Stories for October 2018


Tuesday, October 30

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Around the Rez: week of Oct. 31

Upcoming news and events on and around the Hopi and Navajo reservations.

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Cameron celebration honors sacredness of horses

The Cameron Chapter Celebration took place Oct. 27.

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Navajo Gaming goes to auction in support of Navajo 4-H kids

Gaming purchases 4-H animals, $200,000 to Navajo fair

Navajo 4-H kids are having a better harvest season this year because the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise is buying their prize sheep and steers at Navajo Nation 4-H auctions.

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Photo highlights: Halloween costume parade in Winslow

A pre-Halloween costume parade is held by the city of Winslow at the Winslow Visitor Center Oct. 25.

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Winslow hires new city manager

The Winslow City Council met Oct. 23 and approved a contract naming John Cameron Barkley of Virginia as the new city manager.

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Winslow Bulldogs head to state playoffs

The Winslow Bulldogs learned Oct. 27 that they will play in the Arizona State 3A Conference Football Tournament Nov. 2.

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Snowflake Lobos hand Winslow Bulldogs late loss, 23-0

The Snowflake Lobos defeated the Winslow Bulldogs 24-0 in Winslow Oct. 26 in Winslow.

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Screenings to continue after director for early cancer screening program resigns

Aleema Jones, who educated the Hopi community about cancer awareness, resigned as program coordinator of the Hopi Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program effective Nov. 1.

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Activists call for stop to Native American costumes they say sexualize indigenous people

Amanda Blackhorse, grasping burning sage in one hand and a bullhorn in the other, prepared to protest at a costume company’s Phoenix headquarters.

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Navajo Generating Station: Likely closure of coal-fired power plant bringing change to reservations

Just south of Page, three smokestacks pierce the horizon like a pitchfork.

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Hopis have made their mark in the world of running, author says

To be Hopi is to run. “That’s who we are and that’s what we do,” says Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert.

Begaye mourns passing of former delegate

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye extends his condolences to the family and friends of Ervin Keeswood, a former delegate representing the Tse Daa Kan (Hogback) Chapter on the Navajo Nation Council, who died Saturday night.

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‘Legislative Kitty’ on board with new animal ordinances and microchip campaign

The Navajo Nation Animal Control Program will be launching a public awareness campaign with the Legislative Branch’s “Furball,” a domesticated feline who provides pest control for the Office of the Speaker and will now be the “spokes-kitty” of the program’s initiative to educate the Navajo public on the newly implemented animal ordinances and microchip campaign.

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Begaye asks Arizona legislators to prioritize Navajo roads

In front of an audience of Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) officials and state lawmakers, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye lobbied for funding policies that prioritize roads on tribal lands Oct. 24.

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Navajo Nation president endorses former leader over his VP

Russell Begaye beat Joe Shirley Jr. to become president of the Navajo Nation. Begaye, now the outgoing president, is endorsing Shirley to succeed him.

Wednesday, October 24

Injured hiker rescued from Mount Elden Trail in Flagstaff

Coconino County Sheriff’s Office responded to Mount Elden Trail and Sunset Trail in Flagstaff Oct. 21 after receiving a report of an injured hiker incapable of extricating herself.

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Oct. 26 last day to request early ballot by mail for Nov. 6 general election

Coconino County Elections Office reminds registered voters that the last day to request an early ballot to be mailed to you for the Nov. 6 General Election is Oct. 26.

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Halloween decorations may attract wildlife

Homeowners, businesses asked to help keep wildlife wild

AZGFD reminds area residents to be aware that Halloween pumpkins and other fall decorations, such as gourds or squash, can attract wildlife when displayed outdoors.

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Candlelight vigil helps shed light on domestic violence in Winslow

The city of Winslow and Alice’s Place Violence Shelter provided a forum on the problem of domestic violence in Winslow Oct. 18.

Tuesday, October 23

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Winslow city manager meet and greet

Winslow's four city manager candidates attend a meet and greet Oct. 11 at the Winslow Visitor Center.

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Winslow's annual fly-in a big hit with free flights from Flagstaff Slugs Flying Club

Winslow’s annual fly-in took place at the Winlsow-Lindberg Airport Oct. 13.

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Winslow Bulldogs eke out win, 20-17, against Payson Longhorns; 6-3 for season

The Winslow Bulldogs defeated the Payson Longhorns 20-17 in Payson Oct. 19.

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Impacts of domestic violence on children is serious; positive change is necessary

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness of an issue that affects every community, and a time to commit to doing something to help support and heal victims—especially the youngest victims.

