Stories for November 2005


Wednesday, November 30

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Becoming a part of the Rez community

El Paso Western donates backhoe to Birdsprings Chapter

BIRDSPRINGS -- On Nov. 8, community members and chapter officials of Birdsprings Chapter welcomed El Paso Western representative Charles Scott Curtis for an exchange of friendship and commitment to continuing this relationship into the future.

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Bluehouse takes helm at Arizona Commission on Indian Affairs

PHOENIX -- Milton Bluehouse Jr. said he will work hard at his new task of improving the quality of life in Arizona for Native Americans.

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Tuba City High Warriors' new building on schedule

$6.5 million addition to open in mid-January

TUBA CITY -- In March, students, staff members, administrators and Tuba City Unified School District Governing Board members were witnesses to a historic event. Another page turned for TC High Warrior history during the early stages of construction/demolition of former classrooms, the old gym and swimming pool.

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Mike Caccioppoli adopts aggressive campaign for Congressional District 1

FLAGSTFF -- Mike Caccioppoli, 34, Democratic candidate for the District 1 Congressional seat came to Arizona two years ago to work on the John Kerry and Paul Babbitt campaigns and has resided in Flagstaff since February.

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Holiday sale at Coconino Center for the Arts Dec. 3

To kick off its holiday season Flagstaff Cultural Partners is hosting a fine craft sale on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Coconino Center for the Arts.

Quick Reads Nov. 30, 2005

Stop Global Warming

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Holiday home tour celebrates 20th year

The 20th Annual Holiday Home Tour will be held Dec. 4 from 1 to 5 p.m. in Winslow, a land mark for the Winslow Women's Club.

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Affeldt, Lugo sworn into office

Allan Affeldt and Stephanie Lugo were officially sworn into office during the Nov. 22 council meeting.

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Boles reviews biggest antecedents, advice for new mayor with Mail

The Winslow Mail recently sat down with Mayor Jim Boles to ask a series of questions. Those questions and answers follow.

Council acts on Mikes Pike issues

The Winslow City Council focused on several issues concerning Mikes Pike during its Nov. 22 meeting.

After executive sessions, council takes no action

Following a short Winslow City Council meeting Nov. 22, the council adjourned into three lengthy executive sessions, all dealing with land purchase, sale or leases.

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Students send 'little bit of home' to soldiers in Iraq

Students in Ms. Dori Seery's Washington Elementary School sixth grade class have shown what it is to truly give during the holiday season. The kids just finished a project in which they sent boxes to 25 troops serving in Iraq. The boxes contained several items, including games, lotions, soaps, hot chocolate, popcorn and of course, marshmallows. As packing material, the kids used an assortment of hard candies. Shipping costs were covered by money raised through bake sales, approximately $300.

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Wanted: positive suggestions and ideas for Winslow Mail

Let's make this newspaper the best it can be

As the new year approaches, the Winslow Mail is beginning to move toward new directions. We will begin with more feature stories on those who have interesting experiences to tell.

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Louise Edna Long

Funeral services for Louise Edna Long, 85, were held Nov. 24 at the First Methodist Church with Pastor Tweedy Sombrero officiating. Interment followed at Desert View Cemetery.


Gilbert Cervantes Gomez

Holy Rosary and Mass of Christian Burial for Gilbert Cervantes Gomez "Beto", were held Nov. 26 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church by Celebrant Father Frank Chacon. Interment followed at Desert View Cemetery.

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Bulldogs loose to Coolidge 34-19

The Winslow Bulldogs saw their state title hopes end with a 34-19 loss to the Coolidge Bears in the Arizona State 3A Conference Championship Game in Tempe on Saturday. Winslow finished the season with a 12-2 record while Coolidge ended with a 12-1 mark.

Bulldogs down Roadrunners, 66-57

By Sam Conner

Lady Bulldogs defeat Roadrunners in season opener, 73-26

The Winslow Lady Bulldogs opened their 2005-06 season with an easy 73-26 win over the Holbrook Lady Roadrunners in a non-conference basketball game played in Winslow on Nov. 22.

Several WHS athletes receive awards at annual ceremony

High School athletes from northern Arizona and New Mexico and southern Utah were honored in a well attended ceremony at Gallup, N.M. on Nov. 21. The event is sponsored annually by The Navajo Times newspaper. Athletes and coaches honored receive T-shirts, plaques and other awards.

Wrestling coach has high hopes for coming season

Winslow High School wrestling Coach Justin Hartman is looking forward to the 2005-06 season with high hopes. The Bulldogs dominated the 3A North Region Tournament in the 2004-05 season and should have a great opportunity to keep the regional title in Winslow.

Cake Chevrolet Shootout slated this weekend

The Winslow Bulldogs boys' basketball team will host the first annual Cake Chevrolet Shootout (new sponsorship) on Dec. 1, 2 and 3. Fourteen teams are slated to be in action on Thursday, Dec. 1. There will be contests in both the new and the old Winslow High School gymnasiums.

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.

Friday, November 25

Western Agency Council establishes new Subcommittee on Water Issues

TUBA CITY — Speaker Lawrence T. Morgan attended a special meeting of the Western Agency Council at the Tohnanees Dizi Chapter house in Tuba City on Nov. 12.

