Quickreads 8/6/08

Tuba City hospital seeking new board members

The Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation has four board representative terms coming up for renewal this year. The following communities are: Bodaway/Gap, Coppermine, Tonalea and To'Nanees'Dizi. In addition, the Board is seeking to fill the San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe board position as soon as possible.

Qualified individuals shall be a member of a federally recognized Indian Tribe and have an interest in health care.

For further information and requirements, applicants may contact Sarah Slim, Board of Directors Executive Assistant at (928) 283-2827 or email sarah.slim@tcimc.ihs.gov. Applications for new board members will be accepted through Sept. 12.

Tuba City AYSO Soccer League

Do you want your kids to get some exercise, gain confidence, learn teamwork and have a great time? If so, the Tuba City American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) soccer registration will be held in the Basha's lobby on Aug. 6 and 8 from 6 - 8 p.m. for 4-13 year olds. The cost is $30 for the first child and $20 for each additional child. Coaches and volunteers are needed.

For more information, call (928) 283-2406.

Former Bennett Freeze Area recovery plan project public summit

The Navajo Nation's Design and Engineering Services (NNDES) invites residents, chapter and agency officials and Community Land‐Use Plan committee members to a final summit to give input about the final priority project list, the process that should be used to distribute funds, and the process of creating a regional recovery plan. The regional plan is intended to identify unmet needs for current, past, and future residents and guide development in the future.

The summit will be held at Tuba City Community Center on Wednesday, Aug. 6 starting at 10:30 a.m. (DST). Refreshments will be served.

Members of the Navajo Nation Council, the Navajo-Hopi Land Commission, and the former Bennett Freeze Task Force, and representatives of each of the nine chapters - Bodaway/Gap, Cameron, Coalmine Canyon, Coppermine, Kaibeto, Leupp, Tolani Lake, Tonalea, and Tuba City - will be present.

Questions or comments may be directed to Scott House, project manager for Navajo Nation Design and Engineering Services at (928) 871‐6097.

Shootout in the Pines youth basketball tournament

The "Shootout in the Pines" youth basketball tournament hosted by the Flagstaff Hoops is scheduled for Aug. 1-3 at Sinagua High School and the Flagstaff Recreation Center. Boys and girls teams from 9u through 14u and high school are eligible to participate. The entry fee is $250 per team.

Trophies and awards (hoodies, long-sleeve and T-shirts) will be given to first, second and third place winners, plus all-tourney awards and 3-point competition.

Games will be played following AAU rules with two coaches and 12 players per team. Birth certificates are needed for all players.

For more information, visit www.flagstaffhoops.com, e-mail flaghoopstournament@gmail.com, or call (928) 266-6438, (928) 225-0415 or (928) 853-1683.

2009 UNITY Pow Wow

The 2009 "UNITY Pow Wow" is scheduled April 10-11, 2009 at the Navajo Village Heritage Center in Page, AZ. Host Staff includes: northern host drum, Elk Soldier from Marty, SD; southern host drum, Bad Medicine from Carnegie, OK; master of ceremonies, Tom Phillips, arena director, Rick Yazzie; head gourd dancer, Steve Toya Sr.; head lady dancer, Joanne Soldier; and head man dancer, Norman Largo. Sound System will be provided by David Begaye. Everyone is welcome to attend. Any and all support is greatly appreciated. More information can be found by visiting www.myspace.com/pageazunitypowwow or by calling Merle Begay at (928) 640-3137.

Free weekly addiction recovery classes offered

Classes patterned after the 12-step AA program for addiction recovery are being offered weekly in Ganado at the LDS Church next to Hubbell Trading Post. Two classes are held each Tuesday; one at 10 a.m. and another one at 7 p.m. so those who work can attend. The course is based upon Christian gospel principles and participation is confidential.

Adult family members and friends affected by alcohol and drug addictions in their loved ones, are also invited to attend. No children please. There is no charge for the class, other than $3 for the workbook. Call Elder Wilcox at (928) 755-3999 for more information.

NACOG Area on Aging 17th Annual Professional Elder Issues Conference

Join Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG) - Area Agency on Aging at their 17th Annual Professional Elder Issues Conference; Creating Caring Communities for Seniors: Best Practices and Beneficial Tools, at the Prescott Resort and Conference Center Wednesday, Sept. 17.

The conference has several sessions devoted to understanding the major elder issues that impact our community and provides tools for responding to those issues. One area to be explored during the keynote address will be how we experience the impact of grief and loss and our capacity to cope. The keynote speaker, Dr. Patrick Arbore, has served in the field of aging and mental health since 1973. He is the director for The Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention and Grief Related Services at the Institute on Aging in San Francisco.

Dr. Arbore will be presenting additionally on, "Recognizing and Responding to Suicidal Ideation in the Elderly." Another session will be a panel discussion on the tools a professional or layperson can use to respond to assisted suicide inquiries. Recognition of the complex issues underlying the controversial matter of decisions at end of life will be reviewed.

