perhaps there are the beginnings of serious change.
Just these past weeks the Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission (FERC) imposed a civil fine on JPMorgan
of some $400 million for allegedly fleecing millions
from electric utility customers in California and the
Midwest. This is now being followed by another probe
initiated by the Department of Justice as to whether
JPMorgan further manipulated energy markets, and in
this case headed by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara who
initiated criminal charges against two JPMorgan traders
involved in the 'London Whale' derivatives debacle.
"Well and good. Perhaps there is some stirring but
you can bet all the well-heeled and well-oiled lobbyists
in Washington are plying their trade on behalf of the oil
industry, those affiliated with it, and the commodity
exchanges who profit by the near limitless turnover of
oil derivatives trading and are doing their utmost to
counter any efforts at reform (viz the hopeless oversight
and ineffectual policies of the CFTC, peopled with
revolving door Wall Street and Commodity Exchange
"In any case, it is well past time that President
Obama's admonition of April 2011 were taken seriously
not only by the Department of Justice, The Federal
Trade Commission and FERC. Focus should also extend
to the Energy Department, keeper of the 700 million
plus barrels of crude oil bought and paid for by all of us,
to determine how much is still really needed to be held
in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve given America's
growing oil production and its significant strides toward
energy independence. The study should entail how
releases from the SPR could best be used to counter the
rabid speculation and artificially high prices in the oil
"A further inquiry should also be made into the
domestic oil trading activities of the two OPEC oil cartel member companies that own/control important refin-
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Keshjee' (Shoe Game)
Sponsored by the Farmington Indian Center, the community is invited to the Farmington Civic Center, on
Friday, January 24, 6:00 to 11:00 p.m., to experience a
traditional Navajo, winter night, oral history game,
taught through song and playful teasing of opponents.
The Farmington Indian Center is located at 100 W.
Elm St., Farmington. For information about the Indian
Center please call (505) 327-6296. The Farmington
Civic Center is located at 200 W. Arrington, Farmington.
For more information about the Civic Center please call
(505) 599-1148.
ing facilities on U.S. soil, namely the Motiva Refinery at
Port Arthur Texas controlled by Saudi Aramco, the
largest refinery in the United States, and the refineries
controlled by CITGO at Lake Charles. La., Corpus
Christi, Tex. and Lamont, Ill. wholly owned by PDVSA
the Venezuelan national oil company. Here are facilities
in the United States whose prime objective, given their
parent organizations commitment to ever higher oil
prices through the OPEC cartel, can reasonably be
assumed to be keeping the price of oil as high as possible (the interrelationship between the price of WTI and
Brent Crude -- generally considered the international
benchmark -- is significant) all the while happy to
extract the highest possible toll from the American consumer in the price they pay for their downstream production of gasoline at the pump, heating oil, propane,
diesel et al.
"The formulation of oil prices has become one of the
greatest rip-offs in history. It's time to get serious about
our pockets being picked and fight back!"
Diplomatic mission
JANUARY 16 - 31 • 2014
Sheriff Ken Christesen visits with Israeli security forces by Debra Mayeux
A nation without secure borders could be a
nation in trouble. Israel learned this several years
ago, and put together programs to keep its people
San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen traveled to our ally in the Middle East to observe their
border issues and discover ways to solve the problem of dangerous individuals easily moving in and
out of an unsecure country.
He was selected as one of 15 sheriffs across the
United States to go on this diplomatic journey as
part of the 2013 Law Enforcement Educational
Seminar from April 28 to May 4, where participants shared ideas and learned about the Israeli's
practices in border security and intelligence analysis and sharing. The trip was sponsored by the
American Israel Education Foundation and the
American Israeli Public Affairs Council, which has
a mission to "strengthen, protect and promote the
U.S.-Israel relationship in ways that enhance the
security of Israel and the United States," according
to the council's website, aipac.org.
"I was pretty blessed to be chosen," Christesen
said to members of the 9-12 Tea Party, during a
Jan. 7 meeting at the Totah Theater in Farmington.
The Israelis have border issues similar to those
in the United States, Christesen explained, adding
that Israel is surrounded by countries with citizens
that want to kill its people. The Southwestern
United States and the border with Mexico has people trying to cross it illegally to bring in drugs and
often to commit crimes.