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Hopi Veteran’s Outreach honors Native warriors

HOTEVILLA — It was a celebratory event, honoring Hopi Veterans from several wars, including the Korean War, WWI, WWII, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf and the ongoing Iraqi conflict.

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Flame of Hope Gala raises $300,000-plus

NEW YORK (Nov. 11) — The American Indian College Fund raised more than $300,000 at its 10th annual Flame of Hope Gala on Nov. 10 in New York City.

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Native artist returns to college to rediscover childhood hobby

Sitting in his physician’s office, Thomas Slowtalker waited anxiously for his doctor’s next treatment. “Find a new career,” was his doctor’s orders. At 56 years old, Slowtalker never would have guessed he’d be going back to school. He took his doctor’s advice and enrolled at Coconino Community College to refine his natural talent in art that he had explored as a child.

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Hopi High Junior ROTC wins Best Theme Award in Mesa

MESA — The Hopi High School Junior ROTC won the Best Theme Award trophy at the Mesa Veteran’s Parade Nov. 11.Portraying the theme of “Then and Now,” Hopi High cadets dressed in military attire from old uniforms to new and recent ones.

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Diné mobilize to prevent diabetes from 4 directions

CHINLE — More than 500 people took action to improve their health as they joined bikers, horseback riders, runners and walkers journeying into this community in the heart of the Navajo Nation on Nov. 18, during the “Second Annual Mobilizing to Prevent Diabetes from Four Directions” which was sponsored by the Navajo Special Diabetes Project.

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Kuwanvenga’s Arts Corner

Spotlight on Namoki

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Kuwan-venga, Somana Yaiva, an enrolled member of the Hopi Tribe from Hotevilla Chishi’diné Clan, is a textile artist and quilter with a background in oil and acrylic painting. Yaiva, comes from an artistic family including her late father, Steven Thayer of Wisconsin, a technical and creative writer as well as a noted public television producer. Her mother, Rosanda Suetopka, is a musician and wood artist. Kuwanvenga is Yaiva’s Badger-Butterfly Clan name meaning beautiful colors. She was named by her godmother, Sonwai, Verma Nequatewa of Hotevilla Village, who is a world-renowned goldsmith and the niece of the late Charles Loloma.

Wednesday, November 23

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Ivan Sidney elected as Hopi Tribal Chairman

Todd Honyaoma Sr. wins vice chair seat

KYKOTSMOVI -- Ivan Sidney wants to focus the next four years on elders, the youth and education. But Sidney sees open government and listening to all of the Hopi and Tewa people as key to the people's success.

Snowbowl trial ends

Could be January before judge decides if snowmaking desecrates Peaks

PRESCOTT -- The trial concerning expansion and snowmaking at the Arizona Snowbowl ski area ended last week, but it could be 2006 before the judge issues a decision on who won.

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Dine at World Summit on Information Society

Navajo Nation to sign historic MOU to open international internet office in Window Rock

TUNIS, Tunisia, Africa -- Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley, Jr., has arrived here to address the weeklong 2005 World Summit on the Information Society, an international information, communications and technology conference sponsored by the United Nations.

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A time to appreciate home community

St. Jude's Soup Kitchen feeds 165 in first 15 minutes of free dinner

Tuba City -- It's an annual community event, the St. Jude's Soup Kitchen Thanksgiving Day Dinner.

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Pinon High U.S. Army Junior ROTC establishes Mentorship Program

PINON -- At the beginning of the school year, the Pinon High School U.S. Army Junior ROTC Eagle Battalion staff began to discuss the actions the battalion should take on the terms of service learning projects.

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Fine crafts on exhibit through Dec. 17 in Flag

The sixth annual "It's Elemental Fine Craft Exhibition continues through Drc. 17 at Coconino Center for the Arts.

Quick Reads Nov. 23, 2005

Farm board meeting set

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Lady Warrior Brianna Little makes All-State

TC High Junior cross country runner places ninth in state

TUBA CITY -- Running since her freshman year, junior Brianna Little, a member of the Navajo Nation and daughter of Veronica and Martin Yazzie, came in ninth this year at the Arizona State Cross Country 3A finals.

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Hopi coaches optimistic about Bruin basketball--if improvements continue

Lady Bruins strong on defense

POLACCA -- Hopi High School kicked off its boys and girls basketball season with Meet the Bruins night Nov. 17 as they gave fans a chance to see the players in inter-team scrimmages.

Deloria merits being honored

(EDITOR'S NOTE: New Mexico Democratic Party Chairman, John Wertheim joins the Native American community and the nation in mourning the loss of Vine Deloria Jr. one of the most passionate and articulate voices of the Native American community)

No wastewater on sacred peaks

My name is Malcolm Dayzie, and I am 12 years old. My clans are Red House Clan, Born For Bitter Water. My maternal clan is Bitter Water; my paternal clan is the Reed People Clan. I am an eighth grader at Shonto Middle School in Shonto,.

