Stories for August 2005


Wednesday, August 31

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Hopis take top honors in Santa Fe

Jacob Koopee Jr. wins Best of Show at 2005 Indian Market, winning pot sells for 20 grand

Santa Fe, N.M. ----Jacob Koopee Jr. was the name on every major Indian art collector's lips this year at Santa Fe's world renowned 2005 Indian Market.

Pres. Shirley urges: Keep Navajo uranium-free

SANTA FE, N.M. -- Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. has asked New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson to help the Navajo Nation keep its four-month-old prohibition of uranium mining and processing intact.

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Ten Arizonans named 2005 Culturekeepers

Suzie Yazzie, White Mountain Apache Tribe are honorees

PHOENIX -- Ten Arizonans will be recognized this September for their contributions to the preservation of the state's culture, history and traditions via a grassroots program known as Arizona Culturekeepers.

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Re-creating their world in copper

FLAGSTAFF -- The world of Jennifer and Gabriel Ayala is full of stately ponderosa pines, cacti beneath the hot desert sun and maple and ash leaves burnished to fall colors. A southwest mission complex can be found near a herd of horses galloping down the shaft of an arrow. A petroglyph gang is shadowed by a canine companion, and feathers are tied in prayer.

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Flagstaff Mall breaks ground on new addition

FLAGSTAFF -- Gathering under a large white tent off Spur Street behind Flagstaff Mall, community and business leaders attended a ceremonial groundbreaking Aug. 25 for a major addition and remodel that will make Flagstaff Mall the largest in northern Arizona.

Quick Reads Aug. 31, 2005

Labor Day Jam set for Ganado

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Hopi hopes to nail a berth in playoffs

POLACCA -- Hopi High Coach John Schimon believes football players can learn skills from the sport that teach them life lessons.

Hopi Bruins defeat Chinle in opener

POLACCA -- A new day for Hopi High is a better day for the Hopi High football team.

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Hopi AYSO helps build healthy community

The Hopi Health Care Center and the American Youth Soccer Organization, in its first ever introduction to Hopi finished its opening season on Aug. 10.

Avoid arbitrary Medicaid cuts

Medicaid was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965. It was designed as a state program with federal financial participation. The program was optional for states, and Arizona did not participate until 1982.

Questions Iraqi constitution

The new proposed Iraqi constitution leaves the issues of divorce, marriage and inheritance up to the Islamic clerics. As I understand it, the last bastion of Bush supporters who now have to admit that there were no WMDs or any connection with Iraq and Osama, still maintain that we are fighting for democracy. If this were in fact true, how do they reconcile the fact that women's rights in Iraq are being relegated to the Dark Ages.

A mother's love

On Dec. 27, 1966 two naval officers arrived at our home and my mother heard the words, "We regret to inform you that your son was killed while serving his country."

Why close our military bases?

In view of the fact that the General Accounting Office says that closing many military bases in this country will only realize half the savings that Rumsfeld projected, and that local communities will suffer massive job losses as a result, why are we doing this?

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Meeting on transfer stations & solid waste Sept. 1 in TC


Flag band's Sinatra workout

"Don't forget the pop and drop!"

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In-service focuses on quality education at Hopi Jr/Sr High

POLACCA -- Hopi Jr/Sr High School has hope of improving the education of its students with the help of the Hope Foundation.

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Leupp teachers at summer workshop

LEUPP -- Seven teachers from of Leupp Schools Inc. joined top educators from across the nation to share ideas and learn more about the latest successful strategies for raising student achievement during a summer workshop in San Jose, Calif., Aug. 1-3. The teachers included Ernestine Singer, Gertie Manygoats, Marietta Redhair, Sara Begay, Delores Curley, Jane Dempsey and Helena Botone. The U. S. Department of Education sponsored the workshop.

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Tuba City District's AIMSweb Training

Informing parents about continuous student performance key to academic success

TUBA CITY -- Now, more than ever, educators are under heavy pressure bring up student test scores, improve academic retention, urging students to produce more and higher quality work at a faster pace.

Arizona supermarket chain committed national origin discrimination, EEOC charges in lawsuit

Suit says Bashas' shunned hiring non-Navajo natives

PHOENIX -- A major supermarket chain that operates several stores on Navajo land engaged in national origin discrimination against non-Navajo Native Americans, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it filed on Aug. 22.

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Navajo Division of Public Safety graduates 4 motorcycle officers

WINDOW ROCK -- Four additional Navajo police officers have recently qualified for the Navajo Police Motorcycle Patrol after completing an intensive 12-day training program.

Navajo Division of Public Safety's new satellite-based mobile network

System will give officers in the field real time database access

WINDOW ROCK -- By Thanksgiving, 250 Navajo police vehicles will have the best navigational, database searching and internet communication technology available in the country.

NNEPA staffer nails Water Guardian award

Fred Johnson, an Environmental Specialist with the Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency's Surface and Ground Water Protection Department received the Water Guardian award from the Organizers of the Tribal Water Caucus including Indigenous Environmental Network, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals and Black Mesa Trust. The award was presented at the 2005 Arizona Water Summit held at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff from Aug. 3 to 5.

Which way do we go with downtown project?

Traffic study approved for Route 66 Phase II project; will look at option of 2nd and 3rd as two-way streets

With the First Street Pathway completed, attention of the Renaissance on Route 66 project turns to the two blocks north of the new park. To be considered functional, the new designs of Second and Third Streets must go with the flow, especially of traffic.

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Working on the railroad

Five years after he began sifting through piles of Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (ATSFR) records, George Shaw says he has barely scratched the surface of the collection.

Airport receives federal funding for improvements

The taxiways at Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport will be receiving a makeover with the Federal Aviation Administration paying most of the cost.

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Bulldogs open season with win

The Winslow Bulldogs defeated the Holbrook Roadrunners 40-14 in a non-conference, season opening football game for both teams in Holbrook on Friday.

