Teacherages in Tuba City area damaged by fire

WINDOW ROCK, Dec. 20, 2012

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Navajo police reported structure fires at the teacherages for the Tuba City School District on Dec. 7.

Firefighters were called to #139 and #141 about 10 p.m. because of reports of a structure fire. When they arrived on the scene, they found both teacherages engulfed in flames.

Fire officials said no one was in the building at the time. The area was blocked off by police and gas and electricity was shut off to the block while firefighters tried to get the fires under control.

Both buildings received extensive damage but no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

Tuba City man pleads guilty to selling illegal birds

A Tuba City man last week pleaded guilty in federal court to illegal selling parts of golden eagle and other birds on the endangered list.

Patrick Scott, 46, admitted in his plea agreement to trying to sell a golden eagle fan over the Internet for $950 in January, 2008. He was arrested after an undercover police officer applied to the ad and agreed to buy the fan for $900.

Scott also admitted purchasing and/or offering to sell other migratory bird parts to other buyers. Among the birds listed were bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, golden eagles and rough-legged hawks.

While Native Americans are allowed to possess bird parts for ceremonial purposes, federal law prohibits the sale of the parts to anyone

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