Expresses thanks to voters

As an officer and a gentleman, I wish to congratulate Mr. Ivan Sydney for defeating Mr. Wayne Taylor by a landslide in the recent election for the office of Chairman of the Hopi Tribe. Clearly it is self-evident that the tribe was ready for a change in leadership. Now it remains to be seen if Mr. Sidney will provide the right leadership that the people are seeking. That remains to be seen in the months and years ahead.

Worried about Peaks

Hi, my name is Thaila Tsosie. I am 12-years-old. My clans are Tobaha (Edge water) born for the Kintichiini (Red House). I am a Navajo from Inscription House, Ariz. I am in the seventh grade at Shonto Preparatory School.

Opposes snowmaking

Hi. My name is Braunwyn Walsh. I am a student going to school at Shonto Preparatory School. My first two clans are To' dich ii nii and Irish. I am a seventh-grader and I'm 12 years old.

On the passing of Vine Deloria Jr.

Vine Deloria was a wonderfully gifted Lakota man who quite possibly saved Indian people from extinction. His writings advanced a strong positive argument that Indian people should assert their right not only to exist, but also to grow and thrive independently in a nation whose policy for Indians was paternalistic subjugation. Vine's work set forth the foundation for the development of a modern definition of sovereignty for Indian nations. "Custer Died for Your Sins" opened the nation's eyes to the wrongs it had wrought on Indian people.

Where does the Hopi Tribal Council stand on water use?

By Vernon Masayesva

Chairman Taylor needs to tell us his real position on the future of N-aquifer

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Hopi's ongoing struggle for land, air and water

In the coming months, the Hopi people of my village are facing drastic economic, climate and health challenges because of global warming and the approach of a long, cold winter. Our people are cut off from our own natural coal resources this winter. We don't know who will deliver the coal we once owned.

More than 80 entries participated in the 59th Annual Winslow Christmas Parade

There were more than 80 entries in the 59th Annual Winslow Christmas Parade Saturday. Hundreds of people lined both Second and Third Street to get a good look at the entries.

Taco Bell to reopen in Spring

Taco Bell is scheduled to reopen its Winslow store in March 2006, but there's a twist. It will no longer be just a Taco Bell, but will also include a Long John Silver's.

Zone approved, officials now looking at sources for funding

Superintendent Bob Mansell related during the Nov. 16 Winslow School District Governing Board meeting that the Bonnie Brennan off-street bus loading zone was approved by the city, and that there is a possibility of obtaining grant funding under a new federal law, "Safe Routes to School," which was passed by Congress.

Winslow to receive $8,000 in LTAF II funds

The Arizona Department of Transportation announced the award of $8,753.56 of Local Transportation Assistance Funds (LTAF II) to Winslow. A total of $97,592.88 was awarded to cities in Navajo County.

Hartman inducted into Winslow Rotary

Rotary International President Carl Wilhelm Stemhammar set goals for the over 33,000 Rotary clubs worldwide. One of those goals was for each club to increase its membership by one person for the year. The Rotary year began on July 1, 2005, and the Winslow Rotary Club has already exceeded Stemhammar's goal by one person. Polly Haessig, from the U.S. Forest Service, was Winslow's first new Rotarian for the year. Long-time Rotarian Pete Kretsedemas inducted her in July. Dave Hartman was inducted by Past President Dr. Greg Hackler at the November 16 Rotary meeting at the Falcon Restaurant. In attendance at that meeting were WHS students of the month for October Freshman Cassandra Jensen, Sophomore Michelle Thomas, Junior Felipe Quintana and Senior Kayla Hancock. Student Council chose these students for their excellent service to their school.

Hopi's elect Sidney as new chairman

When all was counted last week The Hopi Tribe had a new Chairman, as Ivan Sidney defeated incumbent Wayne Taylor Jr. 1,034 votes, or 64 percent, to 581 votes, or 36 percent.

Bulldogs move on to state finals

The Winslow Bulldogs stormed back from a 14-0 half-time deficit to defeat the Blue Ridge Yellowjackets 19-14 and earn a berth in the Arizona State 3A Conference Football Championship Game. Winslow improved its record to 12-1 with the victory while the Yellowjackets ended their season with an 11-2 mark. It was the fourth straight win for Winslow over Blue Ridge, a feat that it is unlikely any other team has managed to accomplish. The Bulldogs will meet the Coolidge Bears for the State Championship at 7:07 p.m. on Saturday at McClinton High School in Tempe.

It will be Bulldogs vs. Coolidge at state

The Winslow Bulldogs will meet the Coolidge Bears in the Arizona State 3A Conference Football Championship Game on Saturday at 7:07 p.m. at McClintock High School in Tempe. The Bulldogs earned their berth with a hard fought 19-14 come back victory over the defending champion Blue Ridge Yellowjackets at Mesa on Friday. Winslow takes a 12-1 record into the final game of the season.

As Sam Sees It

Winslow High School senior girls' basketball star Levyna Ben has signed a letter of intent to play at Northern Arizona University. Ben is a deadly three point shooter and has a quick first step that makes her a threat to drive to the basket. She has been a major reason for Coach Don Petranovich's last two Arizona State 3A Championships. In fact, Ben was the catalyst in the 2004 championship run and an important part in last year's demolishing of a good Seton Catholic team in the final game of the tournament.