Winslow JV team falls to Holbrook, 2-0

The Winslow High School junior varsity football team started its 2005 season with a tough 2-0 loss to the Holbrook junior varsity in Winslow on Thursday.

Winslow freshmen tie Holbrook

The Winslow High School freshman football team opened its 2005 season in Winslow with a 16-16 tie against Holbrook on Thursday. The hard fought game was not decided until Winslow failed to score on an untimed down from the Holbrook one-yard line after a facemask penalty on the final play of the fourth quarter.

As Sam Sees It

The Arizona Diamondbacks are not having a championship-quality season to say the least. They are, however, much improved over the disaster that was the 2004 edition that set a record for losses in a season. In fact, this team is a contender for the National League Western Division title.

The Anti-Pro test

President Bush probably never thought the War on Terror would be brought home like this ‹ to his home. But last Saturday, the president's Crawford, Texas ranch became the new battlefield for the War in Iraq.

Good news and bad news for back to school

As students across Arizona and the rest of the nation start heading back to school, their future in our educational system is mixed.

Front Page History

A look at the top stories from the archives of the Winslow Mail

Navajo County Sheriff's Report Aug. 31

The following people were booked into the Navajo County Jail recently. These persons are accused of committing criminal activity, but such accusations should raise no inference of guilt.

Thursday, August 25

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Leupp School Inc. housing residents get reprieve

LEUPP -- After several weeks of stress, residents of the Leupp School Inc. School Governing board housing facility received another extension on the Sept. 18 eviction date--the second date set by the LSI School Governing Board.

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Tusayan's multicultural gathering

Fifth annual Grand Canyon South Rim Native American Ceremonial Powwow and Hoop Dancing Contest Sept. 3-5

TUSAYAN -- Ceremonial dancers from five Indian Nations will gather here on Labor Day weekend for the fifth annual Grand Canyon South Rim Native American Ceremonial Powwow and Hoop Dancing Contest. It will be held on the grounds at the Native American art show between McDonald's and the Grand Hotel in Tusayan.

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The Jewelry of Ben Nighthorse: A new exhibition at Arizona State Museum

Traveling exhibit will be on dispay Aug. 27 -- Feb. 13

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA, TUCSON -- Arizona State Museum will welcome Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell as an honored guest at a free reception celebrating his traveling exhibition 6:30 - 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30.

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Govenor Napolitano presents TEAM Awards

FLAGSTAFF--Governor Janet Napolitano visited Flagstaff on Aug. 16 to present Teamwork for Effective Arizona Marketing (TEAM) awards to three organizations.

Flag City Council supports plan for NAU conference center

FLAGSTAFF -- Flagstaff City Council has thrown its support toward building a conference center project on the Northern Arizona University campus by approving plans that may result in up to $2 million invested toward the project.

Quick Reads Aug. 24, 2005

Early deadline for Labor Day

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Bruins cross country teams gear up for new season

POLACCA -- The Hopi High School girls cross country team has the goal of winning state while the Hopi High boys look to win their 16th straight state championship.

Team Dark Wind represents Native America

PHOENIX--Team Dark Wind is the only all-Native American seven-man tournament paintball team in the nation. The team consists of seven males and two female players with a strong competitive spirit representing several Native American tribes. Dark Wind's goal is to encourage the Native American athlete to broaden their sportsmanship by participating in more non-traditional sports. Additionally, Team Dark Wind wants to assist in positively promoting the sport of paintball to different cultures and regions that have not been exposed to this awesomely fast growing sport.

25th Annual Tens Rugby Tournament set for Sept. 23 and 24 in Flagstaff

FLAGSTAFF -- The Northern Arizona Rugby Football Club (NARFC) is hosting the 25th Annual Tens Rugby Tournament on Sept. 24 and 25, 2005 at Thorpe Park, Flagstaff. This is the oldest "Tens" rugby tournament in the world.

Announces candidacy for Hopi Tribal Chair

In February of this year, it was reported that I will run for the Chairmanship of the Hopi Tribe this November. I have since been in much prayer and recently I feel that I have received an answer. Therefore, I will accept the challenge.

Seeks help with annual Labor Day gathering

(EDITOR'S NOTE: James Peshlakai wrote the following as an open Letter to Tusayan, Grand Canyon Village, Valle, etc. He requested that it be published in the Navajo Hopi Observer.)

Quilting for Veterans event

They protect our boarders, fight for freedom, rebuilt nations and die for our country. Who are these people? The American Military Veterans. One battle they did not count on and quite often they loose is a battle against a disease called cancer.

Ponders Dine' sovereignty

Ya'at'eeh shi'kie doo shi'dine,' hope this letter finds you walking in beauty. May peace and harmony be with you always.

Questions vet's mom as rational

Is Cindy Sheehan camping on the threshold of President Bush's ranch in Texas is rational? Why isn't she camped out on the threshold of Al-Queda or the doorstep to the Ayatollahs of Iran or Syria, who set out to kill her son and all the patriot sons of the world who seek not to die but to defend the freedoms that our nation has enjoyed since 1775? Freedom is not free.

About those free trade agreements

Our Beloved Leaders have saddled us with treaty after treaty to promote "free trade."

Add meningitis vaccine to this year's back-to-school list

They say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Immunization against communicable diseases is a public health success story. In addition to safeguarding individuals, immunizations also have a clear public benefit. Community immunity, or the level of protection within communities, is a key determinant in keeping infectious disease in check. Put simply, the greater the proportion of immunized individuals in a community, the less chance that disease will spread.

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Check out Observer's new website features

I hope those of you out there with internet access have had a chance to visit the Navajo Hopi Observer's upgraded website.

