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Tuesday, August 31

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Annual Santa Fe Indian Market honors Native artistry

SANTA FE, N.M. - Santa Fe's Indian Market is the annual world class, globally renowned American Indian art market that can jump start a new world career of serious art recognition for Native artists who win the coveted Best of Show award.

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Hopi Chairman continues to serve the Hopi people

KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. - Hopi Tribal Chairman LeRoy Shingoitewa would like the Hopi people to know that he is busy getting the tribal government functioning as it should. One of the most urgent issues is the Snowbowl project where he will make a statement on the Hopi Tribe's position on snowmaking plans. He says he will make a statement on practitioner concerns and "by resolution of the tribe will make sure he stands up for Hopi beliefs of several people."

Greyhills Academy starts school year

TUBA CITY, Ariz. - In the last two weeks, Greyhills Academy High School has been bustling with activity to bring in the school year. On Aug. 5-6, the staff went through an orientation to get prepared for the school year. Some of the more notable events were the speeches made by the staff such as Athletic Director Toney Begay, who has been with the school since it opened almost 40 years ago. He is due to retire at the end of the year.

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Propane truck rolls over near Moenkopi

LOWER MOENKOPI, Ariz. - At approximately 1 a.m. on Aug. 25, a semi truck carrying propane was heading west when it rolled over while approaching the bridge across Moenkopi Wash. According to a Department of Public Safety investigator, the Tuba City emergency crews were able to extract the male driver from the wreckage. He was taken to the Tuba City Hospital for treatment.

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Multi-cultural student group visits Hopi Reservation

POLACCA, Ariz. - Up With People highlighted a visit to the Hopi Reservation with a performance Aug. 26 as they mixed cultural tunes with American songs. Performing with 85 people from 17 countries, the group brought a high energy positive message about the need for people to reach out across cultures.

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Buffalo Park provides locals a nearby nature fix

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Every great city has a well known park. New York City has Central Park, which has been filmed in an incredible amount of movies. Phoenix has the Maricopa County Park system, which is the largest in the U.S. and South Mountain is the biggest of those parks.

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Native musicians highlight Native Roots, Rhythm Festival

SANTA FE, N.M. - Where else can you get first class Native music showmanship, comedy, dance performances, spoken word poetry and the chance to shake your booty on the dance floor for four fun-filled nights? Where else, but at the Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino.

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Navajo Parks welcomes new manager

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - With the Navajo Nation close to entering into a joint-partnership with the National Parks Service to maintain and manage Canyon de Chelly, Navajo Parks and Recreation has hired on a new park manager to take on the task of operating one of the Navajo people's most sacred sites.

Uranium exposure in Navajo mothers, infants studied

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), a division of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, has announced an agreement with the University of New Mexico (UNM) Health Sciences Center for a three-year study on pregnancy outcomes and child development in relation to uranium exposure among Navajo mothers and infants living on the Navajo Nation.

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Winslow Summer Nights ends with grand finale

Singing popular show songs from 7-9 p.m. on Aug. 27 were Kelci White and Rodney Dean. Their performance was a fitting end to 2010's Winslow Summer Nights. White and Dean are accomplished singers, dancers and actors, having performed various musicals.

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PT's Rockin Route 66 Motorcycle Rally

WINSLOW, Ariz. - The first annual PT's Motorcycle Rally was held in Winslow during the weekend of Aug. 27-28. There was plenty of music, a bike contest, a bike show and barbecue lunch and dinner. The events were held at PT's Bar located at 1500 E. Third St. Other events included a motorcycle parade through downtown Winslow and cruises to the Painted Desert and other local sites.

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Rotary International DG visits Winslow Rotary Club

WINSLOW, Ariz. - Rotary International District Governor Glenn Smith made his official club assembly visit to the Rotary Club of Winslow last Wednesday. Smith spoke of Rotary International President Ray Klingensmith, whose theme for the entire Rotary world this year is "Building Communities-Bridging Continents."

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Nina Hutchinson Smith

Nina Hutchison Smith, 89, of Albuquerque, N.M., passed away, Wednesday, Aug 25, 2010. She was born Aug. 20, 1921 in Durant, Miss. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard Butler Smith, Th.D. She is survived by her children, Peggy Collins (Don), Carol Ambrose (Roy), Richard Smith (Patti), Wayne Smith (Jannan) and Warren Smith; niece, Bobbie Horn; nephew, Redmond Hutchison; and 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

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Dr. Scott Franklin

Our father, grandfather and husband, Dr. Scott Franklin, 90, of Flagstaff passed from this life on Friday, Aug. 6, 2010 at Flagstaff Medical Center. He was laid to rest on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010. His maternal clan is the Towering House Clan and his paternal clan is the Salt Clan. He was a respected minister to the Navajo people for many years.