Basketball teams open season against Roadrunners

The Winslow Bulldogs basketball teams opened their 2005-06 season last night (Tuesday) against the Holbrook Roadrunners in a non-conference encounter. The Bulldogs feature nine returning lettermen and four returning starters including one part time starter. They also have four players who have earned state or regional honors returning off a team that won 22 games and lost only five.


Martin Frederick Lucero

Holy Rosary for Freddie Lucero, 54, was recited Nov. 21 at Madre De Dios Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial was held Nov. 22 at Madre De Dios Catholic Church with Celebrant Father Frank Chacon. Interment followed at Desert View Cemetery.


John Thomas Curnutte

Funeral services for John Thomas (JT) Curnutte were held Nov. 12 at the First Baptist Church in Winslow. Pastor Fred Harris officiated. Interment followed at Desert View Cemetery.


Maxine Quahi

Funeral services for Maxine Quahi, 78, were held Nov. 19 at Greer's Mortuary Chapel. Interment followed at Desert View Cemetery.


John Harris Yazzie Jr.

Funeral services for John Harris Yazzie, Jr., 62, who passed away Nov. 11 at Winslow Campus of Care, were held Nov. 16 at the Kayenta Bible Church followed by interment at Flagstaff Citizen Cemetery.


Rev. Roy Nells Sr.

Funeral Services for Rev. Roy B. Nells, Sr., 75, were held Nov. 19 at Cedar Springs Church of the Nazarene, with Herman Nells officiating. Interment followed at Teesto.

Political cartoons are to increase public awareness

The purpose of a political cartoon is to cause readers to reflect and become more aware of issues facing the community. From a few reactions we have received since running the cartoon featuring Mayor Jim Boles last week, we know you are reading Page 4 ‹ our opinion page. If last week's cartoon was offensive to you, we apologize.

Poem written by girl caught in tangle shows truth of Methamphetamine usage

I must say this is worth reading and any of us that have been around people on the terrible drug methamphetamine know it is the truth. If each one of us can stop one person from even trying it with this poem, we have accomplished something good.

Tuesday, November 22

Wednesday, November 16

Bruins set national record with 16th cross country championship

PHOENIX -- Hopi High School boys cross country team set a national record by winning its 16th straight state championship.

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Hopi candidates tackle issues

Kykotsmovi forum draws 125

Kykotsmovi forum draws 125

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Adapting to environment through cultural teaching

TC District's Eagles Nest Intermediate students learn from the ground up

KYKOTSMOVI -- What better way to teach effectively while embracing traditional culture in celebration of Tuba City Unified School District Dual Language Week, than to take students directly to a traditional Hopi cornfield?

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Sharing her artistic legacy at MNA

Joella Jean Mahoney offers free sessions to art educators, teachers and students

FLAGSTAFF -- Joella Jean Mahoney, who has spent the last 50 years painting scenes from the Colorado Plateau, wants to share her artistic legacy much in the way Museum of Northern Arizona co-founder Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton did.

Quick Reads November16, 2005

Thanks but no thanks

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Ganado girls take 2nd straight AZ cross country championship

PHOENIX -- Ganado High School won the girls cross country state championship for the second straight year as the Lady Hornets packed its top five into the top 30 at Cave Creek Golf Course in north Phoenix.

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3A North schools dominate closest ever cross country championship race

PHOENIX -- Never in 50 years of Arizona High School State Cross Country Championships, regardless of division, have three teams finished as close as Hopi, Tuba City and Ganado High Schools finished at the 2005 3A Conference State Cross Country Championships. Just five points separated the three teams at the top, but five points were enough for Hopi to capture its fifth straight 3A State Championship trophy (on top of 11 straight 1A/2A championships prior to moving up to 3A in 2001.)

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TC High Cross Country Warriors take first place at Holbrook Invitational

Native running tradition still strong

"It was a thrilling season" according to Head Cross Country Coach John Goatcher, who oversees the running team at Tuba City High School along with his assistant coach, Cedric Dawavendewa and former Princeton University running legend, Carl Perry.

How wrong can you get?

In a recent Arizona Republic Op-ed piece, our former chairman, Vernon Masayesva celebrates the possible demise of the Mohave Generating Station, suggesting the dawning of a new era for the Hopi and Navajo people. He confidently asserts that the tribes will replace lost jobs, revenues and other benefits from Mohave with new renewable resources and other energy technologies.

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We welcome your contribution

Cross Country for 3 A North competitors ended dramatically last weekend with the Hopi Bruins snagging their 16th consecutive State Championship--a national record according to Stan Bindell's story on page 1.

Medicare's New Prescription-Drug Benefit: Open for Business

On Nov. 15, America's seniors started enrolling in the new, voluntary Medicare prescription drug program, which will begin dispensing its first medicine at the start of next year.

Native Americans have valid stance on snowmaking proposed for Snowbowl

Protesters toting placards and signs have been a noticeable sight in downtown Prescott since early October. What's amazing is that their presence -- or, more likely, their message -- has puzzled a lot of people.

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A Statement on Native American veterans

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX (Nov. 2) -- We are here today to highlight the needs of Native American veterans. Native American soldiers have served the country honorably but their voices go unheard. All Native American veterans have stories that need telling but few people take the time to listen. We need to sit down and hear what these brave men and women have to say..

