GANG MEMBER SENTENCED TO 23 YEARS FOR 2ND DEGREE MURDER IN SACATON

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Raymond Jackson, 22, of Sacaton, Ariz., was sentenced here to 23 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Martone for killing.

 

The facts showed that on June 6, 2009, Jackson was drinking beer and arguing with his male victim about their previous time in prison and who was the most “bad.”  Jackson insisted he was “more bad” because he had previously served “more time.”  The two continued to argue about who was stronger and tougher based upon their gang affiliations.  The victim then left the scene, indicating that he was going to get his friends and return.

 

Jackson followed the victim, ran up to him, and shot the victim one time in the chest.  The victim died at the scene.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Gila River Police Department and the FBI.  The prosecution was handled by Sharon Sexton, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix, Ariz.

 

CASE NUMBER:                CR-09-723-PHX-FJM

RELEASE NUMBER:          2010-029(Jackson)

Kayenta Business Site Leasing Committee Meeting

KAYENTA, AZ – The Kayenta Business Site Leasing Committee will be holding its third meeting at the Kayenta Town Hall Meeting Room on March 03, 2010 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.   The Agenda is posted below for public review:

 

 

Agenda
Kayenta Business Site Leasing Committee Meeting
March 03, 2010

10:00 am – 12:00 pm  

 

I.  Introductions and Welcome, Ken Whitehair

II.  Review of Meeting Minutes and Approval –
-Approve Meeting Minutes from February 04, 2010  

III. Approving Construction Hot Plant and Operations Site for FANN Contracting, Inc., to pave the New Parking Lot at Monument Valley High School.

IV. Other Business

 

V. Adjournment

Request for Proposals for Certified Small Animal Control Professional Services

 

 

Request for Proposals

 

Certified Small Animal Control Professional Services

The Kayenta Township, a political subdivision of the Navajo Nation and recognized by IRS as 7871 Municipal Government, is soliciting proposals for small animal control professional services. The selected certified professional entity or firm (entity) will deliver, provide and perform small animal control professional services within the Kayenta Township boundary, which encompasses approximately 3,606.43 acres, more or less, in Kayenta, Navajo Nation (Arizona).

 

Scope of Services: The entity will deliver, provide and perform small animal control professional services in conformity with the National Animal Control Association (NACA) and to be in compliance with the Navajo Nation Animal Control Program. The entity shall be license to operate programs such as; adoption, shelter, spays & neuter, pick up strays, licensing, vaccinations, euthanasia and community outreach. The entity will be required to develop written guidelines, policies and procedures in compliance with Chapter 7 of the Kayenta Township Commission Animal Control Ordinance.

 

All responses are to include:

<!–[if !supportLists]–>· <!–[endif]–>A description of the professional entity/firm, its form of ownership, and its areas of practice and specialties. Include copies of any animal control licenses and certifications.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>· <!–[endif]–>Name, title, address, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail address of the firm’s principal contact person and proposed principal officer.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>· <!–[endif]–>Narrative statement of experience which would enable the proposer to accomplish the scope of work outlined above.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>· <!–[endif]–>Statement indicating whether the certified professional entity or firm has professional liability insurance with an insurer with an A.M. Best’s rating no less than A.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>· <!–[endif]–>Evidence of ownership recognized by IRS with Articles of Corporation and By-Laws, required license, certification or registered as member of certified animal control association.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>· <!–[endif]–>Evidence of an association with foundations and contributors of animal control services.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>· <!–[endif]–>Schedule of costs and expenses for first, second and third year budget or a flat rate fee for services to be rendered, including a 3 year budget. Such fee should include rates for each level of staff anticipated. Estimated expenses may include the retention of other consultants and support staff, mailing, advertising, etc. All expenses must be reasonable.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>· <!–[endif]–>A list of the names, addresses and phone numbers of at least three references.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>· <!–[endif]–>A list of relevant client services, including a contact name and telephone number.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>· <!–[endif]–>If claiming Navajo Preference, include evidence of such preference.

 

Due Date: Two copies of the proposal shall be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m., local time, on March 26, 2010, by personal delivery to the Township Office, ¼ mile north of Highway 163, or by regular mail at the address listed below.

