Stories for October 2005


Thursday, October 27

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Snowbowl trial recesses until November

PRESCOTT -- The precedent-setting federal trial to prevent the desecration of Dook'o'osliid was recessed last Tuesday (Oct. 18) until Nov. 2 when Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. is expected to testify.

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Robert Carr makes 2nd bid for Winslow mayoral seat

WINSLOW -- It was less than two years ago that Robert Carr, a Navajo resident of Winslow since 1989, ran against Winslow Mayor Jim Boles. Although Boles was elected to another term as mayor, Carr made an impressive showing as a write-in candidate for that office.

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2005 Tuba City High Homecoming

TUBA CITY -- Homecoming week is an event the entire town supports, blanketing Tuba City in forest green--the color of Tuba City High School. Fifty years of Warrior pride is evinced by an "ocean of green" spread across sports posters, students, staff as well as community members, dominating the field and bleachers on parade and game day.

Ties that bind different cultures

Hopis and Rastafarians treasure lives of harmony

POLACCA -- Owen Smith sees similarities between Hopi people and the Rastafarians from his native Jamaica.

Wednesday, October 26

Candidate Q&A continued

The following question and answers were from the Oct. 12 Meet the Candidates forum in Winslow. Each candidate was given two minutes to answer the question. Due to spatial issues, the remaining questions will be published in the Nov. 2 issue.

Mine in Black Mesa will close

"This is pretty black and white. There are going to be layoffs," Supervisor Percy Deal told the Navajo County Board of Supervisors Oct. 17 regarding a letter he received from Peabody Western Coal Company.

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Canyon Diablo tells Volz family story

It all started with the birth of Frederick William (Friedrich Wilhelm) Volz (Prussia, 1856), the formation of The Atlantic & Pacific Railroad Company (A&PRR), and the 1866 Congressional Land Grant Charter allowing the construction of a transcontinental railroad from Springfield, Mo., to the Pacific Coast. The charter included, among other vague geographical route information, a route for the railroad across northern New Mexico and Arizona Territories described as "... more or less along the 35th parallel ...". Winslow and Canyon Diablo are more or less along the 35th parallel.

County to forego arraignments

"Rule 14.1D permits the presiding judge to forego arraignments," explained Navajo County Superior Court Presiding Judge Dale Nielson.

Golf course bill passes house sub-committee

Congressman Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.) announced last week that the House Resources Committee passed HR 1436 which removes land restrictions on property located in Winslow. 

Outbreak of Pigeon Fever

Not many area residents are aware of the recent outbreak of Pigeon fever, but according to a local veterinarian, there have been more than 60 confirmed cases in Winslow and the immediate area.

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Bulldogs defeat Ganado, 42-0

The Winslow Bulldogs remained undefeated in the 3A North Region with a 42-0 victory over the Ganado Hornets in Ganado on Friday. The victory improved Winslow's record to 8-1 for the season and 5-0 in the region. Ganado fell to 3-6 for the season and 2-3 in the region.

JV Bulldogs down Ganado, 45-0

The Winslow High School junior varsity football team ended its home season on a positive note with a 45-0 win over Ganado on Thursday.

WJHS softball eliminated from tourney after loss

The Winslow Junior High School eighth grade softball team was eliminated from the White Mountain League Tournament with a 4-3 loss to Joseph City on Oct. 15. That completed the season for the last of the Winslow Junior High School fall sports teams. The seventh grade softball team had ended its season a week earlier after winning the Joseph City Invitational Tournament.

As Sam Sees It

It is time for Commissioner Bud Selig and Major League Baseball to show some grit and take back their game from the television moguls at Fox Network.

3A North Review

The 3A North Region teams went into the final week of the regular season with defending champion Winslow (8-1, 5-0) having clinched the regional title by defeating the Ganado Hornets (3-6, 2-3) 42-0 on Friday. The Bulldogs will meet the Window Rock Scouts (5-2, 4-1) at Winslow in the regular season finale. The Scouts defeated Greyhills 42-0 in their Friday outing.


Jimmie Yazzie

Funeral Services for Jimmie Yazzie, 86, were held Oct. 26 at Greer's Mortuary Chapel. Pastor John Tso presided. Jimmie was born in Castle Butte, Ariz. He served in the United States Army, Papuan and New Guinea 1942 - 1945, presented a Purple Heart January 1944, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon (2 Bronze stars) He was employed and retired with Santa Fe and spent his retirement years with his family and livestock at home.

Some insights to the Winslow Mail

In every editorial newspaper, there must be a 50% ad to 50% editorial ratio. In other words, the editor can only insert as many articles as there are ads (in inches). In most other cities, this is quite easy. In Winslow, the advertising public is a bit different. I've heard comments like, "Nobody reads your paper" and "Your paper is so small". There is a reason that it is so small, and that is because our town doesn't understand how important their newspaper is to this community.