"We can't have the things we want in this country until
we secure our borders," Christesen said.
The trip consisted of sheriffs from across the U.S.,
including Arizona, California, New York, Florida, Texas,
Michigan and three from New Mexico.
Christesen was included in the mix, because he is the
chairman of the New Mexico Sheriff's Association.
"We exchanged ideas. They wanted to show us their
dilemmas, which are similar to ours," he said. They
shared about intelligence and what they are doing and
why. Much of that Christesen could not comment on,
because it is highly sensitive information. "Every night,
every day, every hour was filled with briefings and
informational meetings."
The sheriffs met with such diplomats as Brig.-Gen.
Zohar Dvir, head of the Israel National Police Logistics
Department; Col. Danny Tirza, general manager of Dan
Tirza Yozmot, a consulting and management firm; Israel
Media Expert Amos Harel; Inspector General Yohanan
Danino, commissioner of the Israel National Police; and
the Honorable Mickey Levy, deputy minister of finance
for Israel.
The sheriff toured Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and all of the
borders, including those with Jordan, Lebanon, Syria,
Egypt, and the volatile Gaza Strip. "We traveled to every
border. We looked at every problem," he said. "We can
learn a truckload from the Israelis in border security."
He also met with the police chief of Israel and toured
a "super-secret" facility that consists of thousands of
camera feeds from all over Jerusalem. These feeds are
San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen stops to meet
with a member of the Israeli Military, while touring the
Israel-Lebanon border
Sheriffs from across the U.S. participated in the trip,
which consisted of this visit to the Israel Police
monitored by 20 people, 24 hours a day, looking for the
possibility of terrorist attacks or violence and unrest in
the city.
"It's a different world than we live in," Christesen
said. The Israelis are "pleading for our help," but they
think we as Americans are not "doing a real good job of
standing up for our friends and allies."
Israel has learned to protect itself through constant
vigilance, and its citizens grow up with a knowledge of
Meet Archie the Grey
You might have already seen him around Aztec
or you might already be buddies with him.
Archie is a high content wolf hybrid. He has
become well known over the month of December
in our quaint little town of Aztec. He has made
friends with many who feed him, give him treats,
enjoy his visits and he walks with them. Yes, he is
tame and a sweetheart. Just ask Laura, Archie's
favorite human.
Archie came into my life when a friend needed
to find him a home with someone who could be
around him more and help him with his fear of
humans. He was almost 5 months old at that time.
I traveled to southeastern Oklahoma to get him.
We had made great progress over the short time
he was here, but not enough. Over the course of
several months he had escaped once but came
home on his own. The second time someone had
damaged my gates and, unknowing, I let the dogs
out. They decided to tour Aztec. My long time hybrid
Wahshee came to me right away, but Archie would not.
Try as I may, I could not talk him into returning. He had
found freedom and liked it.
In fear for his well being, I contacted the Aztec
Animal Shelter. They have been so wonderful with
Archie and ensuring his safe capture, going through
great extremes to get him. Days turned into weeks.
Everyone who was interacting with him was also wonderful in not only feeding him but also trying to corner
him or trying to get him into their fence for me. Even
traps failed. Archie was just too smart and determined to
by Patricia Bailey
Wahshee, left and Archie, right
stay a free pup. It is with great relief I am happy to say
Archie was finally captured January 7th, 2014 by Tina
and crew of the Aztec Animal Shelter and one of the
owners of Wolfwood Refuge. They worked hard to
ensure Archie's safe capture. They worried over him
almost as much as I have. I can't begin to say how grateful I am to them and all the wonderful people who have
been so good to Archie over the past month.
My grandson Nathan named Archie. It is a Scottish
name meaning true and bold. I was afraid he would not
an unfriendly world. This has been the only
way to keep people alive.
All bus stops in the country have bomb shelters and schools are built with "blast shields”
and reinforced concrete roofs, with two feet of
concrete on top to keep rockets from killing
"When they (the Palestinians) fire a rocket,
the military gives warnings and you have anywhere from 0 to 15 seconds to find shelter,"
Christesen said.
A heavy military presence in Jerusalem
makes it the only "safe place" where Muslims,
Christians and Jews can all mingle, Christesen
said. There is a heavy police presence, and the
police work hand-in-hand with the military.
