Quick Reads for 8/27

Havasupai Tribe seeks assistance for flood victims

The Havasupai Tribal Council is requesting financial, technical and supplies assistance to deal with the recent flooding, which wiped out trails, campgrounds and some homes. The Havasupai Tribal Disaster Fund has been set up to assist with relief efforts.

Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo Bank Arizona under account #7089718444. For additional information, contact Ron Quasula, Emergency Coordinator at nativefire1@yahoo.com.

Public meeting to discuss the future of Coconino County Parks

The Coconino County Parks and Recreation Department (CCPR) invites citizens to an important public meeting at 4 p.m. Sept. 4 to discuss the Parks and Recreation's Organizational Master Plan project. The meeting will take place in the Board of Supervisors Chamber at 219 E. Cherry Ave in Flagstaff.

The CCPR Commission will conduct a review of the draft Facility and Organizational Needs Analysis, which is available for download from the County website. The Draft proposes a short list of recommended actions to address the need to maintain and improve existing facilities, expand opportunities for increasing earned revenues, and provide equitable access to parks.

The proposed Vision and Mission Elements and Facility and Organizational Needs Analysis are available for download from the County's website at www.coconino.az.gov/parks.aspx.

For more information, please contact Regina Salas Szal at (928) 679-8027, (928) 607-0219 or e-mail rszal@coconino.az.gov.

TCRHCC seeks new board members

The Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation (TCRHCC) 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.

Applications for new board members will be accepted through Monday, Sept. 1 and not Sept. 12 as erroneously indicated in prior announcements. For further information and requirements, applicants may contact Sarah Slim, Board of Directors Executive Assistant at (928) 283-2827 or e-mail sarah.slim@tcimc.ihs.gov.

Lady Lobo basketball fundraiser

A men's open basketball tournament will be held over the Labor Day weekend (Aug. 29 - Sept.1) to raise funds for the "Lady Lobos" basketball program. Awards will be given out to all placement teams, including trophies, hooded pullovers, sweatshirts and T-shirts, in addition to individual awards. There is a $170 entry fee (cash or money order only) for all teams with a 10-player roster limit. It will be a 20-team double elimination tournament with one championship game. For additional information, contact Tracy at (928) 781-3104 or (928) 349-6629.

Weekly update for ADOT construction project on US 89 for the week of Aug. 25

ADOT is repaving seven miles of US 89 from the US 89A junction at Bitter Springs, heading north toward Page and Lake Powell. Construction hours will be from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mountain Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

During construction hours, the project area will be reduced to one lane, and motorists will be guided through the construction zone by pilot vehicles and flaggers. Travelers should plan for delays of up to 30 minutes or more. Speeds in the project area are reduced to 25 miles per hour, and vehicle widths are restricted to 11 feet.

As part of the $3.9-million project, workers will repave US 89 and existing paved turnouts from milepost 524 to milepost 531. ADOT anticipates the work will be completed in September, 2008. Motorists must obey all posted restrictions. Message boards and other traffic signs will provide additional details, and law enforcement officers will be present to assist with traffic movement and to ensure compliance with posted restrictions.

ADOT appreciates the public's patience during construction. For more information, call the project's toll-free hotline at 1-866-659-0656, or visit the ADOT Flagstaff District construction project Web site at www.FlagstaffRoadConstruction.com.

Healthy Native Communities fellowship accepting applications

The Healthy Native Communities fellowship (HNCF) is now accepting applications for the 2009 session. HNCF is seeking diverse teams of community "change agents" to apply for their 2009 fellowship.

HNCF is a one-year all expenses paid program available to anyone who wants to restore wellness in Native communities. HNCF partners with Native communities to reach tribal and spiritual leaders, activists, educators, health workers and all people who influence local change. The fellowship is designed to help these teams build the capacity to create a foundation of health and wellness.

The fellowship deadline is Sept. 1 and starts in January. Please note that only one application packet per three-person team will be accepted.

For additional information or assistance, go to www.hncpartners.org or contact Marita Jones at (505) 368-6567.

Holbrook Seventh-Day Adventist Indian School reunion

The Holbrook Seventh-Day Adventist Indian School 2008 reunion will be held Saturday, Sept. 20 beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing into the evening with a basketball game between the students and alumni. Special guest speaker will be Bud Joe Haycock, Native Ministries director for Arizona.

For any questions, call Mary Bragg at (928) 524-6845, ext. 233 or (928) 241-1425.

Ethics conference for healthcare providers at NAU

Northern Arizona Healthcare (NAH) and Flagstaff Medical Center are sponsoring a full-day ethics conference for healthcare providers. The seminar is designed to give healthcare providers information on how to handle ethical issues and decisions affecting their work environment. The conference will be Sept. 19 at 8 a.m. in the Ashurst Auditorium on the Northern Arizona University campus.

