Quick Reads for 3-19

Monument Valley High School AIMS testing

Students and parents: the Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) testing for Spring 2008 for Monument Valley High School will resume Tuesday, April 8 (Mathematics) and April 9 (Science) for juniors and seniors who have not yet passed this section of the AIMS test. All students must pass all three sections of the AIMS in order to graduate. For more information, contact Monument Valley High School at (928) 697-2228.

Kayenta American Youth Soccer Organization runs now through June

American Youth Soccer Orgnization (AYSO), a non-profit organization, will have a soccer league for all community kids ages 5-18 on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. at the KIS Field. The fee is $25 for new players (who get to keep complete uniform and shin guards) and $15 for returning players with equipment. Volunteers are also needed. Knowledge of soccer is not necessary.

For more information, contact Esther Peaches at KPS, David Hawley at KIS, James Crittenden at KMS, or Taralyn Goh/Betty Hawley at MVHS for registration times at Basha's or 1st day at KIS Field. Get your kids exercising!

Bodaway/Gap Chapter agriculture education outreach

There will be an agriculture education outreach workshop held at the Bodaway/Gap Chapter House Friday, March 21 starting at 1 p.m. Presenters will include Nelson Cody, Fred Johnson from the Navajo Nation EPA, Calvin Johnson and Alvin Nulliner from the Farming Service Agency and Bessie Zahne, District 3 Farm Board member. If you have any questions, contact Nelson Cody at (928) 255-7000 or e-mail nlcodyjr@yahoo.com.

The Hozhoni Days celebration is back for a 44th year at Fort Lewis College

The Hozhoni Days (Navajo, meaning "Days of Beauty") celebration is one of the oldest and biggest events at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. In years past, Hozhoni Days has attracted as many as 5,000 participants and visitors from across North America.

The 44th Annual Hozhoni Days celebration has already begun and will run through March 30. The celebration highlights the cultures of many of the over 100 tribes represented by Fort Lewis College Native American students.

The nearly month long celebration kicked off on March 11 with "Inspired with a Vision," an event featuring speakers and performances aimed at inspiring through art and culture.

Other Hozhoni Days events include an art exhibit, "100 Contemporary Works by Native Artists: the Bill and Sue Hensler Collection" which opens tomorrow, March 20 at the Center of Southwest Studies.

Traditionally, the most popular events have been the Miss Hozhoni Pageant and the Hozhoni Days Powwow. The Miss Hozhoni Pageant begins on March 25 with the crowning of a new Miss Hozhoni on March 29. The Powwow kicks off on March 28 and runs through March 29.

To see a complete schedule of events, visit the Fort Lewis College Native American Center Web site at www.fortlewis.edu/student_life/native_american_center/hozhoni_days.asp or call (970) 247-7221.

UNITY Powwow at Navajo Village Heritage Center

Everyone is invited to attend the UNITY powwow at the Navajo Village Heritage Center in Page on April 11-12. Head staff includes Master of Ceremonies, Kenny Scabbyrobe; Arena Director, Randall Paskemin; Host Drums, Buffalo Horse Singers and Southern Express; Head Gourd Dancer, Johnny P. Hollister; Head Man Dancer, Jude Cruz and Head Lady Dancer, Tiffany Paskemin. Sound system provided by David Begaye. Call (928) 640-3137 or visit www.myspace.com/pageazunitypowwow for more information.

Benefit Mens and Womens basketball tournament

The Coconino Community College (CCC) Native American Society Club will be hosting a Benefit Men's and Women's basketball tournament March 28-29 at the Sinaqua High School gym. Basketball players from all over the area are being encouraged to join. The cost is $200 per team with a 10-player roster per team. For additional information, contact Vera John at (928) 226-4369 or fax (928) 226-4114.

Moenkopi Senior Center Spring Bazaar

The Moenkopi Senior Center will be holding their Spring Bazaar on Thursday, March 20 from 3-7 p.m. MST. Booth spaces are available and all vendors are welcome. For more information, call (928) 283-8025.

Hopi High Journalism Club fundraising for trip

The Hopi High School Journalism Club is raising money so they can attend the National Journalism Education Association Conference in Anaheim, Calif., April 17-20. The club is attempting to raise $6,000 so they can send 10 students and two chaperones to attend the conference.

The trip will cost approximately $600 per person for hotel, food, registration and other amenities. Hopi High School will match any money that the club raises.

