Elk-antelope draw complete, results now available 394 permits remaining for first-come, first-served

PHOENIX – The 2010 drawing for Arizona elk and antelope hunt permit-tags has been completed, and the 118,806 applicants can now visit the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Web site at www.azgfd.gov/draw or call (602) 942-3000 to see if they have been drawn.

Be prepared to provide your department identification number, plus your birth date to access your specific draw information.

The number of applicants in 2010 experienced a slight increase of about 1,000 compared to 2009.

Hunt-permit tags will be mailed out to successful applicants no later than April 23. Refunds for unsuccessful applicants (minus the application fee) will be mailed out no later than April 23 to the person shown as “Applicant A” on the application form.

Any licenses requested via the draw application process, regardless of draw success, are scheduled to be mailed out prior to April 23.

Leftover tags

Game and Fish officials said there are 394 leftover big game tags (different permit types) for first-come, first-served with applications being accepted by mail-only on or after 8 a.m. April 26. The department has posted the leftover permits and their associated hunt numbers at www.azgfd.gov/draw.

There is one general antelope permit and three archery antelope permits. There are three general bull elk permits remaining (Units 4A and 5A). There are 11 general antlerless tags available, as well as 266 Limited Opportunity General Antlerless Elk Tags, plus there are 32 Limited Opportunity General Any Elk tags.

There are also 16 permits for archery-only bull elk and eight permits for archery-only antlerless elk.

If any tags remain following the process for first-come, first-served by mail only, they will become available for purchase over-the-counter at the seven Game and Fish offices across the state after 8 a.m. on May 3.

For those who qualify, there are military hunts available at Camp Navajo. For more information, contact Camp Navajo at 1-928-773-3306 or at www.campnavajo.com.

Navajo President Joe Shirley, Jr., orders flags to half-staff in honor of the late Navajo Vice President Marshall Plummer

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley, Jr., today ordered flags on the Navajo Nation to be flown at half-staff in honor of the late Navajo Nation Vice President Marshall Plummer who died Thursday evening.
“It was with great sadness that I heard of the loss of a dedicated public service, the late Navajo Nation Vice President Marshall Plummer,” President Shirley said. “On behalf of the Navajo Nation, I offer our deepest condolences to his wife and family. We offer our sympathies and pray they find the strength to carry them through this difficult time, knowing that Mr. Plummer’s contribution to the Navajo Nation, his community and the many people he helped is deeply appreciated and will be remembered.”
Flags are to be flown at half-staff from today until sundown on April 3.
Vice President Plummer served as the Navajo Nation’s first Vice President from 1991 until 1995 under President Peterson Zah. Prior to that, he served as Coyote Canyon, N.M, delegate to the Navajo Nation Council.
At the time of his death, Mr. Plummer was the governmental relations manager for Arizona Public Service  at the Four Corners Power Plant in Fruitland, N.M.
He was also was a veteran of the Vietnam War.
Funeral arrangements are pending.

Speaker Morgan, Navajo Council send condolences to family of former Vice President Marshall Plummer

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – The Honorable Speaker Lawrence T. Morgan and the 21st Navajo Nation Council send their sincere condolences to the family of the former Navajo Nation Vice President Marshall Plummer, who passed on Thursday, March 25, 2010 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Plummer will be missed for his extensive contributions to the Navajo Nation.

“Marshall Plummer’s contribution as vice president of the Navajo Nation is very much appreciated,” Speaker Morgan said. “It is a profound loss for the Navajo Nation.”

Plummer served as Vice President of the Navajo Nation, from 1991 to 1994 under the administration of former Navajo Nation President Peterson Zah.

Navajo Nation flags are scheduled to be flown half-staff in his honor.

Navajo Election Administration is currently accepting applications for 2010 election cycle

Election for Navajo Nation President, 88 Navajo Nation Council delegates,
Board of Election Supervisors, Board of Education, Kayenta Township Commission

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – The Navajo Election Administration is accepting candidate application packets for the 2010 election cycle. The deadline to file candidate application packets is May 5.

The elected positions include: Navajo Nation President, 88 Navajo Nation Council delegate positions, the Navajo Board of Election Supervisors, Navajo Nation Board of Education and commissioners for the Kayenta Township Commission.