Christesen shook hands with approximately
200 members of the Israeli military. Every
Israeli citizen, including women, has to serve in
the military. Some members of the Israeli military are citizens of the Unites States, who also
have an Israeli citizenship. "They all would
give their life for their country," Christesen
While there is military presence in the cities
there is also an active military along each of
Israel's borders. They are always watching for
breaches in security. The story of one such
breach was shared with the U.S. Sheriffs.
It happened when a group of Palestinian terrorists killed some members of the Egyptian
military and took their armored personnel carrier. Then,
the terrorists drove the vehicle through the fence at the
Israeli border and began shooting at every person they
could find. A member of the Israeli military was able to
leave his post and "take out" the armored carrier before
any Israeli citizen was killed.
There also are instances where suicide bombers
attempt to enter the city. When entering Jerusalem,
Christesen said, there are different pathways people are
directed toward. When a person is a suspected terrorist,
they are led down a path that takes them into a concrete
enclosure where they are given the opportunity to surrender. Typically, the surrender does not happen and the
terrorist detonates the bomb, killing only himself in the
concrete room.
"The Israelis have reduced the number of deaths and
bombings – not by accident, but because they have taken
strong steps to protect their borders," Christesen said.
His trip was not only about security, the sheriff also
had an opportunity to experience the birthplace of
Christianity in a spiritual and moving way. He visited
the Western Wall, the Jordan River, the Sea of Galilee,
and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which houses the
stone that Jesus's body was laid upon when he died.
"I was able to put my hand on that stone, and I can't
tell you how moving that was," Christesen said. He also
walked the trail that Jesus walked carrying the cross
before being crucified. "It's just powerful. Israel is the
birthplace of Christianity. Shouldn't we be trying to help
them protect it, instead of allowing terrorists to try and
destroy it?"
be living up to his name sake, but I was so
wrong. Archie has brought so many people
together over the month. He has brought smiles,
joy and even laughter. He has taught us things
aren't always as they might seem at first. He has
taught patience. And he has shown me hope in
humanity for I have seen so many wonderful people rallying around a free heart wolf dog and
sharing the love and compassion of this same
dog. All of this in one special month, through one
special wolf dog, in one special little town of
Aztec, New Mexico. Who would have ever
In conclusion of this story, it was a hard decision to make but after talking with the owners of
Wolfwood Refuge I have decided Archie would
be safer and happier with them. Who knows
where Archie's path will go from there. The sky is
the limit. One special wolf has already made such
a mark on so many people, I feel certain his story
will continue on for some time. Every time I visit
Archie I will think of all the people he touched.
What a great legacy.
Aztec Animal Shelter:
825 Sabena St, Aztec, NM 87410
(505) 334-6819 Donations welcomed. They are a great
team that truly care and put great effort and love into all
the animals they rescue.
Wolfworld Refuge
Donations are welcomed www.wolfwoodrefuge.org/
Please visit their website to see the work they do to
save so many.
Again a huge thanks to all those who befriended
Archie. Thank you all for being his friend and aiding in
his well being.
Aztec Wrestling 2013-14 Newsletter #5, 1/13/2014
Sub-par performances do happen from time to time. Add to that, two of your top leaders gone, and it can lead to a
“somewhat” embarrassing weekend. Wrestling is a two headed animal; one head is an individual sport with personnel goals, drive and pride at stake; the other, a team sport with team, school and community pride at stake. Aztec
Wrestling has a history of being one of the top performing programs in the State, and when you have a day like we
had on Saturday, you have to question yourself and check just what is going on. Wrestling is extremely tough on an
individual; physically and psychologically, but mostly it can be very taxing over the course of a long season. Many
young people have a tough time understanding what it takes to perform at a “top level” everyday, with the consistency to be called an Aztec Wrestler. We finished exactly in the middle of the Rocky Mountain Invitational held in
Pagosa Springs, CO. We finished in 8th place with no one in the finals. We also had a 4th place, 5th place, four 6th
placers, and two 7th place finishers. Our JV/C were “short- changed,” in that very late in the week we found out that
the annual Durango Four Corners JV Tournament was cancelled. For the second year in a row Aztec stepped up and
threw together a JV/C event in the auxiliary gym with Bloomfield and Piedra Vista attending. This can only help us
get better.