Navajo County Sheriff's Report 10-26

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.

Wednesday, October 19

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Meet the candidates night goes well, citizen's ask some pertinent questions

During the candidate forum last Wednesday night, Mediator Sarah Smithson asked a series of questions of the five candidates in the recall election slated Nov. 8. Those running for the council seat include Judy Howell and Stephanie Lugo, and those vying for mayor include Jim Boles, Allen Affeldt and Robert Carr.

City takes no action following executive session on airport lands

The Winslow City Council entered in an executive session during its Oct. 11 meeting last week, for legal advice relating to the purchase, sale and/or lease of properties in the airport industrial park, and upon returning to regular session, took no action.

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Governor clears Division IV court

Navajo County Superior Court is getting ever closer to having a permanent Division IV.

Winslow man arrested in April shootings

After months of exhaustive investigation, the Winslow Police Department Criminal Investigation Division has arrested 19-year-old Damian Jose Lomeli, of Winslow, for his involvement in the BB gun shootings in April 2005.

As Sam Sees It

The first round of the Major League Baseball Play-offs is over and there has been a bonanza of examples that what almost every coach I have ever been around preached as how the game should be played.

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Dog trainer has deep ties to Winslow

Dan Harrison and I go back to when I first came to Winslow in 1961. We had never met when a lady came up to me in the parking lot of the old Babbitt's shopping center. She spoke as if we were old friends and started talking about people who were strangers to me.

Bulldogs down Warriors

The Winslow Bulldogs stayed undefeated in the 3A North Region with a 49-6 victory over the Tuba City Warriors in Winslow on Friday. The Bulldogs improved to 7-1 for the season and 4-0 in the region with the win. Tuba City absorbed its first loss in the region and fell to 5-3 for the season and 4-1 in the region.

3A North Region Review

The 3A North Region teams completed their fifth week of mostly regional competition on Friday.

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Glenn "Dale" Mitchell

Memorial serivces for Glenn "Dale" Mitchell, 61, of Holbrook were held Oct. 15 at the Holbrook Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Interment followed in the Holbrook Cemetery.


Josephine Talyumptewa

Funeral Services for Josephine Fuson Talyumptewa, 53, were held Oct. 15 at the Leupp Presbyterian Church, with Pastor Calvin Kelly presiding. Interment followed at Old Leupp Cemetery.

Navajo County Sheriff's Report

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.

Front Page History

A look at the top stories from the archives of the Winslow Mail

Thank you volunteers

I recently recieved a letter to the editor from the volunteers who have wholehartedly thrown themselves into donating to victims of Hurrican Katrina.

Non-profit groups run against grain of special interest projects

For a member of Congress, it's generally a lot easier politically to say yes to spending proposals than to say no.

Wednesday, October 12

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Standin' Festival big hit in Winslow

The seventh annual Standin' on the Corner Festival was a big success in Winslow Oct. 7 and 8, as many local residents, as well as several from out-of-state, rocked it up during the two-day event.

ADEQ to help with Standin' on the Corner park cleanup

After nearly an entire year, the Standin' on the Corner Park may finally be cleaned up.

Brigham City chosen for restoration project

During the Sept. 27 meeting of the Winslow City Council, Mayor Jim Boles announced that he had met with Phoenix Heritage Commission Chairman John Driggs, who is also a member of Governor Janet Napolitano's centennial committee for programs and projects, about restoration of Brigham City.

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NAA student enters rock in RAWP

When Krystal Thompson, a senior at Northeastern Arizona Academy, sent a rock to the Arizona State University Rock Around the World Project, she was just completing a project assigned to her geology class last year. She never expected the rock to be accepted and used in the project.

Mayor testifies before parks committee regarding golf course

Mayor Jim Boles recently traveled to Washington D.C. to testify before a sub-committee of the National Resource Committee to seek relief from the National Park Service in regards to the old golf course.

Bulldogs win homecoming, down Elks 21-17

The Winslow Bulldogs gave their Homecoming crowd something to celebrate with a 21-17 victory over the top-ranked Round Valley Elks on Friday. The win left the Bulldogs with a 6-1 record for the season and dropped the Elks to 5-2 for the year. Both teams are undefeated in their respective regions.

Cross-country takes second at tourney

The Winslow High School girls' cross-country team finished second in the Winslow Invitational Cross-country Meet held on Sept. 28. The Winslow boys were not among the top three teams in the meet.

JV and freshman teams do well

The Winslow High School freshman and junior varsity volleyball teams have had their share of successes in recent matches.

As Sam Sees It

Homecoming for the Winslow Bulldogs on Friday was quite a celebration and quite a football game. The opponents were the Round Valley Elks who were coming off the spoiling of another team's Homecoming celebration.