Those donating $50 or more will be recognized in Hopi High's newspaper, The Bruin Times.

The students attending the national journalism conference benefit by meeting students from other newspaper clubs throughout the country and learning more about other newspaper techniques.

Checks should be made out to the Hopi High Journalism Club and mailed to P.O. Box 337; Keams Canyon, AZ; 86034.

For more information, call journalism teacher Stan Bindell at (928) 738-5111, extension 241.

Preventing Adult Cavities Study at TCRHCC

The Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation (TCRHCC) is offering dental services to adults with 20 natural teeth and two cavities. The program is open to adults 18 years old and over. Patients are compensated for their time if they qualify. We are currently making appointments for March and April. For more information, contact the Preventing Adult Cavities Study (PACS) at (928) 283-2003/1444 or stop by the TCRHCC Dental Department.

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 Amy Websdale at (928) 523-1082 or toll free at 1-866-856-3017.

Echo Cliffs Veterans Organization monthly meetings

The Echo Cliffs Veterans Organization of the Bodaway-Gap chapter holds monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Bodaway-Gap Chapter office. We encourage all veterans from Coppermine to Cameron to attend. Upcoming events and topics include the building of the new veterans center, forming an honor guard and ensuring that all veterans receive their benefits. For more information contact the Bodaway-Gap Chapter at (928) 283-8843 or Ray Elshire at (928) 283-0612.

Winter parking ordinance reminder

The Flagstaff Police Department continues to work in support of the city's street department by attentively enforcing the winter snow removal ordinance. First enacted in 1983, the ordinance prohibits persons from leaving cars parked on the streets between the hours of midnight to 5 a.m. from Nov. 1 through April 1. The purpose of this ordinance is to allow access to the entire roadway whether or not it is snowing.

If the street department requests removal of the vehicle, a private contracted tow company responds to the location and a police officer places a citation on the vehicle and stands by until the vehicle is removed. The responsibility for the costs of removal and storage and the citation are assumed by the registered owner of the vehicle.

This season, officers and volunteers placed warning cards on violator's vehicles from Nov. 1 through Thanksgiving in an effort to educate and prevent violations. There have been 468 snow removal ordinance citations issued to date this winter, and 97 vehicles have been towed and stored by tow companies.

The police department would like to encourage compliance with the city ordinance. Not only do the violations require detours, and delays by the street department's equipment, they could prohibit access by emergency service vehicles. With the rest of February and all of March yet to come, neighbors should remind each other to remove illegally parked vehicles to make the remainder of this winter safer for all street users.

The intent is to educate those in violation of the ordinance and avoid taking enforcement action. The winter parking ordinance requires vehicles to be off Flagstaff streets between midnight and 7 a.m. Downtown business district requires vehicles be off the street by 3 a.m.

During the first few weeks of November the Flagstaff Police Department issued warnings. Since the first snowfall, officers have been writing citations. In some cases, vehicles that obstruct snow removal efforts are removed by a contracted tow company.

To date, officers have cited 148 vehicles in violation of the ordinance. If a vehicle was towed it is the registered owner of the vehicle who is responsible for the $17 fine along with removal and storage fees. The contractor's fee is usually $73.50 for removal and $9.50 per day for storage.

If you have any questions regarding the ordinance and its enforcement please call the Flagstaff Police Department at (928) 779-3646.

Sidewalk snow and ice removal reminder

Get ready for snow and break out your snow shovels and brooms. This is a friendly reminder to all residential and commercial property owners in Flagstaff. Help maintain a safe environment for Flagstaff pedestrians by cleaning sidewalks that border your property.

In an attempt to improve the safety and appearance of our community, the city of Flagstaff would like to remind you that there are municipal codes that prohibit dirt, cinders, snow, ice, vegetation or any other obstruction from remaining on public sidewalks. Title 8 of the Public Ways and Property Code states that any owner, occupant, tenant, or person caring for any building, lot or parcel of land that borders a public sidewalk is responsible for clearing those sidewalks.

Please remember not to shovel snow into the street. Be a good neighbor and help those who are unable to shovel sidewalks.

The annual Winter Parking Ordinance that restricts parking on city streets or alleyways from midnight until 7 a.m. is in effect until April 1, 2008. The ordinance remains in effect whether it is snowing or not.