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Glorianna Jenkins

Glorianna Marie Jenkins, 24, of Kykotsmovi, was called home to heaven on Friday, Aug. 6, 2010. She was born on May 30, 1986 in Glendale. She was a great mother, daughter, sister, niece and friend. She loved to laugh, bake and cook, listen to music and loved her sons dearly. Glorianna will always be with us wherever we are.

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Talayumptewa's CO2 concerns rebutted

1. The Hopi Tribal Council's Action Item 034-2010 and its official resolution rescinded H-007-2009 revoking all actions of "an illegal interim government (Hopi Council)" and "an illegal Presiding Officer (Phillip Quochtewa) of such Council," including the revocation of the WESTCARB/Hopi Tribe C02 Capture Sequestration (CCS) Project Proposal (dated Aug. 6, 2009) and its supportive tribal resolutions submitted to the U.S. Department of Energy.

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3A North teams start with non-regional openers

The 3A North Region football teams played a full schedule of non-regional games on Friday and won four of seven contests and were surprisingly competitive in one of the three losses. Friday will see mostly non-regional games again with the exception of Tuba City at Winslow for the first regional game of the season.

Round Valley beats Winslow in season opener, 33-27

EAGAR, Ariz. - The Round Valley Elks edged the Winslow Bulldogs 33-27 at Eagar on Friday in the season opener for both teams. The game was much closer than expected and was not decided until the final buzzer. The Bulldogs were surprisingly strong considering that they were playing without their star quarterback and corner back Kraig Shirley, who suffered a broken collar bone in the controlled scrimmage with Show Low.

Native Movement sponsors Hopi Paatuwaqatsi Run

POLACCA, Ariz. - Water has always big a major issue of concern for Hopi people. With all the recent controversy over the Snowbowl artificial snowmaking issue, water has taken on an even higher importance for Native tribes. The Seventh Annual "Water is Life" run is set to take place on Sept. 11 on the Hopi Reservation.

61st Coconino County Fair promises fun for all

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Memories of a lifetime await you at the Coconino County Fair Home this Labor Day Weekend at Coconino County Ft. Tuthill Fairgrounds, three miles south of Flagstaff off Interstate 17 at Exit 337. Start off the holiday weekend with country star sensation Eric Dodge on Friday. Catch rock and roll icon Edgar Winter and Whiskey Rodeo on Saturday.

Monday, August 30

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Suspect in Utah deputy shooting apprehended

Scott Curley being held on first degree murder charges

Friday, August 27

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Kane County Deputy killed during foot pursuit

Native American suspect still at large

Thursday, August 26

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Primaries yield few surprises in Coconino, Navajo counties

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Despite a lower than anticipated voter turnout, voters across Arizona went to the polls on Tuesday to vote for their respective candidates. According to unofficial results, just over 24 percent (16,216) of registered voters in Coconino County showed up at the polls, well under the estimated 35-40 percent predicted by Coconino County Recorder Candace Owens. In Navajo County, there were 15,423 voters (about 26.4 percent) who showed up at the polls. Statewide, there was an estimated 25.5 percent voter turnout.

Tuesday, August 24

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Taos elder to receive 'Spirit of the Heard' award

PHOENIX, Ariz. - Tony Reyna of Taos Pueblo was chosen as this year's recipient of the Seventh Annual Spirit of the Heard Award. Each year, the museum's board of trustees honors an individual who has demonstrated personal excellence either individually or as a community leader. The Spirit of the Heard Award reinforces the mission of the museum, which is to educate the public about the heritage and living arts and cultures of Native peoples.

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McHood Park: An oasis on the prairie

WINSLOW, Ariz. - Five miles southeast of Winslow on Route 99 is Clear Creek Reservoir and McHood Park. This popular watering hole is surrounded by stunning rock walls to the west and green marshes to the east. The reservoir holds abundant water year-round and invites boaters to explore the magnificent canyon winding west.

