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Announcement #: IHS-R2-KA-834861-ESEP/MP for Supervisory Clinical Nurse, GS-11 under the Outpatient Department at Inscription House Health Center, Shonto, AZ has been completed and released to USAJOBS – for posting. PCN: MC4601
Opening date: 04/29/2013
Closing date: 05/17/2013
To view the announcement at USAJOBS: http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/342556000
To view the announcement at IHS Website: http://www.ihs.gov/Jobs/index.cfm?module=ViewPostDetail&option=ViewPostDetail&Announce=IHS-R2-KA-834861-ESEP/MP
Drivers should expect lane closures and delays
The Arizona Department of Transportation will be doing maintenance work on 14 miles of US 163 (milepost 396-410) north of Kayenta starting Monday, May 6. The work will last for approximately two weeks while crews seal pavement cracks to preserve the roadway surface.
Work hours will be from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Flaggers and pilot cars will be present to guide vehicles through the work zones. Drivers should expect delays of up to 30 minutes and are advised to plan ahead.
ADOT advises drivers to proceed through the work
zones with caution, slow down, and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.
For more information, email email@example.com call the ADOT project hotline at 1-855-712-8530. Visit www.facebook.com/azdotor www.azdot.govfor more information about ADOT. For more information about ADOT projects and programs across Arizona see the agency’s latest blog posts at http://adotblog.blogspot.com.
“Opening the Vendor Village this season is expected to be beneficial to all stakeholders involved, and a welcoming site to visitors to the area.”
– Andre Cordero, Kayenta Township Manager
Tourists and local residents can now appreciate the shade and upgraded facilities at the new Vendor Village set up in Kayenta this spring.
Navajo artisans, jewelers and homemade food service vendors can put aside makeshift tarps or tents when they sell their products to visitors and the community, thanks to the Kayenta Township. The Township used tax dollars to build a sturdy shelter to accommodate vendors to its Vendor Village.
“We are excited to unveil this upgrade in commerce to our community,” said Andre Cordero, Kayenta Township Manager. “Our town and surrounding area is the beacon to scenic pathways here and far, from Monument Valley to the rock formations of Northern Navajo country, so having a place to rest, shop and eat at the Vendor Village will be a nice respite for them, and for our local merchants.”
The village is completely enclosed for the safety of all parties involved, and the facility upgrades include on-site restrooms, trash bins and ash bins for the food vendors.
The slot allotment for the vendors stipulate 15 dedicated spots for food vendors, while the other 45 slots will cater to other merchants to sell jewelry, pottery, weavings and other products.
The unemployment rate in this growing Navajo community remains high, so having a place for artists who work from home and to sell their work in an area of shade and safe surroundings at upgraded facilities at Kayenta Vendor Village will benefit vendors, visitors the Vendor Village is a great way to increase traffic at this site.
“The Kayenta Township continues to focus on community growth and economic development according to its strategic plans, and opening the Vendor Village this season is expected to be beneficial to all stakeholders involved, and a welcoming site to visitors to the area,” Cordero said. “This is a win-win phenomenon for our local citizens and those who wish to experience what Navajo has to offer.”
The Vendor Village is open for business every Wednesday, which brings an increased traffic to the area every week it is opened.
This year Monument Valley High School in Kayenta, AZ had the highest number of American Indian Gates Millennium Scholars among all high schools across the country. The GMS is a rigorous application and Kayenta Unified School District is very proud of their distinguished scholars.
Ya’at’eeh, shi ei Tonena Begay yinishiye. Kintichiinii nishligo. Na’toh Dine’e Tachiinii bashiichin. Halgai Dine’e da’shicheii. Ashiihi ei da’shinali akoote’go Dine nishli. Shima doo shi zhee ei Donna Luna doo Toney Begay wolye. Shimasani ei Florence Leonard woyle. Dzit Yijini (Black Mesa) yitsigii bighan. Shi nali asdzaa’ doo shi nali hasteen ei Rose Begay doo Dan Yazzie Begay wolye. Tse ya ha’ tsoozh (Narrow Canyon) dee’ naa’ash.