Tooke named to NATIVE Governing Board

TUBA CITY -- On Nov. 2, Superintendent of Coconino County Board of Education Cecelia Owens appointed Shannon Tooke, a member of the Navajo-Irish nations and a Tuba City native, to serve a remaining term of two months to the Governing Board of the 2005-06 Northeast Arizona Technological Institute of Vocational Education (NATIVE) School District.

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AARP Home Repair Project ends season

Sets record for number of new volunteers and homes repaired

PHOENIX --With winter approaching, volunteers with AARP Arizona's Home Modification Project traveled to several villages on the Navajo Nation and Hopi Reservation in September and October to repair roofs, doors and windows on homes of Native American elders. About 35 volunteers participated in the work which also included the building of several handicap ramps for disabled seniors.

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Annual Walk with the Warriors event in D.C.

WASHINGTON -- As a breeze rolled over the hollowed grounds of Arlington Cemetery, a group of native veterans and others gathered on Nov. 7 to recognize the sacrifices made by Native Americans in the defense of freedom while serving in the armed forces.

Hopi Tribe to acquire CenturyTel Arizona operations

Tribe will upgrade, expand service

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Ford Foundation gives Hopi Foundation Leadership for a Changing World Award

17 communities recognized for outstanding leadership in U.S.

NEW YORK -- On Oct. 6, the Ford Foundation announced the 2005 winners of the Leadership for a Changing World awards , are individuals and leadership teams tackling some of the nation's most entrenched social, economic and environmental challenges. A national selection committee chose the 17 awardees from a pool of nearly 1,000 nominations

National American Indian Housing Council congratulates Joe Garcia as NCAI President

WASHINGTON--On Nov. 8, the National American Indian Housing Council congratulated Joe Garcia, who last week was elected President of the National Congress of American Indians at the 62nd Annual Convention in Tulsa, Okla. Garcia is currently serving his second term as Governor of Ohkay Owingeh (formerly the San Juan Pueblo of New Mexico), and prior to this election he was serving his second term as NCAI's First Vice President.

It's 2005 & you're still not sure what to eat

You wake up cold and the dogs are barking and it is time to get out of bed. Another day... another day of eating. You are still struggling with what is good to eat.

TC Health Promotion Disease Prevention Program Turkey Trot

TUBA CITY -- The Tuba City Regional Health Care Corps Health Promotion Disease Prevention Program (HPDP) hosted it's 2nd annual Turkey Trot on Nov. 5. A beautiful fall morning turned out 84 participants in the 3K Fun Walk and 5K Run. Nine turkeys went to the top finishers in three categories.

Tuba City Regional Health Care Corp names new Chief Executive Officer

TUBA CITY -- Joseph Engelken has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of the Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation (TCRHCC). He assumed the position on Oct. 31.

Training to teach diabetes terminology in the Dine language

WINDOW ROCK -- A 20 hour training (2.5 days) is being offered by the Navajo Special Diabetes Project, Navajo Division of Health for all health care workers, on and off the Navajo Nation, who are responsible for translating, interpreting, and explaining diabetes medical terminology to Navajo patients and their family members.

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Second, Third Street Corridor Study Meeting draws big crowd, lots of information given

The Winslow City Council Chambers was packed Nov. 9, as citizens gathered to express their opinions and ask questions on the Second and Third Street Corridor Study compiled by Woodson Engineering and Surveying of Flagstaff.

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Affeldt wins recall, will be sworn in as new mayor Nov. 22

Winslow has a new mayor after last Tuesday's recall election.

EPA looking at using UST removal program as example

During the administrator reports of the Winslow City Council, City Administrator Jim Ferguson noted that he had a good meeting with officials from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He said they have been watching the Arizona Underground Storage Tank Removal Program on Historic Route 66, and are interested in using it as a model program.

Special development overlay to be removed from city's zoning maps

The Winslow City Council approved by resolution removing the special development overlay and description from the city's zoning maps during its Nov. 8.

Dates and polling places announced for Winslow primary, general elections

Although by mail ballot only, the city's primary election will be held on March 14 and the general on May 16, as the Winslow City Council designated them Nov. 8. The office of mayor and three councilmembers will be up for election.

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Bonnie Brennan Elementary bus-loading zone approved

Parents of students at Bonnie Brennan Elementary School will no longer have to worry about bus safety, as the Winslow School District Governing Board approved the engineering design for the bus loading zone.

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Bulldogs down Safford in second round

The Winslow Bulldogs advanced to the semi-finals of the Arizona State 3A Conference Football Championship Playoffs with a 21-14 win over the Safford Bulldogs in Mesa on last Thursday. The win sent Winslow into a semi-finals match up with the top rated Blue Ridge Yellowjackets on Friday. Winslow improved its record to 11-1 for the season and Safford saw its season end with a 12-4 record.

