Dialysis and Kidney Failure
by Christina Maldonado ‘19 Derek Curley ‘19
Kidney failure can only occur when by kidneys are diseased or damaged. If only one kidney is diseased or damaged, it can be removed or a transplant may be necessary. Renal causes of kidney failure consist of sepsis and medication. Chronic glomerulonephritis, poorly controlled diabetes and blood pressure are the most commonly related causes; less common causes are prostate disease, kidney stone, and reflux nephropathy. Kidney failure is diagnosed by blood test, urine test, or other tests such as kidney biopsy and abdominal ultrasound.
Dialysis is a treatment for people who suffer or have suffered from kidney failure. Dialysis is a process for removing waste, salt and excess water from the blood. Dialysis also helps blood pressure. Dialysis is only used when you lose 85 to 90 percent of kidney function. There are two main types of dialysis, Hemodialysis and Peritoneal dialysis. Hemodialysis is when an artificial kidney, a hemodialyzer, is placed inside the person and it will function like a regular kidney by removing waste and chemicals. Peritoneal Dialysis is when your blood is cleaned inside of your body. A catheter is placed in the abdomen and will have dialysate which cleans the blood. During the cleansing of the blood, excess fluid and waste are drawn out the same tube. In conclusion, dialysis is a treatment for people whose kidneys have or are failing.
Last Week's Poll Results!
Last week we asked Ambush! Readers if they though the law suit against President Trump would hold up and 50% said no while the other 50% said yes.
Clovis Goes From Peaceful to in Terror
by Derek Curley '19
The suspect in custody is a sixteen year old who goes to Clovis High School. The suspect in custody apparently had no motive for the shooting.The recent shooting left two people dead along with four people injured. Due to this shooting, the school's attendance has dropped drastically.
Another shooting occurred on Tuesday morning of September 5, 2017; someone had killed a thirty-year old man in an apartment complex. Police had responded to a call around at two fifty-eight to someone hearing gunshots. Later when police showed up they found a body with a gun wound in the right shoulder of David McDonald. McDonald was then transferred to Plains Regional Medical Center. McDonald did not respond to any treatment and later died at three twenty-four the same morning.
Along with the shootings in Clovis, there have also been bomb threats. These bomb threats have occurred on September 5, 2017. The bomb threats focused on public schools. The schools that have received threats are Clovis Freshman Academy, Yucca Middle School, Cameo Elementary School and Sandia Elementary School. Clovis Community College had also received a threat the same day. The aftermath of the shootings and bomb threats are making the FBI follow up on the cases and questioning what is happening in the town of Clovis.
Hullabaloo at Volcano Vista
by Christina Maldonado '19
The students were punished and the student who posted the offensive photo on Snapchat was suspended from school for ten days. The other student was a football player, who was kicked off the team. The mother of one of the African American girls had declared that the boys needed a tougher punishment as she was not happy that her child feels unsafe going to school; the students feel targeted and threatened. Sheryl Williams Stapleton said in an interview with The New Mexican,
“It might start with some stupid picture, but if we ignore it, it could advance into something different.”
Actions begin to spread through people of all ages and influence others that violence is acceptable. These violent actions align with what happened last month in Charlottesville, VA. Dillon Hopper, a former Marine Corps Veteran was the leader who organized the rally; Hopper’s services were ended in January for participating in creation of a white supremacist group.
Father, Lamont Webb had thoughts about child safety,
“You don’t expect your kids going to school and having to deal with racism and discrimination in 2017. It's kind of appalling.”
KOB acquired a letter from Bannerman, the principal of Volcano Vista High School, who claimed that the two students reviewed it as a “joke.” There is a line between humor and racism, these students do not seem to understand the difference.
Last Week's Poll Results!
Last week we at Ambush! asked our readers if they've heard of any of the soup kitchens in the Article 'Is Gallup Feeding the Hungry?' 100% of poll takers said yes, they've heard of the kitchens listed in the article.
Local Cult Charged With Abuse
by Lucia Kezele '18
Is Gallup Feeding the Hungry?
by Lucia Kezele '18
Care 66 is a nonprofit located at 407 West Highway 66. “CARE” stands for “Career Area Resource Enterprise, Inc.” Consisting on two different sections; this facility houses veterans, the chronically homeless, and those addicted to drugs. One section houses individuals who need assistance with drug and alcohol problems and provides them with a place to live during the process. The other section is considered to be “permanent” housing. Those that live at Care 66 are provided with three meals a day, counseling, and mentoring. The only thing asked in return is help cleaning, cooking, and full effort within their recovery. Care 66 takes donations and welcomes volunteers.