Top 10 of 16 team placing Rocky Mountain invitational:
Monticello, Utah
Monta Vista
3rd Centauri
5th Center
7th Pagosa Springs
9th Widefield
Aztec Individual scorers/placers:
106# 10th
Dillion Blue
3 pts
no place
Brandon Trennepohl
4 pts
no place
113# 9th
120# 11th
Jesse Ridgley
13 pts
7th place
126# 11th
Brandon Sewell
3 pts
no place
132# 11th
Clay Green
3 pts
no place
138# 10th
Josh Snow
12 pts
6th place
145# 12th
Phelan Mendieta
3 pts
no place
152# 12th
Jr. Monroy
0 pts
no place
160# 11th
Ethan Riemers
11 pts
6th place
170# 11th
Justis Francisco
13 pts
5th place
182# 11th
Orien Israel
13 pts
6th place
195# 11th
Michael Marquez
8 pts
7th place
220# 11th
Delvin Begaye
8 pts
6th place
285# 11th
Justin Slavey
12 pts
4th place
Wrestling Stars of the week: JV/C Shaun Brown
Varsity no one this week
Note Worthy: the 32nd Annual Tiger Duals will become the Hi-Country Aztec Tiger Duals
Main Street Association would help Aztec by Katee McClure
There are wonderful opportunities out there on the
state, national and local level if a Main Street
Organization is formed in a community. Resources
abound, not only financially, but also in the areas of
organization, design, marketing and revitalization of old
buildings. Once an organization is formed, they have the
opportunity to enlist the expertise of professionals in all
phases of their revitalization plans, from historic preservation of buildings to creating exciting incentives to
help with the economic development of the area.
According to the New Mexico MainStreet website:
"The New Mexico MainStreet Program is a grassroots
economic development program that assists communities in revitalizing their traditional commercial neighborhoods. A program of the New Mexico Economic
Development Department, New Mexico MainStreet
works throughout the state to help affiliated organizations create an economically viable business environment while preserving local cultural and historic
resources. MainStreet is a consensus-building program
that fosters community pride and encourages the growth
of small businesses, consequently enhancing local
employment and income opportunities, tax revenues,
property values and general quality of life.
The MainStreet Program provides resources, education, training and technical services that stimulate the
economic vitality of each participating community while
celebrating local heritage and culture. MainStreet
Program Associates provide free training sessions on
town design, promotion and publicity, organization, and
economic positioning. New Mexico MainStreet also
sponsors architecture and community planning projects
in member communities through the University of NM
Design Planning and Assistance Center (DPAC)."
In their 2012 Annual Report, the New Mexico
MainStreet Program was responsible for creating 134
new businesses, helped create 622 new jobs, and raised
$16.89 million in private reinvestment in 2012.
A meeting was scheduled in Aztec on January 6th to
enlighten the downtown business community about the
wonderful opportunities they could benefit from with the
formation of an Aztec Main Street Association. With a
deadline of March 2014 to get an application into the
state program, time was of the essence.
Unfortunately after being informed of the criteria
needed before the application process could start, the
deadline became impossible for this year.
Criteria needed include forming a non-profit organization which takes approximately four months and the
appropriate fee to the IRS of anywhere between $400 $850, hiring an executive director and having four different committees (with 3-4 people each) in the areas of:
• Organization (establishing consensus and cooperation by building effective relationships among the community’s stakeholders.)
• Economic Positioning (strengthening the Main Street
district existing economic assets and fulfilling its broadest market potential.)
• Design (enhancing the unique visual quality of the
Main Street district to create an appealing environment.)
• Promotion (creating and marketing a positive image
Chief’s Corner By Chief Mike Heal
Hello Friends:
Wow, another year has come and gone; the older I get,
the faster the years go by. I hope you took the time to
reflect what you were able to accomplish last year then
set some goals for next year. If you take the time to
write down your goals and put them in a place that you
look at daily, you are much more likely to meet those
For this article I wanted to emphasize the need to
guard your personal identity information. There are
many people out there trying to steal your identity and
use it for their own personal gain. If you have a question
on something that seems too good to be true but are
unsure, please call and we may be able to help you out
and save you many thousands of dollars and even more
heartache. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true it
probably is too good to be true. We have given advice to
individuals in the past not to send money because we
believe it is a scam but they chose not to heed our
advise….and every time they come back after sending
money because they were swindled wanting us to help
them get their money back. At that point, almost 100%
of the time, there is nothing we can do and the money is
never recovered. Most of the scams occur outside of the
United States, so please be careful.
