FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A small northern Arizona tribe has chosen new leadership as it faces the loss of coal royalties that make up a huge chunk of its budget.
Tim Nuvangyaoma won the Hopi chairman's post with 969 votes, beating out David Norton Talayumptewa by more than 325 votes, according to unofficial results. Nuvangyaoma's uncle by clan and former colleague at the Hopi radio station, Clark Tenakhongva, will join him in the administration as vice chairman.
The two will lead amid economic uncertainty, with the expected closure of a coal mine in 2019 that feeds a power plant near Page on the neighboring Navajo Nation. Royalties from coal extracted at the Kayenta Mine make up 85 percent of the Hopi budget, and the reservation's isolation makes economic development difficult.
Nuvangyaoma said Friday that he will seek input from Hopis on potential solutions.
"It's going to be a lot of work, but I'm prepared for the challenge," he said. "I'm open to building relationships with the council, and I definitely want to start building relationships with the departments and really look at the whole picture."
The current tribal chairman and vice chairman had sought the top elected post but didn't advance beyond the primaries. Talayumptewa and Tenakhongva's challenger, Lamar Keevama, will remain on the Tribal Council.
Tenakhongva, a singer and recording artist who worked with veterans after serving in the U.S. Army, ran unsuccessfully for tribal chairman in 2009. He has said he would work on education issues and developing renewable resources. He did not immediately return a message left Friday by The Associated Press.
The chairman and vice chairman get much of their authority from the Tribal Council, which functions like a city government. The chairman presides over meetings but doesn't vote except to break a tie.
Turnout for the election was low, with 1,622 votes cast among more than 11,000 eligible voters.
Reached Friday by phone, Talayumptewa declined to comment.
Nuvangyoama had positioned himself as the candidate closest to the community. He has worked in finance, as a wildland firefighter and a volunteer for the Hopi radio station doing cultural and traditional programming.
He focused his campaign on ensuring that Hopis who need help with drug or alcohol addiction get it. The 46-year-old credits a citation for driving while intoxicated more than a decade ago for turning his life around. He said he wants to ensure Hopis aren't judged for their struggles.
He monitored election results Thursday night as his football team, the Arizona Cardinals, took on the Seattle Seahawks.
"We got one out of two, the big one, a victory in moving the right direction," he said. "But my Cardinals, unfortunately, lost against our rival."
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Grand Canyon National Park says it's been overwhelmed by the amount of interest in a program to thin a herd of bison using volunteer shooters.
The National Park Service approved a plan last month to decrease the herd through roundups and by seeking volunteers who are physically fit and proficient with a gun to kill the animals.
Park officials say the roughly 600 bison in the region increasingly are damaging park resources.
Grand Canyon spokeswoman Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski says she initially received dozens of calls a day from people across the country wanting to volunteer. Callers now are directed to a recorded line and asked to check back periodically.
The park, state game officials and the Intertribal Buffalo Council are expected to meet this month to begin crafting program guidelines.
Chili Fundraiser Dinner/Auction For Canyon Gateway Festival/Music Festival: Today, 5-7 p.m. Williams Senior Center, 850 W. Grant Ave., Williams. Chili dinner with cornbread, salad, dessert, drinks. All proceeds and items raised go directly to our first annual Christian/Family Festival Next Year. Live music, silent auction. 1-877-31-MUSIC. canyongateway.org.
Holiday Reading Student Author: Thursday, Noon-2. NAU Bookstore, 1015 S. San Francisco. Kirsten Bublitz is a Flagstaff native and a sophomore at NAU, studying English with an emphasis in creative writing. In her novel, "Safe to Shore," Mila De Luca has followed the same routine for the past four years: studying for classes, waitressing. Upon entering her senior year of high school, Mila is tired of living in the shadows.Through one courageous move, Mila enters the high school world she never experienced. She builds new relationships, discovers the calming truth of the Lord God, and uncovers surprises about who she is, where she came from, and where she'll go next. 523-6687. facebook.com/NAUBookstore/.
Operation Christmas Child New Drop-Off Week: This year, Grace Community Church (5200 E. Cortland Blvd.) will serve for the first time as a drop-off location collecting gift-filled shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. During the project's National Collection Week (Nov. 13-20), this site will collect shoebox donations filled with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items for children living in poverty overseas. Drop-off center hours: Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 19, 2-4 p.m.; Monday, Nov. 20, 3-7 p.m. 600-6909. samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/drop-off-locations/.
Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation: 510 N. Leroux. Sunday morning Rev. Kevin speaks to current actions in our National Association of Congregations, with specific call for Black Lives of UU's. A special collection apart from our weekly offering will be taken in support of BLUU and the National Fund Raising Campaing of the UUA. beaconuu.com/.