The Community Pantry is located at 1130 Hassler Valley Rd. Founded in 1999 by Jim Harlin and Tom Crider, the Community Pantry is an integral part within our community and its fight against homelessness. It began as a tiny building and now consists of a huge pantry area for donations, donation drop off area, and area for distribution of donations to other organizations, offices for the employees, as well as a big garden to grow produce for donation. Gallup’s food pantry provides for all of Northwestern New Mexico with a “sister” pantry in Grants, NM that provides for Cibola County. Below is a list of the programs and a description of them from the Community Pantry’s website.
Free Produce: This program links fresh produce and perishables gleaned in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas to our community every week. Free to all clients – available Tuesday through Friday.
The Emergency Food Box – Provides families with up to two week’s worth of food up to four times a year. This food is raised in the community through food drives by the Confirmation Classes and the Letter Carriers.
Food For Kids (FFK) – The FFK program helps reduce food insecurity for school children. In the 20 schools we are currently serving (16 in McKinley, 4 Cibola), 480 children who might well go hungry over the weekend are provided with nutritious food.
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) – Distributes food commodities to approximately 1500 families a month.
The Agency Program – This program distributes Feeding America food and other food available to local non-profit agencies and churches for free distribution among their own clients.
The food pantry also collects donations and is open for receiving donations Tuesday - Friday from 8 am - 5 pm.
Casa San Martin is a soup kitchen as well as overnight shelter for homeless people located on the North Side of Gallup, NM. This kitchen is run by the Missionaries of Charity, a Catholic organization. The women in charge of the program are nuns associated with the Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. At Casa San Martin dinner is served at 4 pm until about 6 pm. Visitors can choose to help set up the dining area, wash the dishes, or clean the dining area if they wish to stay the night. Those that stay the night are given a place to shower and sleep for the night. The sisters provide breakfast in the morning. Prayers are said at night and in the morning, sometimes masses are held or novenas (nine day prayer chains). The sisters are on a first name basis with almost all of the people that come in and even have some inside jokes with a few of them. I have volunteered here on multiple occasions and find it invigorating to see that these women really do seem to care about the people that they are feeding.
Every shelter or soup kitchen within Gallup is helping to impact our town’s homeless situation. All shelters are open to volunteers as well as donations. Below are the names, numbers, and addresses of multiple pantries, shelters, and soup kitchens within Gallup. Please call before bringing donations or going to volunteer. This is simply to ensure that there are not too many volunteers for a conducive working environment or that there is a need for certain donations at the moment.
The Community Pantry - 1130 Hassler Valley Rd. (505)726-8068
Care 66 - 407 West Highway 66. (505)722-0066
Casa San Martin - (no physical address listed, located on the North Side, near Saint Francis of Assisi Church) (505)722-5261
Little Sisters of the Poor - 1900 Mark Ave. (505)863-6894
Na'nizhoozi Center, Inc. - 2205 Boyd Ave. (505)722-2177
Last Week's Poll Results!
Last week we asked Ambush! readers if they believe Gallup is trying to address the homelessness issue and it was a tie. 50% of Ambush! Poll takers said yes and 50% said no.
Navajo Culture and the Solar Eclipse
by Rylie Begay '21
Mayor McKiney Speaks on Homeless Population
by Samantha Plummer '19
Homelessness, Is Anyone Helping?
by Jaiden Van Doorn ‘21
Chronically homeless is defined as being being homeless for one year or having at least four episodes in three years. Chuska Apartments provides services to encourage self reliance. Sadly, there is usually a wait list for this assistance. Another program helps only homeless veterans.
The Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing, also known as VASH is a HUD program ran by the local Gallup Housing Authority. There is also a VASH program at the Navajo Housing Authority as well as a Zuni Housing Programs service within the Gallup area. There is another program that will assist people who do not fall into these two categories.
The Care 66 mission is to “create opportunities to end homelessness.” Care 66 is trying to complete this mission by providing transitional housing, create more affordable housing, and making opportunities for people to make a decent wage. Within Gallup High School, both SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and National Honors Society volunteer at Care 66.
Last Week's Poll Results!
When asked what changes one would like to see in the community, 80% of Ambush! Poll takers said they'd like to see help for the homeless population and the remaining 20% said they'd like to see more developments in education.
Ceremonial Interview with Nameless Dancer
by Rylie Begay '21
(For audio purposes, the questions can be viewed below)
Question: Do you feel a stronger connection to your culture when you dress up and dance?