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Increasing parental partcipation on Hopi

Lavonne Navakuku, new parent liaison

POLACCA -- Lavonne Navakuku is the new parent liaison at Hopi Jr/Sr High School.

TC Unified District Alternative School's new director on board

Cleveland Holt returns to district after 7-year absence

TUBA CITY -- It's tough to leave a community that has shown so much support for educational work and that is exactly what brought Cleveland "Cleve" Holt, back to Tuba City after leaving in 1998.

Changes in AIMS, federal and state special-ed laws

Arizona Center for Disability Law offers free statewide special-ed hotline

PHOENIX --.As students and teachers return to the classroom, parents and special education advocates want to know whether changes to the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) as well as key federal and state education laws will help or hurt students with disabilities.

First Year Student Cohort Program holds orientation

TSAILE -- The First Year Student Cohort Program at Dine College in Tsaile hosted 2005 Fall Orientation from Aug. 21-24.

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1st Day of Recognition for disabled DinŽ proclaimed

Highlight will be Navajo Nation Fair Exceptional Rodeo

WINDOW ROCK -- The branch chiefs of the Navajo Nation made a rare joint public appearance on Aug. 16, to sign an important proclamation declaring Sept. 8 a day of recognition and respect for individuals with disabilities.

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Navajo Nation 1st Lady gains support of AZ Gov. on Violence Against Women Act

PHOENIX -- Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano assured Navajo Nation First Lady Vikki Shirley on Aug. 12 that she would help her seek reauthorization of the federal Violence Against Women Act.

Public meetings on Tuba City LUST site

Meetings set for next week in Tuba City and Moenkopi Villages for local rsident commuinty input

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency (NNEPA), and Hopi Tribe Environmental Protection Office (EPO) invite the public to attend a meeting to discuss cleanup progress and future plans for the Tuba City Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) site located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 160 and Arizona State Route 264.

Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus infections on the rise across the Dine' Nation

The number of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) infections on the Navajo Nation has recently been rising. To find out how you can protect yourself and others, read on.

FMC's Women and Infants' Center nabs $30,000 grant

FLAGSTAFF -- The Women and Infants' Center at Flagstaff Medical Center recently received a $30,000 grant from the Child Abuse Prevention License Plate Program to fund current programs. This is the fourth continuous year the Women and Infants' Center has received this grant.

FMC offers Tai Chi classes

Flagstaff Medical Center now is offering Tai Chi classes, a form of Chinese exercise, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at The Taylor House. The classes are open to the community. Tai Chi incorporates slow, meditative movements to improve balance, posture, strength, concentration and overall health.

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The late Navajo Tribal Chairman Raymond Nakai remembered as 1st modern Dine' leader

WINDOW ROCK -- The late Navajo Tribal Chairman Raymond Nakai, 86, who died Aug. 14 of pneumonia, is being remembered as the first modern Navajo leader, a champion of Navajo civil and religious rights, and the man who ushered in the first economic development initiative to the huge, remote Navajo Nation.

Wednesday, August 24

School District enrollment down slightly, shows shift to north end

Student enrollment in the district is down slightly from the beginning of the last school year, marking the fourth consecutive year of decline.

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Walking a new Pathway

First Street Pathway expected to lead the renaissance of downtown; approximately 100 drawn to dedication event

For decades, the thin strip of dirt between First Street and the rails was littered with broken bottles and garbage. It was vacant and useless real estate that nobody wanted. It was very much like the rest of downtown Winslow.

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Meet the new Junior High teachers

Eric "Ricky" Greer is definitely the new kid on the block. In his first professional teaching position, Greer will be teaching seventh grade science and eighth grade government.

Alternative fuels should be passing gas in usage

Recently I was watching one of my favorite movies, "Dazed and Confused." I've always liked the movie because it's quite funny. But there was something I didn't notice before that made me laugh this time.

Front Page History

A look at the top stories from the archives of the Winslow Mail

WJHS teams start Sept. 1

The Winslow Junior High School football and softball teams are practicing for their opening contests with Snowflake on Sept. 1.

As Sam Sees It

The 2006 football season begins on Friday for the Winslow Bulldogs and their new head coach Adam Larsen. The Bulldogs will journey to Holbrook to take on the Roadrunners from the 3A East Region. Holbrook has been a doormat in the 3A East, but would probably be a playoff team most years had the Roadrunners been able to stay in the 3A North.

Larsen pleased with Bulldogs in Fountain Hills scrimmage

Winslow High School football coach Adam Larsen said on Saturday that he had been pleased with the team's performance on Friday in a controlled scrimmage against the 3A West Region Fountain Hills Falcons at Fountain Hills. Although no scores are kept in a controlled scrimmage, Larsen said that the Bulldogs had moved the ball well and shut down the Falcon offense after the first few series of plays.

U.S. economy strong, if unappreciated

America's economy is in most respects stronger than it has been in years. So why are so many Americans pessimistic about it?

Navajo County Sheriff's Report Aug. 24

The following people were booked into the Navajo County Jail recently. These persons are accused of committing criminal activity, but such accusations should raise no inference of guilt.

Winslow Police Log Aug. 14-20

The Winslow Police Department responded to the following incidents during Aug. 14-20. This is not a complete list of calls that officers answered. Unless otherwise noted, all charged suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

Thursday, August 18

A moment of kindness can can have long lasting effects

Ya’at’eeh and Loloma. Greetings to everyone and welcome to another year at Tuba City District, we are honored to be here for those who enter our lives as students and staff members.

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Flash flooding, washouts plague the Navajo Nation

President Shirley declares state of emergency

WINDOW ROCK -- On Aug. 12, Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. declared a state of emergency for eastern portions of the Navajo Nation.

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Dine' Public Safety Committee making national impact

WINDOW ROCK -- The Public Safety Committee of the Navajo Nation Council made significant advances on behalf of Indian Country at the Congressional level in the past few months, beginning with the passage of House FY 2006 Justice Appropriations Legislation, H.R. 2862. The bill provides $48 million for a range of Indian Law Enforcement activities, which almost doubles the FY 2005 level of $19,733,000.