Calvary Bible Church: 6555 Townsend-Winona Road. Adult Bible Study Sunday followed by worship service. Evening service. Awana on Monday is Crazy Hair or Crazy Hat Night. Children ages 3-13, all are welcome. Wednesday night Bible Study/ Book of Job followed by prayer time. Wednesday night Teen Awana. Nov. 19, Soup or Pie Night. calvarybiblechurchflagstaff.com.
Center for Spiritual Living: 2384 N. Steves Blvd. Guest speaker Sunday service will be Deb Haass, RScP. Meditation will be facilitated by Ned Wolf. 522-9103.
Christian Science Society of Flagstaff: 619 W. Birch Ave. We hold Sunday worship services and Sunday School (for children and young people up to the age of 20) . The subject of this week's sermon is"Adam and Fallen Man." Our Christian Science Reading Room, a quiet place for prayer and study, is open from 4-5:30 on Wednesdays and 10-noon on Saturdays or by appointment. 556-0510.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon): Sunday services held at four Flagstaff locations: 4165 S. Lake Mary Road, 625 E. Cherry Ave., 2401 E. Linda Vista Dr. and, for young single adults, 239 E. Saunders Dr. Meetings are also held in Williams at 1111 Stockmens Road and at the Shrine of the Ages on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Check azdailysun.com or "Locations and Schedules" at LDS.org for meeting times by ward/branch.
Church of the Resurrection: 740 W. University Heights Drive South. Today we celebrate the ordination of new ruling elder, Mike Bradley, followed by a potluck luncheon in the fellowship hall. Mike served as a firefighter for 41 years and retired as a Fire Chief here in Flagstaff. Pastor Bob Norton will be preaching at both services on "The Joy of Giving" based on 2 Corinthians 9:6-15. Coming this Wednesday night is the Messy Christmas family workshop. Our youth and families are invited to help us plan events for the Advent and Christmas season. Next week is also donation Sunday for the People's Pantry of Flagstaff. Food items can be dropped off at the church all week long. 699-2715.
Episcopal Church of the Epiphany: 423 N. Beaver St. The Rev. Marianna Gronek preaches and celebrates at all services this weekend. Chapel meets for children through 5th grade. Sunday Adult Forum continues a 3-part series with Nell Platt, "The Sacred and Modern: 20th Century Christian Art in France, ca. 1930-1990." Sunday Night Live: Tweens & Teens will meet at Epiphany and walk to Firecreek Coffee House (on San Francisco) for our meeting. 774-2911.
First Congregational Church of Flagstaff, United Church of Christ: 740 N. Turquoise Dr. Rev. Dr. George Ault, Interim Pastor, will preach on "Great Things Can Happen When We Stick Together" based on Ephesians 4:1-6 and Matthew 25:1-13. In other church news: On Nov. 15 (Wednesday) Church Women Fellowship Lunch at noon; also on Wednesday we invite all to join us in spiritual meditation discussion and exercise in the evening at 7 p.m. at the church. 774-0890.
Flagstaff Christian Fellowship: 123 S. Beaver St. The message for Sunday will be, "Some Practical Advice for Singles" from 1 Corinthians 7:1-9, 25-40 followed by communion. Nursery available. Class for ages 3-5. Sunday School classes for all ages; adult Sunday School series "Generosity: Responding to God's Radical Grace in Community," this week Generosity & Relationships; Sunday evening Pastor Cole will speak on Psalm 107 followed by a Q&A time; junior high Bible Study, "Faith." Saturday: 7:30-3 p.m., FCF's Annual Craft Sale and Boutique. 774-3603.
Flagstaff Federated Community Church: 400 W. Aspen Ave. This Sunday Pastor Jessica will draw inspiration from Psalms 78: 1-7, titled, "Set Your Hopes." The Wired Word class will continue to examine current events while the Christian Living Class has begun studying, "The Nonviolent Life" by John Dear. Children's Church for ages 4-11 is scheduled for both services. Childcare is available for both services. Second Breakfast for High School students will eat and fellowship together while exploring scripture. Youth Group for middle and high school students will meet later. 774-7383.
Flagstaff Unity Church: 417 W. Santa Fe Ave.Matt Jones will deliver the message "Creating Your Brightest Future." Children's programs are available. Fellowship follows the service. 526-8893.
Holy Cross Orthodox Church: 6134 Black Bill Road. 9th Hour Morning prayer and Divine Liturgy with Father Basil Fr. 480-991-3009.
Living Christ Lutheran Church: 6401 N. US Highway 89. We gather weekly on Sundays to worship through music, teaching, prayer and sacraments. Fellowship time after service. Pastor Kurt Fangmeier will be leading worship. 526-8595.