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Discover Hyundai dealership opens in Flagstaff

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - A new car dealership is open now at the old Flagstaff Honda location on Route 66, across from the Radisson Hotel. Discover Hyundai of Flagstaff, a family-owned business with locations in Scottsdale, and a combined 30 years experience was approached by Hyundai after Diamond Hyundai closed its doors last year.

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Griffith Springs: a floral feast for the senses

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Those who want to find a lot of colorful flowers in a short distance should head to Griffith Springs because about a dozen type of wildflowers are out right now. It would be a botanist's dream. Yellow monkeyflower, purple thistle, yellow star flowers and firecracker penstemon are just some of the highlights.

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Local store deals in authentic, antique Native arts

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Jonathan Day's Indian Arts and Antiquities located in Flagstaff is one of a few businesses in Flagstaff that specializes in antique Native American art. Located at 21 N. San Francisco St., the store has been open for approximately seven years.

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Flagstaff youth wins tobacco prevention advertising contest

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Last month, the Coconino County Health Department (CCHD) Native Life Youth Coalition attended the 2010 Tobacco Youth Premiere Event held at Northern Arizona University. The Native Life Youth Coalition is part of the CCHD Tobacco Use Prevention Program and works to educate and bring awareness about tobacco and alcohol abuse among youth and Native Americans.

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New NNDOT Complex one step closer to reality

TSE BONITO, N.M. - On Aug. 10, the Transportation and Community Development Committee (TCDC) participated in the traditional Navajo groundbreaking blessing ceremony for an $18.3 million Navajo Division of Transportation Complex in Tse Bonito.

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Ta'ala Hooghan InfoShop: a center for Native youth

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Ta'ala Hooghan InfoShop and Youth Media Arts Center located at 1700 N. Second St. is an action-packed center for Native American youth and activists. One of the youth services provided is the Outta Your Backpack Media (OYBM) program, which allows Native youth to develop and produce their own films projects.

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NAU Art Museum opens print exhibition

The NAU Art Museum will open the fifth biennial National Print Exhibition on Tuesday, Aug. 24 to run through Saturday, Sept. 25. There will be a reception on Thursday, Sept. 2, from 5-7 p.m. at the museum.

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Severe weather wreaks havoc across the Navajo Nation

Navajo residents across Arizona, New Mexico affected by impact of heavy rains, flooding

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Hotevilla store continues serving community members

Community-owned store still in business after 15 years despite 2006 fire

HOTEVILLA, Ariz. - Michael Hunter, manager of the Hotevilla Community Store, wants the Hopi community to know that the store is continually being upgraded to meet the needs of the community. One of the upgrades made was to the gas pumps, which now offer mid grade as well as premium grade and diesel.

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Acclaimed Navajo artist donates mural to Williams

Unique collaboration by youth, artists on 'Sacred Hunt'

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Much like a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly, one wall at the east end of downtown Williams was transformed from plain brick to the host of a vibrant multi-colored mural. The mural, started July 3, is the work of Flagstaff-based Navajo artist Shonto Begay in collaboration with Cy Wagoner. Begay said the idea for a mural on the west wall of Native America came from Williams Mayor John Moore.

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Ice Age man, animals in Arizona

A lecture by archaeologist Miles Gilbert was held last Thursday evening in the historic Winslow Hubbell Trading Post. His one-hour lecture and slide show described Ice Age man and animals in Arizona. He also brought animal skull fossils. According to Gilbert, man was hunting in Arizona about 10,000 to 20,000 years ago when the climate was different.

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Letter: Hopi Water, Energy Team member clarifies CO2 concerns

Regarding the article Hopi Council approves carbon capture storage project article published on July 27, 2010, we would like to make the following corrections:

Long-awaited northern Arizona shooting range site acquired

PHOENIX, Ariz. - The Arizona Game and Fish Commission finalized the purchase of the 160-acre Foster Ranch property in Coconino County for the future site of the Northern Arizona Shooting Range (NASR). "This is a historic moment for a project that has spanned nearly 15 years," said Commission Chair Jennifer Martin. "After evaluating nearly 50 properties, Foster Ranch was the best choice that meets our objectives for a public shooting range in the Flagstaff area."

Navajo election board supervisors table ballot language

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - The Navajo Board of Election Supervisors voted to table a resolution approving the ballot language for a referendum on the election of judges and justices and other amendments to the Navajo Nation Code concerning the Judicial Branch until there is funding for public education.