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Alternative energy on the Rez explored at NAU summit

FLAGSTAFF -- The Navajo Nation has a cutting edge solar project underway and the Hopi Tribe could soon have a model windmill energy project.

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Hopi Lavayi Summer Institute for Teacher Training: Hopinaatuwpi

KYKOTSMOVI -- Held in conjunction with the Hopi Tribe's Office of Cultural Preservation and the University of Arizona, the 2005 Hopi Lavayi Summer Institute for Teacher Training: Hopinaatuwpi was a success. All sessions were held from 8:30 a.m. to noon each day at the Hopi Day School from July 20 and 21 and July 25-29.

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Law protects artist & consumer

FLAGSTAFF -- Jill Moran, a program specialist with the U.S. Department of the Interior Indian Arts and Crafts Board, made the journey from Washington D.C. to visit with artisans and visitors to the 56th Annual Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture at the Museum of Northern Arizona July 30 and 31.

Quick Reads Aug. 17, 2005

Native Battle of the Bands

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D-Backs Native American Appreciation Day draws 700 youth

PHOENIX -- Young baseball players enjoy getting attention at professional baseball games.

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TC District represented in Hawaii's USA Tourney National Basketball Championship

McGertt, Williams, Maho, Sheppard, Yellow and Williams represent TCUSD

TUBA CITY -- Six young, extremely talented Tuba City District School women basketball athletes recently represented Tuba City in the Oahu, Hawaii, USA Tourney Sport National Basketball Championships, July 2005.

32nd Louis Tewanima Memorial Footrace right around the corner

SHUNGOPAVI -- The Louis Tewanima Footrace Committee is pleased to announce that the date of the 32nd Annual Louis Tewanima Memorial Footrace is approaching rapidly. This year's race is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 4, less than a month away. So, dust off those running shoes and start doing stretching exercises.

'Let's Get Certified' a valuable resource

As a member of Cameron's CLUPC, I have enjoyed trainings that I've attend, in an effort to assist my chapter on it's road to becoming a certified chapter. I attended a workshop Aug. 10 at Tuba City Chapter, along with our Community Service Coordinator, Rayola Werito. The workshop was put on by Priscilla Littlefoot (To nanees dizi Chapter CSC) and staff members.

Pushes Right to Repair Act

As a vehicle owner, I'm pretty sure you would agree that you should have the right to choose where your car, SUV, minivan or pick up truck are serviced and repaired. You probably wouldn't be too happy if the car company that built your vehicle controlled where you take it for service.

Social Security's 70th marks time for reflection

Sunday, Aug. 14, marked the 70th anniversary of FDR's signing of legislation that created Social Security. For 70 years, American families have come to rely on the values embodied by Social Security. The program's risk-free benefit has provided security from outliving one's additional savings and assets. The program's family protection system provides retirement, disability and survivor benefits, and Social Security's shared responsibility provides for today's beneficiaries.

Yellowman attends county conference held in Hawaii

Ya'at'eeh! Hello!

Our children have the ability to make great things happen

(EDITOR'S NOTE: On Aug. 12, Speaker Lawrence T. Morgan (Iyanbito/Pinedale) issued the following statement after attending the dedication ceremony for a new home for Mary and Kee Augustine in Nageezi, N.M. The home was made by the Arizona State University Stardust Center for Affordable Homes and the Family, using the knowledge of Navajo students and other interested entities.)

Greyhills anticipates enrollment of 550

TUBA CITY -- Greyhills Academy High School is eyeing a total enrollment of 550 students to start off the 2005-06 school year and has already closed enrollment for 10th and 11th graders.

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Tuba City High School's resident American Indian Science Scholar

Michelle Tsinnie attends University of Wisconsin Native Science program

TUBA CITY -- Michelle Tsinnie, a freshman from Tuba City High School and the daughter of Bob and Arlene Tsinnie, was one of 20 American Indian students selected to participate in a summer science program, American Indian Science Scholars at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee this past July 2005.

Greyhills principal encourages input from students, staff and community

TUBA CITY -- Principal Daniel Nez Martin of Greyhills Academy High School said that he is excited and looking forward to the new school year. He shared his educational philosophy through standards during an interview on the first day of school, Aug. 8.

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Hundreds turn out for 2nd annual Presidential Back-To-School Youth Day

WINDOW ROCK--Hun-dreds of Navajo school kids and their parents met dignitaries, movie actors, recording artists and sports figures at the second annual Presidential Youth Back-to-School Day here Saturday.

Three receive award for role in banning uranium mining on Navajo Nation

SANTA FE, N.M. -- The New Mexico Environmental Law Center awarded Council delegate and Resources Committee Chairperson George Arthur (Burnham/Nenahnezad/San Juan) with its Karl Souder Water Protection Award during an awards ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 7 in Santa Fe, N.M.

Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. Vetoes two bills that would have allowed Hogback to negotiate gaming, extend delegate raise deadline

WINDOW ROCK -- Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley, Jr., vetoed two bills on Aug. 6 that would have allowed the Hogback Chapter to have its own gaming revenue-sharing plan with the Navajo Nation and another that would have extended the time permitted for chapters to approve a salary increase for Navajo Nation Council Delegates.

American Indian, Alaska Native infants possess healthy developmental skills

Report finds similar learning potential despite poverty, other barriers

A study released by the U.S. Department of Education on Aug. 11 found that American Indian and Alaska Native infants do not differ significantly from their peers in early developmental skills.