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Niagara Rockbridge crowned Miss Indian Arizona 2018-2019

President Russell Begaye met and congratulated Niagara Rockbridge, a member of the Navajo Nation Youth Advisory Council (NNYAC) who was recently crowned Miss Indian Arizona 2018-2019 Oct. 13.

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Holbrook September Students of the Month

Holbrook High School congratulated its September Students of the Month.

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Around the Rez: week of Oct. 24

Upcoming events in Flagstaff and on the Navajo and Hopi reservations.

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Arizona Meteorite Man history explained

Ken Zoll of Verde Valley Archaeology Center explains meteorite science history during an Arizona Highlights which is presented by Old Trails Museum in Winslow.

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Tobacco prevention program talks dangers of smoking and vaping to Hopi students

POLACCA, Ariz. — Stewart Dukepoo, director of the Hopi Tobacco and Education Prevention Program, admits he tried smoking when he was a kid.

WIHCC parenting classes have been cancelled

The free Winslow Indian Health Care Clinic parenting classes to be held from October to March at Leupp School, Inc. have been cancelled until further notice.

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Arizona man’s Native jewelry worth $100K taken in New Mexico

An Arizona artist says his handmade Native American jewelry worth $100,000 was stolen while visiting New Mexico.

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National Native American Hall of Fame names first 12 historic inductees

Honorees include Native Astronaut John Herrington, activist LaDonna Harris, Olympian Billy Mills, Eloise Cobell and soldier Lori Piestewa

In an evening filled with emotion, laughter and occasionally tears, 12 Native people known for their distinction in athletics, activism, education, art and even reaching the stars were honored during the inaugural National Native American Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Appeals court sides with North Dakota in voter ID dispute

A three-judge panel of 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stayed an injunction that would have required the state to accept forms of identification and supporting documents that included a “current mailing address,” such as a post office box, as opposed to requiring a “current residential street address.”

Council grants Kayenta Township Commission authority to pursue economic opportunities

Legislation sponsor Council Delegate Otto Tso is requesting the Navajo Nation Council’s support to allow the township to pursue new economic opportunities to bring revenue and jobs for local community members.

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Navajo Nation opposes actions of National Park Service threatening sovereignty of Nation

On the last day of the 2018 Fall Council Session, the Navajo Nation Council considered emergency legislation, to oppose actions of the National Park Service within the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

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Navajo Nation election dates and locations

Important dates to remember regarding when and where to vote for the upcoming election.

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Down to the wire: Presidential hopefuls Jonathan Nez and Joe Shirley Jr. face off as election closes in

Navajo Nation presidential candidates Jonathan Nez and Joe Shirley Jr. attended a forum at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Oct. 18 in Phoenix.

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Tornado touches down near Two Guns

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning at 2:10 p.m. Oct. 21 for a stretch of interstate along I-40 just east of Two Guns.

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Incentive plan for better teacher pay approved by Hopi High Governing Board

Hopi High Principal Lynn Fredericks presented the incentive plan for teachers to the school board during the monthly Governing Board meeting Oct. 10.

EPA Awards $429,000 to Diné College for abandoned uranium mine studies

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced in September $429,467 grant award to Diné College to study potential impacts of abandoned uranium mines on livestock in the Cove area of northeastern Arizona.

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Grand Canyon chief being investigated, will be reassigned

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The superintendent at the Grand Canyon will be reassigned amid a federal investigation into undisclosed allegations, the National Park Service said Tuesday, marking the latest upheaval at one of the country's most popular national parks.

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Texas judge rules against Indian Child Welfare Act

The Indian Childhood Welfare Act was dealt a substantial blow Oct. 5 when a U.S. Federal Judge in the Northern District of Texas ruled the landmark legislation unconstitutional.

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Red Ribbon Week teaches students about drug and alcohol prevention

Red Ribbon Week takes place Oct. 23-31 at Hopi High School, other locations on the Hopi Reservation and throughout the U.S.

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Strike against sovereignty? Sen. Warren asserts Native American ancestry via DNA

Senator Elizabeth Warren now claims to have documentation to back up her distant ‘Native heritage’ thanks to an analysis report by Carlos Bustamante, a professor of genetics at Stanford and adviser to the DNA companies, Ancestry and 23andMe.

Tuesday, October 16

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Northern Arizona country gets rain, snow

Snowplows were clearing highways in high country in northern and eastern Arizona Oct. 16 as a winter weather advisory remained in effect through noon for elevations over 6,500 feet (1,981 meters).

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Pivot: Skateboard Deck Art exhibit opens at the Museum of Northern Arizona

The Pivot: Skateboard Deck Art show opened at the Museum of Northern Arizona Oct. 13.

