Wednesday, August 31
Santa Fe, N.M. ----Jacob Koopee Jr. was the name on every major Indian art collector's lips this year at Santa Fe's world renowned 2005 Indian Market.
SANTA FE, N.M. -- Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. has asked New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson to help the Navajo Nation keep its four-month-old prohibition of uranium mining and processing intact.
PHOENIX -- Ten Arizonans will be recognized this September for their contributions to the preservation of the state's culture, history and traditions via a grassroots program known as Arizona Culturekeepers.
FLAGSTAFF -- The world of Jennifer and Gabriel Ayala is full of stately ponderosa pines, cacti beneath the hot desert sun and maple and ash leaves burnished to fall colors. A southwest mission complex can be found near a herd of horses galloping down the shaft of an arrow. A petroglyph gang is shadowed by a canine companion, and feathers are tied in prayer.
FLAGSTAFF -- Gathering under a large white tent off Spur Street behind Flagstaff Mall, community and business leaders attended a ceremonial groundbreaking Aug. 25 for a major addition and remodel that will make Flagstaff Mall the largest in northern Arizona.
POLACCA -- Hopi High Coach John Schimon believes football players can learn skills from the sport that teach them life lessons.
POLACCA -- A new day for Hopi High is a better day for the Hopi High football team.
The Hopi Health Care Center and the American Youth Soccer Organization, in its first ever introduction to Hopi finished its opening season on Aug. 10.
Medicaid was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965. It was designed as a state program with federal financial participation. The program was optional for states, and Arizona did not participate until 1982.
The new proposed Iraqi constitution leaves the issues of divorce, marriage and inheritance up to the Islamic clerics. As I understand it, the last bastion of Bush supporters who now have to admit that there were no WMDs or any connection with Iraq and Osama, still maintain that we are fighting for democracy. If this were in fact true, how do they reconcile the fact that women's rights in Iraq are being relegated to the Dark Ages.
On Dec. 27, 1966 two naval officers arrived at our home and my mother heard the words, "We regret to inform you that your son was killed while serving his country."
In view of the fact that the General Accounting Office says that closing many military bases in this country will only realize half the savings that Rumsfeld projected, and that local communities will suffer massive job losses as a result, why are we doing this?
POLACCA -- Hopi Jr/Sr High School has hope of improving the education of its students with the help of the Hope Foundation.
LEUPP -- Seven teachers from of Leupp Schools Inc. joined top educators from across the nation to share ideas and learn more about the latest successful strategies for raising student achievement during a summer workshop in San Jose, Calif., Aug. 1-3. The teachers included Ernestine Singer, Gertie Manygoats, Marietta Redhair, Sara Begay, Delores Curley, Jane Dempsey and Helena Botone. The U. S. Department of Education sponsored the workshop.
TUBA CITY -- Now, more than ever, educators are under heavy pressure bring up student test scores, improve academic retention, urging students to produce more and higher quality work at a faster pace.
PHOENIX -- A major supermarket chain that operates several stores on Navajo land engaged in national origin discrimination against non-Navajo Native Americans, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it filed on Aug. 22.
WINDOW ROCK -- Four additional Navajo police officers have recently qualified for the Navajo Police Motorcycle Patrol after completing an intensive 12-day training program.
WINDOW ROCK -- By Thanksgiving, 250 Navajo police vehicles will have the best navigational, database searching and internet communication technology available in the country.
Fred Johnson, an Environmental Specialist with the Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency's Surface and Ground Water Protection Department received the Water Guardian award from the Organizers of the Tribal Water Caucus including Indigenous Environmental Network, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals and Black Mesa Trust. The award was presented at the 2005 Arizona Water Summit held at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff from Aug. 3 to 5.
With the First Street Pathway completed, attention of the Renaissance on Route 66 project turns to the two blocks north of the new park. To be considered functional, the new designs of Second and Third Streets must go with the flow, especially of traffic.
Five years after he began sifting through piles of Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (ATSFR) records, George Shaw says he has barely scratched the surface of the collection.
The taxiways at Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport will be receiving a makeover with the Federal Aviation Administration paying most of the cost.
The Winslow Bulldogs defeated the Holbrook Roadrunners 40-14 in a non-conference, season opening football game for both teams in Holbrook on Friday.