Black Mesa Trust: Solar power is the future for Hopi

KYKOTSMOVI -- (Aug. 12) -- Black Mesa Trust is certain that the Aug. 9 deal between a subsidiary of Southern California Electric (SCE) and Stirling Energy Systems (SES) to build up to 850 megawatts of solar generation in California will give the proposed Hopi-SES solar project a big boost.

See these film classics where they were made

In 2005, Austin's famous Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is setting out on a 6,000-mile, 21-day journey, across the West for a series of film screenings that will take the movie-going experience to a whole new level.

Tuba City Regional Health Care Corp. to conduct internal disaster drill

TUBA CITY -- Tuba City Regional Health Care Corp. (TCRHCC) will conduct a voluntary internal disaster drill on Thursday, Aug. 25 at 4 p.m. Examples of an internal disaster drill include fire, a bomb threat or explosion or another type of critical incident. A drill scenario is necessary to keep the hospital prepared to meet emergencies and to maintain compliance with regulatory agencies such as the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).

Leroy A. Tsinajinnie

Leroy A. Tsinajinnie 59, died Wednesday Aug. 10, 2005 at Flagstaff Medical Center.

Allan James Begay

Allan James Begay age 28, died Monday August 1, 2005, at Flagstaff Medical Center. He was born December 9th, 1976 in Tuba City, Arizona to Teddy and Carmen Begay.

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Heard Museum hosts FBI training

Partnership brings federal agents and native people together

PHOENIX -- More than 30 FBI agents, analysts and support personnel from around Arizona converged at the Heard Museum in Phoenix on July 21 to attend a special training session designed to educate law enforcement about the history, challenges and cultural issues surrounding Native American communities. Native experts from the Heard Museum were introduced to Special Agent and Phoenix FBI Training Director, John Bruch who also attended.

Wupatki National Monument Visitor Center Grand Opening on Aug. 25

National Park Service and Museum of Northern Arizona complete rehabilitation of exhibits and facilities

The Visitor Center at Wupatki National Monument, under construction since January, will reopen to the public on Aug. 25. In addition to painting and electrical rewiring, the most noticeable improvement is the installation of all new interpretive exhibits to replace those installed in the 1960s. The visitor center is now a "must see" for visitors, where they can learn about current scientific findings and explore cultural perspectives on the area.

Wednesday, August 17

Homage or Garbage

A brief look at headlines throughout the world that reflect what was positive in society in the past week and what brings us one step closer to the apocalypse

Protecting private property in the wake of Kelo

Earlier this summer the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that local governments can use the constitutional power of eminent domain to forcibly acquire private property, not just for roads and other traditional "public use" projects, but for anything the government determines to be in the "public good."

Front Page History

A look at the top stories from the archives of the Winslow Mail

Police Log Aug. 7-12

The Winslow Police Department responded to the following incidents during Aug. 7-12. This is not a complete list of calls that officers answered. Unless otherwise noted, all charged suspects are innoc

Navajo County Sheriff's Report

The following people were booked into the Navajo County Jail recently. These persons are accused of committing criminal activity, but such accusations should raise no inference of guilt.

County to run all city elections

Intergovernmental Agreement gives County Elections Department power to run all city elections indefinitely

On Tuesday (Aug. 9), City Council voted to sign an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with Navajo County for the county Election Department to run all future city elections through all-mail ballots.

Agreement, contract signed with county, JP

Winslow residents who want to argue a traffic ticket or ordinance violation will be doing so in front of Justice of the Peace Alison Kolomitz as of Sept. 1.

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Keep on Truckin'

Second annual Fire Truck Tug raises thousands for Special Olympics

Chuck Hodge didn't get the turnout he'd hoped for but he still considers the second annual Fire Truck Tug a sucess because he helped raise several thousands of dollars for the Special Olympics.

City continues to subsidize SotC Festival

The Standin' on the Corner Festival is worth its weight in bed taxes.

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Part of bridge to be placed in park

ADOT demolishes Route 66 bridge

The Route 66 bridge that allowed millions of travelers to cross the Little Colorado River since 1939 is no more. The Arizona Department of Transportation is replacing the bridge with one that will handle the increased loads of modern day semi-trucks.

P&Z meetings doubled

After finding that meeting once a month was not enough to complete their business, the Planning and Zoning Commission will be meeting on the first and third Thursdays every month.

Council seeks ADEQ assistance for cleanup of Rasco fire

City Council will send a letter to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to ask for assistance in cleaning out the debris from the former J.C. Penney/Rasco Building.

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Bulldogs favored to repeat as 3A North champions

The Winslow Bulldogs had no problem in forging a perfect 7-0 record in the 3A North Region to claim the regional football championship.

As Sam Sees It

Summer is almost gone and Winslow is preparing for another exciting year of high school sports.

Thursday, August 11

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Abalone Mountain Run unites tribes in fight for sacred sites

FLAGSTAFF -- Navajo dignitaries mingled with runners and supporters from far-flung tribes such as Acoma, Isleta, Laguna, Taos, San Carlos, To'hono O'odham and Pasqua at the entrance to the Navajo Nation ranch located 16 miles north of Flagstaff on July 29.

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Congressman Udall visits Tohatchi

TOHATCHI N.M. -- The Tohatchi Chapter and other Navajo Nation officials welcomed Congressman Tom Udall for a one-hour town hall meeting on Aug. 3.

Protecting Fossil Creek a challenge for Yavapai Apache

CAMP VERDE -- The Yavapai-Camp Verde Apache think its great that Fossil Creek is once again flowing freely, but they want to make sure that this sacred area is protected.

Arizona Board of Regents lacks rural representation

Arizona's three universities -- and opportunities for higher education - are a big concern for rural residents as the state's metro areas continue to grow.

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TC District takes lead in repairing 'Pothole Alley'

TUBA CITY -- The holes are anywhere from 20 to 30 inches across and they are up to seven inches deep. There are 83 of them on the 2/10ths of a mile section of Main Street in Tuba City. The road is 2 miles long and is of one of the most heavily used roads in town.

