Children, Newborns, Teens at the Doorstep: Tuba City Woman Serving as Foster Parent for 28 Years

TUBA CITY – Years ago, Vallis Martinez returned home to the Navajo Nation and wanted someone to cook for. Now she does a lot of cooking for her husband, Ronald Joe, and seven children. When the children leave her small three-bedroom house in Tuba City, it gets quiet. “It’s like having children of your own,” Martinez […]

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Police Escort Fallen Officer

Published August 27, 2017 KAYENTA, ARIZONA – Navajo Nation Police officers on Thursday afternoon escorted the body of fallen Kayenta Police Officer Nelson L. Martin from Flagstaff to Shiprock. Martin, 35, was killed in a vehicle accident on Monday night in Gray Mountain, Arizona. He was a passenger in a pickup truck that crashed into a semi. […]

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Flagstaff Police Investigating Fifth Note Found at Local High School

Published April 3, 2017 FLAGSTAFF – A fifth note has been found at Flagstaff High School, where a series of written threats have been made over the past month, the Flagstaff Police Department said. Flagstaff Police reported that the menacing message was found in the girls’ bathroom on Tuesday, March 28. A student in the boys’ […]

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Big Mountain Resident Famous for HPL Resistance Passes On

Published April 1, 2017 TUBA CITY, ARIZONA – Katherine Smith, a cultural educator, a relocation crusader and resistor from Big Mountain, Ariz., has died. She was 98 years old, according to records, but her family says she was more than 100 years old. Mary Katherine Smith, the daughter of Katherine Smith, said her mother passed away […]

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Navajo Student Finds Some Bottled Water Unhealthily Acidic

Published February 26, 2017 NAATSIS’ÁÁN-RAINBOW CITY, UTAH – Gregory Hurley’s study shows that snow and at least 14 kinds of bottled water are no safer than tap water. Hurley, 13, an eighth grader at Naatsis’áán Community School, spent nearly $60 on 36 different bottles of water for his award-winning science project titled “Drinking Water” and found […]

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Navajo Generating Plant’s Fate to be Decided Monday

Published February 12, 2017 PAGE, ARIZONA – The owners of the Navajo Generating Station will vote Monday on whether to shut the coal-fired plant down this year or to keep it running through 2019. “The owners are meeting to discuss or consider the future of the plant,” said Scott Harelson, spokesman for Salt River Project, the […]

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