Several other sessions with other community speakers include such topics as: Cultural Diversity, Stress Management, Living Green, and Vulnerable Adult Crimes.

For more conference information and to register, contact NACOG Area Agency on Aging toll free at 877-521-3500.

'Need for Change' is here

The Black Mesa Project is back in the news, global warming is the hot topic, an initiaitive by the Shirley Administration to downsize the council is in the works and there is small news being passed around about Leupp Chapter Elections.

Concerned community members have come together to make a positive change in the Local government. Running for Chapter President is Priscilla Franklin; Vice-President, Ellen Billie Branch; Treasurer/Secretary, Leota Begay; LSI School Board: Lela Zilth and Calvin Johnson (write-in candidate).

The primary election is scheduled for August 5, so exercise your vote and weigh in the possible choices. This is the time to meet the candidates and become active in your community.

The "Need for Change" campaign will be holding a rally near you. For more information contact Calvin Johnson at (928) 814-1475 or e-mail caljohnson2006@yahoo.com.

The best birding in Flagstaff

During July and September, the Arboretum at Flagstaff will have knowledgeable birders from the local chapter of the Audubon Society leading bird-watching tours through the gardens every Saturday starting at 7:30 a.m. With over 2,000 species of plants and a permanent water source, the gardens provide an ideal refuge on the journey north in the spring and back again in the fall. This is a wonderful time of year to view the migratory birds that stop at The Arboretum's wetlands. Checklists are available for all participants. Some binoculars and guidebooks may be borrowed during the tours.

The birdwalks are free and open to all ages. Please call (928) 774-1442 for more information, or visit www.thearb.org.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Applications for Tribal Wildlife Grants

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today issued a request for grant proposals from federally recognized Tribes for projects that will conserve fish and wildlife resources on tribal lands. The 2009 Tribal Wildlife Grants program funds projects on a competitive basis that benefit habitat, fish and wildlife, including species that are not hunted or fished.

Proposals and grant applications must be postmarked by Sept. 2. The maximum award for any one project under this program is $200,000. For more information and to obtain a copy of the grant application kit, or to find a regional Tribal grants contact, please visit www.fws.gov/nativeamerican. Tribal representatives can also visit www.grants.gov for information about this and other grant programs for Tribes.

Previously funded Tribal Wildlife Grant projects range from comprehensive surveys of plants, fish and wildlife, to habitat and fish restoration, to development of new resource management plans and techniques. The Tribal Wildlife Grants program began in 2003 and has provided over $50 million to date for building the capacity of Tribes to manage fish and wildlife resources. A comprehensive report on projects awarded between 2003 and 2006 is available at www.fws.gov/nativeamerican.

FMC Cancer Center offers Lunch 'N Learn support groups

The Cancer Center at Flagstaff Medical Center offers monthly Lunch 'N Learn support groups. The meetings are held on the last Saturday of each month from noon to 2:30 p.m. in the Cancer Center lobby. During the first hour a light lunch will be provided along with a speaker about a cancer-related topic. The remainder of the time is reserved for a support/discussion group. These groups are confidential, free and open to the public.

Because cancer is a family disease, support groups offer families and friends an opportunity to share their feelings and ideas about the journey when a loved one has cancer. Sometimes just knowing others are having a similar experience can be both comforting and healing.

For more information about the support groups, call (928) 773-2261. For more information about the Cancer Center at Flagstaff Medical Center, visit CancerCenteratFlagstaff.com.

Coconino County ITAC seeking new membership

The Coconino County Inter-Tribal Advisory Council (ITAC) is currently recruiting interested citizens to serve on the ITAC.

Established in 2001 by the Coconino County Board of Supervisors, the ITAC is an official liaison and communication link between Native American communities and Coconino County governmental agencies. It is composed of up to 15 members appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Members must reside in Coconino County and have an interest in and knowledge of issues and concerns of importance to Native Americans residing in Coconino County.

The ITAC reviews and makes recommendations to the Board of Supervisors concerning existing and proposed city, county, state, federal and tribal legislation affecting Native Americans. They also examine and assist in planning policies for employment, education, housing, health services, community services, the justice system, recreation and land development as they affect or relate to Native American tribal members.

The ITAC also promotes cultural and historical activities and events related to Native Americans and recommends and reports findings from studies regarding the current needs of Native Americans to the Board of Supervisors. Additionally, they host community forums to educate the community about Native American issues and concerns.

The ITAC meets on the first Tuesday of each month in the Coconino County Administrative Center located at 219 East Cherry Ave. in downtown Flagstaff. The meeting will be in the second floor meeting room. Public participation is encouraged.

Citizens who are interested in becoming a member of the ITAC are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications can be downloaded from the ITAC Web site at www.coconino.az.gov/itac. Completed applications should be submitted to: Coconino County Board Of Supervisors, 219 East Cherry Ave., Flagstaff, AZ 86001.