Juveniles charged in rock art vandalism case near St. George

ST. GEORGE, UTAH -- On Aug. 4, the Washington County Attorney's Office

Quick Reads Aug. 10, 2005

Central Navajo Fair Jr. Rodeo

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Shonto girl nails national wrestling title in Santa Fe

SHONTO -- Shelbelynn Tate, 11, of Shonto returned home from the 2005 Amateur Athletic Union Wrestling Championship as national freestyle champion in the Novice/98-pound category. The tournament, held July 12-16 in Santa Fe High School, in Santa Fe, N.M., attracted about 2,000 wrestlers.

Finds fault with Social Security personnel

Serious consideration should be given to requesting an investigation of the Social Security Administration's discriminatory practices toward the less affluent citizens of this and other communities throughout our state.

Questions John Roberts' record

Please consider the actual record of John Roberts prior to endorsing his nomination to the Supreme Court. Can he be fair and objective as is required or are his views and beliefs so partisan as to cause him to be unable to view the entire picture on many issues?

Time to have rural reps on AZ Board of Regents

(EDITOR'S NOTE: The following editorial was written by Ben Hanson, Editor of the Prescott Courrier, a sister pulication of the Navajo Hopi Observer.)

The monster of alcohol abuse

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. issued the following statement on Aug. 2 in support of the City of Gallup's efforts to eradicate alcohol abuse.)

Respect the use of azee' & ceremonial instruments

The signing of legislation by President Joe Shirley Jr. on July 28 truly is an historic occasion and it's been a long time coming. It's a beautiful day and a new beginning.

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TC District Special Ed Department to sponsor assistive technology workshop

RJ Cooper, noted researcher of products for people with disabilities, to be a presenter

Making Breakthroughs with Assistive Technology will be a two-day workshop presented by the Tuba City District Special Education Department. It will feature a noted researcher and developer of hardware and software products especially designed for use for people with disabilities.

ASBA honors Kayenta Unified

PHOENIX -- Three Arizona school districts received awards from the Arizona School Boards Association's Safety Committee, in conjunction with the State Compensation Fund of Arizona, for their education of school district personnel about safety in the workplace. The awards were given in three categories, according to each district's premium and loss ratio, recognizing the efforts and considerable progress improvement that those districts have made in reducing the number of workers compensation claims. The awards were presented at the Association's Summer Leadership Conference in Flagstaff during the weekend of July 23.

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Shonto sponsors economic development work session

SHONTO -- On July 30 and 31, Shonto Community Governance sponsored the Shonto Community and Economic Development Strategic Work Session at the Shonto Preparatory School boardroom. Facilitating the work session was Anson Arviso of ABC Inc. Shonto Governance invited various state, tribal and federal agencies to participate in the two-day work session and included individuals such as Peter MacDonald, former Navajo Tribal Chairman; Raphael Tapia, Arizona Department of Commerce; Dolly Lane, Navajo Regional Business Development Office; and Shonto Chapter officials.

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Navajo Nation EPA head joins Gov's Climate Change Advisory Group

WINDOW ROCK -- The Navajo Nation will have its say about clean air in Arizona, both on and off the reservations.

Navajo road projects in recent highway bill

WASHINGTON -- After a nearly two-year struggle, Congress finally passed a multi-year $286.5 billion Highway Bill, which will bring millions of dollars to improve Navajo Nation roads.

Federal government restores land to CRITs

15,000 acres north & south of interstate 10 were taken in early 20th century

PARKER -- (Aug. 3) Taken by the federal government during the administration of President Woodrow Wilson, a massive tract of land off Interstate 10 in western Arizona has been restored to the Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT), thanks to a measure passed by the United States Congress and signed yesterday by President Bush.

Navajo Irrigation Project update

Latest Interior Environment Appropriations Bill increases funding

WASHINGTON--The Navajo Indian Irrigation Project saw its budget increase from an average of $8 to $9 million per year to $12.773 million for fiscal year 2006 to continue construction of the water project that supplies the tribe's agricultural enterprise in northwest New Mexico when Congress passed the Interior-Environment Appropriations Bill last week.

Pres. Shirley vetoes emergency funding bill

WINDOW ROCK -- On Aug. 1, Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. vetoed legislation that would have allowed Navajo communities to declare an emergency for any purpose in order to use funding appropriated specifically for drought relief.

Committee for Dine Youth requests President Joe Shirley Jr. to work with nonprofit Boys & Girls Club

DINE NATION, ARIZONA & NEW MEXICO -- Fourteen nonprofit Boys & Girls Clubs created through a 2001 Navajo Nation Council Resolution can access private funding streams as a 501-c-3 organization and help the Navajo Nation re-open the 13 clubs that remain closed, said Spokesperson for the Committee for Dine Youth, Regina Roanhorse.

Dine Youth Conference held in Ganado

More than 100 people attended Hinaah Azeea' Nihaa' alchinia' Yeea' Noosela'doo -- the fifth annual Azee Bee Nagaha of DinŽ Nation Youth Conference held July 30-31, four miles south of Ganado.

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Vince Shirley Jr. achieves national certification in healthcare compliance

TUBA CITY -- Vincent P. Shirley Jr., Corporate Compliance Program Officer at Tuba City Regional Health Care Corp. (TCRHCC), recently earned certification as a Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) professional. Shirley received the certification after completing intensive study and passing the Healthcare Compliance Certification Board examination in June.

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ER improvement: Effective & efficient

POLACCA -- In order to improve community access to the emergency room, the Hopi Health Care Center will be under renovation through October 2005. The Emergency Department Improvement project has resumed, after it was put on hold to prepare and perform the June, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) survey.

Prehospital care directives allow choice

A prehospital care directive is a written document in which a person may refuse cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR in the event of a cardiac or respiratory arrest.