Bulldogs to face Yellowjackets in state semi-finals

There probably has never been a football team that had a chance to do what the Winslow Bulldogs hope to accomplish on Friday at Mesa Community College. The Bulldogs will be going after their fourth win in a row over the Blue Ridge Yellowjackets in Friday's semi-final game of the Arizona State 3A Conference Championship Playoffs. The Bulldogs own three wins over the Yellowjackets, two coming in post season action. Winslow defeated Blue Ridge in the regular season in 2002 and again in the playoffs that year, then won a playoff game from the Yellowjackets in 2003. The teams did not play in 2004. The Blue Ridge football program under Coach Paul Moro has enjoyed such success that four losses in a four year period is almost a rarity.

As Sam Sees It

Congratulations to the Winslow School Board and administration for their decision to name the "new" gymnasium after Coach Don Petranovich.

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Levyna Ben signs with NAU

Winslow High School senior Levyna Ben signed a letter of intent to play basketball for Northern Arizona University on Wednesday. Ben and her parents Levi and Emma Ben were present to sign for the scholarship. Also present was Winslow High School girls' basketball coach and athletic director Don Petranovich, assistant coach Becky Barris and WHS Principal Doug Watson.

Bulldog's Basketball Schedules

The Winslow Bulldogs boys' basketball team will open its regular season at home on Tuesday, Nov. 22, against the Holbrook Roadrunners. Home games follow the girls' varsity games with an estimated tip-off of 7:30 p.m. Freshman games are slated for 6 p.m. with junior varsity games set for 4:30 p.m. starts.

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John Thomas Curnutte

Funeral services for John Thomas (JT) Curnutte were held Nov. 12 at the First Baptist Church in Winslow. Pastor Fred Harris officiated. Interment followed at Desert View Cemetery.


Brenda Sue Saucedo

Holy Rosary for Brenda Sue Saucedo, 52, was recited Nov. 14 at Madre De Dios Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial was held Nov. 15 with Father Frank Chacon as the celebrant. Interment followed at Desert View Cemetery.


Connie Singer

Funeral services for Connie Singer, 38, of Birdsprings and Flagstaff, who passed away Nov. 4, were held Nov. 10 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Winslow. Interment followed in Birdsprings.

Shandiin, Auntie, Vanna and the Wheel of Fortune

Guest Storytelligng from WIHCC Diabetes Program

Shandiin was frowning, and she didn't enjoy frowning. It hurt her to frown for very long, and after a while all the muscles in her forehead would tie themselves in a knot and give her a big headache.

Navajo County Sheriffs 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.

Thursday, November 10

Senate reauthorizes Dine College

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate voted to reauthorize Dine College for the next four years.

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Flags at half-staff for R.C. Gorman

President calls Mr. Gorman the ‘Picasso of the Southwest, child of the Navajo Nation’

WINDOW ROCK,— On Nov. 6, Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr., ordered Navajo Nation flags to be flown at half-staff in honor and remembrance of renowned Navajo artist R.C. Gorman, 74, of Taos, N.M.Mr. Gorman passed away peacefully on Thursday in Albuquerque after having been hospitalized with a bacterial blood infection.

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YAIVA at Red Ribbon week in TC

Hopi-Navajo hip hop artist, Gabriel Yaiva at TC Junior High

TUBA CITY — Red Ribbon Week is celebrated nationally recognizing that substance abuse along with its negative and often dangerous lifestyle must be addressed daily with positive, proactive prevention methods to keep students safe and moving towards a productive, sensitive and drug free future.

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Dzil Libei School’s Parent Institute

Parent, community involvement a must for successful education

CAMERON — Educating and encouraging children to move towards higher goals, greater academic achievement and positive, productive self awareness is the priority at Tuba City District. However, administrators and teaching staff recognize that this is made all the better if parents and student communities are right behind that primary focus.So education and awareness projects are also offered for parents and community members at each of the TC District’s seven schools, most recently the “Dzil Libei Elementary School” located in Cameron.

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Hopi Jr. High selects students of the month

POLACCA — Hopi Junior High School honored four students of the month for September and four students of the month for October.The September winners were Darick Melvin, Tonita Garcia, Charles Jenkins and Jenna Lamson. The October winners were Brett Honanie, Jonathan Quavehema, Amanda Onsae and Mariah Nahsonhoya.

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Taylor & Sidney vie for Hopi Chairman seat

KYKOTSMOVI -- Ivan Sidney went from dark horse to frontrunner by winning the most amount of votes in the primary election for Hopi Chairman Nov. 2.

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Navajos take bus to Prescott trial on Snowbowl

PRESCOTT -- Navajo tribal members turned out in droves Nov. 2 for the resumption of a federal court trial in Prescott about the Snowbowl Ski Area.

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Native youth explain their stand against snowmaking

FLAGSTAFF -- A new group has added its voice to the many organizations and tribes hoping for a win in federal court against artificial snowmaking.

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'Tsinnaabaas Ha'bitiin' School's award winning architectural design

Schneider, Shay, Pian and Worcester Architects noted by AIA 2005 for design work

GAP -- The community of Gap used to be barely more than a trading post, a small gas station and a chapter house with tiny homes scattered sparsely around the make-shift portable classroom school for its primary level student population.

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'It's Elemental Fine Crafts Exhibit' returns

FLAGSTAFF -- It's time to welcome the sixth annual "It's Elemental Fine Craft Exhibition" to Coconino Center for the Arts.