The Winslow High School junior varsity football team started its 2005 season with a tough 2-0 loss to the Holbrook junior varsity in Winslow on Thursday.
The Winslow High School freshman football team opened its 2005 season in Winslow with a 16-16 tie against Holbrook on Thursday. The hard fought game was not decided until Winslow failed to score on an untimed down from the Holbrook one-yard line after a facemask penalty on the final play of the fourth quarter.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are not having a championship-quality season to say the least. They are, however, much improved over the disaster that was the 2004 edition that set a record for losses in a season. In fact, this team is a contender for the National League Western Division title.
President Bush probably never thought the War on Terror would be brought home like this ‹ to his home. But last Saturday, the president's Crawford, Texas ranch became the new battlefield for the War in Iraq.
As students across Arizona and the rest of the nation start heading back to school, their future in our educational system is mixed.
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, August 25
LEUPP -- After several weeks of stress, residents of the Leupp School Inc. School Governing board housing facility received another extension on the Sept. 18 eviction date--the second date set by the LSI School Governing Board.
TUSAYAN -- Ceremonial dancers from five Indian Nations will gather here on Labor Day weekend for the fifth annual Grand Canyon South Rim Native American Ceremonial Powwow and Hoop Dancing Contest. It will be held on the grounds at the Native American art show between McDonald's and the Grand Hotel in Tusayan.
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA, TUCSON -- Arizona State Museum will welcome Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell as an honored guest at a free reception celebrating his traveling exhibition 6:30 - 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30.
FLAGSTAFF--Governor Janet Napolitano visited Flagstaff on Aug. 16 to present Teamwork for Effective Arizona Marketing (TEAM) awards to three organizations.
FLAGSTAFF -- Flagstaff City Council has thrown its support toward building a conference center project on the Northern Arizona University campus by approving plans that may result in up to $2 million invested toward the project.
POLACCA -- The Hopi High School girls cross country team has the goal of winning state while the Hopi High boys look to win their 16th straight state championship.
PHOENIX--Team Dark Wind is the only all-Native American seven-man tournament paintball team in the nation. The team consists of seven males and two female players with a strong competitive spirit representing several Native American tribes. Dark Wind's goal is to encourage the Native American athlete to broaden their sportsmanship by participating in more non-traditional sports. Additionally, Team Dark Wind wants to assist in positively promoting the sport of paintball to different cultures and regions that have not been exposed to this awesomely fast growing sport.
FLAGSTAFF -- The Northern Arizona Rugby Football Club (NARFC) is hosting the 25th Annual Tens Rugby Tournament on Sept. 24 and 25, 2005 at Thorpe Park, Flagstaff. This is the oldest "Tens" rugby tournament in the world.
In February of this year, it was reported that I will run for the Chairmanship of the Hopi Tribe this November. I have since been in much prayer and recently I feel that I have received an answer. Therefore, I will accept the challenge.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: James Peshlakai wrote the following as an open Letter to Tusayan, Grand Canyon Village, Valle, etc. He requested that it be published in the Navajo Hopi Observer.)
They protect our boarders, fight for freedom, rebuilt nations and die for our country. Who are these people? The American Military Veterans. One battle they did not count on and quite often they loose is a battle against a disease called cancer.
Ya'at'eeh shi'kie doo shi'dine,' hope this letter finds you walking in beauty. May peace and harmony be with you always.
Is Cindy Sheehan camping on the threshold of President Bush's ranch in Texas is rational? Why isn't she camped out on the threshold of Al-Queda or the doorstep to the Ayatollahs of Iran or Syria, who set out to kill her son and all the patriot sons of the world who seek not to die but to defend the freedoms that our nation has enjoyed since 1775? Freedom is not free.
Our Beloved Leaders have saddled us with treaty after treaty to promote "free trade."
They say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Immunization against communicable diseases is a public health success story. In addition to safeguarding individuals, immunizations also have a clear public benefit. Community immunity, or the level of protection within communities, is a key determinant in keeping infectious disease in check. Put simply, the greater the proportion of immunized individuals in a community, the less chance that disease will spread.
I hope those of you out there with internet access have had a chance to visit the Navajo Hopi Observer's upgraded website.
POLACCA -- Lavonne Navakuku is the new parent liaison at Hopi Jr/Sr High School.