FMC's Eastside Physical Therapy Clinic moves to a more convenient location location

FLAGSTAFF -- Flagstaff Medical Center's Eastside Physical Therapy Clinic recently moved to a more convenient location at 7810 N. Highway 89, suite 280 in the Elden Ridge Plaza.

Wednesday, August 10

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School so cool at TC Primary

Rocking and rolling, complete with cool shades into the first day of school on Aug. 3, are Tuba City Primary students, (left) Ian Castillo, third grader, and Trystyn Sieweyumptewa, also third grade.

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Old Trails celebrates Grand Re-opening

Historical Society President Randall celebrates 87th birthday

The history of Winslow was on display Wednesday, Aug. 3 as the Old Trails Museum celebrated its Grand Re-opening.

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Committee hears residents' concerns on levee

County officials ready to submit studies to FEMA to decertify Winslow Levee after receiving public comments

County officials said they were expecting to have to answer many questions at Wednesday's public hearing regarding decertification of the Winslow Levee. However, of the approximately 30 people who attended the meeting, just two spoke and the hearing was over in about an hour.

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It's raining, it's pouring...

Saturday's storm floods city streets and knocks out power for several hours

Several of Winslow's streets were turned into "no wake zones" after a summer storm dumped .35-inches of rain on the city on Saturday.

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ADOT awards long-time workers from Winslow

The men and women of the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) don't always receive recognition for the multitude of services they perform. They probably receive more complaints about the traffic jams caused by construction.

Rural Arizona lacks voice with Board of Regents

Arizona's three universities ‹ and opportunities for higher education ‹ are a big concern for rural residents as the state's metro areas continue to grow.

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Back to school, back to work

The Bulldogs' fall teams begin practice this week with hopes of improving upon last year's success

Varsity Football

Back to school, back to work

The Bulldogs' fall teams begin practice this week with hopes of improving upon last year's success

Cross Country

As Sam Sees It

New Winslow High School football coach Adam Larsen has a golden opportunity to make a big splash in his rookie year the helm of the Winslow Bulldogs.

Winslow Police Log Aug. 10

The Winslow Police Department responded to the following incidents during July 31-Aug. 6. This is not a complete list of calls that officers answered. Unless otherwise noted, all charged suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

Navajo County Sheriff Aug. 10

The following people were booked into the Navajo County Jail recently. These persons are accused of committing criminal activity, but such accusations should raise no inference of guilt.

Homage or Garbage

A brief look at headlines throughout the world that reflect what was positive in society in the past week and what brings us one step closer to the apocalypse

Rural Arizona needs representation too

A wise man defined "political science" as "the authoritative allocation of the values of a society." That means the people with authority decide who gets the goodies.

Front Page History

A look at the top stories from the archives of the Winslow Mail

John Bolton: Finally headed to the U.N.

Last week President Bush exercised his constitutional authority to designate a major public official, without Senate approval, while the Congress is not in session. He used this "recess appointment" to finally name John Bolton as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, after nearly six months of delay, obstruction and outright harassment of Bolton by some Senate Democrats.

Thursday, August 4

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56th Annual Navajo Festival of Arts a major success for Museum of Northern Arizona

Visitors to the 56th Annual Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture jockeyed for parking spaces early on July 30--many were forced to park along the shoulder of Fort Valley Road for lack of space. As always, there was more to see and do than one could take in.

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A weekend home makeover on the rez

GALLUP -- On Saturday, July 23, one of Regina Benally's clients was getting a home makeover, but probably not as extreme as the ABC television show Extreme Home Makeover.

Chickasaw composer will take up residency at TC High School

Specialized music composition program benefits reservation schools including Tuba City High School and newcomer Maricopa Pima reservation high school

NACAP (Native American Composers Apprenticeship Program) was originally initiated in 2001 through the Grand Canyon Music Festival to feature the musical compositions of Hopi and Navajo high school reservation students that includes Tuba City High School, Hopi High School, Monument Valley High School and Greyhills Academy, Kayenta Schools--and this year the Salt River High School on the Maricopa Pima Indian Reservation.

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Kayenta township hosts third economic summit and business expo

KAYENTA--The third Kayenta Economic Summit and Business Expo hosted by the Kayenta Township began on July 26 with an evening reception and welcome banquet at the Kayenta Hampton Inn.

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For the joy of learning: collaboration engages NAU alumni

Thanks to a collaboration between organizations like the Northern Arizona University Alumni Association, Flagstaff Cultural Partners, and the Museum of Northern Arizona, NAU alumni--and friends of NAU--are able to return to the learning environment in a place based, hands-on style. Further, students face none of the traditional stresses of papers, grades, tests or textbooks.

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2nd Annual Youth Contest Pow Wow part of Native American Festival of Arts and Culture in Flagstaff

Last fall the first Youth Contest Pow Wow hosted by the Native American Festival of Arts and Culture was held in honor of regional and national Native Youth.

Quuick Reads Aug. 3, 2005

Men's sweat lodges in Tuba City

Calls for responsibility in government

Ya'at'eeh shi'ke' doo shi'dine, may you all walk in beauty.

Requests specific news coverage

I am an American. As a child, I used to get a tingle in my toes when we stood up to say the pledge of allegiance each morning. I fly my flag proudly every day and still well up when God Bless America is played.

Most government programs unconstitutional

Every few days we can read or hear that five Justices of the United States Supreme Court have instructed the other four in the true meaning of the Constitution.

America's private property rights are under attack by U.S. Supreme Court

America's Constitution is the bedrock of our democracy. However, a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court threatens to erode it by allowing state and local governments to use their eminent domain authority to take away the property of any individual for almost any commercial economic reason. This is unprecedented in the history of our nation, and is an assault on America's private property rights.

