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Farmington Daily Times (Newspaper) - November 30, 2007, Farmington, New Mexico the Farmington new mexico50c Aztec a b10 0 in f i e 1 d a Cuba a k i r 11 a n d a Gallup a s h i p r o c k a w a t e r f 1 o w a Blanco a Durando a c o r t e z a Ignacio if the four Comers information Leader Friday november 30, 2007 Farmington elderly Man found shot to death in Home of Christmas tree. .a4 City Council won t Rush race relations commission.a4 beware of false charities during the holidays. A4 state football two local teams reach class 4a semifinals. D1 sports Bohannon thriving after replacing an icon. B1 Parks named 4a s top Giris soccer coach. B1 cowboys win showdown., b1 Lucky numbers roadrunner Cash 6-11-26-29-31-19 top prize $22,000 pick 3 9-1-0 top prize $500 weather. B8 High 51, Low 43 local.a4 viewpoint b7 town talk.a3 comics 04 religion i obits a7 crossword Puzzle d5 classifieds al 0 Hyui it Hui 9 vouime120 number122 a by James Monteleone a tic daily tuna san Juan county an 83-year-old Man was found shot to death in his Home just South of fanning on on thursday morning the san Juan county sheriff s office said. Thomas Powell was discovered in the Kitchen of his Home with a single gunshot wound to the Back of his head. Sheriff s it. Tyler Truby said. Quot there s no sign of forced Truby said. Quot the Home is not in a Large amount of deputies found Powell around 10 . Thursday while doing a welfare Check at the Man s Home after friends told police they had not seen him recently. Powell was dead for at least a Day Truby said. The victim lived alone at the residence on the 1700 Block of South Butler Avenue in an unincorporated area of the county approximately 500 Yai is South of Farmington s City limits. Investigators noted a 1996 Oldsmobile registered to the victim was missing and found the Arizona Highway patrol had run the car s License plate wednesday afternoon after finding the vehicle abandoned on . 89, 30 Miles North of Flagstaff Ariz. Quot we believe there May be a link Between the vehicle missing and the homicide quot Toby homicide a5. Farmington resident Thomas Powell 83, was found dead from gun shot to the head at his Home on thursday. Crime scene investigator Terry Eagle exits a san Juan county sheriff s crime scene unit outside of Powell s South Butler Home. Lucas Ian cosh not 77ic Ditill times after the luminaries were made it was 5-year-old Latisha Pete s Job to carry the bags and place them in an area protected from the elements. Lucas Ian coshenet the daily tunes saturday night s display to have 48,000 luminaries a by Cory Frolik a the daily times Farmington forty eight thousand paper bags weren t going to fill themselves with Sand and candles. The chore of filling them was certainly repetitive but someone had to do it. Enter Ethan Romero. The 7-year-old country club elementary second grader was one of hundreds of children who braved the Chilly weather thursday afternoon to help fill Brown lunch bags with Sand and candles for saturday s Luminaria event at san Juan College. Each year the College reaches out to the Community especially the schools to ask for help with preparing the popular Holiday display. Quot san Juan College could never Ever Ever make luminaries happen without the support of the schools quot said Sherri Cummins Black director of student activities. By the end of the week a total of about 1,300 local students will have chipped in for the big task. All 48,000 luminaries Are prepared by luminaries a5. Students Light up at Chance to help out driving direction for Luminaria display Drivers should enter san Juan College saturday evening from Butler Avenue travelling North to Sunrise Parkway. They should then follow the marked route through Campus and exit at College Boulevard where traffic will be required to turn South to 30th Street. The flagpole Entrance to Campus off Pinon Hills Boulevard Between Butler and College avenues will be closed during the Luminaria display. As a Courtesy All Drivers Are asked to turn their lights off As they drive through the display. Lucas Ian cosh not in daily times to an uninformed observer it May have looked like thousands of thoughtless individuals had left their lunch sacks around san Juan College on thursday. But Farmington elementary school children know better. After All they had helped fill the thousands of bags with candles and Sand in preparation of saturday s Luminaria event. Apache elementary school first grader shy rail Yazzie 7, carries three luminaries. College sees High dropout rates among freshmen a by Cory Frolik a 77ic daily times Farmington about a Quarter of first time full time freshmen will drop out of san Juan College before the year is Over. That somber statistic gets even More severe heading into the upcoming year when about four in 10 students won t return. No single reason exists to explain Why so Many Community College freshmen choose to drop out College staff said. Regardless of the cause the dropout rate continues to remain predictable. From fall of 2006 to Spring 2007, 75.9 percent of first time full time freshman stayed in school up from 72.6 percent recorded Between fall 2005 to Spring 2006. The change was also an improvement Over the 26 percent dropout rate of fall 2004 to Spring 2005. The larger dropout rate occurs Between freshman and Sophomore years seen Durine the time in Between fall 20040 fall 2005, when Only 56 percent of san Juan Collette students returned. Between the Falls of 2005 and 2006, about 58 percent returned to school. Community colleges have worse dropout rates than four year universities but school officials say the reason is simple. Quot it s the kind of students we serve. A lot of the students have challenges and need some remediation quot said Cheryl Drangmeister associate vice president of student services with the College. A snapshot of the National retention rate at Public two year . Colleges shows san Juan College As slightly above average. The most recent numbers indicate that the retention rate at two year Public schools from freshman to Sophomore year was 51.4 percent according to the act which studies and compiles College statistics. Graduation rates at Community colleges also were not As Good As those of four year universities. Quot the completion rates Are not nearly As High As at four year universities quot a 27.1 percent at two year Public institutions compared to 40.5 percent at four year Public see dropouts a5. Shiprock High school s miss Indian Tanya Lister Waves to the crowd thursday night during the downtown Christmas Parade. Lucas Ian coshenet be daily time Parade lights up downtown a by Lindsay Whitchurst a the daily tunes Farmington it s not hard to make 8-year-Oid Nizhoni Begay s face Light up brighter than a Christmas Candle. Just mention Santa Claus. Quot i want a game boy quot Begay of Bloom Field said a styrofoam cup of hot chocolate at her Side. For float luckily the big Man winners made an appearance at see Pausas the farmin on Christmas Parade waving from the top of a fire truck to the hundreds of people lined up on the main Street sidewalks. About floats wound through downtown thursday setting the streets aglow with Holiday lights. Nizhoni s father Pat Begay said the evening time Slot after work hours let him take his daughter and 3-year-old son William who sat wrapped in a yellow plaid Blanket. Quot it s fun and the kids like the lights and stuff quot Begay a 27-year old nitrogen operator for Halliburton said. Down the Street 8-year-old Jenna stash wore her Blanket like a Cape As she brandished a plastic lighted sword. Quot i be never been to a Christmas Parade before quot she said. Quot i be got a bag for Candy a i m excited quot she saw plenty of Mii Ching bands disciplined ranks of Kex al Junior rots and local Equine club horses clip clop Down the Street. The Pii Rade theme this Yeier was quot a fairy tale the san Juan Colleg Esee Parade a5.casual, warm and inviting. All the essential elements for Holiday entertaining. A \ a a Albuquerque Santa be Farmington , 800-876-4454

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