Filing fees are required. The filing fee to be a candidate for Navajo Nation President is $1,500; $500 for candidates for the Navajo Nation Council; $200 for candidates for the Navajo Board of Election Supervisors, the Navajo Nation Board of Education and the Kayenta Township Commission.

Application packets are available Navajo Nation-wide at any Navajo Election Office. For more information, contact the Central Elections Office at 1-800-775-8683.


PHOENIX – Calvin Bryan Evanston, 53, of Parker, Ariz., and a member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow to 57 months in federal prison for committing Aggravated Assault for causing serious bodily injury to the victim. The victim was his girlfriend of eight years. The four-day jury trial took place in January.

On August 11, 2008, Calvin Evanston got angry with his then live-in girlfriend and struck her in the master bedroom of their home.  Evanston hit the victim hard enough to cause her to fall to the floor, and in falling, her head struck the night stand and started bleeding.  Evanston left the house for hours, continued to drink alcohol, and then returned to their home more than four hours later.  He called the police upon his return and stated that he “found her like that.”  Both Evanston and the victim had consumed a substantial amount of alcohol prior to the assault.

The victim sustained severe injuries, including more than five facial fractures and nine lacerations.  She was taken to the La Paz County Hospital, and then flown immediately by helicopter to Banner Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, where she underwent surgery for her injuries a few days later.  Doctors repaired her facial fractures and lacerations with metal plates and screws, skin staples, and sutures.  After one week in the hospital, she spent 11 days in a rehabilitation facility to help restore her balance.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and  the Colorado River Indian Tribes Police Department.  The prosecution was handled by Jennifer E. Green and Brian E. Kasprzyk, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, District of Arizona, Phoenix.


RELEASE NUMBER: 2010-054(Evanston)


PHOENIX  – Nathan Manuelito, 29, of Whiteriver, Ariz., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Paul G. Rosenblatt to 110 months in prison for stabbing a Whiteriver man.  This occurred on the Ft. Apache Indian Reservation in Whiteriver, Ariz.  Manuelito was found guilty of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury by a jury of his peers on October 16, 2009.

On April 22, 2009, Manuelito was hanging out drinking at a friend’s house.  As witnesses watched, Manuelito pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim from behind in a completely unprovoked attack.  He stabbed the victim three times in the chest and side area.  The victim sustained life threatening injuries, including a collapsed lung, a serious liver laceration and a broken rib.  Manuelito was originally charged with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.  He claimed self-defense at trial.  The jury convicted Manuelito of the Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, but acquitted him of the Assault with a Dangerous Weapon charge.  Because of Manuelito’s violent criminal history, he was sentenced as a Career Offender.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  The prosecution was handled by Dimitra H. Sampson and Keith E. Vercauteren, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, District of Arizona, Phoenix.

CASE NUMBER:    CR-09-8073-PCT-PGR     

RELEASE NUMBER: 2010-050(Manuelito)


PHOENIX – Damien Miguel Zepeda, 24, of Maricopa, Ariz., was sentenced here by U.S. District Judge Roslyn O. Silver to 90 years and three months in federal prison.  Zepeda was found guilty by a federal jury in October 2009 of one count of Conspiracy, one count of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, four counts of Using a Firearm during a Crime of Violence and three counts of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon.

The evidence at trial showed that on October 25, 2008, Damien Zepeda and his two brothers and co-defendants, Matthew Zepeda and Jeremy Zepeda, went to a home on the Ak-Chin Indian Reservation.  Damien was upset because his former girlfriend was going to get a tattoo on her chest.  Damien confronted the former girlfriend and hit her on the head with a gun.  The tattoo artist came out of the home and Damien shot him several times.  The victim suffered gunshot wounds from a shotgun and pistol and was hospitalized.

Matthew Zepeda pleaded guilty to Aggravated Assault and Possession of a Firearm in a Crime of Violence and was sentenced in January of this year to 75 months in federal prison.  Jeremy Zepeda pleaded guilty to Misprision of a Felony and was sentenced in June 2009 to three years in federal prison.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Ak-Chin Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The prosecution was handled by Sharon K. Sexton and Brian E. Kasprzyk, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, District of Arizona, Phoenix.

CASE NUMBER:    CR-08-1329-PHX-ROS     

RELEASE NUMBER: 2010-048(Zepeda)