MV, Window Rock eliminated from AZ state baseball tourney, Page advances

By Quentin Jodie
Navajo Times

SURPRISE, Ariz., May 1, 2013

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The bats were mostly silent for the area teams competing at this week's Arizona Division III state baseball tournament in Surprise, Ariz.

The No. 15 seeded Monument Valley Mustangs scattered only four hits against Coronado High School as the Scottsdale school advanced into Friday's quarterfinals with a 4-0 shutout.

Window Rock, the No. 21 seed, cut an early deficit down to 2-1 at the top of the second before the Bisbee Pumas carved nine runs in the next two innings to go up, 11-1.

The Scouts were held to only two hits as right fielder Trevor Shirley scored the only run for Window Rock.

In other first round action, the Winslow Bulldogs were eliminated, losing to No. 13 Empire by a 9-2 count. Holbrook, the No. 22 seed, lost a heartbreaker to Morenci as they bowed out of the tournament with a 10-8 defeat.

On Thursday, the softball portion of the tournament will start, as Chinle, Holbrook, Monument Valley, Tuba City and Window Rock will play its first round games.

Luci Tapahonso named tribe's first poet laureate

Navajo Times

CROWNPOINT - Navajo Technical College in Crownpoint has appointed Luci Tapahonso as the Navajo Nation's first poet laureate, according to a press release from the college.

A poet laureate is a poet officially appointed by a government or conferring institution, who is often expected to compose poems for special events and occasions.

Tapahonso will be formally introduced as the tribe's first poet laureate at NTC's spring commencement May 17.

Born in Shiprock to a family of 11 children, Tapahonso received her bachelor and master's degrees in English from the University of New Mexico.

She stayed at UNM to serve as an assistant professor of English and American Indian Studies. She also taught English at the University of Kansas and at the University of Arizona.

Tapahonso is the author of five books of poetry and stories and one children's book.

Throughout her career, she has received a number of awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas, the New Mexico Eminent Scholar award from the New Mexico Commission of Higher Education, and the Southwestern Association of Indian Affairs Literature Fellowship.

In a statement, NTC president Elmer Guy said, "Luci represents the best of what it is to be DinŽ, honoring our traditions, while at the same time forming a contemporary voice that speaks beautifully to all people."

NTC was selected to house Poet Laureate program by the Office of the Navajo Nation Vice President because of the college's development of academic programs in the fields of Arts and Humanities.

Tohatchi man injured after being hit by car

Navajo Times

WINDOW ROCK -- A 26-year-old man injured after being hit by a car remained in serious condition Tuesday at the Gallup Indian Medical Center.

The accident occurred April 27 at about 11:30 p.m. on U.S. Highway 491 about two miles north of Gallup.

According to the police report, Everett Sage, of Tohatchi, N.M., was walking north on the highway when he walked into the path of a car driven by Gallup resident April Shorty.

Deputies for the McKinley County Sheriff's Office said when they arrived to the scene they noticed clothing on the road as well as skid marks indicating that the driver tried to take evasive action from hitting Sage.

Shorty was interviewed and according to police, she appeared to be upset and concerned for Sage. She said he walked onto the road and she tried to avoid hitting him but she could not.

She also told police that she had consumed one wine cooler about three and a half hours before the accident. Police officers at the scene said that they did not observe any indications of intoxication at the time.

Shorty agreed to a blood alcohol test that showed her blood alcohol level to be .04, which was below the legal limit of .08.

She also agreed to complete field sobriety tests, which also indicated no serious affects of intoxication.

As for the victim, police at the scene said they observed him to have multiple injuries to the face, head, arms, sides and right leg. He was taken to the intensive care unit at Gallup Indian Medical Center.