Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Wed, Feb. 24

July to December<br>Year in Review: Winslow Mail headlines 2000<br>


Ray Sands resigned as chief of police in Winslow.

The Waste Management contract was signed, then found to need further negotiation.

Quadry Holland and James Kilburg carried the flag at the fourth of July parade. The successful fundraising by the Winslow Firefighters Association produced Winslow's fireworks spectacular later that night.

The summer music program had over 100 participants and a concert at Bonnie Brennan.

The WUSD Governing Board adopted its budget for 2000-2001 with encouragement about additional money for school repairs and remodeling from Students First state funds.

Miss Navajo County, Jerusha Rubi, Winslow High School class of 2000, was one of the finalists in the Miss Arizona contest in Phoenix.


A second fire season began, as the monsoons barely arrived at all. Bombers were stretched all over the west as fires raged from Arizona and New Mexico to the Canadian border

Big Brothers - Big Sisters held the first annual "Jammin' in the Park" with Blackfire as their lead group.

Winslow Weed and Seed met with an assistant U.S. attorney from Phoenix and worked on writing its goals.

Closed lunch for Winslow Junior High School was discussed and tabled at WUSD Governing Board meetings.

Margaret Garduno Rubi celebrated her 100th birthday at a Mass dedicated for her.

The City Library received $19,000 for the Bill Gates Foundation for computer equipment.

School board candidates for Winslow were: Jay Decker, Terry DuBoise, Royce Greer, Roger Graybeal and Daniel Oplinger.

Native 6 Air Service helicopter left Winslow for Flagstaff.

School opened, with registration down somewhat in Kindergarten.

Arizona Clean and Beautiful staff visited Winslow as the city looked at a top priority: clean-up

Jim Woodward of the Woodward Architectural Group met with the Friends of the Library Downtown Redevelopment Committee to work on their project to rehabilitate the P and H Building, which was once a Babbitts Brothers store.

The University of Arizona School of Architecture Tejido Group came to Winslow to work on a master plan for downtown redevelopment


Winslow Memorial hospital reported that without city sales tax revenue they would be in deficit.

McHood Park had a grand reopening with boat rides and visitors impressed with the opportunities for family outdoor fun.

September weekend events included: West's Best Pow Wow, the West's Best Rodeo and Women's Rodeo, Heritage Day weekend, and a grand finale with the Standin' on the Corner Park's 2nd annual weekend, an All-Class Reunion for Winslow High School, the Winslow High School Homecoming complete with parade, game, bands playing night and day and the First Annual Hopi Homolovi Rodeo. It was all a spectacular success for the sponsors including the Winslow Jaycees, the Recreation Department and the Standin' on the Corner Park Committee.

Randy Bombardier arrived to be the Economic Development and Community Services director for the city.

Standin' on the Corner Park Committee won the governor's Award for economic excellence.

The Kretsedemas brothers were named parade marshals for the 54th annual Christmas Parade.

In the primary elections J.R. De Spain won the District III Supervisor's seat and Manny Hernandez won the County Treasurer's spot.

The city council approved the purchase of a Thermal Imager after the Firefighter's Association raised over $4000.


Just Cruis'n Car Show held its annual competition on the grounds of La Posada. The new Turquoise Room Restaurant at La Posada opened to the public.

Winslow Memorial Hospital reported serious nursing shortages. This was part of a national shortage.

The question of how to handle solid waste disposal became a bi-weekly event at city council. The contract with Waste Management was still under negotiation and public sentiment was picking up against the idea of individual household rolling 96 gallon containers that would be placed on the street not the alley.

The sale on city streets of foods prepared at home came under question from the Navajo County Department of Public Health.

Don McDaniel resigned as city administrator to take a position with the Baptist Children's Foundation.

Sentencing and reconciliation statements were both part of Oct. 18 in Navajo County Superior Court for Winslow hazing case defendants and victims. After this only one student's case remained unresolved.

The Tejido Group draft plans for downtown redevelopment were show at a meeting at La Posada.

Winslow's Elks Lodge No. 536 celebrated its centennial. They held a dinner and received other Elks dignitaries.

Paul Landis, principal at Bonnie Brennan School, was approved as basketball coach for the WHS Bulldogs for 2000-2001 season.


Winslow Weed and Seed was funded for $175,000 by the U.S. Dept. of Justice. This would pay for a coordinator and funding for projects.

A terrible train crash west of Flagstaff the last day of October left one resident of Winslow dead and another severly injured.

The Winslow Unified School District Governing Board made a commitment to excellence and began with work sessions for its members, open to the public.

A Public Forum on recreational issues looked at priorities for city recreation seeking funding: Clear Creek and McHood Park, Little League Park and the Lee Street Park.

Voting Day held few local surprises, but the county vote count took until after 5 a.m. Wednesday morning and the Holbrook school board election had to be recounted by hand.

The Rialto theater was bought by a three person group: Allen Affeldt, Tina Mion and Dan Lutzick. After remodeling and refurbishing, they hope to be showing films before the end of 2001.

Lt. Steven Garnett was appointed Chief of Police by city council in a unanimous decision.

City council hired an interim city administrator, Jim Ferguson of Yuma, while they searched for a permanent person for the position.

The 54th Annual Christmas Parade included Scottish pipers from Phoenix, Mexican Folklorico dancers from NPC and many groups from nearby Navajo and Hopi schools, as well as Winslow entries. The grand prize winner was entered by Madre de Dios Catholic Church.

City Council hired a Community Relations Coordinator who began working with the police, city and non-profit agencies to meet the problems of the street people.

Hopi Junior/Senior High School won $10,000 award from the Harvard Project.

The Community thanksgiving Service was held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with the preacher from Red Sands Christian Church giving the sermon.


The Little Colorado River Watershed MOM group met at La Posada and voted on a three-year strategic plan.

A four-city group (Winslow, Leupp, Dilcon and Holbrook) held a meeting on mental health and homeless issues hosted by Winslow Memorial Hospital and facilitated by Cmdr. Ron Bottoms of the Navajo County jail.

The Winslow Mail wished the community a Merry Christmas in the annual special issue.

The last issue of 2000 (and, some would say, the millennium!) told of help for NAOMI House in Jack Rabbit, a judge's decision to allow counties participation in the tobacco settlement money, Hopi high honor society students' food drive for the elderly and the BNSF poster contest winners on the theme "What diversity means to me."

Mayor Boles attended the Criminal Justice Town Hall as a representative appointed by the governor.

The First class mail letter rate was scheduled to go up Jan. 7, 2001, to 34 cents.

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