Emerging Need Leads to Community Giving Opportunity

Our rural communities are in an emerging need that may be unseen by those living in cities or suburbs. Native Americans and remote-lifestyle individuals are being disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 pandemic often losing their jobs/ income, capacity to buy food or pay rent, and care for their families and self. Besides the lack ofContinue reading “Emerging Need Leads to Community Giving Opportunity”

Board of Supervisors’ Work on the Budget, Animal Protection, COVID-19

On March 10, I attended the Coconino County Board of Supervisors meeting so I know the issues once I am elected as County Supervisor. Of course, I can only be elected with your help! First on the agenda was a request for additional funding for the High Country Humane Society which the County has previouslyContinue reading “Board of Supervisors’ Work on the Budget, Animal Protection, COVID-19”

From Awards to Our Future

I attended the 12th Annual Viola Awards last evening and was again impressed by the diversity of the nominees and the different award categories. Named for Viola Babbitt, an ardent supporter of arts and education, this event was truly reflective of Flagstaff. There were individuals from numerous ethnic groups, different lifestyles, and all ages. TheContinue reading “From Awards to Our Future”

Four Forest Restoration Initiative

Today, I had the opportunity to attend the regional Four Forests Restoration Initiative (4-FRI) Stakeholders meeting. 4-FRI’s objective is reduce fuel loads in our national forest to reduce catastrophic fire risk and use the harvested wood to drive local economic development. A major challenge is that the industries that purchase and process the cut treesContinue reading “Four Forest Restoration Initiative”

Bates visits Leupp Chapter House

On Jan 13, I attended the Leupp Chapter meeting on the Navajo Nation.¬† The Leupp Chapter had a full agenda with presentations, discussions and community vote on issues about 1) the creation of Navajo nation-wide policy restricting¬† genetic research on Navajo people, 2) the design, construction and financing of wells and piping systems to allowContinue reading “Bates visits Leupp Chapter House”