TUBA CITY -- It's tough to leave a community that has shown so much support for educational work and that is exactly what brought Cleveland "Cleve" Holt, back to Tuba City after leaving in 1998.
PHOENIX --.As students and teachers return to the classroom, parents and special education advocates want to know whether changes to the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) as well as key federal and state education laws will help or hurt students with disabilities.
TSAILE -- The First Year Student Cohort Program at Dine College in Tsaile hosted 2005 Fall Orientation from Aug. 21-24.
WINDOW ROCK -- The branch chiefs of the Navajo Nation made a rare joint public appearance on Aug. 16, to sign an important proclamation declaring Sept. 8 a day of recognition and respect for individuals with disabilities.
PHOENIX -- Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano assured Navajo Nation First Lady Vikki Shirley on Aug. 12 that she would help her seek reauthorization of the federal Violence Against Women Act.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency (NNEPA), and Hopi Tribe Environmental Protection Office (EPO) invite the public to attend a meeting to discuss cleanup progress and future plans for the Tuba City Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) site located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 160 and Arizona State Route 264.
The number of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) infections on the Navajo Nation has recently been rising. To find out how you can protect yourself and others, read on.
FLAGSTAFF -- The Women and Infants' Center at Flagstaff Medical Center recently received a $30,000 grant from the Child Abuse Prevention License Plate Program to fund current programs. This is the fourth continuous year the Women and Infants' Center has received this grant.
Flagstaff Medical Center now is offering Tai Chi classes, a form of Chinese exercise, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at The Taylor House. The classes are open to the community. Tai Chi incorporates slow, meditative movements to improve balance, posture, strength, concentration and overall health.
WINDOW ROCK -- The late Navajo Tribal Chairman Raymond Nakai, 86, who died Aug. 14 of pneumonia, is being remembered as the first modern Navajo leader, a champion of Navajo civil and religious rights, and the man who ushered in the first economic development initiative to the huge, remote Navajo Nation.
Wednesday, August 24
Student enrollment in the district is down slightly from the beginning of the last school year, marking the fourth consecutive year of decline.
For decades, the thin strip of dirt between First Street and the rails was littered with broken bottles and garbage. It was vacant and useless real estate that nobody wanted. It was very much like the rest of downtown Winslow.
Eric "Ricky" Greer is definitely the new kid on the block. In his first professional teaching position, Greer will be teaching seventh grade science and eighth grade government.
Recently I was watching one of my favorite movies, "Dazed and Confused." I've always liked the movie because it's quite funny. But there was something I didn't notice before that made me laugh this time.
The Winslow Junior High School football and softball teams are practicing for their opening contests with Snowflake on Sept. 1.
The 2006 football season begins on Friday for the Winslow Bulldogs and their new head coach Adam Larsen. The Bulldogs will journey to Holbrook to take on the Roadrunners from the 3A East Region. Holbrook has been a doormat in the 3A East, but would probably be a playoff team most years had the Roadrunners been able to stay in the 3A North.
Winslow High School football coach Adam Larsen said on Saturday that he had been pleased with the team's performance on Friday in a controlled scrimmage against the 3A West Region Fountain Hills Falcons at Fountain Hills. Although no scores are kept in a controlled scrimmage, Larsen said that the Bulldogs had moved the ball well and shut down the Falcon offense after the first few series of plays.
America's economy is in most respects stronger than it has been in years. So why are so many Americans pessimistic about it?
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.
The Winslow Police Department responded to the following incidents during Aug. 14-20. This is not a complete list of calls that officers answered. Unless otherwise noted, all charged suspects are innocent until proven guilty.
Thursday, August 18
Ya’at’eeh and Loloma. Greetings to everyone and welcome to another year at Tuba City District, we are honored to be here for those who enter our lives as students and staff members.
WINDOW ROCK -- On Aug. 12, Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. declared a state of emergency for eastern portions of the Navajo Nation.
WINDOW ROCK -- The Public Safety Committee of the Navajo Nation Council made significant advances on behalf of Indian Country at the Congressional level in the past few months, beginning with the passage of House FY 2006 Justice Appropriations Legislation, H.R. 2862. The bill provides $48 million for a range of Indian Law Enforcement activities, which almost doubles the FY 2005 level of $19,733,000.