Quick Reads Nov. 9, 2005

Hopi High takes state

3A North Volleyball 2005

Honorable Mention Team

Bemoans Bush administration

Another huge disappointment from the Bush Administration. Following the Miers fiasco and the CIA indictment of Mr. Libby, he had a golden opportunity to nominate a minority or woman conservative with a moderate record of rulings in her background, similar to Justice O'Connor.

Thanks voters for their support

Loloma, I want to thank you, the Hopi voters for supporting me in this Primary Election. I am, from the bottom of my heart, very thankful for your vote. If it weren't for you, my Hopi Senom, I wouldn't have passed this first hurdle.

Seeks donations for son's trip

Hello. Some of you know me. For those of you who don't, I'm D. Dakota Denetsosie.

Giving real meaning to this Veterans Day

Honoring our past soldiers requires that we ask our future ones not to sacrifice their values, but to uphold them

Veterans Day arouses three emotions in most Americans: solemnity, because it celebrates the veterans who have defended our great country; sadness, because so many have lost their lives in the process; and pride, because they have fought so well.

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Now we have the chance to take control of our resources

Contrary to the gloomy reporting by Mark Shaffer ("Power plant shutdown bringing gloom to northern Arizona," Arizona Republic, Oct. 30) regarding the adverse economic impacts of Mohave Generating Station's imminent closure, many Hopis see it as an unprecedented opportunity to cut our umbilical cord to Peabody Energy and take control of our resources.

Obscene oil profits demand solution

Remember how it felt to pay $3.10 for a gallon of gas?

Wednesday, November 9

LCRD honors Helen Butler for long standing commitment to the democratic party

By Christyl Buckles

P&Z Commission approves permit for day care facility

After an hour in executive session and over two hours of testimony in a public hearing, the Winslow Planning and Zoning Commission voted to approve a conditional use permit for the Tiny Tots Day Care Center at 221 East Lee St. The controversial measure passed four votes to two with one commissioner recusing herself.

New juvenile probation head appointed

With an increased case load and a new division coming soon, Navajo County Superior Court Presiding Judge Dale Nielson decided to add the position of Juvenile Probation Director to the probation department. Arno Hall, who has been with the department for 20 years, was selected to fill the position.

Black resigns from NAVIT governing board

Dr. David Black, the Winslow School District representative on the Northern Arizona Vocational Institute of Technology (NAVIT) governing board, has submitted his resignation to Navajo County Superintendent of Schools Alicia "AJ" Brown, effective Oct. 28.

Anderson, Conatser nominated for Wendy's Award

Winslow High School seniors Nick Anderson and Briana Conatser were honored with nominations for the Wendy's High School Heisman Award.

Three area businesses are busted for selling alcohol to bootleggers

An investigation by the Department of Liquor has revealed that three Arizona Liquor Licensees knowingly allowed alcohol to be purchased from their store that was intended to be resold for a profit ("bootlegging") on a dry Native American Reservation. 

Bulldogs to face Bulldogs in next round

It will be a dogfight at Mesa Community College on Thursday when the Winslow Bulldogs, top seed from the 3A North Region, meets the Safford Bulldogs, second seed from the 3A South Region. Winslow defeated Sedona Red Rock 42-19 in their opening round game. Safford survived a 15-14 thriller over Payson in their opening round game.

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Yazzie takes first in cross country meet

Winslow High School cross country star Janeen Yazzie finished as the medalist in the girls' 3A North Region meet held on Oct. 29 at Ganado. Yazzie finished well ahead of the next closest runner with a time of 18:56.94. Tiffany Sorrell of Window Rock was second with a time of 19:14.69. The next three runners were all from team champion Ganado. They were Marilyn Curley, Alandria Reid and Tierra Blacksheep. Ganado had five runners place in the top 10 finishers.

As Sam Sees It

The 1964-65 Winslow High School reunion was a great deal of fun for me, almost as much as it was for Coach Emil Nasser and people like Mike Madeo, Mike and Sean Sullivan, Johnny Hysong and others who made it so enjoyable for the rest of us.

3A North Final Review

The 3A North Region teams went into the final week of the regular season with defending champion Winslow (10-1) were the only 3A North team to advance in the Arizona State 3A Conference Football Championship Tournament.


Peter Nez

Funeral services for Peter D. Nez, 63, were held Nov. 4 at First Baptist Church in Holbrook. Interment followed in Holbrook City Cemetery.

A Brief History of Veteran's Day

This weekend people from all over the country will celebrate Veteran's Day. Although many celebrate it, several don't understand its true meaning, or the history of how it came to be. Following is a brief history of Veterans' Day, which was formerly known as Armistice Day, which can be found on the Department of Veterans Affairs website at

Navajo County Sheriffs 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.

Friday, November 4

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‘Only the Brave’— Shawn Michael Perry

FLAGSTAFF — Shawn Michael Perry was at Hastings Oct. 22 singing his heart out with selections from his new CD “Only the Brave.”