In this extreme cold, please watch out for your elderly
neighbors to ensure they have the heat they need to stay
warm. We have to watch out for each other in these
times, and if they need assistance call and we will help
them. We have a wonderful community who cares for
each other and it is my prayer that your generous, caring
attitude will continue forever.
Our Next Chief ’s Coffee will be held March 18,
2014 at 6:00pm at the Aztec Police Dept. building.
As always, if I can help you in any way or answer any
questions, please call me Monday –Thursday7am-5pm
at 334-7620, or e-mail me at [email protected]
Until next time, stay safe & God bless you and God
bless America!
based on the unique attributes of the Main Street district)
The necessary criteria made this great idea a farSearching for the gravesite of a relative?
fetched idea to those in attendance.
Doing genealogical research? Want to make a donaAs worth it as this will be in the long run, it takes time
tion to assist with the upkeep of a grave?
and money to start, which is the sticking point. Who
The Aztec Cemetery website is now operational. The
comes up with the money and who has the time? Hiring
www.azteccemetery.org, was built in cooperation
an executive director to steer the ship is a start but the
Aztec Media, and enables visitors to get informafunds to do so will come from where?
tion on a variety of subjects. Those visiting the site can
Since all the people at the meeting realized this
learn something of the history, the organization, the rules
process of forming a MainStreet organization wouldn’t
and regulations, the costs, and the location of graves.
happen this year, they came up with ideas of their own
Questions regarding the cemetery can also be posted.
on what to do in 2014.
The site is easily accessible at any time, so check it out.
Two projects chosen.
One would be a town
version of the “Fantasy of
Lights” in December. A
competition of sorts of all
the businesses on Main
and Aztec Blvd. to try and
outdo each other with their
holiday light displays.
Katee McClure suggested
that there be a financial
incentive (from the City of
Aztec utilities) for participants and 1st, 2nd and
third place winners. Katee
agreed to approach the
City commissioners with
the proposed plan. If
advertised properly this
city light show would
attract visitors from all
over, similar to what
Sandy Kennedy was suffering from chronic knee and joint pain. “I couldn’t
Fantasy of Lights did.
function normally from day to day, recalls Sandy. “That’s when I said to
Dale Anderson, repremyself, okay, you can’t walk. That was the turning point. I called the Total
senting the Aztec
Joint Care Center at San Juan Regional Medical Center.”
Museum, suggested setting up the museum
Most people who need joint replacement have severe pain that makes it
grounds on Halloween in
difficult to walk, climb stairs, get up from a chair, or carry on with other
the form of a “Haunted
normal activities. Knee and hip replacements can significantly relieve pain
House,” or haunted old
buildings as the case may
and increase mobility in about 90% of people who get them. Joint
be. This would occur on
replacement can be a life-changing procedure for the right patients.
the same night as Safe
Weeks after her surgery and with physical therapy, Sandy
Treats. Again, this would
is back to her old self — rather her new self. She’s able to
attract visitors from all
over the area.
move comfortably around her kitchen, vacuum her home,
These two projects are
and even go for walks in the countryside with her husband.
fairly simple to accomIf you suffer from debilitating pain in your hips, knees or
plish and succeed at. The
people at the group meetjoints, call today, 505.609.6846. And get your life back.
ing felt energized knowing
that they came up with
plans, doable plans, which
could open the doors for
other projects, including
getting a MainStreet
organization started.
Aztec Cemetery Website
“I got
new knees
and my old
life back!”
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I don’t have lungs or a chest but I need
air. I’m not alive but I grow. I don’t
have a mouth and don’t like water.
What am I?
Answer: Fire
Handyman & Odd jobs: Winter jobs from your “honey
do” list, hopefully all indoors, but not a definite requirement. Carl at 333-2443
Home Remodel & Repair. Experienced in all phases of
construction. Guaranteed quality with references. Free
estimates. Choice Remodel & Painting. 505-258-5391.
Yard work - have trailer, will haul. Also do concrete
work; house work. 505-486-0342. Ask for Leon.