My name is Tonena Begay. I am of the Red House clan, born for Tobacco Red Running into the Water clan. My maternal grandfather is of the Kiowa tribe, and my paternal grandfather is of the Salt clan. My parents are Donna Luna and Toney Begay. My maternal grandmother is Florence Leonard, who resides near Black Mesa, AZ, at the foothills region south of Kayenta, Arizona. My paternal grandparents are Rose Begay and Dan Yazzie Begay, residing in Narrow Canyon, AZ.
I will be attending Utah State University and will earn my degree in nursing. I plan to return to Kayenta to work in the newly constructed hospital. I have many endeavors that I hope will lead me back to our beautiful reservation in a helping capacity. To the future Gates Millennium Scholarship applicants, I encourage you to include personal experiences in your application packet; do not be ashamed of our Navajo culture. Your sheep camp stories with grandma and grandpa are unique and are very relevant. Our people have many abilities and skills, and I also encourage you to build these capabilities in a positive manner that will result in overall nation building for this great Dine’ Nation.
Yaateeh, my name is Tyler Smallcanyon. I am 18 years old and a senior. My parents are Elsie A. Smallcanyon and Derold Sherlock. I am of the Bitterwater Clan. The Reed People Clan is my maternal grandfather’s clan. I am originally from Shonto, AZ. I am the third person in my extended family to receive the Gates Millennium Scholarship.
Applying for this scholarship and receiving it is one of my greatest achievements that reflect upon my years at Monument Valley High School. Four years of volunteer work, participating in school and local activities, and demonstrating leadership has been beneficial for my school, community and me. Therefore, I encourage any student to be involved with their school.
I will be attending the University of Arizona in fall and will eventually attend New York University. I plan to major in nursing and pursue a medical career.
Ya’at’eeh, my name is Racheal Ivy Holiday. I am of the Coyote Pass Jemez Clan, born for the Black Sheep Clan. My maternal grandfather’s clan is Towering House Clan and my paternal grandfather’s clan is Under His Cover Clan. My mother is Rhonda Parrish and my father is Ivan Holiday, Sr. I am originally from Monument Valley, Utah.
Receiving the Gates Millennium Scholarship has opened many pathways for my education. Paying for college is no longer an obstacle. Growing up, acknowledging that my parents did not have a college education, I knew it was up to me to accomplish that. I will be the first in my family to attend college. I will be attending Utah State University and will be majoring in nursing.
Learning to take all the opportunities that come up and setting goals would be my word of advice to all the young men and women. The main significance of goal setting is that it provides me with a direction and purpose. As an individual coming from the Diné tribe, I feel for all the Native American youth in other parts of the world trying to make a difference in their lives and community. We all endeavor to have a better life. We may be coming from different tribes, but we all have one goal in common, higher education.
Ya’ah’teeh, shi ei Tito Bailey yinishe. Look’a’dine’e nishli, Bitahni bashichiin. Ashi’hi dashi’cheii, doo Naak’a’dine’e dashi’nali. To’dineeshzhee dee na’sha. Shima doo shi’zhei ei Audrelia Dugi doo Christopher Bailey. My mother is Audrelia Dugi and my father is Christopher Bailey. I am from Kayenta, Arizona. I currently reside on the Navajo reservation and I am the second oldest out of my eight siblings.
I plan to obtain a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at Northern Arizona University for Physical Therapy and return home to work at the new hospital that is currently being built. My Physical Therapist inspired me to pursue a degree in PT by the way she worked with me from a football injury I sustained during my senior year.
To all high school students that do plan on pursuing a post-secondary degree, start now. Get involved in clubs that do tons of volunteer services and that are involved in community activities. Don’t be shy; ask for help and clarification from your teachers. The teacher(s) that seem to bug you all the time are the ones that know you can succeed, don’t push them away.
Hello, my name is Dearlynn Mae Crank. I am of the Edge Water Clan, born for Bitterwater clan. My maternal grandfather’s clan is the Red Running Into The Water Clan, and my paternal grandfather’s clan is the Tangle People Clan. I reside in Cowsprings, AZ. My mother is Caroline Crank and my father is Delbert Crank. I am seventeen years old and a senior at Monument Valley High School.