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Nora Wright

On Saturday, Oct. 1, Winslow resident Nora Wright passed away. She left these words:


Herlinda Hinojos

Holy Rosary for Herlinda Hinojos, 58, was recited on Oct. 6, at Madre de Dios Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial followed. Father Frank Chacon was the celebrant. Interment followed in Desert View Cemetery.

Navajo County sheriff's report

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.

Tuesday, October 11

Hello from the new editor

I know most of you have grown fond of Jeff Pope in the past year.

Friday, October 7

How can we improve Navajo Nation schools?

Congratulations to the Navajo Nation Council for approving the Navajo education amendments to Title 10. Fortunately, a majority of the council accepted the amendments on the premise there is a need for a better system. In an earlier article I mentioned small schools and local control as key elements for improving schools. I received several requests asking if I would elaborate on these two items. The hunger to be better has to come from within the school and each site must work at getting better through its own efforts. Schools get better when there is a high degree of consensus of how to improve among everyone at the school.

Hopi housing summit a success

Working together to build homes

KYKOTSMOVI-- More than 600 Hopi people joined village and tribal leaders, state and federal officials and others last week at the first annual Hopi Housing Summit, an event aimed at creating affordable, quality housing to the Hopi Homeland.

Navajo Nation issues fish consumption health advisory

The Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency (NNEPA) in cooperation with the Navajo Nation Division of Health and Navajo Nation Fish and Wildlife Department is issuing a fish consumption advisory for Red Lake near Navajo, N.M., and Morgan Lake, N.M.

Ethics and Rules Committee adopts Fall Session Agenda

WINDOW ROCK -- The Ethics and Rules Committee of the Navajo Nation Council adopted the agenda for the Council's Fall Session to take place Oct. 17-21.

Pres. Shirley gets Capitol Hill support for Dine sovereignty

Delegation appeals to Congressmen, Senators, staff about to stop new uranium threat on Rez

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On Sept. 27, the Navajo Nation delivered an unmistakable message to Capitol Hill that it expects its sovereign right to make laws and live by them to be respected, and that it will tolerate no further uranium mining or processing within its boundaries.

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Marine surprised with welcome home honor run

KAYENTA -- More than 50 bike riders, including Navajo Nation Council delegates Larry Noble, Lorenzo Bates, Roy Laughter and Vice President Frank Dayish Jr., surprised returning U.S. Marine Corp Corporal Ryan Benally with an honor run on Sept. 25 to welcome him home from serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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Jaynez uses his music to help kids chase the blues away

WINDOW ROCK -- Some believe people can get rid of the blues by singing the blues.

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Tuba City treatment center now open

TUBA CITY -- A soft calm drizzle of rain preceded the blessing ceremony held on Sept. 14 to acknowledge the opening of the Navajo Treatment Center for Children & Families and the Family Violence Prevention Program's new modular building. Several speakers were also on hand to offer support for the services both programs provide in Tuba City.

TC nurse garners national recognition

TUBA CITY -- Tuba City Regional Healthcare Corp.'s (TCRHCC) Infection Control Nurse, Deborah Farrell, has received recognition from the national level for her outstanding work in contributing to the best practices of infection prevention and control at the hospital.

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Tuba City Warriors trounce Hopi Bruins

POLACCA--Jeremy McCabe and Carson Begay led the way as Tuba City beat Hopi, 54-14, in high school football action Sept. 30.

Natural gas rate likely to soar

It's expected that residential natural gas prices will increase dramatically this coming winter due to supply disruptions associated with Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. This is bad news for consumers everywhere in Arizona. Natural gas is used for heating in cold weather areas, but it is also increasingly used as fuel for the generation of electricity.

Vice Chairman candidate targets Hopi, Tewa issues

My name is Ernest "Tubby" Honyaktewa, a member of the Eagle Clan from the village of Mishongnovi. After careful consideration and months of preparation I would like to inform the Hopi and Tewa people that I have decided to announce my candidacy for Vice Chairman of the Hopi Tribe.

Prophesy warns of dried up springs in Hopiland

Each and every one of us should be glad that we were blessed with the winter snow and an abundance of much needed rain. Our fields soaked up the moisture, thus allowing us to look forward to a good harvest.

Legislation will assist Arizona's ailing veterans

Many thousands of veterans suffer today from debilitating and even deadly diseases caused by asbestos exposure during their military service. But the current unfair and illogical litigation system fails to provide these veterans and their families with the relief they need and deserve.

Thursday, October 6

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Addressing uranium contamination

Pres. Shirley stresses need to respect Navajo sovereignty, stop mines proposed for New Mexico

WASHINGTON -- The Navajo Nation has gained an unexpected ally in the League of United Latin American Citizens, which invited Navajo President Joe Shirley Jr., to join its national president on the podium during a press conference here Sept. 29.