FLAGSTAFF -- The Navajo Nation has a cutting edge solar project underway and the Hopi Tribe could soon have a model windmill energy project.
KYKOTSMOVI -- Held in conjunction with the Hopi Tribe's Office of Cultural Preservation and the University of Arizona, the 2005 Hopi Lavayi Summer Institute for Teacher Training: Hopinaatuwpi was a success. All sessions were held from 8:30 a.m. to noon each day at the Hopi Day School from July 20 and 21 and July 25-29.
FLAGSTAFF -- Jill Moran, a program specialist with the U.S. Department of the Interior Indian Arts and Crafts Board, made the journey from Washington D.C. to visit with artisans and visitors to the 56th Annual Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture at the Museum of Northern Arizona July 30 and 31.
PHOENIX -- Young baseball players enjoy getting attention at professional baseball games.
TUBA CITY -- Six young, extremely talented Tuba City District School women basketball athletes recently represented Tuba City in the Oahu, Hawaii, USA Tourney Sport National Basketball Championships, July 2005.
SHUNGOPAVI -- The Louis Tewanima Footrace Committee is pleased to announce that the date of the 32nd Annual Louis Tewanima Memorial Footrace is approaching rapidly. This year's race is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 4, less than a month away. So, dust off those running shoes and start doing stretching exercises.
As a member of Cameron's CLUPC, I have enjoyed trainings that I've attend, in an effort to assist my chapter on it's road to becoming a certified chapter. I attended a workshop Aug. 10 at Tuba City Chapter, along with our Community Service Coordinator, Rayola Werito. The workshop was put on by Priscilla Littlefoot (To nanees dizi Chapter CSC) and staff members.
As a vehicle owner, I'm pretty sure you would agree that you should have the right to choose where your car, SUV, minivan or pick up truck are serviced and repaired. You probably wouldn't be too happy if the car company that built your vehicle controlled where you take it for service.
Sunday, Aug. 14, marked the 70th anniversary of FDR's signing of legislation that created Social Security. For 70 years, American families have come to rely on the values embodied by Social Security. The program's risk-free benefit has provided security from outliving one's additional savings and assets. The program's family protection system provides retirement, disability and survivor benefits, and Social Security's shared responsibility provides for today's beneficiaries.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: On Aug. 12, Speaker Lawrence T. Morgan (Iyanbito/Pinedale) issued the following statement after attending the dedication ceremony for a new home for Mary and Kee Augustine in Nageezi, N.M. The home was made by the Arizona State University Stardust Center for Affordable Homes and the Family, using the knowledge of Navajo students and other interested entities.)
TUBA CITY -- Greyhills Academy High School is eyeing a total enrollment of 550 students to start off the 2005-06 school year and has already closed enrollment for 10th and 11th graders.
TUBA CITY -- Michelle Tsinnie, a freshman from Tuba City High School and the daughter of Bob and Arlene Tsinnie, was one of 20 American Indian students selected to participate in a summer science program, American Indian Science Scholars at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee this past July 2005.
TUBA CITY -- Principal Daniel Nez Martin of Greyhills Academy High School said that he is excited and looking forward to the new school year. He shared his educational philosophy through standards during an interview on the first day of school, Aug. 8.
WINDOW ROCK--Hun-dreds of Navajo school kids and their parents met dignitaries, movie actors, recording artists and sports figures at the second annual Presidential Youth Back-to-School Day here Saturday.
SANTA FE, N.M. -- The New Mexico Environmental Law Center awarded Council delegate and Resources Committee Chairperson George Arthur (Burnham/Nenahnezad/San Juan) with its Karl Souder Water Protection Award during an awards ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 7 in Santa Fe, N.M.
WINDOW ROCK -- Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley, Jr., vetoed two bills on Aug. 6 that would have allowed the Hogback Chapter to have its own gaming revenue-sharing plan with the Navajo Nation and another that would have extended the time permitted for chapters to approve a salary increase for Navajo Nation Council Delegates.
A study released by the U.S. Department of Education on Aug. 11 found that American Indian and Alaska Native infants do not differ significantly from their peers in early developmental skills.