Answer: Yes, I do. I dance in buckskin like my ancient ancestors.
Question: Who taught you how to dance? Was it like a relative or a trainer?
Answer: It was passed down from generation to generation. We try to do the same dance our grandfathers sang and danced. We try not to change them, we feel like we don't have the right to change those dances.
Question: When did you start dancing?
Answer: I started dancing when I was ten years old. My father and my uncles danced on ceremonial ground then. I didn't start dancing till I was around ten or eleven.
Question: How long did it take you to make your outfit?
Answer: It's a matter of time. I have four, five different outfits. I just make them over the years. You put them together there's different styles and different times.
Is AP Opportunity Fair Throughout the District?
by Samantha Plummer '19
This school year there has been a big impact on educational programs like AP classes. Many students want to be placed in advanced programs so they can get ahead, better themselves with more knowledge, and challenge themselves. Students can not do that if they do not have AP classes. On reservations, many schools do not offer any AP classes whatsoever. The New Mexico Education Department is trying to provide AP classes for students on the local reservation. These classes will only be offered through the internet and if teachers are found that can teach these classes during their personal time.
Gallup High has only four AP classes to offer this year while Miyamura has ten, why is that? I tried to speak with representatives from the New Mexico Public Education Department and Central Office on multiple occasions and received no answer from either party, however, I did get some answers from our principal. According to Mr. Romero, 1% of district students passed AP exams. Romero also said, “We [the school] have to align PARCC and AP so we are trying to push for students to take San Juan College classes instead.” Miyamura is in the same town but is granted more opportunities for AP classes and also has a San Juan Program. Is it fair that both schools have AP as well as San Juan courses but Miyamura is given more AP opportunity? Is it fair that some schools on reservations aren't offered AP courses at all?
May Poll Results!
50% of Ambush! Poll takers said they love the restaurants coming to Gallup and they love food. The other 50% of of Ambush! Poll takers said they’d rather see more stores instead.
50% of Ambush! Poll takers were excited for Freddy’s Steak and Custard to open, while the other 50% of poll takers are more excited for Hobby Lobby.
McKinley County High School Graduation Dates
Of course Gallup High School’s graduation was on May 12th, but there are plenty more graduations in Gallup and the surrounding area still to come.
May 18, 2017 (Thursday)
Tohatchi High School - 6:00 PM
May 19, 2017 (Friday)
Ramah High School - 6:00 PM
Miyamura High School - 6:00 PM, Angelo DiPaolo Memorial Stadium
May 20, 2017 (Saturday)
Central High School - 4:00 PM, MHS Gymnasium
Tse Yi Gai High School - 11:00 AM, Gymnasium
Navajo Pine High School - 10:00 AM
Middle School Mural
by Lucia Kezele '18
Since the end of April, one of our local middle schools has been working on a mural for our town. Gallup Middle School has been working a local artist on their artwork. So far they have developed two different models for what they want to do. The students are centering their mural around the idea of a “Beautiful Earth.” The hope of the artist and the students is to start painting the mural this summer and have it finished before the beginning of the 2017-18 school year. The kids have worked incredibly hard on this project and it is an amazing new thing to come to our town. It is a great way to beautify our town and make it more enticing of a place to walk around or visit.
April Poll Results!
66% of Ambush! Survey takers said they'd like to see a Wholefoods or Sprouts come to Gallup, the other 34% wanting to see a Target. 50% of Ambush! poll takers said they'd like to see an Olive Garden and the other 50% a Chik-Fli-A; The two restaurants sound a bit weird in comparison, but that seems to be what the people want.
March Poll Results!
60% of Ambush! survey takers said their favorite activity is going to the movies, 20% saying theirs is hiking, and 20% saying theirs is hanging out with their friends.
Want to Fix Your Body?
by Cliff Burnham
Want to fix your body?*
The body of your car that is! Is it rusting, peeling or chalking? Is it dented and in need of repair? Could you see yourself in a career that involves bringing old cars back to life and watching people’s eyes turn as they drive down Historic 66 in a car customized by you? If so, UNM-Gallup Collision Repair Courses through the CCTE Program is the place to be, and Floyd ‘Cliff’ Burnham is the man to see.
Mr. Burnham can be contacted on the UNM-Gallup Campus at Gurley Hall #1322 and reached by phone at (505) 863-7350 or you can call Ms. Ann Jarvis the Principal of CCTE at (509) 863-7500.