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PBS series: Native America premiers Oct. 23

Four-part PBS series shows Native America's past is alive in the traditions of Native people today

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Native America, a new four-part series from Providence Pictures, premieres Tuesday evenings from Oct. 23 – Nov. 13, at 9 p.m. 10 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS. Hotevilla Village will have a special screening Oct. 20.

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Photo highlights: PT’s Bar hosts 2018 Ink Fest in Winslow

Inkfest, put on annually by Laura Parsons and PT’s Bar in Winslow kicked off Oct. 13.

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Winslow’s Coffee with a Cop

Thirty-five people showed up for Winslow Police Department’s Coffee with a Cop Oct. 3.

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Winslow Bulldogs, 5-3, other regional teams, fight for playoffs

The Winslow Bulldogs are 5-3, and like most of the region, they are looking for a playoff berth.

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Community information: it's flu season, time to get vaccinated

Warm days, cool nights, yellow and gold leaves, black-eyed susan yellow flowers and the flu.

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Around the Rez: week of Oct. 17

Upcoming news and events on and around the Hopi and Navajo reservations.

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Sacred Native Fashion Show wows crowd from the runway

The Sacred Native Fashion Show celebrated a successful 10th anniversary runway at the Explore Navajo Museum in Tuba City.

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Museum of Northern Arizona offers free admission to NAU students

Grand Canyon visitors receive 20 percent discount

Starting this fall, all full-time Northern Arizona University students can visit the Museum of Northern Arizona just by showing their student id — Grand Canyon visitors will receive a 20 percent discount, too.

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Filling big shoes: Navajo Hopi Honor Riders seek new vice president

Navajo Hopi Honor Riders (NHHR) Board of Directors will need to fill some big shoes.

Shooting at Canyon de Chelly under investigation

The investigation continues for an assault on a federal officer Oct. 5, at Canyon de Chelly National Monument.

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Art and music students refine their skills at Hopi High coffee house Oct. 17

Hopi High music, art, culinary arts and English students will display their skills during a coffee house from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 17 in the school’s cafeteria.

Trial under way in long-running northern Arizona water case

A trial over water rights is underway in one of the longest-running court cases in Arizona history.

Human remains found,identified on Highway 89 near Navajo Nation boundary

Coconino County Sheriff’s Office is investigating human remains found in the area west of Highway 89 north, just south of the Navajo Nation boundary.

Navajo official conviced on forgery charges

A former official with the Navajo Nation’s Dilkon Chapter has been found guilty of forgery.

Thursday, October 11

Area residents invited to screen new short documentary film, TEACHING IN ARIZONA

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – On Oct. 17, LAUNCH Flagstaff, along with Expect More Arizona and Tucson Values Teachers, will present a public screening of the new documentary short film, TEACHING IN ARIZONA.

Tuesday, October 9

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Just Cruis’n Car Show features classic cars Oct. 6

The Just Cruis’n Car Show kicked off Oct. 6 in Winslow with 190 cars registered as of 9 p.m. with the possibility of 100 more.

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Winslow Bulldogs defeat Holbrook Roadrunners 50-0, leaving team with playoff dreams

The Winslow Bulldogs defeated the Holbrook Roadrunners 50-0 Oct. 5 in Winslow. The win improved Winslow’s record to 5-3 and dropped Holbrook’s record to 1-5.

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Around the Rez: week of October 10

News and events on the Hopi and Navajo reservations and surrounding communities.

WHICC basketball clinics cancelled

Free basketball clinics hosted by Winslow Indian Health Care Center at Whitecone MP Building Oct. 9-10 and Tolani Lake Gym Oct. 11-12 have been cancelled.

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Navajo Tech land grant workshops seek to restore gardening on rez

Navajo Technical University (NTU) began offering free gardening workshops in July to increase the knowledge base on the Navajo Nation about healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound methods.

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Hopi Teen Show calls attention to breast and cervical cancer detection program

Those dealing with cancer say the results are clear that those who want to survive must have early detection and they urge people to get early cancer screenings.

Navajo court rules in favor of Shirley

Former two-term Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. can continue his run for the tribe’s top elected office.

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U.S. 89 reopens after wash out

Traffic restored in both directions following fatality and damage caused by heavy rains

The Arizona Department of Transportation reopened US 89 between Cameron and US 160 on the Navajo Nation Oct. 5, two days after the road was closed because of the road collapsing after heavy rains during the night Oct. 3.