IGR Committee votes to override Shirley veto

Overturn of Western Navajo Decentralization Project veto, council term limits approved

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - The Intergovernmental Relations Committee (IGR) passed several resolutions last Monday, including a resolution to override Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley's veto of the proposed Western Navajo Agency Decentralization Pilot Project.

Kayenta Chapter awarded LGA certification

KAYENTA, Ariz. - On Aug. 6, the Kayenta Chapter became the 12th Local Governance Act (LGA) Certified Chapter of the Navajo Nation. The chapter now has the authority to exercise local governance using the Five Management System Policies and Procedures, which means that the chapter will control its own accounting, procurement, record keeping, personnel, and property management.

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Plans for two new Navajo casinos go forward

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr., Controller Mark Grant and Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise (NNGE) CEO Robert Winter signed documents last Thursday for a $5.3 million loan to build two new casinos in Tse Daa K'aan (Hogback), N.M. and Chinle, Ariz. About $3.3 million will go toward the development of the Tse' Daa K'aan casino, which is expected to open in October. The remaining $2 million will fund the Chinle casino, which is expected to open by year's end. The loan is considered to be the first of five for projected casino developments. Other sites for casinos include Upper Fruitland, N.M., Twin Arrows, Ariz., and Pinto Road along Interstate 40 between Sanders and Holbrook.

Wednesday, August 18

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Fowler hosts appreciation cookout

TUBA CITY, Ariz. - On August 5, Coconino County District 5 Supervisor Lena Fowler hosted a BBQ in appreciation for the many volunteers that contributed to the Fourth of July festivities. Many people and their families attended to enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs and music by DJ EFX.

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'Natural highs' at Cedar Breaks National Monument

CEDAR CITY, Utah - Cedar Breaks National Monument is literally one of the high points in Utah with Point Supreme topping out at 10,350 feet. This majestic landmark offers trails, flowers and a great view. Panguitch Lake, Navajo Lake, Duck Pond and Duck Creek offer a lot of recreational opportunities with less of the crowds.

Hopi Day School promotes community involvement

KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. - The Hopi Day school has found creative ways to bring parents together each month by hosting a shin dig to allow parents to get together. The idea was developed after low attendance at parent meetings so staff and Principal Thomas came up with the idea to hold a monthly shin dig to get parents to come to the school and be more involved.

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Hopi Tribe continues to recover from flooding

Final cost estimates from disaster relief efforts total over $300,000

POLACCA, Ariz. - It has been just over two weeks since the Hopi Tribe formally declared a state of emergency for residents of First Mesa because of excessive flooding caused by torrential rains in residential, farming and graveyard areas in the Polacca area.

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Arizona visitors come for more than the tourist scene

FOREST LAKE, Ariz. - Millions of tourists visit Arizona each year, but they aren't all here just to see the Grand Canyon or Lake Powell. Some come on a personal odyssey, seeking something more than a vacation. Some come to answer a higher call.

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Winslow-Lindbergh Airport restored

WINSLOW, Ariz. - The current operator of the Winslow airport is Wiseman Aviation based in Flagstaff. As the co-owner and CEO, Orville Wiseman has restored the terminal to pristine condition. In fact, it probably looks better than it did over 80 years ago. Wiseman even went so far as to reconstruct the low stucco wall beyond the veranda.

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Winslow quilter interviewed for Library of Congress

Winslow quilter Eloise De Spain was interviewed on Aug. 9 at her studio on Warren Street. The interview was conducted and taped by quilt historians Lenna De Marco and Anne Hodgkins, Ed.D.

Moenkopi Development Corporation on track

UPPER MOENKOPI, Ariz. - The Moenkopi Development Corporation (MDC) is still going strong. Board member LeRoy Sakiestewa stated that the hotel and truck stop project is still on track despite the recent resignation of Chief Executive Officer Daniel Honahnie.

Gallup, N.M. mayor signs race relations agreement

ST. MICHAELS, Ariz.-The mayor of Gallup, N.M. has signed a new government to government initiative to address human rights violations against Navajo citizens. Gallup Mayor Harry Mendoza signed the MOA last Thursday after the Gallup City Council unanimously approved the MOA 5-0 the previous evening.

