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Stan Bindell, for the Navajo-Hopi Observer

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Hopi High media students find value in visit with NAU broadcast class

Eleven Hopi High media students recently visited Northern Arizona University’s communications center as they visited a Virtual Reality room, watched the NAZ TV newscast and learned about NAU’s media programs.

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Hopi girls cross country take second again at state championships

Led by Maya Smith’s fourth individual state championship in a row, Northland Prep from Flagstaff won its third girls cross country state championship in four years. Hopi High placed second.

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Hopi ends 27 year reign as cross country state champs

A national record came to a screeching halt when Hopi High boys cross country fell to Northland Prep from Flagstaff at the Division 4 state cross country meet Nov. 3 at Cave Creek Golf Course in Phoenix.

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Hopi High students win at state media conference

Hopi High School won eight media awards during the Arizona Interscholastic Press Association Conference (AIPA) Oct. 24 at Arizona State University in Tempe.

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Domestic violence victims remembered at Keams Canyon

Around 35 concerned citizens gathered at Keams Canyon Park Oct. 25 for the Violence Against Women Memorial run/walk to honor victims of domestic violence.

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Candidates for Hopi vice chairman debate at Hopi High

The vice chairman debate was held Oct. 11 at Hopi Jr/Sr High School (HJSHS) with about 45 people in attendance.

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Education, economics and substance abuse debated by Hopi chairman candidates

Hopi chairman frontrunner David Talayumptewa focused on his experience while Tim Nuvangyaoma emphasized community involvement during the first chairman/vice chairman debate since the primary election.

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Hopi High cadets welcome new instructor

Sgt. Major Larry Newton has joined the staff at Hopi High School’s junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) as the newest instructor.

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Understanding the next generation: Hopi High staff and teachers spend day visiting Hopi villages

Hopi High School teachers and staff spent Professional Development Day, Sept. 20, visiting Walpi and First Mesa villages in an effort by Hopi High Principal Claudia Edgewater, to help teachers and staff better understand students.

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Mr. Hopi High and Miss Hopi High chosen during Indian Week at Hopi High

During Indian Week at Hopi High School, Hope Honanie was named Miss Hopi High and Alan Paxon was selected as Mr. Hopi High.

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Hopi High’s Jihad Nodman places first at Payson Invite, Jaeda Honanie takes second

Hopi High’s Jihad Nodman took first place at the Payson Invite in a recent cross country meet.

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Hopi public hears from candidates prior to Sept. 14 primary elections

Candidates for Hopi chairman and vice chairman talked about several issues Sept. 7 during a forum at the Hopi Veteran’s Memorial Center.

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Ganado and Page teams top roster as cross country season kicks off

Ganado High School won the girls’ cross country race and Page High School won the boys cross country race at the Hopi High Invite Aug. 29 at Bruin Stadium.

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"Rumble: the Indians Who Rocked the World" documentary showcases Native impact on American music

Stevie Salas, executive director of “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World,” said the opening of the documentary in New York City uniformly provoked emotional responses in nationwide audiences.

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Navajo-Hopi Observer editor shares career experiences with Hopi High journalism class

Loretta Yerian, editor of the Navajo Hopi Observer (NHO), spoke to the journalism class at Hopi High School Aug. 24 about the profession.

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New superintendent, principal hope to bring stability and growth to school

A new administrative leadership team hopes to bring stability and growth to Hopi Jr/Sr High School. Superintendent Steven Berbeco and Principal Claudia Edgewater said this is their hope for this school year.

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Out and about: Mogollon Rim’s Pine Canyon Trail a hike everyone can enjoy

There are so many different ways to hike Pine Canyon Trail, but if you are going to hike it all the way through then you need to take a shuttle and park one car at the other side.

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Out and about: outdoor enthusiasts welcome at Kinder Crossing on Mogollon Rim

Those who love massive amounts of a variety of flowers, the butterflies that go along with it, running creeks and large swimming holes will find Kinder Crossing hike #19 the perfect place to go right now.

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Out and about: exploring Mogollon Rim’s Turkey Spring and Webber Creek trails

The Turkey Springs Trail 217 and Webber Creek Trail 228 can be difficult in spots, but the creek and Turkey Springs make it well worth the trek.

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Out and about: hiking the Arizona Trail from Jacob Lake

One joy of going to Jacob Lake in the past was the lake where you could go fishing or take a quick swim.

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Native broadcast workshop has 21 students from four tribes (photo gallery)

Twenty-one Native American high school students from 10 high schools and four tribes received training in mass media while attending the 6th annual Andy Harvey Native American Broadcast workshop June 18-24 in Flagstaff.

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Native workers help provide solar options on more than 40 reservations

Navajo and Hopi employees join Grid Alternatives in solar installation across the U.S.

Grid Alternatives has helped install about 550 solar systems on approximately 40 reservations. Grid Alternatives also trains Native American solar workers, including Navajo and Hopi students.

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Out and about: Flagstaff’s Weatherford Trail offers views topping off at 12,633 feet

The Weatherford Trail may not have been the smartest trail to start with this summer. The trail is considered strenuous.

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Blues and Brews turns up the heat for Flagstaff crowds

After performing at the Flagstaff Blues and Brews Festival June 10, guitarist Mike Howard was recognized for being in the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame.

