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Pesky Alcohol Problem – Part Two

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Part one was printed in the Gallup Sun on Friday May 27, 2016.  Part one talked about being trapped in a “weird time warp” with periodic round table discussions of Key officials, promises being made, the continuing lack of concrete data on the problem and how to solve the problem.  Here is the continuation of that...

Madame G guide to the stars WEEK OF JUNE 3 – 9, 2016

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Mercury rules the planet Gemini, which has taken center stage this month. Naturally, this is the planet of communication, intellect, and awareness. Take stock of your emotional and physical state. What is the ROI (return on investment) of your emotional and physical self?

 

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Patience is indeed a necessary virtue. You must practice self-control in order to achieve the goals and dreams you have. Action is an admirable quality, but finishing a project is also a worthwhile endeavor. If you truly hate certain elements of a project, learn the art of delegation. Use your charm and communicate your needs with those who can help you.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

If you...

Local weighs in on ‘pesky’ alcohol problem

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Part 1 of 2

Ever feel like you are trapped in a weird “time warp”? After reading several recent articles in the local media regarding the “alcohol” problem in Gallup, I feel like I am re-living April through July 2013.

Back then, Genevieve Jackson, Commission Chairperson, had arranged for a round-table discussion at the County with my help [as County Manager] and several local elected officials. Pretty much the same principals in position and title as those that came to Ben Ray Lujan’s March 4, 2016 pow-wow. And, all the same things were said, more or less, in both roundtables.

Back then [2013] there was a lot of tension between the city and the county over the use of the...

Madame G guide to the stars WEEK OF May 27 – June 2, 2016

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On May 29, the moon enters a Last Quarter phase. This means the left side of the moon is illuminated, while the right is in shadow. According to the Watching Series by Dana Gerhardt, the Last Quarter moon may seem like “crisis in consciousness.” Change is inevitable and often uncomfortable. However, change is absolutely necessary. Madame G suggests looking for clarity in the right places, at the right time, and in the right way.

 

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Sometimes it feels as if the weeks drag on and on. You’re likely ready for something fresh. Learn to meditate and appreciate time in motion. When you feel as if you’re stuck, stop and look around. What can you do to elevate...

A two-cell jail system for Gallup

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The Warden of the Gallup Jail is paid $1,346.15 per week. What is the total output in the salaries per week of all employees involved in running the jail? What is the person that heads the [Na’ Nihzoonzhi Center] paid per week? What is the total output in salaries per week of all employees involved in running the NCI? What is the cost per month for food, utilities, and clothing for the inmates in both places? What is the cost of beds, blankets, metal trays, pots, pans, silverware, refrigerators, stoves, and garbage cans for both places?

The overwhelming majority of the people that land in the Gallup Jail and the NCI are there for alcohol- or drug-related offenses, and many prefer jail...

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