For more information, please call Stephanie Smith, Environmental Code Specialist, at (928) 213-3607 or e-mail ssmith@ci.flagstaff.az.us.

Announcers, announcements sought

KGHR Radio Station in Tuba City is seeking Navajo speakers to make local and community announcements in the Navajo language on the air. Speakers of any age group are needed including youth and elderly. KGHR is also seeking local and community announcements to be aired on the radio to inform and educate the local communities and listeners. Topics should be of an informative and educational nature. Navajo Nation, state, county and chapter service providers, health care facilities, schools and businesses are asked to submit input and announcements to inform local Navajo communities about events taking place. For further information, to volunteer or submit community announcements contact the Greyhills Academy High School Human Resources Office at P.O. Box 160, Tuba City, AZ, 86045; by phone at (928) 283- 6271 ext. 196 or 112; by fax at (928) 283-6604; or by email at kghr@gahs.bia.edu.

Coconino Rural Environment Corps now hiring for 2008 season

Based in Flagstaff, the Coconino Rural Environment Corps is a conservation corps program for young adults who want to make a difference in their world. Projects can include trail work, wildfire prevention and forest restoration, wildlife habitat restoration, native species revegetation, invasive species eradication, wetlands area restoration and GPS surveys.

Corps members must be age 18-25 to be eligible. A living stipend of $580 every two weeks is paid and an educational award is also presented at the end of the term. $2,462 for 900 hours is given and $4,725 for 1,700 hours is provided. Great training opportunities to further personal and professional goals are offered including enhanced understanding of the environment and environmental issues, as well as access to federal land management agencies and staff.

Applications are now being accepted for 6-12 month terms beginning January 2008. Spaces are limited, so apply now.

For more information call Monique at (928) 679-8173 or visit www.crecweb.org.

Navajo County to assist residents in obtaining birth certificates

The Navajo 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 1990 to present for a $10 charge. The Health District may also be able to assist with other Arizona birth certificate issues.

The Navajo County Public Health Vital Records Office is open from 8:30 a.m.-12 noon and 1 - 4 p.m., Mondays and Fridays, and is located at 117 E. Buffalo St., Holbrook, AZ, 86025.

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.

Complete Arizona birth certificates from 1990 to the present can be obtained. "As is" Arizona birth certificates from 1950-1989 can be issued, but cannot be used to apply for a passport. For more information contact Karen at (928) 524-4750 or visit www.co.navajo.az.us.

AARP Tax-Aide offers volunteer opportunities

AARP Tax-Aide is the largest free, volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service in the country. Each year from Feb. 1 - April 15, AARP Tax-Aide volunteers prepare federal and state tax returns for middle and low-income taxpayers with special attention given to people 60 and older.

Right now, Tax-Aide representatives in Arizona are recruiting volunteers for tax counseling and/or leadership positions with the program. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. Membership in AARP is not required to get involved in the program.

"Volunteers with Tax-Aide get a lot of satisfaction from helping people prepare their taxes," said Diane Pearson, AARP Tax-Aide State Coordinator. "We need people with good computer skills to help out with electronic filing and we need people with basic computer skills who will be taught how to use our computer tax program."

AARP Tax-Aide tax volunteers receive comprehensive training in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service. Leadership positions coordinate program delivery by volunteers at sites at the local, state or regional level or manage specific program activities such as technology, training, administration or communication. Although tax training and certification is encouraged, it is not required for many leadership positions. Volunteers are reimbursed on a limited basis for qualified program-related expenses. For more information about becoming a local AARP Tax-Aide volunteer, call toll-free 1-888-OUR-AARP (1-888-687-2277) or visit our web site at www.aarp.org/taxaide.

AARP Tax-Aide is administered through the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated 501 (c) (3) nonpartisan charitable organization.

The AARP Foundation administers publicly and privately funded programs, such as AARP Tax-Aide and the AARP Senior Community Service Employment Program. The Foundation also carries out national litigation through AARP Foundation Litigation, and the Washington, DC based advocacy programs funded through Legal Counsel for the Elderly. These programs also receive support from AARP.

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.

Support for nonprofits

On the third Wednesday of each month New Frontiers donates five percent of that day's sales to a Flagstaff nonprofit 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 a group qualifies for the five percent program at New Frontiers, phone Priya Drews at (928) 774-5747 for an application.

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