 

Kayenta Township

P. O. Box 1490

Kayenta, Navajo Nation (AZ) 86033

 

Inquiries may be addressed to Town Manager or Director of Economic Development at (928) 697-8451.

 

The Township will abide by the Navajo Nation Business Opportunity Act and Navajo Preference in Employment Act, and reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to waive any informality.

Request for Qualifications for Professional Legal Services for Kayenta Township

Request for Qualifications

Professional Legal Services

The Kayenta Township, a political subdivision of the Navajo Nation and recognized by IRS as 7871 Municipal Government, is soliciting RFQ’s for professional legal services. The selected professional entity or firm (entity) will deliver, provide and perform legal council for the Kayenta Township , which encompasses approximately 3,606.43 acres, more or less, in Kayenta, Navajo Nation (Arizona).

 

Scope of Services: The successful firm will provide legal support and render opinions on a variety of issues including: Provide legal counsel to the Township on general issues including contracts, written policies and procedures, and recommended changes. Provide legal counsel on other miscellaneous or unusual circumstances including litigation. Must be able to write and interpret ordinance language. Provide legal support and opinions on issues relating to a variety of land use, planning and zoning issues and business site leasing. Provide legal counsel and support on personnel issues or other miscellaneous matters relating to employment. Provide legal counsel and support for collection of unpaid taxes and leasing fees, including litigation if necessary. Provide legal counsel for cases filed at the tribunal. Provide legal counsel and support for court cases, including litigation. Provide legal counsel and support for supplementary legal matters. Review legal descriptions and prepare closing documents.

 

All responses are to include:

  • Availability and ability to perform the work and coordinate and schedule the work with others involved on an issue.
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with Kayenta Township, administration and staff, the Planning Commission and Town Commissioners with respect to any issue or services required.
  • Ability to work effectively with other public agencies and legal firms.
  • Thorough knowledge of municipal law including ordinances, zoning, planning, assessing, emergency services, sewer and water, business site leasing, taxes and reviewing business site leasing documents.
  • Ability to submit legal opinions, reports, and observations in writing in a timely manner to Kayenta Township.
  • Ability to attend meeting’s as requested.
  • Qualifications will be considered only from firms or individuals that are well established in an appropriate field, who are financially responsible, and who have the resources and ability to provide the services in a professional and timely manner. The Township may request additional information as deemed necessary. The successful candidate must demonstrate considerable experience in Land Use Law and servicing other governmental entities.
  • The education, qualifications, experience, and training of all persons who would be assigned to provide services along with their names and titles.
  • Please provide a description of any particular area(s) of expertise you or your firm may possess that have not been included in the response provided above.
  • A statement that neither the firm nor any individuals assigned to this engagement are disbarred, suspended, or otherwise prohibited from professional practice by any federal, state, or local agency.
  • An Affirmative Action Statement (copy of form attached).
  • A completed Non-Collusion Affidavit (copy of form attached).
  • A statement that the proposer will comply with the General Terms and Conditions required by the Township and enter into the Township’s standard Professional Services Contract.
  • A copy of the proposer’s Business Registration Certificate.

 

Due Date: Five copies of the proposal shall be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m., local time, on_March 12, 2010, by personal delivery to the Township Office, ¼ mile north of Highway 163, or by regular mail at the address listed below. For detailed information in regards to this RFQ you may send e-mail inquires to Gabriel Yazzie at gyazzie@kayentatownship-nsn.gov.

 

Kayenta Township

P. O. Box 1490

Kayenta, Navajo Nation (AZ) 86033

 

Inquiries may be addressed to Gabriel Yazzie, Director of Community Development at (928) 697-8451.

 

The Township will abide by the Navajo Nation Business Opportunity Act and Navajo Preference in Employment Act, and reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to waive any informality.

Brewer Calls on Feds to Fulfill Prior Funding Commitments on Border Costs

President’s Budget for SCAAP Fails to Reimburse Arizona For Federal Border Obligations

 

PHOENIX – President Obama continued the federal government’s failure to assume responsibility for our broken borders, proposing to give to states only a fraction of money it costs to house criminal aliens in Arizona prisons, Governor Jan Brewer said Thursday.