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Supreme Court upholds mining ban near Grand Canyon

Havasupai Tribe relieved and grateful for court's decision after years of litigation

In a major victory for environmental groups and the Havasupai Tribe, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rebuffed a bid by mining interests to overturn a 20-year ban on extracting uranium from about a million acres around Grand Canyon National Park.

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Hopi junior ROTC to post colors at Smithsonian in Washington D.C.

Hopi High School’s junior Reserve Officer Training Corps’ (ROTC) color guard has been chosen to post the colors at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian during its Native American Festival Nov. 17-18 in Washington D.C.

Thursday, October 4

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U.S. 89 near Cameron closed due to wash-out

A woman was killed following a wash-out of U.S. 89 near Cameron, Arizona the evening of Oct. 3.

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Flooding closes US 89 near Cameron

US 89 is closed roughly midway between Flagstaff and Page because heavy rains damaged a section of the highway.

Wednesday, October 3

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Photo highlights: Show Low Lady Cougars defeat Winslow Lady Bulldogs, 3-2

The Show Low Lady Cougars volleyball team defeated the Winslow Lady Bulldogs, 3-2 Sept. 25.

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Show Low Cougars defeat Winslow Bulldogs

The Show Low Cougars defeated the Winslow Bulldogs 35-18 Sept. 28 in Show Low’s homecoming game.

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Guest column: Hopi Tribe calls for federal government to explore options for NGS

In the wake of news that Middle River Power has decided not to pursue ownership of the Navajo Generating Station (NGS), Hopi Tribe officials called for the federal government to explore other options to avoid an economic crisis at Hopi.

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Editorial: Navajo-Hopi Observer editor wins awards

There are many good things about the Navajo -Hopi Observer but one of the best things about our paper is our staff.

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Around the Rez: week of Oct. 3

Upcoming news and events around the Hopi and Navajo reservations

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Navajo artisan brings craft to the South Rim

Anyone who has taken a hike through red rock country can attest to the importance of tough, comfortable footwear. Hiking boots of every make and model abound, but sometimes nothing can beat a good, old-fashioned pair of moccasins.

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Skateboard Deck Art hits Flagstaff

Duane Koyawena and Landis Bahe say this moment that Native Americans are in right now is a pivitol one - the mesh between cultural and modern society

Pivot: Skateboard Deck Art is a multicultural art exhibition with artists from different cities, upbringings and cultural traditions throwing down a marker of where artists of their generation are today, in this moment.

Winslow City Council: October Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The Winslow City Council met Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. and after roll call went into executive session for discussion and direction to counsel regarding the Little Colorado River adjudication.

Federal judge dismisses Navajo's lawsuit against Wells Fargo

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that alleged Wells Fargo engaged in predatory and unlawful banking practices with members of the Navajo Nation.

Navajo Technical University gets $1M for new workforce training center

More than $1 million is being awarded to Navajo Technical University to build a training center to help displaced workers from the energy sector develop new skills.

Navajo committee reviews establishment of Navajo energy office

On Sept. 26, the Resources and Development Committee received a report from Navajo Nation Division of Natural Resources executive director Bitah Becker, regarding a proposal to establish the Office of Energy Resources and Development.

Tuesday, October 2

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Grand Canyon Brewery partners to produce Conservation Kolsch beer

Trout Unlimited, the Arizona Wildlife Federation and Grand Canyon Brewery teamed up to roll out Conservation Kolsch Sept. 28 in Williams.

Navajo Nation vice president to continue presidential bid

A Navajo Nation official has determined that the tribe’s current vice president is still eligible to continue running for tribal presidency despite leaving out a 2002 misdemeanor conviction out of his candidate application.

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Historic move creates new schools, deans at Dine College

Diné College officially created four new schools and new deans as of Fall 2017 and with the start of a new full semester this year, officials are lauding the move.

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Native K-9 officer, Jared Shupla, shares journey with Hopi High students

Jared Shupla, one of the eight Native American K-9 officers in America, recently spoke to a Hopi High AVID and Hopi Junior High radio class about his work.

Will Smith's bungee jump: the latest stunt near Grand Canyon

At the end of the 1991 movie “Thelma & Louise,” the two leading ladies — fugitives cornered by authorities in the Grand Canyon — decide against surrendering and instead drive off a cliff.

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Hopi golfer Taylor Harvey featured on Golf Channel at Pebble Beach

Hopi golfer, Taylor Harvey, was selected to compete in the Pure Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee at Pebble Beach Sept. 24-30.

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Walnut Canyon National Monument offers guided hikes to First Fort archaeological site

Walnut Canyon National Monument will offer a guided hike to First Fort October 8.