Trick and treat in Leupp

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TC High students attend Native American writer-artist workshop

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The Holbrook Cross Country Invitational on Oct. 21 matched up four of the top high school harrier squads in northern Arizona for the second week in a row. Held on the fast course at Holbrook Golf Club, the race was the final tune-up before the regional and state championship meets the following two weeks.

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Ganado girls, Tuba City boys take 3A North regional championships

POLACCA—The Ganado High School girls’ cross-country team packed five runners into the top ten to repeat as the 3A North regional champs Saturday.

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Hopi Jr/Sr High Parents Advisory Committee addresses a new problem

KYKOTSMOVI—Hopi Jr/Sr High School’s Parents Advisory Committee (PAC) and administration agreed to have an expert come in to give a presentation on bullying and then follow it up with a workshop.

Thursday, November 3

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Tuba City High Cross Country Warriors take first place at Holbrook Invitational

Native running tradition still strong

“It was a thrilling season,” according to Head Cross Country Coach John Goatcher, who oversees the stellar running team at Tuba City High School along with his assistant coach, Cedric Dawavendewa and former Princeton University running legend, Carl Perry.The latest coup for Tuba City Cross Country Warriors came at the Holbrook Invitational on Oct. 21, held at the Hidden Cove Golf Course.

Shonto to vote on form of governance

SHONTO--On Oct. 2 the Shonto community kicked off a drive to turn out voters for the first special election to restructure local government for an LGA-certified chapter. There will be only one question on the Nov. 8 ballot: "Shall the Council of Nat'aa/Atsilasdai be adopted as the Shonto Chapter form of governance?"

Wednesday, November 2

Final Candidate Q&A Questions

Much must be done to beautify Winslow. How would you address the problem of the many dilapidated buildings and vacant lots in our city?

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City met with Kohler officials

At the beginning of his report to the Winslow City Council during its Oct. 25 meeting, City Administrator Jim Ferguson said he had three items to discuss that were all closely related.

Council briefed on WMH finances

Winslow Memorial Hospital CEO Jeff Hamblin appeared before the Winslow City Council last week with some very good news, the hospital is in stable financial condition, and continues to be on the mend.

City finances are looking good

"Overall, the first quarter of 2005/06 appears to be right on target," said City of Winslow Finance Director Regina Reffner. "The City has expended 18 percent of its budgeted expenditures while 40 percent of estimated revenues have been received."

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Miss Native Winslow crowned

Victoria "Sweetie" Cody, a senior at Winslow High School is the Miss Native Winslow 2005. She was crowned during the Native American Days Oct. 21.

LeGate appointed museum director

Ruth LeGate has been selected by the Winslow Historical Society to be the director of the Old Trails Museum, after filling in as interim director for the past two months. Ruth has made Winslow her home for over thirty years. After a period of retirement Ruth found that she missed interacting with people and began volunteering at the museum.

Bulldogs will play Sedona Scorpions in first round

The Winslow Bulldogs will face the Sedona Red Rock Scorpions at 7 p.m. on Friday in a first round Arizona State 3A Conference play-off game. The Bulldogs won the 3A North Region with a 47-8 win over Window Rock in their last outing and finished the regular season with a 9-1 record and a perfect 6-0 mark in the region. Red Rock ended its season as the fourth place team in the 3A West Region, losing to a tough Wickenburg eleven 17-13 in their final contest. The Scorpions finished 4-5 for the season and 3-3 in the region.

Bulldogs defeat Window Rock Scouts, 47-8

The Winslow Bulldogs football team defeated the Window Rock Scouts 47-8 in Winslow on Friday to clinch the 3A North Region championship and secure a first round home game in the Arizona State 3A Conference Playoffs. The Bulldogs finished their season with a 9-1 record and were undefeated at 6-0 in the region. Window Rock suffered only its second regional loss and finished third in the region with a 4-2 record. The Scouts were 6-3 for the season.

3A North Final Review

The 3A North Region teams went into the final week of the regular season with defending champion Winslow (9-1, 6-0) clinchimg the regional title by defeating the Window Rock Scouts (6-3, 4-2) 47-8 at Winslow in the regular season finale. The Bulldogs will host a play-off game against the fourth place team from the 3A West Region on Friday. The Scouts finished third in the region and will meet the second place team from the 3A West on the road on Friday.

As Sam Sees It

An email came in last week from Mike Madeo, one of the finest athletes ever to graduate from Winslow High School. Madeo was a stalwart on both offense and defense on Winslow's undefeated Arizona State Champion football team in 1964 and a key member of the basketball team that finished second in the state. He was also a top notch track athlete and a rare combination of sprinter, shot put and discus performer. In addition, Madeo participated in drama and was a vocalist in the WHS chorus.

Sixth grade to participate in WML wrestling

During the Oct.. 19 Winslow School District Governing Board meeting, the board approved sixth grade students to participate in the White Mountain League wrestling program.


Mae Begay

Funeral services for Mae Begay, 79, were held Oct. 28 at the Wesleyan Din Church. Rev. Ben Yazzie officiated. Burial followed on a family plot in Low Mountain.

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Hope you had a safe Halloween, from us zombies at the Mail

With Halloween over, it's back to work for most adults. Halloween offers adults a chance to dress up and act like creatures other than ourselves.

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.