There will be upcoming tours to UNM-Gallup or you can phone ahead for your own guided tour. Mr. Burnham can show you pictures of past projects and you might even be able to see the Ice Cream Truck that the class is giving new life to now. UNM officers Certificate and Degree Programs in Collision Repair (Auto Body), Construction, Welding, IT, Criminal Justice, Medical Careers, Cosmetology and Barbering, etc. as well. Drop on be and visit with us. Your future is at hand….
specifically men’s haircuts and facial hair.
We at UNM Gallup, the Barber and Cosmetology department, are here to show you how to begin a career in Barber or Cosmetology. Even If you are interested in learning how to become a Manicurist, we offer that too! Since the trend has become more and more popular, females are proudly boasting and showing a "Master Barber" license on their wall.
Since the female barber is a minority, in my opinion females may have a bigger advantage in the barbershop! Many clients may prefer a female to cut and style their hair and beard, just as some females prefer a male stylist to cut and or style their hair.
At the UNM Campus, we encourage every student that is interested in cutting hair, coloring hair, ect. to come in and join us to get a jump start at a growing industry! Barbering and Cosmetology are definitely a growing industry that can provide a fulfilling career with many benefits including, but not limited to, working indoors when it’s cold outside! Making people look good therefore making people happy! Working in a warm and friendly environment conducive to making lifelong friendships.
Salons seem to maintain a stable growth and in some cases increase in sales. According to the Bureau of labor statistics, jobs outlook is 10% higher than average!
Statistics say that 1/3 of graduates will go on to open their own shops or salons.
We are here to show you how to get started and answer any questions you may have.
You can contact Ann Jarvis with the CCTE Program 505-863-7617 junior or senior,
You may also contact Jay Gomez @ email@example.com
Culture Feature: Navajo Shoe Game
Winter: the Season of hot chocolate and warm sweaters. It also happens that winter is the season of the Navajo Shoe Game. The Shoe Game is a game that is not played after early spring and not before November. The Shoe Game is when a small yucca plant is uprooted, the leaves are torn off, and the yucca root is fashioned into a ball. The yucca ball is then taken and hidden inside of a boot buried in the sand by one of the two teams. The opposing team will then send one member up to discover which boot the yucca ball is hidden in. This is done by striking the boots with a stick of a pinon pine and by asking the other team questions. Each team has a limit of three guesses. If one team guesses right the first time they will receive ten yucca leaves, if they guess it on the second time they will receive eight leaves, and if they guess it the final time they will receive four leaves. If the root is not discovered the team that hid the ball of yucca will re-hide it. The Shoe Game is typically played all night until sunrise.
The Navajo play the Shoe Game in remembrance of one of their legends. According to legend, night creatures and day creatures did not understand the importance of cycles in the universe. Each group either wanted it to be all day or all night. Because of this the first Shoe Game was played. The two groups of animals took turns hiding a yucca ball in four boots that were almost completely buried under the sand. A member from each group was send up to guess which boot the yucca ball was concealed in. Both groups played all night until the first rays of sunlight came up from the east. Neither of the teams had won and the animals learned that all seasons and cycles mattered.
AMBUSH-“How did the Balloon Rally start?”
BL- “Balloon Rally started in 1981 and was started somewhat as um a challenge between some balloonists here in Gallup and in Farmington. Farmington was claiming they had the best place to fly and we believed we did. So 36 years later we’re still running it and um they aren’t. It was just a friendly competition that stayed for a while.”
AMBUSH-“How has the Rally grown in the past 36 years?”
BL-“Well it started as probably only I think it was twelve balloons and today we average 120-140 balloons. It has grown significantly in the past 36 years in balloons and in pilots. It has grown as well in spectators. This year we had people from Hawaii, Ohio, Kansas City, and many other places.”
AMBUSH-“How does the Balloon Rally rate in Balloon Rallies across the United States number wise?”
BL-“We are the second largest in North America. The only other Balloon Rally that’s larger than ours is the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, NM.”
AMBUSH-“How many balloons flew this year?”
AMBUSH-“How would it be possible for high school students to volunteer to help with the Balloon Rally?”
BL-“We would love all the volunteers we could get. In particular we need help with balloon crews. Oftentimes pilots bring a crew but sometimes they are unable to. We need four people to get up each balloon and oftentimes you get a ride in the balloon. It’s a great opportunity to get some sun and get up in the air and see what happens. We hold balloon trainings that are not mandatory. We have volunteer signups that are on our website and you can email us closer to the event for more information when we are looking to sign people up as volunteers.”