For more information about the ITAC, or if you should have questions regarding membership, call (928) 779-6644 or toll free (800) 559-9289, or e-mail Elaine Beyal at ebeyal@coconino.az.gov.

Foster grandparent and senior companion volunteers needed

The Senior Volunteer Programs of Northern Arizona's foster grandparent and senior companion programs need elders age 60 and older. By volunteering your time and talent to help children or visit homebound seniors, you can receive a stipend of $2.65/hr tax free, meal and mileage reimbursement, annual physical exam, secondary insurance and formal recognition for the important work you do.

Foster grandparent volunteers can volunteer 15-40 hours weekly to help children who need extra love and attention in a variety of settings including school classrooms, Head Start programs, and children's shelters.

Senior companion volunteers can volunteer 15-40 hours weekly to help homebound seniors who need a helping hand to stay independent.

If you are interested in finding out more about the foster grandparent and senior companion programs, contact Mary Tenakhongva at (928) 734-1290 or Sally Greer at (928) 523-1082 or toll free at 1-866-856-3017.

Navajo County to assist residents in obtaining birth certificates

The Navajo County Public Health Services District can assist area residents with Arizona birth certificates. The Health District can provide to eligible parents, Arizona birth certificates for children born between 1950 to present for a $10 charge. The Health District may also be able to assist with other Arizona birth certificate issues.

The Health District can only process birth certificates from the Holbrook office. In order to further assist area residents, the Vital Records office travels to other locations. If the Health District is able to process the birth certificate, it is mailed to residents from the Holbrook office.

For more information contact Karen at (928) 524-4750.

Holbrook High School class reunion

The Holbrook High School Class of 1974 announces their class reunion set for 2009 in Holbrook. Roadrunners, heads up! If you have any questions, you may e-mail jean_benally@msn.com or muunshado@yahoo.com, or call L.C. Baldwin at (505) 863-7687 (work) or (505) 979-4509 (cell), or mail your question(s) to P.O. Box 3752, Gallup, N.M. 87305.

Black Mesa Trust Seeks New Membership

The Black Mesa Trust is currently seeking new membership for the Black Mesa Trust Organization. According to Vernon Masyesva, Executive Director, the Mission of Black Mesa Trust is "to safeguard, preserve and honor the land, air, and water of Black Mesa. Black Mesa Trust is about harnessing the lessons of traditional knowledge with western science and technology to secure permanently our homeland for generations of children yet to come."

Black Mesa Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are tax deductable. You may join Black Mesa Trust in the following membership categories: $1 Pavatya-Tadpole, $10 Paakwa-Frog, $25 Baaqavi-Reed, $50 Paawiya-Duck, $100 Tangaqwunu-Rainbow, $250 Paahutaviyva-Spring Keeper, $500 Yoytaviyta-Rainkeeper, and $1,000 Paahutunatyawtaqa-Water Guardian.

Please send your name, address, phone number or e-mail and tribal affiliation. Send your check or money order to: Black Mesa Trust, P.O. Box 33, Kykotsmovi, Arizona 86039. For more information, go to www.BMT.org or call (928) 734-9255.

Coconino County volunteer opportunities

Do you ever feel disconnected with the community? Would you like to make a positive difference in someone's life? Join the team at Coconino County Community Services and volunteer your time to help our citizens who may be in need of some help. Volunteers are currently being recruited to help homebound seniors or disabled adults in a variety of ways including friendly phone calls, visits, shopping, transportation assistance and yard maintenance. There are also many other volunteer opportunities available through the county. Call Sharon Tewksbury-Bloom at (928) 522-7913 or e-mail stewksbury-bloom@coconino.az.gov to be matched with a service position in you community today.

Mountain Spinners and Weavers Guild meeting

All interested individuals are invited to the monthly Mountain Spinners and Weavers Guild meeting, which is held at 9 a.m., on the third Saturday of each month at the American Lutheran Church, 1085 Scott Dr. in Prescott. For more information contact Rowena Tank at (928) 899-3574.

GED distance learning opportunity

Coconino Community College offers free online GED preparation program. Individuals who want to study for a GED but can't attend class regularly, can use GED Online to study and take practice tests anywhere they can access the Internet. In Flagstaff and surrounding areas, call Coconino Community College Adult Education at (928) 226-4317. This program is free to all and is funded by the Arizona Department of Education.

New Frontiers seeks five percent Wednesday candidates

On the third Wednesday of each month New Frontiers donates five percent of that day's sales to a Flagstaff non-profit group that provides for critical human needs such as food, shelter, emergency health care or a safe haven. In the past, monies have also been donated to reading programs, community cleanup campaigns, children's groups, causes and programs that improve the quality of life in Flagstaff. To find out if your group qualifies, call Priya Drews at (928) 774-5747.

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