I plan to dual major in Social Work and Special Education at the University of Arizona. As a senior I was already familiar with what to expect with the Gates Millennium Scholarship because I witnessed last year’s seniors’ struggles and successes.
If there is one thing I learned that brought great benefit to me this year, it is that always runs out. It is a massive struggle to keep yourself on your toes; participate or lead in school clubs and sports; and to focus on the main importance, your education. My family has taught me that “Anything is possible if you have your mind set to it.” Honestly, that saying and words of encouragement have assisted me through the obstacles that were in the way of my success and will continue to get me through life in the future. I am blessed with supportive family, friends, and mentors. My words cannot express how appreciative I am of you all; thank you for everything.
Hello, my name is Kirstin Smith. I am of the Red Bottom clan, born for the Edge Water clan. Near the Water clan is my maternal grandfather’s clan, and the Red House clan is my paternal grandfather’s clan. I reside in a family community called “Red Rock Springs,” which is 45 minutes away from Kayenta, Arizona, where I am currently attending Monument Valley High School with a high GPA and in the top percent of my class.
At this point I am still undecided what college to attend; however, I have several options to choose from. My mind is focused on pursuing a degree in nursing. Someday I intend to help my community as they have outlined my stepping stones of life.
The future lies ahead with untold riches; therefore, I strongly encourage upcoming high school seniors to commence your adventure in applying for scholarships and colleges of your interest immediately. Deadlines pass quickly, and high school life soon disappears. One minute you’ve entered as a freshman, the next you’re leaving as an alumnus. Continue to strive rigorously toward your goals — never give up—eventually one day you will attain them.
Yaa’at’eeh! Shi ei Deezhi Thinn yinishye. Naashtezhi nishli. Todichiinii bashishchiin. Tlashchii’ii dashicheii. Tachiinii dashinali. Hello! My name is Deezhi Thinn. I am of the Zuni clan, born for the Bitter Water clan. My maternal grandfather is of the Red Bottom clan, and my paternal grandfather is of the Red Running into the Water clan. I was raised in Kayenta, Arizona, by my parents, Kee and Sarah Thinn.
They taught me always to set goals. The Gates Millennium Scholarship has been one of them for as long as I can remember, and I am proud to say that I have finally reached it. I encourage all high school students to work hard to be eligible to apply for this scholarship by earning exceptional grades, performing community service, gaining leadership experience, and staying involved with their culture. These simple tasks have given me the opportunity to further my education without burdening my parents with the high costs of college tuition.
The process of applying for scholarships (especially the Gates Millennium Scholarship) may be straining, but I promise that it will all pay off when you finally have the opportunity to pursue your dreams at your desired college with no expenses to worry about. That is the blessing that I have received. I will be attending Brigham Young University in the fall to major in Biochemistry.
Ya’at’eeh, my name is Jasmine Blackwater. I am of the Mud People Clan, born for the Salt Clan. My paternal grandfather is of the Ute Red Running into the Water Clan. My maternal grandfather is of the Within His Cover Clan. My parents are Geraldine Begay and John Blackwater, Jr. I am originally from Red Mesa, Arizona.
The Gates Millennium Scholarship has opened doors of opportunity that I never thought I would have opened for me. As a college student, I will not have to worry about rising tuition rates or other school-related fees. This fall I will attend Stanford University to pursue a law degree that will forever change the fate of my people.
Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly applauds an Arizona State University study that states Navajo Generating Station and Kayenta Mine will help contribute nearly $13 billion to the Navajo economy and help support nearly 75,000 jobs from 2020 through 2044, the term of the extended lease.
“I have been saying that NGS plays an important role to the Navajo Nation. The power plant does more than create revenue for the Navajo Nation government, but the plant stimulates the local economy. The study from ASU is welcomed because it factually outlines the overall picture NGS and Kayenta Mine play in the Navajo Nation’s economy,” President Shelly said.
The study was release Wednesday afternoon by the L. William Seidman Research Institute in the W.P. Carney School of Business at ASU.
A negotiating team appointed by President Shelly recently concluded negotiations earlier this year of a lease extension through 2044 with Salt River Project, the managing partner of Navajo Generating Station.
The Navajo Nation government would see a favorable increase in lease payments and taxes, however, the lease extension has to be approved by the Navajo Nation Council before President Shelly could sign the lease extension amendment.