Elementary teacher (retired this year) seeks employment, part or full time. Part or full time. Will tutor or
informally test (k-3) in home. 334-5121.
FOR SALE: 10 acre wooded homesite with mountain views in Hart Canyon, adjacent power line.
$30,000. John Cain, 970-261-7868 or [email protected]
FOR SALE: 432 acres, Hart Canyon. Homesite
with spring water, power, phone, 30' x 60' metal barn.
$699,000. John Cain, 970-261-7868.
Site-built home in Flora Vista for sale: 2700 sqft on
2.56 irrigated acres horse property, 2 car garage, 3 bdrm,
2 bath, huge rooms and den with rock wall, 3 sources of
heat, water softener. 505-860-5556.
In home caregiver for hire. Elderly or children. Many
references available. Also math and algebra tutoring.
Help wanted: men to load moving van in Aztec on
Feb. 12th. Additional day possible, Feb. 8th. Lunch and
beverage provided. Pay DOE. Call Pat 360-3039.
For sale: hospital bed in good condition and a lift
chair. $500 for pair. 505-320-5797
Wanted by private collector: W.W.II items. Not to be
resold. 334-0901
Help wanted: technician, electric mechanical repair,
must be skilled in restaurant equipment and HVAC/R
repair. Get on the ground level of a local, growing business with plans to become employee owned. One Source
Service, LLC, 505-516-331l
For sale: Interior fountain. Pouring Spanish pots with
wrought iron stand, 41” h x 21” d, $75. 324-0776
Need more
Have shelves, cabinets, doors
custom fit to the
strangest spaces.
Home Repairs & Remodels
Additions * Remodels * Repairs * Painting
Drywall * Decks * Tilework * Door installation
Wildwood Trim & Remodel
Remodeling • Repairs
• Large or Small Jobs
General Contractor • NM lic 16778 • 30+ YEARS EXPERIENCE
Aztec Recycling Center
303 S. Ash Ave. • Aztec, NM 87410 • 334-7664
Monday - Closed • Tuesday to Thursday - 10 am to 4 pm
Friday and Saturday - 9 am to 4 pm
Sunday - noon to 4:00 pm
Recyclable materials
• Newspaper (Anything that comes in your newspaper)
• Corrugated Cardboard / Brown Paper Bags (Clean, flattened, corrugated, 3 layered cardboard)
• White Office Paper (whitebond office paper, white, greenbar and blue-bar computer paper)
• #1 and #2 Plastics (#1 PETE soda bottles, #2 HDPE milk
jugs, container plastic and detergent bottles)
• Aluminum Cans and Foil (beer, pop cans, aluminum foil)
• Tin and Steel Cans (Food and soup cans, pet food cans)
For sale: fairly new, hardly used treadmill, $250. Call
793-1895, ask for Kim or leave message.
For sale: Adjustable height crutches, $25; 505-3240776
For sale: matching pair wing-back arm chairs, $100,
good condition and clean. 505-324-0776
For sale: Everlast boxing stand with 2 stations, heavy
and light bags and gloves. Like new, $100. 505-3240776.
For sale: adjustable steel shelving units; 7 feet high x
4 feet wide, 1.5 feet deep with 6 shelves. $50. 505-3240776
Aztec Cottonwood Storage
• Good Rates • Different sizes
• RV and Open Space available
Limited hours: 2- 6 pm
Call 334-6111
or 334-7175, leave message
Project/Tea Party Patriots
The SJC 9-12 Project/Tea Party Patriots General
Meeting will be Tuesday, February 4th, at 7pm at the
TOTAH Theater. This meeting will be for local area candidates seeking election in the city elections on March
4th and candidates in the primary elections in June.
This is an opportunity for voters to hear the candidates
explain why they should be elected. Candidates of all
parties are welcome to come and speak.
The SJC 9-12 Project/Tea Party Patriots lunch
meeting will be Friday, February 7th, at 11:30 a.m. at
Los Hermanitos East restaurant, back meeting room.
This is a forum meeting where all present can bring up
topics of interest for discussion. Anyone interested is
Priscilla A. Shannon
Attorney at Law
Divorce, Child Custody
Grandparents Rights, Adoption
Guardianships, Probate and Wills
• 333-2055 •
105 East Chaco • Aztec
Crane’s Roost Care Home
“Providing the most elite
care in the Four Corners”
Support TALON
Farmington Office 475 E. 20th St. Suite A, Farmington, 325-1505
Weekly Draw Hours:
Monday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Tuesday and Wednesday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM,
Friday 12:30 – 4:30 PM, and Saturday 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.
