Tuba City Unified School District Override Election

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, the Tuba City Unified School District will conduct an override election with two separate issues on the ballot. Voters will be asked to vote on the following issues:

· To exceed its revenue control limit by 10 percent for its Maintenance and Operation budget

· To exceed its revenue control limit by 5 percent for special K-3 programs.

The estimated first year tax rate for the proposed 10 percent maintenance and operation budget override amount is $0.00. The estimated first year tax rate for the proposed 5 percent K-3 maintenance and operation budget override amount is $0.00. This override will allow the district to use existing cash balances to fund these programs.

Arguments "For" and "Against" this special budget override are being requested by the Coconino County Superintendent of Schools for inclusion in the Informational Report. The Superintendent will review all factual statements contained in the written arguments and correct any inaccurate statements of fact. The Superintendent will not correct any portion of the written arguments that are identified as statements of the author's opinion.

The pamphlet will be mailed to households within the school district. Arguments are to be 200 words or less and will be typed or printed and signed by the author. The arguments should include the author's name, address, telephone number, a signature and whether or not the name can be printed in the information pamphlet.

Arguments must be received by 5 p.m., Aug. 17, in the Coconino County Superintendent of Schools office, Ponderosa High School, 2384 N Steves Blvd., Flagstaff, AZ 86004. Faxes will be accepted at (928)779-6571; however, the original must be mailed to Coconino County Superintendent of Schools, 110 East Cherry Avenue, Flagstaff, AZ 86001.

For more information, call the Superintendent of Schools office at (928) 779-6594.

Flagstaff Area blood donors receive free pass to the Coconino County Fair

United Blood Services, Arizona's largest non-profit community blood provider, announced a lifesaving partnership with Coconino County Parks and Recreation, sponsors of the Coconino County Fair. All who donate through Aug. 31 will be thanked with one free gate pass to the Coconino County Fair to help increase Northern Arizona blood donations. The Fair will be held Aug. 31 - Sept. 3 at the Coconino County Fairgrounds (three miles south of Flagstaff at Exit 337 off of I-17). To make it convenient for donors to give blood, United Blood Services has scheduled more than 30 blood drives in the Flagstaff area through August. For a complete listing, and to make a donation appointment, call 1-844-448-GIVE (4483) toll free or visit www.UnitedBloodServices.org/Arizona (click on the "donate blood" link) and enter your ZIP code.

The 2007 Coconino County Fair will be held August 31 - September 3. For more information, visit www.coconino.az.gov/parks.aspx.

Runners and walkers wanted

Runners and walkers are encouraged to register early for the 4th Annual Dennis Connell Scholarship Run/Walk. The event, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29, will start at 9 a.m. at the Pima Ramada at Fort Tuthill County Fairgrounds. Pre-registration fees (before Sept. 25) are $25, $15 for students. T-shirts and a barbeque lunch will be offered to all participants.

The event was organized in memory of Dennis Connell, former department chair for Coconino Community College's Administration of Justice, Public Safety and Health. Proceeds from the run/walk will go to the Dennis Connell Scholarship Foundation, which includes scholarships for criminal justice, public safety law, allied health and fire science majors. Connell died in April 2003.

Before joining CCC, Connell served as a Flagstaff police officer for 23 years. "This run celebrates Dennis' passion for law enforcement and his students, his love of running and his sense of pride in the community where he lived," said Barbara Connell.

The endowed scholarship is one of the largest at CCC. This year, three students are being offered scholarships. The funding will cover tuition and the cost of books for the year.

Runners and walkers for the 10k run, 5k run and 5k walk can sign up at Active.com or register through the CCC Foundation at the Fourth Street Campus, 3000 N. Fourth Street or the Lone Tree Campus. For more information, log on to www.coconino.edu or call the CCC Foundation Office at (928) 526-7603.

Western Arizona Community-based Tourism Workshop

The Western Arizona Community-based Tourism Workshop will be held at the Navajo Nation Quality Inn in Page Aug. 13-15. The workshop is a result of Western Navajo and Hopi communities' regional tourism meetings that began in early 2005. Grand Canyon Trust, Navajo Tourism Department and the Arizona Office of Tourism are excited to offer this unique hands-on community-based tourism workshop for Navajo and Hopi communities. Workshop participants will receive information about the tourism industry, products and services, organizational development and work through the Community Tourism Development Manual worksheets. The workshop, based from a community-based tourism perspective, assures that local values and cultural sites are protected. Cynthia Messer, a tourism professional from the university of Minnesota will facilitate the event and many local tourism professionals will also be present.

