Feb 142014

By Tammy Gray
Cheers of “Go Big Red!” filled the normally business-like chambers of the Navajo County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday as the board recognized the Holbrook High School spiritline as state champions in the co-ed cheer division.
Members of the squad performed a cheer for the board before receiving a plaque and congratulations from the supervisors and county staff for their accomplishments. In addition to placing first in the co-ed division, the three-member partner stunt squad took second place. The squad was accompanied by coaches Nichole Lozano, Carey Kester and Cheryl Carlson, who thanked the board for recognizing the squad’s big win.
Supervisor David Tenney noted that he felt it was important to recognize the accomplishments of local youth and encourage them to continue to succeed.
In other action Feb. 11, the board:
* Approved an amendment to an agreement with the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) for HIV prevention services.
The change increases the amount the county will receive for providing services from $7,770 to $32,770.
* Accepted a $45,000 grant from the ADHS for public health accreditation.
The grant will cover the nearly $28,000 in fees necessary for accreditation, as well as some training and preparation costs. Health District Director Wade Kartchner explained that he expects to complete the process and receive voluntary accreditation by September 2015.
* Approved a five-year plan for the organization of the Navajo and Apache County Workforce Investment Act (WIA).
The plan combines resources from Navajo and Apache counties to create a one-stop shop for services.
* Approved the expenditure of up to $25,000 for heavy equipment tires.
The next regular board meeting is scheduled at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the county complex in Holbrook.