Three empty excuses

Once again, a large majority of the U.S. Senate is committed to send the Flag Amendment to the states for an up-or-down vote by representatives of the people.

President Joe Shirley Jr. issues statement concluding Navajo Nation Ethics and Rules investigation

WINDOW ROCK Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. issued the following statement to conclude the ethics investigation of the Office of the President on July 27.

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Tuba City High says goodbye to old classrooms, gym and pool building during final demolition stage

Tuba City District #15 is currently in both demolition and construction phases at two of their schools. Tuba City Junior High School is winding down final construction on their new $4.5 million dollar, 17,000 square foot new cafeteria multi-purpose building which is slated for student use in mid-September 2005. Tuba City High School is in the final demolition phases of the old building that has been in use since the 1970's and will yield a new two-story, $6.5 million, 17 classroom building featuring state of the art technology access for all TC High students and staff by the beginning of the year 2006.

Proposed closure of Relocation Office viewed with caution by Hopi Tribe

KYKOTSMOVI -- Congressional attempts to close the Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation (ONHIR) by 2008 should not be advanced until it has completed its work of relocating Navajo families off Hopi lands, officials with the two tribes told congressional leaders earlier this month.

Shirley signs legislation allowing peyote for ceremonial purposes on reservation

WINDOW ROCK--Following a solemn but joyful all-night ceremonial in a sacred tipi set up in front of the Navajo Nation Museum, Navajo President Joe Shirley Jr. signed legislation on July 28 that allows Navajos to possess and transport the medicine peyote, known in the Navajo language as azeŽ, for ceremonial purposes on the Navajo Nation.

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President and First Lady attend dedication in Whitecone

WHITECONE--Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr., First Lady Vikki Shirley and Navajo Education Director Leland Leonard joined about 350 residents of this remote community on Friday to dedicate its newly-constructed, long-awaited $9 million high school.

Tuba City welcomes Boys & Girls Club

TUBA CITY-- The Boys & Girls Club of the Dine Nation opened its second club here July 19 and will follow with two more by the end of the month at Crownpoint and Tohatchi.

TCDC certifies Steamboat Land Use Plan during special meeting

STEAMBOAT--The Transportation and Community Development Committee certified the community-based land use plan for Steamboat Chapter by a vote of 7 in favor and none opposed during a special meeting held at the Steamboat Chapter house on July 26.

Settlement reached in claims of ethics impropriety

WINDOW ROCK--The Ethics and Rules Office (ERO) has resolved the claims of ethics impropriety filed against President Joe Shirley Jr. regarding the hiring of his wife Vikki Shirley within the Office of the President. The ERO, with its own legal counsel, has settled the matter with the Office of the President--however some members of the Ethics and Rules Committee are unhappy with the manner in which the complaint was handled.

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Kayenta woman suffers knife attack

By James Nez

KAYENTA--At approximately 12:38 a.m. on July 26, Kayenta Police were dispatched to the Navajo Housing Authority's Black Mesa Housing in response to reports of a woman screaming. When police arrived at the housing complex, a woman identified as Anna Benally, 38, was found bleeding from various stab wounds to her body.

Navajo Nation confirms first sign of West Nile

The public is reminded to exercise prevention measures

WINDOW ROCK--The Navajo Nation West Nile virus team is once again reminding the public to exercise caution and prevention, as there are now signs of the West Nile virus on the Navajo Nation.

Wednesday, August 3

Fishing Report

Updated Aug. 1

The Fishing Report is compiled weekly by the Arizona Game and Fish Department

Navajo County Sheriff’s Report

The following people were booked into the Navajo County Jail recently. These persons are accused of committing criminal activity, but such accusations should raise no inference of guilt.

Police Logs July 22-30

The Winslow Police Department responded to the following incidents during July 24-30. This is not a complete list of calls that officers answered. Unless otherwise noted, all charged suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

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Council hires new city leader

Ferguson drops 'interim' from City Administrator title

Jim Ferguson was supposed to just fill in temporarily until Council could hire a permanent City Administrator. On Monday, Council determined they had found their man.

Breeding ordinance killed

A proposed breeding ordinance had some residents and Council members concerned about its possible effect. But at Tuesday's (July 26) Council meeting, those concerns were not talked about. In fact, nothing at all was said about the ordinance because a motion made by Mayor Jim Boles to approve the second reading failed to receive support from another Council member.

In a Minute

More news from the City Council Meeting

The Winslow City Council met July 26 for a regular meeting. Vice Mayor Harold Soehner was absent. Among the issues discussed were:

Old Trails celebrates Grand Re-Opening Wednesday

The Old Trails Museum has a lot to celebrate during August and hopes you will be a part of the festivities today.

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The Little Painted Desert: an adventure too far

I had another column prepared for this week, but a life-and-death incident made this one more important.

Patriot Act reauthorization

Last month the Senate Judiciary Committee, on which I sit, unanimously approved legislation to reauthorize provisions of the USA Patriot Act that are due to "sunset," or expire, at the end of this year.

Front Page History

A look at the top stories from the archives of the Winslow Mail
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Bulldog wrestlers impress at summer tournament

The Bulldogs may have come from a small school compared to their competition, but they left a big impression, according to Coach Justin Hartman.

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Jordan Payne selected for national honors

Winslow High School senior-to-be Jordan Payne has been named to the National High School Baseball Coaches Association All-District Seven team and to the third team of the Louisville Slugger All-American Team.

All-Star 9-10-year-olds finish second in state

The Winslow Little League 9-10 year old girls' All-Star Team lost to Tanque Verde 5-1 in Phoenix on Tuesday, July 26 in the state championship game. Rebecca Perez worked in the circle for Winslow.

As Sam Sees It

The 11-12 year old Little League Girls' State Tournament held recently in Winslow was a showcase for the Winslow Little League organization. The games were smoothly run with highly competent umpires and scorekeepers on duty.