Quick Reads July 6, 2005

Black Mesa Forum in Flag

On July 10 at 1 p.m. all are welcome to attend a special forum on "Black Mesa: Corporate Globalization & Indigenous Cultural Survival" at the Hive, 319 S. San Francisco (corner of Dupont Ave. & San Francisco) in Flagstaff. Featured speakers will include indigenous elder representatives, organizers and environmental representatives. Issues to be discussed will include Cultural Survival: Policies of Human Removal/Displacement, Aquifer Depletion, Long-term Impact from Burning Fossil Fuel, Pollutants from Coal Mining, Assurance for Traditional Understanding, Broadening Sustainability, and On-Land Support Efforts. For more information, contact Black Mesa Indigenous Support at blackmesais@riseup.net or voice mail: 928-773-8086.

Navajo Bible Conference

The annual Navajo Family Bible Conference will be held at the El Nathan Conference Grounds July 16-24. The theme for the morning sessions is "Being a Faithful Warrior," and "Visions of the End of Times" for the evening sessions. Special guests include Gordon Yazzie, Alvin Gon, Jerry Yonnie, Paul Johnson, Harold Noble, Milton Shirleson, Jerry Sloan for the Adult Navajo Classes and Rev. Sam Grammer for English Adult Classes. There will be youth classes, children's classes and a nursery. For more information, call Laurin Yazzie at 602-703-3517.

Teacher program

The Office of the Governor Janet Napolitano, Arizona State University College of Education, Center for Indian Education and the Tuba City Unified School District #15 are currently interviewing candidates for the Arizona Teacher Excellence Plan (AZTEP) Elementary or Secondary Teacher Certification Program. Candidates selected will have full tuition scholarship to attend Arizona State University and must have an AA degree or have attained a junior status or a graduate student status in good standing. Elementary teacher candidates must be TCUSD employees. Secondary Teacher (grades 7-12) candidates do not have to be TCUSD employees. Candidates for secondary certification will obtain credentials (master's degree) to teach mathematics or language arts and reading. A letter of interest must be submitted to AZTEP, Tuba City Unified School #15, PO Box 67, Tuba City, AZ 86045. The deadline for second Cohort is July 1. For further information, call or contact the associate superintendent's office at 928- 283-1210; or via e-mail at hgbegay@tcusd.org or radson@tcusd.org.

Boys B-ball

The 2005 Summer Break Shoot-out High School Boys Basketball Tournament will take place Saturday, July 30 in Whiteriver. The entry fee is $150 (cash only) for this 12-team 10-player roster tourney. Prizes go to champions, runner-up, secondary, consolation, sportsmanship, all-tourneys and MVPs. For more information or to enter, call 928-306-0292 after 6 p.m.

D-Backs camps

The eighth annual Arizona Diamondbacks Training Centers will be hosting more than 95 weeklong baseball and softball camps in more than 35 communities across Arizona. The Training Centers offer a variety of experiences for kids ages 6-16. Each registration includes a Diamondbacks hat, T-shirt, wrist bands, and two tickets to a 2005 Diamondbacks home game at Bank One Ballpark. There is a 20 percent off All-Star Special on all new five-day camp registrations through July 12.

Flagstaff camp dates are: July 18-22, Continental Sports Park, 6-9:30 p.m., ages 6-12 (baseball only); July 18-22, Flagstaff High School, 8-11:30 a.m., ages 6-12 (softball only); July 18-19, Flagstaff High School, 1-3:30 p.m., ages 13-16, (advanced baseball hitting); and July 20-21, Flagstaff High School, 1-3:30 p.m., ages 13-16 (advanced baseball pitching). For all locations, times, ages and pricing please visit www.dbacksoutreach.com or call 800-821-7152.

Leader needed

End Of Life Choices-Flagstaff needs a new leader. Severy Partridge, the President of the Flagstaff Chapter of End of Life Choices, is looking for someone to replace her by the end of this year. She will show the person(s) what to do and help them get started. Otherwise, the Flagstaff Chapter will have to close. Contact Partridge at 928 774-5105 or Partridgebird2@yahoo.com.

Biz training

Staff from Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute Small Business Administration will offer free small business training sessions 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 12, 13 and 14 at the Workforce Development/Employment Training Learning Center in Tuba City. For more information, call 505-922-4085.

Vets' meeting

Shonto Veterans Organization will hold a budget planning meeting at noon on July 10. Lunch will be provided.

Pool tourney

The 2005 Youth Fair is hosting a Pool Tournament for 6-12-year, 13-17-year and 18-and-older divisions Saturday, July 9 at the Tuba City Community Center. Registration is at 9 a.m. with games starting at 10 a.m. For more for information, call 928-283-3025/2026.

B-ball clinic

There will be a free Basketball Clinic held at Tuba City Community Center July 15 for 5- to 17-year-olds. Registration is at 9 a.m. (DST) and the clinic begins at 10 a.m. Lunch will be provided. For more for information, call Navajo Pal Coordinator Shaunda Tsosie at 928-871-6376 or Linda Curtis at the Navajo Nation Library at 928-871-6526.

Diabetes classes

Diabetes classes are held 2:30-4 p.m. every Tuesday in the Solarium (located at the end of the Adult Care Unit) at Tuba City Regional Health Care Center. Learn how to control blood sugar and other facts about diabetes. A session in Navajo is held the last Tuesday of every month. Call the TCRHCC Diabetes Program at 283-2895 for further information.

2003 Livestock Assistance Program

The United States Department of Agriculture-Farm Service Agency is taking applications for the 2003 Livestock Assistance Program (LAP). LAP provides direct payments to eligible livestock producers who suffered grazing losses due to the natural disasters (drought) that occurred in calendar year 2003. LAP payments (assistance) is based upon the value of feed calculated on a corn equivalency basis required for eligible livestock during the 2003 year where a minimum 40 percent feed loss occurred.

Eligible livestock include beef and dairy cattle, buffalo or beefalo (when maintained on the same basis as beef cattle), elk, reindeer, bison, sheep, goats, swine, and equine animals used commercially for human food or kept for the production of food or fiber on the owner's farm.

Sign-up is ongoing. No deadline has been set. FSA encourages all ranchers with eligible livestock to apply.

For more for information, please call your local FSA office.

Self-employment conference

The second annual Self-employment Conference for Native Americans with Disabilities will be held 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. July 22 at the San Juan College Performance Hall in Farmington, N.M. Registration begins at 7 a.m. The goal of the conference is to equip people with disabilities with the skills needed to bring their businesses from concept to reality. Topics will include Development of a Business Plan, Funding Options, Marketing/Advertising and Website Development. Free training and lunch will be provided. For registration, call 1-800-862-7271 or 505-566-5880.

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