Stories for May 2005


Tuesday, May 24

Thursday, May 19

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President & First Lady visit Black Mesa's oldest resident

Shirley gives report to Black Mesa Chapter, receives warm welcome

BLACK MESA, Ariz. -- The oldest resident of this remote chapter, and perhaps one of the oldest of the entire Navajo Nation, welcomed the Navajo president and first lady to her home for a 30-minute visit when they traveled here May 13 to present a report to the chapter.

Hopi Wellness Center opens

Hopi Wellness Center opened its doors May 9 adjacent to the Veterans Center in Kykotsmovi.

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Eagle Air Med Executives honored with Certified Transport Executive Designation

Eagle Air Med, an air ambulance serving the Four Corners area has had two of its executives, Cheryl Bowers, Program Director and James Hunt, Vice President, honored as Certified Medical Transport Executives (CMTE).

Wednesday, May 18

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Greyhills students tour Lowell Observatory

FLAGSTAFF -- The Residential Hall students at Greyhills Academy High School took a quick and final fieldtrip into the big city May 11 to gaze into the universe and take a look at some neighboring planets in the night sky at Lowell Observatory.

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CCC celebrates many firsts with its 2005 grads

FLAGSTAFF -- Marie Johnson is a mother of three daughters, a wife and a longtime Flagstaff Medical Center employee. She is also on her way to becoming one of FMC's newest registered nurses and one of 20 students in Coconino Community College's first graduating class from its FMC Institute for Nursing Education.

Tuesday, May 17

Thursday, May 12

It all adds up to great teaching

My seventh and eight grade algebra teacher, Mr. Ives McClellan, was a character. Specifically, he was a cross between Hennie Youngman and Groucho Marx — at least his sense of humor was. He could rattle off one-liners so quick that in order to catch the joke we had to pay attention.

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Remaking downtown

Take one look at the crumbling façade, boarded windows and open-air basement and it’s easy to see the former Babbitt Brothers Building on First Street and Kinsley is Winslow’s version of an extreme makeover.

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Protecting and profiting from history

As Native American tribes, Spanish explorers and Mormon settlers followed the Little Colorado River they no doubt found the landscape with its painted deserts and petrified forests to be unlike anywhere else.

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Wednesday, May 11

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Stars in the Desert Student Excellence Awards

The following students received clear “Star” awards for their exemplary educational endeavors:

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Jerold Roy Begay

Marine Pfc. Jerold Roy Begay graduated from boot camp at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego on Oct. 29, 2004.

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Welcome home, soldiers

Sgt. Evan Honeyestewa, of the New Mexico National Guard 642 Maintenance Company based in Fort Bliss, Texas, returned from Taji, Iraq., returned to the states on March 30. On April 3, the pueblo of Acoma celebrated its soldier’s return through a family gathering in the Governor’s Auditorium.Sgt. Honeyestewa and his uncle Carl Honeyestewa, who prior to this served with the United States Marine Corp as staff sergeant with the 1404th Transportation Co 544 Maintenance Base at Camp Speicher in Tikrit, Iraq, are both currently on leave and face the possibility of being called back.

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First Lady visits NACHC, Heard to support native youth programs

PHOENIX—Aliza Friesson anxiously perched next to the front door of the Native American Community Health Center on a bright spring day, a bright blue Pendleton blanket clutched in her arms. The sixth grader, a Tohono O’odham girl, had been selected to present first lady Laura Bush with the blanket robe during her first visit to NACHC.

Navajo delegation attends desert cultures, civilization festival in Dubai

Issues deal with desertification, economic development, preservation of desert lifeways

WINDOW ROCK — Several Navajos recently returned from a 10-day trip to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates where they attended the second annual Desert Cultures and Civilizations Festival. They were the only Native Americans represented.Cora Maxx-Phillips, executive staff assistant in the Office of the President and Vice President, led the group. The World Desert Foundation, which works with desert communities to develop their lands, sponsored the trip.

Hopi Jr. High student wins state track & field title

POLACCA — Hopi Junior High School has a state champion in track and field.Kevin “Fat Boy” Rivers won the junior high school state championship in the one-mile race April 30 at Hamilton High School in Chandler.Rivers, who is Hopi, said it was cool and awesome to bring home the state title. He said his coach, Wendi Lewis, was so happy that it almost made her cry.

Watch out for rays

The American Cancer Society predicts that more than 58,000 new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2005.While skin cancer generally occurs in older people, melanoma, the most common type of cancer, generally occurs in people between the ages of 25 and 29.

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Medicine Men plan Beauty Way Ceremonies at sacred mountains

In an effort to reestablish Navajo language and culture, members of the Navajo Medicine Man Association are conducting Beauty Way Ceremonies at the four sacred mountains that stand as the boundaries of the ancestral Navajo homeland.According to Daniel Peaches, a medicine man from Kayenta, the ceremonies are being conducted to “carry on the long traditions of the Diné people who conducted these ceremonies at the bases of the sacred mountains to bless their people, their land and their way of life.”

Native American scholarship for NPC students

Native American taking at least six credits at Northland Pioneer College could qualify for a scholarship.Students who apply must be enrolled in a university or community college as a full-time (12 or more credits) or part-time (six or more credits) student, be a one-quarter Native American. They must be an undergraduate student with no more than 150-semester credits or 210-quarter credits, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25 and demonstrate a need financial need.

First Indian home & land ownership community opens final phase

Navajos return to heritage, help fill job void

ST. MICHAELS —When Karigan Estates residential neighborhood opened in 2002, it marked the first time in America that a Native American Nation offered its people the opportunity to own home and land in a master-planned community.

Welcome home celebration

Welcome home celebrationWe had a wonderful day April 23, 2005 for the welcome home dinner for Spc. Halbert B. Tsosie. We would like to thank all the people who helped make this a wonderful “Welcome Home and Happy Birthday Celebration.”

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Another successful year for CACY’s Stars in the Desert

TUBA CITY — Members of Tuba City’s Community Action for Children and Youth (CACY) stressed that the 16th annual Stars in the Desert was a huge success despite the windy weather. Special guests and other visitors were welcomed to town by Tuba City’s horrible sand storm, but the weather did not damper the weekend’s festivities.The Student Excellence Awards ceremony on Friday night, April 22, kicked off the weekend celebration. According to CACY members, the Student Excellence Awards ceremony is the most important event of Stars in the Desert.

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Greyhills field day

Photo by Ray Baldwin Louis Students at Greyhills Academy High School have fun as several join in the middle of the jump rope during May 4 field-day activities at Greyhills Academy in Tuba City.

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Dartmouth bound

Hopi High senior Jamie Keith garners academic excellence

POLACCA — Jamie Keith, a senior at Hopi High School, has received the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship. Keith, who will major in neuroscience or international relations at Dartmouth, will receive $1,500 per year for four years from the Robert C. Byrd Scholarship.

ECHOES benefit at MNA in Flag

Though not as financially profitable as its organizers might have liked, the ECHOES benefit art auction brought people from different communities together at the Museum of Northern Arizona for an evening of entertainment, great food and the chance to view a wide variety of art pieces. Entering Branigar Hall on the evening of May 6, one could not help but be impressed with the visible support for efforts of ECHOES in defense of the San Francisco Peaks.

Tuesday, May 10


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Wednesday, May 4

Monday, May 2