Peace Lutheran Church: 3430 N. Fourth St. Pastor Brian Pape will be speaking on Matthew 25:1-13. There will also be a skit about "Saying Grace." This is a combined service so the start time will be at 10 a.m. with Holy Communion being served. We will have our Thanksgiving Feast dinner shortly after the service. Bring your favorite side dish. 526-9578.
Refuge: A Flagstaff Community Church: 10-11:30 a.m. Refuge Flagstaff: A Flagstaff Community Church, 4000 Cummings St. Refuge is a non-denominational church in Flagstaff. We meet weekly to enjoy God's word, fellowship and worship. Sunday school available for children. 607-5728.
The Religious Society of Friends (Quaker): Flagstaff Friends Meeting House, 402 S. Beaver St. At our unprogrammed Quaker Meeting we meet in silence of expectant listening. A meeting may be completely silent, or, as more often happens, someone will feel moved to speak, to share something which may be of help or guidance to others. 779-3517. .
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church: 1601 N. San Francisco St. Join a bountiful catch service today and Sunday to worship through music, teaching, prayer. Pastor Adam Barnhart will be leading our worship. Readings for Service: First Reading - Colossians 1:3-14 Psalm - Psalm 65 Gospel - John 21.1-11. Fellowship time follows after Sunday service. Amish quilt raffle Tickets available for $5 or 3 for $10. You still have time for our Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child.
Western Navajo Bible Fellowship: WNBF works with Flagstaff Mission to the Navajos at times. For speaker specifics or times, call WNBF at 928-209-3800 or FMN at 928-774-7332. Nov. 11 - Grand Falls Bible Church, WNBF fellowship meeting. Nov. 11-12 - Dennehotso Bible Church camp meeting. Jan. 13 - Tuba City First Baptist Church, WNFBF annual meeting.
PHOENIX -- A deal between the Attorney General's Office and a group advocating for the disabled will keep them from filing new lawsuits against Arizona businesses -- at least in state court.
But an attorney who was involved in filing those lawsuits says this victory being claimed for businesses is a setback for those protected by the Arizonans with Disabilities Act.
The agreement, awaiting approval from Maricopa County Superior Court Judge David Talmante bars Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities from bringing new legal actions against businesses who laws that require certain accommodations be made for the handicapped. AID will also pay $25,000 to the Attorney General's Office to be used in educating businesses about their obligations under the law.
It also means that AID will not appeal a ruling dismissing the more than 1,700 cases they had previously filed.
Attorney General Mark Brnovich, in a prepared statement, called the settlement "a victory for Arizona consumers and small businesses.''
"Arizona is not going to tolerate serial litigants who try to shake down small hardworking businesses by exploiting the disability community,'' he said.
But attorney Peter Strojnik, who represented AID in many of the cases, said it is the disabled community that will suffer most. He said the legal agreement, coupled with a change in law approved earlier this year by the Republican-controlled Legislature, throws new roadblocks in the path of those who depend on the disability law to ensure they have safe access to public facilities, including businesses.
Strojnik also took a verbal swat at Brnovich for saying the legal complaints filed last year were "frivolous'' and calling them "copy-and-paste lawsuits'' over issues that were "minor and easily fixable.''
For example, he said, the law spells out how much of a slope there can be on parking spots reserved for the disabled.
"Obviously, when a person with a wheelchair comes out, he's just going to roll down on the street and get killed,'' Strojnik said.
Under the new law, someone alleging a violation under the Arizonans with Disabilities Act would have to give the business at least 60 days to resolve the problem.
Even after that, once a lawsuit is filed, the statute allows a judge to determine if the person complaining or the attorney is a "vexatious litigant'' who files multiple cases. That would permit all the cases to be combined, a move that would save money for the defendants.
And the law prohibits a court from awarding civil penalties and compensatory damages in civil actions.
"I have a number of businesses that are (run by) friends that have been greatly affected by lawsuit and lawsuit threats ... where they have had to consider closing their doors because of the literally thousands of dollars they have had to pay out in litigation costs,'' she said.
But Sen. Martin Quezada, D-Glendale, objected to giving businesses more time to deal with problems he believes they should have fixed years ago.
"The Arizonans with Disabilities Act has been in place for 27 years,'' he said during the debate, "27 years that every small business should have known to this point what they have to do in order to accommodate people with disabilities.''
And Quezada said that ultimately it is people with disabilities who do not stand to benefit from the change in law; quite the opposite.
"These are people who are blind, these are people who are deaf, these are people who have a limiting disability so they have to use a wheelchair,'' he said. "They can't access services, they can't access these local businesses.''
He also suggested that the change in the law actually will result in more businesses ignoring its basic requirements of accommodation.