KYKOTSMOVI -- (Aug. 12) -- Black Mesa Trust is certain that the Aug. 9 deal between a subsidiary of Southern California Electric (SCE) and Stirling Energy Systems (SES) to build up to 850 megawatts of solar generation in California will give the proposed Hopi-SES solar project a big boost.
In 2005, Austin's famous Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is setting out on a 6,000-mile, 21-day journey, across the West for a series of film screenings that will take the movie-going experience to a whole new level.
TUBA CITY -- Tuba City Regional Health Care Corp. (TCRHCC) will conduct a voluntary internal disaster drill on Thursday, Aug. 25 at 4 p.m. Examples of an internal disaster drill include fire, a bomb threat or explosion or another type of critical incident. A drill scenario is necessary to keep the hospital prepared to meet emergencies and to maintain compliance with regulatory agencies such as the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).
Leroy A. Tsinajinnie 59, died Wednesday Aug. 10, 2005 at Flagstaff Medical Center.
Allan James Begay age 28, died Monday August 1, 2005, at Flagstaff Medical Center. He was born December 9th, 1976 in Tuba City, Arizona to Teddy and Carmen Begay.
PHOENIX -- More than 30 FBI agents, analysts and support personnel from around Arizona converged at the Heard Museum in Phoenix on July 21 to attend a special training session designed to educate law enforcement about the history, challenges and cultural issues surrounding Native American communities. Native experts from the Heard Museum were introduced to Special Agent and Phoenix FBI Training Director, John Bruch who also attended.
The Visitor Center at Wupatki National Monument, under construction since January, will reopen to the public on Aug. 25. In addition to painting and electrical rewiring, the most noticeable improvement is the installation of all new interpretive exhibits to replace those installed in the 1960s. The visitor center is now a "must see" for visitors, where they can learn about current scientific findings and explore cultural perspectives on the area.
Wednesday, August 17
Earlier this summer the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that local governments can use the constitutional power of eminent domain to forcibly acquire private property, not just for roads and other traditional "public use" projects, but for anything the government determines to be in the "public good."
On Tuesday (Aug. 9), City Council voted to sign an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with Navajo County for the county Election Department to run all future city elections through all-mail ballots.
Winslow residents who want to argue a traffic ticket or ordinance violation will be doing so in front of Justice of the Peace Alison Kolomitz as of Sept. 1.
Chuck Hodge didn't get the turnout he'd hoped for but he still considers the second annual Fire Truck Tug a sucess because he helped raise several thousands of dollars for the Special Olympics.
The Standin' on the Corner Festival is worth its weight in bed taxes.
The Route 66 bridge that allowed millions of travelers to cross the Little Colorado River since 1939 is no more. The Arizona Department of Transportation is replacing the bridge with one that will handle the increased loads of modern day semi-trucks.
After finding that meeting once a month was not enough to complete their business, the Planning and Zoning Commission will be meeting on the first and third Thursdays every month.
City Council will send a letter to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to ask for assistance in cleaning out the debris from the former J.C. Penney/Rasco Building.
The Winslow Bulldogs had no problem in forging a perfect 7-0 record in the 3A North Region to claim the regional football championship.
Thursday, August 11
FLAGSTAFF -- Navajo dignitaries mingled with runners and supporters from far-flung tribes such as Acoma, Isleta, Laguna, Taos, San Carlos, To'hono O'odham and Pasqua at the entrance to the Navajo Nation ranch located 16 miles north of Flagstaff on July 29.
TOHATCHI N.M. -- The Tohatchi Chapter and other Navajo Nation officials welcomed Congressman Tom Udall for a one-hour town hall meeting on Aug. 3.
CAMP VERDE -- The Yavapai-Camp Verde Apache think its great that Fossil Creek is once again flowing freely, but they want to make sure that this sacred area is protected.
Arizona's three universities -- and opportunities for higher education - are a big concern for rural residents as the state's metro areas continue to grow.
TUBA CITY -- The holes are anywhere from 20 to 30 inches across and they are up to seven inches deep. There are 83 of them on the 2/10ths of a mile section of Main Street in Tuba City. The road is 2 miles long and is of one of the most heavily used roads in town.