Registration is $150 per person and a reduced registration fee of $75 is available for students that register before Aug. 3. Registration received after Aug. 3 will have a $175 late registration fee. Limited scholarships are also available based upon need and commitment. For more information and tor register, call Ben Jones at the Grand Canyon Trust Offices, (928) 774-7488, email bjones@grandcanyontrust.org, or visit www.grandcanyontrust.org.

Hopi Tribe Grants and Scholarship Program accepting 2008 applications

The Hopi Tribe Grants and Scholarship Program (HTGSP) is currently accepting applications for the Spring 2008 semester. Students must meet all requirements, complete an application and submit the following documents to be considered for Spring 2008 funding:

Applicants: Must be enrolled members of the Hopi Tribe; have a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.50 or higher; submit official high school transcripts from the high school attended (must be in a sealed envelope) or official GED test results; submit all official transcripts from post secondary institutions attended (must be in a sealed envelope); submit a letter of acceptance (LOA) or a program of study (POS); complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have applied for all federal, state, and institutional aid before being considered for HTGSP funding; submit a financial needs analysis form (included with application).

Applications and required documents must be received on or before Dec. 1 to be considered for funding for the Spring 2008 semester. Questions regarding the application process or information required can be directed to the HTGSP office at 800-762-9630 (off-reservation) or (928) 734-3533 (on-reservation).

2007 Wool and Mohair Program sign-up

The U.S. Department of Agriculture-Farm Service Agency is taking applications for the 21007 Wool and Mohair Loan Deficiency Payment (LDP) program. The 2007 Woll and Mohair LDP authorize additional payments if the market prices are low. CCC-633EZ Page 1 must be on file with FSA before selling wool/mohair. If you sell you rwoll/mohair before filing for CCC-633EZ Page 1 with FSA, you are not eligible for the LDP payment.

A FSA representative will be taking applications at the following chapters, dates and times:

LeChee, Aug. 15, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Tonalea, Aug. 16, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Gap, Aug. 29, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Kaibeto, Aug. 30, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Leupp, Sept. 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

LeChee, Sept. 12, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Tonalea, Sept. 13, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

This schedule will be in place as long as the weather and road condition permits. Sales receipt must include date sold, sellers' name, type of commodity, number of pounds sold, price per pound, buyer's name and signature of buyer.

Applications can also be filed at any USDA Service Centers: Coconino County, 1585 S. Plaza Way, Suite 120, Flagstaff, AZ, 86001, (928) 774-2401, ext. 2.

Navajo County 51 West Vista Dr., No. 2, Holbrook, AZ, 86025, (928) 524-3214, ext. 2.

Apache County, 140 W. Cleveland, St. Johns, AZ, 85936, (928) 337-4411.

State Arts Commission to present workshop for artists in northern Arizona

The Arizona Commission on the Arts (ACA) will bring staff to Flagstaff in August for a workshop to support artists in Northern Arizona. The workshop will discuss the Commission's grant program for individual artists, and also present a program to provide professional development support to artists. Following the program, there will be a forum for discussion of issues facing the arts community in northern Arizona.

The workshop will be hosted at the Coconino Center for the Arts on Friday, Aug. 24, at 5:30 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the ACA, Flagstaff Cultural Partners and the Artists Coalition of Flagstaff. Further details for the program will be announced later in July.

For more information, visit www.culturalpartners.org, or call (928) 779-2300.

Seasonal Pass Available for Lake Mary Use

The Mormon Lake Ranger District is now charging fees to use the facilities at Upper and Lower Lake Mary and the Narrows. The fees will be used to pay for maintenance of amenities offered at these popular recreation sites.

In addition to the Day Use Fee of $5 per day per vehicle, a seasonal pass for $30 is available from the concessionaire, Recreation Resource Management (RRM).

The seasonal pass will be sold at Lower Lake Mary Day Use area, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; and weekend mornings from 6 a.m. to 12 noon. Cash or checks are accepted. The seasonal pass is good through October 15.

For more information about purchasing the pass, contact Recreation Resource Management at 623-694-9633. For more information visit our website at www.coconinoforest.us.

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