The study states that Navajo Generating Station and Kayenta Coal Mine would contribute $12.94 billion to the Navajo Nation economy through sustained jobs and wages.
The study also indicates that in 2020, the plant and mine would support nearly 3,000 jobs and contribute more than $500 million to the Navajo Nation’s economy, or Gross Navajo Nation Product. The plant and the mine currently employ nearly 1,000 workers.
“I have been saying we need to protect existing jobs on the Navajo Nation. This study shows that the plant and the mine not only support existing jobs at the plant and mine, but support other jobs in the area,” President Shelly said.
The most recent study is separate from the 2012 study that stated that Navajo Generating Station and Kayenta Mine have $20 billion impact to the northern Arizona economy.
“The 2012 report was concerned with the economic effects for Coconino County, Navajo County and the State of Arizona as a whole. The current study examines the economic effects exclusively for the Navajo Nation,” the study stated.
The job announcement for the two (2) Medical Records Technicians was announced today on USA JOBS and the IHS website.
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Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly announced the loss of a Navajo warrior who was serving in the U.S. Marine Corp in Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. Jonathan D. Davis, of Kayenta, Ariz. died on Feb. 22 in Afghanistan in the Helmand province while conducting combat operations. He was assigned to Headquarters Battalion, 32nd Georgian Liaison Team, Regimental Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
“The Navajo Nation mourns the loss of a warrior who gave his life defending freedom. We are saddened by the loss of our warrior and we offer our prayers to the family during this difficult time. Staff Sgt. Davis was a valued member of the Kayenta community and often remembered for helping to bring home two state high school basketball championships in late 1990s. His presence will be missed,” said President Shelly.
To honor the legacy of Staff Sgt. Davis, President Shelly has ordered the Navajo Nation flag be lowered from sunrise Tuesday, February 26, through Friday, March 1, and again on the day of his funeral service, which is still pending.
According to the Department of Navajo Veterans Affairs, Staff Sgt. Davis is the 13th Navajo member of the armed forces to be killed in action in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Project has been collaborative effort from the current clinic administration, the hospital steering committee, the health board, the local community and the Navajo Area IHS.”
– Deswood Etsitty
The new Kayenta Health Care Center has been starting to take shape over the past two years. In December 2012, the construction met its half-way point, leaving Kayenta Township and its surrounding communities monitoring its progress and building anxiety as new services will soon become available.
The new hospital will provide much-needed services for communities who have out grown the current Indian Health Services (IHS) clinic in Kayenta. As the population of Kayenta and its surrounding communities continue to grow, patient volumes have exceeded the current facility’s capacity and some patients’ demands are not being met.
Deswood Etsitty, project site representative with Dekker-Perich-Sabatini, says there has been an extensive study on patient volumes to determine the health care needs of the current and projected populations.
“This 183,000-square-foot facility has been planned to accommodate the existing and the forecasted needs, projecting as far ahead as 20-years,” Etsitty explained.
The design layout includes the expansion of all existing clinics, such as dental, optical and radiology, as well as the addition of several new departments, which include inpatient care, ambulatory surgery, wellness and physical therapy, audiology and a maternity ward. There will also be a helicopter landing pad for emergency medical flights.
Etsitty said this project has been a collaborative effort from the current clinic administration, the hospital steering committee, the health board, the local community and the Navajo Area IHS.
”They’ve all been advocating for this new facility for a number of years – it’s been in the works for a long time, it’s been needed for a long time,” Etsitty said.
The general contractor — Flintco, LLC — a Native American-owned construction company, began construction of the facility in late December 2010 and is hoping to end phase I of the project on March 31. Phase I includes the underground infrastructure for the sewer and water systems, the foundation and the exterior shell of the building. Once phase I is completed, phase II activities will commence and will include constructing interior framing and the installation of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing equipment. The expected completion date for the hospital facility is scheduled for August 2014.
Flintco has made a conscious effort to build sustainably, to purchase locally, and to maintain a good working relationship with the Office of Navajo Labor Relations, having more than 90 percent of its workforce made up of Navajo employees.
For more information, contact the Kayenta Township at 928-697-8451.