The seminar emphasizes the importance of utilizing ethics committees in the hospital and/or healthcare setting and includes a demonstration of the ethics committee process highlighting some current ethical dilemmas facing physicians, nurses and healthcare providers in their workplace, as well as an opportunity to explore some historical aspects responsible for those dilemmas.

The seminar is $60 for NAH employees, and is $80 for community members. To register, call the NAH Education Department at (928) 773-2491 or go to nahealth.com/education.

Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission meeting

The Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission will be holding a meeting on Friday, Sept. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission Office in St. Michaels.

For additional information, call (928) 871-7436

Benefit Native American art show

A benefit Native American art show sponsored by the Verde Valley Marine Corps League and the Yavapai Apache Nation will be held on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Veteran's Memorial Park in Camp Verde (below Cliff Castle Casino). Plenty of free entertainment will be provided. Proceeds from the art show will benefit Marine Corps League programs such as Wounded Warrior and Toys for Tots.

For more information, call Marvin Redeye at (928) 567-4091, e-mail MR112133@aol.com, or Krys Vogler at (928) 649-3747, e-mail krysvogler@toysfortots.org.

Shiprock to open junior high wellness center

Acting Surgeon General Rear Admiral Steven K. Galson is scheduled to attend the ceremonial opening of the new wellness center at the Tse' Bit' Ai Junior High School in Shiprock, N.M on Aug. 27 between 2 and 2:30 p.m. as part of his nationwide tour to promote the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services "Healthy Youth for a Healthy Future" initiative.

The "Healthy Youth for a Healthy Future" program focuses on recognizing and showcasing those communities throughout the nation that are addressing childhood obesity prevention by helping kids stay active, encouraging healthy eating habits and promoting healthy choices. The new wellness center is helping students to stay fit and healthy using tools such as exer-gaming and interactive stationary bicycles.

For more information, contact Julie Moreno at (202) 401-9581 or Tse' Bit' Ai Middle School at (505) 368-4741.

Men's health conference - "It's a guy thing"

The Navajo Nation Health Education Program will present a men's health conference on Thursday, Aug. 28 starting at 7:30 a.m. (DST) at the Dook' O'oosliid Professional Building, Navajo Nation Program for Self-Reliace conference room.. There will be presentations by Gary Davis, Prevention Specialist; Nelda Dugi-Huskie, SA Coordinator and others. Youth and elder males as well as all service providers and organizations are welcome to attend. Entertainment will be provided by Davis Mitchell and motivational speaker Thomas Hatathlie. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. For more information, contact the Tuba City Health Education Program at (928) 283-2811-2813; Prevention Specialist Gary Davis at (928) 283-3172; or the Tuba City Special Diabetes Program at (928) 283-1420.

2009 UNITY Powwow

The 2009 UNITY Powwow is scheduled for April 10-11, 2009 at the Navajo Village Heritage Center in Page. Host staff includes: Northern host drum, Elk Soldier from Marty, S.D.; Southern host drum, Bad Medicine from Carnegie, Okla.; 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.

UNITY Powwow committee seeking arts and crafts vendors

The 2009 UNITY Pow Wow committee is seeking arts and crafts vendors for their annual powwow in Page-Lake Powell. All interested individuals are welcome to call Merle Begay at (928) 640-3137 or e-mail pageazunitypowwow@yahoo.com. All applications and vendor space fees are due by Feb. 27, 2009. All food vendors are by invitation only, no exceptions.

Labor Day holiday law enforcement in Tuba City

The Tuba City Police Department, in cooperation with the Tuba City Regional Health Care Center's emergency staff and the Tuba City Fire Department will be taking a stance against alcohol-related activities over the Labor Day holiday, and will have a high visibility to deter impaired drivers and to decrease the number of motor vehicle accidents, increase safety belt/child restraint usage, and to conduct saturated police patrols and sobriety checkpoints.

For any questions, contact Officer Ron C. Brown at (928) 283-3111/3112.

Crews to conduct fuel-break project off Townsend-Winona Road

Coconino National Forest is teaming up with the Flagstaff Fire Department, and the Summit, Highland and Pinewood Fire Departments to create a fuel break around the neighborhoods at the southwest corner of Townsend-Winona and Cosnino Roads.

With the highly volatile nature of the vegetation in the area, and Northern Arizona's predominant winds blowing from the southwest, that community faces significant fire danger. Crews will be creating a fuel break to reduce this risk.

This fuels break project, which is a component of the forest's Eastside Fuels Reduction Project, calls for crews to clear the hazardous vegetation from an approximately 300-foot strip of land adjacent to the private property.

Crews will continue work intermittently throughout the next few months. For more information about this and other Coconino fuels treatment projects, visit the website at www.fs.fed.us/conditions or contact the Peaks Ranger District at (928) 526-0866.

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.

The best birding in Flagstaff

During 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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