ST. GEORGE, UTAH -- On Aug. 4, the Washington County Attorney's Office
SHONTO -- Shelbelynn Tate, 11, of Shonto returned home from the 2005 Amateur Athletic Union Wrestling Championship as national freestyle champion in the Novice/98-pound category. The tournament, held July 12-16 in Santa Fe High School, in Santa Fe, N.M., attracted about 2,000 wrestlers.
Serious consideration should be given to requesting an investigation of the Social Security Administration's discriminatory practices toward the less affluent citizens of this and other communities throughout our state.
Please consider the actual record of John Roberts prior to endorsing his nomination to the Supreme Court. Can he be fair and objective as is required or are his views and beliefs so partisan as to cause him to be unable to view the entire picture on many issues?
(EDITOR'S NOTE: The following editorial was written by Ben Hanson, Editor of the Prescott Courrier, a sister pulication of the Navajo Hopi Observer.)
(EDITOR'S NOTE: Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. issued the following statement on Aug. 2 in support of the City of Gallup's efforts to eradicate alcohol abuse.)
The signing of legislation by President Joe Shirley Jr. on July 28 truly is an historic occasion and it's been a long time coming. It's a beautiful day and a new beginning.
Making Breakthroughs with Assistive Technology will be a two-day workshop presented by the Tuba City District Special Education Department. It will feature a noted researcher and developer of hardware and software products especially designed for use for people with disabilities.
PHOENIX -- Three Arizona school districts received awards from the Arizona School Boards Association's Safety Committee, in conjunction with the State Compensation Fund of Arizona, for their education of school district personnel about safety in the workplace. The awards were given in three categories, according to each district's premium and loss ratio, recognizing the efforts and considerable progress improvement that those districts have made in reducing the number of workers compensation claims. The awards were presented at the Association's Summer Leadership Conference in Flagstaff during the weekend of July 23.
SHONTO -- On July 30 and 31, Shonto Community Governance sponsored the Shonto Community and Economic Development Strategic Work Session at the Shonto Preparatory School boardroom. Facilitating the work session was Anson Arviso of ABC Inc. Shonto Governance invited various state, tribal and federal agencies to participate in the two-day work session and included individuals such as Peter MacDonald, former Navajo Tribal Chairman; Raphael Tapia, Arizona Department of Commerce; Dolly Lane, Navajo Regional Business Development Office; and Shonto Chapter officials.
WINDOW ROCK -- The Navajo Nation will have its say about clean air in Arizona, both on and off the reservations.
WASHINGTON -- After a nearly two-year struggle, Congress finally passed a multi-year $286.5 billion Highway Bill, which will bring millions of dollars to improve Navajo Nation roads.
PARKER -- (Aug. 3) Taken by the federal government during the administration of President Woodrow Wilson, a massive tract of land off Interstate 10 in western Arizona has been restored to the Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT), thanks to a measure passed by the United States Congress and signed yesterday by President Bush.
WASHINGTON--The Navajo Indian Irrigation Project saw its budget increase from an average of $8 to $9 million per year to $12.773 million for fiscal year 2006 to continue construction of the water project that supplies the tribe's agricultural enterprise in northwest New Mexico when Congress passed the Interior-Environment Appropriations Bill last week.
WINDOW ROCK -- On Aug. 1, Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. vetoed legislation that would have allowed Navajo communities to declare an emergency for any purpose in order to use funding appropriated specifically for drought relief.
DINE NATION, ARIZONA & NEW MEXICO -- Fourteen nonprofit Boys & Girls Clubs created through a 2001 Navajo Nation Council Resolution can access private funding streams as a 501-c-3 organization and help the Navajo Nation re-open the 13 clubs that remain closed, said Spokesperson for the Committee for Dine Youth, Regina Roanhorse.
More than 100 people attended Hinaah Azeea' Nihaa' alchinia' Yeea' Noosela'doo -- the fifth annual Azee Bee Nagaha of DinŽ Nation Youth Conference held July 30-31, four miles south of Ganado.
TUBA CITY -- Vincent P. Shirley Jr., Corporate Compliance Program Officer at Tuba City Regional Health Care Corp. (TCRHCC), recently earned certification as a Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) professional. Shirley received the certification after completing intensive study and passing the Healthcare Compliance Certification Board examination in June.
POLACCA -- In order to improve community access to the emergency room, the Hopi Health Care Center will be under renovation through October 2005. The Emergency Department Improvement project has resumed, after it was put on hold to prepare and perform the June, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) survey.
