<b><center>Quick Reads</center></b>

Red Ribbon week in TC

The Tuba City Department of Behavioral Health Services is among other participating organizations to sponsor the 2003 Tuba City Red Ribbon Awareness Week activities. Joining the national initiative to present a unified and visible commitment toward the creation of a drug free America our the TC BHS Department has scheduled a week’s worth of community drug and alcohol free activities expanding throughout the Western Agency of the Navajo Nation. During the week of Oct. 26-31, 18 events are planned. Some of the highlights are the presence of Comedian Chance Rush, Miss Navajo Nation Marla Jean Billy, native veterans and elders participation, and Thomas Hatathlie (traditional practitioner).

Parent-teacher conferences

Shonto Preparatory Schools are holding parent-teacher conferences 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 and 1:30-3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. Students will be released from classes at 1:30 p.m. Friday. For more information, call 928-672-2652.

Reggae concert in Kykotsmovi

World-renowned Hopi reggae artist Casper Lomayesva (also known as Casper Loma-da-wa) will perform at the Hopi Veterans Center in Kykotsmovi at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24, to benefit Black Mesa Trust. The entry fee is $6, free to children and elders and there is a $5 suggested donation to Black Mesa Trust. The concert follows Black Mesa Trust’s second annual Water Fair also at the Veterans Center on Oct. 24, from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. The Water Fair is free to all.

Drought assistance

The USDA-Farm Service Agency (FSA) has paid in excess of $2.5 Million in drought assistance to ranchers in Coconino, Mohave and Yavapai Counties. Some 2002 drought assistance is still available if ranchers act fast. The deadline to file an application for the 2002 Livestock Assistance Program (LAP) is Friday, Oct. 24. Ranchers who owned livestock (cattle, sheep, goats or horses) in 2002 are eligible for benefits.

This 2002 drought assistance is in addition to what ranchers have already received, but time in running out. Call the FSA office for sign-up dates and locations in the area. Sign-up locations include Kingman, Prescott and most chapter houses in Coconino County.

FSA is also urging every rancher to purchase 2004 NAP (rangeland insurance) before the deadline (sales closing date) of Oct. 31.

The local office is located at 1185 S. Plaza Way, Suite 120, in Flagstaff AZ, 86001. To contact FSA, call 928-774-2401, Ext. 2.

Make a Difference Day

Plateauland Mobile Veterinary Clinic (PMVC) has participated in the national Make a Difference Day of helping for the past five years and will be stepping up to the plate to do it again. On Saturday, Oct. 25, PMVC will be conducting a shot clinic at the Arizona Feeds Country Store (3498 E. Route 66) from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. PMVC staff will be volunteering their time to give $1 rabies shots and $5 “all other” vaccinations for local dogs and cats. Representatives from Coconino County will also be on site for licensing.

All proceeds benefit animals in Northern Arizona through PMVC’s low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination clinics. This is a great way for pets and owner’s alike to help those in need right here in Northern Arizona. PMVC would like to thank the following sponsors for their contribution to this day: Arizona Feeds Country Store, Biff’s Bagels, Bookman’s Used Books and Wal-Mart.

Flu shot schedule

The Public Health Nursing Department of the Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation has announced its October schedule for flu shots. Public health nurses will be available to give free shots at the following locations:

• Dinnebito Clinic, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. today (Oct. 22).

• Moencopi Community Health Representative Office, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. today (Oct. 22).

• Tuba City Chapter House, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23.

• Coalmine Chapter House, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 28.

Please bring along your medical chart number. For more information, call the department at 283-2783 or 283-2597.

Grant applications

Navajo United Way Inc. is now accepting nonprofit grant applications for fiscal year 2004 allocated funding. Each organization applying for funds must qualify based on Navajo United Way Inc. requirements and must serve the needs of residents of the Navajo Nation. All requests in the form of a letter of intent must be submitted to the Navajo United Way Inc., PO Box 309, Window Rock, AZ 86515 by 4 p.m. Oct. 31. Applicants are allowed only two letters of intent, which cannot exceed one page each. A brochure explaining the process is available at the Navajo United Way Inc office in St. Michaels Professional Building, #2 Suite 205/206 in St. Michaels between 8:30 a.m-4:30 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call D. Nelson at 928-871-6661.

Diabetes nutrition

Diabetes nutrition classes are held every Tuesday at 6 p.m. and every Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Family Wellness Center in Tuba City. Learn how to lower blood sugars. Bring family members old enough to participate in class. For more information, call the Food and Nutrition Department at Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation (928-283-2609).

Bennett Freeze meeting

The next Bennett Freeze Residents meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Nov. 3 and is open to all the Navajo people who live on Bennett Freeze lands. The location of the meeting is the Diné bo’ lini’ Building (Peoples Building) in Tuba City behind the MacDonald’s residence. Take the road by the old Tuba City Trading Post going west to the Graves Butane intersection. A sign will be posted. Please bring some food and drinks to share. For more information, call Joyce Wagner at 928-214-8543.

Boys B-ball tourney

A youth basketball tournament for boys 15 and under will be held Nov. 7 and 8 in the Middle Verde Tribal Gym in Camp Verde, The registration fee is $125 per team. Awards go to first through third place and two coaches. This tournament is sponsored by Kinlani Bordertown Dormitory senior girls in Flagstaff. For more information, call 774-5279 or 774-2386.

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