Donors may also give blood at mobile drives that are hosted by organizations throughout Farmington and surrounding communities. To make an
appointment at the center or a mobile drive, call 1-877-UBS-HERO (1-877827-4276) or visit www.unitedbloodservices.org. Donors must be at least 17
years old (16 with parental consent), in good health, present photo ID and are
encouraged to eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of water prior to donating
blood. ***DONORS please have identification at time of donation***
Pest Control
Commercial • Residential
Allan Walraven
Bugs-A-Winginit •
Drug Free San Juan County invites you to come to our educational
meetings the 2nd Thursday of every month at the Farmington Civic Center at
7:00 PM. We also sponsor Project Graduation, a Meth Impact Panel and a
DWI Victim Impact Panel. For more information call Nila Hamblin at
325-7022 or 486-7929.
Roll up your sleeve, please!
By Kris Ponto, MSN, RN-BC, RAC-CT
Good Samaritan Society Clinical Nurse Consultant
Have you made plans to get your annual flu vaccine? Fall is a good time to
get the vaccine. It’s usually available in September through the winter
months. Flu is unpredictable, but the peak of the season is usually in January
or February. Here are some common myths and facts that may influence your
decision to get the vaccine.
Myth: The flu vaccine can give you the flu.
Fact: Some people may get a little soreness or redness in the area where the
shot was given, but this usually goes away in a day or two. Complications
from the flu shot are very rare.
Myth: The flu shot does not work.
Fact: Most of the time, the flu shot will prevent the flu. Studies have shown
the effectiveness of flu vaccines ranges from 70 percent to 90 percent.
Getting the vaccine is your best protection against the disease.
Myth: Stomach flu is the same as influenza.
Fact: In reality, there is no such thing as the stomach flu. Nausea, vomiting
and diarrhea are usually caused by a virus, bacteria or parasite. The flu is a
respiratory disease, not a stomach or intestinal disease.
Myth: The flu is annoying, but harmless.
Fact: A lot of people think of the flu as just a bad cold, but it’s much worse
than that. You will feel terrible! You will probably have congestion, cough,
body aches and fever. You may be unable to work. People are hospitalized,
and many people have died from influenza. The actual number of flu-related
deaths in the past 30 years has ranged from about 3,300 per year to a high of
about 49,000, according to a 2010 report from the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention.
Myth: You can skip years between vaccinations.
Fact: Most vaccines are given once and are effective the rest of your life.
The flu vaccine isn’t like that. That’s because flu strains change each year.
You need to get a flu vaccine every year.
Myth: Healthy people don’t need to get vaccinated.
Fact: Although young, healthy individuals will probably bounce back from
the flu, why should you suffer through it? Another reason to get the flu vaccine is to protect others. If you get sick, your family and friends are more
likely to get sick.
Please roll up your sleeve for the flu vaccine!
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Aztec Feed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Aztec Floral . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Aztec Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . .5
Aztec Urgent Care . . . . . . . . .10
Basin Home Health . . . . . . . . .7
Big O Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
Bloomfield Florist . . . . . . . . . . .5
Bubbas Tax Service . . . . . . . . .5
Bugs-a-Wingin-It . . . . . . . . . .19
Chipman & Associates . . . . .15
Comfort Keepers . . . . . . . . . .20
Cottonwood Storage . . . . . . .19
Crane’s Roost . . . . . . . . . . . .19
Desert View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
Dusenbery’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
Elite Paint & Body . . . . . . . . . .5
Five Star Mechanical . . . . . . .18
Hot Nails by Amy . . . . . . . . . .10
Independent Energy Center . .8
Inland Kenworth . . . . . . . . . . .11
Katee McClure, candidate . . .11
McDonalds . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
Priscilla Shannon, Atty . . . . .19
Ramsey Realty . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Rising Sun Plumbing . . . . . . .20
Rivas Auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Robert Retherford . . . . . . . . .14
San Juan College . . . . . . . . .12
San Juan College East . . . . . .7
San Juan Regional . . . . . .17,18
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State Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Style Exchange . . . . . . . . . . .13
The Computer Works! . . . . . .18
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Wildwood Trim . . . . . . . . . . . .18
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Advertisers who support
TALON and the free
services it offers.