A prehospital care directive is a written document in which a person may refuse cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR in the event of a cardiac or respiratory arrest.
FLAGSTAFF -- Flagstaff Medical Center's Eastside Physical Therapy Clinic recently moved to a more convenient location at 7810 N. Highway 89, suite 280 in the Elden Ridge Plaza.
Wednesday, August 10
Rocking and rolling, complete with cool shades into the first day of school on Aug. 3, are Tuba City Primary students, (left) Ian Castillo, third grader, and Trystyn Sieweyumptewa, also third grade.
The history of Winslow was on display Wednesday, Aug. 3 as the Old Trails Museum celebrated its Grand Re-opening.
County officials said they were expecting to have to answer many questions at Wednesday's public hearing regarding decertification of the Winslow Levee. However, of the approximately 30 people who attended the meeting, just two spoke and the hearing was over in about an hour.
Several of Winslow's streets were turned into "no wake zones" after a summer storm dumped .35-inches of rain on the city on Saturday.
The men and women of the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) don't always receive recognition for the multitude of services they perform. They probably receive more complaints about the traffic jams caused by construction.
Arizona's three universities ‹ and opportunities for higher education ‹ are a big concern for rural residents as the state's metro areas continue to grow.
New Winslow High School football coach Adam Larsen has a golden opportunity to make a big splash in his rookie year the helm of the Winslow Bulldogs.
The Winslow Police Department responded to the following incidents during July 31-Aug. 6. This is not a complete list of calls that officers answered. Unless otherwise noted, all charged suspects are innocent until proven guilty.
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.
A wise man defined "political science" as "the authoritative allocation of the values of a society." That means the people with authority decide who gets the goodies.
Last week President Bush exercised his constitutional authority to designate a major public official, without Senate approval, while the Congress is not in session. He used this "recess appointment" to finally name John Bolton as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, after nearly six months of delay, obstruction and outright harassment of Bolton by some Senate Democrats.
Thursday, August 4
Visitors to the 56th Annual Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture jockeyed for parking spaces early on July 30--many were forced to park along the shoulder of Fort Valley Road for lack of space. As always, there was more to see and do than one could take in.
GALLUP -- On Saturday, July 23, one of Regina Benally's clients was getting a home makeover, but probably not as extreme as the ABC television show Extreme Home Makeover.
NACAP (Native American Composers Apprenticeship Program) was originally initiated in 2001 through the Grand Canyon Music Festival to feature the musical compositions of Hopi and Navajo high school reservation students that includes Tuba City High School, Hopi High School, Monument Valley High School and Greyhills Academy, Kayenta Schools--and this year the Salt River High School on the Maricopa Pima Indian Reservation.
KAYENTA--The third Kayenta Economic Summit and Business Expo hosted by the Kayenta Township began on July 26 with an evening reception and welcome banquet at the Kayenta Hampton Inn.
Thanks to a collaboration between organizations like the Northern Arizona University Alumni Association, Flagstaff Cultural Partners, and the Museum of Northern Arizona, NAU alumni--and friends of NAU--are able to return to the learning environment in a place based, hands-on style. Further, students face none of the traditional stresses of papers, grades, tests or textbooks.
Last fall the first Youth Contest Pow Wow hosted by the Native American Festival of Arts and Culture was held in honor of regional and national Native Youth.
Ya'at'eeh shi'ke' doo shi'dine, may you all walk in beauty.
I am an American. As a child, I used to get a tingle in my toes when we stood up to say the pledge of allegiance each morning. I fly my flag proudly every day and still well up when God Bless America is played.
Every few days we can read or hear that five Justices of the United States Supreme Court have instructed the other four in the true meaning of the Constitution.
America's Constitution is the bedrock of our democracy. However, a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court threatens to erode it by allowing state and local governments to use their eminent domain authority to take away the property of any individual for almost any commercial economic reason. This is unprecedented in the history of our nation, and is an assault on America's private property rights.
Once again, a large majority of the U.S. Senate is committed to send the Flag Amendment to the states for an up-or-down vote by representatives of the people.
WINDOW ROCK Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. issued the following statement to conclude the ethics investigation of the Office of the President on July 27.