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Uranium victims gather in Tuba City

Share news on Radiation Exposure Compensation Act

TUBA CITY -- Uranium victims heard updated news concerning proposed RECA (Radiation Exposure Compensation Act, P.L. 101-426 during the Navajo Western Agency Uranium Victims Meeting on Sept. 29 at the Tuba City Chapter House.

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Veteran of the airwaves

Loy Engelhardt of KINO radio in Winslow works with Hopi High students

Loy Engelhardt of KINO radio in Winslow works with Hopi High students

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Winslow hospital celebrates

WINSLOW-- Area dignitaries joined Winslow Indian Health Care Center staff on Sept. 20--a brisk, windy morning celebrating the hospital's reauthorization as a P.L. 93-638 Contract facility.

Quick Reads Oct. 5, 2005

Public invited to silent auction

Impressive times at Lake Powell

PAGE -- On Sept. 24, at the Page Steel/Lake Powell Cross Country Invitational Weston Jones of Red Mesa High School broke the course record (16:12 over the 5K course) and avenged early season losses to Page High School runners Donovan Tsinnijinnie (second -- 16:22) and Nathan Lee (third-16:42.)

Wednesday, October 5

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The boys are back in town

Hotel California, Mogollon and more return to Standin' on the Corner Festival this weekend

Winslow's seventh annual Standing' on the Corner Festival is set for this weekend.

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More than 150 vehicles expected for car show

The Just Cruis'n Car Club expects more than 150 vehicles at its 11th annual car show Oct. 8 on the grounds at La Posada in downtown Winslow.

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Robert Carr joins mayoral race

Although his name will not appear on the ballot, write-in candidate Robert Carr has thrown his hat in along with Mayor Jim Boles and candidate Allan Affeldt, for the mayoral recall election Nov. 8.

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Dances kick off Native American studies at Bonnie Brennan

Students at Bonnie Brennan Elementary School kicked off three weeks of learning about Native American cultures Sept. 30 by presenting several traditional dances before staff and parents.

Winslow Manor residents send homemade aid to hurricane victims

Several residents of the Winslow Manor have been very busy since the beginning of the year, as they have been knitting, crocheting and sewing blankets, afghans and quilts as part of the Retirement Housing Foundation (RHF) Project Helping Angels National Donated Support (HANDS).

Festival Schedule

The following acts are scheduled to perform at the Standin' on the Corner Festival Friday and Saturday.

Bulldogs beat up on Greyhills, 50-8

The Winslow Bulldogs remained undefeated in the 3A North Region with an easy 50-8 win over the Greyhills Knights on Thursday at Tuba City. The victory improved Winslow's record to 5-1 for the season and 3-0 in the region. Greyhills fell to 1-4 for the season and 0-2 in the region.

Bulldogs' varsity team faces No. 1 Round Valley with 5-1 record for Homecoming

The Winslow Bulldogs will take a 5-1 record into their Homecoming contest on Friday. Winslow has cruised past all of its opponents except for a one point 20-19 loss to the Snowflake Lobos in the third game of the season. Most local fans believe that the best team did not win on that night.

As Sam Sees It

The Winslow Bulldogs appear likely to cruise through the meager opposition offered by 3A North Region opponents and enter the Arizona State Football Championship Playoffs as the region's top seed. That will insure a first round playoff game at Nasser Stadium on Nov. 4.

Rolling along in the right direction

Thirteen months ago, I took the next step in my career by moving to a little town in rural Arizona. Now, I'm taking the next step.

Front Page History

A look at the top stories from the archives of the Winslow Mail

Obituaries 10-05

<b>Ralph Elde Wickham</b>

A memorial service to remember Ralph Elde "Bish" Wickham, 91 of Lake Pointe Landing, NC who died suddenly Wednesday July 13, 2005 at Pardee Hospital.

Navajo County Sheriff's Report 10-05

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.

Tuesday, October 4

Paying for Rita and Katrina

After two enormous hurricanes in a month, America has a lot of work to do. Things will never be quite the same on the Gulf Coast, and rebuilding will require some creative thinking lest history repeat itself.

Sunday, October 2

‘I pray the Hopi way won’t become a way of the past’

The Hopi people have lived on our homeland in northeast Arizona since ancient times. Our village of Oraibi dates to 900 A.D., making it the oldest continuously inhabited community in North America. Native American scholars regard the Hopi Tribe as among the most traditional of all American Indians.Many of the 7,000 Hopi people on our 1.6 million-acre reservation still live as did our ancestors, residing in modest sandstone houses in 12 villages, tending to small fields of corn, squash, beans and melons and participating in ceremonies and religion rituals dating back centuries before Spanish and Euro-American settlement of this country.