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• 888-811-8282 •
Here is the main number for Congress - the Senate
and House - in Washington, DC. 202-225-3121
Toll-free numbers, sponsored by a variety of sources,
come and go, so this list may not be current.
1 (800) 828 - 0498
Don’t know who your
1 (800) 614 - 2803
representatives are?
1 (866) 340 - 9281
give the operator
1 (866) 338 - 1015
zip code and
1 (877) 851 - 6437
tell you.
You can also reach this
web page quickly and easily by using the URL of
United Blood Services hours
Contact Congress
You can call the Rape Crisis Center from
anywhere in the state and call an advocate
any time
(24 hours/7 days a week)
and not have to worry about a phone charge.
Narcotics Anonymous
Hotline number
For an updated schedule of area meetings,
check out www.riograndena.org
Answer on page 15
Alcoholics Anonymous/Aztec Group has added
two more 6:15AM Attitude Adjustment meetings
to our schedule. There are now Tuesday and
Thursday morning meetings, along with the
Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning
6:15AM meetings.
JANUARY 16 - 31 • 2014
Quick Lube
Fast Service
One of Aztec’s very own!!!
This is the very story that makes Aztec proud. Ryan
Garcia, native of Aztec, was a student right here in our
community, graduating Aztec High School as an Honor
Graduate in 2007 and then stepping right on over to San
Juan College, receiving an Associates Degree in 2009.
Well, the story certainly doesn’t stop there. He then
went on to NM State University in Las Cruces and
among 1000 students achieved the Outstanding Award
with a degree in ‘College of Health and Social Services.’
So, out of 1000 students, he was in the top 10 of his
In 2013, Ryan was quite motivated and involved in the
Public Health Dairy Worker Health research project with
outreach groups, translating survey tools to Spanish.
Above and beyond his classes, he devoted his time to
Eta Sigma Gamma Honors Society and serving as
President of the Public Health Student Organization.
While in this position of leader, Ryan planned and participated in community service events on and off campus.
Ryan also volunteers benefitting other organizations
including United Blood Services, Hope Centers, La Casa
Women’s Shelter, American Cancer Society, and NMSU
Suicide Prevention. His volunteer work is not limited to
the United States! In 2011, Ryan worked as an international volunteer at an orphanage in Peru, teaching children proper hygiene habits and street safety, all the
while serving as the interpreter for staff at the boy’s
orphanage group. Can any one of us say that we are as
community active as this young man?
Not only can our community be very proud, but his
parents, Sue and Lucio Garcia, and Ryan’s five (that’s
right FIVE!) sisters are also very proud. Many of you
probably know or have dealt with Sue Garcia as she is a
LONG time Aztec City employee, 20 years to be exact.
So just when you thought this story had a conclusion....think again. With all that Ryan has accomplished,
he is on to his next venture. His plans will take him to
UNM (Albuquerque) for his Masters in Community
Health.... All this to say, there ARE aspiring students
who excel within the New Mexico education system.
Ryan, stand up and take your deserved bow, (and Sue,
Lucio and all Ryan’s sisters, take a bow/curtsy as well).
by Beth McClure
Eco friendly - drop off your
used oil to be recycled
1549 W. Aztec Blvd. • 334-5575
Stop by and see our newly remodeled facility
When You Need A Plumber...
Service & Repairs
New Construction
Ryan Garcia, Honors Grad 2013
NM License #91085
Rising Sun Plumbing
“We’re here to help!”
Steps to avoid GMOs
• Buy Organic—Certified organic products cannot
intentionally include any GMO ingredients
• Look for "Non-GMO Project" verified seals
• Avoid at-risk ingredients including soybeans, canola,
cottonseed, corn, and sugar from sugarbeets
• Buy products listed in the “Shopping Guide” download at www.nongmoshoppingguide.com.
The Non-GMO Shopping Guide is a cooperative
effort of The Institute for Responsible Technology &
The Non-GMO Project.
Around-the-clock nursing advice
Homecoming King (Ryan King)
(877) 725-2552
7 days a week in English and Spanish.