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Tuba City hospital parking limited due to construction

Free shuttle service for patients, visitors

TUBA CITY, Ariz. - There have been many changes to parking for patients, visitors and staff at the Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation (TCRHCC) campus. This is due to construction of the Modular Medical Office Building (MMOB) and General Service Building which are expected to continue through the winter.

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Editorial: It's all about respect

Just about everybody knows the song by Aretha Franklin that spelled out one powerful word that much of today's generation seems to have forgotten all about: RESPECT. After hearing about the Tuba City Fire House recently being set on fire by an individual from the Tuba City community - who also happened to be a former volunteer - I can't help but wonder whether or not this person was ever taught the meaning of respect.

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Kelty appointed as new FUSD superintendent

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - In a special meeting held last Wednesday evening, the Coconino County Board of Supervisors appointed Robert Kelty as Superintendent of Schools, effective August 17. Kelty will replace retiring Superintendent Cecilia Owen and will serve the remainder of her term, which ends Dec. 31, 2012.

Tuba City networking meeting scheduled

TUBA CITY, Ariz. - Coconino County District 5 Supervisor Lena Fowler will host the next Tuba City networking meeting on Monday, Aug. 30 at St. Jude's Parish Hall from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. DST. The purpose of the meeting is to improve communication and collaboration among all organizations and concerned individuals in the community.

Resolution to end veto authority of budgetary appropriations fails

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - In a vote of 1 in favor and 5 opposed, the Government Services Committee recently denied passage of a resolution that would have clarified the authorities of the Speaker of the Navajo Nation Council and Navajo Nation President, including the president's veto authority.

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Tuba City fire house damaged by arson

Former volunteer arrested, awaiting court

Former volunteer arrested, awaiting court

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Navajo Nation urges Flagstaff Council to disapprove Snowbowl water contract

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - During the Flagstaff City Council's special meeting on Monday, Aug. 30, the Navajo Nation will once again stand in opposition to expansion efforts of the Arizona Snowbowl ski resort. A proposal currently sits before the City Council that, if passed, would allow Flagstaff to sell potable water to the ski resort for snowmaking. "By asking the Navajo Nation if we prefer potable or effluent water is essentially asking us if we are willing to negotiate our identity as Navajos. It is like asking us to turn our back on a family member. As such, this is a matter that we cannot negotiate," Council Delegate Thomas Walker defiantly stated.

Hopi group asks for chairman's resignation

KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. - Jack Harding Jr. and about 40 supporters of the "Hopi Silent Majority" group marched for a second time to the Hopi tribal chambers on Aug. 9 to deliver a second letter to Hopi Chairman Leroy Shingoitewa regarding their concerns outlined in their first protest last month.

Wednesday, August 11

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Burrito Burger open in Flagstaff

Foods of New Mexico highlight effort of local entrepreneur

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Burrito Burger, a new drive-up lunch spot that specializes in a delicious combination of the American classic merged with Southwestern flare, opened Aug. 9 at 1924 Arrowhead just off of Route 66. Burrito Burger will be open Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will also offer catering services.

Free admission at all Flagstaff national monuments

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - In celebration of America's great outdoors, Flagstaff's national monuments will be joining national parks and wildlife refuges around the country in offering free admission to the Monuments this weekend on August 14 and 15.

Tuesday, August 10

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Veterinarians visit the Navajo reservation

TUBA CITY, Ariz, - Veterinarians from Raleigh, N.C. recently came to the Navajo reservation to vaccinate pets and provide treatment to livestock. The Christian Veterinary Mission, sponsored by the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, has been coming to the reservation for eight years. This is Dr. Paige Wages' eighth trip to the reservation.

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Education: Elliot K. Bryant

Elliot K. Bryant, the son of Elsie T. Bryant of Cottonwood, Ariz. and the late Harry Lee Bryant of Shonto, Ariz. will graduate with a master's degree in secondary education with emphasis in middle school mathematics on Aug. 14.

'Move It, Lock it, or Lose It'

Flagstaff has long enjoyed the reputation and feel of a small town community. We all love this lifestyle and the relative safety and security of our community. At times, however, many of us forget or overlook the threat of crime in our community or the possibility of becoming a crime victim ...

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3A North Region football teams to start Aug. 27

All seven teams in the 3A North Region will take the field on Aug. 27 for their opening day games, all of which are against non-regional opponents.