 

Contained within the President’s $3.8 trillion budget is a provision to partially fund the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP).  However, Governor Brewer said, the amount falls far short of the federal government’s responsibility for the 6,100 criminal aliens in state prisons now. Federal law obligates the federal government to cover these expenses, but federal appropriations have fallen dramatically short.

 

“Even though President Obama is proposing the largest budget ever, he cannot find the political will to pay for the federal government’s border responsibilities,” Brewer said. “Arizona remains in the grips of a budget crisis in large part due to unfunded commitments that should be paid in full by the federal government.”

 

This is not the first time Governor Brewer has expressed her disappointment in the federal government’s border failures.  Governor Brewer personally spoke to the President regarding SCAAP funding when he visited Arizona on May 13 last year.  The President’s new budget includes $330 million for the SCAAP funding for all 50 states and local jurisdictions. The State of Arizona alone is owed roughly $700 million in costs that legally qualify for federal reimbursement.

 

Obama’s disappointing budget comes as Brewer announced she will transfer to federal custody as many criminal aliens as allowed under current law. The state has transferred custody of approximately 100 criminal aliens to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency since January.

 

“Arizona taxpayers should no longer bear the huge costs of incarcerating criminal aliens, and this most recent budget proposal wouldn’t cover the costs owed to Arizona, much less the entire United States,” Governor Brewer said. “I will continue to work with the Arizona congressional delegation and other border state governors to encourage the federal government to pay its bills.”

Judiciary Committee encourages public comment on work performance of Chief Justice Herb Yazzie

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – The Judiciary Committee of the 21st Navajo Nation Council is inviting comments from the public regarding the work performance of Navajo Chief Justice Herb Yazzie of the Navajo Nation Supreme Court.

 

The public hearing is scheduled on March 9, at 10:00 am. The location of the hearing has not been determined at this time.

 

The evaluation period covers the period from Jan. 1, 2009 to Dec. 31, 2009. The public is strongly encouraged to express their written comment, their concerns or their recommendations of Yazzie’s qualifications, character and his work performance.

 

Written statements should be addressed to: The Judiciary Committee of the 21st Navajo Nation Council, P.O. Box 3390, Window Rock, AZ 86515. Anonymous statements will not be accepted or considered. You may also fax statements to 928-871-6761.

 

For more information, contact the Administrative Office of the Courts at 928-871-7017.

Wet Weather Spurs Potential Rockslide on Southbound I-17

Engineers monitoring slopes between Black Canyon City, Sunset Point

 

PRESCOTT – The Arizona Department of Transportation is monitoring two slopes adjacent to southbound Interstate 17 between Sunset Point and Black Canyon City. Heavy rains over the past month have saturated the slopes and increased the potential of rocks falling onto the roadway.

 

ADOT crews and equipment are on site and engineers are assessing the slopes to determine the steps needed to protect drivers who use this vital highway between Flagstaff and metro Phoenix. Should conditions warrant, ADOT crews are in position to immediately close the southbound lanes.

 

While no rocks have yet fallen onto the highway, the potential is there. A landslide could require closure of both southbound I-17 lanes and up to seven hours to clear. At this time, northbound I-17 is unaffected. 

 

Strategies to repair the slopes – in the short- and long-term – are being developed based on the on-site assessment that is under way.

 

Wet weather this winter has taken its toll on the highway system around the state. Eroded roadways caused by flooding, rock falls and landslides, snowfall measured in feet, sink holes, and other damage are still being addressed by ADOT crews.

 

ADOT’s primary concern is public safety. Storm damage is just one of the daily challenges ADOT crews confront to keep drivers safe, and traffic moving. Crashes, criminal damage, wildlife encounters, and ever-changing weather conditions are at the core of ADOT’s public safety responsibility, and often require highway workers to spend nights, holidays and weekends away from family to address critical safety issues.

 

Drivers are advised to visit ADOT’s Travel Information Site at www.az511.gov or call 5-1-1 for the most current information about restrictions statewide.