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Community center, elderly program secure after return of former Tewa resident

After 35 years working in the Bay area in California, Judith Namoki came home to Tewa Village to help her dad, but now, as coordinator of the elderly program at Tewa Village, she wants to help the community.

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Hopi Jr/Sr High pays appreciation to teachers, staff

POLACCA, Ariz. —Hopi Jr/Sr High School held a teacher and staff appreciation day May 12 in the school’s auditorium. The teachers and staff were honored in five year increments for 5-10-15-20-25-30 years of service.

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Hopi High School celebrates and says farewell to 2017 graduates

Ophelia Goatson wants to help children and families. She said the way to get there is through education.

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Keynote speaker encourages Hopi Jr. High students to pursue their dreams

Legos. As a kid, Briann Laban played with legos. Now she is studying to become an architect.

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Former teacher inspires youth with adventure, travel stories

Dennis Williams, a former Hopi Junior High math teacher, returned to the school with a geography lesson.

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Hopi Jr/Sr High administration renews some contracts for 2017-18 school year

The Hopi Jr/Sr High School Governing Board voted to give contracts for next school year to seven administrators and 40 of 42 high school teachers.

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Youth Summit at Hopi Jr/Sr High focus on prevention and improving life skills

Students attending the Hopi Jr/Sr High School Youth Summit were able to attend sessions ranging from dealing with drugs and alcohol to preventing suicide and using their Hopi and Navajo cultures to improve their lives.

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Internationally acclaimed artist brings blues to Hopi High

Deanna Bogart, an international blues performer, created a magical ark of music with Hopi High music students while spending the week at Hopi High last week.

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Hopi High media students among 3,000 at national journalism conference

Three Hopi High media students toured a high school radio station in Seattle on their way to the National High School Journalism Conference at the Seattle Convention Center. C89.5 FM plays electronic dance music.

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Minnesota meets Arizona during visit at Hopi High School

Thirty students from the West Metro Educational Program (WMEP), an ethnic studies program from the Minnesota area, visited Hopi High School April 4 for a cultural exchange.

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Emery-Riddle Aeronautical University staff meets Hopi students

Major Marella Big Mountain, professor of Aerospace Studies for the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, along with Embry-Riddle students, visited Hopi High to tell them what the university has to offer them.

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Hopi High student excels in studies at Northern Arizona University

Katrice Puhuhefvaya, a Gates Millennium Scholarship winner out of Hopi High School, is having a successful freshman year at Northern Arizona University (NAU).

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Hopi High media students take inside look at college media programs

Nine Hopi High media students learned about college media programs while attending the Arizona Latino Media Association (ALMA) Conference at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication March 3.

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Hopi Jr/Sr High School Dean of Students wants to see more positive behaviors

Hopi Jr/Sr High School Dean of Students Charlene Youvella wants a positive behavior program in place that would help students make better decisions, including staying away from drugs and alcohol.

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Police chief visits Hopi media students

Paul Sidney was recently named Hopi police chief after Jamie Kootswatewa received a promotion to the Phoenix Bureau of Indian Affairs Police Department.

Hopi Jr/Sr High principal calls meeting with BIE constructive

Hopi Jr/Sr High School (HJSHS) received pointers on how to improve its special education services during a special governing board meeting with Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) officials March 1 in the Hopi Jr/Sr High School Governing Board’s conference room.

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Hopi High girls take second at state playoffs, losing 72-41 to Leading Edge Academy

Hopi High girls basketball team made it to the Sweet 16 before falling to second ranked Leading Edge Academy, 72-41, in the state playoffs at the Prescott Valley Events Center.

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Hopi High claims close victory over Morenci girls 52-51, moves to state playoffs

Hopi High School won a thrilling 52-51 victory against Morenci in a girls “play-in” basketball game to win a spot in the state playoffs.

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Hopi youth on track with HOYI program, aims to promote community

The Hopi Opportunity Youth Initiative (HOYI), an arm of the Hopi Foundation, has formed a partnership with Hopi High School’s AVID program to show support for students.

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Jason Lobik looking to build relationships at Hopi High School

Jason Lobik, Hopi High School’s new principal, said his main goals are filling any vacancies, getting acclimated to the school and building relationships with the staff and students.

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Governing board president says Hopi Jr/Sr high should be separated

Ivan Sidney, recently appointed president of the Hopi Jr/Sr High School Governing Board, recounted how the school was built in the 1980s so Hopi children would no longer have to go off the reservation for their education.

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Hopi High students get pointers from Cronkite School of Journalism

After attending Tribal Nations Day, five Hopi High media students went to Arizona State Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication where they learned about digital, print, broadcast and photography programs by working with ASU students.

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Hopi High sweeps Round Valley in Jan. 14 girls and boys basketball games

Hopi High swept Round Valley in girls and boys basketball games Jan. 14 at Hopi.

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Hopi High media students ask Arizona Sen. Peshlakai top goals after taking office

Arizona State Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai’s goal is to get more funding for public education and that means holding Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to his words during the State of the State address that he would push for better funding for public education.

Annual Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day recognizes tribes’ efforts

Arizona Sen. President Steven Yarbrough and House Speaker J.D. Mesnard gave opening remarks welcoming tribal leaders to the 22nd annual Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day by recognizing the contributions the tribes have made to Arizona.

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Hopi High girls basketball defeats Pinon 56-51

Taylor Seechoma tallied a game high 18 points as Hopi edged Pinon, 56-51, in girls high school basketball Jan. 3 at Pinon.