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Hopi Lavayi Institute works to revitalize Hopi language

KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. - On July 30, the Hopi Lavayi Institute concluded its yearly program. This year's program included Hopi language classes for ages K-8 and young adults along with teacher training. Under the direction of Dr. Sheila Nicholas from the University of Arizona, children and young adults were immersed in the Hopi language during the classes for four weeks.

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Historians display, discuss antique quilts

In Winslow's restored Hubble building on the evening of Aug. 8, antique quilts were displayed and interpreted by Lenna De Marco and Anne Hodgkins. They are nationally recognized quilt historians from the Phoenix area.

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Lahry Sibley does country, gospel in Winslow

The evening of Friday, Aug. 6 brought another evening of entertainment, all part of the "Winslow Summer Nights" series of concerts in downtown Winslow. Lahry Sibley provided two hours of country and gospel music with his dynamic singing.

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Little Colorado River Democrats 'meet & greet'

A informal meet and greet was held in the historic La Posada Hotel Ballroom on Saturday, Aug. 7. to honor and introduce local, county and state wide Democrats. Registration to support candidates was available and short talks by candidates and current public officials was held after 6:30 p.m.

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Arizona poised to gain from energy efficiency

Recently, the Arizona Corporation Commission unanimously approved an energy efficiency standard for the utilities they regulate. When the standard is certified by the Attorney General, Arizona's electric utilities, such as Arizona Public Service (APS) and Tucson Electric Power (TEP) will have to provide a cumulative annual energy savings of 22 percent by 2020.

Navajo Council monitoring weather conditions

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - The Office of the Speaker and Navajo Nation Council remain cautious as recent monsoon rains have caused flooding, muddy conditions and power outages in various communities across the Navajo Nation. On Aug. 4, the Commission of Emergency Management declared a state of emergency for the Navajo Nation.

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Woods Canyon Lake - a haven for recreationists

WOODS CANYON LAKE, Ariz. - Higher elevation, cooler temperatures, clouds and rain can be the elements of a good hike during the summer to cool folks off. Woods Canyon Lake, located on the far western edge of the Mogollon Rim offers all of that.

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'Secrets' revealed at Antelope Canyon

PAGE, Ariz. - In Sam Littleman's backyard lays the greatest secrets and stories of the universe. Just ask him. He was born and raised within the canyons, learned the stories of the canyons ... He is the canyons.

Navajo candidates to vie for 24-delegate Council

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - Unofficial results from the 2010 Navajo Nation Primary Election held last Tuesday indicates that 48 Council delegate candidates - 34 incumbents and 14 political newcomers - have advanced to the 2010 Navajo Nation General Election on Nov. 2 for a seat in the 22nd Navajo Nation Council.

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Inter-tribal COALition holds informational forum at Hopi

Snowmaking, CO2 storage issues discussed

Aug. 13 is final day to request early ballot

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Coconino County Elections Office would like to remind registered voters that the last day to request a mailed early ballot for the Aug. 24 Primary Election is Friday, Aug. 13.

Turquoise Ranch considered for residential development

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - Last week, the Navajo Hopi Land Commission passed a resolution for the investigation and consideration of converting parcels of land at Turquoise Ranch, located west of Winslow, into trust status for the benefit of Navajo relocatees. The commission passed the resolution with a 7-0 vote.

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Navajo women, artists honored at Navajo Festival

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The 61st Annual Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture presented by the Museum of Northern Arizona this past weekend offered a lively picture of a vibrant, living people. Collectors saw exemplary examples of Navajo jewelry, folk art, pottery, fine art, sculpture, textile and baskets, and performances. The rooms and hallways were packed on Aug. 7, despite the day-long rain. This year, two outstanding films were presented, both honoring Navajo women-"In the Footsteps of Yellow Woman," and "Hearing Radmilla."

Thursday, August 5

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Navajo Nation declares state of emergency

Heavy rains, tornadoes prompt evacuations

Wednesday, August 4

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A Winslow institution: Joe's Glass and Lock

WINSLOW, Ariz. - Joe Chacon retired five years ago, but his old shop - now owned by Joe's son Mike, and his wife Elana - still retains his name. Located at 624 West Second Street, Joe's Glass and Lock does automotive glass, plate/plexi-glass, keys, locks, screens and mirrors. Beginning in 1976, Joe began his full-time business as Joe's Glass and Lock and worked until his retirement in 2005.