Tuba City District #15 is currently in both demolition and construction phases at two of their schools. Tuba City Junior High School is winding down final construction on their new $4.5 million dollar, 17,000 square foot new cafeteria multi-purpose building which is slated for student use in mid-September 2005. Tuba City High School is in the final demolition phases of the old building that has been in use since the 1970's and will yield a new two-story, $6.5 million, 17 classroom building featuring state of the art technology access for all TC High students and staff by the beginning of the year 2006.
KYKOTSMOVI -- Congressional attempts to close the Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation (ONHIR) by 2008 should not be advanced until it has completed its work of relocating Navajo families off Hopi lands, officials with the two tribes told congressional leaders earlier this month.
WINDOW ROCK--Following a solemn but joyful all-night ceremonial in a sacred tipi set up in front of the Navajo Nation Museum, Navajo President Joe Shirley Jr. signed legislation on July 28 that allows Navajos to possess and transport the medicine peyote, known in the Navajo language as azeŽ, for ceremonial purposes on the Navajo Nation.
WHITECONE--Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr., First Lady Vikki Shirley and Navajo Education Director Leland Leonard joined about 350 residents of this remote community on Friday to dedicate its newly-constructed, long-awaited $9 million high school.
TUBA CITY-- The Boys & Girls Club of the Dine Nation opened its second club here July 19 and will follow with two more by the end of the month at Crownpoint and Tohatchi.
STEAMBOAT--The Transportation and Community Development Committee certified the community-based land use plan for Steamboat Chapter by a vote of 7 in favor and none opposed during a special meeting held at the Steamboat Chapter house on July 26.
WINDOW ROCK--The Ethics and Rules Office (ERO) has resolved the claims of ethics impropriety filed against President Joe Shirley Jr. regarding the hiring of his wife Vikki Shirley within the Office of the President. The ERO, with its own legal counsel, has settled the matter with the Office of the President--however some members of the Ethics and Rules Committee are unhappy with the manner in which the complaint was handled.
KAYENTA--At approximately 12:38 a.m. on July 26, Kayenta Police were dispatched to the Navajo Housing Authority's Black Mesa Housing in response to reports of a woman screaming. When police arrived at the housing complex, a woman identified as Anna Benally, 38, was found bleeding from various stab wounds to her body.
WINDOW ROCK--The Navajo Nation West Nile virus team is once again reminding the public to exercise caution and prevention, as there are now signs of the West Nile virus on the Navajo Nation.
Wednesday, August 3
The Fishing Report is compiled weekly by the Arizona Game and Fish Department
The Winslow Police Department responded to the following incidents during July 24-30. This is not a complete list of calls that officers answered. Unless otherwise noted, all charged suspects are innocent until proven guilty.
Jim Ferguson was supposed to just fill in temporarily until Council could hire a permanent City Administrator. On Monday, Council determined they had found their man.
A proposed breeding ordinance had some residents and Council members concerned about its possible effect. But at Tuesday's (July 26) Council meeting, those concerns were not talked about. In fact, nothing at all was said about the ordinance because a motion made by Mayor Jim Boles to approve the second reading failed to receive support from another Council member.
The Winslow City Council met July 26 for a regular meeting. Vice Mayor Harold Soehner was absent. Among the issues discussed were:
The Old Trails Museum has a lot to celebrate during August and hopes you will be a part of the festivities today.
I had another column prepared for this week, but a life-and-death incident made this one more important.
Last month the Senate Judiciary Committee, on which I sit, unanimously approved legislation to reauthorize provisions of the USA Patriot Act that are due to "sunset," or expire, at the end of this year.
The Bulldogs may have come from a small school compared to their competition, but they left a big impression, according to Coach Justin Hartman.
Winslow High School senior-to-be Jordan Payne has been named to the National High School Baseball Coaches Association All-District Seven team and to the third team of the Louisville Slugger All-American Team.
The Winslow Little League 9-10 year old girls' All-Star Team lost to Tanque Verde 5-1 in Phoenix on Tuesday, July 26 in the state championship game. Rebecca Perez worked in the circle for Winslow.
The 11-12 year old Little League Girls' State Tournament held recently in Winslow was a showcase for the Winslow Little League organization. The games were smoothly run with highly competent umpires and scorekeepers on duty.