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Graffiti removal begins on Western Navajo and Hopi

TUBA CITY and MOENKOPI, Ariz. - The Western Navajo-Hopi Meth Task Force recently launched its summer program to attack graffiti in Navajo and Hopi communities throughout the western district. On July 9, the Task Force, which included a number of local families and members of the Tuba City Boys and Girls Club, hit numerous graffiti locations in Tuba City and did the same thing in Moenkopi Village on July 10.

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Winslow Rotary strategic planning

At Winslow Rotary's last July meeting, Jim Ferguson led a planning session, shaping a number of projects for this fiscal year. Some of the ideas discussed were 1) A much expanded Fourth of July celebration to include kids events, marching bands and barbeque; 2) An East End Route 66, 9-11 Memorial Park; 3) Continuing fund raisers for Winslow scholarships.

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Hopi Rangers host fishing derby

PASTURE CANYON, Ariz. - On July 25, the Hopi Rangers under the direction of Roderick Holmes held their Seventh Annual Fishing Derby for Navajo and Hopi youth. Over 80 kids participated however not all them stayed until the end.

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Title V status awarded to Title I contractors

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - The 21st Navajo Nation Council passed legislation on July 21, authorizing Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation, Inc., Utah Navajo Health Systems, Inc. and Winslow Indian Health Care Center, Inc., to participate in Title V Self-Governance.

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Beautifully bizarre vehicles

Winslow resident Rodney Rucker brought out several unique vehicles to display on July 30 for "Winslow's Summer Nights" on Kinsley Avenue. Among them was a motorized stagecoach, a 16-foot tall motorized shopping cart able to carry eight people and last, but not least was the Monster Car, a huge yellow coupe that fit no category at all.

Kayenta Intermediate School makes AYP

KAYENTA, Ariz. - Kayenta Intermediate School (KIS) Grades 3-5 have made the "No Child Left Behind" status of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for two straight years. This amazing academic achievement is due to the hard work by the staff at KIS, as well as the students and parents.

Tuesday, August 3

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Hopi Day School 'a model school' for Hopi language

KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. - The Hopi Day school has always been a center of the community in Kykotsmovi. According to Principal John Thomas, it is a community school for the people. Thomas has been teaching in the BIA system for more than 20 years from White Mountain to Moencopi Day School. He has a strong feeling about community involvement and feels that Hopi Day School is a "community school open to activities."

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Carbon capture and storage: fact or fiction?

I guess the saying is true. Actions do speak louder than words. Or at least in the case of the Hopi Tribe, it is. Following the Hopi Tribal Council's recent approval of a controversial project that gives the go-ahead to explore and evaluate geologic characteristics of the Black Mesa Basin for potential underground storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) in an experimental method known as carbon capture sequestration (CCS), it would be simply ludicrous to assume that the Hopi Sinom - or the Navajo Nation, for that matter - would quietly acquiesce to such a deal.

Hopi Board of Education discusses language program

KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. - On July 27 the Hopi Board of Education met for its monthly meeting. One of the items on the agenda was the Hopi Lavayi program, which is set up to help preserve the Hopi language.

Greyhills Academy board meets to discuss challenges

TUBA CITY, Ariz. - On July 16-17 the Greyhills School board held their summer retreat in Las Vegas, Nev. to discuss issues concerning the schools before the school year started. It has been a challenging past year for Greyhills with the reorganization of the staff and resignation of two board members.

Term sheets for Fire Rock, Upper Fruitland and Twin Arrows casinos modified

WINDOW ROCK Ariz. - On July 26, the Budget and Finance Committee passed several pieces of legislation sponsored by Honorable Hoskie Kee (Littlewater/Baca-Prewitt/Casamero Lake) that modified term sheets for the Fire Rock Navajo Casino, Upper Fruitland Casino and Twin Arrows Casino and Resort.

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Snowbowl project endorsed by city water commission

Commission narrowly approves recommendation of water usage for artificial snowmaking

City council to consider, render final decision

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Flooding in Polacca prompts emergency declaration

Water and sewer systems crippled

POLACCA, Ariz. - The western portion of the Hopi Reservation is under a state of emergency as declared by the Hopi Tribe and the Navajo County Board of Supervisors after torrential rains closed roads and damaged water and sewer lines. It is being reported that residents could be without water and sewage service for up to two weeks in some areas of Polacca and that full services may take up to two months to be restored. Residents who wish to report any damages or concerns are urged to call the Incident Command Post at (928) 737-0077.